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Notes From The Editor:


ow, did this year pass by quickly…or, perhaps as I get older, it just feels that way. As the holidays approach, we tend to become introspective and I have been thinking about this past year and the many great features on a wide variety of subjects that have appeared in The Breeze.

We brought you history articles on a local plantation owner and Revolutionary War patriot who lost the presidential election to Jefferson and Madison. There was a wonderful story about three Lowcountry folks who were children in Nazi-occupied Europe, the dangers they faced and how they survived. Another reader favorite, written by Michele Roldán-Shaw, was about General Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller, and his connection to the Lowcountry. We also were able to come up with a feature about Independence, a horse ridden by Major Hazzard Wigg, former owner of Oldfield Plantation during the Revolutionary War, and the duo's brave and exciting exploits of capture and escape.

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THE MAGAZINE OF BLUFFTON PUBLISHER Lorraine Jenness 843-757-9889 EDITOR Randolph Stewart 843-816-4005 COPY EDITORS Allyson Jones 843-757-9889 Kerry Peresta 843-757-9889 SALES DIRECTOR Chierie Smith 843-505-5823

Of course, Amber Hester Kuehn, our environmental writer, entertained and educated us about subjects ranging from oyster farming, maritime forests and animals in and around the May River and local beaches, as well as all the hard work she does with saving and caring for loggerhead sea turtle nests.

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For those interested in architecture, we presented features about homes that make you feel like you are living in sculpture, the history of historic Cedar Bluff and how it rose from the ashes when restored by a local family. Steve Tilton shared the current “Trend to Mix and Match Styling in Transitional Design” and we also featured “Living in the Past Vernacular” on how Lowcountry style evolved with illustrations from Pearce Scott. Many of our readers commented on “Cultural Currency” and homes and stores that no longer exist in Bluffton due to neglect, the few that still exist and how indigenous owners are quickly losing their homes and property.

ART DIRECTOR Jennifer Mlay 843-757-9889 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jevon Daly, Audrey & Jerry Glenn, Allyson Jones, Amber Hester Kuehn, Kerry Peresta, Andrea Six, Chase S. Wilkinson

Jevon Daly entertained us monthly, with a wide variety of local music stories, and answered the question of “What’s Missing in Bluffton’s Music Scene.” The answer, not surprisingly, was nothing.

PHOTOGRAPHERS, ARTISTS Eric Horan, Chierie Smith, Barclay Stewart, Jacob Vandenbosch

We were privileged to present several articles written by the iconic Andrew Peeples entitled, “An Unforgettable Character” and “The Bullies.” His wonderful prose always give us insight—and smiles—into life in Bluffton as a boy in the 1930s.

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Michele Roldán-Shaw’s love for writing shows with monthly features on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from “True Fitness” and the different ways to stay in shape to “Adventures of a Little Red Truck,” tales of her old truck and all the places she had been with it. We presented poetry in “Thoughts in the Breeze,” a piece on famous mothers for Mother’s Day, highlights of plays at May River Theatre, features on local businesses, two sons of Bluffton who went to West Point in “Duty, Honor, Country,” and, as always, shared our love of local art and artists with features on Joe Bowler and West Frazier, as well as eight pages dedicated to local galleries as part of our Arts and Seafood edition. Lest we forget, most recently we focused on Hurricane Matthew and how countless people assisted others before, during and after the storm. We really look forward to 2017 and to what we will bring to you over the next year. You can be sure it will be good, so keep reading The Breeze. Thanks to all of our talented staff and writers, our advertisers, and our readers for loving and reading The Breeze. See you next year!


DISTRIBUTION Bruce McLemore, John Tant 843.757.9889 The Breeze is published by Island Communications and The Breeze Media, LLC. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored for retrieval by any means without permission from the Publisher. The Breeze is not responsible for unsolicited materials and the publisher accepts no responsibility for the contents or accuracy of claims in any advertisement in any issue. The Breeze is not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions, or changes in information. The opinion of contributing writers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine and its Publisher. All published photos and copy provided by writers and artists become the property of The Breeze. Copyright. 2016.


12 D E PA R T M E N T S

DECEMBER 2016, VOLUME 14, NO. 12

08 Kids in Advertising: A Charming American Legacy 12 Uncommon Sightings: December Birding in Beaufort County 18 Aged-To-Perfection Affection 22 Holiday Happenings 26 The Tall White Healer: In Celebration of Humanitarianism 30 Cottages of Spring Island 39 Living & Listening in the Moment 40 Crab Cakes Recipe The Oyster Bar Bluffton & Fujiyama Sushi 44 The Kids Are Alright

08 History 12 Environment 18 Business Spotlight: Ridgeland Nursing and Rehab Center 22 Calendar 26 Inspiration 30 Architecture 36 Tide Chart 39 Music 40 Featured Recipe 42 Restaurant Guide 44 Humor

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By Audrey & Jerry Glenn, owners of Reminisce Reprinted with permission from Collectors’ Showcase ( Jan./Feb 1984)


pproximately 100 years ago, when full-color lithography came into its own, the producers of products used this new technology to full advantage. From patent medicines, farm machinery or the new wonder elixir, “Coca Cola,” the businesses hawking products boggled the public’s imagination with bright, colorful posters, brilliantly-adorned trade cards and unique signs. By today’s standards, some of the early advertising was downright ridiculous, but it was thought that wild claims attracted attention and encouraged purchase. During the late 1800s, it was not unusual to walk into a general store and see dozens of window hangers, wall posters, flyers and displays. The advertising “noise” level was primarily sight-related, and the more colorful pieces got the most positive response. Just as Madison Avenue today develops hard-hitting ad campaigns, manufacturers of the late 1800s did likewise. The earliest advertising generally illustrated only the product, later the product in use and, even later, the product, its uses and benefits. When it became apparent that a picture of a baby or young child attracted enormous attention, the trend swept America. The high mortality rate of the late 1800s caused the health of children to become a paramount concern, and advertisements leveraged the claim that their products made youngsters healthy! Examples of this are Mellin’s Foods and Gail Bordon’s Eagle Brand milk. Advertisers swarmed noted illustrators for appealing art of babies and young children. Hood’s Sarsaparilla from Lowell, Massachusetts, produced calendars featuring pictures of children every year. Maude Humphrey, notable illustrator of the period, was in high demand, and her pieces today still command a premium price. Metropolitan Life Insurance was another advertiser that produced thousands of calendars and

posters featuring children, which were especially poignant in light of the fact that the company sold a product which protected futures. Their calendars were daily reminders that the family was solidly protected by Metropolitan Life Insurance. During the early 1900s, many new symbolic children appeared: the Fisk Tire Boy, Wool Soap Kids, Gold Dust Twins and the Swift Pig-Tail Girl, were all readily recognizable in their day. Several of these early children are still utilized today, for instance, Campbell Kids, the Morton Salt Girl, the Ceresota (Heckers) Flour Boy and Dutch Boy Paint. Even the Uneeda Boy still appears on millions of packages of Uneeda Biscuits! In recent years, many major campaigns still used kids as a central theme. Oscar Meyer rose to prominence when the little boy sitting on the porch spelling B-O-L-O-G-N-A caught our eye. Northern Tissue fought for market share by creating an advertisement featuring a little girl taking the product into the bathroom and winking as she shut the door. Messages like these create a sweet memory in the public’s mind. Effective advertising is said to “create an image or impression that encourages recall at point of purchase.” But during the late 1800s there was no radio or TV, only periodic printed pieces. The collective advertising wisdom of that era demanded wildly colorful graphics for maximum impact. Included in this article are a few examples of several styles of children in advertising. It is interesting to study them and attempt to place yourself in the late 1800s or early 1900s and try to determine the message being communicated. Also, you might ask, how could anyone refuse to try the products these adorable children are selling?

You’ll probably notice three different approaches in these examples: kids with products, kids using products and kids as charming enhancements. If you pay particular attention to the Empire Soap poster showing well-dressed, AfricanAmerican children on their way home from school, you may notice that the poster is an example of inspirational advertising and dates from 1884, just 18 years after the Civil War. A free poster was offered to those who sent in 50 labels from the advertised product. Empire Soap was already targeting a specific demographic! Collecting posters and other advertising print mediums featuring children is not only interesting, but quite profitable. The high demand for quality examples of vintage advertising featuring children proves that kids in advertising continues to enchant and charm a wide audience. (Opposite page) A rare string holder for Swift’s Pride Soap. Though the pig-tail girl looks more contemporary, this piece is dated 1908. H.D. Beach, Coshocton, OH. Two-sided and 30” wide. Only two known in existence. (Top, Left) Stamped duplicate in Library of Congress, dated 1884. Rare piece of Black Americana, 20”x30” . Titled “Returning From School,” printed by Compton Press, St. Louis. (Top, Right) America’s sweetheart, Shirley Temple, helped sell Quakers Puffed Wheat. Box is dated 1939. (Middle, Left) Chocolate Sponge, circa 1910. One of the first known candy bars. 24”x31”. (Bottom, Right) Window banner, “Little Nurse for Little Ills,” circa 1921. Stone litho, 10”x44”. (Bottom, Left) Borden’s Eagle Brand, circa 1897, cardboard poster, 18”x13”. Only two known. (Bottom, Middle) All Gone Nabisco Grahams cardboard display, circa 1924. 12”x18”.

Audrey and Jerry Glenn are from New Jersey, and were collector dealers. Their mutual love of historical promotional graphics comes naturally. Audrey, a former teacher and history major (Wheaton), and Jerry, past Director of Sales Promotion and Planning for a major corporation, have collected graphics for 42 years.



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December Birding in Beaufort County By Amber Hester Kuehn, Marine Biologist Owner, Spartina Marine Education Charters Photography by Eric Horan


very December, the Hilton Head Audubon Society coordinates the local Christmas Bird Count. This year, on Thursday, December 15, team leaders will organize several small groups to count and identify species of birds seen and heard within a 15mile radius around Spanish Wells. From Palmetto Bluff to Colleton River Plantation, Daufuskie to Hilton Head Islands and the waterways in between, experienced birding teams that include photographers and scribes will scour their designated areas by land and sea to document avian wildlife. The Sun City (Okatie) Bird Count takes place the following day on Friday, December 16.

Hurricane Matthew brought down trees that had served as roosts and nesting habitat but, according to experts, it also stirred things up a bit—in a good way! The birds’ food supply is now more abundant and the birds can’t eat those mosquitos fast enough!

Information collected during these annual events is submitted for the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count, an international effort and the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. This survey provides critical data on bird population trends.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place two months after the hurricane. It will be interesting to see if there is a shift in bird species in count areas compared to previous years. The 100-mph winds rearranged their habitat, so a chance for a unique sighting may arise!


Additionally, Matthew’s devastation opened up previously dark areas to sunlight. New plants will grow in these places, adding more variety. Flooding from the storm provided new foraging grounds for wading birds, which promotes food source diversity. It appears the birds will recover much faster than we will.

Peregrine Falcon The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is one of the fastest birds on earth with a top speed of 200 mph in a “power dive.” I’m sure this is what George Lucas had in mind when naming the Millennium Falcon. The Peregrine Falcon can knock prey out of the sky in a vertical descent, fly very close to the ground for a sneak attack, and pursue its prey in level flight. Its name comes from the Latin word peregrinus meaning foreigner or traveler. Its maneuvering ability makes it the perfect namesake for a spaceship that travels at warp speed! In 1970, American and Arctic Peregrine Falcon populations were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1969 (the law preceding the Endangered Species Act of 1973). By the mid-1970s, 90 percent of the North American population was gone. The cause was DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), an insecticide which had bioaccumulated in prey causing their egg shells to be thin and break. DDT was banned in 1972 and gradually phased out. Cornell University instituted a captive breeding program to help save the population. The Peregrine Falcon was delisted in August of 1999, after 26 years on the Endangered Species List.

American Oystercatcher The American Oystercatcher is hard to miss with its bright red/ orange beak, pitch-black head, yellow eyes, white belly and brown back. However, it is a shy bird and will usually hide behind the oyster reef where it nests on the ground near the high marsh. It lays two to four eggs at a time, very close to the high tide line, and a full moon tide may wash over the nests. Hatchlings are mobile within 24 hours. This bird is rarely seen inland, even in the winter. It feeds almost exclusively on bivalves like oysters, mussels and clams. How fast do you think the American Oystercatcher has to run to catch that oyster? Not so much…it “sneaks up” on the oyster before it shuts tight, just as the tide is ebbing, and wedges its red bill between the shells, clips the adductor muscle holding them together, then eats the soft-bodied bivalve right out of the shell. It should be called the “American Oystershucker.” I’m sure it doesn’t happen often, but it has been documented that the oyster may “fight back” by clamping down on the Oystercatcher’s bill before the muscle is severed, and it can hold the bird hostage until the tide comes in…ouch!

Piping Plover The Piping Plover nests on the beach and is the same color as the sand. It has a white belly, a black band between the eyes and a black band on its chest that is broken in the middle. Yellow legs carry a 6-inch, 2-ounce body swiftly across the sand to defend a nest that is situated, of course, on a sandy beach inundated with people, dogs, and beach equipment. The Piping Plover faces a losing battle—nesting habitat is becoming scarce and, sadly, dangerous for this shore bird. The Atlantic Coast population is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Piping Plover almost disappeared in the 1800s due to the popular, feather-adorned millinery style of that era, but this bird has made a comeback. There are approximately 2,000 nesting pairs on Atlantic shores ( The Town of Hilton Head monitors Piping Plovers on the North end of the Island and you may notice signs indicating areas to avoid for their protection.

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American White Pelican The American White Pelican is pure white with black flight feathers on the trailing edge of the wings. Larger than the Brown Pelican, they do not plunge into the water for food, but simply float and dive periodically. Flocks of these pelicans cooperate to corral fish and are effective thieves—they have been known to steal fish from Cormorants. If they get overheated, they cool off by facing away from the sun and fluttering their bill pouches, which contain many blood vessels allowing body heat to escape. White Pelicans are shy and very sensitive to human disturbance. They overwinter (migrate) to coastal areas, but spend most of their time inland on freshwater lakes. Their populations are increasing, but sighting one of these birds is a rare event in the Lowcountry, as they generally visit only during winter and keep their distance. I have seen a flock in the May River just one time.

Roseate Spoonbill The Roseate Spoonbill is a pink bird with a bald, featherless head and a flat, spoon-shaped bill. I had a customer on the boat who swore they had seen a flamingo in the May River! So, who wanted a PINK feather in their hat in the 1800s? Everyone, of course. This bird was almost completely wiped out in the United States by plume hunters before bouncing back a century later in Florida and Texas.

Reddish Egret Again with the hats! The Reddish Egret was almost completely wiped out in plume trade for hat decoration in the late 1800s. Today, there are approximately 2,000 mating pairs in the United States, primarily on the coasts of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. I can honestly say I have never seen one, but they can be found in the South Carolina saltmarsh after breeding season. The Reddish Egret has a pink bill with a black tip, a reddish-brown neck and a dark grey body, which is referred to as the “dark morph version.” However, it may also be completely white and is aptly named…the white morph version! (I wonder how many white morphs I have seen and thought they were Great Egrets.) Another way to distinguish the species is by feeding habits—instead of the slow movements of the Great Egret, this bird charges, splashes and spins as it chases its prey. The Reddish Egret is on the ICUN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) watch list as Near Threatened.

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In the Lowcountry, it is rare to see a flock of these birds feeding amongst the Ibis and Wood Storks. Related to the Ibis, it similarly uses an odd-shaped bill to sift around in the mud for food. Sensors on the bill alert the bird to prey by sensing vibrations in the mud. Their pink plumage is a result of eating certain marine invertebrates and the color will fade over time if plucked. (I wonder if those ladies wanted their money back when the pink feathers on their hat turned white.)

For those who want to participate in the 2016 Christmas Bird Count, the Hilton Head Audubon Society is hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, December 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and is free and open to the public. Robert Rommel, chapter president, will present “Christmas Birds of Hilton Head,” discussing the birds likely to be seen on count day.

The Roseate Spoonbill may visit South Carolina during the breeding season before heading back to tropical areas for winter. This northern migration has scientists wondering if warming global climates are encouraging them to move up the coast…or maybe they just like it here. As we all know, everyone who visits moves here eventually!

To join a bird count circle, visit hiltonheadaudubon. org, call Christmas Bird Count Liaison, Susan Murphy, at (843) 686-3733, or email In Sun City-Okatie, contact Jim Cubie at (843) 991-1059 or email


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You don’t want to miss historic Bluffton near the May River for some of the most unique shopping and dining in our area. It’s all blended with colorful and creative art galleries, history up and down local streets, and dining for lunch and dinner in charming settings. The Bluffton Old Town Merchants Society warmly encourages visitors to come and spend an afternoon or a day discovering historic Bluffton.














Crafted with Care

By Andrea Six


magine traveling two hours, round-trip, every week; maybe twice a week, because you care about someone. Typically, this kind of tedium is limited to visiting close friends or family, but Mischelle “Mikki” Anderson does it out of love for the residents of Ridgeland Nursing Center on Grays Highway in Ridgeland, SC. “She comes in five or six times out of the month,” Katina “Tina”

Orr, Director of Activities at Ridgeland Nursing Center, says. “She’s always coming in, bringing goodies and doing one-on-ones.” Every week, Mikki makes her way from Beaufort’s barrier isles to Ridgeland to visit residents at the center. She’s been doing it since she moved to Fripp Island from Florida, where she was known as the “Elder Whisperer” for her ability to make cranky senior women giggle and grumpy old

men melt like chocolate candy. “I just come because there are a lot of elders who need to be loved on. I’m very passionate about it,” she explains. “When I walk in I say, ‘Hello you beautiful people,’ and when I leave I say, ‘I love you’.” Every time Mikki visits, she loves on the residents one at a time, listening and caring for them in one of the simplest and most effective ways—conversation.

She longs to see them happy and fulfilled, in a community that feels like family. “This is the last place they’re going to be, in some cases. So I’m going to make sure that when they take that ride, they’re going to be smiling, because they know they were loved,” Mikki says. For a place like Ridgeland Nursing Center, which been a part of this community for the past 38 years, it’s vitally important


that neighbors and families be involved, because it’s of the utmost importance that these seniors feel like they’re cared for—not just by the staff, but by the community. Whether it be daughters and sons surrounding their dad, admitted to the recently renovated rehabilitation center due to a hip fracture; or friends visiting each week to cheer up a new resident, it’s tenderness and touch that subtly become key motivators. “Those bonds are important, certainly for the residents here, but for the people who participate and agree to open their world and use their time to make a difference. I can tell you on a very personal level, the community here in Ridgeland is pretty amazing,” Stacey Walker, Director of Rehabilitation observes. “We have patients here who see family infrequently, if ever, and they learn to rely on the staff, especially the people who have been here forever and will be here for an indefinite period of time. The Ridgeland nursing staff becomes a secondary and tertiary family for them.”

Mischelle “Mikki” Anderson & Katrina Orr

Stacy has seen the struggle firsthand. She relocated her mother to Ridgeland Nursing Center from her home in Tennessee. “It was immeasurably difficult, I can’t even tell you,” she says. “But the staff that has been here…the vast majority have been here for a very long time, and the staff serves as family to the residents who live here.” Ridgeland has recently upgraded their rehabilitation program and re-tooled their facility with a new rehabilitation room and walking garden. They have also collaborated collaborated with Sea Island Therapy to provide occupational, physical and speech therapists to Ridgeland’s program. Different staff members operate in different ways. Stacy and her rehab crew handle stroke recovery, arthritic conditions, Alzheimer’s, orthopedic injuries, head injuries, pulmonary dysfunction and more, while Tina Orr coordinates activities to provide that little extra spark in their day.

Residents at Ridgeland Nursing Center during arts & crafts

Tina schedules many churches in the area, including Ridgeland Baptist Church, Faith Ridgeland Church, Church of the Cross, Gillisonville, Coosawhatchie Baptist Church, Kingdom Touch Ministry and Mount Pleasant AME Missionaries and more. These ministries schedule Bible studies or sermons, and offer music and sometimes a communion service to the residents. Tina also gets students involved by partnering with schools, including Thomas Heyward Academy, Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School and the homeschool program at Faith Baptist Church. Some of the school activies have delighted the residents, for instance, the homeschooled students who meet at Faith Baptist Church decorated the residents’ doors with fall-themed décor. School choirs and children often sing at Ridgeland Nursing Center, and Eddie Stanley’s senior government/economics class from Thomas Heyward Academy visited to learn about the center. One of the biggest joys, Tara indicates, arrives Wednesday nights when the Ridgeland Baptist Church kids bring crafts they’ve made as gifts for each of the 80 residents. “They really love having children coming over to visit,” Tara Hayes, Administrative Secretary and Youth Leader at Ridgeland Baptist Church, explains. “And I know it benefits the children because they love to see how excited the residents are when they come over there.” It’s hard to say what trumps kids’ gift night, but nothing seems to beat the 3 o’clock bingo on Monday afternoons. Not the Saturday arts and crafts, or their mind-jogging trivia, not bean bag tosses or sing-a-longs. Possibly the mock-trial court cases in which the residents play the part of the judge…but maybe not!

Residents from Ridgleand Nursing Center ride on a float during the Gopher Hill Parade

A list packed with things to do and people to see may seem like just a way to fill up the day, but it’s much more than that—it’s a way to assure that the surrounding community interacts with the war veterans and other unique individuals who were once doctors, professional boxers or models and now live at Ridgeland Nursing Center.

Children at Ridgeland Baptist Church make crafts for residents of Ridgleand Nursing Center

“It’s very important for our residents because this is their home,” Tina points out. “A lot of them can’t get out and go participate in different things, so it’s very important that our community and our volunteers, which are greatly appreciated, come into their homes and make them feel special and welcome, especially during the holidays.” This holiday season, Ridgeland Nursing Center’s annual Christmas party with Home Instead takes place on Thursday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. and includes snacks, singing and celebrations. Prior to the party, Tina secures resident gift requests and works with Home Instead to fill the wish list, so at the Christmas party, Santa can give personal gifts to each resident and wish them a happy holiday. This month, kids will decorate cookies to bring, churches will perform Christmas carols and bring gifts and goodies, families will make special visits and Mikki will bring her usual Twinkies,


chocolate Swiss Rolls, Honeybuns, suckers and sugar-free candy. “People say not one person can make a change—but that’s not true. You can make a change,” she emphasized. “To me it’s real simple—love them and treat them with respect. Make sure they look as nice and neat and clean as they did when they came in the door.” For Mikki, it’s a matter of not looking the other way when something is wrong—if you see someone sad, go whisper in their ear and give them a hug. Touch is powerful and it doesn’t take the world to comfort someone. “When you do see wrong, you don’t look the other way. Think, ‘How can I make that a little bit better without tweaking the whole world in there?’” Mikki challenges. “One person can make a difference in the community. You never know the dynamics of the family when these people come in, and you don’t know what went on before and you don’t know why their kids don’t come. You don’t judge. You just help them through this time the best that you can. I always tell my elders, ‘If you weren’t here and I didn’t come in, you would have never met me. I will be back, I just don’t know when, but I promise I’ll be back. It’ll just be a great surprise.’ And it makes them smile.”

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hristmas parades, holiday light displays and festivities, inspirational performances, seasonal concerts, toy drives and special events celebrating Christ’s birth make this a December to remember. Celebrate the most wonderful time of year in Bluffton with our handy guide to some of the local holiday happenings taking place this month. It’s Prime Time to Give and, while you’re out and about this December, please pick up an extra toy for a boy or a girl and a gift certificate or two to be donated directly to local families in need. Just look for special boxes located at Golis Family Jewelers, Sit and Sleep Premier Mattress Superstore, Bluffton Pharmacy, Walnuts Café, Carolina Volvo, Longhorn Steakhouse and Island Communications and drop off your gifts before December 16. Contact Chierie Smith at (843) 505-5823 for details. Through December 23, explore “The HeART of the Lowcountry” and pick up extra special gifts for extra special people with a stop at A Holiday Boutique presented by the Society of Bluffton Artists. Admission is free for this annual showcase of local gifts, handmade treasures, small paintings and more held in SOBA’s Center for the Creative Arts on Church Street. (843) 757-6586 or

Outlet on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or stop by the Bluffton store anytime to make a one-of-a-kind Salty Dog T-shirt at the Tie Dye Station. (843) 837-5511 or A gift to the community, “the sun will come out tomorrow” when Bluffton Youth Theatre presents one of the world’s most beloved musicals, Annie, Jr., at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, December 1-3. Shows are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. For details and tickets, email or visit the Bluffton Youth Theatre’s Facebook page. At the Cross Schools Campus on Buckwalter Parkway, A Cross Christmas celebration is planned for December 2 from 6-8 p.m. with a Live Nativity, Christmas Train, family crafts, refreshments and a Photo Booth. Call (843) 757-2661 or visit for details.

Head over to Palmetto Bluff on December 2 for Christmas in the Village, a benefit for the Honor Our Heroes Foundation, an organization that provides life assistance to servicemen and women and their families through direct support and referral services. Bring beach chairs and blankets for a showing of “Elf” on the Village Green accompanied by hot toddies, movie snacks and candy. Admission is $20 per At the Tanger Outlet Centers, the Annual Tree Lighting car; gates open at 4:30 p.m. with a chance to mingle with and Holiday Celebration takes place on December 1 in Santa before the movie starts at 6 p.m. (843) 706-6451 or the Tanger 2 Courtyard from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy festive performances by local school groups, crafts and activities led by the Coastal Discovery Museum and The Sandbox On Friday, December 2, board The Holly Jolly Holiday Children’s Museum, music, dancing, refreshments, prize Trolley to look at the luminaria on display throughout giveaways, a text-to-win contest and visits with Santa Old Town, listen to live holiday music and find bargains with the official revealing of the center’s illuminated tree. galore before the lighting of the Town of Bluffton’s Official (843) 837-5410 or Children and well- Christmas Tree at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Old Town behaved pets on a leash are welcome to take Pictures With Bluffton Merchants Society, the trolley is free; an unwrapped Santa at The Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory in Bluffton’s Tanger toy or canned goods to benefit Bluffton Self Help are


greatly appreciated. For details and the trolley route, visit oldtownbluffton. com. The fun continues on Saturday, December 3, with the Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade kicking off at Town Hall at 10 a.m. Winding its way through Old Town and ending at Red Cedar Elementary School, this eagerly anticipated annual event draws community-wide participation. (843) 706-4500 or After the parade, join the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society (BHPS) for their Annual Oyster Roast in Bluffton Oyster Factory Park from 5-8 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, call (843) 757-6293 or visit Bring chairs, blankets and all your friends to light up the night at LowCountry Community Church on Sunday, December 4, during the Annual Christmas Celebration. This Christmas Tree Light Show with over 15,000 LED lights, free refreshments, a live band and other entertainment runs from 6-7 p.m. (843) 836-1101 or Appropriate for all ages, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Brass Ensemble presents a Holiday Brass Concert featuring seasonal holiday favorites, treasured carols, hymns and singalongs on December 6 at Bluffton United Methodist Church on Calhoun Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased following services at the church or at Markel’s Card & Gift Shop in Kittie’s Crossing. December 11, the Chancel Choir presents its Christmas Cantata: Invitation to a Miracle by Joseph M. Martin at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

services. (843) 757-3351 or At Lowcountry Presbyterian Church on Simmonsville Road, the Palmetto Brass Ensemble presents A Season for Brass, a Christmas concert and singalong in the Sanctuary on December 9 at 7 p.m. Admission is free; free will offerings welcomed. The Chancel Choir’s Christmas Cantata, A Winter’s Night, is scheduled for 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Call (843) 815-6570 or visit lowcountrypres. org for details on these and other special events. A fun night of fellowship celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, Cornerstone Church hosts its Annual Christmas Festival on December 16 from 6-9 p.m. Special activities include snow, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, trampolines and a zip line. Admission is free; dinners are available for purchase at $5 per person or $20 per family maximum. The event will be cancelled if it rains. (843) 757-3472 or Spend Christmas Eve Under the Stars with St. Andrews-ByThe-Sea United Methodist Church and recall the Christmas story, sing carols and light candles under a tent across from Station 300 in Buckwalter Place starting at 6:30 p.m. (843) 785-4711 or

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The TALL White Healer In Celebration of Humanitarianism By Randolph Stewart Photos provided by Dr. Barclay Stewart


ach year, five surgeons in the United States receive the American College of Surgeons’ Surgical Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award in recognition of their selfless efforts to provide care to medically underserved patients at home and abroad. One of them is my son, Barclay Stewart, MD, MScPH, a graduate of Beaufort High School and Clemson University. As a medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Barclay and his colleagues created the largest free clinic for the homeless in Charleston County, SC, still in operation. The clinic has won numerous local, state and national awards. The same group also established the “No Child Shall Eat Alone” program at MUSC, a program that ensures families of ill children in the pediatric hospital can take a break, or get a moment away, without worrying that their child is left alone during a meal. Additionally, with the help of former Charleston Mayor Riley, he and his colleagues organized an annual “Homeless Health Fair” where the homeless could receive medical attention, legal support and supplies. Barclay’s first global humanitarian interaction, in 2005, involved an International Committee of the Red Cross-supported children’s hospital in Katmandu, Nepal during their civil war. He assisted surgeons and staff in the care of burn injuries, leprosy care, outreach and education. Let’s contemplate his words from these early moments in his global humanitarian efforts:


“I had my first truly trying moments today. Children with full thickness burns from a blast that occurred several days prior were brought in wrapped in soggy dressings soaked in the puss from their infected wounds. The wards were full so we laid them nearly shoulder to shoulder on mats on the concrete floor. The rotten smell quickly overwhelmed the ward, which began buzzing with flies. We quickly began undressing the wounded, washing and deriding their wounds. For a moment, the gravity of the scene became apparent; the ward started to spin around me; the cries became louder, the smells more concentrated; the hope more distant. I caught my breath and calmed down and continued to work. The most difficult part was having to care for these children without narcotics, such as morphine. The Maoists had disrupted supply chains to the hospital, which produced a critical deficiency of a number of essential supplies and medications. What child deserves to be burned because of political differences, indiscriminate violence or forced neglect and receive care void of analgesia? I wish I could take their pain.”

The following year, Barclay worked with public health professionals to develop a referral system expediting delivery of care for patients with lifethreatening medical and surgical conditions in Malawi, a small country in southeastern Africa. The model they developed was used by the Ministry of Health as a template for referral protocols in district hospitals countrywide. In addition, he worked at the clinic teaching staff how to care for infections and injuries, and how to promote clinical care as a preventative service to avoid late presentations of otherwise treatable conditions. When Barclay arrived at this particular clinic, less than 20 patients each day braved the scorching heat to seek treatment from the tall white man. Once, a young girl begged him to come help her grandmother. After an hour-anda-half trek through tall grass, they arrived at a clearing where an old lady (45 is old there) was leaning against the hut in distress. After examining her, he remembered a treatment from the 1920s and rigged an incline board, placing her face down. He then pummeled her sides, an act that cleared her lungs which, accompanied by clean water and antibiotics, would relieve her respiratory infection. While there, he noticed something moving under a UN tarp. When he peered underneath, he saw a 6-year-old girl with flies and maggots coming out of her nose and mouth, lying in her own feces, hours from death. He got permission from the grandmother to take her to try and help her. Three days later, Barclay returned the young girl to her grandmother, holding her hand as they walked along the same path. He’d hydrated her, provided antibiotics for dysentery, and given her malaria medicine. By the following week, word had spread among the villages about who they referred to in their own language as the “Tall White Healer.” Soon, the clinic had over 80 patients a day. Within this community, Barclay was also instrumental in the construction of a solar-powered well, a medical waste incinerator and the development of a radio communication system. From 2009-2010, he was awarded a fellowship from the Unites States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Fogarty International Center. He worked in Kenya on projects related to the effect of deworming on HIV-infected children and adults. In 2011, he earned his Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine, specializing in epidemiology and health during conflict. In 2012, Barclay worked in South Sudan with several humanitarian organizations using his newfound skillset to identify areas in need of empiric mass drug treatment for neglected tropical diseases and to describe the impact The Breeze DECEMBER 2016 27

of land mine removal on health. During his work in South Sudan, he was introduced to surgeons working in refugee and internal displaced-person camps. The Kakuma camp in northern Kenya held more than 100,000 refugees. He credits the time he spent there as pivotal, ultimately defining his calling—to care for people affected by complex humanitarian emergencies, particularly the injured and burned. From his reflections in northern Kenya near the Somalia border in 2009: “I will strangely miss soured camel milk, the endless skies, the way when women gather in their kanjis—an intentional squint gives way to a kaleidoscope of color—the importance of a greeting, the blistering and relentless heat on my unadapted skin, the rows on rows of rusted green sheetless beds that fill the wards, the nightly bickering of zebras and locusts, the ritualized gratitude for a plate of food, the gamble of water, the taste of dust, a palpable purpose infinitely greater than myself, the raging war between wildlife and humanity, the spontaneous birth of unexpected song, the list is endless …” Following graduation from medical school, Barclay began General Surgery Residency at the prestigious University of Washington Harborview Medical Center. Before moving to Seattle, he said, “I do not feel like I will be a complete doctor and fulfill my purpose without being a surgeon. However, I know in the future I will care for more people with public health policy and research than with pills and scalpels alone.”


In 2014, Barclay was awarded his second NIH/ Fogarty Global Health Research Fellowship which led him to Ghana, West Africa. He and a team collected data pertinent to the integration of surgical, trauma and burn care into the country’s national health plan. During his two years in Ghana, he served as visiting chief resident, filling needs at various hospitals. He mentored students, residents, and surgeons, organized research symposia and created a trauma research group. He and other Ghanaian surgeons operated on hundreds of patients in remote areas who otherwise would have gone without care. Most recently, he worked in Geneva with the World Health Organization Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Team, to develop a toolkit for identifying strengths and weaknesses of emergency and trauma systems in low- and middle-income countries. Barclay is also a global surgery and epidemiology consultant for Médecins Sans Frontières Operations Centre Brussels (MSF, Doctors without Borders) and Operation Smile International. Additionally, he is completing his PhD from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. His dissertation focuses on how to leverage the human capabilities approach, championed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, to strengthen trauma systems in developing countries. Barclay is also credited with over a dozen book chapters and 60 articles published in scientific journals worldwide. Dr. Barclay Stewart’s work is only beginning. The Tall White Healer’s dedication to global health will continue to inspire and save lives for years to come.

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Cottages of Spring Island By Randoph Stewart Photos provided by John Strother, Spring Island Realty


ll of us have probably dreamed of having a little cottage in the mountains or on the shore, or perhaps tucked away in the woods; but schools, work and kids dictated suburbia as the more practical choice. As the years passed, we probably had more children, our financial situations improved, and those cottage dreams turned into a McMansion in a private community, perhaps on a golf course. Eventually, we may buy a second home in the Lowcountry to escape the frozen tundra (a sign that we have “arrived”), but after the children leave the nest, we wonder…do we really need two houses? When it dawns on us that we may not want the extra expense of maintenance and taxes on a second home, especially if a recession forces housing prices to plummet and we can’t recoup our investment, we may return to the dream. What’s wrong with life in a quaint, little secluded cottage, warm and cozy in front of the fireplace, savoring the smell of homemade soup on the stove? There’s nothing like curling up in front of a cottage fireplace with a good book, or the latest edition of The Breeze.


I recently visited John Strother, an old friend and Spring Island real estate broker, and asked him about cottages. He gave me a quick smile and said, “Over the last five years, we have seen a change in what people are looking for, especially in the second home market.” He continued, “More people are building a small two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, ‘Jewel Box’ cottage that is perfect for the long weekend visit or a three- to five-month sabbatical and enjoying nature up close and making friends with the wide variety of animals and birds. You can go boating, golf, ride horse trails, pull out your easel or take a long walk on the 300 nature trails.” Spring Island has extra-large lots and a nature curtain requirement that makes each site completely private, and are large enough for a small horse paddock. An added benefit is that the island is protected in perpetuity by The Spring Island Trust. The inspiration for Spring Island’s cottage design centers around the Lowcountry’s indigenous slave quarters. Jim Strickland of Historic

Concepts modeled the “red” guest cottages after this style for developers Jim and Betsy Chaffin. Architectural guidelines for Spring Island do not permit one massive structure; instead, a main house connected—or not— to a carriage house with an ancillary guest house is the compound model. The recent trend is to purchase the lot first, then design and build the cottage to owners’ preferences, using topography, views and prevailing breezes or sun angles as a guide, and perhaps as a precursor to a primary residence master plan. Nature, and the concept of extended outdoor living and entertaining are important to Spring Island’s cottage community. With this in mind, the entry event, or approach to the cottage, is purposely inconspicuous. We explored a variety of cottage types, each with its own personality, each blending into its natural surroundings; each with a porch and rocking chair inviting us to enjoy the view. These lovely homes are private enough to hear the breeze rustle through the trees, the squirrels play or a pine cone hit the leaf-strewn, dappled lit ground. Each cottage, whether finely appointed or quaint and irresistibly cozy, provide peace of mind, and spaces large enough to meet all needs. Though small, no space was wasted. Whether you are returning to the dream of that “cozy cottage with a view” or want to make Spring Island your primary residence, the master plan can accommodate you. John was gracious enough to share photos of some of the community’s cottages, and we got a peek inside as well. Enjoy! For your own personal tour, contact John Strother at

(Top) This cottage is placed in a small clearing in the woods. The materials are simple and sustainable with wood posts, tabby facade and metal roof. Note the use of shed dormers and the shed roof board and batten addition. The building beyond is the garage. (Middle) The Living Room, Kitchen and Master Wing surround this stricking terrace overlooking an expansive tidal marshland. The raised pavilion provides outdoor living at its finest. The red doors and chair cushions are a delightful accent and pilasters are a continuation of the interior and provide strength and classicism. The plantings were thoughtfully planned. Greenery defining natural elements, that during the spring months provide wonderful fragrances. (Bottom) This Gathering Room and Kitchen personifies the words ”jewel box.” The color of the painted wood walls sets off the stark white cabinets, beam collar ties and wood floors and furniture. The oriental rugs, fabric and painted chairs provide color. The baskets accent a sense that it has been lived in for a long time. This is all encompassed in a vaulted ceiling with high windows for light.

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The smaller cottages must use space advantageously so that none is wasted. (Above) This hall niche features a day bed with storage. (Top, Left) The ladder provides access to the loft. (Bottom, Left) Red Cottage.

Old Tabby Links at Spring Island has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Jay Gratton, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course.

“Old Tabby Links at Spring Island has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

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Living & Listening in the Moment By Jevon Daly

Most of what we do these days is shrouded in technology and crowds. Noise from cars and folks playing each other’s YouTube videos has created a new hum in the air. The Monday we were all allowed back to our homes after the hurricane was very peaceful. The music we all heard that night was calming. Trees were down everywhere as I drove down Alljoy. Power companies were out, but it was quiet. This article wasn’t really meant to go in this direction, but cell phones have made it much harder to connect with a crowd of fresh faces you have never seen before. For years, I have been writing songs that stick out and make people laugh. Nowadays, when I look around, the bored tourist from Pittsburgh is doing something new!

Did anything good come out of our brush with Hurricane Matthew? Driving to Hilton Head has been rough. Heck, Bluffton got pretty “tore up,” too. Some places got hit super hard, other places untouched. But some things went down that I am here to report. There was no power for a while. So, what did people do with themselves besides arm wrestle, take cold showers and cook on open flame? The day the iPods and iPads died, people wanted music. I had a fire one night and we sat around and played music with no lights on. It was so different from what I am used to. I really forgot what it was like to play music for a couple of people in the quiet nighttime.

They stare at their phones while us musicians “pour our hearts out” onstage. Then, when you do succeed in getting their attention, they wanna make a video THAT THEY WILL NEVER WATCH. OK…I’m done venting. The greatest present you can give yourself and others this holiday season is to put down your phone and start living in the moment instead of recording it.

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Courtesy of The Oyster Bar Bluffton & Fujiyama Sushi INGREDIENTS – Crab Cakes 1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat 1 egg Handful of flat-leaf Italian parsley Red pepper, diced small ½-1 cup Secret Imperial Crab Cake Mix Handful of fresh bread crumbs Remoulade sauce to taste INGREDIENTS – Secret Imperial Crab Cake Mix 1 gallon mayonnaise 2 tsp. garlic powder 2 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. white pepper 2 Tbsp. lemon pepper 1 Tbsp. curry powder 2 ½ Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 zest of lemon 3 dashes of tabasco 1 red pepper to every 2 lbs. of crab meat


INSTRUCTIONS Put jumbo lump crab in a mixing bowl. Crack egg over the crabmeat and scatter parsley over the mixture. Add diced red pepper, Secret Imperial Crab Cake Mix, fresh bread crumbs (not too much) and mix gently by hand making sure the egg is well incorporated. Cover mixture and let it sit in the refrigerator for approximately one hour. Mold crab cakes into preferred size and brown on each side until done. Top with remoulade sauce to taste. Enjoy! View the recipe video at

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RESTAURANT GUIDE Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen** Southern 1055 May River Rd. (843) 757-2921

The Village Pasta Shoppe** Italian, Deli, Wine, 10 B. Johnston Way (across from Post Office) (843) 540-2095

Corner Perk** Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Promenade St. & May River Rd. (843) 816-5674

Walnuts Café** Contemporary 70 Pennington Dr., Ste. 20 (843) 815-2877

May River Grill** Seafood Contemporary Old Town Bluffton  1263 May River Rd. (843) 757-5755

Agave Side Bar Southwestern 13 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-9190

The Pearl Kitchen and Bar** Fine Dining 55 Calhoun St. (843) 757-5511

Bluffton BBQ Barbeque, Pork, Ribs 11 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-7427

Squat ‘N’ Gobble** American, Greek 1231 May River Rd. (843) 757-4242

The Bluffton Room Fine dining 15 Promenade St. (843) 757-3525

Toomers’ Bluffton Seafood House** Seafood 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 757-0380

The Brick Chicken American 1011 Fording Island Rd. (843) 836-5040


British Open Pub Pub, Seafood, Steaks 1 Sherington Dr. #G Sheridan Park (843) 705-4005 Buffalo’s Contemporary 1 Village Park Sq. (843) 706-6630 Butcher’s Market and Dell Deli 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., Ste. 3G (843) 815-6328 Captain Woody’s Seafood, Sandwich, Salads 17 State Of Mind St.,The Promenade (843) 757-6222  Choo Choo BBQ Express Barbeque, Pulled Pork, Ribs 129 Burnt Church Rd. (843) 815-7675 Claude & Uli’s Bistro French 1533 Fording Island Rd. #302, Moss Creek Village (843) 837-3336

Corks Wine Co. Contemporary, Tapas 14 Promenade St. #306 The Promenade (843) 816-5168

Neo Gastropub - Farm To Table Fare 1533 Fording Island Rd. #326 Moss Creek Village (843) 837-5111

The Cottage Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 38 Calhoun St. (843) 757-0508

Okatie Ale House American 25 William Pope Dr. (843) 706-2537

Downtown Deli Burgers, Sandwiches 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 815-5005

Old Town Dispensary Contemporary 15 Captains Cove off Calhoun St.

Fat Patties Burgers, Sandwiches 207 Bluffton Rd. (843) 815-6300

The Oyster Bar Seafood 15 State Of Mind St. The Promenade (843) 837-1893

Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill American 104 Buckwalter Pl., Ste. 1A (843) 836-5959  Hogshead Kitchen Contemporary 1555 Fording Island Rd., Moss Creek Village (843) 837-4647 Inn At Palmetto Bluff Continental 1 Village Park Sq. Palmetto Bluff Village (843) 706-6500  The Juice Hive Juice Bar 14 Johnston Way Bluffton Village (843) 757-BUZZ (2889)  Katie O’Donald’s Irish, American 1008 Fording Island Rd. #B, Kitties Crossing (843) 815-5555 Longhorn Steakhouse American     1262 Fording Island Rd., Tanger Outlet 1  (843) 705-7001

Pour Richard’s Contemporary 4376 Bluffton Pkwy. (843) 757-1999 (843) 837-1893 Redfish Contemporary 32 Bruin Rd. Old Town Bluffton (843) 837-8888 Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood Contemporary   12 Sheridan Park Circle (843) 815-5030 Southern Barrel Brewing Co. American 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd.  (843) 837-2337  Stooges Cafe American 25 Sherington Dr.  (843) 706-6178  ** See the ads in The Breeze and for more info

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The Kids Are Alright

Quick, splendid moments where time rolls back. We’re all Peter Pans, just carefree kids who never want to grow up. It’s the one time of year where I am finally able to put all the stress and turmoil of forging my own place in the world aside, and focus solely on avoiding wet willies. I only set my Nerf gun down when I’m helping Dad move hot pans of casserole or other delectables around the kitchen. My sister sneaks in behind us, nabbing bits of bacon and licking spatulas clean of excess mashed potato.


Growing up, we were rarely afforded these pleasant moments of family bonding. My parents’ go-getter entrepreneurial spirit meant a lot of nights my sister and I were left by ourselves. There was little room for horseplay when my sister was in babysitter mode. But now, bickering over the TV remote, there is freedom to be the kids we always wanted to be.

Then the house starts to shake.

Soon our kitchen table will be covered in entirely too much food. After that, we will move all that food to our stomachs and nap like a good kindergarten class.

by Chase S. Wlkinson

t’s Christmas morning. Pots simmer quietly on the stove and my dad bustles about the kitchen, making sure the bacon-covered ham is basting away in the oven. My mom straightens up the knickknacks on the living room coffee table and sneaks one last present under the tree decked with delicate ornaments and bright lights. NFL pregame shows and holiday parades politely roll highlight footage in the background. It’s a still, picturesque, holiday greeting card kind of morning.

I storm through our one-story home, nearly 300 pounds of bearded wildman; flying recklessly around corners, slipping and sliding on the wood floor in my tube-socked feet. My family’s Rockwell-esque painting is suddenly bombarded by a blizzard of yellow Nerf darts, and my sister, Brandi, is hot on my tail chasing me through the house. I scream, she screams. This is war. The couch buckles hard as I flip over the back of it and land on the cushions with a tremendously graceful thud. I’m as smooth as Bruce Willis—if he wasn’t allowed stunt doubles. I look at Mom rolling her eyes at her children and her knickknacks, now covered in toy shrapnel. My sister lurks closer and I try to get my mom to tell me if the coast is clear so I can pop back up and return fire, but she doesn’t share our enthusiasm for the game. It would probably be more fun for her if my sister and I weren’t full-grown adults tearing apart her house like a pack of 5-year-olds hopped up on Jolly Ranchers and Pixie Sticks. Run into my sister and me on any other day of the week, and you will marvel at how responsible and well-adjusted we are. We have full-time jobs and homes and work hard to pay our bills. We’re model citizens with excellent credit scores. But put us in the same room and you’ll watch two upstanding adults devolve into giggling schoolchildren.

We can’t stop getting older, but that doesn’t mean we have to grow up. As the holiday season moves into town and the Christmas lights start to twinkle, take a moment to adore those little heathens who run too fast and make too much noise. Relish the sounds of sugar-fueled chaos. Soon they’ll all get bigger and the house will be empty. But, if you’re lucky, in 10 years they’ll still come rioting through once a year like they never left. Just hide the good china.

I’m 24 and she is nearing 34. When she brings her husband, Dustin, home for Thanksgiving, we arm him, as well. There are no civilians when Chase and Brandi go to Nerf War. Brandi pops around the corner with a yell and the fight erupts again. My mom scrambles out of the crossfire as squishy yellow projectiles bounce off family pictures and TVs, narrowly missing puncturing eyeballs. We shoot until we’re out of ammo, call a brief truce to reload and scramble off to separate corners of the house. This is what the holidays mean to me.


Chase S. Wilkinson (not pictured) is a humorist/ superhero. His bumbling alter ego graduated with a degree in writing from SCAD in 2014. Now he spends his time rescuing humanity from its own self-consciousness through laughter and dance! With self-deprecating charm, he vows to remind everyone that it’s okay to laugh at yourself.

BIG Blowout Planned For First Responders, Town Officials, More.

Mark your calendars for noon on Saturday, December 10, and attend a hurricane-sized party at Shelter Cove Community Park! The aptly-named Welcome Home Celebration is from noon5 p.m., and includes four local bands, food and beverages with Hilton Head Strong, Bluffton Strong, and Welcome Home T-shirts available for purchase. An ice skating rink, provided by the Island Recreation Center, will be available under the pavilion for children of all ages. The celebration, at first a mere glimmer in Mary Lynn Finn’s eyes, took shape as she pondered the expediency of our community’s evacuation, the grace with which South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley, responded; and the speed in which first responders reacted to catastrophic Hurricane Matthew damage, allowing residents to return as soon as possible. Mary Lynn’s partner at Foundation Realty, Carl Schroeder, hopped aboard the Welcome Home Celebration train the moment she mentioned it, and he suggested Shelter Cove as the venue. Soon, Monty Jett and local personality, Daniel Cort, agreed to MC the event and four bands—The Nice

Guys, Whitley Deputy, The Chilly Willy Band and headliner, The All Star Recovery Band featuring Lavon Stevens and Friends, agreed to participate. Pastor Carr of Hilton Head’s Central Church has graciously agreed to open the event in prayer. In heartfelt appreciation to all the brave men and women who made the rapid return to our beloved Lowcountry communities possible, Foundation Realty and participating sponsors invite the public to this FREE event! Bring lawn chairs to join in honoring Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Town Officials, Fire and Rescue Departments, Police and Sheriff’s Departments, State Highway Patrol, utility companies, Hilton Head Hospital and all first responders. After the Welcome Home Celebration, head over to see the Dove Street Festival of Lights. Any proceeds from sale of T-shirts will benefit the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Disaster Relief Fund for victims of Hurricane Matthew. Please contact Mary Lynn Finn at (843) 816-1838 or Carl Schroeder at (843) 683-7999 for information regarding sponsorship of the Welcome Home Celebration.

The Breeze DECEMBER 2016



The Breeze DECEMBER 2016


• Farm-Fresh Fraser Fir Christmas Trees • Vibrant Pointsettias Come and create your own unique gift basket from our locallysourced sundries.

Make plans to join us New Year’s Day for an all-you-can-eat good luck buffet!!

1055 May River Road 1 mile west of Old Town Bluffton 843 757-2921 / 48

Mon. thru Wed.: 7:30am - 3pm Thurs., Fri., Sat.: 7:30am-9pm Sunday Brunch: 9am - 3pm

The Breeze Dec 2016  

The Magazine of Bluffton

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