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Golden Isles T h e M a g a z i n e f o r B r u n s w i c k , St . S i m o n s , J e k y l l & S e a I s l a n d s

Swimming in Style

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Table of Contents

July/August 2013


56 Swimming in style

68 Fish On!

77 Boys of Summer

Haute looks for Summer

The bounty of the deep, three

The men who shape our



56 77 68 columns & departments 6 Editor’s Note 11 CoastalQueue 34 Just the Facts 38 Nature Connection 40 The Dish 42 Par for the Course 44 Green Acres 46 Living Well 48 Vignettes of Absurdity

JUST MARRY 90 Brunswick Country Club NOISE MAKERS 94 Emily Hearn


on the cover: Britni Adams poses near the Village Pier for our fashion spread photographed by Brooke Roberts.

Golden Isles The Magazine for Brunswick, sT. siMons, Jekyll & sea islands

WORTH KNOWING 96 Duane Harris BY HAND 101 Faith True

50 By Design 52 Money Talks

106 Coastal Seen 110 Coastal Cuisine


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Swimming in Style

Whatever it takes, we’re here to help! Whether you choose to buy or build a vacation home, or you wisely decide to make the Golden Isles your permanent home, you should talk to a local mortgage lender who can make it happen – with low rates, sound advice and local service. Call Creg or Beth today at 912.265.1710.

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Golden Isles T h e M a g a z i n e f o r B r u n s w i c k , St . S i m o n s , J e k y l l & S e a I s l a n d s

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Golden Isles Magazine is published six times per year by The Brunswick News Publishing Company.


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contributors. Unsolicited queries and submissions

The gallery specializes in original American representational art that includes portraits, landscapes, still life and figurative paintings by nationally known artists. Anderson Fine Art Gallery is well known for the workshops conducted throughout the year by professional artists.

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Golden Isles Magazine is in need of talented

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of art and stories are welcome. Please include an email to the editor, Amy Carter: or by mail to the St. Simons Island address up top. Only work accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will be returned.


Information regarding advertising and rates is available by contacting Angel Hobby by phone at 912.634.8408 or email at We always appreciate letters from our readers

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Editor’s Note It’s so very refreshing to have a young idealist in the house. On May 17, we were graced with the presence of Miss Brenna Hunter, 13-going-on-14-goingon-40. Miss Brenna wants to be a Journalist, and I capitalize the J on purpose, because Brenna has a much higher calling than I myself ever did. I wanted to cruise the world in my sailboat like Walter Cronkite while the latest incarnation of Dan Rather subbed for me. Or interview Larry Bird. Or maybe Jacques Cousteau. It totally depended on the day of the week.

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May 17 was careeer shadowing day at Glynn Middle School, the waning days of Brenna’s middle school career, and she chose to see journalism the Golden Isles Magazine way. I’m just so stinking flattered, but in the end ‘twas I who learned. Here’s why Brenna wants to be a journalist, in her own words:

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“Foreign correspondence. That’s what got me into journalism. I want to be covering something that’s important and something that will impact the world, good or bad. I want to be in the field, covering and creating history through writing and through speaking. Being a journalist evolved from my love of writing and my love of all things history. Journalism can create history, not just cover it. Being in the field, no matter how dangerous, sounds glamorous to me. I have a need to know what’s happening in the world and what has happened in the world.”

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One day, you’ll read Brenna Hunter’s byline on a foreign dispatch in The New York Times or see her on NBC News reporting from some far-flung locale and you’ll be able to say, “I knew her when... .” See Brenna’s work in this, our July/August issue of Golden Isles Magazine, dedicated to the “Salt Life” we enjoy so much here in the Golden Isles. In case you didn’t notice, I’m super excited to present you with our July/August issue of Golden Isles Magazine. Dive in! The water’s great!

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Correction: Nancy Kirkpatrick photographed the Celebration of History weekend in the last issue.


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Compiled by Cynthia Robinson


Co a stal An informative line-up of things to know

Residents and visitors alike will have their pick of Golden Isles events to mark the celebration of our nation’s birthday July 4th. The holiday celebrations will get started on St. Simons Island with the annual 4th of July Sunshine Festival. The activities begin at 7:30 a.m. July 4 with a 1 mile fun run, followed by the 5K race at 8 a.m. The registration, start and finish lines for both races will be held in Mallery Park, just north of Kings Way on Mallery Street. The celebration will conclude with the annual fireworks display at Neptune Park. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. However, the holiday will continue through July 7 with the Sunshine Festival Arts & Crafts Show in the Pier Village area. Some of the region’s finest artists and crafters will display their wares for purchase. For more information, call (912) 230-1042.

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On the mainland, Brunswick’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration will kick-off at 7 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in historic downtown Brunswick. This free celebration will feature sack races, tug-of-war contests, horseshoes, a variety of ball games, hula-hoop contests and more. Free slices of South Georgia watermelon will be served and a fireworks display over the East River and Oglethorpe Bay will begin at 9 p.m. and last 30 minutes. For more information, call (912) 265-4032. Jekyll Island will also mark the 4th with an all-day a celebration at Great Dunes Park, culminating with fireworks over the ocean. Additionally, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will host a day-long 4th of July Cookout at the hotel’s beach pavilion located at North Beachview Drive. For more information call (877)453-5955. For more information about the Jekyll Island Club Cookout, call (888)575-0540.

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Jack Davis: From the Beginning For the first time, the Golden Isles will host a retrospective of the work of famed illustrator and St. Simons Island resident Jack Davis. The Glynn Art Association will house “Jack Davis: From the Beginning” throughout the month of August. “We are thrilled to work with Jack and the Jack Davis Foundation and bring this art exhibit here,” says Ella Cart, vice president of the association’s board of directors. The show is unusual for Glynn Art as the association is covering the cost of transportation of the art work to St. Simons from Athens as well as insurance and other extemporaneous expenses that typically aren’t incurred with an exhibit. However, she adds that this is a show well worth doing because there has never been a public exhibition of Jack Davis’ art in this area. “There have been private events and book signings, but they were always for specific groups or members,” Ella adds. “This is an exceptional opportunity for the entire community and tourists to visit Glynn Art Association to see his past work.” The exhibit formally opens at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, with a panel discussion and art reception. The panel will be moderated by former Mad Magazine Editor Nick Meglin. Also participating in the panel will be Tom Richmond, president of the National Cartoonist Society and one of the top Mad Magazine illustrators. Rounding out the panel will be Philadelphia illustrator Mark Schultz. Like many of today’s illustrators, Tom Richmond and Mark Schultz were both strongly influenced to pursue a career in art by Jack Davis. A 6:30 p.m. reception will open the exhibit. Tickets are $35. Early reservations are recommended, as space is limited. At 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, Alex Murawski will give a slide-show guide to Jack’s career in New York City. Alex is a professor of art at Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and president of the Jack Davis Foundation. The show is free, but reservations are requested. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Mark Schultz will present a special Inking Demonstration. This event is free and open to the public. While Jack is best known around this area for his depictions of the Georgia Bulldawg, his art can be found in countless comic books, TV Guide and on Time magazine covers, album covers, film posters as well as many iconic television commercials (remember “RAAAAID!”). Most notably, he is known for being one of the founding fathers of Mad Magazine. He is known for having influenced the art work of many of today’s great illustrators and art directors who grew up reading Mad Magazine. Jack’s distinctive brush work is immediately recognizable by anyone who has seen his art. The skinny legs, oversized heads and exaggerated feet are all hallmarks of his work.


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Jack has drawn since childhood. While attending UGA, he studied with Lamar Dodd and drew for the Red & Black and Bullsheet, a humor publication. Following graduation, he moved to New York and quickly obtained a job working at EC Comics with William Gaines. His work for Mad Magazine soon followed and the rest is history. When he wasn’t drawing comics, he was often pulled in to save various ad campaigns for different clients. The Main Gallery will be exhibiting Jack’s work while the Studio Gallery will present the talented art work of local and regional illustrators. On August 30, the exhibit will move back to Athens. -Susan Durkes


A restrospective on the work of Margaret Davis Cate The Coastal Georgia Historical Society is celebrating the work of noted coastal historian Margaret Davis Cate with a long-term exhibit of her work titled Our Coastal Heritage Lovingly Preserved: Images from the Margaret Davis Cate Collection. The exhibit displays images selected from a collection of Margaret’s lantern slides recently donated to the society by Sea Island Acquisitions. Lantern slides were introduced 10 years after the invention of photography, making it possible for the first time to share photographs with large audiences for entertainment and educational purposes.

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Margaret’s ardor for coastal history led to the preservation of Fort Frederica and revealed a great deal about life in the Golden Isles, from Colonial settlers to African American slaves and their descendants. She was a teacher, school board member, Sea Island post mistress, planning and zoning committee member, and a successful farmer.

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Her official publications include: Our Todays and Yesterdays; Early Days of Coastal Georgia, produced with Dr. Orrin Wightman, the photographer who teamed with Margaret to capture vanishing landmarks of the coast; Fort Frederica Color Book; and three articles in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, including a critique of Fanny Kemble Butler’s recollections of antebellum life on St. Simons Island as recorded in her Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation. The exhibit is free to the public and open during regular museum hours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sundays. ~Amy Carter


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Girls on the Run Holds Inaugural 5K Girls on the Run of the Golden Isles, a non-profit program dedicated to empowering young girls through healthy exercise, held its first 5K race at North Glynn Park on May 18. The race concluded a 12-week program of after-school fitness sessions for girls in the third through fifth grades. The courses are led by trained coaches and are designed to encourage lifelong health and fitness as well as build confidence through accomplishment. Each season culminates with the completion of a 5K run for the participants. This season’s program was held at St. Simons Elementary School in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club. Programs will continue there in the fall with additional locations to begin as well. If you are interested in learning more, please visit www.gotrgoldenisles. org or call (912) 506-1041. ~Helen Rentz


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If you don’t get your pets spayed or neutered at the The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, please, get them altered somewhere. That’s the message Dr. Missy Weaver, D.V.M., is sending to pet owners throughout the Golden Isles. The part-time veterinarian at the Humane Society’s animal shelter north of town is committed to seeing populations of stray and abandoned dogs and cats reduced. To that end, she performs lost-cost animal surgeries and examinations three days a week in the Humane Society’s state-of-the-art medical center. She says spaying and neutering not only helps to control the animal population but it also improves the health of cats and dogs. Altered animals not only live longer, Missy says, they also experience a reduced risk of infections and cancers such as mammary and testicular cancer. “It’s the right thing to do even if Fifi lives on the 30th floor and never sees anyone,” Missy says.


Humane Society encourages responsible pet ownership with low-cost health services most part, unknowns. Their medical histories, behavioral issues and experience with humans is largely a mystery. That is where not only the medical staff but volunteers play an important part, providing gentle hands and additional sets of eyes to ensure comfortable post-op recovery and friendly socialization for stray and abandoned animals. To volunteer, adopt a pet, or just to learn more about the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, visit them online at www.; in person between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 4627 U.S. Hwy. 17 North; or give them a call at (912)264-6246. ~Amy Carter

While the generosity of private donors has made it possible for the Humane Society to offer low-cost spaying and neutering to the general public, many area veterinarians are similarly priced and Missy encourages pet owners to seek their services, as well. “A lot of veterinarians are making it affordable,” Missy says. Every animal offered for adoption from the shelter is altered prior to being released, Missy says. They are also vaccinated against rabies and microchipped to make recovery easier should the animal stray from home. The Humane Society’s new facility on U.S. Hwy. 17 north has dramatically improved the quality of animal being adopted out of the shelter. In addition to expanded and modern medical facilities, the shelter is now hosting interns from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. The senior externship is a hands-on opportunity for students nearing graduation to get their first real-world experience in the most challenging field of veterinary care imagineable. Shelter animals are, for the

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Baby Getting Kiss From Barbara

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Nat, Barbara & Bascum Murrah

A Meeting Of Friends

The Island’s only retirement home for animals needs your help Barbara Murrah was exhausted, but if you’ve ever seen her at work you wouldn’t wonder why.

make sure she’s not worried about the animals during that time.”

Barbara is wife to Bascum and mother to Natalie and grandmother to Virginia and the heart and soul of The Farm at Oatland North near Cannon’s Point on St. Simons Island. A shelter of last resort for abandoned and neglected animals, Oatland is home to 17 horses, 16 dogs, 17 cats, six or seven chickens, two cows, four or five goats and innumerable ducks, geese and raccoons. There are also wild boar and deer that amble out of the surrounding woods whenever Barbara rings the dinner bell.

Peggy, who reconnected with her high school friend 10 years ago, is working to raise money to feed and care for the animals at The Farm at Oatland North. To contribute, visit The Farm’s website at www. or mail donations to The Farm at Oatland North, 3370 Lawrence Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. The Farm had attained nonprofit status before Barbara fell ill, so donations are taxdeductible. The Farm is also open to visitors from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sundays. Donations are always appreciated.

The Farm was just a hobby, friend and Farm board member Peggy Everett explains. “Too many animals needed them,” Peggy says, so Barbara came out of retirement and returned to intensive care nursing at the Brunswick hospital of Southeast Georgia Health System on a part-time basis to help cover the expense of feed and seed and hay.

Barbara is a long-term patient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she’s in isolation while she undergoes treatment for leukemia. “All she cares about is these animals. She talks about it every day,” Peggy says. Peggy is hoping to raise at least $15,000 to cover The Farm’s operations for the next six months, she says.

It was an exhausting effort, but it turned out to be fatigue caused by acute leukemia and not her superhuman work ethic that was slowing Barbara down. “Unless a miracle would appear Barbara is going to go through a lot of chemotherapy and not have much quality of life,” Peggy says. “I want to

On July 7, Bennie’s Red Barn will host a fundraiser for The Farm that will include food, music and dancing. Peggy is also hoping to host a painting workshop with fellow artists Janet Powers and Ken Wallin in the fall. The proceeds will benefit The Farm. ~Amy Carter


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This is a farewell show to Mary Elizabeth “Billie” Hanes,

an Atlanta native born in 1915. Billie was an artist---a vibrant individual whose personality influenced and affected numerous organizations and people. Billie was a family friend and later, a relative.

These are some of the art works which remained, tucked ,away until this year while others were displayed at Sayde’s, a luxury dress boutique ( in Brunswick and St. Simons Island) where ladies would buy their one-of-a-kind floor length designer gowns and beautiful accessories, (recently closed after 100 years in business). Many paintings lined the attic stairwell and hung around their home, which was exquisitely decorated with artifacts collected from their worldly travels.

Friends Statements


A Graduate of Edgewood Park Junior College( Darien , CT.) Billie also attended Randolph Macon College (Roanoke, Va. ) Billie spent many years in New York City and was a resident of Sea Island for 30 years. Her love of art spanned the gamut from traditional studies in oil painting ,ceramics, sculpture charcoals and pastels to other not so traditional materials such as designer dresses using burlap as a designer fabric. This earned her a title as an American woman innovator. in fashion and home furnishings.

Lost Works of Mary Baumel Elizabeth Hanes Billie on “Billie” Display at Cowan Baumel SoGlo Gallery

A potion of my proceeds will be donated to the fund set up with “Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation “. “Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare “ Lee Owen Stated that “Raymond and Billie added so much life here in the Golden Isles through their creative talents, their style, and the warm friendships they cultivated. Their memorial fund at the community foundation is a wonderful legacy that will live on, bearing their names, for generations”. Dinah Baumel Strang

Her ceramics were influenced by the principles associated with the “Keramic Society” , later known as “Keramic Society and Design Guild of New York”. “artistic and technical skills to stimulating artistic development”. She designed, created and sold her ceramic pins and earrings and sold them During WWII. Quite an entrepreneur! She was active with a wide variety of organizations, serving in many capacities. Billie lived in the Golden Isle until her death in 1999 but her memory and art will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. I felt that Billies art work should have one last hurrah before being released out into the world.

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A “farewell” show of the recently discovered works of the late Mary Elizabeth “Billie” Hanes Cownan Baumel will continue through July 7 at SoGlo Gallery, 1413 Newcastle St. The gallery is open 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, or by appointment. Billie was a recognized trailblazer in the arts, home and fashion industries. In addition to works in oils, pastels, charcoals and silkscreens – some of which lined the stairwell and walls of Saydee’s Specialty Shop on St. Simons – two of her custom dresses will be on display. Billie was born in Atlanta in 1915 and lived, studied and worked in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and ultimately, Sea Island. In addition to her works, Billie’s niece, artist Dinah Baumel Strang, will be showing her works in intaglio printmaking — “A 15th Century Process in a 21st Century World!” For more information, or to make an appointment, call (912) 262-0628. ~Susan Durkes


Summer Classic Movies Return to The Ritz Summer Classic Movies at the historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick, will return Thursday, July 11 with the showing of the original Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Admission for all the movies in the summer series is $5 for all ages and includes free popcorn, while it lasts. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the sing-a-long Willie Wonka. Cartoons and short subjects will be shown at 6:30 p.m. followed by prizes and contests. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Also before each movie in the series there will be pre-show dining specials and trivia contests at Fox’s Pizza Den, 1435 Newcastle St. After each Thursday night show, drink specials will be offered at Tipsy McSway’s, 1414 Newcastle St.

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The complete Summer Classic Movies schedule is: • Thursday, July 18, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Doors open at 6 p.m., Movie at 7 p.m. • Thursday, July 25, the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Doors open at 6 p.m., Movie at 7 p.m.

Recipe 2: Fresh Pasta & Meatballs: Classic Italian-American style meatballs, big, • Thursday, Aug. 1, ‘70s favorite Saturday Night Fever. Doors open at 6 p.m., Movie at 7 p.m. • Sunday, Aug. 4, the blockbuster E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Doors open at 2 p.m., Movie at 3 p.m. For more information, call (912)262-6934.

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Each summer, thousands of locals and visitors alike enjoy Jazz in the Park, a concert series held in Neptune Park overlooking the ocean on St. Simons Island. The series is one of the most popular events in the Golden Isles and is held from 7 until 9 p.m. on select Sundays at high tide, for maximum breezes and bug-free comfort. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the shows. All concerts take place in Neptune Park, directly behind the St. Simons Casino building. The series continues throughout the summer with the following schedule: • Sunday, July 21: Sam Rodriguez Latin Jazz  • Sunday, Aug. 18: Jackson Evans Quartet • Sunday, Sept. 15: Elisha “Atlas” Parris Individual tickets are available at the gate the night of each concert for $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 12 and free for those six and younger. For more information, call Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at (912)2626934.

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Hospice Benefit Concert to Feature Award-Winning Blues Artist The Blues Music Association’s 2013 Pinetops Piano Player of the Year Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots will perform at The Club at Bennie’s Red Barn on July 26 for a special concert benefiting Hospice of the Golden Isles. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. A $25 donation includes entertainment and food. To purchase tickets, contact Wayne Thompson at (912) 571-0491 or Maryalice Kimel at (912) 289-9204. Bennie’s is located at 5514 Frederica Road, just north of Sea Palms, on St. Simons Island.

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When Paramount Pictures brought filming of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues to the Golden Isles, many locals were invited to join in the pretending, which is apparently a lot harder work than it appears. Worthy Pools on St. Simons Island was contracted to build a pool on East Beach to serve as a set for an encounter between film star Will Ferrell and a mechanical shark. Turns out, the weather was a huge challenge for the dozen or so workers who labored for seven working days to build the freshwater pool. The labor actually started long before the construction as Worthy sought permission to access the beach from Glynn County and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Getting on and

off the beach, working around extremely high tides and high winds, Worthy trucked in 45 loads of certified beach sand and pumped 5,000 gallons of freshwater in to fill the pool, a feat that took seven days in itself to accomplish. After the pool was dismantled, the sand was spread on the beach and the lumber was donated to Habitat for Humanity. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is due for release Dec. 20, 2013. July/a u gu st 2 0 1 3



Young People’s Theatre Group to Present

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Island Players Young People’s Summer Workshop will perform The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical as their 2013 production.

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Show dates for the musical are: July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 3:30 p.m. All performances are held in the Casino Theatre adjacent to the Pier Village on St. Simons Island. Tickets are: $10 for adults; $8 for students (13-22 years); $5 for children (12 and younger); and free for babies (18 months and younger). For more information, call (912) 638-0338.


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Celebrate African - American History and Culture at the Sea Islands Black Heritage Festival

The Sea Islands Black Heritage Festival will open at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 with An Island Club Cabaret Tribute to Musical Legends featuring Sheryl Renee at the Casino Theatre in the Pier Village on St. Simons Island. Admission is a $15 donation. This annual festival celebrating the history and culture of the African people will continue at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 in the Alfred W. Jones Heritage Center on Beachview Drive with a free health and wellness event featuring Dr. Nancy J. Williams. Topics will include nutrition, weight loss, healing and more. The day’s events will conclude with the Sunset Masquerade Ball at the Heritage Center at the St. Simons


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Lighthouse at 8 p.m. Admission is a $20 donation. The final day of the festival will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 18 with a special spiritual ceremony, “Where the Spirit is in the Water!” at the Coast Guard Station entrance to East Beach on St. Simons Island. Participants are asked to wear white clothing. Eugene and Kim Armstrong will lead the services in dance, song, poetry and drumming. The festival will conclude with a gospel service, “Remembering Gospel Legends,” at 11 a.m. at the Historic First African Baptist Church, 5800 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island. For more information, call (912)230-2834 or (912)230-2831.

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The board of directors of Gateway Behavioral Health Services has announced their unanim o u s choice of Barbara Meyers as chief executive officer, succeeding July 1 Dr. Frank Bonati who will retire after 10 years with Gateway. “After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the board of directors is delighted that Barbara Meyers will lead Gateway. Barbara has a long and exceptional career. She brings the right combination of knowledge, depth and experience to take us to the next level at a time when health care is undergoing massive changes,” says Howard Lynn, chairman of the board. Barbara joined the staff at Gateway Behavioral Health Services in 2003, and has served as its chief clinical and operations officer since April 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, an MA in counseling psychology from the Professional School of Psychological Studies in San Diego and an MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. “I am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve Gateway as its new CEO,” Barbara says. “We have amazing staff, best practice services, and a strong commitment to quality and collaboration within the communities we serve. I look forward to guiding Gateway to a new phase of growth and development.” Gateway Behavioral Health Services is Coastal Georgia’s largest public nonprofit behavioral health and developmental disability service provider. Its service area includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties. The $37 million a year organization has a staff of over 300 and includes four nonprofit subsidiary corporations. 28

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Canopy of the Oaks Freedom Festival to Benefit Music Scholarship Program Music lovers will be able to enjoy a day of live music under the oaks while benefiting the Marshall Allen Music Scholarship Program. The event will be from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Gascoigne Bluff Park on St. Simons Island. Soul Gravy, DeFunk, Truce, Ultra, Dead Jerrys, Matt Far Band and more are scheduled to perform. There will also be an arts market, kids’ activities and educational booths. Concert-goers are invited to bring their chairs and coolers.

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Marshall Allen was a favorite piano teacher in the Golden Isles for more than 30 years. In that time, he taught hundreds of children and adults how to play the piano. According to Will Heins, event organizer, Canopy of the Oaks was previously known as MarshFest in his honor. “Now we are transforming MarshFest into Canopy of the Oaks Freedom Festival. The reason for this change is to build this annual day of music into more than just a community gathering but a catalyst for local musical awareness. Music is a powerful outlet in a child’s life,” Will says. “Everyone involved in this benefit has had their lives changed through music in one way or another. Several of the musicians playing in the festival were students years ago and are now teachers. They are passing on what they have learned to the next generation of music enthusiasts. A child’s dedication to music keeps them out of trouble and focused. The money raised will be put into a scholarship fund, from which several local kids will be able to take music lessons.” For more information about the event, call (828) 335-3564 or find them on Facebook at Canopy of the Oaks https://www.facebook. com/events/244106805730826/?fref=ts.

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The Big Photo Show puts the work of the Coastal Photographer’s Guild on Display




In its fifth year, The Big Photo Show will be on display from July 2 through July 27 at the Glynn Art Association Visual Arts Center, 529 Beachview Drive on St Simons Island. Admission is free. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sundays. An entertaining, complimentary reception will take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. July 5th. (An awards presentation will be at 6 p.m.) The show will be judged by commercial photographer Eliot VanOtteren and award winning graphic designer, artist and photographer, Dan Walton. Refreshments will be served. Guests at the reception can vote for the “Peoples’ Choice.” Prints are presented by a number of award winning photographers, serious amateurs and more advanced members. Photographs are grouped into five categories: nature, people (includes portraits), landscape, creative digital, and open. The prints are priced for sale


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THE SHOE Robert Kelterborn

and a portion of each sale benefits the Glynn Art Association. The Coastal Photographer’s Guild has grown from four members to more than 80 in a very short time. The program has steadily improved as have the photographic skills of its members. Monthly meetings, workshops, field trips, member and guest presentations are all part of the agenda. Guild members have a common purpose of learning and having fun. The results of this goal are presented at The Big Photo Show. For more information, contact Glynn Art at (912)638-8770, www.; or go to the Coastal Photographer’s Guild’s Website: -Richard Knight

GLYNN ACADEMY Robert Kelterborn

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In the early years of the United States, healthcare was a bit of gamble. It wasn’t until the 1860’s that Joseph Lister developed antiseptic techniques for surgery. There were cure-all remedies as well. Stanley Clark’s Snake Oil Liniment is now synonymous with meaningless claims. Even though penicillin was discovered in 1929, it wasn’t until the 1940’s that the antibiotic was widely available for treatment and prevention of infection. This miracle drug turned the tide for healthcare and hospitals. They became a place where rather than coming to die, people came to get better. The odds you would survive your stay increased dramatically. Long gone as well are the days when everyone would call on the town doctor, the only doctor. It did not matter if you were in labor, had a broken arm, or a fever. Regardless of your view on where our nation is headed, there is one immutable truth: We have more access to better healthcare than the generations that preceded us. We live in an age where healthcare is a practice in prevention of disease and improving quality of life. You no longer go to the hospital because you have no choice; you go because you want to. Elective surgeries that improve quality of life and reduce the chance of decline are now commonplace. We now have specialists and sub-specialists that use experience and collaboration to provide amazing outcomes. The Nigerian proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child” now applies to healthcare more than ever. I am thankful that my team and I can contribute to this model. Hearing For Life, Life in Balance™ Dr. Linert has lived and worked in the Golden Isles for 14 years with his wife and two daughters. He has developed his practice, Advanced Hearing & Balance Center, using the Patient Centered Approach – concentrating on improving quality of life for his patients with training, cutting edge technology, and a little common sense.


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Just the Fins By Brenna Hunter Coastal Georgia is a breeding ground for fish and fishermen. Home to an abundance of fresh water and salt water fishes, Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island all have their own assortment of open water, salt and freshwater estuaries, and marshes that harbor their own secrets, such as ...

DOLPHINS (Atlantic Bottlenose) • Two different kinds of dolphins live in the estuaries and in the open water • Fastest speed clocked is thirty miles an hour • Will throw temper tantrums by smacking the water with their tails and headbutting others in the pod • Dolphins sleep in pairs- two dolphins will turn off or put to sleep one half of their brain and swim side by side and then switch sides and turn off the other sides of their brains

SHRIMP • Three different species • I. White Shrimp (litopenaenus setiferous) • II. Brown Shrimp (farfantepenaeus aztecus) • III. Pink shrimp (farfantepenaenus duorarum) • Water cannot be too fresh- growth will slow or stop due to cold temperatures and/or lack of salinity 34

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FISH Black Sea Bass- Older non-mating females turn into breeding males

Red Drum- has the ‘tailing’ feeding habit

Southern Flounder- Born in usual fish form, but the right eye migrates to the left early in life

Weakfish- mature as early as day one


• Males have abdomens shaped like an inverted ‘t’ where as females have rounded abdomens folded over their bellies • Females’ eggs will come out in a sponge-like sac and will stay attached to the mother until the larvae emerge from the sack • A female does not grow nor molt after reaching maturity

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The Nature Connection

Tern! Tern! Tern! To Every Season There is a Bird B Y Lydia T hompson “They are just seagulls.” I cringe when I hear that phrase. “Seagull” is a term applied to nuisance birds. These are the birds that sit on the dock and make a mess. They steal food. We encourage this behavior by feeding them. They live by the laws of nature where only the strong survive. It is just that simple. But not all the birds you see on the beach are seagulls. There are terns, too. An easy way to tell a gull from a tern is to look at the bill. A gull’s bill is shaped like a spoon. They fly down and dip into the water. A tern’s bill is shaped like a knife. Terns dive into the water. If you see a gull-like bird dive into the water, it is a tern. Terns eat fish.

eye-to-eye around the backs of their heads. Like the Royal Terns, they have light-colored backs with a brown scalloped pattern. Their shoulders are marked by black. They look like fairies flying by as they are busy bringing fish to their chicks. They are an endangered species because they are losing their nesting habitats. A scientist studying these terns discovered coyotes have a taste for the eggs of Least Terns. It is just one more problem facing these tiny beach nesting birds. Scientists are creating safe nesting areas by putting up electric fencing around the colonies. Therefore, it is even more exciting to see these fledgling Least Terns on the beach. These are just three species of terns. As we move into August, other terns and gulls will join them on our beaches. Please give them a wide berth. Good Birding. Whether Lydia Thompson is talking about birds, banding, or drawing birds, her major focus is to intertwine her bird studies and her art. Now she is pursuing her studies of birds & the art of the intaglio print. Preservation and conservation of bird habitats are her major concern. She is blogging at www.coastalgeorgiabirding-

There are three dominant terns that nest on the beach in July. Most of the terns have their fledglings, young birds, following them. The parents are trying to teach them how to fish for their own food. The largest tern on the beach is the Royal Tern. It is 17 inches long. It has an orange bill and a long black crest. Terns are often described as the birds with the “bad hair day.” The chicks are as tall as the adults. The chicks’ bills are shorter and more yellow-orange than those of the adults. Their backs have brown scallop patterns, and you usually see them begging food from their parents. The medium-sized tern is the Sandwich Tern, about 14 inches long. Sandwich Terns are present from late April through October. Their black bills are long, thin and tipped with yellow. Although they’re named Sandwich because they were first seen on the Sandwich Islands, the yellow tip of the bill is like mustard on a sandwich. They have long black silky crests. Their chicks are big-eyed with short black crests. Their bills can vary from yellow-orange accented with black to all black. It is easiest to recognize them when they are relentlessly begging from their parents. Least Terns are the small terns. They are only eight inches long. The adults have yellow bills tipped with black. They do not have crests but their heads are capped with black with a little white at the front of the cap. Their chicks are about the same size, but they have big black eyes with a little black cap that goes from


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The Dish

A Family Affair B Y B rad C ampbell , C atch 2 2 8

Brad Campbell


here are “sayers” and there are “doers.” I come from a family of doers. Growing up my goal was to one day have my own restaurant, specifically my own oyster bar. I wanted to be able to share my passion for food with others. We all know there are only a few things better than putting a few ingredients together for a new dish and producing mouth-watering perfection. The “where,” “when” and “how” fell into place almost magically. Before my eyes my dream became a reality and it took lots of help. Help from my mom, step-dad, other family members, as well as my former partner, and this community.

As the balmy summer days approach, come see us at Catch 228 to enjoy an evening of delicious fresh seafood and live entertainment. Heck, we’ll even cook your very own fresh catch for you. Wow, five years have gone by in the blink of an eye, and I am looking forward to many more. Today, we are sharing our Seafood Dip recipe in remembrance of the late Charlie Atkins, a former manager at Brogen’s who was taken from us too soon. The memory behind the discovery of this recipe holds a dear place in my heart. And those of you who knew Charlie can attest to his love for being in the kitchen and making great food. It is always “Charlie Time” at Catch 228.

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At Catch 228, we pride ourselves on serving the freshest oysters, shrimp, fish and other seafood as well as stocking a full bar. We offer Happy Hour from 4 until 6 p.m., and our Bloody Mary and Champagne bar is available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. We also host live bands throughout the week. You can follow us on Facebook for daily specials and entertainment updates.

On May 20 we celebrated our five-year anniversary. Is it ironic that May 20 is also my Mom’s birthday? Not at all. We wouldn’t be here today without her. She plays a vital role behind the scenes in the success of Catch 228, so: “Happy Birthday Mom! We love and appreciate you!”


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Finely dice vegetables. Sauté in light olive oil and Old Bay seasoning. (Let Cool) Dice seafood and combine all with mayonnaise, heavy cream and veggies. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until seafood is cooked. Remove from oven, add shredded cheese and return to oven to bake until the cheese starts to brown.

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Par for the Course

Why is golf hard? B Y M ark A nderson , P G A P rofessional , T he B r u nswick C o u ntry C l u b


ask this of my students in the first lesson. Answers vary but usually they don’t think it is hard the way I think of it being hard. First, golf is a balance sport. Most adults practice balance just enough to walk to their next seat. Balance – like anything else – must be practiced. Yoga, cross training and balance ball training strengthen your core and improve your balance. Secondly the orbit of the club head is roughly a circle – a little oblong but still very round. That circle during the swing can move up, down, left, right, in and out and twist from side-to-side. The ball doesn’t move so when your circle moves, it must move back to make solid contact. The forward arm and the club form the radius of your swing circle. With irons I want my students to place the ball about two inches inside the heel of the forward foot. This allows the club shaft to lean toward the target on a good swing and contact the ball with a descending blow which makes contact with the club face on about the fourth groove of the club face from the bottom. This is where the sweet spot is located. With a driver the ball position should be directly across from the forward heel and off the edge of the forward shoulder. This is because a driver is played off a tee and should contact the ball on a level or slightly upward path through the ball. The circle is oblong because the center of the circle is the forward shoulder and it moves back and through, making the arc widest when you get your arms parallel with the ground in both directions of your swing. The ability to turn around your spine without leaning, tilting, or moving side to side is what is difficult. Tour players use the term loose swings to describe bad shots. This is a good analogy. A loose swing happens when your circle wobbles and this is what makes solid contact difficult. This begs the question: How do I get a stable swing that doesn’t wobble? You must learn to swing from within your feet. This means that the legs and torso should stay within the confines of your feet. The old saying “swing in a barrel” is a good example. Try hitting balls with your feet real close together and you will get the sensation of playing within your feet. You will find it hard at first to keep your balance and go to a good finish. A good finish looks like Rory McIlroy. Look up video of his finish on YouTube and you will see where you should finish. After you have mastered hitting balls with your feet close together, gradually widen your stance. The widest stance should be the width of your hips to the inside of your feet. Any wider and your hips will tend to slide back and through and make your circle loose.

Thanks for reading.


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If you want to debate this article or get a lesson from me and learn more about good fundamentals and proper motion in the golf swing call Brunswick Country Club and set up a lesson. The best golfers have great swings because they have great fundamentals. Fundamentals are the main ingredients to great golf.

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Green Acres

Down Under and Back B Y A manda K irkland

(Editor’s Note: Our friend Amanda Kirkland makes friends easily, and in May traveled half the world away to celebrate the birthday of one of her newest friends, Sue, a resident of New Zealand. Until shortly before this visit, the two women were virtual friends, never having met in person. Amanda shares the wisdom she gained when she stepped outside her comfort zone for the sake of friendship.) Go ahead and admit it. You thought that the next mention you heard of my name would be on Dateline. I’ll admit I was a little nervous about flying all the way to New Zealand to spend two weeks with someone I had only met once. But my excitement about being away from home, responsible for no one but myself, exploring parts of the world I had never seen before, easily outweighed any bit of anxiety I felt.

way, but while I was awake I wondered what it would be like to stay in Sue’s home. I wondered what her kids would be like and if her husband would be nice or indifferent. Mostly, I was concerned it might be a little awkward since I barely knew Sue, let alone any other soul in the southern hemisphere. I stepped off of the plane in Wellington, saw Sue bouncing and crying and knew that I would be completely fine. I stayed with Sue and her family for nine days. I feel like I lived a lifetime in those few days. Our days were packed with fun and exploration. I could fill this magazine with stories from the trip. We climbed Mt. KauKau. I took a ferry to Eastborne and explored, made friends that I left feeling like I would know forever, flew to Christ Church and met Sue’s parents, Michael and Agnes, visited Akarora, took the most fun Zumba classes ever and so much more. More importantly than any of that, Sue taught me to open my heart to anyone and everyone. Even strangers. Especially strangers. Don’t be afraid to soak in all of the different cultures that the world has to offer.

My first stop was a 10-hour layover in San Francisco. Sue (my Kiwi friend) insisted that I must take the train from the airport into the city and explore while I was there. I pushed through my intimidation and set out to see the city. On the way home, I As I was walking the had a six-hour laystreets looking for over at LAX. Even my first must-see, Sue had mentioned Lombard Street, it that she was too inseemed like every timidated with the corner had a courttransportation sysyard full of kids at tem to try and get recess. I might have, out to Los Angeles. I only a little, possibly, knew that if she had gotten a little mistybeen nervous about eyed thinking of my it that I certainly had kids. A few short no business trying to photo by amanda kirkland Celebrating good times, Kiwi-style. blocks later, as I was get into the city. I just staring at the crookedest street in the world and the noisy kids comhappened to be seated next to a young woman from Australia named pletely lost their saddening affect. Rachel. She mentioned wanting to get into the city during her layover I was at the beginning of what I knew would be an eye-opening, world-shrinking journey. Then I looked to my right and saw Alcatraz just hanging out in the middle of the water. I really wasn’t sure if I could contain all of my touristy delight. I spent as many hours as I dared to in San Francisco seeing all that I could but I knew that the real excitement was a 13-hour flight away.

but she also was a little nervous. She offered to split a cab into Venice Beach, where we could spend the day sight-seeing together. I knew immediately what Sue would have me do. I gladly accepted her invitation and spent a beautiful day discovering Venice Beach with my new Aussie friend. Amanda Kirkland is a Georgia girl who fell in love with a redneck and had five beautiful redneck children. She spends her days taking care of those five kids, about 25 cows, 100 chickens and a garden that has fed her family for at least three decades.

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Living Well

Catching glaucoma before it steals the sight

B Y D r . C arlton H icks


nown as the “sneak thief of sight,” glaucoma can strike without pain or other symptoms and is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. As the owner of Coastal Eye Care of St. Simons Island, I can tell you that early detection and treatment of glaucoma are critical to maintaining healthy vision and protecting the eyes from the effects of this potentially blinding disease. Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve, and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision.

Consumer Eye Health Resource Center online at I invite you to contact my office to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Protecting your vision is not something you should put off until tomorrow. Contact Dr. Carlton Hicks of Coastal Eye Care, 312 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 at 912-638-8652 or search on Facebook for “Coastal Eye Care + St. Simons Island.” Dr. Carlton Hicks is a past president of the 700-member Georgia Optometric Association and a past recipient of GOA’s prestigious Optometrist of the Year Award. Committed to staying abreast of developments in research and education that

Over the course of my career I have seen many local people who have been either diagnosed or are being treated for glaucoma. It is not a condition that only exists in textbooks but is something very real that everyone should pay attention to.

enable him to protect the vision and eye health of his patients, Dr. Hicks is also a past winner of the SECO International Optometrist of the Year Award.

One reason to pay attention is that studies show that over the next 10 years the number of Americans with glaucoma will increase by more than 1 million. Vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored, and that makes early detection and treatment more important than ever. Awareness and understanding surrounding glaucoma is relatively low. According to data from the American Optometric Association’s latest American Eye-Q consumer survey, less than 20 percent of all Americans know that glaucoma primarily causes deterioration to peripheral vision. The survey also indicated that 50 percent of Americans incorrectly believe glaucoma is a preventable disorder. In fact, the disease is not preventable, but it is instead treatable. Regular comprehensive eye exams play a critical role in successful outcomes for patients diagnosed with glaucoma. As a member of the Georgia Optometric Association I recommend that those who suffer from glaucoma have a dilated eye examination at least annually. More frequent exams may be needed if you notice additional changes in your vision.

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Americans also are not aware of the factors that put them most at risk for developing glaucoma. Only 16 percent of those surveyed indicated awareness that race or ethnicity may increase their risk. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, African Americans 45 to 65 years of age are 14 to 17 times more likely to suffer blindness from glaucoma compared to Caucasians. Other risk factors include a family history of glaucoma, being over age 60, and a history of severe eye trauma.

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Vignettes of Absurdity

The Island Experience BY BUD HEARN It starts with a phone call. The caller ID flashes her name. My editor. I hesitate, utter my favorite expression: “Oh, joy” (not really, but, well, you know the word). “Hi, what’s up?” I ask. “Your time’s up,” she shouts. The panic in her voice pulsates through the wireless. It pierces my ear. “Deadline’s in two hours, and here I sit, staring at a blank page where only your name appears.”

“Ah, yes, the sunshine, that broiling mass of celestial gas that scalds flesh, melts asphalt, fries skin, boils eyeballs and scorches tiny children who scream in restaurants and make dining experiences a living hell? Yes, now here’s a real island experience for sure.” “Stop it, stop it, your neuroses are acting up again. Write about the beautiful marshes. They soothe people’s nerves, refresh their souls and revive their spirits.”

“So?” I say. “So? Is this all you can say? Why do you torment me like this? You’re always late with the articles. I have a magazine to publish. My job’s at stake.” “Writer’s block, honey. I’m out of ideas. Got any suggestions?” I ask. Her rising blood pressure vibrates my cell phone. I picture her, squirming, sweating and ripping my picture to shreds. Sadism is sometimes a satisfying experience.

“Of course, the marshes. Lovely idea. Are you referring to the ubiquitous bug-infested golden reeds, breeding ground of gnats and into which small pets mysteriously vanish? Aren’t they why the Spanish, Jimmy Oglethorpe and the Wesley brothers fled the island? Am I on to something here?” “You’re on to something, alright, on your way out!” I hear the high tide lapping just below her nose. “How about I mention the outdoor sauna … humidity? It’s medicinal, makes us sweat. Sweating’s a good thing. It’s a substitute for exercise.” I feel the writer’s block lifting. “Absolutely NOT,” she shouts. “The Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau discourage that aspect of the coast.”

“Ok, ok, write something, anything. Try ‘The Island Experience.’ It’ll please everyone. But give me some words, any words, make some sentences. Do it NOW! Or the only thing your name will be on is a granite headstone,” she says. I hear the hyena of hysteria, wailing in the wings. “‘The Island Experience?’ Are you nuts? The subject is too subjective. Too many opinions, pros, cons.” photo by cesar ito

“Whatever! Write something. Hurry.” I laugh. “Calm down, we’ll get there. Two hours is an eternity for a writer. Help me out with some ideas.”

“Since when are you moonlighting for those masters of manipulation? I thought this was a fair and balanced magazine.”

“Shut up, get back to work. Ten minutes left. Write about the mossy oaks, the birds, the fishing, the flowers, the sunsets or the food. Don’t you have something nice to say about anything?”

“OK. The beach. Everybody loves the beach,” she says. “Of course, never thought of that. By ‘beach’ you mean the strips of sand that disappear in high tide and where parking is plentiful if you show up at 4 a.m.? Should I mention the boom boxes blasting out Jimmy Buffet ad nauseam? Or the football-tossing teens kicking sand on greased-up bodies?”

“Listen, didn’t you hire me to write about absurdities, spoofs and farces? You want the lovely things of this island? Then consult Eugenia Price, or add more pictures of smiling locals. Look, I’m into hyperbole.” “This conversation’s over! Five minutes … complete this or you’re toast. And please, write something nice for a change.”

“No, no,” she says. “It’s not THAT bad. The beach is beautiful – picnics, nice people, lots of children, fun for the whole family.”

“Did she just say ‘please?’” My cell curls up and dies. I grin. Enough anguish for today — she almost came unglued. Hope she recovers.

“Fun for the whole family, you say? That’s a joke. Nothing’s fun for the whole family. Have you ever had the Disney experience?” I mock her.

Guess we can’t keep it secret much longer. Come on down, cross the causeway, experience for yourself. Perhaps you’ll agree with us, “… (we) on honey-dew hath fed, and drunk the milk of Paradise.”

“You have a point. Leave that part out. Write about the sunshine. That’s a real draw.”


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By Design

A Kitchen to Love B Y M yrick S t u bbs


he kitchen is the heart of the home – that’s why at almost every party I attend, everyone winds up in the kitchen. Afterwards, someone may even ask me how the house was decorated, and I can’t tell him or her. I can only tell them the kitchen was nice. Today, Americans spend most of their time in the kitchen. Whether it’s eating a meal, socializing or helping the kids do homework, the kitchen has become the social hub of the household. It also holds the most resale value, after bathrooms.

Myrick Stubbs

It can be a daunting task to remodel a kitchen. Designers like me are here to help alleviate some of the stress associated with this, and lead you in the right direction. We can also help you get the most “bang” for your “buck.” You may not need a complete kitchen overhaul to freshen and update it. Here are a few design tips to consider: • Think about changing cabinet fronts. Sometimes the cabinet structure is solid, but the fronts need some help, and there’s really no need to replace the entire cabinet. New door fronts can change the look and update any kitchen. • Look into investing in new counter tops. There are many options for counter tops and materials come in every color and finish under the sun. Over time, continuous cutting and cleaning can dull a counter top. You can opt to change the material, like from laminate to granite, but simply changing the color can bring new life to a kitchen. • Swap out old decorative hardware for new ones. Changing the doorknobs and handles on cabinet fronts can change their look. There is a wide selection of finishes available, including brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and antique brass. Styles vary from ultra-modern to very classic. • Add an island. While it may not fit in every kitchen, an island can add storage, serving space and an expanded seating area. Consider using contrasting colors for the cabinet and counter top to create a dramatic look. There are many options for bringing new life to your kitchen without breaking the bank. There is something available for every budget and taste.

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Myrick Stubbs is a designer with USave Cabinets and Floors, 1919 Glynn Ave., Suite #48, Lanier Plaza, in Brunswick. USave, founded in 2005, specializes in sales and installation of kitchen and bath cabinets and all types of flooring. They also offer sinks, counter tops and other decorative home accessories.


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Money Talks

Tactics for a low interest rate environment fr o m C hampion & M agbee F inancial S er v ices


nterest rates continue to linger at historic lows, and many of the investment vehicles retirees traditionally have relied on for income aren’t producing much of it.

Since your expenses are likely to be rising even if interest rates aren’t, it may be time to consider other investments that can potentially generate higher returns. Before going any further, however, remember that higher returns go hand in hand with higher risk – you can’t have one without the other. So think first about your tolerance for risk, because higher-yielding investments carry with them the possibility – some would say the inevitability – that the value of your principal will fluctuate. One way to make those fluctuations easier to bear is to first set aside a year or two of living expenses in a low-yield but also low-volatility investment like one or more of the traditional vehicles. Although any decision to commit your funds to a higher-risk investment should only be made in consultation with your financial advisor, here are some areas those seeking higher yields could investigate:

D I V I D EN D - P AYING S T O C K S Dozens of blue-chip, household-name stocks are currently paying dividends at annualized rates offour percent or more. These types of stocks have generally exhibited less volatility than the market as a whole, partially because of their income component but also because they are usually issued by mature companies with strong balance sheets and a history of managing their businesses well in bad times as well as good. But dividends are not guaranteed – companies can and do lower, cut or omit them – and the prices of the underlying stocks will fluctuate. Diversification is advised, and one way investors can achieve this is by buying a mutual fund that focuses on highdividend stocks.

RE A L E S TATE IN V E S TMENT TRU S T S REITs invest in apartments, hotels, office and retail space, healthcarerelated properties, mortgages, storage unit companies, and various other types of real estate. Their legal structure enables them to pass the rental income from their holdings through to investors. REITs, which trade on major exchanges like stocks, offer the advantages of liquidity, professional management and diversification. But while some REITs offer attractive yields, their prices can and will fluctuate – and the income they provide is not guaranteed. Additionally, a REIT’s value will decline if the properties it invests in decline. REITs


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Unfortunately, since the Federal Reserve Board has pledged to keep interest rates low until at least mid-2013, the current paltry returns on CDs, money market accounts, savings accounts, Treasury bills and other safe havens aren’t likely to improve anytime soon.

Russell Magbee, Rebecca Crews, & Chip Champion are specialized vehicles; it’s wise to get some expert advice before investing in them.

M A S TER LIMITE D P A RTNER S HI P S MLPs are publicly traded vehicles that also are structured to be able to pass their income through to investors. Most MLPs operate in some area of the oil and gas industry, so the amount of income they can generate is often dependent on the price and volume of the product they handle. Again, this type of investment involves risks and is best made only after consulting with your advisor.

C L O S E D - EN D F UN D S Also traded like stocks on major exchanges, closed end funds raise a set amount of capital through an initial public offering (IPO) and then invest that money in securities such as stocks and bonds. Like open end mutual funds, the daily net asset values (NAV) of closed end funds are determined by the prices of the securities they own. However, the market prices of closed end funds may differ from their NAV as they are subject to buying and selling by investors. Because of this they may trade at a discount or a premium to their NAV. This means the prices of closed end funds will often fluctuate much more than open end mutual funds. In addition, many closed end funds use leverage (borrowing against their portfolios to purchase additional securities) in their quest for high yields, which also makes them riskier. While higher yields are available and attractive, there’s still no free lunch. Be sure you can handle the accompanying price fluctuations and other risks – and get expert advice before proceeding. Material prepared by Raymond James for use by its financial advisors. 11 Trade Street, Ste 102, Brunswick Georgia, 912.265.3907

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ho says chic can’t be comfortable? The key to being stylish in summer is dressing cool. Nothing’s cooler than a swimsuit, a couple pieces of statement jewelry and a convertible for catching the sea breeze. Sisters Katherine and Britni Adams channel their inner pin-ups for us in this fun look at swimsuit fashion, island-style.

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There’s no evidence that anything different is about to happen in the marsh. It’s beautiful as usual and there’s no sign of water. But because the tides can be predicted and I’ve checked the tide chart (months ago), I know that the water is about to quickly come in and flood the marsh several feet deep, nearly covering it completely for hundreds of thousands of acres. It is somewhat incongruous to drag a kayak out into the marsh with no water in sight, but I like to get out there before it floods and watch it come in. Once the water cruises in it’s seemingly only minutes before the kayak’s floating. It will all be passable now, for a short while. It’s time to step aboard and begin the hunt for tailing redfish while soaking in the awesome scenery of coastal Georgia. In fact, taking pictures sometimes gets in the way of watching for fish and vice versa.


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High tide redfishing only happens at certain times of the year. It has to be during the higher tides around the new and full moons. It needs to fall during daylight and seasonally in the warmer months when the fiddler crabs are active. It helps if it’s not too windy and sometimes it can be too calm. And if it’s during working hours, not good. Even when it all comes together there’s only an hour or two to fish before the tide ebbs. But it’s the challenge of spotting, stalking, casting without spooking, and maybe catching redfish during high tide in the marsh that is one of my favorite kinds of fishing. They’re cruising along in water a foot deep, every so often standing on their heads eating fiddlers, waving their tails in the air, beckoning. Then it’s on.

Watching for another sign of them.

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Plotting to intercept them. Keeping track of what the wind’s doing. You have to be quiet. You’ll spook them if you send waves their way, splash the fly too close to them, or cast the line across their backs. Just when everything’s perfect – the wind hasn’t tangled things, the fly has been cast just in front of them without scaring them, the fish are hungry and eating fiddlers left and right – you strip the line slightly to move the fly enticingly, and the fish

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SharkFest Invades Jekyll Island B Y anna ferg u son hall | P h o t o g r a ph y b y D av id F isher


Capt. Brooks Good surveys the 19 youngsters talking, laughing and tumbling in the grass near the Jekyll Island wharf. In the air, the familiar scent of saltwater mixes with the palpable energy emitted by the crowd of excited students. With a calm confidence, Brooks smiles, holds up his clip board, and brings together the animated gathering.

The campers are quiet, if not still fidgety, obviously ready to leave dry land get the show on the road. (Or water, as the case may be.) But before anyone can board the pontoon boat docked at the pier, Brooks, owner of Coastal Outdoor Adventures and its SharkFest Adventure Camps, goes over the day’s plan, starting with safety protocol and detailing the behaviors that are and are not allowed.

“Alright, everyone. Time to get started,” he calls at 9 a.m. “Welcome to SharkFest! Now, let’s go over a few things first. Everyone listen up.”

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leader of the SharkFest camps. After a rundown of the day’s agenda, a debriefing on safety, and a lesson on the ins and outs of a rod and reel, Brooks breaks the group into teams of three. Throughout the two-day camp, each team will compete to see who can catch the most sharks, fish and other ocean critters, with the winning team getting a prize at the camp’s end. “Really, they all get a prize, but the kids love the idea of competing like this,” Jaime says. Finally, the dry land lessons are finished and the kids run to the boat, first sorting themselves by teams, only to quickly find new seats next to their friends or siblings. The boat leaves the dock and instantly, the camp is in full swing. Jaime uses the idle time before the fishing begins to teach a variety of lessons, from introducing tidal movements to basic seamanship. “If this is 12 o’clock,” she says, pointing off the boat, “then where would 2 o’clock be?” The campers, who range from 6 years old to pre-teens, point in all the directions. Suddenly, Brooks points left and announces, “Dolphin, 3 o’clock,” and all the buzzing bodies take to the left side of the boat. A pod of dolphins appears, then another, and another. For more than 30 minutes, the students point to the water, making new dolphin sightings and taking in a lesson about dolphin science, almost forgetting the real reason they are here. When Brooks started his fishing adventure camps for kids three summers ago, his goal was to not only educate young minds about fishing culture but to also introduce them to the diverse coastal ecosystem they likely take for granted. During his two-day camps – which run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in July and select days in August – Brooks and his crew take an eager group of students out into area waters and teach them how to shark fish, as well as allow them to get a stronger grip about the natural wonders of coastal living. “We are lucky here, that we get to be constantly surrounded by this natural wonderland of wildlife and water,” Brooks says. “It can be easy to forget how unique of a lifestyle this can be. My goal with these camps is to instill a strong appreciation for our environment in these campers. By the end of the two days, every child, even ones who have been fishing since they could walk, comes away having learned new things about their home and our marine culture.” The campers, though, remain widely unaware that they are actually in an active outdoor classroom. They are simply enjoying time on the water, holding a friendly fishing competition with one another. “I got one! I got one!” Sutton Ellis suddenly screams after the boat has been anchored for about 10 minutes. Sutton, 6, reels in his line, revealing a bonnet head shark. Smiling from ear to ear and holding still for a second to have his photo taken, Sutton proclaims he is the winner of the day, since he caught that first fish and all. “I’m not sure that’s how it works, buddy,” Brooks laughs, marking Sutton’s catch on the team’s tally board. “But this certainly gets your

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team a point.” After that initial bite, the catches keep coming, and are released. From blacktip sharks to scalloped hammerheads and more, the winning catches are frequent. About an hour into fishing, most of the boys and girls onboard have made a catch, be it a shark, fish or crustacean. As the morning turns to early afternoon, snacks and lunches make a debut and Brooks steers the boat to one more fishing spot. Here, again, students grab their rods and head to the corners of the boat, working to reel in their final points of the day and add to their team’s score. Suddenly, Ethan Waters calls out. His line is getting heavy. He’s made a catch. A big one, and he needs help reeling it in. Capt. Creighton Duke steps behind the small 9-year-old, helping his tiny arms bring in something rather large. Fellow fishers gather around Ethan as he tries to muster all his muscles and bring in The Big One. Finally, with his black-rimmed glasses now askew and his curly brown hair a bit tousled, Ethan hauls in his catch, a large shark, topping at least 4 feet. “Wow!” calls camper Eli Herndon. “That’s huge! How cool!” exclaims camper Lily Pruitt, her younger brother, Cohen, at her side, eagerly watching the older kids line up to touch the catch.

him, sharing in his glory. With the shark being above regulation size, Brooks decides this catch will be saved for later, when the group gathers on the Jekyll Island pier to dissect a shark and receive a lesson about anatomy and marine feeding patterns. Right now, though, these kids are focused on the moment, each waiting for their turn to see Ethan’s catch and crossing their finger that tomorrow, they’ll be the one to reel in the glory. As for him, Ethan admits he’s loved his time at the camp and knows that, while today might not be the best ever day of his life, it certainly takes a top three spot. “It’s definitely my best fishing day ever,” he smiles. “I’ve been fishing since I was three-years-old, so this isn’t so new to me. But this is one of the best times I’ve had fishing. Today is one of the coolest days, like, ever.” By the end of the morning, the campers have caught 17 sharks, a couple of sting rays, a few whiting, one very unhappy crab and a conch shell. Not bad for a few hours work, Brooks says. “Now, who’s ready to get back out there tomorrow?” Brooks asks as the kids exit the boat. Without missing a beat, all yell their excitement for one more day on the water. “Yep, that’s what I thought.” For more information about SharkFest Adventure Camps and Coastal Outdoor Adventure, visit

“Way to go, Ethan!” Brooks says. “That is the winner for today, for sure.” Anna Hall has been a journalist for a decade. She has written as a staff reporter for several Southeastern newspapers,

Shyly, Ethan puts his baseball cap back on, accepts the praise and then poses for a picture with his prize. Fellow campers gather around

and currently works as the communication specialist for Jekyll Island. She blames this dedication to journalism and writing on her sheer curiosity of the human spirit and the impossible need to understand the world outside her own individual experience.

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Sweets from the Deep in defense of Georgia shrimp

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The shrimp boats are heading out once again. In 1969, this was a celebrated event. On the radio a sweet voice would sing, “The shrimp boats is a coming, there’s dancing tonight,” followed by the smooth bass of the announcer intoning, “You’ve been listening to Jo Stafford on WMOG, the sound of the Wonderful Marshes of Glynn.” And when the shrimp boats docked, there was indeed dancing. With diesel fuel at five gallons to the dollar – instead of the other way around – and the price of shrimp often near what it is today, most shrimpers could afford to shed their white boots and party with the best of them at Bennie’s Red Barn on St. Simons Island. With the price of shrimp hardly above what it was back then, the hope of easy money is behind today’s shrimper. He now plays primarily for the love of the game. The cost of maintaining a boat, coping with regulations and licensing and paying for fuel often has him working hard to break even, much less match the pay he makes at odd jobs in the off-season. Even so, many do persist. And we should appreciate that. Many of us happily gobble down plates of sweet wild Georgia white shrimp at bargain prices, thankful that the rest of the country is eating tasteless pond-raised Asian imports. The monster tiger shrimp at the big box store looks fine, but the chunk of cotton that winds up on the plate tastes much more like the bag it came out of than the shrimp that we get from the fish market or the docks. If this sounds like a Georgia boy bragging on the home team rather than being objective, I suggest you go online and search for taste test results. There have been many. Tiger shrimp vs. white shrimp. White shrimp raised in ponds vs. wild. Low salinity vs. high salinity ponds. Gulf vs. Atlantic. We win them all. Tiger shrimp are inferior in taste and texture to white


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shrimp. Shrimp raised in ponds and fed grain taste like the grain rather than shrimp. Shrimp raised in low salinity ponds consume algae, not smaller sea life, and the taste carries through. And while New Orleans throws the best Mardi Gras party, we have the best shrimp. Phil Flournoy, marine biologist onboard the Lady Jane (, explained the phenomenon of sweet Georgia shrimp this way: “In the Gulf (of Mexico) the tides are measured in inches and the water circulation in the estuarine environment is very limited. In addition the waters of the gulf are relatively shallow and subject to evaporation, which concentrates certain elements, especially iodine. Organisms that live in this environment absorb those chemicals into their flesh and it gives them a bitter taste. Our tides run from 7 to 9 feet and combined with the massive fresh water runoff from the five major rivers reaching the Georgia coast (Savannah River, Ogeechee, Altamaha, Satilla, St Marys) our estuaries are flushed of chemicals twice a day.” But don’t take our word for it: Go out and catch yourself a mess of sweet Georgia shrimp (or buy ‘em fresh at City Market in Brunswick) and taste for yourself. We’ll even throw in some tasty recipe ideas, free of charge.

How to cook those shrimp:

Just as one would never take a fine cut of beef to grind into hamburger, one should not treat our Georgia White Shrimp like the commodity shrimp one buys in the stores. When Bubba was describing all of the ways to cook shrimp in the movie Forrest Gump, his recipes were tailored to the shrimp that one catches in Bayou La Batre on the gulf coast of Alabama. The negligible tides of the Gulf of Mexico that barely slosh the Mississippi River waters draining the farms and cities of the Midwest produce an iodine rich shrimp only marginally better than the farm raised, pesticide laced mutants of Southeast Asia. Fried shrimp and shrimp gumbo are excellent ways to deal with shrimp that has been in the freezer for a year. Here in Georgia we are lucky enough to have the healthiest, finest tasting shrimp in the world. Our cooking methods should feature, not mask, these assets. Sautéed Shrimp 1/4 lb. fresh Georgia White Shrimp (peeled) 3 garlic cloves (sliced) 2 pats of butter Salt and pepper to taste Sauté the garlic cloves in the butter in a saucepan until they start to caramelize. Place the shrimp in the saucepan one layer thick, turning them when you see the pink color start to creep up the side. This will usually start to happen by the time you get the last shrimp into the pan. Turn the shrimp individually. By the time this is done, you are ready to start removing them in the same order you put them in the pan. If you must cook longer, do so, but cooked shrimp should still be firm tasting, not soggy. Served with farm fresh eggs, you have the best breakfast in the world. Boiled Shrimp 1/2 lb. fresh Georgia White Shrimp (heads off, shells on) 2 gallons of water 2 bay leaves 2 sassafras leaves (or tsp. of filet powder) 1 whole red cayenne pepper 3 Tbsp. salt Bring the water to a rolling boil with all the ingredients EXCEPT the shrimp. With the heat still on, dump in the shrimp, constantly stirring. I pull mine out as soon as they turn pink. Others like to cook them a little longer, waiting till some of them start to float. Further cooking depletes flavor and compromises texture. Don’t be snobbish about the contents of the water. If you are able to get fresh seawater, that is wonderful. If you prefer using a Zatarain’s crab boil packet or Old Bay seasoning, knock yourself out. Season to taste. Just don’t overcook or overpower the shrimp. Also, if you want to cook more shrimp, go ahead and do it as soon as you remove the first batch. This hot water is still full of flavor and can be used for a couple of batches. Cocktail sauce: Much ado is made over cocktail sauce. Too much, for my liking. Cocktail sauce is to shrimp what ketchup is to a steak. If there is something wrong with your food, or you want to cover the taste, then by all means do so.

Low Country Boil (Best done on a Saturday) This takes a bit of hardware. And time. And friends. Large Low Country Boil Kettle, with strainer. 5 lbs. new potatoes (whole). If you don’t have new potatoes, large chunks of standard potatoes will do. 1 rutabaga (peeled and diced to approximately half the size of potato chunks) 2 lbs. “real” onions (sorry Vidalia, we need some taste here), peeled and quartered 10 gallons of water 2 crab boil packets (there is enough work to do this day without having to find a mesh bag and make up your personal seasoning mix) 6 lbs. of link sausage cut into 2-inch sections 2 lbs. of brussels sprouts 1 dozen ears of corn (shucked, silks off, cut into halves or thirds) 1 or 2 dozen crabs, cleaned and halved (purists like them whole and so do I, but when feeding a crowd you make allowances) 3 lbs. shrimp Start out with water in the kettle, drop in the seasoning packets, then the strainer containing the potatoes, onions and rutabagas in the pot and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are within 5 minutes of being done. (Rutabagas will be done when the potatoes are but will have a firmer texture.) Add sausage and brussels sprouts and return to a rolling boil. Raise and lower strainer a couple times to mix contents. Add the corn and cook until nearly done. Repeat mixing. Dump in the crabs, wait about a minute and then add the shrimp. Repeat mixing. After about 2 minutes, remove the strainer and pour the contents out on a freshly covered picnic table and let everyone dig in using tongs, spoons and spatulas. Gumbo If the low country boil is over and some of the food wasn’t eaten, don’t despair. Separate out all of the seafood and put it in the fridge. Cut the corn off the cob. Quarter the kielbasa and the veggies. Put it in a large stockpot with your favorite gumbo seasoning and bring everything up to temperature to blend the flavors. Let it cool and put it in the fridge or in the cooler where all the beer was with another bag of ice overnight. About an hour before your noon or evening meal, do the following: Put the gumbo base on the stove on low heat and let it warm until it starts to steam. Decide if you are Holly Homemaker or James-If-They-Want-It-TheyWill-Eat-It. If Holly, clean the crabs and peel the shrimp and add to the gumbo, stirring it in and serving while the seafood still has its distinct flavors. Add more shrimp if necessary. If James, dump the crab into the gumbo and wait until you think it is warm all the way through. Then add the peeled shrimp and serve in large bowls. Note: Holly will get more brownie points from her guests AND have less of a clean-up problem. Crabs are enough trouble to clean when they aren’t covered with gumbo. One last point. De-veining. If you take your poodle to be groomed and massaged once a week, please have someone de-vein your shrimp for you. If not, eat up. It’s all good food.

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The mosquitoes are biting. The gnats are bustling. The tourists are buzzing. The beaches are full. The summer is here. No one is complaining, least of all these four fellows, who every summer step up to the plate to answer the call of the season. In their own various ways, these four men work to promote summer in the Golden Isles, whether it’s to visitors or to locals. They understand how unique this season is for the region, how many opportunities it brings for outreach, education and recreation in the dog days of June, July and August. With one month of the season solidly behind them, we caught up with our Boys of Summer, to see not only how they were holding up, but to also introduce you to these hard-working gents who toil year-round to make sure these three months are whipped into shape and will impress new visitors, bring back repeat guests, and please local constituents. These men don’t ask for thanks or praise. They didn’t even ask to be in this piece. In fact, all four were equally surprised and humbled to be interviewed. Yet we felt honored to reach out a hand and offer them a pat on the back for a job well done. Read on to learn more about these intriguing characters who make our area the cream of the crop every summer.

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Steve Sharpe General Manager of Summer Waves Water Park

“Oh, sorry, give me one minute,” Steve Sharpe says, turning his attention to the figure standing in his doorway. “So, we need to take a look at a new iPad, for when it’s one of those days.”

ects. And, Steve points out with pride, all this labor was done by himself and his small crew of three full-time maintenance employees.

Steve continues to have a brief, technology-based conversation with David Garrison, IT director for the Jekyll Island Authority, with the chat revolving around aspects of Summer Waves Water Park to which guests rarely give any thought. As general manager of Summer Waves, Steve is concerned with every aspect of the 11-acre park, from which laptops need to be repaired to which lifeguard needs a day off, all while keeping a watchful eye on the thousands of families who come through the park’s door throughout the summer.

“There’s a real sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with making these park improvements every year,” Steve says. “I’ve been here six years and every year we get better. Our sales go up. Our customers are happier. Really, that’s my main drive: providing great customer service.”

“Ok, now,” Steve turns his attention back to the question at hand. “What were you asking? How often am I actually in the office? Ha. Never, if I can help it.” Steve admits that he prefers the realities of the outside world to his air-conditioned office. Being indoors usually means paperwork, phone calls and the other daily, monotonous tasks that come along with his role. Instead, Steve prefers to be out in the park, tinkering with anything he can find, greeting visitors and otherwise enjoying life amongst happy families. In both the on and off season, Steve can be found actively making the rounds on the park’s grounds. He, along with Revenue Manager Debbie Minnick and Operations Manager Chris Brown work yearround tending to Summer Waves, either prepping for another busy summer season or making repairs after one has ended. This past off-season, Steve and his maintenance crew worked to redo the ever-popular “Thunder and Lightning” slides, repairing the previous season’s knicks and dings and adding a new coat of paint for the twin slides. They likewise remodeled the restrooms, added new shade areas and increased the locker count, among other proj-


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His philosophy of being attentive and caring for those inside the park doesn’t stop with the families and groups who trek to the park every season. Steve, too, has a keen eye for his employees who man the wave pool, the splash zone, the slides and rides that thrill eager visitors. Every summer, dozens of young lifeguards staff his park, typically young adults in high school or about to head off to college. Some are new to the grounds; most are returning from previous summers watching over the park. But whether they are new to the job or more experienced guards, all leave their posts at the end of the summer a little more tan and a whole lot more mature. “Over the course of the summer, you really get to know these kids and appreciate who they grew into being by the end of the season,” Steve says. “The new kids, they come in thinking it’ll be a piece of cake. They take their courses and do their training. But when they make that first save, when that first child needs their help and they know how to respond, something in them changes. A lot of our lifeguards return every year. We become like a family and I think that sense of family really speaks to our guests. They feel safe here, and that’s why they, too, come back every year.” For more information about Summer Waves, visit summerwaves. com.

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Scott McQuade Executive Director of Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau

When Scott McQuade took his oldest son to the McGladrey Classic last fall, he wondered if he was making a partnering mistake. Was it wise to bring a five-year-old to a massive golfing event which draws thousands of spectators and large crowds? What’s more, was it wise to bring a five-year-old into the VIP tent in which Scott, as president and CEO of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, was stationed? His worries ended after his son, Jimmy, grabbed hold of a golf club and strutted to the putting green inside the tent. As if he had been practicing for that moment all his life, little Jimmy wowed the crowds, nailing two of his three putts. “The whole tent just exploded into cheers,” Scott recalls, with the smile of a proud father lighting up his face. “I was amazed. Now, I am determined to teach him golf. I think he could get very good at the sport.” Should his son grow into a famed golfer, Scott notes, he would be in good company here in the Golden Isles. The area is home to some of the current golfing world’s top players, including Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Lucas Glover and Davis Love III. Too, the Golden Isles is known as a golfing haven, with the sport ranking in the top three reasons why guests flock here and why people end up moving here permanently.

as an example. “People vacationed there year after year, just for the snow-based activities. Here, there are plenty of places along the coast with beaches and golf courses. What can really set us apart is tapping into recreation activities, like more promotion of fishing, paddle board, kayaking. We could become that market for individuals looking for an active coastal vacation outside of the beach.” In his rare off moments, Scott can be found partaking in many of the outdoor-based activities he wants to more readily promote: biking coastal pathways, swimming in area pools and playing on beaches all top the list of regular activities he and his family do. “We are definitely outdoorsy people,” Scott says. “I love my job, but any activity that I get to do with my family, away from a desk, I jump at the chance to do.” Since coming on board with the CVB three years ago, Scott has inspired a drive in outdoor recreation opportunities, and he has seen the dividends pay off with an increase in tourism and visitation rates, as is proven by the bed tax revenues collected each month. In fact, July and August of 2012 saw the best bed tax collection on record for the county, Scott says.

Taking the two top spots above rounds on the greens? Beaches and area history.

True, visitation trends have shifted. Guests book more last-minute stays and may be staying closer to home when they do travel. But they are traveling, and they are coming here.

Admittedly, Scott offers, these top three reasons are effective and do bring families to our coastline. But Golden Isles guests and residents are overlooking what could be a major factor in creating more coastal-based buzz with potential new visitors and businesses.

“Year after year, we see improvements,” Scott says. “As we add to our base of attractions to draw from and bring in tourists with differing interests, I think we’ll continue to see our numbers grow. I’m excited to see where the future takes us.”

“Outdoor recreation could draw a new, larger crowd seeking destination vacations,” Scott says, citing his former home in Telluride, Colo.,

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Lucas Ramirez Executive Director of The Gathering Place

For some high school students, summer is a time to relax by the pool, hang out at the beach and otherwise abandon any notion of time, deadlines and homework. Yet for other students, the summer becomes a season of learning, for doing and for maturing into the adults they one day hope to become. For the past three summers, Lucas Ramirez has brought together hundreds of students, both locally and elsewhere, offering them opportunities to spend the summer spreading their wings and preparing to enter the world as young adults with a strong sense of conviction, self-awareness and compassion. As executive director of The Gathering Place, a youth- and communitycentered ministry in Brunswick, it is Lucas’s duty to cultivate young minds and put them on a path that leads in a spiritual direction. But more than teach these students about the love of a higher power, he works to ensure that the individuals involved in his summer programs come away with a new-found sense of community, a strong work ethic and responsibility for themselves and the world around them. To fulfill these hefty tasks, Lucas utilizes several summer initiatives. The first is The Main Event, a vibrant, multi-faceted Sunday evening worship service which unites more than 1,000 students for the common goal of hearing the Gospel. This isn’t, though, just any other church service. “We bring in dynamic speakers, have entertaining skits and present music that speaks to students,” Lucas says. “Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in the United States. We’re not trying to replicate that. We’re trying to create a whole new experience. These events break through barriers and walls to show to students the true power of God’s word. It’s quite remarkable, the energy that flows though the room during these nights.” Putting on such a showcase every week in both June and July is no easy task. To help pull off the events, Lucas taps his second facet of summer programing: the Junior Internship. This platform brings in 12 to 14 college interns and about 100 high school interns to work alongside the center’s 20 staff members, with the students doing everything from creating vid-

eos and developing scripts to managing lighting and assisting speakers. “The Gathering Place is not designed with top-down leadership. I want everyone who wants to be involved to have a chance to fill a leading role,” he says. “That in and of itself is a huge part of our outreach.” As the third part of The Gathering Place’s summer outreach programs, students who are rising high school juniors and seniors can apply for the Doulos Internship. With this unique program, students apply to get involved, and only 40 are chosen. Those who are awarded the opportunity are put outside the walls of The Gathering Place, where they have safely learned The Message and developed a heart for the Lord, and puts them into the community, working as interns in various capacities for local businesses. Whether the student is put in a local branch of Chick-Fil-A or offered a role at a doctor’s office, the end goal is the same: to open their eyes to a world they did not know in hopes that their faith will strengthen and their horizons will be broadened. “‘Doulos’ translates to ‘servant’ in ancient Greek. This program is meant to show these students what it is to serve,” Lucas says. “They are ministering their faith by being a part of this new experience and embracing their community.” The opportunity, Lucas says, is a complete win-win. The students are given a glimpse into the working world, perhaps even finding a career path for their later lives, and area businesses have an extra set of helping hands from 9 a.m. to noon three days a week. “And on top of that, students can walk away from the summer having grown in their faith, their leadership abilities, and maybe even found a new passion,” he says. “Summer is a powerful time in the life of a student. They can choose to just hang out, or they can be active and invest in themselves, their future and their faith. I’m excited to say The Gathering Place can help them do the latter in a way that can positively impact every summer for the rest of their lives.” For more information about The Gathering Place, visit

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Buddy Sullivan Coastal Historian

It could be argued that Buddy Sullivan is not a figure of the summer tourist season in the Golden Isles. He isn’t involved in tourism, directly. He doesn’t lead a vacation center of any kind. His peak season of work isn’t the three hottest months of the year. So, why, exactly, is he in this article? Because this man knows just about everything there is to know about the history of Coastal Georgia, and he wants to tell you (or any travel group, classroom or organization interested) all about it. A glance at his resume is sheer proof of that. A native of McIntosh County, Buddy was a reporter for several daily newspapers in Georgia and Florida from 1968 to 1984, and then moved on to become editor of The Darien News for nine years. He left that post in 1993 to serve as director of the Sapelo Island Estuarine Research Reserve, having retired in 2003. Naturally, he’s accrued quite a backlog of knowledge about the area, which he showcases in his numerous books, including the Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater, published in 1990, followed by the 2000 book, From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek, which is a detailed history of Bryan County. He, too, penned the first collection of modern state history for the Georgia Historical Society, with the book Georgia: A State History. Buddy has other books under his belt, alongside a collection of historical awards and honors from prestigious societies and organizations. But he doesn’t like to brag. “I just love where I’m from and I want to share our rich history with anyone who’ll listen,” he shrugs. “People know some about the history of Savannah, and they may know a bit about our history in the way of mild trivia about the Civil War and such, but we have a rich, deep legacy here in Coastal Georgia. Most people just don’t realize that until someone tells them. Once they know a little, they want to keep listening.” Throughout the year, Buddy is willing to tell them. He leads lectures


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for area community groups, at historical attractions and in local schools, focusing on a wide range of Coastal Georgia legends and legacies. One of his favorite topics is weaving in historic events with ecological elements of the region. “The ecosystem of the coast shaped so much of our lifestyle, both hundreds of years ago, and now,” he says. “It’s so enthralling to see how our ecology relates to life here. It feeds into why our coastal economy is the way it is, why our social lifestyles are the way they are, why our modes of transportation are the way they are. Our homes are built a certain way because of the environment around us. I could go on. But basically, our ecosystem is why our lives are how they are here.” It certainly shaped his own life, especially as a child. As a boy, Buddy could be found near the water pretty much all day, every day. If he had it his way, he would have gone mud bogging, shrimp fishing and otherwise exploring 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This dedication to the land around him created his interest in what would eventually become his history-and ecologically-linked career path, as these hobbies developed a keen awareness and understanding of area tidal flows, wind systems and marine biology, coupled with the layered history of his home. To this day, after decades of studying, teaching and writing about the same topics, he hasn’t lost his passion. If anything, the more he studies, teaches and writes about Coastal Georgia, the more fuel is added to his fire. “There is so much to learn and so much to tell,” he says with a degree of urgency in his voice. “This idea of coastal history and coastal ecology coming together to support each other, it’s simply fascinating. To the day I die, this is a topic that will never get old. I’m just hooked on it.” For more information about Buddy Sullivan, visit buddysullivan. com.

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“Songbird” might just be the best way to describe Emily Hearn, as the relatively new-to-the-scene singer-songwriter is quickly becoming a favorite across the Southeast and abroad. With a pristine, clean and captivating vocal delivery, she serves up subtle hooks on a platter of bouncy melodies and literary lyrics, always wearing her Southern roots on her sleeve. Hailing from the small town of Griffin, Ga., Emily currently calls Athens home, but her home away from home has always been St. Simons Island. “This is probably my favorite place to be. It’s just really peaceful,” Emily says with a bright smile. The eldest granddaughter of Bill and Ida Walker, Emily came to the island every summer and most holidays. “Mom would run us down here. Dad, of course, loves it too, but Mom grew up here. It’s in her blood.” Emily began her songwriting career towards the end of her senior year in high school. Her story isn’t unlike many other budding songsmiths. It all started with the devastating break-up. “Music really wasn’t so much my thing. I’d only seen the Backstreet Boys once in middle school, but a high school break-up inspired my first five songs and my friends encouraged me to keep it up.” From there she began writing about meeting new friends and about college life. Before long she was exploring fictional story songs. “Honestly, songwriting came to me much easier than I expected. It’s performing live that’s hard and scary, but I’ve slowly grown into loving that, too.” When it comes to playing out, house shows are really Emily’s forte’. “At normal venues there are lots of distractions, but when someone welcomes you into their home to sing for their friends. It’s just so up-close and personal. I love being invited into their world, just sitting around a living room sharing songs and stories. ”Such relationships have an additional pay-off: “The next time I return to a city, they bring their friends. It’s the most genuine way music is shared, face-to-face.”

sic Group out of L.A. and her music has begun to get exposure on prime time television, making appearances in Body of Proof and Jane by Design. Via her new management – the team that launched such artists as John Mayer, and the Fray – she’s been landing opening opportunities for national acts like Mat Kearney, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker and Edwin McCain. “It’s so neat to get in front of someone else’s audience, because it’s not really about you. It is a pressure-less situation. You’ve just got to be yourself,” Emily says. Through her travels she’s even garnered some high-profile fans, one being actor/comedian Bill Murray. Emily returned to coastal Georgia on May 16 for an acoustic houseshow at the home of Lucas and Thea Ramirez that was co-hosted by Paul and Brandi Scott. She says the event brought back many happy memories. “There are moments that you can put a finger on, moments that define you. Being here, I’m continually having these flashes of, ‘Oh, I remember playing dress-up in their attic growing up.’ This place, it’s like having a tangible piece of my childhood available to me.” Ironically, Lucas is the director of the Gathering Place, a local youth organization that was founded by Emily’s grandfather in 1981. Emily spent one summer as a college intern assisting with worship. That’s one of the beauties of small-town life: Everyone is connected, somehow. That connectedness is, in many ways, what fuels Emily’s blossoming music career. “There’s nothing more exciting than the relationships. The more places you can physically be, and talk to people, and play for them – that’s the type of music I play. I am still an indie artist, and everything we do comes straight through our hands.” If you’d like to connect with Emily Hearn and listen to her music, please visit for additional information about future releases, tour dates, and contact information.

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ere he the son of another era, Duane Harris might have thundered ashore with a marauding band of Norsemen, all blonde and blue-eyed and hungry for shores to steal. As it was, he arrived out of college, a biology graduate of Colorado State who sent letters of application to every coastal state in the Union. Georgia answered and on July 1, 1970, Duane officially staked his claim. “My first three years down here I was on a boat every day,” he says. His task as a newly minted marine biologist employed by the Georgia Game and Fish Commission was to prepare a complete inventory of Georgia’s estuarine system. From the beginning, Duane has known better than most the creeks, rivers, sounds and offshore waters of the state and all that they contain. A former director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Duane is as steeped in the ways of the salt as they come, despite not being a native of this coast or, well, any really. His first beach billet came as a teen when his father, a career military intelligence officer, was stationed at Guam. “When I wasn’t in school I was in the water. That’s really what started my career,” he says. His tenure with DNR saw a great many sea changes, including: The deployment of several artificial reefs to create habitat for marine species; strenuous rules to protect those same species from overfishing; the enactment of legislation outlawing floating houses on Georgia’s rivers; and even the rediscovery in local waters of the nearly extinct North Atlantic right whale. Duane recalls seeing antique nautical charts of Georgia waters that refer to the St. Andrew Sound between Jekyll and Little Cumberland islands as “The Bay of Right,” homage to the abundance of right whales once spotted there. By 1979 the right whale was so rare that Duane and fellow biologist Henry Ansley were the only two Coastal Resources staffers who would even recognize one on sight. It was fortuitous, then, that Henry was aboard a DNR research vessel bound for Gray’s Reef that encountered a 50-foot right whale and her 18-foot calf at the St. Simons Sea Buoy. Henry radioed Duane and Duane radioed the State Patrol with orders to intercept a state film crew who had wrapped


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a coastal shoot the day before and set out on U.S. Hwy. 341 to return to Atlanta. “That was just happenstance,” Duane recalls. “The State Trooper goes out and finds them and says he has orders to stop them and send them back (to Brunswick).” Putting the state film crew and a videographer from FLETC aboard a plane to track and film the whales from the air, the crew captured the documentary evidence needed to institute protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales that are evolving to this day. Henry and Duane’s discovery showed that right whales travel the length of the Eastern Seaboard to calve off Georgia’s coast. The entire population of North Atlantic right whales numbers just 400, and the warm coastal waters off Georgia and Florida are the only known calving grounds for that particular species. Nobody tells a better sea story than Duane, but unlike most watermen, he’s got just as much color to report from the hill. Known for his support of a wide variety of local charitable and social organizations, Duane currently serves on the boards of The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation and The Friends of Coastal Georgia History. Past service has included the boards of the St. Simons Land Trust, the YWCA (now YMCA) Foundation, the Coastal Symphony of Georgia and a host of other organizations. He’s gradually pulling back from his many causes, he says, because “there are young people who need to get involved, and they are.” He’s also planning to retire from his work as an environmental consultant (too many occasions for conflict with former coworkers who are still friends) and his work as one of the most knowledgeable water guides around through his Sea Georgia Adventures. “I’m going to really retire in about two years.” He’ll be fishing for fun now – stalking tripletail off Jekyll and tailing redfish in the upper marsh are favorite pursuits – and fulfilling a pre-retirement promise to himself to play more golf. Just as sure as the quacking ring-tone emanating from his mobile phone signals another adventure on the wing for Duane, any opportunity he encounters will only add to his repertoire of stories about good times enjoying the salt life.

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loaked in a rich background of digitized art, Faith True – owner, designer and seamstress at Arthur & Esther Designs – was first known not for her children’s clothing, but for her digital scrapbook templates. Creating layered patterns and color combinations beloved by her customers, she picked up a following selling her creations at “Positioning patterns and having an eye to see what worked well together naturally helped when I began sewing,” Faith explains. In 2011 Faith decided to put a halt to the digital scrap-booking career to focus on her son and daughter. Particularly fond of clothing designs for little girls, her budget had little room for cute new clothing, so Faith chose to apply her artful eye and DIY mindset to sewing her own. “I acquired a sewing machine second-hand, and decided to learn it inside and out,” Faith explains. While attempting the first of a few cute frocks, Faith quickly learned to take the machine apart and put it back together. She was victorious over every malfunction, until it was time to move on to a machine with more bells and whistles. She says: “I truly learned that machine inside and out. I read the manual cover to cover.” Brunswick, despite all its charm, was not equipped to cater to the seamstress at that time. Resourcefulness led Faith to repurpose and reuse, seeking fabrics that were discarded at yard sales, Goodwill and other thrift stores, and even her own house – any place she could find attractive textiles that were no longer serving their original purpose. “I turned shirts into pants and made rugs out of old Tshirts. Doilies and household linens became accents for my layering affinity.” Faith is equipped with an eye that can “see around corners,” which gives her a special talent for placement. Faith applies her unique scrap-booking skills to creating a line that is currently trending on the wave of children’s apparel. Placing busy fabric prints in surprising, complementary layers, it’s as though her mind was hard-wired for this.

In 2012, Faith began selling her wares on Facebook under the name Arthur & Esther designs. “I’d been thinking of starting a business with that name for a while, spawned by the realization that the first three letters of Arthur’s name and the first three letters of Esther’s name were an alternate spelling of ‘artist,’” she says, smiling. “I think when you are an artist at the core, you’ll find an outlet. It’s going to find a way to come out.” Faith doesn’t use pre-fabricated collections, which makes for a popular and uniquely original design line. “It’s all about placement,” she laughs. “Most of the time I can put fabrics together on the table and people would find my choices curious, but I reassure them, knowing that once I put it all together it will become something beautiful. Even fabrics that seem contradictory.” Her placement choices have everything to do with how the fabrics complement one another, whether accenting certain colors, elements of line, or movement. Arthur & Esther Designs combines bohemian and farmer’s market, with a touch of grandmother’s quilt for good measure, and each dress is truly one of a kind. Even when Faith tries to recreate a certain design, subtle differences will emerge based on the fabric she has available. Faith recently expanded her online presence to Etsy, where she sells her original creations. She has also been asked to collaborate with other designers. Poised for growth, her excitement for the shop holds true to her name. “Faith is definitely something I’ve never lacked,” she says. Gaining inspiration from seeing other handmade businesses springing out in living rooms, she plans to remain true to her one-of-a-kind creations. See Faith True’s clothing line for children by visiting Arthur & Esther Designs at or visit her on Facebook at

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