Thanksgiving in St Marys, GA

The Port of Thanksgiving

17th Annual Cruisers Thanksgiving in St Marys

November 23, 2017



The Brandon's Welcome Cruisers for Thanksgiving

At their historic Riverview Hotel


The first Cruisers Thanksgiving in St Marys was held on Nov 22, 2001

Gaila and Jerry Brandon have welcomed cruisers annually.


This event is hosted by a group of St Marys residents to provide a Thanksgiving place for all cruisers transiting south for the winter.

Although Reservations are not required, an advance headcount is helpful for turkey planning purposes.


What should I bring?

It's a big potluck! Residents of St Marys bake turkey and ham in their own home kitchens. Cruisers bring side dishes, veggies, salads, or desserts.  Everyone contributes.  Ice tea, plates, plastic ware, and napkins will be provided.   The casual family-style gathering means good food, good friends, and good times.


Other Activities

Thanksgiving week is filled with a Schedule of Events for cruisers. Transportation to local shopping and errands can be arranged as well. Monitor VHF 69.


Around Town

While you're here, make time to explore this friendly, historic town. Discover the history, museums, architecture, shops, and cafes all within walking distance. It's a nice place to visit any time of year. More online at Visit St Marys.


Thanksgiving Contacts

Riverview Hotel Gaila & Jerry Brandon: proprietorsgailabrandon@tds.net  (912) 882-3242 You're welcome to use the Hotel as a mail-drop while you're here.  Have your mail sent to: Riverview Hotel (along with your name or boat name) 105 Osborne Street, St Marys, GA 31558

St Marys Local Contact: Charles Culp popculp@aol.com (912) 882-2779

Cruiser Contact person: Ann Barr s/v Sea Tramp seatramp@flash.net (713) 823-3864

For Dockage Lang's Marina (912) 882-4252 / Nat (Dock master) (912) 882-6410

St Marys City Dock is available for short term tie-ups for loading supplies. (3-4 hours. Sorry, no overnights.)

Getting Here from the ICW

From the Cumberland Sound, head west, up the St Marys River, which is the border between Georgia and Florida at ICW mile 712.


Approaching the Anchorage

Watch for shoaling as shown below.



Map of St Marys



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In the News:


Front page of the Georgia Times-Union "Boaters gather at a St Marys hotel to celebrate food, friendship"

>Press Coverage 2004 / 2007 / 2008 / Nov 25, 2014 / Nov 28, 2014

St Marys tradition for cruisers since 2001

More Info
During the Event
The Turkey Net is VHF 69

How Did this Event Get Started? St Marys Thanksgiving Legend

A World of Thanks!
The cruising community is ever thankful to Gaila and Jerry for the generosity and Southern Hospitality they've always given freely.

The Brandon's were awarded 2012 SSCA Cruising Station of the year.
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