Golf News from the Pro 9.14 by Brunswick Plantation Living

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Hello again Members and Property Owners,


With the summer season winding down and events slowly coming to an end, the golf shop would like to thank all of our members for a wonderful summer full of golf, and fun! September is Club Championship Month. Last Year’s Champions Dave Mambro, and Sue Kenny are looking to defend their title this season.

Rob and his staff have worked countless hours trying to keep our course in the best shape possible. This task has been trying to say the least this summer due to the large amounts of rain we have endured. Thank You Rob! For your efforts, and we all pray for drier conditions for fall golf.

Thanks again to all our members for their participation in our events this year and please continue to support the all aspects of your club. Remember our club is only as strong as the members that support it!

September Events:

Men’s and Ladies Club Championships- September 15th-18th

Golf Tip of the Month

We’ve all done it: You really want to make that 10-footer for birdie (or par), so you give it a good smack. But it steams by the hole, and you’ve got a four-footer coming back, which you leave short. You turned a good hole into a three-jack. You walk off the green muttering to yourself, what an idiot!

To prevent this, think about the way great fast-green putters like Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus do it. They try to roll the ball the correct distance, which in effect makes the hole wider (so you end up sinking more putts). And it prevents three-putting. We don’t believe in trying to roll the ball at a speed that would send it a foot or two past the cup. A lot of golfers who try to do this hit it too far by the cup.

On down-hillers, it’s easy to let the first putt get away from you. Picture another hole half to two-thirds of the way to the cup. Then focus on rolling the ball the correct speed for the imaginary hole. It rolls out and often finds the real hole. On uphill putts, do the opposite, looking well past the cup. Here’s a practice drill to try. Place two tees directly in front of a hole about an inch apart. Practice hitting putts at just the right pace. Notice how some balls graze the outside of either tee or fall into the side of the hole. This shows that you don’t have to hit the cup dead center to make a putt, provided the ball is rolling at the right speed.

Wishing all of you great experiences on the golf course!

              Happy Golfing,


             Head Golf Professional

            Pro-Shop Manager

            Director of Memberships

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Coastal Living News and Events…9.14

Brunswick entranceBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is a picturesque gated community in Calabash, North Carolina… Just minutes from Little River & N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Folks here enjoy the variety of events and activities available in Coastal Carolina! The following are a few that may “Tickle your Fancy” whether you live here or plan a visit this Fall!

 Fall Fests

Oktoberfest in Calabash

Oktoberfest in CalabashSaturday, September 20…11am – 7pmLions club oktoberfest

Sponsored by the Lion’s Club, the Oktoberfest in Calabash Offers You:


  • Authentic Bavarian FoodOktoberfest Collage

  • Munich Beer

  • Vendors

  • Bavarian Costume Contest

  • Best Bierstein Contest

  • Arm Wrestling

  • In Bier Tent

  • Children’s Entertainment

  • Horse Drawn Carriage

Harbour towne Fest BandSing and Dance with The Harbour Towne Fest Band!

Come Join the Fun…German Style!

Chilled & Grilled…Brunswick’s Food & Wine Celebration

CHILLED_GRILLED_FINAL_LogoChilled & Grilled, Brunswick’s Food & Wine Celebration is on Thursday Sept, 18…4 – 8pm @ The Dinah E. Gore Center at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, NC! dinah E. Gore Center

Rotary Club of South BrunswickChilled & Grilled Food & Wine Celebration is Presented By: The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club.

Admission at the Door is $5.  All food and beverage items are priced at $1 or $4 each. Appetizers, Entrees, & Desserts will be served in small portions so you can sample as  many as you like! More than 20 local Restaurants, Beverage Distributors, & Wineries will have Food & Drink for you to enjoy!

Bon-AppetitAll participating establishments present their Best Culinary options & are competing for Best Appetizer, Best Entree, & Best Dessert so they will be serving their Finest!

NC Oyster Festival

ncoyster festThe 34th Annual NC Oyster Festival...October 18 & 19 Celebrates the local seafood and the Culture of Brunswick County with a variety of activities!

Saturday, October 189am – 6pm

Sunday, October 19…10am – 5pm

The Town of Ocean Isle, NC ( Between 2nd & 3rd Streets) becomes a walking District with Something for Everyone:Oyster Festival

  • Local Food
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Children’s Activities
  • Live Music
  • The Oyster Stew Cook-Off Contest
  • The Oyster Shucking Contestoysters

New this Year:

  • Oyster Eating Contest
  • “Shaggin Oyster” Shag Competition with the Coastal Shag Club

Leading up to the Festival:

  • Annual Surf-Off Competition on October 4 & 5

  • 5K Muddy Oyster Challenge at Low Country Sports in Calabash on October 11

  • oyster fest 5KOyster Festival 5K, 10K, & 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, October 19 – on the Festival Weekend!

Festival Admission is $5 & Children Under 8 are FREE!

NC Oyster Festival is made possible By: Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Ocean Isle Beach & Numerous sponsors & Volunteers! Thanks to Everyone for this Fun Festival!


Brunswick County Intercultural Festival

brunswick Int. Fest collage homepage02-1002x228The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is dedicated to “Bringing the World to Brunswick County”! The Festival showcases the diversity that exists inside Brunswick County and surrounding areas!

brunswickint. fest iconThis year the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is on Saturday, September 27…10am – 4pm…On the grounds of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Campus of Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC.

brunswick County dancersCelebrate with Food, Music, Dance, & Education from the many Cultures living in the area! Enjoy the displays, cultural education, and entertainment. Continue your International Journey at the “International Food Tasting Tent”…For a nominal fee, you will be able to sample International Cuisine from the area’s finest ethnic restaurants!Admission to the Festival is Free; with a nominal fee for food tasting.


St. John’s Greek Festival

festival_bannerThe 23rd Annual St. John’s Greek FestivalOpa at the BeachSept. 25 – 28

  • Thursday 9/2511am-9pm

  • Friday & Saturday 9/26 & 27…11am – 10pm

  • Sunday 9/28…Noon-7pm

greek opa foodAuthentic Greek Food:  Gyros, Roasted Lamb, Spanikopita, Mousaka, Greek Salad, & Pastries…Soft Drinks, Beer & Greek Wine!

Greek Vendor_booth

Greek_Dancers_2Enjoy: ***Greek Music and Dancers!***Gift Shops***Kid’s Corner***Huge Raffle Drawing to Benefit Charities! Enjoy a Taste of Greek cuisine & Culture!



 Myrtle-Beach_John-the-Baptist-150x150Church Tours & Lectures about Greek Iconography & Orthodox Faith offered Daily @ 11:30am, 1pm, 4pm, & 6pm.

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church @ 3301   33rd Ave. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577   More @  Or Call: 843-448-3773

 irish Italiian FestIrish-Italian International Festival

Irish Italian International LogoThe 11th Annual Irish-Italian International Festival is Saturday, September 27…10am - 4pm  On Main Street @ North Myrtle Beach,SC

Mark the Traditional Entry into Fall…Enjoying this wonderful Festival Featuring the Best of International Foods, Drink, & Music!

Best Food Contests

There is a restaurant Competition with some of North Myrtle beach’s Finest Chefs competing for titles including***Best Entree’,***Best Decorated,***Best Dessert Item.  Irish ItalianInternational1Festival-goers get to enter a spaghetti-eating competition!

irish Italian fest kidsEnjoy…Arts, Crafts, Music, Food, & Drink!  There is a Children’s Area, where for a nominal fee, Kids can Enjoy…Magicians, Balloon Art Creators, Inflatable Slides, & More! Jumping Fun is Promised!

irish stageThe rest of the event has Free Admission…Two Stages of Live Music set up on Main Street Street…Irish Stage & Italian Stage Entertainment!


There are also Street Entertainers & Dance Groups! Get ready and have your dancing shoes on for the Musical Fun!



Little River Shrimp Fest

Little River ShrimpfestThe 10th Annual Little River Shrimp Fest…Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce is…October 11 – 12…9am – 6pm…On the Little River Waterfront, SC!

LR shrim fest crowdEnjoy a Fun Week-end Under the Live Oaks on the waterfront in Little River with Great Food, Great Music, Vendors, & Children’s Activities!

Little Rive shriomp & JazzFeaturing Live Music:

  • Nathan & The Zydeco
  • Cha-Cha’s
  • Austin Mowery Band
  • Brian Ernst
  • Bullfron
  • Dino’s School of Rock
  • Super Reggae Man
  • Paul Grimshaw Band


Autumn Art & Wine Festival

House of BluesAutumn & Wine Festival…Hosted By The House of Blues @ Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach, SC.,Is a Two Day Festival!

  • Friday, Sept. 19…4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 20…Noon – 6pm

The Autumn Art & Wine Festival is a designed to offer local artists, vendors, performers, & wineries a chance to showcase their Talent, Designs, & Blends in a laid back outdoor setting!

House-of-Blues-music-hall1There will be Concerts in the Music Hall at the House of Blues each evening! Admission is FREE! Wine sampling prices will vary.

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

 Atalaya arts festRack_Cards_Front_WebThe 39th Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival is September 26 – 28…At Huntington Beach State park near Murrells Inlet, SC ! 

  • Friday, 9/26Noon – 6pm
  • Saturday, 9/27…10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, 9/2810am – 5pm

The Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provides an aesthetically pleasing  atmosphere against a background of Natural Beauty & Features more than 100 of the Finest Artisans! Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians!

Atalaya glass***Daily Festival Admission fee is $8 for Adults…Multi-Day pass Available for $10***

  • Visitors 15 Years old & Younger are admitted Free
  • Admission to the park during the Festival is also Free
  • Free Festival Admission to Park Passport Plus holders, & Three Guests!  Or Call 843-237-4440 for more information.

Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Art

Pawley's island Festival of art & music The Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Art includes a variety of events scheduled in various venues from September 19 – October 12.

Pawley srtthumb-pleinair-400x360***Seaside Palette is the first event on Friday, September 19 …8am - Dusk & Saturday, Sept. 20…8am – 2pm in the Historic Georgetown District. Over 50 artists set up their easels to document either the Landscape or Culture of Historic Georgetown’s Front Street, Harborwalk, and more! You can meet the artists and have an opportunity to purchase their exquisite art at a reception on the Kaminski House lawn on Saturday 3-5pm on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Wet Paint Sale!


***Chalk Under the Oaks is a Family Day event at the Huntington Beach State Park on Saturday, September 28…11am – 5pm! 

pawley's chalk artArtists of all ages & levels paint in chalk under the oaks to honor of the Italian Tradition of street painting dating to the 16th century! Artists would travel from town to town for religious festivals & transform streets& public squares into temporary galleries of their work.

Viewing Only On Sunday,, Sept. 28 @ 10am-3pm. A lovely sight to see with no admission or ticket needed!


pawley's islandwine-gala-01***Pawley’s Wine & Food Gala is at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawley’s Island on Thursday, Oct. 2…7pm- 10pm. Tickets are $100 for this event.


pawley's island music tent***Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Arts has many other events and musical performances throughout the festival.

Check out all Events & Venues @ . The October 12th Grande Finale in The Performance Tent” @ The Reserve Golf Club of Pawley’s Island will showcase some of the area’s finest musicians & vocalisits.. Culminating in a The Jam Session is to support our wwfs-700-385-__largeWounded Warriors & To Honor our Military & their Families!

 Brew At The Zoo…Brookgreen Gardens

BrewattheZoo_CLRcopy_00211Brew at the Zoo is presented by the Friends of Brookgreen GardensOn Saturday, September 27From 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Brew at the Zoo beer10-9-12_Springmaid_BeerYou are invited to enjoy tastings of more than 30 Craft beers, Entertainment by “Bullfrog”, a Signature Tasting Glass, and an Evening Stroll through the Lowcountry Zoo!

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Food prepared by Inlet Affairs & Wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets @ $40 Per Person, $35 Per Couple, $15 for a Designated Driver.

Purchase tickets @ Brookgreen, online @  Or call (843) 235-6016…Proceeds to Benefit Brookgreen Gardens.


 Winery Events

La Belle Amie Winery

Wine Wednesday, Sept. 17…10am – 6pm

Wine-Wednesday-at-La-Belle-Amie-VineyardLive Music, a little wine, & some delicious outdoor cooking. Take a Guided Walking Vineyard Tour at 2pm. Enjoy 1/2 Price wine tastings!

Ed TorresLive Music with Ed Torres …1pm – 5pm!    Admission: FREE





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Super Wine SaturdaySept. 20Noon – 6pm

Enjoy special live music performance , and some cooking on the grill. Wine Sampling & a Guided Vineyard Tour @ 2:30. Enjoy some exotic wine slushes!

Live Music…1pm – 5pm By: Laid Back Larry

Admission is FREE for this event!

La Belle Amie Future Fests:La Belle Amie collage

  • Saturday, October 4Autumn Big Band…$10

  • Saturday, October 18Rock Back the Clock…$8

More @  Or Call: (843) 399-WINE (9463)


Alabama Theatre

Guest Artist Concerts

kenny rogersKenny Rogers…Saturday, Sept. 20 @ 7pm

temp & 4 TopsTemptations & Four Tops…Saturday, Sept. 27 @ 7pm

oak ridge boys albumOak Ridge Boys…Saturday October 4…@7pm

Platters & DriftersCharlie Thomas & The Drifters & Herb Reed’s Platters…Saturday, October 11 @7pm

Loretta LynnLoretta Lynn…Saturday, October 18 @7pm


Movement Works

Movement Works logoMovement Works is a facility for Fitness & Fun!

There are a variety of classes available:MVMT Class

  • Zumba
  • Zumba Gold
  • Yoga
  • Stretch & Tone
  • TaiChi
  • Karate
  • Bar Blast Fitness
  • Tap Dance
  • Ballet basics
  • Beginning & Advanced Shag Dance
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Samurai Sword

 There are adult and children’s schedules…Morning & Evening Classes.

Movement Works is minutes from Brunswick Plantation on 9500 Ocean Hwy W. More @  Or Call (910) 4845


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

 Pizzeli’s Italian Oven

pizzeli's buildigPizzeli’s Italian Oven…The Home of “Good Times, Good Friends, and Good Food”

Pizzelli's specialsService 004Pizzeli’s Italian Oven offers all of that in a casual yet inviting environment where folks meet to enjoy a delicious meal together!

The menu offers your favorite & authentic Italian dishes including Pasta, Insalata, Pizza, Ravioli, Veal & Chicken Parmigiana, Subs, Soups  & Salads!

Pizzelis 002 CropFolks from Brunswick Plantation enjoy the menu and the friendly atmosphere and service! Pizzeli’s is minutes away from Brunswick Plantation at 1698 on Highway 17 North in Little River, SC.

Pizelli's Dining booth 004Here’s is what folks say about Pizzeli’s in Person & Written Reviews!

*Pizzeli’s has Something for Everyone…Pizza’s , Salads, Sandwiches, Salads, Entree’s !

*Love the Fresh Seafood…Scallops, Salmon, Shrimp, Lobster…All Great!

*Good Food…Eggplant Parmigiano, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Fresh Salads, Fabulous Garlic Bread!

*Snowbirds “Gotta Go” Place!

*Wedding Soup is Great! One review says, Must have the soup…It’s like a “Hug in a Bowl”!

*Food is so memorable and delicious…You just want to go back! Waitresses are always Friendly & Attentive!

*Like a Hometown Bar…Good Service, Owner Run, Good meeting place for Locals & Snowbirds!

Everyone Welcome at Pizzeli’s Italian Oven…Open Monday Thru Saturday…11am – 9pm  Phone: (843) 280-8880          Pizzelis thank you chefGRAZIE!


Brunswick Activites Views CollageThe Fall Season in Coastal Carolina is full of Fests & Fun! Folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort enjoy it all! Those who Play Together, Stay Together!  Join the Fun and Come Stay & Play at Brunswick Plantation!

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Brunswick Plantation News and Events 9.14

Brunswick platation vew collageThe Fall Season is full of activities at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, as well as, planning for Future Fun Events in our lovely gated community! “Hat’s Off ” to the many dynamic people and organizations that make Brunswick Plantation a Better Way of Life!  U R GR8!

Red Hat Events

red_hat_lady_glitterRed Hat Lunch & Game Day

Red Hat Ladies are having their Lunch & Game Day on Thursday, Sept. 25th@ Loaders Island Grill in Ocean Isle. Red Hat gals are to pay for their own lunch & Bring their own game! Games On! Please RSVP by Sept. 22…Any Questions for Sally 287-4199.

Red Hat Lunch & Mystery Play

red hat hatRed Hat Lunch & Mystery Play…October 27…12PM @ The Brunswick House

$10 Per Person…Sign Up at the Facilitator’s Office. Please make checks out to Sally Lombardo …Questions for Sally 287-4199



“Bingo” at the Brunswick House

Bingo ...wordThe Fall Season of BINGO at the Brunswick House   is set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The doors open at 6:30PM & the First card will be called @ 7PM.

Cash prizes with a $125 Jackpot Game! Your $10 Entrance Fee provides cards for 12 Games & POPCORN! Beverages are available. There’s a $100 Bonus Prize for a Fishbowl Number BINGO!  All proceeds are donated to local charities!


Warrior Ride Dinner & Entertainment

 warrior ride emblemWarrior Ride and Dinner at the Brunswick House is Friday, October 17…Happy Hour @ 5pm & Dinner @ 6pm.

This evening is a great opportunity to share your past experiences with the Wounded Warriors Or To Pay Tribute to the Military!warrior-ride-Southport

Entrees are: Beef, Chicken, or Fish…You can chose your favorite! Ticket Price is $15 Per Person & Includes All Beverages, Beer & Wine…As Well As Entertainment following dinner!

Call for tickets at the Facilitator’s Office 287-4604, Joyce Bollinger 636-346-2955, Jeanette Shaughnessy 287-7550, Monte Simpson 973-885-9882, and John McGinley 287-3960.

Future Brunswick Plantation Events

Halloween Party Planned

Halloween-Decor-WalgreensThe Social Committee is Planning a Halloween Dance for All Residents & Their GuestsFriday, October 31 Between 7:30 – 10:30.

Cost is $5 Per Person with Guest bringing their personal beverage of choice with water/coffee/tea being provided.

Halloween-MasksMasks and/or Costumes are encouraged but will not be necessary for you to enjoy an evening with Friends & Neighbors Dancing the Night Away! Halloweenbest-couples-halloween-costumes-homemade-ideas-2

Table Snacks & Desserts will be provided! Reservations can be made with cash payment OR Checks made out to the BPPOA now through Oct. 27th at the Facilitator’s Office. Please Note: No refunds after Oct. 27th.

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Brunswick Plantation Community Yard Sale

Yard Sale.GolfThe Brunswick Plantation Community Yard Sale is being planned for Friday, October 17th & Saturday, October 18th.

There will be No Cost to Residents for the advertisements:

  • Sun News
  • Brunswick Beacon
  • Announcement aired on ATMC Channel 3
  • Announcements on Local Radio Stations
  • E-mailed Flyers going to Surrounding Communities

Yard saleThere will be an informational meeting sometime in September & it is expected that anyone wanting to participate in this year’s sale will attend this meeting.  After you make a decision to get rid of your  STUFF that you haven’t seen or used for several years OR if you need more information about the sale: Contact…Emily Bonneau via E-mail @   Thanks for your participation! “Happy Sales” to You!


Brunswick Plantation Annual Arts & Crafts Show

arts & CraftsThe Brunswick Plantation Arts & Crafts Show…October 25, 9AM – 2PM  @ The Brunswick House!

Everyone is Welcome to come and see the work of All of our Talented Brunswick Plantation Neighbors!

brunswikc quiltThere are quilts, jewelry, knitted shawls, items of silk & brocade, bird houses, baskets, photos, watercolors and much more! It is Always a Real Treat! Enjoy!





NIS Bake Sale for Brunswick Arts & Crafts Show

bake sale tablecanstock17258183Neighbors In Service NIS is sponsoring a Bakery Sale at this year’s Arts & Crafts Show. In addition to your favorite pie, cake, cookie muffin, or loaf…certain cookies will be sold by the piece. NIS is specifically asking for chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, blondies, brownies with nuts , & brownies without nuts.

Bake sale cookiesFeedback from last year’s bake sale was overwhelmingly positive about how delicious your baked items tasted..Talented Bakers!  If you are planning to bake, please E-mail Lorraine Meehan @ to indicate which items you plan to bring to our sale. Thanks so much!


Holly Berry Trail

Hlly Day Cheerseb258de0d6104c2533a4577760327352The Brunswick Plantation “Holly Berry Trail” is scheduled for Monday, December 8 between 7pm & 9pm. This is a FUN Raiser with 100% of ticket sales going to charity!

We would be happy  to add additional homes to this Tour. If you would like to offer your home during this most giving season of the year, Please call Emily Bonneau!


Brunswick Plantation Book Club

The Brunswick Plantation Book Club meets on the First Wednesday of each month. They are a group of “Bookies” interested in sharing their BookLovers2Joy of reading with more Brunswick Plantation Friends! Books that they are reading for the rest of 2014 & Jan. 2015:

  • October…Beautiful MysteryLouise Penny
  • November…The Invention of WingsSue Monk Kidd
  • December…Killing LincolnBill O’Reilly
  • January 2015…Elizabeth StreetLaurie Fabiano

To find out more about the Brunswick book Club, please contact Elizabeth Gradel at 575-4708 Or E-mail Elizabeth at  OR Karen McCann at 287-4175 Or E-mail Karen @


Brunswick Plantation Fitness


yogaSaturday Vinyasa Yoga at 10:30AM

This is a mixed class suitable for both beginner & experiencd yogis. It is a Fun class that will include a creative flow while linking movement to breath as well as longer holds to build strength & flexibility. This class is recommended for those with few or no physical limitations. (Some modifications are available.)  A Free Class was offered on 9/13 in Honor of Yoga Appreciation Month. Please Note: There will be no class on 9/20 & 9/27.

Thursday Gentle Yoga at 10:00Am

This is a gentle class suitable for Every Body. This class includes setting an intention or affirmation, linking breath to movement & stretching to improve mobility & flexibility. A Free Class will be offered on 9/18 in Honor of Yoga Appreciation Month.

All Classes at the Brunswick House @ $5 per Class.  Please call Michelle Dorland at 910  880 – 2509 with any questions.

fitness wlakingIndoor Walking Program

The FREE Exercise Program sponsored by the Brunswick Plantation Social Committee has excellent DVD’s that offer a wide variety of indoor walking routines. You are invited to come check them out in the Brunswick House Ballroom beginning at 8:00 in the mornings on Mon. , Wed., Fir. & Sat. If you have any questions, Please call Emily Bonneau @ 287-5508.



water aBrunswick Plantation offers 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.  All classes are int he Brunswick House Pools. Mon., Wed., & Fri. Classes meet 8-9AM & Tues., Thurs., & Sat. Classes meet 8:30-9:30AM.

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort has something for everyone to enjoy an active lifestyle! It is wonderful to have such lovely friends and neighbors in this dynamic community! Have another wonderful “Season of Fun”!

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SOS Fall Migration…Shag Dance Party in N. Myrtle Beach

shag sealBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort in  Coastal Carolina has so many interesting and exciting opportunities for an active and interesting lifestyle! Located just minutes from South Carolina, there is easy access to fun in both states. The Carolina Shag was designated the Official South Carolina State Dance in 1984! The Carolina Shag is a Swing Dance developed in the 30’s & 40’s combining nimble footwork with upbeat Rhythm & Blues! It is done primarily with a partner to “Beach Music”!

SOS Fall Migration

Shag danceThe Society of Stranders (SOS) is sponsoring the annual SOS Fall MigrationSeptember 12 – 21! Every Strander feels the need to get to the beach to catch the last golden rays of the summer!

Shag FunMondayOn the first Sunday & only Monday of the Fall Migration…Fun Sunday 9.14 On the street beside the OD Arcade & Fun Monday 9.15 On Main Street from OD to Hillside…Everyone meets in the street for two of the biggest Block Parties you have ever seen! There is Music, Dancing in the Street,& Fun for All…With merchandise vendors, food, & drink vendors & displays set up by the SOS sponsors.

Every night through September 12th – 21st, the center of attention of the biggest adult party on the East Coast is in the famous SOS Lounges! Popular Bands show up along Main Street playing crowd favorites! Shag dance instructors will offer “Classes for the Masses”!

Shag collageThe SOS Lounges are Fat Harold’s, Ducks, Ducks II, the OD Arcade, the Pirate’s Cove, and clubs at the OD Beach & Golf Resort.  Each Lounge has its own special quality and each have their own parties during the Migration. Many members of the ACSA Association of Carolina Shag Clubs will schedule “tea parties” in the local lounges! If you are ready for a little adventure, come on down to the wilds of North Myrtle Beach and Join the Party at the SOS Fall Migration!

Shag StrandersSOS Fall Migration is another reason Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is the Two State Solution to Fun! Shag is a favorite of many of our friends and neighbors! Keep the Beat and Swing on down to Join the Fun!

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Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens…Little River’s Hidden Treaure!

vereen sign entranceBrunswick Plantation And Golf Resort in Calabash, NC is located just 3 miles from Little River, SC. Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens in Little River,SC is just one more reason that Brunswick Plantation is truly a “Two State Solution to Fun”! Some call this scenic park the area’s “Best Kept Secret” with 115 acres of coastal forest, tidal marsh, and intracoastal waterfront !

The view is excellent as you stroll out across the scenic pathways and trails .  The wooden boardwalk extends across several beautiful salt marshes and small islands. A  gazebo overlooks the Intracoastal Waterways and the distant waterfront of Little River.

Vereen Park picnic collagePicnic & Play Area

There are picnic tables under the trees right by convenient parking. Porch swings, as well as swings for children, are in view from the picnic tables so you can see the kids at all times.Vereen park Swinging It is a swinging Good Time! Fun for All!

SONY DSCBoardwalk Through Nature

The entrance of the boardwalk has info about the park ecosystems posted. Along the boardwalk, framed with nature’s beauty, are little plates that tell you about the birds & wildlife you may see on your journey through the park. Further down the boardwalk is a pier out into the waterway made perfect for fishing.

It is also a Birdwatchers, Paradise! One person commented that, “If you Love Birds, You’ll see lots of them at the right time!” The wide observation deck extends into the waterway and allows for some excellent photo opportunities! great_egret_jimmcreeThe Great Egret and herons, among others, has nested here.  heron_0703_hh6624So, bring your binoculars for a delightful Bird Watching Experience! Have your camera ready to capture the breath-taking scenery of nature’s glory. You never know what beautiful creatures you may see in this designated wildlife refuge!

Vereen Park is also a popular dog park! You can see folks walking dog or dogs in this peaceful place close to nature and wildlife. Just bring you doggie potty bags and stroll the scenic trails. A practical tip is the clean porta potties for you, too, when nature calls! Comments from reviews say that this serene atmosphere in nature is a great place to walk and talk and is for them, “A little bit of Heaven”!

Historical Vereen Gardens

Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens was originally part of Big Landing Plantation. On Jan. 1, 1797, this land was a portion of 400 acres that was conveyed to Jeremiah Vereen, Jr. Vereen was of French Huguenot descent.  The French spelling of the name was “Varin”. The Vereen’s came to this continent in 1680 and were in the Winyah area by 1736. In April, 1972…115 acres was deeded to the Horry County Historical Commission by Jackson Hiram Vereen to be used as a botanical garden and nature trail.

Vereen Park MemorialThe Vereen Family Cemetery is still preserved here, including the grave of Joshua Vereen. He actually entertained President George Washington when he visited the area immediately after the war, and his entourage came down King’s Road. The Vereen Gardens includes the King’s Highway which was a part of the Atlantic Coastal Transportation system, at least from the time of the earliest white settlement in the American colonies. It is said to have been traveled by Lafayette in 1777 and Washington in 1791. It is one of the few stretches of the King’s Highway to retain its unpaved original appearance. The Vereen family were instrumental in having the old family cemetery, which features Revolutionary War graves,  restored in the late 1950’s.

Restoration of King’s Highway

Dennis Chastain, a journalist writing for South Carolina Wildlife magazine, was visiting Vereen Memoirial Gardens two years ago when found a small section of old King’s Highway, the historic path that George Washington traveled during his tour of South Carolina in 1791. The road’s history was so intriguing to him that he began studying it and interviewing people who live around the path. Chastain said, “The King’s Highway in South Carolina was 123 miles long and it covers 300 years of coastal Carolina history.  There are so many great stories along the way!”

King's Highway6a00d8341c62a953ef01901e651599970b-500wiWhile Chastain has been documenting the history of the road, officials have been working to restore a 1000 Ft. section of the path at Vereen Gardens. The county is in the process of tearing down a chain link fence that was built in the roadbed. The plan by Horry County Parks & Recreation is to plant native trees and landscape this portion of the path so it will look the way it did when Washington traveled it. One person spearheading the effort to restore the road is local historian, Ben Burroughs.

vareen gardens Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens offers a good  place for you and you family if you want to go explore nature in a variety of ways. You can picnic, walk the trails and boardwalk, and go fishing or watch the ships go by on the Intracoastal Waterway! They say Bird Watchers just can’t get enough of the rich variety of birds! The family dog is welcome, too! This park might also satisfy your hunger for history! It is all here, just minutes from Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! There is a convenient access directly off Rt. 17 and Rt. 179. As they say, “The View is excellent, the cost is free, and the experience is unique!” Enjoy!


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Smart Spending Tips Monthly September 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 September 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…

travel 4Airline tickets. Fewer people travel between summer and the holidays leading to the monicker “Shoulder Season”.  Which meals you can get deals on many flights in the U.S. and abroad.  Thinking about traveling this holiday season?  Book you tickets now for the best deals…with savings in the hundreds. Broadway tickets. This month is the off-season for Broadway, which means its the best time to gets deals on show tickets.  Get 2 for 1 deals through the 14th for Broadway Week. Flowers and plants. Deals from 25 to 75% and some buy one get one sales will happen this month.  Some nurseries don’t want to store plants through the winter and will makre them down at the end of summer. Don’t expect to find deals on annuals though. grillsGrills.  This month is an absolutely great time to buy that grill you’ve been looking for.  Price drops up to 75% at big box and home improvement stores will be available.  Check out retailer websites for coupons as well.     High-end apparel. Find price drops from 25 to 85% on luxury brands and retailers like Tory Burch, DKNY, Nordstrom, and Ralph Lauren. iPhones. Prices are sure to drop on older models when the new iPhone 6 comes out this month.  Get older models from $100 down to $0 with a new contract.   School Supplies. All those back to school sales didn’t move all the inventory so look for deals on pens, pencils, notebooks and binders.  Discounts from 25 to 75% on these items and things like backpacks will abound.   Wine. Look for deals on last years wines at supermarkets and online stores as the new years wine’s get stocked.  Fall is harvest time in the northern hemisphere.

Don’t Buy Just Yet…

Appliances.  While appliances do go on sale during Labor Day sales the best deals don’t happen until Black Friday in November.  So wait to buy those washers, dryers, and dishwashers a little longer. Laptop Computers.   Big sales just concluded on laptops in the back to school sales.  If you missed these deals wait until November when deep discounts will return. Televisions. Like appliances, the best deals won’t happen again until Black Friday, so hold off if you can.         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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Zumba is Golden at C.B.Berry Recreation Center

Brunswick platation vew collageBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, in North Carolina…Just three miles from South Carolina, is the perfect location for  Two State Solution to Fun! There is more Fun with lot going on at the C.B. Berry Community & Historical Center in Little River. One new addition is Zumba Gold classes with Cheryl Cullina…Tuesday and Thursdays 9am.  Moving your feet to the Latin beat…A Fun path to Fitness!

Zumba Schedule @ C.B. Berry

Zumba with Denise…Monday & Wednesdays 6pm – 7pm

deniseDenise says to join her for the Latin Inspired fitness class bursting with energy & fun to get you through your workout!

Zumba is low and high intensity moves for an interval-style calorie burning Dance Fitness Party.

Denise Monticcido Galiano’s FB…Likes the opportunity in letting her help you all live a Healthier , Happier, Lifestyle!

Zumba Gold with Cheryl…Tuesday & Thursday 9am -10am

CherylCheryl says to Please join her for some fun, fitness, and friendship, as she’d love to meet you to share her energy and passion with you!

Zumba Gold is for active adults looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves you Love at a lower-intensity!

Contact Cheryl @

Cheryl’s Current Class schedule:

  • Zumba Gold @ C.B. Berry Rec Center, Little River…T/TH @9m…(843) 249-4175
  • Hoop Harmony @ North Strand Rec Center, Little River…T/TH@10:15am…(843) 915-5331
  • Strength @ Body Edge , Ocean Isle Beach…Wed. @ 9am…(910) 575-0975

C.B. Berry rec center buildingC.B. Berry Community & Historical Center

C.B.Berry Community & Historical Center has a variety of facilities and many interesting activities and events for you to enjoy! Located at 2250 HWY 179 in Little River, it is right by the entrance to the Vereen Memorial Gardens and is run by the Parks & Recreation Services of Horry County… “Creating community through people, parks. and programs”!

Facilities include:

  • Conference Room
  • Gazebo
  • Multi-Purpose Room
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pier

Activities & Events at C.B. Berry Recreation Center

Wine and Design

wine artOctober 10, 2014…Uncork your creativity – Bring your own bottle of wine & come enjoy a night of Friends, Fun, & Fabulous Art! Light hors d’oeuvres and all art supplies with be provided.  Local artists from the Myrtle Beach Wine & Design team will lead you step-by-step.  Come Join the Fun Oct. 10th …6pm – 8pm     $50 Per Person

Register online by Sept. 19th @    Contact Alyssa Craft @  Or (843) 249-4157

teaparty2Magical Moments with Mom

October 18th…10am – 12pm                                  Please join us for a Magical Tea Party.  Mom’s. grandma’s. aunts, nieces, and daughters are… Welcome to a morning of crafts, snacks, goodies, plus Memories to last a Lifetime!  A special guest will also come for Story Time to make the day more magical! 

Fee: $10 Includes: Mom & Child… $5 Each additional child…Ages: 3 – 8

Register online by Oct. 10:     Contact: Alyssa Craft at  Or Phone (843) 249-4157

pumpkin hunt Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 25th…Games @ 9:30am with Hunt @ 10am   Hayrides, Games, & Activities with Pumpkin Hunt!

Come dressed in your Halloween Best to celebrate with us! Show off your costume and walk along Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens Nature Trail.  Children can participate in Fall Theme coloring crafts, listen to music, ride the Hayride, and scavenge for Plastic Pumpkins filled with prizes along the Trail!

Contact: Alyssa Craft at  Or Call (843) 249-4157

 Horry County Quilt GuildLittle River Chapter

  • Date: 1st Friday of the Month

  • Time: 10:00am  – Until

  • Place:  C. B. Berry Community Center

  • Cost: $12 Annual Fee

***C.B. Berry Recreation Center Hours: Monday  thru Saturday 9am – 5pm***

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History of C.B. Berry…Connelly Burgin Berry

Berrry's Blue BookConnelly Burgin Berry, for whom the C.B. Berry Community and Historical Center is named, was a Land Surveyor, Historian, and Journalist. Mr. Berry published Berry’s Blue Book in 2006. It was a compilation of over fifty years of his interviews of hundreds of people predominately in the low country but also throughout the Carolinas. He wrote a weekly column in the Sun News and extensively for historical publications.

When Crescent Beach was incorporated in 1951, C.B. Berry was a charter member of the town council and was elected mayor in 1956, and later in 1966. He was the last mayor prior to the forming of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In 1972, Mr. Berry was instrumental in acquiring the land and became chairman of Vereen Gardens in Little River, South Carolina. Vareen Gardens is a scenic 120 acre park on the Intracoastal Waterway. In 1988 his efforts were recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award for National Conservation by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

As chairman of the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, Mr. Berry helped obtain facilities for the Horry County Museum and was awarded the Earnest Richard Memorial Award for exceptional service. He was also a founder of the Horry County Historical Society and its quarterly journal and tours. In 1998 he was awarded the Waccamaw Award for Coastal Carolina for historical preservation. The N. Myrtle Beach Rotary Club was another organization where Mr. Berry was an active member. C. B. Berry’s contributions to the community and its historical preservation remain his distinctive legacy since his passing in 2007.

vereen sign entranceThe C. B. Berry Community & Historical Center is  located near the entrance of to Vereen Park. It is aptly named for Mr. Berry who helped acquire and administer Vareen Gardens and its history.  A beautiful portrait of C.B. Berry hangs in the entrance of the recreation center. A copy of Berry’s Blue Book is also there. Thanks to C.B. Berry, we can all enjoy the beauty and history of the Carolinas.

Vereen trail-at-vereen-gardens-kathleen-palermoNext week’s blog will be more about the fascinating history of Vereen Gardens and the Revolutionary Trail of George Washington …Stay Tuned!  Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is 5 minutes from the C.B. Berry Community & Historical Center…So Close to a activities at the center and a Wonderful Walk in Vereen Park!






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Phyllis and Ed’s Love Story…61 Years Of FUN

Phyllis Ed dinnerWe enjoy the great people that make Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort their home! It is such a treat to celebrate life together! We salute our neighbors, Phyllis and Ed Billingsley , as they recently celebrated their 61st Year of matrimony! Phyllis Ed newlywedsWhen asked what’s the secret of such a long & happy marriage…Phyllis says, “Marry a Good Guy!” Ed comments, “It’s been Fun!”


In talking with them, it is clear that embracing life together is still Fun for Phyllis and Ed! They moved to Brunswick Plantation from their home in Cumberland, Maryland on December 17, 1999 in time for the Millennium Party at the Plantation…and have been celebrating Life at the Beach  ever since!

Phyllis is also still enjoying working for Caw Caw Land Corp. @ Brunswick Plantation. She has had that position for 15 years as an Internet Marketing Representative. Life is Good!

Phyllis and Ed’s Family History…In the Beginning!

Phyllis Jane Stamper was born in Port Arthur, Texas, the second daughter of Newt and Ione Stamper. Sibyl, Phyllis’ sister, is 12 years her senior. phylluis sybilThe two sisters enjoy each other and remain ” Best Friends ” to this day!

Their father, Newt, was an ordnance officer at the San Jacinto Ordnance Depot near Houston during WWII. It was from that depot that bombs were put on ships to go overseas. Phyllis still has a ration book from WWII.

san-jacinto-monument-jo-claire-hallThere is now a San Jacinto monument across the Houston ship channel from the depot.  The monument commemorates Texas winning independence from Mexico in the Battle of San Jacinto. Sam Houston was the General that led the charge winning that battle.

Interestingly, Jesse Billingsley, right hand man to Sam Houston, is Ed Billingsley’s  ancestor. In his honor, there is still a reunion every few years for all men named Jesse Billingsley. Phyllis and Ed have a grandson named Jesse Billinglsey. The ties that bind are far reaching for Phyllis and Ed! The first William Billingsley arrived in the 1750’s and fought in the Revolutionary War.

Welsh tract chu-358-welsh-tract-baptist-church“John” is the family name of the maternal side of Phyllis’ family. They arrived in the 1700’s from Cardiff, Wales. They were part of the whole congregation of the Welsh Primitive Baptist Church and landed in New Castle, Delaware. The church they built is the Welsh Tract Baptist Church and  is still standing by the University of Delaware football stadium. Talk about “Staying Power’!

William Edmond Billingsley was born in Beaumont, Texas. After graduating from high school in Beaumont, Ed joined the Air Force for 4 years. He later graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in chemical engineering. Texas aggie symboltamu3Ed is a lifelong Texas Aggie supporter of the university and football team. He has always loved football and played tackle on his “Royal Purple” high school team in Beaumont. His coach wanted all of the players to take Arthur Murray dance lessons to teach them how to be light on their feet when playing football. Ed took the dance lessons at Arthur Murray and found he was a dancer! He has loved to dance his whole life!


Ed has had an intriguing career with Hercules, Inc. , Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, Rocket Center  WV, where he was assigned to their Cumberland, Maryland laboratory. He retired in 1992 with 31 years with the company. For 20 years of his career, he was involved in the design and development of many missile systems.  Polaris Missile0901_012502Some of the missiles you may recognize include the  Polaris, Sprint, Poseidon, Trident I and II.  You might say his career “Just Soared”!

Phyllis HussarsWhile at Port Arthur High School, Phyllis was a member of the “Hussars” Drum & Bugle Corps….More Fun!  Phyllis graduated from Port Arthur Lamar University with a degree in business. She later earned a degree from Allegany Community College in Cumberland, Maryland. Phyllis also had an interesting career as a 30-year Federal Government employee.  Her Federal service includes U. S. Air Force, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, and U.S. Navy. The last 20 years of her Federal career was with Social Security. She retired from the Social Security Administration in 1990, as the District Office Operations Supervisor in Cumberland, Maryland. Now that is a real Federal Case for the Good!

 Lets get Together…Phyllis & Ed,We’ll be having twice the Fun!

canastaEd was a sophomore at Texas A & M and was working in the summer in Port Arthur. Phyllis was a high school student in Port Arthur. Friends ask them both to join them in a card game of Canasta. It seems it was really “In the Cards” for Ed and Phyllis! That is when they met and started their relationship as the gruesome twosome they would become…Having twice the Fun!

They married two years before Ed joined the Air Force, after graduating from Texas A & M. Their first year in the Air Force was in Cheyenne,  Wyoming.

estespark_heroIn those days, their shared love of travel took them to Denver and Estes Park, Colorado. They enjoyed the natural beauty of the scenic Colorado countryside!

European Adventures & Family

chateuroux A B Deols-1958 fr janine artaudEd’s next assignment in the Air Force was Chateuroux Air Station in the Loire Valley – Chateau Country! It was then the largest supply depot in Europe. Phyllis arriving in FrancePhyllis flew to France to meet Ed for their European Adventure!

Chateauroux high school patch imagesDuring this assignment with the Air Force, Phyllis was a high school secretary for the Dept. of Defense School in Chateauroix. DODDS schools are for American military and civilian children whose parents are working for the government. She really enjoyed it and said that everyone was especially pleased with the school lunches that were prepared by French cooks from the area. They prepared delicious French foods and salads that students and adults all appreciated! What an assignment that turned out to be for the adventurous newlyweds!

ChateeaurousWhen they arrived at their base in France, they heard about a couple who had an apartment on the second floor at the townhouse home  of Madam Moulins.  They were able to rent that apartment above where she lived on the first floor. They would find that to be another blessing!

Phyllis and Ed traveled throughout Europe in their Austin Healy Sedan and loved every minute of it! Their first trip was to Italy visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, and Pisa.

pisa leaning towerIn Pisa they had a hotel across from the Leaning Tower! Once when looking for a mechanic for their Austin Healy, they found a fascinating pasta shop with the walls lined with pastas of every variety! Buon Appetito! Other countries they visited included Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. tulip-festival-holland-netherlands

Phyllis and Ed both consider Tulip Time in Holland to be breathtakingly beautiful!

Phyllis French  art collagePhyllis loves to paint and has created some lovely paintings of the areas where they lived and traveled in Europe and the United States.





20140826_155029_1She also has collected some interesting chocolate molds that she has used to make candles. They all inspire such warm memories for Phyllis and Ed…It’s been Fun traveling this Journey of Life Together!!

France was and still is a very special country for them! eiffel-tower-at-night-picturesThey were friends with a couple who managed a high school dorm in Chateauroux. Marilyn, another American friend went to the Sorbonne and had a French boyfriend. So, Phyllis and Ed often went to Paris and had a wonderful time! There was a Les Halles Food Market that they loved.  After an evening out they would go to one of to a place over the small bars there for on French onion soup.  Apache danceThey had Apache (French Dancers) who danced on your table! Viva La France!

Phyllis Madame Moulins ScottPhyllis and Ed’s son, Scott, was born in France. He, of course, was also Blessing!  Madam Moulins loved Scott, too! Another blessing is that she kept him in her loving care a couple of times when Phyllis and Ed were traveling in Europe. The European Adventure of a Lifetime! Two became three, more Fun for Thee!

Life in Cumberland…Compliments of Hercules, Inc.

The Hercules company was helping design missiles which was a good fit for someone with a degree in chemical engineering. Two  people that knew of Ed already had jobs working for Hercules. Ed interviewed with them in Texas.  They were interested and offered him a trip to their lab Cumberland, Maryland.

rocky gap state parkPhyllis and Ed wanted to live in the mountains and Rocky Gap State Park , now a casino, was located in the Cumberland area. So, Ed went to the interview and the rest is history…Billingsley Family History! Their son, Bill, was born there, and graduated from Fort Hill High School.   Ed and Phyllis built a spacious house on a mountain ridge overlooking the Potomac!

phyllis JacTheir neighbor, Joan, had a pool and a jacuzzi. A comfortable life with a mountain view! It was a Dream Come True!

tulips_daffodilsPhyllis was busy planting naturalized flowers…tulips, narcissus, and daffodils. She belonged to a garden club that wrote a cookbook with gardening tips with proceeds going to the Allegany Community Horticulture program. She was also a member of the women’s Club  Christmas Caravan for 25 years. They wrote a craft book with proceeds going to help support the new library as well as other clubs.

Ed and Phyllis were also busy raising their two sons, Scott and Bill, in Cumberland.  Scott went to Penn State and Bill attended Ohio State on a Navy ROTC Scholarship. Bill retired with 20 years in the Navy as a Navy Aviator. He is now examining & certifying new pilots for the U.S. Army.  Scott is vice president of Oil & Gas Exploration in Meadville, PA.

Scott’s wife , Linda, is a teacher in the school district in Meadville. Bill’s wife, Rene’ , works in the medical field in Gulf Breeze, Florida. They live on Strip Island near Pensacola. Phyllis and Ed have 5 grandchildren who are all either in college or graduated and working. Love of travel and adventure seems to be a family heritage that they all enjoy!

***Connection from Iraq to Calabash ***

 Iraq girl backpackIn 2008 Lt. Cmdr. Bill Billingsley was serving as the air operations officer at the al Anbar Province in Iraq. The chaplain there notified the the Base Command Group that the most meaningful way to help villagers was to provide school supplies. Bill e-mailed this information to family members.  When Linda, Scott’s wife, learned of the need, she and her 4th grade students in Meadville, PA. made up and sent 22 backpacks. Phyllis presented this project to the United Methodist Women at Seaside Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, who embraced the concept , and collected items for 350 girls (Ages 6 – 12). Operation Backpack was born and numerous backpacks were sent in hopes of showing Iraqis that Americans care about them personally.  Later Bill related how much the teachers and children of Iraq appreciated what they had received. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others.” Nelson Mandela

Retirement Years for Ed & Phyllis

irish pub scheduled-theme-toursAfter retirement from their careers, Phyllis and Ed continued to travel. They thoroughly enjoyed England and Ireland as they explored both countries. They especially enjoyed the groups at the pubs!  They loved Penny Whistle…Original Irish Drums!

 Brunswick Plantation…The Choice was Easy!

Ed and Phyllis were getting tired of snow and ice in Maryland. Friends told them about Sunset Beach, and they visited there a few summers.  As they decided to move to South, they looked at all of the plantations that were started. They also looked in South Carolina and Florida. They literally watched Brunswick Plantation being developed. The fences were not even up yet. They decided that the Time was Right to move and Brunswick Plantation was the Place for them!

Brunswick Activites Views CollageThey were impressed by the friendly people at Brunswick Plantation! It was a gated community with a park like setting. The beautiful open spaces with gorgeous flowers were immaculate.  The golf course was good for all levels…User Friendly! They enjoyed the performances at the 19th Hole where they could socialize with pals. Brunswick Plantation looked like a real Community! As well as the golfing, going to the beach, and bird-watching, they enjoyed everything the community and the surrounding area had to offer!

Phyllis news articleThey say it was an Easy Choice!

All of the reasons Phyllis and Ed chose Brunswick Plantation are still true even as it has grown and expanded.

Sunset beachPhyllis loves to walk on Sunset Beach and shop at Callahan’s!

La Belle Amie Winery is another favorite!

restaurantsAbuelo’s (Grandfather in Spanish) is their favorite Mexican Restaurant  in Myrtle Beach. Ella’s in Calabash , (of the locally famed Jimmy Durante story) is a favorite for Calabash seafood! Recently, Phyllis was introduced to The Collector’s Cafe in Myrtle Beach which she loved for the food and the art! Being a painter herself, Phyllis really appreciated the art on the walls there! Delicious Food and beautiful Art…Double Delight!

Phyllis & EdIt is easy to see why Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort was an Easy Choice for Phyllis and Ed! It was and still is a Two State solution to Fun! Everything is here and near for a Better Way of Life! Come Join the Fun with the friendly folks at Brunswick Plantation!



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Sweetgrass Baskets And Gullah African Traditions

20140811_133825_1Sweetgrass baskets are beautiful intricately weaved, coiled baskets and one of the oldest African crafts in America! These baskets, a cultural heritage of the Gullah African tradition, were transported across the Atlantic by enslaved African people. The baskets appeared in South Carolina during the late 17th century.

20140811_134622_1The Neighbors In Service of Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort had luncheon at the Brunswick House on July 11th with Guest Speaker, Adeline Mazyck.  Adeline has created Sweetgrass baskets for 60 years, starting at age 6 or 7 and taught by her mother. She is the 4th generation of basket makers in her family. 20140811_135006Adeline told her personal story of making Sweetgrass baskets, the craft she loves, as well as more about the Gullah culture.

Sweetgrass Baskets

Sweetgrass plantsBulrush & palm, the mainstays of coiled basketry, are ancient plants mentioned in the Bible. Today Adeline tells us that those plants plus long leaf pine needles and sweetgrass are used to make baskets today in South Carolina. Though these plants do grow wild in North & South Carolina , Georgia, and Florida, some  are cultivated now.  The young men get these plants, and Adeline buys it.  Florida now charges for the plants or throws them away. This grass is similar to the grass in Africa where this weaving tradition originated.

Sweet G basketsistock_000017676950xsmallThe plants must first be dried out for 2 or 3 days. Too much moisture makes it soft and not good for weaving. A plant  must be cured if it is green.  Plants can be dyed but may fade from the sun and Adeline says that she feels it is best when natural. All baskets are started from a knot and go on and on, as there is no set pattern though designs are shared. SG Elepahnt eareec947db83c2f2a59060363fe1365d69Each piece is unique, as artists develop their own style which requires a great deal of patience and creativity!  Every basket has to be individually shaped and sometimes taken apart and redone. Adeline says she can work a 10 hour day weaving the basket. It can take days, even months to make one basket.SG basekt with lid7f5938697d68954bb5f4c44e1bed2416 The baskets with lids take a long time, as the lid must fit just right!

The baskets were first used in Africa to hold water. The first known baskets in the Lowcountry of South Carolina were called  Fanners and were used for winnowing, the process of tossing hulls into the air to separate chaff from rice. Other work baskets used for planting and harvesting coastal money crops like cotton. Agricultural baskets were made of bulrush, sweetgrass and split oak. Later bulrush replaced split oak as binders. Work baskets faded along with the rice plantations, but aesthetic sweetgrass baskets endured!

Gullah History & Traditions

Gullah CheeChee Culture Rice culture BrookgreenSweetgrass Basket sewing is viewed as a gift from God in the Gullah culture. Gullah are the descendants of the slaves who worked on the rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. Africans from the Windward or Rice Coast of West Africa had knowledge & experience with rice cultivation. Therefore, they were very sought after in the Atlantic Slave trade to the Lowcountry.  To preserve their connection to their African roots , these enslaved people brought their culture with them…as they feared they would never see their homeland again.  They still live in rural communities in the coastal region of South Carolina and Georgia and also retain many elements of the African language & culture.

The Gullah were able to keep more of their cultural heritage than any other group of Black Americans. This was mostly due to an atmosphere of geographical isolation in the rural semitropical areas and the system the rice agriculture adopted in the 1700’s.  Today the Gullah area is confined to South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry.

Gullah shop447295The Gullah people and and their language are also referred to as “Geechee”, which some scholars speculate is related to the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia. “Gullah” is a term that was originally used to designate the variety of English spoken by Gullah and Geechee people. It has come to be known by its speakers to formally refer to their Creole language and distinctive ethnic identity as a people.Geechee is an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords & influenced by African languages in grammar and sentence structure. In recent years educated Gullah people have begun promoting use of Gullah as a symbol of Cultural pride!Gullah continue to to regard themselves as a distinct community and cherish their unique heritage!

gullah tours womanGullah people have a rich storytelling tradition strongly influenced by African oral traditions, but also informed by their historical experience in America.  brer-rabbitTheir stories include animal trickster tales about antics of “Brer Rabbit”, “Brer Fox” , and “Brer Bear, Brer Wolf”.  There are also human trickster tales about clever and self-assertive slaves as well as morality tales designed to impart moral teaching to children. Gullah storytelling, rice-based cuisine, music, folk beliefs, crafts, and fishing traditions all exhibit strong influences from West and Central African cultures.

Gullah Chechee C H Corrider300x293-logoGullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

Sweetgrass basket  marker 6a00d8341c62a953ef0153941f5122970b-450wiThe Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission was created by Congress in 2006 to recognize contributions of the Gullah people and to help preserve historical sites as well as their folklore, arts, crafts, music and language.

DYK…Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas and First Lady, Michelle Obama both have roots in the unique Gullah community.

The First Lady celebrated that heritage at the 2012 inauguration; Thomas credits it for much of his silence on the court.

gullah robinson quiltStory Quilt Maker, Bunny Rodriques, spearheads quilt to honor Michelle Obama’s Gullah Family History

Bunny Rodrigues, a story-quit maker & former owner of the Gullah Ooman Museum in Pawley’s Island …Along the Myrtle Beach Strand spearheaded the creation of the 90-by-70-inch quilt dedicated to retelling Michelle Robinson Obama’s family history from slave quarters to White House. On a January 2008 visit to her  maternal ancestors’ hometown in Georgetown, SC, Mrs. Obama became immersed in a history, with which she was not familiar, being virtually retold.  Though a slave, her great-grandfather learned to read & write because he lived with a white family. The importance of education was passed through the generations of the family. The quilt starts with a slave cabin with a life-size Michelle in the center wearing a cap & gown with Princeton & Harvard delineated in large letters. Rodriques said she wanted to emphasize her education and have that to be an inspiration , that you can have ancestors in a slave cabin and end up at Harvard. The quilt hung in the Washington D.C. , Historical Society but by the 2nd inauguration it rode in a Gullah-Geechee Corridor Commission float in the 2013 Inaugural parade.


Gullah Culture Programs & Books

Brookgreen gardens coolsummereveningsBrookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen , one of the largest & most prosperous plantations in South Carolina during the 18th century, was built by Gullah slaves. It was combined with three other plantations in 1930 to form Brookgreen Gardens. It is now a showcase of art, gardens and nature with the largest display of American representational sculpture in the world.

Brookgreen Gardens at Murrels Inlet, SC , is a National Historic Landmark. This was formerly  the hub of the rice culture and home to 1000 Gullah Ceechee people. A weekly program, The Gullah Geechee Program series is sponsored at Brookgereen Gardens.  Check it out@   Or call (843) 235-6000

GullahInfo about the Gullah-Geechee Corridor, contact Ron Daise @


Books about the Gullah Culture… Sweetgrass Baskets

tales from brookgreenBowkerCover-205x300Tales from Brookgreen: Gardens, Folklore, Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry By: Lynn Michelson

Gullah Ghosts2940012733337_p0_v1_s260x420Gullah Ghost Stories & Folktales By: Lynn Michelson

row upon rowRow upon Row, Sea grass Baskets of the SC Lowcountry By: Dale Rosengarten

sweetgrass baskets by coakleySweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition By: Joyce V. Coakley

Circle CoverCircle Unbrocken  (A Book with wonderful Illustrations for children & adults)          By: Author: Theis Raven &  Illustrator: E. B. lewis

There is much to learn about the cultures and history of Coastal Carolina! Thanks so much to NIS for bringing Adeline Mazyck Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort to share her personal history with us!

Adeline mazyck baskets SC766x575You can find Adeline on the Sweetgrass Corrider in Mt. Pleasant, SC …Sweetgrass Basket Maker’s Highway. The town & city of Charleston made stands for basket weavers! What  wonderful way to preserve this rich Gullah heritage! It would be so sweet to have a sweetwater basket of your own to enjoy and share this history with others!

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Summer Savings with Seal and Insulate – Don’t Sweat It! 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


Happy summer! While the season brings trips to the beach, vacation, and barbeques, summer also brings the heat and humidity. Now is the perfect time to make sure your house is well-prepared for the summer weather, so you can leave the sweating where it belongs– outdoors.


To start, get your air conditioning (AC) unit or heat pump system checked and tuned to make sure it’s running efficiently – it needs regular maintenance just like your car. If your AC is working well but your house still has warm walls, hot ceilings, or uncomfortable humidity, your home may have air leaks and low levels of insulation. Sealing air leaks and adding more insulation can improve home comfort by keeping the cool air in and preventing pollen, dust and pests from entering.


Getting Started – Identify Problem Areas


In most homes, air leaks and low levels of attic insulation are one of the biggest sources of energy waste and summer time discomfort. While it’s important to check your home’s attic insulation levels, be aware that any attic in the summer is usually extremely hot and uncomfortable.


Tips on Checking Insulation levels:


- The best time to do a quick check your attic during the summer is in the morning when it’s cooler. If you start to feel overheated at any point, get out of the attic right away.


– Take a yardstick or tape measure, pen and paper, a flashlight, and a digital camera or cell phone with you to measure your insulation and take pictures.

Measure the depth of the insulation in a few spots with your tape measure or yardstick and jot the levels down. You should have about 13 inches of typical insulation (fiberglass or cellulose) if you live in the southern United States and about 17 inches if you live in the central or northern United States. If you don’t have those levels, you are paying for it with higher energy bills.

– A good rule of thumb is that if the insulation level is just up to the top of the attic floor joists, you have only about half the insulation you should (see illustration).

– While you are looking around, take pictures of the insulation level, different corners of your attic, and of any ducts or air conditioning units you see. The pictures are a good record for future reference and to show to a contractor.

Next Step – Call a Contractor

If you found you have low levels of attic insulation – what’s next? EPA recommends calling a contractor or planning a Do-it-yourself project for the fall when it’s not so hot. Unless you have some experience doing this type of work, a contractor is your best bet. They are trained, have all the right tools, and will work quickly to get the job done. In our next post, we’ll talk about how to select and work with a contractor.

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 insulation products and energy efficient residential windows.

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.  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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