• First Friday: Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5-8 p.m. at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit the beautiful downtown district and enjoy all the galleries, shops, and businesses that will be open late serving wine and snacks, with live music in our Signature Squares.
• Rhythm on the River: Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6-8 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park on the first Sunday of the month through October. Mary Ross park is at Bay and Gloucester streets in downtown Brunswick. Admission is free. Visit discoverbrunswick.com and click on events for a schedule.
• Little Light Music Concerts: Each summer, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society turns the lawn of the St. Simons Lighthouse into a picturesque setting for the Little Light Music Concert Series. Musicians carry tunes across the ocean breeze as the crowd relaxes with friends, family and a picnic. Performances are held on select Sunday evenings in May through September. Concerts are from 7-9 p.m., and tickets are $12 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the Museum Store located at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, or at the gate the evening of the concert. Visit www.coastalgeorgiahistory.org.
• Sounds by the Sea: Music is in the air and by the sea as Golden Isles Arts & Humanities gets ready for a great summertime concert series – Sounds by the Sea. A variety of musical offerings will fill Neptune Park from May – September showcasing the best local and regional musicians. The concerts are held on select Sundays at high tide, for maximum breezes and bug-free comfort by the ocean. The concerts take place from 7-9 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. Passes are available for purchase in person at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Downtown Brunswick or by calling Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at 912-262-6934. Admission to Sounds by the Sea, payable at the gate the night of each show, is only $10 for adults. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5, and children younger than 6 years old get in free.
• Movies on the Green: Bring your blankets out to the green at the Jekyll Island Beach Village on the last Friday of every month from May through November and enjoy a family friendly movie by the sea. Admission is free. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.jekyllisland.com/event for a schedule.
• The Jekyll Island Arts Association: The association is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has a number of events and exhibits planned at the Goodyear Cottage in the island’s historic district. Visit www.jekyllartassociation.org for more details.
• Glynn Visual Arts: The St. Simons Island-based arts association hosts a number of classes, exhibits and other family oriented events throughout the year at its headquarters in the St. Simons Island Pier Village. Visit www.glynnvisualarts.org.
Places to Visit
• The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum: Explore the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum in the Keeper’s Dwelling and discover the fascinating history of Coastal Georgia through colorful exhibits of rare artifacts, historical photographs, and interactives designed for the whole family. The development of lighthouse technology is also traced.
The current Lighthouse and Keeper’s Dwelling were completed in 1872. Orlando Poe, chief engineer for the U.S. Lighthouse Board, supervised the design. Charles Cluskey, architect of many outstanding buildings in Georgia, served as contractor from 1868 until his death in 1871.
The Lighthouse is 104 feet tall and constructed of Savannah grey brick. It is 21 feet in diameter at the base, tapering to 10 foot in diameter at the base of the gallery. Its spiral cast iron staircase is encased within an 8 foot wide column, leaving space between the exterior and interior brick walls for the original rotational weight system of the lens. The decorative iron brackets supporting the Lighthouse gallery at the top echo the elements of Italianate architecture in the Keeper’s Dwelling design.
Go online to CoastalGeorgiaHistory.org for more information, to plan your visit and to purchase tickets to climb the lighthouse.
• Downtown Brunswick: In downtown Brunswick, Southern charm meets college-town contemporary, gracious warmth meets high energy and history meets possibilty.
Check out the shops and restaurants along Newcastle Street. Visit the art studios or catch a live performance at the Brunswick Actor’s Studio or the Ritz Theater.
Live music at Mary Ross Waterfront Park once a month through the fall, on First Friday and through the weekends at various venues makes downtown Brunswick a classic Southern attraction worth visiting.
Go online to DIscoverBrunswick.com for more information.
• The Georgia Sea Turtle Center: Get up close and personal with some of Coastal Georgia’s most beloved and unique creatures at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.
The center rehabilitates, researches and educates visitors about the importance of protecting turtles and their nests. The Golden Isles is one of the most used nesting habitats in the world for loggerhead sea turtles.
Created and operated by the Jekyll Island Authority, the center empowers individuals to act locally, regionally and globally to protect the sensitive environment of Coastal Georgia.
For more information, go online to gstc.JekyllIsland.com.
•Jekyll Island Historic District: In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased to become an exclusive winter retreat, known as the Jekyll Island Club. It soon became recognized as “the richest, most inaccessible club in the world.” Club members included such notable figures as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field.
Visit their cottages, walk where they walked and see how the richest people in the world lived around the turn of the 20th century.
For more information, go online to JekyllIsland.com.