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Puppies, Puppies, Puppies!

by Cameron Wicker, Coastal Georgia Humane Society

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There are roughly FORTY puppies ready for adoption from the Humane Society right now. Just think what a little puppy cuddling, puppy breath and puppy teeth could add to you overall quality of life! It’s not just me, people, I’ve got research to prove it:

“Now there’s new research from the University of Missouri-Columbia suggesting the hormonal changes that occur when humans and dogs interact could help people cope with depression and certain stress-related disorders. Preliminary results from a study show that a few minutes of petting our pet dog prompts a release of a number of “feel good” hormones in humans, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin.”

There you have it. You need some puppy love!

To learn more about how you can take part in the puppy zen, contact the Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, at 912-264-1191.

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Neptune Park Named After A Slave

by Guery Norwood

Neptune Park, located between the village and lighthouse, is St. Simons’s most popular park, where visitors can picnic, take a trolley tour of the island, fish off the pier, stroll on the pathway, or relax on a bench. Here visitors may listen to the cackling of iridescent boat-tailed grackles in the live oak canopies, or the screech of begging seagulls, or the noble silence of brown pelicans perched on the pier. One might want to examine finned trophies that lie gasping in buckets, if local fishermen have been lucky angling the deep currents that flow past the pier. The beach is best explored at low tide, when one might find whelks, horseshoe crabs, and sand dollars. The park’s name is not in honor of Neptune, the god of sea, but Neptune Small, a slave that belonged to the Thomas Butler King family of Retreat Plantation, today the site of Sea Island Golf Course. During the Civil War, Small accompanied one of the Kings’ sons, who was killed during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Small retrieved the body from the battleground and bore it back to Savannah under very difficult circumstances. The family buried the son at Christ Church, and Small chose to return to Virginia to accompany another son for the rest of the bloody conflict. After the war, Small was given a plot of land on the plantation, located at the park, and he continued to work for the King family as a free man. When he died in 1907, he was buried in a small graveyard on Retreat Plantation.

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Holiday Open House – Shop ‘Til You Drop!

The shops at Frederica North have planned a spectacular holiday open house with delightful decorations, refreshments for all ages, drawings for absolutely awesome merchandise, and store specials galore!

Bring your entire family to Frederica North, adjacent to Sea Palms on St. Simons Island, Monday, December 15 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm for this one-of-a-kind local seasonal celebration.

Millie Wilcox of the Left Bank Art Gallery invites adult guests to share a glass of wine and celebrate the season with artist guests Tori Anderson, Peggy Everett, Mary & David Whitty, and Jim Jones. Also, writer Elizabeth Blahnik will be present sharing anecdotes about the South and autographing copies of her recent book, the Gavin Saga. A silent auction will run through the afternoon with winners announced at 6:00 pm.

Families are welcome next door, where popular caterer, Nick from the Yum Yum Shop, is offering hot spiced apple cider. Across the street, The Bedford Sportsman South (Orvis) will be serving British High Tea in honor of their fine selection of British sportswear.

Get inspired at Island Design and Architectural Center (IDAC) while browsing their fabulous design center, which is all dressed up for the holidays. Stop into Moncrief’s for wine and cheese, or any of the other participating merchants, including, Brogen’s North, Sutton Interiors, Its All About You, MJ Landis, 19th Hole, Kitchen and Bath concepts, Sal’s Pizzeria, the Flower Basket, Planter’s Exchange, and more for great deals, refreshments, and an enjoyable time.

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Three of Us

by Guerry Norwood

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What began as an obscure duo (Bill & Bo) playing mostly for fun at small coffeehouses and local restaurants has evolved into what many are calling the best trio in the Golden Isles.  This popular group performs a myriad of pop and folk-type cover tunes from the 60’s and 70’s, specializing in two and three part harmonies in the style of the Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and Crosby, Stills & Nash.  They play several Jimmy Buffett and Bob Dylan tunes as well, and they throw in some songs made popular by Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and many others.

The group features solid musicianship with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies and many years of musical experience.  Bill has been performing professionally for over 30 years, and Bo has been playing for over 45 years.  Marie, who joined the group about a year ago, has been playing professionally for over 15 years and has become a real focal point for their performances. With her awesome bongo playing, stellar vocals and an arsenal of percussion instruments she keeps the audience wondering what she’ll do next.  This band is just plain fun to watch as well as hear!

They play songs that you grew up with, tunes that bring back memories for most of their audience.  Bo is also a songwriter, working on some original tunes that will (hopefully) appear on an upcoming CD this year.  Bill also writes a weekly internet newsletter called the “Golden Isles Music Scene”, which tells local subscribers where and when they can find live music in and around the Golden Isles.  His goal is to promote live music to the local folks who will appreciate and support it.  It’s a free service, available through email… if you’d like to subscribe, just send an email request to Bill Townsend at elaineandbill@bellsouth.net and he will add you to his growing database, now estimated at over 500 local music lovers.

They are currently the “house band” every Thursday night at the Village Inn & Pub, and they have played for several functions on Sea Island as well as other local restaurants and country clubs.  They have also played for other private events as well, including wedding rehearsal dinners, reunions and some fundraisers.  Visit their website at: http://www.threeofus.coastalviewpoint.com.

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The Holidays Come to Jekyll Island

by Katie Brown

Image courtesy of Jekyll Island

Image courtesy of Jekyll Island

You know the Holidays have arrived in the Golden Isles when the temperature drops below 80, and Jekyll Island announces their annual Holiday Island. Jekyll will be ringing in this year’s Holiday Season with a Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on November 29. Come tour the historic district of Jekyll Island and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel as you have never seen it before…with a full Holiday wardrobe! This year’s festivities will begin at 4:30pm and continue until the Christmas tree lighting and fireworks finale at 7:30pm. Bring the whole family and prepare to be entertained by historical reenactors, musical ensembles, and local dance ensembles. The
kids may enjoy a hay ride, pictures with Santa, and did I mention SNOW in South Georgia! This coastal tradition is a great way to start the Holiday Season, and I look forward to seeing you there!

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Living in a Small Southern Town

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One of the best things about living in St. Simons Island is the small-town charm and family-like atmosphere that gives us a sense of community.

Last week, much of our community gathered at the pier for a Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Service. Local school bands led automobile floats, adorned with children, business owners, former veterans, community leaders and the like, down through the Village shops and restaurants and out to the Casino lawn.  I always know it’s time to start walking towards the ocean when I hear the drums outside my office window!

Small crowds of young and old turned out with lawn chairs and picnic blankets to cheer on their loved ones and celebrate our country’s brave military. Even the Glynn County School System closed to allow students to participate in honoring our men and women in uniform.

Each year, myself and others, look forward to these wonderful community events… One of the many perks of life in a small southern town.

Video of the Parade: http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/RL/RL-veterans

Photo Gallery: http://thebrunswicknews.mycapture.com

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St Simons Island Newcomers Club

by Guerry Norwood

The Island Newcomers Club is open to all new residents of Saint Simons Island and Sea Island, Georgia, of two years or less. The purpose of the club is to acquaint new residents with people, places and activities in the area.

The club offers many fun filled and informative activities to introduce new residents to each other and the beautiful “Golden Isles” of Georgia, making the islands a first rate place to live.

The Board of Directors is elected every year by members of the Club. The board members nominate and elect the various committee officers who in turn organize the many trips, activities and events throughout the year.

The Club publishes a Newsletter every month between September and March. It contains useful information on the activities and events scheduled for the upcoming month. The newsletter is made possible by a loyal group of advertisers whose Ads grace its pages and who help allow members to enjoy many of the club events.

For more information on The St Simons Island Newcomers, you can visit their website at http://www.islandnewcomers.org.

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GA/FL Weekend & Meet Coach Dooley Event

The streets of St. Simons Island are lined with dedicated Bulldog fans. Seas of red and black cover the village shops, restaurants, and beaches.

Hundreds of fans turned out last night for the Hodnett Cooper book signing event with Vince Dooley at the Village Villas. The former University of Georgia head coach and athletic director autographed an assortment of memorabilia, including hats, sweatshirts, artwork, videos, and photographs. Additionally, Coach Dooley presented his newest book, Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia.

Also in attendance were several pet bulldogs, including Justice Potter from Brunswick, Georgia. Justice, incidentally, made the front page of this morning’s Brunswick News!

Thank you to everyone who helped plan, promote, and attend this wonderful event.

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Coach Vince Dooley Visits St. Simons Island for 
Georgia/Florida Weekend

Hodnett Cooper hosts legendary coach’s book tour at new Village Villas

Kick-off Georgia-Florida weekend with former University of Georgia football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley at a special St. Simons Island book-signing event!

The entire community is invited to join Hodnett Cooper Real Estate and Vacation Rentals for this free public appearance on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Village Villas located across from the Queen’s Court Motel and behind the 4th of May restaurant in the St. Simons Village area.

“St. Simons is one of my favorite places in Georgia. I look forward to visiting with all the great fans who will be there for the game. And, we all know there is a special atmosphere for the Georgia-Florida weekend!” said Coach Dooley.

Coach Dooley will be presenting and autographing his best selling book, Dooley – My Forty Years at Georgia and a new children’s book, Hairy Dawg’s Journey through the Peach State, along with signed artists’ prints, game day caps, collector Coca-Colas, and a not-yet-released biographical DVD.  “We will introduce a new book, Dooley’s Play Book, which highlights 34 of his most memorable plays in Georgia football history,” said Dooley’s publicist, Sammy Smith.

“Hodnett Cooper is excited to have a Georgia legend with us for this busy weekend. Everyone in the community and our many rental guests are looking forward to meeting the Coach at this great event,” said Roy K. Hodnett.

Fans are asked to bring cash or checks only for autographed books or memorabilia. Parking is limited to public spaces in and around the Village area.

For more information about the event, please contact Mary Bryan Fields of Hodnett Cooper Real Estate at 888-HODNETT.

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St. Simons Island: Through the Back Door

by Diane Bondurant

You are probably wondering, why “through the back door” for a title?  It’s a term that implies the unknown or something not advertised to the public.  My name is Diane Bondurant and I was born and raised in Glynn County.  I don’t just live here, I have a great deal of curiosity and interest concerning what is going on in my home town.  Through these postings, I hope to introduce My Island and its laid-back lifestyle to all who participate.  Life here in Coastal Georgia is considerably slower and more comfortable than other areas in the US.  Neighbors know each other and, for the most part, look out for each other.  We are skeptical of change, especially if this change alters what has been evolving for the past 100 years or so.  Our wonderful Island community has its own unique personality. Our Village has the cozy feel of long ago Main Street. It leads you out to the Pier where you will find people gathering almost any time of day or evening.  You will not find another place quite like this Island.  We do not resemble the islands off North or South Carolina or Florida.

In the coming weeks and months, my goal is to familiarize everyone with this precious little island and ultimately to, in some way, help preserve it for the future and for all to enjoy.