Island Clubs &
Get involved in the Kiawah community by joining one (or more!) of the many clubs and groups. There’s at least one for every interest. These groups, mostly organized by members, are a great way to meet people and get involved on the island.
Clubs and Groups
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All Kiawah women are invited to join Arts, etc., a philanthropic community of women dedicated to bringing arts education to the youth of Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Members enjoy arts-based experiences and volunteer to conduct the Kiawah Art and House Tour each spring. Interested members are invited to learn about the group on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
To attend, contact Kathleen Wright at [email protected].
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 activities include kayaking, scavenger hunt, or just getting together. There are eleven groups of Biker Babes on the island.
Please contact Beth Driskell at [email protected] to join.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
Kiawah residents are invited to join the Town of Kiawah Island’s CERT. CERT offers training opportunities that enable volunteers to assist professional first responders in the event of a disaster on the island. Duties could include basic first aid and triage, light search and rescue, damage assessments, and more. Meetings are quarterly.
Contact Scott Nelson at [email protected].
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 (no church affiliation). Membership is by audition or invitation of the director. Auditions are by appointment.
Contact Van McCollum at [email protected].
The Island Choraliers
This is an all-male chorus that presents several concerts each year along with some special event performances. Practices are 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Church of Our Saviour (no church affiliation). New singers are welcome, all voice parts (TTBB). There is no audition, but members must be able to match a pitch and carry a tune.
Contact Nat Malcolm at [email protected].
Kiawah Dinner Group
This group forms yearly in the fall and involves rotations of six to eight individuals who share meal making responsibilities in a host’s home. Dinners are scheduled for January, February and March. Both individuals and couples can sign up to be a regular or substitute participant.
Contact Bonnie MacDonald at [email protected] for further information.
Kiawah Island Art Guild
The Art Guild is open to Kiawah artists of any medium, beginner to professional. Workshops are held at Beachwalker Center, there are planned trips, studio visits and art shows. Annual dues are $20. The guild meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (September–May, excluding December).
Kiawah Island Garden Club
The Kiawah Garden Club is for anyone interested in gardening. The club arranges visits to gardens and nurseries, brings in guest speakers, and volunteers help nurture plants in KICA’s greenhouse. The club meets the second Monday of each month, September through March, with $15 annual dues.
Kiawah Island Naturalist Group (KING)
The Kiawah Island Naturalist Group does island and off-island guided nature walks, boat tours, kayak adventures and other nature-oriented field trips. Previous outings have included tours of Colonial Dorchester, the National Fish Hatchery on Wadmalaw and Johns island Civil War sites. Annual dues are $15 per person.
Kiawah Island Photography Club
It’s no surprise that Kiawah’s breathtaking landscape and wildlife entices photographers. The Photography Club has approximately 100 members, from beginners to professionals. Programs include lectures by professionals, workshops to teach photography and related techniques, photo shoots, and small group sessions to investigate topics of interest in detail. Meetings are Monday mornings from late September to mid-May. The annual membership fee is $50.
More info at kiawahphotoclub.org.
Kiawah Women’s Group (KWG)
This organization is a great place to meet other island women. Yearly dues are $15. The 2019-20 year begins with a kick-off lunch on Oct. 10 at The Sandcastle. On and off island activities will include a Charleston Tea Plantation tour, Dock Street Theater play, BINGO night, RiverDogs game, philanthropy, and more.
For information, contact Karen Lombardo at [email protected].
Kiawah/Seabrook Duplicate Bridge
Two sanctioned ACBL bridge games are held on Seabrook Island each week at the Lake House on Monday at 1:15 p.m. and Friday at 9:15 a.m. You must bring a partner and the cost $5 per person to participate. No reservations are needed. On the second Wednesday of each month, club participants gather for bridge and a dinner.
Contact Dick or Banner Hughes at [email protected] for more information or to obtain a gate pass.
Kiawah Start-Up Club
At each meeting of the Kiawah Start-Up Club, a young high-growth business from the southeast will share their story with club members. Learn about these promising start-up companies, share your expertise, and in some cases, potentially invest. Kiawah is full of business leaders and entrepreneurs with diverse experience and knowledge, which could benefit a young company. There is no fee to attend.
RSVP to David Hack at [email protected].
Mahjongg is a four-person tile game originating in China. The game is played throughout the year at The Sandcastle on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and is open to beginners and experienced players.
If you already know the game, or would like to learn, contact Cathie McCrann at [email protected] for information.
Longtime community members invite new residents for coffee and to become acquainted with Kiawah and meet new friends. Gatherings are the first Tuesday of October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May at Java Java at 10 a.m.
Contact Barbara Pagnotta at [email protected] for information.
Night Heron Quilters
A 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., at member’s homes on Kiawah and Seabrook islands. The Night Heron group also has a community outreach component, participating in the Guild’s projects each year.
Contact Kathy Cassidy at [email protected].
Property Owner Parties Group
POPS hosts several dinner parties, including a fall and spring dinner, a Progressive Dinner, as well as an occasional pop-up dinner for Kiawah property owners to enjoy. At the Progressive Dinner, members visit several homes and enjoy a course at each home.
Free to join; contact Beth Thomae at [email protected].
Sandcastle Book Club
The book club meets the first Monday of every month September-May at The Sandcastle. Every January, there is a joint luncheon with an author lecture and book signing. There are no dues and all are welcome. A list of books for the year that can be obtained from The Sandcastle or Indigo Books.
Contact Mary Hoffman at [email protected] for further information.
Sandcastle Community Bible Study
All denominations of Christian women are welcome at this 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 [email protected] for more information.
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 John Wilson at [email protected] for more information.
Sea Islands Parkinson’s Support Group
The Sea Islands Parkinson’s Support Group (SIPS) meets at the Holy Spirit Family Center once per month on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Those diagnosed with PD, whether full- or part-time residents, as well as their care partners are welcome. Sessions will be informal, with perhaps a guest speaker from time-to-time.
Contact Holy Spirit Family Center for information.
Women’s Community Bible Study
This is a women’s interdenominational Bible study group focusing on the essentials of the Christian faith. The group aims to help women grow in their relationship with Christ through Bible study, prayer, fellowship and accountability. Meetings are October-May on Wednesdays from 8:30-10 a.m.
Contact Linda Wyatt at [email protected] for more information.
Kiawah Cares provides a full list of current volunteer opportunities on Johns, Wadmalaw and Kiawah islands.
Visit kiawahcares.org for information.
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Community Gathering Spaces
Community clubs are invited to host their gatherings and meetings at the three Kiawah Island Community Association event spaces: The Sandcastle, Beachwalker Center and the Cinder Creek Pavilion. Fees may apply. Learn more about the meeting and event spaces in our Facility Rentals Guide.