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Holiday Shopping

Everything you need to decorate with this Holiday Season

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

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s the holidays approach, you’ll probably end up watching a bunch of movies like Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or my two favorites, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. But since we have all been sitting inside and binge-watching TV for the last 8 months, I thought you might need a little extra inspiration beyond the silver screen to get you in the holiday spirit. So, in this year of social distancing, here are some Christmas quotes to share with friends and family.

Be sure to stop into Taylor House Interiors and see all the fabulous holiday decorations

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the

your mouth sweetening every taste bud,

hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty,

making you wish it could last forever.”

welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love

– Richelle E. Goodrich

your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” – Steve Maraboli

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic “The way you spend Christmas is far more

ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken

important than how much.” – Henry David Thoreau

Merry Christmas Happy New Year

“One of the most glorious messes in the “The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” – W.C. Jones “If you want to experience the true meaning of Christmas, give something to someone who can offer nothing in return.”

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Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things work. Love makes all things beautiful. May you have all three this Christmas!

– Toni Sorenson “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes

From the EIL family to your family, we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Elegant Island Living is proud to present this month’s All Stars! You can find out more information about these local businesses in this issue on the page number listed.

A Courtyard Florist..................34,86

Burnsides & Co...........................30

A Moveable Feast.......................... 27

Canopy Trust........................... 17

ACE Garden Center........................11

Carew Rowell Real Estate................79

Allie Harper.......................95 Ansley Coastal Real Estate................20 ArtTrends Gallery............... 41,102 Ayla Wilson.......................85 Bailey Boys................ 27,33,43 Barbara Jean’s Restaurant................68 Bill Duckworth Tire..........................103

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Catch 228 Oyster Bar & Grill........................79 Chile Pepper Island Cantina..........48 Coastal CPAs..........................47 Coastal Endodontics ............ 16 Coastal Georgia Historic Society.................27,29 Coastal Greenery................... 51 Coastal Nights Lighting.....................67

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia..................... 75

The Collective.................64

Bryan Dental Associates.................98

The Corwon Family Fund............132

Bullington ....................30,34,38,73

Crystal Earth.................... 41,93

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Cunningham Jewelers..............22,51

Golden Isles Bracelet Co. ............ 27

D&D Decorators............... 74

Golden Isles Olive Oil.............. 29,76

Delaney’s Bistro & Bar.........11,49

Golden Isles Wellness...............33,75

Diane Bailey Designs.....................23 DiPreta Dermatology...... 26,87

Golden Key Relocation Concierge............... 101 Halyards.................... 15

Dutchmans............... 31 Edward Jones.......................105 Elizabeth Carmichael Interiors.................... 21 Fancy Q................................ 61 The Farm at Oatland North.........10 Five Star Credit Union..........105 Flanagan Development.........105 Frederica Realty.......................... 2 Ganten Kirby Keller Williams ........47 Gentlemen’s & Lady Outfitters ........... 30,38 Georgia Sea Grill.............. 35,86

Hans Trupp Real Estate................97 Hospice of the Golden Isles.............70 Imber Medical..........34,46,77 Indigo & Cotton............35,101 Indigo Coastal Shanty.......................89 Island ACE Hardware.................. 61 Island Day Spa.....................76 Island Dog............................ 33 Islander Insurance..................79 Island Painting...................104


Jekyll Island Authority.................. 57

Noble House Jewelry.....................42

Righton Books........................ 61

St. Simons Drug Co..............43,48

JKris Salon................24

Overhead Door Company of Brunswick.................10

Ronne’s on Market Street........... 12

Strachan Carriage House........66

Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria.....................82

Sugar Marsh Cottage Specialty Confections......37,105

Joseph Jewelers..........5,26,35 Keller Williams Luxury International............ 72

Palmer’s Village Cafe..............38 Pet Exchange................ 101

Sandy Bottom Bagels........................45

Land Design Associates.................95

Pierce & Parker Interiors.............. 26,87

Sea Island Properties............... 110

Legacy Charters.................... 15

Pilates Loft............................46

Sea Salt Healthy Kitchen......................23

Lighthouse Financial Advisors....................70

PillowGrace.........37,76

ServiceMaster by A1....................46,82

Lily OB/GYN..................100 Little St. Simons Island....................14,24 Low Country Walk Antiques & Accessories..... 16,22 Maggie’s Boutique.............48,82 Main Street Frame Shop ........... 101 Marsh’s Edge............................ 6 Millican Eye Center................76 Mixed Nuts...........................43

Plantation Dental Associates.................82 Planters Exchange.......24,36,45 Polished Peyton.......................42

Tamary’s Fine Apparel and Accessories.............. 61 Tasteful Temptations............. 81 Taylor House Interiors................ 4,49 The Clouds Yoga Center.............45

Shackelford.................. ........................ 23,49,71

Thrive at Frederica .................. 13

Signature Properties Group.......................... 9

Tibi Outlet........................84

South Coast Bank.......................... 51

Travelmation...... 24,65

Southeast Georgia Health System........ 131

United Way of Coastal Georgia.....................99

Southeast Adventure Outfitters.................. 41

Whatley Pediatric Dentistry ..................94

Southern Hanger......................42

Wild & Personal.............. 23,69

Southern Soul Barbeque..................36

XL Carts..........................46

SSI Tee Time...................35

The Yelllow Canary.......................45

Porch................... 29,95 PrimeSouth Bank............................ 8 Pulse Fitness SSI........................ 41,96 RachelMade Products................... 33 Residents Understood.............. 14 Restoration Imports.......... 37,38,83

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52 A Festive Day at The Farm 62 Holiday Dining Island Style

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92 Communities in Schools: Stability Amid Uncertainty

82 Holiday Happenings 96 December on St. Simons Island

100 NonProfit News

98 ’Tis the Season To Be Insured

102 Business Buzz

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104 What’s Happening BU SI N ESS

85 A Rare Gem

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TIMELESS ANTIQUE COPPER Finding this beautiful English copper coal hod (circa 1850) under the tree is much better than coal in your stocking! Low Country Walk on St. Simons Island has an incredible collection of antique copper items. Low Country Walk. 107 Low Country Lane, 912.638.1216. mcintoshcottageantiques.com

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RADIANT IN RED This Christmas Red shantung Aerial Blouse from Diane Bailey Designs paired with winter white knit slacks and colorful Swarovski crystal necklace can be dressed up for a holiday party or dressed down for dinner out. These classic blouses are ideal for every occasion. 595 Skylane Road, 912.638.3653. dianebaileydesigns.com

SEASONAL SCENTS These 1.7oz. diffusers make wonderful presents for friends, family or as a host/hostess gift. Try the Bitter Orange or Balsam for the holidays. Or gift all of your guests with the crisp, clean smell of one in your home. Shackelford, 28 Market Street, Ste. 122, 912.634.0924. Instagram @shackelfordshoes

MOVE OVER BOOTS Click your leopard heels and be right in style! Booties are the fashion statement this year, and there are several styles to choose from for $55.95 and less. Wild & Personal Boutique, 214 Redfern Village, 912.634.4563. wildandpersonal.com

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ADORN HER WITH GOLD What woman wouldn’t be thrilled to find this golden ring in her Christmas stocking? The Etruscan-styled wide band is 14K gold studded with .51 carats of bezel-set diamonds and set between delicate rope detailing. $4,850. Planters Exchange, 26 Market Street, 912.638.9888. PlantersExchange.com

HOLIDAY ESCAPE Why not enjoy an all-inclusive getaway or a family vacation to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios? Or plan a Caribbean cruise for Spring Break. Book any vacation package by December 15 and save up to $150.00! Can be combined with other promotions! Call 440.935.5447 or visit travelmation.net/heatherhonaker.

RUSTIC LUXURY A trip to Little St. Simons Island is an especially welcome gift. This all-inclusive ecolodge is beloved for its natural beauty and gracious hospitality. |The private island escape offers 7 miles of secluded beaches and over 11,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness for exploration and relaxation. Little St. Simons Island, 866.450.9677. littlessi.com

SPOIL HIM TOO Don’t forget the handsome men in your life this season! Visit J Kris & Co. Salon in their new location to shop an extensive selection of products for men’s complete shaving and grooming needs. J Kris & Co. Salon, 86 Retreat Village, 912.268.2780.

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MAKE A STATEMENT This chandelier statement piece is a true work of art. Champagne saddle oyster shells are hand placed in florets, creating a highly crafted effect gorgeous for any room. Pierce & Parker Interiors, 3413 Frederica Rd., 912.638.3641. pierceandparkerinteriors.com

TELL SANTA All you want for Christmas is a diamond stacking band from Joseph Jewelers. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and you deserve it! Joseph Jewelers, 600 Sea Island Rd., Ste. 16, 912.634.9060. josephjewelers.com

LASTING LASER TREATMENTS Give the gift of improved skin tone, color and texture with FDA cleared IPL technology. Treats various skin conditions with minimal downtime and discomfort. Non-ablative and non-invasive treatments for acne & acne scarring, age spots, veins/vascular lesions and more. DiPreta Dermatology, 1007 S. Macon St, Jesup, 912.427.4344. DiPretaDermatology.com

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WATCH OUT, SNOWMEN! Keep Frosty away, because even the icy heart of Scrooge would melt upon seeing a precious little girl in this sweet float dress featuring gentle ruffles, darling capped sleeves, and a collar embroidered with holiday wreaths and contrasting trim. Bailey Boys, 155 Skylane Rd., 912.638.7700. baileyboys.com

SCRUMPTIOUS RESTAURANT STOCKING STUFFER If you have someone on your holiday gift list that works at FLETC or the surrounding businesses, get them a gift certificate from A Moveable Feast. That way you’ll know they get a flavorful lunch or dinner made with the freshest ingredients. A Moveable Feast, 1178 Chapel Crossing, 912.289.9464 amfrestaurant.com

LOCAL LOVE The Lighthouse Museum Store carries unique local gifts including this canvas makeup bag and other products from Gunner’s Daughter. Founder and designer Erin Goodman Findlay is a St. Simons Island native. Mugs, bags, pillows, and scarves also available. The Lighthouse Museum Store, 610 Beachview Drive, 912.638.4666, ext. 102, coastalgeorgiahistory.org

KEEPSAKES THEY’LL CHERISH The St. Simons Signature Bracelet, handcrafted with exceptional quality in both solid 14K yellow gold and sterling silver, is one of many unique creations from Golden Isles Bracelet Co. Pier Village Market, 215 Mallery Street, 912.638.3636. gibcobracelets.com

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash,

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HEAT UP THE HOLIDAYS Who needs milk and cookies when you can have Nashville hot chicken, catfish, or shrimp and cold adult beverages?! With casual dine-in and take-out options that include family meals, a Porch gift certificate is sure to please. Porch, 549 Ocean Blvd., 912.634.5168 porchssi.com

INSPIRED BY NATURE Blue herons handcrafted by Lazarus Paskalidis with handpicked driftwood make a beautiful center piece or housewarming gift for the coastal holiday season. They’re available in various sizes and in custom white egrets designs also. The Lighthouse Museum Store, 610 Beachview Drive, 912.638.4666, ext. 102. coastalgeorgiahistory.org

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BY CRIKEY! These are wardrobe classics for any man. Handmade genuine crocodile belts in black, brown and cognac. Bullington St. Simons. 3600 Frederica North, 912.771.8457. stevebullington.com

LIGHT AS A CLOUD Treat yourself this Christmas with a pair of these feather light, unbelievably comfy Cloud shoes from On Running. Available in a variety of colors in both men’s and women’s sizes. Gentlemen’s & Lady Outfitters, 600 Sea Island Rd., #8, 912.634.1521. gentlemensoutfitters.net

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Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a lustre of midday to objects below, When what to my wondering eyes did appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer, With a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

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BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS This momentous occasion calls for an extra special outfit like this dressy bubble with cuffed sleeves and a piped Peter Pan collar embroidered with holly. Snap buttons make for speedy changing and elasticated hems help keep everything in place. Bailey Boys, 155 Skylane Rd., 912.638.7700. baileyboys.com

READY FOR SANTA PAWS Get your furever friends into the holiday spirit with specialty shirts, sweaters, collars and leashes. All that, treats, and more are available at Island Dog in the Pier Village where their motto is “Your pet is our passion.” Island Dog, 412 Mallery Street, 912.506.9769. islanddogssi.com

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS Shop local handmade gifts in aromatherapy fragrances online. RachelMade Products are crafted with organic ingredients and essential oils. Balm Gift Sets, pictured, are only $20 each. Use code STNICKSPICK at checkout to save 25% off orders over $35. rachelmadeproducts.com

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MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME These handblown, hand-painted “12 Days of Christmas” glass ornaments would be a beautiful addition to any Christmas ornament collection. Set of 12 ornaments with different designs and glitter accents come in a gift box with clear lid. A Courtyard Florist, 231 Skiff Landing Rd., 912.634.9622. acourtyardflorist.com

READY FOR DINNER Whether getting the Christmas goose to the platter or carving the roast beast, these knives add a touch of class to the holiday table. Rosewood and stainless steakhouse knife set and carving set. Bullington St. Simons, 3600 Frederica North, 912.771.8457. stevebullington.com

SKIN IS IN With Jan Marini’s Award-Winning Skin Care System, just one kit contains everything needed for healthy, youthful skin. Vitamin C, peptides, growth factors, exfoliators, hydrators and sunscreen combine to repair fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and sun damage. Imber Medical, 1620 Frederica Rd., 912.268.2103. or email imbermedical@outlook.com. imbermedical.com

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SPECTACULAR STOCKING STUFFER Whoever wakes up Christmas morning to this stunning 14K yellow gold and diamond locket is going to be one lucky lady! This gift from Joseph Jewelers is sure to be treasured. Joseph Jewelers, 600 Sea Island Rd., Ste. 16, 912.634.9060. josephjewelers.com

GEORGIA ON HIS MIND - Santa Claus is coming to town with a basket full of Georgia peaches and is ready to adorn your tree. This and other ornaments from the Christopher Radko collection are available at Indigo & Cotton, 600 Sea Island Rd., 912.634.8884. indigossi.com

ISLAND PRIDE With such a simple logo to represent such a beautiful place, SSI Tee Time has the perfect gift for everyone on your list! T-shirts, golf polos, hats, cups, sweatshirts, hoodies, koozies and much more. They even have kids’ sizes! Pick up, local delivery and shipping available. ssiteetime.com

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REST ASSURED, ARISE RESTORED Luxurious custom pillowcases printed with scripture to remind those resting of Biblical truths from dusk until dawn make a special gift. Each PillowGrace pillow is thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the Golden Isles using high quality cottons and silks. PillowGrace, 165 Palm Street, 912.268.2791. pillowgrace.com

SWEET TREATS The Holiday Island Box is sure to delight everyone on your Christmas list this season. Milk and Dark Chocolate Seashells, Hot Chocolate Mix with Petite Marshmallows, Fleur de Sel Toffee, and Chocolate Dipped Coquilles. Exceptional! Shipping available. Sugar Marsh Cottage Specialty Confections, 300 Franklin Street, Darien, 912.268.2522. sugarmarshcottage.com

DOUBLE-DUTY DECORATION This lovely mercury glass candle not only brightens your holidays, it also becomes a decorative ornament once burned. A perfect option to bring the host of your holiday festivities or to gifting parties where an inexpensive present is required. Restoration Imports, 125 Gary L Moore Ct., 912.638.8815. restorationimports.com

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FOR THE ISLAND ADVENTURER Suit him up for the season in style with a magnificent leather rifle case, ultra-light down camo vest, quilted snap mock sweatshirt, and cotton blend zip mock. Bullington St. Simons, 3600 Frederica North, 912.771.8457. stevebullington.com

CASUAL COMFORT The whole family can move freely while exploring the world in Hey Dude Shoes. Available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes, they’re lightweight, comfortable, and affordable too! Gentlemen’s & Lady Outfitters, 600 Sea Island Rd., #8, 912.634.1521. gentlemensoutfitters.net

GOURMET GOODNESS Locals and travelers from around the world come to enjoy breakfast and lunch in this relaxed and unpretentious eatery that offers unique Southern coastal creations from five-star/five-diamond chef John Belechak. Gift certificates available in any denomination. Palmer’s Village Café, 223 Mallery St, 912.634.5515. palmersvillagecafe.com DELICIOUS DISPLAY Restoration Imports has a fabulous way to display your cheese & fruit or charcuterie trays. It’ll be sure to impress at your celebration this holiday season and would make a fantastic hostess gift for any you attend. Restoration Imports, 125 Gary L Moore Ct., 912.638.8815. restorationimports.com 38

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More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: “Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the housetop the coursers they flew With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too— And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

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As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack. His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

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A GIFT THAT SPARKLES Crystal Earth is the perfect place to shop for the person who has everything. They offer one-of-a-kind gemstones from around the world, handmade jewelry, journals, candles and more. Mention this St. Nick’s Pick and get a free gift. Crystal Earth, 209 Redfern Village, 912.434.9073.

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GIFT OF ADVENTURE Explore the beautiful Golden Isles of Georgia from the water with a kayak from SouthEast Adventure Outfitters. If you need a guide, they book tours too! Southeast Adventure Outfitters, 313 Mallery Street, 912.638.6732 southeastadventure.com

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PREP FOR HOLIDAY DINNERS Take a pad of Children’s Place Setting color sheets with you when dining out or use at home to learn proper place setting. Great gift for young children. Order online or purchase a gift certificate for an upcoming etiquette class. Call for local delivery. Polished Peyton, 912.506.1417. polishedpeyton.com

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR She’ll outshine any star with these .50ct diamond earrings. Retail $2,790.99, only $590 at Noble House. Shop Noble House and compare to discover what smart shoppers have known for years: the more you look, the better they look! Noble House Jewelry, Ltd, 1700 Frederica Rd., Ste 105., 912.434.9161. noblehousejewelry.com

DECK THE HALLS, Y’ALL Southern Hanger is a one-stop shop for all your Southern holiday gifts. With a wide variety of brands like Southern Tide, Fish Hippie, and Local Boy, you’re sure to find just the right gift for both men and women. Southern Hangar, 201 Gloucester St., 912.506.4546. southernhanger.net

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He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

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HANDSOME HERRINGBONE A gentleman looks right at home in the Golden Isles wearing this handcrafted, fleece-lined, zippered herringbone jacket from British clothier Alan Paine, available exclusively at Planters Exchange. Its evolutionary style, quality, and comfort wears as well with jeans as with trousers. $175. Planters Exchange, 26 Market Street. 912.638.9888. PlantersExchange.com

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GIVE INNER PEACE Start the year in the spirit of health and wellness with the gift of a 5 Class Pass. This allows the pass holder to find a yoga class that’s the perfect fit, from beginner to advanced. The Clouds Yoga Center at The Club, 2929 Demere Rd., 912.638.5600. thecloudsyogacenter.com

COZY COMFORT She’ll want to wear this Kanga Poncho by Kerisma to all of this season’s outdoor events. A Suzanne James handmade necklace with local oyster shell makes a beautiful accent. The Yellow Canary, 3600 Frederica North, 912.638.4061.

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SHARE THE LOVE Purchase one $500 gift card, and receive two $100 cards free. Gift cards from Imber Medical Anti-Aging & Aesthetics can be used by anyone for any treatment with no expiration date! (One card per visit.) Available on their website or email Imbermedical@outlook. com. Imber Medical, 1620 Frederica Rd. 912.268.2103. imbermedical.com

AFTER THE PARTY Don’t worry about Mom dropping the plum pudding or Cousin Eddie spilling his beer (again)! ServiceMaster by A1 is offering a holiday special with savings of $1.00 per square foot for your post-celebration In-Shop rug cleaning. Offer expires 1/31/2021. Call 912.638.1498 to schedule your appointment. servicemasterbya1.com

SLICK NEW SLEIGH Want to give something more out of the ordinary this Christmas? Surprise a loved one or friend with the gift of an XL Custom Golf Cart. They’re the ideal way to get around the island! XL Carts, 217 Longview Plaza, 912.809.6464. xlcarts.com

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CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITION It just isn’t Christmas until you are in your holiday jammies. These soft and cozy women’s PJs add to that special holiday feeling. St Simons Drug Co., 209 Longview Plaza, 912.638.8676. stsimonsdrugs.com

GO DAWGS! The Hover Helmet is a must have gift for any Dawg Fan. Once plugged in, the helmet hovers indefinitely and spins in mid-air with no strings attached! LED lighting, located in the base of the stand, illuminates the helmet. Available at “Lady Dawg Headquarters.” Maggie’s Boutique, 1616 Frederica Rd, 912.638.3995. maggiesssi.com

THE REAL DEAL Give a gift certificate to Chile Peppers for an authentic Mexican culinary experience. Food prepared fresh daily and the best margaritas, as voted in EIL’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Serving lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, dine-in or take-out. Chile Peppers, 118 Retreat Village, 912.268.4635 chilepeppersssi.com

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MAMA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG These lightweight neoprene bags come in many colorful combinations and sizes. They are washable (!) and affordable and can be used for just about anything. Santa can fit lots in his sleigh. Shackelford, 28 Market Street, Ste. 122, 912.634.0924. Instagram @shackelfordshoes

RECLINE & RELAX Make his holiday complete with the gift of relaxation. Save 20% on this luxurious leather armchair recliner. And be sure to keep a table nearby for the remote and snacks because he may not want to move from it again! Taylor House Interiors, 3079 Frederica Rd., 912.638.5560. taylorhouseinteriorsllc.com

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Donner, Blitzen & A Literary Mystery

CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE

In 1844, the poem was included in Moore’s anthology, Poems.

ou’ve just read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, but how well do we really know it? Donner and Blitzen originally had different names! And there’s a persuasive argument that Clement Clarke Moore may not have penned the poem at all.

So, what’s the dispute? The family of poet Henry Livingston, Jr. claimed that he had been reciting the tale of St. Nick’s visit to them as far back as 1807. Recollections by multiple family members and a neighbor are consistent. They also allegedly possessed a dated, handwritten copy of the original poem with revisions and scratch marks throughout — but it was lost in a house fire. So, without that, why is their argument persuasive? Here’s where the reindeer come in.

Fact: the earliest known printed appearance of the holiday poem was in the upstate New York newspaper, Troy Sentinel, on December 23, 1823 and it was not credited to any author. As the story goes, Moore had written the poem for his children and, without his knowledge, a housekeeper sent it to the newspaper. It was first attributed to Moore in The New York Book of Poetry, a 1837 book edited by Moore’s friend Charles Fenno Hoffman.

In the 1823 printing, the names of Santa’s reindeer were “Dunder and Blixem,” Dutch words for “thunder and lightning.” Livingston’s mother was Dutch. However, that term was a popular expletive among New York’s Dutch-American inhabitants at that time and Moore may have been familiar with it, especially since he was good friends with author Washington Irving, who was well-versed in Dutch culture and traditions in NY. Yet, if you

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follow the story of the names, you’ll find they were changed to “Donner and Blitzen” in the signed, handwritten copy of the poem that Moore donated to the New HENRY LIVINGSTON, JR. York Historical Society approximately 40 years later. Figuring out how that change was made does seem to indicate that Moore did have some ownership. In the 1837 printing that first named Moore the author, the reindeer names were “Donder and Blitzen,” changed in apparent attempt to fix the rhyme scheme. It adopts “Blitzen,” the German word for lightning. These names are also used in Moore’s 1844 anthology. It seems that the final reindeer name change to “Donner and Blitzen” occurred in 1906, and was most likely a revision made for the purpose of consistency by the editor, when reprinted in The New York Times. It matched “Donner,” the German word for thunder, with its German linguistic counterpart. Makes sense, right? Professors have also weighed in, analyzing the poem and comparing it to other works by both authors. Their conclusions: the poem matches Livingston’s style of writing. If Moore wrote it, it was a departure for him. As it stands, without clear evidence to dispute the ownership of the poem Moore claimed as his own, the literary attribution stands. We’ll dash away and let you draw your own conclusions.

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When we set about creating a classic Christmas card inspired scene complete with vintage red truck, handsome hound, poinsettias, evergreens, and brightly wrapped gifts, we thought The Farm at Oatland would make the perfect setting. And once we had the stage set, it was an ideal opportunity to show off seasonal styles for the family from our local advertisers. The Cason, Maichle and Hopkins families were gracious enough to model winter clothes on a warm day. As for holiday magic, we found it when we visited Santa in his workshop a couple years ago, but this time when we brought Christmas to The Farm, the “reindeer� found us! See page 60 to see that and other behind the scenes fun.

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Naughty? Never! Just look at this precious face! This look alone might be enough to convince Santa that Nancy should be on the “Nice List� this year.

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Chic for the Holidays Sara Cason shows her style by pairing leggings with this cozy ivory Kerisma sweater and pearl earrings from The Yellow Canary. Her adorable daughter Ava Grace is the sweetest sugar plum in a Holly Plaid float dress from Bailey Boys.

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The Radio Flyer wagon

was a hit with the Hopkins family and is a Christmas gift that never goes out of style. Ernie the Elf could learn some skills and style from Chase, our island dentist, who wears a buffalo plaid flannel shirt and wool zip vest with corduroy accents from Bullington. Anna puts the cool in Christmas with this leather jacket and pants from Renaur and red silk high-neck ruffled blouse by Jade from The Yellow Canary. (The red sweater by Kerisma and Renaur black leather pants she wears on page 53 are also from The Yellow Canary.) Nancy is cute as can be in her Bailey Boys Reindeer reversible jumper with red top. Charlie is a dapper gent in his J. Bailey Roscoe button down in holly plaid, clover green Champ pants, and red Mills fleece vest.

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Mom & Dad Downtime Parents grab a break while EIL go-to guy Sean Valentine takes the kids for a spin around The Farm.

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Merry & Bright The Maichle family look just like they just stepped out of a Christmas card! Kris wears a light grey pullover by Johnnie O over a plaid shirt by Southern Tide, both available at Gentlemen’s and Lady Outfitters. From UGA games to Christmas casual parties, Nikki is perfectly attired in a black turtleneck by Michael Stars with this festive red topper and black Cambio jeans, accessorized with a Gracewear necklace and gold earrings, all from Tamary’s (along with the plaid reversible wrap she wears on page 56). Jacob and Kate shine brighter than the Griswolds’ holiday display in matching Christmas Lights Pants Set and Knit Dress from Bailey Boys.

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Move over horses Jacob prefers a piggyback ride with Dad! Here, Kris wears a charcoal grey zip vest by Johnnie O over a Southern Tide plaid cotton button-down from Gentlemen’s and Lady Outfitters.

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Happy Holidays to all and, in the words of Tiny Tim: “God Bless Us Every One!"

-thank you!Big thanks to Kenny Rogers, owner of what

thank you to Jeff Burton for his drop-

encourage anyone who hasn’t been out

amounts to the sparkling star atop our

off and delivery service, with a smile.

to The Farm (70 Cannon’s Point Road, SSI)

creative Christmas tree, the 1948 Dodge

We were extremely grateful to have the

to visit one Sunday afternoon. They host

5-window Pilothouse truck! And to his

helping hands of Sean Valentine for prop

open houses from 2-4:00 p.m. most weeks

son Lewis who drove her out to us. She’s

placement, heavy lifting, and even some

and admission is free, though donations

a beaut! Extra head pats and belly rubs for

on-site babysitting. Theresa Brookman of

are always greatly appreciated. You can

the bestest boy

The Darkroom Photography was a champ

also support the care of the animals by

and possibly

for working through the gnats, on-the-

purchasing The Farm’s 2021 calendar, for

most well-

fly set changes, and everything else a

more details, see p. 10.

behaved cover

shoot that involves both kids and animals

model ever,

involved. Based on these great shots, we

Snuffy; much

think W.C Fields was definitely wrong.

gratitude to his “handler” for

Last but not least, thank you to Diana

the afternoon,

Scarborough and the volunteers at (and

Linda Bautista,

residents of) The Farm at Oatland North

and his owner

for letting us invade for the afternoon.

Brad Randall for sharing this sweet boy

Finn, the handsome horse (seen on the

with us. We appreciate ACE Garden Center

cover), was a great sport and spending

and A Courtyard Florist for helping us set

time with the animals was a perk of

the Christmas tone with their little trees

the shoot. The unexpected appearance

and colorful poinsettias, respectively. And

of visiting deer was a special treat! We

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Holiday Din ing I S L A N D

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From appetizers to desserts we’ve assembled a collection

mac & cheese, beef tenderloin, and crab cakes, and a

of recipes for some much loved Southern dishes to

nod to the nostalgic with ambrosia salad and Grandma’s

add to your seasonal suppers. There’s something for

fruit cake. Plus cookies for Santa and the most laid back

everyone here. We have traditional dinner favorites like

eggnog you’ll ever find.

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Christma s Cockta il s

Cranberry Ginger Bourbon Smash YIELD: 1 COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS:

10-12 fresh or frozen cranberries (Defrost frozen cranberries by rinsing under cold water until thawed). 1 Tbsp. honey (We recommend Savannah Bee!) 2 oz. bourbon of your choice

PREPARATION:

Put cranberries and honey into a cocktail shaker and smash together with muddler or wooden spoon until the cranberries release their juices. Add bourbon and shake well until combined. Pour into glass, over ice, if desired, and top with ginger kombucha and a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary.

Spiced Christmas Rum

Rosemary sprigs for garnish

YIELD: 1 COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS: 1 oz. Kahlua or other coffee liqueur 1 oz. vodka (vanilla flavored, if desired)

4 oz. ginger kombucha Splash of cranberry juice

The Dude’s Eggnog

YIELD: 1½ CUPS INGREDIENTS: 1½ c.  dark rum 2 Tbsp. brown sugar Zest of 1 lemon, removed with a peeler Zest of 1 orange, removed with a peeler 3 cinnamon sticks 3 cloves 1 whole nutmeg PREPARATION: In a 2-cup jar, combine all ingredients. Close tightly. Steep for about 1 week at room temperature. Filter. Keep the orange or lemon zest to decorate glasses. Serve over ice. To serve as a cocktail, mix 2 Tbsp. spiced rum with 3/4 c. ginger ale. Garnish with zest & cinnamon stick.

2 oz. eggnog Pinch of nutmeg (freshly grated is best) PREPARATION: Fill a glass with crushed ice. In a cocktail shaker, shake vodka and coffee liqueur together for 20 seconds. pour over crushed ice. Top with eggnog and stir. Add pinch of nutmeg and serve. Now … relax, man!

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Spreads & Sta rters

¼ tsp. onion powder Dash or two Tabasco sauce 2 cans (3.6-oz. ea.) smoked oysters, drained and chopped Assorted crackers or baguette slices PREPARATION: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add next 8 ingredients, mixing well. Gently fold in oysters. Cover and chill overnight. Serve with assorted crackers or baguette slices.

Low Country Deviled Eggs YIELD: 2 DOZEN INGREDIENTS:

Holiday Cheese Trees

Shape each half into cone shape

12 large eggs, hard boiled

to look like a pine tree. (If desired,

8 oz. lump crab, flaked

wrap each tree and freeze up to

1 stalk celery, finely diced

a month. 12 hours before serving,

1 green onion, finely chopped

remove trees from freezer. Thaw

1 tsp. yellow mustard

INGREDIENTS:

in wrapper in refrigerator.) Just

½ c. mayonnaise

3 pkg. (8-oz. each) cream cheese,

before serving, roll trees in parsley,

Salt and pepper to taste

softened

pressing it evenly onto trees. Press

Old Bay seasoning

4 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

almonds or pine nuts onto trees to

2 Tbsp. basil pesto

look like garland. Press bell pepper

PREPARATION:

1 Tbsp. onion, grated

bits onto trees for ornaments. Top

Slice eggs lengthwise. Remove

¼ tsp. yellow mustard

each tree with lemon peel star.

yolks and mash in a bowl. Add

Red pepper sauce

Serve with assorted crackers.

celery, onion, mustard and mayo.

YIELD: 6-8 SERVINGS (2 TREES)

¼ c. parsley, finely chopped ¼ c. sliced almonds or pine nuts 2 Tbsp. red bell pepper, diced small Piece of lemon peel, cut into star shapes PREPARATION:

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Blend well. Fold in crab meat.

Smoked Oyster Spread YIELD: 3 CUPS INGREDIENTS:

In large bowl, stir together cream

2 pkgs (8 oz. ea.) cream cheese,

cheese and cheddar cheese; divide

softened

in half. Stir pesto into 1 half; stir

¼ c. green onion, chopped

onion, mustard and 2 or 3 drops

2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

pepper sauce into other half. Cover

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

each half; refrigerate about 4 hours

2 tsp. prepared grated horseradish

or until firm enough to shape. Place

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

cheese mixtures on cookie sheet.

¼ tsp. salt

Season to taste. Stuff egg whites. Garnish with light sprinkle of Old Bay. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


F O R G R E AT B E G I N N I N G S Sausage Cheese Balls YIELD: 5 DOZEN INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. ground sausage (seasoned to your preference) 1 lb. (4 c.) sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 3 c. Bisquick PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with pepper jelly or raspberry jam. Kitchen Tip: Sausage cheese balls may be made ahead of time and frozen either before or after baking.

Crab Cakes with Lemon Caper Sauce YIELD: 12 CAKES For Lemon Caper Sauce For Crab Cakes INGREDIENTS: 1 c. mayonnaise 3 large green onions, minced 1¼ Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. lemon zest 1½ Tbsp. capers, rinsed Dash of Old Bay Seasoning

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. lump crab meat 8 saltine crackers, finely crushed ½ c. chopped onions ½ c. mayonnaise 1 large egg, beaten 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

PREPARATION:

1½ tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

Whisk together all ingredients in

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

a small bowl. Chill until ready

1/2 tsp. pepper

to serve.

1/2 c. all-purpose flour sifted Butter to sauté crab cakes

PREPARATION: In a large mixing bowl, add crab meat, cracker crumbs, onions, mayonnaise, egg, parsley, Old Bay Seasoning, dry mustard and pepper: Mix well.Shape into 12 patties. (Patties can be refrigerated or frozen at this point if preparing to cook later.) Fill a pie pan with flour. Lightly dredge crab cakes in flour. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add crab cakes and sauté in batches of four. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with Lemon Caper Sauce.

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Salads & Soups For Salad

dish. Spoon sour cream on top of mixture. Chill

1 bunch collard greens, chopped

until firm. Cut into squares to serve.

1 bunch kale, chopped

Southern Style Holiday Ambrosia

2 avocados, diced 4 carrots, sliced 4 large eggs, hard-boiled, chopped 2 ears corn, kernels removed from cob

YIELD: 12 SERVINGS

1 pt. cherry tomatoes, sliced 1/2 c. Georgia pecans

INGREDIENTS:

6 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled

8 large apples, peeled cut into bite-size pieces 8 large bananas, cut into 1-inch circles

PREPARATION:

8 large navel oranges, peeled, seeded and cut

In a medium bowl, whisk together dressing

into chunks

ingredients. Refrigerate for an hour or more. In

8 large tangerines, peeled, seeded and cut

a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients

into chunks

for salad. Toss with lemon-garlic dressing to coat

2 c. canned pineapple chunks, drained

before serving.

(reserve juice) 1 c. shredded coconut

Super Greens Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Cranberry Pineapple Salad

1 c. golden raisins 1½ c. Georgia pecans, chopped, toasted 1 c. maraschino cherries, cut in half 1 c. orange juice

YIELD: 6-8 SERVINGS

Peel and prep all fruit in

INGREDIENTS:

a large mixing bowl.

2 pkgs. (3 oz. ea.) red raspberry Jello YIELD: 6-8 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS: For Dressing 1/2 c. olive oil Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/4 c.)

Save all natural

1½ c. boiling water

juices. Gently

1 can (15 oz.) crushed pineapple

toss everything

2 cans (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce

together. Add

1 c. sour cream

pineapple juice to taste for a

PREPARATION:

2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced

Dissolve Jello in boiling water: Stir in pineapple,

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

including juice and cranberries. Chill until

1 tsp. kosher salt

partially set. Pour mixture into 8-inch square

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sweeter ambrosia. Refrigerate. Gently toss again before serving.

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GOODNESS IN A BOWL She-Crab Soup YIELD: 8 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. butter 1½ tsp. all-purpose flour 1 qt. whole milk 1 lb. lump crab ½ tsp. mace ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce Dash or two Tabasco sauce Salt and pepper to taste 8 Tbsp. dry sherry, warmed 2-3 large egg yolks, hard-boiled and crumbled Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish) Old Bay Seasoning PREPARATION: In the top of a double boiler, melt butter. Sprinkle in flour, stir until butter and flour are smooth. Add milk gradually; stirring constantly. Add crab,

Ginger Curry Pumpkin Soup

Salt, to taste

mace, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce,

Toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish

salt and pepper. Cook over hot water

Sour cream for garnish

for 15 to 20 minutes. To serve:

YIELD: 6-8 SERVINGS

PREPARATION:

INGREDIENTS:

In medium saucepan, combine pumpkin,

yolk into each individual

4 Tbsp. butter

chicken broth, ginger and curry powder.

soup bowl then top

1 can (16-oz) pumpkin

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5

with ladleful of crab

2½ c. chicken broth

minutes. Season to taste with salt and cayenne

soup. Do not stir!

2 tsp. ginger, finely grated

pepper. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Garnish

Garnish with chopped

1 tsp. curry powder

with a dollop of sour cream and toasted

parsley and

Cayenne pepper, to taste

pumpkin seeds.

Old Bay.

place 1 Tbsp. of warm sherry and some crumbled egg

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Sprinkle topping over sweet potatoes. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until soufflé is heated through.

The Cheesiest Mac & Cheese Ever YIELD: 10-12 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS: 2½ c. macaroni, uncooked 1½ c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1½ c. mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 c. sour cream 2 c. cottage cheese 2 large eggs, beaten

Sweet Potato Soufflé

sweet potatoes and mix until well blended. Pour

1 c. milk

potato mixture into an ungreased baking dish.

1 tsp. salt

YIELD: 4-6 SERVINGS

Set aside. Make topping for sweet potatoes.

Paprika

INGREDIENTS: 1 c. sugar

PREPARATION: For Topping

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni

½ c. butter; melted

INGREDIENTS:

using package directions. Drain. Set aside.

2 large eggs, beaten

1 c. brown sugar

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.

1/3 c. milk

½ c. all-purpose flour, sifted

Mix ingredients well. Stir in cooked

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

5 Tbsp. butter, softened

macaroni. Butter a 13 x 9 baking dish. Spoon

3 c. baked sweet potatoes, mashed

2 c. Georgia pecans, chopped

mixture into dish. Sprinkle top with paprika.

PREPARATION:

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Using electric mixer;

Combine brown sugar and flour, stirring together

browning too fast, cover baking

combine butter and sugar: Mix until creamy.

with fork. Cut butter into sugar mixture. Work

dish with foil. Let stand 10 minutes

Add eggs, milk and vanilla to sugar mixture. Add

until mixture is crumbly. Add pecans and toss.

before serving.

Place in oven and bake for 1 hour or until lightly brown. If cheese is

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TA S T Y H O L I D AY FAV O R I T E S into a buttered 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are browned and bubbly. Garnish with paprika and chopped parsley. Serve hot. Kitchen tip: Can be made ahead and refrigerated to bake later.

Skillet Corn YIELD: 8 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS: ½ c. butter 12 large ears of corn, kernels cut from cob ¼ c. half & half Salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION: In a heavy skillet, melt butter and add corn. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring often. Add half &

Twice Baked Potato Casserole YIELD: 10-12 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS:

half, and salt and 1½ c. green onion, chopped, (including the tops)

pepper to taste.

Salt and pepper to taste

Simmer corn for

Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish

15 minutes or until

Paprika

corn is cooked to

PREPARATION:

6 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large pot over high

1-inch chunks

heat, add potatoes and salt. Cover potatoes with

3 tsp. salt

water: Boil potatoes until fork tender, then drain

4 Tbsp. butter, softened

and place in a large mixing bowl. Using electric

½ c. half & half

mixer; mix potatoes until they are fluffy. Add

2 c. sour cream

butter, half & half, sour cream, 1 c. cheese, and

3 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

onions. Season to taste. Blend well. Pour mixture

your liking. Be careful not to scorch.

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Cranberry Chicken with Apples and Onions

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YIELD: 6 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 1 c. apple juice 1 c. chicken broth 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 3 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. sage ½ tsp. ground pepper 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 6 tsp. olive oil 1 c. onions, chopped 2 c. apples (tart are best), thinly sliced and peeled 1 c. cranberries (fresh or frozen) PREPARATION:

Shrimp Florentine

PREPARATION:

YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

In a small bowl, combine juice,

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring

broth, sugar, cornstarch, salt,

water to a boil in a saucepan. Add

sage and pepper: Whisk until all

onions, garlic, celery, bay leaf and

ingredients are well mixed. Set

peppercorns. Boil for 5 minutes. Add INGREDIENTS:

aside. Flatten chicken breasts

shrimp and simmer for 4 minutes.

1 c. water

between 2 sheets of waxed paper

Drain shrimp in colander, reserving

1 medium onion, chopped

with meat mallet until they are

broth. Place cooked spinach in a

2 cloves garlic, minced

¾-inch thick. Dredge chicken

buttered casserole dish. Pour half

1 rib celery, chopped

in flour and shake off excess. In

& half and shrimp broth into a

1 large bay leaf

a heavy skillet, heat 5 tsp. oil.

saucepan and bring to a boil. Melt

6 black peppercorns

Cook chicken breasts, 2 at a

butter in another saucepan. Add

2 lbs. sweet Georgia shrimp, peeled

time, for 3 minutes on each side

flour and whisk until blended into

and deveined

or until lightly browned, turning

a roux. Add shrimp broth mixture

2 packages (10-oz. ea.) frozen

only once. Remove to a holding

to roux all at once, whisking until

spinach, cooked and drained

platter. Add remaining olive oil

sauce is thick and smooth. Add

4 Tbsp. butter

to pan. Add onions, cook until

sherry, shrimp and half the cheese.

¼ c. all-purpose flour

golden brown, stirring frequently.

Season with pepper. Pour over

1 c. half & half

Return chicken to skillet, add juice

top of spinach. Sprinkle casserole

2 Tbsp. dry sherry

mixture, apples and cranberries.

with seasoned breadcrumbs and

1½ c. Parmesan cheese, grated

Bring to simmer; cover, and

remaining cheese. Bake about

Seasoned breadcrumbs

cook for 5 minutes, stirring

20 minutes or until top is golden

Pepper to taste

occasionally, or until cranberries

brown and bubbly.

pop and chicken is done.

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Poached Salmon with Creamy Cucumber Sauce YIELD: 6 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS: 3 c. dry white wine 1 medium onion, sliced 1 rib celery, sliced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 6 sprigs fresh parsley 6 sprigs fresh dill or 1 tsp. dried 6 black peppercorns 1 large bay leaf 6 salmon fillets, 1” thick

to a serving dish. Serve immediately with creamy cucumber sauce on side.

Horseradish & Pecan-Crusted Beef Tenderloin YIELD: 6-8 SERVINGS

Bullington

INGREDIENTS: 3-4 lb. beef tenderloin 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 c. Georgia pecan halves 1 c. fresh parsley leaves, firmly packed 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

For Creamy Cucumber Sauce:

2½ Tbsp. prepared grated horseradish

½ c. sour cream

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

¼ c. heavy cream

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 medium cucumbers, seeded, chopped

1 large egg white, beaten

2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped 1 Tbsp. fresh celery leaves, chopped Salt and black pepper to taste

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Combine all ingredients for creamy cucumber

smoke. Add beef and cook, turning to brown on

sauce in a medium bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate

all sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer to shallow

until needed (up to 4 hours). To poach salmon,

baking pan. In food processor using a chopping

use a large, deep skillet with a tight-fitting cover

blade, combine pecans, parsley, mayonnaise,

or a fish poacher. Combine wine, onions, celery,

horseradish, soy sauce and garlic; pulse until

garlic, parsley, dill, peppercorns, and bay leaf and

coarse puree of pecan mixture forms. Brush

bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to

egg white on all sides of beef; then coat with

medium and simmer mixture for 15 minutes. Add

pecan mixture, spreading it thickly on top. Roast

fillets, cover pan, and

rack of oven until

Cook fish, keeping

a thermometer inserted into

simmer, until done,

center of thickest

about 10 minutes.

part registers 125°F

Using a slotted

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spoon, lift fish

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Classic Hummingbird Cake YIELD: 1 CAKE INGREDIENTS: 3 c. all-purpose flour, sifted 2 c. sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. allspice 1-1/3 c. vegetable oil 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1-3/4 c. banana, very ripe, mashed 2 c. pecans, toasted, chopped, divided

1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained 1 c. butter, softened 6 c. confectioners sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract pinch of salt 2 pkg. (8-oz. ea.) cream cheese, cut into 1-oz. pieces and chilled PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three

Divide batter evenly between 3 cake pans. Place

vanilla extract and salt, and mix until smooth.

9-inch cake pans. In a large bowl, combine

in oven and bake for 25-28 minutes, or until

With mixer on medium, add a piece of cream

flour, 2 c. sugar, salt, baking powder, baking

wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

cheese at a time. Turn mixer off once all cream

soda, cinnamon, and allspice. Add vegetable oil,

Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to

cheese has been incorporated. Spread frosting

vanilla extract, and eggs and stir just until dry

wire racks to cool completely. To make frosting:

between layers of cake and cover top and sides.

ingredients are moistened. Stir in banana, 1 c.

use electric mixer to beat together butter and

Sprinkle remaining chopped pecans on top and/

pecans, and pineapple just until evenly mixed.

confectioners sugar, adding sugar gradually. Add

or around sides.

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Sweets for San ta PREPARATION:

3 c. all-purpose flour; sifted 1/2 c. whiskey (or apple

Preheat oven to 450°F. Using an

juice, if preferred)

electric mixer; combine eggs,

6 large eggs

salt and sugar. Gradually add

1 tsp. vanilla extract

milk, then coconut, and mix thoroughly. Pour into

PREPARATION:

unbaked pie shell. Bake for Preheat oven to

20 minutes. Decrease heat

325°F. In mixing bowl

to 350°F and bake 15

cream butter and

minutes longer: Cool.

sugar. Add eggs, one

Top with whipped

at a time. Add 3

cream, if desired.

c. flour alternately with whiskey/

Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie

Grandma’s Fruit Cake

YIELD: 1 PIE

YIELD: 1 CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

3 large eggs, beaten

1 qt. Georgia pecans, chopped

1/8 tsp. salt

1 lb. candied cherries, chopped

in batter. Place

½ c. sugar

1 lb. candied pineapple, chopped

in oven and

3 c. milk, scalded

1 c. flour for dredging fruits and

1 c. shredded coconut

nuts

1 unbaked ready-made pie crust (9-inch)

2 ½ c. butter, softened

Whipped cream to top (optional)

2 c. sugar

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Pecan Sandies YIELD: 5 DOZEN

PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 325°. Line 10” x 15” jelly roll pan with non-stick aluminum foil. Arrange saltines in

INGREDIENTS:

a single layer. Spray foil with non-stick cooking

2 c. butter, softened

spray, then arrange saltine crackers in a single

1 c. confectioners’ sugar

layer. Place butter and sugar in a medium sized

2 Tbsp. water

saucepan over low to medium-low heat. Stir

4 tsp. vanilla extract

until butter is melted. Once butter has melted,

4 c. all-purpose flour

bring to a boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

2 c. chopped Georgia pecans

As mixture gets bubbly and changes to a caramel

Additional confectioners sugar

color, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltines.

PREPARATION:

Working quickly, spread

Preheat oven to 300°F. In a large bowl,

mixture from edge to edge

cream butter and sugar. Add water and

with a knife. (Don’t worry

vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour; fold in

too much about getting

pecans. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place

it all even, mixture

on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 20-25

spreads to coat as it

minutes or until bottom edges are golden

bakes) Place pan

brown. Cool on wire rack. When cool, roll in

in oven and bake

or dust with confectioners sugar.

for 7-9 minutes. Remove pan, sprinkle chocolate chips on top and allow to melt (or melt chips in microwave and pour over crackers). Spread melted chocolate evenly over crackers with a spatula. Leave plain or top with any of the following: holiday M&Ms, chopped nuts, sea salt, crushed pretzels, peppermint, coconut, mini chips,

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etc. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Once chocolate has hardened, break pieces off the foil.

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Holiday Happenings THROUGH JANUARY 3 Jekyll Island’s magical holiday transformation into Holly Jolly Jekyll runs through Sunday, January 3. All events and activities have been reimagined this year to ensure the health and wellbeing of visitors, incorporating appropriate social distancing and safety protocols so families can still enjoy the spirit of the season. Full details for all scheduled events are online at jekyllisland. com/holiday. Enjoy the sight of over half a million lights and some the island’s best holiday displays from the comfort of your own vehicle by following

December is a lively month in the Golden Isles! Put on your most festive holiday sweater and get out to celebrate the season. Here are the events we know about. There may be others that come up as we get closer to Christmas so follow EIL on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and check our website calendar at elegantislandliving.net often, so you don’t miss a thing!

the self-guided light tour map. (Please follow traffic patterns and signs.) Or you can sit back and relax on Jekyll’s jolliest trolley by hopping aboard a Holly Jolly Light Tour. Trolley riders will enjoy festive holiday beverages, music and a one-of-a-kind tour souvenir. Jekyll Island Mini Golf gets into the spirit, decorated as Peppermint Land, where giant gum drops, peppermint sticks, gingerbread men and more liven up the 18-hole courses. Play under the festive lights during their evening hours.

DECEMBER 3 Come out to the SSI Casino Building Atrium between 4-6:00 p.m. to have your pup(s) photographed with Santa. Pups must be current on all vaccines. This free event is offered in partnership with Glynn County Animal Control. Social distancing will be enforced.

DECEMBER 4 At Santa Cinema, in the St. Simons Casino from 6-8:00 p.m., A Christmas classic will be shown every half hour in the theater. Each child will visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Parents will have the opportunity to take photos, and Santa will have a special gift for each child. Space

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is limited. Masks are required for indoor activities and social distancing will be enforced. $3 per person (cash please).

DECEMBER 5 For 2020, the CASA Jingle All the Way 5K & 1 Mile Run has become the Scrooge You 2020 5K. You can still expect a well organized race benefitting a great cause with a little attitude and humor. The funds raised from the run will directly benefit the critical CASA volunteers that work with foster kids. Race will take place at 8:00 a.m. and will start and finish at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick. Runners will follow a route through the historic sections of downtown and run past the CASA offices. COVID precautions will be implemented and when not running individuals will be expected to social distance and wear masks. Please follow CASA Glynn on Facebook and check casaglynn.org to keep up to date with race info. Breakfast with the Grinch and friends at Golden Isles Olive Oil in Redfern Village on St. Simons Island from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Santa will be there too! This buffet breakfast, including green eggs and ham, is being held in conjunction with the 4th Annual #EndTheStigma Toy Drive benefitting the children who are spending their holiday in the Southeast Georgia Health System

hospital instead of at home. Holiday attire encouraged. Reservations required. $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Kids who bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive eat free. Pre-purchase your tickets at goldenislesoliveoil.com. Drop off donations of unwrapped toys will be accepted. The 40th Annual Christmas Tour of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation lets you experience how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Walk down the old carriage road and enjoy a special Christmas tour of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and more. Programs will be hourly beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m., with no after hours events this year. Preregistration is required, as space will be limited to less than 10 participants in the visitor center and plantation house and less than 50 in outdoors areas and social distancing protocols will be followed. To register, please call 912.264.7333. On December 5, watch as Santa and friends make their way around the island in a variety of vehicles dressed in their holidaybest in the Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade! View the parade from special island-wide spectator


viewing spots or sign-up to join in the fun. Participant prizes will be awarded in various categories by Santa’s helpers! Enjoy the festive decorations in Downtown Brunswick while browsing the wonderful variety of crafts on display at Crafts Along Newcastle in the Downtown Squares along Newcastle Street. Vendors will be set up from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and will be offering fabric, wood, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and more. Social distancing will be in effect. Enjoy holiday shopping while supporting local crafters and downtown merchants. The annual community Brunswick Christmas parade will start at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Coffin Park, with more than 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units making their way down Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart. Santa Claus makes an appearance at the end of the parade.

DECEMBER 5-6 Glynn Visual Arts will host its 11th annual Mistletoe Market at Postell Park in the Village on St. Simons Island from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. December 5-6. This show combines fine art, fabulous gifts, great food, entertainment and family fun in a festive outdoor island holiday atmosphere. If you’re a dog lover, don’t miss the Holiday Hound Hike where precious pets dressed up in their holiday finery parade around Postell Park and the Pier. Pre-register online or register Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Registration is $10

per dog. For more details, see glynnvisualarts.org.

DECEMBER 6 Cookie Decorating with Santa at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, where kids can express their creativity on cookies (each family receives 6) with all the icing and candies needed to make holiday magic. See the Jekyll Island website for details and reservations. At dusk, the night sky will light up over Jekyll Island with a free fireworks show in celebration of the season.

DECEMBER 10 Christina’s Dance World Production Team and Friends are presenting a Christmas Show featuring Santa! Bring the family out to Old City Hall in Brunswick for this exciting holiday production show that’s sure to bring Christmas joy to all. There will be shows at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., with Santa arriving at 5:30 p.m. for a half-hour of photo opportunities with the big guy before each show. Don’t forget your wish list for Santa’s mailbox! Everyone is requested to wear a mask. All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization, 10. 10. 10 Talent, Inc., supporting local performing arts. To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit Givebutter.com/ CDWChristmas or call 912.399.1417 for more information.

DECEMBER 11-13 Dickens’ timeless holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol” will be brought to life on stage at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Brunswick. Bring the family to see mean old miserly Scrooge learn the true meaning

of Christmas. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. For ticket and seating information call 912.262.6934 or email info@ goldenislesarts.org.

DECEMBER 12 Breakfast with Santa at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, with a family-friendly breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon, plus hot chocolate with marshmallows from the hot chocolate bar (an elf favorite)! See the Jekyll Island website for details and reservations. Join Glynn County Recreation and Parks from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Howard Coffin Park for the Jolly Jamboree, a magical and memorable holiday experience focused on affordable family fun, community engagement, and festive celebration of the season in a safe and positive environment. Activities will be held indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Children will enjoy holiday-themed carnival games, inflatables, barrel train ride, stone and ornament decorating, apple cider and cookies, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enter drawings for door prizes including a live Christmas tree and a brand new child’s bicycle. Please consider dropping off an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, pet supplies for Glynn County Animal Control, or canned food for a local food bank. $3 admission (kids under 3 are free) and raffles. Cash only.

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Restoration Imports’ Annual Carte Blanche Christmas Party will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m with door prizes, giveaways, and special deals. Christmas music will fill the air, and Little Santa will be there handing out gifts while you enjoy light bites and refreshments. Kids can sit in the driver’s seat and explore several emergency vehicles (sirens will be silenced) and chat with emergency personnel from Jekyll Island Fire/ EMS and Georgia State Patrol at the Holiday Big Truck Roundup on December 12. Santa will make an appearance too! Free Drive-In Movie screening of the original Rankin-Bass version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Beach Village on Jekyll Island.. Restaurants will offer take-out dinner specials and you can pick up a free holiday mask souvenir with purchase at the retail shops. Then, park your vehicle and tune in to Jekyll’s private radio channel to watch this movie classic on the big screen.

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DECEMBER 18-20 Dickens’ timeless holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol” will be brought to life on stage at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Brunswick. Bring the family to see mean old miserly Scrooge learn the true meaning of Christmas. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday on December. For ticket and seating information call 912.262.6934 or email info@ goldenislesarts.org.

DECEMBER 19 Breakfast with Santa at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, with a family-friendly breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon, plus hot chocolate with marshmallows from the hot chocolate bar (an elf favorite)! See the Jekyll Island website for details and reservations. Saved by Grace SE Georgia is hosting a Christmas Open House at 186 Cornerstone Drive in Brunswick from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Take a tour of their new facility and learn about what this local non-profit organization does

and services they provide. Light refreshments will be served. Free Drive-In Movie screening of the original Rankin-Bass version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Beach Village on Jekyll Island. Restaurants will offer take-out dinner specials and you can pick up a free holiday mask souvenir with purchase at the retail shops. Then, park your vehicle and tune in to Jekyll’s private radio channel to watch this movie classic on the big screen.

DECEMBER 20 Cookie Decorating with Santa at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, where kids can express their creativity on cookies (each family receives 6) with all the icing and candies needed to make holiday magic. See the Jekyll Island website for details and reservations. At dusk, the night sky will light up over Jekyll Island with a free fireworks show in celebration of the season.

DECEMBER 23 Breakfast with Santa at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, with a family-friendly breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon, plus hot chocolate with marshmallows from the hot chocolate bar (an elf favorite)! See the Jekyll Island website for details and reservations.

DECEMBER 24 CHRISTMAS EVE Santa and his island elves, members of the St. Simons Civinettes and the Glynn County Volunteer Fire Department, will make his Christmas Eve journey around St. Simons Island on antique red fire truck Engine 32. This beloved island tradition has continued for more than 70 years, with adults and children alike flocking to catch a glimpse of Santa on the lighted truck. Be sure to come out and wave! For more details and to see his route, see page 84.

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has been supporting youth activities and bringing us special joy on Christmas Eve for 80 years. With the support of local businesses and volunteers at the Glynn County Fire Department, they have organized Santa’s annual trip around the island. This year due to COVID concerns, Santa will not be making any stops, but his Christmas Eve island procession will still occur. Please come out to wave to Old St. Nick as he passes by on the vintage truck. It’s truly a sight that warms even the Grinchiest heart! 5 p.m. Santa and the Christmas caravan will start their journey, leaving Fire House # 2 on Demere Rd, turning right. #1 From Demere, they make their way onto Mallery St. where they’ll head to the Village, riding down to the Pier, then back up Mallery to Ocean Blvd. #2 From Ocean Blvd, they’ll visit East Beach, heading north on Bruce Dr., then south on Ocean Rd. to East Beach Causeway. #3 From East Beach Causeway, Santa will turn on Old Demere Rd., heading through the neighborhoods on Broadway, making a left on Postell Dr., then right onto Frederica Rd. #4 The fire truck will travel north to loop through Sea Palms, turning

right on Colonial Dr., then Shore Rush Dr., turning left on Palm Dr., then right on N Windward and returning to exit on Frederica Rd. #5 Santa will continue north to Bennie’s Red Barn, where he’ll take a right and head down S. Harrington Rd., making a left on Harrington Lane, and another left on N. Harrington Rd., then back out to Frederica. #6 The procession will make its way up Frederica Rd. past Oglethorpe Pointe Elementary School to The Commons. Entering on Stevens Rd., making a loop of the neighborhood on W. Commons Dr. and heading back out to Frederica Rd.

#7 Santa now heads south, looping through the St. Clair neighborhood on St. Clair Dr., then back to Frederica. #8 From St. Clair, it’s south to Glynn Haven. He’ll turn right on Holly St., left on 5th Avenue, and then left on Palmetto St. Old St. Nick then heads back to Frederica Rd, continuing south. #9 The next neighborhood Santa visits is Harrison Pointe, making the loop from Rosemont St. to Newfield St. and back to his southbound route on Frederica.

#10 Wymberly is where Santa heads next, entering on Wild Heron Dr. then left on Wymberly Dr., and right on Hermitage Way, returning to Frederica Rd., where he again travels south. #11 The Christmas caravan makes its way down Demere Rd., making a pass through Brockington via Brockington Dr. and looping back to Demere Rd., where the fire engine will end back at Fire Station #2. And our favorite jolly old soul will return to the North Pole to load up the sleigh for his late-night deliveries.

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A RARE GEM

After nearly 40 years in the jewelry business, it’s safe to say that Zoe Herrington has the experience to be considered a qualified expert in jewelry. A Golden Isles native, Herrington, is the owner of Noble House Jewelry on St. Simons Island. As a child, she was fortunate to travel to many exotic places as the daughter of a military man. Zoe told EIL that she learned the fine art of negotiation by going to markets in Turkey with her housekeeper/nanny. “Those were some of my most joyous moments, because we traveled to market by a horse and carriage, which was the main mode of transportation back then.” In addition to cherished memories, it was there that seeds of wisdom were sown and have flourished into a business built on offering the highest quality jewelry with unique pieces and competitive prices.

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s an adult, Herrington settled outside of Kansas City, and opened her first jewelry store in 1981. Zoe says, “I worked by appointment for ten years before opening to the public. I could not handle 7 days a week, 12 hours plus a day.” That initial location has expanded to a 12,000 square foot store and is now managed by her son Doug Brooks. Tony Privitera, the store’s landlord recalls the beginning, “I met Zoe almost 30 years ago, and on that day, I met one of the best marketers and negotiators in my life. We have been great business partners and friends.” He adds, “Never had anyone in our market advertised using all forms of marketing, everything from newspaper, TV, and especially the radio. The ads were unbelievable! Zoe has done a fantastic job of giving people great quality pieces, unusual and one of kind pieces at a reduced price. If she says she is going to do something she does it! It has been an absolute pleasure being the 88

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landlord of Noble House Jewelry and I hope to continue for years to come.” Herrington has a keen business sense and is passionate about jewelry. When asked where that originated, Zoe again referred to her formative years in Turkey. As she was growing up, she says her world-traveling father would send her to the jewelry store to choose a memorable gift, reminding her that jewelry is a timeless, precious item. This taught her to choose top quality and negotiate fiercely. Although many times she was tempted to buy the first item she fell in love with, Zoe said she learned to persist in searching for just the right piece at the right price.

One day we were talking with Zoe while she was at the store and a couple came in to look for an engagement ring. We heard her greet them warmly with “Welcome back! Did you do your competitive shopping like I recommended? I was pretty sure we would see you back here.” She then explained, “That’s the first thing I ask someone who comes into one of my stores: ‘Have you looked at other places? You really should know what is available and pricing.’ I’m always happy to see people come back after they do their research.” At

Herrington returned to the Golden Isles several years ago and continued to sell her jewelry online and by appointment before opening the St. Simons Island store at 1700 Frederica Road. THIS PAGE (top left): Zoe Herrington, owner of Noble House Jewelry located on St. Simons Island. OPPOSITE PAGE: Zoe Herrington and her son Doug Brooks.


Noble House, you can shop within your budget from in stock engagement and wedding rings, order something you’ve seen in a magazine, or design custom jewelry with the settings and diamonds of your dreams. Sean Moore, owner of OCM Mortgage, shared this about Herrington and her work ethic: “When I met with Zoe Herrington, I was surprised at her diminutive stature because I had watched her television commercials for years. This tiny powerhouse has been referred to as ‘the True American Dream.’ Work harder, think smarter, and build a better mousetrap.” That’s just what she did. The St. Simons Island store is the newest store in the Noble House dynasty. It offers more than 10,000 items, from custom-made pieces and opulent estate finds to novelty items, such as blessing bracelets and charms, and a sumptuous variety of sterling silver pieces. All are available at competitive prices designed to fit your wallet and lifestyle. Zoe explains, “The cornerstone of my business has always been our outstanding ability to cater to all financial status.” You’ll also find friendly, noncommissioned staff at Noble House. That means they are eager to help you find the perfect piece to meet your needs and budget without the pressure of getting the sale. Herrington and her certified, experienced jewelers are trained in expert appraisals. If

correct education, Noble House has a wide variety of quality gems and settings and competitive prices that will allow you to make informed decisions when shopping. Something else that may be important to you is the sourcing of diamonds. Zoe makes clear that Noble House does not purchase diamond from countries that reportedly do not treat their miners ethically, such as South Africa. Many of the diamonds you’ll see at Noble House are mined in Canada. an appraisal reveals your previously purchased gems are not what you were presented and sold, Zoe and her staff will work hard to support you with proper paperwork to present to your past jewelry vendor for adjudication of your purchase. They can also provide quality repairs on your fine jewelry and timepieces with full coverage under their jeweler’s insurance. If you have a beloved older piece of jewelry you’d like to update, Noble House can work with you on a custom design. The end result will be a piece you love even more because it keeps your treasured memories alive and incorporates your own personalization. It’s a beautiful way to pass on family heirloom pieces. When it comes to diamonds, Zoe and the Noble House staff can tell you everything you need to know about the color, clarity, cut, and caret weight of your diamond or any piece of new jewelry. In addition to providing you with the

During this gift-giving season, it’s worth noting that Noble House has a layaway program. Customers can put 20% down on their purchase and have up to a year to pay the balance. You can also purchase a holiday gift card in any amount as a stocking stuffer so your loved one can apply it to their layaway deposit or purchase.

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AS 2020 COMES TO A CLOSE, Elegant Island Living returns to its annual discussion with Patrick Dunn of Sea Island Properties about the health and status of the St. Simons Island and Sea Island market and what practices are required to succeed in today’s real estate environment. Patrick has held the status of top producing agent in Glynn County for ten years in a row, and currently has over 200 million in sales and pending contracts so far in 2020.

EIL: What are homebuyers in your demographic looking for? What’s important to them? PD: Value is still number one. Buyers want a home that has a beautiful, clean look, with great potential. They also want an experienced Realtor knowledgeable about the market who they can trust to guide them through the buying process. Homebuyers today are not hesitant to purchase property and make renovations as long as they can see long term value. EIL: What makes Sea Island and St. Simons Island attractive for buyers and the luxury housing market? PD: Sea Island and St. Simons Island are an incredible community in which to live, work and play – a combination found in very few places. The people in our community are diverse, care about each other, and enthusiastically welcome newcomers of all ages. The housing market on St. Simons offers a 90

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wide variety of styles and price ranges. At Sea Island Properties, our goal is to provide professional luxury home services, marketing tools and support to homebuyers on both Sea Island and St. Simons Island. EIL: What does it take to succeed in today’s real estate environment? PD: I create a plan for success and hold myself accountable by setting goals and developing a business plan. In real estate, the natural inclination is to put all the effort into sales or purchases because Realtors often think that’s what clients want. Actually, it’s not. Clients are hungry for details and answers, and when I deliver them, my clients remember. Experience is also a great teacher, so I note things I learn as I work with clients and my broker. Follow up is also integral to success for a real estate agent. I always contact my clients about two days after I’ve shown them around a property or assisted them with a sale. EIL: What challenges does the real estate market face in the year ahead? PD: This is a tough question coming off of 2020, which has been one of the strongest

primary and second home markets that any of us have seen in a long time. While the COVID 19 pandemic has certainly caused devastating health issues coupled with economic and social disruption in our country, the housing market has been a bright spot. The real estate market remained robust during 2020 in the Golden Isles with buyers expediting their decision to purchase their dream or retirement home. Families were able to work remotely, homeschool their children, and enjoy our islands’ amenities while adhering to federal and safety protocols. Families reconnected and found life a little simpler, less stressful and they were able to enjoy a peaceful experience in our beautiful environment. The national issues and trends facing the real estate market that we’ll follow closely as we enter a new year include economic issues (mortgage interest rates, housing inventory, the stock market, consumer confidence); a shifting political climate; generational changes, demographic and population trends; and evolving technology, communication and social media trends. However, our crystal ball focuses on real estate trends and issues that are local.


The good news is that the demand for housing will continue to be strong in the Golden Isles for 2021. The housing inventory has decreased substantially in 2020, however, so we’re entering a seller’s market. There will be ample opportunities to purchase but buyers need to stay close to their Realtor for current

start of something more. I maintain continued contact with clients and continually work on new ways to keep in touch. This leads to referrals, and there is

and more importantly, an avenue for them to meet other property owners in our area. EIL: In what ways do you give back to the community?

information regarding new listings. Constant communication with our customers and clients is the single most important thing that we can do as Realtors to keep all informed about the changing housing market. EIL: How do you stay on top of your game and in touch with your clients?: PD: Closing a transaction shouldn’t be the end of a client relationship. I view it as the

nothing more valuable to real estate professionals. One way I stay in contact is through a monthly electronic newsletter focused on local market conditions. This helps me to keep clients informed and remind them that I’m available and ready to help them, or any of their referrals. And who doesn’t like a party? I host 2-3 events per year for my clients, ranging from cocktail parties to yachting excursions and upland bird hunts. It’s a great way for me to reconnect with clients,

PD: For me, it is imperative to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. I do this not only financially, but by sharing my time and energy. I serve on the Davis Love Foundation, RSM Classic Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, St Simons Community Church and YoungLife. This gives me the opportunity to meet other leaders in the community, learn about their needs, and the ability to work individually and collectively towards common goals. It is also a lot of fun to participate in the many local community events! Patrick Dunn’s office is located at Sea Island Properties, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. He can be reached at 912.222.0142 or by email at patrickdunn@seasisland.com.

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Communities in Schools: Stability Amid Uncertainty by Anna Martin

“To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” That is the mission of Communities in Schools of Glynn County whether school doors are open or closed. The staff of caring and qualified individuals in the nine schools served by CIS focuses on providing services that not only target academics, but also non-academic issues that inhibit students from reaching their full potential. Whatever a student needs to be successful in school, Communities in Schools operates to identify those needs and provide solutions for each student.

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deliver resources tailored to them. CIS goes beyond the classroom to work with local businesses, social service agencies, healthcare providers and volunteers to give every student the confidence to overcome life’s challenges and lead them to a path of success: graduate from high school and continue on to higher education, the workforce or the military. The CIS mission became extremely important after the March 2020 school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite challenges faced by all students, staff and families, the

TOP: Site Coordinator Amanda Ramsey pauses for a picture with Altama Elementary students Michael, Jayce, Rashad and Maurice. ABOVE: Patrick “PJ” Sparks is pictured in his Glynn Academy cap and gown


CIS senior class persevered and achieved a 100 percent graduation rate for the third consecutive year at Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy. CIS served 531 students in the Glynn County School System during the 2019 – 2020 school year and saw promotion rates in the 90th percentile for all grade levels. Communities in Schools of Glynn is a local affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout prevention network. CIS National works directly inside more than 2,500 school and community sites to do whatever it takes to empower kids to realize their full potential. The CIS model is a proven mix of evidence-based practice and human capital that, through a three-tier program of integrated student support provided by CIS affiliates, site coordinators and collaborative partners, has proven success rates nationally and locally. High school principals at Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy credit much of the graduation rate success to the CIS program. Historically, CIS has become an integral partner in helping to increase graduation rates since its inception in Glynn County in the mid2000s. The overall graduation rate was just above 50 percent at that time and has seen a growth of over 30 percentage points over the past 10 years. The data shows that with a communitywide focus on a systemic problem, changing the picture for our Glynn County students is possible, and CIS works hard to continue fulfilling that mission.

Communities in Schools recently launched its 2019-2020 Annual Report summarizing its efforts and results over the last year. CIS expanded into Altama Elementary School at the start of the 20192020 school year thanks to a threeyear Challenge Grant through CIS National. A major goal included in the 2017-2020 strategic plan was accomplished with this new program site: to fully implement the CIS model in eight schools and serve approximately 550 case-managed students. CIS’ growing relationship with the Glynn County School System has resulted in positive outcomes for more students every year, and the staff is grateful to the school system for their belief in the program and opportunity to work together to change lives. CIS of Glynn began serving McIntosh County at the start of the 2020-2021 school year with the high school program at McIntosh County Academy. This addition, more than two years in the making, is a result of McIntosh County superintendent Dr. Jim Pulos coming to CIS after seeing the issues related to education that exist in the county today. As a former Glynn County Schools top administrative since 2016, Dr. Pulos was highly involved with the CIS program and an outspoken supporter of the results it achieved. After many planning meetings and generous funding support from The Sapelo Foundation, the new program was set to begin in August 2020. 2020 has been a challenging year for all and certainly for those in education due to the effects of

the COVID-19 pandemic. CIS shifted gears in March 2020 when schools closed their doors, putting its team into action to continue to meet the needs of students and their families. Site coordinators were in constant communication with students that they case manage to determine what specific needs could be met while students were held out of school. Although needs varied by the individual, the CIS mission remained intact: provide whatever necessary to enable the student to remain focused on success in school and achieving in life. CIS launched a grocery store gift card drive to provide food for families that lacked transportation to access the school system’s food distribution program, and the effort is ongoing. CIS also participated in the “Computers for a Cause” program in partnership with other organizations in the community to provide technology needs to students participating in virtual learning. The CIS team is responding to continuing needs for these supplies to provide for students learning from home. Each Communities in Schools annual report features a graduate that has made great accomplishments he or she attributes to CIS. The current report features Glynn Academy graduate Patrick Sparks, a once-troubled student who is now attending Fort Valley State majoring in business management. Before entering the CIS program in sixth grade, Patrick, also known as PJ, struggled to control his emotions, as many middle school students do. Those challenges made it difficult for him to focus on being successful

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in school and the larger picture of understanding why it is so important. That’s when CIS entered his life and things began to change. Patrick’s Glynn Middle School site coordinator, Jazmin Ponce, said “He had some serious daily behavior issues like throwing chairs across the classroom and not being able to control himself emotionally. It took a lot of behavior interventions for him to learn how to properly express himself in school. He’s learned to conquer his emotions and not react in the moment, but to walk away, take a deep breath, and express himself in a well-mannered way.” Ponce, currently employed to case-manage students at Glynn Academy, continued as Patrick’s site coordinator in high school. She said during his senior year, Patrick assisted CIS by helping younger students who would get frustrated in class. “They would really listen to him because they saw him as a role model, someone who’s been through what they’re dealing with.” He tutored freshman and helped other students apply to college or pursue a career certification. Patrick graduated with an above-3.0 GPA and with his business management degree, wants to open his own restaurant someday and “be as successful as Gordon Ramsey.” “Going from a gifted all ‘A’ elementary student to making ‘Fs’ in middle school was disap-

pointing and embarrassing,” Patrick said. “I would act out and not care about my school, letting my anger issues and bad behavior get in the way of my education. CIS helped me get my behavior on the right path and opened up my eyes to the importance of an education. Ms. Jazmin has always been there for me no matter what it is or no matter what I have to talk about. Even if it’s something simple, she doesn’t mind. Ms. Jazmin and CIS helped me to change my life entirely around.” In the 2019-2020 Annual Report, CIS Executive Director Lynn Love expresses many thanks to the Glynn County School System for their partnership over the years, which continues to strengthen and grow resulting in positive outcomes for more students every year. Love also writes, “Thanks also to the business community, foundations and government entities, and individual partners who contribute their time, talents and resources to our mission. And a big thank you to the parents, guardians and families who trust us to step in and help in what often are very personal and difficult circumstances.” Donations can made online at glynncounty. communitiesinschools.org or made payable to Communities in Schools of Glynn County and mailed to P.O. Box 2318, Brunswick, GA 31521. Items always in need include back-

With schools closed during the pandemic, CIS continued to serve students like Jymere by filling cars full of food bags and distributing them to families in need.

packs, general school supplies, non-perishable snacks, socks, undergarments, coats and personal hygiene items. 100% of donations go directly toward student support and are 100% tax deductible. Follow CIS of Glynn on Facebook and Instagram for updates. By supporting Communities in Schools of Glynn, now serving McIntosh County, you allow CIS to impact more lives and ensure that our community continues to be one of the reasons coastal Georgia is a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family.

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December on St. Simons Island by John Adams

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ecember is a special time. We gather at our homes, thankful for our many blessings and the roof we have over our heads. But December on St. Simons Island is a rare treat, especially for a 16-year-old boy from Decatur (not near Atlanta) who first viewed the ocean from the beaches of our Coastal Empire. (That’s also where I learned never to admit to having been anywhere near Atlanta at any time, for fear of shunning.) That would have been around 1970, more or less, and I was attending a Campus Life conference for high school students. It was held on Jekyll, but I knew I was hooked then and there. From the Aquarama, I could see the ocean, and that was enough for me. Since then, my affection has centered mostly on SSI, and the December holidays are my favorite time of the year here. One thing I love about the holiday is hearing the original Drifters sing their version of “White Christmas” For some reason, I associate this chart-topping hit song with Georgia beaches and boardwalks and sand. And I’m still uncertain as to how that happened, except that the beach was such an exotic place for a boy from Decatur (not near Atlanta). The song was a hit in 1954, the year of my arrival on

this planet, so I’m reasonably certain I don’t remember it from then. Continuing the “exotic” theme, I also love to see palm trees decorated with ornaments and multiple strings of gaudy multi-colored lights which trace the gentle arch of the trunk. In His gracious plan, the Almighty has not allowed palm trees to survive in the Decatur metro area, so every time I see one, my heart is drawn back to this blessed island. And now that my wife has informed me that I actually prefer white lights to the unacceptable multi-colored lights, I am even happier the season has arrived. A number of years ago, my parents came to the island to spend the holiday with us, and my father made Christmas Day buffet reservations for all of us at The King and Prince Resort. (He also picked up the check.) Talk about holiday indulgence! The food was exquisitely prepared and artistically presented. My recollection is that we arrived before noon and brunch was being served. As always, there were some Yankees in line ahead of us who wanted to know

what a “grit” was and if you could put cream on them. (Heresy!) But the meal, the surroundings, the family, the view all intertwined to make lasting memories that call me back to St. Simons time after time. Surely this is one reason why real estate is such a valuable commodity here. I have asked my appraiser friends to list this brunch as a positive factor on more than one of my property appraisals, to no avail. December is a time for walking with loved ones on the beach, enjoying the brisk wind with a hint of sea spray in the air, and for being thankful for our many blessings. So don’t be surprised if you happen to see a beautiful wife with a tall, somewhat hefty and balding man, both seasoned citizens, strolling the beach at sunset on Christmas Day. Please stop and say “hello.” If you ask whether I’m from Decatur, I am likely to say “no.” All of the above being said, I know that for most of us, home is where the heart is. My sincere hope this season is that you and yours experience the most wonderful time of your life this month. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Fortunately, standard homeowners insurance policies cover damage due to fires. But checking on it now is a good idea. Look over your insurance policy limits. In the event that you’re forced to rebuild and replace, what does your coverage look like? If you’ve made expensive purchases and renovations and haven’t updated your policy recently, now is the time to call Morris & Templeton Insurance. Another unfortunate statistic you should be aware of is the nearly 7% increase in burglaries and theft claims during the holiday season. Make sure your gifts are out of sight, your deliveries aren’t left unattended on your doorstep, your doors are locked, and your lights are on to help deter unwanted guests. Also, since we’re in such a digital first world, resist the temptation to share too many details about your travel plans on social media. Santa isn’t the only one who’s always watching! If the unexpected happens, make sure you are covered. Most homeowner’s insurance

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LIGHTS OF LOVE GOES VIRTUAL Like so many other things, Hospice of the Holden Isles’ Lights of Love will look a little different this year. After much thought and consideration, the HGI board and staff have decided to host the beloved annual event online this year. This wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the most responsible one considering public health and safety concerns. They will be hosting the Service of Remembrance and campus lighting virtually on December 17 at 5:00 p.m. Watch from home with your loved ones at hospice.me/LightsOfLove. 14TH AJ DONAHUE ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The show will go on! Mark your calendars for February 27, 2021. The AJ Donahue Golf Tournament will look a bit different this year, but plans are underway to make it a socially distanced and safe event for everyone. The Foundation’s mission is to support institutions providing care to victims of pediatric cancer, scholarships for those providing care or aspiring to provide care to the victims of pediatric cancer, and families of children afflicted with pediatric cancer. Donations and proceeds from the tournament events help provide scholarships for nursing students interested in pediatric oncology, updates to the Wolfson Children’s Center in Brunswick, and the Annual Christmas Gift Program. More details will be available on their website soon, so keep an eye out. ajdonohuefoundation.org

KGIB AWARDED NATIONAL GRANT Keep Golden Isles Beautiful has been awarded a national $10,000 “Martin Luther King Jr Corridor and Neighborhood Building Project” grant by Keep America Beautiful, Diageo and LOWES. The local grant project provides Manna House with new outdoor benches, plants for existing flower beds and a custom built tiny library, while the Golden Isles Veterans’ Village will be outfitted with new outdoor picnic tables, outdoor benches, a custom built and installed blessing box and landscaping plants. The Manna House project should be complete now thanks to volunteer assistance from St. Simons Presbyterian Church volunteers. The Golden Isles Veterans’ Village installation will take place during the first quarter of 2021. Said Keep Golden Isles Beautiful executive director Lea King-Badyna, “Community partnerships are key to making great things happen in the Golden Isles, and KGIB continuously searches for innovative community betterment projects and partnership opportunities.” kgib.org PICTURED ABOVE: Lea King-Badyna, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful; Margaret Jacobs, Golden Isles Veterans’ Village; Preston Kirkendall, Manna House; Starling Sutton, Golden Isles Veterans’ Village.

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INFRARED SAUNA AT PULSE FITNESS Pulse Fitness introduces its newest offering: a Sunlighten Infrared Sauna. With patented, medical-grade Solocarbon® Heaters, it has the highest quality and quantity of infrared. Infrared saunas are up to seven times more effective than traditional saunas. It is the only infrared sauna on the market clinically shown to do the following: detoxify, increase immunity, relieve pain, aid in weight loss, relaxation and reduce mental stress, lower blood pressure, naturally improve circulation, anti-aging through skin purification and rejuvenation, repair muscles faster, and detox from mold exposure. It also aids in treatment of autoimmune disease symptoms of: Lyme Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Disease and Graves’ Disease. An individual Sauna session

is 25 minutes. Single sessions and packages are available for purchase and can be scheduled at www.pulsessi.com/infraredsauna or by calling 912.268.4395 or emailing contact@ pulsessi.com. Gift Certificates also available for purchase. Follow @PulseSSI on Facebook and Instagram. PRIMARY CARE AVAILABLE AT GOLDEN ISLES WELLNESS Seaworthy Health and Golden Isles Wellness are pleased to announce that Jourdain Watson, NP-C, is joining their team to provide primary health care on St. Simons Island. Jourdain brings with her a passion for providing quality primary care to individuals from all walks of life. It is their mission to provide total health and wellness care for their clients in the luxury and privacy of a boutique setting. Immediate appointments available. Call 912.357.3660 to schedule your consultation. Golden Isles Wellness is located at 406 Union St. on St. Simons Island. goldenisleswellness.com

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CREATING TIMELESS DESIGN Sea Island resident Lisa Carmichael worked in high-end real estate for 15 years in her native city of Indianapolis, transitioning into design after many of her clients requested design advice. When she and her husband Bill moved to Sea Island four years ago, she decided to jump back into full-time work. With Elizabeth Carmichael Interiors, LLC, Lisa works on a wide variety of projects in differing styles. She is adept at interpreting and incorporating the essence of her diverse multigenerational clients, together with her own creative input. “My personal design aesthetic is an eclectic and carefully curated mix of antiques with newer items; it’s a juxtaposition of styles,” she said. Incorporating heirlooms is a big part of Lisa’s overall design theme. The result is a timeless cohesive mix, tailored specifically to each

project. Contact her for help with your design needs. Elizabeth Carmichael Interiors, LLC., 301 Sea Island Road, Ste 21, 317.370.9272. elizabethcarmichaelinteriors.com

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CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH SINGING AND DANCING Christina’s Dance World Production Team and Friends are presenting a Christmas Show featuring Santa on December 10! Bring the family out to Old City Hall in Historic Downtown Brunswick for this exciting holiday production show that’s sure to bring Christmas joy to all. There will be shows at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Santa will arrive for photo opportunities before the performance at 5:30 p.m. and will be available at 7:00 p.m. before the second show. Don’t forget to bring your wish list for Santa’s mailbox! Everyone is requested to wear a mask. Admission is $10 and advance tickets are required. All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization, 10. 10. 10 Talent, Inc., supporting local performing arts. To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit Givebutter.com/CDWChristmas or call 912.399.1417 for more information.

WINTER CONCERT IN THE PARK The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra winter concert will be holding their Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Casino Bandstand at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets, wear masks and practice social distancing in this lovely outdoor setting. This concert is free and open to the public. Come enjoy the sounds of the season! For more information about the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, their programs and upcoming performances, visit goldenislesyouthorchestra.org.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SHRIMP DROP Once upon a time in the 1980s, the City of Brunswick dropped a homemade shrimp named Bob from the top of the tower at Mary Ross Waterfront Park to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Hundreds gathered to watch as the shrimp made its way down into a pit of red balloons to mark the arrival of the new year. The tradition was discontinued after 2002, but this year Bob will make his return! The public is invited to come out to the park beginning at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy live music by Squirt Gun and Salt Water Gypseas, while still observing social distancing guidelines. There will also be games for the kids, craft vendors, and food trucks on site. The countdown for the Shrimp Drop will take place a little before 8:00 p.m.

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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. “Home is where one starts from” T. S. Eliot. It was important to me moving to the Golden Isles to find a home to embrace my family and to celebrate the treasures I have collected over the years. I have found it here on St. Simons Island. I live in Hamilton Landing. I love living in this community because it has a happy, family atmosphere with easy access to all of the island’s best attractions. The inside of my home has a welcoming and relaxed feel thanks to my decorator Dan Proctor, Kirk Designs of Baltimore, MD. When I am at home, I love to entertain. The best parties seem to end up in my kitchen/morning room. I have made this an inviting space to mingle as well as a peaceful place to enjoy the newspaper and a cup of coffee. The comfort of this room feels like the sweater you wear on chilly Sunday mornings. When I am not entertaining, you can find me cooking, reading or riding my bike. Throughout my home you will see my love of Herend Porcelain. I have been collecting it since college. Each piece has a story behind it, as a gift for a special occasion, holiday or celebration. They simply make me happy. I also love art. One of my favorite pieces is the abstract painting in my living room my daughter, Carolyn helped me choose. We both love viewing and collecting art. I believe home is not a place but a feeling. After visiting the Golden Isles all of my life, I love calling Saint Simons home and bringing my passions for real estate to life here!

Georgia Bailey Usry is a Sales Associate at DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. She loves to interact with people and understand their lives and lifestyles. She uses her keen ability to build a vocabulary to help clients find homes as unique as they are. Learn more about her by visiting: DeLoachSIR.com or contact her at 912.689.9300

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113 - 114 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper

107 • Directory / Lilmar Properties

115 • Page Aiken

108 • Joy Wright / Art & Annie Harper

116 - 117 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

109 • Margie Stockton

118 • Ann Harrell

124 - 126 • Georgia Coast Realty Joe Loehle Photography

110 • Sea Island Properties

119 • Dee Wright / Adair Allen

127 • Saint Simons Land Trust

111 • Duckworth Properties

120 • Micki Carter / Susan Imhoff

128 - 129 • Al Brown Company

112 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper - Luxury

121 • Rebecca Gould

122 • Ruth Heyward Beall / Kelli Osteen Zaida Clay Harris 123 • Phoebe Hoaster

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. © 2020 Elegant Island Living. All Rights Reserved.

For real estate advertising information: Todd Baker, Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC | 912/506-3625 | elegantislandre@gmail.com

LEt uS hELP yOu PLAn yOur nExt VAcAtIOn Lilmar Properties is proud to offer visitors to St. Simons and Sea Island the highest quality and largest variety of vacation properties on the Island. We have been helping our guests make lasting vacation memories for over 15 years! Visit our website: LilmarVacations.com or contact us today to book your next vacation. Experience the Lilmar Difference! - Adam & Beth Witt - Owners, Lilmar Properties

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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!

421 KINGS WAY - $549,000 This classic vintage cottage has 3BR, 2BA and is located next door to the Queens Court Hotel in the popular St. Simons Island Pier Village. This property is very popular with generations of vacationers. Since the property is located right in the St. Simons Pier Village, it is walking or biking distance from all the Village shops and outstanding restaurants as well as the fishing pier, Neptune Park which overlooks the St. Simons Sound, and the beach. Call Don Wright (912) 222-0133.

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.

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615 EXECUTIVE GOLF VILLA - $152,000 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.


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NEw MARSHFRONT • 955 Champney Drive, St Simons Island 5BR, 4BA, 3,000 SF, in beautiful Hampton Plantation. Northwest facing with striking long marsh views, this home features a mother in law suite above the garage and a fully appointed master suite on the main floor. A strikingly beautiful custom-built home. $849,000  

LAKEFRONT • 153 Butler Lake Drive, St Simons Island Villa

RIVERFRONT • 140 Hampton Point Drive, St Simons Island

Bellagio - a rare 17,000 SF Italian Villa, lakefront and surrounded by 4+ acres of lush landscape & richly appointed interiors. 5 BR, 9 BA, private & secluded with the highest-quality fit & finish, this is an unrivaled oasis close to world class amenities. $8,975,000

Casa Del Rio - a beautiful 8,000 SF Spanish Villa on Jones Creek. Enjoy your own deep-water dock with a boat lift and immediate access to the Hampton River and Atlantic Ocean. This well maintained 5+ BR, 7+ BA custom home has it all! $1,725,000

Luxury Homes in the Hamptons Page Aiken 912.258.6000 Luxury Properties Associate Broker page@pageaiken.com

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2663 Seminole Trail,| Maria Jennings 912.222 .0185 | 7BR | 5BA | 2HB This opulent European style home has 10 acres with over 200 ft of Satilla River frontage. 24 ft high ceilings, marble flooring, open staircase, and ornate crown molding set the home's tone. Expansive kitchen with island, breakfast area, walk-in pantry, and a butler pantry houses the second kitchen. Entertain guests in the game room with a billiard's table and bar. Private gym complete with exercise equipment & bath. Large theatre room features a projection screen, bar, ample seating, and soft lighting. All lighted exterior for the pool, hot tub, fountain, and tennis courts. A hidden jewel on the river! $1,400,000

4318 8th St, East Beach | Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557 | 3BR | 3.5BA EAST BEACH JEWEL! Well built custom beach home loaded with extras and well maintained. ELEVATOR which accesses all 3 floors. Generator for the whole house. wood floors, beautiful brick fireplace, sunroom with stained glass window, bar area off the formal living room and tv area, tons of walkin attic storage, oversized garage and huge additional storage area. Double garage with additional space for storage and access to back yard. Rocking chair front porch. Spacious LR/DR open to the kitchen, which make this a great house enjoy and entertain. Short walk to the beach! $1,025,000

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115 Maderia Drive 3BR | 2BA | Upgrades Galore Mary Hunt 912.217.1629 $264,900

27 Dorsey Circle 5BR | 3.5BA | Marsh Views, Pool Mack Sullivan 912.399.2309 $1,125,000

204 Olive Way 2BR | 2BA | Steps to the Ocean Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 $429,000

404 Ribault Lane, Cottage 99 7BR | 8BA | 3HB | Ocean Front Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 $10,900,000

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

117 Hamilton Street Corner Lot, Steps to the Beach Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500 $675,000

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122 Biltmore, Island Club | Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 | 6BR | 4.5BA Situated on one of the most private lots in the Island Club, this lovely example of Low Country architecture offers beautiful views of the Retreat course and an excellent floor plan for gracious living. Architectural details feature a custom mahogany front door, oak floors. classical millwork, a clerestory window, limestone surrounded fireplace with arched bookcases and a wood paneled media room. Main living level has a nice flow with a dining room and study nearby an open living room, keeping room with a gourmet kitchen. Generously sized master suite & media/game roon. $1,825,000

110 Hampton Point Drive, Micki Carter 912.617,3807 | 7BR | 6BA | 2HB This luxury French country custom built home is truly a work of art situated in a picturesque setting of stately oak trees, marsh and river frontage. Old World craftsmanship and superior construction are evident in every finish. With spacious living, dining and outdoor entertaining areas, heated pool, spa and 5 car garage there is room for everyone to relax and play. The true deep water dock has a covered lift that will accommodate up to a 40 foot boat and a raised sun deck perfect for enjoying the view. This is an absolute boaters’ dream location that also offers luxury living at its best. $2,495,000

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

109 Biltmore, St. Simons Island Club 3BR | 3.5BA | Phenomenal Value Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500 $589,000

370 Ocean Blvd 5BR | 4.5BA, Pool, In the Village Rayea Pieschel 912.222.4402 $1,120,000

178 Hampton Point Drive 4BR | 4BA | 2HB | Marshfront Villa Dee Wright 912.230.6156 $1,950,000

37 Admirals Retreat Drive 4BR | 2.5BA | + Huge Bonus Room Larry Delaney 912.230.0406 $422,000

1440 Ocean Blvd, #114 2BR | 2BA | Ocean View Micki Carter 912.617.3807 $475,000

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Ann Conner Harrell 912-222-4002

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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

Villas at Frederica River, #303, SSI Fresh, upscale updates are featured at this top floor 3BR/3BA condominium w/ approx. 2700 s.f. overlooking Gascoigne Bluff and the Frederica River. Features an exceptional kitchen renovation and luxurious master suite and master bath! For top of the line quality, this condominium is a must see! $679,900

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

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

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

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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

East Beach Beauty Ann achieved over $5,585,000 in sales on East Beach in the last 150 days and over $28,500,000 in sales in the Golden Isles in 2020!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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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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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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Micki.Carter@SothebysRealty.com 110 hAmpTON pOINT,  ST SImONS ISLAND Deep Water with Private Dock This luxury French country custom built home is truly a work of art situated in a picturesque setting of stately oak trees, marsh and river Offering 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, spacious living, dining and outdoor entertaining areas, heated pool, spa and 5 car garage there is room for everyone to relax and play. $2,495,000

2012 BRUCE DRIvE,  ST SImONS ISLAND. East Beach - The Enchanted Cottage is a magnificent designer East Beach custom home. Featuring 5 bedrooms & 5.5 baths, sophisticated decor, open concept living, 11' ceilings, wood floors, gourmet chef's kitchen, master suite with a spa like feel & is just a short walk to the beach. 3 Car garage, beautifully landscaped and fully fenced. Offered fully furnished! $2,499,999

UNDER CONTRACT WATERfRONT DR. #133 & #222, ST. SImONS ISLAND 3 bedroom, 3 bath condominiums w/ gorgeous waterfront or marsh views. Both feature sleek granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, covered balcony, large pool with views of the water and a cozy fireplace. Live the Marina Village lifestyle! 222 is $529,000 and #133 is $523,000

1706 BRUCE DRIvE, ST. SImONS ISLAND Original 1930s East Beach cottage. Renovated with new floors, kitchen and updated baths. The main house offers 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, large open concept kitchen and dining, separate living room and den as well as a charming screened porch. Guest house with 1BR and a kitchenette out by the pool. Just steps to the beach! $875,000

1440 OCEAN BLvD UNIT #114. BEACh CLUB This 1622 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bath condominium located in Beach Club offers amazing views of the ocean, lagoon and pool. Fully furnished, renovated and turnkey! Drop your bags and enjoy all that St. Simons Island has to offer. $498,000

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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


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Sold for $178,900

Sold for $228,500

39 Dorsey Circle, SSI

1000 Sea Island Rd #6, SSI

308 Brockinton Marsh, SSI

Sold for $410,000

Sold for $527,000

Sold for $226,000

177 Rice Mill, SSI

274 McIntosh Ave, SSI

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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

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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Build youR dReam home! •lot 42 lazy eight, eagle Neck townsend, Ga - $23,000 •lot 24 Black Cypress, Greenwood Plantation darien, Ga - $29,900 •lot 32&33 as well as lot 34&35 hird island darien, Ga - $26,000 (2 lots together) •3 acres on union Carbide Road, harrietts Bluff woodbine, Ga - $34,900 •lot 42 marsh way, Spring Cove townsend, Ga - $45,000 •lot 80 Fiddlers Cove, Spring Cove townsend, Ga - $46,900

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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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223 Beach Club - St. Simons Beachfront!  This 2 BR, 2 BA unit offers direct ocean views. Mstr suite opens to the balcony & features a gracious mstr BA w/double vanity, soaking tub, large shower & walk-in closet.The guest BR opens to balcony. Large oceanfront swimming pool, separate children's pool, 2 secluded hot tubs, direct beach access. $448,000

106 Saint Andrews - Island Club  This lovely 3 BR, 2.5BA, 2,394 SFt home (all ON ONE LEVEL) sits beautifully under mature oak trees on a corner lot in one of the most desirable gated communities on SSI. The LR features a fireplace and opens onto a very private courtyard. Heart pine floors, sep DR with a large storage closet or office. $725,000

These are just a few of the homes I’ve recently sold. If you’re looking to sell your home, call me today! I can help you navigate the intricacies of successfully selling your home. If you need to downsize, now is the time. I can help. Give me a call, you’ll be glad you did! Phoebe, 912.270.5730

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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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Dana Hill REALTOR

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

912.638.1098

Freddy Stroud

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912.571.1948

Desireé Varnedoe Property Manager

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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

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

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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1409 S Windward - Sea Palms 4BR/4BA home on a private lot. Large master suite and two guest BRs on the main level. In addition, there is a large kitchen and additional room for a cozy den and a family room with fireplace. Remodeled in 2009/2010. $499,900

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

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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

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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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 - $79,000 107 Saint Annies - SOLD Frederica - $374,000 117 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

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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! $1,100,000

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1734 Ocean Road - U/C East Beach, SSI - $695,000 107 Jackson Court - SOLD St. Simons - $219,500 103 Davison Lane Hawkins Island - $397,500

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

116 Carolwoods Drive This one owner 3BR, 2BA home sits on 1.78 acres in a gated community. Great room w/ reclaimed wood accent walls and new luxury vinyl plank flooring. Master BR w/ cathedral ceilings & the master bath has a spa like feel. $219,500

Lot 19 Blue Heron Lookout Darien, Tolomato Isl. - 75,000

105 Main Street • Plantation Village • St. Simons Island

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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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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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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

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

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119 Hawkins Island Circle, Hawkins Island Elegant yet inviting, a unique and stunningly beautiful home. Meticulously designed by John Rentz with a keen sense of European details. The main living areas, living room, impressive dining room and wonderfully large kitchen/family room open onto the covered veranda and focus on the views – marsh and panoramic sunsets. High ceilings, wood and European tile floors, stone columns, pretty archways, 4 fireplaces, and tall mahogany arched entry doors are a few of the features that make this home exciting! The master suite enjoys the veranda and view. Two additional spacious bedroom suites, and a guest house bedroom & bath. Negative edge pool flows to the marsh’s edge. $2,850,000

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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A Christmas Tradition for the Birds

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nnual holiday traditions such as lighting the Christmas tree and exchanging gifts are familiar to most Americans, but there is one national tradition that is especially important to bird lovers. At the turn of the 20th century, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History proposed an annual census of early-winter bird populations. This volunteer-led census, organized by the Audubon Society, became known as the “Christmas Bird Count.” The first count was held in 1900 in twenty-five locations. According to annual reports published by the Audubon Society, Georgia joined the census in 1913, with Atlanta counting 50 species and 1,225 individual birds. By 1949, Glynn County was submitting data from Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Sea Island on an intermittent basis. In 1951, for example, a team of five women, including local historian Margaret Davis Cate, identified 51 species and 1,359 individual birds in the southern part of St. Simons and Sea Island. Cate was an avid bird-lover who gathered over 100 images of birds for slideshows she presented at The Cloister on Sea Island in the 1940s and 1950s. The location in our area that appears most frequently in the census is Sapelo Island, where the count was originally organized by the University of Georgia Marine Institute. On New Year’s Day 1959, a team of three people took the first Sapelo census, recording 100 species and 2,492 individual birds. On the team was UGA professor Eugene Odum, now known as the father of modern ecosystems ecology. The archives of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society contains the Sapelo report for the 1963-

64 census, a portion of which is shown here. On December 29, 1963, a team of 13 people recorded 134 species and 6,300 individual birds. The census continues to be taken each year on Sapelo. For the 2018-19 census, thirteen counters identified 113 species. The Christmas Bird Count continues to be held each year between December 14 and January 5 and, in addition to the United

States, includes locations in Canada, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Data collected over the past 120 years have provided vital information about the changing status of bird populations and enabled scientists to develop strategies for protecting birds and their habitats. So, for bird lovers interested in adding a new tradition to their holiday season, the Christmas Bird Count is a worthy volunteer effort!

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. 130 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G


You Don’t Give to Us, You Give Through Us. 2020 HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHALLENGES and the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation has remained active in responding to the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation was there to help when an employer wanted to establish a fund to aid its employees with unexpected financial strain. When a family was struggling to agree on a focus for their annual giving, the Foundation offered informed localized options. When a former educator watched the rising cost of education create obstacles in the hearts and minds of area young people, the Foundation was there to set up a scholarship fund to match their interest.

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.

Please let us know how we can help you maximize the impact of your philanthropy. A Community Philanthropic Partnership Supported by

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Elegant Island Living December 2020  

A monthly magazine devoted to the finer lifestyle on St. Simons Island, Sea Island and the Golden Isles of Georgia. Complimentary copies can...

Elegant Island Living December 2020  

A monthly magazine devoted to the finer lifestyle on St. Simons Island, Sea Island and the Golden Isles of Georgia. Complimentary copies can...