POPS – Property Owners Party Group
- There are no membership dues and there is a fall and spring dinner party and a December holiday event co-sponsored with KICA. Key dates this year are Monday Oct. 24 for the fall BBQ and Sunday April 2 (tentative) for the spring dinner. This year’s chairs are Jay and Nancy Smith. Email email@example.com if you’d like to be put on the list to receive invitations.
- There are no membership dues and there is a fall and spring dinner party and a December holiday event co-sponsored with KICA. Key dates this year are Monday, Oct. 24 for the fall BBQ and Sunday, April 2 (tentative) for the spring dinner. This year’s chairs are Jay and Nancy Smith. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be put on the list to receive invitations.
Kiawah Dinner Group (formerly known as Dinner for Eight)
- This group forms yearly in the fall and involves a group of six to eight diners who share meal making responsibilities in a host home. Dinners will be scheduled in January, February and March. This year, a member recruitment event, ‘Cocktails At the Castle,’ will be held on Nov. 6. Both individuals and couples can sign up to be a regular or substitute participant. Contact Janice Rogers at email@example.com for further information.
- The Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers property owners the opportunity to join the resort membership program. Membership categories include golf, tennis, social and pool only. Members receive access to most resort amenities and receive discounts and special pricing at resort shops and restaurants. Meet other island residents and enjoy an active island resort lifestyle. See kiawahgovclub.com for more information or contact Sara Youngner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Interest Clubs
(Note: Most groups meet October – May)
Sandcastle Book Club
- Meets the first Monday of every month September-May at Sandcastle. There are no dues but there is a list of chosen books for the year that can be obtained from the Sandcastle, Indigo Books, Frances Boyd at email@example.com or Mary Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KING- The Kiawah Island Naturalist Group
- Annual dues are $15 per person. This group does off-island guided nature walks, boat tours, kayak adventures and other nature-oriented field trips. Recent outings have included a trip to the WCBD News 2 weather station and a brewery tour. Jay Smith at email@example.com or Scott Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org can give you more information and send this year’s schedule.
KWG- The Kiawah Women’s Group
- This organization is a really good place to meet other island women. Dues are $15. The 2016-17 year will start with a kick off lunch Sept. 27 where the yearly schedule of events will be distributed. Activities are both on- and off-island and will include a Gullah tour, game night, and trips to the theatre and the Gibbs museum, among other things. For more information contact Carol Medendorp at email@example.com.
- Members of the KWG welcome Kiawah newcomers the first Tuesday of each month October-April. This very informal group gets together for coffee at Java Java at 10 a.m. to share information, meet new friends and get new residents off to a good start enjoying our lovely island. Contact Judy O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kiawah Garden Club
Kiawah Island Photography Club
- This 10-year-old club has approximately 100 members, from beginners to professionals. Meetings are at the Sandcastle on Monday mornings from late September to mid-May, and programs include lectures by photography professionals, workshops to teach photography and related techniques, and small group sessions to investigate topics of interest in great detail. The annual membership fee is $40, and more information may be found on the club’s website: kiawahphotoclub.org.
- This group meets Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Sandcastle. The group plays as many rounds of four hands of bridge as time permits, changing partners after each round. Cost is $1 per person, distributed back as prize money at the end of play. Contact Priscilla Burger at 843-768-9847 or Arla Lawson at 843-768-6666 for more information.
Seabrook Kiawah Duplicate Bridge Club
- Two sanctioned ACBL bridge games are held on Seabrook each week at the Lake House. Times are Monday, 1:15 p.m. and Friday, 9:15 a.m. You must bring a partner. $5 per person. No reservations are needed. Contact Dick or Banner Hughes at email@example.com for more information.
- Meets Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m., year-round, at the Sandcastle. Open to beginners and experienced players. If you already know the game, need a refresher or would like to learn the game, please contact Cathy McCrann at 843-768-5513 for more information.
Women’s Sandcastle Bible Study
- All denominations of faith are welcome at this Christian bible study group that meets year-round on Mondays at the Sandcastle from 8:30-10 a.m. Worship and prayer begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by study of a specific book or topic. Contact Karen Watson at 843-243-0308 for more information.
Women’s Community Bible Study
- This is a women’s interdenominational Bible study group that focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith rather than any individual church or denomination’s doctrine. The group’s mission is to help women grow in their relationship to Christ through Bible study, prayer, fellowship and accountability. This group meets September -May on Wednesdays from 8:30-10 a.m. Contact Linda Wyatt at 843-768-9010 for more information.
Kiawah Island Art Guild
- The Art Guild is open to Kiawah artists of any medium, beginner to professional. They hold workshops at the Sandcastle, plan trips into Charleston, organize studio visits and participate in art shows held at the Sandcastle and Freshfields Village. Dues are $10. The guild meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May, excluding December.
- Location is generally at Sandcastle; however, workshops and outings have varying locations. Contact Shar Duffy at 843-768-9035 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Since 2004, Opera Lite has offered 10 weekly sessions during the fall and winter. Works feature outstanding acting singers in vintage and current productions. English subtitle translations facilitate following the action and dialogue. The operas are slimmed down to fit a 90-minute period. This is a complimentary series. Meets at the Sandcastle, Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m., September – November and January – March. Contact John Benzel at 843-768-1174 or email@example.com for more information.
- Groups of 15-20 ladies meet monthly to enjoy casual bike rides around Kiawah Island that often include a lunch, dinner or other opportunity to have fun and socialize. All Kiawah women are welcome. The hostess for the month decides the activity and provides a meal. Beyond biking, some suggested activities include kayaking, boating, bocce ball, house or garden tour, scavenger hunt, dragon boating or just getting together. There are eight groups of Biker Babes, and a ninth group is currently being formed. Please contact Beth Driskell at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
- If you are single and would like to participate in various activities to get to know others who are also single, this is the group for you. Emails are sent to the group about things happening locally and in Charleston. You choose the ones that interest you and join in the fun with others. There are celebrations and parties planned throughout the year. If interested call Shirley Salvo at 843-709-1406 or email her at email@example.com for more information.
The Island Choraliers
- This is an all-male, volunteer chorus, made up of residents of the Sea Islands. Practices are 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Church of Our Saviour (no affiliation). They present four-six concerts each year along with some miscellaneous “appearances” at special events. New singers are welcome, all voice parts (TTBB), no audition, but members must be able to match a pitch and carry a tune. For info, contact Nat Malcolm at 843-768-7366 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or come by Indigo Books.
The Sea Island Lady Singers
- This is an all-female chorus comprised of volunteer singers from Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands. The group was formed in 2013 by a handful of local ladies who love to sing and who want to include other local ladies with the same passion. The Sea Island Lady Singers will be starting its fourth season in the fall and welcomes new singers. Practice is weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. For more information, please contact April Gorski at 843-789-3556 or email@example.com.
Sea Island Cars and Coffee
- Local car enthusiasts bring their cars and meet at Freshfields Village from 9-11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month for car talk, Java Java coffee and general socializing. All are welcome. Contact Bruce Stemerman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Night Heron Quilters
- This is the local division of Charleston’s Cobblestone Quilters Guild which fosters the art and design of quilting. They meet the first Tuesday of each month (year-round) at 7 p.m., rotating among their member’s homes on both Kiawah and Seabrook islands. The Night Heron group also has a community outreach component, participating in the Guild’s outreach projects each year in addition to working on prayer quilts and Quilts of Valor. For information, contact Denyse Eisenhardt at email@example.com.