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I have had the privilege to be in one of the most glamorous professions I love. I fell in love with fine jewelry when my father served his career in the USAF. My 6th birthday arrived, and my mother had me go to the mailbox and retrieve a package. To this day, I can recall opening my brown parcel with a beautifully wrapped box inside. When I opened the box, the most beautiful Aquamarine and 14kt ring was inside. Throughout the years I have loved this treasure and still wear it with so much pride. Last week, one of my most treasured clients (Courtney) called me from Kansas City and asked if I had a pendant that represented the “Sun”. My response was “YES!” The pendant
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In Perpetuum Gratiam (Forever Grateful)
ratitude is the act of feeling and communicating appreciation for the people, circumstances, and material possessions in our lives. For twenty years now, my hometown community has embraced and supported Elegant Island Living magazine. I’d like to express my gratitude by thanking the three groups of people who’ve made EIL what it is today. First, there’s the amazing EIL staff. When I first met our Senior Account Manager Yolanda O’Hern, she wanted to work “one or two days a week” selling ads when she and her husband, Jack retired here. For over a decade now, about once a year as we meet over coffee, Yolanda will tell me she is ready to retire. I always tell her to “think it over” for a night and we’ll sit back down to talk. I just never schedule the next sit down, so she can never retire! Julie Andrew is the “life of the party,” attending hundreds of events to capture the fantastic photos you see in our popular Social Scene section. Molly Duckworth helps clients market their products in the pages of EIL and is always willing to lend a helping hand with our fashion shoots. She may be the only person I know who’s a bigger dog lover than I am! Todd Baker is our EIL Homes real estate listings wrangler extraordinaire.
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On top of the thousands of words Kathi Williams writes every issue, she’s also our Social Media Director. I don’t have a FB, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat account. I’ve got something better … a Kathi Williams! Art Director Beth Rowen is at the heart of the design and overall look that are the
essence of EIL. She creates the beautiful features that our readers have become accustomed to. Where would we be without a muse? And finally, Terry McCarthy, our Production Manager, otherwise known as Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, is The Wizard of EIL. Pay no attention to that “man” behind the curtain. Terry is involved in EVERY aspect of EIL. She is Geppetto to my Pinocchio! Next, I want to thank and acknowledge our wonderful advertisers. From the first issue, through the 2008 financial crisis and recent pandemic to today, our loyal advertisers have stuck with us and continue to trust us to promote their businesses to our community. Without our advertisers, there is no EIL. And finally, my gratitude to you, the readers, who have supported us year in and year out by picking up a copy of EIL, reading it, and frequenting the many retail stores, restaurants and businesses that advertise within our pages. Thank you! Now on to the next twenty years. Semper ad meliora!
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E T I Q U E T T E
F E AT U R E
80 For Your Next Formal Dining Experience
20 Years of Living the Dream
82 Foundation Focus I SL A N D
C E L E B RAT I O N
58 St. Simons Guiding Light Turns 150
84 NonProfit News 86 Business Buzz 88 What’s Happening
P R O F I L ES
90 Social Scene
72 Welcome Aboard
106 Real Estate
78 A New Carte Blanche Collection
130 SSI Archives AUGUST 2022
THE DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
veryone has heard the phrase, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I like sitting in a chair on the beach and was a lifeguard one summer, but I never thought I could make a career out of it. Then I read about Daniel Douglas, a lifeguard in Los Angeles who earned $510,283 in 2021. And it’s not only about the cash compensation. After 30 years of service, LA lifeguards can retire as young as 55 on 79-percent of their pay. No wonder Baywatch was such a popular show back in the day! I wonder, though, what Daniel will do once he retires. He can’t just go sit in a chair on the beach. That would be “work.” Maybe he will start going to an office and sit behind a desk.
For the past twenty years I’ve had the best
in need of support. At EIL, we do our best to
island. We want to make sure you don’t miss
“job” and I don’t have an office or a desk to sit
raise awareness about them, bring attention
out on community events and the types of
behind. In August 2002 I published the first
to their needs, and promote any events and
happenings that make living here so much
edition of Elegant Island Homes and Communities
fundraisers they are having. When we can
fun. What we discovered over the years is
which was a real estate magazine featuring
actively participate in their events as partners
that we can’t always do that best in print,
high end homes for sale in Glynn County.
and sponsors, we do that as well.
because of our early deadlines to get to the
Shortly thereafter I changed the name to
printer. So we increased our digital presence
Elegant Island Living and turned it into a lifestyle
Our content’s focus is articles that are
and social media interaction. And as social
magazine. From the very beginning our goal
pertinent to living, working, and playing on
media has grown and evolved, we have grown
has always been to highlight the local people,
the island. You have lemon trees in your back
and evolved with it. Now we can reach you
businesses, retail stores, restaurants and
yard? Let’s find out more about them! You
on whatever platform you choose to get your
activities that make our community such a
love to see the latest fashions from our local
information. Our weekly email newsletter,
wonderful place to live.
retailers? We’ll pull in some people from the
the EIL Insider, is a great way to stay informed
community to model them in a photo shoot.
about events, find out about great sales or
We have strived to provide our readers with
You collect recipes? We can supply those for
specials at local businesses and restaurants,
articles that inform, enlighten, and, hopefully,
every meal or occasion you can think of, and
and where to go for live music.
entertain. I am particularly proud of our
some you haven’t!
coverage of local nonprofit organizations
Producing the print magazine each month is
through the years. There are literally hundreds
The goal each month is to provide our
somewhat like having a 100+ page term paper
of nonprofits in the Golden Isles who provide
readers with the most up to date information
due every three weeks. And just like in college,
important services in our community and are
about things happening on or around the
our term paper has a strict deadline that must
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be met each month. Our production schedule
event, like the Christ Church Tour of Homes
Production Manager, and Editorial Director
is two weeks of organized chaos from the first
or the Coastal Symphony of Georgia’s
begin laying out the design.
day of the month up to the 15th when the issue
Cabaret fundraiser. Usually, the themes will
is uploaded to the printer via the internet.
be somewhat seasonal. Spring and summer
Advertisements are placed alongside articles,
Imagine the I Love Lucy chocolate factory
months tend to have an outdoor feeling, while
Social Scene pages are laid out, and as
scene where the candy conveyor belt starts to
fall and winter features lean more toward home
well as content for other departments like
speed up, and that’s us at work! I won’t say that
and hearth. Once a theme has been decided,
Business Buzz and What’s Happening. Now
anybody is actually stuffing their cheeks with
we look to incorporate as many local angles as
the magazine starts to come alive. The Real
chocolate as we approach deadline, but I do
possible. A recent fashion shoot we did in the
Estate section is added, and then we’re ready
work with women.
garden at Musgrove Retreat is a good example
to go! And while we have been doing this
of how we showcase some of the island’s
for twenty years, occasionally there are last
In truth, our process is a well-oiled machine.
historic treasures. Once all the month’s retail
minute issues during the final editing and
First, we come up with an overall theme for
advertisements come in from our sales staff,
production process. Most are easily fixed, such
an upcoming issue. Sometimes that’s planned
all photos for the issue are received, and all
as replacing a photo, moving an ad, or catching
out far in advance with an editorial calendar,
the articles are written and submissions are
a misspelled name. If we are cutting it close to
like our annual Home & Garden issue. Other
edited, a page plan is created to encompass all
deadline (like at this moment, as I am trying to
times it might be driven by a community
of that into a single issue. Now the Art Director,
finish this article), I tend to have a recurring
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nightmare. The dream is always the same. I am
the fifteenth to the printer. Occasionally, based
For some reason, folks seem to enjoy the
my current age, but I am somehow back in L.A.,
on the way the weeks of a month fall, it may be
Publisher’s Letter each month. I decided
waiting tables in the same restaurant where
a few days earlier than that, but rarely is it any
when I first began writing these that
I worked when I was a starving actor in the
later than the fifteenth. There’s a day or two
I wouldn’t do the traditional thing and
early 90s. I am trying to put an order in on the
of recovery and then the “behind-the-scenes”
talk about the articles that were in the
computer, but I can’t remember how to work
task of taking all the content prepared for the
magazine, because people would be reading
the computer. Meanwhile, the hostess keeps
print issue, uploading it and redesigning it so
the magazine and would find out soon
seating my section with new customers. I can’t
that it looks good on our website. The sales staff
enough what was in there, so it didn’t really
get to the new customers because I need to get
is already back at work getting advertisements
make sense to rehash it. Instead, I enjoy
the food out to my current tables. But I can’t
for the next issue, and pre-production for the
observational writing. Sometimes I have
get the order in for the food because I can’t
next month begins. And while all that is going
something specific in mind as a topic, but
remember how to use the computer. I’ve had
on, our social media never sleeps.
not always, so I’m never quite sure what
that dream so many times that even though
is going to turn up on my Mac screen
I’m IN the dream and KNOW it’s not real, I still
Maybe the next time I have that dream that
once I sit down to write. So, since we are
wake up in cold sweat! By the fourteenth of the
I’m back in L.A. I’ll quit the waiter job and go
celebrating twenty years, we’ve picked out
month, the magazine is proofread once again
be a lifeguard! By the time I could retire I’d
a few of our favorite Publisher’s Letters
from cover to back page and then uploaded on
be 90, but who cares!
from the past to share. AUGUST 2022
Favorite Publisher’s Letters August 2018 In “You Can’t Buy Happiness But You Can Buy a Boat,” David reminisced about boat days and offered some tips on how to be a good boat guest.
October 2018 In “Get Out and Vote,” David suggested that we all vote by volunteering. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
January 2019 In “If I’m Not Back in Five Minutes, Just Wait Longer,” David shared some of his Dad’s “unique” sayings as well as some other funny phrases you might want to slip into your conversations. 22
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August 2019 People who grew up on St. Simons Island always share what a great place it was to be a kid, especially during the summer. David is no exception, take a step back in time, with him in “Back Then…”
January 2020 Always one to encourage and motivate, David gave some great suggestions on starting the year off using 30-day challenges instead of New Year’s Resolutions in “A New You - 30 Days at a Time.”
April 2020 In “Spring Break for Adults,” David compared Spring Break as a kid to Spring Break as an adult, and wished he was a kid again!
October 2020 Bear, David’s Newfoundland, is a frequent topic of his Publisher’s Letters and here David shared “Five Life Lessons I Learned from My Dog.” AUGUST 2022
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January 2021 Like the rest of the world, David was optimistic about the future and looking forward to starting 2021 fresh and putting 2020 behind us in “Hindsight is 2020.”
June 2021 Since the June 2021 issue offered a dog’s-eye view of the island, as EIL’s top dog, Bear took over the Publisher’s Letter in “Who’s the Boss.” Readers loved hearing what the big guy had to say about his role at the magazine.
August 2021 As a UGA alumnus and former football player, David’s avid love for the Georgia Bulldogs comes through the closer we get to fall. In “Dawg Days of Summer,” he explained why August is the best month to be a Bulldawg fan.
Our Favorite Covers
A few years ago, we did a little informal poll of favorite covers with some of our readers and advertisers. It was fun for us to see what their responses were – and enlightening too. We thought we’d do the same kind of thing here and asked our staff members to look back over the past five years and pick their favorite covers. These are our choices.
David Butler April 2020: I picked my mom’s cover for my favorite. Every guy knows you’d better pick your mom!
Yolanda O’Hern February 2020: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Being of Mexican heritage, the dark chocolate with cinnamon, which is Mexican chocolate, has instant appeal. The title Passion for Chocolate with the word “chocolate” in a red cherry decorating gel made to look like it was squeezed directly from a pastry piping bag onto the cover is a gorgeous visual illusion!
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Molly Duckworth August 2021: I love the vivid colors of this cover! And that little frog could not be cuter! It felt like something fresh and new.
Julie Andrew December 2018: I’d have to choose our Christmas cover from 2018, because it was based on an ornament that I got for my daughter’s first Christmas. We planned and staged the shot that way, our photographer worked in some extra sparkly magic, and it came out perfectly! Any time you get to spend a day with Santa is pretty special too.
Kathi Williams May 2022: There are so many fabulous covers and great memories that come with creating them, but this one is special to me. I suggested this sweet family for our photo shoot featuring high school seniors because my son grew up with the Rooks boys and everyone knows and loves Coach Rooks. The photo of them is fantastic and we got so much positive feedback from the community. From a social media perspective, it turned out to be our most viewed cover of all time. I call that a Win!
Todd Baker December 2020: The truck and the dog! (And there’s a horse back there too!) I like it because I’m always wishing for cooler weather in the dog days of summer. I grew up on a farm, so I could easily see myself sitting right there on the tailgate.
June 2022: This cover is fun, colorful and a little quirky, just like EIL. But from a production side, that fashion shoot involved organizing over 50 people. Whew, I am getting tired all over again just from thinking about it! But when we can bring together people who don’t know each other, they have a good time, make new friends, leave happy, and we end up with great shots, it’s magical!
Beth Rowen July 2021: Fresh, simple, colorful.
Down the Rabbit Hole
hen it comes
to content, we
is key. One of
of producing stories for a local lifestyle
publication is to come up with new ways to
when there was
highlight our community and promote events
no “lifestyle” to
that occur annually. As much of our content
cover, these types
is event driven, we’re always trying to find a
of features became
different angle or a fresh perspective. When
more frequent as a
events are not the focus of our feature
way to keep our audience interested, engaged, and
or theme, we lean into what we know
entertained. Here we’re sharing some of our more
our readers like: recipes, entertaining, info about
focused on food. These issues are all available to
local places of interest,
view in the archives at elegantislandliving.net if
history, and visually
you’d like to revisit them for yourself.
appealing imagery. We enjoy “going down the rabbit hole,” so to speak, and doing deep dives into topics that might be off the beaten path but we think our
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off-beat ideas, dives into new territory, and forays
During summer months, our goal is to appeal to island visitors and
In “It’s A Man’s World,” we introduced
famous men hailing from Georgia,
inspired us to
shared some interesting recipes from
delve into new territory for EIL
provide them with a source of information for
equally interesting men out of 1922’s
by focusing on wildlife in August 2021. Our
discovering all that St. Simons Island and the
The Stag Cookbook, and offered gift ideas
“Nature’s Neighbors” feature highlighted
surrounding area has to offer. The challenge in
from local retailers for Father’s Day. In this
wonderful photos of the creatures we see
doing this is to not rehash the same old history
issue, we also shared the “Outdoor Classroom”
around the Golden Isles, including shots
and facts over and over again in a way that
scavenger hunt activities created by the St.
by Laurie Lohne, Debbie Dean, and Wayne
bores our locals. So, in June 2019 we stretched
Simons Land Trust and included a “Let’s Find It”
Morgan. In this issue, we also created a
our imaginations to tell the story of Gentleman Jack, a pirate who
exercise of our own for kids of all ages.
unexpectedly found himself on the shores of our barrier island. We invited readers to join this sailor out of place
special Kids Korner section of animal facts and fun activities to amuse the young ones in our community.
In June 2021’s “Let the Adventures Begin,” we
In February 2022’s “Stellar Celebrations”
embraced the upcoming
feature we focused every aspect of events and
“dog days of summer”
entertaining. From party planning to dressing
“A Pirate Looks at 40 (Or So)
and the canine-loving
for posh occasions, we offered information
Things to Do” in the Golden Isles.
nature of our island.
and tips from the industry. In this issue, we
and time on his adventures in
In this feature, we gave
included a pull-out “Plan-It Connection” guide
COVID disruption caused us
our readers a “dog’s
to local vendors offering party services from
to produce a combined
eye view” of St. Simons
accommodations to event venues, and catering
Island courtesy of our
issue in 2020, and
four-legged pooch pal
we dedicated our
Sidney and his family.
feature to men.
to cars for the occasion. EIL broke new ground in March 2022 by devoting an entire feature to the vibrant
Furry and not so furry creatures
community in Historic Downtown Brunswick for the first time. In “Takin’ It Downtown,”
we shared the history and evolution of the
all the time
Port City and its important role in our local
economy. We highlighted new development
that is taking place and the folks making
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cider mill in the Fall, we decided that the universal appeal of an apple might just work to fill the pages when other planned stories may no longer be forthcoming. So, our
played, we devoted our February 2018 to “Soup or Bowl.” We asked our staff, friends, and neighbors to provide us with their favorite recipes for soups, stews, chowder, and chili. Boy, did we get some great submissions! Lisa Cenicola’s Pasta Fagioli,
readers learned about the various
Lorena Harris’ Albondigas Soup, Kalista
types of apples, Granny Smith
Morton’s Oyster Stew, and Gramma Neil’s Low
herself, the legend of Johnny Appleseed, and
Country Chowder from Landon Moorhead
were treated to recipes for cider donuts, apple wine chicken, and more. And the issue made it to the printer by deadline. How ‘bout
are just a handful that belong in every kitchen’s
them apples, indeed! that happen. We showcased businesses, restaurants, galleries, and historic homes in the Historic Downtown District with fantastic photography by Annaliese Kondo. It’s quite possible that our craziness when it comes to combining food and facts can be
National Homemade Soup Day falls in February and since it also happened to be when the Super Bowl was being
traced back to the October 2017 feature, “How ’Bout Them Apples.” You see, in early September, just as we were gathering our articles and readying to go into the final stages of production, we had an unwelcome visitor coming to St. Simons Island: Hurricane Irma. Since our editorial staff is manned by Yankees who love nothing more than a visit to an apple orchard or a
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recipe box. It was also the perfect occasion
to promote our annual Red Hot Rotary Chili
Cook-Off in March and the Empty Bowls
fundraiser supporting America’s Second
Harvest Food Bank.
Crepes, Filet with Chocolate Port Wine
In 2019, when February rolled around, we
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embraced it as the month of love. “That’s
Amore” became the title for a feature inspired
with Strawberries, and a
by one of cinema’s most endearing romantic
classic Chocolate Mudslide
dinner scenes. Of course, I’m talking about
cocktail. We also shared the
the spaghetti and meatballs shared by the
history and health benefits
cute canine couple in Disney’s animated
of chocolate, its prominent
classic, Lady and The Tramp. But writing about
place in pop culture, and how it became
romance is so cliché, so we focused on the
associated with Valentine’s Day.
and recipes, this
meatballs instead. We collected recipes for
time with lemons,
meatball dishes from around the world and
January 2021 found us all cold and tired of
learned so much along the way!
COVID. What we wanted most was to create
grapefruit, and more. Much to
a warm and cozy feeling for our readers from
our delight, this issue is one
We went a more traditional route in February
the moment they saw the inviting cover. Our
that our readers bring
2020, spurred by seeing heart-shaped boxes
“Warm Up to Winter” feature highlighted
up and recall fondly to
of Valentine’s Day candy in stores everywhere
anything and everything about coffee, tea,
since the days after (or maybe even before)
and other hot drinks—including recipes. And
Christmas. We indulged our “Passion for
if that didn’t get you toasty enough, we also touched on fuzzy blankets,
limes, oranges, mandarins,
In July 2021, in “Palette for the Palate,” we were inspired by the colors we see around
sweaters, and socks; DIY
us in nature from our brilliant sunsets to our
bubble bath and bath
verdant maritime forest. We featured stunning
bombs; building fires,
photos of our surroundings and recipes that
firepits, and fireplaces.
that echoed their colors, such as the yellow flowers of Fried Squash Blossoms, the pink
Similarly, in March 2021 we were ready for spring. We created a bright, sunny mood with the
melon flesh in Watermelon Feta Salad, the deep purple skin of Mama’s Stuffed Eggplant, and the indigo-hued berries in the Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Galette.
vibrant colors and and zesty flavors of
Some other extensive features worth
citrus in our “When
mentioning are March 2020’s St. Patrick
Day inspired “Celtic Roots” exploring the
Scottish and Irish connections in our region,
September 2021’s “On Location” look at
movies and TV shows filmed in and around
the Golden Isles, and October 2021’s “Color
facts with fun
& Creation” art issue. The bottom line is
that it’s ALWAYS an adventure with EIL and
you never know where we’ll go! AUGUST 2022
ver the years, EIL has done scores of photo shoots that feature clothing, accessories, and products from local retailers, and highlighting area venues, with a variety of talented photographers. Sometimes it only involves a simple shot of someone in a cute outfit in a pretty place to use an illustration. Other times, they’re elaborate productions with numerous models, hair and makeup crew, venue staff, caterers, and prop delivery assistants. We are always grateful to the community members who agree to model for us and our advertisers who trust us with their products. Here’s a look back at some of those sessions from the past five years.
June 2018 Our “Summer Soul-stice” fashion feature was inspired by summer sun and songs with models representing our local music community, like Beth Fletcher from Suzy and the Bird Dogs. Photos by Theresa Brookman of The Darkroom Photography. 34
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April 2019 We opened our “Bring Beauty Home” Home & Garden feature with a beautiful shot of Jessica Searles wearing spring fashion amongst the flowers at ACE Garden Center. Photo by Theresa Brookman of The Darkroom Photography.
December 2018 Holiday fashion was our theme in “Sparkle, Twinkle, Shine.” Molly and Marin Shell were absolutely adorable in sweet seasonal styles. Photos by Monica Rojas.
March 2019 October 2020 Sarah and Justin Callaway were just two of the representatives from local non-profit agencies dressed in fall fashion from local retailers that we featured in “Keeping Our Community Afloat.” Photos by Annaliese Kondo, Studio Pixel Pop. 36
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We highlighted some treasures of our community and exquisite jewelry like what Caroline Franklin (then Kittle) wears in this photo from in “Cascade of Gold.” Photos by John Toth, The Darkroom Photography.
February 2022 Every girl wants a fun getaway like Becky Merritt illustrates on a scooter at Village Creek Landing in the “Stellar Celebrations” feature. Photos by Annaliese Kondo, Studio Pixel Pop.
December 2021 Gracious hostess and decorating queen Beth Barrett opened her Christmasbedecked home to us for the “Holiday Supreme” photo shoot. She called in friends and neighbors, including Missy Weaver and Melissa Stroud (pictured here) to share the holiday cheer. Photos by Annaliese Kondo, Studio Pixel Pop.
August 2020 Graduating seniors Kanijha “KK” Lee, Erica Daley, and Maizy Davenport were some of our models sporting “off to college” attire from local retailers to liven up our “School Daze” feature. Photos by Laura Angela Photography.
December 2020 When you want a rustic holiday photo shoot with a dog and a truck, where else to find horses and lovely trees than The Farm at Oatland? The Maichle family were part of the fun in “A Festive Day at The Farm.” Photos by Theresa Brookman, The Darkroom Photography.
May 2021 Jennifer Sears and Jade Drury are the very essence of “Wild & Free,” our Spring 2021 style trends fashion shoot at the Cassina Garden Club’s tabby cabins at Gascoigne Bluff. Photos by Annaliese Kondo, Studio Pixel Pop. AUGUST 2022
April 2020 Cindy Jacobs and other members of the Cassina Garden Club were our models for a photo session at one of the homes on the annual Garden Walk featured in “Sage, Rosemary & Time.” The Garden Walk was cancelled that year, but the fashion was still on point. Photos by Theresa Brookman, The Darkroom Photography.
April 2022 (OPPOSITE PAGE) When your photographer is dying to stage a Bridgerton-style garden party and the folks at Musgrove Retreat are amenable to being the backdrop, how can you possibly say no?! This shot of Jasmine Mendez at the pool in our “Get Enchanted” feature is positively … enchanting. Photos by Annaliese Kondo, Studio Pixel Pop.
June 2022 Summertime vibes are what we were channeling during our “Retro Revival” poolside at Queens Court. Models Missy Durkin, Katie Rikansrud, Lauren Papich nailed it in this shot. Photos by Annaliese Kondo, Studio Pixel Pop.
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20 Fascinating Facts
About St. Simons Island
In the spirit of celebrating the lifestyle of St. Simons Island and the surrounding area for 20 years, here are some interesting facts we’ve learned about our island home during that time that you might not know.
St. Simons Island wasn’t always known as St. Simons (or even Saint Simons). The Native American who lived here called the island Guadalquini. When the Spanish arrived and established missions, they called the island Isla de Bellanas. There are also historic references using the names San Buenaventura de Gualquini and San Buenaventura de Boadalquivi. The origin of the name St. Simons was derived from San Simon, a short-lived Yamassee Indian Village established near Fort Frederica in the late 1600s. In 1938,
The translation of the island’s
place just off the shores of St. Simon Island.
there was a dispute over whether the official
Spanish name Isla de Bellanas is
Colonel Samuel Elbert, commanding three
Isle of Whales. This is because our
Georgia continental army galleys, engaged in
postal designation for the island should be Saint Simon or Saint Simons. Mrs. Edwin
waters are calving grounds for the North
naval action with and successfully captured
Fendig stepped in to argue that using the
American Right Whale. It is a mother Right
three British ships in the Frederica River.
“s” at the end of Simon was most common
whale and her calf that are represented by the
This caused the British to delay their invasion
and what the local populace preferred. She
sculpture in Neptune Park. Right whales are
of Georgia by more than eight months. On
was overruled. However, that decision was
an endangered species with fewer than 350
St. Simons Island, a memorial ceremony at
reversed just a few years later and St. Simons
remaining, with only about one-fifth of those
the Casino Building and parade of patriots
Island has been the proper spelling since 1943.
being reproducing females.
through the Village mark this occasion.
The island is approximately the size of
Many New England states celebrate
While we now honor Rev. John
Manhattan at 12 miles long and nearly
Patriots’ Day on or around April 19
Wesley and Rev. Charles Wesley on
3 miles wide. It is the second largest
to commemorate the first battles
the island with the Wesley Memorial
of Georgia’s barrier islands (Cumberland is
of the American Revolution in 1775 and the
Garden, Wesley Oak, and Wesley United
largest), and the only one that hasn’t been
“shot heard round the world.” Georgia marks
Methodist Church, they were not so beloved
that date to recognize a 1778 battle that took
during their time here. The brothers
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The large grey rock revetment on the south side of the island that helps protect against further beach erosion is known as “the Johnson Rocks.” They are named for President Johnson, who visited after Hurricane Dora struck in 1964 and supplied federal aid in the form of these massive granite rocks. Direct hits by hurricanes on St. Simons Island are rare because it is situated in the area known as the “Atlantic Bight,” or more specifically, the “Georgia Bight.” This geographic location is the furthest western coastline on the Atlantic Coast. Our location in the Georgia Bight also affects our tides. visit, and returned to England after only six months in Georgia. In 1737, John too set sail for his homeland. Despite their discouraging experiences in Georgia,
High tide waters are pushed by the shape of the coastline from North Carolina and Florida, forcing water to gather on top of itself, resulting in
the brothers’ spirits were renewed upon their return, and they went on the lead the Methodist movement and Charles wrote thousands of hymns, including Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” St. Simons has inspired art, literature, poetry, and more. Some of the most accompanied General Oglethorpe to the newly formed colony of Georgia in 1735, with John remaining in Savannah to act as the colony’s chaplain. Younger brother Charles, only 28-years-old and newly ordained, served as Oglethorpe’s secretary and pastor to the Frederica community on the island. Charles lasted only a few months on the island, with John making only the occasional
popular literary works are Sidney Lanier’s ode to the beauty of our surrounding marshes, Marshes of Glynn, and the critically acclaimed historic novels that make up Eugenia Price’s St. Simons Trilogy: The Beloved Invader, New Moon Rising, and Lighthouse. The island has a Hamilton connection! In 1804, following the duel in which Hamilton was killed, Aaron Burr hid at political friend Pierce Butler’s Hampton Plantation on the north end of the island.
six- to ten-foot tidal fluctuations here. The Georgia Coast has the third highest tidal fluctuations on the entire Eastern Seaboard. This is why we caution about rip currents and staying off sandbars that can rapidly disappear.
Most people know we have alligators here, especially if you’re a golfer or live on a marsh, river, or pond. You’ll see them sunning around retention ponds and along the marshes. What you might not have encountered yet is an alligator on East Beach. However, alligators sometimes swim in the ocean, and you might encounter them in the shallow waters near the shore. Be vigilant, do not approach, and keep small pets safe! Trees are a big deal here. Timber from our Live oaks was used St. Simons Island who don’t have photos of
over the water and later destroyed by fire in
One of our most photographed and painted
their kids sitting in the branches of the 300+
1935. It was replaced by the brick building
island scenes is the picturesque Avenue of the
year old Southern Red Cedar in Neptune Park.
that is still there today, with the theatre used
Oaks at the entrance to Sea Island Golf Club,
And, of course, there are the tree spirits … if
for stage productions and movies, but the
planted by Anna Page King around 1826 when
you know, you know.
side that now houses the public library held
to build the U.S.S. Constitution.
it was the entrance to Retreat Plantation.
a bowling alley and soda fountain, and there
You’d be hard-pressed to find a family with
Our Casino Building
was a pool outside, where the Neptune Park
children who have
has nothing to do with
Fun Zone now sits.
grown up on
gambling, and never has. In the early 20th century, casinos were also built as venues for general recreation and social
As the popular joke goes, we’re a little drinking island with a golfing problem. St. Simons Island
activities. This community
is home to more professional golfers per capita
center for all-ages was first
than anywhere on the planet, and is second
built as a wooden pavilion
only to Jupiter, Florida, for the most overall.
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Our PGA golfers include Davis Love III, Zach
than a year later, they were in a new building
Island. Since the first issue in 2002 to date,
Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Jonathan Byrd, Brian
and more popular than ever.
we have expanded to include a website and
Harman, Harris English, Patton Kizzire, Keith
digital edition, social media pages with active
Mitchell, and J.T. Poston at last count. There
Speaking of eateries, we have
engagement, and a weekly digital newsletter to
may be more!
approximately 100 on SSI at
provide our readers with information about
last count. That’s a lot for a tiny
events and happenings on the island that
PGA golfers aren’t the only
island, but we do love good food! Each has its
might not have been covered in our monthly
professional athletes that hail
own appeal and its own unique atmosphere
issues, due to deadline constraints. We are
from St. Simons Island or make
and flavors, so get out and enjoy them all!
proud of the progress we’ve made and the
their home here. MLB ace pitcher for the
content we produce, and we are incredibly
St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright still
Demere Road, one of our main
calls the island home. Former Braves pitcher
roads, is named after Frenchman
John Smoltz has a home here. The island was
Raymond Demeré, but the name
also the birthplace of NFL legend Jim Brown
of the road is NOT pronounced in the French
and Morgan Gautrat (formerly Brian) of the
manner. We say DEM-UH-REE or DEM-REE.
National Women’s Soccer League.
And if you were wondering why there’s a road named after this fellow, Demeré was a
The island’s best known BBQ
Lieutenant in Major William Cook’s Company
joint might have become history
of General James Oglethorpe’s 42nd Regiment
without community support. On
of Foot, later named Captain Lieutenant to
Saturday, March 27, 2010, a fire started in the
Colonel Oglethorpe’s own Company. In July
ceiling of the smokehouse of Southern Soul
1742, he was in command of three platoons
BBQ and destroyed the popular restaurant.
involved in the Battle of the Bloody Marsh. He
They had just filmed an episode of Diners,
retired from the Army in 1761 and lived out his
Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri weeks
final days on St. Simons Island and on Jekyll
earlier. The episode had yet to air. What a
Island, where he had been granted Horton
disaster! However, before the fire was even
House. Upon his death in 1766, he was likely laid
grateful for the advertisers and readers who
out, the community was stepping up to offer
to rest in the burial ground at Frederica.
have been with us from the beginning! 20
support in any way they could. Fundraisers
years for a lifestyle magazine is an impressive
were organized by other local restaurants in a
Elegant Island Living was the
feat in the publishing world, even more so for
matter of days. Southern Soul was able to keep
first and remains the only
one that is produced by a staff of fewer than
10 people who all work from home. Thank
slinging the BBQ, from a tent, from a trailer, and their island family supported them. Less
monthly publication on and about St. Simons
YOU for being along for the ride!
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In addition to the centuries of history preserved here on St. Simons Island, we have our own more personal history and traditions that make us unique. Others may compare St. Simons to other beach towns and coastal communities, but there is no other place in the world quite like it. We take care of each other here, as has been amply demonstrated following hurricanes and tropical storms, and the pandemic. We’re more than neighbors and friends, we are family. These are the moments that fill our scrapbooks.
Taps at Twilight One of our most moving island traditions is the Memorial Day commemoration program, Taps at Twilight. This local community event began in 1991 and is presented annually by the St. Simons Rotary Club to honor the men and women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who have valiantly served and returned, and those who are serving today. The free program takes place outside at Neptune Park and includes patriotic music, a guest speaker, flag ceremony and wreath presentation. It concludes with the bugle notes of Taps echoing through the air.
St. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast Although the month in which the event occurs has changed over the years, the St. Simons
Gascoigne Bluff is always highly anticipated.
Federica Patriot’s Day Parade
The first oyster roast held by the St.
It’s not every day you see a column of
Oyster Roast at
Simons Land Trust was held at Village
Revolutionary War reenactors parading
Creek Landing in 2000. When it grew
through the Village, but you will on April 19
out of its surroundings, it moved to Fort
or the Saturday that immediately precedes
Frederica, where it could accommodate up to 600 attendees. Today the event
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it. Georgia Patriot’s Day falls on April 19 and commemorates the date in 1778 when the
draws 1,500 or more to enjoy the juicy roasted
Georgia Continental Navy captured three
oysters and other plentiful fare donated by
British ships in the Frederica River. A newer
area restaurants and businesses. Join in and
island tradition, marking its 12th year in 2023,
see for yourself on January 21, 2023!
the commemorative event is sponsored by
the Georgia Sons of the American Revolution,
become more physically
Marshes of Glynn Chapter of the Sons of the
active. The first race was
American Revolution, and the Fort Frederica
a one-mile fun run, but based on
and. Brunswick Chapters of the National
the event’s success and popularity,
Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
it has evolved to include 5K and 10K
The day begins with a memorial ceremony at
races, a pre-race pasta party or dinner and
Neptune Park with cannon and musket salutes
expo the night before the race, and a silent
followed by a Parade of Patriots that includes
auction. Money raised goes to the school
Revolutionary reenactors, color guard, JROTC
PTA programs. It seems like the entire
cadets, and local Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts.
island comes out to Neptune Park to run, walk, or cheer on the participants.
Super Dolphin Day This annual fun fundraiser in February for St. Simons Elementary School and Oglethorpe Point Elementary School began in 1978 as a way to encourage students to
Red Hot Chili Cookoff The Rotary Red Hot Chili
from the community and local restaurants
Cookoff that takes place the
competing for awards including best chili,
first Saturday in March at Postell Park just celebrated its 20th year. Presented by the Golden Isles Rotary Club, the cook-off features teams
most unique chili, best heat, most team spirit, as well as the coveted People’s Choice award. As one of the first outdoor events in spring, it’s generally very well attended. AUGUST 2022
Christ Church Tour of Homes One of the oldest island traditions, the Christ Church Frederica Tour of Homes will be in its 69th year when it returns on March 18, 2023. This annual spring event depends on the generous participation of more than 300 church and community volunteers who donate their time and talents. The tour generally features 10-12 stops that include private homes on St. Simons Island and Sea Island, as well as Christ Church and the Parish House. The tour is presented by the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica and funds raised are used for community outreach grants.
Summer Concerts Summer concerts that take place on the St. Simons Lighthouse lawn and at Neptune Park bring out the island faithful and friends
breeze is also more than welcome at
Park ballfields for the Opening Day ceremony.
from near and far to enjoy
this time of year! From Motown hits to
Whether you have a child playing or not, you
music and fellowship by
Southern rock, it’s always a good time!
should go out and cheer them on!
Little League Opening Day
Sunrise Service at the Pier
For a true taste of small-town Americana,
On Easter Sunday, area churches get together
there’s the Glynn Country Recreation and
to present a nondenominational sunrise service
Parks Department Little League Opening Day
for the community at the St. Simons Island Pier.
celebration in the spring. There is nothing like
The lawn above the Johnson rocks fills with
seeing the teams holding their banners in the
families coming out to watch the sunrise and
parade through the Village to reach Mallery
celebrate the miracle of Easter morning.
the sea. Not
make for a beautiful
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students and their friends
The 4th of July on St. Simons Island begins
as they make the trek from
early with the annual Sunshine Festival 5K
Athens to the game each
run presented by the Golden Isles Track Club
season, earning their East
and concludes with fireworks at the pier. The
Beach gathering place the
events taking place during the day have varied
moniker “Frat Beach.” It’s a
over the years, but you can always find the arts
crazy weekend, to say the
and crafts vendors in the park and a festive
least! Love it or hate it, it’s
golf cart parade in the village. To see what
part of what makes us St.
this year’s fun looked like, check out the Social
Scene pages in this issue.
One of our most beloved
The annual football game that pits the
traditions occurs on Christmas Eve. This is
In the years before COVID appeared, Santa
University of Georgia Bulldogs against
when Santa Claus climbs on the antique fire
made stops in several locations for last minute
the University of Florida Gators is held in
truck to make rounds through the island
requests and to hand out stockings, and
Jacksonville, Florida on the last weekend
neighborhoods with an escort provided by
hopefully that will again be possible. Even the
of October/first weekend of November. St.
the Glynn Country Volunteer Fire Department
adults get giddy when we hear the sirens and
Simons Island has been faithfully hosting UGA
and the assistance of the St. Simons Civenettes.
know he’ll be riding by.
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It’s a Hit!
s we’re looking back now
Coastal Symphony of Georgia performances,
over the events we’ve
and more. The listings from the blog are also
covered, and stories
published on I’m With the Band Facebook and
we’ve shared since our
Instagram accounts at @imwiththebandssi.
last big anniversary issue
in 2017, we thought we’d go beyond the
One of the most popular stories on our website
print issues and take a look at what’s been
is “Glynn Academy: A Colonial Experiment
popular on elegantislandliving.net.
That Still Thrives,” written by Mason Stewart for our November 2015 edition. A comment on
Here’s what we discovered when we dug into
the website about the story from Leon Hugh
the numbers. Nearly half a million people have
Chittenden reads as follows: “Proud to be a
visited our site. More than 1.5 million articles
former Terror. I am also proud to have been
have been read. While our demographic used
a student at Glynn Academy as my 4 sisters
to be mostly women readers/online viewers,
also were students. 3 before me and 1 after me.
now we have a 60/40% split between women
I graduated in 1956. What a good article this
and men. We loved seeing that we have online
was, thank you Mason. I left for the Air Force
still is a Grand Ole School. I hope others read
viewers from nearly every country except two:
in 1956 after graduation and settled in several
this article and add their memories.”
Greenland and Iceland. Come on, Reykjavík,
small towns with my wife after the Air Force
where ya at?! The Aussies love us. Who knew?!
trip. I returned to Brunswick many times and
Approximately 80% of our online viewers are
pointed out my former school to my children
Our Community Cookbook recipe section in the Food and Wine category is always fun
between ages 25-65, and that percentage is
for readers to peruse and find recipes we’ve
split almost evenly among all of the 10-year
printed in the past. There are numerous contributions from local restaurants
age span categories within that group. We’re still not cool enough for the 15-
and even some celebrity chefs.
24 crowd who only make up 10% of
The most popular of these recipes
our online viewers, but with the live
(receiving the second highest
music listings maybe we’ll get there.
number of hits of anything on our
Speaking of those listings, you
recipe shared with us by Southern
website) is the Brunswick Stew Soul Barbeque, followed by recipes
REALLY like “I’m With the Band!” Our
for Beef Bourguignon, 30-Minute
continuously updated live music listings
Chicken and Dumplings, and Sweets for
are the most accessed page on our website. For those of you who aren’t in the know, this
and wife (from Greenville, S.C.) I remember
Santa. Y’all enjoy your holiday cocktails too.
is the most comprehensive and up-to-date
Miss Howard from my 2 yrs. of Latin classes
Some of our top picks in the spirits category
list of who’s playing where and when in the
which I barely passed. I also remember that
are a Bailey’s Chocolate Bunny and Maker’s
Golden Isles and the surrounding area. We also
strict Mr. Lee from Algebra and Mrs. Hall my
Mark Eggnog. And it looks like Gator Haters
share information about community concerts,
homeroom teacher for 2 years. That was and
and Bloody Bulldawgs are popular drink
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choices for your tailgate parties! We rotate the recipes you see on the website, so if you’re looking for a certain recipe and don’t see it, try searching the site. We have recipes for every meal, hot and cold, savory and sweet, fancy occasions to backyard barbeques, so if you’re looking for some culinary inspiration, it’s a great resource! When our friend Janice Lamattina is off on her world travels, we’ve been lucky enough to provide a home for her blog “On the Road with Janice,” recounting these adventures. We’ve followed her to Mongolia, visited gorillas in Uganda, and took the leap from Australia to Papua, New Guinea. It was Janice’s visit to Dubai and Ethiopia that garnered the most attention. You won’t find these stories in our printed issues, so if you want to go back and
Janice Lamattina at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
check out her amazing travels and photos from
“Perseverance of a Plantation” detailing
won’t see in our print editions, especially
her trips, you can still find them on our website.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation’s evolution
in our Social Scene galleries. There is
through the years. SSI Archives articles about
also a searchable Marketplace Directory
The SSI Archives history section of our
Hurricane Dora and Aaron Burr’s exile on the
that provides information about local
website is another area that gets top hits. It’s
island also drew many online visitors.
businesses that advertise with us, including
where we upload the SSI Archives stories
a map with their location and links to their
from the Coastal Georgia Historical Society
You can always find a digital copy of the
website and social media accounts. We
that we publish in the back of the issue each
most recent issue on the website and
provide this as a complimentary benefit to
month and where we archive our own history
our archived issues go back to January
businesses who advertise with us. If you’d
articles. Popular articles included “The Story
2016. Our archive content goes back even
like to be included in this directory, please
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further than that. We frequently publish
contact us for more information. We also
shout tradition and our local shouters, and
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eginning in 2002 and
to promote retailer’s sales, local restaurant
number of our Facebook followers, as
continuing through today,
specials, or pop-up fundraisers and non-
more people turn to that platform. We
Elegant Island Living has firmly
profit events at a moment’s notice.
haven’t jumped on the TikTok trend, but
established itself as an exclusive must-
never say never. The weekly
read publication for anyone living or
We started our social media presence
interested in this region. We never tire
with Facebook and Twitter accounts,
of hearing about the issues our readers
and then added Instagram, and
proudly display on cocktail tables,
separate accounts for I’m With the
hand out to visiting guests, save for
Band. We are active on these
recipes, or collect as part of a years-
accounts daily and have
and advertiser events.
old tradition. But we produce more
even added shopping
than just a magazine and website that
beautifully capture and reflect the spirit
purchase options. Our
of St. Simons Island and the surrounding
average page reach on
content is what we
area. Over those two decades, we have
Facebook is over 24,000,
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and we’ve been amused
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our readers and advertisers, wanting to
to see the number of
have the ability to keep the community
our Instagram followers
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From Then to Now
s we wrap up our retrospective and turn to another historic anniversary, we thought you’d enjoy seeing how our island has changed over the years. Here are some comparisons of vintage and current photos of several familiar locations. Just as St. Simons has evolved, so has Elegant Island Living. We’ve enjoyed sharing the island’s stories and being welcomed into your homes and businesses for the past 20 years, and are looking forward to being a part of whatever the future might bring.
Mallery Street 1940
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The King and Prince Resort c. 1960
East Beach c. 1940
Casino Building and Pier c. 1960 AUGUST 2022
Coast Guard Station 1937
St. Simons Airport c. 1943
V I N TAG E P H O T O S W E R E P R OV I D E D BY T H E C OA S TA L G E O R G I A HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Since September 1, 1872,
the current St. Simons Lighthouse has been the steadfast beacon shining over our island home. Officially illuminated for the very first time on that night, the lighthouse has not only served to guide countless ships safely into port and withstood ferocious storms over those 150 years that followed, but it has also become one of the region’s most recognizable and cherished historic landmarks. It provides a bright welcome to those visiting the Golden Isles and it is a shining symbol of home for those of us who live here. As we approach that important date of September 1 and special events that the Coastal Georgia Historical Society has planned for the occasion, we’d like to take a closer look at this island icon and the important role it plays in our community. L I G H T H O U S E A N D V I N TAG E P H O T O S P R OV I D E D BY T H E C O A S T A L G E O R G I A H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. 58
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The History of the Light
he story of the St. Simons
(probably caused by the island’s
Island lighthouse truly
mosquitoes) in 1871 and never saw the
begins with the octagonal
completed project for himself when the
light station built by
St. Simons Light was first illuminated on
James Gould on four
September 1, 1872.
acres of property on the island’s south end
The lighthouse is 104 feet tall and
deeded to the federal government for that
constructed of Savannah grey brick.
use by Cannon’s Point Plantation owner John
The tower measures 21' in diameter
Couper. The 75-foot-tall tabby and brick tower
at its base, tapering to 10' in diameter
housed an oil lantern and became operational
at the observation gallery’s base. Its
in 1810, with Gould himself serving as the light
spiral cast iron staircase is encased
keeper. In 1861, that tower was destroyed by
within an 8' wide column, leaving
retreating Confederate troops to prevent
space between the exterior and
the Union Navy from using it as an aid to
interior brick walls for the original
navigation. According to historic records, the
rotational weight system that turned
Fresnel lens installed in 1857 was dismantled
the flash panels of the lens. The
and removed “to the interior” before the tower
decorative iron brackets supporting
was demolished. The Federal troops that
the lighthouse gallery at the top echo
landed in Brunswick searched for the lens
the elements of Italianate architecture
with no success. To this day, it has not been
in the Keeper’s Dwelling design.
found. Unfortunately, the destruction of the St.
The gracefully tapering tower and
Simons Light left Georgia’s coast without one
elegant ornamental ironwork are signature
Active Aid to Navigation maintained by the
of its key lighthouses for more than a decade.
architectural features of Orlando Poe, who
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
later supervised the design and construction By 1868, Orlando Poe, the United States
of several Great Lakes lighthouses.
In 1971, the Keeper’s Dwelling was declared surplus and under threat of development.
Lighthouse Board’s chief engineer, was supervising the design of a new St. Simons
Since 1872, a 3rd order Fresnel lens, made
Coastal Georgia Historical Society was
light station. An academically gifted West
in France, has projected the light that guides
instrumental in saving and restoring the
Point graduate, Poe served under General
marine vessels through St. Simons Sound
historic structure and the federal government
William T. Sherman, who appointed him to
and into the Port of Brunswick. The light
conveyed ownership to Glynn County for its
oversee the burning of Atlanta. After the war,
was converted from kerosene oil lamp to
use as a museum that year. Since that time, the
Poe was serving as Engineer Secretary of
electricity in 1934 and automated in the mid-
Historical Society has continued to maintain
the U.S. Lighthouse Board when plans for our
1950s, ending the need for a resident keeper.
and operate the building as a museum of
lighthouse were developed. Georgia architect
The tower is painted solid white, known as its
coastal history. The Society began managing
Charles Cluskey was awarded a contract for
day mark. The fixed light is surrounded by
public access to the Lighthouse in the mid-
the building of the St. Simons Lighthouse and
four rotating flash panels, resulting in a flash
1980s. Ownership of the lighthouse was
the Keeper’s Dwelling in November of that
every sixty seconds—the night signature of
transferred to the Society in 2004 under the
year. Tragically, Cluskey died from malaria
the St. Simons Light, which continues to be an
National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.
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GIFT OF ALBERT FENDIG, JR.
The Early Keepers F rom the date of the
members was typically
construction of the
unofficial, the wives of
St. Simons Lighthouse
keeper Isaac Peckham
until its conversion
(1883-1892) and Joseph
to electricity in 1953, eight light
Champagne (1892-1907) did
keepers faithfully maintained the
receive official recognition
light. These devoted caretakers
by the U.S. government.
of the tower’s beam lived with
Dora Peckham and Abbie
their families in the Victorian
Champagne were granted
keeper’s dwelling at the base of
the official designation as
The strenuous round-the-
Perhaps the best known of
clock nature of their duties
the keepers and their families
included lugging 3-gallon cans of
was Carl Olaf Svendsen who
kerosene to fuel the flame up the
served as the head keeper
129 steps that led to the top every
from 1907 to 1935. Born on
evening, as well as countless
his father’s ship in the harbor of
St. Simons Lighthouse. This was
return the salute by raising a flag.
other daily maintenance needs.
Cardiff, Wales in 1878, Svendsen
no unfamiliar task, as his father,
Helen said that her father made it
These tasks invariably required
spent his life by the sea before
mother, and brother all served
possible for the flag to be raised
the help of their family members.
arriving with his wife Annie and
as keepers at various times in
by Annie from the cottage, adding
While assistance from family
daughter Helen to care for the
lighthouses from South Carolina
that it was always her mother
to Florida. The
that returned the salute because
Svendsens added two
her father was constantly busy
more children, Carl
working. The family resided in
Jr. and Lucille, to their
the cottage and maintained the
family while residing
lighthouse until Carl’s death in
in the keeper’s cottage.
1935. The Svendsens were part of
Daughter Helen once
the celebration of the lighthouse’s
shared in an interview
50th birthday in 1922. Thanks to
that captains of ships
the steadfast care of light keepers
arriving in St. Simons
and their assistants in those early
Sound would salute
years, the lighthouse endured
the lighthouse with a
through winds and weather so this
whistle blast and her
occasion can now be celebrated
mother Annie would
once again a century later.
OPPOSITE PAGE: Orlando Poe, Engineer Secretary of the U.S. Lighthouse Board. ABOVE LEFT: Light Keeper Joseph Champagne (standing, far right) and his wife Assistant Keeper Abbie Champagne (seated, left) with unidentified gentlemen, c. 1900; TOP: Light Keeper Carl Olaf Svendsen with his wife Annie and their oldest children, Helen and Carl, Jr. AUGUST 2022
The close-knit team of Auxiliary volunteer lightkeepers came with the deal because even though the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Dwelling have become a historic museum store and tourist magnet, that bright beacon at the top still has a vital safety mission of which many islanders and visitors are unaware. Every Thursday afternoon, the crew climbs 129 steps to the observatory. They enter the gated mechanical area to do systems checks while some ascend another 10 feet into the lens room to perform a series of maintenance tasks that ensure the light is continuously operational. Every week, they don white gloves to clean and polish the high voltage light bulb and the numerous individual prisms that reflect a
ow that the lighthouse beacon is fully
Dwelling from the U.S. Coast Guard and
precisely sequenced illumination out to sea.
automated, what exactly does “keeping
opened it to the public. The Coasties were still
The prisms are all part of the 155-year-old,
the light” entail? In 2014, EIL published
the lightkeepers until all those official duties
original Third Order Fresnel (fray-NEL) lens
an article written by Arlene Ingram recognizing
were turned over to the capable hands of the
(of which 15 or fewer are in service in the U.S).
the 20 years of service by the volunteer light
current U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-
team of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-10.
10 St. Simons Island volunteer light team.
What follows is her description of their mission and weekly duties – it’s no small task!
In addition to polishing each individual glass prism of the Fresnel lens and its brass frame,
In 2004, following a long, successful lease,
the team checks the back-up emergency
the lighthouse was deeded to the Coastal
radio, the moving parts and lubrication of
In 1984, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society
Georgia Historical Society by the U.S. Coast
the 3,000 lb. gear mechanism that keeps the
leased the St. Simons Lighthouse and Keeper’s
Guard under the Lighthouse Preservation Act.
lens turning. They test the electrical system,
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the high intensity light bulb and the back-up
Frederica River at the south tip of St. Simons
bulb that automatically takes a failed bulb’s
Island. When these 3 tower lights are aligned
place. Finally, they cover the photo sensor
correctly, the vessel’s pilot is able to safely
to see if the light will automate at dusk.
maneuver through the deep Bar Channel
All this ensures that the 1000-watt bulb,
buoys and be assured he will not run aground.
magnified by the exquisitely polished lens, shines brilliantly for up to 20 miles seaward,
Because of the guiding St. Simons Island
rotating to produce one uniquely patterned
light’s valuable service to commercial
dazzling flash per minute.
mariners, the Brunswick Pilots Association provides a back-up generator power source
The St. Simons lighthouse is part of the “St.
to the lamp in case of electrical failure. Over
Simons Bar Channel range”. When mariners
the years, and in addition to the general
approach St. Simons Sound any night or in
weekly maintenance, the crew has changed
reduced visibility, they will visibly place the
countless bulbs, repaired wiring, replaced the
light from the lighthouse tower in the center of
turning motor, polished brass, painted, and
the two tall lighted towers located just into the
restored anything that has been broken.
CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE: Whitewashing the lighthouse tower wasn’t easy work; Coast Guard Auxiliary Lighthouse Crew atop the lighthouse in the 1990s; Lighthouse Crew celebrating anniversary of 25th year of service; the 1000-watt light bulb that provides the beam to guide mariners into port.
n honor of this historic
�ecognizin� a Momentous �ear
historian Ellen Dubois will present
occasion of the lighthouse’s
“The Year Susan B. Anthony Voted
150th birthday, the theme of
and Women Almost Secured
this year’s Chautauqua Lecture
Voting Rights for All Americans.”
Series, presented by the
She will describe how Anthony,
Coastal Georgia Historical Society
along with women in several other
and sponsored by Raymond James,
localities, attempted to vote in
is “It Happened in 1872: National
Rochester, New York, which led to
Events from the Year Our Lighthouse
her arrest and widely publicized
Was Illuminated.” This momentous
trial. The series will conclude on
year saw President Ulysses S. Grant
Thursday, September 8 with a
sign the Yellowstone National Park
lecture by author Paul Taylor about
Protection Act into law, the opening
the engineer who led the design of
of New York’s Metropolitan Museum
the St. Simons Lighthouse, entitled
of Art, and the first presidential
“Orlando Poe: Civil War General
election that followed the formation of the
shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the
National Woman Suffrage Association.
Civil War. On Thursday, August 18, the series
and Lighthouse Engineer.”
will continue with “In with the New: American
All of the lectures will take place at St. Simons
Award-winning author George Black
Artists and the Metropolitan Museum of Art,”
Presbyterian Church, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
will present the first lecture, “Empire of
by Thayer Tolles, the museum’s Marica F.
They will also be available via live stream.
Shadows: The Founding of Yellowstone
Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and
Registration is $50 for members and $95 for
National Park,” Thursday, August 11.
Sculpture. Tolles will describe the early years
non-members, and will close on Wednesday,
Black’s lecture, based on his book, Empire
of the museum, when some of America’s
August 10, at 5:00 p.m. A virtual link will be
of Shadows, detailing the epic story of the
foremost artists were involved in forming the
sent the week of the first program. Please
creation of the National Park System, will tell
early collections, as were Jekyll Island Club
note that lectures skip September 1, the date
of the conquest of Yellowstone, Wyoming,
members J. Pierpont Morgan and Emily and
of the lighthouse’s birthday. Register online at
a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible, and
Robert De Forest. On Thursday, August 25,
coastalgeorgiahistory.org or on EventBrite.
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�lluminatin� a Communit� o get a better idea of what
remiss if we did not express our gratitude to
the lighthouse means to
the lighthouse keepers and their diligence in
our some of our island
maintaining the light mechanisms.”
residents, EIL sent intern
Callie Norton out to
One of those
conduct some interviews.
From its historic significance to its aesthetic
action to safely
is JEFF COLE, a
appeal and from its importance as a
U.S. Coast Guard
navigational tool to a place where special
Golden Ray out
memories are made, the thoughts shared
of the shipping
and head lighthouse
with Callie encompass so much that we love
keeper. As Cole
about this treasured island landmark.
while it was capsizing, spends his life almost
climbed into the
entirely under the lighthouse’s steady guiding
light. “The lighthouse is integrated into my
room, he explained
life a great deal. It’s our principle, fixed aid
of navigation in the harbor, so we use it for
that goes into
over half the route. I also live underneath the
sweep of the lighthouse under the oak trees.”
J.T. explained the importance of the lighthouse
weekly visits ensure its functionality so that
in matters of offshore safety: “We use it for
it remains visible and communicative, the
navigational purposes because, as pilots, we’re
duty which Tennant expressed his immense
not on computers navigating; we’re terrestrial
gratitude for above. Looking into the Fresnel
navigators, meaning we’re looking outside the
lens at the tiny bulb, Jeff remarked on the
window at objects as reference points to make
occasion: “This light first lit September 1st 150
hardware store, lumber yard, and building
turns throughout the harbor. We also use it to
years ago.” When talking about the unique
supply company that has been serving
tell the weather. Most of our work takes place
characteristics of the St. Simons Lighthouse,
professional builders and homeowners since
at night, and we can tell by the strength of the
which helps sailors chart their location along
1930. While the towering structure of J.C.
light – or if there’s whiskers on the light – if
the coast, he marveled at the effectiveness
Strother Hardware is a landmark in Pier
there’s moisture in the air. We don’t want to
of such old technology, saying, “Somebody
Village, the lack of such structures around
sail a ship in zero visibility.” In immense detail,
figured that out, low tech, a long time ago. I
the lighthouse is Clay’s favorite thing about
the pilot reasoned the lighthouse’s purpose as
think that’s pretty neat.” And after 28 years
it. He feels that it’s the tranquil setting of
a simplistic yet consistently reliable tool that’s
spent diligently maintaining the lighthouse, Jeff
the surrounding tree canopy that lends to
crucial for keeping our waters safe. “None of
thinks that this small bulb–previously a small
the lighthouse’s unique beauty, saying, “I
that has changed in hundreds of years – prior
flame–is the heart of it all. “There are two lights
like the fact that you can look out and see all
to GPS, right?” He emphasized that none of
in there: the primary and the spare, and the
the trees. I mean, if you didn’t have the tree
this old-school technology would be reliable
primary light’s 1000 watts. If the primary fails,
canopy, it would just be a bunch of buildings.”
without adequate maintenance: “I would be
the spare swings right into the middle of the
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focal point of the light to make it as efficient as
same memories he has. “I remember climbing
possible. That’s the key to this whole place. It’s
the lighthouse when I went to St. Simons
Elementary. My kids are climbing it now.” In addition to mentioning visits to the lighthouse
DARRYL PECK, owner of Righton Books in
as an experience being passed down through
Redfern Village, says the lighthouse has always
the generations, he also recalled a spooky St.
been a sign of welcome. Having lived on the
Simons legend. “I always heard the story about
island for “only” 32 years now, Darryl jokingly
it being haunted. Apparently, you can hear
mentioned that he’s “a rookie,” unlike his wife’s
footsteps going up and down it at night.”
side of the family, who are multi-generational natives. But regardless of his origin or the
LODI PALMER at Anderson Fine Art Gallery
timing of his arrival, he’s never felt like an
has been a full-time island resident since
outsider on St. Simons Island. According to
1998 and part of her earlier years as a
Darryl, the lighthouse is a testament to the
local were spent giving history tours. The
island’s overall charm, and it’s “a beacon of
lighthouse, she said, was a well-covered topic.
freedom that has been welcoming members of
“I remember walking up those dang steps!
our family since the early twentieth century.”
What is it, 129 steps? Am I remembering correctly?” (Correct!) When prompted about
it up to keep the Northerners away so they
Lifelong island resident and owner of ITG
what she feels is most significant about the
wouldn’t have a lighthouse to come in…but all
Properties, HAL PRUITT said he associates the
lighthouse, she didn’t hesitate to say that she
the Northerners did was go down to Retreat
lighthouse with his childhood, and he’s thrilled
finds value–and humor–in its history: “I used
Plantation and hang a couple lanterns, and
that his children now get to experience those
to laugh about how the Confederates blew
that took care of that.” AUGUST 2022
Simons, shared how he starts each day at the lighthouse with a clear and peaceful mind. “My favorite thing is parking at the lighthouse in the early morning at 7:00 or 7:30 and having my devotional and prayers. It has given me strength and serenity through the years. It’s been a beacon to me.” Additionally, Edward is often arranging flowers for weddings there. Echoing Halyards’ Catering Events Coordinator, Michael Young, Edward says he really enjoys “doing pretty weddings at the lighthouse.” If you’re looking for another way to find strength and serenity, MATTHEW WHITE, Studio Manager
at Live Oak Fitness, recommends climbing the lighthouse for a great workout. From a fitness perspective, White, thinks the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse Photo provided by Michael Young
are worth the effort – and, aside from a good workout, he said that the spectacular views and cool wind are a big payoff: “You can see all the way to Cumberland Island,
DAVE SNYDER, Executive Chef and
Halyards Catering Events Director,
and there’s always a nice breeze to cool
Restaurateur, views the lighthouse as a
MICHAEL YOUNG, discussed the appeal of the
you off afterwards.” He also fondly recalled
reminder of the simpler things. One of the
lighthouse as a striking backdrop for events.
the experiences he’s had when visiting the
community’s most well-known restaurant
Situated right by the beach overlooking
104-foot-tall structure: “Every time I’ve
owners, Chef Dave has lived on the island for
dense patches of trees and serene water,
gone there, the staff has been welcoming
26 years. His three restaurants–Halyards,
the St. Simons Lighthouse has always been
Tramici, and La Plancha–are consistently full
a go-to destination for a wide array of
of hungry islanders and tourists alike. And
events. Michael reflected on coordinating
Attorneys ROBERT AND BONNIE KILLIAN reflect
while his restaurants’ atmospheres allow his
many memorable experiences for his clients
on the lighthouse’s presence in
guests to live on island time, so to speak, those
there, touting the structure’s magnificent
both centuries-old local history and
who have worked in the service industry
views, particularly for weddings. In Michael’s
meaningful personal moments. This father
understand that it can be fast-paced and
opinion, it’s a special place for special
and daughter team of attorneys at the Killian
chaotic. Amidst all of the things that make
memories: “It’s such a wow factor when I
Law Firm, LLC, shared their recollections
our lives hectic (service industry careers
do weddings there. Just before I transition
of the lighthouse in reflective and intimate
included), Dave views the lighthouse as
guests into the dining room for dinner, I get
ways. Robert alludes to the victories and quick
symbolic of life’s simpler nature and sees it as a
the lighthouse empty and ask the bride and
development that took place in its proximity.
reminder to slow down: “It reminds me of how
groom to go up to the top for some aerial
He stated, “In 1742, while Fort Frederica was
slow we can enjoy our world in a time of high
photographs. I have some gorgeous drone
still under construction, the Spanish from St.
technology with everything going so fast. Just
photos of brides at the top of it.”
Augustine attacked St. Simons Island. As we know, the British were victorious. Less than 70
watching this simple lighthouse do its job as a basic light source with candles going round
EDWARD ARMSTRONG, or as the locals call him,
years after the attack, maritime commerce in
and round helps me enjoy slowing down in life.”
“Edward the Florist,” from Edward on Saint
south coastal Georgia had grown from nothing
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ART WORKSHOPS Workshops on St. Simons Island ARTIST’S ANNEX GALLERY 2022 Schedule Gary Bodner
Roger D. Brown Nov. 3-4
to so much that the young United States funded
a walk where they would of course end up at
Workshops On St. Simons Island was
the original St. Simons Lighthouse. Many
the top of the lighthouse. It was there that he
started 14 years ago by the Anderson
believe tabby from Frederica was repurposed
asked her to marry him.”
in the construction of the lighthouse.” His
Fine Art Gallery. Professional artists from across the country are invited to teach painting workshops that are
daughter, Bonnie, recalled the lighthouse
For the ELEGANT ISLAND LIVING STAFF, the
being a backdrop to a couple of her sweetest
concerts on the lighthouse lawn hold nostalgic
memories: “I got engaged in the little gazebo
appeal. We are proud to be annual sponsors
by the lighthouse in 2007 and married at the
of the Little Light Music summer concert
casino in 2008.”
series. There is nothing better than seeing
to improve their painting skills. A
held in the Artist’s Annex. The two to four-day workshops are for students of all levels that wish
the way our community gathers together at
variety of workshops are offered
MARGARET BURNSED, owner of The Cricket
this big “block party” to enjoy ocean breezes,
from landscape studies en plein air
Shop, was quick to share how special the
old Motown hits and beach music while they
lighthouse is to her. After mentioning that
share snacks and cold drinks, catch up with old
she’s been frequenting the island her entire
neighbors and make new friends.
life, she said, “As long as I’ve been alive, it
to studio classes in representational, impressionistic or abstract styles.
For information, please contact 912.634.8414, stop by the Artist’s Annex or go to our website.
has been as much a part of this island as the
We invite you to share your own memories
ocean.” One particular memory from ten
about special moments at the lighthouse or its
years ago stands out as especially notable:
importance in your life by emailing EILAsks@
“My son James proposed to his wife Sara
gmail.com so we can share your stories on our
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on top of the lighthouse. He placed roses
website. If you have special photographs or art
randomly up the steps prior to their evening
that you have created depicting the lighthouse,
out. After dinner, his suggestion was to go for
we welcome those as well. AUGUST 2022
Celebrating a Sesquicentennial oastal Georgia Historical Society
can support their mission by becoming
historical, to create a visual presentation
Executive Director Sherri Jones
a member or giving a gift membership.
that is immersive and engaging. There will
stated that although the mission
Different levels of membership are available,
be ample opportunities for viewing, so don’t
of the St. Simons Lighthouse may
and more information can be found at
miss out! You can learn more details about
the birthday celebration as we get closer by
have changed over the years, it is still central to our community in both an economic
following the Historic Society’s Facebook
and an emotional sense. It still serves as a
Special celebratory events are planned for
page and visiting their website, as well as
navigational beacon for our prosperous port
September 1 and throughout Labor Day
keeping up with EIL’s online calendar and
of Brunswick but may have an even greater
weekend to commemorate the 150th birthday
social media accounts.
impact by drawing visitors as a tourism
of the lighthouse
icon. For some of us lucky ones, it’s simply a
and everyone in the
beloved symbol of home. It is unquestionably
community is invited
an essential part of what makes St. Simons
to come out and
Island the unique treasure that it is.
join the festivities. A highlight is the
The Historical Society deserves a great deal
screening of an
of credit for the work they do to maintain and
continue to beautify the Lighthouse, Keeper’s
Dwelling, gazebo, and grounds. They have
on the lighthouse
completed preservation projects over the
tower that combines
years both small and large which have both
digital art with varied
maintained the integrity of the structures
forms of media,
and improved the visitor experience. You
both modern and
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he Golden Isles is synonymous with the wonderful waterways which we call home. Over the past 20 years, these waterways have changed and there has undoubtedly been an increase in boating traffic, especially in recent years due to the housing boom. There has been an influx of new boaters throughout the industry, in the last couple of years in particular, with a notable increase in the number of younger boaters. The Golden Isles is no exception. Local marine businesses are also seeing more people returning to boating, retirees wishing to enjoy the waterways, and tourists new and old enjoying island life. One of these marine businesses is Dunbar Yachts. The dealership located at Morningstar Marina has been selling boats in the Golden Isles since the 1970s. They have grown to become an award-winning dealership with a regular customer base spread over eight states. “What sets us apart is that we are still a bricks and mortar brokerage, where customers are welcome to walk-in and be greeted with a friendly smile. We don’t restrict our offerings to an internet buying experience like some brokers, and this certainly increases our turnover of boats,” says Lucy Bowie. “The overall trend is towards a more educated buyer, who has often researched online and on social media, but boaters still want and appreciate a personal experience. There is a real value in enabling customers to pick up a flyer or brochure, to look at a window full of listings, and to speak to a knowledgeable broker in person.”
It’s easy to see why a large boat dealership would have a head office somewhere as picturesque and welcoming as the Golden Isles. As Lucy explains, “When customers come off I-95, they see a vast landscape of waterways ready to explore. It creates a far
traditional ownership, such as an increase in the boat club experience are also likely.”
Boat choices include fishing, cruising, and pontoon style vessels. Member Gary Davis says, “With the Freedom Boat Club we’ve discovered the joy and ease of boating life. The professional and courteous staff always has the boat ready when we are and are waiting for us at the dock on our return. We only wish we had joined sooner!”
Dunbar Yachts offers new sail and powerboats, full boat brokerage, sailing schools and training, as well as the option to join Freedom
“We opened our Freedom Boat Club location to provide more locals with access to the waterways. Members of the Club use the entire fleet without ever having to clean, maintain, fuel, or insure the boat,” explains Lucy. more memorable experience than a busy intercity lot and sets the perfect scene to imagine a lifestyle and lifetime of boating.” Looking back 20 years ago, the dealership was primarily focused on sailboats. Over the last five years, Dunbar has heavily invested in adding a versatile portfolio of powerboats, being awarded exclusive manufacturer contracts. Lucy sees this combination of offering both sail and power as continuing long into the future. She notes a significant increase in both power and sailboat customers since the COVID pandemic began. “Our aim is to have a versatile marine business with a complete offering for everyone interested in spending time on the water,” Lucy shares. “The next 20 years are likely to see an increasing range of products for consumers, with a particular focus on greener alternatives, provided these don’t detract from the overall boating experience. Alternatives to
The great part is there is no cap on membership. The more members join; the more boats enter the fleet. Over the next few years, it seems certain that the Golden Isles will see an ever-expanding membership base.
Boat Club, all supported by an experienced technical team. As part of a wider global footprint of Freedom Boat Club locations, with 346 of those in North America, local members enjoy an increasing fleet of boats operating from Morningstar Marina/Golden Isles and have access to boats at every other location, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Ben Fendig, another member, says, “As most people around here know, our family have been here a very long time. During that time, the many generations have enjoyed the water boating in this area. In my early 30s, I sold my last boat and became boatless. I’ve missed it for quite some time until this year. A good friend of mine told me about Freedom Boat Club, and I ran into Dave Jordan, who sells memberships. Dave told me about the fabulous membership and how it would be the best fit for me. I’m always so excited now that I have multiple boats ready for me at a moment’s notice. The staff is fantastic and has the boat checked out and running when I arrive. They cast off the lines and meet me when I come back. It’s only that: no washing, no fueling up, and no maintenance. I feel so blessed to be a member and back in the waters I so love.”
“We opened our Freedom Boat Club location to provide more locals with access to the waterways. Members of the Club use the entire fleet without ever having to clean, maintain, fuel, or insure the boat,” explains Lucy. All members are provided with full training, both on and off the water, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and provided by a local U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain. It is a safe and convenient way to boat and has proven to be very attractive. The Golden Isles Freedom Boat Club currently has more than 100 local members and grows weekly.
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Historically, the Golden Isles has always attracted seasonal boaters who benefit from the geography which makes it a boater’s hurricane hole. This allows many to benefit from the reduced boat insurance premiums by crossing over the Georgia/Florida line. Over the last 20 years, local marinas have increased their offerings to these “cruisers,” who often bring their boats up for 6 months of the year, and other transient travelers who are looking to enjoy the Southern hospitality of the Golden Isles. Many of these boaters inevitably stay longer than they initially planned and start to call the Golden Isles home. When Bob Torras, Sr. first shared his vision to have a marina in downtown Brunswick, he was met with across-the-board skepticism. People asked why someone would keep their boat in Brunswick when there were perfectly fine marinas available on the islands. Despite the headwinds, Mr. Torras was determined to see his dream come true. That was 30 years ago. Today Brunswick Landing Marina is the largest saltwater marina in the state of Georgia with nearly 400 boats in the water alone. Thousands of people come through the marina each year, venturing out into the downtown and surrounding areas and contributing a great deal to the local economy. “While the marina has fully built out its nearly one-mile of waterfront,” says Marina Manager Michael Torras, “there are still 25 acres between the marina and downtown Brunswick that we also own and intend to develop. This is where our next big expansion project will begin.”
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Across the causeway, in June 2020, Morningstar Marina/Golden Isles, completed a $6 million rebuild resulted in the facility being named “Marina of the Year for Building and Growth” by Marina Dock Age magazine The project included a state-of-the-art coastal aluminum dock system with a Brazilian hardwood decking known as Ipe, new transient dock with 36 concrete piles that are 70’ long and weigh 20,000 lbs. each, new electrical system and power centers, dockside pump-out at every slip, new fuel system, dock office etc. Morningstar Marinas continues to enhance the property having recently rebuilt the main boardwalk and outdoor pavilion. Additional improvements are planned for late 2022 into 2023. This investment in boating infrastructure has been coupled with an increase in
opportunities for boating over the last 20 years for locals, tourists, and visitors. A prime example is the Spirit of St Simons, the only certified sailing vessel in the State of Georgia authorized to carry up to 24 passengers. The boat was designed for the day charter trade, and was homebuilt and first splashed by owner Charles Elkins in 2014. It’s perfect for a relaxing sunset sail with a group of friends. Local fishing charters have also seen an increase in business and are heavily invested in the future of fishing and the island’s surrounding waterways. Whether you choose to enjoy the waters by pontoon, sailboat, fishing charter, speedboat, or luxury yacht, boating in the Golden Isles offers many opportunities for memorable experiences. Come aboard and cast off for your own adventure.
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f you know me, you realize I was ecstatic when Downton Abbey: A New Era was announced. I love the show. I love the storylines, I love the costumes, and I absolutely love the dining scenes. Not because I dine that way each evening (far from it) but, because I am fascinated with how they spent so much time eating, visiting, turning right, then left, barely sipping wine. My, what Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, would think if she dined with all of us one evening!
While so much about etiquette is situational, many of the rules have stayed the same. If you are reading this, I assure you that you know most of the rules, but I have a few that all of us have surely broken at times. 1.
Don’t “clink” your beverage glass. This is especially true with very fine crystal as it could break.
3. Never announce that you’re going to the restroom. Never. Never. Your only statement as you excuse yourself from the table should be, “Please excuse me.” 4. In the United States, always leave one bite of food on your plate. Eating every bite could indicate to your host that you are still hungry and that he/she did not serve enough. 5. Do not lift your menu off the table. During formal dinners, your menu should always touch the table. 6. Keep your bread on your plate. Do not lift your roll or bread to take a bite. Break off a small piece to put in your mouth for each bite. 7.
2. Keep the rim of your plate clean. This serves two purposes. It helps the server as he/she clears the table, and it also keeps your plate nice looking – which is important.
Once you drink from a glass, sip from the same place on the glass throughout dinner. This is to avoid lipstick rings and grease/food rings on your glass.
8. Fold your napkin with the crease toward your lap. Sit down. Once you remove your napkin from the table, crease it and put the crease toward your lap. 9. Most people believe there is only one correct style of eating. In fact, there are two styles when using silverware in the United States: American style and Continental (or European) Style. You cut your food and raise your fork to your mouth without setting the knife down. You are also flipping the fork over. This style appears odd to some, but it is a correct style of eating.
Right now, you’re probably thinking … formal dinner? When will I attend a formal dinner? You will and you do more often than you realize. Wedding receptions are often sit-down dinners. Debutante balls, corporate dinners, non-profit events, and fundraisers. Remembering a few of these tips, making small talk and being kind will put you at the top of the great guest list.
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Community Partners Make Significant Impact In this issue of Elegant Island Living, the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) continues a series of highlights focused on The RSM Classic and its partners impact on our community.
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his month we celebrate Elegant Island Living and the positive impact its team has had on the Golden Isles over the past fifteen years. The Davis Love Foundation knows this firsthand. When Davis Love III and his Foundation, along with professional golfer Zach Johnson, the PGA TOUR and title sponsor RSM, introduced The RSM Classic (originally named The McGladrey Classic) to the Golden Isles, the search for partners began.
When not in use for Anderson Gallery Workshops, the Artist’s Annex is a teaching and exhibiting studio. Marden Headley, who holds degrees in Fine Art and Art Education, manages the studio. She has taught in the private and public sector and offers classes to both group and individuals through the Annex. The studio is Marden’s working studio where she exhibits her work.
Elegant Island Living was one of the first community partners to sign up and has grown its support each year since 2010. They have been instrumental in promoting the tournament, creating awareness of the event, providing sponsorship, and recruiting local businesses to become part of The RSM Classic (most recently Catch 228 in Redfern Village to host The RSM Classic media dinner for local, regional and national media members).
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The tournament’s relationship with Elegant Island Living is one example of how a company can partner with the Foundation. All partnerships are unique and crafted to meet the specific needs of the partner, all with
the goal of maximizing benefits for charity and the community. This what makes The RSM Classic and the PGA TOUR unique in the world of professional sports. The Davis Love Foundation invites participation at all levels, beginning with the PGA TOUR Wives Association Wiffle Ball Game at only $500 through customized on-course hospitality for groups of any size. Partnership opportunities remain available for this year’s event. If you would like more information on supporting the Foundation and our community, contact John McKenzie, The RSM Classic Director of Sales, at email@example.com. For all tournament information, please visit rsmclassic.com.
In its first twelve years, The RSM Classic, hosted by Davis Love III, has raised nearly $29 million to support local and national charities. The 2022 PGA TOUR event is November 14-20 at Sea Island Golf Club. For partnership information, regardless of the size of your business, contact John McKenzie, Director of Sales, at jmckenzie@dlovefoundation. com or visit rsmclassic.com.
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CHANGES AT THE CHAMBER The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Cedric King has taken the helm as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Nigel Brown is the new Director of Membership Services. Cedric takes over for Michael Scherneck, former CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System, who served as Chairman from 2021-2022. A local business owner with businesses located in Brunswick and Darien, Cedric is also a Benefits Consultant with Lighthouse Benefit Advisors on St. Simons Island, serves on many community boards, and has been recognized on numerous occasions by various organizations for outstanding service to the community. He has years of experience, knowledge, and work in Business Development and served on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair of Internal Affairs and Chairman Elect in 2021-2022. He is the first
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African American to serve in Chairman role in the history of the Chamber of Commerce. Nigel Brown assumes the role of Director of Membership Services, with duties that include providing excellent membership customer service, leading the Chamber Ambassador Program and the Small Business Committee in charge of selecting the Small Business of the Month Awards. He will represent the Chamber of Commerce at membership events, community meetings, and functions. Nigel has an extensive background in higher
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education, workforce development, and business. When asked about what excites him the most in his new role at the Chamber he shared, “Glynn County has a large amount of projected growth and I’m excited about exploring ways we can help the community grow and prosper.” To learn more about the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, stop by the office at 1505 Richmond St., Second Floor, Brunswick, or visit brunswickgoldenisleschamber.com.
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FIBER NETWORK IN GLYNN’S FUTURE Emerging regional broadband service provider LiveOak Fiber recently announced that it is investing $60 million to construct and operate a next-generation highspeed fiber optic network in Glynn County. The network will provide fiber-based broadband internet with 10G per second speed and communications solutions to homes and businesses throughout its digital footprint. “The people of Glynn County are underserved and lack the critical infrastructure and services needed to foster both a growing population and attract new businesses,” says Jody Craft, President of LiveOak Fiber. “Building out this much needed infrastructure and services in Glynn County will be a true game changer. Efficient, modern communications for education, healthcare, local businesses and residents is going to change lives for the better.” Construction on the project is planned for later this year and the first customers are expected to be connected as early as February 2023. For more information, visit liveoakfiber.com.
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 85,000 real estate agents in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain and continues to scale internationally. This internet based high technology company will totally revolutionize the real estate
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BACK-2-SCHOOL BEDLAM 2022 Operation Bed Spread still needs your help to provide every child with a bed for a good night’s sleep. This St. Simons Island-based non-profit collects and delivers donated or purchased beds to families and agencies with children in need. To date, nearly 1,500 beds have been delivered. OBS seeks funding and
donations to supply beds to everyone on their waiting list and then some. With higher fuel costs and soaring prices, donated funds are critical to their mission. You can help by attending the annual Back-2-School Bedlam fundraiser at Brogen’s South on Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 p.m. There will be live music by local band Idle Hands, food and drink specials. Tickets are $25 at the door. Let’s get kids the beds they need to have a restful and successful school year. GET YOUR TEAM TOGETHER The 2022 Golden Isles Alzheimer’s Walk is planned for Saturday, October 1 at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island. This family-friendly community event brings together local businesses and residents to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and dementia research and local support services. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony where attendees will honor and remember their loved ones. At 10:15 a.m. participants will follow a 1-mile or 2-mile scenic walk route through the Village. Proceeds from the walk benefit research efforts through the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University and support local non-profit agency Memory Matters Glynn. To register or donate to a team or participant, visit gaalz.org. For additional information including sponsorship opportunities, contact Executive Director Andrea Mickelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFTERNOON WITH THE AUTHOR Join Coastal WildScapes at Ashantilly Center in Darien on Sunday, August 28, for an afternoon with Janisse Ray, naturalist, activist, and the author of seven books of nonfiction and poetry, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, which won the American Book Award. Her work has appeared widely in magazines and journals, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Nautilus
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THIS YEAR’S SUNSHINE FESTIVAL ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND INCLUDED A MORNING 5K OR 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK FOR THE EARLY RISERS, AN EXTENDED HOLIDAY WEEKEND VERSION OF CRAFTS IN THE VILLAGE, THE ANNUAL VILLAGE GOLF CART PARADE, AND FIREWORKS AT DUSK. The EIL crew was out and about to catch some of the action on what was surely the hottest day of the summer so far! We loved seeing kids of all ages enjoying the holiday and smiles were as plentiful as stars and stripes! 90
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THE SEA PALMS NEIGHBORHOOD ALWAYS TURNS OUT BIG ON THE 4TH OF JULY AND THIS YEAR WAS NO EXCEPTION. Everyone went all out dressing in patriotic attire, decorating their bikes, golf carts, and vehicles…well, all except those folks who had no idea what a big deal the neighborhood parade is and were completely unprepared. We hope to see them back next year in their star-spangled best! Here’s to the red, white, and blue!
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IT WAS A DELICIOUS EVENING AT HISTORICAL HARRINGTON SCHOOL CULTURAL CENTER FOR THIS YEAR’S TASTE OF GULLAH EVENT. Special guest South Carolina Chef Ambassador Kevin Mitchell was on hand to sign copies of Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories, the book he co-authored, and there was plenty of food to sample from area vendors. Proceeds from this event benefit the Cultural Center. 1. Marcy Bailey, Anja Bailey, Linny Bailey. 2. Whitney Long, Ellis Long. 3. Linda Gibson, Myrtice Moody. 4. Abbey Marrs, Thais Belletti. 5. Philip Deshazior, Lorene Blue. 6. Elaine Jones-Jackson, Eunice M. Moore, Valeska M. Carter. 7. Kathleen Hambright, Fran Gordon, Peggy Lee. 8. Jerry and Faye Hardiman. 9. Patrick and Elizabeth Holladay. 10. Trudy and Eugene Cuthbert (former student Harrington School, 1942). 11. Don and Susan Myers. 12. James and LaVonia Dawson. 13. Susan and Kenny Walker, Cathy and Larry Schuler. 14. Lollie Bohannon, Elysabeth Hunter. 96
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THE GEORGIA ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION, MEMORY MATTERS, AND OTHER MEMORY CARE PROVIDERS AND AGENCIES GATHERED WITH FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS AT MELLOW MUSHROOM ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND FOR THE GOLDEN ISLES ALZHEIMER’S WALK KICKOFF. ATTENDEES LEARNED MORE ABOUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE, JOIN TEAMS, VOLUNTEER, OR BECOME A SPONSOR OF THE WALK THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1. FIND OUT MORE AT GAALZ.ORG. 100 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G
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THE GOLDEN ISLES DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB RECENTLY HELD THEIR ANNUAL FULL DAY OF CHARITY MATCHES TO BENEFIT THE ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION. This is a nationwide event sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge Club recognizing “The Longest Day.” Food is served throughout the day, there are also drawings, and donations are collected to support Alzheimer’s care programs and research. For more information about the Golden Isles Duplicate Bridge Club, visit bridgewebs.com/goldenisles. 102 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G
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THE ACTORS AND MENTORS FROM THE GOLDEN ISLES PENGUIN PROJECT WOWED THE AUDIENCES ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR WITH THEIR FANTASTIC PERFORMANCES OF DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, JR. THESE SHOWS ARE ALWAYS SUCH AN INSPIRATION, AND ALWAYS HAVE A FULL HOUSE! WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR NEXT SUMMER’S PRODUCTION AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE IN THE SEATS. 104 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G
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108 Olympic, Island Club, Saint Simons Island, GA This incredible showcase home is located on the GOLF COURSE and at the end of a cul-de-sac in the highly sought-after St. Simons Island Club subdivision. Immaculately maintained interior and exterior with unparalleled finishes. Massive 20x32 saltwater Gunnite pool. This home has been professionally renovated- it features high ceilings, heart pine floors throughout the first level, a custom designed eat-in kitchen with high end appliances, granite counter tops, wet bar, and beautiful Alder wood cabinetry. The adjoining keeping room with fireplace opens onto a veranda with outdoor seating areas surrounding the swimming pool and garden. The spacious first floor master suite features his and her closets and large master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. A spacious living room, formal dining room, and powder room complete the first level. The second level features an office or media area with built-ins and 2 bedrooms connected with a large bathroom and an additional bedroom with private en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. $1,795,000 Listed by Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557
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Panoramic waterfront views overlooking the intracoastal waterway, Golden Isles Marina, St. Simons Sound, marshland and The Sydney Lanie Bridge. From this spacious balcony you can enjoy both Sunrise and Sunset views and watch the stars at night. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, cherry hardwood f looring, detailed crown moldings . The homes at Waterfront at Golden Isles Marina are in high demand and because this property is priced to sell it will not last long. If you are looking for a primary residence or an investment property this is the property for you. $750,000 Listed by Adair Allen 912.571.6399
SAINT SIMONS ISLAND near Myrtle Street Beach Access. Walk to the beach from this beach cottage tucked away in a private setting on the south end of St. Simons Island. This home has the master bedroom downstairs with en-suite bath. There is a large family room with a fireplace and dining area open to the kitchen featuring hardwood floors and high ceilings. Upstairs are two freshly carpeted bedrooms with a shared bath and laundry room. Relax on the back porch while grilling out after a day in the sun. There is plenty of room in the carport for bicycles, a golf cart, beach chairs, umbrella, and more. There are two other rooms off the car-port to store items or use for an office or workout room. $862,500 Listed by Catherine McCrary 843.860.8998
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17 Club Cove, Saint Simons Island, GA This stately home was designed to maximize the views of the lake and golf course. The master is downstairs along with a formal living room overlooking the lake and an open family /dining room off the gourmet kitchen making it perfect for family and entertaining guests. Every room on the first floor has a view of the lake. Upstairs there are three additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a large upstairs living room with lake views, a second laundry room and walk-in attic storage. Sitting on the back porch you will be in your own oasis with lake and golf course views. This home features hardwood floors, Viking gas stove, ceramic farm sink, two fireplaces, plantation shutters, marble bath suite, an extra large master closet, and a two car garage. $1,100,000. The lot to the left of the house can be purchased from seller for $175,000. Listed by Catherine McCrary 843.860.8998
257 Saint Andrews, Saint Simons Island, GA Turn-key home with a Gunnite POOL in highly desirable subdivision, The Island Club. Easy living- all on one level. Incredible upgrades throughout this home. 4 BR/2.5 Bath with tons of storage throughout the home and completely floored attic accessed through the stairs in the garage. This property is in excellent condition and is located on a gorgeously landscaped corner lot. Other features include an office, family room with a fireplace, dining room, a fully enclosed sunroom, rosewood parquet & teak wood flooring, ceiling fans, completely renovated kitchen, custom cabinets and a 2-car garage. $1,395,000 Listed by Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557
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Nothing Compares 5 & 7 Sea OatS LN - OceaNview LOt - SSi - $1,700,000
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Expansive lake views on a beautiful 2.43 acre home site. With +- 475 ft. of lake frontage, oak canopy and old growth magnolias, this lot is a must see!
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UNder cONtract aNd receNtLy SOLd 110 Davison Lane, Hawkins Island, SSI 1702 Niles Ave, Brunswick 1706 Niles Ave, Brunswick 10 Marina Dr, 214, The Waterfront, SSI 12 Fountain Cove, SSI 114 Dodge Road, SSI 25 Trice Lane, Stillwater, SSI
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Little Raccoon Key - Private Island Tucked away on Georgia's coast is an internationally recognized private island retreat. This 40-acre island has been featured in Travel & Leisure, Oprah Magazine, Coastal Living, Forbes, and many more publications. Little Raccoon Key is a 10-minute boat ride from neighboring Jekyll Island. It's so close but yet so far away from the hustle and bustle of the larger, neighboring islands. The abundant marine, land, and birdlife make the unspoiled island a peaceful paradise. An outdoor enthusiast's haven, the island features great fishing, bird watching, shelling & paddleboarding. Little Raccoon Key is currently thriving as an award-winning Glamping destination and the island features a fully furnished glamping camp. Own a slice of paradise for you and your generations to come. The assets of the business can be conveyed at the time of the purchase of the real property. Reduced $100,000! Now $895,000
228 West 28th Street, Sea Island Designed by architect, Ed Cheshire and meant to bring the outside in! The high arched windows open up to beautiful gardens. The Secret Garden in the dining room is breathtaking! There are magnificent gardens throughout this .61 Acre residence. Cottage 494 lives beautifully as one level with 6,510 SF, 4BR, 5.5BA Large bonus room above the garage. The guest cottage hosts 3BR, 3BA with separate kitchen and laundry facilities. Convenient to Sea Island's Beach. Application Rights are available to Sea Island Club. The seller has a second membership that they wish to convey. There is a shared irrigation well with neighbors to the west. The spacious 2-car garage has an extra parking area for a golf cart. $5,300,000
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308 Hawkins Island Drive, St Simons Island This beautifully renovated in 2017-2018 home is on an eastern marsh lot. and presents fabulous sunrises over the marsh front. The flow of this elegant home makes it perfect for entertaining. The first-floor spacious master bedroom suite is adjacent to the pecky cypress library and enjoys the pool view over the marsh. The living room has a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to display your treasures. The two-story sunroom and the spacious kitchen, family room, and breakfast area open onto the screened porch and expansive pool deck. In addition to the 5BR and 5BA, you have the option of a 6th BR or den/small kitchen with a bath. High ceilings, high-quality design, Brazilian cherry floors, and outstanding architectural details. $3,950,000
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Welcome to Pelican Cottage! This luxurious home is custom built and located in the highly desirable East Beach area. It boasts incredible ocean and marsh rooftop views, has a fenced-in backyard designed with privacy in mind, is beautifully landscaped, has a heated pool with a hot tub, and a guest house attached to the garage. This 6 bed/5.5 bath is perfectly designed for large groups and the pool area with the covered porch is set up to be the ideal lounge spot. Call us or book online to make this your next vacation getaway!
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Rhett’s Hill • 705 Fort King George • Darien, Georgia 2.98 +/- Acres overlooking Marsh & Darien River w/ 150 +/- Acres of Kings Grant Marshland. Half a Mile to Downtown Darien. 1950’s era home. 4BR, 2BA, 2,791 SF. Garage and Breezeway. Pool & Bath House. Would Make a Great Mini Estate or Bed and Breakfast. Listed for $889,000. Call Lee Clements Baxter, 912.230.2232
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231 WELLINGTON PLACE - $345,900 This lovely well-maintained home is ready for you to move right in! Freshly painted inside and outside. Living room, with attractive gas log fireplace, dining room, and master BR have beautiful trayed ceilings. The kitchen has a breakfast bar, breakfast area leading to the screened porch, patio, and private fenced backyard with new landscaping. Spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet, large master bath with Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and double vanities. USDA eligible zone and is in an "X" flood zone. Somersby Pointe offers a community pool, playground, and sidewalks.
912-638-4740 119 MaRIna DR ST. SIMOnS ISlanD, Ga 31522
60 RIVER VIEW CT - $159,000 This fabulous deep-water lot with a sea wall has spectacular views and is perfect to build your dream home. Located in desirable gated Sanctuary Cove which has a deep-water community dock, fire pit area, pool, clubhouse, tennis, and the Fred Couples Signature golf course. Right next to the community dock, pool and clubhouse, and is one of the largest and most beautiful lots in Sanctuary Cove. The community is located just inside Camden County close to Brunswick and the Golden Isles.
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158 St Andrews Drive Charming 5BR, 4BA ranch style home recently remodeled, from the wood floors to the roof. Master suite features a large bath with double vanities, Travertine flooring, and an amazing shower. The kitchen features granite countertops, top of the line appliances, including a wine cooler, skylights, and beautiful birch cabinetry. Large yard. Abundant privacy. $1,490,000
1300 Downing Street, #477 Gorgeous ocean views in this 4th floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the King and Prince historic resort! Overlooking one of the three outdoor swimming pools and just a short walk to the beach.$1,125,000
150 Ledbetter Ave NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. Twostory, 4BR, 3.5BA. Primary suite on the main. Luxury interior features include hwd flooring, tile flooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood closet shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com $858,500
159 Rice Mill Beautiful home located on the King and Prince Golf Course. This 3BR, 2.5 BA home has a gorgeous winding staircase in the front foyer. Hwd floors in the downstairs living space and custom built-ins on either side of the gas fireplace.The living room has several French doors opening up to the covered back porch overlooking the gorgeous backyard with ample privacy. $765,000
514 Seabreeze Drive Well-maintained, move-in-ready beach cottage just a short stroll to the beach! 3BR, 2BA home has hwd floors in the main living spaces, Corian countertops, and a wood-burning fireplace. Tabby/vinyl exterior. Other features include an irrigation system, and yard well, and a two-car garage. $748,500
1300 Downing Street, #478 Gorgeous ocean views in this 4th floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the King and Prince historic resort! Overlooking one of the three outdoor swimming pools and just a short walk to the beach. $1,175,000
New Construction - Oyster Grove - mid-island location. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has the primary bedroom on the main floor. Other 3 bedrooms are located upstairs along with a large flex space. Luxury interior features and an upgraded chef’s kitchen appliance package! www.oystergrove.com
New Construction - Oyster Grove - mid-island location. 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2 story home with an open floor plan including a study and the primary bedroom on the main floor. Located upstairs are the 3 guest bedrooms and a flex space. www.oystergrove.com
New Construction - Oyster Grove - mid-island location. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has the primary bedroom on the main floor, open floor plan and screened back porch. Upstairs are the 3 guest bedrooms, flex space, and a covered porch. www.oystergrove.com
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7BR, 6BA, 2HBAs, Amazing home. 9.4 acres. $3,425,000. Phoebe Hoaster. 912-270-5730.
5BR, 6BA. Beautiful Mediterranean Home $2,295,000. Call Any Signature Agent.
5BR, 3 full/2 half BA, 1 Blk from Village $1,400,000. Margaret Anne Proctor. 912-222-6629.
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3BR, 3.5BA. Beautiful Home on 11th Fairway $1,450,000. Marcia & Rick Irwin. 678-361-8835.
6BR, 4BA, 1HBAs, 3,300 SF. Completely remodeled w/ pool. $1,675,000. Phoebe Hoaster. 912-270-5730.
2BR, 2BA. Great Investment Opportunity. $380,000. Phoebe Hoaster. 912-270-5730.
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2BR, 2.5BA. Condo on Golf Course/Lagoon. $380,000. Call Brad Randall. 912-270-8556.
4BR, 2BA. Gated, Quiet Community. $375,000. Marcia Irwin. 678-361-8835
1BR, 2BA. End Unit Mid-Island Condo. $299,900. Kay Love. 912-230-3253.
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Beautiful island home. 4BR, 3BA, & pool! Pri- 4BR, 3BA island home with pool, spa, ﬁrepit Renovated and Ready! This 2BR, 2BA second mary and 2 guest rooms downstairs. 4th bed- and dog house w/ AC! Primary + 2 guest bed- ﬂoor condo is an end unit on back of the builroom & bath up. $750,000 rooms downstairs. 4th BR & BA up. $649,900 ing. Great rental potential! $415,000
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297 moss oak circle, Sea palms Great investment opportunity! A perfect chance to own a totally renovated and completely furnished turnkey unit – all you need is your toothbrush. Beautifully and completely remodeled condo – ALL NEW EVERYTHING! – with an open living area, dining, kitchen (all new appliances), 2 spacious bedrooms & 2 new tile baths. Split bedroom plan for maximized privacy. This unit easily sleeps 7. This unit is offered fully furnished and has been freshly painted. New HVAC system installed in 2020. Views of the lagoon and golf course from every room. A Sea Palms Membership providing access to all of Sea Palms’ amenities is available but not required. Close to restaurants and shops on beautiful St. Simons Island! Sea Palms Country Club Living at its Best: Restaurant, Pool, Golf, work-out facility, tennis, Friday Night entertainment. And as a condo owner, you'll receive 10% off in the restaurant/bar & use of the pool. $585,000 1310 Demere road, South SSI
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Zoned R-6 Raw Land, .601 acres on Demere Road with the potential to be developed into 3 new home sites. This is a great opportunity to own property on the South end of SSI. Build your dream home and enjoy the privacy and space. Or build your home and then 2 others to help defray the costs. Multiple possibilities! Walk to the beach! The village pier area is just a short distance. Offered at $333,000 per lot OR $999,000 for all three.
1709 Frederica Road SSI, GA 31522 | 912.634.9995 | signaturepropertiesgroup.com
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108 Cascades • $2,295,000 • St Simons Island Club 5BR | 6BA | Pool | Lagoon | Golf Course Views
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This beautiful Mediterranean home has a wonderful ﬂoor plan, 14 ft ceilings in the entry hall, dining room and piano room, then 10 ft throughout the rest of the home, with substantial crown molding, 8 ft solid doors and all the bells and whistles for comfortable living in luxurious accommodations.
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1709 Frederica Road SSI, GA 31522 | 912.634.9995 | signaturepropertiesgroup.com
901 Rose Cottage, Hamilton Landing Located within the gated community of Hamilton Landing, this simply stunning comfortable home offers plenty of open space for entertaining. The first floor includes an impressive living room and separate dining room, library/office, and a signature kitchen with breakfast area that opens into the large family room with fireplace. The 2nd fireplace in the spacious master suite also opens into the large bath with shower, soaking tub, and oversized closet. Two additional bedrooms and baths, a sunroom with window walls to enjoy the lovely garden view, and an upstairs media/bonus, or 4th bedroom and bath, complete the perfect floorplan. Amenities include high ceilings, wood and stone floors throughout, plantation shuttered windows, mirrored wet bar, a 2-car garage and plenty of additional guest parking. An abundance of windows enhanced by high ceilings create an ambiance of airy spaciousness for this highly desirable home. It is beautifully appointed, well maintained, and its central island location gives you easy access on and off the island. The Buyer of this exceptional home has the opportunity to apply for membership to The Sea Island Club. $1,100,000
106 Davidson Lane (Lot 8), Hawkins Island Hawkins Island is "hidden" gem. This gated Sea Island neighborhood on St. Simons Island is a true island in and of itself. Reachable by a bridge, there is a real sense of arrival to this special place. This marsh front lot of .87 acres overlooks pocket marsh and also has a long corridor view to the northwest. Studded with mature live oaks, the site is under brushed and very accessible by foot or car. Terrific neighborhood and neighbors. Terrific homesite on a quiet side street with cul-de-sac. $525,000
316 Forest Oaks, Island Club This stunning Italian Villa is fully furnished and offers a blend of comfort and elegance on the Island Club Golf Course. Meticulously designed with a keen sense of European detail. Inviting spaces include a grand size living room with a hand painted ceiling, separate dining room, library/office with lots of custom cabinetry, and family room offering walls of windows to enjoy the terrace and 369’ of frontage on the 14th and 15th fairways. The spacious well-done kitchen and breakfast room are large enough to entertain family and friends. High ceilings, wood and stone floors, 3 fireplaces, 5 large bedrooms and baths, an exercise room, a simply wonderful wine cellar, pretty ironwork, an outdoor fountain on the arbored terrace, a tile roof and a 3-car garage make this an exceptional home. Sold partially furnished. $2,690,000
Cottage 315, East 33rd Street, Sea Island
There seems to be a wonderful surprise around every corner of Cottage 315, hailed by its guests as “the best beach house ever!” Masterfully planned and appointed at the direction of a proven team: Johnny Shackleford and Terry Hagin. The love and attention given to this beachside home are evident in every room and detail. Six bedrooms, eight full baths, two half baths. The media room has a full bath, closets and an oceanside balcony. Perfect for family gatherings and entertaining. There are fireplaces in the LR, Den, Family and Dining Room. The 625 square foot game room adds to the fun. A brick archway leads to a chef’s kitchen with vaulted and beamed ceiling, brick walls and wood floors. Saltwater pool/spa served by a covered porch, outside grilling station and fountain with statuary. Full photo gallery and floor plan at albrowncompany.com
The O’Hagans of the St. Simons Lighthouse
he St. Simons Lighthouse has been an active Aid to Navigation for the last 150 years, but it has been many decades since a resident lighthouse keeper lived in the home attached to the iconic tower. With automation of the light system in 1954, a full-time keeper was no longer needed to maintain the light. The last keeper was David O’Hagan, Sr., a man whose family had strong ties to lighthouse service. From 1893-1905, David’s father, Thomas O’Hagan, served as keeper at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse in Daytona Beach, Florida. David was born there in 1904, one of 12 O’Hagan children. The brood became known as the “Lighthouse Bandits” for their boisterous ways.
David entered lighthouse service as a young adult and was stationed at Amelia Island and Ponce Inlet before coming to St. Simons Island in 1941. He began here as the first assistant and was eventually promoted to head keeper. David and his wife Caroline had three children: Marie; David, Jr.; and Patrick, who was born in Brunswick.
buoys. Other duties were too dangerous for them to help with, such as painting the exterior of the 104-foot-tall tower. Caroline O’Hagan would busy herself in Brunswick on those days, fearing that her husband might fall during that gravity-defying chore.
David, Jr., also remembers that, though the space was confined, the solid construction of the lighthouse made it a shelter of choice for island residents during tropical storms and even when sirens blared during World War II, signaling blackouts or possible enemy activity.
In an account given to the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, David, Jr., recalls playing on the beach in front of the lighthouse nearly every day. The children sometimes accompanied Keeper O’Hagan on his duties tending nearby
Space was tight in the keeper’s house since it was home to both the O’Hagans and the assistant keeper and his family. David, Jr., and his brother Pat shared bunk beds situated in a hallway, having no bedroom to call their own.
Shown here are photographs donated to the Society by the O’Hagan family. In the large image, the family poses in front of the white brick tower. In the small photo, David, Jr. gives his father and brother a ride.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society presents this article and images from our archives as part of our mission “to connect people to Coastal Georgia’s dynamic history.” 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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