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 and Cassique residents 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.
For information on joining, contact [email protected].
Groups of 15-20 ladies meet monthly to enjoy casual bike rides around Kiawah Island that often include lunch, dinner, or other opportunities 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] or contact @ 1-630-220-0674.
The Charleston Coastal Choir
This mixed community chorus performs a variety of traditional choral music from 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].
This club seeks to help gain a greater understanding of all types of opera for both beginner and advanced opera lovers. During the season, the weekly series includes video clips and discussion. No membership is required — just show up to learn about the finer points of opera. The Exploring Opera group meets the first week of January and runs through mid-May.
For more information, contact Jose A. Rafols at [email protected].
Java Java Women's Coffee
Please join the Kiawah Women’s Group for coffee at Java Java in the first Monday of October-May at 10 a.m. This is a great way to meet new friends and connect with old ones. You do not have to be a member of Kiawah Women’s Group to attend. All ladies, whether members or not, are welcome.
Contact Wendy Nevins at [email protected] for more information.
Kiawah Art Guild
The guild is open to all artists who are property owners on Kiawah Island. All media and skill levels are welcome. Annual dues are $20. The guild meets September-May, excluding December, dates TBA. The group participates in workshops, presentations, planned day trips and art shows.
Kiawah Canasta Group
For experienced and new players who want to learn the game of Canasta. The Canasta Group is looking for a full-time resident to lead this group. Contact KICA Communications for contact info.
Kiawah Dinner Group
This group forms yearly in the fall. Groups of six to eight individuals share dinner in a neighbor’s home with everyone contributing to the meal. Dinners are scheduled for January, February, and March with the rotations changing each month. Both individuals and couples can sign up to be regular or substitute participants.
For more information or to be included in email notifications for dinner club updates, please contact Deborah Hartman at [email protected].
Kiawah Island Garden Club
The Kiawah Garden Club is for Kiawah Island residents interested in gardening. The Garden Club activities range from going on garden tours or visits to area nurseries, listening to guest speakers address gardening issues, to volunteering and helping nurture plants in the KICAs greenhouse. The club meets monthly, September through May. Annual dues are $15.
Membership forms and more detailed meeting information can be found on kiawahislandgardenclub.org and Facebook.
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.
For more information, visit gladwyne.com/king, contact Scott Nelson at [email protected] or call 630-220-0674.
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, photoshoots, 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.
For more info at kiawahphotoclub.org. (There is a Calendar of events listed on their website.)
Kiawah Women’s Group (KWG)
This organization is a great place to meet other island women. The calendar is available late summer each year and we usually begin with a kick-off luncheon in October. On and off island activities generally include beach happy hours, mansion and garden tours, holiday decorating, lunch and learn opportunities, philanthropy, and more.
For more information or to get on our email list, contact Cherie Gallagher 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.
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 Sandcastle Book Club meets once a month September-May at The Sandcastle or otherwise designated location at 1 p.m. There are no dues, and all Kiawah residents are welcome. A list of books for the year can be obtained from The Sandcastle or Indigo Books. Each month, an individual member of the club presents a book that has been chosen by the members in the spring of the previous year. Contact Peg Michel [email protected] or Frances Boyd [email protected] for more details.
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 8:30-10:30 a.m. Worship and prayer begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 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 classic, unusual and exotic cars and meet at the Freshfields Village Square 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.
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 September-May on Wednesdays from 8:30-10 a.m. The first meeting of 2021 will be on Wednesday, Sept. 15. 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.