Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

August 2010

Check Out Fido Finalists from Fifi Flowers

The votes are in…and the furry finalists are finished!  Newman here, was the big winner! The top dogs (all 6 of them, plus a Tybee pup, just BECAUSE!) were voted on by Fifi Flowers followers. Each of these paintings will be reproduced and sold in a frameable note card collection soon available at Seaside Sisters…along with Beach Bum Biscuits, of course!

Proceeds from the sale of these fabulous note cards will help to sponsor service and guide dogs.  The contest was so doggone successful, that this canine competition  is to become an annual event…so keep that camera on hand! Say cheese, Rover!

Doggone Cute Contest Winners!!!

The voting is closed and the winners have been chosen! Fifi Flowers has posted the six winning pooches on her blog and the paintings couldn’t be any cuter! We are so excited to see these in person when they make it to Seaside Sisters as a too-cute set of note cards! We want to thank everyone for entering their pictures, and congratulations to the winners!
If you see your dog here, make sure you head over to Fifi’s blog for details on how to get your free set of the note cards! She is also offering a great rate to buy the original paintings to all who participated, so don’t miss out on owning yours! If you didn’t get the chance to enter, but would love to commission Fifi to do a painting of your precious pooch, she can help you with that too!
Now, without further ado, the winners! (Drum roll please……)

6th place winner, Geronimo
5th place winner, Albert
4th place winner, Miss Sadie
3rd place Winners, Capo di Tutti & Chaneo McLovin
2nd place winner, Lilly
And our first place winner is……. Newman!
1st place winner, Newman
And, here is a local dog that will also be included in the note card collection. Meet Jake!
Jake from Tybee
Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations to our winning dogs! Mermaid Cottages thank you all for supporting our Beach Bum Biscuits and the great cause they fund! To find out how to get your hands on your own bag of treats, and learn more about supporting Southeastern Guide and Service Dogs, please head over to our website and the Beach Bum Biscuit blog!

Shake Your Maracas for Ms. Sylvia!!

Ms. Sylvia Gott is a Tybee music icon. She’s a peppy 101 years young and still rocks a nightly gig at Doc’s Bar here on the island. Yes, our lovely lady is known world wide for her talents as a percussionist. Drums, castanets, tambourines…you name it. We love to watch her play!

photo thanks to Tybee Arts Association and Sherri Simmons

Recently, Ms. Sylvia had a fall and was hospitalized for a cracked pelvis. She’s recovering and is very eager to get back to her music! The community has been cheering on her full recovery and to help with that, she needs a lift in her home to help her get from her first to her second floor. There have been fund raisers island wide, thanks to the Tybee Arts Association and other groups, to help raise the $10,000 for the lift.
You can join Tybee in raising the funds to help Ms. Sylvia get her lift this Saturday, August 28th, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Doc’s Bar! There will be great food and great music, so please come! Wear your turbine and bring your maracas to shake in honor of the fabulous Ms. Sylvia!!
There will be buckets for your donations at Doc’s as well as many other locations around the island. If you aren’t able to make it to Tybee, you can head on over to the Tybee Arts Association website and make a donation through Paypal! Please help us help our beloved music legend!

We send our very best to Ms. Sylvia and wish her a full and speedy recovery!!

photo by Sherri Simmons

We Love Our Sea Turtles!

We are a little over half way through our sea turtle nesting season here on the island. The season runs from May 1st through October 31st, and this year we’ve seen a lot of activity! In fact the state of Georgia has had a record high number of nests! Here on Tybee, we have had ten confirmed nests, three of which have already hatched. The most recent hatch was Nest #4 this past Sunday morning. Thankfully, nearly all of the hatchlings made it safely to the water. Only two were lost to the ghost crabs on the beach.
Headed for the ocean!  (Fan pic by Amy Gray Capelloon added to the Tybee Sea turtle Project Facebook page)

Volunteers and workers with The Tybee Marine Science Center and the Tybee Sea Turtle Project get up with the sun each morning to sweep the beach for signs of new nests, or nests that may have hatched. An early morning turtle crawl is a beautiful sight!

Just one sight on a morning beach patrol! (Tybee Sea Turtle Project photo)

Our yearly visitors are just one more reason to love Tybee Island! If you are interested in learning more about sea turtles and seeing more pictures of these amazing creatures, please visit the Tybee Marine Science Center and Tybee Sea Turtle Project websites!

Precious baby sea turtle! (Tybee Sea Turtle Project photo)

The Last Song is on DVD!

Yay! The Last Song is finally available on DVD! We are so proud of our island and her role in the film…we have a true star in Tybee!

 The film not only brought a lot of positive attention our way, but we got some pretty neat keepsakes as well! The church used in the film will remain on the island and find new life as a wedding chapel. We also had our First Annual 37th Tybee Seafood Festival! The quirky name is a reference to the fictitious festival in the film. 
This is a shot of the carnival set from the movie!!!!
So, don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Last Song so you can always have a little bit of Tybee at your finger tips!