After a brief pause to visit family over Easter with Calypso safely at Brunswick Landing Marina, it’s time to get moving again. But, not without a few thoughts on Brunswick.
Brunswick Landing Marina (BLM), is a secure place to leave your boat, it is a bit pricey for a months dockage. However, they have many amenities to offer, keeping some cruisers here for months & even years longer than originally expected.
Everything from free laundry, organized activities, free happy hour 3 times a week, and FREE BEER, everyday. Guess you get what you pay for!
While there we met up with cruising friends, Dawn & Richard, on Zama Dawn. Being very outgoing they volunteer to organize events and act as hosts to new & old visitors alike. One afternoon, they invited us to attend a Re-naming ceremony for two boats docked there. Like everything nautical, this ceremony is steeped in tradition, including refreshments, afterwards.
Coming dressed for the part of the “Supreme Presider”, Richard officiated the ceremony to pay homage to the gods of the Four Winds and a plea to Neptune to record the new vessel name in the Ledger of the Deep. All in good fun and with just the right flair!
For us, the best amenity was being only a few steps from old town Brunswick. This area of coastal Georgia dates back some four hundred years, long before
the arrival of James Oglethorpe and the first Georgia colonists in 1733.
City residents are proud of their history and it’s not hard to hear it in their voices while talking with a fifth generation resident or a shopkeeper who’s business has been running in the same building for over 100 years.
The Five Flags of Spain, France, Britain, the Southern Confederacy, and the U.S., represents the five different governments, over several hundred years, that have had an impact on Brunswick’s history.
While walking the quiet sidewalks it’s easy to see that this city, like many others, has had it’s fair share of economic hard times, however the City of Brunswick is on the rebound.
New and trendy businesses are popping up throughout old town.
This rum distillery uses only products produced in Georgia.
This will be the second craft brewery, opening soon.
Who da thunk it?
The first Friday of every month, merchants stay open late for what can only be described as a street festival. Helped along by hundreds of transient and permanent boaters at BLM, and enticed by wine & cheese, discounts, and special offers, the sidewalks are packed.
The events spill over into some of the many squares dotting old town.
Our favorite restaurant, Island Jerk, offers great food all the time, the special during First Friday’s is a $10 Caribbean Buffet and it overflows onto the street.
Brunswick has always had a maritime presence. The St. Mary’s Tall Ship Alliance sponsors ships and crews to visit Georgia coastal communities and educate school children on their maritime history.
One of several Tall Ships calling on Brunswick, S/V Lynx.
When the day came to get underway we discovered a bird tried to take advantage of our absence. It’s abandoned nest in our radar reflector was all that remained. No sign of a bird, eggs, or chicks. Hope there’s not a stowaway!
Fair Winds and Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy