The Social Network of the South to Host Inaugural Social Media Summit on Historic Jekyll Island, Georgia

Aspiring Bloggers and Entrepreneurs are invited to Connect, Collaborate and Create through Probe of South's Digital Landscape

Mar 06, 2013, 11:34 ET from The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern, gentile charm meets the abounding digital age when the first ever forum devoted to Southern bloggers and regional businesses convenes May 1-3, 2013 on historic Jekyll Island, Ga.

The Southern C Summit – a three-day immersion of workshops, lectures, networking opportunities and creative relaxation – is the expression of an online community focusing on the Southern culture.  

The Southern Coterie – affectionately nicknamed The Southern C – is a digital front porch designed to share rich content, conversation and collaboration between niche Southern creatives. The idea for the new summit event came from the realization that no conference serving the blogging community focuses on the Southern lifestyle.

"For a gathering designed to focus on the unique cuisine, community, character and culture of the South, we couldn't imagine a more ideal location to meet than storied Jekyll Island," said Whitney Wise Long and Cheri Leavy, co-founders of The Southern C.

Jekyll Island is a paradise with an unrivaled story to tell.  Within minutes of driving across a marsh-hemmed causeway, guests are transported to "the nearest faraway place" – Jekyll Island, a place surrounded by miles of sandy shores and enveloped by calming maritime forest and whispering ocean breezes.  It is a place of timeless beauty layered with rich history, legacies and legends.  Summit attendees will be afforded social opportunities to enjoy the island's lovely setting, Southern charm and abundant hospitality.

The oceanfront Jekyll Island Convention Center will play host to the inaugural summit. The all-new Convention Center offers participants sweeping views of the Atlanta Ocean and calming scenes of the maritime forest, perfectly paired with state-of-the-art technology in an idyllic, Southern setting.

The gathering kicks off on opening night with "Cocktails and Conversations," a joint effort between the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and Southern Living magazine. A panel discussion will be lead by a team of Southern Living editors while craft cocktails are made using Southern Living Test Kitchen recipes.

Attendance for the inaugural summit is limited and ticket price is $375.  To register, visit or click here.

For every ticket sold, a $10 donation will be made to Southern Foodways Alliance or Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

For a list of marketing mavens and social media authorities who will dig into the South's online landscape, please visit here.

About The Southern Coterie
Founded by Cheri Harden Leavy and Whitney Wise Long, The Southern Coterie is the social network of the South, an online community where Southerners and all those who love the South can connect, congregate and converse about the things that matter most.  The Southern Coterie celebrates the traditions and heritage of the South as well as the modern trends and new ideas which create the current Southern landscape.  

The Southern Coterie provides a place to learn, ask questions and share experiences.  Leavy and Long launched The Southern Coterie in July 2012, out of their love and zest for any and everything Southern.  To contact the founders or the network's "C-Team" of contributors, send an email to

About Jekyll Island
Located in the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island is rich in history, but celebrated as a place of retreat, sanctuary and balance that has attracted guests for more than 125 years.  On the island, guests can enjoy 10 miles of beach, 25 miles of bicycle trails, four golf courses, a history museum, tennis center, Summer Waves water park, wildlife viewing platforms and many other cultural and eco-tourism opportunities. 

In 2012, the island celebrated the completion the Jekyll Island Convention Center, the only oceanfront convention center in the Southeast. With more than 78,000 square feet of meeting space, this charmingly designed facility makes full use of sustainable conservation, modern technology and alternate energy tactics.  Visit for more information or call 877.4.JEKYLL.

SOURCE The Jekyll Island Club Hotel