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37 21 06 Editor’s Letter 10 Letters 12 Contributors 15- 19 FIELD GUIDE A brief look into our local culture SOUTHERN LIFE 21 Southern Spotlight - Art 26 Southern Spotlight - Community 28 Southern Spotlight - Community 32 Southern Spotlight - Non-Profit

61 SOUTHERN STYLE 61 All In The Details Pay attention to the little touches that showcase your own personal style

37 TASTE Soup's On! Three hearty and heartwarming recipes COLUMNS 47 Natural Woman by Susan Frampton 51 Social Graces by Elizabeth Donehue


86 THE LOCAL Seasonal Calendar 92 For the Cause -92 Summerville Ghost Walk And Harvest Moon Hayride -94 Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour

55 LIFE & FAITH An Apology From A Church Leader by Will Browning


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96 Patchwork Of The South by Michelle Lewis

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Jason started his illustrious art career when he won a coloring contest in 3rd grade, subsequently titling him "proud owner of a Mickey Mouse dry erase board." He moved to the Lowcountry in 1990, and save an education at The Savannah College of Art and Design, has remained a faithful transplant ever since. He now lives in Goose Creek under the thumb of the dreamy Julie Wagener and offspring: Toy Story enthusiast, Henry, and the womb-residing “baby brudder.” Oddly enough, he lettered in art at Stratford High School.

FRED DOWNS Southern Food Historian “Every time I walk into a new place, that foolish sense of youthful adventure begins to glow. At my age there is simply nothing more exciting than perusing a new menu,” says Fred, a native South Carolinian, born in Charleston and raised in the waters of the Lowcountry. A retired educator and sailor, he now spends his days painting, writing, and exploring the land around his Lake Marion home, ever-seeking that little-known or outof-the-way eatery.

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On average each American eats When pairing wine with oysters, stick to dry whites. The tannins in reds clash with the taste of oysters.

pounds of oysters every year. Abraham Lincoln used to throw parties at his home in Illinois where nothing but oysters were served.

The number of oyster varieties that are edible by humans

Only one out of every ten thousand oysters will produce a pearl in the wild.



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What makes locals tick, one neighbor at a time

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NORMAN MITCHELL 1. What is you favorite thing about living in the Lowcountry? Having four generations of family here and the abundance of wildlife for hunting and fishing. 2. What is your dream job? Getting paid to talk endlessly. 3. Is there a motto that you live by? Never, ever, ever quit. 4. Who or what are you a fan of ? My wife and children.



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5. Coffee or Tea? Tea with lemon.

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9. What would be your dream vacation? Driving cross country in an RV with Johnny and Ashton.

7. What's one thing that you have bought in the last five years that you could go without for the rest of your life? My Blackberry [laughs].

10. What is your fondest memory of growing up in Summerville? Skateboarding in the middle of Main St. on Sundays and selling papers in front of the old post office, which is now the CPW building.


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Hot Milk Punch MUSIC The American South has arguably given the world more popular music than any other culture in history––Rock-n-Roll, Blues, Jazz, Country and Western, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, Indie Rock, Beach Music, and Gospel, among others. We at AZALEA will be assembling compilations of our favorite Southern artists from the vast variety of music that they have created–a playlist for every occasion.

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1. Wagon Wheel / O.C.M.S. (Tennessee) 2. Live and Die / The Avett Brothers (N. Carolina) 3. Roll On / Son Volt (Missouri) 4. Pearls On A String / Ryan Adams (N. Carolina) 5. Copliments / Band of Horses (S. Carolina) 6. Feels Like Rock 'n' Roll / A Thousand Horses (Tennessee) 7. Little Victories / Chris Knight (Tennessee) 8. Concrete and Barbed Wire/ Lucinda Williams (Tennessee) 9. Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound / Mark Chestnut (Tennessee) 10. Locust Street / The Black Crowes (Georgia)

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Shooting Star Keyla Childs takes a break on her truck at The Ponds.

A Star Is Born

A Summerville beauty queen follows her dreams all the way to Hollywood, sharing her giving heart with the people of the Lowcountry along the way by

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When I met Keyla Childs, former Miss South Carolina Teen USA and aspiring actress, I realized that any preconceptions I may have had about pageant girls were way, way off—at least with this one. She and her mom rolled up in a Toyota pickup, Keyla sporting stiletto heels, slim-fit pants, flawless hair and makeup, and a big, bulky camouflage jacket. Bounding out of the truck, she introduced herself with a huge grin. “I’m Keyla! It’s so nice to meet you!” Eighteen years old, and a 2012 Summerville High School graduate, Keyla Childs has been competing in beauty pageants nearly all her life—beginning just six months after she was born. When she was 17 months old, she won her first crown—albeit a tiny one—as Little Miss South Carolina Baby. From there, she competed in pageants off and on throughout her childhood with the support from her mom, Debbie. For many, pageantry is out of reach because of the high cost of the dresses, but Keyla and her mom found a way around the financial strain. Debbie taught herself to hand-bead dresses and began staying up late for months prior to each pageant, dutifully sewing rhinestone after rhinestone onto her daughter’s next gown. After Keyla wore the dress in the competition, her mom would sell the fashionable creation to another pageant girl and use the proceeds to create a new dress for the next pageant. The dedication paid off—wearing her mother’s creations and using the grace and charm that was instilled in her by her parents, Keyla placed high in nearly every pageant which she competed. In 2010, she won the coveted Miss Charleston Teen USA title and was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA in 2011. She later competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant, where she placed in the top 15. 24


The passion and drive that Keyla has always had for pageants could only be matched by her love for volunteering. Starting in ninth grade, she volunteered with the Dorchester County EMS, and her dedication to community service blossomed from there. In fact, most of her free time during her teen years was spent working for nonprofits like the Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Girl Scouts of America, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House, Relay for Life, and Keeper of the Wild. At 17, she was honored with the key to the city of North Charleston by Mayor Keith Summey, who also designated June 23rd as “Keyla Childs Day,” in recognition of the over 1,000 hours in community service work she dedicated. Last year, she teamed up with Governor Nikki Haley to create a video commercial called “Cool Kids Don’t Bully,” in an effort to send a message to the youth of South Carolina. One of the most memorable opportunities, however, involved something many beauty queens could never dream of doing: she gave away her crowns. “Some of my sister queens and I would go to MUSC Children’s hospital, bring a bunch of our old crowns, and give them to the little girls that were staying there,” Keyla recalls. “We called it ‘Princess for a Day,’ and we’d paint their nails, do their hair, that sort of thing. It was really special—for them and for me.” After winning the Miss South Carolina Teen USA crown and graduating high school, Keyla soon found herself jet-setting all over the country for modeling and acting opportunities, to meet with agents, and attend movie premieres. She lent her likeness to the Jasz Couture dress line, modeling gowns at photo shoots in Nashville, Atlanta, and Chicago. Through her connections at Millie Lewis


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Paul Roof (left) is the founder of the Holy City Beard and Mustache Society; Beard enthusiasts strike a pose


Without A Beard

Paul Roof, founder of the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society, opens up about what facial hair is really about and all the good these manlymen are doing for women by Katie DePoppe “Without the beard, I’d look like my dad,” says Paul Roof as he leans over his desk and smooths his beard. “There are other things about my dad I want to emulate—he’s jovial and a hard worker, and he’s always been there. He’s a hero—but I want to look like me,” discloses the sociology professor who laughs and likens his beard to others’ tattoos. “This is permanent; no one would recognize me without it,” he says laughing. In somewhat of a social experiment of his own, Roof realized these truths as a young man: people (read: men) with lots of hair are judged—often—and are sometimes pigeon-holed, and 28


a conversation-starter like a fourteen inch beard can miraculously make an introvert an approachable extrovert for short periods of time. Thus, two of the indirect reasons why Roof first began to network with other beard lovers via online “beard boards” and social networks, and in 2006, started to connect nationally with others who took the social implications of facial hair as seriously as he did. During the course of research, Roof discovered a beard club based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it inspired him. “I thought, why can’t we do that in Charleston?…As a sociologist, I study groups—so I decided to start one.” With that, the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society was born in the virtual world. By 2007, the group’s MySpace page had gained such popularity, the society made a decision to meet in person. Their first gathering at South End Brewery began the journey that Roof jokingly calls “a crazy magic carpet ride.” Overnight, the Society was everywhere. Roof traveled to conferences and panels to discuss the organization, and in 2010, the Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championship was organized. Following Roof ’s mantra that people should be citizens, not consumers, the event has raised over $13,000 for Lowcountry Women with Wings, an organization that provides education and support to women diagnosed with

He doesn’t hold back when describing how his beard transformed not only his outward appearance but his outlook as well. “I see [having a beard] as traditional,” he says, referencing old photos like those of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. “[Back then] men were men! Eight years ago, I shaved every summer and felt emasculated each time,” he recollects. “I’m a different person now.” For Roof, the beard is an outward symbol of embracing who

“I want to be a hero to my wife and my kids,” he adds. And his students? It’s hard to miss the steady stream of them stopping to knock and wave or peek in the window of his office as he tells his story—a testament to the aforementioned revelations he had as a young man, and the identity he’s found in this master trait. When asked about the students, Roof says, “I think young people look at me and think, he gets judged a lot—so, it’s a safe place [his office] for them. I tell them, ‘I don’t care about what you think. You’re free to share.’ I don’t judge them. It’s your job as a student to think,” he adds. And all this because of some whiskers. AM *Paul Roof is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Charleston Southern University and specializes in urban studies and popular culture. To learn more about him and the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society, visit www.holycitybeards. org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook. com/HolyCityBeardandMoustacheSociety.


So how has something as simple as facial hair sparked such change? “I think you should use whatever platform or stage you’re given to affect people in a positive way,” says the bearded commander-in-chief.

he really is and who he wants to be as a teacher, a father, a husband. A man.

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ovarian cancer—and a cause that seems an unlikely partnership for a group of men embracing such masculine “accessories.” “Fire trucks painted pink [for breast cancer awareness] and a beard and moustache competition [for ovarian cancer]­—I think it's important for men to do something for women," says Roof. "And the contrast of masculine things for feminine causes makes them all the more interesting."

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Bill Ridenour inside Inland Skate Shop


install a set of trucks on a fresh new skateboard deck. No matter what project he is working on, one thing is for sure—he’s sharing his time, energy, and talents with passion.

Surf & Skate Soul Connection

A former New Jersey resident, Ridenour came to South Carolina with his wife, MaryAnn, over two decades ago on a lark. After living in New Jersey, the two were ready for a change of pace, so MaryAnn went to the library, got a South Carolina phone book, and the two began calling businesses to set up job interviews. Two weeks later, the couple drove to Charleston and haven’t looked back.

Inland (Community)

A local skate shop owner offers lessons of perserverance...and so much more by Jana Riley On any given weekend, you can find 46-year-old Bill Ridenour at 1103 Bacons Bridge Road, the home of Inland Skate Shop. You might find him outside painting signs for an event at Ashley Ridge High, where his son is a junior and Ridenour himself is president of the athletic boosters, or perhaps around back, setting up for an outdoor skate movie premier, preparing for as many as one hundred kids to converge upon the venue. He might be cooking his well-known Inland hot dogs or helping one of his young friends 30


They settled in Summerville, where they raised two sons, Billy and Joseph. When Billy was eight or nine, his babysitter moved out of state, and Bill stayed home with him while his wife continued her court reporting career. Father and son soon bonded over their mutual love of skating and surfing, so Bill began searching for a local shop where the two could purchase equipment. After an exhaustive search of the area, Ridenour realized such a store didn’t exist. So in 2000, he opened his own—Inland Surf and Skate Shop. With no prior retail experience, the optimistic dad had his work cut out for him. He learned as he went along, and the shop soon became successful. In 2007, he took a hiatus, which lasted just four years.

The shop is billed as “the skate shop skaters and parents can trust,” and the motto rings true.



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By October 2011, Inland was back with Bill Ridenour at the helm. Along the way, Bill Ridenour has made quite an impact. The shop is billed as “the skate shop skaters and parents can trust,” and the motto rings true. Far from just “the guy behind the counter,” Ridenour assumes many roles for his friends, customers, and community. For some, he is a mentor and a friend; to others, a confidant and a teacher. Skaters of all ages come and go constantly, and Ridenour knows each one by name. They call him “Mr. Bill” and it’s evident in his interaction with them that having someone on their team is important and appreciated. He asks about their progress in school and encourages them to work hard—and play hard. Ridenour remembers the faces that have come through the skate shop doors over the years, and talks about them with a sense of pride. Many of the kids have grown up and moved away, but he never forgets their stories: Like the skater who dropped out of Fort Dorchester because of family issues. Ridenour eventually invited the young man to live with his family and finish his schooling at Summerville High. He did just that and graduated shortly thereafter. A community servant at heart, Ridenour served as the construction captain on Plantation Playground at Gahagan Park. Alongside 3,000 Summerville volunteers, the group used donated materials to build the largest park in town for its residents. These days, however, Ridenour has his sights set on seeing a different sort of park come to fruition. In 2002, Ridenour made an attempt to spur the building of a skatepark in Summerville. Many members of the community supported the idea, and together, the group entered into communication with the parks department. Shortly after talks began, though, it became clear the plan was not gaining traction, and the idea was shelved for an indeterminate amount of time. In the years following, visions of a Summerville skatepark danced in the minds of Bill and his many supporters, but it wasn’t until this past year that the idea resurfaced. Out of the blue, Bill Collins, 32


Summerville’s mayor, called Ridenour and said, “Bill, this town needs a skatepark.” “I just thought,” recollects Ridenour, “Thank you! Yes, yes we do! Awesome!” The mayor voiced his concern that without a skatepark, the youth of Summerville would skate anywhere—including private property and dangerous roads. With the mayor’s help, the town council approved the initial plan, and the saga of the skate park began. Bill Ridenour and his crew began raising money for the park in an effort to support the contributions of the town and show their desire to be seen as a responsible group of young people. They sold customizable bricks for the park at fifty dollars each, which many local businesses and citizens bought in support of the cause. Montreux, a bar and restaurant in the downtown district, sponsored a night at their location that helped raise a thousand dollars. The group even went to town meetings to share their voice with skatepark opponents. At one such meeting, the skaters wore name tags simply bearing the word, “Please”— Ridenour’s idea. The skate shop owner stayed in the wings, for the most part, and let the kids lead the charge toward getting a place to skate in their hometown. Along the way, he offered advice and as much financial support as he could muster. In October of 2012, the skatepark was officially approved by the town. While the plans for the new park are underway, Inland continues its day to day operations just off Bacon’s Bridge Road, unassuming and quiet from the outside but boisterous and accomplished on the inside, as Bill and his store remain driving forces behind the passions and pursuits of a niche of young Summerville citizens. As the hum of skateboards on wood rumbles throughout the shop, parents, children, and fellow boarders exchange stories. Some even buy new trucks, decks, and skateboard apparel. But, the most abundant investments seem to be made by Bill Ridenour, who on any given day, is happy to share his wisdom, thoughtfulness, and a few life lessons with every visitor. AM


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Change For A Dollar

How the new Ashley Ridge Church is stepping up and reaching out by Katie DePoppe Every Sunday morning, members and guests of Ashley Ridge Church shuffle through the doors of Ashley Ridge High School— some hours in advance of their 10 am start time and some even five minutes late. They laugh that they’re on “southern time,” but don’t 34


let the tardiness fool you. This eclectic group of passionate people is giving new meaning to the traditional definition of “church” and turning tradition on its ear. “Ashley Ridge is trying to strip away the excess and get beyond the functionality of church as we know it. We’re deliberately being as simple as possible to keep ‘the main thing,’ the ‘main thing,’—which is a living relationship with Jesus that impacts the way we live everyday” says Jenn Williams, pastor. It’s a portable church, meaning it has no building and will remain as such until members decide it needs a permanent home. But for now, the congregation of 200 is happy to set up and tear down every week to keep expenses low and their community impact high. With a mission to simply “ignite passion for Christ,” the church focuses on three main goals: worship, small groups, and outreach. One of those three outreach ministries, which also includes the Fox Food Center (a food closet established out of an overwhelming need in the area but managed by the school) and Land of a

Thousand Hills (a coffee company established in 2001 to pay a fair wage to the coffee farmers of Rwanda and provide them with their basic needs as a result of mass genocide recovery), is a program called Change for a Dollar—a simplistic idea that’s addressing the immediate, tangible needs of those in our community and changing the face of local ministry.

to show what God can do with a simple gift,” he says.

Change for a Dollar has paid for gas, groceries, power and medical bills, and appliances.

The premise is simple. Every Sunday, those who feel compelled will donate a dollar—no more, no less—to be donated in full, that same week, to help someone in need. So far, Change for a Dollar has paid for gas, groceries, power and medical bills, and appliances with several thousand dollars in offerings. In October, an Ashley Ridge family even pledged to match the donations given each week in order to double the giving power.

Indeed. “There’s a robust collection of stories about this ministry,” says Marty Thomas, Assistant Director of the Medical Outreach Clinic of Summerville, and a member of Ashley Ridge, as he recounts the first use of Change for a Dollar funds that went to help a woman with a rare blood disorder. “Her body created too many red blood cells,” says Thomas, “so every couple of months, she has to have a pint of blood drawn and have it disposed of. That’s a $150 procedure each time, and no one does that free of charge.” Through a partnership with several drug stores in Summerville, including Guerin’s Pharmacy, the church was able to help that woman as well as others.

Barely a year ago, Friar Dixon, the church’s student pastor and outreach ministry organizer, brought the idea before the church after seeing a podcast on the subject. “I thought, what a great idea

Recently a young man who suffers from an undiagnosed seizure disorder was nominated to receive the funds. He needed to see a neurologist, and without care, could not get his license back

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or find a job. The church decided to use the Change for a Dollar money to pay for both his initial office visit, and if necessary, subsequent visits. In the meantime, an internist, who was at first reluctant to treat the young man, was so compelled by the generosity he saw through the offering, he agreed to monitor the man’s condition, thus freeing

the original funds allocated for office visits to be used toward the payment of much-needed medications. “The money just multiplied,” says Thomas. In fact, through the partnership with the local pharmacies, an account was set up to pay for future prescriptions. / 871-8872 36


And that’s not the only time the money has miraculously grown. Recently, Wendell Bailey and his wife, Angela, both members of Ashley Ridge, were on their way to church when they passed an apartment complex that had caught fire. They immediately thought of Change for a Dollar but had no way of finding out whose apartment(s) had been affected. It stayed on Wendell’s mind into Monday when he went to work at Boeing. “There’s a lady who works in the cafeteria there— she’s very sweet—we call her Squirmy,” says Bailey. I happened to overhear a conversation where Squirmy said, “’I ain’t got nothin’,” he recollects. “A light bulb

popped on. Somehow I knew it was her apartment.” By the time the money, which can range anywhere from $125 to $250, got to Squirmy and her family, the total had reached $740. “That was just from me sharing what we were doing with Change for a Dollar around the workplace,” says Bailey.


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Most recently, Change for a Dollar monies went to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, but usually the most rewarding aspect of the ministry, according to Thomas, is that “you see immediately how it’s changing someone’s life.” And the recipients aren’t the only ones being blessed through Ashley Ridge’s humble offerings. The congregation is too. Proprietors have learned to be more aware of their environments through the simple yet impactful program. “It’s about always keeping your eyes open for a need,” says Bailey. One hundred pennies, twenty nickels, ten dimes, four quarters—every cent makes a difference. AM *For more information about Ashley Ridge Church, or to learn how to donate, report a need, or receive help from the Change for a Dollar ministry, please visit and click on the “Community Life” tab. AZALEAMAG.COM / WINTER 2012-13



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“SOUP'S ON!”…Ooooh, that much awaited call to supper that always produces a smile and braces the ‘coolest days’ of a Lowcountry winter. Originally, soups in the young Colonies were thick, almost like our present day stews. Made from the freshest ingredients on plantations and allowed to cook over slow fires for hours, they were always hardy, ladled with meats such as pig, fowl, or venison. Of course seafood was always plentiful around the waterways so its use in stews and chowders were staples in the Southern Colonies because of their simplicity and tastiness and to this day, are internationally famous. The ever economical colonial housewife utilized excess cooking liquids from the stews to make broths, soups, porridges and gra40


vies. In the 1700’s they were basically broths seasoned with herbs, onions, carrots and turnips; but, as the Carolina Lowcountry prospered, the blending cultures raised the creativity and graciousness of serving soup during mealtimes to ritual status. Its importance in the 1800’s was so great that soup tureens graced every table, and the wise traveler often journeyed with a flask of soup in his pocket. Soup tureens easily became status symbols, often produced in fine china, ceramics or silver and quite often, in enormous proportions. On every fine dining table in Georgetown, Charleston, or Beaufort, tureens of soup were the central part of the setting and used most frequently as starters to the meal. I have prepared three of my favorite wintertime soups for you to explore. Some may call them stews, some chowders, whatever the namesake, these will warm the soul on the coolest of days…enjoy.

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For the Dumplings: Ingredients 2 C. of flour 1 Tbsp. of baking powder ½ tsp. of salt ½ C. vegetable shortening 1 C. of chicken stock from the pot, cooled Preparation In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir well. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until flour resembles coarse meal. Add just enough reserved stock to make stiff dough. If any is left over, return to the pot. Don’t mix the dough too long or it will be tough. Using about half of dough, roll out on a floured board to about 1/8 inch thickness and with a sharp knife cut into about thumb length strips. Repeat with the other half of dough.

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Bridges and Bible Verses by Susan Frampton

It is six in the evening, and Lewis Frampton is in a hurry. Though there is plenty of daylight yet, he knows by the time he drops me off and gets to his own stand, light will be fading fast. He roars up on the four-wheeler to find me dawdling around, examining ferns and mentally relocating native species to our backyard. The normally gentle man glares with menace, and I quickly gather my backpack, shoulder my rifle, and jump onto the seat behind him. Sara has gone ahead of us. When we reach her, she is mid-way up the twenty-foot metal tower—her petite frame effortlessly carrying the heavy rifle and her camo shoulder pack—shimmying over the rail into her seat. She’s had success in this stand overlooking

the narrow dike and knows that the wood ducks can be counted on to provide spectacular aerial entertainment as the sun sets to her right. We wait for her thumbs-up, and we’re off again. I’ve no sooner recovered from the whiplash of our take-off when I quickly duck my head, squeeze my eyes shut, and begin silently reciting snippets of favorite Bible verses. “He leadeth me beside the still waters,” comes to mind as we approach the first bridge. “Bridge” is a term I use loosely to describe the twelve-inch boards spaced feet apart, spanning a ten-foot creek of green swamp water. We roar forward in probable defiance of every sentence in the manufacturer’s handbook and several laws concerning gravity, and



RAL NATU N WOMA finally with wheels down safely on the other side, I see the next bridge in the distance and try desperately to remember what it is that keeps me coming back. Several bridges and a quarter-mile walk later, Lewis and I part at the foot of my stand. He touches my cheek and whispers, “Good luck.” Striding deeper into the swamp, I see him look back to make sure I am safely up the ladder. It is a look I see each time he leaves one of us in the woods and it conveys emotions more complex than the obvious—he is proud of us, is confident in our abilities, and loves having us beside him. I kiss my two fingers and point them toward him as he disappears into the shadows. Then I chamber a round, check the safety, and set the rifle beside me.

makes his way to me. (Missing in the agreement is the requirement that he race through the woods to fetch me after shooting time, but he does it anyway. It pains me to admit that I am incapable of leaving the stand by myself in the dark; my fear is such that you could not dynamite me out into the night. Happily, Lewis is too much of a gentleman to acknowledge this flaw in my character.) When his face appears, it is wearing a grin of pure delight. I clamber down, and we race back on the four-wheeler the way we came.

When it comes down to it, I’m not ashamed to admit that I hunt like a girl.

I consider myself a decent hunter. But when it comes down to it, I’m not ashamed to admit that I hunt like a girl. I don’t wash my clothes in unscented detergent, paint my face green and black, or spray foul-smelling concoctions on my boots. I turn on my Thermacells, take out my book and reading glasses, quietly tear open the M&Ms that I have squirreled away in my bag, take a sip from the water bottle in the side pocket, and check all three of the flashlights I feel compelled to carry as a result of my life-long fear of the dark. I’ve been known to enter the woods straight from a day at the office, resplendent in blush, mascara, and lip gloss, and trailing a substantial cloud of Chanel No. 5. On one such outing I came home with a buck, a doe, and two hogs. Go figure. I do not clean game, be it bird or beast. I’ll help track it, haul it out, throw it in the truck (or in one case, the trunk of my Cadillac De Ville) and be happy to cook it, but I’m not going to skin it, pluck it, or clean it. Lewis and I reached this agreement years ago: I would be in charge of childbirth and he in charge of cleaning game. This system has worked flawlessly to date. There has been no activity out in front of me this evening, and I have heard nothing from the direction of Lewis’ stand. A chorus of night creatures erupts in hoots, chirps, and howls. Then a shot rings out from the metal tower, and I can’t help the “Yes!” that bursts from my lungs. Within minutes, I see Lewis’ flashlight bob through the woods as he 50


It is now nine o’clock in the evening, and Lewis Frampton is once again in a hurry. Though Sara does not share her mother’s fears and will most likely be waiting at the foot of the tower, he flies through the swamp and across the bridges to reach her. Once more, I duck my head, and squeeze my eyes shut as we approach the bridges. When I dare to open them again, the lights of the four-wheeler catch the big smile and confident stance of the figure in the distance.

I know that in a few moments Lewis will shake her hand, congratulate her, and make her tell the story again and again. Sara and I will do the happy dance, and she will beam, and pose for the camera, and we will add this memory to the many that have shaped our lives as a family. And now with the wheels safely back on the other side, I remember exactly what it is that keeps me coming back. This time, when my lips move silently it is not in terror but with gratitude. “My cup runneth over.”AM

To the residents of Summerville: Summerville is a special place to work, play and raise a family. I don’t know of a better community in South Carolina. As your mayor, I have had the opportunity to meet people who have lived all over the world and now call this home. I enjoy the winter months in Summerville. Our moderate climate makes it possible to play golf or tennis, take a walk, or cycle through town or along the seven-mile long Saw Mill Branch trail. The winter months are a good time to explore Summerville’s interesting shops, sample the food in our variety of restaurants, visit the museum on East Doty Avenue, or take in a production of the Flowertown Players or the Summerville Community Orchestra. Whether you are a new or longtime resident, I encourage you to get out and about during the winter, get to know and appreciate what Summerville has to offer. You’ll be surprised what you find. Bill Collins

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The Dying Art of the Thank-You Note Six points for crafting a thank-you note / by Elizabeth Donehue

There are few words more elementary but more welcomed than “please” and “thank you.” We introduce them to our children as “magic words,” and even in youth, we recognize the grace in these expressions and the art of using them at appropriate times. While a simple concept, the reality is that gracious living is being compromised in the digital age. And although it is easier than ever to stay connected, one of our most courteous traditions, the thank-you note, is a dying art.

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Mention the Past, Allude to the Future

“It was great to see you at my birthday party,

Mention the occasion for which the gift was given. Try to build towards a future connection. Let them know they are special to you. “Thank you again for the gift.” Mentioning “thank you ” again is a good idea, as it will emphasize the point of the letter.

Close Kindly “With Love, Jane”

Simply wrap it up. Use a closing appropriate for the formality of the correspondence and the relationship you share with the recipient: “Love,” “Yours truly,” “Regards,” et cetera. Remember to sign your name. Your friends and relatives may not be thank-you note writers, but remember that no matter the occasion or reason, a few quick sentences on stationary can mean the world. Antiquated or not, it is a tradition worth keeping. In an attempt to revive gracious living, let’s bring back those magic words, please. Thank you. AM

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An Apology From a Church Leader Confessions of a Repentant Reverend

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“Because I said so!” Did your parents use this on you as much as mine did on me? It is the line that frustrated me most often. I would slam my bedroom door and avow under my breath, “I will never say that to my children!” Of course, now as a middle-aged father of three I have begun to repeat the exclamation that I promised myself I would never use. It is a sobering moment when a man discovers he has become the antithesis of his intentions. ILLUSTR AT ION BY JASON WA G E N E R AZALEAMAG.COM / WINTER 2012-13



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While I grew up going to church, it wasn’t until I was eighteen that I became a Christian. Like many in my generation, I saw discrepancies in the church that caused me to distrust the institution. Now as a pastor, I am putting churches through a similar litmus test. These test results reveal that the church has a lot to atone for. If you’ve been burned, would you allow me to apologize to you on behalf of the church? First, I want to apologize for the time you came to church—which was a big leap for you—and you were treated like an outsider. I’m sorry! Jesus’ example taught us to welcome strangers. We failed you and we failed the Savior we strive to represent. (Matthew 25:38-40) Secondly, I’m sorry that many times we as pastors lack transparency and have presented ourselves in a self-righteous manner. The truth is that pastors struggle with many of the same things you do. The social pressure to be perfect and have it all together is substantial, but Jesus said none of us, not even pastors, are perfect. When we pretend to have it all together, we create a façade making our failures nauseating to observers. (Romans 3:23) Thirdly, it was silly that we made it seem like Jesus carries a specific American political card. I truly believe no one political party’s platform represents God’s desire for the world. And life has shown me that there are godly men and women on both sides of the political aisle. We should let God’s Word guide us rather than the whims of the political sphere. (Psalm 119:105) Next, it’s embarrassing, but I believe there were times when we said, “The Bible says. . .” and the truth is—that was just what we say. As we started Journey Church there was a little old lady in our former church who was trying to encour-



age us in our future mission. She asked if our upstart church would start out with a building. When I told her, “No ma’am,” she responded, “You know what the Bible says? ‘If you build it, they will come!’” With eyebrows furrowed, I kindly responded, “I think that was Kevin Costner, not the Bible.” (Revelation 22:18) Finally, we pastors were hypocrites when we told you to love others, while we secretly had jealous anger in our own hearts. It’s sickening, but most pastors see other pastors and their churches as competition and not as partners. It’s simple pride and envy that leads us to these ends. I believe the leading reason why people are rejecting the church is they are mimicking the way pastors reject one another. (1 John 4:11-12)

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The stark realization is that the church isn’t perfect. This probably comes as no surprise to you, but the reason is simple: the church is made up of people. And no person on earth today is perfect. Therefore, we must accept the fact that we are all a work-in-progress. Truthfully, God didn’t say the church is an institution; rather, He described it as a family. Every family has embarrassing moments but a true family continues to love each other, even in our mistakes. God has told us to not give up on each other. (Hebrews 10:24-25) We’ve made mistakes. Said things we shouldn’t. And we wish we could take back those missteps. Let me implore you to not give up on God’s family. AM Will is a teaching pastor at a new modern church in Summerville, The Journey Church. He is the father of three kids and married to his college sweetheart, Tarah. He is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader and a coach of young leaders.



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AÂ glimpse into the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition's history and Summerville tradition by


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OPEN WIDE SEWE has a reputation for featuring renowned chefs and serving up delicious wild fare

Have you ever attended an event so grand that it led you to think about the people who created it? What about a piece of art that inspired you? Or a book you couldn’t get out of your head? Who in the world woke up one day, thought of that, and was then brave enough to see it through? As a bonus, what if that creative thing inspires change? Lots of it. For people, causes, animals, community? Well, that’s just an added bonus. People like that (who think like that) are worthy of ink—at least in my book.

“It was one of the most fun things I ever did,” says Marvin Davant. “We were young—we figured we ain’t got anything to do in February. Why not? Those days were simpler than they are now.” Thus began my conversation with one of the three founding members of the now world-renowned Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. It was 1981, and cold on the eastern shore of Maryland. Davant, an employee with the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the state chairman for Ducks Unlimited, along with Dickey Trotter, a Columbia entrepreneur, and W.D. Morris, a Columbia attorney, sat around a fire talking. The three had come to enjoy the annual Eastern Shore Waterfowl Festival, but all they seemed to talk about was how something like that should really be in South Carolina. “We had as much culture—or more—and definitely as many natural resources,” recollects Davant. 70


A trip and a long talk around a fire was all it took. When the three returned to the Palmetto State, they pooled their personal and professional resources and set off on a year-long journey to plan the first-ever exposition. As initial details began to come together, the group decided Charleston was the most appropriate home for such an artistic wildlife event––for both the obvious cultural aesthetics as well as Mayor Riley's revitalization efforts that were under way in those years. They attended other wildlife shows (and met with both staff and volunteers to learn ways to organize the event), visited possible venue locations, began to gauge interest among the locals, and put in calls to natural artists of all degrees. In a little over a year, the first-ever SEWE was slated to open. While the realm of interest in those days was not as all-encompassing of the arts and local culture as it is today, (there are rumors of lots and lots of wooden ducks)––supporting Southern artisans, conserving and preserving natural resources, and economic enhancement of the area were the driving points behind the planning––all linchpins of the organization's identity today. In February 1983, the first Southeastern Wildlife Exposition was headquartered in the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. And despite the snow (snow?!) that weekend, 100 exhibitors and 5,000 people attended. “Everything kept falling into place,” says Davant. What first began as a small winter diversion quickly grew as more aspects of the event were added and attendance steadily increased over the next decade.

the fact that it turned out to be something good for South Carolina, well, that’s a bonus.” Through the course of planning in Charleston, Davant, Trotter, and Morris, who were Columbia residents, found it imperative to pull a local into the mix. Trotter’s friend and Summerville resident, Jimmy Huggins, was just the guy for the job. That first year, Huggins was brought on to serve as the volunteer art and staff coordinator of SEWE. A Summerville High graduate, Citadel alum, and successful local businessman, Huggins brought to the event a flood of friends and colleagues who volunteered their time and talents alongside him for the cause. “To this day, some of our largest supporters are from Summerville,” says Huggins. For the next three years, he remained a coordinator and assisted the founders in a number of capacities until his role changed drastically in 1987, when he and a group of businessmen bought out the event in the face of financial difficulty. Huggins served as Executive Director of the event from 1987 until 1998, when he became President and CEO of the organization. His wife, Beth, now serves as the V.I.P. Coordinator. Yet through the course of change, the mission and vision lived on. Today, Davant, now the Director of the South Carolina Conservation Bank, still enjoys talking about the event he and his hunting buddies helped to create. “I had the most fun doing it,” he says, “and

“A lot of people don’t realize,” says Huggins, as he sits back in his arm chair, “that although the event is held in Charleston, the majority of our staffing and vendors over the years have come from Summerville—meaning the financial impact is far-reaching across the tri-county area.” From the beginning, economic development was an important issue for the SEWE founders. Last year alone, $63.8 million is estimated to have been poured back into the local economy through the organization—an amount unparalleled by any other event in the state, particularly at a time deemed slow in the tourism industry. With over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the world, fine art contributes in large part to the funding of the affair, pulling in between $700,000 and $1.3 million in recent years. Its effects resounding, SEWE even influenced the creation of Sculpture in the South in Summerville and provides a special exception in its contract to artists wishing to participate in both events. And the mission doesn't stop there. With a goal to continue "to invest in and positively influence wildlife and nature education through specialized programming; and to assist in the conservation AZALEAMAG.COM / WINTER 2012-13


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of wildlife and the environment by creating awareness and contributing financially to designated programs,” the exposition has helped to spread the message of “environmental morality” through art, exhibits, lectures, school programs, and financial giving, increasingly over the last three decades.

In its 31st year and hailed as the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition now attracts more than 40,000 attendees. Originally designed as an event for art and outdoor enthusiasts, the present-day annual affair is better defined as an experience. ( Just ask any of the preview gala guests whose sequined gowns and tuxedos are brushed by leopards, wild turkeys, foxes, and baby alligators as they roam through the ballroom.) In recent years, attendees have learned to expect renowned artists, live 72


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animal shows, retriever and birds of prey flight demonstrations, a petting zoo, and a decoy auction, as well as special visits by the likes of zoologist, Jack Hanna, and animal ambassador, Julie Scardina. Each event is planned with thoughtful attention to detail, evident in the faces of guests as they leave. "It's hard to explain how good of a mood people are in when they come away," says Executive Director, John Powell. And next year? "We are caretakers of what the event has grown to be," he continues. "It's not easy to keep the show fresh and new, and at the same time, balance the tradition. Our goal is to continue expanding our reach by presenting the finest collection of wildlife and sporting art [while] inspiring a new generation of art collectors, conservationists, and SEWE enthusiasts."AM The 31st annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition will be held February 1517, 2013. To find out more or to purchase tickets, visit

A "Wild" Array Clockwise from top left: The petting zoo and animal rides are always a favorite with the kids; Art, art, and more art; The closing soiree is the hottest ticket in town; The birds of prey demo is always a crowd-pleaser; A bird's-eye view of the Marion Square venue; SEWE President and CEO, Jimmy Huggins with Jack Hanna; Live bluegrass fills the salty air at Brittlebank Park; Refreshments are always close by.

Portrait of an Artist: The Many Faces of Greg Hart by Katie DePoppe

"Tart" 30"x22"

"Bellum" 22"x15"

"Bandage" 14" x 11"

GREG HART loves faces. Always has. Even as a little kid with crayons in hand, drew them. Now, as an up-and-coming artist whose unique take on historical portraits first garnered significant attention in the Lowcountry and on the well-known “Buy Some Damn Art” blog, Hart is pushing himself to move closer to what he says is a “more authentic personal narrative.” After moving to Charleston from Atlanta in 2004, the former illustrator and Greenville native joined Redux Contemporary Art Center in downtown Charleston following their most recent renovation last fall—a move he credits in helping to progress his artistic boundaries. “You don’t usually continue to get feedback like that once you get out of college,” he says. 76


Hart’s long-time interest in faces first inspired his use of stoic, public domain Civil War and late-1800s portraits and daguerroeotypes when he returned to painting several years ago. These early works—all blurred edges, hyper-contrasts, and subdued colors—still look startlingly like the original photos but with a new dimension. “That’s why I prefer to use anonymous photos,” says Hart, “because people can bring their own story to the work.” The use of historical photos has sparked numerous discussions between Hart and fellow artists. “I’m not really a history buff at all,” he laughs, “and they tell me, ‘well, if you’re painting Civil War portraits, you should know all about the Civil War.’” But, Hart’s interest lies in the faces themselves and the effect they

"The Prussian" 19"x15"

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have on the viewers’ sensibilities—the real theme that carries over into this year’s modern portraits of family and friends. “The historical portraits dealt with anonymity and appropriation, so I wanted to retain the mystery and stoicism of the old photographs but develop the compositions from the ground up,” says Hart. The modern portraits, which he believes are truer to his artistic voice, are still created using the same layering process—first a line drawing, then charcoal, then underpainting (sometimes with coffee staining to create chaos), and finally, a variety of brushes and combs to add dimension and texture—but use brighter tones and appear more color-saturated. To further arc Hart’s body of work, the maze-like shape present in so many of his paintings also remains a prominent part of the modern portraits. “I find a lot of comfort in it and I’ve stuck with it for a long time,” says Hart. The symbol he considers somewhat of a signature can be interpreted in a number of ways. “It could be biomorphic, like brains or intestines,” says Hart, “but then that maze-like pattern pairs well with the idea there are people from the past you don’t know—[it symbolizes] a searching; it’s broken; and that can be like your family history.” A tribute to his wife’s own family history, a large group painting hangs in Hart’s studio. With the line drawings still bare in some places and coffee stains both strategically and organically placed, the portrait tells a haunting story. Some faces are dark and prominent, others only half-visible, and only when you look closely, can you see the ghostly, penciled outline of a child. Only after he’d completed the picture, did he and his wife, Janet, figure out the child had died. “I really only knew about the patriarch figure going into it,” he says, “so I think that was an interesting thing that came out of it.” As Hart continues to evolve as an artist, it’s likely he will stay true to the process he’s created thus far—finding new stories in the faces of the past and future. “The contrast between the difficultto-get images of the past and the way we now look at people’s faces all day long on Facebook and Twitter is the segue into what I’m doing now,” says Hart, “and how, hopefully, people will look at this imagery some day in the future.” AM



Bobby and Ann Temple revive a forgotten rural property they lovingly call Breeze Hill

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SITTING IN STYLE Opposite: Ann Temple at the stables with Bob This page: On the front porch the Temples forwent the traditional rockers for a vintage bench and plush pillows


obby and Ann Temple are a dream team.

I’m not talking about the 1990’s Olympic basketball "Dream Team;" neither husband nor wife is seven feet tall, and I’m pretty sure they haven’t claimed any gold medals. But from where I stand, what the two have accomplished together may be more impressive, and the Temples just might be the only couple who could have pulled this off. Back in 1999, Ann Temple and her daughter, Ali, were traveling the familiar roads between Columbia, SC, where they lived at the time, and Fort Motte, SC, where the family kept their horses. This time, however, Ann found herself stopping at a local real estate office. “It was completely on a whim,” she recalls. “I walked in and said, ‘Do you know of anything available with cleared fields and a livable structure?’ And so it began.” Within minutes, Ann and her daughter were touring the property



" the blazing heat or freezing cold, I was at that old chicken coop, cooking every single meal outside."

that would change their lives forever. Ann laughs as she remembers her first visit. "It was basically a large piece of property with two shacks; a main house and the old slave quarters." Bobby and Ann purchased the property a few weeks later. "You should have seen our friend’s faces the first time we brought them out here," Ann says. "They thought we were out of our minds."

Far from swayed by their friend’s opinions, the dream team assembled; Bobby, with his background as a developer, builder, and designer, and Ann, who had extensive experience as a decorator. Armed with their mutual expertise and driven to create a place

The main house, which was transformed into the Temple's living room.

Color and Texture A mixture of strong hues and rich patterns create an elegant yet cozy atmosphere AZALEAMAG.COM / WINTER 2012-13


"A soul makes a dancer.You don’t make a lot of money, so you have to love it to do it. "

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they could call home, the couple began the arduous work of reviving the property. The couple soon realized that the two “shacks” were more valuable than first met the eye, both for their historical significance and the salvageable raw materials within them. They began with the renovation of the old slave quarters, where the family would live while the main house was rebuilt. The Temples raised the vine-covered structure onto a stable foundation, and increased the overall square footage. As they renovated the structure to become their future guest cottage, the couple made sure that the integrity of the original structure remained intact. Adjacent to the guest cottage was a chicken coop, which Ann and Bobby converted into an open air kitchen. 86


"We lived in the guest cottage for a year while the main house was being renovated," Ann remembers. "Whether in the blazing heat or freezing cold, I was at that old chicken coop, cooking every single meal outside." After the guest cottage and outdoor kitchen were completed, the couple moved on to the main house, beginning with raising the structure onto a more stable base. "It was too funny," Ann adds. “The same company that laid the foundation for the new Ravenel Bridge in Charleston came and lifted these two shacks," [laughs] "just so some crazy couple could live in the country." The main house was eventually finished in the Fall of 2000, and

the initial structure is still visible throughout their living room, where the couple was able to save the original wooden walls. In 2006, the barn was completed. Half of the large building houses the couple's rescued, one-eyed horse, while the other half serves as Bobby's office. Though the Temples kept many of the original elements of the property throughout each structure, Ann lent her signature style to each building, peppering the spaces with both classic furnishings and carefully selected antiques. In all, the revitalization of this property, now affectionately known as Breeze Hill, has taken twelve years. "It's a work in progress," Ann says. "We've always kept a sense of humor. Without it, we might not be married right now." [laughs]

The Temple's attention to detail and aesthetic are on full display at their country home. With their efforts, a forgotten property has been given a new lease on life. As for the Temples, this dream team may never take Olympic gold or have their faces on a box of Wheaties, but what they do have is Breeze Hill. And that's worth its weight in gold medals. AM TOURING THE FARM Clockwise from top left: Bobby and Ann Temple with dogs Bob and Winifred; A view of the house from the back of the property; The barn; Ann and company making their way to the barn; A cozy corner; A grouping a family photos inside the guest cottage; The mailbox with a bandana to help visitors find their way; The one-eyed horse; The converted chicken coop kitchen; The original chicken wire is still in use inside the open air kitchen




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WALKING TOURS OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT Daily, by Appointment Downtown Summerville The Summerville Dorchester Museum is offering two guided walking tours around Summerville: one of old planter Summerville and the other of the West End. Walkers will also learn about the railroad history of Summerville. Tours are available daily by appointment. Each tour covers about one mile and takes approximately one hour. Cost: $10 per adult/$5 child (ages 12 - 18; under 12 free) cash only. Call (843) 875-9666 for more information.

THE LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY Saturday, December 1, 6:30-9:30pm Bethany United Methodist Church A few nights each December, the parking lot of Bethany United Methodist Church becomes the city of Bethlehem. The pavement and the people are transformed into the Living Christmas Story, a drive-through reenactment of the way life was 2000 years ago on the night Jesus Christ was born. Visit for more information.

THIRD THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN SUMMERVILLE Third Thursday of Every Month, 5-8pm Come support your local downtown retail shops and restaurants as they stay open late to invite you in for special deals and special meals. Sponsored by the Businesses of Downtown Summerville and Summerville DREAM. CHARLESTON CHAPTER OF DECORATIVE PAINTERS Fourth Saturday of Every Month, 9am-1pm St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1150 East Montague Ave. The Charleston Chapter of Decorative Painters meets each month. Anyone interested in decorative painting is welcome. The group paints in all mediums and styles of painting. Two meetings may be attended as a guest. Refreshments are followed with a scheduled program of painting. For more information, contact Jean Littlejohn at 843-559-5176



HOLLY DAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET Saturday, December 1, 10am-4pm Historic Downtown Summerville The popular Holly Days Arts & Crafts Market, sponsored by Summerville DREAM, will return this year with over 60 local artisans. Along with the Holiday Arts and Crafts Market local groups that will be performing holiday music all over the downtown area to add to the festive atmosphere. Contact Summerville DREAM for more information at 843-821-7260 WINE UNDER THE OAKS Sunday, December 2, 1pm-5pm Boone Hall Plantation Enjoy an afternoon on the majestic back lawn of Boone Hall Plantation sampling fine wines & gourmet foods from Lowcountry chefs while purchasing holiday gifts and bidding on silent auction items to benefit the American Red Cross Heroes for Fire Victims Campaign. Live music will start at 1pm withTyler Boone & Christopher Cross, and NEW this year: Wine & Food pairing tent, Champagne tent, Holiday breads and spreads tent, and Ice Sculptures. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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THE FLOWERTOWN PLAYERS PRESENTS THE OLDE-TIMEY RADIO CHRISTMAS COMEDY SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA 8PM SHOWS - December 6, 7, 13, 14 & 15 2PM SHOWS - December 8, 9, 15 & 16 Tune your ears back to the days of yesteryear as the Flowertown Players celebrates the Christmas Season with an original radio production. Filled with songs, sketches, sound effects and old-timey holiday cheer. Call the box office 875-9251 for tickets or visit the website:

Celebrate a Victorian holiday season by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House — decorated for the holidays as it would have been in 1860. Theatrical performances by costumed historians explore Charleston's last opulent Christmas before the start of the Civil War. Performances are given continuously and afterwards, in the courtyard, visitors will enjoy hot cider and hear Christmas carols and traditional African-American and Gullah spirituals. Cost is $17.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door and Group rates are available, call (843) 722-7171.

JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW OPENING Thursday, Dec. 6, 5-7pm Summerville Town Hall Join the festivities as the Mayor opens the Second Town Hall Juried Photography show.

BENEATH THE RISING TIDE Friday, December 7, 5:30-7:30 Coastal Community Foundation, 635 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston A public reception and exhibit of new works by visual artist Amanda McLenon. McLenon, 2012 winner of the Foundation's $5,000 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist Award, will show numerous pieces, including her newest works in acrylic on glass, depicting the hidden layers of Lowcountry landscape and wildlife, under/above-ground and under/ above-water, including pluff mud communities, roots germinating, crabs in hiding, and redfish feeding underwater with only their tails visible at the surface. McLenon, a self-taught artist whose professional career has been in education and marine biology, aims to educate and encourage conservation through her art. For more information call Coastal Community Foundation of SC. (843) 723-3635.

LOWCOUNTRY SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE December 7-10 Summerville Baptist Church The LCSCT at Summerville Baptist Church features a 90 voice choir singing in a 35 foot tree, along with a spectacular cast presenting a Biblical drama. The corresponding modern story will add to your experience as you see how Christ still makes a difference in peoples' lives today. You will be blessed and inspired as you hear the music, see the drama and experience the true meaning of Christmas. Bring your family, friends and co-workers to the area's best Christmas presentation. Visit www. for ticket information. CHRISTMAS 1860 Friday, December 7, 6:30-8:30pm at the Edmondston-Alston House in downtown Charleston

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light set the scene of the plantation's preparations for Christmas. Participants may take home their own hand-crafted holiday decorations. Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make holiday wreaths. Visit www. for more info. CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Holiday Ensembles - Daniel Island Saturday, December 8, 7pm Providence Baptist Church, 294 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island Enjoy an evening of Christmastime favorites performed by the String Ensemble and the Woodwind Quintet of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The CSO Ensembles series present music by Bach, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky alongside popular holiday songs and carols. Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Students (ages 6-22) Information & Tickets: (843) 723-7528, ext. 110 or SUMMERVILLE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE Sunday, December 9th, 2pm (rain day is December 16th) Downtown Summerville Summerville DREAM and the Summerville Fire Department host one of the largest Christmas Parades in South Carolina with 3000 participants and thousands of spectators. The theme for the parade is ‘Santa’s Summerville Workshop’. Elves, floats, music and holiday cheer will usher Santa into town in a grand way! Contact Summerville DREAM at 821-7260, for more info. "CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS" Sunday, December 9, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Summerville Town Square



Palmetto Land Baptist Church's Annual Christmas Concert in the Park on Town Square in Summerville. Free admission. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided by Boy/Cub Scout Troop 9212 and there will even be a surprise visit by Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy great holiday music and fun! For more information, please check out Palmetto Land's web site at or you can call the church at (843) 871-2999. CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY HORNS – BRASS QUINTET IN SUMMERVILLE Sunday, December 9, 4pm St. John the Beloved, 28 Sumter Avenue Enjoy an evening of holiday favorites performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. Ticket includes a complimentary reception graciously provided by the church. Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Students (ages 6-22) Information & Tickets: (843) 723-7528, ext. 110 or GRAND ILLUMINATION: CHRISTMAS 1782 Thursday and Friday, December 13 & 14, 6-8pm Middleton Place Revel in the joy of a most extraordinary holiday season! Join costumed interpreters and trained actors as they take you back to the Christmas of 1782. This "most lively" event celebrates the return from exile in Philadelphia of Arthur Middleton, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure from Charleston of the occupying British troops. Warm fires, dramatic tableaux and presentations, historic beverages plus a traditional buffet dinner will help make Grand Illumination a memorable part of your holiday season. Visit for more information.

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THIRD THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN SUMMERVILLE Thursday, December 20, 5pm-8pm Downtown Stores will be open late for Christmas Shopping until 8pm. There will be musical entertainment throughout the town. Join Tim Lowry as he presents ‘A Christmas Carol’ Walking Tour. Tours are at 5:00pm & 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 each and available at the DREAM office. Contact Summerville DREAM at 821-7260, for more info. CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLY CITY MESSIAHSUMMERVILLE Thursday, December 20, 7pm St. Theresa Catholic Church, 11001 Dorchester Road, Summerville There is no better time of year to enjoy Handel’s sacred oratorio that has long been associated with good will and charity. Tickets: $25 Adults, $10 Students (ages 6-22) Information & Tickets: (843) 723-7528, ext. 110 or NIGHT WALK AT THE AUDUBON CENTER AT FRANCIS BEIDLER FOREST Saturday, December 22, 5pm Join an Audubon Society Naturalist on an evening tour along the boardwalk through the old growth Francis Beidler Forest. Night walkers will stroll past huge moonlight-silhouetted Baldcypress trunks (some over 1000 years old!), while listening to the same hoots, squeaks, squonks, buzzes, trills, snorts, plops, splashes and splishes that have echoed through the swamp for centuries. Star and moonlight will guide the way out to Goodson Lake, where the guide will “shine” for spider eyes, listen for bats and try “talking” to Barred Owls. Reservations are required. $10/person. 843-462-2150

JANUARY THE SUMMERVILLE GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION SPRING 2013 Saturday, Jan 19, 26, and Feb 2 from 10am - 2pm Registration will be held at the SGSL building at Gahagan. Jan 31 and Feb 5 from 6-8pm at SGSL building for girls ages 4-25 (age as of Jan 1, 2013).. We will also be at Dick's Sporting Goods in Summerville on Jan 19 from 10am to 2pm and Feb 5 from 6-8pm. Registration is $60. Early registration information is available on our website Call Barbara Koester (843) 509-0802 or Amy Perry (843) 323-6300 for more information DORCHESTER HABITAT’S 11TH ANNUAL OYSTER ROAST Saturday, January 19, 5-9pm Miler Country Club Enjoy all you can eat oysters, our famous Chili Cookoff Contest, music, dancing, and more! All proceeds will benefit Dorchester Habitat for Humanity. To learn more and purchase tickets in advance for $25 visit Tickets will be $30 at the door. NIGHT WALK AT THE AUDUBON CENTER AT FRANCIS BEIDLER FOREST Saturday, January 26, 5pm Join an Audubon Society Naturalist on an evening tour along the boardwalk through the old growth Francis Beidler Forest. Night walkers will stroll past huge moonlightsilhouetted Baldcypress trunks (some over 1000 years old!), while listening to the same hoots, squeaks, squonks, buzzes, trills, snorts,



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plops, splashes and splishes that have echoed through the swamp for centuries. Star and moonlight will guide the way out to Goodson Lake, where the guide will “shine” for spider eyes, listen for bats and try “talking” to Barred Owls. Reservations are required. $10/person. 843-462-2150 LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER FESTIVAL Sunday, January 27 10:30am-5pm Boone Hall Plantation The “World’s Largest Oyster Roast” is held every January on the spacious back lawn at beautiful Boone Hall Plantation. The event for 2013 will be staged on Sunday January 29th. This festive event is presented annually by the Charleston Restaurant Association and attracts visitors from all over the world. It is undoubtedly one of the premier social gatherings held annually in the South Carolina Lowcountry that continues to grow each year. Over 70,000 lbs. of oysters will be enjoyed by the thousands of people who attend this spectacular event. Visit www.boonehallplantation. com for more info.

FEBRUARY THE FLOWERTOWN PLAYERS PRESENTS FOREVER PLAID (MUSICAL) 8pm SHOWS - January 31, February 1, 2, 7, 8&9 2pm SHOWS – February 2, 3, 9 & 10 A deliciously goofy revue features four young singers who get one last chance to perform the show that never was. With nostalgic hits from the 1950’s, The Plaids’ close harmony, zealous

choreography and boyish squabbles will put a song in your heart. Call the box office 8759251 for tickets or visit the website: SOUTHEASTERN WILDLIFE EXPOSITION February 15-17 (10-6 Friday & Saturday, 10-5 Sunday) Downtown Charleston SEWE is the nation’s largest wildlife & nature event, attracting over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe who present their offerings to over 40,000 attendees. A 3-day celebration of nature that has earned a reputation for excellence, SEWE now hosts the world’s foremost experts in wildlife and nature art, as well as conservation research and environmental education. For more information visit 843-723-1748 NIGHT WALK AT THE AUDUBON CENTER AT FRANCIS BEIDLER FOREST Saturday, February 23, 5:30 PM Join an Audubon Society Naturalist on an evening tour along the boardwalk through the old growth Francis Beidler Forest. Night walkers will stroll past huge moonlight-silhouetted Baldcypress trunks (some over 1000 years old!), while listening to the same hoots, squeaks, squonks, buzzes, trills, snorts, plops, splashes and splishes that have echoed through the swamp for centuries. Star and moonlight will guide the way out to Goodson Lake, where the guide will “shine” for spider eyes, listen for bats and try “talking” to Barred Owls. Reservations required. $10/person. 843-462-2150











Summerville Junior Service League and Summerville DREAM combine forces to present a family-friendly night of fun with games, ghost walks, and a hayride around the town. For more information visit







The Kitchen Tour, benefiting Children In Crisis, was a unique delight for the senses as patrons toured grand homes, cottages and gardens in Summerville and sampled gourmet treats prepared by premiere Lowcountry chefs.









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Attorneys at Law

here for the long haul Chellis & Frampton, P.A., engages in a general practice of law. The firm serves clients engaged in civil litigation in the Circuit, Family, Probate, & Appellate Courts of South Carolina. The firm serves clients in transactional law involving business, real estate, and estate planning.






Summerville’s commercial district is defined by Detmold’s Plan of New Summerville.

James E. Chellis hung out a shingle on the Town Square to practice law. With 35 years of experience, he also offers mediation services.

John G. Frampton joined James, where they practiced out of a Summerville Summer Cottage on Richardson Ave.

The firm moved into new law offices at 112 West 4th Street North.

Looking to the future James and John with associate, Johanna Owens, will continue our services to the community with integrity and advocacy.

Patch Work of the South / by Michelle Lewis Sure, I carried around a few small hopes, a couple of dreams. And I would be active on occasion with certain endeavors. But for the most part, I felt too small to ever make a difference. That sort of thing was for other people. For Type A personalities. And I’m as far from Type A as a person can ever be. I’m probably more of a Type S. The S is for Snail. And I’m about as tough as a fuzzy duck, which makes me the least likely to turn life upside down, to go after a dream, to fight, to be tenacious, to hold fast and not give up until I have adorned my life with the things I desire.

Far Beyond the Walls

Forgoing spring cleaning for a winter transformation I recently redecorated my living room. New furniture, different images on the wall, flowers, curtains. The colors have changed and so has the atmosphere. I found joy in the decorating. Hanging pictures, moving things around, replacing items. New things added, old things removed. That overhaul made me think of other areas that need redecorating. Some things to be left behind, some things to be added. My "living room" extends far beyond these walls. They encompass my relationships, my health, my recreation, my habits. Instead of doing Spring Cleaning, I’m test-driving a Winter Transformation. I want to redecorate the life I’m living. I only have this one chance to make it what I want it to be. Only one chance to mold it, to make it reflect who I am, and the person I aspire to become. If the way I live doesn’t bring me closer to the image I hold inside, the picture of who I want to be, then I need to do some tweaking. A few years ago I was asked if I’m active or reactive. Do I go after what I want, or do I merely react to circumstances as they arise? At the time I was reactive. And in fact I had never considered that I could be anything other than that. It hadn’t occurred to me that I could change my path. All I knew was passivity. 98


So how do passive baby ducks move mountains? Carve out trails? Redecorate their "living rooms?" Well, I guess by taking baby duck steps. Even if it’s a snail’s pace. I can’t wait for someone else to redecorate my life. Only I know what I want. What nourishes me. And only I can toss aside those things that deplete me. No one will do it for me. If I want to add more sunsets it’s up to me to meet the evening sky. If I want a flexible schedule it’s up to me to obtain it. If I want to bring in more laughter, more dinners with friends, more celebrations then I have to pick up the phone, reach out, and make it happen. Some of the redecorating might sting. It may leave behind a mark, much like the faded outline on a wall where a picture once hung. It may feel inconvenient at first. It might be scary, a bit rocky. After all, some changes are hard. Breaking my coffee dependence will hurt. It’s gonna leave an empty space for a time. But it needs to be tossed aside. And since no one can quit on my behalf, I’m forced to reach deep inside and find willpower that I’m not certain is there. It will be worth the fight, however, because I will be growing into someone I can count on. I plan to adorn this "living room" with fishing trips, days in the kayak, silence, and bold confidence. Less fast food, more dancing, less procrastination, a clean car. And I might even grow that garden instead of merely dreaming about it. Yes, these may seem like small things, but I’m creating something here. The life I want to live. The one that gives me the most joy. The one that nourishes me, blesses others, and well…makes me grin. Now, I have a sunset to visit. AM

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