Azalea Magazine Winter 2010-2011

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Brushing Up For Duck Season / New Face Of Southern Fashion


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

WINTER HARVEST Oysters: The Lowcountry’s Salt Water Treasure


Indian Field Camp Meeting / Portrait Of An American Sharecropper Gifting With Style / Tour Of A Rural Oasis / Artist Rick Reinert AZALEA MAGAZINE / WINTER 2010 - 2011


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9 Editor’s Letter 10 Letters 11 Contributors



The Southern fashion of local designer Julia Faye Davison by Margie Sutton

/ COLUMNS 34 / Taste

WINTER FARE: Oysters The Lowcountry’s Saltwater Treasure by The Carolina Gourmand



This impressionist painter is on a mission to follow the light by Will Rizzo


A timeless truth that will transform your understanding of the nativity story by Will Browning


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


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GIVE THE GIFT OF AZALEA 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



Former Greenwave is First to Win NFL’s Biggest Game




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


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50 Portrait Of An American Sharecropper

Whether sharing land, food, wisdom, or a kitchen table, we could all benefit by adding a bit of John Rhett to our soil by Will Rizzo

56 By The Numbers

Board by board. Brick by brick. Shingle by shingle~Twice by Will Rizzo

68 Camp Meeting

An evening at the Indian Field Camp Meeting outside of St. George, SC by Will Rizzo

74 Hot Shots

A day of clay shooting offers more than bird practice–especially when it ends with a Lowcountry Boil by Ken Bergmann


80 Seasonal Calendar 83 Kid’s Meal Deals 85-86 For the Cause - Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour Sponsor’s Gala and Auction at Woodlands Inn - Summerville D.R.E.A.M. Annual Meeting at Woodlands Inn

88 Last Call

64 Memories Of A Mockingbird

“ say that this book changed my life is true.” by Katie DePoppe ON THE COVER: Oysters Photo: Dottie Langley Rizzo


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Based on nothing but your feedback and your many words of appreciation and encouragement, I believe AZALEA’s first year was a wild success. Looking ahead, we are so excited for the future, not only for Azalea, but for our community as a whole. This is a wonderful place to live, to play, to create, to pray, and to grow. And we promise to gather all of it up and present it to you in a shiny little package called AZALEA. Will Rizzo / Editor P.S. Join us on Facebook for updates on events and community happenings. Also, be sure to check out the new Azalea Store.(


A celebration of the character, beauty and pace of Summerville, AZALEA Magazine is the authority on Summerville’s distinctive style of Southern living-offering readers a novel look at the area’s history, culture and engaging residents, as well as stirring commentary on the places and personalities that make Summerville so alluring.


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It’s hard to believe that AZALEA is a year old. It seems like just yesterday, I was sitting in a small downtown office, with a couple of friends trying to invision what a lifestyle magazine all about Summerville and her neighbors might look like. Now, a year later I am charged with assessing our progress. The only way I know to do that is to look back and see if we have delivered on our commitment to you, the reader. A little over a year ago, before a magazine ever hit the presses, I offered this;

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YEAH FACEBOOK So glad to see Azalea has a facebook page! I have loved every issue since its inception and look forward to many more. It is truly a highlight of my day when I see the new issue in the stand at the Y! It stays front and center on my living room coffee table- I love introducing it to my friends! Beautiful and Smart- fantastic job guys! Sarah Baldoni, Summerville A NEW LOOK Let me first say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this magazine. I live in St. George and really loved the ad for our new eatery/ bakery “Heritage” – what a beautiful page! I was really taken by the great picture of Lowder’s Bantam Chef on the last page “Last Call”. I love how a great photograph can give you a new look at something you see every single day. Keep up the great work and I already look forward to the next issue!

JUST BEAUTIFUL Someone brought by the Azalea Magazine for us to see today. The photographs in the magazine are just beautiful. I can’t stop looking at it. You all do such a great job. Thanks for all of your hard & fabulous work! Ruby Driscoll, Summerville YA DONE GOOD Yes, WOW! Once again y’all have come through with an amazingly beautiful and excellent issue. Anyway, bravo on a job amazingly well done. Particularly remarkable with this emotionally loaded time for y’all after your mother’s illness and death, Dottie. Ya done good, and I feel sure she’s beaming at you both! Eleanor Koets, Summerville

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/ CORRECTIONS Correction: George Singleton is a native of Greenwood, South Carolina. He currently resides in Pickens County.

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/ CONTRIBUTORS < Katie DePoppe / writer

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

Margie Sutton / stylist >

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

< Dottie Langley Rizzo / photographer

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

Ken Bergmann / writer >

Ken Bergmann, is a retired Air Force Combat Photojournalist and a lifetime fisherman. He currently holds two world records for his fly catches while deployed in Iraq. Ken can usually be found stalking the flats with his fly rods chasing tailing redfish or spending time with his Wife and three daughters.

< Will Browning / writer and pastor

Will is the Teaching Pastor at a new modern church in Summerville, The Journey Church. He is the father of three kids and is married to his college sweetheart, Tarah. Will is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader, and a coach for young leaders. Will is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.

The Carolina Gourmand >

Who, or what, is a Carolina Gourmand? 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.

< Taylor Rizzo / photographer

A graduate of Dorchester Academy in St. George, Taylor is a local filmmaker who resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC.







A container garden offers instant gratification Container gardening, in my opinion, is an instant gratification garden. It’s so simple and gives you such great results instantly. There are all kinds of planters, containers, everyday objects, and what nots that you can use. Here are some ideas for containers....You can obviously go to the store and buy a planter. Planters come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Just choose one that best fits your space and appeals to your taste in decor. Other items that could be used as a container are an old pair of cowboy boots, an old watering can, an old bucket, or a basket. Really the possibilities are endless on what you could make into a container for gardening. I have even used a bird cage. I lined the bird cage with moss 14


then put a grocery bag inside, added dirt, and the flowers. The moss hid the grocery bag pefectly, and it turned out beautifully! Use a good planting mix. One that holds moisture is usually best for container gardening. Most of us tend to forget things regularly and watering our flowers is often something that can easily be forgotten. Remember that container gardens dry out faster than the plants and

flowers in your yard. Take note of what kind of sunlight the area you will be placing the container in receives. Now to the plants and flowers! There are a variety of options. You can be simple or fancy. Plants that you would typically use in your yard can also be used in container gardening. The key is to get a planter or container that accommodates the size or the amount of plants and flowers you would like to use. Always be sure to allow room for the plants to grow in the container. Eventually the plants will outgrow the container, but that’s okay because it gives you the opportunity to do something different.

Some ideas for plants to use: Boxwood Sky Pencil Holly Loropetalum Dwarf Yaupon Holly Camellia Japonica Camellia Sasanqua Ivy Asiatic Jasmine Annual Flowers of the season (i.e. Pansies, Snapdragons, Vinca, Verbena, etc.)

Come see me if you need any further help or ideas! Happy Planting!!

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Casey Lavin

Casey is the general manager of Woodlands Inn. He lives in Summerville with his fiancée, Monica.

Don’t let your holiday party plan you by CASEY LAVIN

Think of the best party you have ever attended. I don’t

mean the most expensive or “over the top,” but the one at which

you had the most fun. A good way to test the authenticity of a great party, if you are having trouble deciding, is to recall which one left you talking and thinking about it the longest. Most great

get togethers provide what I call the “lingering smile” effect. This

may last only as long as the car ride home, into the next morning or even into the next week.

When planning a great event, it is easy to get sidetracked.

After all, there is a lot to do - especially with the holiday season

fast approaching. That’s why we rely on a group of dedicated pro-

fessionals at Woodlands to create events on property and off-site. Rarely does the average guest notice how much detail went into

the dining room table presentation, or even the food display, but

for some reason, this is generally what most “at home” planners worry about the most.

In addition to budgeting both time and money into these

details, an “at home” party can often mean stress! “We need to get 16


the yard cleaned up.” “The house needs to be dusted.” “I need to get the couch recovered before the party.” Does this sound familiar? If so, you will recognize the point at which a good idea becomes a headache.

As a child, the very thought of having people over to our

house to entertain was forbidden. As one of eight children, I saw what my saintly mother put herself through in preparation for the arrival of Stacey, the monthly cleaning lady. So, you can only imagine what it would have been like for a party.

Lets cover a few basics: 1. It’s simple advice - but have fun. If you cannot enjoy the process, then cancel the party. Once you have committed, then focus on the bigger picture before worrying about any details.

2. It sounds so obvious, but choosing the correct date is critical to

the success of your party. You should research other major events

(like tree lightings) and ask about the dates of other well-known

parties in the Summerville and Charleston areas that your invitees are likely to attend. The holiday season has limited availability, but a little sleuth work can avoid making your guests choose between

one party or another. Once the date is established, create and mail your invitations and ask for an RSVP. Don’t forget to indicate appropriate dress and type of party (sit-down dinner, etc).

3. For whom and how many is the party? Is it for family, friends, co-workers or all of them? Defining your guest list ahead can

help immensely in the rest of the party planning. For example,

are going to sit at a table with your guests, then you need to

find out if they have allergies or intensely dislike certain foods. The last thing you want to do is to put your guest in a situation

of feeling ungrateful because they’ve not eaten the food you’ve spent hours preparing.

a social gathering with long-time friends is likely to be a little

5. Even if you don’t decide to have the party catered, you can

nization. And, of course, a smaller gathering allows you to seat

focal point. Another nice touch is to create a holiday drink for

more relaxed than an event for board members of a local orga-

everyone around a table rather than have a reception-style party. If you have mix of people who don’t know each other, then a

social neutralizer helps break the ice and focus people on conversing with each other afterward. My favorite example of this

still opt to hire a bartender. At larger parties, the bar is often the everyone to enjoy. If this is alcoholic, I suggest you follow a tried

a trusted recipe. A couple of extra ingredients can turn a nice tasting drink into an unpalatable one.

is a party I went to in someone’s back yard. It was a nice party,

6. Finally, let’s return to the concept of enjoying yourself. If you

already knew. Then, out of nowhere, came: “Gimme that ol’ time

rival, you will find yourself scrambling to simultaneously cook,

but everyone was in their own corner talking with people they religion” from six beautiful voices. They were part of a Gullah

singing group, who performed for 30 minutes at a cost of $100. They changed the entire dynamic and feel of the event.

4. Perhaps the hardest part of planning your own party is decid-

ing what food to serve. Strangely, the larger the gathering, the easier it is because you can offer a little bit of everything. If you

don’t give yourself plenty of time to prepare for your guests’ ar-

dress and greet. That is stressful. The more you can do in advance, the smoother the event will run. Don’t forget – first impressions are important. Have hors’ d’oeuvres ready for the first guest, have wine chilled and have as much prepared as possible. You’re ready – have fun and be safe.






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?

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There comes a time, though it seems to be a very rare occurrence, when Mommy (that would be me) requires a little TLC. This fall was that time. For years now, I have struggled with my right foot. I was often in pain and I had this odd bone growth jutting out from my big toe. “Bunions?” I thought. “Maybe.” Well, in the world of working full-time and having two little kiddos, my precious feet seemed to always be the least of my worries. Until one day this summer when I was in such pain that my walking was compromised. My friend convinced me to see the foot doctor and he informed me that I had severe arthritis and that I needed to have a joint replacement in my big toe. “What? You have got to be kidding me. This is just something that I cannot do,” I thought. After much thought and conversation with my hubby, I realized it needed to be done. It would only get worse. I began prepping my babes. “Mommy has a boo-boo toe.” “Please be careful when jumping off of the couch and Mommy is lying on the floor, she has a boo-boo toe.” Soon they began to feel my pain. The Lover Boy would kiss my “boo-boo toe” because, as you know, kisses make everything much better. The Princess would hold my hand to help me up off of the floor. They knew… Mommy needed their TLC. The day came. The day of the surgery. My precious mother came to town to take care of my babes, and me. I left with my hubby for the hospital a whole woman, a supermom – I came home on crutches, my leg in a boot. My babes were amazing. They greeted me with “Welcome Home Momma” signs. They fetched my drink, my crutches, an ice pack. My Lover Boy would say, “Sit down Mommy. Wanna sit on my bed?” The Princess would say, “When are you going to get better? I want you to get better.” One night when saying our prayers and participating in our (new) ritual of stating what we are thankful for, my fantastic little ones said the most amazing things. Lover Boy said, “I’m tankful dat Momma is feeling better.” And my firstborn, my Princess, said, “I am thankful that Mommy is home and I can take care of her.” Loving my children with all that I am came back to me when I needed their lovin’ and TLC. And that is the best medicine in the whole world. A


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How to Make Your Own Decorative Votive Candle Holder Supplies: Glass votive candle holder Scrapbook paper Mod Podge glue Paintbrush Scissors Pencil Step 1: Lay the side of your candle holder down on the wrong side of your holiday paper. Trace the candle holder dimensions onto the scrapbook paper and cut out. Step 2: Using Mod Podge glue (or regular school glue mixed with water), paint the outside of the glass holder. Step 3: Paint Mod Podge onto wrong side of paper; wrap glued paper around outside of glass holder. Step 4: Apply 2 – 3 coats of Mod Podge to the outside of the paper as well. But do let it dry between coats! Step 5: Once dry, place your tealight candle in the holder and enjoy!

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The Carolina Gourmand


n the South, fall means football and football means party times, as in weekend bacchanals and spirited rivalries lasting from Friday evenings to Sundays. And, nowhere else have I witnessed such rabid undertakings than in the parking fields surrounding Southern football stadiums. Yes, my dear friends, we are talking about Tailgating, or in Lowcountry terms – Tailgat’n. The art of tailgating goes way back in history. Most people think it started with sporting events, and yes, football and horse racing were significant in taking the ‘backyard picnic’ up a few notches. Currently the most elegant tailgating affair in the state is the annual Carolina Cup horse races in Camden. This mobile picnic is rather tame compared to the rabid ingesting of food and drink roosting (not a pun for the Gamecocks) outside football stadiums across the South. However, the first mention of eating from the back of transporting vehicles goes back to the early colonial period in our own beautiful Lowcountry. As the plantation and farming cultures began moving inland to cultivating the rich estuaries around Charleston, Beaufort, and Georgetown a growing need for social and spiritual outlays developed which filled the void that ‘city life’ provided a rapidly spawning breed of aristocracy. Churches began to dot the rural Lowcountry, strategically placed, that birthed the renowned rituals that are still in practice to this day. 36


As early as 1706, movement to establish the inland par-

ishes was well underway. St. Andrews Parish was situated along the Ashley River, St. James in the Goose Creek area, Christ Church east of the Cooper river, and Pompion Hill sitting on high land of the East Branch of The Cooper River were flourishing destinations on Sunday mournings for the Plantation owners. There are well documented notes about these gatherings which included a rich ‘post-worship social’ occupying the grounds “in a feastly way.” Many plantation owners brought two wagons to ‘Sunday-go-meeting’ times; one for the plantation family and one for the ‘household slaves’ and the vast array of food that they brought. While the services were being held inside the churches, the slaves prepared the food outside, listening to the preaching and singing while they worked. Many believe this was the first introduction of the ‘buckra’s’ (white man) God to the slaves. When they returned to the plantations, these household slaves shared the “Word” and music with the other slaves. So, the fanatical feast that we enjoy on Saturdays really began with humble roots grounded in the Spirit, and I don’t mean the spiritual consumption accompanying bar-b-que. Allow me to entice you with some solid party food that may catch your attention and maybe ease your trepidations on ‘game-day’. Come with me and enjoy the solid approach to fun, camaraderie and good cooking on the go.

OYSTERS Winter Fare:

The Lowcountry’s Salt Water Treasure By The Carolina Gourmand


cannot remember ever being far from the water. From my youth I remember there always was a tide; the constant flow of water through the rivers and creeks. And, I can remember always being fascinated by these circadian happenings and their involvement with life in the Carolina Lowcountry. At a very early age I knew these waters were teaming with living things. As I grew older I was amazed at the diversity of such things and how abundantly the waters provided for our pleasure and our plates. I was blessed by growing-up in these waters, playing along a creek bed, or bogging through the marsh on some adventuresome trail, looking for anything, for all caught my attention and my joy. I can always remember having a fishing pole and that shrimp and mud minnows, which we caught in the creeks, made good bait for fishing. I can’t remember eating my first boiled shrimp, but I always knew that they were good. I can’t remember catching my first fish, but I have always known that a plunging float in an ebbing tide meant I had a trout, bass, or flounder on the other end of the line. I don’t remember cleaning my first fish, yet I have always known how to fillet one. In my world there was always a beach with a melody of waves and singing surf. The sandy strips between the water’s edge and the windswept woods were treasure troves for my looting. Always armed with an old bucket and a spirited imagination, I beachcombed every barrier island in South Carolina while thinking of pirate treasure. I knew the tide line was best for shelling, always attentive for that perfect conch or the delicate sand dollar still alive and vibrant. I know the islands, the expansive sounds, the creeks and the rivers that feed them. I knew Hilton Head Island when there was

only the William Hilton Inn, and descendent families of slaves. I fished the surf on Kiawah Island using an old jeep to travel the dirt path to the ocean. I fished Dewees and Caper’s when there were just the maritime forest, beach, and baron trees in the surf, always offering great fish-holes when the tide came in. I scaled the Morris Island Light when there was no door at the entrance and the top of the light was accessible to whoever had the temerity to climb the 161 foot icon. I fished the Combahee and Ashepoo before anyone thought about the ACE Basin as a jewel of the Lowcountry. From our sailboat, Archeos, I continued to pursue my childhood passions of exploring the coastal waterways of our beautiful state. Our dinghy, ‘dink,’ was perfect for getting us to shore or into abundant creeks that held fish, shrimp, and the pearls of the Lowcountry, our briny oysters. At low tide, when the fishing fell off, we would sit over a good bed of oysters, dip out several clusters, shuck a few ‘selects,’ splash on a couple of shots of tobasco, close our eyes and know we were a little closer to Heaven. Yes, I’m passionate about oysters however they’re prepared. Just the mention of oysters brings to mind crisp fall evenings with friends gathered around a wood fire roasting several bushels of this plump Lowcountry pearl. In Charleston, these roasts take on a ritual status every January when Boone Hall Plantation hosts “The World’s Largest Oyster Roast” where 65,000 pounds are prepared for approximately 10,000 people. So, with all this being said, our winter issue will explore the pearls of the Lowcountry with some spirited ways of presenting our salt water treasure and praising the first person who had the fortitude to eat the first oyster.




OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER This premier oyster dish is generally served as an appetizer and was created at the famous Antoine’s restaurant in New Orleans by then owner Jules Alciatore. It is said that he created this dish as a backup for a snail appetizer that he served in the restaurant. In 1899, after a shortage of snails coming out of Europe, he chose the oyster since it was an abundant local product. The original recipe, still kept as a secret, was so rich that he named it for one of the richest men in the world, John D Rockefeller. Fresh select oysters on the half shell (Allow 3 per person) 1—10 oz. package of chopped spinach 1 1/4 cup sour cream 2 cloves of garlic, crushed Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 3 Tbsp of finely shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup of soft bread crumbs Italian parsley



• Remove oysters from their shells; set oysters and shells aside. • Drain spinach well, then place in a sieve, pressing out as much water as possible. • Place spinach in a bowl, stir in the sour cream and garlic. • Season with salt and pepper. • Place about 1 tsp. of spinach mixture in each shell. • Return oysters to shells on top of 1st layer of spinach. • Spoon remaining spinach mixture over oyster. • Pre-heat oven broiler. • Arrange oysters in a broiler pan. • Mix cheese and crumbs and sprinkle evenly over oysters and spinach mix. • Broil until cheese is melted and crumbs are golden brown. Garnish with parsley. • Serve hot. Note: I have used rock salt in the bottom of the pan to stabilize the oyster shells.



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ick Reinert’s work can be found to the U.S. government, which brought the complaint in every continent of the world–with the exception of to the World Trade Organization, which authorized the Antarctica. Considering that there are no permanent resi- U.S. government to impose a stiff tariff on select Eudents in Antarctica, that is a pretty impressive statistic ropean goods shipped to America. Reinert’s cosmetics for a man who only recently dedicated his life to his art. were hit with a 100% tax. His U.S. Customs bill imAs a contemporary impressionist artist, Reinert is fueled mediately skyrocketed by 1,941%. “There was nothing I by the subject matter that nature provides him. He is a could do. It would put me out of business,” Reinert said. student of light. “I don’t have to go far from home to find But Reinert didn’t go down without a fight. He wrote many letters to legislators, went an abundance of things to paint. to Harvard to meet with attorThe light is always moving and “Nature and sunlight have ney Anita Hill, and his plight was constantly offering me different shared in the pages of Time subject matter,” says Reinert. provided me with the ultimate soon Magazine. Reinert has been painting ever reference library. I believe that since he was a kid, but it wasn’t it is possible to study painting Reinert began selling off his products for a loss. In debt, he took until he joined the Army and was sent off to Germany that he for a lifetime and never have to jobs selling cars and working as mortgage broker to get his fistarted showing his work profesventure more that one square anances back in order. “During this sionally. “I started painting in time I wanted to paint. I would get an abstract style. With all that mile for constant challenges home from work and then paint was going on, it seemed like the and a wealth of subject matter. all night.” Soon Reinert’s work easiest route to go.” Reinert soon gained a following and had a few Every day offers unique and was getting noticed. His paintings were appearing in galleries and one man shows while in Europe. exciting opportunities for the festivals all over the country. After the Army, Reinert moved to Toronto where he launched a sucartist who follows the light.” Today, Rick Reinert is a full time cessful textile business. Even with painter. “That’s all I ever want the schedule of a busy business to do,” he says. “I know that I owner, he continued showing his - Rick Reinert. have to attend events and gallery work when he could. shows, but I always feel like that is After fourteen years in Canada, Reinert was ready for a time that I should be creating.” Seven days a week, Reinchange. He moved to Summerville and started a wildly ert wakes at 4 a.m. and paints all day. “I usually work on successful company, importing herbal cosmetics from four or five paintings at a time,” Reinert says. “It keeps me Germany. With the stars seemingly in alignment, Reinert loose.” Currently partnering with Woodlands Inn as their was about to get news that would change the course of his artist in residence, Reinert is working on painting worklife. “I was on a plane when I heard what had happened,” shops as well as an artisan village to be held on sight. he said. After traveling the world, starting and running successful In 1993, Carl H. Lindner Jr., Chairman of Chaquita entrepreneurial endeavors, and living a life most of us only Brands became frustrated when European countries be- read about in Time Magazine, Rick Reinert is right where gan limiting imports of his bananas. Lindner had been he wants to be–following the light. a huge political contributor for years. He complained



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1. The horse weathervane tops the Town Hall cupola in honor of Virginia Lowndes Bailey—also the winner of the town slogan contest in 1925 when she dubbed Summerville “The Flower Town in the Pines”—and to remind us that “once upon a time,” Flower Town was a horse town, in the decades between the two World Wars, as well. 2. President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Pine Forest Inn in 1902. The Victorian style hotel, an amazing site, stood on 22-acres amidst groves of pines and live oaks, many left standing when the old grounds were sectioned into residential lots following the inn’s demise. This area is now known as Presidents Circle.

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3. The daughter of a Summerville planter, Miss Susan Lining Gelzer, in an 1862 letter to the Charleston Daily Courier and with a $5 contribution, helped begin the campaign of “The Ladies Gunboat,” later known officially as the Charleston-built ironclad, Palmetto State—a gunboat used in the Civil War, funded mostly by women and children. 4. The great earthquake on August 31, 1886, devastated Summerville. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church shifted four inches off its foundation and had to be, literally, lifted onto supports and screwed back together. Huge fissures opened in the ground and water gushed to heights of 20 feet. 5. Willie DuBerry, possibly Summerville’s longest living resident, believed to be 121

years old when he died in 1991, was 16 when the great earthquake of Summerville hit. His first-hand account is helpful in reconstructing Summerville’s history, although he spent the entire night riding out the aftershocks by digging into the straw in a barn and snuggling with the cows. 6. Old Golf Road in the Corey Woods neighborhood, received its moniker because the 18-hole golf course of the Pine Forest Inn was located along what is now that street. Of the golf course, an early advertisement boasts, “Devotees of this royal and ancient game could travel far to find a golf course to compare with the beautiful Pine Forest Inn links.” 7. Many historical buildings that line the railroad tracks in downtown Summerville, now used in many capacities, once served as boarding houses to visitors travelling via the railway. Examples are The Summer House on West Luke Avenue and the Magnolia Inn on South Magnolia Street. 8. The day World War II ended, the Town Hall bell was rung continually. All the church bells chimed as well, and residents rode joyously around Town Square celebrating and honking their horns.


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ach December our Summerville abode makes concession to the trappings of the Christmas season. Hand-knit stockings are hung from our mantel, a brightly-decorated tree is placed in our living room, while a Browning holiday favorite arises from the pile of boxes: a tic-tac-toe game where Santa and his reindeer face off for family bragging rights given to the day’s winner. While most of our Christmas décor would be neatly labeled under a modern-eclectic motif, one traditional ornamentation is displayed each year - the nativity scene: Baby Jesus surrounded by the time-honored cast of Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, and an assortment of stable animals. Now, my next confession is quite embarrassing for a man who has years of theological training under his belt. Just recently I discovered a timeless truth that has transformed my understanding of the nativity story. While I’ve spent my lifetime singing Christmas classics like, “Away in a Manger,” and “Silent Night,” for the first time recently I asked myself the question, “What is a manger?” The answer probably comes as no surprise to you, for I trust that the readers of this magazine are much more learned than I, but a manger is simply a feeding trough for domesticated animals. Oblige me to think this historical fact through to its intended end. What was God communicating to us when he chose a manger for his first night’s lodging?

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Humility. The God of the Bible, while unparalleled, majestic, and transcendent, chose to reveal a key aspect of his nature on his first day as a human. He chose to declaratively state a divine distinction: He was humble. Jesus would be the very embodiment of humility as he laid his head in a feeding trough.

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Portrait of an American Share Cropper Whether sharing land, food, wisdom, or a kitchen table, we could all benefit by adding a bit of John Rhett to our soil. By Will Rizzo Photos by Dottie Langley Rizzo


y definition, Sharecropping is a system of agriculture in which a landowner allows a tenant to use the land in return for a share of the crop produced on that land–That is not exactly what this story is about. On one of the last rural roads in the heart of Summerville, I pulled my pickup into a short driveway. As I approached the house I was greeted by Belle, an old farm dog. With a slight limp she made her way to me to investigate. With a few sniffs, she turned and headed to the back of the whitewashed house. After a few labored steps she turned to me–as if giving me permission to follow her back. As I made my way to the rear entrance, a healthy “Come in!” filtered through the door. I was about to meet the man that I had heard so much about–not a sharecropper in the traditional sense–but there are crops and there is a whole lot of sharing. When I first met Mr. John Rhett, he was sitting at his kitchen table with a newspaper covering his face. I have to admit, I had butterflies in my stomach. I was in unfamiliar territory. The amount of gaps I was about to bridge was more than I could count on one hand—a 96year-old black man and a 34-year-old white kid from the suburbs were about to sit down over coffee and discuss growing up in the South. Mr. John looked across the table at me and said, “Let’s go.” As I fumbled with 54


some words about wanting to hear his life story, he fired back with, “You’re interviewing me. Ask me a question.” So I did—and, no, it wasn’t all that eloquent, just the first thing that came to mind: “When were you born?” It didn’t take me long to figure out that Mr. John was more prepared than he had led me to believe. He pulled out his notes that he had written down the night before and suddenly we were on our way back in time.

his father, taught him how to plant and work the land. Just like farming, Mr. John’s life was dictated by the seasons. From 1937-1943 he worked at Brevard Hotel in Coco Beach, Florida, from December to April. When the Florida vacation season was over for the year he returned home to Summerville to farm land on Old Orangeburg Road, until it was time to head to Lake Lora Inn in North Carolina where he would work through September.

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The War

Born in 1914 to Charleston bricklayer C.B. Rhett, John Rhett was the oldest of seven children. He was born in his grandmother’s house. “When my great grandfather died, my grandmother and her brother cut the house that was left to them in half with a hand saw and rolled it to where it stands today.” Mr. John fondly recalls growing up in that house, and the many lessons he learned from his grandmother. During high school he left for six weeks to take a seasonal job at the Pine Forest Inn as a bus boy. “I just never went back to school,” he said with a soft laugh. After the job at the Inn had run its course, Jamie Millhouse, an employee of

By this time WWII was in it’s second year and Mr. John was drafted. After sailing across the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth, he landed in Glasgow Scotland. “We could see the green cliffs through the fog. It was the prettiest place I have ever seen,” he said. During his time in the Army, Mr. John helped to build the first fixed bridge over the Rhine River into Oppenheim, Germany and fought in The Battle of the Bulge. He was scheduled to head out to the Pacific when news came at midnight that the war was over. He was discharged in Wyoming in 1945 with three battle stars. He can remember his staff sergeant shocked

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A classic John Rhett story

“This is something that I will never forget. I went down to see Mr. Allen Myers who owned a lumber yard on Hwy 78. He charged 50¢ for a one horse wagon load of wood and 75¢ for a two horse load. He filled the wagon with scrap wood and then I gave him my dollar. When he only gave me a quarter back, I told him that my wagon was only a one horse wagon. He said, ‘that might be a one horse wagon, but you got two horses pulling it.’ ”

at some of the things that he was saying the night they received the news: “I didn’t volunteer. I was drafted. The war is over, and I want to get the hell out of here. It’s too damn cold,” he said shaking his head.

Bricklayin’ After returning home from war, Mr. John tired of farming and gave it up. He took up his father’s trade of bricklaying and for the next fifteen years mastered this craft in between his resort work that took him to North and South Carolina, Rhode Island, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Cleveland In 1961, John Rhett got a chance to settle down. He took jobs as the food and beverage supervisor with both the Shaker Heights Country Club and The Union Club in Cleveland, Ohio, where he stayed until his father fell ill in 1984. “I left for four months to take care of my dad. Within a day after his funeral arrangements I was back in Cleveland. My job was there waiting for me. I guess they couldn’t find anyone to replace me.” It would be seven more years before family would bring him back home. “I had to come take care of my mother this time.” It would be a year before he returned to Cleveland to finish out his career.

Coming Home In 1994, Mr. John retired and made his way back to Summerville–back to the house he helped build for his father and back to the land his father bought in pieces during the Depression. He started farming the land and fishing with his buddies. “There were twelve good years of fishing. The day I had to get help out of the boat, I called it quits,” he said with a shy laugh.

But the farming continued. Every year the land produced corn, tomatoes, watermelon, squash, zucchini, cucumber, turnips, collards, peppers, green beans, cabbage, and okra. What happened next is special: Mr. John gave all of his harvest to his neighbors. “Farming has always been a hobby of mine. I have never taken a penny for any of it.”

The Garden About a year ago, an old friend paid Mr. John a visit. Ricky Waring stopped by and the topic of gardening came up. Mr. John looked out the kitchen window and said, “I got eight acres out there if you want to start planting.” And so began “The Garden.” Today, on Mr. John’s land, Summerville Mayor Pro Tem, Ricky Waring, Judge Stanley Tucker, Summerville Director of Parks, Mike Hinson, and Azalea’s own Jenefer Bishop are all learning from John Rhett his secrets of the land–when to plow and plant, how to be generous with the okra seed and, most importantly, how to harvest friendship. As my morning with Mr. John came to an end, I couldn’t help but think about something that he had told me as I was leaving the rows of turnips: “You know, you’re welcome back anytime.” That might not sound like words to ponder, but this is something that we in the South say out of mannerly habit. I believe he really meant it. There is wisdom to be gained in the lost art of a simple visit, as Rev. Sumter and Rev. Brown who visit him weekly know well. Whether sharing land, food, wisdom, or a kitchen table, we could all benefit by adding a bit of John Rhett to our soil. A

Mr. John at the Shaker Heights Country Club

Something that doesn’t happen these days During his school days, Mr. John recalls having six sets of brothers and sisters in one class. He can still remember all of their names.

Mr. John tending to the turnips.

By The Numbers Board by board. Brick by brick. Shingle by shingle~Twice.

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This just might be the shortest article that I will ever write, not because there is little to talk about, but because what Patti and Carnell Campbell have created, you may just have to see to believe. The Campbells started their business by chance in 1980, a flourishing pursuit that has never been named or advertised. After friends saw what they had done with the floors in their home, they soon began asking to have their floors done as well. Patti and Carnell buy up dilapidated historic properties and refurbish the salvageable wood into some of the most unique and beautiful floors you will ever find. The Campbells found their current house in Branchville in 1985. Paying only $1,000, they meticulously dismantled the structure, categorizing every board, even numbering and color coding each individual tin shingle. The material was then moved to their property in Givans and reassembled, piece by piece, just as it had been taken apart, creating a home that would nurture four children. Patti and Carnell didn’t stop there. The Campbells love to entertain, and they do a lot of it–quite well I might add. Over the years the Campbells have added to the property, creating an incredible space for entertaining friends and family–uniquely equipped with a five star outhouse, an outdoor surround sound system, a brick patio with a kitchen and bar, and a custom brick wall that is fit for a grand plantation. You’ve heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So, instead of writing an epic narrative, I think I will let the images do the rest of the talking.



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his just might be the shortest article that I will ever write, not because there is little to talk about, but because what Pattie and Carnell Campbell have created you might just have to see to believe. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, instead of forcing you to read a biography, I’ll keep this short and sweet and let the images do the talking.

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Memories of a Mockingbird By Katie DePoppe

To say that Harper Lee is an icon is obvious. To say that her only book, and perhaps the greatest Southern novel of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a sort of moral compass for generations of readers is factual. And to say that this book changed my life is true. In Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, Charles Shields’ able enough to discuss the book with her and find out why she biography of the To Kill a Mockingbird author, he writes in identified so profoundly with it. Regardless, though, I grew to the introduction that “in a ‘Survey of Lifetime Reading Hab- know and love Dawn through our shared love of literature and its’…researchers found that To Kill a Mockingbird ranked second whenever my thoughts ran to her, thoughts of the book she only to the Bible ‘as making a difference in people’s lives,’” so I referenced so often, followed. The most widely read twentieth century American novel, over dare to say that I’m not the only one who shares strong feelings 30 million copies of To Kill a Mockingbird have been sold to date. about the book and its timeless lessons of human dignity and Nearly all public school children are respect for others—both described required to read it. Fifty years after by Shields as “fundamental and publication, it still continues to draw universal” themes. one million readers annually, and alI first read the novel in eighth most as shocking as those numbers grade English class, but I had no is the fact that the author has spoken idea that long before that, Harper to neither writer nor reporter about Lee had begun to influence my life herself or her work since her interthrough a beloved aunt. I first met views following the novel’s first pubDawn at the age of four and she lication; thus, sparking the demand and my youngest uncle, David, marfor Shields’ look into her life. Lee is ried when I was eleven. She was tall not necessarily “reclusive”—she leads and effortlessly beautiful with short a full life complete with friends, inbrown hair, a small frame, and big volvement in community events, and brown eyes, and from the very bean active membership in the First ginning, her passion for her career Methodist Church of Monroeville, as an English teacher (and later a Alabama, (where she has attended librarian), encouraged my own love since childhood)—but she clearly of reading and writing. Among the prefers “silence and self-respect,” acfavorite gifts she gave me over nucording to Shields, and even made it merous Christmases and birthdays clear, in order to show her dissatisare calligraphy pens, a rare butterfly faction with the writing of her biencased in a glass dome, and scores ography, that she would not support of books that passed her own critiany literary event in which he was cal literary eye. One such book was involved. She has even reached out To Kill a Mockingbird—her favorite to other writers, particularly Southof all. I recall hearing her talk of the ern writers like Alice Randall, author book often, especially on Sunday of The Wind Done Gone, a parody and afternoons when we all gathered Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by Charles Shields critique of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone together as a family for lunch. She With the Wind, when its publication even joked about one day naming was hindered by a Georgia judge in 2001. Randall, in an essay one of her children “Scout,” the beloved protagonist of the novel. entitled “A Letter from Harper Lee” writes, “I had started think(Years later, she chose to give the family cat the moniker instead, ing of myself as a character from her novel—the falsely accused donning it a little too “unique” for naming a child.) Thinking and scared Tom Robinson. Now I was Tom and Scout, and Lee back on those conversations, I wish that I had been knowledge-



was Atticus and Boo Radley, the reclusive neighbor who turns bird in the days following Dawn’s passing and found completely out to be a rescuer.”1 Even writers like Alice Randall think of new meaning in its content. I realized she may have, with each themselves in terms of Lee’s characters. The statistics surrounding reading, in different stages of her life, discovered the same anomher book’s impact are staggering for a reason—its characters are aly as I did—that true literature teaches on many different levels relatable, its themes are timeless, and whether Lee likes it or not, and that dignity, love, and respect for others never outgrows its it has the power to change a person’s outlook. And changing one’s relevancy. Harper Lee once said she was of the opinion that small-town outlook, changes a life. A thoughtful journalist, Shields aims to “balance her [Lee’s] life “naturally produces more writers than…an environment like desire for privacy with the desire for her millions of readers who 82nd Street in New York. In small town life and in rural life [like have long hoped for a respectful, informative view of this rarely the South]…not only do you know everything about your neighseen writer.” And he accomplishes his goal nearly flawlessly. Even bors, but you know everything about them from the time they strange or minute details found through his clearly tedious re- came to the country.” Clearly, from Shields’ research it is easy to search (over six hundred interviews, four years of research into pick out neighbors and community influences in Monroeville who shaped Lee’s life and eventuthe works and papers of Lee’s lifeally became inspiration for charlong friend, Truman Capote, and coacters in her novel. While attendpious library and archival searches), ing the University of Alabama, she sometimes seemingly frivolous or once heard Pulitzer Prize-winning unrelated, are used in skillful transiauthor T. S. Stribling speak about tions from one topic to another. The the art of Southern fiction. He reflow of the material, even in such minded the young writers that “the abundance, is impressive and, most socially conscious Southern Renasurprisingly, easy to follow. Most scence movement had replaced the importantly, Shields is both truthful ‘old massa’ school of writing set in and respectful in his telling of Nelle the Reconstruction-era South.” He Harper Lee’s story—two traits, rewent on to say that the South was gardless of her feelings on fame, that the most “writeable” part of the she clearly values above all else, as United States because there were both are themes within her timeless three main Southern characters any classic. Themes I think, but will nevreader could recognize: the Negro, er know for sure, resonated deeply the southern aristocrat, and the within my aunt as she read the novel “hill” man. An author could say evfor the first time, and the second, and erything he needed to say through the third… those three timeless characters and On March 25, 2001, my Aunt Stribling was confident that those Dawn passed away—nine days after constants would always remain giving birth to her second daughwithin southern culture. While we ter. She was forty-two. I was nineas a people have made great strides teen. The middle daughter of a high from even Stribling’s South (his school football coach and a teacher, book Birthright, published in 1922, she was thoughtful, outgoing, studious, sharp-witted, and down-right Top Dawn holding her oldest daughter, Amanda, with John Henry was about a Harvard-educated irritated my spelling errors—and for (the cat) and Runt (the dog) Bottom Dawn’s and David’s daughters, black man who struggles to survive in his native Tennessee town), the these reasons, among others, were Amanda and Hannah, in 2003 South holds a feeling like no other why I loved her. I can only assume that something within the characters of Scout and Atticus and region. Through our architecture, our accents, our traditions and Tom and Boo resonated with her, just as they did with me and histories, we will forever be frozen in time in some ways, and Alice Randall and millions of other readers. There is no doubt hopefully, only the good. That’s how I think about the women an extraordinary sentimentality kept the novel close to heart. So who brought To Kill a Mockingbird into my life: Just as the butclose, in fact, that it was only after her death, while helping to terfly remains frozen in flight under the glass dome given to me, pack some of her things, I discovered a collection of the novel of Dawn will remain in my mind forever influential, beautiful, and sorts—different years, different covers, different sizes all tattered well-read, and Harper Lee, her work, her life, and her times, will from use and marked from reading. I re-read To Kill a Mocking- remain literary necessity. A 1. Alice Randall, “A Letter from Harper Lee,” Garden & Gun Magazine ( June/ July 2010). 2. Unless otherwise noted, all other quotations are from Charles J. Shields, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. New York: Henry Holt & Company: 2006.



Miss Tippie frying chicken. Opposite page; Back of tent 14


By Will Rizzo Photography by Dottie Langley Rizzo AZALEA MAGAZINE / WINTER 2010 - 2011

The uniquely Southern event that is

Camp Meeting AZALEA MAGAZINE / WINTER 2010 - 2011


Camp meetings are outdoor religious revival meetings popularized on the southern frontier during the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. These meetings developed out of the Great Revival. As a result of the rural setting, the sparse population, and the small number of churches of the South, camp meetings flourished by providing a central location for crowds that numbered from a few hundred to several thousand. My family and I had the pleasure of attending a night at the Indian Field Camp Meeting. As we made our way down the dirt road leading to the campground, we could smell the chicken frying before the tents ever came into view. The wooden structures that each family occupies are still called tents, even though traditional tents haven’t been used for over 200 years. We were looking for tents number 11 and 24. Mr. Charlie Weeks and Mrs. Miriam Jordan were expecting us, yet we weren’t sure quite what to expect.

in 1830. The shape of the grounds and terminology used derived from a description in the Book of Leviticus of the Harvest Festival of the twelve tribes of Israel. The 99 tents are arranged in an octagon around a large meeting house, also called the Tabernacle, and services are announced by the blowing of a horn. The present Tabernacle was constructed in 1848 and the land was deeded, for one dollar, to the Trustees by John Gavin and William Murray in 1838. We found tent number 11 and entered through the cookhouse where Miss Tippie was busy preparing supper, with a cluster of a dozen or so pots sitting atop a wood burning stove. As we made our way through the tent and onto the grounds, there were a sea of people–most of the adults were sitting around the front porches waiting for supper, while the children were playing football. We finally found Mr. Weeks, our first host, and our kids ran off to explore.

The first meetings of Indian Field were held in a field on a farm of Enoch Pendarvis in the late 1700’s. The exact location is not known but is believed to be behind the original location of Indian Field Church. The church was located on present Highway 178, two miles east of present day Rosinville.

Each tent is occupied by families that come from communities all over the area. Most tents are passed down from generation to generation. It is very rare that a family will give up their tent, so these properties are in high demand, with a very long waiting list for vacancies. Visiting preachers come from all over, as far as England, to conduct the services for the week. The visiting preacher always stays in tent number one, the only one story tent on the property.

An increase in attendance demanded a move in 1800 to the current location. The present form of the grounds were completed

Food is a central theme in camp meeting, or “cam´-e-tin” as I was quickly corrected. Three meals are served daily that consist of huge



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amounts of mostly Southern cuisine. This amount, however, is easily devoured, as there are usually three or four groups that will eat, one after another. I got my first taste of liver pudding. Believe it or not, it was quite tasty over a heaping plate of buttery grits. As we finished our meal and cleared the way for the third group of the night to eat, the sun was beginning to set behind the pines. It was time for us to find Mrs. Jordan. As one who has spent most of her life attending camp meeting, she had been billed as a local historian of the event. When we found her tent, she was in the parking lot admiring a trophy buck that had just arrived in the back of a pickup. When we approached Mrs. Jordan she greeted us in traditional Southern fashion–by offering us more food. With full bellies, we kindly declined her offer as she cleared a space for us at the table. She excused herself for a minute, with the promise of returning with something special. She returned clutching an over-stuffed photo album to her chest. Photo by photo, clipping by clipping, I was given a historical overview of Indian Field Camp Meeting. She spoke fondly, with a bit of regret, of traditions that have withered away over the years. “When



I was a teenager, we were not allowed to go on the outside of the tents,” she said. “We would promenade.” With visions of square dancing, I looked eagerly for an explanation. “The boys would ask the girls to promenade–hold hands and walk around the inside perimeter of the grounds. Some boys would hide behind trees. As the girls came by, they would jump out and take your hand. Most of the time it was the boy we wanted that would ask us,” she said grinning. As the night came to an end, Mrs. Jordan leaned in close to me. “I am going to trust you with this book,” she said. “The contents are irreplaceable.” Now, I was clutching this book to my chest. Newspaper accounts, personal stories, and photos are all great resources, but to understand the scope of this place and how much it means to these communities, you have to experience it for yourself–even if only for an evening. After carrying the book for a few minutes, I finally concluding that it was safe and loosened my grip. I took my wife’s hand and we promenaded. A

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arly winter in the Lowcountry brings out thoughts of hunting. Most people think of deer, but for one group of hunters, doves and ducks are on the forefront of our minds. Planning trips and scouting new hunting areas are a big part of the preparation, but there is no better way to spend a Southern afternoon, than to get a group of your closest friends and hunting buddies together to practice with a little clay shooting. Not only is clay shooting a ton of fun, it’s a great way to sharpen your shooting skills–knocking the rust off of those muscles and helping them remember the action of leading your target. It’s also good for the reflexes. As that tiny little orange clay goes flying off at Mach 6.0, you have to knock it down before it gets out of range, or drops to the ground. It is harder than it seems, so a good shot is always greeted with whoops of praise, and a slap on the back.

Recently we got some friends together and met up for a little fine tuning. Before long the sharp ping of the clay thrower began, and the blast of a shotgun were ringing in our ears. We got off to a slow start, but eventually the rust fell off and we all started whacking clays pretty regularly. Ducks, doves and quail are small birds that fly about as fast as the clay discs. Clays tend to stay on one trajectory, and are a bit easier to hit. Birds make for some tough shooting. Whether jumping a covey of scattering quail, tracking darting doves, or pursuing the sharp banking of ducks, each bird offers a unique set of challenges. Shooting clays helps you to get over the initial feeling of urgency to fire, and keep you on target. As the shells and clays wore thin, the smell of a Lowcountry Boil wafted to our noses. It was time to sit back and rest our shoulders. Although you can shoot clays year round, there’s nothing like a beautiful day of good friends, nice guns, and great food.



Clockwise from far left: waiting for the skeet, right on target, relaxing by the water, guns cooling off, reloading, empty shells




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