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First Friday in Brunswick has small town feel but making big strides.

First Fridays in Historic Downtown Brunswick are an exciting and inviting event for residents as well as visitors in the beautiful downtown area. Each first Friday of the month, vendors, as well as shop owners, open their doors to all for food, shopping, entertainment and fun.

First Friday April car show

Walking down the beautiful oak-lined streets that was named for the ancestral King George over 200 years ago will bring thoughts of yesteryear with a modern twist.  As you run into old friends, neighbors and visitors in this thriving City by the Sea, you will know that the stories and fiber of this town are rich with history.
It is a great time to be had by all and All on Georgia- Glynn had the opportunity to engage in the experience first hand.  Each of the stores welcome guests with a sampling of their unique offerings or services and will usually include refreshments to entice the experience.

Kim Purvis and Elsie Johnson enjoy the evening at Color Me Happy

Elsie Johnson of Color Me Happy graciously showed us their summer camp and event offerings that patrons can participate in while creating beautiful pottery.  Down the road a bit, the owners of Rabbiteye Blueberry Wine gave a sampling of their homemade wine made with fruits from their family-owned Bell Farms in Southeast Georgia.  They explained the years it took to bring the delicious wine to its perfection, which culminated in opening their store. Visitors also had a great time exploring the new Richland Rum Distillery with tours and tastes while sharing toasts and stories with the owners.
As locals and visitors wandered through the streets, whether perusing the car show or admiring the artwork by the local artists at the Brunswick Stewdio Co-op, they were met with the beautiful voice of Nashville based country singer/songwriter, Ashley Williams. Ashley is a talented local musician from Brunswick and a graduate of Glynn Academy.
You can keep up with Ashley via her website at


Photo Credit Ashley Williams Facebook Page

Local residents also had the chance to view the Re/Up Cycled Art Exhibit at the Historic Ritz Theatre Gallery presented by local artists and K-12 students and co-sponsored with Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. Stay tuned for a preview of the gallery in a future article.
Visitors may have also noticed two Brunswick Shrine Club camels grazing the sidewalks through the evening.  David Beard and Former Police Officer, Jobaby had a blast greeting the passerbys in their adorned camel outfits.  Native Brunswick resident, Kim Purvis, a science teacher at Jane Macon Middle school remembered the good ole’ days when “Officer Jobaby and Officer Lacey always made sure everyone got home okay after a night out on the town”. As this very popular science teacher walked down the streets enjoying the atmosphere, former students young and “older” embraced her with a hug. Brunswick is truly a town rich in history and threaded with a tapestry of the old and new.  One that we are happy to call home.
Here are some highlights of the evening.

Video of highlights –


Carrie Magalski is the Media and Public Relations Contact for All on Georgia- Glynn County. A speaker and the author of "Heaven's Angels" book, her inspiring articles, writings and radio interviews are featured in various multi-media venues. Her leadership roles encompasses higher education, broadcast communications, business, and corporate trainings through Coastal Pines Technical College. She is a seasoned professional with excellent relationship building skills and creates and enhances strategic growth through partnerships with community, corporate and governmental agencies through various multimedia modalities. She is the owner of Immersion Enterprises, LLC- which provides corporate trainings, PR and marketing, as well as ecotourism and experiential education services through Turtle Tides Amelia. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors of Back in His Arms Again, a ministry that helps families suffering from infant loss.

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