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November/December 2011


34 Entrepreneurial Spirits come of age

Young and in charge

41 20 under 40

66 You can’t succeed

The best and brightest of 2011

without really trying

by Amy Carter

How to get ahead

by David Gignilliat

by Rob Asbell





columns & departments

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6 Editor’s Note

The chairs of this year’s Victory Gala wear Tibi gowns in the Spanish Lounge at The Cloister. Photo by Joe Loehle.

11 Coastal News & Notes 18 Coastal Calendar 20 Nature Connection

WORTH KNOWING 72 Ben Slade ARTS & CULTURE 77 Josh Messer

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22 The Dish 24 Par for the Course

82 Out & About

26 Green Acres

90 Just Married

28 Living Well

94 Coastal Cuisine

30 Vignettes of Absurdity

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Editor’s Note If you’re a regular reader of Golden Isles Magazine, you’ll notice we’re missing someone this issue. Bob Dart came along unexpectedly a few years back and helped to transform this magazine into a good and entertaining read. Sadly, Bob chose to leave us Aug. 20, missing out on the chance to see the September issue he contributed so much to. I thought it was one of our finest issues yet. I thought we had plans for more. Bob and I were both pugilists at heart, always spoiling to spar, and that made our working together wonderful and awful, pretty much all the time. But when he thought I was being a fair editor – not editing him – he was my greatest champion. We shared a vision for a magazine that was both smart and sexy, a small town version of Vanity Fair, if you will. Turns out we were the only ones who bought into that vision. We were praised by some, cursed by a lot, and overruled by the ones that mattered. But I would like to think that the attempt gave us both some hope upon waking each day. You never know what kind of mark you’re leaving with your words and actions. One of our very deserving 20 Under 40 honorees this year, Shauntia Lewis, came to our photo session with a picture frame containing a past issue of this magazine. It featured her grandmother, Coretha Myles, whom I wrote about a few years back. Miss Coretha died a few days before Shauntia learned she had made our 20 Under 40 list. She accepted my congratulations and my condolences like a long lost friend. She said she felt like she’d known me for years, as her grandmother often spoke of me. Those are the days that make me feel like I am making some small difference in this world. I don’t know what the moral of all this is; Perhaps it is simply to do the best you can every day you have the chance. Maybe this will be our most inspiring issue of the year, one to give you hope for the new year to come. Happy holidays to you and yours. God bless us, every one.

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What’s going on in the golden isles -Comp iled By Patrick Saylor

Historic Brunswick Seaport Group Seeking To Anchor Coastal Maritime History From its earliest days, Brunswick has been recognized as an official port of entry, first by King George of England and later by President George Washington. Though its fortunes have risen and fallen like the tides through the years, Brunswick’s ties to the water are undisputed.

Dr. Terry Norton and Rachel Sommer with Randy, a sea turtle stranded in South Florida last winter. Jekyll Island honey has been used to treat Randy’s wounds.

Be a Friend to Turtles: Buy Bee Buddies Honey The Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center has teamed up with the Savannah Bee Co., founded by former St. Simons Island resident Ted Dennard, to offer a sweet deal on coastal clover honey. Sales of specially labeled bottles of Bee Buddies honey will benefit the center’s work with injured and ill sea turtles. Honey is a critical ingredient for the center, which uses unprocessed honey to treat wounds incurred by sea turtles that might otherwise die without the center’s help. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened in June of 2007 and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about endangered sea turtles and to see them being cared for by its veterinary staff.

Historic Brunswick Seaport is a local community group that hopes to celebrate the city’s maritime heritage through a variety of educational initiatives. The centerpiece of those efforts will be construction of a wooden ship. “We plan to build and berth a small, colonial era schooner on the waterfront,” explains Brunswick resident and group founder Joe Lawson. “The ship will serve as a downtown attraction and educational platform for all, covering every aspect of coastal studies including ecology, geography, history and more.” The Brunswick ship will be similar to The Sultana, a 51-foot long, Marblehead schooner that was launched in 2001 in Chestertown, Maryland. The ship

has become an important centerpiece for the Chesapeake Bay town and provides educational programs and opportunities for local school students, adults and visitors. Lawson estimates it will take three years to complete the ship after building has begun. During the construction process, school students will be able to learn about shipbuilding and other aspects of maritime life. “As the ship develops, we foresee a number of teaching opportunities starting with the city’s importance as a seaport and center of maritime commerce.” When completed, the Brunswick ship will provide sailing trips along local waterways. Visitors also will be able visit the ship when berthed downtown. Lawson has spoken at meetings with community groups throughout the Golden Isles, to provide information about and generate support for the project, and is preparing to begin fundraising. For information, please call 267-0228 or visit

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Relive Georgia’s Belle Epoch With Giaha In November

Horton-Dubignon House Photographed By Mike McCall

Unlike much of the rest of Georgia and the Deep South, Georgia’s Golden Isles for the most part escaped the major battles and devastation of the American Civil War. Like all Americans, her people were nonetheless touched by the events leading to, during and after this pivotal time in our history. Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association presents two special programs during November, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the war. “Shame the Devil: An Audience with Fanny Kemble,” and “Picturing Our History” highlight our area’s Civil War heritage, through a dramatic stage performance and photographic exhibition. In “Shame the Devil: An Audience with Fanny Kemble,” GIAHA executive director and actress Heather Heath portrays famed 19th-century English actress Fanny Kemble, whose personal accounts of plantation life helped spark the abolitionist movement here and abroad. This engrossing onewoman show offers an insightful firsthand glimpse of our local history and its place in the momentous battle between North and South. Kemble married plantation owner Pierce Butler in 1834 and spent time on the family’s plantation near Darien. Like the war that would split the nation in two a few decades later, their opposing views eventually took them from blissful union to bitter split. The play takes up the story in 1850, a year after their divorce, when Fanny finds her


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“Stepping On History” Photographed By Troup Nightingale

name and her bold anti-slavery writings publicly slandered by her ex-husband. Performances will be Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 5, at 8 pm and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 pm. (Please note there will be no performance Friday, Nov. 4). Tickets range from $10 to $25 per person age 18 and older, $5 for persons younger than 18. “Picturing Our History” is a special exhibit of art photography by three Georgia artists: Brian Brown, Mike McCall and Troup Nightingale. Their stunningly beautiful images capture significant historical sites ­ – and some that are less well known – throughout the coastal region, including HofwylBroadfield Plantation, Brunswick’s Oak Grove Cemetery, Needwood Baptist Church and many others.

The third artist, photographer Troup Nightingale, has ancestral ties in Glynn and McIntosh counties reaching back to the McIntosh, Spalding, Troup and Brailsford families. He has long been involved in historic preservation and is a self-taught photographer whose images capture local buildings, locations and cemeteries with an eye toward art and historical research. The opening reception takes place Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 8 pm in the Ritz Theatre Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public through Nov. 23, on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, or by appointment. For information about the performances and exhibit, call GIAHA at 912-262-6934 or visit them online at

Brian is an architectural photographer and documentary historian from Fitzgerald. He is the creator of the Web sites “Vanishing Georgia” and “Vanishing Coastal Georgia,” which catalog the endangered vernacular architecture and disappearing rural communities of the region. Mike McCall of Ludowici photographs a variety of subjects ranging from portraiture to nature and environment to old buildings of South Georgia. His photos of the Savannah Shamrocks’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament, which he has attended and photographed since 2005, are among his most popular work. Mike and Brian are currently working on a photo documentation of the entire length of the Altamaha River.

Needwood Baptist Church Photographed By Brian Brown

Cassina’s Holiday Tour Of Homes And Bake Sale Returns To Its Roots

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Jekyll Island Club Kicks Off Anniversary Celebration

From 1887 to 1942, the Jekyll Island Club was a respite for many of America’s wealthiest families. There, they sought and found escape from the dirt and noise of New York and other cities, amid the unspoiled marshes, beach and forest of Jekyll Island. In honor of the 125th anniversary of the club’s founding, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will offer a special 2012 commemorative calendar. The calendar features historic images from the Jekyll Island History Museum and modern photos taken by hotel guests and visitors. In addition to historic images, the calendar features interesting historical facts about the original Club members and the people who served them. Want to know who was the highest paid staff member during the Club era? Just flip to March 2012 and you’ll find the answer. “We are excited to celebrate our milestone with our guests and community,” says Kevin Runner, Managing Partner. “The calendars are a great way for people to take a piece of history home with them and relive the rich tradition of hospitality that the Club is famous for.” The Jekyll Island Club commemorative calendar is available for purchase in the hotel gift shop or online at

“Trimmings and Treats” will be found in abundance during Cassina Garden Club’s 27th annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Bake Sale, Saturday, Dec. 10 on St. Simons Island. The tour will feature five homes, in The Commons, Sea Palms West, East Beach, Butler Mews and Kings Point, each beautifully decorated for the holidays. Among the five homes will be several kitchens serving tempting treats from recipes in Cassina’s historic cookbook, “Coastal Cookery.” The cookbook will be for sale at each home and at the historic tabby slave cabins on Gascoigne Bluff. Additional holiday surprises, including hand carved carousel animals and replica miniature houses, will be found at Glynn Art Association on Beachview Drive. Ornaments created by the woodworkers’ guild, pottery studio members and Georgia Coastal Artists trim the gallery’s festive tree. Gallery guests will be treated to hand-

blown and hand painted ornaments and other specialty gift items. Don’t miss the “Best Bake Sale in the Southeast,” from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the tabby slave cabins on Gascoigne Bluff. Hours for the self-guided Christmas Tour of Homes are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Glynn Art Association gallery will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Advance tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at, or by calling 912-638-2880. After Nov. 15, tickets can be purchased at ACE Garden Center, Pat’s Hallmark, Glynn Art Association and St. Simons Drug on St. Simons Island, and at Hattie’s Books in downtown Brunswick. Tickets also may be purchased the day of the event at the tabby slave cabins on Gascoigne Bluff. Be sure to check the web site for special group ticket rates and hotel prices.

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A Change of Plates: License Debate is Old History The choice of a new license plate design for the cars belonging to Georgia drivers was put out for a vote this summer, and then a revote due to the display of the words “In God We Trust.” Interestingly, license plate design has been a hot topic for far longer. Golden Isles Realtor Don Varnadoe, a collector of vintage license plates, gives us the scoop. As horseless carriages became more popular at the beginning of the 20th century, cities were the first to require registration of the machines. In 1904, Savannah was the first city in Georgia to require registration and display of assigned numbers on the rear of vehicles. A new source of revenue had been found and the state took over the registration in September 1910. Cities again used this money source in the 1960s and ‘70s, as vehicles had to display a city and a state plate. The requirement for Georgia license plates on vehicles is now 100 years old. The popularity of motorized vehicles has continued to grow and on July 31, 2010, there were 8,532,359 registered vehicles in Georgia. During this 100 years, Georgia has been the leader in many changes to the plates. The 1910-11 plates, Georgia’s first issue, were black on aluminum. The 1912 issue was black digits on dark yellow background. The first dated plates were issued in 1914 and the registration fee was raised to $5. In 1915 the big change was porcelain plates, but only for one year. The Roaring Twenties saw a few changes. In 1922 truck plates first appeared, as did “BUS” plates. Then there were black-on-yellow plates marked “FRONT” and “BACK.” In 1929 Georgia took over the manufacture of plates from private contractors and plates were produced by prison labor at Milledgeville. In 1941, Georgia issued the first plate in the U.S. with reflective materials to make it visible to other cars. It was a large plate and had a peach in the center, as well as the “PEACH STATE” slogan. The war was on, so 1942 got a smaller plate to save metal and the slogan was dropped. In 1943, to preserve more metal, just a top date strip was issued. For 1944 a half-size metal plate was issued. The plate for 1945


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went back to a regular size. The peachy slogan returned in 1947. For 1957, the plate saw a big change as the county coding system was introduced. The 1950 census figures determined the order from largest to smallest by population and that was the number used on the left of the plate. When the 1960 census was completed, the 1961 plates showed a few changes. The 1970 passenger issue was the last year for county coding and also the last yearly issue. The county codes were from 1 to 159. After this year, the base plate had corner decals attached to show the year of expiration. The 1971 issue was the first since 1947 to have the slogan “PEACH STATE” deleted and the county sticker took that position in the bottom center.

Georgia started a new trend in 1984 with the issue of commemorative collegiate plates. It was to celebrate the centennial of the University of Georgia. This idea quickly spread to other states. The 1994 base plate was one of the all time best sellers for Georgia. The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games were coming to Atlanta. More than 300,000 of these plates were sold over three years. The slogan “...on my mind” was issued on the 1998 plates and was used until 2003. The next slogan was and used until 2007. The “www” was dropped in 2007 and now we have “”. These facts will hopefully help you understand the wide variety of plates you will see on vehicles today. Keep an eye out for what future plate changes appear and look for some of those old ones as collector items!

- Don Varnadoe is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners on St. Simons Island.

License plates from Don Varnadoe’s Collection.

Illiteracy: If You Can Read This, You Can Help If you’re reading this magazine, consider yourself blessed. Reading is a skill – a necessity, if you will – that many of us take for granted. The author Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Within a small package you can find knowledge and inspiration, perhaps even escape from the concerns of the day. According to a 2010 study by the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in four adults in Glynn County is functionally illiterate. They cannot read, comprehend language or understand written instructions beyond a third grade level. The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is a Brunswick based community foundation dedicated to serving the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. Through its “Baby Steps” Early Childhood Literacy Initiative, significant efforts are being made to address literacy among young children from birth to age five.



An early childhood literacy advisory council, comprising more than 40 community leaders in business, education, nonprofits and the general public, is developing and implementing pilot programs within Brunswick’s poorest neighborhoods, based on the most recent census. Adult literacy also is receiving a needed boost, through Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Program. Academic support is provided at five locations throughout the community, and volunteers are needed. You are reading this magazine – you possess the magic of reading. Why not share it? For more information about the Baby Steps early childhood literacy program, call the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation at 912-280-9202. To learn more about Altamaha Tech’s academic support program, call 912267-4115.

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The Victory Gala The Gala Committee of the ACS Victory Board and Sea Island planners. The committee is seated: Catherine K. Denham, Abigail Hoover, Susan Dunn, Taylor Hanson Haley and Adrian Johnson. Standing is Jenni Morris, senior community manager for the American Cancer Society; Elizabeth Ernst and Maren White, both with the Sea Island Co.

The Victory Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society’s research for a cure will mark its 42nd year Dec. 17 at The Cloister Hotel on Sea Island. It began in 1969 when Mrs. James B. Gilbert Sr. hosted the first benenfit for the ACS in Glynn County. Cancer had affected several members of Mrs. Gilbert’s family, and she organized a fashion show luncheon at the Sea Island Club Room to raise funds for research. The event was hosted by Mrs. Peggy Missildine of the Fireside Cottage and drew 200 ladies. “Harriet’s Fashion Show” grew in popularity, eventually becoming the Victory Gala. Interestingly enough, the five young ladies tasked this year with staging the most anticipated social event in the Golden Isles are younger than the tradition itself. That makes them a perfect fit for this year’s 20 Under 40 Issue. We introduced you to Gala co-chair Catherine Klein Denham on our 2009 list; We’ll introduce you to her four cochairs in the pages that follow. Here, all five members of the Gala Committee share their thoughts on what makes this year’s event special. Q. How does it feel to be entrusted with the responsibility for carrying on the great tradition of Victory Gala planning? Adrian Johnson: It is a responsibility not to take lightly. Ensuring that the Gala takes place


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year to year is very important in order to provide the necessary funds to support cancer research and aid to those in our community who are currently facing the battle against cancer.

members of Victory Board and have made it a priority to carve time out of our busy schedules between families, work and other obligations to make this year’s gala a huge success!

Q. How do you envision the changes you’ve made to this year’s program improving the Victory Board’s efforts to raise money for cancer research?

Q. What do you hope Gala attendees take away from this year’s event?

Abigail Hoover: This year, we wanted to give members of our community options to widen the appeal of the gala. We have introduced a new ticket level. For those who prefer a strolling reception atmosphere to a seated dinner, this experience will be available for $125 per patron. However, the elegant seated dinner, with the addition of a pre-gala cocktail reception, will also be available for $200 per patron. Additionally, this year’s band, Dennis & The Menace, has a huge passion for the fight against cancer and promises to deliver a fantastic show. Q. Planning for the Gala is a year-long endeavor for you all (if not longer). You are all young with families and careers and other responsibilities; Why invest so much of yourselves and your time in this? Susan Dunn: We are all affected by cancer and want to be active in the fight against it and to find a cure. We are honored to be

Taylor Haley: No one is isolated from cancer. With the gala on the Saturday before Christmas, it is our goal that everyone who attends will leave with the spirit of hope! As chairs, we are excited about revitalizing a long tradition and raising money to bring us another step closer to finding a cure. Q. For someone who is new to the community or simply never attended the Victory Gala before, what would you say to them to persuade them to make this year the first year of a new tradition? Catherine Denham: For new members to our community and others who have never attended the Victory Gala, this is a particularly special year. With the event being so close to Christmas, it gives us a special opportunity to join together in the holiday spirit for an excellent cause: Raising money to cure cancer! Additionally, we will have special live and silent auction items that might be just the perfect presents for those on your Christmas list!

The 2011 Merry Mistletoe Victory Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society December 17, 2011 at The Cloister Hotel on Sea Island

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November Take a step back in time as Heather Heath brings 19th century actress and anti-slavery advocate, Fanny Kemble, to life in Shame the Devil: An Audience with Fanny Kemble. This special performance commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee.

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Music is alive in historic downtown Brunswick! The Downtown Development Authority hosts Rhythm on the River with The O’Reallys in Queen Square (corner of Newcastle & Mansfield Streets). Rhythm on the River concerts begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. Adult admission is $10; children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Details: 265-4032



The St. Simons Island Rotary holds the inaugural Swing-for-Kids Golf Tournament at the King and Prince Golf Course. This event is a charity scramble to benefit Rotary-supported children’s charities and each team will include one child from the Boys & Girls Club. Details:


Shop and dine in Historic Downtown Brunswick on the First Friday of each month. Follow the “He Said Beer, She Said Wine” tour for beer/ wine pairings at select shops, visit the galleries to see openings for new exhibits, enjoy refreshments and live music at various venues, and shop during the extended hours offered by most retailers along Newcastle and Gloucester Streets. Special programs and crafts at the Brunswick Library.


Downtown Darien comes alive during the annual Fall Fest that highlights Coastal Georgia’s Scottish heritage. There will be live music, a crab stew cook-off, arts and crafts, children’s activities, marsh boat tours, regional food and more. Fort King George will host living history presentations and historian Buddy Sullivan will conduct tours and a lime burn at Ashantilly. It’s a full day of family fun. Details:


Get into the spirit of the season with the “Hanging of the Greens” Christmas decoration workshop and sale. The Coastal Georgia Historical Society will host this free event that takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center. Details:


Yippee-ki-ay! It’s time for the Cowpokes & Cocktails fundraiser to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). This year’s festivities taking place at the Frederica Stables on St. Simons Island will include not only delicious food and signature cocktails, but the unique opportunity to take a spin on a mechanical bull. Details:


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The Scribblers’ Retreat Fall Writers’ Conference will feature keynote speaker Jamie Freveletti, the author chosen by the Robert Ludlum estate to write the next novel in the Covert One series, NY Times bestselling authors, Laura Day, Marisa de los Santos, and Edgar winner Walter Sorrells, among the authors for the 10 sessions at The Lodge on Sea Island. Saturday night Evening with the Author includes meet and greet reception with keynote speaker. Call for reservations for the conference or the Evening with the Author only. Details:


Director Chris Eyre screens Smoke Signals, his 1998 film starring Adam Beach and Evan Adams about Native American life on an Idaho reservation and discusses the role of Native Americans in Hollywood. Film and discussion take place in the Conference Center at the College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick campus, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Details:


The Mistletoe Market will kick off on Friday night with a preview party at Glynn Art Visual Arts Center. Guests can meet the artists, preview and purchase their work, and enjoy food, wine and beverages from local restaurants. On Saturday and Sunday, more than 40 artists and craftsmen will display holiday gift items at the Visual Arts Center. Artist studio tours will also be available. Details:

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Before Bridesmaids, there was Five Women Wearing the Same Dress! Come see what happens with the girls beDec: 3-4 hind the scenes at a wedding 10-11 reception! The Brunswick Ac17-18 tors’ Theatre presents a special encore of last year’s popular production of Alan Ball’s edgy comedy. Doors open at

7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays for dessert and coffee followed by the show. Details:


Gascoigne Park is the new venue for this year’s St. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast. You can still enjoy oysters, low country boil and so many more delicious offerings from local restaurants under the live oaks and the stars during this annual fundraiser for the organization dedicated to preserving the natural and scenic character of St. Simons Island. Details:


Historic Downtown Brunswick’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting and holiday celebration takes place with a visit from Santa, caroling in squares along Newcastle Street, and the reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mayor Bryan Thompson. Details:


Jekyll Island becomes “Holiday Island” for the Christmas season, kicking off with this family-fun evening with live entertainment, carriage rides, pictures with Santa Claus, tree lighting and a fireworks finale. Details:

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The Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center hosts the 6th Annual Golden Isles Festival of Trees. This three-day holiday celebration and fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club includes a Holiday Entertaining Luncheon with Chef Dave Snyder at Halyards, and Fireside Chat at the Frederica Clubhouse with Reg Murphy and local golf pros on Thursday, a festive cocktail reception with silent and live auctions of holiday decor at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on Friday, and a Winter Carnival featuring holiday activities and family fun for all ages on Saturday at the Teen Center.

Come join The Coastal Symphony of Georgia at the Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium for a very special Christmas concert of traditional Christmas music featuring guest pianist and entertainer Rich Ridenour. Rhonda Hambright will also lead a holiday sing-along. Details:


The Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association’s production of A Christmas Carol is a local tradition that is now in its 10th year. Brunswick mayor Bryan Thompson reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Dickens holiday classic.



It’s Christmas at the Old Plantation once again. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation shines its brightest during the holiday season with tours of the grounds along candlelit paths, activities with period reenactors, refreshments and caroling.


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Shop and dine in Historic Downtown Brunswick on the First Friday of each month. Follow the “He Said Beer, She Said Wine” tour for beer/wine pairings at select shops, visit the galleries to see openings for new exhibits, enjoy refreshments and live music at various venues, and shop during the extended hours offered by most retailers along Newcastle and Gloucester Streets. Special programs and crafts at the Brunswick Library.


Join in the Christmas Parade as Santa and friends make their way through Downtown Brunswick from Howard Coffin Park to Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Parade is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m., so find a spot on the curb early! Once you get to Mary Ross Park, do some shopping and visit with Santa at the Holiday Bazaar. Dozens of vendors will be there with arts, crafts, antiques and gift items and a farmers market too, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details:


Still looking for holiday decorating ideas? The Magnolia Garden Club hosts the 3rd Annual Historic Christmas Tour of Homes featuring historic homes in Downtown Brunswick. There will be a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour begins at First Presbyterian Church at 1105 Union Street, and takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Save money by purchasing tickets in advance.


Nationally renowned ensemble Boston Brass presents a concert featuring music in a range of genres and styles in a benefit for Glynn Middle School at the Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the Ritz Theatre and City Music. Details:


“Trimming and Treats” is the theme of the Cassina Garden Club’s Christmas Tour of Homes. There will be samples of goodies prepared using their historic cookbook, “Coastal Cookery” at various stops on the tour, which will feature five festively-decorated island homes, a gourmet bake sale at the circa 1840 tabby slave cabins and a Christmas gift shop at the Glynn Art Visual Arts Center. Tickets on sale now. Details:


Ashantilly Center will be decked out for the holidays for A Musical Christmas at Ashantilly. Visit the historic site in Darien between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for carols around the parlor grand and refreshments. Details:

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The Nature Connection

Recycling For the Birds by Lydia Thompson


peek around the corner. The coast is clear. I clank down the hall to the elevator. I try to wait until most of the office staff has gone home. As fate would have it, the CEO of the company opens the hall door and steps out. The elevator doors open. He smiles and ushers me into the elevator. The two black garbage bags of aluminum cans clank right along with me. I smile sheepishly. I am caught red-handed: Recycling. That was 30 years ago. I was raising money to take a year off to travel and learn about birds and art. The year was exhausting. So toward the end of it I volunteered at Point Reyes Bird Observatory in California. The station was in Point Reyes National Park. We recycled 95 percent of everything we used. The only thing that the Park Service had to pick up was our plastic milk jugs. One of my jobs was a beach survey. We picked up the junk on the beach and recorded it. Most of it was plastic. That experience taught me the value of recycling. I carried my own tote bags for shopping years before stores started offering their own recycled bags. We have come a long way from those days, as an insert in my church bulletin recently reminded me. Printed right there were facts about recycling. For example: How long does it take plastic bottles to degrade? Forever. Glass bottles? 1 million years. It was a great list that ended with the church’s commitment to recycling.


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Even plastic can be recycled and made into fun tote bags to take to the store. Recycling is becoming a habit. We are moving into the Christmas season. It is shopping time. We want to find the perfect gifts for our friends. These gifts are wrapped in beautiful paper packages. What happens to that beautiful paper and those cards and boxes the day after we open the gifts? Let me hear everyone say it out loud: “Recycle it!” YES. But there is one more step to recycling. Look at the labels on the things you shop for and buy recycled and Fair Trade gifts. There are some beautiful gifts that are made from recycled items. A lot of these products are made right here in the United States. Fair Trade helps save small communities, especially in Central and South America. Some of those recycled totes I spoke of earlier are made in these villages. This work pulls those communities out of poverty. It also saves habitat and this helps our birds. Birds we have here in the summer migrate to these Central and South American countries for winter. By buying recycled, we help ourselves and our birds and that is a great nature connection.

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

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The Dish

for the love of shrimp and grits by jordan elliot, Latitude 31°


ife is good when things come together and create something wonderful, such as shrimp and grits, a classic Southern dish. Add to it the personality of a creative Southern chef and the result is a dish with endless variations. Discovering the best shrimp and grits recipe is a journey as rewarding as the destination. A finalist at this year’s Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival, Latitude 31°’s catering team served up their very own recipe to the satisfaction of discriminating judges. If you missed the festival, the best way to try this recipe is at Latitude 31° Seafood Restaurant. Located on Jekyll Island’s historic wharf, the views are stunning and the sunset compares to none. Not only a popular menu item, this gift to your palate is in high demand as a plated entrée for catered events. “Our catering clients typically are looking for something special and authentic to the Georgia coast,” says Teresa Lemieux, Catering Manager with Latitude 31° Waterfront Catering. “Our shrimp and grits is the dish that fits the bill.” The key to perfect shrimp and grits is of course the proper preparation of the two main ingredients. Stone ground grits are a must – no instant grits here! And only fresh Wild Georgia Shrimp will do. For Latitude 31°’s Shrimp and Grits, the shrimp practically go directly from net to pot. The grits are allowed to firm, and then are cut into cakes. The grit cakes are then fried to create a crispy exterior that holds together the velvet smooth grits. The shrimp – always fresh – are deveined and shelled before being pan seared in a combination of Cajun-influenced spices. The grit cakes and shrimp finally come together on the plate, placed delicately over a rich and wonderfully smooth Southwestern Poblano Cream. Ahhhh, life is good at Latitude 31°.

Latitude 31° Seafood Restaurant and Waterfront Catering offers the freshest seafood enjoyed in a truly unique setting on Jekyll Island in the historic landmark district. The restaurant sits on the historic wharf and overlooks the Jekyll Creek and the expansive marsh. For locals and long-time guests to the Golden Isles, find your old Chelsea favorites here. Owned and operated by the same restaurateur who started Chelsea on St. Simons, Latitude 31° carries forward the tradition of great food and courteous service. That same delicious food and service is offered for on-site catered events like holiday parties, weddings and receptions. Off-site catering in the many wonderful Jekyll Island historic cottages is also available.


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Cook grits per package instructions (1/2 cup cream, 2 cups of water). Pour grits into 8-inch cake pan. Cool in pan and then refrigerate uncovered until completely set, at least an hour. With a cookie cutter cut into cakes, dredge in flour and pan fry until golden, about 2 minutes each side.

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Par for the Course

How to control your yardages by harry kicklighter, PGA, heritage oaks golf club


reating good birdie opportunities isn’t just about hitting your shots close. If your distance control isn’t correct, a straight approach shot may not need even hit the green. To control your distance, you need to make minor adjustments to the way you play each shot.

Lie of the Land The first thing to do from any yardage is to determine what type lie you have around your ball and up at the green itself. These slopes, however small and the hole location will determine the way you need to play your shot. If the ball is slightly below your feet and the hole location is on the right side of the green, it makes sense to hit a gentle fade. It’s also easier to hit a fade with a longer club. At the same time it should offer good control when it lands on the green.

Club Selection Once you have determined what type of shot you will hit, it is important to select the right club. Remember to ignore what others are hitting and concentrate completely on your game and how far you hit the ball. Do not worry that the person you are playing with may hit it 10 yards further than you. From 170 yards a 5-iron may be your club, but after studying the particulars of your shot - such as the fact that it is playing uphill – you may need to hit your 4-iron.

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Green Acres

What a turkey! by amanda kirkland


f you’ve ever walked into a feed store like Tractor Supply in late March or early April then you’ve noticed all of the sweet baby chicks and other assorted fowl. I’m not sure how this tradition started in the feed stores. Some people purchase these sweet chicks for Easter gifts but I also believe that Spring is the best time of year to raise baby chicks because they need to be warm but not too hot.

been able to provide the turkeys for friends who wanted them, as long as they didn’t forward the email. What’s that saying about best-laid plans? I don’t know the rest of it, but if it means that turkeys start dying, that’s pretty much what happened. We assumed that taking care of turkeys would be just like taking care of chickens. I know for sure what happens when you assume. Turkeys need a lot more feed and water. They grow very fast and very large. They were in a small coop because chicks cannot be put in with the larger chickens. It got too hot and one or two would die every few days. We tried letting them into the larger coop and a few died because big chickens are too rough on babies. So, we put them back in the small coop and did the best we could to take care of them.

Last Spring, as I was perusing all of the assorted fowl and Emma Mae was strangling them with too much love, I came upon the turkey section. It struck me that this year’s Thanksgiving dinner might be staring me in the face. The store had only one poult left. I guess I wasn’t the first person to peer into the pen and think feast. The storekeeper wrangled that one turkey into a box with our chicks and we took them all home. I knew that going home with one turkey did not guarantee a Thanksgiving feast. The chances were not good of our turkey surviving nine months. We had to better our odds. The next day we called around to different hatcheries to find more poults. We found one that had some left and ordered 25. That made me feel so confident I sent out an email to a few friends. “I’m ordering turkeys for Thanksgiving,” it said. “I’ll feed them, love them and then kill, clean and butcher them for anyone interested in buying a super fresh Thanksgiving turkey. Email me back if you’re interested.” Looking back on it that may not have been the best idea I’ve ever had. Quite a few people responded. As long as things went well, I should have


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As of today, we have five grown turkeys. The one from the feed store has thrived. The others are doing well and growing slowly. I should have done a little more research before I jumped into turkey farming. Either way, it was a learning experience and I’ll do better next year. As for this year, I’ve let everyone else know that I won’t be providing any Thanksgiving turkeys. This Thanksgiving our family will be thankful for the one turkey that thrived and made it to our table. 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

Life in Balance: understanding dizziness by Dr. Eric Linert


izziness is a balance disorder and can best be described as a sensation of spinning, imbalance, unsteadiness, light-headedness and feeling foggy or drunk. Complicating matters further, there are just as many possible causes of dizziness as there are sensations to describe them. Dizziness can result from an inner ear disorder, heart problem, diabetes, medication or high blood pressure to name just a few of the more prevalent instigators. Dizziness ranks in the top three most common complaints encountered by primary care physicians along with headaches and lower back pain. On average, a patient experiencing dizziness will see at least four medical providers before receiving a diagnosis. By age 65 to 75, nearly one-fifth of Americans will suffer some form of a balance disorder. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV for short, is the most common balance disorder and form of dizziness. BPPV can be easily diagnosed and treated by properly trained practitioners through a series of repositioning exercises. The presence of true vertigo, characterized by a sensation that the room or the individual is spinning, is the primary sensation individuals with BPPV experience. BPPV occurrences are sudden in onset and frequently occur when beginning movements to sit up, look up or walk. The vertigo typically lasts a few seconds to a minute but can be quite severe. The most incapacitating cases of vertigo can result in upset stomach and vomiting. Someone experiencing vertigo may suffer from unsteadiness or general imbalance when walking or standing for several hours after the attack. BPPV is a mechanical dysfunction of the inner ear and does not usually represent an ongoing disease process. Other causes include head trauma or migraines. This vertigo is believed to be a direct result of small calcium carbonate crystals called otoconia that become dislodged from one of the balance structures in the inner ear and migrate into our semicircular canals. These semicircular canals act like gyroscopes and tell the brain about movements and changes in our head position. The crystals don’t cause a problem until we


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move into a particular position, typically lying back in bed, rolling over on one side or tilting our head back. The outcome is an aggravation of our balance system and we experience about 15 to 45 seconds of spinning. Once settled, the motion ceases until another triggering movement occurs.

Diagnosis is made through case history and a test battery called Nystagmography. This test battery evaluates the integrity of the balance system. The primary method for diagnosing BPPV is the Dix-Hallpike maneuver. The clinician moves the patient into the offending position to observe for vertigo and telltale movement of the eyes called nystagmus. The direction of the nystagmus will diagnose the involved ear and canal and dictate treatment. Correcting the problem is usually fairly simple. Repositioning exercises are performed and alleviation of symptoms will occur with just one treatment in 75 percent of cases. Overall, the success rate is over 95 percent when performed by an experienced clinician and symptoms may re-occur in about 10 percent of the cases, which can be retreated. Dizziness can be frustrating and debilitating. Unfortunately, many patients suffering dizziness don’t get better — they just go to different doctors. However, with the advent of new methods of testing, the majority of patients complaining of dizziness can have their problem accurately diagnosed and successfully treated. The role of the audiologist in this process is to serve as a resource to the medical and rehabilitative community in the appropriate diagnosis and management of the dizzy patient. It is always recommended that you consult with your primary care physician first for appropriate management and referral for your symptoms. Hearing For Life, Life in Balance


Dr. Eric Linert has lived and worked in the Golden Isles for 11 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. Do you have any questions you’d like addressed in Your Hearing Health? Send them to us at Beachview Tent Rentals



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Vignettes of Absurdity

And... We’re Still Married by Bud Hearn

Two people. Two words. I Do. O, the power of two simple words, “I Do!” Especially when spoken in a church crammed with witnesses and in front of the Almighty Himself. How easily they roll off the tongue without the slightest idea of what lies ahead. And, for icing, they’re sealed with a public kiss. Church kisses are, well, weird. After all, the father-in-law is glaring, still seething because the groom is not that successful stud over at the country club, and wondering when his daughter will wake up to this grievous error. I can’t say my father-in-law thought this. Maybe he was over-joyed; after all, he was broke after the wedding. Mother and daughter managed to liquidate his cash stash and, adding insult to injury, ignored his advice. He later warned me, “Son, just sit down, shut up and shell out.” I felt sorry for him. Poor man, he was in ICU, recovering from a heart attack when we announced our wedding plans. Bells rang, nurses hovered and the heart monitor registered a red flat line. The next day, after they revived him, he asked two things: “Son, do you love her, and will you support her as I have?” What did my stammering tongue say? “I Do” and “I Will.” I soon learned the power of two words. So here we are, just the two of us, riding into the sunset along a deserted stretch of Interstate 16, celebrating 45 years of, shall I brag, “blissful” marriage. I had splurged, taken her for dinner at the Waffle House in Dublin. I wonder what her father would think of me now?


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We begin to play “Remember When.” It’s a fool’s game. There are no winners. It should never be played in a moving automobile with no way out. I begin by saying, “Say, do you remember when I compared your banana pudding with my mama’s?” Fools always test the depth of the water with both feet.

Such truth is inconvenient to my defense.

“Yes,” she says. “When was that, the first year of marriage? Have I made banana pudding since?” The lesson learned: Compare nothing your wife does to anything your mother did.

Finally, a harmless subject. “Sure,” I say. “Always fun.”

“Remember our first apartment?” she asks. “The night we had friends over for grilled rabbit, which you charred, and we ordered in pizza?” How could I forget? It was the same night she had made whipped cream, forgetting to add sugar. I didn’t exhume that tidbit. She continues: “Remember our first Christmas Eve in my father’s house on the Tennessee River, when it snowed and you and my brother looked for a Christmas tree? Wasn’t it fun?” I remembered, but I thought better of saying how strange her brother was. I started to remind her how some of her family had “too much” and danced on the tables. Silence is a good thing.

We ride a few miles in silence. I’m wondering how I exit this game before the chips get too high. Before I can change the subject, she says, “Let’s remember some of our vacations.”

“Wrong!” she says. “We waited for you forever. I packed the car, the kids screamed, bikes kept falling off the rack, and where were you?” I knew, but zipped my lips. Maybe she had forgotten. Wrong. Women forget nothing! “Working?” I ask. “Hardly,” she replies. “You were working out at the ‘Y.’ And when you finally came home, you had to mow the lawn.” I feigned the urgent need for a rest stop. Trapped … nothing in sight. But soon we laugh at the funny things, like carpooling, watching The Three Stooges in bed with the kids, high school, college, ice storms, summer camps and the silly gifts we gave … from the fake Rolex watch to the Mercedes Benz.

The conversation drifts around to travel. She says, “Remember how we got lost in Seville, drove down a pedestrian alley and people cursed us?”

We segue into things like sharing the bathroom, my snoring, her lack of car maintenance, holidays with the in-laws and family funerals. We laugh at the improbability of it all. The good. The bad. It merges. We move on.

“You bet,” I say. “If I recall, you were the navigator.” I open a can of worms and don’t like what crawls out.

So here we are, speeding along, heading into the unknown future. Two people. Two words. I Do. And … we’re still married!

“Oh, now it’s my fault, huh?” she says. “You’re the one who always rents cheap cars with manual transmissions, no AC or GPS.”

Bud Hearn was born in Valdosta and grew up in Colquitt. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he moved to Sea Island in 2004. He cohosts the weekly Friday Forum community lunches at the McKinnon-St. Simons Airport, invests in real estate, writes Inane Vignettes (two books), and also engages in travel, photography and piano playing.

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Spirits Come of Age

By David Gignilliat | Photography by Chris Viola

Meet four young people who embrace the label “upstart” with every fiber of their beings. Not content to wait for opportunity to find them in some anonymous cubicle, they came out of the gate ready and willing to take the big risks that reap the big rewards. Being their own bosses. Doing what they love. Finding their bliss before they’re too old and encumbered to recognize and enjoy it for all it is worth. They know already what the rest of us are just realizing: An investment in Main Street will out-perform an investment in Wall Street in any kind of economic clime. That they’re succeeding in one of the worst economies since the Great Depression, well, who says youth is wasted on the young? To borrow a title from another genre that’s outlived its relevance, meet The Young and The Restless, the new breed of Golden Isles entrepreneurs. This is worth paying attention to, y’all; This is the future.


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Abney Whitehead Follows Her Dreams to the Kitchen In legal circles, there is a concept known as an a priori assumption, from the Latin for “prior to,” describing things that are knowable without further need to prove or experience them – like an assumption that a broken arm is, in fact, a broken arm. When Abney Whitehead, a former lawyer, decided to make a career change, she exchanged her promising local legal career for the opportunity to be her own boss and start her own business. Experience and observe it versus assume it, she thought. Her business, The Kitchen, is about as hands-on and experiential as you can get. As a venue for lunch, catering and special events, she is the chef, accountant, marketer, janitor and CEO all rolled into one. “You go into a law firm, and you have an office manager and an army of staff to help you do everything you need to do. Payroll’s taken care of, the business aspect of practicing law is all taken care of for you,” says Abney, who received her law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. “I’ve wanted to do something like this for the last 10 years, but it’s kinda scary when you’ve got a good secure job practicing law,” confesses Abney, who is still eligible to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia.

After joining upscale local clothing retailer Nancy Herdlinger on a European buying trip (“I brought a suitcase,” she recalls), the miseen-place for a unique food and home decor concept blossomed. Nancy wanted to open a place called Sea Island Home, a boutique for elegant home decor products. Abney, who has always liked to cook, wanted to do something with food. Why not combine the two, they thought. The Kitchen serves lunch and offers pick-up catering, platters and customizable menus, and is committed to using the finest fresh and (when available) local ingredients. “In my adult life, I have always read cookbooks instead of novels,” admits Abney. “My bedside table is stacked high with cookbooks.” Read it, try it, refine it … a good mantra for any aspiring entrepreneur. Sea Island Home & The Kitchen is located at 600 Sea Island Road, Suite 6A in the Shops at Sea Island on St. Simons, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the company’s Facebook page at

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Justin Henshaw Coasts into New Opportunities If anybody is equipped for the sometimes solitary path of selfemployment and entrepreneurship, it is St. Simons business owner Justin Henshaw. A Marine for six years, Justin served five combat tours as a scout sniper delivering long-range precision fire, often alone, from concealed positions in support of combat operations. In his free time, he is somewhat of a tennis nut, one of the consummate individual sports.

In 2011, Justin earned a business degree from the College of Coastal Georgia, but it was a class project during an entrepreneurial class he took last year that provided the impetus for Coasters. In the class, he had to prepare a business model and present it to a hypothetical venture capitalist panel. “After the presentation I did in class, everybody said it was such a good idea that I should do it if I could,” he says. “So I scraped together the money to do it … and we did it.” His advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

And it’s perhaps that singular focus and commitment to an unconventional path that has helped him build his two businesses, Island Sound and Coasters, from incipient concepts to fully-realized, profit-generating enterprises. Island Sound, a mobile wedding disc jockey and private entertainment company, grew out of an adolescent passion for entertaining. Justin began to leverage his personal Rolodex, as friends with contacts at local hotels helped him get his first DJ gigs. Quicker than you can say “two turntables and a microphone,” he had more work than he could handle by himself. The business kept growing from there.


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“Do your research,” Justin says. “I’ve made my share of mistakes, and most of those mistakes could have probably have been prevented if I had done more research.” For more information on Island Sound, please visit the Web site at, the Facebook page ( or call toll-free at 877-634-7725. Coasters is located at 501 Ocean Boulevard on St. Simons Island. The hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call toll-free at 1-888-COAST-85, visit the company Web site ( or its Facebook page at

How Christie Richardson “Found” Success Sometimes you find the opportunity, and sometimes the opportunity finds you.

car, and I said, ‘Go back and get it for me.’ And I sat in the car, and he went in and got that table.”

For Christie Richardson, a weekend hobby turned first into a creative epiphany, and then into a successful business.

She made her adjustments, and named the piece Joey. She took a few pictures, created a Facebook page, and sent it out to her friends and family. The piece sold, the feedback was strong, and the rest, as they say, is social media history.

“So many people would come to my house and say, ‘I wish you would come to my house and do something for me’ or ‘I wish you would help me with this,’” says Christie, the founder of Southern Priss Designs. Southern Priss Designs is a home decor company that primarily reimagines “found” furniture from yard sales. After creative modifications, including naming each piece, Christie places them up for sale on her company Web site and Facebook page. “At the time, I hadn’t really done anything creative outside of my house … and, for a period there, I was struggling with losing my creative purpose,” says Christie, who works as marketing director for Chick-fil-A on St. Simons Island. “And I remember my husband and I saw this $6 piece in the Goodwill and he said, ‘You should get that and paint it.’ I said, ‘No, I don’t feel like it.’ And, we got in the

Christie visits yard sales every weekend looking for hidden gems. From there, the creative process begins. One of the keys to Christie’s success with Southern Priss so far has been keeping her overhead low. She stores her works-in-progress in her garage, so her only variable costs are supplies and her time and effort. “Sure, I’d love to have an old farmhouse filled with furniture that I’ve redone to sell,” she says. “But I really try to live every day in the moment. I don’t want to stress myself out with what’s to come” For more information on Southern Priss Designs, please visit the company’s Web site at You can also visit Christie’s Facebook page at

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Julie Willis Hits it Big with Petite Maison If not for her husband Joel’s job offer and an impromptu trip through one of St. Simons Island’s many shopping districts, you might be reading this profile of Petite Maison owner Julie Willis on the pages of Charleston magazine.

Julie studied fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia, and after college, put in tours at an antique store in Atlanta and with celebrated Charleston-based interior designer Kathleen Rivers.

“I was actually going to [open this store] in Charleston,” says Julie, who has operated the popular upscale home decor, antique and gift store in Redfern Village since September 2009. “My [husband] and I were living in Charleston and we had actually purchased a space, and I was going to do it there. I had started filling the shop with furniture, and it was a work in progress and my husband got a job here that we couldn’t pass up.”

With two successful years under her belt, during one of the most difficult economic stretches for aspiring business owners in several generations, Julie says she’s glad she made the decision to start her own business.

Julie moved back to St. Simons, where she had grown up since third grade. Her family lives on Sea Island. Her mother helps with some of the store’s buying trips to New York and Atlanta – “the fun parts,” Julie quips. “The [retail] space is still for rent in Charleston. I just got a moving truck and moved everything here,” she recalls. “I was going to put it on hold, but I was in Redfern Village one day shopping. I had always loved this house, and there was a big ‘For Rent’ sign out front, and I was just like, ‘Hmm, I think that’s a sign.’”


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She encourages others to take that same leap. “Put yourself out there and take a chance. It’s been a fantastic experience,” she says. “If you don’t take a risk, nothing ever happens. If you have all these great ideas and you just keep them to yourself, then they’re just ideas.” Petite Maison is located at 276-A Redfern Village on St. Simons Island. For more information about Petite Maison, please visit the company Web site at or call the store directly at 912-638-0130.

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By amy carter | Photography by Chris moncus

What a wonderful way to close out another tumultuous year, with hope for the future. Here we are again with 20 of the best and brightest in our community, young people who are out there making a difference, each in his or her own special way. We are especially excited to present to you the 2011 Class of 20 Under 40. In the pages that follow, you’ll meet a fascinating mix of personalities who have captivated us with their wit, charm and dedication to making the Golden Isles a better place. If you see them out and about in the months to come, thank them for their work, won’t you?

Rev. Andy Chambers, 35 Frederica Presbyterian Church The Rev. Andy Chambers, is roughly half the age of many in his congregation at Frederica Presbyterian Church, and yet they follow him with all the devotion of the children of a good father. A former homebuilder who heeded God’s call into the ministry, Pastor Andy has a passion for ministering to the poor, be they in Appalachia, Honduras or right here at home. He leads his flock to feed the hungry, mentor students at Burroughs-Mollette Elementary School and help with home repairs and projects when needed. Together, Andy and wife Nelie are starting an affiliate of Darkness to Light, an outreach to adults to educate on the signs of sexual abuse in children. It’s easy to fool oneself into thinking it doesn’t happen here, Pastor Andy says, but it is a crime that affects one in four girls and one in six boys younger than 18. “As the father of three girls, I’m really concerned about that.”

Cedric King, 39 Pinova Cedric King is not a tall man. That didn’t stop him from excelling in the sport of basketball, and it hasn’t stopped him from climbing the ladder of success from blue-collar laborer to white-collar executive. He’s an old-fashioned career man, dedicated to the same company for 14 years. Now the human resources director at Pinova, he’s also a mentor and friend to kids in the community. “What I’ve learned in the process is what is easy and normal for my daughter is not for other kids in our community,” Cedric says. He founded the Coastal Georgia Athletic Association to introduce other kids to the beneficial life lessons learned from the discipline, commitment and teamwork learned from playing competitive sports. They are lessons that have served Cedric well. Ambitious much, we ask? “Ambitious,” he muses. “Yes.”

Ashley Callicutt, 38 FLETC Happy people are productive people. That is Ashley Callicutt’s mantra, and her raison d’être. A critical incident stress management specialist – a licensed professional counselor – at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center helps coworkers and their families deal with the stresses of a life in federal law enforcement. Many of the students and trainers at FLETC are former military, a job that brings its own baggage. But really, Ashley says, their problems are not that different from the ones the rest of us deal with. Her advice: “Take as good of care of yourself as you do others.” She runs, cycles and rides horses to shake off the stress of a busy work day. And leaves work at work. “You’re in charge of your own life,” she says.


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Robyn Rotunda, 31 Chamber of Commerce Robyn Rotunda is a busy woman. In addition to her job keeping the members of the chamber happy, she’s started a co-ed flag football league with 85 players, leads a Bible study group for single women at St. Simons Community Church and is also a founding member the Golden Isles Blazer Club for alumni of her alma mater, Valdosta State University. Not surprisingly, she knows just about everyone and just about everything that is going on after just 15 months on the job here. She volunteers for many local charities and organizations, including Manna House and the United Way. She’s also the proud owner of two golden retrievers who at this moment are waiting in the car for their mistress to take them out to play.

Dr. Hank Yeargan, D.M.D., 36 Yeargan Dental Pardon the cliche, but it’s a bit like pulling teeth to get Hank Yeargan to open up and talk about himself. And then a group of 1st grade students on a field trip from Saint Simons Christian School start laughing in the room next door. Hank breaks into a grin. Even without that visual, one could deduce that Hank is a friend to children by his presence on the Glynn County Board of Education. He’s there for his sons, 8-year-old twins with Down Syndrome, and all children with special needs who are or will attend public schools. He is their voice. “Being able to help folks out,” is his explanation for a career in dentistry and a fondness for dental missions to Honduras, where “pain” is the universal language, and relief is his answer. “I can hopefully make a difference,” he says. Need he say more?

Teeple Hill, 38 Shupe Surveying It’s a bit like the boy named Sue, being named Teeple Hill. “It makes you tough,” Teeple says. His given name is Christopher Teeple Hill, the Teeple being his mother’s maiden name. When his father’s family took to calling him Chris rather than Christopher, Teeple’s mother said, “I’ll fix that. If they won’t call you Christopher, you’ll be Teeple.” At 38, Teeple knows who he is – a partner in Shupe Surveying with Bobby Shupe and Gary Nevill – and the president-elect of the Kiwanis Club of Brunswick. He’s a born leader, club members say, and a man of his word. We’ll take that kind of tough any day.


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Bryan Sipe, 39 College of Coastal Georgia Bryan Sipe played bad at 14 and loved it so much, he decided to be a policeman when he grew up. The son of two employees of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Bryan took a part-time job as a role player while in high school. “I just never saw myself sitting behind a desk all day,” Bryan says, although he’s done that a lot more frequently since being named chief of police at the College of Coastal Georgia in 2009. With this year’s fall enrollment, his job has changed dramatically, as the campus is now a 24-hour-a-day operation. An adherent to the principle of community policing, he expects his officers to walk the beat and establish a rapport with the students, staff and faculty they serve, and to conduct themselves as professionals at all times. “He is that rare combination of intellect, practicality and integrity we would like to see more of in ourselves, our community, and in our state,” says Valerie Hepburn, president of the college.

Alexa Elsberry, 27 The Butin Group Alexa Elsberry is engaged to be married next year, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. It’s not that she’s not excited. She just prefers to not be the focus of the conversation. Alexa, a member of the Young Leaders Society of the United Way, a Chamber Ambassador and a tireless promoter of her community, likes life behind the scenes. “I love getting to know people and telling their story instead of my own,” she says. That makes her well-suited to her job as communications and outreach manager for The Butin Group, a marketing and public relations firm on St. Simons Island. So, just how “in the know” is Alexa? Well, it was she who pointed out the unique happenstance this year of all five of the Victory Gala co-chairs being younger than 40, and she who nominated coworker Lauren Hopkins for this list.

Lauren Hopkins, 29 The Butin Group Lauren is a senior account executive and “food maven” at The Butin Group who is in touch with the foodies of the moment on behalf of her clients, including Rich Products’ corporate brands. A graduate of Leadership Glynn and a member of the American Cancer Society’s Victory Board as well as the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, the Augusta native is in love with her new home and all that comes with it. “I love it down here. I’ve loved it from the moment I first came down here,” she says.


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Georgia Wessinger, 29 College of Coastal Georgia Georgia Wessinger loves pink. Pink is her signature color. It is the color of the nation’s breast cancer awareness campaign, a topic that hits close to home with Georgia, whose grandmother died of the disease. With that kind of family history, the 29-year-old guidance counselor at the College of Coastal Georgia says she will start yearly mammograms after her next birthday. But pink is more than just the color hope for Georgia; It is also a symbol of Georgia’s most ardent desire. “My dream job is to volunteer 24/7 for my community,” she says. Married four years to husband Tim, she was the primary bread-winner when he took an unpaid internship with Congressman Jack Kingston. “That’s what wives do,” she says. Now that the internship has turned into a paying job, Georgia is working on a graduate degree while still working to help underclassmen at the college in Brunswick chart their own courses. And still dreaming of her dream job.

Kris Maichle, 34 Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals Kris Maichle has come a long way in 34 years – from Delaware to Georgia by way of Florida, specifically – but that’s just geography. Kris bought into the job of being general manager of Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals while enjoying the view from this very condo. At this particular moment in time, he’s two days away from a scuba diving vacation in Costa Rica, on the eve of his first wedding anniversary to wife Jennings. When he goes, he goes big. And bold. Kris has recently taken on the job of chairing the board of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau at a defining moment in its history. Changing our identity from “Brunswick and the Golden Isles” to just “the Golden Isles” and rebranding us with a new marketing campaign, Kris is the consummate seller of paradise. Actually, the place sells itself, he says. He who had never heard of St. Simons Island before wants the world to know about it. “Who wouldn’t like it here?” Kris asks. “It’s the beach.”

Shauntia Lewis, 31 Goodwill Shauntia Lewis has a passion for serving. “Shauntia not only has the heart to make a different in the lives of the people of Brunswick, she has the ability to create that change,” writes Dana Haza, senior regional manager for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, on her nomination of Shauntia for this list. The operations manager for Goodwill Industries of Brunswick, Shauntia makes the impossible possible by helping to eliminate barriers to employment. The proud single parent of “Prince” Robert, age 5 and a student at St. Francis Xavier School, Shauntia also serves on the boards of the YWCA and the Family Connections Advisory Board, in addition to coaching the Coastal Outreach Soccer League and mentoring students at the Job Corps. “Passionate. Determined. Motivated. Purposeful.” Shauntia is a role model for all.


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Abigail Hoover, 35 Victory Gala Co-Chair One who works on two fronts to ensure the health and well-being of others is one to be admired, indeed. It is ironic that Abigail Hoover grew up to be a nurse because she was always the squeamish one around needles growing up. Her parents were admittedly puzzled by her career choice, but ultimately, Abigail says, “I love helping people and I loved that being a nurse would allow me to help people at a time when they needed it most.” In 2006, she upgraded her education to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, a move that gives her greater autonomy in caring for and treating her patients. And her care for others will show too at The Cloister come December when the doors open to the 2011 Victory Gala, a good time for a good cause.

Marcus Mullis, 32 Certus Bank Marcus Mullis is a golfer with a banking habit that has taken him far. “I got my first job offer – to be a teller – while playing golf,” he says. If Marcus is typical of the stereotype for red-heads – furious and feverish all the time – he hides it well. One might think the president of a bank would be wound tight these days, but Marcus keeps it in perspective. “I leave work at work,” he says. “Let business be business and personal be personal.” A member of the 2011 class of Leadership Glynn, Marcus was also named Ambassador of the Year by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. And of course, he’s an invaluable member of the committee responsible for planning the chamber’s annual golf tournament.

Susan Singleton Dunn, 32 Victory Gala Co-Chair Susan Dunn lights up a room when she enters, all legs and long blonde hair, a charming combination of brains and beauty. A graduate of Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria, Va., Susan graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business with a BBA in Finance. She enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate before her first child was born in 2007, son Patrick Jr. Twin girls Lauren and Catherine joined the family in 2009, and Susan divides her time between home and charity work, including this year’s Victory Gala for the American Cancer Society and working on behalf of Safe Harbor Children’s Shelter, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and Sparrow’s Nest, in addition to school and church.


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Helen Rentz, 29 Faulkenberry Certain How does she do it? Daughter, wife, mother, account executive for one of the Golden Isles’ most reputable marketing firms – Helen Rentz does it all with such aplomb, even if she doesn’t say so herself. “I don’t know if I do it well,” she admits, but we beg to differ. Unlike some heirs to a family business, Helen knew from a very young age that she wanted to work at the family firm. Advertising and public relations is a tough business, fast-paced and intense at times, an industry that demands creativity, organization and diplomacy, and Helen’s got it all. That, and a finger on the pulse of all that is good and exciting in our community, Helen is definitely one to know for the future.

Taylor Hanson Haley, 33 Victory Gala Co-Chair Taylor Haley has several very personal reasons to take a personal hand in the fight against cancer. A busy wife, mother and attorney, she’s also a daughter whose mother is battling cancer, a granddaughter whose grandmother succumbed to cancer, and a sister whose sibling has tested positive for the breast cancer gene. She’s the mother of one daughter, and she’s expecting another to be born just days after the 2011 Victory Gala. Perhaps it’s no surprise, given her occupation, that Taylor takes an aggressive and no nonsense approach to battling this disease. While doing all she can, like contributing to the long and storied tradition of Victory Galas, she nonetheless gives her all to all the other things she does, but first and foremost to her family. “I always wanted to have a family,” Taylor says. “I feel that’s why God put us here, to keep going.”

Adrian Johnson, 30 Victory Gala Co-Chair Adrian Johnson has a style that catches the eye. An elegant, graceful young woman with a presence that fills a room, she is also quite adept at making the room more beautiful, in more ways than one. A designer who went into business for herself a couple years ago, Adrian is co-owner of Mix Art + Interiors on St. Simons Island. Her style is chic and upscale, but not so much so that the owner’s personality doesn’t shine through in fun details. Much like Adrian herself – young, vibrant and still respectful of tradition, hence her work in planning this year’s Victory Gala. “The most important thing is to keep that tradition going,” she says, “to raise the money to find a cure for cancer.”

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You Can’t Succeed Without Really Trying: By Rob Asbell

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Words of advice from local radio personality Joe Willie Sousa, the host of 104.1’s “Morning Wave.” Known for his comedy and quick wit, Joe Willie likes to rant on current events from a pulpit he refers to as the “shrimp box.” His voice conjures the image of a crowd gathered at the docks on the Brunswick waterfront listening intently as Joe stands on a crate, his white rubber boots glistening in the sun, preparing to offer his counsel to the Golden Isles’ future leaders.

Joe Willie started his radio career in 1980 in Brunswick. He went on to radio stations in Augusta; Columbus, Ohio; and Modesto, California. He returned to the Golden Isles in 1994 and is now general manager of Golden Isles Broadcasting’s Magic 105.9 and Wave 104.1. On his return, Joe went back to work for his community as well. He currently serves on boards and committees for the United Way, the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and North Island Church.

“Become involved and give back to the community.”

“My mantra is ‘Get off the edge!’ Either back away or jump in. Don’t just stand there.”

Joe speaks from the heart and from personal experience. The selfproclaimed “Hardest working Portagee in show business” has been active in community organizations since his days as a teenager on Brunswick’s south end, including stints as president of both the


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Among the best ways to learn more about community involvement and leadership, Sousa says, are the chamber of commerce’s ambassador program and its Leadership Glynn program. He added that the Golden Isles is a very accommodating community with numerous civic groups who are always willing to accept new members.

While offering his advice to the future leaders, Joe Willie admits that he still has goals of his own. He hopes that one day the Academy Creek Sewage Treatment Center will be named in his honor.

Advice from Those Who Have to Those Still Trying No matter how the economy is doing or where you live there is never a shortage of advice. Pundits have dubbed this the “Information Age” due to the amount of material available at our fingertips via modern technology. But the increase in information has brought with it an avalanche of advice given freely and openly on the Internet. The average person cannot avoid the constant bombardment of advice they see and hear every day: Advertisements suggest where to purchase goods and services and even music offers counsel to the brokenhearted. Our society has become so focused on giving advice that some people can do it with ninja-like stealthiness using only one finger, usually while driving in heavy traffic. The problem with advice is not the quantity, but the quality. Getting the really good stuff – serious high quality info - usually comes with a hefty price tag. Doctors and lawyers charge hundreds of dollars

per hour for their advice. For that kind of money, the advice better be good. But what if this person does not display their advice-giving qualifications on the wall? Determining the validity of the source is key to deciding whether the advice is worth taking, especially if it is free. What are the advice-giver’s credentials? Is this person qualified to give me free advice? So in the interest of fiscal responsibility, the following advice is given free of charge to this year’s “20 Under 40.” To insure the information is good, an investigation was conducted to guarantee that those offering these words of counsel carry impeccable qualifications: One was once a fashion model, another wears heels while she is sending dangerous criminals to prison and one of them is famous for once walking Naked down the streets of Brunswick. Don’t worry, “Naked” was his dog’s name. This is their advice to the Golden Isles’ leaders of tomorrow.

Millie Wilcox She is a renowned world-traveler, fashion designer, writer, artist and one of the most admired and respected women in the Golden Isles. So when Millie Wilcox offers advice, people usually listen. For this year’s “20 Under 40,” her advice is strikingly similar to what she might tell a struggling young artist: You need desire and dedication. “You have to be willing to go the extra mile,” she says. “Whenever you go into business you ought to be passionate about it and love what you are doing.” Ms. Wilcox has always had a passion for life and for art. She has walked the catwalks of Europe as a fashion model and has been hailed as an international art scholar. She has authored several books on Georgian history and often speaks at artist and writer’s workshops. She has been one of the Golden Isles’ foremost patrons of the arts since her artist-mother, the late Mildred Huie, opened The Left Bank Art Gallery on St. Simons Island in 1964. Millie Wilcox has been owner and director of the gallery and museum for nearly 45 years. Her love of the arts has been a constant but really became her primary focus after she learned about color while modeling in Rome and Paris.

en Isles Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. She urged young leaders to become involved and develop interests outside of the business world. “You have to be a part of the community. It will be good for the community and you will be fulfilled, too.” Ms. Wilcox believes more attention should be given to protocol and courtesy, such as proper dress and using good listening skills. She emphasized loyalty and collaboration with co-workers and encouraged future leaders to avoid negativity. “Keep a good positive attitude,” she says. “We all have problems but you shouldn’t bring them to work.”

She has been active in civic organizations including a term as director of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Brunswick-Gold-

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Jackie Johnson “Virtue is bold and goodness never fearful.” The quote about taking risks is from William Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure” but the sentiment is straight from Jackie Johnson’s heart. With just over one year under her belt as District Attorney she has had a steep learning curve after taking the reins from her former boss, Stephen Kelley, who had served as the area’s chief prosecutor for 14 years. So it was no surprise that her advice is to listen when good advice is offered. “Rely on the wise counsel of others who go before you, but don’t be limited by convention.” Ms. Johnson offered to the newest members of the “20 Under 40.”


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Keeping the status quo has never been a priority for Jackie who, in August 2010, became the first woman to hold the office of District Attorney for the five-county circuit that covers Camden, Glynn, Appling, Jeff Davis and Wayne counties. Although she spent the 12 previous years working as an assistant prosecutor for Kelley, the situation changed when she was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to be District Attorney, an office to which she would later be elected. After Stephen accepted a newly created judgeship, Jackie found herself in charge of an office responsible for prosecuting some of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Jackie admits that she spoke to her former boss at length seeking advice earned from his years of experience. She also sought the counsel of a higher authority before making important decisions. “Seek God’s guidance to help you do what is right,” she offers. As District Attorney, Johnson makes decisions each day that have great impact on people’s lives including some defendants who are facing the death penalty for their crimes. She advised the leaders of tomorrow to have faith in themselves and their abilities. “Don’t be afraid to make hard decisions because you are worried about the consequences.”

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Ben Slade By Amy H. Carter | Photography by Joe Loehle


ive minutes along the single-wide double-rutted dirt road, I know Cannon’s Point is worth saving because I see how desperately Mother Nature is trying to hide it from us. She’s carpeted the center divider of the road with hood-high grasses, sent vines running hither and yon in an enthusiastic attempt at misdirection, deployed the skeletal fingers of coastal scrub to scratch at the shiny paint on passing SUVs, and populated the place with enough mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and jumping cacti to make the most intrepid of explorers – read the staff of the St. Simons Land Trust – question whose bright idea this photo opportunity was anyway. (For the record, it was mine and, while I don’t presume to speak for them, it was worth every scratch and bite I suffered.)

Support the work of The St. Simons Land Trust by attending its 12th annual Oyster Roast from 7 until 9 p.m. Nov. 19. The venue changes this year to Gascoigne Bluff, but good times for a good cause are still guaranteed. To learn more or to purchase tickets ($70 per person for nonmembers and $45 for members), visit the Land Trust online at or call 638-9109. A major donor is offering a challenge grant of up to $500,000 toward the Cannon’s Point purchse, so every membership dollar earns a dollar toward the $25 million Cannon’s Point fundraising goal.

Twenty minutes and a little over two miles later, on the banks of the Hampton River, comes a clearing of sorts. Here resides the tabby ruin of James Couper’s plantation house, circa 1804, the kitchen hearth standing tall a safe distance from the main house, its sturdy brick chimney and multiple ovens intact. Other than that, there’s nothing but silence of a magnitude that seems impossible on an island of 14,000 souls. Or perhaps it’s more difficult to believe there’s an island of 14,000 souls just a creek away ... .

And then there are the ruins related to the plantation itself, which produced sea island cotton. James Couper, who donated the south end parcel where the first St. Simons Lighthouse was built and where the current lighthouse stands today, also experimented with citrus trees, grapes, date palms from Persia, mulberry trees for silk production, sugar cane and olive trees from France.

Giving you the opportunity to see it in all its unspoiled beauty is the chief aim of the St. Simons Land Trust’s most ambitious campaign to date, the campaign to preserve the 617-acre Cannon’s Point Plantation tract for posterity. It is an effort of import beyond just our community that requires more money than our community alone can muster. It is also an effort that will impact generations to come.

The remains of his great plantation have captivated this community for generations. A native of Savannah who grew up in Brunswick, Ben remembers hitchhiking across the F.J. Torras Causeway in his youth – “We had to wait five or 10 minutes sometimes for a car to come along” – and trekking north to camp out at Cannon’s Point. He works to save the land so that his grandchildren will have the same opportunities to enjoy unspoiled coastal beauty that his own children had in their youth and that he himself had 50 years ago.

“This is zoned for a golf course, marina and 625 houses,” says Ben Slade, a founding member of the St. Simons Land Trust who came out of a comfortable retirement to lead the fund-raising campaign to buy the old Sea Island Stables site from a land developer and preserve it as green space. With that effort a resounding success – $2.65 million raised in less than 100 days – Ben shifted his priorities full-bore back to the Land Trust. Cannon’s Point is the big time, a proposition that will require the support of foundations and organizations with the wherewithal to donate substantial sums even in the toughest of times. It has captured the attention of famous names with deep pockets, and the rewards of this effort, which is wrapping up its first year’s worth of work, means great things for us all. Most of the tract – some 467 acres – comprises the last untouched mature maritime forest to be found on St. Simons Island. When it’s gone, there will be nothing of its kind again on this island in our lifetimes.

A community banker and advocate who successfully lobbied for the redevelopment of the Glynco Naval Air Station after the Navy decommissioned it in the early 1970s, Ben has distinguished himself as a proponent for economic development that complements the natural beauty of the coast. In fact, the beaches and marshes and history are the community’s strongest selling points, he says, the amenities that attract vacationers to return year-after-year, and businesses to consider this place better than most when it comes to locations. As for himself, Ben says he’s sticking with the Land Trust for as long as the board will have him – an unusual position for a man who’s served on the boards of various civic organizations – and he’s committed to seeing the Cannon’s Point project through. “I love doing things like this. I enjoy helping the community become something better and making it all the more attractive.”

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The staff of the St. Simons Land Trust: Ben Slade, foreground, with Dana Pope, Marty Moody, Sue Tuttle and Susan Crowley at Cannon's Point.

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Josh Messer makes treasure of trashed wood and metal

By Cyle Augusta Lewis | Photography by Joe Loehle


t is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Josh Messer says it began when he was thinking through gift-buying for Christmas 2010. The down economy had affected everyone and Josh was looking for less expensive approaches to gift-giving. Josh is no stranger to creativity, being husband to Anna Messer, the owner of English Gardens and an exquisite arranger of flowers and other plant life. He proposed the idea of handmade gifts for Christmas to his family - one-of-a-kind gifts made with little or no cost. “I could build something unique that Anna could plant in,” he shares with excitement. “It was a gift made by both of us, which made it even more special.” Further incentive came when his Anna was on a landscaping job and the design called for large planters. Knowing full well what Josh was capable of, she happily volunteered her husband. “That was the first time I had made something out of old lumber and I liked the look of it,” Josh says. Instead of discarding the old wood from the dock on the property that was being torn out, Josh set out to repurpose the aged wood to build the new planters, giving them a vintage look that complemented the property well. “I upgraded my tools during that job, and afterward had scraps leftover,” he adds. “I already had driftwood from the beach and old rusted tin taken from the original Edo Miller Funeral Home.” This served as motivation for the planters and picture frames he constructed for Christmas gifts that year. During weekend trips on their boat, he and Anna search for unique pieces of driftwood – anything peculiar that inspires a creative vision of what “could be.” Josh also drives by demolition sites, browses reclaimed items at lumber mills and scours antique shops. Piles of weathered wood, driftwood, unique metal pieces, rusted objects and scraps of old glass adorn their backyard awaiting the muse to strike. “I just love re-using these old materials – giving them new life,” Josh explains, “I do mostly planter boxes, mirrors and picture frames, but have also begun making clocks. I could make anything out of this stuff and I’m going to be happy with it.” The items piled up, and between working for English Gardens and doing custom commissions his wood hobby has grown into a business, begetting the need to build a work shed to house it all. “I feel completely at home out there. Coming home from work, I throw on

old clothes, and spend hours out there. It’s what I do to unwind.” Josh’s signature style comes from using the objects in the raw, primarily leaving them in whatever state he finds them. “I like leaving the material like I find it. If you cut into some pieces of driftwood, like cedar or cypress, there’s awesome coloring in there – it can stand on its own without any treatment or finish.” Eschewing paint or stain – Josh only uses a sealant when necessary – he lets the natural look of the wood shine through. Josh’s love for working with his hands began in boyhood, with his mother painting and crafting, and his father always resourceful, handy around the home, and building something. Inspired by his parents, Josh would paint with acrylics on old wood scraps found around his grandfather’s farm. He believes this ability to see hope where there is none may have come from his rich background in literature. “Reading was highly encouraged in my childhood. In high school my teachers encouraged me to pursue writing.” Getting a degree in English from the University of West Georgia, Josh’s senior thesis was on William Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom. “Faulkner is by far my favorite,” a truth that makes sense of the almost Southern Gothic nature of Josh’s work – finding beauty in the tossed away, old and broken. English Gardens, whose floral and gardening designs are housed inside Gallery on Newcastle, use Josh’s pieces for planters and decor. The combination of Josh and Anna’s work perfectly fits the ambiance of the gallery. People are inherently creative, but often that creativity lies dormant until shaken awake. Josh, a salesman by day, awakes a master woodworker after five and on weekends– his backyard holding many a muse hidden amongst the weathered wood, old glass, driftwood and rusted metal. Who knows what other signs of hope may be hidden there, yet to be found? Josh’s work is currently on display at Gallery on Newcastle. He is also available for custom commissions. Living a patchwork life, Cyle Lewis is a blogger at, where she tells stories of songwriting, making music with her husband, family life, thrifting, photography, crafting, loving kiddos and spreading hope.

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Out & About Straton Hall Catering and Special Events, based on Jekyll Island and in the Historic District of Brunswick, was invited to stage a special vignette at the opening of the Tybee Wedding Chapel on Tybee Island. The highlight of the event was a visit from David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner and host of the TV show “My Fair Wedding�. Tutera was heard to praise the talents of Straton Hall and the other vendors at the show, saying their work is on a par with what he would expect to see in New York or Los Angeles. Photos courtesy of Toren Anderson Events.


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Out & About The Darien-McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 5th annual “Lucky Monday on the River” auction and barbecue event Sept. 26 at Skipper’s Fish Camp overlooking the Darien River in Darien. Proceeds from the event help to fund the chamber’s business and tourism promotion activities. Photos by Golden Isles Photography.

Kate Po ntelle, Ju li e H u t s on , K elly M c Clellan a n d K a t i e O r r el


Wa l l y O rre l , I re n e B a te s , J a n C h a m b e rl a i n , M a n d y H a rri s o n , M a rcy Go o dyear, “ T K ” K i n g , K e l l y M c C l e l l a n , E d H e n d e rs o n

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Out & About On September 28, The Friends of CASA held their Fall Coffee at the lovely Ocean Forest home of Gail King. The Friends of CASA are the Auxiliary arm of CASA Glynn, a non-profit organization that provides court appointed special advocates for children placed in the court system through cases of neglect and abuse.

Lo ri Carr and C a r i G r een f i eld

Jane Thau, Peggy Mitchell, Mary Kay Lafferty, Pauletta Atwood and Jane Rizzo

Vick i Certain , S u s a n H a r d w i c k and E lla C a r t

Ja ne t S i n g l e to n , h o s te s s G a i l K i n g a n d T i m m i e Fe i n i n g e r

D e n i s e Tre th a w a y, S uz anne Kane and Ann Beeson

M a ry B u rd e l l a n d Ann Stembl er

The cheeriest committee of them all, the Poinsettia Sales Committee of the Live Oaks Garden Club, gathered at the Sea Palms home of Sharon Medford for some early celebration and hard work planning the club’s annual holiday poinsettia sale. Proceeds from the sale of red, pink and white poinsettias benefit beautification projects on St. Simons Island. Since 2007, the club has earmarked nearly $85,000 worth of poinsettia sales proceeds to the beautification of the grounds at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Demere Park, the St. Simons Land Trust, the St. Simons Gateway Project and along Airport Road, where the club partnered with the Land Trust to plant 40 live oaks. Poinsettias are $15 each. Each plant is full-sized with a minimum of 12 blooms per plant. Orders will be taken by phone at 912.638.4780 until Nov. 21. Plants will be available for pick-up at St. Simons United Methodist Church Dec. 2. The committee, from left bottom row: Karen Braswell, Sandra Johanek, Sharon Medford, Sandy Dunlap, Christina Allen and Nan Marie O’Hara. Standing, from left: Jo Bennett, Carol Grant, JoAnn Mooney, Patsy Harrison, Kay Love and Terri Jaensch.


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1111 Glynco Parkway 3rd Floor • Brunswick, GA 31525

More than 20 million Americans will seek spine care this year. Knowing where to go to get accurately diagnosed and correctly treated is crucial. Fortunately, we have the most qualified specialists’ right here in the Golden Isles. Our board certified physicians specialize in pinpointing your spine problem and tailoring a treatment plan unique to you. Utilizing the latest technology and a minimally invasive approach we strive to reduce or eliminate your pain and discomfort quickly. Surgery is left as the last treatment option. Don’t delay - ask your primary care physician to refer you to the highly trained Neurosurgeons at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia.


Specializing in Diagnosing & Treatment of SKIN, HAIR & NAILS

Adults, Adolescents & Pediatrics

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Out & About Fun and good food was had by thousands at Jekyll Island’s 6th Annual Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival Sept. 16-18 in the heart of the Historic Millionaires’ Village. Harlan Hambright of Team Odyfferus won the Amateur Cooking Champ prize, while the team from Saltwater Cowboy, led by Chef Chris Chasteen, netted the Shrimp & Grits Professional Champion plaque.

Harlan Hambright of Tea m O d y f f er u s w ith his Amateu r C ook i n g C h a m p pla q u e.

Ju d g e s f o r th e a m a te u r c o o ki n g c o m p e ti ti o n : C h e f G e n a K n o x, au tho r o f Go u rmet M a d e S i m p l e ; K a te M e rke r, f o o d e d i to r f o r Wo m a n ’ s D a y ; C h e f J o e Randal l , o wner of t h e J o e R a n d a l l C o o ki n g S c h o o l i n S a v a n n a h ; a n d E l i z a b e th M ayhew, edito r- inc h i e f o f Wo m a n ’ s D a y.

Missy Brandt and C h r i s C h a s t een of t h e S a lt w a t e r C o w b o y te a m w i th j u d g e s f o r th e p ro f e s si o n a l c o o ki n g co mpetitio n Jenn i fer Co le, features ed i t or f or S ou t h er n L i v i n g ; S a l tw a te r C o w b o y ’ s J a m e s J a c ks o n ; S a ra h D e H e e r, o n l i n e e d ito r fo r the F o o d Netwo rk ; Saltwate r C ow boy ’ s Ty ler Ti llm a n ; S c ot t J o n e s, c h e f a n d f o u n d e r o f c u i si n e b l o g , J o n e s i s H u n g ry ; a nd Jul ia Ru tl and, senio r fo o d ed ito r of C oa s t a l L i v i n g.

T h e J e ky l l I sl and Au tho rity ki c ke d o f f th e Shrimp & Grits f e sti v a l w i th the rel eas e o f a c o m m e m o ra t iv e bo o k, “ Jekyl l I sl a n d : T h e Neares t F araway P l a c e .” T h e b o o k reco gniz es the c re a ti v e ta l e nts o f res idents a n d g u e sts o f the is l and with s c e n i c p h o to g r aphy and po ems a b o u t the is l and. Jennifer Co le, Sar a h D e H eer, S c ot t Jon es and Ju li a R u t la n d


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Just Married Carolyn Kezar & Sam Galgano September 4, 2011 Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Crane Cottage Photographed by Chris Moncus Photography

Dale & Diane Boylston June 4, 2011 Faith Chapel/Cherokee Cottage on Jekyll Island Photographed by Terry Johnson

Beth Ann Bushon & Kevin Tuerff September 10, 2011 Lovely Lane Chapel, St. Simons Island Photographed by Blackston Photography 90

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Lauren Franklin & Chris Sobala May 28, 2011 Lovely Lane Chapel/The Brunswick Country Club Photographed by Stephanie Michelle Photography

Markisha McCullough & Maurice Butler September 3, 2011 Shiloh Baptist Church/Brunswick Historic City Hall Photographed by Jennifer Leigh Photography

LaTasha & Rodney Rozier Oct. 1, 2011 (vow renewal) Driftwood Beach/Villa Marianna at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel Photographed by Jennifer Leigh Photography

Lindsay Kersey & Sean Stewart June 4, 2011 Neptune Park and The Casino on St. Simons Island

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2011 Oyster


rOast Celebrating 11 years of Conservation on st. simons Island

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Wine and Dine on Jekyll Island!

Wine & Dine!

Views as fresh as the seafood! When you are thinking of a fresh, new place to dine out, think Jekyll Island! At our select restaurants, the food and services are only matched by the wonderful views. Avoid the crowds and find your way to Jekyll Island for the freshest seafood!

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Give Your Employees Something They Will Really Remember This Holiday Season

Celebrate this year on Jekyll Island! We can accommodate your group – large or small. And we can meet any budget. Wonderful venues like Grand Oaks Hall for groups up to 1,000, or intimate settings like Latitude 31° Seafood Restaurant and the Sand Bar & Grill. Tell us what you need, and one of our special event planners will provide a free proposal. Online form at This year, have a very, Merry Christmas on Jekyll Island! l (912) 635-3400




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The SandBar and Grill

102 Marina Drive

665 Scranton Road

at Oceanside Inn and Suites

St. Simons Island


711 N Beachview Drive



Jekyll Island

The closest table to the water without getting wet! From house-made lobster ravioli, crab-stuffed flounder, wild Georgia shrimp and grits, house-made ice cream to the best fried oysters you have ever put in your mouth, Coastal Kitchen will keep you coming back for more.

Ole Times Country Buffet is “Home Cookin’ the Way Mama Does It!” Voted #1 in Southern Cooking and Best Country Buffet in South Georgia and North Florida for the last eight years running.



2815 Glynn Avenue


1 Pier Road


Jekyll Island


Fancy Q


Celebrating our 26th Anniversary in Brunswick, this family owned business is more than just a restaurant that serves awardwinning seafood and other delicious fare, it’s a Golden Isles institution. Stop by today and find out why the locals call us “The Best Little Seafood House in the Golden Isles!”

211 Redfern Village

Enjoy radiant sunsets and experience the Golden Isles’ premier dining destination. Experience the wonders of nature at The “Rah” Bar which features Georgia wild shrimp, Dungeness Crab, oysters, and our famous low country boil.


Cilantro’s Bar & Grill

321 Mallery Street

202 Scranton Road

St. Simons Island 912-638-5444

Since 1994, Flo and her son, Tommy, have been serving the best Southern-style cuisine at The 4th of May Cafe in the Pier Village. Daily specials include freshly made entrees, overstuffed sandwiches, delicious seafood fare, scrumptious salads, bread baked daily, a huge variety of home cooked vegetables and the absolute best desserts in Coastal Georgia.

319 Arnold Road

Because our chefs are passionate about their work, they create dishes made exclusively from the freshest ingredients and the finest traditional Mexican recipes. Homemade tortillas, crisp lettuce, succulent tomatoes, savory spices and tender and juicy meats make every item on our menu a delectable treat.

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A taste of Japan awaits you on St. Simons Island. Fancy Q’s menu includes authentic Japanese dishes ranging from Hibachi, Teriyaki, Udon, Tempura, Katsu and Sushi. There are daily lunch specials to enjoy and a separate children’s menu available. Take out orders are welcome.



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701 Glynn Isles

Coastal Cuisine

St. Simons Island




The SandBar and Grill at the Oceanside Inn and Suites offers a wide selection of menu items and a fun atmosphere, with billiards and flat screen TVs to watch your favorite sports. Oceanside Inn and Suites offers a full size bar with a variety of tasty tropical drinks, perfect with homemade corn fritters or fresh Mahi Mahi.

We offer genuine Japanese fare and Hibachi-style cuisine. Every dish is prepared using the freshest ingredients and the most flavorful seasonings. We offer a delightful children’s menu that’s sure to please.


“No shoes, no shirt, no problem!” Great BBQ and burgers just a block from the beach on St. Simons Island. Dine in, family-size take out or catering. Featured on The Food Network. St. Simons’ Original BBQ Restaurant.

Zachry’s Seafood and Steak 415 Palisade Drive (near Exit 29 at I-95) Brunswick 912-265-9080

Brunswick’s newest and best locally owned restaurant, Zachry’s Seafood & Steak features wild Georgia shrimp, oysters on the half shell, fresh seafood delivered daily, certified Angus beef, and much more. Daily lunch and dinner specials available, plus we offer a full service bar with happy hour Monday through Friday.

Sabor Latino Café 87 Ballard Plaza • Community Rd. & Old Jesup Brunswick 912-265-9284

Sabor Latino Cafe serves the finest Latin cuisine to satisfy the most critical of taste buds. Your visit will take you on a trip to Central America and Mexico by way of our original dishes. The only thing missing from Sabor is you.

Buccaneer Club Restaurant I-95 Exit 58 Crescent

Fireside Café

Ocean Lodge

1801 Frederica Rd

935 Beachview Drive

St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island



Fireside Tex Mex Bar & Grill is a friendly neighborhood restaurant with a laid back atmosphere. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Happy Hour is everyday from 2-7 serving $2.50 margaritas & house wines, $2 drafts and daily liquor specials. Outside deck seating available and large parties welcome!

From our roof top bar with an ocean view to the dining room, we are firm believers in fresh thinking throughout the restaurant. Our menu features Wild Georgia Shrimp caught within view of our restaurant. Our Coastal Crab Napoleon was voted Best Appetizer at 2011 Taste of Glynn. Ideal for date night, girls night or any time you’re just wanting to feel more than average!


Achin’ 4 Bakin’

Enjoy the finest seafood, steaks and spirits on Georgia’s Southern Coast! HWY 17 N. to Eulonia, then right and follow signs on HWY 57. You’ll be amazed at our huge portions featuring everything from gator tail & frog legs to BBQ ribs, shrimp salad and lobster tail. Come see us for a meal to remember. We will satisfy!

1519 Newcastle Street

Matteo’s Italian Restaurant


100 Cary Street

912-264-BAKE (2253)


Achin’ 4 Bakin’, Historic Downtown Brunswick’s newest bakery/eatery, serves real New York bagels, bagel sandwiches, Danish, muffins, cookies, cupcakes, and Barnie’s Coffee and Tea Company. Specialty cakes and pies may be special ordered.


Ramblers Bar & Grill 120 Trade Street Brunswick

You will enjoy our casual atmosphere, excellently prepared selection of Italian favorites, pizza and friendly service. In addition to our wine selection we now offer a full line of adult beverages with most premium brands. We invite you to come and experience Matteo’s Italian, the finest place for Italian dining in the Golden Isles.


Shucks Seafood Market

Looking for generous portions at reasonable prices? Then make Ramblers Grill, next to the mall, your stop for quick and tasty lunches or dinner at night with live entertainment. Look in The Brunswick News for weekly lunch and dinner specials at prices you can’t beat.

107 Altama Connector (next to Dan Vaden)



370 Millennium Blvd.



From live crabs to garlic crabs, funnel cakes and fried Oreos, we are not your average market. Open Tuesday through Sunday, come by for some shuckin’ good food.


Fins on the Beach

Denny’s has anything you could want in a diner style atmosphere. Breakfast specialties include omelettes, pancakes and waffles. A little bit of everything you’ll find here, from salads to cheeseburgers. Located in the Strike Zone.

200 Beachview Drive

Los Arcos

Jekyll Island

504 Beachview Dr.


St. Simons Island


The former Blackbeard’s Seafood Restau-

Los Arcos brings you a “South of the Border” cuisine of authentic Mexican tastes with lots of character. Adventurous diners will soon discover that most flavors are smooth and mild blends of exotic ingredients - fresh herbs, imported spices and authentic marinades - Muy Delicioso!

1175 N Beachview Dr.

rant has been completely renovated and features a revamped and improved food and drink selection. The menu at Fins has been built from scratch to provide delicious flavors, unbeatable freshness and variety to please everyone. Join us on the back deck, overlooking the beautiful Jekyll Island beach and ocean and try out this fun new place to dine!

Jekyll Island 635-3588

The Driftwood Bistro serving Low Country Cuisine offers specialties such as Meat Loaf, Stuffed Flounder, Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin, Fried, Grilled or Blackened Wild Georgia Shrimp. We also offer a great selection of vegetables and specialty sandwiches and salads.

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self serve fat-free frozen yogurt

Growing Beautiful Smiles!

made with organic milk, real fruit, and no artificial sweeteners

¢ 49

per ounce

(all flavors & toppings)

Dr. Suzanne Haley

Suzanne Mericle Haley, D.M.D.,P.C. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry *BIOLASE LASER DENTISTRY

No drill, no kidding!! No heat, pressure or vibration means little or no pain! • Tooth, bone & gum procedures • Decay Removal • Root Canals • Cavity Preparation • Smile Design • General dentistry for enamel and dentin • No anesthesia needed in many procedures

*ZOOM Advanced Power Plus In-Office Bleaching

1/2 off

Mondays! 6pm to Closing. Now Booking Birthday Parties!

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121 mallory street • in the ssi village • 912.634.5500


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A whiter and brighter smile in 1 hour!! • Fast and convenient • Long lasting • Low Sensitivity • Proven to be safe and effective • Performed by a Dental Professional


Sedation dentistry for a relaxing, non-stressful way to experience dental treatment. • Cosmetic and General Dentistry • Implant Restoration • Dentures and Partials • Crowns and Bridges • Non-surgical periodontal treatment • ProSystem GT Root Canals

Member Of

New Patients Welcome!! 123 Main Street, Plantation Village St. Simons Island, GA 31522

(912) 638-3559

Where Good Taste Is Always In Style Straton Hall Catering More than just fabulous food

1175 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 912-635-3436 •

A strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System

An Experienced New Face in Obstetrics & Gynecology Southeast Georgia Health System and Southeast Georgia Physician Associates – Obstetrics & Gynecology Welcome Jason M. Joseph, M.D.

Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome obstetrician and gynecologist, Jason M. Joseph, M.D., to Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System.

Jason M. Joseph, M.D. Obstetrician/Gynecologist 3300 Fourth Street Brunswick, GA 31520 Now accepting new patients! For an appointment, please call 912-466-5890

Dr. Joseph earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville and his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in the Netherlands Antilles, where he was a member of the Honor Council and Alpha Phi Omega. Dr. Joseph completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology has two locations; Dr. Joseph will practice at the Fourth Street location.

One Health System. Multiple Locations and Ser vices. Š 2011 SGHS


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Nov/Dec 2011  

Nov/Dec 2011  


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