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48 SPICE IT UP: Accent walls are all the rage, bringing textures, patterns, and personality to spaces. Duke’s Coastal Flooring and a local interior designer share their tips and tricks for creating these bold looks.

59 LIFE ON THE LINKS: Two local couples share their stunning Island Club homes, both of which are situated on the Retreat Golf Course on St. Simons Island.

71 DOWNTOWN DIGS: City Commissioner Julie Martin has certainly embraced downtown Brunswick, in fact, she lives there, and her Hanover Square home embodies Old Town’s historic charm.

79 ON THE HOME FRONT: Designer extraordinaire Elaine Griffin breaks down what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to 2021 interiors.

87 DOWN ON THE FARM: 5 Oaks Farms may look like other agricultural operations but it has a charitable component that sets it apart. It also has an unconventional owner, St. Louis Cardinals’ All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright.

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Our First Home We bought our home (our very first) back in 2008 during the Great Recession, an undoubtedly awful time for the market. But the silver lining was that we, like many, were able get a fantastic starter home at an exceptional price. Of course, there was a lot of work that needed to be done and it would take a lot of time. Fast forward 13 years and there’s still a lot of work to be done. In fact, I’ve discovered working on one’s home is a task that never truly ends. Instead, it’s more of a constant evolution. But, I guess that makes sense. Like its inhabitants, a home’s style, vibe, and energy is ever-changing. And that’s not a bad thing (it can be an expensive thing, but not a “bad” thing.) Growth is inevitable and a little refreshing can go a long way toward making a home look a little more fabulous. Even a coat of paint can breathe new life into a room or add a pop of color. So if you’re looking to make some positive change in your space, this issue is for you. Our goal is to help you find that often-needed inspiration and to help, we sat down with some folks who have it in spades. In our Life on the Links feature, two couples were kind enough to open the doors of their exquisite homes situated on the Retreat Golf Course and share the elements that make living there a dream come true. We also turned to the pros. We chatted with the folks at Duke’s Coastal Flooring about ways to add exciting accents — a tile wall

or pattern floor — to a space. And designer Elaine Griffin shared her brilliant tips for bringing the top 2021 trends into your home. We also sat down with City Commissioner Julie Martin who shared the details of her historic downtown home. Last, but certainly not least, we headed out to 5 Oaks Farm owned by none other than Adam Wainwright. You know, the St. Louis Cardinal’s pitcher and Brunswick native? Well now, he’s adding farming to his impressive resume. In addition to designing a farm with sustainable practices, they are also donating produce harvested and eggs collected to nonprofits like Sparrow’s Nest in Brunswick. We hope you will enjoy diving into this design journey with us. May it bring you lots of inspiration and joy. Happy reading — Lindsey


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Carson Jones sat perched on a cozy-looking cushioned chair as sunlight streamed through the window of Pierce and Parker Interiors’ showroom at the home furnishing store on St. Simons. This kind of natural lighting, she says, is a key component of creating a calming and comfortable space at home. “These front rooms are our favorites because they all have natural light,” says Jones, a junior designer for Pierce and Parker Interiors. The room she sat in, like the one across the way, featured a neutral pallet of light whites and grays with additional pops of colors interspersed throughout the pleasant setting.

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“We really started with a neutral pallet,” Jones says. “It’s just easier on the eyes, more than bolder colors.” Designing a space at home where one can feel most at peace requires only a few simple touches. But those small changes can go a long way in increasing the serenity of a space. “There’s an incredible amount of research related to mental health and interior design — and a proven correlation between design and a person’s well being,” says Kiera Kushlan, owner of interior design firm Residents Understood. “The pandemic has really highlighted the importance of considering our built environment even more. I think we’re seeing a really dramatic shift in people’s appreciation for interior design and the built environment in general.” Residents Understood, based in Washington, D.C., is a residential and commercial interior design firm that recently expanded to St. Simons.

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“We add pops of blues or finishes of gold,” she says. “And then we have added texture, with some of the chairs and fabrics. And subtle patterns, like on a rug, or we’ll add pops of patterns with the pillows.” She also suggests adding landscape artwork, or maybe abstract art, as these designs will contribute to the overall pleasing aesthetic. And to create the best lighting effect, she recommends taking advantage of natural lighting as much as possible and sticking with low lighting, like lamps, when natural light isn’t available. “At night, it keeps it calm, not having the stark lights on top,” she says. Kushlan agreed that lighting is key to creating a desired feeling in any space. “It can single handedly change the way a room looks and more importantly feels,” she says. “So avoiding rooms with a single light source is best. I try to layer at least three different sources of light into a room.” Jones also suggested adding certain accessories to make a space feel most like home. “Accessories like candles, just little touches, is great, or adding a small side table where you can set a glass of wine,” she says.

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As with any plant you are considering, evaluate all aspects of its temperament to determine if it will be a good fit in your landscape. Certain characteristics could be a positive in one situation and a negative in another. For instance, a plant


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that sends out runners may be helpful in stabilizing a slope, but might not be welcome in an area where you need a plant to stay put. Soil type, soil moisture, and light conditions, as well as design aesthetic are also important factors. Another great benefit of using local plants is that you can simply take a walk to see where they thrive. It helps to understand what conditions plants need, their shapes and sizes, when they flower, and how they perform throughout the year. Unfortunately, in nature, plants are not labeled, and it can take some real effort to identify the plants you are seeing. There are several great online and printed resources available, as well native plant-focused nonprofits, including the Georgia Native Plant Society and Coastal WildScapes, whose missions focus on increasing the use of native plants. These groups often have field trips to help you learn about and identify native plants which can be a great resource to better understand our coastal Georgia ecosystems. Another challenge is finding sources to purchase plants native to the area. You should not collect native plants from the wild. Luckily, local groups like Coastal WildScapes have spring and fall plant sales. Many local garden clubs are also promoting native species or hosting native plant swaps. Our coastal environment comes with some unique challenges to plant growth, including salt spray, potential strong storm winds, saltwater inundation, high deer populations, sandy dry soils, high humidity, and hot summers. Depending on the situation, many

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of our native species have varying levels of resiliency to these factors. Also, many native plants only bloom at certain times, so if you would like to achieve season-long flowering, you will need to stagger species based on these bloom times. With all that said, let’s take a closer look at some of the native plants you should consider bringing home: • Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) — These scarlet tubular plants grow two feet in full sun to part shade. They tolerate normal to dry soils. These flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and many native pollinators. Their peak flowering season is early summer until frost. • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) — This pollinator favorite is a host for Monarch butterflies. It grows up to two feet in full sun to part shade with orange flowers in summer. • Lanceleaf Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) — Often found on roadsides and natural upland habitats, its peak flowering period is spring to early summer. It is also attractive to pollinators. • Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) — This is a very unusual spherical flower that produces clusters in mid-summer that persist through winter. It, too, is a great pollinator plant. • Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) — There are many species of Blazing Star native to

sandy, upland soils. Many grow in full sun to part shade with graceful wands of flowers in the fall. • Seashore Mallow (Kosteleskya virginiana) — Found on the edges of brackish marshes, it tolerates salt water well. It also grows like a shrub to three to five feet tall and produces light pink two-inch flowers in summer through the fall. It’s a favorite of hummingbirds. • Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) — This clump forming grass grows up to three feet with a cloud of purple-pink flowers in fall. • Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) — These tubular red flowers bloom in summer are also attractive to hummingbirds. When maintaining our gardens, we are often tempted to do a fall clean-up and make it tidy before winter. However, if we are gardening with natives with the intention to create a slice of nature at home we should let the garden rest and wait until early spring. There are many species of native insects that overwinter in the garden as well as wildlife that use it as a food source or for cover. Happy Gardening! — Eamonn Leonard is a plant biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Wildlife Conservation Division and a founder of Coastal Wildscapes.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of many popular events, festivals, and fundraisers around the Golden Isles, but Cabaret, the premier fundraising event for the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, isn’t one of them. “We’re still having Cabaret. It’s just going to be different, but better,” says symphony board member Janice Lamattina. Traditionally, the elegant event is held on Sea Island in the Cloister’s ballroom each January, but Lamattina says organizers had to get creative this year. “We wouldn’t feel comfortable having an indoor event at this time, so we are moving it outside to the beach and moving the date to May,” she says. The 17th annual event is being called the Aloha Cabaret and is set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the King & Prince 26

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Resort’s beachfront venue, the Atlantic Court, adjacent to the historic hotel. The sounds, flavors, and décor will bring a touch of the Hawaiian islands to the area. “Cabaret is an event everyone has grown to love for over 15 years and the Atlantic Court is right on the beach, which will make for a fun, but safe venue,” Lamattina says. This yearly event is the primary way the board raises funds for the symphony, which is currently in its 36th season. It has also had to adapt to the pandemic by canceling some concerts, and has moved others outdoors instead of holding them at the usual performance space at Brunswick High School.  While Cabaret’s popular silent auction will continue, it will also be done in a socially distanced manner. “For the first time, we’ll be taking the bidding online and through patrons’ mobile phones the night of the event, so we don’t have to have people elbow-to-elbow. One of the most unusual items up for bid is a trip to Hawaii. There will also be a ski trip package to Utah,” Lamattina says. She notes there will be no paper bidding at the event, and personal shoppers will be available to help patrons navigate the cellphone bidding process.   “It will still be a fun, interactive auction led by Mason Waters, along with terrific entertainment. We will also have contactless payment only that will eliminate the long checkout lines. Ladies who are our top patrons will also be offered complementary handmade leis,” she says. 


Although this year’s Cabaret will be an “elegant” event, Lamattina notes that it will be much more laid back and not black tie. Instead, it will be “beach chic,” and entertainment will include a Polynesian dancer and fire performer. She says the plated dinner is being catered by the King and Prince’s Bonnie Raybern. “While we will still have a plated dinner as in year’s past, it’s not going to be ‘steak on a plate.’ Bonnie is developing a menu based on Hawaiian culture, and we’ll have a three-hour open bar. We’ll also be using fresh flowers in the décor that bring that Hawaiian feel,” she says. Lamattina says she and the entire event team are excited to bring something new to a longtime event. “It will still be the fun, elegant evening our patrons have come to love, just reimagined to keep everyone safe while supporting our symphony,” she says.  For tickets and more information, visit at coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org. Lamattina is also available to answer questions via email at lamattina2@comcast.net.

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Tomato Talk “You like tomato and I like tomahto,” the old song goes. But there’s more to it. Country people say “mater” and those who try to sound educated say “tomata”. Or as British golfer Ian Poulter pronounced it in recent TV ads, “Tuh-mah-oh.”

“I had my first garden when I was in fourth grade. One of the first things I grew was a tomato plant,” in a 3-foot-by-8-foot-bed at his family’s apartment in suburban Washington, D.C., Bryson says. “I’ve been gardening off and on ever since.”

No matter how it’s pronounced, the home-grown tomato is among the most cherished of vegetables, although actually, it’s a fruit. It is also the most lamented because, often, home gardeners aren’t successful in bringing in a crop.

Asked about common mistakes, Bryson notes, “Not having enough sunlight, inadequate soil preparation in in-ground gardening, and too much or too little water.”

John Bryson has been growing tomatoes for years and has given plenty of advice having worked in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service 24 years until his retirement in Glynn County. In his 10 years of teaching master gardener classes, tomatoes were a frequent subject. A large garden plot is not required for tomatoes although plenty of sunlight, water, and fertilizer is, Bryson says. He knows from experience.

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When growing in buckets, pots, or small raised beds, a good potting soil works best, one that is available at most garden centers and many variety stores, he says. “You’re going to have to water more in the containers and pots, including raised beds,’’ he says. Plants that aren’t in the ground, tend to dry out quicker because gravity pulls the water down and they tend to get hotter when exposed to air temperatures, Bryson says.


A good liquid fertilizer works well on potted tomatoes, he says. As for picking a variety, Bryson urged two steps. First decide on how much room you have for the plants to grow. If there is little room, choose a determinate variety, which means the plant grows to a specific size, usually about 4-feet tall, produces blossoms and fruit, and stops bearing, Bryson says. Some of those varieties include Marglobe Heirloom, Better Boy, Celebrity Hybrid, and Rutgers. Indeterminate varieties, such as Big Boy, Big Beef, Beefsteak, and Parks Whoppers, grow throughout the growing season and can produce 8-foot vines. Those are not good for confined spaces, and “they will tend to take over,” he says.

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Also, Bryson encourages gardeners to read labels to ensure the tomatoes are resistant to blight, wilt, viruses, and other diseases that are common in the local heat and humidity. Then, decide on whether you want large or small fruit, which can be learned through a little internet research. Regardless of where the tomatoes are grown, it is advisable to add some lime or other sources of calcium to control blossom end rot, he says. If possible, add some organic material to the soil because tomatoes like it, and stake and mulch them to prevent the vines contacting the ground and picking up diseases, he said. Also, don’t get over zealous in fertilizing because the plants could produce a leafy, healthy vine but little fruit, he says.

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His last piece of advice is easily followed. “Once they start producing, keep up with the picking,” and pick them before they’re fully ripe and let them ripen on a counter or in a window sill, he says. For some reason, birds like to peck ripe tomatoes, and that ruins them. And lastly, good tomatoes make good neighbors.

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may Through May Demere Grill, 2463 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, hosts trivia at 7 p.m. every Tuesday of the month. It is free to play. Winners will have their bar tab picked up by the restaurant. For details, visit demeregrill.com. May 1 and May 15 The Cassina Garden Club will open its historic tabby slave cabins in Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island for tours. They will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday of the month. Docents will be on hand to offer information about the location. There is a $5 suggested donation for visits. For more information, visit cassinagardenclub.org. 30

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May 2 The Coastal Symphony of Georgia will hold a concert titled, “Boulogne, Beethoven, and Brilliant Strings” at 3 p.m. on the Sea Island Green at Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island. Tickets are $50 per person. Social distancing and masks will be required. For details, visit coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org. May 6 The Coastal Georgia Historical Society will host a Virtual Book Talk on Lighthouses of the Georgia Coast by William Rawlings at 6 p.m. on Zoom. His book features St. Simons Island’s lighthouse on the cover. A link to the lecture will be sent the week of the event. To register, visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org. May 8 The 83rd Annual Mayfair, formally known as the Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blessing itself will be held at 2 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in downtown Brunswick. The festival will feature


games for children, food, music, artists, and displays. For more information, visit discoverbrunswick.com. May 9 The Coastal Georgia Historical Society will host its concert series, A Little Light Music, beginning with the Tams at 7 p.m. on the lighthouse grounds. Tickets are $15 for adults with those 12 and under being admitted for free. For more information, visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org. May 21 The Coastal Symphony of Georgia will host Aloha Cabaret at 6 p.m. at Atlantic Court at the King and Prince Golf & Beach Resort, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island. Tickets are $175 per person. To order, visit coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.com.

june Throughout June The Jekyll Island Authority will host Gatorlogy 101 at Horton Pond on Jekyll Island. The hands-on experience will include information on the American Alligator’s history, biology, and conservation. The program, which will be held weekly through September, is limited to 12 participants. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at jekyllisland.com/gatorology. Demere Grill, 2463 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, hosts trivia at 7 p.m. every Tuesday of the month. It is free to play. Winners will have their bar tab picked up by the restaurant. For details, visit demeregrill.com. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Dr., St. Simons Island, will host an exhibit titled, “A Book of Saints,” by Cullen Peck. It will explore the way that humans, particularly children, create mythologies. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For details, visit glynnvisualarts.org. June 5 and June 19 The Cassina Garden Club will open the historic tabby cabins in Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island for tours. They will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday of the month. Docents will be on hand to offer information about the location. There is a $5 suggested donation for visits. For more information, visit cassinagardenclub.org. June 20 The Coastal Georgia Historical Society will host its concert series, A Little Light Music, beginning with the Funk Brotherhood at 7 p.m. on the lighthouse grounds. Tickets are $15 for adults with those 12 and under being admitted for free. For more information, visit  coastalgeorgiahistory.org.

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ulbs and blooms got a rocky start in the Golden Isles this year with frigid weather making spring preparation tough.

But plenty of pretty petals are unfolding now, blanketing the area in splashes of colorful, happy hues. As nature struts its stuff, the star of the show is often flowers. While they’re literally everywhere, there’s a lot we may not know about them. To shed a little light, we’ve gathered some fun facts on various blooms. Read on to learn more:

Almost 60 percent of fresh-cut flowers grown in the U.S. come from California

Color A hydrangeas’ color is determined by the acidity of the soil it’s planted in. If the soil is too alkaline (that is, with a pH above 7), the plant will produce pink or red hydrangeas. If the pH is lower than 6, the flowers will be blue or lavender. If the pH level is between 6 and 7, the blooms will be purple or bluish-pink

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Vincent Van Gogh was fascinated by sunflowers and completed 11 paintings of them

The roots of sunflowers remove up to 95 percent radioactivity by drawing the contaminants out of the water

52 There are 52 species of sunflowers, all of which are native to North America and Mexico

1600s In Holland in the 1600s, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold. Some records indicate that one bulb could cost upward of $2,000

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There are 35,000 of variations of roses, which are some of the most culturally valuable and gifted flowers worldwide Roses are related to almonds, apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and pears

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DUE SOUTH than modern day), he is a believer that it can be done. When Calls the Heart, a hit Hallmark series he inherited from Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird, recently debuted its eighth season at number one and is one of the most beloved shows currently on television. Its fans are zealous and steadfast about the turnof-the-century drama. The following day, we gathered with Pat, Paul White, and Jennifer Fussell of the Foundation to discuss the idea. As of date, Tink and I are working toward making that happen; television is tricky but it is our prayer that we can because Miss Eugenia’s work deserves to be taken to a new audience.

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It started out as a favor but quickly turned into a gift for us. Pat Hodnett Cooper is one of the most cherished friends to Tink and me. All the Hodnetts are closer than friends. They’re family. Tink and I were on St. Simons a couple of months ago. While he was in video editing for his Hallmark series, I took a walk on the beach. Pat, my sister-friend, called while I was dilly-dallying on the glistening sand and admiring the sunlight as it bounced off the deep blue water. “Sweetie,” she began, then explained

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that she is a board member of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation which, in recent years, has been given the rights to Eugenia Price’s intellectual properties. In a meeting a few hours earlier, the idea had surfaced: Could any of Miss Eugenia’s books be turned into a television series? “I’ll bring Tink and we’ll meet with y’all tomorrow.” It was the least we could do for someone who has done mountains for us. At dinner that night, Tink and I discussed the possibility. “A period piece is expensive to produce and hard to sell,” he said. Yet, he didn’t turn the idea down flat for three reasons: 1) He was well aware of the impact that the St. Simons trilogy had on me, and that meeting Miss Eugenia when I was 14 firmly set my course to be a writer; 2) He’d jump through hoops for Pat and the Hodnetts; 3) As an executive producer/writer on a period piece (that is, a setting other

Out of that meeting came another wonderful idea: a one-hour documentary on Eugenia Price and the importance of her writings to the Georgia coast, especially St. Simons. Tink and I are enormous documentary buffs because we both believe history should be recorded and extraordinary people should be remembered. Realizing that Tink was covered up with scripted (non-reality) writing and producing, I cheerfully took on the job of trying to corral the history of a writer who was key to my storytelling career. Tay Hohoff was the fierce editor of the St. Simons trilogy. Known as an exceptionally tough editor — she worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Harper Lee for two years to edit To Kill A Mockingbird — Miss Eugenia nervously awaited Ms. Hohoff’s reaction to her first several chapters. The telegram that finally arrived in St. Simons was not flowery or full of praise but it gave her the green light to continue. In 1974, Ms. Hohoff died. In my mind, I went through my New York publishing contacts, trying to figure out who might have known her. It occurred to me that my agent might have crossed paths with Ms. Hohoff. He had.


When he learned that I wanted to document the life of Eugenia Price, he said something he has never said in the course of representing me in several publishing auctions that resulted in five bestsellers. “Brilliant!” It turns out that he admires Miss Eugenia and was thoroughly familiar with how her historical fiction (and the incredible research skills of Joyce Blackburn) had been a pioneer in the genre. Though Miss Eugenia first made her mark by writing nonfiction bestsellers (much of it was Christian-based), she will be best remembered for the coastal, historical fiction with over 40 million books sold. Now, I need your help. If you knew Miss Eugenia and have a story to share, please contact me. Every story or encounter is important because it will help us tell her life and share her lovely character. You can email me directly at ronda@ rondarich.com or send a letter here, to the magazine, and they’ll pass it along.

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Since our meeting at the Foundation, I’ve thought often of encountering Miss Eugenia in the cemetery of Christ Church when my school group visited. I met her near the site where she is now buried. From that moment emerged an epiphany that led me to storytelling. Now, I’m privileged to tell Eugenia Price’s story.

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LIVING WELL “The low level light therapy creates a process called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis means ‘new blood vessels.’ It’s like watering a plant. The more LLLT a nerve gets, the more it repairs itself, just like a plant would by getting more water, sunlight, and nutrients.” The Nobel Prize-winning concept allows for an increase in circulation to the extremities. That, she says, is a crucial step — creating healing by flushing the nerves with fresh blood.

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nerve, resulting in loss of sensation and function. “There are over 100 different causes, but the most common causes of neuropathy are chemotherapy, diabetes, or injury resulting in sensory loss, numbness, pins and needles, and in many cases, severe pain in the feet and legs. Some patients even experience symptoms in their hands,” she says. “Neuropathy can affect a variety of patients and does not discriminate by gender, age, or race.” Dr. Wellman says hundreds of millions of people suffer with peripheral neuropathy, and most of them have been told there is nothing that can be done. But the Wellmans weren’t going to sit back and accept that.

Dr. Amber and Dr. Jason Wellman, a brother-sister duo, and their staff do everything they can to help patients find a way back to living a full life. The Wellmans’ facility provides treatment for a variety of ailments through conventional chiropractic care and massage therapy, but they also have enlisted innovative treatments to combat conditions like knee pain and neuropathy.

Instead, they dove into countless hours of training, becoming proficient in treating neuropathy. They also engaged cutting-edge technology in the fight, enlisting the help of NASA-developed lower level light therapy, known as LLLT.

Neuropathy, Dr. Amber Wellman says, is a deep-rooted and complex condition. It results when a lack of blood supply, oxygen, and nutrients causes damage to the protective covering around a

“(LLLT) was discovered by NASA by treating wounds in space, and was approved by the FDA in 2001. It is at the forefront of neuropathy treatments,” Dr. Wellman explains.

Beyond LLLT, the practice takes a multipronged approach to treating neuropathy and has seen excellent results. The three steps are to 1) increase blood flow, 2) educate small-fiber nerves, and 3) decrease pain signals. “We focus each component affected by the condition — nerves, blood supply, oxygenation, and nutrients,” Dr. Wellman says. While medication can bring varying levels of success, many patients believe that this treatment alone will make them better. Dr. Wellman says that is not necessarily the case and treating the root cause is paramount. “Doing this for long periods can cause you to reach a point of no return,” she says. “Unfortunately, we see this happen more often than not. Our goal is to help as many patients as possible live life to its fullest instead of being limited on the things they love doing such as playing with their grandkids, taking a walk, driving, gardening, or simple daily household chores.” Helping their patients gain a new lease on life is the daily goal at Wellman Family Healthcare. And it’s something that they take great pride in doing. “When you enter our office you are greeted by the words ‘Welcome to Our Family,’ and we truly want you to feel that way,” she says. “We spend time educating patients on understanding their treatment so they can make an informed decision about their health.”

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BY DESIGN the pandemic,” she says. “There’s really been a new design element that was born out of this shutdown. That is this move toward set prices for individual spaces or total home renovation.” The idea is simple and convenient for all involved. Once a price and project are agreed upon, Williams can offer as much or as little guidance as necessary, most of it being done virtually. “You can do virtual consultations and digital vision boards, which is something that I’ve always done but has been key recently. Then, the client can use that as the road map. I will share my suggestions for lamps, rugs, sofas, chairs, and then they can shop for the pieces themselves,” she says. “Or I can source those for them. It is about whatever works best for them.”

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Jessica Moore Williams has done a little bit of it all. The interior designer and Golden Isles native has worked on everything from high-end properties in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to designing spaces for the U.S. Navy. “I’ve even picked paint colors for a dol-

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phin training pool,” she says with a laugh. After returning to the area four years ago, she started her own company Moore Design. There, she primarily focuses on residential work, although she never shies away from designing commercial spaces.

When it comes to approaching a renovation, Williams has plenty of sage advice to offer. Here are a few key elements to consider when starting a project: • Take the time to plan: Williams understands that every renovation is different, but what they all have in common is the need to plan. She suggests spending time flipping through magazines, browsing Pinterest, and visiting stores to truly create a vision for a space. “Before you call in the professionals, think about what you want the renovation to be and how you want the space to function,” she says.

“I really do anything that people call me to do,” she says. “I’ve done so much in my design career that I never flinch when it comes to any type of project.”

• Dream it up. Moore encourages her clients to pull together sample photos of rooms they love and come to her armed with examples. Even if a specific look won’t fit into the budget, she still suggests “pinning” it. “We can always try to recreate something in a way that will fit into your budget,” she says.

There is one topic that Williams frequently helps address — renovations. From fresh coats of paint to extensive redesigns, she takes pride in walking clients through each step of the process.

• Budget, budget, budget. In the planning phase, nailing down a realistic budget is critical. Then, she says, all the players have to get onboard with that figure and commit to sticking to it.

“I’ve seen so many people who are doing renovations, especially during

“Everyone should know the numbers ... your partner, your contractor, and your designer. That’s how you have success


by finishing on time and on budget,” she says. • Find the perfect fit. Speaking of contractors and designers, it’s crucial to take the time to interview multiple service providers to make sure you’re getting the best fit. “Spend time interviewing those professionals and always get more than one quote. Once you find the professionals that you want to work with, make sure to ask all the questions. “There are no stupid questions,” she says. “It should be a like talking to your doctor ... you should feel comfortable with them asking those questions. Then, make sure throughout the project that everyone is communicating — your designers, your contractors … everyone. It’s ideal to find people who work well together.” • Practice patience. Renovations often take a fair amount of time and require one’s home to be in a bit of disarray. Because of that, patience is an absolute must. That’s why Williams stresses the need to really plan and get a firm grasp on the process before officially moving forward. That, she says, will help everything move more seamlessly. “That’s why it’s key to not rush. It is the most important piece,” she says.

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The Humble Wax Myrtle WORDS BY LYDIA THOMPSON withstand high winds, heavy rains, and prolonged dry spells. They are also salt-tolerant. Then, there are the leaves. Eamonn says these can also be used as an insect repellent. You can crush them in your hand and rub the oil on your skin. I tried it. It sort of worked, but it does have a pleasant clean scent. The leaves can also be dried and used as a flavoring for soups and stews. They’ve been used as a medicine, too. The Choctaw boiled the leaves to treat fevers and severe dysentery.

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Beyond the beneficial leaves, there’s the blue-grey berries. In the fall, the tree swallows swarm these myrtles. It is quite a sight to watch thousands with all kinds of facts about the bush.

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this native bush. It is a dense shrub that protects birds from hawks. Buntings can

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for making bayberry candles. Our

what Mr. Leonard says about the bush:

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lot of wax, but here is another tip from

used in landscapes. It is especially a

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large for the home landscape. It does

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viding cover for birds, as well as nesting

ratio of beeswax to myrtle wax.”

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locations and food.” I had no idea the wax myrtle was so

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With the soaring stock prices and conflicting financial reports in the news these days, how does one navigate all of the information at one’s fingertips? While many people consider a mortgage only in terms of rate and monthly payment, did you know you can structure your mortgage to help create wealth for investment or savings purposes? If you’re considering refinancing or purchasing a new home, now is the time to think about how you can use it as a tool to prepare for the future.

There are many types of mortgages available. Start with a reputable lender, well versed in the options that you qualify for. Many financial planners

partner with lenders who can help them tailor the mortgage to accomplish a specific financial goal for their clients. Choose a lender who is experienced in that type of analysis. Consider the equity or down payment funds you have available. Does it make sense to put more money down and have a lower mortgage loan amount? Or would you be better off with a larger mortgage, and use those funds to invest, thereby creating more wealth for your retirement? In answering that question, consider the rate of the mortgage and current market rate of return on investment. Have your lender calculate the amount of interest you will pay on that particular term and loan amount. Ask your financial planner to provide information on what you could expect to earn if funds are invested. An experienced lender can show you the different options for available terms and calculate the total interest costs for various down payments. Does your income bracket allow private mortgage insurance (PMI) to be tax deducted? While most people try to avoid PMI, using that as a tool to help you free up funds for savings, may be a good possibility to consider. That information will help you determine which down payment gives you the lowest overall interest costs over time, and by working with your lender and financial

When thinking of refinancing, does it make sense to pull out equity by refinancing your mortgage and investing those dollars into a different investment vehicle to grow wealth or retirement savings? You could use a lump sum to invest with your financial planner, or purchase rental real estate that can generate income for the future. This may also help you lower your taxable income in some instances. By lowering your monthly payment, you could add additional money saved to your 401K savings or other liquid savings for an emergency fund. You can also use those funds to pay off higher interest debt, such as credit cards, or installment debt, that has a higher rate than your mortgage. If you have children and need to save for college, that is a great way to free up monthly dollars to save for college expenses. There are many things to consider and consulting with a team of experts is the best way to plan for your future. A mortgage is not a “one size fits all” type of instrument. What works for your neighbor, may not work for you. Take the time to consider your options, think about your goals, and get some help to determine the best way to move forward and accomplish those goals. Your future self will thank you! — Patti Hale is the branch manager of Homestar Mortgage, 760 Scranton Road., Ste. 103, Brunswick. For more information or to arrange an appointment, call 912-264-2922 ext.1 or email patti.hale@homestar.com

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GAME CHANGERS 2014 fire gutted the building across from College of Coastal Georgia beyond repair, and it was subsequently razed. As for her handicap, Denise had an impressive game on a Tuesday night. Her ball rolled and slid into the pins and sent them all spinning and scattering save one, the 2 pin. It sat rocking for a few seconds then fell, and joy abounded on her team as she recorded the strike. The Strike Zone’s Kailey Oldenburg says the leagues bowl for first place from August until April. The season is split with the winners of each half bowling against each other for the championship in August. Oldenburg’s co-worker, Jennifer Kelley, is also the secretary of the league with the duty of collecting the leagues’ fees and paying out the winnings, which can be considerable.

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“target bowling.” There is one place for the public to play in Brunswick, the Strike Zone just west of Interstate 95 where Tuesdays and Wednesdays are league nights. Formerly, Tuesday was for open leagues and Wednesday for the men’s league, but after the pandemic began both nights were opened, resulting in a lot of mixed teams. The teams come ready for fun though. Case in point, the Herndon family team who arrive clad in matching shirts reading, “Wallace ‘N Dem.”

Bowling is one of those games for the ages and for all ages. Like many other games, a lot of countries claim to be its birthplace, but archaeologists found evidence it was played by children in ancient Egypt.

Leader Wallace declares, “I’m just here for the beer,” while his wife Denise says, “They need my handicap.” Dan Patrick says once he’s inside, he’s among friends.

Regardless of where it began, it is practiced most avidly in the U.S. where an estimated 70 million of the world’s 100 million play what is called

“We’re one big happy family. We’ve been that way since the Bowlarena burned down,” he says referring to what had been the only lanes before the Strike Zone opened. A November

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Many sports have body styles to fit the competition, but bowlers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. The league’s tallest bowler, George Mincey, was obviously built for another sport. He played basketball at Brunswick High and was on Brunswick Junior College’s first ever basketball team. Mincey had to quit playing pickup basketball because of an arthritic hip and, recently, Daniel Holton had to re-drill a hole in his bowling ball for him. Holton sells balls at the Strike Zone and drills holes from ½-inch to 1 ½-inch, in them to fit bowlers’ fingers. Now 29, Holton has been bowling since he was 14. “I saw the (Professional Bowling Association) skills challenge on TV. I’d never been bowling before. I told my parents I wanted to try it. We went, and I loved it,” he says. His wife Michelle started in a youth league in Roswell, Georgia. “Bowling can be expensive if you’re not in a league,” she says, noting that is the reason her mother got her into a league. “I was 12. I loved it,” she says. Her bowling skills earned her an athletic scholarship at Lindonwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, a small school that sends a team to nationals nearly every year. The Holtons met when both were


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John Jr. noted his dad had bowled in Pennsylvania in the days of human pin setters. Everything is automated now from the scoring to the pin setting to the ball returns. A few lanes away, Harry King, 89, was watching his teammates and waiting his turn to bowl. He’s been at it since 1957, but never saw a bowling alley when he was growing up on a farm outside Columbus, Ohio. A Navy retiree, he was an air traffic controller during the Korean airlift and was in Hawaii when President Truman flew in and relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command. “It’s good exercise, and it gets you around people,” he says.

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THE DISH At The Reserve Steak House, Chef Chris Contois says scallops are a very popular choice. “We can go through 20 pounds of scallops a week,” he says. With that kind of demand, Contois has experimented in order to create the perfect blend of flavors. That led him to explore ways to give the typically mild taste of the scallops a little kick. “The texture of scallops is nice and creamy. So we created this seared scallop recipe with cut corn and bacon jalapeño jam,” he says. That’s also paired with fresh arugula and Italian parsley. “It adds a little color,” Contois says. The result is also a meal that is satisfying but not overpowering. To complete the experience, it can be paired with a cool chardonnay, or as Worden says, even a glass of red.

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A cool afternoon breeze drifted over the sand dunes and through the covered patio of The Reserve Steak House on Jekyll Island. It’s a clear indication that one is officially on “island time,” away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s an ideal spot for a hearty meal,

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drinks, and ocean gazing — something that’s surprisingly rare in the Golden Isles. But at The Reserve it happens multiple times a day. “We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner here,” Skip Worden, manager, says. “It’s very popular once we open it up in April every year.” The location serves many patrons, both hotel guests and visitors alike. And they’re always eager to peruse the menu, with many selecting one of the popular steak or fish dishes that have made the restaurant famous. But there’s another option that has intrigued those looking to embrace a truly coastal delicacy — scallops. The saltwater clams or “marine bivalve mollusks” are a part of many seaside dishes.

“I prefer red ... a nice cabernet goes well,” he says. While full on flavor, the scallop dish leaves plenty room for dessert from the restaurant’s sous chef. “It’s not as filling as a steak and it’s not overwhelming, so you’ll have room left,” Contois says. In addition to The Reserve, the resort also boasts Salty’s Pool Bar and Grill, located next to the hotel’s pool, which frequently features live music. Guests can also take order a cocktail to take to the observation deck where they can watch the sunset. In fact, Kevin Baker, director of sales and marketing for The Westin at Jekyll Island, says that there are multiple spots to relax and let the views melt one’s worry away. “The restaurants at The Westin Jekyll Island are some of the few places in the area to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the ocean while dining inside or alfresco,” Baker says. “Guests can stop right off the bike path for a casual bite at Salty’s poolside grill,  enjoy a gourmet meal at The Reserve Steak House, or sit back with a crafted cocktail on the second floor observation deck to take in the spectacular views.” 


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W When facing the task of renovating their home, the Turners found themselves squaring off against a dilemma many other families face — they wanted to create a stylish home, but they also had to ensure that it remained kid-friendly. Becca Turner says that certainly presented a challenge. “We have three kids and definitely try to make our home as kid-proof as possible,” she says with a laugh. After brainstorming ways to marry style and function, they settled on exploring tile. Turner started doing some research and creating some Pinterest inspiration boards for ideas. “We thought of tile because it’s the sturdiest thing ever, plus it’s a great way to add color and style into spaces,” she says. When they were looking for service provid-

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For Duke’s sales associate Brenda Marshall, it’s all in a day’s work. And there have been plenty of busy days over the past year as more and more people have sought to spruce up their homes during the pandemic. “It slowed down for the first few weeks, but after that, there’s been no slowing down,” Marshal says with a laugh. “I think people decided that if they had to be in their homes, they were going to make it look extra nice. And, since people haven’t been traveling, they’ve decided to spend the extra money on their homes.” While the demand has been stellar, receiving their unique glass and tile, often from overseas locations like Italy, has been a bit of a challenge. “There’s been a lot of extra safety procedures, of course, so it’s taken longer to get some things in, but that’s improving now,” she says. One of the trends Marshall has noticed is customers choosing to add backsplash as well pops of color to various areas of their homes.

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“Backsplash is always very popular … also a full shower or a wall as an accent,” Marshall says. “We’ve seen a lot of clients doing blues, even cobalt blue. Greys are still popular and greens too. There’s also been some decorating with neutrals but not in the traditional way.” Like the Marshall, Heather Jowers is a pro at helping clients navigate these ever-changing trends. She works as a designer with the locally-based firm Rae Lane Interiors and is always happy to share her expertise. “I have been in the design industry throughout the last 15 years,” Jowers says. “I especially love using marble accents, different patterns, and tiles with pops of color. A picture frame mosaic, accent tile in niches, patterns on powder bath floors, or a waterfall look are some of my personal favorites that I have designed.” When it comes to creating accent walls, Jowers says there are a few things to take into consideration before committing to a look.

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In addition to creating depth, Jowers notes that these choices can also say a lot about the people who live in the home. “With the use of different textures, patterns, and colors you bring so much personality to any room. I believe that the use of mosaic tile is a recurring trend that brings true character and a personal touch to any design,” she says.

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The late morning light pooled on the grass. In the middle of the expansive back yard, a white little Westie sat, soaking up the sunshine. “That’s Duncan,” Mary Mentzer says with a chuckle. The canine is clearly master over all he surveys in his back yard, which overlooks the lush Retreat Golf Course on St. Simons Island. His pet parents — Mary and Russ — are equally appreciative of the view. In fact, it’s what drew them to the property from their previous home — also located in the Island Club.

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He said, ‘Make an offer today,’ so we did,” Mary says. The couple had a house plan that provided the base for what would become their home. Then, they met with local builder Clint Miller of Miller Construction Management to bring their vision to life, while Jeff Homans of Land Design Associates Inc. created the tropical landscaping that surrounds the home. “This was a downsizing house for us. We wanted one story with a huge (back) porch where we could sit out in the evening and have wine. It’s very serene out here,” she says. From the porch, the Mentzers can see the course’s 16th and 17th men’s tee boxes. Mary, herself, can often be found hitting the links with friends. “I’ve played for about 15 years. I go out about two to three times a week. I’m not really good, but I have fun,” she says. That light, upbeat attitude is also something the Mentzers incorporated into their home. The floor plan is open and allows an easy flow for entertaining. The kitchen boasts a large island with bar stools for seating, alongside a small breakfast nook with a table for two. But the space expands to accommodate a crowd as the guest list grows. “Mary and I will have breakfast there,” Russ notes, pointing to the nook. “Then if we have friends over for cocktails, we can sit here at the bar and if we’re having dinner with more than four, we can sit at the dining room table.” The Mentzers relish sharing food and laughs with friends. And they wanted their decor to echo that sense of cheer and ease.”We wanted a place that was fun and where our friends could have fun too,” Mary says. To create that, the couple worked with designer Heather Jowers of Rae Lane

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Right down the road from the Mentzers, their neighbors Jim and Janet Shirley also enjoy the spectacular views of the Retreat course. But in their house, it’s the hubby that hits the links. “Jim’s the golfer,” Janet says with a laugh. He’s been doing it for quite a while, too — 40 years. These days, the retired helicopter pilot usually gets out about twice a week. Janet, an attorney with Gilbert Harrell, prefers to watch. And their expansive view offers the ideal opportunity to do that. In fact, they’ve caught a glimpse of some pretty extraordinary things. “One day I was out on the back porch and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones were out on the course. (Michael) said, ‘You have a lovely home,’ and I said, ‘Thank you!’ I invited them over for a glass of wine when they got done ... but they didn’t come,” Jim says with a chuckle.

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It’s not too surprising that the Sea Island-operated courses — which includes Retreat, Plantation, and Seaside — draw celebrities. The exquisite care and privacy offered is extremely appealing. It’s also something that drew the Shirleys to their homesite. “There’s a lot of privacy. On one side, there’s a cart path and on the other side there’s the fairway of 17,” Jim says.

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Julie Martin scanned her bookcase and pulled an album from the shelf. In the antiqued pages, there are photos upon photos of a stark white house. Martin turns the pages, gesturing to different images along the way. “You can see the old wallpaper and the old kitchen,” Martin says with a smile. The home in the pages looks very different from the one that the city commissioner’s abode today. But with the telltale architecture — the Mansard roof and the Second Empire features — that makes the connection undeniable, they’re one and the same. “A lot of people who own these old homes will keep photo albums to share with the new owners when they sell them,” Martin says. Her home, which perches atop Hanover Square in downtown Brunswick, has had fewer owners than many and that fact only adds to its unique history. It began with its construction in 1870 — or thereabouts. Martin notes that due to a fire at the original courthouse, the records were destroyed. But despite its actual birthdate, it’s safe to say No. 8 Hanover Square has been a beacon of Brunswick’s downtown historic district for roughly 150 years.

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• The original newel post and open stairs that gracefully curve at the top, illustrating the craftsmanship of the design. • The view from the picturesque double doors that leads out to the backyard, which includes a raised vegetable garden. • The stylistic overhanging eaves below the Mansard roof and decorative brackets with acorn finials. • Original wrought iron fencing that envelops the yard, which was restored and returned to its place. • Martin’s husband, Mike, particularly enjoys the parlor where the couple spends time reading and talking.


Often referred to as the Burroughs-Hazelhurst House, the home was erected by Dr. William Berrien Burroughs, a prominent physician and Civil War veteran. His family was a prestigious one. Burroughs’ maternal great-grandfather, John Berrien, served as a lieutenant in the First Georgia regiment during the Revolutionary War. In addition to being present at Valley Forge and earning distinction at the Battle of Monmouth, John Berrien’s father, also named John, was a Supreme Court justice. It was on the doorstep of the Berrien home in Somerset County, New Jersey, that General George Washington gave his farewell address to the Continental Army.

tually County Commissioner Clyde Taylor’s family.”

The family line later flowed through Savannah and pooled in Brunswick where the Burroughs-Hazlehurst House was constructed. Dr. Burroughs built the house for his wife’s three unmarried sisters, known to the family as “the aunties.” Their surname was Hazlehurst — hence the title, the Burroughs-Hazlehurst House.

“I started going in and out of the shops and I said ... ‘This is really where I want to be.’”

“The house was really held within the same family lineage from 1870s up until 1993,” Martin said. “It is ac-

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She purchased the home from a lady who lived in No. 8 after the Taylors, acquiring the property in 2000. Martin was living on St. Simons Island and wasn’t even aware of the charm and beauty of the homes tucked away in the district. “I had to deliver something (downtown) and I got lost in the historic district. I went ‘oh my gosh, I had not idea that this was even here.’ Then, I found myself coming over on the weekends to walk around or ride my bike,” she says.

Martin moved her family, which included her two small daughters, Marcie, who was 9 at the time, and Eliza, 5. They immediately took to the large home, sometimes called it the “Mary Poppins House.” Though there was a lot of work to be done to restore and customize the space, but Martin, a Realtor herself, was certainly up to the challenge.

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“We were tearing up carpet and tearing down wallpaper. The girls were a big help with that. But some of the other things weren’t done until later, like the kitchen,” she says. “And for a long time, we would have to come downstairs to take showers because we couldn’t get hot water on the second floor.” As the family started to make the antique house into their home, the children started to explore their new surroundings. Those memories are some of Martin’s fondest. “The girls would get on their bikes and visit the shop owners. Peggy at Ned Cash would always take extra time with them to show them things. The shop owners kind of helped raise them,” she says with a laugh. “But they really loved it here. They also would spend hours out back digging and rooting around looking for buried treasure — solider figurines, locomotives, and other relics left behind by Clyde and his brother,

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Joe. There was also an array of pieces including coin slots, vinyl 45 rpm records, painted lightbulbs, and other assorted items from the old juke boxes and vending games that their dad owned.” The little girls would even open a “museum,” letting their friends and neighbors view their finds for an admission price of 25 cents each. Like her children, Martin also started to immerse herself more and more in the community. It began when she started asking questions about the defunct fountain in Hanover Square. That was the beginning of Martin’s career in public service. Not only did she petition the city to revitalize the fountain, she also took on the charge to revitalize all of Brunswick’s dilapidated squares through a program she founded called Signature Squares. “We had the dedication of the fountain and the landscaping July 4, 2006. I do the fundraising, the grant writing and Jerry (Spencer) does the landscape design and cost estimates. We’ve partnered with the city,” Martin says. “We’ve done Hanover Square, Jekyll Square, Machen Square ... and there’s two sides to each of those. We’ve done Blythe Square. We’ve done two of the quadrants of Queen’s Square. The third quadrant is under construction, and Wright Square is on the radar.” The rebirth of the squares has helped add to the overall revitalization effort taking place in downtown Brunswick. Martin was elected to the city commission in 2012 and has continued to spearhead growth in the district. And she’s inspired by what she’s seen taking shape in the area.

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• Pattered Sofas — Design pros know that nothing extends a sofa’s shelf life like upholstering it in a versatile, solid-colored fabric. But Maximalism, decorating’s current mood du jour, thinks otherwise. It’s the year of the patterned sofa (pro tip: please don’t call them couches). Bold geometric prints, stripes, or florals in tailored, cleanlined shapes. The key to making this trend work when paired with patterned armchairs (because matchymatchy is still a design don’t) is to make one of the two patterns way more visually dominant (bigger, bolder, brighter, busier), and the other, more subdued. • Florals – I wish my friend Mario Buatta, New York’s legendary Prince of Chintz, were still here to enjoy floral’s comeback. House Beautiful credits its return to the grandmillennials, the new crop of 20- to 30-something neo-traditionalists who are aficionados of the layered, traditional décor style Mario championed (and their grandmothers cherished). I’m crazy about the new oversized super-florals (check them out as murals on Etsy and other sites online), but match your pattern’s scale and design to the personality of your room’s users for success. • Printed Fabric Lampshades — Long a staple of great

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This particular stretch of Georgia Highway 341 was all but deserted on a Tuesday afternoon. The sun hovers low in the sky, casting shadows along rambling grasses. Just off the main road, a fence is hidden by a thick line of trees. On the other side of the secured gate, a winding dirt road leads to a blanket of lush green farmland — 1,600 acres in total. This is 5 Oaks Farm.

The sustainable agricultural and wildlife operation is the brainchild of St. Louis Cardinal’s All-Star pitcher and Brunswick native Adam Wainwright. It might seem unlikely that the World Series champion would spend his off time with his hands in the dirt, but he says there are few things he’s found as rewarding.

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when I tore a ligament in my arm and had to sit out a season. I was just sitting on my tail with my arm in a sling. I couldn’t help the team and my kids were in school,” Wainwright recalls. “I went to Home Depot one day and I was getting a whole cart full of carpentry things. Of course, I didn’t know how I was going to make that work with one arm ... but I was on the way out and I noticed a display of pots and seeds.” Despite his sling situation, Wainwright decided that it might be fun to try some casual planting. It turned out to be the beginning of an entirely new passion. He started a small garden with his family in St. Louis. It became a beloved activity, and the Wainwrights decided to keep it going. They added a garden at their St. Simons Island home as well, and before long, Wainwright was studying up on complex farming concepts like amending soil differentials. “I was reading all kinds of books and was just soaking everything up. It was new and really exciting. I hadn’t known anything about it. When you think about farming, you just picture a guy on a tractor sticking holes in the ground,” he says with a laugh. “But there’s obviously so much more that goes into it. It is just fascinating.” It became Wainwright’s hobby in his small

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window of free time away from baseball. After all, the season stretches 26 weeks with 162 games plus spring training. “I really don’t have much time away from it, but it’s become a great outlet to separate baseball from the rest of my life,” he says. Wainwright’s family, including his wife, Jenny, and their five children, were also excited to learn. Over time, their interest grew, which is how 5 Oaks Farm was born. Development began a few years ago with the initial groundbreaking taking place in late 2016. The Wainwrights tapped a team of seasoned farming professionals to help cultivate a thriving, eco-friendly model. That includes Heath Smith, production manager; Kimbra Benson, lead hydroponic grower; and Amber Tankersley, marketing and sales.

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and livestock,” Tankersley says. The vision is a grand one and there are many moving parts. For starters, there’s a sprouting pecan orchard. More than 2,200 fledgling trees can be seen dotting the landscape, near multiple man-made fishing lakes. “(The lakes) were dug so we could have fill dirt for the orchard,” Tankersley explains. The idea of reusing and recycling material is a steady theme throughout 5 Oaks Farms. Driving through the property, it becomes a thread one runs across time and time again. And it certainly extends to the planting itself. 5 Oaks features multiple raised beds and traditional row planting for different types of produce. “The garden is irrigated by using a fertigation and drip method. Locally harvested wood chips are

used as ground cover on the beds which aid in weed prevention, moisture retention, and soil conditioning,” Tankersley says. “We’ve grown tomatoes, eight different types of peppers — sweet and spicy. Then, we have a variety of squash, beans, peas, some melons, and some cucumbers.” These fresh, sustainably sourced vegetables move from the farm to tables at six local restaurants, as well as those of retail customers. But, and perhaps most importantly, they also stock the shelves at Sparrow’s Nest Food Bank, a Christian-based nonprofit in Brunswick. “We soon hope to be a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, which will allow us to really reach out and partner with more local organizations to address malnutrition and food insecurities in our community,” Tankersley says.

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For Wainwright, this is at the heart of the entire project. And it’s not a concept that’s new for him. In fact, he was the recipient of the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award for his charitable work with the Big League Impact, as well as his contributions in helping build Haiti’s Ferrier Village Secondary School. He and his wife have also joined multiple organizations that focus on promoting clean water initiatives. “That all really goes hand-in-hand with what we’re trying to do at the farm. It’s not just for fun so that Adam can go throw some seeds in the ground ... it’s really about who we can feed and how we can make an impact in the community,” Wainwright says. To realize this, the gardens must thrive, and 5 Oaks has enlisted the help of a number of innovative farming techniques to assist in that. But it has also embraced simplicity. Case in point, they’ve sought the help of the invaluable honey bee. “The farm has over 120 bee hives situated throughout the property. The bees assist with the pollination of our outdoor garden and produce delicious local honey for customers,” Tankersley says. But the bees aren’t the only creatures that call the farm

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home. There’s also roughly 200 Hy-Line Brown hens who live there. The birds roam the orchard and naturally fertilize the trees as they move along. “This provides multiple benefits, both for the birds and the pecan trees. We free range with all of our chickens, which includes moving them through parts of the pecan orchard every week. This allows them to naturally control insects and enhance the orchard’s soil nutrients by fertilizing through their manure,” he says. “In the evening, they roost in a solar powered mobile coop that is moved weekly throughout the orchard.” While the modernized coop is certainly innovative, it’s not the only area where the farm is incorporating new technology. The team also utilizes hydroponics. “5 Oaks has a specially designed greenhouse and a climate-controlled indoor growing facility, where the primary focus is a variety of lettuces and micro-greens,” Tankersley says. Bibb, leaf, and romaine are the biggies. Inside the facility, the plants thrive on vitamin water solutions. The nutrient byproduct produced by the facility is then repurposed as a foliar feeding, Tankersley explains. “This solution is sprayed on the cover crops planted on the wildlife and agriculture portions of the farm. By having healthy cover crops, we promote healthy soil,” he says. That idea of linking each portion of the property together is key. Tankersley says that was something that the team will continue to focus on as they expand operations. “That sustainability element is what it’s all about. You have the cover crops that are planted for soil conditioning and to provide foraging areas for livestock and native wildlife. We capture rain water through drainage to feed our lakes, to water chickens, and to water the pecan orchard. Decom-

posing plants are used in compost,” Tankersley says. There’s plenty more to come. In addition farm itself, there are other amenities planned, including archery and skeet shooting ranges, as well as land allocated for hunting and fishing. For the Wainwright family, that’s the other key piece of the equation. Beyond sharing the fruit of the land, he also hopes to be able to use the location as a means of engaging the youth and sharing the land. “We’ve thought about Boy Scout Troops, having them out to work on their merit badges. And we’ve thought about church groups ... maybe they could have retreats here. There are a lot of ideas,” Tankersley says “We really just hope that these groups will able to come out and enjoy the property. We’re waiting for the right opportunity,” Wainwright adds. But he has no doubt that will come soon. As with all things in his life, Wainwright has turned the direction of 5 Oaks Farms over to a power greater than himself. “All of it comes from the Lord and I believe He gave me the opportunity to be able to give to others. We just want to try to make the community a better place,” he says.

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A cool rain lightly sifted over Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick, but the sugary warmth of Pam Pam’s Cupcakes offered a welcome refuge from the elements. Seated across from me, Zhane Waye is every bit the sophisticated college student though she looks a bit different from the 14-year-old middle schooler I met more than six years ago. Well, except her eyes — those are exactly the same. Bright, eager, and obviously brilliant, they still flash with excitement as she talks about the love of her life — music. Back when we first met, I was — as I still am — a writer for The Brunswick News and Zhane was a pre-teen with a passion for classical music. In my first interview with her, she talked about how she fell in love with the violin after an exhibition at St. Simons Elementary School. “A group donated some money for students there to start learning how to play the violin. So that’s how I started,” she recalls. “From there, I went to Needwood Middle and played there all three years.” A few years later, Zhane auditioned for the Golden Isles Youth Symphony (now the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra). With her dedication and commitment, she — unsurprisingly — aced it and was added to the group. The next few years were a flurry of concerts and classes, workshops and retreats. But even while spending a considerable amount of time honing her craft,

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she also worked diligently in the classroom. Her teachers were impressed by how well Zhane managed her hectic schedule. One even nominated her for the People to People Leadership Ambassador Program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She continued her hard work through high school, attending both Glynn Academy, for electives like her strings program and Latin classes, as well as Brunswick High School, which was her zoned school. That dedication paid off when she started looking at colleges. Zhane was able to narrow her choices down to two prestigious schools. “It was between Bard College in Upstate New York and Wake Forrest. I had the opportunity to visit Bard the spring break of my junior year,” Zhane says. “Then, I visited Wake in the fall of my senior year. So I was able to see both campuses and get a feel for them.” That didn’t make the decision any easier though, as she felt right at home in both places. Bard College, a private liberal arts school located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, really struck a chord with her. “I loved, loved, loved Bard. I am in love with New York so it was just great,” she recalls wistfully. “But I met with the violin professor at Wake oneon-one. She is just incredible and even back then I could see that I could potentially work very well with her for the next four years of my academic and violin careers.”

That deep connection with the teacher, Dr. Jacqueline Carrasco, sealed the deal and before long, Zhane was packing her bags for Winston-Salem. She was settling in to life away from home when the world was besieged by the coronavirus pandemic. “I was bummed out that freshman year was cut short due to Covid. But when I returned in the fall, it still felt like home,” she says. Zhane was thrilled to reconnect with her teachers and fellow students. She’s also looking forward to getting back on the path to her future, which she feels lies in both the musical and scientific realms. “I am majoring in music and the liberal arts. I’m minoring in neuroscience. It will definitely be more on the research side. Hopefully, after undergrad I can go to graduate school and work in a lab, researching memory specifically as it relates to music,” she says. While it is undoubtedly a deep and fascinating field with plenty of room for learning and growth, Zhane also has a personal reason for her interest in the topic. “I actually have awful memory,” she says with a laugh. “But music brings on all of these different skills that sharpen your cognition and memory is one of them. I definitely give my violin all the credit because otherwise I have a lot of trouble memorizing things.”

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THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY The Downtown Development Authority in Brunswick helped to host a number of events for St. Patrick’s Day. Silver Bluff Brewing Co. held a 5K and beer run, with more than 200 people participating. Puppies and Pinups also took place at Mary Ross Waterfront Park to benefit Glynn County Animal Control.

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THE COASTAL SYMPHONY OF GEORGIA The Coastal Symphony of Georgia held a concert titled Spring Serenade at Frederica Academy. Various selections were shared including pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Gounod, Valerie Coleman, and Antonín Dvořák. The final performance of their season will be held May 2 also at Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island.

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HOSPICE OF THE GOLDEN ISLES Hospice of the Golden Isles held its Dove Society reception and 40th anniversary celebration at Village Creek Landing on St. Simons Island. Dove Society members are those who have donated $1,000 or more to the organization throughout the year. Hospice of the Golden Isles is a nonprofit care organization that was founded in Brunswick in 1980. It serves Glynn, McIntosh, Camden, and Charlton counties.

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