Spend the whole day on Ossabaw making art, music, prose or poetry on your own. Bring your own supplies and creativity and be inspired by the muse of Ossabaw Island.
Or participate in one or both of our optional educational offerings: a 30-minute interpretive history tour and/or cell-phone/Instagram photography workshop, designed for any level of experience, to improve your cell phone photography skills and create or enhance your Instagram presence.
Travel by pontoon boat across Ossabaw Sound to the island's North End. Our boat captain will be Mike Neal of Bull River Cruises. After a short orientation to the island and its history, you’ll have the rest of the day to wander the North End on your own to inspire you: along the marsh, on the dock, on the porch of the Club House, near the tabby cabins, or some hidden place known only to you. Weather and tides permitting, this trip will include a boat trip down Bradley Creek, which bisects the northeastern tip of the island.
An Ossabaw Island visit includes excellent art-making inspiration: possible sightings of a variety of wildlife including migratory birds, wading birds, and feral hogs, as well as free-roaming domesticated donkeys, and perhaps an alligator. Take short hikes to Cane Patch Island (site of a large native American shell midden), and on forest and marshside trails.
For the optional Instagram photography workshop.
The optional interpretive history tour offers a 30-minute overview of the history of Ossabaw Island, Georgia's third largest barrier island, from the native Americans through the 20th century ownership by the Torrey family and their sale of Ossabaw to the State of Georgia as a Heritage Preserve. Tour three 1840s era restored tabby cabins built as housing by enslaved Africans and learn about the tabby-making process. Hear about Ossabaw's indigo cultivation and see naturalized indigo unique to this island.
(Eleanor "Sandy" Torrey West will not be present, and the Torrey-West home is not included in this trip.)
Sponsored by: The Ossabaw Island Foundation
Bring your own sack lunch and water/beverage.
Bring your own art supplies/materials. You must be able to carry all of your own artmaking equipment, lunch etc. without assistance.
If you plan to sit while you sketch, paint or write outdoors, please bring a camp stool or camp chair that you can carry without assistance. Tables and chairs to sit and work will be available at the Club House (on the porch, under the trees, or inside) on Ossabaw's North End.
Registration online preferred.
Who should attend: All are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by supervising adult.
Fee: $85 for general public. Fee includes transportation by boat to and from Ossabaw Island, time on the island, plus optional programming: photo workshop and/or interpretive tour of Ossabaw Island's North End.
This trip is limited to 35 people.
When:Satnday, June 3, 2016 The boat departs promptly at 10:00am and returns around 5:00pm
Cost: $85 per person
Reservations are required, as space is limited to 35.
Trip will go rain or shine, trip may be postponed and rescheduled for severe weather as determined by the Ossabaw Island Foundation, boat captain or the Department of Natural Resources.
Payment in full is required to confirm reservations.
Fee includes round-trip boat transportation to Ossabaw Island and the visit to Ossabaw Island, including optional interpretive tour and/or optional photography workshop.
Cost does not include your sack lunch, bottled water / beverages, or art-making materials.
All equipment must be able to be carried by the attendee without assistance.
This trip requires approximately two miles of walking. Not recommended for people with hip/back/knee/balance problems.
This tour does not include a tour of the Torrey-West Estate, out of respect for privacy.