Thanksgiving in the Golden Isles

Thanksgiving is next week, what are you making for your feast? We’ve listed to top 5 Georgian dishes that would go perfectly on any table. Whether you are on St. Simons Island this Thanksgiving or at home with family and friends these dishes will be sure to please everyone at your table.

Thanksgiving Dinner

You can never go wrong with some good old fashion fried chicken! Barbara Jean’s in the Village has delicious fried chicken and will be open so you don’t even have to worry about cooking the fried chicken yourself! They are taking pre-orders now, be sure to give them a call.

Brunswick Stew is a Georgia favorite, it originated in Brunswick Georgia just over the bridge from St. Simons island!

Chicken and Dumplings another southern favorite, everyone will be sure to love this creamy bowl of deliciousness.

Shrimp and grits, need I say more? Here in the golden isles we have a whole festival dedicated to shrimp and grits!

Peach Cobbler- last but not least.. how can you have a Thanksgiving feast in Georgia without peach cobbler. Georgia, the peach state produces some of the best peaches you will ever find so there isn’t a better way to use them than in a delicious thanksgiving dessert.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and we hope your belly and heart is full!

Georgia/Florida Football Weekend Has Come and Gone

Another Georgia/Florida Weekend on St Simons Island has come and gone but one thing remains… Georgia and Florida football fans are welcome back all year!

As the tradition goes, thousands of football fans from Georgia and some from Florida traveled to St Simons Island this past weekend to celebrate the biggest game of the year for Bulldog and Gator fans. From community activities like the Beach Sweep, where trash on the beach is collected to enjoying some fun in the sun on the Beach, the Golden Isles is definitely a favorite destination of UGA and UF fans!

The game is played in Jacksonville, Florida making it a quick and easy hour drive for those who want the best of both worlds. Staying on the beautiful Coast of Georgia, while also experiencing the game live in living color! With a local trolley service offering round trip transportation getting there and back is a breeze. The Bulldogs did win this year nearly shutting out the Gators, 42-7. It’s safe to say most of our guests on St Simons Island were thrilled with the University of Georgia victory.

We hope to see all of our Georgia Bulldog fans and University of Florida Gator fans before next year’s big game, take a look at our amazing inventory of homes and condos to begin planning your next trip to the beautiful St Simons Island. Whether you come with friends or family we are confident we have the perfect vacation rental for you. Visit us at hodnettcooper.com to start planning!

Georgia Bulldogs Football on SSI

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Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day WeekendLooking for some where to go next weekend to celebrate Labor Day? Hodnett Cooper on St. Simons Island is your destination for family fun at the beach! Take advantage of all the Labor Day sales on St. Simons including 20% off rentals over the holiday weekend. There is no reason why you shouldn’t escape and enjoy the long weekend with the ones you love! There are so many great activities that you won’t want to miss! Here are our top 4 things to do over Labor Day weekend.

Southern Grown: September 1-3, 2017

Held annually at Sea Island this event is all things Southern! Garden & Gun will kick off the weekend with a southern style dinner, followed by a weekend full of Wildlife Expos, Concerts, Good Food, Great Drinks, and Southern Hospitality around every turn.

First Friday: September 1, 2017

Held on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse, A Little Light Music is a unique experience where concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy performances on select Sunday evenings through August.

Rhythm on the River: September 3, 2017

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!

A Little Light Music: September 3, 2017

Held on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse, A Little Light Music is a unique experience where concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy performances on select Sunday evenings May through August.

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Solar Eclipse on St. Simons Island

I’m sure you have heard by now, on August 21st we will have the opportunity to witness a solar eclipseSolar Eclipse. For most of us it is an experience we have never seen and will never see again..pretty cool! Although the eclipse path isn’t coming straight over St. Simons Island it will still be close enough to experience 94% obstruction of the moon to the sun. This once in a life time eclipse will begin the cover the sun around 1:15pm on St Simons, with maximum coverage at 2:46pm, and ending at 4:30pm. If you haven’t gotten your eclipse glasses we are all sold out on St Simons however check out this article on DIY solar eclipse glasses. If you are looking for the perfect spot to watch the eclipse, we suggest; Epworth by the Sea, The Pier, or Morning Star Marina. Epworth by the Sea, located on the marsh with views of the Sidney Lanier bridge and rows and rows of huge oak trees providing the perfect amount of shade. With a number of benches by the water and picnic tables throughout the oak trees, Epworth is the perfect spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy the solar eclipse show. The Pier is also another great place to watch, at the end of the pier there is no cover allowing you to have 360 views of the sky and the surrounding islands. Lastly, Morning Star Marina provides a beautiful view of the Sidney Lanier bridge as well as tons of sail boats that would make for a great prop in your solar eclipse photo op!

5 Weekend Activities in the Golden Isles

Looking for a few Weekend Activities? There is always so many fun activities going on in St Simons Island and the surrounding area.Weekend Activities Whether you are here on vacation or live here are our 5 picks for family friendly things to do.

1. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Matt Rogers Live at Gnats Landing- Come listen to country artist, Matt Rogers. He has performed with some of the hottest names in country, including Cole Swindell, Lo Cash and Michael Ray.

2. 18th Century Craft & Trade at Fort Frederica– Saturday from 9am to noon. Meet at the Palmetto Hut behind the Visitor Center.

3. Green Screen Film Festival Weekend ActivitiesSaturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm

11am – Local environmental organizations fair
11:30am – Welcome and short film presentations
12:15pm – Break with refreshments and sandwich lunch; Local environmental organizations fair
1:00pm – Feature film presentation: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (run time 2 hours. Appropriate for ages 10+ due to mild language)
3:00pm – Closing

For more information and ticket reservation contact film festival host Green Scene of Coastal Georgia: http://www.greenscenega.org/Weekend Activities

4. Movie on the Green: Jungle Book 8:30 to 10:30pm-Arrive early to find your perfect spot on the Village Green and take part in pre-movie festivities. This event is free and open to all, but we encourage you to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Various snack and dinner options will be available for purchase at several of our Beach Village shops.

5. Paint & Sip at Tortuga Jacks -Sunday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Open to the public and fun for all ages! $25 for the materials and class.

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 on St Simons Island

american flad Cheers to a long weekend ahead! Memorial Day Weekend is a great holiday weekend where you get to spend some much needed extra time with friends and family and also get Monday off from work. St Simons Island is a great place to kick back and relax for the weekend, but you better believe you will see those patriotic red white and blue colors everywhere you look. Although a happy time with friends and family it’s also a time of remembrance and gratitude for those who have served our country. You will find many prod folks proudly displaying their American pride with flags and other red, white, and blue décor.

If you are looking for a patriotic event this weekend we have just the ticket for you! Go check out the Taps at Twilight

On St. Simons Island, we are honoring the lives lost with the Rotary Club of St Simons’ 27th Annual Taps at Twilight. The Memorial Day concert and tribute, will feature Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter. The event will take place Monday, May 29th at 6:45 pm at the Neptune Park Bandstand. We will be honoring those who have fallen in service of our country as well as those who are serving bravely today. During this remembrance ceremony, you will experience pageantry of flags, patriotic music, posting and retiring of the colors, and “Taps” played by dueling trumpets. The Rotary Club of St. Simons is extended this event to everyone free of charge as a gift to the community. All you need to bring is your chair!

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Events Happening This Month In The Golden Isles

Golden Isles April Events

Art in the park
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd, April 2017
Join over 70 talented artists & skilled crafts people from around the region display an impressive & eclectic collection of handmade artwork; at the 24th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft festival. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of 2-dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal & glass. Enjoy beauty products, botanical & gourmet treats all made at home. There will be a wide variety of food vendors serving freshly prepared food. Music, kid’s craft activities & a bicycle treasure hunt, known as “Pedal for Treasure” make this a fun, family friendly event. This festival is held in the beautiful live oak covered Postell Park in the heart of the Pier.

Taste of Glynn 2017
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Come and enjoy the 17th annual Taste of Glynn! Held at the historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, talented chefs and caterers from the Golden Isles will showcase their amazing talents. Take part in the Silent Auction for your chance to win a coveted assortment of finds from vacations to jewelry, original works of art to gourmet delicacies.

A Taste of Glynn is more than a treasured local tradition. While the food is sublime and the oceanfront setting is legendary, perhaps the most unforgettable offering of the evening is hope. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Glynn Community Crisis Center, which serves victims of domestic violence. While you enjoy the finest food in the region in the company of family and friends, you also help provide vital programs and shelter for those who are building a new life free from abuse and fear.

Shell-e-brate
Thursday 6th to Friday 7th, April 2017
Two day festival of local and regional organizations, collaborative projects & activities to highlight the influence and relationship of tidal changes along Georgia’s coastal habitats and how community members can make environmentally friendly decisions that aid in protecting our natural resources, both inland and near the coast.

April 6 & 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Activities included with General Admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center – $7 adults (age 13 & up), $5 children (age 4-12), children under 3 are free.

 

Southern grown
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Enjoy live music as you visit local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods, and produce.

 

 

 

Young Eagles Flight
April 8th, 2017
Join the Golden Isles Speedway for a night filled with exciting races!  See Late Model, Emond, Enduro, NeSmith SS, Super Street, and 440s. Grandstands open at 5pm, event starts at 6pm. Pit entry is $30 and general admission is $10. Kids 12 and under are free.

 

 

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Tree Spirits on St. Simons Island

Tree Spirits on St. Simons Island

If you’ve vacationed on St. Simons Island, then you’ve most likely seen a tree spirit. These works of art carved into oaks trees spanning across the island are magnificently unique! Artist Keith Jennings wanted a way to remember the lives of those lost at sea aboard ships made from St. Simons Island oak. He fell into this creative outlet when per Jennings “I had a little too much time on my hands and not enough money”. He credits his work to the trees though, they inspire him and carving these beautiful oak trees allows the tree’s spirit to shine through.Tree Spirit On St. Simons Island

There are about 20 tree spirits on St. Simons Island only 7 of which are located on public property. There rest were carved into trees that belong on private residence. Enjoy strolling the island on foot or bike and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful works of art! Listed below are the addresses to the Tree Spirits that are on public property.

  1. Golden Isles Welcome Center
  2. Mallery Park- Baseball Field 529 Beach View Dr. St. Simons 422 Park Avenue Main parking lot- West side of building Large tree in Parking lot entrance to Park
  3. Mallery Park- Basketball Court
  4. Magnolia Manor Retirement Home 515 Park Avenue 120 Heritage Dr. Right behind the Basketball Goal- East 1st right and then 1st tree on the right
  5. Red Fern Village
  6. Anderson Fine Art Gallery and Delaney’s 310 Redfern Village 3305 Frederica Rd Across the street from Gnats Landing- look up The large tree directly in of Art Gallery
  7. Gascoigne Bluff Park 1000 Arthur J Moore Drive Along the dirt rd. closest to the River by the picnic area.