Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

January 2014

Mermaids Make A Difference At Second Harvest

Mermaids Make A Difference T-ShirtOne of our brand standards at Mermaid Cottages is our commitment to conservation and volunteer opportunities in our area.  We put on our Mermaids Make A Difference T-shirts and Mermaid hats and we dig in to help where we’re needed.  This Saturday, February 1st, is when our Mermaids make a difference at Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.  Each month, Second Harvest volunteers pack approximately 765 boxes of food to be delivered to local senior citizens in need.  Many times, our seniors are forced to choose between refilling their prescription medications, paying utilities and buying food.

The mission of the food bank is to feed the hungry by distributing nutritious food to nonprofit agencies and at risk elderly and youth, to assist in disaster relief, and work towards long term solutions to hunger and poverty. Their statement of purpose is “Utilizing food and education to improve lives and create a Hunger-Free community”. …

Acting Out On Tybee Island

Acting classes on Tybee IslandThere’s no such thing as acting out on Tybee Island.  To us, there’s nothing too strange or unusual or too over the top.  About the only thing that perplexes us is why anyone would want to be normal?  Well, for those of you who might get a “You ain’t acting right” comment from folks you see every day, we have a great solution.  How about acting classes for adults right here on Tybee Island?

On Tuesdays and Thursdays in February you can take the stage and emote your little heart out.  Each session is from 5 pm-7 pm and the cost for the eight sessions is $100.  Tell your shrink to take a hike for the month and become a super star.  For more info and registration, please call Renee’ DeRosset (912) 596-4992 or Kim Trammell (912) 228-0357.

And, for all you “Method” actors, let Mermaid Cottages set the scene.  We have cozy, restored and historic cottages available all the way back to 1897.  Just pick your favorite era and we’ll help you feature your best side from the 20s, 30s. 40s, 50s and more.  Just think.  You could even schedule a beach ecology tour to take you out to Little Tybee where you can swath yourself in billowy white and then imagine yourself as Lawrence of Arabia (no, you can’t strip our linens off the bed to get your Sheik freak on)!

Little Tybee photo by Carol Martin

What better place to learn how to act than here where our islanders do it so naturally.  You won’t find a better collection of characters for inspiration and there’s not too much you can do that will elicit stares of haughty derision from passers-by.  Isn’t it time you take command of the role for which you were born to play?  We’re always acting out on Tybee Island and we’re ready for your close-up.

Mermaids Who Create Retreats

Mermaid Cottages Announces The Third Annual Mermaids Who Create Retreats!

Mermaid Manor circa 1935

Mermaid Cottages  announces our invitation to  individuals  from the arts community at large to be our guests for our Third Annual Mermaids Who Create Retreats.  February 6, 7, 8 and 9 in 2014, artistic creators will enjoy the complimentary use of a cottage as a getaway to write and create new literary and artistic works.

In exchange for this complimentary vacation cottage stay  writers, photographers and artists agree to submit a short story, essay, photographs, paintings, screen plays and theatrical scripts to Mermaid Cottages to possibly be included in a published compendium of stories and art works about Tybee Island, GAAuthors and Artists will agree to license Mermaid Cottages to use their story in a published book to display their art and photographs, along with proper credit and a biography of each author, artist or photographer on the Mermaid Cottages website, and in any way to promote Mermaids Who Create Retreats.

A writer’s story or essay must be a minimum of 1500 words and revolve around Tybee Island, or some aspect of the locale, either as a setting or a subject.  We highly recommend the story line also include in some way the cottage in which the writer stays.  Any literary genre of story or essay is acceptable, including but not limited to memoir, mystery, fantasy, romance, horror, fiction and non-fiction.  An artist’s/photographer’s work must portray local scenes of life on Tybee Island and in some way include the cottage in which the artist/photographer stays.

Please submit your application via this link for the Third Annual Mermaids Who Create Retreats to mermaidmona@outlook.com (Mermaid Mona) by January 16, 2014.  From all submissions, Mermaid Cottages will select and invite artists and writers in these artistic disciplines:

* Published writers

* Published authors

* Published bloggers

* Published screen writers

* Published playwrights

* Published photographers

* Painters who have shown in public art contests, competition, shows and offers

Official invitations will be sent out January 23, 2014 and participation will include a complimentary stay for one writer, artist or photographer per cottage for February 6 7, 8 and 9 in 2014.

Participants are responsible for:

* Transportation

* Meals and recreation

* $69 Reservations Fee

* Housekeeping (ranges from $100-$200 according to the individual cottage offered)

* Pet Fee if you’re bringing a pet

* Fees due and payable by check prior to arrival (Reservations Fee, Housekeeping Fee and Pet Fee, if applicable)

An agreement to write and permission to license your story will be part of the application to your Mermaids Who Create Retreat.  Stories must be submitted as a Word document within 30 days of the end of your stay at Mermaid Cottages.  Likewise, an agreement to complete and permission to license an artist’s or a photographer’s work will also be a part of the application, with the completed submission due within 30 days of the end of your stay.

We support the arts and want to publicize Tybee Island and Mermaid Cottages as a unique artistic retreat.  It is our hope that these retreats will become a regular feature of our island and the publication of a book of short stories and artistic works will serve to promote the arts in our area.

Be sure to follow us on our Blog, on Facebook, Google+ and on Twitter to learn more about the Mermaids Who Create Retreats.