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  • This Week at Sea Island

    This Week at Sea Island

    Weekly guide to recreation, entertainment
    and dining.

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  • Social Lounge

    Stay connected with your favorite island!

    Whether near or far, Sea Island is always at your fingertips. Use our social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more to stay connected with your favorite island!

    Visit the Social Lounge

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  • Easter at Sea Island

    April 1-5, 2015

    Enjoy a variety of holiday activities for the whole family! Click here to download the complete schedule of events.

    Call 1-855-572-4975 for reservations.

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  • Frances Mayes Lecture and Book Signing

    April 17, 2015

    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Cloister Ballroom I

    Frances Mayes, the author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, joins us for a lecture and book signing. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family in her latest book, Under Magnolia. Complimentary. Reservations required.

    Call 1-855-572-4975 for reservations.

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  • National Geographic Live! Presents Photographer Jodi Cobb

    July 31-August 1, 2015

    "Stranger in a Strange Land" Presentation
    Friday, July 31, 5:30 p.m.
    The Cloister Ballroom

    As an interpreter of what it means to be human and to experience the joy and sorrow of life, Jodi Cobb has explored quiet spaces and hidden corners inaccessible to others. She was one of the first female staff photographers at National Geographic, and covered its biggest story to date, going undercover for 13 months to chronicle "21st Century Slavery," revealing a system of human trafficking and slave labor, both here and abroad. Cobb was the first photographer to document the veiled lives of women in Saudi Arabia for a landmark story in 1987, and one of the first to cross China when it reopened to the West, traveling 7,000 miles in two months for the book Journey Into China. She was also the first women to win the White House Press Photographers Award, and the first photographer allowed inside the secret exotic world of the Geisha. Cobb, who grew up having 28 different addresses (her father worked for an oil company), is at home in the world. She started her career as a Rock & Roll photographer for the Denver Post. This program is a rollicking journey through four decades of our shared history. She teaches regularly at workshops, has lectured all over the world, was featured in the PBS documentary On Assignment and was recently awarded the University of Missouri’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Complimentary. Reservation required.

    Intimate Dinner with National Geographic Photographer Jodi Cobb
    Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.
    Georgian Private Dining Room

    Join Jodi Cobb for an intimate dinner and conversation. Cocktails and mingling begin at 7 p.m. Dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. À la carte. Limited seating. Reservation required.

    Photography Seminar
    Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m.
    Cloister Ballroom 1

    Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb will lead a one-hour seminar featuring photography tips and techniques, including how to visualize a photograph, what to look for, how to tell a story, how to lend narrative to vacation and travel pictures. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. Complimentary. Reservations required.

    Portfolio Review
    Following the presentation, Ms. Cobb will review up to four photography portfolios in private one-on-one sessions. For the actual portfolio review, please bring 10-25 images, either printed, or ready for display on your laptop computer or iPad (no smaller screens, please). Contact Marcie Maddox at 912-634-4383 or [email protected] to reserve a private portfolio review session.

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  • Expand Your Sea Island Experience

    in 2015 with 12 months of Specials

    Explore the open ocean with one of our expert fishing guides. Learn More.

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  • Planning Guide

    Planning Guide

    March - May 2015

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  • Sea Island Concert Series

    April 2, 2015

    Sea Island Concert Series - Southern Soul Legends
     
    April 2, 2015
    Rainbow Island
    7-10 p.m.

    Join us for a night of soulful music with Greg Hester and the LGs and special guests Steve Cropper and Jimmy Hall.  Cropper, of Booker T. and the MGs, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd and the Blues Brothers, wrote “Sitting on the Dock of a Bay”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood.”  Hall has played with Wet Willie, Jeff Beck Group, Hank Williams Jr and Chuck Leavell. $75/ticket VIP access includes two drink tickets, light bites and up front seating. $30/ticket general admission. No chairs, coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Doors open at 7 p.m.; concert is from 8–10 p.m. Reservations required.

    Call 1-855-572-4975 for reservations.

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  • EleVen Trunk Show and Tennis Exhibition with Venus Williams

    Monday, April 6

    The Cloister Tennis Center

    Sea Island welcomes tennis legend Venus Williams.

    9:30–10:30 a.m. Check-in for EleVen VIP Clinic (space is limited). Reservations required.

    10:30–11:30 a.m. VIP EleVen Clinic and Q&A with clinic participants.
    Jump start your morning with an exclusive EleVen VIP Clinic with Tennis legend, Venus Williams, followed by a Q & A session. Reservation includes one hour clinic, Q&A and $50 gift certificate toward EleVen apparel. Check in for Clinic at 9:30 a.m..

    11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Exhibition with Venus Williams and Matt Kuchar vs. Jensen Brothers. Complimentary. Reservations required.
    Join us on Cloister Stadium Court as Venus Williams and Matt Kuchar take on Sea Island's very own, The Jensen Brothers. Photos, prizes and giveaways! Reservations Required.

    12:30–1:30 p.m. EleVen Trunk Show - Photo opportunity with Venus Williams with every purchase of EleVen apparel on April 6 prior to her departure.

    Join us on Cloister Stadium Court for a photo opportunity with Venus Williams with every purchase of EleVen apparel on April 6th prior to her departure.

    For clinic reservations, please call 912-638-5168.
    Call 1-855-572-4975 for reservations.

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  • Southern Grown

    June 19-21, 2015

    Rooted in a rich history of gracious hospitality, memorable experiences, exceptional food and great music, the seeds to Sea Island’s Southern Grown Festival were planted long ago.  This year we are excited to celebrate all of the best of the South in one weekend in June culminating in a performance by Grammy Nominated band, The Avett Brothers.

    Southern Grown celebrates our impressive food and music culture by bringing award winning chefs, mixologists and critically acclaimed bands to one of the most breathtaking locations in the country.  Allow us to delight the senses as you enjoy a weekend of the best music and food South of the Mason-Dixon  while you are among family and friends.

    For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.southerngrown.com

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  • National Geographic Live! Presents Adventure Filmmaker Bryan Smith

    July 17-18, 2015

    Have you ever watched a National Geographic film about some remote and dangerous place—and then wondered what the people behind the cameras had to go through to capture the action? Bryan Smith, an award-winning filmmaker, shares gripping moments as he documented extreme feats in the world’s most challenging environments. An expedition kayaker who has paddled steep rivers in India, Peru, and Russia, Smith was inspired to take up cinematography while protesting a hydroelectric dam project that threatened rivers near his home in British Columbia. His first film, 49 Megawatts, received acclaim both for its extreme kayaking footage and insightful exploration of the controversy over river-based energy production. Smith has since built on his adventure film roots and developed a strong reputation in both TV documentary and commercial cinematography. He shot the recent stunt featuring climber Will Gadd, and his recent first ascent up the frozen sides of Niagara Falls. With a knack for storytelling and an insane work ethic, his client list has grown to include National Geographic Channel, Discovery Network, Disney, Red Bull, Patagonia and more.

    "The Lens of Adventure" with Bryan Smith
    Friday, July 17, 5:30 p.m.
    The Cloister Ballroom
    Hiking for miles laden with gear, trusting rigging on sheer vertical faces, and paddling waterfalls with a camera between his legs are all part of the adventure. While the footage he has captured will make your heart race, the story behind the camera will take your breath away. Complimentary. Reservation required.

    An Intimate Dinner with National Geographic Filmmaker Bryan Smith
    Friday, July 17, 7 p.m.
    Georgian Private Dining Room
    Join Bryan Smith for an intimate dinner and conversation. Cocktails and mingling begin at 7 p.m. Dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. À la carte. Limited seating. Reservation required.

    Turning Passion into Profession (For Teens)
    Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.
    Beach Club Theater
    Trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? Looking for a little inspiration? Come here how National Geographic Filmmaker Bryan Smith turned a passion for adventure and creativity into one of the best jobs on the planet. This program is for teens. Complimentary. Reservation required.

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  • National Geographic Live! Presents Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, PhD

    August 21-22, 2015

    National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations. Formerly chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., and of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and TV productions. She has received hundreds of honors from organizations all over the world, including awards from the Royal Geographical Society, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, the Explorers Club, National Wildlife Federation, Barnard College and the Society of Women Geographers, and was a Glamour Magazine 2014 Woman of the Year.

    "Our Blue Planet" with Legendary Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, PhD
    Friday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.
    The Cloister Ballroom

    Learn how the ocean provides the underpinning of our economy, health, security, and the existence of life itself. Once thought to be infinitely resilient, the ocean is in trouble, and therefore, so are we. With equal parts warning and hope, she shows us how actions we take in the next ten years will matter more than what we do in the next one hundred years. Complimentary. Reservation required.

    An Intimate Dinner with Sylvia Earle
    Friday, August 21, 7 p.m.
    Georgian Private Dining Room

    Join Sylvia Earle for an intimate dinner & conversation. Cocktails and mingling begin at 7 p.m. Dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. À la carte. Limited seating. Reservation required.

    Mission Blue: The Story of Sylvia Earle
    Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.
    Beach Club Theater

    Dr. Earle will share an intimate peek into her world, sharing clips from the recent acclaimed film about her life, Mission Blue, along with behind-the-scenes stories from groundbreaking career in science and conservations. Q&A to follow presentation. Complimentary. Reservations required.

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