The Southern C Summit

May 29 2013

by Emily Laborde Hines

Previously published at Em’s on the Road

May 1-3 Southern creatives, businesses, brands, and blogs gathered in Jekyll Island for the first ever Southern C Summit. It felt a lot like summer camp but with excellent food and cocktails.

tscsummit team beach house

As part of the #tscsummit team, the week for us started Tuesday night with a delicious low country boil spread from Latitude 31 Raw Bar courtesy of our cabana boy Vance, aka Cheri’s husband, and a late night swag bag stuffing party.


low country luxe
Caroline and Natalie of Low Country Luxe
swag bags

With our bellies and swag bags stuffed we called it a night.

TSC Summit Day 1

The next day we started the day off right with some burgers, fries, and mimosas! We do it right in the South- work hard and play harder!


Next up was #tscsummit check in at the beautiful Morgan Center on Jekyll Island.

Morgan Center
Via Jekyll Island Club

The Morgan Center was originally built in 1929 by the financier JP Morgan as JP Morgan Tennis Center where members of the elite Jekyll Island Club dressed in their whites and enjoy playing tennis indoors shielded from bad weather. In recent years, the deteriorated tennis courts were rebuilt to serve as a conference/meeting facility. They did an incredible job!

At #tscsummit check in, our attendees were greeted by the lovely ladies of Maison de Macrons from Savannah, Georgia and given a sweet treat. They were absolutely delicious- chocolate were my fav.

maison de macrons

Next up was Cocktails and Conversations with Southern Living editors. This was a great way to kick off the summit. Southern Living created three cocktails from their trusty test kitchen and the Jekyll Island Club provided some delicious appetizers and we all got a chance to sample and mingle for a while.

southern living
I love all things grapefruit so The Dogwood was my fav.


Loved seeing fellow C-Team member Miss Amber Ryder of For the Love of the South!

caroline ceramics
old college buds 🙂

Ran into some old friends too- Caroline of Caroline Ceramics and I attended Birmingham Southern College back in the day!

Violas market
It’s always fun hangin’ with the ladies from Viola’s Market!
jekyll island
appetizer sampler

After some mingling I had to get my hands on some food! All of the appetizers provided by the Jekyll Island Club hit the spot.

Day 2

Day 2 of #tscsummit was full of learning sessions and networking. As a blogger, I tried to soak up as much info from the pros as possible. I found all the sessions helpful and encouraging; I look forward to implementing a lot of the strategies I learned about.

Our studious crowd

As a social media manager for The Southern C, Day 2 was nuts. Live tweeting, instagramming, note taking, phone charging, checking in attendees, errand running, luncheon set up- my feet are getting sore just thinkin’ about it. I did take breaks to indulge in all the fabulous food. It was a fantastic day- full of positive energy, fun personalities, and inspiring stories.

Lulie Wallace and Chassity Evans

beachview tentsBeachview Tent Rentals saved us from the monsoon rains that afternoon…we are eternally grateful!

small sampling from our delicious oceanside luncheon

Lunch was phenomenal! A huge thank you to Big T’s Coastal Provisions, Sociale Mocktails, Cathead Vodka, Halyards, Southern Soul BBQ, and High Road Craft Ice Cream!

Goo Goo Cluster Pie and coffee break!

tscsummitWe were thoroughly entertained by the night’s keynote speakers- Aiden Hornaday of Aiden Cares and K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer.

Viola's Market
Southern Supper

Viola’s Market created the gorgeous arrangements for the Southern Supper that night. I’m a sucker for succulents.

I enjoyed relaxing in 24e Design’s luxe lounge.
My social media partner in crime for the event- Emily Taylor.

Day 3

After an info filled morning with biz guru Ryan Dohrn, the #tscsummit team headed for a wrap up lunch and a big ole nap!

tscsummit team

I’m so glad to be a part of this unique group of people and for this crazy experience! Can’t wait ’til #tscsummit Athens on August 1 and #tscsummit Nashville on October 17! Hope to see y’all there!

Emily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more of my travels check out Em’s on the Road!


Emily Laborde Hines View More Blog Posts from this Author

Emily Hines is a Georgia girl now living in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two black labs. She is a freelance writer and digital media manager hooked on cruising back roads, craft beer, and snapping photos of old buidings. Follow along with my United States travels at Em's on the Road.

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2 responses on “The Southern C Summit

  1. amberwilson

    LOVE the essay about the trip! You are like the constant smile behind the “C”! Thanks for sharing!

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