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Sunday, July 31, 7p.m.
Owen Plant Album Release Party
Join us under the stars on Rainbow Island to celebrate the release of the new album, “I Was on the Moon,” by Sea Island’s own artist-in-residence Owen Plant. Owens’s style is influenced by artists covering a variety of genres from the '70s such as Bob Marley and James Taylor, old-time reggae groups, and contemporary acoustic artists like the Avett Brothers and Amos Lee, for whom Owen opened in a 2014 concert at Sea Island. There is no better venue than Rainbow Island to listen to songs written on and inspired by the Golden Isles. The album will debut at the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event is complimentary. Cash bar. Chairs welcome. Tickets required. To reserve tickets go to www.siconcertseries.com.
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition at Sea Island August 5-6
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is a weekend celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, and sporting demonstrations. The largest event of its kind in the U.S., SEWE makes its home in Charleston, South Carolina, and plays host to hundreds of artists and exhibitors, plus experts in wildlife and nature art. Through our partnership with SEWE, Sea Island will host an exclusive, intimate version of this celebration of wildlife and art at The Cloister.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Opening
Friday, August 5, 5:30–8 p.m.
The Cloister Ballroom
Get a first glimpse of the work of these premier artists, artisans, and craftsmen selected especially for Sea Island. Cash bar. Resort casual. Reservations required, 912-638-5111.
Lecture with Mark Lexton: "Third Generation Goldsmith"
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.
The Cloister Ogelthorpe Room
Exposed to his family's rich heritage in the jewelry business, Lex Matthews inherited the passion, artistry and work ethic that defines all exceptional goldsmiths. Veins coursing with precious metals, the third-generation goldsmith began absorbing the tools of the trade at a tender age. A skilled watchmaker, his grandfather was the proprietor of a jewelry store in Lake City, South Carolina, laying the ground work for Lex's father to operate his own store in nearby Florence. Cherishing his familial heritage, Lex continues to draw upon and refine the traditional techniques he acquired as a young boy. A connoisseur of his craft, Lex learned from years of meticulous trial and error and by following in the footsteps of those he most admires—his family. Over the years, the brand has grown to include two collections of carefully crafted and particularly wearable hand-forged pieces.
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Cloister Ballroom
Come experience these works of art at your own pace and determine which treasures you must take home with you. Casual.
Events are complimentary for resort guests and Club members.
Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m.
The Cloister Clubroom
Carnegie Hall is one of the most famous theaters in the world. The joke, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" has entered American lore and the answer "practice" has surpassed music and now signifies attaining any goal. How did this theater become one of the most famous in the world? And what treasures exist in its archives? Director of the Archives and Rose Museum Gino Francesconi will talk about the history of Carnegie Hall, some of the famous people he worked with as the backstage artist attendant in an earlier career, and the adventure of starting the archives from scratch, in 1986, just four years before the Hall’s 100th anniversary. Since no archives existed most of Carnegie Hall’s history had disappeared. Through detective work and appeals to the public, the archives has now catalogued more than 50,000 events, more than any other theater in the world, and priceless artifacts donated by people from all over the world. Gino interweaves the history of the Hall with the search for its treasures in a fascinating journey. Event is complimentary for resort guests and Club members. Reservations required, 912-638-5111.
The Southern Grown Concert Series presents the Indigo Girls live in concert at Rainbow Island.
The Indigo Girls have spent thirty-five years performing together, produced fifteen albums (seven gold, four platinum, and one double platinum), earned a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations, and have toured arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. It is rare to find musicians together so long, rarer still with such profound successes. Their music lives in the hearts of generations of dedicated fans and continues to inspire young musicians. This loyalty is not accidental. Perhaps their relevance over three decades can be credited to the mighty collisions of distinct aesthetics forging new paths over time. The Girls’ refinement — not only of style and skill, but of their own creative processes — allows access to ever new and liminal spaces.
Franchetti & Passopisciaro Wine Series
Saturday, July 16
Tavola Patio & Lawn
The Cloister Wine Cellar
Explore the wines of Andrea Franchetti through a two-part series. Carlos Franchetti, brother to Andrea, and United States Brand Ambassador, Sarah Bray, present the wines of Franchetti in Tuscany and his project in Sicily, Passopisciaro. Lunch is $75/person. Wine dinner is $175/person. Tax and service charge additional. Member discount will be applied. Limited availability. Separate reservations required for lunch and dinner. Lunch is casual. At the wine dinner, jackets are required, tie is optional for gentlemen. Reservations required, 912-638-5111.
Gaja Wine Dinner
Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
The Cloister Wine Cellar
Enjoy an intimate dinner with winemaker Gaia Gaja of Gaja winery. This dinner will be an introspective of this prestigious Italian estate - from Piemonte to Tuscany. Gaia continues to drive this famous estate forward while honoring the traditions of the past. $225/person. Tax and service charge additional. Member discount will be applied. Limited availability. Jackets required, tie optional for gentlemen. Reservations required, 912-638-5111.
Join us around the resort for Watermelon-inspired food, drinks and fun!
At the Shooting School:
3- 4 p.m.
14th Annual Watermelon Shoot
Watermelons make juicy targets! Watching is as big a blast as shooting at the moving melons. All ages welcome.
Watermelon Eating and Seed Spitting Contest
See how far the seeds will fly in this fun and annual watermelon Sea Island tradition.
At the Beach Club:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Watermelon Carving and Complimentary Samples
The Snack Shack will serve complimentary Watermelon Gazpacho and don’t miss the fabulous watermelon drinks available at the Beach Bar. Southern Tide will have lunch and dinner features with watermelon.
Above events are complimentary.
At The Cloister:
Featuring Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad with charred baby octopus and watercress vinaigrette.
At The Spa:
Enjoy watermelon and mint-infused water all week at beginning on August 1st. The Fit Fuel Café will feature watermelon smoothies for the whole month of August.
At The Lodge & Retreat:
Check out the Watermelon Tasting menus for Colt & Alison and at the Oak Room. Davis Love Grill will feature Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho, mint compressed watermelon salad, heirloom tomato, feta, and basil.
At The Market:
Special features such as Watermelon Gazpacho and a Watermelon Lemonade with a Kiwi splash will help celebrate this sweet holiday!
The Cloister Ballroom
The National Park Service will be 100 years old this August. Stephen Mather McPherson, the grandson of the Founder, Stephen Mather, will give a talk and slide show about the formation of the Park Service and how his grandfather left his successful business to devote his life, as Assistant Secretary of the Interior and as the first Director of the Park Service, to the creation and management of this highly respected government agency. Event is complimentary for resort guests and Club members. Reservations required, 912-638-5111.
Steve Winter has been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He's flown over erupting volcanoes and visited isolated villages where residents had never before seen a blond foreigner—or a camera. Growing up in Indiana, Winter dreamed of traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic. His first camera was a gift from his father on his seventh birthday. Over the next few years, Winter's dad taught him the basics of photography.
After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco, Winter signed on as a photojournalist for Black Star Photo Agency. Since then, he has produced stories for GEO, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, Business Week, Scientific American, and Stern, and National Geographic, where he began shooting in 1991. He's also featured talent on Nat Geo WILD TV programs.
“On the Trail of Big Cats: Tiger, Cougars, and Snow Leopards”
Friday, September 2, 5:30 p.m.
The Cloister Ballroom
Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where the most endangered of the big cats, tigers, persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rarely seen snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. He’ll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.
An Intimate Dinner with Steve Winter
Friday, September 2, 7 p.m.
Georgian Private Dining Room
Join Steve Winter for an intimate dinner and conversation. À la carte. Limited seating.
Photography Workshop with Steve Winter
Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m.
The Cloister Ballroom 1
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Steve Winter 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.
Events are complimentary for resort guests and Club members. Reservations required for all events above, 912-638-5111.
In the early fall of 1973 The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits. The band’s recent release of their Live! From Englishtown album is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.
Today the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony / RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. For their most recent release, the band dug into the vault and emerged with the original live recordings from its biggest show to date. The new Live! From Englishtown album was originally performed in 1977 and reportedly drew more than 150,000 fans. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated.