Beachside Brews with a Starlit Dinner

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“Life’s a Trip, Head Southbound!”

Come make memories with us underneath the stars along the shoreline as we tap into Southbound Brewing Company at our Southbound Beer Dinner, presented at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Beach Pavilion.

The evening will begin as we pop the tabs on some Southbound ice cold brews with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30pm, then flowing into the 5-course summertime culinary adventure around 7:30pm.

Each course will be paired with a handcrafted Southbound Brewing Company beer that compliments all the flavors, spices and textures perfectly to create a palatable experience each and every time.

Southbound Brewing Company is the first production microbrewery to be located in Savannah, Georgia. Southbound launched their first brew in the state in mid May 2013 and aspire to become the most innovating and exciting yet. Using their backgrounds, skills, and insights to shed light on the beauty of the craft beer industry to the local Savannah community, Southbound has brought the American beer revolution to straight into Savannah’s back door….along with a hop, skip and a jump over to Jekyll Island.

The menu has been fine-tuned and will make the mouth water as you read all of the delectable fares you will get to enjoy. This is a dinner experience you will regret missing!

Hors D’ Oeuvres

BBQ Smoke Duck & Fig Crostini

Stuffed Summer Tomatoes & Pickled Cucumbers

Deviled Quail Eggs

Seared Tuna & Wasabi

First Course

East Coast Oyster Degustation

Southbound Scattered Sun

“A Belgian Style Witbier that’s light and refreshing with coriander and orange peel”

Second Course

Lobster Salad

Avocado, Grapefruit, Garden Tendrils

Southbound Transilience

 “A Imperial Berliner Weisse (sour wheat) with mango, passion fruit and pomegranate”

Third Course

Grilled Skirt Steak

Potted Beans & Tortillas

Southbound Shakedown Street 

“A dry hopped tart saison that is tart, citrusy and floral, with hints of spice and a fresh hoppy aroma”

Fourth Course

Hot Summer BBQ Pork

Sweet Corn Pudding & Cheese Grit “Tots”

Pot liquor Greens & Hot Sauce Cracklins

Southbound Hop’lin IPA

“An American IPA with notes of caramel, pine, and citrus”

Fifth Course

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cheese Cake

Beer Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Truffle Brownie, Moondance Anglaise

Southbound Moondance

“A Belgian inspired spiced imperial stout comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, roast and chocolate flavors”


After reading the menu and envisioning the sights and sounds of dining along the shoreline, it’s no surprise that tickets are expected to go fast, right?

At only $85 per person, reserve your spot today! Whether you are a craft beer enthusiast or novice alike, or are someone who is looking for that unique date night, this is just the soiree for you.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Warm salty breezes, cold brews in hand, reggae-influenced jams from the renown local artist Owen Plant and an abundance of tasty food just waiting to be tried. Combine all of these together and you have one perfect evening ahead.

The anticipation is escalating for us!

Worried about the possibility of enjoying the brews a little too much? For those who would like to capitalize on the event by extending their evening into the night, a very special rate of just $159 for a traditional accommodation is now available. BOOK NOW.

Everything is set. Now, all you have to do is reserve your spot!

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Event Disclaimers: Event ticket sales close 48 hours prior to event. For cancellations please contact the Concierge at 912-635-5222 at least 72 hours in advance. When making event reservations, please note any dietary restrictions.

Festive Fourth of July Weekend!

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Red, white and BOOM! This weekend’s event calendar is lit up with tons of super fun activities on Jekyll Island! Don’t miss out on all the excitement…head over to Jekyll Island and take part in the celebration!

UGA Accidentals Concert (Sunday, July 3, 8:00 p.m.): Brighten up your weekend and plan to join the University of Georgia’s a capella group, The Accidentals, for an evening concert in the Morgan Center. The “Dentals” bring to their performances an energy and life that is unique in the collegiate a cappella realm. Doors open at 7:30PM, $15 per person.

Longest Drive Challenge (Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Participate in the Longest Drive Challenge held at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. Participants will compete for the longest drive from the tee-box. The winner of each division (under-50 or over-50) will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Jekyll Island Golf Pro Shop. No pre-registration required, sign up at the Pro Shop on July 4.

Second Annual Jekyll Island Independence Day Parade (Monday, July 4, 9 a.m.): Celebrate America’s birthday with an old-fashioned patriotic parade through the Historic District. Locals, residents and island guests are invited to decorate their bikes, golf carts, strollers, pets, and themselves and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the parade. Details, including judging categories, can be found on the Jekyll Island website.

4th of July All-American Cookout (Monday, July 4, 5-9 p.m.): Continue your fun Independence Day festivities into the evening at our All-American Cookout at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Morgan Center from 5-9pm. Enjoy true southern dishes from potato salad, to hotdogs, barbecue sandwiches and more! The cookout is open to JICH guests, but locals can attend. The cookout is first come, first serve basis and payment is made at the door; $30 adults, $15 children.

Fireworks (Monday, July 4, approximately 9 p.m.): Witness the most spectacular fireworks in the Golden Isles! JICH guests can head over to our Beach Pavilion on our complimentary beach shuttle service from the cookout to watch the sky be filled with an incredible pyrotechnic display.

Having “fear of missing out” on this patriotic weekend? Rooms are still available at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and we would love to have you! BOOK NOW.

Your Summer Getaway is a Shore Thing at the JICH!

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Summer on Jekyll Island is a special time of year. Not only is it the perfect destination for a beach getaway filled with plenty of outdoor activities and water fun, but it is also home to a special resident…turtles!

When visiting the island this summer with kids in tow, be sure to check out the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Tidelands 4-H Center and Turtle Tides Jekyll Island.

georgia-sea-turtlesThe Georgia Sea Turtle Center is an advanced turtle hospital (the only one of it’s kind in the state of Georgia) but is also open to the general public for daily tours with a interactive Exhibit Gallery and a Rehabilitation Pavilion with a many sea turtle patients regularly on view for guests. Additionally, indoor and outdoor educational programs are available year-round for guests of all ages, but during the summer months another special event hits the calendar.

Get up close to loggerhead nests with nightly Turtle Walks with the GSTC. Your program begins at either with a 30-45 minute presentation (located in the GSTC exhibit gallery) where you will learn about sea turtle biology, threats, and how you can help! The presentation is followed by a guided beach tour in search of a nesting turtle. These walks are conducted June 1-July 31st (no walks on July 4th), with two nightly programs beginning at 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Reservations are required and programs fill quickly, so BOOK NOW!

tidelands4hTidelands 4-H Center is also exploding this summer with tons of awesome outdoor events and activities for all age groups!

From nature walks to fishing programs, educational live feeding “brunches”, daily discovery camps covering a different program Monday-Thursday, and a Coastal Explorers program every Friday that covers fun themes from marsh madness to creepy crawlers and more! Don’t miss out on any of these educational, but super fun and interactive activities! CLICK HERE to view the full summer event calendar in detail.

Another great way to enjoy summer on Jekyll Island is to explore all of the beautiful scenery on the island, by water!

kayaksTurtle Tides on Jekyll Island offers a plethora of fun water equipment from kayaks to paddle boards, water bikes and more! Whether you are looking for a guided tour through the beautiful inlets and marshes of the Golden Isles, or drop off/pick up services from equipment to blaze your own water trail with, they have you covered! Try something new this summer – the memories will last forever!

Book your stay with us at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and experience a Jekyll Island summer getaway the right way! Through August 4, enjoy 20% off accommodations Sunday-Thursday and get ready to have a “turtley” awesome time!

Beach Pavilion: Unveiling of a New Menu!

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Bet on a shore thing this summer….a sandy, sun-filled getaway that is overflowing with memories from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!

A summer getaway is far from complete without some afternoons spent among the sand and sea, and our Beach Pavilion is the perfect spot to fulfill that need!

When you stay with us at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, you not only receive complimentary shuttle service to and from our exclusive Beach Pavilion, but you also get to enjoy complimentary lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels! Not to mention that you don’t even have to drag the chairs down to the shoreline because our enthusiastic pavilion crew has you covered!

New to the Beach Pavilion this year, along with the landscape remodel complete with 10,000 new plants, as well as a run off feature that deposits rain water into Jekyll Island’s water table, is the updated menu! Featuring beach favorites from sand bar nachos to chipotle chicken quesadillas, jerk chicken sandwiches, peel & eat shrimp, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and so much more! The menu still sports sweet ice cream, frozen cocktails and cool drinks. Check out the full menu HERE.

Don’t miss out on all the fun at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Beach Pavilion this summer! Book your next trip with us and get onto island time!

Check out our Summer Getaway rate HERE!

Wedding Photo Checklist

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Planning a wedding is no small task. You spend months poring over every aspect of the day — inviting guests, planning meals and making sure it all goes off without a hitch. When the day finally comes, it’s often over in the blink of an eye.

Your wedding is a momentous and emotional day, one that you’ll never want to forget. That’s why photography is such a core part of the wedding. Even if you hold onto specific memories, a professional photographer with a keen eye for detail can help you remember every moment.

For those of you celebrating your wedding on Jekyll Island, we want to help make your day and your memories as special as possible. We’ve put together a comprehensive wedding photography checklist and a rundown of how to best capture the beauty of Jekyll Island.

Why Plan Ahead?

Although most professional photographers will know which shots to take and when to take them, having an idea of the specifics you’d like included is always helpful. If anything, working through your own photography checklist (sometimes called a shot list) can give you a great idea of what to expect from your photographer.

This is especially true if your photographer offers to collaborate on a list, or if they ask for specific moments you want captured throughout the day’s events. Whether it’s something as small as a sentimental trinket or as involved as formal portraits, thinking ahead can save you a lot of stress the day-of.

The last thing you want on your wedding day is to spend a day of celebration worrying about which photos your photographer did and didn’t take. Check out our wedding photography checklist and use it to make one of your own. Worst case: your photographer already has one, and the two of you can work together to make sure every shot is accounted for.

Your All-In-One Checklist

Photos to Take Before the Ceremony

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  • The venue while it’s being prepared
  • A solo shot of the wedding dress hanging on its hanger
  • The bride and bridesmaids while getting ready (hair, makeup, etc.)
  • The bridesmaids both before getting ready and after
  • Solo shots of the bride getting ready, specifically close-ups of her gown, shoes and jewelry
  • Bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her dress
  • Bride with her parents once the wedding party is finished getting ready
  • Bride and her parents leaving for the wedding ceremony
  • Bridesmaids walking together toward the ceremony
  • Groomsmen before getting ready
  • Groomsmen putting on various parts of their formalwear (jackets, belts, cufflinks, bowties, etc.)
  • Groom and best man together before the ceremony
  • Groom with his father and mother before the ceremony
  • Groom and groomsmen hanging out once finished getting ready
  • Groom and groomsmen walking toward the ceremony
  • Family members outside of the wedding party, such as the ring bearer and flower girl

Photos During the Ceremony

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  • Inside and outside shots of the venue before guests and wedding party arrive
  • Guests arriving at the ceremony
  • Guests finding their seats or talking with others before the ceremony
  • Musicians before and during the ceremony
  • Grandparents being seated prior to ceremony
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Maid of honor and/or matron of honor walking down the aisle
  • Best man walking down the aisle
  • Groom waiting for the bride
  • Ring bearer and flower girl as they walk down the aisle
  • Bride just before entering the ceremony
  • Father of the bride walking her down the aisle
  • Close-up of groom’s reaction to the bride
  • Father hugging the bride and giving her to the groom
  • Photos throughout the entire ceremony (along with any cultural or religious traditions involved)
  • The unity ceremony
  • The ring ceremony and the exchanging of rings
  • Various shots of the bride and groom saying their vows
  • Close-up of the bride and groom holding hands
  • The first kiss after the ceremony
  • Bride and groom walking out of the ceremony
  • Various shots of the receiving line as guests leave the ceremony
  • Bride and groom together as they leave the venue

Formal Portraits Before or After the Wedding

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  • Full-length shot of the bride
  • Bride and maid of honor
  • Bride and matron of honor
  • Bride and her parents
  • Bride and her bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and groom with their parents
  • Groom with his best man
  • Groom with his parents
  • Groom with his groomsmen
  • Full shot of wedding party
  • Any additional shots of the wedding party

 

Photos During the Reception

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  • Inside and outside of the reception before guests arrive
  • Close-ups of tables and arrangements — specifically centerpieces
  • Cocktail hour if there’s time between formal portraits and the reception
  • Wedding guests entering the reception and finding their seats/tables
  • Musicians and/or DJs
  • Wedding cake, food, buffet, etc.
  • Gift table and card drop box
  • Bride and groom entering the reception, along with other wedding party members
  • Best man’s toast
  • Maid of honor’s toast
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Bride and father’s dance
  • Groom and mother’s dance
  • Bride and groom kissing at the head table
  • Dinner service and food arrangements
  • Guests dancing and enjoying the reception following dinner
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake
  • Bride throwing her bouquet
  • Groom throwing garter
  • Getaway car before bride and groom leave the reception
  • Bride and groom saying goodbye to guests before leaving
  • Bride and groom leaving the reception and getting in their getaway car
  • Guests leaving the wedding reception

Capturing the Perfect Wedding Photos on Jekyll Island

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Now that you have your checklist in hand, there’s just one more thing to keep in mind: how to capture the heart and soul of Jekyll Island’s beauty.

Jekyll Island is home to a host of sights and venues, each adding its own unique character to the island. Chances are you’ve scouted out the locations for your ceremony and your reception, but there are some details you’ll want to keep in mind specifically for your wedding photography.

  • Jekyll Island is all about contrast. No matter which venue you reserve for your wedding, you’re bound to run into a contrast between Jekyll Club’s architecture and the island’s natural beauty. Playing off this contrast — especially at venues such as Crane Cottage — will help frame truly memorable wedding photos.
  • Make use of the island’s flat terrain. Though Jekyll Island has more than it’s fair share of variety, one thing is common throughout many of our locations: flatland. This is to your benefit when taking photos. Even elevation means it’s easier to take wide, dramatic shots — especially those from a distance.
  • Elevation is still your friend. That being said, the architecture throughout the island provides wonderful vantage points no matter where your wedding and reception take place. Consider requesting shots from balconies or terraces to add even more variety to your wedding photos.
  • Natural lighting creates natural beauty. Every location on Jekyll Island offers its own flair of natural lighting. Some places offer sprawling tree cover — others, open skies. Regardless of where you are, natural lighting can help create shots with far more accent than the ones you’d take indoors. Not to mention, all-in-one venues give you access to natural lighting at various times of the day — meaning various types of natural lighting.

Making Your Planning Count

When it comes down to it, a professional wedding photographer should know exactly what to look for on your special day. But being prepared and knowing the photos you’d like include will help make sure you have those memories to hold onto for years to come.

AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award: The Grand Dining Room!

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For the second year in a row, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is very excited to announce that the Grand Dining Room has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award.

The AAA Four Diamond Award is awarded to only 2.3% of nearly 30,000 restaurants that are approved by AAA, and in order for a restaurant to receive a four diamond rating, it must meet certain requirements. For establishments designated as AAA Approved, inspectors give a rating based on extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities that are typical of each individual rating level.

A Four Diamond Award is classified to restaurants with a distinctive fine-dining atmosphere who often have a highly creative executive chef, imaginative presentations and market-fresh ingredients on the menu. Also taken into account are if wine stewards are available, if there is an upscale ambiance and the general price range of the restaurant, with a four diamond being on the affluent side.

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We couldn’t have achieved this huge accomplishment without all of our lovely restaurants guests and the continuous hard work, efforts and high level of work ethic from all of our kitchen and Grand Dining Room staff. They deserve not one one big round of applause, but TWO!

While this is our second AAA four diamond, the Grand Dining Room will continue to strive for number three. Lynn Lee, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, and Executive Chef Dale Ford both expressed how they plan to continue to raise the bar in our Grand Dining Room in hopes of not only receiving the four diamond rating each year, but with a long-term goal of reaching a five diamond status.

 

Two Delicious Events Coming Soon!

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This spring, be awakened by not only Jekyll Island’s gorgeous springtime weather, but also by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s insanely delicious event calendar.

It’s time to freshen up your palette!

First stop is the Ferrari Carano Winemaker Dinner on March 10th. This wine dinner is a little different than the few others that the hotel has hosted, but it’s sure to be just as enchanting! Our very talented Executive Sous Chef Brenna Drum has handcrafted a delicious six course soiree that encompasses wondrous food elegantly paired wines from Ferrari Carano Winery, set among the historically rich Jekyll Island Club.

The reception hour will begin at 6pm on the Riverfront Veranda as the sun sets, filled with hors d’oeuvres and glasses of wine. The evening will continue into the intimate Riverview Lounge inside the Grand Dining Room for the dinner portion. With very limited seating available for this wine dinner, tickets are going fast and are expected to be sold out very soon! At just $105 per person inclusive, a few are still left so reserve yours today! PURCHASE HERE.

Next on the calendar is the Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner on April 21st, acting as the official kick off for the first annual Whiskey Wine and Wildlife weekend.

Because in the words of Mark Twain…“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

Join us as we uncork Kentucky’s oldest and smallest whiskey distillery at the Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner. Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Executive Chef Dale Ford is set to pair up with Lara Lyn Carter, TV host of “Thyme for Sharing”, to handcraft a four-course dinner overflowing with fascinating culinary and whiskey pairings.

To capitalize on the beautiful spring weather that will be in full swing in late April, the first whiskey dinner will be set at the the iconic Annex Courtyard beginning at 6:45pm with a few signature hand crafted cocktails all blended with Woodford’s bourbon, then continuing into the night for dinner.

While the menu is undergoing perfection, tickets are now available for those who have already added this festive affair to their calendar. Tickets are $105 inclusive, per person, and following in the theme of the Ferrari Carano Winemaker Dinner, tickets are limited and will sell fast! PURCHASE HERE.

Begin your spring with a bang and don’t miss these two one-of-a-kind events!

 

Dine Jekyll 2016

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In honor of National Restaurant Week, Dine Jekyll 2016 is the first annual restaurant celebration to help promote the delicious dining scene on Jekyll Island, while also donating to a great cause – Second Harvest.

Between February 16 – 26, enjoy daily tasty lunch specials for only $12 at the Grand Dining Room, Courtyard at Crane and both Club Cafe locations, or 3-course dinners for only $30 at the Grand Dining Room or Courtyard at Crane.

 

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Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of people with disabilities who are at-risk for starvation throughout southeastern Georgia.  They work diligently to feed the hungry and just last year alone, Second Harvest food bank provided more than 9.6 million pounds of food to our area. Support from the community and businesses make it possible for them to reach out to as many people as they continuously do, therefore every participating Dine Jekyll restaurant will donate $.50 per lunch and $1.00 per dinner.

Also note that food donation bins for cans will be available, with the Jekyll Island Club’s bin located at the Club Cafe at the Beach Village. At the end of the event, the funds raised and the food donated will be presented to Second Harvest.

But wait, there’s more!

Don’t forget to grab a passport to celebrate National Restaurant Week to the fullest. To encourage diners to try out more than just one restaurant, dinning passports will be offered at participating restaurants. Once you receive 3 stamps from 3 different Dine Jekyll restaurants, you can turn it in to be entered into a drawing for gift baskets and a Jekyll Island yearly parking pass.

To make dinner reservations with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel…
Call the Grand Dining Room at 912-635-5155 or submit a reservation online.
Call the Courtyard at Crane at 912-635-5222 or submit a reservation online.

Other participating restaurants include: The Reserve at The Westin, Uncle Vance’s at The Westin, Tortuga Jacks, Driftwood Bistro, Wee Pub, The Holiday Inn and Latitude 31.

Your Next Meeting Venues – the Astor Room and Oceanfront Lawn

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Currently in the beginning stages of construction, the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites are slated for completion in the spring of 2017. Encompassing 41 oceanfront suites, a lounge area, a sparkling pool and a pool bar and grill, the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites will also be home to two new event spaces: the Astor Room and the Oceanfront Lawn.

Housing roughly 900 square feet, the Astor Room is expected to fit 69 classroom style, 30 conference style, 100 theater style, 80 banquet style and 120 reception style. Included in the rental of the Astor Room will be the lobby area at the meeting room’s entrance, perfect for cocktail hours or pre-meeting registration.

The Oceanfront Lawn will be the perfect setting for your next casually elegant event. With the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, little decor will need to be brought in for this venue to stand apart from the rest. It’s sure to add a lasting impression to all of your guests.

As you begin to plan your 2017 events, keep the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites in mind. It’s the perfect fit for your next family reunion, corporate retreat or beachside wedding!

 

Mark Your Calendars for the 42nd Annual Jekyll Island Art Festival!

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The 42nd Annual Jekyll Island Art Festival is quickly approaching!

This a three-day art extravaganza is happening on March 11-13 and will be featuring the work of many of the Jekyll Island Arts Association’s nearly 700 members who come from all over North America.

The event at Goodyear Cottage will be overflowing with handmade items from JIAA members and local artists at the “Festival Shop” and there will be demonstrations happening by weavers, carvers, painters, and potters! Something for the kiddos too – there will be plenty of fun art activities for them to take part in, including traditional Raku glazing and firing.

Be sure to stop by on Saturday for two exciting new events. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s culinary team will provide a Saturday afternoon chef’s demonstration on the award winning Shrimp and Grits.

Then later that evening, enjoy “Art After Dark.” Stroll through the gallery and the outdoor sales areas while feasting on the Historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s award winning Shrimp and Grits, all while enjoying the mellow sounds of Michael Hulett.

The Food and Beverage team at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will be the exclusive food vendor for the festival and is providing a menu you won’t want to miss! From pastries to Brunswick stew, handmade sandwiches and smores, it’s sure to be a delicious weekend!

There is a full schedule of entertainment for the festival.  Come enjoy the music along with the art!

Friday 1:00-4:00 – The String Rays

Saturday 12:00- 4:00 – Ricky Minix

Saturday 4:00-7:00 – Michael Hulett

Sunday 1:00-4:00 – Marshgrass Trio

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Join the JIAA for three exciting days of visual, musical, and culinary arts!