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52 BUBBLES AND BOURBON: Bartenders from four island hot spots serve up their best recipes for

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Kristie Cameron’s spent her life sharing food and faith through her restaurant, Lady K’s, in Brunswick. She’s also stepped up to feed underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

76 COASTAL CHRISTMAS: Wick Nalley has created a brand, WicNics, that offers luxury al fresco dining. He shares his vision for setting a perfect Coastal Christmas table.

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Details make the holidays “The devil is in the details” … I’ve always liked that phrase, because it seems applicable to every situation. Whatever your plans are and however easy they may seem, there’s likely going to be something that goes awry, especially during the holidays — the mashed potatoes are gluey, the pie crust burns, the pumpkin pie is watery. Any dining derailment can feel like a massive personal failure. We have a tendency to put so much pressure on ourselves to have these seasonal scenes come together flawlessly. If they don’t, we feel like we’ve let everyone down. But one positive thing that’s come from the pandemic, I think, is that our lives have been put into perspective. Over the past year and a half, we’ve faced death on a daily basis. In light of that, mashed potato consistency doesn’t seem so important. As we move into this holiday season, hopefully, we’ll be able to remember that and embrace the whole “not sweating the small stuff” ideology. Instead, why don’t we try to welcome the unexpected and embrace the “not quite right?” We can laugh at the misfires and commit to simply seeing it all as evidence of our “humanness.” And, that’s something truly beautiful.

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Let’s be grateful this year. Grateful to be here, to be healthy, to be with the people we love. For our final issue of the year, we offer up tips on ways of celebrating with family, food, and tradition. I spoke with Tanya Sergey, chef and owner of A Moveable Feast in Brunswick, who shared recipes for nostalgic family favorites like pumpkin pie and squash casserole. I also beeped by some island faves to get bartenders to share cocktails that feature bourbon and bubbles — two classic holiday elements

perfect for parties. I also sat down with soul food queen, Lady K to talk about her new restaurant and what it takes to craft truly Southern cuisine (unbelievably, it’s not butter or bacon). I met up with the fabulous Wick Nalley to learn more about his new venture, WicNics, and see his take on a stunning al fresco Christmas setup. And, last but certainly not least, writer Cynthia Robinson chatted with local businesses and a nonprofit who offer beautiful gifts, with a charitable element. What could be better than finding that perfect piece for a loved one and giving back to a noble cause at the same time? Nothing, right? I agree. Also, make sure to check out our Queue story, which features event planner Emily Burton, who tapped Beachview Rentals, Cunningham Jewelers, and Mystical Gardens to style gorgeous tablescapes for Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Best of all, she has ideas for using items already in one’s home to pull together these eclectic styles. It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss. So grab coffee, get cozy, and let’s get ready to shift into holiday mode. Cheers to you all — Lindsey


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Hosting a festive holiday gathering always seems like a great idea ... that is, until you actually have to do the dang thing. Even pulling off a modest soirée comes with a to-do list two miles long. There’s nailing down times, dates, menus, and drinks. Then, of course, there’s the presentation — you know, the linens, dishes, drinkware, centerpieces, and all those creative little extras that really brings a shindig to life.

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For us mere mortals, the list prompts some serious stress. Thankfully, there are pros who know how to make it all happen. We linked up with event planner extraordinaire Emily Burton, owner of Emily Burton Designs, who created two flawless looks, one for Thanksgiving and another for New Year’s Eve (for Christmas inspiration, check out our Coastal Christmas feature). With a previous career in interior design, Burton has since built a stellar reputation for crafting picture-perfect weddings and other special events in the Golden Isles.

We also were fortunate to have endless inspiration as we set our shoot in Beachview Rentals’ expansive showroom in Brunswick with everything from tables to seating to napkins at the ready. Additional help came from our friends at Cunningham Jewelers in downtown Brunswick, who offered up some seasonal china and cutlery. Mystical Gardens, also in Brunswick, brought the florals to complete the scene.

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She mixed those with chargers and copper mule mugs from Beachview’s stock. For the centerpieces, Mystical Gardens created arrangements featuring wheat grass and lotus pods for a rustic feel. Burton accentuated that by sprinkling in nuts and orange slices in the center of the table. “It’s a really easy way to pull in those fall colors,” she says. For the New Year’s Eve looks, Burton suggests embracing the eclectic and whimsical. She paired navy and white patterned Kate Spade plates from Cunningham’s with black and white printed pieces from Beachview.

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She used an assortment of antique-styled glassware from Beachview punctuated with fun party hats and pops of hot pink roses. To finish this fabulous vision, Burton grabbed a few packets of edible confetti which she sprinkled down the center of the table. “It’s happy. My daughter would love it,” she says with a grin.


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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, a MMI Hotel Group property and cherished St. Simons Island destination, has announced its partnership with the St. Simons Island Land Trust’s Pennies for Preservation Program to help protect and preserve St. Simons Island. The resort hopes to continue its longstanding traditions that align with the trust’s mission to preserve the island’s natural and scenic character and to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. Pennies for Preservation is a voluntary one percent giving program in which the business community helps raise funds to preserve and protect greenspaces, wilderness areas, trails, waterways, wildlife, important habitat, and tree canopy on St. Simons Island. Over the past two decades, the St. Simons Land Trust has preserved and protected more than 1,000 acres. “We are a family-owned and operated business, so we put our heart in everything we do,” says Micajah Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group. “The resort is a long-

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time member of the Historic Hotels of America via the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so partnering with the St. Simons Island Land Trust was a logical alliance for us. Preserving the natural beauty of our area has always been a priority for The King and Prince team and we are honored to continue that tradition with this partnership.” The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is participating in the program by including a voluntary donation of one dollar per each night’s stay. Every penny of the donations goes directly to protecting important acreage at Oatland North on the island’s north end and to helping create a wilderness corridor on St. Simons. This environmentally important land is a part of the former Oatlands Plantation and shows evidence of human occupation for nearly 5,000 years. Furthermore, it’s nestled within maritime forest that is thick with live oaks, pines, palmetto, and other indigenous coastal plants. “The small contributions from many make an enormous, positive impact on the whole community, island, and


our guests,” says Bart Johnson, General Manager of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. “The resort also has a ‘Going Green’ program that includes multiple environmentally friendly focuses such as being a member of the Clean the World program that reduces waste. We are proud to further our green footprint by participating in the Pennies for Preservation program.”

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Sara Baker, who developed and manages the Pennies for Preservation program, said the Land Trust’s lodging partnership started more than 20 years ago with The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island. In 2017, the partnership expanded into the Pennies for Preservation program and was met with tremendous community success. In 2019, it won the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Partner of the Year Award. In addition to several lodging partners, the Pennies for Preservation program partnerships include restaurants, retailers, media and service providers, art galleries, and many others. With over 80 years of tradition, The King and Prince Resort has a legendary blend of gracious Southern hospitality, historic charm, and seaside setting. From the soaring, sun-lit atrium, the center of resort activities, to the oceanfront dining, swimming pools, miles of beautiful beaches, tennis courts, award-winning golf courses, and conference facili-

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When the phone rings in Leslie Hall’s office at Amity House, someone always answers. It was no different on a recent Thursday when a call came through around 8:30 a.m. “Crisis line,” she answers pleasantly.

“They had nothing when they got here,” Hall says after a quick conversation with the cab dispatcher, who knew her by name. “What they had was locked in her abuser’s car, which got towed.” Since 1983, the Glynn Community Crisis Center has served victims of domestic violence and their children through a variety of programs. Amity House, for example, is a shelter for people in need of a safe, confidential place to escape potentially life-threatening situations, cycles of abuse that too often, Hall says, go on for years before victims seek help. The 24-hour Crisis Line is always attended at Amity House. While at the shelter, people can access resources they need to get on track to independence.

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With a vision of a future in which the community has strong, safe, and successful families, free from the fear of domestic violence, Thomas now helps others escape. She coordinates ongoing outreach services for the Glynn Community Crisis Center. “We can have somebody call and they’ve been in their situation for years, and they’ve decided, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,’” Thomas says.

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this intimately. She is a domestic violence survivor, and she is not alone. In Georgia in 2019, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports there were at least 52,282 crisis calls and more than 7,200 victims sought asylum at a shelter.

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated matters. When many businesses closed, and people were encouraged to stay home, fewer windows for escape were available for victims. The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice estimates domestic violence increased by more than 8 percent during the pandemic. Working for the crisis center is not always easy. Rachel Edwards, child and family advocate, Hall, and Thomas understand that. Every day they are exposed to the devastating impacts of people at their worst. Executive Director Dottie Bromley praises her staff for their tireless efforts and their passion for giving to the community. “Our staff is the heart and soul of the Glynn Community Crisis Center,” Bromley says. “I am constantly amazed at their ability to be empathetic, to love others, and to find ways to help those in need, even when it seems impossible. We are blessed to have


such a strong group of people dedicated to carrying out our mission to eradicate domestic violence in the Golden Isles.” The staff sees firsthand the toll domestic violence takes on its victims and their families. They see broken people in search of solutions. “We’re talking about lives that need to be saved. Families, children, women, men, who are in desperate situations and don’t see a way out,” Edwards says. “Knowing that there is a place they can call for safety. That net to lift them out of a dire situation. That, to me, has been the biggest need.” The Golden Isles will get to hear that message on January 16 at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort during A Taste of Glynn, the annual

fundraiser benefiting the Glynn Community Crisis Center. The organization operates solely on donations and through partnerships with community partners, making the culinary festival its most important fundraiser of the year. Events like A Taste of Glynn contribute greatly to the success stories, which the staff says keeps their eyes focused on the mission. When the phone rang once more that Thursday morning and Hall learned the woman waiting for the cab had boarded a bus with her children and they were on their way to safety, her smiling eyes emerged from behind her face mask.

A Taste of Glynn is a local culinary event featuring many of the best restaurants and caterers in the Golden Isles. It is the primary annual fundraiser supporting the Glynn Community Crisis Center and Amity House. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. January 16 at the King and Prince Beach &

“Just don’t stop,” Hall says. “When it really gets down and dirty and we have a hard case, we come together and it’s amazing what we can do. … You’re not living, unless you’re giving.”

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Golden Isles Arts and Humanities’ annual rendition of the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, returns this holiday season. The show will again be staged at the Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St, from December 10 to 12 and 17 to 19. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinee performances at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 for seniors and $15 for adults when purchased in advance with a membership. For nonmembers, the advance price is $15 for seniors and $20 for adults. Those are available at goldenislesarts.org. When purchasing tickets at the door, prices will increase by $5; however, students with proper identification will always be admitted for $5. Executive Director Heather Heath says this time-honored tale is one of her favorite shows because the story aligns well with the meaning of the season.


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“It is a great story that shows we can all be redeemed and that our fellow man is more important than most anything in this world, so it’s kinda perfect for the holidays,” Heath says.

She says she wants to stay with a small cast to work safely like they did last year, when they rehearsed with masks. Actors were also tested regularly in preparation for the show.

Auditions take place every year, so the cast is always different, except for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, which has been reprised by Heath’s husband, former Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson, for many years.

Heath encourages show-goers to wear masks when indoors, especially if they are unvaccinated.

“I convinced my husband the first time we did it that he would be the perfect Scrooge, and it turns out I was right,” she says. Due to COVID-19 restrictions last year, the cast was reduced to six members, which is likely to be the case this year. Heath says she does not necessarily mind a smaller cast because it gives the actors more opportunity to shine individually on stage. “I like this just as much as I like having a bunch of people on stage. You get to see the actors really do their thing, which I think is fun for an audience,” Heath says.

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“Hopefully, by December, we can say everyone come in and no need to wear masks, but we just don’t know yet,” she says. Heath uses different adaptations of the story to keep it interesting. She says her favorite part of the experience each year is finding a new spin while still telling the same story. The annual show has become a tradition for families in the Golden Isles, and Heath says it helps get everyone into the holiday spirit. Golden Isles Arts and Humanities has offered the show to local schools as a field trip opportunity in the past, and Heath adds she is excited for that to return this year.


“It is a great way to introduce kids, not just to Dickens if they are not familiar with the story yet, but also coming to the theater,” she says. Heath says there is always something magical that happens in there on opening night and that she looks forward to it all coming together, having that first audience in, and seeing how they react. Heath says she hopes the show provides the community a sense of holiday spirit in light of difficult times. “I hope this year in particular that they feel comfortable as a community coming together because the holiday is something that is meant to be shared,” Heath says. Thompson, who plays Scrooge, says he looks forward to this year’s show because it is never quite the same with different supporting characters and scripts every year. “What is most interesting to me is how my character interacts with these other interpretations of characters,” he says. Thompson says they have been performing the show for around 20 years now, and his wife jokes that he fits the part now more than ever. “I started doing this when I was in my mid40s, and Heather thinks it is hilarious that I have aged into the role. I used to have to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that to age myself, but now I just throw on the coat and go,” he says with a chuckle. Thompson says he hopes this year’s show brings joy to families and reinforces the Christmas spirit. He adds that many families have made the production a holiday tradition and that throughout the years, he has seen children grow into adults who still return to attend the show.

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December December 2 Artists Ute Kleemann and Kevin Pullen will host an opening for a joint exhibition, the Art of Flow and Form, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Engel and Volkers, 100 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island. For details, visit utekleemann.com.

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Editor’s note: At the time of the printing, these events were slated to be held. However, as has been seen with the coronavirus, cancelations are always a possibility. Please check with individual organizations to ensure activities are progressing as planned. November 5 The Empty Bowl, a benefit for the local branch of America’s Second Harvest, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Glynn Visual Arts. The bowls will be displayed in 18 locations two weeks prior to the event. For details, visit helpendhunger.org. November 14 The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia will host its Fur Ball from 5 to 9 p.m. at Village Creek Landing, 526 S. Harrington Road, St. Simons Island. For details, visit hsscg. org/fur-ball. Brunswick PorchFest will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on home porches throughout the downtown historic district. Bands will play. Food trucks and vendors will also be on hand. The theme will be “Yardi Gras.” It is a rain or shine event. For more information, visit the Brunswick PorchFest’s Facebook page. November 15 to 21 The RSM Classic, hosted by Davis Love III, will be held from November 15 to 21 at Sea Island’s Seaside course on St. Simons Island. Admission prices and packages range from $50 to $200. For details, visit rsmclassic.com. November 26 The Jekyll Island Arts Association will host its Merry Artists Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27. Regular hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will be open through December 28. For details, visit jekyllartists.com.

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December 3 The downtown Brunswick Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Queen’s Square, 1419 Newcastle, Brunswick. It is free and open to all. For details, visit discoverbrunswick. com. December 3 and 4 The 40th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the site, 5556 U.S. Hwy. N., Brunswick. The location will be decked out in holiday decor and refreshments will be served. Re-enactors from the 26th Georgia Volunteer Infantry will perform a pre-Civil War muster of the Glynn County Guards and Brunswick Rifles militia units along with cannon firing. Santa will also be on hand for photos with children. Tickets range from $5 to $10 per person, depending on age. For more information, call 912-264-7333. December 4th and 5th Glynn Visual Arts will host its annual Mistletoe Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Artists from across the region will showcase their wares. For details, visit glynnvisualarts.org. December 5 The Brunswick Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. beginning at Howard Coffin Park, 1402 Sonny Miller Way, Brunswick. For details, visit discoverbrunswick.com. December 10 to 12 and Dec. 17 to 19 Golden Isles Arts and Humanities will host its annual presentation of A Christmas Carol from Dec. 10 to 12 and again from Dec. 17 to 19 at the Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle Street, Brunswick. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Prices increase by $5 on the day of the show. Student tickets, with documentation, are always $5 each. For details or to purchase tickets, visit goldenislesarts.org.



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will continue throughout the 2021 season, but they also expect large numbers of people to return to shop in-person this year. Read on to discover the origin and trends surrounding this American tradition and how the pandemic impacted the annual event.

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58.7 million shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday, down 37 percent from the year before.

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3 The most searched for product on Black Friday 2020 was the Nintendo Switch, with almost 3 million searches globally. The second most searched for product was the PlayStation 4, with over 1.35 million searches.

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DUE SOUTH that — they went into the piney woods to find Christmas trees. They were so fresh that a house would sing joyously with the cedar scent for weeks. Daddy, too, used to shoot the mistletoe down from a towering oak. I took for granted the skill it required to hit a tiny limb with one expert shot and send the mistletoe falling toward earth. Back then, I took a lot of things for granted.

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When I was 13 and scribbling daily in my little red leather diary, which was locked by a tiny key, my holiday feelings had a change of spirit.

It was that year that I became sentimental — maudlinly sentimental — about Christmas. My freckles were fading and the facial woes of an adolescent teenager had begun. Still tremendously innocent, I was unknowingly starting on a path toward adulthood. It began with that Christmas of my 13th year on earth. That year, no longer was the season

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about what was wrapped in the thin, dime store paper for me but rather, what I could give. For months, I babysat weekends and saved the one dollar an hour I made to buy presents for my family. I spent hours, pouring over the Sears-Roebuck catalog and studying what I could afford to buy for Mama, Daddy, and my siblings. The recollection of this came tumbling back recently when Tink pulled a frayed, worn dish towel from the kitchen drawer. It was decorated in bright, red cherries and it has, obviously, years ago, seen better days. I took it from his hands and fingered it gently. “I bought Mama a set of these with a matching potholder when I was 13,” I said softly. “It was the first time we ever had cheerful colors in the kitchen. Or anything fancy.” That year, my cousin, Lynn, was 14. She, too, was feeling the sentimental pull of Christmas so we decided to clomp into the woods and pick out cedar trees for our living rooms. People used to do

We picked our trees, tied a bandana around each, and sent our daddies back to saw them down and drag them from the forest. They were lopsided and needle-thin in places but, oh, how they smelled. It was that cedar scent from my 13th Christmas that will always have the power to bring me to a dead stop in my tracks and send me back to a time when tears were few and heartaches unknown. Four years ago, Tink and I were at The Cloister when they started dismantling the massive Christmas decorations. Among all of their properties, the Sea Island folks hoist 75 trees including one that hovers around 24 feet tall in The Cloister lobby and an 18-footer at The Lodge. They spend all year planning for the holiday season. “I get a lump in my throat when our teams crane the tree off the truck, when they wrestle it through the front doors, and as they raise it, and the onlookers clap in excitement,” admits Caroline Grogan, Associate Director of Event Design for Sea Island. “There’s pure joy — and aroma — that fills the room.” Tink and I walked into the lobby that day as chainsaws began to cut the limbs from the massive trunk. I stopped near a large, round, antique table, closed my eyes and smelled. I inhaled deeply and was taken back to the year I first discovered the adult version of Christmas. The air was glorious.


I remember how those live trees would suck water like a cow on a hot summer day. “We water the trees every other day,” Caroline explained. “But, otherwise, they smell that amazing on their own.” Nothing smells as good as a real Christmas tree. Nothing feels as good as the memories they evoke. It was the next Christmas, I recall, that Mama went to an “artificial” tree. To our mountain people, that meant we had moved uptown. We could afford to pay for a tree and not steal one free from the land. We had no way of knowing that we were, in the long run, stealing from ourselves for there would be no more scrumptious fragrance to fill the air and remind us of past Christmases. Today, our house is filled with four Christmas trees — all purchased from a store — and beautiful decorations. That gorgeous scent is supplied by candles and air scenters. However, in the slant topped desk from my childhood bedroom that sets in our hallway, you will find the tiny key to that red diary. The diary, like the cedar scent of those fresh trees, has disappeared.

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LIVING WELL procedure is typically about 10 to 15 minutes. The surgeon will remove the cataract and replace it with a new intraocular lens. The surgery can either be done manually or with laser assisted cataract surgery, a newer approach that improves the safety, efficiency, and predictability of the surgery. There will be a few postoperative visits with your eye doctor following the surgery to make sure the eye is healing and vision has improved. A series of drops are used for a few weeks to control inflammation and prevent infection.

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Everyone wants to live life to its fullest. From traveling to exotic vacation destinations to watching classic movies with family and friends, the most precious moments bring the color to our lives. But what if you can’t truly experience the world around you? If your vision is impaired, the vibrance is quite literally drained from life. Things become hazy and colors dull. Driving at night becomes an exercise in anxiety with glare and halos making navigating roads intimidating — and frankly, dangerous. While these issues can often be chalked up to aging, they can be sending very clear signals about one’s condition ... and those signs could be pointing to cataracts. Dr. Jack Johnson knows it’s something to take seriously. The general ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon feels that developing this condition can greatly impact one’s quality of life. But it doesn’t have to be something that upends daily activities. The latest technology has made treating cataracts much

more effective and much easier than in years past. Dr. Johnson enjoys sharing those options with patients at Coastal Eye Care, located at 312 Redfern Village on St. Simons Island. There, he works with the knowledgeable staff, including optometrist Dr. Carlton Hicks, to put patients’ lives back in focus. We sat down with Dr. Johnson to discuss the symptoms of cataracts and what treatment modalities are available for patients today. Read on to learn more:

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a progressive hardening and clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. As a cataract matures, it will subsequently worsen your vision. According to the National Eye Institute, over 60 percent of Americans will either have cataracts or have had cataract surgery by age 80. Approximately 4 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year.

How will cataracts affect me?

What kind of vision can I expect following cataract surgery?

There are a few types of lenses on the market currently. Your visual outcome is dependent on the lens you choose. Keep in mind, this is based on an otherwise healthy eye with no other additional eye conditions. A single vision lens can be calculated for either distance vision (you will need reading glasses) or reading vision (you will need distance glasses) A toric lens is similar to a single vision lens but also corrects astigmatism. An extended vision lens offers a continuous range of vision from distance vision to near vision. These lens try to reduce your need for glasses.

How do I know if I am a candidate for cataract surgery? See your eye doctor! Your optometrist or ophthalmologist can diagnose a cataract and refer you to a cataract surgeon.

• To learn more about cataracts or which treatment options may be right for you, contact Coastal Eye Care. The practice may be reached at 912-6388652. The website is ssicoastaleyecare. com.

Cataracts cause worsening vision over time, which will make it difficult to perform your everyday activities. This includes things such as reading, driving, and watching television. It affects both distance as well as near vision activities. Cataracts can also increase the risk of falls in older adults.

How are cataracts treated?

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BY DESIGN Bagby-Ramsey stocks her store with furniture, books, decorations, gift items, and much more. She expects she has one of the best book selections of any non-bookstore in the area. “I particularly like books, and so I have a lot of books,” she says. Bagby-Ramsey goes to AmericasMart to shop for store items. Twice a year, she travels to Atlanta with her friend, Judy Shadron, who owns Tabby House on St. Simons, and the pair spend a week exploring the market and talking with vendors.

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Melissa Bagby-Ramsey is tasked with keeping 5,000-square-feet of store space filled with unique items that pique the interests of her customers. That’s a lot of space, she admits. But she doesn’t fret over it. “If you love doing something, it shows,” says Bagby-Ramsey, owner of the Market on Newcastle, in downtown Brunswick. “People love coming in here, and I guess that’s why. And you can find stuff here that you can’t find anywhere else.” On a warm morning in mid-August, Bag-

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by-Ramsey opened the store at 9 a.m., unlocking the front door and moving tables and chairs outside the storefront, located at 1624 Newcastle Street. Inside, where she would soon begin transitioning to fall decor, she walked through the variety of displays, turning on numerous lamps one by one. Bagby-Ramsey has owned the store space in downtown Brunswick for 21 years. She stocks Market on Newcastle with a wide variety of items by going annually to market and by forging and maintaining close relationships with vendors. Her long career in retail has helped Bagby-Ramsey become attuned to what her customers want to buy, and she lets her own taste guide her as she selects items from vendors. “The key to it is if I buy what I like and I know what people like, it should all work out,” she says. “It seems to have done that for 21 years.”

“We’ve been going to market together for years, and you see the newest stuff,” Bagby-Ramsey says. “And if you’re really good with the vendors, they’ll let you in on what’s coming out that isn’t there yet. So I can be the first to have it.” Developing those strong relationships is the key to finding the best items to later sell at Market on Newcastle. “I have good relationships with my vendors, and they will call me and say, ‘I’ve got something I think you’re going to love,’” she says. “… That means that I don’t have to rely on just going to the market, because market is huge and I’m just one person so you might tend to not see everything.” Bagby-Ramsey also relies on Shadron who keeps an eye out for items that she’ll like. She does the same for


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Shadron, whose store is located at 1550 Frederica Road. “She packs (Tabby House) full of fabulous stuff,” Bagby-Ramsey says. “It’s neat to have a second set of eyes. She knows what I like, I know what she likes.” Market on Newcastle is among the few mainstays in downtown Brunswick that have stood through more than two decades of change in the city. “The store has been the store for 21 years, and I never had much trouble with getting people to come here because I have things that nobody else has,” Bagby-Ramsey says. “And they’re displayed in ways that nobody else does.” A recent addition to the store, though, is located in the back portion of Market on Newcastle. Black Sheep Pickers, owned by Shane Woodard, buys and sells vintage, antique, and unique items including collectibles, furniture, and more. “He’s got such a great eye,” Bagby-Ramsey says. “He spots stuff that nobody else sees or appreciates. It’s always fun to see what he comes up with.” Bagby-Ramsey feels confident that customers who visit both her store and Blacksheep Pickers will be able to buy items they won’t find anywhere else. “It takes a lot of stuff to fill up 5,000-squarefeet, but I manage to do it without any trouble,” she says.

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Our connection to the ocean WORDS BY LYDIA THOMPSON pockets of water left by the ocean as it recedes. Most of the time, there is just water or maybe a few tiny fish, but you get lucky every once in a while and the ocean reveals some secrets. We do have octopi in our waters. I was surprised to see one caught on a fourhour ecological tour. It was at least a foot across. When I said I wanted to write about octopi, friends told me their stories of finding them on Driftwood Beach in one of those tide pools.

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Octopi are mollusks that do not grow their own shell. They have to adapt to their habitat. When I visited the Dry Tortugas, we got to walk the tide pools at night. There was a turquoise octopus. It was beautiful. Octopi can become any color they need to in order to blend into their environment. They can be bumpy or smooth, all in an effort to disguise themselves. And they are very clever.

Foster’s solution draws him to the edges of the ocean. Every day he dives, swimming among the ribbons of leather kelp leaves. One morning he discovers a funny-looking rock. He swims around it. He goes up for air, and when he comes back, he sees an octopus swimming away. This is how the documentary begins. You may wonder why I bring this up. After all, there are no kelp forests in our waters. No, but we do have clear connections to the ocean. One spot that comes to mind is Driftwood Beach. It is a fascinating place with the skeletons of trees lying on the sand. This other-worldly location asks you to stop, slow down, and look. Saltwater washes over it twice a day. At the base of those trees are little

They actually have nine brains. One brain in each tentacle and one in the head. These brains work together or separately to solve problems. They also have three hearts, along with thousands of “suckers,” which function as fingers. Octopi have even been credited with having distinct personalities ranging from sweet to testy to just plain curious. In the documentary, Foster follows one octopus through the year and re-discovers himself along the way. And this reminds us of something important — there are lessons to learn from nature, but we have to stop and listen to its rhythms. I recommend that you watch the documentary, My Octopus Teacher. It is a beautiful film to learn about the life of one octopus and how it impacted the life of one man.


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Pharmacy Order Payment In this situation, you receive an email from a pharmacy urging you to click on a link to pay for an order that is “ready for pick-up.” If this happens, call the business directly before you click.

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GAME CHANGERS He bought his first and hasn’t looked back. The Pinball Palace has 88 of the 150 pinball machines he owns along with 44 arcade games, Foosball, air hockey, and a bounce house to provide fun for the kids whose parents are playing pinball. The Daniels promise the Pinball Palace is family-friendly, and it must be given that Alexis Gazaway was playing with her 8-month old daughter, Everlee, riding comfortably in a carrier on her back. “I just started today,” she says. “I think I’ve got a new obsession. It’s strategic. I like strategic.” The wide-eyed Everlee also seemed obsessed by the lights and sounds. The days of feeding quarters into a slot to release a few balls for a game are over. Pinball Palace charges $10 an hour, $15 for two hours and $25 for a day-long pass.

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The signature song of The Who’s rock opera, “Tommy,” is “Pinball Wizard,” and people from all over the world practice their various levels of wizardry at a business on Hopkins Avenue called the Pinball Palace. The pinball machine, in which players score by using flippers to guide steel

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balls into holes as bells ding, has not followed the buggy whip into oblivion even though it’s 90 years old. As electronic games have morphed into higher-tech versions, so has pinball. While retaining its steel balls and flippers, designers have added more sound and brilliantly lit themed displays. In addition to the usual sound effects, the machines talk to the player sometimes in deep-throated menace. Kelley and Karen Daniel own and operate the Pinball Palace, a former children’s castle-themed party venue that they converted into a game center for all ages. It started when Kelley saw an ad for an old Pac-Man machine. “I said, ‘This is cool,’” he recalls, so he bought it for the nostalgia. “Then, I figured it’d be impressive to have your own pinball machine.”

“He hunts pinball,” Snyder says of Davis. “We go to Tennessee and other states, and he hunts pinball. I’m just pretending to play. He’s good.” They swapped machines frequently and Davis jokes, “She’s getting all my points.” Kelley Daniel said he gets out-of-town business on stormy days when people can’t go to the beach and are looking for something to do. They learn about Pinball Palace from the rack cards he has at hotels and visitor centers. And sometimes he gets players with bad cases of sunburn. The beach wasn’t the draw for Michael Jarrard from Ackworth, who had taken two days off from work. “I came down here just to play,” he says. “I wanted to come to one of the best pinball locations in the country.” The place is clean, the people are nice, and Daniel has a lot of limited edition machines with vividly colored dot matrix


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displays, Jarrard says. “Plus, everything is in good shape,” he adds. It’s in good shape because Daniel does his own repairs, sometimes with the help of a friend, and has since he went into business four years ago. “When I started I didn’t even own a soldering gun,” he says of the tool for connecting wires to electronic parts. In one room, he has bins of replacement parts, flippers, flipper assemblies, electronic coils, transistors, and more. “Fuses blow a lot,” he says. But he doesn’t have to repair them on the floor. If it’s bad enough, he moves them out and fills the gap with a working machine from the others he has in storage at the former party shop across Hopkins, which was built as a Burger King.

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“His birthday was in May. We spent the entire day here,” she says. Jacob started playing at the Pinball Castle in 2018 and comes as often as he can. Daniel’s pinball history goes back longer. In high school in the 1980s, he collected bottles, turned them in for the deposit for money to play pinball. Not all of his machines are in Pinball Palace or in storage. He has four at home, and when he talks about getting more Karen Daniel notes they once had two garages full. “We’re not starting this again,” she says. There are other places to play such as arcades, but few have the collection that the Daniels have. As they prepared to close, Karen Daniel began sanitizing the machines by wiping them down. As she cleaned the Led Zeppelin machine, it asks, “Are you ready to start the show?”

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THE DISH “I happen to be a mushroom fanatic,” Carino says. “So many different mushrooms exist, many have different tastes and textures, so I find it to be an ingredient that allows you to do almost anything you love and add fresh, flavorful ingredients.” Carino has been cooking since he was 15, and he dreamed as a child of becoming a chef while he watched his Sicilian grandmother, standing on a stool as she cooked. Growing up Italian, it was a godsend to be exposed to both great food and great passion, says Carino. It inspired him to go on to open more than 100 restaurants all over the world. He is also the namesake of the Johnny Carino’s restaurant chain. Locally, Carino is well known for his culinary skills and unique creations.

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This dish, loved by many, offers a chance to combine a variety of fresh ingredients and to create a multitude of unique culinary experiences. Personal chef Johnny Carino recently took a coastal approach and created a recipe for stuffed mushrooms with shrimp, cheese, and spinach that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at holiday events this season.

“Becoming a personal chef happened when I wanted to have a personal way to cook and help others celebrate family, love, and of course, food,” he says. “I’ve had the honor of cooking for some really great folks.” His business is personalized and focused on catering in homes for special events rather than for large affairs. “Doing so allows a very much custom event and allows me to target and meet each client’s personal needs,” Carino says. “It truly is an amazing thing providing lifetime memories.” And for those seeking to bring a delicious dish to any event this holiday season, Carino recommends the stuffed mushroom. “Bringing these to a party lets you showcase your culinary skills, and as you can see you can create both vegan and non-vegan dishes,” he says. “Mushrooms to me exemplify the fall and winter months but are also great in the summer and spring, so it’s a very versatile ingredient.”


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INGREDIENTS 6 each Baby Bella Mushrooms (remove stems, chop and sauté in garlic and butter) 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves shaved ¼ cup Panko crumbs 2 cups fresh spinach 4 oz vegan cream cheese 2 Tbsp mixed herbs chopped (basil, thyme, parlsey) ¼ cup vegan parmesan cheese Sea salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS Heat butter in a saute pan. Add in garlic and slightly brown. Add in spinach and season to taste. Fold in cream cheese, Romano cheese, and herbs. Mix well, remove from the stove, and chill. Fill mushrooms with the mixture. Place into a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Mushrooms should be soft to the touch and golden brown on top. Place onto a platter and garnish with fresh whole herbs as pictured.

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The magic and sparkle of the holiday season will soon be upon us. Families will gather around tables, fires, and Christmas trees to toast the close of another year. And while the traditional choices like red wine or fancy craft beers are always well-received, some may be looking to up the ante — and of course, we’re here to help. When it comes to libations, two of the season’s brightest stars are undoubtedly bourbon and sparkling wine. We decided to engage a little “investigative journalism” to find the Isles’ best cocktails that showcase these favorites — bubbles and bourbon. We were super fortunate to get recipes from some of the most talented and creative bartenders around. Cheers, y’all.

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The dim, warm light glows in the restaurant’s piano lounge. Leather booths dot the room, offering a cozy spot for gathering with friends and family. “Starting about two weeks before Christmas, we have larger parties for families coming out to celebrate with aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, nephews. And we have a wide age range within the parties … even a party of four could range in age from 4 to 70,” Alex Burroughs, the Sea Grill’s bar manager, says. It’s this “Home for the Holidays” feel that inspires the restaurant’s seasonal drink menu. Cocktails that are welcoming and familiar, yet blissfully decadent, prove the perfect blend for a return to one’s roots. Burroughs’ Bourbon Mocha, which calls for coffee liqueur, Kahlúa and white chocolate, is the perfect example. “The white chocolate shavings look like the snow we never get to see,” he says with a laugh. On the other end of the spectrum, the restaurant’s Christmas Sangria is a fruity, fizzy mix that’s certainly merry and bright. “We add a little bit of seasonal flavors, like a ginger liqueur, then you have your fresh cranberry and lime to give it that red and green look,” he says. “We keep it light with a white wine like Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay. Then, we add Prosecco to give it some bubbles.”

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Bourbon Mocha ¾ oz bourbon of your choice ¾ oz Kahlúa liqueur ¾ oz dark chocolate liqueur White chocolate shavings for topping

DIRECTIONS Combine white wine, ginger liqueur, and cranberry juice in a large pitcher and stir. Refrigerate until ready to serve. For each individual serving, drop cranberries and lime wedges into a wine glass. Then, pour in the chilled mixture over the fruit, squeeze in the lime and orange juices. Top with Prosecco.

DIRECTIONS In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, Kahlúa, and chocolate liquor. Mix together well and strain into a coupe glass. Top with grated white chocolate and serve

Holiday Sangria 4 to 5 oz white wine (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc) ½ oz ginger liqueur 1 oz white cranberry juice ¼ lime and ¼ orange, squeezed (per glass) Prosecco for topping

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Dorothy’s Cocktail and Oyster Bar This holiday season will be the first for Dorothy’s, the new kid on the block when it comes to island restaurants. The location, situated just off Sea Island Road, opened its doors in April. But considering they’re always busy with chic patrons sipping handcrafted cocktails, “the most wonderful time” of the year will certainly bring more of the same. Beverage manager Chase Fowler says they’re always thrilled to share good times and fabulous flavors. “We’re a craft cocktail and raw bar with an emphasis on oysters, but everything is seasonally sourced. We get our seafood, and really everything else, from as local of purveyors as possible,” Fowler says. “Our vibe for our beverages is really about being fresh and simple but executed well. We don’t get caught up in the bells and whistles ... but we do use fresh ingredients for everything. The juices for our cocktails we make behind the bar ourselves.”

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Classic French 75 ½ oz lemon juice (hand juiced for best results) 1 oz Ford’s Gin ½ oz simple syrup Prosecco for topping Fresh lemon for garnish DIRECTIONS Take a coupe glass and chill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine ingredients and shake well. Empty the coupe glass of ice and strain the mixture into it. Top with Prosecco. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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Come Christmastime, the expansive dining room of Bennie’s Red Barn transforms into a winter wonderland. A roaring fire blazes in the fireplace and an enormous Christmas tree is situated in the center of the room. Since 1954, the family-owned restaurant has been the backdrop of countless families’ holiday celebrations. “We have families who have been coming here every year for decades. Christmas Eve is our busiest night and we have reservations that start the year before,” Zangla says with a smile. “We have Santa Claus and do photos by the tree.” As a fourth generation establishment, Bennie’s is wellknown for its time-honored steak and seafood dishes. Zangla says that they also serve up some classic cocktails. Two of those are the must have mimosa and treasured Old Fashioned. “You know, some people say you make an Old Fashioned with bourbon … but traditionally it’s whiskey (which is distilled differently). Of course, we can do it with whichever they prefer. It’s just a favorite Southern drink,” he says. “It’s great for people who like a good whiskey or bourbon.”

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The historic King and Prince Hotel has been a draw for families since opening its doors as a resort in 1941. The holidays there have always proven magical. The lobby boasts a huge Christmas tree, and for years gingerbread houses could be found on display. In the hotel’s restaurants, families fill tables to enjoy the King and Prince’s annual Thanksgiving feast in November. During December, patrons gather to enjoy drinks around the oceanfront bar or expansive fireplace.

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And for those seeking a sweet libation to go along with the merriment, Erin Madray suggests trying the Pecan Milk Punch. “Two holiday treats came to mind when curating this cocktail: The Southern staple — pecan pie — and the chilled, creaminess of eggnog. Together, these flavors offer a decadent richness to accompany the warmth of the bourbon,” she says. “The Pecan Milk Punch is delicious enough to be ordered as an after-dinner dessert at ECHO but refreshing enough to be enjoyed on the resort’s pool deck on a mild winter day.” But for those looking for something lighter, Madray recommends ECHO’s version of the ever-popular French 75. “Champagne and celebrations go hand in hand, which is why the French 75 is a staple on the ECHO menu. Whether you’re toasting to the New Year or to a recent accomplishment in our dining room, this cocktail fits the bill with its bubbly finish,” she says. “You’ll find the French 75 is both refreshing and smooth with just a little bit of luxe.”

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½ oz lemon juice ¼ simple syrup 1 oz Highclere Castle Gin 4 oz Champagne or Prosecco Lemon for garnish DIRECTIONS Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake. Strain into a champagne flute then top with bubbly.

Pecan Milk Punch For the simple syrup: 1 ¼ cups water 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup pecans DIRECTIONS FOR THE SYRUP Bring water to a boil. Stir in brown sugar and pecans. Turn down to the lowest setting and simmer for 25 minutes. Let cool, then fine strain out the pecans. DIRECTIONS FOR THE PUNCH Mix the syrup, bourbon, and ice cream in a blender until smooth. Top with candied pecans and a sprinkle of nutmeg.


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Kristie Cameron bursts through the kitchen door carrying a plate of piping hot chicken wings. She places them on a table blanketed with other platters brimming with some of her most popular dishes. "This is the kind of food you hurt yourself on," her assistant, Simone Hughes, observes with a hearty laugh as she helps situate the items. That certainly looks to be the case — a heaping helping of homemade chicken salad sits atop a bed of fresh lettuce next to a fried turkey wings adjacent to a creamy, bubbling bowl of mac and cheese. A seafood bowl topped with shrimp and veggies borders small plates featuring red velvet and key lime cake slices. It’s not for the faint of heart — or stomach. But for those who, like Cameron, grew up in the deep South, this spread could be just a regular Sunday dinner, served up after a lengthy spell sitting in a wooden pew, gettin’ right with the Lord. "That’s why they call it 'soul food.' It’s good for your soul,"

Cameron, better known as Lady K, offers. "After you eat this, all you’re good for is a pillow and a blanket." She would certainly know. After all, the driving forces behind this Brunswick native’s life have been faith, food, and family. "I was born and raised right here in Brunswick … I was born Sept. 20th, 1971. My parents always cooked for our church, so I grew up in the kitchen, helping my mom and my dad," she says. As a child, Cameron attended Holy Band of Inspiration Church, where she developed a deep and abiding faith that she calls on daily … not only in prayer but also in the kitchen. And pouring love into each of her homemade meals comes as easily as bowing her head. "I think that’s a big part of Southern cooking. My mom always said, 'if you cook with love … people will taste it,'" she says. That’s perhaps her biggest secret. But building her own

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restaurant business has also taken as much hard work as hope and heart. Cameron got her start in the industry when she opened a restaurant with her sisters. "It was called Four Sisters and it was out on Highway 17 before they widened the road," she recalls. After that, she struck out on her own, opening Lady K’s Kitchen on L Street in Brunswick. It was something that started in her own home with her late ex-husband, Tyron Aranha. "We started it together. He was from the Bahamas … he recently passed," she says, gesturing to a large photo of Aranha hanging on the restaurant’s wall. "We enjoyed cooking together. He was my ex-husband, but we remained the best of friends." Cameron and Aranha eventually moved to a powder blue building, which became the beloved Lady K’s Kitchen. While the L Street location bordered areas notorious for criminal activity, it also put Cameron in touch with some of those who were in the greatest need — children. Many of them lived in the housing projects nearby and their families often struggled to make ends meet. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, it brought sweeping school closures, which also meant that many of these little ones wouldn’t be getting the meals they depended on. "My sister was the manager of Burroughs-Molette’s (cafeteria) and she was retiring. She said, 'when they shut down the schools, some of these kids aren’t going to have access to food.' In the area I was in, I knew the majority of them," she says. "I was like, 'no, I can’t let these babies go hungry.' So I prayed." The response she received was to do what she does best — cook. She shared a post on Facebook, letting her followers know that she was going to start making meals for children in need. It didn’t take long before a little divine intervention manifested. "The first day I posted it, someone bought all the food for me to feed the children for lunch. So every day, we fed them … Tuesday to Saturday, but then I realized that a lot of them didn’t have transportation because they were living with their grandparents who couldn’t drive … so I decided to start delivering breakfast and lunch," she says.

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"We delivered to the north and south end." The community continued to support her cause with folks stepping up to help by covering the cost of food. "I tear up just thinking about it because it was amazing. I would be buying groceries and someone would come up and say, 'oh let me buy those for you so you can cook for the kids,'" she says. Lady K’s Kitchen fed almost 700 kids a day, keeping the tiny tummies full until the situation improved. "I’ve done it with the help of the community and churches who helped … the love that people have for the community is overwhelming. They really helped us ensure no child went unfed," she says. While Lady K’s Kitchen officially relocated in June, giving back is something she carried to her new location, 4441 Altama Avenue, Brunswick. She stepped up to help since the schools closed again at the end of August this year. Charity and giving are lessons rooted in her faith. Cameron keeps those at the forefront every day. "I attend Greater Works Than These Ministries and our pastor always teaches about giving back … of course, we can never 'out give' God," she says with a chuckle. Since the Lady K team moved into its new home, they have been inundated with both familiar faces and new diners, all of whom share a hankerin’ for home cooking. While the move certainly hasn’t been easy, Cameron has leaned heavily, as always, on her faith. "Just about everything that could go wrong with the move did," she says with a laugh. "But we’ve made it work … because of God. Everything has come through the grace of God. Lady K’s was built on zero dollars and zero cents. It’s been nothing but the grace of God and his favor."

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Even as a child, Wick Nalley was the life of the party. The Atlanta native turned Coastal transplant always loved entertaining and helping pull together events for friends and family. Fast forward a few years, and he’s built a business doing just that. Enter WicNics. The concept, he says, is a simple one — combine his love of creating celebrations with his passion for his Coastal Georgia’s picturesque landscapes. “I was doing social media and marketing full time with Coastal Collab, and I’m still doing that,” the 26-year-old says. “But ever since I was 12, I’ve been the person coordinating events and I’ve always wanted to get into event planning. I almost went that way in college but I just didn’t know if weddings were for me. So I decided to do something on a smaller scale.” Instead, he decided to focus on curating upscale, al fresco dining. Nalley brings all of the items needed to set the scene for a fabulous outdoor soiree. It also allowed him to merge his unique moniker — Wick — with a piece of the word, picnic ... because, of course he did.

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“So yes, Wicnics,” he says with a laugh. “But I was inspired when I would see all of these fabulous picnics on Instagram. No one was really doing that down here so I decided that I would try it.” In a short time, he’s already accumulated an impressive array of pieces to style any event in just about any locale. From beach side to marsh view, uber casual to super chic, Nalley has already done a bit of it all. “We’re not limited ... we can do these really beautiful al fresco dining events anywhere and they can be customized to fit your vision. We have teamed up with Merci Bouquet, who helps with the florals, and Golden Isles Olive Oil, which provides the cheese boards,” he says. “We’re environmentally friendly and we just bring the party to you.” Since launching Wicnics, Nalley has been quite busy. He’s curated everything from luxurious Sea Island dinners to relaxed children’s birthday parties. “We just want to create this very special experience for people ... something they can enjoy with their families and friends, but we will make it something that they’ll never forget,” he says. For our holiday issue of Golden Isles Magazine, we decided to put Nalley’s Wicnics chops to the test and see if he could create a customized Christmas setting — on the beach. And, what can we say, he totally delivered. Read on to find out what Nalley chose for our custom Coastal Christmas Wicnic.

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The centerpiece and garland were designed by David Lowe, master florist and owner of Edward on St. Simons Flowers and Gifts. For the focal point, Lowe used white hydrangeas with red hypericum berries. The rattan vase was furnished by Pierce and Parker’s on St. Simons Island.

The garland is a custom-made Coastal theme that Lowe created using local evergreens of pine, pittasporum, cedar, podocarps, and yew, which was embellished by seeded eucalyptus and red hypericum berries.

Beach chairs and a light umbrella provide comfort and shade while sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Small Cakes on St. Simons Island whipped up a batch of eggnog cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

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Tanya Sergey cupped her hands around the pale, powdery ball of dough. She kneads and rolls, and occasionally she stops to sprinkle in flour. “I prefer to use a tart pan for my pie crust because it makes it easier to take out,” she says, eyes focused on the task at hand. “And I like to do a braided crust, because it helps your pie be the star of the show, which it deserves to be.” In Sergey’s kitchen, however, it’s hard to really pick a star, as everything is fresh, and quite frankly, fabulous. Since she opened the doors of her restaurant, A Moveable Feast, 1178 Chapel Crossing Road in Brunswick, offering up a selection of healthy “super foods” has been her niche. But, come the holidays, Sergey, like many of us, is ready to splurge. “I think that everyone is excited to get back to normal of course and having a normal holiday season. I think the food can go a long way in helping with that,” she says. “Of course, it’s a lot of really carb-heavy stuff.” As the Thanksgiving and Christmas season approaches, many will start dreaming of creating the kind of bountiful tables they remember from their childhood. Sergey says these memories are the reason so many people recreate grandma’s pumpkin pie or squash casserole. “It really is about nostalgia. It’s really satisfying and comforting. You have all of those connections,” she says. But while some enjoy recreating holiday dishes from days gone by, others are equally content to relinquish control of holiday meals entirely. For the past few years, Sergey has been offering an option for those who would rather pick up and reheat than slave and toil.

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“Certainly, with the pandemic, that was a big thing. We did 130 Thanksgiving meals last year. I usually start getting calls in mid-October,” she says as she arranges several eggs. “It’s $35 per person. It comes with everything you need ... soup, salad, turkey, gravy. There are seven choices for sides. Then, you get dessert.” And, of course, one of the choices is — pumpkin pie. The bright dish is quintessentially fall and proves classic in every sense of the word. “It’s tradition ... it’s the color too and the fact that it’s always ready to harvest around this time of year,” she says. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit.


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Sergey loves jazzing up her version to create something a bit more ... “... sexy,” she offers with a laugh. “Pumpkin pie doesn’t have to be boring. You can do so many things with it. And you can get your kids involved too, which is a lot of fun. I topped it with some candy pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries, candied almonds, golden raisins, and chocolate ganache.” Sergey also likes to incorporate other seasonal vegetables into her Thanksgiving table. Not only does she embrace pumpkin, she also welcomes another longtime fall favorite — squash. “There’s so much you can do with squash,” she says, gesturing to her soup and casserole. “It’s just got such a beautiful color.” Read on for Sergey’s own favorite recipes for these autumn favorites.

Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients

4 small or 2 large butternut squash, sliced in half longways, seeded with a spoon 2 large white onions Olive oil 4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock 1 Tbsp cumin 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 12 oz cans coconut milk or 1 quart heavy cream Dash of cayenne to taste Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, coat a baking sheet with nonstick pan spray, and place squash face down. Bake for 30 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, heat a large, heavy bottomed pan with olive oil. Sauté onions on medium high until translucent and wilted. Add stock and stir to incorporate. Scrape flesh from squash into soup mixture. Add all spices and liquids, and bring to low boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, blend in batches on high. Return to pan and reheat. Adjust salt and pepper as desired.

Squash Casserole Ingredients

4 large zucchini squash 4 large summer squash ¼ cup fresh thyme 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper

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and sizes when slicing is required. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray. Ready squash by cutting off stems and slicing uniformly in ¼ inch rounds. Lay squash rounds in rows until first layer of pan is filled. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, fresh thyme leaves, and cheddar cheese. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Slowly pour heavy cream into casserole dish. Place into oven for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly.

Pumpkin Pie Pie crust Ingredients

1 cup flour 1 cup chilled butter, cubed ¼ tsp kosher salt 1 tsp sugar ½ cup chilled water

Directions

Here is another holiday favorite made easier with the help of an indispensable kitchen appliance — the food processor, Sergey notes. Place flour, butter, salt, and sugar into food processor cup. Pulse on and off until a fine crumb is formed. With processor running, add cold water a few drops at a time until crust starts to pull together. Turn out onto a floured surface and form into a 1 ½ inch tall disk. Press together and wrap in plastic and chill at least an hour. On a well-floured surface, roll crust out, alternating directions and sides until it meets the size of a pie tin or dish. Sergey likes to use a tart pan with removable sides for added visual appeal.

For the pie filling Ingredients

¾ brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 cup heavy cream 1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin puree

Directions

Whisk all these things together and pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 and continue baking for another 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Top with whatever suits your fancy — whipped cream, nuts and dried fruits, caramel, or creme fraiche.

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Glynn County residents Judi Riccio and her husband, Tom, have been involved with various ministries over the years, but it wasn’t until they watched a documentary on sex trafficking that they found their true calling. “We watched the documentary, Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, and it opened our eyes to how prevalent sex trafficking is in all communities, and we wanted to minister to women who are trafficked locally,” Riccio says. Today, she serves as the executive director of Faithful Love. The Riccios founded the nonprofit in 2017 after receiving training with national anti-trafficking organizations, such as Out of Darkness in Atlanta. The goal is to help

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To do that, the organization purchased a property where local women can find a reprieve from the strain of their lives. “We have a day program that offers counseling, including group counseling, and hot meals with a place to eat the meals, take showers, rest, and do laundry,” she says. The nonprofit works with these women for however long it takes to help them take the next steps of recovery and escape a life of exploitation in the sex industry. Riccio said her organization partners with programs in Atlanta and out-of-state to provide women with safe housing, additional therapy, and job training when they are ready. “There are currently no safe homes south of Atlanta, so we are broadening our scope and have expanded to look at more programs, such as trauma therapy, drug addiction treatment, and counseling, because often, those go hand-in-hand,” she says. “Around 98 percent of women

who are sex trafficked were abused and traumatized as children. We reach out to these women to find what each of them needs.” Many times, she says, the process starts with helping them get the identification they need. “Their abusers often take their ID from them, making the women dependent on them because you have to have identification to receive any kind of help, get a job, a place to stay. We must meet their physical needs first before they can trust us with their other needs,” she says. “We will get them to a safe house and provide transportation if need be. We walk along with them in their journey as long as it takes.” This year, Faithful Love has already been able to get six women in the area out of the trade and out of the area. One of the tools they’ve implemented in getting these women back on their feet is their Faithful Gems program. “We partnered with Sharon Roberts of Graceful Goods, and she teaches


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When she launched the business, she only found one printer able to meet her needs and it was in California. After using this printer initially, she decided to make the investment and buy her own printer. Then, the business and its nonprofit ministry, PillowGrace Project, really took off. Selling the pillows, pillowcases, hand towels, and tissue box covers in their store — 165 Palm St., St. Simons — or online at pillowgrace.com, has allowed Rowland’s organization to send pillows and pillowcases to other nonprofits and those in need. In 2019, they sent 200 pillowcases to U.S. Army troops deployed in Afghanistan. They also partner with Operation Bedspread, which provides bedding to needy children, as well as the Hope Collective’s Summer Camp. “We also work with Morningstar and provide pillows and pillowcases to the children there, as well as Safe Harbor, Communities-In-Schools, Abiding Love Adoption, Skylark, Salvation Army, and the women’s retreat, Inspire, experience,” Rowland says. the women to make jewelry and we pay them each a fair wage and they also walk out with a paycheck,” Riccio says. “We started out teaching them to make paper beads. As we worked as a group on the beads, it turned into group therapy. It started out with them encouraging each other while they worked. It’s been a beautiful thing.”

“Every order is custom and each gift is unique. It really is a two-fold gift with a personal, heartfelt message that means as much to the giver and the one receiving the gift. We’ve really grown organically, because many people who receive them as gifts, turn around and gift one to someone else.”

From there, they’ve expanded to other jewelry items. Although a program to teach crochet had to be put on hold due to COVID, Riccio hopes to begin that training soon. For this holiday season, shoppers can purchase Faithful Love’s creations at the Blue Cottage Artist Market in Brunswick, as well as various street markets and an upcoming Christmas gala. While most of the group’s funding comes from grants and private donations, profits from the jewelry sales go back into the program to provide their clients with all the crafting materials they need. For more information about the non-profit, visit FaithfulLove.net, as well as their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

PillowGrace This couture shop on St. Simons Island is the brainchild of Julie Rowland, who got the idea to make pillowcases covered in Bible verses about seven years ago. “I was in a Bible study class and the teacher, Kay Arthur, said we need to have the word of God as close to us as possible,” she says. That sparked the idea of writing Bible verses on pillows …. a tranquil reminder as we fall asleep.”

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Rahab’s Rope This nonprofit that supports women and children in India who have been human trafficked is based out of Gainesville, Georgia. Jennifer Lunsford, director of sales, whose mother Vicki Moore, founded the organization in the early 2000s, says they opened a shop last year in the middle of a pandemic. “We believe nothing happens in our lives by chance and timing is God-appointed. As God was opening my eyes to the women in crisis in India, I was also taking an Old Testament Bible class and was studying the story of Rahab the prostitute found in the book of Joshua,” Moore wrote on the organizations website. “The rope in the story represents Rahab’s rescue both physically and spiritually, and there is a high probability that Rahab made the rope herself. Our hope is that, just as the rope that Rahab made represents her rescue, the skills taught to the women at our women’s centers will represent their physical and spiritual rescue as well. It seemed fitting for Rahab’s Rope to be our name.” Through the organization’s website and three stores, they sell handcrafted garments and home goods made by the women and girls they’ve helped escape sex trafficking. “Gainesville is our headquarters, where our warehouse is located, and the location of our first store. The other store is in Clarksville, near Helen,” Lunsford says. Combining her mother’s passion for this cause and her two decades of work in foreign missions with her father David’s business skills, they were able to launch Rehab’s Rope, teaching trades and skills to these women and girls and shipping their products to the U.S. for sale. “We always knew we wanted a shop on St. Simons,” says Lunsford, whose husband’s family owns the Brunswick home her mother-in-law grew up in where they stay when visiting the area for the business or for pleasure. Although they opened the St. Simons store during the pandemic, she said both locals and tourists were very welcoming and they’ve had a positive experience. “We didn’t do a big grand opening and we sanitized and wore masks,” she says. “About 65 percent of our funding is through product sales, the rest is donations. Although we have seen an increase in our online sales, they stores are doing well. I think one positive about COVID is that people paid more attention to supporting local businesses and pouring more back into their own communities.” While Lunsford says they sell everything from garments to jewelry and home goods, their bread warmers, baskets, and throws are most popular with customers. Selling these items helps us provide these women and girls with an education, training and jobs. “It’s all about providing hope and sustainability,” Lunsford says. Rahab’s Rope is located at 320 Mallery St. in the Pier Village. For more information or to order online, visit rahabsrope.com. 96

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Clad in a collared shirt and respectable khakis, Andrew Alford was every inch of business casual as he took a seat outside of Tipsy McSway’s in downtown Brunswick. Looking at him, you’d never guess he belongs to an eclectic rock and roll group. As his bandmates begin to appear though, Alford’s cover is blown. Dalton Rooks saunters through Jekyll Square outfitted in brown overalls sans shirt, a guitar dangling from a rainbow strap over his shoulder. He takes a seat next to Alford, who can’t help but smile. “Nice outfit,” he offers with a laugh. Rooks nods with satisfaction as David Silva appears. He’s wearing a blue sleeveless Hawaiian shirt, purple flamingo suspenders, and shorts. Alas, as a drummer, he wasn’t able to bring his instrument. Patrick Langley rolls up to complete the picture in a cosmos-themed tank and light blue bandana, clasping his trusty horn. “I guess you didn’t get the memo,” Langley says to Alford as the other bandmates snicker. But, just in time, a red sleeveless Miller High Life shirt materializes and Alford is saved. Doink has officially arrived. This band is a lot of things — loud, bold, boisterous — but business casual ain’t one of them. This fabulous foursome is about bringing big sound in unexpected ways. In fact, everything about this group has been unconventional, even the way that it began. The four musicians seemed to fall together by pure happenstance.

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“It was about two or three years ago. I ran into David at Open Mic Night at Palm Coast. I’d known him for two or three years,” Alford recalls. “And he asked me if I still played bass. Then, he said, I know a guy who plays guitar ... do you want to come back next week and play?” That would be Rooks. The trio started playing together during the event, just making it up as they went along. Langley, who was working at Palm Coast at the time, became a fan. “I’d be behind the bar and I would switch the house music inside to the stage to listen to them,” he says. Eventually, Langley was invited to join the band and the group was set. The name, however, was a little more up in the air. “We had a bunch of unofficial names. We’d sign up under silly names, because at the time, it was just the three of us so we’d be Dirty Dalton and the Cooks. I know we were Mouse Rap once,” Silva says. “One night, we signed up as Doink and it stuck,” Alford adds. “Our buddy Filo got up and started free stylin’ about Doink.” Word started spreading about the shiny new band and its onomatopoeia of a name. “People started asking us when Doink was playing again ... so I guess they decided because we weren’t really even Doink then,” Alford says with a laugh. The name clearly works. It seems to capture the group’s quirkiness with precision clarity. Not only is their style

a little wacky, their set lists are also bit unorthodox. They typically play rock and funk songs, but in a way that people have never heard before. “There’s a real improvisational aspect to it,” Alford says. “The same song can sound completely different. “We nail it in the moment,” Langley says. “We do a lot of songs that we’ve never practiced before and it just happens.” But considering each of them has been playing for decades, picking up new tunes comes fairly easily. Rooks adds that their spontaneity brings something unique to the area’s robust music scene. “We wanted to offer something different. We didn’t want to play things that people are already playing,” Rooks says. Doink will be jamming at PorchFest in downtown Brunswick on Nov. 14. They have also played at Tipsy McSway’s in Brunswick and Village Creek Landing and Murphy’s Tavern, both on St. Simons Island. “We’re going to have to learn to play a little softer ... Doink isn’t really a dinner music kind of band, but we can learn to bring it down a little,” Silva says. One thing that won’t change — Doink’s carefree character. “That’s what I really like about this band. It’s so much fun. I’ve been in bands before and some folks will be really serious about it,” Langley says. “With Doink, no one takes it too seriously.” “It’s all positive energy and good vibes,” Rooks adds.


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BACK TO SCHOOL BEDLAM Operation Bedspread, a local nonprofit which supplies beds for children in need, recently held its fall fundraiser at Brogen’s South. The band Idle Hands performed, an auction was held, and donations were accepted during the event. Since its founding in 2012, Operation Bedspread has provided more than 1,200 beds to area children and the less fortunate. For more information, visit operationbed.org. Photo assistance by Jan Bone. Megan Gilmartin, left, and Beth Bradley

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FIRST FRIDAY First Friday, a monthly block party, is held in downtown Brunswick at the beginning of every month. Galleries host exhibition openings and bands perform, while restaurants and businesses offer specials during the event.

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GOLDEN ISLES ALZHEIMER’S WALK The Golden Isles Alzheimer’s Walk was recently held at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island. Participants donned purple and walked around the Pier Village to raise money for local and national charities that support the cause. The proceeds will benefit Memory Matters, an area nonprofit.

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A LITTLE LIGHT MUSIC The Coastal Georgia Historical Society held its final concert of the season with the Sounds of Motown taking to the stage on the lawn of the St. Simons Island. Locals and guests set up picnic dinners to enjoy the fall evening with their friends and family.

On the back row are Bob Lathrop, from left, Clark Issac, Ken Thompson, Vicky Lathrop, and Dottie and Jack Broadhag. On the front row are Bud Badyna and Lea King-Badnya

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Betty McKenzie, from left, Greta Barfield, and Valerie Williams

Susie Alexander, from left, Gerit Alexander, and Victoria Stewart

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Members of the 2021 Champions for Life Club

Sonya and Calvin Anderson

CHAMPIONS FOR LIFE DINNER Skylark recently held a celebration dinner for its inaugural Champions for Life Club at Frederica Township Bluff Boathouse on St. Simons Island. The evening consisted of awards, prizes, and recognition. Thirty-one individuals raised a minimum of $1,500 in pledges, and eleven churches raised a minimum of $5,000 for the 2021 Walk for Life in Glynn, Camden, and Wayne counties. Skylark is a sexual health clinic which has served over 23,360 clients in Southeast Georgia since 1992. For more information, visit helloskylark.com.

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Mike Murray, left, and Sonya Anderson

Patrick Eades, from left, and Barrie and Ken Parker

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Give yourself a gift this year! The College of Coastal Georgia offers a diverse range of academic programs through our School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Management, and School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Many of our programs--Coastal Ecology, Criminal Justice, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Culinary Arts--are enhanced by the unique resources of the Golden Isles, namely the region's diverse natural ecosystem, access to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and proximity to world-class resorts and tourism sites. The College is not only an educational institution, but also a contributor to the economic development of Southeast Georgia. Since 2016, Coastal Georgia has made an economic impact of approximately $500,000,000 -- generating jobs and utilizing services within the region. The College partners with the region's educational providers, Southeast Georgia Health System, businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs, to provide students with excellent learning opportunities that make a difference within the community. Georgia residents, age 62 and older, are eligible for Coastal Georgia's Amendment 23 Admissions Program www.ccga.edu/amendment23. Whether intending to enroll for credit or non-credit purposes, admissions through Amendment 23 allow qualified applicants to attend classes free of tuition. A quality education with personalized academic support just minutes from the beach ... is it any wonder that students love the College of Coastal Georgia. And parents don't seem to mind combining a visit with their students with a trip to the beach. Go figure!

Find out more about the College of Coastal Georgia, the state's destination college and schedule your campus tour today.

www.ccga.edu/visit


Wishing you peace, love, joy and most of all, good health.

To learn about hospital services or to find a health care provider, visit sghs.org or call 855-ASK-SGHS (855-275-7447).


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