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the remaining open space until the jar was completely filled. “Now,” the professor addressed the class, “I want you to recognize this jar signifies your life. The rocks represent the truly important things, such as family, health, and relationships. If all else was lost and the rocks remained, your life would still be meaningful. The pebbles are the other things that matter in your life, such as work or school. The sand represents the remaining “small stuff” and material possessions. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles. The same idea can be applied to your lives. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important. Remember, take care of the rocks first. The rest is just pebbles and sand.


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ON THE COVER: In 2022, Elegant Island Living marks its 20th anniversary. What better way to start the year than with dessert?! Join us by digging into some sweet but not too sinful recipes, like this Strawberry-Rhubarb Granola Parfait on page 23.

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

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Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia..................... 51

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Cheers to the New Year! Because 2021 often seemed like 2020 Part Deux, we’re celebrating the arrival of 2022 by focusing on the present. No looking back. And while we think resolutions to live a healthier life are great, we also believe in the saying, “Life is short, eat dessert first!” Keeping that in mind, we’re serving up recipes for lighter or more nutritious desserts that you can enjoy without feeling guilty. (Except maybe that last one!)

• Pavlova •

with Mixed Berries This airy meringue topped with fresh fruit and low-fat topping still satisfies the sweet tooth and pairs very nicely with a glass of rosé, like the Gerard Bértrand - Coté des Roses on the opposite page. INGREDIENTS:

2 large egg whites 1 /2 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp. cornstarch 1 /2 tsp. white vinegar 1 /2 tsp. vanilla

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FOR TOPPING:

paper; set aside. In a large bowl

to touch (inside of meringue will

(NOTE: You can substitute Cool Whip Lite for lighter topping, if desired) 2 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 c. plain, nonfat Greek yogurt 1 /2 c. confectioners sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. fresh mixed berries

using an electric mixer, beat egg

be soft). Remove from oven and

whites until soft peaks form.

cool on a wire rack for 1 hour or

Combine granulated sugar and

until completely cooled. For cream

cornstarch and gradually add to egg

topping: In a medium-sized bowl,

whites, one tablespoon at a time.

cream together cream cheese

Beat until stiff peaks form, about 6

and yogurt until smooth. Add

to 8 minutes, scraping down mixing

confectioners sugar and 1 tsp.

bowl halfway through beating time.

vanilla and beat until smooth. Slice

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a large

Add vinegar and /2 tsp. vanilla and

strawberries (if using) and toss with

cookie sheet with parchment

beat to combine. Drop 12 equal

other berries in small bowl. Top

spoonfuls of batter onto parchment

each pavlova with about 2 1/2 Tbsp.

paper, 1" apart. Bake approximately

cream topping and about 1/4 c.

30 minutes or until firm and dry

berries and serve.

PREPARATION:

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Here, a bottle of Gerard Bértrand Coté des Roses sits in a solid granite wine dispenser, both from Wine, Body & Soul. The Aperitivo Glass is from Dutchmans and comes in highball, martini, champagne, and wine. The Found Wood and Mirror Wedding Chest is also from Dutchmans.

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Italian panna cotta is the perfect light dessert, easy to make with only a few ingredients, and can be served plain or with just about any fruit or flavored topping.

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Fabulous Fruit It’s always a good idea to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. Fresh mango,

berries, and pears are readily available throughout the year,

• Coconut Mango • Panna Cotta Mango and coconut give this traditional Italian dessert a healthier twist and a taste of the tropics. INGREDIENTS FOR PANNA COTTA:

3 c. unsweetened coconut milk 4 Tbsp. maple syrup 1 tsp. agar powder 1 /2 tsp. vanilla extract FOR TOPPING:

1 c. mango purée (2-4 mangoes depending on size) 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 1 /2 tsp. agar powder 2 mangos, peeled, diced into large chunks Coconut flakes or chia seeds In a medium sized pot, whisk together all panna cotta ingredients over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and then immediately remove from heat. Pour mixture equally between 4-6 ramekins, jars, or glasses. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours until set. To make mango topping, heat 1 c. mango purée, maple syrup, and agar in small pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking often. Remove heat and allow to cool slightly for a few minutes before pouring/spooning in equal portions over panna cotta. Return panna cotta to refrigerator for another hour to allow mango to set. Serve topped with additional chunks of mango, and garnish with coconut flakes or a sprinkle of chia seeds.

• Strawberry-Rhubarb • Granola Parfaits (pictured on cover)

Frozen strawberries and rhubarb can also be

FOR GRANOLA:

bottom of serving bowl, top with layer of

2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 3 /4 c. slivered almonds 1 /4 c. honey 1 /4 c. coconut oil, melted 1 tsp. vanilla 3 /4 tsp. ground cardamom 3 /4 tsp. ground ginger 1 /2 tsp. salt

yogurt, then compote, and top with more

Heat oven to 325°F. Combine oats and almonds in a bowl. Whisk together honey, coconut oil, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and salt. Stir into oats and toss to coat. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and toasted, about 20 minutes, stirring twice during baking. Place pan on wire rack and let cool. FOR COMPOTE:

2 c. fresh strawberries, chopped 1 c. fresh rhubarb, chopped 1 /2 c. water 3 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp. vanilla In saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, rhubarb, water, and honey. Cook fruit and mash with a potato masher until smooth and mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 20–25 minutes until liquid has reduced to about 1½ cups. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate until ready to use. To assemble parfait, layer granola on

granola and sliced strawberries. Serve.

• Spiced Poached Pears • Fragrant spices and the natural sweetness of pears combine perfectly with the flavors of wine for this simple yet elegant dessert. INGREDIENTS

1 c. red wine of your choosing 1 orange, zest and juice 1 cinnamon stick 1" ginger root, peeled 3 cloves, whole 2 Bosc pears, firm ripe 1 /4 c. vanilla Greek yogurt PREPARATION

Peel pears; discard skins. Using a tablespoon measure or a melon baller, core pears from the bottom, removing seeds, but leaving pears whole. Set aside. Pour the wine into small saucepan and add orange zest, juice, and all spices. Bring almost to a boil then arrange pears on their sides in wine mixture. Reduce heat, cover, and allow pears to simmer gently, about 30 minutes, or until they have slightly softened. Carefully turn pears a few times while they are cooking to ensure they color evenly. Gently remove pears from liquid and set aside. Do not discard wine mixture; remove ginger root, cloves, and cinnamon stick, turn heat to high and reduce liquid to a syrup. Sweeten with honey or agave. Let cool slightly. To serve: put 2 Tbsp. yogurt in bottom of each of 2 shallow bowls, top each with a poached pear, spoon syrup over pears.

used to make the slightly tart compote that balances the sweet granola in this parfait, so it can be a year-round treat. INGREDIENTS:

3 c. vanilla Greek yogurt Fresh strawberries, sliced to garnish

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Make it in a Mug 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar 2 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 /2 tsp. vanilla 2 Tbsp. lime juice 1 tsp. lime zest FOR TOPPING:

3 Tbsp. confectioners sugar 1 tsp. lime juice Coconut flakes

PREPARATION

In a microwave-safe mug, add brown sugar, almond milk, vanilla, and coconut oil. Mix well until everything is fully combined. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well until dough comes together. Add 1 Tbsp. chocolate chips and mix some more. Add remaining chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Serve warm.

PREPARATION

• Mini Carrot Cakes •

Zest and juice limes. In a small bowl, add

Carrot cake just isn’t complete without frosting,

flour, sugar, and baking

so we suggest you top these minis with your

powder. Add egg, melted

favorite prepared cream cheese or vanilla

coconut oil, lime juice,

frosting or whip up the easy 2-ingredient cream

and lime zest. Mix well.

cheese frosting recipe included.

Spray or grease mug with coconut oil so cake doesn’t stick. Pour batter into mug. Place in microwave and cook on high for 90 seconds. Mix powdered sugar and lime juice in small bowl. Drizzle icing over cake and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Portion control is another way to

maintain a healthy diet. These quick and easy treats help you to satisfy your sweet tooth while also limiting you to a single serving.

• Zesty Lime Mug Cake • This easy gluten-free and dairy-free lime mug cake cooks in your microwave in just 90 seconds. You can also substitute lemon for lime, if you prefer. INGREDIENTS

3 Tbsp. gluten-free flour blend (both King Arthur’s and Bob’s Red Mill work well) 1 /2 tsp. baking powder 1 large egg 24

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1 Minute • Vegan Chocolate Chip • Cookie

INGREDIENTS

/4 c. spelt, white, or gluten-free all purpose flour /2 tsp. cinnamon 1 /4 tsp. baking powder 1 /8 tsp. baking soda 1 /8 tsp. salt 1½ Tbsp. sugar 1 additional Tbsp.sugar 1 /3 c. canned carrots, drained (or steamed carrots, peeled) 1 Tbsp. almond milk 1 Tbsp. oil or almond butter 1 /4 tsp. vanilla 1 1

FOR FROSTING:

3 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened 1 c. confectioner’s sugar INSTRUCTIONS

In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients. Put carrots

Use your favorite flavor or combination of chips

and other wet ingredients into blender and

for this quick treat. Chopped nuts can be added

combine until smooth. Mix dry ingredients into

for extra protein.

wet, and stir. Pour into a microwave-safe mug

INGREDIENTS

(split between 2 mugs, if needed), sprayed or

2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. almond milk 1 /4 tsp. vanilla 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 /4 tsp. baking powder Pinch of baking soda Pinch of salt 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips

oiled so cake doesn’t stick. Microwave on high for 90 seconds (You may need to adjust based on the strength of your microwave.) Let cool before trying to pop out. To make frosting, mix cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer. Frost cake when cool. Any remaining frosting can be refrigerated for up to a week.


Once upon a time, a couple ate at Barbara Jean’s Restaurant and the wife informed the husband that she wasn’t coming back because they didn’t have chocolate dessert. Barbara Jean Barta went in the back and whipped up what she originally called “Chocolate Cobbler” until she was informed by a sweet Southern lady that for it to be a true cobbler, fruit was required, so now the dessert is known as “Chocolate Stuff.” Try it for yourself at Barbara Jean’s, where everything is made fresh daily. The colorful crockery seen here is courtesy of B&B Design and Consign, “The Golden Isles’ Treasure Chest!”

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Keith’s Raw Wildflower Honey, a Georgia Grown product, is an ideal natural sweetener for Rishi Turmeric and Ginger Tea, known for its medicinal properties. Both are available at Island Natural Market. Bracelet in photo is from Gogo Jewelry. Shot styled on a table at Taylor House Interiors.

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Honey, Honey The health benefits of honey shouldn’t be

PREPARATION

overlooked, and this delicious sweetener can

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with

be used instead of sugar in many desserts.

parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl,

• Baked Honey Custard •

combine peanut butter, honey and eggs. Beat

1 large egg zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp. vanilla extract honey and walnuts for serving

in oat flour and baking soda. Scoop dough into

PREPARATION:

tablespoon-sized scoops and form into balls.

Smooth and sweet, with just the right amount

Stir yogurt and ricotta together in a medium

Place on baking sheet and gently flatten, using

of spice, this custard can also be topped with

bowl until well combined. Line a strainer

fork to make crosshatch pattern on top. Bake

toasted nuts or sliced peaches.

with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Add yogurt

on center rack of oven for 8-10 minutes until

mixture to strainer over a bowl and cover

INGREDIENTS

cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove from

with plastic wrap. Place in fridge overnight to

/3 c. reduced-fat milk 1 Tbsp. honey 1 /2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 large egg 1 /2 tsp. cinnamon

oven, allow cookies to “set,” by cooling on the

drain excess. The next day, preheat oven to

pan for at least 15 minutes.

325°F. Mix graham cracker crumbs and melted

1

PREPARATION

Orange Blossom • Honey Cheesecake •

butter or margarine together in a bowl and press into bottom of a 9" springform pan. Set aside. Remove yogurt mixture from fridge and discard water. In large bowl, combine

Preheat oven to 325°F. Beat egg, vanilla and half

A healthier take on the classic

yogurt mixture with honey, egg, lemon zest

of cinnamon together lightly (don’t let mix get

cheesecake with honey balancing

and vanilla. Stir well until combined. Pour into

frothy). In a small saucepan, add milk (non-

the tang of Greek yogurt.

prepared crust and tap on counter a few times

dairy can be used) and half of honey, stirring

INGREDIENTS:

to dissolve. Heat to just below boiling point

2 c. full fat Greek yogurt 2 c. low fat ricotta cheese 2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1 /3 c. butter, melted 3 Tbsp. orange blossom honey (other clear honey can be substituted)

then pour onto egg mixture, stir to combine and then pour into a small ovenproof dish/ ramekin. Sit ramekin in a baking dish and fill dish with hot water to reach halfway up the side of the ramekin. Place in preheated oven for

to smooth out the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until set (center should jiggle slightly when baking is done). Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving with a drizzle of honey and some crushed walnuts.

25-30 minutes until set. Custard will still wobble slightly when removed from oven but will firm up as it sits. When ready to serve, sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and honey.

• Peanut Butter Honey Cookies • Gluten-free goodness and traditional taste using only 5 ingredients. INGREDIENTS

1 c. natural peanut butter 1 /2 c. honey 1 egg 3 /4 c. oat flour 1 /2 tsp. baking soda

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Salt, Spice & Everything Nice We’re spicing things up by

flour, baking powder, salt, turmeric,

throwing in some dessert recipes

and pepper. In a separate bowl,

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or honey 1½ Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

that use salt and spices with

combine 1 c. sugar with lemon

FOR FILLING:

zest. Whisk in yogurt, eggs, melted

known medicinal benefits to

butter, and lemon juice until well

create sweet results.

combined. Mix wet ingredients

• Golden Milk Tea Cake •

into the dry ingredients until well

This moist lemony cake with

prepared loaf pan. Place lemon

turmeric and hint of black

slices on top and sprinkle evenly

pepper is inspired by the popular

with remaining tablespoon of

antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

sugar. Bake 50-60 minutes or

packed Indian drink known as

until cake is golden brown and a

golden milk.

toothpick comes out clean. Cool

combined. Pour batter into the

and serve slices plain or with a

INGREDIENTS

dollop of Greek yogurt.

1 1/2 c. flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 /2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. turmeric 1 /4 tsp. black pepper 1 c. sugar 2 Tbsp. lemon zest 3 /4 c. plain Greek yogurt 2 large eggs 1 /2 c. unsalted butter, melted 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 /2 lemon, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. sugar for topping

toss apples with cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom,

4 large Fuji or Gala apples, diced fine (6 c.) 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 3 /4 tsp. cinnamon 1 /2 tsp. ginger 1 /4 tsp. ground cardamom 1 /8 tsp. cloves

and cloves in a large bowl until

PREPARATION

for 50-60 minutes or until apples

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and coat 8" square pan with nonstick cooking spray. To prepare streusel, mix together oats, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Make a well in the center and

Chai Spice Apple • Crumble •

incorporated. To prepare filling,

completely coated. Transfer filling to prepared pan, and gently press with a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with topping. (It tends to clump, so break into fairly small pieces.) Bake are fork tender. Cool completely to room temperature; then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving to allow juices to fully thicken. Portion out servings and warm in microwave to serve or eat cold.

pour in maple syrup (or honey) and melted butter. Stir until fully

The classic spice combination found in chai tea makes this apple crumble fragrant and delicious. If you’re not worried about counting calories or dairy consumption, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is the ideal accompaniment!

PREPARATION

INGREDIENTS FOR STREUSEL:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9"×5" loaf pan with parchment paper. In large bowl, whisk together

/4 c. old-fashioned rolled oats /4 c. whole wheat flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 3 1

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You’ll find intriguing salts and spices of all varieties and flavors at Golden Isles Olive Oil, as well as these olive wood spoons and walnut cheese board. Pictured from top are St. Simons Sea Salt, Sumac, Ground Turmeric, Vintage Merlot Sea Salt Blend, Pink Himalayan Mineral Salt, and Dehydrated Jalapeño,

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Salted Caramel • Blondies • Healthy plus salted caramel – need we say more?! INGREDIENTS

1 c. almond flour 1 /2 tsp. baking soda 1 /2 tsp. salt 1 /4 tsp. cinnamon 1 egg 1 /2 c. coconut sugar 1 /4 c. melted coconut oil 3 /4 c. natural almond butter 1 tsp. vanilla Sea salt to sprinkle on top FOR SALTED CARAMEL:

/4 c. almond butter 1 /2 c. coconut sugar 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted 1 /4 c. almond milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1 /4 tsp. salt 1

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8"×8" pan. In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda,

out clean with a toothpick. Let

paper. In a small bowl, stir together

sandwich using two of these

cool completely, then top with

the flaxmeal and water and set

cookies and the cream cheese

remaining caramel. Sprinkle with

aside to thicken (approx. 10 min.).

frosting from page 24 as a filling.

flakes of sea salt.

In a large bowl, stir together oats,

Chewy Ginger • Molasses Cookies •

Mangos sprinkled with chili

thickened, add it to dry ingredients

powder are a traditional Mexican

cookies are soft and chewy with

along with molasses and oil and

snack and the inspiration for

the flavors of gingerbread.

stir until everything is combined.

these vegan popsicles.

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp. flaxmeal (ground flaxseed meal) 3 Tbsp. warm water 1½ c. old fashioned rolled oats 1 /2 c. almond flour 1 /4 c. brown sugar 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. baking powder 1 /2 tsp. baking soda 1 /2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 /2 tsp. ginger 1 /4 tsp. allspice 1 /3 c. molasses 1 /4 c. sesame oil or light olive oil PREPARATION

large bowl, whisk egg and coconut

cookie sheet (or 2) with parchment

wet ingredients to dry and stir till combined. Pour into greased pan. In a small saucepan, bring almond

cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.

Gluten free and vegan, these

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a

add almond butter and vanilla. Add

baking powder and soda, salt, Once flaxmeal mixture has

salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a sugar. Add in coconut oil, stir, then

Chili Mango • Popsicles •

almond flour, sugar, cornstarch,

Scoop out slightly less than ¼ c. of batter for each cookie. Roll dough

INGREDIENTS

the edges but still slightly soft in

24 oz. frozen mango chunks 1 /4 tsp. Tajin Classico chili powder 1 /8 tsp. cayenne 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 /8 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 2 Tbsp. light coconut milk

the center. Let cookies cool on the

PREPARATION

into a ball using light pressure to keep dough together. Place cookies on cookie sheet about 2" apart. Bake for 11-14 min. or until the cookies are firm around

tray slightly (about 10 min) then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy right away or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week. The cookies will soften over time. For an extra yummy treat, make a cookie

Place mangoes, chili powder, cayenne, salt, sugar, and lime juice in blender and puree until smooth. Taste mixture and adjust sugar, spice, and thickness, as needed. Pour or scoop mango mixture into molds and add popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 4 hours. When serving, run the frozen molds under hot water for 10 seconds to soften, then remove from the mold.

butter, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and almond milk to slow boil over medium-low heat, whisking frequently. Once bubbling, cook for two minutes. As soon as coconut sugar has dissolved, turn off heat. Whisk in vanilla and salt. Caramel will thicken as it cools but will burn if you keep it on the burner too long. Pour half of caramel on top of unbaked blondies, and swirl using a knife. Caramel will sit on top of the brownies and sink in as they bake. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until center comes

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Eat Dessert First

Cocoa Creativity You don’t have to kick chocolate

granulated sugar, and brown sugar

to the curb when it comes to

using an electric mixer on medium

healthy desserts. It’s amazing

speed until mixture is light and

what superfoods and nutritious ingredients can turn into with the addition of some cocoa!

Hidden Veggies Chocolate • Bundt Cake •

until combined and smooth.

brownies comes from sweet

Gradually mix wet ingredients

and stopping and scraping down

potato, an ingredient that blends

into dry ingredients, until just

the bowl after each addition. Add

perfectly with the cinnamon-cocoa

combined; do not over-mix. In

yogurt and vanilla. On low speed,

pairing.

a separate dry bowl, whisk egg

add dry ingredients that were set aside earlier and beat mixture until nearly combined but still streaky. (Batter will be thick.) Use a in zucchini, beets, and chocolate

If you’re really trying to hide the

chips. Transfer batter to prepared

veggies, peel the zucchini so there

pan and spread evenly. Bake for 40

will be no green bits detected!

to 45 minutes, or until toothpick

INGREDIENTS

inserted into cake midway

1 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. whole-wheat pastry flour 2 /3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. Kosher salt 1 /2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 /4 c. extra-virgin olive oil 1 /4 c. butter 1 c. granulated sugar 1 /2 c. gently packed light brown sugar 3 large eggs 1 /2 c. plain Greek yogurt 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 c. zucchini, uncooked, grated 1 c. red beets, uncooked, peeled, grated 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

between the inner and outer

PREPARATION

honey, oil and vanilla. Purée

eggs, one at a time, beating well

this chocolate cake moist and rich.

/3 c. heavy cream 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

processor, combine sweet potato,

The dense texture of these

wooden spoon or a spatula to stir

1

bowl and set aside. In a food

creamy, about 4 minutes. Mix in

Beets, zucchini, and yogurt keep

FOR CHOCOLATE GLAZE

Cinnamon Cocoa • Brownies •

edges of the pan comes out clean. Let the cake cool in pan for 30 minutes. Place a flat serving plate inverted over bundt pan and flip the pan and plate over together to release the cake. Lift off the pan and let cool completely. To make the glaze, heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until steam begins to rise and bubbles form along the edge of the pan. Remove from heat, add chocolate, and let stand for 1 minute, then stir until smooth. Let the glaze stand until thick but

whites until fluffy. Then, using a

INGREDIENTS

1 c. whole-wheat flour 1 /2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. cinnamon, ground 1 tsp. baking powder 1 /4 tsp. sea salt 1 c. cooked sweet potato 1 /2 c. honey 1 /4 c. olive oil 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 6 egg whites Olive oil cooking spray ICING

/2 c. low-fat plain cream cheese 3 Tbsp. honey 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 /2 tsp. cinnamon, ground 1 Tbsp. water (optional) 1

rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into batter. Lightly spray sides of baking pan (9"x 9"x2") with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and place into oven. Bake for about 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and allow brownies to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. While brownies are cooking or cooling, prepare icing: In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, honey, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Whisk until incorporated, adding 1 Tbsp. water if mixture is hard to

PREPARATION

whisk. Cover and refrigerate until

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare

needed. Loosen brownie and turn

brownies: Combine flour, cocoa

slab out onto a cutting board

powder, cinnamon, baking powder

or platter. Cut into 16 pieces,

and salt in a

wrap with plastic and refrigerate

medium

overnight. To serve, divide icing evenly over each brownie and serve immediately. Leftovers may be kept refrigerated

still pourable, about 10 minutes.

in a resealable

(Rewarm if it gets too thick). Pour

container for up

glaze over the top of

to 2 days.

the completely cooled

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously

cake, allowing some

spray or oil a 10-cup bundt pan

to drip down the center

and lightly dust with flour. In

and sides. Allow glaze to

large bowl, whisk together flours,

set for about 1 hour before

cocoa powder, baking powder,

serving. Leftover cake can be

baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

refrigerated for up to 5 days, let

Set aside. In another large

stand at room temperature 15-30

bowl, combine olive oil, butter,

minutes before serving.

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Eat Dessert First Impossibly Good Chocolate • Avocado Mousse •

This is so decadently delicious

you can’t even tell there’s healthy avocado in it! Seriously! INGREDIENTS

2 ripe avocados 1 /4 c. regular cocoa powder 1 /4 c. melted chocolate chips 3 Tbsp. almond milk 1 /2 tsp. vanilla 1 /8 tsp. salt 1 /4 c. pure maple syrup Toasted pistachios (optional) PREPARATION

Peel and mash avocados. Combine with all other ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Top with toasted pistachios.

INGREDIENTS

5 small ripe bananas, peeled and sliced 1 /4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 c. light coconut milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1 pre-baked or no-bake crust of your choosing 1 oz. dark chocolate (70% or greater), finely chopped PREPARATION

Combine bananas, cocoa, coconut milk and vanilla in blender. Blend until very smooth, stopping 2-3 times to scrape down sides and stir to make sure all banana is fully puréed. Pour into pie crust. Sprinkle with chocolate. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours. To serve, remove from freezer and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes (longer if pie was frozen for more than 4 hours), until pie is just soft enough to slice easily.

2 1/3 c. unsweetened shredded coconut 6 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 3 Tbsp. almond flour 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. coconut extract 3 oz. dark (75-85%) chocolate 1 tsp. coconut oil

making sure bowl does not

PREPARATION

Drizzle any remaining chocolate

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large

over tops of cookies. Chill until

baking sheets with parchment

chocolate is set, approx. 30

paper. In a large bowl, beat egg

minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight

whites with a handheld electric

container for up to 1 week.

is melted, stir to combine and remove from heat. Carefully dip bottom of each cookie into chocolate and place on a clean parchment-lined sheet.

mixer on medium until frothy and thickened, 45 to 60 seconds. Fold in coconut, maple syrup, almond flour, vanilla and coconut extract until well combined. Scoop 2 Tbsp. of mixture onto prepared sheet and form into a mound. Repeat until entire mixture has been scooped. Bake until lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely on sheet, about 1 hour. Fill

Bananas are the key to creating

Easy Chocolate-Dipped • Macaroons •

the smooth and creamy texture

Imagine a healthy version of a

heat to low. In a heat-proof

of the healthier alternative to

Mounds candy bar.

bowl, place chocolate and

chocolate ice cream you’ll enjoy

INGREDIENTS

oil and set over

in this frozen dessert.

2 large egg whites

saucepan to melt,

Chocolate • Freezer Pie •

touch the water. Once chocolate

a small saucepan with 1" of water; bring to a boil, then reduce

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Eat Dessert First

Just Indulge! A healthy and happy life is all about balance, right?! This last recipe

may not score highly on the nutritional value scale, but remember to take care of your mental well-being too, and an occasional splurge feels good!

• Guinness Cake • with Baileys Frosting

Using some classic Irish adult beverages, this cake is perfect

pot over medium heat, combine stout, 1 1/2 sticks of butter, and 2 oz. of semisweet chocolate. Heat until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat

for St. Patrick’s Day, and can be

and stir in remaining 1/2 c. cocoa

saved ’til March if you feel guilty

powder and malted milk powder.

indulging in this decadence to

Once well-combined, stir in sugar.

start 2022. You can always call

Let cool for 10 minutes. Once

it a reward for three months of

cooled, stir in sour cream and

healthier choices! INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE:

1 c. Guinness stout 12 Tbsp. (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped 3 /4 c. dark cocoa powder, divided 1 /2 c. malted milk powder 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3 /4 c. sour cream 2 large eggs 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 /2 Tbsp. baking soda 1 /2 tsp. salt

eggs. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Add dry mixture to chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth top. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Once finished baking, let sit in pan for 15 minutes to cool, then gently remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer,

FOR FROSTING:

beat 2 sticks of butter until fluffy.

16 Tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 2 c. confectioners sugar, plus more, if needed 1 /4 c. Baileys Irish Cream 1 /2 tsp. salt

Add confectioners sugar, little by little, and mix until thick and wellcombined. Slowly pour in Baileys as you mix, until smooth, and, finally, mix in salt. If frosting is too thin, add more confectioners sugar, a

in 15-second intervals, stirring

freezer to harden for 2 minutes.

tablespoon at a time, until frosting

between, until completely

Remove and use a sharp-edged

reaches desired consistency. Set

melted and smooth. Pour melted

spatula to scrape chocolate off

aside. For chocolate curls, combine

chocolate mixture onto the back of

bottom of the pan. As you press

remaining semisweet chocolate

a metal baking sheet and smooth

forward, the chocolate will curl.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease

and vegetable shortening in a

into a thin, even layer using a

Frost cooled cake and top with

a 1.5 lb. loaf pan (Note: Most

microwave safe bowl and heat

rubber spatula or knife. Place in

chocolate curls. Slice to serve.

FOR CHOCOLATE CURLS:

3 oz. semisweet chocolate 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening PREPARATION:

standard loaf pans are only 1 lb., so if your loaf pan is not 1.5 lbs., a 10" bundt or springform pan can be used instead) and dust with 1

/4 c. cocoa powder. Shake cocoa

We hope that no matter what type of dessert you choose or when you decide to eat it, your new year gets off to a sweet start.

powder around to coat. In a large

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Splash

making a

T

he Cricket Shop in Redfern Village has

atmosphere where they can peruse racks of

been on St. Simons Island for more

swimsuits, resort wear, and upscale casual

than 30 years and has become firmly

attire and accessories. The biggest change is

established as a premier island boutique for

the shift of ownership from Margaret Richburg

swim and resort wear. Today, the front door

to longtime store employee Margaret Burnsed.

of the shop boasts a bright, bold, purple door

This ocean-loving lady is going to make a

welcoming shoppers into a fresh and vibrant

splash with her transformation of the store!

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As Margaret B explains, “I’ve been with the Cricket Shop on an ‘as needed’ basis for 11 years, so I feel very comfortable here. And I’m incredibly grateful for Margaret R who stayed around to guide me through this transition. She had originally planned on closing the store, but I’m so glad she decided to sell to me. This allows her to continue to be a part of what she loves so much, but to come and go as she pleases at her own pace. She has been a good friend and leader through the process, and hopefully will continue to be.” She admits that the transition has had its comical moments. “I’m known in the store as ‘the other Margaret.’ It’s made things interesting while we’ve

light puffer vests to IBKÜL

love to laugh and have fun with the ladies

worked together when vendors

sun-protective cooling tops

that come in here. We know that trying on

ask for “Margaret,” and we have

and skirts. She says, “The

clothes, swimsuits especially, can be stressful.

to ask, ‘Which one?’ And there’s

display has really made a

They want privacy, honesty, and to be waited

occasionally some confusion with

difference in the store. It

on with attention. That’s what the Cricket

emails and purchase orders, etc.

is fun to shop the room.

Shop provides.” She also explains, “Many

since I’m handling the accounts

There is a lot in stock and

women have ‘coverage issues’ including

a size run of everything

scars from mastectomy or breast surgery,

now.” That’s not the only mix-up with names, because Jo Anne

Margaret Burnsed, longtime employee and now proud owner of the Cricket Shop.

available at time of order.

abdominal surgery, or other reasons, and

and Joanne are the shop’s other employees.

You can even practice your putt while in the

they aren’t comfortable talking about this

Luckily, they all handle it with good humor.

room; we’ve got putters, balls, and a return

with just anyone. We consistently hear from

provided for you! We don’t want you to get

customers, ‘I was told I should come get my

Margaret B is embracing her new role as

bored!” She hopes that this area will appeal

suit here, because you could help find the one

owner with excitement. “I’ve enjoyed redoing

to not only golfers, but those ladies who need

I need.’ And we can, and we do.”

the inside of the store. (Huge thanks to KJSB

tennis and pickle ball attire as well.

Consulting and Design for completing the

With the strong encouragement and support

big transformation so quickly!) I love going to

Margaret knows that spiffy casual apparel

of her family, Margaret is helping the Cricket

the swim shows and apparel marts, meeting

is always in demand here and wants

Shop find new life and hopefully drawing in

all the vendors and spending time with them.

her inventory to be stronger and more

new customers who realize that they can shop

Most of all, deciding what to purchase for the

selective, so she has her eye on some new

here year-round, not just during swimsuit

store!” Swimwear will remain the core focus

lines. Classics that will stay include the

season. She’s passionate about continuing

of the boutique, and she is incorporating

chic designs of Foxcroft and the gorgeous

to bring you all the swimwear for which the

some new designers with “edgier” suits for the

bohemian style of Gretchen Scott. The first

store is known, but excited to hear what else

strong, brave, and young at heart. She says,

deliveries have already come in from Kate

you’d like to see offered at the Cricket Shop.

“I’m expecting pieces from Sunshine ’79 and

Spade and Michael Kors. When it comes to

While Margaret carries everything from

Citrus this spring in the swimwear. These suits

swimsuits, Margaret says, “We will have them

handmade jewelry to washable handbags,

are geared more toward the younger ladies.

all! From Australia, Spain, our LaBlanca,

and beach hats to breathable golf attire, she

The one-piece suits have bold colors and out

Tommy, Miracle. I can’t name them all!”

knows the store shouldn’t try to be everything

of the norm cuts that will catch the attention of women of any age.”

to everyone, but you can certainly find most What Margaret assures us will stay the same

everything you need to get you through a

is “the good old fashioned customer service.”

weekend on the island! So, when you’re in

Margaret is very proud of the new area of

She says, “Everyone that works here cares

Redfern Village, stop by the store with the

the store she created that is dedicated to her

for our customers, and we do our best to

purple door, you never know what you might

golf and active wear. It ranges from warm but

make each day as pleasant as can be. We

find—there’s more than just swim wear!

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Community Comes First

I

f you ask Patrick Parker about how the Golden Isles became his home, he’ll tell you he wasn’t lucky enough to be born here, but he was smart enough to move here. But it was not by chance that he came to raise a family and build successful businesses in Glynn County. He knew well how special the Golden Isles was after spending summers and countless weekends with his grandparents, aunts, and uncles on St. Simons Island when he was a child. “We moved around a good bit in the late 1950s and early ’60s,” Parker said. “But we eventually settled in Vidalia, where I went to high school. We would come down and spend the summers at East Beach. I just always loved Gould’s Inlet and the beach.”

Redfern Village, as well as a gas station in the village where Iguana’s Seafood is today. His uncles owned businesses where Southern Soul Barbecue, the Trupp-Hodnett building, and Beachcomber now sit. His grandfather also owned The Golden Isles Hotel next to the pier that was his family’s headquarters when visiting from Vidalia before his grandmother moved to East Beach. His mother would tell Parker stories about a bygone era when she and her childhood friends would jump from the pier and swim to Jekyll Island, something he still can’t fathom today. “The thought of my 90 year-old mom jumping from the pier and swimming over to Jekyll is kind of crazy,” Parker said. What’s not crazy is Parker’s dedication to a hands-on approach to running his stores. The family’s history in Coastal Georgia and Patrick’s own commitment to the Glynn County community led him to open his first

Parker’s convenience store on St. Simons Island in 1988 near the Village. It was on Ocean Boulevard, where Hildy’s Pizza is today. Throughout the 1990s, Patrick expanded the business, opening stores around Glynn County. There are now 11 stores in Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty, and Appling counties, and each is operated with the same founding principles of the first store: family, community, and people matter. The Parker’s store at the corner of Mallery Street and Ocean Boulevard in the Pier Village opened in 2001 on property Parker bought in 1996, the same year he moved his family and all business operations from Vidalia to the Golden Isles. That store has become a village staple during the past 20 years and is an example of the type of convenience store he likes – one with fresh, upscale food options, eco-friendly products, and that is fast and simple to navigate. JANUARY 2022

Parker was lucky enough to be born into a family with deep roots in the Isles, roots that go back 90 years to 1931 when his grandparents bought property on St. Simons Island and opened several businesses over the years. That is the same year his mother, Edith Cofer Parker, was born. She was one of six children and had three sisters and two brothers. Back in those days, his grandfather owned a business just south of what is now

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While so many other convenience stores are owned by larger companies, Parker takes pride in his hands-on operation of Parker’s stores, saying it keeps him grounded and connected to the place he loves so much. There’s nothing like seeing his customers and employees face to face, Parker says. “The best part of my job is actually being in the stores,” he added. “A couple of days each week I go around and visit all the stores. Those are the best days, getting to ride around Glynn County and talk to everyone.” To Parker, his employees and customers are part of the family. One look at the shelves behind his desk and it is clear that family is paramount. Dozens of photos show generations of smiling faces. Color pictures show his two daughters, Ava and Isabel, his son Jack, and his wife, Dana. Black and white photos show his parents, uncles, and grandparents on St. Simons Island when true beach cottages were the norm. The display illustrates his deep connection to the Golden Isles. This is home. There’s nowhere else he’d rather be. “I really can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Parker said. “My aunts and uncles had lots of kids, so there have been a lot of my mom’s family around here for a long time. And now we’ve raised a family here,” Parker said. “We are so thankful to have the opportunity to live here and work here, and we try to give back to the community.” One of the most successful and popular programs Parker’s stores use to pay it forward

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“The thought of my 90 year-old mom jumping from the pier and swimming over to Jekyll is kind of crazy.” are the Pump Perks Cards customers can sign up for to save up to 10 cents per gallon each time they get gas. That’s a win-win for the business and the customer because it is set up so both sides save money, Parker said. With the business savings, Parker wanted to create what he called a win-winwin situation, so on the first Wednesday of every month, one penny of the cost of each gallon Perks members pump is donated to a local school of the card-holder’s choice. “We want the people in the community to benefit from the program,” Parker said. And the donations add up quickly. A few times each school year, Parker’s provides those donations to the schools in grand style with an oversized check presentation. Parker takes the 90-year family legacy of giving back seriously. While sitting in his office overlooking the boats docked at Morningstar Marina and the St. Simons Sound, Parker named off the top of his head St. Simons Land Trust, Firebox Initiative, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and Christ Church Frederica as just some of the organizations his family and businesses have contributed to over the

years. But there are plenty more. “If there’s a fun-run or a golf tournament or something, chances are, we probably have supported it at some point in time,” he said. “Supporting the good works in the community is very important to us. We’re very cognizant of the fact that we live in a great place, and anything we can do to help different organizations doing good works, we want to do.” In addition to supporting nonprofits, Parker hopes to be part of a new wave of economic development to bring more good jobs and affordable housing to the county’s mainland areas. Parker is proud of his work and the legacy of giving back he has the privilege to continue. At 63, he has considered retirement, but only briefly. He quickly concluded he was not ready. There are still causes to which to contribute, people to meet, and a community to serve. As is his focus when running his business, Parker wants to help however he can, not because it serves his businesses or to bolster the family name, but because Parker’s pays it forward. “We don’t want to sit on the sidelines. We want to be active and engaged in our community,” Parker said. By demonstrating this dedication and commitment, he can also be proud of the legacy he will leave.


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very worthy cause.” Serving Southeast Coastal Georgia since 1980, HGI is the region’s only hospice to offer hospice and palliative care with a free-standing inpatient facility, a residential patient facility, and a full-time physician medical director, who is a boardcertified doctor in hospice and palliative medicine and expertise, as well as bereavement services for the community. Each attendee receives a wine passport that allows him/her tastings from each nationalaward winning vintner. They’ll also enjoy a delectable lunch and fashion show featuring local boutiques. Marketplace chair Alexia Miller is curating a fabulous shopping experience with exclusive marketplace vendors. “It’s super-fun to select the vendors from the national slate and then to watch the attendees enjoying seeing things that they haven’t seen here locally. It’s nice to pair one of my areas of expertise – shopping – with such a worthwhile cause!” Alexia points out, “The services that HGI provides aren’t only for end of life. Palliative care is vital to those living with serious illnesses and our hometown hospice provides that care as well. I love that I can be a part of something that’s so fun for so

many people, but that touches countless lives right here at home.” Sissy Blanchard, 2022 Silent Auction Chair & HGI Board Member says, “I chose to become involved with HGI because hospice care has been a part of helping some of my loved ones transition. I know how difficult that transition is for all involved and I know how hospice eases that burden.” She continues, “The silent auction is a significant money maker at our event because our community is extremely giving. We have many shop owners who donate and then contact their individual vendors to solicit additional donations to make sure that we have the biggest and best silent auction on offer.” So you can expect a stellar silent auction in addition to the live auction, trip raffles, wine raffles and Key to the Closet raffle. 2022 Co-Chair Becky Derrick echoes Sissy’s thoughts, “From our sponsors to our donors, our WWS team to our vendors, and our volunteers to our attendees, our community is so very generous. It is that giving spirit that has allowed us to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hospice of the Golden Isles since our first event. Every single minute spent on or at

this event is a love offering to our friends, family and neighbors who have been or will be touched by HGI’s service.” This fun experience also includes superb swag bags, charming Shoe Guys, and so much more. Becky recommends you get your tickets now because the event is always a sellout! “We’ve actually sold out almost a month in advance for the past four or five years.” “Hospice of the Golden Isles takes care of those in need wherever they call home. That might be their home, an assisted living facility, or even the hospice facility. They take care of those in need regardless of ability to pay. They continue to provide services to the family when the patient is gone,” Becky says. “It’s reverent and humbling. It’s a privilege to get to be involved in perpetuating something like that.” Sponsors, donors, Shoe Guys, and volunteers are welcome. If you’re interested, email auxhospicegi@gmail.com. For more information and event updates, follow the Wine Women & Shoes Golden Isles Facebook & Instagram pages or visit winewomenandshoes.com/event/goldenisles.

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On Sunday, February 27, 2022, women throughout Coastal Georgia will gather for an afternoon of fun, laughter, bingo, and a chance to win fabulous designer handbags at the second annual Designer Handbag Bingo & Silent Auction benefiting Safe Harbor Children’s Center. Ryan Butler, who is co-chairing the event with Timme Feininger and Alice Selman, says, “I can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon with friends and supporters of Safe Harbor Children’s Center. The funds raised through this unique special event represent hope and healing for children and youth experiencing trauma and crisis in their lives.”

n 1991, Safe Harbor Children’s Center was a dream that became a reality for Jekyll Island residents, Susan and Bob Hamer, dedicated parents who recognized that children and youth living in crisis had limited opportunities to seek help locally. The Hamers began researching options that were not readily available, or even considered realistic, for children and youth experiencing child abuse and neglect. By building on program models throughout the country and adding their personal vision, Safe Harbor Children’s Center was born. From those humble beginnings, Safe Harbor Center Children’s Center has evolved into a nationally recognized leader among nonprofit

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organizations dedicated to serving children, families, and individuals who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, who are homeless or have run away from home, and who are otherwise at risk or feel threatened. Through generous philanthropic support of individuals, family foundations and the local business community, Safe Harbor’s services have grown exponentially, providing a comprehensive array of programs and services designed to meet the individual needs of children and families with the utmost care and compassionate support. Co-chair Timme Feininger has been a longtime supporter of Safe Harbor. “My husband, Peter, and I feel extremely fortunate to be able to call St. Simons and

the Golden Isles ‘home.’ However, we recognize there are tremendous needs in our community and throughout Coastal Georgia. Upon relocating from the Atlanta area, we were often overwhelmed to learn of the many challenges our neighbors face in our community.” She continues, “We share similar values and believe in the power of a connected, giving community. Safe Harbor is a remarkable organization in so many ways. That is why, for nearly 30 years, we have volunteered our time, energy, and philanthropic resources to help Safe Harbor break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and homelessness among our community’s most vulnerable. We simply saw an opportunity to make a difference, and we went into service.”


The mission of Safe Harbor Children’s Center is to provide services that promote security and stability for at-risk families, children, and individuals. That mission is powered by eight dynamic programs: Safe Harbor Children’s Center is a long-

term residential shelter serving children up to age 18 who have been removed from dangerous situations as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The center provides nurturing care, medical and dental services, academic support, and therapeutic counseling in a loving home-like environment.

The Family Preservation Program is

designed to help parents and caregivers in crisis to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of their children in a safe, positive, and healthy manner. Services include case management, service coordination, advocacy, transportation, individual and family counseling, home and center-based parent education, and life skills training. Safe Place provides access to immediate help

and supportive services for youth in need of accessing safety as a result of bullying, suicidal

thoughts, homelessness, abuse, and neglect. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, creating a safety net for youth throughout Coastal Georgia. Safe Harbor’s STRIVE Transitional Living Services makes available the

needed supports for youth who are most at-risk to experience violence, trafficking, unemployment, homelessness, incomplete education, drug addiction, pregnancy, and poverty. Services are designed to help

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young people make a successful transition to self-sufficient living while providing a safe living environment.

victims and their families, the centers utilize a multidisciplinary team approach for the identification, investigation, prosecution, treatment, and prevention of child abuse.

Zach’s Place is an emergency shelter

providing for the immediate needs of homeless and runaway children and youth up to age 18 in Glynn County. At Zach’s Place, children and youth receive safe, temporary housing, food, clothing, medical care, counseling, and the encouragement to fulfill their potential and successfully contribute to society. Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Centers

are safe, child-focused environments for children who disclose sexual assault, physical abuse, neglect, or have observed violence and/ or abuse of another person. To reduce the trauma of

The Connie Smith Rape Crisis Centers

provide valuable services to support the physical and emotional healing of sexual assault victims and their families. With locations in Glynn, Wayne, and Camden Counties, center services include forensic interviews, forensic medical examinations, follow up medical services, 24-hour crisis line, crisis intervention, advocacy services, and therapeutic counseling. Street Beat addresses the needs of

runaway, homeless and street youth and their families by providing services that promote safety, well-being, selfsufficiency and permanent connections with caring adults. Street Beat not only helps youth leave the streets, but also assists them in moving and adjusting to a safe and appropriate living arrangement. For the children and youth who come to Safe Harbor, the first pages of their story have been difficult and discouraging.

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The children and youth they serve have experienced complex, compounded trauma throughout their lives. This includes rejection by their families, exposure to violence and abuse, sexual exploitation, homelessness, and other hardships. Time and again, they have been discarded and discounted. They’ve been told they aren’t worthy by those who should have loved them unconditionally, leaving behind physical and emotional scars that can linger for a lifetime. But if you’ve ever met them, you know that’s only part of their story. Their goodness, their bravery, and their resilience are truly inspiring. The first pages of their story do not have to be predictive of how it will continue. Safe Harbor represents the start of new pages in their life to bring hope and healing. The hope at Safe Harbor is that, through their time there, the trajectory of their life and the content of their story going forward will be profoundly changed. Co-chair Alice Selman says, “Without a doubt, the funds raised through our Designer Handbag Bingo and Silent Auction will be a sound investment in the health of our community as it brings benefits to individuals who, through our combined efforts, will enjoy an enhanced quality in their lives.” The event will take place from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Frederica Boathouse. Tickets are $75 per person, and include two bingo cards, light hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and beverages. To purchase, call 912.267.6000 or visit safeharborcenterinc.org.


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runswick resident Thearon Filson says she was a single mother of three girls living in public housing in January 1997, when STAR Foundation entered her life and changed it forever. “I received a flyer for free computer training classes promising to open the door to higher-paying employment. I was working at Wal-Mart for $4.75 an hour, so I signed up immediately.” On the first day of class, Filson remembers, she was nervous. “I’d been a teen mom, I lived in the projects, I came from a dysfunctional urban family, and I’m an introvert. Plus, I knew nothing about computers. I walked in expecting to be stereotyped and judged. But Ellen Murphy wrapped her arms around me and I felt like she saw ME, not my situation, and heard me, too.” Only months earlier, Murphy, her sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Wally Orrel, proprietors of Dataline Computers, a

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successful Golden Isles software training and computer repair company, had approached the director of the Brunswick Housing Authority with a proposal offering residents computer training classes, and thus, STAR was born. “Don McGlamory

gave us trial-basis permission to use a rec room in the Glynnvilla Apartments for a quarter,” recalls Wally. “And for the next three years, it was always ‘I’ll give you another four months’ until the program expanded, and we moved.”

ABOVE LEFT: On site in the CCGA Student Health Service Center, STAR alumna, CCGA graduate and staff member Thearon Filson and College of Coastal Georgia president Dr. Michelle Johnston. ABOVE RIGHT: STAR executive director Dr. Markisha Butler (far right), with 25th Anniversary Gala committee members (counterclockwise) Donna Davis, board chair; Courtney Prince, gala co-chair; Debbie Banks and Elaine Griffin, at the event venue. Not shown: Molly Moroney-Norrett, gala co-chair; and Tina Kirby, past board chair.


From day one, students received much more than the basic computer skills the flyer promoted. “Ellen, Katie and Wally were family,” says Filson. “STAR became this wonderful support group where we’d discuss our hopes, dreams and problems. We learned how to change our approach to change the outcome; that your attitude matters; how to live better lives. And then ‘oh by the way, this is a mouse,’” she remembers warmly. “Yes, I learned computer skills, but STAR’s greatest gift to me was a confidence I truly didn’t have before. And it’s carried me through ever since.” Thearon enrolled in the College of Coastal Georgia following her STAR graduation, earning her AA in 2013 and a four-year BA in business administration in 2017, while working full time and helping to raise grandchildren. The recipient of CCGA’s Student Hall of Fame award her senior year, Thearon began working in the school’s Office of the President as a student, serving both Valerie Hepburn and Gregory Aloia. She is currently CCGA’s Health Services Coordinator, acting as a liaison between students and area medical, mental health and nutrition resources. She’s proud of two of her initiatives, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, and a collaboration with the Glynn County Health Department promoting physical and mental wellness, as well as positive sexual health. STAR’s relationship with the College of Coastal Georgia is a close one. The two

“I’d been a teen mom, I lived in the projects, I came from a dysfunctional urban family, and I’m an introvert. I walked in expecting to be stereotyped and judged. But Ellen Murphy wrapped her arms around me and I felt like she saw ME, not my situation, and heard me, too.” entities signed a supportive memorandum of understanding in 2017. CCGA president Dr. Michelle Johnston, explains, “Our partnership is about two very likeminded organizations. We share a deep commitment to ‘futures’ – to changing lives and the trajectories of entire families. We share the belief that education is the doorway to opportunity and the gateway to success.” She adds, “It’s amazing what STAR’s employment readiness program does to build skills and confidence quickly. When you combine that with the courage and determination it takes to complete the program, there is no limit to what STAR graduates can achieve.” The nonprofit will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a “Catch A Rising Star” formal gala (black tie optional) to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 21 in the A.W. Jones Heritage Center. The timing could not be more critical for the post-COVID economy, says STAR’s new executive director, Markisha Butler, Ed.D., who took the helm this September. “The dearth of job-ready employees in Glynn County has reached crisis proportions. STAR’s holistic workforce training program delivers graduates who are properly prepared and ready to work on Day One. Our

commitment to meeting the area’s workforce development needs is unparalleled in the region. During the pandemic, we expanded to include mobile and onsite workshops, in addition to our core employment readiness, office professionalism, financial literacy and education readiness programming.” STAR board chair Donna Davis (Don McGlamory’s daughter) shares that the organization has served more than 1,400 local adults and their families over the past quarter century, with plans to expand to serve even more. “We are excited about upcoming growth opportunities and corporate partnerships,” Davis stated. “STAR is a program like no other, and we are passionate about true transformational change and the multi-generational impact STAR’s programming achieves. STAR’s graduates leave with the empowerment of education, hope in themselves, belief in their capabilities, growth in their lives, and planned success in career-ready futures.” Help create more rising STARs in our community by getting tickets to the 25th Anniversary Gala on January 21. They are available online for $140 each or $250/couple, along with sponsorship opportunities, at starfoundation.org/donate.

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eady to make a move in the Golden Isles? The team of Luxury Collection Specialists at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate has a few tips for you to consider this new year when buying real estate in the Golden Isles. This team of agents saw a successful 2021 for their clients – representing over 465 transaction sides (through November of 2021) totaling over $216 million in total sales volume. They specialize in representing luxury and unique properties including private homes, waterfront estates, equestrian properties, and residences with historical significance or unique architectural details.

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inventory in our market,” shares Joe Wills. “With less than two months of inventory on the market, will prices continue to rise due to increasing demand? Will rising prices bring more properties to the market? Will rising prices curb demand? The simple answer to all of these questions is ‘Yes.’But the real question here is ‘When?’ Buying? Get Competitive While we don’t know the answer to the ‘When’ asked above, we do know where we’ve been for our clients in the last year. “Three words: Multiple Offer Situations,” says Pat Cooper, Owner and Broker. “If you’re thinking of purchasing to buy a home in 2022, working with an agent to get ready and being competitive is key. An agent guides you through the purchase process so that you can submit a competitive offer and increase your chances of success and acceptance.”

“And,” adds Missy Neu, COO, “if you’re not paying cash for the home, we recommend that our clients get pre-approved with a lender. In addition, an experienced and skilled agent can assist with developing a strategy to be competitive with cash offers.” Selling? Get Ready In Advance Taking care of the little things can go a long way. “De-cluttering, painting, staging, organizing everything. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the home. A neutral color palette can make a huge difference,” shares Realtor Evelyn Murphy. “But the biggest trend we are seeing right now? And something that a lot of our agents are recommending to their clients? Getting an inspection in advance of putting your house on the market.” Having a home inspection prior to listing your home offers a number of advantages.


As a seller, you’ll be able to get ahead of any repairs and potentially make your home more attractive to buyers. Evelyn continues, “While a buyer will most likely do their own home inspection during due diligence, being able to show them that any previously discovered issues have been addressed, and that there are no major surprises to expect, makes an impact as well and could even expedite closing.” Working with a qualified agent will help you navigate and understand what is happening

in the local market. They’re a great resource for finding connections to local lenders, inspectors, and contractors and they can bring a lot of peace of mind during a major transaction, whether you are buying or selling.

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s we welcome this new year, one of my resolutions is to cook with the girls more at home and to try new recipes together. While my list seems to consist of mostly entrées, theirs consists of mainly dessert. As we try to compromise, I’ll sneak in a few dining etiquette lessons to practice when enjoying some of our favorite foods and beverages. B-M-W: Sit down. Look at the place setting

from the left and remember BMW: Bread, Meal, Water/Wine. You’ll never forget where your bread plate is again.

Dining Decorum Chewing: For children, chewing with their mouth closed normally takes practice. Remind them that smaller bites help and continue to provide encouragement. Dessert Silverware: This

silverware is placed horizontally at the top of your main plate and may be a fork or spoon (or both), depending on what is being served.

Salt: Salt your food only after tasting it. To do so before may insult your hostess, your mother, or the chef.

Fried Chicken & French Fries: Eat

Sushi: Eat sushi in a single bite. No cutting.

it is very crisp; then you may use your hands.

with fingers at picnics or casual family gatherings. If ordering fried chicken in a five star dining establishment, be ready to use a fork and knife.

Beverages: Blot before you take a sip of

Napkins: No matter whether paper, linen,

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or cotton, the sooner using a napkin during a meal becomes a habit for your child, the happier everyone will be.

Bacon: Eat bacon with a knife and fork unless

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at a time. Butter that piece and eat it. Never butter the entire roll at once.

Tacos (hard and soft shell): Pick up with

both hands and bite. Use a fork to eat any filling that falls out. Practice dining etiquette at home with your children. Use nights out in special restaurants to practice what they have learned. Most importantly, enjoy your time together.

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RAYNES NAMED SGHS PRESIDENT & CEO The Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc., Board of Directors has announced that Scott Raynes, MBA, MA will join the Health System on January 10, succeeding Michael D. Sherneck, as its president and CEO. Raynes has served as president of Baptist Hospitals, Inc. and executive vice president of Baptist Healthcare Corp in Pensacola, Florida, since 2013, overseeing the operations of the organization’s five hospitals. During his tenure at Baptist in Pensacola, Raynes led Northwest Florida and South Alabama’s largest health system, a national leader in patient satisfaction, which includes five hospitals and residency and fellowship programs in orthopaedics, internal medicine, primary care, sports medicine, cardiology and anesthesia. For more information, visit sghs.org.

OFF TO A GREAT START Bullington St. Simons in the Frederica North Shopping Center is celebrating its first anniversary. Longtime Glynn County resident and owner Steve Bullington, known locally as “Bully,” who worked with Ralph Lauren for 22 years of his 50 years in the apparel industry, sends a warm “thank you” to the Golden Isles for its support. His success is not surprising, because, as Bullington says, “I sell classic, traditional menswear that never goes out of style and is always in good taste.” He and store mascot Rosie look forward to many more years in the shop selling the Bullington line he designs and manufactures, as well as other country club, resort and lodge wear, leather products, collegiate items, and more. 3600 Frederica Road #4, 912.771.8457 or shop online at stevebullington.com.

WINTER EXHIBIT CELEBRATES BIRDS ArtTrends Gallery kicks off 2022 with its winter exhibition “For The Love of Birds.” The ArtTrends artists celebrate birds with new works of art through the end of February. An opening reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13. Artist/ printmaker Lydia C. Thompson will share anecdotes about bird counts, like the Glynn County Christmas Bird Count, in “Making Birds Count,” at 5:30 p.m. that evening and again at 5:30 p.m. on February 10 in “The Great Backyard Bird Count.” ArtTrends Gallery, “The Gallery With the Orange Door,” is located at 3305 Frederica Road. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit arttrends.gallery, call 912.268.4761, or email artists@arttrends.gallery.

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Hans F. Trupp, CCIM founder and former Chairman of Trupp Hodnett Enterprises and The Management Company prior to taking the companies public (NYSE, RZT) in an IPO in 1998 has reentered the real estate business locally through an affiliation with eXp realty. eXp is a cloud based publicly traded (NASDAQ, EXPI) company with more than 71,000 real estate agents in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain and continues to scale internationally. This internet based high technology company will totally revolutionize the real estate

industry both with relationships of buyers and sellers and the relationship that sales people have with the company. Trend Magazine has described eXp as the Amazon of real estate. eXp realty offers a very unique agent attraction program and Hans has partnered with veteran Atlanta broker John Adams to inform and educate agents throughout the United States about eXp, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation. Adams is well known throughout Georgia for his educational activities on behalf of the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and his regular appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta and CNN. He continues to be a freelance journalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with more than 1,000 articles in print.

Thanks to the internet, eXp’s state of the art revolutionary cloud based technology and a unique revenue sharing plan Hans and his team are able to offer a performance-based, no risk maximum 4% listing commission on any real estate both residential and commercial. No risk - you can cancel the listing at any time for any reason. Hans would also be pleased to share his broad business knowledge and experience with anyone interested in a free no obligation consultation session with regard to any real estate problem. Call, email or text him if you would like to explore his listing program or if you have any questions with regard to eXp, one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the nation with now over 71,000 agents and growing.

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DELICIOUS DINNER TO SUPPORT ACADEMICS In 2014, St. William Catholic Church hosted its first Wines of the World and Coastal Cuisine fundraiser for St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (SFX). The initial masterminds behind the idea were Monsignor John Kenneally, then pastor of St. William, and parishioners Tom Delaney and Mark Gagliano. Now an annual dinner with many local chefs showcasing their finest fare paired with wine presented by local sommeliers, this event has raised funds for improvements to technology and various academic programs at SFX, including completion of the first LabLearner STEM Lab in Glynn County. This year’s event will be held on February 6, at 6:30pm in the St. William Catholic Church Parish Hall. Tickets will be available beginning January 3 at the church office 912.638.2647, and SFX 912.265.9470.

FASHION SHOW RETURNS IN FEBRUARY Help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against cancer by attending the Glynn County Relay for Life 22nd Annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show, a fundraiser for Survive and Thrive, on February 5. This enjoyable afternoon at Sea Palms Resort features great food, a fun fashion show spotlighting local breast cancer survivors, a spectacular live auction, and much more. The American Cancer Society is the largest private, not-forprofit funder of cancer research in the nation, investing more than $4 billion since 1946. Thanks in part to local contributions more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the US over the past two decades. Tickets are $50/person and will be on sale at local outlets and online January 7-28. relayforlife.org/glynncounty

FEBRUARY DEADLINE FOR ESSAY CONTEST Marsh’s Edge will award three local high school seniors cash prizes up to $2,500 to assist with their post-graduate plans through The Silver Pen Writing Competition. This year’s submissions are based on the topic of global warming. Senior Living Communities, the parent company of the St. Simons Island senior living community, established the

competition in 2012 as a way to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and senior citizens. Since the program began, more than $386,000 has been awarded to assist students for college and trade school expenses. Submissions are being accepted now through February 11. Award recipients will be announced in Spring 2022. For details and essay submission, visit silverpen-slc.com.

ATTENTION FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS It’s time! Reserve your seat now to attend the 22nd Golden Isles Father Daughter Purity Ball on Saturday, March 19. Each daughter will receive a key to unlock the enchanted garden for an evening filled with quality time, fun, and memories with their dad. Tickets include a three-course dinner, professional ballroom dance instruction, “Worth the Wait” ceremony, white rose, portrait, gifts, and more! The Ball takes place at the Jekyll Island Convention Center from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Special ticket rates are $65 per fatherdaughter, $25 for each additional daughter through February 18. Recommended age is 9 and up. For more information, visit goldenislespurityball.com.

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HOPE 1312 COLLECTIVE RECENTLY HELD ITS INAUGURAL FESTIVAL OF TREES AT THE MURRAY CENTER FOR HOPE. The event was a huge success with trees and wreaths beautifully decorated by local businesses and organizations with gift cards and so much more going to the highest bidders. Proceeds benefit the Collective, which serves as a liaison between the Church, the community, and the child welfare system. 1. Amy Houston, Amanda Holt. 2. Amy Fritchman, Layne Lemmings. 3. Chris and Mary Susan McNeal. 4. Elizabeth and Patrick Riste. 5. Jonathan Cooper, Bryan and Stacy McLarty, Laura Cooper. 6. Chaney Pope, Ally Christianson, Mary Catherine Sexton, Stacy McLarty, Amy Fritchman. 7. Christina McCormick, Peggy Graversen, Allison Jimenez, Mary Barnes. 8. Kelly Hanrahan, Paul Scott, Tracy Meazell. 9. Mark Fritchman, Chris and Grace Greene. 10. Paige Madden, Cathy Pringle. 11. Tree decorated by Mixed Nuts Boutique. 12. Cliff and Beth Stanfield. 13. Mollie and Emmy Temples, Chris Caldwell. 14. Randy and Tomee Sellars, John and Tracy Childs. 66

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THE PLANTATION BALL, A BLACK-TIE DINNER-DANCE PRESENTING AND HONORING LOCAL DEBUTANTES TOOK PLACE OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT THE CLOISTER ON SEA ISLAND, continuing an elegant tradition established by the St. Simons Cotillion in 1988. Each member of the 2021 Cotillion Debutante Club, wearing a formal white gown with elbow-length gloves and carrying a dozen long-stemmed roses, was escorted by a marshal and formally presented by her father or a family members. Photos by Sea Island Photography. 1. The 2021 Cotillion Debutante Club and Marshals. 2. Kim Maupin, Jennifer Butler, Mary Anna Morrison, Caroline Butler. 3. Ashley Jenkins, Gayle Disque. 4. Jonathan and Allison Hendry. 5. Dana Parker, Mary Jo Prater, Alisha Seymour. 6. Catherine Benefield, Dewey Benefield. 7. Brin and Pagent Meredith. 8. Susan Dunn, Amanda Tate. 9. Timme Feininger, Baba McCaffrey. 10. Martha Williams, Susan Davenport, Sarah Phelps. 11. Andrea Altman, Donna Godbey. 68

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Grandpa said “Don’t let tooth pain keep you from having a great time.” He can help! XOXO Catalina WE HAVE 3 LOCATIONS TO SERVE OUR COASTAL RESIDENTS. WE LOVE TO SAVE TEETH COMFORTABLY. St. Simons Island 912-268-2800 Richmond Hill 912-756-5960 Hinesville 912-463-4405 www.coastalendo.net

YOUR BEST FRIENDS TRUST THEIR GROOMING TO US!

Holly Cohen 912.577.5712

Betsy Knight 912.506.0645

April Carroll 912.689.8700

Brittany Durrance 912.258.7591

Where We Care for Your Eyes

Katie Gilmer 912.222.7754

Large Selection of Eyewear & Sunglasses including Designer, Custom & Specialty

912-638-PETS The Shops at Demere 2465 Demere Rd. Grooming Salon 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Store Hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

St. Simons Island 1626 Frederica Road St. Simons Island, GA 912.634.5711

Hospital 2500 Starling Street Brunswick, GA 912.261.4444

Brunswick 149 Altama Connector Brunswick, GA 912.554.2007

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ISLAND LIVING REAL ESTATE Advertiser Index - JanuaRy 2022

74 • Directory / Margie Stockton

82 • Real Escapes Properties

90 - 91 • BHHS Hodnett Cooper

75 • DeLoach Sotheby’s

83 - 85 • Signature Properties Group, Inc.

92 - 93 • DeLoach Sotheby’s Listings

76 - 77 • Georgia Coast Realty

86 • Zaida Clay Harris / Joan Lewis

94 • Ann Harrell

78 - 79 • Al Brown Company

87 • Phoebe Hoaster

95 • Susan Imhoff

80 • Art & Annie Harper / Joy Wright

88 • Mary Jo Prater / Sea Palms

96 • Page Aiken

81 • Christa Clark / Carol Pollock

89 • Lilmar Properties

97 • Sea Island Properties

The following pages are submitted to Elegant Island Living Magazine by Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC. Reproduction of any photographs, artwork or copy prepared by Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC is strictly prohibited without prior written permission. all advertised properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice. Elegant Island Living and Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC is not a registered real estate broker, and this publication is not an effort to assist in the buying or selling of real estate. The advertisers and publishers are not responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints, or typographical errors. Real Estate advertised in this publication is subject to the Fair Housing act of 1968 and its amendments. all electronic files submitted to Elegant Island Living Magazine or Elegant Island Real Estate, LLC. become property of the publication. © 2022 Elegant Island Living. all Rights Reserved.

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Dana Hill REALTOR

912.272.4698

Nancy Phelan

Teri Moore

Karen Mumford

REALTOR

REALTOR

REALTOR, GRI

912.571.1948

912.638.1098

912.222.4010

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

Plantation Village

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

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

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

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145 Wentle Circle, Brunswick Delightful one level, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in Shell Pointe subdivision. The home is situated on a corner lot with a fenced-in backyard and well for irrigation. The community has a lake, pool, and cabana. $275,000

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137 Oak Grove Road This beautiful 1950’s style home is situated right outside Oak Grove Island. 3-bedroom, 2-bath home located on an oversized, fenced-in lot complete with beautiful tree canopy. $224,000

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

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

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

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

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1000 Sea Island Road, Unit #40 As-is. Needs a complete renovation. $100,000


Desireé Varnedoe

Emily Wages

Sarah Broyles

Elizabeth Smith

Freddy Stroud

Proper ty Manager

Rental Division

Rental Agent

Mar keting Coordinator

Broker, CRS, GRI

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

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912.269.1144

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

Plantation Village

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

Available Homesites Lot 7 Sanctuary Harbour Trl Waverly, GA - $13,000 259 Saint James Ave Saint Simons - $390,000 253 Buffalo Drive Brunswick - $160,000 315 Carnoustie Single-level in immaculate condition overlooking the lagoon and golf course! Tabby ranch with 3-bedroom, 3.5baths, and custom cabinetry and shelving throughout. Screened porch, patios, and pool. $1,450,000

133 Hampton Point Drive Walk into this custom built home and be greeted by an expansive open floorplan with high ceilings and beautiful views of the backyard and pool. This well-maintained 7 bedroom, 7+ bathroom home offers a game room with pool table, a screened summer kitchen w/ FP & sep. guest house. $1,400,000

Lot 7 Mission Drive Tolomato Island - $72,500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cottage 260, W. 24th Street, Sea Island This exciting contemporary design of Lamar Webb with recent updates by the owners make Cottage 260 a gem of a find in today's market. The house is bathed in natural light with window walls and generous windows enhanced by vaulted and tray ceilings. Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths. The central social area is the 580 square foot beamed living room with fireplace that opens to the pool patio, terrace and dining alfresco. There is a warm and comfortable TV room/den with adjoining wet bar. A sitting room/reading room opens directly to the pool. Kitchen remodeled, new pool and deck, roof replaced in 2017. Expansive grounds of 2/3 of an acre, irrigated by a private well. Fenced back yard. Lovely landscaping in a choice corner site on 24th Street. Short walk to the beach. $3,750,000

316 Forest Oaks, Island Club At the deep corner of the 14th and 15th fairway of the Retreat Golf Course, a terrific Davis Love III design, this lot is the most private location in the Island Club. Comfort and elegance blend effortlessly in this stunning Italian Villa. Inviting spaces include a grand size living room with a hand painted ceiling, separate dining room, library/office with lots of custom cabinetry, and family room. Walls of windows bring the outdoors in to enjoy the view. The spacious well-done kitchen and breakfast room are large enough to entertain family and friends. High ceilings, wood and stone floors, 5 large bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, 2 fireplaces, an exercise room, a simply wonderful wine cellar, pretty ironwork, an outdoor fountain on the arbored terrace, a tile roof and a 3-car garage make this home one of a kind. $2,950,000


Cottage 333, W. 41st Street, Sea Island Cottage 333 awaits your touches to return it to the warm and gracious period of entertaining enjoyed there in the caring hands of the original owner. The sophistication is evident in the two additions performed by the South's most famous architect at the time, Frank McCall, who added a grand dining room with fireplace, wide plank wood flooring, rich wainscoting and generous crown moulding. The location and adaptability of this room possibly makes it a candidate for a master bedroom suite. McCall also added a family room to complement the existing living room. Other social areas include a sitting room/office with fireplace for the master, original dining room, kitchen with adjoining breakfast room, game room and garden room. Two wet bars are in service, as well. 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths. 5,726 square feet plus double carport. .85 acre site with fenced back yard. Lots of potential! $3,495,000

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


Carpe Diem

You don’t have to give up the race, but it might be time to change your track. When you’re ready to make your own road give us a call. - Art & Annie Harper

Art & Annie Harper 912.222.2024 OR 912.222.4455 ajharper@gmail.com or annieharperssi@gmail.com 119 Marina Dr. SSI, GA

912.638.4740

3506 & 3508 DOLPHIN ST + 6.33 AC - $398,900 6.33 acres with stunning lake just 1 mile from St. Simons Causeway with 2,200 SF brick ranch, 4BR, 3BA. Double garage with an extra storage, mud sink, large stack washer dryer. Plantation shutters in the front rooms as well as hwd floors. Being sold "as is" and needs some updating. Property includes 2 out-buildings. Call  Joy  Wright  (912) 230-0134  or  Don  Wright  (912) 222-0133.

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914 RICHMOND STREET - $259,000

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326 PEACHTREE STREET - $729,900

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

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

Charming old-style home in the historic district built in 1918 has 2,044 SF, high ceilings, 2 fireplaces, 3BR and 2BA. Some renovations were completed. The home was re-wired 3 years ago and exterior is freshly painted. The backyard has flowering trees, plants and a new pergola. Access from Reynolds Street at the rear. The adjacent lot is for sale at a discounted price of $15,000. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

BCConstructionSSI.com


Vacation Rentals and PRoPeRty ManageMent Call Now! 800.634.1667

Thinking About Hiring a Property Manager? Real Escapes Properties Needs your Vacation Rental! For details, give us a call... we’d love to talk with you! Our Current Demand Exceeds Our Available Inventory. Call a name you can Trust. Years in the business have earned an established client base through a high percentage of repeat and referral business. All Properties are Professionally Managed with our Personal touch.

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

ocean Pearl • 4BR / 3.5Ba Private Pool

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

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

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

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Betsy Polhill 912.269.1690

Bradley Randall 912.270.8556

Carla Jernigan 912.266.3111

Christina Judd Clarke 912.399.2267

Properties  Group, Inc. LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE

Top Producing Agent

Colleen Martin 912.297.8638

Cynthia Brown 662.694.9235

Ellen Cook 978.317.3609

CeCe Gandy 404.797.4373

Bradley Randall 912.270.8556 Joan Lewis 912.258.5841

Kelli Osteen 912.270.2505

Judy Ballard 912.269.6364

Kelsi Brooks 832.279.7344

Kay Love 912-230.3253

Marcia Beauchamp Irwin 678.361.8835

Ken Sausedo 912.223.1918

Margaret Maestas 912.250.6677

Top Selling Agent

Cynthia Brown 662.694.9235

Top Listing Agent

Mary Jo Prater 912.223.2283

Nancy Mickelson 281.961.9056

Pam Ruddy 912.222.7917

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730

Kelli Osteen 912.270.2505 Rachel Marascalco 770.316.2349

Ruth Heyward Beall 912.269.5596

Sandra Branch 912.269.1129

Zaida Clay Harris 912.258.1089

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


168 Point Lane | St. Simons

509 Longview Rd | St. Simons

101 Marsh Point Lane | St. Simons

1.70 acre lot. Sea Island Golf Club. $1,600,000. Call Any Signature Agent.

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

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

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150 Dark Creek Lane | Brunswick

126 Sea Palms Lane | St. Simons

118 Ashwood Way | St. Simons

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

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

3BR, 2BA. One Level. Oak Forest S/D. $449,000. Phoebe Hoaster. 912-270-5730.

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1113 Ratcliff Drive | Brunswick

201 King Cotton Road | Brunswick

3252 Dogwood Ave | Brunswick

5BR, 3.5BA. Beautiful Custom Built Home. $449,000. Sandra 269-1129. Carla 266-3111.

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

3BR, 2BA. Close to shopping, schools, restaurants. $164,900. Sandra 269-1129. Carla 266-3111.

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


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

VACATION RENTALS

1704 Bruce Drive | East Beach

109 Thompson Cove | St. Simons

4319 Seventh Street | East Beach

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

3 bedroom 3 bath house.

3BR, 2.5BA. Sleeps 10.

1460 Ocean Blvd 101 | St. Simons

St Simons Grand 318 | St. Simons

Ocean Walk Q8 | St. Simons

2BR, 1.5BA. Duplex.

4BR, 3BA. Top Floor.

2BR, 2BA. Second Floor Unit.

1440 Ocean Blvd 311 | St. Simons

850 Mallery St T4 | St. Simons

Beach Club 435 | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA. Direct Oceanfront.

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

2BR, 2BA. Partial Ocean View.

114 Floyd St. | St. Simons

Demere Landing 138 | St. Simons

502 Harbour Oaks | St. Simons

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

4BR, 3.5BA. Multi-level Condo.

3BR, 2BA. Sleeps 6.

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


BUYERS ARE lOOkInG FOR A HOmE lIkE yOuRS There has never been a better time to sell. Curious what your home is worth? Call me for a FREE market analysis.

Zaida Clay Harris , CRS GRI Associate Broker, Owner

912-258-1089

ZaidaClayHarris@gmail.com

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

To my clients, friends and family... A sincere thank you for your business and referrals in 2021. As I begin my 43rd year in real estate sales, my sincere wish is for a safe, happy, and prosperous 2022 for all.

Joan Lewis 912.258.5841 Joanlewis65@gmail.com joanlewisrealestate.com

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



It Is the perFect tIme to buIld your dream home!

mary Jo prater Cell: 912-223-2283 maryjoprater@gmail.com

168 poInt lane - $1,600,000 KInGs poInt estate lot - this magnificent 1.70 acre lot has it all, sweeping marsh views, views of sea Island golf course (holes #4 and #5) and the tranquility of a beautiful tidal lake. the gorgeous estate lot has been meticulously cleared, soil surcharged and its live oaks preserved by an asI certified arborist to create a private, natural home setting. all surveys, geotechnical studies and site plan are online and dnr approvals, building and drainage plans available on request. this is a rare opportunity to find such a unique, prime lot that has been completely prepped and vetted. Get ready to build your dream home and enjoy the Kings point lifestyle. Kings point is a private, gated enclave of 35 homes on the south end of st. simons Island, close to the Village, sea Island Golf club, the lodge at sea Island and the beaches. application rights to the sea Island club.

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

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

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

877.638.6660 or 912.638.6660

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

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

property management | vacation rentals | sales

Featured Vacation rental • Southern Bell Villa - Introducing Southern Bell Villa! Experience one of the best vacation homes on the island! This 4 bed / 4.5 bath home is newly remodeled, bringing luxury and coastal comfort all while being steps from beautiful St. Simons beaches. Designed to give the ultimate escape with lush landscape and private backyard, this place offers that and so much more. Book today - this one will go fast!

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NOTHING COMPARES

17 Dunbar Creek Point, Saint Simons Island, GA Welcome home to The Point! Custom built and designed to take advantage of the incredible views offered. Builder Bill Phelan incorporated the very best materials and craftsmanship to create this classic island home. Now after a extensive refit, she is ready for new chapter in island living. Heated pool and spa, wraparound porches, formal living room and an updated comfortable den / kitchen with classic porthole windows. Offering 3 bedrooms each with its own bath and outside deck to enjoy as well as comfortable sitting-reading areas giving space to unwind. The crow's nest features panoramic views! The views and waterfront living offer an incredible opportunity to enjoy the abundant saltlife that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Awake to the daily tide changes and different color schemes each season has to offer. You will know why we call it the Golden Isles! Call for your personal showing. Welcome home! $1,800,000 Larry Delaney 912.230.0406

3436 Driggers Road, Waycross, GA

185 Hampton Point Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA

Extraordinary equestrian estate. An impressive gated entrance welcomes you in .The foyer is flanked with formal dining and an inviting "New Orleans" style wet bar brings ease to entertaining. The kitchen has custom millwork and professional-grade appliances and opens to the living room with a passthru fireplace into the study that features a 19th-century mahogany mantel and spiral stairs. The master suite includes a fireplace with a sitting area and spa bath. Interior balcony overlooking living room upstairs. All En-suite bedrooms upstairs with theatre room, art studio, parlor, and playroom. The grounds are balanced with a pool with water features, an outdoor cooking terrace, and a hot tub. A complete horse training facility includes: covered and lighted riding arena, viewing room, seven stables in the barn, three wash racks, several pastures with run-in sheds, full bathroom with an office. Tranquil and serene setting. Only minutes from town. $775,000 Maria Jennings 912.222.0185

Live the island lifestyle in this gorgeous 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home situated on a private lot on St. Simons Island. The stately entry gate welcomes you to this 1+ acre lighted yard and home. The home has a fabulous open floor plan where you can live on one level. The exceptionally high ceilings and definitive moldings make an instant impact when you arrive. The living room features a beautiful fireplace with built-in book cases. The kitchen has been equipped with beautiful cabinetry, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a wet bar with icemaker. The master suite is situated in its own wing of the house and has large closets, jetted tub and a large walk-in shower. This home is set up for entertaining with a screen porch traversing the back side of the home overlooking the yard, jacuzzi, and f irepit. This home is also fully equipped with a security and sound systems. This home is truly unique. $990,000 Catherine McCrary 843.860.8998

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308 Hawkins Island Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA This beautifully renovated in 2017-2018 home is on an eastern marsh lot. The eastern exposure presents fabulous sunrises over the marsh front. The flow of this elegant home makes it perfect for entertaining. The first-floor spacious master bedroom suite is adjacent to the pecky cypress library and enjoys the pool view over the marsh. The living room has a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to display your treasures. The two-story sunroom and the spacious kitchen, family room, and breakfast area open onto the screened porch and expansive pool deck. In addition to the 5 bedrooms/5baths, you have the option of a 6th bedroom or den/small kitchen with a bath. Very high ceilings throughout this high-quality carefully designed home, Brazilian cherry floors, and outstanding architectural details are extras. There are floor-to-ceiling cabinets in this very high-ceilinged garage. The entire home generator was added in the 2017/2018 renovation. $4,295,000 Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686

2019 Sea Palms West Dr, Lot #10, Saint Simons Island, GA

1519 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA

Marsh Point is a gated 35 homesite community within the Seal Palms West subdivision. Lot 10 is a beautiful lot that is bordered by the marsh on two sides, allowing for both southern & western views. Marsh Point is a very desirable neighborhood of lovely estate size homes, located mid-island and close to Sea Palms Golf Course and Clubhouse. $325,000 Nancy Wainwright 912.223.2821

Bring offers ! Fabulous panoramic views of the marsh, no immediate neighbors, steps from the beach, this contemporary gorgeous home offers one unique location, architecture and launching your kayaks in the backyard could be just your daily activity. Set on two lots, elevator, 3645 sf, gourmet kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, a large 2 car garage, are just a few details of this property. No HOA! Excellent condition (new windows, new white stucco and much more)! $1,475,000 Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500

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400 Hawkins Island Drive, St. Simons Island. $3,750,000 Stunning views of the marsh from floor to ceiling windows complement the exceptional architecture of this 6BR/5.5BA home. Exceptional features include antique heart pine floors, Alderwood entry door with glass accents, open plan with light filled rooms and grand ceiling height in interior spaces that flow seamlessly to outdoor porches, lanai, pool and grounds. Come see this sophisticated, island home in Sea Island developed Hawkins Island which is only 2 miles from the resort's Five Star amenities and the Cloister Hotel.

907 Beachview, Oceanview, St. Simons Island 3-4BR/4BA, Near Beach and Village. Fantastic Ocean Views. $2,250,000

No. 324, 20 Waterfront Drive, St. Simons Island 4BR / 4BA with St. Simons Sound and Atlantic Ocean Views. $1,485,000

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BuIlt wIth ArchItecturAl IntegrIty

$8,900,000

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

Susan Imhoff

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

VISIonAry In eVery wAy

7.7 Acre reSIdentIAl deVelopment

$4,295,000

$1,450,000

308 hawkins Island drive, St Simons Island This beautifully renovated in 2017-2018 home is on an eastern marsh lot. The eastern exposure presents fabulous sunrises over the marsh front. The flow of this elegant home makes it perfect for entertaining. The first-floor spacious master bedroom suite is adjacent to the pecky cypress library and enjoys the pool view over the marsh. The living room has a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to display your treasures. The two-story sunroom and the spacious kitchen, family room, and breakfast area open onto the screened porch and expansive pool deck. In addition to the 5BR and 5BA, you have the option of a 6th BR or den/small kitchen with a bath. High ceilings, high-quality design, Brazilian cherry floors, and outstanding architectural details.

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

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A Monumental Figure

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n impressive monument in downtown Brunswick recalls one of the most prosperous periods in the city’s history. Erected in November 1926, the 22-foot-long granite wall with benches serves as a memorial to Columbia Downing, Jr. It was Downing’s company that put Brunswick on the map at the turn of the 20th century as one of the largest shipping ports in the world for naval stores. As a testament to his standing in the community, the memorial was funded by his friends and business associates.

Downing was born in Meigs County, Ohio in 1845. During the Civil War, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the 7th Ohio Light Artillery Battery of the Union Army, advancing from bugler to first lieutenant. He spent the last year of the war as aide-de-camp to General J.A. Maltby. After attending college and working in Ohio, Downing moved to Atlanta in 1877 and opened an office for the Chess, Carley Company, an agency of Standard Oil. As the company representative in Atlanta and Savannah, he traveled throughout the state.

In 1881, Downing came to Brunswick to open a naval storehouse for Standard Oil, and within a year, he had purchased the business. Naval stores – turpentine, rosin, tar, and pitch – were originally used in building wooden ships, but by the late 19th century referred to a number of pine resin products. By 1890, his company was handling 125,000 barrels of rosin and 25,000 barrels of turpentine annually at a value of $600,000. The company also operated a wholesale grocery business and a barrel making factory. Columbia Downing was involved in other activities in the community. When the First National Bank of Brunswick was organized in 1884, he became its president. He also served on the Brunswick Board of Trade and as a director of the Oglethorpe Hotel Company, which opened the 125-room hotel on Newcastle Street in 1888. He was known as a generous contributor to charitable causes. On Christmas Day, for example, the Downing Company distributed

hams, bacon, flour, crackers, and other goods to Brunswick’s needy families. Downing died in 1924 and is buried in Palmetto Cemetery. The memorial, shown here on a postcard from the Society’s archives, includes a bronze portrait of Downing and is located in Queen Square. Also shown is a picture of the Downing Company docks. His home on Halifax Square has been converted into what is known today as the Brunswick Manor.

Coastal Georgia Historical Society presents this article and images from our archives as part of our mission to tell Coastal Georgia’s inspiring stories. The Society operates the iconic St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum, housed in the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach. To learn more about the Society, its museums, diverse programs, and membership, please visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org. 98

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