I know I say this a lot, but I seriously have to be one of the most fortunate people on the planet. I don’t know of anyone who has as much fun at work as I do. Some of that fun does getting involve getting gussied up and attending some fabulous events, which obviously I enjoy, but the more compelling part of my job involves learning. The only time I complain is deadline day, and who could blame me for that?
I usually learn at least one new thing every day. Just for this issue, I took a crash course in etiquette and learned about doll collecting. Had I not gone into journalism, I suspect I might have become a permanent student, if I had unlimited funds at my disposal. There’s just nothing like learning something new to put a spring in your step, and give you an edge in trivia.
I guess I decided to tackle manners because I’ve seen such an abhorrent lack of them lately, and I’m not talking about social media — although that comes with its own challenges — I’m referring to real-life occurrences. People are harried, hurried and, in many cases, no longer filter their comments for civility. And don’t get me started on fellas who wear hats inside buildings and parents who allow their children to run around restaurants like banshees on a caffeine spree. As our experts state in the article, etiquette is all about putting others first and making them feel comfortable. Just remember The Golden Rule.
Playing with dolls was not my thing growing up. I didn’t enjoy baby dolls, and preferred Barbies. I used to like to dress them and make up stories about what they were doing. Lauretta “Sissy” Baumgardner Lingle, whose father was the first landscape architect on Sea Island, has been collecting and dressing dolls as long as she can remember. Her doll costumes have been commissioned by well-known doll makers and she has won awards for her designs. A member of the Glynn Academy Class of 1957, a visit with Lingle means you’ll learn about dolls, but you’ll also cover a lot of local history as well.
This past weekend offered another learning experience. The fifth annual Jewish Food & Culture Festival, hosted by Temple Beth Tefilloh, was held in Brunswick. Every year I attend I learn something new about the culture, food or music and I meet a ton of interesting people. It’s one of my favorite events, and based on this year’s crowd, I’m not the only one who feels that way.
We also visited Bites & Bands, the newest iteration of the St. Simons Food + Spirits Festival, and made a stop by the Friends of Fort Frederica Charter Member Reception.
Our friends at Golden Isles Arts & Humanities have several events on tap, including the Driftwood Bistro Bash to benefit the Golden Isles Penguin Project. If you haven’t been to a Penguin Project production, I highly recommend it. Designed for young people 10-25, the actors, all of whom have disabilities of some sort, put together a Broadway-style production each summer. The Bistro Bash will help cover costs of the production. Also coming up is the last Cinema Gourmet of the season with the cult classic “The Princess Bride” as the film. If, like me, it would be absolutely “inconceivable” for you to ever get enough of this film, make your reservations today. Details for both events are in this issue.
On the remainder of our pages, you’ll see lots of people you know doing the things they love. In the meantime, embrace the pleasant temperatures, try to avoid the pollen, and enjoy the issue!