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Parts list: PHD Services Ready to restore your world




Sustainability Ideas for your Home t

The DIY Fail A step-by-step guide to home repair

Hilton Head Island Home (Still) Sweet Home

Beautifying your home with wall finishes and murals

A View from the Ridge ( Ridgeland, that is.)




Plus: HydroShield South Carolinafriendly coatings

Three Beautiful Homes …to Inspire your next Project

Instructions: Turn to page 27 for the Home Section Table of Contents





THE TEAM Publisher Maggie Marie Washo



Art Director George Thomas Staebler

Accounting Marion Elizabeth Bowser

Managing Art Director Catherine Anne Davies

Director of Sales Ashton Kelley Fons

Sales Executives Kim Conrad Crouch Kaity Elizabeth Robinson “Just Kandace” Wightman

Junior Art Director Carolyn Hunter Kostylo

Research & Development Lucille Rosita Gonzalez Washo

Chief of Security Greta Von Bowser

“The Media” Kitty Bartell Frank Dunne Jr. Paul deVere Rebecca Edwards Andrea Gannon Courtney Hampson Matthew Hansen Courtney Hillis Linda S. Hopkins Laura Jacobi Barry Kaufman Andrea Antunes McGilton Drew McLaughlin Fransesco Montefiore Lisa Sulka Jane Stouffer Drew Wade


ome strange home improvement bug jumped up and bit my rear-end around May of this year. This may not seem that strange to you Suzie and Sam Homemakers of the world, but trust me when I say, I am not that person. Many comments have been made by those dear to me about a certain tendency to live like a college kid. My priorities have been the same for about eight years now, in this order: CH2 magazine, Lucy the Bernese Mountain Dog, family, friends, travel (to lots of places, but mostly Disney World). That’s it. Beautifying my home ranked right up there with visiting Iraq on my to-do list. But then something happened. Kathleen Mayers, of KPM Flooring, sent me her ad for the May issue (late as usual, I might add. Yes Kathleen, I just called you out. It’s a good thing I’m so fond of you.). The advertisement featured a bright yellow living room scene with pops of white, blue and turquoise and, well, my soul was stirred. Flashing lights went off in my brain. I was inspired! “I should redo my apartment,” I thought. “But not just one room—every room!” So I did. I made countless trips to Lowes and bought tools and paint and fancy light switch covers. I took a painting class at Revival Design & Décor and learned how to re-purpose all of the furniture I was thinking of tossing. I spent evenings and weekends poring over inspiration photos and

trying to find the right elements to transform my place from college dorm to “pretty place where a woman lives.” What a sense of accomplishment! I can only imagine how happy and proud a builder, painter, and/or interior designer must feel when a big project is finished and they get to see the fruits of their labor. I hope our Home Section helps to inspire your next project. Happy Halloween to all you witches, ghosts and goblins. See you next month!

Stylist Kim Molloy BEFORE


“The Paparazzi” Photography by Anne Vitor Lindo

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Contour Casuals Footjoy Golf Shoes - $100 Navy Plaid Cutter & Buck Shorts – $69 Adidas Reversable Strap Belt - $55 Cutter & Buck Dry Tech Polo - $65 Cutter & Buck Weather Tech Jacket - $90 SunDog Glasses – Flight Mela Lens - $68 (All available at Port Royal Golf Shop)




Sperry Top-Sider Avenue Duck 3-Eye - $95 Vineyard Vines Fishin’ In Waves T-shirt - $38 Tommy Bahama Walker Vintage Straight Dark Denim Jeans - $128 Vineyard Vines Stripe Club Harbor Cay Stretch Belt - $45 Vineyard Vines 1/4 Zip Sweater in Grenada Green - $135 WL & Son Trucker Hat (J. Parker – Savannah) - $15 (All above except for hat available at Knickers)

KIM MOLLOY, STYLIST EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR CH2/CB2 MAGAZINE “Men’s fashion is best kept simple. This fall, focus on five things to keep your wardrobe up to date : a good pair of jeans, a lightweight sweater to transition to cooler nights, a casual plaid shirt, comfortable loafers or leather shoes, and, of course, something hip (hint - not a jersey) to represent your colors (yes, in the south we are all about our game day clothes).”

“Let’s hear it for the boy!”


Navy Performance Sport Suede Donald Pliner Loafers - $295 Castaway Nantucket Island Cordorouys - $95 Davis Brothers Lizard Belt - $75 Johnnie-O Plaid Button Down - $95 Raffi V-Neck Sweater - $95 (All available at Palmettoes, in Harbourtown at Sea Pines Center)




Belted Cow Beer Can Belt - $55 Buffalo Jackson Shoes - $190 Red Check Overton Shirt - $98.50 Ballin Brown Bill’s Khaki’s Slacks - $165 (All available at Teagues, in the Village at Wexford)



< Hilton Head Island Mayor

A Note from Drew Laughlin



rior to my election as mayor, many expressed having difficulty making cell phone calls from inside their homes or having to go outside to get a signal. Increasingly, residents and visitors resorted to driveways and decks to make and receive cellular calls. The number of complaints at the front desks of the island’s major hotels and conference centers was increasingly related to the lack of cell phone coverage. Previous town councils strictly limited cell towers because of their appearance; but smartphones and tablets became mainstream, and we had to change our approach. Residents and visitors demanded to be plugged in. Town council identified the quality of telecommunications as one of its primary priorities and with council’s support, a citizen created and led a telecommunications taskforce focused on this issue. We worked with this group to form cooperative relationships

M AY O R < Bluffton Mayor

A Note from Lisa Sulka



t’s something we always knew. It’s just that more people know it now. Never in my public or personal life in Bluffton have I witnessed the unprecedented good news about our town. Earlier this summer, Larry Toomer (Bluffton councilman), his family and his business, the Bluffton Oyster Factory, were featured in Family Circle magazine. The next month, Southern Living magazine also revealed its 2014 Idea House in Palmetto Bluff, which is expected to bring more than 20,000 people to our area. Following that, Southern Living also awarded the Town of Bluffton its “Best Community Revitalization” for its Wharf Street redevelopment project. Soon after, Huffington Post also named Bluffton number one on its list of “Top 10 Amazing Non-

Beach Summer Getaways.” We are honored. To add more force to this media wave, last week a real estate webbased service, Movoto, named Bluffton one of the 10 safest cities in South Carolina. Bluffton is surfing on a wonderful wave of positive media, and more accolades are coming this fall. In November, the National Preservation Conference will take place in Savannah. The conference, “Past Forward 2014,” will bring the nation’s top urban planners, historic preservationists, historians and architects to our area. This is the “Super Bowl” of preservation conferences, as it is sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation. Savannah has been chosen twice before, in 1968 and 1998, as the conference host city. This is a rare honor and a win-win for all. Due to Savannah’s and the surrounding area’s historic significance, attendance at this conference is often at its peak. That’s where Bluffton comes in. Thanks to the local leadership of the conference’s partners, Historic Savannah Foundation and Savannah College of Art and Design, the conference is spreading out to the historic contributions of the surrounding area. Conference organizers chose the Town of Bluffton as a conference field study session because of its ability to preserve its history and “sense of place” amid vast development and rapid growth. During this field study, approximately 50 conference attendees will tour Bluffton’s historic sites and examine how the town has balanced tremendous growth while preserving the past. The field study includes a visit to former plantation lands (Palmetto Bluff), a rehabilitated planter’s cottage (the Heyward House Visitor Center) and the first-known freedman’s cottage (Garvin House). Each of these sites offers an in-depth look at different preservation challenges and solutions, providing the participants an opportunity to see firsthand how the town dealt with those challenges. Whether its Old Town’s former summer cottages of plantation owners or Palmetto Bluffton’s upscale, state-of-the-art construction, Bluffton is proud to host this living classroom for the nation’s best historic preservationists. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the conference’s field study of Bluffton, please contact Erin Schumacher at Bravo to all who protect and preserve the story of our collective past. 

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with decision makers of cell phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon and with others in the telecommunications industry to promote improvements in service. The companies informed us that our permitting took too long and our setback requirements were sometimes so large that sites could not even be located. These standards were appropriate when they were put into place. At that time, the design of towers could have been much more intrusive than the single monopole style used now. Towers were often 200- to 300-feet tall and made of lattice steel structures or with guyed wires stretching hundreds of feet out to each side of a tower as an anchor, all with very large equipment at the base, enclosed by a cyclone fence. Tower designs and engineering have since improved. Now, towers can safely be designed to be disguised like trees or steeples, even palm trees. Therefore, we decided to make expedited LMO amendments, first, to address the critical issues. Recently, we made changes with the LMO rewrite that better facilitate the installation of new infrastructure that is needed to have quality service here. We have also continued work with the telecommunications taskforce to raise awareness of this issue and to promote investment in the island’s infrastructure with these companies. Since that time, major carriers have installed over a dozen new wireless sites as well as major network upgrades. Investments by AT&T and Verizon alone, who serve over 80 percent of the wireless calls on Hilton Head Island, have totaled over $10 million, including support for island-wide LTE coverage. This is just a drop in the bucket in terms of what will be needed moving forward as the number of smartphones and devices increases and technology inevitably changes. We will change with the demands so that you don’t have to resort to making calls from driveways and decks. 


S E C T I O N TA B L E O N CO N T E N T S PAGE 29- Sustainability in the Home Tips for making your house more eco-friendly

PAGE 60- Southern Style with a Contemporary Twist A Shoreline Construction Home

PAGE 35- Family-Friendly Natural Stone

PAGE 66- Some Assembly Required A step-by-step guide to home repair (is not included in this column and must be purchased separately).

PAGE 36- Transitional Style is Right at Home in Wexford

PAGE 71- HydroShield: South Carolina Eco-Friendly Coatings

PAGE 45- A View from the Ridge (Ridgeland, that is.)

PAGE 73- Hilton Head Island Home (Still) Sweet Home

PAGE 53- Weather Queen Shades Making porches feel like home

PAGE 76- PHD Services Ready to restore your world

PAGE 57- Beautify your Home with Wall Finishes and Murals



s a society, we are becoming more environmentally conscious. Most of us want to do what is best for our planet, but many people do not know where to begin. It is simple: start small. From rainwater collection and composting to growing food and raising livestock, there are countless ways to make your home more sustainable and environmentally friendly. In fact, many of these are also money-saving techniques, not to mention fun! Try beginning with rainwater collection; move onto planting herbs, then start a container garden, and grow from there. Rainwater collection Harvesting rainwater is the act of collecting rainwater from the roof of a building. The water flows down the gutter into a watertight container (rain barrel), located at the bottom of the gutter system. A screen on the top of the rain barrel prevents mosquito reproduction and unwanted debris from entering the container. Spout and hose attachments at the bottom of the barrel make water retrieval easy. Barrels also come equipped with an overflow system that directs runoff away from the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundation. Rain barrels can be made at home or purchased at the local home improvement store. The average 50-55-gallon barrel costs


around $100. This small investment saves money (and water) over time. Even a small amount of rain can fill up a standard rain barrel rapidly. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that when all of the water from the rain barrel is used each week, the consumer has the ability to save about 1,300 gallons of water during the hot summer months. The EPA further states that during the summer, lawn and gardening accounts for an estimated 40 percent of total household water use. Rainwater is mainly collected for exterior, non-potable uses such as gardening, washing cars, washing windows, etc. Rainwater is ideal for these purposes because it lacks the chemicals (chlorine, calcium, lime, etc.) that city water contains. Also the pH balance of rainwater makes it better for plants and vegetables. Collecting rainwater is probably the easiest way to save money, save water and help the environment. Composting Composting is the collection of organic matter in a way that allows the matter to decay into rich soil. The process of composting is helpful in reducing waste and improving soil, gardens and flowerbeds. According to the Environmental Working Group, food scraps are the largest contributor to our

landfills today, and most of that trash is completely useable in compost. Furthermore, in our semi-tropical climate, compost helps sandy soil stay moist and full of nutrients. It is best to mix the compost in with the soil rather than use it as a fertilizer. Almost all plant material, e.g. fallen leaves and grass trimmings, can be composted. (It is not recommended to use plant matter treated with pesticides and herbicides for composting). In addition, kitchen scraps such as eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, and fruit and vegetable waste are all compostable. (Meats, bones, dairy products, etc. should not be composted). The trick to composting is keeping the carbon to nitrogen ratio in balance. Think of the compost as greens (nitrogen) and browns (carbon). Greens are grass clippings, kitchen vegetables, etc., and browns are leaves and sawdust. The compost ratio should be 30:1, meaning 30 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen. When the ratio gets off balance, the compost will breakdown more slowly. However, it is easy to experiment, adjust and find the right combination of organic matter for your compost. Do-it-yourself compost bins are available online or at the local home improvement store. Gardening and raising livestock as food sources With the idea of “seed to table” and “farm to table” becoming increasingly ideal, more people are beginning to grow and raise their own food. Whether it is a simple herb garden, a large vegetable garden or chickens kept in the backyard, the trend of providing one’s own food and knowing the food source is becoming more and more prevalent. In our coastal region, we are blessed with a climate that allows for the growth of countless crops, from pomegranate

and citrus trees to corn and tomatoes. It helps to start small; for example, begin with an herb garden, then add some tomato plants and/or a container garden. If all continues to go well and you are still enjoying the process, move onto a larger vegetable garden. When planning a large vegetable garden, a carefully considered design can go a long way. Lisa Kohlhepp, who designs gardens and teaches the gardening program at May River Montessori, suggests planting beans with corn because the beans provide nitrogen in the soil for the corn. Another tidbit: squash is natural mulch that helps corn and beans. Kohlhepp also recommends planting daffodils to help pollenate the nearby vegetables. The Clemson Extension website,, is another great resource, complete with a planting chart for the different South Carolina regions. Remember to use your compost and rainwater in your garden when available. Raising livestock, such as chickens, is also becoming more popular. With the rising cost of eggs and increasing information about the mistreatment of animals on factory farms, many households are opting to raise chickens in their backyards. These animals not only produce eggs; they also eat bugs and are excellent for fertilizing lawns. Two to four hens can produce enough eggs for a small family without being overwhelming in terms of care. The main predator in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area is the hawk. With this in mind, a simple inexpensive chicken coop can be made with supplies from the local home improvement store. (Be sure to inquire about local ordinances and property regulations in your area before you begin.) The best thing to remember when trying to make your home more environmentally conscious is to take one step at a time. Go a step further than recycling. Perhaps start with an herb garden and/or rainwater collection. Then add a vegetable garden and/or a compost bin. Start small, learn as you go and, most important, have fun!




he reality is that most of us live with children, guests, pets and the traffic of a busy daily life. The challenge, for many or us, is to enjoy a luxurious home with beautiful appointments while maintaining a rich and full life. You’ll be happy to hear that it is indeed possible to live elegantly—under any circumstances—with natural stone. Stone not only offers infinite choices in color, texture, and cost; it can also endure the most rigorous abuse and actually acquire a lovely patina over the years. Stone actually starts out old—millions of years old, in fact! It’s hard, pre-aged and already has a history of endurance. Depending on the architecture and style of your home, you can select slabs of granite, marble and limestone that already have a beautiful patina. And, stone is stone, through and through. There are no surfaces that can change, no finishes that will fade. It has consistent color, and the natural aging process makes stone even more attractive with added richness and character. Stone mellows with time and use, unlike most materials that just get dull. Natural stone is the one material that can take on the challenges of every homeowner. Bring on the toddlers and teens, pets and house guests, dinner parties and gangs of friends. Natural stone can withstand the rigor of the most active lifestyle and look even better over the years. Forget the worn carpet and inexpensive tile. Stone may cost a little more up front, but it is a truly timeless material. Need more convincing?

Stone is stone, top to bottom. There’s no surface coating that can become worn. Stone is a natural product, consistent and durable. Stone mellows with time and use. While man-made products dull over time, stone becomes more vibrant with age. Time favors stone as the color deepens to a mellow patina. One trip to Europe will clearly demonstrate the unparalleled beauty of ageless stone. Stone eliminates the need for constant maintenance. Set tightly, natural stone reduces the space needed for grout, which in turn reduces mold and mildew growth in high humidity areas like the bathroom and shower. When a sealant is applied, there is even more protection. Cleanups are easily accomplished with a damp sponge or mop. Stone is easily maintained. It can be re-sealed and refurbished.

Stone can reduce your daily housekeeping chores. Stone is actually a great camouflage material. Beautiful stone has texture, subtle hues, shade and color tone variations that tend to camouflage dirt, dust and other tiny particles that drift around our homes. These subtle undulations of color and textures effectively hide a lot of surface particles. You may find yourself using those brooms, mops and dust rags less often on stone floors and countertops. Stone is versatile. Consider stone for virtually every room of your house. Obviously, kitchens, baths and floors come to mind. But stone can be used creatively to clad walls, create decorative focal points and accents, and to form niches. It can function as artwork throughout your home. The artistry and colors of stone extend from the neutral to truly abstract and exotic. The choices, uses and applications of marble, granite, travertine, limestone, slate and onyx are truly endless. Stone endures. Classic in appearance and virtually indestructible, stone may very well outlive the structure of your home itself. Stone is strong and makes a bold statement that is enhanced by the years. Consider those ancient stone buildings in Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean that have endured so beautifully. Stone protects. Stone doesn’t decay; it cannot be ripped, torn, stained or damaged. Stone doesn’t change. Your original choice and investment are protected by its durability. It also protects your home value. Real estate professionals acknowledge that stone kitchens and baths can actually increase the resale value of homes. Stone is affordable. The wide variety of natural stone makes it available within most every budget. Visit a showroom or a designer to learn how to use exotic stone sparingly for dramatic impact, select remnants, and create decorative mosaic accents, borders, and focal points without breaking the bank. Consider a fabulous floating sink or a stone shower wall. The ways to use stone creatively and affordably in your home are endless. The best way to start exploring stone is to visit one of the local showrooms. A stone expert can guide you on an odyssey that will result in a fabulous new look for your home.  Andrea Antunes McGilton is sales manager at Distinctive Granite and Marble, the 32-year-old company founded by her father, John Antunes. The area’s largest resource for natural stone, Distinctive has showrooms on Hilton Head Island, in River Walk, on Lady’s Island (Beaufort) and in Pooler (Savannah). For information, visit






or Canadians Sheila and Gunther Hammer, Hilton Head Island has been a home-away-from-home for several years. Escaping the cold of Toronto winters with friends and family in-tow, the couple comes down to enjoy the sandy beaches, green golf courses, and the laid back lifestyle that the island is known for. Having outgrown their first house in Long Cove Plantation, the couple sought a waterfront property on which to build a new home. They found the perfect harbor-front lot right next door in Wexford Plantation. The views were stunning, and the fact that they could dock their boat right outside the back door sealed the deal. Working with Court Atkins Architects, Cameron Custom Homes, and Kelley Designs, Inc., the couple created a dream home that suits their every need. A gracious two-story foyer opens immediately to the generous great room with its wall of glass to the view.

Photography by J. Savage Gibson

From there, a large kitchen flows seamlessly into a casual seating area and dining room. The open-concept plan is further unified with richly grained hickory floors and a warm and welcoming color palette of cinnamon, bronze, and terra-cotta. Detailed moldings accent the walls, while sleek cabinetry and contemporary art keep it from being too traditional and expected. The expansive master suite takes up one end of the first floor and boasts a paneled hall with a barrelvault ceiling. The master bath is finished in subtly veined polished marble with an accent wall of glistening mosaics in a harlequin pattern. It is a relaxing and spa-like retreat for the homeowners. Over the garage, the private media room is a cocoon from the world outside. Comfy sofas in textured chenille fabrics nestle up with a leather recliner and ottoman and face a large projection screen. A fully-stocked bar sits below a wall of sparkling glass mosaic tile with chunky, floating shelving for the barware. Watching a movie in this space is a real event. Three bedroom suites and a sitting room, complete with fireplace, comprise the guest quarters on the top floor, while a pool and multiple lounging areas round out the entertainment spaces outside. It is a wonderful home, built for enjoying the good life here in the Lowcountry with family and friends.

Builder: Cameron & Cameron Custom Homes 路 Architect: Court Atkins Architects 路 Interior Designer: Kelley Designs, Inc. 路 Realtor: Kevin King














peaking of boats, through my unscientific survey (I have not been down all the side roads in RRR), I would wager (something that is also done at the “salons”) that there is a boat in the front or side yard (or both) of every third house or mobile home throughout Jasper County, a freedom not experienced by our brothers and sisters in Southern Beaufort County’s planned unit developments. At one of the “salons” I recently attended, I mentioned the boats and the attendant wisdom of having one “at the ready,” so to speak, due to rising sea levels caused by global warming. It was at that moment I realized that at certain “salons” there were topics best kept to one’s self. But the “good idea at the time” started to keep me up at night. It wasn’t writer’s block (that usually happens in daylight). Over time, I discovered I might have been suffering from a condition not uncommon among Hilton Head Islanders, usually those who are newly settled retirees. I discovered I










was turning into a “bridge burner”! You know the malady. It shows up almost weekly in The Island Packet’s Letters to the Editor section. “I’ve got mine, so burn the bridges and keep those riff raff off the island!” I was uncertain if I wanted to expose the extraordinary beauty and charm of my new neighborhood. My fear was that I might make it sound attractive enough and more people would move here! Bravely (though still with some hesitation), I will start with some facts. 1. This rumor is not true. You do not need your U.S. passport in any part of Jasper County. You will need your driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration when the officer pulls you over for (usually) speeding (usually on SC 462 or the stretch of I-95 from Exit 33 to the Georgia border). 2. This rumor is true. Neither Siri nor Google Maps can be completely relied upon to get you where you want to go in Jasper County, and you can find yourself wandering endlessly on back roads that lead to other back roads. (Exit 18, Bees Creek.)











(Author’s note: In the late fall of 2012, after residing on Hilton Head Island for 30 plus years, mostly at the beach, I heard the siren call of “greener pastures” (i.e. budget considerations) and moved my kit and caboodle to a Really Rural Ridgeland home on the tidal waters of Boyd Creek. That would be 50 minutes (on a good day) northwest of Coligny Circle. Ridgeland, South Carolina. Seemed like a good idea at the time, writing about my (relatively) new neighborhood. There are what I refer to as the “salons” of Really Rural Ridgeland (RRR) where local illuminati gather to exchange views on such topics as world hunger (“You got any ribs left, babe?”) to Second Amendment rights (“Don’t go walking in the woods ’til after 10 a.m. Some of them [hunters] think that anything moving that’s not wearing camo is a deer.”) In fact it was at one of these gatherings I had my first taste of a delightfully flavored distilled liquid (Corn is not just grown for Kellogg’s and ethanol production. Speaking of ethanol, never use that [expletive that rimes with “wit”] in your boat engine.)

3. Ridgeland was initially called Gopher Hill. In fact, the 43rd Annual Gopher Hill Festival is going on right now (ends October 4 with the Gopher Hill Fun Run, 7 a.m., followed by the Gopher Hill Festival Parade, starts at 10 a.m.). I learned this has nothing to do with the burrowing rodent or its hill. It has to do with turtles, the Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) to be exact. Seems long ago the area was replete with this terrestrial turtle. It was a very popular food source for both two-legged and four-legged creatures. However, by the late 1800s, the PC police didn’t think it a suitable name for the railway station that was located on the highest ridge between Savannah and Charleston. Hence, on November 12, 1900 poor old Gopher Hill became Ridgeland. Most, if not all, of its 271 citizens approved. Today a wonderful big bronze sculpture of the Gopher turtle is featured at a little park just off West Main just before you hit the railroad crossing on your way to the post office. 4. Jasper County (ranked number 30 out of 46 counties in the state in terms of income) is a miniature road version of “flyover country” for folks traveling to and from Southern Beaufort County (ranked number 1 in the state in terms of income). These folks are almost always on their way to somewhere else. Unfortunately, one of the quickest ways to tell you are in/ traveling through Jasper County are the billboards. It’s also unfortunate folks don’t stop, because when I compare my new neighborhood and my old neighborhood, RRR represents, for me, the real Lowcountry. Sort of like Hilton Head and Bluffton used to be 30 years ago. We just don’t have any beaches. 5. But we have golf! Nine glorious holes at “The Sarge” (Sergeant Jasper Golf Club). It’s about 20 minutes from my front door. This is not “championship” golf. It is “real” golf. As one member (yes, you can become a member, but that has consequences—see below) told me the first time I played, the only time the ball washers work is after it rains. There is one paid employee. The remainder of all tasks are the responsibility of the members. The layout is wonderful. The greens can be iffy, the fairways interesting, some of the water hazards turn up dry (see “rain” above). But here’s the thing. I’ve never had so much fun playing golf in my life. While it is not true you could play in the nude (considering the physique of many of us who play there, this would be material for your worst nightmare), if you’ve got the $20 for 18 holes including cart, denim is OCTOBER 2014 47

← View from THE WRITER’S Backyard at sunset

fine and collared shirts are unusual. No tee times required. I have played in tournaments to raise money to help “friends of The Sarge” with medical bills. I play at “The Sarge” with my daughter (a newbie) and my son (disgustingly low handicapper) when he visits me at “The Ridge,” as both children call my new home. For a golfer/father, is there anything better than being able to play the game with your children pretty much any time you want to? Players come from all walks of life. If someone actually asks what you do for a living, it isn’t because that person wants to put you on some economic or social pecking order. It’s because they have a genuine interest in you. If the PGA wanted to improve their apprentice program, they should have candidates do a three month rotation at “The Sarge” to learn what the game is really all about. 6. So where did the “Sergeant Jasper” business come from you ask? Jasper County is named after William Jasper (Johann Wilhelm Gasper), an illiterate German immigrant and a Revolutionary War hero. He had a knack for


saving flags and people. During the Battle of Sullivan’s Island (1776), he recovered and displayed the South Carolina flag (designed by General Moultrie himself) after a British warship smashed the flagstaff. Governor John Rutledge gave William his personal sword as a reward for bravery. A while later, he and a buddy saved some American captives taken by a party of British soldiers and made the Brits his own prisoners. Unfortunately, during the Siege of Savannah (1779), which was an unsuccessful attempt to get the British out of Savannah, William was mortally wounded while trying to raise the standard (flag) of his regiment. There is a bronze statue of him at Savannah’s Madison Square. (Note so Savannahians: Bill was German, not Irish. Get your story straight.) 7. What else do you miss when you treat Jasper County as “Flyover Country?” We’ll go by exits off I-95: Exit 8. This is pretty much a boring exit in terms of discovery. Except for Sergeant Jasper County Park. Wow. It’s 321 acres of delight. Small lakes, walking trails, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, picnics, very cool. Exit 21. Ridgeland, SC 336. Some local wits refer to this part of East Main Street as “Restaurant Row.” There are over a dozen eateries within shouting distance, half of them typical franchises. But there is Chinese, pizza, bar-b-cue and the well-hidden Jasper’s Porch. Yes, it does have a screened porch where you can eat, a small lake to enjoy, a raft of ducks (be on the lookout when you pull into the parking lot) and a new owner. 49

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The Porch’s close neighbor is also a surprise (and hidden), the Blue Heron Nature Center. The center has a big log cabin that serves as an indoor classroom, an outdoor classroom, a butterfly garden, and a half-mile nature trail, sitting on 10 acres of green. Also, though it takes a little doing, find U.S. 278 (yes, that 278) just off Jacob Smart Boulevard (first traffic light on East Main and hang a right) turn left and you’re three-quarters of a mile from September Oaks Vineyard and Winery! No kidding. A vineyard in Ridgeland. Simply beautiful. 8. Exit 28, SC 462. This is my exit. For well over 15 years I drove this road monthly and headed up to the mountains of Western North Carolina. It was a personal journey for my wife. I didn’t stop either.


Here’s what I missed: the tomb of Thomas Hayward, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, right where SC 336 intersects with SC 462 (also known as the Coosaw Scenic Drive). A slight jog down 336 leads to another historical marker, indicating the spot where the Confederate army wacked Union troops at Honey Hill. 9. At that same intersection is Cooler’s Exxon, home of the “Rusty Dog,” quite possibly the finest hot dog in the world. And as I drove back and forth for that weekend journey, I missed what would become the current center of my universe off Knowles Island Road. 10. “No Outlet.” That’s what the sign reads once you pass Roseland Road, about a quarter mile down Knowles Island Road. As you throw caution to the wind and continue on, you see the modest sign for Palm Key, a fascinating Lowcountry development created by my friend Judy, way too many years ago. The next turn to the right is Boyd Creek Drive, host of a couple of the “salons” and where I live. Here’s the thing. I have new and old good friends on either side of Boyd Creek. The new friends happened within 24 hours of our move. That’s the sort of thing that used to happen on Hilton Head Island. The sunset over Boyd Creek, when the tide is in, rivals any Hilton Head Island sunset.

One of my dogs is a barker but my (few) neighbors put up with him because he’s actually a pretty nice guy. I am invited to sing and play my guitar at the “salons” (I look at it as an act of “joy” versus “quality”). I am seldom without (other people’s) food. The ultimate kicker for me, though, is the sound of the trains rolling through Ridgeland. It’s in the distance, about 10 miles away. But sound carries over water. I grew up with the sound of trains in my birthplace, Kankakee, Illinois. My dad’s favorite song was “City of New Orleans” (“the train pulls out of Kankakee”). So, sitting on my back porch about 11 p.m. and hearing the train come rumbling through Ridgeland about 10 miles away, well that’s really something. So, too, is watching a couple deer freely munching on my beautiful heirloom Joseph’s Coat roses! Like right now! Where are my dogs? (Under the bed, sleeping.) Where are my venison sharing camo guys with their Weatherby Mark V Accumark rifles? (I called. He’s at an aerobics class in Pooler, Ga.) Based on the suicide rate of deer vs. auto on SC 462, (auto 26, deer 0 in the past 30 days), you’d think my roses would be safe! Then there is the armadillo family under my deck. Don’t get me started. 





lowered shades and the home, fresh air flow is maintained while minimizing dust and weather intrusion. In a testimonial posted on the company’s website, Katie, from Lino Lakes, Minnesota wrote: “We wanted to build a porch cabin reminiscent of the 1930s, with a screened porch filled with rocking chairs, a porch swing, bed, soft blankets, pillows, and a fireplace. It was to be a place for our family and friends to relax, visit, play games, and enjoy the fresh air. Our one challenge was finding a way to close up our screened porch to keep the screens and all of our furnishings clean and dry. We are so thankful we found Weather Queen Shades.” American made and manufactured, Weather Queen Shades have been installed on porches throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia, and now the Lowcountry, where Ingram’s brother, Greg Erwin, Savannah resident and engineering consultant on the development of the shades, represents the company. Erwin and Weather Queen Shades recently joined the Hilton Head Area Home Builder’s Association. “We are finding that working with builders is very successful. Builders love the shades because they can be incorporated into the design and building of the house. It gives the homeowner a

chance to have a really nice porch. They can put down tile and hardwood floors and can put in nice furniture,” Erwin said. Of particular benefit to area residents who have existing hurricane shutters or who are building a new home where hurricane shutters are required by code, Weather Queen Shades are designed to mount in two ways, one of which will accommodate these weather shutters, and still offer the same easy indoor operation. While not a replacement for hurricane shutters, Weather Queen Shades have been proven to withstand high wind and severe weather events, along with temperature extremes. Having a screened porch does much more than expand your square footage; it offers a place to be a part of nature, yet away from the elements and insects. Even better, having a screened porch with Weather Queen Shades makes those game nights, rocking chair chats and breezy cocktail parties seem effortless. Your porch will feel like a beautiful part of your home, with the shades insulating, protecting, and keeping everything clean and ready for your next soiree.  For more, visit weatherqueenshades. com, e-mail greg@weatherqueenshades. com, or call (912) 655-4918.


nspired by a client’s needs and driven by good old-fashioned American ingenuity, window treatment professional Carla Ingram has made comfortable outdoor living beautifully possible with her patented Weather Queen Shades. Founded in the north woods of Wisconsin, where lakes abound and screened porches function as multiseason living rooms, the company originally developed the shades for a client who wanted to protect the furniture, accessories, and flooring on her screened porch. She was looking for outside-mounted coverings that could be operated from the inside. Designing a Roman-style shade that fulfilled her client’s wishes, Ingram struck gold. For the past 13 years, she has focused her energy on perfecting porch living. Nowhere are porches more appreciated than in the Lowcountry, where Weather Queen Shades is now helping to protect them from the dirt and weather events that can keep homeowners from enjoying their outdoor spaces. Construction of the shades includes a brilliant track and pulley system along with 80 color choices of Sunbrella® awning fabric. Designed with no more than an eighth of an inch between the



nne and Scott Middleton moved to the Lowcountry in 2005 after living in places such as Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta. The couple worked as Del Webb and Pulte Homes employees, and Scott came down to serve as the president of Sun City HHI. The family soon fell in love with the Lowcountry lifestyle and decided to plant their roots, get out of the corporate world and start their own business. “There’s no better place to raise a family than the Lowcountry,” Anne says. “Now we have the wonderful opportunity to build homes for many types of people, from those just starting their family to couples finally enjoying ‘their time.’” The team of builders and designers at Southern Coastal Homes has more than 40 years of combined experience in the business. Besides Scott and Anne Middleton, clients will work with Director of Construction Jeff Parker. According to Anne, “there’s nothing he can’t build.” This varied experience allows the team to relate to their clients because they understand how important the homebuilding process is. They aren’t just building empty rooms, but crafting a home … a place where life happens and memories are stored. Anne said each team member is very well aware that this home is one of the biggest investments the client will ever make. “It’s a big responsibility,” she says, “and we take being entrusted with that responsibility very seriously.” Their job is to not only ensure their clients get the home of their dreams, but that they remain within their budget. According

to Anne, the team strives to “value-engineer” its plans to make the home-building process as cost effective as possible. Southern Coastal Homes describes themselves as semicustom to custom homebuilders. Buyers can come in with readymade designs or choose from the company’s portfolio of house plans to find what will fit their needs, style and budget. Most homebuyers come to them in search of the Lowcountry lifestyle where time is spent with friends and family and the outdoor living space is just as important as the living room. Most of Southern Coastal Homes’ designs include front porches and large screened back porches perfect for spending late afternoons in the rocking chair while the kids or grandkids play in the yard. Once the plans and exterior have been designed, the client works with Anne and the Southern Coastal Homes’ vendor partners to select all of the finishing touches, such as flooring, lighting and interior design, that truly personalize the home. From idea conception to closing, the team members at Southern Coastal Homes stay in constant communication with their clients to ensure the home-building process goes as smoothly as possible. And Anne says it’s working so closely with a client that’s the most fun. “Most of our clients become our friends because we work together to build something so special,” Anne says. “That is why we love this business so much. We form strong relationships throughout this very detailed journey because at the end of it all is our client’s completed home.” Several of Southern Coastal Homes’ designs can be seen throughout the Bluffton developments of Stock Farm, Hampton Lake and May River Preserve. 



hen it comes to decorating your home, one of the most important elements to consider is the walls. They are the largest, most visible component in the space; therefore, the treatment that you apply on them will have a considerable effect on the overall feeling of an interior space. Wall finishes and hand painted murals can play an important role in beautifying your home in an extraordinary manner. Beyond the beauty created, color in and of itself has a direct effect on moods and emotions. That is why when you enter a room where color has been used intentionally, it may feel cozy and relaxing, or vibrant, invigorating and stimulating. Throughout history, master artists have used their deep understanding of color and the use of color combinations to evoke feelings through their works of art. Colors that have been applied in transparent layers are far more flattering and enhance a room more so than a flat, opaque color application. While a flat and uniform color may appear inert and rigid, a transparent color produces an effect that is flexible and suggestive, thus resulting in a fluent movement of tones and highlights throughout the walls. The proper use of color, combined with decorative painting techniques such as faux finishes and murals allows homeowners to choose from a wide range of possibilities to create the interior space of their dreams. These decorative painting techniques go back to earlier times; for example, marbleizing and graining techniques were evident on the Mycenaean pottery of Ancient Greece. Graining techniques were also used ingeniously by the early Egyptian

civilization to imitate wood and produce detailed effects. Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Botticelli used layers of glazing or transparent paint to build up flesh tones, deepen colors and create a more effective contrast in their paintings. Many decorative painting techniques applied today are the same as those used by these Renaissance masters. Additional faux finishing techniques that bring greater depth and beauty to your walls include ragging, color washing, antiquing, stippling, crackling and rag rolling. Faux finishing techniques can produce remarkable effects in a wide range of tones and textures, creating finishes that are similar to that of stone, marble, verdigris, suede, keystone, and wood.


An artistic application that has increased in popularity through the years is one that produces the time-weathered effect that can be seen on Tuscan walls. For this type of paint finish, earthy colors such as sienna and ochre are blended, creating a unique feeling of warmth and softness. An alternative approach, which results in a rich and luxurious wall finish, is achieved through the use of Venetian plaster. The outcome is a vibrant and luminous finish that is accomplished without the use of paint. Venetian plaster is composed of a limebased plaster mixed with marble powder. It is applied in very thin layers, creating a marble-like finish unlike any other. Venetian plaster has been used by master artisans for many centuries. It is soft to the touch and can be applied to obtain either a glossy, low luster or non-gloss finish. Wall finishes transform ordinary walls into a beautiful living space and produce a unique ambience. They can be seen around the world in private homes, hotels, resorts and high end commercial properties. The combination of decorative painting techniques, colors and textures that can be chosen are limitless.


MURALS Murals have been a well-regarded form of art for many centuries. They have been observed as cave paintings and are very likely the oldest art form. One of the earliest recorded examples is approximately 32,000 years old and was found on the walls of the Chauvet cave in France. Throughout time, the painting of murals was used by various cultures, including the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman, as a form of artistic expression within their dwellings. French and Italian muralists gifted us with elaborate murals that, to this day, are still intact; one of the most famous is Michelangelo’s mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. In present times, hand painted murals are used to embellish the interiors of homes and commercial spaces. They offer us an escape from a uniform, routine environment and open up new possibilities for decorating interiors. A professional well-painted mural has the capacity to spark the imagination and create the illusion of greater space in your room. The representation of beautiful views can bring into your living area a tropical island, a romantic Italian garden, the splendor of snowy mountains, an exotic jungle scene, the Savannah marshlands or a delightful children’s theme—to name a few. And when you want to give the illusion of an open ceiling, what better than a painted sky with clouds? The charm of an artistic painted work is that it provides versatility, and it can be custom made to reflect your unique style and preferences. With the variety of wall decorating techniques that are currently available, you can create the home of your dreams.  Francesco Montefiore is an artist specializing in murals, wall finishes and fine art. Art Classico by Francesco Montefiore has been commissioned to complete projects for Royal Caribbean, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Trump Towers, La Gorce Country Club and for many private residences and homes in the United States. Internationally-based in Miami for the past 20 years, he is now in Savannah. For more information, visit OCTOBER 2014

Southern Style with a Contemporary Twist


eclaimed wood provided the inspirational backdrop throughout this striking custom house, built by Shoreline Construction. A study in contrast, this kitchen showcases a blend of contemporary and traditional styling. The crisp, white glassfront cabinets, with a variety of dark hardware, are offset by the textural reclaimed wood backsplash and ceiling. The mix of countertops includes soapstone for the island and again, reclaimed wood for the perimeter. Modern pendant lighting adds shine and makes a bold statement in this stunning space. This gourmet kitchen was built as part of an open floor plan concept and complements the dining and living areas. The rustic reclaimed wood used throughout is balanced with other refined finishes to present a kitchen and home of truly relaxed elegance. These homeowners chose Shoreline Construction because of their reputation to build homes that fulfill their clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; individual lifestyles and realize their design aesthetic. Chris Dalzell, owner of Shoreline, has brought together a team of talented interior designers, project managers and construction supervisors with over 117 years of building experience to achieve this. For this home, the interior designers worked hand in hand with the homeowners and a team of craftsman to bring to life their vision. Together they created a unique home with timeless details and character.



Southern Style with a Contemporary Twist

FROM TOP LEFT: This vintage inspired laundry room continues the use of reclaimed wood for the floor and the industrial open shelving. There is also a period large pedestal ceramic laundry sink for added character as well as function. The master bedroom has striking reclaimed wood on all surfaces, including the walls, ceiling and floor, for a marvelous effect. The simple and elegant iron bed makes a strong statement and is softened with neutral colored linens. With soaring ceilings, bold lighting, and contemporary furniture, the style of this house is one that represents a contemporary twist on Southern style. The open living area has reclaimed custom wood cabinetry on either side of the grand hand-crafted fireplace. The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors bring in softened light as they open the room to a large, gracious screened porch. A broad welcoming front porch and large wood and glass doors greet you as you drive up to this gorgeous home. A columned breezeway connects the garage for additional visual interest. The garage also provides a luxurious bonus suite and bath for guests. The metal roof, shutters and wood-stained garage doors are beautiful features of this true Southern gem.

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED A step-by-step guide to home repair (is not included in this column and must be purchased separately). ARTICLE BY BARRY KAUFMAN


have been a proud homeowner for nearly eight years now, and in that time I’ve learned one crucial thing about home improvement: Before undertaking any kind of DIY home repair project, it’s crucial to stock up on gasoline just in case you feel like burning the house down and starting over when you’re done. It’s not to say that I’m some kind of bumbling, blackand-white-before-image-inan-infomercial beta male, it’s just that, somehow, every time I’ve undertaken any kind of home project, I’ve invariably not only failed to fix whatever I was fixing, but have also completely and accidentally demolished everything else. Fortunately, it’s not my fault. In some weird pact with the devil, the DIY supply people love finding different ways to not include things in the box that should totally be in there. Let’s start with my garage door opener, which failed due to the world’s most specific lightning strike. This laser-guided smart bolt, from whichever God I owe money, hit the side of my

house and snaked through the wiring in a blood vendetta against one ceiling fan, one garage door opener on the opposite side of the house, and somehow just one of the two HDMI inputs on my TV. Clearly, someone up there didn’t want me playing Nintendo in High Def. But obviously I had to fix the garage door opener, because while my wife is perfectly happy to let me rescue Princess Zelda in standard definition, she refuses to park in the driveway. I went to Home Depot, bought the stupendously heavy replacement garage door opener and got ready to work. In just a few short hours, I managed to secure drive screw A to motor chassis B, using a torque wrench no larger than 75 milliliters, an adjustable-kelp flanging girder and a bunch of other things whose names I will continue to make up because I don’t know them.

Snag one: I had to make a return trip to Lowe’s to buy a separate set of screws because I have an exceptional and exotic garage door (made of the rare metal “aluminum”) that is apparently only a myth to the garage door people, who explicitly state in the directions they did not include screws to attach the garage door opener to it. I pondered a moment what kind of garage door these people were expecting me to have, but I nevertheless left my work, purchased my screws, and returned. All of my zinc sprockets now aligned with the grommet housings, I shouldered this 50-pound monstrosity of a garage door opener, climbed the ladder up to the ceiling and prepared to attach it, using whatever gasket cromulents came in the box. It is at this point I read the following. (Bear in mind that at this point I am several feet off the ground with a shoulder full of heavy machinery.) The directions read, and I quote, “If you have a finished ceiling, you will need to purchase additional reinforcements, which are also not included, because to hell with you and your stupid garage.”


SOMEBLY M ASSEUIRED REQ What? WHAT? What in the blue blazes kind of ceiling did they think I had? You didn’t include the pieces for an aluminum door or a finished ceiling? What am I, installing a garage door opener in a barn? It’s at this point that a rational man would simply return to Lowe’s, buy whatever diamond steel nickel alloy reinforcements were necessary, and finish the job. I, however, come from the “Oh screw that noise” school of home repair, so I immediately blacked out with rage and nearly plummeted off a ladder with several thousand pounds of garage door opener on my chest. Steadied after creating a symphony in foul language which advanced profanity classes still study to this day, I began blasting holes in the ceiling with a power drill until I found a stud, then rigged that thing up there with old bicycle parts and spite. In the end, I wound up with a working garage door and a semi-finished ceiling. But again, not my fault. If you can’t install the garage door opener in any garage not built by the Amish, that should be in large letters on the box. And it’s not just garage door openers that refuse to warn you that vital parts may be missing until it’s too late. You ever install a garbage disposal? Here’s a home improvement hint: New garbage disposals don’t come with power cords. Seriously. Like it’s a wonder to these people that you’d ever want to do something as stupid as plug the damn thing in and use it. Fortunately, the one time I was forced to replace a garbage disposal, I was in sound enough mind to realize that I could simply swap out the power cord from my old one. Brilliant! Here’s the catch. Garbage disposals are incredibly possessive of their power cords. It makes sense. They were built without them, spent half their lives in a box never knowing a power cord’s sweet caress, so when they get one they don’t want to let it go.


So to get the old power cord off of a garbage disposal, you really have to get under there with a screwdriver and give it the prying of a life time. And when you do this, please know that you’re going to lose your grip on the screwdriver, which is now coated in garbage disposal glop. Here’s another home improvement hint: Do you know what the sharpest part of a garbage disposal is? All of it! For whatever reason, the bottom of a garbage disposal is razor sharp, so if you lose your grip while prying out the power cord, you’re totally losing a finger. So once again, I found myself having failed to improve my home but succeeded in causing severe damage. This time to my knuckle, which was now flapping about in a hilariously mangled fashion. Again, the fact that you could not plug in your new electronic appliance should probably have been on the box somewhere. They probably leave that off because they’re in bed with the people who sell new ceilings and medical-grade gauze. And don’t get me started on re-caulking a bathroom. I tried to re-caulk my shower once and my bathroom ended up looking like Spider-Man blasted through there on a meth bender. That’s not really a fault of the manufacturer this time; you probably can chalk that one up to me being terrible at home repair. All the same, don’t even try re-caulking; just paint your entire bathroom mildew brown and move on with your life. So in the final analysis, the best advice I can give to anyone contemplating a DIY project is to either rip the box open right there at the store, figure out every single piece that should have been in there that isn’t (all of them), or pay a professional—you know, the guys who actually read the instructions before they start.






s local residents, we are very well aware of the hard water conditions that exist on Hilton Head Island. It can seem like an impossible task to keep our homes looking new. The glass, stone, tile and grout in our bathrooms and kitchens take the most abuse. Once the damage begins, it can be impossible to remove. This was a battle that John Paull (JP) was fighting everyday.



“It was frustrating when I was being paid to clean something and I couldn’t get it back to new, I felt there had to be a better way.” The entrepreneur within JP went to work. He knew that a tremendous problem existed and wanted to find a solution. After some research, he found HydroShield, a Utah-based company and industry leader in surface protection and restoration. “HydroShield provided the solution I had been looking for. Surfaces that were thought to be irreparable now looked new. The results were so amazing I immediately purchased the rights to Hilton Head.” JP is living the American dream. He found a solution to a common problem and started his own business. By providing superior products backed by unsurpassed

customer service, he is winning fans everyday. “My customers love HydroShield because it not only restores surfaces back to new but also protects them with our high-tech durable coating. This prevents the damage from coming back. Every application we do comes with a fully backed warranty. Our customers receive peace of mind knowing that their home will stay looking new. The best way to increase the value

of your home is to remodel your kitchen or bathroom. We provide a cost effective alternative to a full remodel and can typically complete the work in one day.” HydroShield brings the surfaces in your home back to life and protects them for years to come. Even though it’s only science, you’ll swear it’s magic!  For more information, visit, call (843) 816-0365, or e-mail john@




t was 2006, and I was three months pregnant with our first child when my husband Lee asked me if I wanted to move back to Hilton Head Island. At the time, we were living in Charleston, comforted by the quilt of good food, friends and feelings of youth and promise. Even still, we felt compelled to return home to Hilton Head Island for reasons I am coming to understand after interviewing several friends for this story. “When my mom [Lottie Woodward] first thought about moving to Hilton Head from Augusta, people were like, ‘No one actually lives in Hilton Head,’” said Courtney May. “In true Lottie fashion, she was like, ‘Really? Watch me.’ We moved in 1979. I was five years old.” May’s childhood memories are a montage of long but not forgotten iconic properties: the Sea Pines Academy playground, the original Sea Pines Beach Club and the old Hilton Head Inn. “We bought a place in Land’s End in South Beach, and my mom became one of the first women selling real estate on the island,” said May, who joined her mother’s firm, The Lottie Woodward Team, a few years ago. “Now, we’re selling to the children of some of our original clients.” For Mike Cerrati, whose parents moved to the island in 1974, childhood meant sandy feet and, if he got lucky, good waves. “We have always lived near the beach. I remember playing on the beach as a child, and I remember whenever I got in trouble as a teen my dad would say, ‘Let’s walk on the beach.’ So, as you can imagine, the beach, for me, is a place of happiness and my most dreaded moments,” Cerrati joked.


Jessica Maples, who moved to the area in 1973 recalls Hilton Head Island’s unique dichotomy. “What I remember from childhood is that life was really small and the outdoors seemed really big,” she said. “There was more space back then, yet fewer people. It seemed we knew almost everyone. I spent a lot of time in Sea Pines, riding my bike, playing in Harbour Town, hitting tennis balls and going to the beach. It was just unbelievably gorgeous, safe and fun. It was truly magical.” During those formative years, Cerrati, May and Maples and their families lived what many might call a Bohemian existence. There were no traffic lights. You entered the island by a two-lane swing bridge, and babies had to be born in Beaufort. “My parents took a big risk to move here in 1973,” Maples said. “Hilton Head then was a sparsely populated, largely undeveloped island with only three thousand people.” But her parents also saw Hilton Head as an amazing place. “They were probably a little unsure, but I also believe they had strong convictions that this would one day become a great place.” It had nearly been a decade when my husband and I returned to Hilton Head Island. We were struck by how much Hilton Head Island had changed, and yet how much it had stayed the same. Yoga and Pilates studios had sprouted up. There was more traffic—and not just in the summer months. Yet, people still peddled along the bike paths, towing kids and boogie boards, and that small town vibe still thrummed. “People came back for summers for a short stint, but there was no sense of, ‘I’m back and staying’ because of the job

market,” said May, who met her husband Jeremy in the sixth grade but didn’t start dating him until the summer after her senior year in high school. “We both were working at Truffles—because everyone at some point has worked at Truffles—when we became a couple. After living abroad and out West, we moved back in 2002. “Once you’re raised by the water, you’re drawn to that aesthetic,” May continued. She admits that she and her husband “felt a nagging feeling in their hearts that they would move back to the Southeast,” but they were skeptical about the job market. In the end, they decided to listen to their intuition. Likewise, so did Cerrati who was living in Los Angeles with his then fiancé Jennie. “Jennie brought up moving because we wanted to be closer to one of our families. Her family was in New Orleans, mine here.” At an engagement party for the couple hosted by local lawyer Terry Finger, Cerrati and his wife found their answer. “Terry educated me about work opportunities here. I realized work was no longer just seasonal, but year-round. We decided to move back in 2008,” Cerrati said, pointing out the emergence of several industries in the area beyond food and beverage and tourism. “Now, there’s banking, healthcare and several law firms,” he said.

Maples’ father, marketing maverick Tom Gardo, and stepmother Signe Gardo (of the famously delicious Signe’s Bakery) were thrilled when she announced she was moving back. “My dad had a job opening, and I started as an account executive,” Maples said. “I remember feeling a mixture of excitement about re-embracing the island and our coastal culture and making new friends from old acquaintances.” Over the years, I have listened to legendary stories of those who championed the area. Now, listening to Maples, May, and Cerrati, I realize they share a common and celebratory lineage. After all, their parents paved the way for the island we know and love today. “The early ’70s were an exciting time not only for my parents, but for everyone,” Maples said. “Charles Fraser recruited people that had already distinguished themselves in their careers, and there was this unique sense of camaraderie because all these executives came from different places and brought different ideas.” Hilton Head Island flourished with a new crop of highly educated, highly talented individuals. Like the Olympic torch, that spirit burns brightly as the children of these pioneers move back. “People who move back today realize that the economy is not terribly diverse, but they care about the people, the environment and about being part of building our community. These are people who think on their feet and believe our future is bright and will continue to be bright for the expanding Lowcountry,” Maples said. Maples, May and Cerrati also feel a sense of stewardship toward the island. “It is exciting to be a young professional here,” Cerrati said. “You feel like you are the next generation, doing what your parents did 30 to 40 years ago.” Cerrati also parallels the confluence of diverse ideas and people in the ’70s to the emergence of new ideas and professional opportunities now—a perspective shared by May and Maples. “There is always a natural progression of people to move away after high school, but they don’t always come back. People from here, however, do seem to move back. Maybe they’re drawn like my husband and I were. These people are bringing new ideas, and we are getting a more cosmopolitan feel,” May said. As I write, I look out across my marsh view window, watching boats cruise by and birds perch on weathered limbs just as they did when I was a child. I think about my children attending the same school I attended (Hilton Head Preparatory School) and the teachers who once taught me now teaching them. I am reminded of what Maples shared about why she is so happy to be back home: “I think Hilton Head is an amazing place,” she began. “From the sheer natural beauty of the island, to fresh-caught fish on my dinner plate, to the funky ’60s and ’70s architecture mixed with modern development—I love my home.” Then I think about something Cerrati said: “I feel an underlying responsibility and take pride in the island.” Then something May said: “You know, life really does come full circle.” These images and insights make me feel lucky to have had such a rich childhood and now even richer adulthood.  Becca Edwards is the owner of b.e.well + b.e.creative ( 74




isaster never wears a disguise. You know it when you see it, smell it, or walk through it. Disaster may come with a warning: Hurricane Gustave will make landfall on Saturday. Or it may come as a complete surprise: arriving home after a weekend getaway to find your second floor water heater has burst, your master bath has fallen through the ceiling and is now resting in a soggy heap in the middle of your kitchen. Or it may come suddenly: an electrical fire smolders quietly within the walls of your home until smoke detectors shock you from your bed in the middle of the night. At this point, nothing is more important than knowing someone who has the ability to bring you out of the flood or the flames of disaster. Once human safety is secured, knowing who to call to begin your home or business restoration is the next critical step to successful recovery. PHD Services, LLC is on call 24/7. PHD Services specializes in the rapid response to the damage caused by water, smoke, fire, and storm to your property. Locally owned and operated by President and co-founded by Mark Creamer, a 35-year veteran of the building industry and owner of Palatial Homes Design, LLC, an integral part of this company’s reconstruction arm, PHD Services approaches restoration and remediation from a builder’s perspective— something unique to the industry and of great benefit to their clients. “Knowing how to take a home apart strategically in order not to demo more than you need to, and also knowing how to put it back together better than it was before, makes us uniquely qualified,” Creamer said. “Most people don’t think about our services. It’s not that they don’t need them; they just don’t think about it until something dramatic happens that upsets their world. At that point, they’re looking for us to come in and put their lives back together. It is a huge responsibility that we take very seriously,” Creamer continued. “We know how people feel when their world has been turned upside-down by disaster. We know how difficult it can be both emotionally and physically.” The most challenging calls are fire-related Creamer says. “Not only do you have to deal with the fire damage that comes with the toxic remains and smoke, you often have to deal with the water from the fire hoses that have completely saturated your home.” However, fires are actually the least likely calls that PHD Services gets. Creamer says that 80 percent of their business is related to water damage. Leaking pipes, broken water heaters, and overflowing toilets wreak havoc if not caught and stopped quickly. Creamer knows that a quick response can make all the difference. “Our team tries to get there as soon as possible. We tell our homeowner to shut the water off right away if they know where the water valve is. We start the process immediately. We bring in the proper equipment and technology to start drying out their home. As soon as we arrive, we get to work. We may have to pull the carpet, pull the padding,

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and possibly other components of the home in an effort to prevent secondary damage and to return the home to preloss conditions.” The PHD team’s goal is to get their clients back in their homes as soon as possible with as little inconvenience as is possible. “We truly want to restore your world,” Creamer said. Once the water is gone and the debris has settled, it is time to get on with the restoration stage. This is where PHD Services out-paces the competition. Truly a one-stop-shop, PHD Services has the expertise and resources of Palatial Homes Design, LLC, an award-


winning building company, enabling them to move the project from disaster response to design and rebuild. Taking the property from demo through dazzling finish, Creamer and his team work with the client’s insurance company, bringing in their designers, craftsmen and suppliers to help guide the client and move the project as swiftly and smoothly as possible. “We truly believe we will put your home back together better than it was before the loss,” Creamer said. The company services Beaufort County, Jasper County, and Savannah, and has the equipment to respond on a

national level to storms outside of the local area. “We have an 85-foot tractor trailer mobile command center, which we load with equipment and supplies to respond to storms up and down the East Coast,” Creamer said. Further, the entire team completes a rigorous training curriculum, including classes on fire, water, and smoke, and is certified with the IICRC (the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification). “We do have a business plan to expand in other cities, from Orlando to Raleigh, in the next five years, while remaining locally headquartered in the Hilton Head Island office. We have our eyes set on expanding our company in a big way. Because we work with insurance companies, we get calls all the time asking if we’ll go to other locations.” Creamer said. PHD Services, LLC makes it possible to face unexpected disaster head-on. Knowing that you don’t have to go it alone when it’s time to pick up the pieces of weather-related destruction, mechanical failure, or accident provides peace of mind on the road to recovery.  For more information, visit or call (855) 342-3500.




xperience the food, fun and fashion that is the 21st Polo for Charity event, Sunday, Oct. 12, at the historic Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton. Gates open at noon, and the match begins at 2 p.m., so reserve your spot now for Bluffton’s largest picnic. Polo for Charity is organized by the Rotary Club of Okatie and offers plenty of fast-paced sport on the field and socializing along the sidelines. This family-friendly event is the quintessential fall social gathering, pairing the Lowcountry’s strong equestrian history with the South’s love affair with tailgating. And all the fun is for a good cause, because net proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton as well as other local charities the Rotary Club of Okatie supports. According to Rotary Club of Okatie president and 2014 polo chair Barbara McFadden, “Dressing up, designing beautiful and unique tailgate parties and enjoying friends and family outdoors is all part of our Southern heritage—whether we are natives or adoptees.” Patron slots and general admission tickets are available. Reserving a patron slot

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ensures that you have the perfect spot for setting up a tent and entertaining friends and clients. You can still catch all the action with general admission tickets, but the field location is first come, first served. Either way, pack a picnic and prepare to tailgate. Tailgating has become quite an art form in the South from the set-up to the menu. This event is no different, and awards are given out for the best picnic on both sides of the field. In her seven years involved in this event, McFadden says she’s seen it all when it comes to tailgate displays—from elegant china, linens and chandeliers to casual hot dogs, burgers and paper plates. Although the organizers encourage patrons to get creative with their picnic, the only ingredients necessary to make the afternoon a success are good friends and a good attitude. When you’re busy planning your menu, don’t forget to pick out the ideal outfit for polo. This unique and completely Lowcountry polo match is a time for patrons to show off their individual fashion sense. Men don bow ties and suspenders or golf attire. For the ladies, it’s about

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personal style. Some channel their inner Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) wearing colorful dresses, while others opt for jeans and their most stylish pair of fall boots. SPORT OF KINGS According to McFadden, one of the favorite aspects of the afternoon is the tradition of polo itself, known as “the sport of kings.” The match is a fast-paced, upscale sporting event that displays the true athleticism of the players and horses, known as ponies. And although polo is thought of as a rich man’s sport, it is actually a fairly easy game to follow and one filled with fun traditions. All in attendance can embrace the history of the sport during halftime when patrons are asked to participate in the traditional stomping of the divots. This tradition not only serves a practical purpose of replacing the mounds of dirt (divots) torn up by the horses’ hooves, but gives spectators a chance to mingle and socialize. Remember to keep this tradition in mind when choosing which pair of shoes to coordinate with the day’s outfit. Another halftime treat is when the players and their horses visit with spectators along the sidelines. This is especially thrilling for the kids, making for the perfect family photo op. When the match is over, the adults can join the crowd in a champagne toast to the winning team. “My favorite part of the day is undoubtedly spending it with friends and knowing our day will make a significant difference for others,” McFadden said. STAR PERFORMERS The organizers try to depict the beauty and athleticism of the day’s star performers: 82

the horses. They usually have a local artist translate the sport on canvas. This year’s poster and program cover features the striking, original painting, The Players, by local artist and horse enthusiast Kimberly Bisger. The Spring Island resident received her first pony at age six and has had a love affair with horses ever since. She has created three oil paintings for the Polo for Charity event. The Players, Bisger’s personal favorite, features two horses side-by-side; Match Day portrays a stately horse with the Rose Hill Mansion in the background; and The Athlete depicts a single horse with a polo mallet lying on the ground. All three pieces of art will be displayed at the event and available to purchase. Patrons can also watch the artist in action at the polo match as she creates a painting to be given as a door prize during the day’s activities. MOTION ON THE FIELD This year will also bring new entertainment to the afternoon’s events, with special performances by dancers from Move and Motion Studios on Hilton Head Island. The group will provide a choreographed show, featuring a diverse range of dance styles such as contemporary, modern, ballet and acrobatics. The show will also include multiple dramatic aerial acts performed on silk ribbons. “These eye-catching, aerial acts are reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil and have been featured most recently on America’s Got Talent,” said Suzette Springer, owner of Move and Motion Studios. “This unique event gives us a special opportunity to raise money for charity while showcasing our performance companies.”


GIVE AND RECEIVE Besides all the action on the field, guests will have an opportunity to browse and bid on the silent auction items during the day’s festivities. Rotarians say this fundraiser is unique because it’s an outdoor event, the only polo match in the Lowcountry, and open to the entire family. “Young and young at heart can enjoy this thrilling sport, good food, good friends and know that all the contributions will be used to better the lives of others,” McFadden said. Tickets are $20 at the gate on the day of the match or $15 per person in advance. Children under 12 are admitted free. Event organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors including Platinum Sponsor, Hilton Head Landscapes; Diamond Sponsors Palmetto Electric, The Law Office of Barbara McFadden, John Mosca, CPA and The Scout Guide—Hilton Head, Beaufort and Bluffton; and media sponsors Bluffton Today, The Bluffton Sun/ Hilton Head Sun/Sun City Sun publications, Lowcountry Weekly, Island 93.5FM, The Surf 104.9FM, SC103.1FM, and WHHI TV.  For more info, contact rotarypolo@ or call (843) 298-3055 or (843) 686-4852. Advance tickets are available at BB&T bank locations, Markel’s and Coastal Home in Bluffton, and Atelier on Bay in Beaufort. OCTOBER 2014





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funny thing about event management is that if you do your job well and your event is successful, it’s likely that the event will grow bigger the next year, and again the year after that, and so on. Yes, your reward for all your hard work is more hard work. Bluffton’s Mary O’Neill must be feeling that right now as the president of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival looks forward to the event’s 10th anniversary Sunday, October 12 through Sunday, October 19 in and around historic Old Town Bluffton. “We started 10 years ago,” O’Neill recalled. “It was just a one-day event. Then it grew to a weekend the following year; ever since then, we’ve had a full week of activities.” A jam-packed full week of activities is a more apt description of this event, which has been recognized as a “Top-20 Event in the South” by the Southeast Tourism Society. “I’m kind of proud of that,” O’Neill added. The festival is really a celebration of life and culture all over the Lowcountry, but mostly Bluffton. Its aim is to showcase, as the name implies, the arts and locally harvested seafood. The 10th Annual edition gets underway with kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard races on the May River at 10 a.m. on October 12, followed by Friends of Bluffton Artists’ 3rd Annual Invitational Artists Showcase, an exhibition of local artists’ work on the streets of Old Town at 11 a.m. A traditional opening ceremony, the Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade follow, starting at 4 p.m.; and day one wraps up with Oyster Fest, the season’s first oyster roast at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Monday’s main event is a Dinner and Learn Tour at Waddell Mariculture Center on the shores of the Colleton River off Sawmill Creek Road at 5:30 p.m. Following that, the ladies of the Bluffton Oyster Company will give a Crab-Pickin’ and Oyster-Shuckin’ demonstration and treat visitors to a dinner buffet of chicken and seafood gumbo. Also, beginning Monday, kayak, paddleboard and boat tours of the May River will be offered through Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.

The whole shebang culminates with the Art and Seafood Street Fest in Old Town, which features a juried art show exhibiting the works of over 100 local and regional artists, music by popular local bands and singer/songwriters performing on three stages and, of course, food—lots of Lowcountry cuisine and seafood served up by area restaurants. Art and Seafood Fest runs Saturday from 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. “We try to have something in the festival for everyone,” O’Neill said, “but we have stuck with our mission statement, which is to highlight what we call the ‘gems of Bluffton’: the May River, our salt water estuaries, the art and the culture and the history of our community.” Throughout the festival area, environmentalists will be on hand to educate and inform about natural resources and conservation practices. Both the Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County have taken notice of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival’s efforts at championing the conservation cause, naming the week of the festival “Water Quality Week” in Beaufort County. The festival is an all-volunteer organization and, although not intended as a fundraising event, any surplus revenue from sponsorships and vendor fees is donated to Waddell Mariculture Center. “It’s just our gift back to the community,” O’Neill said. C’mon now! If that doesn’t get you into a Bluffton State of Mind…  For more visit the 10th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival online at or call (843) 757-BLUF (2583).

Schedule of Events: · Cooking the Gullah Way, a demonstration by celebrity chef and author Sallie Ann Robinson (Tues., noon). · Author Night with local Gullah-Geechee storyteller Louise Cohen and bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry (Wed., 5:30 PM). · Wine Tasting with seafood hors d’oeuvres pairings at Corks Wine Company (Thurs., 6 PM). · 10K Road Race/5K Fun Run (Sat., 8 AM · Kayak and Children’s Fishing Tournaments (Sat. 8 AM and 10 AM respectively). · The Art of Cuisine Iron Chef Challenge at Neptune’s Galley (Sat., 11 AM). · Art in the Park, educational art activities for kids (Sat., 2 PM). · Rockin’ on the Dock, seafood tasting, music and fireworks (Sat., 6 PM). You can download a full schedule of events with all the details at Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Printer Friendly 2014 Event Schedule.”





arper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, set in Alabama during the Great Depression when poverty and racism walked hand in hand, is an indelible story about growing up. For many of us, the tale of young Scout’s journey from innocence to maturity as her attorney-father defends a man accused of rape is part of our growing up, too. Published in 1960, Lee’s classic work went on to win a coveted Pulitzer Prize. Its powerful message of intolerance simultaneously chronicles the lives of three young children and a widowed father, forever changed by an act of injustice in the small, fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. To Kill a Mockingbird’s central message revolves around the story of a man wrongly accused of rape, Tom Robinson (Kena Anae), and the man defending him, Atticus Finch (Kurt Rhoades). Atticus becomes a hero as he stands for justice, integrity and fair play in a world steeped in ignorance and racism. Hilton Head Island resident Broderick Copeland plays Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch. Scout’s fearless confrontations with town members (from the men stirring up trouble outside Robinson’s jail to outcast Boo Radley) demonstrate how parents teach acceptance… or how they don’t. Because Atticus has taught his children to be fairminded, they see the trial as a mockery of justice. Many of the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird have parallels in the life of author Lee, and that may account for their clarity and rich detail; but Lee always said the work is not autobiographical. An author “should write about what he knows and write truthfully,” she was quoted as saying. Director Treyz brings this American classic of courage and compassion to life at the Arts Center September 30-October 19. Preview tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children, September 30-October 2. Beginning with opening night on October 3, tickets are $45 for adults and $31 for children. Purchase tickets online at or call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787).

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t may be the greatest thing since sliced bread—well, glutenfree sliced bread. Specializing in unique, hard to find, healthy and organic foods, Whole Foods Market Hilton Head Island opened its doors on July 30, and the response has been overwhelming. Operating from its core values, which include strong vendor relations, local partnerships, quality natural and organic products, team member excellence and happiness, and environmental stewardship, Whole Foods Market exemplifies what the Hilton Head community already embodies. The health food store brings much to the area, adding jobs, assisting local farmers and providing a healthier option for grocery shopping. LOCATION AND OFFERINGS The organic powerhouse is located at Shelter Cove Plaza in the space previously occupied by Piggly Wiggly. The store has been completely renovated. “All of our stores are like a custom built home. They are all so unique to the community,” store team leader Brett Peterson said. Appropriately, the Hilton Head Island store has an island look and feel, from the team member’s anchor shirts to the nautical décor. This is the third store Peterson has opened in the last two-and-ahalf years. In fact, Whole Foods Hilton Head is the first of five stores throughout the Southeast opening over the next several months.

Many people have commented on the size of the store; however, it is only 1,000 square feet smaller than its Savannah neighbor. Whole Foods Hilton Head has a unique feature that makes it feel smaller but also makes it more energy efficient, and that is a dropped ceiling. Though the space may seem small, it is open and easy to navigate with a large selection. The market offers 250 different hand-cut cheeses—“some of the best cheeses you can get anywhere,” Peterson said. The store also has the largest craft beer selection on the island, according to Abby Wirth, marketing team leader and community liaison, and even has a growler fill-up station with an assortment of local beers. The floral department, which is starting to provide arrangements for weddings, is unparalleled in its variety. The bakery department will soon offer wedding cakes as well. The produce is unbeatable, and the meat and fish are of the highest quality. There is a comfortable dining area with a number of hot and cold food items available should you want to stay for a meal. Whole Foods Hilton Head also offers organic clothing and ecofriendly toys, as well as health and beauty items. The store is always changing, seeing what works and increasing its selection. If there is something you want that the store does not currently offer, make a request at the service desk or online.


QUALITY AND VALUE Quality standards are extremely important to Whole Foods. The website states, “We have high standards and our goal is to sell the highest quality products we possibly can. We define quality by evaluating the ingredients, freshness, safety, taste, nutritive value and appearance of all of the products we carry. We are buying agents for our customers and not the selling agents for the manufacturers.” Strict guidelines are set forth and can be reviewed on the company website. These guidelines list exactly what ingredients are not allowed in the store. For example, everything in the store must meet the Company’s Quality Standards: no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, and no hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. Whole Foods Market has also taken the lead when it comes to labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs). By 2018, Whole Foods has pledged to label all of its products containing GMO’s, making it the first national grocery retailer to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. “We heard our customers loud and clear, and this is something that they want. They see us as an industry leader, so we are affecting change where we can, which is in our stores, and working with our supplier partners,” said Peterson. Contrary to what you may have heard, it is possible to shop on a budget at Whole Foods. Saving is easy if you shop Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value® line and follow weekly and weekend sales. “It’s all about offering choices, “says Peterson. “For example, we sell a wide variety of higher-end artisan cheeses, but we also sell shredded cheddar at a competitive price. My wife and I shop for a family of six on a budget, and we shop exclusively at Whole Foods Market.” The market also offers value tours to teach customers how to get the “biggest bang for your buck,” according to Wirth. The tours are free and open to the public. Sign up for the Whole Foods Hilton Head newsletter and follow them on social media for updates on values. LOCAL SUPPLIERS In keeping with Whole Foods’ core values, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store ™ loves local vendors and views them as true partners. Whole Foods Hilton Head has five local suppliers for its bakery department alone. They also sell grassfed beef from the nearby farm, Hunter Cattle. The store is always looking for and adding new local vendors. In fact, before the store opened, the leadership team walked the farmers market several times to develop relationships and build partnerships with local farmers. The company offers local producer loan programs designed to help vendors and businesses meet Whole Foods’ quality standards and become partners. More information on becoming a supplier can be found on the Whole Foods website. 90

TEAM MEMBERS Whole Foods Market prides itself on positive morale and a fun, positive team atmosphere. With starting pay at $11 an hour and excellent benefits, the store created 120 new jobs for the area. Furthermore, all previous Piggly Wiggly employees were given the opportunity to interview with the health food store. “Recruiting and building the most dynamic leaders and creating excellence” are Peterson’s big passions. “Many people start out as parttime team members and end up developing careers out of it,” he said. “Our people are what make us different.” COMMUNITY Whole Foods Market also gives back to the community. “It’s about people first and the community in which we serve,” Peterson said. The company donates to various charities and likes to support grassroots, local non-profits that have small budgets. One day per quarter, five percent of sales goes to charity; and at the bread breaking ceremony, the store made a generous donation to the Island Rec Center. OCTOBER 2014

Whole Foods Market is also proud of its Whole Kids Foundation, which works on developing partnerships with teachers and education leaders to create salad bars and gardening programs in schools. Peterson wants to create an impact and be an example for the community, and he plans to do this by making Whole Foods Hilton Head a zero-waste facility. The store makes daily food donations to Second Helpings and Providence Presbyterian Church. The team leaders of the store also participate in volunteer work out of the store each quarter, and there are countless events at Whole Foods Hilton Head in which the money raised is given to charity. A calendar with all events can be found on the website. Whole Foods Market is plastic-free at checkout, and customers receive 10 cents for each reusable bag used per visit. The plastic bags in the produce section are compostable. The company also plans to have all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) labeled by 2018. In fact, their 365 brand is sourced to avoid GMOs. Whole Foods Market Hilton Head is not just a grocery store; it is a friendly, social hangout. People are talking in the aisles, eating lunch, and meeting up with friends. The atmosphere is calming and fun at the same time, which makes a trip the grocery store enjoyable rather than a dreaded chore. Â?


For more information, visit wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/hiltonheadisland or find Whole Foods Hilton Head on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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here are more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States. Compare that to the tens of thousands of other types of surgeons, and it becomes apparent that this is a rather elite group of dentists who are trained in a hospitalbased residency program for a minimum of four years. According to, they train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other areas of specialty. Their training focuses primarily on the bone, skin and muscle of the face, mouth and jaw. Oral and facial surgeons have knowledge and expertise that uniquely qualifies them to diagnose and treat a number of functional and esthetic conditions in this area. Since 2008 when he purchased the practice from Dr. Sidney Jones, Dr. Brian Low, D.M.D., and his team at Hilton Head Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (HHOMS), have been treating face, mouth, and jaw related

issues. A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, Low went on to Wake Forest University, the University of Miami (Florida), and the University of Florida (Jacksonville) for his various residencies. HHOMS has grown into a busy practice, with two state-of-the-art offices located on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. “We offer every piece of equipment needed to get things done,” Low said. Providing a serene yet professional environment where patients are offered the highest level of care and hygienic safety, the staff maintains strict sterilization and crosscontamination processes and follows the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Further, the HHOMS team participates in a sterilization monitoring program that meets the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. The features of the face and the treatment of their conditions,

illnesses, and injuries can significantly impact an individual’s way of life and outlook. According to Low, “HHOMS is one of the few practices in the area that uses 3-D CT scan technology within the office. We have the ability to get imaging on a patient during a consultation and pretty much do their whole surgery on the computer software before doing anything on them. It eliminates all the guess work. Traditional x-rays are two-dimensional, and there are some other magnification factors that aren’t totally accurate; but with CT scan technology, it’s an exact representation of the patient. It gives significantly more information than a routine x-ray.” According to Low, dental implants are currently one of the most cutting edge advancements in dentistry. The accuracy and efficiency of the implant process helps make their “Teeth in a Day” program a great success. “I have had multiple patients that have come in and they have had their hands over their mouths. They have been afraid to smile for years,” he said. “In one day, we will remove all their bad teeth,


Board Certified Diplomate American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Fellow American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Fellow International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Certified instructor for CPR


multiple implants, and then set them up with their restorative dentist. They get a new set of teeth that are fixated into place and that are permanent, all in the same day. Patients go from a not so great smile, to a new set of teeth all within 24 hours. They have a complete change to their demeanor and how they go about their day. They are looking at people and smiling. That’s probably the biggest everyday change that we see.” The implant process involves three components: a tiny titanium screw that is inserted into the bone, a post-type abutment that attaches to the implant, and a crown that is fitted over the abutment, resulting in a natural looking tooth. Most patients are excellent candidates for this procedure; and with a 97 percent success rate of implant

integration, Teeth in a Day is changing lives. HHOMS also treats a wide variety of conditions and provides dental services including, the administration of anesthesia, bone and soft tissue grafting, cleft lip and palate, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma, oral and facial pathology and biopsies, oral and facial reconstruction, sleep apnea, TMJ surgery, and wisdom teeth extraction. Low consults with his patients and performs surgery at his two office locations. In addition, he is on staff and on-call, treating primarily facial trauma, at Hilton Head Island Regional Medical Center and Coastal Carolina Hospital, where he is currently serving as chief of staff. Having spent a lot of time in Charleston growing up, Low was drawn to the Lowcountry to set up practice and to raise his family “This was kind of a natural place to settle,” he said. He and his wife of nearly 14 years have three children who occupy any free time he may find in his schedule when he is not running HHOMS and treating patients, fulfilling his duties at Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, or fulfilling the rigorous continuing education requirements of his profession. He is also one of the team doctors for University of South Carolina Beaufort, addressing the facial and oral trauma needs of the school’s student-athletes. Low is one of the elite medical experts in face, mouth, and jaw surgery, who are changing lives, easing pain, treating injuries, and serving the local community. Making the Lowcountry home has proven to be a most fortunate decision, both personally and professionally.  For more information, visit To make an appointment, please call (843) 689-6338 for the Hilton




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magine a boat—the kind of boat that wader-clad, ruddy-skinned men and women of the sea board before the sun comes up to bring in the big catch. With booms reaching both starboard and port, and lines dragging from strong rods and reels, answering to weather, currents, tides, and luck, the quest for the best of the sea is fought and won on most days. At the end of their shift these sturdy boats tuck in their buoys and booms and chug back to port, with captains calling in their catch and preparing the haul for delivery. Ryan Alpaugh, executive chef of ELA’s Blu Water Grille, waits for that daily call, prepared to let his culinary creativity flow through and around these fresh catches. “All the fish is caught right now. It almost smells like grass it’s so fresh. It’s not even 24 hours, and it’s going to be on the plate right here,” Alpaugh said.


Ryan Alpaugh, Executive Chef of ELA’s Blu Water Grille, with a giant grouper that will be on tonight’s menu.

Pan Seared Grouper with Lobster Butter, Truffle Potato Puree & Local Baby Vegetables

From sourcing and having the expertise to cut down a massive side of tuna, all the way to selecting and preparing the most interesting varieties of oysters, ELA’s has earned the reputation as a seafood house to be reckoned with; that’s why they take sea-to-table so seriously. Owner Earl Nightingale has known Alpaugh for several years, but it has only been two months since bringing him onboard to lead their kitchen. “We actually had the interview two years ago,” Nightingale said. “He was our leading candidate.” The timing wasn’t quite right, but the two stayed in touch, and when the position recently became available, Alpaugh was ready. “What I most like about Ryan is his professional discipline. He’s got a great local background, along with a strong Philly, East Coast, Jersey background. He’s worked with some really good chefs and some of the best sauciers in the business,” Nightingale said. “He has brought a creative style and blended well into what we try to do here.” Creating outstanding culinary experiences requires sourcing outstanding local catches, including tuna, swordfish, grouper, sea bass, flounder, snapper, shrimp, and soft shell crabs, along with reaching across the country for selections when not available in local waters. “Occasionally we do a Pacific halibut or salmon,” yet always do our best to stay local Nightingale said. “We also prefer to get our oysters mainly from the deep cold waters of New England’s east coast, where they our succulent oysters are a little sweeter, brinier, and saltier.” Striking more than simply the seafood note, the ELA’s team seamlessly steps from sea to terra firma, offering steaks supplied by Meats by Linz, a 50-year-old Chicago family business, originally a neighborhood butcher shop. Their cattle are all from the upper plains of the Midwest and are fed a 100-percent vegetarian diet. ELA’s Blu Water Grille’s partnership with Linz, supplier to some of the finest restaurants in hotels, clubs, and casinos worldwide, helps satisfy Alpaugh’s most discerning meat eaters. “I like the ingredient to speak on its own,” he said—evident in his simply and perfectly seasoned thick cuts of meat. ELA’s is not only a fish house (with exceptionally great steaks); it is also a venue on the water with exceptional views of Shelter Cove Harbour from every seat, whether in the cozy bar, or on the wrap-around deck or the two floors of indoor dining with ambiance in spades. Perfectly appointed tables, bright original paintings, wood sailboats floating from the ceiling, and surfaces reflecting the water, the sun and, as evening progresses, the harbor lights and candles, create a modern, cozy place to enjoy an exceptional meal. It would be neglectful not to share some personal musings on a recent evening at ELA’s. The sunset was stellar, the harbor entertaining, and the ambiance simply perfect with live music spilling into the dining room. Enaldo, our charming waiter (the one with impeccable timing), helped us narrow our selections from the menu. Our palettes were well-amused, and a level of relaxation not reached in some time was achieved. Following

refreshing cocktails, the highlights were two of Alpaugh’s specials that evening: a pecan-crusted crab cake over avocado chutney, with key lime aioli and ribbons of crispy prosciutto, and the snapper over stir-fry and blue crab sauce. Both dishes were inventive and seriously flavorful. The key lime pie was tart and rich, with freshly whipped sweet cream and a crumbly graham cracker crust that was just the right balance for the smooth, cool filling. So many delicious menu choices had to be set aside until next time, certainly leaving us in a state of anticipation. ELA’s Blu Water Grille is a special place to celebrate a special occasion or simply while away an evening over cocktails. Open for lunch, dinner, and a plated Sunday jazz brunch, the atmosphere features one of the best water views on Hilton Head Island and is just the tonic to ease into the coming week. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make the ELA’s sea-to-table experience seem so effortless. “We work really hard in this industry. Everything changes every day. If I’m not learning something new every day, and my crew is not learning something new, then we’re dead in the water, literally. You have to care. It’s the love of the product and the love of food,” Alpaugh said, with gratitude for the fishermen and ranchers who provide inspiration every day.  ELA’s Blu Water Grille is located on the water at One Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For more information or to make reservations please call (843) 785-3030, or visit




or the second year running, Hilton Head Christian Academy students have earned the highest SAT scores in all of Beaufort County. Combined with the school’s new Diploma With Distinction program, Life on Life Leadership program and technology innovations, HHCA is well on its way toward meeting its goal of being the premier Christian school in South Carolina and ultimately, being recognized for its programmatic distinction on a national level.

While the results above indicate that HHCA is well on its way to achieving its goals, Dr. Daniel Wesche, HHCA headmaster, points out that there is much more to measuring the success of an educational program than just SAT scores. A big consideration should be the effectiveness of the educational program. While many parents may find that determining this measurement is challenging, Wesche recommends augmenting traditional standardized tests with cognitive ability testing to find out not just how students are performing, but how they should be performing. “Let’s take, for example, hypothetical school A: The average SAT score for school A places it in the 75th

percentile. On the surface, that’s pretty good. However, what if cognitive ability testing places its students in the 80th percentile. All of a sudden, that 75th percentile SAT score, far from being an indication of a strong academic program, is an indication that the students aren’t performing at a level that matches their potential,” Wesche explained. “Conversely, let’s take school B: The average SAT score for school B also places it in the 75th percentile. However, the cognitive ability testing places this population of students in the 70th percentile. In this case, the 75th percentile SAT score is an indication that the students were performing at a level well above what would be predicted by their cognitive ability.

“These schools might have the same standardized test scores, but there is a huge difference in what that tells us about the effectiveness of the educational program in question.” HHCA measures the effectiveness of its programs using both traditional standardized testing and cognitive ability tests. The results affirm that HHCA students are exceeding expectations. “We are proud that our programs add value and that our students perform above predicted levels as a result,” Wesche said. Given that students are outperforming cognitive ability expectations in addition to performing well on the SAT, HHCA’s theme for the year, Immeasurably More, takes on a whole new meaning. “At HHCA the term ‘immeasurably more’ is lived out as each student is challenged, encouraged and loved so that they can become all that God has called them to be,” Wesche said. “We are committed to help each student discover the purpose God has for them so that they can confidently step into the life He is calling them to live, exceptionally prepared to boldly engage the world for His glory.” In addition to standardized testing

accolades, HHCA also boasts an extensive array of honors level, AP and accelerated programs as well as numerous extracurricular activities. Recently pioneered programs, including Life on Life Leadership, Diploma with Distinction, and the Writing Center, are adding a new depth to the educational experience. With a strong history of Christcentered academics, Hilton Head Christian Academy, established in 1979, is a K-12, college preparatory school with 350 students. HHCA works in partnership with the Christian family to empower minds, engage hearts, and equip hands to impact the world for Jesus Christ. To schedule a personal tour of the HHCA campus, please call Jen Denton, admissions director, at (843) 681-2878, visit HHCA’s website at, or attend the Fall Semester Showcase and Family Night at the HHCA Campus on October 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Article by Frank Dunne Jr.


ou come in here. The sun is going down beyond the harbor. You hear a little jazz music. It doesn’t get much better than that,” is how Bistro 17 owner Jim Buckingham describes part of the experience at the French bistro he almost didn’t open seven years ago. After years at the Santa Fe Café helm, Buckingham was thinking retirement until Shelter Cove Harbour’s management convinced him to take a look at a vacant restaurant unit. “I didn’t really think I would be interested,” he said, “but once I came down and saw the space and how beautiful it was, it looked like a bistro to me.” It was enough to evoke a change of heart, and he got right to work, spending a year developing recipes and a menu with French chef Mark Beck before opening Bistro 17’s doors in 2008. Today, Buckingham and current chef de cuisine Adam Guzman continue serving up delectable country French creations in an expanded, but still intimate and casual bistro overlooking Shelter Cove Harbour. French cuisine is an oftenmisunderstood expression. Folks tend to associate it exclusively with haute French cuisine (that’s a fancy way to say fancy) and its extremely formal presentations, weird parts of the animal that you wouldn’t ordinarily consider eating and very high prices. The truth is there are all different French cuisine styles, and carte du jour at Bistro 17 is country French, a simpler more approachable style and preparation for the average palate, and more befitting the intimate, casually elegant bistro concept. “I’m not sure people realize what country French is,” Buckingham said. “It’s not Chateaubriand and the most incredibly fancy French food that you may think about when you think of French cuisine.” Bistro 17 keeps it simple and familiar. There’s nothing on the menu that you PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE




haven’t seen before and little need to ask your server for help with pronunciation. It’s the preparation, the flavors and textures and the incredible sauces that make French cuisine…well…French cuisine. Start off with French Onion Soup Gratinée (au gratin), Coquilles Saint-Jacques (seared scallops, mushroom and shallot cream sauce) or a salad with frisee lettuce (an endive), warm bacon vinaigrette and a soft poached egg. A sampling of the menu’s dinner entrées includes Peppered Mustard Salmon (wild salmon served with peppered mustard, mixed greens, pine nuts, dried cranberries, red onions and Roquefort), or Duck Confit served with haricots verts (that’s green beans to you and me), roasted garlic pommes puree and a cabernet and raspberry reduction sauce. Are you all about meat and potatoes? Then go for a grilled bone-in rib eye with herb butter, béarnaise sauce and pomme frites (French fries). See? Nothing intimidating so far. On a visit to inform this article, my dining companion and I set the menu aside in favor of the evening’s specials; as luck would have it, one of my alltime seafood faves, grilled mahi-mahi, was among the choices. Guzman’s preparation, with a shallot and basil buerre blanc served over rice pilaf, was as good as any I’ve ever had. My companion enjoyed filet mignon with a garlic, red onion and thyme cabernet reduction. Of course we shared, so I can speak to the filet as well; it was melt in your mouth delicious. Cliché? Perhaps. But it fits. The lunch menu also offers familiar choices, prepared with a Bistro 17 French flair, and some that are just plain familiar. Croque monsieur is a grilled ham and Swiss sandwich with béchamel sauce, or you can opt for a good old patty melt. Lunch specials include chicken crepes (mushrooms, caramelized onion, roasted red peppers and spinach topped with parmesan and roasted garlic cream sauce) or a classic omelet with bacon, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and onion. Since you’re probably wondering, yes you can enjoy Bistro 17’s extraordinary French cuisine without a major assault on your bank account. Menu items are very competitively priced for the market, and the same is true for the complete wine list. Choices range from Portillo malbec or Sterling sauvignon blanc by the glass, or you can splurge a little with a Cakebread Cellars chardonnay or Jordan cabernet by the bottle. The food alone is reason enough to dine at Bistro 17, but the setting and atmosphere are as big a part of the story. Although Buckingham expanded the interior dining room from 21 seats to 45 seats four years ago, it retains a cozy intimacy. The expansion allowed space for a full bar, which was previously lacking, and room for live entertainment. Teri and Larry Kopp share their jazzy interpretations on Mondays and Tuesdays and Jay Samuels tickles the ivories the rest of the week. Patio seating overlooking the harbor completes the picture. With those famous Hilton Head Island sunsets, a little breeze coming off Broad Creek, mellow jazzy notes wafting through the air and fabulous country French fare, Bistro 17 is al fresco dining as good as it gets.

Bistro 17 is located at Shelter Cove Harbour, 17-D Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island. (Walk past the Neptune statue and turn right). Reservations are gladly accepted; call (843) 785-5517. For more information, visit or OCTOBER 2014 105

What Floats Your Boat? The Salty Dog Happy Hour Music Cruise is not just your everyday Happy Hour. While most Happy Hours include your standard fare of food and discount drinks, this one steps it up a notch with Live Music & fresh hors d’oeurves on a floating bar that makes it the Happiest Hour on or off the island! The journey starts aboard The Salty Dog, a 47’ power catamaran complete with both open and covered deck areas. The catamaran hull

delivers a stable ride with plenty of room to walk around or you can sit on benches that line the perimeter. And although the boat has a capacity of 48 passengers, the cruise is limited to the first 36 people ready to throw down $25 for an hour and a half of live music, complimentary hors d’oeurves and a boat ride around Calibogue Sound. Chef Herb Britton of The Salty Dog, prepares a custom variety of fresh hors d’oeurves

complete with cheeses, fruit and assorted Salty Dog samplings for every cruise. The bartender offers house wines, premium beers and special drinks that truly put the happy in Happy Hour. The house specialty is a Michelada, a refreshing blend of Corona and Chef Herb’s homemade Bloody Mary mix. In addition to the beer and wine selection the Dosarita is a popular alternative. Another highlight of the Happy Hour Music Cruise is the live music from local artists, including Todd Cowart or Dave Kemmerly. Their tropical tunes are complimented by the sounds of the wind and water creating a unique ambience that transcends reality to remind pas-

sengers how fortunate we are to live and vacation on Hilton Head Island. The cool breezes keep away the bugs and offer a tempting escape from the daily grind with some well deserved adulttime as The Salty Dog Happy Hour Cruise is limited to passengers ages 21 and over. While there are plenty of choices for Happy Hour on Hilton Head Island, The Salty Dog Happy Hour Music Cruise is a unique alternative to the same ‘ole thing. You can easily book your reservation by calling 843.671.7007 or visiting Trips are limited and an updated schedule is published online weekly. Book your trip today and you’ll be happy that you did!





or me, baking equals love. When I bake cookies, or a cake, or a loaf of bread, not only am I expressing love, I get a good deal of love in return. And despite having never won a ribbon in competition or testing my skills on a reality show, I know that I am a relatively skilled home baker. For the most part, the breads and sweets that come from my kitchen taste yummy, look pretty good, and certainly don’t last long. I love making cakes and cookies for friends, family, and coworkers who never fail to appreciate the effort; and I am happy to share my recipes when asked. Having said this, I would like to be an even better baker. To do this, the first step will be to review my own skills and equipment. I am sure my skills could use some tightening up, and my equipment and supplies could use some freshening. This first step may be beneficial to anyone just starting out, and for more experienced bakers, I will share some of the advice I intend to test while working on taking my own baking to the next level. From my childhood, I have fond memories of three particular cookies. One of my grandmothers kept Pepperidge Farm ginger man cookies in her freezer. I loved these cold, snappy cookies that came in pleated paper cups, encrusted with crunchy sugar crystals. I think she kept them in the freezer so they wouldn’t pass their expiration date; somehow she could make one small package of cookies last for weeks. My other grandmother was one of the first OCTOBER 2014

on the bandwagon to buy logs of slice-andbake cookie dough. Voilà, “homemade” cookies. Fortunately, that option has improved somewhat, but in her cookiemaking heyday, the taste of chocolate chips was always overpowered by the taste of preservatives. The third cookie came from my mom’s kitchen. Her oatmeal cut-out cookies are basically sugar cookies with oatmeal as the surprise ingredient. Mixed, rolled, cut in the shapes of the season, baked, frosted with rich, homemade butter cream frosting and decorated with sugars and candies, these cookies are unique and, quite simply, sublime. Several times a year, they are still made in my mom’s kitchen, my sister’s kitchen and my own kitchen. Disguised as a story of three cookies, this mini-history tells a bit of an evolutionary tale. While all cookies were eaten and appreciated, our evolution from manufactured, store-bought cookies, to factory-mixed dough, to all out, made-fromscratch cut-outs led me to the desire to find out what’s next. The first rule of baking is that baking requires discipline. If you have ever tried to go off-script with a recipe, you understand. For beginners and the somewhat more experienced, precise measuring and timing is required for successful results. Fortunately, there are thousands of recipes in cookbooks, recipe boxes, and online just waiting to be followed. Most have been tested to the point that, as long as you can read and follow directions, you can bake.

Next, having the right equipment to follow those recipes is important. Two types of measuring cups are needed. The first is intended for measuring liquids, often comes with a pouring spout, and has clear measurements marked on the side. The second is intended for measuring dry ingredients. They tend to come without spouts, are individually sized, and have flat rims, making it easier to level the flour, sugar or oatmeal. Measuring spoons that are easily leveled on the side of a jar or with a knife are needed as well. Next, cookie sheets, loaf pans, and cake pans are available in many different materials. The key is finding ones you like, based on the size you require and their ease of handling. From experience, non-stick pans fail more than they succeed. Take the time to line cookie sheets with parchment paper or prepare pans according to the recipe’s instructions. You will also need a rubber (or silicone) spatula for scraping all the goodies from the side of the mixing bowl, a regular spatula for removing hot, goodies from their tray or pan, and a cooling rack. You may also need a whisk to pull together glazes and drizzles and, of course, a large mixing bowl. I prefer a very large, inexpensive stainless steel bowl, but glass works well too. As I work toward being a better baker, I will focus on two areas. First, I will consult the experts. I am already someone who reads cookbooks like novels, so this shouldn’t be too challenging. There is an endless supply of expertise and advice at my local bookstore, online, and even in my own cookbook collection. My reading and study will focus on the chemistry of cooking and the chemical reactions caused by ingredients most often use when baking: yeast, flour, eggs, baking soda and baking powder. I believe this will better equip me to go off-script now and then so that I can experiment with my recipes. Finally, I will stay with the same recipe until I get it just the way I want it. I often hear professional bakers talk about this technique when they are working on new recipes or recipes for their cookbooks. They try it again and again and again, making notes and adjustments as they go until it is just right. I imagine the manufacturers of storebought cookie dough and of packaged cookies might see my family’s evolutionary tale of cookies as the polar opposite to their views on evolution. After all, why would you want to measure, mix, bake, and decorate when you can have it all done for you? Well, if you have a heart for baking, there is only one way to get the big love. It will require measuring, mixing, baking and decorating. Voilà!  109




European Fashions for Women at Shelter Cove Harbour


f the mere words “European fashion” seem a bit off-putting or intimidating, hold onto your golf hat and relax, because you may be missing out on one of Hilton Head Island’s most exciting shopping opportunities. Located on the corner to the right of the Neptune statue at Shelter Cove Harbour, Taffeta is an exquisite boutique that brings a bit of Parisian élan to our casual island paradise. No, this is not where you will buy your T-shirts, shorts and flip flops. But it might just become your go-to source for looking and feeling good when you’re not knocking around in your sports attire. Whether you are the prissy girl or the practical woman, it’s a place where you can discover your personal style, establish a unique look, experiment with new and different fashions, or simply enhance your current wardrobe with unusual accessories and shoes. Founded in 1989 by Gianna Landwehr, who passed away in 2010, Taffeta has longestablished relationships with designers from Paris and Milan. “We have exclusivity in our area and have pride in being a little different from everyone else,” said Sonia Landwehr Hunt, Landwehr’s daughter and current owner. “The collections we carry are well-known in Europe and rare in the U.S.A., which makes our store unique.”

Besides a distinctive look, Taffeta customers know that they can count on personalized customer service. Staff members get to know your style and taste and keep you updated on new merchandise, especially if an item comes in that “has your name on it,” so to speak. If you live elsewhere, they are happy to send a selection of clothes and accessories to try on approval. In-store assistance is accommodating, not overbearing. No one at Taffeta wants you to walk away with something you don’t absolutely love, and they certainly won’t sell you an item that isn’t a good fit. That’s not to say that you won’t be encouraged to think outside of the box. “The European styles are really different from other markets,” Hunt said. “I am encouraged to open my mind by visiting cities like Paris. Seeing the new styles sometimes scares me, and then I see the way they are worn by women of all ages. European fashion is a cultural evolution. It gradually infiltrates society. It takes time, but eventually it spreads and



everyone wants it.” Hunt, who holds a master’s degree in art, compares fashion to the art world. “Art can affect one person or millions, for an instant or for centuries. Fashion is the same way. It is a form of expression, and everyone has the possibility to do just that. It’s our job to help—to encourage the customer to try new things. It can be a challenge, but when someone feels beautiful in our clothes, it’s a beautiful moment. She smiles and sometimes dances out of the dressing room.” When you shop at Taffeta, don’t expect to see yourself around town or across the room. Taffeta offers a limited number of the same item— sometimes only one and rarely more than one in each size—making it unlikely that you will ever run into another woman in your exact outfit or even the same skirt or top. Sizes range from U.S. 4-16, and the sales staff will help you translate the European sizing. Along with exclusivity, a certain timelessness pervades. Quality fabrics and workmanship elevate the clothing beyond today’s passing trends and make for lasting style. “Customers tell us that they still wear and love things they bought here 10 years ago,” Hunt said. While Taffeta continues to evolve under her stewardship, Hunt is proud to continue what her mother started. “It keeps her spirit alive,” she said. “When I stepped into my position




as owner six years ago, I had 15 years of traveling with her under my belt. We shopped till we dropped in many cities, and at the end of the day, we always ate well. One piece of advice she shared with me was this: ‘Don’t be afraid to try new things; and remember, you are always going to make some mistakes.’” Landwehr also encouraged Hunt to find and express her own personal style. “My mother’s sense of style could be elegant and casual at the same time. She was glamorous every day,” Hunt said. “I love to dress things down—wearing a beautiful dress or long skirt and making it casual enough to be worn during the day. I enjoy getting dressed and feeling beautiful, even if I’m in jeans.” Prior to taking the reins at Taffeta, Hunt worked in gardens alongside an amazing designer who taught her about flowers. She went on to teach art for three years at an atrisk boarding school for teenage girls. “I have worked alongside many brilliant and beautiful women and enjoy this part of my job today,” Hunt said, referring to her employees and customers. “Life is about relationships—whether with material things like pretty clothes, the earth and its bounty or with people. They are what make our lives interesting.” From the magnificent doors, designed by Landwehr’s late son Aldo, to the exquisite selection of fine European fashions her daughter continues to make for the store, the legacy of artful living is evident at Taffeta. Stop in for an unparalleled shopping experience and see why customers remain true for life.  Taffeta is located at 17 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head. For more information, call (843) 842-6767. 113

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ow do you follow up a record-breaking, SRO, bona fide hit? If you’re Don Hite, artistic creative director at the Main Street Theatre, you roll the dice. And that’s exactly what Hite is doing with the upcoming production of the classic American musical, Guys and Dolls, opening October 17 for a two-week run. “It’s both a blessing and a curse,” Hite said in between rehearsals. “On one hand, we raised the bar very high with Broadway’s Music of the Night and brought brand new audiences to the Main Street Theater who may have

previously written us off as children’s theater. But now we’ve got high expectations for our next show. Standing ovations after every performance are pretty addictive,” he said with a smile. “They’re also awfully motivating.” So why Guys and Dolls? As Hite explains, it’s the perfect show for integrating both adult and young performers. And that’s exactly what he’s done, peppering the cast with standouts from Broadway’s Music of the Night as well as some newly discovered talent. “That’s the beauty of the Main Street Theatre. It truly

becomes a learning experience for young actors who now have the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals from Broadway—and way off Broadway. The Lowcountry has an astonishing number of talented singers, dancers, actors, and artists, and we’re providing them with a venue where they can hone their craft and develop the necessary skills to professionally pursue theater arts.” One such shining star that local audiences may be bragging “I knew her when…” in the not-so-distant future is the luminous high schooler Hannah Brown in the role of the naïve missionary Sister Sarah Brown. With singing and acting chops belying her teenage years, Brown lit up Broadway’s Music with her sensational portrayal of Evita Peron. Playing Sarah Brown’s challenging love interest, Sky Masterson, is guest artist Mark Edwards. A working New York stage actor, Edwards brings experience and inspiration to the younger members of the cast. “Just having an actor of Mark’s caliber sharing the stage makes everyone else work that much harder,” Hite said. Hilton Head resident Jack Firestone brings a degree in dramatic arts from Syracuse as well SAG/AFTRA membership to the role of Nathan Detroit, made famous on film by none other than Frank Sinatra. “Jack has that authentic New York swagger that the role demands, plus the charm to hold onto his long-suffering fiancée, Miss Adelaide,” Hite said. Savannah’s Maggie Hart will be stepping into the maraboutrimmed slippers of nightclub chanteuse Miss Adelaide. A much-in-demand actress, Hart is fresh from The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble’s production of Grey Gardens, where she played the lead role of Little Edie. Rounding out the cast is a colorful ensemble of card sharks, fast-talking dice throwers, saucy chorines and strident missionaries. Audiences will be sure to spot Main Street Theatre favorites Dylan Brown, Josie Maldonis, Hannah Schuler and Bridgett Leysen among the high-stepping Hot Box Girls. And assuring show-stopping moments with crowdpleasing numbers like “Take Back Your Mink” and the rollicking “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” are A-list choreographers Fred Talkensen and Dante Henderson, returning once again to the Main Street stage. As Hite has a list of Broadway insider connections longer than the line of traffic on Highway 278 on a Saturday in July, it should come as no surprise that he has managed to obtain the original costumes from the 1992 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. These dazzling, priceless costumes were designed by William Ivey Long, the 13 times nominated, six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer and chair of the American Theater Wing. Long has costumed over 100 Broadway and offBroadway productions, including The Producers, Hairspray, Cabaret and the current production of Cinderella. Hite discussed this production of Guys and Dolls with Long during a recent visit to Manhattan. “He [Long] was showing me the incredible detail in these costumes—hand-sewn beading, layers of downy feathers, brilliant fabrics. It is such a privilege to have these works of art on our stage,” Hite said. Yes, it appears that Hite has rolled the dice and they’ve come up deuces: a pair of back-to-back hits. The gala opening for Guys and Dolls will be held Friday, October 17, with a catered reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. curtain. Gala tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for students, and are an important fundraiser for the theater. The show will run with evening performances on October 21, 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and matinees at 2 p.m. on October 18, 19, 25 and 26. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students. Once again, book your tickets early as this show looks to be another sell-out. Order tickets by calling (843) 689-Main (6246) or online at Discounted Main Street Theatre season tickets are still available, but not for long.












here are times when it seems that life has an easy flow: traffic signals change to green before you have to hit the brakes, your tax refund is delivered the same day your refrigerator goes on the fritz, and you are introduced to the new golf pro in town just when it seemed your backswing had permanently become disconnected from your follow-through. The proverbial planets have aligned. The Literacy Center (formerly Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry) and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry are experiencing their own such alignment as they come together to host the First Annual Women’s Golf Outing at Island West Golf Club in Bluffton on October 27. The husband and wife dynamic duo of local non-profits, Jean Heyduck, executive director of The Literacy Center, and Chris Protz, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club, knew a collaboration to benefit both their organizations was meant to be when they learned that an opening at their home club of Island West was available for a benefit tournament. Brown Golf Management, owner of Island West, along with Crescent Pointe, Eagles’s Pointe, and Pinecrest Golf Clubs, offers the use of each of their clubs once

a year for a charitable event, including donating the greens fees and use of golf carts. This year’s inaugural event will be a 9-hole scramble; the $50 entry fee includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, use of the practice range, awards, buffet lunch, and prizes. The tournament and activities will begin at 9 a.m. and will wrap up with a 1 p.m. award ceremony and lunch—just the right amount of time to drop the children at school, or take a break from your usual routine, gather the girls and hit the links to benefit literacy throughout the Lowcountry and still make it back in the car pool line for pick-up. The ability to read impacts not only the individual, but their family and community, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry is working to establish strong reading roots for their 2,200 members throughout their six locations. “We have started some early literacy programs at our clubs to reach the kids who are behind in reading. We are working closely with the schools that are near the clubs. They help us identify the first, second, and third graders that are scoring low. We targeted those members and invited them to participate in an early literacy program




in connection with USCB. The results were fantastic. If they’re learning how to read, they won’t need The Literacy Center,” Protz said. Serving over 600 adults annually, The Literacy Center addresses the needs of functionally illiterate adults ages 18 to 89-plus in Beaufort County. “The single most significant factor in the education of a child is the education level of the mother. If children are growing up in households where their parents aren’t reading to them, they start school already behind the eight-ball. Most kids go to kindergarten knowing their letters and numbers. They get that from their parents reading to them,” Heyduck said. The Literacy Center offers basic literacy assistance, English language assistance for those who don’t speak fluent English, along with basic math skills. “We ask students what they want to accomplish. Some want citizenship, some want to start a business, some want a promotion, and some want to help their kids with their homework,” Heyduck said. Although their missions are different, the two non-profits have one thing in common. Both are expecting that the planets and the putts will all be in alignment. “For us, it’s catching them early so they can be successful,” Protz said. “He’s trying to put us out of business,” Heyduck said. “But that’s okay.”  For more information or to register for the event, contact Liz Vallino at or call (843) 379-5430, ext. 233. You may also visit or



Hilton Head Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelly Herndon Harrell, M.Ed. – SLP, MHSA to the position of vice president of business development. In this role, she will provide leadership for the development and business strategy for both Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital.

Blake Alanna Fraum and James Paul Schmid were married May 10, 2014 at Colleton River Plantation. The ceremony was at the Dye Club and the reception was at the Nicholas Club. Photography by R. Lee Morris.

Congratulations to Adam and Kelly Nemetz (of EP Lounge!) on the arrival of two new family members, River and Colten, who were born almost a year ago. How adorable are they?!?

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Lenns of Hilton Head, SC announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda, to Christopher Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lane of Fairfield, CT.

Photo credit: Coastal Memories Photography

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, sixteen members of the Low Country SC Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter, their spouses and guests enjoyed an evening cruise aboard “The Ramblin’ Wreck,” courtesy of Capt. Drew Hearn and his First Mate Diane White. Capt. Drew gave the chapter a tour through the canals of Wexford Plantation and guided the yacht through the Wexford locks into Broad Creek. Just Cushions Upholstery & Fabric Gallery is pleased to welcome Pam Riccardi as a showroom assistant. Riccardi has a background in interior design as well as business ownership and management. She will be working with clients with their design projects and fabric selections for re-upholstery, custom window treatment and specialty bedding.

350 Fording Island Road had their ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 11th. This state of the art building is home to LUX~A Medical Spa (suite 101) which is owned by Frederick G. Weniger, MD & Carman A. Traywick, MD.May River Dermatology, LLC (suite 100) for providers Carmen A. Traywick, MD and Dale Sarradet, MD. Along with, Weniger Plastic Surgery (suite 200) for providers Frederick G. Weniger, MD and Aaron C. Mason, MD. Pino Gelato welcomes Gary Pinka as vice president of operations. Gary is now responsible for the overall leadership of the four Pino Gelato corporate stores, as well as guiding the direction of the company’s growth and the continued building of relationships with its partnered companies, vendors and peers. Hilton Head Hospital welcomes Rochelle (Shelly) Ringer, MD to its nationally accredited Breast Health Center. Dr. Ringer is a fellowship trained breast surgeon dedicated to caring for patients with breast disease. She earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She went on to complete a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. OCTOBER 2014

Island Travel on Hilton Head welcomes Janet Cochenour, where she will transform your travel dreams into awesome travel memories!

Local resident Christopher Tassone, a financial professional with AXA Advisors, LLC in Jacksonville Florida recently attended the company’s At Retirement® Forum held at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Tassone has earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is one of nearly 700 financial professionals nationwide to complete this retirement planning education program. His participation in this forum is part of his ongoing commitment to continuing education and helping individuals plan for a comfortable retirement.

The Hilton Head Firefighters’ Association (HHFA) is proud to partner with the Island Recreation Center and provide life saving equipment for their outdoor pool. The HHFA’s donation of an AED (automated external defibrillator) will provide a safer environment for all of those who enjoy the Island Rec pool. The HHFA is committed to assisting Lowcountry charities and other non-profit entities through the donation of grant funds and lifesaving equipment. Dunes Real Estate welcomes Marybeth Buonaiuto, Realtor, who brings high energy, strong communication skills and an understanding of space and design from her interior design background to her real estate customers. Dunes Real Estate also welcomes Colleen Sullivan, Realtor, whose passion for Lowcountry real estate translates into professional knowledge and competence appreciated by her clients and other Realtors. H & H Auto Service, Inc., welcomes Mark Nettles and Elizabeth Anderson. Anderson has over 25 years of experience in sales and customer service, including 23 years in the automobile industry. Nettles has almost 20 years of experience in the auto industry. They can be reached at (843) 681-8384 or stop by and see them at 35 Hunter Road, Hilton Head Island. David Perry, production manager at H & H Auto Body has successfully completed The Keys to Effective Leadership Training. 121





s the one and only doctor in my extended family, I field the family’s questions about all sorts of problems large and small. I can usually provide some help, but as a radiologist, many times those questions fall well outside the scope of what I do day-to-day. A year ago, however, one of those issues hit home fully and completely when my wife went for her first regular screening mammogram. Julie had a normal baseline mammogram at 37. Her physician, an Ob/ Gyn in my group at SouthCoast, followed the recommendations for women with no strong family history and sent her for a routine annual mammogram when she turned 40. Conveniently, we have 3D mammography on site. Minutes later, my heart dropped when I reviewed the images, seeing tiny calcifications branching across the inside of Julie’s left breast, new from her baseline mammogram. I suspected that these new calcifications represented early breast cancer, ductal



carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the early stage where the cancer is most easily treated. Hoping I was overreacting, I confirmed my suspicion with a second opinion from one of my partners. Still hoping for the best, I called Julie and told her about the workup we would need to do next. A needle biopsy shortly after proved that the calcifications were DCIS. Though the news was bad, it could have been worse. An avid runner and deep into training, Julie still ran a marathon prior to her mastectomy and her time qualified her for the first time for the Boston Marathon. However, the day of her surgery, news went from bad to worse as her expected stage 0 cancer (DCIS) was discovered at mastectomy to be stage II, not only invading the surrounding breast tissue, but also a nearby lymph node. Had it been only DCIS, her mastectomy and reconstruction would be the extent of treatment. Because of the distressing information, Julie’s surgeons helped Julie, me and our three young children understand what was ahead for the coming year—chemotherapy and radiation. The bad news is that breast cancer, even at age 40, is an all-too-common problem. The silver lining of the high incidence of breast cancer, however, is that it is probably the most studied and best understood of all cancers. For example, Julie’s medical and radiation oncologists were able to determine genetic information specific to her tumor in order to tailor her treatment. With this treatment, her risk of

recurrence drops from 50 percent in 10 years to probably less than 5 percent—from a coin flip to a near certainty of cure. The treatment, while sometimes exhausting for Julie to endure, and difficult for me and the kids to witness, was something she bore with a remarkably positive outlook. Julie took charge and decided she would continue her running, not just as a routine, but also to and from her chemotherapy appointments. This caused a bit of happy confusion at her doctors’ offices, and also great cheers from family and friends. She tracked those times publicly with a Facebook page, “Running thru chemo,” that kept her positive and close to her cheering section.


I have always taken mammograms seriously, and now I also have a better understanding from the other side of the curtain. Mammography is the best tool we have to detect cancers in asymptomatic women, though there are still tumors that are undetectable by imaging. In the course of the last few years, new technologies, especially 3D mammography, have improved detection of early cancers sometimes hidden by dense tissue. In our practice at SouthCoast, I am proud to say that we have three sites with 3D mammography—on Hilton Head Island, in Savannah on the main SouthCoast campus, and at SouthCoast Ob/Gyn. In our first year using 3D mammography, we diagnosed 40 percent more cancers than we did using only standard digital mammography the prior year. This is similar to national studies showing a 50 percent increase in detection of invasive cancers and a 30 percent increase in overall cancer detection (including DCIS). Mammography enables early detection, thus shortening the time from development of the tumor to treatment, critically important to halting the cancer’s spread. I would not wish this experience on any family, but after personally


enduring the anxiety of diagnosis and treatment with my wife, I now have a new perspective when I see patients. I can provide reassurance, not only when everything looks fine, but also, God forbid, when the news does not initially seem reassuring. Which is to say that there is a happy ending. For us, Julie completed her treatments in August, and we just returned from a beautiful and fun

celebration bicycling vacation. She is still as feisty and determined as ever, now having registered for that Boston Marathon for which she qualified. Not only that, but we—Julie, our kids Henry, Margaret, and Etta, and I—are reassured that we’ve done everything we could do to catch it early enough to cure it. Every day at work, I hope I can give that same chance to everyone who comes through our door.




ashion shopping on Hilton Head Island just got a whole lot more exciting with the opening of Copper Penny! The upscale women’s boutique is located in Shelter Cove Towne Centre, next to the SERG Group’s new restaurant, Poseidon. Mary Margaret McGaughey, a lifelong Lowcountry resident and daughter of Margaret and Wes Jones of Bluffton, is the owner of the local Copper Penny franchise. “I have long felt that Lowcountry women would welcome a new place to shop,” McGaughey said. “Now,


women from teens to maturity have a new resource for designer fashions from casual to dressy, plus accessories, jewelry and shoes. McGaughey’s deep roots in the Lowcountry give her an insider’s knowledge of what local women need and want. Her mother and three sisters help her buy clothes to satisfy varying ages and styles. Copper Penny’s manager, Vanessa Hoffman, brings a wealth of experience to the Lowcountry. A graduate in fashion merchandising and interior design, Hoffman managed the Copper


Penny store in Savannah for seven years. “Vanessa is an amazing asset,” McGaughey said. “Her sense of style, knowledge of the industry and incredible eye for fashion is available to everyone who comes in our store. We have a


huge emphasis on personal service, and we’re looking forward to helping everyone meet their fashion needs with affordable price points. Copper Penny’s carefully curated accessories, fashion jewelry and shoes offer the opportunity to create complete ensembles for special occasions and seasonal wardrobes. “We make it easy,” McGaughey said—“one-stop fashion shopping!” Copper Penny’s plans include fashion shows, in-store events, and joint promotions with other Shelter Cove merchants. For a start, they will be supplying the western attire and accessories for the weekly line dancing evenings planned at Poseidon. Featured lines include Mara Hoffman, Tangerine, Ella Moss, BCBG, Jack Rogers, Rowen Shoes, French Connection and popular denim from Hudson, AG and Paige. Copper Penny is well-known in the Lowcountry because of its popular stores in Charleston and Savannah. The Copper Penny brand is owned and developed by the Vaigneur family of Charleston. The store debuted in Mount Pleasant in 1987. Copper Penny Shooz, a sister store showcasing women’s designer shoe labels, opened on King Street in Charleston in 2003. The new franchising system was released in 2013. Franchise owners gain access to proprietary management systems and vendors representing top-shelf clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.  Copper Penny is open at Shelter Cove Towne Centre Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call (843) 5056252 or e-mail copperpennyhiltonhead@ OCTOBER 2014 127






S Captain Woody’sHarry Santana (Sundays 6-9PM) San Miguel’s- Kirk O’Leary (5:30-9:30PM) Chow Daddy’sHappy Hour Daily! (4-6PM) Charbar Co.FOOTBALL HEADQUARTERS! Game day snacks and drink specials ! Available during any NFL or NCAA game! Also during happy hour daily (4-7PM)

T Charbar Co.Join us for halfprice happy hour from 4-7PM & Reid Richmond (6:30PM) San Miguel’s- Mike Korbar (5:30-9:30PM) Mellow Mushroom (Bluffton)- Trivia Night (9PM)

Holy Tequila- Happy Hour! $2.50 select liquors, beers, tacos & bar snacks! & MORE! (Daily 4-7PM)

Ruby Lee’s-Candace Woodson And The Domino Theory Band (Tuesdays)

The BoardroomR2DTour Feat. Joe Vicars (Every Monday) Charbar Co.- Join us for half price happy hour from 4-7PM. Mike Wilson & Dave Wingo (6:30PM) San Miguel’s-Chris Jones (5:30-9:30PM) Ruby Lee’s-Sterling and Shuvette Featuring Malcolm Horn (Mon.)


The Electric PianoOct. 1, 22, 29: Laiken Williams & Willie Jones Oct 8: Scott & Marhsall Morlock Oct. 15: Sterlin & Shuvette Charbar Co.- Join us for half price happy hour from 4-7PM AND Whitley Deputy (7:00PM)

Lucky RoosterLive Music (9PM till late)

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Pour Richard’s- Oct. 15: Bobby Ryder celebrates Pour Richard’s 4th Birthday! Anniversary specias all mong long! For reservations call 843.757.1999




Holy Tequila- Happy Hour! $2.50 select liquors, beers, tacos & bar snacks! & MORE! (Daily 4-7PM) ELA’s Blu Water Grille - Live music (Starting at 8PM) Charbar Co.- Tommy Dargan Sims (7:00PM)

HogsHead Kitchen & Wine Bar- Oct. 9: Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser! (5:30-7:30PM) Charbar Co.- Mike Bagenstose (7:00PM)

San Miguel’s- Mike Korbar (5:30-9:30PM) Electric Piano- Dueling Pianos-All Request Interactive, fun-filled Show!

Mellow Mushroom- Tap & App Night! $1 OFF Beer Tap and Appetizers

Ruby Lee’s- Oct. 2,9,23 & 30: Target The Band

Charbar Co.- Nick Poulin, Derrick & Sammy (8:00PM) Chow Daddy’s- Happy Hour (4-6PM) The Electric PianoOct. 4: Quick Trixie Oct. 11 & 18: Dueling Pianos Oct. 25: 8 Mile Band

San Miguel’s- Eric Daubert (5:30-9:30PM) Electric Piano- Smirnoff Vodka Ladies Night & Classic Rock Beach Music w/ the Simpson Brothers

Captain Woody’sOct. 4: Oyster Roast! Live Music, Fresh Oysters & More (4-7PM)

Mellow Mushroom (HHI)Oct. 31: MELLOWEEN! Costume contest AND cash prizes! (Starts at 9PM)

Mellow Mushroom- College Football and Drink Specials! (HHI)- Karaoke (9:30PM) Ruby Lee’s- Earl Williams And Alexander Newton (Sat)






SAVE THE DATE! BLUFFTON INTERNATIONAL & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 1, 2014 Bluffton Promenade; 2-6PM Festival tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door with a limited number of $35 VIP ($40 at the door) tickets also available.





Old Town Bluffton 8:00AM blufftonartsand seafoodfestival. com

21ST ANNUAL POLO FOR CHARITY EVENT Rose Hill Equestrian Center 2-4PM Tickets:$20 at door and $15 advance


20 TEE OFF FORE THE ARTS Wexford Golf Club Prizes and a terrific afterparty!

26 HH HUMANE HALLOWEEN PARTY Hilton Head Humane Association 12PM-2PM


2ND ANNUAL OPEN BARN DOOR EVENT! Lawton Stables 7-9PM Tickets:$35 wishupona

-OCT 19 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD THROUGH OCT. 19 Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 8pm TuesdaySaturday; 2pm Sunday matinees and 7pm some Sunday evenings Preview performances are $35 for adults and $25 for children 4-15; Regular tickets are $45 for adults and $31 for children.


A COASTAL CELTIC TEA PARTY J Banks Design 11AM-1PM $30/person (843) 681-5122


THURSDAY EVERY THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET IN OLD TOWN BLUFFTON Every Thursday 2:00-6:00PM Calhoun Street farmersmarketbluffton .org


ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Revival Design & Decor October 7-11 RevivalDesigsn






NAMIWALKS FOR THE MIND OF AMERICA 5K WALK Coligny Beach 8:30am to 2:00pm Registration is FREE beaufortcounty




SHABBY CHIC PAINT CLASSES Revival Design & Decor; 2-4PM Learn how to revive your furniture. RevivalDesigsn



PUGS ON THE PATIO Whole Foods Market 6:00PM-7:00PM FREE!!! Treats, belly rubs, and social time for you and your pooch!




Fall Semester Showcase & Family Night Hilton Head Christian Academy; 5:30PM Elegant Evening & Silent auction TidePointe Clubhouse 6-9PM

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SHABBY CHIC PAINT CLASSES Revival Design & Decor; 12-2pm

10 11 HHCA OYSTER ROAST Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 4:00 - 7:30 pm For HHCA Families and Alumni! For tickets call (843)681-2878

ANNUAL FALL FEST Salty Dog Cafe 12-4PM Live music, children’s entertainment and games!


HAUNTED BBQ & COSTUME CONTEST Salty Dog Cafe Kid’s costume contest at 7PM Prizes, candy, and music!


SHELTER COVE FARMERS MARKET through Oct. 28 Shelter Cove Community Park 4-7PM



CH2/CB2 October Issue  

Home Improvement, Weather Queen Shades, Making your home more beautiful, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bluffton Polo Match, Bluffton Seafood Festiv...

CH2/CB2 October Issue  

Home Improvement, Weather Queen Shades, Making your home more beautiful, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bluffton Polo Match, Bluffton Seafood Festiv...