A little Light Music

A Little Light Music

Friday August 14th from 7:00-9:00 PM Island Garage Band is back and will take you “back in time” with some of your favorite classic rock hits from Steely Dan, Chicago, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton and many more. Tickets are $12 for adults; children under 12 and Keepers of the Light are admitted free of charge.


ocean Sounds by the Sea

August 28th at 7pm Gwen Hughes & The Kats will play at Neptune Park on St. Simons. The concert is $10 at the gate, feel free to bring chairs and blankets.



downtown brunswick

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick

Friday August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00pm visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Brunswick. Live music from local musicians will be there as well as art opening, and food and beverage samples



Sapelo Island Natural Estuarian Research Reserve Art ExhibitSapelo Island Painting

As part of its yearlong celebration of 40 years of research, education, stewardship, and training programs, the SINERR in partnership with McIntosh Art Association presents artwork inspired by the reserve at the Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, Gallery hours at the Ritz are Tuesday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, ending August 31st.Visit or call 912.262.6934 for more information.


Southern Grown Saturday, August 13th, 2016 – 9:00am to 1:00pm

Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.


Fort FredericaSaturday August 6th from 10am- noon you will be able to travel back in time with the help of clues from archaeology on what cooking must have been like at Fort Frederica. Visiting Fort Frederica is free and the National Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm


As the #7 Most Romantic Places for a wedding according to, St. Simons Island offers some of the most beautiful back drops you will ever find, perfect for weddings! Oak lined trees: check, sunsets over the marsh: check, beach front ceremonies: check! In addition to the beautiful God created backdrops we also boast some of the most gorgeous mad made locations that are perfect for weddings. Christ Church at Frederica is one of the oldest churches in Georgia, established by English Colonist under General James Oglethorpe in 1736. The church sits on a beautiful piece of land with lush grass under huge oak trees, the church has a Gothic style with stained glass windows and a tall belfry.

In addition to amazing locations we also have plenty of great restaurants that can cater anything from southern cuisine to 5 course elegant meals. We have the photographers, the bands, the planners. You name is St. Simons has it, in the way of weddings! Your guests will be sure to fall in love with St. Simons charm and elegance and will concur it’s the perfect place for a beautiful southern affair!


Take advantage of our Sweet Summer Savings!

It’s that magical time of year when the summer crowds have thinned, it’s still beach and swimsuit weather and there are several unique activities and festivals throughout the Golden Isles. A September visit to St. Simons Island could include the following…let’s start planning!

Farmer’s Market – The Market

Saturday, September 12, 9am – 1pm

Artisan foods and products from local farms and vendors. Enjoy samples along with live music.


Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

September 18-20

A celebration of two Georgia favorites: shrimp and grits! On neighboring Jekyll Island, this weekend celebration includes tastings, arts & crafts, a craft brew tasting, cooking competitions, live music and great activities for kids. Food, fun and family…what could be better? Visit the website for a full schedule of events and pricing.


St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival

September 30- October 4 

This celebration of local food features five days of special events, including a kick off party, tastings, entertainment and a Spiritual Brunch to close out the festival. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events and pricing.


Looking Ahead

Did you know that Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals has teamed up with the Under the Oaks 1/2 Marathon challenge and is offering 15% OFF your stay October 7-11. This gives you and your running party plenty of time to enjoy all of the weekends race activities. Book your room now by calling 844-856-4903 or book online using the promo code: OAKS15.

“Under the Oaks” Half Marathon, Jekyll Island  October 10, 7am

Including a half marathon, 10K and 5K runs, the courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned. Both competitive and causal runners will enjoy the flat terrain and picturesque views of Jekyll Island. Visit RaceRoster to register.


Hodnett Cooper is excited to introduce Melissa Johnson, one of the newest Realtors to join the Hodnett Cooper Team.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Valdosta State University.

Before coming to Hodnett Cooper, Melissa and her husband began a construction company in 2005, Johnson Partners Inc.  With his background in Civil Engineering and her background in Marketing, they focused on high end residential and commercial building.  When the real estate market struggled, they geared their company toward their industrial building roots.  Going back to residential building, the team changed the company name to REH Building Solutions. Melissa felt this would be a perfect time to transition to her career in real estate. Melissa started with Hodnett Cooper Real Estate as an office administrator while completing real estate courses at night.

Melissa truly enjoys working with people and is eager to build a strong client base through honesty and knowledge.  A knowledge that comes from 10 years in the construction industry. Melissa’s goal is to help others find true happiness in their residence. The process of buying or selling a home should be as stress free as possible and she will diligently work to make sure her clients receive a pleasant experience.

Melissa enjoys hanging out with her husband Jamie and their 3 children.  They love riding bikes, swimming, playing with their two golden retrievers, Hollywood & Rigger, and traveling.  Melissa feels truly blessed to be able to call St. Simons Island her hometown and loves that there are so many outdoor adventures available to experience.

Melissa is located in our mainland office, visit her today!


Hodnett Cooper is thrilled to announce that Realtor Jean Lyons has joined the Hodnett Cooper team.

Jean is originally from California but has lived in the Southeast since 1986. She previously resided in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 2014 Jean has proudly called the Golden Isles her home.

For 25 years Jean worked as a cosmetologist building and maintaining strong relationships with her clientele – an asset greatly desired in the real estate industry. Jean also brings her previous mortgage experience to Hodnett Cooper. Advising agents and attorneys, as well as approving closing documents for over 2 years, she can help council her clients to avoid common pitfalls that can delay the short sale process. Jean has an extensive knowledge of investor and servicer terminology to aide buyers and sellers navigate through any situation.

Starting her career in North and South Carolina, Jean has been a licensed realtor since 2009. With her passion for helping others, whether you are buying or selling, she will negotiate for your best interest and keep her clients’ needs first.

When she’s not working Jean enjoys exercising and has recently taken up golf. She loves cooking and spending time with her family.

Located at our mainland office, Jean is ready to help you in your next real estate transaction.


Having an exceptional team that consistently raises the bar in customer service and client satisfaction is the reason Hodnett Cooper Real Estate continues to dominate the market.

Every month, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate presents the “Roy Hodnett Positive Person Award” to one team member in the Brunswick office and one team member in the St. Simons Island office. We also recognize our Top Selling and Top Listing Agents of the Month.

This month we presented the following

At this month’s meeting, we also celebrated our entire team and the significant increases we have seen for the first half of 2015.

Based on information from the Golden Isles Multiple Listing Service, Inc. for the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 Hodnett Coooper leads the Real Estate market in

  • Sales Volume
  • Sales Volume Growth
  • Total Sold Transactions
  • Market Leader in Sales Volume & Transactions in Mainland Glynn County
  • Market Leader in Sales Volume & Transactions in St. Simons Island.

We are thankful to work with the BEST TEAM around.


With the 4th of July festivities beginning  we want to remind our guests and residence of a few safety tips to ensure you experience a Fun and SAFE Holiday weekend.

Stay Safe Behind the Wheel

  • Buckle your seat belts.
  • Observe speed limits.
  • Watch for pedestrians.
  • Pay full attention to the road – do not use a cell phone to call or text.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
  • Last but not least, do not drink and drive.


  • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
  • While you’re enjoying the water, keep alert and check the local weather conditions.
  • Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Protect your neck – don’t dive headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters.
  • Keep a close eye and constant attention on children and adults while at the beach. Wave action can cause someone to lose their footing, even in shallow water.
  • Watch out for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants and leave animals alone.


RIP CURRENTS  Any beach with breaking waves may have rip currents. Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:

  • If you are caught in a rip current, try not to panic. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can’t swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures



  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors, including the house, camper, tent or any other enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from houses, decks, trees and shrubbery or anything else that could catch fire.
  • Make sure the chef stays safe by using the long-handled utensils made for cooking on the grill.


The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a display put on by professionals. However, if you insist on using fireworks, follow these rules.

  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud.”
  • Never throw or point a firework at people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.

Be mindful of your surroundings and if there is an emergency dial 9-1-1 Immediately.


A frequent visitor to St. Simons Island, supporter of local charities, friend of Hodnett Cooper, fellow Georgian and quintessential Southerner, we are happy to report that Ronda Rich’s book The Town That Came A-Courtin’ has been adapted for television.

The movie’s television premier is on Sunday, January 19 at 7pm on the UP Network which provides family-friendly, uplifting programming. The Town That Came A-Courtin’ is based on Ronda Rich’s novel, which is loosely based on an experience Rich had during a book tour. The book’s main character, Abby Houston, is a successful author and independent Southern woman. When she visits the small town of Bliss, Mississippi, it seems the entire town is in cahoots to set her up with the town’s widowed mayor. As they embark on their romance, an obsessed fan intervenes. With phones buzzing and the town mobilized, what happens next will determine her future.

The movie stars Valerie Harper, Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft and Lucie Guest.

Ronda Rich is a best-selling author and syndicated columnist. Her books include What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), My Life in the Pits (a memoir of her years as a NASCAR reporter and publicist), The Town That Came A-Courtin’, and There’s a Better Day A-Comin’. Her syndicated column appears in over fifty newspapers. Her storytelling—both as a speaker and writer—is a distinctive voice of the South.

We’ll be watching the premier of The Town That Came A-Courtin’ on Sunday night and hope you will too!


by Guerry Norwood

Recently there have been a number of deer sighting all over St Simons Island. The deer are more prevalent on the less populated north end of St Simons Island, but recently they have been spotted all over the Island.

European fallow deer are found here on the Georgia Coast and come in three colors—dark brown, white and spotted. Just because a female fallow deer is one color does not mean her offspring will be the same color. In fact, she could give birth to any of the three color phases. Male fallow deer have a palmed antler much like that of a moose. If the antler is nine inches across, it is considered to be a good-sized antler. These antlers will fall off each year and regrow in the spring. Their first antlers typically are unbranched spikes. Deer two to four years of age usually produce slightly larger antlers with more points. Their antlers become palmated and have many points once a buck reaches five or six years of age. Antler size usually increases as bucks grow older. Deer five to nine years old produce the largest antlers.

At birth, fawns have a coat slightly darker than the common color phase spotted with white. Newborn fawns weigh about eight to eleven pounds. Adult females (does) weigh between 65 and 100 pounds; adult bucks usually weigh between 175 and 225 pounds. Does tend to reach their maximum size between four to six years of age and bucks reach maximum body size at five to nine years of age. Fallow deer live in herds of around 70 members and prefer to live in wooded and marsh areas. They eat grass, leaves, nuts, berries, corn and bark.

We are happy to share an island with these beautiful animals. Visit Arkive for more fallow deer information and photos.

by Guerry Norwood

In the last week or so there have been a numerous starfish on the St Simons Island beaches from Massengale Park south to the St Simons Island Pier. The starfish get caught up in the Johnson Rocks at high tide.

Starfish are beautiful animals that can be a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, although all resemble a star. Even though they are commonly called starfish, these animals are known more scientifically as sea stars, as they’re not fish. They do not have gills, fins or a skeleton. Sea stars have a tough, spiny covering and a soft underside. If you turn a live sea star over, you’ll likely see its’ hundreds of tube feet wiggling.

These iconic marine animals are fascinating creatures. Sea stars move using their tube feet, and have an advanced water vascular system that they use to fill up their feet with seawater. They do not have blood, but instead take in seawater through the sieve plate located on top of the sea star, and use that to fill up their feet. They can retract their feet using muscles or use them as suctions to hold on to a substrate or the sea star’s prey.