There’s a lot happening in the Island Newcomers Club. Check out the calendar to view all of the currently scheduled upcoming events, times and places. Additional events and opportunities may be added to the calendar throughout the year. Current active members may click on Event Registration to register for an event.

Typically, Island Adventures and Meet & Greets require registration and pre-purchase of tickets for events. All other activities may require payment but that payment is made where the activity is taking place. For example, the Golf Group would coordinate the event but the payment would be made to the golf course on the day of play.

Take advantage of the many activities available for newcomers to meet new friends and experience the island. Remember, get involved and have fun!

Adopt-a-Highway

The Adopt-A-Highway Group endeavors to meet monthly to keep the Saint Simons Entrance Gateway free of trash and litter.  We meet one of the first Saturday’s of each month but will adjust our schedule based on need.  We meet at the intersection of Hamilton Road and Sea Island Road on the morning of our designated clean up, usually around 8:30 a.m.  We are generally done in about an hour or so and we provide all the materials needed to complete our task.  Everyone is welcome as we provide this service to help keep our Island beautiful working to support the greater efforts of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful.  Contact us by email at [email protected] for more information and to get on our list of volunteers for this activity.

Biking

Our biking club is focused on providing participants with a low key, leisurely biking experience for members of all ages and biking skills. Group bike rides will start and end at various landmarks on St. Simons and Jekyll Islands with a mid-point destination involving a lunch or other activity at the destination. Target ride lengths are 5-10 miles and will take advantage of our island’s extensive paved sidewalks and trails. Any bike will be ideal for the rides so dust off the Townie or Huffy and get ready to take a spin with us. Contact us by email at [email protected] for more information and to get on our list of participants.

Book Clubs

Members of Island Newcomers are invited to participate in monthly book club meetings to discuss books selected by their group. For those who delight in reading, this is a good way to unwind with a light snack, share viewpoints, and become acquainted with other new St Simons Island residents. Books can be either fiction or non-fiction depending on the club. Book clubs meet in the day and evening which gives you plenty of opportunity to choose a club that is right for you and your schedule. Contact us by email at [email protected] for more information and to get on our list of participants.

Bowling

Bowling welcomes all levels of play from gutter-ball bowlers to more experienced bowlers.  It is all about having FUN!  You can sign up as a single or as a couple.  It is not necessary to commit to coming each time – you can come when you are able or come every month if you want to.  We put together different teams each month so you can meet new folks each time you play.  We gather the last Monday of every month throughout the year.  In December and May, we do meet earlier due to the holidays. The location for bowling is the Strike Zone in Brunswick, (by I-95 Toyota) and we meet around 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start time. Contact us by email at [email protected] for costs and how you can join this fun group activity.

Bridge & Lunch

Newcomers Bridge welcomes all bridge players, no matter what your level. Bridge and Lunch is a  monthly low key party bridge style event. Each table plays 4 hands and switches partners for the next 4 hands totaling 8 hands of play.  Lunch is ordered on arrival and we stop to eat when food arrives then continue. All levels invited to come join this fun time of lunch and bridge. RSVP is required by email at [email protected].

Dining Around

Do you have COVID-19 concerns about gathering in enclosed spaces? Then you may be interested in this new option to meet with fellow Island Newcomers — Dining Around our beautiful island at places like the beach, the lighthouse lawn, a park or wherever! This is a purely outdoor option that works very similarly to Dining In:
  • Groupings of 10-12 people would be assigned monthly through November.
  • A host would determine the location and assign what each guest should bring.
We will reevaluate whether or not to continue Dining Around in the Spring. If you would like to be included or have questions, please contact [email protected] for more details.

Dining In

Dining In is a wonderful way to get acquainted with other newcomers in a relaxed, informal setting. Small groups of newcomers gather in homes for dinner and conversation. The groups continually rotate so you meet new people each month. As a Dining In member, you will host two small dinner parties in your home during the year. As a host, you provide the main course and beverages. As a guest, you bring an appetizer, dessert, or a side dish as requested by the host. In the months you are not hosting, you will be a guest at the home of another newcomer. Dinners are held monthly. In December and May, in lieu of in-home dinners, larger cocktail parties for all Dining In members may be scheduled, depending on the COVID-19 situation. If you would like to join or have questions, please contact us by email at [email protected] for more details.

Dining Out

Dining Out is a great way to meet new people, sample different types of food, with no worries about planning a menu, cooking a meal or cleaning up afterwards! The island offers a variety of cuisines and price ranges, from Sushi to Cajun, pizza to tapas and, of course, fresh seafood. It’s a recipe for fun and adventure! Each month you will be assigned to a different group of six to eight people. A designated host plans the group’s dining out event with date, choice of restaurant, and type of meal – breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Meals at the restaurant are “Dutch Treat”. Each member of Dining Out will be asked to host once or twice during the October to May season. Contact us by email at [email protected] for more information.

Facebook

Want to know more about what’s going on your new home island?  Want to find others with common interests? Want a recommendation for a repairman or service provider?  Then join the Island Newcomers Club group on Facebook.  It is a closed group available to registered Island Newcomers members and posts can only be made by, and will only appear to, approved members. Our Facebook page will have Sponsor Spotlights, Meet the Members, Volunteer opportunities, and Upcoming Events posted on a regular basis along with Event Sites for Island Newcomer gatherings, adventures, and activities.  And lots and lots of pictures of the good times being had by Island Newcomers. Members are encouraged to use the page as a community forum when looking for a walking buddy, a tennis partner, to make a playdate, looking for information on any topic.  Have relatives coming in and need suggestions?  Looking for ideas and playmates for visiting grandchildren? The Island Newcomers Club Facebook group can be a great resource in learning about your new island home and neighbors. Contact the Facebook coordinator at [email protected] for more information or Join the Island Newcomers Club Facebook group with your Facebook account.

Gardening

Newcomer gardening is for those interested in learning about or sharing what they know about gardening. Whether it is flowers, vegetables or any type of plant, our gardening group would love to have you join. The club will either work at a local garden spot or members can share their experiences by hosting their own planting demonstrations at their house or various spots on the island. The group may also meet at local nurseries to share information from local experts. We hope that you will join the club and show off your green thumbs. For more information contact us by email at [email protected].

Golf

Newcomer golf is for anyone at any level of golf. We have mixed groups and mixed ability levels. The goal is to have fun and meet other Newcomers.  Play is generally scheduled every other Thursday but may vary due to course availability. Emails announcing date, time, and location are sent out a few days before a scheduled date to those registered with Golf to remind you to sign up for the next scheduled play date. Play is generally scheduled for 9 holes but if you would like to play more, add another 9 holes. There is also the possibility of group lessons and specific play dates for the ladies based on demand.   We hope that you will join us for golf. For more information contact us by email at [email protected].

Great Decisions

Our nation’s policy decisions are increasingly intertwined with policy decisions of other nations of the world. Recent events have highlighted the geopolitical connection of nations. Great Decisions is an informed look at US and international policy in a small discussion group setting. The sessions are informed through lead materials from the Foreign Policy Association (https://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/). Great Decisions uses a briefing book, an introductory video each week and things like the Great Decisions Online e-newsletter for further study of a topic.  The information is presented in an apolitical examination of facts. For more information contact us by email at [email protected].

Island Buddies

The Golden Isles have so much to offer: concerts, festivals, antique and art shows, restaurants, arcade, parks, tennis, golf, water parks, art walks, dancing, movies, history, trivia nights, First Fridays, Glynn Visual Arts, and so much more! The Island Buddies group is an informal way to gather with friends in small groups and enjoy the area. Island Buddies sends out email “Evites” to notify members when they are group is gathering for an event. Members are also encouraged to contact us by email at [email protected] anytime they have an idea for a group gathering or want to form a group to attend an area event. For more information contact us by email at [email protected].

Mahjong

Have you heard about this fascinating ancient Chinese game of tiles, luck and strategy?  Have you always been interested in learning how to play?  We welcome both experienced players and those who are just learning to Thrive on Friday mornings to practice their skills.  This fun, sociable and challenging game will keep you active and entertained.  For more information contact Mahjong for information and details. For more information contact us by email at [email protected].