Here at Hodnett Cooper Real Estate we not only have the most talented group of agents but also the most giving. Since January 2015, Realtor, Carly Oxenreider has brought a new meaning to corporate charitable giving through her program, “Paying It Forward with Property”. She donates 10 percent of her personal commission at the end of each sale to a charity of her client’s choosing.

The Holiday edition of Golden Isles Magazine recently did an article on Carly’s giving demeanor. In the article readers discover that Carly’s passion for giving back started long before she came to Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, For her 40th birthday a few years ago, while living in Los Angeles, she asked family and friends to commit to completing random acts of kindness such  handing out coats to the homeless or buying someones meal at a drive through window. We could not be more thrilled she brought her Real Estate talent and giving heart to Hodnett Cooper in 2014 . We look forward to many years of working along side this talented, selfless woman.

Carly hopes more real estate agents will follow her lead and create their own way to pay it forward. Maybe we can all take note from Carly’s example. With the holidays approaching the needs of others become more visible. There are so many opportunities to give back regardless of where you are.

Click HERE to read Golden Isles Magazines full article on Carly.


The calendar may say that summer fun is over and done, but here at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, we know better. It is just the start of the most charming time of year here in the Golden Isles, a time we affectionately call SEPTOBER. You may ask yourself, “what in the world is Septober?”, Septober is that time of year between September and October when the weather is incredible, football season has started, the busy summer crowds have thinned and there are more than enough events and festivals to keep your calendar full. With conditions this perfect you will want to eat, play and relax outdoors. Here are just a few upcoming events you do not want to miss.

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September 30th to October 4th, Celebrate the bounty of Georgia’s Golden Isles while raising awareness for Hospice of the Golden Isles. The Food & Spirits Festivals promises to become an annual favorite, allowing guests to experience all that is unique to our little island.

Area restaurants, regional farmers and artisans will be the highlight of Saturday’s tasting tents, farm stand and market.

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Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals has teamed up with the Under the Oaks Challenge and is offering 15% off your stay October 7-11. The Under the Oaks Challenge offers one of the most scenic half marathons you could run. Not ready to run 13.1 miles? No worries, the challenge is also offering a 10k & 5k. With race festivities kicking off on Thursday, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a long weekend on St. Simons Island. Let’s be real, 13.1 miles is a long way, relax and recharge in one of our 330 homes and condominiums. Big or small we are sure to have the perfect accommodations you and your running group require.

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Saturday, October 10th to Sunday, October 11th, enjoy all of your favorite local and regional artists and crafters. St. Simons Island Annual October Fest will take place at Postell Marketplace/Pier Village. Potter, painting, photography, woodcraft, garden art, jewelry and much  more will be available.

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The weekend of Georgia vs. Florida football game, October 30-November 1, our island comes alive with fans visiting to cheer on their alma mater. St. Simons Island is THE go-to destination for this college football weekend.  The weekend is full of activities, comradery and most importantly, football. This is one of our most exciting weekends of the year. Don’t miss out on all the fun, make sure to book your stay us.

For a complete detailed list of all activities taking place in the Golden Isles click here.

To get your weekend stay booked call 888-638-4750 and a professional reservationist will assist you in finding the perfect accommodations for your needs or book online at https://www.hodnettcooper.com. We look forward to seeing you on St. Simons this Septober.

This Saturday, December 6, are two big kickoff events for the holiday season in the Golden Isles.

The Brunswick Christmas Parade

Beginning at 10am, over 100 groups and floats will make their way down Gloucester Street from Howard Coffin Park to Mary Ross Waterfront Park. At the end of the parade route, Santa will be in Mary Ross Waterfront Park along with holiday arts and crafts vendors. Bring a chair, line Gloucester Street and enjoy the holiday cheer!


Photo from atlantamagazine.com

Photo from atlantamagazine.com


Jingle all the Way 5K and 1-Mile Run on Jekyll Island


Benefitting CASA Glynn, the 5th Annual Jingle all the Way run makes its way through Jekyll Island and the historic district. Runners dress in festive, holiday gear, making this a can’t-miss run. The 5K is a USATF certified 5K course and chip timed by First Place Sports. Three events make it fun for everyone:

  • 5K Run/Walk – 9am
  • 1 Mile Run/Walk – 10am
  • 1 Mile Run for 13 and older Participants – 10:30am

Click here for registration and entry fee information. There will be a prize awarded for best costume!

In addition to the race, there will be photos with Santa, crafts for kids and free hot chocolate. It’s a family-friendly event you won’t want to miss!

AIDS Memorial Quilt panel (Photo: Miami Herald)

AIDS Memorial Quilt panel (Photo: Miami Herald)

On Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, PFLAG Brunswick and The Gay-Straight Alliance of College of Coastal Georgia will host the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Campus Center Lobby.

The quilt weighs 54 tons consisting of 48,000 panels dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals. Each year, The NAMES Project—official custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt—unfolds sections of the quilt at thousands of places across the nation. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a symbol of the AIDS pandemic, an HIV prevention education tool and the largest ongoing piece of community folk art in the world.

The quilt started with a small group who gathered in June, 1987 in San Francisco to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS. The majority of the of the 3’x6’ panels commemorate the life of a friend, partner or family member lost to AIDS.

By October 11, 1987, the quilt already consisted of 1,920 panels and covered a space larger than a football field during its first public display on the National Mall in Washington, DC during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the National Mall in 1992. Photo: Mark Thiessen, NAMES Project Foundation

AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the National Mall in 1992. Photo: Mark Thiessen, NAMES Project Foundation


Since then, over 14 million people have visited the quilt at thousands of displays worldwide, raising over $3 million for AIDS service organizations throughout North America.

In addition to viewing a section of the quilt, there will be free, confidential HIV/AIDS testing in the College of Coastal Georgia Campus Center Lobby on Thursday, October 16 from 10am to 2pm. This service is provided by the Georgia Coastal Health District and requires no needles and provides results in 20 minutes.






Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 – 10am-7pm, Campus Center Lobby



Thursday, October 16, 10am – Campus Center Lobby



Friday, October 17, 3:30pm – Campus Center Lobby

A Walk in the Park for Autism – April 26, 2014

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On April 26, 2014 the Triumph Foundation hosts the 9th Annual “A Walk in the Park for Autism.” The Triumph Foundation is devoted to Autism support for individuals and families in the Golden Isles.

On the morning of the walk, check in begins at 9am at Mallery Park (601 Mallery Street) and the walk begins at 10am. The walk concludes at oceanfront Neptune Park where there will be lunch, a magic show and festival. T-shirts, lunch, magic show and all activities are included in the price of the walk.

For individuals and families touched by Autism, the walk is free. Advance online registration (through April 25) is $10.00 per individual and $35.00 per family, up to five people).

The Triumph Foundation is also looking for sponsorships and donations to make the walk and festival a success. Join the Triumph Foundation for a fun and meaningful event!

St. Simons Island Lighthouse

The 2014 “A Little Light Music” Concert Series schedule has been announced. This St. Simons Island event is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Held on the oceanfront lawn of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, bands perform inside the gazebo while concert-goers enjoy ocean breezes. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and cocktails to enjoy on select Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Individual tickets are $12 per person at the gate and children under age 12 are admitted free. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Bring friends and family to this favorite Island event!

May 11 – The Tams

Beach music with hits like “Be Young, Be Foolish and Be Happy”

June 8 – Island Garage Band

Southern-fried rock and boogie

July 6 – Mason Waters and the Groove Allstars

All of your favorite danceable hits

July 20 – Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

Powerhouse blues, Memphis soul and rockin’ piano

August 31 – Sensational Sounds of Motown

Close out the season with Detroit’s biggest hits


For more information, visit the Coastal Georgia Historical Society website

Custom trophies for the St. Simons Island Chili Cookoff

Custom trophies for the St. Simons Island Chili Cookoff

It’s an event so hot and spicy, you might want to bring a hankie and a jug of water! That’s right, it’s the 2014 Red Hot Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Golden Isles Rotary Club.

On Saturday, March 1, the competition begins. Restaurants, organizations and individuals compete for the coveted Best Chili award. The cookoff takes place on St. Simons Island at Postell Park in the pier/village area. Doors open at 11am, and tastings begin at 11:30. With your entry fee, you can taste as many chili concoctions as your taste buds can handle, then cast your vote for your favorites.

As you stroll the park, taste the recipes and drink your water, enjoy live music from the Stringrays.

At 2pm, the trophies will be awarded and the Best Chili of 2014 will be celebrated until next year’s cookoff. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of St. Simons Island’s greatest and tastiest events!

Tickets prior to March 1 are $5 or $8 at the door (children’s tickets are $3). All proceeds benefit local charities.

Prior to March 1, purchase a ticket from any Rotary Club member or at the following locations:

Brunswick: Ameris Bank, Hattie’s Books and Tipsy McSway’s, Brunswick News and Chamber of Commerce

St. Simons Island: Ameris Bank, Brogen’s Village, Brogen’s North, St. Simons Health and Fitness Center, GoFish, Sweet Mama’s, St. Simon’s Drug Co and Pet Exchange.

Jekyll Island: Ameris Bank


During the holidays, the American Red Cross reports that the need for blood rises, but donations decline. To help supply local needs, there will be two blood drives today, November 26, in Glynn County:

St. Simons Health and Fitness Center

2929 Demere Road, St. Simons Island

8am – 1pm


Jekyll Presbyterian Church

500 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island

1pm – 6pm

Eligible donors are encouraged to participate. For more information on the American Red Cross visit their website at www.redcross.org. For information on blood drives in your area, click here and use the “Search by Zip Code” option to find a blood drive near you.

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On Saturday morning, November 9, residents and visitors are being asked to welcome wounded military personnel and their family members to Military Appreciation Day at the McGladrey Classic Golf Tournament on St. Simons Island. Approximately 50 personnel and family members will be driven across the FJ Torras Causeway to the tournament grounds on St. Simons Island. Organizers hope to line the route with people cheering and waving in recognition.

How you can participate:

Dress in red, white and blue and gather along the FJ Torras Causeway or Kings Way (between the Torras Causeway and Frederica Road) by 9:30am. Bring flags, welcome banners and cheer as the honored military are driven to the Sea Island Golf Club.

Motorcycle riders who wish to join to convoy should meet at 9am at Lanier Plaza (on US 17 near the FJ Torras causeway in mainland Brunswick). The escort will depart for St. Simons Island at 9:30am.


On Saturday, November 23, the St. Simons Land Trust holds its 14th Annual Oyster Roast. The event will take place from 5-8pm at Gascoigne Pak and the evening features live music, classic Southern food, oysters, desserts, beer and wine.

Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Simons Land Trust whose mission is to preserve the Island’s natural and scenic character and to enhance the quality of life for the Island community for present and future generations.

Today, the Land Trust has preserved more than 776 acres on St. Simons Island including the John Gilbert Nature Trail on Frederica Road and the green space at the roundabout on Frederica and Demere Roads. The Land Trust has a membership base of 1,250 households. The St. Simons Land Trust works with willing property owners to preserve their land using tools that include conservation easements, donations of land and purchases of land through tax advantaged “bargain sales.” The Land Trust has developed a Greenprint as their strategic plan for land conservation on the island.

The Oyster Roast is a fundraising event open to St. Simons Land Trust members and non-members. Each year the Oyster Roast is a memorable community event and celebration.

Tickets are $45 for Land Trust members if purchased before November 1 ($50 after November 1). Tickets for non-members are $75. A limited number of tickets are available. To purchase, phone 912-638-9109 or visit sslt.org.