Azalea Magazine Summer 2010

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

A MASTER OF GLASS Lex Melfi Carves Out His Own Vision


JOSH TURNER This Country Superstar Is Showing Music City How It’s Done in the Lowcountry


SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE One Girl’s Quest To Outgrow Hunger

SAturdAy, July 3rd Celebrate the holiday in Hutchinson Square Saturday, July 3, 5–8pm Music, food, fun and games for all ages. Join our parade! Decorate bikes, trikes and little red wagons–even your family and pets and come enjoy our old-fashioned patriotic celebration! Call 843.821.7260 for more information.

SuNdAy, July 4th Summerville’s Spectacular 4th of July Celebration! Fireworks begin at 9pm The Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex located at Gahagan at 515 W. Boundary Street Do bring chairs and blankets. Do not bring alcohol, fireworks or unleashed pets. [[[ WYQQIVZMPPIHVIEQ SVK

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SuNdAy, July 4th Join us on July 4th for an American Celebration

4–8:30pm (ends in time to enjoy the Town’s fireworks display!) A fantastic outdoor tradition for the entire family. • South Carolina BBQ Buffet by Quelogy and other food stations with true American favorites • Local retail booths, art displays and presentations • Wonderful art-focused kids activities • Festive local music Plus a closing performance by the Summerville Community Orchestra at 6:30pm. [SSHPERHWMRR GSQ

Advanced tickets available through Woodlands until July 2nd: $8 adults & $3 children ages 4–12. (Tickets at the door: $10 adults & $5 children) Ticket proceeds benefit local charities. Limited parking on grounds, parking provided in the Summerville Baptist Church Parking Lot – Shuttles provided complimentary Call Woodlands Inn for tickets & further information 843.875.2600




9 Editor’s Letter 10 Letters 11 Contributors

12 LIFE 12 GARDENING 13 MODERN SOUTHERN LADY 14 CRAFTING 16 SUMMER SIPPER: Mint Julep 21 STYLE 21 Entertaining Summer 22 Great Hair And Makeup For Every Occasion 26 Health & Wellness 26 Understand the Sun 27 Healthy Summer Dog 28 How To Stick With Your Fitness Plan


/ COLUMNS 30 / Taste THE LOWCOUNTRY PALATE 5 regional recipes and their history by The Carolina Gourmand

36 / History OUR OWN LITTLE SLICE How Hutchinson Square shaped and continues to shape our community by Katie DePoppe


38 / Arts LEX MELFI One of America’s best glass carvers, has his studio tucked deep in Historic Summerville


An adventure that will change your view of the world, that will alter your soul, and give you a connection with God unlike any other adventure by Will Browning

Take a Fresh New Look at The Ponds! I

f you’re looking for a real community with great home values and even better amenities, come take a look at The Ponds. Located just 5 miles from Summerville’s town square, The Ponds has all the things you’re looking for in the place you decide to call home: • Centuries-old Live Oaks • Outdoor Amphitheatre • On-site YMCA • On-site EMS and Fire Station • Restored 1800’s Farmhouse • Community Pool and Pavilion • Parks and Playgrounds • 1,100 acre Nature Preserve • Trail System • Private Fishing Lakes

Introducing Rowhouse Singles at The Ponds

Introducing DR Horton at The Ponds

Introducing Harbor Homes at The Ponds

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Never before seen in Charleston, these one-and two story homes feature porches, 9' ceilings and two car garages.

Harbor Homes brings their Traditions series to The Ponds.

Plans starting at 1,761 Sq. Ft. and priced from the high $100’s.

Ten plans starting at 1,466 Sq. Ft. and priced from the low $200’s. 843.832.6100 Harbor Homes | DR Horton | Sabal Homes | David Weekley Homes

Five plans starting at 2,546 Sq. Ft. and priced from the high $200’s.

Your next vacation could be closer than you think. Sometimes the best vacations are just around the corner! Now is the perfect time to plan a minivacation close to home – especially when our community has so much


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

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to offer. Why not go golfing, kayaking, tour a plantation, eat at one of many fine restaurants, or browse in the

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one-of-a-kind shops around town. Stop by the Summerville Visitor Center for even more great ideas! Or visit our web site at

ISSUES WINTER December January February SPRING March April May

Summerville Visitor Center 302 N. Main Street Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat 10-3; Sun 10-4

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56 60 46 Summer Day Trip Guide

Three local getaways naturally designed to offer more than enough family fun and relaxation to last all summer long

56 Josh Turner: Deep South Soul

This country music superstar is showing Music City how it’s done in the Lowcountry by Will Rizzo

60 Living History

When a house is more than a home, it becomes part of the family by Will Rizzo

68 Sow The Seeds Of Love One girl’s quest to outgrow hunger by Will Rizzo

74 Seasonal Calendar 76 Kid’s Meal Deals

75 For the Cause

75 It Takes A Village by Celeste Massey 77 Summerville Miracle League & BBQ For Baseball

79 Summerville Area Real Estate


ON THE COVER Country Music Superstar Josh Turner. Photo: Courtesy of MCA Nashville AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010

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The classic Andy Williams tune, It’s the Most Wonderful

Time of the Year, is one of my favorite songs. It just makes me feel

good. But I think that the writers got it wrong. I love Christmas time, but for me, Summer is the best time of the year.

There are so many things about this season that stimulate

the senses: the feel of the sun warming the skin, the smell of chlorine in the warm breezes, and the feel of fresh cut grass under your feet.

In this, our first Summer issue, we point out a few places

close by, that are naturally designed to compliment our great summer-

time weather. “Summer Day-Trip Guide” (page 46) highlights three local destinations. From world class canoeing, to perfectly preserved nature, these local getaways are sure to provide plenty of family fun and relaxation, without having to bring along half of the house.

So get outside and see what kind of summer fun our beautiful

area has to offer. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and after all, it is SUMMERville.

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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.


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MANNA OF HISTORY First of all CONGRATULATIONS on such an informative magazine! I taught eighth grade South Carolina History for 28 years at Alston Middle School before becoming the social studies coordinator for Dorchester Two. Today I teach graduate courses at CSU and occasionally the College of Charleston, as well as, supervise student teachers. But my love is history and your magazine is “manna” for local, state, and national history. I plan on incorporating many of the articles into lessons I prepare and add your magazine to the list of resources for my student teachers. Becky Dingle, Summerville THANKS TO THE MAYOR This magazine is great for Summerville. Thank you for your article on Mayor Berlin Myers. No one will ever be able to fill his shoes. I’ll be looking forward to the next issue of Azalea with much anticipation. Joan McKissick, Summerville


WONDERFUL PEOPLE I am in love with your magazine. It is absolutely beautiful and is just what Summerville needs to highlight its wonderful people and wonderful surroundings. Stacy Stagliano, Summerville LOVE THE PHOTOS I love the photographs you all have in the new magazine—in fact, I love everything about it. Vicki Besse, Summerville FANTASTIC ISSUE Fantastic March issue! Especially loved the article on tea and the recipes from The Carolina Gourmand. Judy Burn, Summerville

/ CONTRIBUTORS < Katie DePoppe / writer

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

Liz Graham / writer >

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?

< Dottie Langley Rizzo / photographer

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.


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 the past three years, for Charleston Fashion Week.

< 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 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.

Celeste Massey / writer >

A local business owner, Celeste believes in Azalea Magazine and all it has to offer. Her hobbies include decorating, creating and writing. She is always thinking of ways to do everything better. With her zeal for the community and her love for God, she is continually looking for a way to brighten someone’s day.

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The things to enjoy in the South’s slow pace.



Main items to be mindful of going into the Summer here in Summerville... WATER WATER WATER....Keep an eye on the water in your yard.

work wonderfully for brightening up those shady spots. And let me not forget my favorite plant, HYDRANGEAS! Again, tons of varieties to choose from. The Endless Summer is one that blooms for the majority of the Summer. You can get it in the blue/purple color or the Blushing Bride white. They make for nice cut flowers inside your home as well. The Variegated Blue Lacecap ( Mariesii Variegata) is a must for your garden.

If we are having dry spells, your plants may need more water. However, if we tend to get frequent rain, you may be just fine. The other problem is if we are getting alot of rain and your yard has areas that don’t drain well, you could end up with plants having too much water. Just pay attention to how your yard and garden are doing where the water is concerned.

Don’t forget Vegetables and Herbs!

The other item or items you may encounter are BUGS...

There are so many different kinds that like to feast on our gardens. Fortunately there are sprays that can take care of most of them. Japanese Beetles are one of our common Summer pests. Clemson Extension can also be very helpful in identifying an insect or fungus and which treatment you may need to use.

For color in your garden for the Summer months, there so many options!

Knock Out Roses are a must! LOW MAINTENANCE and COLOR all the way up until the first frost. The roses come in shades of pink, red, and yellow. The Yellow or Sunny Knock Out Rose also has a wonderful fragrance. Lantana and Verbena are two perinnals (come back next year) that just keep blooming and blooming! Cut these two back


in the Winter and wait to see them again in the Spring. Salvia, May Knight (purple), being one of my favorites is another Summer bloomer to take note of. Vinca is an annual (needs to be replanted each year) that comes in many colors and is able to stand our hot sunny Summers. Marigolds and Zinnias are also annuals that withstand our heat and bring bright color to containers or garden.

For shady areas, there are also a lot of different plants to choose from.

Acanthus has a big beautiful shiny green leaf and then blooms with a tall spike covered in blossoms. Hostas and varieties of Heuchera

If you don’t have room to do a big in ground Vegetable/Herb Garden, you can always have a Container Garden. Tomatoes, Herbs, Squash, Peppers, and Eggplants etc. can all be done in containers that won’t take upmuch space but give you a great feeling when you can go out and pick your FRESH food and seasonings. I have mentioned just a few plants...there are many more! Come and see me for more suggestions! HAPPY PLANTING!

Elizabeth Ward Ward’s Nursery / Matthew Ward Landscapes 465 W. Butternut Rd., Summerville 695.1193




I often talk about “spinning plates”. How many spinning plates can I keep balancing before one drops and breaks? I know all about this circus act, I am a working mom with two very young children. What working mom doesn’t feel like she needs to be a circus performer, spinning as many plates as possible and doing a fabulous job of it? It is all about the work-life balance. What an ancient topic of conversation, but one that my girlfriends and I love to lament. After bringing the children to school/day care and working a full day, we are still responsible for getting groceries and dry cleaning, buying birthday cards, taking the children to the doctor, staying in touch with friends and family, running to the drug store for a prescription, planning for tomorrow’s weather, preparing a tasty (hopefully nutritious) meal, getting the Princess to soccer practice, playing happy employee, wife and mother… all with that Mary Poppins-like smile. Now listen! I don’t want to depress you. Really I want to help you and to let you in on a secret… if you are a working mom; you just need to EMBRACE THE MOMENT. Let go of the days when you are frustrated with slow people, the lack of responses to your emails, long meetings and bumper to bumper traffic. Don’t have such high expectations of people, don’t allow yourself to feel disappointed. Instead, just relish in this these three words… EMBRACE. THE. MOMENT. Realize that your children don’t mind if your emails go unanswered or if there are too many shoes by the front door. They don’t mind if you had a bad hair day, or forgot to pick up the dry cleaning. They don’t even care if you serve veggies with dinner. They just want you. And they want you present. So, let go. Enjoy your babes. They are only young once and each day with them smiling at you and loving you, that is certainly a gift from God. So, if one (or even two) of your plates fall – that’s OK. You cannot transform yourself overnight. Just sit back, breathe and EMBRACE. THE. MOMENT. AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010



Earring Display ' ( )

Select a frame you like, old or new, it doesn’t matter, as long as it looks good! We’ve selected a large pink frame and a smaller green one as well. Take out the backing and (very carefully) remove the glass. We won’t use the glass at all, so store that somewhere safe. Place your frame backing on your lace, cutting out a lace square a little bigger than your frame backing- we add about half and inch to each side. Then place your backing on your colored paper, trace an outline, and cut out a piece of paper that will fit squarely on your frame backing. Glue your paper down onto your frame backing, making sure you push out any bubbles or wrinkles. Once your paper is secure, lay your lace down flat, flip your backing over (wrong-side up) and grab your trusty glue gun- it’s time to add our lace!


We like to start in the center of the top and bottom and work our way to the edges when gluing our lace- this will make sure the lace sits evenly across your backing. Pull the lace slightly, from top to bottom, to make sure it is tight across the colored paper on the front of the frame backing, and glue! Repeat along the sides, again starting in the center on both sides, pull tight, and glue. Once you’ve glued all the way around, feel free to cut off any excess lace. Return your beautiful paper-and-lace backing to your frame and enjoy showing off both your jewelry and your craftiness!

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Take some time and bring the entire family, including Fido, to our newly expanded 8-acre nursery.

Ward’s Nursery and Landscapes offers traditional trees, fruit trees, herbs, vegetables evergreens, flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals distinguished to the Lowcountry. Gaze into the four ponds for a bounty of water gardening ideas. Choose from a large array of rock, stone or boulders to accent your backyard oasis. Meander through our display of walkways, patios, and pergolas. Come out and see; you may just never want to leave.

Ward’s Nursery and Matthew Ward Landscapes are now both owned and operated by Matthew Ward.

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Insider tips on the latest fashions, trends, and classic staples.

Entertaining Summer These four, summer inspired, festive pieces are sure to make any warm weather get-together an instant hit.

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Hand Made Shell Candelabras $495 (set of two) Marigolds

Footed Shell plates $18-$28 each, assorted sizes Marigolds

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Gurgle Pot $46.50 Large $24.50 Small Piazza Home




Ideas for Short Hair




HAIR: Apply moroccan oil into hair to give sun protection and moisture. Comb hair into sleek and fresh style.

HAIR: Apply Oribe Volumista to wet hair and dry with hands into tosseled shape. Finish with Oribe Rough Luxury Wax for textured look.

HAIR: Go bold with this edgy do. Roll both sides into the center and pin. Curl ends and finish with Oribe Super Fine spray. Slick sides behind ear with Oribe Gel Serum.

MAKEUP: Lightly brush on BareMinerals spf foundation to protect skin. BareMinerals nude gloss for lips.

MAKEUP: BareMinerals light foundation for flawless skin. Shape eyes with BareMineral Shadows in Hottie for the lid and Sex Kitten for the crease. Finish with Faux Tan on the cheeks and Trixie Gloss on the lips for a soft day look.

MAKEUP: For a more defined eye, add more color with BareMineral shadow in Trophy and Sex Kitten. Brighten cheeks with Giddy Pink and finish with bold red lip in Red Delicious by BareMinerals.



Ideas for Medium to Long Hair




HAIR: Look fresh at the beach with loose braided pig tails. Spray with Phyto Sun Protection and then braid.

HAIR: Using a large barrel curling iron, give hair a wavy, sexy, style for daytime. Spray each section with Bumble and Bumble Does It All spray. Softly finger through waves for a soft, beautiful, maintenance free style that will last all day.

HAIR: Transition your sexy, wavy day look into this side swept updo for evening. Secure with bobby pins. Finish with Bumble and Bumble classic hair spray.

MAKEUP: BareMinerals spf foundation in medium tan. Gloss lips with Nude from BareMinerals.

MAKEUP: Add beauty blush for the cheeks and enhance eyes with BareMinerals Princess and Bark shadows. Soften lips with Bellini lip color by BareMinerals.

MAKEUP: Make the eyes brighter with BareMineral shadow in Azure and line with Sex Kitten. Add a golden glow with Golden Gate blush and Amaretto lips.




Understand The Sun

Knowing how the sun effects your skin can help you beat the heat

UVB UVB-The chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging. Its intensity varies by season, location, and time of day. The most significant amount of UVB hits the U.S. between 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October.


UVA UVA-Penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), but until recently scientists believed it did not cause significant damage in areas of the epidermis (outermost skin layer) where most skin cancers occur.

SPF only measures protection against UVB rays. For a more complete protection, look for a sunscreen product that contains a combination of the following ingredients: stabilized avobenzone, ecamsule (a.k.a. Mexoryl™), oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before exposure to the sun. 28 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Healthy Summer Dog

• If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child’s wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in. • Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water. • Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun’s heat is less intense.

Invest in your child’s future. It’s worth the sacrifice.

• Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog’s paws. • Dogs that are brachycephalic (shortfaced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have a hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.

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1. SET GOALS Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. For example, if you haven’t exercised in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk five minutes once or twice a day. An intermediate goal might be to walk 20 minutes three or four times a week. A long-term goal might be to complete in a 5K walk.

2. MAKE IT FUN Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you’re not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Join a volleyball or softball league. Take a ballroom dancing class. Check out a health club or martial arts center. Discover your hidden athletic talent. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be drudgery — and you’re more likely to stick with a fitness program if you’re having fun.

3. MAKE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE If it’s hard to find time for exercise, don’t fall back on excuses. Schedule workouts as you would any other important activity. You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Be creative! Take a walk during your child’s music lesson. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Pedal a stationary bike or do strength training exercises with resistance tubing while you watch TV at night.

4. JOIN FORCES WITH FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS OR OTHERS You’re not in this alone. Invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. Work out with your partner or other loved ones. Play soccer with your kids. Organize a group of neighbors to take fitness classes at a local health club.

5. REWARD YOURSELF After each exercise session, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help, too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise. 30 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010

Suzanne Morgan I stay in shape year round by keeping my goals challenging yet attainable; going outside my comfort zone shows me great results in the end. Marlene Cuggy I stay in shape by setting goals for myself. My yoga practice keeps my body & mind focused. Sylke Cuylits I believe the combination of considerate training, along with appropriate nutrition,emotional happiness, & adequate patience will be the foundation of a healthy & happy life. Leslie Wright Staying in shape year round for me; Looking good on the outside Fabulous! Feeling good on the inside PRICELESS!!!!!

These beautiful ladies all work as personal trainers at the Summerville Family YMCA.

Nicole Moore-Martine Working out with friends keeps me accountable and also adds a lot of fun. Danielle Poli I stay focused year round by wanting to be healthy, I get my motivation from knowing I’m setting a life example for my young daughter.

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/ TASTE 2010 Summer Fare:


THE LOWCOUNTRY PALATE As the ‘Ides of March,’ most happily exits the Lowcountry, all eyes scour the landscape anticipating the blooming Tulip Trees and the majestic crowning of our Bradford Pears. Yes, Mother Nature graces us with her copious artistry which converts our lovely land into a plethora of warm colors as our azaleas blush forward with their myriad of hues, spring is in full power and Summerville once more takes its place as the princess of the ball. Summer brings everything to life in the Lowcountry, which we fondly call – “the growin’ season.” Even our intrepid Carolina Gourmand once more reclaims his hegemony over the outdoor cookers while sipping some ‘Carolina Tea’ on the back deck; and inhales the whiff of hickory, delicately smoking a Boston Butt, and, “y’all gy’it t’gether” (the seasonal call for a party) rings out across backyards. We now begin raiding our personal little plots for fresh veggies and berries as if we were intrepid gardners. Or, for the more urban soul, make that adventurous trip to one of our local farmer’s markets doting the towns and by-ways to the beaches. We do classify these little excursions surprising because one never knows where, or when they will come upon ‘a new find’ and what’s occupying those sorely worn, antique bins. Of course, the first thing that catches our eyes is the imaginative construction holding this diminutive conglomeration of wood together – “do we really want to walk inside?” -But of course- each ‘road-side’ stand is filled with a kaleidoscope of fresh, local vegetables, home grown fruit, goober-peas, and more often than not, a collection of colorful, rhythmic tales of the Lowcountry. You will not return home ‘un-pleased.’ So, since summer provides us with ingredients to enjoy ‘outside’ cooking, fresh backyard vegetables and local fruit; join me in exploring some of the ‘goodies’ that grace us from the earth, tease our sweet tooth, and sound out, “y’all come back now.” by

The Carolina Gourmand AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010


There is nothing more summer than watermelons, sweet-tea, and tomatoes. These are the quintessential fare found daily (I’m not sure about those residing on the west side of I-95) on a Lowcountry plate, along with rice and grits. Let’s begin our journey by looking at one of the region’s more favorite summer side dishes and that is Southern tomato pie, which is a rich blend of flavors that always goes along with the attitude of Southern, colorful mixtures. Our Carolina Lowcountry provides a rich supply of these summertime delights, and nothing is better than sitting on a porch swing sampling a fresh-baked ‘mater’ pie and sharing old tales and enjoying family and friends. The following recipe comes from an old friend who would bring several plates to every get-together and, unfortunately, if you weren’t in the front of the line, you would generally miss-out. ISLAND “MATO PIE” 9” Pie shell 3 Peeled tomatoes Green onions Salt & pepper Basil (pinch) Chives (pinch) Fried bacon 1/2 Cup mayo 1/2 Cup sour cream 1 Cup sharp cheese Cook a 9” pie shell at 400 deg for 15 mins. Slice 3 peeled tomatoes and lay in pie shell. Finely chop 3 green onions and spread over tomatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper and a pinch of basil and a pinch of chives over everything. Crumble 10 pieces of crisp bacon and add to pie. Mix 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup of sour cream and spread over top. Grate 1 cup of sharp cheese and spread evenly. Bake @350 degrees for 30 minutes.

My dear, dear friend, Meg Grimball, from Johns Island, also owned a house on Edisto Beach and each summer Ms. Meg would throw a few good ‘cook-offs’ on the Island and you can imagine there would be a whole lot of veggie’s gracing the tables. However, Ms. Meg would always have something she’d prepare that was gone as soon as people could grab up a batch, and that was her Edisto-Tomatos. MS. MEG’S EDISTO TOMATOES At least 6 large ripe tomatoes, sliced about 1/4” A good olive oil 4-6 strips of cooked bacon Salt & pepper Feta Cheese, crumbled Lay tomato slices out in a flat broiler pan. Salt & Pepper to taste. Drizzle some olive oil over each slice. Spread crumbled bacon evenly over each slice. Spread crumbled feta cheese over each. Set broiler pan about 5 inches from heat. Broil about 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.


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Fried Green Tomatoes



And, of course, we couldn’t leave this versatile ‘Ruby-of-the-Lowcountry’ without mentioning a fried green tomato recipe. It’s funny, this dish has appeared in plantation cookbooks for a hundred years, but it wasn’t until Hollywood thought it a charming subject for the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” that certainly put the Whistle Stop Café on the map, and deservedly so. Well, I’ve even seen Yankees actually asking for these somewhat questionable appetizers with closed eyes, almost the way they look at us while shucking down some ‘goober peas’…though we in the South can generally make a whole meal from a fresh batch of green tomatoes; just be sure to get the good hard ones with no red showing. This following is another one of my favorite summer dishes because it has milk gravy poured over another Southern icon - creamy grits.

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES & GRAVY OVER GRITS 4 LARGE, FIRM GREEN TOMATOES 1 1/2 CUPS BUTTERMILK 1 TBSP SALT 1 TSP PEPPER A PINCH OF GARLIC SALT A PINCH OF SWEET PAPRIKA 1 CUP WHITELILY FLOUR 1/2 CUP OF SELF RISING CORNBREAD 3 CUPS VEGETABLE OIL Grits (prepared) Cut tomatoes into 1/4” slices and place in a shallow baking dish. Pour buttermilk over them and let them sit for 30 mins. In a large cast-iron skillet heat the oil to 350 deg. Combine the dry ingredients in a shallow baking dish and dredge each tomato slice in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess and place in oil for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in a slow oven. To make gravy, Pour off all of the oil, retaining 4 tbsp and crumbs. Add 2 Tbsp of bacon drippings and 2 Tbsp of flour stirring constantly. Add 2 cups of milk and continue stirring until smooth and thick. Spoon gravy over a bowl of grits and top with your warm fried green tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Since we are focusing on fruit, I certainly can’t end without sharing some dessert recipes. What follows is one of my favorites because it is rich and from my Aunt Mary who always takes along a couple of bowls to our back-yard-gettogethers that places us a little closer to Heaven.

AUNT MARY’S BANANA PUDDING 2 (3.4 oz.) Packages of instant vanilla pudding mix 1 Cup of milk 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (8oz) container sour cream 1 (8oz) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed At least 6 firm bananas, sliced 1 Box of vanilla wafers Combine pudding mix and milk and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until partially set. Stir condensed milk into pudding mixture until smooth. Fold in the sour cream and whipped topping then fold in bananas, leaving some slices for topping presentation. Make a single layer of wafers on the bottom of a tall glass dish, something like a Trifle Dish. Spread 1/2 of pudding mixture over bottom wafers. Place another layer of wafers over mixture again and top with another layer of whole wafers. Spread the remaining pudding and then top with crushed wafers (these should be very fine, use a rolling pin). Use remaining bananas on top arranging them in an attractive pin- wheel fashion.

I can’t possibly leave deserts without sharing one sweeter thing. If you have ever traveled on some of our more isolated back roads of the Lowcountry, I’m sure you’ve noticed the low lying thickets periodically lining the roadbed. Well, these my friends are blackberry patches. About the end of May you can see small red berries popping. In the first weeks of June they will turn black and maybe close to the sweetest thing you can eat. And, the real crazy thing about it is, they’re free for the picking. In my younger days, a group of us would take some large aluminum pots and long sticks foraging such fields. Needless to say the metal pans made a lot of noise when hit with that big stick that had to be long enough to keep certain things away. Thus, we would loudly bang our pots, and pick a while, then bang them some more, and pick a while longer, always swinging our eyes carefully where we put our hands because big snakes love those sweet berries just as much as we do; and, if one got too large…well we’d just move slowly to another patch and go a’pick’n again. Throughout the summer months, there would always be a bowl of berries, milk, and a whole lot of sugar waiting for us at breakfast and it’s easy to enjoy these fruits year round. Just spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze them hard; then place into serving size plastic bags and you’re set. It’s time to end this little sartorial and I hope we’ve chased some new ways for trying old favorites. Until next time, “Don’t ask what you can do for your country; ask what your grill can do for you.” A “The Carolina Gourmand”

BLACK-IRON BLACKBERRY COBBLER 2 cups of blackberries 2 cups of sugar (divided) About 1–2 tsp of lemon zest 1 stick of butter 9” cast iron skillet 3/4 cups of flour 2 tsp of baking powder Dash of salt 3/4 cups of buttermilk 1 tsp of vanilla In a good size bowl mix blackberries and 1 cup of sugar and lemon zest gently. You don’t want to break down the berries. Let set. Preheat your oven to 350 deg. and add the butter, to your skillet and place in the heating oven. In another bowl, mix remaining ingredients and stir to make a good batter. Pour this batter into the hot skillet and then top this with your blackberry mixture. DO NOT STIR. Bake about 30 to 45 minutes or until you have a good brown dough and bubbling fruit


Our Own Little Slice

by Katie DePoppe

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“Summerville Main Street” by Victoria Platt Ellis

Both my mother and mother-in-law are amazing cooks. And I’m not talking about your average follow-the-recipe kind of cooks. I’m talking throw-in-a-little-of-this and a-smidgen-of-that, could-never-quite-replicate-it, tastes-out-of-this-world kinds of cooks. My talents, on the other hand, lie in a totally different realm, as I most definitely did not inherit the cooking gene. I can bake, though. And while I may be the girl who attempts to cook the frozen pizza with the cardboard still attached, I have been told by a very reliable source that my brownies and my apple pie are pretty darn great. Since the birth of my son I have been motivated to improve my cooking skills; there was not a Sunday afternoon that passed dur38 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010

ing my childhood that didn’t involve a home-cooked meal and conversation around the kitchen table, and I badly want for him to share those same kinds of memories. Whoever said that the kitchen is the heart of the home understood that it is more than just a place for serving bread; it’s where people are molded and character is shaped and where lasting relationships are formed. Just as my foundation was built amidst conversation and apple pie on sleepy Sunday afternoons and shaped my own very personal slice of Americana, Summerville’s foundation—that feeling of community and the sense that we, especially those who relish in historic downtown, all share an unspoken tie to something that’s larger than ourselves—lies within the heart of its downtown

in Hutchinson Square. Lined with oaks planted circa the 1880s and teeming with shaded flowers, “the Green,” as it is lovingly referred, was and still is the epicenter of activity for Summerville. The Square was not always such a formal meeting place; it was most likely formalized because of the large crowds of people that gathered every morning at the old depot to catch the train into Charleston. Originally designed as “a place of ease” for the ladies and children of the time and enclosed with an ornamental fence and turnstile gates to keep the roaming swine and cows away from the landscape, Town Square as we know it today was created in the 1880s prior to the great earthquake of 1886. Over the years, the landscape has changed but most of the oaks still stand and offer shade for a number of year-round homespun traditions. In October, the Junior Service League sponsors the annual Scarecrows on the Square competition and takes children of all ages on a spooky tour of downtown at the annual Ghostwalk that follows. In December, our town Christmas tree is lit following a formal ceremony that even leaves the grand oaks awash in white light. And every 4th of July, D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration Enhancement and Management) holds the annual Red, White, and Blue on the Green complete with watermelon eating contests and a non-motorized parade. For the last several years I have had the privilege of helping to plan several of these grand celebrations including Red, White, and Blue on the Green. Now granted, on Independence Day, it makes sense for one’s heart to be particularly a-swell with joy and pride for country, freedom, and family, but I had never experienced such an ideal manifestation of what the 4th is all about until I watched the non-motorized parade for the first time. Our mayor, dressed as any southern gentleman should on America’s birthday, led the procession as the Sheriff ’s Honor Guard raised Old Glory high enough for hundreds of children to follow in a slow and reverent procession around Town Square. -----Amazing to me how a simple plot of land can be the center of something much more complicated than itself---- A

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A MASTER IN OUR MIDST Lex Melfi, one of America’s best glass carvers, has his studio tucked deep in Historic Summerville


Q. Explain the process of what you do as a glass carver? A. I use sand to carve into Âź to ž inch thick glass using different nozzles and air pressure to create depth and detail. Q. How did you get started? A. I saw a finished piece of sand-carved glass art while working as a glazer in Florida. I was so inspired I tracked down the artist and he agreed to teach me how to carve as long as I promised I wouldn’t teach anyone for ten years and that I would never compete with him for business. I took a total of four lessons before coming home to South Carolina and opening my own studio. Q. What do you enjoy most about your art form? A. The reaction from people who see my completed art and the thanks I receive from customers who have purchased pieces from me. Many times, customers are overwhelmed with the beauty of the piece and I hear over and over that the art is the center of their homes. Q. How long does it take to create a piece? A. It depends on the size and complexity of the piece but anywhere from two days to six months.


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Q. Is there a piece that you are most proud of? A. Every piece I create is like a child to me. I love them all and am proud of each and every one. However, I do have a special place in my heart for the Bell Tower at the Grace Episcopal Church only because it was the first large piece I ever created. Q. What sets you apart from other glass carvers? A. I don’t know any other glass carvers personally. However, I have seen other pieces which were created by other artists and I think my art has more depth and therefore more detail. Q Do you know anything about the history of glass carving? A. I know the art form has been around for approximately thirty years. I imagine early glass etchers created the art form in order to give their pieces more detail. However, I’ve not been able to pinpoint the first time sand was used to carve deeply into glass but I am still researching its origin.




X My Great Adventure By Will Browning

What has been your life’s greatest adventure? Mine might well be the fortuitous challenge of hiking the picturesque Grand Canyon in Arizona. These lungs heave in my chest at the very recollection of those steep switchbacks. A close rival to the Grand Canyon escapade was snorkeling the cloudy blue waters of the Grand Cayman Islands. Its affect has been penetrating. Every time I enter a body of water, I reminisce about rubbing fins with stingrays while avoiding the agile yet ominous black tip reef shark. As a preacher, my greatest adventure may have been camping under the starry sky of the African bush while trekking through the erratic terrain alongside a desolate countryside where I preached to the Hausa villagers about the savior of my life. My thirty-two years have afforded me several invigorating journeys, but the great life adventure that has gone unsurpassed in my three decades has been the adoption of my two eldest children, Piper Kristina and Ethan Sergery. It was 2006 and Tarah and I were


drowning under a mountainous pile of paperwork that is a right-of-passage for all overseas adoptions. The overly anticipated phone call finally came. Words that we had yearned to receive for months. A Russian accented woman delivered the long waiting monolog that ignited our adventure into motion, “You’re appointment date to identify your children is . . .” The rush began. Plane tickets purchased, bags packed, and final plans assigned, in no time we are leaving to have our lives altered by two of the sweetest and most precious children in all the world (my opinion). We scrambled through multiple airports like contestants from the Amazing Race. We re-strategized when facing delays and flight transfers. After a grueling experience with flying vehicles we entered into the world of the European locomotive system. The fourteen-hour train ride brought us to a quaint, metal producing town called Mariupol, Ukraine. There I would be introduced to the two individuals liable for the reformation of my heart into a new tenderness as foreign to me as the language my ears were hearing as I entered into the Sunshine Orphanage. Tarah and I had prayed for more than a year that God would make it apparent to us when we had met the children that he had chosen for us since the beginning of time. I will never forget the moment

my son Ethan jumped on my torso, laid his head on my chest and said, “это - мой папа!” which meant, “This is my Daddy!” My prayers were confirmed further when one of the orphanage workers told me a story about my daughter, Piper. She told me of a time when the entire orphanage was taken to church one Sunday. As they were loading up to return after worship, they noticed Piper was missing. They re-entered the church to find her praying with gusto, “God, please give my brother and I a family to love us.” I knew in these moments that I was responding to God’s call in my life. Few things have brought me greater joy or uncluttered my thoughts about God’s love for me than our adoption story. When God illustrates his relationship with his children he uses these words from Ephesians 1:4-6a, “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.” Are you looking for an adventure that will change your view of the world, an adventure that will alter your soul, and give you a connection with God unlike any other adventure? For me it was not found in ocean voyages or hiking explorations. It was found in letting my heart go and loving two precious kids who were in need of a brave man to lead his family on a rescue mission. A

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3 Summer Destinations Close To Home

1 Edisto River TrailCarolina Heritage Outfitters This stretch of the longest, free flowing blackwater river in North America has sandy banks and a shallow, sandy bottom - perfect for swimming and picnicking. When water is higher, as in the winter months, you can paddle right into forests of cypress trees. The river’s winding, undeveloped shoreline offers a perfect getaway for family and friends Whether you canoe for a few hours, a day, or plan a two-day experience to include an overnight stay in one of the treehouses, you’ll find a warm welcome and rustically elegant facilities. While walking the miles of trails, floating down the gleaming black water, basking on the banks, or relaxing on the deck of your private treehouse, you will enjoy being immersed in this fragile ecosystem. Great blue heron, egrets, wood storks, pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, and river otters are often seen on the refuge. Frogs and owls serenade nightly. Carolina Heritage Outfitters was founded in 1989 and is the oldest and most respected outfitter on the Edisto River Trail. Shortly after the founding of CHO, the 150-acre Edisto River Refuge was established. The largest Private Wildlife Refuge on the Edisto River accessible by canoe offers guests unparalleled privacy and stunning views from world-class treehouses. The most popular day trip is ten-miles long starting in a Cypress/Tupelo swamp on the Edisto River Refuge and ending at the Canadys Outpost. On the 22-mile overnight trip there is lodging available at one of the treehouses or you may camp on any of the sand banks along the route. Self Guided Canoe Trip $30 for adults, $15 for children (per day) (includes Safety Orientation, Canoe or kayak, Paddles, PFD, and transportation to the launch site) Treehouse $125 per person per night. Kids half price.

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2 Givhans Ferry State Park Givhans Ferry State Park is the perfect place to take a float down the serene Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater stream in North America. On the dry side, Givhans Ferry boasts a well-regarded mountain bike trail, shady campgrounds and well-kept, rustic cabins that offer a peaceful stay in the rural Lowcountry woods and an easy drive to Historic Charleston. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Great Depression, the park is part of the 56-mile long Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail, and is at the end of a popular 21-mile downstream paddle from Colleton State Park. A natural retreat, Givhans Ferry State Park is also known for its limestone river bluff and sinkholes, some six to eight feet deep.

Givans Ferry State Park was voted one of the “Top 15 Paddling Spots in America.� Admissions $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free Cabins Sun. - Thurs. $58.10 per night Fri. & Sat. $74.31 per night Camp Sites $16.85 per night $10.90 per night Picnic Shelters Between $30 -$50 per day Commuity Building Mon. -Thurs. $153.87 per day Fri. - Sun. $191.32 per day

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3 Francis Beidler Forest Paddle the still blackwater under towering 1,000-year-old cypress trees as an Audubon naturalist leads you deep into the heart of the Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp. Take this opportunity to experience the largest remaining stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum trees in the world in a way that most people do not. They will take you far away from the boardwalk and deep into the heart of the swamp. This unique experience will enrich your understanding of the workings of the swamp and will be one you treasure for the rest of your life The South Carolina Lowcountry’s “real swamp” experience!! The National Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest located in Four Holes Swamp, SC contains within its 16,000+ acres, the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest left anywhere in the world. Here 1,000-year-old trees and native wildlife abound in a pristine sanctuary that has been untouched for millennia. Four Holes Swamp is a 45,000-acre matrix of black water sloughs and lakes, shallow bottomland hardwoods, and deep Bald cypress and Tupelo Gum flats. Four Holes Swamp is a major tributary of the Edisto River. Over 15,000 of those acres are owned by the National Audubon Society and make up what is known as the Francis Beidler Forest. The Beidler Forest was originally established to preserve 1,800 acres of old-growth swamp forest, one of only two stands of old-growth still left in the state. Most of the huge Bald cypress in this part of the swamp are in the neighborhood of 1,000 years old. The oldest known tree on the sanctuary clocked in at 1,500 years old! A visitor center, 1.75mile boardwalk trail, and a canoe trail on which guided trips are led, provide visitors the chance to explore deep into the swamp’s interior. The visitor center, restrooms and boardwalk are all wheelchair accessible. One electric and one traditional wheelchair are available to borrow. 56 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010

Admission Adults $8 Children (6-12) $4 Children (Under 6) Free Guided Canoe Trips 4hrs. $30 adult, $15 Children 2hrs. $20 Adult, $10 Children Nighttime Swamp Walks $10

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ith all of the theatrics associated with the entertainment industry, it’s hard to tell if what you’re seeing is authentic or just an image that has been meticulously crafted to fill a niche. When it comes to country music superstar Josh Turner, there’s no question about it. Whether it’s for his deep, soulful voice or his deep, soulful convictions, Josh Turner is the real deal–through and through. Josh Turner was born Nov. 20, 1977, and was raised in Hannah, S.C. He comes from a long line of South Carolina farmers, and it didn’t take long for his Palmetto State pride to enter into our conversation. “I grew up in a rural community in South Carolina, working the farm. There were a lot of days spent out in the field singing my favorite songs. I used that time to myself to figure out who I was.” Josh credits his faith, his family, his rural background, and historic SC leaders like Francis Marion and Wade Hampton for shaping who he is. “I take a lot of pride in where I’m from and the music that I make.” Turner’s song “South Carolina Lowcountry” is self described as “the best way I could explain my sound and who I am.” If you have ever heard a Josh Turner album, it’s obvious that his faith is at the center of who he is. “It governs everything I do,” he says. Turner has always been drawn to country music because of the diverse subject matter that is embraced within the genre. “With every album, I want people to know that there are many different sides of me. I’m fun, a family man, a Christian, and a country boy.” Whatever it is that his busy schedule demands–recording a record, performing a live show, an interview, or a photo shoot, Josh Turner is always praying that he makes the right decisions.


“I’m fun, a family man, a Christian, and a country boy.” Josh Turner Growing up, Turner honed his craft in the church choir were he sang bass and baritone. It wasn’t until he saw the cover art for Randy Travis’ debut album “Storms of Life,” that he felt he had a chance of fulfilling his dream of getting a country music record deal. It was an image that resonated with him. “The old truck in front of a general store looked like a snapshot of my life. He was the one who put my dreams into motion.” Other artists like Vern Gosdin, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams taught Turner how to be himself. He calls them his “Mt. Rushmore of country music.” Selfishly I asked him if he would ever cover a Cash song. “I’m sure I will down the road.” My fingers are crossed while I type this, so if there are any typos, please excuse me. I am just picturing myself cruising down main street blasting Josh Turner singing Johnny Cash. Coming from such a small town, Turner didn’t know anyone who played a musical instrument. With no hope for starting a band, he made his way through the Pee Dee and Lowcountry with karaoke tapes in tow, singing anywhere that would let him. His hard work and determination would soon be paying off. After high school, he moved to Nashville to pursue his dream and enrolled in Belmont University. After college, Turner’s budding career got the jolt of a lifetime. On Dec. 21, 2001, during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, when he debuted a song he wrote titled “Long Black Train.” He received a standing ovation in the middle of the song. It was such a hit, he counted it off one more time and sang it again. That night was a dream coming to reality for the young Hannah, South Carolina native who always hoped of taking the stage where generations of country music legends had performed.

One month after his Opry debut, Turner signed to MCA Nashville. To date, Turner has sold more than 4 million albums and garnered two multi-week Number ones (“Your Man” and “Would You Go With Me”). His debut album was certified platinum for more than 1 million copies sold, and his sophomore album, “Your Man,” was one of only four country albums to reach double-platinum status in 2006. Six years after his Opry debut, he was inducted into the prestigious organization, becoming one of the youngest artists to receive such an honor. He recorded a CMT special with his musical hero, Randy Travis, and has spent time writing songs with another one of his heroes, John Anderson. Josh Turner’s dream growing up was to find the perfect wife and to get a record deal. With two of those already in the bag, I wanted to know what was next for someone so young who had already fulfilled his dreams. “Well the next thing was to have children. I have two boys now who are keeping us entertained and keeping us busy. Beyond that my main goal is to make the Country Music Hall of Fame.” With thirteen years left before he is eligible for CMHF, Turner is just focused on making good music and influencing people in a positive way. On April 8th Turner kicked off a fifteen date tour with Country Music Legend Allen Jackson. He will be touring the country all summer long. So dust off the boots and the tighter than normal jeans and hit the road for a night of Deep South Soul. Just be sure to save me a seat. A

JOSH TURNER’S BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES Randy Travis Vern Gosdin John Anderson Johnny Cash Hank Williams

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ibby and Bill Beauchene feel that their Linwood Lane home is more than a house, it’s part of the family. This became evident to me when they were able to provide the entire life history of the house. From the original building around 1905, to the conversion of dirt floor shop, that once housed a cow, into a beautiful pool house getaway, this house has been transformed without ever losing its original character. Bill is a local builder and a bit of a Summerville historian. By using his insight into local history, coupled with the knowledge of early 20th century building practices, Bill and Libby were able to craft a time line of the birth of this now beloved family member that is their home. The Beauchene’s house was originally built and owned by Louis Reicke, who ran the steam and power plant at the Pineforest Inn, which sat, in all of its glory, at the end of their street. In the 1950’s Bailey Patton performed the first major renovation. And in 1980, after Libby fell in love with the place, the Beauchene’s purchased the house and began making it their own. They replaced all the wiring, added central air and rebuilt all the fireboxes. With a collection of historical material, invaluable memories, and wonderful new experiences happening everyday, the Beauchene’s Linwood home is truly living history.




The Beauchene’s Linwood Lane home

Antique patterns in blue and white adorn many of the walls and shelves throughout the house. These plates hang atop one of the homes four fireplaces.


Once a dirt floor shop that housed a cow, this beaufully renovated pool house serves as a guest house and a perfect getaway, right in the backyard.


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While most girls in elementary school are preoccupied with recreating Taylor Swift’s latest look, Katie Stagliano is redefining what it means to be cool. Now in fifth grade, this soft spoken young lady has done more to help the unfortunate than many of us will do in a lifetime. I was sitting at a small table for two at Starbucks when I first met Stacy Stagliano. I was in the plaid shirt that I told her to look for, and as promised, she was wearing a black sweater. She sat down and introduced herself with a huge smile on her face. It was obvious that the story she was about to tell, the same one that I am about to tell you, would be filled with motherly pride. Her daughter, Katie, is the founder of “Katie’s Krops”, a nonprofit organization with the goal of combating the hunger epidemic. In the United States of America alone there are more than 12 million kids who go to bed hungry. Katie Stagliano is working to do something about those numbers. When Katie was in third grade, her class took part in a program sponsored by Bonnie Plants to introduce kids to gardening. Each student was given a cabbage seedling and were told to plant and care for it. Katie did just that. She planted it in her backyard and took care of it the best way she knew how. It wasn’t until some classmates saw it, that she knew that there was something special about her cabbage. “Her friends couldn’t believe the size of this cabbage,” Stacy recalls. Katie’s cabbage grew to an astounding forty pounds and she knew the cabbage should be donated to help 72 AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010

feed the hungry. She and her mother contacted Fields to Families and were connected to Tricounty Family Ministries, a soup kitchen in North Charleston. The once tiny seedling fed almost 300 people. This was just the beginning. Katie couldn’t just walk away. She had to do more. Katie soon planted a garden in her backyard and dedicated the harvest to a local soup kitchen, and with the help of Pinewood teacher, Michael Newman, she was given a plot of land on campus about the size of a football field. Bonnie Plants caught wind of what Katie was doing after she wrote an article for the blog ‘I Never Grew Up’ and, donated all of the plants for this massive garden. It wasn’t long before the big boys wanted to tell Katie’s story. On Earth Day 2009, NBC Nightly News aired a piece on Katie called “ Making a Difference.” Valuable volunteers came to Katie’s aid. Lisa Turocy, a local master gardener with the Clemson Exchange Program, and her husband Ty Pepin got involved and taught Katie all about keeping a garden, from taking soil samples to mulching. They even offered up their entire front yard for a new garden. On top of the Turocy and Pepin’s expertise, Bob and Linda Baker, farmers in Ridgeville, also offered up their services. Bob brought his tractor to Pinewood and taught Katie how to till the land. He also gave her a piece of land on his property and built her a garden and greenhouse. “We couldn’t have done this without them. They have all been so great,” Stacy said. Today, the bulk of the food from Katie’s six gardens go to the Palmetto House, a Summerville homeless shelter. The Palmetto House recently offered Katie land on their property, where Katie will be teaching the residents how to tend the garden themselves. On April 23 Katie and her classmates planted the spring garden at Pinewood. Bonnie Plants again will help with a generous donation of seedlings.

Katie Stagliano was recently awarded the “Disney Friends for Change” grant and was also honored on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, she has been honored as a Build a Bear Huggable Hero, awarded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, was named one of the top youth volunteers by the Prudential Community of Spirit Award and with all of this success she is no where close to being finished. “I want to have a garden in every state,” she says. I have to admit, I was a little jealous listening in Katie’s story, not because of all the acclaim that has come her way, but because of her heart. I hope that, one day, everyone will grow to be as caring as Katie. A AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010



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DON’T TRY TO WAKE HIM, HAND ME THE SHOVEL 8PM Performances July 23, 24, 30, 31, / August 6 & 7 2PM Sunday Matinees July 25, August 1 & 8 Ever try to catch a ghost on the six o’clock news? Investigative reporters Livermore and Highwater are determined to get the “ghosts” of the Billingsgate Mansion on the news in order to save their jobs. Here’s what you’ll get with this madcap mystery: a squad of lost cheerleaders, a doubledealing horror movie producer and her secretary, a couple of convicts trying to stash a body in the basement, and a bumbling policeman on the prowl. Nobody can tell the guests from the ghosts and shortly after the news, it’s every ghost for himself.

(5:00-8:00 p.m.) - BUY LOCAL! Come and join the fun in Historic Downtown Summerville (on South Main Street, Hutchinson Square and [Short] Central Avenue) and celebrate the continued ‘THIRD THURSDAY’ - Shops will be open late with specials - Call (843-821-7260) for more info. Location: Historic Downtown Summerville (near Hutchinson/Town Square, Little Main Street and Short Central Ave) ART WALK - THIRD THURSDAY (5:00-8:00 p.m.) - In addition to the monthly ‘Third Thursday’ events, you are invited to come out for the ART WALK on Short Central Ave in Historic Downtown Summerville. Local artists and fine crafts Entertainment - Shops open late with special promotions. Call (843-821-7260) for details. Location: Short Central Ave and Little Main St - Historic Downtown Summerville RED, WHITE AND BLUE ON THE GREEN Saturday, JULY 3, 2010 5–8pm Be a part of our town’s historic Fourth of July celebration! There will be a parade, food vendors, entertainment, games and of course fireworks in the evening. A whole lot of patriotic fun for the entire family! Call the DREAM office for more details: 843-8217260. AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION AT WOODLANDS INN SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010 4:00pm–8:30pm (ends in time to enjoy the Town’s fireworks display !) A fantastic outdoor tradition for the entire family. • South Carolina BBQ Buffet by Quelogy and other food stations with true American favorites • Local retail booths, art displays and presentations • Wonderful art-focused kids activities • Festive local music Plus a closing performance by the Summerville Community Orchestra at 6:30pm.

For the Cause Advanced tickets available through Woodlands until July 2nd: $8 adults & $3 children ages 4–12. (Tickets at the door: $10 adults & $5 children) Ticket proceeds benefit local charities. Limited parking on grounds, parking provided in the Summerville Baptist Church Parking Lot – Shuttles provided complimentary Call Woodlands Inn for tickets & further information 843.875.2600 JULY 4th FIREWOORKS CELEBRATION A spectacular fireworks show will take place at Gahagan Sports Complex, with music and concessions beginning at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. MIDDLETON PLACE SPOLETO FINALE Sunday, June 13 Bring a blanket and picnic supper to enjoy under the majestic live oaks on the Middleton Place Greensward. The Spoleto Festival concludes with a concert by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American string band. A performance under the stars will conclude with a dazzling display of fireworks. Tickets available through the Spoleto Festival Box Office or at the ticket gate the evening of the event. MIDDLETON PLACE WINE STROLLS EVERY WEDNESDAY 5:30 - 7:00 p.m Every Wednesday, through November. Enjoy wine tasting in the Gardens of Middleton Place! Cost is $10.00 per person. Each Wednesday, Middleton Place will host the wine tasting in a different garden location. Enjoy strolling through America’s oldest landscaped gardens while sampling a variety of summer wines. For more info call 843-556-6020


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One of our country’s Founding Fathers Thomas Paine, once said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Paine’s quote descriptively defines the beloved support the men and women of the Armed Forces demand of us, the people blessed by their sacrifice. Recently, The Village Knittery, located in Historic Summerville, discovered a way to provide C-17 pilots comfort while reminding them of the love and support awaiting them back home. A mother of an instructor at the Knittery working with C-17 pilots at the Charleston Air Force Base said crews had returned from two months of winter in Afghanistan stating they needed helmet liners to assist them in the freezing temperatures. Emily Spearman, owner of the Village Knittery, mentioned it to her pastor, Sue Briner, from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Briner brought this idea to her congregation and the multi-denominational Pastors Council where St. Luke’s and other local churches embraced this ministry.

The ministry has grown to 40 knitters knitting a summer and winter version of helmet liners. Afghanistan’s extreme temperatures can swelter up to 120⁰F in the summer and drop as low as 15⁰F in the winter. Fluctuations in temperature may also vary daily from freezing at dawn to a sweltering 90⁰ F by noon. The summer designed helmet liner is similar to a beanie style cap that allows the head to stay cooler. While the winter style is a ski mask that covers the head, neck and mouth. The USO, United States Organizations which offers support to the U.S. Military and their families, have sent letters thanking this ministry for their support as well as several personal cards from C-17 pilots themselves. These letters are proof that a simple idea can blossom into a supportive ministry. Anyone interested in learning more about this ministry can contact The Village Knittery at (843) 261.9276 or visit their blog at AZALEA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2010


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