A Sea Island Holiday Season
Christmas is always a special time on Sea Island. As part of the holiday season’s many festivities, the annual Children’s Christmas Party included a visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves in The Cloister Ballroom, complete with fun crafts, games, snacks and live entertainment. New Year’s Eve celebrations took place around the island, with something for everyone, including the Family Celebration at the Beach Club, where casual fun and live music ruled the night. New Year’s Eve Party Central took place in the The Cloister Ballroom for those 21 and older, where the Voltage Brothers entertained with music for all generations. In the Colonial Lounge, another New Year’s Eve party featured the Equinox Jazz Orchestra and their signature Rat Pack sound. Wherever guests were at midnight, all got to enjoy fireworks and ring in the New Year, Sea Island-style.
National Geographic Live! with Andrew Zolli
Global foresight and innovation expert Andrew Zolli visited Sea Island on Jan. 18 and 19 for a National Geographic Live! event featuring a lecture entitled “Life in a Long-Lived World,” as well as a book signing for his book “Resilience: The Science of Why Things Bounce Back.” Zolli analyzes critical trends at the intersection of culture, technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future. He is a fellow of the National Geographic Society, curator of PopTech and the founder of Z+ Partners, which helps global companies and institutions see, understand and respond to complex change. Attendees enjoyed meeting this accomplished writer and lecturer firsthand and hearing about his fascinating work, which has appeared in an array of media outlets, including PBS, NPR, the History Channel, The New York Times, Popular Science, Fast Company and American Demographics.
‘How to Play Squash ’Til 100’
From Jan. 24 – 28, Sea Island hosted its “How to Play Squash ’Til 100” (or PS100 for short) weekend, which included a bevy of activities all geared toward health, wellness and squash—including panel discussions, squash tournaments and elaborate meals curated by the resort’s executive chef, Jonathan Jerusalmy. The panel discussion, held in the G-8 Summit Room and led by Dr. Greg Rouan of the University of Cincinnati Health System and Joyce Mattox, the Sea Island nutritionist, touched on a variety of topics from sleep and diet to screening and prevention practices. Certified personal trainer Trish Welch also spoke on the importance of stretching in relation to squash, with a group stretching session that was held on Saturday morning. Other relaxing activities included jogging on the beach, hot tub or sauna sessions and, of course, squash.
Presidents’ & Honeymooners’ Weekend
A dual celebration honoring Presidents’ Day and Sea Island honeymooners took place over the holiday weekend in February. Since the resort’s inception in 1928, more than 40,000 couples have spent their post-nuptial retreats at Sea Island. This number includes former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, who stayed at The Cloister in 1945, as the 1,768th couple to honeymoon here. To help celebrate this special occasion, Sea Island welcomed Jenna Bush Hager (granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush) and her husband, Henry, on Saturday evening with a Presidents’ Dinner featuring the favorite dishes of past presidents who have visited Sea Island, including a cake reminiscent of the one served at her grandparents’ wedding.