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

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

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

By: Taylor Jantz-Sell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warrior Ride Dinner Program for the Evening:

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

Brunswick Plantation Activities….Honoring Wounded Warriors

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

The Warrior Ride…Tour de Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

Future Warrior’s Ride Tour de Carolina

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

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


 Wounded Warrior Ride…History and Mission Statement

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

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

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

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

The Warrior Ride…Honored at Bush Ranch

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

“The Warrior Ride”  Mission Statement

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

Contact Information: Bob Racine at 910-278-4612

Web Site:

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






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Coastal Living News And Events 10.14

sunset beach bright sunsetCoastal Living in the Carolinas is good any time of year. Autumn is an awesome  season with many reasons to celebrate the Good Life at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ! These are just a few ideas for places and events you may enjoy this  fall!

 NC Oyster Festival

NC-Oyster-Festival-LogoJoin the FUN at the 34th Annual Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle, NC! 9am – 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 18 & 10am – 5pm on Sunday, Oct. 19  Beach Center becomes a Walking District (Ocean Isle Beach, Between 2nd & 3rd Street)

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Something for Everyone:

  • Local Cuisine
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Children’s Activities & Games
  • Live Musical Entertainment
  • Oyster Stew Cook-off Contest
  • Oyster Shucking Contest
  • NEW…Oyster Eating Contest
  • “The Shaggin Oyster” Competitionshagdancers1Hosted by the Shag Club on Sunday!
  • Beer Garden at Pelican’s Perch

Music Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 18


  • 9:30 – 11:00 am - The Fat Jack Band
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm - The Entertainers
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm - 40 East
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm - 4 Miles South

Sunday, Oct. 19

Jim Quick

  • 11:00 – 12:30 - Jim Quick & the Coastline Band
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm - Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot
  • 3:00 – 5pm - Shag Competition

Admission is $5…Children under 8 are FREE!  Ocean-Isle-Beach-Museum-Coastal-Carolina1-450x292Museum of Coastal Carolina will be open during the Oyster Fest with Halloween decor & live snakes!


bc-awareness-monthOctober Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events!



Bold & Beautiful Wigs for Cancer Gala

Cancer wigs gala10649722_561902313910466_2130469048352293016_nYou are Invited to the 4th Annual Bold & Beautiful Wigs for Cancer Gala 6pm – 10pmOn Wednesday, October 15At Ripley’s Aquarium @ Broadway at the Beach, SC.

Tickets are $30 Per Person OR Two for $50 …Available Online @   OR Call: 843-424-1638  Marlisa Wig Studio

“Breast Health Presentation” @ C.B. Berry Community & Historical Center

breast-cancer-awarenessTuesday, October 28th11am – Noon   Please Educate Yourself & Come to hear a  “Breast Health Presentation” By: Dr. Paul Zdybel, MD , a Radiologist & Technician from the Grand Strand Medical Center. Dr. Zdybel will speak about the importance of Breast Health and the latest technologies in the field of medicine. FREE Admission!

Horry-county-Parkds-signPlease join Horry County Parks & Recreation and Grand Strand Medical Center at the C.B. Berry Community & Historical Center for this important presentation of Breast Health!  C.B.-Berry-rec-center-building

This significant presentation is in Support of  Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Though Dr. Zdybel’s presentation is Free, Registration is appreciated to determine how many people to prepare for on that day. Call: Alyssa Craft @ 843-249-4157 or E-mail @ for more information.

C.B. Berry Community & Historical Center is located minutes from Brunswick Plantation @ 2250 Hwy 179 , Little River, SC  29566


Waccamaw Heart Walk

Heart Walk Waccamaw10291106_824702504248512_9124836185449598571_nJoin American Heart Association’s Premiere Event…The Heart Walk Saturday, October 18th…Registration & Activities @ 9amHeroes Harbor Stage @ Broadway at the Beach, SC !

The Heart Walk is at 10am & Designed to promote physical activity & Heart Healthy Living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s Fun & Rewarding for the entire family! Your participation will help raise more in the Fight to Save Lives! Walk with Friends, Family, & Strangers  …Bond Along The Way! More Info @ (843) 712-2618.


 5th Annual Wine Fest & Taste of Market Common

Market Common Music Collage11 am – 7 pmSaturday, October 18 At Valor Park on Market Common (4017 Deville Street)


  • More Than 100 Wines… From around the U.S. & the World!
  • 20 Plus Vendors
  • Great Food
  • Live Music
  • Beer

wine_coupleEnjoy the Day, the Fest & Taste of Market Common! Cheers!

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La Belle Amie Vineyards

Rock Back the Clock Music Fest

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane…Noon – 6pm Saturday, October 18 @ La Belle Amie Winery in Little River, SC! Marsha Morgan Band1379174254421-56321182

“Rock Back the Clock”

  • A Taste of Wine
  • Delicious Outdoor Cooking
  • Guided Vineyard Tour
  • Fantastic Gift Shop
  • Meet Wonderful New Folks
  • Listening to Live Music By: The Marsha Morgan Band & LATITUDE

Bring Your Lawn Chair and a Friend to Enjoy the company, Music, Wine & The Beauty of the Vineyard!$8 Per Person.  Bring 2 canned/dry goods for the Food Bank & receive $3 of admission.

Check Out Future Winery Events:

  • Island Fever Music Fest…November 1 ($8 Per Person)
  • Wine Friday Concert…November 14 (FREE)
  • Winestock…November 15 ($8 Per Person) Or Call: 843 399-WINE (9463)


Taste of the Town…Myrtle Beach Convention Center

 Taste of the Town Collage31st Annual “Taste of the Town”… Myrtle Beach “Original Food Festival” is 4pm – 10pmTuesday, October 21st @ The Myrtle Beach Convention Center!

Festival Includes:

  • A Large Variety of restaurants across the Grand Strand serving up “Tapas-Style” Appetizers, Entrees, & Desserts …From Their Menus!
  • Live Music
  • Entertainment
  • Kid Friendly Event…Presented By: St. Andrew Catholic School

Myrtle Beach Convention Center location: 2101 N. Oak Street    Tickets are $5 Per Person & $6 at the Door…Children 14 & Under are FREE…Purchase Tickets Online @     Food Tickets purchased at Fest $1 Each… For More Info…Call: 843-455-2612


Myrtle Beach Coastal 5K & Mini Marathon

Myrtle beach Marthon logologo“Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Weekend” offers TWO Days of Health & Fitness…Coastal Grand Mall…Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19!


Walks & Marathon Schedule:

  • Coastal 5K …Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 7:30 am (Wave Start)

  • One Mile Doggie Dash…Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 9:15 am

  • 13.1 Mile Mini-Marathon…Sunday, October 19Marathon begins at 7am @ Coastal Grand Mall & Finishes at Noon on Boardwalk at Ninth Ave. N.


Endless Summer Festival

Endless Summer Festival Logo“The Endless Summer Festival” in North Myrtle Beach…10am – 4pmSaturday, October 25 On Main Street in North Myrtle Beach,SC …Shows that “Summer Never Ends” in Myrtle Beach!

Festival Features:

FREE CONCERTSBeginning at Noon

Sea Cruz Band


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Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot

 Bring a Beach Chair and enjoy the Live Music & More Festival Features:

  • Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Food Tents
  • Fun Activities for Children

 Long Bay Symphony Presents:

Movie Music Spectacular

john_williams1-245x300The Music of John Williams @ Myrtle Beach High School,  Music & Arts Center…7pm Saturday. October 18 .

Enjoy Musical Selections from hit movies…Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Superman, E.T., Schindler’s List, & More!  Reservations: (843) 448-8379 Or


 A Symphony of Fashion

Symphony of FashionCP-Camera-March-2010-075-300x225A Symphony of Fashion11am , Sunday, October 25 @ The Surf Golf & Beach Club (1701 Springland Lane, North Myrtle Beach, SC. )

A Delectable Lunch will be served with Music By the Long Bay Symphony Youth OrchestraA Silent Auction & Raffle will be held with proceeds benefiting The Long Bay Symphony and its Youth Orchestra Scholarship Programs. 

Reservations: (843) 448-8379 Or

Tchaikovsky & The Romantic Spirit

Ken OlsenBIJ130808_142f-200x300Long Bay Symphony with Ken Olsen, Cello Soloist…4pm Sunday, November 9 @ Myrtle beach High School Music & Arts Center (3302 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC).

Presenting Music Of:

  • Brahms – Academic Festival Overture
  • Victor Herbert – Cello Concerto No. 2
  • Tchaikovsky…Symphony No. 4

Reservations: (843) 448-8379  Or


Alabama Theatre Guest Concert

Alabama Theatre @ Barefoot Landing, N. Myrtle Beach, SC

Loretta LynnLoretta Lynn…7pm Saturday, October 18



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Carolina Beach Music Awards…3pm Sunday, November 9   Or Call: 1-800-342-2262

 October Fun 4 Kids Activities

Pumpkin Day Celebration

Indigo arms hay560500_209345182529613_597252971_n“Pumpkin Day Celebration” @ Indigo Farms, Little River, SC…9am – 4:30pm Saturday, October 18.

Painting or Pick Your Own Pumpkin & other Fun Activities! There is Special Music & Old Farm Games for All Ages! Join the Pumpkin Gum with an event that Brings Out the Kid in Everyone!


Pumpkin  Hunt

pumpkin-huntPumpkin HuntSaturday, October 25th…C.B.Berry Community & Historical Center (2250 HWY 179, Little River, SC 29566)

Check In & Games @ 9:30am & Pumpkin Hunt @ 10am

veren 457351_357885754261072_512203633_oCome dressed in your Halloween Costume & Walk along the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens Nature Trail.

Children can:

  • Participate in Fall Themed Coloring & Crafts
  • Listen to Music
  • Scavenge for Plastic Pumpkins filled with Prizes Along the Trail

Activities for Children ages 3 – 12. Join the FUN…Hayrides , Games & Activities, Pumpkin Hunt!   Register Online @  Or Call: (843) 249-4157

Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue HAUNTED TRAIL

haunted trail@ Grisettown halloween-orange-moon-cemetry-wallpaper 2Walk the Haunted Trail at the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue At: 7pm…Friday & Saturday Nights…Oct. 17 & 18, Oct. 24 & 25 PLUS Halloween Night, Oct. 31st!


Barefoot Landing Trick Or Treating

barefoot T OR T 164493178Dress Up for Safe , Fun Trick Or Treating at the Barefoot Landing Complex’s Participating Merchants…7pm Friday, October 31st!

Barefoot Landing KIDS’ Halloween FUN Day

Barefoot-Pet-costume-ContestTrick or Treating @ barefootBring Kids & Pets for KIDS’ Halloween FUN Day…Noon – 3pm Saturday, October 25

Registration for the Kids & pets Costume Contests begins at Noon by Carousel.  Kids contest starts at 1pm with Pet Contest to Follow!

KIDS” FUN Day Features:

  • Entertainment
  • Kids’ Karaoke
  • Free Carousel Rides
  • Lots of Prizes

Broadway at the Beach …Trick or Treating

halloween-party-myrtle-beach broadwayAll Broadway will be the Kid’s Spooky Territory to Roam, in a FUN & Safe Environment! Participating Merchants will be waiting with Little Surprises for All Those in Costume!

Broadway at the Beach Night-Fireworks8pm FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA On Halloween Night!






******Restaurant Of The Month*****


Ellas rest.16486-0Calabash, North Carolina is a charming town that was originally a fishing village.

Calabash Town sealCalabash became known as the “Seafood Capital of the World” …Home of Calabash Seafood!  Calabash is a style of preparing fresh seafood. It was named for the village of Calabash since that way of preparing seafood originated in the Little Fishing Village of Calabash!

ellas-of-calabash-ella-2527s-2bfood_54_990x660_201406011557Ella’s, which was one of the places that put Calabash-style seafood -Featuring large portions of fresh fish, shrimp, and shellfish lightly battered and deep-fried – On the Map!

Accompanied by its World-Famous Hushpuppies, Ella’s serves great seafood in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. The prices are still reasonable and it is easy to see shy Ella’s still draws big crowds year-round!

Ella's Hushpuppies02-imageReviews share some of the reasons.  One local expert, Terry Massey says: Locals drive past dozens of seafood restaurants to go to Ella’s in Calabash!  Comments by others include: Hush Puppies were heavenly! Ella’s is Calabash Seafood at its Finest!

ella-s-restaurantElla’s is also part of the story of Jimmy Durante coming thorough Calabash and proclaiming , after eating at Ella’s, that he would make her Famous!  ‘Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash!” was how he ended his show each night.  Others in Calabash claim to be That Mrs. Calabash. You can see Ella’s story of her visit from Jimmy Durante on the wall of Ella’s restaurant that her family still owns! Ella’s is Family Run with Pride in their Special Brand of Calabash Seafood!

Stop by Ella’s for Great Calabash Seafood and Hushpuppies!  They have also extended their menu to include broiled seafood dishes. Ella’s is by the Historic Calabash Waterfront and is a Tasty Value you won’t want to miss in Coastal North Carolina!

CalabashNCHPFall Fun & Good Seafood await you in Coastal Carolina! Enjoy the Coast and Seafood as folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort have the opportunity to do every day! We Welcome You join us and “Have a Blast in Calabash”!


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Golf News from the Pro 10.14 by Brunswick Plantation Living

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Hello again Members and Property Owners,

Fall Golf Season: is here and that brings us great weather and wonderful playing conditions!  October is a popular month at Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort and a busy one too!  Please be sure to reserve your starting times in advance (7) days for our Members and (2) days for Property Owners.  Our course receives many groups from all over coming to Myrtle Beach on golf packages that are excited to be here, and we are happy to see them.

Rule Reminder: Please note, if you are a walker, bike rider, or use the golf course as a means of exercising or travel to and from your home in a golf cart….  The golf course is off-limits during the hours of operation( Sun up to Sun down).  This pretty much eliminates the use of the course for any of these types of things.  Our goal is to offer a wonderful golfing experience for everyone playing here.  If you’re not a golfer you probably do not realize how distracting it is to have someone walking, riding a bike or just traveling home using the cart path with your personal golf cart.  Signs are being purchased to try to alleviate these issues.  Please adhere to these instructions and make everyone’s golfing experience here at Brunswick an enjoyable one.

 Golf Tip:

Questions: What is the most common reason you struggle to be consistent in driving the golf ball.

Answer:  Alignment.  A common mistake is to aim to far right for Right-handers and to far left for left-handers.  Get lined up and you will get better results.


              Happy Golfing,


             Head Golf Professional

            Pro-Shop Manager

            Director of Memberships

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Brunswick Plantation News and Events 10.14



Brunswick Activites Views CollageBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is a dynamic community that always has a lot happening! That is because of the wonderful, vibrant folks who live here! They are busy this Autumn making plans for more opportunities for friends and neighbors to share Fun!

Dinner & Entertainment at the 19th Hole

jody humterSinger/Guitarist, Jody Hunter will be here to entertain us at the 19th Hole…After a Delicious Dinner Buffet…Saturday, October 18!

Dinner @ 6pm & Entertainment @ 7pm

Jody is a Talented Young Man with a Great Musical Plan for a great evening for you to Enjoy with Friends & Neighbors!  Tickets are $20 Per Person for Dinner & Entertainment!

Space is limited, so please call 910-845-6902 to make your Reservations!

Ryder Cup Tournament

2014 Ryder Cup photos 044 (2)(1)BPMGA Ryder Cup Tournament was played on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of September. 72 members registered for the competition and were divided into two teams:  Blue for the North & Red for the South.  The first day the South was losing, but rose victorious on the second and third. Pictured are the teams at their luncheon in the Brunswick House.


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Approximately 50 Wounded Warriors, their care-givers and Warrior Ride Staff will stay here a Brunswick Plantation on the 16th & 17th of October. John McGinley and his committee will provide an early breakfast at the 19th Hole on the 17th and a Gala Dinner at the Brunswick House that evening,  where 70 Brunswick Plantation residents and friends will be joining them.

 October BINGO

bingoWednesday, October 15, is the date for the next Bingo Games at the Brunswick House. As usual, the doors open at 6:30pm & the games start at 7pm. There will be 12 games played with cash prizes. Top prize for the full card game is $125.  Contributions of $10 covers all games for the evening. All proceeds go to local charities.  Beverages are available and there is FREE POPCORN!

 Movie Night

12 years a slavebanner-12-years-a-slave-27027184_maxAll residents & their guests are invited to attend the showing of the Academy Award winning movie “12 Years a Slave” on Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm. There is No Charge to attend but you are asked to sign up so that we know how many seats to have set up ahead of time. Bring your own smacks & beverages.


Halloween Dog Parade

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  • 6pm 
  • October 29th
  • Smithfield Fountain
  • Prizes

Any Questions, Call Kate @ 843 – 222 – 3028




Annual Red Hat Culinary Lunch

Red hat Fun, foodBeach Bistro 354…Conference Center at the Grand Strand Campus

This will be a buffet: November 6 at 12:00 Sharp

$9.00 Per Person by October 24th (Checks made out to Sally Lombardo) First 50 Women who pay.


  • 17 Bypass South
  • Left on Farrow Pky (You’re heading toward Market Commons)
  • Right on Myers
  • left on Pampas
  • Left on Grab Tree Lane
  • Building on the right #600
  • Call Sally with any questions @ 910 2780 4199

Arts and Crafts Fair

arts & CraftsBrunswick Plantation’s Annual Arts & Crafts Fair returns on Saturday, October 25…9am – 2pm @ The Brunswick House.

Stroll by the tables of our own talented crafters & artists who feature a wide selection of unique handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind creations to fit every taste & budget! The Fair us just in time for Holiday Gift Shopping Or Your Own Decorating. Tell Your Friends!


Calling All Those Who Like To Bake!

Bake-GoodOnce again NIS is sponsoring a Bakery Sale at this year’s Craft Fair on October 25th.

In addition to your favorite pie, cake, cookie, muffin, and loaf, we will sell certain cookies by the piece & are asking specifically for chocolate chip cookies, Oatmeal cookies, blondies, brownies with nuts and brownies without nuts.  The feedback from last year’s sale was overwhelmingly positive, with many remarks on how delicious all your baked items tasted! If you are planning to bake, please E-mail Valerie Olin at to indicate which of the above items you are planning to bring. Thank You!


Halloween Party Planned

halloween-danceThe Social Committee is planning a Halloween Dance for all residents & their guests to be held on Friday, October 31st between 7:30 – 10:30 pm. The cost Per person is $5 with guests bringing their personal beverage of choice as only water/coffee/tea will be provided. 

hallloween haunting8122322268_5efa254b29_zMasks and/or costumes are encouraged but will not be necessary for you to enjoy an evening with friends & neighbors for dancing, table snacks, & deserts that will be provided.

Halloweenbest-couples-halloween-costumes-homemade-ideas-2Reservations can be made with your cash payment, or with checks made out to the BPPOA now through October 27th at the Facilitator’s office. PLEASE NOTE:  No refunds will be issued after October 27th. Hope to see you there!




Italian Dinner Planned

italy_desktop_1024x768_01The date for this year’s home cooked Italian Dinner is Saturday, November 8th beginning at 6pm in the Brunswick House ballroom!

The dinner is open to All Residents & Their Guests but has limited space, so please be sure to…Make Your

Reservations Early!  Tickets go on Sale NOW through November 1st (No Refunds after this Date) .

Cost is $12 Per Person. As with All Social Committee Events, Guests are asked to bring their own beverage of choice as only water/coffee/tea will be served.

BakedStuffedShells-500x317The menu for the Evening Includes:

  • Italian Bread & Butter
  • Dipping Oil
  • Platters of Provolone
  • Mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Salami
  • Artichokes
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Tossed Salad with Italian Dressing
  • Main Entree’ of Stuffed Shells & Sweet Italian Sausage Link
  • Followed by: Coffee, tea, & Dessert

dean martin roast6a00d8341c630a53ef014e8851f5eb970d-600wiDessert will be followed by the showing of a Dean martin Roast…Which is Sure to bring back many Good Memories of what TV used to be like Back in the Day!

Hope you can join us again this year!


2014 Community Yard Sale

Yard Sale.GolfBrunswick Plantation Community Yard Sale…Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18…Provides Community Map with Addresses for shoppers! Visit the 45 Residents who signed up for this event!  Thanks to those folks & all whose planning made this happen! Happy Shopping!


Brunswick Plantation International Dinner Group

Int. dinner600_359043392Enjoy dining out with Friends & Neighbors trying different foods from Around the World? The Brunswick Plantation International Dinner Group want you to join them for Food and Fun among Friends!

They want you to know that they are NOT a Gourmet group. There are currently about 40 people who live at Brunswick Plantation who enjoy sharing their homes with up to 8 other people once a year. Each couple in the group gets to  prepare the main part of a theme dinner with their guests bringing theme appetizers or desserts. For the remaining 3 dinners per year, each couple will be guests at the home of someone else. All residents of BP are Welcome to Join or ask to be a substitute guest to see what it is really like before you commit to hosting.  Please call: Elaine Flowers or Emily Bonneau for information.


Hlly Day Cheerseb258de0d6104c2533a4577760327352HOLLY BERRY TRAIL at Brunswick Plantation is scheduled for December 8th between 7 & 9pm & is sure to delight you with sweet treats! This is a FUN Raiser with 100% of ticket sales going to charity. They would love to have additional homes to this tour, so please consider offering your home during this most giving season of the year.  If you would like to know more about what is involved, please call Emily Bonneau.


Fitness with Friends

Brunswick Plantation YOGA

Thursday Gentle Yoga at 10am

yogaThis is a gentle class suitable for Every Body. This class includes setting an intention or affirmation, linking breath to movement and stretching to improve Mobility & Flexibility. It also includes a strong standing series to improve Balance, Strength, & Stability.  Modifications will be offered as needed.

Classes will be held on 10/16… 10/23…10/30…11/6…11/13… 11/20…12/4…12/11 and  12/18.


Yoga PosterThursday Vinyasa Yoga at 11:15

This is a mixed level class suitable for both beginner and experienced yogis. This is a Fun Class that will include a creative flow while linking movement to breath as well as longer holds to build Strength and Flexibility. This class will include Sun Salutations and is considered a vigorous workout by some.  This class is recommended for those individuals with few or no physical limitations. (Some modifications are available.)

Classes will be held on 10/16…10/30…11/6…11/13…11/20… 12/4…12/11…and 12/18

Studies have shown that Yoga can help lower resting heart rate and blood pressure; increase circulation, metabolism, balance, flexibility, & range of motion; improve joint function, brain functions, & mental clarity; decrease stress, & increase connection of Body, Mind, & Spirit.

All Classes take place in the Brunswick House Ballroom. Cost is $5 per class Please call Michele Dorland at 910-880-2509 with any questions.


Water Aerobics

waterAQUA-AEROBICSBrunswick Plantation offers water aerobics class every morning except Sunday.  If you’ve tried land aerobics or other similar movements and just couldn’t keep up, or found that shoulders, back, knees, or hips couldn’t take the strain, try water aerobics. These are low-impact movements that exercise your core, promote better balance, stretch & work muscles, and give a good workout, without potential damage.  Classes are taught by certified instructors who show you how to do each move, and work all parts of the body.

water aerobic80380012Monday, Wednesday, & Friday classes meet 8 -9am…     Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday classes meet 8:39 – 9:30am.

All classes are held at the Brunswick House pools.  For rates & other information…Call Annette Mauro at 287-4872.  Join us for Exercise, Socialization, & FUN!


Indoor Walking Program…Switching It Up

walking ss_101528898_L_wAs part of the Brunswick Plantation Social Committee’s FREE EXERCISE PROGRAM, New DVD’s have arrived and offer a wide variety of Indoor Walking Routines.

Come check them out in the Brunswick House Ballroom on …Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday mornings beginning at 8am.  If you have any questions, Please call Emily @ 287-5508.

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort has something for everyone! We are a true testament that “Those Who Play Together, Stay Together!” Thanks to everyone for all you do to make our community “A Better way of Life!”





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Smart Spending Tips Monthly October 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 October 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…

campinggearCamping Gear. Camping season is ending for most people, so look for discounts on many outdoor goods.  Fishing, hiking, and tent gear will be on sale with price drops up to 70%.




Costumes. With Halloween around the corner and demand for costumes high you have to be flexible to find deals.  Look at consumes from last year for discounts.  Most sellers have a clearance section you can shop in store or online with good discounts. Also, if you wait to the last 2 days before Halloween you can save up to 40%.  Be aware that choices will be less but prices will be lower.  Also, look for coupon codes for online deals.







Grills. Sellers run big sales after Labor day with price drops up to 50%.  However, prices will fall even more in October but so will the inventory to choose from.  In fact you can save even more in November by shopping online through cash back websites like or with up to 6% cash back rebates.


Jeans. Items that didn’t get sold at the back-to-school sales are heavily discounted in October.  Big brands that specialize in jeans will have the biggest sales…like True Religion, Lucky, Levi’s ad 7 for All Mankind.

Don’t Buy Just Yet…

winter apparelCold weather apparel. Don’t expect any deals on fall wear until November.  And the best sales won’t happen until January for fall or winter wear.








Black Friday and Cyber Monday — the Friday and Monday immediately afterThanksgiving — are absolutely the times to find big sales on HDTVs.  But don’t fret, because you can get big deals in late January during Super Bowl Sales.



Lap Tops computers. You’ll see some of the biggest discounts of the year during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  Prices from $200-325 for entry to mid level 15″ laptops will be common.




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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Pumpkin Day Spice and Everything Nice!

pumpkin art autumn-pumpkin-clip-art-1Autumn is the Season and the Pumpkin is the Reason neighbors at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort join folks across the nation to enjoy…pumpkin lattePumpkin spice in lattes, smoothies, pie, cake, candy, soups, breads, and many other tasty treats! Pumpkins are native to America. In fact, Native Americans even ate them in Pre-Historic times. Archeologists have dug up pumpkin seeds in Native American dwellings in Colorado and in Peruvian ruins.

Pumpkins & Colonists in America

pumpkins growingdsc_5902_edited-1Pumpkins were introduced to the European colonists in the seventeenth century. They gave them the name pumpion or  pumpkin, originating from the Greek word, “pepon” meaning “large melon”! Pumpkins are fruits and belong to the gourd family.  They are closely related to melons and cucumbers.

pumpkincolonial-cookbook1The pumpkin is easy to grow, needing only sun, water, and space! This is one reason the plentiful pumpkins were a life-saving food for the colonists. They learned a variety of ways to cook it and feasted on pumpkin stew, mashed pumpkin, and pumpkin beer! The pumpkin seeds were steeped in hot water to brew a dark tea. This strong potion was used as medicine.  The colonists  ate so much pumpkin that they made up a a little tune, “We have pumpkin at morning and pumpkin at noon.  If it were not for pumpkin, we should be undoon!”

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Pumpkins in Literature

Pumpkin for Peanutsscreen-shot-2010-10-30-at-8-52-59-pmPumpkins have a place in the literature for our children. Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater eats them in the nursery rhyme, Peanuts keeps a lookout for famed Great Pumpkin in the cartoon, and Cinderella’s Fairy godmother turns one into a magic coach in the Fairy Tale of Cinderella! So, pumpkins are a part of our national culture!

Pumpkin Jack O’Lanterns

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pumpkin to turnip2The original Jack O’Lanterns were carved turnips and the tradition was brought to the United States by Irish immigrants. The Jack O’Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish history with the Tale of Stingy Jack. A Irish legend to be told!

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Stingy Jack was a miserable , old drunk who liked playing tricks on everyone including the devil himself. One day, he tricked the devil into climbing a tree.  Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree, keeping the devil stuck since he was unable to touch a cross. Once he promised not to take Jack’s soul when he died, the devil climbed down out of the tree.

pearly-gates2Many years later when Stingy Jack died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was not allowed to enter! Saint Peter told Jack that because he was mean and cruel and had led a miserable, worthless life in earth, Heaven was not to be his home.   The devil kept his promise and would not allow Jack to enter Hell either. stingy_jackSince Jack had nowhere to go, he was to wander around forever in the dark Netherworld between Heaven and Hell!

When Jack asked the devil how he could leave when he could not see, the devil tossed Jack an ember from the flames of hell to light his way. The Turnip was Jack’s favorite food and he always carried one with him. Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his Jack O’Lantern!

pumpkin halloween-gardenOn all Hallow’s Eve, the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabaga’s gourds, potatoes, and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away! These were the original Jack O’Lanterns! When the first wave of Irish immigrants came to America in the 1800’s, they discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out and used them for Jack O’Lanterns! Jack O’Lantern Pumpkins are still popular today in America on Halloween!

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 National Pumpkin Day

National Pumpkin day kidsPumpkins are a delicious part if our culture and symbol of the Autumn season! National Pumpkin Day, October 26,  is a day to celebrate pumpkins for their spice and taste!  It is also a time to for carving a pumpkin for a Jack O’Lantern!  Pumpkin spice latte’s are popular at many restaurants! Pumpkin ice cream is really cool, too! Pumpkin flavor is a favorite to many children and adults, too!

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Indigo arms hay560500_209345182529613_597252971_nLocally, in Little River SC, Indigo Farms has their own Pumpkin Day Celebration …9am – 4:30 pm…On October 18th this year.  It is always held on the 3rd Saturday in October! There will be pumpkin activities such as Painting and Pick Your Own Pumpkin! There is Special Music and Old Farm Games for All Ages!Join the Pumpkin Fun with an event that Brings Out the Kid in Everyone!


Pumpkin Recipes 4 U!

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

pumpkin soupIngredients:

  •   3 & 1/2 cooked Or Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 cups Chicken Or vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp. Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Butter OR Olive Oil

Directions:  Mix together in medium saucepan & heat over medium heat. Recipe shared by: recipe4Living …wendybird Moneta, VA.

Pumpkin Ginger Squares


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Quick Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 can Pumpkin (small)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (13 1/2 oz. can)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Nuts
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter


  • Combine first 4 ingredients, mix well until crumbly & Press in a 9 x 13 Greased Pan – Bake 15 minutes @ 350 Degrees.
  • Combine next 8 Ingredients.  Beat Well & Pour over Hot Crust. Bake 20 Minutes.
  • Combine Nuts, Brown Sugar, & Butter to Sprinkle over Baked Pumpkin.
  • Then return to oven…15 – 20 Minutes Till Set.
  • Cool & Cut in Squares.
  • Serve with Whipped Cream!

 Recipe Shared By: De Dee Trainor @ Brunswick Plantation

Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg


  • Beat Eggs on high speed for 5 minutes, gradually adding Sugar.
  • Stir in Pumpkin & Lemon Juice
  • Stir Flour, Baking Powder, Spices, & Salt together.
  • Fold into Pumpkin
  • Spread in greased Floured 15 x 10 x 1 Inch Pan lined with Parchment Paper.
  • Top with Chopped Pecans.
  • Bake @ 375 Degrees for 15 Minutes.
  • Turn onto towel Sprinkled Heavily with Powdered Sugar.
  • Starting at Long End, Roll Towel & Cake Together.
  • Cool; Unroll.
  • Fill with Filling, Reroll, & Freeze (This makes cutting much easier.)
  • When ready to Serve, Remove from Freezer & Slice.


  • Beat 1 Cup Powdered Sugar, Two 3 Oz. Cram Cheese, 4 Tablespoons Butter, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla.

Recipe shared by: Phyllis Billingsley @ Brunswick Plantation

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  • 4 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1 cup Crisco Oil
  • 1 can pumpkin pie filling (Or 1 can of pumpkin & Increase spices to taste – generously)
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • Cloves…to liking
  • Nuts (Optional)
  • Pumpkin Seasoning… to liking
  • Allspice… to liking


  • Beat Eggs
  • Add Oil, Water, & Pie Mix
  • Add Dry Ingredients
  • Mix Well
  • Bake in Greases & Floured Tins @ 350 Degrees for 1 Hour
  • Makes Two Large & 1 Small OR 6 Small Loaves
  • Can Freeze

From: Mrs. Richard Webster in  Three River’s Cookbook (Pittsburgh, PA.) Shared by: Bev Filer @ Brunswick Plantation

Baked Pumpkin Seeds


  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Non stick Cooking Spray (Optional)
  • Salt

Baking Tools:

  • Baking Sheet
  • Spatula


  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • Clean Your Pumpkin Seeds Under Water.  Make sure there is No Excess Pulp from the Pumpkin. Then set them on Paper Towels to Fully Dry.
  • Spray your Baking Sheet with Non-stick Cooking Spray OR Coat with a Thin Layer of Cooking Oil.
  • Spread your clean dry Pumpkin Seeds on the Baking Sheet Evenly. Coat them with a Tablespoon of Olive Oil & Toss to make sure they are covered evenly.
  • Sprinkle the Pumpkin Seeds with Salt. TIP: If you want your seeds to be extra salty, boil them in Salted Water for 10 Minutes.  Drain & Dry; Then Bake.
  • The most common question when it comes to the recipe is how long do you bake the Pumpkin Seeds. Bake the Pumpkin Seeds in the oven for 20 – 30 Minutes OR Until Golden Brown. MAKE Sure to Toss the Pumpkin Seeds every 10 Minutes!
  • Allow Seeds to Cool before you begin Snacking!

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Pumpkin Day socksspin_prod_977937812Happy Pumpkin Day! Enjoy the Pumpkin Season in Coastal Carolina…Lots to Do!  Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort truly is “The Two State Solution To Fun” in every Season! Wishing You & Yours Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!










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Energy Saving Tips for the Fall 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: Brittney Gordon-Williams

It’s hard to believe but summer has come to a close, and fall is officially here. While summer is my favorite time of year, fall runs a close second. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, the weather is usually just about perfect, with mild temperatures that are great for wearing just a light jacket to keep the evening chill away. But, that evening chill also means that many of us start to crank up the heat, as we try to keep our homes nice and comfortable. As you head into fall, these simple tips can help you keep those high energy bills at bay.

vanity light1.) Use ENERGY STAR Certified Lighting: The sun is going down earlier and earlier these days, and that means spending a lot more time with the lights on. Have you changed out all of your lights to ENERGY STAR certified models yet? Using ENERGY STAR certified lighting means that you are using 75 percent less energy than with incandescent bulbs. Making the switch not only means that you are saving $40-$135 in annual energy bills, but your bulbs will last 10-25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

insulation2.) Seal and Insulate Your Home: Sealing and insulating the “envelope” or “shell” of your home — its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors — is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. ENERGY STAR estimates that a knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating. Check out ENERGY STAR’s website to find out more.

programmable thermostat3.) Use a Programmable Thermostat: Using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save energy this fall. All you have to do is set the correct temperature based on how your home is being used at different points in the day, and let the thermostat do the rest. Setting the device correctly is the most important piece to the puzzle, so use the information on ENERGY STAR’s website and start saving up to $180 per year.

4.) Use a Power Strip: The end of summer means that the kids will once again be back in the house, watching TV and playing video games. You can make sure that they don’t leave the all of the electronics on day and night by using a power strip. With just one click they can turn everything off at once, helping the entire family to keep those energy bills down.

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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Coastal Carolina Fall Fests, Frights, and Car Classics

Brunswick platation vew collageCoastal Carolina is a great place to celebrate any time of year! Autumn is a season with many local Fests and special events! Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, located just three miles from the SC  state line, is a prime location to enjoy these celebrations in North and South Carolina! These are a few that may entice You!

Sunset at Sunset

SunsetAtSunsetSaturday, October 4…10am – 5pm is the 8th annual Sunset at Sunset Festival! Great Food, Kid’s Korner, More than 100 Quality Vendors, & Live Music await you! Join the Fun @ Sunset Boulevard…across from the Ingram Planetarium! Admission is FREE!

Live Music:

  • brunswick big band .lindaBrunswick Big Band with Linda Ladrick @ 11am

  • ImitationsgroupphotoThe Imitations @ 1pm

    sunset run shirt 1Join the 5K Run/Walk over Gore Bridge @ 8am!



Farm Heritage Day @ Indigo Farms

indigo farms signVisit Indigo Farms in Little River, SC for a Day of Celebration of Farm Heritage…10am – 4pm Saturday, October 4! Look for some Horse Drawn Demonstrations, Weaving, Old Tool Exhibit, Artifacts from the 1800’s, Black Smithing & more!

The Horry County Museum will be running a 1915 vertical Hit & Miss Engine turning a 1920’s Grist Mill.  See Antique Tractors & Engines and Old Farm Equipment.

Indigo arms hay560500_209345182529613_597252971_nSpecial Additions include Pony Rides, Hay Rides, Pick your own Pumpkins, Hay Maze, Corn Stalk Teepee, lots of photo opportunities, and a popular attraction…Stockpig Racing!   NO Admission Fee, NO Parking Fee, and lots to See & Do For Free! Indigo Farms Pony1379558160_37c0d394f2feHay Rides & Pick Your Own Pumpkins…Do Have Fees.  Corn Shelling has a Small Fee.

indigo farms buildingFall is a Highlight at Indigo Farms! Come see why Indigo Farms is a place where special memories bring Smiles and Warm Thoughts even after your experience there!



Little River Shrimp Fest

lr shrimp fest10th Annual Little River Chamber of Commerce Shrimp Fest …9am – 6pm  on October 11 & 12  On the Little River Waterfront!

Little Rive shriomp & JazzFeaturing Music By: Nathan & The Zydeco, Cha-Cha’s , Austin Mowery Band, Brian Ernst, Bullfrog, Dino’s School of Rock, Super Reggae Man, Paul Grimshaw Band

little-river-scJoin the Fun Under the Live Oaks on the Little River Waterfront…Great Food, Great Music, Vendors, & Children’s Activities!



NC Oyster Festival

Oyster FestivalSaturday, October 18…9am – 5pm & Sunday, October 19…10am – 5pm @ Ocean Isle Beach, NC (Between 2nd & 3rd Street!)

Oyster Stew Cook-Off contest & Oyster Shucking Contest!Admission : $5 with children Under 5 FREE!


Oktoberfest @ Market Common

Market Common  Oktoberfest7th Annual Oktoberfest in Valor Park, The Market CommonFriday, 4pm – 9pm on October 3 & 11am – 7pm on Saturday, October 4



Oktoberfest On The Boardwalk

Oktoberfest boardwalk, Myrtle beach2014Oktoberfest on the Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, SC…11am – 11pm On Saturday, October 11

Featuring Live Music By: Channellheimers OOmpah Band, Dino Capone’s Collision Course,  C2 and the Brothers Reed, Matt Mackelcan Band, A Nickel Bag of Funk, Joel Rush and the Wares, & Yo Mama’s Big Booty Band

OctoberFest_300_200_90Enjoy German Food and Vendors, largest Selection of Oktoberfest Beer, Oktoberfest Steins, Pumpkin Patch for Kids to Decorate Pumpkins, Face Painting, Fun & Games for the Kids, Inflatables, and Much More! FREE Admission!



Fright Delights!

Fright Nights on The Boardwalk

Fright_Nights_200_2002014 Boardwalk Fright Nights: See Live Zombies, Haunted Attractions, Big Tricks & Treats! Great Off-Season Discounts at most area shops & restaurants…Guaranteed Big Tricks & Treats!

Scary Good Times…Friday & Saturday, October 3rd thru November 1st On the Boardwalk of Downtown Myrtle Beach…14th Ave. North to 2nd Avenue North!


Haunted Trail

haunted trail@ Grisettown halloween-orange-moon-cemetry-wallpaper 2Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue HAUNTED TRAIL

Walk the Haunted Trail at the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue At: 7pm On Friday & Saturday Nights…Oct. 3 & 4, Oct, 10 & 11, Oct. 17 & 18, Oct. 24 & 25 PLUS Halloween Night, Oct. 31st

Cost: $10 Per Person

Winery Fest

La Belle Amie collageLa Belle Amie Winery…Little River, SC

Autumn Big Band Blast

October 4…Noon – 6pm… Noon to 5pm…Big Band Music at its Andrew Thielen Big BandFinest with The Andrew Thielen Band, and Ed Torres

Enjoy …A taste of Wine, and some Delicious Outdoor Cooking, a guided Vineyard Tour, a Fantastic gift shop, & Wonderful Folks to meet! Bring a Lawn Chair & Join in for an afternoon of Relaxation & Fun!

Admission : $10 Per person …Bring two canned/dry foods for the Food Bank and receive $3 off admission!

Car Show Classics

PTC RUISERNETWORKCAFEPRESSLOGOSHOTReturn to the Beach 15-PT Cruiser Car Show…9am – 3pm On October 4  @ Broadway at the Beach…Myrtle Beach, SC

Coolest Designed PT Cruisers!

Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASaturday,October 11…10am – 4pm at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC!




 Coastal Carolina Invites You to Join the Fests, Fright Delights, and Car Classic FUN ! See why Folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort find this a Better Way of Life! Happy Autumn!

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Kathy and Mike Spadaccini…A Groovy Kind of Love!

IMG950337(1)We have so many Fun and Interesting Folks living at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! Kathy and Mike Spadaccini are among the newest additions! They are currently having a  house built in The Hamptons section of the Plantation.  Meanwhile, they are renting a house in the Georgetown section to live here while their house is being built. They are exploring the area and enjoying all of the Fun things there are do in and near this Two State Solution to Fun!

Sunset beach collageKathy and Mike really enjoy going to the beach at Sunset Beach in the mornings, their favorite Beach Time! They both enjoy days at the Plantation pools, among the other amenities at Brunswick. Mike enjoys playing golf, as he has for years. Kathy is new to golf and learning to play …But loves it! Tennis was Kathy’s favorite sport in the past. Kathy and Mike enjoy eating and socializing at the 19th Hole and also the special events Robin schedules there. 19th hole Elvis Parrot collageThey liked being entertained by the Elvis Impersonator and are looking forward to the Parrot Head Party…Tribute to Jimmy Buffet! It is all more Fun for Everyone at The 19th Hole!

Kathy & Mike…The Perfect Match.Com

IMG_4484(1)Kathy Carroll and Mike Spadaccini connected on and met for the first time at the Sweetwater Tavern in Merrifield, Virginia. It was Memorial Day! Mike, being retired from the Air Force, opened his arms and Welcomed Kathy with…”Hug a Veteran”! I am assuming it was after the Hug that they shared a delicious artichoke appetizer! It seems that the hug and the appetizer were the start of something good!

They began to see each other regularly.  Kathy says that Mike and his groups of friends always had something fun on the agenda…Theater, Wolf Trap performances, and vacations, to name a few! They were always upbeat and ready to go! Kathy appreciated it when Mike took square dance lessons for a year to receive an Official Square Dance Certificate because she loved to square dance! IMG_20110511_213820 (1)(1)Now, that’s Love! After four years of Fun and Frolic, their their wedding was on Memorial Day in May 2014! Now Kathy can “Hug a Veteran” Every Day!

Kathy & Mike…Life Before


Kathy was is originally from Virginia. She went to college at the University of Tennessee  and earned her masters in in Memphis. Since her Dad was a government employee, she had the opportunity to do summer jobs at the Pentagon. Her career after college was in teaching and counseling.

Kathy’s husband at that time was in the Dept. of Foreign Commercial Service,  which afforded them the opportunity to live abroad. The couple had three year tours of duty each in Indonesia, Israel, and Venezuela. So, Lucia, their daughter experienced living and going to school in different cultures.

Kathy taught at International Schools in all of those countries. There were also some teachers from the country where they were located. This gave her the opportunity to know them personally. Every country has it’s own unique culture which one respects and traditions to abide by while living there. Kathy says that she found that…People always make the place you are!


Indonesia collageOne example of a cultural significance, was that in Indonesia, women don’t go sleeveless. So, Kathy was sure not to do that there. She also did not play much tennis in Indonesia, as it was just too hot during the day for that sport. Kathy and her family lived in government housing in Indonesia. She did get to know Indonesian people and found them to be gracious and kind.  She said she would go back there “In a Heartbeat”!


Israel collageKathy’s family was in Israel in Tel Aviv in 2001 – 2004, at the time of the mall and bus bombings. However, she said there was no one-on-one crime. They felt safe even though there was tension with helicopters overhead. It was the time of the build up the Iraq war. They were evacuated before the 2nd Gulf War but returned 4 months later. The American Embassy had certain places off-limits, so you knew where you could go and where to avoid. They lived in a gated community there. Kathy said that it might take some time, but once you got to know an Israeli citizen, you had a Friend for Life!


Venezuela collageVenezuela has wonderful weather but was more restricted than other places Kathy had lived. Her family lived in an apartment there with a view of the mountains through the glass. She did not go out at night alone there though. There were teachers from Venezuela at the International school.

After their tours overseas in 2007, Kathy’s husband passed away from cancer. She said the felt she had lost her husband and her way of life!  This is when Kathy worked as a counselor at inner city schools…Another experience in education and life adjustment.

Kathy’s daughter, Lucia, now lives in Providence, Rhode Island and works for Americorps at the Children’s Museum in Studio Art/ Photography.   She earned her degree at Smith College in Massachusetts. Kathy’s brothers and their children live in Virginia, as does her 93 year old Mother. Her family is close and enjoy getting together. Kathy and Mike can visit Family at Virginia Beach… More Beach Fun for Everyone!


Mike grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Hudson County N. Bergen High school. He has one older brother and two younger sisters who live in New Jersey along with their children and their 90 year old mother!italian feat of 7 fishes0976928809.01.LZZZZZZZ This Italian family loves to honor Italian traditions like the Seafood “Feast of Seven Fishes” Christmas Eve! christmas-eve-in-the-italian-traditionDue to family commitments  , they celebrated Christmas Eve at Thanksgiving at his sister’s house last year. She prepared all the seafood…Clams, shrimp and more sea delicacies for everyone!  Kathy says that Mike’s family is “So Sweet”. She says not only are they good cooks but can fix anything around the house…mechanical or electrical! She is very impressed with this ability! She is amazed at Mike’s own capability to fix things at their house. As they say, “It’s so nice to have a man around the house!”

Mike retired in 2004 with 30 years in the Air Force! He had two years entering Air Force Associates/Community College of the Air Force. He earned his undergraduate degree in Resource Management from Troy State. He later attended Troy State and earned his Masters in Public Administration.

Over his career, Mike worked as a Morse Systems Operator (2 yrs.), an aircraft machinist (11yrs.), and spent his last 17 years of 30 years of service working for the AF Management Engineering Program (i.e. industrial engineering) as a Manpower and Organization Analyst. Mike’s final assignment to the Pentagon was the Chief Enlisted Manager for the manpower community, and he retired as the senior Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) having served in that grade for 10 years.

LMI_LogoAfter the Air Force, he did 10 years of consulting for LMI Logistics Management Institute.  This program was created by McNamara under President Kennedy.   He still does some consulting for them when they contact him.

 Life in the Air Force

Mike met his wife in England and their son, Brian, was born in a hospital on the economy in England. Mike’s wife was with him for most of his tours in the Air Force but has since passed away. The family had a few tours to England that included RAF Chicksands, RAF Upper Heyford, RAF Fairford in the Cotwold area of England. Brian attended some schools on the British economy. While at RAF Alconbury, Brian attended a DODDS Dept. of Defense Dependents School. England CollageMike loved the English countryside and enjoyed the British pubs! The Cotswold area of England is particularly beautiful!

A quote by British travel writer, John Hillaby: “Few things are more pleasant than a village graced with a good church, a good priest, and a good pub!”

 Air Force Tours in the Untied States

tampa bat A F collageMike was stationed 5 years at McQuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, his home state. So, he got to see the world and spend some time near home! Mike also had a two year tour at Tampa Bay, Florida.

Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii

Hickam AF CollageMike had two tours/six years at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Hawaii, of course, has such beautiful scenery and beaches! A quote from Writer & Novelist, Paul Thoreau: “Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace!”

Mike At The Pentagon on 9/11

Mike was working in an office at the Pentagon on 9/11. His office had  been moved to another location in the building a few months earlier. His previous office took a direct hit on that dreaded day! It took two days to cleaning the air from the contamination in the remaining buildings.  Mike was back at work in his office soon afterward. It is certainly a memory that one never forgets!official (1)(1)Mike worked at the Pentagon until his retirement in 2004.

Wonderful Weddings …Uniquely United!

Mike says his son, Brian, is his Best Buddy! They showed this to the world when they each performed the wedding ceremony for each other….On different Wedding Dates! According to Virginia law, you may get a certificate as a Civil Celebrant for a Day which authorizes you to perform a wedding ceremony.

Wedding of Kathy and Mike

IMG_4512(1)Kathy and Mike married on Memorial Day in May of 2014.  This was chosen to commemorate their first meeting on Memorial Day four years earlier. Their ceremony was held at Pistone’s, their favorite Italian Restaurant, where they lived in Virginia. Kathy’s friends decorated the restaurant for the ceremony beautifully with Beach decor since they were moving to the NC Beach! Brian conducted the marriage ceremony pronouncing Kathy and Mike…Husband and Wife! It was a Beautiful Day!

Wedding of Brian and Christie

Spad Family-2(1)Brian and Christie, the woman of his dreams, decided to marry on Halloween! Everyone was to come in costume, including the Bride & Groom! Mike was dressed as Buzz Lightyear & Kathy went as his adoring Jesse! Talk about Fun! Fun! Fun! Mike, a Civil Celebrant, conducted his son’s marriage ceremony! What a special way to start a new life…With your Father bestowing God’s Blessing along with His Own Blessing!

Kathy and Mike Make Brunswick Plantation Their Home!

Kathy and Mike knew they wanted to live in a beach area.  Their friends, Tammy and Tom O’Neill live at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort. They came to this area and looked several places, including St. James and Ocean Ridge. Mark Reddick gave them their tour of Brunswick Plantation. While they were looking at a house being built, Janna and Mark Madera came by and asked them if they could help them. It was the Madera’s house they were looking at and they invited Kathy and Mike with Mark  to go through with them. They were impressed with how open and friendly everyone was at Brunswick! Whether they were at the 19thHole or anywhere on the Plantation, people spoke or waved!

Fibbers Restaurant buildingEverywhere they went in the area, they always met someone from Brunswick Plantation! When they went to eat at Fibber’s On The Water, Ralph Carbone took them around the restaurant to meet other people from the Plantation! Ralph is the owner of Fibbers and lives at Brunswick! It seems like everyone was from somewhere different, and you always met a group of people with whom you have something in common. It is a good support system and feel like “You Belong Somewhere”!

Hamptons-1Kathy and Mike eventually decided to buy a lot and build their house in The Hamptons section of Brunswick. They like that area because it is less tame with lots of space. They were also impressed with the value of the property and the building incentives offered to them.

DSC01674(1)Kathy likes the idea of a new house and choosing her design of kitchen, as she loves to cook and entertain! Though she loves to cook, Kathy says Mike is a Master on the BBQ grill…Especially his Korean BBQ! Mike loves having his  choice of garage and den where he enjoys spending much of his time at home!

Though they are still exploring the area, there are some places that they consider favorites! They enjoy going out with friends to Fibbers On The Water, The Grapevine, Chianti South, Boundary House, Causeway Gourmet (Shrimp & Grits) , Molly Darcy, and Midtown Cafe to name a few restaurants!

barefoot Landing collage1They also enjoy Broadway at the A Beach and Barefoot Landing! They want to learn the Shag dance! Kathy and Mike are interested in Day Trips to near-by sites! They also plan to do some traveling once their house is completed and they are more settled!

Brunswick Activites Views CollageKathy and Mike feel that there are Great Friends Everywhere! They feel that Brunswick Plantation is “One Big Community” near the beach they love! They feel Happy to make their home at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! Their license plate shares their attitude about Life using the Indonesian alphabet!  TDAAPA 2 ….No Tidak, What  Apa, What Apa…Translation: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff! Welcome Kathy and Mike Spadaccini, A Groovy Kind of Couple…More Great People of Brunswick Plantation!









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