Traditionally, February is a slow month for beach communities. But not here on Jekyll Island! We’ve packed the entire month with events, ranging from the new Green Screen film night and Black History Month celebrations, to a nature-based art sale and day-long auction. Read on to see just how busy this February will be for us- and you!
February 2013 Calendar of Events
Through February 28: Island Treasures
The annual island-wide treasure hunt for artesian glass orbs continues for a second month. As usual: Finders keepers! 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 and revisit their favorite spots, as well. During the two-month event, Jekyll Island staff hides our treasure- artesian glass orbs- throughout the island. If you should stumble upon one, it’s yours for keeps.
New batches of the treasures 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, click here.
February 2 through March 3: “Coastal Art: A Different View”
Jekyll Island Art Association will host “Coastal Art: A Different View” at the Goodyear Cottage gallery. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The opening reception for the monthly exhibit will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. February 3 at Goodyear Cottage. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.
Black History Month Events
Join the Jekyll Island Museum for a series of special programs in honor of Black History Month! Now in its second year, the annual Jekyll island Black History Month Celebration Series bring together historians and the general public to showcase the island’s rich and unique history. This year, the Jekyll Island Authority is excited to announce a full schedule of Black History Celebration events, including a lecture with the legendary Civil Rights hero, Ambassador Andrew Young. Read on to learn more about of full calendar of historical events we’ve lined up this February!
February 12: Screening of “Change in the Wind”
Join esteem special guests Ambassador Andrew Young Jekyll Island for a screen of his inspiring documentary, “A Change in the Wind.” The former Atlanta Mayor, civil rights leader and United Nations Ambassador will be on the island to present as well as discuss his highly acclaimed documentary. This groundbreaking film offers a probing look into the unlikely relationship between “Gone with the Wind” author Margret Mitchell and former Morehouse president Dr. Benjamin Mays, set in the deeply segregated South of the 1940s.
The movie screening will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please call the Jekyll Island Museum on Stable Road, 912.635.4036.
February 12: Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop
Learn to weave baskets from Master Basket Weaver Yvonne Grovner and continue one of the oldest art forms of African origin still practiced in America. Grovner hails from Sapelo Island, where the sweetgrass basketmaking tradition has been handed down from generation to generation. Workshop participants will make their own unique, hand-woven sweetgrass basket under Grovner’s expert guidance. The workshop takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 16 at Villa Ospo in the Historic District. The $45 fee includes materials. Places are limited and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please call the Jekyll Island Museum on Stable Road, 912.635.4036.
February 21: “Jubilee!”
Black soldiers with the Union Army first arrived on Jekyll Island 150 years ago, shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation. Celebrate the coming of freedom with Civil War Reenactor Joseph McGill in a living history presentation. McGill is the founder of “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment, telling the story of the soldiers portrayed in the award-winning film, “Glory.” The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 21 at the Jekyll Island Museum. Admission is $5 per person and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please call the Jekyll Island Museum on Stable Road, 912.635.4036 or click here.
February 16: Jekyll Island Green Screen
Join Jekyll Island this February for the first-ever Jekyll Island Green Screen event! To be held February 16, this inaugural evening is being presented by Athens’ EcoFocus Film Festival and will feature a screening of “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning 2012 documentary which presents a visually-stunning look into the issues of global climate change.
To further the evening’s experience, an array of experts across disciplines will be attending the film screening for deeper conversations. Stay after the screening to participate in a panel discussion with these experts who will field questions about the film and issues of climate change.
Prior to the film screening, get the conversations flowing at our opening reception featuring a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and poster presentations by researchers working on Georgia’s barrier islands.
The Jekyll Island Green Screen will open with the reception and research showcase from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., February 16. The film screening will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the panel discussion to follow immediately after the screening. All events are free to the public and will be held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Drive.
Jekyll Island is hosting this exciting evening in partnership with the EcoFocus Film Festival, Georgia Sea Grant, and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve – Coastal Training Program.
February 17: “Art Inspired By Nature” Sale
On Jekyll Island, it’s hard not to be inspired by the beautiful landscape and oceanfronts that make the island so unique. At Tidelands Nature Center, we celebrate that distinct trait with the annual “Art Inspired By Nature” sale.
Now in its 14th year, the vibrant art event features an eclectic array of local artists, displaying and selling their coastal-themed work. Art work available at the annual sale includes paintings, metal sculptures, woodwork, hand-made soaps, animal art, plus a wide assortment of baked goods from Jekyll’s many talented bakers. Be sure to stop in and find your new favorite, locally-made island treasure! Proceeds from the annual art sale are used to support the University of Georgia 4-H Tidelands Nature Center’s exhibits and educational efforts.
The Tidelands Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 17, inside the Morgan Center, located in the Jekyll Island Historic District. For more information, call Tidelands at 912.635.5032.
February 24: Friends of Historic Jekyll Island Auction
Get ready for some great deals and mega steals at the annual Friends of Historic Jekyll Island Annual Silent Auction! Being held Sunday February 24 in the Jekyll Island Convention Center, this annual showcase of ultimate finds is the perfect way to support Jekyll Island project while also winning a few goodies for yourself.
Come and bid for a chance to win gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, boat and airplane trips, hotel and golf packages, as well as artwork by local artisans. Proceeds from both the live and silent auctions will be used to help finance historic restoration and education projects on Jekyll Island.
The silent auction portion of this shopping adventure opens at 1 p.m., and closes as 4 p.m. A live auction will then begin at 5 p.m. All auction events will be held in the Jekyll Island Convention Center.