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Take Out for a Cause: How to Help in the Golden Isles

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

During this confusing and uncertain time, there are still ways that you can safely contribute to our local community. Have you heard of the Firebox Initiative?

The following is an excerpt from their Facebook page:

The Firebox Initiative Inc. was founded by restaurant people for restaurant people. Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp know what it means to suffer through tough times. When their restaurant, Southern Soul Barbeque, burned down on March 27, 2010 they did not know how they would get through. They quickly found out that their friends in the community and in the restaurant business would lift them up in their time of need. They have never forgotten that feeling and it is what drives their desire to help others with the Firebox Initiative.
The Firebox Initiative provides grants to employees of our restaurant community in Coastal Georgia. We help service industry employees who are in financial need because of an illness, accident or natural disaster. We will also help provide direct grants to restaurant employees who need help paying for funeral arrangements for immediate family members.

How can you help? It’s easy! All you have to do is order the following menu* items from local restaurants on the following days or simply go here to donate.

**Be sure to find the current menu on Firebox’s Facebook or Instagram pages as it rotates weekly.**

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October 2018 Events in the Golden Isles

Friday, September 28th, 2018



Glynn Visual Arts is proud to present Wax Poetic, an exhibition of encaustic works by Motte Thomas. A culmination of five years of the artist’s work, this will be first time this collection has been shown on the east coast.

The work reveals natural and botanical shapes using colors and forms that are at the same time reminiscent of and incongruent with nature. Thomas uses a pointillist style and layering technique in his work which begs to be viewed both up close and at a distance. Multiple layers of gently woven strokes are built upon each other using properties such as color, texture and material composition to envelope and draw in the viewer. The translucent colors and deep textures construct the familiar organic shapes often observed in nature. The flowing lines, shapes and swirls are built up into three-dimensional forms creating a stunning visual poetry.

Thomas creates a dream-like lyricism and surreal quality which belies the subconscious reflection in these other worldly, yet grounded works. His works have been exhibited in Colorado, Houston, TX, Santé Fe, NM, Atlanta and Brunswick, GA. All works are for sale through Glynn Visual Arts. Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Glynn Visual Arts: 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 638-8770.



An entertaining and insightful look at the 19th-century English actress whose eyewitness account of her time in our region, Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation, was an important anti-slavery document that helped transform a way of life, even at great personal cost to herself.

Thursday, Friday, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Historic Ritz Theatre: 1530 Newcastle St., Corner Of F Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, call (912) 262-6934 or click here.

Bernstein and beethoven



The Coastal Symphony of Georgia, under the direction of new Musical Director and Conductor Michelle Merrill, launches its 36th season of classical music with a Bernstein and Beethoven theme on October 1 at 8:00 pm, Brunswick High School Auditorium. Tickets are by season subscription, but there are also single tickets available.

Brunswick High School Auditorium: 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, click here or call (912) 634-2006.



This month we are excited because Mellow Mushroom has graciously extended their happy hour to the Green Scene of Coastal Georgia! Plus, we have Captain Brooks Good of Coastal Outdoor Adventures co-hosting the Green Drinks event.

Captain Brooks has over 25 years experience in navigating and exploring the Coastal Waterways and Offshore Atlantic. He carries a background in marine science and wildlife biology and shares a personal passion in what he does. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the different types of wildlife and marine life on the Georgia Coast! Come find out what he has been up to and meet with others who love the Golden Isles.

Mellow Mushroom: 440 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM



The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s “Meet the Author” presents Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn and Twenty Years in the Secret Service. Rebecca is the youngest daughter of Rufus and Peggy Youngblood. She is a retired physician and published author. While researching her parents’ lives to write their story, Rebecca rediscovered the veritable treasure-trove of mementos from her father’s 20-year tenure as a high-profile secret service agent, which inspired her to publish a new edition of his memoir, 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents.

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Room 108. Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests. Reservations recommended here. 10:30 a.m.



While the sun sets over the Frederica River, whole hogs, slabs of spare ribs, juicy pork butts, beef briskets, a variety of local seafood, homemade sausage and all the sides plus a whole lot more are being smoked and served by some of the best Pitmasters from around the South and beyond.

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet the meat masters and a few extra special guests while you listen to live music and sip on some award-winning spirits, craft beer and wine while strolling the historical grounds once home to a Sea Island cotton plantation, lumber mill and shipping point for timber.

Firebox BBQ on the Bluff | October 6, 7:00-10:00pm: The Big Event. An evening of expertly wood-fired BBQ under the mighty oaks of Gascoigne Bluff.

Other events include:

  • Pitmaster Dinner
  • Firebox Oyster Cracker
  • Coffee, Biscuits & Bloodys
  • Pit Class: Day Smoking

The renowned Capt. Gabby, a vintage 42 ft. wooden trawler, converted and outfitted as a popular kayak cruiser, will be anchored in the river offering kayak fishing from the pier For more info + details for each event, click here.

Gascoigne Bluff: 1000 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.



Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit the beautiful downtown district and enjoy all the galleries, shops, and businesses that will be open late serving wine & snacks, with live music in our Signature Squares. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Norwich Street Brunswick, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, call (912) 265-4032 or click here.



Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. On select weekend nights this spring, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the site. We will walk beneath centuries-old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house.

As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N., Brunswick, GA 31525. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. For more info, click here or call (912) 264-7333. $15. 10/5/2018, 10/12/2018, 10/19/2018, 10/26/2018


SHE LOVES ME: OCTOBER 5, 2018 – OCTOBER 21, 2018

A store clerk and a salesgirl in a Hungarian parfumerie cannot stand each other, but are unaware they are conducting an anonymous romantic correspondence. Enjoy this rollicking musical with an iconic score! Co-Directed by Jeff Dempsey & Jackie Santoro Produced by Robin McMillan, Musical Director, Faith Hamilton-Trent.

Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday Matinees: 7, 14, 21, 2018. (3:00 p.m.)

The Island Players: 530 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, click here or call (912) 638-0338.



Golden Isles Arts & Humanities will host the thought-provoking work of local photographer, Kenneth Carroll in the Ritz Theatre Gallery; “Colored” in Black & White opens with a reception on First Friday, October 5, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm. The exhibit will run through November 16, 2018.

Kenneth Carroll is an artist who uses both urban images and landscapes as a catalyst to spark conversations and provoke change. His photographs are more than just a record of an object or a moment; they tell powerful stories. “What we see with our eyes, is obvious,” says Kenneth, “but what we perceive, with our heart, is often the truth. I want my photographs to let the viewer see beyond the image and open their hearts and minds to what is real and what we are.”

Join photographer Kenneth Carroll and Golden Isles Arts & Humanities on Friday, October 5th for the opening reception from 5 pm to 8 pm. The exhibit will remain on display through November 16. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm and during performances and events. Admission to all art exhibits at The Ritz Gallery is free.

Historic Ritz Theatre: 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, click here, email, or call (912) 262-6934.



Georgia’s largest celebration of our state’s coastal natural resources is ready to take center stage! The 24th edition of this annual event will take place at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Downtown Brunswick on Saturday, October 6th from 10 am ’til 4pm. Over 70 interactive environmental, educational and resource organizations from around the southeast will offer visitors a chance to learn about Georgia’s coastal resources and have some fun at the same time.

CoastFest 2018 will offer new experiences around every corner for visitors this year! Throughout the day under the show tents returning favorites, Arthur Atsma and his Science Circus will demonstrate marine science and Newtonian physics with fast-paced circus stunts and magic tricks; Jim Sawgrass and his Creek Indian family will entertain with Native American songs and ritual dances. Master juggler Rhys Thomas will perform amazing juggling feats with lots of audience participation. And don’t miss the ‘Family Fun Follies’ when the amazing skills of both juggler and magician combine for a high energy show sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

At CoastFest 2018 you can put your hands into the touch tanks ..learn boating safety …learn to kayak …take part in living history demonstrations …watch cannon firings … see the CoastFest student art contest entries …hold live snakes or an alligator …learn about oyster habitat restoration …try your hand at archery …tour the US Coast Guard boats …walk up to a bull moose, a bear, an elk, a wolf….and much, much more!

Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay Street At Gloucester St., Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, click here or call (912) 264-7218. 10:00 AM To 4:00 PM.



Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware and more! Admission: FREE

All shows are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday. Postell Park: 532 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.



You’re invited! Join the crew at Georgia Sea Grill on Sunday, October 7th for an intimate wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Lensch and Wine Director Brian Henderson have crafted the ultimate blend of cuisine and wine in this special 4-course dinner with pairings (tentative menu below). To reserve your seat for this delicious dining experience, call 912-638-1197 or email Tickets are $75 per person, gratuity included.

Items are subject to change due to availability:

Amuse-bouche: Oyster on the half shell with jackfruit mignonette
– Sparkling Wine, La Scola ‘Rugre’, Brut, Gavi, Italy

1st course: Salt poached Asian pear and arugula salad with serrano ham, blue cheese, and white wine vinaigrette
– Riesling, Brotherhood, Washingtonville, New York

2nd course: Canewater Farm polenta with mushroom ragout and crispy shallots
-Pinot Noir, Liesl, Pfalz, Germany

3rd course: Grilled veal chop with creamed spinach and cornbread pudding with garlic butter
– Zinfandel, Pedroncelli ‘Mother Clone’, Dry Creek Valley, California

4th course: Chocolate pound cake French toast with berries and cream
-Cabernet Sauvignon, Tawny Port, R. Stuart & Co., ‘Klipsun Vineyard’, Washington



Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event featuring The Blind Spots from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage. Admission: FREE!



The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Death of Stalin, USA, 2017, directed by Armando Iannucci. In Moscow, 1953 when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. 107 minutes; rated R.

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM. Cost: Free, but a $3.00 donation is requested to help defray costs. For more info, click here.



Cinema Gourmet, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities’ popular series pairing delicious food with classic films, kicks off the 2018-19 season on Thursday, October 11, 2018 with Billy Wilder’s film noir classic, Double Indemnity. The film’s screening and discussion are paired with the culinary delights of Chef Judah Lynch and Indigo Coastal Shanty. The evening’s events begin with delicious food at 6:30 p.m.

A cynical, witty thriller about adultery, corruption and murder, Double Indemnity is considered by many the first true film noir with its Venetian-blind lighting, voice-over narration and blonde femme fatale that creates a mood of danger and attraction. Based on the James M. Cain novel and adapted by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, the film follows the complex murder scheme of insurance salesman, Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) and the wife of the owner of the double indemnity life insurance policy, Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck.) Lust and greed drive the execution of a “perfect crime” that is in danger of discovery by Walter’s friend and claims manager, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson.) Though the film didn’t win any of the seven Academy Awards that it was nominated for in 1943, it’s stature has grown through the years ranking high on AFI’s Top 100 Films and selected by the Library of Congress to be placed on the National Film Registry as culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.

Fueled by a love for classic movies and great food, Cinema Gourmet audiences have grown tremendously over the last several years. Because of the limited number of seats available for the food, talk and movie, audience members must purchase their tickets early. The deadline for buying tickets for Double Indemnity is midnight on Monday, October 8th. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by phone with a credit card or in person at the Ritz Theatre, Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased securely online at Tickets for the talk and movie only may be purchased at the door the night of the screening for $7.

The Ritz Theatre is located at 1530 Newcastle St., in downtown Brunswick. For more information, click here or call (912) 262-6934.



4th Annual St Simons Bull Red Drum Tag & Release Tournament, October 13, 2018, Hosted by Captain Mark Noble & The St Simons Fishing Center.

The entry fee is $175 with a Captain’s Meeting 6:30PM October 12, 2018 at Morningstar Marina Overlook Dock. DNR Agent will be available for Tag insertion demonstration at Captain’s Meeting.

Picture of each fish required and each boat fishes as a team. Boat winner will be determined by most tagged & released fish.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Trophies. $100 TWT Fee. 80% (50/30/20) payout to TWT Entrant winners.

Captain Mark Noble Charter Fishing: 104 Marina Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info call (912) 638-7673 or email 6:30 PM To 4:30 PM.



Food Trucks are coming October 12th! Slow Food Coastal Georgia will be bringing food trucks, food growers, and food producers to Mary Ross Park! Like food and fun?

Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay Street At Gloucester St., Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, call (912) 265-4032.



Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 2018

Brunswick Actors Theatre (Art Downtown): 1413 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, click here.



Golden Isles Arts & Humanities and Glynn Visual Arts are proud to announce the first annual Halloween Monster Mash Bash, a joint fundraiser for the two arts organizations. This fun-filled “spook-tac-ular” evening will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the American Legion Hall at Gascoigne Bluff.

Guests should come dressed in their most creative costume and be ready to enjoy a Halloween themed night with music for dancing, delicious fall-themed heavy hors’douerves catered by Tasteful Temptations, a Witch’s brew, cash bar, and a costume contest where the winner will take home a cash prize!

Tickets for the event are $75 for one person; $125 for two and there are only a limited number available which can be purchased by visiting here or calling either organization (912.638.8770 GVA or 912.262.6934 GIAHA). Don’t delay and get your tickets today for a fun way to celebrate Halloween and support the arts in Glynn County.

American Legion Post 166: 1000 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, click here or call (912) 638-8770.



October Arts & Craft Show Postell Market from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists! Postell Park: 532 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. (912) 230-1042. For more info, click here.



Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present an exhibition curated and featuring art by the founder of the Sequential Arts Program at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) and Sequential Arts Professor, Bob Pendarvis, along with a diverse selection of his artist friends and former students working in the sequential arts genre.

Comics have been around for about 100 years. The term “sequential art” was coined in 1985 by comics artist Will Eisner in his book Comics and Sequential Art. Eisner analyzed this form and broke it down into four elements: design, drawing, caricature, and writing. Content is presented in a series of artistic items/drawings, positioned in a specific order to convey its message or tell a story. It is essentially visual storytelling through a series of frames or vignettes. A quickly evolving and relatively new genre, sequential arts today includes a variety of mediums such as comics, animation, gaming, picture books, graphic novels, fantasy illustration, amine, cartooning and more. The artists included in this exhibition have successfully harnessed the power of narrative storytelling and are renowned in their respective fields.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be Thursday, October 18th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Glynn Visual Arts. GVA will also host a free presentation about sequential arts on Thursday, December 6th in which the show’s curator, Professor Bob Pendarvis will discuss this fascinating art genre. Glynn Visual Arts: 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.



Talk about a plant that won’t die! These creative paper plantings have gone viral and we are so in love. They are fun, easy and add so much character to any space. Did we mention they won’t die?

All workshops will be hosted in our new Greenhouse event space located directly behind The Vine. HOURS 5:30 – 7:30pm. 12 Market Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. $95. For more info, click here.



The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Meet the Author” series presents Raymond L. Atkins and Set List. He is the author of four award-winning novels: The Front Porch Prophet, Sorrow Wood, Camp Redemption and Sweetwater Blues, South of the Etowah. He teaches English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Creative Writing at Reinhardt University.

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Room 108. Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests. Reservations recommended here. 10:30 a.m.



Join ArtTrends Gallery for an evening full of fun on October 18th! The crawl features Wallin Gallery, Anderson Fine Art Gallery, ArtTrends Gallery, Island Gallery and Glynn Visual Arts. 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM.

Art Trends Gallery: 3305 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 268-4761 or email



Join us for Fern Friday in Redfern Village! Support local businesses, sip, shop and enjoy live music from 5-7pm. Redfern Village: 265 Redfern Village, St. Siomons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 580-2530.



Come out to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation for Ophelia’s Classic Car Challenge. Classic cars from all over southeast Georgia will be on hand all day vying for the championship in the 3rd annual car show. Come and view the cars, vote for your favorite and then tour a historic rice plantation. Presented by Friends of Hofwyl and Classic Coastal Cruisers automobile club. If you would like to enter your car there is a $20.00 registration fee.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for youth. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N., Brunswick, GA 31525. For more info, call (912) 264-7333. 9:00 AM To 2:00 PM



Spooktacular Car Show benefiting local car enthusiast Lisa Johnson! “Together We Can Beat Breast Cancer”. Registration at 8 am, $20. Awards, Doors Prizes, 50/50 Raffle and More! Halloween Themed Pin-Up Contest hosted by The Peach and the Palm Tree. Musical entertainment provided by Beau & The Burners.

Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay Street At Gloucester St., Brunswick, GA 31520. 8:00 AM To 3:00 PM. For more info, click here.



Fort Frederica National Monument is joining hundreds of archeological organizations around the world to celebrate International Archeology Day on October 20th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The staff at Fort Frederica invites the local community to interact with professionals in the fields of archeology and historical preservation. Exhibitors from Georgia Southern University, Cannon’s Point Preserve, Southeast Archeological Center, Sons of the American Revolution, and others will be on site to showcase archeological sites in Georgia, as well as children’s activities and displays of rarely seen artifacts. In addition, we will be unveiling a new temporary exhibit showcasing some of the recent finds and work conducted by park staff, volunteers, and summer camp attendees this past spring at Fort Frederica.

Guest speakers whose archeological work focuses on the Golden Isles and Coastal Empire regions will give talks about their recent research from 1:00pm – 3:00pm:

Laura Seifert – “Kiah House Archaeology: From Jewish Immigrants to the Museum for the Masses”
Rhianna Bennett- “Archaeology in the Classroom: History and Impact of the Fort Frederica Archaeology Program”
Scott Clark – “Late Woodland Period Subsistence on Coastal Georgia: Remains from Taylor Fish Camp”
Lindsey Cochran – “More than Tabby Ruins: Housing Below the Surface of Georgia’s Lowcountry Plantation Landscapes”
Dr. Nick Honerkamp – “Did James Edward Oglethorpe Sleep Here? Summarizing the Above- Below-Ground Evidence”
Michael Seibert – “Findings from recent archeology at Fort Frederica 2017-18”

Admission is Free. For additional information/content on the event contact: Michael Seibert at Fort Frederica (Michael_Seibert

Fort Frederica National Monument: 6515 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. (912) 638-3639. 11:00 AM To 3:00 PM.



Be prepared to be amazed as Soul Street Dance takes the Ritz Theatre stage on October 20, 2018 at 8 pm. Presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, the company will bring their unique mix of street dance in Breakin’ Backward featuring an eclectic blend of movement styles stet to a diverse and sometimes surprising soundtrack.

Soul Street Dance, from Houston, Texas, is unique for their way of incorporating different styles of street dance. The Soul Street style incorporates martial arts moves with break dancing, and mixes hip-hop with gravity-defying ballet. The company pushes the artistic boundaries in street dance while maintaining the true essence of the culture. In Breakin’ Backward, bustin’ moves will take on decades past as four male dancers perform their special contemporary mix of choreography to the popular music of the decades. “There’s a piece for everyone in this show” says Soul Street co-founder Javier Garcia. “We’re dancing to the best music from each decade… from the Charleston to hip hop.” Musical selections include Leonard Bernstein, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and more. Appropriate for all ages, this show is certain to entertain and amaze with its creativity and technical precision.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most dynamic premier dance companies in existence; Soul Street’s technical and artistic skills, stage presence and wit push the performance envelope to an amazing standard of excellence. Advance tickets to Soul Street Dance are $15 for adult members of Golden Isles Arts and Humanities, $10 for senior members (65+), $20 adult non-members, and $15 senior non-members. Prices on the day of each show are $20 and $15 for members, $25 and $20 for non-members. And as part of its ongoing commitment to make the arts accessible to young people, ticket prices for students are only $5, regardless of member status or day of purchase. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the Ritz or by phone with a credit card (912-262-6934) or 24/7 at Tickets are also available at the box office on the day of the show. The Ritz box office is open Tues-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Ritz Theatre is located at 1530 Newcastle St., in downtown Brunswick. For more information, click here or call (912) 262-6934.



Sip, savor and socialize in a splendid setting as the sun sets on Frederica Lake. Reminisce with the Golden Isles’ favorite trio, “3 of Us.” Shop our silent auction for local, national and international trips, restaurants, spas, and more.

Delight in the knowledge that your attendance helps to create safe, stable and nurturing homes for babies, children, families, and grandfamilies in our own backyard. Taste of the Vine is the signature fundraiser for Coastal Coalition for Children and provides vital funding for Grandparent Connection, Healthy Families, and First Steps.

Dedicated to the well-being of children in our community. Because we know that healthy childhoods begin at home, our mission is to “create safe, stable and nurturing homes” by teaching parents and custodial grandparents how to be better parents.

NEW LOCATION: Frederica Boat Club, SAME IMPORTANT CAUSE. Frederica Golf Club: 100 Pike Bluff Dr, St. Simons Island, GA 31524. (912) 388-0376. 6:00 PM To 8:30 PM




Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Consistently voted by Elegant Island Living readers as the “Restaurant with the Best View”, ECHO boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

ECHO: 201 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 268-5967.



An Exclusive Luncheon for Witches Only! Dress up like your favorite witch and join us for a fabulous lunch. Prizes for the Best Costumes. $45 per person. 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM. Pre-purchase tickets online here or call the store 912-602-9736 to reserve your seat today!



Mission Winds, the clarinet quartet from the United States Air Force Band of the West, is dedicated to presenting to its audiences the total spectrum of today’s musical literature including classical, Latin, jazz, popular music, and marches. This concert is free but a ticket is required for admission and may be picked up at the Ritz Theatre.

Historic Ritz Theatre: 1530 Newcastle St., Corner Of F Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, click here or call (912) 262-6934. 7:30 PM.



The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Get Out, USA, 2017, directed by Jordan Peele. Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating. She invites him for a weekend getaway with her parents; but, as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. 104 minutes; rated R.

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM. Cost: Free, but a $3.00 donation is requested to help defray costs. For more info, click here.



Visit the event calendar at The King and Prince events for details.

Prime Rib Dinner

Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights from 5:00 PM. to 10:00 PM. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click ECHO Restaurant specials. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.

Sunday Brunch St. Simons Island

You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon. Weekly – 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, visit ECHO Restaurant.

St. Simons Island Eateries Your Tastebuds Will Thank You For (part 1)

Monday, June 5th, 2017

1. Georgia Sea Grill

Zack Gowen and his crew do an amazing job of creating pure deliciousness. Never had a bad bite (nor do we know of anybody else who has). Order anything. It’s all fantastic. Seriously. If you need more direction than that, go for the Wasabi Pea Encrusted Tuna. If you’re looking for a larger dish and the Fresh Catch is your game, try having it prepared Cajun Spiced. No regrets!

Georgia Sea Grill
Cajun Spiced Fresh Catch at Georgia Sea Grill


2. Gnat’s Landing

Great atmosphere, especially during football season. Definitely a “flip flop friendly” place to eat!  Everyone loves the bustling porch outside, it’s covered which makes it great for outdoor dining whether it’s rain or shine. If UGA is playing, then this is the place is going to be packed so be ready to cheer “Go Dawgs”! Fried Pickles are always on point, and the Gnat’s Famous Slaw Bowl is just that, it will change your life! The Fried Green Tomato Club is also a local favorite.

Gnat's Landing
Fried Pickles at Gnat’s Landing

3. Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill

Two words and two words only will come to mind if you ask a local about the menu: Bread. Pudding. Splurge on dessert. In fact, there’s no shame in starting with dessert and working backwards. Life is too short to not try Crabdaddy’s Bread Pudding!

📷: Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill

4. Sandcastle Cafe

Oh, the sandwiches. The Crab Cake Sandwich is basically perfection on a Kaiser Roll. (Their breakfast buffet has everything, but more on that in our best breakfast blog here.)

Sandcastle Cafe
Crab Cake Sandwich 📷: Sandcastle Cafe


The Southern Club Sandwich is the tallest and the best. Pimento Cheese Hummus- Oh. My. Goodness! Did we mention Sunday Brunch? Bottomless Mimosas or an Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar… oh, and all of that at the Island’s ONLY oceanfront restaurant. Happy Hour is daily. You’re welcome. They also have 5 kinds of ice cream daily (more on satisfying your sweet tooth here). Click here to learn more about Happy Hour, brunch + other ECHO specials.

ECHO Restaurant St. Simons Island
Southern Club Sandwich at ECHO


6. Southern Soul Barbeque

Prime Rib Sandwich. The End. This gas station turned restaurant is in the heart of the Island and is the epitome of relaxed, just like the owners. Sound familiar? You may have run into them at any number of Food Festivals or music festivals or maybe saw them in Southern Living. They’ve been at the BBQ game for a decade now and are who we would call a “Home Team”. We’ve all enjoyed cheering them on as they’ve achieved tremendous success & garnered serious respect in the world of Southern BBQ.

Southern Soul Prime Rib Sandwich
📷: Southern Soul BBQ


Ready for Part 2 of our mouthwatering suggestions? Here they are!

The Top 5 Reasons To Visit St. Simons Island

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Although we could write a long list of reasons why everyone should visit our island paradise, we whittled it down to our top five:

5. Spectacular Sunrises & Sunsets. Even if you aren’t a morning person, we recommend waking up early and watching the sunrise. You can view it from the beach, from our pool deck or even from your oceanfront balcony! Although you can sometimes catch a gorgeous sunset from the resort, the best place on the island to catch one is from the pier in the village.

Sunrise on St. Simons Island
Sunrise from the beach
Sunset over the ocean on St. Simons Island
Beautiful sunrise captured by
Sunset on St. Simons Island
Sunset view from the pool deck

4. Golf. With over 200 holes of golf to be played on St. Simons Island and the surrounding areas, the Golden Isles are a golfers paradise! The King and Prince Golf Course on the north end of St. Simons offers some of the best golf around and they often have specials available for resort guests!

The King and Prince Golf Course
The King and Prince Golf Course

3.  Delicious Food. With a variety of options to choose from, you will never leave the island hungry! From Italian at Tramici, to coastal cuisine at Halyards and Crabdaddys, to award winning BBQ at Southern Soul, to oceanfront dining at it’s best at ECHO, you will find delicious food around every corner.

Oceanfront dining at ECHO
Oceanfront dining at ECHO

2. Pristine Beaches. Our beaches are relatively undeveloped. You will not find high-rise buildings along our shore. Just seaside cottages and homes. We have small waves which are perfect for young swimmers and our shores littered with footprints…..not trash.

St. Simons Island Beach

1. Outdoor Activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy on our small island. We have miles of bike paths around the island, golf, fishing, paddleboard lessons and rentals, kayak tours, parks for the little ones to enjoy and even a shrimp boat you can hop on to explore our waterways!

Paddleboarding on St. Simons Island

June 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, June 6th- Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

Georgia Sea Island Festival: Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th at Gascoigne Park- This annual festival celebrates the African American traditions, crafts and food of Georgia’s barrier islands. For more information, visit their website.

The 24th Annual Golden Isles Family Fishing Event: Saturday, June 7th from 8:30am to 12pm- Bring the family out to the Sidney Lanier Fishing Pier for a morning of fishing and family fun! There will be free food and free rods and tackle boxes for all participants! The event is free of charge for the first 125 registered children ages 5-12. For more information, visit the Coastal DNR website.

Second Sunday at Gascoigne Bluff: June 8th from 1-7pm- Grab your family and friends and head out to the park for an afternoon of live music underneath majestic oak trees. There will be raffles, activities for the kids and of course, lots of fun! Each month, second Sunday benefits a local charity.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Island Garage Band: June 8th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn- Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Full Moon Paddle & Party: Friday, June 13th 8pm- Join Davis Love III’s Paddle & Putt, Southeast Adventure Outfitters and Southern Soul BBQ for an evening of paddling and BBQ underneath a full moon. For more information, call Southeast Adventure Outfitters at 912-638-6732.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, June 17th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- Guest speaker and Satilla riverkeeper Ashby Nix will discuss protecting Georgia’s coastal rivers with the group. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting

Canopy of the Oaks Festival: Saturday, June 28th 10am to 10pm- Bring your family and friends for a day of music and fun at Gascoigne Bluff Park. There will be live music, kids activities, an arts and crafts market and a disc golf tournament.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday, June 28th & 29th from 9am to 5pm- Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free!

St. Simons Island Restaurant Guide – Part 2

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

In Part 1, our restaurant guide highlighted some popular local restaurants. (Click here to visit Part 1). In Part 2, learn about more restaurants that we recommend you visit while on our island!


Palmers Village Cafe


Palmer’s Village Cafe– This quaint cafe is located in the heart of the pier village. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a unique twist on traditional comfort food.We love that their menu highlights fresh, local produce. Their location makes it the perfect place to grab a bite after shopping in the village. Staff Pick: Try a taste of the coast with their Surf Squared breakfast. Poached eggs over a crab cake served with a roasted red pepper grit cake.





Sals Neighborhood Pizzeria 


Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria– Sal’s is owned and operated by Sal Cenicola, a former boxer from New Jersey who makes the best pizza south of Jersey! If you are looking for an Italian restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, Sal’s is the place. Many islanders who are originally from the north rely on Sal when they want an authentic pizza. So, naturally our staff pick is….pizza!






Delaney's Bistro 

Delaney’s Bistro– Delaney’s has been an island staple for many years and are located just a 10 minute drive from the resort. They are open for lunch and dinner and their menu offers something for every palate-from duck breast and lamb to fresh scallops and crab cakes. The restaurant is perfect for a quiet meal with good friends. Staff Pick- Their tasso chicken over linguine is delicious. Also, if they offer scallops as one of their specials, we highly recommend you try it!



Southern Soul Barbeque




Southern Soul Barbeque– Although Southern Soul has been around for a few years, they have quickly become a tradition for both locals and visitors. Their succulent BBQ and delectable sides have left us coming back for more, time and time again. We dare anyone to drive by their smoker and NOT stop! Dine outside on one of their picnic tables or, call ahead and take your meal to the beach! Staff Pick- Their ribs and brisket are out of this world and you cannot leave the island without trying their fried green beans!


“The Southern Spirit of St. Simons Island, Georgia”

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Linda Kissam visited The King and Prince Resort a few weeks ago.  She wrote a raving review of The Resort and St. Simons Island.  Her review was posted in her blog and on Tripatini.


King and Prince Beach
Beach at The King and Prince

There’s a lot to be said for Southern hospitality. There’s much more to be said experiencing it for yourself. I was very fortunate to do just that in a five-day trip to St. Simons Island, Georgia. For a traveling wine aficionado and foodie like me, this has got to be one of my top three trips this year. It’s quite clear that Southern hospitality focuses heavily on food and the role it plays in daily life and social interaction. Add some great wines, amazing beaches and fun activities… and Voila! I found Southern nirvana.

For a Southern California girl it’s a bit unnerving to be addressed as “Ma’am “all the time. I am more used to hearing “Babe, ”Dude,” and “Hey”. But there’s a whole lot of emphasis in the South on the etiquette of being addressed as “Ma’am” and “Sir” to demonstrate respect. After about 20 minutes I actually rolled quite easily into the greeting. How nice to find that manners still exist and flourish in today’s casual world.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

My St. Simon’s experience began with a 5-hour plane ride to Jacksonville Airport. Arriving a bit late, I decided to rest up and regroup at the newly refurbished and award winning Crowne Plaza Hotel. This is one of the few hotels that still offer a free shuttle to/from the airport. I was treated to an amazing executive level room overlooking a beautiful courtyard. I loved, loved loved the beautiful business center located just feet from my room. It offered a computer and printer to conduct business at and luxe furnishings (including a huge flat screen TV) to stretch out and relax in. I was delighted to also find a great coffee maker featuring lattes, cappuccinos, teas, and hot chocolate; and a refrigerator stocked with ice cream, fruit and other delights. These people understand the business traveler.

Crowne Plaza Executive Chef White

While touring the hotel’s impressive restaurant, conference/event areas, lobby bar, Internet Café, and fitness center, I noticed a solid mix of business and family guests. I headed back to my room where I was met by Executive Chef Arthur White carrying a yummy welcome fruit platter. He was kind enough to sit with me awhile while we talked about his background, his philosophy and the foods he loves to prepare. This 31-year veteran started his career at the property as a dishwasher. His hard work ethic and culinary mastery eventually earned him the top chef spot. He describes his cooking style and offerings as a mixture of Southern, Caribbean, Italian, Cajun and American cuisine. He shared with me that his favorite ingredient is cream as he loves creating cream soups, sauces and Seafood Newburg. Eating at the restaurant is a treat. I highly recommend this hotel for its upscale amenities, friendly business traveler atmosphere, and its family-friendly facilities. How they can blend all that into one fabulous hotel experience I am not sure, but they do, and you should take advantage of it whether flying in for a cruise, a sports game, or a trip to the dazzling St Simon’s Island.

The King and Prince Beach
St Simons Island Beaches

The next morning I was picked up by Max Transport for the one-hour ride to St. Simons and my lodging The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. I began to first understand the extraordinary St. Simons Island aura as I crossed the five-mile causeway experiencing stunning river views, immense salt marshes, and my first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. Once on the Island, tunnels of Live Oaks, picturesque ocean-side streets and homes, and all the natural beauty, beaches, intriguing shopping opportunities and an array of restaurant choices all called out to me to stop, relax and renew.

King and Prince Lobby
The King and Prince Lobby

The historic King and Prince Resort has been welcoming guests since 1935. I could go on and on about the historic resort. The room choices are endless and appropriate for every need and budget. Think beach front rooms, villas, suites, and guest homes. Add in 10, 000 sq. ft. of ocean front meeting, conference and function space, wedding facilities and several excellent dining options and you have the ultimate experience. My beach front room was just steps from the beach, was beautifully appointed and featured a lovely patio to chill out on. Wine in one hand, computer in the other… I was soon relaxing on comfortable wicker furniture listening to the soothing sounds of crashing Atlantic waves.

St Simons Lighthouse Trolley
Lighthouse Trolley

Having met up with several friends, I was soon hopping on the St. Simons Lighthouse Trolley to begin my exploration of St. Simons’ history and the Southern fun and hospitality experience. First stop was the Coast Guard Maritime Museum. This was to be my introduction to the intriguing history of the Georgia Coast. A 20-minute video and a 30 minute tour of the museum explained the ecological nuances of the Georgia’s barrier islands of which St. Simons is the second largest of Georgia’s 18 barrier islands, encompassing 31 square miles. Open seven days a week with an admission price of $6.00, be sure to stop by.

Colonial Coast Birding Trail
Gould’s Inlet

With the day waning, the trolley made a final sunset stop at Gould’s Inlet. Gould’s Inlet is the opening between St. Simons East Beach and the south tip of Sea Island providing inspiring views of coastal birds. Picturesque wooden observation platforms are part of the experience for wildlife viewing. Migrants and resident species of birds can be seen every day. High or incoming tides are best for birding at this site, but something will be there all the time, as was the case with my time there.

The King's Tavern
Chef Robyn Gomez at The King and Prince

Dinner that night was at the hotel in the lovely Solarium. We were treated to appetizers and White Sangria, with a main course of Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits, seafood salad, and Peach Cobbler…all via a culinary demo featuring Chef Robyn Gomez. Have to confess, up until that night I had never had grits or White Shrimp. Both were exquisite and made an immediate convert out of me. The food, the service, and the culinary talents of Chef Gomez defines gracious Southern hospitality and is definitely what culinary memories are made of. And oh yes, you have to love that the perfect wine – a 2007 MontGras Reserva Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca Valley, Chile was chosen to pair with the dinner.

Next morning my friends and I popped into the King & Prince King’s Tavern for their world-famous Breakfast Buffet and to listen to a short talk on 75 years of St. Simons History with Curt Smith, the Lighthouse Events Coordinator and Historian. Let me just say that “Wow” defines the buffet and the Mimosa’s. I loved the eclectic mix of Southern focused dishes and all- American favorites.

Golf On St Simons
King and Prince Golf Course

Back on the trolley, the group headed out for an afternoon of golf and lunch at the King and Prince Golf Course. Paired up in two’s in golf carts we toured the award-winning course well-known for its challenging layout amongst ancient forests, vast salt marshes and dramatic island holes. Had to love the two alligators sunning themselves on the 15th hole (see on the left)! After the tour we were treated to a golf lesson including a swing lesson and a putting lesson. I sucked big time at learning how to swing a club, but was dynamite in the putting class. Lunch came next in the comfortable clubhouse overlooking the huge lake that adds to the challenge of the course’s 9th hole. If it’s golf you like, this is the place for you. Also a great place for a wedding.

Back at the hotel I opted for a walk on the beach at low tide. The soothing coastal air and wet sand beneath my toes reinforced that this untouched island haven is a luxury of time well spent. Dinner was a short stroll away at the Saltwater Cowboy. Owner George Stewart‘s vision for this casual eatery centers around steak, seafood, low country boil, burgers and a nice selection of cocktails, beer and wine. I had a lovely Cabernet with my generous tasty 16-oz Rib Eye. Open seven days a week for dinner, enjoy the frequent live music and really cool bar.

Sandcastle Cafe
St Simons Island Village

Up early the next morning, our group was back on The Lighthouse trolley to the Sandcastle Café. Tim and Melissa Welford have a gold mine in this village, “hole in the wall.” The place was crowded, and for good reason. The food is good, plentiful, affordable and easily lives up to its “family legend” status of 20 years. Order off the menu or enjoy the breakfast buffet. Afterwards stroll the shops and sights that make up this scenic waterfront village. I certainly scored in several of the boutique shops, but in a few hours I was back on the trolley heading out for lunch at Southern Soul BBQ.

Southern Soul BBQ

This is what I had been waiting for …Southern BBQ, and I was not disappointed. Another crazy-busy spot this Southern smoke joint slow hardwood smokes their ribs, chicken, sausages and beef. Featured on Food Network’s, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” this is a local landmark and deservedly so. Eat inside or outdoors, expect a short wait, and delicious melt-in-your mouth BBQ. Geese I really really loved the variety of squirt bottles of spicy, mild, smoky, and Carolina- style sauces available at each seating area. Get yourself some spicy ribs, sweet tea or cool beer, and be ready for the experience of a lifetime.

Lady Jane

Filled to the gills, we were off to an authentic shrimp boat experience aboard the “Lady Jane.” For me, this particular experience was my “Wow” moment of the trip because it brought together all the St Simons Island puzzle pieces together. it was the culmination of the beauty, the brawn and the ecological magic that makes this place so special. The Lady Jane is a United States Coast Guard certified 49 passenger steel shrimping vessel painstakingly refurbished for an enjoyable seafaring cruise. Lady Jane is the only shrimp vessel on the entire east coast that has been certified by the USCG to carry 49 passengers. Our crew and guides, Paul Christian (Marine Biologist), Phillip Flournoy (Marine Biologist)and a very mature and focused teenager Clifford Credle (aspiring Marine Biologist) dredged the inland coastal waterway for shrimp. We were invited to help sort through the catch of shrimp, Bonnethead , Blacktip, Sand shark, Horseshoe Crab,Puffer Fish, Amberjack, Crocker, Spot, Whiting, Bluecrab, and Skate while learning about the waterway ecology and each portion of the catch from Cilfford. As a extra bonus we were offered fresh shrimp to eat, boiled and prepared by First Mate John Tyre. Weather is never a concern, as the Lady Jane performs quite nicely in the protected waters of St. Simon Sound, has an air conditioned cabin, restroom, and large open decks with ample room to walk around and enjoy the views. About $40 per person, this is a deal …and a memory for a lifetime.

The “Southern” experience is something I highly endorse. If you’ve never been a part of this engaging phenomena, I suggest you start the discovery process at the King and Prince resort on St. Simons Island.

If you already know what I am talking about, then you know how right I am … so what’s keeping you from booking a room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, and falling in love all over again?