The Brunswick News Publishing Co. recently launched a new service spotlighting events of all types happening across the Golden Isles.
A new website, goldenislesevents.com, is the area’s most comprehensive clearinghouse of events ranging from book clubs to arts performances to job fairs, said Bill Cranford, the company’s advertising director.
“This site is a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date, thorough compilation of everything going on in Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties,” Cranford said. “We’ve worked to harness the power of Facebook, the world’s most popular social media platform, to bring all the locally created Facebook Events into one easy-to-use website.”
Georgia Sea Grill on Mallery Street on St. Simons Island and the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority are sponsoring the site, which is available to area residents and businesses at no charge.
Zack Gowen, owner of Georgia Sea Grill, said he wanted to sponsor the site because it encourages people to enjoy themselves not just on St. Simons Island, where his restaurant is, but across all of the Golden Isles.
“I like it because it encompasses all of Glynn County and the area,” he said. “It’s easy to navigate and upload events, and you have more control that way. I think the list of events is impressive, and it has a little bit of everything.”
The site uses Facebook Events from Facebook Business Pages that list addresses in the Golden Isles and surrounding area. The first step to adding an event to goldenislesevents.com is creating a Facebook Business Page. To do so, go to facebook.com/pages/create and follow the instructions.
If a business already has a Facebook Page, the page manager should check the “About” section and make sure the physical address of the business is listed. Only businesses in Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties are aggregated into goldenislesevents.com.
Once a Facebook Business Page has been created, the page manager can create an event by going to the page and clicking “Create an event” at the top of the timeline. Follow the simple instructions, and be sure to tag the location or include a full address.
After the event has been published to Facebook, goldenislesevents.com will automatically pick up the event and display it on the site.
“It’s a very easy and convenient system to use, and we think it will give people a better way to know what’s going on throughout the entire community,” said Buff Leavy, president of the Brunswick News Publishing Co. “As a hometown news source, part of our mission is to make sure the public knows about the fun and exciting things happening across the Golden Isles. In the digital age, goldenislesevents.com helps us do that.”
Anyone who has trouble with their Facebook event not posting to goldenislesevents.com, contact webmaster Nick Nichols at 912-265-8320, ext. 330.
Events can still be submitted for print publication in The Brunswick News by emailing Lifestyles Editor Lindsey Adkison at firstname.lastname@example.org, by faxing info to 912-280-0926 or by mailing it to 3011 Altama Ave., Brunswick, GA 31520.