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Live like a Local: Tybee for the Holidays!

     The holidays are here again! Hard to believe how 2010 has just flown by…I mean, wasn’t it just Thanksgiving?!
     There’s no better place than Tybee for the holidays and the island is gearing up for the celebrations. The fun began Thanksgiving Day but it is running straight through New Year’s! Our little corner of paradise will be teeming with events, activities, and special occasions for visitors and locals alike!

Holiday fun with Mary Kay Andrews!

     There are so many wonderful happenings, I just don’t know where to begin. Oh, how about free parking island wide for starters!? And just in time for a food frenzy. All the wonderful restaurants on Tybee are offering specials, so think about making this the year you skip the kitchen and let someone else do the cooking!

     And of course the ladies over at Seaside Sisters have decked the halls in preparation for some fabulous sales! There will be weekly coupons and specials from now until 2011, so don’t miss it!! December 5th is the annual Shop ‘n’ Stroll (from 11a.m.-7p.m.!) and there will be S’mores, holiday cheer, a camp fire over at Doyle Landscaping, and SHOPPING! You may even catch Santa and The Grinch while you’re there, so don’t miss a minute!
     Also, the 2nd Annual Tybee Floating Christmas Parade is happening December 5th out at The Crab Shack! Deck the Hulls and get down there for the lighting of the first “Crabmus” Tree. There will be food, fun, and of course…lights! The fun starts at 5:30 pm with boats departing at 6:30 pm. Later, don’t miss the awards for Best Decorated, Most Lights, and Most Enthusiastic Elves (that’s the crew!). It’s a unique parade and it’s going to be a blast!
     The holidays are always so much fun, and there are so many things to enjoy this year. Parades, food, shopping, music, lights and more…there will be something for everyone! Make sure to visit the Tybee for the Holidays website for more details to help with your holiday planning. We hope to celebrate the 2010 Holiday season, and ring in 2011, with you! See you there!

Live Like a Local: Thankful on Tybee!

Thanksgiving is upon us and we are so thankful. Good food, family, friends…they are all a blessing! For those of you spending the holiday here on Tybee, there are plenty of things going on, so no getting bored! Doc’s Bar has a full week of festive holiday plans, so head on out and join in the fun! Tonight is their Ladies Bumper Pool Night (Happy Hour pricing for all the ladies!) and Thomas Oliver will be there performing from 7 to 10 pm.
Thursday is the big day…Thanksgiving! If you are away from family, or simply just need some place to be, Doc’s opens at noon. They are celebrating with a FREE turkey and dressing dinner, starting at 2 pm for everyone who wants to be there. Please bring a covered dish to fill out the feast if you are able; if not, that’s OK too! It’s just a day for us to stop and realize all we have, and be thankful!
If you don’t make it out for dinner, Doc’s starts rockin’ at 8 pm with Roy and the Circuit Breakers, and they are playing until the turkeys go home! The holidays continues through the weekend with football and the best dance music on Tybee! Sunday, make sure you make it to Doc’s for their special Dinner and Music night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm…fabulous live music from Thomas Oliver and your first drink is free! They are offering up Homemade Meatloaf and Chicken Parmesan, so skip the turkey left overs and come out to Doc’s!
There’s a lot more happening on Tybee for the Holidays, but for now, have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Live Like a Local: The 2nd Annual Pickle Run!

     Thanksgiving is only eight days away! Most of us are busy rushing around, making meal plans, and trying to figure out where in the world everyone is going to fit! I like to try to remind myself, when I get too bogged down in the planning of it all, what this season is really all about. Being thankful. For your family, your friends, pets…and your health.
     This year, Mermaid cottages has sponsored an event that truly embodies that thankfulness. Saturday, November 27th, is The 2nd Annual Pickle Run! This 5K beach/road run will be held on Tybee. The event starts at 9 at the fabulous Huc-a-poos!
     What in the world does a pickle have to do with it all you ask? Well, there is a beautiful story behind this race I simply have to share.

On November 25, 2008, Dylan Robert Hall was born here in Savannah, Georgia. Despite a healthy pregnancy, Dylan suffered meconium aspiration along with 2 other bacterial infections during delivery. The doctors weren’t sure he’d survive his first night. On Thanksgiving Day, two days after his birth, Dylan had shown enough improvement so that mom and dad could hold their baby boy for the first time. As the days went on, ‘Dyl Pickle’ proved to be a strong healthy baby that just happened to be born very sick. During the two weeks Dylan spent in the hospital, the Hall family discovered how lucky they were to live in Savannah where the level of care their baby required was just down the street. Many of the families had to drive long distances to visit their children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery. This is where the Ronald McDonald House® comes in. Established in 1987, the Savannah Ronald McDonald House has provided a “Home away from home” for more than 5,000 families. The House has 10 bedrooms with private baths, a communal living room and kitchen, dining and laundry areas. Each night volunteers from the community provide a home-cooked meal for the families to share. To celebrate Dylan’s 2nd birthday, Mike & Lara Hall and the Huc-a-poos family would like to invite you to participate in the 2nd annual Pickle Run to support our local Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

     This story is inspiring in so many ways, but is so heart warming to me because this family really wants to give back to their community in honor of the little boy they are so very thankful for. All the proceeds from The 2nd Annual Pickle Run benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, so it is a wonderful cause. Please join us next Saturday! The $25 registration fee includes an event t-shirt, one raffle ticket, and a yummy Huc-a-poos breakfast pizza, but registration closes Friday (November 26th) so hurry to the race site for more info. This is a fun and fabulous event, and a great way to remember what this season is all about…giving thanks!

Live Like a Local: The Low Country Book Signing

     If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, look no further! The Discovery Shop at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center will be hosting a book signing this Saturday, November 13th.

     Local author Mallory Pearce will be in The Discovery Shop Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. selling (and signing!) his new field guide, The Low Country. You will be able to purchase a signed, hand-illustrated copy of your very own for the introductory price of just $25! These books will make wonderful gifts for the Low Country Lover in your life, and personal dedications make them special as well! So, don’t miss the chance to pick up your autographed copies and meet a wonderful local author. Check it all out at the Marine Science Center this Saturday!

Live Like a Local: PurpleStride Savannah 2010

     Please come out to Tybee November 6th (this Saturday!!) and join the Savannah Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for The PurpleStride 2010 event! This 5K Walk/Run and 1/4 mile Kiddie Run is one of the first events planned for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and will be a one-of-a-kind “twilight” PurpleStride, so bring the whole family. There will be musical entertainment as well as snacks and light refreshments for all to enjoy!

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network photo

     Registration for this event is ongoing online at the group’s website. Fees are $25 for adults (or $30 day of event) and $15 for ages 3 through 15. Survivors, volunteers, and ages 2 and under are FREE!
     The fun will be centered at the Pier and Pavilion here on Tybee, and registration opens at 2:30 pm the day of the event. Come on down and get registered! The 1/4 mile Kiddie Run begins at 4:00 pm, followed by the Adult 5 K Walk/Run at 4:30 pm. There will even be an Awards Ceremony at 6:30 pm, so make sure you don’t miss a minute!

     The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in their own words, “is the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach, and advocacy for a cure.” You can read more about the group and their efforts at their website, just click the link above. You can also learn more about pancreatic cancer and how you can help there as well!
     This is a fun way to raise money for a great cause…not to mention a wonderful excuse to come to the beach! We hope to see you there!