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Throughout a worldwide pandemic not experienced since 1918, the Golden Isles community held strong. Rather than turn inward, we welcomed folks from all over the country while still looking out for our own. I recently spoke with a couple from Ohio who found out about St. Simons Island while looking online to relocate. They ended up buying a house and moving here. I’m sure this happened a lot more in 2020 than in normal years. More and more people are “discovering” St. Simons Island. And while I’m sure the beauty and ambiance is what attracts folks to the Golden Isles, it is the people in our community who make them want to call St. Simons Island home! My family moved

here 50 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, and most of the families that welcomed us are still living locally. The wonderful folks of St. Simons Island have lived through hurricanes, recessions, and now, a pandemic, yet we remain eternally optimistic! Onward! Happy 2021!


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62 Cozy Comfort

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Snow is a rare thing. But when there’s a chill in the air, we feel it just the same. The good news? No gnats! But if you’re mourning the loss of balmy beach days and summer frolicking, we’ve packed these pages full of cozy comforts and ideas to warm your heart and body. Find a comfy spot with a big mug of your favorite hot beverage and dive in.

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Just My Cup of Tea Of course everyone thinks of January as the month of new beginnings and resolutions, but you might not know it’s also National Hot Tea Month, as established by the Tea Council of the USA in 1950. With colder temperatures, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a cup and to take a closer look at this ancient drink that has shaped cultures and countries.

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ea has played a central role in society for centuries. It was used as a medicinal herb by ancient Greeks and Romans, indigenous tribes in the Americas, and monks in Asia. Tea is a key part of social engagements and special occasions. It has even sparked political revolt. Tea culture encompasses elaborate Japanese tea ceremonies and the English afternoon high tea tradition, but also embraces sipping Southern sweet tea on the screened porch.

established as the national drink of China. In the late eighth century, a writer named Lu Yu wrote the first book entirely about tea: the Ch’a Ching, or Tea Classic. Shortly thereafter, tea was first introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks who had travelled to China to study. It became a vital part of Japanese culture, with elaborate tea ceremonies. Tea houses serving tea made from the green powder known as matcha became popular.

China is where it all began. According to legend, in 2737 BC, Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a Camellia sinesis tree while his servant boiled drinking water and some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, tried this accidentally created infusion and the resulting drink was the origin of what we now call tea. Tea initially was used primarily for medicinal purposes, but by the Tang dynasty it was well-

Portuguese priests traveling through or residing in China during the 15th century also discovered tea and likely brought samples home to their native country. It was the Dutch, however, who first shipped tea as a commercial import. By the turn of the 17th century they had established a trading post on the island of Java, and the first consignment of tea from China was shipped via that post to Holland in 1606. In South America, yerba mate, a genus

of holly, was cultivated and consumed as a type of tea. This deeply spiritual drink was believed to be the drink of the gods, offering tea drinkers deep insight into their own beings and the world around them. The tea from China soon became a fashionable drink among the Dutch, and from there spread to other countries in continental Europe, although due to its high price it was primarily a drink for the wealthy. Sailors on the British East India Company ships (which had a monopoly on importing goods from outside Europe) probably brought tea home with them as gifts, but the first dated reference to tea in England was an advertisement in a September 1658 London newspaper. It announced that “China Drink, called by the Chinese, Tcha, by other Nations Tay alias Tee” was available at a local coffee house, suggesting that the drink was still somewhat of a curiosity.

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By the 1700s, tea had become the staple drink of Britain. Its widespread popularity is credited to Charles II’s bride, the Portuguese Infanta Catherine of Braganza, who was an avid tea drinker. It was her love of the drink that established tea as a fashionable beverage at court and was quickly adopted by the wealthy classes in general. The East India Company capitalized on this popularity and began importing tea into Britain, with the first order placed in 1664 for 100 lbs. of China tea to be shipped from Java. Taxation and tea went hand in hand, though, and the beverage was still out of reach for many. In 1834, the East India Company’s monopoly on trade with China ended. This meant importing tea became a free-for-all, with British and American clipper ships racing to get the tea from China and bring it home to make the most money. The tea clipper races of the 1860s were famous. The East India Company also turned to growing tea in India, the country in which its operations were centered and where it played a 26

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leading role in government. By 1839 they had successfully cultivated enough marketable quality tea from Assam to hold a tea auction in Britain. In 1858 the British government took over direct control of India from the East India Company and continued to promote the tea industry. Cultivation increased and spread to regions beyond Assam with great success. Production was expanded and by 1888 British tea imports from India exceeded its tea imports from China. In the 20th century, an accidental invention radically changed our tea-drinking habits forever. Around 1908, New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan began sending samples of tea to his customers in small silk bags. People assumed that the bags were supposed to be used in the same way as metal tea infusers and put the entire bag into the pot, rather than emptying out the contents. The new convenience and ease of cleaning was quite appealing! In response, Sullivan intentionally developed tea

bags made of gauze to be used in that manner. During the 1920s the bags were developed for commercial production, and grew in popularity in the US. They didn’t gain popularity in Britain until the 1950s when Tetley introduced their bags in 1953 and others soon followed. Tea manufacturer Lipton, the world’s biggest tea company, introduced the flo-thru bag in 1952 for individual servings of tea and was the first to print brewing instructions on the tags. Their basic tea bag has remained essentially unchanged for nearly seven decades. Even the amount of black tea in the bag (about 30 leaves per bag) remains the same. Currently China, India, and Kenya are the top three tea producers in the world. China is at the forefront, producing over 40% of the world’s tea. It reclaimed this position at the turn of the 21st century after India held the top ranking for more than 100 years. Kenya is the top producer of black tea.


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Types of Tea There are thousands of infusions we call teas, but they can be split into two groups: true teas and herbal teas. All true teas are derived from one type of plant: Camellia sinensis, known commonly as the tea plant. This evergreen plant that grows in a host of climates, which can lend different flavors to each unique brew. True teas include green tea, white tea, black tea, and oolong tea. The tea growing process and tea processing methods differentiate the many types of tea. The color and flavor profile of teas are determined by the naturally occurring oxidation or fermentation of the tea leaves. Tea leaves are harvested from the plant and then rolled either by hand or using a machine. The rolling process creates tiny cracks that allow oxygen to react with the plant enzymes leading to the different types of true tea. Green and white teas are not oxidized and are simply allowed to dry after harvesting. The leaves are not crushed, but are instead subjected to drying either in the sun or by pan firing. Oolong tea is partially oxidized, while black tea is fully oxidized. Lesseroxidized teas, such as white tea, will feature a smooth, delicate flavor and will be light green or yellow. Fully oxidized teas, such as black tea, develop stronger flavors and aromas and will be dark brown or a rich burnt red. Tea cultivators are experts at oxidizing leaves and in some cases they repeat the process many times over or use

certain artisanal techniques to develop precise aromas and flavors. Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, are not made using any leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and are entirely caffeine free. These herbal blends are made using spices, flowers, and leaves of a variety of other plants, including fruits and herbs. Herbal infusions are created when herbal teas and true tea leaves are combined for distinct flavors. These herbal blends can be categorized as black, green, white and oolong depending on which tea leaves and processes are used to create them.

White Tea

White tea is the least processed of the four true tea varietals. This tea is made using only

baby tea leaves and the spring harvest requires just a few days. Because it is not processed and undergoes natural drying, white tea is often considered one of the healthiest and most natural teas. Its flavor is sweet and delicate, yet complex. The two most popular types of white tea are Silver Needle, made using only the silvery white buds of the plant, and slightly darker White Peony, made using the bud and first two leaves, These are commonly known in China as Bai Hao Yin Zhen and Bai Mu Dan.

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Dark oolong flavors feature hints of chocolate and burnt sugar while lighter oolongs are smoother and more floral.

Black Tea Green Tea

Green tea is the second least processed tea when it comes to oxidation. This tea is slightly stronger than white tea and known for being packed with antioxidants. It is a pale green color, similar to the actual appearance of tea leaves. Green tea is made using leaves that are allowed to wither until they are loose and limp, at which point they are immediately dried. The leaves are then either fired or steamed using a variety of techniques including pan-firing and roasting. During the drying process, tea masters roll the leaves into long, thin twig shapes or pearls depending on the tea varietal. Generally, Chinese green teas are pan-fired or roasted, whereas Japanese green teas are typically steamed at high temperatures. Roasting lends a smooth, aromatic flavor to green tea, while steaming results in a more herb-like taste. The flavor of green tea can vary dramatically, ranging from grassy and earthy to nutty, roasted and freshly floral. Similar to wine, green tea flavor profiles depend on terroir, a term used to describe the impact of origin, region, climate, soil, or weather on the taste. Green teas were the most popular teas until black tea, often served with milk became the preference in the late 18th century. Commonly thought of as a sub-type of green tea due to its lack of oxidation in processing, pu-erh tea is defined as a post-oxidized tea. The tea leaves are subjected to heat, which kills the enzymes that are responsible for oxidation. This means that the plant undergoes minimal processing and isn’t allowed to oxi30

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dize. Instead, pu-erh tea leaves are aged 10-15 years like fine spirts, to develop flavor. A natural microbial process then oxidizes the leaves over time rather than the standard oxidation process that uses air. The health benefits and flavor compounds of aged pu-erh tea are more similar to black and green teas. Since there is still a natural oxidation process, some tea drinkers considered aged puerh tea to be a separate varietal of true tea.

Oolong Tea

Oolong teas, known in China as wulong tea, are among the most expensive and highest quality teas in the world. Oolong tea leaves are cultivated solely in Southeastern China and Taiwan and are typically brown in color, resulting in an even, full-bodied brew. Often described as having blended characteristics of both green and black tea, oolong is a partially oxidized tea. This tea is steeped in cultural tradition and may boast the widest variety of flavor profiles compared to the other true teas due to its varied production process and traditional brewing methods. Oolong tea leaves are placed in a bamboo basket, where they are softly rubbed to encourage reaction with oxygen. Tea masters take care to only scratch the outer surface of the leaves, keeping the center intact and vibrant green. As the tea oxidizes, oolong teas become either a medium green or deep amber color.

Black tea is the most processed of the true teas. It is also one of the most popular teas worldwide. Leaves are harvested and immediately withered to be rolled, allowing for the release of enzymes that will react with oxygen. After rolling, the leaves are spread out one-by-one to allow full oxidation to occur. Once the leaves turn brown, they are fired to prevent additional oxidation and flavor changes. This process cre-

ates tea with a strong, robust flavor profile that is typically a deep brown, burnt red or black color. Described as malty and rich, black tea features hints of dark chocolate, dates and raisins. Black tea also boasts the highest caffeine content of all true teas (with the exception of matcha green tea) with 60-90 milligrams per 8 oz. cup. Popular types of black tea include Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon and English breakfast. The strong full-bodied Assam and floral and fruity Darjeeling teas are cultivated almost entirely in India. The Ceylon black tea that comes primarily from Sri Lanka has a robust taste and varies from burgundy brown to golden honey in color. The Brits have a special fondness for English breakfast tea, including Earl Grey teas, which get their distinctive fragrance and citrusy taste from the addition of bergamot.


Spice Things Up So what’s chai? Technically, the word means tea in India, and refers to the black tea with milk that they serve. Here in the U.S., we call a creamy spiced tea drink a chai tea (or chai tea latte), although that’s redundant. Masala chai is the spiced version of Indian chai. Spicy and warm, it makes a fantastic breakfast drink or afternoon pick-me-up alternative to coffee. Chai wallahs, the Indian street vendors who make masala chai, all have their own unique blend of chai spices. The spices most commonly used with the black tea (usually Assam and Darjeeling) are a combination of fresh ginger, cardamom pods, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns and star anise. The spice combinations, amount of milk and sweetener used, are all subjective and based on personal preference; so start with this basic recipe and play around with it until you get the mix of spices and creamy sweetness you like. Warm up with a cup!

Masala Chai INGREDIENTS:

3-4” piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds (or grated for stronger flavor) 4 cinnamon sticks

2½ tsp. black peppercorns 16 whole cloves 10 cardamom pods 2 slices dried star anise 4 c. cold water 6 bags of Darjeeling or other black tea (or use loose, if preferred) 4 c. whole milk (for non-dairy, substitute a creamy coconut or oat milk) /3-1/2 c. light brown sugar (can substitute granulated sugar, maple syrup, stevia, or honey to taste)

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Slightly crush first 6 ingredients on a cutting board with a mallet or bottom of heavy pan. Do not pulverize into powder; just crush slightly to release flavor of spices. Place in medium saucepan. Add water; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pan, and simmer gently 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. To serve immediately, add milk and sugar. Bring milk and tea just to simmer over high heat, whisking until sugar dissolves. Strain chai into teapot and serve hot. To make ahead for later use, strain the tea/spice mixture and refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat with milk (1:1 ratio or adjust as you prefer) and sugar/sweetener to taste when ready to serve.

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Take a Coffee Break Now let’s turn to coffee. The most popular story of the discovery of the coffee bean comes from the Kaffa region of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). It was there in about 700 AD that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered his goats dancing. He believed the cause for their strange behavior was some red berries they had been eating. Kaldi told a monk about these “magic berries.” Depending on the story you believe, the monk was either ecstatic to find something to help him stay awake all night as he prayed, or he disapproved of the berries and threw them into the fire, resulting in a pleasing aroma which led to the world’s first roasted coffee. In any case, we know that these roasted beans from Ethiopia were ground and boiled to produce what we know today as coffee.

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offee then crossed the Red Sea to the port of Mocha in Yemen in the 15th century. Due to coffee’s growing popularity and the shipment of coffee from the port city, the word Mocha became synonymous with coffee. Coffee was grown in Yemen and became well-known in Egypt, Persia and Turkey, called the “wine of Araby.” Coffee houses began to open all around Arabia. These “Schools of the Wise” were places where men gathered to share and hear information and were soon the epicenter of social activity. Arabia became the gatekeeper for coffee. If a coun-

try wanted coffee beans, they had to purchase them from Yemen. The authorities did everything they could to ensure that no one could take fertile beans out of their control and plant trees themselves. But in 1670, Baba Budan, a Sufi saint from India on a pilgrimage to Mecca smuggled some of those fertile beans back to India and began cultivating coffee. Those beans grew into a large scale coffee farm in Southern India which still produces plants today. The Dutch too smuggled coffee plants from Yemen in an attempt to grow the beans in

Holland, but were thwarted due to the cold weather. In the late 1600s, however, friends in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) sent coffee seedlings to the Dutch Governor of Java, Indonesia. Despite multiple natural disasters wiping out their first attempts at coffee cultivation, around 1704 more seedlings were planted successfully and coffee from Indonesia became a staple. Like Mocha, Java became another household term for coffee. Indonesia’s coffee production drastically increased when the coffee plant made its way to the regions of Sumatra and Celebes.

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n to the continent! Coffee quickly became popular upon its arrival in Venice in 1570. Through the 1600s, coffee houses sprang up all over Europe in England, Austria, France, Germany and Holland. France was introduced to coffee in 1669 by the Turkish Ambassador to Paris. During his time with Louis XIV the Royal Court swooned over the beverage and Paris was soon enamored too. In 1683, after the Battle of Vienna, The Blue Bottle, Austria’s first coffee house, opened thanks to a surplus of coffee left by the defeated Turks. A victorious officer opened the shop and popularized the practice of adding milk and sugar to coffee. Coffee beans then found their way even further west to conquer every nation touching the Atlantic Ocean. It began in 1714 when the mayor of Amsterdam gave King Louis XIV of France a young coffee plant, which he placed in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Paris. A French Navy captain, Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu, who was stationed in Martinique but happened to be visiting Paris, managed to secure clippings from the tree and brought them to the Caribbean, where the coffee growing conditions are ideal. He secretly planted it on Martinique among other plants to keep it safe. Within three years coffee plantations spread throughout Martinique, St. Dominique and Guadalupe. These plants would eventually populate the rest of the Caribbean and Central and South America. In 1730, the English Governor of Jamaica, Sir Nicholas Lawes brought cof-

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fee plants to his island and soon it was growing deep into the Blue Mountains. Today, Brazil grows more coffee than any other country in the world. Their toehold in the coffee world started when Brazilian colonel Francisco de Melo Palheta was sent to Guyana to settle a dispute between the Dutch and the French in 1727. His priority, however, was to get coffee and bring it back to Brazil, whatever the cost. When his request for coffee seedlings from the French governor was refused, he managed to persuade the governor’s wife to secretly give him clippings. Returning to Brazil with these clippings, he started the largest coffee empire on the planet. Brazil’s coffee production started to boom by 1822, and in 1852 the country became the largest producer of coffee. They have maintained that status to this day. As the century came to a close, East Africa began cultivating coffee in Kenya and Tanzania from Brazilian plants. America’s great obsession with coffee actually began with tea. The notorious Boston

Tea Party occurred in 1773, when a group of patriots rebelling against the English tax on tea snuck aboard English tea ships docked in Boston Harbor and dumped all of the tea into the ocean. Following that, there was an unofficial boycott on tea in the colonies, with people vowing to only serve coffee in their homes. This show of solidarity spread and people began to associate coffee with the Revolution and viewed tea as a traitor’s drink. As the Revolution continued until 1783, the colonists, now Americans, had 10 years of boycotting tea to change their hot beverage preference and taste to coffee. Since that time, the United States has been the leading single country importer of coffee, buying far more coffee than any other country. Sometimes forgotten is the fact that the U.S. does also produce coffee. Hawaii (not a state until 1959) was introduced to coffee in 1817 when Brazilians brought seedlings to the islands. By 1825, Hawaii had its first official coffee orchard, beginning Kona’s legacy in the industry.


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nstead of spending time on the varieties of coffee as we did with tea, here we’ll simply note that there are two main types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. Flavors vary greatly based on where they are grown and how they are processed and later roasted. In many ways, the journey from growing the coffee cherry to pouring it in the cup is similar to winemaking process. It’s quite extensive. Unlike tea, however, we’ve seen more innovations in brewing methods. The first modern percolator in which boiling water rose through a tube to form a continuous cycle and was capable of being heated on a kitchen stove was invented in 1819 by Parisian tinsmith Joseph-Henry-Marie Laurens. The first US patent for a coffee percolator was issued to James Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts in 1865. His version used a downflow method without rising steam and water. Illinois farmer Hanson Goodrich patented the modern stove-top percolator in 1889. Its key elements were the broad base for boiling, the upflow central tube and a perforated basket hanging on it. Little has changed in percolator design since that time. In 1864, Jabez Burns of New York invented the first coffee roaster that didn’t need to be

held over a fire. His patent on the machine made him the grandfather of all modern coffee roasting machines. The sale of bulk roasted coffee beans soon followed and mass coffee production was a massive achievement. Around this time James Folger began selling preroasted coffee in tins with Pioneer Mills (later renamed the James A. Folger Company). In 1871 John Arbuckle invented a machine that filled, weighed, sealed and labeled coffee in paper packages. Arbuckle’s became the largest importer of coffee in the world, even owning the most merchant ships, constantly importing coffee from South America back to the US. In 1886, Maxwell House entered the scene, with Joel Cheek naming his coffee blend after the Maxwell House Hotel, famous for the presidents who stayed there. In the 1900s Nestle was approached by the Brazilian government to find a way to utilize coffee waste. The result of their years of research was freeze-dried, or instant, coffee. Nescafe instant coffee is still the world’s leading brand today. Innovation in coffee makers was going strong too. In Italy, Luigi Bezzera invented the espresso machine in 1901. It was the first commercial espresso machine that used water and steam under high pressure to rapidly brew coffee. In

1908, drip coffee got a boost when German housewife Melitta Bentz created the first paper coffee filter using her son’s school papers. A patent was issued for the filter and the Melitta company was born. The coffee press (or French press) was patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. Faliero Bondanini made several design modifications to the press, patenting his own version in 1958 and manufacturing it in a French clarinet factory under the Melior brand name. In 1945, Italian Achille Gaggia took Bezzera’s espresso machine a step further by adding a piston to extract the coffee at an even higher pressure. This new advancement produced a layer of foam atop each shot of espresso and, thus, cappuccino was born. German inventor Gottlob Widmann patented the first electric drip brewer, the Wigomat, in 1954. In the 1970s, drip brew coffee makers replaced percolators.

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hile we included the classic Irish Coffee in with our popular coffee drinks because it’s so common, it’s worth noting that it’s not the only coffee cocktail (just maybe the best!) out there. Here are a few others for your careful consideration.

Mexican Coffee

Smugglers Coffee (Yield: 2 servings) INGREDIENTS:

1 c. hot strong coffee, divided 4 tsp. sugar, divided 2 oz. gold rum, divided 2 oz. dark rum, divided 2 cinnamon sticks 2 long strips of orange peel, plus finely grated zest, for garnish

(Yield: 2 servings)

Sweetened whipped cream and grated Mexican chocolate, for garnish

INGREDIENTS:

PREPARATION:

12 oz. cup of strong coffee, divided

Divide coffee brewed two mugs and add 2 tsp.

2 tsp. brown sugar, divided

sugar to each. Stir until sugar dissolves. Stir 1 oz. of

3 oz. Kahlua, divided

both rums in each cup. Add cinnamon and strip of

3 oz. tequila, divided

orange zest. Garnish with whipped cream, grated

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Mexican chocolate and grated orange zest.

Whipped cream and cinnamon, to garnish PREPARATION: Dip rim of each glass into brewed coffee and then into brown sugar to coat the rim. Using a kitchen torch or lighter, carefully run your glass through the flame to caramelize the sugar on the rims. This only takes a few seconds. Add Kalhua and tequila to each glass, add hot coffee. Top each with a scoop of ice cream. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Café Fran Bailey (Yield: 4 servings)

PREPARATION:

INGREDIENTS:

Using electric mixer, in small bowl beat cream

1

/2 c. whipping cream, chilled

and sugar to soft peaks. (Can be made 4 hours

1 tsp. sugar

ahead. Cover and chill.). Pour 2 Tbsp. Frangelico

8 Tbsp. Frangelico, hazelnut liqueur

and 2 Tbsp. Baileys liqueur into each of 4 mugs.

8 Tbsp. Baileys Irish Cream

Pour coffee over, dividing evenly. Top each with

2 2/3 c. hot coffee, freshly brewed strong

dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately.

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Let’s Talk Shop

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here’s no question that coffee is a social beverage. As mentioned earlier, the opening of coffee houses went hand in hand with the popularity of the beverage. Just as Arabian coffee houses were community gathering places, London coffee houses were social hubs where a patron could engage in stimulating conversation and political debates. They were often called “penny universities” in England, because for the price of a cup of coffee you could get quite an education. Many coffee houses grew into businesses, such as Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House, now recognized worldwide as Lloyd’s of London. England’s first coffee club, the Oxford Coffee Club, was known as the place ideas and innovation were born and shared. It eventually grew to become The Royal Society. When Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971, it changed our coffee culture once again by making coffee from around the world easily accessible across the US and tailoring beverages to the unique palate of each customer. While some say the arrival of Starbucks meant the death of small coffee shops, a counter argument can be made that without Starbucks we wouldn’t have the increased demand for coffee and a culture that welcomes new, small, independentlyowned coffee shops. Coffee is now considered an artisan craft and there’s more demand for sustainable, locally roasted, fair trade beans. The growing, roasting, and brewing processes are all looked at closely when we choose our coffees—a far cry from the instant Maxwell House that was so popular after WWII!

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To grab a cup locally, there are several excellent coffee shops besides Starbucks where you can sit down and enjoy the warm beverage of your choice. Daddy Cate’s Coffees on Gloucester Street in Historic Brunswick is known as your hometown coffee shop and has just that homey feel. Coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, and gourmet tea are always served with a smile. Of course there’s no shortage of delicious treats to enjoy with your drink! daddycatescoffees.com The Local Brew in the Shops on Market Street on St. Simons Island is a newer addition. From café au lait to Charleston teas, they have a full menu of warm and cold beverages and fresh pressed juices, plus breakfast and lunch offerings. If you feel like breaking out of the coffee rut, their chai latte is delicious. localbrewssi.com The Market at Sea Island crew knows how make a mean cappuccino and other espresso drinks too. They also have a nice selection of baked goods, breakfast and lunch. The store sells tea, coffee, wine, and some really great mugs too. seaisland.com/dining/the-market/ Palm Coast Coffee Café & Pub is a cozy little café in the Village on St. Simons Island with indoor and outdoor dining. In addition to breakfast and lunch, they serve up traditional coffee and espresso drinks and have a board of seasonal special flavored lattes and more both

with and without alcohol. Their Irish coffee is a treat! palmcoastssi.com The Village Oven on Union Street in Downtown Brunswick offers coffee and espresso drinks featuring Café Campesino Coffees, small farmer, fair trade, organic coffee from Americus, GA. In addition to breakfast and lunch, there are mouthwatering fresh baked scones, muffins, cookies, and specialty breads. villageovenbwk.com Wake Up Coffee Co. has locations on St. Simons Island and in Brunswick. They create and roast their own coffee blends and supply to other local restaurants. You can purchase coffee by the cup or by the bag. Hot and cold coffee drinks and teas are offered as well as a variety of baked goods. Their Island Mocha is a favorite. wakeupcoffeeco.com


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CafÊ Culture T .S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock talks about life being measured out with coffee spoons. We need only look around us to see how coffee culture has evolved. From the Russian samovars and ornate coffee urns to copper pots that we heated on the stove. We remember the percolator pots that sat on the counters in the 50s, even if we only saw them on TV. Automatic drip machines with glass carafes and burn-

ers are still around but single-cup makers like Keurigs that can accommodate a travel mug illustrate our movement from coffee as a social gathering at home to a morning necessity as we head out the door. Coffee shops as social gathering places are still going strong. Instead of sharing a pot though, we get our half-caf soy latte or double shot caramel macchiato just the way we like it before we sit down together.

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OPPOSITE PAGE: Heavy metal! Copper and brass were commonly used in the 19th century for tea and coffee pots, as you can see by this antique kettle on warming stand, stovetop coffee pot, ornate coffee grinder, and coffee/tea urn available at Low Country Walk Antiques (clockwise from upper left.) THIS PAGE: Coffee cups available at Dutchmans.

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and-turn coffee grinders are a thing of the past, but the French press is Ă la mode. Even our coffee cups have evolved. We scoff at the size of the tea/coffee cups that came with our china and grab mugs that hold almost twice as much. We collect mugs from diners and have many as souvenirs or nostalgic pieces. Clever mugs, innovative design, funny sayings, pop culture references, we love them all!

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ave you ever thought about how coffee tables came about? We have a piece of furniture found in almost every living room that owes its existence to the convenience of setting down a cup of coffee! According to history, F. Stuart Foote of the Imperial Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan invented the coffee table around 1920 when he cut the legs off a dining room table to provide his wife with a low table for a party. He called his creation a coffee table because the low height enabled guest to rest their coffee cups on the table in between sips. It should be noted, however, that this notion of convenience for cups was not new, as tea tables did exist. These taller, round shaped tables were placed beside chairs during tea parties. Coffee tables became a standard household item. And they

Table Talk spawned coffee table books! The term “coffee table book” first appeared in a 1961 issue of Arts Magazine. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a large expensive book with many pictures that is typically placed on a table for people to look at in a casual way.” From art to music, French countrysides to photographic history,

coffee table books exist about virtually every subject imaginable. (You can find a fantastic selection at Righton Books in Redfern Village, FYI.) Although Kramer’s Coffee Table Book About Coffee Table Books may not have have been a best seller, there are some great coffee table books about coffee and tea!

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Takes the Cake As tea and coffee gained widespread popularity, so did the tasty morsels that were served along with the beverages. Tea sandwiches, tea cakes, tea biscuits, and coffee cakes were named from their close association with the drinks they accompanied. The custom of afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, around 1840. Because the Duchess became hungry hours before the household’s evening meal was served

fashionably late at 8:00 p.m., she asked to be served a tray of tea, cake, bread and butter in the late afternoon. This became a daily routine and she began inviting friends to join her, making afternoon tea a fashionable social event that caught on with others. Society women would change into their finery for afternoon tea served in the drawing room. Traditional fare consists of dainty sandwiches (including cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves, cakes, and pastries.

Earl Grey Scones

just until dough is combined. Turn

1

mixture out onto a lightly floured

1 large egg, beaten

INGREDIENTS:

surface. Shape into a 1 1/2" thick

3

3 tsp. loose Earl Grey tea (or 3 bags)

round. Cut into 8 wedges and place

1 tsp. vanilla extract

/3 c. boiling water

on prepared baking sheet with

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

wedges slightly separated. Brush

/2 c. cake flour

with cream and sprinkle liberally

/3 c. brown sugar

with sugar. Bake for 18-20 minutes

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

or until golden brown. Best when

/2 tsp. baking soda

served warm — with tea, of course!

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1 1

1

/4 tsp. salt

1

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/4 c. unsalted butter, cubed /4 c. whole milk

TOPPING

2 tsp. ground cinnamon /4 c. light brown sugar

1

/4 c. chopped Georgia pecans

1

GLAZE

1 Tbsp. water

s coffee took off in Europe around the 17th century, it became the custom to enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty bread with it. These first “coffee cakes” were more like sweet breads than cakes, but almost immediately recipes were adapted by Danish and German bakers and the modern style of cakes, filled with nuts and fruit, topped with icing or streusel, came along. By 1879, coffee cakes were a well-established accompaniment to the hot beverage in America.

6 Tbsp. confectioners sugar

batter. Sprinkle top with chopped

Add all dry ingredients and mix

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

together using a fork. Cut butter

INGREDIENTS:

15 minutes on cooling rack. Whisk

into flour mixture until mixture is

1 /4 c. all-purpose flour

together water and confectioners

coarse. Add egg, cream and vanilla

1 c. granulated sugar

sugar to make glaze and drizzle

to cooled tea. Whisk to combine.

1

/4 tsp. kosher salt

over the top of the cake before

Pour over dry ingredients and stir

2 tsp. baking powder

slicing and serving.

/2 c. unsalted butter, cubed

1

1 egg /3 c. heavy cream

2

1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. cream 2 tsp. sugar PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 425° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In a small bowl, add 2 tsp. or 2 bags of Earl Grey tea to /3 c. boiling water. Allow to 1

steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags or loose leaf tea and measure out exactly /4 c. of brewed tea. 1

Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, add the remaining tsp. of tea. (If using bagged tea, cut tea bag open and pour leaves into bowl.)

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PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 8x8” square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Use a pastry cutter to cut butter into flour mixture until coarse crumb forms. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. The batter will be lumpy. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and brown sugar, then sprinkle it over top of batter in pan. Use a butter knife to cut lines through the pecans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, then allow cake to cool in the pan for

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Curl up with a Book

Coffee:

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f you’re interested in learning more about coffee or tea, there are volumes and volumes that are dedicated to virtually every aspect from planting the crops to the life of a barista. You can also find delightful fiction where tea or coffee play a significant role in the story. Here are some suggestions for your reading pleasure.

The Coffee Trader by David Liss The Various Flavors of Coffee by Anthony Capella The Coffee Diary by Caroline Kellems God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

Tea:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West by Beatrice Hohenegger The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel

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Songs to Sip By Naturally if you’re settled in with a nice cup of coffee or tea, you should have some good music to add to the warm ambiance. Streaming services have coffee house channels to create the vibe of your local shop, but if you need suggestions, we put together a mix of tea and coffee songs from across decades and genres that you might enjoy. “A Nice Cup of Tea” Binnie Hale “The Coffee Song” Frank Sinatra “You’re the Cream in My Coffee” Nat King Cole “Tea for Two” Doris Day “Cigarettes and Coffee” Otis Redding “Cup of Coffee” Johnny Cash “Afternoon Tea” The Kinks “One More Cup of Coffee” Bob Dylan “Tea and Sympathy” Janis Ian “You’re So Vain” Carly Simon “No Sugar Tonight” Guess Who “Tea in the Sahara” The Police “Black Coffee in Bed” Squeeze “Starfish and Coffee” Prince “English Tea” Paul McCartney “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” Landon Pigg

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Benefits Beyond the Cup

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any moms go right for hot tea with lemon and honey as a tried and true home remedy for that seasonal cold or sore throat. And the health benefits of drinking tea, especially green tea, have long been touted. White tea is thought to be the most effective tea in fighting various forms of cancer thanks to its high level of antioxidants. It’s also a good source of fluoride, catechins and tannins that can strengthen teeth, fight plaque, and increase resistance to acid and sugar. Green tea is exceptionally high in flavonoids that help boost heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting. Research has shown it also lowers blood pressure, triglycerides and total cholesterol, and may prevent liver, breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. Oolong tea contains l-theanine, an amino acid that reduces anxiety, increases alertness and attention, and is thought to help prevent cognitive diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Oolong tea and black tea are both high in polyphenols linked to reducing inflammation, preventing cancer growth and decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

that coffee may offer some protection against Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease and liver cancer, heart attack and stroke. Drinking these delicious beverages is not the only way your body can benefit from them. Coffee and tea are also beneficial additions to your skincare and hair treatments because, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, the antioxidants found in them protect against free radicals and harmful pollutants. The flavonoids called catechins in tea naturally reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, and combat aging. Tea also has cooling properties, making it an excellent skin soother. The caffeine in coffee, black and green tea also increases blood flow and decreases inflammation to make your skin glow. Coffee ground extracts have been shown to be useful for reducing wrinkles, preventing water loss and slowing down collagen loss when used topically. Here are some ways you can add coffee and tea to your beauty routine:

Healthy Hair

The antioxidants and caffeine in black tea and coffee make them great treatment for your hair and scalp. To strengthen and invigorate hair, prevent breakage, stimulate growth, and stop your tresses from shedding, brew some black tea or a strong pot of coffee and let it cool. Use it as a rinse after your shampoo. Note that tea and coffee may stain the hair, which can be an added bonus as a natural dye for brunettes, but may be problematic for blondes. If you use a fragrant tea, you can spray it into your hair to cleanse your scalp, making your hair look lustrous.

Coffee, on the other hand, initially got a bad rap, because of its higher caffeine content. Caffeine isn’t all bad, however, it causes the release of dopamine, making your brain active and sharper. It also increases stamina and muscle performance, decreases appetite to aids weight loss, improves memory, and effectively treats headaches. Coffee contains antioxidants known as phenolic acids which increase resistance of LDL cholesterol to oxidation, reducing your risk of heart disease. Research has also shown

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Treatment with Tea Bags

The caffeine in tea helps shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate dark circles around the eye. Tannins in tea help reduce puffiness. Simply wet two tea bags and place them on your eyes for five to ten minutes. Use regularly for reduced puffy eyes and dark circles. Tannic acid also works to reduce redness in sunburns and blemishes. You can apply wet tea bags directly to the affected areas or brew tea and apply with a towel/cloth after it cools. Leave on skin for up 30 minutes. Tea’s astringent properties make it an excellent toner. Use a wet tea bag to wipe over your face to remove excess oils or keep it feeling clean, then follow with a clean towel. To alleviate the sting of dry, chapped lips, soak green tea bags in warm water and rub over lips to soothe any burning sensation and add hydration.

Mask Magic

Take things a step further with a white tea mask. Because white tea is the least processed,

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it has additional antioxidants and nutrients that help purify and enrich the skin. To make a mask, brew a pot of white tea and separate the leaves from the actual brew. Then blend the damp tea leaves in a blender to create

a thick paste. When the paste is cool; apply the mask and leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse, moisturize, and see how your skin glows!

Herbs at Work

To remove excess oil, jasmine tea works well and also has anti-microbial properties. When applied to oily, acne prone skin, it combats pimple-causing bacteria and helps balance the skin’s pH level. Brew jasmine tea and

allow to cool, then apply to face with a cloth. To soothe skin that’s excessively irritated and inflamed, chamomile tea is the perfect remedy. It alleviates itchy rashes or dry, flaky patches of redness on the skin. Apply chamomile tea bags to your face regularly for maximum benefits.


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Scrub away!

offee makes an excellent face and body scrub. It clears all the dirt and dead cells from the skin and boosts cell regeneration. Use a coffee scrub to exfoliate your skin and get rid of cellulite, redness and discoloring, and to help prevent premature aging. The scrub will also remove puffiness from around your eyes and tighten your pores, leaving you with a healthy natural glow. Green tea scrubs are also popular. Here are 3 moisturizing scrub recipes using coffee and tea perfect for winter skin.

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Winter Skin Saver

INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

1/8 c. coconut oil

2 Tbsp. coffee grounds 2 Tbsp. shea butter 3 Tbsp. sea salt Âź c. coconut oil 8-10 drops peppermint oil

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbsp. coffee grounds 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar 1 tsp. olive oil DIRECTIONS: Place all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well. Use to scrub your face and body in the shower. Rinse and pat dry. Store the unused portion in a glass jar and use within a month.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub 1 c. granulated sugar 1/8 c. brewed green tea (cooled) 1 Tbsp. local honey Contents of 1 unbrewed green tea bag DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients, adding green tea little

DIRECTIONS:

by little, stirring as you pour, and mix well. Texture

Melt coconut oil and mix in shea butter. Add

should resemble wet sand. Apply approximately a

other ingredients and blend. Apply mixture to

tablespoon to your hands before gently rubbing

your face and body and scrub gently. Rinse

onto face and or body. Rinse with warm water.

and pat dry.

Place remainder in an airtight container and use weekly to refresh skin.

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Take the Chill Off

When you’d rather turn to a hot beverage other than tea or coffee for your winter warmer, there are a multitude of options. You can always enjoy some steaming cups of sake with sushi from Fancy Q or see if Halyards or La Plancha are still serving their specialty hot chocolates. Some home favorites of the EIL staff include these recipes:

Easy Spiced Cider

This hot spiced cider recipe allows you to brew right in your standard 10-12 cup coffee maker. How convenient! Just be sure to clean it well after using and before your next pot of java. If you would rather heat the ingredients on the stove or in a slow cooker, tie the spices up in a sachet.

2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half 1 large orange, quartered with peel 2 qts. apple cider cinnamon sticks for garnish

sugar mixed with hot water, often with with lemon peel or spices added for good measure. Excellent for medicinal purposes and cold evenings.

PREPARATION:

INGREDIENTS:

Place filter in coffee basket, and fill with

boiling water, to fill a mug

brown sugar, allspice, cloves, cinnamon

4 cloves

stick, salt, nutmeg, and orange wedges. Pour

1 lemon wheel

apple cider into water reservoir on coffee

INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp. brown sugar

maker. Brew, and serve hot, garnished with a

¼ c. packed brown sugar

1/4 oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

cinnamon stick.

2 oz. whiskey or bourbon

Hot Toddy

PREPARATION:

½ tsp. whole allspice 1 tsp. whole cloves ¼ tsp. salt 1 pinch ground ginger 1 pinch ground nutmeg

The toddy is a drink that has stood the test of time. Dating back to the mid18th century, it’s traditionally made up of whiskey (any type), rum, or brandy, and

Stick cloves into lemon wheel and set aside. Fill a warmed mug about halfway with fresh boiling water. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add prepared wheel and stir. Add lemon juice and whiskey, and stir again. Serve.

Spiced Mulled Wine with Hawthorn Berries (Fills 1 Quart-Sized Jar)

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cool weather classic that gets an herbal upgrade, this mulled wine will surely bring warmth and relaxation to your evening. Bright red hawthorn berries can be harvested in fall and early winter and dried to use for months to come. Medicinally, the berries act as a heart tonic, helping normalize blood pressure, strengthen blood flow to the heart, and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The folklore

and magic of this ancient tree has a long history across many cultures. Branches were used for decoration during marriage ceremonies to impart blessings and prosperity. Energetically, hawthorn is attuned to the heart, helping ease heartache and emotional wounds, which makes this drink a wonderful ally when heading into the colder, darker months of the year.

1 bottle (750 ml) red wine

Add all the ingredients, except the honey, to a medium-

ALTERNATE PREPARATION: To preserve the alcohol

¼ cup brandy or whiskey

sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and

content, add all ingredients together except the honey,

½ cup dried hawthorn berries

simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, letting the flavors infuse and the

cover, and heat to a simmer. Then remove saucepan

apples soften and release their juice. Scoop out the hawthorn

from the heat and let sit for 30 minutes to infuse. Strain

berries, apples, and spices with a small mesh strainer or

and stir in honey. Reheat if necessary.

2 sweet apples, cored and diced ½ tablespoon cardamom pods 4 whole star anise

slotted spoon. Remove from heat and stir in honey, adding more to taste. Serve the mulled wine in mugs, each with a

Excerpted from The Kosmic Kitchen by Sarah Kate

2 cinnamon sticks, plus more to serve

cinnamon stick. Any leftover wine can be refrigerated in a

Benjamin & Summer Singletary (Roost Books; 2020).

¼ cup raw local honey, optional

tightly sealed mason jar for about 1 week.

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Cozy Comfort

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eeping warm in winter months requires some essentials for your wardrobe and your home. You need go no further than our local retailers to find what you need. Here are some of the things we found on a recent recon mission around the island. We couldn’t hit all the shops, so we encourage you to go explore your favorites to see their seasonal offerings before they start making room for spring inventory. For one-stop men’s and women’s shopping Planters Exchange has everything you need to enjoy your winter adventures! There are sweaters, ponchos, and toppers from Planet, Fat Cat, Lysse, and others, for the ladies, knit pullovers for men, and quilted jackets and more by Alan Paine. Gentlemen’s & Lady Outfitters is also well-equipped to keep you snug and dry even when the weather turns nasty with warm 3/4 zips from Vineyard Vines for the gents, Aftco rain gear, quilted vests, even duck boots! Suede booties and more for you too, ladies! We’re firm believers that you can never have too many sweaters, and our local boutiques have so many we’d love to add to our collection. Especially of note is the Marble line at Maggie’s. These gorgeous knits from Scotland are super soft and stylish. Allie Harper has beautiful offerings from Kinross Cashmere, including the animal print that is still so popular. Wild and Personal Boutique has a wide array of sweaters, ponchos, and jackets that are perfect to layer for the transition from our cooler mornings to sunny afternoons. They also have hats and gloves to help ward off the chill.

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un socks are an absolute necessity to keep those toes toasty and your sense of humor intact. Southeast Adventure Outfitters has a nice selection from Socksmith, whose tagline is #NoBoringSocks. From coffee quips to dumpster fire, they’re guaranteed to earn a chuckle. To keep things classy, Bullington has buttery-soft cashmere scarves. Cute chenille hats and gloves from Britt’s Knits at St. Simons Drugs will ward off the chill on the coldest days. At home what we need is oodles of comfy blankets and wraps. The soft green Berkshire Spring throw in this unique chair at Dutchmans caught our eye. Add a piping hot cup of tea and one of those books we mentioned, and it’s a perfect reading nook! They also have a taupe chunky knit blanket from Pom Pom at Home by Hilde Leiaghat that would be a welcome addition to any bed on a chilly night. Indigo & Cotton’s offerings from Pine Cone Hill and Peacock Alley can help you turn your bedroom into a warm and welcoming retreat. They have blankets, throws, and sheet sets in stock or you can custom order. At this time of year, you can find a myriad of fuzzy throws and beautiful blankets to warm up in a cozy cocoon.

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The heat is also good for easing muscle pain. Adding Epsom salts amplifies this effect and is ideal to soothe the ache from New Year’s resolution gym workouts or tired feet from working long shifts and holiday events. Steam from hot baths is excellent for relieving congestion and soothing coughs. A bath also acts as a perfect sleep aid, especially if you add a touch of lavender oil.

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here is nothing like sitting beside a crackling fire to warm your body, heart, and soul. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces are popular features in homes throughout the Golden Isles. If you’re a novice to building fires, follow our tips below to get a nice blaze going in your fireplace, then grab a hot beverage, a good book, a comfy seat, and enjoy. First, clean ashes from previous fires out of the fireplace with a fireplace shovel. Make sure to open the flue or damper using the chain or handle located inside (or near) your fireplace. Have a dry pile of split, seasoned wood for fuel and kindling (newspaper, discarded paper, cardboard, small pieces of wood, sticks) handy. Pro-tip: Dryer lint plus a dab of petroleum jelly makes an excellent fire starter.

Place two large, split logs inside the fireplace, parallel to each other. Twist some newspaper and arrange it in a nest between the two logs. If there’s a grate, be sure to put some paper underneath the grate. Place smallest kindling on top of the newspaper, then place larger pieces of kindling on top of the two parallel logs, creating a bridge of sorts. (You can always use a fire starter brick here to get the fire hot and ready to burn your fuel wood quickly.) Make sure to allow space between the pieces of wood, as ventilation is essential for delivering oxygen to the fire. If you’re having trouble with downdraft from the chimney, there’s a trick called “priming the flue” that helps reverse the direction of the draft: ignite a piece of newspaper and hold it

up to the flue opening. The hot air works to reverse the direction of the chimney’s draft, preventing it from blowing down your chimney and into your home. You may need to repeat a few times to ensure that the draft is going in the proper direction. Opening a door or window while you build the fire also helps stabilize the air pressure and encourages an updraft. Light the newspaper nest in multiple spots and watch your fire spread to the kindling and logs. Blow gently on paper or kindling to increase and spread flame, if needed. Add new logs to the fire as it burns by stacking them on perpendicular to the bottom logs, like you’re building a log cabin. Stoke the fire with a poker occasionally to move unburned wood into flames.

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a clear opening on the side where the wind is blowing to enable the fire to get the oxygen it needs and help blow flames higher and stronger onto the kindling materials. Light the tinder materials and add more kindling as needed to keep the fire going. The tipi structure will eventually cave in on itself. When it does, carefully pile more fuel wood on top. Rule of thumb: always have three times more firewood than you think you’ll need. If you don’t have a fire pit or feel inclined to install one as a permanent feature, Island Ace Hardware carries a nice selection of wood burning (and propane) fire pits to get you roasting marshmallows in no time! They also have seasoned firewood,

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hat should a nonprofit do when they cannot host their major event of the year? And how can that organization best support those local businesses who have been longtime partners and who are being dramatically impacted by the pandemic? Those were two of the dilemmas that the St. Simons Land Trust faced when they realized that the chal-

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lenges of the coronavirus would extend into 2021. Their largest annual fundraiser (and one of the most popular events in the Golden Isles) was the Land Trust Oyster Roast. For twenty years, hundreds have gathered at the roast to enjoy great local cuisine and a festive, almost magical atmosphere. The first year, Charlie Williams, owner of Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill, and now Fiddlers @ 410 Arnold, provided the oysters and oversaw the roasting. Every year since, the event was made possible because of people like Charlie and an army of more than 50 other restaurant owners and workers who cooked, served, shucked, decoHALYARDS rated, entertained, and

cleaned up afterwards. The chefs at Sea Island prepared heaping platters of The Cloister’s famous fried chicken. The Westin’s clam chowder soon became a favorite, as did the pulled pork from Southern Soul Barbeque. All of this was supposed to be prelude to the 21st annual Oyster Roast that was scheduled for January 16, 2021, with expectations of once again hosting more than a thousand people under the live oaks and twinkly lights at Gascoigne Bluff. But a pandemic is the ultimate buster of best-laid plans, and this year there will be no Oyster Roast. “We deliberated about what we could do instead,” said the Land Trust’s Executive Director Emily Ellison. “We considered a


virtual event. We discussed offering ‘guests’ a basket of oysters to take home after a drivethrough at Gascoigne Bluff. We thought about live-streaming music. But none of the options made sense from a staffing perspective or from a community perspective. The event has always been loved because of how it brings people together from across Glynn County. A socially-distanced, virtual Oyster Roast just didn’t cut it.” After countless turns at the drawing board, the Trust has decided to host a Restaurant Week instead. They wouldn’t be raising money, but they would be supporting the very people who had so long supported them. The idea was the brainchild of Marty Moody, the longtime coordinator of the Oyster Roast, who wanted to thank the many restaurants that had given so generously in the past. “Marty envisioned this as a way for us to give back to the restaurant community during such a challenging time,” explained Ellison. “The plan was that this year we would ask local restaurants for nothing but would instead drive as much business as possible to them.” So, this year, rather than soliciting food, beverages, and support from restauranteurs, the

Land Trust is supporting them and encouraging its members to dine in or order togo meals from the participating businesses. “Every year we’ve gone to our friends in the restaurant industry and asked them to host a booth or make specialty dishes for our Oyster Roast buffet,” explained Marty Moody. “And every year they have delivered. But right now, when we know that restaurants are suffering and many are staying in business only to provide their longtime staff members with employment. Creating Restaurant Week was a way to thank them for two decades of loyal and generous support.” The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce agreed to partner with the Land Trust in helping to spread the word about the

special week. “We have been pushing consumers to support local businesses for a long time,” said Ralph Staffins, President and CEO of the Chamber. “But the pandemic has made supporting our locals more crucial than ever. It was therefore a natural fit to join forces with the Land Trust, and it was a perfect continuation of the Chamber’s ‘Have a Golden Christmas’ campaign, when we encouraged people to shop locally for the holidays. It’s not only important, but it’s also exciting to support local food establishments and to be a partner in hosting the first-ever Restaurant Week in Glynn County.” From both the Land Trust’s and the Chamber’s point of view, there has never been a better time to show support to the restaurant industry than now. And since January is normally the bleakest, slowest month of the year for local food service providers, Saturday, January 16, the very day that the 21st Oyster Roast was to be held, seemed the perfect launch date. The mechanics of how a Restaurant Week would work was modeled on those held elsewhere. Except in most communities, restaurants pay a fee to participate. But the Land Trust wanted to make involvement simple, free, and profitable for the restaurants. Marty CRABDADDY’S SEAFOOD GRILL

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Moody therefore began asking her loyal partners to consider how they might want to participate, whether it was by offering a discount on meals, developing a fixed price menu, or creating a special Restaurant Week dish. Current Land Trust and Chamber members will then be given a list of participating restaurants and be emailed a coupon that could be used as often and as many times as they wanted. Diners would have the choice of a sit-down meal (wherever dining rooms might be open), or they could pick up food and eat at home.

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Quickly restaurants began jumping on board. Southern Soul Barbeque’s catering manager, Amy Debreceni, said they will offer a special oyster dip during Restaurant Week. The Westin at Jekyll Island is increasing the recommended discount per meal to 15% and plans to give 5% of proceeds back to the Land Trust. Others are creating special Restaurant Week entrees and desserts. As the idea took off, the decision was made to open the “event” to all restaurants who wanted to participate, not just those who had previously provided food to the Oyster Roast. Diners might choose to have breakfast at one place, lunch at another, and pick up dinner from a third establishment anytime throughout the week. Whether by eating in or taking out, residents and visitors could show extra TLC to their favorite restaurants. “It’s a way for all of us to give back to restaurant owners, chefs, line cooks, wait staff, and other restaurant workers who continued to prepare and serve meals even during the most difficult and dangerous days of the pandemic,” said Marty Moody. Although the magic of the Land Trust’s annual Oyster Roast will not be experienced this year on St. Simons, delicious food is still being cooked up every day. Our restaurant owners and their staffs have stood on the front lines of service and have fed islanders during stressful times for decades, whether it was following a major hurricane or masking up and delivering meals during a pandemic. Accord-

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hard at our favorite cafes, diners, coffee shops, and restaurants,” said Marty Moody. The Land Trust’s 2021 Premier Business Sponsor, Schell & Hogan, LLP, agrees that while the award-winning Oyster Roast will be missed this year, the communitywide Restaurant Week serves a new and timely purpose. “It is inspiring that a nonprofit organization

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that we have supported for so long is taking a lead in giving back to the community and supporting an industry that is suffering,” said Dustin Paulk, a partner at the firm. “We will definitely be eating out often between January 16th and the 23rd!” To join the St. Simons Land Trust and the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce in supporting local restaurants during Restaurant Week, you don’t need to do anything special to register or sign up if you are a current Land Trust or Chamber member. All current Land Trust and Chamber members will automatically be emailed a Restaurant Week coupon on January 15. If you are not a current member, you can join or renew your membership to participate. The coupon can be printed out or you can simply use the digital version from your phone at any of the participating restaurants. The Land Trust recommends checking their website (sslt.org) often for the up-to-date listing of participating restaurants and their offers. The coupon is good only during Restaurant Week (January 16-23), but it can be used multiple times at as many restaurants you choose.

The list of participating restaurants at time of print includes the following. More will be added, so check sslt.org for updated information: Bennie’s Red Barn

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Make sure your Land Trust or Chamber membership is current so you receive your Restaurant Week coupon, then start planning your meals! Whether you choose oyster spread, steak, pizza, fish, chicken, burgers, or bread pudding, this will be a wonderful opportunity to treat yourself and your family to your favorite dishes while joining the Land Trust and Chamber in supporting our local restaurant community.

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hat a year 2020 was! We can all agree we are hopeful that 2021 will be a bit better. What we might find different opinions on is the thank you note and its relevance in today’s world. If I asked you to look back on 2020 and tell me a few things you learned or realized, many of you would say you were thankful for something. Maybe you were thankful for the extra time home, the extra time with your children, the lighter schedule or the new normal of being able to work from anywhere. You were thankful. Being thankful is a good thing. So the act of thanking people by spoken or written word is always a good decision and a handwritten note will always be a gift to the receiver. Unlike that trendy holiday gift from your aunt, the thank you note is never going out of fashion. Never. Yet this topic continues to be one of the most asked etiquette questions I receive. The first thank you notes, as we know them today, originated in the 1400’s. Delivered by hand, Europeans exchanged cards with friends and family. With the

invention of the postage stamp in the 1840’s, notes of all kinds became more popular. Writing thank you notes continues to be proper etiquette to express gratitude for gifts and invitations. I think it’s important to teach your children and grandchildren to write notes. Do it with them. You are teaching them writing skills but, also ways of expressing appreciation. The mere process of thinking and talking that through at a young age helps them with being thankful. It’s a skill. Here are some tips to make writing thank you notes a bit easier: Have a stationary box. Keep a variety of thank you notes, stamps, a good black pen and a few examples in it. Yes, even adults should keep a few good examples on hand. Those examples push us through on the days we can’t seem to gather our thoughts. Don’t stress about “the correct stationary.” This is especially true for young children and young adults. Focus on the act of being thankful and writing it out and allow your children to pick stationary they like.

Leave a good impression. Following a job interview, a good practice is thank them three times. First, in person as you leave the interview. Then potentially via email if you had been corresponding that way before the interview. Finally, with a handwritten thank you note that also allows you to “follow up.” People are often concerned about how to properly address a note or letter. Here are my two favorite books on the topic and I use these constantly: The Cranes Blue Book of Stationary. The Styles and Etiquette of Letters, Notes and Invitations, edited by Steven L. Feinberg; and Honor and Respect. The Official Guide to Names, Titles and Forms of Address, by Robert Hickey. As you make your list of resolutions for the new year, I want you to add thank you notes to it. I promise, it will make you more thankful and spread thankfulness to those you write. Think about how you feel when you receive one. Have a goal of writing one each month. Small steps. Big rewards. Be thankful.


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n Roman mythology, the god Janus was the god of doors and transitions. He is often pictured as a man having two faces: one looking behind at what has transpired, and the other looking ahead in anticipation of things to come. So let’s begin with the looking back: With apologies to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2020 “is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure.” The year started off in good form. As is our custom, we celebrated the ball drop with friends after a wonderful dinner, all the while watching illegal fireworks up and down the beaches of our beautiful island paradise. Before the end of January, Marjorie and I had departed Miami for a cruise of the Caribbean, where I am almost certain we were exposed to and contracted the COVID-19 virus. That would explain my lingering fever and malaise during February, as well as our seeming immunity since that time. In March, things deteriorated on almost all fronts, and it seems like the whole world

went into a “wait & see” mode. Things only got worse as 2020 continued. There’s no doubt that this has been a particularly difficult year, and, looking back, I am relieved that this “annus horribilis” or “miserable year” has come to an end. Now to the face looking forward. Know, then, that I am an incurable optimist, always seeing the glass half full rather than half empty, and am confident that 2021 will be the opposite of its predecessor on multiple fronts. In 2021, I am looking forward to: Dinner parties and large gatherings of people, free of the fear of a malady we can neither see nor comprehend. Walking on the beach at Goulds Inlet with my dog and stopping to meet visitors and talk with friends for the umpteenth time.

The day I won’t have to social distance, wear a mask, or wash my hands so often that they look like dried prunes at the end of the day. Independence Day on this lovely oasis, when the sun goes down at Neptune Park and the (mostly) legal fireworks are launched. I hope we have a crowd to beat all previous crowds. And finally, and this is just a personal hope that I have for me, attending events at our place of worship, and being able to once again safely greet friends there with a firm handshake or even a hug. Will these things come to pass? The truth is that my crystal ball is cloudy, so one can only hope. But at the moment I am writing this, the prospect of 2021 being an “annus mirabilis,” or “wonderful year” is one that I find particularly appealing. May it be so for all of us!

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NONPROFIT NEWS AUXILIARY SUPPORT STILL STRONG Recently the Auxiliary of Hospice of the Golden Isles presented Hospice of the Golden Isles (HGI) with a check for their annual donation. Pictured are HGI board chair, Fr. Tom Purdy, and Auxiliary chair, Donna Johnson. This generous gift was especially appreciated in these unsettling times, when traditional gathering and fundraising has not been possible but services are still in high demand. HGI is extremely grateful to the members of the Auxiliary of Hospice of the Golden Isles for their continued support of our hometown Hospice. They are the true champions of HGI’s mission and their devotion and commitment to hospice education and fundraising is nothing short of amazing. Their annual Wine Women and Shoes fundraiser is scheduled to take place as a virtual event in February. To learn more or to join the Auxiliary, visit AuxiliaryHospiceGI.org. For more information about HGI and its mission, visit hospice.me. THE BIG READ RETURNS WITH CIRCE Madeline Miller’s Circe, a bold retelling of the story of the Greek mythological goddess and most infamous female figure from Homer’s “Odyssey” will be the focus of the NEA Big Read community-wide reading initiative in February and March. The Middle and Little Big Reads will feature companion books for young and middle grade readers. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and is coordinated locally by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, College of Coastal Georgia, Marshes of Glynn Library System, and Three Rivers Regional Library System. On February 15, Madeline Miller will present the keynote address virtually and be available for questions. February and March will include discussions, performances, films, art exhibits and school programs. A complete Big Read calendar will be available at goldenislesarts.org and an online resource guide will be posted on libguides.ccga.edu/BigRead2020 by mid-December. PALMER NAMED FIRST TEE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The board of directors of Golden Isles Leadership Foundation recently appointed Tammy Palmer Executive Director over its dba First Tee – Golden Isles. As Program Director since 2017 and interim Executive Director since 2018, Palmer increased the number of partnerships with golf courses, schools, and other youth serving organizations in Glynn,

Camden, and McIntosh counties. She has grown the organization 58% since 2016 by launching specialty programming such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, Junior League, Middle School League and Teen Leadership. Palmer said, “It is a privilege to be part of an organization where we are empowering our youth to build strength of character through golf. Our team of coaches, volunteers, staff, board, and donors have shown great

dedication to our cause, and we could not have gotten to where we are without them. As we move forward, it is my honor to serve this organization as the new Executive Director.” firstteegoldenisles.org

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Hans F. Trupp, CCIM founder and former Chairman of Trupp Hodnett Enterprises and The Management Company prior to taking the companies public (NYSE, RZT) in an IPO in 1998 has reentered the real estate business locally through an affiliation with eXp Realty. eXp is a cloud based publicly traded company with more than 38,000 agents in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, UK, Mexico, France, Portugal, South Africa, India and will soon be available worldwide. This internet based high technology company will totally revolutionize the real estate industry both with relationships of buyers and sellers and the relationships that that salespeople have with

the company. Trend magazine has described eXp as the Amazon of real estate. eXp Realty offers a very unique agent attraction program and Hans has partnered with veteran Atlanta broker John Adams to inform and educate agents throughout the United States about eXp, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation. Adams is well known throughout Georgia for his educational activities on behalf of the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and his regular appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta and CNN. He continues to be a freelance journalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with more than 1,000 articles in print.

Thanks to the internet, eXp’s state of the art revolutionary cloud based technology and a unique revenue sharing plan, Hans and his team are able to offer a performance-based, no risk maximum 4% listing commission on any real estate, both residential and commercial. No risk - you can cancel the listing at any time for any reason. Hans would also be pleased to share his broad business knowledge and experience with anyone interested in a free, no obligation consultation session with regard to any real estate problem. Call, email or text us if you would like to explore our listing program, or if you have any questions with regard to eXp: one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation with now over 38,000 agents and growing.

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BUSINESS BUZZ MOONDANCE MOVES TO REDFERN Established in 1999, Moondance Vintage Clothing was previously located at 202 Mallery Street in the St. Simons Island Pier Village. They have relocated to Redfern Village and are introducing beautiful new boutique lines which mix both contemporary and vintage styles inspired by West Coast Bohemian chic intertwined with East Coast elegance. Simply stated, the new threads are romantic, sophisticated, and Southern comfortable. Moondance also offers a wide variety of vintage and antique dealer clothing and accessories and collectibles. Make sure to check out their fantastic selection of vinyl records, cassettes, and memorabilia where collectors find unusual gifts and unique items.

Since the new store has double the space, they now feature home accessories, fine jewelry, home furnishings, and antiques for the home as well. Come shop and find your one-of-a-kind treasures! 264 Redfern Village, 912.268.2343.

SEE THE DIFFERENCE At McConnell Eye Associates, ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen McConnell enjoys providing personalized, compassionate eye care for patients of all ages. Dr. McConnell’s clinical approach is comprehensive. He is a firm believer, when possible, in attempting conservative approaches prior to surgical intervention. Dr. McConnell treats or performs surgery for needs such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, skin cancers, dry eye, and other vision limiting problems. His expertise also encompasses cosmetic and functional eyelid lifts and reconstruction.  Located conveniently near the hospital on Parkwood Drive, McConnell Eye’s new office, designed and renovated during the ongoing pandemic, is laid out to ensure patient safety and social distancing. Whether you have a vision emergency, are in need of a comprehensive medical eye exam, or want to discuss surgery, Dr. McConnell looks forward to helping keep your eyes healthy and your vision top notch. Come see the difference at McConnell Eye Associates. mcconnelleye.com NEW HOME FOR EXPANDING COUNSELING TEAM Radiant Counseling, located in downtown Brunswick, is pleased to announce that they have expanded their counseling team and moved to a larger office at 513 Gloucester Street. This new space will allow Radiant to extend its commitment to provide the best care in a safe and judgment free setting as they maintain the highest standards 86

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RECYCLE YOUR TREE Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s annual Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling campaign, sponsored by Pate, Johnson & Church, returns this month. From 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. on January 9 volunteers will assist with non-artificial tree dropoffs at the Old Coast Guard Station beach parking lot on SSI, Howard Coffin Park, The Home Depot, New Jesup Highway Winn

Dixie, and Mansfield Street Annex parking lots in Brunswick. Participants disposing of their trees on this day will each receive a sapling. Christmas tree recycling programs like Bring One for the Chipper support eco-friendly holiday efforts and Chipper trees will be recycled

into biofuel, mulch and fish habitats. New this year, string Christmas tree lights will be accepted at the Mansfield Street location ONLY. There are also unmanned Community Christmas tree drop off sites open now through January 10. Log on to KGIB.ORG for specific addresses.

FARCE TO OPEN ISLAND PLAYERS SEASON The 2021 season for The Island Players kicks off with Unnecessary Farce, directed by Lori Willis. Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. The laughout-loud comedy has all the elements of a vaudeville comedy but with a contemporary American plot. Show dates: January 15-16, 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., January 17 and 24 at 3:00 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Tickets can be purchased in advance at theislandplayers.com.

YOU’VE GOT HATE MAIL The Brunswick Actors Theatre continues its season with the raucous international OffBroadway hit You’ve Got Hate Mail by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, directed by Art Neill. This hilarious broadband comedy of errors for mature audiences takes an hysterical look at the world of online hook-ups and break-ups. In

You’ve Got Hate Mail, love “bytes” all when an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail sent to the wrong mailbox. Saturdays, January 16, 23, & 30 at 8:00 p.m. Sundays, January 17, 23, & 31 at 3:00 p.m. (doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain). $25 per person includes desserts and beverages. Reservations: (912) 230-1042. soglogallery.com

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90 • Directory / The Darkroom

100 • Ann Harrell

91 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

101 • Micki Carter / Adair Allen

92 - 94 • Sea Island Properties

102 • Dee Wright / Susan Imhoff

95 • Page Aiken

103 • Art & Annie Harper / Joy Wright

96 - 97 • Al Brown Company

104 - 106 • Georgia Coast Realty Joe Loehle Photography

98 - 99 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

107 • Ruth Heyward Beall / Kelli Osteen Zaida Clay Harris 108 - 110 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper 111 • Phoebe Hoaster 112 • Coldwell Banker Access Realty 113 • Lilmar Properties Humane Society

The following pages are submitted to Elegant Island Living Magazine by Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC. Reproduction of any photographs, artwork or copy prepared by Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC is strictly prohibited without prior written permission. all advertised properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice. Elegant Island Living and Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC is not a registered real estate broker, and this publication is not an effort to assist in the buying or selling of real estate. The advertisers and publishers are not responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints, or typographical errors. Real Estate advertised in this publication is subject to the Fair Housing act of 1968 and its amendments. all electronic files submitted to Elegant Island Living Magazine or Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC. become property of the publication. © 2021 Elegant Island Living. all Rights Reserved.

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Your home is more than a building or an address. It’s where you experience life, connection, and growth. That is why our agents find what they do so rewarding! Each month we are going to take you into the home of one of our agents. See what they love and value most about their homes and where they live. I live in the Island Club on the south end of St. Simons Island. My parents purchased a vacation home in the Island Club in the late 90s, and I knew this was where I wanted to live one day when I had a family. The Island Club has a great vibe, in that everyone is friendly, people maintain their properties and it is the perfect location. We have lived in our home for five years. I have had lots of help in decorating our home. All of our furnishings were sourced locally from Pierce and Parker, Restoration Imports, and Taylor House. I love to decorate with home accents from Serena and Lily and Two Friends. Our daughters love to help me decorate! With the help of a designer, we let them decorate their own bedrooms, and now our oldest wants to be an interior designer when she grows up. When I am not working, I love to be with my family. My favorite thing to do at home is playing with my kids. We love to bake, do arts and crafts, and play outside. My favorite space inside our home is the family room where we love to play games with the kids and watch movies. This time of year, we are outside around the fire pit almost every night. Thanks to my landscaper, Sherill Miller with LSM Lawn Service, our yard is always a place we enjoy spending our time. There are so many things to do for fun on St. Simons Island and that is one of the main reasons I love what I do. There is no better quality of life than right here in The Golden Isles. When I am not at home I love visiting with my family and friends, going to our great local restaurants, riding my bike, enjoying the beach, playing tennis, working out, walking my dogs, and shopping. Amanda Duffey is a Sales Associate at DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. She prides herself on her superior knowledge of the local market, being readily available for clients, and protecting the best interest of her clients throughout seamless real estate transactions. Her goal is to exceed the expectations of all clients in every transaction.

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Cottage 367, W. 40th Street This six-bedroom home is directly on a tidal creek on 40th Street, Sea Island. A short walkway to your dock provides all the fun, joys and convenience of our inland waterways, rich with fish and bird life. Very near Village Creek. Panoramic views from the dynamic and exciting open floor plan. Waterfront master bedroom with fireplace. Sparkling rosewood floors throughout. Elevator. Beautifully updated. Screened porch and open deck with splash pool give a real connection to our precious marshes and saltwater tributaries. $3,595,000

19 Darien Circle, Frederica This lakeside home exemplifies Frederica in its purest and best ways. Long views of the 400 acre freshwater lake. Using 300 year old timbered beams, the details are extraordinary. Totally open floor plan, views are enjoyed from the kitchen, dining, family rooms, screened porch and ground level master bedroom. The first floor provides 6 BR, 6BA, office w/FP, exercise room and open porch. A fully equipped carriage house has a spacious guest suite and kitchenette. 3 car garage and a motor court. Private dock for your boat. $4,950,000

Cottage 298, E. 36th Street This striking and wonderful Oceanfront residence offers perhaps the most unique location on the entirety of the Sea Island beach at the end of 36th Street with broad ocean views. Enjoy the comfort and inspiration of the upstairs hammock and sitting areas on the sea porch. 7BR, 7.5BA, 5 fireplaces. Lots of curb appeal, distinctive architecture, an impressive foyer, sweeping staircase, grand dining room, ground floor and upper level porches, pecky cypress walls, wide plank and wood floors, and an abundance of windows and glass walls bringing the ocean views to almost every room. Three car garage. Sunrises and star gazing: this cottage has it all. $7,450,000

Cottage 553, W. 38th Street At 4,571 square feet, Cottage 553 may be the perfect sized seven bedroom home. The scale and proportions are excellent. Lovely street appeal, and the warm and inviting front porch and rockers set the tone. Combining casual living with a touch of formality, the Great room with two story ceilings provides views of the rear covered porch with brick floors and expansive pool. The dining room and sitting room have heart of pine floors that run throughout. The master and one guest room are ground floor. Five additional bedrooms, all with private baths, are on the first floor. The cottage has style and flair, and is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. $2,595,000


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Ocean Club North 184, Ocean Club Residences Ocean Club at Sea Island is a gated haven set worlds apart from the ordinary. Only 14 units and no renters. 4BR, 4.5BA oceanfront flat. 3,880 SF of custom-built residence. Lutron system for lighting and music. Mahogany doors. Every social area has ocean views. Gourmet Viking kitchen features granite and stone. Family room with vaulted and beamed ceiling. 14' beamed pecky cypress ceiling in the LR equipped with a fireplace with limestone mantle and hearth. Oceanside covered porch with 180 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, beach and sea oats laced sand dunes. 2-car garage plus climate controlled storage. Peaceful, quiet, solitude, exclusive, security, peace of mind. $5,950,000

413 Pikes Bluff Drive, Frederica Nestled in the woods, backing up to 500 acres of protected land surrounding a wood stork rookery, this home was custom built using reclaimed wood, 80 year old brick and a palette of natural, earthy colors that match the bark of the surrounding forest. A sense of warmth pervades. The GR w/FP, open kitchen, breakfast room lead to a screened porch. The ground level also has the master BR, office, powder room, locker room, Ceasar’s room with shower, and a 3 car garage. Upstairs are 3BR with private baths, TV room, play nook, wildlife observatory bridge and a recreation room with half bath & wet bar. 2.21 acres in an exceptional setting. $1,795,000

Cottage 32, E. 22nd Street Exquisite detail, fine finishes. Lovingly restored by the dedicated preservationist minded current owner, the historic floor plan and footprint were largely retained. The main house, served by an elevator, has 5BR (2 oceanfront masters), a “Spanish lounge” replica, living/music room, dining room with original hand-painted wall paper with tiny porcelain detailing, gourmet chefs kitchen and outdoor kitchen and oceanside sun room. A two story carriage house has an authentic billiards room with ½ bath, 2 guestrooms with private baths, efficiency kitchen and 2 car garage. Lap pool with spa, Bocce ball court, stone fountains, limestone entry terrace. $8,390,000

Ocean Cottage 400, Ocean Forest Built on 1 1/2 lots within the gates in the private and protected world of Ocean Forest, this home reflects the love and caring of family ownership, tastefully decorated (and furnished) and custom built with the highest standards. Directly on the beach w/ a short path through the dunes. 6 BR, 5 BA, ample social areas. Open kitchen w/breakfast area plus fully equipped bar. Dining area, living room w/fireplace plus den w/ fireplace, both on the view side with pool. Exercise room w/ full bath. Excellent uses of stone, marble and wood throughout the residence. Elevator. One of the best locations on Sea Island. $4,995,000


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150 Shore Rush Drive, Sherril Sumner 912.617.9436 | 5BR | 5BA | 2HB Stunning home on the Black Banks River with dock & covered boat lift. Panoramic river and marsh vistas to Sea Island & the ocean. All rooms open onto covered porches capturing the eastern views. Hwd floors, tongue & groove ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, that opens to dining & living areas as well as a screened porch & veranda on the river. Spacious master on the main w/ his & hers baths, each with a walk in closet. A cozy study with built in bookshelves is also on the main level. Upstairs are 4BRs & a media room. Overlooking the river is a fabulous pool, spa, & outdoor grilling area. $1,950,000

208 Wymberly Road, Adair Allen 912.571.6399 | 3BR | 2BA As you enter this brick home, you will be captivated by all the detail, ornate crown moldings and beautiful flooring. Interior features include, formal DR, formal LR, den/family room with vaulted beamed ceilings and a fireplace and french doors which overlook and step-out into the outdoor gardens. The large gourmet kitchen features vaulted ceilings and a large bay window which adds exceptional natural lighting throughout the day. Off the kitchen, is a quaint screen porch which leads to the garage. and the backyard which is totally fenced and has beautiful gardens and koi pond. $425,000

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136 Eagle Crest Drive 3BR | 2BA | Great Floor Plan Mary Hunt 912.217.1629 $262,500

409 Kelsall Avenue 4BR | 3.5BA | Under Construction Anne Popham 912.399.3996 $967,000

105 Broad Street #A 2BR | 2BA | River Views, Peaceful Catherine McCrary 843.860.8998 $310,000

Great Satilla Preserve, Lot 45 ClubHouse, Pool, 2000 Acre Hunting Larry Delaney 912.230.0406 $125,000

117 Hamilton Street Corner Lot, Steps to the Beach Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500 $575,000

2663 Seminole Trail 7BR | 5BA | 2HB | Estate Maria Jennings 912.222.0185 $1,400,000

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US Hwy 17 S. | Tee Tolleson 478.952.0425 | 143 Acres Deep, Water Access Rare opportunity to own 143 acres of beautifully wooded property in Camden county with deep water access. Multiple possibilities for what would have to be one of the most accessible yet secluded sites in Camden County. This property made up of some semi developed SFH lots and recreational land. Potential for timber value, development value and use as recreational tract. $1,200,000

370 Ocean Boulevard | Rayea Pieschel 912.222.4402 | 5BR | 4.5BA Perfection! This incredibly beautiful home is only 1 year old and offers a lot of gorgeous living space. The first floor offers a bedroom and bath, formal dining room , huge kitchen and living area opening onto one of the large screened porches. The porches have views of the inground pool and lagoon. The second floor features 4 bedrooms, a laundry room and wine and coffee bars and a second screened porch. Leave your cars in the spacious garage because the Village and Beaches are just a short walk away! $1,120,000

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119 Jones Creek Drive 2+ Acre Marshfront Lot, Gated Scott Cochran 912.996.3611 $249,900

110 Hampton Point Drive 7BR | 6BA | 2HB | Pool, Dock Micki Carter 912.617.3807 $2,495,000

4318 8th Street, East Beach 3BR | 3.5BA | Elevator Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557 $1,025,000

907 Beachview Drive 3BR | 4BA | Ocean Views Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 $2,250,000

27 Dorsey Circle 5BR | 3.5BA | Pool, Marsh Views Mack Sullivan 912.399,2309 $1,125,000

135 Mohr Club Drive 3BR | 2.5BA | New Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 $415,000

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4325 Fifth St., East Beach Buy an oversized East Beach lot for $550,000 or pick your finishes for this beautiful spec house with swimming pool in the $1.35-$1.4 million range. Enjoy making memories on St. Simons best beach at East Beach or enjoy kayaking in the nearby salt marsh. Buy this home and live the St. Simon's lifestyle.

122 Biltmore, St. Simons Island Club On a private lot in the Island Club, this 6BR/4.5BA home has beautiful Low Country style & overlooks the 10th Tee of Retreat golf course. Open porch overlooking the course. Master suite w/ views on main. Gourmet kitchen, office den, media/game rm. Oak floors. Highest quality construction. $1,825,000

105 Hasell Lane Wonderful home with open plan with "old" tabby floor to ceiling fireplaces w/ hand carved mantels, pecky cypress walls, wrought iron fixtures, and pegged oak floors. Surrounded by approx. 35 acres of Land Trust protected property, this is a must see if you love the natural beauty and romance of St. Simons. $585,000

115 Southpoint, South End SSI Fabulous south end location with views across the marsh towards the beach sets apart this 5BR/3.5BA home. Features include an open floor plan, lovely wide plank pine floors, master on the main, oversized garages and elevator. Interiors have great flow to the outside spaces, swimming pool. $1,025,000

237 Saint Andrews, St. Simons Island Club Two story traditional is a 4BR/3BA home on a large corner lot. The home has a front porch, spacious screened porch and deck overlooking the back yard. Room for pool in private back yard. $699,000

907 Beachview, SSI Fabulous ocean views from this 3BR plus bunk rm/4 BA fee simple townhome overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and beach. Spacious rooms, high ceilings, and quality finishes. Tremendous storage and oversized garage. Views from the living areas and master suite are incomparable! Between Village and King & Prince. $2,250,000

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1006 Ocean Blvd Located at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Third Street, between the popular St. Simons Island Village and the King and Prince Resort, the condominiums are just one street over from the beach. This unit has new windows, doors, flooring, appliances, and it has been attractively updated. $451,500

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135 Arthur Moore Drive, SSI The marsh views are fabulous from this 4BR/3BA home. Brick floors, high ceilings and a lovely oak stairwell are featured on the main level in a living/dining room, kitchen and den. Upstairs has four bedrooms and two baths. OUtdoor spaces are fabulous with a covered porch and second story upper deck. $675,000

204 Olive Way Steps away from the best of St. Simons beach, this 2BR/2BA condo is updated and furnished. The tile and "beachy" wood floors and the white beamed ceilings are perfect for coastal living! 2BR on main level. Upstairs, a spacious great room and kitchen flow out to an oversized deck, a perfect spot for outside dining. $429,000

3100 Lawrence Road, St. Simons Island 40 acre tract with fabulous marsh frontage overlooking the Hampton River and approx. 760 ft. of frontage on Lawrence Road. This one of a kind, peaceful and private setting is surrounded by property preserved by the SSI Land Trust. $3,052,500

Looking forward to working with you to accomplish your real estate goals in 2021! Celebrating over $30,000,000 in sales for 2020 and need more listing inventory for 2021!

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155 oLD PLAntAtIon Pt, St. SImonS ISLAnD Exquisite private marshfront estate located on 9.5 acres on St. Simons. Totally private and peaceful setting flourished with wildlife and captivating marsh and pond views from every room of this Colonial/ Georgian Style home. Formal LR/DR, study, office, 4BR, 4BA, elevator, hwd floors, porches front and rear, large rear patio with water feature and breathtaking views. Also, included with this property is an additional island, Alberts Island. A rare find!! $1,695,000

1138 PoSteLL Ave, oceAnfRont, St. SImonS ISLAnD Direct beachfront top floor home located next door to King & Prince Beach Club. Custom designed with entertaining and family living in mind. Close to 3K sf of living space with 3BR, office & 4.5BA. The custom-built kitchen is state of the art with every detail thought out for the inspired chef. Oceanfront living room and master suite open to a veranda offering panoramic views. Widows walk, elevator, fireplace, gas grill, 2-car garage & more. $1,950,000

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404 ribault lane, Cottage 99, Sea island This rare one of a kind offering with expansive

Atlantic Ocean vistas can be found beachfront and right next door to Forbes Five Star Sea Island, The Cloister & Beach Club. Designed by Frances Abreu, this cottage offers timeless style, refined beauty and the finest architectural details with majestic estate gardens, a large conservatory, an upstairs apartment or house manager’s quarters, a dry basement, two story guest cottage and much more! Pool construction has been approved. 7BR, 8BA, 3HBA. 9,200 SF. Offered for $10,900,000.

Susan imhoff 912-222-5686 or 912-638-0406 Susan.Imhoff@SIR.com | DeloachSir.com

Dee Wright 912-230-6156

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178 Hampton point Drive, St SimonS iSlanD - Marshfront villa on large beautifully landscaped lot with 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 half baths, 3 fireplaces, tile floors, heart pine floors and wood ceilings. The gourmet kitchen has a large island and separate wine room, butler's pantry, Wolf cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigerator. There is a formal living room, circular dining room, family room, office plus 2 sitting rooms. Many custom features and imports from Italy, Turkey and Ecuador. Large open and covered patio porches and fabulous marsh views. $1,950,000

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BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON THESE AVAILABLE HOMESITES! 115, 117, & 121 LAUREL VIEW DRIVE Three nice building lots (#24, 25, 26) in the desirable Laurel View subdivision. These three lots are available for sale separately or can be purchased together. Water and sewer lines are available to the property. The lots are located in the "X" flood zone. Laurel View is an excellent mid-south island location close to shopping, restaurants, and the beach. Call Joy Wright for additional information at (912) 230-0134.

2105 GRAND VIEW DRIVE - $422,500 Fantastic updated condo. 3BR, 3BA, and a renovated kitchen with new SS appliances, glass tile backsplash, granite counters, and enlarged island. Crown molding, wainscoting in the living and dining rooms, new carpet in guest rooms, carerra marble countertops, new vanities and faucets in guest bathrooms, new shower door in master bath, added chair rail in foyer, living and dining areas. Plantation shutters and a lovely screened porch. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

JOY WRIGHT 912-230-0134 joydonwright@gmail.com

615 EXECUTIVE GOLF VILLA - $152,000

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Located in desirable Sea Palms, this condo is perfect for investment, vacation home, or full-time living, and is all on one level. The very private property has beautiful live oaks and nice landscaping. Just a short walk or bike ride to Sea Palms Clubhouse, pool, and golf. Condo features all tile floors except second bedroom which is wood laminate. Each bedroom has its own bath. There is also a sunroom which adds additional square footage. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

912-638-4740 119 MaRIna DR ST. SIMOnS ISlanD, Ga 31522

Art & Annie Harper 912.222.2024 OR 912.222.4455 ajharper@gmail.com or annieharperssi@gmail.com 119 Marina Drive SSI, Georgia 31522

912.638.4740

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NEW LISTING! 115 VILLAGE CREEK WAY

Island Sanctuary! Private entrance leads you across newly constructed bridge to enter a spectacular world of the salt marsh, moss draped oaks, and nature. 4.67 acre property w/ beautiful 3BR, 2BA home with stunning views, new HVAC, new paint and more! furnished! $699,000

Immaculate 4BR, 2BA home in a great mid-island location! Large open family area with high ceilings and fireplace! Gorgeous hardwood floors, screened porch, two car garage and much more! $397,000. Call Art!


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260 Moss Oak Lane Located in Sea Palms with newly renovated golf course. Complex is located next to the Pool and Clubhouse. 2BR, 2.5BA and 2 enclosed sleeping porches. Spectacular views. Only condo in the complex currently for sale. $284,000

1440 Ocean Blvd #132 Many upgrades in this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo that is conveniently located close to all the amenities in the complex. With tile floors, updated kitchen, new systems and recently painted, this condo is turn-key ready. $439,000

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912.222.4010

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912.272.4698

1726 Ocean Road - East Beach Breathtaking marsh front home with 6BR/7.5BA This home features 2 masters, beautiful marsh views from all porches, outdoor kitchen, and heated pool. Great buy for East Beach. Call for more details. $1,645,000

Nancy Phelan REALTOR, GRI

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Property Manager

912.269.1144

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Sarah Broyles

Rental Division

Rental Agent

912.638.1144

105 Grove Lane - The Grove at King City Beautiful Southern plantation style home in the village. 4BR with 4.5BA and 4,000 sf. French doors leading to multi-level balconies, elevator, hot tub, den with access to deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. $1,290,000

912.638.1144

105 Shadow Wood Bend 4BR, 3BA in the desirable Brockinton Plantation. Tile in LR and BRs w/ real hardwood hickory floors. The main floor features a spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, double vanity, jetted tub, & a tile shower. $495,000

4215 13th St. East Beach Located near Gould's Inlet, this prominent home sits just a short walk and dunes away from East Beach. Vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, a private pool, and multiple living spaces, including a sunroom.Observation deck, and enjoy close proximity to the Atlantic. $1,290,000

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890 Wimbledon Drive, St. Simons Island This one level, furnished one bedroom condo has so much potential. It's a blank canvas waiting for your personal touches. It offers a nice screened porch overlooking a natural area. The complex is close to the swim and tennis amenities. Easy to show. Being sold "as is". $169,000

4203 Ninth St - East Beach 4BR, 4BA, 2HBA beach home sits on over .5 acre of oceanfront land. The interior is a palate for your imagination. Soaring ceiling heights and a kitchen that is a work of art. Framed in steel exceed all hurricane standards. Oceanfront terraces and balconies overlook the pool and ocean. $2,975,000

105 Main Street • Plantation Village • St. Simons Island

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200 Carnoustie, Island Club Custom built 4BR/4BA well maintained home offers a split plan with a bonus room over the garage. Features include a spacious GR with a vaulted ceiling and FP, a nice kitchen w/ pantry, bfast nook, study and screened porch. $890,000

442 Mimosa, West Point This fabulous home with spectacular water views offers 3BR/3.5BA w/ the master suite on the main level. 4600SF, FP and windows overlooking the expansive lake, outdoor living areas, pool and large backyard. $897,500

112 Killarney Drive, Island Club GOLF COURSE VIEWS! This all one level brick home offers 3BR, 3.5BA with a bonus room. Large family room with FP and french doors leading to a patio overlooking a nicely landscaped backyard with irrigation. $699,000

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4214 Eleventh St., East Beach Absolutely charming vintage beach cottage only 3 houses back from beach access, just a short walk to beach. The main house has 3BR and 3BA with the 4th BR and BA is a guest cottage behind the main house. $924,000

118 Hawkins Island Circle 3BR, 3.5BA Mediterranean style home on Hawkins Island. Many custom features, large master suite on main, chef’s kitchen, vaulted ceilings, FR with fireplace, hwd and tile floors, screened porch and swimming pool. 1,250,000

Saint Simons Grand, Unit 218 This 4BR, 3BA condo has marvelous views and finishes. This will rent well or serve as an excellent primary or second home. A great buy at $1,150,000

Available Homesites Lot 12 Mission Drive Tolomato Island - $79,000

117 Cypress Pt, Island Club This home offers 5BR/4.5BA with an open floor plan, the main level includes a formal DR, updated kitchen that opens to a keeping room and family room, a study and spacious master suite. Pool. Call for more details. $949,500

443 Mimosa This custom built marsh front home has so much to offer. 1.5 acres with western exposure, 4BR, 6.5BA, spacious family room w/ FP and reclaimed hwd floors, a formal DR, kitchen with SS appl. and breakfast area, and sun room. Elevator, a 5 car garage, bonus room, large heated pool. Must see! $1,045,000

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103 Davison Lane Hawkins Island - $397,500 Lot 19 Blue Heron Lookout Darien, Tolomato Isl. - 75,000

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101 Militia Hill Way This 4BR SSI home offers a great mid-island location. Located on almost 1/2 acre, it is in well-maintained and in move-in ready condition. Master on the main level, a nice kitchen area with hard surface countertops, spacious living areas, a bonus room and a nice screened porch.$425,000

104 Westchester, Island Club This custom built home offers 4 large BRs with the master on the main level. Many features include a large bonus room, a chefs kitchen with a butlers pantry, a large FR with FP, a formal DR/LR, 3 car garage, custom millork and more. A great opportunity to live in the Island Club. $1,175,000

105 Main Street • Plantation Village • St. Simons Island

912.638.1144


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East Beach - Twelfth St. Charming beach home steps away from the ocean. 4BR, 5.5BA. Private Pool and Cabana. Sleeps 10.

The Grand 3 & 4 bedroom units available with spectacular views. Oversized pool & private boardwalk to East Beach.

King & Prince - St. Simons Island King and Prince ocean view villas. Call today to check availability!

East Beach - Sixteenth St. 5BR/5.5BA. Breathtaking ocean views. Amazing outdoor kitchen and private pool. Sleeps 10.

St. Simons Island - Ocean Rd Amazing 5BR, 5.5BA family friendly marshfront home w/ private pool. Short walk to beach. Sleeps 14.

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108 turtle Point Court, St Simons island Attractive patio home with fabulous lagoon and golf course views. The living room features a 17 foot ceiling, and a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases. The kitchen has tons of storage and is open to the dining room. The primary bedroom is on the main level and features a separate sitting room, his and her closets and a large bath with double vanities, jacuzzi tub, and separate shower. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two baths. Large screened porch and deck on the lagoon. $460,000

497 longview Road, St Simons island Location, Location, Location! This townhome, with a one car garage, is located close to shopping and dining in the Longview and Redfern Village shopping centers. The main level features a formal dining room, a large kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a pantry, and a breakfast bar. The living area provides plenty of room for an informal dining area and living room. Master on main features a spacious bath with walk-in closet. screened porch on the back. $399,000

23 tabby Place lane, St Simons island This spacious home features 4BR, 2.5BA + a bonus room. Bonus room has a closet and could be a 5th BR. This home features an open floor plan and is perfect for entertaining family and friends. The great room has a vaulted ceiling and flows to the open kitchen and dining area. The kitchen features a gas range, island/breakfast bar, and a pantry. Master on main w/ walk-in closet. The spacious master bath has a double vanity, large soaking tub, and a separate shower. $435,000

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Build youR dReam home! •lot 42 lazy eight, eagle Neck. 1.1 acres. townsend, Ga - $23,000 •lot 24 Black Cypress, Greenwood Plantation .55 acres. darien, Ga - $29,900 •lot 32&33 as well as lot 34&35 hird island .86 acres. darien, Ga - $26,000 (2 lots together) •lot 42 marsh way, Spring Cove 2.89 acres. townsend, Ga - $45,000 •lot 80 Fiddlers Cove, Spring Cove 1.47 acres. townsend, Ga - $46,900 •lot 41 delegal drive, delta Plantation 1 acre. townsend, Ga - $39,900

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4301 9th St. - east Beach - St. Simons island - Welcome to the "Secret Garden" on East Beach. This classic 1945 Beach Cottage is nestled among the live oak canopy and surrounded by the most inviting, lush garden designed by "The Vine".The home is a one level with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and a wonderful sunroom/ which overlooks the beautiful garden, accented with tree lights by Southern Lights. This charming home is a block from the best part of East Beach, quiet, comfortable beach living. $795,000 Call Kelli Osteen.

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Happy New Year 109 Anglers Way - BWK Unique opportunity to own a DEEP WATER front lot, over 5 acres of privacy and solitude. Gorgeous views! $350,000. Call Susan Owens, 912-222-4674

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Wintering on Jekyll Island

T

he Jekyll Island Club was formed as an

publicity, preferring to maintain a low profile.

Espil was Argentina’s Ambassador to the United

exclusive hunting resort for wealthy

A partner in the prestigious Wall Street firm

States from 1931 to 1943 and was married to an

northerners, opening for its first winter

Dominick & Dominick, Prentice was an avid

American socialite from Chicago, Courtney Letts

season in January 1888. Its members

tennis player who had twice chaired the U.S.

Borden. Auchincloss, a wealthy stockbroker and

viewed their island retreat as a quiet, rustic, and

Davis Cup committee. At Jekyll Island, he

lawyer, was at different times the stepfather

warm escape from their busy lives in cities with

publicized the results of golf, tennis, and lawn

of author Gore Vidal and Jacqueline Kennedy

cold climates such as New York and Chicago. The

bowling tournaments to raise awareness of

Onassis. This image shows that, although in

Club was popular through the beginning of the

the Club’s activities. The Club also sponsored

decline in 1940, the Club was still a refuge for

Great Depression, when financial reverses and

exhibition golf matches featuring professional

America’s rich and famous. Despite Prentice’s

shifting vacation trends began to take their toll.

champions such as Sam Snead.

efforts, membership continued to fall, and the Club closed a few months after America entered

It would eventually close in 1942, in spite of the best efforts of some of its members to keep the

This month’s image from the Coastal Georgia

tradition of wintering on the Georgia coast alive.

Historical Society archives was taken at the

World War II, never to reopen.

Tea House at the Great Dunes golf course in

More information about the Club’s history can

Seeking out publicity was just one of the tactics

1940 and shows (from left) Felipe A. Espil and

be found in William B. and June H. McCash’s

Bernon Prentice, who replaced J.P. Morgan, Jr.

Hugh Dudley Auchincloss with Bernon Prentice

book The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for

as club president in 1938, used to attract new

and his wife Josephine. A cropped version was

America’s Millionaires, which features a number

members and keep the organization afloat.

featured in the New York Sun on March 23,

of photographs from the Society’s Richard

In previous decades the Club had shunned

1940, probably as a news release from the Club.

Everett Collection.

Coastal Georgia Historical Society presents this article and images from our archives as part of our mission to tell Coastal Georgia’s inspiring stories. The Society operates the iconic St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum, housed in the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach. To learn more about the Society, its museums, diverse programs, and membership, please visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org. 114 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G


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fter a year like 2020, annual goals take on new meaning. Resolutions like increasing your daily step count or eating more vegetables shift to thoughts of something bigger. How can I change the world? Or the world for one person? Well, that answer may just be possible. Morningstar Children and Family Services creates a home for some of Georgia’s most at-risk foster children and provides relationships and skills enabling them to change THEIR worlds. A gift to the Morningstar Children’s Endowment Fund through the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation would help change the world by providing a home and a brighter future for a Georgia child in need.

Please let us know how we can help you maximize the impact of your philanthropy and make us a part of your New Year’s Goals

Your Fund Your Interests YOUR LEGACY The Coastal Georgia Foundation is a launching point for strategic and sustained philanthropy bringing together fundholders and our community. By matching an individual’s personal interests with the immediate needs of our community, the Foundation promotes unity and a holistic approach to community betterment.

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