The busy summer tourist season has slowly faded into, well, the just as busy fall and winter tourist seasons here on Jekyll Island. In the coming weeks and months, we offer a full calendar of events to showcase the natural beauty and legendary history that makes this treasured coastal retreat so unique. Grab a pen, get out your social calendars, and mark down these upcoming Jekyll Island events.
November 9 to 11: Georgia Literary Festival
This weekend festival brings together dozens of celebrated authors who will speak at the oceanfront Jekyll Island Convention Center, discussing a variety of topics, including workshops and lectures on their own work and inspirations. There will be a full day of free author programs at the Convention Center Saturday with additional special events Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations in the Golden Isles.
Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book with funding from the Georgia Humanities Council and local sponsors, the 14th annual festival will be co-hosted by the College of Coastal Georgia, the Jekyll Island Authority and the Golden Isles Chamber and Visitors Bureau, among others.
Admission to most festival events is free. In conjunction with the festival, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is offering a guest package, which includes two nights of accommodations, a wine dinner Saturday featuring a menu by Chef Hugh Acheson, tickets to the “Tea with Ms. Daisy” event Friday, as well as breakfast both mornings.
For more information on Jekyll Island Club Hotel packages, visit www.jekyllclub.com. For more information about the Festival, a schedule of events and to see a list of featured authors, visit the festival web site here.
November 24: Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
Held in the National Historic Landmark District, this annual festival offers a variety of family-friendly, seasonal activities, including candle making, carriage rides and Christmas card decorating. Live music, art vendors and delicious food are also a main part of the annual fest. And naturally, Ol’ St. Nick will be attending the celebrations to ring in the season. As the sun sets over the Island, the festival centerpiece- the spectacular Christmas tree- will be lit to officially begin a bright holiday season.
The Tree Lighting Festival will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. November 24, with all activities taking place in the Jekyll Island Historic District in front of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Entry to the Festival is free, though some activities require a nominal fee. For more information, visit www.jekyllisland.com.
November 24: Motown Christmas
Stay after the tree has started to shine for our inaugural Motown Christmas Concert. This remarkable musical showcase combines Motown’s greatest hits with favorite seasonal tunes. Hosted by comedian Joe Nipote, the Motown Christmas showcase presents a powerful performance of choreography set to holiday classics and impressive harmonies, making it the perfect complement to the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.
Held November 24 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, the concert opens its doors at 7 p.m. and music will start at 8:15 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit the Concert web site at www.amotownchristmas.com.
November 24 to January 1: Holidays in History
In the days following the tree lighting, the Historic District transforms to its Golden Age, as volunteers and employees don period-piece attire, and historic buildings glow with holiday garlands and wreaths. Jekyll Island’s Holidays in History tours are a seasonal staple for both guests and residents. Take a step back in time and explore the Island’s past life. The Holidays in History specialty- themed tours will be held continually from November 24 to January 1, 2013. For more information and tour times, visit www.jekyllisland.com.
January and February 2013: Island Treasures
Uncover Jekyll Island’s hidden gems this winter! Every January and February, Jekyll Island transforms into the ultimate game of hide and seek. Originally launched in 2002, this annual treasure hunt allows visitors to discover parts of the island they had yet to uncover. During this two-month event, Jekyll Island staff hides artesian glass orbs throughout the island, and if you should stumble upon one, it’s yours for keeps.
New batches of the orbs are hidden daily throughout the Historic District, golf courses, sandy shores, and wharfs. As seekers search out their prize, they likewise can take in all the island has to offer, hopefully uncovering a new island experience.
For more information about Island Treasure, visit the Jekyll Island web site at www.jekyllisland.com.