July 3, 2009 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Free!!

Enjoy music, light snacks and wine, and more in Downtown Brunswick, Georgia this weekend. Galleries and shops will be open late. Live music will be played in the park, as well as up and down Newcastle and Gloucester Streets. Great, free, community event.

JMM Ghostbusters Poster

JMM Productions proudly brings you Ghostubsters, Who You Gonna Call this weekend in Neptune Park. This classic movie features Bill Murray, Dan Aukroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis.

The movie will start at dusk on Sunday, June 14. This is a fabulous, free, community event! Bring blankets, chairs, and as many friends and family as you like. We’ll see you there.

by Beth Burnsed, Jekyll Island Authority

SS-195Online registration for the highly anticipated 2009 Jekyll Island Georgia-Florida Golf Classic is now open. The Jekyll Island Georgia Florida Golf Classic is a tradition on the Georgia coast with 2009 marking the 30th year of the tournament. Dates for this year’s tournament are October 29-30. A precursor to the Georgia-Florida Football Game on Saturday, October 31, the tournament provides a platform for fans to show their team spirit in a friendly competition. “We are proud to host the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic. Every year we enjoy hosting our friends – old and new friends alike,” stated Johnny Paulk, Tournament Director. “It’s got to be one of the largest golf
tournaments in the country, and maybe one of the longest running.” Over 570 golfers compete in the two-day event and, between rounds, enjoy celebrating with friends at the traditional Wednesday night Cocktail Party and Thursday night Oyster Roast Buffet Dinner. Nonplayers can also choose from a selection of activities including putting contests, wine tastings, and luncheons.

While the Georgia-Florida football game is played in Jacksonville, Florida at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island are only a 90-minute drive. Many University of Georgia fans enjoy the tradition of staying in the area and taking advantage of the easy drive to the stadium. Registration is $270 per player until July 1 and $300 after. Online registration is limited to the first 400 registrants and includes tournament greens fees, ½ electric cart rental, cocktail party and oyster roast for player and guest and non-player activities. For more information on the Georgia-Florida Golf Tournament, contact the Jekyll Island Golf Pro Shop at (912) 635-2368. Be a fan of the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic and Jekyll Island on Facebook.com

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.

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.

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.

by Guerry Norwood

Three of Us

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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.

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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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

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.