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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



Golden Isles Arts & Humanities

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Calendar

SUMMER 2015

1530 Newcastle St.
Brunswick, Georgia 31520
912.262.6934
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

Theatre & Film Summer Camps Offer Creative Training

2015 summer camps for ages 6 to 18 at the Historic Ritz Theatre

The camps are led by professional in the field and are designed to teach essential creative skills in a fun atmosphere. "With camps in both theater arts and filmmaking over a seven-week period, there's sure to be something for every creative young person out there," says Heather Heath, executive director, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. "These summer programs are a great way to enhance concentration, discipline and social and interpersonal skills."

The full camp schedule is as follows:

AGES 6-7
Campers explore popular books through dramatic play and art. The week culminates with a presentation sharing the campers' adventure on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (Class minimum: 8; Maximum: 14)
Shrek
June 15-19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition: $175 Instructor: Lucy Lynn Bryson

Olivia The Pig
July 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition: $175 Instructor: Lucy Lynn Bryson

AGES 8-11
Young performers mount their own production while learning theatre skills. The class performances are held on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (Class minimum: 10, Maximum: 20)
Junie B. Jones
July 6-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition: $175 Instructor: Lucy Lynn Bryson

Charlotte's Web
July 27-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition: $175 Instructor: Lucy Lynn Bryson

AGES 12-15
Powered by campers' imaginative writings, acting, visual art and more, this week is sure to inspire, challenge, and excite. The week culminates with a presentation on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (Class minimum: 10, Maximum: 20)
Camp Create
July 13-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition: $175 Instructor: Lucy Lynn Bryson

AGES 14-18
Music Video Making This high-energy experience allows both budding and experienced filmmakers to create their own music videos. (Class minimum: 4; Maximum: 10)
June 8-12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $200 Instructor: Anthony Stubelek

Film Actor Workshop This acting intensive three-day camp focuses on acting in the films created in the filmmaking camp. (Max: 10, Application Required)
June 22-24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $100 Instructor: Heather Heath

Filmmaking This rigorous camp is perfect for both potential and experienced filmmakers to create their own film from start to finish. (Class minimum: 4; Maximum: 10)
June 22-26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $200 Instructor: Anthony Stubelek

• All camps run Monday-Friday at the Ritz Theatre.
• The Film Actor Workshop is Monday-Wednesday at the Ritz Theatre.
• Tuition increases by $25 after June 1.
• Multiple Camp Discount: Take $25 off total tuition if registering for more than one camp.
• Classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
• Lunch is not provided, campers ages 14 and up may purchase lunch in the downtown area with a guardian's permission.

For more information or to enroll, visit www.goldenislesarts.org or contact Education Director Lucy Lynn Bryson at artsed@goldenislesarts.org or call (912) 262-6934.

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

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

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 3 - 4:
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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

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

The walks will be on Friday and Saturday nights:
April 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m.
April 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m.
April 17 and 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Tours will be approximately 1/2 mile in length. It is suggested that visitors wear shoes comfortable for walking and dress appropriate to the season.

Tickets are $15 per person. Call 912-264-7333 to reserve a spot or for more information.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is located on US Highway 17, 8 miles north of Brunswick, 5 miles south of Darien, and one mile east of Interstate 95 exit 42. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is the number one attraction in Brunswick according to Tripadvisior and was recently named one of the "Top Ten Southern Plantations" by USA Today. The historic site is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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!
Easter Brunch at Decoy Bar & Grill.
11am-3pm. $39.95 per person, children under 10 $14.99 per child.
Reservations required 912.434.9906 or email decoybarandgrill@gmail.com
1226 Ocean Boulevard, St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Visit decoybarandgrill.com

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 10 - 11:
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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

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

The walks will be on Friday and Saturday nights:
April 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m.
April 17 and 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Tours will be approximately 1/2 mile in length. It is suggested that visitors wear shoes comfortable for walking and dress appropriate to the season.

Tickets are $15 per person. Call 912-264-7333 to reserve a spot or for more information.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is located on US Highway 17, 8 miles north of Brunswick, 5 miles south of Darien, and one mile east of Interstate 95 exit 42. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is the number one attraction in Brunswick according to Tripadvisior and was recently named one of the "Top Ten Southern Plantations" by USA Today. The historic site is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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 16:
The Rice Industry in Coastal Georgia
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Thursday, April 16 at 6pm

Dr. Richard D. Porcher, Jr. and William Robert Judd will deliver a presentation on Lowcountry Rice production on April 16th at 6pm at the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site Visitor Center.

An eminent botanist, historian and conservationist; Porcher is author of the recently published "The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice, An Illustrated History of Innovations in the Lowcountry Rice Kingdom." Co-authored by artist/draftsman William Robert Judd, it is the first full length work featuring detailed illustrations and descriptions of the implements and machines used to plant, grow, harvest and mill rice.

From the late 17th through the early 20th century Rice was the principal commercial agricultural product on the South Atlantic coast. Last grown in this area over 100 years ago this era of our history had become an increasingly distant memory.

The presentation will trace the history of rice, its origins and introduction into the Lowcountry in the 1670s, the evolution of rice cultivation and the decline of the industry in the early 1900s. It will take place in the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Visitor Center and is free to the public. A book signing will take place after the presentation and copies of their book will be available for sale.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site is located on US Highway 17 North, 8 miles north of Brunswick; 5 miles south of Darien; Exit 42 from I-95, travel one mile east. For more information, call 912.264.7333.

Regular Historic Site hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 9am – 5pm. The Site is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

April 17 - 18:
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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

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

The walks will be on Friday and Saturday nights. Tours will be approximately 1/2 mile in length. It is suggested that visitors wear shoes comfortable for walking and dress appropriate to the season.

Tour starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Call 912-264-7333 to reserve a spot or for more information.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is located on US Highway 17, 8 miles north of Brunswick, 5 miles south of Darien, and one mile east of Interstate 95 exit 42. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is the number one attraction in Brunswick according to Tripadvisior and was recently named one of the "Top Ten Southern Plantations" by USA Today. The historic site is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

April 17 - 19:
Annual "Blessing of the Fleet" - The 2015 Blessing promises to be the biggest and most entertaining yet. This three day fun-filled event in Darien, GA consists of an art show, various food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, a YMCA 5K, children's activities, a classic car show, nightly live entertainment and a marine parade. On Sunday we Bless our shrimpboat captains with a safe and prosperous season. Darien's Blessing of the Fleet is the largest on the East Coast! This weekend long festival is a great celebration of food, family and fun that usually draws in a crowd of 30,000+ throughout the weekend. We welcome you to come and join in our fellowship! $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. Call 912.437.2683 or visit 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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SEPTEMBER 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

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

Story Drawing 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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