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Historic Sites & Monuments

Avenue of Oaks on St. Simons Island
Avenue of Oaks
Located on Frederica Road
912.265.0620
Anne Page King planted this famous "Avenue of Oaks" that highlights the entrance to the Sea Island Golf Club.

Bloody Marsh Battle Site on St. Simons IslandBloody Marsh Battle Site
Located Off Demere Road
912.638.3639
The battle fought here on July 7, 1742, when Spanish troops landed on the south end of St. Simons Island, proved to be the turning point in the Spanish conquest of Georgia. The marsh ran red with Spanish blood and the battle was a decisive British victory which ended forever the threat of Spanish invasion into this colony.

Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons IslandGascoigne Bluff
P.O. Box 287
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Located on Gascoigne Bluff Road
912.265.0620
Overlooking the Frederica River, this area was a favorite Native American campground, and during Colonial days, the landing at the bluff became Georgia's first naval base and bears the name of the man, Gascoigne, who first surveyed the Georgia coast for England. Live oak timbers milled here in 1794 were used in building "Old Ironsides," the USS Constitution, in 1874, and timbers were also cut here for the Brooklyn Bridge.

St. Simons Island LighthouseSt. Simons Island Lighthouse
101 Twelfth Street
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
912.638.4666
First constructed in 1807 by James Gould on Couper's Point, this towering, 104 foot lighthouse was reconstructed in 1872 on the same site to replace the original which was destroyed by retreating Confederate forces in 1862. A beautifully restored 1872 lighthouse keeper's home complements the lighthouse.

On-Going Events, Classes, & Workshops

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8 am-dark. Call 912.262.6665 for more information.

New Perspectives
Experience the beauty of our marshlands and tidal creeks from a new perspective. Glenda Cason Gallery, 261 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island. 912.634.7770. www.glendacasongallery.com

Downtown Promenade
Explore the galleries and stores of Historic Downtown Brunswick the first Friday of every month. 5-8pm. Art, gifts and more; light refreshments served at most locations. 912.279.0023.

Passport to the Century
Hear the story of the Jekyll Island Club and visit two cottages. Daily tours.

Seaside Dance Association Dance Instruction/Practice - Social and ballroom dance. Thursdays. Beginners 7pm. Advanced 8:15pm. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd., SSI. 912.634.9527.

Nature Walks - Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island's fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours M-W-F. Tidelands Nature Center, 912.635.5032.

CPR - Infant/Child and Adult Sponsored by the American Red Cross. Locations and times: 912.265.1695.

Classes in All Mediums Glynn Visual Arts, 319 Mallery St., SSI. 912.638.8770.

Jekyll Island Arts Association Goodyear Cottage, Historic District Gallery and Shop open to the public seven days per week. Mon-Fri 12-4 PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-4PM. Gallery Exhibit changes each month. Free.

Working in Different Artistic Media For adults and children. Glynn Visual Arts, 319 Mallery St., SSI. 638-8770. Pottery, Hand-Building and Wheel Ongoing classes. Glynn Visual Arts Pottery Studio, 319 Mallery St., SSI. 912.638.8770.

Writer's Critique Group First Tuesday of every month. 7pm. Free to adult writers at any skill level. Sharon, 912.264.5902.

Coastal Photographers Guild Third Thursday each month. 6pm. Glynn Visual Arts, 319 Mallery St., SSI. 912.638.8770.


St. Simons Island Antique Show

St. Simons Island Antique Show

Featuring interesting and unusual items, and other treasures from by-gone eras!

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.

Located under the oaks in the historic Pier Village area, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, GA. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches.

Always free admission and parking.

A limited number of vendor spaces are available, depending on the show date.

F
or more information about spaces or just general information about the St. Simons Antique Show, Please call Joe Burkhart, at 912.267.7822 or visit the website at stsimonsantiques.com for show dates and times.


Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island

214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, Georgia
912.635.4444
georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center features an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with open to the public. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a functioning hospital for ill and injured sea turtles and is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.

Admission
$7 for adults (13+ years)
$6 for Seniors (65+ years)
$5 for children (4-12 years)
FREE for children 3 and under
$6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax.

Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

Hours of Operation
Mondays: 10am - 2pm
Tuesdays - Saturdays: 9am-5pm
During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10am-2pm.


Christ Church Frederica

Christ Church Frederica

Christ Church Frederica
Christ Church Frederica


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T.S. Elliot



For more information on local events and activities on St. Simons Island, please visit the following resources:

www.stsimonsisland.com, www.gacoast.com and www.thebrunswicknews.com

St. Simons Island 2015 Calendar of Events

MARCH 2015

APRIL 2015

MAY 2015

JUNE 2015

JULY 2015

AUGUST 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015

OCTOBER 2015

NOVEMBER 2015

DECEMBER 2015


PLEASE NOTE: EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. PLEASE CALL THE LISTED PHONE NUMBERS FOR CONFIRMATION.

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ON-GOING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ON ST. SIMONS

Community Support Group
FREE meetings each month at Frederica Presbyterian Church to help with general life coping skills, work, relationships, financial matters, illnesses, etc - call 912.577.8119 or visit www.freddypresssi.com.
> Click here to download the informational flyer (pdf).

Wine Tasting Exclusive Wines at Waterfront Wine & Gourmet of Darien. Call 912.437.3410 for days and details.

Wine Tasting The Still and Winery on SSI offers wine tastings throughout the month. For details call 912.638.8614.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July in Downtown Brunswick!
Fireworks in Mary Ross ParkWalking Parade lines up at 6:15pm at Hanover Square and proceed through Downtown to Mary Ross Waterfront Park) Celebration at the Park begins 7 p.m. with games, prizes, music, free watermelon slices for everyone. After dark, a Spectacular Fireworks Display over the East River!

First Friday
Downtown Promenade - Historic Downtown Brunswick welcomes you to area shops, galleries, restaurants, art openings, live music, food and beverage samples. From 5-8pm. Call 912.265.4032 or visit brunswickgeorgia.net.

Second Sundays
Music in the Park! Hundreds of locals and visitors alike join together for this live music event at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island the second Sunday of every month from 1-7pm. The proceeds from Second Sunday benefit various local charitable organizations. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides.

Every Monday

Oil and Acrylic Classes
4-6pm. High school students and adults are encouraged to take these great classes with Barbara Mueller. Classes are ongoing, drop-in. The Glynn Art Gallery, 319 Mallery St. in the Village of St. Simons. Call 912.638.8770 for more information. www.glynnart.org.

Every Tuesday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 or visit brunswickfarmersmarket.com for more information.

Every Wednesday

Oil and Acrylic Classes
10am - Noon. High school students and adults are encouraged to take these great classes with Barbara Mueller. Classes are ongoing, drop-in. The Glynn Art Gallery, 319 Mallery St. in the Village of St. Simons. Call 912.638.8770 for more information.

Every Thursday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 or visit brunswickfarmersmarket.com for more information.

Adult Pottery Classes
Morning classes 9-11:30am and evening classes 6-8:30pm. Instruction in wheel and handbuilding by by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing, drop-in. Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. Call 912.638.6679 or 912.638.8770 or visit www.glynnart.org for more information.

Dance Instruction
Seaside Dance Association provides Dance Instruction/Practice, social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7pm; Advanced 8:15pm. $5 members, $8 non-members. Held at the St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information call 912.634.9527.

Every Saturday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 or visit brunswickfarmersmarket.com for more information.

Children's Pottery Classes
10-11:30am. Children ages 7 and up will enjoy instruction by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing, drop-in. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs Call 912.638.6679 or 912.638.8770 or visit www.glynnart.org for more information.

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ST. SIMONS EVENTS & THINGS TO DO

MARCH 2015

March 1:
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Festival of Strings! 5 p.m. Publix Super Markets Charities JSYO Series! Scott C. Gregg, JSYO Music Director and Principal Conductor. Scott Gregg, JSYO Music Director and Principal Conductor. Our area's young strings students gather in Jacoby Symphony Hall, performing side-by-side with the strings of the JSYO Philharmonic. This showcase event includes the JSYO's Overture, Foundation, Encore and Premiere strings, our Jump Start Strings violin students, and ensembles from LaVilla School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. More than 300 students will gather on stage for the grand finale! Ticket prices, $5. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

March 6:
AN EVENING WITH PAUL WILLIAMS! 8 p.m. Paul Williams is a one-man hit machine. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Williams' unforgettable songs include "Rainy Days and Mondays," "We've Only Just Begun," "You and Me Against the World," "Evergreen," "An Old Fashioned Love Song" and "The Rainbow Connection." Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jim and Jan Moran Theater, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

March 6-8:
Southern Women's Show at The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center! Shop, taste, learn and live at the Southern Women's Show. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults, $10 at door, $8 on-line Youth (6-12), $5, under 6 free with paying adult. Sponsored by WTOC, Savannah Morning News, and Memorial University Medical Center. To order tickets or for more information (800) 849-0248 or visit SouthernWomensShow.com.

March 6-28:
Reflections at the Ritz Gallery! A national program of the PTA that encourages students to create works of art in every form- literature, dance, film, photography, musical composition, or visual arts. The exhibit features the winning works of Glynn County students awarded at the local and the state level. The Ritz Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., or by appointment and is located at 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick, GA. (912) 262-6934. goldenislesarts.org.

March 8:
U.S. Navy Band Returns for Free Golden Isles Concert
The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, returns to the Golden Isles with a program of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. This free concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 N. Beachview Drive.

While the performance is free, a ticket is required for admission. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at: The Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick, Wednesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; The Jekyll Island Guest Information Center & Gift Shop, 901 Downing Musgrove Causeway, Jekyll Island, Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; St. Simons Island Visitors Center, 530 Beachview Drive, Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; St. Marys Welcome Center, 400 Osborne St., Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; Kingsland Welcome Center, 1190 Boone Ave., Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and the Old Jail Art Center, 404 Northway, Darien, Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

For additional information, call (912) 262-6934 or visit goldenislesarts.org.

March 9:
Americana and Blues Festival! Jekyll Island's 3rd Annual Americana and Blues Festival will be at Sea Jay's Waterfront Cafe. Featuring North Star, Mojo Bone and special guest Cash Cow. $40 cover charge. Concert benefits the Hospice of the Golden Isles. Get tickets at Jekyll Realty, Sea Jays and Gypsea Glass on Jekyll Island. Call Kristen Picket at 912.635.9797 for more info.

March 12:
2015 Business Expo presented by Jekyll Island Convention Center from 4-8 p.m. Exhibitors will showcase valuable products and services, offer a variety of drawings and giveaways, and for the first time, offer items for sale. From 5-8 p.m. attendees will enjoy a fabulous array of hors d'oeuvres specially prepared by Jekyll Island Convention Services along with regional hotels, restaurants and caterers. A cash bar will be available. Click here fore more information.

March 12:
Golden Isles Live! Presents Simply Sinatra at Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., 7:30 p.m. Steve Lippia anchors the quintessential remembrance of "Old Blue Eyes." More than a "sound-alike," his Las Vegas appearances and national tours have cemented Lippia's place as a champion of the Great American Songbook. "Knock 'em out their seat" vocals, a ten-piece big band and the greatest set-list of all time! (912) 638-4111 or goldenisleslive.org.

March 12 - 15:
The Georgia Elvis Festival will return to the Ritz Theater, Brunswick! The event will be a four-day festival celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley through live performances of his music. It is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. the company which controls the estate of Elvis Presley and operates Graceland. (888) 406-5885 or georgiaelvisfestival.com.

March 12 - 14:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra SAINT-SAENS THUNDERING "ORGAN" SYMPHONY! Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Julian Wachner, conductor. David Schrader, organ. When Grammy-nominated conductor Julian Wachner takes the podium, this roaring "Organ Symphony" will envelope you as it thunders through the 6,215 pipes of Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall's Bryan Casavant Frères concert organ. This concert marks the Centennial Celebration of the Casavant Frères Opus 553, which was originally built in 1914 and later rebuilt and installed in Jacoby Hall. Masterworks Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

March 13 - 14:
Annual Peaches to the Beaches, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. In an effort to promote travel and boost the annual economic impact along the parkway Golden Isles Parkway Association organizes Georgia Longest Yard Sale. Thousands of visitors travel the parkway the second Friday and Saturday of March for the annual "Peaches to the Beaches" Yard Sale in search of antiques, collectibles, and hidden treasures. peachestothebeaches.com.

March 13 - 15:
Jekyll Island Arts Festival! This weekend festival offers great finds in antiques, fine arts and crafts for the Jekyll Island adventurer looking for great pieces to enhance your home's decor. And you can also chow down on some really fine eats! Held at the Goodyear Cottage/Arts Association, 321 N Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island. Call 912.635.3920 or jekyllartsassociation.org.

March 13 - 29:
The Island Players present "Proof" by David Auburn. Pier Village/Casino Theatre, St. Simons Island. This play tells the tale of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius and professor, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. March 13, 14, 20, 21, 28 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees: March 15, 22 and 29 at 3:00 p.m. 912.638.0338 or theislandplayers.com.

March 14 - 15:
Spring Nature Photography Workshop with John Reed at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Acclaimed photographer John Reed will present his Spring Nature Photography Workshop at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on March 14-15. The two-day workshop consists of classroom and hands-on exercises on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and hands-on photography in the field on Sunday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants must provide their own camera and any other photographic equipment they need. All photography skill levels are welcome. Limited spaces are available.

The Saturday class will expand students' basic knowledge and/or build on other sessions taken earlier this year. Participants will dig deeper into key photographic principles such as exposure, metering, and composition. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Sunday consists of a full morning of field photography exploring the refuge, with Reed available to answer questions and offer tips and advice. The focus will be on photographing alligators, flowers, spiderwebs, and more that may be seen in mid-March.

Cost: If payment is received by March 13, the cost for the 2-day workshop is $65, and if interested only in the Saturday session, the cost is $50 and the Sunday only session cost is $25. Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits for an additional $5 fee. The workshop is sponsored in part by the Okefenokee Wildlife League, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and John Reed Photography. For registration and information, call the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at 912.496.7836 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The $5 entrance fee to the refuge is not included in the cost of the workshop.

March 15:
Jazz 'n Art in Woodbine
Woodbine Satilla Riverwalk will again be the site of Camden County's Best KeptSecret: The Best Jazz Event in Camden County. On March 15, Michael Hulett will take to the gazebo stage from 1-5 p.m. with his saxophone and vocals to entertain you. Plan to come spend the afternoon in Woodbine, stroll to the river, bring a comfortable chair, and enjoy good food, music, art, and children's activities. The Woodbine Woman's Club is hosting this event and will dedicate this year's music to the memory and honor of all who remember the Thiokol Plant Explosion on February 3, 1971. Jannie Everette with the Thiokol Memorial Project will be on hand to greet guests and tell you of the plans underway for the 45th and 50th anniversary of this life changing event that brought a community together. Jannie Everette can be reached at victimsmemorial020371@gmail.com or 912.580.6489. To register for artist's booth space, contact Mary Kaye Hudson, rubyred2shoes1@hotmail.com or phone 912.729.5103.

March 19:
Cinema Gourmet at the Historic Ritz Theatre, Shane! 6:30 p.m. "Shane... Shane... Come Back!" In this timeless classic western directed by George Stevens, a weary gunfighter (Alan Ladd) attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a conflict between settlers and ranchers forces him to act. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

March 21:
Christ Episcopal Church 62nd Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens! Christ Church, Frederica and her sister parish, St. Ignatius welcome you to beautiful St Simons and Sea Island for the Annual Tour of Homes hosted by the Episcopal Church Women. For the first time in a number of years, Christ Church's 61st Tour of Homes will feature a tour of our historic cemetery. The tour will feature reenactments of a few of our more notorious residents. This look into the past will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 12 noon. (912) 638-8683 or christchurchtourofhomes.org.

March 21:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra AN EVENING WITH AUDRA McDONALD! 8 p.m. She electrified Broadway in "Ragtime," "Porgy and Bess," and "Carousel." Now AUDRA McDONALD has made Broadway history with a record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". Audra joins the Jacksonville Symphony for an evening of American song - from pop standards to Hollywood to Broadway. Ticket Prices, $59-$89. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

March 21:
Hop to Hofwyl For an EGGciting, EGGcellent, EGGstravagant, Easter Celebration at Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation, 5556 US Hwy 17 North, Brunswick, GA. Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 pm. Toddlers to 10 Years old. Egg Hunt begins at 1:30pm. Games, Crafts, Bubbles, Refreshments, and Prizes. Special Guest: The Easter Bunny. Regular Site Admission. 5 and under Free. Ages 6 - 18 $5, Adults $8, Seniors $7.00. For Directions or More Information call 912-264-7333

March 23 - 25:
Plein air Painters 3-Day Workshop! Plein air Painters of the Southeast present Golden Isles Workshop Series on St. Simons Island. Anderson Fine Art Gallery, Gallery, 3309 Frederica Rd. Artists include: Bill Farnsworth, Mark Horton and Richard Oversmith. (912) 634-8414 or andersonfineartgallery.com.

March 26 & 28:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra BEETHOVEN'S MISSA SOLEMNIS! Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Tito Muñoz, conductor. Amanda Hall, soprano. Irene Roberts, mezzo-soprano. Scott Ramsay, tenor. Andrew Craig Brown, bass-baritone. Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis. The epic Missa Solemnis - monumental in scope, ethereal in beauty. Beethoven considered this work to be his greatest, one that needs to be heard live for its full impact. On the podium will be Tito Muñoz, lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer for his "natural facility and convincing musicianship." Munoz is the music director of the Phoenix Symphony as well as the Opéra National de Lorraine. Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

March 28:
A Tribute to Hank Williams! Two performances! 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The star of RFD-TV's Midwest Country will bring the great music of a country legend to life. David Church is recognized as one of the best Hank Williams tribute artists in the country and he returns to the Ritz Theatre stage with his wife Terri Lisa and their band. Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (ages 65 +). Advance tickets for nonmembers are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Day of show tickets for members are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors while the cost for nonmembers is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each. To purchase advance tickets, visit the Ritz Theatre box office Wednesdays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

March 28:
Art Classes with Peggy Buchan at The King and Prince; 2pm to 5pm at The King and Prince Resort.

St. Simons Island artist Peggy Buchan is scheduled for four upcoming weekends as she instructs about how to capture the beauty of the Georgia Coast through paintbrush and canvas. With many years of experience painting the tranquil scenes for which the Golden Isles are known, the four themed classes are scheduled for up to (10) people, making instruction personal and focused.

Advance reservations are required. If you bring your own supplies, the cost is $35 per participant. The cost is $55 per participant if you'd like Peggy to furnish your supplies.

If you bring your own art supplies, please include paints (either oil or acrylic), brushes, and brush cleaner. You are welcome to bring your own canvas, but Peggy will supply one 11" x 14" canvas per participant. When you reserve your spot, tell the Hotel Concierge whether or not you'll bring your own supplies. Space is limited! Call 912.268.5965 today to reserve your coastal painting experience.

March 30:
Easter Egg Stroll! Celebrate Easter with the family hunting Easter egg treasures hidden within the Jekyll Island Historic District, 371 Riverview Drive. Visit with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, eggs will be hidden in the historic district through the day. Children ages 10 years old and young can swap their egg findings for sweet treats and prizes. This island tradition is a favorite for families throughout the Golden Isles and beloved event for our seasonal guests. Event is free.

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APRIL 2015

April 3-25:
Recycled Art Show! Students and local artists turn trash into treasure - be it imaginative works of art or creating functional items from a variety of recycled materials including paper, plastic, fabric, wood and more. In collaboration with Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful. The Ritz Gallery is open Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment. Opening receptions, often with the artists themselves, are usually held on First Fridays, unless noted. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

April 4:
Easter Egg Stroll! A family friendly Easter gathering in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Search and find Easter eggs hidden along Pier Road, get pictures with Easter Bunny, and enjoy pony rides and other activities. Free tram tours through the Historic District at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Eggs will be hidden and re-hidden throughout the festival. Special section for kids 3 and under. (877) 4-JEKYLL or jekyllisland.com.

April 4:
Art Classes with Peggy Buchan at The King and Prince; 2pm to 5pm at The King and Prince Resort.

St. Simons Island artist Peggy Buchan is scheduled for four upcoming weekends as she instructs about how to capture the beauty of the Georgia Coast through paintbrush and canvas. With many years of experience painting the tranquil scenes for which the Golden Isles are known, the four themed classes are scheduled for up to (10) people, making instruction personal and focused.

Advance reservations are required. If you bring your own supplies, the cost is $35 per participant. The cost is $55 per participant if you'd like Peggy to furnish your supplies.

If you bring your own art supplies, please include paints (either oil or acrylic), brushes, and brush cleaner. You are welcome to bring your own canvas, but Peggy will supply one 11" x 14" canvas per participant. When you reserve your spot, tell the Hotel Concierge whether or not you'll bring your own supplies. Space is limited! Call 912.268.5965 today to reserve your coastal painting experience.

April 5:
HAPPY EASTER!

April 9:
Cinema Gourmet at the Historic Ritz Theatre: Singin' in the Rain, 6:30 p.m. Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in the film filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

April 10 - 12:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra A TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH! Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Fidelity National Financial Pops Series! The CertusBank Matinee Series! Michael Berkowitz, conductor. Cady Huffman and Karen Mason, guest vocalists. Truly a "singular sensation," the late Marvin Hamlisch left an unparalleled musical legacy that garnered him virtually every major award (three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes) and generations of fans that will never forget him. Guest conductor Michael Berkowitz and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra pay tribute with music from A Chorus Line and The Way We Were. Pops Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Matinee Ticket Prices, $22-$69. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

April 10:
Golden Isles Live! Presents Fernando Varela at Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., 7:30 p.m. Under the tutelage of master star-maker David Foster, Varela is on the fast track to the top. Easily striding Opera and Pop, he is the very picture of the modern tenor. Fernando Varela has popular and classical appeal. The power and raw emotion of Rock and Opera in one voice! (912) 638-4111 or goldenisleslive.org.

April 11 - 12
22nd Annual Spring Art in the Park
Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2015 (10 AM - 5 PM)
Talented artists and craftspeople from across the country display their work under the live oaks at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. What a wonderful way to spend a lovely spring day in a beautiful setting! Contact the Glynn Visual Arts at 912.638.8770 or Festival Chair Susan Fyfe Molnar at festivals@glynnart.org for additional information.

April 11 - 12
Portraits of a Different Sort

An artist of a different sort is coming to town this spring... Cam Chapman is a photographer of the highest order – and his specialty is capturing the beauty of America’s East Coast lighthouses.

Cam travels the highways and back roads of the United States in his vintage motor coach, always searching for new subjects, working his love of lighthouse photography together with the art show circuit where he shares the fruits of his labor with patrons. He will be at the Spring Art in the Park on St. Simons Island this year where you will find him in good company with the ever-expanding list of other fine artists and craftsmen there.

Don’t miss this chance to meet Cam Chapman and see his work at the Art in the Park taking place at Postell Park, Pier Village on St. Simons Island, Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12 from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission to the event is free. Please feel free to contact Cam at info@camchapman.com or visit his web site camchapman.com.

April 12:
Doo Wop and Rock Concert! One night only at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beach View Dr N, Jekyll Island. Enjoy songs of yesteryear from modern golden oldies artists Bobby Hendericks' Drifters, The Chiffons, The Vogues and Dennis Tufano. Tickets start at $53. (912) 635-6400, (888) 413-9127.

April 13 - 19:
The 2015 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will take place at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Make plans now to "Get Your Plaid On!" American professional golfer, Matt Kuchar was the 2014 Heritage tournament winner. Buy Your Tickets Now! (843) 671-2448 or rbcheritage.com.

April 13:
DIANA KRALL! 8 p.m. Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall will perform a special concert. Diana Krall's Wildflower World Tour features pop classics such as The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreaming," the Eagles' "Desperado," and Bob Dylan's "Wallflower," which inspired the album's title track, for her album Wildflower, which is scheduled for release in October. Ticket Prices, $69.50. Presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Association and Florida Theatre. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra does not perform at this event. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

April 17 - 19:
47th Annual "Blessing of the Fleet" the 2013 Blessing promises to be the biggest and most entertaining yet. This will be 46th year of the Blessing of the Fleet, a 3-day festival that will attract thousands of people to Darien, Georgia. $5 for age 13 and up on Friday and Saturday. Twelve and under are admitted free with a paying adult. There is no admission charge for Sunday's events. (912) 437-BOTF (2683) or blessingofthefleet.com.

April 18:
Cinema PJ at the Historic Ritz Theatre: Babe (1995). New for the 2014-15 season! Bring the family for a fun evening at the movie! Admission includes free popcorn, a craft project and a favorite film. Perfect for kids of all ages and wearing your pj's is ok! Popcorn and craft begin at 6:30 p.m., film screens at 7 p. m. Babe, a young pig, takes up residence on a new farm and learns that he must make himself useful if he is to survie. Determined to become a sheep dog - or, rather, sheep pig - Babe teaches the other animals and Farmer Hogget a few lessons in this charming family film. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

April 19:
THE WHO at The Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. at 7:30 p.m. THE WHO, one of rock's most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their "THE WHO HITS 50!" tour to North America in 2015. "THE WHO HITS 50!" tour is being presented by AEG Live. Set lists on these shows will take their audience on an "Amazing Journey" through THE WHO's entire career, from the band's early days to classic albums including WHO'S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day. For more info, call (904) 630-3900 or jaxevents.com.

April 24 - 25:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra BEETHOVEN'S "PASTORAL"! Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Rei Hotoda, conductor. Johannes Moser, cello. DVORAK In Nature's Realm. DVORAK Cello Concerto*. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral". Bask in the love of nature with Beethoven's timeless "Pastoral" Symphony and Dvorak's boundless enthusiasm for nature, life and love. And the cello, by nature one of the most sensual of instruments, takes center stage in Dvorak's famous concerto. Masterworks Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

April 24:
The Fourth Annual International Festival, sponsored by the College of Coastal Georgia and the Abbott Race Unity Institute, will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the College's Conference Center, 1 College Dr. Admission is free. Come experience international foods and music from all around the world. In addition, the CultureEXPO will let you explore the culture and history of several nations including Greece, a special presentation by the 3rd Grade students of C.B. Greer Elementary School. The Marketplace will offer crafts and other items for purchase from many lands and the KidFest will provide a great place for children to have fun. (912) 269-5942.

April 25:
GreenScene EcoFair - Going Green in the Golden Isles, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Glynn Place Mall, 219 Mall Boulevard, Brunswick, GA. Visit local vendors showcasing eco-friendly products & activities with educational booths, live presentations, kids' activities, food vendors, raffles, giveaways. Learn more about organizations protecting Georgia's coast. Free family-friendly event open to the public. greenscenega.org.

April 26:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra THE TWINS AND THE MONSTER! 3 p.m. (Pre-concert activities at 2 p.m.) Family Series! Michelle Merrill, conductor. Norma Lewis, storyteller. This imaginative tale by award-winning author Tololwa M. Mollel uses the rhythms of Africa to drive the fast-paced presentation, where two twins must outwit a fierce monster and heal their devastated village. John Estacio's magical score, adapted by Doug McKeag, sets the scene as an actor brings the story to life using carved masks, singing and movement. Ticket Prices, $7-$24. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

MAY 2015

May 1 - 31:
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.

May 1 - 31:
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super kewl! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate's Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.

May 2:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra SLEEPING BEAUTY BALLET! 8 p.m. Chelsea Tipton, II, conductor. Rhonda Stampalia, choreographer. Principal dancers, TBA. Tchaikovsky's enchanting Sleeping Beauty has captivated audiences for more than a century. Experience it in a full production, featuring dancers from Jacksonville's own First Coast Nutcracker. Ticket Prices, $35-$65. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jim and Jan Moran Theater, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

May 8 - 9:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra CLASSIC SOUL: MOTOWN AND MORE! Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. Fidelity National Financial Pops Series! Michael Krajewski, conductor. Capathia Jenkins & Darius de Haas, guest vocalists. Incomparable vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas celebrate the kings and queens of classic soul. Hit after chart-topping hit from Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and James Brown including "Natural Woman," "Proud Mary," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Respect," "The Closer I Get to You" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

May 10:
Blessing of the Fleet! This colorful Portuguese tradition, each Mother's Day in historic downtown Brunswick, blesses the brightly decorated shrimp boats prior to the start of shrimping season each year. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park. The Processional begins promptly at 12 noon and lasts about thirty minutes, blessing of the fleet is at 3 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 265-4032.

May 14 - 15:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Season Finale: COURTNEY LEWIS RETURNS! Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Courtney Lewis, conductor. HAYDN Symphony No. 92, "Oxford". ADES Three Studies from Couperin. BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra. New music director, Courtney Lewis, returns to conduct the final concert of the Masterworks series, featuring Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

May 16:
12th Annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest! The event takes place along Beachfront Park near the Jekyll Island Convention Center. After swimming, biking, and running along Jekyll Island's scenic beaches, roadways, and paved bike paths, crafts and educational activities, provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, will be on-site for turtle enthusiasts of all ages. Events culminate with the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Events benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, 214 Stable Rd. Nest Fest activities and sea turtle release are FREE to the public. Help us continue our mission of conservation through sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education! (912) 635-3636.

May 17:
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA SPRING FINAL CONCERT! 5 p.m. Publix Super Markets Charities JSYO Series! Scott C. Gregg, JSYO Music Director and Principal Conductor. An inspiring concert featuring all ensembles of the JSYO in their final concert of the season. Ticket prices, $5 child, $10 adult. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

May 21:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra LET FREEDOM RING! 7 p.m. Presented by ARIAS (Amelia Residents In Action for the Symphony). "Let Freedom Ring" is an annual concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on Amelia Island to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. First Baptist Church, 1600 S. 8th St., Fernandina Beach. ARIAS (Amelia Island Residents in Action for the Symphony) invites you to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and our country with an evening of patriotic favorites. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.

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JUNE 2015

June 1 - 30:
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.

June 1 - 30:
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super kewl! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate's Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.

June 13 - 14:
Florida Country Superfest, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindell and more to headline the 2015 Florida Country Superfest June 13 & 14 at Jacksonville's EverBank Field. 1 Everbank Field Dr, Jacksonville, FL. For more information visit makeascenedowntown.com

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JULY 2015

July 1 - 30:
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.

July 1 - 30:
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super kewl! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate's Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.

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AUGUST 2015

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NOVEMBER 2015

November 16 - 22:
The McGladrey Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation which was established by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. (912) 634-3266 or visit mcgladreyclassic.com.

November 20 - 22
5th Annual Mistletoe Market
Friday - Sunday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Friday: 5 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Kick off the holidays island-style! Fine art and quality crafts will be featured in Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Additional festivities include entertainment, holiday decorations, food, children's activities, Santa, and more! Contact the Glynn Visual Arts at 912.638.8770 or Festival Chair Susan Fyfe Molnar at festivals@glynnart.org for additional information.

DECEMBER 2015

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Suwannee Canal Rd.
Folkston, GA 31537
912.496.7836
okefenokee@fws.gov

March 10-12, 2015

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to Offer Project WILD and Project Learning Tree Educator Workshops

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a series of Project WILD and Project Learning Tree (PLT) environmental education workshops March 10-12, 2015. The workshops will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., each day and will be conducted at the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, 11 miles southwest of Folkston, GA off Hwy 121/23.

Projects WILD and PLT are programs designed to help educators teach about the environment through stimulating, hands-on instructional activities. Teachers, naturalists, and both formal and non-formal educators will benefit from training during these three days of workshops. Participants will gain formal training to introduce students Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade to environmental education topics and issues that are correlated to the Georgia Performance Standards and are research based and field tested. The activities are designed by educators and are classroom friendly and appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.

Participants will receive Project WILD, Project Aquatic WILD, Growing up WILD, Flying WILD, and Project Learning Tree activity guides as well as supplementary materials and additional information to further use with students once the full workshop is complete.

Registration is required and the workshop is limited to 20 participants. Please register before March 4, 2015 to ensure there are enough resources available for all participants. Lunch is not provided during training; however options include bringing a sack lunch or dining on-site at Okefenokee Adventures.

Cost: Registration for all 3-days of workshops is $80. Participants are also able to do a partial registration in which they choose any combination of the following: Project WILD (March 10), $25; Growing Up WILD (March 11), $20; Flying WILD (March 11), $15; or Project Learning Tree (March 12), $20. Checks must be made payable to Okefenokee Wildlife League, or payments can be made via credit card by calling 912.496.7836. Registration forms can be found at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center or online at www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee. Registrations may be returned by email to sarah_wyatt@fws.gov, fax at 912.496.7991, or mail to Sarah Wyatt, Okefenokee NWR, 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537.

For more information or to register for the educator workshops, contact the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at 912.496.7836. The workshops are sponsored by Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Okefenokee Wildlife League.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Offers Owl Prowls during March, 2015

Join refuge staff and volunteers on Saturday, March 7th from 4:30-7:00 p.m., and March 21st from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to explore the nightlife of the Okefenokee Swamp. Stroll down the Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset and experience a true Okefenokee evening. Enjoy the sights and sounds leading to the Owls Roost Tower and back. Look, listen, and learn about nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Pre-registration is required for each program. Limited space available. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot located within the east entrance to the refuge, 11 miles southwest of Folkston, Georgia. Bring bug spray, binoculars, water, flashlights, and wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. This event is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. Refuge entrance fees are not required after 4:00 p.m. For more information, or to register, contact the Visitor Center at 912.496.7836, open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Okefenokee Hunt Dates for 2015 Season
 
Okefenokee is one of many national wildlife refuges in the United States that offer hunting programs. The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable resource. Public hunting on the Okefenokee NWR is permitted in three areas, the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, the Pocket, and the Cowhouse Unit at certain times of the year.
  
More information is available on the refuge website at www.fws.gov/okefenokee, at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center, located off Hwy. 121/23 near Folkston, GA by calling 912.496.7836 between 9am and 5pm Thursday-Monday. 

Turkey
Firearms (Shotgun)
Mar. 21- May 15, 2015. In accordance with Dixon Memorial WMA regulations. Sign-In at Dixon Memorial WMA and at refuge Cowhouse kiosk if on refuge property.

Hunters on this portion of the refuge are limited to foot and bicycle traffic only. Hunters must sign-in and sign-out and must possess a valid Georgia hunting license. Regulations and information may be obtained by calling 229.426.5267 or at www.gohuntgeorgia.com and www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee.

Okefenokee Spring 2015 Activities

Saturday, March 7

Owl Prowl, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Join refuge rangers for a stroll down Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset. Climb the Owls Roost Tower and experience an Okefenokee evening. Look, listen, and learn of nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Saturday, March 14

'Oke' Archery Days, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join a skilled instructor to learn the basics of archery. The program is geared towards children ages 5-15, but is also open to adults. Participants will learn how to properly use a bow and arrow, and gain improvement in their marksmanship abilities. Registration is required, and parents/guardians must be present with their child for the duration of the program. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, March 14 and
Sunday, March 15

Spring Nature Photography Workshop by John Reed, 8:00-4:30 p.m.
Join acclaimed photographer John Reed March 14 and 15. The two-day workshop consists of classroom and hands-on exercises on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and hands-on photography in the field on Sunday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants must provide their own camera and any other photographic equipment they need. All photography skill levels are welcome. Registration and fees required. Limited spaces are available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register.

Saturday, March 21

Chesser Island Homestead Demonstrations, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Join volunteers at the historic Chesser Island Homestead to learn more about the true “swampers” who once live there. Participate in a tour through the home, and then watch demonstrations on how to make old time soaps and candles. Sponsored by Okefenokee Wildlife League; handmade soaps and candles will be available for purchase. Meet at the Chesser Island Homestead.

Gator Talk, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Without alligators, the Okefenokee Swamp wouldn’t be the same. Come and learn some interesting facts about the Swamp’s most sought after resident. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Owl Prowl, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Join refuge rangers for a stroll down Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset. Climb the Owls Roost Tower and experience an Okefenokee evening. Look, listen, and learn of nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Saturday, March 28

'Oke' Archery Days, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join a skilled instructor to learn the basics of archery. The program is geared towards children ages 5-15, but is also open to adults. Participants will learn how to properly use a bow and arrow, and gain improvement in their marksmanship abilities. Registration is required, and parents/guardians must be present with their child for the duration of the program. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Chesser Island Homestead Demonstrations, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Join volunteers at the historic Chesser Island Homestead to learn more about the true “swampers” who once live there. Participate in a tour through the home, and then watch demonstrations on how to make old time soaps and candles. Sponsored by Okefenokee Wildlife League; handmade soaps and candles will be available for purchase. Meet at the Chesser Island Homestead.

Gator Talk, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Without alligators, the Okefenokee Swamp wouldn’t be the same. Come and learn some interesting facts about the Swamp’s most sought after resident. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 4

'Oke' Archery Days, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join a skilled instructor to learn the basics of archery. The program is geared towards children ages 5-15, but is also open to adults. Participants will learn how to properly use a bow and arrow, and gain improvement in their marksmanship abilities. Registration is required, and parents/guardians must be present with their child for the duration of the program. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Owl Prowl, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Join refuge rangers for a stroll down Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset. Climb the Owls Roost Tower and experience an Okefenokee evening. Look, listen, and learn of nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Saturday, April 11

Chesser Island Homestead Demonstrations, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Join volunteers at the historic Chesser Island Homestead to learn more about the true “swampers” who once live there. Participate in a tour through the home, and then watch demonstrations on how to make old time soaps and candles. Sponsored by Okefenokee Wildlife League; handmade soaps and candles will be available for purchase. Meet at the Chesser Island Homestead.

Owl Prowl, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Join refuge rangers for a stroll down Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset. Climb the Owls Roost Tower and experience an Okefenokee evening. Look, listen, and learn of nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Saturday, April 18

Earth Day Celebration, 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Come and celebrate Earth Day by visiting Okefenokee NWR! Participate in family friendly activities, programs, and crafts. Explore the Swamp Island Drive to learn more about the refuge and experience the Okefenokee Swamp. Activities will be on-going and located at the Visitor Center, along Swamp Island Drive, and the Chesser Island Homestead. Boat tours and rentals will be available with Okefenokee Adventures. For more information or to inquire about celebration details, contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836.

Refuge Litter Pickup, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Come and support the local community and the refuge in honor of Earth Day! Make a difference by participating in the refuge litter pickup. Meet at Highway 121, mile marker 30, at Prospect Church. Participants need to bring gloves and water. After the cleanup, all litter pickup participants will be offered free refuge entrance and a hotdog cookout - located at the picnic pavilion near the Visitor Center. For more information or to participate, contact Gracie Gooch at 912-496-7836.

Chesser Island Homestead Demonstrations, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Join volunteers at the historic Chesser Island Homestead to learn more about the true “swampers” who once live there. Participate in a tour through the home, and then watch demonstrations on how to make old time soaps and candles. Sponsored by Okefenokee Wildlife League; handmade soaps and candles will be available for purchase. Meet at the Chesser Island Homestead.

Saturday, April 25

Owl Prowl, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Join refuge rangers for a stroll down Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset. Climb the Owls Roost Tower and experience an Okefenokee evening. Look, listen, and learn of nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Beginner Birding Hike, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Join refuge birders for a guided birding hike along the Chesser Island Boardwalk. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend, especially beginners. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring binoculars and a field guide. The Visitor Center does have a loaner binocular program, but availability will be limited. Other suggested items to bring are snacks and water, as well as a camera. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Chesser Island Boardwalk parking lot.

Saturday, May 2

'Oke' Archery Days, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join a skilled instructor to learn the basics of archery. The program is geared towards children ages 5-15, but is also open to adults. Participants will learn how to properly use a bow and arrow, and gain improvement in their marksmanship abilities. Registration is required, and parents/guardians must be present with their child for the duration of the program. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Spring Plants of the Okefenokee, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Interested in learning more about the plants found at the refuge during spring time? Come and learn more about the carnivorous plants, orchids, and others who grow in the Okefenokee. Bring a camera and dress for the weather. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center to caravan along the Swamp Island Drive.

Saturday, May 9

Beginner Birding for Kids & Families, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Interested in learning more about bird watching, and how to make it a fun, family activity? Join a ranger for an introduction to the basics of beginner birding, and learn that it’s not hard at all to get started. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Bird Activities and Crafts, On-going from 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Stop by the Visitor Center to create make-and-take bird crafts. Create your own bird anti-collision ornament, pine cone bird feeder, bird hand puppets, and more! Join a ranger to test your wingspan and compare it to birds like the bald eagle, great blue heron, or California Condor! Learn and listen to bird calls. Touch table and games will be on-going, along with storytelling, and more! Activities are located in the Visitor Center.

Owls of the Okefenokee, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about the owls of the Okefenokee? Learn how to identify them by sight and sound, then join a ranger to dissect owl pellets! This is a hands-on, “down and dirty” program centered on owls. Learn about the general biology of these amazing animals, including where they live, what they eat, and how they use their senses and other physical attributes to hunt their prey. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Owl Prowl, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Join refuge rangers for a stroll down Chesser Island Boardwalk at sunset. Climb the Owls Roost Tower and experience an Okefenokee evening. Look, listen, and learn of nocturnal creatures of the swamp. Registration required. Limited space available. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 to register. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.


For registration of programs or for more information, contact the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at 912-496-7836 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All activities will take place at the East Entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, eleven miles southwest of Folkston, GA along Georgia State Highway 121/23.

All activities start inside the east entrance of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 7 miles southwest of Folkston, GA, off the Okefenokee Parkway South (GA 121/23).

The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area (East Entrance) to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the primary entrance managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is located 11 miles southwest of Folkson, GA off Hwy 121/23. The refuge is open daily and offers a variety of opportunities for the visiting public. Call 912.496.7836 or visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/okefenokee for hours of operation, upcoming events, and entrance fee information.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/okefenokeewildliferefuge or www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.

Glynn Visual Arts St Simons

Glynn Visual Arts Calendar

SPRING 2015

529 Beachview Drive
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
912.638.8770
glynnart@bellsouth.net
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

QUICK LINKS
Photography Classes
On-Going Classes
Pottery Classes
Workshops
Kids Classes
Partners in Art

Glynn Visual Arts Releases Plans for New Visual Arts Center on St. Simons Island
Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) released plans for its new visual arts center on St. Simons Island. Set to open to the public in January of 2015, this facility will provide GVA with optimal space to enhance its current operations. Included will be a large gallery, classrooms, a pottery studio, gift shop, offices, and on-site parking. Visit www.glynnart.org/get-involved.html for details about this exciting announcement. 


Ongoing Classes and Workshops

ONGOING

Art Classes and Workshops
All media, ages, and experience levels; various times and prices.

Photography Classes
Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices.

Paper Play with Debbie Craig
Last Saturday of every month
August - February 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MONDAYS

Drawing and Painting with Sherry Egger
Sherry will be teaching drawing in charcoal/color pencils and painting in acrylics and oil.
Date/Time: Every Mon. 9am-noon.
Cost: $110 non-members/$98 GAA members for a series of 4 classes. Glynn Visual Arts, 529 Beachview Drive, SSI, 912-638-8770
Oil & Acrylic with Barbara Mueller
Learn to paint on canvas or better your technique. Open to all levels. Call for supplies. High school students are welcome.
Date/Time: Every Mon. from 3pm - 6pm.
Cost: $110 non-members/$98 GAA members for series of 6 classes.

TUESDAYS

Pastel Painting with Louise Eaton
Explore various techniques such as under painting, still life painting and more.  Drawing experience is helpful. Call for supply list.
Date/Time: Every Tues. from 9:30am - 12:30 pm.
Cost: $110 non-members/$98 GAA members for series of 4 classes.

z e n t a n g l e®
Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:30
Learn to draw beautiful art even if you have never drawn before. The Zentangle method is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. All ages and all skill levels can benefit from Zentangle — increased focus and relaxation, decreased stress and fun! The Zentangle method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com. Susan Ricci Certified Zentangle Teacher.

WEDNESDAYS

Oil & Acrylic with Barbara Mueller
Learn to paint on canvas or better your technique. Open to all levels. Call for supplies. High school students are welcome. 
Date/Time: Every Wed from 10am - noon.
Cost: $110 non-members/$98 GAA members for series of 6 classes. Cost: $30 for single drop-in. $110 non-members/$98 GAA members for series of 6 classes.

Open Studio with Ken
Come and paint with Ken Wallin who facilitates a wonderful atmosphere to guide you on a your journey to successful art.
Every Wed. from 1pm - 4pm
Cost: $20 per session.

StoryDrawing School 2014 with Bob Pendarvis.
Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00
Cost $350 per session.

THURSDAYS

Adult Pottery Classes
9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-In Class $27. 6 Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information ask for Debbie Craig.

Learn to Paint in Any Medium with Lynn St. Claire
Learn the basics while developing a strong background in color theory. Thursdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
(preregistration is required)

Watercolor with Lynn St Clair
Learn the basics of watercolor. Must reserve a space. Date/Time: Every Thur. from 9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $110 non-members/$98 GAA members for series of 4 classes.

Adult Pottery Class with instructor, Debbie Craig
Date/Time: Every Thur. from 6pm-8:30pm
$27 drop-in / $130 for 6 classes for members / $145 for 6 classes for non-members
Clay: $25/25 lbs.

Pottery for Kids w/Debbie Craig
Date/Time: Every Sat. from 10am - 11:30am
Students must be 7 years old.
Cost: $95 member/$105 nonmember for 6 classes. Drop-in: $18. Glynn Visual Arts, 529 Beachview Drive, SSI, 912-638-8770
StoryDrawing School 2014 for kids with Bob Pendarvis.
Saturday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30
Cost $25 per class or $135 per session.

SATURDAYS

Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs.

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