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Paw4Vets Fundraising Success!

We had an incredible turn out last Saturday for our Paws4Vets fundraiser! If you didn’t make it, you missed a lot of fun and friendship! Saturday, January 28th, Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island totally “went to the dogs!” We gathered there to help raise money to support Paws4Vets and to help fund the training of one very special puppy. Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets, will be trained by the wonderful people at Paws4Vets to be a service dog; he will go on to be the companion of a soldier right here in the Savannah area.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members (or their dependents) with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs, and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program. It’s a wonderful thing, and Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor such a great cause!

Saturday was certainly amazing! Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs came out to celebrate and help in the effort! Mary Kay Andrews was there as well with a fresh haul of wonderful vintage lovelies in tow, and pen in hand, ready to sign books for fans. There was an amazing silent auction full of treasures on which to bid, which included, among other things, a signed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible!  Mermaid Cottages was there with our Beach Bum Biscuits and tee shirts. The proceeds from the sales of those items, as well as 10% of each purchase made in Seaside Sisters that day, went to the fundraising cause! And, to top it all off, there was a bake sale to end all bake sales. It was a wonderful day!

We were also honored to see GiftShopMag.com and SavannahNow.com feature our fundraiser on their sites! Make sure to head over and read the posts. We are so excited about them!

In all, the fundraising efforts raised $1000 to help Paws4Vets! Thanks to everyone for coming out to Seaside Sisters and supporting this great cause! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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!

 

 

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 diane@mermaidcottages.com. Then, keep an eye out, your sighting might be the nest featured right here on our blog!

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 mermaidjanmeyer@gmail.com. Mermaid Denise can be reached by calling 912-655-6525 or emailing denisemermaid@gmail.com. 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!

 

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!

themertailor.com

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 TheMertailor.com 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 diane@mermaidcottages.com and keep an eye out. Your sighting could be the next one featured right here on our blog!