“I completely trust Matt with my insurance needs and those of my real estate clients. I know he always has my best interest in mind when it comes to coverage and price range. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs their properties protected and insured.” -Tammy Green
“For more than 30 years Noble House is the only place I have shopped for jewelry. They have a wonderful selection of jewelry at a reasonable price. Even the rare, unique and one of a kind pieces I think are marked affordable. I occasionally use their layaway plan so that I can add to my already quite extensive collection, without breaking the bank. It is not unusually for me to have more than one. The staff at Noble House will treat you with the utmost professionalism. At the same time making you feel like a friend, remembering your name and your interest, giving you the undivided attention you need.” – AlvaP
“I first met Zoe Herrington when I was looking for someone to repair the band on my grandmother’s ring. I was so pleased with the results but even more so with the attention the ring received. I always feel like the most important person when I visit Noble
House Jewelry. Zoe and everyone in the store exemplifies how customer service works. It is reminiscent of the jewelry store my grandfather purchased that ring from nearly 43 years ago. Thank you Zoe.”
– Julia M Brunswick, GA
“A shout out to Zoe at Noble House Jewelry on St. Simons Island for the excellent care and expertise she has shown me numerous times! I had several pieces that I honestly thought were just worn out and were beyond hope or repair, but Zoe was insistent “Let’s have a look.” She has an eye and an ability that surpasses all! Zoe actually took my pieces that had so much sentimental value and gave a tweak here and added there. The results were amazing and were pieces that caught the eye and now can be passed down to my family! She takes time to be personable and adds her special touch. I trust her completely. Stop for a visit and let her meet your jewelry needs!” – Lisa Pearce, Lisa Pearce Agency, Baxley, GA
“I had the pleasure of meeting Zoe at Noble House when her store was mentioned to me by a friend. It was the beginning of a jewelry adventure that has lasted for over 25 years. She has always gone out of her way to help me find that special piece of
jewelry that fits my taste within my budget. The quality of the jewelry I have purchased has lead people who have admired my jewelry to her store. For quality, care and beautiful selections, Zoe is the best.”–Margaret Burroughs
In sports, a three-peat is winning three consecutive championships. In college football, no team has ever won three straight titles in the AP poll, the coaches’ poll, the Bowl Championship Series or the College Football Playoff. After winning the National Championship game for the second year in a row, the University of Georgia football team will attempt to be the first team to win three championships in row. Both Alabama and USC have come close, but couldn’t win that third championship game in a row. As I walked out of SoFi stadium on January 10th to the chants of “Go Dawgs” following the UGA win over TCU, I thought about that New Year’s Day back in 1981 when we beat Notre Dame for the 1980 National Championship. As an 18 year old freshman, I didn’t think it would take another 41 years to win it again. So, when we finally beat Alabama last year to earn that top spot in the nation, I felt a great sense of relief.
There’s no doubt UGA is currently on a roll, finishing this year 15-0. The Bulldogs have more national championships (2) than losses (1) over the past two seasons. Our Editorial Director seems to think this has something to do with OC Todd Monken being a product of the Falcon football program under Coach Jim Rexilius at her alma mater, Wheaton North High School. There’s no question Kirby Smart knows how to pick the right people to get the job done. St. Simons Island’s own Jack Podlesny also made some important contributions to get the team where they are today. In any case, they have been an exciting team to watch! Next year, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to play for a three-peat. That is something not even the most rabid UGA fans would have ever dared to imagine! Unbelievable!
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Peeking through the resurrection fern is a tranquil, bird’s-eye view of Christ Church, Frederica. This issue commemorates the 70th year of their Tour of Homes.
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fter a three year hiatus, the Christ Church Tour of Homes will return on March 18. For this 70th anniversary of the tour, for the first time ever, all of the homes featured are on Sea Island. There will also be a special focus on the church and its history. Docents in and around the church will present historic narratives highlighting many individuals who have made important contributions to the church and our community since 1736.
This casually elegant oceanfront cottage was designed for entertaining with modern and classic architectural styles inspired by Mediterranean and European travels. Flanked by two 17th century carved lions, the entry loggia beckons your eye straight to the sea. Inside the home, arched-frame hallways give way to breathtaking views of the ocean and garden. Fleur-de-lis features are incorporated throughout the home as a symbol of the Trinity. Plaster walls, arches, reclaimed beams, pocket
doors, mosaic tile, and a dynamic lighting control system that incorporates restored European chandeliers are among many unique design elements. The dining table in the salon was crafted using 100-year old wood from the family’s farm. Other highlights you won’t want to miss are the bespoke hand-painted powder room mural adjacent to the chef’s kitchen and the Tree of Life in the chapel. This room was inspired by visits to Israel, including Magdala on the Sea of Galilee. It was the Berkeley Blue Bar in Knightsbridge, London that influenced
the décor of the game room. Ornate stairwells on each end of the home lead to five master bedrooms, each with en suite and a view of the beach. When you see the master closet in the owner’s suite, you’ll think you’re in a chic department store salon. The outdoor kitchen area is an entertainment hub with both gas and wood-fired grills, hanging swings, a heated and cooled pool with jacuzzi, outdoor powder room and shower. Open and covered balconies offer ideal options for enjoying the ocean breezes with morning coffee or evening cocktails.
This three-story guest abode offers you a vista from the tops of tall palm trees to ocean waves and open skies! When you enter the main floor, a spacious downstairs guest room with en suite awaits. Its French doors lead onto a patio and private turf-grass putting green where you can perfect your game. A blue marble, penny-tiled, full bathroom is conveniently located adjacent to the mudroom with built-in storage and room to stow beach bags. Climb the open shaft,
wrap-around staircase or step into the marble mosaic-enveloped elevator and be whisked up to the treetops on the second level. The entirely open floor spans a kitchen, large dining and sitting area with fireplace. A cool, light-as-air feeling is invoked with white walls, light oak flooring, sleek European cabinetry, counter height stone island, and wraparound walls of tall casement windows that let in the sea breeze and smell of ginger lilies beyond the copper roofline. The clever ICF construction of the home maximizes cooling and heating efficiency
to enable green living. The architectural style is also unique, incorporating a stucco base with traditional-inspired board and batten siding to complement the primary residence. On the top level, a private balcony offers unobstructed ocean views beyond glass railings. A fireplace, heating system, and outdoor TV allow for yearround enjoyment. Dormer design elements define a cozy primary suite extending front to back with a stone fireplace. The luxurious primary bath and hidden laundry complete this well-appointed guesthouse.
An Island Tradition
The 70th anniversary Tour of Homes will concentrate its focus on Sea Island homes with transportation provided by bus to Sea Island from Christ Church, Frederica and shuttle service between the homes once on Sea Island. Patrons can get a generous glimpse of the interior and surrounding grounds of the six homes featured on the tour. 2023 Tour Chair Sharon Altenbach says, “Each home is different and affords the opportunity to see varying styles of architecture, interior design, custom renovation, and new construction techniques. There will be homes with ocean front grandeur, peaceful marsh front views, lakeside living and of course a location ‘on the drive.’”
After touring the homes, patrons will return by bus to Christ Church where some very special activities will be taking place. But before we get to those, here’s a little information about the history of the tour and its purpose. Founded in 1954 by Gladys Fendig and Mrs. Ira Towson, the tour is presented by the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica and funds raised are used for community outreach grants for local charitable organizations that primarily provide services and assistance benefiting women and children. These days the annual spring event depends on the generous participation of more than 300 church and community volunteers who generously
donate their time and talents. Many of these individuals have been volunteering for years and involve the entire family. It’s a wonderous thing to see this type of community involvement and equally impressive watching this well-oiled machine at work on Tour Day to make sure all goes smoothly.
2023 Tour Co-Chair Gayle McAlister sums it up well: “The Tour of Homes is unique because it’s a major fundraiser for children’s and women’s charities in Glynn County while being an important community building event
for St. Simons Island. So many volunteers with talents in numerous areas come together to showcase the best of the island via the Tour. It’s a great way for the charities to obtain funds to support their ministries and the people they serve. Of course, the homes being showcased are magnificent and definitely diverse; so there’s something for everyone. For 70 years, the Tour of Homes has been sponsored by Christ Church Frederica. Sharon and I hope everyone enjoys this year’s Tour and the fresh approach we’re taking to make it simply awesome!”
This “fresh approach” that Gayle mentions includes the larger role that Sea Island will be playing in this year’s tour, with all stops being located there. Tour Chair Sharon Altenbach and Lewis Glenn, Vice President, Real Estate Brokerage for Sea Island Properties, have been in discussions about this joint venture for more than a year. Lewis says he was especially motivated by the opportunity to
participate in Tour of Homes knowing the proceeds from the Tour primarily benefit women and children of our own community.
Not only did Lewis help arrange for Sea Island to provide all transportation needs to access Sea Island and the homes, but he also facilitated a luncheon at Ocean Forest Club with the Sea Island historian. This is a rare
opportunity for those who aren’t Sea Island Members to enjoy the elegant setting of Ocean Forest. He says, “This will be the 70th year for the Tour and Sea Island Properties wanted to help take this year’s tour to another level!”
The special luncheon at Ocean Forest Club on Sea Island is included for specified Tour Benefactors levels, otherwise tickets are available for separate purchase. There are limited seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The luncheon includes a boxed lunch and features Sea Island historian Wheeler Bryan providing a lively and interesting presentation. His presentation will touch on the history of Sea Island real estate and its homes with many little-known facts and illuminating tidbits of information. You’ll want to be sure to take part in the Q&A session he holds after the talk. You’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before!
Past the wrought iron gates, picket fence, and circular granite drive, a specimen live oak tree greets visitors to this Colonial-inspired estate. Built by architect Lamar Webb in 1987, architect Chad Goehring recently completed additions and a pool house with pavilion connected by a meandering pea gravel drive. These features along with the eclectic English country interiors and antiques that reflect the owner’s deep family ties to St. Simons Island give this charming property a sense of history. Family
heirlooms and personal collections mix with English and Irish antiques in two formal sitting rooms, an office, and a welcoming sewing room in the main house, each with fireplace mantels exquisitely carved by a Southern artisan. An open formal dining room features a family portrait of Captain Raymond Demere, one of St. Simons Island’s first settlers in 1738. A country kitchen with custom cabinetry, a cozy sunroom, and vaulted screened porch offer exceptional sunset views. A sunny sitting room featuring Queen Anne-era stumpwork embroideries connects the north wing
addition. The generous primary suite features a large bedroom with vaulted ceilings, fully accessible marble bath with zero-entry shower and freestanding tub, and walk-in closet with library ladder. Of special note are the chinoiserie mirrored Chippendale armoire and original Duncan Phyfe sofa. Across the double lot marshfront estate, a pool and entertaining pavilion lead to the guest house. A full kitchen with copper pots opens to a double height living area with soaring pecky cypress ceilings framing a central fireplace. Balconies above hint at the home gym completing this retreat.
Adream came true when this magnificent property became the possession of its owners a few years ago. Although the couple had been visiting Sea Island for many years and were cottage owners for over a decade, they had always wanted a residence with a marsh view. Now, at Southern Oaks, they have their view and a gracious home that is perfect for family visits. A porte-cochère bids you a grand welcome. Once inside, the expansive living
room area beckons. Open to the second floor, it extends into a solarium that frames the infinite marsh view. Highlights include a painting by Mildred Huie over the sofa and a mixed media piece by Hans Schiebold, a celebrated East German artist who currently resides in Portland, Oregon. A den shaped like the bridge of a ship is a favorite gathering place for the owners’ five grown children and twelve grandchildren. For many years, this property was used as a corporate retreat, and the oversized refrigerator and dual dishwashers hint at the large-scale
entertaining that was done. Take note of the greenhouse window, which visually extends the kitchen to the outside, and the golden maple inlay outlining the dining room floor. A floating curved staircase leads to a breezy gallery that is suspended over the main room. Two bedrooms on the mezzanine were combined to create a bunk room for the grandchildren. Outside, visit the balustraded balcony upstairs, the patio below, the deck, or the pool, and enjoy the expansive views of the marsh with Village Creek and St. Simons in the distance.
Hear the Stories
Back at Christ Church, there will be even more opportunities to learn about history and more. Did you know that each year, more than 20,000 visitors visit the Christ Church, Frederica campus?!
Some come because they read about the church in Eugenia Price’s St. Simons trilogy, and they want to see it or learn more. Many visitors come to visit the cemetery, the final resting place
not only of Eugenia herself, but for several individuals that inspired her books, and many other island luminaries. Still others come to “walk where the Wesleys walked.” In any case, the historic church is an island icon and holds many stories.
On Tour Day, docents will share some of these stories by presenting historical narratives from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in various places in and around the church and the parish hall. Multiple “learning stations” will be available for visitors to learn about the church and its history, so closely entwined with the European settlement of St. Simons Island. You’ll hear about the beginning of Anglican worship here in 1736 when General James Oglethorpe arrived with two newly ordained Church of England priests, brothers Charles and John Wesley. Details about how the church parish was formed in 1808 as a Protestant Episcopal Church on the heels of the Revolutionary War and the first church structure was built in 1820 will be shared. Learn more about Anson G.P. Dodge and his arrival on the island as a 19-year old in 1879, here to observe his family’s lumber mill, and how he became so moved by the little parish that he entered Seminary in New York in order to return to St. Simons Island to minister and build a new church with his own funds, replacing the 1820 structure. Hear the story of Anna Alexander, the first African American Episcopal Deaconess, who was born circa 1865 to parents formerly enslaved on the island.
One interesting story that you may not have heard before that will be discussed on Tour Day is how Christ Church once was known as the “Beehive Church.” One of our community’s own vast sources of knowledge, Susan Shipman, will be discussing beekeeping and honey production. The buzz is that she’ll even have some of these busy producers there to show off their handywork.
According to information provided by Susan, a letter to the Trustees of Georgia from a settler of the Town of Frederica mentioned “a great plenty of bees on the island.” When the original Christ Church building that was constructed in 1820 required some desperately needed repairs, it is reported that the congregants raised funds in a rather ingenious manner: by selling honey they harvested from a colony of honeybees found in the church’s belfry. Thus, the church earned the nickname “Beehive Church” and was known as such in the 1840s. The Women’s Missionary Society was known as the “Busy Bees.” Now, nearly three centuries
later, we’re lucky that honeybees still thrive on the island in managed colonies. There will be some for sale at Christ Church on Tour Day. Remember that each pound of honey represents 20,000 bees flying 55,000 miles, visiting 2,000,000 flowers! Pick up some to take home and enjoy their work!
Also for sale at the church on Tour Day will be copies of the Christ Church Frederica Cookbook, last published in 1992. In addition to money raised from Tour of Homes ticket sales, proceeds from the sales of these cookbooks are an additional source of funds used for the community enrichment grants provided by the Christ Church ECW. In the spirit of celebrating the Beehive Church and this bit of sweetness from its history, we thought we’d share a recipe using honey from that cookbook. This traditional Bible verse inspired cake recipe was submitted by Tour of Homes founder Gladys Gowen Fendig (with her note that it was originally published in Chrismons and Christmas Cookery, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Panama City, Florida).
3½ c. sifted all-purpose flour (I Kings 4:22)
1 Tbsp. baking powder (Galatians 5:9)
¼ tsp. salt (Leviticus 2:13)
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground cloves
1tsp. ground allspice (I Kings 10:2)
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened (Judges 5:25)
2 c. firmly packed brown sugar (Jeremiah 6:20)
2 Tbsp. honey (Exodus 16:31)
6 eggs (Luke 11:12)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) pitted dates, chopped (Deuteronomy 34:3)
2 c. raisins (I Samuel 30:12)
1 c. walnuts, chopped (Solomon 6:11)
1 c. milk (Judges 5:25)
Grease and flour an angel cake tube pan. Preheat oven to 325°. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice on wax paper. Beat the butter, sugar, honey, and eggs in a large bowl with an electric beater until they are light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle ¼ of the flour mixture over the fruits and nuts. Add remaining flour mixture alternately with the milk to the fluffy butter mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in fruits and nuts. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 20 minutes.
On the 31st street cul-de-sac, this stylish one level home with louvered shutters welcomes guests through a mahogany door into a tabby-floored, doublesided great room. Symmetrical vaulted pecky cypress plank ceilings are mirrored in the dining room and living areas on either side of an open wet bar and seating area facing the central fireplace. A second wet bar is wallpapered with this classic Sea Island home’s original blueprints prior to the current renovation and
additions. Two pairs of sliding doors open to a screened-in terrace with tabby fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Vibrant colors that reflect the tropical blues, greens, and golds of the seaside tie together the various entertaining areas surrounding the deep oval pool and terrace with panoramic views of the tranquil pond beyond. Flanking one side of the pool, a chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry are well-equipped for gourmet meal preparation or enjoying a cup of coffee in the windowed breakfast area. At the
front of the house, a spacious guest room with en suite is accented with chinoiserie wallpaper. An east wing addition down a short flight of steps includes a comfortable sitting room and second kitchen with two additional ensuite bedrooms – creating a private sanctuary for guests. The west wing’s primary suite features a spacious remodeled marble bath, walk-in custom closet, home gym extension with mirrored wall floating above the lush, colorful, and varied landscaping of the lawn and pond beyond.
Ashort walk across Frederica Road and along the wooded path toward the Wesley Garden will bring you to the newly constructed Christ Church Labyrinth. Here trained facilitators will be available on Tour Day to help you end your day’s discoveries with a spiritual walk. Nestled in the woods, the Christ Church, Frederica Labyrinth offers visitors a unique opportunity for respite, reflection, and rejuvenation.
Embraced by many faith traditions and cultures, a labyrinth is a walking meditation or prayer. A large circle with a single path that winds back and forth, moving alternatively toward and away from the center, labyrinths are a metaphor for life. Often thought to mirror the spirals found in nature, labyrinths of all kinds date back some 4,000 years. The Labyrinth at Christ Church is modeled on the eleven-path design at France’s Chartres Cathedral that
was constructed between 1194 and 1220 C.E. Participants are encouraged to leave behind customary activities and preoccupations to cultivate a sense of expectancy, open to the possibility of a transforming spiritual encounter, and to emerge, taking what has been received out into the world.
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. One cannot get lost on a
labyrinth. Following the path to the center of the circle and retracing one’s steps comprise the main ritual, but the pace, breath, and intention vary with the individual. It is the rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, that quiets the mind, relaxes the body, and refreshes the spirit. The labyrinth’s intent is to invite each individual to experience God’s presence with his or her whole self – heart, mind, and body.
matter how small or big your wrist is, silver or gold, or a bit of both, we’ll make you something special and lasting.
Of course Tour Day would not be complete without the always spectacular demonstration of Southern hospitality by the women of the church in the Parish Hall. Here you’ll find a bountiful spread of lite bites, including everybody’s favorite pimento cheese sandwiches and other treats, often made with recipes from the Christ Church Cookbook The volunteers who make these delightful delicacies and those who keep the tables replenished are some of the unsung heroes of the tour. Music from talented pianists will also fill the Parish Hall, making it a welcome break or conclusion to the tour. And to make absolutely certain that no
patrons will go hungry, there will also be food trucks will be on site. Killer Roast Beef & Shrimp and the Porch Cluck Truck will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a full meal.
The Tour of Homes is a full day experience designed to showcase stunning homes and maximize enjoyment for tour patrons, with the rewarding benefit of all proceeds going directly to charities in our community that support women and children.
Some of the community organizations and programs have supported include CASA Glynn, CIA Sports Club, Faithful Love, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, Grace
House of Brunswick, Hope 312 Collective, Hospice of the Golden Isles, House of Hope, MorningStar Children & Family Services, Operation Bed Spread, SOAR, and STAR Foundation. Donations are the foundation of the church’s effort and they can always use additional support. Benefactor opportunities are available and more information can be found on the Tour of Homes electronic ticketing website that is detailed at christchurchtourofhomes.org.
The English manor-influenced estate nestled in a corner lot on Sea Island Drive is the picture of contemporary, breezy coastal living. Blending traditional design with a modern aesthetic, a two-story foyer and hallway crafted with artisanal millwork lead to an expansive great room with steel windows overlooking the private backyard oasis. A stone fireplace anchors multiple seating areas open to the beautifully appointed warm gray chef’s kitchen with an oversized natural stone island ideal
for gathering friends and family. A convenient scullery and laundry mudroom beyond facilitates easy entertaining and organized beachside living. Natural cypress beams add warmth and frame the all-white interiors, which act as a blank canvas to display the carefully selected art, furniture, organic fibers, and textures found throughout the home. A tranquil master suite wing features soaring ceilings accented by an iron canopied bed and a lovely garden view. A breakfast room, formal dining room, and office/music room complete the south side of the first floor. Upstairs,
natural light filters past mature live oak trees through steel windows and gables into the four en suite bedrooms, with one featuring a sunny private terrace perfect for lounging above the secluded garden. A comfortable media room with sectional seating and surfing accents completes the second floor. The private walled garden offers all the amenities needed for year-round outdoor living: a vaulted screened-in porch with fireplace, covered terrace, pool with jacuzzi, and picturesque separate loggia open on four sides with pool bath.
We’ll wrap up with some important information you need to know about the Tour of Homes on March 18. Tour Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Homes will be open during these hours. Buses begin boarding at 9:00 a.m. Sea Island Club members may pick up the Tour Brochure at Tour Stop #1, mid-island, if not beginning the Tour at Christ Church. The stop will be identified by street signage. Homes on the tour have stairs and are not accessible by wheelchairs or strollers. Out of respect for our homeowners, no photography or videotaping inside the homes is allowed. High heeled shoes are not permitted, as they may damage wood floors. No food, beverage, smoking, large bags or backpacks are permitted inside the homes.
All tickets for the tour are being sold exclusively online via a new electronic
ticketing website this year There are no physical tickets available in stores or at the church. The electronic ticketing site provides one stop shopping and allows the visitor to discover all of the events surrounding the tour. It also provides the ability to select individual customized tour options that will include the special luncheon at Ocean Forest Club hosted by Wheeler Bryan. All tickets sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets are transferrable. Everyone attending the Annual Tour of Homes MUST have a ticket with them to present before boarding a bus. This can be a computer printed ticket displaying the correct bar code that was printed after being ordered online, or a mobile ticket on your cell phone, displaying the bar code specific to your own ticket. Order confirmations
or emails without a bar code cannot be used for admission. Only a printed ticket or a mobile ticket with a bar code will be accepted. To purchase tickets, visit christchurchtourofhomes2023.eventbee.com.
Spring is right around the corner and getting out to appreciate all the area has to offer is always a joy. Elegant Island Living is pleased to introduce a new event where you can do just that. The Southern Bounty Festival is all about celebrating this great place where we live. Set aside Saturday, April 1 to come out to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick to join the fun while also benefitting Nunnally House and Forward Brunswick.
As the Festival’s media partner, EIL has been working closely with everyone involved to bring you the details. There will be an artisan marketplace, thriving local farms, tasting tents and libation stations, and live music. Downtown businesses will be
having sales and specials exclusively for tickets holders. There will even be a trolley providing transportation to and from St. Simons Island. In this article, we’ll be giving you sneak peeks of some of the Festival participants. You can also find up-to-date information on the Festival website at SouthernBountyFestival.com.
Event organizer Brittany Jenson of Experience Event Planning tells us about the inspiration for the event, “It’s really about the community. I think it’s so incredible that we have all these amazing resources and creative people that are producing wonderful products and building businesses right here at our fingertips.
I want to highlight what a special community we have. It’s eclectic, it’s creative, and while
it’s got a past, it’s certainly got a bright future too! I’m really excited about it and wanted to celebrate the community while giving back to two great local non-profits, Forward Brunswick and Nunnally House.”
Forward Brunswick’s vision is to foster economic vitality as Brunswick’s community partnership leader. Forward Brunswick sees the promise in the city and wants to catalyze progress that will increase economic vitality and quality-of-life for all residents, stakeholders, and visitors to Brunswick. Quality-of-life attracts and retains people. People bring business, both entrepreneurs and consumers. Business success brings economic vitality, and economic vitality increases quality-of-life. Forward Brunswick is deeply committed to advancing this virtuous cycle by inspiring community commitment and raising capital that will expedite and accomplish change. Collaboration among many stakeholders including the city government and citizen groups as well as accountability will be essential to success. The mission of Forward Brunswick is to inspire community commitment and raise resources to accomplish Brunswick revitalization projects. Executive Director Lance Sabbe says, “Partnering with the Southern Bounty Festival is a natural fit for Forward Brunswick and our mission. We want to continue to help improve amenities like Mary Ross Waterfront Park and showcase the wonderful aspects our city has to offer including the wonderful people, culture, and restaurants that call this place home.”
Since opening in May 2014, the 40 rooms of Nunnally House have lodged thousands of individuals and family members for one or two nights or sometimes three or four months. Cancer patients,
family members of critical care patients, medical students, and on-call medical staff from 29 different states and three foreign countries have all found a “home away from home” when they’ve needed it. “Not only have our patients and guests stayed in fully furnished mini-apartments, with daily room service, and within walking distance of the main hospital, but they have stayed with us at no cost whatsoever,” explained Bryan Thompson, Nunnally House and Development Coordinator for the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation. “It is almost unheard of for a hospital anywhere, of any size, to offer on-campus lodging to such a diverse population,” added Foundation Director Krista Robitz. While donations are accepted, many, especially cancer patients, are simply unable to contribute. Ms. Robitz noted, “Our community has been generous with their support of Nunnally House, organizing events that assist us with keeping the cancer patient pantry stocked with food and snacks. Monetary donations are used to replace linens, pillows, and other furnishings, and to purchase larger items such as electric lift chairs for our handicapped and lung cancer patients. We are all quite grateful to be included as a recipient of the Southern Bounty Festival proceeds, and excited for the quality and fun that this event will bring to the Golden Isles!”
First and foremost, getting Southern Bounty off the ground as a new festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of its wonderful sponsors. At the time of print, the sponsors include Title Sponsor: Queen and Grant;
Entertainment Sponsor: Island Sound; Media Sponsor: Elegant Island Living; Creative Sponsor: Elizabeth Schorr; VIP Lounge
Sponsor: McGraw Event Pros; and Beverage Sponsor: United Distributing.
While at the Festival, don’t miss a chance to visit Queen and Grant, the newest luxury event venue in the Golden Isles. Lovingly restored with the preservationist vision of Brad and Elizabeth Piazza of Port City Partners and adjacent to Queen’s Square, this hidden gem was once home to Kentucky stock saddle horses at Oglethorpe Stables. It was later rebuilt for industrial purposes and, most recently, was a private artist’s studio brimming with natural wonder and creativity. Today, it’s been thoughtfully transformed into more than 20,000 square feet of enchanting indoor/outdoor space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. Queen and Grant features vaulted ceilings, a grand reception hall with abundant natural light, private outdoor garden, intimate courtyard, fountains, a rotating art gallery, dressing room/lounge, dedicated office space, and well-equipped catering kitchen. From weddings and social events to corporate and philanthropic gatherings, the possibilities for events here are endless. Brad says, “A rising tide lifts all ships. We support as many worthy local causes and businesses as we can, so we may continue to work together to ensure a prosperous and harmonious community to live, work, and play for generations to come. Our participation in Southern Bounty is a testament to this vital mission.”
Bounty Festival. It is our mission to help bring events to the Historic Downtown Brunswick area. We are delighted to work with Brittany Jenson to put together such an exciting new event. Like all events that take place in the Historic Downtown Brunswick area, we are anticipating a lot of activity throughout the day. Your ticket to the Festival is a ‘passport to downtown,’ which will allow you to enjoy exclusive promotions from select downtown restaurants and businesses.”
Georgia Grown Trail 17 is Georgia’s newest agritourism highway. Running from Kingsland to Savannah, Georgia Grown Trail 17 provides quality products produced right here in Georgia and is the coastal corridor for agritourism experiences. Georgia Grown Trail 17 is developing a community of agribusinesses on the coast, building the regional food system, and promoting agritourism. Patrick Hollaway, grant coordinator says “The thing that fires me up the most is that we are creating relationships between our farmers and other agribusinesses and our consumers and visitors. Partnering with Southern Bounty is a wonderful opportunity for people to understand not only where their food comes from but the people who are producing it –and why buying local is so important, no matter if the price is higher than the grocery store full of imported, tasteless food.”
In addition to the business sponsors, the Festival has partnered with the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority and the Georgia Grown Trail 17 cooperative.
Jennifer Krouse of the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority states “We are happy to partner with this year’s Southern
In The Marketplace, you’ll find a wide array of the freshest, just-picked fruits and vegetables from numerous farms bringing their spring offerings. So far, the farms committed to participate at Southern Bounty include Farm 99, 5 Oaks Farms, Grassroots Farms, Morning Belle Farms, and Potlikker Farms.
Farm 99 is a McCleery family affair, where grandparents, parents, and even the kids, get in on the fun. Amanda McCleery tells us, “When my family moved down from South Jersey where we had farm stands like ours on every corner, we were very disappointed in the selection of fresh produce at the local stores, so we figured we’d give growing produce a try.” They got busy in the garden, set up a pop-up stand in May of 2020, and so it began. “We also started our delivery day and that has been growing in popularity ever since.” When not in school, you can usually find son Dante in the garden picking whatever is needed and carrying bags to folks’ cars. Daughter Adrianna likes to hang out and help with the cash register/checkout spot. Grandmother grows all the flowers from seed and makes deliveries. Alanna (their first nonfamily employee!) keeps the greenhouses and gardens in check. Grandpa covers the role
of Mr. Fix-It and loves to make farm runs to pick up produce from their farmers. Farm 99 expanded from the pop-up tent to an openair building on site and has added offerings of local meats, flours, crackers, cookies, and various other closely sourced items. You’re also likely to find specials sourced from markets in other regions, like sunchokes, specialty apples, pears, pumpkins, always guaranteed to be seasonal and as fresh as they can get them.
At the Tasting Tent & Libation Station, you’ll find delicacies to tantalize your tastebuds from baked goods to BBQ and fresh shrimp harvested from local waters and right off the dock just steps from where you will be standing. Local chefs will be bringing their tastiest fare for you to enjoy. At the Libation Station, United Distributors will be serving regional adult beverages to delight even the most refined palates. Helping to keep the Tasting Tent humming along will be Chef Lee Kranz and his culinary students from the College of Coastal Georgia. Participating businesses at time of print include Beach Bum Bakery, Beachcow Nut Co., Del Sur Artisan Eats, Del Sur Café, Fuse, Grandy’s
Country Cupboard, Halyards Restaurant Group, Ironside Cafe, Messy Buns Catering and Concessions, Mr. Shucks Seafood, Moondoggy’s Pizza, Schroeder’s Market, Ruby Lu’s, Silver Bluff Brewing Co., South of Heaven BBQ, and Tacos La Fiesta.
South Of Heaven BBQ
Pitma ster Judd Foster was raised in Upstate New York. He started helping his mom in the kitchen at an early age and quickly found a passion for cooking. It wasn’t until 2000 that he fell in love with barbecue. He competed in multiple barbecue competitions in New York before moving to Atlanta in 2001. Being in the South, he began to learn and practice traditional Southern barbecue techniques. Judd’s barbecue style ranges from Texas-style brisket to Carolina hog, and he prides himself on being self-taught. In 2014, he met Kate, and they made the joint decision that this passion for BBQ should extend further than their own kitchen. Soon after their wedding in 2015, South of Heaven BBQ was born. Judd and Kate focused on catering in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Besides catering, Judd also worked as a cheesemaker at two different creameries for Many Fold Farm, making award-winning cheeses. In 2017, the same year their son Charlie was born, Creative Loafing named South of Heaven BBQ “Best Caterer in Atlanta.” In 2018, the Fosters opened their first brick and mortar in Carrollton,
GA (which they quickly outgrew), and later landed in the Maple Street Mansion there. Now located in Brunswick, they’re continuing to introduce amazing barbecue with no boundaries. “We are thrilled to be in the Golden Isles! This place holds a special place in our hearts, and we are lucky to call it home.”
Schroeder’s Market is poised to be Downtown Brunswick’s go-to place for fine foods, everyday groceries, unique wine, and other groovy stuff. The market also offers prepared foods, complete with daily meals, sandwiches, and baked goods for the community. The Schroeder’s team will also provide a jam-packed schedule of
culinary events including cooking classes and beverage tasting events. At the helm is accomplished chef, James Beard Awardwinning cookbook author and founder of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Keith Schroeder. Chef Keith and his team look forward to being at your service!
The Marketplace promises to be a vibrant shopping hub for an exciting array of products by local vendors and artisans. You’ll find flowers, jewelry, skincare, and other unique handcrafted items. The businesses that have signed up already include 2nd Story Goods, Ashley Carter Art & Sea Glass, Body & Soul, Coastal Creations, EarthArt Ventures, Handmade by Coti, Oaks & Ocean, Plum Fox, and Wunderbar.
Artist Paula VanOtteren of Oaks & Ocean explores her native Coastal Georgia landscape with a hand lens and a finetoothed comb, focusing on the smallest, most delicate and intricately detailed
objects of the natural world. A mesh sifter separates beach sand from the tiniest of shells. An exquisitely patterned moth wing is carefully collected and preserved to be transported back to her workstation; a wooden rolltop desk covered in every imaginable find from shark teeth to honeycomb. At her desk, surrounded by her flower press, field guides, and all manner of jewelry tools and findings, is where Paula transforms these treasures into jewelry that allow the wearer to carry a piece of the Golden Isles with them, wherever they may go. Now in its fifth year, Oaks and Ocean grew out of a love of nature and a desire to foster connection to it. As a family, she, her husband, and two young daughters, are avid collectors. Their home is filled with framed pressed plants and cabinets filled with a carefully organized collection of shells and fossils. Paula had enjoyed making jewelry for many years prior to Oaks & Ocean’s beginning and bringing these two passions together led her to find new ways to create with the small treasures they found. Paula’s
hope is that her work strengthens both locals’ and visitors’ connection to the beaches and maritime forests of her lifelong home. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her work in person at Southern Bounty. Until then, explore and find a treasure of your own!
Coastal Creations owner Jill Strickland grew up on Cape Cod and has always loved the ocean. She says, “My love for the beautiful coral reefs of the Caribbean and the Florida Keys inspired the coral theme for my glass art. While living in the Florida Keys 25 years ago, I met my future husband, Bill. Since then, we married and had two children, Gage (20) who is attending the College of Coastal Georgia, studying business, and Peyton (19) who is attending the University of Georgia to study marketing.” She creates her masterpieces using the tedious process of fusing glass. This is done using sheets of glass, hand-cut into strips, which are meticulously placed together in a unique pattern. Each creation is fused in a 1400°+ kiln. Jill explains, “This hobby of mine quickly turned into an online business. As a pre-K paraprofessional, during the pandemic, I had a ton of time on my hands when the country was locked down. With all my spare time, my daughter and I worked hard on expanding my coral creations
and growing my small business. One day Bill and I wish to return to the Keys and open a little glass coral gift shop.”
It will be the sweet music of Rider that you hear while strolling around the Festival. This alt-country rock band with classic rock influences and a little bit of twang was founded in Brunswick in 2019. At its core is the husband-and-wife duo Chris and Laurie Rider, both singing and playing rhythm guitar. Joining them are Matt Starling on bass guitar, Josh Kirkland on lead guitar, and Mike Alongi on drums. Chris and Laurie have been writing songs and singing together for over 20 years. They first met in Waycross, Georgia, and not only started their family there, but also met bandmates Matt and Josh. The Riders moved from Waycross to the Georgia coast and, after trying different variations and line-ups, settled on the name Rider. Their first album, One Last Taste, was released in late 2022 and is available on all major music streaming services. Give it a listen!
After you’ve enjoyed all the offerings at the Festival, make sure to take advantage of your ticket’s full “passport” benefits by visiting the stores on Newcastle Street. The organizers are working with businesses there to create all the wonderful specials you will find. Here are a few highlights: On the Fly Outfitters will be offering an 10% discount to attendees and a raffle entry with purchase for a chance to win a free FlyTying Class or Fly-Casting Clinic. Gold Coast Nutrition will be giving $5 off a $30 or more purchase. And at Beaus and Belles, bring your ticket in for a chance to win a gift basket.
There is still time to participate as a business by acting as a sponsor, partner or becoming a vendor by renting a booth. Another great way to give back to the Nunnally House and Forward Brunswick is to volunteer at the Festival. For more information about those opportunities, call Brittany at 912.480.7757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Festival day, The Marketplace, which is free and open to the public, begins at 10:30 a.m., and remains open until 3:30 p.m. For general admission ticket holders, the Tasting Tent opens at 11:30 p.m. VIP ticket holders will enjoy the luxury of VIP parking, early admission to the Tasting Tent, a seated lounge area riverside and a private restroom facility provided by McGraw Event Pros. Colonial Trolley service will be running every 30 minutes between Retreat Village and Shops at Sea Island on St. Simons Island and Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Please check the Southern Bounty Festival website for all the updated information about the event. Get your tickets online today and we’ll see you at the waterfront!
FOR THE LOVE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
GLYNN VISUAL ARTS CELEBRATES ITS 70th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR
AND WILL BE USING THAT OPPORTUNITY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LOWCOUNTRY LIFE
he community arts organization’s yearlong celebration “Art of the Lowcountry” will include numerous events
highlighting the region’s people as well, especially the artists and artisans who are inspired by and create within this magical place. What a wonderful muse it is!
What began with Bill Hendrix’s dream to create and teach art on the island back in the early 1950s has evolved from the “Island Art Center” in a ramshackle building by the airport to the vibrant non-profit community arts organization known as Glynn Visual Arts. Fittingly, it is still located near the airport, on Skylane Road, with a whimsical painted plane outside. Well-known local artist and former art instructor Betty Oliver is the Honorary Chair for Art of the Lowcountry. She has served GVA in many capacities over the years and is currently a Board of Directors Emeritus Member and Education Chair. Betty was quick to point out that when we discuss this 70th anniversary, many people don’t realize that Glynn Visual Arts is that very same arts organization that formed so many decades
ago, because it underwent numerous name changes and moves throughout the years. Betty remembers it well from the beginning, as she was one of the children who took art lessons from Bill Hendrix in those days. She is thrilled to be a part of this celebration of GVA’s history and is so proud of what the organization offers to the community today.
Betty says that back in those early days, there wasn’t much else for kids to do on the island, other than county sports, so the art lessons were a fun way to pass the time on Saturday mornings. She says “I remember thinking that I would love to come back here and do this same thing. Create art. Teach it. It definitely shaped who I am and what I have done with my life. I think art is important
in that way. It gives us a sense of a bigger, broader world. With Glynn Visual Arts, I wanted to get involved to be able to give that same opportunity to other children.” Betty is one of many of children who grew up on the island taking those Saturday morning art lessons and later in life followed their own artistic endeavors. Betty continued her study of art at The University of Georgia. After earning her B.A. in Art, M.A. in Art History, and a Ph.D. in Art Appreciation/ Aesthetics, Betty served as Professor of Media Arts at what is now known as Kennesaw State. She’s an active member of many art societies and is a fabulous artist in her own right. We’re lucky to have so many talented artists like her still active in our local arts community and sharing their gifts.
“At GVA, our mission is to reach people through art; to speak to their souls as well as to their bodies, visually. Because schools can no longer provide art instruction, we need to create this interest and bring people in who don’t know that they need art. To reach the underserved in a way that contributes to their well-being but maybe in a way that they have never experienced and have had no access to.” Betty says, “Unfortunately, GVA is at a disadvantage because we have no governmental support and we’re often overlooked as a non-profit. We don’t have big grant money coming in. Many people think that we’re just another art gallery, but that’s a misconception. While we have several talented artists, GVA is not operated as a venue just for member artists to sell their
are busy bees working behind the scenes to get everything in place for an exciting year of events and to spread the word about the Art of the Lowcountry. They’ve shared some details with us about what we can expect to see as we move through the anniversary year.
works. Our Art Market and art sales pay to keep the lights on in the building! Classes and workshops and bringing art and artists here that generate interest and spark creativity is really what GVA is all about.”
Betty continues, “While there are many challenges, we all love it. The greatest thing about working at GVA is that they truly love what they’re doing and who they work with. I’m glad we can pay tribute to all the changes and growth and to the cultural gifts that make this region so special.”
GVA Executive Director Michelle Register, Marketing & Development Director Terri Evans, Board Members Kari Morris, Margie Harris, Myrna Scott Amos, and many others
The Art of the Lowcountry events planned by GVA celebrate what makes our region so unique. If you’re wondering what the Lowcountry is exactly, this term was created to describe low-lying coastal areas located below the Fall Line. The Fall Line is a geographic region in which the hard rock of the mountains reaches the softer sand of the coastal plain. Not only is the Lowcountry region located in the lower portion of the state, but the land is also sunk lower into the water. For these reasons, the area is referred to as the “Lowcountry.” And yes, it applies to our south coastal areas of Georgia, as well as those in South Carolina.
One of the most distinct features of the Lowcountry is its alluring light. As they describe it, “Golden. Warm and welcoming, then shimmering as it spills into the day, followed by a dusky rose at days end. It is pleasantly predictable for painting.” According to our esteemed hosts, “This light and this landscape have long beckoned artists to this magical region of marshes, still rivers, graceful sea oats and live oaks draped with their wiry moss, at once clustered into molded curls, yet each distinctive from the other. The palmettos and palms await bursting with crowns of green, each slender blade casting its own sultry silhouette. And, of course, the ocean, ever
present and never still.” Just look around at the number of artists who reside, either full or parttime, in and around our Golden Isles and you will agree that the muse is alive and well here.
Planned events will showcase the art of all things that reflect the Lowcountry life, “from the palette to the palate and beyond.” This will include art by local Lowcountry cultural influencers and the dramatic and distinct landscapes they have painted, as well as the storytellers, poets and writers who have shared their magical memories of Lowcountry life. Food will be offered from culinary artisans who have elevated what has been harvested from land and seas to delicious fare in a renowned art form celebrated around the world. No celebration of the Lowcountry would be complete without also recognizing its landscape and waters that invite the pursuit of leisure in year-round recreation and relaxation.
There will be opportunities to listen and learn from legendary Gullah Geechee experts who will share the customs unique to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. These traditions have had profound cultural influence on the visual, performing, and culinary arts and are deeply entwined with our roots here. GVA will celebrate the people and the families who have helped sustain this Lowcountry and the many artists who have documented and preserved the magnificent beauty of the Lowcountry of coastal Georgia. It is their hope that artists that may not have received popular attention or have been overlooked will now receive wider recognition.
Exciting monthly specialty workshops are planned that will focus on Lowcountry craft and art techniques like pluff mud potterymaking, basket sewing, and indigo fabric dying. There will be opportunities for plein air painting. Creative retreats on the barrier islands with Lowcountry guest speakers and artists will be offered, as well as artists’ retreat field trips. Some additional special anniversary year events planned include a VIP Sponsor Thank You celebration, a 70th Birthday Party at GVA in April, a GVA Member Family Day in the Fall, and a Halloween Family Night.
These special events will be in addition to GVA’s regular exhibitions of fine art that will take place during the year in the Portman Gallery, each month’s curated exhibit at the St. Simons Island Welcome Center, and the three juried art festivals held annually in Postell Park: April’s Art in the Park, Art Under the Oaks in September, and December’s Mistletoe Market.
GVA is striving to increase its presence at community events and to offer more opportunities for the community to interact with them. They do this by having booths or stations set up with artistic and creative activities at events like the Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee and PorchFest. They also opened an Art Market at their location on Skylane Road
and have started hosting an Open Air Market there as well, offering farm vendors and other artisan makers to sell their produce and products. GVA coordinates on-site art instruction at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia. They also hosts kids summer camps. They will soon be curating art displays that will be available for viewing at Hotel Simone. And don’t forget about the classes, workshops, art forums, and many other offerings presented at Glynn Visual Arts and the Pottery Studio!
One of the best ways that you can support GVA and help them celebrate this important anniversary is to attend the Art of the Lowcountry Gala signature fundraiser. This will be the shining jewel in the crown of the 70th anniversary events. The Art of the Lowcountry Gala will be held Saturday, March 4 at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center on St. Simons Island. The elegant evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will take guests from the palette to the palate. There will be live and silent auctions of incredible art, coastal excursions, and more. Three Little Birds will be serving up iconic Lowcountry cuisine that is sure to please the palate. The celebratory atmosphere will be
enhanced by jazz music performed by the Phil Morrison Trio. A sketch artist will be present to capture the festivities as they unfold. Guests will delight in all things true to the Lowcountry life and proceeds from ticket sales will contribute to the enduring mission of Glynn Visual Arts.
In addition to the general tickets to the event, there are “Friends of GVA” tickets available. Art patrons who take advantage of this special offering will receive some exclusive surprises that are currently under wraps, as well as a copy of The Sapelo Collection, a book/catalog of beautiful art prints of coastal scenes by local artists, originally published in 1997. It’s a beautiful keepsake piece. Elegant Island Living is proud to be a media sponsor of The Art of the Lowcountry and a partner of Glynn Visual Arts, and we urge you to join us in helping our community arts center and fine art gallery to continue enriching the cultural life of Glynn County as they have done since 1953. Your contributions will allow them to expand and imprint their artistic impact throughout Glynn County and reach even further in the years to come. To purchase your tickets and learn more about planned events for this special 70th anniversary year, visit glynnvisualarts.org
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BUILD A BETTER WORKFORCE
“What if every workday mattered?
What if every shift someone clocked in, what if every floor they swept, every customer they dealt with, what if it all added up? What if it meant something?” asked Justin Henshaw, founder and CEO of GAGE. In addition to GAGE, Henshaw is the owner of 7 brands, 12 companies in 14 states, and manages more than 200 employees through Henshaw Companies (HCo) management firm.
These questions were the foundation for GAGE, and he explains it was created out of necessity. “The workforce is people, not machines, not robots, but people. It’s a relationship. No matter the industry, we’re all in the people business. And as generational and cultural shifts happen, it’s important to adapt and develop tools that empower the next generations of staff, managers, and business owners.” The spirit of GAGE is to be a common table and a common language that provide: 1) accountability for employers 2) transparency for the employees, and 3) communication for both the employer and employee to work towards their goals.
What is GAGE?
GAGE is a software platform and mobile app designed to build a better workforce. There are two primary functions of GAGE.
GAGE helps measure performance, develop employees, and improve workplace culture. It does this by measuring 10 soft skills that are crucial to be successful in any role:
U Passion & drive
U Team player
Employees are recognized and performance is measured through Touchpoints and Evaluations. Touchpoints are a quick way to give feedback and insight into performance. Managers can send frequent “High Fives” to their staff to let them know they are doing a good job. They can also send “Nudges” to give their staff insight on how they can improve.
“No one wants to go into a job every day and feel like they don’t matter. This tool gives us another way to tell our employees ‘We need you. We can’t do this without you. So, let me give you a high five to let you know you went above and beyond for that customer. That matters to us, and I want it to matter to you.’”–Sarah Callaway, owner of Sandy Bottom Bagels
Evaluations are regular check-ins between managers and their staff members. GAGE Evaluations rate performance based on the 10 soft skills mentioned above. Given monthly or
quarterly, Evaluations operate as a summary of performance, often guided by the collection of Touchpoints given during an evaluation period.
“For 13 years Wake Up Coffee Co. has been around and we have always wanted to figure out a way to do a consistent evaluation. We have always had a really great culture, open and direct conversations about value and encouragement but we have never been able to have a set evaluation. GAGE has helped create that.”
– Bo Mann, owner of Wake Up Coffee Co.
UNIVERSAL EMPLOYMENT SCORE
We live in a world of measurement and metrics. Education is measured with grades, health is measured by temperature, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc., and businesses are measured by profit and customer reviews. Employment can now be measured through GAGE. GAGE is the world’s first standardized system that measures a person’s employment performance and accomplishments. It’s designed to reward good work while providing insights for areas of growth. It allows employees to build a lifelong, universal, verified record of career accomplishments, and own their work history that transfers from job to job. For employers, the score gives them the tools to be good leaders and reduce turnover, while empowering their employees in their career journey.
How the Employment Score is Calculated
The GAGE employment score is private and based on three primary categories: job history, job performance and job transitions.
Work history, verified. The longer an employee works at any one job, the better their score.
Soft skills, quantified. Touchpoints and Evaluations are tallied during each evaluation period and contribute to the employee’s score.
GAGE recognizes that transitioning jobs is part of life and growth. Employees can submit two week notices through the app with templated resignation letters. Proper resignations increase the Employment Score. No more No-Call, No Shows!
Employment Score Rating
The GAGE Employment Score starts at 500. A score of 750 and above is excellent, 501 to 750 is great, 300 to 499 is the growth zone, and 1-300 needs improvement.
Private and Protected
The GAGE score is private. The employee controls who contributes to it and who sees it. The score algorithm tracks patterns. If there is a manager that gives too frequent “High Fives” or “Nudges” the algorithm notices those patterns and adjusts to create balance and protect from misuse. Another form of protection is that all GAGE users can report misuse through the app. If an employee or employer believes they are being portrayed falsely they can choose to send a report to their place of business, GAGE corporate, or both the business and GAGE to investigate the situation. The user can submit the report using their name or anonymously.
Benefits of GAGE
How GAGE helps employers:
I Provide accountability and communication
I Increase retention of staff
I Attract good employees
I Eliminate quiet quitting
I Reduce no-call, no shows
I Improve workplace performance and culture
I Monitor retention rate, management/staff engagement, soft skill, and more analytics through the Dashboard
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, a majority of businesses cite recruiting, hiring, and retaining staff as their #1 operational obstacle.
“This immediate electronic feedback resonates with this generation. They always have a phone in their hand, and they have their Fitbits on. It’s valuable to me to have a tool where I can show my appreciation with my employees or team members, across the board at my fingertips and GAGE helps build that. It’s meaningful to my employees as well. They like getting the notifications.”
–Susan Bates, owner of Tipsy McSway’s
How GAGE helps employees:
• For the first time, own their work
• Provide transparency and communication
Be seen, heard, and valued
• Improve workplace culture
• Attract employers
• Replace the resume
• Transition well, with ease, and get credit for it
“I really like having the ability to own my GAGE score, keep the data it provides, and the choice to use it as a credit of my value to future employers is empowering. It is obvious that GAGE was created considering the needs and concerns of employees. It is refreshing to have my perspective considered.”
–Shayla Bermudez, a student at College of Coastal Georgia
A Study by Harvard Business School reported that 9 out of 10 people would take less money for work they find meaningful.
“We are excited to have GAGE in 11 Parker’s Convenience Stores. To be able to measure performance, grow my team, and improve workplace culture is incredibly valuable. This is a great platform for business owners, managers, and employees alike.”
Patrick Parker, President of The Parker Companies
Who is using GAGE?
Staff, managers, and business owners across several industries are using GAGE. GAGE is most effective when used by teams in fast-paced environments where regular input and communication can help staff and managers thrive.
The founding GAGE businesses include Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Fuse Frozen Co., Halyards, Halyards Catering, Henshaw Co., Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, Island Sound, Jimmy John’s, La Plancha, Parker’s Convenience Stores, Ironside Cafe (formerly Salata), Sandy Bottom Bagels, Silver Bluff Brewing Company, Skylark, Smoothie King, Tipsy McSway’s, Tramici, and Wake Up Coffee Co.
“Imagine in the near future, instead of asking for a resume or references, an employer says ‘Are you on GAGE? What’s your score?’ GAGE allows the cream to rise to the top” says Henshaw.
GAGE can help you Build a Better Workforce. To learn more, visit gagework.com. Businesses can get started by subscribing there, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 833.483.4243 (GAGE).
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It’s time to hit the pavement for some good causes. February is a big month for fundraising runs in the Golden Isles. Here are a few of the ways you can spend your Saturday mornings supporting our community.
The Heritage Race
The Heritage 5K Race and Heritage Walk returns to the Golden Isles on Saturday, February 11. The 4th year for the race, in 2023 a new course will take runners and walkers past some of Brunswick’s most historic African American neighborhoods. The race will also begin and end in the same location this year: The Brunswick African American Cultural Center at 1621 Albany Street. The race and walk will be followed by a family-friendly festival featuring community vendors,
food and drink, entertainment, and children’s activities. Packet pick-up begins at 7:00 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8:10 a.m. and walkers commencing at 8:15 a.m. The Heritage Race events will show participants from near and far why Golden Isles is Running City USA and proceeds will directly benefit and impact the local community. You’re providing much-needed support for cultural awareness, education, and enrichment programs. Register at runsignup. com/Race/GA/Brunswick/ TheHeritageRaceWalk.
The Bridge Run
On Saturday, February 18, runners and walkers take to the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick for the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Bridge Run. Unique
among bridge runs, this signature event for the Health System and the Golden Isles, take place on the tallest span in the state at 480 feet high above the Brunswick River and 5K runners cross its 7,780foot span twice. The event is certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as the toughest 5K in Georgia, and if that’s not enough to challenge you, there’s also a 10K Double Pump. This race is not for the timid and should only be attempted by those who have properly trained. But if you aren’t a serious runner, don’t feel left out; there’s something for everyone here! The Bridge Run includes a fun walk after the completion of the timed races, followed by a family-friendly festival featuring community vendors, food and drink, entertainment, and activities for kids. Proceeds benefit the Health System’s cancer and cardiac care programs. There is also a Pasta Party & Vendor Expo at the foot of the bridge on Friday, February 17 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. where runners can pick up their race packets and do a little carb-loading. On Saturday, registration and check-in begins
at 6:00 a.m. 10K Double Pump will begin at 7:00 a.m. First Responders Challenge starts at 8:30 a.m. 5K runners start at 9:30 a.m. and walkers can proceed at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 1-800537-5142, ext., 2786. Register on active.com.
Super Dolphin Day
The 44th Super Dolphin Day Race fundraiser benefiting Oglethorpe Point and St. Simons Elementary Schools takes place on Saturday, February 25 in the Village on St. Simons Island. Since 1994, St. Simons Elementary PTA and Oglethorpe Point Elementary PTA have
worked together on this event which now attracts over 1,500 participants and spectators annually. This event has become a great opportunity for local businesses to support both schools through sponsorships and silent auction items. The day’s fun includes 5K and 10K races and a one-mile Fun Run, plus the always exciting mascot race, a fantastic silent auction with items generously donated by our local businesses, an Expo featuring community organizations and businesses, and activities for kids like face painting, games, and more. Races begin with the 10K at 7:00 a.m. Registration is now open on active.com. On Friday, February 24, there will be a Food Truck Run Fest and packet pick-up. Follow the Super Dolphin Day Race page and the 44th Annual Super Dolphin Day Race event on Facebook for more details and updated information. Volunteers are needed to make this event the best it can be. If you are interested in lending a hand on race day, please call Lauren at 912.242.1628.
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READY TO ROCK
Brunswick Rocks is a 501c3 nonprofit bouldering gym within the historic Kress building at 1509 Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick. Their mission is to provide a fun learning environment for selfimprovement and self-confidence, promoting health, fitness, and personal growth for people of all abilities. They will be working with other community partners and nonprofits to provide a place where kids can
be kids, progress at their own pace, learn that effort equals improvement, and ultimately provide opportunities beyond the gym. Even community members who don’t have means to pay for a membership will have the chance to volunteer 5 hours/month at Brunswick Rocks or a partner non-profit in exchange for a membership. Brunswick Rocks needs your support to be able to open their doors in 2023! You can help by purchasing a taxdeductible Pre-Sale Founding Membership for your family or yourself today OR become a corporate/sponsorship partner. Details at BrunswickRocks.org.
MEMORY MATTERS RECEIVES GRANT
The Georgia Alzheimer’s Foundation recently presented a $60,000 grant to Memory Matters Glynn to support its mission of supporting, educating, and enriching the lives of individuals dealing with memory issues and the people who care for them. The grant funds included proceeds from the October 2022 Golden Isles Alzheimer’s Walk. Located in Brunswick, Memory Matters provides free resources, social activities for persons with memory impairment, and support groups in Glynn County. “We are so proud to support an organization like Memory Matters,” said Andrea Mickelson, Executive Director of the Georgia Alzheimer’s Foundation. “In addition to supporting research, the Foundation is passionate about supporting those living with cognitive issues and their caregivers. Memory Matters is a great resource for families, and we want to help get the word out in our community.” For more information about Georgia Alzheimer’s Foundation, visit gaalz.org. To learn about services offered by Memory Matters, visit memorymattersglynn.com.
Get the kids excited about science and learning by bringing them out to the STEAM Festival & Literacy Fair presented by Glynn County Schools on Saturday, March 4. STEAM promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. This free and family-friendly event will feature hands-on exhibits for grades Pre-K through 12, so bring your kids of all ages and let them explore and you might just find some great reading material at the Literacy Fair too. STEAM Fest takes place f rom 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brunswick High School. Booth and sponsorship opportunities are available. For details and more information, contact Kristen Lipthratt at email@example.com.
SURVIVORS TO WALK RUNWAY AT SEA PALMS
Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island will host the 23rd Annual American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, February 11. Presented by Vincent Arlauskas,M.D., Steven Barrett, M.D., and Bradley Easterlin, M.D., this annual event in association with Relay for Life Glynn County includes a delicious
luncheon and a fabulous fashion show of the seasonal looks from several of our local boutiques modeled by breast cancer survivors. In addition, there will be silent auction bidding and the popular pink boxes that every lady wants to take home will be available for purchase. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Luncheon begins at noon. Tickets on sale through February 3 and can be purchased at Daisy Mae’s Hallmark in Brunswick, Maggie’s Boutique and St. Simons Drug Co. on SSI or online at BCFS.givesmart.com. You can also see the silent auction items there.
CALLING DADS AND DAUGHTERS
Shine those dancing shoes up once again, dads! The annual Father-Daughter Dance presented by the American Cancer Society Victory Board will take place at Ziggy’s on St. Simons Island, Sunday, February 5 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. This special afternoon to pamper your precious princesses includes refreshments, music for dancing, and ample opportunity for photos. Check the Elegant Island Living calendar for more information about tickets and where to purchase, so you and your darling daughters can join the fun and help support a worthy cause. It’s a perfect early Valentine!
The Brunswick Actors Theatre is out to tickle your funny bone once again with Old Ringers by Joe Simonelli. In this bawdy adult comedy, four senior women try to fight the shrinking economy and their shrinking pocketbooks by opening up a home phone sex service after receiving an unsolicited obscene phone call! Performances February 18-19, 25-26, and March 4-5, Friday & Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., 1413 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and snack packs included in ticket price. Tickets at soglogallery.com.
Hans F. Trupp, CCIM founder and former Chairman of Trupp Hodnett Enterprises and The Management Company prior to taking the companies public (NYSE, RZT) in an IPO in 1998 has reentered the real estate business locally through an affiliation with eXp realty. eXp is a cloud based publicly traded (NASDAQ, EXPI) company with more than 96,000 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
industry both with relationships of buyers and sellers and the relationship that sales people have with the company. Trend Magazine has described eXp as the Amazon of real estate. eXp realty offers a very unique agent attraction program and Hans has partnered with veteran Atlanta broker John Adams to inform and educate agents throughout the United States about eXp, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation. Adams is well known throughout Georgia for his educational activities on behalf of the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and his regular appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta and CNN. He continues to be a freelance journalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with more than 1,000 articles in print.
Thanks to the internet, eXp’s state of the art revolutionary cloud based technology and a unique revenue sharing plan Hans and his team are able to offer a performance-based, no risk maximum 4% listing commission on any real estate both residential and commercial. No risk - you can cancel the listing at any time for any reason. Hans would also be pleased to share his broad business knowledge and experience with anyone interested in a free no obligation consultation session with regard to any real estate problem. Call, email or text him if you would like to explore his listing program or if you have any questions with regard to eXp, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation with now over 96,000 agents and growing.
JOIN THE PARTY
Come out to the Tree Bar at Bennie’s Red Barn on Sunday, February 26 for great music, fantastic food, and fun for all ages benefiting a good cause at the annual Community Jubilee presented by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. You can dig into a delicious Southern BBQ buffet, enjoy music by Backbeat Boulevard,
a 50/50 raffle and cash bar from 5:00-8:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit KGIB programs. Tickets are $30 through February 17 and $35 after that. Available at KGIB’s downtown Brunswick offices, at Pane in the Glass on St. Simons Island, and at the door on the evening of the jubilee. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 912.279.1490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Crazy for Patsy Cline, Katie Deal takes the stage with her own story of how the music and style of Patsy Cline have changed her life forever. With a new take on nostalgia, Katie’s one-woman show features a live band, tight harmonies and a powerhouse singer. In this evening of “pure Patsy” you will learn a little bit about Katie, a little bit about Ms. Patsy, and a lot about why Patsy’s music is loved by so many. One performance only at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at The Ritz Theatre in Brunswick. Tickets at goldenislesarts.org.
TIME TO FLY
On Saturday, March 4, Aviation Career Day will be held at the BrunswickGolden Isles Airport from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free event will offer an opportunity for students in middle and high school and their parents to explore careers in aviation, and to speak with industry and education professionals. Students will have a chance to try out actual flight simulators used to train today’s pilots. A display of aircraft will also be available for guests to visit, and speak with the owners, builders and pilots. There will be Gulfstream tours and EAA Young Eagles flights available (registration required). Everyone participating will be treated to free hotdogs as well. Register now and learn more at flygcairports.com.
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154 Ledbetter Ave NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. Twostory 4BR, 3.5 BA. Primary suite on main. Luxury interior features include hwd ﬂooring, tile ﬂooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com $894,000
13 Oyster Lane NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. Two-story 4BR, 3.5 BA. Primary suite on main. Luxury interior features include hwd ﬂooring, tile ﬂooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com $897,500
11 Lawson Street NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. This 4BR, 3.5BA home has the primary BR on the main. Luxury interior features include hwd ﬂooring, tile ﬂooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood closet shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com. $889,500
152 Ledbetter Ave NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. Twostory 4BR, 3.5BA. Primary suite on main. Luxury interior features include hwd ﬂooring, tile ﬂooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com $882,500
150 Ledbetter Ave NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. Twostory, 4BR, 3.5BA. Primary suite on the main. Luxury interior features include hwd ﬂooring, tile ﬂooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood closet shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com $868,500
490 Cedar Walk - Fabulous Western Marsh Views!
These units rarely come on the market with marsh views. You’ll enjoy the high ceilings, wood-burning ﬁreplace, and open living space. Large, enclosed storage space on the ground ﬂoor for your bicycles and beach gear. New ﬂooring and paint, exterior siding, and roof were recently replaced. The upstairs loft could be used as a third bedroom. Lots of windows so you can take in the stunning marsh views and wildlife!
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At Real Escape Properties, we do so much more than simply putting a few pictures of your investment property online and waiting for the interested parties to call in. Instead, we create an individual profile for each and every property to really emphasize everything that makes your property appealing and special. We meet with our homeowners and discuss their needs and their goals and set pricing based on each unique property.
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100 MArsh Point LAne Saint Simons Island
4BR | 3BA | 3496SF | $1,450,000
Fabulous home built in 2019 by Kyle Allen! This is what everyone is looking for; a one story home in the coveted gated community of Marsh Point. This home is on a corner lot with a great view of the marsh. It has many upgrades and is in immaculate move-in condition. Updated spacious master suite with marvelous bathroom and walk-in closet. Attractive Kitchen has well thought out design and tremendous upgrades.
108 Jones Creek Drive Saint Simons Island
4+BR | 3BA | 4467SF | $1,550,000
Beautiful custom home with a great layout on a marsh front lot overlooking Cannons point. This home features a great layout, generous sized rooms, an elevator, a large kitchen area, gorgeous sunroom and an amazing pool!
4 br | 3 ba | MARSH VIEWS| $900,000
Fabulous contemporary within walking distance to East Beach and short bike ride to Village. High ceilings, lots of light, large deck and 2 ﬁreplaces.
3 br | 3 ba | CORNER LOT| $575,000
desirable, one level home built in 2020 has shake and siding exterior and brick accents. Neighborhood pool.
Buying Land in the Golden Isles is a Great Hedge Against Inflation.
3 br | 2 ba | UPdATEd | $690,000
South End beach bungalow walking distance to the beach and the village. Flood insurance not required. Fresh updates.
St. Simons Island, Near Beach
OCEAN VIEW LOT | $1,700,000
.14 acre lot. Can be developed with two luxury villas or a single family villa.
MARSHFRONT LOT | $195,000
Marshfront lot in gated subdivision. Lot 5 is 1.2 acre. Survey is available.
St. Simons Island, Island Club
4 br | 4.5 ba | POOL | $1,450,000
Smart, chic renovations include kitchen, all baths, new pool, landscaping, and new roof, plumbing and electrical.100 DEMERE RETREAT LANE St. Simons Island, oﬀ East Beach 107 TABBY PLACE DRIVE St. Simons Island, Tabby Place 608 EVERETT STREET Simons Island, Near Village 102 PINE TREE 5 & 7 SEA OATS LANE 21 TRICE LANE St. Simons Island, Stillwater
308 HAWKINS ISLAND DRIVE
Saint Simons Island
6 br | 6 ba, 3 hba | 6477SF | $3,699,000
This Marshfront custom home has been carefully renovated in 2017-2018 with outstanding architectural details. Hawkins Island is known for spacious, distinct homes with 24 hour security gate for privacy. This extremely well built home speaks of elegance with a traditional style. Whole house generator. This Cottage has a large saline pool and fantastic sunrise views!
Saint Simons Island Club
4 br | 3.5 ba | 2612SF
An Artist's Retreat in the Island Club is now available. This spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is mostly on one floor and has 14 foot ceilings. Large windows, hardwood floors, two ﬁreplaces and custom woodwork. The main suite opens to a backyard terrace and has 2 large closets.
113 SHADOW WOOD BEND
Saint Simons Island
4 br | 4 ba | 2400SF | $694,000
In the desirable Oak Forest community. Great location! X Flood zone. This home has been perfectly maintained and is in Immaculate condition and ready to move in! Over $65,000 of upgrades in the past couple of years!
LITTLE RACCOON KEY
Private Island, Coastal Georgia
40 Acre Island | $895,000
10-min boat ride from neighboring Jekyll Island. An unspoiled and peaceful paradise. Currently thriving as an award-winning Glamping destination featuring a fully furnished glamping camp. Business can be conveyed with sale.
23 CARRIAGE DRIVE Saint Simons Island
6 br | 6 ba, 2 hba | $3,100,000
A stunning estate home on 9.4 acres on St. Simons Island provides a rare and unique opportunity for today’s buyer looking for privacy and convenience. This ﬁnely built home in Butler Plantation blends modern design and timeless architectural detail. Rich hardwood floors complement soaring 20+foot ceilings while abundant windows give the home a light and airy feel. The living and dining rooms are ideal for entertaining guests, and an eat-kitchen with a large center island and butler’s pantry opens to a family room and breakfast room perfect for everyday living. Multiple French doors open to a gorgeous patio overlooking a pool, spa, and wooded privacy. Working from home is a breeze in a sunlit oﬃce with a ﬁreplace. Four additional ﬁreplaces make for a cozy evening while entertaining guests or in the comfort of your primary suite. Retire for the evening to one of four bedrooms, all of which are ensuite. The main level primary suite is a quiet retreat with a sitting room, spa-like bath, walk-in closets, custom built-in shelving, and a secret door leading to the home oﬃce. A recreational room features tall windows and classic blue and white tile flooring. A theatre room with decorative stage lighting creates the feel of a vintage theatre and is the perfect spot for Hollywood’s movie premieres. An additional two-bedroom, two-bath guest apartment replicates the features of the primary home and is ideal for a live-in nanny or mother-in-law wanting privacy and independent living. A garage holds 3+ cars and plenty of room for storage. The fenced wooded home site allows horses or other animals to roam safely along many trails and recreation features, including a gazebo, lights, and a swing. This property is a rare opportunity to own a private retreat located on St. Simons Island, voted the best island in the USA by Travel + Leisure.
Saint Simons Island
2 br | 2 ba | $515,000
Renovated, fully furnished, two-bedroom condo (sleeps 7) overlooking the golf course and lagoon views in Sea Palms.
$250,000 | 0.93 Acre | Marshfront
This is one of the most private lots available on south St. Simons just waiting for you to build the home of your dreams! Lovely pocket marsh views. Last of the marsh lots on the south end.
Saint Simons Island
DEMERE ROAD | $350,000 - $400,000
A perfect opportunity to custom-build in a prime location nearby the beach oﬀ Demere Road. Three separate lots are available.297 MOSS OAK CIRCLE 324 PEACHTREE STREET Simons Island SOUTH-END BUILDABLE LOTS
Cottage 438, W. Sixteenth St. Sea Island
Six bedrooms in all (4 in the main house plus 2 in the Guest House by the pool), Cottage 438 on 16th Street is a terriﬁc casual beach cottage for family and friends. Light, airy and cheerful, the open Kitchen/Dining and high-ceilinged Living Room offer pools views with expansive decking. The 522 square foot Bonus Room is another space waiting for fun to happen. The ground ﬂoor Master Bedroom has a ﬁreplace and its own den and sun deck. The separate Guest House also has a fully equipped Kitchen, Dining area and Living Room. Good looking stucco home with slate roof. Good beach access and convenient location for the Beach Club, Spa and Cloister. $4,250,000
Cottage 485, E. Thirty First Street Sea Island
Ocean front: Sea Island. The beach and golf brought this family here, but Sea Island became so much more. The personal palettes that went into the creation of Cottage 485 include family, love, books, art, conversation, communication, the environment, fun, education and history. In a word, this cottage is welcoming. You'll notice this when you step into the foyer. Atlantic Ocean vistas catch the eye through the beamed, high ceiling Living room. The Great room has coffered beamed ceilings and leads out to an oceanside screened porch. The ground level Master bedroom has two full baths plus a den/ofﬁce. The second ﬂoor has ﬁve bedrooms, all en-suite,ocean front porch plus family room and balcony. An additional laundry room is on this level. Architect John Shackleford's touches are on display throughout the home with brilliant uses of heart pine, stone, high ceilings and wall designs. Now it's your opportunity! $13,895,000
Cottage 342, W. Seventeenth Street, Sea Island
Occupying most of the 17th Street block, this prized and revered property extends from Sea Island Drive all the way to the marsh. For families who enjoy staying together and being close to one another, Lune de Miel (Cottage 342) is lovingly placed on the land with the precision of an artist, an apt metaphor given the materials, furnishings and appointments dating from the 17th century. The enchanting grounds contain a moated gazebo with Louis XIII French limestone mantel (circa 1672), alfresco grill, pergola, 3 pools, bath house with laundry room, basketball court, chess court, Dovecote (circa 16th-17th century), circular ﬁre pit, putting green, chipping tee box, Bocce Ball court, shufﬂeboard and long northwesterly marsh vistas. Twelve bedrooms (9 with ﬁreplaces), each with their own personality, 17 ﬁreplaces, an Irish pub with 17th century Roman carved black slate ﬁreplace. The English Victorian pine front bar has the original mahogany counter top (circa 1849) from a tavern in Birmingham, England. The back bar is from Fritzingers Hotel in Coopersburg, PA (circa 1883). Walk-in cooler. The Game Room/Parlor has an 1886 Brunswick “Jewel” pool table and a Rock-ola maple and hardwood shufﬂeboard table. Adding to the authenticity of the home’s appointments, a 19th century bronze and ormolu French chandelier adorns the brick lined Wine Cellar. A solid European red oak and hand forged iron door (circa 1850) leads to the Theatre with rare Italian barrel-vaulted ceiling (circa 17th century). The family room limestone ﬁreplace (circa 1600-1750) is from the Chateau Fountain in Sologne, France and belonged to the family of the wife of former French President Jacques Chirac. Indeed, this is a grand residence yet with a warm, comfortable loving ambience. Lune de Miel is the sequel of a couple’s spark of beautiful love where lasting memories were made. $19,500,000
Celebrating Black History Month
Selden Park in Brunswick traces its history back almost 110 years as a center of education and recreation for the African Americans in Glynn County. Before becoming a county park, the site was the home of a teachers’ institute that flourished at the beginning of the 20th century. The school, which originally opened at a downtown Brunswick location in 1903, realized the vision of the Rev. Samuel G. Dent, Sr., who had attended Morehouse College. It was established to provide African Americans with teacher training and courses in trades such as agriculture, carpentry, cooking, nursing, printing, and stenography.
Within a few years after opening, the school was named Selden Institute in honor of Dr. Charles Selden, a medical missionary to China, who provided financial support. By 1914, enrollment was 147, and a new location –today’s Selden Park – had been acquired. A brick administration building was constructed, which contained classrooms and a girls’ dormitory. The 1920 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of Brunswick also shows a separate boys’ dormitory and other buildings. Students participated in a drama club, a choral group, and sports such as baseball and football. The school continued until 1933, when it was
merged with a similar institute and moved to Cordele, Georgia.
After World War II, the site became a public park and, during segregation, provided an important recreation and social center for the African American community. Most of the school buildings were razed, with the exception of the headmaster’s cottage and the gymnasium, where entertainers, including James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding performed during the 1950s and 1960s. Hundreds of children learned to swim in the park’s pool, and churches and schools held picnics there. In Voices from St. Simons, edited by Stephen Doster,
St. Simons Island native Bernice Wilma Myers describes a “penny club” at her school to finance the end-of-year picnic, “You would bring your money in to save up for a picnic at Selden Park.”
Today, Selden Park provides venues for activities enjoyed by all ages. The original gymnasium was replaced in 2007, leaving the headmaster’s cottage as the only remaining structure of the Selden Institute.
This month’s image from the archives of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society shows Selden Institute students and teachers, circa 1906.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society presents this article and images from our archives as part of our mission “to connect people to Coastal Georgia’s dynamic history.” The Society operates the iconic St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum, housed in the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach. To learn more about the Society, its museums, diverse programs, and membership, please visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org.