After a year off, the Hunt Ball, to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County, returns to the Frederica Golf Club for an evening set aside to celebrate the Southern hunt. Themed around fishing, fowl and game, the evening will feature wildlife artists and artisans, live falconry and canine demonstrations, exhibits of marksmanship, a live auction of exceptional hunting and fishing expeditions and entertainment from Salt Water Gypseas.
On Oct. 10, guests will gather at Frederica Golf Club on St. Simons Island. This year, the venue will be the Frederica Clubhouse, including its brand new outdoor pavilion. Spacious and filled with Old World charm, and the relaxed atmosphere of a gentleman’s club, vistas from the clubhouse overlook the golf course and to the salt marshes, and the rivers beyond. Almost a dozen local chefs will be center stage – as they donate their culinary talents to help others at the second Hunt Ball, the annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County.
This year, there’s a new component. Two puppies, from aWesDog, will be part of the live auction. Wes Schlosser, who trains the dogs kenneled at Broadfield Plantation (a Sea Island Co. property) in Camden County, also has his own dog breeding and training business. He breeds English cocker spaniels and English pointers for both home and hunt. Schlosser, originally from Ohio, has been a lifelong dog lover and hunter. He received certifications from the K9 World of Dogs school in Petersburg, Michigan, in kennel management, obedience, tracking, protection, agility and drug/bomb detection. Schlosser has lived in Southeast Georgia since 2007, and, in addition to breeding and training bird dogs, he is also a quail hunting guide and is also certified in falconry.
The 2019 event featured a Who’s Who of Coastal Georgia’s iconic chefs and restaurateurs. Classic Southern cuisine and game-themed dishes were prepared on-site, including barbecued antelope chops and buffalo sliders from Tom Delaney of Delaney’s Bistro, tacos al pastor from David Carrier of Certified Burgers & Beverage, oysters and shrimp and grits from Georges Reichen, executive chef at Frederica (top left) and other indulgent entrees. That year, Jonathan Jerusalmy, executive chef at Sea Island, was responsible for the evening’s sweet ending – bananas foster for dessert. And, Halyards’ owner, Dave Snyder, auctioned his services as a personal chef for dinner for four.
“We’re thrilled to have (almost) our entire roster of executive chefs returning this year,” said event co-chair Elaine Griffin. “They’ll be joined by newcomers Ben Clark and Ben Hanky of Sago at Sea Palms (bottom left), Donte Habersham of Mr. Shuck’s Seafood (bottom right), Daniel Auffenberg of Dorothy’s (top left) and Chris Gantt of Reid’s Apothecary. That our chefs, whose industry was virtually decimated by Covid, have all rallied to support HFHGC in spite of this year’s challenges is especially heartwarming, and we are beyond grateful.”
The Hunt Ball, to be held outdoors to promote social distancing, will also feature hunt-themed selections from a bevy of Southern clothing and accessory vendors curated by event chair Amanda Johnson. “2019’s turnout was impressive,” Johnson stated, “but this year’s merchandise will be phenomenal.
Coastal Georgia takes hunting seriously, and we are honored to offer our guests a truly remarkable product assortment reflecting each facet of the art of the hunt – home, field, wardrobe and gear – for both men and women. It’s a once-yearly shopping opportunity that exists nowhere else, and of an exceptional caliber. We’re additionally indebted to local art luminary and committee member Jennifer Broadus, who has not only donated several of her own pieces, but also assembled a mini-gallery of hunt-themed works from some of her favorite area artists for the event.” Vendors donate a portion of their sales to Habitat.
Becca Randall, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County, expressed the organization’s gratitude for the community’s support, particularly in the pandemic season.
“2020 was a universally difficult year, but for the low-income population living in unsafe or substandard housing, it was horrific. Never has having a stable and decent home been more important or had a greater impact on multigenerational well-being, so this year’s fundraiser is particularly meaningful.
Two pre-event happenings are also scheduled for the week:
Fall Floral Workshop making seasonal arrangements, hosted by Kate Dart of Merci Bouquet at Frederica on Oct. 4.
Pheasant Shoot at Dorchester Preserve in Midway on Oct. 9.