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Who’s the Boss?


hhhh … David went to bed and he thinks I’m sleeping in the shower. (My favorite cool spot!) But tonight, I saw that he left his iPad on the couch, so I snuck out to use it. This is it, MY turn to write the Publisher’s Letter! I’m Bear, the top dog at Elegant Island Living. David is my human. When people ask him what kind of dog I am, he laughs and says, “a Chihuahua,” but really, I’m a Newfoundland. David’s the best because we drive around in a convertible and he takes me and my brother Onyx, who he adopted from HSSCG, lots of places. We go to Gascoigne Park to see our friends and sniff the trees, go swimming under the Mackay River Bridge, and chase birds at the beach. It’s not all fun and games though, we have important business too.

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At 6:00 a.m. I start the day by standing next to the bed and poking David with my nose. Then I stare at him until he gets up. Once he gets in the shower, the bed is MINE! Then we go out for breakfast. On a good day, Mr. Andy

or Mr. Jeff will sneak me some sausage from Palmer’s. Sometimes they both do – don’t tell! We go to the post office and the bank, and keep magazines stocked around the island. I inspect the warehouse and even meet the big truck that comes every month! When people see me in the car, they tell David, “I can’t believe he just sits there. My dog would never stay.” I don’t think they understand this is my job. Who else would make sure the magazine work gets done? Enjoy reading about my new friend Sidney’s adventures this month. Come over and say “hi” when you see me, Onyx, and David out and about. Because I will always be on the job!

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Hi! My name is Sidney and I love to travel! I’ve just arrived on St. Simons Island and I’m so excited for my adventure to begin. You see, while my humans have been coming here for years (they met at some place called Frat Beach), it’s my first visit ever! And can I tell you a secret? It’s also my first trip to the beach! On the way here, we drove over a bridge that looked like it had sails and they told me it’s where they got my name! This is going to be AWESOME!






kay, so … here’s what I know. St. Simons Island is part of something called the Golden Isles, so maybe there’s hidden treasure here or

something! I hope I get to help dig! My humans, Sam and Kristi, keep talking about a king and a prince too, so maybe it’s a fancy country with castles. I see a lot of really big trees, but it’s different than the forests we have at home in the mountains. These trees aren’t tall and skinny; they have huge trunks and thick twisty branches. My human brother Colin loves to climb trees, and these look perfect! Sam told Colin the stuff hanging down off the branches is called Spanish moss. It sure doesn’t look

the people at Hotel Simone friendly, but they

stay on the island where dogs are allowed.

like the regular moss we see on the ground at

also have presents for me! Kristi called it a

It turns out The King and Prince Beach &

home! Kristi is taking LOTS of pictures. Oh,

“wag bag.” It’s a tote bag with a tennis ball, a

Golf Resort is the name of a place where my

and she also said I’m going to meet a Bear. I

frisbee, a collapsible bowl for water or food

humans have stayed when they’ve been here

haven’t seen any caves around that look like

for me, and some doggy bags in a holder

before. It was full this week because it’s very

somewhere a bear would live, but I’m going to

that can be clipped on my leash when we

popular. Sam said his parents had something

keep an eye out. I’m not scared! …

go for walks and potty breaks. How cool is

called a honeymoon there a long time ago.

that?! They might be my new best friends! I

It sounds fancy. The lady said that if we

We’re checking into the place we’re staying

also saw a cute Pom in the lobby. Hope she’s

want to stay there another time, there are

this week before we go explore. Sam and

staying here too!

dog-friendly accommodation options at the Resort. They’ll give me a special plush bed of

Kristi were happy to find Hotel Simone because they said it’s near the beach and the

I found out the king and prince aren’t real

my own, a pawprint bowl, plus some treats.

Village and best of all, they have dog-friendly

people. When Sam was talking to the lady

Yep, I think I’m going to like this island! Now

rooms, so I could come along. Not only are

at the desk, he asked about other places to

we’re going someplace called the Pier.

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There are dogs everywhere we go! I’m making lots of new friends and so are my

of Georgia Sea Grill. He said

We walked back to the park near the

humans. It’s sunny and warm and there are

he’s making reservations

playground. It’s called Neptune Park. A lot

so many good smells! It made us all hungry,

to bring Kristi there later

of families were there having picnics at the

so we stopped at a place called Zuzu’s to

this week because it was

tables. Kristi told Sam that we should cook

get some dinner and take it to the park to

where they had their

out on one of the grills there one night.

eat. Sam got a big bacon cheeseburger and

first date. Landon told

Sometimes when they grill at home they share

French fries and shared a piece of bacon

him some of Chef

the chicken with me, so I’m all for it! Colin is

with me! It sure was good! Colin was happy

Tim’s specialties and

excited to come back too because there’s a big

because he got an ice cream cone and Kristi

mentioned something

pool and a miniature golf course. I don’t think

let him eat it before he had his hot dog. Don’t

about catfish. I don’t

they’ll let me swim in the pool though. Oh hey,

tell, but when we were sitting on the bench

know whether that’s

there’s that cute Pom with her humans … I’m

and he was busy looking at the big yellow

a cat or a fish, but

going to go introduce myself.

thing that’s cutting up the boat that tipped

it’s on the menu.

over, I tried to take a lick. Kristi pulled me

Sam said it sounds

away, but I was just trying to help because it

good, but I think

was dripping! Besides, I saw a big pelican and

he should just stick to

some seagulls eyeing the cone like they were

bacon. And speaking

going to take it. Gotta show ’em who’s boss!

of yummy stuff, he also

Her name is Bitsy! And she lives here. Her humans have some out-of-town friends visiting and they came to the hotel to meet up with

took me to an awesome

them. And it turns out

While Colin went to play on the playground,

store called Island Dog. He

her humans know

Sam and I took a walk back to the stores in the

bought me some special cookies, a

Kristi too! It seems

Village. He wanted to get a surprise for Kristi.

new collar, and a jacket for me to wear

like everybody knows

He picked out a special bracelet that looks like

when we go on the boat to see

everybody on this

an oyster with a pearl from Emily at Golden

dolphins. Ms. Lynn at the store

island. Even when

Isles Bracelet Co. Emily likes dogs. I like her. Sam

said I had very good manners

they don’t, they’re still happy to sit and talk.

also talked to a nice lady named Landon outside

and gave me a treat too.

Nobody is in a hurry. They call it “island

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time.” Sam even bought a t-shirt that says that at one of the shops in the Village. I like island time. I asked Bitsy about the pool, and she said I can’t go swimming there, but at the end of the year, they have one special day when they open the pool to just dogs. How cool is that?! To be honest, Bitsy doesn’t seem like a girl who likes to get her fur wet. At least I’ll get to swim in the ocean. Bitsy says her favorite thing to do is to go shopping with her human, Betsy. (Yes, you read that right. I bet in the winter they have matching sweaters too!) Betsy has a special carrier so she can take Bitsy in the shops. She says there are lots of places to go: Redfern Village, The Shops on Market Street, and The Shops at Sea Island. Wow! I thought there was a lot right here by the Pier. She especially likes going into Ronne’s on Market Street because her friend Duchess (pictured below) is there. Bitsy also told me that even though I don’t have a special carrier (No

thanks, sis, I can walk!) there are

something called “burnt ends” but Kristi said

lots of restaurants with outdoor

the smoked chicken salad and fried green

tables and patios where I can

beans are her favorite. I have noticed that

go with my humans. I hope

whenever they talk about St. Simons Island,

Southern Soul Barbeque is

they always mention food. I almost feel like

one of them because Sam

I know “Sal,” the boxer who made pizza and

has been talking about that

sang to the diners at Sal’s Neighborhood

place ever since we got in the

Pizzeria, but I admit I originally thought they

car to come down! He wants

meant a boxer of the four-legged variety.

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It’s getting dark, but Colin is playing with some

some Sunday nights during the

kids and Sam and Kristi are still chatting with

summer and everybody brings

Betsy. They’re talking about dogs. Bulldogs.

their blankets, chairs, and a

all, they can

Uga. I’ve seen his picture. I think he’s a dog that

picnic to come out and enjoy

go up to see

plays football. My humans love some football!

the music. That sounds like fun!

Everybody gets all excited about Uga in our

if he thinks he can climb them

where the light comes from. There’s a special kind of lens,

house, but I don’t get what the big deal is. Bitsy

Oh, wait! Colin’s back and asking questions

called a Fresnel lens, that makes it so bright.

whispers that she met him once. So what?!

about the lighthouse. I didn’t really notice it

Sam says the lighthouse is an important part

I’d rather play catch with a tennis ball. Maybe

before, but wow, that light is bright! Sam says

of the island’s history. Colin asks if that means

Colin and I can play with that ball from my wag

the lighthouse was built more than 100 years

it’s a museum. Kristi tells him it is, and she

bag. But right now, I’m feeling sleepy. There’s a

ago, and there was another one there before

says they’ll go visit it and another museum

band playing outside the place with the green

that. He says that ships can

on the island that she hasn’t been to yet: the

awning by the pier (Brogen’s, I think Sam called

see the light more than 20

World War II Home Front Museum. She tells

it) and we can hear the music. They said it’s a

miles away. That’s far! Sam

Colin that he can learn about spotting planes,

group called Suzy & the Bird Dogs. I don’t hear

told Colin that there are 129

building ships, and hear about submarines

any dogs in the band, but it’s nice. Betsy says

stairs to get to the top, and

there. I know I can’t go with them in the

they have concerts on the lighthouse lawn

museums, but maybe for something like that, I’d ride in a carrier like Bitsy’s. Betsy decided it was time for her and Bitsy to go home, so we said our goodbyes. Kristi said we could take a quick walk down on the beach before going back to the hotel, but we walked over to the stairs, there was no sand, it was all ocean! Kristi laughed and said she forgot about high tide. When Colin asked what that means she said she’d show him tomorrow. Tomorrow we go to the beach!

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Don’t Be a Crab, Follow the Rules Before heading to the beach, it’s important to

swimmer out to sea. If you are caught in one,

important to stay calm. You don’t want to tire

get the lay of the land and understand the rules.

don’t fight it. Do your best to swim out of the

yourself out trying to fight the current and

St. Simons Island has four miles of beaches.

current in a direction parallel to the beach

The most popular area is East Beach, with main

and then make your way back to shore.

It’s best to allow yourself to float out in

access points at the Coast Guard Station (First

If you can’t escape the current, tread

order to break the grip of the rip current

Street access to East Beach), Gould’s Inlet (the

water or float on your back. If you need

then wait until you can make headway

northernmost access point on East Beach at

help, call out and wave your arms

swimming parallel to the beach before

16th Street), and Massengale Park (1350 Ocean

for assistance, but it’s

trying to make it safely to land.

Boulevard). Coast Guard and Massengale access points have large parking areas and convenient facilities. From the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, pets are only allowed on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. from 16th St. (East Beach South) to Mallery St. (The Pier). Dogs are allowed any time of day to the north of 16th Street. During allowable times/areas and in non-summer months, dogs are permitted on any portion of the beach but must be within close proximity and under the immediate control of the owner/ handler. If the handler is unable to control pet via voice-command, a 10’ leash is required. Owners are required to clean up after their pets. Vehicles are prohibited on the beach. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a Warning Flag system in place to notify visitors of conditions. The flag key is posted at main beach access sites. Please pay attention to the flags and do not swim in hazardous conditions. Lifeguards are present from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily at Coast Guard and Massengale beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. While they can provide assistance when needed, you swim at your own risk. Rip currents are common. They are difficult to see and much more dangerous than undertow. They can sweep even the strongest 28


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Kristi mentioned the tide yesterday. Today she showed us the difference between where the water was during low tide and where we saw it last night. She explained that the tide here changes very quickly and the difference in the ocean levels at low and high tide here

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is one of the highest on the East Coast. It’s for this reason that swimmers are cautioned not to swim out to visible sand bars. When the

There are

tide comes in, the sand bars can be completely

also a few good

submerged under six to eight feet of water and

things to know when it

the water may be moving as fast as ten miles

comes to wildlife at the beach.

per hour. In these conditions, rip currents

While you’re welcome to take away shells

the type you see sold as pets that can live in a

are especially dangerous and even strong

and shark’s teeth, it’s illegal to collect and kill

cage or tank. The marine variety need to be

swimmers can have difficulty. To guarantee

live animals from Georgia beaches, including

submerged in salt water to survive. Chlorine

you’re not caught in this situation, you want

sand dollars. If a sand dollar is brown/purple

is toxic to them. Sea turtles are protected by

to be well away from sandbars before tide

and has bristles, it is likely alive. Only take the

state and federal laws. Do not touch or disturb

change. To know when tide change occurs,

white/grey, non-bristled skeletons. You’ll also

nests or hatchlings, or females crawling to or

check a local tide chart at tidesandcurrents.

want to make sure any shells you’re taking

from the ocean to nest. Please fill in any holes

noaa.gov or a tide chart app such as Tide Alert

home are empty. It’s never fun to discover –

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We had so much fun at the beach! We went to Gould’s Inlet so we could stay as

obvious, but its sweet tea color is consistent

even have a festival celebrating shrimp &

long as we wanted. Sam and I played ball and

here no matter the weather. He told them it’s

grits! That night, they were still talking about

frisbee, and I made more new friends. Some of

really a good thing because the nutrient rich

the shrimp, so we went to a restaurant called

them are giants, like Bodhi and Boozer. Bear,

waters are ideal for wildlife. Fish, crabs, shrimp,

who’s really a Newfoundland and not a bear at

and other sea life love it. That attracts a wide

all, was there too. We splashed in the water and

variety of birds, and provides a healthy diet for

chased birds, but mostly chased each other.

other animals, like the dolphins they were so

liked it because they

excited to see. Sam is so smart!

had free ice cream

Iguana’s where Sam told us everybody goes to eat the fried shrimp. Colin

after dinner and he

When we were splashing around, some ladies were talking about how brown and “dirty” the

Kristi pointed out some boats with long arms

could make his own

water is here. They are used to the blue water

and nets and said they were catching the

chocolate sundae.

in Florida. Sam said the water isn’t “dirty” at all,

yummiest shrimp in

the brown is good. He told them to think of it

the world

like nature’s sweet tea. It’s brown from stirred

because of

up sediment and tannins that come from the

the brown

Spartina grasses, leaves, and tree bark that


wash offshore from the swamps and marshes.

She told

Sedimentary deposits from big rivers that flow

the ladies to try

into the ocean here make the sea floor near

shrimp & grits or Low

the shore muddy, rather than sandy. Storms

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that churn off the coast can stir the sediment

228, if they haven’t. On Jekyll

up, making the brown water darker and more

Island, which is nearby, they

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Today was Sam and Kristi’s

and Sam were

special day. Colin and I spent the

going to visit

day with Kristi’s friend, Amy and

Christ Church

her son, Julian. We got up early


to walk on the beach and Sam

today, another

dropped us off with Amy so he

historic place

could take Kristi for mimosas

on the island.

and breakfast at Halyards. Amy

Kristi said she

told them not to worry about us,

wanted to walk

she picked up breakfast at Café

through the

Frederica and we were going

cemetery and

to go on an adventure. When

the Wesley

she gave Colin and Julian giant


cinnamon rolls and pulled out

Garden across

some bacon for me, I knew it

the street to

would be a great day!

take pictures.

One of the Goddess installments at Glynn Visual Arts

They’re We ate our breakfast at

also going

Frederica Park. She let me play


in the dog park while the boys

riding, I heard Sam say, but I

like Peggy Everett, Ella Cart,

kicked a soccer ball around

think that’s a surprise.

Ken Wallin, and Mitch Mercer, galleries like Anderson Fine Art

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separate fenced areas for big

Amy took us on a hunt for tree

and ArtTrends, and art shows in

dogs and small dogs. That’s not

spirits! She picked up a map

the Village almost every month.

important to me, because I like

from the Visitor’s Center in the

She told me I’d make a handsome

to hang with the big dogs, but

Village and we went to find all the

subject, so I think she’s going to

I know they scare some of the

faces carved into trees. A couple

paint a picture of me for Kristi.

littler guys. There’s another dog

stumped us, but the mermaid

park with a fenced in run at

was easy to find. She also took

When Sam and Kristi came

Epworth Park, a little dog called

us to see some “goddesses” at a

back, she showed off her

Bruno told me, but he said this

place called Glynn Visual Arts

new oyster bracelet and a

was his favorite. Amy took us

near the airport. Some artists

sparkly ring Sam got her from

to see the fairy houses on a trail

made them from scrap parts and

Joseph Jewelers for their 10th

in the park too. She said there

they’re pretty cool. Amy is an

anniversary. I heard her tell Amy

are great trails for walking and

artist too and she told Kristi the

he gave it to her on a sunset

riding bikes on the island and

island is lucky to have so many

cruise and she cried. I”m sad that

more parks to explore too. Kristi

talented and creative artists

tomorrow is our last day here.


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Today I met the girl of my dreams and I became a Bark Ranger! But that’s not even the best news … First, we had breakfast at a place called

Next we went to Fort Frederica.

Sandcastle. Kristi and Sam said it’s changed a

Sam says this is where it

lot since they were here last, but they love the

all began. A man named

new look and menu. Colin said the waffles were

General Oglethorpe came

awesome! My ears perked up when Kristi told

from England to Savannah

a lady named Melissa that we’d be back often

to establish the colony of

fort, Sam drove us over to a

for sure. That means we must be coming to the

Georgia in 1733. Three years

place called Frederica so we

island again soon!

later, he built Fort Frederica

could meet his friend Cole at

Colin to visit too. He told me I can’t be a Bark Ranger there though. Bummer. After we got done at the

to defend the colony against

the boathouse and go for a

Kristi wanted to go shopping at the Shops on

Spanish attack from Florida.

boat ride on the lake. Cole has

Market Street, so Sam walked me around while

Maybe that has something to

she went in Planters Exchange and oohed and

do with how Spanish Moss got

aahed over the shoes and bags at Shackelford. I

its name! According to the humans at the

looked for Bitsy’s friend Duchess at Ronne’s but

fort, Fort Frederica combined both a military

of that. When Sam put my new boat jacket

I only saw humans. Colin sat under a tree and

installation, with a settlement, the town of

from Island Dog on me, he patted my head

looked at the Passport for Preservation he got

Frederica. Due to the Spanish threat only 75

and said, “I know I promised you a ride to see

from the St. Simons Land Trust office. It has

miles away, General Oglethorpe surrounded

dolphins, buddy, but we’ll have to save that

cool activities, like a scavenger hunt.

the entire 40-acre area with an outer wall,

for another day.” I licked his face, because I

a big yellow lab named Casey. He says he was just adopted and wants to be my best friend. I like the sound

called a rampart, and a dry moat. Colin says it

knew the secret. We did some fishing, but not

While we were up near the corner under the

sounds like a castle! Now the fort is a National

any catching. Casey was ready to help if they

shady tree and Sam was talking to somebody

Monument and, as part of the National Park

needed him to fetch anything in the water. He

about a new oyster bar named Dorothy’s, I saw

Service, I can visit and be a Bark Ranger!

told me he loves to swim and catch. I think he’ll

her. She came out of a store called Simmer &

Kristi says that it’s a special honor and if we

be the perfect best friend. I relaxed on Kristi’s

Soak. Her name is Liza Jane, and her human,

follow the rules, I get a Bark Ranger badge to

lap and daydreamed about Liza Jane with

Jennie, owns the store. Liza Jane keeps her

wear on my collar! Here are the requirements

ribbons in her hair.

company and greets visitors. She’s an Old

for Bark Rangers:

English Sheepdog and has the prettiest hair I’ve ever seen. Sigh. I’m in love.

Bag your pet’s waste.

Then Sam called Colin over and pointed to a pretty house on the lake with a big pool and

Always leash your pet.

outdoor fireplace and said “How would you

Sam stopped to talk to Jennie and asked

Respect wildlife.

like to live there?” Colin has always wanted

about kitchen remodeling. That’s weird. I

Know where you can go.

to have a pool of his own, and shook his his

don’t think she would come all the way to

yes. Sam ruffled his hair, and said, “Whew.

the mountains to fix up our kitchen. I don’t

I’ve got my badge and Colin is going to be a

It’s a good thing you said that, because it’s

even think there’s anything wrong with our

Junior Ranger too! We looked at the cannons

ours. Your mom and I decided it’s finally

kitchen. Kristi met up with us and talked to

and Colin asked lots of questions about what

time to move to the island. We’ll be here for

Jennie too before going in to see her new

life was like for soldiers. He even tried on a red

the 4th of July.” If Colin had a tail, it would

showroom, and that’s when I heard the big

coat and hat. Sam said there’s another fort in

have been wagging! It looks like we’ll have

news. But wait, I can’t tell you yet!

Darien, called Fort King George, that he’ll take

lots to explore in our new island home.



Simmer & Soak’s friendly greeter, Liza Jane, can’t wait for you to check out the new Showroom with her.

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According to the Travel Association of America, approximately 30 million people travel with pets each year. Here are some helpful tips for traveling with pets: Before Your Trip

Look up details (phone number,

screen which includes a visual

The American Veterinary

Visit your veterinarian to be

address, and hours) for a

and physical inspection. You may

Medical Association

sure your dog is fit to travel and

veterinary hospital close to

need to remove your dog from

recommends stopping every

to get a health certificate, which

your destination in case of an

the carrier so the carrier can

two to three hours for your

is generally necessary for plane

emergency or download an

go through the X-Ray machine.

dog to use the bathroom and

travel and boarding at your

app like Pet MD that finds the

Consider bringing a leash to

get some exercise.

destination. If traveling out of

emergency hospital closest to

walk your dog through the metal

the country, your dog may also

your location.

detector and ensure your dog

Keep an eye on your snacks and

stays by your side during the

keep toxic foods like grapes,

chaos of airport security!

raisins, chocolate, and choking

need additional vaccinations.

What to Pack

If your dog isn’t used to

• Bowls for water and food

traveling in the car or carrier,

• Familiar Food and treats

Traveling by Car

break them in gradually well in

• Leash

If your dog is riding in a carrier, it is important to make sure it

short car rides. This will prepare

• Collar with up-to-date tags (including how to contact you while you are traveling)

them for car travel and let you

• Pet carrier

see how your dog responds.

• Blankets/bedding to make the carrier more comfortable

advance of the trip by taking

Before you book your flight, check with your airline to determine their policy for traveling with dogs. Policies can vary by airline on size of dog, breed, health certification

is secured to the car. Another option is to use a restraining harness that connects to the seat belt

• Favorite toys and comfort items

that protect against

• Waste disposal bags

flying forward

• First aid kit and any medications • Copy of medical records/health certificate • Current photo in case your dog gets lost

hazards away from your dog.

during sudden stopping or an accident. Never leave your dog

requirements, prohibited

Traveling by Plane

months, and/or temperatures

Be prepared for airport security.

The temperature inside

of travel, fees, and more. If

Your dog may need to walk

of a car can rise very

possible, try to arrange for

through the metal detector with

quickly, even with the

direct flights.

you or undergo a secondary

windows cracked.

unattended in a vehicle.

Make frequent pit-stops.

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My new best friend Casey told me that it gets pretty loud and crazy on St. Simons Island during the 4th of July. He says the fireworks scare him, so I thought I’d share some expert-approved tips from the American Kennel Club for how to help keep dogs like Casey safe with the holiday coming up. 1. Make Sure Your Pet Has

5. Comfort Your Dog. If you can, try staying home with your dog

sounds of fireworks (softly)

the information on your

or leaving them in the hands of

so your dog is used to hearing

pet’s collar is current and

a trusted person. It’s important

them. You may even feed your

make sure your dog is

to remain calm and use a

dog treats while doing this. The

microchipped and has a

soothing, even tone. Petting

volume should be low enough

GPS device. This way, if they

them can be comforting —

that your dog can notice it, but

escape, there’s a better chance

long, slow, firm strokes along

does not show signs of stress

they’ll get returned.

the length of their body are

like panting, pacing, leaving the

typically very soothing. Avoid

area or trying to hide. Increase

2. Keep Your Dog Away From

seeming frantic or anxious.

the volume gradually, vary the

Fireworks. Don’t take your

This just feeds a dog’s fear.

source of the sound, and use

dogs to fireworks shows or leave them outside during



different recordings. 6. Walk Them Before the

fireworks. Keeping your dog

Fireworks Start. Head out for

8. Talk to Your Vet. If your pet’s

inside in the evening on the

a long walk before the sun sets

anxiety is severe, consider

Fourth of July is the best idea,

to increase the chances that

booking an appointment with

especially if you fear they

you’ll avoid the sounds. When

your vet so you can discuss

might not react well.

you do go out, you’ll want to

a medication that could help

ensure your dog is secure on a

soothe your dog’s anxiety.

3. Create a Safe Haven For

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

of fireworks, try playing

Proper ID. Ensure that

leash before your walk. Double-

Your Dog. Create a calming

check the fit of your dog’s

place where your dog will

collar or harness before

(hopefully) feel comfortable.

going outside. A leash,

Try setting up an area in

even if you have a

a quiet space away from

fenced-in area,

windows, such as a basement,

is a great added

bathroom, or a larger closet,

safety measure

so that they can’t hear or see

to help keep

fireworks. Use a crate if that’s

your dog close

where your dog feels safe, and

to you and

make sure to provide your

under control

pup with familiar toys and

should the dog


become startled.

4. Play White Noise. You can

7. Desensitize Your

try leaving a fan, TV, or radio

Dog to the Sounds of

on to help mask the sounds of

Fireworks. If you think your

the fireworks.

dog will freak out at the sound

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WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE he Sunshine Festival is

Track Club’s Sunshine Festival 5K & 1-Mile

letting you know all the info we have at time

returning to the Village

Fun Run, and 50+ arts & craft vendors at

of print. The festivities will begin on Friday,

on St. Simons Island, but it’s not

the Craft Marketplace in Postell Park, just

July 2 and run through Sunday, July 4 with

the same old song! This year it’s

wait to hear what else is in store for your

events and activities the whole family will

bigger and better than ever. Not

holiday weekend fun! Elegant Island Living,

enjoy. Come out to celebrate our nation’s

only will there be fireworks on

a sponsor of the festival, has gotten the

independence and our beautiful island at the

inside scoop from the organizers and we’re

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Amelia, Gemstones by Nora, Perfect Fit Toe

a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.

Rings, Stone-Good Jewelry, Gypsy Hook

to 8:00 p.m., Country Boy Cooking will be

Jewelry, and Beads on the Vine.

serving up some down-home deliciousness. You can also cool off with icy treats from

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the Kona Ice Truck from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday. Additional food trucks may be participating, so watch the Elegant Island Living website and social

Creative & Crafty

Skin/body care, candles

media for updates and additions. For the 21+

The Sunshine Festival Craft Marketplace, will

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include 50+ craft and artist booths set up in

Candles & Skincare, Sweet Tea

beer tents (Yes, you read that right! BEER!) set

Postell Park from 10:00 a.m. daily to 5:00 p.m.

Soaps, Body & Soul, and Zah’s

up in both Postell and Neptune Park from 11:00

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Friday & Saturday and extended to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Ameris Bank is a participating

Celebrate with Specials

sponsor. Confirmed Craft/Art Vendors from the region include:

crew who’s in need of libations, there will be

a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Valid ID will be required for beer purchases.

Keep an eye out for

Dancing in the Street

Apparel, textiles &

holiday sales and specials

There’s a full line-up of great bands providing

accessories: Holi Cow

at the many stores and

music in Neptune Park all weekend long.

Wearables, Fouta Spa Specialty

boutiques on the island

Not only do we have some big names in

over the weekend. If

Towels & Robes, Waddell Leather, Sun Hats,

you stop by Island Dog and make a

Beach Music and Motown heavy hitters, there are some talented local/regional bands too, including Lauren Marie,

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purchase, your dog will receive a

Clothing by Lisa, and

complimentary cookie, just like

Mystic Needles.

Sidney, our favorite

Water Gypseas. They’re

The Dillagaff Country Band, and Salt

four-legged fella

still working out specific

Art & Décor: 18 Loves

in the feature, did.

schedules, but here’s

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At Two Brothers

what’s set so far.

Amelia Jamerson, Get

Bike Shop, you’ll

Wired! Wire Décor,

get a small ice cream

Sonshine Chimes

from Saint Simons Sweets with

Glass Chimes &

each bicycle rental and 4% off the entire

Swingin’ Medallions. Known best for their

store from July 3-5. They’re also selling St.

signature song, “Double Shot (of My Baby’s

Meeks Mandala

Simons Island July 4th shirts for $5 each,

Love)” which became a million seller in 1966,

Art, L’ava’nder’s

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The Swingin’ Medallions have been based

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Things kick off Friday evening with shag favorites, The

early 1960s. Called “The Party Band of the South,” the band’s line-up has always included approximately eight high-energy stage performers with at least a four piece horn

Gourmet goodies: Poppy’s

Because no party is complete

section. Whether you call their style “beach

Kettle Corn, Grown Wild

without good food, there will be

music,” R&B, or “shag music,” they’ll have you

Foods-Home of the Bourbon

local food trucks on site near the

up dancing and swaying to the beat before the

Bacon Pecan, and Simply Savory Dip Mixes.

St. Simons Casino/Postell Park each Mobile Kitchen will tempt your tastebuds

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night is through.

day of the festival. On Friday, Jefecita’s with mouthwatering Mexican fare from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday from 11:00

Saturday night’s musical entertainment features The Four Tops. Named by Rolling Stone and Billboard magazine as one of the

and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. The songs released by The Four Tops, which also include hits like “It’s the Same Old Song,” and “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” were the epitome of what became known as the Motown Sound: simple, distinctive melodies and rhymes, call-and-response lyrics, backed by strong musical contributions of studio band, the Funk

Top 100 Artists of All Time, The Four Tops have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, R&B Music Hall of Fame, and Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame, and are included on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and their songs “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” earned spots in The Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1997, they were also honored with the Rhythm

Brothers. Their 1966 song “Reach Out I’ll Be

formed group featuring karaoke darlings

There” not only became their biggest hit and

Misty and Shawn McGee, backed by longtime

signature song, it is one of the most popular

veterans of the local music scene, Darin

Motown songs of all time.

Harlow, Will Aspinwall and Rick Joyce, is quickly becoming known for strong vocal

Gates for Friday and Saturday’s shows open

performances, quality covers, and energetic

at 5:00 p.m., and music starts at 6:00 p.m.

shows. They’ll be set up at Neptune Park for

Bring your own chairs or blankets for seating.

the enjoyment of the picnicking families and

Tickets will be available at the gate or can be

the crowd gathering for the fireworks. Music

purchased in advance at Iguana’s Restaurant

will begin around 6:00 p.m. and will break for

or online at freshtickets.com. There are VIP

the fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. Tunes will

ticket packages and 2-night passes available.

resume after the pyrotechnic show is over. No admission fee or tickets required.

On Sunday, the spotlight will turn to local band Salt Water Gypseas. This newly

Run for Fun A tradition for nearly four decades, Independence Day on Sunday begins with the Sunshine Festival 5K & Fun Run presented by the Golden Isles Track Club. GITC is thrilled that this 37th annual event is back in person for 2021! Come run with your friends and family among the beautiful oak and Spanish moss-lined streets of St. Simons Island. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome! The race begins at Mallery Park at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 4th. A 1-Mile Fun Run for children will be held immediately following the 5K at 8:00 a.m.

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baseball field at 1:30 p.m. In the past couple years, more than 100 carts have been in the parade as it makes its way through the Village, so get there early for prime placement in the procession. And spectators, get a good, comfy seat with a great view to watch this impressive Winners in the Overall, Masters, Grand

display of American pride. For

Masters, Senior Grand Masters and top

registration information, follow

three male and female runners in each

St. Simons Bait & Tackle’s

age group categories will be presented

Facebook page or call

awards created by local artists. An award will


also be given to the largest team and for the

Sparkling Spectacular

best-decorated house along the race route. Race packets can be picked up at St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way, on

goldenislestrack.club or sign up on itsyourrace.

Saturday, July 3rd between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.

com. For questions or further information,

beach chairs, and join your friends and family

Pack a picnic, bring your blankets or

contact race director Lesley Leonard

to watch the always spectacular firework show

Just like in years past, GITC will use the

at lesleysomm13@gmail.com. Volunteer

along the water at Neptune Park. Please be

proceeds of this event to support running-

opportunities are available too, so you can still

aware the fishing pier and southernmost end

related causes in our community, including

participate in the fun, even if you don’t run.

of Mallery Street will be closed to cars and

Girls on the Run; high school track and cross country teams; and local projects that develop and maintain walking, running, and cycling

pedestrian traffic beginning the morning of

Patriotic Parade

July 4. St. Simons Island’s fireworks will begin

The annual 4th of July golf cart parade in the

at sundown, around 9:00 pm. No charge for

paths in Glynn County. In fact, donation

Village organized by St. Simons Bait & Tackle

admission or parking. There will be live music

requests for the Brunswick High School track

will take place at 2:30 p.m. Dress up your carts,

before and after the pyrotechnics (see above)

team, Girls on the Run, Fort Frederica, the

kids & pets in their patriotic best, because

so you won’t get bored if you’re early and don’t

St. Simons Land Trust, and trail improvements

there are prizes! Line up by the Mallery Park

have to rush home.

at Blythe Island Regional Park have already been approved. Thanks go out to the many generous sponsors who support the Sunshine Festival races and the loyal participants who make this event memorable every year.

4th of July weekend on St. Simons Island is going to be good. We recommend biking, walking, carpooling, or taking the golf cart in the Village whenever possible because parking will be limited and you know the island roads are going to be busy. Plan to take a little extra time, smile at everyone, and be thankful we have

To register for the 5K or the 1-Mile Fun Run,

great community events like this. We hope to

visit the Golden Isles Track Club’s website

see YOU at the Sunshine Festival!











Jekyll Island 4th of July Fireworks Display Since Jekyll Island is limiting their 4th of July festivities to fireworks, they’re pulling out all the stops for this year’s display. Watch the night sky light up with an Independence Day fireworks spectacular that will have kids of

Oceanview Beach Park. The Jekyll Island

and supervised classic old-timey games like

parking fee will be increased for July 4. The fee

sack races, tug-of-war, horseshoes, various

at the parking gate will be an additional $4 per

ball games, hula-hoop contests, and more.

daily pass; annual passes are not impacted.

Brunswick’s fireworks over the waters of the

Brunswick’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

all ages oohing and aahing at the amazing site

This 4th of July, join the happy kids and adults

overhead. Fireworks will begin around 9:00

who gather at Mary Ross Waterfront Park

p.m. when the sky offers the best background

for Brunswick’s Old Fashioned 4th of July.

for this incredible pyrotechnic display. The

Considered one of the best small town 4th of

fireworks show will be viewable across an

July celebrations in the South, this popular

oceanside section of the island. Park and

annual event includes free games for kids of

enjoy the view from your car at a beachside

all ages, slices of delicious watermelon, and a

spot. Ideal viewing locations include: Great

phenomenal fireworks display. The excitement

Dunes Beach Park, Corsair Beach Park, and

begins at 7:00 p.m. and features organized

East River and Oglethorpe Bay start around 9:00 pm and last 30 minutes.

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Tibi’s Coastal Connection It’s not every day that you’re invited to get a glimpse into personal style sessions and the creative process behind the launch of the fall campaign for an über-chic New York-based designer fashion label. When EIL was contacted by Tibi about Founder & Creative Director Amy Smilovic’s upcoming visit to the island and plans to shoot the line’s Fall 2021 collection at SCAD, we were thrilled to be offered the exclusive invitation to participate. But this rare opportunity speaks perfectly to a key element of the Tibi brand in 2021: accessibility. Some of you may only know Tibi as a store or NY designer label you see advertised in our pages or showcased during Fashion Week, or even as a mid-island shop where young women flock when visiting the island. You may not be aware that Tibi has local roots. Amy is the daughter of Island residents Ken and Judy Wallin and a graduate of Glynn Academy. Inspired by the local culture and textiles while living in Hong Kong, she founded Tibi there in 1997, before returning to the States a few years later and setting up a studio in a Soho loft. (Fun fact: you can see Amy’s studio, complete with some of her design sketches in the movie Devil Wears Prada.) Fashion insiders love Tibi’s relaxed and minimal designs, eye-catching prints, unexpected color combinations, and modern celebration 48


of femininity in a non-traditional, laid-back style. The effortless and versatile staples and well-made separates appeal to professional women and creatives. Today more than ever, Amy says, the designs are informed by the women who wear them. During the pandemic, Amy and Tibi Visual Styling Director Dione Davis took to Instagram as a way to reach out and engage with their customer base. It was a year without catwalks and they had a collection to sell. So, in a world of Zoom meetings and TikTok dance trends and cooking demonstrations, the pair launched Instagram Style Class, where they address followers’ requests for how to style what’s already in their closet or suggestions on how to pack for a 3 day trip. The sessions are popular because Amy and Dione are engaging, witty, and completely candid. Amy has a passion for showing women

Style Class

how to express themselves and their personal aesthetic through their wardrobe and helping them to be more confident. She believes the best compliment a person can receive is “I love your style!” Because that embraces their whole persona, not the shoes, the jacket, or the elements of the outfit. In the Tibi Style Class and other social media engagement, Amy also offers guidance and business insight to entrepreneurs and aspiring designers. Such accessibility and approachability is rare and valuable. Dione appreciates the way Style Class let her reconnect on a different level,



Behind-theScenes: Fall 2021 because typically she’s traveling all the time. As we stood chatting in The Outlet, Amy pulled up that first class, which launched, they realized, almost exactly a year before, on her phone, and they mused about how far the sessions have come. What began as off the cuff tips offered by Amy on Instagram stories evolved into something for which they’ve hired a filmmaker! Dione says they’re amazed by and grateful for the connection that the Style Classes have allowed them to make with Tibi followers and to see an influx of brand new customers. It was this desire for connection that brought Amy to town and to shoot the Fall 2021 campaign at SCAD. Amy explains, “We wanted to tell the story of our Fall 2021 collection in a location that made my team and me feel alive

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it has some incredible historic architecture and a fantastic aesthetic. It was not only an

Outlet Styling Session

opportunity to shoot in this setting, but to involve students in the creative fields in the process. Amy says, “After speaking with SCAD about the campaign, we came up with a terrific partnership. Our teams met for the first time in Savannah, and it felt like coming home.” After EIL met with Amy and Dione at the Tibi Outlet, the other members of the Tibi team were arriving for the next day’s shoot in Savannah. They graciously shared some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos with us as they styled the not yet released fall line. Their enthusiasm for the project was easy to see and their excitement contagious. After the shoot, Amy shared, “SCAD was a phenomenal experience. What started as the idea of shooting a fall campaign quickly morphed into a fully creative experience. It was incredibly inspiring to be around such young unbridled talent.” Keep an eye on Tibi’s social media accounts to see the campaign when it rolls out.

ABOVE: Amy consults with Robin Love and Bonney Shuman. TOP RIGHT: Hayes Stoddard, Outlet Manager

again; a place that we were connected to, not

Why SCAD? Amy elaborates, “For those of

a random “scouted” location. I grew up on St.

you who aren’t familiar with SCAD, it is an

Simons Island. When I started Tibi in 1997 in

incredible school of art and design located in

Hong Kong, all of my first inventory shipments

Savannah. In 1978, the school was founded by

went to my parents’ house on the island, where

Paula Wallace who has made it her mission

they packed and shipped Tibi’s first orders to

to create the best educational institution

stores. This led to locating our back office and

for students to pursue a creative education

fulfillment operations on the island for the last

supported by the best resources; giving the

20 years. We also have the Tibi Outlet store

space to create without any boundaries.” And

located in The Shops on Market Street.”

if you’ve never been to the Savannah campus,

While at the Tibi Outlet, Amy and Dione offered personal styling. Outlet manager Hayes Stoddard said they had booked 10 appointments for the hour-long sessions and EIL was there to see them in action. Robin Love and Bonney Shuman took advantage of the opportunity. Neither of these stylish local ladies are unfamiliar with Amy. In fact, Robin called Amy to design her dress for the Ryder Cup opening ceremonies in 2012. Amy recalls, “she wanted something simple with clean lines.” With Hayes and Dione pulling different sizes

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and styles, and placing orders for items not on the racks here or offered in different colors, Robin, Bonney, and a few other shoppers left with Tibi bags or purchased items arriving soon. Amy also got to enjoy some catch-up sessions with hometown friends. She says, “Every day I am more and more grateful to have grown up in a place like St. Simons. The balance of life and creativity has stayed with me. And I am so happy to be continue my relationship with my home by having part of our company located here.” Hopefully this visit strengthened that coastal connection even further.

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Support foR the Squares Takes Root


n 1771, The Council of the Royal Colony of Georgia laid out the city of Brunswick utilizing the Oglethorpe Plan. This design, named after the colony’s founder, General James Oglethorpe, featured 14 large and small squares spaced evenly among residential and commercial land lots. These park-like areas were to be deeded to the people of the city in perpetuity, never to be sold or developed. Over the past 250 years, a number of the squares of Brunswick have been sold, encroached upon or developed for civic or private purposes. Many of the squares are still in use today as community gathering spots or parks. Yet others wait for the day when their true potential can be realized.

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In 2005, a group of Old Town Brunswick homeowners began a mission to reclaim and beautify the district’s original colonial parks and squares in keeping with the intent of the city’s founders. Led by Julie Hunter Martin and LuAnn Whalen, Signature Squares of Brunswick, Inc., a non-profit preservation organization, was formed and soon grew in strength and numbers. Following plans drawn by founding member landscape architect Jerry Spencer, the organization began taking steps to transform neglected and underutilized spaces

TOP: Engraved tiles at the Entry of Machen Square West. Troup Nightingale, Southeastern Photography. FAR LEFT: Hanover Park original fountain c. 1900s. Courtesy of Downtown Development Authority Collection.

into garden spots for the city. Work commenced in early 2006 with the replacement of the broken fountain in Hanover Square, repair of walkways, and replanting the garden areas. Today, Signature Squares of Brunswick remains a 501(c)(3) organization funded completely by grants and donations. It has no paid staff, and operates on 100% volunteer participation. Revitalization project funding is supplied by generous contributions from citizens, local businesses, garden clubs, and foundations; grants, strategic partnerships and in-kind services. 100% of all donations go toward restoration projects. Each renovation project involves a partner relationship with the City of Brunswick. Signature Squares’ work continues along the business corridor, as well as in residential park areas, and its mission has grown to include educating the public about the history of our city. They are dedicated to bringing the story of our modern colonial city to life by restoring its historic public green spaces in an environmentally responsible manner and sharing its rich legacy. The fruits of the volunteers’ 56


LEFT: The fountain in Jekyll Square West utilized the original base bowl of the Hanover Square fountain. Troup Nightingale, Southeastern Photography.

labor is enjoyed by downtown visitors, shoppers, residents, and businesses. “The squares are an important asset to downtown Brunswick,” says Susan Bates, owner of Tipsy McSway’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill. “They are the hubs of the monthly First Friday events and are regularly used as community gathering places. We see it daily outside our windows.” Each of Brunswick’s 14 original squares in the Old Town Historic District has a story to tell, and every story plays an important part of the city’s narrative. Government offices and commercial businesses bordering squares in the downtown corridor shaped the cultural and economic destiny of our port city. Homes around the residential squares tell the stories

of the people who built the city and raised their families here. Intensive research into the architectural, horticultural and cultural heritage of the space precedes the preservation of each square. The relevance of each structure, past and present, and location of the square are all taken into consideration before any bench, brick, or shrub is installed. While many of the original squares have been fully restored, several still are in need of attention. We’re touching on the history and renovation of some of the Brunswick squares here to give you an idea of the legacy Signature Squares seeks to preserve. To delve deeper, we encourage you to visit signaturesquares.org. When the city of Brunswick was chartered and plans for its streets and squares were formalized,

the colony of Georgia was already 39 years old, and ties with Britain were still strong. This is reflected in many of the names, such as King and Queen Squares, named to honor Britain’s Royal rulers. These two squares were designed in four quadrants. Queen Square, home to one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, Historic City Hall, is the only true square in Brunswick located within the downtown commercial district. Other smaller, so-called “pocket parks,” such as Jekyll and Machen Squares, were originally named “Place” and were not considered true squares until the names changed on city maps in the 1930s. Hanover Square was named for the house of Hanover, from which England’s rulers at that time, namely George III, descended. It is one of only two large squares in Old Town Brunswick that retains its original size and shape. Initially, Hanover Square was the hub of official city and county business. The county courthouse, jail and stockyards were located in the square until the late 19th century, when Brunswick citizens began to feel that the muddy, trampled stockyard and shabby wooden buildings did not properly represent their up-and-coming city. In 1882, the Ladies Park Association campaigned for the removal of the courthouse from the square and raised funds to purchase materials to beautify what they referred to as “Hanover Park.” The city drilled a deep artesian well in the square and topped it with an ornate fountain. This new fountain provided clean drinking

water for local citizens and created a tourist attraction for the times. In the late 19th-century, there was a popular practice for the healthconscious of “taking the waters.” This brought many people to Brunswick to drink the fountain’s therapeutic natural mineral water. In later years, the fountain fell into disrepair and several pieces were missing when Signature Squares of Brunswick took on its inaugural restoration project. The entire assembly was removed down to the ground, and a replacement in a classic Tall Crane design, chosen to most closely reflect the original 1884 fountain, was installed. The base bowl of the old fountain was saved and repurposed as the basin of the new Jekyll Square West fountain. Wright Square was named for Sir James Wright, the last colonial Governor of Georgia. Wright was known as a fair and well-respected administrator and held his office from 1760 until the end of the Revolutionary War. In 1952, Glynn County Middle School was built on the northern half of Wright Square. In 2009, a modern middle school was built to replace it in a different location. Three years later, a land swap between the City of Brunswick and the Board of Education for the northern half of Wright Square was finalized, providing the city the opportunity to re-connect the two halves of Wright Square into a fully intact 4-acre historic square with the removal of George Street. After the demolition of the school, the site was painstakingly excavated by archaeologist William Weeks, who had for years researched the possibility that a settlers’ burial ground might have

been beneath the square. Thirty-seven colonial grave sites were discovered although identities were lost with the passage of time and progress. The graves were recorded but left undisturbed and respectfully covered again by native soil. The first citizens of the city are now honored with a monument in the square. The origin of the name of Machen Place (now Square) isn’t as clear as others, and this northernmost square in Old Town wasn’t even included on the 1826 official map of the city. But during Brunswick’s period of growth and prosperity in the late 19th century, landmark structures were built adjacent to or near Machen Square and the space assumed its rightful status as an important part of the Newcastle Street downtown corridor. It once held a magnificent threestory National Bank of Brunswick building, designed in the same Richardson-Romanesque revival style as Historic City Hall. The Victorian masterpiece known as the Oglethorpe Hotel was completed in 1888 on the adjoining block. Also built nearby was the Grand Opera House. Sadly, all that remains of these structures are a substantially transformed Ritz Theatre and a walkway at the entrance to Machen Square West of engraved pink and white Italian marble tiles preserved from the Oglethorpe Hotel. Signature Squares now invites you to get in touch with the city’s roots through the Square Roots program. Square Roots is a newly developed community partnership dedicated to the preservation, restoration and broadened awareness of Brunswick’s public green spaces.

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Square Roots member businesses create a funding resource that helps bring the story of our modern colonial city to life and to maintain the design intended by its founders in 1771: to promote health and wellbeing through unrestricted access to common green spaces. Restoring the historic squares set aside for public good by our colonial founders keeps our treasured cultural and environmental heritage intact. When we preserve the squares, we protect the quality of life that results from daily contact with nature. The squares are ideal for walking, strolling with children, visiting with a friend, bird watching, reading a book or simply relaxing. They belong to all of us, and all are welcome. Use for larger public or private events can be reserved through the City of Brunswick.

donations are used to fund the ongoing preservation and restoration of the city’s historic squares. Projects include research, designing landscapes, sourcing historically accurate plant material, and installing infrastructure like irrigation systems and lighting. Educational signs explaining the history and importance of each square are also planned for each completed project.

There are three ways in which businesses can participate in the Square Roots initiative: 1.) By collecting a 1% voluntary donation on every customer sale. Lodging partners collect $1 per night. 2.) Businesses can donate 1% of their proceeds (or any set amount) to the program. 3.) Service

Square Roots partners represent the hospitality, culinary, retail, manufacturing, media, service and professional industries that are the lifeblood of our business community. Founding partners are: 1608 Liberty Lofts, 365 Degree Total Marketing, Brunswick Landing Marina, The Market on Newcastle, MSTiller, LLC, On the Fly Outfitters, Port City Partners, Premiere Printing, The Rose & Vine, Southeastern Photography, Tipsy McSway’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, The Village Oven, and

providers can donate in-kind or discounted services to Signature Squares. Participating businesses send their collected donations to Signature Squares of Brunswick monthly. The

The Wick. Other nonprofit organizations and foundations are valued members of the partnership as well. Any business or organization of any size is invited to join. Business’ names are

listed on educational signage at newly restored Squares and their logos will be included on the Square Roots website. “By participating in Square Roots, we further a sense of community as we enjoy the benefits of coming together to define our city’s identity and character,” says Signature Squares founder Julie Martin. All proceeds go directly toward the mission to educate, preserve and share our heritage in an environmentally responsible, historically accurate manner. This gift is shared with citizens and visitors alike, for today, and for future generations. Look for Square Roots decals in the windows of participating businesses starting in June to discover where to donate or visit signaturesquares.org.

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Like Father, Like Son


andall Jordan, more commonly known as RJ, knew early on that he would pursue a career in law. RJ grew up in Glynn County and credits his initial interest in law to two of his parents’ friends. “Mr. Russell Tuten was a congressman, and my parents took me to D.C. often to visit with him at the Capitol and see how government works in person,” says RJ. After learning how fascinated RJ was by the speeches and debates on the House floor, RJ’s dad told him that if he wanted to do that, he needed to be a lawyer. That advice stuck. RJ also spent a lot of time at the home of his best friend, Bob Killian. Bob’s dad, Billy Killian, was a lawyer, legislator, and later a Superior Court judge. RJ enjoyed his wit and “the clever ways he talked about almost anything.”



Chris Jordan, the oldest of RJ’s three sons, was born in Chapel Hill, NC, but grew up in Glynn County. Neither parent pushed any of the boys towards a particular career, but when Chris was growing up, the family joke was that he was cut out to be either a lawyer or a priest. As Chris got older, he realized that lawyers had to know how to speak and write, both of which interested him. Chris’ path went from Glynn Academy to Duke University, then to the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Both schools have special meaning to the family. Chris’ grandfather graduated from Vanderbilt, as did Chris’ mother, who later went to Duke for grad school. RJ also received his undergraduate degree from Duke. Chris says that while his school choices were “unimaginative,” they were “great experiences nonetheless.”

After law school, Chris joined a large firm in Atlanta and met his wife, Christy, through a mutual friend. Christy was a recent graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and was working in Atlanta. Chris and Christy eventually moved to St. Simons Island so that Chris could practice with RJ. “My wife left her family and a great job to come down, so it was a big decision for us,” Chris notes, “but we’re extremely thankful to live where we live.” Chris joined RJ at The Jordan Firm, and Christy joined Southeast Georgia Health System’s legal team in Brunswick, where she now serves as the general counsel. In 2017, Chris joined HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in St. Simons Island and Savannah. A couple of years later, RJ dis

solved The Jordan Firm and moved to HunterMaclean as well. Both RJ and Chris are wellrespected litigators with a wealth of experience with torts, railroads, and other transportation matters. RJ acknowledges that he and Chris are very much alike in some ways. “We do really enjoy our work and routinely commit lots of time to our practices,” says RJ, “but some wonderful differences are Chris’ youth and superior IT skills. He stays current on frequently subtle changes in the law and in society that allow him to advise his clients effectively.” RJ leans on Chris for those insights. Chris is quick to praise RJ’s work ethic and great instincts, and says RJ is “preternaturally poised,” adding, “if people think we have professional similarities, that means I’m probably doing something right.” One potentially awkward transition from family to work was never an issue, though: what do you call your dad at work? “I’m not sure what it says about us,” says Chris, “but my brothers and I have actu-

ally been calling our dad ‘RJ’ for a really long time. It’s completely second nature to us. But, to be sure,” he quips, “it also comes in handy in court or on big conference calls.” Striking a work-life balance is a challenge for many, but when you work with family, the challenge is reality. The Jordans agree that their family keeps them in check. “Our families are quick to point out that lawyers talking about law is really boring. So, we’re encouraged to leave work at the office as much as we can,” says RJ. “Fortunately, Chris and I share a lot of the same interests, so finding a non-law subject to talk about is never, ever hard. In fact, it’s great. Chris is a very interesting and entertaining guy, and it’s just fun to have conversations with him

about almost anything. Rarely are those conversations tedious.” Chris chimes in that they enjoy “playing golf poorly together.” They also play a lot of music together, “at times competently!” Chris and RJ are both talented musicians and members of different bands: RJ is a drummer, and Chris plays piano and guitar. Chris admits that RJ is a better singer. They also spend a lot of time at the beach, which is especially fun now with Chris’ three kids in the mix. When asked what they have learned from each other, Chris says that the great advice RJ has given him over the years is too much to recount, but one of the best parts of his job is collaborating with RJ on strategy. “It is truly a gift,” says Chris. He bets even some of their close friends would be surprised how often they laugh at work. “RJ and I try to take our jobs seriously, but not necessarily ourselves or each other.” RJ commends Chris for being more attentive to detail than he is, as not being detail-oriented is dangerous in the law. Chris has made him more aware of such things, and RJ says that has made him a better lawyer, adding that he is “forever blessed to have Chris Jordan as my son regardless of his line of work.” RJ says their close collaboration has given them priceless insights into each other, and he has respect for Chris’ toughness, instincts, and judgment. Along those lines, a life lesson that RJ wants to pass on to Chris is to trust his instincts. That is often hard to do in the context of legal analysis and advice, because the law can seem rigid and emotionless. “But Chris is a good person and a smart person, so his instincts are usually reliable,” RJ says. “I’d advise Chris to use the law as his rulebook but to not be afraid to trust his gut.” From Chris’ perspective, litigation is inherently competitive, with each side trying as hard as they can to win. He compares RJ to Lebron in

that, when the game is on the line, he’d rather have the ball in his hands. Even in the competitive environment of law, though, RJ is a gentleman above all else. He has had great success conveying to judges and juries that he is, as Chris puts it, “the most reasonable person in the room, and thus the one worth listening to.” Chris explains that it works so well for RJ because it’s not an act, adding, “I hope my kids will treat people the way he does.” There is such value in learning your craft from the best in the business, but it is truly special when the best happens to be your own father. RJ has been fine-tuning his craft for forty-five years, defending some of the nation’s largest railroad companies and other corporations in high-stakes lawsuits. He has tried countless cases to jury verdicts. For fourteen of Chris’ eighteen years of practicing law, he has worked alongside RJ, gaining invaluable experience and direction. Chris is an aggressive and pragmatic litigator in his own right, but he expects to continue partnering with and learning from RJ. As he puts it, “RJ’s a machine, and I’m just trying to keep up with him.”

The St. Simons office of HunterMaclean is located at 455 Sea Island Road and can by reached by phone at 912.262.5996. For more about their practice, visit huntermaclean.com.

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by Jennifer Daniel

“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden. And keep out the weeds. Fill it with sunshine, kind words and kind deeds.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


few years ago I attended a conference in Washington, DC. Soaking everything in, I had pages and pages of notes. Though I had been teaching etiquette for a long time, I’d been teaching in my small part of the world. In today’s fast-paced society, we connect with more people than we ever thought possible and it’s very easy to communicate with even those living hundreds of miles. This makes teaching etiquette tricky at times. One coun★ Holding the door for someone. ★ Looking people in the eye and smiling. ★ Not interrupting, unless it’s an emergency. ★ Saying “Please” and “Thank you."

try or culture may do something one way while another does it a different way. Both ways are considered correct. One morning I asked an instructor what I should do if I found myself in a situation at an event where I had no idea what behavior was correct. Though I know a lot about etiquette, it’s impossible for me to know everything in every situation especially with hundreds of people and many different cultures. There’s no “phone a friend” option. The instructor’s response: “Be kind. Be very kind.” ★ Leaving things better than you found them.

I was incredulous! I inquired, “Be kind? No, seriously. What would I do?” The instructor replied, “Be kind. It’s universal.” I went back to my seat totally unsatisfied with that answer, and I could not stop thinking about it. Good manners are, in fact, little kindnesses that show compassion, respect, friendship and care. And in today’s world, I can’t think of many things we need more. So this month, I’m listing some of my favorite “good manners” that are merely, when you really think about it, small acts of kindness. ★ Greeting people by name.

★ Sending thank you notes.

★ Knocking before entering a room.

★ Complimenting a friend.

★ Introducing yourself.

★ Helping a stranger.

★ Returning items after you borrow them.

★ Saying “Congratulations!”

★ Passing the bread basket before you take a piece.

★ Learning to say, “I’m sorry.”

★ Leaving a good tip.

★ Letting someone else go first.

★ Refusing to gossip.

★ Sharing. ★ Not trying to steal the spotlight. ★ Cleaning up after yourself.

★ Clearing the table.

Spreading a little kindness is something we can all do and behavior we can model for our children and grandchildren. Modeling kindness is teaching good manners. See?! You’re a teacher and didn’t even know it!

Jennifer Daniel is a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington and she may be reached at Jennifer@polishedpeyton.com, or visit her website at polishedpeyton.com. 62


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214 Mallery St., SSI 912.634.6500 Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

3415 Frederica Rd., SSI 912.638.1330 Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dinner 6 - 10 p.m. Bar 5:30 p.m. until close

Award-winning Southern cooking with homestyle entrées and a wide variety of traditional veggies and sides made from scratch daily. Their crab cakes, made with no filler, are a well-known favorite. barbarajeans.com

BARRIER ISLAND BREWING 1226 Ocean Boulevard, SSI 912.268.2774 Mon. - Thurs. 4:30 – close Fri. - Sun. 11:30 a.m. – close

SSI’s first and only microbrewery with full restaurant & craft cocktail bar. Daily specials, fresh brews, good vibes, and dog-friendly outdoor patio. bibssi.com

BENNIE’S RED BARN SUPPER CLUB & SUNDAY SOUTHERN LUNCH BUFFET 5514 Frederica Rd., SSI 912.638.2844 Open 7 nights a week, at 5 p.m. Sunday Southern Lunch Buffet 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A family tradition since 1954. Steaks grilled over an open oak flame, seafood, chicken and spaghetti in a classic setting. Dine in, take out & pick up. Reservations suggested. benniesredbarn.com

DOROTHY’S COCKTAIL & OYSTER BAR 12 Market Street, SSI Tues. - Thur. 6 - 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 6 - 10 p.m.

Upscale eatery featuring a selection of raw seafood and Asian influenced fare with a fantastic cocktail & wine program. dorothysssi.com

GEORGIA SEA GRILL 407 Mallery Street, SSI 912.638.1197 Mon. - Thurs. 5 - 9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5 - 10 p.m.

Locally owned restaurant and wine bar specializing in regionally sourced ingredients expertly prepared to highlight fresh and creative flavor combinations and complemented by exceptional service. georgiaseagrill.com



228 Redfern Village., SSI 912.634.6228 Mon. - Thurs. 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

306 Redfern Village, SSI 912.602.9736 Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This restaurant & raw bar offers raw, steamed, and baked oysters. Happy hour specials every day 4-6 p.m. Featuring fresh seafood, sandwiches, salads, and a full bar. catch228.com


Lunch, dinner, & small plates in a refined yet relaxed setting. Seafood, beef, pork, lamb, & wild game with an excellent wine selection & full bar. Reservations definitely recommended. delaneysbistro.com


Wine bar featuring healthy lunch and dinner options, charcuterie and cheese trays, and full gourmet market. goldenislesoliveoil.com


Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. , Life is so endlessly delicious. Ruth Reichl _



504 Beachview Drive, SSI 912.268.4241 Mon. - Thurs. 4:30 - close Fri. - Sun. 11:30 a.m. - close

3600 Frederica Rd., SSI 912.434.6100 Tues. - Sun. 4 - 9 p.m.

Est. 2013, the Half Shell has become an Island Tradition! Fresh, local seafood and raw oysters shucked to order. Great food and fun for the whole family. thehalfshellssi.com

These are tacos to talk about. Enjoy homemade Mexican dishes, delicious specialty margaritas, and authentic Latin American favorites from Chef Dave’s Colombian family recipes. laplancharestaurant.com



55 Cinema Ln., SSI 912.638.9100 Breakfast: Wed. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: Mon. - Sat. 5 - 9 p.m.

26 Market St. Suite 114, SSI 912.434.9590 Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wed. - Sat. until 7 p.m.

Try cathead biscuits & other Southern breakfast favorites. Or experience fabulous local fish & produce, tasty Georgia shrimp & grits, or creamy crab bisque for dinner. Wine & handcrafted cocktails available. halyardsrestaurant.com

ISLAND PHO 111 Longview Plaza Driveway, SSI 912.268.4081 Mon. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., closed Tues.

A family-owned eatery with Vietnamese cuisine serving delicious noodle soup, rice platters, and more. They use the finest ingredients to create fresh and healthy dishes. islandpho.com

Welcoming cafe featuring locallysourced food and drink executed by Forbes Five Star Chef, Aaron Bellizzi. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine-in, take-out, or delivery. localbrewssi.com

PALMER’S VILLAGE CAFÉ 223 Mallery St., SSI • 912.634.5515 Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Locals and visitors alike flock to Palmer’s Village Café for its casual atmosphere and unique Southern coastal creations for breakfast and lunch. Voted #4 Best Pancakes in America by Travel + Leisure. palmersvillagecafe.com

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PORCH 549 Ocean Blvd., SSI 912.634.5168 Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Nashville Hot Chicken (choose your heat!), Catfish, & Fresh Wild Georgia Shrimp, salads, sides, wine, frose & craft beer. Kid-friendly/outdoor seating. Voted Best New Restaurant and Best Fried Chicken in 2018 & 2019 by EIL readers. porchssi.com

SAL’S NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZERIA 3415 Frederica Road, SSI 912.268.2328 Sun. - Thurs. 4-9 p.m., Open for lunch Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Pizza, sandwiches, pasta, and family recipe Italian dishes served up in a cozy atmosphere with friendly service. Taste that will knock you out from the first bite! salsneighborhoodpizzeria.com

TRAMICI NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN 75 Cinema Ln., SSI 912.634.2202 Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 5 - 9 p.m.

Inspired by the neighborhoods and kitchens of Italy, Tramici serves up delicious risottos and house-made mozzarella, plus pizzas and pastas straight from a mammoth brick oven. tramicirestaurant.com

V PIZZA 600 Sea Island Rd. #1, SSI 912.771.1919 Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

At V Pizza, their passion is to bring the flavor, quality & authenticity of Naples, Italy to your table with unparalleled service. Wood-fired pizzas, calzones, wings, sandwiches & salads. vpizza.com

SANDY BOTTOM BAGELS 242 Retreat Village, SSI 912.434.9310 Mon. – Sat. 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The island’s only bagel shop, serving authentic New York bagels, hand-rolled, kettle-boiled, kosher and fresh baked, as well as wraps and salads. sandybottombagels.com

TIPSY McSWAY’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL 1414 Newcastle St., Brunswick 912.267.9991 Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 9 p.m.)

A real neighborhood bar & grill in the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick offering something for everyone. Try their fantastic daily specials and inventive cocktails! tipsymcsways.com



ZUZU’S 119 Mallery St., SSI 912.638.8655 Open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Taking simple things and making them better. Sandwiches & salads made fresh daily. Hand-squeezed lemon & limeade. Beer & wine available. Ice cream too. “Mom says they are the best burgers on the island, any island.” zuzussaintsimon.com


Neighbors Helping Neighbors In this issue of Elegant Island Living, the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) continues its partner and charity spotlight with a focus on food insecurity and on those working in the service and hospitality industries.


t’s no secret that Golden Isles resident and professional golfer Davis Love III is a barbeque aficionado and that he enjoys sharing his passion with others. It’s not uncommon to find Davis behind a smoker at home, around the community or, very likely, at Southern Soul Barbeque. So, it’s natural that he has an immense appreciation for those in the food service and hospitality industry and also that one focus of his Foundation is food security for children and families The impact of 2020 on the service and hospitality industry and those in our community facing food insecurity was severe. With proceeds from The RSM Classic which are generated by sponsors and individual and corporate partners, the Foundation was able to support nonprofits serving these needs. “Our community has a strong tradition of helping each other in times of need,” said Love. “We saw it in the aftermath of Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. We saw it during the pandemic. And, we see it every day in so many ways.” For example, Southern Soul Barbeque owners Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp felt the love of the community when their restaurant burned in 2010. This outpouring of community support planted the seed for The Firebox Initiative, a 501(c)(3) founded by restaurant

people for restaurant people.  Modeled on The Giving Kitchen program in Atlanta, Firebox is a grassroots effort assisting members of the hospitality industry who find themselves in hard times. With a portion of 2020 tournament proceeds, the Foundation made a dona-

In its first eleven years, The RSM Classic, hosted by Davis Love III, has raised more than $22.2 million to support local and national charities. The 2021 PGA TOUR event is November 15-21 at Sea Island Golf Club. For partnership information, regardless the size of your business, contact John McKenzie, Director of Sales, at jmckenzie@dlovefoundation.com or visit rsmclassic.com. 68


tion to Firebox. To learn more about Firebox or make a donation, visit ssbbqfirebox.com. To learn more, visit RSMClassic.com or follow The RSM Classic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. @TheRSMClassic #RSMClassicCares

VOTED BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOPPING, CLOTHING Elegant Island Living Readers Choice Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017, 2018, 2019 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 12n-5 p.m. 912.434.9600 3415 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island Located next to Delaney’s and Sal’s

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PRIZES AWARDED TO YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS AND POETS The Eugenia Price/Joyce Blackburn Charitable Fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation recently presented the Young Playwrights and Poets Showcase at the Historic Ritz Theatre. The winning poets, Amyah Mack (9th grade, Glynn Academy, Freedom from Covid), Alliyah Stallworth (10th grade Brunswick High School, Freedom, Oh Freedom), Lisbel Ayala (11th grade, Glynn Academy, Now Go Free), and Lily Seemann (12th grade, Glynn Academy, Good Girls Fight Back) shared their poems and received a cash prize of $250 each. Brunswick High Production Company performed the

winning play, A Game of Witches and Rubies, under the direction of Lucy Bryson, and winning playwrights Amelia McGlaughlin and Elizabeth Temple, 7th graders at Frederica Academy, shared the $500 cash prize. The Young Playwrights and Poets Awards are coordinated by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. Fund advisor Eileen Humphlett is pictured with the winners. For more information about the Eugenia Price/Joyce Blackburn Charitable Fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, please contact jfussell@ coastalgeorgiafoundation.org.

The winning poets

The winning playwrights

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PADDLING WITH PURPOSE “I’d cross the ocean for you!” It seems a hyperbolic cliche until it isn’t. Charlotte Snyder is a 17 year-old Cystic Fibrosis warrior and member of Brunswick’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church family. Also part of that family are Fr. Alan+ Akridge, his son Harrison, and crew member Steve Crowder. On June 27, they’ll join 200 other paddlers for the Crossing for a Cure. This long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship takes

participants 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from Bimini, Bahamas back to Lake Worth, Florida. Fr. Alan+ and Harrison paddled in the 2019 Crossing, raising over $10,000 for CF and cancer. Jason Latham (JLay SUP) of Union City Church joins the Golden Isles effort. Sponsors h2o creative group, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mycelx, and Lighthouse Benefit advisors joined the cause because Charlotte is a part of ALL of us. Support those under way by contributing through charity. gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/miracle2.

MEMORY MATTERS REOPENS Following a yearlong closure due to the pandemic, Memory Matters is opening its doors again. The mission of this local non-profit agency is to support, educate and enrich the lives of people living with illness related memory loss and their caregivers. They are excited to once again offer their services and access to their resources to the community, and are working on plans to host support group meetings and other social activities. They are also unveiling a refreshed website and a new Executive Director, Julie Andrew Tharpe. You might recognize her from the EIL team! Memory Matters is funded entirely by grants and donations, and any community support is greatly appreciated. You’re also invited to join their team for the 2021 Golden Isles Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday, September 25! Stop by 2803 Sherwood Drive or call 912.264.0777 if you need assistance or have questions, or visit memorymattersglynn.com.

YAC CLASSIC AT SEA PALMS BENEFITS MORNINGSTAR The Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia’s Young Agents Committee recently wrapped up their largest charity event of the year with a well attended Will Weston IV YAC Classic golf tournament at Sea Palms Resort. Traditionally held in Athens, the tournament’s change of venue was well received with over 130 golfers and all sponsorship levels filled. Tournament headline sponsor Risk Innovations and over 40 other industry partner sponsors provided

entertainment, refreshments, and contributed to the event’s success. Young Agents Chairman and St. Simons Island resident Sean Stewart, of Turner & Associates in Brunswick, chose MorningStar Children & Family Services as

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BUSINESS BUZZ HOTEL SIMONE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT MMI Hotel Group is proud to announce that Hotel Simone, a 24-suite luxury hotel, has joined its management portfolio and to introduce part of the leadership team who will serve as ambassadors of the Hotel Simone brand. Victoria Beattie joins the management team as Operations Manager. Her extensive experience in the hospitality industry and with MMI Hotel Group will ensure that guests receive service that goes above and beyond expectations. Beattie most

recently served as the Front Office Manager at nearby MMI property The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, where she honed her managerial and operational skills. Prior to coming to St. Simons Island, Beattie was Front Desk Manager at Yeamans Hall Club in the Charleston area for nearly four years. MMI Hotel Group has owned and operated more than 50 hotels around the American South since 1956, and has interests in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee. hotelsimonessi.com

THRIVE RECEIVES BEST RATING Thrive at Frederica was recently selected as a 2021 Best of Senior Living recipient by SeniorAdvisor.com and A Place for Mom! Best of Senior Living recognizes the top in-home care and assisted living, determined by reviews of seniors and their families on SeniorAdvisor.com, the nation’s largest rating and review site for senior care and services. This designation identifies senior living and home care providers who sustain consistently high ratings and positive reviews, an honor only awarded to the top 3% of providers across the U.S. and Canada. Thrive Senior Living Chief Operating Officer, Nicole Moberg, says, “We strive to build meaningful friendships backed by a strong desire to deeply know our team members, residents, and their families. To hear that we’ve received this honor and earned the trust of so many to care for their loved ones is the ultimate compliment.” Visit thrivesl.com/frederica. NEW OWNER AT MIXED NUTS Not long after Mixed Nuts Boutique Consignment opened in April 2014, Jacki Albright began her sales



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Hans F. Trupp, CCIM founder and former Chairman of Trupp Hodnett Enterprises and The Management Company prior to taking the companies public (NYSE, RZT) in an IPO in 1998 has reentered the real estate business locally through an affiliation with eXp realty. eXp is a cloud based publicly traded (NASDAQ, EXPI) company with more than 52,000 agents in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, UK, Mexico, France, Portugal, South Africa, India and will soon be available worldwide. This internet based high technology company will totally revolutionize the real estate industry both with relationships of buyers and sellers and the

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

Thanks to the internet, eXp’s state of the art revolutionary cloud based technology and a unique revenue sharing plan Hans and his team are able to offer a performance-based, no risk maximum 4% listing commission on any real estate both residential and commercial. No risk - you can cancel the listing at any time for any reason. Hans would also be pleased to share his broad business knowledge and experience with anyone interested in a free no obligation consultation session with regard to any real estate problem. Call, email or text him if you would like to explore his listing program or if you have any questions with regard to eXp, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation with now over 52,000 agents and growing.


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THE COTTAGE NOW OPEN AT THE KING AND PRINCE The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is excited to welcome a charming and delicious new addition, The Cottage Custard + Coffee. Now open, it offers a menu of silky frozen custards and toppings, baked goods and freshly brewed coffee using beans sourced locally from Wake Up Coffee Co. Housed on resort grounds in the former Wesley Cottage, this beautiful beachside spot now features a large sitting area with a fire pit for guests to enjoy, as well as a castle playground for children. Also available are frozen fruit pops to cool down on a hot day or enjoy a nostalgic treat by the fire with a s’mores kit. You can even stock up on vacation needs such as towels, sunscreen, and souvenirs while you’re there. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. through Labor Day. kingandprince.com/the-cottage.aspx

SCHERNECK TO RETIRE Michael D. Scherneck, president and chief executive officer, has announced he will retire from Southeast Georgia Health System in early 2022. Scherneck has spent nearly two decades in leadership roles with the Health System, including more than 12 years as the executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was appointed to his current position by the Health System’s Board of Directors in 2015. “Mike has positioned the Health System well for the future and guided us through some extraordinary times, including three hurricanes and a global pandemic,” says Kay Hampton, incoming chair, Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. “We are very appreciative of his leadership. During a time when many hospitals are struggling or scaling back services, the Health System has remained financially secure and able to meet our community’s health needs.” A significant highlight of Scherneck’s tenure includes the $142 million Master Renovation and Expansion Project of its Brunswick Campus, launched in 2018. sghs.com



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COMMUNITY JUBILEE SCHEDULED FOR JULY Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s annual Community Jubilee at The TreeBar at Bennie’s Red Barn on St. Simons Island is a toe tapping, fun fundraising event with live music by Backbeat Boulevard, upcycled art silent auction items, big ticket live auction items and a super Southern BBQ buffet.

This year’s fundraiser has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 18th, from 5-8:00 p.m., so mark your calendar for an evening of fun! Tickets go on sale in early June at Pane in the Glass on SSI, from KGIB’s downtown Brunswick offices and from KGIB board members. Tickets are $25 each before July 1st. After July 1st and at the door of the event, they’re $30. For more info, visit kgib.org.

BRUNSWICK TO HOST INAUGURAL ART WALK On Saturday, June 5, head to Historic Downtown Brunswick for the inaugural Brunswick Art Walk. This event sponsored by local businesses offers talented regional artists and artisan makers with interesting displays a chance to show and sell their creative work.

PENGUIN PROJECT RETURNS WITH BYE, BYE BIRDIE On June 17-20, the Golden Isles Penguin Project presents Bye, Bye Birdie – Young Performers Edition. The Penguin Project® was conceived to give children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts and our Golden Isles performers and their mentors have wowed us with their shows every year! This summer they bring us a loving musical send-up of the

late 1950s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock n’ roll, Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie who has been drafted into the Army and it’s arranged for him to give “One Last Kiss” to all-American girl Kim McAfee. Shows take place at The Ritz Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at goldenislesarts.org or at the box office by calling 912.262.6934.

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THE WEEK OF THE 15TH ANNUAL TABBY & TILLANDSIA GARDEN WALK WAS A BUSY ONE FOR THE CASSINA GARDEN CLUB. From prepping the grounds and gardens to hosting a party for the gracious homeowners whose gardens were included on the Walk to the big event itself, these ladies worked hard! Despite the storm putting a damper on the garden party at the end of the day, ticket sales were higher than expected and attendees enjoyed the gardens immensely. Kudos!



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OH, WHAT A DAY! AFTER A YEAR-LONG DELAY, FREDERICA ACADEMY’S SIGNATURE DERBY DAY FUNDRAISER RETURNED TO SEA ISLAND’S RETREAT CLUBHOUSE LAWN as a sponsors-only event and what fun it was! The hats were divine and Mason Waters & the Groove AllStars kept the atmosphere lively before the telecast of the race at Churchill Downs and the event’s popular live auction. 1. Zach and Elizabeth Powell, Dana and Denny Carter. 2. Bo Chambliss, Erika Speight, Marnee and Tim Byrd. 3. Lee and Sandra Hamilton, Deborah and David Wright. 4. Adam and Jenn Hagfors. 5. Ali and Ryan Coleman. 6. Matthew and Carson Jones. 7. Riley Sams, Jeannie Beth Baxter. 8. Beau and Kate Dart, Brad and Lizzie Piazza. 9. Alicia Lindgren, Elaine Mangum, Jill Dunham. 10. Lauren Simmons, Ann McGaughlin, Liz Sproule. 11. Ashly and Ray Shingler. 12. Laura Panos, Catherine Squire, Katie Widener. 13. Edward and Rose Prokop. 14. Jeff and Cindy Cowles. 82


















FREDERICA GOLF CLUB RECENTLY HOSTED THE INAUGURAL PINWHEEL CUP, PRESENTED BY PORTUM. The modified Ryder Cup style golf tournament with honorary team captains Davis Love III and Harris English benefited Safe Harbor Children’s Center, Inc. and Coastal Coalition For Children. The event is definitely off to a successful start because it sold out, not once, but TWICE when additional team spots were opened! 1. Michael Kaufman, Harris English, Joe Tracy. 2. Hillary and Craig Johnston. 3. Bob Guido, Jim Kaufman, Jim Calvert. 4. Charles Woodroof, Bob Blanchard. 5. Keith Fenton, Brittany Clay. 6. Alison Bouts, Carrie Lewis, Courtlyn Cook. 7. Bill Coleman, Branham Garth. 8. Tommy Stroud,Jr, Clement Cullins, Patrick Malone. 9. Steve Farrar, David Kaufman. 10. Jay Thaw, Michael Goldman. 11. Gene Scanlon, John Killgallon. 12. Mary Cason, Brittany Clay. 13. Brendon Wilson, Jonathan Case. 14. Bill Carmichael, Joe Tracy. 84


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THE VILLAGE BY THE PIER ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND WAS BUSTLING WITH ACTIVITY IN APRIL. Crowds came out to browse and buy at Glynn Visual Arts’ annual Art in the Park Spring Fine Art & Craft Festival, Crafts in the Village with RachelMade, and the St. Simons Antiques Show & Sale. Vendors offered fabulous artisan products, vintage finds, beautiful pottery, photography, painting and more to the crowds. 1. Ann Power, Taylor Breed. 2. Carol and Al Simmons. 3. Jack Sullivan, Hope Ogden. 4. Landon, Brandi, and Jeff Newlin with Blaze and Brax. 5. Toni Poole, Taylor Poole. 6. David and Tarrah Hall. 7. Adeli and Alan Smith. 8. Harold and Becky Deyton, Oma Millwood, Jackie Martin. 9. Facundo Delgado, Veronica Pulaski. 10. Kristi Ours, Monica Kratz, Paula Gardner, Dawn Burngasser. 11. Larry and Marlene Buttrum. 12. Noah Copenhaver, Evan Hinson, Hailey Hinson. 86


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THE SPRING SATURDAY THAT MARKS OPENING DAY FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON FOR THE GLYNN COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT IS A TREAT! The teams and families parade through the Village to the ball fields at Mallery Park before the games

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GIRLS ON THE RUN OF THE GOLDEN ISLES HELD A 5K TRAIL RUN FUNDRAISER ON BLYTHE ISLAND TO HELP PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS. COVID19 cancelled many GOTR programs in the past year, but they’re excited to return full strength in the fall. GOTR members are passionate about empowering, inspiring, and supporting ALL girls and providing the connectedness, resiliency and confidence they need. For more info, visit gotrgoldenisles.org. 1. Ada McIntyre, Lori Garver. 2. Aaron Carone, Skye Carone. 3. Audrey and Brad Chapman. 4. Mary Woodruff, Pam Ruddy. 5. Angela Scott, Donna Purdy, Greg Lawless, Bev Latvala. 6. Barry Tuten, Lesley Leonard, Orrie McCrea. 7. Margaret Maestas, Lesley Leonard, Amber Houston, Jasmine Quarterman, Jayla Stephens, Dezarae Irving, Samantha Hayes. 8. Lorraine Schneider, Sue Shipman. 9. Audrey Chapman, Judy Chambless. 10. Amber Jordan, Amanda Skorupski. 11. Wanda Hamilton, Kathy Brown. 12. Ellia Kelso, Kennedy Allen, Mimi Peterson, Olivia Hamby. 13. Sofia Quintanar, Tracy Quintanar. 14. Volunteers from the Glynn Academy Honor Society. 90


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THE JEKYLL ISLAND GOLF CLUB RECENTLY HOSTED THE 8TH ANNUAL HIGH TIDE CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT benefiting the Marty Lyons Foundation. It was a gorgeous day with a great turnout. Former NFL and Pro Bowl player Erik McMillan even made an appearance. The best part: it’s all for the kids! 1. Terry O’Neal, Ricky Culver. 2. Brian O’Neal, Tanner O’Neal. 3. John Wynn, Braye Wynn. 4. Philip Lyons, Jr, Boone Randall, Ben Jernigan, Mike O’Steen, Gant Highsmith. 5. Stefan Wood, Brice Ramsey. 6. Connor Peltier, Jacob Oliver, Erik McMillan, Brad Lee Peltier. 7. Kevin Price, Kip Hall, Lee Mangieri, Mark Churchwell. 8. Scott Meyerholtz, Rob West. 9. Philip Lyons, Jr, Kenny Zore. 10. Evan Strickland, Adam Strickland. 11. James McKinzie, Jason Bonin. 12. Jared Leppard, Travis Payne 13. Justin Brown, Daniel McGahee. 14. Johnny Wynn, Lee Wynn. 92














ARTTRENDS GALLERY RECENTLY HELD A RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE ITS 6TH ANNIVERSARY and the opening of “Moving Forward.” The exhibit featured new works by Ella Cart, Dottie Clark, Trish Rugaber, Joyce Ledingham, Suzanne Clements, Susan Anderson, and Joan Hilliard, as well as three new artists to the gallery: clay sculptor Linda Bobinger, bird artist and expert Lydia Thompson, and oil painter Cheryl Keefer. “Moving Forward” will be on display through June 26th. 1. Maggie Middleton, Linda Bobinger. 2. Cindy Paxton, Cheryl Keefer. 3. Dottie Clark, Joyce Ledingham. 4. Joyce Ledingham. 5. Mark and Rebecca Valentine. 6. Trish Rugeber, Debbie Holland, Molly Wolfe. 7. Diann Gasque, Jackie Turbidy. 8. Abby Sterling, Lydia Thompson. 9. Butch and Cindy Paxton. 10. Trish Rugeber, Suzanne Clements. 94


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THE COASTAL GEORGIA CHAPTER OF DUCKS UNLIMITED RECENTLY HELD THEIR ANNUAL BANQUET AT SEA PALMS RESORT on St. Simons Island. The event was sold out and conversation was lively with members of our hunting and fishing community enjoying the evening together. For information on how to join, visit ducks.org/georgia. 1. Michael Kaufman, Thomas Bryan. 2. Cosby Johnson, CB Yadav. 3. Mike Cherne, Brent Hampton. 4. Brett Brumbach, Leighton Johnson. 5. Emmitt Nolan, Jeff Jones. 6. Cody Blades, Josh Poe. 7. Joe Anderson, Ed Anderson, Derick Jones, Claude Jones. 8. Jay Morris, Brad Walker. 9. Ty Wright, Kager Moody. 10. Dave Baxter, Blake Burnell, Charles Woodroof. 11. Troy Bland, Sam Tostensen, Chris Phillips. 12. Michael Fairman, Janie Simpson. 13. Travis Williams, Kelly Driggers, Michael Lamb, Ethan Lamb. 14. Charles Woodroof, Greg Miller, George Skarpalezos. 96















THE COASTAL SYMPHONY OF GEORGIA PRESENTED “VIBES AND KEYS: CLASSICAL MEETS JAZZ” in the St. Simons Casino Atrium as part of its Variations on a Season outdoor concerts. Pianist Aaron Lehrian and vibraphonist Steve Merrill performed classical pieces by composers such as Ravel, Gershwin, and Piazzolla, and used the structure and harmony of those pieces to improvise in a jazz style. Fascinating! 1. John and Pam Cembrook, Laura and Steve Kipp. 2. Janis Boster, Lou Sakkestad. 3. Mark Propst, Jim Wolf, Creta Nichols. 4. Elizabeth Temple, Brianna Kohlhoff. 5. Philip and Leslie Graitcer, Shonda Kohlhoff, Janice Lamattina, Nathan Kohlhoff. 6. Zena Martin, Dr. Mona MacDonald. 7. Steve Horsman, Sara Sheffield. 8. Sheila VanderWood, Shonda Kohlhoff. 9. Leslie Graitcer, Chris Triplett. 10. Kay Harrell, Marjorie Mathieu. 11. Lolli Bohannon, John Freiling. 98



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ISLAND LIVING REAL ESTATE Advertiser Index - JunE 2021

100 • Directory / The Conversion Mill

111 - 113 • Signature Properties Group, Inc.

121 • Ann Harrell

101 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper

114 • Joan Lewis / Zaida Clay Harris

122 • Micki Carter / Humane Society

102 - 103 • Al Brown Company

115 • Mary Jo Prater / Phoebe Hoaster

123 • Lilmar Properties

104 - 105 • Georgia Coast Realty

116 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

124 • Roland Daniel Properties

106 • Art & Annie Harper / Joy Wright

117 • Chandra Kendall

125 • Real Escapes Properties

107 • BC Construction / Sea Palms

118 - 119 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

126 • Page Aiken

108 - 110 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper

120 • Dee Wright / Susan Imhoff

127 - 129 • Sea Island Properties

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

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157 Point Lane, Kings Point Stunning English Colonial. Highest quality finishes. 2-story foyer has a fireplace and lake view. Fireplaces in the dining room, great room, living room and screened porch. Master bedroom on the ground floor. Separate office. Five bedrooms plus a game room equipped with wet bar and full bath. Cinema, gym, and book nook/reading area. Private porches and balconies serve bedrooms on the view side of home. Chef’s kitchen with immediate access to additional dining alfresco. Pool side covered porch with wet bar, Artisan grill plus built-in Big Green Egg. Pool house with bath. There’s fun and excitement around every corner of this lakeside home. Located in a gated Sea Island community. $3,100,000

Lot 20, Golf Retreat North A magnificent half acre+ building site located on the #5 tee of Plantation Golf Course. Long views across the elevated greens of #6, the Seaside Course and the marsh. Underbrushed and easy to see. Live Oaks, Pines and Magnolia trees. Sea Island Club application rights are available on this property. A lovely home site in a convenient Island location, close to the village/pier. $895,000

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

Lot 18, Ocean Forest Located on the picturesque 6th fairway of the famed and private Ocean Forest Golf Course, this building site is exceptional. Contoured and well vegetated, the Live oaks and palmettos are beautifully set among rolls of ancient sand dunes in this maritime forest. Public sewer and water serve this site in its peaceful and secure setting. The Ocean Forest neighborhood has its own full time staffed gatehouse. You will know your neighbors: short term rentals are prohibited. The ambience of Ocean Forest is real. Come and see for yourself. $899,000

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Dana Hill

Teri Moore

Karen Mumford









Nancy Phelan

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

Plantation Village

• 912 - 638 - 1144 St. Simons Island, GA R T DE AC N R U NT CO

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

104 Westchester, Island Club This custom built home offers 4 large BRs with the master on the main level. Many features include a large bonus room, a chefs kitchen with a butlers pantry, a large FR with FP, a formal DR/LR, 3 car garage, custom millork and more. A great opportunity to live in the Island Club. $1,300,000

235 Medinah, Island Club Custom built 5BR, 5BA, 2HBA on approx 1 acre overlooking the Island Club Golf Course. 9+ foot ceilings, a 4 car garage (2 climate controlled), a gourmet kitchen, wet bar, two fireplaces, built-in speaker system, large heated pool and more. Don't miss this rare find in the Island Club. $1,295,000


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

1042 Demere Road, St. Simons If you are looking for an island getaway, this is the perfect 2 story beach cottage! 3BR, 2.5BA with an open floorplan that includes a family room perfect for entertaining or relaxing after a day at the beach. $750,000

129 Shore Rush Drive Pandemic blues because you don't have enough room? Well, I have the solution for you! This beautiful home located in the much desired neighborhood of Sea Palms has room for everyone. Formal LR, DR, family room as well as bonus/flex space upstairs. Master on main level with 3 BR upstairs.$550,000

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. $475,000

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. $449,000

238 Peachtree Charming island cottage in the heart of St Simons Island. Open floor plan with hardwoods and master on main. Gorgeous pool and landscaped yard. 2BR upstairs w/ full bath. A very well appointed home for full time residence or vacation!

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Emily Wages

Sarah Broyles

Freddy Stroud

Proper ty Manager

Rental Division

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Broker, CRS, GRI





www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

Plantation Village

• 912 - 638 - 1144 St. Simons Island, GA

Available Homesites Lot 12 Mission Drive, Tolomato Island - $79,000 103 Davison Lane, Hawkins Island - $397,500 Lot 19 Blue Heron Lookout, Tolomato - $75,000 Lot 7 Sanctuary Harbour Trl, Waverly, GA - $13,000 101,107,108 Talahi Island Lane Riverside, Brunswick, GA - $135,000 Ware County Line Rd, 28 Acres - Nahunta, GA 260 Saint James Road, St Simons Charming Low Country home tucked back on a large private lot in Hamilton Landing. 5 BD, 4 BA, 2 half BA, with the master on the main. $1,250,000

146 Shady Brook Circle, Unit 201 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo is on the second floor in Shadow Brooke Village. A single car garage and storage room are located on the ground floor. Elevator in the building. Screened in porch. $297,500

259 Saint James Ave, St Simons - $390,000 Lot 7 Mission Drive, Tolomato Island - $72,500


East Beach - 7 Coast Cottage Coastal gem steps away from the best beach on the island. 4BR, 4.5BA. Sleeps 8.

The Grand 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 - Twelfth St. Charming beach home within walking distance to the beach. 4BR, 5.5BA. Private Pool and Cabana. Sleeps 10.

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








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! Fenced back yard, two car garage, screened porch, and much more! $397,000. Call Art!

1503 SANCTUARY WYND - $510,000 Fabulous home on the 8th green of the gated Sanctuary Cove Golf Course. Crown molding, many windows, dining room, great room w/ FP, and kitchen with double oven, glazed cabinetry, granite countertops, eat-in area, a breakfast bar, island and gorgeous hwd floors. MBR and BA on main level as well as a second BR/BA. The 2nd level has 3BR, & bonus room. The exterior is hardi-plank and has 2 back porches and one front porch. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.


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

1508 & 1510 NEWCASTLE STREET - $759,000 The historic Commerce Building (1508 & 1510 Newcastle Street) has been extensively renovated and remodeled throughout the years. It is offered as an income property currently with $73,644 in annual income and approximately $20,170 in annual expenses, The building is approximately 10,800 SF with two street level storefronts of 2600 SF each. On the second level there are three office suites that have access by both elevator and stairway. There are currently six tenants in the property. Call Don Wright for additional information at (912) 222-0133.

1529 REYNOLDS STREET - $279,000

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

The historic "Mitchell Building" was built in 1875 and has been well maintained. New roof in 2018, exterior painted along with a portion of the interior in 2017. 2 large conference rooms, 2 fireplaces, handicapped access, protected front entries with porch over both. First level includes 7 rooms configured as 4 offices, 1 conference room, and 2 restrooms. Second level includes 2 large offices plus a supply room or a third office, a large conference room, a kitchen and 3 restrooms. Just a short walk to state & federal courts, city & county government offices, restaurants, parks, squares, & other retail establishments; one block from Waterfront Park & Marina. Call Don Wright for additional information at (912) 222-0133.

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Christa Clark 912-638-4740 or 912-634-1333 119 Marina Dr St. SiMonS iSlanD, Ga 31522

Lake View Cottages New Construction Homes. Private Neighborhood. Surrounded by Live Oaks.

BC Construction (912)223-3004 clark5943@bellsouth.net

Yacht Club - 2 New Construction Homes Deep water lots with salt water pools and dock. 4,000 SF 4BR, 4BA, 1 Powder Bath. 4,500 SF 4BR, 4BA and 1 Powder Bath

Frederica Golf Club 1.94 acre golf course lot. Cleared and Ready to build.

BC Construction has building sites available in Lake View Cottages, Yacht Club & Frederica Golf Club. Reliable, licensed and insured professionals can help you every step of the way.


selling the entire Golden Isles since 1967 5445 Frederica rd, st. simons Island

Inventory is running low in our area and prices are going up. Let us list your home this Summer to get it sold fast, and for top dollar! There are many benefits of using a Sea Palms agent to sell your home, such as top-notch advertising, professional Realtors® and Sea Palms Membership incentives for the buyer of your property. Call today to find out more!

877.638.6660 or 912.638.6660

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Anna Johnson 912.258.3672

Betsy Polhill 912.269.1690

Bradley Randall 912.270.8556

Carla Jernigan 912.266.3111

Top Producing Agent

Christina Clarke 912.399.2267

Colleen Martin 912.297.8638

Cynthia Brown 662.694.9235

Ellen Cook 978.317.3609

Cynthia Brown 662.694.9235

Top Selling Agent Joan Lewis 912.258.5841

Kelli Osteen 912.270.2505

Mary Jo Prater 912.223.2283

Judy Ballard 912.269.6364

Kelsi Brooks 832.279.7344

Nancy Mickelson 281.961.9056

Kay Love 912-230.3253

Ken Sausedo 912.223.1918

Marcia Beauchamp Irwin 678.361.8835

Margaret Maestas 912.250.6677

Pam Ruddy 912.222.7917

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730

Christina Clarke 912.399.2267

Top Listing Agent

Bradley Randall 912.270.8556

Rachel Marascalco 770.316.2349

Ruth Heyward Beall 912.269.5596

Sandra Branch 912.269.1129

Zaida Clay Harris 912.258.1089

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156 Highland Avenue | Brunswick

760 Ocean Blvd. #304 | St. Simons

221 Dunbarton Drive | St. Simons

4BR, 2BA.Charming Home. $244,900. Marcia Irwin. 678-361-8835.

2BR, 2BA. Villa. Unobstructed Ocean Views. $775,000. Joan Lewis. 912-258-5841.

3BR, 2.5BA. Renovated & Ready! $450,000. Call Any Signature Agent.

175 Rice Mill | St. Simons

208 Rice Mill | St. Simons

107 Demere Retreat Ln | St. Simons

4BR, 3.5BA.Overlooks the fairway. $849,000. Judy Ballard. 912-269-6364.

4BR, 2.5BA. Custom Coastal Farmhouse $725,000. Call Any Signature Agent.

4BR, 2.5BA. Contemporary home near Beaches. $799,000. Phoebe Hoaster. 912-270-5730.

60 Telford Lane | St. Simons

220 Walmar Grove | St. Simons

Federica Yacht Club | St Simons

3BR, 3.5BA. in Frederica Golf Club. $2,450,000. Brad Randall. 912-270-8556..

2BR, 2BA. Bright/Cheerful End Unit $245,000. Joan Lewis. 912-258-5841.

Gated Boat Slips $10,000 - $44,000. Joan Lewis 912-258-5841.



153 Zellwood Dr. | Brunswick

314 Forest Oaks | St. Simons

265 Sandlewood Circle | Brunswick

3BR, 4.5BA. Gorgeous Riverfront Home. $629,000. Sandra 269-1129. Carla 912-261-0477.

4BR, 3.5BA. Island Club Home. $1,195,000. Phoebe Hoaster. 912-270-5730.

3BR, 2BA. Close to shops/restaurants. $179,900. Cynthia Brown. 662-694-9235.

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1704 Bruce Drive | St. Simons

4211 Eleventh St | St. Simons

4213 Fifth Street | St. Simons

5BR, 5.5BA. SEAesta Beach House. Sleeps 16.

4BR, 4BA & 2.5HBA, Pool.

5BR, 3BA. Classic East Beach Cottage.

1460 Ocean Blvd 101 | St. Simons

St Simons Grand 318 | St. Simons

Ocean Walk Q8 | St. Simons

2BR, 1.5BA. Duplex.

4BR, 3BA. Top Floor.

2BR, 2BA. Second Floor Unit.

1440 Ocean Blvd 311 | St. Simons

850 Mallery St T2 | St. Simons

Beach Club 435 | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA. Direct Oceanfront.

1BR, 1BA. Ocean Walk. Upstairs unit.

2BR, 2BA. Partial Ocean View.

114 Floyd St. | St. Simons

Demere Landing 138 | St. Simons

502 Harbour Oaks | St. Simons

3BR, 2BA. Steps to pier/Village.

4BR, 3.5BA. Multi-level Condo.

3BR, 2BA. Sleeps 6.

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

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Zaida clay harris Office: 912.634.4311 Cell: 912.258.1089 ZaidaClayHarris@gmail.com

JuSt liSteD! 208 rice mill, hampton Plantation This beautiful custom built island home looks over the 7th tee box of the King and Prince hotel's golf course. The home is one-level, with the exception of the bonus room over the garage that could be a 4th bedroom. A large screened porch and patio overlooking the golf course are the perfect place for your summer bar-be-ques. $725,000

JuSt liSteD! 221 Dunbarton Dr, Dunbar creek Plantation This home was renovated in 2017 and features a large deck overlooking the fenced backyard. The primary bedroom is located on the main level and there are two guest bedrooms and a large bath on the second floor. The family room has a vaulted ceiling and wonderful stone fireplace. Call today and make this your next move! $450,000

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

Joan lewis 912.258.5841 Joanlewis65@gmail.com joanlewisrealestate.com

206 Dunbar Drive - SSi Panoramic marsh and river views from this recently updated low country home. Gorgeous sunsets from the wrap-around porches. 4BR, 3BA, 2HBA. Greatroom, sep. DR and spacious den. Screened, large salt water pool . Very private location! $1,150,000

760 ocean blvD., unit 304 - SSi Fabulous ocean view! 2 BR/2 BA spacious 3rd level condo in well- constructed complex with pool and covered parking. Across the street from the beach and walking distance to Village. $775,000

new liSting - 220 walmar grove, SSi 2nd floor condo with updates including newer cabinets and appliances, solid surface counters, hardwood floors and beadboard ceilings. 2 BR/2BA, screened porch. $249,900

FreDerica Yacht club - SSi Selection of boat slips priced from $10,000 -$44,000. All new 40’ docks with power and water. Call for details.

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

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Phoebe Hoaster 912-270-5730 PhoebeHoaster@gmail.com www.PhoebeHoaster.com Experienced. Knowledgeable. Trustworthy.

107 demere retreat lane | $799,000 - Built by local architect Robert Ussery as his personal residence, this soft contemporary home offers lots of light & brings nature in. It’s well built, fun and very cool home. Only a short distance to East Beach. Close to the beach and Maritime Museum, yet you don't have to deal with the beach traffic!. The home is in good condition and has a private backyard with room for a pool. Master on main w/sitting room and built-ins. The master bath offers double vanities, whirlpool bath, big shower, and 3 closets. 3BR,1BA upstairs. The kitchen has a cook’s desk and bookshelf w/ corner sink and windows overlooking wooded backyard. Main roof installed 2015. Big screened porch to enjoy the breezes! 2 car garage, finished downstairs playroom, patio and outdoor shower! $39,000 in rental history for 2020. Option available to purchase home furnished. 912-634-9995 | signaturepropertiesgroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Can't find the perfeCt house? Build your dream home!

144 point lane, Kings point • $1,200,000 - this magnificent 2.13 acre lot has 270 degree views of the frederica river, ssi marina, marshes of glynn, and Jekyll island. this lot is ready to build as it has been cleared and surcharged and the live oaks have been nurtured by a certified arborist. Kings point offers solitude and privacy in a 35 site gated community which is close to all the amenities of the south end of st simons island; the lodge, sea island golf Club and the Village.


mary Jo prater Cell: 912-223-2283 maryjoprater@gmail.com


340 laKe stillwater driVe

344 laKe stillwater driVe

gorgeous .80 acre marsh front lot in the gated stillwater neighborhood on north st. simons island.

gorgeous .98 acre marsh front lot in the gated stillwater neighborhood on north st. simons island.

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

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Chandra Kendall 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. There is a reason real estate seldom comes available in Wymberly on the Marsh on St. Simons Island. It’s a wonderful neighborhood made up of young families and neighbors who have lived in the neighborhood for over thirty years or more. I wasn’t looking to buy when my former co-worker, friend and rock-star REALTOR®, Klickie Aiken came into my office one day and told me she found my forever home. She was right! My husband Steve and I bought it and have been very happy here ever since. Klickie passed away, but she will never be forgotten. To me a home should be a place of refuge, where you feel comfortable, where laughs are shared and memories are made. One of Steve and my favorite places to spend our time in is our kitchen. It’s a fun open space where we can gather when we have friends over. I do cook, but Steve is much better at it than I am! We also love spending time outside playing with our three dogs, gardening and hanging out relaxing by our fire pit. I always tell my clients to invest in their outdoor space, somewhere that feels like an oasis. Adopting a shelter dog will also make your house a home! When we aren’t at home or working you can usually find us out riding our bikes. There are bike paths right next to our house that take you anywhere you want to go on the island. We love riding around exploring and stopping for a bite to eat at one of our many favorite restaurants on the island. As a REALTOR®, I love having the ability to help clients find perfect homes for their family, and help maximize profits when selling. At the end of the day, your home is where you will get the most enjoyment and have investment potential as a bonus. Chandra has over 31 years of experience selling real estate in the Golden Isles and over 100 million in career sales. Her love for our community is evident though many of her philanthropic endeavors. She loves her clients and works relentlessly on their behalf.

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122 Tolomato Trace | Mack Sullivan 912.399.2309 | 4BR | 3BA Builder Tom Tolle crafted this multi-story design in 2015, to take maximum advantage of the expansive marsh views that reach to East Beach, the Atlantic ocean and Jekyll Island. Landscaping designed as a “natural garden”, with all indigenous plants, providing a seamless transition to the marsh and low maintenance. The main living area is on 3rd level and all levels can be reached via the elevator ( with windows) or via the stairs. There are tiled wrap around porches with stainless steel railings on the upper levels. $1,200,000

1470 Wood Ave, Unit 500 | Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 | 2BR | BA This top-floor End unit affords unspoiled views of St. Simon's best beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Extra windows add a beautiful tree-top panorama of St. Simons's signature live oak trees and natural greenery. Beautiful heart pine floors throughout living areas Custom-built workstations and bookcases conceal computers and equipment when not in use. featuring covered parking, plenty of guest parking, elevator, private storage unit, gated swimming pool with a large deck, hot tub, and direct beach access. $639,000







351 Lantern Walk 3BR | 3.5 BA | Elegant Townhome Catherine McCrary 843.860.8998 $398,000

1440 Ocean Blvd, Unit #131 2BR | 2BA | OceanFront Adair Allen 912.571.6399 $487,000

202 Pine Street 3BR | 2.5BA | Lots of Potential Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557 $319,000

123 Wall Street 4BR | 3.5BA | Spacious, Move-in-ready Micki Carter 912.617.3807 $619,000

4003 Riverside Drive 4BR | 4BA | Dock, Views Rayea Pieschel 912.222.4402 $560,000

9 King Avenue 6BR | 3BA | OceanFront, Pool Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500 $1,695,000

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115 Newfield | Chandra Kendall 912.258.4233 | 3BR | 2BA | Home Office Completely renovated. In addition to the bedrooms, there is a home office with a built-in concealed murphy bed, new HVAC, new tankless gas water heater, all new plumbing and electrical fixtures, new cabinets and a 4x11 island with leathered quartzite countertops, new appliances, 54 bottle wine cooler with wall and glass storage, new 60" LED gas fireplace with remote control, new doors and windows, 4x6 master shower with dual heads, 6' privacy fence, large corner deck with cedar arbor and gas fire pit. New stucco, very low maintenance home! $560,000

215 West 11th St (Cottage 177) Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 | 5BR | 5.5BA Cottage 177 is a Classic Sea Island Cottage with plenty of space for family entertaining. This brick home boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths. There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 very spacious bedrooms on the 2nd floor. The back deck faces the spacious landscaped backyard. This home is extremely convenient for walking or biking to the beach, Beach Club, The Cloister Hotel, and all the amenities that Sea Island offers. There is a wood-burning fireplace and built-in bookshelves in the family room. that opens up to the dining room. $2,395,000

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA 4335 Seventh Street 4BR | 5BA | Marsh Views Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 $1,750,000


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

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA 135 Hampton Point Drive 1.01 Acres, Approved Septic Permit Frannie Hope 334.524.7908 $150,000


SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA 178 Hampton Point Drive 4BR | 4BA | 2HB | Spectacular Villa Dee Wright 912.230.6156 $1,950,000

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA 905 Champney Street .4 Marshfront Acres, Golf Views Sherril Sumner 912.617.9436 $250,000


404 Ribault Lane (Cottage 99 7BR | 8BA | 3HB, OceanFront Susan Imhoff 912.222.568 $10,900,000

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Dee Wright 912-230-6156


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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susan Imhoff 912-222-5686 or 912-638-0406 Susan.Imhoff@SIR.com

North Breakers #500 - saINt sIMoNs IsLaND, Ga

This top-floor end unit affords unspoiled views of St. Simon's best beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Extra windows add a beautiful tree-top panorama of St. Simons's signature live oak trees and natural greenery. Beautiful heart pine floors and custom built-ins conceal computers and equipment when not in use. Custom cabinets in the kitchen and baths. North Breakers is a quiet, oceanfront, gated community with only 52 units, featuring covered parking, plenty of guest parking, elevator, private storage unit, gated swimming pool with a large deck, hot tub, and direct beach access. $639,000

215 West 11th st. (CottaGe 177), sea IsLaND, Ga

Cottage 177 is a Classic Sea Island Cottage with plenty of space for family entertaining. This brick home boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths. There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 very spacious bedrooms on the 2nd floor. The back deck faces the spacious landscaped backyard. This home is extremely convenient for walking or biking to the beach, Beach Club, The Cloister Hotel, and all the amenities that Sea Island offers. There is a woodburning fireplace and built-in bookshelves in the family room. that opens up to the dining room. This won't be on the market long! $2,395,000

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Ann Conner Harrell Associate Broker

912.222.4002 Ann.Harrell@SothebysRealty.com

on the Water - 20 Waterfront Drive, No. 324 - 4BR / 4BA / Penthouse - $1,485,000

on the beach - 907 Beachview Drive, 3-4BR/4BA - $2,250,000 UNDER CONTRACT

505 Cumberland Harbour Blvd. St. Mary's 3BR/3FBA/2HBA $759,000

130 Sunrise Dr., Sunrise Pointe St. Simons Island 3BR/3F1HBA $549,000


4335 Seventh Street, East Beach, St. Simons Island 4BR/5BA $1,750,000

Now is The Time to Sell!! I'd love to be of service to you! DeLoachSIR.com | 912-638-0406 | 2901 Frederica Road | St. Simons Island, GA ©2021 DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved.

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Pristine, well designed home in a park like setting. $619,000 123 Wall Street. West Point Plantation • 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 2,995 SF St. Simons Island, Georgia 912.617.3807 | micki.carter@sir.com

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LET uS hELP yOu PLAn yOur nExT VACATIOn Lilmar Properties is proud to offer visitors to St. Simons 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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FEATURED VACATION RENTAL Welcome to Latitude Adjustment! Located in the brand new south end cul-de-sac neighborhood of Couper Place, this beautiful coastal escape has it all! Latitude Adjustment features 3 bedrooms, spacious living areas and an outdoor pool living space that dreams are made of! Guests will immediately feel the island vibes when they grab a stool and take a seat at the covered poolside bar area perfect for mixing up your favorite beverages. The large covered back porch area invites guests with true southern charmed blue ceilings to sit back and relax while taking in the calm breezes of the porch ceiling fans. Latitude Adjustment is a special island retreat that guests will quickly realize is their "go to" St. Simons Island vacation experience! Contact us today to book your reservation!

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(c) 912.230.4215 roland@rolanddaniel.com “Thank you for calling me for real estate here on St. Simons Island and all the Golden Isles. It's my pleasure to bring you significant properties, two of which are on this page. Your best bet in this market is to call a top producer with extensive market knowledge and one with a reputation for offering courteous, valuable service over a 40 + year period. Perhaps this will be your year to buy or sell here in The Most Golden of Georgia's Golden Isles! I look forward to your call! You'll be glad you did!”

2 Orange Grove Landing, St. Simons Island - $2,290,000

One of our most private residences with a deep water dock and outdoor kitchen! She's a wonderful 5 bedroom home + bunk room, holding breathtaking views from nearly every room. Shaded by majestic oaks and showing off dramatic sunsets almost on command, there's a home office, formal dining, sumptuous master, great room and lots of storage. You simply must see this rare island retreat.

219 Abbott Lane, St. Simons Island - $967,000

Spectacular low country home in a beautiful private setting! We love the dramatic finishes, vaulted ceilings, and wood and ceramic floors. The spacious master suite and a guest bedroom with an en-suite bath are on the main level, plus TWO guest bedrooms and a full bath upstairs. There is even a bonus room above the large flex room adjacent to the 2-car garage. The flex room could be a workshop, home gym, art studio, or office. The main level also features grand formal living and dining rooms and the chef's delight kitchen overlooks a great room with natural wood beamed and vaulted ceiling and a fireplace. Enjoy the peaceful yard from the large screened porch and the covered deck off the kitchen/great room. This is an ideal home for entertaining! There is plenty of parking in the large driveway and the .9 acre lot has lots of room for a pool. X-Zone location and no HOA. This beautiful mid-island gem is easy to see!




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Thinking About Hiring a Property Manager? Real Escapes Properties Needs your Vacation Rental! For details, give us a call... we’d love to talk with you! Our Current Demand Exceeds Our Available Inventory. Call a name you can Trust. Years in the business have earned an established client base through a high percentage of repeat and referral business. All Properties are Professionally Managed with our Personal touch.


Magnolia cottage 3BR/3Ba completely Renovated!

1204 demere 5BR/3Ba ½ Mile to Beach, Private Pool

1608 ocean Road 4BR/2Ba 2 Blocks to Beach

Harbour oaks 101 3BR/2Ba gated with Pool access

ashantilly cottage 3BR/2Ba Pool coming soon!

Bella Vita - 4301 5th st. 4BR/3Ba Pool coming soon!


1067 college 4BR/4.5Ba 3 Blocks to Beach


325 Broadway 3BR/2Ba sold for $451,600



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Launching a Local Tradition: The Sunshine Festival


he first Sunshine Festival on St. Simons Island was held in 1955, and was sponsored by the St. Simons Jaycees as a fundraising event. Unlike recent years, the Festival took place in June rather than over the 4th of July holiday. There was no fireworks display, but the organizers packed three days with activities full of music, dancing, contests, a raffle, military displays, and even a visit by Miss America! Thursday and Friday of the first festival featured a Little League game, sailboat races, and water skiing in the Frederica River. Several events planned for Saturday were cancelled due to rain and high winds, including the demonstration of a helium-inflated balloon used by the Navy at Glynco for airship training. But the Festival went on, with the Hunter Air Force Base band filling in by supplying music for an impromptu jitterbug contest. Later in the day, a band from Camp (now Fort) Stewart presented a concert on the Casino lawn.

Perhaps most interesting to the modern audience was the enforcement of a “skinclad” order during daylight hours. According to the Brunswick News, this required that “only persons wearing shorts

or bathing attire will be allowed in the pier section of the island.” Members of the Jaycees and local high school club, Pirates of the Spanish Main, were assigned to patrol the Pier Village and levy a fine on anyone not complying with the order. Proceeds from these “arrests,” as well as other fundraising activities like carnival games, were to be used for civic improvements. The culmination of the Festival was a street dance featuring a twelve-piece string band from Waycross, the Palmetto Band. At 10:30 p.m., Miss America 1955, Lee Meriwether from California, pulled the winning raffle ticket in a random drawing for a free boat, motor, and trailer. This month’s image shows Lee Meriwether with (left to right) St. Simons Jaycees Jack Jenkins, Lamar Davis, and Joe Bradford. Also shown is the Army band from Camp Stewart. These photographs are preserved in a Jaycees scrapbook generously donated to the Society by Bill Strother.

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

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HAND IN HAND OF GLYNN is dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in Glynn County by building a community of 60 tiny homes and a community center on Altama Avenue in Brunswick. By providing permanent supportive affordable housing and promoting the idea of “Housing First,” they believe the trajectory of the lives of the community’s residents can be changed for the better. Through the generosity of The Correll Family Foundation, all new gifts over $10,000 made to Hand in Hand of Glynn between now and the end of 2021 will be matched dollar-fordollar up to a maximum of $500,000! This will go far in helping Hand in Hand of Glynn meet its fundraising goal of $4,500,000. Please send your tax-deductible check payable to: Hand in Hand of Glynn, P.O. Box 2452, Brunswick, Georgia 31521.

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

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