Energy Star Rule Your Attic- shared by Brunswick Plantation Living

Energy Saving SolutionsThe Construction Group by Caw Caw Land Corp, at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, a coastal Carolina gated community, has been a proud Energy Star partner since 2010 . We want to help people save energy at home, period.

If you are considering purchasing a new home, an Energy Star certified home is the best choice for your family, the environment, and your wallet.  If you are interested in saving energy on the home you living in now….read on.

By Doug Anderson

Homeowners throughout the U.S. are starting to wake up to frost on the grass and furnaces or boilers running full blast. Cold weather is here! Now is the time to do a quick, simple check of your attic insulation levels to save money on energy bills and be more comfortable this winter. We call checking your attic insulation level: RULE YOUR ATTIC!

Don’t waste your hard earned money, just check your insulation level today to know if you have a problem or not. It only takes a few minutes. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Grab a tape measure or ruler and a flashlight. (You can also bring your cell phone)
  2. Carefully climb up your attic stairs or ladder and raise the attic hatch or door.
  3. Reach out and stick the ruler into the insulation and measure the depth in inches. Jot down the number or take a picture with your cell phone to record the number.

Now, check your results. For commonly used blown (loose-fill) fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose insulation (assuming an R-value of about R-3 per inch):

  1. If you live in a Northern State and have less than 16-18 inches of insulation you are below the recommended levels.
  2. If you live in a Southern State and have less than 12-14 inches of insulation you are below the recommended levels.

In the map above, zones 4-8 are considered Northern, zones 2-3 are Southern.

Now, if your levels are good, relax and have a cup of hot cider. If you are below the recommended levels, don’t sweat it. It’s not too late to make an improvement and lower your annual energy bills by up to 10% by sealing air leaks and adding insulation to your home.

From now through November 26, post a picture or short video of your attic floor insulation using the hashtag #RuleYourAttic and include @ENERGYSTAR in your post. ENERGY STAR experts will then provide feedback on how to improve your attic insulation. For more information visit To learn how to measure your attic insulation level watch our short video. If you haven’t already followed us, check out the ENERGY STAR Twitter page.

Now, the next question is: should you do it yourself or hire a contractor? We have helpful information whatever you decide to do.

About the Author: Doug Anderson is an ENERGY STAR Project Manager and has been with EPA for 14 years. He works on issues related to the home envelope, including sealing and insulation products and energy-efficient residential windows.

Interested in learning more about Energy Star homes?  CLICK HERE to see what we offer or DISCOVER BRUNSWICK NOW and schedule a real estate preview tour.

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Smart Spending Tips Monthly November 2014 by Brunswick Plantation Living

smart spendingHere at Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort, a coastal Carolina gated community, we believe Smart Spending is part of A Better Way of Life.  Want to save hundreds OR thousands? Take 5 minutes and read on to learn how in Smart Spending Tips Monthly November 2014.

Read on to find out what is on sale and what you should hold off on a little longer to purchase.

Deals this Month…

candyCandy. Big sales on candy this month as sellers will discount heavily all the Halloween candy that didn’t see to clear shelf space for Christmas goodies.  Find price drops up to 75%!




Computers. Looking for the best deal of the year on a computer…then buy it on Black Friday.  2014 deals are likely to be on 13 inch laptops, which are expected to have up to 50% price drops.  If your an Apple person, try retailers like Amazon for prices marked down up to 20%.






Cookware. With price drops of up to 70% this month, you won’t find lower prices anytime during the year.  So get those pots and pans now.





winter-apparel-16963787Fall apparel. Fall clothes are already on sale, but keep an eye out for online coupon codes before Black Friday.  There are many sites offering these codes so do a few searches for the best ones.





Frozen turkeys. Some markets will be selling heavily discounted frozen turkeys.  While others will be offering free ones as part of customer loyalty programs.  Check your stores to see and keep those receipts.





Televisions. TV’s are popular advertising tools to get customers in the store.  Looks for 42″ HDTVs as low as $180 this year!  Want a bigger TV…60″ models are expected to be as low as $420!  But expect the deals to be on the entry level models and supplies to be limited. For bigger savings wait until the Super Bowl Sales happen in January.



Toys. Usually, the biggest discounts on toys are in December.  However, it is expected that this year big deals will happen near Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Look of price drops up to 85% on Amazon and at Walmart.


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Wedding dresses. Did you know December is the most popular month to get engaged?  Bridal stores do and so they stock up on new dresses in the Fall.  Find discounts up to 75% on last years dresses.

Don’t Buy Just Yet…






Holiday decorations. If you have all you need for this year’s decorations, then wait until after Christmas to buy any new stuff.  Prices will drop up to 50% after December 25th on all Holiday decor.





Jewelry. No deals will be around until March for Jewelry.  It is such a popular item for Christmas gifts and then for Valentines day, sellers have no incentive to mark it down.



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Winter apparel. If you’re looking for deals on this gear you’ll have to wait until January.  New merchandise is just being rolled out and pricing is full retail now.





We hope you found these tips to be helpful.  At Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort we really believe SmartSpending is part of A Better Way of Life.  Interested in learning more about A Better Way of Life at Brunswick?  CLICK HERE

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Golf News from the Pro 11.14 by Brunswick Plantation Living

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Hello again Members and Property Owners,


Holiday Season. November is here and that means the Holidays are drawing near. October was a great month for golf with gorgeous weather and the first part of November has been pretty good for us also. I have mailed out the residential golf dues structure for 2015. Hope to see all of my members return for the upcoming year.

Events. A couple of events are coming near also. Tuesday December 9, 2014 Robin is having a Christmas dinner with entertainment. Signups are on the pro-shop door. Also, December 10, 2014 we are having the first annual Superintendents Revenge. A shot-gun start @ 1:00 pm. This will be a nine hole event on Magnolia.

Special thanks to Rob and his maintenance staff for a job well done on our course. We hold a 4 ½ star rating on which, is a Golf-Now website. Great Job Rob! Thanks for all the member and property owner support this year and we look forward to a prosperous 2015.


              Happy Golfing,


             Head Golf Professional

            Pro-Shop Manager

            Director of Memberships

Golf News Shawn Hicken Signature


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Coastal Living News and Events 11.14

Thanks Christmas Hanukkah CollageCoastal Living is alive with Holiday Delights of all kinds…Festivals and  Celebrations for All Ages! Thanksgiving and Christmas are Near and Dear Holidays , as well as Hannukah and other Cherished Celebrations! Tis also the Season of giving and remembering others! There are many opportunities minutes away from Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® to “Celebrate the Season” the Coastal Living way! These are a few that we can share with you!  May your Days be Merry and Bright this Season of Light and Always!

Grand Strand “Turkey Trot”

grand-strand-turkey-trot-2013 jpegThursday, November 27th @ Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, on Farrow Parkway…By: Market Common

  • 1 Mile – 8:30am
  • 8K & 5K – Each at 9am
  • “Tot Trot” – 10:15 am

How Much? Advance Payment by 4pm on Nov. 20 by U.S. mail & Noon Nov. 26 online…OR $5 more at Race Site on Day of Event.

Benefiting : Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA in Myrtle Beach        (449-9622 Or )                                                  Information:


Grand Strand 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Jingle Bell Runlarge_09beb24f-eef5-4535-946c-6e35dacce2a0Saturday, November 22 @ Broadway at the Beach 1322 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Be a part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to Fight Arthritis! Wear a Themed Costume…The Jingle Bells to your shoelaces!

Race Schedule:

  • Group Warm-Up & Stretch…1:50 – 2:00pm
  • Reindeer Dash (Age 8 & Under)…2:00-2:10
  • 5K Competitive Race…2:10-3:10pm
  • 3 & 4 Fun Run…2:15 – 3:30
  • Closing Ceremonies & Awards…3:30 – 4pm

Registration Fee: Online $25 (Last Day for registration online Nov. 20 &  11am on Race Day) Late registration $30.

Event contact: Gerald Talley … Or Phone: 704-705-1799

Broadway at the Beach Annual Tree Lighting

Broadway-TreeSaturday, November 22 @ 6pm…Broadway at the Beach Annual Tree Lighting @ 1325 Celebrity Circle

Enjoy “Magical” Music and Dance Performances by some of the area’s Greatest Talent leading up to the Tree Lighting…


Followed by a Fireworks Extravaganza at 8pm!

Tree Lighting Info @ 800  386-4662

Calabash Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade

Calabash Treef0d5f28b59d74c0698af01f52365b83fJoin the Community Fun on Friday, December 5, 2014! Calabash Tree Lighting launches with a Spirit of Calabash Christmas Parade marching down Beach Drive! Folks enjoy Holiday Music, Live Entertainment, Cookies & Cocoa…And a Visit From SANTA!

Parade begins at 6pm followed by Entertainment and Christmas Tree Lighting around 7pm!  You are invited with Family and Friends to this Special Celebration of the Season in Callahan’s Gifts Parking Lot in Calabash, NC!   It is FREE and Fun For All!  Info at: 910-579-6747

Market Common Holiday Extravaganza & Tree Lighting

Market Common Music CollageHoliday Extravaganza at Market Common, in Myrtle Beach, SC...November 28 – 10am – 2pm in Middle of Howard Ave. (Also on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, & 20)

  • Music in the StreetAll Three Gazebos, with Live entertainment & Face painter: on Howard Avenue across from Victoria’s Secret & from City Mac, and on Reed Ave., across from P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (Music in the Street…Also 3 – 5pm on Nov. 29 & 30Dec. 7, 14, & 21; And Dec. 5&6 , 12&13 and 19&20.)

  • Coastal Dance Centre Performances , 5 -7pm in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, withpiotrowski Master of Ceremonies Ed Piotrowski, Chief Meteorologist from WPDE-TV 15.

  • Christmas Lights at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, SCFollowing Dance Performances at 7pm, The Annual Tree LightingOutside Grand 14 Cinema!

Holiday Extravaganza is FREE!

carriageride4ALSO: Complimentary Carriage Rides3-5pm 5pm, Nov. 30 and Dec. 6, 13, 20From Outside Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa, 3050 Howard Avenue @ Nevers Street! 30

Thanksgiving Dinner at Coastal Restaurants

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Boundary House

thanksgivingYou are invited to join folks at the Boundary House in Calabash for their Thanksgiving meal…Entree’s of Turkey, Ham, or Prime Rib include Turkey Gravy, Traditional Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Traditional Yams, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Boundary House Salad, Noon-alcoholic beverage with choice of Pecan Pie Or Pumpkin Pie for dessert.                                                                                                                   Adults $24.95…Children 12 & Under $15.95

Appetizers available: Basket of Croissants $5.95…Crab Bites $9.95…Fire Cracker Shrimp  $9.95

Reservations Only (Call: 910-579-8888) for 6 seating times:

  • 11am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 5pm
  • 6:30pm

 The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

brentwood clip_image0067Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served Family Style at the Brentwood Restaurant In Little River, SC…Thanksgiving Day On Thursday, November 27th…11am – 7pm.  Please make reservations early by calling 843-249-2601 (No on-line reservations, Thanks!)

Brentwood Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner:

  • Brentwood Salad
  • Oven Roasted Turkey
  • Hickory Smoked Ham
  • Corn Bread Stuffing
  • Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  • Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
  • Sauteed Vegetables
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Apple Pie Or Pumpkin Pie

Adults $29.95 ($8.95  for Children 10 and Under…Children 3 and Under are Free!)

 House of Blues

House_Of_Blues_1House of Blues @ Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC offers a  Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet on November 27, Thanksgiving Day…11am – 5pm.  Enjoy dinner with Live Jazz Entertainment with your meal!!

Dinner Buffet entrees include:

  • Hand Carved Turkey
  • Roast beef Au Jus & Horseradish Cream Sauce
  • Boiled Shrimp

There are a variety of delicious side dishes PLUS Desserts include Chocolate Banana Pudding, Pecan Pie, & Pumpkin Pie!

Adults $22 and Children $9.50 …. $1 from each meal will be donated to Sea Haven Youth Shelter!

 ***Other area restaurants are also having Thanksgiving Dinners. You can check online for more info if you are interested. Happy Thanksgiving!***

Calabash Deli Introduces… Thanksgiving Dinners To Go

Calabash Delib6c5JsGArjat5sThanksgiving Dinners Include:

  • All white meat Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Relish & Pumpkin Pie
  • Your Choice of Vegetable: Corn, Green Bean Casserole, Broccoli, Glazed Carrots
  • Your Choice of Starch: Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Macaroni & Cheese, Oven Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Your Choice of: Bread, Biscuits, Corn Bread, or Dinner Rolls
  1. Small Dinner Feeds 2 People: $36.95
  2. Medium Dinner Feeds 4 People: $73.95
  3. Large Dinner Feeds 6 People: $110.95

All Items are available for Individual Purchase!

***All Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 23, 2014.

***Orders must be picked up Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Please Call with any questions (910) 579-9801

Area Winery Events

La Belle Amie Winery

La Belle Amie collageLa Belle Amie Winery in Little River, SC
offers Special Events with live Music Plus Wine tasting, a Winery Tour  and a Winery Gift Shop!

Special Events for The Holiday Season 2014:

  1. November 15Winestock ($8)
  2. November 29Holiday Spirits Bonfire ($3)
  3. December 6Holiday Music ($5)
  4. December 27Yuletide Music & Bonfire ($3)

Lac_Belle_Amie_Winery_234742Wine Wednesdays & Wine Down Fridays Events are Free to Attend & With Live Music! La Belle Amie Winery is Open Monday – Saturday…10am – 5pm.

Check It All Out @ OR Call: (843) 300-9463


Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Shadracks-Christmas-Wonderland-Myrtle-BeachWorld’s Largest Drive-Through, Fully Synchronized, LED Christmas Light Show! NOW  Through January 4th, 2015 @ Myrtle Beach Pelican’s Ball Park (1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577) DUSK – 10pm Every Night…Including Holidays & Even in the Rain!

Feedback & Music @

  • Car or Van…$25.50shadrack-christmas-wonderland
  • Activity Van/Mini Bus…$40
  • Limo…$50
  • Tour/School Bus…$5 Per Person
  • Book =
  • Info @ 888-321-7547


Ripley’s Festival of Trees

Ripleys-PicMonkey-CollageAnnual “Festival of Trees” Hand Decorated Trees…One for Every U. S. State and Territory At Ripley’s Aquarium @ Broadway at the Beach (29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, SC) NOW through December 31st, 2014!

Visit Ripley’s Aquarium …Open 9am Daily!

How Much (Plus tax) ? Free With Admission to Ripley’s Aquarium… Prices until 11am :

  • $22.99 Ages 12 & Older11am – 5pm @ $23.995pm til closing @$21.99
  • $12.99 Ages 6 – 1111am – 5pm @ $14.995pm Til Closing $11.99
  • $4.99 Ages 2 – 5...11am – 5pm @ $5.995pm Til Closing $4.99
  • FREE at All Times for Ages 2 & Under

aquarium_ripleys_mermaidsALSO: Free With Admission: Starting 11am Daily and Atop each  Hour, Alternating between Rainbow Rock & Rainbow Bay ; and Mermaid ShowsAt Noon & 2pm and 4pm…Saturdays & Sundays!

Information: 916-0888, 800-734-8888 OR

45th Annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass evg_1300979861The S.C. State Bluegrass Festival is a Three-Day event…November 27, 28, & 29 @ The Myrtle Beach Convention Center  at Oak Street and at 21st Avenue North (918-1225)

There are a variety of scheduled Performers on each night day…


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  • Starting on Nov. 27 with The Gentleman of Bluegrass, Noon – 3:50 pm
  • Starting on Nov. 28 with Spinney Brothers , 11am – 5pm
  • Starting on Nov. 29 with Appalachian Express, 11am – 3:45 pm
  • Scheduled Performers and Times are in the Sun News Kicks! , Friday, Nov. 7th Edition.
  • Check the Website for info @  Or Call: 706-864-7203

How Much ?

  • Daily $40 General Admission
  • $45 Reserved Seating for ages 16 and older
  • $90 and $95 respectively for a Three-Day Pass
  • $20/$25 daily for ages 7 – 15 Or $40/$50 for Three-day Pass
  • Anyone 6 or Younger is Free with a Paying Parent
  • $3 Parking daily, But Free for Vehicles with Handicap Designation


Charles Dickens Celebration…Third annual in Southport , NC

dickensEnjoy the “Dickens Christmas Review” performances by Oakwood Waits Carolers of Raleigh, as well as members from Brunswick Little Theatre, and Winding River Players …At the Charles Dickens Celebration in Southport, North CarolinaNovember 293 -6 pm @ Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay Street!

How Much ?

  • $12 in Advance or $15 at Door…For Ages 17 and older2014-Dickens-poster
  • $10 Seniors
  • $8 Ages 16 & Younger


Also : Victorian Social, between revues, under Tent on Patio, Including Cash Bar, Appetizers, Entertainment, & Silent Auction…From which proceeds will benefit Brunswick Arts Council

Information: 910-371-2641  OR


Dickens Christmas Show…33rd Annual

Dickens MB 201410497515_716877521683186_3194459098098989415_oDickens Christmas Show and Festival Week …November 13 – 16 @ Myrtle Beach Convention Center

  • Nov. 13, Thursday…9am – 6pm
  • Nov. 14, Friday…9am – 8pm
  • Nov. 15, Saturday…9am – 9pm
  • Nov. 16, Sunday…Noon – 6pm

dickensFlash2014bA Multitude of Shopping & Entertainment Options in a Victorian Holiday marketplace with Period dickensFlash2013bClad Vendors Offering:

  • Jewelry
  • Gifts
  • Toys
  • Arts
  • Crafts


Enjoy Gourmet Foods and Holiday Decor with:

  • Strolling Musicians
  • Tea Leaf Readers
  • Punch & Judy Shows
  • Shadow Box Displays
  • Life Size “Historic Santas Through the Ages”
  • Meet Real Live Santa!
  • Elaborate Festivals displays of Trees, Tables, Wreaths & The Festival of Worlds!
  • Silent Auction with 100% going to Non-Profit!

More Info @

Intracoastal Christmas Boat Regatta…30th Annual

Intracoastal regatta 2014Logo The Intracoastal Maritime Regatta….A Spectacular Maritime Parade Begins at Little River Inlet Saturday, November 29th @ 5pm and winds South to Dock Holidays Marina, arriving at 7pm! There are many viewing areas along the way, OR you may want to book a reservation at one of the wonderful Coastal restaurants with a View! Fibbers-on-the-Water, owned by the Carbone family of Brunswick Plantation,  is in the Little River Inlet with a great View of the Regatta! Better reserve early though to be sure of a seat!

Toys-For-Tots_01Boats All Dressed up for Christmas are an Inspiring Sight to See! Please be sure to take a Toy for the “Toys for Tots” program Or a donation for the Humane Society, as there will be places to collect them along the viewing places…Including restaurants! In the Spirit of the Season…We want everyone in Horry County and Coastal Carolina to have a very Merry Christmas!

Intracoastal-Christmas-Regatta-North-Myrtle-BeachCC More Info on the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta @ Or Call: 843  249-8888.



Bethlehem Live

star-over-bethlehemExperience the Christmas Story First-Hand this year!  Live Outdoor Drama of Bethlehem Live Presented At  Beach Assembly of God @ 6730 Ocean Hwy W. (Hwy 17 MM8) Ocean Isle Beach, NC… On November 28, 29, and 30 PLUS December 5, 6, and 7.

Reservations Required…FREE Admission…Call 901-579-9701 Or @ BEACHASSEMBLYOFGOD.ORG


Christmas Train Show…7th Season

train_showed9aca32-d5dd-4333-965b-59ada6dd8043All Aboard for the Christmas Train Show at the Grissettown Longwood Fire Department, Station Central for dozens of Model Trains…December 4 – 7, 2014!

  • Thursday, December 4…6pm – 9pmGrissettown75d4b2d02ee7a9a75b4ed1c5e79a2931
  • Friday, December 5…6pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, December 6…10am – 4pm
  • Sunday, December 7…10am – 4pm

Conductors of the Train Show are members of the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club.

Layouts run the gamut:Train Z6763473159_44a0ac2082_z

  • Smallest “Z”scale toted in a suitcase
  • Larger N, HO, O and G-Scale Models
  • Displays are highlighted with Authentic Train Sounds…Adding Bells & Whistles to an already popular pastime!

In addition to the Trains, other Event Highlights include:Train

  • Train Vendors
  • Food, Including Baked Goods
  • Santa Claus!
  • A Train Raffle

Free Admission!                 Call for Info: 910 – 287-3030



Christmas Shows…Live @ Theaters

 Alabama Theatre

Alabama The_South_s_Grandest_Christmas_Show_(002)Alabama Theatre Presents…The South’s Grandest Christmas Show! NOW through December 31, 2014! This Christmas Extravaganza of Song, Dance, & Laughter with Amazing Talent, Holiday Scenery, & Special Effects comes to  the Grand Strand for a Spectacular Holiday Musical!

Comedian, Ricky Mokel is featured in shows offering his special brand of comedy!

Alabama Theatre Christmas7706e4dd-7149-4687-be55-66dcb2b130bcShows are at 7:30 PM most evenings, Including Christmas!

New Year’s Eve has two shows…3:00pm & 9:15pm!

In Addition to the regular 7:30pm shows, there are afternoon Shows at 2pm on the following dates:

  • TuesdaysNovember 18 Plus December 2, 9, and 16.
  • FridaysNovember 21 & 28 Plus December 5 and 12.
  • SaturdaysNovember 22 and 29 Plus December 6, 13, and 20
  • NO Shows are scheduled on November 23 & 30 Or December 14th…They are To Be Announced!

Eddie_Miles_Christmas ShowSunday, December 7 @ 7:00pmEddie Miles Presents a Tribute to Elvis & Country Western Stars.

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Check out Alabama Theatre 1-800-342-2262

Learn about the Alabama Theatre & scheduled concerts on Barefoot Landing at Myrtle Beach, SC @



The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

The-Carolina-Opry-Christmas-ShowThe Carolina Opry Christmas Special is NOW – January 3!  There are evening performances at 7pm , as well as Selectively Scheduled Matinees at 1pm! Please check the website for more info and the Performance Schedule You may also call: The Carolina Opry@ 800 843-6779

The are no Sunday performances… Except for a performance on December 21st! (Other dates that are not scheduled are November 27 & December 23, 24, & 25,)

Carolina Opry Show collageThe 2014 Carolina Opry Christmas Show is beautifully blended with Time- Honored Tradition and New Talent mingled with long-standing Opry Favorites! Calvin Gilmore, owner, producer, and entertainer of the Carolina Opry, states simply: “I can’t tell you how proud I am to present this Christmas Show.  It has a proud tradition to uphold and this year’s production is So Good – It is kind of like the Angel on Top of the Tree!”

Carolina Opry All ThatIn addition to the Holiday Brass Section, there are several new vocalists as well as an award winning cast of over 35 Carolina Opry Favorites! “All That”, stars of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, will offer all-new dance material to heat up a cold winter evening – And Some Big Surprises! You will enjoy the fabulous Carolina Opry Dancers-And a Real Horse-Drawn Sleigh and Real Snow!

CMN-logo-balloonKicking off along with the 29th Season of the Carolina Opry Christmas Special is an unprecedented campaign to raise $10,000 for the local Children’s Miracle Network! Gilmore has arranged several opportunities for patrons to give to local children in need of medical care – including Santa landing with balloon rides, paper balloon decorations in theater, and two dedicated performances with $5 of each ticket going straight to The Children’s Miracle Network!

Carolina Opry Christmas deco collageThe Theater will “Deck the Halls” with over 35 Christmas Trees (Including a 30 foot Lobby Tree with 25,000 lights), 75 Wreaths, Over 5 Miles of Tree Lighting Wire, Countless Tree Ornaments, and Mounds of Christmas Snow!

 TheCarolinaOpryChristmasSpecial_9_LRThe Carolina Opry Christmas Special brings the Warm, Wonderful, and Fun Spirit of Christmas to Life with Music, Comedy, and Dance!


Atlantic Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol”

christmascarol-thompic2A Christmas Carol is presented on stage at the Atlantic Theatre on Thursday – SaturdayNovember 27 – December 21!

The Atlantic Theatre is @ 900 79th Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 (Lots of Free Parking is available!)  Reservations & Info: Call: 877 – 287-8587 Or @ ATLANTICSTAGE.COM

Long Bay Symphony

LBSyouthLong Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert…Wednesday, November 19 @ 7:30pm @ Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center…3302 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC.

long Bay SymphonyLong Bay Symphony Presents: Musical Classics for the Holiday Season:

  1. Saturday,December 6 @ 7pmTrinity Church @ 3000 N. King’s Highway, Myrtle Beach
  2. Sunday, December 7 @ 3pmWheelwright Auditorium, Coastal Carolina University
  3. Sunday, December 7 @ 7pmLady Star of the Sea, 1100 8th Avenue N. , North Myrtle Beach

Call for Tickets: (843) 448-8379  OR @

Palace Theatre Christmas Shows

Jersey Nights Christmas Special

PalaceJersey620x400The Jersey Nights Christmas Special at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC …Celebrating The Best & Most Beloved of Frankie Valli & Four Seasons Songs Plus a Mixture of Holiday Classics! PalaceTheaterChristmasEnjoy Four Magnificent Male Vocalists With Sensational Dancers for a Delightful  Evening to Savor the Season!

Jersey Night Christmas Special…NOW through December 20, 2014 (Presented in the Palace Theatre Main Auditorium) :

  • Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30pm
  • Wednesday @ 10am
  • Thursday @ 2pm

PalaceJerseyNights05-325x325Jersey Nights Christmas Special Songs that will Warm Your Heart:

  • White Christmas
  • Jingle Bells
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Oh What a Night
  • Sherry
  • Walk Like a Man
  • Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

 Reservations and More Info @ Phone: 800-905-4228  OR

 Palace Theatre “Nutcracker”

Enjoy a Performance of “Nutcracker”A Musical, Christmas Tradition In Partnership with the “Coastal Youth Ballet” !

Nutcracker collage “Nutcracker” Performance Schedule:

  • Monday, December 15 @ 10am (Special School Show Length Production)
  • Monday, December 15 @ 7pm
  • Tuesday, December 16 @ 10am (Special School Show Length Production)
  • Tuesday, December 16 @ 7pm
  • Sunday, December 21 @ 2pm & 7pm
  • Monday, December 22 @ 7pm

Reserve Tickets @  Or Call the Box Office @ 800-905-4228

 Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner Show

Pirates voyagefront-of-buildingEnjoy Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner & ShowNOW through December 31st!  Most dinner shows @ 6pm….Some also at 4pm or 8:30pm. Check Show Schedules & Reserve @  Or Call (800) 433-4401. (Pirates Voyage is a Dolly Pardon Company!)




***Pirate’s Voyage has a dinner show on Thanksgiving, November 27 @ 6pm AND a New Year’s Eve Show, December 31st @ 6pm***

Enjoy a Christmas to Remember:

  • When First Mate Cratchet encourages Captain Scrooge to celebrate Christmas, and the unconvinced Scrooge is visited by Three Christmas Spirits – One from his Past, One from his Present, & One from his Future!
  • Journey with Scrooge through time in an awe-inspiring Live nativity Scene!
  • Mary rides on a Donkey with Joseph leading the Way!Christmas at Pirates Villageimage8NQ3VVLM4P
  • Baby Jesus lies in the Manger as Three Kings enter on camels & offer their Gifts.
  • The Finale…Watch Treasure Chests and Trees coming out of the water and Ornaments descend from the sky!

At the Pirates Voyage, the audience is part of the Action!

barefoot Landing collage1Barefoot Landing…North Myrtle Beach, SC

Barefoot Landing in N. Myrtle Beach offers a variety of Attractions, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping, Nightlife, and More! Check it all out @



broadway-at-the-beachBroadway at the Beach…Myrtle Beach, SC

Broadway at the Beach (1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC) Offers a variety of Attractions, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping, Nightlife, and More!  Check it all out @


Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen_Gardens_Night_of_a_Thousand_Candles_250_250_300_300_sBrookgreen Gardens  Presents: “Nights of a Thousand Candles”  December 4 – 6, 11 -13, & 18 – 20 in 2014!

Nights of a Thousand Candles has Brookgreen Gardens Come to Life amid the soft glow of More Than 5,500 Hand-Lit Candles & Countless Sparkling Lights from 3 – 10 pm.

Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of Hand Bells Ringing, Carolers Singing, and “Celebrate the Season” with Family & Friends!

Brookgreen Nights of a 1000 CandlesEnjoy:

  • Beautiful Candle & Light Displays
  • Exceptional Entertainment
  • NEW: 80-foot-tall China Fir Tree decorated with 60,000 Lights!  Located in the Arboretum, this beautiful tree will be lighted at 5:45pm Every Night in a Ceremonial Fashion!
  • Peppermint Forest in the Children’s Garden
  • Ice Garden in the Lower Left wing Garden
  • Garden by Candlelight

Info on Brookgreen Gardens and Events, Reservations & Admisson Ticket Prices…Call (843) 235-6000 Or 800 – 849-1931 OR

Brookgreen Gardens is a National History Landmark with  thousands of acres of Lowcountry HistoryLocated  in the Myrtle Beach area (U.S. Hwy. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawley’s Island @ 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrle’s Inlet, SC 29576). 


*******Restaurant of the Month*******

Carrabba’s  Italian Grill

Carrabba Family CollageCarrabba’s Italian Grill is a Family Inspired Restaurant!  There really members of two families, The Carrabba & the Mandola families, that married and combined the love of the good cooking they grew up with to inspire their very successful restaurant business! The combined family has its roots in Sicilian foods and was also influenced by Creole and Southern cooking. Johnny Carrabba and his uncle, Damian Mandola, are the founders of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, now located in several cities , including Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina! carrabbas-9103The closest one we are most familiar with is  located @ 1015 HWY 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach, SC. We are lucky to have such a delightful & delicious restaurant just minutes from Brunswick Plantation!

Carrabbas meal with namesHours Open for the Myrtle Beach Carrabba’s Italian Grill are:

  • Monday – Thursday…4pm – 9:30 pm
  • Friday…4pm – 10pm
  • Saturday…11am – 10pm
  • Sunday…11am – 9pm

Info: Call  (843) 467-2600 Or @    Check Out  “Amore Monday” with 3 great courses starting at $12! Ask about the “Amici Club” with access to exclusive Offers & “Invitation Only” Events!

Carrabbas light collageThere are a Variety of Entrees Plus Home-made Soups & Sauces:

  • Chicken
  • Beef, Pork, & Veal
  • Oven Baked “Al Forno” Translating to “From the Oven”
  • Pasta…Whole Grain Spaghetti available for most dishes.
  • Signature Combinations
  • Cabbarras Pizza mussels skewersRoman-Style Pizza…Traditionally Made &  hand-kneaded with Fresh Toppings & Baked in a Brick Oven with Authentically Rustic Thin & Crisp Crust

Cabbarras meat collageComments from Guests include: Tender, Perfectly Cooked Steak..Awesome Calamari & Hot Bread with Dipping Sauce, Delicious Desserts!


buon_appetito_stwThe atmosphere is described by guests as charming with friendly and personable service! Treat Your Taste Buds to a dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill ! “Buon Appetito!”


Wishing You and Yours a wonderful Holiday Season! We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy Coastal Living Events! May the Joy of the Season Inspire You to share Your Joy with Others! Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort  ® is, as always, The Two State Solution to FUN!

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Brunswick Plantation News and Events 11.14

Brunswick entranceBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® has a variety of special activities offered in our dynamic , gated community…Thanks to our wonderful  friends and neighbors  who promote and coordinate them! We are a community that works together for the benefit of All! There are a number of Festive and Charity events planned to share the Spirit of Joy in this Holiday Season!

love-thy-neighborLove Thy Neighbor

bible studyThe Brunswick Plantation Bible Study Group will once again be collecting donations for gift cards for the children of workers here at the Plantation! Folks have been so generous in the past, and  we pray you will once more help us in making this Christmas extra special for those of our neighbors who have less.

gifts 6028188-funny-kids-opens-the-giftThis project is dedicated to the memory of Bonnie Strapp, for whom this project was so special! Your contributions may be dropped off at the Brunswick House Facilitator’s Office or you can call a member to pick up your donation. (Eleanor Tucker @ 579-6434 Or Barbara Johnson @ 287-4464) Checks can be made out to BPBS (Brunswick Plantation Bible Study).

Thank you once again for your generous support and help! Wishing each one of you a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year!

 Brunswick House BINGO

Bingo ...wordWednesday, November 19 is the date for the next Bingo Games night at the Brunswick House. As usual, doors open at 6:30pm and games start at 7:00pm. There will be 12 games played with cash prizes. Top prize for the full card game is $125.  Contribution of $10 covers all games for the evening.  Mark you calendars now for a Fun Evening! All proceeds go to local charities. Beverages are available…FREE POPCORN!


Brunswick’s International Dinner group

dinner party sloganBrunswick International Dinner Group is currently a group of about 40 residents who enjoy sharing their homes with up to 8 other people. Each couple in the group gets to prepare the main part of a Theme Dinner once a year, with their guests bringing theme appetizers or desserts. For the remaining 3 dinners per year, each couple will then be the guests at someone else’s home.

All residents are Welcome To Join Or You can ask to be a substitute guest to see what it is really like before you commit to hosting. Please call Elaine Flowers or Emily Bonneau for information!

Community Holiday Lighting @ Clayton’s Pond

DSC00215All Brunswick Plantation Folks are Welcome to the 6th Annual Community Holiday Lighting at Clayton’s DSC00219Pond…Wednesday, December 3 @ 5:30! (Rain Date: Thursday, December 4)

See You @ Clayton’s Pond…8901 Smithfield Drive!

Please bring along an appetizer to share! B.Y.O.B.


Red Hat Christmas Dinner

red hat hatThe Red Hat Christmas Dinner is at the Parson’s Table in Little River, SC…December 3 @ 5pm.

The price is $26 paid at the Facilitator’s Office.

Choice of Entree: (All Entrees served with a Fresh Vegetable)

  1. Chicken Marsala with Fettuccine Alfredo
  2. Grilled Salmon Filet Bearnaise with rice
  3. Six ounce Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus
  4. Eight ounce Char Grilled Ribeye and Garden Leek Mashed Potato
  5. Lump Crab Cake with a Spicy Dill Mustard Sauce and Rice

Choice of Dessert:Parson's Table Collage

  1. Key Lime Pie
  2. Chocolate Mouse with Kahlua
  3. Creme Brulee

RSVP by November 21.  Make checks payable to Barbara Moros. $10 Grab Bag Gift if you would like to participate.


Angel103790Brunswick Plantation’s 16th Annual “BE AN ANGEL” Wine and Cheese Gathering to Benefit Brunswick County Foster Children is December 6…2pm – 5pm at the Brunswick House.

angel_aid_logoLast year, thanks to the generosity of Brunswick Plantation residents, and the Toys For Tots Program, we were able to provide gifts to the 140 children in Foster Care. We also purchased 32 bicycles and presented a $1555.00 Walmart gift card to be used during the year to provide for emergency needs. If you are not aware, Brunswick Plantation has been the largest donator to the Foster Children’s Program in all of Brunswick County for the last several years. Please lets all get involved and keep that tradition going!

Foster careo12_06_78-mThis year there are 148 children in Foster care…Ages 1  thru 18 years of age. This is an increase of 8 children over last year…Mostly due to neglect, abuse, and drug abuse by parents.

Foster CareCFCRB-logoToys and games are needed for both boys & girls. Specific requests have been made for curling irons, cosmetics, mp-3 players & Walmart gift cards for the teenagers. Monetary gifts and gift cards are also needed to purchase clothing as well as the bicycles. Gifts can be either wrapped or unwrapped but should be marked for a boy or girl and what age.

If you cannot join us and would like to donate to this cause, you may drop off you donation to the Facilitators Office any time between December 1st & 19th. Please call Pat & Lee Wish @ 287-6060 OR Camille & Joe Cantello @ 287-5863 with any questions.

Angel103812_thTo our newer residents who are not familiar with the program, we urge you to stop by on December 6th to find out just how important this event is to the children of Brunswick County who need our support. Thank You for All You Do!



Hlly Day Cheerseb258de0d6104c2533a4577760327352Holly Berry Trail…Evening of Monday, December 8…Between Hours of 7 & 9pm. Five Homes and one Outdoor Visitation are available for Viewing!

Each Indoor Presentation will be offering Sweet Treats & Holiday Beverages…Along The Trail!

Holly Berry log-home-christmas-traditionsSo, whether you eat in that night or go out for dinner…

Why not take a ride along the Holly Berry Trail for Dessert ?

Holly Berry welcomed71d3c3ee4660d8d23eec61f451ad5e9Please Remember this is a fundraising event, with 100% of ticket sales going to charity…Tickets Are Required! Please make your purchase at the Facilitator’s Office with cash Or Checks made out to the BPPOA.  Tickets are $5 Per Person…Available NOW through the morning of December 8th with no refunds available after ticket purchase.

Please Note: All shoes are to be removed Prior to Entering the Homes…So you nay wish to wear something without laces. Thank You!


Brunswick Plantation Golf Member       Christmas Party

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The Brunswick Plantation Golf Member Party… Tuesday, December 9 From 6pm  until 10pm @ The 19th Hole!

jody humterPlease join the FUN for an evening of Dinner, Entertainment by Jody Hunter & Socializing!

***50/50Drawing &  Raffles***

The cost is $10.00 Per Person & Sign up Sheet is in the Pro Shop.  Payments may be dropped off @ the 19th Hole!




Singer, Guitar Player…Scott Haskins @ Brunswick Plantation 19th Hole

Brunswick Plantation ouse & Fountatinee06b92d-b65d-4488-b05f-9727d0e274c4Come on out to the 19th Hole, and be a part of Something Special!  Singer & Guitar Player, Scott HaskinsWill be Entertaining Us for the Night On Saturday, December 13!

guitarrock-n-rollDinner Buffet AND Entertainment!

Dinner Buffet @ 6pmShow Time @ 7pm!

Please call 910-845-6902 to make your reservations.

We look Forward to Seeing You There!



 Hold The Dates For…Brunswick Plantation Area Christmas Parties!


Smithfield Christmas Party – December 11th At The Brunswick House @ 5:30 …Flyers to Follow with All Information!

Charleston Place West Christmas PartyFriday, December 12th @ 5pm – 8pm.  Details will Follow!

Edenton Christmas Party - Saturday, December 13.  Watch the Broadcasts for more Information!

Savannah Greens Christmas Party - Sunday, December 14th At the Brunswick House!  More Info Will Come!

Area 4 Annual Holiday Cocktail Party - Tuesday, December 16th At The Brunswick House @ 5pm. 

  • Hors D’oeuvres catered by Backstreet Cafe
  • Drinks are included
  • Table Seating Available

Deck the Halls bannerArea 4 Residents & Property Owners…Cost is $12 Per Person…Drop off your check or cash to the Facilitator’s Office. (Checks should be made out to Marie Hajjar) We are limited to 100 People…No Walk-Ins. Deadline to hold your reservation (With Payment) is Wed. December 3rd. Thank You!

Cost is $12 Per Person

Jim’s Knife Sharpener Service

Cutco-Kitchen-Knife-Guide-cover-1000x662Prepare for your Holiday Cooking & BakingJim’s Knife Service will be at the 19th Hole On December 3 @ 8:30 am. This service is provided for you to have your kitchen knifes sharpened for a fee of around $3, depending on the size of the knife.

Provided By: Jim’s Sharpening Service…Jim Watson @ 535 Columbus Rd., Shallotte, NC 28470   Phone: (910) 754-6773


NEW YEAR’S EVE @ The 19th Hole

newyearseveparty-invitationCelebrate New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014 @ Brunswick Plantation 19th Hole…Dinner with a DJ & Hors D’oeurves…$25 Per Person  

Stay Tuned….More Information to Come on a Future Date!



Brunswick Plantation…Faith, Hope & Charity

NIS Sock Drive

sockspolls_DZPlainWhiteSocks_2217_803025_poll_xlargeNeighbors In Service will be collecting socks for the homeless. NEW WHITE SOCKS are needed. These socks will be distributed to various charities to ensure that people in Brunswick County will be warm this winter!

On Sunday, November 16th, after 12:00 Noon, a representative from NIS will be collecting NEW WHITE SOCKS in your neighborhood.  Please hang your donated socks from your mailbox for easy pick-up. Throughout November, there will be donation boxes in the lobby of the Brunswick House and the Plantation House, if this is more convenient.

Thanks You in advance for your compassion! Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season from All Of US at NIS!

 Streetreach Program

Streetreach Brunswick CO.The Streetreach Program is in need of single size shampoos, soaps, conditioners, toothpastes, toothbrushes, etc. for the clients they serve.

One church opens its doors once a week for showers and single size items work best. Please leave your donations in the basket provided by the Facilitator’s Office.  Thank You, Kathy Mazei!


Brunswick Plantation… Fitness With Friends

yogaBrunswick Plantation Yoga Offerings

Thursday Gentle Yoga @ 10:00 am

yoga41yC81TBrMLThis is a Gentle Yoga Class suitable for Every Body. This class includes setting an intention or affirmation, linking breath to movement and stretching to improve mobility & flexibility. It also includes a strong standing series to improve balance, strength, and stability. Modifications will be offered as needed.  Classes will be held on 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18.

Yoga PosterThursday Vinyasa Yoga @ 11:15 am

This is a mixed level class suitable for both beginner and experienced yogis. This is a Fun Class that will include a creative flow while linking movement to breath as well as longer holds to build strength and flexibility.  The class will include Sun Salutations and is considered a vigorous workout by some.  This class is recommended for those individuals with few or now physical limitations (some modifications are available.) Classes will be held on 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18.  All classes take place in the Brunswick House Ballroom.


Indoor Walking Program

walking ss_101528898_L_wAs part of the Social Committee’s FREE EXERCISE PROGRAM, new DVD’s have arrived & offer a wide variety of Indoor Walking Routines.  Come check them out in the Brunswick House ballroom on Mon.-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. mornings beginning @ 8am. If you have any questions, please call Emily @ 297-5508.



Water Aerobics

water aerobics - saturdaysBrunswick Plantation offers a Daily Water Aerobics Class every morning except Sunday. These are low-impact movements that exercise your core, promote better balance, stretch and work muscles, and give a good workout, without potential damage.

Classes are taught by certified instructors who show you how to do each move, and work all parts of the body.

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Classes meet @ 8:00 am – 9 am.

Tuesday, Thursday, &  Saturday classes meet 8:30 am – 9:30 am. 

water aerobic80380012All classes are held at the Brunswick House pools…Indoors for now, & Outdoor by Mid-May, weather permitting.

For Rates & Other information…Call Annette Mauro @ 287-4872.  Join us for Exercise, Socialization, and FUN!


SOJThere are so many FUN and interesting activities and events happening right here at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® ! We celebrate this Joyous Season with each other and our families…Far & Near! May everyone have a Wonderful Holiday Season!  Joy to All and To All …A Goodnight!

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Eyewitness to History…”The Fall of the Berlin Wall” By: Bev Filer

Berlin 25620-celebration-25th-anniversary-berlin-wall.imgcache.rev1415631338625.webNovember 9, 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the “Fall of the Berlin Wall”! As I have been listening to the stories of people who were there or were personally affected by the Berlin Wall, I am remembering my own experience of being in West Berlin at a seminar in October of 1989 when Mikhail Gorbachev was in East Berlin. After he gave them his message that they were on their own in keeping Germany divided, the Berlin Wall was opened on November 9….Much to everyone’s Surprise & Delight! I also had the opportunity to go to Berlin and share New Year’s Eve with my hometown friend, Mary Kay, and many Germans from West and East Germany at the Berlin Wall!

Berlin Brandeb1109_WEB_a_Berlin_Wall_1_t618I had written a blog in December of 2012 about my personal experience in Berlin in 1989. I thought this is a good time to reprint it in my Blog this week. I felt so fortunate to have been able to be an so close to this important History Making Event! I hope that you can feel some of that excitement and emotion of the “Fall of the Wall” as I am sharing my story with you. I’d love to hear any related story you may have to share with me and others!


A New Year’s Eve to remember…With Germans at the Berlin Wall in 1989
By: Bev Filer


As the New Year approaches, I am reminded of a memorable New Year’s Eve in 1989 when I was sharing champagne at the newly opened Berlin Wall! Germans from the East and West were hugging each other and everyone within reach. Many climbed up and sat on the graffiti emblazoned Wall! People were also streaming across the line that once separated this city, totally ignoring guards asking to see passports! This would have been unheard of, and even deadly, just months earlier!

Mikhail Gorbachev and the “Fall of the Wall”

berlin MGIn fact, I had been at a seminar in Berlin in October, 1989. It was sponsored by the government of West Germany for a group of American teachers to teach us the history of Berlin and its divide. The day we were scheduled to go into East Berlin, we were told that we would have to postpone that, as Mikhail Gorbachev, the Russian President of the Soviet Union, was in East Berlin that day speaking to government officials. The next day of our seminar, a newspaper editor came to speak to us. When we asked him what Gorbachev said, he told us that he said…”Save what you can. We cannot help you anymore!” Little did we know that by the next month on November 9, 1989, the Wall that closed the border between West and East Berlin would be open to travel freely between that divided city for the first time since August 13, 1961.

Divided Berlin & The Cold War

Berlin collage 1961The first segment of the Berlin Wall was really barbed wire entanglements and fences through Berlin. It divided The Western part of the city administrated by the Allied countries of the United States, England, and France and the Eastern part of the city administrated by the Soviet Union. Over time, the barbed wire was replaced by concrete slabs and a deadly no man’s land that became known as “The Berlin Wall”. The Wall split a city, a people, and the world, tearing apart families and friends for decades, and becoming a powerful symbol of the “Cold War”! The graffiti on the Western side of “The Wall” expressed the pain and frustration of the people of Berlin. Some graffiti was done by frustrated citizens while much was painted by German artists and was very moving. I recall one scene that particularly touched me. It was of stark white arms and hands stretching across the grey concrete wall with fingertips reaching out to touch each other… Art expressing life in a divided Berlin!

Check Point Charlie

Berlin Check Point CharlieCheck Point Charlie was the official crossing between East and West Berlin before the border opened in 1989. Authorized people could travel through there after being frisked and having proper paperwork checked thoroughly by the East German police and guards. It was the Germans who lived on the Eastern side of Berlin, controlled by the Soviet Union, that were desperate to cross over to liberty in West Germany, that were sometimes killed in their efforts. The Check Point Charlie Museum houses a variety of vehicles and other ingenious ways in which Germans tried to escape communism. Some did make it but trained guard dogs were also employed to stop them a various crossing possibilities. There are many sad and heroic personal stories connected with the crossing of the area known as the Berlin Wall.

Berlin Wall 1989

Berlin DecThat is why it was such an emotional and joyous day on November 9, when huge crowds crossed the border, as confused guards were caught “off guard” themselves. The reason for their confusion was that a German official had given an interview on television that day in which he announced that East Germans would be able to travel abroad. When the reporter asked when this would apply, the unsure politician said “immediately”. Within minutes the crowds had gathered at the border. The East German authorities had intended it to start the next day, but in order to avoid violent confrontations, the border was opened. An impromptu celebration erupted on both sides of Berlin. The Wall had been breached and would never be closed again. The German people who were “Looking for Freedom”, found it on November 9, 1989!

Berlin New Year’s Eve 1989

Berlin 1989 evep590297083-3That New Year’s Eve celebration at the Berlin Wall in 1989 was, indeed, historic! I feel so privileged to have been there among the people flowing back and forth across the border, and sharing champagne with the liberated Germans!

As a new resident of Brunswick Plantation, I am meeting a diverse group of people who also have original stories of interesting experiences at home and abroad. In fact, one lovely lady I met recently, grew up in Budapest Hungary, and has written a book about growing up under communism. Lenke Brown has a very interesting story to tell!

People walk under stands with balloons placed along the former Berlin Wall location at East Side Gallery in BerlinIf you or someone you know has an interesting story they would like to share, please post it online.  I look forward to your story! This photo is of Berlin today….Freedom for All!  Have a wonderful day!

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U.S. Honors our Veterans…Veteran’s Day November 11

Veterans-Day-Clip-Art-35Veteran’s Day is an official United States federal holiday honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Brunswick Plantation is proud to have many veterans  living in our community! November 11 coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries, to mark the end of World War I. vets armisticeThe major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918….When the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day

  • Veteran’s Day celebrates the service of All U.S. Military Veterans
  • Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Armistice Day

ArmisticeDayArmistice Day…November 11, 1919 was originally proclaimed a holiday by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. President Wilson stated:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

The United States congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later (June 4, 1926) , requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A congressional act approved (May 13, 1938) , made the 11th of November each year a legal holiday: A day to be dedicated to the cause of World Peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day”.

National Veteran’s Day

Weeks-Vets-Day-WEB In 1945, a World War II veteran, Raymond Weeks, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate All Veterans, not just those who had died in World War II. Weeks led a delegation to general Dwight Eisenhower. who supported the idea of a National Veterans Day. The first national celebration was in 1947…Led by Weeks in his home state of Alabama. Raymond Weeks led this Veteran’s Day celebration each year until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship medal in 1982 as the driving force behind this National Holiday! Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Raymond Weeks as the “Father of Veteran’s Day”!

veterans-day VU.S. representative Ed Rees from Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veteran’s”…And it has been known as “Veteran’s Day” ever since

Veteran’s Day Celebrations


veteransCelebrations to Honor our Veterans on November 11, 2014:

  • 11am @ Calabash VFW at 900 Carter Drive (910) 579-3577
  • 11am @ Calabash American Legion at 10277 Beach Drive (910) 575-5037

Veterans day at Myrtle beach Convention CenterMyrtle Beach Convention Center

Public is Invited to the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony!      Music Begins at 10:30 am with Ceremony at 11am On Tuesday, November 11…On the Plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center!

Parking is FREE at the Convention Center for this Event, and this Event is sponsored by The Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance and the City of Myrtle Beach.

veterans-day-graphicMany restaurants are also offering ways to honor our veteran’s ! Everyone at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ®

honors those who have served to keep our country safe and great! VETS Salute-to-our-veterans-LogoWe Salute You on this Veteran’s Day and Always!





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Pat and Ron Melvin…From Intrigue to Amour At Brunswick Plantation

Melvin 3 Pat and Ron WedBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® is a dynamic gated golf community in Coastal Carolina that lots of Friendly Folks call Home! Pat and Ron Melvin are one Happy couple that actually lived and met at Brunswick Plantation before their marriage in 2005. Theirs is a story of Intrigue to Amour that endures today!

Pat and Ron did not know each other when they each bought lots to move here in the beginning years of Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort.

Pat was originally from Wisconsin and still has family to visit there. Pat and her husband, Chuck, had bought a lot to build their house in 1994 to move here from Crownsville, Maryland. Pat had actually won the trip to another resort in this area at her health club in Annapolis, Maryland. However, after playing golf at Brunswick Plantation, she and her husband asked to see property here. Sadly, Chuck passed away from the effects of cancer before they could move into their house on Middleton Drive. Pat moved into their house at Brunswick Plantation in 1999, 6 months after Chuck’s passing.

Ron, originally from Michigan, moved to Brunswick Plantation from Kingstowne, Virginia.  Ron had worked at the Pentagon where Dave Mason, who also once lived at Brunswick Plantation, worked. The Masons have since moved to Yorktown. Ron had found out about Brunswick Plantation from a Retirement Fair in Northern Virginia….Not knowing at the time that Dave lived here. Ron’s wife, Linda, had passed away from cancer in 1996. Ron bought the lot at Savannah Greens North in 1997. His house was built in 2002, and he moved into it in 2003.

Department of Defense

usa-department-of-defenseThough they never worked together or knew each other then, both Pat and Ron worked for the Department of Defense at one time. Pat worked for the Defense Department at Fort Meade.  Ron was an Air Force officer who retired from the Pentagon. During his time in the Air Force, Ron had been stationed in Turkey, Korea, and San Antonio, Texas. So, they both served at the Department of Defense in different capacities before meeting at Brunswick Plantation. It’s a Small World After All!

Walking the Dog…Friendly Persuasion

Melvins and PutterPat, being alone since moving to Brunswick Plantation, had several single women she socialized with, as well as some couples. Pat enjoyed walking her beloved dog, Putter, a Chow and Alaskan Huskie, around the Plantation. Ron would slow down his car as he passed by to chat with Pat. Pat and Ron also met at Friday Night Bowling. They were both at a Housewarming for Eleanor and Tommy Tucker when they moved into Brunswick Plantation.  So, after several of these chance meetings and conversations, one day in August of 2004, Pat got a surprise call from Ron. They chatted,  and a week later, after returning from an out of town trip, Ron invited Pat to lunch at Toby’s…Now known as  Pat & Mikes!

Come Together…Melody of Love

Pat and Ron started to see each other and were engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2005! Amour! Pat and Ron were married at Seaside Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, NC! They had a big wedding with many Family and Friends from near and far… over 100 guests ! Bob Rodmond, pastor at Seaside at the time, performed the ceremony. Melvin 4 Pat daughtersPat’s daughters, Cheryl and Stephanie were  Bridesmaids. Melvin 12 mom sisPat’s Mom, Evelyn Rolland, and Sister, Carol Books, were in attendance. It was Pat’s Mother’s last trip East, as she is now 98 Years Young! Lorraine Usher and Ellie Allen sang at the wedding with Kathryn Parker at the piano.


Melvin 10(1) woody jamesRon’s son, James, and friend, Woody, stood up for him at  the Wedding! The reception was held at Brunswick Plantation! Many friends of Ron’s from the Pohick Episcopal Church in Northern Virginia, where Ron was a long-time member before moving to Brunswick Plantation, came for the wedding. George Washington and George Mason worshipped at this historic church near the nation’s capitol!

Melvin 11 KIDSThere was music and dancing for all ages at the reception! Love is truly a “Many Splendored Thing” and the Celebration was a Romantic Rhapsody enjoyed by All!


Mediterranean Cruise…Honeymoon

 The Honeymoon Cruise for Pat and Ron was a Mediterranean delight! They first flew from Atlanta to Rome where they spent two days enjoying the historic sights. vatican_pictures_1A Vatican visit was one of the highlights of their time in Rome.

Melvin Med Cruise

Their cruise took them to memorable places…Athens, Corinth, Turkey, Santorini, Mykonos, and Venice to name a few! Beautiful  Mediterranean Memories …What a wonderful way to begin their new life together! Amour in the Mediterranean!


Pat and Ron…World Travels

Melvin 6 med cruisePat and Ron enjoy seeing the world together..Twice the Fun! They have taken an Alaska Cruise on the Sapphire Princess which went from Anchorage to Vancouver through the inside passage.


Hawaiiroyal-aloha-vacation-club-waikiki-4They have been to Hawaii several times, as they go to a Royal Aloha Vacation Club Time Share in Oahu, Maui, and the Kona Coast of the Big Island. Pat had been to a Time Share in Hawaii with Chuck to celebrate her 40th birthday in 1982! So, Hawaii is a favorite destination for Pat and Ron!

Melvin 1(1) Great WallIn 2007 Pat and Ron took a 2 week tour to China. They traveled with Brunswick Residents, Janet and Al Anderson. They cruised on the Yangtze River in China. Some of the amazing sights they saw were the Three Gorges Dam,

Terra cottsthe_warrior_emperor_and_chinas_terracotta_army_set_to_conquer_montreal_in_february_201149df013dfd249e844fa5Xian – Terra Cotta Soldiers (History of China Centuries… Over 2000 Years ago) ! They also experienced the Great Wall of China!

Avalon river cruisesPat and Ron’s latest big trip in October 2012, was an Avalon river cruise from the Moselle River in France through the Rhine Gorge to the Main River and ending up in Prague.

Future Trips

PicMonkey Collage New YorkThough Pat and Ron have been to New York many times, they will be visiting again for Pat’s birthday to see Broadway Show (Kinky Boots),  and the 9-11 Museum Tour. There may be a stroll in Central Park! Pat and Ron also have tickets to a Radio City Music Hall – Back Stage Tour followed by a Show! Happy New York Birthday, Pat!

Orlando, Florida is also on The Melvin’s Trip agenda in the future when they will be spending time with friends at their Kissimmee timeshare in February.! Of Course, there are also visits to family in Wisconsin and Michigan! Daughter, Cheryl and her husband Mike, now live in Silver Springs, Nevada…Another family visit! The Melvin’s grandchildren from Cheryl’s family are Brooke , Bethany, Chad, and Jackie.  Jackie lives in Wilmington and works near-by as a dental hygienist in Calabash! Brooke is a 1st Lt. and military policeman in the Army stationed at Ft. Stewart in Georgia.  Pat’s daughter, Stephanie, lives on Hickman Road.  Drew and Alyssa are her children and Pat & Ron’s grandchildren.  Ron’s son, James, lives in Alexandria , Virginia…A familiar destination for Pat and Ron! Their families remain Close in Spirit and Close -in-Heart!

Pat & Ron’s Brunswick Plantation Favorites

Brunswick Activites Views CollagePat and Ron Melvin call Brunswick Plantation Home! They enjoy the friendliness of folks living here and being involved in activities with the many friends and neighbors in this dynamic community.  Brian TiernanThey like getting together with friends at the 19th Hole and have enjoyed the entertainment offered there…Such as Brian Tierman, Ventriloquist and the Tropical Jammers Steel Drum Band. Pat and Ron also enjoy activities offered at the Brunswick Club House like the upcoming Italian Dinner offered through the busy Brunswick Plantation Social Committee! Pat and Ron also enjoy golf at the Brunswick Plantation Golf Course and being so close to the beautiful beaches!

seaside methodist703918_120313984795253_1381184614_oThe Seaside Methodist is also a very friendly church and buzzing with a variety of activities! Pat and Ron are very active in the church…Both have been Communion Stewards and on the Board of Trustees. Pat belongs to the United Methodist Women and is a singer in the Soaring Angels. The Soaring Angels are a group of 6 women, 5 of whom live a Brunswick Plantation, who sing occasionally at Sunday morning services at Seaside Church, as well as for a variety of other events. They sing church anthems, and offertory, as well as for funerals and memorial services.  They perform programs for community groups and even sang the National Anthem for many years at the Pelican games. The group does Caroling for Shut-Ins, sings at nursing homes, and at the Myrtle Beach Mall.  You can hear The Soaring Angels perform in an Old Bridge Society Christmas Program at Sunset Beach on December 8th!  Music to everyone’s ears…Hopefully, the Angels will agree to a Future Blog!

Ron is a treasurer for the United Methodist Men.  He served on the Board of Directors for 7 years for the Brunswick County Literacy Council. There is much to get involved with at and near Brunswick Plantation and the Melvins are quite Happy to Call it Home!

Fibbers-Deck-2There are many good restaurants in the area and some Pat and Ron mentioned are: Fibbers-on-theWater (Owned by the Carbone family at Brunswick Plantation), Snooky’s, Clarks, Villa Toscano, and for special occasions…Ruth Chris Steak House!

long Bay SymphonyPat and Ron like attending concerts by the Long Bay Symphony and shows at the Theatre of the Republic! They also enjoy going to Wilmington, recently voted the Best Riverfront area! An evening on a Casino cruise on the BigM adds a little variety to the Fun!

It is easy to see why we say Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® is the Two State Solution to Fun! There is a lot to choose from to do right at home on the plantation…OR go North or South to a variety of activities and entertainment! It is easy to see why we are Happy to know that Pat and Ron Melvin are our neighbors and among the Great People of Brunswick Plantation!






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Energy Star LED light bulbs: the bright choice- shared by Brunswick Plantation Living

Energy Saving SolutionsThe Construction Group by Caw Caw Land Corp, at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, a coastal Carolina gated community, has been a proud Energy Star partner since 2010 . We want to help people save energy at home, period.

If you are considering purchasing a new home, an Energy Star certified home is the best choice for your family, the environment, and your wallet.  If you are interested in saving energy on the home you living in now….read on.

By: Taylor Jantz-Sell

Just like early CFLs, LED technology has its challenges, in particular suffering from limitations affecting brightness and light distribution. The truth is, not all LED lighting is created equal. Bad design can lead to a wide range of problems, some immediately observable and some not. Poorly designed products often come with exaggerated claims, while failing to deliver on quality.

To earn the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR label, LED bulbs must overcome these challenges and demonstrate they can meet consumer expectations, delivering on must-haves like brightness, color quality and the ability to produce light in all directions.

So what does it take for an LED bulb to earn the ENERGY STAR?

Light Distribution – If you are looking for an LED bulb to replace a traditional incandescent bulb, for example a 60W, be sure to look for an ENERGY STAR certified “A” type 60W replacement. ENERGY STAR certification on these LED bulbs means they put out the same amount of light (about 800 lumens) and shine light in all directions, just like an incandescent bulb. A non-certified LED ”A” bulb or a “non-standard” type LED bulb may look like your old bulbs but only shine light in a limited range.

LED directional The LED bulb on the left shines light directly up, which would make it hard to read a book. The ENERGY STAR LED bulb on the right shines light in every direction, which is what most consumers expect.

Color Quality – ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting products have to meet strict color performance measures, proving they can deliver high-quality, consistent color up front and over time. They meet six different color requirements, covering everything from color consistency and uniformity to color fidelity and even a requirement to make sure skin tones and reds appear natural. You can find ENERGY STAR certified lighting in a variety of light colors that meet the mood or look for your space.

Brightness – ENERGY STAR minimum light output requirements ensure you will get the right amount of light for the replacement claim. Light output is measured in lumens, so a bulb needs to produce a minimum of 800 lumens to make a 60W replacement claim. LED lighting products that earn the ENERGY STAR must pass tests to prove they will provide the right amount of light up front and over time. Poorly made LED products won’t provide enough light, and their light output can quickly degrade with time and heat.
And remember, only ENERGY STAR LED bulbs are certified by independent, third parties against a long list of rigorous performance requirements. For more information on ENERGY STAR LED lighting, visit

We hope these simple insights and tips will help you save energy at home.  As with many great accomplishments, small steps on a daily basis result in large improvements over time.

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“The Warrior Ride” Coastal Carolina Tour… Honored at Brunswick Plantation

Warrior 2014-Warrior-RideThe Coastal Carolina Tour of “The Warrior Ride”…October 15 – 18 this year was a revered event for everyone! Folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® were honored to have the participants and their staff and caregivers stay in lock-out units at the Golf Villas on October 17. The commander of the Bailing Spring VFW was included in the group.  Also, noteworthy of our presence was a “Seeing Eye Dog” and a “Service Dog” with our Wounded Warriors.

Brunswick Plantation Club HouseThere was a committee from Brunswick Plantation who arranged this as well as a dinner with Brunswick Plantation residents and entertainment at the Brunswick House on the October 17.  Dinner was catered by Jerome’s in Shallotte, who provided the entrees: Beef, Chicken & Shrimp with new potatoes & string beans, salad and rolls. Beverage was Sweet or Un-Sweet tea. Desserts were pies and cakes purchased at Walmart, which was also one of ten business sponsors. A Brunswick Plantation Residents Committee and Caw Caw Land Corp. were also among the sponsors who made this event possible. Folks enjoyed refreshments on the Brunswick House enclosed porch.

Warrior Ride Dinner Program for the Evening:

  • Blessing of the Food was given by a Wounded Warrior Navy Veteran
  • Dinner
  • Desserts
  • 50 – 50 Raffle & a Warrior Raffle. The 50 – 50 Raffle was for the residents & was won by a Navy Veteran & American Airlines Pilot, Vince Krasniewicz, who graciously donated the winnings back into the treasury. The Warrior Raffle distributed golf lessons by a National Teaching Firm, to six winning Wounded Warriors.
  • Entertainment: Ronnie & Kathy Lee provided High Energy Musical Entertainment and are known in Oak Island as the “Party of Two”.party of two1873215_orig Nancy Snyder sang during the main entertainments break!
  • Bob Racine, founder of the Wounded Warrior Ride, introduced his Wounded Warriors, who all extended their appreciation for their Warm Welcome to Brunswick Plantation!
  • John McGinley, introduced his Warrior Ride Staff of Brunswick Plantation who worked together to make this evening happen and conducted a brief Memorial for the Warriors friends that have departed, as well as our residents spouses and friends.
  • Attention was directed to an American Flag flying from the porch bracket at the Brunswick  House. This Flag was presented to Bob Racine by Congressman Mike McIntyre for the recent loss of Bob’s wife , Debra. Debra was a co-founder, along with her husband, of the Wounded Warrior Ride. This Flag had flown over the U. S. Capitol.  John suggested that Debra was with us this night and recited a brief poem that is a Celebration of Life!

Brunswick Plantation Activities….Honoring Wounded Warriors

  •  “Villa Rental” 1st & 2nd Shift Personnel organized the Lock/Out’s Key Distribution
  • Security Front Gate was headed up by: Bob Krut & Bob Hunt
  • “Rolling Thunder” installed American Flags along the Route of the Incoming Warrior Ride and were taken down after their departure.
  • Shawn Hicken, Head Golf Pro, donated a Prize for the raffle at Dinner.
  • Robin Hicken, 19th Hole Restaurant Manager, served a hearty breakfast for the Warriors on October 17th…Donated by our Wounded Warrior Staff.
  • Brunswick House Facilitators completely reserved the Ballroom and Enclosed Porch which provided the Perfect Setting for the “Dinner” and Entertainment.
  • Brunswick Plantation “Wounded Warrior ” Staff is headed up by John & Gerry McGinley; and shares the work with Joyce & Wayne Billinger, Jim & Jeannette Shaughnessy, Paul Grove, Johnny Jones, Monte Simpson, Shirley Rust, Nancy & Chuck Moon, and Terry Murphy. Mason Anderson is an honorary member.  All have been issued “Warrior Ride” T Shirts!

The Warrior Ride…Tour de Carolina

  • October 15: Bike Fitting  – Golden Sands Beach Resort Carolina Beach, NC

  • Wounded Warriers on sunset beach ncOctober 16: Carolina Beach Southport end at Virginia Williamson School

  • October 17: Shallotte to Calabash to North Myrtle Beach Ending @ Brunswick Plantation for lodging and Honor Dinner

  • October 18: Cycling starting at 9:30 am Oak Island Community Ride

Warrior ride shallottef6e01871fb9f1a5408381716c3d931a9This Warrior Ride is with their care givers and staff has been the largest group ever to come to Calabash. The group includes Several Military Services; Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army National Guard. Attending Residents included several Military Services, Retired Policemen & Firemen, and accompanied by their Spouses.

Future Warrior’s Ride Tour de Carolina

***October 22nd through 25th…Greenville, Spartenburg, Charlotte Tour

***November & December Veterans Day Parade at Southport & Oak Island


 Wounded Warrior Ride…History and Mission Statement

warrior ride emblemThe Warrior Ride was founded by Bob and Debra Racine from Oak Island, NC. After their first cycling event in 2005, they knew that adaptive bicycling was a tool for recreation and rehabilitation for injured service members. They believed that while Recreational Adapting Bicycles to injuries can be challenging, it can work.

Bob was a three tour Vietnam Vet and after being mistreated and receiving no honor from the American public upon his returns from Vietnam, Non promised himself that if there was another war, he would be on the forefront of Welcoming Home and Honoring our Defenders of Freedom. He personally understands the sacrifices made every day by our service men and women.

Warrior Debra 10600619_848610488496156_4573093054426758181_nThe cycling events are Bob and Debra’s way of saying “Thank You” to our nation’s heroes! They proclaimed, “This is our life work, our personal ministry, and one of the greatest joys of our life.” Though Debra has recently passed away, She was honored with the Flag presentation to Bob at Brunswick Plantation. Debra was also honored, along with our Combat Injured, at a ceremony at Waterfront Park in Southport on October 15, 2014.warrior ride140321-F-LR006-025

The Warrior Ride is a non-profit 501(c)3 with the mission to recreate and rehabilitate combat injured service members by implementing multi-day adaptive bicycling events. The Warrior Ride events take place in various locations throughout the United States. There is no cost to the  injured veteran to participate in “The Warrior Ride” events.  All expenses are paid through donations and grants.

The Warrior Ride…Honored at Bush Ranch

warriorridebushPresident George W. Bush hosted the third annual W100K Mountain Bike Ride for Wounded Warriors on May 23- 25, 2013 at President and Mrs. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.Warrior ride for Bushbikes-and-flag-505px_0

“The Warrior Ride”  Mission Statement

The Warrior Ride is a non-profit organization founded in the State of North Carolina with a mission to facilitate rehabilitation on mind, body, and spirit of our wounded war heroes by implementing challenging adaptive bicycling events throughout the United States.  During the Multi-day cycling events our nation’s wounded warriors are able to take pride in the skills they have, and redefine their capabilities through accomplishment in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support.  “The Warrior Ride” uses adaptive bicycling as a tool for recreation and rehabilitation.

Contact Information: Bob Racine at 910-278-4612

Web Site:

Folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort  ® are honored to have been a part of The Warrior Ride…Tour de Carolina! God Bless our nation’s heroes!






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