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By Kimberly Ergul and Holley Jaakkola Book review by Terry Michaud

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The Tybee Breeze is a monthly publication that comes out on the 1st of each month and is available in racks & outdoor boxes throughout the island all month long. It is also available to view in its entirety to perspective visitors online, as well as, mailed out to subscribers all over the U.S. The deadline to advertise is by the 15th of the month prior. Our goal is to provide a fun & entertaining magazine for all ages. If you would like to contribute by writing a story, letter to the editor, suggesting a story, or advertising, contact us using the information above. By submitting photos to the Tybee Breeze, you are authorizing the Breeze to use, reproduce and display photographs. Some of the articles in the Tybee Breeze are fiction. Views expressed by writers are not necessarily those of the Tybee Breeze. The Tybee Breeze assumes no responsibility for typographical errors or omissions. All ads contained within the Tybee Breeze are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. The Tybee Breeze reserves the right to edit or refuse any articles or advertising submitted to this publication © 2012. All rights reserved. God Bless America & God Bless Our Troops!

tradition is the use of fruit on wreaths and other holiday trim.

This delightful new HOUSES OF WORSHIP hardcover book just Savannah has a rich history released by Pelican as home to magnificent Publishing Company is houses of worship, providing a must-read for those a welcome to congregations who love Savannah and followers of all faiths. and the Low Country. You can be sure the holiday In addition to sharing season is celebrated in a how one of the South’s grand scale in the churches most enchanting cities throughout the area, celebrates the Christmas including the Cathedral of season, it includes other St. John the Baptist, the neighborhoods and Wesley Monumental United locations in the Low This delightful new book just released Methodist Church, and a Country, with a chapter includes a chapter on Tybee Island. host of other denominations. devoted to Tybee Island. The First Unitarian It provides a well of inspiration for planning a Universalist Church has a unique place in Southern holiday celebration. Both authors history, as it was the place where our beloved are well versed in Southern hospitality and holiday song “Jingle Bells” was composed by traditions for the holidays and year round church member James Lord Pierpont in the events. Kimberly Ergul is a member of 1850s for the church choir. the Historic Savannah Foundation, and The Habersham Woods neighborhood her home has been featured in magazines in the south side area is home to a large and on home tours. Holley Jaakkola is the Jewish population, where the community recipient of several design awards and has embraces the season of Hanukkah . written articles on design for numerous ISLE OF HOPE publications. You can The book covers 160 pages, stroll down and you will be excited to discover 125 Bluff Drive magnificent color photos by veteran on the Isle photographer Richard Leo Johnson, who is of Hope also a well-known guitarist and composer. and take Once you see his excellent work, you pleasure will not be surprised to learn it has been in the fact featured a many publications. Pictures in it is known this review are from the book. They show the wonderful mix of the old and the new, A beautiful Isle of Hope home ready as one of most bound together by the rich history of the to receive guests for the holidays. the picturesque area. The book illustrates the range of holiday decorating throughout the coastal streets in America. You will see wide front region, sharing the many ways Southerners porches displaying garland and gas lanterns. celebrate Christmas, from elegant historic Christmas favorites fill the air as Carolers This popular brownstones to casual Tybee Beach travel from house to house. destination overlooking the Skidaway River cottages. was established in 1736, so named by the SAVANNAH HISTORIC DISTRICT settler’s hope for prosperity in this new land. The city of Savannah has the largest In the early 1900s a world famous terrapin designated Historic District in the United (turtle) farm exported the delicacy to major States. Founded in 1733, it is made up restaurants in the USA and to the Czar of of mansions, new houses, brownstones, Russia. At the time it could also be found on historic churches, landmarks, parks and the holiday menu of local residents. squares. It is a popular tourist designation Of more recent fame is the Oelschig throughout the year, but dresses up in Nursery, now in its 5th generation of producing festive fashion for the holidays. The book Poinsettias in a 120,000 square foot describes in detail the beautiful holiday greenhouse. The climate is ideal for growing décor throughout the 22 Squares the city the 15 types of poinsettias produced by this is famous for, the historic row houses, and intrepid family that takes great pride in their the delightful shops that abound throughout work. the area. A charming southern Christmas Continued page 4

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The Isle of Hope is also home to the Wormsloe Plantation, with a mansion that dates to the 1700s. The entrance to the plantation is a 1 ½ mile long oak alley that has been used in a number of movies and on book covers. TYBEE ISLAND Just a short 18 mile drive from Savannah will put you on Tybee Island, known over the course of years as Savannah Beach. It is not only a favorite of Savannah residents, but has become an idyllic spot for travelers throughout the country. Indeed, many visitors have been taken in by the Island’s many charms and have purchased homes for seasonal or year round living. The incredible beaches are not the only attraction, as there is an historical lighthouse, the museum as well as nearby forts. Exotic birds and sea turtles are also a big draw to this Island paradise. Tybee joins the Low Country celebration of a Southern Christmas, with lighted snowflakes and anchors aglow from street lamps. Beach cottages are also festooned for the holidays, and their expansive screened porches are sure to provide a restful night’s sleep, a tradition in the South that predates air conditioning.

A Mermaid Cottage kitchen on Tybee is a great place to find fresh baked cookies and other holiday treats. Note the Santa Chef keeping his eye on things.

Little Palm cottage was salvaged after years of neglect and refurbished in the now popular Tybee style décor, with bright, citrus-colored green doors, turquoise shutters and morning-gloryblue wooden steps. The cottage is resplendent with Christmas trim. Mermaid cottages are also well known for their outstanding holiday décor, having won top honors three years in a row. The holiday spirit doesn’t end with decorations on the Island, as there are a number of special events that add to the festivities on Tybee, including the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, a grand Christmas Parade, and the blow-out New Year’s Eve Fireworks. RECIPES WITH A SOUTHERN TOUCH It just wouldn’t be a proper Holiday celebration without some delicious food on the table, and the book gets


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high marks in this category. We counted no less than 20 recipes that cover the whole variety of wonderful treats, from tasty snacks and cookies to seafood and other dishes that are only found in the Low Country. Take a look at this list of recipes that are sure to excite your taste buds: Holiday dinners in the Low Country Baked Pimiento are bound to include local steamed Cheese stone crab claws, lump blue crab, Sweet Potato Bisquits shrimp and oysters on the side board. with Ham Eggnog Pound Cake Mile High Red Velvet Cake A variety of exciting cookie recipes Crab Stew Pickled Shrimp Pinwheels and Mayhaw Jelly And the list goes on. If you started cooking and baking today, I’m not sure you could get through the entire list by year’s end! We did a quick sampling and can personally vouch for the Ladyfingers recipe. There is one recipe that requires a lot more stamina than we can muster up, and it is called Chatham Artillery Punch. Don’t let that innocent name fool you. This concoction dates back over 200 years and is reported to be Savannah’s most famous drink. For the complete recipe, which serves 200 guests, we suggest you acquire a copy of the book, but a listing of some of the contents will give you an idea of what you are in for: a pound of green tea, 2 gallons of water, 3 dozen lemons, 5 pounds of brown sugar, 2 gallons of Catawba wine, 2 gallons of rum, 1 gallon of brandy, 1 gallon of dry gin, 1 gallon of whisky, and top it off with 10 quarts of champagne. Unfortunately I was not able to find any information on a hangover cure. A Savannah Christmas is a warm, entertaining book that guides you through the Low Country, with a tour of Historic squares, brownstones, mansions, neighborhoods, plantations and Islands aglow in festive decorations. You will learn the recipes for delicious Southern favorites and be informed on the traditions and styles that mark Christmas in Savannah and the surrounding area, all brought to life by the phenomenal full color photography . The book is the perfect gift to set under your Christmas tree for a special friend or relative, and be sure to get a copy for your own library. From A Savannah Christmas by Kimberly Ergul & Holley Jaakkola, © Kimberly Ergul and Holley Jaakkola, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. Cover pic: This Tybee Island porch offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Books to Check out this month at The Tybee Island Branch of Live Oak Public Libraries: Fiction “The Black Box,” by Michael Connelly “The Buzzard Table,” by Margaret Maron “The Child’s Child,” by Barbara Vine “Cross Roads,” by William Paul Young “The Forgotten,” by David Baldacci “Nano,” by Robin Cook “Notorious Nineteen,” by Janet Evanovich “Private: London,” by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge “Shiver,” by Karen Robards “Threat Vector,” by Tom Clancy Nonfiction “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder,” by Nassim Taleb “Because I Said So!” by Ken Jennings “Dream More,” by Dolly Parton “The Four Hour Chef,” by Timothy Ferris “Grace, Gold and Glory,” by Gabrielle Douglas & Michelle Burford “Living With Honor: A Memoir,” by Sal Giunta “1775: A Good Year for Revolution,” by Kevin Phillips “Thinner This Year,” by Chris Cowley “Tyler Florence Fresh,” by Tyler Florence “The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days,” by J.J. Virgin To check availability of any of these titles, visit our online catalog at

Tybee Branch Library 405 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island Phone: 912-786-7733 Fax: 912-786-7734 Hours: Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays 2-6; Tuesdays 10-8; Wednesdays 10-6 Branch Manager: Laurel Beecher Powers


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I have been working with the public all of my life, and as many of you know I spent some time in the food and beverage business back in the seventies. That was truly a fun business. I met folks from all walks of life and got to know many of our customers by name. Some people we just gave our own special names to based on their personality, or how they ordered their meals. Take “Mr. Polite,” for example. He was a Friday night regular at Carey Hilliard’s on Waters Avenue. Without fail he would phone in his to-go order at exactly six o’clock. “Yes, I would like two fried shrimp dinners to go; and please delete the tarter sauce, substituting cocktail sauce instead.” He would then let us know that he would be picking his order up on the “curb.” One night he called us after he had gotten home, and I could tell he was upset even though he was true to his name, very polite. “I specifically asked you to delete the tarter sauce, and substitute cocktail sauce.” I apologized for not having placed the red sauce in his dinners. He then informed me that he did in fact get the cocktail sauce, but we had included the tarter sauce as well. I was amazed that he would go to the trouble to call us instead of just tossing the tarter sauce in the trash. Then there was “Burger Boy.” Many of you may remember how we served our hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Hamburgers were prepared with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Cheeseburgers were served with mayo only, even though we would put whatever the customer wanted on them. All the way, plain, you name it. Well, my first encounter with “Burger Boy” was most memorable. He ordered a cheeseburger with no cheese. I asked him if he wanted a hamburger with just mayo, and he replied, “You’re new aren’t you?” I said yes, and he informed me to just put the order in, “CHEESEBURGER WITH NO CHEESE!” I did and we got along just fine from then on, even though a cheeseburger with no cheese was eighty-five cents as opposed to a hamburger with just mayo at seventy-five. He was happy and we were too. Merry Christmas everybody! See you next year.

Date: Not sure (Mission report MIA) Mission Type: Normal 5:20 P.M. called out to look for an Elderly gentleman with 2 children; his wife had dropped them off at the Crab Shack, and was to meet them at the Lazaretto Creek Boat landing. Now its pretty much dark and she has begun to worry. Squadron 1-A sent two boats immediately to get a quick look around as the unit began to muster. Before long we had them in sight. Uncle Charlie Dowell used to say, “he had never been lost… however, he had been bewildered”…. That seemed to fit this situation perfectly. We not only led the way to the boat landing, but helped the “Ole Salt” get his boat out of the water. The recent hurricane that hit the New York area reminded us just how “Blessed” we have been. Calm Seas, Clear Skies, May the winds ……….

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get approval from the Savannah-Chatham County School Board and the State School Board for opening a charter school on Tybee! We received official approval from the State in early October. This is fantastic news for our Island. The Tybee Island Maritime Academy Charter School is set to open its doors for the 2013.2014 school year. Special thanks to Carolyn Jurick, Dr. Cindy Cupp, Brenda Marion, Christen Clougherty and Kaye and Perb Fortner and all of those who attended our meetings, helped raise funds, and pitched in on so many levels to get us to this point. And thanks to our School Board representative Shawn Kachmar for all of his help and support. He was absolutely critical to getting us the support we needed locally. This was truly a team effort. I am so proud of how our community came together in so many ways to make this happen. In my last article, I promised to provide updates on the negotiations on the Local Option Sales Tax. These ongoing talks have still not led to an agreement between the municipalities in Chatham County and the County Commission. The L.O.S.T. represents 1% of the sales tax that is paid on most goods in our County. It is a 10 yearlong tax. The distribution formula is re-negotiated every ten years. One of the primary purposes of this tax is to


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enable local governments to minimize property taxes. Tybee has been consistent in its argument that we should receive a higher proportion of the tax proceeds than our population would suggest. In other words, Tybee should not receive a percentage of the tax that is based on our population relative to the County’s population as a whole. We should receive more due to the fact that we are the only publically-accessible (by car at least) beach for the county and as such provide many services for non-Tybee County residents. This was the basic argument we successfully made in 2006 during the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (S.P.L.O.S.T.) negotiations. However, we had a great deal more leverage with the S.P.L.O.S.T. due to the fact that it had to be approved by the voters in the County and therefore were able to appeal to the public (who could then apply pressure on the County) for support. Conversely, the way the L.O.S.T. law was written by the State legislature, only Savannah and Chatham County have to agree to the L.O.S.T. distribution formula for it to take effect. You can help by contacting our two representatives on the County Commission (our district’s Commissioner, Pat Farrell, and the Chairman, Pete Liakakis) and tell them that Tybee is unique and ought to be allocated more money than the percentage of our population based on the 2010 Census. We will keep fighting for our fair share in these negotiations and I will keep you apprised of the progress. Memorial Park has seen some upgrades in the last few weeks. We recently completed the re-surfacing of the Memorial Park bike path. Many thanks to all who advocated getting this done. The World War II Memorial, which had been located between City Hall and the library parking lot, has been moved to a more appropriate and visible location. The bronze plaque is also being re-conditioned in the near future. We will be announcing a date for a ceremony to dedicate this re-located and re-conditioned Memorial in the near future. Kudos to Councilman Tom Groover for championing this project and to our City Manager and staff for getting it done in a timely manner. You may have noticed that our Department of Public Works has been working on drainage problems that had existed at the Park. This work is now complete and the grass area where the work was completed has been repaired. Finally, the fire hydrant, AT& T box, and electrical equipment that was (for some reason) placed smack dab in the middle of the field at Memorial Park years back have all been re-located to ensure that the Park is safer for our kids. Why this equipment was placed there in the first place is beyond me, but in any event, all of it has been appropriately re-located to more suitable locations. Thanks to our City staff within the Fire Department and Public Works department for getting this done. As you may recall, a committee of volunteers worked on a master plan for Memorial Park a few years ago. Their plan called for several improvements at the Park but due to our desire to make sure that we didn’t bust the budget by knocking it all out in one year and our desire to avoid borrowing money, we have taken a piecemeal approach to enacting the Plan. The Plan they outlined for the park is slowly becoming a reality.

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NAESP Recognizes Local Principal, Kerry E. Coursey, Among America’s Best Kerry E. Coursey is among 60 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation who were named 2012 National Distinguished Principals (NDPs) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Coursey is principal of Coastal Middle School in Savannah, GA. The NDPs will be honored Oct. 19 at an awards banquet, which has been generously funded by VALIC for nearly 25 years. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the opening address, honoring principals during National Principals Month. Established in 1984, the two-day program, which will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools. NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the 60 principals for being exemplars of successful school leadership. “For more than 25 years, our National Distinguished Principals program has recognized the nation’s most accomplished principals— front-line champions for children—who vastly impact individual lives and strengthen schools,” she said. “We congratulate the NDPs for nurturing positive school culture that meets children’s social, emotional, and academic needs.” “As the sole sponsor of the National Distinguished Principals program for nearly 25 years, VALIC is proud to continue our unwavering support of our nation’s principals,” said Bruce R. Adams, president and CEO of VALIC. “Programs like this allow us to recognize the contributions that principals make to our teachers, our schools and our communities. On behalf of VALIC, I would like to congratulate all of this year’s distinguished principals and offer our utmost thanks for their commitment and dedication to educating our nation’s children.” It is particularly fitting to acknowledge the work of principals in October because Congress declared it National Principals Month through two separate measures. The U.S. Senate’s S. Res 552, and the U.S. House of Representatives companion resolution, H. Res 781, recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of students in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools, and encourage awareness throughout the month.

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By Sylvia Garland

GARDNERS vs. GROWERS When I moved to Tybee Island one of the first things I did was to sign up for a raised bed plot at the Tybee Community Garden. Now although I came from a long line of “growers,” none of them were what I consider real “Gardeners.” The difference in my opinion is that a real gardener knows what type of soil he or she is planting in and what kinds of plants will grow in it. They will know how to treat the soil to add nutrients to encourage the plants grow better. A real gardener will know how to identify his/her plants at all the various stages of growth. A plot map will be made and plants will be set out according to their need for shade, full sun or partial sun. Also the growth pattern will be considered. Does a plant in the front of the plot grow taller than the one behind it? Will that plant produce in this month, that month or in how many days will that plant mature? A lot of the gardeners I have met along the way may even know a ball-park number of how much that particular plant will produce and what pest and other problems the plant will be able to resist. These are real gardeners! People really into their skill. And it is a skill. My own grandfather was a farmer, so more of a “grower” but because of his Native American heritage he used the phases of the moon for planting times. We have forgotten how to do that! Contrary to garden myths, a real gardener doesn’t rely simply on the garden map; a gardener who enjoys the “act of gardening” will be more interested in the act than the harvest. A real gardener will often and very generously give away, flowers, vegetables and plants because he has already enjoyed growing them and now they can easily give them away; always happy to share the bounty. While a “grower” may also be of a generous nature, he is growing for the “act of growing.” He has plans for the produce or flowers he has planted. He has prepared a designated area of land and it is his garden. Never quite sure, just hoping that what he has planted will grow. A gardener knows it will, he can feel it. A grower’s plants can shift in the soil or be moved by small animals. He can forget what he planted where. And then the trouble begins. He cannot identify what is weed and what is not and where what things should be growing, because he is a grower not a gardener. The grower is in a rush to get his harvest completed and thereby misses the joy and pleasure from the act of gardening. These are convictions of mine – these differences between the gardener and the grower. Have never has it ever been as confirmed as witnessed at the Tybee Community Garden. The gardeners there love to garden. They are generous and happy to share not only the fruits of their labor but their physical help and their knowledge. That is why I’m glad I joined, because I want to be a gardener, not just a grower!


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Christmas Specials By Judy O’Neill I’ve watched enough Christmas specials in my life to qualify as an amateur expert-think about that-- on what would be an excellent idea for a show filmed on Tybee. It could be an animated feature, a semi-true-to-life documentary, or even a cooking show with the best holiday recipes. Several titles come to mind: “The Christmas of the Coyote,” “How the Coyote Stole Christmas,” “Grandma Got Hauled Off by a Coyote,” “Down Home Coyote” (recipes from aforementioned hauled off Grandma), or “Nouvelle Coyote Cuisine.” I learned recently from my young friend Dani, who has more O’s and S’s in her name than I have space for here, that we on Tybee have been mispronouncing the word coyote. She knows because she lives out west where buffalo roam and deer and antelope play and animals like bear and coyotes are real threats. Listen up, y’all. The word should be pronounced ki-yote...that’s TWO (2) syllables. I told her it was that crazy Road Runner cartoon and Wile E. Coyote (ki-yo-tee) who led us down the mispronunciation path. My coyote obsessed husband has been asking around for recipes so that when we have permission to eliminate these critters we’ll have something creative to do with their carcasses. Several recipes have been submitted. Here’s a sampling of what he’s collected so far. (When the book comes out in print, all contributors will be duly recognized.) Crock Pot Coyote 4 lbs. Coyote meat 16 oz. Apricot preserves 1 bottle BBQ sauce (any ole kind) 1 red onion, diced Half teaspoon each salt, pepper, garlic powder Cook in crock pot for 8 hrs. Serve over rice.

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Throw coyote in hole in back yard. Marinate with 100% grain alcohol for 48 hrs. Lob a lit match into hole When flame goes out, meat is done. (No serving suggestions were offered.)

All these recipes are being compiled and will be tested soon. I liked the one for coyote cutlets wrapped with bacon and then wrapped around fried mac and cheese bites, the tres gourmet recipe for Coyote Blanquette a friend suggested from the Larousse Gastronomique, and the festive Holiday Coyote, which involved stuffing the thing with fruit cake. Anyway, it’s Christmas time on Tybee. The Thirty Days of Roma are upon us. Music is in the air. The lights are up and mostly on. My advice is to eat, drink and be merry. Watch all the Christmas specials but don’t go Coyote hunting just yet. I want to check first to see if coats make from coyote fur might be the next big thing. Merry Christmas! Judy O’Neill has written for the Breeze for the past 11 years. She was named “Best Local Columnist” at the 2011, 2008 and 2006 Breezy Awards and “Best Local Real Estate Agent” at the 2005 Awards. Judy and her husband John have lived on Tybee since 1983 and have been Realtors with Tybee Island Realty since 1989. She can be reached for comment at

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More 1911 Mayor Lovell called for a “Special Meeting of Counsel” to be held on May 4, 1911 to consider a request by the Tybee Beach Company to reduce its property taxes. The Mayor and all six councilmen attended. The Tybee Beach Company owned and/or controlled virtually all of the undeveloped portions of the Town, much of which was marsh. Today, marsh property alone is almost valueless for tax purposes because of local, state, and federal restrictions on its development. But in 1911 things were quite different. I do not know for example, how much the marsh area between Jones Avenue and Horse Pen Creek south of 12th Street would be valued compared to high ground not requiring fill. In the early 1920s the Tybee Beach Company would begin filling this area to develop the Venetian Terrace Subdivision. Whatever it was, when combined with other marsh property held by the Company, it must have been enough to lead to a petition to Town Council for relief. The only minutes recorded from that special meeting are of no help in understanding the situation: “The petition of Tybee Beach Company to reduce taxes placed on their property by the assessment committee for coming year was placed before Council and after careful consideration it was moved by Councilman Palmer, seconded by Councilman Stillwell that the valuations placed by the Assessment Committee, were fair and in equal dignity with adjoining property valued for taxation, and the action of the Assessment Committee be sustained – Carried.” All we know is that the assessment was “dignified”! The next meeting of Counsel was held on June 12, 1911. “Mr. A. McFadden representing McFadden and [?] of the South End Hotel appeared before Council and requested a license to sell Non Intoxicants made from cereals in the restaurant building near South End Hotel [Railroad] Station. On motion of Councilman Dixon, seconded by Councilman Harty, License was granted. “Application of Mr. W.H. McKratchen [?] to sell Non Intoxicants made from cereals in building located on beach lot #91 [south side of 15th Street] Granted. “Application of H.W. Freuberg [?] to erect a tent to shelter an Automobile on East End of 15th Street


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– granted provided tent does not obstruct passage through same to Strand.” This is the first reference I’ve seen to an automobile being kept on Tybee – the road from savannah was still 12 years away. “Application of H.M. Freuberg [?] for exclusive privilege of auto-Living [?] [?] on strand, Refused.” I wish I could have deciphered this better but can only presume that Freuberg wanted to live in his or her car. “Petition of Hotel Tybee Co to be relieved of taxes on Real Estate for year 1911 – Refused on account of not being legal to do so. “The Central of Georgia Ry Co. desires with the permission of the Town of Tybee to occupy a strip of land 18 ft wide by 210 ft long - on east side of Main Street exactly opposite Hotel Tybee for the purpose of constructing a pergola – Permission Granted Tenant having signed Tenant at Will [?] lease as approved by Town Attorneys and on file in Town Hall. “The following ordinance was read the first time and by unanimous consent read a second time and passed. An ordinance to provide for closing of places, stores, or establishments dispensing Non intoxicating liquors made from cereals. Section 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the Town of Tybee in Council assembled that from and after the passage of this ordinance, that it shall be the duties of the proprietors of all places, stores and establishments of any kind dispensing Non intoxicating liquors made of cereals located in the corporate or jurisdictional limits of the Town of Tybee to close their places, stores, and establishments at 12:00 o’clock AM and to keep them closed until 5:00 o’clock AM of same day. Section 2. Any person violating the preceding section shall on conviction in the Mayors Court of the Town of Tybee be subject to a fine of not exceeding one hundred (100.00) dollars and imprisoned not to exceed thirty (30) days, either or both in the discretion of the Court.” Just as a reminder, prohibition was still in force in 1911. That’s why these beverages, whatever they consisted of, were of course nonintoxicating. Of course!

Bernie Goode has been writing for the Breeze for seven years. Readers with questions or comments are encouraged to write Bernie at

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The holiday spirit is in the air on our beautiful island! There are so many things to be a part of this season on Tybee and at the YMCA and the true spirit of giving is alive and thriving. With that said, we would like to invite you to be part of the “PARK OF GIVING” on December 7th which also part of Lights on for Tybee. The Park of Giving is a unique and very meaningful aspect to the kick off of the holiday season. Some organizations that will be participating and asking for donations are the following: Rising TYde Community Food Pantry. The pantry is in need of many items such as canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, shelf milk, soup, rice and grits. Toys for Tots will be collecting any new toy items for youth to unwrap a present on Christmas morning. The Ferrell Cat project will be collecting cat food, blankets or towels. We would like to also include our two nursing homes by collecting lap blankets or soft/plush socks. There will be bins by each organization for the opportunity to contribute. Please help share the Christmas spirit by donating to one of these very worthy causes. Don’t fall into the holiday bulge demographic this season. If you are looking to become part of something special this upcoming year, or want to make your New Year’s resolution early, take advantage of no joiner’s fee or contracts at the Tybee YMCA on December 26th through the month of January. Whether you’re looking for the latest group fitness class to try with a friend, time to focus on your personal wellness and health, an activity that encourages youth activeness, an outlet for seniors to connect with each other, or a place families can spend quality time together, then our YMCA can offer this to you. Some other upcoming activities at the Tybee YMCA for December are: Dec 3rd the YEEPIES Christmas luncheon at Marlin Monroe’s at 11:30. Dec 5th there will be no classes in room 5, 6 or 8th due to a CEMA training and drill. Dec 6th the Gymnasium will be closed for this training as well. Dec 7th Park of Giving and Lights on for Tybee Dec 8th Christmas Parade at 1pm and immediately following the parade the YMCA will No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

host a plethora of activities in the Gymnasium including cookies and refreshments handed out by the Optimist club, Pictures with Santa, crafts and card making for the nursing home and wounded warriors. Dec 14th Holiday SKATE NIGHT- come dressed as an elf or reindeer Dec 15th Caroling on Tybee. If you would like to carol, please contact Leah Sparks leah. There will be no classes for the Tybee YMCA on December 22-26 &31st. We also like to welcome our newest member to Team Tybee YMCA, Laura Amador. She joins the Tybee YMCA staff as the Membership Director and we are so very thankful to have her join. Please help us greet Laura with that Tybee community warmth. From all of the staff, Board of Directors and volunteers, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas season. We hope for good health and peace this season. Don’t forget to take time to remember the true meaning of Christmas this season!

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Happy Holidays Tybee Breeze readers! We want to thank you for voting Tybee Island Pirate Fest the Best Event/Festival for 2012. We’re already planning for next year’s Pirate Fest so if you’re interested in getting involved please let us know. October was a busy month at the Tybee Visitor’s Center. The majority of our visitors were from Georgia then from Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Tybee is also becoming a desirable travel spot for international visitors. We recorded 42 visitors from Canada, 20 from Germany and visitors from 14 other countries! We hosted our first annual Tybee Island Mix and Mingle on Wednesday November 14th at the Tybee Island Social Club. Carey Ferrara, Regional Project Manager for the Coast with the GA. Dept. of Economic Development – Tourism Division, joined us and filled guests in on free promotional opportunities that the State of GA. offers to hospitality businesses. Joe Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah, was also in

attendance to meet some of Tybee’s finest. A special thanks to Kurtis and Sarah from Social for the wonderful atmosphere and tasty food! We are planning to continue having our Tybee Island Mix and Mingle events on a quarterly basis going into 2013. By the time this article comes out Tybee for the Holidays will already be underway. With events like the Floating Christmas Parade, Tybee Island Christmas Parade, Holiday Cottage Tour, New Year’s Eve fireworks and the Tybee Polar Plunge, there’s an event to please just about everyone this year. We’ll be busy on New Year’s Eve as we welcome 2013 with a sparkling display of fireworks at the stroke of midnight. The fireworks are a magnificent way to start your year with those you love from the comfort of your own porch or a cozy late night picnic on the beach. The fireworks also signify the beginning of an exciting year for Tourism Council events. Join us on February 8th and 9th for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Tybee. You’ll want to pull out your finest purple, green, and gold and fluff your feathers as we celebrate the holiday with live music, Mardi Gras parade, street party, and masquerade ball. Make sure to visit MadiGrasTybee. com for up to date information. Have a great Tybee day! Lindsay Fruchtlm, Marketing Director Casey Slone, Special Events Manager Kim Webster, Operations & Sales Manager

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Sea Porcelain Art School returns to Tybee Well folks, when the GA Seminars by the Sea Porcelain Art School returns to Tybee at the end of February 2013 for our 6th year, it will have a truly INTERNATIONAL flavour! We not only have teachers from six countries joining us at Tybee next year, but also porcelain painting students from an additional seven nations which makes it a really Global event! GA Seminars has the aim of promoting and teaching the beautiful art of hand painting on porcelain; an art that has been ARE YOU READY TO almost lost in some TAKE THE PLUNGE? countries, and so to further this aim, we The Tybee Polar Plunge recently held our first returns Tue., Jan. 1, 2013 online Porcelain Painting Competition, which I themed at the Tybee Island Pier around the London Olympics, with the title “Go for Gold”! and Pavilion. Plunge into I was proud to promote and advertise Tybee the brisk Atlantic Ocean to start Island as a great place to come and visit, on our off the New Year! This year’s Plunge International Porcelain Painting websites, and so with welcomes back the “Gang of Goofs” a fantastic first prize of a Scholarship Course with one Contest! We are looking for contestants to of our own USA painters, Mary Gosden from New dress up in their craziest and funniest costumes! York, the entries flooded in! Over one hundred entries, “Gang of Goofs” teams must have three or more from countries as diverse as UK, Japan, Australia and members. The Goofs will parade in front of an Thailand, with painters vying for that place with us at esteemed panel of judges to compete for some Tybee. The competition was fierce, and with such huge great prizes! The first place team will also receive interest, and so many votes, it was really close. So close the coveted Le “Gang of Goofs” trophy which will in fact, that we had to do a recount, but in the end we be engraved with their team name and displayed had our winner............. Bond Malikaew from Bangkok at the location of their choice. Thailand. Bond is a dentist who paints in his spare time, Registration for the Tybee Polar Plunge and he is delighted to be joining us to claim his prize and the “Gang of Goofs” is $25 per person and next February. Here is Bond’s winning entry, which as includes a long-sleeve Tybee Polar Plunge t-shirt. you can see is very appropriately Olympic inspired! Members receive a 10% discount! For more Bond’s nephews hold the porcelain piece to show the information and to register for the Tybee Polar size of his winning entry.

Plunge and the “Gang of Goofs” contest, visit Suzanne Painter The first annual Tybee Beach Brew Fest Owner/Administrator GA Seminars by the Sea took place on November 2 and 3rd. It was two fun-filled nights of craft brew tastings, local fare and great music. We want to thank all of our sponsors, breweries, restaurants and volunteers for helping to make this event a success. We’re looking forward to doing it again next fall! Don’t forget our website - is available 24/7! There you can buy or renew your membership, purchase an engraved brick or star, sign up to be a volunteer, join our mailing list to receive information about what’s going on with the theater or simply show your support by making a donation. We hope everyone has a great Holiday season and we’ll see you at the Tybee Polar Plunge on January 1st! No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

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Atlantic Coast from N.C. to Brazil. This fish grows to be about 4 foot long and 25 pounds. They live 2012 all in all has been a much better year 5 to 7 years give birth to live pups in the late than the previous two years combined. summer and early fall. We catch them on Coming off a mild winter helped tremendously mostly live shrimp, crab and squid. This is a giving our sea trout a chance to rebound. An favorite for youngsters and adults and not bad early spring trout bite pointed to the start of a table fair. These guys are gone for the winter much needed recovery. We had caught more and will return in April. trout by the end of May than we had caught Current water temperatures are around in the previous two years combined. Mind 60 degrees and that’s got the fish bunched you that the majority of these fish were small, up and in a feeding frenzy. If we can just get a but just the fact that they existed has been break from the wind December fishing should encouraging. We have continued to see be great. The little boats are doing well trolling these healthy 13 to 14 inch trout all year. It is for trout. DOA shrimp under a snap cork or still going to take Mother Nature cooperating rigged backwards on a 3/0 worm hook will and anglers releasing the big roe trout for Doug and Debbie came down get um. Remember to slow your presentation several springs to come to get us back up to and busted up some reds and down as the water temperature drops. Reds par. Think we should match SC here with a are chomping on mud minnows and gulp trout despite bad weather. minimum of 14” ten fish, maybe none over baits. Keep moving till ya find um as they 18” during April thru August. are in tight schools this time of the year. I have talked about this earlier in Well that’s all the yacking I’m going to the year but I’ll say it again redfish, spot tail do in 2012, hope ya’ll enjoy the Holidays bass whatever you want to call them are and catch lots of fish this winter. Check us in short supply in our immediate area. Two out on Facebook Capt. Stan’s Marshland seasons of no trout put unprecedented Adventure- Inshore light tackle fishing give amounts of pressure on these fish and us some feedback. boy can we see it in the numbers? I don’t Thanks and I’ll see ya in the river, think anyone seen this coming, everyone Josh Thomas caught this 5.5 pound Capt. Stan was focused on saving the trout, and trout while fishing with his Dad JT! no one realized the end result would be About the Captain: Captain Stan Allen (alias Fred) owns everyone whacking the reds almost into extinction. Sure we & operates Marshland Inshore Fishing Adventures, a local caught a lot of redfish this year but I did not catch them in guide service that runs out of Chimney Creek Marina (The Wassaw Sound and it was work every week to get it done. Crab Shack), on Tybee Island. Captain Stan has been a Tybee I think if we don’t cut our numbers back now it’s going to resident for over 28 years. Stan is a professional redfish angler for and a pro staff member get ugly down the road. We just don’t have the fish we had at Contact info: 912-786-5943 ~ www. 10, 15, 20 years ago and more pressure is coming with the E-mail number of new inshore anglers hitting the water every year. Just the fact of all the offshore closures has brought a lot of Words cannot begin to tell all of you wonderful,loving those guys to the inshore game. I’m not Mr. Conservative people, Thank-you for your kind expressions, prayers, out here, my job is to catch lots of fish, but I’ve been fishing here a long time now and it’s time to sound the alarm. thoughts, food, flowers, and love sent to us when we Georgia needs to cut back creel limits and adjust size limits were so sad. We will all miss David (Big Daddy), on trout, redfish and flounder. who loved this island and Flounder fishing this year was good but not the everyone on it in a very numbers from a year ago and I think that is in part due to special way, but someone the trout showing back up and most of our time was spent else said it well, heaven focused on trout , trout, trout got to find more trout! Hard to gained a comedian. catch a limit of 15 flounder on a rod and reel now days but Hugs and kisses. easy to stick um. Why keep a 12’’ flounder? My thoughts 14 or 15 inch minimum and 5 each is plenty? Thank-you, Thank-you, One thing not in short supply is the Bonnethead Diane, Bobby, Christina, Sharks, cousin to the Great Hammerhead and often Ernie mistaken for them the Bonnethead is abundant along the

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Dear Fran, I wrote you several Christmases ago with the same complaints and thoughts: Up on the housetop I have been Stringing up those lights again. Knocked down the chimney, And made some noise All for the little ones, Christmas joys. Ho, ho, ho, I gotta go. Ho, ho, ho, I gotta go. The ambulance is here.

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“Miss V – The Gypsy Cowbell returning to Savannah”

writing original songs and producing CD’s of her “cowbilly” and in 2011 the producer of the Wyoming “Wind River Music Showcase”, dubbed her “Wyoming’s quintessential singer/songwriter.” (to learn more about Miss V and listen to her music visit her web site http://www.gypsycowbelle. com ) So go to your calendar now and put a big red heart around December 7, 2012 and plan on attending the Savannah Folk Society’s “First Friday” concert at Stewart Hall – First Presbyterian Church – 520 Washington Ave. in Savannah. Also, be on the lookout Miss V may show up at Docs and or AJ’s again while she is in town…! (photo courtesy of Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle)

Three years and thousands of miles ago Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle brought her “cowbilly” style of music from Wyoming to Tybee Island. Well she and her handcrafted pine-plank banjo are coming back to Savannah to appear Remember: “If you’re lucky enough to live on Tybee, in the Savannah Folk you’re lucky enough…! Society’s “First Friday” If you have any comments please go to my blog (listed below), concert series on sign up or send me an email and leave your, comments, complaints, etc…! Tommy Thompson, a sales associate with Cora December 7th. Bett Thomas Realty, a real estate development consultant and In the interest photographer, lives on Tybee Island. You can follow Tommy on of full disclosure, his blog “the view from the beach” at: http://thompsonatlantic. Photo by Charles Engel even though I am an Email: authentic Tybee beach bum, I lived out in Jackson, WY for three years and loved to sit in on the Sunday evening folk music sessions (Church) at the Stagecoach Bar in nearby Wilson, WY., so I may be less than objective in my review of Miss V and her music. Along with being a troubadour, she was a wrangler on ranches with no amenities like running water and learned her craft by listening and playing with a lot of old timers around the campfires and having endured three winters in WY, I can tell you that you have to be tough and dedicated to the western lifestyle to choose to live there. Miss V is an authentic musical troubadour; from her home in Wyoming she travels the breadth and length of the USA performing her music. So far this year she has performed in WY, CO, MT, SD and will be here in Savannah in December. From here her website indicates, “she is heading to Boone, NC to spend a week with students, at the Two Rivers Community School grades K-8, building and playing homespun instruments, sharing Western and traditional music and lore and an introduction to song writing in the Appalachian Mountains.” I had the pleasure of meeting Miss V when she popped into Docs and AJ’s, three years ago, and shared some of her stories and songs in impromptu concerts, with Janie Coslick, Joe Inglesby, Michael Sullivan and me one afternoon. (I wrote an article for the Breeze about her back then which you can read on my blog) She was on Tybee while in Savannah to appear in a walkon-role in the making of the Robert Redford movie “The Conspirator”. Since her last visit to GA, Miss V has continued 19 Tybee Breeze No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

Happy Holidays, Tybee Island, and to all you folks out there in Breezy Land! ‘Tis the Season again and we all have to answer to Santa as to whether we’ve been naughty or nice. Being nice is good, but being naughty is soooo much more fun! If you get a bag of switches from St. Nick for being BAD this year, find somebody GOOD to give you a spanking, you little ho, ho, HO! Congrats to all the Breezy Award winners. Sundi did a great job putting together the Awards Banquet at the Legion. Special thanks go out to all the restaurants w h o provided the phenomenal food and thanks to everyone

who voted! We had a surprise performance by Christy Alan, who was jamming with Roy and Martha. I think t h i s was the b e s t Breezy Awards ever. Thank you!!! T h e T y b e e B o w l benefit f o r victims of Supers t o r m S a n d y was a huge success for a great cause. Cheryl’s Jell-O shooters with the rum-soaked cherries kept our blood warm on a cold night. Denise and Heather’s outfits were hilarious and the halftime show was completely outrageous! The Sand Spurs won, but both teams gave it one hell of an effort.


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Tybee Art Works is now in an awesome new location at Doyle Landscaping. This is where all the cool people hang out. Check out Beth and Jane in their new shop for some really nice Christmas gifts. Buy Local! Also, Uptown Café, No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

(next to Huc-a-Poo’s) is now serving breakfast from 6-11am. North Enders finally have a place to get some bacon and eggs! I ran into T-Bird at JayCee field on a softb a l l Mon. night. T h e P O O team played a good game but Sting Ray’s team took the championship. Congratulations to David & Elizabeth on their recent wedding. By the time you read this, they will have a new baby boy. J e r r y and Kasey also tied the knot. Best wishes to you all. I know this is a little late, but I just had to show you a couple of Halloween costumes. Alaina and Alicia as the “Jolly Green Giant” and “Sprout” were ridiculous! Brett and Casey were dressed as a naughty nurse and her

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patient. Brett actually shaved his head for this and I hope that plastic bag was filled with chocolate batter like he told me… The Tybee C h u r c h celebrated their 3rd anniversary with a very moving musical service. Gordo, I am so glad you finally got your voice back. It’s a miracle! Roy was at Tybee Time on a Sat. night with this bevy of beauties. It looks like he had his hands full with these rambunctious ladies. Patti is back at the Wind Rose on Sat., Sun., & Mon. nights. She pours a kick ass cocktail, and always has a smile for you. Welcome back! Sushi, g o o d luck this skiing season in Japan. We will miss Continued page 22

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you! He is pictured here with Gorgeous George, and is checking the time. Is it 4:20? I went to Sting Ray’s where Wren and Joe were trying to cure Bradley of the hiccups. I tried to use the Barlow method and wound up almost setting Bradley on fire. OOPS! The whole restaurant smelled like burnt hair. Sorry, Bradley! Sting Ray’s challenged the Poo to a pudding tug-of-war at Tybee Community Day. Eric is shown here demonstrating his technique. I think we should bring back pudding wrestling. Can I see a show of hands? The Joyce Harrison Memorial Poker Run had almost 200 participants this year. Even thought the weather was raw, everyone had a great time. Mama’s pink

hippie hats were a hit!

Julie is pictured here with her beautiful baby girl, Sophia.

Don’t forget the pool tournament on Tuesdays at the Quarter. Join Tootie and the kids for a good time. Happy 17th birthday to Kaley Ganey!

Something is very, very WONG with this picture. Let me tell you what Danielle ate at the Quarter in one sitting: 2 dozen oysters, a dozen wings, jalapeno poppers, 1 lb. crab legs, potato salad and an oyster shooter! This is one girl who WON’T get fat over the holidays. Yes, you can get an oyster shooter. Deelish. Sundi w a s o u t a n d about and was chatting it up with Kevin. He and A.J. are opening a new sports bar at the former


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Two Pirates location. Stay tuned for details. Santa Claus will be at the Poo on Sunday, December 16 from 4-6 p.m. Bring in your kids, both young and old, and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Gail was giving Santa a pre-Christmas lap dance! Finally, a special thanks goes out to Melissa D. Freeman for her photo contributions to the Breeze. If you want to bust out your buddies for “We’ll Make You Famous,” e-mail sundi@, and earmark it for my column! Happy New Years, everyone. See you in 2013!!!

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I wish to remain teachable and embrace the path of others as we gather to put our toes in the sand and ease with the breeze. Seek with our hearts and peace will follow our steps - Here’s a view I see!

TODAY IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE TODAY - TODAY - TODAY! That’s all we have… this present moment of the rest of our lives. As the Christmas Season comes near, our hearts fill with many emotions. Presents will be opened and smiles will fill the room with joy and love. What a wonderful time of year! Then I hear BAH, HUMUG! What’s that? I look it up in the urban dictionary - it is really funny. So true to fall into the traps of the season of joy…and only feel sadness and regret. The Season of Cheer is recorded as the most attendance in the hospitals with physical and emotional sickness. What? It can’t be! This is to be the best time of the year…to watch the old Christmas movies, have our loved ones so close... I can smell the turkey cooking and see the sweets on the table. We think back to our childhood days as we see our own children and their children grow…trying to hold on to what is the real meaning of this Season of Cheer. This season ask yourself, “What is the best present I can get?” Then ask, “What is the best present I can give?” TODAY - TODAY - TODAY - All we have is today. This is the best present anyone could ever ask for and the best present anyone can ever give. Giving of ourselves is truly the meaning of Christmas. It can’t be bought with a credit card nor our savings. It can only be given through a smile - a kind word - a hug - our TIME. Time is the best GIFT of all. In this we find inner peace and sanctuary for our souls. It is a mirror that reflects the true meaning of this season. So many, it seems, have gone beyond to the other dimension. The soul has gone but the spirit remains. This spirit is stronger than anything in the universe. It is never ending and is always here. Embrace your soul and feel the power of the spirit that dwells with you. Put your foot in the sand and see your toes wiggle. Right now, this present moment, all your needs are met. You have today. Share it with the world. Smile and have a Merry Christmas! Samuel Adams, Psalmist Tybee Breeze


Here it is Christmas Time already!! It seems as though time is moving so quickly these days! Though this season is a time a joy, reverence and celebration, let us not forget that, as time marches on, just 71 short years ago, in Dec., 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor took place. The attack on Pearl Harbor, called Hawaii Operation or Operation AI, by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters. Operation Z as it was called in planning, and the Battle of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, & the U.S. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Of these eight damaged, two were raised, and with four repaired, six battleships returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. One hundred eighty eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building, also home of the intelligence section, were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured. The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan. Domestic support for non-interventionism, which had been strong, disappeared.

Clandestine support of Britain was replaced by active alliance. Subsequent operations by the U.S. prompted Germany and Italy to declare war on the U.S. on Dec. 11, which was reciprocated by the U.S. the same day. There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” We continue to honor and appreciate our veterans. We continue to look and encourage new membership opportunities!! Veterans are anyone, male or female, that have served during time of conflict. There are many folks since WW II, Korea, Vietnam that are veterans, such as serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm & other conflicts. We need you! Due to poplar demand, we will have another Steak Dinner at the Legion Post 154 on Sunday, Dec. 16, 12-3pm. Stop by the Legion or call 786-5356 for reservations. Cost is $15 per dinner. Our Children’s Christmas party will be held at the Legion on Dec. for infants through age 10. Santa will be there to hand out gifts at 6pm. If you know of a Tybee family with children that need help, please call or come by Post 154 to give us the details. The deadline to submit names is Dec. 10. If you are not a veteran, but any male member of your family served in the military you may join the Sons of the American Legion. Please join our ranks in the Legion, Ladies Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion. Call the Post (786-5356) for information Remember, the chicken dinners will be held the first Thur. of each month, 5-7pm, cost is $8 The SAL fish fry is held the 3rd Thur. of each month, 5-7pm, cost is $8 Bingo is on Fri. at 8pm. Cards go on sale at 7:15pm.

Hello Member and Breeze Readers: Thanksgiving came and went!!! And now Christmas is here. At our Dec. 10th meeting we have invited the Marine’s to pick up the Toy’s for Tot’s. We did this last year and it was a really big hit. So, if you would like to bring a gift for them to pick up. Please bring it unwrapped. The Children’s Christmas Party is Dec. 15th; we will eat at 6 (covered dish please). If you want your child, grandchild to get a present from “Santa” We will need the Childs name, sex, and age (the ages are from infant to 10). This is a great PARTY. The Christmas Basket will be raffled off this evening. You can call Wanda Kendrick to add the Childs name to the list Anita Woodard our “Soldier Box Queen” will be sending our boxes if you would like to donate some items for our “Soldier” you can bring them by the Legion.

We will be taking presents to our Nursing Home Veterans this month. We also make sure that everyone gets something. This is a real treat for these folks. Santa really puts a smile on their faces!! It is very humbling. I really look forward to this every year. The Legion is having a Steak Dinner on Dec.the 16th 12-2pm. Take a day off from cooking. Really good eats!!! Also on Dec. the 16th, 6pm we will be having our White Elephant Christmas Party (covered dish). Bring your gift and join in on the fun. Last for this year is the “New Years Eve Party” Band, food, favors and lots of fun. You can purchase your thickets at $20 per person from Linda and Joseph (in the canteen). Hope EVERYONE has a Great Holiday Season and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!!!!


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6th Annual Toure’ de Lights

It’s time again to take out your lights, shine up your bikes and get ready for the annual Toure’ de Lights. Our Toure’ actually started about 20 years ago when each Christmas we took our children and Aunt Jane Waters, who had MS, to view the Christmas lights. After Jane’s death, a small group of about 12 of us decided to carry on our tradition but to ride the lights on our bikes. That first year we passed out playing cards, clothes pins, and balloons to pin to our wheels just to make a little noise on our ride. We decided to start at AJ’s for adult beverages and snacks, ride through the neighborhoods to Huc a Poo’s and back to Kokomo for a bon fire and dessert. Each year we added a few more friends and friends of friends until someone started adding lights to their bike and a donation was collected for the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry. In 2010 we grew to 32 friends who rode on a cold and rainy night. We held a somewhat organized bike contest with Alan Burn winning first prize and Dorothy Huffstetler winning second with a huge

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rising of the bar for decorations. In addition we donated over $400 to the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry. Our 5th year 2011, we had magnificent weather and grew to 48 participants with donations to the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry of over $700. The decorating contest was fabulous but alas Dorothy Huffstetler and Alan Burn once again won first and second place. Our goal for the 2012’s Toure’ is to increase our donation to the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry, encourage the homes on our tour route to decorate and beat the lights off Alan Burn and Dorothy Huffstetler. The 6th annual Toure’ de Lights will be held on Dec. 15th at A-J’s Dockside. The bike decorating contest’s line up begins at 5pm followed by the parade to view the Christmas lights. The suggested entrance fee is $10/bike with all proceeds going to the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry. Set up your porch party, decorate your homes, as we give bell rings and prizes for great lights, and please make a donation to the food bank. Registration forms can be picked up at A-J’s and Tim’s Beach Gear and the cut-off date for registration is Dec. 10th. A special thanks to our sponsors and participators of past Toure’ de Lights for their generous support of the Tybee’s food bank. We’d like to acknowledge A-J’s Dockside, Tybee Island Clothing Company, Tybee Island Charters, Tim’s Beach Gear, the Love-Love’s, and Papa’s Bar B Q for their prizes and support. Battery operated lights can be purchased at Seaside Sisters. Bike rentals are available at Tim’s Beach Gear. So light up your bikes and homes and join us for a night of laughs and fun and may the best bike shine! • Toure’ de Lights Dec. 15 begins at A-J’s • Registration deadline Dec. 10th • Registration forms at A-J’s & Tim’s Beach Gear • $10 registration donation - $$$ goes to Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry • Bike contest line up starts at 5pm • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place bikes and home decorations • Rain date Dec. 16th • Support the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry

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Regardless of your political affiliation - You must be happy the election is over. Let us hope Washington is able to work together for the sake of America and Tybee let us not be bitter; Contact Tybee Congressman Jack Kingston for your January inaugural tickets. College Professor, artist and author Mallory Pearce has an art exhibit on Tybee at the Dragon Fly Studio on hwy 80. The studio is run by Tybee’s world-class artist Denise Vernon. She and Mallory have hung an impressive show with never before publically seen oils of the late Sally Pearce 19061994. Many of Tybee old-timers have fond memories of Ms. Sally, Mallory’s mother. The exhibit will hang until the end of the year.

Give yourself a treat and stop in. Look who we spotted on Tybee the infamous Bill Boyd. As you can see Bill is during fine. He was talking with Julia and Ronnie. Ronnie had a birthday in November, the big 60; Ronnie looks wonderfully youthful; Julia is a lucky gal. If you need some work done. Call George and George of Coastal Roofing and Restoration LLC. They are a father and son team on Tybee. Notice the Sunshine “Julia” Yellow paint. They have turned Simone’s room into mama’s peace and mediation room. How sweet is that! Won’t Simone be surprise when she arrives home from college for Christmas break? She will want someone to call the law but it will be too late! Love springs eternal; Sonny and Donna are basking in the flames of passion. Sonny shared with me that he is a happy man. I know we all wish Abbey Burkes brother much happiness. I am happy to report about the Tybee/ Puerto Rican Connection. Tybee resident Barry Finch has a three bedroom condo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A short walk to the beach, a short flight from Savannah, and no passport needed. Berry is offering room(s) in his penthouse condominium overlooking San Juan. He provides breakfast and dinner and tips about what to see. We went and stayed 6 days in November. Temp was 78 degrees with a lovely ocean breeze each day. Berry makes it affordable and fun. If interested contact Barry Finch at www.bigbarry09@gmail or call me (see end of this article). My college friend Carol


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H (from back in the day) joined me on the streets of Old San Juan; we walked all over beautiful Puerto Rico. We found a wooden man on a square. We rubbed honey on him, and

took a picture, he just smiled. Tybee Power couple of the Year 2012 Dottie and Jim Klutz embodies the philosophy of Tybee-Fun, Family and Fundraiser. They promote community activism by their dedication to the Tybee Historical Society. Dottie is a registered nurse with extensive hospice experience and Jim is a business man and former owner of Coastal Transmissions Tybee does not have many eligible bachelors. Most are too old, too drunk, and too poor or are a combination of all three. Meet Brian. He moved to Tybee from St. Lucia (Luscious) us to be closer to his daughter. He is seeking a management position in the area. M a r i a n , Michael and Linda celebrate yet another Sunday at Marlin Monroe’s. In the winter MM on Sunday afternoons from 3-6 has the best music by Michael Moody; along with the best oysters on the island. A traditional Tybee style wedding happened on North Beach. Elizabeth Davis and Zachary Renstrom were united into holy matrimony at the first cross-over. Wedding reception on the Tybee Lighthouse grounds at sunset. The bride was as beautiful as the sunset; if not more. T y b e e has had p o o r results w i t h local practicing MD’s; death, murder, drug peddling and currently price g o u g i n g / overcharging. But a bright spot is our new veterinarian, Thomas Hyatt DVM. He is gentle and caring, animals are truly his calling. Consider taking your pet to Thomas. You will be pleasantly surprised. Tybee veteran Washington Post newspaper man, JR Roseberry, has a

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very interesting past. He has fascinating stories and his sister is a mayor on the west coast. JR owned the Tybee News; Tybee’s only newspaper. That paper is long sense defunct. But JR is as handsome and single as ever. During Nov. we enjoyed some wonderful weather. Bobbie & Melanie Ellaissi were seen out & about in Memorial Park enjoying Community Day. Pete Patti McFarland are Tybee snowbirds. They are enjoying the true spirit of the holidays, the three F’s friends, family and food. Our favorite city employee Claire Price won city employee of the quarter. We are all proud of her. Merry Christmas to Claire and good looking Captain Jimmy. These fine ladies are some of the Tybee Pool Committee, headed up by Vicki Worden-Nurse Practitioner and World Health-Care Missionary. Their mission is to provide a city pool for Tybee. Remember this grass-root effort in your Christmas giving. Julia Pearce, Village Observer; Contributor to The Breeze since 2002. Available for weddings, blessings and readings. 912-414-0809

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French Onion Soup - Revisited Rich beefy broth, nicely salted not too sweet, with just a hint of wine, French bread croutons and caramelized onions, along with a crisp-around-the-edges blanket of Swiss and muenster cheeses make this a cold weather winner that’s hearty enough for a meal. Ingredients for 4 servings: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 onions slice very thin, Vidalia or white Spanish 2 cloves garlic minced 2 bay leaves 2 sprigs of fresh thyme Kosher salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 cups or half a bottle of good red wine 2 qts. beef stock (soup aisle of grocery) 1 baguette, sliced 1/2 grated Swiss and Muenster (I prefer just Gruyere) Prepare the broth: In a large heavy pot, heat the butter over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper until onions are soft and browned. Make damn sure the onions are a nice, dark, even brown color, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring often. Increase the heat to medium and add the wine bring to a boil, scraping all the brown goodies from the bottom of pan. Simmer until reduced to a thick glaze. Discard the bay leaves and thyme. Now add the beef stock and simmer 45 mins. to 1 hour. When the soup has finished cooking, ladle it into individual crocks (not shoes). Float a couple of baguette slices side by side on top of each. Spread a generous, even heaping amount over the top of the soup. You want some extra to hang over the edges, as the crispy; near burnt stuff that sticks to the outer sides of the crocks once it comes out from under the heat is often the best part. Put the crocks on a baking sheet under a pre-heated rip-roaring broiler until the cheese melts, bubbles, browns, and even scorches slightly in spots. Serve immediately and very CAREFULLY. You don’t know pain until you spill some of this in your lap.


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There are many reasons we love living on Tybee, from the gorgeous beaches, to the beautiful homes, to the colorful locals. One of the lesser discussed rationales; however, is the sheer peacefulness of fall and winter on our little island. This is the time of year in which the leaves are falling from the trees, the humidity is gone and a haze of calmness tends to settle over everything. Our streets are mostly empty, parking is easy to find and locals seem more relaxed. We still make a habit of sitting on the front porch and waving this time of year, but the difference is that now; we know so many more of the people we see passing by the inn. We’ve heard from several of our guests that this is their favorite time to visit to Tybee. The beach is nearly empty, they say, and one can stroll along unimpeded by sprawling sunbathers and blaring music. This is the best time of year to explore the island by bicycle, as well, many claim. Early winter allows one to roll along and take in our eccentric and charming cottages without worrying about holding up traffic. Others simply enjoy the serenity of curling up in one of our rocking chairs to read a good book while feeling like they have no concerns beyond where to go for dinner, and knowing that no matter where they choose, there will likely not be an hour long wait. Regardless of one’s reasons for visiting, or the time of year in which they choose to come, we are proud to say that our little island truly offers something for everyone. Comments: Susie and Stuart, Thank you for a wonderful stay. The great breakfast gave us the go power to ride the bikes as we explore Tybee Island. Your inn is beautiful and in a great location. Your southern charm made us feel right at home. In Good Health, Marla and Bruce, Jacksonville, FL Susie and Stuart, We had a great stay – enjoyed the beauty of the island, the history and the good food. Thanks for the great hospitality. ~ Annette and Keith, Crawfordville, FL Thank y’all so much for such a wonderful stay. Y’all made our wedding weekend amazing. We can’t say “Thank You” enough…We are excited to come back and make more memories at Tybee Island and here at the Lighthouse Inn. Thank y’all again for the hospitality. ~ Kevin & Sheri, Pine Mountain, GA & Afghanistan Thank you all, Susie & Stuart

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The Number Don’t know about you, but I’ve seen several articles lately talking about “the number.” Sounds mysterious, doesn’t it? What they’re talking about is how big your nest egg needs to be to achieve financial independence. The articles I’ve seen all express the number in multiples of your annual earnings, and most of them seem to settle on something between 7 and 10 times your annual earnings as the minimum necessary to retire comfortably. I did a similar calculation, or long series of calculations I should say, many years ago, 1986 to be exact, long before I’d seen anything written about the number. I took a different approach to determining how large my nest egg would need to be. At the time, after much reading and thinking, I decided I had to make a choice as to how to make the calculations. I could either assume an age at which I and my wife would die and have our money last until then, or I could build a nest egg large enough that the interest and dividends from it would be large enough, along with our pensions and Social Security, to provide the income we needed every year until we died. That way we would never (theoretically) have to use up any of the nest egg. I took what I considered to be the more conservative route, which was the latter, but which I also knew meant the nest egg would have to be larger. I put the goal into these words: “I want to be able to generate the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $70,000 per year from my nest egg without ever having to touch the nest egg itself.” This would keep the nest egg intact and then it could be used for unforeseen contingencies like possibly medical bills, nursing homes or long-term care at home if we live long enough to need it. The figure I came up with was $1.7 million, what I considered a staggeringly large number, but we set out to get there. We stepped up our savings and delved more deeply into investing. We’re still not quite there but, I think because I was conservative in the assumptions I had to make to do all the math, we’re financially independent and retired. We did all right during our working years, as far as our income was concerned, but we were never exactly a member of the elite 1% at the top of the income ladder. I’ve never been able to figure the average rate of return we’ve had overall throughout the years on our saved and invested funds, but I believe it’s been in the low to midteens, not a fantastic number but enough to get us there. It took us about 30 years. My conclusion from all this is it’s not how much you make; it’s how much you keep. So live below your means, find your number and go for it, and have some fun along the way. Contact me at if you have any questions. PFP Tybee Breeze


Rats and Mice Now that we are into the colder months there will be an influx of rodent activity looking for harborage and a place to nest for warmer domiciles including our homes and outside structures. This can include all outside creatures by the coastal parameters that we live by as well as inland areas that are common breeding places for these rodents. In our general area the most common of these rodents are roof rats, Norway rats, deer and common house mice. They are known to squeeze through an opening as small as a ½ inch gap. Anything smaller can be chewed or gnawed upon forging an entrance to any structure. Marks left by house mice are less noticeable than rats. Any food products including pet foods should not be stored in accessible areas. Rats and mice are nocturnal and can be more active in the fall and winter when they look for a place of harborage. They are known to feed at dusk and dawn. It is best to inspect your home and outer buildings for access to entry points that they may enter into. This includes eves, dormers, any damaged wood areas and dryer vents. Control: A successful program of rodent control begins with a through inspection of the property, which includes identifying signs of any infestation occurring with bite marks, tracks, rubs marks, droppings and damaged goods. Once the inspection is complete proper measures are necessary in order for control. Rats and mice can be caught with snap traps that can be placed near walls and vertical runs where they travel. They are known to be wary of any new elements in their environment, thus any new objects should be left dormant for a time before and after a bait system is introduced. There are several anticoagulant rodenticides that are effective for control including pellets, packets, and bait blocks. Bait stations that are tamper resistant and inaccessible are helpful also. Any and all water sources available to them should be eliminated as well. Rodents mainly rats and mice are responsible for at least 500 million to one billion dollars of damage incurred on properties per year in the United States. These figures are attributed to many fires that are caused from gnawing of rodents on electrical lines and can destroy millions of dollars of food products. They can also carry many diseases that can have an impact on humans as well as other animals.


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If You Don’t Know Us By Now! Many of you may not be aware of this, but the City of Tybee Island has a volunteer committee which we refer to as The Green Team. We are a group of city employees, which meet monthly to look at the operations of the city from a sustainable point of view. Now I know what you’re thinking; another committee blah, blah, blah. Actually, we have made numerous strides over the past 4 years or so, though be it very quietly. We have come to the point now where we can report the outcomes of our efforts. I have divided the data into categories in an attempt to outline the results. Objectives: The green team has focused on energy usage, water consumption, recycling, purchasing practices, and overall sustainability for the city. Our function is to operate in a more sustainable way, reduce costs, engage and involve the residents in creating a more eco friendly island. Electricity: We have reduced the cities electrical usage by over 117,000 KW/h. This has resulted in a savings of over $9000.00 per year. Our savings have allowed us to offset the cost of rising rates. To date we have received in excess of $1000.00 in rebates from Georgia Power. Water: In the past 4.5 yrs green team member Ricky Goodman of Water/Sewer, has saved residents, businesses and the city hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. This has been accomplished by use of the city’s AMR system, and leak detection. We have implemented within the city lo flow shower heads, bib locks, watering timers, installing low water use toilets (stealth), as well as adjusted water use practices at a point source level. The city also offers these same products to residents to extend the reduction in use to private homes. Recycling: We have gone from no departments recycling, to currently all departments recycling. Green Team member Jackie Cary with public works is moving forward to improve recycling on the island. They are converting the existing recycling system, to single stream recycling. At current we can only take metal and cardboard. Single stream allows us to recycle plastic and glass as well. This also allows local residents as well as businesses to more easily participate in this effort. In addition, this will reduce costs for local businesses, and increase the recyclable material to be processed. Overall Sustainability: A little over a year ago, Jackie and I partnered with Staples Business Solutions. They have developed a program of janitorial, break room, office supplies, and service that is eco sustainable, and budget minded as well. To date, we clean our city facilities with chemicals that are 100% safe to humans, produce little to no carbon footprint in their production, use, or presence in the environment. In addition to this we have recorded a 5-7% reduction in costs associated with the purchase of these products. Accolades: This year (2012) the campground has been nominated for two sustainability awards. The first was for the Tybee Island Chamber of Commerce. We were recognized for our efforts, though not given the ultimate award. The second was The National Association of RV Parks, and Campgrounds (ARVC) Plan It Green Award. This resulted in receiving the award for small parks from the association. Now we look to the future, to continue our innovation and creativity. It is our hope that residents, as well as businesses join with us. Together we can continue to create a sustainable island, reduce waste, and maintain a fiscally sound operation for years to come. Christopher Shook, Operations Supervisor /Green Team Chairman. Rivers End Campground & R.V. Park. The City of Tybee Island

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JANE COSLICK’S HOLIDAY COTTAGE TOUR Saturday, December 8, 10am – 3pm (rain cats and dogs, snow or shine) Jane Coslick’s 17 popular Tybee cottages ( $30/person Kick off the holidays as you enjoy viewing adorable, “shabby chic” historic Tybee Island cottages, restored by renowned interior designer Jane Coslick. See what happens when imagination, bright colors and historic cottages collide. Plus, enjoy yummy, homemade treats along the way. All proceeds benefit Humane Society for Greater Savannah to fulfill its goal in opening a community low cost spay/neuter clinic. By providing a low cost spay/ neuter clinic for the community, more pet owners will be able to afford this procedure to improve quality of life for them and their pets. It will also significantly reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters. Contact Shirley Sessions for more info at 912-695-0724 or Tybee Breeze


Asheville, NC. He taught us how to craft beautiful grapevine trees using tomato cages!

BEES, TREES AND WREATHS Bees - TIGC was a-buzz for our October meeting. Guest speaker, Steve Salter, is owner of Ty “Bee” Honey with his wife Kathy. Kathy, also our V.P. hosted our meeting at their lovely Tybee home where we learned about the importance of bees in our gardens. Ty “Bee” honey produced over 200 pounds of honey this year!

Wreaths – TIGC will have a fundraiser on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tybee School Cafeteria. So come on over after the Christmas parade; Santa will be next door in the gym! Here is a preview of a wreath we will offer for sale along with the grapevine trees, hand-made aprons, painted pots, delicious baked goods (including specialty cakes) and, of course, plants.

December Gardening Tip – Don’t forget your garden lovers this holiday season. Try crafting a wreath or garland using natural elements to enhance their holiday cheer. Amaryllis can be potted and forced to bloom indoors. Camellias are Trees - We enjoyed blooming outdoors; cuttings make for a nice holiday a workshop for our arrangement. November meeting led by Pete Wallenborn of


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Rock Your Ramen … Noodle, Baby! By Alaina Loughridge

It’s winter. We broke and so hungry! However, we can still afford 10 cents! Let’s do this!! Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 8:00 P.M. the Wind Rose is hosting their Second Annual Cook Off. This time, we are going to see who can rock the Ramen. I’ve heard boasts over who has the best recipe of all time. Well, kids, put your Ramen where your ego is. I’ve heard some doozy’s. Whatch ya got? Here is the deal: You must sign up at the Wind Rose no later than Tuesday, December 11th. During sign up you will select a mystery ingredient that you must include in your Ramen masterpiece (ooohh we got some great mystery stuff too!). There is no entry fee and no budget for your ingredients. Please submit your gourmet creation no later than 7:30 P.M. the night of. We plan to sell samples, so I recommend you use at least three packages of noods to accommodate that and for judging purposes. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. The Sam Adams Band will be rocking and raffles will be going on to add to a fun and cheap night out! Not to mention a prime opportunity to get righteously “Dougified.” (If you don’t know what that means, come find out!) Nothing is going on that night accept the countdown to the end of the world (which is pretty exciting, no?) Well, that and the beginning of the fiscal “cliff.” So, put your Maruchan on, grab your noods and let’s rock that Ramen!!!

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I Love You … Kinda By Alaina Loughridge Ah, the Off Season! Isn’t the thought of it just soul breathtakingly amazingly wonderfully orgasmic? My feet love the idea. My back is giving two thumbs up and my mental health is doing the happy dance boogaloo. My bank account … meh, not so much. Money ain’t everything though. However, Top Ramen may be (they have been coming out with some rather interesting flavors lately). The Off Season is here kids! Woohoo!! It’s the time where the tumbleweeds blow, walking naked down Butler goes unseen, the fat pants get dusted off and we all stab ourselves in the liver with a toothpick attached to an olive that just came out of a dirty martini. So, that being said, lets get down to the gritty. I’ve served my allotted time to become a local. In said allotments, I have seen us behave badly (more so than usual) in the winter. I understand this: During the Off Season we really have no one to pick on. No tourists, no dumb questions, no stopping at every cross walk, et al. We must resort to each other. It’s cold, we are broke and we are hungry for a big, fat chunk of prime rib with macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes and gray with Texas Toast on the side cut in half, with homemade horseradish (Fuzzy Mike at Doc’s on Friday night). So lacking all that, we turn on each other like a pack of rabid wolves. Well, maybe not that bad. Hyenas? Feral dogs? Pack rats? Ground hogs? Let’s try to be kind this year and into the next. Considering the world is suppose to end December 21st (if the Mayan’s knew their stuff – they certainly didn’t know about height), let’s take a deep breath and say a kind word. It’s great to hear a compliment, but it is just as fulfilling to give one. Let’s not turn on each other (unless you act like a repetitious idiot and constantly behave badly) this Off Season. Sometimes words are deserved. Say them and hug it out. We are not a big community and we have to stick together, so to save me from becoming to maudlin, I say this, “I do love you, I just sometimes want to stab you in the guts with a pitchfork.” But saying that, just know I would immediately pull it out, give you something to compress it with and apologize. I might even call the paramedics.

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A Tybee Kind of Holiday By Kelsey Bankert

It seems like it will never get old – Tybee weather. Every time we step out the front door my boyfriend and I turn to each other giggling maniacally. “It’s almost Thanksgiving!” I might chirp. “It’s freaking December!” he may cry, twirling with arms splayed ala Julie Andrews. Even on cloudy afternoons or drizzly mornings we’ll dance little jigs on the way down the stairs, all the while shouting out the probable temperatures where we used to live. And where we used to live, my new neighbors, was cold. I know that there are a lot of transplants, just like Tim & I, on the island, so I won’t presume that none of you did what we did and fled Indiana or Montana or Vermont, probably looking much like the first victim in a B horror movie (that is, arms flailing and screaming, never looking back.) You may well know what negative 27 degrees Fahrenheit feels like. Yes, native South Georgians, I said twenty-seven. And you might know that hail can truly reach golf ball proportions (if not bigger, though seeing one up close usually comes only moments before unconsciousness.) You used to own multiple pairs of long johns, boots, gloves (lined, of course), hats (ditto) and ski pants. You kept the following in your car at all times: a shovel, a window scraper, even more gloves, and a winter “emergency


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kit,” containing a road flare, one of those crazy silver blankets that marathoners feverishly clutch after races, and a protein bar to keep you occupied while you slowly freeze to death in some godforsaken snow drift. I see you nodding Montana; you know what I’m talking about. I don’t want to presume, however, that you came to Tybee with only the weather in mind. Maybe something else lulled you here - the beaches, the small town feel, a desire to travel to the very end of the road just to see what was there. But I’m sure you’d agree that this Southern climate is a big, fat, deepfried, bonus. And never does that reward come into starker view than in the coldest months of the year. Because guess what’s going on back in Vermont and Indiana? I’m not there, but I’m going to hazard a guess (and as I did no meteorological research whatsoever, take this exposition with a grain of road salt.) One, there is probably sleet somewhere. It may even be falling sideways. Can you believe that? What kind of demonic nonsense is this? Freezing rain isn’t bad enough without it going all space age and defying gravitational pull? And two, it is very, very cold. So cold that whenever you run to the car at night, the person in the passenger seat bangs their hands against the dash like a deranged lunatic screaming “Turn on the heat! My God, turn on the heat!” while you shakily stab at the ignition while barking, “I’m trying, I’m trying!” When it’s so cold outside that turning on the car sounds to the uninformed ear like an apocalyptic scenario, that’s something. Okay Kelsey, you may be thinking, but what about the good aspects of winter weather? Imagine a meandering stroll through a wintery New England village. You and your true love hold mittened hands as your cozy, waterproof boots make satisfying squeaking sounds in the snow. Puffs of smoke and steam rise out of the chimneys and vents on every house and Christmas lights twinkle all around, like daytime stars. That’s winter, you might be thinking, that is the feeling of the holidays. Touché dear reader, I see your point. There are, after all, far more Christmas cards with snowfall and evergreens on the front than Spanish moss and sand dunes. But there is a lot to be said for moss and dune. Without the worries or dangers brought on by ice or snowstorms, bulky gear and being trapped inside, we here on Tybee have a calmer, easier, more temperate holiday. We can be outside if we’d like, without freezing our patooties off and we’ll find that the natural world is still boldly green, not, very simply, dead as a doornail. Feeling at home both inside and outside, all year round, is just one thing I love about Tybee. Would you agree South Dakota and Maine? And, if you miss it all too much, if the Christmas cards turn your heart to the Northern climes, don’t forget that there will still be a bit of snow on Tybee this holiday season, just electric, and strung across Butler Ave. No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

Oceanfront Cottage is so proud to have received Small Business of the Year for 2012 awarded by the Savannah/Chatham County Chamber of Commerce. When we were asked to be interviewed as one of the finalists, Lannie and I never dreamed that we would receive such a prestigious award, considering the number of wonderful businesses in the Savannah/Chatham area that were under consideration. The award was introduced with a fabulous video outlining our vision of Oceanfront Cottage and Tybee Wedding Chapel’s goal of helping Tybee Island to become a wedding destination. It was such an honor to have both Tybee businesses mentioned upon receiving such an amazing award. My mother, Evelyn Ballinger, was in attendance along with our good friend Suzanne Painter who hosts Seminars by the Sea on Tybee (porcelain arts school). Paula Kitchens, Ray Anaya, Marvin Phidd, Megan Brannen, Gricelda Hernandez, Paul DeVivo and Charissa Murray were with us sharing a table reserved for Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC during the awards banquet. Marvin Phidd, Marketing and Logistics Leader at Oceanfront, recommended Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC to be considered by the chamber. Thank you, Marvin! The following morning we were surprised to see the article in the Savannah Morning News! Our staff invited members from the Chamber to lunch at Vic’s on the River in appreciation of this wonderful award on November 11th. We were shown “The Trustees Council of Savannah-Chamber of Commerce” board with Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, Tybee Island

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displayed as one of the newest members of this wonderful group of businesses. Lannie and I have much to be thankful for including every member of our staff of both Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC and Tybee Wedding Chapel, LLC, all of the Owners of the homes we manage, and every person on Tybee Island, Georgia who has shared our dream and supported our efforts to help us all get out of this recession. Thank you all and have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year! Stacye, Lannie, and the Oceanfront Cottage Team!

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Making your Wedding Day last forever! It’s all about the pictures! Most of you don’t know how important Reviews are for wedding destinations. Our beautiful chapel won The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2012 along with The Mansion on Forsyth Park! Imagine our delight when Tybee Wedding Chapel was compared to the Kessler’s Mansion! This prestigious award allowed brides from around the world to read our reviews. On November 14, 2012 Tybee Wedding Chapel was contacted and advised that it had also won The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013. We received more 5 Star Reviews than the other 2 winners combined, The Olde Pink House and Vic’s on The River. They are really special places, as well! We have had the pleasure of learning A LOT, and being in the presence of some Beautiful weddings! All of us have heard the quote “a picture is worth a thousand words” and that is so true. In an instant an entire moment in time is captured! Every week we have Brides, Grooms, Photographers, etc. that send us photos from Weddings they have taken at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. These photos are being launched across the internet from Pinterest, Facebook to the Photographer’s blog! Needless to say these photos and the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel are getting a lot of attention and bringing families from all over the world to Tybee Island! Almost every photographer that shoots a Wedding at The Chapel also takes the Bridal party to other areas of Tybee Island in the attempt of capturing that perfect photo. Tybee is full of hidden treasures with Amazing photo potential and we love seeing these photos.

By Carolyn Jurick Tybee Island Maritime Academy (TIMA) is in the process of preparing for the Aug., 2013 opening. We are meeting with St. Michaels, the Fire Marshall, and the state inspectors as we look at the facility for the school. We are writing an implementation grant that, if awarded, will help tremendously with the start-up costs of the school. Technology will be a major part of the education of the students. The website is being worked on right now. The new and improved website will be up and running very soon. Principals, teachers, and students will be able to apply online. The TIMA Governing Board plans to hire the principal in early 2013. After the principal is in place, the teacher applications will be available online. Students will be able to apply beginning in February. There is much to be done. The Governing Board meets the third Monday of the month. Our next meeting is Dec. 17th, 7pm at City Hall. As always, the meetings are open. Please come and get involved in the process.

On behalf of the Staff of The Chapel please allow me to share some of my favorite photos. Best wishes for a happy holiday season and fabulous New Year, Ray Anaya, Director of Events Tybee Wedding Chapel


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Tybee Author Interviews Self Ever heard of the lawyer who crossexamined himself? Strange, but it happens. Almost as odd, I guess, is the author who interviews himself. But here goes. Q: Sounds like shameless self-promotion to me. A: Sure, but if I don’t do it, ain’t no one else going to. Work with me, please; okay? Q: Oh, all right. What’s your book called? A: Last Days of the Coastal Empire. Q: What’s it about? A: A veteran politics reporter who takes a job in Savannah and returns to the Tybee Island home where, decades before, he’d spent an enchanted summer. He’s seen more than his share of trouble and just wants to keep his head down and do his job. Q: So what? A: His job always seems to pull him into the eye of a storm. Savannah’s no exception. Even as the newspaper resorts to gimmicks to keep itself afloat, he helps investigate a decapitation murder. The victim was knee deep in a devious scheme to prop up the paper’s readership figures – and ad revenue. Then the reporter learns a local congressman has pulled strings to get the FBI to take over the case. But rather than expedite the probe, the congressman wants to stall it. Q: And? A: The reporter and his colleagues run a gauntlet of muggings, vandalism, death threats and a scary chase by thugs hired to stop them. Q: What happens then? A: For starters, when the world gets turned upside down, a lot of people rewrite the rule book. Q: You said the paper resorted to gimmicks. Any examples? A: Sure. Pandering to so-called “readers” rather than people who actually read, that is to folks who look at pictures, scan headlines and skim a few paragraphs of an article. That encourages a focus on crime, showbiz, sport and sex, and keeping stories short and superficial. Then there’s the drive to digitize the hell out of everybody and everything. Q: But aren’t such approaches inevitable adaptations to the 21st century world? A: Probably, but they push a lot of us into things that don’t have much to do with why we got into journalism. Q: Such as? A: Helping people make sense of the world around them. Holding powers that be accountable. And, when need be, taking names and kicking ass. Q: Is there a solution? A: I don’t know. I hint in the book that small-scale community journalism that integrates itself with the national and regional picture might work in some markets. Q: What qualifies you to expound on such stuff? A: With or without consenting adults, I’ve been committing journalism for more than 40 years. You can divide it mostly into chasing politicians, sucking my thumb & herding cats. Q: Huh? A: Chasing politicians is mostly figurative, although I did jog with Jerry Brown and the late Congressman Pete McCloskey. Thumb suckers is a name for columns and other think pieces, which some folks, of course, call “stink pieces.” Herding cats is my term for supervising reporters and other editors. Q: Speaking of herding cats, I’m told your book is the sequel to your first novel, City Editor, set in South Carolina. Do many of its characters do encores in Last Days of the Coastal Empire?

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A: The two main characters in City Editor have only cameo roles in Last Days of the Coastal Empire. The two main ones in the new book were mid-level players in the first book. Of course, there are new folks. Q: Why the shift from Carolina to Georgia? A: I’ve wandered, but spent most of the last quarter century here. Q: Starting with? A: The 1988 Democratic convention in Atlanta. Q: What big election campaigns have you covered here? A: The 2006 and 2010 ones for governor and the 2008 U.S. Senate race, plus the presidential primaries here and across the river in South Carolina in 2004, 2008 and this year. Q: How does Tybee figure in your plot? A: The main character, Mike Taylor, lives, parties and surfs there. Bad guys bump off another bad guy at the lighthouse. Q: Any island places readers will recognize? A: Sure. The lighthouse, of course, north beach, the pier, Doc’s, the Quarter, MacElwee’s, A.J.’s, the Breakfast Club, The Sugar Shack and the old Tango restaurant. Q: How long have you been on Tybee? A: On and off since 1992. We bought a house here in 1993. Q: How much do you think you’re like Mike Taylor? A: Only a little. He’s better looking than I am. He’s younger, surfs better and played football better. He’s the politics writer I’d like to be. Q. Where can you get the book on Tybee? A: Gallery by the Sea, the Lighthouse gift shop, Seaside Sisters, T.S. Chu and Q: Anything else you’d like people to get out of the book? A: A good yarn, I hope.

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Tybee Arts Association to hold Last Minute Christmas show and sale It may seem like there’s plenty of time before the holidays, but the days will fly by, leaving everyone rushed to do their holiday shopping. No need to worry, though, as the Tybee Arts Association will hold its Last Minute Christmas show and sale Dec. 7-9. A total of 18 local artists will fill the Tybee Arts Association building with original art, and fine handcrafts, for a weekend full of wonderful gift options. “It’s one last hurrah!” said RL Brethauer, one of the show’s cochairs. “Such a great time was had by all at our November show; we decided to add a December one for that lastminute holiday giving. New Tybee artists and some of your old favorites will be displaying their original, handmade artwork, ornaments and gifts.” Brethauer’s original driftwood sculptures will be just one of the types of art in the show. Cochair Robin Sterns, of Ardsley Art Glass, will feature original art glass pieces. They will be joined by 16 other artists showing paintings and photography, art glass and pottery, art quilts and fiber arts, jewelry and wearable art, prints, cards and much more. The show will also include demonstrations by the artists, refreshments, and a chance to win an artists’ basket by helping a good cause. “Bring some nonperishable food/can goods for the Rising Tyde Food Bank and you’ll be entered in a raffle for one of our artist baskets, full of handmade gifts,” said Brethauer. The Tybee Arts Association’s mission is to support Tybee Island as an arts destination, and it has done so for years by holding a fall Festival of the Arts. In 2011, artists in the association decided to hold several weekend arts shows throughout the year as a way to reach more visitors and offer more exposure No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

to local artists. The December show will be the eighth show of the year for the association, and a schedule of six shows has already been set for 2013. The show will be held at the Tybee Arts Association building, at 7 Cedarwood, near the Lighthouse on Tybee Island. The show will open Friday, Dec. 7, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and continue Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the website at and follow Tybee Arts Association on Facebook for details and updates on all TAA activities. Schedule of 2013 Tybee Arts Association shows: Feb. 1-3 April 12-14 May 24-26 July 5-7 Aug. 30-Sept. 1 Nov. 1-3

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May 2012 DECEMBER 2012 A-J’s DOCKSIDE Are you looking for a great place to eat that’s on the water where you can enjoy some of the finest food on the island? A place where you can kickback, relax & enjoy your favorite beverage while watching the dolphins play in the back-river? A place where you can watch some of the best sunsets North of Mallory Square? Come to 1315 Chatham Ave. on the back-river. We’re just the place you’re looking for. Voted Best Outdoor Dining and Best Overall Restaurant 2012! Live music Fri., Sat & Sun. Nightly dinner & drink specials. Happy Hour Daily 5-7pm. 912-786-9533. BERNIE’S OYSTER HOUSE We offer a variety of food: sandwiches, chowders & seafood. We have a full service bar. Come join us & try one of our famous Mason Jar Bloody Mary’s. Join us on our outdoor patio. We have T-shirts, koozies & shot glasses. Thur-Sat 6-10pm live music. Happy Hour Mon-Thur 4-7pm, 50¢ oysters (raw only) & 12oz. draft beer for $2. We have a great staff that is always ready to please. Samuel Adams Band every Fri. & Sat. Call 912-7865100 for take-out & more info. If you are in Historic Savannah, stop & visit our other Bernie's at 115 E. River St.

WHATs hOt on tybee . . . WHere to go . . . Breakfast” awards. Free wireless/ purchase. We are centrally located in the heart of the commercial district at 15th & Butler. CoCo’s Sunset Grille Located at Lazaretto Creek Marina next to Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure. Open daily at 11:00 AM. Rooftop dining overlooking Lazaretto Creek-Fresh local seafood-Sunset toast every evening. Tuesday Trivia; Friday Live Music; Saturday Game Day; Sunday Bar Bingo. 912-786-7810 DOC’S BAR Live music Fri. & Sat. 9pm - till, Sun. 6-10pm. Tue. $1.50 domestic beer. Sun. nights Shag contest. Great food & good fun! Beach, Boogie, Blues & Buffett music. Doc’s Bar is the oldest bar on Tybee, and still the center of the universe. Voted Best Local Musician Roy Swindelle 2011! Find us on Facebook.

FANNIE’S ON THE BEACH Celebrating 20 years of food, fun & spirits...Oceanfront! You can’t miss the pink roofed restaurant on Strand near 17th St. (3 stories high) 2 open-air decks in the sky for an incredible beachfront view. Voted Best Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary 2011! And we boast the best frozen drinks on Tybee... you can bet your Fannie! We’re open for lunch & dinner everyday. Benny’s Tavern The Coldest Beer in America! 912-786-6109 for take-outs. Tue. open pool tables. Wed. pool tournament 7:30pm. Sat. pool HUC-A-POO’S tournament at 2:30pm w/Ms. Molly. “Where the Mind and Spirits Meet!” Karaoke Thur - Sun w/Footprint in Open daily for lunch & dinner 11am the Sand. Come party w/some of until. Located off Hwy. 80 in the Tybee’s characters: Tess, Linda, shops at Tybee Oaks. Mon. nights, Joanne, Bobbie, Ricki, Nicki, Bo & we have trivia! Join us Wed. nights Flower Wanda. Kim & Bob are in for the Cornhole Tournament. Live the Kitchen. K & B Kitchen Now music Fri. & Sat. nights. Join us Open! Mon-Sat 10:30-2:45am; on Sat. & Sun. for our awesome Sun. 12:30pm - 2:45am. Come Bloody Marys! Voted Best Overall check out our new menu: Kickin’ Bar in 2011 and Best Pizza 2011 Chicken & Bangin’ Steaks! Wi-Fi. & 2012! 786-5900. Voted Coldest Beer 2008-2012 and Best Karoke 2011! It’s a MACELWEE’S SEAFOOD Tybee Thang! 1517 Butler Ave/ Looking for the place to watch Downtown Tybee 912-786-0121. ships sail? Join us at MacElwee’s where the freshest seafood is Breakfast Club prepared to order. The view is great Winner of 20 consecutive “Best from our porch & the entertainment

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is priceless. Local beer battered shrimp & steaming buckets of oysters are just the start of a fun packed visit. Children are always welcome & the Trout Treasures (kid’s fish dinner) is the most requested item. If it’s steaks or chicken the land lover in your group craves we offer hand-cut rib-eyes, filets & a grilled chicken breast or better yet chicken fingers. Nothing pre-battered or pre-cooked in our kitchen. Chef Greg offers a pasta special & local catch daily. We strive to provide the service you expect at the prices you can afford. No reservations needed. Voted Best Steak 2012. Visit www. We look forward to serving ya! Marlin Monroe’s SURFSIDE Come dine in the dunes at our bar & grill. A hidden oasis on Tybee Island. Located at the Beachside Colony on Butler Ave. Beautiful ocean views. Serving steaks, seafood, burgers, great salads & more. Voted Best Margarita 2012! 912.786-GRIL. QUARTER SPORTS BAR & GRILL “Tybee’s little local dump with a really big attitude.” Locally owned & operated since 1990. THE place to be for sports, food, fun and “Licka Drinks” on Tybee. Dish Network Satellite for those hard to find games. Pool tables, dart boards... and have I mentioned FOOD? From burgers to snow crabs, we’ve got it. Get here early for our Happy Hour Specials like $5.75 wings 4-7pm Mon-Fri. Raw & Steamed oysters by the dz. Open Mon-Sat 4pm-3am; Sun 12:30pm-3am. That’s also the hours we cook, so early or late we’ve got you covered. See our menu in this magazine. Voted Best Burger 9 Years; Best Wings for 9 Years; Best Happy Hour for 3 Years; and Best Local Hangout 2 Years! Under 21 allowed until 9pm. For to-go orders call 912-786-8966. SPANKY’S BEACHSIDE Seafood, seafood and a lot more! You can’t imagine! Come in & check us out! Tybee’s Best Seafood (Shrimp, Grouper, Scallops & Mahi) fresh & local hand cut

steaks, pasta, huge hand-pattied burgers & the biggest Chicken sandwich in Georgia! Call for prices on our party platters & all your catering needs. Our upstairs deck is open to rent for parties! Come & enjoy a great atmosphere with the best Tybee has to offer in food & the friendliest staff on the island. Voted Best Family Friendly Restaurant 2010 & 2011, and Best Chicken Fingers 2011 & 2012! 912-786-5520. STING RAY’S SEAFOOD A local favorite! Tybee’s home for blue crabs, beach music & beer! Come join us, you’ll be happy you did, as the tradition continues with the Ray’s serving you with great pride their best & freshest award winning seafood. Voted Best Seafood, Best Place to Watch Tybee Parades, and Best Place to Watch UGA Play 2012! Come sit down with us in a comfortable & relaxed atmosphere on our outdoor deck that is the perfect place to watch bands, parades, and to people watch on Tybee. Or join us in our indoor ding room for even more comfort & fun. Live music 7 nights a week. There are many favorites on our menu with a variety of seafood selections. Gift certificates make the perfect gift & are always available. Open 7 days a week 11am-until. 912-786-0209. TYBEE TIME Cool off at Tybee Time! Specializing in frozen cocktails. Voted Best Daiquiri 2004-2012! We have 10 different daiquiri machines. We have 13 TV’s! We are THE HEADQUARTERS for all current sporting events! Every hour is happy at Tybee Time! Open 7 days noon-3am. 912-786-7150. WINDROSE CAFE Are you hungry, thirsty and looking for a very laid-back atmosphere; not in that particular order? Come on down to the Wind Rose Café! Located down front in the middle of Tybrisa, Wind Rose is exactly what you are looking for. Celebrating 16 years in business and having the reputation for the best lunches on Tybee makes it the place to be. The classic home Tybee Breeze


WHAT TO do . . . WHAT’s going on . . . island entertainment, Events made daily lunch specials include shepherds pie, turkey & dressing, Southern fried chicken, livers, gizzards, soups, baked ham & several other yummy dishes. Not to mention the standard menu that includes an excellent seafood selection and the best cheeseburger on the entire planet! Happy Hour rocks down front with $1.50 draughts, $2.00 domestic bottles and $2.00 well drinks. Let us help you put your happy face on! Stop in and have a fantastic meal, wash it down with an excellent cocktail and be entertained by our fun loving kick ass bartenders and phenomenal cooks. Our kitchen closes at 7 p.m. during the weekday so if you want to rock the special, come early. Weekends our kitchen is open later! For daily special info or just plain ol’ info call 912-7866593. Voted Best Lunch 2012!

their work, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber arts, sculpture, prints, art quilts, glass art, photography, and much more. Bring a non-perishable food or cash donation and get a raffle ticket for an artist’s basket filled with small works by the artists.

the Tybee School Cafeteria. Baked Goods (Specialty Cakes, cookies, pies, etc.), Crafts (Unique, some made with natural elements such as driftwood, grapevine trees, aprons sewed by one of our very own, glass) and, of course, plants. Donations welcomed.

Dec. 7th 6:30-9pm LIGHTS ON FOR TYBEE. Tybrisa/Strand area Tybee’s annual tree lighting celebration. Enjoy downtown with singing, dancing and more.

Dec. 15th - 7th Annual Christmas Caroling Trolly. Every year, in true community spirit, neighbors board the trolley and spread singing joy throughout the island. This year’s sponsor and meeting location is Marlin Monroe’s. Gathering begins at 5pm and the Caroling Trolley will depart at 6pm – rain or shine. Flashlights are recommended. One trolley will be transporting this year, so be sure to buy tickets early!

Dec. 8th 1pm - TYBEE ISLAND CHRISTMAS PARADE - Celebrate and share the joy of the holiday season as participants parade from 14th Street to the Gym. Dec. 8th - JANE COSLICK tour of homes - all proceeds will be earmarked for the Humane Society’s low cost spay neuter clinic. Tickets may be purchased online or at several locations. www.

Dec. 15th - 6th Annual Tybee Island Toure de Lights. Light up your bikes and homes and come to events Tybee Island for a night of holiday fun! The Toure de Lights event will Dec. 7th - 9th - Tybee Arts kick off at A-J’s Dockside with a bike Association Last Minute Christmas Show & Sale. Dec. 8th 11am-3pm - Tybee line-up and awards ceremony, with Support local artists and causes. Island Garden Club Annual prizes for the best bike and home Fifteen local artists will display Holiday Gifts & Goods Sale at decorations and end at Marlin

Monroe’s. Registration forms are available at A-J’s and Tim’s Beach Gear. All event proceeds benefit the Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry. Bike line-up and awards ceremony at 5pm. Toure de Lights Parade at 6:30 pm. $10 entry fee. Cash or checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to Rising Tyde Community Food Pantry. 912-786-4801 Sat. Dec 15th 6pmCampground Christmas. River’s End Campground & RV Park is hosting their annual Christmas celebration and invite you to join in the roasting of hot dogs & creating your very own s’mores!

Dec. 16th, Sun., 4-6pm. Santa on the deck at the Poo! For kids of all ages. Bring your camera. Dec. 31st - New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Bring in the New Year with a bang! Enjoy the show launched from the Tybee Pier at the stroke of midnight at one of Tybee’s many restaurants and bars, or watch it from the beach. It promises to be spectacular!

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churches announcements, classifieds, just for kids, and island churches upcoming events Jan. 1 2013 - Tybee Polar Plunge. This event has become a Tybee tradition, held every January 1st at noon at the Pier on the south end of the island. Plan to be with us next year, invigorating your soul with a cleansing (and cold) plunge into the Atlantic. Jan. 18th -20th 2013 - 13th Annual Savannah Low Country Home & Garden Show. Find thousands of sq. ft. of landscapes, gardens as well as celebrity & gardening seminars at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Highlights of this year’s show include home improvement alley; booths featuring the latest trends in kitchen, bath & interiors; pools, spas & hardscapes; complimentary gourmet food & wine tastings; Kid Zone; shopping including art, gifts, gourmet & plants. Also, be sure to check out the brand new exterior solutions showroom. Admission price includes entire weekend’s events and all seminars & discussions. Pay once and return all weekend long! $7 adults, $5 seniors 65+ & Retired Military. Active duty military & children under the age of 16 are free! Fri. Jan. 18th: 2-7pm; Sat Jan. 19th: 10am7pm Sun Jan 20th: 11am-5pm.

Love dolphins? Learn amazing facts about our local Bottlenose with an informative & entertaining program embedded with video & dolphin vocalizations. Interested in helping with dolphin research to keep them safe & healthy? Stay a little longer & attend our research training workshop sponsored by The Dolphin Project an all-volunteer, non-profit research & education org. since 1989. The program & workshop will be held at Memorial Hospital (main building confrnc. Rm A) Dolphin program: 10-11am. Training workshop: 11am-noon. The program & workshop are appropriate for ages 10+. Dolphinrelated books & merchandise will be available for sale –all proceeds going to dolphin research. Must be 16+ to participate in research surveys. For more info call Peach 912-657-3927 or go to www.

The Beach Bums Jack Boylston 912-786-5655

Chapel by the Sea Baptist Church Reverend David Laughner Services: Sunday School 9:45am Sunday Morning Worship 11am Sunday Evening Worship 7pm Wednesday Bible Study 7pm Butler Avenue at 9th Street Tybee Island, GA 31328 912-786-4647 or

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God About’s Senior Ministry is on the 3rd Tue. of each month.

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All Saints’ Episcopal Church *All Are Warmly Welcomed* The Rev. Helen S. White, Vicar Service Sunday at 10AM Coffee Hour at 11AM We are located at 804 Jones Ave, two blocks west of Butler Ave. Call 786-5845 for more info or email us at “Who ever you are, where ever you find yourself on your journey of faith, there is a place here for YOU!

our tybee givers The American Legion Ladies Auxilliary Sons of the American Legion

Tybee “DAC” Kids The E.S.A (Eastern Surfing Association) Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse - Harvey Ferrelle at Tybee Island Garden Club Meetings are held at 4pm on the 2nd Sun. of each month Sept. May. Location varies. Facebook Page: Tybee Island Garden Club

March 21-24, 2013: Georgia Nature Photographers’ Assoc. 4th Annual Photo Expo will be held at Ocean Plaza. World renowned nature photographer & Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones will be the keynote speaker www. The Tybee Island Historical This will Society 912-786-5801 or be an exciting event with lots to see and do. Three full days of field trips, learning sessions & The Tybee Island Sea Turtle fellowship. We will have vendors, Project 912-786-5917 or Feb. 1st -2nd 2013 - Tybee Critz door prizes & much more. Visit Run Fest. 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, to register. 2.8 Mile Beach Run and 1 Mile The Marine Resue Squadron Run. You can do 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 Joey Solomom at just for kids events – whichever you choose. If you participate in all 5 events, the Live Oak Public Libraries Tybee Islnd Optimist Club distances add up to 26.2 miles – a Presents Ellen O’Leary Acorns Helen Wilson 912-786-5890 full marathon. Storytime at the Tybee Library for children ages 0-4, Tue. 11am. The Optimists meet at the Sunrise restaurant the 1st & 3rd thursday Feb. 8th & 9th 2013 - 5th Annual 786-7733 for more info. of each month at 7pm Mardi Gras Tybee. Join in the fun for the 5th Annual Mardi Gras for rent TAPS - Tybee Arts Performing Tybee! Festivities include the Society Masquerade Ball, the Mardi Gras House for rent year round. Tybee Parade & the Mardi Gras 505A Miller Ave. Garage/ Tybee Beautification Assoc. Tybee Street Party with free live carport incl. No pets, 2 bed 2 912-786-9688 or entertainment & more! bth, furnished kitxhen, w/d conn., $1050 a month. Call announcements 912-201-1053. The YEEPIES (Youthful Energetic Xi Delta Chi is having their Enthusiastic People Involved in Room for rent annual yard sale on Dec. 1, 8am Everything!) 912-786-9622 till Noon, at 63 Van Horne. Xi Delta Looking for female 50-65 to rent room on Tybee, private Tybee Island YMCA Chi is a public service organization vanity area, shared common 912-786-9622 and any funds we raise are donated areas, smokers ok. back to the community based on XI DELTA CHI Call 912-257-0720. need. This is one of our biggest Diane Ring 912-786-4867 fund raisers.

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St. Michael Catholic Church Father Thomas J. Peyton Mass and Confessions Schedule: Saturday: Vigil - 6pm Sunday: 8am & 11am Daily: Mon-Fri 8am; Sat 9am Confessions: 5-5:45pm on Sat. or by appointment 801 Butler Ave. 912-786-4505 Trinity Chapel United Methodist Pastor Hank Perry Sunday school is at 9:45am Sunday Worship is at 11am 911 Butler Ave. For more info contact the church office at (912) 786-4491 Special Worship Services: Sunday closest to Memorial Day, July 4th & Labor Day at the pier at 8:30am. All are encouraged to attend! Tybee Church “The Place Where Pirates Worship” Flip flops & smokers welcomed. Every Sun. 10:00am at the Benny’s Tavern - 912-433-1643 Encouragement, worship music & prayer. All included. MEN BEHIND THE SCENE Men’s Inter-denominational Prayer Breakfast the 1st Sat. of each month at 9am. Call Jim Monaghan 897-2666 for more info Tybee Breeze


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Halo of water, tongue of wood Skin of stone, long I’ve stood. My fingers short reach to the sky Inside my heart men live and die. What am I?

NOVEMBER Riddle & Answer Of all my siblings, which I have many, I am the number, wise old twenty. I always wear, my long thin hat, And stand on one leg, I’ve never sat. I’m last of last, and last of first I’m last of the best, and last of the worst. Who am I? Answer: The letter “T”


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DATeS TO remember 7th - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 9th - Hanukkah Begins 22nd - 1st Day of Winter 24th - Christmas Eve 25th - Christmas 31st - New Year’s Eve No One Covers Tybee Like The Breeze

Down The answer key will be published in the next edition.

1 What fishing was good this year? (8)

2 Park of what? (6)

3 Benefited super storm Sandy? (5,4) Across

5 Julie’s baby’s name? (6)

4 Holding a Ramen noodle contest? (8)

7 What returns to Tybee? (3,9)

6 Judy talks about what? (6) 9 Tour de what? (6)

8 The Gypsy what returns to Savannah? (7) 10 Back at the Windrose? (5)

*Did you know the answers to the Pirates Puzzle crossword can be found in the Tybee Breeze itself? So if you’re having trouble, look through the stories again!!

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StarFish Scopes December 2012

1-Myra Desira Chambers; 2-Kai Thran; 3-Terry Jackson & Joe Fitzgibbon; 6-Stacy Strickland; 7-Gerald Wells Sr.; 8-Jonathan Hagan & Claire Owens; 9-Caroline Efird & Bo Bowser; 10-Holly Holt; 11-John Dennebaum; 13-Queen Roma Harper & Judy Outzs; 14-Cleta Burnsed & Angela Waters; 17-Annette Kindrick; 20-John Dowell & Cohen Thran; 21-Robert Edenfield; 22-John Davis & Matt Ferguson, Debbie Brady Robinson & George Corbin; 23- Cohen Thran; 27-Little Mary Shepherd, Rose Herald & Roger Dodge; 29-Tiffany Wall Hayes; 30-Katrina Murray & Mary Shepherd; 31-Kelly Doyle & Barry Caldwell

29-Paul & Anni Sereni - 33 years!

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) Excellent day for unfettered optimism. Tomorrow: fettered optimism. Capricorn (December 22 - January 20) A new love will present itself today; grab it with both hands, in all possible places. Aquarius (January 21 - February 18) This would be an opportune time to embarrass your relatives. There are many ways to accomplish this, but my personal favorite: dress funny. Pisces (February 19 - March 20) You will become fascinated by the unlikely use of the same word to mean very different things. For example, what is the link between “seasons” as changes in the weather and “seasons” as in what you do to food? Or for that matter, why are fall and spring named for action verbs, and not summer and winter? Shouldn’t those be called something like Wiggle and Shiver? Aries (March 21 - April 19) Clowns with pickaxes will haunt your dreams tonight and will affect you at around mid-morning the following day. Dead clowns will try to follow you home. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) You will be plagued by theological doubts, and will flirt with the idea of changing your religion.

Ann Marie Jackson Sunrise - February 22, 1932 Sunset - November 26, 2012

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) If you’re ignorant are you blessed? Only with ignorance, my stupid friend. The loony-left is a phrase that you quite like. Cancer (June 21 - July 22) You will begin making strange facial expressions, completely unconsciously, in which you push your lips out as far as possible. Also, you will begin spending hours staring at tropical fish. Leo (July 23 - August 22) Good time to compliment your friends. If you can’t think of anything else to say, tell them they’re looking “very buff.” That will leave them pleased, but slightly uneasy, and they’ll spend a lot of time looking in the mirror.

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Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Today will be especially trying, and if you’re not careful, you could end up in a pretty grumpy frame of mind. Take precautions! Wear your E.T. underwear. Libra (September 23 - October 22) A friend will ask you for help, but you should turn them down, silently, with a sad little shake of your head. When they ask what’s wrong, sigh deeply, and mutter “it’s nothing.” Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) You’ll find more, and very “interesting,” uses for cocktail umbrellas today.

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