Azalea Magzine Spring 2010

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The Lowcountry Palate / SACRA PINVS ESTO / Shape Up for Summer


Mode r n Living in the Old South ~ Summe r ville’s Magazine


THE MAN OF HONOR The Life & Legacy of Berlin G. Myers







Former Greenwave Is First To Win NFL’s Biggest Game


Birthplace of Sweet Tea Summerville’s unique role in the South’s most refreshing cultural phenomenon

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M od e r n L iv i n g i n t h e O l d South ~ S u m m e r v i l l e ’s M a ga zine

Will Rizzo Editor and Publisher The Knot “Best of Weddings” 2008

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ISSUES WINTER December January February SPRING March April May SUMMER June July August FALL September October November

/ CONTENTS 6 Editor’s Letter 7 Letters 8 Flashback 9 Contributors


Summerville’s unique role in the South’s most refreshing cultural phenomenon by Will Rizzo




42 Patron Saint of the Pigskin



- 15 Tie the Knot - 16 Makeover Number One - 20 The Fashion Report Spring Trends of 2010

22 Health & Wellness

- Fit for Life: Get your body and family in good health by Gary Lukridge


Former Greenwave star is first to find success in the NFL’s biggest game.

6 regional recipes and their history by The Carolina Gourmand

50 The Little Cottage That Could


A home that serves as a living book of family history by Will Rizzo

58 Man of Honor

The life and legacy of Mayor Berlin G. Myers by Will Rizzo

Let The Pine Be Sacred: A vital part in Summerville’s history by Katie DePoppe

32 / Arts ALEXANDRA THE GREAT Q&A with local painter and gallery partner Alexandra Kassing


39 / Faith STRESSING AFFECTION Why our greatest affections can cause great stress by Will Browning

62 Seasonal Calendar


Events Calendar Kid’s Meal Deals


64 For the Cause

2010 Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast & Silent Auction

ON THE COVER Model: LeAnna Hayward Wardrobe provided by: Teal Boutique Sweet Tea: Homemade Photo by Dottie Langley Rizzo


Adding to the Collection /

For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed collecting things.

For me, groups have always been more appealing. It appears that this

characteristic hasn’t fallen far from the tree collection. My daughter, Paris, also has an affinity for collecting. It just seems that her collec-

tion of choice is her collection of collections. Shells, erasers, stuffed animals, owls, and even pencil lead. If there is more than one of something, it’s a collection.

One of my most prized possessions has little monetary

value but out of all the “stuff ” I own, this would be the last thing that I would want to part with. In my living room there is an entire

wall dedicated to my collection of vintage Jesus portraits. There’s the stoic Jesus’ with the traditional Catholic symbology. And the Sunday school Jesus’ entertaining children and small animals. There are big

ones and small ones, bright ones and somber ones, ornate frames and simple ones. One thing that I find interesting is that I can never pick a favorite. The one that I am most fond of seems to change week to week. It’s the collection that makes it work for me.

I like to think of Azalea as a collection we can all share. An

ever-growing narrative of our American South. Each story building on the next. Each image adding something to the ones that came

before it. In this issue’s cover story, “The Birthplace of Sweet Tea”, we take a look at Summerville’s special place in the history of this cultural phenomenon. We hope this story might offer some insight

into our rich history and add to the pride that so radiates from this

place. All of the stories in Azalea, features or columns, big or small, are all part of the collection. And that’s what makes it work.

Will Rizzo / Editor



WASN’T EXPECTING MUCH I picked up a copy of Azalea this afternoon at the YMCA. I wasn’t expecting much before opening. I’ve lived in various cities, including San Francisco, Dallas, Tampa, etc., and have enjoyed each of their magazines. I currently subscribe to Charleston magazine, and love it, so Azalea had some pretty big shoes to fill in my mind. And you know was exceptional. Although smaller, Azalea is beautifully laid out, classy and modern without being too trendy. You and your staff have done Summerville proud! Can’t wait for the Spring issue. Tracy M. Graley, Summerville EXCITED AND IMPRESSED Bravo! I’m excited and impressed with the first issue of Azalea Magazine, kudos to you and yours for a job well done! Mark Poe, Summerville A LOVELY TRIBUTE First of all, congratulations on your first edition of Azalea Magazine. What a lovely tribute to Summerville and I think the magazine’s look and feel is great!


Jaime E. Moore, Summerville QUITE INTERESTING I picked up your beautiful new Azalea publication from the Chamber on Friday afternoon. I have read through it over the weekend, and am very impressed with it. It is a lovely publication & quite interesting. Clyde McDonald, West Ashley INTO THE 21ST CENTURY Just had to write you a congratulations on the new magazine that you have published. Wow - what a great job. I was truly impressed with your vision, your structure and content of this first edition of Azalea. You have chosen to place the emphasis on Summerville as a unique and historical place to not only visit - but, especially, to live. The photos and the articles were great and I am now interested in becoming a member of the Timrod Library. Thank you for a job well done - keep your focus/eye on the target and great things will happen with this new magazine. You have truly moved Summerville’s published word into the 21st century.


Faith Cuda, Summerville AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010

Flashback Bonnie Langley, 58

As children, my brothers, sister, and I felt safe in Summerville. We lived a couple of blocks from town, and on many summer days, I’d walk to my father’s office, carrying my little pocketbook. I’d ask him for a dollar so that I could go shopping. (I knew he would never refuse me in front of the secretaries.) Then, I’d head to one of the dime stores to select my purchases. A dollar went a long way back then! We played outside all day long, until my mother’s voice urged us to come inside for our baths. Sometimes, we convinced her to wait just a little while longer, because we could hear the “cachunk, ca-chunk” of the truck that would pass by spraying for mosquitoes. It chills me to the bones now, remembering how we’d run behind that truck, scurrying back and forth in that chemical-filled smoke, laughing our hearts out. So many great little space. I’m glad Summerville is my home. I wouldn’t live anyplace else.









Modern Living in the Old South ~ Summerville’s Magazine

The Lowcountry Palate / SACRA PINVS ESTO / Shape Up for Summer

AZALEA Mode r n Living in the Old South ~ Summe r ville’s Magazine


THE MAN OF HONOR The Life & Legacy of Berlin G. Meyers



PATRON SAINT OF THE PIGSKIN Former Greenwave is First to Win NFL’s Biggest Game




How wonderful it was to have grown up in Summerville during the 50’s! I was born the year that Coach McKissick began coaching in Summerville, and Mrs. McKissick even worked for my father. I felt that I was, in some way, attached to just a small portion of the legend that was to be.

Birthplace of Sweet Tea Summerville’s unique role in one of the South’s most refreshing cultural phenomenon








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Katie DePoppe

Dottie Langley Rizzo

Katie DePoppe lives and works in historic downtown Summerville with her husband Ryan, her son Max, and their three dogs—Oliver, Atticus, and Poe.

Dottie Langley Rizzo, a lifelong Summervillian and Greenwave alum, lives with her husband Will, her children Paris and Davison, and a small zoo of animals, just down the street from her childhood home.

Will Browning Will is the 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. Will is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader, and a coach for young leaders. Will is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.

The Carolina Gourmand

Liz Graham A native Midwesterner (a Hoosier to be specific), Liz has adopted the Southern way of life for the past 9 years. She lives in Summerville with her husband Brad, and two wildly wonderful children, Ava and Max. Liz is a passionate advocate for the YMCA, possibly because she is their Marketing Director, possibly because of all of the good they do.

Gary Lukridge Jessica M. Crittenden

Margie Sutton 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 one of the lead stylists,for the past three years, for Charleston Fashion Week.

Jessica lives in Summerville with her husband, Tommy and they are expecting their first child in May. She has been working in the fashion industry for nearly 10 years and opened Teal, A Swanky Boutique, in Summerville in 2007. She has recently opened a second Teal location in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center in 2009.

Gary Lukridge, CEO of the Summerville Family YMCA, was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC and is a graduate of Francis Marion University. He has been with the YMCA for 17 years serving in YMCA’s in both North and South Carolina. He and his wife Karen have two children, Bethany 17 and Sara 9.



Hanging Memories Just a ribbon, glue, a hanger, and some magnets-that’s all you need to be crafty at home and create your own stylish picture hanger!



1 2

Glue gun

3 Ribbon

4 Magnets


First of all, take your hanger and figure out how many rows of ribbons you would like to hang from it. We used a doll clothes hanger, so our project is small, but this craft is only limited by the size of your imagination and what you can find lying around your house. We’ve decided to use alternating ribbons of a contrasting pink and green. It may be a good idea to lightly press your ribbons with an iron before you do any gluing—this keeps them looking nice and hanging straight. Figure out what length you’d like your ribbons to hang—again, we decided to alternate, cutting all our ribbons to different lengths. Add a little glue to the bottom of your ribbons to keep them from fraying. Once you’ve decided on the length, go ahead and cut the ribbons, allowing an extra inch at the top. This extra inch we put over the top of our hanger, and secure it to the back of the hanging ribbon with a hot glue gun or some other strong glue. Allow some time to dry! Now we add our magnets. We like to leave our magnets free (i.e. don’t glue them onto your ribbon!). With one magnet on the back of the ribbon and one in front, your pictures will hang just fine. This way, you can easily rearrange, keeping your picture holder always looking fresh and new! Hang anything-from pictures, to mail to, well, whatever your heart desires. The magnets keep your pictures hole-free, and you can rearrange with ease. Hang your picture hanger on your wall at home or work, sit back, and enjoy. You’ve just been a little crafty today!

Instructions and supplies provided by:

Jill & Patricia at CRAFT HAPPY




{GROW YOUR OWN} Orchard The latest gardening concept sweeping the country is GYO (Grow Your Own). Whether it’s vegetables, berries, or fruit trees, there is a wide variety of options for our planting zone. Growing your own orchard is easy. Just a few trees can provide hundreds of fresh apples, peaches, or persimmons. Some fruit plants, such as blueberries, can even be grown in pots on the porch. Many fruit trees start to bear in the first couple of years, so you will not have to wait long for the first harvest.

GETTING STARTED 1. When to Plant Container-grown and balled-andburlapped plants with well developed root systems can be planted throughout the year. Additional water will be required during warmer seasons.

2. Mulching

Apply 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch over the planted area. Mulching helps eliminate weeds, retain moisture in the soil, moderate soil temperatures, and eventually add to the soil’s organic matter content.

3. Watering Initially the root will need to be watered directly because the roots have not yet spread into the surrounding soil. Water the plants slowly and well after mulching. Many plants die during the first few months after planting. Plants in welldrained soil often get too little water, while those in poorly drained soil get too much water. You must become familiar with the planting site, and try to maintain constant moisture (not saturation) in the roots for the first few months after planting. Good watering practices result in plants that establish more rapidly and quickly become resistant to drought, pests and disease. Happy Planting Elizabeth Ward Ward’s Nursery / Matthew Ward Landscapes 465 W. Butternut Rd., Summerville 695.1193

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The calm between the storm by LIZ GRAHAM

Sometimes being a working mom of two kids (ages 2 and 3) can get the most of me. I spend so much of my life rushing… rushing the babes to get dressed, rushing them to eat, rushing them into daycare/school, rushing to meetings, rushing home, rushing to make dinner… does it ever stop? Well, it does. Time stands still each night when I sit down to eat dinner with my family and I just BREATHE. Dinner is time for us to regroup – my kids, my husband and me. We talk about our day and this is when the precious conversations begin. My 3 and a half year old Princess asks, “Is that chicken?” “Is it dead?” “How did it die?” “Does God pick the color of every person?” “Is ketchup good on cantaloupe?” My 2 year old son, the Lover Boy, says, “Wuv you, Momma.” And begins singing randomly, “Happy Birthday to you…” My husband and I mostly listen and look across each other with a twinkle in our eye. I know he is thinking as I often do, every day, “We made these two beautiful, amazing and silly creatures.” After dinner, baths, prayers and stories, it is time for us to send our kids to their peaceful slumbers. And every night, before I go to bed myself, I sneak into the kids’ rooms to “check on them.” I am not sure what I am checking for – maybe to make sure they are covered with their blankets or that there are no boogie men lurking in the closet? But really, for me, it is the last chance to see them at their most peaceful, to fall in love with them a little more and to push the thought of tomorrow’s “rush” off a little bit longer. 14 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010


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Tie the knot








Cross end “A” over end “B”.


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MARGIE SUTTON A 30 year veteran of the beauty and fashion industry, this former model now spends her days teaching women how to be their best. “I always loved doing the overall transformation on women, so I became a licensed stylist in 1992 and in 1994 began working for Stella Nova.” Margie now manages the Summerville location. She has also served as the trend board coordinator for Northwoods and Citadel Malls and has been one of the lead stylists, the past three years, for Charleston Fashion Week.

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Hand-made “star” belt buckle and leather belt by Belt Maison $120 Aura Lee’s

Margie, adding some final touches

Hobo handbag by Chinese Laundry $65 Aura Lee’s

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1960’s Vintage crystal earings $50 Marigolds

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JESSICA M. CRITTENDEN Jessica has been working in the fashion industry for nearly 10 years and opened Teal, A Swanky Boutique, in Summerville in 2007. She recently opened a second location in Mt. Pleasant Towne Center in 2009. Jessica is a member of the Junior League of Charleston and loves interior design and traveling.


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The Fashion Report a brighter outlook Spring and summer naturally evoke feelings of calm, ocean waters, tranquil beach vacations and sunny, shimmering dispositions. This season’s fashion trends will enlighten the same senses. Spring fashion trends for 2010 will bring out your innermost feminine side and will have something for each fashion lover including romantic styles, sweet pastels, glamorous looks and high-voltage patterns. Soothing hues of turquoise and sky blue offer a brighter, more energetic attitude this season while violets and coral pinks lend a romantic air to the warm-weather palette. And who doesn’t love to wear white in the summer? This season will offer variations of white, including creamy shades of beige and champagne. As important as pastels will be in updating your wardrobe, don’t forget to add a bold, retro pattern or break all the old rules and mix your floral prints for an upto-date look. A new focus on decadence will be a strong influence this season and will carry over into Fall as well. So, invest in ruffles, feathers and shine galore as subtle or dramatic as your personal style will allow. From hair accessories to glamorous sequin tops and ruffled layer dresses, there will be many styles to choose from when adding this frill to your staple wardrobe. One word of advice: less is more!

Every so often, one piece of clothing or style has a revival. You will be shocked to find (dare I say it) shoulder pads this season. No, we’re not talking 80’s style shoulder pads but a new take on emphasized shoulders. Another unique style for Spring 2010 will be jumpsuits and rompers. Though not for everyone, they will offer more options than you’d think. If you have curves, try for a halter jumpsuit, belted in firmly at the waist for a bombshell silhouette. Fabrics should be free flowing and work best with soft floral prints or staple black, white or nude colors. Another way to wear the jumpsuit this season is to work the style in harem-style pants with gathered-in ankles. Add a fabulous wedge sandal to complete the look.

Emerge from the cold, grey hues of winter and indulge in the alluring styles and shades of spring. Express your romantic side with your wardrobe and let the warm optimistic palettes and prints set the mood for a bright, sunny season.




3 Ways to get your body and your family into optimum health by Gary Lukridge

Ah Spring! The trees are sprouting, the flowers are blooming and our waistlines are coming out of winter hibernation…YIKES! We see it on TV, in the newspaper and on the internet that our tummies are getting bigger and our wallets are getting thinner. Yes, we have become a society of extra large meals and video games…a snapshot of Americana. Of course we know better, yet we continue to eat more and exercise less. This is not a good combination for ourselves, nor are we sending the right message to those we care about the most…our family. Exercise, at least for some, has become a four letter word. To the novice exerciser, the only way to get into shape is by exercising until you are dripping in sweat, out of breath and on the verge of total collapse (yes, the YMCA staff are CPR certified). The average person thinks that he/she must endure weeks of agony and pain to show any signs of progress and then gets frustrated when he or she sees little results. Look at it this way: it might have taken you 10, 20 or even 30 years to put on those extra pounds, and yet you want to shed those pounds in 30 days. Not going to happen.


Well, I am here to tell you that exercise does not have to be that way. You can exercise for fun, if you take the right attitude and you have the right goals in mind. I am here to offer you three ways to make your exercise routine fun for yourself, your family and give back to your community as well.


Volunteer Coach. Ok, so you don’t know the difference between a man-to-man defense and a 2-3 zone. That’s ok. The most important aspect here is that you are mentoring young kids and exercising your body and soul for the good of yourself and your community. Community organizations like the YMCA and Youth Sports Leagues need volunteers to spend quality time with young boys and girls and teach them what sports is really about… exercise and having fun. So go ahead and get out there with the kids and break a sweat. This will show them that playing hard, having fun and giving your best is more important than wins and losses.


Family Time. Research has proven that families who exercise together are more conscious about their diet and their health. We make better decisions about what we eat and drink instead of what’s the most convenient. Take time to walk together as a family in parks (Gahagan), trails (Sawmill Branch) or even in your neighborhood. As you spend 20 minutes walking with your family, you can also catch up on their daily lives and that is something we should all do more of.


Sign up. Challenge yourself to finish something that you thought impossible. I have completed a few half-marathons, something I would have never thought possible a few years ago. Go ahead and sign-up for your local 5K run or join a bicycling group that rides on Saturday morning. Find a group of individuals that wants to better themselves just like you do. They will give you the encouragement and support that is needed to better yourself both physically and mentally.


Average number of calories burned (150 lb. Individual) Watching T.V. 36 Cooking 89 Hatha yoga 89

Household chores 125 Sleeping 143 Golf

(no cart)


Stationary bike 196 Weight lifting 214 Tennis 250 Jogging 5mph 286 Basketball 286 Elliptical 393


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Walking the dog 109

Running stairs 523

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THE LOWCOUNTRY PALATE The Carolina Lowcountry, still romantic and gracious as her enchanted past, is an ever-inviting place to live or visit. Summerville, “the belle of the Lowcountry,” interestingly drapes herself with these captivating ‘low-lands,’ stretching from Daufuskie Island, on the Georgia border, to quaint Georgetown capping the north, and cuddled by Charleston to the east. Her beauty is punctuated with dark creeks, winding rivers, vast savannahs of marshland, and, of course, her fertility, all lending to a mysterious charm. Walk with me (really, read) as we explore the Lowcountry’s culture and heritage which is kept alive through her distinctive way of life and rich cuisine. I invite you to feast on the tales and glories of Lowcountry cooking shared by antidotal recipes which have been passed down through generations and tested by time. From the elegant plantation ‘cook-house’, to the kitchens of palatial ‘townhouses’, we will reflect on the cooking of deliciously simple fare to the delightfully fancy dishes made from what “mother earth” has provided. No matter which part of the Lowcountry, you will find an impressive selection of delicious cuisine surpassed only by the hospitality. by

The Carolina Gourmand Who, or what, is a Carolina Gourmand? Simply, it is anyone residing east of Interstate 95 between Daufuskie Island and Georgetown, South Carolina. All others, well, they’ve just lost their taste buds since they can’t seem to appreciate the aroma of ‘pluff-mud’ or get lost navigating a simple creek. It’s that rich individual, who can understand Gullah, enjoy the simplicity of country cooking or can tell the difference in fresh ‘creek shrimp’ and its frozen cousins from China. It is that unflappable personality who appreciates oysters; raw, steamed, or fried. It is the man, or woman, who delights in the intricacies of “throwing a cast net.” It is he, or she, who enjoys the camaraderie of friends ‘downing’ a few beers while feasting on freshly caught flounder and Southern hush-puppies. And, basically, it is the person who loves his/her surroundings and thanks God for being born in “The Carolina Lowcountry!”


Now, enough about antidotal History and let’s get to the meat (no pun intended) of things. The issue for now will be what we pleasurably eat from our beloved rivers and creeks. Certainly we could ‘bog’ our way through those terribly popular sea-fairs such as, shrimp and grits, fried shrimp and Frogmore stew; and, ya’ll probably have hundreds of variations of these tried and true recipes. The recipes that we’ll look at in this issue will be some of the lesser known creek favorites. Mrs. Emily Whaley was a true Southern Lady known for her exquisitely landscaped back yard, from which, she entertained thousands of visitors over the years. She was a supreme hostess, entertaining guests as graciously as the historical culture she was raised in. Of course, she was an excellent cook. This was one of Mrs. Whaley’s favorite.

MIS’ WHALEY’S SHRIMP PIE ½ Bell pepper, chopped ½ Bell pepper, sliced into thin strips 1 onion 1 cup of celery, chopped 1 block of extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated 2 cups of boiled shrimp, peeled 2 cups of cooked rice 1 can of Campbell’s Tomato soup 1 Tbsp. Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Preheat your oven to 350 deg. Saute chopped pepper, onion, and celery in melted butter until soft. In a good size bowl, stir together ½ of cheese and sautéed vegetables, shrimp, your rice, the tomato soup, and the Lea & Perrins. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour this mixture into an appropriately ungreased casserole bowl (round rather than rectangular) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and arrange the strips of bell pepper on top in a pin wheel fashion and bake an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot with a big spoon. From the bow of a boat or ‘bogging’ along a creek bank, anyone can easily bring home a mess of shrimp without a lot of fuss and bother. Any true Lowcountry home will have plenty of ‘put-up’ shrimp tucked away somewhere. Here is a good recipe for that quick finger food when guest ‘come call’n’.

MARINATED SHRIMP 1 tsp. of dill seed 1 lemon, sliced thinly A least a pound to a pound and a half of shrimp, peeled Marinade ¼ cup of good olive oil ¼ cup of dry white wine 2 tsp. fresh dill, chopped (marinated shrimp cont.) ½ tsp. freshly cracked pepper A dash of garlic powder A drop, or two, of Tabasco ¼ cup lemon juice

Bring salted water, dill seed, and lemon to a hard boil. Turn heat to low and add shrimp, let simmer for about 3-4 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp, drain and immediately chill. Combine all the marinade ingredients and mix well. Cover cold shrimp with the marinade and place in refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving with large tooth-picks. When sitting on the back porch with friends sipping sweet tea, or a cold brew, this little appetizer will go hand-in-hand.

CHARLESTON PICKLED SHRIMP 1 good sized Vidalia onion At least 3 bay leaves 1 bell pepper cut into strips 1 large bottle of zesty Italian dressing 2 carrots, julienned 2 tsp. of celery seeds Some Salt & pepper, depending on your taste At least 3 lbs. of boiled and peeled shrimp. You may want to devein shrimp Separate onion into rings, stir them with the rest of the ingredients then add shrimp. Stir and then chill, covered. These beauties are best served after sitting for 24 hours. Bloody Mary’s and pickled shrimp, now this is a sweet couple. When people talk about crabs, and I don’t know why, but pictures of the Chesapeake Bay usually appear. Now, I’ve eaten at a whole bunch of Virginia and Maryland restaurants, and they’re good; but we have some of the sweetest crabs in the country, filling our rivers and creeks. I can surely tell you our crabs taste different (better), and maybe it’s because our waters are filled with tannins coming out of the headwater swamps that make the difference. I do know ‘Lowcountryers’ love to stand on a creek bank, or a dock, and entice our blue crabs with ripe chicken necks, line, and a good long net. ‘Patient,’ is the key word here. But, who cannot cherish time spent in the salty marsh with an invigorating whiff of ‘pluffmud.’ ‘Crack’n’ crabs in the Lowcountry takes on ritual status that just might rival, oyster ‘shucking.’ Here is a crab dish that won’t play second fiddle to anywhere else.

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(cont.). Shape mixture into 4 inch patties (you should have enough to make about 6 patties).

In a flat baking pan, combine all of the dry ingredients.

Carefully, and again I mean gently, dredge the patties in the breadcrumbs. Fry the cakes in oil/butter mixture, all-the-while maintaining a medium high heat, for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Shake the catfish and dredge in the breading, shake again and place in hot oil.

Serve hot: a slow oven (200 deg.) will keep them warm.

Gourmand Secret Since we’re talking about frying, here’s one of my secret (secret no more) tips on frying. The temperature of the oil is critical for anything that is fried. Chicken, shrimp. or fish, if it ain’t hot, you can, again, apologize. Good frying oil must be at least 350 degrees before you put anything in it, and here is the secret: place 3 kernels of popcorn into the oil as it warms, when the third one pops, your oil is ready.

Heat the oil in a cast iron frying pan to frying temperature.

Fry for 3-5 minutes on eachside, depending on the size of the fillets. Drain on paper towels and place in a slow oven (200 deg.) until all of the fillets have been fried. Serve hot with some hushpuppies. We can’t leave the topic of ‘creek-food’ without addressing something to do with oysters. Let it be known, I love oysters any way man can think of to eat them. For me though, the best way is to shuck a few raw clusters, along with salt and tobasco while waiting for the tide to turn for good fishing. Ellis Creek is a small, winding piece of water that separates James Island from everything else. In places it is deep and good for fishing, in places it is shallow, good for crabbing and shrimping; one of my favorites for catching live bait.

ELLIS CREEK CASSEROLE Since we’re speaking about frying things, let’s talk a moment about Santee-Cooper Country, which is very much a part of the Lowcountry. This area comprises the lakes formed by the damming of the Santee River, making two gigantic freshwater lakes and a whole lot of playgrounds. Santee is the Indian name for ‘two rivers,’ notably, the convergence of the Wateree and Congaree rivers, whose headwaters are in the North Carolina mountains. Of course, this is a whole conversation in itself and we’re not going to dally much here. But, when you talk about eating fish in this area, you’re talking about catfish, freshwater catfish. It is the essential Southern meal along with fried chicken, bar-b-que, sweet tea, biscuits and hushpuppies; and, we’ll eventually get to these others down the road. People from ‘afar,’ that is, anyone not from the South, commonly think this lowly fish lacks social status. However, anyone traveling the back-roads of a Southern state will realize the simple joy of wandering upon a local diner which serves up a mess of fried catfish and hushpuppies. And yes, there will always be an equally prized family recipe of coleslaw (maybe we’ll get to these favorites in later issues).

SANTEE-COOPER CATFISH 6-8 catfish fillets 3 cups of buttermilk 1 egg, beatened Your favorite oil Salt and pepper Breading mixture 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour (I use White Lilly) 1 cup of yellow cornmeal (preferably stone ground) 2 Tbsp. Garlic powder 1 Tbsp. Of chili powder In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, salt and pepper. Soak the fillets in this mixture while preparing the breading. 30 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010

Preheat oven to 400 deg. 5 oz. of button mushrooms 5 oz. of diced green onions 1 Tbsp. of real butter A bunch of ‘good’ oysters (I don’t know how many) A pinch of garlic salt A pinch of white pepper 2 oz. of pungent Jack cheese About an oz. of butter roasted pecans

Sauté mushrooms and onions in butter, until good and soft. Season oysters with garlic and pepper. Layer the bottom of a round casserole dish with the filling equally, in layers: beginning with a layer of mushroom and onions, then cover with oysters. Top with cheese and pecans. Bake in a 400 deg. oven until the cheese has melted and is bubbly. Serve with some collards and corn bread, and shut your eyes because you are almost in Heaven. Eat well and I always say,

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“He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.” ~Henry Van Dyke


When I was six years old, my father came home with a truckload of dogwood and oak trees. It was a typical summer night in South Carolina, and the last thing that I was interested in doing was helping him to plant them. I remember, even at six, thinking it odd that Dad was so anxious to get them in the ground that he couldn’t even wait until morning, but I went along with the plan anyway and became the bearer of his spotlight as we made our way around the front yard. When we got to the sides of the winding driveway for which my father had been saving the oaks, he told me, “You know, I’ll see these grow in my lifetime, but it’s you and your children and their children who will really see them at their most beautiful. One day I’ll be gone, but you can look at these as their branches cover our driveway and remember this night and, hopefully, remember me.”

this day) cut a tree of a certain size on personal property without first petitioning the council and giving specific reasoning.

What my father said was so full of truth and is, on a smaller scale, the exact way the founders of our town have sought to preserve history—and a little of themselves in the process. They had the ability and willingness to imagine the industrious and prosperous life of a town in the midst of what was only a forest. And to preserve its natural integrity and as an ode to its beginnings, the first leadership in our village amidst the pines chose to preserve as much of the “forest” as possible.

For those of us who have had the privilege of growing up in Summerville, its landscape, like the landscape I once helped my father to create, is one that we have undoubtedly noticed but have probably taken for granted—as the monotony of every day has a tendency to make the familiar lose its charm no matter how beautiful. It is my privilege through this column to remind you to appreciate these “everyday things” once again. The truth is that our town sits in the midst of a forest of stately trees preserved not by chance but to maintain our town’s beauty and charm (and at one time, its economic vitality) and our quality of life;,very much like the humble plot of land that my own father has worked so hard to maintain as a reminder of my own heritage.

When the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company purchased a large tract of land in 1831 in the area adjacent to our village’s first settlement, early land deeds sold by the railroad required purchasers of the original 1-acre lots to preserve “not less than 15 pine trees…” out of concern for the growth of Summerville and for the need to control that growth at a reasonable rate. This later led to the town’s incorporation and the granting of its first charter on December 17, 1847. Shortly after the 1847 incorporation, a town seal was designed and its official motto was adopted: “Sacra Pinvs Esto.” Translated, “Let the pine be sacred.” The first act of the original council after the incorporation was a tree ordinance that passed in early 1848. In order to maintain control over what they called Summerville’s “precious asset,” no one could (or can to

The preservation of our trees even affected the deviation of the original grid-like street plans designed by the railroad. Barbara Lynch Hill writes in her history book published in 1998, “Like her trees, Summerville grew in a forest, scattered about…The first paths went around trees so when it came time to make way for streets, trees were generally not cut down.” The results are our “winding thoroughfares” adjacent and in the midst of uniform grids of streetscape. In 1925, the town’s official nickname “The Flowertown in the Pines,” was selected as homage to the pines—the result of a contest to pick a town slogan won by Virginia Lowndes Bailey for a $5 prize.

Henry David Thoreau wrote of his solitude among nature, “I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” With fear of being too “transcendental,” I encourage you, our reader, to explore your own heritage, to take pride in your town, and, perhaps, even revisit an old acquaintance among the pines. A *All facts are from Summerville, South Carolina, 1847-1997: Our History, Sesquicentennial Edition by Barbara Lynch Hill, copyright 1998.



Q&A with local painter and gallery partner Alexandra Kassing

Water Lily Reverie


Q. When did you develop an interest in visual arts? A. My mother and grandmother were both artists and developed my interest in art very early on. My mother specialized in pastel portraits and also painted murals in several rooms of our house. She was also a sculptor and designed silver jewelry. She was an art history major and had worked at the St. Louis Art Museum before I was born, so she had a ton of art books all over the house which I loved to look at growing up. My grandmother was an inspiration because she went back to get her MFA after she retired from teaching at age 65. She was a Kansas landscape painter, and my grandfather was a photographer. I worked with my grandmother in her studio when I spent summers in Kansas, and she introduced me to acrylic paints -- still my chosen AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010 35

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media. I was living with my grandparents during the year they moved a second old house onto their property and fixed it up as an art gallery and studio. People would come from miles around to visit their little pink gallery in the middle of the country. Although I always loved art and continued it as a hobby, I studied Biology and English in college. It wasn’t until the early 90’s when I lived in Paris for 5 years that art really became a passion again. I took a lot of art history and studio arts classes, and of course, visited the fabulous collections in the Paris museums. The experience was enough to inspire me for a lifetime! Q. Tell us about Art Central and the role you played in starting it. A. Art Central Gallery was started in 1998 by a group of local Summerville artists. They were encouraged by the town of Summerville, DREAM and others to open the gallery on “Short” Central avenue, which was quite run down at that time. The artists wanted to bring a thriving art community to Summerville and thought that someday “Short” Central could be a street lined with galleries, shops and restaurants -- much as it is today! As a gallery, we feel that we have a mission to support the Summerville community, and have been involved in various educational and community efforts. Through the years we have 36 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010

sponsored student exhibits and donated our art to various fundraisers. This past year, we presented our business plan as part of the Chamber “Leadership Dorchester” series, and have done fundraisers for community groups -- including our annual “Open Art Studio Tour” to benefit Meals on Wheels. We will have the Studio Tour again this year on April 17th. I joined Art Central six years ago, and have been very involved with it ever since -- holding jobs as Treasurer, President and now in Marketing. I am the Chair of the Third Thursday “Art Walk” which Art Central co-sponsors along with Summerville DREAM. Summerville is fortunate to have so many talented local artists and artisans who set up for “Art Walk” in booths all along “Short” Central. Art Central will sponsor the “Art Walk” again this year on Third Thursdays -- March through September.

Matisse... The French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists have really influenced me the most with their energetic strokes, use of bright light and vivid color.

Q. What is your medium of choice?

Q. What’s been getting a lot of play time in your ipod/cd player?

A. My favorite medium is acrylics which I love for their versatility and rich, bright colors. They are also a water-based medium and dry quickly, so they are ideal for my dynamic, colorful painting style. Q. Who is/are your favorite visual artist? A. It is so hard to choose one favorite artist! I love Delacroix, Turner, Courbet, Monet, Morisot, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin,

Q. Where do you find inspiration? A. My greatest source of inspiration comes from nature -- and we are blessed with magnificent natural beauty here in the Lowcountry. I also find myself drawn to water -- beaches, marshes, swamps, rivers, koi and lily ponds -- I love them all! I love the lively flow of water and the everchanging light reflections. When I paint a landscape, I try to “capture” a brief moment in time when I find nature the most sublime. But, I also leave the suggestion that this moment is fleeting, and the scene will be something quite different in just a short time.

A. I love a lot of different kinds of music. I’ll always be a big fan of 80s New Wave, classic rock and funk -- what I listened to in my “formative years” . But, in my studio while I’m working, I usually prefer jazz -like George Benson, Miles Davis or Lionel Hampton. The energy and free-form nature of jazz inspires me to keep it nice and loose while I paint. I’m not confined by lyrics and I can interpret the music in my own way as I paint.

My grandmother was an inspiration because she went back to get her MFA after she retired from teaching at age 65.



(Above) Verve (Below) Koi and Camellia 1

Q. How has Summerville’s art scene changed in the past 10 years? A. It is an exciting time for the Summerville art scene. Over the past 10 years as Art Central has grown, so have other arts groups -- such as Sculpture in the South, the Flowertown Players and The Summerville Community Orchestra. I also see an increased emphasis on the arts at the local high schools and, of course, Rollings School for the Arts. I am the President of the Summerville Artist Guild, which was established in 1977 and currently has about 50 artist-members. As the Guild President and Chair of the Third Thursday “Art Walks”, it has amazed me how many talented local artists and artisans we have living right here in Summerville. I think there is a real appreciation for the arts in Summerville with residents really embracing the arts as a vital part of their community.


Q. What do you see or wish for the next 10 years? A. I would love to see even more support for the arts community by the town and local residents. I would love to see every art exhibit space full of visitors and every performance sell out! It would also be wonderful if we had an arts center in downtown Summerville where the different arts groups could meet, exhibit, rehearse and perform. Q. Have you ever finished a piece that you couldn’t sell because you just had to keep it? A. I painted my childhood home and a view of the street that I didn’t want to part with. It evoked such familiar and happy memories that my sisters wouldn’t let me sell it either. I finally gave it to my mother.








Q. If you got the chance to paint anywhere or anyone, who or what would it be? A. I would really love to paint a scene under the ocean, but I think it would be so difficult to capture that miraculous world on canvas and do it justice. A To contact Alexandra Kassing: Art Central Gallery 225 South Cedar Street Summerville, SC 29483-6093 (843) 871-0297

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Recently, a new-fangled theory has been twirling in my head. To my wife’s dismay, I am notorious for espousing personal theories. Most notable is my “Cheese Theory,” which teaches that one can put cheese on any food (except sweets) and make it taste better. I will spare you from the rest of these theories but I do want to share with you a new idea that is surfacing in my scattered brain. Have you ever noticed that your greatest affections can cause great anxiety and stress in your life? At the beginning, I admit that my Type A personality may play a role in this caricature of humanity, but nonetheless I believe many of you can relate. Let me explain as I take you on a journey into some of my greatest affections.


For nearly three decades, I have stood firmly as a loyal Carolina Gamecocks football fan. Since the first time my father took me to the Willy B (Williams-Brice Stadium to my unex-

posed reader), I have bordered on fanatical in my following of this team. I will never forget asking my dad, “Who is the player who wears #2 Daddy?” His smooth response is etched in my childhood: “That’s Sterling Sharpe. He is the best receiver in the country.” Ever since that hallowed day, I have gritted my teeth through every Gamecock disappointment. I cannot tell you how many post-game sessions I have required to coax me off the ledge of frustration because of my beloved Gamecocks – a great affection that causes me endless anxiety.


Any golf fanatics out there? Does golf ever bring you stress? When your fade turns into a slice or when every putt seems to lip out, does your passion turn into anger or even rage? Maybe you won’t admit it but your disfigured club shaft that now sits in your garage illustrates my theory. The things we are most passionate about can bring great stress. AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010 41


How about parenting? I love my kids, but they bring immeasurable amounts of angst. My nine year-old daughter is the love of my life, but she stresses me out to no end. Her recent Taylor Swift infatuation, which reinforces the idea that life begins with the discovery of boys, has brought about personal insomnia. She recently asked me when she could have a boyfriend. I told her, “Sweetie, you already have a boyfriend (her DADDY!) and I’m not ready to breakup yet and probably won’t for a long time.” I can only imagine the stress awaiting me when my little girl becomes a teenager.


Does your spouse stress you out? I have the most endearing and loving wife. Tarah has been my constant friend and companion for more than a decade. She knows me so well that my slightest facial expression reads to her like a billboard. My love for her runs so deep that it can cripple me with fear. Moments where I am unsure of her safety have produced knots in my stomach that verge on panic attacks.

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67 JAMAR NESBIT Highschool Summerville College Univ. of South Carolina NFL Experience 11 Super Bowl Wins 1 Height 6’4” Weight 328 Birthdate 12/17/1976 Birthplace Heidelberg, Germany We recently sat down with former Greenwave standout Jamar Nesbit to talk football, family, and Friday nights. With the Saints incredible Super Bowl win, Nesbit became the first Greenwave alum to have won the big game.

Q. What is your history with football?

A. I started football on (Summerville) JV under Coach LaPrad, moved up to varsity at the end of the year and for 11th & 12th grade. I went to USC where I started as a freshman, graduated Dec. 1998, came out in 1999 and was not drafted. I was the only free agent rookie to make the Carolina Panthers roster. I played 5 games that first year and made the starting roster for the next three years. I spent one year in Jacksonville and then went to Saints in 2004.

Q. Do you have a favorite place that you used to like to go? A. In high school Applebee’s because all of the girls who used to work there. (laughs)

can’t say enough about is Sam Clark. I think he helped shape me more than anybody else I had probably met besides my father in Summerville. I owe a lot to coach Sam Clark as a man and as a football coach.

Q. What are your plans after the NFL?

Q. Is there anything you miss about Summerville?

A. I don’t have a firm grasp on it. I am lucky enough to have a bunch of different options, but right now I truly and honestly do not know.

Q.How excited are you about the Super Bowl?

A. I’ve been in the league for 11 years and this is the first opportunity I’ve had, so I am pretty excited about it. It’s one of those things you work for and finally to be at the doorstep of it, just to be able to experience it is great.

Q. Do you have a charity that Q. What are the best and worst you work with? things about being a profes- My wife and I have our own foundation: The Anonymous Angels foundation. It’s a lot of sional athlete? work but worth it. A. The best thing about being a pro athlete is that it offers you a platform to get things done that a lot of other people don’t have. It can be from something as minute as getting a speeding ticket fixed to giving talks and lectures at schools.

The worst thing about it is that there really isn’t any true privacy because everything we do is public knowlege. What we make, where we live, who our spouses are, who our kids are and those sorts of things.

Q. Are your family members big fans of football? A.Yeah, and it’s funny because before I started

My brother is an offensive line coach at Chowan University in NC, a division 2 school.

Q. In what way did Coach McKissick and the Summerville football program affect your life and your career?

Q. What are your best memories of Summerville?

A. Every Friday night under the lights at McKissick Stadium. The whole town shut down for those few hours for the football game. It was a different experience. I had never experienced anything like that before. I enjoyed the fact that it was a small town, and it was centered around high school and high school athletics.

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Q. Have you met anyone that just had you star struck?

A. I wouldn’t say “starstruck”, but I have met a lot of celebrities; Brad Pitt, Spike Lee, Kenny Chesney and a lot of other athletes that are considered great in what they do. So we’ve been really fortunate in that aspect of it: to be surrounded by a lot of great guys. Again, it goes back to that platform situation where it offers you a platform to meet people.

playing and before my brother and I got involved in it, we really weren’t football fans. If we wouldn’t have moved to Summerville, I probably wouldn’t have gotten involved in football.

My wife is from New Jersey, so everything is big and spread out and people stick to themselves and really don’t know their neighbors, but I kind of miss knowing everybody when you walk down the street or go to a store or whatever. A lot of people know me because of what I do, but I have no idea who they are. No matter who you were people either knew you or your parents or something, so there was always someone watching you or looking out for you.

A. Coach McKissick did a great job of hiring great assistant coaches, great men to help lead the kids. Coach McKissick is a great guy, he’s a good motivator and has been there for a long period of time, and has a lot of history behind him. He gave a lot of kids opportunities to have success on the football field. He’s done a lot for kids there. I think what gets overshadowed more than anything else are his assistant coaches that work for him. One in particular that I AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010 45

Birthplace of Sweet Tea Summerville’s unique role in the South’s most refreshing cultural phenomenon

Middleton Place The spot where tea first reached the U.S. (Opposite Page) Camellia Sinensis


here are not many things in this life that can embody the spirit and stride of a culture, that can bridge the gaps that divide us. In the South, sweet tea has leveled the proverbial playing field. There is some kind of mysterious power that is unleashed when a leaf brew and sugar are combined. It has proven to be bigger than any racial or socioeconomic diversity that can sometimes cause division. Whether it’s served in a plastic cup or a crystal glass, as Dolly Parton so poignantly put it, “sweet tea is the house wine of the south.” And you just might be surprised to find out what role Summerville played in the dawn of this refreshing cultural phenomenon. The tea plant, formally known as Camellia Sinensis, is a distant relative of the giant magnolia trees that grow so proudly along our Southeast Coastal Plains. Tea plants thrive in tropical and subtropical climates, characterized by heat, humidity, and rain. There are large areas of ideal tea-growing land in countries that have for years provided the world’s tea-China, Japan, 48 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010

and India. South Carolina’s Lowcountry has a small belt of like conditions. South Carolina is the first and only place in North America where tea has been grown and is the only state to ever have produced tea commercially. The first tea plant arrived in this country in the late 1700’s when French explorer and botanist, Andre Michaux (1746-1802), imported it, as well as other beautiful varieties of camellias, gardenias and azaleas to suit the aesthetic and eager longing of wealthy Charleston planters. He planted tea near Charleston at Middleton Barony, now known as Middleton Place Plantation [modern day Summerville].

named Dr. Charles Shepard, didn’t give up the dream of a prosperous American tea plantation. In 1888, he acquired 600 acres of the Newington Plantation property and established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation not far from the government’s farm, again in Summerville, South Carolina. He cultivated about 100 acres and built a factory to manufacture and package the tea. Dr. Shepard was confident that South Carolina would fill the void. In an interview quoted in an 1898 issue of Cosmopolitan, he said “In this field the American grower need fear no competition from the Orient. Such teas demand a high price; but if no better can be otherwise obtained, there will be no scarcity of buyers.”

In 1884, almost ten years after two failed attempts to grow tea, first in Greenville, SC and then in Georgetown, SC, the federal government became interested in this new tea experiment in the South. At this point, America was the world’s largest importer of tea and sought to profit from producing its own. An experimental governmental tea farm was established in Summerville. Four years later, however, the government gave up the effort, concluding that the area’s climate was too unstable to sustain a tea crop. Fortunately, a wealthy and scientific philanthropist

Dr. Shepard addressed the problem of securing laborers for the fields by building a free school for his employees on his Summerville farm, teaching them basic academics as well as how to pick tea, guaranteeing a strength of child labor while providing them with an education they might not otherwise obtain. In 1889, the U.S. Congress appropriated $1,000 for the Summerville tea experiments and another $700 for experiments with irrigation systems at the site. That same year, Shepard - who had been named “Special Agent in Charge of Tea Investigations”

by the U.S. Department of Agriculture wrote a report for the government on the status of his experiments.

(Above) Dr. Charles Shepard’s Pinehurst Residence (Left) Pinehurst Tea Farm 1902 (Below) Tea Farm students and schoolhouse Photos courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection

(Opposite Page) Pinehurst Tea Pickers Photo courtesy of James B. Waring

Shepard wrote, “It was well-known that the tea plant, Camellia thea, would thrive under the local climatic conditions; and that the tea made therefrom possessed excellent cup-qualities, if somewhat weak - possibly owing to faults in cultivation and curing.” He stated that under the right blend of circumstances - the necessary rainfall or irrigation, cheap labor, effective pruning of bushes and a protective tariff from the government - “pure commercial tea may be profitably raised in the Southern States, thereby supplying an easy and healthful livelihood to idle thousands and imparting a value to immense tracts of now waste land.” Shepard marketed his first Pinehurst Tea with the slogan, “From Bush to Cup, Quality, Purity and Economy.” He added, “The demand for (Pinehurst tea) has easily kept pace with the supply, in spite of its peculiar taste. But without a characteristic flavor, American tea can have no special advantage.” Whatever gave the Pinehurst tea its unique flavor, it was a big success: Dr. Shepard won the public’s favor at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where his tea won first prize. His oolong tea popularized iced tea, the way 85 percent of Americans drink it today. The Pinehurst Tea Plantation and its flower gardens became a popular attraction for visitors to Summerville’s popular resort inns. President Theodore Roosevelt visited Shepard to see the tea-making operation during a trip to the Pine Forest Inn. Dr. Shepard’s plantation thrived until his death in 1915, after which it lay abandoned until 1960. That was when the Lipton Company bought the property. Lipton salvaged the remaining plants and used them to open a research facility on Wadmalaw Island. Lipton soon decided, as the federal government had over a century earlier, that an unstable climate and high costs of labor made American tea production unfeasible. In 1987, Mack Fleming, the former manager of the Lipton project, and William B. Hall, an expert, third generation tea taster trained in London, purchased the


farm from Lipton to establish the 127 acre Charleston Tea Plantation. In 1987 the tea from Charleston Tea Plantation, derivatives of Dr. Shepard’s Camellia Sinensis, earned the honor of the Official White House Tea. Many believe that this great southern beverage, known to us as sweet tea, had its birth at the St. Louis World Fair, the same year Dr. Shepard won “Best Tea,” when a British dealer added ice to his tea to accommodate guests in the sweltering heat. This simply isn’t the case. Pat Villmer of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society, wrote that iced tea, “wasn’t invented at the World’s Fair. The good people of the South were serving iced tea in their homes long before the fair. It was just popularized at the fair.” In 1890, years prior to the fair, an article documenting a reunion of confederate soldiers, presents evidence that iced tea had been consumed years before the popular 1904 account of the British dealer first adding ice to his tea. “The following figures will convey some idea of the amount of provision used at Camp Jackson during the recent encampment. There were 4,800 pounds of bread, 11,705 pounds of beef, 407 pounds of ham, 21 sheep, 600 pounds of sugar, 6 bushels of beans, 60 gallons of pickles, and a wagon load of potatoes. It was all washed down with 2,220 gallons of coffee and 880 gallons of iced tea. The committee expended $3,000, a little in excess of the amount subscribed, for the entertainment of the old soldiers.” Lets look back at the facts. The tea plant made its U.S. landing in Summerville. Summerville was also the site of the first commercial tea plantation, as well as the government’s tea farm. Let’s not forget the article documenting the confederate reunion. So I’m going to do it. In regards to Summerville’s role in the great Southern drink of tea, ice, and sugar, I’m going to step out on a pretty thick limb and say it. Come on and say it with me, Summerville is the birthplace of sweet tea. My appeal to all Summervillians; take pride, take ownership. I feel the need to say it again... Summerville is the birthplace of sweet tea. Cheers. A



When we first saw Don and Eleanor Koets W. 5th Street cottage, it didn’t take long to see what kind of people they were. Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Don and Eleanor wear theirs on their walls-Walls that are covered with images and items collected over a lifetime. It is a living scrapbook of sorts that documents the stories that have shaped their lives. Eleanor, a local photographer, bought the cottage in 1980. When she first toured the inside, the rooms were separated with shower curtains nailed to the molding. The kitchen counter was rotten and covered with bright red contact paper and the back porch had long turned to mulch. Being an artist she could see the potential and for $33,000 it was hers. She loved the place but it needed a lot of work. She recalled fondly her mother’s visit just after she moved in. “My mother was trying to be as nice as possible, She looked at me and said, ‘I know that you are excited about having your own home, but honey.’ ” But Eleanor rolled up her sleeves and got to work, making improvements as time and money allowed. In 1981 Eleanor took a class, for fun, at the College of Charleston. She noticed this handsome guy, sitting a couple of rows over, and soon set in motion a plan to meet him. “I invited the class out for pizza and beer and Don was there. He called the next day to thank me for setting it up. I proposed that we do it again sometime. He still teases me that I had to ask him out.” One year later Don (a local optometrist) and Eleanor were married. Their first child, Julia, was born within the first year of the marriage and their son, Joseph, came along two years later. Don and Eleanor both share a love for collecting and cherishing old things, adding their stories to their own. A old pine hutch sits in their den, bought from an older lady who lived next door and worked for years at Bunch’s store on Carolina Ave/Linwood Ln., “When stripping and refinishing it became our courtship project, we knew we were home to stay.” Don admits that Eleanor is the creative mind behind the evolution of their house and its unique decor. “She will find things from my childhood and within a day or two, she has



“...the house was built in 1920 (per newspapers used as

insulation in the pine flooring); the three similar houses on the street were probably built as guest cottages for the Squirrel Inn.”

Don and Eleanor Koets on the front porch of their W. 5th Street cottage

turned it into a beautiful piece. “I would never have thought to do all that she does, but I love it.” It was Don’s know-how and willingness, however, that transformed those ideas into reality. This little cottage had seen some rough days, and it took a lot of work over the years to get it into shape. Central heat and air were added in 1983; the upstairs attic was converted to children’s bedrooms, a bath, and a playroom in 1986, along with kitchen renovations. At the time of the work, son Joseph was still crawling and older sister Julia was 3. “I can still remember their toddling around in all that plaster

dust from fallen ceilings. Both of our children were born and raised in this house, and it’s still home, sweet home thirty years later.” From the mantel that came out of Eleanor’s grandmother’s farmhouse to the wainscoting made from their collection of old five panel-doors, it is easy to see that this family has a unique vision. They collect and enjoy the things that truly make them happy. They say, “Home is where the heart is.” In the case of the Koets’ cottage, the beat is steady and strong. A AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010 57

“I once read some wise advice about things we keep: ‘Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.’ I hope it’s also apparent in this home of ours that there’s a story associated with each thing, and that there’s not a thing we don’t use or delight in! A labor of love... this house and our lives shared in it.” -Eleanor Koets 58 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2010




first met Berlin G. Myers last year at a Summerville D.R.E.A.M. event. Like many, he was sitting with a plate in his lap, enjoying the goodies from the buffet. People stand out in a crowd for a number of reasons; whether it’s an engaging personality or a show stopping get up. If anyone has earned the right to boast a bit, it would be him. But that’s not what he’s about. Who he is, is a humble man. A man of few words. A man who chooses to speak with his actions.


Whether it was the death of his mother at business more efficient while revolutionizing the an early age or the influence of a family of ingenu- lumber industry. “It was a terrible way to learn, but a ity, there was something that motivated Berlin G. lot of wartime technology helped us update the way Myers to “work”. When most ten-year-olds were we ran business operations.” Business was booming, playing marbles and trading baseball cards, young but life was about to take another detour, and this Berlin was busy launching his first venture into time it was way off the familiar route. capitalism. Two years before the Great Depression, Berlin G. Myers never had any political his father helped him set up a roadside pantry-style ambition. With the urging of many, he entered into store, selling cold drinks and snacks to the farmers a race that would dramatically alter the course of and loggers of the area. Berlin spent most summers his life. As he puts it, “I was talked into it.” In 1965, at his aunt and uncle’s house, getting up at 6am to Berlin won the election and the office of mayorwork the family lumber mill. This is where Berlin pro-tem under Mayor Allen Luke. Mayor Luke honed his business skills and mastered his gift of died in 1971 and Myers moved into the position customer service. of mayor. One year later, along with two other can In 1939, only one year after graduating didates, Myers ran for mayor and won the election. from Summerville High School, Berlin took over Even now, after 45 years of public service, Mayor the business, and Berlin G. Myers Lumber Co. was Myers will not claim the title of politician. “I serve born. When the lumber company the town of Summerville and her first opened, it sold lumber. With When most tenpeople.” a busy schedule, Berlin made time year-olds were Mayor Myers’ work ethic is to continue courting Janie Farmer. one of legend. It is extremely rare They married that June. Berlin playing marbles to see someone hold a single ofwas finally fulfilling his childhood and trading basefice through such growth. When dream. But his life was about to Myers became mayor, there were ball cards, young take its first detour. only 3,700 residents of Summerville. Today there are over 45,000. Just six months after the Berlin was busy start of the business came Pearl A lot of progress has happened launching his Harbor. Knowing he would be since 1972: from the parkway and called to serve, Berlin ran the first venture into the new town hall, to the police company tight, not wanting to departments growth from two ofcapitalism. leave for war with a large amount ficers to eighty nine. of inventory. In 1943, he received his draft papers. In 1999, Janie Myers passed away. I can only The Myers’ first child was only nine months old imagine that it was the service to all of those who when Berlin boarded up the shop and left with the depended on him that got him through the tough Army. He was part of the Normandy Invasion and time. A couple of years later, Myers remarried. Now, ended up spending two and a half years serving in ten years down the road, Berlin and Marlena Myers WWII. Berlin arrived home in Summerville in the continue the Myers’ legacy of serving the people of winter of 1946. He made immediate plans to re- Summerville. open the business. At the age of 93, Mayor Myers is still doing The Myers’ continued to grow their new what he has always done best: Work. He is hard at family. Berlin Jr. was born in 1947. Three years later work doing his part to insure a better place to live. they welcomed Marie and completed their family Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent in 1957 with the birth of Jimmie. As Americans inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” began to settle into the post-war era, many were The life of Berlin G. Myers has not only proved to looking to build a new life and they began to spend be one of the most influential in the history of our their money. Berlin G. Myers Lumber Co. began town, it also serves as a potent source of influence to flourish and Berlin started working to make his to all who strive for greatness. A


Friends of Berlin and Sculpture in the South have slated the installation of a sculpture relief portrait of Honorable Mayor Berlin G. Myers, Sr. for early spring. The bronze, created by Garland A. Weeks of Lubbock, TX, will be mounted on a stone plinth in the Town Hall courtyard. The Honorable Mayor Myers’ bronze portrait marks the twenty-first sculpture of Summerville’s permanent public sculpture collection. Clay portrait of The Honorable Mayor Berlin G. Myers, Sr. in mid-production by Garland A. Weeks. (Photo by Garland A. Weeks)

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EVENTS CALENDAR THEATER THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon directed by Emma Scott (female version) & Barry Schafer (male version) MALE VERSION: April 30, May 6, 8 & 14 at 8 pm Sunday Matinee: May 16 at 2pm FEMALE VERSION: May 1, 7, 13, & 15 at 8pm Sunday Matinee: May 9 at 2pm (Mother’s Day!) A battle of the sexes! Both versions will be produced and YOU the audience will choose which version you enjoyed the best. Both productions are based on the relationship of two mismatched roommates, one neat and uptight, the other easygoing yet slovenly. 133 South Main Street (843) 875-9251 Single Tickets: $20 for Adults, $17 for Seniors, $15 for Students NEW ORIGINAL WORKS by Local Playwrites May 27, 28, and 29 at 8pm May 30 at 2pm New directors, new stars, new scripts, and new ideas. $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors, $20 for Students

COMMUNITY THIRD THURSDAY March, April, and May (5:00-8:00 p.m.) - BUY LOCAL! Come and join us in Historic Downtown Summerville (on South Main Street, Hutchinson Square and [Short] Central Avenue) as we celebrate our continued ‘THIRD THURSDAY’ - Shops will be open late with specials - Call our office (843-821-7260) for more info. Location: Historic Downtown Summerville (near Hutchinson/Town Square, Little Main Street and Short Central Ave.)


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ART WALK - THIRD THURSDAY (5:00-8:00 p.m.) - In addition to the monthly ‘Third Thursday’ events, you are invited to join us for the start of this year’s ART WALK on Short Central Ave. in Historic Downtown Summerville. Local artists and fine crafts - Entertainment - Shops open late with special promotions. Call our office (843-821-7260) for details. Location: Short Central Ave. and Little Main St. - Historic Downtown Summerville FLOWERTOWN FESTIVAL RUN/WALK 10k, 5k and one mile races Saturday, March 13, 2010 Come “kick-off” the Festival with over 1,000 runners by running through the beautiful streets of downtown Summerville. A great warm-up to the Cooper River Bridge Run and also a great way to enjoy Springtime in the South! For more information contact the YMCA at 843-871-9622 or visit SUMMERVILLE FAMILY YMCA FLOWERTOWN FESTIVAL 2010 Friday, March 26, 9am-5pm Saturday, March 27, 9am-5pm Sunday, March 28, 9am-4pm More than 200 artists and crafters from all over the country display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Each day during the 3 day event brings you live entertainment, a Children’s Jubilee, and a tennis tournament to enjoy. Additionally, fabulous festival foods are prepared to tempt your taste buds and to give you a “taste” of Summerville and the Lowcountry. Contact the YMCA at 843-871-9622 or visit for more information CAMELLIA WALKS - Middleton Place Through - March 27 (Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday) Special guided tours focus on camellias throughout the original gardens as well as the “new” camellia garden of the 1950s. Middleton Place has hundreds of varieties, including the 1786 Reine des Fleurs, one of the first camellias planted in America. Tours begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Garden Market & Nursery and last approximately 1½ hours.

Reservations are required. Regular admission. Call 843-556-6020 WAR HORSES - Middleton Place Saturday, March 27 Learn about the significant role mounted soldiers played in the American War for Independence. See authentic equipment, weapons and uniforms with re-enactors commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Rantowle’s Bridge. Mounted demonstrations will be performed throughout the day at this Revolutionary War living history event. Regular admission. Call 843-556-6020 SPRING WINEFEST - Middleton Place Wednesday, March 31 and April 7 Mother Nature works her magic everyday of the year at Middleton Place, but her boldest and most colorful display is definitely in the Spring. Come enjoy a Spring Wine Tasting overlooking the famous Azalea Hillside. Thousand of azaleas, dogwood and wisteria bloom each spring with their glorious colors reflecting in the water of the Rice Mill Pond. Tasting will be 5:30 – 7:00 pm and by reservation only. Cost is $20 per person. For reservations, call 843-556-6020

MUSIC SUMMERVILLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Musique de Fleur March 27, 2010 7 PM Summerville Baptist Church, Central Avenue, Summerville Scheherazade May 23, 2010 7 PM Ashley Ridge High School Hwy 165, Summerville Contact the SCO at 843-873-5339 or visit for more information

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2010 DOWNS BYRD MEMORIAL OYSTER ROAST & SILENT AUCTION Many came out to “Show Some Love” for the SPCA at the 10th Annual Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast and Silent Auction. The largest fundraiser for the SPCA was held, February 6, 2010 at the Miler Country Club. With the economic situation, 2009 was another active year of pets being dropped off at the SPCA. This event is a great fundraiser to help with feeding and sheltering these animals until they find them loving, forever homes. For information on Frances R. Willis SPCA visit


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