Easter Traditions…Easter Bunny and Colored Eggs

Happy Easter egg treeEaster is on April 20th this year, and  Colored Eggs  and the Easter Bunny are traditions recognized as part of the celebration.  For Christians, Easter is a deeply religious holiday, celebrating the day Jesus arose from the dead after the Crucifixion. It has also become an event with chocolate rabbits, coloring of eggs, and Easter baskets. There are a few legends that may explain how this came to be a part of Easter.

Ancient Legends

German Easter BunnyEaster Bunny Symbol from Germany

The Bunny as an Easter symbol was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500′s. The first edible Easter Bunnies were made of pastry and sugar during the early 1800′s. Originating among the German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of Eastertide. Sometimes The Easter Bunny was depicted with clothes. According to legend, the creature carries eggs in a basket, candy & sometimes toys to the homes of children the night before Easter.This custom was first mentioned in George Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682.

The custom was introduced to American folklore by German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700′s. The children believed that if they were good the “Oschter Haws” would lay a nest of colored eggs. The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, like the barn or garden.  Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests. More elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter Bunny spread throughout the country.

Eostre…German Goddess of Spring and Fertility

eostre5Eostre, the goddess of spring and fertility, seems to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing. The Blessings of Jesus and the Resurrection Day bring great joy to Christians….A Renewal!

According to Folklore, Eostre found a bird dying from the cold and turned it into a rabbit so its fur would keep it warm – but that rabbit still laid eggs like a bird. In one version of the story, the bunny paints and decorates the eggs as a gift to Eostre to show his loyalty and love. This is according to Brandi Auset, the author of The Goddess Guide.  It’s possible this story is the reason that bunnies and birds – and chicks, if you ask the company that makes the popular Peeps marshmallow candies – are connected with the holiday.

Egg Sunday in Western Europe

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA“Christians have historically prepared themselves for Easter by forgoing ordinary dietary items, such as meat, eggs, and milk.”, says Anne Kathryn Killinger, the author of An Inner Journey to Easter. “For many years, Easter was known in Western Europe as Egg Sunday, for eating eggs on that day was one of its joys. “Those eggs were often lined with colored straw to resemble a bird’s nest, thanks again to Eostre.”

Tradition of Chocolate Eggs

chocolate Easter Eggs“The tradition of chocolate eggs began in the 19th century France and Germany. and soon spread to the rest of Europe and eventually to the United States.”. says Katherine Tegen, the author of The Story of the Easter Bunny“To receive the special Easter eggs, children were told to make nests from hats or baskets so the Easter Bunny could leave them there.” Anne Killinger says that many Christians were also eager to eat chocolate on Easter because it’s a common modern-day sacrifice during Lent.

Ancient Symbols of Rebirth or Resurrection

east-european-egg-maidenAmong the most ancient symbols of rebirth or resurrection was the colored and ornately decorated egg. In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, eggs are dyed red in recognition of the blood  of the sacrificed Christ. Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the dead of winter. The Ukrainian art of decorating eggs for Easter, know as pysanky, dates to ancient, pre-Christain times. Similar variants of this form of art is seen in other Eastern European cultures.

The Hare and the Rabbit…Symbols of New Life during the Spring Season

Eggs, like rabbits and hares, are Fertility Symbols of antiquity. Birds lay eggs and rabbits & hares give birth to large litters in the early Spring. Rabbits and hares are both prolific breeders. These become symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the March Equinox.

Through the years, There have been multiple stories and legends involving hares and rabbits. Despite their similarities, these creatures actually differ in many ways.

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Hare CollageHares

DYK  the following about Rabbit and Hares?

  • Baby Rabbits are called KittensBaby-Hares are called Leverets
  • Rabbits are born completely Helpless, Naked & Blind…Hares are born fully furred, able to see & capable of independent movement.
  • Rabbit’s Mothers are very protective , lining their nest with grass, bark & soft stems, even lining the nest with hair from their own bodies. They also cover them with their hair & dead plants to keep them safe & hidden from enemies…Hare’s Mothers feel free to leave them on the bare ground and hop away soon after the baby is born
  • Hares are generally larger, and have longer hind legs than rabbits and longer ears with characteristic black markings.
  • The skulls of rabbits and hares are different.
  • Rabbits prefer to eat soft stems, grass, or vegetables…Hares eat more hard food:bark and rind, buds, small twigs and shoot.
  • Rabbits usually live in Burrows or Tunnels in the ground, where they prefer to stay during daylight hours. They try to keep hidden…Hares always stay on the surface among plants & usually try to escape enemies by running.
  • Rabbits are social animals; they live in colonies. Male rabbits fight within the group to become the Dominant Male that then mates with most of the females in the area…Hares live most of the time by themselves. They come together in pairs for mating only. There is almost no fighting among Hares – They just Pair Off.

These amazing creatures are both inspirations to many stories.

History_BYDK_Easter_SF_HD_still_624x352There are many other legends about how the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs came to be in our culture. Whatever the reasons, it is Fun to have them be a part of our Easter celebrations!  Coloring Easter Eggs, going on Egg Hunts, and Rolls  and making Easter Baskets are ongoing traditions. Of Course, kids love to see the Easter Bunny! They make it Egg-ceptionally Fun!

Credits to this article to: S. Elena’s Rabbits & Hares. No more confusion!Wikipedia…Josey Miller’s  Easter Traditions, Explained & Easter Bunny History at Easter Bunny’s.Net  


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Coastal Living News and Events 4.14

picmonkey collage brunswickSpring has Sprung in Coastal North Carolina…So Much to Do & See! Spring and Easter celebrations, along with a variety of other events are minutes from Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort...The Two State Solution to Fun! Enjoy a Better Way of Life!

Coastal Easter Egg Events

Easter bunny at the Old bridgeEaster at the Old Bridge

Old Bridge at Sunset Beach…April 19th at noon

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Bring Your Own Basket
  • Sack Race
  • Face Painting
  • Dancing
  • Hot Dogs, Cupcakes, & Beverages
  • FREE Event!


North-Myrtle-Beach-Easter-Egg-HuntAnnual Easter Egg Hunt/ McLean Park, N. Myrtle Beach…April 19th…10am – Noon

The Easter Bunny will make a special visit to McLean Park to hand out candy to all children who attend!  Egg Hunt begins at 10am Sharp!  Wear your Easter best to have your picture made with Ms. Blossom! Egg Hunt areas are divided by age groups.  (Infant & Above) with many activities for All Ages. The North Strand Optimist Club will provide refreshments! Fee is FREE!

Easter_Bunny_2011_1011_300_225_sEaster Breakfast with Buttons the Bunny at Broadway At The Beach

Broadway At The Beach @ 1325 Celebrity Circle on April 19th…9 – 10:30 am

  • Full Breakfast Buffet @ Hard Rock Cafe (9.95 Per person with kids 2 & under Free with each paying adult.)
  • Visit with Buttons the Bunny
  • Easter Treats
  • Bring you camera for Great Photos!
  • More @ 843 – 946 – 0007, Ext. 208

Broadway at the Beach EggstreamEaster Eggstream at Broadway At The Beach

Broadway At The Beach @ 1325 Celebrity Circle…Noon – 4pm

  • Enjoy Meet & Greets with the Easter Bunny
  • Kid-Friendly Activities
  • Games & Prizes
  • All events take place near Center Court…Fun for kids of All Ages!



 Spring Fests

franklin-square-park-southport-nc-300x224Southport Spring Festival

Spring Festival at Southport, NC…April 18 & 19, 2914 Times: 10am – 5pm on Friday, April 18 & 10am – 4pm on Saturday, April 19…Franklin Square Park E. West, Southport, NC

Festival Features:

  • Musical Entertainment
  • Handmade Arts & Crafts
  • Children’s Activities
  • Azaleas & Other Plant Sales
  • Food Vendors
  • Chili Cook-Off
  • 5K Run/Walk
  • No Admission Fees…But Small Charge for some Kid’s Activities & Participation in 5K run/walk

Days at the Docks Festival…Holden Beach

Days at the Docks festivalHolden Beach @ Jordan Blvd. – Under Holden Bridge  April 25 – 26…  9am – 5pm

“Days at the Docks” is the Holden Beach way to Kick Off the Spring & Start the Vacation Season…With:

  • Over 30 Arts & Crafts vendors
  • Food & Crafts
  • Live Music & Entertainment
  • A Horseshoe Tournament
  • World famous “Bopple Race”!
  • Activities for the Whole Family!


Earth Day Celebrations

 earth day music fest posterEarth Day Music Fest – Myrtle Beach

Friday, April 18th/ House of Blues on The Deck…4pm – Midnight

We will kick off the weekend at the House of Blues Sugar Shack! This year will be a Root/Rock/Reggae vibe with Treehouse, 5-Forty and Sundries Vibes.Swing by to relax and enjoy some positive vibes to start this weekend off right!

Saturday, April 19th/Conway Riverfront park…11am – 6pm

The main “Expo” part of the Earth Day Music Fest this year will feature most of the vendors & Wellness activities at the Conway River Walk. The Town of Conway & local businesses are stepping up to the plate & are excited to bring the message of “Earth Day”. Some events include: ** Hard 2 Recycle collection area with the Coastal Carolina University Sustainability Initiative     **Art Show with Create!  ** Conway Egg Races for Kids

Sunday, April 20th/The Boathouse Waterway Grill…2pm – 8pm

After the success of last year’s event at The Boathouse, we are excited to announce our return. “The Movement” will be the Headliner!

“Earth Day Music Fest” @ http://edmf.wordpress.com


 PicMonkey Collage shoppingMyrtle Beach Shopping Days…April 18 – 20

The City of Myrtle Beach…For a 72 hour period, retailers city-wide will entice shoppers to check out their merchandise via Outdoor Displays & Sidewalk Sales ! Local Residents &  Out-Of-Town visitors are encouraged to visit Myrtle Beach merchants… Big & Small…During these Special Shopping Days!


Barefoot Landing Events

 Ladies-Night“Barefoot Ladies” Night

April “Barefoot Ladies Night” … April 29th from 4pm – 7pm @ House of Blues! Get a group of girls together & come out to Shop, Eat, Drink, Have House of BluesFun, and Win Prizes! With a $5 donation to Katie’s Project you will be entitled to food and drink specials & Great Door Prizes!




 castanos2 room & posterCastano’s Italian Steakhouse Special Events

Special Easter Menu & Easter Bunny…Sunday, April 20  3pm – 9pm

Easter-Egg-HuntFull Menu Plus a Special Easter menu including Leg of Lamb! The Easter Bunny will be handing out Easter Eggs with toys & candy. so bring your whole family!

wine_coupleWine Tasting “The Prince and the Pauper”… April 23 @ 6pm

During this unique wine tasting , you will taste six different wines …Two at a Time! Each pair is made from the same grape variety. One of the two will be a “value” wine while the other will be a “premium” wine from a top rated, well known producer.  Your challenge is to taste each wine and see if you can correctly identify the “Prince” and the “Pauper”.  A four course dinner is included. Please call for pricing and menu. (843) 361-2000.



Alabama Theatre @ Barefoot Landing

PicMonkey Collage gail Bliss“One Show” with Gail Bliss…Now Thru May 14th

The “One Show” is nightly at the Alabama Theatre except for Guest Concerts & (Closed Easter Sunday, April 20th).  Gail Bliss will be in a special Cast member thru May 14th.  Gail, a talented singer and performer,  is also known for her portrayal of Pasty Cline …. More about Gail @ www.GailBliss.com 

JamesGregory2007smallerApril 27th @ 7pm Guest Concert Artist…James Gregory…Funniest Man in America!

 Rick_Alviti_249_250Guest Artist…Rick Alviti & The Rick Alviti Showband – That’s The Way it Was – Tribute to Elvis…May 4th @ 7pm



House of Blues @ Barefoot Landing

slippery when wet“A Tribute to Bon Jovi” By: Slippery When Wet Presented by: WAVE 104.1

April 18th @ 8:30 pm

Check out the Mystery Theaters and Gospel Concerts & More @



Historical Southport Bicycle Tour…April 19 @ 2pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATake a guided tour through the Live Oak-canopied streets and along the waterfront and pedal by Fort Johnston, Brunswick Inn, the Old Brunswick Jail, the Crimes of the Heart Home, the Indian Trail, along the Cape Fear River and more!  Space is limited & advance registration required. Limited number of bicycles available for rent. All Historical Southport Bicycle Tours will meet at The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. – Located @ 807 Howe Street in Southport. Call 910 – 454 – 0607 for more info & reservations.


 Rita Coolidge…On Stage

Thursday, April 24

@ 7:30 pmOdell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College

Rita coolidgeTwo-time Grammy Award Winner, Rita Coolidge has a Pop & Rock Pedigree you will recognize…”Fever” , “We’re All Alone”, Higher and Higher”, “The Way You Do The Things You Do”! Rita now has debuted a  release of well-loved Jazz standards titled “And So Is Love”! Enjoy her seeing her perform live in Supply, NC at the Odell Williamson Auditorium.  www.bccowa.com


Silver Arts Showcase & Performing Arts Show…Friday, May 2 @ 2pm

Theatre masksBrunswick County Gator Senior Games & Silver Arts Presents this Showcase and Arts Show  at the Brunswick Center at Southport. Everyone is Welcome to browse the beautiful exhibit of Heritage, Visual, & Literacy! Arts entries are on display!  Enjoy an Talent Extravaganza from your gifted Brunswick neighbors..Free! Also, Free Food & Drinks!                          910 – 253 – 2670



City MB-Military-email web smallerMilitary Appreciation Days In Myrtle Beach, SC…

May 1 – 31, 2014

Viet Nam traveling wallVietnam Memorial Wall (The Wall that Heals)

A traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall returns to Myrtle Beach, May 14 – 18, and will be on display near Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Grand Park.

MAD Parade 2x1xMemorial Day Parade…Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade…Steps off on  Saturday, May 24 at 10:30 am. (Parade Travels 27th Ave. N. – Ninth Ave. N.)

montell williams navy hat Parade Grand Marshall is Montel Williams, U.S. Navy Vet (15 years Active Duty) & Talk Show Host!


Family Picnic, Military Exhibits & Live Music…Saturday, May 24  on Ocean Boulevard from Noon to 2pm

This picnic on the Pavilion Site is Free for all Military Personnel, Veterans and Families, including National Guard & Reserve!

Andrew Thielen Big band patriotsAndrew Thielen Big Band is the Headliner with an outstanding performance the picnic. Come for  a Meet-and-Greet  with Montel Williams.


Ivan-Parker“Singing in the Sun” Concert at Myrtle Beach Convention Center

April 23 – 26 @ 6:30 pm

Featured Artist – Ivan Parker Phone: 888-238-6858


 Elise Testone “In This Life” Album Release Concert at Coastal Carolina University!

elise-testone-ftrCome out and see CCU Alumna & American Idol finalist, Elise Testone, In Concert at CCU’s Wheelwright Auditorium…Friday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm! Meet -and-Greet before Show! Tickets on sale now @ 843-349-ARTS Or www.ticketreturn.com


Area Winery Events

Silver Coast Winery…Strawberry & Wine Fest

Saturday, May 3rd…Noon – 6pm / Ocean Isle Beach area in NC

silvercoast wine festEnjoy a Day of Wine, Food, Entertainment, & Craft Vendors!  Entertainment will be provided by one of the Carolinas’ favorite groups - The Limitations! You will be on your feet dancing in no time at all!

Strawberries are the Main Fare of the Day…Chocolate Covered, In a Short Cake, Floating in a Glass of Wine! Stroll among the vendors to find Authors, Artists, Crafts Galore!

 la-belle-amie-vineyard-02La Belle Amie Winery

Spring Mardi Gras Fest

Saturday, April 19…10am – 5pm @ Belle Ami Winery in Little River, SC

mardi grasMardi Gras Time:

  • A Little Wine
  • Live Music (Noon – 5pm) By The Steve Weams Mardi Gras Band & By: Lanny Prewitt
  • Delicious Outdoor Cooking @ Smokin’ Pitt BBQ & Vineyard Grill!
  • Guided Walking Vineyard Tour @ 2:30

Admission: $8 Per Person…3$ Off if you bring two canned /dry good items for area Food bank

 Key West Music Fest

musical_graphicSaturday, May 3rd…Noon – 5 pm @ La Belle Amie Winery in Little River, SC!

Enjoy an afternoon of:

  • Island Music (Noon – 5 pm)By “The Jamaican Jerks” & The Paul Grimshaw Duo…Thinking of ocean breezes, sunshine, relaxation!
  • A Little Wine Sampling
  • Some Hot , Delicious Outdoor Cooking
  • Vineyard Tour @ 2:30
  • Exotic Wine Slushies
  • Lots of Good Folks thawing out from a cruel winter!  Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

 Admission: $8 Per person…$3 Off if you ring two canned/dry good items for the area Food Bank.


 Blue Crab Festival

BlueCrabLogo33rd Annual Blue Crab Festival …Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18…9 am – 6 pm @ The Historical Waterfront of Little River, SC!

Festival Features:

  • Fine Arts & Craft Vendors 
  • Specialty Food vendors
  • Blue Crab
  • Tremendous Live Entertainment
  • Phenomenal Children’s Area
  • Business Booths
  • Community Groups
  • Family Fun!



 Mayfest on Main Festival

mayfest headingThe 9th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival on Main Street of North Myrtle Beach…Saturday, May 10th10am – 6 pm


  • Live Musical Acts…Main Stage: 12:00 Noon- Opening Ceremonies… 12:30 pm -  Blue Monday… 2pm – Ross Coply Band…4:30 – Surf City Allstars (All Times are approximate.)
  • Community Stage (Times TBA): NMB Middle School Chorus…Horry County Students Rock…NMB High School Chorus
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Food Vendors
  • Children’s Area
  • Browse local shops while strolling down Main Street!


Area 5K & Half Marathon Run/Walks

logo-NMBDivas Half Marathon & 5K in North Myrtle Beach Registration Expo

Divas Half Marathon & 5K in North Myrtle Beach…April 25 – 27

diva runnersDivas Half Marathon and Girls 5K is one of the most glamorous women’s events in the nation & is sponsored for the 2nd year by the N. Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau!

diva medalIt is more than just an athletic event. Finishers will receive a huge, blinged out medal with a spot for your photo to commemorate the experience!

Learn More @ www.runlikeadiva.com

Weekend Expo Activities:

  • April 25… Health & Fitness Boutique/Packet Pick-Up… 4 pm to 7 pm
  • April 26…Health & Fitness Boutique/Packet Pick-Up…  10 am to 6 pm
  • April 27Divas 5K…7 am & Divas Half Marathon…7:10 am
  • April 27Awards Ceremony 9:30 am & Post Race Pool Party at Bay Watch Resort…2 pm

 S.E.A.S.Beach Boardwalk 5K & Fun Run

Christian academy fun runChristian Academy’s 2nd annual S.E.A.S. 5K / Fun Run…May 3rd

  • 1 Mile Fun Run9 am Start is for Everyone! Walkers to Runners start on the Beach and ends on the Boardwalk (Entry Fee: $15 Early registration …After April 26 registration is $20.) There will be awards for Top 3 Overall & Top 3 Per Category.
  • Beach to Boardwalk 5K Race8 am Start is challenging & different, as it includes beach, pavement, and oceanfront boardwalk. (Entry fee is $30 early registration & $35 registration after April 26) Everyone registered by April 26 is guaranteed a T-shirt, and all participants receive a bag full of goodies. Medal will be awarded for the Top 3 & Top 3 Per Category.)
  • 5K Runners & Walkers will begin the race on the Beach Side of Plyer Park at 10th Ave. N. & Ocean Boulevard. They will hit the sand the first 3/4 mile before turning onto Ocean Boulevard. The final leg of the race is the Boardwalk with the finish line back at Pyler Park.
  • The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin on the Beach going South before turning onto the Boardwalk for the finish at Pyler Park.
  • Both races are Professionally Timed!
  • Awards Ceremony & Pancake breakfast afterwards…All near Skywheel!

Register online @ www.seasrun.com

 carlos & CharliesCarlos N Charlies De Mayo Fiesta 5K

Carlos N Charlies Cinco De Mayo Fiesta 5K  Sunday May 4th …Registration Fee of $25  Early Registration OR  $30 Later Registration Includes:

  • A 5 K …Around and throughout Broadway at the Beach
  • 5K Starting Time…9am
  •  T-Shirt
  • Gift Bag Courtesy of our Sponsors
  • Following the Race receive a Mexican Themed Breakfast Buffet!

Mascot Family Fun Run…Get Your Kids Involved Starts @ 8:30 am…Fun Run registration Fee is $15. *** Those signed up for the 5K can run the Fun Run as a warm up with your kids or other friends & family with no additional cost to you!


  • Michelin Man from Tire Town
  • Splash the Pelican
  • The Senor frog
  • Chauncy the Chanticleer
  • The NMB Sea Turtle
  • Bojangles Chicken & More

***Fun Run Participants will receive will receive a T-Shirt & Breakfast Buffet ticket! ***

A Portion of the proceeds from this event go to the Pee Dee March of Dimes!

Register @ www.grandstrandrunner.com

little_river_signNinth Annual Little River May 5K

Little River 5K Run/Walk @ The Historic Waterfront on Mineola Ave. on Saturday, May 10thStart Time 8 am With Start & Finish Line at Little River Waterfront! ( 5k timed by: Coastal Timing)

Registration is $25 on Race Day 7 am – 7:45 am am OR $22 Registration before 5.10.14 Race T-Shirt & Goodie Bag are included with registration! (Registration benefits local charities)


Awards for Overall Male & Female…Masters Male & Female & Variety of  Age Groups – Male & Female!


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

The Brentwood”


Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Low Country French Cuisine

Brentwood Bistro iconThe Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro is a “Culinary Treasure” with an enchanting history…In Little River, SC! It is a favorite of folks from Brunswick Plantation and others in the area! Special occasions… Holidays, Anniversaries, Birthdays are celebrated in style at The Brentwood. Visitors to this popular coastal region near Myrtle Beach love it, too!

The Brentwood…A Gourmet Delight

 The Low Country French Cuisine is delicious and authentic, as it is created with Chef Eric Mason’s vision and preparation of haute cuisine! Chef Eric and his lovely wife, Kim, are also the owners of “The Brentwood”. Eric’s career began in Brittany, France where he grew up before attending his first culinary school in Brest. This was only the beginning of Eric’s extensive studies in the culinary arts.

Brentwood food collageThe delectable dishes at this restaurant are a clear testament to his training and  experience. There are menu and wine selections to please every palate. Hors D’oeuvres include Low Country She Crab and French Onion Soups, Shrimp & Grits, Seafood Crepes, Crab Cake Dijonnaise, Escargot Bourguignon, St. Jacques Rockefeller and More tantalize your taste buds for the entree!

Brentwood FOOD TABLE 10Les Poissons & Fruits De Mer include  Scallops, Shrimp, Salmon, Lobster Tail…All prepared in an especially savory style! 

Les Viandes include Filet Mignon, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Duck A’ L’Orange, Steak, and Pork cooked with the French Flair for Food!

 Desserts are a delicious array of selections to include Creme Brulee, Fondant au Chocolat, &  Key Lime Pie

Chef’s Wine pairings are recommended for each selection!

Brentwood Spring/Summer Hours

Open for Dinner Mon. – Sat. 4:30 pm

Happy Hour At Wine Bistro Daily @ The Bar From 4 – 6...$5 Wine by Glass…$2 Domestic Beer…$5 House Drinks

Early Dinner Special From 4 – 5:45 pm…$5 Off any Entree!


Happy easterEaster Sunday at “The Brentwood”!

Sunday, April 20, 2014…

Easter Brunch from 10am to 1pm

Easter Dinner from 3pm – 7pm

  • Easter Drink Specials only $5.95…Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Kir Royal. Bellini
  • Easter Brunch Kids Menu:$5.95
  • Vegetarian & Gluten Free options also available.

Call for Reservations: 843-249-2601


brentwood chefBrentwood Wine Club

The Brentwood Wine Club is held once a month on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm. The concept is simple an FUN! Monthly Themed Wine Dinners consist of a six course meal & members bring a bottle of wine based on theme to share with the group. Love Wine? Check out more @ The BrentwoodRestaurant.com !


Brentwood Cooking Class collageFrench & Low Country Cooking Class With Chef Eric Masson

Private Class for 8 – 20 Guests. The class will include a Three-Course Dinner, Cooking Demonstration & Wine Pairing.                             Learn how to cook:

  • She Crab soup (Sauvignon Blank, France)
  • Beef Wellington (Pinot Noir, France)
  • Creme Brulee (Brut Excellence, France)

Friend can get together to schedule class …Minimum of 8 guests. Phone: 843-249-2601.


Chef’s Wine Tasting

Seven Course Wine Tasting & Five Wine Pairings!

Chef’s tasting menu is available for parties of two or fourteen guests & requires the participation of the entire table. Reservations required. Call Eric for pricing & availability:  (843) 249-2601


Bordeaux & Paris Trip

Bentwood Eiffel Tower

Join us for a great trip to France!

Sunday Oct. 19, 2014 to Oct. 29, 2014

7 Nights in Bordeaux & 2 Nights in Paris  $2040 Per Person (Based in double occupancy)

Call Kim at 843-798-3055 Or email at kamason&hotmail.com


Chef Eric’s “Art Culinaire” History

Eric Masson’s first degree in culinary school was in Brent, France. He later attended another culinary school in Noirmoutiers.  After completing two degrees, he decided to leave for England in 1989 to gain experience and brush up on his English. He worked at the Criterion Brasserie in Piccadilly Circus in London for a year.

Eric then moved to Paris where he worked for restaurants for two years. In his desire to learn more about managing a restaurant and to have an extensive training on wine, Eric attended the Ferrandi Culinary School in Paris. (This school has trained many great chefs who have successfully opened restaurants all over the world!) Then Eric served time in the French Army, where he was the Colonel’s private chef and catered parties from 15 – 400. Eric later went to Paris and was the chef/manager of Le Quincampe.

Brentwood Chef & wifeOne Love…One Heart!

While working in Paris, Eric met is wife Kimberlee in September 1997. Kim Hoffer, originally from Amsterdam, NY was traveling with her girlfriend touring Europe. Kim & Eric met at a bar called the “Wait & See” and rendezvoused the very next day under the Eiffel Tower…How Romantic!

They fell in love and after corresponding over the ocean for more than six months, Eric kissed his family Good-bye and crossed the ocean to be with his Love! They married and eventually became a family of four with two children…Jolee and Remy.

Eric and Kim, both having an entrepreneurial spirit, opened a restaurant in Amsterdam, NY. They named it Ferrandi’s after the culinary school Eric had attended in Paris.  Ferrandi’s had the title of “Best French Restaurant in the Capital Region” for 2000 & 2001!

Brentwood CollageThe couple had other successful restaurants in NY. Eric wanted to relocate down south near the ocean. The Massons took some vacation in Myrtle Beach and discovered “The Brentwood”.  They immediately Fell in Love with the 1910 Victorian style house and took over the restaurant business in August 2007. “The Brentwood” was named the “Best French” of the Grand Strand in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Brentwood Restaurant History and Haunting

This beautiful Victorian home was built in 1910 for Clarence and Essie Bessent-McCorsley.  They raised four lovely children there. After Clarence passed away in the late 1940′s, Essie often rented rooms to fishermen visiting Little River..$1 Per Night & 50 Cents extra for a hearty breakfast! The building was moved to its present location sometime in the 60-70′s from across Route 17. Grandma Mary’s started serving the public with good home cooking.

brentwoodClosed sometime in the 80′s, the Victorian house was purchased and restored to it’s natural beauty. The Stublick brothers from Brentwood, Long Island created a menu to please a variety of tastes and named their beautiful  Victorian building”The Brentwood”!

Brentwood HauntingStories of “Haunting” at the Brentwood were well known. Eric Masson, having experienced some of these unexplained activities at night in the house, had the P.I.T. Crew from North Myrtle Beach do an investigation on January 30, 2010. The night started like every other for the team with a detailed tour of the facility by the owners describing their experiences and showing the “Hot Spots” they felt housed the most activity. Following the tour and interview, the team geared up & set up cameras, audio recorders, and various other pieces of equipment frequently used in paranormal research. The investigation began at midnight. Various unexplained activity occurred throughout the night that convinced them that there is definitely some activity going on within the Brentwood walls. They encountered many unexplained events the night and believe there is more than one entity in the house. The monsterVisionTV episode The Haunting of Brentwood Wine Bistro shows you these claims first hand through the eyes of the researchers led by head investigator, Stephen Lancaster.

Brentwood-Restaurant2The Brentwood Wine Bistro is definitely worth a visit for a delectable taste treat! This charming and interesting restaurant is appealing in so many ways. Great Food and Fine Wines with excellent service makes for a wonderful evening…A Haunting story to be told!  Enjoy!

There is so much happening this spring in and around Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! Hopefully this lengthy blog will have some new ideas & places for you to explore! Come on Down and enjoy a Better Way of Life!


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Brunswick Plantation News and Events 4.14

Fountain-Collage-for-Blog-PostBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is set for Spring! The flowers are blooming and so are the activities we enjoy with friends and neighbors…Fun For All! The following are happening right here in our lovely gated community! Enjoy!

Couples GolfCouples golf welcome

Couples Golf will begin Wednesday, May 14. We will be playing 9 Holes and the Game (To Be Determined)  will begin at 4pm.

The dinner will follow at the Brunswick House at 6pm.  The cost is $14 Per Person & will be a Pasta bar prepared by Jet Gilson. Bring your own beverages.Payment instructions will be on the sign-up sheet.

couple golf graphicThe sign-up sheet for golf & the sign-up sheet for dinner will be posted on the Women’s Golf Board in the Pro Shop beginning April 14th. Please sign up at your earliest convenience, but No Later Than Noon on May 11, as the sheets will be pulled on May 11 so we can have a count for the game & food planning.

There is more information in the weekly Brunswick Plantation News, Events, & reminders E-mail. Always feel free to contact Dave Cionek at 287-5028   dcionek@atmc.net Or Dave Kilgore at 575-7659   dkilgore!atmc.net.

Next Brunswick House BINGO

Bingo bright ballsWednesday, April 16th is the next Bingo Session at the Brunswick House! This will be the last game for the 2014 Spring Season.  The Doors open at 6:30 pm with the First Game starting at 7pm. $10 ante covers cards for 12 games to be run during the evening. $125 Jackpot Games; $100 Bonus for BINGO on the Fishbowl Number  – Proceeds donated to local charities.  Complimentary Popcorn!


comedy cabana CooterThe social committee is hosting a LIVE Comedy Show on the night of Sunday, May 18th at 7:30pm...Featuring Cooter Douglas, one of South Carolina’s well known Comedians! Cooter has opened for many headlining comedians featured at Comedy Cabana and is sure to provide you with a Fun Filled Evening of Down Home Southern Comedy!

The show will take place at the Brunswick House and will run for approximately 45 minutes!  Reservations for this LIVE Show , which is now Open to All residents & Their Guests…Can be made NOW through May 13th at the cost of $8 Per Person and made payable at the Facilitator’s Office with cash or checks made out to BPPOA.  We expect tickets to go fast, so please get your tickets early. NOTE: No refunds will be given after May 13th.  Guest may wish to bring table snacks & the Social Committee will be providing Desserts & Coffee at the end of the show.  As with All Social Committee Events…Bring Your Own Beverages.

larry-tanelli-as-dean“Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, & Connie Francis” At the 19th Hole @ Brunswick Plantation

Join the 19th Hole on Tuesday, April 29th for this Musical Celebration & Dinner!

Enjoy a Live Performance by Larry Tanelli @  7 pm after a delicious Dinner Buffet at 6pm.

$20 Per person (Includes Food & Entertainment) …     Call the 19th Hole at 845 – 6902 to make Reservations. Seating is limited to 110 people…So Call Now to reserve your place for this Special Event!!


Save These Dates…May 23rd & 24th!

The 1st shipment has arrived! There are numerous houseplants – Angel Wing Begonias, Dragon Wing Begonias, Stick Cactus, Rubber Trees, Friendly Plants, Asparagus Ferns & More!

pink azaleaflower blogThe plants in our nursery are varied and healthy! The Deep Purple Irises are smashing, the Yellow Asian Lilies look great, and the Shasta Daises have survived the cold winter without a hitch!  We have a few young Magnolia Trees, along with a variety of Day Lilies!

potted plantBUT WE NEED YOU HELP!We need bleach bottles for making the Plant labels.  Just give Wanda a call @ 287-3013. And help is needed with your perennials. Remember, if you need pots or help with digging: Call Fay @ 287-7565.

 memorial dayMemorial Day Event Planned

All residents and their guests are invited to make reservations now, in order to Jump Start their Memorial Day Celebration with dinner at the Brunswick House on Sunday, May 25 beginning at 6pm.  Reservations are being taken now through Wednesday, Nay 21st with No Refunds After This date.So, Stop in at the Facilitator’s Office with your payment of $10 Per Person in cash Or a check made out to BPPOA.

Brunswick Plantation Club HouseAll guests are being asked to bring a dessert to share & their personal beverage of choice…Water, Coffee, and Tea will be served.  Social Committee Member Elaine Flowers is heading up the organization of this event and any questions can be directed to her by phone (287-4278) Or E-mail (elaineflowers@sbcglobal.net)

Menu to Include:

  • Table Snacks
  • Italian Sweet Sausage with Peppers & Onions on a Roll
  • Variety of Salads
  • Coffee Or Tea
  • Tossed Green Salad
  • Dessert supplied by Attending Guests

Drawing Classes By Lola Jackson

lola's art classes at the beachLola Jackson, would like to offer a drawing class here at Brunswick Plantation. Some of Lola’s work is on display at The Red House Specialty Shops in Shallotte. Check out Lola Art Classes on Facebook Or Search the Web for Lola Art Classes at the Beach.

lola art class peopleClasses are 3 Hours Each for the cost of only $11 Per Class. This class would be held on Monday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. If you are interested in this class, please contact Pam Bruno at 575-0859.


The Wood Storks Are Here

wood storksWanda Krasniewicz spotted a lone wood stork in the past week, and now he/she has a significant other! If you sight a stork – or storks – in your yard or any place on the Plantation, please send a E-mail message with as many details as you can. Remember that these are an Endangered Species, so it is important to know as  much about them as possible. All information will be shared with the Audubon Society. Thanks!   Fay Ahuja – 287-7565.

Helping the Homeless

Streetreach Brunswick CO.Streetreach serves the homeless in Brunswick County. There are vets, senior, unemployed, children out of Foster Care, and others who need our help. Please bring to the Brunswick House any hotel size shampoo, soap, lotions.etc. that you may have collected in your travels. They are in need of these small size items. It would be greatly appreciated! There is a container at the Brunswick House Facilitator’s office.

April Yoga Schedule at the Brunswick House

Thursday Yoga, 10:00 am

Savasana-Yoga-PoseThis will be a continuation of the classes previously held at the Brunswick House using the same style & level of yoga. This is a Super Gentle Class with No Stress on the Joints. Focus will be on Gentle Stretching while linking Breathe to Movement. Am Extra-Long Savasana (Final rest) will leave you feeling totally relaxed.

Saturday Vinyasa Yoga

vinyasa yoga poseThis 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 breathe as well as longer holds to build Strength & Flexibility. This class will include Sun Salutations & is considered a vigorous workout by some. This class is recommended for those individuals with few or no physical limitations (Some modifications are available).

The Cost is $5 Per Class.  All classes subject to room availability. Please call Michele Dorland at 910-880-2509 with any questions.

Chair Yoga is cancelled due to lack of attendance.

FREE Exercise Program Continues

fitness-exercise-clip-art_436086This program is Open to All residents and their Guests and includes a variety of Toning, Stretching, and Walking…All done indoors following an On Screen Expert. Some of the items we use on different days of the week are:

  • Small Weights (1, 2, or 3 pounds)
  • A Stretch Band
  • A Small Ball of 5-8 Inches in diameter
  • None of these Items are Must Haves.

What you Do Need is a Good Pair of Walking Shoes!

Check us out in the Brunswick House on M-W-F & Saturday Mornings Between 8 & 9:00 am. If you decide to join us on a regular basis you can always pick up other items you may wish to use. Call: Emily Bonneau for additional information.


Sara mcGrailZumba Classes To Resume in September…

Thursdays at 1:45 pm at the Brunswick House for a Fun-Filled Hour of Zumba Dance followed by Weights & Cool Down with Certified Zumba Instructor, Sara McGrail.

 Staying Fit With Friends.…You might check out the Brunswick House Schedule for Water aerobics and other classes offered at a small fee, also.

There is always something Interesting going on at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort. We enjoy our very dynamic and lovely community in coastal Carolina…The Two State Solution to Fun! Join the Fun !




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Golf News from the Pro 4.14 at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort

Golf News from the Pro pic

Hello to All,

April is here and so is the Spring weather.  The golf course is greening up and is busy with play.

The Pro Shop is continuing to offer discounts up to 30% on most items, so come take advantage.

Golf Super Rob Vaughan and staff are continuing debris clean up from the winter storm event but are very close to finishing.  Thanks to them for their efforts.

  • Quick Golf Tip

How many of you struggle with fast putts?  When faced with this shot you should stroke the putt using the toe of your putter.  This will allow a softer strike and more control.  Try it, it works!

                   Happy Golfing,

Golf News Shawn Hicken Signature


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Smart Spending Tips Monthly April 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 April 2014.

Deals available now …

shoesAthletic shoes. Now that the weather is warmer, sellers are offering discounts on athletic shoes as an incentive to get you to buy a new pair.  But beware, their hope is that you will also buy other spring athletic apparel once you’re in the store.  Look for price drops 15-45% on select athletic shoes.

Cookware. April means the start of wedding and graduation season.  Find great sales on cookware and discounts up to 50% as these items are perennial gift favorites.

gymGym memberships. The new year’s resolution to get in shape has by now faded for most people and so the surge of new members is down at gyms.  Some are looking for ways to bolster their membership and will offer discounts.

Spring apparel. Sales will start to be available this month on Spring apparel.  Select merchandise will be marked down up to 40% with more discounts as Easter approaches.  But the best deals for this seasons clothes won’t happen until May or after, but selections will be less then.

summer travelSummer travel. Looking to travel this Summer?  The best deals will end this month on pre-purchases, so go ahead and book now if you are planning to go.

Tires and car-care products. The longer and nastier than normal winter has forced people in the north east to leave snow tires on longer.  Retailers and manufacturers have responded by offering discounts on all-season tires sooner than normal.  Look for rebates this month.

vacuumVacuums. Look for price drops up to 25% on last years models this month.  New models appear in June.  If you can wait, the best deals are in November with discounts up to 40%

Xbox One. In response to lagging sales to the Sony Playstation 4, look for discounts above the 10% off already available this April.

Don’t Buy Just Yet …

grillsGrills and patio furniture. New models of grills and patio furniture are available in stores now.  But if you can wait, buy them in July or August as prices will be marked down up to 50% then.

Mattresses. Memorial Day weekend in May is the best time to buy with price drops up to 50% on mattresses.

We hope you found these tips to be helpful.  At Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort we really believe Smart Spending 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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Calabash, NC…Historic Journey to the “Seafood Capital of the World”!

Calabash Seafood welcome signCalabash is a charming, picturesque fishing village nestled into the tidal plains in the southeast corner of coastal North Carolina. This beautiful town, just a couple of miles from the South Carolina border, has a timeless legacy and a rich tradition. You may have heard it referred to as the “Seafood Capital of the World”. Known for its original style Calabash Seafood, there is a story to be told and legends to behold!

boat2Settlers originally came to this area from New England and Charleston, SC. In the late 1800′s , present -day Calabash was known as Pea Landing, due to the growing and shipping of peanuts off grand plantations to the ports of Wilmington, NC. Indigo, rice, tobacco, and cotton were also grown on a few plantations in the area. It wasn’t until 1883 that Pea Landing, at the request of the villagers, got its first Post Office. The name “Calabash” was selected for the name of the village. The village of Calabash and the Calabash River were named after local gourds which grew wild there. Calabash was an Indian name whose meaning  pertained to gourds or tropical trees/vines. These gourds were once used by the Native Americans to hold food and water.

Calabash Seafood

calabash seafoodFor years fishermen hauled their catch to the docks of Calabash. Upon the return of the boats, “Dinner was On” with impromptu oyster roasts for a popular feast under the oak trees. Calabash Style Seafood was Born …a local favorite! Seafood was lightly dipped in a seasoned  batter and deep fried golden brown in big tubs of hot grease.  It was served very hot, and locals were glad to pay for a plate.  They were drawn to the aromatic smell of this seafood being cooked outdoors! Later the food moved indoors to old-fashioned “Fish-camps” which were typical of the Carolina coast. Calabash quickly became known for fine quality fresh shrimp and fish.

Calabash seafood-market-300x225 A number of area restaurants still deliver quality seafood off the docks.

Calabash-boat-dockYou can also purchase it to cook for yourself right off the docks at Calabash!

Legend of Calabash

“Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!” durante book… became the mystery sign-off at the end of every broadcast of national radio and television comedian and actor, Jimmy Durante. Legend has it that he passed through the area in the 1940′s and took a liking to the food and folks of Calabash! There are different versions of this legend. They involve members of the a local family.

colemans-original-calabashClarice Holden, a Calabash native and owner of the Island Breeze claims that his mother, Lucy Coleman, is Durante’s Mrs. Calabash! He says that Jimmy Durante came traveling through town and ate at The Original , the first Calabash seafood restaurant.  He liked the food so much that he asked for the owner, Lovely Lucy Coleman. According to this story, Durante told her, “I’m going to make you famous one day.”

el_frontElla High , of Ella’s of Calabash Restaurant, was also related to Lucy Coleman. Her grandson, Kurt Hardee, has run the restaurant started by his grandparents, Ella and Lawrence High, for 31 years and loves it! Lucy Coleman was Hardee’s great aunt.

Calabash Beck'sThere are various versions of the Mrs. Calabash of Durante’s Signature Sign-off statement. Whoever Mrs. Calabash was, it is no doubt that Lucy Coleman started the first Calabash Seafood Restaurant…Coleman’s Original  in 1940.  Her sister, Ruth Beck, opened Beck’s restaurant shortly thereafter.  Their brother, Lawrence High, started Ella’s of Calabash in 1950. So, Calabash Seafood is officially “A Family Affair”…Something to be proud of and enjoy for everyone!

calabash-ncJeanne Durante was Jimmy’s first wife.  When asked about who Mrs. Calabash was, he stated, “Years ago, the Mrs. and I used to drive cross-country , and we came across a beautiful little town.” Durante said, “We stopped there overnight, and she loved it, really loved it! I was playing piano then and said as soon as I’m rich, I’ll buy that town. So, gentlemen, Mrs. Calabash that I refer to all the time on our radio show and television program was Mrs. Jeane Durante.”  Since she who died in 1943. It was possible that a layover in Calabash & dinner at Coleman’s Original could have happened. When asked directly in a letter from a young girl in Calabash if Lucy Coleman was Mrs. Calabash…Jimmy Durante offered no commitment with only the line, ” A pleasure, believe me!”

99d/31/huty/13318/10Whoever the real Mrs. Calabash that Mr. Durante was referring to was, does not really matter. The legend grew  and what is really clear is that Jimmy Durante was  honoring Calabash and his truly wonderful experience here with the lovely folks and delicious food! “Good Night, Mr. Durante, wherever you are…God Bless!”

PicMonkey Collage calabash seafood restYou might want to stop by Coleman’s Original, Ella’s of Calabash, or Beck’s Restaurant for yourself.

seafoodhut_t23w8n8aesThe Seafood Hut is a Coleman family restaurant in Calabash today. .The legend is fun and the food delicious…Calabash style! It is a Family Tradition!

However, the restaurants have grown in number in Calabash and the area. I read where there are over 20 restaurants that prosper today serving its special version of Calabash seafood and more! Down by the riverside is Coleman’s Original plus Captain John’s, Captain Nance, and Dockside! Choices with a view! You might want to stay awhile!

common-ll-pool-areaBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort has golf condos available if you’d like to explore the area. It is the Two State Solution to Fun!  Come on Down!  Enjoy the beach and and a more relaxed pace.

callahansYou might like shopping at Callahan’s of Calabash Nautical Gifts. There are other interesting and quaint shops that are fun to explore in Calabash.  Traditional Fresh Seafood and Laid Back Legends! What Fun!

Credits for this article: www.ourstate.com

Also articles from The Hurricane Fleet  and  Coastal Retirement  Towns in North Carolina


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Selecting The Style Of Exercise That’s Right For You

health and wellness headerExercise is good for your body and mind. Getting regular exercise can lead to weight reduction, improved heart health, sharper mind, and better mood. But deciding to get exercise is only part of the question. The other part is figuring out what’s the right exercise for you.

In general, exercises are usually divided into three basic categories: high impact, low impact, and no impact. These classifications don’t refer to the level of exercise, but rather the amount of jarring the exercises inflict on your body.

Criteria for the Perfect Exercise

The most important thing about picking an exercise is finding one that you really want to do. An exercise that you’re going to find every excuse to avoid is more likely to be one that you won’t keep up enough to see benefit.

Next, find an exercise that is an adequate challenge. You want to elevate your heart rate up to 60-80% of your maximum for about 30 minutes or so. There are smartphone apps that can help you get a good estimate on your maximum heart rate. For a more accurate measurement, talk to your doctor about a metabolic study. For a quick-and-dirty number, subtract your age from 220 (but be aware this is very, very rough).

Finally, the exercise has to be appropriate to your health, including your joint health, muscle health, and heart health.

In summary, the right exercise is:

  • Enjoyable
  • Adequate
  • Appropriate

jump ropeHigh-Impact Exercise

High impact exercises are ones in which both your feet are off the ground at once, which means that your body will come down with a high impact, jarring your muscles, bones, and joints. This includes running, jumping, hopping, jumping rope, plyometrics, and any kind of competitive sport that involves these activities.

These exercises are for people who have good general health, especially joint health. They can be very effective at pushing your heart rate higher if you have trouble raising it with other types of exercise. These can also be especially enjoyable, which can sometimes tempt people into risking injury when they’re not fit enough for this type of exercise.

cardio-exercise-walkingLow-Impact Exercise

Low-impact exercises are ones in which one foot leaves the ground at a time. This includes walking, hiking, most kinds of step aerobics, and rollerblading. Depending on how you do it, these can be as good as high-impact exercise at raising your heart rate, but often they result in lower exertion levels.

These exercises are appropriate for people who are beginners. They are also good for people who are trying to protect temporomandibular or other joint health, have osteoarthritis, obesity, or connective tissue diseases. They’re also appropriate for older adults and pregnant women.

cyclingNo-Impact Exercise

No-impact exercise are those where you aren’t actually stepping at all. Cycling, elliptical machine, water aerobics, swimming, seated workouts, Pilates, and yoga are all no-impact exercise. These exercises are great for people who have seriously compromised muscle, bone, or joint health, or those who are very unfit but want to start working out.

But they’re also for people who love them, and there are many great workouts in this category of exercise.

Mix and Match

Of course, there’s nothing saying that you have to stick to just one type of exercise. In fact, there’s good evidence supporting the use of multiple types of exercise, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Mixing exercise types is a good way to, for example, get the exertion of high-impact exercise some days, but without punishing your joints on a daily basis.

And of course the most important thing is: no matter what exercise you pick, you have to get out and do it!

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Dr. Matthew B. Candelaria (PhD, U of Kansas 2006) is a freelance writer who works mostly on health and fitness topics, including exercise, weight loss, nutrition, primary care medicine, and dentistry.

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Brunswick Plantation Neighbor’s Backstreet Cafe… Cooking Up Deli Delights 4 U!

ann & steveWe have so many creative and talented people in our Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort community! It is one of the ingredients in making Brunswick Plantation “A Better Way of Life”! Ann and Steve Cuozzo are a great example of folks here who want to share their personal talents with you! Owners of the Backstreet Cafe in Sunset Beach, they are following their passion for good food in a place where friends can meet and enjoy a meal together!  They “Invite You” to their personal Deli Delight at the Backstreet Cafe!

Backstree cafeThe Backstreet Cafe is located in Sunset Beach near ATMC and The Pelican Bookstore. Steve & Ann Cuozzo bought the cafe, previously know as the Sunset Gourmet, three years ago.  Previous to moving to Brunswick Plantation, Steve had managed large gourmet delis on Long Island  and had input into the menus. Ann worked at large restaurants on Long Island. They had also run a successful catering business from their home in New York. They did catering for corporations and large home parties. Their dream was to use their expertise in the restaurant and deli business to own their own cafe! You could say that The Backstreet Cafe is a Dream Come True!

Backstreet Cafe

photo 4The idea for the Backstreet Cafe is that it is not only a place with delicious food but a gathering place for folks from the area. Steve says he is very happy with what he has with the cafe! It is what he always envisioned with people and groups stopping by to eat and socialize. With 1st time and repeat customers, Steve and Ann are pleased with their Backstreet Cafe! Some regular groups, like the ladies from Sandpiper, have Wednesday breakfasts at the cafe. The Cuozzos say their breakfasts are really special and so do the folks who come there to start the day in a delightful Deli Cafe way!

Check it out @ www.backstreetcafenc.com

Backstreet cafe wallThe decor is inviting with lovely framed photos gracing the wall. Some are available to buy! There is chalk paint around a ring in the middle of the wall and chalk is on the table by the wall for artists…of all ages… to leave their artistic mark!

The Backstreet cafe is open 7 days a week. The schedule for summer house will start around Memorial Day. The winter hours are:

  • Monday – Saturday 8am – 4pm

  • Sunday 9am – 2pm

photo 5(1) Inside Bacstreet cafeThe Backstreet Cafe is also can be rented in the  evenings for parties or special events. They will make your guests feel special and work with your budget!  They say they are “People Pleasers”, and want to Treat People Well! Though they sell no alcohol, you may  Bring Your Own Wine! They will serve it for a small cork charge. They will also cater parties elsewhere for you! They have catered Brunswick Plantation Social Committee parties as well as a private anniversary party at the Brunswick House.

Chef Brandon was a chef at the Isles!                              Backstreet cafe board menuFresh Food is made at the Cafe:

  • Soups
  • Chili’s
  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • Signature Paninis
  • Bread

They are proud of their Breakfast menu that has a variety to include.. Omelettes, Breakfast Quesadilla & Breakfast Burruto plus Pancakes and French Toast.  For Coffee Lovers there are also a variety of flavored coffee to include Creme Brulee Coffee & More!

There will be a new menu on March 29th.

guitar & recordsOften a musician friend will stop by on Friday to play the guitar. Jesse, a Jazz friend, likes to play Jazz standards. Other musician friends may stop by, also. Steve is himself a musician who plays acoustic guitar and sings “Country Rock”! Musicians tend to find each other! There are 1200 songs in their Cafe Ipad…Compliments of music in the store! There is also free Wi-Fi available for  customers’ convenience!

Steve is on the Board of Merchants Association at Sunset Beach. Often congressmen and local folks come in to eat and chat!  Their cafe is the gathering place that they encouraged! They appreciate the new additions to Sunset Beach:

  • New Lamp Posts
  • Palm Trees
  • Paved Parking
  • New Gazebo!

Sunset Beach is so close to Brunswick Plantation  that folks here can really enjoy it all! Living in the lovely gated community of Brunswick Plantation and close to Sunset Beach…It is the best of both worlds!

Cuozzo Family

Cuozzo FamilyAnn and Steve are both from Long Island in New York…Steve since he was 19 and moved from there from Brooklyn…Ann had always lived on Long Island. They met there, married, and had two children. Josh is now a U.S. History teacher in the Bronx . He also coaches college baseball. Rebecca has a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and presently works for a Manhattan Production Company. Both are currently single, but Josh is engaged to be married to Kelley in August. The wedding is at Mt. St. Vincent’s with the reception at New Rochelle. Ain’t Love Grand?!

Why Brunswick Plantation!

brunswick Plantation House slide2Steve and Ann said they looked at a few places in this area when they decided to move South. They immediately had the sense that Brunswick Plantation was a real community! They went to the 19th Hole and felt welcome right away! Everyone greeted them and included them in conversation. They just met so many really nice people there! They did not have that feeling when visiting the 19th Hole at other resorts. They also appreciated the beauty of the grounds and how well maintained they were. Bruswick golf villas flowersIn addition, They liked the fact that you could stay in the condos while you looked at property…very convenient! The location and amenities make it a good place to live, as well as a great place for family and friends to visit! Though the golf course is a plus, they feel that it has much to offer for them even though they do not play golf themselves.

CCAR1319733DThey really enjoy their home and community in the Smithfield section, as they know their neighbors and feel so comfortable in this community.  They have two dogs, Cisco, a mixed flat -coated retriever, and Lexy, a shitzu.  Both dogs were adopted locally, Cisco at 14 months,  from the N. Myrtle Beach Animal Shelter. Both dogs are now 5 years old. Ann and Steve enjoy walking them where their dogs are well-loved in this dog friendly neighborhood.

Ann’s love of dogs has led her to now having a little business walking dogs for folks at Brunswick Plantation. dog walkerPaws-ibly a good plan for your dog when you need dog care! For two years Ann has also been a school bus driver for Brunswick County Schools. She has had experience driving when she was a driver years ago for Federal Express. Now that’s a driver…Off of the golf course!

 Ann and Steve Cuozzo are living the life they love at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! The Backstreet Cafe is also their Dream Come True! They are truly a couple to meet and enjoy…Among the Great People of Brunswick Plantation!  Give their dream  a visit at the Backstreet Cafe when you are in Sunset Beach! How about a call to cater your party? They’d love to be part of your special event! Brunswick Plantation…A Better Way of Life!



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3 Reasons To Install An UV Air Purifier

health and wellness headerUV air purifiers are effective for people who are affected by poor indoor air quality. The health of people who breathe in dust, pollen, or dander could be severely affected by it.

Many people who live in older homes or who live in environments where it’s cold will quickly recognize whether they have allergies or other illnesses related to poor air quality. Not everyone recognizes the value of UV air purifiers, but here’s why you should consider them.

pet dander1. Eliminate or Reduce Pet Dander

Many people with pets do not realize how poor their indoor air quality is until someone starts to suffer. A UV air purifier can clean the air and improve the health of everyone in the home. Daily, your pets track in pollens and dust. These two culprits, along with dander and fur, can make people quite sick. You should install an air purifier to eliminate these potential pollutants in the air and significantly improve air quality.


seasonal allergies2. Help Alleviate Seasonal Allergies and Asthma

You can help to eliminate or reduce the effects of seasonal allergies if you install a UV air purifier. You don’t have to continue to suffer from your allergies. The UV air purifier can deliver cleaner air and reduce any adverse health conditions such as sneezing, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, and other allergic reactions.

If you want to reduce the allergens that have caused you to develop asthma, you should install a UV air purifier. Indoor allergens can cause your eyes to swell or your nasal passages to close. Asthma affects your breathing, and the UV air purifier can remove the triggers from the air. Most people are amazed at how clean the air becomes after installing one.

germs3. Eliminate Dangerous Germs in the Air Without Chemicals

UV air purifiers will intercept airborne pathogens, and they’ll be destroyed as they are passing by the light. The air will cycle through the system several times to expose it to the UV light, which sterilizes. The process is safe and chemical-free. It’s also economical.

The germs in the air can contribute to you becoming sick. The frequency of the common cold and other illnesses can be reduced by cleaning the air of the germs that may cause the immune system to break down.

Keep in mind that indoor air toxins deplore the light and need a cool, dark, and damp interior to multiply and spread. The UV light can kill 90 percent of the microbial toxins in 10 minutes. This is why it’s so important to install a UV air purifier for the entire house.

Three Reasons to Install a UV Air Purifier

Installing a UV air purifier is recommended for anyone who owns or occupies a home, but it’s especially useful to people who have allergies and other breathing illnesses. The immune system is not compromised as much when a UV air purifier is installed. People will feel less sick in their homes and can spend more time in their homes. While it seems like a simple concept, it can make life easier for those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other breathing conditions.

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In this guest blog, Gary Singleton provides some great reasons why you should invest in an UV air purifier. He is a HVAC contractor with Max Mechanical Air Conditioning & Heating and often writes about how families can improve the air quality in their homes.

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Golf Course at Brunswick Plantation…Fairways to Green Golf Heaven!!

Brunswick-LogoMany things make Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort the special place it is today. The golf course is one of the main attractions for those who live here and others who just love golf! Speaking with Rob Vaughn, the Brunswick Plantation golf course superintendent, I learned more about why and how Brunswick’s 27 Hole course became so popular with golfers…Far and Near!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrunswick Plantation was the Vision of Mason Anderson and his business partners, Jimmy McLamb and Tripp Sloane. The golf community was envisioned as a cultural composite of Southern Hospitality, Southern Architecture, Southern Landscaping!

 The Golf Course at Brunswick Plantation was designed by famed golf course architects, Willard Byrd and Associates with Tim Cates designing the first Nine Holes at Magnolia in 1991 and the second 9 Holes at Azalea. Tim has gone on to become a very popular golf course architect in the area! Clyde Johnson, also a famous golf course architect (once named the golf course architect of the year) , designed the third 9 Holes at Dogwood in 1998. Jimmy McLamb’s company did the shaping and moving of the earth for each of the 9 Holes. It is now a 27 Hole Course with most of the fairways lined with Carolina pines! The golf course is known for, among other qualities, it’s expansive Fairways!


Magnolia 5Reminiscent of the links of Scotland…Where golf 1st originated!

Course Rating 73.2…Challenges to Enjoy:

  • Extensive mounding
  • Water comes into play on 3 Holes & 3 more heavily bunkered…Key element of opening Holes!

 azalea courseAzalea

BP golf-hole-island-green-orton-Beautiful & Serene Setting…Carved from thick Carolina Woodlands

Course Rating 73.2 …Setting of challenges from every caliber of golfer:

  • Water is the dominant theme of many holes.(requiring thought & strategy)!
  • Island Green Signature Hole is surrounded by Oyster Shells!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeandering along the Caw Caw Creek among majestic, dense hardwood trees & natural Coastal terrain!

Course Rating 73.8…Wide Open Design Presents:

  • Scenic Landscapes
  • Allows each golfer the opportunity to hit every club in the bag!
  • Hole # 6 is highlighted by a Picturesque Island Green…Beauty of the South & a challenge!

 Conservation Easement

Wildlife-collage The developers of Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, Mason, Tripp, & Jimmy, wanted to be sure that  this land is preserved and the environment remains always protected ! That is the reason they put it into the Conservation Easement. The plaque by the front door of the Plantation House reads:

Caw Caw Land Corporation, Developer of Brunswick Plantation has given in perpetuity, to the Smokey Mountain Land Trust, Inc. , a Conservation Easement on all of the land that comprises the 27 holes of Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort.

The purpose of the Conservation Easement is to preserve and protect many native species of trees, shrubs, herbs, and the many species of wildlife located in the area. Another purpose is to preserve the scenic views of the creeks and open vistas associated with the golf course.

Caw Caw Land Corporation

Mason H. Anderson, President

George A. Sloane, Vice President

Jimmy A. McLamb, Secretary Treasurer

How Conservation Easement Protects Environment Today

Rob Vaughan, Golf Course Superintendent, says that the standards set by the conservation easement help him to be a “Better steward toward the environment!” Through the terms of the easement, Brunswick Plantation Golf  Course is inspected once a year.  Karen Heiman does the inspection and travels to all 27 Holes evaluating the following:

  • Looks at Ponds and Trees
  • Assesses Wildlife
  • No excessive harsh chemicals are used
  • No erosion problems
  • Spraying is done Right

In respect to these standards, Rob looks at thresholds. Under his direction, Brunswick Plantation is careful not to totally eradicate a weed or bug… enhancing a place to bring in wildlife, not killing them. He sprays microbes to attack disease. It is a different way of managing and Brunswick keeps improving!

Rob Vaughan…Pioneering the Art of Fairway Painting

20140318_113647Rob Vaughan, the Golf Course Superintendent of Brunswick Plantation, has led the way in using turf colorants instead of rye grass to give their dormant warm-season Fairways the permanent Bermuda Grass Greens that Golfers Love! In the September/October edition of Carolina’s Golf Course Superintendents Association magazine…Carolinas green, Vaughan graces the cover as the Master Painter of a Fairway Trend! The USGA Green Section’s Southeast region director, Pat O’Brien,  refers to Rob Vaughan as “The Rembrandt of the Fairways”!

Rob has earned this recognition, as he really is a  national leader in colorants for the greens that really work best for the Golf Course and the environment!  This has been a process for Vaughan. After learning  at a seminar at the Carolina’s GCSA Conference & Trade Show, that painting was an alternative to overseeding, he started out trying about 60 different colorant samples that he had worked up himself. He tried test plots on the driving range. One goal was to get a Green pigment  that would not turn to Blue.

Jennifer Seevers, from Geoponics Chemistries, was in his office one day lamenting the fact that she could not make a living selling fertilizers in winter. Rob gave her his variety of samples of colorants that he had mixed and told her to take them and see what she could do! On October 1st of 2010, she came back with the results of the mixture that she thought would work. As soon as he tried it, Rob realized…”This is It”!

He went to the developers at Brunswick Plantation and asked to try it on 9 Holes. They trusted him and said to go with this for all 27 holes…A Golfer’s Green Delight! Rob Vaughan credits these men with believing in his judgment and encouraging him. Mason has staff meetings every Tuesday with all managers…A great way to share and grow ideas and knowledge! Rob says these developers are great to work for, and he appreciates their support!

usgaAs a result, Brunswick Plantation was the first golf course in this area to use these colorants that have now gained National attention!   Rob says about  9 golf courses in this area use it now. He has also been invited to speak at meetings of the USGA related Golf Course Superintendents Association in Atlanta, Alabama, and Dallas. Managers from Pinehurst, NC have also come to see what keeps our golf course green at Brunswick Plantation! Rob Vaughan and Brunswick Plantation…Lead the Way in environmental friendly “Fairways to Green Golf Heaven”! Rob wants to be sure that folks know that this is all done for Plant Health…Not economical reasons!

Rob has been in this business for 40 years, starting off in golf course management in 1975 on the crew under the legendary Fred Meda, then at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte, NC. When Meda left to join the Myrtle Beach National Company, Rob went to North Carolina State University to get a turfgrass degree. Rob says golf course management is a passion for him, and it shows!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARob Vaughn is a perfect match for Brunswick Plantation developers, Mason Anderson, Tripp Sloane, and Jimmy McLamb!  They all have a vision, commitment , and passion for Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! They share a respect for the  environment…plants and wildlife , as well as a Sense of Trust! This is what makes Brunswick Plantation one of the Top 50 Golf Communities it is today…The Future Bright! “Nothing great was ever done without enthusiasm!”, Ralph Waldo Emerson     Enthusiasm abounds at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort!   A Better Way of Life!








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