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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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The Events Calendar has now been updated with current 2017 information for upcoming events!

January February March April May June July August September October November December
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. 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 the Number One Fourth of July celebration in the country by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2016.

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 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.

Golden Isles Music Together Music and movement classes for children ages birth through age six. It's Mommy/Daddy and Me musical fun! Starts at 10:30am, 6329 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island. Call 801.865.6897, email goldenislesmt@gmail.com or visit goldenislesmusictogether.com
Every Thursday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 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 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.

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 6, 13, 20, 21, 27

Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, October 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13 @ 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 27 @ 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST: $15

DESCRIPTION:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation on select nights this fall. 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.

INFORMATION:
Call 912.264.7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl

October 21-22

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


November
November 2

GVA's First Trunk Show!
You are cordially invited to a special evening of champagne, canapes' and shopping exclusively for GVA supporters. This fun evening will feature fun games and drawings for door prizes of jewelry, classes and more! Jewelry and fiber artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Featured artists include Leslie Aldinger, Sylvia Dawe, Nancy Golderman, Lisa Kent and Barbara Northrup.

Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00 - 8:00pm

Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: 912.638.8770
Website: www.glynnvisualarts.org
E-mail: info@glynnvisualarts.org

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 1-2

Hofwyl-Broadfield 37th Annual Christmas Tour

TIME: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
$10 for adults, $5 for youth (6-17), children 5 and under are free

DESCRIPTION:
Visitors will walk along the illuminated path under centuries old oaks and will be treated to a guided tour of the antebellum rice plantation. Enter the front door of the decorated plantation home where members of the Glynn County Garden Club Council will treat visitors to beautifully holiday decorated rooms and period dressed interpreters will share stories of the plantation. History buffs will enjoy Company A, 26th Georgia Volunteer Infantry and other units as they re-enact a pre-Civil War muster of the Glynn County Guards and Brunswick Rifles militia units. You will have the opportunity to see cannon firings which shoot flames over 100 feet from the barrels. Step back to the mid-1800s as the re-enactors demonstrate camp life. While strolling around the plantation, enjoy hot wassail and cookies as you listen to live musicians playing holiday music and singing Christmas carols. Also, Santa Claus has agreed to make a special appearance during both nights. Santa will be sitting by a cozy fireplace as he talks with the young ones; guests are welcome to take pictures of Santa and the children in his specially decorated room.

INFORMATION:
912.264.7333 or www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl

December 2-3

Glynn Visual Arts Mistletoe Market
10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday
Postell Park, Pier Village, Saint Simons Island, GA

Glynn Visual Arts is pleased to announce its seventh annual Mistletoe Market. This fine art and gift market has become a mainstay of the Golden Isles' holiday festivities. "This year, we expect between 60 and 70 accomplished artists and artisans offering a wide variety of high quality artwork including two dimensional art, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, baskets, fabric and mixed media." said festival director Barb Scragg. "This show is a unique combination of fine art, wonderful gifts, good food, entertainment and family fun in a festive island holiday atmosphere. It is the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors alike to find that one-of-a-kind purchase or gift for the holiday season. As an added bonus, when you buy something handmade, purchased directly from the artist, you are supporting small business and our local community." Scragg continued.

Holiday Hound Hike Pooch Parade
Dog lover? Don't miss our local pooches (and sometimes potbellied pigs!) all dressed up in their holiday best and putting on a parade to celebrate the season at the festival. Line-up starts at 10:30am on Saturday and parade starts at 11:00am sharp! There is a $10 fee to participate.

ATTENTION ARTISTS!
There is still time to apply for Mistletoe Market 2017! CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

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.


January 2018
January 21

Glynn Visual Arts' 2nd Annual Art of Food Fundraiser
Cocktails, dinner and art. Save the date to join us January 21st, 2018 for out next ART of FOOD event! Glynn Visual Arts presents a progressive dinner filled with amazing art, music and specially prepared food and beverage. The "Art of the Cocktail" will kick off the evening at the Glynn Visual Arts Center. Following a quick trolley ride, Georgia Sea Grill will present a custom menu of artfully presented courses, each with the perfect complementary wine. The evening culminates with an exciting raffle featuring incredible art and experiences.

The Art of the Cocktail - 5:00 - 6:30pm

The Art of Food - 7:00 - 9:00pm

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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 October and November 2017 at GVA:

Exploring Post Impressionism: Copying the Masters
Instructor: Jennifer Broadus

The course will study the evolution into Post (neo) Impressionism period (1886-1905) covering a variety of favorite artists of the period, including; Degas, Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat and Lautrec among others. Emphasis of the course is developing and improving painting techniques by studying how the "Masters" did it. The post or Neo-Impressionists were great copyist themselves, often painting the great Masters on site at The Louvre and other venues. Every workshop participant is encouraged to work at their own speed. Each student is asked to bring 2 photos of their favorite Post Impressionism paintings to copy. The instructor will also provide a variety of paintings photos to select from.

What to bring:
*A variety of paints in a spectrum of colors - oil paint suggested, but acrylic o.k. too
*Apron, brushes, solvents, (linseed oil or acrylic mediums), paper towels, and all the usual artist tools
*2 primed canvases (prime in a warm color) no smaller than 12" x !6" and no bigger than 20" x 30 "
*A bag lunch

We will provide:
*Easels, tables, chairs and light refreshments during discussion hour
*We can also provide a catered box lunch for $11 per person. May be ordered the day of the class.

Class will culminate with a "show and tell" hour with French wines and cheeses.

When: Friday & Saturday, October 13th & 14th , 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $295 for non members, $275 for members.

No Fear Watercolor
Instructor: Ann Marie Dalis

Always wanted to try watercolor? Not sure where to begin? This workshop is perfect for you! Come explore and play with watercolors! You will be surrounded by our wonderful Waterworks watercolor exhibit for inspiration. Perfect for the beginning artist or the experienced artist wanting to try a new medium.

Date: Tuesday, Oct 24th, 2017
Time: 1:00 p..m. to 4:00 p.m.

*Wine and light snacks served at the end of the workshop.

*Price $60 for non member, $50 for members.

A $7 supply fee is payable to the instructor the day of the workshop

Explore Printmaking
Instructor: Lydia Thompson

DID YOU KNOW... that a print made on a press is NOT a Xerox copy!!?? A "print" in printmaking is not like a "print" or copy of a painting or photograph. It is an original and unique work of art! GVA is fortunate to be the ONLY arts center or organization in the area that owns and makes available an etching press through our classes! Come learn more about this fascinating art form at GVA! Sign up TODAY!

Cost: $95 for members, $120 for non-members. A $20 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

Date: November 18th
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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