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Inspiration From the Founder Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardboiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked. “What does it mean, mother?” Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity—boiling water—but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another lever? How do you handle Adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?



Bluffton Breeze The magazine of Bluffton FOUNDER Donna Huffman PUBLISHER Eric Einhorn EDITOR Randolph Stewart 843 816-4005 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Chierie Smith 843 505-2732 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Michele Roldan-Shaw, Amber Hester Kuehn, Jevon Daly, Michael Mavrogordato, Laura R. Wilson, Jean Tanner, Jane Skager PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS Margaret Palmer, Eric Einhorn, Jean Tanner Paula Mueller, Marge Agin, Murray Sease, Michael Mavrogordato, Ed Funk ART DIRECTOR Jane Skager PRINTER Accurate Lithography CORPORATE OFFICE 12 Johnston Way, Suite 300 P.O. Box 472, Bluffton, SC 29910 843.757.8877 The Bluffton Breeze Magazine is published by The Bluffton Breeze LLC. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored for retrieval by any means without permission from the Publisher. The Bluffton Breeze Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited materials and the publisher accepts no responsibility for the contents or accuracy of claims in any advertisement in any issue. The Bluffton Breeze Magazine is not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions, or changes in information. The opinion of contributing writers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine and its Publisher. All published photos and copy provided by writers and artists become the property of the Bluffton Breeze Magazine. Copyright. 2014

September 2014, volume 12, no.9

Breeze Contents

Features 7 14 16 19 21 22 33 36 42 44

The True Story Behind Gamecock Country An Unexpected Cameo Appearance Babies in the Wild Jevon Daly: Brainwashing Your Kids The Music of Dreams and Drama Baseball: It’s a Hit! Simplicity Cashing In On the Golf Ego Trip Report Things You May Not Know About SC

Departments 8 History



September Tide


19 Music Town

28 Over the Bridges 30 Bulletin Board 35





Restaurant Guide

September Cover Photo “Spring Island Memories” By Ed Funk

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Thomas Sumter Facts - His mother, Patience raised 5 children in their log home until she died at age 111. - He was the last surviving General of the Revolution. - There was a reward out of 500 guineas for information leading to the general’s capture. - He held grants totaling 150,000 acres. - He founded the town of Stateburg, South Carolina, and proposed it as the capitol. - Sumter bred fine race horses, including the lauded “Stateburg”. - He died at age 98 after an 11 mile horse ride.


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Gamecock Country By Michele Roldán-Shaw

The best heroes are those whose grand deeds get eclipsed only by their outsized personalities. Whose legends need but a little embroidery, and even that not inconsistent with their character. They are followed in life and remembered after death not because they command it, but because they inspire it. Such idols are seldom perfect, yet their failings endear them to us all the more; their mistakes are as epic as their triumphs but they never stay down for long. That is the spirit of South Carolina’s “Fighting Gamecock,” the revolutionary General Thomas Sumter. Most people know the Gamecock only as University of South Carolina’s unusual mascot. The school’s official website gives a brief history of cockfighting, which states that the sport originated in ancient Greece. “One reason cultures have admired the gamecock,” it continues, “was the nature of warfare. Their

military struggles hinged upon soldiers engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Personal courage and indifference to pain were highly esteemed. In the brutal sport of ‘gamecocking,’ the gamecock repeatedly demonstrated the necessary ferocity and tenacity by fighting to its last gasp.” The page concludes with a nod to Thomas Sumter as the man behind USC’s emblem. So with college football in full swing, perhaps this is the time to investigate Sumter’s story more fully. Here it is, as can best be pieced together from a variety of sources—some more reliable, others more embellished, and all drawing from the inexact records of our nation’s early days—so that we shall have to be content with a spicy blend of folktale and fact. Thomas Sumter was born 14 August 1734 in the Preddy Creek Settlement of Virginia Colony, near present-day Charlottesville. Folk there were weathery and tough; men hunted, cut timber and fought Indians while women worked their fingers to the bone at home. Humble beginnings, yet par for the course at that time in America. Young Thomas helped his father run a mill near their home, until his untimely death left Thomas’s mother to rear five children alone in their log cabin. (Patience Sumter lived to be 111-yearsold!) Thomas helped by tending the family sheep flock and plowing the neighbor’s fields; his limited education was far outshone by his reputation as a “wild buck” devoted to gambling, horseracing and cockfighting. No one knew then that vicious roosters would become his legacy. Still a rowdy youth, he enlisted with the Virginia militia to fight Cherokees; but when hostilities ceased for a time he was selected to travel to Indian Territory as a member of the friendly Timberlake Expedition. Sumter borrowed money for a canoe and 10-days’ provisions so they could travel by river into the Tennessee backcountry, but low water levels, freezing falls and bitter winter weather made progress slow. At one point the party diverted to explore a stalactite cave fifty feet up a bank, and returned to find their canoe had drifted away—super-manly Sumter swam a half-mile in icy waters to retrieve it. When at last they arrived in Cherokee country, half-starved on The Bluffton Breeze

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meager rations of greasy bear meat, the constant peace-pipe smoking made them all sick as dogs. Ah, the thrills of pioneerdom! The mission was a success and Sumter established himself as a great friend of the Cherokees, despite having previously been devoted to killing them. When they expressed desire to meet the Great White Chief in England, Sumter was selected as escort. He borrowed a tidy sum to finance the trip—which caused a great stir in London with all those feathery paintedup Indians parading around the streets—but upon returning home he couldn’t recover the money. Sumter landed at Charleston Harbor, never knowing it would one day be the site of a Civil War fort bearing his name, or that South Carolina would be his home of seventy years. All he knew just then was that the gosh-durn local government refused to compensate his services in England. Strapped with these financial woes, he decided to accept the invitation of Chief Outacite to spend the winter in Cherokee Country. In her colorful history book “Great South Carolinians,” Helen Kohn Hennig writes of Sumter, “It is said that he could out-run, out-jump, and out-swim all but one of the Indians, a man named Saucy Jack.” This physical prowess helped Sumter perform a daring feat: single-handed capture of Baron Des Onnes, a French emissary fluent in seven tribal languages, who’d been sent to stir up trouble amongst the Indians. Sumter defeated him in hand-to-hand combat, then drug him to the nearest British outpost to be dealt with as a spy. After that he returned home to Virginia, where he was promptly thrown in jail for debt. That didn’t last long. Soon he was given ten guineas and a tomahawk by a certain Mr. Martin, a friend whom he repaid thirty years later (well, the guineas at least; who knows about the tomahawk) and whose son would one day remark cryptically, “With one or both of these he escaped from prison.” This brought a great change in Sumter’s


luck—not long after the British recompensed his services as escort to the Cherokee, and he used the money to purchase land on the Santee River at Eutaw Springs. He hung his hat in South Carolina for the duration. Sumter opened a crossroads store, and earned such respect from local folk that they made him Justice of the Peace, a position carrying great prestige in those days. Next he married Mrs. Mary Cantey Jameson, a wealthy and somewhat crippled widow eleven years his senior. They moved to St. Mark’s Parrish and prospered, with their plantation and a grist mill and another store. They invested in land and slaves. Their first-born daughter died as an infant, but amazingly the semi-disabled Mary gave birth to a fine son, Thomas Junior, when she was 45 years of age! As the Revolution began breaking out, Sumter was made a captain in the local militia, and soon after promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 2nd South Carolina Rifle Regiment. Amongst other things he participated in the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, and began involving himself in state government. But his unit never saw much action and, disillusioned with the whole business, he resigned his commission in 1778 and went home to pursue a peaceful life of farming with his family. Or so he thought. First came the Fall of Charleston on 12 May 1780, which was at once rock-bottom for patriots and the first light of their redemption. But more important to our story is Sumter’s personal lowlight: the day they torched his house. It was just a couple weeks after Charleston’s surrender and British troops were marching around acting crazy, looting plantations and harassing women and children. (It is a well-noted fact of the American Revolution that both sides committed shameful acts, and showed undue cruelty toward the wounded and those trying to surrender.) Notorious British officer “Bloody Ban” Tarleton—responsible for massacres that inspired the battle cry of “TARLETON’S

QUARTER!” whenever Americans mowed down victims in revenge—was headed toward the High Hills of the Santee hoping to capture Sumter and punish him as enemy of the king. But it so happened that Tom Junior was out on horseback and got wind of Tarleton’s approach—when he told his dad, Sumter rode out in search of the fray. Two hours later, dragoons arrived at his plantation; despite brave resistance from a servant girl they plundered the place. When Mrs. Sumter refused to divulge her husband’s whereabouts they humiliated her, put her in chains and dragged her out to the lawn in her wheelchair. Then they made her watch as they burnt her home to the ground. (It’s said that a sympathetic British soldier took pity on her and placed under her chair a ham stolen from her own smokehouse—gee thanks.)

have to strike hard and fast risking everything, before disappearing back into the shadows. Like other rebel bands fighting around the state, they focused on harrying the British—confusing them, keeping them in perpetual fear, making raids, disrupting supply lines, and generally just being obnoxious to wear them out. Much has been written about particular battles of the American Revolution, and because this piece is more of a biography, we won’t get indepth as to Sumter’s military campaigns here. But a few funny details are worth mentioning. At the Battle of Hanging Rock he whipped the Brits and Tories, even though partway through the fight his men got all drunk up on kegs of rum looted from the opposing camp—it was all Sumter could do to herd his intoxicated mob into some semblance of formation so they could finish the job. At Fishing Creek he suffered a major defeat when he halted to rest despite intelligence that Tarleton was nearby; his men were trying to beat summer’s heat in the creek when the enemy swept into camp and caught them with their pants down. Sumter was woken so suddenly from his nap in the shade that he fled half-clad into the forest.

That was the day the Fighting Gamecock was born. If before he had remained lukewarm to the cause, now all of a sudden he was HOT. Everything else lay in a shambles in South Carolina, with patriots scattered and local government nonexistent since the governor fled into hiding—but Sumter stepped it up. Little bands of freedom fighters were assembling and they asked Sir Col. Tarleton him to be their leader; in a Sleeping nekked seemed bit of legendary dialogue he to cause recurring trouble asserted, “Our interests and for him. On another occasion his position was fates are and must be the same. With me as betrayed by a Loyalist who met him on the with you—it is liberty or death!” Not only did he road (there was a reward out of 500 guineas for hold down the fort alone in local government for information leading to the general’s capture) and awhile, he also began recruiting and mobilizing before long British soldiers bore down on Sumter’s militia. He became one of those fabled partisan camp. He managed to sleep through the first part leaders—along with Andrew Pickens, Francis of the attack, but when they came right outside Marion and Daniel Morgan—who went down his tent he started scrambling to get dressed. In in South Carolinian history for their dashing a tight spot, he threw himself out the back flap exploits. and ran barefooted for dear life in his underwear; Backwoods farmers of the upcountry flocked he hopped a fence, tore through a briar patch, to Sumter, with their rusty muskets and old iron streaked down a riverbank and hunkered away tools pounded into swords; their wives sent the night at water’s edge, recalling later that “it treasured pewter heirlooms to be melted for was with the greatest difficulty that I escaped bullets. Knowing they would have to fight this being cut to pieces.” Meanwhile his men fought war in the woods, Sumter skipped regular drilling it out, and the British raid was unsuccessful. Not and trained them up guerrilla style: running, long after Sumter beat Tarleton at the Battle of swimming, wrestling, and having individual Blackstock, but was himself severely wounded showdowns to hone their manly skills. Soon and had to be carried out on a litter. their endurance would be severely tested on It was then, in hopes of seeing the last of Sumter, long hard marches with little food; they would The Bluffton Breeze

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that British Lord Cornwallis penned a famous comment about him: “He certainly has been our greatest plague in this country.” High praise indeed! In fact it’s thought that Sumter’s nickname came from Cornwallis, who once referred to him as “the Gamecock, recognizing in him the qualities of a great fighter, who though worsted, would renew the combat the instant he recovered from the blow.” Even while unfit for active duty Sumter continued to serve as intelligence agent, sending his scouts with reports to General Nathanael Greene, and before long he was back in the field with a vengeance. Nor was the war over for his family: when British troops seized and quartered on the Sumter plantation, women and children fled to safety and poor Mrs. Sumter (who didn’t walk for 30 years) had to escape on a feather bed tied to her horse’s back. She fell so many times that when at last she arrived at a friend’s house in the Waxhaws, her body was black with bruises—or so the story goes. One interesting facet of Sumter’s career was his controversial plan to pay recruits in slaves and plunder. This gave rise to the equally hateful British cry of “SUMTER’S LAW!” which they liked to shout while looting the homes of suspected rebels. Indeed, between these opposing armies the entire countryside was ravaged. In his book “Partisans & Redcoats,” South Carolina

historian Walter Edgar writes, “The civil war in the backcountry was not just an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; it was also a ‘horse for a horse, even a Negro for a Negro.’” Sumter’s enthusiastic participation in this required that he later clear his name before state legislature, but he went on to have a long career as a member of Congress and the House of Representatives. Homegrown historian Robert D. Bass, who grew up in the very woods where these battles were fought, wrote in his biography of Sumter, “Fearless and inexorable, like a gamecock he struck with fiery gaffs, leaving death and carnage at every pitting…. Sumter fought in berserk

abandon, reckless of his own life and prodigal with the lives of his men.” After two years hard active duty in one of the bloodiest battlegrounds of the Revolution, he resigned his commission and returned to civilian life. Edgar observes, “Although his military record was spotty, he was an important rallying point and symbol of the resistance.” Similarly, Sumter’s private affairs were hit-andmiss yet he always commanded respect. He held land grants totaling 150,000 acres and had his fingers in all sorts of pies, but debt dogged him all his days. He founded the town of Stateburg, South Carolina, and proposed it as the capitol; but when this met with resistance from a fellow assembly member, the two nearly fought a sword duel! Sumter bred fine race horses, including the lauded “Stateburg” that won a big fat purse, and right up to his death he was an impassioned activist for States’ rights. In his attempts to find a viable replacement for indigo, which was no longer profitable, he conducted experiments on his plantation with tobacco, cotton and silk worms. It’s said that he turned the lower floor of his home into a sort of trading emporium where people could buy and sell everything from a cotton farm to a coonskin cap, and he continued being a friend to both Cherokees and Catawba Indians who’d fought under him. In “Great South Carolinians” Hennig writes, “The old General felt that it was his responsibility to scold and take care of every vagrant Indian or old soldier who came his way. Squatters were allowed to stay.” While apparently he carried the spitfire temperament to his grave, Sumter seemed to take a paternal interest in members of his community, and would ride around on horseback inquiring nosily after their health. The way he looked after his frail wife spoke volumes about his character. Finally, still spunky and agile, he became the last surviving general of the Revolution; all his comrades were gone and Mary had passed fifteen years earlier. Aged 98, at home in the High Hills of the Santee, Thomas Sumter went on an 11-mile horse ride, springing up into the saddle without aid from a stirrup (or so legend would have it.) The next day he was dead. Today there are counties named for him in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama, not to mention a national forest, a small city, an academy, a memorial park, and numerous streets and people. The movie “Patriot” was based in part on his deeds. And anyone who wishes can visit his gravesite, two miles off Highway 261 near Stateburg, approximately 15 miles from Sumter. The epitaph reads “Tanto Nomini Nullum Par Elogium—So great a name has no adequate praise.” The Bluffton Breeze

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THE LAST ACT… A SPECIAL GUEST STAR Introducing an uncommon species of sea turtle on Hilton Head beach…Chelonia mydas, a green sea turtle laid the last nest on Hilton Head Island on August 4th to end the 2014 sea turtle nesting season. This is how the stage is set… Headlights approach on a dark beach. Two young blonde field biologists begin their early morning sea turtle patrol. They are looking for the tracks of an endangered reptile dragging her 400 pound body out of the surf to nest. There are 28 miles to traverse, and there is no time to waste. The sun rises, majestic as always to illuminate an otherwise uneventful morning. Fast forward 3 hours, with 4 miles to go, and the machine rolls to a stop to investigate. Parking break cranks and gasps are heard. It’s a crawl, but something is wildly different. The track is wide and the flipper claw marks are symmetrical rather than alternating. The body pit at the top of the track is unusually deep and sand is thrown for 20 feet in all directions! It looks like a bomb exploded. The nerdy excitement of a sea turtle biologist awakens


as the driver measures the track to be sure. Flashback ten years when she had encountered this creature’s masterpiece while monitoring beaches in Florida where green sea turtles commonly nest. With a sense of achievement for all of her studies, she pronounces “It’s a GREEN”. The green sea turtle is a master of disguise and the challenge to find the egg chamber is met with wild eyed enthusiasm…. One hour later, sweat rolls from every pore and mentions of defeat are uttered. Suddenly she exhales deeply and with purpose announces… ”I got it”. She looks up at her colleague from her hands and knees with a smile, her finger tips 2 feet under the sand touching the eggs and she whispers…”they are here.” THE CONCLUSION

The proverbial two weeks since the discovery of the green sea turtle nest has passed and no new nests have been discovered on Hilton

Head. This interval marks the end of the sea turtle nesting season. Sea turtle patrol staff will not be searching for new nests, but will continue to monitor the nests that are due to hatch. Approximately half have already hatched with 74% hatch success.

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THE SEQUEL…A NEW GENERATION The green sea turtle nest mentioned in the true story above is due to hatch in the first week of October. What brought her here is a mystery, and we will be waiting in anticipation for her hatchlings to emerge. With a black carapace (top shell) and a white plastron (bottom shell), they will be distinctly different from the knobby brown loggerhead hatchlings. They will enter the Ocean and follow an off-shore wave rotation that directs their path. After holding their course for approximately 30 minutes, the magnetite in their tiny brain has made a connection with the magnetic fields of the Earth to set their internal GPS allowing them to navigate the Atlantic Ocean for the rest of their lives! In order to reach the Gulf Stream (major warm water current running north up the Eastern seaboard) from our coast, they will have a 3 day swim (70 miles). Along the way, they will have many predators and 1 of 100 are estimated to arrive unscathed. Six of seven species of sea turtles are listed as endangered species in the United States (the Australian flatback sea turtle is not endangered). Loggerhead sea turtles nest in our region almost exclusively, and it has been over a decade since a green sea turtle has nested on Hilton Head (2003). A mature green sea turtle is the largest hard shelled sea turtle weighing up to 500 pounds with 3.5 feet in carapace length when it is sexually mature after 20 – 25 years of age.

The 2014 Hilton Head Island sea turtle nesting season resulted in a total of 131 nests compared to 339 nests in 2013. The sudden 61% decrease in nest density is a concern, but may be a natural lull according to SCDNR (South Caroline Department of Natural Resources). No further action will be initiated until next season’s results are in. This downward trend extends throughout beaches of the Northern Recovery Unit (GA, SC, NC). {Graph} Coincidentally, effective August 11, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has mandated an amendment to the Endangered Species Act (1973) to designate 685 miles of Ocean facing beach as a critical habitat for Northwest Atlantic Ocean loggerhead sea turtle nesting- divided into the Northern Recovery Unit and the Florida Peninsular Recovery Unit. The beaches selected will not be allowed to alter the beach in any way…no renourishment, no jetties, no bulkheads. South Carolina contributes 79.3 miles of nesting beach to the mandate. Hilton Head Island is not included. To learn more: articles/2014/07/10/2014-15725/endangeredand-threatened-wildlife-and-plantsdesignation-of-critical-habitat-for-thenorthwest#h-53 The Bluffton Breeze

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Hello Blufftonians! This month in MUSIC TOWN we will be discussing the process involved in teaching/nurturing a child's interest in music. As some of you know I have been teaching private lessons at John's Music on Hilton Head Island for 20 years. I know crazy, right? Anyhoo, it has been a long strange trip so far and I feel like I am just starting to get a handle on how to correctly go about teaching the different styles of learning out there. Igm gonna talk {vent} about some of the pros and cons of the modern child and what challenges me and what inspires. I have so many thoughts going through my little brain right now!

become blurred. Metallica has elements of the blues in it right? Soon kids are walking in with Johnny Winter songs on their ipods and trying to learn Willie Dixon songs. Slash is one of the better guitarists out there and definitely stole ideas from Freddie King and Slowhand. Feel free to YouTube these musicians if you feel like you are still in the dark. The Grateful Dead is a great example of Americana music. Blues, bluegrass and jazz are all in their music and I challenge "metalhead"kids to try and learn "Uncle Johngs Band" all the time........they come back the following week with a new musical mind.

The big issue I have with kids today is their parents. When was the last time you took little Johnny to a football game or soccer game? Have you taken Johnny to go see a concert? And no, the Wiggles doesn't count, although it's a start. It is our job as parents to turn off the TV or iPad and put on music on a weekday night and see what happens. This is what I do at home occasionally... on a Sunday morning, "A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane is a great album to play while the coffee is brewing.... and VOILA!!! The kids start drawing, playing, talking and dancing. Mission accomplished without Tom Cruise! Take your kids to see a band with a banjo, a saxophone, a piano. Hey, if you like Beyonce take the kid. Britney Spears’ guitar player didn't get where he is today by being a lazy player. These guys that play with top pop acts are usually guys who have jazz degrees. There I said it.

The last thing I want to talk about is song writing. I BEG KIDS TO EXPRESS themselves. Paul Simon is famous for saying "I never invented anything". Writing songs when you are young is such a great idea. Heck, writing songs when you are old is great too. Who cares if they are not gonna make it on a Diplo CD. It is exciting when you finish a task and sometimes I record songs with my students at John's Music. I then compare their song to artist's I hear in their work. Do they know who Prince is? How about Annie Lennox? Can they learn to sing harmony or just singe better by doing all these things? Go ask Jason Busby at his weekly gig at La Nortena. He's 16. How about my former student Matt Trusz who has played guitar at The Self Family Arts Center? It pays to stretch our brains and who knows; you and your kids might end up liking Joni Mitchell or Morbid Angel if you let the walls in your mind crumble. See you at the next local show --Jevon

When a young person walks in the first thing I ask them is "What song do YOU want to learn?" We start there. I like to teach someone what they think they want first. It takes time; sometimes a long time to let a child burnout on what they think is gonna get them to excel. If they like Guns and Roses or Metallica I let it run its course {even though both bands can teach one quite a bit about melody/harmony etc}. Then I try to incorporate some other similar music until lines

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The Music of Dreams and Drama The 2014-2015 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s 33rd Season, Music of Dreams and Drama opens on October 12 and 13 with the music of Bernstein and Shostakovich. The Symphony welcomes back Conductor John Morris Russell, a conductor who captivates audiences with his diverse programming and engaging stage presence. A highlight of the past season was the Lowcountry Celebration in February that featured a number of local artists and highlighted the music of the Lowcountry. This is a passion of the Maestro and is expected to be part of each season for years to come. The new season explores some of the most emotionally intense works created for orchestra. From the brooding yet heroic Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 to effervescent overtures by Bernstein and Mozart, and ethereal works for string orchestra by Dvorak and Arvo Part, the dramatic range of the season is breathtaking. Our featured soloists, including favorites from the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and returning virtuosos Danielle Belen and Kisma Jordon. Each concert will now be performed on Sundays at 4:00 pm and Mondays at 8:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. The season runs for nine months, October through May. Subscriptions for nine, six or three concerts are available now by calling the box office at 843842-2055 or by going online at Single tickets will be available after September 1. As the Maestro says, “for me, music is about passionate narrative. Whether it’s favorite Shakespearian epics set by Mendelssohn and Verdi, or an intensely emotional journey from tragedy to triumph crafted by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky in their fifth symphonies--the live symphonic experience leaves none unmoved.”



BERNSTEIN AND SHOSTAKOVICH Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 • 4pm & Mon., Oct. 13 • 8pm FATE AND VICTORY: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 • 4pm & Mon., Nov. 17 • 8pm HOLIDAY POPS! Mon., December 1, 2014 • 4pm & 8pm TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH: TCHAIKOVSKY’s SYMPHONY No. 5 Sun., Jan. 18, 2015 • 4pm & Mon., Jan. 19 • 8pm SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS Sun., Feb. 8, 2015 • 4pm & Mon., Feb. 9 • 8pm GUITAR HEROES Sun., Feb. 22, 2015 • 4pm & Mon., Feb. 23 • 8pm MENDELSSOHN AND VERDI Sun., Mar. 22, 2015 • 4pm & Mon., Mar. 23 • 8pm PROKOFIEV AND HAYDN Sun., Apr. 19, 2015 • 4pm & Mon., Apr. 20 • 8pm CHOPIN AND SIBELIUS Sun., May 3, 2015 • 4pm & Mon., May 4 • 8pm Tickets for individual performances are available after Sept. 1. For ticket information call 843-842-2055 or visit Season subscriptions are being mailed to former subscribers. Contact our office if you’re not a former subscriber and want a season brochure mailed to you. Concerts held at First Presbyterian Church on William Hilton Pkwy.

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Youth baseball:

Part 1 of a focus on Bluffton and Hilton Head baseball

Hilton Head Baseball Association (HHBA) has been flourishing for over 40 years. Jonathan Boyd is the current Chairman of the Board and will be stepping down in the fall after several years of serving as President. We talked to him about the goals, values and challenges of running a successful youth baseball program – and a few of the ins and outs of coaching kids! Interview by Eric Einhorn

Hilton Head is youth baseball that’s not part of Little League. How does that work? Little League is actually a trademarked name and part of a separate organization. We’re part of the Dixie organization that covers the southern states – approximately 14 states down to Florida and across to Texas. So you could have the best team in the US and not win the Little League World Series? True, but we just sent our 13 and 14-year-old team that made it to the Dixie Boys World Series. That was a really big deal! Before you were head of administration, you were a coach. For armchair coaches it’s all about winning and the manager making smart decisions -- like selection, rotation etc. What does coaching mean for youth baseball? It progresses. When you start a 5 or 6 year


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But participation is still at the core? Absolutely. The better players will have more time on the field, but we have a rule that the kid cannot be benched for consecutive innings. So part of skill of coaching is when to play your less talented kids and not jeopardize a win? Yes – and good coaches do it so it’s barely noticeable. But they’re also honest with kids without crushing their spirits. They may say “your arm is weak – here’s what you need to work on.” You don’t have that conversation with a 5 year old, but with a 12 year old honestly is a good thing. At what age do you get “I wanna be short stop.” How do you manage that with kids? Everybody wants their kids to pitch. At young ages if you can throw the ball out of the length of their shadow you’ll get a chance. By the age of 9 or 10 you need to do more and you soon find out who the pitchers are. Even so it’s not all about winning. We actually want the kids to throw strikes to keep the game going! It doesn’t matter if you get hit -- coaches will say ‘well done’ to a kid who gets it over the plate. So competition for the big positions is always part of it?

old, you certainly don’t want to have a coach whose primary objective is winning. The little kids start out with t-ball and we just want them to have fun and learn the game. So coaches need to bring out the love of the game and ensure safety. Then the next level is ‘coach pitch’ – a friendly coach who pitches. At this stage the priority is still about participation and learning the basics – field positions, rules, basic techniques. With 9 and 10 year olds it is ‘kids pitch’ and that’s where the competition comes in. We keep scores and standings in the league. Coaching becomes more about ‘let’s try to win’. That’s both difficult and fun. Kids are wired to compete. Embracing competition is a good thing for the kids as long as you can lose and walk away from it and shake the opponents hand and say well done. A good loser is as important as being a winner.

For sure, and I don’t mind a kid coming to me and saying I think I’m the best shortstop and I’m going to prove it by doing a good job. Confidence is good – but not “this is the way its going to be”. A little swagger doesn’t hurt! How about parents? challenge at times?

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95% of parents in our leagues are great – people who come with the right attitude. They want to develop their kids, contribute to the community, and work together. There is a lot of volunteering – with coaching and fund-raisers and concession stands. That’s all good. But 5% is nuts. There’s an element of insanity in any large group. People who want the best for their kid but take it too far -- it’s just human nature. And they plague the coaches with “Why is my kid stuck in right field?” “How come he’s on the bench?” Is that the 5% that takes the bulk of your time? Sometimes it seems that way. Last year we were The Bluffton Breeze

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Jon Boyd (grey shirt) with one of the winning teams

bases. We’d love this to spread through the schools. We also have a small percentage of girls who hold their own at a younger age. Is there pressure on parents if the kid asks to play? Yes – both time and money, even though the registration fee is low. But we’re essentially a non-profit charitable organization and offer financial aid, so nobody is turned down. We keep registration fees low, and raise money through fund raising and our sponsors. A portion of that money goes back to help anyone who wants to play.

threatened with a law suit for discrimination by a parent who felt his kid wasn’t playing enough. The truth is that the boy was somewhat disinterested and not very talented -- so he played less than some of the others. Ironically, kids seem to be able to deal with it and go with the flow -- it’s the adults that go a little nuts. Especially when there gets to be a competitive situation. But that’s across all youth sports. Did the lawsuit cause a problem? It was quickly resolved -- once we addressed the guy’s issue which was frustration that his son wasn’t playing more. We have a grievance committee, which helps, and that crazy 5% always has grievances! The committee is chaired by a board member, but the key is to find participants without a dog in the fight so they can be impartial in tricky situations! Remember the coaches are volunteering their time. They get up early, get the equipment there, drag the field – the last thing they need is a parent breathing down their neck so somebody has to step in and intercede. It sounds like participation is a major theme. How about inclusion? How diverse is Hilton Head baseball? We have a fair number of Hispanic, African American, and Asian kids playing ball but certainly not in proportion to their population


But they still need to have a parent or grandparent able to drive them to the field? Ideally, but we have a lot of kids who would be out on the street and possibly up to no good – when an interested coach or one of their friends would say “come do this”. So often it is the coach who picks them up. That’s part of the way all our volunteers are giving to the community.

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How many of your kids make it to the big time? Less than one tenth of one percent will become a pro player. Having said that, our local organization has produced a few minor league players – professional athletes, and we also can help get kids ready for baseball in college, which helps to get scholarships. Is there special training for talented kids? There are really three structures: The all-inclusive, everybody can play rec ball league. A lot of parents and coaches have come through the program as kids The second level is a specialized group of talented players – The Hilton Head Hurricanes. This is a travel team that plays other teams in the region or even out of state. Finally at the end of each spring season we have the All-Star team at each level. This is where our 13 and 14 Dixie Boys all star team won the district, SC state, and regional championship. We lost our bid for the World Series title in our fourth game losing to North Carolina in the 9th inning 5-4. These same boys also won the State Championship last year, making that “back-toback” State titles. So in Hilton Head baseball, there is a lot of organization at many levels. How did you get to lead this program? It began with my three boys playing baseball and like everybody else I started out volunteering and coaching. Then somebody found out I have a baseball background (I played for the University of Tennessee at Martin) and they asked me to take on a bigger role.

You’re stepping down after five years of leadership – is there a message you’d like to share? Very much so! First, it has been such a great institution on the island for 40 years – with around 500 kids a year – that’s 20,000 plus kids whose lives have been impacted. Everyone remembers their first at bat. Everybody remembers winning the championship when they were 14. And all the parents remember – so it’s ingrained in the fabric of our lives. We need to protect this. We need to continue to have good leadership – all volunteers – men and women who just want to contribute. And of course we need sponsors – local businesses who donate time and money for a banner on the wall or logo on the shirts. They also get the benefit of community involvement. Part of the reason to protect Hilton Head baseball is that the island population is not growing and there is a healthy interest in alternative sports like soccer. Those sports are all great and we encourage them. In the future we will need to partner with them – for example – “you’re doing Saturday mornings maybe we can do Saturday afternoons.” A lot of families have to choose or juggle and we should make it as easy as possible to let the kids play all the sports they love. So your message is to protect Hilton Head youth baseball and its value to the community? And baseball is still the quintessential American sport. Yes – and the kids love raising the flag and singing the national anthem for opening games!

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Breeze O V E R T H E B R I D G E S *Wheelchair accessible event. CLASSICAL EVENTS *Sept. 13 BRAHMS, RACHMANINOFF AND DVOŘÁK The orchestra’s 6th Season begins with Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. Dynamic concert pianist, Fanya Lin joins them for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 brings Opening Night to a rousing close. Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, SCAD Box Office, (All Events), 912-525-5050, Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., Sav. 7:30 pm (Pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm) $16-70 *Sept. 27 Chamber Concert No. 1 – SCHUBERT & BRAHMS The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra’s chamber music series commences with Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major Op. 100 and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major Op. 8. SCAD Box Office (All Events), 912-5255050, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St., Sav. 5 pm $20 FESTIVALS & HOME TOURS Sept. 6 2014 PICKIN’ BY THE RIVER All acoustic bluegrass, country, and folk music, open jams throughout the park. Call Pat at 379-9084 for more information. Eat Sleep Play Beaufort (Calendar), Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort 12-5 pm Free Sept. 13 ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL Great food, grape stomping and other contests, live entertainment, and sports. Italian-American Club Hilton Head, 682-4645 or 412897-1148, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr., HHI. 11 am-4 pm $5 Sept. 19-20 HARDEEVILLE CATFISH FESTIVAL Catfish tournament, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, cook offs, rides, games, and tons of fun! Parade (from Rt. 17 at I-95 Exit 5 to Main St.) Sat. at 10 am. Fireworks Sat. evening. Hardeeville Catfish, 784-3606, behind City Hall, 205 Main St. Fri. 6-10 pm, Sat. after parade (11 am)-10 pm Free Sept. 21-27 SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL The Bandstand at Forsyth Park is the main venue. Vendors will be available to sell food, beer, wine, soda, and souvenir tee shirts and


posters. Bring a lawn chair. Picnics and adult beverages are welcome. Additional events at Habersham Village Shops, 61st St. & Habersham. Savannah Jazz Festival , 404-997-3281. See website for details Free Sept. 27 BLUFFTON’S OKTOBERFEST BEER & BRATS CELEBRATION Old Town Bluffton will be transformed into a German Village to eat, sing, mingle, listen to polka music and a German Oompah Band. Enjoy a Classic Car Show, children’s activities, and much more. Old Town Bluffton (Event Calendar), off 46 by the Post Office. 1-7 pm (limited seating, bring your own chair) $5 Sept. 28 KITCHENS OF NOTE Tour beautiful waterfront homes in Spanish Wells. Featuring 6 kitchens and 6 local chefs. The tour benefits the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and its Youth Programs. Kitchens of Note, 681-4635. Noon-4 pm $40 MUSIC & THEATERS *SAVANNAH THEATRE, 912-233-7764, 222 Bull St. $37.45 (Coupon $34.24, Group of 20 $30, Kids $18.19) Sept. 4-30 JUKEBOX! A real “blast from the past!” Tues., Thurs. & Sat. 8 pm, Sat. 9/27 3 & 8 pm Sept. 5-28 SAVANNAH LIVE High-energy song, dance, and comedy! Wed. & Fri. 8 pm, Sun. 3 pm *Sept. 5-7 & 13-14 GREASE Performed by the Beaufort Theatre Company. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip to a simpler time as “the bad boy” and “the girl next door” fall in love all over again. Costume contest Fri. 9/5 at 7 pm. USCB Center for the Arts, 5214145, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 3 pm $25 (Seniors $20, Students $15) *Sept. 6 A MOTHER’S LOVE by Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker. Based loosely on Kandi’s life, the play portrays a member of a girl group who is trying to diffuse the tension between her mother and new love, all while balancing her career and woes of the music industry. Savannah Civic Center, 912-651-6550, Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. 3 & 8 pm $45-55 *Sept. 6 & 20 STREET MUSIC IN PORT ROYAL 9/6: Karp Foley Band, a duo composed of singer/songwriter/ guitarists. Their CD Beyond the Crossroads was at the top of the Billboard Blues and the National Blues & Roots charts.

9/20: Bonnie Bishop, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and native of Texas, her music straddles the fence between country and soul. Beaufort County ArtWorks, 379-2787, outdoors on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. 6 pm Free *Sept. 12 THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE The end of summer pops concert is a music-filled banquet toasting the power of love of all kinds, with a tribute to Pete Seeger and music as diverse as Richard Rodgers to Elvis and Burt Bacharach to Irving Berlin. Hilton Head Choral Society and Orchestra, 341-3818, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy., HHI. 8 pm $25, 30 *Sept. 19-28 CRIMES OF THE HEART This popular play is about three sisters with very different personalities and lives, who reunite at the family home just after the youngest is accused of killing her husband. Brought together again by these circumstances, their reunion is both tender and tumultuous. Beaufort County ArtWorks , 379-2787, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort (K-Mart Plaza). Fri.-Sat. 7:30 pm Sun. 3 pm $20 (Group of 10 or more $17) *Sept. 20 “THE JOB EXPERIENCE, My life is not over,” highlights the life of a successful man named Joseph Job Rodgers who had it all and in one hour lost everything. Starring Gospel and R&B Recording Artists, Mildred Daniels, Derrick Mitchell, and Gary Lil “G” Jenkins. Savannah Civic Center 912-651-6550, Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. 7 pm $20.50 *Sept. 25 DEANA MARTIN The Junior Jazz Foundation presents the daughter of Rat Pack star Dean Martin. This is a unique oppor­tunity to see the fabulous Las Vegas entertainer live! USCB Center for the Arts, 521-4145, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. 8 pm $45 *Sept. 28 CELEBRATION AND PRAISE CONCERT featuring the church’s Praise Worship Team, The Inspirational Messengers, and Lavon Stevens. Bluffton Methodist Church, 757-3351, 101 Calhoun St. 4 pm Free-will offering *Sept. 30-Oct. 19 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD This American classic follows Scout and Jem Finch as their father defends a black man framed for a crime he didn’t commit. As the trial progresses, a tense tug of war between justice and prejudice ensues. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 8422787, 17 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI. Tues.-Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm $45 (Kids $31) (Preview $35, Kids $25)

OTHER *Sept. 5 HILTON HEAD’S PATRIOTS AND PLANTERS Learn about the plantation era and about some islander’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. Coastal Discovery Museum, 689–6767, Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Pkwy., HHI. 3-4 pm Reservations required. $12 Sept. 6 HEYWARD HOUSE BBQ & BLUEGRASS Lowcountry Boil Band will provide entertainment and local vendors will be providing the food for purchase. Heyward House (Events), 757-6293, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton. 6-9 pm $5 (Under 6 Free) Sept. 11 THE PINK PARTINI PARTY! Music, appetizers, door prizes, drink specials. It’s All Pink, 842-7465, Urban Vegan, 86 Helmsman Way, HHI. 5:30-8 pm Free *Sept. 17 FISHERMAN’S GUIDE TO SEAFOOD IN OUR LOWCOUNTRY RESTAURANTS David Harter, President of HHI Sportfishing Club and tour guide for SCDNR’s Waddell Mariculture Center will share advice about finding the best seafood for your palette, health, and wallet when dining or buying fish. Coastal Discovery Museum, 689–6767, 70 Honey Horn Dr., HHI. 3-4 pm Reservations required. $7 * Sept. 18 ”FORMATION OF THE CONFEDERACY” The Coastal Discovery Museum will host John Keller on September 18 at 3 pm for the “Formation of the Confederacy”. $7 per person (ages 12 and older) and reservations are required by calling the Museum at 843-689-6767 ext 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.orgThe Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on HHI. *Sept. 23 BOUND FOR CANAAN: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN QUEST FOR FREEDOM Ron Roth presents the heroic efforts of African-Americans and whites to hide and guide runaway slaves in their desperate journeys to freedom in the north and in Canada. Bluffton Public Library, 255-6490, 120 Palmetto Way. 6 pm Free *Sept. 24 PIPING PLOVERS Biologist Sally Kreb tells about the small, endangered shorebirds that fly thousands of miles to come here for the winter and what HHI is doing to ensure their survival. Coastal Discovery Museum, 689–6767, 70 Honey Horn Dr., HHI. 3-4 pm Reservations required. $7

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Appreciating Simplicity By Laura R. Wilson


There is a symphony to be enjoyed in simplicity. Often times we can hear it in the serenade of the tree frogs. I recently took a folding chair and a nice glass of red and sat beside a Bluffton road. I have often said that everyone can talk, yet listening is a dying art. Listen. I do not know or cannot explain all of the scientific in’s and out’s of the tree frogs. Yet I can listen to their harmonies, their orchestration, how they start off ever so quietly, then slowly add new voices, increase the pitch, the fervor, and the intensity and then out of nowhere... stop. Then start again. Simply mesmerizing.

may think that it is simply someone who has fallen in love with this lovely area. I sometimes “rubber neck” as I am walking as the beauty that surrounds me is so captivating. I stare at the magnificent May. I smell her scent and feel her blow back my hair. Having been raised on a farm, I understand the importance of the marshland. The pluff mud. When standing quietly, listening, the sounds of the marsh remind me of when you pour milk onto Rice Krispie cereal -- the snap, the crackle and all of the popping. Such excitement! Peace and simplicity.

Having the ability to look at and appreciate things with the heart of a child is an attribute friends say is endearing. When I first moved here I was enthralled by the fiddler crabs and still am. There is a quiet place where one can just sit and be amazed at their movements, how they extend and retract their little claws, how they catch their claws just so in the rays of sun and at any given moment, race and retreat. What fun to imitate the fiddler crab! We can be with friends and goofing around to music and do the crab walk back and forth, cracking our own selves up or just go for the silly, amuse ourselves and do it wherever and whenever we please. Simple and silly. The same is true about skipping. Remember what a blast it was as a kid to skip? To skip with friends or alone? Guess what? It is still GREAT fun! Preferring to walk as opposed to jogging, sometimes the preference is to skip. You can giggle and skip, see how high you can get when skipping, do it on the causeway or down Calhoun, really it’s okay and I promise you will smile. Done alternatively with the crab walk if you’ve had a stressful day, it is an absolute cure. Simple Fun. Taking a walk each day in Bluffton is a new experience. Depending on the time of day, the way the sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the tide is flowing and the marsh is singing and the wildlife teaming, it sometimes is beautifully and humbly overwhelming. Where I walk there are generally not a lot of people around. Those watching or listening might think that there is a mad woman about. On the other hand, they

Grateful for what we have in the simplest of things. The little things in life that touch our heart. A smile returned as we walk down the street, a call of encouragement to a friend, listening to frog music, dancing crabs and being touched by the May. A mother of three young children relayed how starting in January each morning she has made it a habit to go by the May before school. With all of the hustle and bustle in life, she finds it is a wonderful way to greet the day. Sitting or strolling outdoors on a Thursday afternoon in Bluffton, watching folks enjoy the Farmer’s Market, meeting up with friends, enjoying the beauty of it all. Simplicity. It’s that Simple.

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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 Sat. Worship: 5:28pm, Sun. 8am & 10am 495 Buckwalter Parkway, 757-2662 Sunday Worship: 9am & 10:30am

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.

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 JEWISH

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

Live Oak Christian Church Temple Osah Shalom Bluffton High School Auditorium 757-5670 at Lowcountry Presbyterian Kidstreet: 9:15am, Worship 10:15am 278 Simmonsville Road, 705-2532 Shabbat Worship 3rd Friday of month, 8pm Lowcountry Community Church Bluffton Campus: 801 Buckwalter Parkway LUTHERAN 836-1101 Lord of Life Lutheran Church Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am 351 Buckwalter Parkway, 757-4774 Sunday School: 10am Sunday Worship: 8am, 9am, 11am

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Breeze G o l f R e p o r t Now other sports have their compensations. Play tennis badly and you’ve still had some great exercise. CrossFit? You’re always doing great and the team cheers you on. Putting aside the new generation of super-fit, worked out pros (thanks to Tiger’s example) golf does not come with the “at least I look good and feel fit” compensation. At best, it’s “a good walk spoiled”, per Mr. Twain. The usual compensation after a bad round is a round of drinks and some gallows humor with the guys … and thoughts about those occasional flashes of brilliance that keep you coming back. So who benefits from all of this? Well for sure, the printers of innumerable self-help books – especially since they all give confusing contrary guidance to fuel golf’s inconsistency. And of course teachers of the great game since, for the majority of people, lessons do make a difference – at least for a while! But the real beneficiaries? Golf suppliers. Makers of clubs. And even clothes! Let’s start with clothes.

The average American golfer is overweight. That’s because a few beers and large plate of popcorn makes us feel so much better after a dismal day on the links. And that usually happens before dinner! So how do the manufacturers of golf clothing feed our fragile egos? By “downsizing” - or maybe it’s “upsizing” – even I get confused. There was a period when they began calling large clothes “medium.” And extra-large golf shirts “large.” I’m still wearing my M raingear I got as a token reward for entering a club tournament. Thank goodness that few people see you in a storm because it hangs on me like a collapsed tent. But clothing is the simple, stupid part of it. You’re duped once, and it won’t happen again. Maybe that’s why golf sizing seems to have corrected itself – we’ve all wised up. Now here’s where the Callaways, Titleists, Pings and TaylorMades really cash in on our fragile egos. What’s the biggest ego-booster or buster of all? The distance you hit your clubs. NOTHING makes you feel better than hitting a 9 iron to the green when your playing

Important: Not the writer in action but one of the aforementioned low-handicappers

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Breeze W i n e , B e e r , T r a v e l By Michael Mavrogordato

Trip Report

As a kid I dreaded school trips because a trip report would inevitably follow, forcing me to remember, and commit to paper what I had experienced. It didn’t take long for the publisher of the Bluffton Breeze (otherwise known as il capo di tutti capi) to remind me that I had just returned from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic and logically suggested that surely I had tasted a few wines worth writing about. So, under the gun, and completely jet-lagged , let’s begin this wine column talking about beer! German life revolves around a glass of beer. In the summer, restaurants double in size by expanding into the streets, squares and alleys to become outdoor beer gardens, and they are filled with locals (not tourists) enjoying their meal with the local beer. Germany after all, is known for its beer, but the beer culture goes deeper than expected. The food is designed for beer; try washing down a juicy bratwurst with a riesling. It doesn’t work! The men’s rooms are designed for beer; just count the number of urinals! And the final proof of beer’s dominance is the size of the wine list in any well-attended restaurant; it is tiny! Between Dusseldorf and Bamberg (250 miles as the crow flies) there are 12 distinct types of lager beers (not to mention a plethora of wheat and dark beers) each associated with a town or region. These beers are strictly regulated by town or regional committees which oversee all aspects of the product, including the shape and size of the glass in which it must be served. In Cologne, for example, they serve Kolsh, a wonderful light lager, in a tiny 8oz glass, and not much else! In Bamberg, it’s a beer made with smoked hops ( an acquired taste) served in an ornate glass. Put simply, beer is their way to preserve territorial heritage, and if you look carefully, those territories resemble a map of Germany before the 1872 unification. Although the wine heritage in Germany has been subjugated, it does exist. Wine production in Germany goes back to Roman days, and over seven centuries (to Charlemagne) somebody figured out that in Northern latitudes vines needed maximum exposure to sun, and minimum exposure to wind. They settled on the (very) steep banks of the Rhine and the Mosel


rivers where vines dominate the landscape to this day. Despite having chosen the best location for growing grapes, it is still difficult to ripen fruit and as a result the Germans have developed a unique wine classification system which is like a Rubik’s Cube. Quality is determined by the level of residual sugar, suggesting that the higher the sugar, the higher the alcohol, and depending on the grape, the higher the sweetness. Not so in Germany, because depending on how the wine is made and cellared, producers also have the option (not obligation) to throw in a dryness variable for white wines . Wines identified as “Trocken” are supposedly dry, but when associated with the previous residual sugar quality classification, their dryness is clearly more correlated with how late the grape was harvested. Cutting to the chafe, here are my tips for choosing German whites: If you want a spectacularly aromatic, and reasonably dry Riesling look for Riesling, Kabinett (quality), Trocken (dryness)

A Few Things You May Not Know About South Carolina...

so the story goes. 6. Fortune tellers aren’t allowed to just go around telling fortunes willy-nilly in South

1. Angel Oak on John’s Island is thought to be the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River. It’s believed to be more than 1,500 years old. 2. In 1969 it rained Cremora, a powdered nondairy creamer, in the town of Chester when the plant developed exhaust vent issues and released the powder into the air. Thankfully, the issue was fixed and the people aren’t breathing creamer anymore. 3. South Carolina produces more peaches than anywhere in the country, except California. Take that, Georgia.

Carolina. They’re required to obtain a special permit from the state. 7.There might be a lizard man in Lee County. In 1988 a teenager reported a large scaly creature had attacked his car. The car was badly scratched and police found 14-inch long, three-toed footprints at the swamp sighting. Weeeeird. 8. Frogmore stew is a traditional South Carolinian dish that is not actually a stew, and doesn’t actually use frogs. 9. The first game of golf played in the U.S. took place in Charleston, SC. 10. There are no major professional sports teams in South Carolina. That’s right, no NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, or MLB. Sorry. 11. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, and after striking out on its own the state actually printed its own money and created its own postage stamps. 12. All of these South Carolina town names are 100 percent real: Coward, South of the Border, Due West, Ninety Six, and Welcome.

4. The world’s smallest police station is in Ridgeway. It’s about as big as a toll booth and was in full use from 1940-1990. The new, upgraded post office is right beside it.

13. There’s a UFO Welcome Center in Bowman. It was built by a local man, Jody Pendarvis, to welcome aliens whenever they finally decide to land.

5. South Carolina is the birthplace of barbecue. This can be debated, but the Indians were pitcooking hogs centuries ago off the coast - or

14. If you go to Marion and drink water from Catfish Creek, you’ll become infatuated with the area and want to stay forever…. according


to the folklore, at least. 15. It’s illegal to fish with a yo-yo or dynamite in the fine state of South Carolina.

protecting troops during war, since the walls were made of Palmetto logs. They were so spongy that cannonballs bounced off. 28. South Carolina wasn’t always known as the Palmetto State. It used to be known as the Iodine State, and even said so on the license plates in the 1930’s. Palmetto trees are way prettier for a flag, anyway. 29. South Carolina owns and operates its own school bus fleet, and is the only state in the nation to do so.

17. Sweetgrass basket making not only originated in the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant communities, but today Mt. Pleasant is the only modern suburb where this type of basketry is still practiced.

30. Charleston was home to the first public college, the first museum and the first playhouse ever in the United States.

19. There’s a mystery tree on Edisto Island. It isn’t actually a tree, but a strange, everevolving mish-mash of items hanging from a log. Everything from flip-flops, bottles and chairs are hung on it. The real mystery is who put it there... 20. It is against the law to buy or sell an electric eel in South Carolina. 21. The one and only James Brown was born in Barnwell, SC. 22. God’s Acre Healing Spring in Blackwell, SC is rumored to have healing waters that can cure the sick and wounded. The previous owner of the land officially deeded the land to God. 23. Morgan Island, aka Monkey Island, is an uninhabited island that is home to the only freeranging colony of rhesus macaque monkeys in the United States. There are around 3,500 monkeys on the island. 24. South Carolina is the state with the lowest percentage of women in state legislature. In 2012 the state only had 10% women in its legislature, while the national average is 23.7%. 25. South Carolinian troops fired the first shots in the Civil War, at Fort Sumter. 26. Myrtle Beach is the Golf Capital of the world, and South Carolina has more than 300 public and private golf courses in total. 27. The fort on Sullivan Island was great for

31. Lots of popular movies were filmed in South Carolina, from “The Notebook” and “Full Metal Jacket,” to “Prince of Tides,” “Sleeping with the Enemy,” and of course, “Swamp Thing.” 32. Drayton Hall, built in 1738 is the oldest preserved plantation house open to the public. It remains in nearly perfect original condition. 33. South Carolina is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States, at Middleton Place near Charleston.

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