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.
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Clubs and Groups
Arts, etc. is a philanthropic community of women dedicated to bringing arts education to the youth of Johns and Wadmalaw islands. This group hosts the annual Kiawah Art and House Tour, a spring fundraiser for student programming. Members enjoy arts-based luncheons and events.
Biker Babes gather monthly to enjoy casual bike rides around Kiawah that often include lunch and other social activities. The eleven groups of 15-20 ladies designate a hostess for the month, who decides the activity and provides a meal. Beyond biking, some activities include kayaking, scavenger hunts, or simply fellowship.
Contact Beth Driskell at [email protected] to join.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) offers many different 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.
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.
The Genealogy Club
Join the Genealogy Club, aka Digging Into Roots Together (DIRT) and gather with those researching their family history. This group includes beginners to experts sharing stories, research tips, and ways to break down brick walls. Meetings are on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Osprey 2 at the Seabrook Island Lake House, or online using Zoom.
Kiawah Art Guild
The art guild is open to property owners who are fine artists of all media. Guild members participate in workshops, presentations, planned day trips and art shows. Meetings are September – May, (excluding December). Annual dues are $50.
Kiawah Canasta Group
Learn to play Canasta or hone your skills with a fun group of folks. Canasta is a card game of the rummy family of games. Canasta is played at a table of four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. To sign up, download the Team Rach app and join KICA Canasta with the group code: Canasta2021.
Contact Lori Chandler at [email protected] to join.
Kiawah Dinner Group
Joining the Kiawah Dinner Group (KDG) is a great way to meet and socialize with your neighbors and fellow residents. The KDG meets in groups of six to eight at a member’s home. Membership is only $15 a person. This group forms yearly in the fall. Dinners are scheduled for January – March with the rotations changing each month. Both individuals and couples can sign up to be a host or substitute participants. Registration is due by Oct. 25,
Kiawah Island Garden Club
Garden club members enjoy a calendar of events including guest speakers, garden tours, nursery visits, and volunteer days at the KICA greenhouse. The club meets monthly, September through May. Annual dues are $15.
Visit kiawahislandgardenclub.org for more information.
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 $10 per person.
Contact Paul Nelson at [email protected] or 571-527-9974 to join.
Kiawah Island Photography Club
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 Sept. to mid-May. The annual membership fee is $50.
Visit kiawahphotoclub.org for more information.
Kiawah Women's Foundation
Kiawah women gather on Thursdays during the school year to pack and deliver take-home food and snacks for over 300 at-risk children in local schools on Johns and Wadmalaw islands, through the Backpack Buddies program.
Visit kiawahwomensfoundation.org for more information.
Kiawah Women’s Group (KWG)
This women’s social group begins each season with a kick-off gathering in October. A calendar of events include gatherings like beach happy hours, museum and garden tours, holiday decorating, lunch and learn opportunities, philanthropy, and more. The group hosts a monthly coffee gathering open to all Kiawah women at The Nest on the first Monday, October – May, at 10:30 a.m.
Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club
This philanthropic and social group meets twice monthly at either at Kiawah’s Turtle Point Club House or Seabrook’s Island House for dinners featuring special guest speakers. The group produces an annual directory of residents and businesses with ads that fund grants supporting local nonprofits. Membership dues vary.
Visit ks-exchangeclub.com for more information.
MahJongg is a four player tile game of skill and strategy. The group welcomes players ranging from those who want to learn up to the master level. Players will need the current year’s league card which is available through the National MahJongg League.
Contact Kathy Meier at [email protected] to join.
Property Owner Parties (POPS)
POPs committee members plan an annual season of special events in partnership with KICA, including themed dinners and socials.
Contact Gloria Lengyel at [email protected] to join.
Sandcastle Book Club
The Sandcastle Book Club meets monthly September – May to discuss the book of the month. A list of meeting dates and books is available at the Sandcastle or Indigo Books.
Contact Frances Boyd at [email protected] to join.
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 Cathy Ladner at [email protected] to join.
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] to join.
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.
Contact Linda Wyatt at [email protected] to join.
Kiawah Cares provides a full list of current volunteer opportunities on Johns, Wadmalaw, and Kiawah Islands.
Visit kiawahcares.org for information.
Arts and Education Series
Our World is a complimentary educational lecture series produced by KICA that provides members with presentations by local experts on a wide variety of subjects. The Our World season launches at the end of September through April and all presentations are held from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sandcastle.
Contact [email protected] or 843-768-3875 for more information.
The Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council
The Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI) Arts Council works to enhance community appreciation and involvement in the performing arts within the community by providing a diversity of planned programs. All events are open to the public and tickets for events are online on a first come first served basis. Ticket release dates are two weeks prior to the event date. Kiawah property owners have a 3 day lead time prior to the public release date for Arts Council events. Cultural Event tickets are released to everyone on the same date.
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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.