I write a lot about sights and sounds, but this issue has me thinking of layers, textures and how things feel. None of this occurred to me when the issue was being produced, but now, at the end, I decided to take a look below the surface.

Like most kids, I had a baby blanket. Unlike most kids, I didn’t give it up until I was about 8 years old. The fabric had become threadbare over time, but its softness was comforting. My mom would replace the satin binding every so often so the blanket wouldn’t completely unravel. I convinced my friends, several of whom made fun of that rag-tag blanket, that I wasn’t keeping it for me, but it was for my baby doll to sleep on. What I didn’t tell them was that baby doll and blanket were my constant companions when I was alone.

So, when I was reviewing the copy in this issue, and making some adjustments, I noticed how many layers there were in the stories throughout the publication.

Our newcomer, Sam Portis, is the owner of Poseidon Consulting and Renovations, and also supports his church, Habitat for Humanity and the St. Simons Island Land Trust. Our native, Brooke Baxter Ackerman, owner of Muddy Oaks, a custom embroidery design business, has deep family roots on St. Simons Island, and has, along with her husband and sister, chosen to raise her children here as well.

In the feature, we take a look at two premier musical organizations who serve very different roles. The first, the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, presents four concerts a year performed by a symphony orchestra of regional musicians. To me, there are few things more rewarding that sitting in an audience (or on the couch) whilst a symphony orchestra plays classical selections. I love it all, but mostly, I love all the moving parts, the layers, if you will, of a classical composition. Yes, I’m a rock ‘n’ roll fanatic, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy other types of music. In fact, the only radio station that gets played at my house is Georgia Public Radio, which, plays almost exclusively classical music. What I play in my car is another story. I guess I have layers too.

The second organization, Golden Isles Live! brings quality entertainment to the Golden Isles from throughout the U.S. Members of its board of directors travel to a musical showcase in Nashville, Tenn., and hand-pick the acts for their five concert dates each season. Sometimes, the performers have been household names at one time or another. The group also has an educational mission to bring music into the local school system. They will be celebrating their 79th anniversary this year.

Readers will enjoy Cary Knapp’s recommendation for an interesting read – “American Spy” a novel of intrigue and espionage in Africa, and food and beverage columnist Jim Henderson sings praises to a new-found craft cocktail.

On other pages, there are plenty of “Captured” pages with pictures of people you know, and don’t forget to check out Cheri’s Shore Things for some great ideas to bring flowers into your life.

Also, don’t forget to peruse our Events pages, now conveniently towards the front of the publication. If you’re looking for something fun to do, you’re sure to find it here.

In Coastal Home, Nichole Johnson of Coastal Renovations, explains the benefits of reupholstering furniture, especially heirlooms and items that have special sentimental value. Several designers also pitch in with their selections of favorite upholstery fabrics, patterns and colors.

In our Realtor profile, we check in with Luke Pigge, who has recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate. Pigge, along with his sister, Kelly Pigge Bennett, are both the grandchildren of Ann Hodnett and the late Roy Hodnett, and the children of Pat Hodnett Cooper and Randy Pigge. They’re also members of the third generation in the family business.

Our designer is Laurie Watson, who grew up in the family-owned H&H Furniture and Appliances business. Now with Mary-Bryan Peyer Designs, Watson talks about her family, her preference for traditional styles, sometimes with a twist, and her favorite things to do in the Golden Isles.

Of course, Coastal Home also features horticulture advice from Anne Ditmer, current real estate listings and the latest transactions from throughout Glynn County.

I encourage you to sit back, relax and remember life is like chocolate cake. Enjoy every layer.