Well, I made it. There’s nothing like the combination of a deadline combined with “springing forward” into Daylight Saving Time. As I mentioned on social media late last week, for the first few days of DST, I’m grumpier than usual. I feel like I’m searching for that lost hour of sleep in the same way Jimmy Buffet pines for his lost shaker of salt in “Margaritaville.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about daylight hours that extend well into the evening because it gives me (and everyone else) more time to play. Going to the beach, or taking a long walk with my dogs after work, is once again possible, as is meeting up and enjoying some “porch time” before, during or after dinner.

I love the change of seasons, but spring in particular brings me joy. Everything is new and green again. Flowers are colorful. Humidity is low, for the time being, anyhow. I can finally wear colorful clothes again! I also think people seem a little happier, and there may be some science that backs up that assertion. A short dose of sunlight (about 10 minutes) each day is an excellent source of Vitamin D, which we all need. Just remember your sunscreen.

Now, on the scourge of spring. Pollen. The dusting of the yellow stuff began a few weeks ago as temperatures began to rise and trees and flowers began to bud. Not only is that yellow mess on everything, it’s problematic for those of us who suffer from allergies. I’m on a regular regimen of antihistamines that make me shakier than a chihuahua in a snow storm, but at least I’m not sneezing. I’m sure we will all make it through the runny nose, sneezy, dry eyes and mouth season, but not without considerable consternation. At least all those beautiful flowers will be in bloom when the pollen finally exits.

This issue is all about some of the best things that will happen this spring. First of all, don’t miss the Christ Church Tour of Homes this coming Saturday. You can buy tickets at christchurchtourofhomes.org. See some fabulous homes, check out designers’ ideas and visit a few historic sites.

For the rest of the month, consider attending Bites & Bands, presented by the St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival, on March 23. This new, one-day event will bring in a plethora of local chefs, regional beverage purveyors and some of the best music around. The proceeds benefit Hospice of the Golden Isles. We have all the details in the centerpiece.

That same centerpiece also brings an update on A Taste of Glynn, the annual event that raises money for Glynn Community Crisis Center, which helps abused women and their children, and a breakout details several other upcoming special events.

Between these pages, you’ll also find updates from both the Glynn Academy and Waycross high schools Class of 1957 get-togethers. These people are wise beyond their years — they still treasure the most important friendships of their lives. Do yourself a favor if you’ve never attended a class reunion. Just go. You won’t regret it, and the memories will become more precious as the years go by.

In addition, we dropped in on The Gathering Place Main Event for Adults and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia Oyster Roast, both of which were held recently. Our spotlight shines on Nick Doms, a Belgium-born author who has just published a modern history of Jekyll Island Club.

There are also tons of photos of people you know having a lot of fun!

Enjoy the issue!