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What’s Happening In The Golden Isles This Quarter

What’s Happening In The Golden Isles

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or prefer porch sitting with a good book, St. Simons has the perfect activities for you. We are happy to keep you up to date each quarter with all of the exciting events happening in the Golden Isles! Book your next stay now with Hodnett Cooper; so you can see all that St. Simons has to offer!

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Wings Over the Golden Isles
Air ShowMarch 24th-26th, 2017
Enjoy the thrill of watching airplanes race across the sky with friends and family at the inaugural 2017 Wings Over Golden Isles air show.

64th Annual Christ Church
Tour of Homes
March 18th, 2017
The Annual Tour of Homes is presented by the Episcopal Church Women and all proceeds of the Tour are dedicated to mission and outreach.

Shell-e-brate
Spring Festival
April 6th & 7th, 2017
A festival to highlight the influence and relationship of tidal changes along Georgia’s coastal habitats and how we can make decisions to protect our natural resources.

 

Easter Brunch
King & Prince Resort
April 16th, 2017
Enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch with an array of delicious breakfast options, salad bar, seafood, soup, entrees, side items, and bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys.

Golden Isles Live!
Presents: The Diamonds
May 5th, 2017
Come see the Diamonds live in concert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium. This classic rock ‘n’ roll group has 16 Billboard hits including “The Stroll, and “Little Darlin”.

Turtle Crawl Weekend
Jekyll Island
May 12th-14th, 2017
The 14th annual Turtle Crawl weekend will consist of four races, outdoor games, live music, food trucks, and much more. All with the picturesque background of ocean waves and marshland.

 

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4 Must Do Winter Activities On St. Simons Island

4 Must Do Winter Activities On St. Simons Island

  1. Shrimping on the Lady Jane

Experience firsthand what it is like to be aboard an authentic shrimp boat. This popular attraction may be hard to get a reservation on during the summer months but during the winter you won’t have a problem. After boarding the Lady Jane, the vessel makes her way into the marsh. After lowering the nets and trawling the nets are brought up the bounty of sea life is laid out before you as a marine biologist enlightens you on the findings.

  1. Bike Riding

With miles of winding bike paths you can cover most of the island without setting foot in the road. You will Couple standing on a sand dune with bicyclesenjoy a ride along the marsh as well next to huge oaks covered in Spanish moss. Bike trails run all the way to Mallory Pier and past the airport making it fun and easy to have a nice lunch out before heading back to your oceanfront condo.

  1. Walking on the beach

During the summer the beach is filled with beach lovers lounging, playing in the water, throwing a football, or maybe playing bocce. However, in the winter months you will have room to roam! With mild temperatures year round you may even be able to enjoy a walk on the beach in shorts. Dogs are welcome too, so be sure to bring your furry children along with you for your relaxing walk on the sandy beaches of St. Simons.

  1. Historical Attractions

In the summer you might opt for a day at the water park, pool, or beach over checking out all the wonderful history St. Simons has to offer. The winter however is the perfect chance to get out and explore the rich history the island offers. Visit Fort Frederica and learn about and how it guarded the coast from the Spanish occupied St. Augustine. Or maybe see what life was like at an authentic rice plantation at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.

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Things to Do This Weekend on St. Simons Island

Fall is in full swing here on St. Simons Island, with the summer months behind us we are excited about all the events we have coming up. There is always so much going on in the Golden Isles from concerts to art exhibits, to festivals… there is something for everyone. This weekend there are many events happening, we hope that you will come out and enjoy some of the fun things going on! Here is a guide to whats happening this weekend in the Golden Isles.

disabGeorgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit in the Ritz Theatre Gallery

Now through November 23rd, 2016     

The Georgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit features 49 entries that include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, textiles and other mediums. Local artist Risa Rambo of St Simons Island received an Honorable Mention and her “Smocked Dress” will be on display.

 

art-100Glynn Visual Arts Presents “100 Art Works Celebrating 100 Years”

Now through November 21st, 2016

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present a new art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary/centennial of our National Parks Service.  GVA has partnered with Fort Frederica and will be presenting over 100 works by local artists celebrating the beauty, history and uniqueness of our own National Park, Fort Frederica. The exhibition will include art work in various mediums including painting, pottery, photography and more.

edwardsChristmas Open House

November 4th to 5th, 2016

Visit Edwards on St. Simons this weekend to see their expanded showroom for the Christmas Open House November 4th and 5th! Open 9am-5pm they will have Christams Decorations galore and more! Some of the items will include the following:Wreaths, garlands & swags,Ribbons, candles, cards & treats Heirloom quality ornaments, Orchids, plants & gifts, Plus home accents & decor

downtown brunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick

November 4th, 2016

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

 

 

warThe Literary Guild presents A War

November 4th, 2016

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film series presents A War. Denmark, 2015, directed by Tobias Lindholm. Commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province, while back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him—and his family back home.In Danish with English subtitles
110 minutes; Rated R.

They are free and open to all, although a $3.00 donation is suggested to offset film and theatre rental fees.

concertAlina Kiryayeva, concert pianist and chamber musician

November 4th, 2016

Golden Isles Live! Presents Alina Kiryayeva live in convert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.

Cost is $35 for adults, $10 for children or students

 

bruns-stewAnnual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee

November 5th, 2016

 Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The daylong event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event.

 

 

 

antique-showSt. Simons Island Antique Show

November 5th to 6th, 2016

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

 

 

St. Simons Island

Community Day

November 5th, 2016

On Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Society will host its 2nd annual Community Day event. The museum will be open free of charge and offer tours, educational crafts, and activities for children and families.

 

 

beerRhythm & Brews Fest

November 5th, 2016

Enjoy live music from local bands throughout the day, tastings from dozens of craft beers, and a barbecue cookout at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island. The event is free to attend and tickets are available for tasting and barbecue.

 

victory-galaACS Victory Board 47th Annual Victory Gala

November 5th, 2016

Gala is Victory Boards’ primary fundraising effort annually, traditionally a black-tie event, which includes dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions.

Event will be held at the Gruber Aviation Hanger at the McKinnon St. Simons Airport.

riverNovember Rhythm on the River

November 6th, 2016

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

Georgia Sea Grill Fall Wine Dinnerga-sea-grill

November 6th, 2016

Join us at the piano bar Sunday, November 6th for an intimate wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Lensch and Wine Director Brian Henderson have crafted the ultimate blend of cuisine and wine in this special 4-course dinner with pairings. To reserve your seat for this delicious dining experience, call 912-638-1197 or email events@georgiaseagrill.com. Tickets are $65 per person, gratuity included.

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Georgia/Florida Rivalry Weekend

This time next weekend Georgia/Florida festivities will be underway! Here are a few things to help you plan your weekend.

Georgia/Florida WeekendStash Your Trash will be taking place Friday 10/28 at 7:30 am. Before heading to the BIG GAME, please join us in the 9th annual Georgia/Florida Community Beach Sweep. The bags and gloves will be provided, along with bug spray and sunscreen… we just need Y-O-U!

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendFriday 10/28 there will be ALL DAY trolley rides starting at 9am. Stay safe and avoid parking trouble with an ALL-DAY $10 Trolley Ride Wristband to Frat Beach @ East Beach, SSI. Lighthouse Trolleys will run continuously from Sea Palms Resort to Coast Guard Station, East Beach, St. Simons Island, GA.

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendThe BIG game starts at 3:30 next Saturday on the SEC Network. You can watch locally at many restaurants and bars. OR you can also catch a ride to the stadium in Jacksonville with Light House Trolleys leaving at 9am from Sea Palms, $75 pp and BYOB.

 

 

Be safe and have fun!

 

 

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Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?

This weekend on St. Simons…

Saturday September 24, 2016

Southern Grown Farmers Market
10:00am – 2:00pmSouthern Grown
Support 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.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
This weekend visit Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for FREE.

Considered the headwaters of the Suwannee and St Marys Rivers. Various threatened and endangered species call this refuge their home, such as red-cockaded woodpecker, wood storks, indigo snakes, and a wide variety of other wildlife species. It is known worldwide for its amphibian populations that are bio-indicators of global health.  More than 600 plant species have been identified on refuge lands.  The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has 353,981 acres of National Wilderness Area within the refuge boundaries.

Touch-a-Truck presented by American Cancer Society Victory Board
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds
Description: Kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to get close to the trucks and machines they have admired from afar. Including police cars fire trucks, garbage trucks, front end loader, dump trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, tractors and more!

Sunday September 25, 2016

Taste of the Vine fundraising event for the Coastal Coalition for ChildrenTOV-Signature-72215-1-ed
Happening Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 6:30-9:00pm for the 11th Anniversary of the Taste of the Vine fundraising event for the Coastal Coalition for Children, Inc. (CC4C). Not only will the event have wonderful food provided by The Georgia Sea Grill will be providing heavy hors d’ oeuvres, wine tasting, desserts as well as evening music at the Grill’s new location, 310 Mallery Street, in the heart of St. Simons Island village. There will also be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.

Location: The Georgia Sea Grill, 310 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Cost: $65 per person (two for $120) in advance, $75 at the door.

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Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

The 11th annual Shrimp & Grits Festival, hosted by Southern Living is taking place this weekend on Jekyll Island.

This festival has gained quite the audience over the years attracting visitors from near and far. The Shrimp & Grits festival holds contests for both professional and individual cooks of the dish each year to decide who is the best in the state. Chefs were chosen to participate in the contest by an online voting system among each region. The defending champion, Blackwater Grill of St. Simons Island, will compete this year against some new challengers including American Catch Seafood Exchange, Deano’s Italian, Goin’ Coastal, The National and West Egg Café among others. This year’s competition is at 11 a.m. Sunday, the final day of the festival that starts Friday afternoon.

One new feature this year is the Jekyll Island Experience Pavilion which features education displays and interaction with wildlife from the Georgia Sea Turtle center as well as some of centers in Georgia. There will also be a Craft Brew Fest for all of the beer fanatics which will feature over 50 beverages to sample. Regional musicians will perform live on three stages, and there will be more than 100 art and craft vendors along the walking paths of the historic district where the festival is held.

All events will be held in the island’s National Landmark Historic District on the western side of the state-owned island.

The festival hours are:

Friday September 16th, 4-9 p.m.

Saturday September 17th, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday September 18th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

General admission to the festival is free, but tickets for admission to the VIP Lounge, DuBignon and Riverfront Lawn lounge options and Craft Brew Fest are available at

 

 

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What’s Happening on St. Simons Island in August

A little Light Music

A Little Light Music

Friday August 14th from 7:00-9:00 PM Island Garage Band is back and will take you “back in time” with some of your favorite classic rock hits from Steely Dan, Chicago, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton and many more. Tickets are $12 for adults; children under 12 and Keepers of the Light are admitted free of charge.

 

ocean Sounds by the Sea

August 28th at 7pm Gwen Hughes & The Kats will play at Neptune Park on St. Simons. The concert is $10 at the gate, feel free to bring chairs and blankets.

 

 

downtown brunswick

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick

Friday August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00pm visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Brunswick. Live music from local musicians will be there as well as art opening, and food and beverage samples

 

 

Sapelo Island Natural Estuarian Research Reserve Art ExhibitSapelo Island Painting

As part of its yearlong celebration of 40 years of research, education, stewardship, and training programs, the SINERR in partnership with McIntosh Art Association presents artwork inspired by the reserve at the Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, Gallery hours at the Ritz are Tuesday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, ending August 31st.Visit goldenislesarts.org or call 912.262.6934 for more information.

 

Southern Grown Saturday, August 13th, 2016 – 9:00am to 1:00pm

Support 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.

 

Fort FredericaSaturday August 6th from 10am- noon you will be able to travel back in time with the help of clues from archaeology on what cooking must have been like at Fort Frederica. Visiting Fort Frederica is free and the National Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm

 

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Date Night Suggestions

So you just checked into you Hodnett Cooper, ocean front beach cottage on St. Simons Island with your significant other, and you are wondering what there is to for you all to do. You always come and hang out at the beach and eat at local restaurants but this time you want to do something different. You are looking for a romantic night with the one you love the most.

Lucky for you there’s endless possibilities, from massages, to horseback rides on the beach, to dinner and a movie.

Start your day off right with a couple’s massage, relax and enjoy each other’s company in a calm and serine setting. The Island Day Spa has a date night package perfect for you and your hunny! If you really want to spoil your lady you could also keep her company while she takes advantage of the manicure and pedicure services offered.

Once you are finished with your morning at the spa you can freshen up and head over to The Stables at Frederica to start your private horseback ride on the beach or through the trails. Enjoy ocean front views while you are on horseback with the salt air breeze. Or opt for a walk through the beautiful wooded trails with big mossy oaks all around you.

By the time you finish horseback riding, you will have surely worked up an appetite. You can head over to Tramici and see Chef Dave and Staff for some delicious neighborhood Italian cuisine accompanied by a delicious glass of wine.

After dinner, conveniently located right across the street is the Island Cinemas where you can finish your night off with a romantic comedy! Enjoy popcorn and candy while you laugh and enjoy yourself together as you end the wonderful day you have had together.

Location and phone information for all mentions are below.

The Island Day Spa

60 Cinema Ln

(912) 638-7799

The Stables at Frederica

Frederica Golf Club

100 Pike’s Bluff Drive

912-634-6900

Tramici Neighborhood Italian Restaurant

75 Cinema Ln, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

(912) 634-2202

Island Cinemas

44 Cinema Ln

(912) 634-9100

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June and July 2016 Activities

 

Wine and Paint

The King & Prince is hosting a Paint Party Thursday June 30th from 6-9 pm. $59 will get you in the door, wine, appetizers, and art supplies. Seats are filling up fast so reserve your spot today so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Follow this link to register www.getyourmuseon.com

Summer Movie Day

Children’s movies for $1.50 all summer long at Island Cinemas on St. Simons Island. Doors open at 9:15 am and the movie begins at 10:00 am every Tuesday and Thursday. This month Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip is playing as well as The Peanuts Movie. To see a full movie schedule and food and drink prices check out this link. https://www.gtcmovies.com/georgia-locations/island/kid-shows-2016

Friday Fun Day

Climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy exploring the interactive galleries in the Lighthouse Museum for FREE, that’s right, free! Every Friday in June children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge to the Lighthouse Museum. Games, crafts, and family activities will all take place each Friday as well! Learn more about the Lighthouse by visiting https://indexic.net/event/SaintSimonsLighthouse?GroupID=30

Little Light Music

Sunday, July 3 pack a picnic supper and cooler of your favorite beverages, grab your lawn chairs and blankets and come down to the St. Simons Lighthouse lawn for a seaside concert of Motown and R&B hits from the Harwell, GA band Still Cruzin’. This concert in the A Little Light Music summer series is presented by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Adult admission is $12, payable at the gate. Music starts at 7:00 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early to grab a good seat. We promise there will be a crowd.

Sunshine Festival

The Sunshine Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 2 with more than 76 local and regional artists and crafters set up in Postell Market displaying and selling their creations. The juried show includes painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, garden art, artisan products, wood crafts, and more. The Arts & Crafts show will continue through the weekend and the 4th of July with booths open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. For more info and a full schedule of events go to http://www.goldenisles.com/event/st-simons-island-4th-of-july-sunshine-festival-0

4th of July Fireworks on SSI

Fireworks will take place at the St. Simons Island Village Pier on Monday, the 4th, as usual. Come down early to grab a good seat. The waterfront park will be filled with music from the St. Simons Casino bandstand beginning at 3:00 p.m. and perform until the fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and then keep the party going for those who stick around after the explosive finale too.

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Our Top 5 Locations for Live Listening

If you are wondering where to go for live music on St. Simons Island, we’ve got you covered. There are so many options but below you will find a nice variety of restaurant styles all offering live music on the weekends.

  1. Gnats Landing

Address: 310 Redfern Village, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 638-7378

Located on St. Simons Island in Redfern Village, Gnats has been around for over 15 years and is known for their laid back atmosphere, great American food and of course, live music!  Locals and visitors alike can agree it doesn’t get much better than this down home local restaurant with good food and great people

  1. Mullet Bay

Address: 512 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-9977

Right in the heart of St. Simons, Mullet Bay offers seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. They have a great patio area perfect for listening to music while having a refreshing cocktail. They have Happy Hour daily at the bar with $1 bottle beer, $2 drafts, $3 wells, and $4 wines as well as $5 appetizers.

  1. Catch 228

Address: 228 Redfern Village #100, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-6228

If you are on a quest to find some delicious oysters, you have found the place at Catch 228! Along with many other seafood options they also offer sandwiches, salads, and wraps. They boast that although they are not located on the water all of their seafood is fresh, and we can attest to that!

  1. The Pub at Village Inn

Address: 500 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-6056

The Pub located inside the Cottage opens daily at 5 pm and welcomes locals and travelers. They have daily happy hour from 5-7, trivia on Wednesdays and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  1. The Public House at Sea Palms Resort

Address: 515 N Windward Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 638-3351

If you are looking for an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere The Public House at Sea Palms will be right up your ally. They offer a variety of craft beers as well as wine and specialty drinks. Their menu consists of an array of items such as grilled quail, and yukon fingerlings, to crab salad.

Follow the link below to get a full list of live music happening this weekend on St. Simons!

http://www.elegantislandliving.net/blogs/im-with-the-band/Live-Music-SSI-Brunswick-Golden-Isles-Thru-June8/