POPS – Property Owners Party Group
- This is a great way to meet fellow homeowners and see island friends. There are no membership dues and there are fall and spring dinner parties and a December holiday event co-sponsored with KICA. This year’s chairs are Dot and Don Brookshire. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be put on the list to receive invitations.
- This year’s dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25 and feature several different courses held both in homes around the island and at a central location to be announced later. Invitations will be sent out to all POPS members. This event will be co-chaired in 2018 by Cathy Pumphrey, Cathy Ladner and Beth Thomae.
Kiawah Dinner Group
- This group forms yearly in the fall and involves rotations of six to eight diners who share meal making responsibilities in a host home. Dinners are scheduled for January, February and March. This year’s kick off event will be Oct. 30. Details are TBD so watch for the announcements if you are interested. 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. There are no dues but there is a list of chosen books for the year that can be obtained from 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 bird walks at St. Christopher’s, a harbor pilot tour and an oyster farm visit. Contact Jay Smith at email@example.com or Scott Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check out the website at kiawahstyle.com/king.
KWG- The Kiawah Women’s Group
- This organization is a really good place to meet other island women. Dues are $15. The 2017-18 year will start with a kick off lunch Oct. 3 at Seabrook. Activities are both on- and off-island and will include a cooking demo and tasting, a performance at Dock St, a guided walking and photo tour of Charleston, and a hands-on class making mailbox holiday decorations. For more information contact SueEllen Hanan at email@example.com.
- In 2017-2018, members of the KWG will welcome Kiawah newcomers on the first Tuesday of September, November, December, February, March, April and May. 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 Janie Stanek at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kiawah Garden Club
Kiawah Island Photography Club
- This 11-year-old club has approximately 100 members, from beginners to professionals. Meetings are at Beachwalker Center on Monday mornings from late September to mid-May, and programs include lectures by photography professionals, workshops to teach photography and related techniques, photo shoots, and small group sessions to investigate topics of interest in greater detail. The annual membership fee is $40, and more info may be found on the club’s website: kiawahphotoclub.org.
- This group meets Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at Beachwalker Center. 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 Beachwalker Center. Open to beginners and experienced players. If you already know the game, need a refresher or would like to learn the game, please contact Cathie McCrann at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Beachwalker Center 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 October -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, plan trips into Charleston, organize studio visits and participate in art shows. Dues are $20. The guild meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May, excluding December.
- Workshops and outings have varying locations. Contact Shar Duffy at 843-768-9035 or email@example.com or Dan Prickett at 843-768-0584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 Beachwalker Center, 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 Charleston Coastal Choir
- This mixed community chorus performs a variety of traditional choral music October through March. Selections for both women’s and men’s choruses are included, as well as opportunities for solo and ensemble singing. Rehearsals are at 1 p.m. Mondays at Church of Our Saviour. Membership is by audition or by invitation of the director. If you can sing in tune, blend in a choral setting, and either read music or follow a part, you are qualified. Auditions are held in late summer-early fall. Participation January through March is an option for some. Contact Van McCollum at 404 401-0678 or at 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 Kathy Cassidy at 843-768-4658.
Sea Islands Parkinson’s Support Group
- This group meets the third Thursday of every month at 2:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour. Those diagnosed with PD, as well as their Care Partners, are welcome. Sessions are informal, and may include a guest speaker from time-to-time. Meetings are open to all, although the main focus is on residents of Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns and Wadmalaw islands. There are no dues and RSVPs are not required. Contact Floyd DeAndrade at email@example.com.