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Fresh Water Lake Moultrie near Bonneau Beach


Sunshine Whether it's paddling the Edisto River's famed black water, exploring a farmer's market or taking in a live show, here are twelve fun things to do locally this summer

















Whether it's paddling the Edisto River's famed black water, exploring a farmer's market or taking in a live show, here are twelve fun things to do locally this summer.


Mike Karkut, chef and co-owner of Graze Summerville, shares the recipe for his famous sweet tea brine pork chops and the fixin's that complement them.


Just below our feet, links to the Lowcountry’s ancient past lie in wait.


Each Thursday at noon, Mike Allan gives away the words he has been given, delivering a message of hope to those who need it most.

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27 07 Editor’s Letter 12 Contributors 17-26 FIELD GUIDE A brief look into our local culture 17 Seasonal Country Music 18 Q&A Tiffany Norton 21 F3 Summerville 22 Literary The 50 Books Every Southerner Should Read 24 Etiquette Tips of the Hat SOUTHERN LIFE 27 Southern Spotlight - Art 33 Southern Spotlight - Food 38 Southern Spotlight - Food & Drink






COLUMNS 41 Natural Woman by Susan Frampton 45 Kids These Days by Tara Bailey 49 Life & Faith by Will Browning

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers



SOUTHERN STYLE 53 The Blessing Though the name of the white house on the hill remains a mystery, it reflects Nancy Deitch’s gratitude for the place she calls home 92 THE LOCAL 92-Dancing with the ARK Stars 94-Pinewood Preparatory School Cool Blue Auction 96 THE VILLAGE POET -Summer


O N T H E C O V E R : Lake Moultrie near Bonneau Beach / Photograph by Dottie Langley Rizzo, Styled by Margie Sutton, Hat available at Maggie Rose 6 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

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Hit the Road When I was a kid my parents took my sister and me on vacation. It was to be a long weekend with family in Daytona Beach, Florida. For most kids, a weekend at a world-famous beach would have been more than enough to have them bouncing off the walls, but we had been there many times before. We were excited, but somewhat underwhelmed. Florida is filled with turnpikes—roads that require travelers to pay a toll. During our trip, my dad kept asking us to look under the seats for some quarters (toll fare) that he had dropped. I don't know if we were afraid that the toll booth attendant might send us home if we didn't find those quarters, or if we were the most

gullible kids in Florida. Regardless, it was a diversion, and we had been duped. It wasn't until we reached the front gates of Busch Gardens in Tampa that the ruse was revealed. Every time my parents had seen a billboard for our true destination, dad had sent us digging under the seats. As you can imagine, my sister and I were thrilled. Funny thing is, I think we had the most fun with the fact that the ploy had worked. We had to drive 5 hours to make that summer memory. In our cover story, "Hello Sunshine," on page 63, you won't need to go nearly that far. In it, we highlight twelve fun things to do locally this summer. So pack up the car and hit the road. You won't need a Ziploc of quarters for the toll booths, but there will be plenty of surprises hiding around every corner.

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WILLIE NELSON > Before he became a full-time musician in the mid-1950s, Nelson worked as a cotton picker and a Bible salesman. He has also been playing the same guitar (Trigger—named after Roy Rodgers' horse) for over fifty years.

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What is your favorite thing about living in the Lowcountry? I moved to Summerville in 2006 from Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis was a hard place to leave. I love it there. They have an amazing live music scene, and it’s a dream for barbecue lovers. And then I moved to the Lowcountry which also boasts a good live music scene (it’s getting better) and also has the amenities of the beach…history… and is only a few hours’ drive to the mountains. I’m still trying to learn to love mustardbased barbecue, although I guess that’s not really necessary with the immense foodie options. There is never a dull moment in Summerville and the Lowcountry. What’s more to say? Other than— life is sweeter in Summerville. What is your dream job? As a kid I wanted to live in Minnesota and be a chiropractor. Minnesota because it snows there, and I grew up in Florida. The chiropractor part…I have no idea where I got that idea. As I got older I wanted to be a United States senator. (My degree is in political science.) Today, I’m happy where I am. I have the opportunity to participate in the government process, but I also get to do the fun event planning stuff that I really enjoy. Is there a motto that you live by? Serve, learn, enjoy. Serve the community; always strive to learn something new; and in the process, have fun and enjoy the journey. Who or what are you a fan of ? I would not be a good fan if I missed a great opportunity (like this) to say: Go Gators! Coffee or tea? Hot tea. I’m finicky with temperatures

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– not too hot and not too cold. I tend to be wasteful with coffee. If tea gets cold, I can always heat it back up without getting a burnt taste, or throw a few ice cubes and a lemon into it. What's one thing you've bought in the last five years that you couldn’t live without? The most genuine answer would be a house. There is something to be said about owning your own home. The materialistic answer would be nice luggage. A few years ago I splurged and bought a really nice set of luggage. What's one thing you've bought in the last five years that you could go the rest of your life without? A Kindle. It was nice, but at the end of the day nothing compares to the feel and smell of real books. I gave the Kindle to my mom and got a library card instead. If history had a smell, I think it would smell like old books. What is your favorite music? My all-time favorite group is, hands-down, the Beastie Boys. I’m also a big Michael Jackson fan. My favorite song, though, is

‘Fishin’ in the Dark’ by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. There have been several remakes over the years, but like most things, nothing compares to the original. ‘Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows’ by Lesley Gore is another favorite. It is impossible to listen to that song and not instantly be in a good mood. Currently, I’m loving ‘Believe’ by Mumford and Sons and ‘Habits’ by Tove Lo. I will also break into a full-on performance anytime I hear ‘Ice Ice Baby.’ I should be ashamed of this, but I definitely am not.

I will also break into a full on performance anytime I hear ‘Ice Ice Baby.’ I should be ashamed of this, but I definitely am not. What is your dream vacation? I would love to visit Prince Edward Island to see the real Green Gables and experience the island as Anne Shirley might have. With an unlimited budget, I would like to travel the entire length of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and spend several days at each stop along the route. What is your fondest memory of living in Summerville? Wow. This is a pretty hard question. I have so many great memories for many different reasons. It’s hard to think of just one. I think my fondest memory will come on June 10th when we break a world record for the World’s Largest Sweet Tea. Breaking a world record is one of my bucket list items. Can you think of a more fun community event that is so much bigger than any one person? It’s going to be huge – literally. AM

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Fitness, Fellowship and Faith—all before sunrise by Elizabeth Donehue

It’s 5 a.m. The alarm sounds, and they are up and out the door. Rain or shine, heat or cold, men throughout Summerville gather outdoors for a bootcamp workout with bricks and cinder blocks. This is F3. F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith) traces its roots to Charlotte, NC, where leaders launched their first workout in January 2011. Summerville F3 began in January 2015, and in just four short months, has already welcomed nearly 200 participants.

Lifting Them High Praying after a workout


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While it’s fairly easy to get someone out for a free workout, for the majority of F3 participants, it’s the friendships they form that keep them coming back. Accountability and positive peer pressure keep the majority showing up day after day.



F3 is open to men of all fitness levels. In Summerville, the youngest is 17, and the oldest is 69. Peer-led workouts vary from day to day and week to week. They take place outside at public places like parks and schools – even the downtown parking deck. No equipment is required, but gloves are suggested.

F3 is open to men of all faiths and no faith. Workouts close with a brief “shout-out” led by one of the participants. Men are free to pray to God or to speak from a secular perspective. Interested? Find more at F3Summerville.com.

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The 50 Books Every Southerner Should Baking Soda Read

Summer 2015 marks the fourth printed installment of our “50 Books” series. Find more books from the list on our blog at azaleamag.com or join the conversation in our group, Azalea Mag Book Club, on Facebook.* Happy summer reading! Why read it?

The 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, is Ernest Gaines’ seventh book of fiction. Set in a small Cajun community in the 1940s, the novel logs the remaining days between Jefferson, a twenty-one-year-old black man sentenced to death for robbing and killing a liquor store owner, and Grant Wiggins, a university graduate who has returned to their hometown to teach. The two strike up an unlikely friendship in the shadow of Jefferson’s impending death. Gaines weaves masterful stories through his unique voice and complex characters. With simple and sparse word choice and the use of dialect – both skills obtained in studying the literary styles of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway – Gaines has established himself as one of the South’s most lauded living African American writers. Born in 1933, the son of sharecroppers, he was raised on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana – the region where his novels are nearly always set. Raised primarily by his aunt, Augusteen Jeffers, who cared for him and his eleven younger siblings without the use of her legs, Gaines began his escape from poverty at the age of fifteen when he moved to California to live with his mother and step-father. Two years later, he penned his first novel – the work that would later become Catherine Carmier, another title for which he is known. Currently at the age of eighty-two, Gaines lives in Louisiana on the site of his childhood home.

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Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison Why read it?

Born in 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina, to an unwed teenage mother, Dorothy Allison, is an award-winning writer and California resident who considers herself a Southern expatriate. Her first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, published in 1992, was a National Book Award finalist and a winner of both the Ferro Grumley prize and ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, as well as a national bestseller and an award-winning movie. It is also semi-autobiographical. Praised for the use of rhythmic and sensory language and her natural inclination toward lyricism, Allison’s skill to articulate and relate complex feelings and emotions in the novel are unmatched. Hitting on nearly every “heavy” theme imaginable – class, race, gender and abuse, among others – Bastard Out of Carolina is a necessary read in the South Carolina literary canon.

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2015 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers

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Why read it?

Originally published in June 1940 when author, Carson McCullers, was just twentythree years old, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a timeless work of literature that speaks on a number of universal themes, the greatest among them, isolation and loneliness. A true work of Southern gothic that paved the way for the genre and McCullers’ first published novel, the story centers around John Singer, a deaf-mute in whom a number of Southern tiny-town misfits find themselves seeking silent solace. Often compared to the likes of Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, but regarded as more successful in literary long form than her short story writing contemporaries, McCullers remains an example of an exceptionally compassionate and in-tune novelist who, in innumerable ways, hauntingly captures the human condition. The winner of many awards – some even posthumously – McCullers was the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships (1942, 1946).


Born Lula Carson Smith, in Columbus, Georgia, in 1917, McCullers died in 1967 at the age of fifty in Nyack, New York. *To make us easier to find, we’ve changed our Facebook group name from The Southern Lit Project to Azalea Mag Book Club. Come join the conversation!

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Tips of the Hat

For the modern man, hats are back in fashion. Here's how and when to don the new trend


ntil the 1950s, it was quite unusual for a gentleman to leave the house without a hat. Since that time, the practice has seen a decline. But as fashion comes full-circle and recent trends show hats are back, this renaissance is creating a quandary for a generation of men and boys who grew up without learning hat-wearing etiquette.

"Cock your hat—angles are attitudes." -Frank Sinatra

ELIZABETH DONEHUE Arbiter of social graces, with a heart for simple hospitality and a tendency for adventure, Elizabeth lives in Summerville with her husband Wesley, baby boy Harlowe, and yorkie Gucci.

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HAT TRICK Here are a few tips to explain the basics: When talking hat language, to don a hat means to put it on. To doff a hat means to take it off. To tip a hat means touching the brim with index finger and thumb to slightly lift the hat. DON • Outdoors • At athletic events • On public transportation • In public buildings such as post offices, airports, and hotel or office lobbies • On elevators DOFF • In someone's home • At mealtimes, at the table • While being introduced (indoors or out) • In a house of worship • Indoors at work (unless required for the job) • In public buildings such as a school, library, courthouse or town hall • At a movie or any indoor performance • When the national anthem is played • At funerals and as funeral processions pass by • When the United States flag passes by, as in a parade   • When coming into the presence of a dignitary of either gender

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Southern L I F E & C U L T U R E from O U R L I T T L E S L I C E of T H E S O U T H

Living Water

How one photographer, two writers and a team of conservationists captured the history and essence of the Edisto River by

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Scouting Report Photographer Larry Price hunts for the perfect shot

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The story began years ago—long before Larry and Rosie Price were married. Larry, a young fisherman, and Rosie, a beachcomber, spent hours of their childhoods enjoying varying aspects of the Edisto. And like the water, the course of their lives ebbed and flowed until they met, wed and introduced their own young family to life on the river. For decades the Edisto was a place of fun, wonder and learning for the Prices and their children. It was also a place that sparked Larry’s innate artistic abilities. By the late nineties, Larry’s photographs of wildlife along the Edisto had been widely published amongst state publications and awarded several times over. Eventually, the Prices even opened a gallery in Barnwell, in partnership with a friend, where Larry’s prints sold successfully for a number of years—until the day when his wife prayerfully came to the conclusion that his gifts warranted a wider audience. While Larry was content with his artistic endeavors, Rosie envisioned something more and challenged him: “You shouldn’t be satisfied,” she’d said. 30 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

What followed was an appointment that Rosie calls nothing short of “providential.” After a year of encouragement from creative and writer friends alike, Rosie attended the South Carolina Book Festival in 2006. It was there that she gently and nervously gave her elevator speech to Susan Kammeraad-Campbell ( Joggling Board Press). What began as a twenty second introduction quickly turned into twenty minutes. “We can do this,” Kammeraad-Campbell said, as Rosie presented her husband’s photographs. “Do you have more?” “Thousands of them,” the photographer’s wife replied. And with that, an eight-year collaboration (ten years of research in all) eventually became the 272-page pictorial history, Edisto River: Black Water Crown Jewel. The Book Knowing that she wanted to fill in the gaps of what the pictures could not say, Rosie began writing. “They say so much,” she says, “but

Something profoundly else. The seeds have been planted. And great things are happening here. A community is forming that celebrates gathering and gardens. Water and woods. And getting back to the perfectly pure power of real. This is Summers Corner. Beautiful architecture. Dorchester District Two schools. And the unfiltered, unprocessed beauty of the Lowcountry.

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of his editor’s prodding for artfulness, however, is abstract, ethereal close-ups of the river’s everrippling surface waters that mark the start and evoke the coming message of each chapter—one of many aspects that set the book apart from other coffee table counterparts.

I needed to write powerfully about my feelings, with restraint.” The original drafts evolved from poetic descriptions of the imagery to what is now lyrical prose, weaving both historical information and personal recollections, that captures not only the sights, but the sounds and smells of the Edisto. “I learned to write ‘in color,’ with Susan’s help,” she says of her relationship with Kammeraad-Campbell, who served in a number of capacities on the project including developmental editor and coauthor. Rosie knew they would do whatever Kammeraad-Campbell suggested to make the book all it could be. “But Larry is a realist,” she says. “Susan told him, ‘you need to look into the water,’ and for the longest time, he didn’t understand what she was asking.” Larry had become a fixture amongst the wildlife. Known for spending nine hours in one place in hip boots to get one perfect shot, it was as if the creatures of the water and air no longer noticed he was a foreigner. He clearly was not opposed to doing the work—he just needed to understand this new way of looking through the lens. The end result

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An Open Book Co-Author Susan KammeraadCampbell

The Prices estimate that they have spent three full years of their lives on the Edisto. Rosie wrote about the place she carried in her memory, and Larry captured it all using great discipline, in image after breath-taking image.

Living Water There is a long-standing and seemingly overlooked treasure that is part of the permanent landscape of South Carolina. The three hundred miles of winding, creeping, life-giving black water runs from Aiken to the Atlantic Ocean and is home to myriad of God’s creations. While the rhythm of the water has been unchanged by time or

The Prices estimate that they have spent three full years of their lives on the Edisto.

the impact we have as people. “We want South Carolinians to reclaim the river as their own— their memories of childhood, their resources, their experiences. The river is a connector. What happens on my part of the river affects you on your part. We should care for and be respectful of one another,” says Rosie. Show and Tell Co-Author Rosie Price

man, the Edisto, rich in South Carolina history and natural resources, is the subject of growing conservation efforts. While not particularly political, Rosie confesses that as the couple delved deeper into their research, they could not help but become so. “The Edisto is not just about beauty. It’s about our future, our resources, and what we leave for the next generation,” she says.

As the need for further education about the Edisto was realized and grew, so did the size of the intended project—hence the neardecade long partnership between the Prices and Joggling Board. The eventual backing of the project by MWV, formerly MeadWestvaco, sent the book soaring to its fullest potential. In the end, the result is the most comprehensive pictorial history of the black water crown jewel—a beautiful tool to spark environmental education, preservation and stewardship of the Edisto River, and a record of its breath-taking majesty. AM

While the Prices know that people who read the book may not experience it the way they have, they want readers to understand

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Behind the Smoke Screen An inside look at the life and love of South Carolina barbecue by Chris Campeau

I am a ruined man. Or as it was pronounced where I grew up: “rurnt.” The source of my ruination you might ask? The love of barbecue.

When I say barbecue, I’m speaking of it in Southern terms—of slow-cooked, pulled pork infused with smoke over wood, coals or sometimes, propane. Not hamburgers, hot dogs or chicken on the grill as some from other areas of the country might call it. Slow and Low Ready for the smoker; feeding the masses.

Barbecue is much more to me than dinner on a Friday night. It’s a way of life. I’ve judged, competed and fundraised with it. Competing was an opportunity to put those late night hours of prepping and all-night smoke watching to the test. It wasn’t about the prize money. It was about hearing my name called for a top place finish and having bragging rights amongst my peers and neighbors. I’ve pulled barbecue off the smoker, and served it at wedding and baby showers, at parties and family reunions, and I’ve even solemnly delivered it after funerals. The appeal is mysteriously deep and hard to describe; it almost seems affixed to my core, my identity and my soul. I couldn’t imagine life without it, and I hold Summer 2015 AZALEAMAG.COM 35

Gone are the days of digging a hole in the ground, dropping a pig in it, and covering it with hickory logs. Smoking competition level barbecue is methodical and scientific it close. It’s akin to never forgetting your first love. Barbecue is not only rooted in Southern folklore, it is my cultural identity.

own television shows, restaurants and cooking schools. If they’ve been on television, chances are I’ve met them.

I was fortunate enough to intern for a few years with one of the best competition barbecue teams in the Southeast. I spent many nights and weekends hanging out on the barbecue circuit with a number of elite teams in the country—many of whom have their

Barbecue contests are tough but fun, and are meant to weed out the weak or faint of heart. Gone are the days of digging a hole in the ground, dropping a pig in it, and covering it with hickory logs. Smoking competition level barbecue is methodical and

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scientific, where temperatures are closely monitored and seasoning rubs are mixed with just the right blend of spices. Pecan, apple and hickory woods are coveted. Ask a Pit Master what wood he burns or what’s in his spice rub, and he’ll probably answer you if he’s nice, but don’t expect the truth. The appeal of obtaining the coveted title of Pit Master could elevate one’s social status to one of legend. More often than not, their skills are tested in four categories: pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket and chicken. Teams usually start putting the meats on the smoker no later than midnight. All four must be smoked simultaneously, with varying cook times, choice of wood smoke, and just the right amount of spice mix rubbed in. They stay up all night watching meat slowly cook and tweaking the smoker’s temperatures by adding wood or coals and adjusting air vents. In the early morning hours, the pork is done and gets hand-pulled; the ribs get cut; and sauces are set and adjusted. Overcook the meat, and hours of sleepless work and diligent monitoring will show in ribs that are too tender, pulled pork that is dry mush, chicken that is tough or beef brisket that is too chewy. But smoke it right—and mix that with a little luck—and it’s the food of the Southern gods. I’ve never tasted barbecue better than when it’s coming right off the smoker—even if it’s early in the morning and the sun is just peeking up over the horizon. The meat has to be moist and tender, ideally with a smoke ring. Some say the smoke ring shows the true skill of the Pit Master and demonstrates how skillfully he encouraged the smoke to penetrate the meat, adding a depth of flavor that is unmatched. Although some may swear the smoke ring doesn’t count to the judges, don’t let them fool you. It counts. Meats are then turned into Certified Barbecue Judges at specific, pre-ordained times, typically on the hour or half hour. It’s a very odd, almost disconcerting feeling turning over your creation to the judges and waiting for Summer 2015 AZALEAMAG.COM 37

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their critiques. Every category has a story: Maybe I fell asleep for just a moment; or I over-spiced; or maybe I like my barbecue tangy but not sweet and the judges don’t. Maybe the chicken just didn’t turn out the way I meant it to. It’s hard not to take low scores personally, considering all the thought, strategy and effort that rules the night.

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It’s hard not to take low scores personally, considering all the thought, strategy and effort that rules the night. My old team is still out there on the road competing, but I had to leave. To reference the iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd, I had to lay down the (injection) needle and the (basting) spoon before it took me away. It had become an addiction. But, the sauce still runs deep in my veins, and the sweet smell of smoke still fills my lungs from time to time. God has blessed me with fond memories and a Southern skill-set that can never be taken away. AM Dedicated to Russ, Matt, Brian, Jack, Bubba K and all the other friends I have met through barbecue. Summer 2015 AZALEAMAG.COM 39

weather and to people watch. With a bevy of loyal clientele and happy first-timers visiting each day, it is clear to see why this quaint place is so popular among the locals. Though the shop sells close to a 1​ 000 different wines and over fifty craft beers, it is much more than a retail store. “We want this to be a social place,” says co-owner Christine Peltier. “When you go to a bar, it’s a bar. You go to a restaurant, it’s a restaurant—it’s in and out,” she explains. “Here, you can enjoy yourself, take your time, and spend time with your family and friends.” In addition to creating a comfortable atmosphere, making wine accessible​, particularly in price​, has been paramount to the shop’s success. The store has dozens of wines priced under ten dollars a bottle, allowing customers on any budget to find a nice​ selection​for ​any occasion.

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Walk downtown Summerville on a busy weekend evening or Third Thursday, and it is clear where the party is: Accent on Wine, tucked cozily across from Hutchinson Square on Summerville’s historic Main Street. Often, customers spill out onto the sidewalk, staking claim to coveted outdoor seating—the perfect place to enjoy the

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The affordability of many of the wines carries over into the lunch specials as well, where customers can choose from a selection of “lunch bites” priced at less than two dollars each. Meat and cheese selections, popular with the evening crowd, are also priced affordably. Other favorite offerings among local regulars are the shop’s daily specials. On Mondays, beer flights are available for purchase, allowing guests to sample small portions of a few different craft beer options. Tuesdays bring a wine tasting, with the last Tuesday of each month reserved for a wine and food pairing put together by a local chef for a flat fee per customer. Wednesdays, the shop gives back to the community by offering one free drink to local teachers with no other purchase necessary. Thursdays are popular as well, offering bellinis and mimosas for just three dollars. Wine and Dine Patrons enjoy the front patio; an impressive collection

Recently, Mayor Keith Summey approached the owners of Accent on Wine and asked them to consider opening a second location in the Park Circle area of North Charleston, citing the need for a wine shop and gathering place in the downtown district there. After much thought, they decided to do so, and the new location opened in April 2015. With any luck, the North Charleston shop will become just as popular, bringing even more high-quality wine, food and expertise to the Lowcountry. AM


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t is the perfect day on Edisto Island, and we sit under cloudless skies, watching the tide slide away as it leaves blush-colored shells somersaulting in its wake. Laughter rings out from a half-circle of chairs in the damp sand a short distance away. I look up to smile at the colorful collection of coolers and towels that anchor the small village created by a group of young girls occupying the chairs closest to the water. Clad in bikinis and Ray Bans, they stretch out long, slender legs to dig small bunkers in the sand with their toes. Catching snippets of conversation, I close my eyes and listen to the surf create background music for this golden moment in their young lives. The sound transports me back in time to a similar circle of friends on a beach outside Savannah. In the memory that unfolds behind my closed lids, the aroma of coconut-scented tanning oil hangs

in the air, and from the radio perched on the cooler, Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band is running against the wind. There are six of us, and though some of the friendships are new, others have already spanned a lifetime. Chips and snacks pass from chair to chair as one reads aloud from a magazine featuring an impossibly thin and painted woman on the cover, and we all sigh. Each one itemizes her imperfections, and soon, a chorus of laments over butts, bra sizes and bad hair ripples across the sand. Blondes, brunettes and redheads; tall, short and in-between, we are as different from each other as night and day. None realize their beauty at this moment, and our words fall into the receding tide to be swept away and tumbled in the surf. When they wash back ashore years later, the sharp edges will be as smooth as sea glass. The banter between us speaks volumes about our individual roles in



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the group dynamic. We are laid back, outspoken, diplomatic, inquisitive, droll and enigmatic, and the combination of personalities has drawn us together to form a bond that is mercurial, yet dependable as the tide. Here in this circle in the sun, we as young women, celebrate a freedom that will slip through our fingers like grains of sand as the responsibilities of life increasingly impose. Most of us will grow careers from the low-rung positions we now hold, while others will go in directions that are unimaginable at this juncture. For a time, there will be weddings to plan and children to be raised, sorrows to be borne and promises to keep—all which, for a while, will keep us from moments like this.

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We will go our separate ways into the world, but the kinship we feel for one other will not be diminished by time or circumstance. We do not know that the faces we see before us now are the same ones we will seek in the midst of future triumphs and tragedies. Today, we are simply young and happy. Joy lights our dewy faces, and we are almost giddy with the abundance of possibilities. The chatter inevitably turns to the men in our lives, unreasonable bosses, family squabbles and shoe sales—timeless themes, as it turns out. In this sweet memory, I see my young self, squinting into the midday sun, half listening and giving little thought to the crow’s feet that will one day mark days like this. I breathe in the sweet elixir of the salt air, and close my eyes, smiling as the music plays on. In the blink of an eye, the young girls of my memory are gone, yet the sound of their laughter and murmured conversation is still close at hand. I raise a hand to block the sun, and look more closely at my own circle again. They are the same, yet different from the shining girls of my fleeting daydream. There is not a bikini among them, but their faces are familiar and dear to my heart. A tall redhead reclines under an enor-

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mous umbrella—a towel over her face. I laugh, remembering my laid back friend’s ability to fall asleep anywhere. Another slathers on sunscreen and adjusts her broad-brimmed hat. Her slow drawl is a distinct contrast with the rapid-fire speech of the short woman next to her; the yin and yang of their discussion reprises their roles in the cast of characters. From the other side, dark eyes dance, as “our lady of eternal curiosity,” peppers them with questions of who? when? why?

Making the uncomfortable comfortable

We’ve come from Atlanta and Savannah, Charleston and Summerville, to gather together, much as we have done at other beaches through the years. Along with ridiculous amounts of junk food and wine, we bring with us the decades of baggage we have accumulated over time, laying it out bare, with the knowledge that we need not apologize or explain. There was a time when the sun would surrender long before we shook the sand from our shoes, but today the calls of frozen drinks and porch rockers under slow, whirling fans summon us, despite skies still bright with sunshine. As always, one has stayed behind at the beach house, and after several hours in the sun, we will return to descend upon her, cajoling her away from the computer screen and back into our merry band. Before this weekend is over, I will be reminded once again of the blurry morning I showered with my socks on, and we will howl at the memories of old boyfriends, bad fashion choices and a wicked housecat named Spot. We’ll complain about husbands, brag about children, weep for those we have lost through the years, and wonder where the time has gone. There are dozens of conversations yet to be shared in these rare hours—when we are not wives or mothers or daughters or sisters, but simply friends. Tomorrow our footprints will mark the coarse sand we cross to set up our chairs again at the water’s edge. The tide will come in, and the tide will go out, and if we are blessed, there will be many more days that we find ourselves gathered here—with laughter piercing the salt air, and sunlight kissing the faces of this circle of friends. AM

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Disconnected Parenting in the Mobile Age


by Tara Bailey

The back of my oldest daughter's head is lovely. It's shaped like an apple, tucking in at the base as heads do. Her wavy brown hair, cropped to the chin, falls forward past her jawline and reveals her neck. It's likely no more special than anyone else's head—it’s just that the back of her head is virtually all I see of her anymore.

posture and neck strain with her incessant communicating, that's really not the biggest of deals to me. I worry much more about the secrecy of texting, the narcissism of selfies and the corruption of human relationships through lack of eye contact. What are these kids talking about so intently and rapidly? Why seven photos of herself making the same face—in which she looks to be inquiring about the soup of the day—on the way home from school? Who can't wait until the next day to resume a conversation?

If form follows function, then the functions of her phone are responsible for her ever-hunched form. Though I mildly worry about

The answer to these questions goes something like, "MnnMM," which I interpret as her way of saying, "I don't know." It also



implies, "Leave me alone, please." It should go without saying that I added the "please" part. This issue of kids and their phones is nothing new these days, but my husband and I have traditionally depended on our own experiences growing up to guide us through child-rearing. Yet, because we grew up communicating via note passing, and our phone conversations were held in the middle of the kitchen for everyone's eavesdropping pleasure, we have suddenly reached a stalemate. We are beyond our framework of experience and finding ourselves winging our most important job. I am not necessarily pulling the tired "things were better in my day" position. I don't know that things aren't better now, because cell phones are awfully convenient—when kids respond, anyway—not to mention that texting is an introvert's water of Lourdes. Even if I did believe that things were better when I was growing up, I certainly wasn't better. One of the most shameful things I've ever done was prank call a girl all summer long with my friend, and we got away with it by using a regular kitchen wall phone in the humdrum moments after lunch and before As the World Turns. I am simply noting that without precedent on how to manage cell phone use with a teenager, the device becomes quite the source of contention. After growing weary of seeing nothing but our daughter's neck, lovely as it may be, my husband and I determined that in order to see her face again and maybe even engage in a conversation with her, restrictions were needed. I realize how this sounds—like we are complete idiots for letting her have a phone before setting regulations. In our defense, we are, indeed, idiots. We figured that 48 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

she had earned a phone with her grades, tidy room, generally cooperative attitude and all the other stuff that went out the window once she had the Internet in the palm of her hand. Maybe that's exaggerating, but the generally cooperative attitude was quickly reduced to just attitude, which was not part of our Verizon family plan. It was time for us to do what my mom would have done and yank the phone from the wall. We began by limiting her data, which we thought would significantly reduce her phone time. It just changed how she used it. Let me remind you that we are self-professed idiots. We then told her to leave her phone downstairs at night before going to bed. She agreed, but night is also when we go to bed, so even though she is presumably getting more rest without an electronic distraction, we were still not getting much time with her. After she spent a few days with my parents, who reported that she was on her phone at all times and seemed happier and more engaged when—surprise— not on it, we decided that it was time to treat her phone like it was a carton of ice cream or worse, the television. She would be limited

to an hour of phone use after school and no more. Things changed right away in the days following the new rule. The staring straight ahead in stark silence while riding in the car was loads of fun. The one-word answers to my questions about her day were not nearly as revealing or as bonding as I had hoped they would be, though apparently everything was "fine." Stalking off to her room after dinner was, well, about the same. But how quickly the winds of adolescence shift. The next week I came home and found her typing a resume for a summer job. She wanted me to review it for her. She then asked for my thoughts and ideas. Mine. The next time we were in the car, we talked about my first job. We laughed at some story that highlighted my ineptitude and pointed out places that might be potential employers. Before long, regular conversations with her had resumed, and I was suddenly able to appreciate her whole loveliness again, and not just the nape of her neck. By removing minutes from her plan I had added moments to mine. AM

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The One Question Every Girl Needs Answered


by Will Browning ather fail. That is how I would describe the moment I faced the very question every girl needs answered.

Tucked near the back of a sprawling department store, I sat fidgeting with displeasure as my fourteen-year-old daughter sashayed from the dressing room. Just minutes before, she’d sent a churning thought through her denying dad’s mind with a single question: “Daddy, can we do something fun?”

Immediately, I knew I was in trouble. My dad brain decoded this question to mean: Daddy, can I convince you with a smile and batting eyes to let me do something you would not normally approve of? Bracing for the worst, I heard my little girl who once played with puzzles and dolls, ask me, “Can we spend some time trying on prom dresses?” In my head, I responded with utter contempt, “Prom dresses? You are still a child! The only thing you are going to try on is a new reality—you are never going to a prom.” But, I restrained myself



and consented to a much softer version, choosing instead to say, “We have time to try on one.”

Every girl seeks to have one simple question answered, ‘Am I beautiful? When she pranced out of the dressing room, I quickly dismissed the whole charade, saying, “That’s nice, now let’s get dressed and get going. We have a lot to do today.” I discovered the massive father fail I had committed that day outside the dressing room just a few short days later. I was reading a book in preparation for a sermon I was giving on Biblical Womanhood, when the author gave me a life-changing glimpse into the hearts of women. She wrote, “Every girl seeks to have one simple question answered, ‘Am I beautiful?’”

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She continued, “It’s the reason why she loved playing dress up as a little girl and spends hours in front of a mirror now as an adolescent. She is seeking for someone to give her the answer to her question. The primary person she will seek it from is her dad. If she does not get it from him, she will seek to have someone else answer her question in his place.” * In that moment it hit me—my daughter wanted to try on prom dresses because she wants me to answer that

SERVING THE COMMUNITY WE CALL HOME. question (perhaps without her even realizing it). And my response, in that vulnerable moment had been: “We have more important things to do.” After sulking in shame for a while, I had an idea. I made some phone calls, organized a plan and wrote my daughter an invitation to a special daddy date. I placed the invitation on her pillow. It was purposely vague, and when I picked her up the next day, she was teeming with perplexity and wonder. My planning had led me to a local store with hundreds of prom dresses of every style. The look in her big brown eyes was one of delight—the likes of which I’d never seen, when I said, “For as long as you like, we are going to try on every prom dress you can find. There are no limits. We will have as much fun as you can stand today.”

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For hours she tried on dresses—until my camera ran out of battery life. And this time I knew what my job was: Every time she pranced out from the dressing room she heard her daddy say in various ways, “You are beautiful. The most beautiful girl I have ever seen.” AM So here are my questions to you, reader: Have you answered your daughter’s question? Have you outsourced your responsibility to a teenage boy? Or worse, has this critical question gone unanswered in your little girl’s life? *My paraphrase from Staci & John Eldridge’s Captivating, Thomas Nelson, 2007.

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The Blessing Though the name of the white house on the hill remains a mystery, it reflects Nancy Deitch’s gratitude for the place she calls home by Susan Frampton

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At the crest of a slight hill, “The Blessing” stands watching those who make the turn off Central Avenue onto Old Postern Road. It is also known as the Wayland House, and though there is much unknown about how the white Victorian house came to be on this spot, it has been a fixture here for as long as many can remember. The original construction is thought to have begun in the 1860s, and both style and location lend credence to the house having been an offshoot of the nearby (now demolished) Postern Inn. The origin of the home’s name also remains a mystery, though the prevailing conjecture is that it once housed priests from the Anglican Church. There is no doubt, however, that since its restoration in the mid-1980s, “The Blessing” has been home to the Deitch family. Dressed in a sassy short skirt and cowboy boots, Nancy Deitch’s greeting is as warm as an embrace. From the moment she opens the door, her sunny, relaxed personality is reflected in the home’s every nook and cranny, blending stylish elegance and comfort to create a space as refined as it is inviting. Deitch was first introduced to the home just after the completion of its year-long restoration. Painstakingly true to the integrity of the house, Grange Cuthbert and his company, along with architect John Dumas overcame many challenges during the process, and their efforts paid off when the restoration received a Preservation Award. 56 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

Living History A cozy hallway sitting area Opposite clockwise: Playing with floral, the entry way, teeming with color

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Fine Dining Deep, rich hues Clockwise: A wood stove is a functional and unique focal point; the garden beckons; english conservatory-style windows offer lots of light; a wide front porch with wicker furniture is perfectly Southern. Opposite Page: Family portraits and unique lighting spark curiosity; muted tones differentiate the and floral motifs create a relaxing atmosphere. dining room from the neutral tones throughout the rest of the home

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Though the house currently faces Old Postern Road and Dorchester Avenue, that door was once the back entrance, with the front of the house situated on the Briarwood Lane side. Deitch says that for several years, her electric bill even came addressed to Briarwood Lane. Viewed from that direction today, “The Blessing” seems to be an entirely different residence. She laughs about solicitors who have knocked on both front and back doors, and their confusion when it was she that opened both: “Oh, I just met you at that other house!” they would exclaim. Hardwood floors salvaged from a building in Charleston lend a burnished glow to the

Living History Clockwise: A view from the side entrance; the baby grand fills the bay window; the renovated kitchen; exposed beams in one of the upstairs bedrooms; Deitch with her dog, Colby; a bedroom hammock

house, which boasts five working fireplaces and five front doors. Window treatments transform some of the doors into windows, allowing space for furniture placement, and where a screened porch once stood, a hidden laundry area and closet add functionality to the original home’s design. “We’d lived here about twelve years when we realized we needed more room, but we didn’t want to leave,” she says, “So we made a few

changes to make it even more comfortable and functional.” Once again, the renovations remained true to the house’s original design, all the while making it even more comfortable for the family—with an extended kitchen creating room for a spacious family dining area and side porch. When Deitch first laid eyes on “The Blessing,” it was love at first sight. “I was expecting our first child at the time, and I could just see children growing up here. I don’t play, but the living room absolutely begged for a piano,” she says of the baby grand nestled in a sunny alcove. Summer 2015 AZALEAMAG.COM 59


House on a Hill Clockwise: The classic black and white are striking against the rich greens of the landscape; the back of the home was once the main entrance

Her intuition was right on the money. Upstairs, the bedrooms and playroom provided the ideal space for both a daughter and a son. Openings into the house’s dormers made great hide and seek spots for a boy, and her daughter’s brightly colored and horseshoeshaped bedroom could suit any young lady. The upstairs bath is unique, with sink and shower fixtures back-to-back in the center of the room, and a ceiling of pie-shaped bead board radiating out from a central spot.

Shuddering at the thought of the years of neglect that could have easily marked the house for demolition, she rejoices in the restoration efforts saving it from that fate. These are among the many details that make the house one-of-a-kind, and make Deitch feel lucky to call it home. She knows that there are many happy stories of “The Blessing” that lay waiting for the right person to tell them, and hopes to make a summer project of researching its history. Shuddering at the thought of the years of neglect that could have easily marked the house for demolition, she rejoices in the restoration efforts saving it from that fate: “From the photos they gave us when we bought the house, I don’t know how they saw what it could be. Thank goodness they had the vision.”AM 60 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

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Folly Beach: There are several miles of front beach where it’s permitted to surf fish. Folly River Inlet: Located on the north end of Folly Island. Use caution in navigating dangerous currents on incoming and outgoing tides. Sullivan’s Island: Use the front beach or the harbor entrance. Alternative Locations: There are many other small creeks and salt water ponds that allow fishing.

Pier Fishing

Folly Beach: Located at the end of Main Street, the pier is open long hours and makes for a great fishing experience. Tackle and supplies are available for purchase nearby. Visit the Charleston County Park, Recreation and Tourist Commission at www.ccprc.com for more information. Mt. Pleasant Pier: Located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge. This pier is open to the public. Tackle sales and rod rentals are available in close proximity.

W HAT TO USE Fresh/frozen shrimp, Sand fleas, Squid strips, Cut mullet Bloodworms, Minnows Live crabs

No. 1 Fi sh The Sh or e

SURF & PIER FISHING It’s great to have a boat at your disposal to fish the local waterways, but with miles of ocean surf nearby to cast your line in, and a fishing pier stretching halfway to the United Kingdom that puts a myriad of species within striking distance, the pastime doesn’t require much more than a rod and reel, a bit of bait and the strong desire to dip a hook. Does it always guarantee a fish? You know better! That’s why it’s called “fishing” and not “catching.” But, since we all know a bad day of fishing most always beats a good day of work, you probably won’t even mind.

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During late summer, the fine tasting pompano is relatively abundant in the surf zone. Pompano frequent the surf zone right where the waves break on the beach.

No. 2 S tan d in g R oom O n ly

PADDLEBOARD SHEM CREEK Outdoor enthusiasts are always seeking new ways to explore, and the latest craze in the Lowcountry is stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Boasting more first-time participants than any other sport, the outdoor activity is relatively simple for beginners, and is a unique and exciting way to get a workout while experiencing the outdoors. Outfitted with a simple board, paddle and life vest setup, boarders can paddle their way around rivers, creeks and waterways at their own pace. Locals looking to get their SUP fix can look no further than Nature Adventures Outfitters on Shem Creek. Offering guided paddleboarding tours, equipment rentals and “Paddlefit” exercise classes, the company is well-suited to provide for any stand up paddleboarding experience. For first-timers, the guides recommend a tour, which provides the benefit of having an instructor at hand to teach basic maneuvers. Common sights on Shem Creek include inquisitive dolphins, beautiful shore birds and shrimping boats going in and out of the harbor. After two hours on the board, kick back and relax at one of Shem Creek’s famed restaurants and enjoy post-workout bliss. For more information, call Nature Adventures Outfitters at (843) 568-3222.

No. 3 Ca tc h A Ga me

RIVERDOGS BASEBALL Take them out to the ball game! Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, affectionately called “The Joe,” scores major points as the home of Charleston’s very own Minor League Baseball team. From the opening notes of The Star Spangled Banner to the last out of the ninth inning, RiverDogs baseball always hits a home run. During the seventh inning stretch, you won’t be able to help adding your voice to the crowd singing about peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and rooting for the home team will put you in good company with the spirited fans that turn out for every game. Fireworks light the skies on Friday night home games; weekly promotions offer two for $20 and include two beverages and snacks; and dollar nights offer draft beer or hotdogs for $1 each. Affordable fun that the whole family can enjoy! Check the schedule in this issue of AZALEA or go online to www.riverdogs.com for promotion details, roster, stats, scores and the latest Charleston RiverDogs news.


No. 5 Fr e sh P ic kin g s

SHOP THE FARMER’S MARKET A summer Saturday is incomplete without a trip to the local farmer’s market, located behind Summerville Town Hall. Open every Saturday through December 19 from 8am-1pm, the market is a veritable smorgasbord of the locally grown, prepared and created. Celebrating its twenty-fourth year in 2015, the Summerville Farmer’s Market now includes seventy-seven vendors in ninety-three spots, and the variety of offerings is expanding by the week. With freshly roasted coffee from Coastal Coffee Roasters, eggs from Taylor Family Farm, baked goods from Caladiums Creations, all-natural dog treats from The Chew Factory, homemade pasta from Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta, dairy products from Turner’s Farm Fresh, spices from Charleston Spice Company, meats from countless vendors and so much more, the market can nearly replace a trip to the grocery store. Our tip: Get there early if you’d like to see the farmers' best offerings. Seasonal items sell out quickly. The Summerville Farmer’s Market is located in the First Citizens Bank parking lot behind Summerville Town Hall at 200 South Main Street. During the week : Saint George Farmers' Market Thursdays 2pm-6pm. 5866 Jim Bilton Blvd.

No. 4 B lack Water E xp lor ation

PADDLE THE EDISTO On a warm Carolina day, the waterways of the Lowcountry call to us all, and for those who seek relaxing, scenic, and uncrowded vistas, the Edisto River beckons the strongest. The longest free flowing blackwater river in North America, the Edisto meanders over 250 miles from its sources in Columbia and Augusta, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean near Edisto Beach. Much of it flows through Dorchester County, keeping a fairly constant current that stays between two and four miles per hour, free of rapids, white water and dams. The calm and cool nature of the river attracts tube floaters, kayakers and canoers who typically navigate their crafts through four to ten miles of the river. We recommend visiting www.edistofriends.org to view Edisto access sites, plan a trip and learn more about the area. For guided tours, call Nature Adventures Outfitters at (843) 568-3222, and for canoe and river treehouse rentals, call Carolina Heritage Outfitters at (843) 563-5051.

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Here are the shows that we want to see

Monday, June 15 Gary Clark Jr. at the Music Farm, Charleston Show starts at 9:00 pm Tickets through www.musicfarm.com

No. 6 Tur n I t Up

SEE A LIVE SHOW Summer concerts are something special. From the moment you hit the road to the show, roll the windows down and turn up the artist’s latest album as the wind flies through your hair, the entire night can be a fully immersive, memorable experience. This summer, live bands will play somewhere in the Lowcountry every night, so check out the local venues to plan your musical journey. Our favorite picks for 2015 are below. See you at the shows! Wednesday, August 12 NEEDTOBREATHE at the Florence Civic Center Show starts at 7:00 pm Tickets through www.ticketmaster.com

Grammy award-winner Gary Clark Jr. is an enigma. With accolades from the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times (who dubbed him “the next [ Jimi] Hendrix”), he is a rising star from Austin who can’t stop shining. With roots in rock, R&B, blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop, Clark’s influences are all over the map, but come together for a soulful, raw and incredibly genuine performance that leaves audiences impressed every time.

South Carolina native band NEEDTOBREATHE has enjoyed international attention for their indie/blues/alt-rock sound, catchy anthems and soulful ballads. Successful in both mainstream and Christian markets, the band has received Billboard Music Award and Grammy nominations, and their current album is the highest charting one of their career, debuting at #1 on the Billboard rock charts and #3 overall. With powerful, emotive soundscapes that find their home in an arena, NEEDTOBREATHE is one of those bands who sound great on a pre-recorded album, but utterly blow you away at a live show. This year’s tour, dubbed “Tour De Compadres” features NEEDTOBREATHE along with Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, and Colony House, creating a lineup of talent that will surely bring down the house. 70 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015


No. 7 P ile I t High


Here's how to put it all together

Legend has it that once upon a time, a fisherman low on provisions mixed a combination of ingredients from his larder that would become as representative of the Lowcountry as pluff mud. Depending on the birthplace of the tale’s teller, the dish created long ago is known as a Lowcountry Boil, Beaufort Stew or Frogmore Stew. Despite what the latter’s name implies, there are no frogs involved; rather the name comes from a version of the story that places the dish’s origins in Frogmore, SC, a small fishing community once located outside Beaufort. The town no longer exists, but its name lives on in the iconic recipe. While purists might argue the exact recipe, the bottom line is that it is a down home, stick-to-your-ribs meal that may or may not include any or all of the following: seafood, sausage, potatoes and corn, in various proportions depending on your preference. Served with cocktail sauce and lots of napkins, our recipe serves four big eaters.

Lowcountry Boil Ingredients 1/3 cup Old Bay Seasoning 4-6 red potatoes, washed and quartered 2 lbs. Kielbasa sausage cut into 1-inch pieces 4 ears of fresh or frozen corn on the cob 2 lbs. shrimp with shells Preparation Fill a large pot halfway full of water and set over high heat. Stir in seasoning, cover and bring to a hard boil. Add the potatoes and allow to boil for 10 minutes, then add sausage and corn (do not remove the potatoes). Boil for 10 additional minutes. Remove sausage, corn and potatoes and set aside. Add shrimp to the water. Remove shrimp as soon as water returns to a hard boil. Ingredients may be combined, or served separately.

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No. 8 I n B l o o m

HOST A GARDEN PARTY Serve this and make your guests happy

The grass is green and freshly mowed, the flowerbeds are bursting with summer colors, and there is no better way to enjoy Mother Nature’s summertime gifts to the Lowcountry than with a garden party. Depending on your frame of mind, that could mean gentlemen in seersucker and ladies in linen nibbling cool cucumber sandwiches, guests in summer whites playing croquet on the lawn, or maybe just flip flops, shorts and burgers on the deck. Regardless, any outdoor gathering of friends is the perfect way to celebrate summer. You might think about whipping up a batch of AZALEA’s Ginger Pineapple One Two Punch for the occasion. Whether served up in your great aunt’s silver punchbowl, monogrammed Tervis Tumblers or red Solo cups, it’s guaranteed to help get the party started.

Ginger Pineapple One Two Punch

3/4 cup lime juice 1 cup lemon juice 1 1/2 cup ginger syrup 2 cup pineapple purée 1 tsp orange biters 1 1/2 liter soda water 1/2 liter ginger ale 16 oz. Sailor Jerry rum 8 oz. 10 Cane rum Garnish with pineapple slices.

Recipe by Peter Nickle charlestonflairbartenders.com

This is a perfect place to stay the night

No. 9 B e a c h f r o nt P r o pe r ty

CAMP CAPERS ISLAND Fifteen miles north of the city of Charleston, Capers Island State Heritage Preserve sits separated from the mainland by salt marshes and the Intracoastal Waterway. It encompasses over 2,000 acres including maritime uplands, front beach, salt marsh and brackish water impoundments. An environmental wonder, this undeveloped island is home to numerous animal species, including loggerhead sea turtles, American alligators, whitetailed deer and countless birds, crustaceans, fish and mollusks. A true treasure of the Lowcountry, Capers Island is state-owned and offers a dock, boardwalk and mile-long unpaved nature trail that leads to the dream-like Boneyard Beach—strewn with driftwood and trees weathered by the sun and surf. The island also offers the only primitive beachfront camping area in the state. Those looking for an unmatched, secluded camping experience can obtain a free permit from the State Department of Natural Resources on a first come, first served basis by calling (843) 953-9300. Additionally, Nature Adventures Outfitters offers two day, one night fully guided or half guided kayaking expeditions to Capers Island, which includes experienced guides, equipment rentals, food and full interpretation of flora and fauna. For more information, call (843) 568-3222. Photos by Rick Dunbar


No. 1 0 C r ui se L ocal


Lowcountry waterways are meandering paths to beautiful vistas, and while exploring on your own is fun, kicking back on a boat with your own experienced seafaring chauffeur is a luxury like no other.

Sister City Cruises is a Charleston-based adventure excursion company run by Captain Dave Kuczkir and his wife, Shelley. Offering luxury overnight cruises to Beaufort, Hilton Head, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Savannah, as well as specialized local cruises including fishing charters, jaunts to Capers Island and the ACE Basin, and happy hour and Sunday brunch cruises, the company can tailor a cruise package to any customer’s liking. The overnight cruises, which can be booked for multiple nights if desired, all include a tour through a National Wildlife Refuge no matter which “sister city” is the destination. The captain ensures many stops along the route to appreciate the scenery and snap photographs, and depending on preference, lunch can be taken on the boat or at a dockside restaurant. Upon arriving to the sister city of choice, a bed and breakfast awaits, as well as dinner recommendations, an optional evening cruise around the city and a morning breakfast on the water. A break from reality, a private tour of the natural beauty around our stretch of the coast, and luxury meals and accommodations? Count us in. For more information, visit www.sistercitycruises.com

H E L L O S U N S H I N E T W E LV E T H I N G S T O D O T H I S S U M M E R No. 1 2 Tr e a su r e Hu n t

GO ANTIQUING As a noun, the word describes an item created at least 100 years before the date of purchase (according to U.S. Customs laws), and is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection and/or other unique features. The definition is accurate, but sounds a bit stuffy. As a verb, it describes the act of shopping in stores where antiques are sold, which sounds infinitely more fun, and is easy to do in the towns of Summerville and Walterboro. Looking for a set of four Hitchcock chairs with their original green paint, or a 19th century gaming table? Head to Walterboro. In the market for an antique thirty-drawer post office box, complete with keys? It’s waiting for you in Summerville. What about jewelry, furniture, glassware, art, fine china or maybe the kitchen sink? Have some lunch, and grab a coffee or an ice cream along the way. Take your time—you’ll discover there are treasures to be found everywhere. W E R E COMME ND Main Street Antiques-200 N Main St., Summerville / 879-9529 Summerville Antique Gallery-901 N Main St., Summerville / 873-4926 Antiques & Artisans Village-619 Trolley Rd., Summerville / 900-5386 Bachelor Hill Antiques-255 E Washington St., Walterboro / 549-1300

No. 1 1 L ak e Day

OVERTON PARK BEACH Though the Lowcountry is known for its easy access to the sea, for some who live a little farther out, a bit of a road trip is required to get there. But with freshwater lakes just a short drive away, there are options for those looking to frolic in the water by a sandy shore. Just outside Moncks Corner, Santee Cooper’s Overton Park Beach is one example of the recreation areas to be found on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Moultrie. The park opens Memorial Day weekend and offers a variety of outdoor fun through Labor Day weekend. Though fishing is not allowed, sun worshipers are welcome. Admission to the park is $2 per person for ages four and up, and the 400-foot beachfront provides ample room to soak up the rays. A playground guarantees fun for the kids. For a small rental fee, sheltered picnic areas equipped with tables provide the perfect place for a special occasion or office outing. Get the details by calling (843) 761-8039, or visiting: www.santeecooper.com/committed-to-south-carolina/trails-andparks/overton-park.aspx

Find your spot, lay your claim and soak up the sun

Folly Beach "The Washout"

Sullivan's Island It's local, fun and relaxing. You can walk the shores, find peace and invision the history that took place right where you stand.

I have great memories there from when I was younger. I love bringing my family there so we can create memories of our own.

Brad M.

Pennie F. Breach Inlet Kiawah Island It's a beautiful drive getting there. It's remote and peaceful. Leslie P.

Sullivan's Island I go close to the lighthouse. I just like the pass there—seems to be a lot more life in the water. And it just so happens to be close to Poe's Tavern and Home Team BBQ for a great lunch and a beer. Paul P. Sullivan's Island We love it because of the tide pools, no crowds and ease of access. Pam S.

Life's A Beach

A favorite beach spot is as much a matter of personal preference as BBQ sauces and dog breeds. Here are where some of our readers like to dig their toes in the sand. Edisto Beach "Sea Island Cotton Cottage" You step back to a simpler time where folks slow down, ride bikes and watch both the sunrise and sunset, the beach for sunrise the sound for sunset. And Botany Bay is a perfect day trip away. Tina Z.

It doesn't get crowded and is a great place to surf fish. Rick D.

Edisto Beach I fell in love with Edisto a long time ago. There are no hotels, no "real" restaurants, no hot bars and definitely no sushi unless you just like to eat bait. The world changes dramatically when you cross the big bridge to the island. Magic happens. Kathy R.

Isle of Palms I like to park at the beach front. It's nice having the shower, restroom and hot dog stand close by. Margie S.



Roasted Jalapeno and Cheddar Cornbread Ingredients 12 tablespoons melted butter 2 cups cornmeal 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs (lightly beaten) 6 jalapenos roasted, deseeded and chopped 1 cup grated cheddar Preparation Combine all dry ingredients and all wet ingredients in separate bowls.​Mix each thoroughly together​,​then incorporate.​ Lightly grease a 12 x 12 baking dish. Bake at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes. To turn this cornbread into corn pudding, visit www.azaleamag.com for the recipe

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Creamed Kale Ingredients 1 bunch kale, cleaned from stems and chopped 1/4 medium onion julienned Six slices of bacon, cooked, drained and chopped 2 ounces grated Parmesan Preparation In a hot skillet add a touch of butter and caramelize onion. Once caramelized, add bacon, chopped kale and cream. Slowly cook down until kale is soft and wilted​. Then add Parmesan and toss.

Sweet Tea Brine Bourbon Pork Chops Peach Jam Ingredients 32 ounces peeled and chopped peaches 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoon minced ginger 1/3 cup bourbon 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon salt Preparation Combine all ingredients over medium heat until thickened​(​about 20 minutes​)​. ​Let cool. Can be refrigerated up to one month.

Ingredients 4 lemons cut into wheels 4 quarts tea 4 cups granulated sugar 2 cups salt 4 ​b​ay leaves 6 sprigs of thyme 4-6 pork chops Preparation Bring first 6 ingredients to a boil​,​and cool​.​ Once cooled, place pork chops in brine, cover and allow to soak for 18-24 hours in fridge. Remove from brine wash and pat dry before roasting, grilling or smoking. ​​​Smoke ​c​hops at 200° for two hours just to impart smoke​,​remove from smoker, then transfer to hot grill​.​​C​ook to desired temperature.

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Bare Bones An American Lion skull Opposite page: A sample of fossils found in the Lowcountry by Josh Basak

THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS PLANET, THE LITTLE PLOT OF LAND WHERE SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, NOW HOLDS COURT HAS UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE. TIME OCCASIONALLY BROUGHT THE OCEAN AND ITS INHABITANTS FLOODING OVER THIS LAND, WHERE IT EBBED AND FLOWED UNTIL RECEDING AGAIN. RIVERS, CURRENT AND PAST, HAVE CUT THROUGH THE SANDY SOIL, DEPOSITING PLANT AND ANIMAL REMAINS OF BYGONE TIMES. FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS, COUNTLESS CREATURES HAVE WALKED, FLOWN, SLITHERED OR SWAM THROUGH THIS AREA. THROUGH THE LABORIOUS EFFORTS OF LOCAL PALEONTOLOGISTS AND FOSSIL HUNTERS, WE NOW KNOW MORE THAN EVER ABOUT THE HISTORY OF PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE IN THE LOWCOUNTRY. South Carolina’s rich geological history, multitude of ever-changing waterways, and easily accessible, sandy soil draws hordes of out-of-state fossil hunters to the area yearly, and has created an extensive base of local “diggers.” Armed with shovels, probes and materials to preserve the fossils in transport, they head out, timing their digs against the light of the sun, hoping to avoid harsh shadows that can play tricks on the eye. Battling mud, brush, mosquitos and the heat, these fossil fiends spend all day probing creek beds, crawling through dirt mounds, searching ditches, sifting sediment, and in the case of some, diving below the surface of rivers and lakes—all to find remnants of the past to add to their collections. Each hunter has his own favored techniques, attire, tools and methods, but one thing is consistent—they all keep their choice locations as secretive as possible. Finding the right location to hunt for fossils is a challenge. Word of mouth between hunters is shared only in tight-knit groups, and even then, very rarely. The Town of Summerville explicitly forbids digging for fossils (and will issue a hefty fine to anyone who breaks the rules), though according to veteran fossil hunter, Vance McCollum, finding shark teeth or fossils laying on the surface in town often occurs. “If you are in an area with fossils and are at the right elevation,” he says, “you will almost always find them on the surface.” Because of the town’s restrictions, Summerville diggers choose instead to search nearby areas like Ridgeville, Harleyville, Goose Creek and North Charleston, focusing on freshly dug dirt from construction sites, shallow waterways, gravel beds and anywhere they may suspect to find something. Even then, says local fossil hunter, Kim Turok, you may not find anything at all. “Digging doesn’t guarantee anything,” he warns, “but digging in the right area sure does increase the odds.” As labor-intensive as the preparation and fossil hunts can be, nothing 84 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

can compare to the thrill of a great find, and indeed, some Lowcountry discoveries have been truly great. While shark teeth, whale vertebrae, turtle shell parts and crocodile teeth are relatively common, much rarer are the large finds. Summerville digger, Paul Bailey, unearthed two such discoveries in the Sawmill Branch Canal prior to the Summerville ban on fossil digging—a leatherback sea turtle and a scientifically unclassified toothed whale skull, considered some of the most important finds in the state’s natural history. Both from the Oligocene Epoch, the animals are estimated to have lived about twenty-eight million years ago, making extracting the bones without damage incredibly important. For the turtle, Bailey called in a team from the South Carolina State Museum, and volunteers gathered to help with the excavation. “It was surreal,” says digger Mark Bunce. “There were news crews, including CNN, around us for three days while we prepared to move it to the museum.” Eventually, the fossil was uncovered, pieced together, wrapped in a plaster jacket and trucked to the museum. Bailey’s toothed whale skull provided its own challenge. Because none like it had been found, assembled and photographed before, there were no reference photos to determine how to piece together the three-dimensional ancient puzzle. Eventually, a team helped assemble the specimen by forming a mold of generally known contours and piecing the skeleton together over it. While many fossil hunters hold onto their pieces for their own collections, they will just as often donate, sell or trade their specimens. In the Lowcountry, many of the best finds end up in the hands of Mace Brown, curator of the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston. A rock and fossil collector from a young age, Brown continued his hobby throughout his teens and into a career in investment and financial planning. When he moved to the Charleston area in 1992, he began collecting shark teeth, and his interest eventually became more consuming.

A Bone To Pick The Mace Brown Museum, located at 202 Calhoun Street in Charleston, is open from 11am - 4pm every day except for Wednesday. Admission is free with donations accepted. For more information on fossil excursions visit, www.lowcountryfossilexcursions.com

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“I just became a nut,” he laughs. “I couldn’t stop buying, selling, trading and collecting, and I did so aggressively for about twenty years.” Eventually, Brown’s collection began to outgrow his office space and home, and he spoke to ­­the College of Charleston about donating his specimens to share with the public. Initially, the college had no room for such an extensive haul, but in 2010, the construction of the new 125,000 square foot mathematics and sciences building changed all of that. Brown donated his collection, appraised at $1-1.5 million dollars, to the school, and the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History was born. Comprised nearly entirely of animals indigenous to the South Carolina Lowcountry, the museum contains over 2000 vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, including complete skeletons of mammals such as a giant armadillo, a cave bear and a saber-tooth cat. This collection is unrivaled in South Carolina, and many locally-found specimens grace the museum, including Bailey’s toothed whale skull and other rare and unique whale specimens that Brown is particularly excited about. “We have an area that happens to be abundant with whale fossils from what is called ‘the golden age of whales,’” he explains. “It was a period of time from twenty-five to thirty-four million years ago when whales went from land-dwelling creatures to sea-dwelling, and the process is well-documented in fossils at the museum. More of these types of fossils are found here than anywhere else on earth, except for perhaps New Zealand.” In addition to locally-found fossils, some pieces in the museum were sourced from around the world, depending on where Brown could find the best specimen for a certain indigenous species. 88 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

Among the oldest exhibit pieces in his museum are the 3.49 billionyear-old microbial mat, and the 3.5 billion-year-old stromatolite—aweinspiring products of truly ancient history. Upcoming exhibits include a fossil plant display, reptile and amphibians section, and Sloths of the Southeast and Elephants of South Carolina exhibits. After a tour of the Mace Brown Museum, many visitors seem to get “the itch”—a pull to start digging into the dirt just to see what they find. For most people, the logistics of going on their first dig are a bit confusing, so many turn to a fossil excursion company. One such company is Lowcountry Fossil Excursions, which offers three and sixhour fossil hunting adventures throughout the Lowcountry. Sharing their equipment, expertise and secret hunting locations, they often help curious adventurers find the first of many ancient fossils, kicking off what regularly becomes a lifelong hobby for their customers. As a region, the Lowcountry is rich with all kinds of history, but perhaps most intriguing is that which has not yet been uncovered. As time goes on, dedicated fossil enthusiasts and collectors piece together the events and inhabitants of times past, and we as a culture become more knowledgeable. Whether you dig up, collect, visit, learn about or experience the ecological history of South Carolina, one thing is for sure: you’ll never look at dirt the same way again. AM The Mace Brown Museum, located at 202 Calhoun Street in Charleston, is open from 11 am - 4 pm every day except for Wednesday. For more information on fossil excursions, visit www.lowcountryfossilexcursions.com.

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Each Thursday at noon, Mike Allan gives away the words he has been given; delivering a message of hope to those who need it most


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The room is quiet, and they wait. The air around them is thick with uncertainty, and with each breath, their faces reflect the questions racing through their minds. Will today be better than yesterday? Is this the day that I will turn the corner? How many tomorrows will I see? How did I come to be in this place? And then, the door opens. The man who enters wears a radiant smile that immediately changes the atmosphere of the room. Initially, they look away from the light around him, but soon all eyes are drawn to him. He carries a sheaf of papers in his hands, and begins to move among those seated in the cancer treatment waiting room. “Here is a poem I wrote for you,” says Mike Allan, shaking a hand, or gently touching the shoulder of each one. He walks to the desk, where he greets each person behind the counter by name. They reach out with obvious affection, and with offers to make copies of his papers so that there are enough of today’s poem for everyone in the room, and to ensure they each receive a copy for their own collection. Stepping to the center of the waiting room, he asks permission to sing a song to those whose chairs line the walls. It is a song of hope that he has written for today—a promise of never-ending love. As the words fill the air, a woman with a scarf wrapped around her head to cover the ravages of chemotherapy, begins to softly weep. As he finishes, he moves to sit beside her. Taking her hand in his, he speaks gently and nods as tears fill his own eyes when she reveals that today will be the last for her in this round of chemo. Quietly they pray together. Every Thursday, without fail, he returns to this place. It has been less than a year since he occupied the seat in which she and the others now sit. Behind the desk there are thirty-five treatments checked off in a file bearing his name. He remembers hearing the doctor speak the dreaded word that turned his world upside down: cancer. He knows that it also still rings in their ears. His file has moved from among those of active patients, to the cabinet holding those who have successfully completed their treatments, but he comes still because he knows firsthand the uncertainty, the fear and the pain. Allan grew up in Summerville, SC, and graduated from Summerville High School in a turbulent time—when the nation was at odds with itself, and with a faraway place called Vietnam. He and his cousin enlisted in the United States Air Force together under the Buddy Plan, and it would not be long until his country would call for him to ship out to Southeast Asia. With his future uncertain, there was 92 AZALEAMAG.COM Summer 2015

one thing he wanted to do before leaving for his overseas duty – to marry Linda, the beautiful red-haired girl he had loved since she was fourteen. With her parents’ blessing, the young couple wed. After training as a military policeman, once he reached his post, Allan found himself assigned to a canine unit. He spent the next year working in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, alongside his fiercest ally and best friend, a dog named Turk. Most days, they witnessed the very worst in people. It was tough and dangerous work, and though he could have easily become hardened and cynical, Allan was somehow able to see the good in the midst of all the bad things he experienced there. Deeply religious, his faith kept him strong and positive, and these traits would come to serve him well throughout his life. He came home to a changed America—one that did not embrace returning servicemen and women. Though it was discouraging to hear slurs and insults hurled at those who had fought and died for the very freedoms the protesters enjoyed, it did not change the patriotism he felt. Instead, it intensified his love for the flag and all it represented. He continued to work security details and train sentry dogs for the remainder of his time in service, but after completing his commitment to the Air Force at various bases across the country, he returned home to Summerville, and to Linda, the

form of poems, and are often accompanied by a melody. Even his handwriting changed as he began to write the first of the hundreds of pages he keeps in notebooks, encased in clear plastic covers. Each is handwritten, each melody is unique, and each is more often than not accompanied by a meticulously detailed drawing reflecting its theme. They are tributes to wounded warriors and testaments to faith, beauty that grows from ashes, and lost sheep that find their way. No matter their subject, they are words that speak of love, loyalty and hope, and he can recite or sing any one of them from memory.

No matter their subject, they are words that speak of love, loyalty and hope, and he can recite or sing any one of them from memory. However, it seems that even the most faithful are tested, and when Allan was besieged by an adversary unworthy of his great love, it took the strength and training born on the battlefield to bear the pain of watching both his mother, father and sister lose their battles with cancer. Little did he realize, he would also come to personally know this cruel and faceless enemy.

love of his life. Mike happily fell into a pattern of daily life with Linda, and two sons and daughter that soon joined them. He and Linda sang in the choir at church each Sunday. By day, he worked as a warehouse manager for a large company, and trained his own dog with the skills he learned in the Air Force. Working a second job at night, the softspoken man with the merry smile and sunny disposition brought his police training to a local security firm, offering the company his special type of training to protect dignitaries, celebrities and witnesses in high-profile lawsuits. It was on the day that he was laid off from his management job that he got in his car and drove to a secluded spot in the woods. Devastated, he sat leaning against a tall pine in a forest of despair, when he says God came to him. Allan’s voice trembles as he remembers the power of that moment. A look of wonder comes over his face as he explains, “God appeared to me… just like a person. He reached out his hand to me, and he said, ‘From this day forward, I will give you words for the rest of your life.’” Indeed, from that moment, the words have come. They come in the

The diagnosis of prostate cancer came in 2014, and in the weeks and months that followed, Allan never wavered in his determination to beat the disease. His visits to the cancer treatment center became opportunities for him to practice what he had preached to others, casting himself in the role of a living example of the power of prayer, faith and hope. Though he has been declared cancer free, he returns here week after week to continue spreading his positive message, lighting faces and lifting hearts with the power of his indomitable spirit. When asked to describe the kind of man her husband is, Linda looks shyly at the man who has shared her life for fourty-nine years. The love between them is a living thing, filling the room. “He is a man of faith. He is a good husband and a good father, and he is a patriot,” she says, speaking softly, and brushing at tears. “He is a very good man.” He blushes and laughs, “I am just the instrument. God has kept up his end of the deal, so I am keeping mine.” When he speaks of the blessings of his life, he, too, is overcome with emotion, and tears flow freely from his eyes. It is hard to reconcile this sweet soul with that of the tough military policeman and body guard, but those he has touched know that his goodness and strength come together in equal shares to shape the man they have come to call Saint Mike—the man who has walked the road they travel, and who comes to them just when they are in need of both. AM


Dancing with the ARK Stars March 14, 2015 Nearly 500 people filled the Eidson Gym for the 2015 Dancing with The ARK’s Stars. Together, an estimated $60,000 was raised to help local Alzheimer’s families find hope and relief. thearkofsc.org

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Cool Blue Auction March 21, 2015 Pinewood Preparatory School hosted over 350 guests at their Cool Blue Auction. Guests were entertained by live band Plane Jane and DJ Art Dantzler of Audio Sound Design, and dined on a delicious menu of "Southern Style and Simple Elegance" from Island Porch Catering. The event raised over $200,000, a portion of which will fund the school's new STEM initiative, Idea Lab. www.pinewoodprep.com

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SUMMER by Ellen E. Hyatt The arc of water from the sprinkler in the yard of your neighbor, who’s held-out from an irrigation system, catches a prism of color. A montage of scenes sprays your way from summers past.

Summer, when every molecule of your being felt fated for joy simply because you’re chewing Juicy Fruit gum. Its flavor lasts all afternoon through the pick-up game in the empty lot behind Joe’s Small Engine Repair. Summer, when thirst needs quenching, there’s water for the taking from the hose that nice lady leaves lying in her yard. On Mondays, she greets you and your friends Juney, Buzz, Daph, Russ, and Witz with Kool-Aid pops, chocolate chip cookies, pralines, or advice: “Be careful what you read.” She introduces to you Atticus and Scout; Huck and Jim before teachers did. Summer, when the only shadows you see are not those in Plato’s Cave or on someone’s x-ray, but the puppets you and your friends make on the screen during movie night in the park: a warren of rabbits appears, two fingers for ears; birds, all ten fingers un-splayed for wings; even the scary profile of Old Man Hooch entertains from an overlay of several hands. Summer, when night sounds—the whistle of a train, the banjo-plucking ribbit of green frogs—waft to curtains billowing over your open window. There, you, wide awake, gaze at glowing fireflies recreating a solar system of hopes and dreams and a wish for summer without end.


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