Here’s a recap of our fun-raising events so far this year:
We rang in the new year, as we do every year, with the annual New Year’s Day Polar Plunge
This year’s Plunge took place under cool cloudy skies and some spurts of rain, but we still had nearly 1,000 locals and visitors plunge into the Atlantic at noon! The popular Gang of Goofs costume parade brought nearly two dozen gangs of crazily-clad contestants vying for a bunch of great prizes. The “Tybee Island Calendar Girls” took first place and won a weekend stay in a Tybee Beach Vacation Rental, a boat trip to Little Tybee Island from Sundial Charters and lots of other neat prizes. The Plunge keeps growing in popularity; we have visitors come from surrounding states every year to participate! This year’s Plunge raised about $12,000 for the Tybee Post Theater!
In February, the Theater hosted the Tybee Island-wide Yard Sale along with founding partner, The Fish Art Gallery. In addition to the super sale at the Theater, some 24 island homeowners also staged sales in their yards or garages. Most donated a part of their proceeds to non-profits on the island. It was chilly but sunny, and the island was packed with bargain hunters. We so appreciate the volunteers who spent several days picking up and delivering, cleaning, pricing and finally
helping sell all our treasures. This sale netted more than $3,300 for the Theater. We will probably have another sale in October, so save all those castoffs taking up space in your closets and garages and we’ll put them to good use! Bill Blakey discovered an old alto saxophone in storage that, to his surprise, netted $500 for the yard sale! Let’s see who can top that trash-to-treasure story!
In April, the Theater hosted the 6th Annual Tybee Wine Festival with five fun-filled days of wine and culinary events. This year’s events included two evenings of Wining and Dining, the popular five-course wine-pairing dinner at the Tybee Island Social Club; as well as the ever-popular Evening of Oysters & Wine, hosted once again by Jenny Orr and Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill; and a scrumptious and relaxing Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Crab Shack. Our afternoon cooking school at the Tybee Lite Shrine Club added a new first course: a table decorating class hosted by Holley Jaakkola. The celebrity chefs included Roberto Leoci, Martha Nesbit, Amberley Rowe-Stewart and our multi-talented hostess, Pat Hackney. The signature event, The Grand Wine Tasting, took place under sunny skies with tastings from eight restaurants and a hundred international wines from our generous distributors.
All photos courtesy of Post Theater board member Sloan Knudson