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My analogy of Rex to the USS Constitution is the inner and exterior strength he had. As a community, we should be so proud that the USS Constitution framework and hull were constructed from live oak from Gascoigne Bluff on St Simons Island. It was the dense composition of our local oaks that made this ship formidable. When I met Rex, I remember thinking “this is one remarkable man,” and his strength, integrity and spine made me reflect on my viewing of this magnificent ship. Rex was a computer genius and was such an asset to my jewelry store when I had problems. Rex had integrity, treated me with respect and NEVER overcharged me. Rex was unflappable and was a dynamo at figuring out computer complexities few people could. I relied on him because he was a trusted part of my success. His character was shown in so many ways. He loved his family dearly and his close circle of friends whom he chose carefully. I have always been told that you can easily look at a man’s children to see his true character. In today’s time, it is difficult at best to foster our children’s journey without giving them space to grow into their own person. As a father, Rex excelled in mentoring his three children and I saw this at his funeral. I was crestfallen to walk into the church, as Rex was a legend to me, much like the formidable USS Constitution. His wife, Elizabeth, was my first customer on St. Simons Island. The pair met in Atlanta, married, and then raised their three children here. At Rex’s funeral services, the couple’s adult children confirmed everything I had felt about him. Without prepared notes, they spoke purely from their hearts with dignity and poise, just like Rex would have done. Rex was a cornerstone of our success at Noble House. We miss him as a friend, a mentor, and our computer expert. Godspeed to our Rex.
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contents FA LL FO R
Tell Me a Story
Where Books Live
Ready to Read
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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.
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
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
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.
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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,
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
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
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
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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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
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
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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.
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.
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.
screenings and popular
that sells “gently
Meet the Author events
Tuesday, October 25
at the St. Simons Casino
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.
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Real Books … Real People
they offer a rewards program
too, so read, read, read!
independent bookstore, G.J.
Mary Jane is a firm believer
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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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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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
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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
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
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
Heart of the Sea, and The Adventures of Tom
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
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
Literary Guild Bookstore during open hours
and can also be picked up from your home.
There is great demand for recent bestselling
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.
see them. Some easily accessible little
keep books circulating in our community.
magazines, comic books, LPs, VHS or 8-track
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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
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
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
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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an interview by local author James Calemine,
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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
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
at Righton Books and other local
of fiction and photography, The
accompanied by meticulously
retailers, or online.
presentation at SoGlo Gallery,
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
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have called parables and what I simply call glimpses of grace.”
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
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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Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence. Her
by Janisse. Be sure to reserve your seat on
gate within Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret
nature writing often is compared to that of
Eventbrite. For more about Janisse and her
Garden. Coastal Glam styled her hair and makeup.
luminaries like Walt Whitman and Rachel
writing, visit janisseray.com.
looks like she would be right at home behind the garden
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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of a Montana Prize in Fiction,
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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
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
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
stories of Southern history. A Killing on Ring
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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
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
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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the genre, reveals the untold, true
Beloved Invader, the third book in her St. Simons
story of the Six Triple Eight, the
Trilogy, is the backdrop for Amanda Bauer.
only all-Black battalion of the
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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
The Sky’s the Limit
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
available at Wake Up Coffee and online at
dramatically broke through the constraints
Mikado – Funny Books for Women and visit
of traditional Southern womanhood to
her website at lenamikado.com.
enter the exclusively male world of wartime
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Another brave new voice has come out of
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she answered the nation’s desperate need
learned on a personal journey: Kathy
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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
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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
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
toys, and activities grouped according
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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
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,
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.
2021 National Championship in the way only
Patrick Garbin also produced this 2010
he can. (All of Loran’s books are gems!)
collection of vintage photographs.
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Stories For the Spooky Season
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
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
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
New York Times bestseller has been called
readers and may become a
equal parts gothic romance and familiar
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
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.
a huge pumpkin.
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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
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these 14 separate photo shoots..
idea to allow us to capture both Breakfast at
can think up. To Andy Jones for the use of
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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
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Cakes for that incredible Alice in Wonderland-
Coastal Glam, for making everyone feel safe,
photos at your gorgeous home. To Hesper
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comfortable, and beautiful. And finally, to all
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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
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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.
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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 email@example.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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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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1709 Dixon Lane, Saint Simons Island, GA Enchanted Hideaway is a luxury retreat with heated pool and plenty of room inside to gather or to find your own quiet spot. Tucked in the quaint neighborhood of East Beach overlooking lush green space and the Atlantic Ocean, this magnificent home with five bedrooms and 5 full and 1 half baths offers the quality and location that you would want in your forever home. $4,900,000 Listed by Micki Carter 912.617.3807
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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2326OceanRoad,StSimonsIsland,GA31522 Experience breathtaking panoramic direct oceanfront views overlooking Gould's Inlet and Sea Island. The inspiring setting and compelling price provide just the opportunity to customize to your liking and start living your best island life. $3,450,000 ListedbyAdairAllen912.571.6399
23CarriageDrive,SaintSimonsIsland,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 ListedbyPhoebeHoaster912.270.5730
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1419 NEWCASTLE STREET
608 EVERETT STREET
Saint Simons Island
Saint Simons Island
4 br | 3 ba | MARSH VIEWS | $959,000
COMMERCIAL BUILDING | $395,000
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
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OCEAN VIEW LOT | $1,700,000
MARSHFRONT LOT | $195,000
.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.
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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.
308 HAWKINS ISLAND DRIVE
228 WEST 28TH STREET
Saint Simons 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.
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4 br | 3 ba | 3715SF | $750,000
2 br | 2 ba | $549,000
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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.
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244 SAINT JAMES AVE
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
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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.
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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.
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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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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
221 Medinah | St. Simons 3BR, 3.5BA. Beautiful Home on 11th Fairway $1,399,900. Marcia & Rick Irwin. 678-361-8835
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4BR, 3BA. Corner Lot on cul-de-sac. $674,000. Cynthia Brown. 662-694-9235
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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.
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East Beach - 4217 Seventh Street Amazing 4BR, 3BA family friendly home with pool. Short walk to beach. Sleeps 9.
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East Beach - Sixteenth St. 5BR, 5.5BA. Breathtaking ocean views. Amazing outdoor kitchen and private pool. Sleeps 10.
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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
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