We are in Brunswick, Georgia, which claims to be the birthplace of Brunswick Stew, which is a tomato-based stew, containing various types of lima beans/butter beans, corn, okra, and other vegetables, and meat. It is a travesty that I can find no Brunswick Stew in Brunswick! The town holds a festival every year called the Brunswick Stewbilee, but no restaurant (at least in the old town) serves Brunswick stew! How can this be?!
Okay, now that that is off my chest, our Saturday in Brunswick was very pleasant. We first walked about a hundred yards south of our dock to the farmer’s market, where we picked up a little bit of fresh produce. It wasn’t huge, but it was pleasant, and the people were friendly.
After dropping off our produce on Beatitude, we headed for town. The sun was hot, but there was a cool breeze which made for a lovely morning walk, especially in the shade of the majestic oaks. We decided to walk down Union street, which cuts through the heart of the Old Town historic district in Brunswick. It was a joy to look at the old 19th and early 20th century Victorian homes (some of which could use some tender loving care) while standing beneath the charming, grand old trees. When we reached Prince Street, we turned to the left and continued a few blocks to find the massive oak known as “Lover’s Oak.” According to local legend, Native American braves and their young maidens met under the majestic spreading limbs of this enormous oak. The Lover’s Oak is estimated to be over 900 years old. The tree’s trunk is about 13 feet in diameter and it branches into ten limbs measuring 12 to 30 inches in diameter. Of course, we kissed beneath the oak, and then I had to climb up at least a little ways.
After our 3.5 mile morning walk, we returned to Beatitude for the afternoon. I grilled some hot dogs for lunch before we gave Beatitude a bath. She needed it! We topped off the water tanks and relaxed for a while. For dinner, we ate at The Southern Table and Bar in the Old Town. The decor was nice and the ambience pleasant, but the food was average. I was a little disappointed. Perhaps, I had anticipated more than I should have because of the word “southern” in the restaurant name.
After dinner, we had a lovely evening of entertainment at the historic Ritz Radio Theater. The night’s presentation was the” Wizard of Oz.” The story was presented just as it would have been in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Although a small community production, the acting was quite good. The young lady who played Dorothy was excellent, both in her speaking voice for her character, and in her singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” After a little fun, experiencing what it would have been like to be in a live radio audience in the ’40s, we returned to our home for the night.