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Jamie Deen Filming on Tybee

Jamie Deen

Jamie Deen has been filming on Tybee. His new show “Home For Dinner” premiers this saturday morning at 10:30 AM on The Food Network. He is delighted with the show being slotted after his famous mother’s show Paula’s Best Dishes“. There is a new article about the filming with an attached recipe in A Tybee Island beach house has been used for the filming. This should be great fun to watch.

Enjoy, Riptide

Tybee Style’n

Jennifer Knox & Mom on a Pirate Pedicab

Last Saturday was the Tybee Tour of Homes.These two ladies caught my attention in the middle of my docent duties. Hiring Pirate Pedicab was a brilliant cost-effective way to see the homes on tour. They were style’n for sure. It reminded me of the endless creativity that New Yorker’s draw from to make their lives easier. Brilliant!

For sure our own Dutton Waller cottage was a popular favorite. I was conscripted by Diane to work the front of the house to greet our guests. I quickly fell into it and discovered another tool in my skill set, Docent.

In all it was a great day the weather cooperated and the dogs remained  asleep in air-conditioned bliss in the laundry room. I’ll look forward to this event next year for sure.


Uncle Bubba’s

Uncle Bubba's Oyster House

Just so you know, as healthy as I tend to be with food choices there is the occasional fall from grace. This one was worth the fall. I was invited last week to have dinner with Diane Kaufman and Joy Pohjelainen. The task at hand was to try a few things on the menu at the newly refurbished Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. The photo of me is proof that I do cheat every once  in a while. The spoon I’m holding has crab stew in it and was delicious. Now that I’ve achieved my goal weight my nutritionist encourages cheating. We also tried their Char grilled oysters. They are spectacular! My entrée was simply grilled Mahi Mahi and was equally perfect. Given my chosen profession (interior Designer) I also found the interior to be well done. It is a tasteful nod to low country charm and a compliment to Tybee Island just a few miles down the road. There is a gift shop strategically located so you won’t miss it. They can easily handle large parties. We were there on a busy night and only had a short wait with a reservation in place. I would heartily recommend this restaurant.

Enjoy! ~ Riptide

Bill @ Uncle Bubba's

Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

Today was the second opening ceremony for the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. About thirty people were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony. This Chapel is the subject of a recent film “The Last Song” staring Miley Cyrus , Liam Hemsworth Greg Kinnear and Tybee of course.

Admittedly I haven’t seen the film yet. I was chatting with one of the attendees whom gave away this detail. The church was burned several times in the making of the movie. The steeple from that church is featured on the property adjacent to the newly renovated Chapel.

This new facility will bring a new market to Tybee. The destination wedding  now has a new spot on it’s map. I’m sure that vacation rental business’ like our Mermaid Cottages will benefit greatly from the year round wedding business. This should shrink the seasonal Business gap considerably. This addition to the recreational activity that Tybee offers will surely prove to be a credit to the city.

The facility has a large banquet hall downstairs from the Chapel itself. The Chapel is very beautiful. Click on the link above. Their picture of the interior is far better than mine. All details for capacity etc. can be found there. There are rooms for bride and groom that are adjacent to the chapel and well appointed. They are designed to suit the needs of the most discerning modern couple.

Happy Planning! Rip Tide

The press in attendance


Heart Shaped Rose Wreathes
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mermaid Cottages Blogging Moniker

Rip Tide ~

Hello to all of Mermaid Cottages readers. Diane has expressed concern over my Rip Tide blogger ID. While I realize how dangerous rip currents are this was to wonderful to resist for my non food related blog posts. The “Rip tide” was a bar which a dubious reputation in the town I grew up in. After struggling with an oceanic theme, a list of ocean lore related buzz words was given to me. There were words that triggered a childhood memory and Rip Tide was born. I was just concerned that you may think I was being flip or in anyway disrespectful. Be assure that is not the case. In the recent conversation with Diane Neptune’s Fork Developed as the food posts Moniker. Just so you know that both are coming from me.

Best to all, Bill Hulsman