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Fall for Books







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emember when you were a kid and years seemed long? I think each middle school year felt more like 18 months than 9 months. And what about being 15 and waiting a full year until you were 16 and able to get your driver’s license?!

For me, time started to speed up once I was in college. The four years I spent in Athens, GA seemed to go by in a flash. I remember the summer after my sophomore year thinking I would be a working “adult” in just two years. Those two years went by in two months! I blinked my eyes and was 30. Turned around and I was 50. Now, entering my 60s, I want to slow down time but not slow down. But how do we do that? What can motivate us to get out of the ruts we all seem to fall into? Try treating your time like money.

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Tell Me a Story


Where Books Live


Go Big


Story Spinners


Ready to Read




Meet Our Featured Luxury Agents



A Gem in the Coastal Conservation Crown


Foundation Focus


NonProfit News


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What’s Happening


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Fall for Books F

rom timeless fables and fairytales to the nonsensical world of Dr. Seuss or the insatiable appetite of The Very

Hungry Caterpillar, stories soothed us, awakened our imaginations, and set us on a path of learning as children. The books read before bedtime, story hour at the library, Sunday school lessons, and circle time with teachers all had a role in shaping our brains and view of the world. The power of words, whether spoken or written, is truly amazing. In these pages, we’re indulging our love of all things literary and encouraging you to fall for books all over again this fall.

Ali Carlyle is known for her fun costumes and infectious enthusiasm during “Story Time with Ms. Ali” at the Marshes of Glynn libraries. Ali is wearing a dress and jewelry from Butler’s Stash. Learn more about story times at the libraries on page 23.



Tell Me

A Story


storytelling play an important

your child learns to value books

part of a child’s development.

and stories. Words, pictures,

Research shows that babies’

and gestures help your child to

here’s nothing

and talking about them, you

like a good story!

demonstrate language skills and

Far beyond mere

communication. By watching you


hold a book the right way and

stories and

seeing how you turn pages gently,

brains prepare to speak months

pick up on the cognitive perks:

before they say their first words.

they’ll start to take in what you’re

In order for that preparation

saying and will learn things about

to occur, children need to hear

numbers, colors, shapes, animals,

spoken language. Talking, singing,

or anything else you’re reading

and sharing stories every day

about. They’ll start to understand

helps your child recognize

cause and effect and strengthen

sounds, words, and language, and

their logical thinking ability. Their

form early literacy skills. It helps

attention span will increase, and

develop your child’s brain, ability

they’ll become better listeners

to focus, concentration, social and

and communicators. Books

communication skills. Reading to

also expand our vocabulary

children has been proven to raise

by exposing us to new and

IQ and improve critical thinking.

different words or words that

And children aren’t the only ones

we wouldn’t typically use on an

who benefit; the special time you

everyday basis, such as names

spend together promotes bonding

of plants or animals.

and strengthens relationships. Story time with others offers Reading and storytelling

children social opportunities

spark your child’s imagination,

and allows them to see how

10:30 a.m. Story time at the St.

Island hosts Second Saturday

stimulate curiosity, and help

other children empathize with

Simons Island Public Library is

Storytime & Craft at 10:30 a.m.

your child learn the difference

characters, express emotion, and

Wednesdays & Fridays at 10:30

on the Second Saturday of

between real and make-believe.

engage their own critical thinking

a.m. Additionally, Righton Books

the month. Drop in with your

Children learn to identify with

skills. Here in the Golden Isles,

in Redfern Village on St. Simons

youngsters and join the fun!

their emotions, to empathize,

we have wonderful libraries that

and to better understand new

offer story time with engaging

ABOVE: Storyteller Vicki Greene brings joy to every story she tells at the Brunswick

or frightening events. Stories

storytellers, like Ali Carlyle and

Library. Vicki is wearing apparel from Butler’s Stash.

and songs teach about the world

Vicki Greene. Story time at the

around them and other cultures.

Brunswick-Glynn County Library

a single rose, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale, The Little Prince. His

By looking at books together

is Tuesdays & Thursdays at

princely attire is from the J. Bailey collection at Bailey Boys.



OPPOSITE PAGE: Ansel Owens is the wee traveler standing atop his own planet with





are often enhanced with

classes. The retired United

traditional instruments such as

Methodist minister is the author

djembe, mbira, shekere, or the

of 18 books and more than 40

21-stringed kora. Dovie brings

original recordings, and received

to life the wise, boisterous

both the Circle of Excellence

teaching tales of her Lakota

and the Lifetime Achievement

and Plains Apache relatives,

Awards from the National

sharing her culture with wit,

Storytelling Network.

You don’t have to be a child to

passion, understanding, sly

enjoy the storytelling experience.

humor, and astonishing vocal

One of the most highly sought

For almost a decade now, some of

transformation. This former

performing storytellings in the

this country’s finest storytellers

teacher’s stories from her own

country, Andy Offutt Irwin is

have gathered on St. Simons

life and her people’s experience

a one-person showman with

Island for a few days of education

provide a contemporary vision

a silly putty voice, hilarious

and entertainment at Epworth

of the rich cultures of the First

heart-filled stories, and amazing

by the Sea. On February 17-19,

Nations of North America. Dovie

mouth noises (arguably, the

2023, the St. Simons Storytelling

is an NEA and Arts International

greatest whistler in the world).

Festival will be back for its eighth

recipient and received the

He’s been aptly described

year. Returning are “Dean of

National Storytelling Network’s

as “equal parts mischievous

Storytelling” Donald Davis, along

2007 Circle of Excellence Award.

schoolboy and the Marx

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Brothers, peppered with a touch

with fellow Festival veterans Andy Offutt Irwin who turns over

Born in a Southern Appalachian

emcee duties to Bil Lepp. Joining

mountain world rich in stories,

them are master storyteller,

Donald Davis has a long

Award-winning storyteller,

narrator, librettist, instrumentalist

career as a storyteller and

author, and recording artist

and singer Charlotte Blake Alston

steadfastly promotes the cultural

Bil Lepp bravely takes over

and Native American storyteller

importance of storytelling

as emcee this year. You may

Dovie Thomason.

through seminars and master

recognize him as the host of the

of the Southern balladeer.”

History Channel’s Man vs. History Traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions are Charlotte’s forte.

series or NPR’s internationally syndicated Mountain Stage. His humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned

In 1999, she began

the appreciation of

studying the kora

listeners of all ages

and the West

and from all walks

African history-

of life. Though a

telling traditions of

5x champion of

Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. Her solo performances

the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes

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Suede Jacket by Damee from Evelyne

in witty ways.

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Where Books F

or many of us, just the word


“library” invokes a feeling of security and warmth, conjuring images of shelves lined with books and cozy reading nooks,

and that distinct “book smell” of old tomes. This is where storytelling and books converge. Public libraries are community hubs and meeting places, centers for learning and access to virtually unlimited educational and entertainment resources, and homes to our heritage and history. They offer educational programs, art and culture, personal and professional development, access to technology, and so much more. From our earliest days attending story time to finding leisure time books and activities to keep us busy in our later years, many of us have had libraries as a constant in our life, throughout the various stages of development and wherever we

Scrabble sessions, the Marshes of Glynn

may live at the time.

Library system offers so many programs,

Here in Glynn County, we have the Marshes of Glynn Library System with its 2 branches: the Brunswick-Glynn

The Brunswick-Glynn County

clubs, and activities free of charge to the

Library is located at 208

community. They also have meeting rooms

Gloucester Street in Brunswick. The library is open Monday, Wednesday,

available, computers to use, and art on display. To see the wide variety of offerings, online

County Library and the St. Simons Island

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm;

catalogs of resources, or sign up for your

Public Library. The system is part of the

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

PINES card, visit moglibraries.org.

Georgia Public Library Service and a member

Phone: 912.279.3740.

of the PINES library consortium, which gives local library patrons access to the collections

The St. Simons Island Public Library is located

of 300 library branches and affiliated service

in the St. Simons Casino Building at 530A

outlets throughout the State of Georgia. That’s

Beachview Drive. It is open Monday, Tuesday,

a shared collection of 11 million books and

Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm;

other materials that can be delivered to our

Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday:

home library free of charge! There are also

9:30 am to 1:00pm. Phone: 912.279.3750.

by Overdrive, GALILEO, eRead Kids, Mango

From children’s story times to yoga, and

Languages, and much more.

English as a Second Language classes to


County Library. OPPOSITE PAGE: Nobody was late to this afternoon

tea party styled in the fashion of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. While Amy Certain and Allen Medeiros are picture perfect in attire from Planters Exchange, a certain cat insisted on

digital resources available, such as Libby


ABOVE: New worlds and adventures await you

in the shelves of books at the Brunswick-Glynn

taking center stage. Making the party extra festive was the fabulous cake by Sweet T’s Cakes, and flowers from A Courtyard Florist.

Steadfast E


ach of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries

an eye out for the date. Learn more about the

Meet the Author events are free for Guild

have non-profit auxiliaries that support

Friends of the Library Brunswick GA, their

members and $10 for non-members. These

them by raising awareness, sponsoring

objectives, events, and the other services they

are the author events currently scheduled

provide at friendsbwk.org.

through November:

sales, operating used bookstores, and more.

The Literary Guild of St. Simons supports the

Thursday, October 6

Becoming a member is a great way to support

Marshes of Glynn – St. Simons Island Library

your local library and to learn about literary

branch through its bookstore and Fall & Spring

events in the area.

book sales. They currently have more than 600

Award-winning author Kathy Bradley visits to discuss her third book, Sifting Artifacts, which asks important questions about humanity, community, and stewardship.

programs, encouraging donations, providing financial assistance, organizing used book

members. Membership dues enable them to The Friends of the Library Brunswick GA operates a bookstore at the Brunswick-Glynn

provide books and other materials to the St. Simons Library and support our community’s literacy activities. The Guild hosts free movie

Wednesday, October 19 Laura Kelly Robb visits to talk about her latest suspense novel set in St. Augustine, The Laguna Beach Research Club.

County Library

screenings and popular

that sells “gently

Meet the Author events

Tuesday, October 25

used” books,

at the St. Simons Casino

audiobooks, CDs,

Theatre. They also award

videos and DVDs.

monetary grants to local

Ten-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor/ reporter John Pruitt visits to discuss Tell It True, which draws upon his real-world experiences covering Georgia in the 1960s.

It is open Monday-

literacy programs. For a full

Friday 1:00 - 4:00

calendar of events, bookstore

p.m. and Saturdays

hours, and information about

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

the services provided by the

Their next Used Book

Guild, visit litguildssi.org. To

Sale will take held in January 2023, so keep

receive notifications of new

Tuesday, November 1 New York Times best-selling author and founder of The Moth, George Dawes Green visits to talk about his latest whodunnit, Kingdoms of Savannah.

events, follow them on Eventbrite. Tuesday, November 15 Janisse Ray, author of bestseller Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Spectacle, visits to discuss her most recent works.

Monday, November 21 Just in time for the holidays, culinary master Johnathon Barrett visits to present Cook and Celebrate, a beautiful, delectable, and nostalgic read that will invoke warm, festive memories and inspire you to celebrate life in the kitchen.

Books are available for purchase and signing at all of these events and are supplied by G.J. Ford Bookshop.



Real Books … Real People


he Golden

they offer a rewards program

Isles oldest

too, so read, read, read!

independent bookstore, G.J.

Mary Jane is a firm believer

Ford Bookshop

in the importance of

has been in

a community having a

business since 1995. Located

physical bookstore and

at 600 Sea Island Road, in the

being able to hold and feel

Shops at Sea Island on St. Simons

real books, recommended by

Island, they offer New York Times

real people. She sees them

bestsellers, as well as books of

as a place to bring people

local interest, children’s books,

together to talk about books,

classics, audio books, exquisite

share thoughts on current

boxed cards, greeting cards,

events, enjoy author events,

Lamy pens, and puzzles. Led by

and to benefit from their

owner Mary Jane Reed, their

knowledge of books both

friendly and knowledgeable staff

old and new. G.J. Ford is

is on hand to help find your latest

proud to partner with the

read and encourages you to take

Literary Guild of St. Simons

your time while making your

Island to provide the Meet

selection. With over 50 years of

the Author events. They also

combined experience in the book

support local book clubs

business, G.J. Ford’s dedicated

with a 15% discount off their

staff specializes in helping

chosen books. The bookshop

readers of all ages and interests

is open Monday-Saturday

feel comfortable in the bookshop,

from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,

providing whatever level of

please stop by. Sign up for

service they desire, from giving

their monthly newsletter and

book recommendations to special

learn about author events

ordering or conducting a search

and recommended reads at

for an out-of-print book. And


G.J. Ford Bookshop owner Mary Jane Reed with her current favorite read.

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Destination For



pened in 2019,

unparalleled and includes a large

Righton Books at

selection of young adult titles.

222 Redfern Village

Righton also offers the largest

is the realization of

selection of cookbooks in the

a lifelong dream and culmination

Southeast, a dizzying array of

of a 50-year career in retail for

gift items, stationery, and more.

Darryl Peck. He always envisioned

A bonus? The Jittery Joe’s Coffee

creating an independent

shop attached to the store. Who

bookstore like the ones he loved

doesn’t love the combination of

in his native Upper West Side of

books and coffee or tea?

Manhattan. Now, working alongside his wife Anne, in the bookstore that

Darryl calls Righton Books a place

bears her father’s name, Darryl

for discovery, because every

is living that bookshop-keeper

day, young and old find new and

dream. He’s currently working on

compelling titles there. “They

expanding Righton’s too.

discover books they didn’t know existed. Subjects they didn’t know

Righton Books offers all the latest

they were curious about. Words

fiction and non-fiction titles, as

they didn’t imagine could make

well as a world-class selection of

them laugh, or cry. Dreams they

illustrated books in categories

didn’t know they had. This is what

such as art, architecture,

we live for.” Righton also offers a

design, photography, interior

reward program and discounts

design, automobiles, and more.

for book clubs. The bookstore

If you’re a music lover, their

is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00

music section should not be

p.m. Monday-Saturday and from

missed. The children’s section is

noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. You can also purchase books online

LEFT: Righton Books owner Darryl Peck

insisting that the Darryl in George Dawes Green’s The Kingdoms of Savannah was

clubs and other store events at

in no way inspired by him.



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Bibliophiles Unite!


ook clubs are a wonderful

in book selection. While this may change, they

current reading selections, or to request

opportunity for social

currently host the following groups inside

Righton to host your book club or help with

interaction, a guided literary

Jittery Joe’s: The Booker Book Club meets the

reading selections, call 912.771.0808.

experience, discovery of

fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

new cultures, deep dives into

They read books that have appeared on the

The list here is a good starting point, but it is in

history or topics of special interest, and more.

Booker Prize long list, some of which are a little

no way comprehensive. Ask the librarians and

There are a vast number and wide variety of

offbeat, but usually inspire lively conversation.

bookstores about others they may know about,

book clubs here in the Golden Isles.

A spinoff of the Booker Club, the Erudite Book

explore options like the playreader’s group at

Club reads books that are considered more

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, or offerings

The Marshes of Glynn Library System hosts

challenging, because of their unusual structure

at the College of Coastal Georgia. If you’re a

a handful of book clubs. Hattie’s Book Club

or language. Their meetings are on Monday at

member of the Island Newcomer’s Club, they

is a community of readers who welcome all

6:00 p.m. every other month. The Paperback

have multiple book clubs as well.

ideas and insights that meets at 6:15 p.m. in

Book Club meets the first Tuesday of

the Brunswick-Glynn County Library the

each month at 6:00 p.m., reading books

third Tuesday of each month. The Golden Isles

that were hardcover bestsellers and

Non-Fiction Book Club meets at the Brunswick

are newly available as paperbacks.

Library the last Tuesday of each month at

The Baking Book Club meets solely for

6:00 p.m. Originally designed to cater to our

events (watch the Righton calendar)

seasonal visitors but open to all, the Snowbirds

like the Holiday Cookie Swap and

Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of

the Bake Sale for Children’s Literacy.

the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Brunswick

Most members are excited to try

Library. The Men’s Book Discussion Group

baking from the great recommended

(or Snowbirds Book Club Husbands *wink

cookbooks, classic and new, but bakers

wink*) meets at the Brunswick Library the

are welcome to use their own recipes.

last Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m. At the

For questions about the clubs or their

“Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

St. Simons Island Library, the Cookbook Club meets at noon the first Monday of each month. Please contact Programming Coordinator

– E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Diana Graham at 912.279.3738 with any questions about the MOG book clubs. If you are a member of the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island and are interested in joining or forming a book club, contact Erika O’Brien at erika.patoni @gmail.com. She can connect you with other Guild members of similar reading tastes and availability. Their book clubs usually consist of 6-8 members and meet monthly. After the initial introduction, the clubs run on their own. Righton Books established its own book clubs due to customer requests for clubs with more focus on the books and some professional help OCTOBER 2022





or 15 years, Golden Isles Arts &

Glynn County Library, St. Simons Island Public

wait to see what programming

Humanities has presented The Big

Library, and College of Coastal Georgia. The

they have up their sleeves!

Read in partnership with Marshes

2023 book selection is Pride and Prejudice by

Check the websites

of Glynn Libraries and the College

Jane Austen. This “comedy of manners” had

for Golden Isles

of Coastal Georgia, sponsored by the National

immediate success when it was first published

Arts & Humanities

Endowment for the Arts. This wonderful

in 1813 and has remained one of the most

two-month-long literary and arts celebration

popular novels in the English language. With

and the Marshes of Glynn

is centered on the community reading one

engaging characters like vivacious heroine

Libraries (moglibraries.org)

selected book and coming together for a

Elizabeth Bennet and proud, brooding beau

as well as the EIL website

variety of programming for both adults and

Mr. Darcy, Austen’s sparkling wit brings to life

and online calendar for

children (with a “Little Big Read” featuring a

this romantic clash and the larger world of

more information about

similar themed children’s book) that includes

Regency England.


The Big Read and the

talks, films, plays, lectures, and art exhibits

events associated with it

that reflect the themes of the book. Past books

With multiple film and television

have included diverse selections such as Toni

adaptations of the novel, including Colin

Morrison’s Beloved, Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the

Firth’s iconic

Heart of the Sea, and The Adventures of Tom

portrayal of

Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Darcy, and several

and let’s read together!

other works by When The Big Read returns in February 2023,

Austen to enhance,

it will be a little different. Coastal Georgia

contrast, or compare,

is stepping out of the umbrella of the NEA

there is certainly

program and will be offering a modified

ample material for

program of events through the Brunswick-

The Big Read. We can’t

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f you are an avid reader who loves the

Used books can be

feel and smell of books and adheres

purchased in the

to the philosophy “You can never read

bookstores at each

too many books,” you do run into the

of the libraries and

very real problem of having too many books

at the seasonal book

and not enough room for them. When that

sales. Come out

happens, the beauty of the book is that it has

to the St. Simons

a new life in another reader’s hands. It’s the

Casino Atrium

best kind of recycling!

for the Literary Guild of St. Simons’

Book donations will happily be accepted

Fall Book Sale

at the St. Simons Island Library and the

Thursday, October

Literary Guild Bookstore during open hours

20 (Member

and can also be picked up from your home.

Preview) through

There is great demand for recent bestselling

Saturday, October

fiction. They do not accept books that are in

22 and stock your bookshelves with some

free library locations on the island are in

poor condition (e.g. torn, written in, dirty or

new-to-you reading for winter.

front of the St. Simons Land Trust office on Frederica Road, in front of St. Simons

water damaged) or encyclopedias, textbooks, Another way to recycle your books is

Elementary School and Oglethorpe Point

tapes. If you have many books to donate,

to keep a box or bag of the paperbacks

Elementary School, and near the lighthouse

please box them and text/call Tony Cipolla

you’ve read or children’s books that your

off 12th Street. If you need help finding

at 609.290.8379 to arrange a pickup. Book

kids have outgrown in your car and drop

others, there’s a public Facebook group

donations are also accepted at the Friends

a few in the “Little Free Libraries” around

called Little Free Libraries of Saint Simons

of the Library Bookstore at the Brunswick-

the island and in Brunswick when you

Island that can help. Help fill them up to

Glynn County Library.

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keep books circulating in our community.

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Story Spinners The Golden Isles is a fertile breeding ground for creatives. Many artists, musicians, writers, and performers live here or visit regularly and find their inspiration sparked by its unique character, rich history, and natural beauty. Here, we take a closer look at some of these local and regional authors. George Dawes Green

George is indeed a first-rate raconteur.

George brilliantly weaves a suspenseful and

It may seem that starting this section with

His tales capture you from the start, both

chilling tale that fits right in with Truman

George Dawes Green is an odd choice, as

the spoken word and what he has penned.

Capote’s In Cold Blood and John Berendt’s

this internationally celebrated author is

George’s first novel, The Caveman’s Valentine,

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

closely tied to New York, where he founded

published in 1994, won the Edgar Award and

the renowned not-for-profit

became a

As for the spoken word, The Moth has taken

storytelling organization The


on a life of its own, with the Peabody Award

Moth in 1997. However, he’s


winning Moth Radio Hour and podcast. This

a perfect place to begin: a


year, inspired by its origin – stories shared

Samuel L. Jackson. The

towards the porch light and the stories – The

Juror, released

Moth celebrates its 25th anniversary with

just a year later,

porch towed by a Chevy Silverado is on the

bestseller in more

hunt for stories and storytellers making stops

and was the basis for

of both the art

the Demi Moore-Alec

& craft of true

Baldwin movie. Fourteen years

personal storytelling and independent bookstores. George grew up on St. Simons

George was recently at Righton Books for the

Brunswick, was chosen as one

caught up with some old friends from the

of the best books of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail

most recent novel, The Kingdoms

October 26-29. Learn more at themoth.org.

release of his book (thank you, Cheri!) and

Brunswick and the Golden Isles. characters color the pages of his

throughout the South. They’ll be in Atlanta

later, his novel Ravens, set here in

Island and has a deep affinity for Local and regional events and

its first-ever Pop-Up Porch Tour. A mobile

was an international than 20 languages champion

on warm nights in Georgia as moths flocked

island, where he brought his Unchained tour back in 2012. He’ll be back on St. Simons as a guest of the Literary Guild on November 1.

of London, and numerous

Reserve your seat on EventBrite and get ready

other publications.

to hear some stellar storytelling.

Now, more than a decade later, George

of Savannah and it was George’s fond

has returned to his South Coastal Georgia

memories of nights spent on island porches

home with The Kingdoms of Savannah. The

Golightly from Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at

that inspired The Moth to begin with.

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researched history that reveal

As James Calemine has already

Beyond the Grave books share

the hidden history of Georgia’s

been introduced here, it’s only

essays, interviews, and dispatches

coast is the first published

natural that we turn to this

from the 30+ years he’s spent

work by St. Simons Island

local author’s newest book next.

chronicling some of America’s

resident Paul Meacham. You

Ghostland America, James’ fifth

greatest artists, including Townes

may recognize Paul’s artistic

book, featuring stories and

Van Zandt, The Georgia Sea

eye from the social media

100 photos taken over several

Island Singers, Stanley Booth,

pages for Abandoned Coastal

decades in several Southern

Hunter S. Thompson, Steve

Georgia and Coastal GA Travel,

states, was released in July. Actor

Cropper, and many others. James’

or his PaulyRockPhoto concert

Brit Whittle’s review is spot

work is always a revelation,

photography. He might be best

on: “James Calemine is a born

sometimes factual, sometimes

known locally as “Pauly on the

storyteller. Ghostland America is a

spiritual. Always worth the read.

Radio” for his job with Golden

lovely chronicle of a bygone era

For more about James and to

Isles Broadcasting. Paul recently

withered in time but somehow

order his books and photos, visit

did a book signing at Righton

alive in every photograph.”


Books and a First Friday photo

In 2017, South Magazine ranked

Paul Meacham

where he plans to return for

Calemine among “Eleven of

In a similar vein, and from

another presentation now that

the Greatest Photographers

another talented photographer

the book has hit the shelves. The

in the South.” A prolific writer,

with a love of the music scene

book is priceless in preserving

his work has been featured in

and eye for unique and off-

the visual legacy of many

many regional and national

the-beaten-track scenes, is

beautiful and historic Coastal

publications. Ghostland America

Abandoned Coastal Georgia.

Georgia sites, some which have

combines James’ skills beautifully

This collection of artistic

already disappeared. Available

and joins his prior compilation

documentary photographs

at Righton Books and other local

of fiction and photography, The

accompanied by meticulously

retailers, or online.

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have called parables and what I simply call glimpses of grace.”

Kathy Bradley

She adds, “Just

The Literary Guild of St. Simons will welcome


award-winning author Kathy Bradley on


October 6. Kathy is the author of Breathing and

life moves fast and

Walking Around and Wondering Toward Center.

expectations are high and anything more

Her books have earned her the Georgia Author

than a glimpse would require a lot more

of the Year title twice, and now, she brings us a

stillness than I thought I could afford.”

Carson, and has won a staggering number of awards, including the American Book Award and Pushcart Prize.

third, Sifting Artifacts. It’s always a treat when Kathy visits. Find She too appreciates the importance of stories,

the Guild’s event on Eventbrite and reserve

Janisse lives a simple, sustainable life on

saying, “… And it was stories that led me to fall

your spot to come enjoy some stories. For

Red Earth Farm, near Savannah. She’s an

in love with words. Words in books, words

more about Kathy and her writing, visit

organic gardener, tender of farm animals,

on road signs, words spoken in the smooth


slow-food cook, and family-time lover who is active in her local community. She’s no

southern accent of my people.” Her own words describe her work best: “For nearly 25 years

Janisse Ray

stranger to the Golden Isles and surrounding

I have written about the ordinary and the

Another South Georgia “farm girl” receiving

region, and recently gave a talk at Ashantilly

commonplace, framed through the lens of

accolades for her writing is Georgia Writers

Center. She’ll be on St. Simons Island for a

nature as I’ve observed it from, among other

Hall of Fame member Janisse Ray. This

Meet the Author Event on November 15 and

inspiring places, Sandhill – a small house with

talented writer, naturalist, and activist made

hopefully we’ll hear about her new literary

a big heart located on the land my family has

an indelible impression with her bestselling

adventure: her first work of fiction! The

farmed for nearly 50 years. I have created

first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a

Woods of Fannin County is based on a true

that world in newspaper columns, magazine

New York Times Notable. Her recent collection

story of eight children that vanished from a

articles, speeches, and two books of what some

of nonfiction essays about wilderness and

rented bungalow in Morganton, Georgia in

life, Wild Spectacle, ranges from Costa Rica

1945 and how they survived the years that

to Alaska, and from South Georgia to the

followed. It’s a tale of resilience and hope

Southwest. It also earned her the Donald L.

that promises to be another brilliant work

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Taylor Brown

Depression barnstormers who

on the heart and motivations

and local photographer Ben

2021 Georgia Author of the

are funding their journey west

of one of America’s greatest

Galland recently collaborated

Year Taylor Brown was born in

by performing death-defying

authors.” Garden & Gun placed

on “Ode to Blackwater Rivers,”

Brunswick and grew up on the

aerial stunts from town to town

Wingwalkers at the top of their

a piece published in The Bitter

Georgia Coast. He graduated

and intertwines them with the

2022 Summer Reading List.

Southerner. Taylor is the recipient

from UGA, and has settled in

real-life exploits of author (and

Savannah following stints in

thwarted fighter pilot) William

Taylor is also the author of a

and is a three-time finalist for

Buenos Aires, San Francisco,

Faulkner. When their paths

short story collection, In the

the Southern Book Prize. He’s

and North Carolina. With his

cross during a dramatic air

Season of Blood and Gold, as well

also been a finalist for the Press

most recent historical fiction

show, there are unexpected

as four previous novels: Fallen

53 Open Awards, Machigonne

novel, Wingwalkers, he steps

consequences for all. “Brown has

Land, The River of Kings, Gods

Fiction Contest, Wabash Prize

into the world of American

taken a tantalizing tidbit from

of Howl Mountain, and Pride of

in Fiction, Rick DeMarinis

literature’s “three kings:”

Faulkner’s real life—an evening’s

Eden. He is the editor-in-chief of

Short Story Contest, Dahany

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and

chance encounter with two

BikeBound.com, and his writing

Fiction Prize, and Doris Betts

Faulkner. This fascinating novel

daredevils in New Orleans—and

has appeared in a wide range

Fiction Prize. If you haven’t read

is one-part epic adventure,

set it aloft in this fabulous novel.

of publications, including The

anything by Taylor, do yourself

one-part love story, and one

With scintillating prose and

New York Times, The Rumpus,

a favor and please do! For more

large part American history. The

an action-packed plot, he has

Garden & Gun, Chautauqua,

about Taylor, his upcoming

story follows the adventures of a

captured the true essence of a

The North Carolina Literary

schedule, and his books, visit

husband-and-wife duo of Great

bygone era and shed a new light

Review, and many others. He




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Jaw Bluff, is in part the story of an infamous 1925 murder, and in part a history of the crash of Georgia’s cotton economy in the 1920s. It was named Finalist in History for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2014. His book The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire is a fascinating study of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Rawlings went even further back into Southern history with The Strange Journey

William Rawlings

of the Confederate Constitution, an anthology

Born and raised just three hours away in

of shorter pieces. He has taken on true

Sandersville, Georgia, Southern story author

crime in 2020’s Six Inches Deeper, about the

William Rawlings still lives on the family farm

1972 Valdosta case regarding Hellen Hanks’

and practices medicine there. While writing is

mysterious disappearance and subsequent

an interest that developed rather late, William

trials, and again in his most recent book,

has published several novels in multiple

The Columbus Stocking Strangler. Rawlings

genres. He says, “Unlike a number of other

calls this half-century spanning account of

authors, I didn’t grow up with a burning desire

the serial killer who terrorized the city of

to be a writer. But sometimes you have a story

Columbus, Georgia in the late 1970s one of

that just needs to be told, and so I hammered

his most complex and complicated writing

out my first book. To my great surprise, it was

projects, adding “It’s also one of the most

quite successful, and now writing occupies

fascinating, with unexpected twists and turns

much of my free time.”

that rival those of a crime novel.”

William’s first five novels were commercially

Of particular interest to local readers,

successful works of Southern suspense that

especially in light of the St. Simons Island

earned positive reviews and interest from

Lighthouse’s 150th birthday, is William’s

Hollywood. His September 2019 mystery

recent book, Lighthouses of the Georgia Coast.

set in Savannah, The Girl with Kaleidoscope

This illustrated history of the state’s five

Eyes, marked a return to that genre.

existing lighthouses, important structures in

2023 will bring a new novel of Southern

Georgia’s maritime and economic history, was

suspense, featuring John Wesley O’Toole,

awarded the Finalist in History honor for the

the disbarred-attorney-turned-art-dealer

2022 Georgia Author of the Year Awards.

protagonist of The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes. This will be the first of three new books in

William was recently here for a signing at

which O’Toole is the major character.

Righton Books, and it’s likely that we’ll see him on the island again soon. For updates

The more recent books have been non-fiction

and more about William’s books, visit

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Michelangelo’s David; The Night Portrait: A Novel

and during their deployment overseas during

of World War II and Da Vinci’s Italy; and The

World War II. These courageous women

Stolen Lady: A Novel of World War II and the

formed the 6888th Central Postal Directory

Mona Lisa. She recently completed The Last

Battalion and made the dangerous voyage

Masterpiece, which is scheduled to be released

to Europe to ensure American servicemen

in May 2023. And somehow, between building

received communications from their loved

a forever home on Sea Island, supervising

ones during WWII. Sisters in Arms was a July

renovations on other island family homes,

2021 Book of the Month Club pick, a September

Laura Morelli

making Zoom book-club appearances,

2021 Wall Street Journal Book Club pick, and

History is vibrantly brought to life through

managing other literary events and art history

November 2021 Literati/Stephan Curry’s

the unique lens of an art historian and world

lectures in her Art History Academy, and

Underrated Book Club pick.

traveler when you pick up a book by local

making some time to travel, Laura is already

author Laura Morelli. This bestselling historical

working on her next historical fiction novel.

novelist earned her Ph.D. in art history from

Kaia has also published romantic comedy and historical romance works, as well as a few

Yale University and turned from scholarly

While Laura has no author events scheduled

comics and short stories. She doesn’t have any

writing to spinning tales of fiction based in

locally, hopefully we’ll get to see her in person

local author events scheduled

historical fact and authentic detail, earning

when The Last Masterpiece comes out. In the

at this time, but we’ll be

numerous awards along the way. Laura also has

meantime, she would be happy to talk to your

keeping an eye out!

a series of Authentic Arts guides to shopping

book club via Zoom and also offers pre-

Learn more about Kaia

for art, artisan works and more in France,

recorded presentations. For more details about

and her books at

Italy, Florence, Naples & the Amalfi Coast, and

those options or to learn more about Laura and


Venice that have enriched the experiences of

her books, visit lauramorelli.com.

many travelers over two decades. She is far from a stuffy historian and her novels paint

Kaia Alderson

such a vivid and engaging world, you’ll feel

Another historical fiction author that lives here

like you just stepped onto a gondola and are

in the Golden Isles is Kaia Alderson.

soaking in the beautiful surroundings.

A Spelman College and University of West Georgia aluma, Kaia’s passion

Her novels include The Painter’s Apprentice

is discovering “hidden figures”

and The Gondola Maker; The Giant: A Novel of

in African American women’s history. Sisters in Arms, her debut in

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Beloved Invader, the third book in her St. Simons

story of the Six Triple Eight, the

Trilogy, is the backdrop for Amanda Bauer.

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Honoring Our History nother author raised on St.

of Jekyll Island in 2016 included commentary

series is very popular and this October, he’ll

Simons Island and whose

from June Hall McCash. Earlier this year,

return to the Brunswick-Glynn County

creative works focus on

Jingle and Ben released Following the Tabby

Library to present An Overview of Historic

Georgia and the Georgia

Trail, Where Coastal History Is Captured in

Brunswick: Our City by the Sea. Information

Coast is Stephen Doster. A writer and oral

Unique Oyster Shell Structures. University of

at coastalgeorgiahistory.org and Eventbrite.

historian, Stephen has produced works of

Georgia Press published Buddy Sullivan’s

both fiction, including The Jesus Tree and

2017 collaboration with Galland: Sapelo: People

When we start delving into local history,

Lord Baltimore, and non-fiction works like

and Place on a Georgia Sea Island. Known as the

there are far too many authors and books

the oral histories Voices from St. Simons and

area’s foremost historian, Buddy has authored

to catalog here. A couple recent books that

Georgia Witness. He is also the brave soul

a multitude of other books about Coastal

have not been mentioned are worth noting,

who made the first attempt to encapsulate

Georgia history. His most recent work is A

however, and should be added to your

the history of St. Simons Island in one video:

Georgia Tidewater Companion, which contains

shelf if you collect local history. The first

Saint Simons 360. The well-crafted video

observations about his 30 years as a historian.

is Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles

takes you on a journey around the island and

by St. Simons African American Heritage

through time, visiting each of six distinct

While Jingle and Ben often make appearances

Coalition executive director Amy Lotson

eras as well as historical events that continue

at book signings for the Literary Guild and

Roberts and Patrick Holladay. Another is

to shape the island’s identity.

beyond, Buddy can be found doing lectures

Nick Dom’s From Millionaires to Commoners,

for the Coastal Georgia Historical Society as

The History of Jekyll Island State Park. Both

Doster’s collaboration with local

their Senior Historian. His winter Overview

of these titles can be found at our local

photographer Benjamin Galland,

of Coastal Georgia History 6-part lecture

bookstores and online.

Cumberland Island: Footsteps in Time, published by the University of Georgia Press, garnered them a 2021 Georgia Author of the Year award. Stephen adeptly takes the reader on a chronological journey, outlining the key events and influential inhabitants that have left their mark on this stretch of Georgia’s coast, illustrated with stunning color and black-and-white photography and historical images in a beautiful and informative coffee table book. To read more about Stephen and see a full list of his creative works and purchase options, visit s.doster.com. Galland and retired journalist Jingle Davis have collaborated on three similar books of illustrated history for the University of Georgia Press. 2013’s Island Time: An Illustrated History of St. Simons Island, received the Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory. Island Passages: An Illustrated History OCTOBER 2022


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hree-time Georgia Author

ferry pilot with the RAF, helping turn the tide

world traveler details her painfully honest

of the Year Pamela Bauer

of battle in the skies, and changing women’s

journey to learning how our desire to help in

Mueller is a fixture in the

aviation status forever. Raines story is one

a developing country or zone often ends up

local literary scene. This Jekyll

of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes

hurting because we are generally ignorant of

Island resident is well-known

and the joys of flight. Pam will be at Righton

the complexities there and because we have

for her historical works, mostly geared

Books for a book signing on Saturday

believed the popular narrative about the

toward young adults, and the Kiska cat trilogy

October 15, 2-4:00 p.m.

people who live there. Kathy courageously

for children. Her books, Splendid Isolation,

accounts how she came to terms with her

about the Jekyll Island Club; Neptune’s Honor,

Elena Harrison often catches attention in

own ignorance and savior mentality, writing

about King family slave Neptune Small; An

her role as teacher and founder of Golden

openly about her mistakes, which are both

Angry Drum Echoed, about “Queen of the

Isles Belly Dance, but you may not know

hilarious and heart-wrenching. These are

Creeks” Mary Musgrove; and Water to My

she is writer Lena Mikado. This fun-loving

authentic stories of a brave yet terrified

Soul, about “indigo girl” Eliza Lucas are some

beauty has a fantastic story about her journey

woman who arrived in Gonaives, Haiti and

of the most popular works published by her

from growing up in Russia to a whirlwind

built 2nd Story Goods, despite many blunders.

company Piñata Publishing (kiskalore.com).

romance that led to her marriage to husband,

Kathy’s inspiring tale is honest about personal

She is often a vendor at arts & crafts festivals

Chris, and home in the Golden Isles. She

faith and failures and shares a narrative of

and speaks at literary events.

recounts the tale in her All the Colors of the

great and gentle hope. Her incandescent

Rainbow trilogy: A Journey to the Ocean, A

personality shines through in important

Pamela’s most recent work, The Sky Is My

Year in the Sky, and It’s All About Love. They’re

lessons about learning respect, discarding

Home, tells the story of Hazel Jane Raines,

humorous, quirky, and full of love, just like

pity, and embracing grace. The book is

Georgia’s first female aviator. Raines

their author. Follow Lena on Facebook at Lena

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dramatically broke through the constraints

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of traditional Southern womanhood to

her website at lenamikado.com.

enter the exclusively male world of wartime

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aviation. As a daredevil “barnstormer” and

Another brave new voice has come out of

to the skies for a trip to some exotic tropical location,

stunt pilot, she left audiences gasping. Then

the Golden Isles recently to share lessons

inspired by A Year in the Sky by Lena Mikado. She

she answered the nation’s desperate need

learned on a personal journey: Kathy

wears beach attire and scarf from The Cricket Shop,

for pilots during World War II, as one of the

Brooks, founder of 2nd Story Goods. In

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Campbell Memorial Award. She is a member of the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University. With The Moth and its Unchained Tour, Tina has told her stories before audiences of more than 1,500 at shows at Town Hall in Times Square and at Cooper Union Hall in New York City and has been featured on “The Moth Radio Hour.” She has been a regular contributor to the awardwinning series CBS Sunday Morning with her essays, Postcards from Georgia, filmed on location here on her home of St. Simons Island. To be honest, she’s always doing something somewhere and it’s hard to keep track of it all! Now we come full circle,

Island in 2004 and has taken it on

Tina’s novels Baby of the Family,

introducing a woman who may

the road to Atlanta and beyond.

Ugly Ways, and Taking After

What is Tina doing today? She

Mudear were all included in the

currently hosts the “2 Old Chicks

need no introduction, because she is a cultural icon. Award-

Tina calls herself part of a

Georgia Center for the Book’s

Who Know a Lot of Sh*t” podcast

winning novelist, owner and

writing tradition: “one of

annual lists of the “25 Books

with Wanda Smalls Lloyd. This

founder of DownSouth Press,

those little Southern girls who

Every Georgian Should Read.”

dynamic duo recently won an

teacher, filmmaker, journalist,

always knew she wanted to tell

Among her numerous honors,

NABJ Outstanding Book Award

and podcast host Tina McElroy

stories.” Growing up in Middle

Tina received an honorary

as editors of the essay collection,

Ansa is first and foremost a

Georgia in the 1950s hearing

Doctorate of Arts from Spelman

Meeting at the Table: African

storyteller. She has regularly

her grandfather’s stories on the

College, the Stanley W. Lindberg

American Women Write on Race,

appeared with The Moth, along

porch and strangers’ stories

Award for her body of work

Culture and Community. Keep

with George Dawes Green and

downtown in her father’s juke

and contributions to the literary

up with Tina and find out what

was part of its Unchained tour.

joint inspired her own stories

arts community of Georgia,

else she’s doing at DownSouth

She established the Annual Sea

and writing and the fictional

as well as the National Book

Press on Facebook and on

Island Writers Retreats on Sapelo

Mulberry, Georgia of her books.

Club Conference’s Bebe Moore







Ready to Read opefully learning about all

reminds us that it’s important to make books

Books for Kids, Inc. to further that reach.

these fantastic books and

accessible at home. “Have small bins of books

Last year, Great Books for Kids served

works by local authors

around the house in places where your

500+ kids in Southeast Georgia and gifted

makes you want to pick

children frequent - the living room, in the

$16,700+ worth of books. Teachers and

up a book, whether to

car, and even the bathroom - to increase the

families have given glowing feedback and

read on your own or with children. Beyond

opportunities for them to reach for a book.”

expressed their appreciation. Jen says, “It is

expanding your knowledge, reading daily has

She adds, “Frequently add new books to

my goal to continually expand our reach in

so many proven benefits for your physical

your home. Encourage your child’s continual

serving more children, as well as increase

and mental health. These include reducing

interest in reading and support his/her

the number of books each child receives. We

stress; lowering heart rate and blood

reading skills growth by purchasing a few

need monetary support to do that and would

pressure; fighting depression; improving

new, age-appropriate books for your home

love our community’s help!”

brain connectivity, concentration, and

at least several times a year.” Giving books

memory; aiding in sleep readiness; preventing

as gifts for birthdays and holidays is an

There are three ways that you can support

cognitive decline; and contributing to a

excellent way to do this.

Great Books for Kids: 1) by making a tax-

longer life. This healthy habit is one we should cultivate in ourselves and our children.

deductible monetary donation; 2) by National statistics continually show a strong

becoming an official sponsor with your

correlation between the number of books in

business; 3) by purchasing high-quality books

Local mom Jen Tacbas couldn’t agree more.

a child’s home and the child’s overall interest

for your young readers through links on

She founded literacy charity Great Books

and success in reading and academics.

the Great Books for Kids website with book

for Kids in order to equip children with the

Statistics also show 61% of children who

tools they need to ignite a passion for reading

live in low-income neighborhoods do not

and support their journeys to becoming

have a single age-appropriate book

confident, capable readers. What are those

in their homes. When Jen witnessed

tools? Amazing and engaging books! She

that reality in her daughter’s class

shared some valuable advice with EIL about

a couple years ago, she stepped in

encouraging young readers.

to purchase books for the students

providers that donate up to 25%

monthly. As demand grew for other First and foremost, Jen says to prioritize

students too, Jen founded Great

some uninterrupted time each day to read aloud with your child of any age. She also

OPPOSITE PAGE: Leo Medders reaches to

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of their purchase to the charity. For more

hands of Glynn County’s neediest children

to one of five themes: talking, singing,

information, visit greatbooksforkids.org.

and to ensure that they are read to regularly.

reading, writing, and playing (early literacy

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs

practices identified by research for the

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast

of Southeast Georgia and the MOG Library

American Library Association’s Every

Georgia operates The Early Literacy

System, they host frequent story times for

Child Ready to Read® program). These are

Academy at 2102 Albany St. in Brunswick.

Pre-K through 2nd Grade at the local clubs.

easy activities that parents and caregivers

Its mission is to provide the foundation

At each story time, the children are gifted

can do with their child to prepare them for

for all children to have successful

a book and other goodies to take home. For

learning to read. The project, currently in

academic careers and become lifelong

more information and how you can support,

its third phase, has been expanded from all

readers through empowering families and

see jlgoldenisles.org.

Glynn County Schools pre-kindergarten

communities with individualized instruction

classrooms to Head Start and private

and measurable results. Additionally, the

The Take 5 project recently launched by

daycares or childcare centers. Read more

Burroughs-Molette Club location has an

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries is aimed at

about Take 5 and how your donations to

on-site children’s library that is open to

early literacy. Its goal is to provide parents

organizations such as The Literary Guild

the public and operated by MOG Libraries.

and caregivers with information about

of St. Simons Island, the Communities of

Learn more at bgcsega.com/early-literacy.

practices they can use with their children

Coastal Georgia Foundation, and other

to prepare them for learning to read. For

community charities and foundations can

Through their Books in the Home program,

five consecutive weeks, students receive

help at moglibraries.org/take-5.

Junior League of the Golden Isles is committed

a bag to take home that contains books,

to doing their part to put more books in the

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ecause we can’t let football season

Dominant Dawgs: Georgia’s Journey to

slip by without some red and black

the 2021 National Championship. If you’re

reading recommendations that

looking for an attractive coffee table book, this

are perfect to get you in the spirit.

offering from Pediment Publishing fits the bill.

They make great holiday gifts for your favorite UGA football fans too!

Echoes of Georgia Football: The Greatest Stories Ever Told. This 2006 Triumph Press shares fantastic stories and a foreword by Vince Dooley. Always a Bulldog: Players, Coaches, and Fans Share Their Passion for Georgia Football. This

Delivered: How the 2021 Georgia Bulldogs Made

touching compilation of personal reflections

History and Became National Champions. This

from more than 100 former players, coaches,

Top Dawgs: Celebrating a Championship Season

one comes straight from the Dawg’s mouth,

and fans by respected journalist Tony

for the Georgia Bulldogs. The only championship

so to speak, as it was produced by UGA

Barnhart is a must for any Dawg fan.

publication officially licensed by UGA. This

student newspaper source, The Red & Black

book by KCI Sports Publishing is mostly

Publishing Co.

Damn Good Dogs! The Real Story of Uga, the

reprints of regular AP game recaps supported by excellent photos.

University of Georgia’s Bulldog Mascot. Uga is the Attack the Day: Kirby Smart and Georgia’s

star of this 2011 book about the origin and line

Return to Glory. Released in 2020, Seth

of succession of the beloved school mascot

Top Dawgs: The Georgia Bulldogs’ Remarkable

Emerson’s book shines a light on the program

written by Sonny Seiler and Kent Hannon.

Road to the National Championship. This

with Smart at the helm.

similarly named publication from Triumph

Vince Dooley’s Garden: The Horticultural

Books opens with a foreword by Loran Smith

University of Georgia Football Vault. This

Journey of a Football Coach. This book takes

and shares season coverage by the Atlanta-

historic look at the program by Whitman

the reader between a different set of hedges,

Journal Constitution.

Publishing is a classic.

the home garden tended by Vince Dooley. This spotlight on the former coach’s passion

Return to Glory – A History of the Georgia

The Road to Georgia: Incredible Twists

for gardening is illustrated with brilliant

Bulldogs. Why settle for a foreword from

and Improbable Turns Along the Bulldogs

colorful paintings by renowned artist and

Loran Smith when you can get a whole

Recruiting Trail. Get an inside look at

UGA alumnus Steve Penley.

book written by him and a foreword by

the recruiting process from Jake Reuse

championship winning head coach Kirby

and Patrick Garbin.

100 Things Bulldog Fans Should Know & Do

Smart?! Smith takes readers on a journey from

Before They Die by Jon Nelson. The title is self-

the very beginning of the team through the

Historic Photos of University of Georgia Football.


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The Graveyard Book. First published in 2010, Neil Gaiman’s story of Bod, the boy being raised by ghosts after his parents were murdered won both the Newberry and Carnegie medals. Ten Timid Ghosts. This fun counting book by Jennifer O’Connell is perfect for the season.

eyond the monster classics like

The House Next Door. Anne Rivers Siddons

Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary

offers a new Southern gothic haunted house

Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete. Our littlest

Shelley’s Frankenstein, creepy tales

tale in the vein of Flannery O’Conner and

readers love Kimberly & James Dean’s lift

by Edgar Allen Poe, or horror from the

William Faulkner.

the flap Halloween adventure of spooky

King of the genre, here are some seasonal selections for all ages.

surprises for this beloved cat. The Year of the Witching. Alexis Henderson has been called a master at creating enthralling fear.

Skulls! Blair Thornburgh and award-

Books for Adults/Young Adults:

This 2020 debut and her September release

winning illustrator Scott Campbell have

The Haunting of Hill House. First published by

House of Hunger are both sure to thrill and terrify.

created a smart, skull-positive story that

Shirley Jackson in 1959, this is considered by

cheerfully dispels any fears kids might have

many to be the greatest haunted house story

The Bone Houses. If for nothing other than the

ever written.

zombie goat, Emily Lloyd-Jones’ Young Adult fantasy is worth a read this season.

about this essential part of our bodies. How to Make Friends with a Ghost. Rebecca

The Exorcist. William Peter Blatty’s 1979 book

Green’s debut picture book imbues the Books for Kids:

timeless theme of friendship with offbeat

Halloween is Coming. This fun, rhyme-along

humor, quirky and

The House of Salt and Sorrows. Erin Craig’s

picture book by Cal Everett is great for young

sweet illustrations.

New York Times bestseller has been called

readers and may become a

equal parts gothic romance and familiar

holiday tradition.

is even scarier than the movie.

fairytale, with a bit of whodunit too. Big Pumpkin. The Hour of the Witch. Set in Boston, 1662,


Chris Bohjalian’s 2021 New York Times

Silverman’s cute

bestseller is historical fiction at its finest.

tale features not-so-spooky

Blood and Salt. In her Young Adult debut, Kim

characters trying to

Leggett has penned a sweeping, scary, and

figure out how to move

entertaining paranormal read.

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s always, photographer Annaliese Kondo of Studio Pixel Pop deserves a great big

thank you for bringing the bookinspired fashion and literary theme to life beautifully on the page. She went over and above to capture this wide variety of faces and spaces, complemented by fashion from our local boutiques. Special thanks to EIL staffer Molly Duckworth who spent three days being bossed around, but never

Wonderland. To Paige King and her staff at Allie

her son Kyle at A Courtyard Florist for coming

lost her smile, while lending a hand on some of

Harper Boutique for jumping in first with this

through with whatever floral creations we

these 14 separate photo shoots..

idea to allow us to capture both Breakfast at

can think up. To Andy Jones for the use of

Tiffany’s and Beloved Invader.

the plane and Jerry Latvala for staging the

Extra gratitude to everyone who helped us

plane perfectly and waiting patiently while

stage our crazy ideas, especially Judie and Ken

Additional thanks to Tabitha at Sweet T’s

the sun was setting. To Mallory Sailors from

Mattie for allowing us to shoot some of these

Cakes for that incredible Alice in Wonderland-

Coastal Glam, for making everyone feel safe,

photos at your gorgeous home. To Hesper

themed cake. (You can find Sweet T’s on

comfortable, and beautiful. And finally, to all

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and got into their “book” roles – we couldn’t

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by Emily Ellison, Executive Director, St. Simons Land Trust

t. Simons Island is approximately the size of Manhattan. One island has been able to retain a rare, green lushness that remains on a closeto-the-earth human scale. It could not be more different from the sky-scraping density of that other island that sits between the Hudson and the East River.

I think about that often, what might have been. It’s not a pretty picture, imagining St. Simons filled with high-rise condominiums and arcades, imagining the composition of the island if there had not been visionaries who took a stand to preserve a barrier island that has some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, if this community had not partnered with the St. Simons Land Trust for more than two decades to preserve, protect, and manage nearly 1,200 acres of land. Almost 1,000 of those protected acres – an area larger than Central Park – are on the north-end of the island. And more than 600 of those acres lie within what is considered one of the brightest, most precious gems in the state’s land conservation crown: Cannon’s Point Preserve. This month the Land Trust is celebrating the 10th anniversary of having acquired and carefully managed the 608-acre Preserve. In 2012, at the completion of an 18-monthlong, $25 million capital campaign, the peninsula known as Cannon’s Point was 64


fragile ecosystems, and rare habitat that would eventually be opened to the public, had never been designed for a St. Simons Land Trust property. This was unchartered territory. And those who were involved in ensuring the Preserve’s future had to have vision, passion, and a deep and abiding respect for all that had occurred on that land for the past 5,000 years and all that could come afterwards. purchased, eventually making it possible for the public to visit and enjoy one of the only intact maritime forests on Georgia’s coast accessible by car. That successful fundraising initiative was one of the largest in the island’s history, with gifts coming from nearly 300 individuals, foundations, corporations, and other partners. It was a massive undertaking led by a tenacious group of people who were determined to see the property protected from development. As enormous as that effort was, however, some of the heaviest lifting came after the money was raised and the land was acquired. All Land Trust properties are stewarded by management plans that are carefully crafted by professionals in environmental science, land conservation, education, scientific research, forestry, wildlife management, land restoration, climate change, storm protection, archaeology, recreation, and other pertinent fields of expertise. But a plan that would be required for a wilderness preserve with more than six miles of saltmarsh and river shoreline,

There was proof, for example, of indigenous peoples having lived on the land since 2500 BCE. The Native Americans’ shell middens were not just piles of discarded oyster shells but were both archaeological features and important natural factors impacting the island’s soil. The middens, which release calcium carbonate, had for centuries created ideal conditions for some of the rare plants that reside in maritime forests. These “prehistoric dumping grounds” had to be treated as carefully as other artifacts, like the ruins of a home from the 1700s and other plantation-era structures, including those built by enslaved people who had lived and labored on the property. The area surrounding a long-abandoned cattle dip had to be remediated. Hundreds of dead and dying pine trees, infested with pine beetles, had to be felled and removed. The limited wetlands on the property needed to be protected and allowed to continue acting as critical aquifer recharge areas for the island. Plans needed to be created on how to identify,

monitor, and control invasive species and to determine how and when visitors could enter the Preserve and what types of low-impact activities would be allowed. A forward-looking Perpetual Conservation Easement had to be drafted along with an arrangement with The Nature Conservancy to hold and monitor that easement. Reviewing documents of all that took place during those first months and years of owning the Preserve, and all that continues to take place daily, boggles the mind. The must-do list of projects, protocols, and activities would stretch from here to Darien. Stephanie Knox, the first full-time Preserve Manager at Cannon’s Point Preserve, and now our Stewardship Director, worked seven days a week for the better part of two years, partnering with experts across a wide range of skills and knowledge, to whittle down that list. “The most challenging part of the position early on was working to create something that had never been done before by the Land Trust,” says Stephanie. “It’s thanks to the remarkable partners, staff, and volunteers who came together to share their expertise, passion, and guidance that allowed the Preserve’s vision to become a reality. The Preserve has truly been created by the community for the community and it’s incredible to see it now, as it was always envisioned to be, a model for conservation and a platform for education.” When Stephanie was hired in 2014, the Land Trust owned and managed historic and iconic

properties across the island, but nothing on the scale of a 600-plus-acre wilderness area with rare natural communities of plants and animals and that was being envisioned as a living laboratory for study and research that would include public access. It took a tireless, dedicated, knowledgeable, and young Preserve Manager like Steph to help make that happen.

Simons), Land Trust co-founders Ben Slade and Frances McCrary, Lee Richards (SSLT Board Chair at the time), and so many other past and current board members, advisory council members, staff from the Nature Conservancy and the Department of Natural Resources, along with countless volunteers to make that happen.

As Susan Shipman, who twice served as Chair of the Land Trust’s Board of Directors, said recently, “In retrospect, I am astounded at the scope and extent of the plan’s management goals we’ve been able to implement in part or fully achieved. At the end of the day, the thing that awes me is that magnificent maritime forest and its component habitats that remain undisturbed. To think what could have happened had that peninsula been built out as envisioned in the PUD that the county had approved years ago.”

But few people worked harder and more tenaciously or had a more comprehensive vision for the property than Wendy Paulson. It was Wendy and her husband Hank, owners of Little St. Simons Island and internationally recognized conservationists, who not only made the lead gift to the Cannon’s Point Preserve fundraising campaign, donating more than $12 million to the effort, but who also tapped into the support of conservation leaders and donors across the country. Their commitments to coastal conservation didn’t stop when the checks were written, however. Rather, Wendy encouraged the development of different task forces that would provide critically important expertise to the staff and board of the Land Trust as they worked to create a national model for land conservation and nature-centered recreation and education.

That PUD (Planned Unit Development) included hundreds of homes, a golf course, and associated amenities. Not Manhattan, for sure. But the “what could have been” is, thankfully, a far cry from the now protected green expanse seen when you take a boat from the Hampton River Marina toward Little St. Simons and Sea Island: miles and miles of pristine maritime forest, with not a roof top in sight. It took people like Shipman, Knox, Scott Coleman (Ecological Manager for the Center for Coastal Conservation on Little St.

On a borrowed bicycle, she peddled across the island, recruiting people like Mimi Rogers, Curator at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, who agreed to head up the History Task Force. As a result of engaging people like Mimi, and other history and archaeology experts, Cannon’s Point Preserve



is a “no-take” area, meaning that there is no collecting or disturbing of natural and historic features. Today, because of such leadership and foresight, the Preserve has become known as a world-class complex of archeological sites that is of tremendous regional importance and that draws scientists from across the nation.

the painted bunting (listed as a neotropical species of concern), are found at the Preserve; and its surrounding salt marsh, tidal creeks and rivers reduce the impact of storm surge on adjacent uplands, minimize erosion and subsidence, and provide essential habitat for fisheries as well as threatened, endangered and protected species.

Led by its Education Task Force, the Preserve has also become a platform for education and research. Input from and partnerships with local colleges and universities have resulted in the Preserve being utilized as a free educational resource for school groups across the state.

“Cannon’s Point is rich in natural and cultural resources,” says Land Trust board and Stewardship Committee member Scott Coleman. “But perhaps even more important than protecting these resources is the access that SSLT has provided to this site and these resources over the past decade. In addition to opening this slice of coastal wilderness to the public three days a week, the Preserve has proved to be an incredible educational asset for students ranging from 1st grade to graduate school.”

The Conservation Task Force, along with numerous other stakeholders and Task Force members, worked with staff and board to create the Preserve’s Ecological Management Plan. This living document provides guidance and processes for long-term management, research, public access, educational outreach, and the encouragement of and integration of citizen science throughout the Preserve. In addition, Cannon’s Point Preserve contains habitat important to native and migratory species of birds that pass along the Atlantic Flyway twice annually. The rare climbing buckthorn and Florida privet, as well as

One of the most remarkable things about Cannon’s Point Preserve is how many of the people who were initially involved in the fundraising, purchasing, and planning for a model wilderness preserve are still dedicated to and engaged in the work today. That includes Paulson, Shipman, Coleman, and most of the original Task Force members. As Scott has said, it’s extraordinary to find a conservation project where so many stakeholders have

come together to preserve a property with so many uses and provides such a wide range of experiences to the public. Many of those stakeholders will gather October 22-23 when the Land Trust marks the 10th Anniversary of the Cannon’s Point purchase. It will be a weekend filled with activities for visitors of all ages, from plant and pollinator walks to bird walks to snake presentations to discussions with professors and students who have been involved in ongoing research over the years. There will also be tours to the north-end ruins led by experts from the Georgia Forestry Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and SSLT staff. Bring a picnic and blanket and join us for lunch on the 22nd or 23rd under the 300-400-year-old trees that Wendy Paulson named the “Live Oak Rotunda.” In her words, “Cannon’s Point is an enduring gift from this community to future generations: the rare opportunity to experience Georgia primeval.” That’s better than anything you’ll find on that island in New York, and it won’t cost you a dime. For additional information about the St. Simons Land Trust, please call 912.638.9109, drop by our offices at 1810 Frederica Rd., or visit sslt.org.

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Glynn County Leaders Embrace Workforce Talent Development In this issue of Elegant Island Living, the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) continues its partner and charity spotlight with a focus on The Talent Development Program of the Golden Isles Development Authority and Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.


nvestment in a community takes many forms. At the Davis Love Foundation, the focus is most often on the great works of charitable organizations that positively impact children and their families. This month, however, Foundation Focus turns its attention to a different type of community investment: workforce or talent development.

ongoing investment. Our strong business community, effective economic development elements, and committed community leaders have created a climate where businesses, including manufacturing, health care, logistics, hospitality, and federal government can thrive.

Investing in talent development is critical for every vibrant community. It helps current employers hire and retain qualified employees to meet their ongoing business needs. It helps attract businesses looking to locate or expand their operations in a community. It helps individuals identify career opportunities, undertake necessary training and education, and ultimately secure employment.

In 2020, the Golden Isles Development Authority and Brunswick–Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce launched an effort to develop a community-wide talent development strategy for the region. They brought in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to work with a 23-member local steering committee to identify current workforce resources, challenges, and opportunities.

While the impacts are clear, talent development does not happen by chance, but instead requires partnership, vision, and

They developed a vision of recognizing the Golden Isles as a top location for talent development by implementing a

community-wide workforce development strategy that is aligned to current and future workforce needs, is inclusive of partners, and has clear accountability. This initiative seeks to establish programs, strategies, and investments to support the community’s diverse industry base. The strategy also seeks to enhance prosperity for local citizens, create more job opportunities, and contribute to a stronger community. The Davis Love Foundation, in partnership with the Golden Isles Development Authority and Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, was pleased to support this important program. To learn more about the Glynn Country Talent Development Strategy, visit keepglynnrunning. com/growglynnsworkforce. To learn more about the RSMClassic, visit RSMClassic.com or follow @TheRSMClassic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #RSMClassicCares.

In its first twelve years, The RSM Classic, hosted by Davis Love III, has raised nearly $29 million to support local and national charities. The 2022 PGA TOUR event is November 14-20 at Sea Island Golf Club. For partnership information, regardless of the size of your business, contact John McKenzie, Director of Sales, at jmckenzie@dlovefoundation.com or visit rsmclassic.com.

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CRUISE ON OVER TO MARSH’S EDGE On Saturday, October 8, the third annual Cars for a Cause show featuring unique and classic cars will take place in the beautiful setting of Marsh’s Edge. This fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association is open to the public with paid admission from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., along with music spun by DJ Yolanda Neely, a food truck for refreshments, 50/50 raffle and other prizes. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the gate. If you’d like to register your vehicle for the show or purchase a ticket in advance, contact Social Director Annsley Felton at 912.291.2001 or afelton@marshs-edge.com. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, a national not-for-profit and the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

SWING FOR SUCCESS Social Opportunities & Active Recreation, Inc. (SOAR) and BridgeHaven Academy are excited to partner together to host the inaugural Tournament Fore Success golf tournament at Sapelo Hammock Golf Club in Shellman Bluff on Wednesday, November 2. The day will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m., followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Registration is $125 per individual or $500 per 4-person team. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please consider coming out and playing in this charity tournament to support these two non-profit organizations that share a common goal of enriching the lives of youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Register at on Eventbrite or visit soargoldenisles.org.

OCTOBER EVENTS AT HOFWYL There’s lots to do at Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation Historic Site this month. Join them for the inaugural Harvest Scavenger Hunt on any Tuesday through Sunday, October 1-30, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Guests will be given a Harvest Scavenger Hunt Map to find clues to answer the secret saying and receive a prize bag filled with treats. It’s fun for the whole family! On Saturday, October 15, classic cars from all over the Southeast will be vying for the championship in Ophelia’s Classic Car Challenge, presented by Friends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation and Classic Coastal Cruisers. Come out and vote for your favorite between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you’re looking for something on the spooky side, the Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation tours take place every Friday night from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and are $20 per guest. Call 912.264.7333 for more information or visit gastateparks.org/hofwylbroadfieldplantation.

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BRANDING & DESIGN FIRM EXPANDS TO SSI Elizabeth Schorr & Co. is excited to announce their expansion to St. Simons Island with the addition of Emily Been to the team. ES&Co. specializes in branding and graphic design for companies and organizations throughout the Southeast. Services include logo design, graphic design, website design, package design, social media graphics, business collateral, and more. Elizabeth Schorr & Co. believes that legit businesses and organizations deserve to look legit no matter the size of the small town or island where they were founded. SSI native Emily Been joined ES&Co. after graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design. Emily brings excitement for the area and creativity to every project. Whether you’ve been in business for 100 years or 10 minutes, they’d love to work with you! To see their most recent work, visit elizabethschorr.com, or call Elizabeth at 478.832.1535 PICTURED: Elena Garza, Elizabeth Schorr, Emily Been

ZOE’S SUPERSTARS OF THE GOLDEN ISLES “I believe charity starts at home,” says Zoe Herrington owner of Noble House Jewelry LTD. What a grand opportunity she has to promote individuals in the Golden Isles that are not household names, but rather people that have home spun, sometimes gritty stories on Zoe’s Superstars of the Golden Isles. “What a delight and privilege it is to host this show on iHeart Radio’s WGIG AM & FM,” she exclaims. “Our program is recorded professionally in Brunswick at iHeart Media, 3833 US Hwy 82 with guests who voluntarily come on the show and are not paid for their interview. These are unsung heroes I take my hat off to featuring very special people in our community, i.e. one of the first female Fed Ex Pilots, Angela Sherzer.” If you know someone who is deserving of appearance on the radio show, please contact Zoe at 912.222.8328 or 912.434.9161.

LAND DESIGN ASSOCIATES EXPANDS STUDIO Jeff Homans, Landscape Architect, and associates Blake Hightower, Bo Parker, and Jay Gehler will continue to offer exceptional landscape design services and planning to their clientele from Land Design Associates’ newly expanded offices and design studio upstairs at 228 Redfern Village. “I’m excited to expand our space to better serve our team and our clients”, says Jeff Homans. “We are fortunate to be ideally situated in Redfern Village, as well.” Land Design Associates has been helping clients achieve their landscape goals for nearly 20 years. Jeff explains, “We The Land Design Associates team: Blake Hightower, Jeff Homans, and Bo Parker engage our clients at every step of the process (Jay Gehler, not pictured) to ensure elegant and functional outdoor spaces are delivered on time and within budget. We view every project as a unique and stimulating challenge to our design and management capabilities.” When planning your next project, call Land Design Associates at 912.571.1137 or visit landscapearchitectga.com.

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Hans F. Trupp, CCIM founder and former Chairman of Trupp Hodnett Enterprises and The Management Company prior to taking the companies public (NYSE, RZT) in an IPO in 1998 has reentered the real estate business locally through an affiliation with eXp realty. eXp is a cloud based publicly traded (NASDAQ, EXPI) company with more than 90,000 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 90,000 agents and growing.


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DEATH OF A GANGSTER You’re invited to a 1920s Mafia wedding at the Ballroom by Beach House on Jekyll Island October 15 … and did we mention there will be a murder? This interactive murder mystery dinner theatre event begins at 5:15 p.m. with a Champagne welcome reception followed by an Italian inspired four-course dinner including a glass of wine or beer. (Cash bar available.) Period costumes are optional but encouraged, so bust out your zoot suit, flapper dress and

ORDER BEAUTIFUL POINSETTIAS The Live Oaks Garden Club is kicking off their 23rd Annual Poinsettia Sale on Friday, October 7th. The club is offering red, white, pink and “Jingle Bells” poinsettias in 8-inch foil pots for $20. These gorgeous,

feather boas, then join in to solve the mystery of why someone is sleeping with the fishes and whodunit! If you would like to be seated with other friends attending, please ensure that all tickets are purchased together, otherwise attendees will be randomly seated at round tables of eight. This event is hosted in conjunction

lush, and longlasting plants are perfect for sprucing up your holiday decor and make wonderful gifts too. The sale lasts through Friday November 18th. Order your poinsettias through the Club’s website at liveoaksgardenclubinc.com and mark your calendars for Friday, December 2. Poinsettia pickup will take place on that date between noon and 6:00 p.m. from Community Church’s St. Simons Island campus located at 2700 Frederica Rd.

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MOVE OVER MONTE CARLO The Junior League of the Golden Isles (JLGI) is planning a festive evening of your favorite casino games, delicious libations, and fun fellowship. The Under the Oaks Casino Night will be held at Sea Palms Resort, Thursday, November 17 from 6:0010:00 p.m. All funds raised from the event will go directly towards supporting annual scholarships organized by JLGI, including the LemmonAid Scholarship which honors the late Shannon Lemmon, a beloved high school history teacher and member of JLGI. These scholarships are awarded to Golden Isles high school seniors

selected by JLGI in recognition of their outstanding volunteer service to their community. JLGI is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through

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THE COMMUNITY TURNED UP TO SUPPORT OPERATION BED SPREAD AT THEIR ANNUAL BACK 2 SCHOOL BEDLAM EVENT AT BROGEN’S SOUTH. Attendees enjoyed great music by Idle Hands, cold drinks and hot wings. Thanks to generous support at the event, OBS was able to deliver a crib, mattress, and bedding to a foster family just a couple days later. Thank you to everyone who makes these deliveries possible! 1. Rees Carroll, Tom Smillie, Carolyn Sanders, Fred Marrs, Greg Carver. 2. Andy and Amy Broderick, Ashley and David Crosby-Holland. 3. Kelley Spaeder, Kim Beckum, Tripp Fredrich, Jim Spaeder. 4. Celia Eisentraeger, Amy Baldwin. 5. Lea and Bud Badyna. 6. Jason and Summer Little. 7. Kevin Hildebrand, Nancy Hildebrand, Linda Podinger. 8. Donna Spencer, Rebecca Link, Pamela Burrell. 9. Joe Applegate, Marcus Kuja, Lane Applegate, West Applegate, Candler Kuja, Sydney Kuja. 10. Lori Lambright, Casey Cate, Greer Andserson, Mobley Grace Anderson. 11. Lynn and Paul Klimp, Ann Geer. 12. Lindy Byrd, Leslie McAvoy. 13. Wanda and Jeff Shue. 14. Steve Spencer, Barry Burrell. 76


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THE 14TH ANNUAL KEEP GOLDEN ISLES BEAUTIFUL “CLEAN AND GREEN” GOLF TOURNAMENT RECENTLY TOOK PLACE AT THE BRUNSWICK COUNTRY CLUB. The team of Luke Pigge, Dru Love, Alex Flores, and Anthony Aloi were the tournament winners, with Mike Hulsey, Brad Hummel, Bo Broadwell and Frank Dekle as runners-up, and Brian Strickland, Brian Ginn, Josh Ferguson and Burt James in 3rd place. The tournament raised funds to support programs, projects, and initiatives to keep the Golden Isles clean, green and beautiful. 80


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LOCAL ARTIST AND GLYNN VISUAL ARTS POTTERY STUDIO MANAGER ELIZABETH HOLLADAY TOOK A BREAK FROM THE KILN FOR AN OPENING RECEPTION debuting her paintings at the Golden Isles CVB St. Simons Island Visitors Center. Guests enjoyed lite bites from Three Little Birds Catering as they took in the colorful creations. The exhibit of inspirational paintings, “Praise on the Islands,” will be on display through October 22. 1. Elizabeth LeSueur, Ann Marie Dalis. 2. Jerry Morris, Robert Fisher, Betty Oliver, Kari Morris. 3. Elizabeth and Patrick Holladay. 4. Jody Furr, Catherine McCrary. 5. Jonathan Currier, Jacob Billings. 6. Bob Sattelmeyer, Leigh Kirkland. 7. Doug and Patti Neal, Terry Evans. 8. Elizabeth Holladay. 9. Tom and Diane Quinn. 10. Stacy Gowen, Nicole Warren. 11. Heather Shadron, Nicole Campbell. 12. Rolf Haardoerfer, Dawn Walsh. 82


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COLDWELL BANKER ACCESS REALTY BRUNSWICK RECENTLY HELD ITS 6TH ANNUAL FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION DAY to show its support for local first responders and their families. Attendees enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixins, warm fellowship and other fun. All proceeds from this year’s event go to Brunswick Fire Department for smoke detectors in the community. 1. Chris Gomez, Gray Revels. 2. Steven Sarti, Carla Benitez, Nancess Hicks. 3. Tara Stephens, Jamie Stephens, Laura Hinson. 4. Edis Gonzalez, Susan Owens, Patrick Ozanne. 5. Genesis Deliapaz Lewis, Louis Crider. 6. Yolanda Neely, Beth Walters. 7. Brian Guenther, Wesley Baker. 8. Robert Mydell, Veniesha Ward, Bill Robinson, Seth Powers. 9. Ron Funkhouser, Jacquie Wheeler, Jeff McNair. 10. Tom and Trina Smythe. 11. Shaniqua Wright, Marlon Groover. 12. Nataleigh Griffith, Jennie Padgett. 13. Jonesha Miller, David Bennett. 14. Tracy McDonald, James Vivenzio. 84


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THE LITTLE LIGHT MUSIC SEASON PRESENTED BY THE COASTAL GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY WRAPPED UP ITS SEASON WITH WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THEIR MOST WELL-ATTENDED CONCERT YET! The Sensational Sounds of Motown are always a treat and put on a fantastic show, but it was the “Legacy of Light” laser projection show celebrating the lighthouse’s 150 years of service that made the crowd stick around after the music. This presentation by Castano Group that was shown nightly over Labor Day weekend was simply brilliant! 86




THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH IS ALWAYS ENTERTAINING IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRUNSWICK. September’s excitement included live music in Jekyll Square, a free screening of Grease at The Ritz, karaoke at XYNO Furniture, new art by Glenda Cason at SoGlo Gallery, farmers market, vendors, and volunteers supporting local non-profit organizations. Come on out in October to join the fun!



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100 Demere Retreat lane, Saint Simons Island, GA Step inside this unique island oasis with tremendous marsh views and contemporary style. This 4BR, 3BA home sits in a prime location within walking distance to East Beach and a short bike ride to the St. Simons Village. High ceilings, lots of natural light and a large back patio make this house perfect for entertaining. $959,000 Listed by Ann Harrell 912.222.4002

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​23​Carriage​Drive,​Saint​Simons​Island,​GA This incomparable property located on a 9.5± acre property features 5 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths and 2 half baths in the main house and 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in the guest apartment. There are multiple fireplaces, an in-home theater, an in-ground pool and hot tub. A barn can be built to accommodate up to two horses. $3,275,000 Listed​by​Phoebe​Hoaster​912.270.5730

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4 br | 3 ba | MARSH VIEWS | $959,000


3 br | 2 ba | UPDATED | $690,000

Fabulous contemporary within walking distance to East Beach and short bike ride to Village. High ceilings, lots of light, large deck and 2 fireplaces.

Commercial building in Historic Downtown Brunswick next to Jekyll Square. Convenient to shopping and restaurants.

South End beach bungalow walking distance to the beach and the village. Flood insurance not required. Fresh updates.

Buying Land in the Golden Isles is a Great Hedge Against Inflation. SOLD OR UNDER CONTRACT 10 Marina Dr, 214, The Waterfront, SSI 114 Dodge Road, SSI 25 Trice Lane, Stillwater, SSI 46 Southerland Lane, SSI 1419 Newcastle Street, Brunswick



Saint Simons Island

Saint Simons Island

OCEAN VIEW LOT | $1,700,000


.14 acre lot. Can be developed with two luxury villas or a single family villa.

Marshfront lot in gated subdivision. Lot 5 is 1.2 acre. Survey is available.



Saint Simons Island

Private Island, Coastal Georgia

2 br | 2 ba | $389,900

40 Acre Island | $895,000

New HVAC, hot water heater, flooring, newly painted, countertops, bathrooms and appliances. Centrally located with many amenities.

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.



Saint Simons Island

Sea Island

6 br | 6 ba, 3 hba | 6477SF | $3,750,000

4 br | 5 ba, 1 hba | 6,510SF | $5,300,000

Marshfront. Renovated in 2017-2018. Carefully designed home with outstanding architectural details. Fabulous sunrise views! Sea Island application rights available.

Ed Cheshire designed residence designed to bring the outside in. Magnificent gardens and large windows. Separate 3br, 3ba guest cottage. Sea Island application rights available.

23 CARRIAGE DRIVE Saint Simons Island 7 br | 6 ba, 2 hba | $3,275,000 On 9.5+ acres in the prestigious community of Butlers Plantation, this once-in-a-lifetime estate brings serenity and tranquility to elegant island living. Twenty-foot ceilings, walls of windows, multiple fireplaces, and the finest materials accent dramatic, entertaining spaces with wonderful amenities.




Saint Simons Island

Saint Simons Island

Saint Simons Island

4 br | 3 ba | 3715SF | $750,000

2 br | 2 ba | $549,000

DEMERE ROAD | $350,000 - $400,000

In the family-friendly community, West Point, this traditional home offers charm, comfort, and a lot of space.

Renovated, fully furnished, two-bedroom condo (sleeps 7) overlooking the golf course and lagoon views in Sea Palms.

A perfect opportunity to custom-build in a prime location nearby the beach off Demere Road. Three separate lots are available.

2002 DIXON LANE Saint Simons Island OCEANFRONT LOT. EAST BEACH | $3,250,000 BUILD the beach house you have always dreamed of having on one of the last oceanfront lots available on St. Simons Island. This unique oceanfront offering comes with house plans by Mike Krouse with Harrison Designs. The plans feature a four-bedroom contemporary residence that is open, light-filled, and takes advantage of the oceanfront views.



Saint Simons Island

Saint Simons Island

3 br | 2 ba, 1 hba | 2091SF | $650,000

4 br | 3 ba, 1 hba | 3,400SF | $1,250,000

In the family-friendly community, Harrison Point, this traditional home offers charm, comfort, and a lot of space.

On a large corner lot with open views in prized Hamilton Landing a short distance to Frederica Academy, this traditional home features a spacious floorplan with formal and informal rooms, a two-story great room, eat-in kitchen, saltwater pool, and more!


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Rhett’s Hill • 705 Fort King George • Darien, Georgia 2.98 +/- Acres overlooking Marsh & Darien River w/ 150 +/Acres of Kings Grant Marshland. Half a Mile to Downtown Darien. 1950’s era home. 4BR, 2BA, 2,791 SF. Garage and Breezeway. Pool & Bath House. Would Make a Great Mini Estate or Bed and Breakfast. Listed for $889,000.

207 Marina Drive • St Simons Island, Georgia Wonderful Opportunity!! Commercial Condo at Morning Star Marina. This second floor unit is owner occupied - no leases to deal with. Use it or lease it. Essentially 2 offices, conference area & welcome area all in one. Work hard, play hard in one location. Conveniently located to St Simons or Brunswick. Easy to show. $239,000

318 Maple Street • St. Simons Island PRICED TO SELL! 3BR, 2BA Island home. The first level a double garage, storage, flex space, kitchenette and bath. The second level is the main living level with living, dining, kitchen, screened porch, laundry room, primary bedroom & bath. The third level has 2 bedrooms with spacious bath. Patio, outside shower. Deeded easement. Sold "as is" and needs a new roof as pricing reflects. LOTS of potential. $399,000

122 ISLAND PROFESSIONAL PARK | SSI, GA 31522 | 912.434.6477

85 MACKAY DRIVE - $269,900 - Renovated and updated adorable cottage in Marshes of Mackay on a lovely treed 0.69


AC lot. Features include 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and all new: tile flooring, stainless appliances and kitchen sink, porcelain tile countertops, backsplash, disposal, kitchen and laundry room cabinets, lighting, toilets, ceiling fans, and window blinds. There is a separate laundry room with sink and the 2-car garage has a large storage closet. Plus home has a new roof, new hot water heater, and a new deck. Located in an "X" flood zone and there is no HOA. Call Joy Wright, (912) 230-0134.





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

60 RIVER VIEW CT - This fabulous deep-water lot with a sea wall has spectacular views and is perfect to build your dream home. Located in desirable gated Sanctuary Cove which has a deep-water community dock, fire pit area, pool, clubhouse, tennis, and the Fred Couples Signature golf course. Right next to the community dock, pool and clubhouse, and is one of the largest and most beautiful lots in Sanctuary Cove. The community is located inside Camden County close to Brunswick and the Golden Isles.

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

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Welcome to Red Cedar Villa! Experience a vacation full of rest and relaxation in this four level luxury home. This 4 bedroom 4 bath rental, which is located on a charming street in the heart of St. Simons Island, greets you with a lush courtyard and private, heated plunge pool before you even walk in the door. With incredible beach views from the rooftop terrace, access to the Coast Cottages community pool, and close proximity to shops and restaurants, you get it all here. Book this for your next vacation and have your own tropical haven waiting for you!


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107 Mews Circle | St. Simons

180 Shadow Wood Bn | St Simons

5BR, 3 full/2 half BA, 1 Blk from Village $1,100,000. Margaret Anne Proctor. 912-222-6629

3/4BR, 2.5BA. Custom Home with charm of Italian Villa. $820,000. Joan Lewis. 912-2585841


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221 Medinah | St. Simons 3BR, 3.5BA. Beautiful Home on 11th Fairway $1,399,900. Marcia & Rick Irwin. 678-361-8835

200 Salt Air Dr #116 | St. Simons

104 Jones Creek | St. Simons

4BR, 3BA. Corner Lot on cul-de-sac. $674,000. Cynthia Brown. 662-694-9235

3BR, 2.5BA. Prime Location, near Village. $574,900. Janice Morgan. 912-580-1833

Lot in Beautiful Gated Community $540,000. Betsy 269-1690, Ken 223-1918



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153 Southern Oaks Ln | St. Simons

317 Commons Road | St. Simons

809-B Mallery Street | St. Simons

109 Hudson Trail | Brunswick

3BR, 2BA. Charming & in a popular neighborhood. $495,000. Brad Randall. 912-270-8556

3BR, 2.5BA. Spacious Condo near Village. $400,000. Christina Clarke. 912-399-2267

4BR, 2BA. Gated, Quiet Community. $375,000. Marcia Irwin. 678-361-8835

929 Wimbledon Dr | St. Simons

708 East Island Sq. | St. Simons

401 Fairway Villas | St. Simons

1BR, 2BA. End Unit Mid-Island Condo. $279,900. Kay Love. 912-230-3253

2BR, 2BA. Great location - Best Deal on Island. $275,000. Margaret Maestas. 912-250-6677

3BR, 3BA. Condo. Private w/ Golf Views. $344,900. Cynthia Brown. 662-694-9235.

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1704 Bruce Drive | East Beach

316 Sea Marsh | St. Simons

1440 Ocean Blvd 207 | St. Simons

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

2BR, 2BA. Sea Palms

2BR, 2BA. St. Simons Beach Club

2502 #2 Isl. Retreat | St. Simons

St Simons Grand 318 | St. Simons

Ocean Walk J10 | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA Ground Floor

4BR, 3BA. Top Floor.

2BR, 2BA. Second Floor Unit.

1440 Ocean Blvd 311 | St. Simons

Ocean Walk M8 | St. Simons

Beach Club 435 | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA. Direct Oceanfront.

3BR, 2.5BA Townhouse

2BR, 2BA. Partial Ocean View.

114 Floyd St. | St. Simons

Demere Landing 138 | St. Simons

413 Palmetto | St. Simons

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

4BR, 3.5BA. Multi-level Condo.

2BR, 1BA House

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108 Cascades • $2,295,000 • St Simons Island Club 5BR | 6BA | Pool | Lagoon | Golf Course Views

Love Where Uou Live!

This beautiful Mediterranean home has a wonderful floor plan, 14 ft ceilings in the entry hall, dining room and piano room, then 10 ft throughout the rest of the home, with substantial crown molding, 8 ft solid doors and all the bells and whistles for comfortable living in luxurious accommodations.

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106 Davison Lane (Lot 8) Hawkins Island Hawkins Island is "hidden" gem. This gated Sea Island neighborhood on St. Simons Island is a true island in and of itself. Reachable by a bridge, there is a real sense of arrival to this special place. This marsh front lot of .87 acres overlooks pocket marsh and also has a long corridor view to the northwest. Studded with mature live oaks, the site is under brushed and very accessible by foot or car. Terrific neighborhood and neighbors. Terrific homesite on a quiet side street with cul-de-sac. $525,000

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


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Cottage 115, W. Twenty Fourth St. Sea Island The handsome features of this stucco home catch and hold the eye from first glance. Directly on the marsh on 24th Street and perfectly placed between mature Live oaks providing the broadest viewshed imaginable. This is a home built for love of family when family and guests return home but also lives comfortably for two. Ground floor Master Bedroom with adjoining gym and separate sitting room. Great room (20' ceiling) with fireplace, Kitchen and Breakfast Nook and the Living Room/Den all offer marsh views. Separate Dining Room for the special occasions. Upstairs are four bedrooms and four baths, a marsh side office of 789 sf (converted from a playroom). 36'x 18' pool with its own bath is perfectly placed between palm and oak trees with generous tabby decking surrounded by lush lawn. Dock rights are available. 3-car garage and ample storage. $7,895,000

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! $14,950,000

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158 St Andrews Drive, Island Club. 5BR, 4BA ranch style home recently remodeled, from the wood floors to the roof. Master suite features a large bath with double vanities, Travertine flooring, and an amazing shower. The kitchen features granite countertops, top of the line appliances, including a wine cooler, skylights, and beautiful birch cabinetry. Large yard. Abundant privacy. $1,490,000

1300 Downing Street, #478 Gorgeous ocean views in this 4th floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the King and Prince historic resort! Overlooking one of the three outdoor swimming pools and just a short walk to the beach. $1,175,000

1300 Downing Street, #477 Gorgeous ocean views in this 4th floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the King and Prince historic resort! Overlooking one of the three outdoor swimming pools and just a short walk to the beach. $1,125,000

159 Rice Mill Beautiful home located on the King and Prince Golf Course. This 3BR, 2.5 BA home has a gorgeous winding staircase in the front foyer. Hwd floors in the downstairs living space and custom built-ins on either side of the gas fireplace.The living room has several French doors opening up to the covered back porch overlooking the gorgeous backyard with ample privacy. $765,000

127 Arthur J Moore Beautiful and privately situated home offers a calm and peaceful experience. This 4BR, 2.5BA home boasts picturesque western marsh views from all of the windows along the back of the house. Open and airy living space with high ceilings. An upper and lower deck on the back of the house offer space to enjoy the outdoors and view the sunsets. $925,000

267 St Andrews, Island Club Gorgeous 4BR, 5.5BA home with POOL and lagoon view in the desirable St Simons Island Club! Split floorplan on first floor with large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Custom chef’s kitchen, reclaimed hardwood floors, upstairs large bonus room, and media room. Outdoor grilling area, porch w/ FP, large pool. Sea Island membership available. $2,650,000

150 Ledbetter Ave NEW CONSTRUCTION in Oyster Grove. Twostory, 4BR, 3.5BA. Primary suite on the main. Luxury interior features include hwd flooring, tile flooring in all wet areas, carpet, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, custom wood closet shelving, and a gas tankless water heater. www.oystergrove.com $868,500

New Construction - Oyster Grove - mid-island location. 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2 story home with an open floor plan including a study and the primary bedroom on the main floor. Located upstairs are the 3 guest bedrooms and a flex space. www.oystergrove.com

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

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

2101 Bruce Drive, East Beach - 3BR, 2.5BA. Spacious one-level home w/ large pool and multiple areas for entertaining. Sleeps 8.

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

East Beach - 4217 Seventh Street Amazing 4BR, 3BA family friendly home with pool. Short walk to beach. Sleeps 9.

409 Beach Dr. - Sunny Showers Cottage Centrally located 3BR, 2BA island cottage that is within walking distance of restaurants and beach access. Pet friendly. Sleeps 8

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

Available Homesites 11 Saint Lawrence Court Brunswick, $20,000

Lot 7 Mission Drive Tolomato Island - $69,000

17 Saint Lawrence Court Brunswick, $20,000

Lots 10 and 11 Waverly Lane White Oak, $16,000 each

19 Saint Lawrence Court Brunswick, $20,000

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Remembering The Deck A Bygone Dining Destination


fter World War II, tourism in the Golden Isles began to flourish as rationing of gasoline and tires became a thing of the past. Traffic increased on Highway 17, the major route along the coast, making the Brunswick corridor a popular location for new businesses. In 1946, The Deck Restaurant and Lounge, specializing in local seafood, opened just east of Highway 17 at the entrance to the Brunswick-St. Simons Causeway. The design of the new restaurant was modern and maritime, with clean lines and a gleaming white exterior. The interior continued this theme, resembling the deck of a ship. The Deck became a popular dining venue for both visitors and locals. With the motto “Seafood at its Source,” the restaurant was known for menu items such as Shrimp Mull. This recipe called for a tomato-based sauce seasoned with bacon, onion, garlic, celery, curry, sherry, and a generous helping of butter. The sauce was combined with shrimp, thickened with cracker crumbs, and served over rice. The restaurant was also known for its hush puppies. During a time when smoking was popular, this recipe was printed on the inside cover of logo matchbooks, which diners could pick up at the restaurant. Other menu choices included scallops, crab, a variety of fish, oysters in season, as well as frog legs and turtle soup.

An early brochure noted that the restaurant had the “distinct honor” of being listed in Duncan Hines’ Adventures in Good Eating. Hines was a traveling salesman who, as early as the 1920s, began seeking out quality places to dine as he drove across the country on business trips. At that time, there was no rating system for dining in America, and Hines’ friends encouraged him to compile a list of preferred restaurants. His first guide, published in 1936, was an immediate success. Updated annually for the next two decades, the guide became a trusted source for the American traveler. It was not until the 1950s that Hines entered into an agreement to have his name placed on the well-known cake mixes. The Deck remained in business for several decades before changing times led to its closing and the eventual demolition of the building in 1999. This month’s image from the Coastal Georgia Historical Society archives is a postcard of The Deck, circa 1970. Also shown is the brochure mentioned above, probably from the 1950s.

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. 114