Elegant Island Living December 2021

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

’Tis the Season

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he holiday season is all about making memories! You know the Christmas season has arrived when you see that first tree tied on top of a station wagon driving home on Frederica Road. One of my favorite Christmas memories was going with my dad each year to pick out the perfect Douglas Fir at the local Christmas tree lot. With the holiday season upon us, here’s my plan on how to really get into the Christmas spirit! First, I’m going to put on a holiday sweater and go mix it up with live music and delicious food at A Merry Mixer at Halyards and Tramici on December 3rd. How can you beat a fun party benefiting the Boys & Girls Club?! On December 4th, if I run in CASA’s Scrooge You 5K that morning, I might be able to burn off enough calories to eat the goodies I grab at the Cassina Garden Club Bake Sale afterward or that I munch on while shopping at Restoration Imports’ Carte Blanche Christmas Party that afternoon. But I can’t overdo myself, because there’s still the Golden Isles Messiah Chorus’ performance at 3:00 p.m. and the Holly Jolly Light Parade on Jekyll Island at 7:00 p.m. – plus a ride around the island to see their amazing light display!

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For a full calendar of events, turn to page 48 or visit elegantislandliving.net. Some other activities that you and your family might want to add to your Christmas traditions include watching Santa arrive at the St. Simons Pier by harbor pilot boat on December 11th and seeing a performance of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol at The Ritz. As a member

of The Island Players, of course I think you should come see their free Christmas show, Holiday Lights! at the Casino Theatre on December 19th too! Finally, my favorite St. Simons Christmas tradition – one that’s been happening for an unbelievable 70+ years – takes place on Christmas Eve when Santa makes his trip around the island on his antique red fire truck, Engine 32, escorted by the Glynn County Volunteer Fire Department and St. Simons Civinettes. It really is a sight children of all ages remember forever! From the EIL family to your family, may you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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

A Courtyard Florist........................ 31

Bill Duckworth Tire............................65

Coastal Nights Lighting..................... 71

ACE Garden Center......... 51

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia.....................70

CobbleStone Living.........................83

Allie Harper.......................79

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Bryan Dental Associates.................69

College of Coastal Georgia..................... 81

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

Frederica Realty.......................... 2

Georgia Sea Grill.................... 31

Gentlemen’s & Lady Outfitters.........50

Golden Isles Olive Oil.................... 14

Ameris Bank............................ 9

Bullington.................79

Anderson Fine Art Gallery....................... 13

Burnside’s & Co...........................28

Ansley Real Estate................97

Catch 228 Oyster Bar & Grill....89

ArtTrends Gallery.......................49

Coastal Carpet Care..............99

Bailey Boys........................... 73

Coastal Endodontics.............89

Decorum Designer Cabinetry and Flooring.................... 72

Island Painting.....................60

Barbara Jean’s Restaurant................56

Coastal Greenery...................68

Delaney’s Bistro & Bar.............. 51

Joseph Jewelers..................... 5

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Cunningham Jewelers...................83

D&D Decorators...............93

David Vaughn...................... 75

Hans Trupp Real Estate.............. 101

Hunter Maclean....................87

Island ACE Hardware..................93

Island Day Spa..................... 27


The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort........................67

Overhead Door Company of Brunswick.................67

Land Design Associates ................89

Palmer’s Village Café..............93

Lighthouse Financial Advisors.................... 91

Phillips Wealth Management............95

Lily OB/GYN............. 74

Pierce & Parker Interiors.....................11

Little’s Custom Blinds & Shutters....... 8

Ronne’s on Market Street...........10

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

RSM Classic......................... 6

Studio Pixel Pop...................70

St. Simons Drug Co.................... 73

Sugar Marsh Cottage Island Chocolatier..............85

St. Simons Land Trust...............104

Tasteful Temptations.............55

Plantation Dental........................93

Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria.....................53

Low Country Walk Antiques & Accessories..............83

Planters Exchange.................8,9

Sara Campbell..................85

Taylor House Interiors...................... 4

Maggie’s Boutique................... 14

Premier Restoration Services.....................89

Sea Island Properties...............105

Tibi Outlet........................ 18

Main Street Frame Shop..............85

PrimeSouth Bank.......................... 57

Shackelford.............. 19

Marsh’s Edge............................ 7

Residents Understood.............. 75

United Way of Coastal Georgia.......99 Signature Properties Group.... 12

Millican Eye Center................85

Restoration Imports.....................95

Situs Real Estate................66

Mixed Nuts Boutique & Consignment....... 73

Righton Books........................ 91

SoGlo Gallery....................... 61

Whatley Pediatric Dentistry...................64

Wild & Personal Boutique...................48

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PHOTOS BY ANNALIESE KONDO, STUDIO PIXEL POP

hen it comes to holiday decorating, Beth Barrett’s friends and neighbors know that she’s the queen! She graciously invited Elegant Island Living into her beautiful St. Simons Island home to capture the magic.

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Our

hostess

(page 21) welcomes us to her winter wonderland

in understated elegance, wearing an Alex Garfield crimson silk blouse and flowing black palazzo pants accented by beautiful jewelry, all from Evelyne Talman. Opposite page: Detra Brock’s ivory Viscose Crepe Pull Sleeve Dress from Tibi is the perfect complement to Beth’s “Snow Room” where white accents abound, and snowmen decorate the room and tree. Her earrings and necklaces are by Julie Vos from Ronne’s on Market Street.

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This signature split cowl Vitamin top in brilliant blue silk dupioni from Evelyne Talman is ideal for entertaining or an evening out. Beth wears Christmas tree earrings also from Evelyne Talman for extra holiday sparkle. 24

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eth admits that she’s a holiday

you’ll find a collection of Nativity sets from

zealot. She has an entire closet

a flannel family to carved wood pieces.

devoted to holiday dishes and

The sunny piano room boasts a whimsical

décor from St. Patrick’s Day to

winter village where you can spot Rudolph

Thanksgiving and everything in between.

flying, a candy shop, and so many more

While the Christmas tree in the living room

fun details. One of the boy’s rooms has a

filled with Christopher Radko ornaments is

nautical themed tree and coastal Santa.

a main focal point, that’s not the only room

In a nod to her husband’s medical career,

to get full seasonal splendor. In addition to

there’s even a doctor Santa in the house.

the “Snow Room,” snowmen are everywhere

From front door to backyard firepit, there’s

in the kitchen and breakfast nook. Upstairs,

certainly no lack of holiday cheer.

When telling the stories of the ornaments she has collected and the origins of her Christmas treasures, Beth simply glows.

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Melissa Stroud and Detra Brock come bearing gifts! Their Christmas totes by Santa Barbara Design Studio from Maggie’s Boutique are sure to become an instant favorite! Melissa wears a cheery “Merry” topper, over classic white blouse and stretch jeans by Lysse. Detra sports a butter-soft red leather zip jacket by Multiples over a Valentina black tank and accessories, all from Maggie’s Boutique. 26

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hile the Department 56 Santa and chimney in the living room certainly catches your eye, it’s the tree filled with Christopher Radko ornaments and

other Radko touches around the home that Beth is most eager to share. Once upon a time, local travel guru Ann Owens owned a Christmas store in the Village called Village Holiday and Gifts and she had some special pieces that had been commissioned by “King of Christmas” Christopher Radko. Five years ago, Beth cleared out her garage of the remaining inventory and items from the store she had packed away since the store had closed more than a decade before. Beth took advantage of that incredible garage sale and walked away with some amazing collector’s items,

including the glittering Christmas Joy painting that greets you in the entryway to a tiny china Santa figurine that Radko commissioned to be made by Limoges. She has signed ornaments as well, including a lighthouse and this specially made snowman with St. Simons written on the brim of his top hat. Beth loves Radko’s story of how a Christmas accident that resulted in broken family heirloom ornaments and him “ruining Christmas” led him to start making the glass-blown ornaments which have made him famous associated with happy Christmases for families around the world.

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n the china cabinet, along with Christmas settings, of course, Beth has

a collection of Duncan Royale Santa figurines from the History of Santa Claus Collection. She shares that her mother began the

collection and gave figurines to her and her sister. Each Santa comes with its own collector’s plate and there’s a book sharing all their stories. Here we have Dedt Moroz, known as Father Ice, a character from an ancient Russian bedtime story told to children to frighten them into being good. In contrast, there’s also the Russian Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of Russia, in his resplendent blue. Saint Nicholas, according to legend, is the patron saint of a diverse group of people including sailors, maidens, packers, and even pawnbrokers. And in a nod to our own culture, there’s the “Soda Pop Santa.” Not originally from the Atlanta cola company you might expect, but popularized by a 1920s soft drink ad by Haddon Sundblom. This is where Santa gained his colorful image. Opposite page: Missy Weaver is the picture of holiday chic in the French inspired and Italian made Cassandra top and Alana pants from CobbleStone Living’s Enchanté Collection. Her gold chain tassel necklace by Susan Shaw is from Ronne’s on Market Street. Melissa’s cozy red and black color block sweater by Marble comes from across the sea in Ireland and is paired with black Krazy Larry pants, all available at Maggie’s Boutique. R

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Thank you once again to Beth for

skipping her Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating and putting up Christmas so early her mail carrier thought she had lost her mind. And thank you to Missy, Melissa, and Detra, who are such fabulous friends they agreed to model. We’re also eternally grateful for the skill behind the camera, keen eye, and fantastic sense of humor and fun of photographer Annaliese Kondo.

Below: These festive plaid PJs by Gretchen Scott available from Evelyne Talman are perfect for reading by the fireplace on Christmas Eve or opening presents in the morning. They come with their own cute carrying pouch so you can take them over the river to grandma’s house too.

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Shop With Us for All Your Holiday Gift Giving & Home Decorating Fresh arrangements for the home or office. Christmas centerpieces, orchids, plants, gourmet food baskets, gift items. Fresh and silk Christmas wreaths and garlands. Tree decorations, holiday décor. Place your orders early!

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A it’s important to shop with our local retailers to fill those

nother holiday season is upon us, and now more than ever

Christmas lists. On these pages you’ll find gift ideas from shops and restaurants throughout the Golden Isles to please every member of your family from the young to young at heart. Grab your bags and fill your carts – the countdown to Christmas Day has begun!

GOURMET GOODNESS Scrumptious and delicious Lambrecht

Gourmet award-winning Fleur De Sel Toffee made with roasted pecan pieces, smothered in a rich butter toffee enrobed in imported dark chocolate finished with sea salt. Wild & Personal Boutique, 214 Redfern Village, 912.634.4563, wildandpersonal.com

SMALL BUT MIGHTY Presenting the smallest, most stylish speaker on the market: the U Micro Speaker. Lightweight with exceptional sound, this coin-sized speaker is intended to be with “U” at all times. Cloister Collection, 600 Sea Island Rd., Ste. 13., 912.634.8084, cloistercollection.com 32

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DO A DOUBLE-TAKE 18K yellow gold-plated necklace with

a reversible pyrite and mother-of-pearl doublet and toggle closure. Add matching earrings to complete this versatile ensemble for a gorgeous holiday look. Shackelford, 28 Market St., Ste. 122, Shops on Market Street, 912.634.0924, shackelfordshoes.com

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Christmas classic with bright colors and a cheerful holiday design, the Nutcracker cheese board by Vietri will surely be the talk of your family dinner table. This and other seasonal tabletop items can be found at Cunningham Jewelers, 1510 Newcastle St, Historic Downtown Brunswick, 912.265.8652 cunninghamjewelers.com

CUDDLY COTTON The Shaker Knit Crewneck sweater by Edinburgh Knitwear is beautifully woven with their luxuriously soft Pima Cotton yarn, making it the sweater on the top of everyone’s Christmas list. Pictured here accessorized with fur pom-pom scarf. Evelyne Talman, 3301 Frederica Rd., 912.638.3470, evelynetalman.com

FOR THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Children’s Christmas pajamas in various styles, including Christmas Cookie 2-piece sets with cotton rib binding, or My First Christmas with flocked and embroidered jersey top and jersey pull on pants. Available in infant and toddler sizes. St. Simons Drug Co., 209 Longview Plaza, 912.638.8676

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FRESH FIR FRAGRANCE The perfect candle

for the holiday season that is embellished with the iconic pine needle design. Dutchmans Designs, 505 Beachview Dr., 912.634.2764, dutchmansdesigns.com

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AT HOME ON THE RANGE This leather gun range bag and shotgun shell bag will ensure that your favorite sportsman looks right at home whether at the range or on a hunt. Bullington St. Simons, 3600 Frederica Rd., 912.771.8457, stevebullington.com

TEA TIME ’Tis the season to warm up with JLore Organic Teas. 100% all-natural and preservative free teas in blends to balance, heal, and restore. Buy as stocking stuffers to share or stock up to relax and enjoy. Top holiday picks include Red Wine Tea, Be Well Tea, and Peach Sage Tea. jloreorganicteas.com

REINDEER GAMES This whimsical fellow is

named Rudolph Mallow. He’s a chocolatedipped marshmallow confection that’s sure to bring a smile as he peeks out from your loved ones’ stockings. Available at St. Simons Sweets, 229 Mallery St., 912.638.0150, stsimonssweets.com

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St. Nick’s Picks GIVE A GETAWAY The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is an all-inclusive ecolodge beloved for its natural beauty, timeless accommodations, and gracious hospitality. Explore 11,000 acres of wilderness, 7 miles of undeveloped beach, and conservation initiatives on guided adventures. Experience the island where nature is the luxury. For more information, call 866.450.9677. littlestsimonsisland.com

QUILTED COMFORT Bullington’s Field Vest is a perfect fall/winter layering piece. It will keep him warm without adding bulk and is available in four fashionable colors. Bullington St. Simons, 3600 Frederica Rd., 912.771.8457, stevebullington.com

SPICE UP THE SEASON Dutchman Designs’ signature Spice Island candle fills the room with the scent of cloves, cinnamon, and spiced oranges. Christmas is so close you can smell it! Available in a variety of sizes. 505 Beachview Dr., 912.634.2764, dutchmansdesigns.com

FASHIONABLE FURNISHINGS

This dresser is sure to be the focus in any room. Detailed variation highlights the dresser’s burled wood, both olive ash and walnut. Faceted brass hardware adds a polished finish. Pierce & Parker Interiors, 3413 Frederica Rd., 912.638.3641, pierceandparkerinteriors.com

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MAKE IT HERS This classic style double oval link bracelet in 18KT yellow gold from the extensive estate collection at Joseph Jewelers is something any woman would be happy to find under the tree. 600 Sea Island Rd., Ste. 16, 912.634.9060, josephjewelers.com

LIFT HER SPIRITS This simply

elegant Savannah Tote is designed to enhance every seasonal outfit. Handcrafted in Italy, this suede tote bag comes in rich seasonal colors and offers an effortless finishing touch. CobbleStone Living, 262 Redfern Village, cobblestone-living.com

APPEALING APPAREL

Fall and winter/black and white collection. Ladies apparel, fashion accents, and essentials. Island Pearl, Longview Plaza, 251 Skiff Landing Rd. (between St. Simons Drugs and Tara Thai), 912.571.9363, Instagram: islandpearlboutique

TIMELESS & TRADITIONAL A true classic, this loafer is an

ideal option for your holiday photos. Pair them with khakis or jeans for an effortless, yet tailored look. Comfort and style are an unbeatable combination this Christmas. Cardin McCoy, 124 Island Professional Park, cardinmccoy.com

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St. Nick’s Picks FESTIVE FASHION

This “Merry Merry” topper is perfect to wear to all of your holiday parties. It’s lightweight, made of acrylic/cotton, and one size fits all! Also available in black with “Believe” and red with “Ho Ho Ho!” Maggie’s Boutique, 1616 Frederica Rd., 912.638.3995, maggiesssi.com

SHELL-A-BRATE THE SEASON Give the gift of the Golden Isles with unique ornaments from The Grateful Oyster available at the Golden Isles Welcome Center on St. Simons Island. Local artisan Debbie Banks carefully chooses, polishes, and decoupages each shell before attaching handmade driftwood beads and jute cords. 529 Beachview Dr. 912.638.9014, goldenisles.com

VIVA ITALIA! Chef duo Stefano Fani and Martha Cullen make any occasion extraordinary with authentic Italian meals accompanied by the regionally unique history of each dish. Surprise others or gift yourself a night in Tuscany within the comfort of your own home with Taste Toscana. Book by calling 404.263.1618 or email tastetoscanassi@gmail.com.

CLASSIC CRUISER Merry Christmas

from the One, the Only, the Original. The 2022 Electra Townie 7D EQ, equipped with fenders and lights to keep you clean and keep you seen! Available exclusively at Monkeywrench Bicycles, 1708 Frederica Rd, 912.634.5551

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GET PRESENTS PRONTO Don’t wait for Santa and his sleigh … let Saltwater deliver right away! They have a variety of Adirondack chairs, rockers, chaise lounges, and more in stock and ready to tie up with a bow! And they’ll build and deliver for free! Visit them at 3405 Frederica Rd. and online at saltwaterssi.com.

EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION The

Holiday Island Box from Sugar Marsh Cottage Island Chocolatier is a chocolate lover’s dream come true! Handcrafted Milk and Dark Chocolate Seashells, Hot Chocolate Mix with Petite Marshmallows, Fleur de Sel Toffee, and Chocolate Dipped Coquilles. Shipping available. 300 Franklin Street, Darien, 912.268.2522, sugarmarshcottage.com

SPARK A CONVERSATION This hand-blown glass

piece is such a unique way to store your matches for the holiday season. With a cork stopper as the opening and the snowy look, this accessory will complement any space. Dutchmans Designs, 505 Beachview Dr., 912.634.2764, dutchmansdesigns.com

STAY WARM AND COZY

Get comfy under one of these beautiful hand loomed Turkish cotton blankets this holiday season. Available in various sizes, colors, and patterns for a stylish addition to any space for yourself or a loved one. ALo Naturals, 265 Redfern Village, 912.623.0005, alonaturals.com

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SOFT SOPHISTICATION

Everyday luxury cashmere body wraps and blanket scarves. Neutral earth tones for any occasion. Allie Harper Boutique, 50 Aviator Plaza, 251.709.8382. shopallieharper.com

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters would love to make lasting memories with you and yours kayaking and boating in the beautiful Golden Isles. Stop by the shop in the Village to book a trip. Adventures daily! 313 Mallery St., 912.638.6732, southeastadventure.com

FOR THE DISCRIMINATING SPORTSMAN & TASTEMAKER A pewter golfer pin adorns

this Kingfisher Leatherworks bespoke single barrel bottle tote crafted by American artisans from the highest grade of US tanned harness leather. Pair with fine chocolates made with Woodford Reserve® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Ruth Hunt Candy Co. Planters Exchange, 26 Market St., 912.638.9888

FIT FOR A QUEEN This 14KT white gold sapphire and

diamond ring is an absolute stunner! With a beautiful 5.57 carats blue sapphire flanked by 2 round diamonds (.70 carats combined) you are sure to make this a memorable Christmas! Joseph Jewelers, 600 Sea Island Rd., Ste. 16, 912.634.9060, josephjewelers.com 40 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G


CHRISTMAS CHAR-CUTE-RIE Let Southeast Savor

take the work out of your gatherings. They can prepare this festive and scrumptious holiday themed charcuterie board in small (serves 6-8 people) or large (serves 12-15 people) sizes and deliver right to your event. Crackers included! To order, call 912.294.4393.

KEEP ON KICKING ON

Whether dashing through the snow or down a dirt road, Cardin McCoy’s Austin Boot is equipped with features that make it easy to pull on and kick off. There’s no telling where your little one’s footprints may travel with this comfortable option! 124 Island Professional Park, cardinmccoy.com

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READY FOR DINNER Whether

you’re getting the Christmas goose to the platter or carving the roast beast, this rosewood and stainless steakhouse knife set and carving set add a touch of class to the holiday table. Bullington St. Simons, 3600 Frederica Rd., 912.771.8457, stevebullington.com

might not be able to keep this leather wallet with card protector to yourself! Made in Holland by Dutch Wallet Makers, Secrid, since 1995, it’s an ideal gift for pockets around the world. Gentlemen’s & Lady Outfitters, 600 Sea Island Rd. #8, 912.634.1521, gentlemensoutfitters.net

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St. Nick’s Picks

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

Give a gift that will keep them laughing all year long. A patron’s pass for the 2022 Season at the Brunswick Actors’ Theatre, “Where laughter is STILL the best medicine.” Purchase by December 19th to get all 6 shows for only $110. 1413 Newcastle St., Brunswick., 912.230.1042, soglogallery.com

BASKETS OF JOY Three-time winner of EIL’s Readers’ Choice Award for best gift baskets on the island, Golden Isles Olive Oil is the go-to for personalized baskets for family, friends, clients and employees. Shipping throughout the U.S. is available. 306 Redfern Village, 912.602.9736, goldenislesoliveoil.com

CRIKEY! - These handmade genuine

crocodile belts from Bullington St. Simons are wardrobe classics for any man. Available in black, brown and cognac. 3600 Frederica Rd., 912.771.8457, stevebullington.com

TAKE A BAGEL BREAK Let Sandy Bottom Bagels cater your family breakfasts with fresh baked NY bagels, lox platters, homemade muffins, fruit bowls, breakfast casseroles & more, so you can relax and enjoy! Their gift cards make great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts too. 242 Retreat Village, 912.434.9310, sandybottombagels.com 42

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PUT A BOW ON IT The Tartan Plaid Dress from Bailey Boys’ Classics line is perfect for elegant, special occasions, holidays, and family portraits. The Classics collections are distinctively designed and expertly crafted to be one-of-a-kind pieces while remaining timeless and traditional. 155 Skylane Rd., 912.638.7700, baileyboys.com

READY FOR SANTA PAWS Get your furever

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

KEEPSAKES TO CHERISH The original St. Simons

TIMELESS ANTIQUE COPPER Finding this

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

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

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St. Nick’s Picks MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM GSG! There is

nothing like giving the gift of a Sea Grill experience. Make this holiday season a memorable one for everyone you love with gift cards from the Georgia Sea Grill. They have plenty of them, so pick one up for every member of the family. 407 Mallery St., 912.638.1197, georgiaseagrill.com

THE BOXED BOOK SET OF THE SEASON Lyrics of 154 songs spanning 64 years of

McCartney’s life – from his earliest songwriting days in Liverpool, to the historic decade of the Beatles, through Wings and his long solo career to the present. Unparalleled candor and splendorous beauty. G.J. Ford Bookshop, 600 Sea Island Rd., 912.634.6185, gjfordbookshop.com

WHAT RED RYDER? He’ll be carrying his shotgun in style with this leather shotgun and rifle case, ultra-light down camo vest, and performance flannel plaid button-down. All available at Bullington St. Simons, 3600 Frederica Rd., 912.771.8457, stevebullington.com

MAKE THE YULETIDE BRIGHT Bring

joy to the season with locally-made candles in 12 splendid scents. Perfect for teacher and hostess gifts, party exchanges, or your living room. Order online at rachelmadeproducts.com or pick up at Crafts in the Village on December 11-12 in Postell Park on St. Simons Island. 44

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DECK THE HALLS

Brighten any wall with original art by local artist Dina Deason. Stop in and browse the winter collection of fine art and home accessories at CobbleStone Living located in 262 Redfern Village. 478.737.8213, Instagram @deasonart

SNUGGLE UP Pretty Rugged is the perfect faux fur blanket for on-the-go. Small enough to fit in its accompanying little duffel, but providing big warmth! This super soft throw is windproof, waterproof, and machine washable. Color options also include black, white, sable, and espresso. Monogramming also available. Planters Exchange, 26 Market St., 912.638.9888, plantersexchange.com

CREATIVE CUISINE Locals

and travelers from around the world come to enjoy breakfast and lunch in this relaxed and unpretentious eatery that offers unique Southern coastal creations from five-star/five-diamond chef John Belechak. Gift certificates available in any denomination. Palmer’s Village Café, 223 Mallery St., 912.634.5515, palmersvillagecafe.com

CAPTURE THEIR SPIRIT Artist Cullen Peck, an Atlanta native

formally trained in Italy, is a long-time portrait artist with a unique and distinctive style. Her vibrant and emotive portraiture is the kind of gift that becomes an instant family heirloom. See her work on Instagram @cpeck.studio. For pricing, email cpeckstudio@gmail.com.

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FOR THE FOODIE For over 25 years, Delaney’s Bistro & Bar has been a favorite island destination and tradition for celebrations. Owner Chef Tom Delaney’s talent runs wild with ingredients from ostrich to elk to local seafood and regionally sourced beef and vegetables. An extensive wine list too. Delaney’s Bistro & Bar, 3415 Frederica Rd., 912.638.1330, delaneysbistro.com

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AFTER THE PARTY Don’t worry about

Mom dropping the plum pudding or Cousin Eddie spilling his beer (again)! Premier Restoration Services is offering a holiday special: get a third room of carpet cleaning free after the first two rooms. Offer expires 1/31/2022. Call 912.638.1498 to schedule your appointment. CallPRS.com

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BELLE-ISSIMA! Available in raspberry and

emerald, the Belle blouse is a holiday statement blouse that is sure to stand out. The trapeze silhouette and ruffle neckline fill this piece with drama, movement, and ease. Pair with velvet leggings for a fun and festive look. Sara Campbell, Shops at Sea Island, 600 Sea Island Rd., Ste. 17, 912.434.6172, saracampbell.com

SOUTHERN CHARM

The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum Store is proud to carry a variety of products from True South Designs. True South is a GA-based small business that creates beautiful personal and home accents inspired by South Georgia. Featured are prints, tea towel, and holiday ornament. 610 Beachview Dr., 912.638.4666, coastalgeorgiahistory.org D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 1

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THROUGH JANUARY 2, 2022

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Jekyll Island’s magical holiday transformation

Come out to Halyards and Tramici restaurants

The CASA Scrooge You 2021 5K race will take

into Holly Jolly Jekyll runs through Sunday,

on St. Simons Island from 6:00-10:00 p.m. for

place at 8:00 a.m. and will start and finish at Port

January 2, 2022. Take a self-guided holiday light

A Merry Mixer. They’ll be shaking it up to

City Park in Brunswick. Runners will follow a route

tour or enjoy festive holiday beverages, music and

benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia

through the historic sections of downtown and run

receive a one-of-a-kind tour souvenir with a Holly

and the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center. Dance

past the CASA offices. Registration for the race is

Jolly Light Tour on Jekyll’s jolliest trolley. Play

to live music by Mason Waters & the Groove

open on active.com.

mini golf under the festive lights at “Peppermint

Allstars and bid on fantastic items in the silent

Cassina Garden Club hosts “The Best Bake

Land,” where giant gum drops, peppermint sticks,

auction while enjoying a wide assortment of food

Sale in the South” from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

gingerbread men and more liven up the 18-hole

and drinks during this delightful and delicious

at the Historic Tabby Cabins at Gascoigne Bluff on

courses. And don’t forget to drop by Goodyear

evening of fun and fellowship. Tickets available on

St. Simons Island. Come out to purchase tasty and

Cottage to do some shopping at the Merry Artists

Eventbrite or at BGCSEGA.com.

festive homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and other

Market, open daily. Full details and a calendar for

Golden Isles Live presents a Christmas Concert

holiday treats and gifts such as toasted pecans,

all scheduled events, including ticket availability

by a cappella group ReVoiced at 7:30 p.m at Wesley

jellies, and jams. The Interpretive Cabin will also be

for breakfasts with Santa and Holly Jolly Light

United Methodist Church at Frederica on St. Simons

open for tours.

Tours, are online at jekyllisland.com.

Island. For more information about ReVoiced and to

St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick holds

purchase tickets, visit goldenisleslive.org.

its annual Christmas Bazaar: craft, bake and flea

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sale from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lots of original

Come see and bid on the fun and beautifully

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crafts for the holidays, proceeds to help our brothers

decorated trees and wreaths created by local

The 40th Annual Plantation Christmas is

and sisters in need.

businesses, schools, organizations, and

scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening from

Breakfast with the Grinch, Santa, and friends

individuals at the Festival of Trees benefiting

6:00-9:00 p.m. at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

at Golden Isles Olive Oil in Redfern Village on St.

Hope 1312 Collective. The event takes place at

in Brunswick. Experience how Christmas was

Simons Island from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Breakfast

the new Murray Center for Hope in Brunswick

celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the

buffet is held in conjunction with the 5th Annual

from 7:00-10:00 p.m., and will include the

1850s. Walk down the old carriage road and enjoy

#EndTheStigma Toy Drive benefitting children who

auction, musical entertainment by students

a candlelit tour of the antebellum house. There

are spending their holiday in the Southeast Georgia

from the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra,

will be hot wassail, cookies, Civil War reenactors,

Health System hospital instead of at home. Kids who

a custom holiday menu with heavy hors

Christmas carols and a special visit from Santa.

bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive eat free.

d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and a festive signature

Admission $5 for children, $10 for adults. For

Reservations required. Drop off donations accepted.

cocktail. Tickets at hope1312co.org.

further details, call 912.264.7333.

Tickets at goldenislesoliveoil.com.

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Restoration Imports’ Annual Carte Blanche

Park, with floats, vehicles, walking groups and

Christmas Party will be held from 11:00 a.m.

marching band units making their way down

to 3:00 p.m with door prizes, giveaways, and

Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park

special deals. Christmas music will fill the air, and

with Santa’s arrival as the grand finale.

Little Santa will be there handing out gifts while

Watch as Santa and friends make their way

you enjoy light bites and refreshments. They’ll

around Jekyll Island in a variety of vehicles

be warming up for the event with their annual

dressed in their holiday-best and lit up for the

Warehouse Sale Thursday and Friday (December

holidays during the Holly Jolly Light Parade

2-3), and on Saturday, they’ll be offering an

from 7:00-8:00 p.m. For more details and route,

unheard-of 20% off entire store!

see jekyllisland.com.

Kids can sit in the driver’s seat and explore several emergency vehicles (sirens will be

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silenced) and chat with emergency personnel

Glynn Visual Arts will host its 11th annual

from Jekyll Island Fire/EMS and Georgia State

Mistletoe Market at Postell Park in the Village

Patrol at the Holiday Big Truck Roundup at

on St. Simons Island from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Great Dunes Beach Park from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This show combines fine art, fabulous gifts, great

Santa will make an appearance too!

food, entertainment, and family fun in a festive

The Golden Isles Community Messiah Chorus

outdoor island holiday atmosphere.

Ritz Theatre. Eight actors, including Bryan

will be presenting their annual performance of

Thompson as Scrooge, take on all the roles

Handel’s Messiah at 3:00 p.m. They will be in

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sharing Dickens words in a simple setting, yet

a new venue this year: St. Simons Presbyterian

The Coastal Symphony of Georgia presents the

with all the magic that makes this a timeless

Church. One performance only, so please arrive

Musical Magic of talented pianist Terry Readdick

story. 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,

early to ensure a seat.

in a Family Christmas Concert at Wesley

and 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Tickets at

The annual community Brunswick

United Methodist Church at Frederica on St.

goldenislesarts.org.

Christmas Parade

Simons Island at 4:00 p.m. Tickets

will start at 5:30 p.m.

at coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.

at Howard Coffin

DECEMBER 11 The 10th Moxie Craft Fest market is from 10:00

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vintage, handmade or homegrown products from

Humanities presents

more than 40 artists and makers from all over the

A Christmas Carol

Southeast. Food trucks and local coffee on site too.

by Charles

moxiecraftfest.com.

Dickens, Adapted

Enjoy the festive decorations in Downtown

by Christopher

Brunswick while browsing the wonderful variety of

Schario at the Historic

Ella Cart

Trish Rugaber

Linda Bobinger

Trending Now – Art for Holiday Giving

3305 Frederica Road

a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Old City Hall. Shop modern,

Golden Isles Arts &

crafts on display at Crafts Along Newcastle

Ella Cart Dottie Clark Trish Rugaber Suzanne Clements Susan Anderson Joan Hilliard Linda Bobinger Lydia Thompson Cheryl Keefer

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in the Downtown Squares along Newcastle Street.

Academy Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults at

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Vendors will be set up from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

the door, free for students under 12.

Free Drive-In Movie screening of Frosty the

and will be offering fabric, wood, jewelry, pottery,

Historic Downtown Brunswick’s St. Athanasius

Snowman in the Jekyll Island convention center

baskets, and more.

Episcopal Church presents its annual Jazz Sounds

parking lot from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Welcome Santa when he arrives by harbor

of Christmas Concert at 5:00 pm. The live band

The Island Players’ Christmas show,

pilot boat at the St. Simons Pier around 2:30

performs traditional and contemporary Christmas

Holiday Lights! features musical favorites, a

p.m. He’ll pose for pictures and take last minute

songs set to jazz along with hearing the story of

few new songs, and a warm-hearted storyline that

requests. Exact time of arrival will depend

the birth of Jesus. Reception following the concert.

will tie up your holiday in a big bow, so come out

on tides and weather. The Village Golf Cart

General admission is $25, free for children 15 and

to the St. Simons Casino Theatre for the show

Parade will also take place Saturday.

under. Tickets at saintachurch.org.

at 5:00 p.m. Free and open to the public with

At dusk, the night sky will light up over Jekyll

Free Drive-In Movie screening of Frosty the

donations accepted to benefit MAP International.

Island with a free fireworks show in celebration

Snowman in Jekyll Island convention center

of the season.

parking lot from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Eat at one of the

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Beach Village restaurants, do a little shopping,

Santa and his island elves, members of the

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to receive a free light-up holiday souvenir with

St. Simons Civinettes and the Glynn County

At Crafts in the Village, you can shop more

purchase. Then choose your parking spot and tune

Volunteer Fire Department, will make the

than 40 artists and handmade craft vendors in

in to Jekyll’s private radio channel to watch this

annual Christmas Eve journey around St.

Postell Park on St. Simons Island from 10:00 a.m.

holiday classic on the big screen.

Simons Island on antique red fire truck Engine

to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to

32. This beloved island tradition has continued

4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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for more than 70 years,

Everyone’s favorite dance production of The

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities presents

with adults and children

Grinch by Jill Stanford Dance Center is back in

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Adapted

alike flocking to catch a

the Brunswick High School Auditorium with

by Christopher Schario at the Historic Ritz Theatre.

glimpse of Santa on the

performances Saturday at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m.

lighted truck. He will not be

and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. General admission $15,

matinee on Sundays. Tickets at goldenislesarts.org.

making stops this year, so be

children under 3 are free. Tickets on sale now.

sure to come out and wave

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while he passes by! For more

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At dusk, the night sky will light up over

details on time and to see his

The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Winter

Jekyll Island with a free fireworks show in

route, go to the Events page on

Concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Glynn

celebration of the season.

elegantislandliving.net.

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Be SMART This Holiday Season by Julie Kimball and Julvonnia McDowell

T

he thoughtful gifts will be wrapped with care. The homemade cookies will be placed on the hearth, waiting for Santa’s arrival. The menorah will be lit, and prayers will be said. Roasts, turkeys, brisket, macaroni and cheese, latkes, black-eyed peas, and pies will be enjoyed by family and friends. Stories will be shared, and music will be played. For everyone, no matter your traditions, bringing joy to children is central to the season. For Julvonnia McDowell, life as she knew it, and the opportunity to create new memories and pass along holiday traditions, will never be the same. One unsecured firearm altered her life forever. On Thursday, April 7th, 52

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2016, only a few hours after speaking to her 14-year-old son JaJuan on the phone, Julvonnia answered a phone call no parent should receive. JaJuan had been shot and was on the way to the hospital. He did not survive. Julvonnia shares her story so that other parents do not have to experience what she is going through. She reflects on how JaJuan was full of life, love, and joy. He had a contagious smile that would light up a room. He was sweet and always willing to help. It is difficult to imagine all the limitless possibilities because his death was 100% preventable. She is now left to imagine what he would be doing and who he would have become. JaJuan was unintentionally shot

and killed while visiting family on his spring break by another teen who was playing with an unsecured firearm that was easily accessible, kept under a t-shirt in a dresser drawer.


41% of adolescents in gun-owning households report having “easy access” to the guns in their homes. Source: Li G, Baker SP, Discala C, Fowler C, Ling J, Kelen GD. Factors associated with the intent of firearm-related injuries in pediatric trauma patients. Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Me. 1996; 1160-1162.

else. Every year, nearly 700 children 17 and under die by suicide with a gun. The good news is that parents, caretakers, gun owners, and non-gun owners can practice and spread the Be SMART message by taking these five simple steps:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours.

S is for Secure: Secure all firearms in homes and vehicles. Hiding a gun is not the same as securing it. Store guns locked and unloaded, store ammunition separately.

With all the preparations, hustle, and bustle of the various winter holidays, safety may be an afterthought. Many families may not be thinking about keeping their children safe from unsecured firearms. We want to find them the perfect gift or bake their favorite cookie. It does not seem like the right time to think about the possible dangers of the season. However, with guests visiting and children playing in different households, now is the perfect time to address gun safety. Julvonnia’s advice to parents is to please not shy away from a few moments of discomfort. Have a conversation with family members, acquaintances, and everyone whose home your child visits about the presence of guns in the household and how they are stored. Always take the time to be intentional about the safety of your children. To help parents do this, she supports the message of the Be SMART program.

M is for Model: Model responsible behavior around guns. It is an adult’s responsibility to secure firearms, not a curious child’s responsibility to avoid them. Make gun safety a normal part of any discussion about safety with your child.

Be SMART is a campaign created to reduce gun violence and suicides resulting from child access to unsecured firearms. The campaign focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and promoting responsible gun ownership and secure gun storage. Consider these sobering statistics: 5.4 million children in America live in a household with guns that are not stored securely, and 41% of adolescents living in homes with firearms report having easy access. Nearly 350 children ages 17 and under gain access to a gun and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone

T is for Tell: Tell your peers to Be SMART. Please share the message with others.

A is for Ask: Ask about the presence of unsecured firearms in other homes your child visits. Make this part of your daily conversation with other caregivers, when sending your child on a play date, or before you visit for the holidays, just as if you would discuss food allergies or screen time rules. Send a text or email if you feel more comfortable doing that. R is for Recognize: Recognize the role of guns in suicide. Statistics have shown most people who attempt suicide do not die unless they are using a firearm.

Research has shown that this message is particularly effective when shared by gun owners, hunting and outdoor groups, law enforcement, and the military. So when you are making your holiday to-do list, please be sure to securely store your firearms and communicate the Be SMART message as your priority! For more information or to set up a Be SMART presentation with your group, please visit besmartforkids.org.

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A Safe Haven for All

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at Amity House

lynn Community Crisis Center Executive Director Dottie Bromley met two kindred spirits earlier this year when she attended a training on how domestic violence and other shelters can better assist pets of people in crisis. While at a session of the Don’t Forget the Pets program, Bromley met Katie Campbell and Bryna Donnelly and, in the process, hatched an ambitious plan to make the Glynn Community Crisis Center pet friendly by her next birthday. Donnelly is the director of Greater Good Charities’ Rescue Rebuild program and works regularly

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with Campbell, director of collaboration and outreach for RedRover, to provide services for pets of people in crisis. That can be anything from helping to pay for dog boarding for a homeless person to outfitting a domestic violence shelter so that survivors escaping dangerous situation can bring their pets. “We said, ‘Wow, OK. We have to be a part of this project,’” shares Donnelly.

Glynn Community Crisis Center since 1983 has offered a full slate of services to help victims of domestic violence escape. Amity House, for example, provides a safe, confidential place to

escape potentially life-threatening situations, cycles of abuse that too often go on for years before victims seek help. There is also the 24-hour Crisis Line, which is always attended by someone ready to provide advice, assist with safety planning, or to provide a listening ear. Community outreach programs and prevention education are ongoing and GCCC operates a housing assistance program that includes Hope House, a transitional living program designed for clients who are facing housing barriers. Even with all the services GCCC provides, survivors have not been able to bring their pets with them to Amity House. The shelter


simply wasn’t equipped to handle animals. And, sadly, Bromley knows all too well that for some people, leaving an abuser is not an option if they can’t bring their pets with them. “We know there are victims who will not leave because they will not leave their pets behind,” she stated. “Just like children, abusers will use pets to control a victim.”

bad situations. Bromley explained,“It’s a way to encourage more people to leave when they need to.”

In lieu of housing pets, Amity House partnered with Ahimsa House, an Atlanta nonprofit that finds foster homes and care for pets of sheltered victims. When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the shelter to begin using hotels to house some victims, it became clear Amity House needed to become pet friendly. The hotels allowed pets with a pet deposit, so GCCC covered the pet deposits and put victims who had pets there. “It made it really clear that this was a genuine need,” Bromley said.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71 percent of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured, or killed a pet as a means of control.

That need is not limited to Glynn County. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71 percent of women in domestic violence shelters report their abuser threatened, injured, or killed a pet as a means of control. Studies suggest nearly half of victims stay in abusive situations rather leave their pets behind, and the NCADV estimates 52 percent of survivors in shelters leave pets with abusers. As many as 25 percent of survivors will return because the abuser is using their pet to get them back, according to the ASPCA. If Amity House can house pets for victims, hopefully more people will decide to get out of

RedRover began its Responders Program in 1987 to train volunteers on how to handle pets in crisis. Since then, the program has provided 151 SafeHousing Grants worth $1.7 million since 2012,

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Campbell said. Altogether, Glynn Community Crisis Center will get $60,000 from RedRover and $60,000 from Greater Good Charities’ Rescue Rebuild program to complete the project. “We will also be supporting the project by sending a team of RedRover Responders to help,” Campbell said. Donnelly explained that Rescue Rebuild essentially acts as the general contractor for the project. At Amity House, a dog retreat and a catty shack will be installed along with a play yard and two dog doors to allow access to living areas. The catty shack has cat enrichment items to keep cats mentally happy and healthy and visitation space to maintain the pet-owner bond. The dog retreats have four to six kennels set up as what Donnelly calls “living rooms” with visitation space and individual pet relief areas. Each visitation space is furnished with air conditioning, a sofa, a blanket, and a television. Everything you need to snuggle, Donnelly said. The doggy play yard will be adjacent to the dog retreat building. “An exercised dog is a happy dog,” Donnelly said.

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A Ready to welcome pets to Glynn County Community Crisis Center are staff members Leslie Hall, shelter supervisor; Charmaine Thomas, client services manager; Rebecca Edwards, child/family advocate; and Dottie Bromley, executive director.

Adding to the pet-friendly initiative is Ahimsa House. Ahimsa (“nonviolence” in Sanskrit) House is dedicated to helping the human and animal survivors of domestic violence reach safety together. “Many of the shelters in Georgia do not have onsite accommodations for pets,” said Myra Rasnick, executive director of Ahimsa House. “So, we assist in supporting foster care or boarding of those pets while their owners are going into shelters.” Ahimsa House will work with staff members at Amity House to train and prepare them for having animals staying at the shelter while continuing to assist with any clients who aren’t able to bring their pets to the shelter. “We want to ease any concerns Amity House staff may have about having pets on site,” Rasnick said. Rasnick, Donnelly, and Campbell all said Bromley’s love for animals is infectious and that her leadership in this effort has been instrumental in seeing it come together. Construction of the project

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Funding the programs provided by Glynn Community Crisis Center and Amity House requires money, much of which is raised at their annual signature event, A Taste of Glynn. The local culinary competition features many of the best restaurants and caterers in the Golden Isles and is held at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island. The event will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $60 at the door or are available to purchase online in advance for a discounted price of $45 at ATasteofGlynn.com.

is expected to begin in the spring of 2022, just before Bromley’s next birthday. “This year, more than ever before, it’s been in God’s hands,” Bromley said. “There have been so many things happening that it’s clear it’s in His plan. I’m so excited.”

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his is the grateful refrain that’s been heard recently at the St. Simons Land Trust in reference is to the organization’s ability to host their annual Oyster Roast in January after having to skip a year because of the pandemic. “Hosting any event of almost any size was unwise in most of 2020 and 2021,” according to the Land Trust’s Oyster Roast coordinator Marty Moody. “But this annual event, with an anticipated crowd of nearly 1,500, was unquestionably something we had to cancel in 2021.”

Instead, the Land Trust partnered with the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce in hosting the first-ever Restaurant Week in Glynn County. “Because we knew that so many eating establishments were suffering this past winter, we were grateful that Ralph Staffins, president and CEO of the Chamber was willing to partner with us in an attempt to drive traffic to local restaurants and cafes during a really difficult time,” said Emily Ellison, executive director of the Land Trust. “Now, however, we feel that the significant decline in covid cases is giving us the opportunity to once again host this muchloved event. And we are thrilled!” So are the thousand-plus guests who attend the event every year and the many vendors, restaurants, and sponsors who have participated in the Oyster Roast for the past two decades. “My crew and I have been stringing hundreds of feet of electrical wire at the Oyster Roast for years,” said Mike Malone, president of Malone Electric. “It’s a DECEMBER 2021

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and finally, after reaching ticket sales of more than 600, it relocated permanently to Gascoigne Bluff Park.

tremendous amount of work – taking nearly a week to cover most of Gascoigne Bluff Park with lighting that is needed to illuminate the event – but it’s all worth it when you see the community spirit that is generated when that many people come together. I’m so glad that the Land Trust is able to bring back the Oyster Roast in 2022.” The first SSLT Oyster Roast was held at Village Creek Landing in 2000 (the same year the organization was founded) with 70 guests in attendance. But 70 people was far more than had been expected. The oysters were soon gone and had to be supplemented with hotdogs and other quickly grabbed food that volunteers rushed to purchase. As the event grew, so did the venue that was required. The Oyster Roast soon moved to Fort Frederica

Situated along the Frederica River, with its mighty live oak trees that are strung with tons of Spanish moss and Mike Malone’s magic-making lights, Gascoigne Park became the perfect setting for a winter’s night festivity. Frances McCrary, a co-founder of the Land Trust who has been at every Oyster Roast since that first one at Village Creek, says that each site has provided something special. “Each one is unique, especially because of

so impressed by the local restaurants,” says Frances McCrary, who in addition to being a co-founder twice served as Chair of the Land Trust’s board of directors. “It absolutely would not be possible without the many restaurants who give so generously,” adds Ellison. “From Southern Soul to The Cloister, businesses large and small provide us with delicious food, with staff time, and with financial support. And if we didn’t have community leaders like Charlie Williams, owner of Crabdaddy’s and Fiddlers, and Steve and Sandy Schoettle at Sea Island Forge, steaming and roasting the oysters every year. If we didn’t have Bob Thompson spending the night on the grounds and cooking hundreds of pounds of Low Country boil. If we didn’t have an army of dedicated, hard-working volunteers, there is no way we could pull off such an event.”

the weather. But I really love Gascoigne Bluff as a venue, with the lights twinkling in the trees, it’s just so lovely.” The Land Trust is quick to say that they wouldn’t be able to host the event without the help of Malone Electric and the nearly 100 other businesses that participate. “I’ve always been

In fact, that corps of volunteers has tripled over the last few years. More than 140 people begin helping months before the event and

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such as providing individual servings that people can easily pick up rather than having large platters of food that are exposed to the elements and to hundreds of people.” Mostly, the Oyster Roast is going to be FUN! After nearly two years of lockdowns, wearing masks, ordering takeout, and spending almost no time with family and friends, people are hungry not just for oysters but to gather again and enjoy a special evening along the river. The Land Trust is expecting a record crowd and will be offering some surprises this year.

lead efforts to set up the day of the Oyster Roast, serve food and drinks, break down afterwards, and leave Gascoigne Bluff spotless when the night is done. On January 22, they will be there once again in their red volunteer aprons. And with more food booths than usual, their help will be needed more than ever. In addition to oysters, shrimp, and other seafood, there will be barbeque, soups and chowders, salads, mac-and-cheese, and an entire booth devoted to desserts. All of this will be provided in the safest environment possible, according to Mary Moody. “Although it is now possible to hold large events again, we are still taking precautions

A couple of years ago, Patrick Parker, a member of the Land Trust’s board and a longtime sponsor of the event that was named one of the Top 20 Events in 2020 by the Southeast Tourism Society, said that there are many great traditions around the Golden Isles. “But my absolute favorite is the Land Trust’s Oyster Roast. It’s for a wonderful cause, of course, but the thing that sets it apart is how big it is and how many people come together to do the work necessary to make it a success.”

the community gather again for such a great occasion on January 22 at Gascoigne Bluff.” And what about after the lights come down and everyone has gone home? Not only are oysters valued as a favorite food source since indigenous peoples lived in the Golden Isles thousands of years ago, they also greatly benefit our environment by acting as aqua filters and always leave something of themselves behind. After the 2020 Oyster Roast, almost 3,000 pounds of oyster shells were recycled and used in living shorelines along the coast. It’s expected that even more of these durable shells will be recycled in 2022. For literally thousands of reasons, the Land Trust and their supporters are glad to be saying, “We’re back!”

When asked recently about how he feels after a year without the Oyster Roast, he replied, “It’s one of the highlights of the season. It was a true disappointment when the pandemic prevented the event from being hosted in 2021. I am therefore excited to see

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A New Location for Learning

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ig things are happening at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (SFX)! A new 30,000 square foot campus for pre-school through 8th grade is being constructed on the corner of Grant and Howe Streets in downtown Brunswick, extending the existing footprint of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and School to the west side of both Grant and Newcastle Streets and to the east side of Bay Street. The campus will offer spacious classrooms, state-ofthe-art labs, and an age-appropriate library in a modern design inspired by architects Felder & Associates. There is a 10-level enrollment capacity of 300 students, and current enrollment is 174. Classes will begin in the new structures in the fall of 2022.

Deacon Terry Mermann, Ed.D., Principal, says, “The groundbreaking ceremony is like a dream come true. For the past ten years, there have been discussions about what to do to enhance the appearance of our 63-yearold school building. Our School Advisory Board, Parish Council, and the Bishop of the Diocese all agreed that building a new school would be the wisest decision. The new school will offer a state-of-the-art computer lab, science lab, art studio, media center, spacious classrooms, and a modern design to enhance the education of all students.” He continues, “Within the walls of this modern building, SFX students will continue to be challenged in academics as they engage in their educations and enjoy their special

interests such as the arts, robotics, chess, musical endeavors, and sports.” “I believe the new school building will allow us to continue a 120-year tradition of passing on faith, education and formation in the Golden Isles,” adds Fr. Timothy McKeown, Pastor. “For sixty years classes were held in the old convent, and sixty years in our property on Union Street, so the new property is an opportunity to build on this legacy with a state-of-the-art building that our students, teachers, parents and parish can be excited about!” Sufficient funds have been raised from SFX alumni, past and current parents, as well as DECEMBER 2021

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generous support from SFX, St. Williams Catholic Church, and the Golden Isles Community at large, for the Diocese to authorize the securing of contracts and permits for the new campus. At present, the all-in estimates for the structure are at $9.5M in a rapidly rising construction environment. Over half of the all-in project cost has been received in gifts and pledges. Fundraising will continue to secure additional support for construction and, if needed, to reduce the debt burden following the opening. Fr. McKeown stresses, “The school could not have reached this important milestone without the engagement of the parish and school communities as well as that of the greater Golden Isles. The already well-supported students attending our current Union Street building will soon be even better equipped and prepared for their continued education.” Inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the mission of St. Francis Xavier Catholic School is to provide an excellent academic foundation, promote spiritual formation, and inspire within each student the desire to serve others. Reggie Jackson and his wife Pamela chose SFX for their daughter Jocelyn so she would have “a solid academic and social foundation that is rooted in Christian principles and a challenging curriculum that demands focus and perseverance.”

Jackson says, “Jocelyn is the second Jackson to attend SFX. Her 1st cousin, Montana Jackson graduated from SFX and is currently a senior at Glynn Academy. Like Montana, Jocelyn also began SFX during the Mothers Morning Out (MMO) Pre-School at 3-years-old. Now in 7th Grade, Jocelyn loves being with her friends at school and learning new academic skills.” Jackson commends the school’s principal on his work at the school and shares his excitement about the new building. “Dr. Terry Merrman has a very difficult job, and he is very committed to it. Supervising educators, providing services that appease parents, and carrying out his ministerial duties can be extremely difficult, specifically during the last 2 years in a pandemic. I think it is very timely that the Savannah Diocese decided on the option of new construction. Jocelyn is very excited about the possibility of learning in the new facility and being the first graduating class.” Beth and Matt Lemke, parents of 7-year-old twin daughters, Abigail and Julia, who are in 2nd Grade also share their love for SFX. Beth says they were drawn by the size of the school. She explains, “There is so much opportunity for the girls at SFX, but with a personalized experience and more one on one interaction with their teachers and

instructors. We also love the fact that they are growing spiritually, as well as experiencing a challenging academic curriculum. This is our second year at SFX, and we are so happy with the school!” She says while everyone at the school with whom they’ve interacted deserves a shout out, teachers Amanda Murphy and Tracey Glass have a special place in their hearts. Mrs. Murphy “gave the girls the perfect experience at a new school as their 1st Grade teacher. She was amazing.” And, she adds, Mrs. Glass, their 2nd Grade teacher, has done so much for them this year. They are really excelling in her class!” Fr. McKeown says, “Carrying on the rich traditions of academic excellence, extracurricular activities, competitive spirit, and spiritual growth and development that have always been indicative of St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, our students will now prosper within a modern facility that reflects the quality of the education our students experience. We at St. Francis Xavier are so excited that our new school building will coincide with the spirit of revitalization of Historic Downtown Brunswick.” St. Francis Xavier Catholic School’s heritage of providing a faith-filled education in a safe and nurturing environment will be enhanced in a contemporary setting where all children will thrive academically and grow spiritually.

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ocal mom turned child literacy advocate, Jen Tacbas, had a childhood surrounded by books in her home and episodes of Reading Rainbow on TV. Flash forward to 2019, when her daughter, Logan, came home from school and reported some of her 1st grade classmates didn’t have many books in their homes. Jen immediately began purchasing one book each month for her daughter’s classmates, and a beautiful new mission was born. The national child literacy statistics aren’t much of a fairytale. 61% of homes in low-income neighborhoods do not contain a single age-appropriate book for their children. Considering kids continually need new books to keep advancing their reading skills, books become an investment, one not every family can afford. Another national statistic offers a guiding light: the number of books in a child’s home correlates significantly with higher reading scores and a greater enjoyment of reading and academics. Jen knew if she could increase the number of books local children had at home, she could positively impact their lives.

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During the last school year, with the help of friends and family, Jen expanded her mission from purchasing books for 15 students to supporting 100 children in 2 grades. Then in April, Jen felt a strong calling to establish her child literacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Great Books for Kids, Inc. Jen opts to donate engaging books not typically found in chain stores. One book donated in October was Ludwig the Sea Dog, a 3-D hardcover storybook with special glasses. Jen believes high-quality books matter when attempting to capture the attention of even the most reluctant readers. The positive impact of Great Books for Kids has already been reported by principals and teachers with whom Jen works to distribute the books to students. The children are always excited to receive their new books and immediately begin reading. Currently, Great Books for Kids is serving 500 children in lower-income areas of southeast Georgia.

While there have been challenges at every turn – from securing continual funding to purchasing/shipping delays and shortages – Jen’s goal remains to continually expand the number of children she serves. You can support Great Books for Kids’ child literacy mission by visiting their website at greatbooksforkids.org or by mailing a donation check to Great Books for Kids, Inc., 398 Blue Heron Trl, Waverly, GA 31565. Together, our community can continue to positively impact the lives of our children, one book at a time.


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Self-Confidence Equals Success by Dr. Laura Slack

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’m often asked why I changed from Family Medicine to Aesthetics. Though I was always procedural, it was certainly not a direct path. Being Board Certified in Geriatrics, I loved caring for those 65 years and older. Over the past fifteen years of practicing medicine, it became striking to me how differently people age, so I began studying functional medicine, which included bio-identical hormones and medical assisted weight loss. After years of

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seeing patients who were not too excited about medication management, lab review or wound debridement, I began seeing patients who were thrilled that they felt better and had more energy following hormone treatment. Often patients were moved to tears when they experienced dramatic results with their weight loss. I wanted more of this! While it is true that I initially told my husband Doug, “Aesthetic Medicine is not


real medicine, and I will never do Botox or fillers,” I quickly came to realize that for many Botox was better than Prozac and completely changed my mind. Each new treatment offered led to more smiles, and I was hooked! Nothing is more gratifying than a truly happy patient – the ones that can’t stop looking at themselves in the mirror as they leave the office. Their happiness and newfound confidence fuel my passion to continue learning. Aesthetics is an ever expanding and constantly changing industry regarding both techniques and technology innovation. I’m honored to be a panelist and trainer for several world-renowned laser companies. Serving as a speaker at Aesthetic conferences around the U.S. has allowed me the opportunity to meet and learn from thousands of my Aesthetic physician colleagues, and to try out all the latest devices, so I can bring only the best to the Golden Isles! St. Simons Island has provided the perfect backdrop for Imber, our boutique Aesthetic and Anti-Aging clinic. Doug and I are so thankful to be able to raise our family in this wonderful community, his hometown! We focus on offering a tiered menu so clients of any age, budget, or skin type can obtain preventative, corrective or maintenance treatments to fit their individual needs. As we expand, I will continue to prioritize treatment options that provide natural, long lasting, maximal results with minimal discomfort.

I love what I do and there is no greater joy than to help build someone’s confidence. Yes, it’s about confidence…not vanity! No apologizing, no excuses, no guilt. We take care of our cars, clothes, and homes to make sure they always look their best. What is wrong with taking care of our face and body? The success of our clinic is measured in the lifechanging stories patients share with us daily. Stories like Calli’s and Tracey’s: “For years, I have struggled with my body image and never had the courage to seek medical attention to achieve my goals. I had learned to demonize carbs and to exercise too much, putting more stress on my body than it could handle. After years of these behaviors, I had gained weight that had become impossible to get off. A friend referred me to Dr. Slack, and it has truly been the most life changing experience. Not only have I seen dramatic improvement with my weight, finally breaking past the stubborn plateau, I have gained selfconfidence I have never experienced before. I am no longer wearing winter sweaters during these hot Georgia summers, nor am I beating myself up about eating a cupcake. I am free of self-doubt and BEAMING with pride and gratitude. Words could not possibly express how appreciative I am of Dr. Slack, Doug, and the rest of the delightful staff at Imber Medical.” - Calli M. I went to [Dr. Slack] with bags under my eyes that would not go away, no matter what I did. Everyone constantly said that I look so

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n the era of high exemptions from the Federal gift and estate tax, the spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT) has become a popular transfer tax savings strategy employed by married couples. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 increased the 2021 federal estate and gift exemption amount to $11.7 million. In 2017, prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Federal estate and gift exemption amount was $5.49 million. Generally speaking, a married couple can transfer $23.4 million before paying estate and gift taxes. Unless congress takes further action, the exemption amount is set to sunset (revert) back to the pre-2018 exclusion levels (indexed for inflation) after December 31, 2025. The Treasury Department has issued regulations confirming that should the estate and gift

tax exemption revert to pre2018 levels, taxpayers who take advantage of the increased exemption amount during the time it is available will not be adversely affected when the exemption amount returns to $5 million (indexed for inflation) after December 31, 2025. The prospect of a 2026 sunset of the higher exemption amount, as well as political uncertainty in the United States (such as after a congressional or presidential election, which could accelerate a reduction in the exemption amount), has prompted many families to look for ways to use the increased exemption amount before it decreases. For married persons who want to take advantage of the increased exemption from the estate and gift tax but are not sure that they can irrevocably part with so much wealth, a SLAT (Spousal

Lifetime Access Trust) may be an appropriate solution. A SLAT allows the donor spouse to transfer up to the donor spouse’s available exemption amount without a gift tax. When the donor spouse dies, the value of the assets in the SLAT is excluded from the donor spouse’s gross estate and are not subjected to the Federal estate tax. However, because the donor spouse will have used the exemption amount to shelter assets transferred to the SLAT from the Federal gift tax (so that the exemption amount

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oliday etiquette centers around one word: TIME. It’s important to arrive on time if you are a guest. To respect other people’s time if you are hosting. To prioritize your time with family and friends. Here are some guidelines for being a gracious host and the perfect party guest.

TIPS FOR THE HOST Party Planning 101

When hosting a dinner or cocktails the most important thing to remember is YOU. Yes, YOU! If you are relaxed, others will be.

Happy Holidays! need to be near the front door to greet everyone arriving. As the host, do not engage in deep conversation.

Talk with Everyone

Phone a Friend

Before your event, phone a few friends. Make sure your good friends know about the new neighbors coming and about your Aunt Betsy who only likes to sit in a certain chair. Ask a friend to help with seeing that the new neighbors meet others. Have someone keep an eye on Aunt Betsy.

Respond and Arrive on Time

Text, Evite, or engraved invitation? Each of these have a place in today’s party scene. Follow the following timelines when considering how and when to send your invitations. Formal dinner: 4-6 weeks in advance; Informal dinner: 3 days-3weeks; Luncheon: 3 days to 3 weeks.

RSVP if requested to do so. Arrive on time. If you are going to arrive more than fifteen minutes late, please let your host know.

Greet Every Guest

You or another representative of the family

Reminders for Children

Talk with your children (young and old) about your expectations of them at the party. Using an inside voice, not eating until it’s time, thanking the host, knowing basic table manners, and excusing themselves appropriately are good things to review.

TIPS FOR THE GUEST Send Timely Invitations

When someone plans a party, they invite you for a reason. The reason is not that they thought you might be thirsty. You are invited because you have something to contribute. Maybe you are a good connector in conversation, you make others feel welcome, your children are friends with their children. The point is, circulate.

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BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER Each year, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful organizes the community’s Christmas tree recycling effort, encouraging citizens to drop off their trees for recycling into fuel, mulch, or fish habitats, instead of dumping the trees along roadways, marshes, and creeks. From December 26 through January 9, eight free community drop-off locations will be open for you to drop off your nude (no lights or ornaments), organic (not artificial!) Christmas tree. Locations include 1913 Old Demere Road on St. Simons Island, Goodyear Park and Howard Coffin Park in Brunswick, and Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island. Sponsored by Pate, Johnson & Church. For additional drop off locations and more info, see KGIB.org or call 912.279.1490.

GOLDEN ISLES SHOP LOCAL CAMPAIGN Shop local and you could win a holiday gift basket valued over $1500. The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce is running a Shop Local campaign through December. Participating businesses will have a Shop Local decal with a QR code. Customers who purchase items from these participating businesses can choose to scan the QR code to be entered into a drawing to win the gift basket. For more details and participating business information, follow the Chamber’s social media accounts and visit their website at brunswickgoldenisleschamber.com.

SUPPORT STUDENT ATHLETES Join the Golden Isles FCA for their annual golf tournament at the Brunswick Country Club on December 13 at noon. Format includes 4-man and corporate teams. Corporate and hole sponsorships available. Your participation will support of the mission of the Golden Isles FCA to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church and their service to the coaches and athletes in Glynn and McIntosh counties. Their vision is to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. For more information or to register, contact Nick Doster at nick.doster@synovus.com or Brett Nobles at brett.nobles@suntrust.com or visit goldenislesfca.org.

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GEORGIA-FLORIDA GAME DAY ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND IS ALWAYS FUN. FRIDAY’S FRAT BEACH CROWD HEADED OFF TO JACKSONVILLE FOR THE GAME AND THOSE WHO REMAINED HUNKERED DOWN TO WATCH THE GAME AT VARIOUS VENUES AROUND THE ISLAND. EIL DROPPED BY SOME HOT SPOTS FOR UGA FANS LIKE CATCH 228, MAGGIE’S, AND ECHO TO CATCH SOME OF THE EXCITEMENT AS THE BULLDAWGS TROUNCED THE GATORS. 78

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THE GLYNN ACADEMY CLASSES OF 1980, 1981, AND 1982 RECENTLY GATHERED TO CELEBRATE THEIR 40TH REUNIONS. On Friday night, they mixed, mingled, and reminisced about the “good ol’ days” at Mellow Mushroom. On Saturday, a campus tour was held for those who haven’t seen the school since graduation. Later that evening, the Terror alumni enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Tasteful Temptations at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center. 1. Robin Love, Cathy Schueler, Cindy Fitzpatrick, Jacqueline Long, Michael and Anna Barlow. 2. Judy and Tommy Lewis, Shelley and Jeff Sweeney. 3. LaTarrance Young, Sandra Young, Joy Davis, Victor and Carlleen Murray. 4. David Butler, Dean Boyer, Bobby Burns. 5. Toi Aspinwall, Becky Battle, Debbie Dolivera. 6. Sheila McManus Eckerd, Christy Loper Carter. 7. Debra Jones, Leigh Ann Olsen. 8. Erica Doster, Cathy Schueler, Deborah Nelson, Bill Kelso. 9. Shannon Tarrer, Leslie Decker, Patty Veres, Lane Reeder. 10. Debbie Dolivera, Sue Nobles, Bonnie Barbour, Virginia Vernon. 11. Deborah and Jeff Boyd. 12. Shawn Hoffman, Stacey Bristol, Ron Hughes. 13. Jon Jones, Sid Howell, Tommy Schueler. 14. Mary Jane Shumate Hurd, Charles Leachman, Paul Pleasants. 80 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G



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GLYNN VISUAL ARTS HAD THE HONOR OF PLAYING HOST AND LOCAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE GEORGIA COLOR PLEIN AIR COMPETITION PRESENTED BY OLMSTED ARTS. This multi-day plein air paint out brought artists from all over Georgia to capture our breathtaking coastal scenery. Events took place at the gallery, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Musgrove Retreat and Conference Center, and in downtown Brunswick. 1. Paul Ladnier with his blue ribbon winning painting from the Paint Quick competition at Musgrove. 2. Catherine Hillis painting Night Falls at ECHO. 3. Lauren Moyer, Kevin Pullen, Bonnie Hunter. 4. Mimi Diamond, Ann Dodys. 5. Lamar Gilstrap, Steven Walker. 6. Jill McGannon with her painting of the palm trees at dusk. 7. Gene Ansley, Ingrid Ysla. 8. Amanda Lovett, Donna Biggee, Millie Gosch. 9. Lila McAlpin, Elizabeth Osborne. 10. Catherine Campbell, Schmoo Schmid, Hartford Campbell. 11. John Hartland with painting by Ann Dodys. 12. George Netherton, Kathy Carl. 13. Phil Cuthbertson, Lillian Ansley. 14. Gale Waldorff, Woody Hunter. 82

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ANDERSON FINE ART GALLERY RECENTLY HOSTED AN OPENING RECEPTION AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY ARTIST RANI GARNER.

A frequent visitor to the Golden Isles, Rani seeks out exceptional light as the main subject of her art and is an avid painter of coastal skies, water, and trees draped with Spanish moss. Her family and friends were in attendance at the reception. To see Rani’s paintings, visit andersonfineartgallery.com or stop by the gallery.

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OCTOBER WAS ANOTHER BUSY MONTH IN THE VILLAGE ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND. Thankfully we saw the removal of the last remaining sections of the Golden Ray and the departure of the VB-10000 from our horizon. Visitors and locals alike came out to dine and visit shops and galleries, and to browse and buy arts, gifts, and gourmet treats at Crafts in the Village. 1. Lee Boatright, Tara Carter, Debbie and Hank Hobbs. 2. Amy and Matt Driggers. 3. Brenda Dennis, Becky Hartman. 4. June and Dal Nurnberger, Dianne and Phil Campbell. 5. Ashley Fox, Kristie Jarmon, Jaclyn Gillespie, Maggie Renault, Lori Tredwick. 6. Cheryl Helton, Vicki Gray, Karen Smith. 7. Mike and Holly Dorsey. 8. Brooke and Brenda Hutt with Hattie. 9. Chris Maune, Angela Mattson. 10. Cale Brown, Paige Bohannon. 11. Kathy Harder, Mary Alice Isele. 12. Pat Drawdy, Susan Holcolmb. 86

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IT WAS A GORGEOUS DAY AT MARSH’S EDGE TO SHOW OFF SOME VINTAGE BEAUTIES AT CARS FOR A CAUSE. This fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association drew visitors from near and far to show and see some classic cruisers. Music, refreshments, and a raffle added to the fun. 1. Gary Burger, Landon Brandt, Jim Siemian. 2. Judges Scott Ryfun, Allan Berger, Jay Wiggins. 3. Brooke Baskin, Chris Thorpe, Annsley Felton. 4. Christine Brown, Christine Harris. 5. Devin and Willie Lane. 6. Angela Hill, Pam and Dan Quartarone, James Engelbracht. 7. Jackie Turbidy and Ophelia. 8. Christy, Emmy & Woody Sapp, Bonnie Brandt. 9. Tim, Latrelle and Tom Gore with the 1963 Starfire. 10. Fran and David Rewis. 11. Mike Fitzgerald and his Studebaker. 12. Bill Hannah in the President 1929 Model FH-8 Studebaker. 13. Al Wessel, Bruce Dixon. 14. Cole and Samantha Rosenbaum (with their sleeping shark), Cleon and Cindi Wells. 88

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THE FORE THE MEMORIES GOLF CLASSIC PRESENTED BY VITALITY LIVING FREDERICA WAS RECENTLY HELD AT SEA PALMS GOLF RESORT. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Georgia Alzheimer’s Foundation. This day of fun included a buffet awards luncheon and raffle prizes too. Many thanks to all the sponsors and participants for supporting this important cause. 1. Debra Smith, Dana Carpenter, Nan Wood, Margie Parrott. 2. College of Coastal Georgia Golf Team members George Langham, Zara Alexander, Zayne Hilderbrand, Jackson Lawler. 3. Jeff Bors, Rip Graham, Wesley Franks. 4. Laurie Levine, Hank Palacio. 5. Jason Jennings, Charlotte Graham, Bernadine Lester, Marie Richards, Linda Fleeman, Ellen Provenzano. 6. Joel Bickmore, Austin Hoyt. 7. Harris Jenrette, Ken Haynes, Chris Sweat, Joe Wills. 8. Clarence and Margie Parrott. 9. Zach Scurry, Mark Kok. 10. Susan and Blanton Bagwell. 11. Doug Ballard, Bob Tebbetts, Pat and Ted Yanchuleff. 12. Bernadine Lester, Andrea Mickelson, Ellen Provenzano. 90

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THE GORGEOUS SETTING OF FREDERICA GOLF CLUB WAS THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR ANOTHER AMAZING HUNT BALL BENEFITING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GLYNN COUNTY. From the eclectic offerings by artists and vendors to the tasty food being served up by local restaurants, the event was a splendid affair. Music by SaltWater Gypseas and a lively auction rounded out the evening. 1. John, Marie, and Myrick Stubbs. 2. Mary Margaret Artman, Marie Artman, Wes Schlosser with aWesDog puppies. 3. Mace and Zareen Kobaisy. 4. Angela Humpreys, Lisa Nix. 5. Adam Hein with On the Fly Outfitters with Isabella, Ann and Greg Scileppi. 6. Steve Bullington, Todd Wood. 7. Abby Carlton, Ryan Dye. 8. Pam and Al McKinnon. 9. Lakyn Flanagan, Anna & Chase Hopkins, Patrick Flake. 10. Melinda and Clark Dickinson. 11. Michael and Bentley Kaufman, Don and Joy Wright. 12. Ali and Ryan Coleman. 13. Becca Randall, Jamey Burke. 14. Gail Butler, Elizabeth Zachry. 92

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TEAMS SHOWED UP BIG ON THIS SUNNY DAY FOR UNITED WAY OF COASTAL GEORGIA’S 5TH ANNUAL KICKBALL FOR A CAUSE TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT THE UWCGA COMMUNITY FUND. Between the Lines took home the trophy for the day, with Sticky Fingers as the runners up. Competition was fun and fierce! 1. Sea Island Mad Dogs. 2. Between the Lines. 3. MaryAnn Pruett, Mel Richardson. 4. Jamie and Ben Burriss. 5. Kathleen Bennett, Ellie Sellars, Brittany Clay. 6. Robert Strange, Justin Callaway. 7. Keith Fenton, Janelle Harvey, Carla Chockley. 8. Sticky Fingers. 9. RiKICKulous Super Dolphins SSE. 10. Hospice Angels. 11. Sabreena Scott with her son, Patrice Cherne. 12. Jennifer Floyd, Jasmine Gette, Julia Floyd. 13. King and Prince Seafood. 94

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SKYLARK RECENTLY HELD ITS ANNUAL BANQUET ON JEKYLL ISLAND. Skylark’s mission is to offer the women and men who walk through their doors guidance, education, medical services, kindness, support, and hope as they face their futures. For more information about this nonprofit organization, visit helloskylark.com. 1. Bee and Laura Carlton. 2. Christina and Terry Godwin. 3. A.J. and Carmela Tucker. 4. Greg and Courtenay Watson. 5. John and Katie King, Debbie and Brad Brown. 6. Ryker and Christy Carter, Jackie Flanagan, Kim and Kevin Diestel. 7. Douglas and Tonia Haymans. 8. Brittany Cleveland, Nikki Lewis. 9. Mike and Crystal Murray. 10. Laura Moore, Jo Orr, Merry Greer, Lee Norvell, Fahima Rastagar. 11. Dan and Heather Keefer. 12. Gladys and Zack Lyde. 13. C.J. and Megan Jefferies. 14. Bobbie and Eldridge Cannon. 96

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ELEGANT ISLAND LIVING STOPPED BY ARTTRENDS GALLERY, THE ARTISTS’ ANNEX, AND THE WALLIN GALLERY DURING NOVEMBER’S ST. SIMONS ART CRAWL TO CATCH UP WITH SOME MORE OF THE ISLAND’S TALENTED ARTISTS. HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A HOTSPOT FOR CREATIVITY! 1. Cheryl Kiefer, Trish Rugaber, Ella Cart. 2. Susi and Don Greene. 3. Lynda Bisher, Darby Gross. 4. Rita Noel, Daryn Osbourn. 5. Timothy, Helene and Talia Randle.6. Simon and Pamela Curtis. 7. Nance Manderson, Dottie Clark. 8. Ryan Pierce, Kay Cantrell, Andrew Kramer, Jessie Deal. 9. Madeline Burridge, Syd Summerhill. 10. Ken and Judy Wallin with Stella. 11. Elaine Baldwin, Lynda Bisher, Judy Benjamin, Judy Missildine, Suzanne Scaglione, Dottie Kirkland. 12. Michelle Lane. 13. Linda Bobinger, Susan Anderson, Suzanne Clements. 98

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE GOLDEN ISLES RECENTLY HELD THEIR FLAGSHIP FUNDRAISER, THE ART UNDER THE OAKS AUCTION at the A.J. Heritage Center. Attendees mingled and bid to help support our community while enjoying delicious food and drink. Funds raised the league’s main projects: Confidence Closets, Backpack Buddies, Money Matters Financial Literary and the Books in the Home initiative. 1. Susan Davenport, Cate Ouzts. 2. Mary Margaret Shiver, Joanna Hooper, Ashley Johnson. 3. Emily Barnes, Ashlyn and Jonathan Elze, Caitlin Whatley. 4. Alyssa Thomas, Ali Coleman. 5. Zach and Sandy White. 6. Magan Barnhill, Yolanda Neely. 7. Brooke Parmelee, Geri Lynn Mullis, Laura Dunn, Jennifer Gunn. 8. Amber Kamenicky, Kathy Bellios. 9. MJ Choate, Gloria Gash, Lynne Sechler. 10. Bud Hearn, Mike Kellar. 11. Nicole Rodgers, Brooke Baskin. 12. Jennifer Morrow, Katie Cordona. 13. Shannon Biddle, Emily Barnes, Ashlyn Elze, Mandy Miller. 14. Blair Simpson, Felicia Cammon, Linda Storey. 100 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G


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 69,000 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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102 • Directory / Margie Stockton

112 • Larry Delaney / Sea Palms Realty

121 • Lilmar Properties

103 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

113 • Page Aiken

122 - 123 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper

104 • Land Trust

114 • Real Escapes Properties

124 - 125 • Al Brown Company

105 - 107 • Sea Island Properties

115 - 117 • Signature Properties Group, Inc.

126 - 127 • Georgia Coast Realty

108 - 109 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

118 • Zaida Clay Harris / Joan Lewis

128 • Art & Annie Harper / Joy Wright

110 • Ann Harrell

119 • Phoebe Hoaster

129 • Christa Clark / Darkroom

111 • Susan Imhoff

120 • Carol Pollock / Humane Society

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

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Catherine MCCrary Your home is more than a building or an address. It’s where you experience life, connection, and growth. That is why our agents find what they do so rewarding! Each month we are going to take you into the home of one of our agents. See what they love and value most about their homes and where they live. I have always had a passion for the outdoors. Having been raised on St. Simons and Sea Island, my family instilled in me the delicate balance between man and nature living on the coast. I am constantly inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds the Golden Isles and that is why I was thrilled when I found my condo in the Riverwatch Community. Our community is an eclectic group of people brought together by a shared love of the daily spectacular views of the Frederica River, marsh stretching to the Sidney Lanier Bridge, and marina life next door. I have a west-facing balcony that overlooks Sidney Lanier’s marshes of Glynn in all their seasonal glory. Architect Ed Cheshire, who designed the building, told me I had the best sunset view in all of Glynn County and I believe it. The river and marsh vistas are what tie together all the design elements of my interior spaces. My home reflects my experiences and memories while at the same time acting as the source of daily inspiration. Art has always played an important part in my life and my walls are filled with original pieces reminding me of treasured people and places of the past. My favorite is a piece Tom Neilson did of my children as part of his portfolio for the 2004 G8 summit at Sea Island. My luxury is curling up on my chaise lounge at the end of a busy day with a selection from my library of books on the history and ecology of the Golden Isles and planning my next adventure. My passion for the local history of our beloved sea islands informs the best parts of my professional life as a realtor. I enjoy getting to know my clients personally and helping them feel at home here in the Golden Isles.

Catherine McCrary is a Sales Associate at DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. Integrity and determination are values that Catherine exemplifies in real estate as well as all aspects of her life. Just this past year she has sold over 15 MILLION in transactions! Allow her to represent you with your real estate needs.

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102 N Palm Villas Ct | Catherine McCrary 843.860.8998 | 3BR | 3.5BA This gated townhome is everything you need and just steps away from the village, restaurants, and Mallery Park. This end unit features a MBR on the ground level, 10ft ceilings in the downstairs living spaces, no step entry, handicap accessible bath, office spaces, a second master upstairs ensuite with double vanity, whirlpool tub and shower. Enclosed garage and extra storage space. Outside offers a private Charleston style courtyard garden with large side yard, a wooded view, a wrought iron gated entry and old brick exterior. This updated charming luxury condo won’t last long. $749,000

135 Mohr Club Drive | Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 | 3BR | 2.5BA Beautiful new home within the gated community of Cathead Landing with community amenities. Deep water dock, outdoor grill, swimming pool, clubhouse with a full kitchen and weight room. Many upgrades. Open/light and airy floor plan with 9/10 ft. ceilings. Center kitchen island, elevator, upgraded stainless appliances with gas stove. Custom built cabinets with soft closures. Unfinished office/ 4th BR and bath. Wooden plantation shutters are ordered and will be installed. Some furnishings may be purchased if desired. There is also a deeded additional 1/2 lot included in this sale. $489,000

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1159 E Peachtree Street 4BR | 4BA | Walk to Beach Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500 $949,000

137 Highland Park Drive 3BR | 2BA | Adorable Micki Carter 912.617.3807 $209,000

144 Eagle Crest Drive 3BR | 2.5BA | Updated, 1 Level Larry Delaney 912.230.0406 $385,000

626 AND 632 Blythe Island Drive 2 houses, 5 acres on the Marsh Sherril Sumner 912.617.9436 $750,000

1000 Sea Island Road #75 2BR | 1.5BA | Furnished Maria Jennings 912.222.0185 $272,000

214 West Point Drive 4BR | 4.5BA | Custom built Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557 $950,000

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3226 Hampton Ave, #F | Terri & Tate Simpson 912.580.8754 | Medical Office Medical office space with multiple exam/treatment rooms, offices, baths, full kitchen and large waiting area. Would be perfect for a large practice or an investor looking to lease space to multiple physicians. Specialized medical equipment available for lease from the owner, ask your agent for a detailed list. Ideal location across the street from the hospital. Check out this virtual tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=BCijUc2V9xu $1,200,000

20 Waterfront Drive #324 | Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 | 4 BR | 4 BA One of the largest condominiums on St. Simons, this 4BR/4BA penthouse overlooks the Frederica River, the Golden Isles Marina, the Sea Island Golf Course and the St. Simons Sound. With fabulous views, the freshly painted condominium with new wide plank wood floors, lighting fixtures has an open floor plan. Master is so spacious with ceiling interest and endless views to the horizon. The bath in the master has a large garden tub, separate shower and his and her closets. A second smaller master suite, two guest bedrooms with baths and a large utility room complete the floor plan. Don’t Miss! $1,485,000

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1000 Sea Island Road #20 2BR | 1.5BA | Turnkey Matt Brittain 540.239.4784 $245,000

100 Blair Road #G-6 2BR | 2BA | Marsh Views Sherril Sumner 912.617.9436 $299,000

185 W Commons Drive 3BR | 2.5BA | Master on Main Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 $482,000

308 Hawkins Island Drive 6BR | 6BA | 3HB | Incomparable Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 $4,295,000

250 Winding Trail 4BR | 3.5BA | Laurel Grove Larry Delaney 912.230.0406 $450,000

18 Niblick Court 4BR | 2BA | Immaculate Micki Carter 912.6173807 $599,000

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BuIlt wIth ArchItecturAl IntegrIty

$8,900,000

cottage 441, Sea Island Cottage 441 has one of the few and finest marsh and riverfront views on Sea Island and is on one of the highest elevations in the community. Enjoy the ultimate in privacy, luxury, and style in one of the south's most magnificent private estates. This estate stands apart as an architectural masterpiece. Defined by top-quality craftsmanship, this exquisite home blends Old World elements with modern-day appointments, creating inviting spaces for relaxing and entertaining. Elegant interiors have been appointed with wood paneling and hand-painted moldings, imbuing the home with European-style luxury. The cottage sits on 35-50 foot pilings. The views from both the upper and lower loggia areas overlook a substantial lap pool, hot tub, and cast stone firepit. The home's English brick-walled garden, home exterior, and garden paths are all crafted from Savannah Gray pre-civil war bricks. The flashings and gutters are lead-coated copper. Preapproved dock plans.

Susan Imhoff

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

VISIonAry In eVery wAy

7.7 Acre reSIdentIAl deVelopment

$4,295,000

$1,450,000

308 hawkins Island drive, St Simons Island This beautifully renovated in 2017-2018 home is on an eastern marsh lot. The eastern exposure 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.

the Settlement at cathead landing is a gated community with deepwater docks located only minutes from downtown Darien and only 12 miles from Brunswick and the Golden Isles. The neighborhood features a community club house with fitness center and creekside pavilion. The clubhouse boasts a fireplace, spacious living/dining area with swimming pool. These ready-to build lots are available complete with roads, water, electric and sewer in place. Cathead marina offers excellent boating and fishing. The deep-water dock is 27 feet deep at low tide. The creekside pavilion offers a place for relaxation with a fire pit/cooking area as well as ample space for outdoor dining while enjoying the water-front view. Call Susan Imhoff for more information.

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

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

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154 gould • 4BR / 4Ba Private Pool / Water & golf Views

ocean Pearl • 4BR / 3.5Ba Private Pool

4310 9th street • 6BR / 4.5Ba Walk to Beach / Private Pool

Belle cottage • 6BR / 4Ba Walk to Beach / Private Pool

sandy cheeks • 4BR / 3.5Ba Hot tub / near Beach & Village

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Betsy Polhill 912.269.1690

Bradley Randall 912.270.8556

Carla Jernigan 912.266.3111

Christina Judd Clarke 912.399.2267

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Colleen Martin 912.297.8638

Cynthia Brown 662.694.9235

Ellen Cook 978.317.3609

Joan Lewis 912.258.5841

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730 Judy Ballard 912.269.6364

Kelsi Brooks 832.279.7344

Kay Love 912-230.3253

Marcia Beauchamp Irwin 678.361.8835

Ken Sausedo 912.223.1918

Margaret Maestas 912.250.6677

Kelli Osteen 912.270.2505

Mary Jo Prater 912.223.2283

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Nancy Mickelson 281.961.9056

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Nancy Mickelson 281.961.9056

Pam Ruddy 912.222.7917

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730

Rachel Marascalco 770.316.2349

Kelsi Brooks 832.279.7344 Ruth Heyward Beall 912.269.5596

Sandra Branch 912.269.1129

Shannon Stafford 912.638.5843

Zaida Clay Harris 912.258.1089

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


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60 Telford Lane | St. Simons

509 Longview Rd | St. Simons

601 Atlantic Dr | St. Simons

4BR, 4.5BA. in Frederica Golf Club. $2,400,000. Brad Randall. 912-270-8556.

1.41 acre on Dunbar Creek $1,050,000. Phoebe Hoaster 912-270-5730.

4BR, 2.5BA. Remodeled in 2014. $425,000.Call Any Signature Agent.

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150 Dark Creek Lane | Brunswick

18 Country Club Court | St. Simons

101 Marsh Point Lane | St. Simons

4BR, 3.5BA. 4,789 sqft on 1.27 acres. $699,900. Ruth Beall. 912-269-5596.

4BR, 3.5BA. On cul de sac. $649,900. Rachel Marascalco. 770-316-2349.

3BR, 3.5BA. Gated with Lake View. $679,900. Kay Love. 912-230-3253.

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316 Moss Oak Circle | St. Simons

104 Courtyard Villas A4 | St. Simons

63 Maxwell | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA. End Unit Condo with Views. $315,000. Kelsi Brooks. 832-279-7344.

2BR, 1.5BA. Renovated Condo Near Beaches. $289,900. Marcia Irwin. 678-361-8835.

3BR, 1BA. Centrally located. Updated. $375,000. Rachel Marascalco. 770-316-2349

201 King Cotton Road | Brunswick

126 Sea Palms Lane | St. Simons

604 Brockington Point | St. Simons

4BR, 2.5BA. Spacious Split-Level Home. $259,900. Colleen Martin. 912-297-8638.

4BR, 3.5BA. Selling Fully Furnished. $679,000. Kelli Osteen. 912-270-2505.

2BR, 1.5BA. Condo. Great Island Location. $205,000. Kay Love 912-230-3253.

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


Shannon Stafford 912.638.5843 Property Management & Rentals SignatureRentalSSI.com Accommodation Excise Tax Cert #111768

VACATION RENTALS

1704 Bruce Drive | East Beach

109 Thompson Cove | St. Simons

4319 Seventh Street | East Beach

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

3 bedroom 3 bath house.

3BR, 2.5BA. Sleeps 10.

1460 Ocean Blvd 101 | St. Simons

St Simons Grand 318 | St. Simons

Ocean Walk Q8 | St. Simons

2BR, 1.5BA. Duplex.

4BR, 3BA. Top Floor.

2BR, 2BA. Second Floor Unit.

1440 Ocean Blvd 311 | St. Simons

850 Mallery St T4 | St. Simons

Beach Club 435 | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA. Direct Oceanfront.

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

2BR, 2BA. Partial Ocean View.

114 Floyd St. | St. Simons

Demere Landing 138 | St. Simons

502 Harbour Oaks | St. Simons

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

4BR, 3.5BA. Multi-level Condo.

3BR, 2BA. Sleeps 6.

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


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

SOLD

Just Listed, 501 mariners Circle Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath island townhome with one car garage, screenedporch and lake view! $560,000

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Just Listed, 221 dunbarton drive Renovated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home located in Dunbar Creek. Large yard and across the street from the pond. $450,000

Just Listed, 601 Atlantic drive Renovated 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath island home. Hardwood and tile floors. Living area has vaulted ceilings, open kitchen, FP, and fenced yard. $425,000

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

Joan Lewis 912.258.5841 Joanlewis65@gmail.com joanlewisrealestate.com

FrederiCA YACht CLuB - sAint simons isLAnd Frederica Yacht Club, inc. is a marina located on the Frederica river, adjacent to morningstar marina, with direct access to the saint simons sound, the intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic ocean. this marina is classified as a "dockominium" of 72 boat slips that can be purchased under condominium ownership. original construction was in 1987, but 90% of the marina was replaced in 2018. each boat slip is 40' in length and 20' width and includes a dock box. Power/water pedestals offer 30 and 50 amp service as well as AC power and water connections for each slip. slips vary in depth depending on the location - therefore prices vary mostly due to depth at mean low tide. there are declarations and rules and regulations that can be provided upon request - and there are some restrictions on use. the Association dues are $200/mo. and electric use is metered and charged monthly. You or your real estate agent may call me for additional information or questions. As a slip owner and Board member since 2005, i can provide you with answers.

Current Listings: A-19 B-1 B-19 A-9 A-30 B-29 B-18

$10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $36,000 $40,000 $41,000 $49,000

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


What’s YOUR home worth? You may be surprised! I’ve sold these properties this year: 131 Biltmore, $1,275,000 323 Carnoustie, $1,195,000 310 Dunbarton, $489,020 4213 Fifth, $1,330,000 314 Forest Oaks, $1,195,000 105 Gascoigne, $495,000 112 George T Morris, $455,000 850 Mallery, $343,000

738 Pine Haven, $194,900 146 Raymond's Grant, $449,000 108 Turtle Point, $447,000 220 Walmar, $240,000 104 Gleneagles, $865,000 314 Magnolia St, $420,000 102 Muirfield, $1,195,000 103 Pine Tree, $975,000

225 Five Pounds Rd, $880,000 19 Grey Wolf, 235,000 1089 W. Mission Dr., 920,000 415 Colley Lane, $435,000 19 Gray Wolf, $235,000 711 Deer Run, Closing Soon 297 Moss Oak Circle, Closing Soon 206 Palm Trace, Closing Soon

And I can sell yours! - Real estate is not just a business. It’s also a pleasure to help clients achieve their real estate dreams. True professionals work hard to become a lifetime resource for their clients. I would consider it an honor to assist you, or someone you know, in the future. The referral of your family and friends is the highest compliment you can give. Please call and let’s talk; you may be very surprised. 509 Longview Road, Central Island Location Last of the south end acreage on St Simons on a Tidal Creek with a grandfathered dock.This truly amazing 1.41 acre lot is the original sub-divider’s 1958 lot retained as the family home, and the “long view” of THIS very lot is the exact reason the road was named Longview Road. Dead end of Longview Road on the LEFT, waterfront and marsh front on Dunbar Creek. County sewer and water. There is absolutely no waterfront lot like this available on St Simons. About 450’ on Dunbar Creek and marsh! See for miles. Beautiful magnificent old live oak trees cover this amazing property. 1/4 mile easy walk to Redfern Village restaurants. Concrete block structure built in 1958. Remodel plans including from structural engineer available or tear down and rebuild your dream home on Dunbar Creek and marsh! Public water and sewer. It has a detached garage with an attic for storage. Dock permit in hand. Partial X Flood zone = high ground = lower flood insurance. $1,050,000

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730 PhoebeHoaster@gmail.com www.PhoebeHoaster.com 912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


Carol Pollock • 912.996.2384 CarolfSSI@bellsouth.net

Merry Christmas! Helping Buyers & Sellers Since 2001

SOLD IN 24 DAYS!

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St. Simons Island - 501 Ashantilly Ave LOCATION! Oak Grove Island - 230 Harbor Point Custom-built ST. Simons island lot - 178 Sunrise Drive Eastern Beach Cottage walking distance to the pier & village. Offers 2BR’s, 2BA’s, 2 separate living areas, eat-in kitchen, metal roof, swimming pool(30x15), 1850 SQFT & oversize storage shed. The island oasis you are waiting for! $485,000

4BR’s, 3.5BA’s, 3200 SF, open floor plan, & meticulously maintained. Views of the 8th fairway & lagoon from almost every room. 3 car garage, workshop, metal roof, tabby exterior. Golf, marina, yacht club, tennis, & pool. $530,000

marsh front lot. Located in quaint pocket S/D; gated & short bike ride to Bennies Red Barn, Village Creek Landing, Harrington Park, walking trails and public boat ramp. Build your forever home! $199,000

330 Mallery St. • St. Simons Island, GA | 912.638.8623 | GoldenIslesRealty.com


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

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Property Management discover your property’s true potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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Featured

Vacation rental

Summer Breeze Villa Experience a resort like stay at Summer Breeze Villa. Make your ultimate dream vacation a reality in this recently renovated and professionally decorated 6 bed / 5.5 bath home. Located on East Beach with spectacular ocean views, you are only steps from your own heated pool and beach access. This new rental won't last long, so book with us today!




316 Forest Oaks, Island Club, St. Simons Island At the deep corner of the 14th and 15th fairway of the Retreat Golf Course, a terrific Davis Love III design, this lot is the most private location in the Island Club. Comfort and elegance blend effortlessly in this stunning Italian Villa. 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. Walls of windows bring the outdoors in to enjoy the view. The spacious well-done kitchen and breakfast room are large enough to entertain family and friends. High ceilings, wood and stone floors, 5 large bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, 2 fireplaces, 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 home one of a kind. $2,950,000


Beach Club Suites 310-312, Sea Island Located on the top floor of the Beach Club building, this two bedroom, three bath flat (of 2,182 square feet) offers the easiest and most convenient way t own real estate at Sea Island. Vaulted and beamed Living room with fireplace, open kitchen with stove, refrigerator, ice maker, dishwasher and built-in microwave. Each bedroom also has vaulted and beamed ceilings. 3 balconies. Fully furnished. Private parking and lockable storage. Excellent rental history, managed by the Cloister Hotel. The energy and fun at the Beach Club is your world! $2,695,000

20 Kings Lane, Golf Retreat North Magnificent half acre+ building site on #5 tee of Plantation Golf Course. Long views across the elevated greens of #6, the Seaside Course and the Marsh, and the St. Simons Sound. Under brushed and easy to see. Live Oaks, Pines and Magnolia trees. Sea Island Club application rights are available on this property. A lovely home site in a convenient Island location. $895,000


Dana Hill REALTOR

912.272.4698

Nancy Phelan

Teri Moore

Karen Mumford

REALTOR

REALTOR

REALTOR, GRI

912.571.1948

912.638.1098

912.222.4010

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

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

Plantation Village

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

1300 Downing St, Unit #375, King & Prince 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit located on third floor of the North tower of the historic King and Prince Hotel. Being sold fully furnished. Just steps to the beach! Two of the bedrooms have their own balcony with ocean views. $1,100,000

R T DE AC N R U NT CO

112 Newfield Street, Harrison Pointe Lovely 4BR, 3.5BA house with front and back porch and fenced-in backyard. Hardwood floors throughout most of the downstairs. Great floorplan in an established neighborhood! $550,000

105 Shadow Wood Bend Open living room & dining area with lots of natural light beaming through the large windows. French doors give access to the screened patio overlooking the fenced backyard. The main floor features a spacious primary suite with vaulted ceilings. Bonus room and plenty of storage! $500,000

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259 Saint James Ave A great opportunity to build your custom home on a beautiful lot in Hamilton Landing. $390,000

502 Palmetto Street, Glynn Haven Estates Convenient mid-island location featuring 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Primary bedroom on the main floor, fully fenced backyard, open deck and patio, and detached building. $379,000

1042 Demere Road, St. Simons If you are looking for an island getaway, this is the perfect 2 story beach cottage! 3BR, 2.5BA with an open floorplan that includes a family room perfect for entertaining or relaxing after a day at the beach. $699,500

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203 Reserve Lane Charming townhome in sought-after Reserve at Demere. Steps away from the pool and a beautiful view out back of the community lake and fountain. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, hardwood floors throughout first floor and lots of closets and storage. $460,000

ER CT D A UNNTR CO

146 Shady Brook Circle, Unit 201 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo is on the second floor in Shadow Brooke Village. A single car garage and storage room are located on the ground floor. Elevator in the building. Screened in porch. $287,500


Desireé Varnedoe

Emily Wages

Sarah Broyles

Elizabeth Smith

Freddy Stroud

Proper ty Manager

Rental Division

Rental Agent

Mar keting Coordinator

Broker, CRS, GRI

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

912.269.1144

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street ER CT D A UNNTR CO

Plantation Village

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

R T DE AC N R U NT CO

Available Homesites Lot 7 Sanctuary Harbour Trl Waverly, GA - $13,000 259 Saint James Ave Saint Simons - $390,000 253 Buffalo Drive Brunswick - $180,000

142 Haley’s Place, Brunswick Beautiful lake views from this great home situated on a half-acre lot. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home. Everyday will be like a Staycation while you’re enjoying the lake views from the hot tub or fishing on your own dock. $259,000

387 Best Road, Wayne County Almost new home with many upgrades beautiful ceiling beams, custom built-ins, electric fireplace, outdoor covered patio, and oversized detached building. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home conveniently located between Brunswick and Jesup. $237,500

Lot 7 Mission Drive Tolomato Island - $72,500

VACATION | LONG TERM RENTALS | PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Accommodation Excise Tax Cert# 011504

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

The Grand - Ocean front complex with spectacular views. Oversized pool & private boardwalk to East Beach.

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

Blue Heron Cottage Lovely new two-story beach cottage located in the heart of St Simons Island. 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Private pool. Sleeps 8.

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

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


REDuCED PRiCE

uNDER CONTRACT

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

SOLD

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

326 PEACHTREE STREET - $759,000 Perfect home for relaxing, entertaining, and bird watching from two decks! Just under an acre with beautiful trees and marsh with great views. Apx .47 AC upland and approx .37 marsh, a creek fills from the marsh, fire pit area, grill, and more. The interior has plantation shutters and motorized shades. Many updates and improvements made to this home. BRAND NEW ROOF! Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

1487 SANCTuARY WYND - $365,000 Completed in 2021. On the 8th green of the Sanctuary Cove Golf Course with views of the course, lagoon, and fountain. All on one level - perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Luxury vinyl flooring, shiplap & wainscoting, built-in's next to FP, huge master closet, soaking tub w/ separate walk-in shower, bar, screened porch, large pantry, and a rocking chair front porch. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

104 DEBROOKE PLACE - $649,900 This charming home in desirable Township Bluff has many upgrades. Built in 2018 by a well-known builder for his own personal residence. 4BR, 3.5BA, office, large laundry room, gourmet kitchen, screened porch, all on a large fenced corner lot in the "X" zone, There are two master suites; the one on the main level has a huge walk-in closet. There is gorgeous crown molding, shiplap walls, and plantation shutters throughout the home. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

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

912.638.4740

SOLD

506 Wesley Oak Drive - Beautiful 3BR/2BA home framed by majestic live oaks and lush landscaping. Features include lovely hardwood floors, screened porch, large 2 car garage, and irrigation system with it’s own well. There is an 8ft. privacy fence for the backyard. Property is in an X zone. Great location close to shopping and dining. Sellers are licensed Realtors in the state of Georgia. $615,000. Call Art Harper for a showing. 912-222-2024.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Christmas Connection to Oglethorpe’s Parish Church

H

ere in the United States, James Edward Oglethorpe is known to us as the founder of the colony of Georgia, but most of his life was spent in England where he had deep family roots and significant political involvement. This month’s article features a Christmas card from 1975 that makes a connection to Oglethorpe in Surrey, England.

In 1688, Oglethorpe’s father acquired an estate (or manor) in Surrey, known as Westbrook. As the only suitable male heir, James Oglethorpe became the squire of Westbrook in 1718. His older brother Theophilis had been exiled for political reasons. In 1722, Oglethorpe was elected as a Member of Parliament and during his campaign to raise awareness of conditions in English prisons, he used the manor house as a venue for political gatherings. He also mortgaged the estate to help finance the establishment of the colony of Georgia as a refuge for the disadvantaged. In 1744, he and his heiress wife, Elizabeth Wright, honeymooned at Westbrook, but the couple never again resided there. Near Westbrook was Godalming, home to the Oglethorpe’s parish church, known as St. Peter and St. Paul. The church is depicted on the front of the Christmas card, which was among records donated by one of the first Coastal Georgia Historical Society presidents, Weyman Huckabee. The Christmas card was sent to Huckabee as part of an effort to raise funds urgently needed to repair the framework supporting the 400-year-old bells in the church. His contact with Godalming dated from October 1971, when he met Stanley Dedman, the Borough Librarian and Curator of Godalming. Dedman was in Georgia to speak at the biennial conference of the Georgia Library Association on Jekyll Island.

James Edward Oglethorpe

The Society took this opportunity to invite Dedman to give a lecture on Oglethorpe to its membership. Attracting an audience of over 300, the program was held at Brunswick Junior College, now College of Coastal Georgia. Accompanied by his wife, Dedman spent three weeks in Georgia, visiting Atlanta, Savannah, and Athens. At the end of their visit, the Dedmans were made honorary citizens of Georgia by Secretary of State Ben Fortson in recognition of the links they had forged between Georgia and Oglethorpe’s home in England. A few

years later, when a campaign to repair the framework supporting the bells fell short of its goal, Dedman suggested an appeal to his Georgia friends to close the gap. The parish sold Christmas cards like the one shown here in aid of their project. Ultimately, the campaign was successful. The bells, which were recast in 2017, continue to be rung every Sunday.

Coastal Georgia Historical Society presents this article and images from our archives as part of our mission to tell Coastal Georgia’s inspiring stories. The Society operates the iconic St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum, housed in the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach. To learn more about the Society, its museums, diverse programs, and membership, please visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org. 130 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G



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