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Heart in the right place Congratulations to the Bluffton branding team.

Yes it took a while, but the outcome of the positioning work and the theme “the Heart of the Lowcountry” is right on! “Heart” reflects the fact that we have a deep emotional attachment to the legacy and soul of Bluffton and everything that comes with it. “Heart” means that as we expand, we will honor this soul, and will never put practicality on a higher plane than cultural and emotional values.

“Heart” acknowledges our fortuitous location, our easy access to everything that matters in the Lowcountry, the cities, towns, institutions, rivers and beaches. Above all “heart” says Bluffton has a pulse. Our new theme reflects the truth that the town has grown beyond a quaint, sleepy place that’s good for a drive by. Today, we’re a music town, innovation town, (see article on Don Ryan) and a place where people want to live and thrive. It says we can keep our unique character, our eccentricity, our love of nature and history, even as we grow as a Lowcountry center in the future. Eric & Randolph

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Bluffton Breeze The magazine of Bluffton FOUNDER Donna Huffman PUBLISHER Eric Einhorn EDITOR & SALES Randolph Stewart 843 816-4005 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Michele Roldan-Shaw, Amber Hester Kuehn, Barbara O’Connor, Penny Chapman, Jane Skager, Michael Mavrogordato, Jevon Daly, Gene Cashman, Andrew Peeples, Tamela Maxim PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS Ed Funk, Eric Horan, Margaret Palmer, Art Cornell, Doug Corkern, Russ Fielden, Chris Hefter, Beth Woods, Tamela Maxim ART DIRECTOR Jane Skager PRINTER Accurate Lithography CORPORATE OFFICE 12 Johnston Way, Suite 300 P.O. Box 472, Bluffton, SC 29910 843.757.8877

For those who are close to our Founder, they’ll be glad to know that she is now home from the hospital and is on the mend.

For so many years Donna has been an inspiration to so many. She thinks of others before she thinks of herself. All of our prayers were answered and God was not ready to take her from us as he knows how much good she will do for Bluffton in years to come.


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March 2014, volume 12, no.3

Breeze Contents



A brief history of the Irish Saint

14 BIRDS WITH ONE TOE IN THE WATER Part 1 about Bluffton’s fine featherd

friends and their life on the May River


An interview with David Nelems of Bluffton’s Don Ryan Center for Innovation

28 IS TRUE HAPPINESS POSSIBLE WITHOUT FASHION A look at Bluffton’s latest spring fashions

38 TENDING GARDEN A story written by Gene Cashman

Departments 6 History 10

Points of Interest

11 Tide Chart

14 Environment 24 Music Town 26 Fellowship

32 Bulletin Board 34 Golf Report 42

Wine within Reach

44 Restaurant Guide 48 Over the Bridges

50 Golf Course Guide

COVER PHOTO “Great Egret” by Eric Horan The Bluffton Breeze

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Find out how history shaped Bluffton. And how Bluffton shaped history!

A visit to the Heyward House reveals the mystery of Bluffton. You’ll find out why the May River is so much more than a beautiful waterway. Why Bluffton’s breezes were an attraction to the rich and famous. Why decisions made in Bluffton changed the USA forever. Get to know Bluffton through its character. And the characters that built it. To understand Bluffton you need to get a sense of its rich history. easy. The Heyward House makes it fascinating and eas


An extract from the Civil War diary of John Goodwin, written in 1862 “Bluffton, in it’s present condition is one of the saddest looking places I have ever seen, deserted, dilapidated, and lonely. It’s magnificent and once delightful habitations are stripped of all their furniture and what could not be moved was torn into fragments. The once beautiful flower gardens now grown up in weeds and the scattered leaves of former libraries and sheets of music tell of refinement of its people and the vandalism of the foe. Beautiful flowers still grow in wild profusion around deserted homes and shed their fragrance in the air. But they are only sad reminders of the past and serve to intensify 6 the contrast with the gloomy present. “

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This estuary of ours, these creeks and tidal marshes and uninhabited islands, inspire reverence and reflection. For the man or woman of faith, sacred notions are affirmed here: golden sun at evening is divine illumination; the rich shifting tides bring blessings; amazing grace is known in warmth, cool and summer rain; rattling palms and swishing pines might be the breath of God. In a quiet moment anyone can feel this— take a boat up a tidal creek, cut the motor and bask; or stand at marshedge on the mainland and inhale…. Ahh, peace. An eternal force greater than oneself. But return to the hubbub of daily life and how quickly it’s forgotten. In 1943 a group of devoutly chaste men vowed never to let that feeling go, to live a life of prayer without ceasing in the sanctities of the marsh. Led by Reverend David Nathanael Peeples, they founded an Episcopal monastery on a small, uninhabited island of the May River—known variously as Good Shepherd, Devil’s Elbow and now Potato Island—thereby becoming the first such religious order in South Carolina.

Nathanael had grown up in Bluffton, one of fourteen siblings (including eleven boys named for the apostles) and he later became rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Savannah. But following a strong calling to start a religious society, he resigned from

this position and repaired to the fifty-acre uninhabited island given to the order by a friend. Lying astride it were two smaller islands, which the monks named Saint Joseph and Sacred Heart. Good Shepherd possessed sandy beach, rich soil, and subtropical forest dense with Spanish moss and vines. It took up its happy post in a serene expanse of tidal flats. Breezes, shorebird flocks, dark starry nights, the purifying effect of saltwater—all this made it the ideal location for a self-sustaining community dedicated to the holy life. Here monks could grow produce, keep livestock and catch fish; they could devote half their time to prayer and the other half to manual labor. Facing Bluffton on the mainland, Good Shepherd was removed enough to provide that atmosphere of peaceful detachment so crucial to the life of the contemplative, yet close enough to shed its benevolence on what was then a tiny, isolated fishing village. “Separated as we are from most of those things which people normally consider necessary to their welfare and happiness,” asserts a Good Shepherd newsletter dated October 1946, “and doing that unceasing work of prayer for all sorts and conditions of men; content to be little known and, for the most part, unknown; being so intent on our labour of praise and intercession that, by God’s grace, we lose a taste for movies, novels, radio programs, and being invited out to dinner—such a life is not an easy one. It is hard work.” The Bluffton Breeze

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stopping each time they did to meditate on the Passion of the Christ. Some mornings they discovered fresh tracks left by mainlanders (including a young barefooted boy) who would row silently over to walk the Stations before dawn. The monks welcomed these pious, unseen visitors.

The monks’ daily program began at 5:30 a.m. with a tolling of the church bell—33 times in commemoration of the 33 years of Jesus Christ’s life—and as reverberations echoed forth, the monks emerged from their cells. Ghostly figures in white hooded robes, with triple-knotted cords around their waists to symbolize a threefold-vow of poverty, chastity and obedience, they would not speak or partake of food until after Mass. This was their schedule seven days a week. Life centered around the oratory, a U-shaped structure of white-washed cement that had been built using materials barged over, along with generator, pickup and tractor. In the center of the oratory was a chapel, while the wings were divided into spartan individual cells—each equipped with running water, and just big enough for cot, study table and chair. The cells opened onto a central courtyard around the bell tower. There was also a smaller building set apart for kitchen, library, refectory and bath. And of course they had a barn for cows, goats and hogs, plus a poultry yard and deepwater dock. Every Friday morning they walked the Stations of the Cross, set up along a sylvan path in a wooded section of the island. Their cocker spaniel Butch liked to trot ahead on these walks, in what seemed to the monks a suitably reverent way; even the cow Lady might lumber behind at a discreet distance,


According to Jeanne Saussy Wright and Estella Saussy Nussbaum—Nathanael’s nieces who wrote about the monastery in their book A Gullah Psalm—the people of Bluffton grew to cherish the monks, and “found their presence to be calming in these turbulent times of war.” As bell chimes drifted serenely over the river at dusk, townsfolk were reassured by the “sacred world in their midst.” It must have given them great comfort to know the burden of intercession had been willingly shouldered on their behalf: the monks didn’t just pray for themselves and their families, they prayed for the whole town, the whole Church, the whole world; for sinners, slackers, blasphemers, the unconverted and the ignorant.

“Our work is to make up, in part, for that which is lacking in the bounden duty of all of God’s people to ‘pray without ceasing,’” declares the newsletter. “In other words, we are God’s servants and yours. Contemplatives are those whom God has called to ‘give ourselves continually to prayer.’”

Their religious duty was fulfilled by five hours of worship each day, plus other prayerful observations, silent study and solitary meditation. The remaining hours were occupied by diverse labors needed to sustain their bodily needs, and these chores themselves became religious offerings. Fixing a fence, plowing a field, milking the cow, boiling the rice, sweeping their cells, throwing scratch to the chickens and gathering eggs, casting for shrimp or catching crab—even the most mundane act could be consecrated to Almighty God. In a 1947 article written for “South Carolina Magazine,” Andrew Peeples (Nathanael’s brother) reports, “In answer to the question: How can one spend his whole life in prayer? The monks reply that one might just as reasonably ask: How can one spend his entire life in the medical profession? The doctor does not cease to be a physician when he takes time to eat, sleep or rest. He is not always ministering to the sick, but he is always a physician. The contemplative is by vocation a pray-er. His life is dedicated to the ministry of prayer.”

filled sky. Very easily you could feel like you were being lifted up into the sky, those stars, that Heaven. It was a strange sensation.”

Yet they weren’t always on their knees—everyday incidents of rural life were something they shared in common with laymen. Author Jeanne Saussy Wright asked her brother, Jack Saussy of Waycross, Georgia, for stories about Good Shepherd, and he divulged a quaintly amusing memory. One day when he was about ten, Jack went out fishing with his uncle and they decided to call on Father Peeples: “It was a very hot day and I was getting a little dizzy. Upon tying up at the dock we noticed several monks running toward the cattle barn. Someone hollered that a cow was about to give birth so we ran to catch up. Just as we arrived the newborn calf emerged. The run caused me to exceed my heat limit and I fainted. The next thing I recall I was waking up in the shade offered by the unfinished Chapel and several monks and Uncle Phillip were administering cold compresses to my head, and no doubt offering up some much needed prayers. They all assumed I had fainted from the sight of the cow giving birth and I was very, very embarrassed.”

The monastery is gone now; few people in Bluffton are aware it ever existed, and even the old-timers seem to recall but shadowy details. In 1950 Father Peeples led his flock to Florida, for reasons that remain somewhat unclear, though he returned to Bluffton before he died in 1973. Subsequent owners turned Good Shepherd’s oratory into a private residence, converting the chapel into a living room and the altar into a hearth. This in turn was also abandoned, and people of a certain age who grew up here remember sneaking over to explore the eerie ruins, or skinny-dipping in the monks’ “Shrimp Creek” by moonlight and phosphorescence. Those who ventured over during the monastery’s heyday, however, were touched by its tranquility. In his article, Andrew Peeples quotes one such anonymous visitor: “The life of Good Shepherd is simple, beautiful and radiant because it has at its heart the life of our most Blessed Lord.” Rather than chapels, bells, robes and cells, it is this humbly faithful spirit—which can be cultivated by people in any walk of life—that made Good Shepherd such a special chapter in Bluffton’s history.

A different visit, however, evoked quite another response from little Jack:

“On my occasional overnight stays, just before the evening silent period that began about 8:30, I’d walk with some of the monks out on the long dock that led to the main deepwater creek. We would all lay down, stop talking, and just look up at the starry The Bluffton Breeze

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POINTS OF INTEREST Planting by the Moon I asked our good friends John and Robbie Cahill, of Cahill’s Market and Farm, what they are planting in their garden now and how do they know when to plant. They looked most surprised, “You don’t know! We plant by the moon!” I was advised to check out the Farmer’s Almanac. Straight away I bought one and thought it might be interesting for our backyard gardeners to follow it’s wisdom this spring. Well, here goes! You try to plant after the last frost. Bluffton has a 50% chance of being frost free after March 1, so it is any ones guess. You start your seeds earlier indoors (Cahill’s has a greenhouse for this) or you set out your plants later. Above-ground crops are planted during the light of the Moon (new to full); below-ground crops are planted during the dark of the Moon (from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again). Planting is done in the daytime; planting at night is optional! The Moon's Phases The Moon's phases guided many a farmer and gardener in the past, and still do today. Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather, says one proverb, harking back to the belief that the waning Moon (full and last quarter, which rises in the evening) is dry. The New Moon and first quarter, or waxing phases, are considered fertile and wet.The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting. From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.The time just before the full Moon is considered particularly wet, and is best for planting during drought conditions. Moon Folklore There are many folklores on why the moon affects planting. The age-old practice of performing chores by the Moon stems from the simple belief that the Moon governs moisture. The farmers know best, given their close ties to Earth and her natural rhythms. Rail fences cut during the dry, waning Moon will stay straighter. Fence posts should be set in the dark of the Moon to resist rotting. Don't begin weaning when


the Moon is waning. Castrate and dehorn animals when the Moon is waning for less bleeding. Slaughter when the Moon is waxing for juicier meat. Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full. The Best days for fishing are between the new and full Moon. Set eggs to hatch on the Moon's increase, but not if a south wind blows. The Almanac So according to the Almanac this is what you do this month month and when? 1st-2nd These are good days for planting aboveground crops like corn and lettuce. Fine for vine crops. Set strawberry plants. 3rd-4th Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting. 5th-6th Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground. 7th-9th Seeds planted now tend to rot in the ground. 10th-11th Best planting days for above ground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash. Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. 12th-16th A most barren period, best for doing chores around the farm and house. 17th-18th Favorable days for planting root crops, cucumbers, melons, okra, eggplant, peppers, squash and pumpkins and a fine time for sowing hay and grains, . Plant flowers now. 19th-21st Excellent time for planting root crops that can be planted now and for starting seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. 22nd-23rd These are poor planting days. 24th-25th Any root crops that can be planted will do well. 26th-27th A barren period, best suited for killing pests. Do plowing and cultivating. 28th-29th Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for planting cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. 30th-31st Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting. Well, there you go. March is going to be a busy month. Give it a try and hope there is not a late frost. By the way, give me a call when you need help harvesting. Will work for food!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Unveiled By Jane Skager Warning: If you still believe in Santa Claus, you may want to skip on to the next article in this issue. On St. Patrick’s Day millions of people will deck themselves with green and celebrate the Irish with parades, good cheer, and perhaps a pint of beer. But few St. Patrick’s Day revelers have a clue about St. Patrick, the historical figure. The modern celebration of St. Patrick’s Day really has almost nothing to do with the real man (but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cold green beer one day a year). Who Was the Man Behind St. Patrick’s Day? For starters, the real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves. At age 16, Patrick’s world turned upside down. He was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in the cold, mountain countryside of Ireland for seven years. Patrick proclaimed his abduction prompted his profound belief in Christianity. Although he was able to escape after six years and become a priest in Britain, he later chose to


return to Ireland as a missionary, in order to help spread the teachings of Christianity to pagans. According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity to the Irish. In spite of continuous opposition from pagan leaders, he continued to evangelize for thirty years while baptizing newly converted Christians and establishing monasteries, churches, and schools. He died on March 17th and was later canonized. St. Patrick’s Day was first publicly celebrated in Boston in 1737 where a large population of Irish immigrants resided. Nearly 200 years later, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland was held in Dublin in 1931. During the mid 90’s, the Irish government also began a campaign to promote tourism in Ireland on March 17th. While many Catholics still quietly celebrate this day of religious observance by going to mass, St. Patrick’s Day slowly evolved to become a celebration of Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shortage Today, St. Patrick’s Day revelers wear a shamrock out of tradition. But people in Ireland hoping to wear an authentic shamrock are running low on luck.

Trifolium dubium, the wild-growing, three-leaf clover that some botanists consider the official shamrock, is an annual plant that germinates in the spring. Recently, Ireland has had two harsh winters, affecting the plant’s growth. Some experts pin the shortage of the traditional plant as much on modern farming methods and loss of traditional hay meadows. To make up for the shortfall, many sellers are resorting to other three-leaf clovers. According to the Irish Times, these plants are “bogus shamrocks.” No Snakes in Ireland Another St. Patrick myth is the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland. It’s true no snakes exist on the island today, but they never did. Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy ocean waters— much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else. Since snakes often represent evil in literature, when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland, it is symbolically saying he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland and brought in a new age. The snake myth, the shamrock story, and other tales were likely spread by well meaning monks centuries after St. Patrick’s death.

St. Patrick’s Day: Made in America? Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. A priest would acknowledge the feast day, and families would celebrate with a big meal, but that was about it. Irish-American history expert Timothy Meagher said Irish charitable organizations originally celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with banquets in places such as Boston, Massachusetts; Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina. Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick’s Day parades. Some soldiers marched through New York City in 1762 to reconnect with their Irish roots. Other parades followed in the years and decades after, including well-known celebrations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, primarily in flourishing Irish immigrant communities. This year will mark Savannah’s 190th parade. It has become the second largest in the country. With all of that said, no matter the history, whether shamrocks today are the real deal, or if no snake ever lived in Ireland - one thing we can all agree on is that St. Patrick’s Day is a fun filled day of comradery, parades and Guiness. “Erin go bragh” - Ireland forever!

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Birds with one toe in the water By Amber Hester Kuehn

It is quiet on the May River at the moment, but I know that more attention will be on the marsh in the coming months as temperatures start to rise. The birds that are hunkered down now will start to feel love in the air, motivating them to build nests and become rowdy. Boat wakes will stir things up a bit, and eyes will be drawn to the action. Spring brings new life to the marsh and waterway in so many ways. Whether you are a boater or a bluff spectator, there are a few birds that you should be familiar with. These are some examples of permanent May River residents that are large enough to spot and usually don’t hide. They are all protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 along with 800 other birds…. even though this population keeps “one toe in the river” all year ‘round…

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Raptor The Osprey Commonly called a fish hawk, the Osprey is the only raptor that plunges into the water after fish. A Bald Eagle will attack an Osprey for its catch. Look for the exaggerated v-shaped bend to the leading edge of its wing to identify it in flight with a wing span nearing 6 feet! Plumage is brown on top and white on the bottom with a white head and dark slash through the eye. Monogamous for life, pairs mate each March. They return to the same nests that can be found on pilings, channel markers, and other man-made structures. Eggs hatch in 5 weeks and fledglings leave the nest as soon as 8 weeks old. They may survive for up to 25 years.


At a distance, it’s a white wading bird ...

To achieve a higher level of “May River Savvy”, discover how to discern these three white birds. Other than white feathers and long legs… They are monogamous for the season which begins in MARCH when breeding plumage and brilliant skin color will be “on fire”. Adults rarely get eaten by other animals, but eggs and chicks are extremely vulnerable to predators. They may live an average of 15 years in the wild. They are social with one another and often seen together, so here is your study guide…

Great Egret

It’s the largest of these with a yellow beak and black feet. In the spring the skin patch between the eyes has a greenish tint and lacy breeding plumage appears on both the male and female. Males attract females to a nesting site with a dance using these delicate feathers that resemble a skirt. Eggs hatch in 25-27 days and they fly at about 6 weeks. Racoons, owls, crows, and snakes may take eggs or hatchlings from the nest. It can be spotted wading at the water’s edge, hunting for fish although it has been known to eat small mammals, reptiles (baby alligators), and amphibians as well. Great Egrets were almost driven to extinction by 1900 when breeding plumage was collected for adorning women’s hats.

Snowy Egret Much smaller and opposite of the Great Egret, notice a black beak and yellow feet! I remember it this way“Don’t walk in the yellow snow…y egret”. During breeding season, lacy plumage appears, the skin near the eyes becomes reddish orange and their feet become more brilliant yellow. Eggs hatch in about 25 days and hatchlings may leave the nest as early as 2 weeks later. It prefers to eat fish and small crustaceans, but will also dine on smaller mammals and amphibians. Fish are always eaten head first because fins are streamlined in that direction and less likely to get caught in the throat. Snowy Egrets were also nearly decimated by fashion demand.

White Ibis Even smaller, the Ibis has red legs, and a long reddish downward curved beak. The wing tips are black and can be seen from a distance while in flight. Ibis tend to be found in large flocks and flying in “v” formation with necks stretched straight out. Males are larger than females and can be aggressive during courtship. Eggs hatch in about 21 days, then hatchlings leave the nest after 6 weeks. Eating small crabs, fish, worms, snakes, snails, and insects, it is a “tactile” hunter – hunts by feel. White Ibis migrated to the Carolinas from FL about 50 years ago to become full time residents.

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Great Blue Heron The largest heron on our list. It stands up to 4 feet tall, has a white head with a black streak behind the eye and overall blue-grey plumage. They are monogamous during the breeding season, but pick a new mate each year. Mating begins in March and eggs may incubate for up to one month. Hatchlings leave the nest after about 2 months. It lives approximately 15 years. Eating just about anything that will go down, they hunt and feed alone, but nest in colonies. Due to excellent vision, it is able to hunt in the darkness. Frayed, downy feathers on its chest act like a bib – it is constantly preening these feathers with a claw between its toes. Oil from feeding is removed with the downy feathers that fall away.


Variations in Blue These three wading birds all have slate blue feathers, but distinct plumage variations make them easy to identify. When at rest, the herons tend to hold an “S” pose with their long slender necks. They are in the same family, as the egrets, and will be nesting and breeding with the same enthusiasm in the month of MARCH. They are slightly less social and some of them prefer to “work alone”. But…someone will inevitably say “Hey Bob, you live here, what’s that blue bird over there”, so here you go…

Little Blue Heron This heron is much smaller than the Great Blue heron and is a uniform slate blue with a purplish neck. The beak is dark grey with a black tip. In the first year of life, it is white! Greenish legs and feet let you know that it is not a snowy egret. Eggs incubate 22 – 24 days and hatchlings fly at 30 days. Quickly reaching sexual maturity after one year, its life expectancy averages only 7 years. It eats small fish, crabs, insects, and the occasional frog. No…it does not grow up to be a Great Blue Heron.

Tricolored Heron Also known as the “Louisiana Heron”. It is half the size of the Great Blue Heron and very slender. The 3 colors are: white feathers on its underparts, slate blue feathers on top, and a rusty tint on the neck and shoulders. In breeding season, yellow legs turn pink and yellow beaks turn blue. Eggs hatch in 21 days and hatchlings leave the nest in 35 days. It may live up to 17 years and eat mainly small fish, but also, worms, frogs, snails, insects, and lizards. Often, it will wade deeper in the water than the other herons and is not as skittish.

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March 2014


Incubator of Invention

The Don Ryan Center in Bluffton acts as a business “incubator”. It gives local innovators the means to succeed – providing counsel on everything from strategic planning and financial management to manufacturing and marketing, drawing on expertise from Clemson University and, from time to time, expert locals. Once fully prepared, the “graduates” are released into a competitive world (see the inset on Jared Jester). At the head of the Don Ryan Center is an innovator in his own right. David Nelems has the business savvy, the creativity and the unstoppable energy to recognize a good idea and nurture it to fruition. Here David gives us a glimpse of how it all works – and shares a few cool ideas that could soon hit the world. Interview by Eric Einhorn

Business incubation is not a new thing. Why Bluffton, why now? It started with Clemson University deciding that the big cities of South Carolina were doing fine but the “rural” areas needed some help. They planned to start technology incubation programs in 5 to 7 locations. Bluffton was not initially on their list, but luckily somebody got wind of it and said ‘you guys need to take a look at Bluffton’. So we actually became the first of their new pilot programs. If we serve South Carolina, do we try to attract innovators beyond Bluffton?

Clemson wouldn’t mind since their mission is the region, but Bluffton wants us to focus here and this is a Bluffton taxpayer initiative! There are innovative people down here, a lot of potential, but they’ve never had a place to channel their innovation. We live in this great little small town, but we don’t have access to resources and venture capital – which is where Clemson comes in. Does the town reap any benefits? Right now they pay us to do it, but remember that Bluffton growth means the growth of Bluffton business – and Bluffton business depends on the town’s reputation for innovation and creativity. The goal is that the innovators stay in the region once they start their company. So this comes back to the town? Yes, and the long-term plan is that we will be an independent incubator, privately funded, so the Bluffton tax dollars aren’t included in the bill. Even


if we become a private group there’s tremendous potential for the town.

The stated focus of the Don Ryan Center is technology. But aren’t there so many other technology centers in the USA, beginning with Silicon Valley. Don’t we risk becoming a second tier incubation center? There’s tech innovation everywhere. But remember we’re not talking about the invention of totally new technologies, but the application of technology in business innovation. We’re on the cusp of having computers and technology embedded in everything – down to our clothes. Just yesterday Google bought Nest for 3.2 billion dollars – that’s just a little thermostat you can control with your iPhone. So homes, clothes, maybe contact lenses – technology will become invisible, part of what we do in so many ways. To do these things you don’t have to be in Silicon Valley. There are 50 billion apps downloaded from the Apple store. Not so long ago nobody knew what an app was. That’s the idea in having small little programs that do one or two things – as opposed to a Windows system that embraces everything. How many innovators do you have in the Center? Right now 7. We may have room for a few more, but beyond that I would get spread pretty thin and it would be hard for me to give good consulting time to everyone.

That puts pressure on you to pick the right 10. What process do you go through to screen candidates?

Most often they are local people who contact the center and say, “I have this idea”. We initially have a phone conversation. I make a gut reaction and bounce the idea off with my Clemson partners. Then make the call.

In all the calls you get, what percentage are total goofballs, what percentage is “hmmm this might be something here” and how often do you say “holy…, this could be big?” OK out of 10 calls … 3 are “the most unusual thing I’ve ever heard”. I just don’t think it’s a good idea. 3 are “not a bad idea” -- not really the right fit for us, but something we may want to push through. Maybe we can turn it to other people that will help – like USCB, or one of the Chambers of Commerce. 3 are “pretty good” -- something we could work with, where we see potential. And 1 is “holy cow what a great idea” – we definitely have to do this!” That must be a fun job. Like “what am I going to hear about today?” Yeah. Like you might get the guy who wants to feed mayonnaise to tuna fish so you don’t have to put mayo on the sandwich. Alternatively you may be hearing about the next Google! You actually got that one about the tuna fish? Hey, at least it’s an idea! (Laughter) I got it from a movie I saw a long time ago!

If the focus is technology, give us a few examples of ventures you have in house? MobiPet – an amber alert system for lost pets. People think putting a microchip in a pet is enough, but they have a lot of faults. Of course some people think their pet would never get lost, but there are 10,000 pets in this local area and a lot of them go missing. This is just a good business idea and a good smart use of technology. Something totally different? Center for Medical Excellence. This is a consulting firm that delivers back office technology for medical practices. Doctors know how to do medicine, but most don’t know how to do business!

Then there is Page 1 – a video production and streaming company. More and more companies Erika Maston and Einhorn needBy to use Internet based video on Eric their website – so they show you how do you get a high production

value, track the metrics behind it, and get people to find the video on You tube in the first place. It’s all about search engine optimization. These guys were already in video production – and then figured out how to solve problems in other companies. So the “innovator” is not always the inventor in the garage or kitchen. It could be someone working in an established company who sees a gap? Exactly. That’s how my company started. I was in research and saw that nobody is doing X for the clients – so why not give it to them? Same with the guy who walks into his college dorm roommate and says I just sent a text …wish I could take it back.

What I need is something that let’s me take back that jet-lagged email I sent late last night? Kind of like the morning after pill. Anybody got that? Not yet, but there’s a great idea!

Your focus is on technology but some of your innovators are not. Take “Joe Loves Lobster” lobster rolls. Why did you take him in? Where’s the innovation? Actually the lobster roll is innovative in the south. A n d t h e r e ’s a technology play as to how to scale the company to multiple locations. It’s about expansion and communication. Technology helps every business – even street cart vendors! What other non-technology innovation do you have in house? We have a totally new concept called U Auto Fixit. The idea behind it is there are a lot of people who want to work on their cars or motor cycles and they may have some or all of the skills, but don’t have the physical space or the tools to do it right. So they came up with the idea of having a 6 bay store where you can rent the bay for X amount of money – and if you know what you’re doing you have the tools to work on your car. Fix the brakes, change the oil, or whatever. The Bluffton Breeze

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Like a shared DIY center? Yes. And if you would like to change your brakes and scared you’re going to get stuck, you’d still go to the bay, get the tools and you’d get a mechanic to watch over your shoulder – telling you “don’t do this or that.” Then there’s the third category where “I don’t know what the heck I’m doing but would love to come in and watch somebody to learn.” You take it in, let the mechanic do it and you watch, help and learn. That’s a brilliant idea.

Yes it is.

This certainly gets your imagination going. Give us one more good one. CERAS system makes a dwelling that’s easy to assemble without tools -- for disasters and emergencies. You get a fully enclosed room that’s a solid structure and all green. David Sklar, a local architect came up with the idea when he was in the Bahamas and the tools couldn’t get to him– and he said “what if I really had to build something?” So he said “here’s a way to design a structure that works like Lego can snap together, getting stronger and stronger.

OK let’s talk about making it all a reality. You help them figure out the business model. Do you help them get capital? Not as much as we would like to. Money has been tight. But that’s not our primary role. Once we get an innovator who needs money, we make an introduction and then step back.

So you shop the concept around? We try to get help through the contacts we have – angel organizations or individuals. We send the business plan to people and if they’re interested make the connection.


What’s the impact you’re making in Bluffton? Too soon for hard numbers – but we’ve made an impact. We’ve created more than a handful of jobs with Jester’s group that was incubated here. A company IISS group has been hiring. NutriFusion our first graduate has hired people and is looking to manufacture locally. But of course the job growth takes a while. Bluffton is evolving beyond being a quaint stop on the way to Hilton Head to becoming a vibrant community on the move. Have you fueled that? That’s certainly our vision. We want people to think of Bluffton and the Don Ryan Center as the entrepreneurial hub of the Lowcountry and there’s no reason we can’t do it. With Clemson’s help, with the town’s help and we have a great strategic plan for how the center integrates into the town and public development corporation. Ultimately the goal is to become a private group – and even if that happens it brings tremendous potential for the town. Your expertise came from starting your own business? Tell us how you got here. My background is in market research – on the qualitative side – I saw the need back in 1999 for people who attended focus groups in different markets around the country. What if they could do it without traveling? They could stay home, go to their son’s baseball game and then watch the focus group later online. So I developed the technology to watch it live on the Internet. In 1999 that was a big step.

I sold it in ‘07 and was 42 years old, so for a while did nothing. Then I fell back into flying airplanes – had done that before – from little Bonanzas to jets for Delta’s charter division. Then I helped a small company in Atlanta use technology to produce candles. Then I was called back to the company I sold – after they committed the immortal sin of not innovating and losing share. We did some new releases like adding mobile access but was too late and in the end we got bought out by the big competitor. So I moved to Bluffton where my parents had a house -- I’ve always loved the Lowcountry and the pace. And by total coincidence this opportunity arose and it was absolutely perfect for me. Any other passions that have shaped your life? I used to play keyboards in a rock band that toured the country. I’ve been in bands since I was 8 years old. So you fit right into Bluffton – the town for music. For sure … and I also fish!

A shining light for Bluffton innovators Jester Communications sounds like a lot of fun, but it’s serious business. Jared Jester started out at SCAD, quickly developed a love for technology applications, did websites for local clients, and in 2005 got a call from Chaparral Boats, the second largest boat producer in the country. This led to work for three more boat clients and in a short space of time he was a specialist in building maritime websites and apps. He weathered the down economy (boats are disposable income) and founded URNGE (= “Orange” in Lowcountry phonetics) which created websites for mom and pops. When the iPhone came out he delivered an app for the maritime space at the Miami boat show. The response? “Who in the world would use a phone for business!” (Just a little ahead of his time.) His iPad app got a similar reception. The breakthrough came when he proposed building an application for the dealer network of Beneteau. He did it for free and in return they were given clear access to the company’s data systems. The resultant platform won the National Marine Manufacturing Association award for innovation. They now do a new app every 45 days, in 13 languages, 64 countries, supplying 7 out of 10 top marine manufacturers! Farming equipment was added as a new niche for growth. Jared joined the Don Ryan Center to accelerate growth. As he said, “I learned through the school of hard knocks” but was concerned about obsolescence due to new innovation. The Center created 3rd party research for validation and also set a realistic path to expand operations. “There was “no sugar coating involved which I really appreciated!” His counsel to new innovators? “Persistence, maintain commitment to your goal, … and don’t be afraid to fail. Not everything works out, but if you learn from mistakes you can apply it for success.” His office is right on the May River Road, symbolic of what can happen to a good business idea in Bluffton with a lot of energy and a little help from friends. Fittingly, Jared serves on the board of the Don Ryan center.

Get Your Idea There Faster In a world of innovation, one thing is certain: The better the idea, the faster you need to get it to market. A public-private partnership, with the support of Clemson University, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation offers an incubator program that provides the resources entrepreneurs, inventors and small business people need to assist them in their quest for success. The center offers space and resources, and links participants to intellectual property, technology evaluation, product development services, seed financing, business mentorships, corporate relationships and hands-on consulting support. Located in Bluffton the Don Ryan Center for Innovation is the catalyst you need to make your vision a reality.

Interested in being a business mentor and working with one our innovators? Please contact us: Don Ryan Center for Innovation Buckwalter Park P.O.Box 2277 Bluffton SC 29910

843-540-0405 David Nelems, Director

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March 2014



Sounds from the Dispensary By Jevon Daly Turn on the local news lately?? Seems to be all about the “noise” in downtown Bluffton. When i went to school at McCracken in the early 80s, Bluffton was a sleepy town with no traffic lights, barely any people, and a very small arts community in dire need of patrons. There really wasn’t any live music or scene to speak of. Fast forward to 2012.

ing. At a normal restaurant the band would shut down and people would scramble for their cars.... instead, tents were thrown into action, and the crowd danced as hail pounded the area. WOW is all i can say. Matt also brought in more security {all very even tempered dudes} to maintain that no one got too out of control in front of the families that frequent OTD.

In the last 3 to 5 years, music is everywhere! U can stroll down Calhoun and get lunch, check out the many art studios and walk down to the River and just enjoy the scenery. At night there is finally options for food and tunes, and Matt Jording from the Sage Room on HHI has taken over management of the Old Town Dispensary and its 45 employees. I sat down with Matt and we talked about what’s new.

A bit of a struggle with the noise was met with compliance that went far and beyond what was necessary. A stage was built, fully soundproofed and rustic facing the river and a new sound system was just installed with a Limiter, which acts as a governor or volume suppressor. This stuff came at a price, but Matt and his team knew things had to be sacrificed in order to not make waves with local legislation. Matt admits it’s been a bit of a struggle, but says the people that turned out to the last town meeting in January really took things to a new level in terms of support. Feel the LOVE Matt. I heard a rumor that the Town Council actually had a sit down style meeting at OTD and one member exclaimed “ the crowd is louder than the guitar player onstage!”

At the beginning of 2013 Matt began his mission at OTD {that’s old town dispensary from here on out}. Music 7 days a week! Food that bombarded the taste buds! All at an outdoor location that felt like it had been here all along. The musicians that play at the Dispensary love the ambience, and the down home feel that is Bluffton. I noticed one night during a band’s set it started pour-


All of the music at OTD is acoustic. No drums, no

loud rock guitars. Matt was very clear in saying “We’re not trying to become a music venue. We have music 7 nights a week to accompany dinner and drinks. Without live music I feel people would really miss out on that aspect of the dining experience here at OTD.” The music is quite diverse as well. Tommy and Trevor are mainstays, playing a wide variety of popular music from the 1950s even singing the occasional pop tune one might hear driving the kids to school. OTD has brought in young musicians traveling through the south, country music has been featured as well. R&B is well loved as is classic rock, played on acoustic guitars that is. Americana and name it. Bluffton state of Mind. hmmm .... What does it mean today. To me when i used to hear that, it used to say, “You do your thing and I’ll do mine, friend”. You might see a deer hanging in one’s backyard, a golf cart blowin’ down the road blaring Johnny Paycheck, or soaking wet sandbar lovers fresh off the dock in search of some oysters and Budweiser. What this writer wants to know is, since the huge growth and new blood in Bluffton is here and now, shouldn’t we embrace it. Hug it?? Kiss it. It means a growing economy and families are moving here every week. What do they want? They want to work, and they want to play. May the river always flow and the music never stop Bluffton.

Breeze Footnote: We fully understand the difficulty in making the right decision on the Bluffton music issue. For sure, it will be hard to find the perfect balance that sustains the town’s artistic freedom and passion for music while ensuring that all our old town residents can enjoy a peaceful state of mind. We know that it will take some kind of compromise, and that everybody is trying to get to that point. We support the ongoing dialogue to find that perfect balance that allows us to respect the soul of the town in all its dimensions!

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Breeze F e l l o w s h i p AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL Cambell Chapel A.M.E. 25 Boundary Street, 757-3652 Sunday School 8:45am Worship:10am ASSEMBLY OF GOD New River Worship Center Hwy 170 & Argent Blvd. (next to ESPY) 379-1815 Sunday: 10:30am Wednesday 7pm BAPTIST First Baptist Church of Bluffton Boundary at Church Street, 757-3472 Sunday School: 9am Worship: 10:30am & 6pm First Zion Baptist Wharf Street 757-3128 Sunday School: 9am Sunday worship: 10am May River Baptist Church SC-170, North of US 46, 757-2518 Sunday School: 9:45am Sunday Worship: 10am & 7pm St. John’s Baptist Church 103 Pritchard Street, 757-4350 Sunday Worship: 11am St. Matthew’s Baptist Church SC Highway 170, 757-3255 Sunday Worship: 11am Indian Hill Baptist Church Hwy 278 next to Eagle’s Point, 757-2603 Sunday School: 9:45am Sunday Worship: 11am JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Kingdom Hall, SC 46, 815-4455 Sunday Public Talk: 9:30am & 3:30pm Spanish Public Talk: 12:30pm


Bible Missionary Baptist Church Goethe Road Community Cntr, 815-5523 Sunday Worship: 11am Bible Study: 6pm CATHOLIC

METHODIST Bluffton United Methodist Church 101 Calhoun Street, 757-3351 Sunday School 9:45am Sunday Worship: 8:45am & 11am

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Church of the Palms United Methodist 333 Fording Island Road, 815-3100 1425 Okatie Highway, 379-1888 Sat. 4pm, 6pm Sun. 7:15am, 9am, 11am, 5pm, Sunday Worship: 10:30am Espagnol 1pm Mon-Fri 6:45am Chapel, 8:30am Church St. Luke’s United Methodist Church SC Highway 170 near Sun CIty, 705-3022 Sunday Worship: 8:30am and 10am ANGLICAN The Church of the Cross 110 Calhoun St, 757-2661 495 Buckwalter Parkway, 757-2662 Sunday Worship: 8am & 10am EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of Okatie At St. Luke’s Baptist Church Hwy 170 and Snake Road, Worship: 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday, 8:30am GREEK ORTHODOX Holy Resurrection Church at St. Andrews Catholic Church 220 Pickney Colony Road, 837-4659 Orthros: 9:30am, Liturgy 10am

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 Road, 815-6570 Sunday School: Adult 9:40am, Child 10:30 Sunday Worship: 8:30am & 10:30am Grace Coastal Church (PCA) 1425 Okatie 15 Williams Drive (off SC170), 379-5521 Sunday School: 11am Sunday Worship: 9:30am


NON-DENOMINATIONAL Temple Osah Shalom Live Oak Christian Church at Lowcountry Presbyterian Bluffton High School Auditorium 757-5670 278 Simmonsville Road, 705-2532 Kidstreet: 9:15am, Worship 10:15am Shabbat Worship 3rd Friday of month, 8pm LUTHERAN Lord of Life Lutheran Church 351 Buckwalter Parkway, 757-4774 Sunday School: 10am Sunday Worship: 8am, 9am, 11am

Lowcountry Community Church Bluffton Campus: 801 Buckwalter Parkway 836-1101 Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am

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When Iasked to write about fashion for the Breeze, I didn’t hesitate. Of course, it sounded like fun. Like most women, I’ve loved fashion as long as I can remember, from the first time I discovered that pink is for girls, blue is for boys and it was okay if I liked green. My first pair of jeans were so tight I had to lie down and have someone help me zip. First pair of heels and first mini, midi and maxi skirts. Rremember fashion in the early 70s when we “conformed” to the non-conformist hippie look and Vogue and Butterick catalogs offered designer patterns from Mary Quant to Emilio Pucci to Christian Dior. If we were industrious, we could afford whatever was on the catwalk. Every decade from the 50s to the 90s had a distinct style and made a strong hemline statement. But, times have changed – a lot. Is it just me? Without a dominant hemline or style, it’s more difficult to describe fashion by the decade. Hemlines can, and DO, go everywhere. Clothes range from fitted to loose and flowing, from covering most of our bodies to dare-to-be-bare-make-your-grandmacry revealing. Do I really know what the latest trends are? Will the Fashion Police come and hunt me down if I send Bluffton in the wrong direction? I thought I’d better take this seriously. After all, the fashion fate of Bluffton women depended on me. I researched Vogue, Harpers, Elle, New York City, London, Paris and L.A. and perused their spring 2014 collections. I spent Fashion Week in NYC. I spoke with the window dresser for the flagship Ann Taylor store on Madison Avenue. She said they are featuring the textured sweater and a moto zip jacket, plus vegan leather detailing and windowpane prints and that snakeskin pops are everywhere for spring. I found it curious as I looked in window after window in the Big Apple, that there was so much black and white. When you live in a resort area like Bluffton/Hilton Head with so many fancy restaurants – I can’t help it – it reminded me too much of server wear; have to admit it was disappointing. Maybe they will add some color once the dreary, cold winter weather is over. A few obvious conclusions: Clothes still have a snug fit. Orange is clearly the new black. Pencil skirts have been replaced by silk versions of surfer shorts (except at Ann Taylor). White pleated skirts, Pochette bags, multi-colored heels, the Tribal look, large florals and vegan leather are all IN. What about length? Skirts and dresses are shown mostly to the knee


Breeze F a s h i o n or below, but mini and maxi lengths haven’t gone away. Along with feminine heels with little ankle straps, the 80s style low heel has been re-introduced. And colors? There are so many choices. Orange (of course) and tons of black and white, rose gold, icy pastels in blue, mint and lavender, deep rich yellow and flannel gray, dark sandy beige, Lapis blue, soft cayenne and Spanish onion. After that, the fashion statements get a little blurred, with the dominant designers protecting their own looks, while following the basic trends. Then I asked myself an even more important question: Would anyone in Bluffton care? Bluffton’s for eccentrics, right? We’re not concerned with what anyone wears as long as they’re happy about it. As towns go, we’re best described as people who fit in only if we don’t quite fit in. We’re not particularly worried about keeping up with the Joneses… or the Heywards, Mitchells, Pinckneys, Hamiltons, Crosbys, Browns and Ulmers either. So what does a fashion trend mean in a town that runs a little contrary? I set to find out from three of our Bluffton boutiques. First, Eggs N Tricities, where you’d expect nothing short of the name – eccentric fashion, true to Bluffton – sometimes on the funky side, but with something for all ages. As owner Nancy Golson told me, “What’s trending now are leggings, lace and luxurious.” It’s about rhinestones, the blingy look and pricey purses, but there are also redneck accessories involving bullet shells, leather and did she really say deer antler necklaces that are all worn with the tres au courant romantic, lacy look. Evidently, much of the new styles have come from Paris – ooh, la la! Then Gigi’s, which offers what we call “Lowcountry Chic” – relaxed, but hip. They also carry the if-you-don’t have-one-youare-SO-not-cool spent cartridge bracelets and earrings, along with a good selection of popular tunics and yoga leggings. You can find skinny pants, pleated skirts, maxi dresses, big florals and make-your-feet happy flip flops (in lots of colors). Owners Anna Pepper Hewitt and sister Emily Vaux Burden are big on fashion that makes you look and feel great, whether you’re at a cocktail party, the office or in a boat on the way to the May River sandbar. And then there’s a fashion newcomer - Cocoon, in Sheridan Park. Here’s where you’ll find a cool, classic look with an emphasis on cheerful colors. This shop began with high end linens, custom bedding and everything for your dinner table, but owner Ann Marie Fiore has just introduced a line of spiffy casual wear as well as pajamas and robes from crisp cool cottons to cool weather plush. Ann Marie believes that the colors we wear have a strong impact on our moods, so you’ll find lots of happy splashes of aqua, orange and other upbeat brights. The Bluffton Breeze

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So, it’s time to get your “fashion” on for spring – time to head down Calhoun Street and then over to Sheridan Park. You don’t have to think too hard. Pick out the stuff you love and you’ll know whether you’re hard-core eccentric, Lowcountry chic, or more of a classic, classy dresser. Whatever you choose, you’ll get your fashion itch scratched; you’ll find something hip and trendy.

But, let’s be honest about fashion. It’s fun. It can be silly. We love it when it makes us look good. We hate it when it doesn’t. We’re willing to endure spandex to look skinny, wobble on heels that hurt and we’ll even change our makeup to make a bad color look better next to our skin. So now that you’re ready to admit how much fashion means to you, are you ready to indulge your inner Bluffton diva with the latest, greatest, palette perfect, runway eligible body coverings? Ready, set, go. Every day is a good day to play “dress-up.” And, no, I’m quite sure you can’t have true happiness without fashion.

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1932 FASHION TALK By Andrew Peeples

Monday afternoon I was in Augusta and had the pleasure of attending the fashion show of J.B. White and Company. I was particularly interested in seeing the revue because I knew that this, the bi-centennial year of Washington’s Birthday, with all its gay pageants and celebrations would have as predominating influence on the style colors for the year. And to my very happy delight I fount that the national celebration will be reflected in the gowns wraps, and accessories of the fair sex, on the ocean sands, on the golf course, at tea-time and at dinner, in this year of grace 1932. One of the most interesting models I observed was on dressed in a gay colored, tight fitting, low cut bathing suit. It was red, white and blue, with a back that was not there. This summer promises to be a gay one with plenty of red, white, and blue and natural flesh. The outstanding colors in spring coats were tan, white and navy blue, with accessories to match. The beach pajamas were one piece in black and white and also in gay colors with floppy beach hats to match The sport clothes were mostly white,

trimmed with very bright colors—red, orange, and blue predominating.The evening clothes were very long, some of them trailing the floor. They were made of lace, chiffon and taffeta and done in pastel shades. Each dress had a coat of the same material. Evening slippers were worn with color to match the clothes. All the hats this year will have brims and the big side brimmed hat is coming back. With all sport clothes for tennis, golf, etc.—the berets of white and colors to match the dress are being worn.


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Breeze B l u f f t o n B u l l e t i n B o a r d

A GCA Flower Show March 12-13, 2014 Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah Flower Show Chairs: Malinda Bergen and Corinne Reeves

Free Advice! Third Tuesdays Events Hosts a Panel of Experts in a Local “Shark Tank” Forum (Without Teeth) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 400 Buckwalter Place. (843) 540-0405

“The Artful Three” is an upcoming exhibit of the Art League of Hilton Head that showcases the talents of artists Jo Dye, Donna Ireton and Art Cornell and will be presented at the Walter Greer Gallery from March 5 to March 29.



The Low Country Pickleball Classic Heyward House Visitors Center March 6 2-4pm Estella Saussy Nussbaum and her sister Jean Saussy Wright will be signing copies of their recently published book- A Gullah Psalm The musical life and work of Luke Peeples. Their father, W. Hunter Saussy, was the Historical Society’s first president in 1981. No charge. Donations accepted.


Sat. March 29th and Sun. March 30th Sun City Hilton Head Pickleball Lowcountry Boil Fri. 7 PM. Meet players from all over the Southeast

For future announcements on the Bluffton Bulletin Board call the Breeze at 843 757 8877.

Birding at Pinckney Island

Spring bird watching at Pinckney Island led by birdwatchers from the Museum, starting March 5th at 7:30 am. Future walks are March 26, April 9, 23 and May 14 and 28. Call 843-689-6767 ext 223 for info. and many other activities monthly.

Farmers Market was voted the most celebrated Market in SC and 11th in the USA! Every Thursday from 2pm to 7pm.

11th Annual Juried Fine Art & Craft Show

A juried fine art and craft outdoor festival, is set for Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th. The event will host nearly 100 artists from all over the country.

The Bluffton Area Community Association 1st Annual Sam Bennett All Sports Clinic Eagles Field on Buck Island Road March 23rd, 2-4 pm Dan Dreissen – Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer will assist with the clinic Beginner and Advance Players For cost and further information contact Sharon Brown or Bryant Kitty@843.368.6755 or 843.247.6905


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At Colleton River Plantation Club...

It’s Nature First


It’s only fitting that the main entrance to Colleton River does not lead you straight to a grand clubhouse. Nor does it lead to a golf course, swimming pool, tennis center or member’s houses. Instead there is a (very) long and winding road that meanders through nothing but pristine nature. This is the transition that members affectionately call “Decompression Drive” – a respite from the relative chaos of Highway 278. To visitors it represents a state of curiosity: “When do we actually get to Colleton River?” But to the club it is symbolic of what matters most: Nature. Untouched, the way it always has been.

To be sure the reputation of Colleton River is built around golf. It happens to boast two of the finest golf courses in the US: A Jack Nicklaus course that winds through woods and along the Colleton river shoreline, and the celebrated Pete Dye Course that tracks around the tip of the peninsula – one that Mr. Dye himself cited (more than once) as “the best course I’ve ever built”. So to play golf on the best of the best courses is quite something. But to Colleton River, that’s only half the equation – and arguably the lesser half. Because there is a code that runs through the club – one that puts nature first. On the courses, around them, in the gardens and on the untouched shoreline.

To put this in perspective: There are many great golf courses in America but few that cut across a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides with a nature preserve on the fourth. Ask members why they chose Colleton River and they’ll quickly go beyond golf to the unparalleled beauty, the amazing sunsets, and the community’s focus on protecting nature. It’s actually part of the golf experience – and the view from the 12th hole on the Dye course is the clincher! It takes your breath away even if you’re playing your worst round ever!

This 1,500-acre peninsula has seven miles of scenic shoreline and direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. It adjoins the 1,100-acre Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve. Together these areas serve as a true wildlife sanctuary. Nature conservationists like Dr. Chris Marsh of the Port Royal Sound Foundation, will argue that the preservation of the entire coastal environmental system depends on the state of the land it adjoins, and given the abundance of wild land, there is an awareness of preservation that borders on militancy at Colleton River!

By Erika Maston and Eric Einhorn

Protecting nature is protecting beauty. At Colleton this natural beauty is simply stunning. It begins within the boundaries of the golf courses where iconic live oaks frame nearly every hole – massive in their presence. This was no accident. The Charter Tree Program was initiated in 2000 to preserve the most significant and oldest trees in the plantation, and to save trees that were dying or threatened. The age of each tree was The Bluffton Breeze

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determined by using a sizing formula provided by Ken Knox, a professional Arborist and Certified Forest Tree Health Appraiser. The trees were cataloged and each was given a “date of birth.” The community installed lightening rods on many to protect them from the common strikes on the peninsula.

The club is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and serves as a wildlife retreat for dozens of bird species. There are special “gathering places” like the Rookery Pond -- located to the left of the #3 green on the Nicklaus Course -- a common nesting area for Blue Heron and other shore birds.

437 year-old tree has witnessed history -- including an early Native American settlement! (More recently it witnessed Robert Redford in the filming of the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance – a proud moment for the club).

With so many species enjoying the fertile land at Colleton, members and staff need to be on the look out! Last spring a young owl chick was found near the 11th hole of the Nicklaus course, having fallen from its nest. The golf maintenance team carefully brought it to a veterinarian for observation. Once the young owl was deemed healthy, the team was asked by Birds of Prey in Charleston to give it a chance to return to its natural life. It was then successfully returned to its home using a basket wired to a branch, with the original nest placed inside.

Nineteen live oaks, nine Loblolly pines, one Laurel oak, one Red Cedar and three Pignut Hickory were catalogue on the Nicklaus Course. Seven of these are over 300 years old, with the oldest live oak dating back to 1705. The Dye course assessment includes 44 live oaks, 14 of which are more than 300 years old, the oldest tree dating back to 1577. This

The wildlife that’s housed in this spectacular territory on land and water is equally well preserved. Here’s the proof: Due to their top position in the food chain, ospreys and bald eagles are particularly useful indicators of local environmental conditions as they feed their nestlings exclusively with fish that are caught within a few kilometers of the nest. Colleton boasts two bald eagle nests and four osprey nests. Last year members enjoyed watching two very healthy juvenile bald eagles learning to fly and fish on the Nicklaus Course at holes 8, 9 and 18. Several members are active in tracking nesting activity of osprey and bald eagles in the plantation for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. While magnificent to behold in their own right, these nests confirm the good condition of surrounding water sources and local fish population.


Colleton volunteers just completed their 14th year in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count which provides insight into the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America, and helps identify strategies to protect them. In December 34 members volunteered and sighted 2,129 birds from 94 different species! That’s quite a count by any standards!

Beyond our feathered friends, Colleton has the usual quotient of deer, foxes, armadillos and alligators. One of the area’s more characterful wildlife residents is the fox squirrel. Recently a member was asked by a local veterinarian to help raise a baby fox squirrel estimated to be 3-6 weeks old. “Roxie,” as she was affectionately named, drank formula from a bottle, but apparently preferred nuts, avocado, apple, strawberries and squash! For a while she had her own crate, liked to explore the screened porch and loved to be cuddled and scratched -- much

like a house cat! The healthy Roxie was released outdoors but constantly returned to the back yard scrounging for food each morning. No surprise. But eventually even this pampered squirrel returned to its native habitat.

With such an abundance of river and ocean front, Colleton takes great pains to protect its waterways and natural inhabitants. Colleton members volunteer for SCORE – the South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program. The 30-year environmental project is aimed at restoring and enhancing the oyster habitat along the SC coast. Discarded oyster shells are collected from restaurants, oyster roasts and other sources, and bagged into 25-pound packages. They are piled along the edge of the marsh to provide a base for new oysters to attach to. Beyond protecting the oyster population, this enhances habitat for fish, shrimp and crabs, and improves water quality of estuarine areas.

To the inhabitants of Colleton River, the natural landscape, the sea and their inhabitants come first. There are many great golf venues, including quite a few in Bluffton. All around the country you can find places where errant drives disappear into deep water or thick woods. But when it comes

to spectacular beauty and an appreciation of everything that goes into sustaining it, Colleton is simply exceptional. Members join the monthly trail hike led by Karen Anderson, a Master Naturalist. Visitors to the club always get a chance to discover some of the many dimensions of its natural surroundings.

Just take our advice: When you cross the entrance and take the journey down Colleton River Drive, do NOT ask “are we there yet?” Enjoy the calm, feel the noise abate, and get right into the state of mind. You’re about to be immersed in a unique stretch of Lowcountry where “nature first” could almost be viewed as an understatement.

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Tending Garden By: Gene Cashman Flower pedals color my garden and illuminate my imagination; some with names that evoke gentility at its finest, the Azalea or Boxwood for example. Others like the hydrangea, the impatiens or the geranium speak to simpler sensibilities and good taste. These garden staples, exquisite in both appearance and design, have their beauty indelibly imprinted on my mind. This probably wouldn’t be the case if not for my mother. Even when I think back to my earliest memories as a boy, the natural world was being presented to me on a silver platter in the most ordinary of ways. Walking after school in the neighborhood, looking up at massive elm and oak trees always created the occasion for her to challenge me to count all the colors of green and yellow. To this day, I appreciate that there are no two trees with exactly the same color scheme. Peeling carrots at the kitchen sink while making dinner, “is that thunder rolling up the river?” I can often recall her saying “if so, we must go out and watch the clouds roll in.” She loved and still loves to sit dangerously close to the edge of inclement weather just to see how green the clouds get before unfurling their rain or how brilliant the lightening can be. Gardens were much the same way. Digging in the earth, and feeling the dirt under the nails, smelling and listening to the garden hum was a moving experience for her; she transferred that passion to me. There is no more genuine of an experience than tending garden; it stirs the echoes of Eden in my DNA. I believe the geography of a garden often reflects the personality of its creator. You can tell who is “type a” by the tight symmetry and the constant tending. There are those free spirits who have one variety here, another there and everything overgrown with wild flowers in between. Then there are the one’s that fall in the middle. Whimsical and a bit unorganized in places but the whole is well rooted, beautiful without being pretentious and comes back better each year. The latter would describe the style in which I was taught; laid back yet intentional. Each spring I would take the Jeep to the local market and buy, under specific instruction, flats of perennials that would then be placed amongst the more stately inhabitants of her planters or pots. The style that would emerge was a perfect reflection of my mother’s

personality; bright, warm and comforting. I would also learn it reflected another part of her; a passion for giving. The best gardens are what I would come to know as the giving gardens. This is something I was definitely taught maternally. Oblivious in my youth and teenage years, the idea of giving gardens became clear to me when she helped me plant a garden of my own. When I got married I was still pretty clueless. However, with two ladies around to point me towards a softer side, I soon realized the bounty of the bloom were not just for looks but for sharing. Giving away the hard work from the garden became as gratifying as admiring it after a good rain. Whether it was bundles of roses for a sick neighbor, an arrangement for a dinner party, or just something to brighten up a kitchen window the theme that was consistently taught was to give beauty away in order to bring joy to others. The life lessons my mother has taught me through plants, gardens and nature have helped me, in tangible ways, realize that life is so much bigger than me and that I should take care of all living things; we were created to tend gardens. Watching my mother meticulously tend her garden by inspect rose leaves for fungus, culling through the faded blooms and yellowed branches, preening over each emerging bulb like it was gold in a riverbed was more than a lesson in gardening. It was a literal application that the things in life that are beautiful or meaningful can be very simple yet require a tremendous amount of committed work. Oh, and they are never perfect. This lesson has helped me as a husband, a father and a friend. Those days of my youth, spent on bended knee planting and most often weeding afforded me the time to reflect on such things. Although, I certainly didn’t connect all those dots back then, I do now when I am alone in the sunshine with a spade in my hand. I think of the gift she gave me when she taught me to love the natural world and to listen to the lessons tending a garden can teach. Now, get busy planting. Happy Spring!

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The Chardonnay Nemesis:

Pinot Grigio By Michael Mavrogordato

Varietals have a way going in and out of favor, but the ongoing popularity of pinot grigio is unprecedented. To understand why we have to go back to 1976 when California chardonnays went mano a mano against the white burgundies in a blind tasting in Paris. The full story of the tasting is depicted in the movie “Bottle Shock”, but suffice it to say that the US cabs and chards won convincingly, dealing a blow to the French psyche. In contrast, the American consumer went on a California high and discovered how good their wines could be, and the real varietal winner, in terms of social acceptance (almost de rigueur) was the chardonnay. It was served everywhere, and dominated the American palate for over 20 years, until an obscure wine hit the Hamptons party circuit in the early 90’s. The game-changing varietal was the pinot grigio, and the wine was Santa Margherita. First imported in 1980, it faced the chardonnay headwinds for decades before people realized that it was lighter in color ( straw vs. golden hue), drier, crisp, clean ( vs. hefty and fat) with subtle fruit ( vs. big pear fruit) and very drinkable. Put simply, it was far lighter than chardonnay and quickly became the aperitif wine of choice. In Italy, its success spurned a frenetic planting campaign into new regions, and not surprisingly, the quality of the pinot grigios are now all over the map.


My rule of thumb is that wines from Trentino (Alto Adige or Valdadige) are usually better (cooler microclimate) than those from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, so be sure to check the label. Also, the cheapest pinot grigios usually come from Friuli, and can be downright insipid . One final tidbit is that the pinot grigio is not the white wine of choice for Italians! Wines from the vermentino, trebbiano and malvasia varietals far outsell pinot grigio, which then begs the question: Do they know something we don’t? I’ll leave this for a future column. A by-product of the popularity of the pinot grigio from Italy has been the discovery of the pinot gris from Alsace (France) and Oregon. Made from exactly the same varietal (originally from Burgundy, but no longer grown there) these wines offer a very different experience. The Alsace version of pinot gris is more full-bodied, richer, less dry (thus more viscous) and has a noticeable minerality. The Oregon version is a happy compromise because it has the richness of Alsace , the clean and crisp sensation of the Italian cousin, and is the most fruit forward.

Pinot grigio from Italy and pinos gris from France and Oregon all make for great wines, and I have found that their characteristics really stand out when paired with the right food. It didn’t take me long to find the three versions in Bluffton.

Breeze W i n e W i t h i n R e a c h Belfair Wine and Spirits carries very representative wines from each region: Ca’ Montini 2012 Pinot Grigio (Trentino) ($15)

Although the wine store carries the Santa Margherita (Valdadige @ $22), I felt that only a special pinot grigio could justify a $ 20 plus price. I opted instead for a Trentino label, grown in the same valley as the omnipotent Santa Margherita. It was a good thing I did because this is a terrific value: Exceptionally crisp, clean, and dry with a subtle fruit background (green apple). It also had noticeable minerality, which is unusual for pinot grigios, and thus flies in the face of what the global taste expects from a pinot grigio (see the February 2014 column). Serve this with sushi (especially sashimi), grilled fish or oysters on the half-shell, and it will give the seafood a noticeable “pop�. Trimbach 2005 Reserve Pinot Gris ($23)

I had to break my $20 rule because it was the only Alsace pinot gris in the store, but from experience I also knew that it would add another dimension to this tasting.

Here is a wine with the weight of a chardonnay (fat and hefty), a musty fruit background and is framed with a hint of sweetness and acidity (as strange as that may sound). However what really makes this wine special is its ability to transform food. Try it with blue cheese, foie gras or any liver pate, and above all, a lowcountry oyster roast. Few wines can amplify food like an Alsace pinot gris, and on that basis alone, they are worth the price.

has to offer, but at this price point it can take on the majority of pinot grigios on the shelves. It is very fresh, crisp, clean,more fruit forward (green apple again) and heftier (more viscous) than the Italian cousins. This is an extremely versatile wine for food pairings, where everything from linguini with clams to a veal chop will be enhanced.

The hijacking of the world palate by one varietal from one country is not unusual. Just like the Italians exploded onto the scene with the pinot grigio, the Aussies did it with their shiraz (syrah in France); the Kiwis with their sauvignon blanc, and the Argentines with their malbec. In all cases their acceptance was propelled by one exceptional wine, and from that success plantings increased, yields increased (not good) and quality was compromised, all in the name of achieving lower prices. The irony is that the price differential between the generic version and a genuinely distinctive wine from the same region is about $5/bottle. I believe this premium is worth it because as we gain confidence in understanding why we like a varietal or a label, the enjoyment factor will trump the higher price. Cheers.

King Estate 2011 Oregon Pinot Gris ($15)

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FESTIVALS & HOME TOURS Mar. 10-15 29th ANNUAL HILTON HEAD WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL. South Carolina’s premier coastal wine competition & culinary event. Hilton Head Wine and Food, 843-686-4944. Various locations. Tasting Ticket prices $35-110 Mar. 15 TARA FEIS IRISH CELEBRATION Outdoor family-friendly celebration of Irish heritage and culture. Activities and live performances include Irish music, dancing, crafts, food and more. In Emmet Park, which borders East Bay Street on the bluff overlooking the Savannah River. Festivities begin at 11 am with an Irish opening ceremony followed by Irish music & dance performances. 912-651-6417 Free Mar. 16 31st ANNUAL HILTON HEAD ISLAND ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 3PM. Parade takes place along Pope Avenue. Mar. 17 SAVANNAH’S 190th ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE begins at 10:15 am at Abercorn/Gwinnett St., proceeds to Bay St. and culminates at the corner of Bull and Harris Street. Park at Hutchinson Island for $10 per car. Board free ferry to River St. and walk to Bay St. Bring a chair if you want to sit. Free Mar. 20-Apr. 5 SAVANNAH’S 25TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah.. For more information please visit Savannah Music Festival 912-525-5050. Performances and costs vary. *Mar. 20-Apr. 19 ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF HOUSES AND GARDENS A variety of tours including walking history guided tours and tours of various private homes and gardens Historic Charleston, 843-723-3405, various times and dates $25-50

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Breeze G o l f C o u r s e G u i d e Golf Course

Designer, Course



Belfair Golf Club 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd, (843) 757 0715

Tom Fazio: East West

6,936 7,129

74.4 75.3

Berkeley Hall Golf Club 366 Good Hope Road, (843) 815 8444

Tom Fazio: North Tom Fazio: South

6,936 7,129

75.1 74.6

Chechessee Creek Club 18 Chechessee Creek Dr, (843) 987 7000

Coore & Crenshaw



Colleton River Plantation Club 60 Colleton River Driver

Jack Nicklaus Pete Dye

6,936 7,129

76.1 74.7

Crescent Pointe Golf Club 1 Crescent Pointe Dr, (843) 292 7778

Arnold Palmer



Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club 1 Eagle Pointe Dr, (843) 757 5900

Davis Love III



Hampton Hall Golf Club 89 Old Carolina Road, (843) 837 3131

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, (843) 706 6579

Jack Nicklaus



Moss Creek Golf Club 1523 Fording Island Road, (843) 837 2231

George Fazio: South Tom Fazio: North

6,885 6,555

73.4 72.5

Island West Golf Club 40 Island West Drive, (843) 689 6660

Clyde B. Johnston Fuzzy Zoeller



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 Drive, (843) 757 9030

Gene Hamm



Sun City Golf Club 672 Cypress Hills Dr, (843) 705 4057

Mark McCumber: Hidden Cyprus Mark McCumber: Okatie Creek

6,946 6,724

73.2 71.9


*Ratings for the longest tees

Course Notes The East course wanders through lakes and ponds and is very walkable. The West Course has subtle beauty with gnarled oaks, and sparkling lagoons. The North Course is a marvel of tranquil lakes, bold fairways and challenging bunkers. The South Course offers a classic parkland golf experience. A timeless golf experience nestled within a landscape of ancient, mossy live oaks and long-leaf pine forests. Park and links settings for two of Golf Magazine’s top 100 courses. Pete Dye said it’s “the best I’ve ever built”. Home to the USGA Junior Amateur in 2015. Generous fairways but challenging elevated greens. Beach bunkers create an island experience. Water holes and huge oaks. Great golf for great value. Neither too long nor overly difficult with interesting boldly contoured greens. The course is routed through pines, oaks and native coastal wetlands. Relatively new, this links style golf course is well cared for and has generous fairways with challenging undulated greens. A collaboration between two designers this course is well accessible in every way. Enjoy the challenging final hole flanked by a marsh and elevated green. In the beautiful Palmetto Bluff compound, the course meanders through the May River Forest. Bermuda greens with undulating slopes are challenging. The “Devil’s Elbow” courses are lined by magnificent oaks and tall pines as well as salt marshes that change with the tides. Good for all levels of golf. The scenic design of Island West, with rolling fairways, elevated tees, preserved natural marsh areas, and large live oaks presents a magnificent experience. The Audubon Certified course runs through canopies of live oaks, broad savannahs and soaring pines up to the banks of the Okatie River. Rolls from an open pasture to dense forests, and views towards Hilton Head. Most holes are surrounded by nature and the course has a lot of character. Features tall pines, many challenging water hazards and picturesque holes. It has a good practice facility and is a good value. The course is enveloped in a peaceful setting of trees and blue lakes. It is well designed to be player friendly yet holds its challenges on the back nine. Okatie Creek lets the casual golfer enjoy golf, while Hidden Cyprus offers greater challenges. Both courses capture the magic of low country beauty. The Bluffton Breeze

March 2014


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8 Sweet Grass Lane • $899,900

Detailed custom home situated on over 2 acres! You’ll be wowed as you enter and see through to the covered lanai with heated pool & spa. Enjoy over 5000 SF including 5 BRs, 6 BAs plus a 700 SF in-law suite or bonus room over the 3+ car garage. Energy saving foam insulation, high end appliances & countless other features make this home an incomparable value! Call Ken or Sheri


17 Torrington Lane • $659,000

Another Arkiteknic award winning design. Hardwood floors, stone bathrooms, custom selected granite in kitchen and all bathrooms, foam insulation, epoxy with an incredible view of the largest area of the 25 acre lake. Close to all ameCall Lisa or Bonnie

95 Farnsleigh Avenue • $599,000

Custom features abound in this 4 BR, 4.5 BA lifestyle home decorated like a model! Perfect for entertaining, the screened-in lanai complete with pool is right off the kitchen for a true open flooplan. Custom features include travertine floors, coffered ceilings, built-in cabinetry in the study and great room, custom moldings. Call Matt



17 Hampstead Avenue • $595,000

33 Rose Dhu Creek Drive • $485,000

Tom Peeples’ classic custom home has hardwood floors downstairs, high end kitchen package with stainless appliances and gas range, granite in all baths, plantation shutters & more. Nestled among hardwoods and oaks, the home overlooks the green of #6, 7th fairway and 2 long lagoons. Enjoy the oversized covered, screened back porch or the 2nd story golfers porch. Call Lisa or Bonnie

Wonderful equestrian property, beautiful Pine floors, 3 stall barn, pasture, high ceilings, wonderful wrought iron staircase overlooks 2 story living room. Pastured lot next door is available too as well as lot on other side of home. Call Barbara or Tara



21 Paxton Circle • $349,000

42 Sedgewick Avenue • $369,000

Dramatic Grayson model is beautifully detailed from floor to ceiling. Upgrades include but are not limited to: upgraded cabinets and double ovens in kitchen, speakers throughout the first floor, tray ceiling in dining room, hardwood floors, extended master bedroom closet, expanded garage , French doors leading to the sunroom, spray foam in attic and roof line. Call Lisa or Bonnie

Great Room is accented by floor to ceiling windows flanking the wood burning fireplace. Beautiful 5’ hardwood floors in main living areas, custom bookcases in the loft and remote control window treatments add an impressive detail. Spacious brick patio overlooks peaceful nature preserve. Call Ken or Sheri



Lots for Sale

528 Plantation Club Villas • $309,900 BRAND NEW EVERYTHING...KITCHEN, BATHROOMS, YOU NAME IT THE LIST GOES ON ...IT IS NEW. Great rental history. Convenient location. Walk to beach. Backs up to one of the fairways on Sea Pines’ Heron Point Golf Course. Call Ben

Hilton Head Off Plantation - 91 Jonesville Road - $1,000,000 - Marsh View Fuller Pointe - 52 Fuller Pointe - $175,000 - Deep Water View Indigo Run Golf Club - 633 Colonial - $149,000 - Wooded View Hampton Hall ~ 102 Farnsleigh Avenue ~ $112,000 ~ Lake View Hampton Hall - 76 Wicklow Drive - $67,500 - Wooded View Rose Hill - 6 Greenwood Court - $39,900 - Wooded/Golf View

Bonnie Bogart 843/338-7710

Sheri Bush 843/247-5381

Tony Faulkner 843/304-8018

Ben Ferguson 843/301-4460

Tim Ferguson 843/301-4461

Dennis Nelson 843/682-3800

Barbara Pearson 843/304-1900

Jerry Petitt 843/540-0835

Christian Powers 843/684-9000

Michael Powers 843/684-1895


Michael Hahn 843/384-3815

Vic Powers 843/683-7362

7 Ocean Gate Villas • $294,900

Great 2 Bedroom, 2.5 baths townhome with loft. End Unit right across from the beach. Pool and tennis courts right in your back yard. Large deck. New A/C and roof. Tile on the first floor for easy maintenance. Only townhome in the complex. Must be seen. Call Ben

Ken Kroupa 843/816-1128

Tara Lynam 843/304-1039

Matt Rowe 843/384-6925

Lisa Sulka 843/384-8462

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