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Merry Christmas & the Happiest of Holidays, no matter how you choose to spend them! I couldn’t be happier to share so many special people with you in this issue for December & January--- you are sure to love reading about everyone from Elizabeth Maxson to the wonderful Ivonne.... and everyone in between. Things can get stressful this time of year so I hope that the holiday recipes and very special ideas for Stressless Holiday Entertaining from Kristy Seibert can help you out! Most of all, whether you are currently part of the SSI Community or our friends far and wide, please have a safe and happy season with your family and friends! We thank you so much for your love and support and consider you one of our special holiday gifts!

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In This Issue

Grace Graffiti Coupon Code: SSIOMAG2013 for 10% off until Dec.11

Tina Kim Editor/ Publisher Jessica Michele, Kristy Seibert Janet Borland Denisse Franklin Bobbi Brinkman Photography, Janice Zirkenbach, Rhonda McCullough Angela Eastland contributors


Blogs to Watch: p. 85-93 Elizabeth Maxson & Ivonne from Creampuffs in Venice

Gardening aka Recyling your Tree p. 4 2

Recipes for the Holidays! p 100-102 Wonderful reads!


CONTENT December/January


Play Recycling your Tree p. 42 Holiday Events p. 123-126 Books for December p. 102-104 Stressless Holiday Entertaining p. 63-65

Eat Chicken Pot Pie p. 55-58 Holiday Cocktails p. 77-78 Red Chile Jelly p. 82-83

Love Grace Graffiti p. 21-30 Indie Gift Box p. 35-38 Faithworks p. 46-48 Blogs to Watch p. 87-95 Favorite Things for the Holidays p. 106-109 Nail Care for Pets p. 119-120




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One of our favorite places to eat on the island is CJ’s Pizza! I just had to write and say that we can’t wait to visit SSI and have a deep dish pizza at CJ’s in February when we get back. We can’t wait! Sincerely, Mary & William H. LOVED the article on Joshilyn Jackson! I love all of her books and didn’t know she had a new one coming out! (Editors note: It’s out now) Great to know that she will be on the island with her book tour, I’d love to meet her! Bonnie P. Thanks for the recipe for Turkey Hash in the November Issue. I’m always looking for new recipes for turkey leftovers and know I will get more use out of this in December! Best, John Q.

I liked reading about Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach in the last issue. I’ve never been and now I can’t wait to go next June! Thanks! Liz N. 11


December 1 – January 1: Holidays in History on Jekyll Island! Jekyll Island is transformed for the holiday season. The Historic District decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time to Christmas during the Club era. The season begins with the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continues with storytelling, caroling, craft workshops, and more. (912) 635-2600 or visit December 3 – 28: 100 under $100 at Glynn Art! Open reception on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. 529 Beachview Dr. Call (912) 638-8770 or visit December 4: Live Music Wednesdays at Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center. Need to liven up your weekday?! LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAY is now at Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center the FIRST Wednesday of the Month! Come join us for Tapas & Drinks 7pm - 10pm! See you all there! December 5: Mike Kitchens Talk and book signing of Ghosts of Grandeur, Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations. 7 p.m. Reservations required. 610 Beachview Dr. (912) 6347095 or December 6 – 28: Annual Student Art Show Exhibit featuring works from local students PK-12. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or December 5 Kingsland Christmas Tree Lighting & Downtown Open House 5-7pm. Live Christmas caroling, Christmas story reading, Santa Claus and features free holiday refreshments. For more information, contact the Kingsland Welcome Center 912-729-5999 or . December 6 First Friday. Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples 5-8pm. Downtown Brunswick. Main Street Brunswick/DDA. 912-265-4032.



December 7: Annual Brunswick Christmas Parade, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come enjoy the annual Brunswick Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Coffin Park and makes it’s way West on Gloucester to Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The reviewing stand will be in front of Customs House / City Hall at 601 Gloucester St. Santa Claus makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. (912) 265-4032 or December 7: Brunswick Holiday Bazaar at Mary Ross Waterfront Park! Here’s a fun and easy way to get some extra holiday shopping in presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. Crafts and decor, flea market finds, specialty items and seasonal goodies will be available, from 8 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Don’t miss out on the yummy fall veggies, great Georgia pecans and homemade treats, too – the Brunswick Farmers Market is always the perfect place to find the freshest and best-tasting produce in town. (912) 262-6665 or (912) 262-6934 or December 7: Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Fourth Annual Christmas Parade of Lights to welcome the Holiday Season! 1530 Newcastle St., Mary Ross Waterfront Park. (912) 275-7774 or December 7: Celebrate St. Nicholas Day! Enjoy a 1920s Christmas party at the Jennings family home on Jekyll Island. Music and light refreshments, storytelling, games, and a visit with St. Nicholas offer entertainment opportunities for the whole family. $10 per person. 2-4 p.m. Reservations required. Jekyll Island Museum, (912) 635-4036. December 7: A Madeira and Dessert Tasting! Tim Rutherford, food critic from Savannah will host a Madeira and dessert tasting to begin the Ashantilly holiday season. Limited seating. 4 p.m. $35 donation per person; $60 for couples. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 4374473 or 230-6962 or December 7 Cassina Garden ClubÕs 29th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Bake Sale. Showcasing five lovely private homes and The Cloister Hotel. , each festively decorated for Christmas. Shop at the famous Bake Sale and depart on a tour bus at CassinaÕs historic tabby slave cabins on Gascoigne Bluff. All proceeds benefit their preservation and restoration. 10am-5pm. Learn more at or (912) 399-1152.


December December 7 Make Your Own Photo Ornaments. 10am - noon. $25 members, $35 non-members. By Barbara Krauss, Beach Cottage Photography. Glynn Art Visual Arts Center, 529 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island. . 912-638-8770 December 7th, 2013 - 10:00am This annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. Starting at 10:00 a.m. at Howard Coffin Park, over 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units make their way one mile down the length of Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of the Old Town National Register Historic District. Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. Santa is joined at the park by arts and crafts vendors offering hand-made holiday gifts for sale and by the farmers offering fresh fruit and produce at the Brunswick Farmers Market. December 7th, 2013 - 8:00am to 5:00pm The Brunswick Holiday Bazaar, presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, is held at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Downtown Brunswick! This is a fun and easy way to get in some extra holiday shopping. Crafts and decor, flea market finds, specialty items and seasonal goodies will be available, from 8:00am until about 5:00pm. Don’t miss out on the yummy fall veggies, great Georgia pecans and homemade treats, too – the Brunswick Farmers Market is always the perfect place to find the freshest and best-tasting produce in town.Bay Street at Gloucester St., December 8: Coastal Youth Symphony Concert, 3 p.m. Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., Brunswick. December 10: Holiday High Tea in the Grand Dining Room at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. 3:30 p.m. $25 per person. This cherished tradition is more than the perfect cup of afternoon tea. Enjoy tea sandwiches, soup, warm scones with fruit compote, and exquisite holiday sweets as our pianist plays the season’s favorite carols. (912) 635-5155 to make reservations or visit December 11: Chef’s Demonstration at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. “Theme: Chicken and WafflesBreakfast or Dinner?” As the chef shows how to prepare two courses and the accompaniments, questions and comments are welcomed from the audience. The relaxed atmosphere gives guests an opportunity to learn how to prepare and present delicious fare and to exchange ideas with the chef and each other. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. (912) 635-2600 or visit


December 12: A Christmas Carol Glynn Academy Orchestra and Academy singers present Holiday music with orchestrated narration of Dickens’ classic read by Father Liam Collins. Donations appreciated. 7 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 900 Gloucester St., Brunswick. Glynn Academy Chorus, (912) 267-4210 x3110 or December 13 – 20: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Ritz Radio Theatre presents the beloved holiday story of an angel who helps a despairing businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be performed just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. Call for prices. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 2626934 or December 13: “The American Tenors” at 8 p.m., at the Cloisters! $20 adults, $10 students. Brunswick Community Concert Association, (912) 638-4111 or December 13 - 16 Big Altamaha Adventure! Spend one night camping on the Altamaha River before meeting up with the Capt Gabby - the Georgia Coast Mothership - for 2 more nights of amazing exploring! SouthEast Adventure Outfitters., 912-6358-6732. December 14 – 21: “A Christmas Carol,” Evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Ritz Radio Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of the mean old miser Scrooge and his magical night discovering the true meaning of Christmas. “A Christmas Carol” will be performed just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. Call for prices. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or December 14: Santa & the Sea Turtles! Santa visits the good girls and boys each year so why not sea turtles? Sit on Santa’s lap, tell him your wish and enjoy Santa as he stops along his Christmas migratory route! Make ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree and then visit with the sea turtle patients to hear their special Christmas story! Noon to 3 p.m. at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. 912-635-4444 December 15-17 Holiday arts and crafts at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. There will be everything from painted ceramic and wood, hand woven cotton clothing, hand blended organic teas, and more.

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December 15 - Humane Society Holiday Open House Join us from 1-3 pm as we celebrate the season with our furry friends! Studio Pixel Pop will be here to take Santa’s picture with your family and pets- share instantly with friends and family with automatic upload to Facebook. Refreshments, time to visit our adoptable pets, activities for children in the education center and more! Come see why “Something Extraordinary Happens When You Visit” the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia. December 15: Santa Claus at Crane Cottage, 11:30-2 p.m. Jolly Old St. Nick arrives to Crane Cottage welcoming children to tell him their Christmas wish list (no charge). A photographer will be available to capture the moment (fee). (912) 635-2600 or visit December 16: Coastal Symphony of Georgia presents SUPPE: Poet and Peasant Overture, BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 6, TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Suite Excerpts, BIZET-BORNE: Carmen Fantasy and Guest artist, flutist Mindy Heinsohn, is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player who has performed in Europe, Central America, the United States and Canada. 8 p.m. Adults $25, Children/Students $5. Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium, Brunswick. (912) 634-2006 or

December 16 2 hour Full Moon kayak tour Watch the sun set and the moon rise over the Marshes of Glynn! SouthEast Adventure Outfitters., 912-6358-6732. December 18 & 19: Christmas Cookie Workshops at Morgan Center, 2-4 p.m. $15 per cookie maker, others $5. Bring your creativity, your sweet tooth and join our Pastry Chefs for an afternoon of Christmas cookie decorating. Each guest will get one dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colored icings and traditional cookie sprinkles provided; punch and mulled cider, too! (912) 635-2600 or visit


December 19 – 24: The Christmas Bagpiper on the Hotel Grounds, 4-4:50 p.m. Free1 As he slowly treads the grounds near sunset, Scottish bagpiper Tim Akins heralds the season at the Hotel, Cherokee and Crane Cottage. In full Scottish regalia, his haunting pipes call out the songs of the season and traditional Scottish melodies. (912) 635-2600 or visit December 20 - 22 Cumberland Island 3 Day Adventure kayaking and camping along Georgia’s largest barrier island and our National Seashore! SouthEast Adventure Outfitters., 912-6358-6732. December 31: New Year’s Eve After Dinner Party at the Morgan Center 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Ring in the New Year Millionaire style at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. We will have an After Dinner Party at the Morgan Center with a DJ and Dancing. The party will feature Chocolate Fondue, a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Station, Breakfast Sliders and more! Admission is free to patrons dining in the Grand Dining Room and only $25 for the public. This is the holiday party you don’t want to miss, gather your friends and head over to Jekyll Island for New Year’s Eve. (912) 635-2600 or visit





While all three are Southern girls hailing from different parts of Georgia, they each settled for coastal life, married their college sweethearts and began raising families together.

The Team at Grace Graffiti is dynamic, energetic, creative and totally

FUN!!!! Kelly Roberson, Suzanne Akins, Whitney Herndon began this unique and successful company in November of 2010 and has since sold their handcrafted items to all fifty states and internationally. Amazingly, between them they have nine children, six boys and three girls in the mix. Though Kelly and Suzanne worked in the same office, they always knew they would one day own a shop together; one they were creating year by year as they worked alongside each other in the business world. As their families grew, the desire for a creative outlet grew also. Then came a dinner date with friend Whitney Herndon and a realization of shared dreams held by all of them. A trio formed and the next day, Grace Graffiti was born. Meeting weekly to dream up and develop new and different door hangers, they found their local community supported their efforts and a small business began. Shortly thereafter, they created an Etsy Shop to feature their products online, hired a carpenter, and got to work. When the first sale came through Etsy, they were hooked. Shipping worldwide became the norm and production rapidly increased to 7 days a week.



What began as a casual outlet to spend time with friends creating unique home decor quickly turned into a full-time business, outgrowing their work-fromhome efforts. They found a space in historic downtown Brunswick, Georgia to expand their work area and allow for a retail shop up front as well. They became an official business, Grace Graffiti, Inc. in January 2012 and have continued to expand their product lines with each new year. Grace Graffiti’s top sellers range from wooden guest book letters and states to custom handstamped guitar picks to photo booth props to Twitter chalkboards and solid wood, handpainted signs. While their products span a wide range and don’t fit one particular mold, there is one common thread throughout. Each of their products is handcrafted with personal care taken for every single piece. From their first product of burlap wreaths as door hangers they burned their fingers more times than they could count with hot glue so they didn’t have to be forced to forgo this product! Grace Graffiti then added hand-cut wooden letters to the wreaths which led to our total transformation to creating wooden products!


Their most popular product is the wooden wedding guestbooks using either letters or their state of choice.

Grace Graffiti is found at their Etsy Shop, their “workshop” space is on Newcastle in Brunswick and the girls are there on First Fridays. You can also find them via Facebook, website or email! “We are very thankful for Etsy and the platform it has given artists. They have allowed us to have customers as far away as Japan and Australia. It is very cool to think that are products are in peoples homes and business all the way across the globe.”

Their name is Biblical and came from The Message Translation: Psalm 17:6-7 “I call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer. So - answer! bend your ear! listen sharp! Paint grace-graffiti on the fences...”




We asked the team what their favorite thing is about the three of them together: “Having a 3 way partnership. We were warned by many a professional that partnerships among friends can be disastrous, but we knew the gifts and talents each of us brought to the table would only serve to compliment each other and it is working! We help each other stay balanced by working together to ensure our production process is not only the best for our business, but is best for us personally too. We have to tweak it periodically as our family situations and schedules change. We have nine children among us (and of course our 3 handsome husbands!) so family must come first. We don’t clock out at five everyday as our business is mostly online, so it can be very consuming at all hours of the day. Each of us has had to set boundaries of “shutting down” to focus on cooking dinner, helping with homework, or SLEEPING (!!) because the business aspect could certainly happen 24/7 if we let it! We’re also all runners so pounding the pavement gives us a much needed mental boost each day.”

We give your home, business, parties or weddings that extra little accent of hospitality and warmth with the presence of our signs, letters, hand-stamped metals and welcoming door hangers. Creating the small details for life’s big events 28

You’ll find Kelly as the “brains” of GG, Suzanne as the “financials & business logistics” end and Whitney as the “hands” of GG handling Wooden Product Design and Development. They naturally fell into their individual roles within the business, yet they overlap in all areas. All of Grace Graffiti’s products pass through each of our hands at some point in the production process, whether it’s the painting, sanding, handstamping or shipping, giving three sets of eyes to everything before it leaves the workshop. “It’s really fun to know where our products end up. For example, our hashtag chalkboard is in the offices of Twitter, Facebook and Google in both New York and in Silicon Valley. We’d be lying if we said that didn’t make us a wee bit giddy!” Their pivotal moment? “For several years we worked out of all three of our homes. It was challenging, but doable. However, in the Spring of 2012, the three of us (as well as all of our children and a bear-sized dog!) were at Whitney’s house trying to complete a massive amount of orders. We set up work stations in her kitchen, sitting room, front yard, back yard and back porch. Chaos. It was time to move. That week we took the biggest risk to date and rented a space in downtown Brunswick. To confirm our decision was the right one, we had a client in Hawaii order 3 sets of the entire alphabet the next week. Talk about perfect timing!”


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The Curator of the Indie Gift Box Name: Lisa Morgan Wallace Hometown: I’m from small town named Boerne in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and I generally call Austin “home.” Where I live now: Seoul, South Korea, but I am currently in the process of moving to our next home in Honolulu, Hawaii with my husband and toddler son. My style: It depends on my mood, but I generally am a classic vintage girl with a little bit of boho chic that is sure to emerge with my new island lifestyle. Why I want to lead Indie Gift Box: For FUN! Well, not just for fun, but it’s a definite perk. I have spent most of my life up until two years ago doing stressful, demanding jobs, and I recently made a conscious decision to thoroughly enjoy the next years of my life promising my energy (outside of my family) only to those things that I find truly pleasurable. I am a workaholic by nature with a motto of “go big or go home,” so it is actually a big deal for me to step back and commit only to having fun while still doing something productive and beneficial for others. So, what will make Indie Gift Box fun for me? Oh my gosh, where to begin…. The design, the originality, the joy of hunting down treasures and launching them into the limelight. The everyday bliss of spending time surrounded by creativity and beauty. In my hidden dream world I am a designer and craftsman, but in the real world I am not, so I love to surround myself with the work of others who are.


Spending my days in this job will be a nonstop endorphin rush – like a happy drug. Why I love independent artists and small businesses: The big draw for me is that I always have some amazing and specific thing in mind that will never in a million years be sold at a retail shop. Unfortunately, making it myself is often out of the question because I have neither the adequate time, patience nor skills. is the story of my life. That’s where the handiwork of others comes into play. By patronizing small businesses and independent artists I can either get what I want customized exactly to my needs and taste or some fabulously creative item that is way better than I could have imagined. Life’s little joys: I love marshmallows and whipped cream, and desperately wish that they belonged to a nutritional food group. Music nourishes my soul, and travel sustains me. I am a closet introvert who avoids small talk, but I love listening to the stories of people’s lives and trying to decipher how they became who they are. Though it terrifies me that my son is a miniature version of me, he is the sunshine in my life. If I could live in any decade it would be… the 1940s. If I could have any profession in the world, I would be... either a costume designer, a singer-songwriter or an old school psychoanalyst. I have none of the skills required for two out of three of those occupations. :)


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You’re reading a digital magazine and we’re frequently asked

how we feel about the demise of many printed magazines. In a word, we’re not happy about it. In 2008 Jeff Jarvis wrote in Business Week that print magazines were “doomed”. Whether the cause is due to the rise in production cost or because online media offers speed, searchability and immediacy the bottom line is that many of the glossy magazines we’ve become used to are in peril. St. Simons Island Online Magazine places into our readers wheelhouse the duty to keep alive the print magazines that are personally meaningful to you. No doubt that you’ve had print magazines you’ve loved slip away for any number of reasons. Either declining readership or the bottom line, it’s a loss for you personally. We urge our readers to take action in order to help printed magazines stay viable. Be part of the solution not part of the problem, this truly is something that we can all collectively accomplish. We’ve all become used to reading magazines on our tablets, computer screens and other personal devices but there are times when the touch and feel of printed media is bliss. Thumbing through our copy of Garden & Gun or Southern Living is such a thing, call it an event looked forward to with each magazine. Being aware of the issue is the first step, doing something to help is the second. Most subscriptions to print magazines are not cost prohibitive, they’re actually an absolute BARGAIN! When you consider that you’re not only helping to save an industry but bringing information and entertainment into your own life it’s a must do! Please, purchase a subscription or renew your current subscription today to one of your favorites.


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ardening: Zone 9 Recycling the

Christmas Tree

After the holidays, don’t throw your Real Christmas Tree in the trash or set it on the curb. Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Here are some recycling options and tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays. Every community is different, but in general, you have these options: The best way to avoid a mess removing your tree is to place a plastic tree bag underneath the stand when you set the tree up. You can hide it with a tree skirt. Then, when the holidays are done, pull the bag up around the tree, stand and all, and carry it outside. Obviously, you will want to remove the stand before recycling the tree. If some needles do scatter inside, it is better to sweep them up; as needles can clog vacuum cleaners. Curbside pick-up for recycling: Most areas will collect trees during their regular pickup schedules on the two weeks following Christmas. There are often requirements for size, removing ornaments, flocking, etc. Take your tree to a drop off recycling center: Most counties have free drop-off locations throughout the county. Usually, you may take up to two trees to a drop-off location at no charge.





FaithWorks provides multiple opportunities for providing local mission ministries to Glynn County, Georgia and the surrounding area. Celebrating that we are all God’s children who have gifts, graces, and needs, we become a healthier community when we share these gifts, graces, and needs with one another. As we seek to love God and our neighbor, then doors are opened and pathways are created which promote health, wholeness, and peace. 46

The ten rays of the FaithWorks star point us to the Ten Commandments which are essential in any healthy community. They extend to various lengths showing that God reaches us wherever we are – on the mountain top or deep in the valley – touching us with his love, mercy, and grace. The various logos for the particular FaithWorks ministries each have three rays which represent the creative, redemptive, and sustaining power of God. “We encourage people to live out their faith. That might be as simple as taking a dinner to someone who lives across the street. It might be as complicated as developing a whole ministry around a particular need in our community. We might be holding a hand while someone is dying, or praying before someone goes into surgery, or listening to someone in crisis. We might be picking up a piece of litter, or hammering a nail, or painting a wall. We might be planting a seed, or mentoring a child, or driving someone to the doctor. We might be, well, you get the idea. FaithWorks in many things to many angel in time of need...a resource. We offer hope, encouragement, love and support.” With the involvement of many churches and individuals there are a lot of ways to get involved and offer your support. Volunteers are always welcome and encouraged. FaithWorks gladly accepts donations of food, furniture, appliances, toiletries, computers, vehicles. They encourage you to give clothes to any one of the many local thrift stores.


“Food and toiletries are given to families through our Sparrows Nest ministry. Furniture and Appliances are given to families who have been burned or flooded out or to those who indicate that they have a need. Computers are used in our offices or passed on to families who need them. Vehicles are sold and the donor gets a tax donation receipt. The Best Donation is the gift of yourself! As you put your faith to work for God in service to others, then miracles happen! Take a look around your neighborhood. Check out the Brunswick News or Georgia Times Union. Read a church bulletin. There are people all around you that can benefit from your gifts of time and love. Naturally, we would love to have you volunteer to participate in one of our ministries. Let us know if you need any information or how we can help you live out your faith.� FaithWorks/Sparrows Nest 2911 Altama Avenue Phone 912.261.8512 E-mail





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Aunt Nellie’s Chicken Pie - Janice Zirkenbach

4 cup water 2 tsp salt 3 lb whole chicken 1 10 oz can condensed chicken broth 4 TBS butter 4 TBS flour

Boil a 3 lb chicken in water to just barely cover chicken, add salt. When done cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and discard the bones and skin. Refrigerate until the next day. The next day skim off most of the fat and add a can of condensed chicken broth and heat. Make a roux using about 4 TBS of butter melted and 4 TBS of flour stirred and cooked on med low for 1-2 minutes. Thin roux with heated chicken stock to a thin gravy consistency, turn heat to low and let reduce. Taste and season with pepper and additional salt if necessary.


Crust- Makes 4 double crust 1 lb of pure lard 1 TBS salt Approx 5 ¼ cups all purpose flour 1 cup water 2 TBS butter Mix flour, lard and salt with your hand until it’s very soft then mix in 1 cup water. The dough is pretty soft and it’s best to refrigerate it for at least a half hour before trying to roll it out. Lightly flour your counter or silicone dough mat and roll out about 1/8th of the dough to a very thin thickness and place in your pie pan. Fill with chopped chicken, top with enough gravy to make it moist and then roll another 1/8th of the dough for a top crust and seal edges. Spread about 2 TBS butter over the top crust and make some small cuts in the top crust to vent the steam and bake in a preheated 400 F oven for about 30 minutes. Serve with the left over gravy to top each slice of pie.


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Tis the season for festive parties and get-togethers! While holiday events can be a lot of fun, they can also create a lot of stress! Here are some tips to consider when planning your next holiday gathering: 1. Plan ahead- the difference between a relaxed, fun event and a totally chaotic event is in the PLANNING! So grab a paper and pen and start writing down every detail you can think of: the date, the guest list, the menu, decor ideas, serving pieces needed, other items needed for games/activities. 2. Keep it simple- After you have written out your plans, cross off the list anything that might take too much time, energy, or resources. Remember it’s YOUR party, so keep it easy so YOU will have fun. 3. Prepare familiar recipes- If you are cooking for the party, choose to serve dishes that you have made many times before. Never let your guests be “guinea pigs” for your latest Pinterest recipe... always go with what you know! 4. Prepare “make-ahead” dishes-The more you can do ahead of time, the seek out great recipes that can be put together in advance, then heated before serving. This will make your party run smoothly, and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen the entire time!


5. Prepare “assembled” food platters- Some of the easiest menus include large beautiful platters that have been arranged with lots of no-cook items like: crackers, cheese, and fruit platters; or vegetables and dip; or a lovely anti-pasti platter with deli meats and cheeses and olives. I love making beautiful dessert trays with an assortment of sweets purchased from the store or made ahead of time. 6. Prepare ingredients ahead of time- If you must cook something right before serving it, at least have all the “prep” work done before you start cooking. Sometimes it’s all the chopping and dicing that takes the longest, so have everything ready to go and cooking will be a breeze! 7. Plan a pot-luck style meal- Some of the easiest (and most fun) parties are when you share the work with a few friends. Why not throw a tapas-style party, where everyone brings their favorite appetizer? If you are hosting the holiday meal, you could fix the main dish (turkey, ham or beef) and ask guests to bring a side dish. 8. Enlist helpers- Create work stations in your kitchen and give friends and family members certain tasks/recipes to complete. I t’s always fun to help out in the kitchen at a friend’s house! 9. Create a timeline- To avoid being totally stressed by the time your guests arrive, make a simple timeline of everything that needs to be accomplished before the party- things like: clean the house, defrost the meat, put casserole in oven, etc... You may even need to start your timeline a day or two before the event depending on everything you have to do.


10. Set up the night before- Whenever possible, set up your dining tables and buffet tables in advance, this will eliminate last-minute dashes to the store for extra napkins, silverware, or serving dishes. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming holiday parties and gatherings and remember to keep it simple! Kristy Seibert is an award-winning interior designer and popular blogger that lives in Apollo Beach Florida. Visit her blog at: www.kristyseibert. com and click on “Freebies� to download her free printable Party Planning Worksheet.


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From Two Brothers Bike Shop: Bike Tune Up I am often asked, does my bicycle need a tune up? Well…maybe. Here are a few questions to help you determine the answer to that question. First of all, has your bike been sitting around unused for more than a year or so? Is it covered with dirt, sand or spider webs? Are the tires flat rather than just soft? Has it been abandoned for three years in your storage room since you moved to the area? If so, just come on down to Two brothers bike shop; we’ll fix you up! That was easy. However, for those of you who want to delve a little deeper, here’s an extensive checklist and description of what to look for to determine the condition of your bike. This is the checklist we use at Two Brothers Bike shop when we inspect a bike. My only question is: Should I let y’all in on our trade secrets? Hmmm….. This is very good information to have if you’re interested in the mechanics of your bikes. Lets start with Spinning the Wheels to check: Bearings Tension & True, Tires & Tubes, Brakes, Cables & Pads. Then we will run through the Gears, Check Shifters & Cables, Chain Stretch & Drive Train Wear , Pedals, Bottom Brackets, and Kickstand. After this let go over the other Components like the Bars & Stem, Grips or Tape Seat & Post, Headset and any Accessories you have on your bicycle. So, lets break your inspection down into three parts: the wheels, the transmission, and other components. Spin the Wheels: You can inspect four things in about thirty seconds by spinning the


wheels: the bearings, wheels, tires and tubes, and brakes. Here’s what to look for. Bearings: Do they need adjusting? Grasp each wheel on top and give it a gentle shake from side to side. If you feel a little wiggle, the bearings are loose and need to be tightened. On the other hand, bearings can sometimes be too tight. This is not a common condition, but if they’re too tight, it’s usually because they were not adjusted properly when the bike was first assembled. You have to remove the wheel and turn the axle with your hand to feel an over-tight bearing. However, don’t worry about that for our present purpose. The Wheels: Are the wheels true? Do they need to be replaced? Are the spokes tight? Spin the wheel and look between the brake pads. Using them as a reference point, you can see any wobble in the wheel that may be there. If it has a little wobble, but spins freely, it probably just needs minor truing. If the wheel won’t spin at all, it either has a broken spoke that needs to be replaced, or the wheel is damaged to the point that it needs to be replaced. Next, squeeze some of the spokes and see if they feel inordinately loose. If so, they need to be tightened. Keep in mind that a wheel is a system. It must have all of its spokes in order to work properly. A missing spoke, over time, causes all the other spokes to loosen. If they get too loose, the wheel won’t support the rider’s weight and can collapse with you. That’s why we check spoke tension on tune ups. Tires and Tubes: Do they need replacing or just pumping up? If a tire is absolutely flat, then the inner tube needs to be replaced. If the tire is soft, but still has some air in it, it just needs to be pumped up. It’s normal for a tire to loose some air over a period of time, but not all of it, unless, of course, it’s been sitting a long time. Now inspect the sidewalls. If they are scaly, extremely dry, (dry rotted) or have a lot of abrasions, the tire should be replaced. Tires blow out when they get dry rotted. We know. It’s an ear ringing experience. Once in a while a tire will blow at night at the bike shop and set off the alarm! Tires blow very loudly! Here’s a tip. Avoid


exposing your tires to prolonged sunlight.

Tires, even new ones, deteriorate quickly if left in the sun for a long time. Also parking near furnaces or water heaters is said to deteriorate tires. Supposedly, the ozone omitted from these appliances causes them to deteriorate, but that theory may require some more research. Brakes: Do the brakes need adjusting? Do the cables or pads need replacing? Pull the brake levers. If they travel more than half way through the stroke before the brakes apply, they need adjusting. Next, examine the cables. Are they frayed or rusted? If so, they should be replaced. If the brakes feel sluggish when you pull the levers, but the cables look OK, then the cables probably just need lubricating. Next, look at the brake pads. Do they have obvious lips or edges worn into them? Are the slots in them (the wear indicators) shallow? Are the pads hard from age or do the brakes squeak badly when you apply your brakes? All of these conditions indicate that the brake pads need replacing. Now you’re halfway done with your inspection. In about thirty seconds, you’ve checked the wheel bearing adjustment, trueness, tires and tubes, and the brakes by simply spinning the wheels.


This is the larger part of your bike inspection. It entails evaluating the condition of a lot of parts and figuring out which ones need to be replaced and which ones don’t. You’ll be looking at the shifters and cables, chain, cassette, chainrings, derailleurs, and crank bearings. Because you will have to pedal the bike to check the gears, this part of the check over requires some sort of stand (or a helper) to get the rear wheel off the ground. Run through the gears: Do they need adjusting? Do the cables or shifters need replacing? How much wear is on the transmission? Do any of these parts need to be replaced? Gear Adjustment: Pedal the bike and shift the gears. Does the chain come off when shifting? Does the bike not shift into all the gears? Do you hear any rattles or rubs?

If so, the gears need adjusting. Shifters and Cables: Do the shifters click when you operate them? Do they feel sluggish or difficult to actuate? Like the brakes, if the shifters just feel sluggish, then the cables may only need lubricating. However, if the cables are frayed or rusted, they should be replaced. If the shifters don’t click, they’re likely gummed up from storage or old age and need to be replaced. However, with a little luck, a flush of WD-40 will revive them (which incidentally, is the only use for WD-40 on a bike. WD-40 is not for lubrication.) Transmission Wear: It can be tricky to determine the amount of wear on a transmission, however, an inspection of the chain will clue you in to most of what you need to know. Chain Stretch: We use a gauge to measure chain stretch we use the Park CC-3, but chain stretch can be seen in extreme cases. Shift the chain onto the big chainring. Note how the chain engages the ring. 70

If it hangs loosely at the bottom of the ring, or you can see light between the chain and the individual teeth on the ring, then the chain is way worn out and needs to be replaced. Chains need to be replaced because as they stretch, the shifting becomes sloppy and eventually the gears will slip, especially under load in the highest gear. We see high gear slip a lot on bikes where people like to ride in the hardest gear for a leg workout (a technique we discourage for several reasons, besides being hard on your bike, but how to effectively shift your bicycle’s gears is another subject). Furthermore, chains and sprockets, especially the rear ones, wear together. Thus, they should be replaced together. Running a new chain with and old cassette often results in a gear slip or exacerbates an existing one. However, there’s a caveat. If you replace the chain early, when it is only halfway to two thirds worn out, you can keep using the original cassette. This preventive measure allows you to reuse the cassette and extend the life of this thirty five to eighty dollar component. Plan on replacing your chain every fifteen hundred miles if you want keep the same cassette. Expect to replace both your chain and cassette every three thousand miles. Your mileage may vary. Chainrings have a longer life than chains and cassettes. They can be used with as many as three rounds of chains and cassettes (although that’s a lot). You’ll know to replace a chainring when the teeth get short or sharp, or if you see wide valleys between the teeth. Loose chain engagement can also indicate ring wear, but it may be difficult to discern how much wear is due to chain stretch and how much is due to chainring wear. Check for worn derailleurs. To check the rear derailleur, wiggle that arm with the two pulleys on it. Does there seem to be excessive side to side play there? (Note that a little play is normal, 71

even on a new derailleur.) On the front derailleur, wiggle the cage that the chain runs through. Do you feel excessive play there? Although it takes a while to wear out derailleurs, if you have a nice bike that you want to keep a long time, you may want to replace them when indicated. Worn out derailleur make for sloppy shifting, new ones restore crisp shifting. Finally, check the crank bearings. Grasp the crank arms and wiggle them from side to side. Again, look for that tell-tale play that tells you the component needs attention. You’ve now inspected your shifters and cables, chain, cassette, chainring, derailleurs and crank bearings for wear. Note: The life of your transmission depends on your riding style, the riding conditions, and the extent of preventive maintenance you do on it. Your mileage may vary. But in any event, the cleaner you keep the transmission, the longer life it will have. Other components: Problems here are easily spotted. Do a quick visual on the kickstand, pedals, handlebars, seat, grips (or tape), and any accessories you may have on your bike. Are any of these components missing, loose, or somehow damaged? Would you like to have fresh tape or grips? This stuff is pretty obvious. Finally, check the headset. This term refers to the steering bearings that hold the front fork and facilitate steering. To check the headset, apply the front brake and rock the bike back and forth. You’ll feel that familiar play in the front end of the bike if the headset needs adjusting. This adjustment affects the stability of the bike. And that’s It. You’re Done! That’s a lot to read and digest, but hopefully the checklist will speed you through it. If you have questions after all that, call us. We’re glad to help. We think this stuff is fun.

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Gather the Ingredients Together & Get Ready! 1 red bell pepper, seeded 1 lb red peppers, remove seeds for less spicy, seeds in for kicky 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 package pectin (Sure Jell) 1 tsp. salt 6 cups superfine sugar Finely chop the peppers, a food processor makes fast work and protects hands! Watch the fumes! Add peppers to a heavy pot and add the vinegar. Stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Add the salt and sugar and bring to a boil you can’t stir down. Add Bring to a boil over medium-high heat adding the pectin, stirring well. Boil for 4-5 minutes. Ladle the jelly into sterile jars leaving about a half inch at the top before closing the lid. Refrigerate when cool unless you process in a hot water bath as for ‘regular’ jelly. Serve with meats as a side or with cream spread.

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Elizabeth Maxon: The Adventures of Elizabeth

SSIO: Elizabeth, quite honestly you are one of the most creative people I know—and BUSY! Your schedule has been crazy and yet, you continue to deliver great things to your clients, your blog readers and your friends and family. How in the world do you make time to do creative things? EM: How do I stretch my time to more creative things done? Well that is a good one. If you asked my barber husband, he would tell you that I am THE WORST when it comes to judging how much time I THINK it will take to complete something. I am one of those who tries to cram six hours of work into one hour. Or, I will go hours and hours without eating because I am so caught up in the moment and “forget to eat” which my husband just does not get. He wonders, “How does one forget to eat?” And I am the person who will sit cross-legged as long as possible because


I am so “in the moment” that I don’t want to even stop and go pee! So I guess you can say that my way of stretching time is all in my head….I get caught up in the moment of pure joy. I am so in tuned with my work and with my passion, that soon, time passes; eating is not a concern, and wearing Depends would probably come in handy on some days! The only tip I can offer is to really enjoy what you spend your time on in the first place….then you will feel little need to search and hunt for more time for those creative moments. Make sense? SSIO: What does your inspiration process look like? EM: What does my inspiration process look like? Hmmm…that is a good question. I am not sure what it looks like, but I can tell you what it feels like. Recently I had a huge photo assignment. I discovered a great location and was in charge of the styling, props, everything. I was very charged up, my mind was alive, racing with ideas. I was filled with lots of ideas. I couldn’t wait to get my camera out! I shot a lot of pics and the editors loved them….but then


they had some very precise ideas of their own once they got inspired by my pics. They came back with some very directive styling ideas. Their directions were too precise. It took the air out of my balloon. I tried for three days to do it as they described but it didn’t feel right. I hated all the photos. It wasn’t how I envisioned it at all. I moved slowly. My mind went to mush. On the third day, I scrapped all their notes and went back to my original ideas. Suddenly….my mind was alive again! I was happy, my heart was singing, and I snapped, snapped, snapped pics all day long. I couldn’t wait to take my pics! It wasn’t that their ideas were “wrong,” they just didn’t inspire me. I took a huge chance by doing this…. but in the end….the editors absolutely loved the end results and thanked me for going my way. But it wasn’t really “my way,” but rather, I was led by inspiration. And if you have read my blog for more than a day, you will know by that, I mean, God always leads me in my work and gives every single idea and all inspiration is from Him. SSIO: Elizabeth your photography is stunning in your blog and your other professional pursuits. How did you grow your gift? EM: Thank you for liking my photos so much. I see these beautiful photos on other people’s blogs and think how great they are and I just wonder how in the world do they do it?? I use a Canon 7D. I started out with a Canon Rebel XT. I had the Rebel for years and years. I love my Canon 7D though. And believe it or not, the 15 -135 mm lens that comes with it, is still my favorite lens. It takes beautiful photos and works in a lot of situations.


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SSIO When did you get started with “Cream Puffs” and what is the significance of the title? (I know the answer but readers may not, at least at first!) I started Cream Puffs in Venice in December 2005. The title is significant because I was inspired by a book called “A Thousand Days in Venice” written by Marlena De Blasi. In the book, there are many scenes where the author and her husband share pastries in and around Venice. And I just thought that it would be so amazing to be sitting in Venice enjoying an espresso and a pastry. And that’s now my blog name was born! SSIO: Is there a typical Cream Puff blog reader? Are your readers from all over the (hungry) world? I think a regular Cream Puffs in Venice reader is someone who loves baking, first and foremost, as the majority of my blogging is baking-related. I think he or she is someone who enjoys food in general and who loves to be in the kitchen or perhaps wants to be in the kitchen more. I have been fortunate enough to be contacted by people from all over the world who’ve told me that they enjoy my blog which is an absolutely incredible thrill for me!

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SSIO: What is your background? Are you a total foodie? Do you work in the food industry professionally? My cultural background is Italian but I’m Canadian (and proudly so). I grew up in a large, loving family that managed to thrive in a new country but also maintain bonds with Italy. While I don’t really like the term foodie, I’d have to say that I would probably fall into that category as food is probably my greatest passion after my family and friends. Not a day goes by that I don’t dream about baking something or other. I do not work in the food industry, although I do sell some of my baked goods on the side. SSIO: Was anyone or any blog your inspiration? I’m a big fan of the blog Chocolate & Zucchini – it’s the first blog that I ever read. It was definitely a huge influence and it prompted me to take a greater interest in blogging.



SSIO: I know that you are of Italian decent, what cuisine is your favorite Hands down … Italian. KC: Can I take that further and ask what your favorite dish is? This is a tough one. I’d have to say that a good plate of pasta is at the top of my list but I also have to say that some of my mother’s cooking ranks right up there: her minestrone, her polenta with cod, her lasagna … I could go on …


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Calling all Food Network Fans! The thorough and sometimes snarky history of the Food Network from it’s beginning will inform, amaze and sometimes make you wonder. It’s an unauthorized look behind the scenes with insights into the biggest stars as they fit into the networks growth. It’s all here from greatness to stumbles and everything in between. That may be our biggest complaint----- it’s a long book and the details sometimes seem just too much. Our complaint may be the highlight of the reader who enjoys having nothing left out or left to the imagination! From stories about the accidental porn broadcast to a bit of gossipy growling from one star to another “Inside the Food Network” delivers an interesting read. Seeing the high glitz and gloss network as it is today it’s hard to imagine their first sets as complete dumps or their earliest programming as boring and borrowed. Salkin dishes on Rachel, Tyler, Guy, Emeril, Ina, Bobby and even Martha sparing no feelings! If you’re a fan, this might be a great holiday read!


Adriana Trigiaini grew up in Big Stone Gap, part of a large Italian-American family that has inspired many of her books. Now this series of books is being made into a movie, filmed in this historic town. Starring Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Stewart in the star studded cast, the characters will come to life on the big screen. If you haven’t read the series, you won’t be disappointed! Start with “Big Stone Gap” the remaining three books are as enchanting as the first.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town’s self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a “mountain girl’s body and a flat behind.” She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she’s not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave’s fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime—a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Brimming with humor and wise notions of small-town life, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book with a giant heart. . . . 101

Young Adult!! (& older!) Goodnight Paige is the story of Paige and Harry, given another chance at love. Set in the deep south of Savannah this bittersweet story shares the lives of two people in love and those that come against them.

Who hasn’t been enchatned by the classic tale from Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland and the merry cast of characters that pique imaginations worldwide and spawn seemingly continuous movies, television shows and other stories from this fantasy genre. Reading or re-reading “Through the Looking Glass” is a treat and with a little extra time during the holidays this might be a perfect opportunity for another trip down the rabbit hole!

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Red Lanterns for your holiday decor, from Terry’s Village. $25 each.

Always classic from Lenox, “Holiday Tartan” dinnerware. $109.95

From Garnet Hill, “Ho Ho Ho Holiday Bedding” in percale. $18-68.


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As a rule of thumb, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they touch the ground. For leisurely living dogs, that might mean weekly pedicures, while urban pooches who stalk rough city sidewalks might never need their nails cut at all (except their dewclaws, if they’ve got ‘em). Top Gear There are two basic styles of nail clippers for dogs: a scissors type and a guillotine type. They work equally well, so choose the design you’re most comfortable with. Be sure to buy the correct size for your dog, too—for example, you don’t want to use huge clippers on a tiny toy dog. If your dog finds both kinds of clippers intolerable, the alternative is to use a nail grinder, an electric tool that sands nails down. These offer great control, but take more time than clippers, and some people (and dogs) find the sounds and vibrations they produce unpleasant. Slow Hands It’s a good idea to get your dog used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim—ideally, this should start when she’s a pup. If you have a touchy pooch, it might take a few weeks of regular paw massaging before she’s comfortable enough with the sensations to allow you to work with her nails. If it’s your first go at this, just clip one or two nails a day and immediately follow up with treats or a session of her favorite game.


Pre-Snip Preparations Before beginning a pup pedicure, tire your dog out with some vigorous exercise and enlist an assistant to help you hold her. Once you’ve assembled your gear—your cutting device of choice, a bunch of treats and some styptic powder in case of accidents (more on that later)—you’re ready to begin. Just a Trim, Please Take your dog’s toe and hold it firmly, but gently. Lavishing her with calm praise and tasty little nibbles—and holding your trimmer so that you’re cutting the nail from top to bottom, not side to side—insert a very small length of nail through the trimmer’s opening. Avoid nipping the quick, which is the pink area within each nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. Don’t trim at a blunt angle—try to maintain the existing curvature of the nail. Cut a little bit of nail with each pass until you can see the beginning of a circle—still nail-colored—appear on the cut surface. The circle indicates that you are nearing the quick, so it’s time to stop that nail and move on to the next. Accidents Can Happen If you do hit the quick, your dog will probably yelp and might even struggle. This is a good time to end the session—but not before applying styptic powder to the bleeding nail tip. Apply a little bit of pressure as you press the powder into the wound to make sure it sticks. If bleeding continues for more than a few minutes, please alert your veterinarian, who can check your dog for clotting disorders.


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Holiday Light Displays in Georgia: 11/4/13 – 12/8/13: 9th Annual Festival of Trees & Mistletoe Market in Calhoun 11/15/13 – 12/31/13: Magical Nights of Lights in Buford 11/16/13-1/4/14: Garden Lights Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden 11/16/13: Civil War Holiday at McDaniel Farm in Duluth 11/18/13: Motorcycle Ride Night at Fantasy In Lights in Pine Mountain 11/19/13: Community Golf Cart Night at Fantasy In Lights in Pine Mountain 11/20/13-12/30/13: Lights of the South in Grovetown 11/21/13 – 12/30/13: Christmas 1886 with the Gordons in Savannah 11/21/13 – 1/5/14: Global Winter Wonderland in Atlanta 11/23/13: Light Up Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge


11/29/13 – 12/22/13: Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega 11/29/13 – 12/20/13: Snowing on the Square 2013 in Washington 12/1/13: Grinch Day in Augusta 12/2/13 – 12/16/13: Holiday Gospel Dinner Cruise in Savannah 12/7/13: Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Douglas 12/7/13: Candlelight Christmas Tour of Homes in Covington 12/12/13 – 12/13/13: Victorian Christmas in Thomasville 12/13/13-12/15/13: Charity Lane Festival of Lights in Mountain City 12/14/13: Christmas on the Pond – General Coffee in Nicholls 12/14/13: Gingerbread House Workshop in Perry 12/19/13 – 12/20/13: North Pole Express in Tifton

Holiday Parades 12/2/13: Thomasville Christmas Parade 12/3/13: Rome Christmas Parade 12/5/13: Fitzgerald Christmas Parade 12/5/13: Downtown Athens Christmas Parade of Lights


12/6/13: Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights in Kingsland 12/6/13 – 12/7/13: Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade in Savannah 12/7/13: Conyers Hometown Holiday Parade & Treelighting–2013 12/7/13: 56th Annual Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade 12/7/13: Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Douglas 12/7/13: Brunswick Christmas Parade 12/7/13: Christmas Boat Parade of Lights in Brunswick 12/7/13: The Cumming Christmas Parade 2013 12/13/13: 2013 Moultrie Downtown Christmas Parade 12/14/13: Dade County Annual Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Square in Trenton

Holiday Shopping Callaway Gardens’ “Fantasy in Lights” 11/4/13 – 12/8/13: 9th Annual Festival of Trees & Mistletoe Market in Calhoun 11/7/13 – 11/9/13: Merchant Christmas Open House in Eastman 11/10/13: McDonough Merchants Holiday Open House


11/10/13: Newnan Holiday Open House 11/12/13: Downtown Merchants Christmas Open House in St. Marys 11/23/13: Winter Holiday Festival in Homerville 11/23/13 – 1/10/14: 2013 Holiday Show & Sale in Blue Ridge 11/23/13 – 11/24/13: 13th Annual Mistletoe Market and Sugarplum Tea Room in Blairsville 11/24/13: Holiday Open House in Bainbridge 11/29/13 – 12/20/13: Snowing on the Square 2013 in Washington 11/30/13: Sewell Mill Christmas Shop in Bremen 12/5/13 – 12/6/13: Christmas Extravaganza in McRae 12/5/13: Christmas Extravaganza in Sylvania 12/6/13: F1rst Friday Holiday Celebration in Statesboro 12/6/13 – 12/7/13: Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade in Savannah 12/7/13: Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne in Lincolnton 12/7/13: Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration in Tifton 12/19/13: Christmas on the Square in Bainbridge



S SI Ren t a ls: Short & Long Te r m It really is true that some of the short term and vacation rentals on the island are word of mouth! And whether you’re a resident or a visitor you NEED resources to help manage your rental needs. Many a local requires rentals when enormous family groups descend, and some visitors just like their privacy. There is some overlap/repetition on the websites below, some of the sources offer a single property. 64 percent of return visitors to Saint Simons Island stay once again at the same place! 94% state that the property management and little touches makes a difference in their return.



Please Remember:

ALL dogs are ALLOWED on the beach NOW through the Saturday before Memorial Day on any portion of the beach but must be CLOSE and under control of the owner/handler. If handler is unable to control pet via voice-command, a 10’ leash is required. CLEAN UP after your pet! We’ve seen quite a few blatant scooper omissions and errors on the beach recently. Throwing sand on top of your pet’s leavings does not constitute cleaning up. Pick up and remove please! If you’d like to take your dog to the Pier, that is acceptable IF they are on leash at all times.



Dogs are prohibited on the beach from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, except between Beach Access Points 1-6. During allowable times and in nonsummer months, dogs are allowed on any portion of the beach but must be within close proximity and under the immediate control of the owner/handler. If handler is unable to control pet via voice-command, a 10’ leash is required. Owners must clean up after their pets. Vehicles are prohibited. Fires are prohibited, without a permit from the Glynn County Fire Dept. Glass and hard plastic containers are prohibited.



January 1 – February 28: Island Treasures! Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create an array of stunning, handworked glass globes. During this 2 month long program, “Beach Buddies” hide these floats along the beaches for lucky visitors to find. Treasure finders can register their Island Treasure at the Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center to receive a bio on the artist and a certificate of authenticity. The Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center has Island Treasure floats and an array of the other colorful glass creations for purchase in-store. (912) 635-3636 or

January 1: New Year’s Day Gourmet Breakfast Grand Dining Room, Jekyll Island Club, 371 Riverview Dr. Whether you like to eat breakfast early or late we have the perfect Gourmet Breakfast for everyone, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Great way to celebrate the New Year and start the day with a hearty meal while spending time with family and friends. We will be offering many New Year’s favorites and more! Omelets and Crepes to order, along with Belgium waffles, collard greens and maple marmalade glazed ham. Yum! Reservations recommended, call (912) 635-5155 or January 2 – 4: New Year’s Eve Bluegrass Festival! 38th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival – The Brand NEW Jekyll Island Convention Center, Beachview Dr. (706) 864-7203 or


January 3 – 19: “Busybody” by Jack Popplewell. Detective Harry Baxter is plagued by a head cold, a missing corpse and an officious office cleaner, Mrs. Piper, who found the body. Baxter’s patience is strained by Mrs. Piper’s chatty verbosity as he tries to learn the facts. Motives for murder abound and all the office staff and the corpse’s wife are suspects. When the corpse suddenly appears alive, Mrs. Piper still insists that there is a body. Detective Baxter’s continued investigation is met with more frustration and curious results. Jan. 3,4,10,11,17,18, 2014 at 8 p.m. Matinees, Jan. 5,12,19, 2014 at 3 p.m. (912) 638-0338 or visit

January 7: A Night in the Museum with Phillip Verre! 5:30–8 p.m. Stroll to the Heritage Center to hear speaker, Phillip Verre, COO of the High Museum in Atlanta talk about behind the scenes and upcoming exhibits. $50. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit January 9: Cinema Gourmet! “Babette’s Feast.” At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscarwinning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema, 6:30 p.m. Historic Ritz Theatre and Downtown Brunswick Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. 1530 Newcastle St. Cinema Gourmet tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling (912) 262-6934 or

January 14: “Dar He” The Story of Emmett Till, 7:30 p.m. In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth, Emmett Till, traveled to the Mississippi Delta with his country kinfolk. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. This riveting play chronicles


the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. Actor Mike Wiley portrays all the characters in this compelling true story that will have you rapt from the very first word. Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. Call for prices. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or January 14th, 2014: “Shaggin’ Newcomers” 6-9 p.m. Ziggy’s. Heavy h’ors d’oeuvres & Cash bar. Member cost: $15 January 24 – 26: Woven Hearts Christian Women’s Quilting Retreat! Our theme: JOY – Jesus, Others, You. Led by, Mavis Rosbach, Quiltbird Studio. Make a quilt top, sew Biblical blocks, enjoy personal reflection times, learn during a mini Bible lesson, and more! Come for quilting fun, Christian fellowship and little surprises along the way! (912) 6388688 or

January 24 – 25: Laugh it Up – Comedy Weekend! Two nights of nonstop laughter as the Jekyll Island Club presents nationally acclaimed comedians at the Morgan Center, 371 Riverview Dr. Show starts at 8:30 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. General admission tickets, $35. To purchase tickets, (912) 635-5222 or January 26 – 29: Epworth Winter Camp Meeting! “Shall We Gather At The River” for Winter Camp Meeting 2014! It’s one of the finest events of the year at Epworth! Days are packed with spirit filled sermons, in-depth Bible studies, fabulous music and better than ever Christian Fellowship. Make your plans to join old friends and new by registering today. (912) 638-8868 or visit January 26: “Cosi Fan Tutte” 3 p.m. Mozart’s comedy of love, disguise, and fiancée-swapping. Enjoy a mixture of hilarious farce and poignant drama in one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the world today. Peach State Opera who has delighted Golden Isles audiences with their productions of La boheme and Madame Butterfly in the last few years returns with their English language version of this delightful opera. Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. Call for prices. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 2626934 or January 28: Bruce Adolph, NPR Performance Today Piano Puzzler. “Offers popular tunes and folk music disguised in the style of famous composers” 7:30-9 p.m. St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way. (912) 638-2220 or


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