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St. Simons Island 2017 Calendar of Events

St. Simons Island is always humming with a variety of fun activities and things to do year-round. From local farmer's markets, art and antique shows, Music in the Park, outdoor excursions, to wine tastings, gallery exhibits, tours, and on-going classes and workshops for creative pursuits such as painting, pottery, jewelry making or dance instruction, you'll never run out of things to do in the Golden Isles.

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On-Going Events & Activities on St. Simons



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

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 freddypresssi.com.

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

Old-Fashioned 4th of July in Downtown Brunswick
Fireworks in Mary Ross Park. Walking Parade lines up at 6:15pm at Hanover Square and proceeds through Downtown to Mary Ross Waterfront Park). Celebration at the Park begins at 7pm with games, prizes, music, free watermelon slices for everyone. After dark, a spectacular fireworks display over the East River! Brunswick and St. Simons' Old Fashioned 4th of July Free Event was voted as one of the top ten Fourth of July celebrations in the country by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Historic Downtown Tours
Tuesday through Saturday. Three tours daily: City Tour - 9:30am to 11am; Residential Tour - 4pm to 5:30pm; Combo Tour (City/Residential) - 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Reservations ONLY / Reserve ONLINE at SoGloGallery.com

Children's Pottery Classes
10am - 11:30am. Children ages 7 and up will enjoy instruction by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Glynn Visual Arts Pottery Studio, 106 Island Drive. Call 912.638.8770 for more information or visit glynnvisualarts.org.

First Friday
Downtown Promenade in Historic Downtown Brunswick
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

Painting Technique with Jennifer Broadus
6:30pm - 8:30 pm. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive on St. Simons Island. Call 912.638.8770 for more information or visit glynnvisualarts.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

Ken Wallin, Open Studio
1:00pm - 4:00 pm. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive on St. Simons Island. Call 912.638.8770 or visit glynnvisualarts.org.
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 9am -11:30am and evening classes 6pm - 8:30pm. Instruction in wheel and hand building by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island. Call 912.638.6679 or 912.638.8770 or visit glynnvisualarts.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 glynnvisualarts.org for more information.

March
March 1-6

Cultural Explorations: the Gullah artwork of Lillie Simpson
Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present our latest exhibition in celebration of Black History month and our Coastal Heritage. Work will be shown at both GVA galleries, 106 Island Drive and at the Visitor's/Welcome Center at 529 Beachview Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.

Lillie Simpson's paintings use a vibrant palette and free-flowing sense of composition to create a world that the artist encapsulates in one word: "life." That liveliness is expressed in the bold colors of the acrylic and oil paints which Simpson uses as well as in the varied textures and scenes she captures. In some of her works, color and form are employed in abstract patterns. Her ability to balance intense and subtle shades gives these paintings a three-dimensional quality and keeps the viewer's eye in constant motion.

106 Island Drive, SSI, GA Glynn Visual Arts 106 Island Drive Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 912.638.8770 glynnvisualarts.org

March 3-4

GVA Spring Pottery Sale
Don't miss this semi-annual opportunity to own beautiful, original handmade pottery!
Friday, March 3rd: 4-7 pm
Saturday, March 4th: 10 am-5 pm
At GVA: 106 Island Drive, SSI, GA
glynnvisualarts.org.

March 10-11

Rustapalooza Vintage Markets: Spring in St. Marys
Rustapalooza Vintage Markets is so excited to be back in the beautiful, historic riverfont of St. Marys, GA! We have added a second location this year as well, you can choose to shop in any order you like, the original property at 100 Ready Street and also the vendors at the grounds of the amazing Orange Hall at 311 Osborne Street.. We will have nearly 100 amazing vintage and antiques vendors from all over the southeast, and lots of food trucks to enjoy as you shop the downtown merchants in the riverfront area. LOCATION:
Gateway Property & Orange Hall
100 Ready Street
311 Osborne Street
St. Marys, GA 31558
www.visitstmarys.com

March 11

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 10am - 2pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

March 11-12

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 11-13

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

March 16

Cinema Gourmet: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Randall P. McMurphy decides to plead insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against oppressive Nurse Ratched and rallies up the scared patients. Winner of 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher) and Best Director (Milos Forman.) 1975. Rated R, 2 hrs 13 min. Enjoy a screening of a classic movie preceded by a tasting of delicious food from Chef Kate and Indigo Coastal Shanty and an insightful talk about what makes the film a "must see." Cinema Gourmet tickets are $18/person and include tasting, talk and screening. Tasting 6:30 pm. Talk 6:50 pm. Screening 7:15 pm. (Tickets for talk and screening may be purchased at the door only. $5/person). Tickets must be purchased by the Monday prior to the screening and will not be available online after that time. Please call 912-262-6934 to check availability. Visit goldenislesarts.org or (912) 262-6934 for more information.

March 18-19

Woodbine Jazz & Arts Festival - Music, Art, Storytelling & More
For more information visit jazznart.org

March 18-19

Christ Episcopal Church 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 18-19

Spring Invitational Arts & Crafts Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com

March 19

Jewish Food and Culture Festival
The historic Temple Beth Tefilloh of Brunswick is hosting a Jewish Food and Culture Festival on Sunday afternoon at the Morning Star Marina (in the Courtyard near the Coastal Kitchen & Raw Bar). Learn more about the Jewish culture by experiencing the music, ceremonies, and the delicious traditional food. Admission to the festival is free. (912) 265-7575 or bethtefilloh.org

March 19

Dave Bennett: Roots of Pop - Swing to Rock
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST. One of the only artists saluting the Roots of Pop, Dave Bennett and his band covers music from the swing era and Rock-n-Roll to country, Elvis and the Beatles. A virtuoso clarinetist, Dave will wow the audience with this vocals, piano and guitar skills as well. Visit goldenislesarts.org or (912) 262-6934 for more information.

March 24

Printmaking De-Mystified
One Day Printmaking Workshop
Instructor: Lydia Thompson
10:00am - 5:00p

Come learn to work on our lithography press and create unique and beautiful original prints with Master Printer Lydia Thompson. Get the basics of printing using simple etching, embossing, various inks, found natural materials and more. Leave with several print projects. Small materials fee payable to instructor will apply.

Cost:
$95 Members
$120 Non-Members
Materials Fee: $20 Payable directly to instructor
Minimum 3 students

Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
912.638.8770
glynnvisualarts.org

March 25

yART SALE
GVA STUDIO yART SALE FUNDRAISER
It's a Yard Sale for Original Art!
Artists will be clearing out their studios to make room for new art and their work will be for sale at reduced prices at GVA! Come and get some GREAT ORIGINAL ART, save money and support GVA!

8am - 3pm
Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
912.638.8770
glynnvisualarts.org

March 30 - April 2

Cirque Italia
Location: Former Costal Empire Fairgrounds
Phone: 941.704.8572
Email: office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com
Website: www.cirqueitalia.com
Description:
GET READY SAVANNAH, GA, BECAUSE YOU ARE ABOUT TO HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! CIRQUE ITALIA, THE FIRST TRAVELING WATER CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN WITH A SPECTACULAR SHOW THAT YOU CAN'T MISS!

Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduces a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent - the result is simply out of this world! For more information visit www.cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

When: March 30 – April 2
Where: 4801 Meding St, Savannah, GA 31405
At: Former—Coastal Empire Fairgrounds
March 30 – Thursday: 7:30pm
March 31 – Friday: 7:30pm
April 1 – Saturday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
April 2 – Sunday: 2:30pm abd 5:30pm

Box office hours:
The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.
Non-show days: 10am – 6pm
On show days: 10am – 9pm

You can purchase tickets through our website www.cirqueitalia.com/tickets or by phone at 941.704.8572.


April
April 1-2

Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival
TIMES AND LOCATION: 10am -5pm Daily, at Postell Park, Pier Village, Saint Simons Island, GA
PRESS CONTACT: For inquiries, please contact Hannah Roberts at festivals@glynnvisualarts.org

Spring arrives in style this April as Glynn Visual Arts hosts their 24th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft festival. Over 70 talented artists & skilled crafts people from around the region display an impressive & eclectic collection of handmade artwork. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of 2 dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal & glass. Homegrown beauty products, botanicals & gourmet goodies are also available to delight the senses. A great selection of food vendors serving freshly prepared eats will be available as well. Music, kid's craft activities & a bicycle treasure hunt, known as "Pedal for Treasure" make this a fun, family friendly event. This festival is held in the beautiful live oak covered Postell Park in the heart of the Pier village, just steps from the ocean on St Simons Island, GA.

Find out how it is made! Throughout the weekend blacksmithing demonstrations will be given on site by a talented family of artists. Attendees will also enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists & connect with them about their artwork. "Shoppers are given the chance to support small businesses, meet the artists and even learn how their new handmade piece of art was made. This makes the ownership or giving of a handcrafted piece truly special", notes Hannah Roberts, GVA's Festival Director.

This festival has something for everyone, including the youngest of visitors. The Kid's "Creation Station" celebrates the smallest artists with free craft activities.

In addition to the art at the festival, visitors have another opportunity to view visual art in our community. Glynn Visual Arts will again host "Pedal for Treasure" on Sunday afternoon, a bicycle scavenger hunt looking for local visual art. Individuals or groups of two or three are provided clues and a map for a $10 entry fee. The route is an easy loop near the Village area. Last year's participants were enthusiastic about their adventure – and competitive too! Prizes were awarded for the most correct answers, the best team name, and the best time to finish. All are encouraged to come early for lunch in the park and shop the festival before and after the scavenger hunt.

For more information on Glynn Visual Arts and our festivals please visit our website at: www.glynnvisualarts.org.

April 1-2

Cirque Italia
Location: Former Costal Empire Fairgrounds
Phone: 941.704.8572
Email: office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com
Website: www.cirqueitalia.com
Description:
GET READY SAVANNAH, GA, BECAUSE YOU ARE ABOUT TO HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! CIRQUE ITALIA, THE FIRST TRAVELING WATER CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN WITH A SPECTACULAR SHOW THAT YOU CAN'T MISS!

Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduces a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent - the result is simply out of this world! For more information visit www.cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

When: March 30 – April 2
Where: 4801 Meding St, Savannah, GA 31405
At: Former—Coastal Empire Fairgrounds
March 30 – Thursday: 7:30pm
March 31 – Friday: 7:30pm
April 1 – Saturday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
April 2 – Sunday: 2:30pm abd 5:30pm

Box office hours:
The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.
Non-show days: 10am – 6pm
On show days: 10am – 9pm

You can purchase tickets through our website www.cirqueitalia.com/tickets or by phone at 941.704.8572.

April 2

Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music, starring Katie Deal
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST. Golden Isles Arts and Humanities presents Katie Deal in a one-woman concert tribute featuring the music and stories of country music's pioneering women. Honoring legends such as The Carter Family, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Reba McEntire. Visit goldenislesarts.org or (912) 262-6934 for more information.

April 8

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 10am - 2pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

April 8

Lighting Photography for People and Nature
This is an in-depth course on natural lighting, flash and light modifiers. The course will be a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on learning. Bring your cameras. Discussions will include:
1. Best lighting for nature shots (landscapes, architecture and wildlife)
2. Lighting people (individuals, outlets and groups)
3. Use of off and on camera flash - single and multiple
4. Light modifiers such as reflectors, bounce, Icelight, Hotlight, diffuser
5. Participants will get hands-on experience using these techniques and equipment.

Instructor: Mike Force
Mike Force, owner of Mike Force Photography has been a professional photographer for 17 years and lives locally. His work can be seen on his website (mikeforce.com) and his Facebook Page (mike force photography).

9:00am - 5:00pm
$95 members
$105 non-members


To register go to www.glynnvisualarts.org or call 912.638.8770

April 10-12

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

April 10-16

The 2017 RBC Heritage
The 2017 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!" Buy Your Tickets Now! (843) 671-2448 or rbcheritage.com.

April 10

Coastal Symphony of Georgia Concert: Powerful Emotions
8 p.m. Adults $40, Children/Students $5. Brunswick High School Auditorium, 3885 Altama Ave. Luis Haza, Music Director and Conductor. (912) 634-2006 or coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.

April 13

Cinema Gourmet: Some Like It Hot
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM EST. When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. 1959. Not rated, 2 hrs. Enjoy a screening of a classic movie preceded by a tasting of delicious food from Chef Kate and Indigo Coastal Shanty and an insightful talk about what makes the film a "must see."Visit goldenislesarts.org or (912) 262-6934 for more information.


May
May 1-31

The Neptune Park Fun Zone
Now open for the summer, 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. Call (912) 279-2836 for more info.

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 cool! 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.

May 6

Turtle Island Quartet
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST. In exploring John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, the GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet continues its own tradition of employing the string quartet form to shed new light on the timeless joy and beauty contained in the greatest music of the American jazz masters. Visit goldenislesarts.org or (912) 262-6934 for more information.

May 9-11

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

May 13

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 10am - 2pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

May 13-14

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, there will be crafts and educational activities, provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Turtle Crawl and Nest Fest is 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 13-14

Mothers' Day Weekend Art & Craft Show at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com

May 20

2nd Annual Golden Isles Prep Rally
This exciting and important outreach event facilitated by US Coast Guard Station Brunswick & Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 07-10-10, Glynn County Emergency Management/First Responders, UGA Marine Brunswick Extension, the City of Brunswick, Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Georgia DNR, National Guard and many others will be free to the entire community. It will focus on disaster awareness and preparedness with the spotlight on hurricane and coastal flooding. It is also in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Brunswick, GA. gipreprally.com.

May 27

Hello Sunshine Festival
The annual Hello Summer Festival on Memorial Day weekend will be a daylong celebration of summer with arts, crafts, and food vendors at the St. Mary's Waterfront Park. There will be a After Schools Out for Summer's air guitar contest, the Georgia Radio Museum Birthday Party and more. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown St. Mary's. For more information contact the St Mary's Welcome Center (912) 882-4000 or VisitStMarys.com.

May 29

Sounds by the Sea featuring The Traveling Riverside Band
The Traveling Riverside Band will play their brand of Southern rock and blues at the St Simons Lighthouse lawn. The concert begins at 7 p.m. The May 29th concert is sponsored by Parker's Convenience Stores. Sounds by the Sea is presented by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. Admission to Sounds by the Sea, payable at the gate the night of each show, is only $10 for adults. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5, and children younger than 6 years old get in free. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.


June
June 3-4

Georgia Sea Islands Festival
Come celebrate African American musical traditions, crafts and food of the coastal barrier islands. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Gascoigne Bluff Park, St. Simons Island. St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. (912) 634-0330.

June 8-10

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

June 10

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 9am - 1pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

June 15

Annie, Jr.
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST. The Penguin Project® was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to give children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Golden Isles' Penguin Project is proud to present Annie, Jr. - the irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved, award-winning musicals. The Ritz Theatre Gallery, 1530 Newcastle Street, Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

June 16-18

Southern Grown Festival
Festivalpport southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA. Visit southerngrown.com for more information.


July
July 1-4

The Annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival
Held in the Pier Village on St. Simons has been an island tradition for over 60 years. The family fun starts this year on Saturday, July 2nd and runs through Monday, July 4th. Arts & Craft Shows, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunshine Arts & Crafts Show, features an Arts & Crafts Show that highlights some of the region's best artists and crafters whose wares include painting, pottery, jewelry, woodcraft, photography, garden art and more! Fireworks, the fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. on the evening of the July 4th. So bring your chair and meet your friends in oceanfront Neptune Park and sit back and watch the show. Sunshine Festival 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, bring the family and participate together in a 1 mile fun run and 5K race on July 4th. The 1 mile fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5k race starts at 8 a.m. Start/Finish/Registration for both races will be at Mallery Park on St. Simons Island. (Mallery Park is just north of Kings Way on Mallery Street). Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up: 6-7:15 a.m., Mallery Park, St. Simons Island. The Sunshine Festival is sponsored by the Pier Village Association and proceeds from the festival are used for the betterment of the Pier Village and its parks. Some of the projects partially funded by PVA include public restroom facilities, grilling stations in the Neptune Park, extended street lighting on Beachview Drive, and landscaping of the parkways. 532 Beachview Dr., Pier Village. (912) 262-0628 or soglogallery.com.

July 4

Fourth of July Parade on Jekyll Island
Join the fun on Jekyll Island this 4th of July! Independence Day Parade, 9 a.m. The parade begins at the Jekyll Island Museum and passes through the historic district. Awards will take place following the parade. Participation in the parade is free, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Fireworks, 9 p.m. at Great Dunes Golf Course. Best viewing areas will be at Great Dunes Park. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.

July 4

Brunswick's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Bring the kids, tell your friends and neighbors, sharpen up your old-timey game skills! It's time once again for the entire community to celebrate Independence Day with an evening of fun, fanfare, and fireworks. Brunswick's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration takes place in Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Downtown Brunswick starting at 7 p.m. There will be free watermelon slices for everyone, music in the air, and plenty of old-fashioned games like sack races, water balloon tossing, and hula hoop contests, along with fun prizes for the winners. Then at dark, a spectacular fireworks display explodes over the East River to the strains of patriotic music. It's a wonderful, free event the community looks forward to every year, brought to you by the City of Brunswick and Golden Isles Arts and Humanities. (912) 262-6934.

July 8

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 9am - 1pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

July 8-10

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

July 28-30

Grown Up Summer Camp
Time: 4:00pm Friday-9:15 Sunday
Location: Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island
Phone: 912.638.8688
Email: tflavell@epworthbythesea.org
Website: www.epworthbythesea.org
Description: Numerous outdoor adventures: kayaking, horseback riding on the beach, fishing, bike tour, zip lining, paddleboard. full service gym available. enjoy a sunset cruise aboard a working shrimp boat. Beginners to seasoned participants encouraged!Nationally known storyteller, Andy Offutt Irwin, will be our leader.


August
August 6-8

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

August 12

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 9am - 1pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

August 19-20

End of Summer Weekend Art & Craft Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com


September
September 5-7

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

September 9

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 9am - 1pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.


October
October 4-6

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

October 21-22

Art & Craft Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com


November
November 3-5

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

November 18-19

Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com


December
December 2-4

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

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Glynn Visual Arts St. Simons Island Glynn Visual Arts

106 Island Drive
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
912.638.8770
info@glynnvisualarts.org
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
glynnvisualarts.org

Visit the GVA website for current events, workshops, classes and ongoing activities.

New in March 2017 at GVA:

DRAWING
New Drawing Class starts Wednesday, March 8th
with Instructor Ann Marie Dalis
10am - 12 noon
4 weeks
Cost:
$110 Members
$120 Non-Members
$30 Drop-In

WATERCOLOR
New Watercolor Class starts Thursday, March 9th
with Instructor Lynn St. Clair
9:30am - 12:30pm
4 weeks
Cost:
$110 Members
$120 Non-Members
$30 Drop-In

COASTALSCAPES EXHIBITION
March 6 through May 1, 2017

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 9th
5:30pm - 7:00pm

PINOT & PRINTS
4th Tuesday of the Month
February 28th or March 28th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Instructor: Lydia Thompson

Join us at GVA for one of our FUN "Art for Non-Artists" one night workshops! Artist & Instructor Lydia Thompson will lead you through the fun & fascinating process of creating original art prints on our printing press!

Members - $45
Non-Members - $55

Must register in advance!
Call 912.638.8770 or register online: glynnvisualarts.org

KEN WALLIN 3 DAY PAINTING WORKSHOP
March 17th, 18th & 19th 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
9:00am - 4:00pm

Join local favorite, Ken Wallin in this dynamic 3 day workshop! Ken will focus on using the palette knife and brush to achieve a loose, textured painting unlike anything you may have experienced. The goal is to help artists find their unique inner voice in painting. This can be an experimental experience for artists to try new things and a new style. Be ready for fun and new directions!

Class Fee: $450
Non-refundable down payment of $100 to reserve space.
Lodging is the responsibility of the participant.
Equipment list available from Ken after registration.

All inquiries, registration and payments go directly through Ken Wallin.
Ken Wallin Studios
3600 Frederica Rd.
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
email: kendoesart@aol.com
phone: 912.638.0176
web: www.wallingallery.com

On-Going Events, Classes, & Workshops

Brunswick Farmers 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 Instruction
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, 106 Island Drive, SSI. 912.638.8770.

Pottery, Hand-Building and Wheel Ongoing Classes.
Glynn Visual Arts Pottery Studio, 106 Island Drive, 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. Call 912.638.8770.

St. Simons Island Antique Show
Contact Joe Burkhart at 912.267.7822
stsimonsantiques.com

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.

For 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.

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities
1530 Newcastle St.
Brunswick, Georgia 31520
912.262.6934
goldenislesarts.org

Contact Education Director Lucy Lynn Bryson at artsed@goldenislesarts.org

Office, Gallery & Historic Ritz Theatre hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Also by appointment and during event times.

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

Okefenokee NWR to Celebrate 80 Years in 2017

On March 30, 1937, the executive order was signed to establish Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. With 80 years of conservation, education, and history, 2017 is a year of celebration. To kick off the celebration, the refuge has designed a fun and creative visiting experience called the Oke is 80 Passport Challenge designed to encourage visitation and promote exploration of the refuge.

The activities in the passport vary and include all entrances to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. No matter which activities visitors complete, they are sure to find the Oke is 80 Passport Challenge enriching, educational, and fun. Visitors can take advantage of the challenge activities to explore new areas of the refuge, learn about new wildlife species, and practice outdoor skills.

The Oke is 80 Passport Challenge requires no registration; just pick up an Oke is 80 Passport Challenge booklet at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center and get started! The goal is to complete as many activities in the passport book, and any participant (or family) that completes at least 25 activities will receive a prize. The refuge has designed a limited edition patch that will be given away FREE to individuals completing at least 25 activities. Both the Oke is 80 Passport Challenge books and prizes may be picked up at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at the Main Entrance. Completed passport books must be submitted no later than April 22, 2017 to be prize eligible.

The Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center is located at the Main Entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 11 miles southwest of Folkston, Georgia, off the Okefenokee Parkway South (GA 121/23). A $5 refuge entrance fee per vehicle or annual pass is required as admission. For more information, contact the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at 912-496-7836, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

More information is available on the refuge website at fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee, or at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center, located off Hwy. 121/23 near Folkston, GA by calling 912.496.7836 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday or daily after September 1.

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 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 fws.gov.

Connect with our Facebook pages at facebook.com/okefenokeewildliferefuge or facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.