Now is the perfect time to visit St.Simons Island. The Weather is beautiful, the summer crowds have thinned and there are numerous unique activities and festivals taking place throughout the Golden Isles. Break out your calendar and start planning your next visit.


fish tournament

6th Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Fishing Tournament will be held on August 20-22, 2015 at the Morningstar Marina with an awards banquet taking place on

August 22nd in the Harbour Room at 6:30pm. For additional information on this event click here




Amphibians of the Maritime Forest Wetlands: Hidden Treasures at Cannon’s Point Preserve 

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Secreted in the maritime forest are wetland creatures adapted to cycles of wet and dry seasons, layers of leaf litter and moisture loving plants insects. Walk through their realm in the late summer light with Dirk Stevenson. Gather in the pavilion for more information and catered hors-d’oeuvres.


Jazz and Poetry Den

Friday, August 21st, 2015 – 8:00pm

It’s live! Spectacular artists, great music, standing ovations, spoken word, artwork, joy, laughter, and fun! Come join us at the Jazz and Poetry Den, Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia on Friday, August 21st at 8:00pm.



End of Summer Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd, August 2015

Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the End of Summer Arts and Crafts Show at Postell Park on St. Simons Island.

Show is from 10:00-5:00pm on all days. For more information about the Arts & Crafts show click here



St.Simons Island Antique Show

Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th, September 2015

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, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, Ga.



JJ Grey and Mofro Perform LIVE  

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm

JJ Grey & $RM91KPQMofro are a Southern Rock/soul/funk/blues/jam band from Jacksonville, FL. From the days of playing local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer. Experiencing this band live is a must! Event will be at Rainbow Island on Sea Island.

Ticket cost: $40 General Admission and $90 VIP (receives stage front access, 2 drink tickets and light bites). Chairs and blankets are welcome.

No coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Doors open at 7pm; concert begins at 8pm-10pm.
For  tickets visit


shrimp and grits

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th, September 2015

A weekend celebration of two of Georgia’s most beloved foods – shrimp and grits. The festival features a cook-off, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and a kid‐friendly fun zone. This festival is a must-see for any food lover.

For a full list of all local activities visit

by Guerry Norwood


  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup green chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 quart of half & half
  • 1 pint oysters, shucked, drained and reserve liquid
  • Salt and cayenne
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped finely chopped parsley


In a large saute pan, melt the 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour, stirring constantly and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onions and celery and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the half & half and oyster liquid. Season the mixture with salt, cayenne and black pepper. Bring the liquid up to a simmer. Simmer the liquid for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the oysters, garlic and parsley. Bring the liquid back up to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the oysters curl. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and remove from the heat. Ladle the soup into the terrine.





by Guerry Norwood

Nancy and I recently made a day trip to Little St. Simons Island with a small group of Sandpipers, which we recently joined. Sandpipers is a social club designed to offer as little or as much activity as a member chooses, from Dining In and Dining Out to several group meetings throughout the year. There are Sandpiper excursions both locally and farther afield and special interests such as book club, bridge, and kayaking.

Little St Simons Island is a private barrier island just off the Georgia coast which is prized for its unbothered natural beauty, gracious hospitality and secluded worlds-away appeal. Our Little St Simons day trip started at the Hampton Marina at 10:30 where we took at 15 to 20 minute boat ride down the Hampton River to Mosquito Creek. When we arrived at Little St Simons we met our naturalist tour guide Ben Morrison. Ben has been working on the Island for the past four years and is very knowledgeable.  We got on an open-air flatbed truck with bench seats across the back. With binoculars in hand, we headed out with Ben for a very informative tour of the undisturbed Maritime Forrest. Ben made frequent stops for us to view different aspects of the Maritime Forrest, while he explained the natural essence of Little St. Simons Island. Along the way we were able to spot a bald eagle nesting.

We returned to The Lodge at 1:00 for a hearty lunch of low country southern specialties. After lunch we took off for the beach for an afternoon of shell hunting on seven miles of private beach. We then returned to the Hampton Marina around 4:00 that afternoon. We all experienced what Southern Magazine described, “There are few places on the planet where beaches are without condos, and roads are without cars and night sky are only lit up by the shine of a billion far away stars. If you like that sort of thing, Little St Simons is as close to perfect as any place can get.”