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An Interview With Ted Dennard From Savannah Bee Company

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The Savannah Bee Company is one of the most amazing ‘corporate stories’ you will ever hear. From a lone man’s interest in beekeeping came a company that now has a warehouse, beautiful store locations and over fifty employees.

Ted Dennard is the creator behind this successful enterprise. Beginning in 2002, this company came into being because Ted devoted his life to a ‘relationship’ with honeybees. In his terminology, the company has grown into a mega-hive, requiring more and more workers to tend to her needs.

For a man who studied religion and philosophy at Sewanee, it was his passion for honeybees and honey that brought him to where he is now. He actually sees the ‘hand of God’ in these small creatures – these most benevolent of all beings. He has stated that:

“Honeybees live a poetic life of Midas, where all they touch is benefited. They have created a place on this Earth that is the most admirable of the species. The song they sing each day, and have been singing for 150 million years, is a harvesting of the collected sunshine that gives us life. Their symbiotic partnership with the plant world is the reason our world looks the way it does with all of its flowering plants.”

And this is true. Without honeybees, in fact, our world would be in a serious state of duress, mainly because most people do not understand the ‘gifts’ that these tiny beings give to them.

It was with great pleasure that we were able to see the inner workings of Ted’s business, and to sit down with the man who has a true and utter passion for something that many of us do not even think about – except when it comes to the fear of getting stung. But being able to learn something from a ‘professional’ and ‘learned man’ in the beekeeping industry has changed my mind completely about honeybees. In fact, with the greater knowledge came a kind of awe and inspiration.

So head with me into a world that you, most likely, don’t know anything about, and find out everything there is to know about the Savannah Bee Company.

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“See him wiggling?” Ted Dennard says as he points into the hive. “They do a circle – a tangent line – and how much they wiggle is actually a sign of how strong the nectar source is. Honeybees map out where they need to fly in order to get to these high-nectar sources.”

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The King & Prince Resort Serves up the Perfect Addition to the Finest Cuisine!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

The King & Prince Resort Serves up the Perfect Addition to the Finest Cuisine!

 

After speaking about the King and Prince Resort located on the stunning island of St. Simons off the coast of Georgia, we have all come know that for the ‘best of the best’ there is no other place in the world to stay when ‘pampering’ is the order of the day. Not only are the accommodations magnificent, offering guests every single thing they could possibly wish for and more, but they also have the ‘5-Star’ dining that makes the mouth water just reading about it on their website. Savory is the only adjective to be used when it comes to the unmatched cuisine served inside and out at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

With relaxed southern hospitality, comes the dining experience of a lifetime. While sitting just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the King’s Tavern offers the only ocean front dining on St. Simons Island. The King and Prince historic Delegal Dining Room, with its magnificent stained glass window murals and ocean vistas, offers everything from the Southern Charm Sunday Brunch to the Legendary Friday Night Seafood Buffet. And the Ocean Terrace Grille offers the ultimate in casual dining.

For perfect locations you need the perfect menu, and the King and Prince is known to ONLY provide the best dishes at every meal, and now they serve the most unforgettable ingredient that makes any food or recipe even more delicious

The Savannah Bee Company redefines honey, and their delicious lines – from the ‘everyday’ to the ‘varietal’ honey products – offer the sweetness and flavor profile that makes the King and Prince dining even more unforgettable, as it is the perfect seasoning to be offered on that perfectly set table.

Luscious, flavorful – Savannah Bee Company honey is a ‘line’ full of delights from Grill Honey, Cheese Honey, and Tea Honey to an endless line that adds distinctive flavor to a marinade; a smoky sweetness for basting and grilling; and the perfect partner to make that wild salmon come to life. The honey flavors can tame the tang or complement the salty and instantly upgrade any meal, while still being the perfect sweetener for spicy Chai, aromatic Green Earl Grey, or a bold mug of Irish Breakfast tea.

Honey is like a fine wine…

The King and Prince Resort is the pinnacle of excellence…

The combination of the two makes for the most incredible vacation of a lifetime.

Until Next Time, Everybody!

For more information: http://www.savannahbee.com

Savannah Bee Company

211 Johnny Mercer Blvd.
Savannah, GA, 3141

800.955.5080
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St. Simons Scavenger Hunt

Friday, June 15th, 2012

“Atlanta Moms” blog founder Alicia Hagan has a fun and unique idea to explore St. Simons… make it a scavenger hunt!  Read this and more of Alicia’s stories at www.atlantamoms.com

Make a Trip to St. Simons Island Fun and Educational with a Scavenger Hunt!

by Alicia on JUNE 8, 2012

Since my recent trip to The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island I have been very interested in the history of St. Simons Island.  St. Simons Island is a fun and historical destination that your whole family will enjoy. This special destination graces the corner of Georgia’s coast and was called “San Simone” by 16th century Spanish explorers.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse

With it carries many historical sites and monuments such as the beautiful St. Simons Island Lighthouse which dates back to 1804. Unfortunately, the original lighthouse was destroyed by the Confederate Army in 1862. A new lighthouse was then erected twenty five feet from the original site in 1872 and is a welcome sight for visitors who want to climb the 129 stairs to the top to get a spectacular view of the whole island.

Christ Church - St. Simons Island, Georgia

Other interesting landmarks include the Christ Church which was first erected back in 1820 although history states that religious services were being held on that site prior to 1776. The first structure was partially destroyed by the Union Army between the states and the current church was rebuilt in 1884. You can enjoy the current Christ Church with its beautiful and glorious stained glass windows. The grounds of the church is set in a natural wooded surroundings with a cemetery that includes graves from settlers of years ago.

Maritime Museum on St. Simons Island

A fun adventure with tons of history for adults and children alike can be found at the beautiful Maritime Center. Here you can visit seven galleries full of information about the beaches, marshes and forests. Learn their relationship to factors with the area coast guards and historic military.There is so much to do and a lot to learn when visiting St. Simons Island as part of a family vacation. You can take a trolley ride throughout the area to visit various memorable sites including the lighthouse and museum.
The Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation offers a glimpse into the lives of the planters and slaves some 200 years ago. You can tour the home on this plantation as well as all the old farm equipment still displayed in the barn.

Have fun that’s also educational, with a St. Simons Island Scavenger hunt!

St. Simons Island Scavenger Hunt

A great activity would be a fun scavenger hunt at which time you can locate major points of interest such as the lighthouse, museum, the church and the famous Gascoigne Bluff. The Gascoigne Bluff is a Native American campground. During Colonial Days, this area became Georgia’s first naval base.

During your St. Simons Island scavenger hunt you and your kids can have fun by making notes of each point of interest visited, gathering memorabilia and taking photos to reflect on all you have learned. Compare your findings with those who joined in this activity to see who got the most information and varying types of historic collectibles.


Other great activities families can enjoy while at this beautiful picturesque vacation destination:

  • Swimming or walking along the endless beaches with undisturbed nature and miles of unspoiled, perfect coastlines.
  • Your family can go bicycling along the coast as well as canoeing, kayaking and many other water sports that are great for adults and kids.

The beauty of St. Simons Island is breathtaking.  There aren’t too many vacation destinations where your family can enjoy so many activities for fun and have a historic venture, all in one.

A Legend for One & All Rests on St. Simon’s Island

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

A Legend for One & All Rests on St. Simon’s Island

 

Places of beauty are numerous, but there are very few that when you walk through them, you can actually feelthe history that surrounds you. The scent of the gardens outside, the brilliant sun shining through a stained glass window that has lit the faces of many prominent individuals over the centuries…this the place we will speak about today; an incredible location that has so many tales to tell.

On St. Simon’s Island – the true gem of the Golden Isles located off the Coast of Georgia – sits a mystical place full of ancient tales, history, as well as a few ghosts that perhaps roam the grounds where they were the most happy.

We first mentioned Christ Church to you in an article regarding a tour company. Tours offered by an adventurer named, Cap Fendig, that take visitors all through the majesty of St. Simon’s Island – from plantations to the shopping district. One of the most amazing stops on this tour is Christ Church, and after hearing about it and reading about it, I must tell you that this is one historian who is truly in love.

 

Therefore, I want to spread that love to all of you out there who have a passion for beauty, the past, and even things that go ’bump’ in the night.

This site is a Victorian church dating all the way back to the late 1800’s. The stunning stained glass windows allow visitors to revel in a lost world, but inside the walls there is absolute peace. A spot to close one’s eyes and try to imagine those famous and infamous people who once sat in these pews, and reflect on how far life has come.

One of the most exciting things for the historian or the adventurer is the fact that the church also has beautiful grounds that include a cemetery. There are so many who were laid to rest here – from people who changed the world with their writing, to the founders of the Island – that it becomes a true walk through time.

Being a writer, one of the most amazing souls who rests there is the prestigious author, Eugenia Price, who wrote many novels over her long career about St. Simon’s Island and the surrounding areas. In fact, she was almost obsessed with this particular place, when she came across Christ Church on a visit and learned of all the amazing backstories of the people who created and lived in the historic town. Her research and these true larger-than-life characters became the biggest part of her world, as she moved to St. Simon’s permanently and became a part of the ever-growing history in the Christ Church cemetery.

One site that you can not forget is what the locals deem, the Wesley Oak. This huge, gnarled tree may look like something out of a Tim Burton movie – some mystical place where inside dreams dwell – and it probably does, seeing as that a great deal of history is wrapped up in its many branches. It was beside this tree long ago that the Methodist preachers, John and Charles Wesley, preached in the very early days of this colony of Frederica. Ones with imagination can almost hear their voices offer praise and celebration as they walk along the pristine, secluded path leading to even more statuary that sits across the road from the church.

Being one of the oldest churches in Georgia, Christ Church has that special aura about it. Resting in tall grass that blows ever so gently, it almost seems as if the souls are still speaking to one another during one of their blissful Sundays where they got together to catch up on the life of the town and the latest gossip. Founded on St. Simons Island nearly seventy years after the island was first settled by English colonists, amazingly enough worship has been continuous since 1736.

The people who were  the largest part of the Christ Church – and who also reside in the cemetery – were James Oglethorpe and the first English settlers who arrived in 1736. A few months later, Reverend Charles Wesley, who also served as Secretary for Indian Affairs and Chaplain to General James Oglethorpe, entered his ministry at Frederica, and from 1736 to 1766, the first religious services on the island were conducted by John Wesley, George Whitfield, and other clergy members.  Read More>>>> 

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Fiercely Proud – Saint Simons Island

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Wild Georgia Shrimp and Apalachicola Oysters and FrogTown Cellars, oh my!  Tom Plant, creator of the Wineormous.com  blog, makes us “fiercely proud” with this account of his recent visit… and he’s just getting started.  Read on, then plan your next visit to enjoy your own taste of paradise.

Fiercely Proud – Saint Simons Island

Monday, June 4th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Saint Simons IslandMedia partner and good friend Leigh Cort has been singing the praises of Saint Simons Island to me for more than two years now. When the opportunity to visit presented itself this April, I jumped on it. I took the redeye to Jacksonville and then was driven to the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Saint Simons Island is located in between Jacksonville and Savannah, but is slightly closer to Jacksonville. It’s one of the 13 main barrier islands along Georgia’s Gulf Coast, protecting the shoreline from winds and surf and providing a nutrient-rich marsh where marine life thrives.

Wild Georgia ShrimpWe crossed the Georgia state line and drove over the causeway onto Saint Simons. We passed through the small town and its quaint businesses and entered the grounds of the magnificent King & Prince. After checking in and taking a brief, much needed nap, I joined Leigh for a small bite and had my first taste of Wild Georgia Shrimp. Big, plump, meaty, sweet and juicy, these shrimp arrived atop a bed of bright green lettuce and red tomatoes with a savory Louis dressing. This visit was off to a delectable start.

Cap Fendig

 

Refueled and refreshed, I joined my fellow writers aboard the Lighthouse Trolley  with the one and only Cap Fendig. A life-long resident of the island, Cap exemplifies what I call the fiercely proud  nature of its natives. A one-time presidential candidate, Cap’s pride in his island home is clearly evident. He loves nothing better than telling visitors why he loves this island as much as he does. We took the trolley to theCoast Guard Maritime Museum, where Curt Smith, Events Coordinator for the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, gave us a thorough overview of how the barrier islands were formed. Sand eroding from the Appalachians centuries ago traveled to the coast creating the islands, and tidal and alluvial rivers deposit nutrients. After watching a video, several of us climbed the narrow ladder to the roof to check out the incredible view.

We met Cap at the beach, where he demonstrated the art of fishing Saint Simons style using basic supplies from the hardware store. We soaked up the sun and the sea breeze before heading back to the King & Prince.

Vinny D'Agostino & Cap Fendig

Vinny D’Agostino, the Hotel’s Food & Beverage Director, comes to the island by way of Rhode Island and Italy. His 23 years in the industry includes stops at The Breakers in Palm Beach, The Ritz-Carlton in Boston and the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. He’s a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers Association and his enthusiasm is contagious. He was anxious to introduce newly hired executive Chef Jeff Kaplan to us as they welcomed us with a Southern Culinary Traditions dinner.

King & Prince

 

We began with cocktails made with spirits from Georgia’s first legal distillery, Thirteenth Colony Distilleries from Americus, Georgia. Ample platters of local artisanal cheeses and charcuterie made for good grazing while we drank southern cocktails and visited. Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales and Marketing joined us as we sat down to our appetizer course, Apalachiacola Oysters on the half shell with sweet corn, asparagus, tomato and cilantro vinaigrette, paired with FrogTown Cellars Chardonnay from Dahlonega, GA. The oysters were sublime and I was pleasantly surprised by my first taste of Georgia wine. Following an Intermezzo of blackberry sorbet with a mist of blackberry liqueur, we watched as Wild Georgia Low Country Shrimp and Grits were prepared before our eyes. The entrée was paired with another selection from FrogTown Cellars, the 2008 Sangiovese. Both food and wine were exceptionally tasty. All good things must come to an end and this meal concluded with a mouthwatering candied peach crème brulée with CayRum from the Dominican Republic, a favorite of Vinny’s.

 

The King & Prince Beach & Golf ResortHow we were able to pack so much into less than half a day still astounds me. We were just getting warmed up and in the next two days we would enjoy a visit to the King & Prince’s golf course, a seafood demo, a “shrimpin’” adventure, a Georgia food experience and more. I’ll pick up where we left off next time.

Cap Fendig casts his net

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