• “The summer breezes over the marsh AND the MUSIC made me sway under the live oaks. Perfect weekend.”

  • “I had to quit after three helpings of Mrs. Cobb’s homemade peach ice cream.”

  • “This year the two young men reciting Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King. Jr. – all from memory! — really impressed me!”

  • “I clapped and clapped when the McIntosh County Ring Shouters compared words and saying in the Gullah language to school taught language.”

  • “Music. Music. Music.”

  • “I enjoyed watching Stanley knit the cast nets.”

February 6 – March 7, 2015

The Big Read, a community-wide reading initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, returns to the Golden Isles in 2015 with Zora Neale Hurston's vibrant and achingly human novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The syncopated beauty of Hurston's prose, her remarkable gift for comedy, the sheer visceral terror of the book's climax, all transcend any label that critics have tried to put on this remarkable work. First published amid controversy in 1937, then rescued from obscurity four decades later, the novel narrates Janie Crawford's ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.

The 2015 program will take place February 6-March 7, 2015 and includes discussions, performances, films, art exhibits, and school programs designed to get everyone in the community reading, discussing, and thinking about Zora Neale Hurston and her significant work. Free copies of the novel will be made available to the community. The full schedule of events will be posted at www.GoldenIslesarts.org by December 2014.

One of the events will be a special screening of the 1974 film Conrack. Filmed in Brunswick, this story is based on Pat Conroy’s book The Water is Wide, about a teacher determined to make a difference in the lives of his students who live in a Gullah Geechee community on a small island off the South Carolina coast. Tickets are $18/person and include a delicious tasting by Chef Kate of Indigo Coastal Shanty and an insightful talk about why this is a "must-see" film. Cinema Gourmet is scheduled for February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Historic Ritz Theatre. (Reservations must be made by the Monday February 9, 2015.)

Coastal Georgia Reads Their Eyes Were Watching God is sponsored by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, The Marshes of Glynn Library System, The College of Coastal Georgia with additional support from The Communities of Coastal GA Foundation, The St Simons Island Literary Guild and The Brunswick News.

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