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Voluntourism: Will Float For History

Fun events and voluntourism on Tybee IslandVoluntourism is another great way to get the most from your Tybee Island visit.  In fact, there’s a super fun opportunity that’s coming up soon and all you have to do is join in for “Will Float For History“!

Grab your friends and come take a fun and relaxing float for history down the back river!  The Tybee Floatilla invites you to join in this voluntourism event on Sunday, July 1st at 11:00 a.m.  The floatilla will begin at Alley III and Chatham Avenue and it ends at The Crab Shack, with a short break on the Criminal Island Sandbar along the way.

To register and purchase tickets in person, visit The Crab Shack on Tybee or the Register Law Firm in Savannah.  There, you will fill out a registration form and waiver and receive a koozie, rules and regulations and an entrance wrist band.  You will receive a Floatilla t-shirt upon your arrival at The Crab Shack following the Float.  TICKETS are $25 each.
To register online, visit: You will receive your koozie, rules and regulations and entrance wrist band in the mail.  You will receive a Floatilla t-shirt upon your arrival at The Crab Shack following the Float.   TICKETS $30 (includes a $5 processing fee).


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The 2012 Tybee Energy and Water Fair is Coming!

Looking for something to do this weekend that is fun as well as good for the planet? Look no further than Tybee Island! This Saturday, February 11, is the Tybee Island Energy and Water Fair!

The Energy and Water Fair is an event designed to educate everyone in ways to conserve and reuse community resources.  Conservation is so important. We only have what the Earth has given, so we should know how to better take care of our resources! The Community Resource Committee is holding this fabulous event, and it’s not to be missed! There will be local vendors, scientists, and organizations participating.  Fair-goers will enjoy more than 30 exhibits and 8 workshops, plus free events for kids. There will even be free and confidential document shredding along with electronic recycling available at the fair! Learning ways to Use less to save more is easy and fun! Just look at this schedule of events!


  • 9:30 – 10:00: Lester Wiggins, Savannah Tech Construction & Maintenance Technology, The Future of Solar Energy in Our Region
  • 10:10 – 10:40: Dr. Clark Alexander, Skidaway Institute, Sea-level Rise & Coastal Erosion in Georgia
  • 10:50 – 11:20: Anna Smit, Southern Alliance for Clean Air, Benefits/Challenges of Offshore Wind
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Pat Prokop, WTOC Weatherman, History of Climate & Use of Fossil Fuels
  • 12:10- 12:40:  Julian (Solar) Smith, How to Use Solar Energy
  • 12:50 – 1:20: Keith Freeman, One World Sustainable, Solar PV Potential in SE-Residential and Commercial
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Tonya Bonitatibus, Savannah River-keeper, Interconnection of Our Waterways & Their Uses
  • 2:10 – 2:40 Dr. Joe Richardson, Tybee Island Beach Ecology- Diverse, Seasonal, and Interesting.


– David Loxsom, Atlantic Recycling Solutions — Electronic Takeback

– Sam Kirkland, Wind Turbines of South Carolina — Exhibit

– Wes Jackson, Solar Cooker Demo — free sliders

– Scott Kilpatrick, Savannah Shredder, Document Destruction – confidential and free

– Lester Wiggins, Savannah Tech, Solar Power Generator — Exhibit

– Tybee Charter School — serving goodies

– Silent Auction

This fair is FREE to the public, so don’t miss a minute of the fun! Come on down to the Tybee Gym (next to Memorial Park) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and learn loads of ways to lower your water and energy bills, as well as other things you can do to take better care of our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got! We hope to see you at the 2012 Tybee Island Energy and Water Fair!!

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Paw4Vets Fundraising Success!

We had an incredible turn out last Saturday for our Paws4Vets fundraiser! If you didn’t make it, you missed a lot of fun and friendship! Saturday, January 28th, Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island totally “went to the dogs!” We gathered there to help raise money to support Paws4Vets and to help fund the training of one very special puppy. Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets, will be trained by the wonderful people at Paws4Vets to be a service dog; he will go on to be the companion of a soldier right here in the Savannah area.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members (or their dependents) with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs, and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program. It’s a wonderful thing, and Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor such a great cause!

Saturday was certainly amazing! Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs came out to celebrate and help in the effort! Mary Kay Andrews was there as well with a fresh haul of wonderful vintage lovelies in tow, and pen in hand, ready to sign books for fans. There was an amazing silent auction full of treasures on which to bid, which included, among other things, a signed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible!  Mermaid Cottages was there with our Beach Bum Biscuits and tee shirts. The proceeds from the sales of those items, as well as 10% of each purchase made in Seaside Sisters that day, went to the fundraising cause! And, to top it all off, there was a bake sale to end all bake sales. It was a wonderful day!

We were also honored to see and feature our fundraiser on their sites! Make sure to head over and read the posts. We are so excited about them!

In all, the fundraising efforts raised $1000 to help Paws4Vets! Thanks to everyone for coming out to Seaside Sisters and supporting this great cause! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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The Beautiful Photography of Belinda Hall

We are already excited about our Paws4Vets fundraiser this coming Saturday, but now we have more to be excited about! The amazingly talented Belinda Hall, of Belinda Hall Photographyhas contributed some wonderful items to our Silent Auction!

Come out to our Silent Auction This Saturday and bid on this amazing package!

Make sure you come out to Seaside Sisters to win this wonderful package! Portrait photographer Belinda Hall will capture portraits of your beloved furry friend and present you with images you will cherish for a lifetime. Your choice of on-location portrait session to include your entire family (humans welcome!) or you may save the session just for your furry friend. The session includes one hour with your professional photographer, 30-50 edited images presented in a password protected online gallery for download & sharing. You’ll be able to download web friendly images & print friendly versions of your pictures. The printing release included as well!

Taken at The Enlisted Men's Mess Hall, photography by Belinda Hall

Belinda is incredibly talented, and we are proud to say she has taken some of the amazing pictures of our cottages you see around our website. Her portfolio is gorgeous, and a definite must-see! In addition to pet portraits, Belinda can help you with just about any photography need you may have.  She says it best herself:

The talented Belinda Hall, photographer extraordinaire!

“The beautiful chaos and passion that life holds drives me as an artist. My specialties include Weddings, Portraiture, Fine Art, Architectural,and Commercial Photography. I am grateful for the opportunity to capture your moments in life, they are not only special to you but dear to my heart because I am given another chance to express the poetry of life through my love, photography.” — Belinda Ann Hall

Beautiful beach photography by Belinda Hall

If you want to see even more beautiful work by Belinda, make sure to stop by her website, You can even follow her on Facebook! We couldn’t be happier about her generous contribution to our auction this weekend and would like to say a great big Thank You to Belinda. Your talent never ceases to amaze us!

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Make Your Plans for Mardi Gras!

February is coming fast (hard to believe isn’t it!) and that means Tybee’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras celebration is right around the corner! Tybee is a natural to choice to host a Mardi Gras event; nobody throws a party like Tybee Island! The celebration will take place February 17th and 18th, 2012, and Mermaid Cottages is your headquarters for home base!

For the weekend of Mardi Gras (February 17th and 18th), Mermaid Cottages is offering an awesome special for those looking to enjoy the revelry! When you book two nights for the weekend of Tybee Island Mardi Gras, you’ll get two nights free! Yeah, you heard that right. Four nights for the price of two! Don’t wait, our cottages will fill up fast. Book your cottage now so you don’t miss a minute of the fun! Plus, you’ll have two days to enjoy a little salty sea air recovery after the party!

imagesource.comIf you’re interested in planning your trip, call or email Mermaid Jan or Mermaid Denise and they’ll be happy to get you on your way to the perfect stay! You can reach Mermaid Jan by calling 912-658-1550 or emailing her at Mermaid Denise can be reached by calling 912-655-6525 or emailing Just mention that you want to plan your Mardi Gras vacation!

Don’t wait! Tybee’s Mardis Gras celebration is not-to-be-missed, and our cottages will book up fast. Call or email us now to ensure you get yours today!


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Cooking Class at the North Beach Bar and Grill!

Have you ever wanted to grow you cooking skills? Ever think about taking a cooking class, or two? Well, you’re in luck! If you happen to be on Tybee, you can learn some fun new things in the kitchen from The North Beach Bar & Grill! Designed for cooking enthusiasts of all skills levels, these classes are perfect for individuals, couples, and friends.  Even you accomplished chefs out there can learn some new cooking methods!

You eat a variety of meals in a day, so why not learn a variety of new meals to make at home? The classes range from appetizers through to dinner entrees and dessert, so there’s something for everyone. In addition to hands on training guided by Executive Chef Mir Ali, each class will last about two hours and will end with food and wine. You can attend a single class for $80, or reserve a spot in three classes for $200. Please book at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot. Book a class for yourself, or give one as a gift. Heck, do both!

Classes started January 10th. at 6:00pm, but you haven’t missed your chance! Classes run through February 28th, so grab your spot now!

Here’s the Winter Schedule of classes:

January 10     Appetizers

January 17    Soups and Salads

January 31    Entrees and Desserts

February 7     Appetizers

February 21  Soups and Salads

February 28  Entrees and Desserts

A maximum of 12 reserved spots will be available for each class and a minimum of five reservations will be required for each class to take place. If this is not met the class will be canceled and rescheduled for another day. Please call Chef Mir for detailed information pertaining to each class schedule at 912-704-6542. You can email Chef Mir at for information as well.

Don’t wait! Call and reserve your spot in class today! You won’t regret it!

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Come to the Harris Street Hoopla!

There’s always something going on around the Tybee Island and Savannah area, and this week is no exception. This Tuesday, January 10th, is the Harris Street Hoopla in Historic Downtown Savannah! Harris Street is home to the beautiful Savannah Sea Maiden Cottage as well as Savannah Shutterbug Cottage, and this Tuesday is your chance to tour both. You’re invited to pop in to enjoy a glass of wine and a chance to view two gorgeous downtown treasures!

Welcome to Savannah Sea Maiden Cottage!

Savannah Sea Maiden Cottagewas built by a successful African American post-bellum builder named John B. Savage. The cottage is filled with handpicked treasures from estate sales found throughout Savannah and Tybee. You’ll admire soaring ceilings, beautiful heart of pine floors, and loads of art from amazing local artists, such as Bellamy and Catherine Lovett, during your tour. Savannah Sea Maiden will also be included on the 2012 Savannah Tour of Homes! You won’t regret dropping by and spending some time in this special cottage.

Savannah Shutterbug Cottage is a contemporary and cozy retreat!

The Savannah Shutterbug Cottage is a beautiful one bedroom cottage, so-named because it was the studio of one of Savannah’s most well-loved wedding photographers. The entire cottage features original photography from Donna Von Bruening‘s travels both near and far!  The studio has been turned into a quiet escape in the middle of the city. The Shutterbug was just renovated and beckons its guests to slow down and enjoy the contemporary yet cozy southern atmosphere.

Come enjoy beautiful Historic Savannah, Georgia.

This Tuesday is your chance to drop in and enjoy a little time touring these beautiful homes! The doors at 549 E. Harris Street (The Shutterbug) & 519 E. Harris Street (Savannah Sea Maiden) in Historic Downtown Savannah will be open and welcoming visitors at 6 p.m. Come by and enjoy the homes, learn more about them, and learn how you can book a stay of your own! These homes are offered through Busy Bee Vacation Rentals of Savannah, Georgia. Come by and meet Laurie deVegter of Busy Bee Vacations Tuesday, give her a call at 912.220.0957, or check out Busy Bee Vacations online. We hope to see y’all Tuesday!

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Tybee’s New World Record!

Two thousand twelve is here, and it really started with a bang here on Tybee Island! The fireworks on New Year’s Eve sent 2011 out in style, but Tybee’s 2012 got off to a fabulous start with the Tybee Polar Plunge and the island’s attempt to set a new world record- The Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps!

The Tybee Polar Plunge is a favorite annual event here, and it never disappoints. More participants show up every year, and this year was no exception! Over 2000 people showed up to take the plunge, don a swim cap, do both, or just to stand by and watch the craziness.

“Tybee Island entered the Guinness Book of World Records by staging the largest gathering of people wearing swim caps. The total was 2,049, easily breaking the previous record of 546 set in Osaka, Japan. The event was followed by the annual Tybee Polar Plunge. It was, indeed, a great New Year’s morning at the beach.” ~Connect Savannah on Facebook

The participants donned their caps, along with creative costumes, and a little past noon, everyone ran toward the waves! Check out this video from!

The fee to register for participation in the world record attempt and plunge was for a great cause. The funds raised at the Tybee Polar Plunge will go to the continued restoration of the Historic Tybee Post Theater to new glory. According to, the new record is unofficial at the moment, but that’s just until Tybee submits documentation to secure official word on the new world record!

Here’s to 2012 starting off with a bang! May your New Year be fun and fabulous…and hopefully, bring you to Tybee Island sometime!

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Your Vote Counts!

It’s that time again! The Critz Tybee Run Fest  is right around the corner (February 3rd and 4th) and they are having their annual contest to choose this year’s t-shirt design! Many local and regional artists submitted, and some entries even came from as far away as Oregon and New Jersey! Loads of wonderful work was submitted and a panel of judges made up of race organizers and the Savannah Morning News did the hard job of narrowing the group down to the top five finalists. Now? Well, it’s your turn to help!

Check out the Top Five, think it over, pick your favorite, then head over and VOTE! Voting is happening now, and will run through January 5th. You’re voting for the design you think should grace the 2012 Critz Tybee Run Fest t-shirt! It’s going to be a hard choice…just look how wonderful they all are!

Check out the top five designs over on the voting page now!

Aren’t they great! Good luck to all the artists; we can’t wait to see which design is chosen for the t-shirt! Remember, you only have until January 5th to have your say in which design is the winner! Cast your vote now!

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Ring in 2012 in Style on Tybee Island!

This Saturday, December 31st, the year 2011 comes to a close and we ring in 2012! Here on Tybee, we love a good excuse for a party, and a new year is definitely a great one! Come ring in 2012 Tybee Style at the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks show with us! The show starts at the stroke of midnight. Curl up in your beach chair or on a blanket to watch the spectacular fireworks display from the South Beach areas, or right in the middle of the fun at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. It’s always a fabulous show, so don’t miss it!

The fun doesn’t end on New Year’s Eve either. This year is the 12th annual Tybee Polar Plunge! Even better? This year, you can be a part of history as Tybee tries to set a new world record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swimming Caps! Does Tybee Island know how to kick off a new year, or what?!

Join us and make history!

Make sure to visit the Tybee Polar Plunge web page for more information on how to register for the fun. If cold water isn’t your thing, no problem! Come just to watch the craziness!

And, as always, remember to celebrate responsibly! Please remember not to drink and drive, check out any of theses transportation services to get you around Tybee to your New Year’s destinations!

Crab Cab — (912) 786-2722

Tybee Cruisers – 1601 Inlet Ave – (912) 786-8282

Fat Tire Bicycle Rental & Repair & Tybee Slow Ride– 1403 Butler Avenue – (912) 786-4013

Tim’s Beach Gear LLC – (912) 786-8467

We hope to see you on Tybee this weekend…there’s no better place to ring in a brand new year!

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