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Annual Golden Isles Kingfish Classic
The annual classic headquarters and weigh-in dock is at St. Simons Island's Gascoigne Bluff Park on the Frederica River. Usually attracting over 100 boats each year, one of the highlights is when the boats head out into the open ocean in the early morning. These are big open boats with multiple massive outboards race out of the St. Simons Sound in the hunt for the popular gamefish. The biggest fish takes the top prize, usually a boat, motor and trailer! This spectator-friendly tournament allows onlookers on the dock as the boats come in for weigh-in. Shaded seating is offered under the parks shaded pavilion along side onsite food concessions and a beer vendor.
 
 
 
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Blessing of the Fleet
An annual tradition each Mother's Day Sunday, this beautiful Old World processional through Historic Hanover Square was started by the Portuguese community in 1938 to commemorate the first appearance of The Blessed Virgin to three children near the town of Fatima, Portugal on May 13, 1917. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park. The Processional begins promptly at 12:00 noon and lasts about thirty minutes. This colorful Portuguese tradition, each Mother's Day in historic downtown Brunswick, blesses the brightly decorated shrimp boats prior to the start of shrimping season each year. Since this begins at 3:00 pm at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, you'll have time to take your own mother a couple of blocks down Newcastle Street for a wonderful and relaxing Mothers Day lunch prior to the event!
 
 
 
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Blessing of the Fleet
Blessing of the Fleet April 11-13, 2014 Darien, GA Sponsored by the Darien-McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce, this three day fun-filled festival has something for everyone of all ages and interests. The weekend begins on Friday, April 11th at 5pm with arts and crafts vendors, great food, and children's activities including a bungy jump, spider climb and other fun attractions. The fun doesn't stop there...at 7pm our venue includes a concert with gate admission on the waterfront of the Darien River. Saturday is host to a Street Parade, 5K Run and Art in the Park and much, much more! See the event schedule for a full list of events that will take place throughout the weekend. Admission is $5 for age 13 and up on Friday and Saturday. 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. There is no admission charge for Sunday’s events. Sunday is the main attraction...the Blessing of the Fleet! The blessing of the largest working shrimping fleet on the East Coast! You don't want to miss this historic event and best of all it is free admission (Sunday only).
 
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Darien , GA 31305
 
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Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee
Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples' Choice and Judges' Award. The day long event begins with the 1-mile Fun Run and 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid's Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation.
 
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Mary Ross Park
Brunswick GA 31520
 
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Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee
Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples' Choice and Judges' Award. The day long event begins with the 1-mile Fun Run and 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid's Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation.
 
 
 
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Brunswick's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Brunswick's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration: This Fourth of July, bring yourself, your family and friends and join thousands of happy kids and adults for free games, free watermelon, and of course free fireworks at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick. The festivities start at 7:00 pm and feature organized and supervised classic games like sack races, tug-of-wars, horseshoes, various ball games, hula-hoop contests and more. Players compete for prizes of delicious whole South Georgia watermelons. Can't win or just don't want to play but you still have a taste for watermelon? Free slices are handed out all evening, compliments of the City of Brunswick. The fireworks over the waters of the East River and Oglethorpe Bay start about 9:00 pm and last 30 minutes. A great, fun, family event that's sponsored each year by The City of Brunswick, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, and the Downtown Development Authority.
 
 
 
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CoastFest
With more than 70 environmental, educational, research and resource exhibitors from throughout the southeast providing interactive exhibits and displays, the annual CoastFest highlights Georgia’s unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education at the GA DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters near the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick. Visitors of all ages can participate in activities from recycling to coastal weather … native plants to sea turtles ... water conservation to archeology… herpetology to geology … sharks to shrimp!! Throughout the day under the Big Top, visitors will be entertained by bubble-ologist, Keith Johnson who uses imagination and science to explore how bubbles work; reptiles and raptors from the Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern University will take center stage for two shows throughout the day; magician Arthur Atsma will amaze the audience with science and Newtonian physics taught through fast-paced circus stunts and magic tricks. Jim Sawgrass and his Creek Indian encampment, military re-enactors from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, touch tanks with sea life, and plenty of ‘make-it-take’ projects will keep families busy! Since 1995, GA DNR/Coastal Resources Division has hosted CoastFest on the first Saturday in October in support of the three-week national 'CoastWeeks' event.
 
 
 
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Easter Egg Stroll
family friendly Easter gathering in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Search and find Easter eggs hidden along Pier Road, get pictures with Easter Bunny, and enjoy pony rides and other activities. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Free tram tours through the Historic District at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Eggs will be hidden and re-hidden throughout the festival. Special section for kids 3 and under.
 
 
 
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Georgia Florida Football Classic
Calling all college football fans! Join the City of Jacksonville for the celebration that attracts fans from far and near. Don’t miss RV City activities, the Touchdown Showdown (the home of interactive games, jumbo screens to watch the big game and more), the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Corporate Village and much more! It all leads up to the big game on Saturday, November 2 at EverBank Field. Anyone who says it’s just a game has never been! - See more at: http://www.jaxevents.com/?event=florida-vs-georgia-football-classic#sthash.6j5FORAm.dpuf
Phone: 904-633-6100
 
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One EverBank Field Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
 
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Georgia Florida Golf Classic
Whether you are a Bulldog or a Gator, the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic is a great way to relax and unwind before the annual Georgia-Florida Football Game. Held on Jekyll Island's three beautiful 18-hole golf course, this 33 year tradition, provides the perfect mix of golf, food, and fun. Enjoy two rounds of tournament play, a practice round, and all the food and drinks you want for one all-inclusive tournament registration fee. Wear your team colors, grab your favorite clubs, and show your team spirit in this fun-filled two day golf classic. A portion of the proceeds from the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic benefits the Jekyll Island Foundation.
 
 
 
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Georgia Sea Island Festival
For nearly thirty years the Georgia Sea Island Festival on St. Simons Island has celebrated the African American musical traditions, crafts and food of the coastal barrier islands. Nationally known and world renowned, the Georgia Sea Island Singers have been a highlight of the weekend since the festival on St. Simons Island was first organized in 1977 the 1980s by original members of the group Mabel Hillary and Bessie Jones. Born on St. Simons Island, Frankie Sullivan Quimby traces her ancestry back to the Foulah tribe on the Niger River in Africa. She was the oldest of thirteen children descended from slaves who belonged to the Coupers of Cannon’s Point. After emancipation her family took the name Sullivan and settled in the Harrington community of St. Simons Island. Mrs. Quimby joined the Georgia Sea Island Singers in the 1940s. She is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of her ancestors who came to St. Simons from Africa. Many of the songs performed by the Georgia Sea Island Singers were handed down through generations. They were work songs sung in the fields, on the docks in Brunswick, or in rowboats on the sound. They were spirituals sung in African American churches and hummed by domestics working on the island. These songs formed the background tunes recalled by both blacks and whites who grew on the islands. In 1935 folklorist Zora Neale Hurston introduced fellow folklorist Alan Lomax and his father John to Bessie Jones and early members of the group. The Lomaxes worked for the Archives of American Song at the Library of Congress and they traveled across the nation collecting “folk” music, songs handed down by elders. Alan returned to the Harrington community on St. Simons Island in 1959 and 1960 and made extensive recordings of the singers – Bessie Jones, Peter and John Davis, Emma Lee Ramsey, Henry Morrison, Mabel Hillary, and others. Recordings and photographs from these trips have recently been digitalized and are now available on-line at www.culturalequity.org thanks to The Global Jukebox, a program of an organization Lomax founded after he left the Library of Congress. At a time when folk music and the Civil Rights movement were finding a political voice, Lomax put Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers on the national stage. They performed at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival on the same bill with Peter, Paul and Mary; Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and John Lee Hooker. In 1960 Lomax hired them for a movie for Colonial Williamsburg entitled “Music at Williamsburg.” Dressed in 18th century slave costumes, they sang work songs and rowing songs that contrasted with the Anglican hymns and harpsichord concert at the Governor’s House. Harry Belafonte, an avid student of folk music, invited Jones and the group to add their songs to The Long Road to Freedom (1961-1971) an anthology of African American songs with musical roots from West Africa. In 1968 they conducted workshops at the Poor Peoples March on Washington. For the next fifty years, under the direction of Bessie Jones (who passed away in 1984) and then Frankie Quimby and her husband Douglas (who passed away in 2006) the Georgia Sea Island Singers have shared their music with Presidents at the White House and Sierra Leone, world leaders at the G-8 Summit, crowds at the Olympics and the Smithsonian’s Folk Festivals, and countless schoolchildren at festivals and schools across the nation.
 
 
 
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Glynn Art in the Park Festival
Glynn Art in the Park Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Mark your calendars! Glynn Art in the Park Festival will be celebrating its 44th Annual Fall Festival on October 12 & 13, 2013, under the Live Oak trees in Postell Park on St. Simons Island. The festival is produced by Glynn Art Association, and is the premier show for fine arts and crafts. Last year’s festival brought in artists from the Southeast and around the country, who look forward to showing their work in a unique setting, under live oak trees and within view of the Atlantic Ocean. Check out our ‘Festival Facts’ for a list of this year’s artists. Don’t miss out on the Friday night Patron Preview pARTy! Preview artwork from all the artists in the elegant setting of Glynn Art Association’s Visual Center. Food, beverages, and door prizes add to the fun, along with meeting the artists. Tickets $25. For more information or to visit Glynn Art Association: 912-638-8770 www.glynnart.org 529 Beachview Drive St. Simons Island, GA 31522 Thank you to our following SPONSORS: Southeast Georgia Health System Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Ziggy’s Coastal Event Designs Premier Printing Left Bank Art Gallery Village Inn & Pub Rayea Pieschel, Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners
 
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St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
 
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Golden Isles SUP Classic
The Golden Isles SUP Classic is a moderate-length (seven mile) competitive and recreational (three mile) race organized and hosted by Whitecap Stand Up Paddleboarding and co-hosted by Davis Love Enterprise's new stand up shop, Classic Paddle and Putt. Each year this event draws some big-time media attention from the McGladrey Classic, an Official PGA TOUR golf tournament, also hosted by Davis Love III, the 5th place all-time money winner on the PGA TOUR. TV, magazines, and some possible celebrities attend each year. Davis Love III is an avid SUP-er and his enthusiastic support for the event will help kick the stoke level up a few notches! Come enjoy the typically perfect early fall weather of Georgia's Golden Isles both on the water -- and the fairways -- of one of the prettiest places on the East Coast.
 
 
 
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Island Treasures
Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create an array of stunning, handworked glass globes. During this two-month long program, "Beach Buddies" hide these floats in various locations on Jekyll Island for lucky visitors to find.
 
 
 
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Jekyll Island Art & Antiques Festival
Each March the smell of oil paints and potter's dust is in the air and Jekyll Island's Historic District is a buzz with creative energies. Come explore are variety of fine arts and beautiful antiques at this three day festival celebrating fine craftsmanship of yesterday and today at the annual Jekyll Island Art & Antiques Festival.
 
 
 

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