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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.

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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

The St. Simons Grand

The St. Simons Grand

Sandy Fenton,  host of Let’s Talk Travel with AAA, visited Hodnett Cooper at the St. Simons Grand over the past weekend.

Every week Sandy takes her audience to a different vacation destination. A broadcast veteran for almost 30-years, Sandy Fenton created and developed “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA” in 1993. The show sold-out immediately (and continues to year after year) with AAA as the major sponsor.

A one-hour weekly travel talk show, Fenton is the host of “Let’s Talk Travel” featuring foreign & domestic vacation destinations and high level travel industry executives & professionals as in-studio guests.

Sandy is currently developing a story on vacation rentals as a hotel alternative. Fortunately, she has chosen to focus on Georgia’s beautiful coast as a destination of choice, and offered Hodnett Cooper the pleasure of
hosting her during her stay.

by Alice Barlow



Friday, November 7, 2008
8:00 p.m. Ritz Theater,
Downtown Brunswick, 1530 Newcastle St.
$20 adults, $15 students & seniors [here]

Join me at the historic Ritz Theater and get your feet to tapping and your fingers snapping to the high energy performance of “Footworks.” For more than 25 years, this amazing ensemble has been delighting audiences the world over with its bright, infectious programs of percussive dance and traditional bluegrass music. Featuring clogging from Southern Appalachia, stepdances from Ireland, England, and Canada, and hamboning, hoofin’, and early jazz tap of the American South, Footworks comes to the Ritz with its signature work, “Incredible Feet”.

The troupe features six dancers and three musicians who play fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin, and guitar. A favorite of the national and international festival circuit, the company remains true to the traditions of Southern Appalachian music and dance while celebrating connected roots and branches. Each principle artist adds to the authenticity of Footworks’ presentations by bringing his or her own cultural background in traditional arts.

by Guerry Norwood

The Georgia Coast is the home of abundant classic southern coastal golf courses.  One of the newer ones is The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove.  I have played there a couple of times in the last two weeks with friends and my youngest son and it is in great shape.  They have already over seeded for the fall so the greens and fairways are in great shape.

The Golf Club at Sanctuary coveThe Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove, located in Waverly, Ga., is a Love Golf Design/Fred Couples Signature course, which sits on the Golden Isles of Georgia and represents one of the top new semi-private golf facilities in the state.   The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove is the first project for Love Golf Design that does not bear the name Davis Love III as the signature designer, but it is a partnership that blends the classic design elements from traditional golf course architecture with the techniques of modern day design.

The result at Sanctuary Cove is a par-71, 7,003-yard layout that is different from the typical residential golf experience and one that is truly unique to the area.  By working with the natural features of the land, Couples has created a course that is challenging without being penal, and one that golfers will not tire of playing.  The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove will provide a true and fair test of golf that will appeal to players of all ability levels.

by Ann Dempsey

The ninth annual American Cancer Society “Power of Pink” Fashion Show and Luncheon drew hundreds of people to the big event held recently at The Cloister ballroom on Sea Island.  The luncheon is held each year to support breat cancer research.

The Fashion Show featured two local stores, Moncrief’s on St. Simons Island and Lady in White in downtown Brunswick. The showcased styles were from casual to elegant.   Every model was a breast cancer survivor.  Ann Dempsey,  Associate Broker with Hodnett Cooper Real Estate was one of the models.

If you would like to make a donation or assist the local Cancer Society with their special events, please contact them at 912-265-7117.

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.

by Alice Barlow

Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields

October 31, November 1, 2*, 6, 7, 8, 9*, 13, 14, 15, 16*, 2008
8:00 PM and *Sundays at 3:00 PM
Casino Theatre – Pier Village, St. Simons Island
General Admission: Adults $20 Students (18 and under) $5 each.
Information at (912) 638-0338 and [web site]

Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. Colonel Buffalo Bill Persuades her to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace, Frank Butler, who headlines the show. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity. Every song a hit!

Auditions for “On Golden Pond” will be held at the Casino Theatre on St. Simons Island on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday November 2, 3, 4 at pm 7:00 .  They are looking for actors between the ages of 35 and 75 and a pre-teen or teenage boy. Scripts are at the St. Simons and Brunswick libraries.

by Lisa Sanders

The American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division of Relay For Life held their annual Summit on October 17-18 in Atlanta.  In attendance were 550  American Cancer Society Volunteers and Staff Members representing Relay Events from the state of Georgia.  160 plus events have been held throughout the state over the past year.  Volunteers and staff members celebrated the great work Georgia is doing in the fight to find a cure for cancer.

Some exciting news from the summit about Glynn County’s Relay For Life and the State of Georgia:   Glynn County’s Relay For Life rates #3 in the nation for money raised in our population category (65,000 – 74,999).  During the past 14 years of Relay in Glynn County the  event has been ranked within the top ten for money raised.  Another proud achievement is having 8 teams to raise $10,000+ in the event. (Other events had 1 or 2 teams to achieve that level).   This year Georgia has raised more than $22,000,000.  Each day in our country 90,000 lives are being saved.  We are making a notable difference in this fight.  The 2009 Glynn County Relay For Life Event will be held April 24-25 at the Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds.  I encourage you to visit and to learn how to become more involved with the fight against cancer.  Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

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.