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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: The holiday season begins. Thanksgiving is such a special time. We all have some reason to give thanks, even in times of sorrow and loss. One thing all Blufftonians can be thankful for is that the storm that came through South Carolina last month missed us. As a town we gathered together and have sent emergency supplies to those in our state that were not so fortunate. That is one thing that makes Bluffton so special. This month, we have two environmental articles for you on turtles. Amber Hester Kuehn, provides us with the annual beach loggerhead turtle hatching report, on the 13th anniversary of recording these little beach babies. We are also privileged to present a piece by Tony Mills, naturalist with the LowCountry Institute, on diamondback terrapins. As an extra addition to The Breeze, go to to watch a video from his Coastal Kingdom series, which we are thrilled to have! This month we’re featuring Winter in the Lowcountry. The Breeze will continue sharing these videos online in the future. To show respect and remember our veterans, Arnold Rosen talks of World War II veterans and how we need to tell their stories while we still can. Part of this article is a memorial speech made by USMC Lieutenant General Jonathon Davis paying Tribute to The Veterans That are No Longer with Us, and the six brave Marines that lost their lives during a disaster relief mission in Nepal this year. You know we always love to print stories by The Bluffton Boy, Andrew Peeples. He will take you back to your childhood and tells a tale about a “Bad Bad Dog” and a scared boy. It is like you are there, and perhaps will take you back to your childhood. Enjoy! Steve Tilton, a long time Lowcountry builder, has provided The Breeze with his second article, along with some great shots, entitled: Building a Home in the Post-Recession World. It is very insightful and I know present and future homeowners will find it most interesting. Our Copy Editor and writer, Andrea Six, presents the first installment of Shooting the Breeze, a segment in which we talk to some of the town’s personalities and characters. For this installment, Andrea sat down with the ladies at Eggs ‘N’ Tricities to see just what’s going on inside their store on Lawton Street. Don’t miss Jevon Daly’s Bluffton Music Town on Thanksgiving music. As always, this entertaining piece is sure to put a smile on your face. We are so lucky to have a loving story of a Father and Son about their adventure on the May River during a storm. Gene Cashman is such a great long time Breeze contributor and this story is so caring and perfect for Thanksgiving. Let us hear from you and please don’t forget to tell our advertisers that you found them in The Breeze.


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NOVEMBER 2015, VOLUME 13, NO. 11

08 Miss Susie’s Big Bad Dog


12 ... to catch lightning in a bottle ... 16 Shooting The Breeze with Nancy & Patsy 24 Paying Tribute to The Veterans That Are No Longer With Us 28 Building A Home in the Post-Recession World 34 Beating the Odds: Sea Turtle Survival


36 Discovering Diamondback Terrapins 42 Turkey Day Tunes


18 Over the Bridges and Beyond 20 Thoughts in the Breeze 22 Fellowship 24 History 26 Your Corner 28 Architecture 32 Golf Courses 38 Tide Chart 40 Restaurant Guide 42 Bluffton: Music Town

COVER PHOTO : Photo by Jeff Kuehn

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By Andrew Peeples, by permission of Mildred Peeples Pemberton


read the warning on Miss Susie Verdier’s back gate. BEWARE: BIG BAD DOG! Then I saw him coming from the kitchen steps, not running but ambling, with his big ears flapping against his jaws.

It was plain that he wasn’t a full-blooded dog, just an issue of big breeds like German police and shepherd with a bit of something like bloodhound added in. He was moving toward me as though he had all day, and he wasn’t making a sound. But I wasn’t fooled by that. I knew that killer dogs save their strength and put the emphasis on biting not barking. Well, he wasn’t biting me, unless he could catch me before I made it back to the Secession Oak at the bend of the road. The lower limbs of that scarred old tree spread out for 40 feet in every direction. The leafy ends almost brushed the ground. A boy could pull himself up on top of one and crawl higher and higher, until he was clear out of the reach of the biggest dog in the world. Like a boy fleeing to a city of refuge, I turned and ran to that old live oak and got myself safely ensconced 10 feet up in the air. Then I looked back to the gate and watched the dog push it open and head


my way, following right in my tracks. He ambled under the big limb where I was sitting and stopped. He lifted his head and looked at me with the most doleful expression on his wrinkled face that I ever saw. His bloodshot eyes were filled with a melancholy that was almost painfully sad. But I wasn’t fooled by that, either. If he were sad, it was because he couldn’t sink his cruel teeth into my tender throat. No, he wasn’t fooling me. I could still see the warning sign on the gate. BEWARE: BIG BAD DOG! I shook my foot at him and tried to scare him off. “Go home!” I said. “Go home!” But instead of going home, he lay down with a lazy groan and rested his heavy head on his front paws. I broke off little pieces of bark and tried to hit him on the nose, and I kept telling him to go home. But it didn’t do any good. “Okay, Mr. Big Bad Dog,” I said. “I can stay up here just as long as you can stay down there.” I got myself as comfortable as possible on that gnarly limb. If I had to spend the whole afternoon there, I could do it. The sun was still high

Photo by Margaret Palmer in the sky. Nobody would start worrying about me until after dark set in. It occurred to me that Miss Susie might come and rescue me. So I turned my face toward the house and yelled to the top of my voice. “Miss Susie! Oh, Miss Susie! I have a Special Delivery letter for you, Miss Susie! I’m up in the Secession Oak, Miss Susie! Your dog won’t let me come down, Miss Susie! I have a Special Delivery letter for you, Miss Susie!” I waited a few minutes, listening for Miss Susie’s voice and watching the gate. Then I repeated the yelling, several times, but it was useless. The only answer I got came from a flock of crows in a nearby cornfield. “Oh well,” I said to myself, “don’t worry. He’ll get hungry or something after a while and go back to the house. Then you can hotfoot it back to the post office. Miss Agnes Coe will have to find someone else who wants to make an easy dime.” I had thought it was going to be an “easy” dime when I agreed to deliver the Special to Miss Susie Verdier. She lived on the bluff beyond Lowden’s oyster factory. A footbridge took you across a cove

and right into Miss Susie’s yard. That way her house was less than a mile from the post office. But when I got to the footbridge, a man was repairing it and had it blocked off. I had to turn back and go the long way around by the Secession Oak. And now, after all that trouble, here I was treed by a “big bad dog!” I hated to have to lose that dime. In those days a boy in Bluffton had to hustle to earn a little cash for spending money. He couldn’t just stretch out his hand and say, “Divvy the dough, Daddy, so I can dig a little rock an’ roll with the other cats,” and walk off with a buck in his pocket. Obtaining as much as a nickel, for a box of popcorn or a cone of ice cream, required work, brains or luck, and sometimes a combination of all three. One didn’t turn down a chance to earn a whole dime, especially when all he had to do was to run to somebody’s house and deliver a Special Delivery letter. I looked down at the dog. He was dead asleep. His breathing was heavy, like an old man’s. Every now and then he coughed hoarsely, as though he had a lung ailment of some kind. I toyed with the idea of trying for a quick getaway. I could ease myself down to the end of

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A nd now, after all that trouble, here I was treed by a “big bad dog!”

Photo by permission of Emmett McCracken the limb, slip off to the ground, and sneak into the thick bushes. I could probably make it to the post office before the dog woke up. He might not be asleep at all. He might be playing ‘possum, and just waiting for me to try a getaway. I shuddered at the thought of that big mouth making mincemeat out of my hide. I stayed right where I was. One hour passed. Two hours passed. Somewhere along in the third hour, when the sun was getting low I heard Miss Susie’s voice and saw her coming through the gate. She was talking fast and stepping high and angry sparks were dancing in her eyes. She was marching straight for the Secession Oak. “You there! You there!” she was saying. “What are you doing in that tree? Hunting, that’s what you’re doing! Killing my squirrels and in the summer time, too! Where’s your gun? Where’s the squirrels? Don’t you know my land’s posted? Just you wait till I tell your father! He’ll skin you alive! What are you doing up in that tree? Come down! Come down, I say!” The dog woke up. He blinked his eyes at Miss Susie as she approached the tree. “What are you doing here?” she said. “Who told you to come out of that gate?” She glared at the dog for a moment, then turned her attention back to me. “You called him, that’s why he came! Are you trying to steal my dog, besides killing my squirrels? Answer me, boy, answer me! You just wait until I tell your father! Come down out of that tree! You hear me, come down!” I tried to find my voice. I stammered and stuttered and pulled the Special Delivery letter out of my pocket and showed it to Miss Susie.


“What’s that? What’s that?” she demanded. “Drop it! Drop it, I tell you!” I dropped it. She picked it up and tore it open. As soon as she read the first line or two, a big smile spread over her face. “It’s another girl!” she cried. “Now I have two nieces! I have two nieces! And thank the Lord this one wasn’t a boy, either!” She finished reading the letter and put it back in the envelope. Her mood was changed and she was no longer angry. She just seemed a little impatient. Photo source: Townofbluffton CC “For heaven’s sake, come down, come down,” she said. “We’ll go to the house, and I’ll give you some cookies and a cup of tea. Come down, come down. Don’t sit up there like a bump on a log.” I pointed at the dog, and when I did, Miss Susie shrieked with laughter. “Well, well, well,” she said, “if that don’t beat the Dutchman. How long has he had you up there? Why, he’s so old he couldn’t tree a rat in a huckleberry bush. And even if he did, he couldn’t bite his toe off. He hasn’t had a tooth in his head in five years.” Right then I lost my temper and found my voice. “Then how come you put that big sign on the gate?” I demanded with a loud shout. “Oh that?” Miss Susie said. “I just put that there to keep chicken thieves out of my yard while I’m away from home.” Andrew Peeples, b. 1905, authored many stories of childhood in the Lowcountry of South Carolina during the Depression era. He and his family were instrumental in establishing the town of Bluffton.









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" catch lightning in a bottle..." By Gene Cashman ne partly cloudy afternoon an inquisitive young boy looked up into the sky. His father watched as his son stood silhouetted in the late afternoon sun, index finger outstretched to determine if the wind had changed directions. “I thought so Mr. Fiddler-Crab,” he said as he walked over a colony of tiny crabs scurrying about. “I felt it in my ears.” He watched a gull, wings outstretched pitch up and down in the wind. The young boy shouted, “what’s brewing out there, Mr. Gull?” The gull, so high up, either did not hear or was unable to understand the boys question for he simply continued in the current until he was all but a small speck in the sky. The young boy, undeterred, walked along the edge of the moonshaped sandbar for another clue. He stepped into the current and waded until the water reached his knees. This was as deep as he was allowed to go alone. The tide was now coming in at a brisk pace. Instinctively he twisted his left knee and ankle, his dominant leg, back and forth burying it in the sand to brace himself. The young man stretched his neck out and peered around the pinnacle of the bar, the view guarded by a thick patch of spartina grass. “Whoa,” he remarked to a lone egret watching him curiously from the safety of the spartina patch, “that sky looks angry.” The egret looked up at the sky and with a dry squawk spread its wings and flew deeper into the marsh. The boy felt the firm hand of his father on the crown on his head. The father directed the boy’s line of sight to a particularly quarrelsome-looking cloud hovering over the tree line between the sandbar and home. “Cumulonimbus,” the strong voice of his father bellowed. The boy rolled the word over his tongue thinking of how his mother taught him to break


words down. Her face filled his mind as he thought about the sounds he recognized in such a big word. The first crack of thunder broke his concentration. He quickly realized he was securely in his father’s big arms and not standing in the water anymore. “We’ve got to move,” his father said calmly as he placed the boy on their boat’s faded wooden bench, “sit tight.” Watching his father pull up the anchor was a sight he’d witnessed hundreds of times, but in this instance he noticed that his dad did not take time to carefully stow the anchor. He also failed to secure the buoys hanging over the side. “Daddy,” the boy said aloud. But before he could finish, he was overwhelmed by what sounded like the crack of a cowboy’s whip. His father pulled him in close. “Be brave,” his father said, “I will get you home safe.” The boy, wrapped in a bright blue towel, lay between his father’s legs. The fiberglass floor of the boat was slick and filling with rainwater. The afternoon was warm, but the rain was cold, making him shiver. He nervously bit at the plastic liner on his life-vest and watched his father’s face intensely for reassurance. “That, my son,” his father shouted, “is the sound of God’s angels bowling a strike.” Every so often he would pat the boy’s head. The boy observed how the corners of his father’s mouth resembled a slight grin. It was the same look he made when the boy’s mother would playfully dance in the kitchen after dinner. This made him wonder if his father was quietly enjoying the moment. It confused the increasingly terrified boy. Each crack of thunder stressed the boy’s confidence. The boat pitched up and down in the chop of wind and tide. The young boy began to cry as the fear of the unknown overtook the last of his brave curiosity.

Tugging on his father’s shorts he begged, “please daddy, please make them stop bowling.” The father pulled the boy up off the floor and held him close. He whispered wisdom in the boy’s ear. The storm raged around them. All but giving up hope the storm would ever abate, the boy began to think about whether he would ever see his mother again. He loved her calm, sweet voice that was so kind even when he had been terrible and mischievous. He loved how she twirled his hair when they read books and how she always made sure he knew that he was loved. The boy loved the strength and adventure he so often experienced with his father, but would greatly miss the tenderness of his mother. She, after all, was the first love of his young heart. “Settle down, son,” his father’s voice reassured, “it’s all going to be okay.” Forlorn and expecting the worst, the boy held firm to his life vest and towel, face buried in his father’s chest. Then, unexpectedly the high-pitched whine of the engine let up. The boy was not expecting this. “Bow line up,” his father shouted, “let’s look alive sports fans.” The boy looked up to see home on the horizon and his heart leapt with joy. He caught his father’s eye. His father grinned and responded with a wink “make a run for it.” The boy’s feet met the wooden dock shoeless, catching several splinters as he bolted from the boat and up the ramp. At the top off the dock and fast on his way to the house he turned to watch his father secure the boat in the wind and rain. He was amazed at his father’s bravery. Lost among the bubbles of a hot bath and the soft high of hot cocoa and marshmallows, the young boy hardly noticed his father enter the bathroom. He heard his parents’ muffled voices and watched them embrace, but mainly focused on the bubbles that surrounded him. The noise of the afternoon’s storm began to file itself away inside of him when he suddenly felt the firm hands of his father under his arms, pulling him from the soapy hot water. “Let’s take a look at those splinters, young man,” he said with a softness usually associated with his mother. “Why weren’t you afraid dad?” The boy said, “I was so scared.” His father looked him square in the eyes, “I was too.” The young boy looked away in disbelief “but you smiled, I saw you.” His father laughed, “sometimes dads and moms have to be extra brave to protect their babies, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t scared.” The young boy nodded as if he understood and then asked, “but why the smile?” The father laughed saying, “because it reminded me of a time with my dad, when I was scared and he protected me.” The boy reached out, touched the whiskers on his father’s face and asked, “When do I get some of these?” Laughing the father replied, “soon enough.” Later in the evening a sliver of moon peaked out from the wispy clouds. The young boy gazed up into the sky. His father watched as the boy listened to the tree frogs, his teddy bear tight under one arm. “Have I ever told you,” the boy said to the bear, “the time my father bowled with the angels; and won?” The bear was either too sleepy or too lost in his own thoughts to reply, but the boy told him anyway.

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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 Merchant Society warmly encourages visitors to come and spend an afternoon or a day discovering historic Bluffton.

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Shooting with Nancy & Patsy This month we sat down with Nancy Golson and Patsy Hodge at Eggs ‘N’ Tricities, where you can find everything from work by local and regional artists, an array of antiques and cookbooks to fashionable scarves and statement necklaces, to see how they’ve been doing since their move to Lawton Street. But these lovely ladies covered everything from how they’ve changed to how they work with other small businesses in town.



How are y’all doing since your move to Lawton Street?

: Nancy: Have you ever heard that expression, prosperity’s a long time coming? This year is probably the first year that I’ve felt like we have a steady stream of people from Palmetto Bluff. Patsy: I think the residents of Palmetto Bluff are just discovering us. Before, I think they were so engrossed in getting their houses built, meeting new friends and doing things at Palmetto Bluff and then all the sudden people start coming to Downtown Bluffton. They’d tell their neighbors and friends and the next thing we know we have a great influx of customers from Palmetto Bluff. That’s been extremely helpful for us. Nancy: Little humorous things haven’t sold as well down here as they did there on Calhoun. But then I’ve heard that during a recession, people will buy more humorous things and then as prosperity comes on, they want more sophisticated things. I think we’re in a very prosperous time here and people want more upscale items.



Have y’all always been so varied in the items you carry?

Nancy: We have changed a lot over the years; I used to : sell really outlandish clothes but there’s not as big a market here in Bluffton as then. I do a little bit of avant-garde, but mainly just classic things that women can wear forever and they spice it up with something outlandish, like a scarf or jewelry.



How do you compete against other small boutiques?



Patsy: We don’t! : Nancy: If I hear someone else has ordered something I have, then that’s that and I’ll probably phase it out or limit what I buy. I don’t see the other boutiques as competition as much as enhancement. Patsy: We work together really well with the girls at Gigi’s and then there’s a new store that’s opened (Mameem and Maudie). When we moved from our location on Calhoun Street to here, everybody chipped in and said, ‘If you’re looking for Eggs ‘N’ Tricities, they’re on Lawton Street.’ Everybody in this old town helps everybody else. It’s an amazing coming together of people.



How do community events and festivals help y’all?

: Nancy: They bring so many people in. People go to a festival thinking they’re going to spend money. Patsy: The Seafood Festival is one of the most advantageous festivals that we have, because it’s cooler outside.

It’s not just the Seafood Festival that brings folks over to the stores in Old Town; every Thursday the Farmers Market brings an influx of people over to the area. So next time you’re walking along Lawton Street, stop in and see the ladies at Eggs ‘N’ Tricities. They’re open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12-4 p.m., and are sure to share some stories with you while you’re shopping around!

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*Nov. 6-19: Bluffton Public Library – Fall foreign film series, Bluffton genealogy, and Celebrate Bluffton at 120 Palmetto Way. See website calendar for details and other events (choose Bluffton Branch and Adults to narrow the search). (843) 255-6490 or

*Nov. 6-13: Bachfest 2015 presented by the Lowcountry Chapter American Guild of Organists, (843) 521-4060. $20 (students $10, package $50/25). Nov. 6: Bach for Voice and Instruments The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles St., at 7 p.m. Nov. 8: The Luther - Bach Connection Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Ladys Island Dr., at 4 p.m. Nov. 13: Bach and the Organ The Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St., at 7 p.m.

*Nov. 6-22: You Haven’t Changed a Bit, and Other Lies, a musical about growing up at 60, at the May River Theatre, Pritchard & Bridge Sts., Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $25, (843) 815-5581. Nov. 7: 5th Annual Bluffton Beer Fest at Oyster Factory Park on Wharf St. from 1-5 p.m. $28-45. *Nov. 8: 8th Annual Taste Of Waddell at Waddell Mariculture Center, Sawmill Creek Rd., from 3-7 p.m. $30 (beer, wine, and oysters extra), (843) 785-4106. *Nov. 10 & 24: Tuesday Talks at the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, 310 Okatie Hwy. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations required. $8, (843) 655-7774. Nov. 11: “Gone With the Wind” themed afternoon tea from 2-4 p.m. at the historic Colcock-Teel House. Kim Poovey will present her lecture/performance entitled, “Beyond Scarlett.” Tickets are $30 per person. Advance reservations required. For inquires and tickets, call the Heyward House Historic Center at (843) 757-6293. *Nov. 15: Stardust Orchestra Experience with the vocals of Michael Schwartzkopf and Robin Lind, showcasing the music of Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé and Natalie Cole at the Bluffton United Methodist Church, 101 Calhoun St., at 3 p.m. Free-will offering. (843) 757-3351. *Nov. 28: Bluffton’s Holiday Art Walk featuring fine art, music, refreshments and Southern hospitality. Shops and galleries open late. Over 200 artists represented. Old Town, Calhoun St. and others. 3-7 p.m. Free. *Fathom Events at Cinemark, 106 Buckwalter Pkwy. Nov. 12: Ballet Hispanico at 7 p.m. $18 (seniors/students $17, kids $16) Nov. 15: Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow presents Jewels at 12:55 p.m. $18 (seniors/students $17, kids $16) Nov. 21: Metropera – Live! presents Berg’s Lulu at 12:30 p.m. $25-27 (seniors $23-25, kids $17-19) Dec. 2: Lulu encore at 6:30 p.m. $23 (seniors $21, kids $16). (843) 757-2859.


*Nov. 12-14: 33nd Annual Heritage Days Celebration with traditional Gullah crafts, food, exhibits and entertainment at Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. (843) 838-2432 or *Nov. 13-29: Fiber Artists Of Beaufort 4th Annual Show, opening with a reception on Nov. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Artist demonstrations Nov. 14 and 15 at Beaufort County ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. Gallery open Fri. 11 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m., (843) 379-2787. *Nov. 20-22: Peter Pan, Jr. by the Beaufort Children’s Theatre at USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Fri.Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $15-25 (students/kids $10-$15), (843) 521-4145. HILTON HEAD ISLAND *Nov. 6-14: Bachfest 2015 presented by the Lowcountry Chapter American Guild of Organists, (843) 521-4060. $20 (students $10, package $50/25) Nov. 6: The Luther - Bach Connection First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy., at 7 p.m. Nov. 13: Bach for Voice and Instruments Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Pkwy., at 7 p.m. Nov. 14: Bach and the Organ Saint Luke’s Church, 50 Pope Ave., at 7 p.m. *Nov. 13-15: Hilton Head Oyster Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cover Ln. Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6 (kids free), (843) 681-7273. *Nov. 13-22: Nutcracker with the Hilton Head Dance Theater at the Hilton Head High School Seahawks Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Rd. Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. $28 (seniors $23). Tickets available online at or by calling (843) 689-4800. *Nov. 14: Tour Of Wreaths with the Hilton Head Shore Notes

(1:30-3 p.m.) and other musicians at the Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Pkwy., 12-5 p.m. (843) 681-3516. *Nov. 15-16: Dvorák In America And The New World Symphony ˇ at the First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy., at 4 p.m. on Sun. and 8 p.m. on Mon. $30, $45, $55, (843) 842-2055. Nov. 18: Lunch with Author Peter Golden who will discuss his new novel, Wherever There is Light, at Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Rd. at noon. Reservations required. $42 (includes lunch), (843) 521-4147. *Nov. 26: 14th Annual Hilton Head Community Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings, served family style with volunteers from the community. Prepared by and served at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Rd., from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (donations accepted). For more information or to volunteer, call (843) 505-1370 or *Nov. 28: Christmas Tree Lighting with Christmas carols, holiday crafts, yummy treats, children’s activities, hot chocolate, coffee, BBQ and more at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Ln. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. SAVANNAH *Now-Jan. 24: Monet Is Coming To Savannah Monet and American Impressionism at the Jepson Center, 124 Abercorn St., Sun.-Mon. Noon-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.5 p.m. $12. (912) 790-8800. *Nov. 1: Celtic Women at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., at 3 p.m. $39-99, (912) 651-6550 *Nov. 5: Savannah Book Festival presents Brad Thor at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., at 6 p.m. $15, (912) 525-5050. *Nov. 7: Grace Potter Featuring songs from her new solo album, Midnight, at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., at 7 p.m. $35-55, (912) 525-5050. *Nov. 7-15: Savannah Food And Wine Festival featuring a Lowcountry boil, master classes, River Street stroll, Taste of Savannah, and much more! See website for event details and prices. (912) 232-1223 or

*Nov. 11-15: Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate featuring more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories at the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Wed.-Thurs. 7 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m., Sun. 1:30 & 5:30 p.m. $12-50. (912) 651-6550. *Nov. 13: Wormsloe Plantation After-Dark Lantern Tours, 7601 Skidaway Rd., 7 & 8:30 p.m. $4.50-$10 Call GA State Parks at (912) 353-3023, for more information. *Nov. 13: Bluegrass Swing & Gypsy Pickin’ with Velvet Caravan and Packway Handle Band at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., at 7:30 p.m. $26 ($20 in advance). (912) 525-5050. *Nov. 14: Free Family Day at Jepson Center For The Arts Art Fair and Monet from 1-4 p.m. 124 Abercorn St. (912) 790-8800. *Nov. 14: Night At The Opera The Savannah Children’s Choir presents Night in Savannah at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., at 7 p.m. $20-75, (912) 525-5050. *Nov. 17 & 19: An Evening Of Baroque: Handel, Bach, & Vivaldi Open rehearsal at Forsyth Park, between Drayton and Whitaker Sts. and Gaston and E. Park Sts., at 6-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. Performance by orchestra members and the Savannah Children’s Choir on Nov. 19 at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., at 7:30 p.m. $16-$75, (912) 525-5050. *Nov. 19: SCAD Film & Television Fall Showcase at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., at 6 p.m. Free, (912) 525-5051 or (800) 869-7223. *Nov. 19: Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., at 7:30 p.m. $30-55, (912) 651-6550. *Nov. 21: Oatland Island Wildlife Center Harvest Festival, 711 Sandtown Rd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 ($5 for Seniors/military/ kids; under 4 free), (912) 395-1212. *Nov. 21: Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will perform at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., at 8 p.m. $38.50-$44, (912) 525-5050.

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Thoughts in the Breeze The Enough Rain Already Song Rained and rained It rained today Rained and Rained Can’t go out to play…hmmph Sad and Blue But all stay true to Mr. Sunshine Please give my heart a sunny day You can chase the clouds away Invite us all back out to play You’re always, always just so grand

This Place Time lays heavy on this land, From generation to generation, Both the good and the bad Traveling through life Just east of reality And west of everywhere. Art Cornell

Beaming down to all the land Mr. Sunshine, I Love You You’re the best! Anne Jennings

Cleansing of the Spirit A gift of 1 franc

MOOD OF MAY RIVER (Oct., 1940) Wrapt in moods, Grasses stir, pine trees quiver, Palmettos toss and sigh and shiver And, silent, the shrunken sombre river Lies and broods. Stiff the sand, Aching mud, taut marsh springing, Blue heron over island winging, No sound but the wind and crickets singing— Tense the land. Noontide burns, Cloud-streaked sky, blood-red seeping, Foreboding storm, bleak north wind leaping, White bluffs and parched shore gray water sweeping— Tide returns. Florence Rupert Graves with permission of John Samuel Graves III 20

Dinner with Chigal and Miro ... Old Friends and new ones … A sense of freedom with James Joyce watching … Walking the streets you have Passed before … same streets, Same buildings, different windows … Awake to fresh falling snow … A newness of feeling and a cleansing Of the Spirit. W.W. Winston

Dew View Our windows weep each morning, and the outside world arrives in a dull, wax paper haze, like opening your eyes as milk pours over your head. We drop the temperature low, looking for a cool night with a light blanket over each shoulder.

Solace His innocence captures my affection. Thinking of him all dark thoughts leave my mind. His beauty, a wondrous perfection. Gazing at him my face lights into a smile.

But each day’s rain soaks the spongy air, filling each crevice like jam on wheat, and before sunrise it wrings itself

His mellifluous purr demands attention.

along the lip of each window, dribbling down its chin, and I haven’t a big enough napkin to wipe it clear.

His movement, a marvel of precision.

© Bill Newby, 2015

Moments I heard the robin sing summer’s final notes; Felt morning rays gentle upon my face. Watched the water move in slow harmony, Felt the silence expand in the presence

Listening to him I sense ethereal music of a kind.

Watching him I admire the fluidity of the wild. His presence transfixes me in fascination. Addressing him I soften, as when talking to a child. His lush fur, a sensual invitation. Caressing him I lose myself for a while.

Of nature’s beauty. Observed a state of mind bending to change.

©Thelma Naylor

Wondered why I look at a thing A thousand times,

Photo by: Margaret Palmer

Only to see it for the first time. Thought of the various points along my journey. Looked at these moments and tried to comprehend Life, This land, And my place in it. Art Cornell

We invite thoughts, poems and essays from our readers, young and old. Bluffton has a deep creative spirit, often eccentric, but also deeply caring, thoughtful and observant. We encourage submissions, and while we cannot guarantee publication, we will make every attempt to reflect the musings of our talented community. The Breeze NOVEMBER 2015


FELLOWSHIP AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL Cambell Chapel A.M.E. 25 Boundary St. (843) 757-3652 Sunday School: 8:45 a.m. Worship: 10 a.m.

ASSEMBLY OF GOD New River Worship Center

Hwy 170 & Argent Blvd. (next to ESPY) (843) 379-1815 Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

BAPTIST First Baptist Church of Bluffton Boundary at Church St. (843) 757-3472 Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m.

First Zion Baptist

Wharf & Robertson St. (843) 757-3128 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

Maye River Baptist Church 3507 Okatie Hwy. (843) 757-2518 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

St. John’s Baptist Church

Sat.: 4 & 6 p.m. Sun.: 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m., Spanish, 12:45 p.m.    Mon.-Fri.: 6:45 a.m. Chapel, 8:30 a.m. Church

Church of the Palms United Methodist

ANGLICAN The Church of the Cross

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

110 Calhoun St. (843) 757-2661 Saturday Worship: 5:28 p.m. Sunday Worship: 8 & 10 a.m. 495 Buckwalter Pkwy. (843) 757-2661 Sunday Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity

2718 Bees Creek Rd., Ridgeland (843) 726-3743 Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages: 9:45 a.m. Midweek Services: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of Okatie

103 Pritchard St. (843) 757-4350 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

231 Hazzard Creek, Okatie, SC (843) 592-3965 Worship: Every Sunday 9 a.m.

St. Matthew’s Baptist Church

GREEK ORTHODOX Holy Resurrection Church

SC Hwy. 170 (843) 757-3255 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Indian Hill Baptist Church Hwy. 278 next to Eagle’s Point (843) 757-2603 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.


119 Bluffton Rd. (843) 815-4455 Sunday Public Talk: 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Spanish Public Talk: 12:30 p.m.

Bible Missionary Baptist Church

Goethe Road Community Center (843) 815-5523 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., Bible Study: 6 p.m.

CATHOLIC St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church 333 Fording Island Rd. (843) 815-3100


at St. Andrews Catholic Church 220 Pickney Colony Rd. (843) 837-4659 Orthros: 9:30 a.m., Liturgy 10 a.m.

JEWISH Temple Oseh Shalom at Lowcountry Presbyterian

278 Simmonsville Rd. (843) 705-2532 Shabbat Worship third Friday of month, 8 p.m.

LUTHERAN Lord of Life Lutheran Church 351 Buckwalter Pkwy. (843) 757-4774 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 8, 9 & 11 a.m.

METHODIST Bluffton United Methodist Church 101 Calhoun St. (843) 757-3351 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 8:45 & 11 a.m.

1425 Okatie Hwy. (843) 379-1888 Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.

SC Hwy. 170 near Sun City (843) 705-3022 Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10 a.m.

St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC Bluffton Campus One University Blvd. (USCB’s HHI Gateway Campus, Hargray Building) (843) 785-4711 Sunday worship:  10:30 a.m. 

PRESBYTERIAN Lowcountry Presbyterian Church US 278 and Simmonsville Rd. (843) 815-6570 Sunday School: Adult 9:40 a.m., Child 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Grace Coastal Church (PCA) 15 Williams Dr. (off 170) (843) 379-5521 Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Live Oak Christian Church

Bluffton High School Auditorium, (843) 757-5670 Kidstreet: 9:15 a.m., Worship: 10:15 a.m.

Lowcountry Community Church Bluffton: 801 Buckwalter Pwky. (843) 836-1101 Sunday Worship: 8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry 110 Malphrus Rd. (843) 837-3330 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. Religious Education & Childcare provided

Unity Church of Hilton Head Island

Seaquins Ballroom 1300 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton (Near Tanger I) (843) 682-8177 Sunday Services: 10 a.m.


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Paying Tribute to The Veterans That Are No Longer with Us: General Jon Davis Urges Us, the Living, to Keep Their Memories Alive

By Arnold Rosen They answered thethe callcall to save the world from from the They answered to save the world two most powerful and ruthless military machines the two most powerful and ruthless military ever assembled, of conquest in theof machines everinstruments assembled, instruments hands of fascist They faced great odds conquest in themaniacs. hands of fascist maniacs. They and a late start, butand they did not They faced great odds a late start,protest. but they did succeeded on They everysucceeded front … As they now not protest. on every frontreach … As the twilight of their and adventurous productive they now reach theadventurous twilight of their lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally and productive lives, they remain, for the most modest … In a deep sense they part, exceptionally modest …didn’t In a think deep that sense what they were doing was that special, because they didn’t think that what they were doing was everyone else was doingeveryone it too. else was doing it that special, because too.”

– Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation


World War II Veterans are dying at a rate of more than 600 a day. It’s a rapidly dwindling generation. Of the 16.1 million World War II veterans, fewer than 1.7 million are still alive. Sun City has about 57 WW II vets. For the past 10 years I have had the honor and privilege of interviewing over 150 veterans that served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Their stories have been included in two books, and several area newspapers and magazines. Sadly many have passed away. I treasured the friendship I had with Earl Rogers, Gene McGuire, Bob John Swain, Wallace “Scotty” Eisele and so many other WW II vets. The last World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, died in February 2011. With much of the “Greatest Generation” now in their 80s and 90s, hundreds of these veterans are dying every day according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and we Korean veterans are not far behind. By the year 2036 there will no longer be any living veterans from the WW II conflict.

But there are still some with us today and their sons and daughters are sharing their stories. Just this past Memorial Day, USMC Lieutenant General Jonathon Davis delivered an inspirational speech at Sun City encouraging everyone to not just remember those that have been lost, but to talk about them and tell their stories. Davis himself even shared a little bit about his friend Chris and one of his missions in Nepal. “Many of you are thinking about the veterans who are no longer with us,” the speech began. “I went to the memorial service last night for my buddy, Chris Grable and five of his Marine buddies as their caskets arrived at Dover AFB, Delaware. I spoke to Chris’ family and his widow asked me one thing – don’t ever forget Chris. “I’ll be thinking about Chris Grable for 10, 15, 20 years from now and thinking about his loss. Carole and I went to Dover to greet the Marine heroes that came home in their caskets. We talked with the families and they all said, ‘Do not forget my son, don’t forget my husband, don’t forget my brother.’ “The families wanted us to remember these marines who were doing this incredible thing – they were all doing a mission that they needed to do – to bring rice and tarps to the Nepal people who suffered a devastating loss high up in the mountains. They had no help, no hope. Today we remember those who gave their lives in missions like Nepal. It is up to us, the living, to remember to live their lives; to treasure their memories; to treasure their sacrifices; to take care of their families and to tell their stories today – to tell some funny stories about them, and to tell each of their stories to keep their memories alive. That is our responsibility that should be our duty on this day – not barbeque or shopping. Our duty today is for free Americans to tell the stories of these folks who went before us – our soldiers, sailors, our marines and our coast guardsmen, that gave their lives for this great country. “For those of you who have not lived overseas, you will never understand, never know, how wonderful it is to have the good fortune you have to be born in this country – to live in this free nation. So thanks to you all in the Lowcountry who keep the memories alive. Don’t stop telling stories; if you write, write; if you report, report; tell their stories to keep their memories alive – remember them today.” It was in that disaster relief mission in Nepal that six marines died when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed. They were from different parts of America: Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, Southern California, Illinois and Arizona. Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, from Kansas, was the pilot. He received his commission on August 8, 2009. Prior to this deployment to Nepal, Norgren deployed to Afghanistan. During a press conference, Norgren’s parents, Terri and Ronald Norgren, described their son as an overachiever and said he was their hero. All of the men and women, who not only fought but also went out on dangerous missions to aid those in need, are heroes walking among us. Heroes that deserve to be honored and though they might not look like superman, they once were fighting the good fight just like him and their stories deserve the attention just like his.

General Jon Davis


rnold Rosen is an historian for the Sun City Veterans Association. He writes profiles of veterans about their military service. Arnold served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, attached to the 75th Air Depot Wing, Chinhae, Korea and the 543rd Ammo Supply Squadron, Ulsan, Korea. He lives in Sun City – Hilton Head, South Carolina and can be reached at

Editors Note: Allow me to honor my heroes on this special day of honoring our veterans. Col. Richards Stewart, my father and son of a WWI surgeon, served our country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. I am so blessed to still have him. There are not many three-war veterans with us today. During WWII, the mothers would fly a flag with a star for each son who was serving our country in harms way. My grandmother flew three stars for my father and his two brothers. I must also honor Capt. Richards Stewart, Jr. Ranger Hall of Fame, my brother, who was severely wounded and permanently disabled in Vietnam and passed away several years ago. May God Bless America.

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By Steve Tilton To say that the housing bubble and the subsequent Recession shook up the country’s beliefs about home buying and home building is an understatement. Homeowners saw their property values drop by 30 percent, erasing over $6 trillion in accumulated equity and leaving 12 million homeowners underwater. The recession showed up like cops at a frat party – sobering things up and ending 15 years of unbridled prosperity. Now that the dust has settled around the mortgage industry, lenders have relaxed their requirements, the real estate market has improved and the tide is turning, allowing us to pursue the “American Dream” once again.


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Ostentation, formal living/dining rooms, and wasted space are no longer wanted. An open floorplan provides a great deal of flexibility in furniture placement, easy communication between rooms, and a flow from one space to another, allowing the entire floor to appear larger and less constraining.

A “New Normal” As a consequence of the Recession, lifestyles, behaviors and homeowner goals have changed. For example, in the past you probably purchased a house, sold it at a profit in a few years, then moved another step closer to your retirement “dream home.” The post-Recession housing market doesn’t support that strategy. The Recession reminds us of our core values. There’s renewed demand for simplicity and quality versus quantity. Shoppers are placing a premium on homes that exhibit qualities of timeliness, usefulness and versatility. Smart homebuilders are adapting to meet these needs.

Move from Scared to Prepared There are growing reasons you should move ahead with building your dream home. Historically low mortgage rates are starting to climb, but not at a level that is dramatically affecting construction prices – at least not yet. Home prices and construction costs are rising, making it prudent to move ahead.

Just like before the Recession, it’s important to get your financing organized so that you know exactly what you can afford BEFORE you start looking at floor plans and building sites. But unlike before, you should plan as far ahead as possible. Remember, homeowners aren’t hopscotching to a bigger and better home every few years, so plan for the features that you’ll need as your life evolves. This can be something as simple as having all the main rooms on one floor instead of two. Make sure your designer and builder have the same mindset.

Advantages of Building a New Home One the biggest advantages of new construction is that homes are designed and built for today’s post-Recession lifestyle. For example, did you know that more 18 to 34-year-olds are now living with their parents than during the depth of The Great Depression? This means that Flex Space, FROG suites (friends, relatives, or guests) and onelevel floor plans are highly sought after. Overt ostentation, formal living/dining rooms and sprawling lawns carpeted in insatiably thirsty sod are out.

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Consumers are looking for classic details and timeless qualities that offer efficiency in space and energy. Energy efficient building materials and new technologies, like digital thermostats and on-demand water heaters are among post-Recession must-haves. These features will save you thousands in the future. With energysaving new appliances, plumbing and HVAC, you should be able to live repair-free for years, saving you money and helping you rebuild some of the equity that you may have lost in the last decade. Of course, life always moves along no matter what the economy decides to do. The profound changes brought on by the Recession did not destroy the “American Dream� of a retirement home built specifically for your needs, but the dream home looks much different today. I believe that consumers coming out of this Recession will, like their great-grandparents who lived through the Great Depression, carry the attitudes and behaviors they learn now throughout the remainder of their lives. Simplicity, quality and value accompanied by designs for long-term livability, will be the driving objectives when you build your post-Recession home. Photos are courtesy of Coastal Signature Homes.


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Tom Fazio: East Tom Fazio: West

6,936 7,129

74.4 75.3

Berkeley Hall Golf Club 366 Good Hope Rd. (843) 815-8444

Tom Fazio: North Tom Fazio: South

6,936 7,129

75.1 74.6

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6,936 7,129

76.1 74.7

Crescent Pointe Golf Club 1 Crescent Pointe Dr. (843) 292-7778

Arnold Palmer



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Davis Love III



Hampton Hall Golf Club 170 Hampton Hall Blvd. (843) 815-8720

Pete Dye



Hilton Head National Golf Club 60 Hilton Head National Dr. (843) 842-5900

Gary Player Bobby Weed



May River Golf Club, Palmetto Bluff 350 Mount Pelia Rd. (843) 706-6579

Jack Nicklaus



Moss Creek Golf Club 1523 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2231

George Fazio: South Tom Fazio: North

6,885 6,555

73.4 72.5

Island West Golf Club 40 Island West Dr. (843) 689-6660

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Oldfield Golf Club 9 Oldfield Way, Okatie (843) 379-5052

Greg Norman



Old South Golf Club 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr. (843) 837-7375

Clyde B. Johnston



Pinecrest Golf Course 1 Pinecrest Way (843) 757-8960

Rocky Rocquemore



Rose Hill Golf Club 4 Clubhouse Dr. (843) 757-9030

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By Amber Hester Kuehn, MMB, HHI Sea Turtle Protection Project Manager About 30 years ago, a loggerhead hatchling sea turtle emerged with a hundred others from one sandy hole on a dark Hilton Head beach. She was two inches long and headed for a vast sea of darkness. Odds against her, instinct set her course as she entered the surf and swam east as fast as her frenzy would take her. As night turned into day, the journey became more perilous. Pelicans swooped in and barely missed her, although others were not so lucky. The bulky bird pushed her down deeper where a fish tried to swallow her. A boat zoomed by and she tumbled in the wake, away from the fin fish disaster. The water was full of bubbles, but her magnetite had since connected with the magnetic fields of the earth to set her back on track. Her ancestors navigated the ocean before the dinosaurs roamed the earth – she was born with the potential of inheriting all of this knowledge if she could just survive long enough to walk into the water and swim against the waves for 30 minutes. Twenty miles offshore with 40 miles before she reached the current, shelter and food, she kept going. The Gulf Stream “Express” took her across the Atlantic and to the Azores, an isolated island chain off the coast of Portugal. It took


about a year – not a fast train, and not the safest route either. Other currents tempted her to move away from the North Atlantic Gyre; they would have taken her to the frigid waters of the Arctic or into the middle of the Sargasso Sea where she would get nowhere. There were other sea turtles there when she arrived, ages ranging from one to 10 years, from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. One by one, new hatchlings were arriving as the older ones moved out, never to return. Where did they go? After a decade, she too got a glimpse into her destiny. It took her back to the beginning. The Lowcountry had changed a bit, but her instinct attracted her to foraging grounds where blue crab, horseshoe crab, whelk, clams and urchin lay in wait. As she continued to mature over the next 20 years, there were many near misses. Others were struck by boats, swallowed hooks or ate plastic, but this one survived and destiny called again. She had not walked in 30 years, and now with 400 pounds to carry, it was not as easy as it had been. At least it was dark – under the cover of darkness to avoid predators and eluding the heat of the summer sun, she could take her time digging the hole two to three feet with a narrow chamber and a bowl at the bottom. Contractions, 120 eggs and a disguise were left behind. Then she returned to the ocean, but she would be back. She is the survivor, one of 10,000 hatchlings that she walked with 30 years ago. She beat the odds.

Helping on Hilton Head The first sea turtle nest laid on Hilton Head Island in 2015 was on May 8 – an early start to the nesting season as the water temperature warmed up faster than usual. We start looking for sea turtles near shore when the water temperature reaches 70 degrees. The last nest of the season was laid on August 12, 2015. This year, obstacles for hatchlings ranged from extreme heat and storms to artificial lights. We can’t control the weather, but we can flip a switch. A lighting ordinance on Hilton Head Island since 1990, declares that lights visible on the beach should be OFF May – October, 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Visitors and residents alike should be aware of this very important aspect to sea turtle conservation. In 2015, hatchlings from 18 nests were destined for porch, landscape, and construction lights instead of the moon’s reflection on the Atlantic Ocean compared to four nests last season. In other words, approximately 2,000 hatchlings died unnecessarily because exterior beachfront lights were left on all night.

The 2015 sea turtle nesting season was the 30th anniversary of monitoring on Hilton Head Beach. One of the nests this season may have been laid by a female that emerged during that first year of sea turtle nest conservation on HHI in 1985. There were 324 nests laid on HHI this season, nearing the record nesting density of 339 nests in 2013. We are coming full circle and will start to see the fruits of our efforts in the coming years. Genetic tagging has allowed us to monitor individual nesting females over the past five years. According to genetic data collected, nine females nested for the first time on HHI in 2015 and a total of 93 individual females emerged to nest – obviously, some more than once. We look forward to learning more about the sisters, mothers and grandmothers of our loggerhead sea turtles with each subsequent nesting season. If you know beachfront residents, or visitors renting a house on the beach, PLEASE ask them to obey the ordinance. Female sea turtles avoid lights for nest site selection and hatchlings are attracted to them. You can make a huge difference by simply flipping the switch!

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iscovering Diamondback Terrapins

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By Tony Mills, Naturalist, LowCountry Institute If you were a Lowcountry artist, looking for a beautiful subject, you might look closely at one of our resident salt marsh reptiles, the diamondback terrapin. Terrapins have ornately-patterned shells, light-gray bodies with contrasting black spots, and a pleasing mug that would highlight any canvas. These turtles are relatively common in the Lowcountry but also appear from Cape Cod, Massachusetts down the entire eastern seaboard, around the Florida peninsula and across the Gulf Coast to Texas. As full-time inhabitants of the salt marsh ecosystem, terrapins are the only turtle species in the U.S. that live in the saltmarsh for their


entire life. Diamondback terrapins feed on a them and then released them back into variety of crustaceans, fish, mollusks and the wild. This data will give us baseline insects, but in South Carolina, their information on population size and most common snack is periwinkles other pertinent information that he (salt marsh snails). I get the we can compare to other South impression from captive Carolina populations. terrapins we see in specimens that shrimp and fiddler crabs are Terrapins spend most our local creeks might probably preferred, but of their time in the just be swimming much harder to capture. water and only come At high tide, terrapins often onto land to bask or lay around 30 or 40 leave the tidal creeks to feed in eggs. Diamondback terrapins years from the spartina marsh. breed in the water early in the spring. In the late spring and early now. Mature female diamondbacks are about the summer, females will lay 4-18 eggs in circumference of a cantaloupe, with large heads the sand above the high tide line. The inchand strong jaws. The males (about half the size of long babies hatch about two and a half months females) have narrower heads and reach maturity at an later but often don’t emerge from the nest until earlier age. Females are capable of eating larger animals the following spring. like crabs and other invertebrates because of their bigger heads and jaws. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, diamondback terrapins were considered a delicacy. Terrapin soup We know that terrapins are capable of living for a was served in many of the finer restaurants on the long time. We discovered first-hand evidence of this East Coast. The over-harvesting of these turtles led through fieldwork in coastal South Carolina in 1987. to a major decline in terrapin numbers throughout I was part of a team of researchers at the Savannah much of their range. Once terrapins were no longer River Ecology Lab conducting a natural history harvested on such a large scale, many populations study on turtles. We captured many terrapins in the had opportunities to recover. However, the saltwater creeks around Kiawah Island including one diamondback terrapin now faces significant new particular adult female. We weighed, measured and threats, including estuarine pollution, highway individually marked her “BKX” by filing three notches mortality and drowning in commercial and in the edge of her shell. These file marks correspond recreational crab traps. Turtle excluder devices to letters of the alphabet and give the turtle a specific are available for crab traps and these devices will code for later identification. Adult terrapins are very keep adult terrapins out of your trap and minimize difficult to age. We estimated that she was at least accidental drowning. 15 years old, but likely much older. After her workup, she was released back into the saltwater creek where I have to admit, I am a bit partial to diamondback she was captured. terrapins; I think they may well be one of the most beautiful turtles in the world. Besides, there is In 2012, Kristen Mattson (a member of our staff something kind of comforting to the knowledge from the LowCountry Institute on Spring Island) was that the terrapins we see in our local creeks might asked to participate in fieldwork at the same long- just be swimming around 30 or 40 years from now. term study site. As the group sampled turtles in the saltmarsh, they captured many terrapins including Tony has been working in the field of environmental an adult female marked “BKX.” After consulting the education for over two decades with emphasis on data files they realized that this was in fact the same southeastern animals and plants. He is currently the animal that was collected in 1987! She appeared to education director for the LowCountry Institute on be healthy and her length and weight had changed Spring Island and his duties include co-teaching the only slightly. The most amazing fact was that she was LowCountry Master Naturalist Program, producing captured within a couple hundred yards from where and conducting educational programs for local she was originally found 25 years earlier. Most turtle schools, field trips and teacher workshops. He has biologists are convinced that terrapins may live for written numerous newspaper columns and articles more than 60 years in the wild. on local plants and animals for the popular media and co-wrote the book “Lizards and Crocodilians of The LowCountry Institute on Spring Island has the Southeast” (UGA press June 2009). Tony writes initiated a study of the terrapins in Chechessee Creek and hosts the award winning TV nature program and surrounding waterways. We have captured “Coastal Kingdom” that airs on SCETV, The South lots of turtles, done a complete workup, marked Carolina Channel and The County Channel.

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Tide chart is calculated for the May River. Full Moon November 25.

*Daylight Savings Time Ends Nov. 1 at 2:00 a.m.

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1:56 8:33 2:34 8:43


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2:35 9:09 3:14 9:20


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2 : 1 4 7:57 2:32 8:37


FRI 13


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4:34 AM 11:00 AM 5:18 PM 11:20 PM

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1:35 8:00 2:14 8:28




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5:43 AM 11:41 AM 5:54 PM 11:55 PM



12:11 AM 6:06 AM 12:41 PM 6:54 PM

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1:16 7:54 1:53 8:05

FRI 20


3:10 9:13 3:42 9:53


MON 30


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Sonic Drive In** - Fast food 5 Sherington Dr. (843) 815-3630 Daily: 6 a.m.-Midnight

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The Village Pasta Shoppe** - Italian, Deli, Wine

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May River Grill** - Seafood Contemporary

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10 B. Johnston Way (across from post office) (843) 540-2095 Tue-Fri.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Pour Richard’s** - Contemporary 4376 Bluffton Pkwy. (843) 757-1999 Mon.-Sat.: 5:30-10p.m.


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The Bluffton Room - Fine dining

15 Promenade St. (843) 757-3525 Tues.-Thurs.: 5-10 p.m.   Fri.-Sat.: 5-11 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday

British Open Pub - Pub, Seafood, Steaks 1 Sherington Dr. #G, Sheridan Park (843) 705-4005 Mon.-Sun.: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Buffalo’s - Contemporary

1 Village Park Square (843) 706-6630 Lunch Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.   

Butcher’s Market and Deli - Deli 102 Buckwalter Pkwy. (843) 815-6328 Tues.-Sat.: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.   Sun.: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Captain Woody’s - Seafood, Sandwich, Salads 17 State Of Mind St., The Promenade (843) 757-6222 Daily: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.  

Choo Choo BBQ Xpress - BBQ, Pork, Ribs 129 Burnt Church Rd. (843) 815-PORK (7675) Tues.-Fri.: 6-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-8 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Claude & Uli’s Bistro - French

1533 Fording Island Rd. #302, Moss Creek Village (843) 837-3336 Mon.-Sat.: lunch & dinner

Corks Wine Co. - Contemporary, Tapas

14 Promenade St. #306, The Promenade (843) 816-5168 Biz hours: Tues.-Sat. 5-12 p.m. Kitchen hours: Tues.-Wed. 5-10 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.

Downtown Deli - Burgers, Sandwiches 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 815-5005 Mon.-Sat.: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill - American 104 Buckwalter Place, Ste. 1A (843) 836-5959  Daily: 11 a.m.-2 a.m

Hogshead Kitchen - Contemporary 1555 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-4647 Mon.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sunday

Inn At Palmetto Bluff - Continental

1 Village Park Square, Palmetto Bluff Village (843) 706-6500 Daily: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Katie O’Donald’s - Irish, American

1008 Fording Island Rd. #B, Kitties Crossing (843) 815-5555 Daily: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Longhorn Steakhouse - American   1262 Fording Island Rd.  (843) 705-7001 Sat.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Mulberry Street Trattoria - Italian   1476 Fording Island Rd.

(843) 837-2426 Tue-Sat.: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m. Sun.: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Neo - Gastropub - Farm To Table Fare

1533 Fording Island Rd. #326, Moss Creek Village (843) 837-5111 Mon.-Thurs.: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday: 5-9 p.m.

Okatie Ale House - American 25 William Pope Dr. (843) 706-2537 Mon.-Wed.: 11 a.m -9 p.m. Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.: 12 a.m.-9 p.m.

Old Town Dispensary - Contemporary 15 Captains Cove, off Calhoun Street (843) 837-1893 Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday Brunch

Peaceful Henry’s and the Bluffton Cigar Bar

181 Bluffton Rd. (843) 757-0557 Store: Mon.-Thurs.: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. & Sat.: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun.: 12-5 p.m. Bar: Monday: 12-6 p.m., Tues.-Thurs.: 1-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat.: 1-1 a.m., Sun.: 1-11 p.m.

Pepper’s Old Town - American, Seafood 1255 May River Rd., Old Town Bluffton (843) 757-2522 Daily: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Redfish - Contemporary

32 Bruin Rd., Old Town Bluffton (843) 837-8888 Mon.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30-10 p.m. Sun.: 10 a.m-2 p.m., 4-10 p.m.

Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood - Contemporary 12 Sheridan Park Circle (843) 815-5030 Mon.-Sat.: 4:30-9:30 p.m.

Southern Barrel Brewing Co. - American 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. (843) 837-2337  Tues.-Thurs.: 2-9 p.m. Fri.: 2-11 p.m. Sat.: 11-11p.m., Sun.: 2-8 p.m.

Stooges Cafe - American 25 Sherington Dr. (843) 706-6178  Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Cottage - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 38 Calhoun St. (843) 757-0508 Mon.-Sat.: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Vineyard 55 - Pizza, American 55 Calhoun St. (843) 757-9463 Daily 11:30 a.m.-Whenever

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By Jevon Daly

our aunt is coming over for Thanksgiving and you don’t wanna sit next to her. The dog just jumped up on the counter and started licking the giblets. What time does the liquor store open? Important issues we all deal with in homes across America. Flavored vodka? Kahlua and coffee? Maybe you don’t drink anymore and you really just want a pumpkin spice latte. Football games will be on and Dad and Pop-Pop will be sitting, wishing that the turkey was done, while pretending to pay attention to the guys in tight pants on the field. Kids will scream. Let’s put on some music to get us in the mood to cook a n d eat,

then reheat later on when everyone is gone and eat again. Gotta start that diet soon – maybe after the new year! Fats Waller is a jazz dude that played piano and wrote many great songs. “All That Meat And No Potatoes” is a fun song to jam out to on Turkey Day. Not too much meaning to the song here. Perfect to let your mind melt like the butta’ on ya taters you’ll be eatin’ later. Fats is always exuding big time personality on his recordings. A muted trumpet soothes and the guitar solo on this track is dynamite. Please play some jazz around your family, especially your children. It will make them so smart! Now, onto a kid’s song. “Albuquerque Turkey” is just fun. When you have little children that are sneaking junk food (that you were probably saving for yourself), they get wound up. They get sweaty and gross. One way to calm them down is sit them in front of a computer. But today we will play this cute little tune and watch the kids laugh as the turkey in this song has not eaten at all! Yes, it is a bit corny, but hey, we have all found ourselves singing along in the car to awful songs before. Cue Rick Astley. Pressing on, we’ll find ourselves listening to Christmas songs. Please - DO NOT PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC UNTIL THANKSGIVING, ANYWHERE! It’s not nice. People get upset. Hey, some people don’t like Christmas songs at all. So when I stumbled up on the origin of “Jingle Bells” and some info on the composer of the song, my eyes lit up. Was the song written in Massachusetts, or Savannah? No one really knows, though there is a plaque in Massachusetts stating the former may be true. Is “Jingle Bells” even a Christmas song? Who knows? What state was “Dixie” written in? Hmmmm. “This Land is your Land.” Just put it on. Many greats have covered it. Many of the lyrics have been discarded from Woody Guthrie’s original. What does it mean? Wikipedia continues to get small donations from me every year, and has some great info on the song. Play it and decide for yourself. Drink a pumpkin beer and have a great holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!


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