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07 Editor’s Letter 12 Contributors 12 Letters

15 SOUTHERN LIFE 16 Southern Spotlight - Family 18 Southern Spotlight - Charity

21 Patchwork Of The South by Michelle Lewis 24 Southern Spotlight - Photo 27 The Literary Note by Ken Burger 30 Taste

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72 The Sound Of The South

With influences ranging from rock and bluegrass to country and gospel, the band NEEDTOBREATHE is capturing the true sound of the South...and they have done a lot of it from right here in Summerville by Katie DePoppe

78 Daniel Bryant’s Character Animation From dorm room concept to television and beyond by Katie DePoppe

82 Seasonal Calendar 85 Kid’s Meal Deals 86-87 For the Cause

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Destined For Goodness If you take a look at the growth statistics, it’s easy to see that Summerville is gaining in popularity - we are currently the fastest-growing city in South Carolina, to be exact. It’s true, and the amount of outside press that our town has garnered lately has been surprising. It seems that Summerville is the new “it girl” - without the attitude, of course. This year, Katie Stagliano of the local non-profit “Katie’s Krops” was featured on Disney Channel’s “Friends For Change” and NBC came to town to spotlight Coach John McKissick’s sixtieth season back in October. Most recently, Guy Fieri of Food Network’s “Diners, Driveins, and Dives” shot an episode highlighting the wildly popular Summerville restaurant “Perfectly Frank’s.” Having four major international media outlets turn their attention to a town of 43,000 says a lot about the place we call home. With momentum in our corner, Summerville is primed and ready for something big. Let’s run with this newfound attention, remaining aware that with popularity comes challenges. This great town was fashioned on the backs of faith and hard work. If we continue to live, work and play by these virtues, we are not only destined for greatness, we are also destined for goodness.

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/ CONTRIBUTORS Ken Burger / author Ken Burger spent almost 40 years writing for two South Carolina newspapers. He currently amuses himself and others on, and has published two novels, “Swallow Savannah” and “Sister Santee,” as well as a collection of his columns, “Baptized In Sweet Tea,” available at a bookstore near you. His third novel, “Salkehatchie Soup,” is scheduled for release in 2012.

Katie DePoppe / writer Katie DePoppe is an award-winning freelance writer. She lives in historic Summerville with her husband Ryan, their son Maxwell, and their three dogs--Oliver, Atticus, and Poe.

Margie Sutton / stylist This mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 is a 30- year veteran of the beauty and fashion industry. Margie manages the Summerville Stella Nova location, and has been the lead stylist for Charleston Fashion Week.

Dottie Rizzo / photographer Dottie Langley Rizzo, a lifelong Summervillian and Greenwave alum, lives with her husband Will, and her children Paris and Davison.

Will Browning / writer and pastor Will is the Teaching Pastor at a new modern church in Summerville, The Journey Church. He is the father of three kids and is married to his college sweetheart, Tarah. Will is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader, and a coach for young leaders.


We just moved to Summerville from northern Michigan. Your magazine was one of the first local things I read, and I enjoyed all the information on the local businesses. Your publication was extremely helpful in letting us know what we had locally. -Tim & Cindy King Summerville

Michelle Lewis / writer Michelle is a mother of two. Currently pursuing a career in children’s literature, she has learned that being called childish may not be such a bad thing after all.


I wanted to let you know I grew up in Summerville and I love, love, love your magazine! I particularly liked the article on the Old Light Road in this last issue. As bored teenagers (there was not much recreation here when I grew up in the 70’s), we used to pile into cars on a Saturday night and go watch for the light on the Old Light Road!! What memories! -Theresa Winders Summerville



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After losing a close friend in the Sofa Superstore fire, Carlisle “Butch” Floyd was led to serve his community as a firefighter. With the courage to put himself in peril for the sake of others, he has recently decided to branch out. He now serves in two capacities, as both a volunteer firefighter and as a police officer. His wife Laura has this same drive to reach out and care for others. A stay-at-home mom, her time is devoted to nurturing and guiding their children. Already the parents of three; Chandler, Jack, and Autumn, the Floyds have now welcomed two more children into their and hearts and home. When they received the call that two young sisters needed a place to stay, this family rose to the occasion, offering the sisters refuge, love and stability. “From day one they were my children,” says Laura. She wipes her eyes, blinks back tears. Hayden was a tiny two year old and baby Lily was only two and half months when they came to live with them. The couple signed up to be foster parents knowing they would eventually adopt. What they didn’t realize is that they would soon become passionate advocates for fostering and adoption. They have used their experience as an opportunity to guide and teach others. From them, I’ve learned the Department of Social Services will cover costs associated with adoption. And single parents as well as senior citizens are given the opportunity to foster or adopt. It might be necessary to make small sacrifices, such as “Dollywood instead of Disney” as the Floyds put it, but the reward is priceless.


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When Samantha Moore opened Simple To Sublime over a year ago she knew she would use her store as a way to reach out to others. Being a conscientious consumer who embraces fair-trade, she chooses her merchandise with great care ensuring that her products somehow lend support to those who need it. By selecting goods created by children of Darfur, the tribal women of Masai, and various other disadvantaged groups, her store could reasonably be called a charitable organization. One item that I found particularly fascinating would be the beaded necklaces made from magazines. With beautiful handiwork crafted by Ugandan women, these ‘magazine beads’ stand as a testament to their extraordinary talent and resourcefulness. When a Ugandan native approached Samantha about selling these necklaces in her store, Samantha actually talked the woman into raising her prices, thereby generating more income for the impoverished village that the necklaces support. Samantha’s generous spirit has brought comfort and provision to destitute communities across the globe. She’s helped to provide service dogs for wounded war vets, presented opportunities for education and advancement, and she has given aid to those who are often overlooked. So when she began to host a charity night in her store, it didn’t surprise those who knew her. It seemed to be a natural step; inevitable even. By choosing 3 particular items to sell during charity nights, she commits to giving 100% of the net proceeds directly to the organization that the item or company helps to support.

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In September, one of the items chosen was Frankie’s Candle, by Bridgewater Candle Company. The story of Frankie’s Candle begins in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Frankie was left at an orphanage soon after his birth. His mother, realizing her death was imminent, lovingly packed his bag, tucking inside a vial containing the remnants of her perfume; a parting gift to the child she would soon have to leave behind. When little Frankie was adopted by an American family, Bridgewater Candle Company caught wind of the story. Inspired by the scent of the mother’s perfume, they created a candle to commemorate Frankie’s mother and to ease the plight of malnourished children. Frankie’s Candle comes packaged with his story and photo. And it’s truly the aroma of a mother’s love. Speaking with Samantha, her passion is both apparent and contagious. Upon exiting her store one is left with the feeling that somehow the world is just a little brighter, filled with just a bit more hope. And I must say, I find it to be simply sublime. A AZALEA MAGAZINE / WINTER 2011-12



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All Creatures Great and Small Two, three, four. Four! Wait, five? Six? Five? There were so many speckled deer running in the horse pen that I couldn’t even count ‘em all. I roll down the windows to let my kids take a gander. On the farm it’s not unusual to see deer crossing the long driveway. But never have we seen so many babies. A mother doe stands waiting on the other side of the fence. The yearlings run, leap and fall to the ground one by one. They’re too small to clear this part of the fence. Wanting to reunite them with the mother, I have the idea to herd them back toward the section from where they entered. In my optimism, I imagine they’ll shuffle along docile, obedient, and understanding that I have their best interests at heart. It doesn’t work out that way. By the time I shut off the car, tiny deer are running wily-nily in every direction. It’s adorable brown-eyed chaos. And still, a few insist on trying to jump over (or through) the fence. From the corner of my eye, I notice one deer back up, and hurling herself forward in full force, she rushes the fence. Then crumples to the ground. Leaving my children behind, I shoot across the pasture, pretending my high-heels are Nikes. When I reach the deer, I fall to my knees and assess

the damage. She’s knocked herself out, but she’s alive at least. Careful not to move her, I speak soothingly and rub her warm fur. No blood, but she doesn’t look good at all. The longer she lays there, the more concerned I get. Her breath, her warmth, the heat from her body reassures me she’s still living. But for how long? I shout over my shoulder to my children. “Pray, guys! Pray!” They come running and the three of us begin to speak life over the deer. We remind God that He sees when the sparrow falls and we have faith that His eye is on this tiny deer too. But as her eyes roll back and her legs flail wildly, I send my kids back to the car. I don’t want them to see the little deer die. And above all, I can’t bear to explain to them that God doesn’t always answer our prayers in quite the way we think He will. Or should. Left alone again in the pasture, just me and this innocent creature, I try to brace myself for whatever happens. Suddenly the deer jumps to her feet and starts running. Sorta. Her running is less than perfect and her legs aren’t doing quite what they’re supposed to do. I scoop her up and walk to the driveway with her, hoping still to reunite her with the doe. I’m thinking she just needs a few minutes to recover and that she’ll be running through the woods by nightfall. But when I stand her on the ground again, I see she’s having trouble staying AZALEA MAGAZINE / WINTER 2011-12


/ PATCHWORK OF THE SOUTH by Michelle Lewis on her feet. By this time someone on the farm has noticed our plight and offers to drive the deer to an animal doctor. We load her in the back of the van after swaddling her with a Bambi blanket. And yes, she really did have a Bambi blanket laying in the backseat. Go figure. The deer (which I’ve named Joy) eventually finds herself in the care of Keeper of the Wild. Located in St. George, Keeper of the Wild is a small non-profit rehab facility for native wildlife. I learn that Joy has a spinal cord injury, but they’re able to get her to stand again. And by day two, after introducing her to other deer, she was comfortable enough to eat. Through my conversation with Janet, the founder of the rehab, I learn that they too pray over the animals. They sing to them and even give ‘em toys to play with. When Janet tells me about the Native American Church service that takes place in their educational building, I know I have to visit Keeper of the Wild. She has told me enough about the organization that I simply have to learn more. Sunday arrives and I meet with Janet outside the rehab. It’s a simple, humble facility. “Every rehab starts in someone’s home,” she tells me. “My first rescue was a tiny raccoon I called Annie. She had a heart defect. I knew our time was limited, so I took her with me everywhere I went. Years ago, vets wouldn’t care for wild animals. I wasn’t able to get her the help she needed. When her heart began to fail, I was sitting in a veterinarian’s parking lot. She died in my arms. I was devastated. I told

God then that I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t care for His animals when it hurts so much to lose them. But then I heard the sweetest voice say to me, “What about all the other Annies?” “I’ve been caring for animals ever since.” And what could be more natural for a Native American descendant? Our conversation turns to the church, Keepers of the Word. “It was my father’s dream to establish a Native American church,”she tells me, “because we were told that we couldn’t be Christian and be Indian.” Soon, people begin driving up, preparing for the service. They wear beads, claws and teeth over their t-shirts; a mixture of modern clothing outlined in a beautiful display of their heritage. The congregation is small and consists of varied backgrounds. I meet Pastor Cathy, a Native American Methodist. After being introduced to everyone else, I take time to look around the educational building. I see lovely leather dresses trimmed in intricate beadwork. And an array of musical instruments and assorted artifacts are on exhibit behind glass cases. I can’t help but think of the hands that created these pieces, of the hours and dedication that went into every object. Even the tools used to fashion the items are handmade, possibly passed down for generations. It speaks to me of a multidimensional experience, where each piece holds a wealth of history, reaching through the years, touching upon the ancestors. In this disposable age, the objects here have withstood the test of time. They are shown honor, thereby giving honor to those who created them.

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Janet bequeaths to me an orphan squirrel, then turns to prepare his bottle. When Pastor Cathy calls us to take a seat around the grandfather drum, I tuck the squirrel in my lap covering him with my hands. I hope to give him a feeling of safety. Little Lizzie, a three year old, is fascinated with the creature in my lap and she stands in front of me opening my clasped hands again and again. Cathy calls us to silence, to center ourselves and prepare to approach God with a pure heart. But because of Lizzie’s antics, I find myself standing before God giggling. Next they purify the drum circle with sage, explaining that this is done to create a sacred space for prayer. They didn’t always have walls, so the smoke is used to create a ‘room’ that is set apart. Later we rise to have ourselves purified with sage. And the squirrel too, at Lizzie’s insistence. When everything is in order, Pastor Cathy opens the Bible and begins to speak on the Book of Job. We sing songs and beat the drum. The church takes great care to fill me in on what’s happening. Some of the songs aren’t in English, yet still I can feel the power in them. At one point we stop to honor a member whose husband (and Lizzie’s dad) has just been deployed. She is presented with a small American flag that has a bundle of sage tied to it, and candle is lit in his honor. When she sits back down, Pastor Cathy leads us in the Warrior Song. We pound the drum with strength as we sing of mighty King David. Soon Lizzie has snatched up a small blanket, tosses it over her shoulders and dances,

spinning with joy. Then we watch her sneak closer and closer to the candle as she tries to blow it out without getting caught. My favorite song from the service contains these words: ”We’re the Keepers of the Word, We’re the Keepers of the Land, Lord Jesus is the Word, God come heal our land...” This song perfectly describes the unity between the refuge and the church. Before I leave they share with me the story about the heart of the drum. It goes like this. When Janet learns of a white pine’s demise, she asks her friend to provide her with the relic. The 500 year old tree arrives in three hefty pieces. Portions of the tree are sent out to other tribes. Keeping one section for the rehab, Janet begins hosting a family of racoons in it. Needing a Grandfather Drum for the church’s worship service, she eventually turns to the tree. She extracts what appears to be the choicest cut of the log. While preparing the wood for its transformation, she discovers a wee heart shaped pillow nestled inside the trunk: a leftover toy from the raccoon family. Leaving it right where she finds it, she and the church complete the drum, sealing it with a buffalo hide. The heart is locked in the drum. And this, I believe, symbolizes the Native American spirit in a most profound yet simple way. Honor God by honoring His creations. Amen. A



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Wintertime in A caucus of crows descends noisily on a corn field just outside of town. A cold wind rattles the shutters of an old farm house where a tractor, long since discharged from duty, tries with each passing year to bury itself deeper in a stand of thistle thorns. A mile down the road, near a field that is being subdivided for new houses, the smell of wood smoke drifts silently over places with stories left untold. This is Summerville in winter, long after the mighty Green Wave has ended another successful football season and Christmas wrappings have been put away. A far cry, you might say, from the image this small town projects with its warm-hearted name and people to match. But even Summerville must bow to the winds of winter, if only for a little while.

Summerville THE CHILLY DAYS Just 20 miles from Charleston, the big-sister city that collects awards and national acclaim, Summerville is just what it says it is and always has been – a respite for those caught in the grips of the Lowcountry’s sweltering summers. Back when rivers were highways, this was the most logical spot for planters and merchants to play hide and seek with swamp fever and other unnamed maladies that oozed out of the pluff mud along the coast. Here they could bask under shade trees, sip sweet tea, talk of things to come, and build a village of ornamental and underwhelming homes to escape the smoldering city.



/ THE LITERARY NOTE by Ken Burger Over time, the village became a town and the town became a small city with the invention of air conditioning and the continual migration of our cousins from the north. But the bones of antebellum aristocracy remain, down tiny unpaved lanes, where high-columned mansions and low-slung bungalows peak out from behind the pine boughs, Spanish moss and oak trees. For this is a place cobbled together one family at a time, like our beach towns used to be, placing houses in front of or behind the old place, or just down the road where the creek runs dry. And not in straight lines, but curved magnificently around grand oaks and side yards where fishing boats rest under canvas cover during the chilly months. A COZY COLLECTION Everyone, of course, knows Summerville when the azaleas bloom and “Flowertown in The Pines” flings open its screen doors to sweep out the winter’s dust and welcome spring with a festival that draws people like locust to fields of alfalfa. Once a year, in April when the pollen is about to pop, this cozy collection of cottages becomes one of South Carolina’s largest towns, hosting hundreds of thousands, if for only a weekend. Then it settles down, rests itself on the porch, and

waits for the worst of August and welcomes Autumn with a sigh of relief. That such a Southern place could experience winter is somewhat akin to hell freezing over, but it’s not nearly as dramatic. Winter here simply means the Kudzu has died down and people find things they thought were lost forever, like broken lawn furniture, old cars, leaning barns, and things that perhaps were best left unseen. To survive winter in Summerville, of course, requires not much more than a sweater, maybe a jacket with a hood when it rains. It snows here once or twice a decade or two, but it is so unusual it’s front page news in the local newspaper. HANGING PLANTS SWAY Driving around the edges of town there are children out to recess, swaddled in store-bought snuggies, horses huddled together, facing the wind, and golfers trudging along the browning fairways that need less cutting less often. On people’s porches, where summer furniture sits quietly, waiting its turn, empty plant hangers sway in an afternoon breeze, and the chain holding a two-man swing creaks and groans.

/ THE LITERARY NOTE by Ken Burger Around the corner, new houses line up like soldiers where farmland was, and children slip down sliding boards that glint in the slant of the afternoon sun. In new neighborhoods, the kind with cul de sacs, there is the hum of heat pumps, and cars are staged in driveways like airplanes on a runway to nowhere. But just down the street, the one without a name, the sound of a chain saw gnawing into a tree trunk echoes through the leafless forest, and a hunting dog is curled up next to a woodpile that dwindles when the thermometer dips toward freezing. Without warning, you might catch the pungent scent of kerosene, or see a patch of pansies along the roadside, exact opposites that remind you of how different a place can be from day to day. The same goes for shade trees. The ones that cooled you in summer are the same ones that scratch at your bedroom window like claws on a wintry night. A RED-TAILED HAWK Standing tall against a brilliant blue sky are the church steeples of Summerville, a reminder that redemption has no season, and that parents parked in long lines to pick up

their offspring, motors and heaters running, may make that necessary sooner rather than later. In stark contrast, a walk through Cuthbert Park, statues of romping kids with dogs in tow are forever frozen in time, unlike the rest of us who must bundle up and walk our pets come rain or shine, hell or high water in nearby Pike’s Hole. High above it all, a red-tailed hawk circles the city in search of a scooting rodent, within sight of the downtown shops and restaurants, Knightsville, Lincolnville, Hutchinson Square, the Interstate highway, the by-pass, the Wal-Mart and all that passes for our daily lives when winter comes to a place called Summerville. A

Ken Burger spent almost 40 years writing for two South Carolina newspapers. He currently amuses himself and others on, and has published two novels, “Swallow Savannah” and “Sister Santee,” as well as a collection of his columns, “Baptized In Sweet Tea,” available at a bookstore near you. His third novel, “Salkehatchie Soup,” is scheduled for release in 2012.

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 for the past few months 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 to 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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In the early days of the Colonies, the festive spirit always began with Thanksgiving, which welcomed the quiet time for the land. The harvest was in, produce ‘put-up’ and the land was allowed to rest. Throughout the Lowcountry, plantations began to slow their pace in preparation for the cool-months…January, February, and March. It was a time for every soul to “quiet himself ” before the coming spring planting. For the plantation owners, however, the mood was of a different nature, for they were heading to the cities – Charleston, Summerville, Georgetown, or Beaufort to celebrate the annual rituals of merrymaking, cheer, and hospitality until the land reawakened in April to once more provide its bountiful fruits. From Thanksgiving through “Old-Christmas,” January 5th, there seems to be a different attitude that drifts over us; thoughts of the year, reflection, and the joy of being around loved ones. Even in our frantic world, we seem to embrace this seasonal awareness. We all know and experience that mystical enchantment of Christmas Eve, no matter of our predilection; we conjure an altered way of looking at our world, even for just a few hours. It is our time for sharing, which in our beautiful Lowcountry, is usually defined over food…large feast, sumptuous desserts, and always creative hor d’oeuvres, which literally translates, “apart from the whole.” From the earliest days of the colony, entertaining was consistently elevated to new levels. The blending and diversities of cultures extracted the best ingredients and proved to be the center piece for enjoyment. The English, Spanish, French Huguenots, Greeks, Italians, Jewish and the Gullah cultures lovingly stamped our culinary heritage tenderly taken from the land and salt marshes, so perfectly set upon our plates. The ambiance is still breathtaking and in so many ways continues to define our celebrations of sharing the love of coming together. So…in preparation for ‘the cool months,’ let’s prepare ourselves with reflection upon family, friends, and great entertaining with some creative ways that tickle our palates with what we graciously call ‘finger-food.’ You will see that I usually specify a particular brand or type of ingredient. I’m not endorsing anything, that’s just what I use when preparing something. Please substitute what you desire or brand that you prefer. All recipes, like all cooking, are meant to be explored, added to, and experimented with. As the old saying goes, “Don’t follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


time for family, time for friends, and time to party…without a doubt, it is the most festive time of year. For us, who are fortunate to live in the South Carolina Lowcountry, it is a time of reverenced sharing backed by 300 years of antecdotal history.


Pimiento Cheese Bake Ingredients

1 ½ cups of Dukes Mayonnaise 1 tsp. of Lea & Perrins’ Worcestershire ¼ tsp. of ground red pepper 1 block shredded sharp Cheddar



1 4oz. jar of diced pimientos, drained 1 tsp. of a finely grated sweet onion (Videlia) 1 block of shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


Stir together everything except cheeses in a large bowl. Once blended well, stir in the cheeses and spoon mixture into a lightly oiled 11” X 7” baking dish. Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes. The top should be golden brown and bubbly. Spoon off excess oil from cheese. This is good with any type of cracker or veggies.

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Shrimp Fritters Ingredients 1 lb of boiled and peeled shrimp 1 cup of water 2 Tbsp. of butter 1/8 tsp. of celery salt 1 cup of all-purpose flour ½ sweet onion ¾ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. of white pepper 4 eggs oil for frying



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Preparation Lightly pulse the shrimp in a blender. You want them somewhat coarse. Bring water to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add butter, salt, celery salt, and pepper. When all of the butter melts, add the flour all at once stirring constantly while you remove pan from heat. Continue to stir until you see no dry flour and the batter is rather stiff. Transfer batter to an electric mixer and gradually beat in the eggs one at a time. Add grated onions, blend; then add the shrimp, mix well. Place in refrigerator until very cold and flavors have melded, about 2 hours. Heat oil in a deep frying pan to about 360 – 370 deg. You need for the oil to cover about half of the fritters. With a heaping teaspoon, drop the batter in the oil, when brown on the bottom, turn until both sides are equally colored. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in a low oven until all fritters have been cooked. Serve warm with some salt and German-style mustard.




Daufuskie Island Crab Dip Daufuskie Island is the center for Gullah heritage and one of the gems of the Lowcountry so profoundly stated by Jimmy Buffet in “The Prince of Tides.”



Ingredients 1 lb. of Carolina blue crabmeat 1 Tbsp. Lea & Perrins’ Worcestershire 1 tsp. of McIhenny’s Tabasco 2 tsp. of horseradish 1 oz. of your favorite chili sauce ½ cup of Dukes Mayonnaise 1 Block Sharp Cheddar, grated 1 Tbsp. chopped onion

Preparation Mix all ingredients and let sit for at least one hour in the refrigerator before serving. Actually you can make this the night before serving, but cover it tightly or your whole fridge will smell like crabs.




Becoming a Leader Others Love to Follow “I love my boss.” I don’t know about you, but those words are not ones I hear very often. Just the word “boss” has a negative connotation. It communicates, “This is the person who tells me what to do.” I called my older sister “bossy” when she annoyed me when we were kids. And no adult wants to feel like a pesky little brother who needs constant supervision to stay on-task. Leading people towards a goal is more about showing them the way than pushing them in a direction. I have found that people tend to resist being driven towards a goal; what they want is to be led there. 40


Here are four lessons I’ve learned about the change from being “The Boss” to becoming an effective leader in your organization.

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1. Be a Person Who Others Want to Mimic I do not believe that leaders exist to merely drive people towards a bottom-line. The best leaders inspire and motivate. The best leaders are men and women who others want to emulate. After an hour with a top level leader, a teammate will intrinsically set new personal goals that the leader has emboldened them to accomplish. When a team member is motivated by a leader who they believe in and desire to mimic, they quickly transform into a highly productive team member. Application: Find 3 ways you can improve as a person and watch your team follow suit. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

2. Lead with Humility, not Hubris When you are the leader, most often that job comes with the best salary, the longest vacations, and the biggest office. These realities will often create a natural, yet

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than it ever will benefit them. When they begin to draw these conclusions, their motivation and productivity are affected. Business research has shown that the most productive leaders lead from a position of humility. Humility, even in its syntax suggests, “the act of being human.” Building a great team requires the leader to build trust and he, she can do that by leading with humility not hubris. Application: Build trust with your team by humbly passing personal praise towards your team. They probably already deserve it. (Philippians 2:4-8)

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No one enjoys working alongside a leader who is self-consumed enjoys working alongside a leader who is self-consumed, but everyone loves working with a leader who is committed to seeing their employees reach their highest personal potential.

Application: Commit to personally coaching your best future leaders to reach their full potential even if it means they surpass you. (1 Timothy 6:20a)

4. Lead with Vision Most people see their job as work. Work is what they do to pay their bills. It is unique, but the places that are recognized as the “Best Companies to Work For,� are the companies where the employees feel

Help your team to buy into your vision by illuminating how they are impacting their world through their job. like they are truly making a difference. At the core of every individual is a desire to be a part of something great. Help your team to buy into your vision by illuminating how they are impacting their world through their job. Application: Give your team members a reason to come to work -- something more than paying their bills. (Proverbs 29:18) A



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One night...your masterpiece! Learn to paint step-by-step in a creative environment while sipping on beer and wine. Appetizers welcome! No experience necessary! 2 hr/$35 and 3hr/$45 classes. Please visit our website to see what we are painting this month! 120 North Main Street Summerville, SC 843.419.6077



With The Influx Of All Things Imported, These Eight People Are Creating Things By Hand, And Renewing Our Faith In O L D - FA S H I O N E D Q U A L I T Y A N D C R A F T S M A N S H I P Photos by Dottie Langley Rizzo



Shortly after finishing his tour in the USMC, duBois moved to Atlanta where he began an apprenticeship with an ironworker. He quickly moved from working with steel to ornamental iron. As luck would have it, duBois found himself heading to, arguably, the most inspiring place in America for an aspiring blacksmith: Charleston, SC. duBois took a job with Ole Charleston Forge, where he worked for seventeen years with his mentor, Rick Avrett. “Rick taught me a great deal about blacksmithing, but what he taught me about being a real Christian was most important,” duBois says. With a slowing economy looming over his head, Michael duBois decided to venture out on his own. “I had jobs almost immediately,” says duBois. “It was probably a God thing.” Today his Ladson-based business, duBois Metal Works, is thriving, and his work can be found on almost every historic street in Charleston. He has recently finished a couple of commissioned art pieces for his favorite NASCAR driver and is currently working on a massive custom gate that will be installed at the entrance of the Walnut Farms subdivision.

After getting his forestry degree from Penn State University, Casey Canonge took a job with Westvaco where he worked until he retired in 1998. Canonge stumbled into carpentry shortly after he got married. When Casey and his wife went looking for some new things for the house, Casey wasn’t that keen on the prices of hard-wood furniture. “I was like, wait a minute babe, I think I could build you some,” Canonge says. From furniture to flooring to decorative details, today the Canonge house is filled with his work. Casey has made a name for himself with his unique rolling pens and classic rocking horses. “I want to make things that people will have long after I’m gone,” Canonge says. His work is featured locally at Four Green Fields Gallery, as well as a gallery in North Carolina.


Patrick Malisauskas is a rare talent and artisan who can create just about anything. This quintessential jack of all trades lists ironwork and vintage automobile restoration as his main areas of interest, but he has worked with nearly every natural material in his long career. More astonishing still, he remains mostly self-taught. The son of a farmer, Malisauskas was raised on the same land where he built his family’s dream home with the help of only a few close friends. The narrow wooden European-style house, coined the “gingerbread house” by locals, is nestled far from the wrought-iron gate, also created by Malisauskas, that flanks the entrance to his workshop, a place he rarely leaves. A master ironworker, Malisauskas’ creations give a nod to the legendary works of Phillip Simmons (whose work he is often called upon to maintain), but contain unexpected details like egrets, gargoyles, and the South Carolina flag. Besides gates and other privately commissioned structures, the artist has an extensive resume that includes work on dozens of movies including locally-filmed “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” and “The Notebook,” as well as mega-projects for the new Cooper River Bridge and the South Carolina Aquarium. He also served as the welding foreman for the movie “Titanic.” 58




Photographer Virgil Bunao is one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the area, but his career didn’t start out that way. After graduating from Clemson University with a business degree, Bunao was poised to climb the corporate ladder. After a stint with a large corporation, Bunao knew he was not where he was meant to be. “I needed a creative outlet,” he says. With an already competitive photography market in place, Bunao took a leap of faith that paid off. Bunao is a rarity in the world of photography. He is a self taught successful professional. He has a unique documentarian quality to his work that his clients love. “I am always trying to get better and try new things,” he says. On top of his busy schedule, Bunao makes himself take at least forty hours a year of education under other photographers that inspire him. Last year Bunao started working with film, shooting with a Rolyflex 2.8 from 1956. “I wanted to offer my clients something different,” he says. “The effect of film is so different than digital. I love the vintage feel.” Bunao also offers video shot on a Super Eight camera...think “The Wonder Years” intro. Groovy! Photo by Virgil Bunao

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Quilter / Shop Owner Diane Frankenberger started People, Places, and Quilts 22 years ago as a very small store in Downtown Summerville selling folk art and vintage quilts. The shop expanded into an adjoining space and started selling primitive furniture. “When the local fabric store closed, a customer suggested that I open a fabric shop,” Frankenberger says. She had been quilting since she was twenty years old, but had no desire to open such a shop. “The truth is, fractions were scary,” says Frankenberger. “I mean, the thought of selling 1/2 yard of fabric at $6.95 a yard, perhaps give a discount, then adding 5% tax.... well, that was too much to deal with.” But, anyone who knows Diane Frankenberger knows that she would never let fear stop her. She opened a quilt shop. Things have changed since the beginning of PPQ. Fabric costs and sales tax have gone up, but they are still in the same building, with 6,000 sq. feet of space for fabrics, books and patterns, notions, sewing machines, and cozy sitting areas. People, Places and Quilts was selected by Better Homes & Gardens as one of the Top 10 Quilt Shops in America. Today, the Summerville store and its sister store in Charleston are both located in historic buildings in historic downtowns. Each shop has its own special fabric lines, a place for quilters to work, toy table for children and refreshments. Dogs are even welcome to come in and browse. This is truly a fun place. www. 60


After completeing her first mosaic in 2006, Sally May Kinsey was hooked on the art form. In 2010, she had a mosaic portrait of her daughter published in the inaugural edition of “Mosaico Na Rede” magazine in Brazil. Her latest creation, “I Tied A Yellow Ribbon” will be in the Mosaic Art International juried art show in Lexington, KY. “My older brother was a lifetime military member,” Kinsey says. “I got to see some of what his family had to endure while he was out on deployments, and have noticed a striking difference in the family dynamics compared to my own, non-military family.”

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The statue is of a military wife or mother of a soldier putting down the roots for her family. Her limbs and branches are missing, as they have carried too much weight for too long. There is no shine to her bodice as she is meant to look like raw wood, stripped of the outer shell, the sparkle and shine and decorated facade removed to show the real, the naked, the honest. The ribbon she wears as a symbol of devotion, hope and love for family member in the military...In her trunk/ skirt are 50 small soldiers, one for each of the United States in America. “Want to support our troops? Support their families,” says Kinsey. “It is the wives of soldiers that are left behind to pick up the pieces and just keep moving on.”



Emily Spearman is the owner of The Village Knittery, a bright little yarn shop in the heart of Summerville’s Village District. “I have knitted my way through life,” Spearman says. With a new baby and the frigid winter of the Northeast bearing down on her, she taught herself how to knit. “It was so portable,” she says. “I would knit at the ball fields and in the car rider lines.” Spearman soon found another benefit from her newfound hobby. “People would come up to me to see what I was doing,” Spearman says shrugging her shoulders. “I met a lot of great people that way.” Opened in February of 2009, The Village Knittery has evolved into not only a place of creative fusion, but a center for genuine camaraderie. “We have such a complex life these days that people seem to crave the simple,” Spearman says. On any given day there will be a group of ladies of all ages sitting at the couches chatting and laughing as they knit. But knitting is not just for the ladies, and Spearman beams with pride at the stereotypes that are unraveling at her shop. “Historically, woman were not allowed to own shops,” Spearman says. “Men were the designers and shop owners, while women were only allowed to make repairs.” Kyle Spearman, Emily’s son and business partner, is a great example of the resurgence of men in the knitting industry. After graduating from Clemson University, Kyle found the job market flat. Kyle was reluctant to join his mom at the shop, but this endeavor has proven fruitful. “To be able to assist our customers, Kyle needed to be somewhat versed in the art,” Spearman says. “But after only two years of working with yarn, his level of expertise is amazing. We are truly blessed by his presence,” Spearman says with grin. “It’s a lot of fun.” www.



U P D T A E There has been good news and bad news since we first met luthier Michael Wentzell in the Winter 2010 article, “Beat Of His Own Strum.” Michael hadn’t been feeling well this past summer, but feeling inspired, he set out to complete a goal that he has had for the better part of twenty years. “I have always wanted to build a lap steel,” Wentzell says. “Not just any old lap steel, one like no one has ever seen before.” Wentzell got in contact with a luthier friend of his, Jon Payne of Asheville, North Carolina, and after a short phone conversation the guys decided to team up and make the guitar. Wentzell drew out the early designs of the guitar, taking inspiration from a mixture of unique body shapes. Wentzell and Payne discussed design details over the phone. “We went back and forth with ideas, but we were on the same page,” Wentzell says. Wentzell would do most of the design and logistics for the guitar, while Payne would do the construction. “A lot goes into designing a guitar,” says Wentzell. “There were a lot of phone calls and pictures emailed back and forth.” This lap steel would prove to be more than just a guitar in the lives of Michael Wentzell and Jon Payne. Soon after starting this new partnership, Michael Wentzell was diagnosed with cancer, and in Asheville, Payne’s wife had fallen ill with kidney disease. “This was a really tough summer,” says Wentzell. “But this guitar was great for us. It kept us focused on something good.” Wentzell got hold of the finished product just weeks before he started chemotherapy. “It’s awesome man,” Wentzell says with his signature bravado. There has been great a deal of interest in the guitar and six more are already in production. With a tough road ahead of Michael Wentzell, he is enjoying his latest creation. “In the moment is all I got now,” he says. AZALEA MAGAZINE / WINTER 2011-12


hat I saw at Perfectly Frank’s the morning of October 21 was something few will ever see. There was no line. The restaurant was relatively empty. It was not for lack of demand, but just the opposite. Guy Fieri, of Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” was there to see what this hot dog hype was all about. But what exactly happened that lead to the meeting between the bleached blonde T.V. host and the bandana wearing chef? Perry Cuda, the chef behind Perfectly Frank’s, reached icon status in Summerville in the late 1970’s as a successful quarterback for the Greenwave. Cuda received a scholarship to play for famed coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. After an injury sidelined his dream of the NFL, Perry Cuda started working his way up the culinary ladder. “I worked as a sous-chef at a country club in Georgia,” Cuda says. “I learned a lot about food, but felt like I was stuck in a box, not able to interact with the customers.” Cuda and his wife Julie decided to return home to Summerville and start something new. “There was nobody doing things like unique hot dogs and fish tacos locally,” Cuda says. They found a small place on Doty Ave. “I remember when I saw the address (119), I knew that this was the place,” says Julie Cuda. “The number nineteen was Perry’s high school football number and has been a lucky number for us over the years.” With their new dream set in motion, Perfectly Frank’s opened its doors. “We were so blessed at how the town embraced us,” Cuda says. Even with swelling popularity, Perfectly Frank’s was struggling. With limited space and next to no storage, it was hard for the Cudas to make their new endeavor profitable. “We were at a point where we needed to expand or sell,” Cuda says. But like any successful athlete, quitting was not an option. Perry and Julie formed new partnerships that made the move possible, and to them, the new space seemed as destined as the first. At Alabama Cuda wore number eighteen, and as you might guess, the new Main Street location was 118. Perry Cuda knew that with more space, he would need more help. Perfectly Frank’s needed somebody with culinary experience on the team full-time. Cuda suggested to his friend Billy Condon, then-head chef at the Atlanticville on Sullivan’s Island, to join him in the expansion. With Condon joining the already strong and cohesive staff, Perfectly Frank’s was ready for the crowds. What would happen next would take them all by surprise. A few months back, Cuda got a call from Food Network, wanting to learn about him and the restaurant. “I didn’t believe her,” Cuda says. “I thought it was a joke.” Unbeknownst to Cuda, over the past couple of years, Food Network had received over 5,000 emails from fans of Perfectly Frank’s, trying get Perry and the gang on the show. Once Cuda was convinced that the call was legitimate, he told the story. According to Bianca, the voice on the other side of the phone, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” host, Guy Fieri was making some changes to the popular show. Fieri wanted to focus more on the personal stories of the folks who are behind the great food. At the end of five phone interviews, Cuda was told that Guy Fieri, was coming to the Lowcountry, and that Perfectly Frank’s was being considered for the show. No promises were made. They would be in touch. “We didn’t hear from anyone at the network for over a month,” Cuda says. “We were hopeful, but I was starting to think that it wasn’t going



to happen.” In late September, Cuda got the call. Perfectly Frank’s would be on the show. “She said that it had been decided a while ago that we had made the cut, but she wasn’t allowed to tell us yet,” Cuda says. “The day of the shoot, I was scared to death,” says Cuda. “I wasn’t allowed to meet Guy prior to filming. He walked into the kitchen and said ‘I’m Guy. What are we doing?’ ” Cuda felt very comfortable during the filming. The cameras rolled the whole time. “Guy made it easy,” Cuda says. “We cooked, talked food and joked around.” But not every aspect was enjoyable for Cuda. “I started to notice that they were making this whole thing about me,” says Cuda. “And it’s not all about me. I now have the supportive team of Billy, Jonas, Bam and the girls by my side,” Cuda says. Even Fieri noticed the quality and bond of the staff. Before heading back to Hollywood, he left Cuda with a few words of encouragement. “He told me that we had the perfect team, what it takes to make this work,” says Cuda. With the airing of the episode scheduled for February 2012, the team at Perfectly Frank’s are bracing for impact. With love, support, and bodies continuing to pour through the front doors, it seems that Cuda has perfected the frank. Clockwise From Top Left Guy Fieri stencil on the wall, Bill and Perry with Guy’s Camero, The Perfectly Frank’s Staff, Fried Porkchop Sandwich (one of the dishes featured on the show)

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L L A H F S R A RT O M N EA A V R D TH LY O T P ERE D F L U SC MAST WOO G S N A I H MAK Photos provided by Van Marshall

From an early age, sculptor Van Marshall enjoyed drawing birds. When Marshall was eleven, his great aunt Janie gave him a 1942 bound edition of Audubon’s “The Birds of America.” She signed the volume “To Van Keuren Marshall, who especially likes to draw birds,” and encouraged his early interest in bird art. This interest in birds, art and the natural world led Marshall to begin college as an art major and to finish with a biology degree. Post-college work as a cabinet maker and woodworker, combined with his continuing love of birds and art eventually led to a providential meeting in 1980 with Grainger McKoy, a renowned South Carolina bird sculptor. Marshall and Grainger hit it off. After a four hour conversation, Grainger offered Marshall an opportunity to apprentice under him at his Wadmalaw Island studio. This very generous offer gave Marshall the encouragement and inspiration to become a full-time bird sculptor.



Opposite Page: “Swallow Tail Kite” 22”x22” Clockwise From Top Left: Sculpture in progress, Marshall in his studio, “Wood Duck” 12”x6”



Today, Marshall sculpts a broad range of birds, from the tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird to the full-size Wild Turkey Gobbler. He works primarily with basswood to carve and burn intricate feather details. These decorative pieces are traditionally life size and are painted realistically with oil colors. Marshall also enjoys carving birds from mahogany and walnut and leaving them unpainted. This interpretive style presents dynamic bird sculptures while highlighting the natural beauty of the wood. In 1990, Marshall won the title of “Best In The World” (Interpretive Bird Sculpture). Van Marshall’s work can be found at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Maryland. He has been featured at the Gibbs Museum and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Marshall is currently working on a red-cockaded woodpecker for Brosnan Forest.



Opposite Page: “Courting Kestrels” 28”x18” Clockwise From Top Left: “Eastern Bluebird” 12”x12” , “2 Pelicans Plunge” 42”24” “Scarlet Ibis 25”x20”, “Cedar Waxwing” 12”x12”



n the song “Learn to Love,” from Needtobreathe’s 2011 album “The Reckoning,” lead vocalist Bear Rinehart, sings, “I’ve seen the end and all you have to do is always hold true.” A telling lyric for small-town South Carolina boys on their way up but holding firmly to their roots. A fusion of gospel, blues, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll, the band’s sound is a hybrid of Southern melody. That, coupled with their gifted songwriting ability, elicits fan comments that include words like “brilliant,” “healing,” “spiritual” and “life-changing.” The winners of six Dove awards, Needtobreathe has impressed thousands of listeners and toured with the likes of Will Hoge, Train, Collective Soul, and most recently, megastar Taylor Swift, who invited them via personal call to the opening spot of her 82 show North American tour which began in May. “Honestly, it seemed too good to be true … you can imagine the shock and looks on our faces,” says bassist Seth Bolt. Originally from Seneca where they met as children, brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Bolt and Joe Stillwell now call Charleston home and work from a private recording studio, rightfully named Plantation Studios, in Summerville. “The studio is almost like the bat cave (from Batman). You would never in a million years know where or how to find it,” says Bolt. “It’s like a different world … designed to have all the things we like, so it suits the way we work, and the best part is getting to be home with our families.” Family is an important part of the group’s musical inspiration, although the definition for them doesn’t necessarily have to mean blood relation. The Rineharts, then 9 and 10 years old, met Bolt when he was 7. Seth took piano lessons from the brothers’ mother. They played sports together, went to summer camp, learned music together and fought like brothers through it all. In middle school, they met Stillwell, and he and Bear roomed together at Furman University, where the band was officially started. “There aren’t many bands out there that can say they’ve known each other since they were children. We really feel unique. It’s hard to find other people who fit so tightly together the way we do.” says Bolt. “A



band can be like a broken home because we love each other, but we still hurt each other. And our relationships, because we’re like brothers, are constantly love-hate.” Much of that grit and honesty may come from the undiluted faith in God they all share. A rarity in the music world, Needtobreathe has found success in both the contemporary Christian and secular music markets, although they crossed over in the opposite direction of other artists, first signing with Atlantic Records and later releasing in the Christian music world. “I’d like to think that this record will establish our level of hard work, creativity and credibility, so that in the future if we speak more freely about our faith, people will know that it’s coming from a very honest place,” says Bolt. The Rineharts and Stillwell are sons of preachers, and Bolt was the only one whose father was a construction worker, but he doesn’t feel the odd man out. “Both [professions] were charged with giving people something they could depend on, and I think that’s had a big impact on the responsibility and pressure we feel each time we make a record.” Often told by others in the industry they are down-to-earth and “the nicest rock band they’ve ever met,” the boys of Needtobreathe take those labels seriously. “We’re Southern,” says Bolt. “Growing up our dads were a mixture of alcoholics, workaholics, and alcoholics reformed into workaholics, all striving to be better people and make life better for us. They were amazing parents, and they were really tough on us. I’m glad we didn’t grow up in an era where parents didn’t spank their kids, because we all would probably be in jail or dead.” Bolt continued, “We are very much artists in that we live to the extremes. Back then we had enough rebellion in our hearts to do the wrong thing, but enough raisin’ to know better than to lie about it … sometimes. Still, we wanted to take chances where [our parents] had played it safe, think bigger in areas where their vision never eclipsed the small towns we grew up in. What’s funny is now that our career has taken us around the world, the place we long for is that small town where are our parents still are. Go figure.”

AZALEA: How did you decide on your band name? NTB: The name came from a story about Socrates that Joe heard back in college. As the story goes, Socrates and some of his students were sitting around a pond having a discussion. It was all very philosophical. One of the students posed the question, “How do I know when I’ve found the purpose of my life?” Socrates stood up, walked over to him, suddenly grabbed him, and held his head under water. When he finally released the student who was gasping for air, Socrates said, “When you need something as much as you need to breathe, you’ve found your purpose.” AZALEA: Joe has mentioned that one of his musical influences is the late and great local band, Jump Little Children. Can you tell me about the impression they made on you? JOE: I discovered Jump when I was a freshman in high school, right after they put out their first record, “The Licorice Tea Demos.” I had never heard anything that good from a local band. Jay Clifford’s voice was unlike anything else I had ever heard, and the way they put together harmonies blew me away. I followed them from that time all the way until they broke up. I think the biggest impression they made on me was that a band from South Carolina could produce really good music, and that was always a huge encouragement to me. AZALEA: If all your success was gone tomorrow, what message would you hope lives on through your music? SETH: I would hope that people would say that we created art that was honest, unaffected by greed and undiluted by the mainstream. I can unselfishly call the lyrics

masterful because I didn’t write them. Bear and Bo did. I live with them every day, so I’m probably one of three or four people who actually know all the life details of what each song is about. But trust me when I say they couldn’t be more honest. There are no waxing poetic or hypothetical situations. This stuff really happened! It’s from our experiences on the road and at home. Starting families. Finally accepting responsibility [ha]. Growing apart. Learning to love each other again. Looking our weaknesses in the face. AZALEA: Tell us more about “The Reckoning.” What was your inspiration? And were there any particular goals that you had in creating this album, in terms of what you were trying to evoke from your listeners? NTB: “The Reckoning” is the hardest record we’ve ever had to make. We’re of the mind that it’s not our job to entertain people. Sure that’s part of it, and it’s one that we enjoy, but we’ve always felt the greater calling was to inspire. Most of the art that society has deemed great has several common threads in that it’s different, the artist probably spent a great deal of time on it, no detail was overlooked and it inspires future generations of artists. I guess it’s suffice [sic] to say art can’t be judged solely by the amount of effort given, but if it was, this would be our Sistine Chapel [ha]! “The Reckoning” was a painful record to make, but none of us were able to flip the switch to autopilot or phone it in. We’ve always put a lot of sweat into each record but never tears. Emotions ran pretty high this time around. Partly it was exhaustion from never taking a break. We haven’t really had more than a day or two off since we made “The Outsiders” back in 2009. People tell us we’re one of the hardest-working bands in rock ‘n’ roll. I think we’re extremely competitive, so a day off for us seems like a wasted opportunity to show our fans or the world that we can create music that will inspire the things that they do.



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“One day in the first semester of that year, I met a little girl with the most beautiful smile and told her, ‘You’re Sophie!’” said Bryant. As he continued to cast characters’ voices, Bryant picked up on student issues like low self-esteem and bullying, especially cyber-bullying, which fed into the show’s storylines. The show aired during a school news segment one morning in 2008. “It wasn’t a big deal,” said Bryant, “but then it runs, and people love it. Kids and teachers began asking when a new episode was going to come out.”

While a youth ministry major and art minor at Charleston Southern University, Bryant, also a basketball player, created his first cartoon character sitting in his dorm one night. When he graduated in 2005, he knew he wanted to work with young people. He took his first teaching job as a Bible and art teacher at a local private academy working with students with disabilities and past behavioral issues. It was “baptism by fire,” joked Bryant, “and good training to provide insight into how I could create relationships with students.” The know-how to teach character and social skills was found wanting, which led to a unique incorporation of art and learning—one that has garnered airtime on local TV network WLCN, the praises of casting producers of “Extreme Home Makeover,” and has led to talks of action figures and video games currently in the works. During the 2007-2008 school year, Bryant transitioned into a teaching assistant position at Oakbrook Middle, working again with behaviorally challenged students. “I never knew how Garland Crump, the principal, even saw my resume, but I owe a lot to him,” he said. The move was an answer to prayer as Bryant felt called to serve in a public setting. As students opened up to Bryant, he began brainstorming ways he could incorporate his artistic talents with theirs to further encourage dialogue. “They could relate to art,” he said. In 2008, that led to Bryant’s opportunity to also run the computer lab at Oakbrook Middle. “And the computer lab opened the door to technology,” he said, smiling and shaking his head in disbelief. Soon after, the infusion of art and technology culminated in the complete animation of Bryant’s first cartoon series featuring Chuck-Chuck, Tigerdog, Karate K9 and Sophie as the “Karate Dawgs.”



Tim Pierce, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and fellow teacher, jokingly asked Bryant one day: “What about the cats?” That eventually led to the creation of Bryant’s second series, “The Battle Cats.” Originally created to be evil and star in just one episode, “The Cats” were popular and provided more opportunities for students to be involved, so Bryant transitioned them from evil to good. “I didn’t want them fighting,” he said. And since they were going to stay around, it provided another opportunity for Bryant to take ownership of that learning experience. “Learning is fun, you know.” Last year at Oakbrook Middle, Bryant had the opportunity to teach Art Animation for the first time, which allowed him to improve “Karate Dawgs” and spend more time developing other projects. This year, he moved into a certified position as an art teacher at Joseph R. Pye Elementary. “I got to the elementary school, and they loved it!” he said, “I mean, they eat it for breakfast! I get hugs every day.” Now a part of the school’s culture, the students have taken a leadership role in pushing the animated series forward. They have sold more than 100 t-shirts, with all proceeds benefitting the school, and are currently raising money for action figures and a video game. “This all came from the kids,” said Bryant, following his attendance at a conference to hear popular technology forecaster, Jim Brazell, speak about teaching through video games. With this many projects in the works, you can imagine Bryant would be apt to press the “pause” button on further creations. Instead, he’s moving full steam ahead. “When my seven brothers found out what I was doing, they asked me to make a cartoon about them,” laughed Bryant. “The Boys of Valor” was born out of that request and has led him to venture into 3D animation. “It’s geared toward that community of males who need guidance. I believe God has called me to work with young men,” said Bryant.“My hope is that through my work, people can be healed, encouraged and educated, and that it will bring forth a change in the hearts, minds and lives of children and young people everywhere.” Bryant’s vision and ultimate goal is for his animation series to go national and become a franchise. A


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MONTHLY EVENTS GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC SUMMERVILLE The Summerville Dorchester Museum offers two guided walking tours of historic Summerville; one of old planter Summerville and one of the West End with its railroad history. Stroll past gracious old homes of the Antebellum and Victorian eras. Hear stories of the people who once lived in them and of the town’s Civil War and railroad experiences. The daily walks are by appointment only, cover a little over a mile, and take about an hour. (843) 875-9666

DECEMBER THE LIVING CHRISTMAS STORY December 1-3, 6:30-9:30pm 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. HOLLY DAYS IN DOWNTOWN SUMMERVILLE December 3, 10:00am-5:00pm Come enjoy an “old-fashioned” Christmas experience in Historic Downtown Summerville with shopping, caroling, cocoa and homemade treats available to our shoppers and visitors. A holiday arts and crafts market with over 60 vendors will be set up throughout the town. Sponsored by the Merchants of Summerville and Summerville D.R.E.AM. LOWCOUNTRY SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE December 9 -12, various times 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. A CHRISTMAS STORY December 9, 10, 16 & 17, 8:00pm December 11 & 18, 2:00pm Presented by the Flowertown Players. A Christmas Story based on short stories by Jean Shepherd and adapted by Philip Grecian. Ralphie Parker, a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearns for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother that he’ll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. Ralphie navigates a landscape of school bullies and family squabbles in this timeless, heartwarming Christmas comedy. (843) 875-9251 SATURDAYS WITH SANTA December 10 & 17, 12:00-4:00pm Summerville has a very special Santa who comes down from the North to spend time with the children. Photos are free along with refreshments. Come join in on a very special Summerville tradition. 118 W. Richardson Ave. Sponsored by Summerville D.R.E.A.M. and Century 21 Properties. SUMMERVILLE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE December 11, 2:00-4:00pm Rain Date: December 18 Summerville D.R.E.A.M. and the Summerville Fire Department host one of the largest Holiday parades in South Carolina with 3000 participants and thousands of spectators as Santa is ushered into town in a grand way!

We are DREAMing of a GREEN Christmas this year as floats are encouraged to be made of recycled goods. Sponsored by Summerville DREAM and Waste Pro. THIRD THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS December 15, 5:00-8:00pm Downtown Stores will be open late for Christmas shopping until 8pm. Carolers and other musical entertainment will be featured along with refreshments for all. Sponsored by the Merchants of Summerville and Summerville D.R.E.A.M.

JANUARY BRAISE & BREW DINNER January 14, 6:00-9:00pm Middleton Place’s Chef Garrison hosts an evening of braised meats and vegetables specially paired with seasonal beers and microbrews in the Pavilion. Savor six winter dishes prepared with a slow wet-heat method to enhance meat flavors. Beer pairings from around the world range from pale ale to stout. $55 per person. (843) 266-7477 CRITIQUE MY ANTIQUE January 15, 1:00-5:00pm Back by popular demand, the Arts, Business, Civic Coalition is bringing back “Critique My Antique.” You will get another chance to bring in your “treasures” for an informal opinion and learn interesting information about your pieces. Tickets are $10.00 per item (limit three items) and the event will be held at Summerville High School. Last year there were chairs, civil war coins, paintings, toys, authentic historical documents and jewelry to name a few discoveries found in homes throughout the lowcountry!

THIRD THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN January 19, 5:00-8:00pm Join us in Historic Downtown Summerville to celebrate the New Year as we are resolve to Shop Local in 2012. Come support your local downtown retail shops and restaurants as they open late to invite you in for special deals and special meals. Sponsored by the Businesses of Downtown Summerville and Summerville DREAM. THE CAY January 20, 21, 27 & 28, 8:00pm January 22 & 29, 2:00pm A production by the Flowertown Players written by Theodore Taylor and adapted by Dr. Gayle Cornelison. (843) 875-9251 FRIENDS OF THE SUMMERVILLE LIBRARY GIGANTIC BOOK SALE January 20-22, various times. The Friends of the Library (FOSL) will conduct the first Gigantic Book Sale of 2012 at the Summerville Library at 76 Trolley Road. We will sell gently used paperback and hardback books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books at very reasonable prices. (843) 873-6624 DORCHESTER HABITAT’S 10TH ANNUAL OYSTER ROAST Saturday, January 21 A Delicious Oyster Dinner, Music, a Silent Auction of Items Re-purposed by Local Artists, and a Chili Cook- Off! Win the Prestigious Golden Oyster Award for the Best Chili, along with a $100 Gift Certificate to Area Restaurants! Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Road, Summerville, 29483. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online. All proceeds will benefit Dorchester Habitat for Humanity.





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NIGHT WALKS at the AUDUBON CENTER AT FRANCIS BEIDLER FOREST February 4, 5:30pm 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 gator and spider eyes, listen for bats and try “talking” to Barred Owls. RESERVATIONS are required. $10/person. (843) 462-2150 BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 7 February 11, 7:30pm Yuriy Bekker, the CSO’s own concertmaster, will premiere Charleston composer Edward Hart’s new violin concerto, Under an Indigo Sky, at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. Kodaly’s 1933 piece Dances of Galanta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 round out the evening. At the baton is Darko Butorac, the Music Director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. THIRD THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN February 16, 5:00-8:00pm Join us in Historic Downtown Summerville as we fall in love with our downtown and want you to do the same. Come out and visit with the merchants and restaurants for a special evening in the downtown. Sponsored by the Businesses of Downtown Summerville and Summerville DREAM. SOUTHEASTERN WILDLIFE EXPOSITION February 17-19 Celebrating 30 years of wildlife art and the sporting life, SEWE ’12 will feature 120 fine artists, shows by Jack Hanna, chef demos, DockDogs competitions, decoys, birds of prey demos, sporting arms, conservation exhibits, children’s activities, and more, in venues throughout downtown Charleston. Day tickets: $10-$20, children 10 and under: FREE. VIP packages available. (843) 723-1748



KID’S MEAL DEALS All specials are subject to change without notice. Azalea Magazine is not responsible for changes in details. Please call to confirm times and prices.

-ATLANTA BREAD 1114 N Main St 843.875.7989 Monday (5pm-9pm) 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased (12 and under) -BUFFALO WILD WINGS 109 Grandview Dr # 1 843.851.9242 Monday (all day) free kid’s meal with adult meal purchase -APPLEBEE’S 88 Old Trolley Rd 1310 North Main Street 843.851.3872 Tuesday (4pm-9pm) 99¢ kid’s meals with adult purchase -CHICK-FIL-A 1312 N Main St 843.695.1112 Monday (5pm-8pm) 1 free kid’s meal per combo meal purchased -MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 310 Azalea Square Blvd # C 843.486.0553 Tuesday after 5pm 2 free kid’s meals per adult purchase (dine in only) -PERKINS 1306 N Main St. 843.821.8183 1700 Old Trolley Rd 843.875.8680 Tuesday (4pm-8pm) 2 kids eat free with adult drink & meal purchase of $7.99 or more -JERSEY MIKE’S 310 Azalea Square Boulevard Outparcel #11, Unit B 843.875.3480 Wednesday (3pm-9pm) free mini mike for kids 10 & under with purchase of regular or giant sub -CAPTAIN D’s 300 E. 5th North St., 843.871.2653 Thursday (all day) 2 kids eat free with adult meal purchase -KICKIN’ CHICKEN 800 N Main St 843.875.6998 Every day-2 children (10 and under) get a $1.99 kid’s meal with adult purchase -SHONEY’S 1307 N Main St 843.873.6920 Weekdays 1 free child’s dinner buffet (ages 4 and under) per adult entrée purchase



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For the Cause Atlanta Bread Hosts Cancer Awareness Event October 3, 2011

Atlanta Bread in Summerville hosted a Women’s Health Celebration in an effort to close National Breast Cancer Awareness month with a marketing “splash” for local businesses. For information on upcoming events at Atlanta Bread, like them on Facebook at “Atlanta Bread,Summerville.”







Bottles ‘n Brushes Military Appreciation Night November 11, 2011

This evening was hosted by Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s Hope for Heroes to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, which aids injured service members. Bottles ‘n Brushes donated 50% off all proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project. For information, visit

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Wine & Art Under the Pines November 13, 2011

This celebration fundraiser was presented in partnership with Woodlands Inn by the Arts Business Civic Coalition (ABCC) of Summerville/ Dorchester County, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing and providing Summerville and Dorchester County with a local civic center. For information, visit



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Oh, The Places We Roam: A crisp fall morning at the east entrance of Azalea Park



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Azalea Magazine Winter 2011/12  
Azalea Magazine Winter 2011/12  

A celebration of the beauty, and pace of Summerville, SC AZALEA Magazine is the authority on Summerville’s distinctive style of unique South...