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Tybee Beach Brew Fest, November 2nd and 3rd

November 2nd and 3rd at Marlin Monroe’s on Tybee the friends of Tybee Theater — the nonprofit behind the Tybee Post Theater are bringing America’s craft beer to Tybee beach.

Seven breweries will be serving 21 different beers over the course of the two-day event, with Friday dubbed “Brats, Bangers and Brew” night and the “Grand Brew Ha-Ha” taking place Saturday. Breweries in attendance witll include New Belgium, Lazy Magnolia, Anheuser-Busch, Kona, Redhook, Widmer Brothers and RJ Rockers.

“It will be two fun nights of craft beer samplings, specially paired with local cuisine to create a one-of-a-kind, palatable experience.”


What: Tybee Beach Brew Fest
When: 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 2; 7-10 p.m. Nov. 3
Where: Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, 404 Butler Ave., on Friday; Tybee Island Lighthouse, 30 Meddin Ave., on Saturday
Cost: $40 on Friday; $50 on Saturday; $20 for designated drivers

Holiday magic planned for Tybee.


*Oyster roasts  on Tybee forThanksgiving have become a tradition for a lot of families. Forget the turkey or try one Tybee’s fabulous restaurants. Many  restaurants like the North Beach Grill have a special Thanksgiving meal planned.


• The Tybee Floating Christmas Parade is spectacular.  Imagine christmas trees in the ocean.  Boats, skiffs and yachts are all decorated to create an amazing light show.  Boats depart from the dock at the Crab Shack at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

Lights On for Tybee Celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7,  our precious Mayor lights the Christmas tree at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout.  Come out for the live entertainment, extended store hours, refreshments and offers at locations throughout downtown. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also be there, of course.  (photo shoots!!!)

• Tybee loves parades and the Tybee Island Christmas Parade starts at about at 1 p.m. Dec. 8. It will run from the 14th Street parking lot to the YMCA on 5th Street.


• Tybee can sure put on a fireworks show!!!  Don’t miss  New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Dec. 31  2013 at midnight. Stand in awe from the pier, under the pier or bring your beach chairs, cocktails and snacks to the beach and watch it from  anywhere.

• Brave souls – mainly crazy folks – show up on the beach New Year’s Day for the annual Tybee Polar Plunge .  Costumes welcomed while youjump into the Atlantic Ocean for a chilly and refreshing way to start the year. It’s at the pier on the island’s south end.

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Halloween costume photoshoot. All ages. Tybee North Beach October 20 Saturday

Halloween Photoshoot for all ages.  Great idea and lots of fun.  OCTOBER 20, 2012  SATURDAY ON TYBEE NORTH END NEAR THE SUGAR SHACK



  • Bring your best costumes for a free photoshoot on the beach at Tybee Island near Savannah, GA! All ages are welcome to this shoot, held on the north end of the beach (near the Sugar Shack). Looking to show off that Halloween costume early and get some great beach photos? Our MomoCon photographers will be on-hand to capture some great shots!Coming from Savannah? Take highway 80 to Tybee Island and turn left at 2nd avenue (at the Sugar Shack). We will be right on the beach at this beach entrance. Meter parking is available, bring a few quarters. The address of the event is the Sugar Shack, turn left when you get to it.Our photographers will capture your best pose and all photos will be available online after the shoot. People not is costume who’d just like to hang out are also welcome!  MomoCon

Tybee has a school again for our children. Tybee Island Maritime Academy


Tybee approved for Marine Charter Scvhool

A new charter  school — with a focus on maritime education, — was recently approved to open for the 2013-2014 academic year by the Georgia Department of Education.
Five-year charters for the Savannah Classical Academy and Tybee Island Maritime Academy were approved by the state board on Oct. 4.
The Tybee academy will be located in the former home of St. Michael’s Catholic School, which closed in 2010. The elementary school will focus on maritime education to prepare students for a career in the shipping, marine science or tourism industry, while integrating the state’s core course requirements.
Tybee students will participate in hands-on activities. They could chart the Mayflower’s course instead of simply reading about the historic voyage, said Carolyn Jurick, chairman of the Tybee academy’s board.
“We are looking for a way to open kids’ minds and be receptive toward maritime through a higher grade,” Jurick said.
The charter calls for 204 students by the school’s fifth year. Tybee will be the school’s primary attendance zone, but children from throughout Chatham will be eligible if there are not enough island residents to fill a grade level.

Tybee Island Sunset at the Back River

Sunset over Little Tybee Island, GA

Another beautiful October sunset on Tybee.

My Beach House Rentals Vince Neil with pirates and motorcycles at Tybee Pirate Festival


Vince Neil on Tybee Island: quote: ‘Pirates and motorcycles. It sounds like fun’.  From Tybee to Mexico City.

Vince Neil is coming to the Tybee Island Pirate Fest. What happens next is your guess. (Photo provided)

Vince Neil is coming to the Tybee Island Pirate Fest.
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“Pirates and motorcycles,” Neil says. “It sounds like fun.”

Neil will  headline the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival on Oct. 4-7. The festivities will begin at the 2012 Tybee Island Buccaneer Ball from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 4 at The Crab Shack.

There will be costume contests, a grub and grog, and a king and queen will be crowned at 7:30 p.m. to reign over the ball and the rest of the weekend festivities.

Costume prizes will be awarded for Best Buccaneer and Best Wench. The feast will include suckling pig, crab doubloons, caribBEANS, peg leg chicken, Bahamian mac and cheese, drunken fruit, swords of shrimp and more.

All other events of the festival, which is organized by the Tybee Island Tourism Council, will take place at the South Beach parking lot at Tybrisa Street on Tybee Island. The place with the pointed tents.

This is the eighth year for the festival.

Neil’s concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 6, but there are lots of other activities throughout the weekend. Live entertainment will include the Eric Culbertson Band and the Jimmy Buffet cover band, A1A.

Neil is best known as the lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe, alongside Mick Mars on lead guitar, Nikki Sixx on bass and percussionist Tommy Lee.

“I’ve been doing Motley for 31 years,” Neil says.

Although he and Lee are known for their contentious relationship today, they were friends in high school. They reunited in 1981, Neil says, which resulted in the founding of Mötley Crüe.

“We started out playing nightclubs in Hollywood in the early ’80s,” Neil says. “We financed our first record ourselves.

“We started getting away at the clubs. We steadily built up a fan base.”

Together, they have created classic albums, including “Shout at the Devil” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” At the pirate fest, Neil will perform a variety of Mötley Crüe hits and some of his solo songs.

Worldwide, Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million albums and its members are international superstars and bad boys of rock and roll. Their most recent album, “Saints of Los Angeles,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009.

In addition to his career with the band, Neil established himself as a solo artist in 1993. His most recent album is “Tattoos & Tequila,” a soundtrack to his tell-all book, “Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock’s Most Notorious Frontmen.”

Although he’s famous for his music, Neil never had much musical background. “The only reason I started singing is because a guy in high school asked me to join his band,” he says.

Recently, Neil has been touring with Mötley Crüe and Kiss, and will present his Pirate Festival concert during a break in the tour schedule.

“I have a few days at home and then I’ll go do the show in Tybee and from there I’ll go to Mexico City to do another show with Mötley and Kiss,” he says.


Life on the road

Touring these days is much more pleasant than it was when Mötley Crüe was founded, Neil says.

“Back then, we had no money, now we do.

“We travel very comfortably. We have 30 or so semi-trucks and almost 200 guys putting stuff together five days a week.”

All the members of Mötley Crüe have had numerous brushes with the law, have been involved in scandals, had countless escapades with women and are heavily tattooed. Neil has been married four times and arrested for offenses ranging from DUI to attacking a sex worker.

Despite that, he also is involved in raising money for several charities. The closest to his heart is the Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, a tribute to his daughter, whom he lost to cancer in 1995 when she was just four.

Over the years, Neil has owned a variety of businesses, including a clothing line and a tattoo parlor.

“Today I have several clubs, a Mexican restaurant, a tequila company and a vodka company,” he says.

“There’s a strip club in Vegas. It’s business. Things come up and they sound like fun.

“My first nightclub was in West Palm Beach, Fla.,” Neil says. “I live in Vegas. I love Mexican food and it goes with tequila — I like things that are fun and going to make money.”

One of Neil’s most favorite moments as a performer came in 1983 when the band played a large festival.

“There were almost 400,000 people,” he recalls.

“You couldn’t see the end of people. It really stands out. We never again played to that many people. It was all a blur of color where you can’t see faces.”

Another highlight was meeting Mick Jagger.

“For me, that was pretty crazy,” Neil admits.

“We actually had the opportunity to open some shows for the Rolling Stones. That was pretty cool. You get kind of star-struck and don’t know what to say.”

Neil is bringing his solo band, drummer Zoltan Chaney and Slaughter members Jeff Blando and Dana Strumas, to the Pirate Fest.

“We’ll do some fun cover songs,” Neil says. “We change it up all the time.

“It could be Zeppelin, ZZ Top — it could be anything because we change from day to day,” he says.

“Come on out and have some fun.”



Pirate Festival weekend passes are available for $22. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Weekend passes may be purchased in advance at tybeepiratefest.com. For more info, call 912-786-5444 or visit the website.


OCT. 4

• 6-11 p.m. Buccaneer Ball at The Crab Shack, open to buccaneers and wenches 18 and over. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. A Feast of Piratical Proportions with grub and grog

• 7:30 p.m. Coronation of the 2012 King and Queen

• 9 p.m. Costume contest for Best Buccaneer and Best Wench


OCT. 5

Festival open from 5-11 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission and free for kids under 12

• 5-7 p.m. Little Matey’s Cove. Bounce houses, face painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship and activities and games

• 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Shipwreck Stage. Faire Wynds Circus

• 6-7 p.m. Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern. The Brigands

• 6 p.m. Main Stage. Rogues and Wenches Auction

• 7 p.m. Main Stage. Eric Culberson Band

• 9:30 p.m.. Main Stage. A1A Jimmy Buffet cover band


OCT. 6

Festival open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $15 after 5 p.m., and free for kids

• 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tybee Pier and Pavilion. Tybee Arts Association Art Show

• 5-7 p.m. Little Matey’s Cove. Bounce houses, face painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship and activities and games

Shipwreck Stage

• 11 a.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

• Noon Faire Wynds Circus

• 1 p.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

• 2:30 p.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

• 5-6 p.m. Kids and Pets Costume Contests

• 6:30 p.m. Faire Wynds Circus

Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern

• Noon The Brigands

• 2 p.m. The Brigands

• 3:30 p.m. Faire Wynds Circus

• 4:30 p.m. The Brigands

• 6 p.m. The Brigands

Thieves’ Market

• 10 a.m.to 11 p.m. Market Open

Main Stage

• 5 p.m. VIP Lounge open

• 6 p.m. Adult Costume Contests

• 7 p.m. The Cherry Bombs

• 9:30 p.m. Vince Neil

Pirate Victory Parade

• 3-5 p.m. Parade participants will pass out treasure along the route.



Festival open from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free

• Noon to 4 p.m.Little Matey’s Cove. Bounce houses, face painting by Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship and activities and games

Shipwreck Stage

• 12:30 p.m. Faire Wynds Circus

• 1:30 p.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

• 2:30 p.m. Faire Wynds Circus

• 3:30 p.m. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

Landshark’s Mugs of Mutiny Tavern

• Noon The Brigands

• 1:30 p.m. Faire Wynds Circus

• 2:30 p.m. The Brigands








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Why Vacation Rentals Work for Family Travelers

September 22, 2012
My family rented a vacation house in England in January 2011. And we’d do it again. In a heartbeat.
Friends and readers ask me all the time whether vacation rentals or hotels offer better accommodations for traveling families. My answer: vacation rentals, hands down.

Q.What percentage of bookings would you say represents family travelers?
A. According to research, more than 75 percent of  customers are people traveling with their families or friends and family.

Q. In your experiences, what sorts of amenities are family travelers looking for?
A. In a word: Value! Families want to be comfortable when traveling, which means space, privacy, extra room for extended family and caregivers, a kitchen and great value for their money! In this economy, affordability trumps space, amenities and location.

Q. Generally speaking, what about vacation rentals makes them a good fit (or better fit than hotels) for family travelers?
A. I love that question. Vacation rentals give families more options and flexibility; that is key when traveling with kids. We choose them over hotels when possible because we have more space and more amenities for less money. Not to mention the memories we create spending real quality time together. To me, it’s all about getting more for less. I’m not a math person, but even I get that equation. My husband and I took our two girls (both under the age of three) to Montauk, N.Y., this summer for our family vacation and because we stayed in a vacation rental we were able to bring along both my mother and our full-time babysitter. We enjoyed tons of activities like swimming in the ocean, mini-golf, pony rides, live music and nice dinners out on the town. Plus, we had three bedrooms, two baths, a huge living area for the kids, our own kitchen AND an adorable jungle gym/swing set in the backyard. A hotel just doesn’t offer that kind of space or flexibility for families. We felt lucky to be in a home that actually became part of our vacation rather than just a place to stay.

Q. To what extent can vacation rentals arrange for baby-oriented items such as cribs and/or high chairs?
A. Vacation rental companies usually don’t specifically arrange for baby items to be made available in properties, You can also talk to the vacation rental company ahead of time and see if certain items can be rented during your stay and from where. Again, it’s all about the personal conversations with the owner/manager before renting to determine if a property is right for you.

Q. What advice can you offer family travelers who are interested in booking a vacation rental but have never done so before?

A. A few things. First, ask questions and have every detail nailed down in your rental agreement ahead of time including what items will be available at the rental (linens, kitchen necessities, etc.) Also, never pay with cash or money order; always use a traceable means of payment such as PayPal or credit card. Next, make sure you have a contact (if not the owner or manager) locally at your destination in case something comes up. Look for rental listings that list ‘family-friendly’ or ‘kid-friendly’ as part of their description.

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