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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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The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is Almost Here!

If you live in the Savannah area, and you don’t know about The Back in the Day Bakery…WHAT are you waiting for? The Back in the Day Bakery sits at 2403 Bull Street in beautiful Savannah, Georgia and it’s only the best place ever for all things sweet, savory, and delicious. They say “Slow down and taste the sweet life,” and it isn’t just a tag line. Owners Griff and Cheryl Day believe “good food should nourish your body and soul.” When you visit Back in the Day Bakery, you enter a neighborhood bakeshop where everything is hand made in small batches. They put a real emphasis on quality and local ingredients, and you can taste the love in every bite!

The Back in the Day Bakery is known locally as well as nationally for their decadent, down-home desserts and scrumptious rustic breads. Now, we know everyone can’t make it to Savannah, so what’s the next best thing? A cookbook of course! That’s right! The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is coming! We are super excited to see the finished product. Some of the cookbook was written right here on Tybee Island at our Mermaid Cottages! The cookbook celebrates the bakery’s tenth anniversary, and it’s packed with all the baking knowledge Griff and Cheryl have to share, right along with loads of amazing recipes to tempt your taste buds.

Just one yummy picture from the Back in the Day Bakery Facebook Page!

Back in the Day’s famous Buttermilk Biscones are in there as well as Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S’more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and the list goes on! The full-color photographs will make your tummy rumble. There are even behind-the-scenes bakery shots that will give you a peek into the day-to-day workings of  life at the bakery. This special cookbook celebrates family traditions, baking from scratch, and quality local ingredients. It’s basically a “down-home bake sale in a book!”

Where can you get yours? Well, the book will be available for purchase March 6, 2012, but you can pre-order a copy today! If you want to make sure to get your copy reserved before they hit the shelves, you can pre-order The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook at Amazon, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, or Powell’s Books. So don’t wait! Order your copy today! We are so proud of Cheryl and Griff and want to send out a huge congratulations, happy ten years (and many more!), and a Thank You for every single smile we’ve had when we visit The Back in the Day Bakery! We can’t wait to pick up our copy of the cookbook!



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Mermaid Sighting: The Elusive Merman!

Mermaid Cottages loves seeing mermaid sightings from anywhere and everywhere! We love them all…but we do notice one thing. Most of our sightings tend to me female. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that (mermaids are gorgeous!), but when we get the chance to see a merMAN, well, we get super excited about that!

Mermen tend to be even more elusive than their lovely maiden counterparts, so when we received this sighting, we knew we were in for a treat! First off, our favorite author, Mary Kay Andrews, sent in the sighting! Second? Well, she spotted an elusive merman!!!

Sighting of an elusive merman, from Mary Kay Andrews!

He looks ready to party, too, doesn’t he? Martini anyone? How dapper! Thanks so much for sharing, Mary Kay. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a merman, and you certainly found a good looking fellow!

Have you seen a mermaid or merman? They are everywhere, if you know where to look! If you have a sighting you’d like to share, please send it to us at Then, keep an eye out, your sighting might be the nest featured right here on our blog!

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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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Mermaid Sighting: The Mertailor

We believe everyone at some point in their lives has dreamed of being a mermaid. Oh yes, you you fella out there! Well, no you can, thanks to The Mertailor!

If you have ever wanted to don  a tail and become part of the mystical, magical world of the mermaid, look no further! Check out for all things mermaid! Follow them on a magical underwater adventure of your own and check out the company’s custom made, wearable mermaid tails. These tails are created from quality silicone, latex, and spandex and can actually be used for swimming. One of these beauties is bound to set you on your way to becoming the mermaid you truly are on the inside! Just look at all these amazing mermaids!

The Mertailor isn’t just tails, either. They offer loads of unique mermaid accessories to go along with your tail…even beautiful jewelry! Make sure you check our their website and browse all the offerings. It’s definitely a mermaid’s dream-come-true!

Have you seen a mermaid lately? Well, we’d sure love to hear about it! Drop us a line with your pictures and stories at and keep an eye out. Your sighting could be the next one featured right here on our blog!



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Mermaid Sighting: Mermaid Camps

Hasn’t everyone, at some point in their life, wished they were a mermaid? Be honest! Well, of course you have, and now you can! The world famous mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida actually offer Mermaid Camps!

That’s right! You can attend a special camp, just for mermaids! They offer their Adventures Under the Spring Mermaid Camp, for children ages 7 to 14. Kids that participate learn what it’s like to be an underwater performer. During the underwater training, kids will learn the basic ballet moves that the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs perform every day. Attendees also learn the daily responsibilities of being a mermaid and a behind the scenes point-of-view at what it takes to put on a mermaid show. There’s a Mermaid Makeover, complete with a self portrait and a group shot, so the memories last forever. Campers even get to participate in one of the mermaid shows as a dry performer in the underwater theater! They also offer a Sirens of the Deep Camp for adults with all the same fun and magic, ending with a live performance by the participants for their family and friends.  How much fun is that?!

If you want more information about the camps, or Weeki Wachee Springs in general, visit their website or find them on their official Weeki Wachee Springs Facebook Page.

Have you seen a mermaid? We’d love to hear about it! Please send you sightings and stories to us at You never know, yours could be the next featured sighting, right here on our blog!

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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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Mermaid Sighting: Florida Mermaids

Back in November, our own Mermaid Melissa picked up and moved to Florida! She and her husband were exploring their new town a week after moving in and wouldn’t you know it, they spotted a mermaid! And not only one…but three!

Don't you just love the little blocks?!

Melissa said they were wandering around and decided to check out a local art museum. “I didn’t think it would take too long to spot one, since it is Florida, but I wasn’t expecting to spot three within a week of moving!”

These lovely sea creatures were gracing the shelves of the gift shop in The Florida Museum for Women Artists in DeLand. Aren’t they fabulous? So playful and fun! Thank you for sharing Melissa!

We just adore the little details, like the sea horse!

Have you seen a mermaid? Well, we’d love to hear about it! Please send your sightings and stories to You never know, yours could be the next featured sighting, right here on our blog!

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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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