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November 2011 - April 2012

A Nature-based Guide to Georgetown County

Shell in Surf – by Mark Hilliard, The Lens Work Gallery

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THE UNPAINTED SOUTH: Carolina’s Vanishing World This book of photos, poetry and song offers remarkable glimpses of a fast-vanishing world. Its haunting images and powerful verse are a unique celebration of The Unpainted South.

William P. Baldwin

Abandoned farmhouses stand withered and empty among clumps of chinaberry trees in fields of broom straw throughout rural South Carolina. Leaning tobacco barns are all that remain of lucrative farm allotments gone up in smoke. Boarded up redbrick towns with rusted rails and broken-down cotton gins are silhouettes of another era. Clapboard general stores that provided families with all they needed are few and hard to find. This book of photos, poetry and song offers remarkable glimpses of a fast-vanishing world. The haunting images and powerful verse featured are a unique celebration of The Unpainted South. Author William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, poet, biographer and historian. He ran a shrimp boat for nine years and built houses, but his passion is writing. He has published twenty two books, including Gullah Cuisine, Heaven is A Beautiful Place, Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden, Mrs. Whaley Entertains, and his acclaimed novel, The Hard to Catch Mercy.

Seldon B. Hill

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Photographer Selden B. Hill is the founding director of The Village Museum in McClellanville. Along with Susan Hoffer McMillan, he published the photography collection McClellanville and the St. James Santee Parish in 2006. He continues to actively pursue photography, exploring the less-traveled paths of SC Lowcountry. You can find The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World in local bookstores including Litchfield Books in Litchfield and Harborwalk Books in Georgetown. It is also available through The Village Museum in McClellanville, and online at My Sister’s and at

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LowcountryCompanion 4 Lowcountry Scoop Interesting local news

16 Lowcountry Eco Adventures “Green” things to do & see

23 Listen to the Past by Elizabeth Moses

26 Lowcountry Lodging Great places to stay

26 Lowcountry Calendar Things to do

33 Murrells Inlet Map 36 Heritage Sites

40 Dining Guide A showcase of fine Lowcountry eateries

43 Camellias by Kimberly Duncan

by Kimberly Duncan

Associate Publishers Kimberly Duncan Sherri Estridge Advertising Sales Kimberly Duncan Sherri Estridge Lisa Sizemore Editor Kimberly Duncan Graphic Design Sherri Estridge Front Cover Photographer Mark Hilliard

Contributing Writers Kimberly Duncan Sherri Estridge Marla Stroupe Jill Santopietro Becky Billingsley Elizabeth Moses Linda Ketron Very Special Thanks to Linda Ketron Jeanette Berry Bill HIlls Jerry McKinnon Blane Edwards Linda Mott

Mark Hilliard Mark began dabbling in black and white photography at the young age of thirteen, and the hobby quickly became a lasting and important part of his life. While serving in the US Navy, he traveled extensively throughout the world before accepting a position with Eastman Kodak in the early 1980s. After retiring from Eastman Kodak in the mid-90s, Mark started taking nature photographs on a full time basis in the upstate area of NY. In 1997, Mark moved to Murrells Inlet, SC and lived aboard a small boat. He spent this time exploring and photographing the waterways, islands and wildlife of the Lowcountry. He is now well known and respected as an advocate for environmental issues.

47 Southern Flying Squirrels by Kimberly Duncan

24 Sister Peterkin

About the Cover Artist

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When asked about his philosophy on nature photography he says: “I tend to concentrate on the smaller, secret side of nature that most people overlook, a different view on the world that surrounds us each and every day. I work in color but Black & White and Infrared photography have a special place in my heart; they tend to show a different view of the things we pass every day. I look at my photographs as portraits of nature rather than pictures, and I often spend hours with a single subject.” Mark’s photography is widely published in many national and local papers and magazines. He has won numerous national awards and competitions. He is an active member of Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA), as well as the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and PDIA. Make time to visit The Lens Work Gallery in Pawleys Island. Located in the Village Shops, the facility hosts a large area for photography training, as well an impressive gallery showcasing Mark’s work. Visit the website(s):

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Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast, boater, beach lover or all of the above, Marina Village has something you’ll treasure, with prices Thanks hanks to an ambitious project of the starting in the mid $200s. Enjoy the eightyUniversity niversity of South Carolina Libraries, SC slip marina, a new swimming pool and Yacht newspapers ewspapers published between 1860 and Club (available for group events) events), tennis courts 1922 922 can now b be accessed d on the h IInternet. and clubhouse, as well as the natural beauty The University says its libraries’ SC Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) offers a glimpse that defines Belle Isle. History buffs will enjoy into life in the Palmetto State during some of strolling through historic Battery White, a Civil War battlement that shares the landscape its most turbulent history. The newspapers with Marina Village and neighboring Belle Isle are available at http:/ newspaper. Explore the website to learn more! Yacht Club. Village residents even have access to the community’s private Pawleys Island beach house.

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The new, relocated and well-appointed Marina Village model is available for private tours by Starr Skotnicki, Broker-in-Charge at Belle Isle Realty, LLC, which exclusively represents the property. All units include upscale features and finishes like granite countertops, stainless pp , hardwood floors, deep crown steel appliances, molding and large screene screened porches to take in the stunning water views. Now is a great time to find your way home to Marina Village at Belle Is Isle. With several recent sales, availability is limited, but pricing is better than ever. For mo more information, 843.527.27 or Starr@ contact Starr at 843.527.2722

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find specially requested items. In fact, they can have kitchen equipment shipped directly to your back door. And, if having a warranty on restaurant equipment is more important than saving money, they’ll do more than point you in the right direction; they will research the sale for you. The owners, restaurateurs themselves, know firsthand just how stressful, expensive, and time-consuming it is to open and maintain any food service business. Their aim is to save money and simplify the process for their clients. Contact them at 843.545.7777 or by email at (The website should be up and running soon,

Choices for Every Reader There are so many options available to those of us who love to read. If we crave the latest technology, we download and devour books on our e-readers. If we are fans of a particular author, we wait impatiently until their latest hardback is released. If we belong to a reading group, we select our titles and share our thoughts with others. If we’re more traditional, we visit book stores to see what strikes our fancy. With so many choices, it’s more convenient than ever to experience the pleasure of (continued)

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Shop Locally As seasons for giving approach, please think long and hard about shopping locally. From toy stores and fine gifts to elegant attire and sporting goods, we are privileged to have a wealth of businesses from which to choose. The people who own and operate Lowcountry retail establishments bring diversity and economic opportunity to this community. So, if you care about your neighbors and friends – and the local economy – please support your local merchants. It’s the right thing to do.

Give the Gift of Dining Take a gander at Lowcountry Companion’s dining reviews. Do you have a friend, business colleague or family member with a fast-approaching birthday or anniversary – and gift giving inspiration is slow in coming? Are you tired of fighting the holiday crowds to shuffle through racks of ties and sweaters before heading home with the not-so-perfect gift? A gift certificate to one of our great restaurants is a no-fail solution to every gift giving quandary. One size fits all. reading. My Sister’s Books in Pawleys Island has been expanding services to offer their customers choices in how they access print and audio books – and more. At the store, located on 13057 Ocean Hwy., customers will find a wide variety of previously read paperbacks and audio books at half the original price. Perhaps best of all, when you’re finished, you can usually trade them back in for credit toward your next purchase. It’s recycling at its best! After nearly a decade in the bookstore business, My Sister’s Books has taken steps to accommodate e-reader owners and the customers who love to order new publications. Check out the website, You can search by title, author, genre or subject through an extensive inventory of new hardback and paperback books, e-books, music, and movies. To make the ordering process even easier, they’ve provided a link on the site that offers step-by-step instructions. Shipping is free on most orders; just use the

free shipping code at the top of the website order page. If you have a college student in the family, they can buy or rent textbooks through the website too. Just enter the names of the needed textbooks, search what’s available and place them in the online textbook rental cart. If you’re looking for a particular book, have questions about online ordering, or need ideas for your reading group list, don’t hesitate to call My Sister’s Books at 843.235.9618. Sisters Bess Long and Fran Clarkson and any member of the knowledgeable staff will be glad to help you. Pawleys Island store hours (13057 Ocean Hwy, Unit C) are 10 AM until 6 PM. Winter hours, November through February, are 10 AM until 5 PM. Be sure to ask about the store’s extensive selection of books by local and regional authors – and let “the sisters” know Lowcountry Companion sent you!

A Lulu of Store! Going to a party? This is a fun, funky gift idea when you’re not sure what wine to bring to a dinner party, but know the family has a pet they adore. Give a gift that will be a hit with both! A line of “wine” (it’s broth – but don’t tell) comes in cleverly named flavors like “Barkundy Beef,” “White Sniff ‘n Tail,” and “Pinot Leasheo.” The “Sniff ‘n Tail” is part salmon broth, so cats like it, too. Gifts for pet owners include paw-covered aprons and kitchen towels, and fragrant breed-shaped soaps for the bath. Check out the selection of mugs, picture frames and beautiful handmade cards, too.

dog attire and accessories – holiday outfits, special bridal wear, rain slickers, jewelry, birthday collars and party supplies, problem solving games, “Planet Dog” chew toys – the list is long. This store’s main attraction is Lulu herself. A sweetheart who meets and greets with enthusiasm, you’ll most likely find her peeking through the bottom shelf beside the front counter. Stop by and take in all the good stuff Nancy and Lulu have to offer. Please tell them we sent you! (continued)

Drop by the “Barkery” for healthy baked treats and the spa section for aromatic shampoos, conditioners, detanglers and ear wipes. If your precious pooch has odor “issues,” “Smog Remedy” works on bad breath and, well, other end odors, too. You’ll be tempted by a whimsical selection of

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 Since 1938, the Hammock Shops Village has been a favorite destination for locals as well as visitors to the Carolina Lowcountry In a historic setting shaded by moss-draped oaks, over 20 charming specialty shops and restaurants offer you one of the most unique and inviting places to browse, shop and dine

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Lowcountry Companion Something for everyone. Sizes from zero to 3X fill bargain-laden racks. Shoes, hats, coats, lingerie, beachwear, jewelry, “movie star” sunglasses and all sorts of accessories line the shelves.


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small and large, and patterns for everything from socks and scarves to shawls. There’s an assortment of inexpensive last minute gift ideas (many $20 or less!) you can whip up in a day or two. And here’s a great gift idea for men: a 100% cashmere scarf. Masculine patterns are at the ready.

Those interested in learning should inquire about classes. Word has it that at Island There’s always a sale. Always. The outdoor Knits learning the craft is more fun than a racks feature unbelievable deals for two bucks night on the town! Call Susan for details at 843.235.0110. Ask about Kumihimo, a and 60% off. Inside, discounts range from Japanese form of weaving that’s easy and a twenty to fifty percent. great way to use up yarns in your stash. Make Beehive racks are always full, always fresh, belts, necklaces, dog leashes etc. Even kids can do this! and Beehive shopping is always fun. To take in all there is to offer in this treasure trove, allot at least an hour to browse and try Tons of Details! things on. There’s a reading area for those just along for the ride (the restaurant next door They are not researchers or detectives, but has a cozy bar, too!). Beehive is in Murrells Peggy Altman and her sister are masters at Inlet, just south of the corner of Highway 17 Business and Wachesaw Road. Believe it when scoping out details. Their boutique in the Hammock Shops is a glittering showcase we tell you, Beehive “beecomes” a habit. of hand-picked accessories that are almost 843.651.6978. overwhelming in scope and variety.

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The ever-growing collection of sterling is nothing shy of immense. Many pieces are ~ Wide Variety of Styles & Sizes ~ Baby boomers shunned it, but their kids call it reminiscent of the Lowcountry – think starfish hip. From movie actresses and legal secretaries and seashells. Chandelier earrings, thick rope to new moms and college students, today’s bracelets, multi-stranded necklaces … the list knitters hardly resemble little old ladies. is long and luscious. In the sea of silver, you’ll Trendy types everywhere are learning to find trendy fashion sets and separates. Choose knit, and what once seemed a dying craft has from a huge collection of watches with become totally chic. prices that begin at only $10! And speaking of affordable, the store’s reading glasses and Statistics show that nearly forty million sunglasses are priced from just $12. Don’t miss Located in “Old Strickland’s Store,” people in the U.S. know how to knit and the Pannee line. Hand strung on silk ribbons, 4634 Hwy 17 Bus.In the heart of Murrells Inlet, SC crochet. These figures offer clear evidence freshwater pearls meet Swarovski crystals for a that younger women (and a few plucky stunning look. gentlemen!) are taking up the needles to embrace “the new yoga.” Knitters have long Children’s jewelry includes birthstone and Happy Tenth recognized the therapeutic benefits of their “peace sign” rings, pearls, hip yarn bracelets Anniversary to Award craft. Finally, the rest of the world is catching and much more. Comfy-soft U-shaped pillows Winning Beehive! on. “It’s my form of meditation,” says one for cradling a baby’s tender head come with young woman. “I was able to go off doctora variety of adorable animal faces. Details For over a decade now, this award winning prescribed sedatives when I took up knitting.” also carries a collection of pretty bows and women’s boutique has been on Lowcountry’s headbands young fashion plates will love. radar for unique shopping. Others notice, Some credit the revival of knitting to the too: Sun News readers voted Beehive “Best newfound bounty of patterns, supplies and There are so many treasures awaiting Consignment Shop” for 2011 – a repeat luxurious yarns from lace weight to super discovery at this great location. It’s the only performance from 2009, with 2010 garnering chunky. Fortunately, everything the modern place in Pawleys that you’ll find Caspari Lisa Sizemore’s cool store a top mention. knitter needs for this addictive hobby can bridge cards, tally sheets and pads. The store Here’s why: be found at Island Knits in the Island Shops has a line of cards and stationery that can be at Pawleys Island. Savvy owners feature fine personalized on the premises. Visit Details Dress “to the nines” without breaking your yarns that include Adrienne Vittadini, Rowan, soon. You’ll find them in the Hammock Shops, budget. Beehive insists on clean, top-quality Plymouth, Tahki, Dale of Norway and many right beside another Lowcountry favorite, the merchandise with a focus on high-end brands more, including organic cotton. They also offer Audubon Shop. offered at a fraction of what one would pay a complete line of knitting and crocheting elsewhere. accessories, a fabulous selection of buttons

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Palmetto Cheese, Pawleys’ Style ... If you enjoy pimento cheese and you think you’ve had the best, we invite you to try Palmetto Cheese™. You have never had pimento cheese like this! The recipe originated with Sassy Henry. Sassy and her husband, Brian, own the historic Sea View In on Pawleys Island. She started whipping up batches of her delightful, southern style pimento cheese to feature as an appetizer for their guests each week during the summer Lowcountry shrimp boils. Needless to say, it was a guest favorite.


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In the beginning, tourists made sure to purchase enough Palmetto Cheese™ to take home to share with family and friends. Now, the word is out, and odds are good you can buy authentic, homemade pimento cheese at your local grocery store. Palmetto Cheese™ is available at many grocery stores throughout the Southeast. (Check the website for a location near you.) Born in the Lowcountry of SC, this pimento cheese has the perfect dipping texture, a smooth taste, and is pleasing to the palate long after the last dip. Choose from one of three flavors: original, jalapeño or bacon. Palmetto Cheese is also available at Get Carried Away Southern Takeout. (See our dining section for details.) The website – – is worthy of a nice, long visit. Get recipes and serving tips, glowing testimonials and a blog. You can also sign up for a newsletter, too.

Face to Face with Palmetto Ace™ Ace™, a name long-associated solely with hardware, paint and yard tools, has expanded its focus. See what we mean at the Pawleys Island location, Palmetto Ace™ Home Center. Unique gifts and a wide variety of attractive indoor and outdoor décor and gadgets are mingled with rugged outdoor wear, fishing gear, Costa Del Mar™ sunglasses and – of course – hardware, paint and yard tools. You’ll find tide clocks and beach chairs, fun baskets and totes, Tervis Tumblers™, Big Green Egg™ grills, kids’ stuff, greeting cards, pots and pans, birdhouses, patio furniture – the list is long and a visit is a must. Grab a bag of popcorn from the

old fashioned machine at the front and take a tour. Expect to be impressed by the wide variety of products and – most of all – by the staff. The folks at Palmetto Ace™ Home Center aim to please. While you’re there, check out the Yeti coolers. Appropriately billed as “Wildly Stronger,” YETI Coolers are built to take rugged abuse. Unlike ordinary coolers, which are essentially “disposable,” every YETI is made to last. Thanks to thicker walls and added insulation (especially in the lid) and a full-frame gasket, YETI Coolers out-insulate the others! There are two full inches of insulation inside the rotomolded body and lid. Hinges are recessed to avoid knocks, and the lid has a massive, freezer-type seal. Unlike an impersonal franchised store, Palmetto Ace™ Home Center is locally owned and personally operated by proprietor Charles Biddix. Charles’ desk sits behind a big window in his upstairs office where he constantly monitors activity on the floor to make sure things run smoothly. Juggling phone calls, e-mails, meetings and more, he’s an energetic hands-on owner whose primary goal is exemplary customer service. “We’re not a big-box home improvement store,” says Charles. “We’re here to personally help our customers solve problems.” The staff is prompt, knowledgeable and pleasant – with customers and with each other. Together, they form an award-winning team of professionals at your service. Their top-notch care has helped Ace™ earn the coveted J.D. Power award for home retail stores – five years in a row! Since 1968, J.D. Power and Associates has been conducting quality and customer satisfaction research

based on survey responses from millions of consumers worldwide. Their stamp of approval is trusted, and something to be proud of, indeed. For all your home care needs and fun shopping, too, head to Palmetto Ace™ Home Center. There are gift ideas galore for all occasions. Please let them know you read it here.

Kudos, Lakes at Litchfield! Senior Living Communities recently gave a Supernova award to the Lakes at Litchfield at the company’s annual meeting. The organization operates twelve retirement communities in the Southeast and Midwest. “We are inspired by our members, and determined to help them live longer, healthier, happier lives through exceptional service,” said Jacque Richardson, executive director at the Lakes. Read more about the Lakes at Litchfield in Lowcountry’s lodging article.

Lights, Camera, Belle Baruch! The life and times of Belle Baruch – heiress, sailor and equestrian – are features of a new SC Educational Television documentary. Part of ETV’s Carolina Stories, the one-hour movie biography is directed and produced by the award-winning Betsy Newman … the same person who gave us Saving Sandy Island. George Chastain, Executive Director for The Belle W. Baruch Foundation, and Lee Brockington, Senior Interpreter for Hobcaw Barony, were approached about

Lowcountry Companion 7 a documentary on Bernard Baruch, SC native, Wall Street investor and advisor to presidents. Slowly, George and Lee turned the producers toward the larger story of Belle Baruch and her gift to the study of the environment. Hobcaw has served as an outdoor laboratory since Belle’s death in 1964. (Learn more in Lowcountry’s Heritage and Eco-Adventures sections – as well as the Calendar of Events.) Mary Miller, biographer of Belle Baruch, gave time and research to the making of the documentary. (Her book, Baroness of Hobcaw, brings Belle to life.) Several locals had parts in the movie, including the great niece of Hobcaw’s former African-American teacher. She played in a scene set in the plantation’s one-room schoolhouse, operated by the Baruchs for the children of their black employees. The young student actors sat at original desks and withstood bugs and heat, just like long ago! One special scene depicted the 1935 Christmas dinner when Bernard announces he will finally sell 5000 acres of the barony to his daughter Belle. The dining room of Hobcaw House, with a table lit by a candelabra and surrounded by characters dressed in 1930s evening gowns and tuxedos, looked for one bright night as it did in the past. The film crew also headed to Hobcaw Beach on the south end of Debidue (DeBordieu) Island and built a cabana – like Belle’s “grass shack” where she was posted as a member of U.S. Naval Intelligence during WWII. Her continual watch for German U-boats actually led to the arrest of a German saboteur who had a diabolical plan in mind. (continued)

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Loggerhead Apparel @ Harborwalk Specialties Lowcountry’s answer to all things nautical, Harbor Specialties in the Hammock Shops, is the place for water enthusiasts of every flavor. Customers will find a plethora of interesting gift ideas for Old Salts and landlubbers, too … maps of area waterways, books and movies about sailing, top-drawer boating and sporting gear, Tervis tumblers, Vera Bradley totes and accessories and clothing for men and women. And speaking of clothing, Harbor Specialties has a wildly popular new product line nesting on their shelves. It’s called Loggerhead Apparel.

Specialties include Lindsay Phillips, Switch Flops, Waxing Poetic Sterling Silver Charms, Scout Bags by Bungalow, Tilley Hats, and dozens of other must-have names too long to list. This shopping stop is worth a half hour – or four. Please tell Will we sent you!

Pet Superstore Today’s world teems with pets and their people, and Pet Galley in Murrells Inlet is at the ready with a host of first-rate products for your canine and feline companions. In addition to a huge selection of high-quality foods and snacks, the Galley is packed with merchandise from practical to prissy – for animals AND animal lovers, too.

profit public supported charity located in the Georgetown area of SC. (See our EcoAdventures section for additional detail.) SC-CARES provides a compassionate “no-kill/ no-breed” haven for abused, neglected and unwanted exotic animals. Wildlife that cannot be released become goodwill ambassadors for their species by participating in educational programs. With the help of big-hearted and generous volunteers and donors, SC-CARES sustains a safe caring place in which the animals can enjoy a good quality of life in a healthy, natural environment.

Sponsorship Adoptions make great gifts – during the holidays and all year long. Deliver a warm, fuzzy with no clean up required! All animals in the Sanctuary are up for adoption, DOGGIE TOPIARIES and adoptions make great gifts for that hardAdd some doggie drama to your yard with your pet’s breed’s shape depicted as a topiary to-buy-for person who seems to alrea dy have everything he/she needs. Adoptions last a full that lights up for a festive night time look. year, and – if they choose – foster parents are encouraged to spend time with his/her “new Harbor Specialties doesn’t generally carry FOR SPORTS FANS baby.” products with logos already sewn on. An Show support for your team with doggie important chunk of their business comes from jerseys, collars and leashes. Choose from At, please take a few minutes to custom monogramming and embroidery, Carolina Panthers, Coastal Chanticleers, SC learn much more than we have space to share so it just wouldn’t make sense. It’s a very big Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers and more. here. This organization – and its big-hearted deal, then, that they made an exception for leaders Skip and Cindy – is a Lowcountry Loggerhead Apparel. BUDDY BASICS favorite. Keep your best buds safe. The Pet Galley has Loggerhead Apparel was born in the minds of life vests, steps and ramps, training devices, two Palmetto state natives early in 2009. Sara car seats – everything you need and more Good Friends Raynor is a product of the Lowcountry; she to make sure that your dog is protected and grew up on the coast just north of Charleston. ready to face the world. Good Friends of Georgetown County is a Zac Painter is a product of the Upstate, the non-profit organization of women committed grandchild of mill workers in the textile town ON THE ROAD AGAIN? to raising money for the disadvantaged in of Spartanburg. Their company’s mission is Have all of the basics conveniently ready Georgetown County. The group is comprised to highlight the plight of the Loggerhead, a for travel with portable food and water of women of different cultural, ethnic and threatened species that nests annually on SC dispensers. Human- and pet-friendly, these religious backgrounds all working to directly beaches, as well as to bring attention to the practical containers are a must-have for those impact the communities we call home. state’s declining manufacturing industry. on the go. Nesting on the shelves at Harborwalk Specialties, Loggerhead polos are made entirely of American-grown Pima cotton, and the company is preparing to introduce additional products including T-shirts and hats, visors and belts. “It’s great to have a product in the store that’s manufactured entirely in SC. That’s rare these days,” said Will Anderson, an owner of Harbor Specialties. Add the fact that Loggerhead donates ten percent of all sales (not profits) to sea turtle conservation efforts, and he and his wife, Donna, were convinced to give the line a chance. Loggerheads launched in February of 2011 and has already donated thousands of dollars to organizations including the SC Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Charleston, the SEWEE Association and the Sea Turtle Conservatory. Other popular product lines carried at Harbor

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100% of donations raised at an annual luncheon go to those in need. This year’s luncheon is scheduled for December 8 at Pawleys Plantation. Please extend a helping hand by sending donations, made payable to Good Friends, to Doris Dawson, 363 Rice Bluff Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Better still, make plans to attend! Tickets are $20. There is a social hour at 11:30, and the lunch program will begin at 12:30. There will be special music and a door prize giveaway. For more information, call 843.235.9287. Sponsorships are also important and range from $50 to $1000. For more information on how to become a Personal or Corporate Good Friends Sponsor, please contact Good Friends President, Beth Chaplin, at 843.359.2486 or by email at (continued)

GIFT IDEA! Every pirate needs a T-Shirt from Russell’s – the last piece of old Murrells Inlet!

COMFORT COUNTS Nothing says “I love you” like a big fluffy blanket. Dogs of all sizes will adore a cuddly wrap or warm, cushioney bed from the Galley.

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Lowcountry Companion In 1732, when the seaport community of Georgetown was established, the Winyah Bay region had already begun to embrace the rich traditions of its diverse residents. Over time, the cultures of Native Americans, Europeans and Africans merged to form a rich blend of art, architecture and accents. In these early years, hunting and fishing provided much of the food and its importance was well understood.

Winyah Bay’s Rich History by Kimberly Duncan For Native American Indians, the earliest inhabitants of Winyah Bay, hunting and fishing was life. Stories and artifacts give credence to researchers and historians who believe Spaniards made their first recorded North American expedition on the shores of Winyah Bay in 1526. Indigenous waterfowl, turkey, deer, fish and shellfish provided what they needed to survive. Winyah Bay – roughly 525,000 acres – accepts the river-to-sea flow of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Sampit and Waccamaw rivers and tributaries. Together, these waterways quietly spill into Winyah Bay and form the third largest estuarine watershed on the East Coast. Rice was cultivated here for centuries, and the wetlands are a nationally significant habitat for waterfowl. Upland tracts support endangered red-cockaded woodpecker colonies. Many other threatened or endangered species can be found throughout Winyah Bay, including bald eagles, short-nosed sturgeon, loggerhead sea turtles, peregrine falcons, least terns, piping plovers and wood storks. Schools of dolphin and large alligators swim area waters.

In the early 1900s, affluent northerners flocked here to hunt and fish with local sportsmen and landowners. Their quarry varied from ducks, deer, quail and hogs to the fish found in our rivers, creeks and in the bay. Out of all this came a fine sporting heritage. Hunting, fishing, art, dogs, decoys and firearms are part of this landscape and lifestyle. This heritage is celebrated today by the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival.

Winyah Bay Heritage Festival The Georgetown County Historical Society established the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival in 2007. Their goal was raising awareness of the region’s heritage of conservation, preservation, art, hunting, fishing, and decoy carving and – most importantly – generating capital funds for

the relocation and expansion of a growing Georgetown County Maritime Museum. Uniting wildlife artists, a variety of exhibitors, outdoor lovers of all sorts and collectors from across the region, the 2012 Festival will take place in various locations around the hub of Georgetown’s East Bay Park and throughout the port city. Weekend festivities begin on Friday, March 2, with the premier of the Palmetto Dock Dogs, and continues through Sunday, March 4. The Palmetto Dock Dogs are the SC affiliate of Dock Dogs, Inc., a nonprofit organization that benefits a variety of canine charities. The group promotes the canine sport of dock diving throughout the Southeast. Locals will have a chance to enter their own dogs, large or small, in the competition. On Saturday, the exhibits and events will begin and run through Sunday afternoon. Events scheduled for the weekend include a Children’s Duck Calling Clinic and Contest, a Snakes in Our Own Backyard Presentation, Birds of Prey demonstrations, SC Duck Calling Contest and more. A variety of exhibitors will display their works including decoys, wildlife art, jewelry, and other valued collections. (continued)

Cave Chosen as Festival’s Featured Artist Joseph Cave’s painting “View of Chicora Wood Plantation” was chosen as the featured art for the 2012 festival. Today, the beauty and mystique of Chicora Wood Plantation remains a testament to the heritage and culture of rice. As Cave’s painting reveals, this place still reflects the interconnectedness of land and water that gave rise to our area’s unique heritage and Lowcountry way of life. The painting will be displayed at the Georgetown County Museum on Prince Street in Georgetown. For more information about the museum or the festival, visit or Proceeds from the festival benefit the Georgetown County Historical Society and the Georgetown County Museum.

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Scents Unlimited in Downtown Pawleys Lowcountry Companion is pleased to welcome Scents Unlimited to downtown Pawleys. They offer the finest in designer re-creations of more than two hundred men’s and women’s fragrances. You may have heard the public disdainfully refer to their products as “knock-offs,” but the reality is that the reformulations may actually be more desirable than the original fragrances. Using higher concentrations of oils and less alcohol than commercially blended products, the resulting products are softer and longer-lasting than fragrances with much higher price tags. Scents Unlimited’s own exclusive is the signature scent “Carolina Rain.” Scents Unlimited has been in the Myrtle Beach area for twenty-five years. All their fragrances are available in high quality lotions, crèmes, soaps and shower gels. They also carry a wide variety of other products including home fragrances, soy candles, scented wax pottery, fragrance lamps, oils, jewelry and more - all perfect for gifting. Be sure to add them to your shopping day.

What is a Freshwater Pearl? The most traditional source of pearls has been saltwater mollusks. Some are surprised to learn that freshwater mussels, who make their homes in ponds, lakes and rivers, can also produce pearls. In fact, China has harvested freshwater pearls since the thirteenth century. And, as wedding season looms large, we thought it timely to share information about freshwater pearl jewelry.

Less expensive than traditional pearls, these pearls are exceptionally durable and especially beautiful. They are available in a wide variety of shapes and natural colors from white and champagne, to sage, shades of grey, chocolate, turquoise and even lavender-hued varieties. Choose from bracelets, earrings in abundance and necklaces with fancy clasps. While it’s true there’s no better place to harvest a deal on freshwater pearls than at White Harvest Trading Company in Pawleys Island, it is also true there’s no better place to harvest a deal on scads of home accessories and décor. Located on the corner of Petigru and Commerce in Pawleys Island – just down the street from the library – White Harvest offers a staggering selection of imported baskets, seagrass rugs, hand painted artwork, embroidered tea towels and napkins, pashmina shawls and scarves, Chinese porcelain figurines, handmade coasters, bookmarks and purses, cabana cushions and silk pillows. Christian inspired gifts are abundant, too. And that’s barely the beginning!

products arrive all the time. If you’re an out-of-town reader, you can shop online at Since the store is a bit off the beaten track – unquestionably among the Grand Strand’s most exciting secrets – here are directions: At the main light in Pawleys Island, turn west (away from the ocean) and take the second right onto Petigru Drive. Travel approximately half a mile, and look for White Harvest on the right. Please tell the friendly face that serves you that Lowcountry Companion piqued your interest.

Litchfield Books Litchfield Books, an independent bookstore located in Pawleys Island, offers lots more than regional favorites and national best sellers. They stock puzzles, games and children’s books, calendars, pretty frames, unexpected gifts and a beautiful line of Papyrus greeting cards. They also offer personalized stationery and invitations of the finest quality by Crane and William Arthur.

The story behind White Harvest Trading’s success is inspiring. This retail venue offers a marketplace for a wealth of handmade goods by loving Chinese, South Asian, Vietnamese and craftspeople from other far-flung locations. By providing a marketplace, White Harvest enables a host of ethnic minorities to dramatically improve their quality of life. That’s where the tagline “Merchandise with a Mission” took shape.

Of special note is the fact that Litchfield Books offers the in-house services of calligrapher and graphic designer Traci Green. She received professional instruction from Pat Blair, Chief Calligrapher at the White House, and her talent for designing and hand lettering has earned quite a following. Next time you need to make an extra special impression, head to Litchfield Books to see Traci’s work. She can deliver just the special touch you desire.

Making time for a long, leisurely visit is an absolute must. Tourists will not regret abandoning hammocks and beach towels to while away a couple of hours. New

There are lots of other great reasons to shop at Litchfield Books, not the least of which is that they contribute to the cultural life of our

community by creating a space for authors – from around the country and from around the world – to meet with their readers. Check out their website at; there’s an exciting schedule of upcoming book signings with nationally known authors. Please tell Tom and Vicki we told you about them!

Red Wolf Recovery In the “good ole days,” the red wolf roamed as far north as Pennsylvania and as far west as central Texas. Like its relative the gray wolf, the red wolf was virtually destroyed by large scale predator control programs. By the late 1930s, only two populations are believed to have remained; one in the Ozark/Ouachita Mountain region of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, and the other in southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas. Nearly extinct only a few decades ago, the red wolf has begun to recover with the help of captive breeding and reintroduction programs. The red wolf derived its name from the reddish color of the head, ears and legs. However, its coloring can range from very light tan to black. Weighing 45 to 80 pounds, the red wolf is smaller than the gray wolf and larger than the coyote. Also, the head is broader than the coyote’s but more narrow than the gray wolf’s. The red wolf’s most distinguishing features are the long ears and legs. (continued)

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In the wild, red wolves typically establish lifelong mates. They reach breeding maturity in their second or third year, and breed in February or March. The female wolf, sometimes assisted by the male, finds or digs a suitable den in areas such as hollow logs, ditch banks, or under rock outcrops. Two to six pups are born in April or May. The pups are born with their eyes closed and are completely dependent on their mother for about two months. They usually remain with the parents until reaching maturity, forming small family groups, or packs. Red wolf packs generally use ten to one hundred square miles of habitat. Red wolf packs are smaller than those of the gray wolf, and consist of an adult pair and young of the current and previous years. Similar to gray wolves, red wolves are very social and territorial, with aggression among pack members sometimes resulting in death. In the early part of the twentieth century, the belief that the red wolf caused widespread cattle losses gave rise to extensive predator control programs. Fear and a misunderstanding of the animals led to indiscriminate killing for bounties. Additionally, the red wolf was affected by land clearing and drainage projects, logging, mineral exploration, and road development that encroached on its forest habitat. Disease and parasites also caused mortality. Hookworm, heartworm, distemper, Parvo virus and others have taken their toll. Now, released and captive animals are vaccinated against such maladies. There is so much more to know. Simply stated, you can see red wolves at the Sewee Visitor Center – located between Georgetown and Charleston. Read more in our Eco-Adventures article. It’s amazing how many of us know so little about this magnificent animal.

A New Wave in Carpet Cleaning “The carpet industry recommends chemical cleaning versus steam cleaning,” explains Randy Stephenson of New Wave Carpet Cleaning. “Steam dumps gallons and gallons of water into your carpets – so much it’s impossible to pull it back out again.” Too often, the excess water leads to issues with mold – a problem far bigger and more insidious than dirty carpets. Furthermore, Randy went on to explain that, in 1990, government standards allowed recycled plastic to be used as carpet backing. When

this plastic material is heated via steam cleaning, it expands and often stretches the carpet. That stretching leads to even more costly repairs. New Wave uses a new technology of carpet cleaning – a technology that utilizes a safe chemical that dries quickly and removes odors. It literally encapsulates the soils found in carpets and emulsifies them. That means – and this is the best part of all – rather than leaving behind soap residue that attracts dirt and makes carpets look dirty faster – New Wave’s non-toxic chemical continues to be “sucked up and away” each time you vacuum your carpet. Carpets stay cleaner, longer. New Wave is also equipped to clean furniture and upholstery, area rugs and even mattresses. Ocean Lakes RV Center in Surfside Beach – located in the nation’s top-rated campground – uses New Wave exclusively: “… the cleaning is impeccable, whether carpet or upholstery … you cannot beat the value.” The service is extraordinary. Randy is at the ready to take your call, 843.267.3458. Please tell him Lowcountry Companion encouraged you to call.

Greenskeeper ... A Keeper! Greenskeeper is a full service florist owned by Gary Marks for more than twenty years. The shop specializes in weddings and special events – but there’s far more to know. They always have an impressive variety of plants and dish gardens and a cooler filled with beautiful arrangements and cut flowers – for delivery or to take along. Discerning shoppers on vacation should make this a must stop shop. There are candles and accessories and all sorts of niceties. The invitation selection is the largest in Pawleys Island and the surrounding area. From customized invitations by William Arthur, Vera Wang and Rita Renning to onsite imprintable invitations with no minimums and quick turn-around times – often within 24 hours! There’s a large assortment of formal, sassy and juvenile note cards that can be personalized rather quickly, too. Another “hot spot” in the store is the fun collection of napkins and plates from Caspari. Match them with Caspari invitations, and there will be no need to go anywhere else! Destination weddings have been a trend for a few years now. What couple doesn’t

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daydream about getting married on or near the beach? It’s not surprising weddings are on the upswing in the Lowcountry. “With the majority living far away, they have entrusted us to help them carry out all their ideas,” says Denise Leonard, resident designer, coordinator, and master of detail. “We have formed many friendships over the years and love it when former clients come back in to visit!” She’ll be happy to show you around the wedding gift area that’s filled with must-have accessories ranging from Koozies and memorable guestbooks, to attendant totes to thoughtfully packaged candles for bridesmaids – or the honeymoon suite. The Knot Wedding Magazine tallied up votes by their brides and named Greenskeeper Florist one of the top ten wedding professionals in all of SC for 2010. They are justifiably proud of this award and continue to strive for more accolades by offering unlimited customer service. Greenskeeper Florist is located on the east side of Business 17 at the traffic light in Pawleys Island. Set the date, plan the party and call Greenskeeper. 843.237.2013

Memories, Memoirs and Miracles If ever you yearned to learn more about the South Strand of SC, its people … and what makes this part of the world so unique, Murrells Inlet: Memories, Memoirs and Miracles is a book for you. In truth, anyone from any background can benefit from the wisdom shared on this book’s pages. Compiled from dozens of stories about real people in real life situations – an autistic young woman seeking friendship; estranged siblings finding forgiveness; a young man relearning to walk after a horrific car accident – are inspiring and thought provoking. Author Tim Callahan is the editor and publisher of the Murrells Inlet Messenger, a local newspaper for Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach, SC. His books have been featured in articles by the New York Times, Associated Press and USA Today. For his work in this book, Callahan won four of nine state writing awards offered to associate members in the SC Press Association.

Lowcountry Companion 11 Locally, you can find Tim’s book at Litchfield Books and My Sister’s Books. If you’re in another bookstore, ask if the book is in stock. They may pick up the title after Lowcountry goes to press. If you’d like to order by mail, send $14.99, plus $2.95 shipping and handling, to: Murrells Inlet Messenger, PO Box 612, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. You can ask questions at 843.344.3197; or visit

Strand Cinema Founding memberships are flowing in for The Swamp Fox Players’ new division, Strand Cinema, the area’s first and only art house cinema, located at the Strand Theater on Front Street in Georgetown. With its grand opening on the first weekend in December, five unique films will be shown. The new Strand Cinema opens with a delightful French romantic comedy, “Potiche” (English subtitles) starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu on Friday, Dec. 2, following a reception at 6 PM. Two screenings on Saturday, Dec. 3, will feature local film makers documentaries of World War II battles: Heidi Mehltretter and Richard Lanni’s “Americans on D-Day” and “Americans on Hell’s Highway” at 2:30 PM, followed by Rod Gragg’s “Return to the Battlefield” and “Season of Valor – The Battle of the Bulge” at 7 PM. The films will also show Dec. 9-10. Throughout the year, the Strand Cinema will share the stage with the Swamp Fox Players, showing independent, foreign and documentary films on weekends when there are no theatrical productions. The Eighth Annual French Film Festival, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Coastal Carolina University, will move to this new venue for its February 2012 event. Supporters who contribute $100 or more will receive a “Founding Member” card, entitling them to $2 off the price of their first 24 admissions (good through Dec. 2012). Donor information sheets and contribution forms will be available at the Strand Theater in Georgetown and the OLLI in Litchfield. For more information, call 843-527-2924 or (continued)

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We Love Our Shady Ladies! Walk into the Shades and Draperies showroom and it’s clear Sharon Davis and Sandy Sheely love what they do. Some find it surprising this mother/daughter duo has worked together an amazing thirty years. They act a lot like sisters and finish each other’s sentences. When discussing an idea, one talks while the other scurries away to find exactly the right sample – although there was never a word of instruction as to which sample should be pulled. They are friendly to a fault and not shady in the slightest; at Lowcountry we just like to call them that. It always worth a chuckle. Sharon and Sandy create lots more than window treatments. That’s a cornerstone of the business of course, and they can mastermind absolutely any kind – but they also create splendid bed coverings and exquisitely upholstered pieces from big, comfortable club chairs to custom headboards. Their selection of fabrics numbers in the hundreds of thousands – and that’s no typo. A mark of distinction is the fact that they are one of only four hundred Hunter Douglas Galleries in the country. Three-plus decades in the business lends a measure of credibility that’s hard to find, and they are justifiably proud. “We take pride in making sure every project is uniquely suited to our client’s taste and style,” said Sandy. “It is our job to make sure the finished product reflects the client’s personality, not what we like and not what is most trendy at the time.” Sandy also wants folks to know that they’re willing to work with clients over a period of time. “If you can’t afford to deck out a whole

room at once, we are very willing to tackle small projects one at a time so you get what you want at a pace you can manage.” Shades & Draperies is on Hwy. 17 Bypass, two miles north of Brookgreen Gardens, and three miles south of Inlet Square Mall. Check out the website at; phone 843.651.8177, or better yet, stop by the showroom to meet the shady ladies!

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Just “BeGauze” Gauze, gauze, gauze is wall-to-wall in Pamela Haynes’ bit-of-everything boutique in the Hammock Shops. On opening, Cabana Gauze quickly established itself as a favored shopping mecca. And, while gauze takes center stage, this eclectic gem-of-a-shop has far more to offer, including clothing, furniture, art and jewelry. And don’t presume it’s just a summer shopping stop! They carry knits, leggings and lots of tops. The men’s line has been expanded and is doing especially well. And, particularly for fall and winter, great coats from Peacock Ways are on the racks awaiting your arrival. An all new natural-linen line is reeling in accolades. Gauze is among the most easygoing fabrics ever! It’s preshrunk and goes from washer to dryer to closet with no ironing. It’s lightweight, ideal for travel and easy to layer and mix and match. Rewrap a skirt to become a dress or a swimsuit cover. There are so many options you’ll be hard-pressed to be frugal. And gentlemen, if you haven’t (continued)

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experienced the breezy feel of gauze wear, you have not yet discovered true comfort. The Cabana’s selection of men’s shirts, shorts, pants, T’s and pullovers is worth a look. Make time to browse a tempting assortment of beautiful artwork, personally crafted jewelry, funky wall hangings and paintings by local artists. Mermaid wine glasses are especially popular. Hand painted and adorned, sets can be custom-designed for the newly married, bridal parties, birthday events, holiday gifts and groups – like the real group of sassy local women who call themselves “mermaids” and roam Murrells Inlet is search of wine and margaritas! You can even bring in pictures and have likenesses painted on wine glasses. So much fun and delightfully unique! Hurry in to check out Pamela’s creative inventory in a clothing boutique where “casual meets elegance.” Tell her we sent you.

Put Yourself in Good Hands with Ronnie Gasque Since 1984, the Gasque (pronounced gaskwee) name has been under the big blue Allstate Insurance sign in Surfside Beach. Empie Gasque started the family owned and operated company. Now leading the force of insurance professionals is Ronnie Gasque – the second generation to run the show. And what a well-run show it is. “We like to think of our organization as a ‘Mom and Pop’ shop – personal, professional service driven by the support of a large corporate company,”

Ronnie comments. As one of Ronnie’s clients, I can attest to his success in fulfilling that goal; walk in their office, and you’ll feel like family. Ronnie is a SC native – a fact that makes him very familiar with the local insurance climate, thus enabling him to match policies to an individual’s or family’s specific needs. Friendly and knowledgeable, he and his staff are a pleasure to work with and offer excellent customer support. Though the company maintains a small agency feel, they offer all the trimmings of a large agency. Choose from motorcycle, auto, homeowner’s, renter’s, condo, umbrella or commercial protection – and expect outstanding customer service and easy communications.

Lowcountry Companion 13 with the über-friendly folks at First Trust Mortgage, 843.235.8681, and let them hook you up with the financing you need.

Tell him his Lowcountry pals sent you.You won’t be sorry.

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Make time to visit Thompson Nature Photography in Pawleys Island. Visit the website, too: www.ThompsonNaturePhoto. com. And please tell him Lowcountry sent you!

If you are contemplating buying a full-time residence or a simple getaway, now is the perfect time to buy real estate – if you have the money and a secure job. As buyers stood frozen in the headlights of the economic downturn, real estate sales have sagged in many parts of the country. As a result, prices have dropped in many markets. “It’s a buyer’s market,” notes one local broker. “You may be able to buy a house that is undervalued … in addition; mortgage rates have fallen near historic lows, substantially reducing the cost of financing for buyers with good credit.”

Ronnie is community-oriented businessman, and you’ll often find him or one of his team volunteering at various events. Ronnie and this writer have been schlepping beverages at Murrells Inlet’s annual Oyster Roast, alongside Lisa Sizemore (owner of the fabulous women’s consignment boutique, Beehive!), for years now. We have fun, and it’s become a tradition! (By the way, this year’s roast is November 19th from 11:30-3:30 in the parking lot of Spud’s restaurant on the waterfront in the Inlet.)

Buyers who act now rather than wait are likely to see the best return. This quote was found in an article by Jay McDonald on Yahoo Finance: “Somebody has to start buying, and when they do, there are going to be more buyers on the market, which is going to cause home prices to go up … When you stimulate home prices, the economy is affected in a positive way. Most people don’t realize that by the time news that things are better hits the press, the opportunity may be lost.”

Bottom line is this: Whether you’re new to the area or looking to save money on your insurance, do give Ronnie a call at 843.238.7777. Not only can he probably save you money, but you will also have made a trusted friend – a valuable asset in the sometimes confusing world of insurance.

Don’t miss your chance to score a great deal! Turn to the Lowcountry’s finest Realtors® to scout out the market. Pawleys Island Realty and Georgetown Realty have been around for decades and can find anything you need. Marina Village at Belle Isle is a clutch of condos with great amenities, breathtaking views of Winyah Bay and its own marina. When you find the perfect place, get in touch

Meet Sean Thompson Geoffrey Sean Thompson is the owner of Thompson Nature Photography, a photography business that provides fine art printing, nature photography classes, workshops and excursions out of Litchfield Beach, SC. Sean’s photographic interests include nature, wildlife and architectural subjects. His favorite subject is wetland photography. His photographs have been published locally in the Sun News, Georgetown Times, Waccamaw Times, Tidelands Magazine and Lowcountry Companion, as well as in calendars sold throughout the nation. Last year, Sean was selected as one of only forty photographers whose works are being used to decorate the new Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC. (continued)

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Most recently, Sean’s handiwork can be seen gracing the cover of Dorothea Benton Frank’s latest, greatest novel titled Bulls Island. It’s an exquisite photo that perfectly captures the Lowcountry mystique. In September, he also won First Place in Closeup at the Western NC Second Annual Foto Fest in Black Mountain, NC. Located on the west side of Highway 17 at the main traffic light in Litchfield, Sean’s gallery is sure to impress and inspire. Additionally, his photography can be found at local art festivals such as Art in the Park in Myrtle Beach, Artists under the Arcade in Brookgreen Gardens and the famous Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Murrells Inlet. Other retail outlets include Keepsakes Gift Shop in Brookgreen Gardens and the Audubon Shop in Pawley Island.

Technology Takes Over As information technology advances sweep the world, the once seemingly remote possibility of a “smart house” is coming within reach for more and more of us. Through an integrated network of computer, entertainment, and security components, houses today can be managed from down the hall, down the street, or even across the country. With widespread wireless Internet availability and capabilities, savvy homeowners can save on climate control bills, accommodate the business and recreation needs of all family members at the same time, and have greater peace of mind while traveling. Customized smart homes allow their owners to change lighting, monitor security systems, adjust drapes, control televisions and personal computers, even change temperatures in hot tubs and pools – all through their personal computer or smart phones. “Planning a smart home is a cost-effective idea, especially if you are building something new,” explains WorkInn Technical Specialist, Don Reid. “Cabling a new home to take maximum advantage of today’s technology can cost only a few hundred dollars. The cost to enable an older home can be several thousand dollars.” In a resort community like the Waccamaw Neck, a smart home can be especially beneficial for vacation home owners, enabling them to check on property and make temperature or electronic adjustments as neces-

sary. Imagine being able to turn off small appliances from your primary residence hundreds of miles away! Home builders and technology companies have been partnering to construct smart houses for several years. The concept is growing in popularity as computer systems become more sophisticated and less costly.

but the satisfaction and fun of taking part.”

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For birthdays, holidays and special occasions, a Brookgreen Gardens membership is an affordable and singularly unforgettable gift – for you and everyone else on your list. An individual partnership is only $60 and a family partnership costs only $30 more. Members enjoy free admission to the Gardens, invitations to seasonal events and special programs, a subscription to the Brookgreen Journal and Garden Path newsletter, and discounts in the Keepsakes gift shop, Pavilion Restaurant and Courtyard Café. Purchase memberships at Brookgreen Gardens, online at, or by phone at 843.235.6015.

Now entering its fourteenth season at the Murrells Inlet Community Center, the Murrells Inlet Community Theatre (MICT) began in the spring of 1998 with a small cadre of interested volunteers. Borrowing furniture for the sets, painting coffee-cans for the lights, sewing drapes to cover the windows, the theatre put on its first show, Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” on the stage of the red-brick, former elementary school in the fall of 1998 – and they’ve never looked back. (They pay rent to Georgetown County through a portion of ticket sales.) “What we wanted to do then, what we have done and will continue to do “ says Holley Aufdemorte, founder and past-president of the group, “is offer a range of good, accessible, live local theater – sometimes drama, sometimes comedy: plays that provoke tears and laughter, and hopefully touch the hearts and minds of the people who come to enjoy them.” The MICT puts on three plays each year – fall, winter, and spring. Offerings have included works by American masters including Simon and Arthur Miller, as well as plays by local playwrights and local favorites like “Steel Magnolias.” In addition to plays, MICT has an active “readers theatre” group that stages informal dramatic readings at venues including retirement communities, civic clubs, and nursing homes. Current MICT President, Mike Bivona, notes that the theatre troupe is always looking for volunteers for everything from building and painting sets to acting and directing, ushering, and learning the intricacies of operating the sound and lights. “We’ve moved well beyond the ‘coffee-can’ stage of things,” he laughs. “But we are, and will remain, an amateur theatre. It takes a lot of dedicated people to put on a show, and at MICT there’s a job for everyone – and no pay

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Next year, if all goes according to schedule, Murrells Inlet will be getting a new community center – and among much else, that center will be the new home of this homegrown theater. For further information on MICT, check their website,

Atalaya Comes Alive A new audio tour at Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park helps visitors interpret the life and legacy of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington and the winter home they built for themselves amid the maritime forests and sand dunes of the SC coast. Anna Hyatt Huntington was a renowned twentieth century sculptor, known especially for detailed sculptures of animals and

a philanthropist and noted scholar on Hispanic culture. Archer designed Atalaya, now a National Historic Landmark, based on Moorish castles he’d seen on the Mediterranean coast. The new audio tour is 45 minutes long and includes excerpts from an interview with Anna Hyatt Huntington. The actual voice of Anna – and background bear growls, barking dogs, birdsong, and the soft hush of ocean waves – brings Atalaya to life as a narrator guides guests through the house. Docent-led tours are offered at Atalaya from March through November, but the new audio tour is available year-round. The cost is $4 per person plus the regular Atalaya admission of $1 per person. Tours can be purchased by cash or check at Atalaya or by credit card in the park store. See Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and Eco-Adventures articles for more detailed information about Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya.

Frank’s Restaurant … Cowabunga! Excellence is a trait that runs deep in the McClary family. Salters and Woofie, owners of the local powerhouse restaurant , Frank’s, have been insisting on excellence in their business for nearly 25 years. Their personal life is no different. It is clear they have instilled an ethic of hard work and ambition in all three of their beautiful daughters, Leldon (16), Marguerite (14) and Emory (12). No one in this family settles for mediocrity. (continued)

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From the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, south through the beach communities of Litchfield and Pawleys Island, the South Strand moves at a slower, sweeter pace. Daytrip to discover restaurants, shopping, historic attractions, state parks, golf courses, gardens and more.

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Lowcountry Companion With a Dad who surfs and a Mother who has traveled far and wide for triathlons, it’s not surprising the three sisters have a talent for athletics. Marguerite’s passion is soccer, but all three girls have competed in surfing, a sport that’s enjoyed a major comeback. In the last decade or so, Leldon – who favors the long board, and Emory – crazy good on a short board– are steadily climbing the ranks to regional and national competitions. Despite the relatively small surf here in SC, these girls are competing very successfully in places like Montauk, NY, Atlantic City, NJ, Hatteras, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Ponce Inlet, Fl, and Sebastions Inlet, Fl . They have traveled and surfed in places like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the British Virgin Islands and Mexico. Surfing for fun is what Woofie likes. No stress, just warm weather, good food and wine. Could Hawaii be next? (That’s what Mom is hoping for!) The McClary’s appreciate the opportunity to travel with their girls, but they also enjoy using those occasions to seek out great new restaurants and bring new ideas and trends home to Frank’s. Surf’s up, girls! Here at Lowcountry Companion, we’re mighty proud!

Roz Rocks! Roz’s Rice Mill Café is located in the Hammock Shops. Roz’s culinary talents have recently been celebrated by none other than the selective folks at Southern Living magazine. Two of Roz Wyndam’s creative recipes appear in their Off the Eaten Path cookbook. From the lunch menu, they chose Roz’s portabella and grilled shrimp sandwich, served with a goat cheese spread and


spinach on tomato-basil focaccia bread. A dinner entrée of lobster and grits in a sweet chili lime butter will be featured as well. At Lowcountry, we’re not surprised. Back in 2005, Southern Living wrote that Roz’s “will make you want to move to Pawleys Island so you can eat here every day.” The restaurant remains a culinary mainstay of the Lowcountry. Oh, and by the way, Roz’s Soy and Ginger Dressing, the signature dressing at Roz’s, is now available by the bottle at the restaurant or at several of the local shops and grocery stores. Please contact Roz by telephone or email for large quantities or shipments. Learn more about Roz’s on Facebook, in Lowcountry Companion’s Dining Guide and at

It’s a Bird’s Life Why does something so simple accomplish so much? It’s a natural sequence: the more you feed the birds, the greater number of birds will survive to raise their young. The more you feed the birds during nesting season, the less time the parents will need to stay away from the nest foraging for food. The better the baby birds are fed, the higher their survival rate. The more baby birds that survive, the more insects they consume. The fewer insects you have, the fewer chemicals you’ll have to use. The fewer chemicals you use, the healthier you, your children, your pets, your yard and the water supply will be. The healthier the habitat, the more birds there will be. The more you feed the birds, the sooner all of this will happen. So feed birds, and make a world of difference!

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greeter, Putter never met a stranger, and his new friends never forgot his smile. Quick with a wag and nuzzle, Putter’s attitude towards all living things made instant friends wherever he and Diane went. Their lives were filled with trips to the store, long beach walks, Inlet sunrises and a spiritual bond few are ever lucky enough to experience.

There’s far more than gear for birders. There really is something for everyone. Teachers, parents, grandparents and children shouldn’t miss the entire room chock full of educational toys, books and activity starters. Gardeners can choose from lawn ornaments, flags and design posts to customize any outdoor space. There’s a tempting selection of garden gloves and whimsical “pot sitters.”

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In the gallery, fans of local artists and craftsmen will find selections from potters John and Jan Myers, wildlife photographer Sean Thompson, molded plaque maker Scott Penegar, photographer Robin Smith and popular Pawleys Island calendar photographer James Archambeault. John James Audubon prints are available too. Oh, and the wind chimes! The wind chimes are remarkable. Come be surprised by all of the useful and creative treasures at The Audubon Shop and Gallery. It’s a fabulous place to stop in and find a last minute gift or a meaningful souvenir for absolutely anyone. Audubon Society members receive a 10% discount. Tell them you read about it in Lowcountry Companion.

Farewell, Friend This past summer, Lowcountry bid a fond farewell to one of our all-time favorite canine companions, Putter Rastello. A sweet soul wrapped in swirls of soft, chocolate fur, left behind his lifelong companion, Diane Rastello. Diane, who owns the Audubon Shop and Gallery in the Hammock Shops in Pawleys, is a veteran Lowcountry advertiser, a community icon, and devoted friend and neighbor. Every dog lover will understand when we say we continue to grieve with her in her loss.

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Most people are aware of the plight of endangered animals. Far fewer realize time is running out for more than eight thousand tree species. Through February of 2012, Brookgreen Gardens will be hosting a traveling exhibit from the Morton Arboretum, an internationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. The exhibit, called Vanishing Acts: Trees under Threat, is free with Garden admission and offers a compelling look at threatened and endangered trees. “You might not hear a lot about globally endangered trees, but it’s a problem as serious as the plight of endangered animals,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “In many cases, both are losing habitat to the same forces. The exhibit helps people understand why we all must protect endangered trees, and how everyone can act as a champion for trees.” Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat is strategically placed along a pathway in Brookgreen’s Arboretum where visitors can walk and view fifteen tree-shaped exhibit panels that tell compelling stories. World maps show the countries where the endangered trees live and action steps to promote tree conservation. Each story reflects the exhibit’s primary theme – to protect and save endangered trees so future generations can experience the benefits of a forested environment. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is an accredited outdoor museum, located on Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, is open daily to the public. )Read more in Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and Eco-Adventures sections.)

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and even a paddle to the Civil War shipwreck of the USS Harvest Moon.

SC’s Lowcountry is blessed with literally hundreds of miles of creeks, streams, rivers, rice canals, cypress swamps and coast marshes. Give shape to an adventure all your own by turning to Lowcountry Companion’s favorite ecotourism experts.

Naturalists will enlighten you with stories of the area’s history as well as enhance your observation of wildlife. Many are pleasantly surprised to learn that participation requires only a moderate level of physical fitness. First timers have no trouble paddling the area’s gentle waterways (no waterfalls or rapids) with their guide’s safety and paddling instruction. Children younger than thirteen ride in tandem kayaks to assist with their parent’s paddling. Typically, reservations are required at least a day in advance for tours.

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Each ch of the Lowcountry’s seasons delivers memo memory-making relaxation or recreation. Treasured vistas and d an astonishing i hi collection ll i off wildlife ildlif wait i on every shore, in every marsh, along countless creeks and endless ribbons of river. Everywhere, all around, there are sandy woodlands, maritime forests, big dunes and wide, wonderful inlets and bays. Live oaks and native palmettos grow side by side. Memorize the sight and sound of waves breaking on white beaches. Natives will be happy to demonstrate the perfect technique for gigging flounder – or catching crab with chicken necks. Nap in a hammock or bask in sunshine at the edge of a dune. Take time to notice the ocean’s moods and colors; they are never the same.

Black River Outdoors Center is the Grand Strand’s first and longestserving outfitter for paddlers seeking to explore the wide range of ecological communities that make up the SC Lowcountry. Since 1994, trained naturalists have guided visitors in wide and stable solo (one person) and tandem (two-person) recreational kayaks into blackwater swamps, salt marsh creeks, and rice plantation canals and creeks.

Year-round guided tours (choose from two, four and six-hour kayak explorations) include expeditions to If you live locally, enrich life by taking time to explore the natural beauty afforded you. If you’re visiting, the Sandy Island Preserve, Murrells Inlet and Huntington Beach salt marsh choose as many things to do as time permits. Then make plans to return quickly! Hold tight to this creeks, Cypress/Tupelo swamps along issue and/or visit; everyone knows it’s the area’s most comprehensive the Waccamaw and Black Rivers, the resource for the South Strand’s natural pleasures. This trip, every trip, there will be a warm welcome abandoned rice fields along Jericho waiting in our corner of the world! Creek, Georgetown’s historic harbor,

Guided kayak fishing tours are also available. An experienced kayak fishing guide will take you to the area’s hottest spots for reeling ‘em in. Fresh and saltwater trips are available in varied locations throughout Georgetown, Pawleys Island, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Little Pee Dee and Socastee. Call the Outdoors Center for more information about scheduling a fishing tour. Kayak and canoe rentals at the best area rates are available either by the day or at discounted weekly rates (fifth day of rental free!). Multiday rentals get free delivery to beach houses from Murrells Inlet through Pawleys Island and Georgetown. Life jackets, paddles, and car-top carriers are included. To learn more or review the kayaking tour schedule, visit the website at (continued)

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843.235.3500 Scott Benston started Surf The Earth in 1990 after spending five years skiing, biking, or surfing some of the best spots in the world, including five Rocky Mountain winters, extended stays throughout the South Pacific and a large part of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Surf The Earth is Pawleys Island’s only surf, skate and kayak outfitter. They offer a full range of rentals with free local delivery. Rental products include a variety of surfboards and kayaks for the entire family. A primary piece of their mission is the desire to introduce and educate outdoor enthusiast to the Lowcountry’s spectacular ecosystem. To that end, there are lots of tours and classes to check out. Seasonally, the options vary but here’s a sampling: surf camps, waterman camps, paddleboard tours, barrier island kayak tours, Midden Island kayak tours, local salt marsh tours, paddleboard yoga classes and private surf lessons all year long by Certified Surf Instructors. All sorts of private naturalist-guided kayak trips explore area marsh and inlets. Please call in advance for reservations. Surf The Earth’s retail location features hundreds of in-stock surfboards, a full range of kayaks, surfboats and Hobie Pedal Boats. The Custom Beach Cruisers from Nirve bikes, and the largest selection of top surf brands bring out the bohemian set in droves. Bikinis, sandals, sunglasses, bodyboards, skimboards, and jewelry are among many tempting wares. It it’s hip, it’s here. Surf The Earth is located on the east side of Highway 17, a half-mile south of Pawleys Island’s North Causeway. Retail hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Loads more awaiting your discovery on the website – and on location. Please tell Scott we sent you.

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Located near Brookgreen Gardens, Sandy Island is a unique land form that supports a diverse assemblage of natural communities. Bordered by the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers, this “island in time” is characterized by a topography of meandering creeks, dozens of trails, enormous trees, uncommon plant communities, black bears and one of the rarest birds on earth — the red-cockaded woodpecker. Steep, sandy dunes, forty feet above sea level, represent the County’s highest elevations. At more than 9,000 acres, the island is a complex tangle of wetland and upland communities. The 1,100 acres of wetlands along the Waccamaw River, on the east side of Sandy Island, were converted to rice plantations during the 1800s. A few remnant impoundments and water control structures used for rice culture are still intact. There is no bridge to Sandy Island, but there are four public boat landings near the island on the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers. The public is welcome during daylight hours, but guests are asked to stay away from the eastern quarter of the Island where more than a hundred residents – descendants of former slaves – make their home. Visit to find out more about tours led by a lifelong resident of the Island, Captain Rommy L. Pyatt. With him as your guide, you will be able to experience the culture and history of the Island’s Afro-American community. Important landmarks include a school built in the 1930s, the old Mount Rena Cemetery, the School Boat, the Firehouse, and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, founded in 1880. Call the Captain at 843.408.7187 and tell him you read it in Lowcountry Companion. The Sandy Island Preserve was purchased by the SC Department of Transportation to preserve the natural communities of Sandy Island, and to provide mitigation for impacted wetlands from public projects in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina. In 2011, SCDOT’s portion of the island was transferred to The Nature Conservancy. Additionally, a large portion of the island is now managed by the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. For additional information, including landing locations and trail guides, contact The Nature Conservancy at or the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge at 843.527.8069 (continued)


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Hobcaw is an American Indian word that means “between the waters.” Bordered by water on three sides – the Waccamaw River, Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean – this magnificent property is aptly named. The 17,500-acre research reserve features every environment within the SC Coastal Plain. Larger than Manhattan Island, the reserve is comprised of barrier islands, salt marsh, maritime and upland forests, cypress swamps, freshwater ponds, tidal ricefields and isolated Carolina bays. It is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and understanding of marine science, forestry, wildlife and historic preservation.

essential. The van stops for a tour inside Baruch’s 1930 mansion where he played host to politicians, generals and newspapermen as well as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. In addition to Hobcaw House, tours include a drive by the home and stables of Bellefield Plantation, and Friendfield Village, the last nineteenth century slave village on the Waccamaw Neck.

to Bulls Island. The Island’s serpentine creeks and hummocks are reputed to have once served as hideouts for pirates plundering ships along the coast. Ruins of an “Old Fort” are probably the remnants of a lookout tower built in the early 1700s. British warships also used the island as a resupplying station during the Revolutionary War. Contact Coastal Expeditions at 843.881.4582 or visit online at Please tell them you read it in Lowcountry Companion.

At more than 10,000 square feet, Hobcaw’s Discovery Center houses exciting research and educational exhibits, a dedicated There are sixteen miles of service roads and audiovisual room and classroom for school programs, as well as offices and a large lobby, two hiking trails on the six-mile-long, twomile-wide island. Noteworthy treats include reception and gift shop area. Alligator Alley and the oft-photographed stretch of undeveloped shore called See Lowcountry’s Calendar of Events and Boneyard Beach. Wear comfortable shoes for Hobcaw’s website and/or call ahead for scheduling. Programs with various fees range walking and pack refreshments. Don’t forget from lectures, field site visits and excursions the camera or the repellant. Worth every effort – but, take it from one who learned the that include fishing, biking, kayaking and The plantation is privately operated by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and managed for crabbing. Located on Highway 17, ten miles hard way – go energized, pack light, don’t use by SC colleges and universities. USC and south of Pawleys Island and one mile north of forget food and water and definitely opt for the full day excursion. Clemson have permanent onsite laboratories Georgetown, someone is available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Tell them we and staffs, and visiting researchers from sent you. Year after year, this place remains a Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center around the globe utilize the Reserve. Lowcountry favorite. Currently, more than 150 research projects Southeast of Georgetown are underway. NOAA named North Inlet/ 843.546.6814 Winyah Bay at Hobcaw Barony one of only Cape Romain 27 US sites in its National Estuarine Research National Wildlife Refuge Willed to DNR in 1976 by the late Tom Reserve System (NERRS). Yawkey, former owner of the Boston Red Hwy. 17, North of Charleston Sox, the eponymously named preserve is 843.928.3368 Granted by the king of England as a barony considered one of the most outstanding gifts in 1718, Hobcaw features archaeological to wildlife conservation in North America. evidence of Indian occupation, early Comprised of 31 square miles of marsh, Established as a migratory bird refuge in European settlement, colonial naval stores managed wetlands, ocean beach, longleaf 1932, this 66,287-acre stretch of barrier and indigo plantations, the sad truth of pine and maritime forests, the preserve is islands and salt marsh runs along the slavery and nineteenth century production principally dedicated as a wildlife preserve, coast for more than twenty miles between of rice, early twentieth century ownership research area and waterfowl refuge. It Georgetown and Charleston. A pristine by Bernard Baruch of New York, and the wilderness adjoining Francis Marion National includes three coastal islands at the mouth visionary conservation efforts of his daughter, Forest, the Refuge is home to the largest of Winyah Bay: North and South Islands and Belle, who created the Foundation. nesting population of Loggerhead sea turtles most of Cat Island. north of Florida. Over 293 species of birds Well before her death in 1964, Belle have been recorded on the Refuge, including In addition to protecting game species such recognized Hobcaw Barony as the perfect as white-tailed deer and wild turkey, the countless shorebirds, waterfowl, wading outdoor laboratory. (For a fascinating read Yawkey Center is a haven for nongame and birds and migratory songbirds. about a woman “before her time,” read endangered species. A diversity of habitats Baroness of Hobcaw, The Life of Belle Baruch, Every day from sunrise to sunset, the Refuge supports over 200 species of birds. An published by the University of SC Press and is open for activities that include saltwater unusual number of raptorial birds frequent available at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery the area to rest during migration, to nest fishing, shelling, bird watching, hiking, and Center.) or to feed. They include hawks, ospreys, photography. The only facilities accessible peregrine falcons, golden and bald eagles. by automobile are at the Sewee Visitor & In order to preserve the property’s integrity Environmental Center and Garris Landing. and intended use as a research facility, public Points of interest include Bulls Island, Bull The uplands on the Yawkey Center protect access is offered only through staff-guided a diversity of plant species and provide Bay, Cape Island and Lighthouse Island tours and programs. Van tours – focused habitat for small mammals such as raccoons, where two 1800s lighthouses, no longer on the history of Hobcaw Barony – are fox squirrels and otters. The federally operational, still stand. Coastal Expeditions scheduled Tuesday through Friday. Cost endangered red-cockaded woodpecker Inc., a contracted concessionaire, provides is $20 per person, and reservations are passenger boat service from Garris Landing inhabits the longleaf pine uplands of the preserve.

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(a 501c3 organization) Abbeville Dr., Georgetown 843.546.7893 • Located on 24 picturesque acres outside Georgetown, the SC-Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary offers a place of respite for animals in need. The Sanctuary is the dream and vision of Cindy Hedrick and Skip Yeager. In establishing SC-CARES, Cindy and Skip aim to provide a compassionate “no kill/ no breed” haven for abused, neglected and unwanted exotic animals and non-releasable wildlife. The guest list is extensive and always changing, but is – at any given time – home to more than one hundred and sixty animals, including parrots, reptiles, small mammals, wolves, a Great Horned Owl, opossums, seven horses, goats and pigs, a llama, African Sulcata tortoises and many others. Visit the website for a list and pictures that are sure to make you fall in love. Make time for an activity great for all ages. At present, The Sanctuary is happy to provide private tours by appointment. They don’t charge admission because they want everybody to visit, but the Sanctuary survives by donations and volunteers, so give what you can, and know it will be put to good use. In an effort to be prepared for new arrivals, the Sanctuary is in a constant state of construction. Giving through the Adoptan-Animal Sponsorship program is especially worthwhile. Your family or group will hear interesting facts and stories about each animal. Participants are frequently allowed to touch some of them and have pictures taken with others. There’s more to tell and space is short. Call 843.546.7893 for an appointment or to request a brochure. Better still, stop by Sweeties in Georgetown, have an oh-sodelectable southern praline or a scrumptious scoop of ice cream and discuss the dream with Cindy and Skip. Donors to SC-CARES receive a discount on their next Sweeties purchase!

The North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 843.546.6219

The North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses approximately 12,300 acres of tidal marshes Because the Yawkey Center’s beaches are undisturbed, they provide protected feeding and estuary waters along the north coast of SC near Georgetown. Most of the Reserve is and resting areas for various seabirds including the brown pelican, least terns and located on Hobcaw Barony, the 17,500 acre property of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, the federally threatened piping plover, as a private, 501(c) 3 operating foundation well as excellent nesting locations for the that manages its land in perpetuity for federally threatened loggerhead sea turtle. conservation, research and education. The Preserve is not open for traditional The mission of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay public use. There is one guided three-hour Reserve is to promote stewardship in the tour on Wednesdays. Visits are free, but North Inlet and Winyah Bay watersheds reservations must be made as much as six months in advance. Participants are escorted through science and education and is administered by University throughout the property in a comfortable, fourteen-passenger bus. Well worth it if you (continued) can snag a seat!

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of SC’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, which also operates the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory on the Hobcaw Barony property. Public access to the Reserve and Hobcaw is only available through tours and programs, but the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center (located on Hwy. 17 approximately one mile north of Georgetown) allows visitors to experience the property while protecting sensitive ecosystems and ongoing research and monitoring.

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Cox Ferry Recreation Area

W. Cox Ferry Rd. (off Hwy. 544) Conway Sunrise to Sunset

The Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area, 335 acres off Highway 544 outside Conway, offers three and a half miles of interpretive nature trails, a boardwalk, kiosks, and a weather shelter with picnic tables. The trails lead visitors through a variety of habitats and are open year round for hiking, biking, environmental education Hobcaw’s Discovery Center, open Monday – and nature photography. Additional Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM, is the starting point information concerning recreational activities for many of the Reserve’s public education is available at the Refuge Headquarters. programs. Seasonal programming for all ages includes a variety of opportunities to explore At every location, birders have the chance special ecosystems and habitats and include to observe seasonal species such as osprey, birding, biking, kayaking, seining, and nature wood storks, white ibis, prothonotary walks. warblers and many others. The Refuge supports the highest density of nesting The Reserve co-sponsors special events swallow-tailed kites in SC and is the with the Discovery Center; please visit northernmost-documented nesting site for or or this species. Another interesting tidbit is that call 843.546.4623 for more information about Waccamaw NWR safeguards freshwater and public programs. This is an off-the-beaten anadromous fish – fish that live primarily in path treasure that’s worth every effort. the ocean but breed in fresh water.

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Please call the Visitor Center or visit the website for lots of additional information. Join the Facebook page at www.Facebook. 21424 N. Frasier Street (Hwy. 701) com/WaccamawNWR. Email inquiries can be Georgetown (Yauhannah community) 843.527.8069 • directed to

Please call for hours. Closed all federal holidays. Established in 1997, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of over 550 National Wildlife Refuges that comprise a land/water network managed specifically for wildlife. Located in portions of Horry, Georgetown, and Marion Counties, Waccamaw NWR’s acquisitions include large sections of land along the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee rivers. Its purpose is to protect and manage diverse habitat components within coastal river ecosystems. The wetland diversity of Waccamaw NWR sets it apart from other East Coast refuges. Presently, the Refuge encompasses nearly 30,000 acres of tidal emergent and forested wetlands, as well as upland forests associated with the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers. The Visitor & Environmental Education Center is the best place to start your visit. Although its official address is in Georgetown, the Center is actually located twenty miles north of Georgetown and fifteen miles south of Conway in the Yauhannah community. It includes a state-of-the-art exhibit hall featuring local flora and fauna, trails, a public boat dock, and auditorium. Recreational activities include hunting, boating, fishing, observation, photography and


From the Marshwalk, you can watch boats unloading their catch, inquire about fishing charters, parasailing and jet skis. Don’t miss the Inlet. for a remarkable array of flora and fauna. TOURS, CHARTERS For more information, call the Sewee Center & ATTRACTIONS at 843.928.3368. The Center is located on the east side of Highway 17 approximately twenty miles north of Charleston. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM.

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Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet 843.357.2007

The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs and souls in search of peace. The half-mile boardwalk overlooks a pristine salt marsh brimming with oyster beds, Spartina grass and fishing Engage all your senses while experiencing a hot spots. Home to flounder, crabs, clams, priceless slice of SC’s Lowcountry. The Sewee egrets, osprey, pelicans and shrimp, the Inlet Francis Marion National Forest Visitor & Environmental Education Center Hwy. 17, North of Charleston is rich in wildlife. Take a self-guided tour. is gateway to the Francis Marion National 843.887.3257 (Forest Service) Ecology signs offer information about the Forest and the Cape Romain National Wildlife local shellfish, inlet birds and fishing industry. Refuge. There’s no better place to whet your The views are extraordinary. appetite for the region’s heritage and natural Visitors are welcome at this wildlife-rich history. 250,000-acre forest, portions of which once The Veterans Pier, popular for fishing and served as sites of Revolutionary War battles. crabbing, anchors one end of the Marshwalk This facility features an interactive The Forest represents one of the largest and is dedicated to boat captains of information center, exhibits showcasing remaining concentrations of longleaf pine yesteryear. Numerous waterfront restaurants forest and refuge ecosystems, an orientation are easily accessible from the Marshwalk, an in the nation. It also contains extensive hardwood bottomland forestlands. Together, film and auditorium, a live endangered award-winning project of the community the two habitats harbor eighteen threatened Red Wolf display and an impressive variety revitalization group Murrells Inlet 2020. of monthly events and programs. You can or endangered animal species, including Murrells Inlet, where Native Americans the red-cockaded woodpecker, the swallow- also find educational materials and fun stuff once lived off the land, is now the only salt to buy for the ride home at the book sales tailed kite and the flatwoods salamander. marsh between North Inlet in Georgetown outlet. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday and NC that still supports recreational and Diverse plant communities also find safe from 9 AM – 5 PM. Check out the Upcoming commercial shellfish harvesting. From the habitat here. Events link on the Center website at www. Marshwalk, you can watch boats unloading for lots of great The Forest sustained tremendous damage their catch, inquire about fishing charters, programs. from Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Afterward, parasailing and jet skis. Don’t miss the Inlet. the Coastal Conservation League began (continued) advocating a strategy to restore native ecosystems, in sharp contrast to the way much of the forest had been managed for the past three decades. In response, the Forest Service revamped the management plan and subsequently won the region’s top Since 1929 award for ecosystem restoration.

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Brookgreen Gardens

Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet 843.235.6000, 800.849.1931 In 1931, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington founded Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization, and opened it to the public the following year. It is America’s first public sculpture garden with landscaped spaces and a sculpture collection that has continued to expand throughout the years. The sculpture collection now contains over 1400 works spanning the entire period of American sculpture from the early 1800s to the present. Their placement in over fifty acres of garden settings creates an extraordinarily beautiful combination of art and horticulture. The thousands of acres within Brookgreen’s Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve are rich with evidence of the great rice plantations of the 1800s and the Lowcountry’s native plants and animals. Garden visitors may explore places and history through the programs offered at the Lowcountry Center, by walking the Lowcountry Trail, and by traveling on Brookgreen’s boat or by overland vehicle deep into the Preserve. Since the Garden’s inception, the Lowcountry Zoo has been an important element of Brookgreen’s mission. It is the only zoo on the coast of the Carolinas accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). All of the native animals in the Lowcountry Zoo were either bred or raised in captivity at an AZA-accredited institution, or were obtained from a wildlife rehabilitation center after sustaining a major disability due to injury. In either case, these animals could not survive in the wild. The guiding principle of environmentalfriendly preservation was handed down by founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. In its nature preserve, Brookgreen protects 2,000+ species of plants. Nine distinct ecosystems thrive within nearly 9,100 acres. These ecosystems range from salt marshes on the land Brookgreen leases to the State of SC for Huntington Beach, to longleaf pine, mixed hardwood, and river bluff forests. “Brookgreen’s initiatives for preservation and conservation tell the story of our stewardship of the land,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s President and CEO. “It is a tremendous responsibility, one that our trustees, staff,

than ever. That is why American Rivers, along with its partners, the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Pee Dee Land Trust, are Brookgreen Gardens is open daily from 9:30 working together to enhance recreational AM to 5 PM. Details are far too extensive to share here. Please visit Brookgreen’s website opportunities and to protect critical land along the Waccamaw and consult Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and River. Herein lays the creation of the Calendar of Events. Admission is $12 for Waccamaw River Blue Trail. adults, $10 for seniors 65 and older, $6 for children 4 to 12 and free for children three and younger. Admission tickets are good for A state-of-the-art waterproof map and an online interpretative guide will help residents seven days! If you’re a local, a Brookgreen membership is a no-brainer. They make great and visitors explore this gem of a waterway gifts, too – wedding, birthday, holiday, every and provide a broader understanding of the area’s history, wildlife and cultural places. day The Waccamaw River Blue Trail map is now available and can found at a variety of local Waccamaw River Blue Trail outfitters, parks and retailers. If you’d like a 843.957.2367 copy, call American Rivers at 843.957.2367, visit, or talk to our friends at Black River Outdoors and Surf the The Waccamaw River Blue Trail, a paddling trail that stretches the length of SC’s portion Earth. of the Waccamaw River, meanders through the Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve, the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway riverfront city of Conway and portions of Hwy. 17; Murrells Inlet, Huntington the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. Beach State Park, North Litchfield & Then the river widens and merges with the Pawleys Island Intracoastal Waterway to pass historic rice 843.545.3275 fields, Brookgreen Gardens and Sandy Island, before spilling into Georgetown’s Winyah Bay. During seventeen years of planning and fundraising, Bike the Neck (a grassroots Over 100 miles of river offer an irresistible volunteer committee devoted to creating invitation to paddlers. The Waccamaw’s black a multipurpose path from Murrells Inlet to waters, cypress swamps and tidal marshes Georgetown) has worked in partnership with are home to many rare species of plants and Georgetown County, Waccamaw Regional animals. The river is also steeped in history COG, South Carolina DOT, Georgetown – edged by Native American settlements, County School District and the USDA to Civil War sites, rice and indigo plantations complete several phases of the path for rich with Gullah-Geechee culture, as well as use by walkers, joggers, roller bladers and other historic communities and industries bicyclists. A map showing planned and once served by riverboats and steamships. completed trails, as well as “share-theIts historical, cultural and natural significance road” routes throughout the community, is cannot be minimized. Even more important, available online, at local bike rental outlets generations have grown up spending time and the toll booth at Huntington Beach with their families along the Waccamaw, State Park. swimming, boating, skiing and learning to reel in the “big one” at favorite fishing holes. In Murrells Inlet, two five-foot wide paved lanes, running adjacent to Highway 17 Unfortunately, as a consequence of Business, provide nearly four miles of unchecked development, these special designated bicycling and walking routes places are disappearing, making working through the historic fishing village. The lanes together to protect them more important pass the East Coast Greenway trailhead for Georgetown County at Morse Park Landing. and volunteers do not take for granted. We have sculpture exhibits, festivals, educational programs, and dedications for new buildings, all of which are very important, but our efforts in preservation, conservation, and education are the foundation of everything we do. It’s the reason why we’re here and the reason why Brookgreen will remain a sanctuary for generations to come.”

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In North Litchfield, five miles of dedicated two-way trails head west from Lakeshore Drive and Boyle Road, then south parallel to Highway 17 past the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort to Litchfield-by-the-Sea at the Willbrook Boulevard traffic light. There, the Bikeway crosses Highway 17 and travels south along the west side of Highway 17 to Litchfield Oaks or west along Willbrook Boulevard to The Reserve. At Pawleys Island, a one-mile paved path parallels the east side of Highway 17 from the North Causeway to the South Causeway. The next segment planned for construction will parallel Kings River Road from Willbrook Boulevard to Waverly Road. It is presently a major “share-the-road” route. Please remember to ride/blade right (with the traffic) and walk/jog left (against the traffic) when you are sharing the road with cars. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is under the jurisdiction of the Georgetown County Department of Parks & Recreation, 843.545.3275. Visit Bike the Neck’s website for more information.

PARKS Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

1950 Rutledge Rd., McClellanville 843.546.9361

Hampton Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is home to one of SC’s most impressive preserved plantation homes. Fifteen miles southwest of Georgetown off Highway 17, this treasure is sheer delight to naturalists, photographers and historians, smart families and curious old souls. Pack a picnic and plan to linger. Wander the grounds – beneath enormous live oaks, through camellia gardens, and along the banks of Wambaw Creek. Dense pine and hardwood forests, former ricefields and cypress swamps offer scads of opportunities to examine native flora and fauna. Park hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Continuing south, the Bike Bridge across the daily, year round. November to February, the marsh between Huntington Beach State Park house is open Thursday through Sunday with and Murrells Inlet connects the fishing village tours at 12, 1, 2 and 3 PM. March through to the rest of the Waccamaw Neck. A three- October, house tours run Tuesday through mile trail across Huntington Beach State Park, Sunday with tours at 12, 1, 2 and 3 PM. Admission to the grounds is free; house tours from the south entrance of Murrells Inlet to are $4 for adults; $3 for ages six to sixteen Trace Drive in North Litchfield, is the crown jewel of the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. After and $2.50 for SC senior citizens. Guided tours are offered at no extra charge. For current six years of constant use by residents and schedules and programming, please contact visitors alike, root damage to the path was repaired this spring by Georgetown County the park directly. (continued) with funds raised by Bike the Neck. The path offers a lush and serene ride through the woods. To access the path south of the park, follow the share-the-road signs east on Trace Drive, south on Lakeshore Drive to the separated path at Boyle Road.

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761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet 843.357.4545

This unique doggie park is a three-acre slice of heaven for canines and their owners. Privately owned and operated by the folks at A Dog’s Way Inn, the park has a clean, aerated pond for four-legged water lovers, and a shower for rinsing off after a splashing good time. There are bathrooms for humans and complimentary baggies for cleaning up after your pet – a park regulation. Use of the park is available to the public and to boarding customers of the Inn on weekdays during kennel hours. Daily passes are $5 for each pet (two-pet per person maximum); Ten-day passes cost $30 for one and $50 for two pets. The Inn’s boarders pay $5 for a daily pass.

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Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex

Hwy. 17, South of Georgetown 843.545.3319 The County’s unique geographic location – featuring easy ocean access, five rivers and innumerable creeks, marshes and swamps – makes it possible to host freshwater and saltwater tournaments from a single location. With nearly twenty acres off Highway 17 on the Sampit River south of Georgetown, at the base of the Sylvan Rosen bridge, the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex includes two hundred car/ trailer parking spaces, six boat launch ramps, courtesy docking, restroom facilities and a 4,000 square foot outdoor event facility. Boaters can use the facility free of charge but must register prior to each use by completing a vehicle hang tag for display within each parked vehicle. Georgetown County Council named the modern, $7 million facility in honor of former SC Governor and Georgetown County resident, Carroll Campbell. The late governor was a big fan of sport fishing, boating and the great outdoors. (continued)




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Winyah Bay Fishing & Observation Pier Hwy. 17, Georgetown 843.545.3275

The Winyah Bay Fishing & Observation Pier (barely north of Georgetown, the “broken bridge” that runs parallel to the Siau Bridges, spans Winyah Bay and is operated and maintained by Georgetown County’s Department of Public Services. Steel bridge rails create a safe barrier for children. Anglers enjoy the opportunity to reach portions of the river inaccessible without a boat. Non-fishermen will relish river and Bay vistas. The Pier is open from 6 AM to midnight seven days a week.

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Huntington Beach State Park Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet 843.237.4440; 843.235.8755

Huntington Beach State Park showcases one of the East Coast’s best-preserved and best-loved beaches, a salt marsh teeming with wildlife, an age-old maritime forest and Atalaya – (correctly pronounced “at-a-lie-a” NOT “at-a-lay-a”) – an unusual but beautiful home with Mediterranean flair that once served as the winter residence and studio of the renowned American sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. (Atalaya is open from 9 AM - 5 PM. There is a $1 admission charge. An audio tour is also available for $4.) From fishing and crabbing to beachcombing, this enormous oceanfront park is especially well-known as one of the Eastern Seaboard’s finest spots for bird watching. In fact the Park offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities to be found anywhere! Don’t miss an opportunity to view alligators in the wild. The Huntington Beach Education Center, open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 AM - 5 PM, features a classroom suited for several dozen, an interactive exhibit area with touch tank, an alligator aquarium and birding display and other interesting exhibits. The park is open year round, and a wide variety of programs are free with admission. Call ahead and ask questions about the current calendar or find Huntington at Click on Huntington Beach State Park under park finder. Then click on the “What’s New” tab on the right side of the page for late-breaking information. Reference Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and Calendar of Events for complementary information.

Morse Park Landing

Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet Nestled along the beautiful salt marsh across the street from Russell’s Seafood Grill, Morse Park Landing is an Inlet oasis much-loved and much-used by families, bicyclists, boaters and crab fishermen. Boasting picnic tables, a crab dock and a boat ramp for launching kayaks and small vessels at high tide, the Park is home to the Lost-at-Sea Memorial. It’s also an East Coast Greenway trailhead with bike lanes running north towards the Marshwalk and south towards Huntington Beach State Park.


Did you know that birding is the number one sport in America? According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are currently 51.3 million birders in the US alone, as well as millions more throughout the world, and these numbers continue to grow! Birds of every kind – songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds – fly from their winter homes in the south to their summer breeding grounds in places as far north as the Arctic in the spring. Then, they head back south in the fall. Along the way they encounter many perils including bright lights and tall buildings, cats and toxic lawns. Fortunately, we can help ensure a safer journey for migrating birds. Backyards can become bird-friendly rest stops with a few simple steps. What’s the secret to attracting birds to your backyard when the weather turns cool? It’s easier than you think! Here are five helpful tips that are sure to have all the birds “tweeting” about your yard! Provide running water. Birds require water yearround. The sound of running water in a birdbath or pond will be heard by birds from some distance, and will draw them in for a drink, and possibly a quick dip as well. Add birdhouses to your backyard landscape. There are many beautiful birdhouses that will make your surroundings more attractive and more functional. As the weather turns cool, make necessary repairs to birdhouses in preparation for species that roost during fall and winter. In many areas, bluebirds,

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Create brush piles. Save your fall clippings of branches and twigs. Pile them in a corner of the yard to create cover for birds that prefer habitat on the ground—such as dark-eyed juncos, tree sparrows and white-throated sparrows. Increase the number of feeders. When temperatures fall, birds increase their food consumption to stay warm. Supplementing their diets help them survive. Plant evergreens. Planted near feeders and birdbaths, evergreens are perfect for providing cover for birds after deciduous trees lose their leaves. Provided with food, water and shelter, beautiful birds will thank you by frequenting your yard year-round. Read more about turning your yard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat site at the National Wildlife Federation’s website, Then head over to speak with Diane at the Audubon Shop in the back right corner of the Hammock Shops or to Palmetto ACE Home Center on Hwy. 17 on the south end of Pawleys Island. From premium birdseed and binoculars to birdhouses, feeders and guides of every sort, they are sure have everything to make a fledgling birder happy.

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Listen to the Past by Elizabeth Moses

How many times have you said to yourself: “I should have asked when she was alive” ... or “he’s gone now, and I wish I’d asked him to tell me the story of his life.” Do yourself the favor of recording oral histories while the people you care about are still alive! One of the favorite and most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had is listening to people tell their own stories. I transcribe and edit these stories (oral histories), for the Jewish archive at the College of Charleston and the Special Collections in the library at the University of NC Asheville. Every story, in its own way, is fascinating. Frequently I come across people who think they have nothing of interest to tell. This is not the case. Every life has something of value, something that should be shared, something that simply must be passed along. Children and grandchildren and even strangers will deeply appreciate the time someone took to record a story for a future generation. I have listened to grim tales of World War II, fear-filled stories from the Civil Rights Movement, and sad accounts set in the Great Depression. I am always astounded – and deeply heartened – to rediscover the strength of the human spirit. People can and do survive unspeakable tragedy – and retain a sense of humor. Often, I find my own life overlapping in small ways with people I never knew. Once I was transcribing the interview of a man who lived in Charleston. In speaking about his family, he boasted of his son-in-law. He told me how smart he was, what a great statistics teacher he was, how he travelled the world as a consultant. When he shared the fact

that his son-in-law used to teach at the University of Massachusetts, my ears perked up slightly. Fifteen years ago, when I was a student at that same university, I took a statistics course from a great professor. I tried to recall his name … Brian? No. Steve? Maybe? In the recording, the interviewer said: “Your son-in-law is Stan?” And I thought to myself, “Stan. Was that my professor’s name?” Typing so quickly, I couldn’t remember. A few minutes later, the man stated his son-in-law’s surname. And it was my professor! I squealed, pushed myself away from my typing table and said out loud (to no one): “Get out! Really?” I was astounded to realize that the person being interviewed – a deceased man I never knew, was the father-in-law of a terrific professor I’d studied under fifteen years previous at a university two thousand miles away. What are the odds? There’s a question for a statistician! I looked up the professor and discovered he was at a different university. I grabbed my phone and dialed the math department. He wasn’t in, and his assistant suggested email. It was an awkward email to compose. From thousands of students, I knew it was unlikely he would remember me. Nonetheless, I wrote to explain who I was. I reminded him that I’d taken his class. I shared the fact that I was now working on oral histories and had happened upon a tape of his father-inlaw’s story. Amazingly he answered me quickly and was touched by my email. He explained his wife didn’t even know the interview of her father existed. We

A chili hotdog at the Whistling Pig was said to be the first wish of many of Georgetown’s returning WWII soldiers. This landmark drive-in was owned and operated by Jim P. Skinner, and it was a major enticement for teenagers. Skinner also ran Lafayette Cottages and a Sinclair Gas station, all of which lay in a cluster at the foot of the Lafayette Bridge. Many incarnations later, the old Whistling Pig is the now the office of the Georgetown Real Estate Agency. Courtesy of Broker-in-Charge Alan Altman’s keen sense of humor, he’s given a nod to the past by keeping a whimsical concrete pig to guard the front door.

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(This flashback was uncovered in the Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck edition of the Hoffer-MacMillan “Postcard History Series,” available in area bookstores.)

hope to get together next time they are “down South.” Primarily, I transcribe and edit recordings, but I am learning the art of interviewing, as well. It is a learned skill. One of the hardest details to master is learning to listen rather than respond. These interviews are not about me or about my life. I know, from the transcriber’s point of view, how important it is to listen and let people travel uninterrupted through their own memories. I encourage everyone to record oral histories. The process documents everyday lives, as well as events that are not-so-everyday at all. These recordings make incredible gifts and are deeply meaningful for future generations. You don’t have to be an expert. All you’ll need is a recorder with a microphone, paper for note taking and a quiet room absent of background noise. The ideal length of an interview is one hour to ninety minutes. There are several books, as well as lots of information on the Internet, about the kinds of questions to ask. It’s important to encourage your subject with open-ended questions. “Tell me about …” kinds of inquiries deliver much richer answers than those that solicit a simple “yes” or “no.”

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Ask for basic information such as the interviewee’s full name (and a maiden name if relevant). Specifically ask about place and date of birth. Ask them to spell the names of proper nouns such as town names or specific people. If you don’t speak clearly and spell names, “Warren” may end up sounding a lot like “Lauren.” Remember to keep your own comments to a minimum. Nod your head to encourage continued conversation, but do try hard not to interrupt. Don’t interview more than two people at once. If you do, it is very hard for the transcriber to discern voices and record the factual details about “who said what to whom.” Record in a quiet room with no background noise (traffic, a ringing phone, other voices, dogs barking or a chiming clock). Pick a friend or family member and do it soon. Good luck! I know you will enjoy and appreciate listening to lives unfolding as much as I do.

Elizabeth Moses lives in Georgetown and is a historian in the making. She received a masters degree in wildlife conservation in 1995 and worked in marine mammal research for over two decades. Currently she is employed as an Interpretive Ranger at Huntington Beach State Park, coordinating preservation and interpretation at Atalaya.

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I cannot recall now if the story was included in her memoir or if she shared it with me, but Sister remembered a time when her mother, Genevieve Chandler, received a gift of a beautiful white tablecloth embroidered with blue morning glories. It was Christmas, and the elder Genevieve was a widow with five children; she certainly did not have the means to purchase gifts for all the people she loved. So, as Sister recalled, her mother carefully placed the tablecloth back in its box and gave it to a cherished friend. From that moment on, Sister loved blue morning glories. This one’s for you, Sister. You are and will continue to be deeply loved and missed.

“Sister” “S ister” Peterkin

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I first met Genevieve “Sister” Peterkin nearly twenty years ago. At the time, I was working at Brookgreen Gardens, still a bit “wet behind the ears,” and fumbling for my niche in business and in life. Despite passing time, I clearly remember sitting across from Sister at one of so many meetings at Brookgreen – stealing glances at a woman I rated incredible on every level – a woman who was equal parts outspoken and soft-spoken. The combination impressed me. Her enthusiasm for The Gardens was palpable, and I remember wondering what it must feel like to live with that brand of passion and confidence. Some ten years later, I learned Sister was publishing a book of memoirs with the assistance of her friend, William Baldwin, an accomplished author from McClellanville, SC. As the editorial half of Lowcountry Companion, I wanted to interview her, but I was unnerved by the certainty that she would never remember me. It took me weeks to summon courage to call.

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I ishould not have been surprised. Sister is known for her memory and she did, amazingly, remember me. She remembered me and invited me to her home and spent long hours answering questions in a beautiful old room overlooking the sunshine and tides of her beloved marsh. As I listened to her “weave words,” I was impressed anew. Later, I was fortunate to enjoy other visits; it seemed we always ended up rocking on the porch. Her past was rich with the sort of delicious detail that is difficult to capture with justice. Her personality was complex and kaleidoscopic; she was simultaneously strong-willed and gentle-spirited. The whole of her life was a chronicle of meaningful achievements and challenges mastered. When Sister Peterkin left us on September 11, she left an impressive legacy of public service. She was the Georgetown County Public Library’s founding librarian and later served several years on the Georgetown County School Board. (Long before the Civil Rights movement took root, she secretly lent books to African Americans out the back door of the library. When told to stop, she simply wouldn’t.) She appeared on SC ETV in documentaries that included Legacy of Conflict, Grand Strand, A Myrtle Beach Story, Saving Sandy Island and Cheating the Stillness: The World of Julia Peterkin. These earned her statewide recognition as what the poet Thomas L. Johnson called “a vitally engaged – and engaging historian and environmental activist.” Her continued involvement in helping others and many significant contributions in environmental preservation led Coastal Carolina University to award her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2001. Sister was perhaps best known for her literary achievements. She was the author, with William Baldwin of Heaven Is a Beautiful Place: A Memoir of The South Carolina Coast and co-editor, with Kincaid Mills and Aaron McCollough, of Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories. Each enjoyed popular and critical acclaim, and nothing I can write here would do her or her stories justice. So I will end simply by saying, read her work. When you finish, I suspect you too will feel confident Sister is finally home and that heaven is, indeed, a beautiful place.

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Lines for Sister by Chip E. Smith Kind and gentle soul, Silver-haired in early sun On your porch above the creek: The sun, and you, reflecting The tides of which you’d speak Tides of life and water Intermingled, running deep. Your door was always open To the wastrel and the wanderer, Refugee, newcomer, migrant, friend, Daily cast upon your doorstep Like something left by a hurricane tide: The ones who, having found the Inlet, Then found you. They came on pilgrimage, to see The pictures your words painted: From far and near They listened at your side. And when their visit ended They left befriended. You loved all creatures, great and small Gulls and grackles, dogs and men, the oak, the yellow jessamine The pines long-leafed and tall. You fought for those you loved, Gave voice to those without one, Refused to cede or fall. And now, kind Sister, you’ve gone ahead To that beautiful place Where those you loved were waiting As your tides rose and fell. Whole now, and home, You know what no one here can know And no one there can tell.



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We’ll listen to God’s music With ears that hear no blame And when we sing his praises It’ll be with tongues of flame. An excerpt from The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World

Godspeed, kind soul: Heaven is a beautiful place, And from here, where we must ply our earthly tides, We send our love to starry mansions, Your Father’s houses where you dwell.

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Located off Pendergrass Avenue in Murrells Inlet, A Dog’s Way Inn delivers deluxe boarding and day care, professional grooming and expert training for pampered pooches. An attentive staff is on call. To anticipate and sidestep behavior conflicts, they take deliberate care to learn each dog’s personality. The “West Wing” boasts comfy Murphy beds and cable TV – yes, especially for dogs. Inside and out, the facililty is clean and fun. Four large exercise areas provide lots of room for every dog to play outdoors. During day care and boarding, all dogs are permitted to socialize and play under the staff’s watchful gaze, grouped according to size, age and personality.

“Our family welcomes yours to Pawleys Island,” says Alan Altman, a Lowcountry native and Broker-in-Charge. “The ocean, the beach and salt marsh creeks make a perfect playground for the whole family.” Fish, bike, kayak, swim, crab, comb the beaches – it’s easy to find fun, inexpensive things to do. Pawleys Island Realty’s lending library is stocked with games, books and movies, and guests receive a VIP Guest Card that serves up discounts at more than three dozen area businesses. Decades of experience in vacation rentals have made this company an expert in a variety of vacationer and property owner services. Just ask and they’ll even stock the refrigerator before you arrive! A professional sales team – among the region’s most highly trained – offers exceptional personal service for buyers on the prowl for real estate, too. Through ever-changing economic climates and the evolution of the local real estate industry, this company has maintained a solid focus on personal, professional service, environmental and community preservation, and an overall commitment to excellence. Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Prince George, DeBordieu, Pawleys Pier Village, North Litchfield and Litchfield by the Sea … the friendly folks at Pawleys Island Realty want to help you and nobody can do it better. Surf to the website for a virtual tour of rentals and homes for sale. Book online or call for personal service.

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The kennel offers several packages for onand off-site puppy and adult dog training. The Pup Camp is an especially effective and popular two-week boarding school experience where dogs acquire obedience skills while lodging at Dog’s Way. A certified trainer works with each puppy twice a day. At only $550, this is a valuable service suited for dogs of all ages. Dog’s Way also features a semi-private three-acre dog park with a clean, aerated pond and lots of room for rolling and romping. Use of the park is available to the public and to boarding customers of the Inn on weekdays during kennel hours. Daily passes are $5 for each pet (2 pets maximum per person); 10-day passes cost $30 for one and $50 for two pets. The Inn¹s boarders pay $5 for a daily pass.

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Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and nonprofit organization, containing the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden with more than 550 works of American sculpture and the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island. Gullah/Geechee Rhythms in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium (Wed. at 1 PM, free with garden admission). Creek Excursions, aboard the Springfield pontoon boat, and Trekker excursions overland will be offered daily (separate fees). Gardens open 9:30 AM-5 PM, $14 (adults 13-64), $12 (seniors 65+), $7 (children 4-12), free (children 3 and under); entertainment included, excursions additional. 235-6000 or

scheduled at no additional charge. Each month’s programs are posted on the website. Admission is $5/adult; $3.25/SC senior; $3/ ages 6-15; free for ages 5 and under; Atalaya tour is $1 for ages 6and up. 235-8755 or Folklore at Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park. Huntington Beach State Park. Hear the haunted tales of coastal folklore as you are guided through the halls of the Atalaya castle on a one-hour tour. Bring a flashlight. Fri., 8:30-9:30 PM, free with park admission, 237-4440.

It’s nearly impossible to compile a comprehensive list of the activities planned in the Lowcountry, but here is an overview of highlights. Because schedules do change, please confirm all event dates and times before making plans; use the web directory below for more information.

CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) offers Oil Painting with Gloria Perkins, Metaphysical Explorations with Sammye Souder, Girls Island Getaway at Sea View Inn with Lee Brockington and The Moveable Feast (Friday literary luncheons, $25 each). 235-9600 or

Coastal Carolina University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offer more than 350 courses for seasoned adults at three locations (Conway, Myrtle Beach and Litchfield), including computers, art & photography, foreign languages, history & government, literature & writing, music, Kaminski House Museum offers tours of the theater & film, personal growth & skills, museum and the adjacent Stewart-Parker philosophy & religion, science & nature, as well as special interest clubs and travel House. Daily, 9 AM-4 PM, $10 (adults), $8 opportunities. 349-6584 or (seniors), $6 (ages 6-12), 546-7706.

series, basic/advanced macro and basic/ advanced infrared). For topics and fees, call 467-0774 or Island Knits offers ongoing knitting or crocheting lessons on Wednesdays, 5-7 PM and Saturdays, 10 AM-12 PM. Lessons are $5/ hr. Whether you want to learn to knit, forgot how to knit or need help starting or finishing a project – Sit-n-Knit on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM – just come in, sit, talk and maybe knit a little, maybe even get the latest restaurant reviews. 235-0110. (continued)

Black River Outdoors Center offers kayak tours for a great way to become familiar with the saltwater marshes, plantation creeks and canals …

The Lens Work Gallery at Pawleys Island Black River Outdoors Center offers kayak tours for a great way to become familiar with offers photography workshops (basic digital Tours of Hobcaw Barony are offered Tues.- the saltwater marshes, plantation creeks Fri. for an educational and enlightening and canals, cypress-tupelo swamps, and van tour of the property, including the blackwater rivers of the Lowcountry. Half-day Hobcaw House, Friendfield Village and Naturalist-Guided Eco-Tours are scheduled various habitats of the 17,500-acre coastal mornings throughout the week. Historic reserve, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM. $20 per Georgetown Harbor Kayak Tours are person, reservations required. Except for scheduled on selected evenings at 6 PM. certain holidays, The Discovery Center is The tour schedule is posted on their website open Mon.-Fri., 9 AM-5 PM, free. For more Web Directory www. at Advance information, see Heritage Sites in this issue, or reservations at least one day in advance, Brookgreen Gardens Mon.-Sat., 9 AM-5:30 PM (closed Sunday) at 546-4840. Birding on the Barony. Every 3rd Saturday G’Town County Chamber of the month through April, explore Sewee Visitor and Environmental Hobcaw’s woods and waters in search Education Center, a joint venture of the Conway Chamber of migrating songbirds and endangered Francis Marion National Forest and Cape red cockaded woodpeckers. Participants CLASS Romain National Wildlife Refuge on Hwy. 17 will visit longleaf pine forests, abandoned Coastal Carolina University in Awendaw, is open Tues.-Sat. from 9 AM-5 rice fields and scenic salt marshes. Long PM. Walk a forest trail with a guide every 4th Cultural Council Gtn Co pants, snacks, water and binoculars are Saturday. Wolf feeding at 4 PM on Fridays. Georgetown Business Association suggested. In partnership between the For schedule of programs or to register for Georgetown County Museum Baruch Foundation and Georgetown County the walk, call 843-928-3368 or Georgetown County Parks and Recreation, registration required seweecenter. with a minimum number, 8 AM-12 PM, $25, Recreation & Leisure Services 545-3319. Hampton Plantation Old Santee Canal Park is off U. S. 52 By-pass (R. C. Dennis Blvd.) in Moncks Hobcaw Barony Huntington Beach State Park is open daily Corner. Programs for all ages are posted at Hopsewee Plantation from 6 AM-10 PM. Tues.-Sun., the Education the website or call Horry County Museum Center is open from 10 AM-5 PM, with a 843-899-5200. Huntington Beach State Park variety of Coastal Exploration programs Kaminski House Museum Lowcountry Companion McClellanville Art Center The Moveable Feast Murrells Inlet Community Theatre Murrells Inlet 2020 North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve Old Santee Canal Park OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning) Pawleys Island/Litchfield Business Association The Rice Museum Sewee Visitor Center Strand Cinema Swamp Fox Players Theatre of the Republic Wheelwright Auditorium

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3-5 – “Anything Goes� at Wheelwright Auditorium. The age-old tale of boy-meetsgirl and the complications that ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than “Anything Goes.� This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Also offered Nov. 9-12. Thurs. & Fri., 7:30 PM; Sat., 1 PM, tickets, 349-2502.

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Drop-in water aerobics class, $5, T/Th, 7:30-8:30 AM and M/W/F/Sa, 8:30-9:30 AM. Cardio- and free-weight rooms, pool, jacuzzi, steam and sauna. For fees and reservations, call the resort’s Beachside Health & Fitness Center, 235-5541.

4 – CCU Faculty Brass Quintet at Edwards Recital Hall. Enjoy an evening of brass quintet music featuring the brass faculty and friends of the CCU Department of Music. The program will offer a variety of musical styles. Fri., 7:30 PM, $3, 349-2502.

Meet Me At Frank’s or Outback. Catch up with old friends, meet new ones, close business deals and celebrate family milestones any day of the week at Frank’s and Outback! The first Wed. of every month (except Jan.) join Frank’s for CICY (Cooking in the Courtyard); held under tent in bad weather. A 3-course menu with 3 wines for $35; you also get the recipes to take home and discounted wines available the night of the function. Stay up to date on Frank’s specials by visiting

5 – Long Bay Triathalon. Composed of swim, bike & run, competitors complete each event consecutively going for the best time. The 2011 Long Bay Spirit Triathalon will consist of a 1/2 mile swim, a 14 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. The race will be centralized at Huntington Beach State Park. Normal park entry fees for those not associated with the triathalon. Sat., 7:45 AM, $65 entry fee,

5 – Trail Rides with Your Own Horse at Hobcaw Barony. A rare opportunity for individuals of all ages to bring their Surf the Earth, Pawleys Island, offers surf own horse(s) for a Saturday ride on one lessons and week-long camps, paddleboard of two designated trails. Riders will have lessons, clinics and tours, kayak clinics, tours an opportunity to explore the 17,500 acre and guided fishing trips in the Pawleys property with maps that will highlight Island and Litchfield Beach areas. Surfboard, points of interest. Each historic trail takes paddleboard and kayak rentals and sales, approximately three hours to complete as well as a full line of clothing, gear and at a slow, comfortable pace through the accessories. For detailed schedules and links forest. Registration and waiver forms must to weather conditions, 235-3500 or be completed and turned in at least 10 days before the event to ensure confirmation. Also offered Nov. 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31. Sat., 8 AM-4 PM, $20, 546-4623 or November/2011 . 3 – Wildlife Landscaping at Hobcaw 5 –Taste of Georgetown on Front Street Barony. Provide wildlife with food, water, between Screven and Orange streets. cover and a place for their young right From appetizers to desserts with music by in your own backyard! This program will Longitude & Friends and the Georgetown demonstrate smart gardening techniques, Middle School Band. This is a fundraiser for such as composting and rain barrels and explain the use of each. Space limited. Thurs., the Family Justice Center of Georgetown 10 to 11:30 AM, $10, 546-4623. County, a nonprofit organization providing a collaborative community 3 – Murrells Inlet 2020 “Puttin’ on the response to victims of domestic violence. Ritz� Autumn Gala at Inlet Square Mall with Prior to Nov. 5, 23 tickets for $20 by calling Frank Entertainment. The black tie optional 235-0956, 237-7343 or 546-1815 or info@ fundraiser features the “Taste of Murrells Sat., 1-4 PM, $1 per Inlet� with more than 15 Inlet restaurants food sample ticket, serving up a delectable dinner of tapas and station dining. Silent auction, music, dancing and open bar. Thurs., 6:30-11 PM, $100/ (continued) person, 357-2007.

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9 – Gullah/Geechee Rhythms at Brookgreen Gardens (Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium). Utilizing audience 8 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown Library participation in singing and storytelling, Ron vice-president for creative education, presents a “Visit to the Georgetown Airport� Daise, identifies ten memorable ways to recall the where Richard Westfall, airport manager and importance and significance of the Gullah/ former Vietnam helicopter flight engineer, 5 – 16th Running of the King’s Tree Trials Geechee heritage. Pictures, music, personal will talk about the history, capability, will be Saturday at McCutchen Training reflections, and instruction are interwoven economic impact, new terminal and future of throughout the stanzas to the tune of a wellCenter in Kingstree. Tickets and parking local aviation. Tues., 10 AM, free, 237-1387. known Gullah coded message song. Also places go on sale in early October. Sat., Noon, offered Nov. 16. Wed., 1 PM, free with garden 5 – Master Sculptor, Eugene Daub, will give $15-$50. Call 843-355-6431 for tickets and admission, 235-6000. a discussion and demonstration of his work 8 – A Salute to American Veterans at more information.

5 – OLLI: Gullah Holiday Dollmaking Workshop at CCU-Waccamaw. Enjoy this popular Gullah dollmaking workshop with Zenobia Washington. All materials & lunch provided. Sat., 10 AM-3 PM, $75, 349-6584.

fundraiser for the Family Justice Center of Georgetown County, a nonprofit organization providing a collaborative community response to victims of domestic violence. Prior to Nov. 5, 23 tickets for $20 by calling 235-0956, 237-7343 or 546-1815 or Sat., 1-4 PM, $1 per food sample ticket, TasteoOfGeorgetownSC. com.

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Wheelwright Auditorium. The seventh annual “Salute to American Veterans,� which is co-sponsored by CCU, is designed to honor veterans of the United States Armed Forces from all eras and service branches. The event 5 – Dinner and a Campfire at Hobcaw features public recognition of veterans, a Barony. Fire is a misunderstood part of color guard, patriotic music and a locally the forest ecosystem, yet many species of plants and animals depend upon it to thrive. produced documentary film entitled “The Battle of the Bulge� that was shot on location Highlights include the points of GOOD in Belgium and includes eyewitness accounts 5 – Belin United Methodist Church Bar-B-Q fire and its place in our world, the effects by local World War II veterans. Tues., 7:30 PM, of different fire techniques used in forest & Bazaar. Delicious BBQ ($7), homemade free with ticket, 349-2502. management and how to properly build foods and crafts, and family entertainment add up to a day of fun at the church’s Family a campfire. End the program with dinner 8 – Flute Studio Recital at Edwards Recital (hot dogs and marshmallows) around the Life Center. Sat., 9 AM-4 PM, 651-5099 or open fire under the stars! All food and drinks Hall. The Coastal Carolina University Flute Studio, under the direction of Amy Hardison will be provided. Also offered Dec. 29. Space Tully, presents its fall flute recital. Classical 5 – Seafood Festival to benefit Tidelands limited. Sat., 4-6:30 PM, $12, 546-4623. and modern works composed for the flute Community Hospice, sponsored by Hanser will be featured. The recital will close with 5 – The Painted Word at McClellanville House Restaurant in Litchfield. Entrance a performance by the Coastal Carolina Arts Center, opening reception fee covers all the oysters you can eat, University Flute Choir. Tues., 7:30 PM, $3, entertainment, children’s activities. Cash bar. celebrating works by McClellanville’s 349-2502 own Billy Baldwin. The exhibition will Sat., 11 AM-4 PM, $20 (under 12 admission include paintings, photographs, poems, and free), 546-3410. books, and will remain in the gallery through 9-12 – “Anything Goes� at Wheelwright Sat., Nov. 26. Sat., 6-8 PM, free, 843-887-3157. Auditorium. See Nov. 3-5 entry for details. 5 – Taste of Georgetown on Front Street Wed.-Fri., 7:30 PM; Sat., 1 PM and 7:30 PM, between Screven and Orange streets. 5 & 6 – C4, Carolina Coastal Campmeeting tickets, 349-2502. From appetizers to desserts, with music by Longitude and Friends and the Georgetown Choir Concerts at Georgetown Pentecostal Holiness Church to benefit Tidelands Middle School Band. This is a 5 – Christmas Cruise at the Creek III presented by Long Bay Cruzers. A Toys-forTots car, truck and bike show at Inlet Square Mall sponsored by Paladin Insurance. Open to all makes and models. $10 donation or one new unwrapped toy to enter. Sat., all day, 503-1484 or

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11 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Litchfield Books’ Staff (Holiday Gift Book Review) at Kimbels, Wachesaw. Join the talented staff of our local indie bookstore as they preview their holiday gift recommendations: non-fiction, mysteries and children’s books, literature and classics, and current fiction. Gallop through 20 books in 60 minutes for some tips on great reads and good gifts. Advance readers will be given away, but not the endings! Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. 11 – The Kaminski House Museum will be hosting an “Afternoon with the Veterans” at Stewart-Parker House (1019 Front St., Georgetown). All veterans are invited to come and share their stories of their military experiences. This informal event includes light refreshments and will be followed by the Annual Veteran’s Parade down Front Street. Fri., 3 PM, free, 546-7706. 12 – Trail Rides with Your Own Horse at Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 5 entry for details. Also offered Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31. Sat., 8 AM-4 PM, $20, 546-4623 or 12 – Man vs Hobcaw Barony: Forest Survival. Have you ever pictured yourself in an actual survival situation? Have you ever thought of what it would be like if you were forced to utilize the environment around you to survive? Being lost and alone in the forest can be scary to those who are not prepared, and the only way to prepare is to practice. Learn the five basic survival skills everyone should know: fire, shelter, food, water and signaling. Discuss how to interact with and respect forest animals. Then put these newly learned skills to the test in a survival scenario where time is of the essence. Also offered Dec. 3. Space limited. Sat., 9:30 AM-12 PM, $10, 546-4623.

herald in the spirit of the holidays for years to come! Bring an old towel and scissors. All ages, limited to 15. Pre-register by Nov. 9. Sat., 2-4 PM, $15, 843-899-5200. 15 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown Library presents a “Fused Glass Artist Suz Mole,” demonstrating her sculptural and functional art by kiln firing glass. Tues., 10 AM, free, 237-1387. 16 – Gullah/Geechee Rhythms at Brookgreen Gardens (Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium). See Nov. 9 entry for details. Wed., 1 PM, free with garden admission, 235-6000. 16 – “Plastic Ocean” at the Tara Theatre, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. A presentation and book signing by Capt. Charles Moore who encountered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997. This heralded publication is based on a decade of research on the chemical makeup, distribution and sources of this plastic debris which is killing our oceans. Sponsored by Litchfield Books, copies of Plastic Ocean will be available on Nov. 1. Seating limited. Wed., 7 PM, free with admission ticket, 237-8138 or 235-1236 or 17 – Baruchs on the Big Screen: Simulcast of SCETV at CCU’s Waccamaw Higher Education Center. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Belle Baruch Foundation and SCETV. Lee Brockington will offer remarks about the filming process and local participation. Advance reservations required. If you miss out on a ticket, you can watch the broadcast on your TV at 8 PM. Thurs., 6:30 PM, free with ticket, 349-6584.

17 – Native American Celebration at Edwards Recital Hall. This celebration is designed to educate and enhance awareness of Native American culture. 12 – Down on the Farm at Hobcaw Native performers, as well as historians, Barony. Tour a pasture at Bellefield and the heritage garden in Friendfield Village to share their insights into the fascinating origins of Native American tribes and take a closer look at the plant and animal cultures through dance, music, lectures products we take for granted. Focusing and informative displays. Thurs., 6 PM, free, on food and fiber systems, this program reconnects us with the way we depend on 349-2502. the environment in every aspect of our lives. 17-20 – Murrells Inlet Community Theatre Topics include Outreach Farm, agriculture, presents “Belles,” by Mark Dunn, directed by tree farming and maintaining a healthy environment. Space limited. Also offered Nov. Lew Holton. See Nov. 10-13 for details. ThursSat., 8 PM and Sun., 2 PM, $10, 651-4152. 23. Sat., 2-4:30 PM, $10, 546-4623. 12 – Corn Shuck Wreath Workshop at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. These simple, yet beautiful wreaths will




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23 – Down on the Farm at Hobcaw Barony. 26 – Trail Rides with Your Own Horse at Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 5 entry for details. See Nov. 12 entry for details. Space limited. Wed., 2-4:30 PM, $10, 546-4623. Also offered Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31. Sat., 8 AM-4 PM, 22 – Eco-Oyster Adventure in North Inlet. $20, 546-4623 or . 25 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Join Capt. Paul Kenny on a cruise down the Waccamaw River and Winyah Bay to pristine Billy Baldwin (Unpainted South) at Inlet Affairs. 28 – Saxophone Ensemble Concert William P. Baldwin is a lifelong resident of the at Edwards Recital Hall. The concert North Inlet from Hagley Landing. If you Carolina Lowcountry. Over the years he has haven’t picked shellfish before, this will be will present selections from the classical worked as a shrimper, a building contractor a great opportunity to not only learn about repertoire along with jazz and contemporary and most importantly a writer. He is the the ecology and biology of oysters, clams pieces, all performed on saxophones, under and estuaries in general but also how to find author of the well-received novel The Hard the direction of Dan O’Reilly. Mon., 7:30 PM, and pick the tastiest oysters and clams in the to Catch Mercy and has collaborated with $3, 349-2502. country. The adventure will end with roasting N. Jane Iseley on several projects, including your own oysters and sipping down a North the original Plantations of the Low Country: 29 – 12th Annual Holiday Concert at 19 – Trail Rides with Your Own Horse at South Carolina 1697–1865. He is co-author Inlet Chowder. Limited to four adults. Tues., Wheelwright Auditorium. This year’s Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 5 entry for details. of Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden holiday concert will be presented by the Also offered Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31. Sat., 10 AM to 5 PM, $125 per person, 349-6584. and Sister Peterkin’s Heaven Is a Beautiful CCU Concert and Chamber Choirs, under the 8 AM-4 PM, $20, 546-4623 or HobcawBarony. 22 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross Place. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., direction of Terri Sinclair, with the Advanced org . 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, Chorus from Carolina Forest High School as Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. The Cultural Council of Georgetown County 235-9600. special guests. In addition to several familiar 19 – 8th Annual Murrells Inlet Oyster holiday songs and carols, the concert will Roast at Spud’s parking lot. Free admission. presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series 25-Jan. 1 – Holiday Exhibits at Brookgreen feature the Christmas portion of Handel’s of free concerts featuring talented music All-you-can-eat oyster tickets cost $30/ faculty of CCU and members of their studios, Gardens. Signs of the Season in Flora and Messiah and the Vivaldi Gloria. The soloists person advance ($35 day-of, while supplies Fauna - In the Noble Gallery, evergreen will be members of the CCU voice faculty, last). Beverages and other food items priced including several winners of the Young and the chamber orchestra will consist of separately. Music by DJ Marino. Rain or shine. Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and trees, wreaths, and plaques decorated with assorted natural materials, along with vintage members of the Long Bay Symphony. In Sat., 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, $30/person advance, open to the public, donations accepted, carousel animal figures add beauty to this 237-3035. keeping with tradition, the concert will 357-2007. exhibit. Signs of the Season in Art and History conclude with the singing of the “Hallelujah - In the Jennewein Gallery, Christmas trees, 23 – No Place Like Home at Hobcaw Chorus.” Tues., 7:30 PM, free with ticket, 19 – Catch Me If You Can at Hobcaw art, and furnishings reflecting the holiday Barony. The forest is a residential area with 349-2502. Barony, featuring live birds of prey. Take celebrations at Brookgreen in the late 19th many similarities to our own. This program a close look at the animals of the forest (continued) and early 20th centuries are on display. for children explores the different types of who all have specific adaptations that Daily, 9 AM-4:30 PM, free with garden homes animals use from the bottom of the allow them to live, feed and reproduce in TRAIL RIDES WITH YOUR admission, 235-6000. forest floor to the tops of the highest trees. their environments. This program will give participants a hands-on opportunity to learn Focused on the endangered redcockaded OWN HORSE AT woodpecker, participants will view a nesting more about these adaptations and will end cavity, study different bird nests and with an exciting presentation by the Center HOBCAW BARONY. materials, search for signs of animals in the for Birds of Prey staff and the live birds of forest and end with a craft activity. An adult prey. Space limited. Thurs., 2-4 PM, $10, See Nov. 5 entry for details. (at no extra charge) must accompany and 546-4623. remain with the child for the entire program. Sat., 8 AM-4 PM, Also offered Dec. 28. Space limited. 20 – Serendipity Singers presents their Wed., 2-4:30 PM, $5, 546-4623. Holiday Concert at Belin Methodist $20, 546-4623 or Church in Murrells Inlet. This year, the BEACH Singers join them. Sun., pre-show 18 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Karen White (The Strangers on Montagu Street) at Pawleys Plantation. In this third book in the Tradd Street series, psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn’t expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. Complicating things further, the girl didn’t come alone, and the spirits that accompanied her don’t seem willing to leave. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600.

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December/2011 1& 2 – Bellefield before the Restoration at Hobcaw Barony. Join Richard Camlin and Lee Brockington to explore Belle Baruch’s plantation house before the restoration program begins in the near future. Belle’s unfurnished two-story house, completed in 1937, includes a bomb shelter in the basement. On the grounds, stables, kennels and a four-car garage overlook a freshwater pond. For Arbor Day, a tree will be plan ted in Belle’s memory. Space is limited, reservations required. Thurs. & Fri., 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, $20, 546-4623. 1 – “Chamber After Hours” sponsored by Tidelands Community Hospice at Hospice House in Georgetown. Members of the chamber are welcome to attend. Thurs., 5:30-7 PM, free for Chamber members, 546-3410. 1 – Spectrum2 Concert at Wheelwright Auditorium. Annual Coastal Honor Band & Scholarship Festival Spectrum2 concert featuring student music groups from the CCU Band Program. You’ll hear an hour of uninterrupted music – everything from guitars to flutes, and styles from classical to Latin to music from the hit TV show Glee. The grand finale features the fantastic CCU Marching Band, Coastal Colorguard, Coastal Glamour Twirlers and Coastalettes Dance Team. Thurs., 8:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502. 2 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Natalie Dupree & Cynthia Grauhart (Southern Biscuits) at Tara Ballroom, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Layered, fluffy, feathery, silky,

Lowcountry Companion 33 is the CCU big band and jazz combo, under soft and velvety biscuits all come together for Strand Cinema Members, $7 for public in Southern Biscuits, a book of recipes and admission, 527-2924 (ext. 3) or StrandCinema. the direction of Dan O’Reilly. Expect a fun evening of jazz standards, big band classics baking secrets for every biscuit imaginable. org. and contemporary favorites as well. Tues., Featured are easy biscuits that are hassle7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502. free and undemanding to make, as well as 2-3 – Nights of a Thousand Candles. embellished biscuits laced with silky goat Brookgreen Gardens’ most popular annual 8-9 – FOWL Holiday Book Sale in the butter, crunchy pecans, or tangy pimento event, named one of the Top 20 Events in Waccamaw Library conference room. cheese – and everything in between. December by the Southeastern Tourism Hundreds of books in pristine condition (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 Society, returns this year with seven nights gift giving or winter reading. Family PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, of holiday cheer! Thousands of lights sparkle for Night, Thurs., 5-8 PM and Fri., 10 AM-6 PM, 235-9600. from live oak trees and illuminate garden 237-7876. paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment that 8 – Good Friends Luncheon at Pawleys 2 – Shall We Dance? This program of band only this event can bring. Dinner catered by Plantation. Social hour and luncheon music at Wheelwright Auditorium features Inlet Affairs available (additional cost). Also with special music and door prize. Benefits numbers that were written specifically for offered Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 15-17. Fri. & Sat., individuals who are not eligible for DSS dancing or were inspired by the art of dance. 3-10 PM, $16 adults, $7 children (ages 4-12), support but have an urgent one-time The CCU Symphonic Band will showcase the 235-6000 or 800-849-1931. need for food, shelter, medical expenses, waltz, the two-step, Latin, Russian, American transportation, etc. Thurs., Social Hour, 11:30 ballet, Broadway and Sousa marches. 3 – Trail Rides with Your Own Horse at AM -12:30 PM (wine & champagne cash bar); Fri., 8:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502. Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 5 entry for details. lunch and program, 12:30-1:30 PM, $20, Also offered Dec. 10, 17, 31. Sat., 8 AM-4 PM, 235-9287. Mail donation to: 2-3 – Grand Opening of Strand Cinema $20, 546-4623 or Good Friends Treasurer on Front Street in Georgetown. Five unique 363 Rice Bluff Rd films will be shown to celebrate this 3 – Man vs Hobcaw Barony: Forest Pawleys Island, SC, 29585 welcome addition to the cultural choices in Survival. See Nov. 12 entry for details. Space Georgetown County. Sharing space with the limited. Sat., 9:30 AM-12 PM, $10, 546-4623. Swamp Fox Players at the Strand Theatre, the 3 – Celebrate the Seasons at Old Santee 9 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Celia Rivenbark (You Don’t Sweat Much for a new Strand Cinema opens with a delightful Canal Park in Moncks Corner. This event French romantic comedy, “Potiche” (English will feature a fun-filled evening of Christmas Fat Girl) at Ocean One. With her trademark style of Southern sass, shares her thoughts subtitles) starring Catherine Deneuve and activities, shopping, food, light displays, on everything from terrorists to twitter Gerard Depardieu on Fri. at 7 PM. On Sat., performances, life size card displays, marsh to “The Real Housewises of New Jersey.” two screenings feature documentary films mellow roast, house tours, children’s crafts (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 of World War II battles, at 2:30 PM Heidi and and so much more. All ages, all over the park! PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, Richard Lanni’s “Americans on D-Day” and Sat., 5-9 PM, free, 843-899-5200. 235-9600. “Americans on Hell’s Highway,” followed at 7 PM by Rod Gragg’s “Return to the 4 – Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade starts 9-10 – Nights of a Thousand Candles at Battlefield” and “Season of Valor – The Battle at Wilcox Avenue (Booty’s) and marches Brookgreen Gardens. See Dec. 2-3 entry for details; also offered Dec. 15-17. Fri. & Sat., 3-10 of the Bulge.” Also offered Dec. 9-10. Fri., down Business 17 to Morse Park Landing reception at 6:30 PM; Sat., 2:30 & 7 PM, $5 (next to the Hot Fish Club). Santa Claus, Eagle PM, $16 adults, $7 children, 235-6000. Scout bonfire and tree lighting immediately following the parade at Morse Park Landing. 9-10 – Strand Cinema on Front Street in Georgetown. “Potiche” (French romantic Sat., 3 PM, free, 357-2007 or comedy with English subtitles) starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu

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6 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown Library presents a “Tara Hall’s Mingo Creek Strummers,” with a holiday performance of festive music by the talented dulcimer players of Tara Hall. Bring a tasty treat to share. Tues., 10 AM, free, 237-1387. 6 – Jazz After Hours Concert at Wheelwright Auditorium. Jazz After Hours

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14 – Plantation Christmas at Hobcaw Barony. Christmas in the low country is celebrated the old-fashioned way at an afternoon party hosted by Hobcaw Barony volunteers at Hobcaw House. Take time from your busy schedule to travel into the words and down to a bluff overlooking Winyah Bay. Decorated with greenery from the plantation, the Baruch home offers tours, refreshments and remarks by Lee Brockington. Space limited, reservations required. Wed., 2-4 PM, $25, 546-4623. 15-17 – Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. See Dec. 2-3 entry for details. Thurs.-Sat., 3-10 PM, $16 adults, $7 children, 235-6000. 16 – The Moveable Feast: Philip Powell’s Annual Piano Concert at Capt. Dave’s Dockside. With talent and touch comparable to any concert pianist on the national circuit, our own keyboard magician closes the 12th season of the Moveable Feast on Beethoven’s 241st birthday with a concert featuring the romantic and revolutionary works of Liszt, whose 200th birthday is celebrated this year. Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $35, 235-9600.

28 – No Place Like Home at Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 23 entry for details. Space limited. Wed., 2-4:30 PM, $5, 546-4623. 29 – Dinner and a Campfire at Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 5 entry for details. Space limited. Thurs., 4-6:30 PM, $12, 546-4623. 31 – Trail Rides with Your Own Horse at Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 5 entry for details. Sat., 8 AM-4 PM, $20, 546-4623 or .

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3 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Mary Preston Foster (Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour) at Carefree Catering. With its architecture, palm trees and cobblestone streets, Charleston is one of the South’s great cultural destinations. But don’t let the city’s beauty hide its turbulent history. The horrors of bombardment and occupation by conquering armies have left their marks. The city has experienced bleak times and 12-14 – Gloria Perkins Oil Painting disasters, including fires, a devastating Workshop at the Litchfield Exchange. Join earthquake and hurricanes, not to mention award-winning artist and Atlanta-based the challenges of Reconstruction. (Book teacher for a three-day intensive painting signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, workshop during which you will complete 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, three impressionistic-style paintings. Prepped canvas purchase required; all paints 235-9600. provided. Advance registration through 3-5 – Eighth Annual French Film Festival CLASS required. Thurs.-Sat.., 8:30 AM-4 PM, at Strand Cinema in Georgetown. Three $275, 235-9600 or days and four films shown in their original language with English subtitles, organized by 13 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Josette Sharwell and sponsored by the Osher Sean Keefer (The Trust) at Nosh. Set in Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina Charleston, Keefer’s debut novel features University. Fri., 7 PM – “Farewell”; Sat., 1:30 probate attorney Noah Parks. While the PM – “Queen to Play”; Sat., 4 PM – “The probate of a will should be straightforward, Names of Love”; Sun., 2:30 PM – “Mozart’s the Last Will and Testament of Leonardo Sister”, $3 per film (OLLI & Strand Cinema Xavier Cross is anything but simple. (Book members), $5 for the public, 527-2924 (ext. signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 3). 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. 10 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: 17 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross Rose Senehi (Render Unto the Valley) at Inlet Affairs. A breathless tale of three generations Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. The Cultural Council of Georgetown County of a star-crossed family struggling to mend itself and preserve something of its rightful presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series heritage. In the midst of this tempestuous of free concerts featuring talented music faculty of CCU and members of their studios, story stands Travis Whitfield, as stonyhearted a bad hat as you are ever likely to including several winners of the Young Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and meet. But the female forces arrayed against him are formidable. Are they strong enough open to the public, donations accepted, to prevail? (Book signing at Litchfield Books, 237-3035. Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. 20 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Kim Edwards (The Lake of Dreams) at Pawleys 17 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Plantation. The much anticipated second Nicole Seitz (Beyond Molasses Creek) at Ocean novel by the author of the bestseller, The One. Three lives are bound by a single book Memory Keeper’s Daughter, is the story of a … and the cleansing waters of Molasses woman’s homecoming to the lake of her Creek. One a world traveler – home to bury childhood, and the discovery of a secret her father as well as her past; one who stayed past that will alter her understanding of at home with their broken friendship; and her heritage, and herself, forever. With her one who escapes a life of slavery in Nepal to signature gifts for lyricism, suspense, and masterly storytelling, Edwards will delight her follow the truth wherever it leads her. A deep current intertwines the lives of these three, millions of fans. (Book signing at Litchfield and a destiny of freedom, faith and friendship Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 awaits them all on the banks of Molasses AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. Creek. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 26 – Hayride at Hobcaw Barony. See the 235-9600. woods in winter as you tour the Barony on a flatbed trailer loaded with hay and history. 21 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross Ideal for families. Thurs., 1:30-4:30 PM, $15, Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. 546-4623. The Cultural Council of Georgetown County presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series 27 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: of free concerts featuring talented music Jessica Speart (Winged Obsession) at faculty of CCU and members of their studios, Kimbels, Wachesaw. Subtitled “The Pursuit including several winners of the Young of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler,” the book is a true thriller about an Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and undercover U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent hunting open to the public, donations accepted, 237-3035. down Yoshi Kojima, the Hannibal Lecter of the conservation world. (Book signing at 24 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Margaret Baroody (The Unexpected Visitor) Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. at Nosh. A stunning collection of black and white photographs and inspirational 28 – The 14th Annual Souper Bowl to passages. The photographs were taken benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held at over a period of more than half a century Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church on by physician N.B. Baroody, who traveled the Waverly Road in Pawleys Island, featuring world in recent years with his wife Margaret hundreds of handcrafted and hand-painted vessels, scores of gourmet soups, and loaves doing medical mission work. The book shares moments of their life journey together, their of homemade breads. Sponsored by South bond of connection and love that is both Carolina Bank and Trust. Sat., 5:30-7:30 PM, personal and universal. (Book signing at $25 or $30 at the door, 546-5685. Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. (continued)

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March/2012 1-4 – Murrells Inlet Community Theatre presents “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” by Frederick Knott, directed by Julie D. Rosson-Thode. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. A real thriller. Also offered Mar. 8-11. Thurs.-Sat., 8 PM, Sun., 2 PM, $10 (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152.

Pawleys Plantation. at Pawleys Plantation. Ace Jones needs a vacation, but she’s not going to get it. What she gets instead is a good dose of scandalous small town politics that takes her on a wild quest for truth and redemption. Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600.

17 – Wildlife and History Day at Huntington Beach State Park. Join us for a fun-filled day of natural and cultural history as part of the 2 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Can-Am Days of the Grand Strand area. The Sara Arnold & Stephen Hoffius (The Life & Art setting will be the courtyard of Alfred Hutty) at Kimbels. A celebration of of Atalaya, the former winter home of the paintings and prints by one of the principal Huntingtons and a National artists of the Charleston Renaissance. Historic Landmark. A variety of agencies and (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 local organizations will PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, present displays, tours, and hands-on 235-9600. activities. Programs will include marine mammals, colonial musket firing, 3-4 – Winyah Bay Heritage Festival. The birding, reptiles, Atalaya 2012 festival is designed to celebrate the tours, alligators and more! Local Lowcountry rich history of the Winyah Bay area. Winyah food and music will be Bay Heritage Festival at East Bay Park, available throughout the day. A special freeGeorgetown. The 2012 festival is designed to flight demonstration of celebrate the rich history of the Winyah Bay raptors presented by the Center for Birds of area. Events include the Palmetto Dock Dogs, Prey will take place at 1 Birds of Prey, SC Duck Calling Contest, snake PM. Sat., 10 AM-3 PM, free with park presentation, children’s activities and more. admission, 237-4440 or Exhibitors will be displaying works such as decoys, art, jewelry and specialty items. Check the website for scheduling details, 20 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. The Cultural Council of Georgetown County 8-11 – Murrells Inlet Community Theatre presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series presents “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” by Frederick of free concerts featuring talented music Knott, directed by Julie D. Rosson-Thode. See faculty of CCU and members of their studios, Mar. 1-4 entry for details. Thurs.-Sat., 8 PM, including several winners of the Young Sun., 2 PM, $10 (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152. Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and open to the public, donations accepted, 9 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: 237-3035. John Lane (My Paddle to the Sea) at Capt. Dave’s Dockside. Upstate South Carolina 23 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: nature writer and poet John Lane launched Bill Noel (Ghost of Folly Beach) at Sea View an 11-day river journey from his home in Inn. Retired Chris Landrum, Noel’s loveable Spartanburg to the Atlantic ocean to calm protagonist, is finding bodies (or are they his nerves after a rafting accident results in disembodies?) on his beloved Folly Beach. the loss of two friends. Along the way he (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 encounters a cast of characters Twain himself PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, would envy. (Book signing at Litchfield 235-9600. Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. 23 & 24 – 65th Annual Plantation & Townhouse Tours, sponsored by Episcopal 10 – Atalaya’s 3-in-1 Day at Huntington Church Women of Prince George Winyah Beach State Park. March 10th, the mutual Parish. Tours of historic plantation homes birthday and wedding anniversary of Archer and townhouses, midday musical moments and Anna Hyatt Huntington, is celebrated at the church, home baked goods, prints with a special event including “wedding” and paintings by local artists, books from cake and refreshments, at their former Georgetown Historical Society. Advance winter home. Atalaya is a National Historic ticket sales Jan. 30 through Mar. 9. Fri. & Sat., Landmark and this event is a fundraiser 9:30 AM-5 PM, $40 per day or $70 for both, for the Friends of Huntington Beach State 545-8291. Park. Sat., $10 (space is limited), 237-4440 or 24 – Murrells Inlet 2020 5K Race for the Inlet. Lace up those sneakers or bring out 16 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: your bicycle for some early morning exercise. Stephanie McAfee (Diary of a Mad Fat Girl) at

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The race starts and ends at Morse Park Landing on Highway 17 Business (next to the Hot Fish Club) in Murrells Inlet. Participants can run, walk or bicycle (casual bicycling only) through Murrells Inlet on the USATF certified course. Race timing provided by Race Management Systems. It is a fun event suitable for all ages and skill levels. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female chip timings in each category. Registration dates and costs will be announced. Packet pick-up will be held on Fri., Mar. 23 at the MI2020 office between 4-7 PM. So register early to get your T-shirt. Registration is open. Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020. Sat., 8 AM, 357-2007 or online registration at


$3, children $2 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 235-6000. 1 – Lost at Sea Annual Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at Morse Park Landing on Hwy 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. The Lost at Sea Memorial was erected in 2006 to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives at sea and were never found. All the people, whose names are etched on the monument, will be remembered at the ceremony. Sun., 2 PM, free, 458-7671.

7 – Murrells Inlet 2020 MarshWalk Masters. Put on your knickers and putt yourself through the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk stopping at every restaurant along the way. 25-27 – Girls Island Getaway with Lee Play the hole at each of the nine stops on Brockington at the Sea View Inn on the tour and the lowest score wins! First Pawleys Island. Spend two FULL days at place prize for the best score is $500. Prizes one of the most coveted oceanfront inns will also be awarded for 2nd and 3rd places on the Carolina coast with local treasure and for the best dressed golfer. Enjoy the Lee Brockington as your history and culture instructor. Check in for a restful retreat, dine beautiful Marshwalk views and enjoy drinks and appetizers while you play. An after party on great southern meals, laugh at stories from the porch and study island history. Field and awards ceremony with live music at the trips, traveling just a few yards away, include Dead Dog Saloon will begin at 9 PM. The beach ecology and creek conversation. Bring registration fee is $20 per player. Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020. Sat., 4-8 PM, $20 layers to peel or add, and your jammies for registration fee, 357-2007. fireside chats. Sun.-Tues., $350 single/$650 double, 235-9600 or 17 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. The 30 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Cultural Council of Georgetown County Kirk Neely (Banjos, Barbecue and Boiled Peanuts) at Carefree Catering. Neely uses his presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series precise eye, keen ear, and down-home voice of free concerts featuring talented music faculty of CCU and members of their studios, to capture small truths of life in the South including several winners of the Young as he spins yarns about groundhogs and Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and black snakes, mockingbirds and bluebirds, pound cake and cypress knees. In this fitting open to the public, donations accepted, 237-3035. sequel to A Good Mule is Hard to Find, he pulls back the curtain of kudzu to reveal 21 – SCAA Induction Ceremony at Adkins a place of weirdness and wonder. These Fieldhouse at CCU. Authors Franklin are stories of warmth and wit, of heart and humor. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., Burroughs, Marian Wright Edelman, Charles 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, Joyner and the late Mickey Spillane will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of 235-9600. Authors. Throughout Georgetown and Horry counties, school, library and museum events 30-31 – Celebration of Inquiry at Coastal will be featuring one or more of these South Carolina University. The tenth annual Carolina talents. For details, visit event (“From Curiosity to Exploration: Linking, Knowing and Doing”) will be held 22 – 21st Annual Spring Tide - A Day for throughout CCU’s Conway campus. More the Inlet. Spring Tide is South Carolina’s than 120 conference sessions by faculty, biggest and longest-running one-day students, staff and community members community clean-up. Join in to clean up are anticipated and will be noted in the the creek and streets of Murrells Inlet. The conference program. Complete event day begins with an invocation at 9:45AM information will be available in January 2012. Fri. & Sat., free and open to the public, at Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet. Volunteers can check in at the Hot Fish Club to receive street assignments for clean-up. Workers head out at 10 AM to start picking up the trash. Everyone is invited back to the Hot Fish Club at 1 PM for the Great Murrells 1-30 – Brookgreen Gardens “Open Late Till Inlet Chowder Cook-off and light-hearted festivities to celebrate our accomplishments. 8.” After a day on the golf course or on the beach, see the beauty of Brookgreen’s spring 20+ restaurant chowders available and free to all our workers. A hearty plate of BBQ and flowers when the gardens remain open. all the fixins will be available for $5 per plate. Gift shop and food service are available. Bring your boats, boots, bug spray, gloves Ride with an interpreter on a Graveyard and your love of the Inlet. Sun., 9:45 AM-3 Trekker Excursion and explore some of the PM, 357-2007. cemeteries on the 9,000 acre property of Brookgreen. The excursions are available 29 – Tastes At Pawleys at Precious Blood on Sun., Tues. and Thurs. at 5:30 PM and of Christ Catholic Church (1633 Waverly cost $15 per person in addition to garden Rd.). Sample cuisine from area restaurants admission. Daily, 9:30 AM-8 PM, free with at Tastes at Pawleys food festival to benefit garden admission, 235-6000. Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen. Your favorite restaurants will serve their best appetizers, 1-Oct. 31 – Whispering Wings Butterfly entrees and desserts. This fifth annual Experience at Brookgreen’s Butterfly Tastes at Pawleys is an enjoyable event for House. This seasonal exhibit features a lush the whole family. Advance door tickets are garden filled with tropical plants where $4 each for adults ($5 at the door), while hundreds of butterflies soar through the children 12 and younger will be admitted air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Polydamas free with adult. Food tickets will be sold in $1 Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, increments to purchase food samples from Spicebush Swallowtails, Julias, Buckeyes, Queens, Painted Lady, and American Lady are participating restaurants. Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m., just a few of the species that call Whispering 237-3428. Wings home. Daily, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, adults



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Lowcountry Heritage Sites More than ever, savvy vacationers are looking for enlightening experiences to complement their prospects for rest and relaxation. That’s why tourism studies rank Heritage Tourism among the nation’s three most popular vacation activities. Lucky for you, our Lowcountry is perfectly positioned to deliver on each and every visitor’s expectation. Diverse cultural, historic and natural treasures guarantees an abundance of activities and attractions from which to choose. From breathtaking, history-steeped old churches and preserved slave communities to a world-class sculpture garden, graceful historic districts and captivating museums, the Lowcountry is a land of endless tales – and endless appeal. Please call individual listings and/or visit websites for current schedules and detailed information, and remember to say Lowcountry Companion piqued your interest.

The Kaminski House Museum nineteenth and early twentieth century by the Colonial Dames of SC and leased commercial buildings is located along Front by the City of Georgetown. The house is available for weddings, meetings and events. (originally known as Bay) Street. The District is compact, and markers identify historic structures. Begin your Historic Georgetown The Kaminski House Museum and Stewartvisit at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Parker House anchor the western end of Center, 531 Front Street next door to Overlooking the Sampit River in Georgetown, Front Street. The Houses are open Monday Georgetown Times, where a Guide to the City two beautiful homes rich in history are open through Saturday, call for tour times. Tours of Georgetown is available. daily and offer informal and friendly guided are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children aged 6 – 12. The Museum Store is tours. open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM Georgetown County Museum – 5 PM. Go shopping for unique Southern The Kaminski House Museum was built in 632 Prince St., Georgetown wares even if you can’t take the tour! 1769 by a wealthy merchant, Paul Trapier, 843.545.7020 for his daughter, Elizabeth. The house has had fourteen owners including three mayors Georgetown Historic District of Georgetown. The last owners, Harold and Georgetown Muskets, marsh, and muslin. Rice, rivers, Julia Kaminski, purchased the house in 1931; 843.546.8436 and revolution. What do these seemingly they made final improvements to the home unrelated subjects have in common? The and filled it with beautiful antiques. Georgetown County Museum, located in the heart of the Historic District, offers a When Mrs. Kaminski died in 1972, she willed Georgetown, the state’s third oldest port city, dates to 1729 when the town was laid glimpse into the fascinating connections that the house to the City of Georgetown to be out by Elisha Screven. A four-by-eight block interweave many facets of local life and lore opened as a museum in honor of her late grid – bordered by Wood, Church, Meeting through three hundred years of American husband and his mother, Rose Kaminski. and Front Streets – is listed on the National history. A colonial town, Georgetown has Many consider the Museum’s collection of Register of Historic Places. One of the nation’s seen it all and keeps the spirit of each era fine antiques its greatest appeal. English and busiest seaports in Colonial times through American furniture and decorative arts date the grand era of rice production, Georgetown alive with a wide variety of displays and exhibits. from the early 1700s. More than a few pieces played host to tall-masted sailing ships are of national and international significance. delivering goods from Europe as well as Examine Native American artifacts of the other ports along the Atlantic seaboard. Once Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Sampit tribes, The Stewart-Parker House, a Georgian style empty, the ships set sail again loaded with as well as relics from the earliest maritime brick home, is located next door to the Lowcountry products including indigo, rice, industry of the 1730s when Georgetown Kaminski House and was built around 1740 cotton, lumber and other naval stores. was established as an international Port of by Robert Stewart. It is local tradition that Entry. The cultivation of indigo, and then rice, Mr. Daniel Tucker, the second owner of the Georgetown’s 220-acre Historic District comes alive. house, entertained George Washington has more than thirty eighteenth century during his tour of the South in 1791. There structures, as well as at least eighteen preGet a close look at relics from the local have been many changes to the building Civil War buildings. Recent inventories have plantation culture – clothing and toys, throughout its lifetime, changes that added 91 buildings known to be at least old quilts and slave bills of sale, military transformed it to the beautiful Federal Style one hundred years old. A collection of late memorabilia from the Revolutionary and dwelling it is today. The house is now owned

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Civil Wars, hundreds of pictures and much, much more. The drama and glory of the Revolutionary War is also on display. Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War hero known as the “Swamp Fox” walked our streets (one of the Museum’s most prized possessions is a letter he wrote), as did the British Redcoats. Later, Union Blue troops marched about town in search of Confederate Gray. Georgetown has been visited by Presidents and Royalty, and figures readily recognized throughout American history, and they have left their mark here. Georgetown experienced the heights of vast wealth and affluence through the first part of the nineteenth century, and then agonized about the loss of it all. Times were hard through the aftermath of the Civil War, but later, Georgetown rose to the top once more, this time in the lumber business. Prosperity reigned again, and through it all, the bits and pieces of everyday life can be seen here at the Museum. Please make time to visit and discover the enthralling history of SC’s third oldest port city and the county that surrounds it. The Georgetown County Museum is located at 632 Prince Street in the Historic District – just one block north of the Town Clock on Front Street. The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for youth aged six through seventeen. Members and kids five and younger get in free. Group rates are available. Please call ahead to ask questions.


The Georgetown County Museum Where Lowcountry History Comes Alive

Tattered piece of the flag that flew over Ft. Sumter Original hand-drawn maps from mid-1700’s Revolutionary & Civil War memorabilia Original hand-written letter from Francis Marion “Dave the Slave” pottery dated 1852

∑ Seniors $3 • 18-64 $4 • 6-17 $2 • Under 6 free

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Brookgreen opens daily from 9:30 AM to Brookgreen Gardens 5 PM. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet ages 65 and older, $7 for ages 4 – 12, and 843.235.6000; 800.849.1931 free for children three and younger. (Take full advantage of the fact that these rates include admission for seven full days!) See From its beginning in 1931 when Archer and Lowcountry’s Calendar of Events for additional Anna Hyatt Huntington created this nonprofit detail. outdoor museum, it has been a sanctuary designed to restore spirit and soul. Wide, Atalaya expansive lawns with majestic oaks and world renowned sculpture invite you to relax. Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet Smaller, enclosed gardens encourage private 843.237.4440 reflection. Every day Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. Stroll through the Gardens on If you’d like to step back in time and meet a guided tour or explore a multitude of a fascinating couple and the castle-like magical, tucked-away spaces on your own. residence they called home, read on. Nationally and internationally, this twosome The thousands of acres of Brookgreen’s exerted significant influence on twentieth Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve century art, libraries and museums. are rich with evidence of the great rice plantations of the 1800s, as well as with the In 1930, New York residents Archer and native plants and animals of the Lowcountry. Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased a vast Explore the property’s history through stretch of real estate on the Waccamaw Neck programs at the Lowcountry Center, and by – land that once operated as four Colonial traveling by boat or overland vehicle deep plantations. The following year, they began into the Preserve. A free weekly Gullah/ construction of a home they called Atalaya, Geechee Program Series on Wednesday a Spanish word for “watchtower,” on the afternoons provides an audienceoceanfront side of their property. participatory educational experience about the culture of the descendants of enslaved Archer, an imposing man at 6’5”, had a great West Africans who toiled in the rice, cotton, sense of humor and adored his wife, the and indigo plantations of southeastern renowned twentieth century sculptor, Anna colonies. Hyatt Huntington. Though Anna studied the violin in preparation for a career as a Take advantage of another special treat by musician, she began sculpting in her teens walking the Lowcountry Trail, an elevated and the new hobby became her lifelong boardwalk through live oaks to the Ricefield passion. Clearly, she chose her passion Overlook. The vista across what was once well because she became one of the most Brookgreen Plantation’s main ricefield is talented and well-known figurative sculptors intriguing and beautiful. Along the way of the 1900s. archaeological digs reveal the remains of four structures and the site of an overseer’s Born in Cambridge, MA on March 10, 1876, residence with a kitchen, smokehouse, and Anna was earning $50,000 a year as a sculptor cabin. Interpretive panels at each location by the time she was in her early twenties. offer a peek into the lives of plantation She became renowned for realistic sculptures owners, the overseers, and enslaved Africans. of animals and heroic sculptures – largerThe Lowcountry Trail Audio Tour offers a than-life pieces featuring characters such as fictionalized story about life at Brookgreen Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln and Don Quixote on Plantation. It unwinds at eleven listening horseback. stations and portrays perspectives about life and death for the Plantation Owner, the Sharing the same birthday, Archer Milton Overseer, the Enslaved African Female, and Huntington was born on March 10, 1870. A the Enslaved African Male: four stainless steel philanthropist, scholar and visionary, Archer’s sculptures positioned along the Trail. passion was Hispanic culture. He traveled to Spain and Mexico as a young man and fell A self-guided walking tour, The Oaks History in love with the people, their languages, art and Nature Trail, is situated along Oaks Creek and architecture. This is one of the reasons on the southern-most edge of the property. he built his winter home, Atalaya to resemble The Oaks was an indigo and rice plantation a Moorish fortress. He hired mostly local owned by the Allston/Alston family from the labor, thereby supporting about one hundred 1730s through the early 1900s. It was home families and becoming the largest employer to SC Governor Joseph Alston and his wife, in Georgetown County from 1931-33 during Theodosia Burr Alston, the only child of Aaron the height of the Great Depression. He began Burr. Their marriage in 1801 was followed by Brookgreen Gardens, across the highway a series of tragedies that included the death from Huntington Beach State Park, to exhibit of their only son, Theodosia’s disappearance his wife’s sculpture. at sea in January of 1813 and Joseph’s death in 1816. The trail boasts interpretive panels For Anna, Atalaya included indoor and and benches for soaking up the beauty. outdoor studios. At about 40,000 square Transportation to and from the trail is only feet, the home covers almost an entire acre. available via Brookgreen Gardens miniThis includes a large interior courtyard, bear bus, and there is a $3 charge per person in pens, dog kennels, a library and an oyster addition to Garden admission. The Oaks Trail shucking room. Interestingly, as large as the and the Lowcountry Trail are recipients of the house is, the Huntingtons did not entertain 2011 SC Heritage Tourism Award. here. The home served as a retreat where Archer and Anna could work on their pursuits uninterrupted during the winter months. (continued)


From cruises on the creek and overland excursions on the Trekker, to engaging animal programs and a new butterfly house there is always something new and exciting at Brookgreen Gardens. This National Historic Landmark is home to the only accredited zoo on the coast of the Carolinas and one of the most significant figurative sculpture collections in the world!

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(800) 849-1931 or visit

Admission is good for 7 days! $14 Adults, $12 Seniors, $7 Children 4-12 & Children under 3 are FREE!

Located on Highway 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

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Admission is Good for 7 Days! Located on Hwy 17 Between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island


Atalaya (pronounced at-a-LIE-ya) is open year round from 9 AM to 5 PM (unless otherwise posted) for self-guided tours. A new 45-minute audio tour ($4/person) allows visitors to hear Atalaya come to life. It includes excerpts from an interview with Anna as she talks about her sculpting work. March 1 through October 31, docent-led tours are offered several days a week. Please contact the park for current schedules. Atalaya is handicapped accessible.

Among these historic homes is The P.C.J. Weston House/Pelican Inn, a pre-Civil War summer residence of rice plantation owner Plowden Charles Jenerette Weston. It was constructed of numbered cypress planks brought across the creek from his nearby Hagley Plantation. After Weston’s demise near the close of the Civil War, his cousin, William St. Julien Mazyck owned the house until the turn of the century when he sold it to the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company. ACL families vacationed here for years.

Early on, the Museum began with two professionally built models of vessels which once plied local waters. Several other quality exhibits were added during the past five years. In addition to numerous photographs, prints and paintings, four ship models reflect the area’s rich maritime history.

During the Civil War, blockade runners were placed off the coast of Georgetown to stop supplies from entering or exiting the port. Admiral John Dahlgren ordered his naval forces to Georgetown to establish communication with General William T. The Ward/Liberty Lodge has the original hand-hewn sills and joints and stands on land Sherman. After the city surrendered, Admiral Dahlgren ordered his flagship, the Harvest once owned by Joshua J. Ward, renowned Moon, to Charleston. On her way out of the rice planter and state Lieutenant Governor port she struck a Confederate torpedo and If you are interested in supporting the Park, from 1850-52. One of the oldest houses on inquire about the Friends of Huntington the island the Ward House is believed to have sank off present-day Hobcaw Barony. A descendant of the Harvest Moon crew, Ellison Beach State Park, a group dedicated to been moved here after 1858. Smith, painstakingly researched the vessel helping the Park provide quality outdoor and the entire crew. He donated his research recreation and educational opportunities, as Two of the other Island historic homes, the findings, as well as a model he built himself, well as maintaining the park’s natural and All Saints Summer Parsonage/Rectory and to the Museum. cultural resources. Learn more about the the All Saints Academy Summer House, Friends at or belonged to All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The email questions to Summer Parsonage, built by 1848, was where After the Civil War and the fall of the rice planters’ evening summer services were held. empire, the timber industry was very The Summer Academy, constructed between important in maintaining Georgetown’s The Rice Museum prosperity. It is fitting, then, that the 1838 and 1848, was the summer residence 633 Front St., Georgetown Museum will also be home to a model of of the area rice planters’ children’s school 843.546.7423 a four-masted schooner that was used for headmaster. transporting lumber for the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company. The Joseph Blyth Allston House/Pawleys From some of the area’s earliest settlements House built circa 1800, stands on land that once belonged to R.F.W. Allston, Governor of Shrimping has long served as recreation to the twentieth century, rice cultivation and a source of livelihood for locals. SC from 1856-58. Allston’s nephew, Joseph dominated life in the Lowcountry. A slice Blyth Allston, is believed to have moved the Appropriately, the Prodigal Son, a shrimp of the story has been captured at the Rice trawler, will also be on exhibit as a model. house here circa 1866. Museum. A one-hour guided tour covers the story of Georgetown County’s rice Area rivers and tributaries once served as culture, one of the most colorful chapters in Each of the Pawleys Island Historic District homes, with the exception of the Pelican Inn, major highways. One boat used for the American History. transportation of passengers and freight is a private residence. All of the homes are easily seen from Myrtle Avenue, which runs was the Governor Safford, another of the The tour includes an up-close look at the Museum’s cherished models. Long before the length of the island. Browns Ferry Vessel, the oldest vessel bridges connected Georgetown to the of colonial manufacture in the U.S. Also Waccamaw Neck, this side wheel steamer included is a seventeen-minute video, South Carolina operated from Hagley Landing in Pawleys “The Garden of Gold,” a history of rice in Maritime Museum Island, and for a brief time connected the Georgetown County. Other exhibits feature Island’s railroad with a string of stores behind the Kaminski Hardware Company, a touch of 729 Front St., Georgetown Front Street. Gullah history and peeks into important local 843.545.0015; 877.285.3888 legends like Miss Ruby Forsythe, and Joseph The Museum hopes to acquire related Hayne Rainey, the first African American exhibits like relief maps, nautical charts, elected to the U.S. Congress. Sixteen years ago, the Harbor Historical photographs and paintings. If you are Association (HHA) launched a dream to an individual who owns items related to Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 4:30 create a museum that would celebrate the PM. Closed Sunday and major holidays. rich maritime heritage and history of coastal Georgetown’s maritime history, please consider donating or loaning your stash Youth (6 – 21), $3. Adults, $7. Seniors, $5. If SC. That dream became a reality in 2006 to the Museum. Since the HHA is a 501(c) accompanied by an adult, kids younger than when the Georgetown Maritime Museum 6 are free. opened in its temporary home at the eastern (3) organization, contributions are tax deductible. Contact the Harbor Historical end of the waterfront business district.

Pawleys Island Historic District

843.237.1698 Pawleys Island has the distinction of being one of the only SC sea islands to have original antebellum and late nineteenth century beach homes that are still surviving.

In July of this year, HHA entered into an agreement to purchase a spacious permanent home for the Museum. As we head for press, renovations have begun on the Museum’s new home located on the waterfront in the heart of the historic business district.

So much of SC’s history is defined by its attachment to and love of the sea. There Eight elegantly rustic antebellum summer are endless stories connecting the sea to retreats border the Atlantic at the eastern agriculture, commerce, military, recreation, end of the island’s circa 1946 South education, and how ships and their crews Causeway, about midway between Pawleys’ and their builders played a role. It will be the north and south ends. Each of these homes mission of the museum to tell these stories has survived several major hurricanes that through interactive exhibits, rare artifacts decimated most other parts of the small from the marine industry, model ships and island, most recently Hazel in 1955 and Hugo artwork, educated volunteer staff, and special in 1989. programs for young and old.

Association at PO Box 2228, Georgetown, SC 29442. Annual memberships to the Museum will go toward the museum’s operating budget, museum events and programs. In addition, the Harbor Historical Association – a 501(c)(3) organization – is developing means by which charitable gifts may be made directly to the museum. Opening sometime in 2012, The South Carolina Maritime Museum will be a source of pride for all whose contributions and efforts have made it a reality. Please help ensure its successful future. For more information or donations, please contact museum director, Susan Sanders, at ssanders.scmm@gmail. com.

Hobcaw Barony Hwy. 17, Georgetown 843.546.4623 Hobcaw is a Native American word meaning “between the waters” – a descriptive phrase for land bordered by the Waccamaw River (Intracoastal Waterway), Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Tribes had villages at Hobcaw, traded north and south with tribes of other coastal plain Indians, and established trading posts with colonial settlers. Prior to Georgetown’s founding, Hobcaw Barony was given by the king of England to one of Carolina’s Lords Proprietors. By the time of the Civil War, fourteen rice, indigo and naval stores plantations were operating with the labor of enslaved Africans. After the post-war decline in agriculture, Hobcaw’s wild game and inexpensive price lured Bernard M. Baruch, native South Carolinian turned Wall Street millionaire, to purchase the 17,500 acres as his winter hunting retreat.


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38 Lowcountry Companion Atalaya was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992, and it is the only home/ studio of an artist in the SC State Park System.


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For more than five decades, he entertained world leaders … industrialists, filmmakers, government officials, Broadway directors, journalists, artists and headliners. Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt both retreated to this bluff overlooking Winyah Bay. Baruch’s daughter, Belle, a sailor, pilot and world class equestrian, purchased the Barony and considered it her permanent home. At her death, The Belle W. Baruch Foundation was created to own and operate Hobcaw Barony as a center for environmental research and education.

The latter occupation resulted in a great deal of damage, and the altar was rebuilt after the Civil War. The English stained glass behind the rebuilt altar was salvaged from a slaves’ chapel on a nearby plantation. The churchyard, worth a visit all its own, features one of the state’s oldest cemeteries; markers date to 1767.

Hopsewee Plantation

Hwy. 17, South of Georgetown 843.546.7891 Established in 1721, Prince George is one of the nation’s oldest churches in continuous use. Overhung with oaks and steeped in sad stories, the circa 1750 sanctuary was built with brick from the ballasts of British ships. The church was twice held by enemy troops; British soldiers during the Revolutionary War and Union soldiers during the Civil War. During those conflicts, legend has it horses were quartered in the stall-sized boxed pews.

the senior Lynch was unable to sign the Declaration of Independence, but his son – Thomas Lynch, Jr. – did so.

Built in 1740 on a bluff overlooking the North Santee, Hopsewee Plantation is a classic Colonial rice plantation home. Constructed of black cypress with porches on two levels, this home showcases original Large numbers of people tour, photograph candlelight molding and random-width and worship in this lovely old building. Wear heart pine floors. Eighteenth and nineteenth and tear is inevitable. Sanctuary tour times century furnishings set off each room. vary, so please call ahead. If you can catch Including the present owners, only five one, you’ll be lucky in every way. Admission families have owned the plantation since its is free but donations are deeply appreciated. construction more than two centuries ago.

To protect the property’s use as a research facility, public access is offered through staff-guided tours and programs. Three-hour Hampton Plantation van tours are scheduled Tuesday through Friday, and reservations are essential. (Please State Historic Site 1950 Rutledge Rd. call for times.) Tours require little walking and include views of marshes and rice McClellanville; 843.546.9361 fields, longleaf pine forests along the Kings Highway, the grounds of Belle’s 1936 home and stable, and a tour of the interior of Hampton Plantation’s Georgian-style Hobcaw House, rebuilt in 1930. mansion stands as centerpiece of this 322-acre property. Once the heart of a Also a feature on the tour is Friendfield, flourishing rice plantation, the home is now a former slave village with cabins dating a National Historic Landmark. Noted writer to 1840, an 1890 church, and home to and SC poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge descendants of slaves until 1952. Frequent lived here. He sold his storied property to special programs, from field studies to lectures, focus on aspects of the property’s the state in 1971. diverse history. This is a place deserving of The mansion’s interior, purposefully left discovery. unfurnished, showcases noteworthy architectural and construction details. Hobcaw Barony has a fabulous Discovery Center with exhibits on ecology, history and Cutaway sections of walls and ceilings give evidence of the building’s evolution from the significant biological research done at Hobcaw. An aquarium, live visual feeds from a simple farmhouse to a mansion. Exposed timber framing, hand-carved mantels and the property, maps and audio interviews delicately wrought hardware reveal the are included. The property’s history is interpreted through American Indian points precision of an eighteenth-century builder’s craft. and pottery, pine plantation production tools, archaeological evidence of ironwork and ceramics of the colonial and antebellum Outside the mansion, a historic kitchen eras, remnants of African American life, and building, enormous live oaks, camellia gardens and archaeological sites record photographs and objects from the Baruch the story of the rise and decline of the family archives. Lowcountry rice culture. Visitors to Hampton can explore the mansion, wander the Staff and volunteers invite you to stop grounds or simply stand on the banks of and see a twenty-minute film about Wambaw Creek and view the remains of Hobcaw Barony, check the schedule and centuries-old rice fields. make reservations for one of a variety of programs. Located on Highway 17 ten miles south of Pawleys Island and one mile Park hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily, year north of Georgetown, someone is available round. Mansion tours are given SaturdayMonday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. See Tuesday at 1, 2, and 3 PM. Admission to the Plantation grounds is free; house tours Lowcountry’s Calendar of Events, too. are $4 for adults; $3 for ages six to sixteen and $2.50 for SC senior citizens. For current Prince George Winyah schedules and programming, please contact Episcopal Church the park directly.

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Hopsewee Plantation is a Registered National Historic Landmark (1972), the only remaining birthplace of a SC signer of the Declaration of Independence. As a national treasure, the home is known for its most famous residents, Thomas Lynch and his son, Thomas Lynch, Jr. Prosperous rice planters, both men served as delegates to the Second Continental Congress and played vital roles in the American Revolution. Following a debilitating stroke,

Hopsewee is open for tours most of the year Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM until 4 PM and Saturday from Noon until 4 PM. Reservations are recommended – and essential during December and January. Adult admission is $17.50. Children 5 to 17, $7.50. Grounds only, $7.50.

The Gullah Museum 421 Petigru Drive, Pawleys Island 843.235.0747 The Gullah Museum and Gullah O’oman Shop provide educational lectures about the history of the Gullah people who inhabit the southeastern Atlantic coastal region of the US today. Gullah culture has its own language, cuisine and observances that are still practiced. The Museum and Shop are barely off the beaten path. Take Hwy. 17 and turn west onto Waverly Road (opposite N. Causeway Road) in the heart of Pawleys Island. Go ½ mile, turn left on Petigru, first left brings you to the Museum parking area.

The Village Museum The Village Museum 401 Pinckney St., McClellanville 843.887.3030 The Village Museum has been recognized as one of SC’s finest small town museums. Exhibits demonstrate a time line that begins with See Wee Indian villages, explores a French Huguenot settlement at nearby Jamestown, as well as rice planting on Santee waterways, then moves to the establishment of McClellanville as a coastal resort. Displays reveal the simple lifestyle of the postwar farmer, the rise of timber harvesting in the twentieth century and the growth of the local seafood industry. Located at the end of Pinckney Street (Main Street), next to Town Hall, the Museum offers interpretive tours, visitor information and a gift shop. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM (closed noon to 1 PM for lunch). Members are admitted without charge. Admission for adults is $3; children and students, free. Special pricing available for tour groups. A hidden gem.

New Guidebook to the City of Georgetown’s Historic District The Georgetown County Historical Society recently published a new guidebook to the city’s Historic District. The self-guided tour has been expanded and fully updated from earlier editions. The list of antebellum homes has increased to include additions recently identified to have been built before the Civil War. In 2003 and again in 2008, the Historical Society identified 87 homes in the Historic District that were built since 1865. These are designated as the Centennial Houses and have been marked with cream-color plaques. The histories of these homes as well as those of the antebellum houses grace the pages of the new guidebook. A detailed fold-out map at the back of the book provides a resource for following the tour and will assist visitors in fully enjoying time spent in the City. Rounding out the content are stories of other important structures, lots of local lore and characters of regional and national importance that have been part of the Georgetown scene over nearly three hundred years of history. The new guide is sure to be as appealing to local residents as it is to visitors. It retails for $9.99 and is available at the Georgetown County Museum at 632 Prince Street and other fine booksellers throughout the area


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4906 Hwy. 17 Business 843.651.0553 Mon. – Sat. 4-10 PM • Closed January Early Bird Specials & Happy Hour 4-6 PM Over and over, followers have voted this restaurant number one of fifty-nine Murrells Inlet restaurants. Comments like “If you are looking for great, fresh seafood and hospitality, I would recommend Russell's … ,” and “… makes you wish you were a regular,” say it all. Constant referral to the attentive but not overbearing staff and delicious food make this a no-brainer for a true Lowcountry dining experience. Russell’s was also recognized by Coastal Living in 2003 and again in 2009 as being one of SC's top three “seafood dives."

Kn Known for its character and its characters, ffresh seafood and steaks, Russell’s is a favorite hang-out and a place you’ll remember. Great Live Oaks shade the outdoor deck, faces are friendly, and the atmosphere is casual. Come for drinks or come for dinner, but do come. From the floorboards to the boss, this is one of the last pieces of old Murrells Inlet. Don’t miss it.


761 Pendergrass Ave. • Murrells Inlet 843.357.2899 • 843.357.4545 Call for Hours

Don’t let the term “dive” fool you. Yes, Russell’s is rustic; the dining room and bar is a venerable museum of Murrells Inlet history. Memories pour from the photolined walls, punctuated here and there with “items of interest.” But what earned Russell’s considerable fame isn’t on the walls, it’s in the kitchen. Seasoned staffers consistently turn out top-notch Lowcountry dishes. Visitors discover, repeat vacationers return, locals are regulars.

Barbeque done right! Red Bones offers lipsmacking goodness for purveyors of quality barbeque. Utilizing the former Shell Crackers facility on the grounds of A Dogs Way Inn and Freeway Park, owner Harris Willard has masterminded an establishment that offers something for everyone. Focus is on variety; several nationally famous flavors are represented. Beef briskets, sliced or pulled pork, ribs and chicken are available in your choice of barbeque flavor.

For light dining, the menu offers appetizers, salads, soups and chowders. There are primo burgers, too. (The Russell Burger is a favorite.) The seafood … oh, my … those folks in the kitchen know how to do it right. Fried seafood platters, grilled grouper, Catchof-the-Day … it’s difficult to choose. There are other nightly specials, too. Crab-stuffed whole flounder is a favorite choice. If you see Hog Fish on the specials’ board, order it. Flaky and not “fishy,” it’s a Russell’s specialty with which you won’t be disappointed. Ditto for blackened Grouper over cheese grits. It’s a must. Steaks – even a simple hamburger steak – taste better at Russell’s.

The St. Louis sauce is thin with more tang than its Kansas City cousin. Kansas City's version is a thick and sweet sauce with a touch of heat for kick. Tennessee sauces span the spectrum from vinegary and spicy to sweet and thick. Texas style is a sweet, tomato-based sauce. Add to the variety Harris’s own signature version and you have a BBQ fan’s heaven. The sides are those you’d expect – slaw, potato salad, smoked baked beans, green beans, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, ham hash over rice, and more – all with Red Bones’ special touch.

Maybe it’s the tranquil “in your face” Inlet views from almost every seat in the house. Maybe it’s the cozy atmosphere. This family

The dining area is casual and rustic and clean. Customer satisfaction is a priority, and beer and wine are available. Come for dinner, or book your special event on the spacious

grounds. Three acres come complete with pond and gazebo bridge and are pictureperfect for gatherings small and large. Stop at this barbeque emporium and tell the friendly folks we told you to.



257 Willbrook Blvd. (Mingo @ Litchfield) 843.237.7010 • Lunch & Dinner Daily 11 AM – Midnight Happy Hour 4 – 7 PM Daily Located in Pawleys Island, Quigley's Pint & Plate restaurant features Lowcountry inspired comfort food with freshly brewed ales & lagers in a casual, fun English pub atmosphere. Ask anyone who’s been, and consensus is always good. The food is consistently excellent and the service is as graciously Southern as it gets. And, Quigley’s is the only brewery in the Litchfield Beach & Pawleys Island area. Eight beers are always on tap and fresh beer is available "to-go" in halfgallon growlers. Ales and lagers and upscale pub food are fresh and made in-house. The décor is a masterful mix of dark and light woods, funky light fixtures, modern art, and copper accents – there’s a bit of a spare, Swedish vibe. It’s classy in an unpretentious way; a spacious bar spills through French doors onto a wide, open deck that allows diners to enjoy a breeze off the boardwalkedged lake. There’s a pleasant hum of activity that is equal parts relaxing and cheerful. A lively happy hour crowd loves the bar and deck. Every day offers a different special – and a fresh reason to visit. Monday is “Happy Day” with $2 pints and $3 vodka concoctions all day long. Discounted appetizers run beyond Happy Hour until 11PM. Live Team Trivia is big news at 8 PM on “Ten Buck” Tuesdays; lots of regulars come out to play while they eat and drink. It's free to play, and you can win gift certificates. Plus, you can choose from four special entrees. They’re priced at only $10 and include a salad! On Wednesdays, refill your growler for just $5; they normally cost $9! “We have more than a few customers that wheel in their coolers and fill up six or eight growlers,” says Josh Quigley. “We really are proud of our place in the community as the local brewery … Many people have simply quit buying beer at the grocery store!” (continued)


3476 Hwy 17 Business 843.651.1666 OPEN DAILY Year 'round Seve Seven Seas Seafood Market does not offer an in-house restaurant, but its seafood is in high demand by many of the finest restaurants on the beach. "That means we can tell you who ordered what, and where to go eat,” says owner, Chris Conklin. "We don't cook it for you, but we will tell you how.” Whether your taste runs towards fish, crab, or oysters, you'll find your fix at Seven Seas. The freshest Murrells Inlet fish, the most succulent shrimp and the loveliest of lobsters are on display and ready to tempt your taste buds. Seven Seas is a full service retail/wholesale seafood business with staying power. Since 1970, the Conklin family has been busy building a seafood supply business that specializes in fresh local and sustainable fish and shrimp. They started small, but they now supply markets as far away as Atlanta and Maryland. Their success is well-deserved. Avid supporters of the American and SC commercial fishing industry, the folks at Seven Seas make it their business to provide the freshest, gourmet-quality seafood to be found anywhere. And they do it without the gourmet prices. With both private and company-owned boats going to sea on a regular basis, Seven Seas’ fishing crews bring in fresh seafood consistently. This constant influx of fresh product, in combination with the busy market’s ongoing shipments to local restaurants and wholesalers, means Seven Seas’ catches are always fresh. Located on the “north end” of Murrells Inlet on Highway 17 Business, the market is equal parts old-school fish market and a well-run modern machine. The wooden walls are lined with photos of fishermen and their catches. There’s a breezy front porch with benches where men fresh from the boat swap tales while savvy locals and tourists shop for dinner. And speaking of tourists, Seven Seas will happily pack up your selections for the ride home. And once you get home, you can shop online for fresh catches, shellfish, frozen entrées, mixes and seasonings, sauces and soups and they’ll ship your selections fast as a wink. Check out the Seven Seas website; it’s chock full of great information – tips for seafood preparation, favorite recipes, fish tales and more.

Lowcountry Companion Don’t be fooled into thinking Quigley’s is all about the beer because on Saturday patrons enjoy $5 off all wine bottles, and $1 off all wines by the glass. Sundays, enjoy $7 pitchers of beer all day, and make the bar your sportswatching spot of choice. Like any classic pub, this is a place to kick back and enjoy human interaction. From appetizers that include soups and salads, to sandwiches and no-holds-barred entrees, the menu delivers variety to spare. As a starter, this writer suggests you do NOT forego the Black-Eyed Pea Hummus. Served with melt-in-your-mouth slices of grilled pita, it’s deliciously different. We’re sad they won’t share the recipe, but we can’t blame them. There’s a soup of the day every day; you can’t go wrong no matter which you choose. The Mingo Salad – sporting sweet pears, spicy pecans and crumbled gorgonzola – is oft acclaimed. Numerous entrées are worthy of note. Even a simple order of fish and chips is elevated to a new level. An all-day breakfast platter is comfort food at its best, as is the house recipe meatloaf that includes both pork and beef smothered in brown ale and mushroom gravy. Thanks to Josh and Mike, the kid menu is extraordinary. How about “plain ole noodles with butter?” Or scrambled eggs and toast? Eggo waffles? Or a PB&J (without the crust, of course)? The options for the younger set are far more comprehensive than those found elsewhere. Obviously, these folks have worried over kids with fussy eating habits. The Beerimisu dessert –a must – is made with lady fingers soaked in bourbon stout. Hurry to Quigley’s now. It’s tucked in back of the Mingo Complex.

of combos and samplers to help customers navigate the outrageous selection. The smoky flavor that permeated everything was different (in the best way), not overpowering as I expected. The chicken was wildly delicious – with an added depth of flavor. My dining companion wondered aloud why they put knives on the table because the meat – chicken, beef, pork – really is that tender! Don’t fret if you’re not a carnivore, there are options to suit your palate too. Start with Fried Green Tomatoes – or fried pickles. The warm and creamy Blue Crab Fondue is comfort food at its best. Housemade chips seal that deal. For dinner there’s too much to tell … Cedar Plank Salmon? A seared crabcake, perhaps? Catfish, tuna, steaks, pasta, salads galore. Don’t fret about finding something perfect. It’s waiting. After dinner, slip outside to the bar overlooking Mingo lake. It’s a lighthearted place where locals like to mingle. Check out the website. They’ll cook to order whole chickens and slabs of ribs, whole tomato pies, pulled pork and more. Is there a catered event in your future? Let Sanford's help. Need something whole smoked? They can do that! Need Lowcountry Boil for the masses? Just ask! Corporate events to backyard functions, Sanford’s is at the ready. (Book now to snag the best dates!) Of special note, Sanford’s is now taking orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Easter won’t be far behind!) What could be better or easier than a whole smoked ham or turkey – complete with trimmings. Visit soon. Come hungry.


251 Willbrook Blvd. (Mingo @ Litchfield) 843.237-5400 • Tues. – Sun. 11 AM – 10 PM Sanford’s is a place folks frequent even when they’re not on vacation. Editors aren’t supposed to write in “first person,” but I couldn’t resist after my first experience here. Walk in the door and you’re at home. In a minute or two, you’ll feel like slipping off your sandals. The décor is kitschy and fun – a bit like the set of an old Sanford & Son episode. The service is friendly but professional. General Manager, Bernie, stopped by the table to be sure all was well. The food was – I must say– surprisingly delicious. I’m not a big fan of barbeque so I ordered the smoked chicken. Bernie slipped me a couple of ribs and a slice of brisket, though. And I was immediately hooked on everything my overfilled plate had to offer. The ribs. The chicken. The brisket. Fried corn (on the cob!) and okra, mac ‘n cheese, and tomato pie too. They’ve introduced a new selection

13 13302 Hwy 17, Suite 1 843.235.9193 • 84 Restaurant, Wine Bar, Full Service Catering Re As this issue heads for press, Perrone's is in the process of moving, expanding and reestablishing their presence in a larger location – directly across the highway from their previous location. Absolutely everyone who loves their fine cuisine is curious about the status of reopening. As sometimes happens, delays have hit fast and hard, and the details are excruciating. Nonetheless, summer should see the doors opening on a bigger, better, masterful reinvention of the original Perrone’s. At approximately 3,000 square feet, there will be space for many exciting additions – a larger deli, more grab-and-go items and sit-down dining for forty or more. The vibe will be the same – casual but classy, understated but discriminating, classic with a touch of retro. Whether eating in or planning a take-out feast, the options will be greatly expanded. The food market Southern Living dubbed “a culinary gem” will introduce a truly splendid wine bar the likes of which patrons would expect to find only in a much larger city. It

will have its own Cuvenee wine preservation system, as well as a separate champagne Cuvenee. If you've ever wanted to try a premium wine or sparkling champagne without having to pay the price of a full bottle, you’re about to get the opportunity! “The Cuvenee will allow us to offer a variety of 26 bottles available in small pours or by the glass,” explains Steven. “The system operates on nitrogen gas and prevents the oxidation that would otherwise allow open bottles to go bad.” “What we will not be doing is changing the quality, or the comfortable feel we have worked so hard to achieve,” says Eileen Perrone. Husband Steve chimes in: “We want to be a bigger store AND a better store.” Email them at com. Tell them to hurry; we’re all aflutter with anticipation! By the time Lowcountry prints its October issue, we expect to have lots of details to share! Until then, check in with them often at 843.235.9193.


13707 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island 843.979.2244 Sun. – Thurs: 11 AM – 9 PM Fri. & Sat 11 AM – 10 PM Gilligan’s is among the more recent additions to the Pawleys Island family of outstanding restaurants. It slid into its place scarcely making a wake – and that’s a good thing in that they were right at home all along. No market is so unforgiving as a resort market. An ever-full parking lot proves Gilligan’s makes the cut. In the South, we say they belong in this “neck of the woods,” and you’ll know it when you walk through the doors. The vibe is relaxed and casual, perfect for families and equally enjoyable for the business set. A number of dining tables are edged by aquariums sporting exotic fish. That’s a draw all its own. Those “views” are soothing and mesmerizing. Teal walls showcase beautiful marine life murals that bring the peace and colors of the sea right to your table. It’s an atmosphere that makes great food better. There’s also an outdoor patio, as well as a private banquet room perfect for special events and meetings. And, of course, there’s an Island friendly bar that’s easy to love.


There are nine Gilligan’s in SC (check out the website for locations), but it’s no typical franchise. It’s a family owned business, managed by real people who value pleasing their customers. A fistful of the most noteworthy attributes include a menu that offers all you can eat Shrimp every day and all the time. Blackened, steamed, lightly battered and fried … Lord have mercy, their shrimp are good. Especially the famed Boom Boom Shrimp. Tossed in a creamy buffalo sauce, they’ll keep you coming back for more. And no review would be complete without mentioning Gilligan’s Shrimp Dip. Featuring fresh chopped shrimp, shredded cheese, bacon, celery and secret spices, diving into this dish is happiness in motion. In case shrimp’s not your thing, there’s far more to know about the menu. It sports steaks, chicken, salads, and all manner of seafood cooked in all sorts of ways. Fish ‘n the Bag delivers a flaky fish filet and tender veggies. Steeped in a garlic tomato broth and baked in a brown paper bag, it’s a no miss alternative. The Lowcountry Stir Fry – grilled shrimp, tasty sausage and shredded cabbage cooked in mild Cajun spices – is nothing shy of delectable. There’s a great Kid’s Menu; Early Bird specials are worthy of note. Gilligan’s is a fun place for Happy Hour. They always serve up great food and drink deals. The restaurant also caters and welcomes orders for large to-go meals that feed whole families. They like to think of you and yours around a big ole dining table in a beach house! By the way, Gilligan’s is famous for their hushpuppies. In fact, they ship a much-loved boxed mix all over the country! Want some? Call! At Lowcountry Companion, we are really keen on the fact that Gilligan’s is a Platinum Partner of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative. That means they work in conjunction with the SC Aquarium in Charleston to insure the seafood products on their menu are harvested in a way that doesn’t risk the health or future of the fish population or the ocean. They don’t buy farm raised products or endangered fish species, and if they can buy anything locally, they do – even if it’s more expensive. Gilligan’s is only one of two restaurants on the Grand Strand with this certification! Rest assured, their seafood is fresh, local and sustainable. They help us support local shrimpers and fishermen by serving local food! We’re delighted to introduce you to this fine restaurant managed by fine folks. Please tell ‘em we sent you. And taste the Boom Boom shrimp in our honor! (continued)

"Over and over, followers have voted this restaurant number one of fifty-nine Murrells Inlet restaurants." A TripAdvisor comment on Russell's Seafood Grill & Raw Bar


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Hwy. 17 behind The Island Shops 843.237.8465 Tues. – Sun. 11 AM until Live Entertainment Thurs. – Sun.

For reasons too complicated to share, you won’t see a sign on Hwy. 17. Nonetheless, the PIT is steady cookin’ and steady rockin’. Do yourself a favor and discover what locals and visitors have known for nearly two decades, nothing tops The PIT for good food, good music, good friends and a great time. A stone’s throw behind the Island Shops in the heart of Pawleys Island’s mainland, food and fun are waiting. Turn by The Mole Hole across from Conway National Bank to find one the Island’s finest hidden treasures. Outstanding daily lunch specials are a great place to start. Consider Grouper Fingers with your choice of fresh daily vegetables or with seasoned fries and slaw. A legendary homemade barbeque now features Pawleys Island’s Wild Rooster Sauce©. The shrimp salad tastes like something Mama used to make – if Mama grew up on the creek, that is. Made with a quarter pound of crab meat, the famous “Crab Cakes” are famous for good reason. The homemade soups are always fabulous. Dinner is a real treat. Every night the chef creates seasonal culinary dishes from the freshest local ingredients. There are steaks cooked to perfection, custom-made pizzas, and fried seafood. Experience surprisingly affordable dining in a charming shabby-chic setting where tiny tykes have their own menu. The ubiquitous and ever-popular chicken fingers frequently tempt this Mom to sneak a bite. For big kids, a full bar is at the ready. The selection features thirty-plus domestic and imported beers, the largest selection on the “South End.” Equally important to grownups, top-drawer entertainment is a PIT strong suit. Thursday through Sunday, bands converge to deliver the best in Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, acoustic, Jazz and Classic Rock. There’s plenty of dancing room for good measure. Check out the website for a current schedule and to sign up for emails that will keep you abreast of upcoming entertainment. "Home of shrimp, beer and blues,” the PIT showcases a setting you won’t soon forget. The murals of the late local artist, Greg Watkins, feature idyllic Lowcountry scenes. Indoors, in a rustic, barn-like setting, character is everywhere. (The ceiling is

papered with money!) An open-air patio tucked beneath Live Oaks lures many – especially savvy locals – to perch on stools ‘round the Tiki Bar. Come as you are, straight from a beach walk or gussied-up for a night on the town. The classically shabby Pawleys Island Tavern is a spot you won’t want to miss – but you will want to return to again and again.


Hwy. 17 in Downtown Pawleys 843.235.8217 • Lunch Mon. – Sat. 11 AM – 4 PM Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5 – 10 PM Now a No-Smoking Restaurant!

When Aristotle said, “Change in all things is sweet,” he must have just eaten a fabulous dinner in the new and improved dining room at Bistro 217! If you haven’t been lately, go quickly! Decked out in high style by local design powerhouse, Anne Hartis, the casually upscale décor is almost as fabulous as the food. “Almost” only because the food is simply without compare. Simultaneously chic and intimate, Bistro 217 is located in Downtown Pawleys, just south of the Hammock Shops. In addition to visitors lucky enough to stumble on this gastronomic haven, Bistro 217 serves a faithful throng of regulars. An al fresco bar and dining area is made comfortable in warmer months with tented shade and an abundance of ceiling fans. The newly expanded interior offers plenty of room to accommodate the eatery’s evergrowing roster of devotees. Previously a bit too cozy, a big, bold bar now anchors a magnificently spacious dining room. Custom cabinetry stores dozens (and dozens!) of fabulous wine selections. (More than twenty options are available by the glass!) Dark ceilings, modern fixtures, lots of mirrors, velvety music and candlelight all around makes for an atmosphere that is equal parts soft and sexy. Executive chef and co-owner Adam Kirby, a graduate of the Cordon Bleu program in Portland, Oregon, thrives on culinary creativity. He’s completely unafraid to try original ingredient combinations and preparations. Don’t be shocked if he wanders from the kitchen to visit you tableside; he enjoys spending time with – and learning from – his guests – as does his business partner, founder and co-owner, Anne Hardee. She’s more likely than not to greet you at the door. Pardon the wisecrack, but they really are a dynamic duo. Oh – and the food. The food! For a soul who churns out words for a living, it’s sincerely difficult to find adequate description for Bistro 217’s food. It’s inventive. It’s beautifully presented. The portions are satisfying. The menu consistently demands an exercise in restraint. There are four or five specials at lunch and dinner. And all selections marry

simple, fresh ingredients with unexpected twists. For lunch, I have several favorites. The PanFried Grouper, served over Fried Spinach and topped with Lobster Sauce is a signature dish. The Fish Tacos are the area’s best … cilantro-encrusted tilapia in a grilled flour tortilla is served with rustic avocado salad, white corn chips and salsa. The Bistro Noodle Bowl – sporting local shrimp, green coconut curry, udon noodles, snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, green peas, and carrots – is a staple. What I personally love the very best is that almost every day merits a special mixed green salad topped with some outrageously fresh fish. Oh so good and low-carb’ too! Dinner selections include a variety of traditional and Lowcountry favorites with contemporary flair. Keep it light with the Bistro Bangkok Chicken or Hoisin and Sesame Seared Salmon. If pasta is your gig, opt for the Lobster, Shrimp and Scallops over Fettuccini. Those with larger appetites will be very satisfied with the Horseradish Encrusted Pork Schnitzel. No matter, start with the Tomato, Crab, and Jalapeno soup or the Lobster Risotto. (Chef Kirby does amazing things with risotto!) And, at dinner’s end, don’t miss Chef Adam’s homemade ice cream. Mouthwatering flavors like Cinnamon Pecan and Roasted Banana are made fresh each and every day. Not in the mood for ice cream? Spring for the Crème Brulee Trio or classic Tiramisu. Bistro 217 recently added a new bar menu, and items ordered off the Bar Menu Monday - Wednesday are half off. Show up at the bar on Thursdays for half off all Martinis. Reservations are suggested for weekend nights. If you’re planning a special luncheon, shower, or reception, let Anne Hardee, Chef Kirby and the Bistro 217 staff make it a memorable event. Offsite catering is also available.


10880 Ocean Hwy. in The Hammock Shops 843.235.0196 • Lunch Mon. 11 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Tues. – Sat. 11 AM – 5 PM Dinner Tues. – Sat. 5:30 – Until

shrimp sandwich, served with a goat cheese spread and spinach on tomato-basil focaccia bread. Her black bean and artichoke cakes will be featured as well. The cakes rest on a bed of fresh mesclun with a dollop each of homemade tomato salsa and sour cream, and fresh fruit garnish. The Rice Mill Café is a light-filled, airy place that feels like nothing quite so much as an old Pawleys Island beach house. The cuisine incorporates local seafood and the freshest seasonal ingredients into carefully prepared dishes. Accompanying sauces and side dishes are carefully chosen and prepared. Roz’s popular lunch soups, salads and sandwiches are also available for dinner. (Roz has a gift for soup; have soup no matter what. Call ahead if you have a favorite you want to request.) In fact, the full lunch menu is available during dinner hours. One sandwich particularly worthy of note is the Portobello and grilled shrimp on tomato basil foccacia bread. The grilled asparagus salad is delightful. If the options set your head to spinning, you may want to opt for a sampler plate that includes a tomato basil cheese pie, shrimp salad and a mouthwatering chutney chicken salad. Roz’s evening offerings are no less tempting. You’ll be forced to choose from options like lobster and grits dressed with sweet red chili lime butter, flat iron steak with a tasty red wine and mushroom sauce and a triple platter of flounder, scallops and soft shell crabs. The ever-rotating line-up always delivers something special. Don’t miss the shrimp Creole or duck gumbo. Ask about the “Key Lime cornbread.” The wait staff is experienced and attentive without being fussy. The beer and wine list is reasonably priced and offers selections to complement every item on the diverse menu. Roz’s is the perfect spot to take a shopping break or wind down at the end of a long day. Bring your lunch or dinner to an especially memorable end by making room for one of Roz’s house made desserts or ice creams. Choices change often and may include caramel cake, banana bread pudding, cobblers, or a big fat chocolate cake. Roz makes the ice cream herself and flavors – to name a few – may include pumpkingingersnap, brown butter banana pecan, key lime and snickerdoodle cookie. You’ll also want to take home some of Roz’s house made Soy and Ginger, Roasted Red Pepper, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Creamy Garlic, Dijon Mustard or Salsa Vinaigrette dressings. On their way to famous, they’re available at the restaurant, as well as in local shops and grocers.

For lunch or an unforgettable evening repast, dine at Rosalind Wyndham’s bustling café in the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops. Roz’s culinary talents are top rated by the folks at Southern Living magazine. They say her food will make you “want to move to Pawleys.” We agree. Two of her recipes appear in their recently released cookbook, Off the Eaten Path. The book is available at Roz’s, as well as at Litchfield Books and My Sister's Books in Litchfield, and Harborwalk Books in Georgetown. From the lunch menu, they chose Roz’s portabella and grilled

Roz’s is available to host groups and orchestrate on- and off-site catering for special events large and small. Special dietary needs are always considered. Waste no time discovering what locals have loved for years. (Fifteen years in the spring!) Reservations are suggested but not mandatory. A Lowcountry favorite, this dining destination is sure to please (continued)

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North Causeway (behind Walgreens) 843.237.1438 • Mon. – Sat. 11:30 AM until

spring for a sip of soup and a take-out salad or a small plate and a wickedly sumptuous dessert. Chive Blossom is a keeper. Dinner reservations are more important than ever. (Closed on Mondays beginning Nov. 1; check to confirm hours as the weather turns warm.)


10517 Ocean Hwy. (at the main traffic light) 843.237.3100 • Mon. – Sat. 6 AM – 6 PM Sunday 6 AM – 1 PM

To say this restaurant is favored by locals is understatement. Modest enough to remain cozy, Chive Blossom brims with good smells, tables dressed in linen, miniature vases of fresh flowers and gleaming hardwood floors. Pots of herbs line the windowsills; the light is low and soft. Bathed in muted shades, the place is wide-open and welcoming, but intimate too. The busy kitchen is only partially enclosed so the hum of busy cooks lends a pleasant energy to the dining area and an über-cool indoor bar. Outdoor seating is available, too. Positioned beneath a clutch of beautiful old oaks, this shade-splashed place is perfect for a long lunch or a leisurely dinner while the sun rides high. When the weather’s right, they feature live music and a tiki bar. Owners Trina and P.K. Renault serve a masterful mix of Asian, Mediterranean and Deep South. Alongside the traditional fried seafood platter, diners will encounter delightful surprises. Trina is known Islandwide (and beyond!) as a master maker of soup. You must order at least a sip. The She Crab option is legendary and addictive; I confirmed this detail just last night. Trina is always experimenting, though, and any option she offers – such as today’s alternatives of Tomato Basil or Corn Bisque – merits consideration. As one fan said, Trina’s soups “will knock your socks off!“ Truer words were never spoken. Begin your main meal savoring Black-eyed Pea Egg Rolls or the oft-noted Crab Nachos. The Café’s famous okra pancakes are a personal favorite. Small plate options allow patrons to try more than one delectable alternative without feeling guilty – or breaking the bank. The risotto is just shy of the Pearly Gates. Lamb Tacos, Sautéed Chicken Livers and Fried Semi-Boneless Quail are among unexpected selections. As to entrees, consider Cornmeal Encrusted Flounder, Braised Bone-in Beef Short Ribs or Wild Salmon. Every night delivers its own list of specials – at least two appetizers and two entrées. There’s no room to detail the side dishes. Without exception, every single one is mouthwatering. Inside or out, the atmosphere is relaxing and congenial. The service is excellent – conscientious but unfussy. And the location, in the very heart of Pawleys Island, is nigh unto perfect. You won't leave hungry or dissatisfied. There's so much more you need to know! If there’s time for nothing more,

Pawleys Island Bakery opened shop a little more than a year ago, and Pawleys Island is all the better for it. The bakery-with-bistroflair is owned by Max and Susan Goree. Max was trained in France at LaVarenne, École de Cuisine and has more than 35 years of baking and food service experience. He owned a bakery in Westport, CT for seven years, and spent the next fifteen years managing country clubs in CT, NY and NJ. Susan also has baking in her blood; she worked at a bakery from 1984 through 1997. Naturally artistic; she’s an extraordinary photographer whose works grace the walls at Pawleys Island Bakery. That talent translates to the exquisite cakes she decorates now. The Gorees moved to the Waccamaw Neck half a dozen years ago, and they took their time seeking out exactly the right spot for their new full-service bakery. When a corner location came available at Pawleys Island’s main traffic light, they knew they’d found the perfect spot. While they were looking though, they were already hard at work testing out recipes on lucky neighbors and friends. Max is also a consummate planner, and he asked anyone who would listen lots of questions about what they wanted in a bakery. As a result, the duo already had strong wordof-mouth advertising in place when the doors opened. They served an amazing 300 customers the very first day! The bakery carries an assortment of pastries including cinnamon rolls, croissants, scones, bagels, and muffins. Needless to say, breakfast is a delight. Max also whips up artisan breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars, cake slices, pies and tarts. In addition to bakery goods they serve breakfast sandwiches, a handful of lunchtime sandwiches and a seasonal soup of the day. Everything is made from scratch, often while you’re sleeping. Max hits the kitchen by 2 AM every morning! Fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bottled water, juices, and other cold drinks are available. Whether for breakfast, lunch or an anytime treat, a visit to Pawleys Island Bakery is always enjoyable. You’ll necessarily battle indecision when you stand in front of their long, bakery case and witness the bounty. A few personal favorites include triple chocolate chip cookies, coconut macaroons, lemon bars and brownies, and all kinds of cakes – including cheesecakes. (The turtle cheesecake is positively criminal.) Stunning wedding cakes have become a cornerstone of the business. Drop in a take a look at pictures of their work. Or course, cakes can be custom ordered for birthdays and other celebrations, too. And the

pies – bourbon and chocolate pecan, Dutch apple, strawberry rhubarb – have become a smashing success. They make fabulous gifts. Pawleys Island Bakery has a cozy seating area they call “The Gallery;” Susan Goree’s photographs line the walls and they’re all for sale! Free WI-FI is available, making this a great place to work a bit or schedule a meeting out of the office. The local crowd is faithful, and you’re apt always to see someone you know. The staff is very friendly and patient when the deciding is difficult. One customer wrote: “It is about time there was a bakery like this at the beach. This place is the stuff that dreams are made of … If you are within a thirty mile radius of this place, you have to try it.” At Lowcountry Companion, we agree wholeheartedly. It’s tough to drive by without stopping. Located just past the Hammock and Island Shops in Pawleys Island. Please tell your friendly server you read about them in



Hwy. 17 Pawleys Island 843.237.3030 • FRANK’S Mon. – Thurs. 5:30 – 9:30 PM Fri. – Sat. 5:30 – 10 PM OUTBACK Tues. – Thurs. 5:30 – 9:30 PM Fri. – Sat. 5:30 – 10 PM Bars Open at 4 PM Southern Living, Bon Appétit, Gourmet – Frank’s in Pawleys Island has been recommended in each and every one of these prestigious magazines. More than once. Little wonder. Food, service and atmosphere combine to make Frank’s an undisputed favorite among locals and visitors for about 25 years. Ask an unsuspecting local where to eat and we’re betting Frank’s will top the list. Honestly, no visit to the Lowcountry is complete without dinner at Frank’s. However, you may want to plan on dining two nights at Frank’s, because these are actually two very different restaurants in one location. The original restaurant “up front” (locals call it “the big house”), used to be “Marlow’s General Store,” owned and operated by Mr. Frank Marlow. When Salters McClary, who used to bag groceries there as a teenager, returned from college to Pawleys Island with his wife, Elizabeth (Woofie), he told Frank about his dream of opening a restaurant. Voila! One Pawleys Island institution was transformed into another!


Today the atmosphere offers low light, high style, and casual elegance. It’s a tad more formal than most restaurants in town, but in a relaxed and understated way. The bar at Frank’s is a great place to gather for predinner cocktails or after-dinner coffee. Dress is “sporty casual.” Frank’s Outback was created a few years after the original Frank’s – when the owners sensed the local market also desired a less formal, outdoor dining experience. The expansive decks, great bar, massive fireplace, casual furniture, little white lights, and shimmery drapes move with the wind to create a sense of magic. Pizza from the brick oven outback is a favorite among casual diners, particularly the younger ones. Families with children feel right at home. UpFront or OutBack, the quality and inventiveness of the food at Frank’s is legendary. Seafood, the Chophouse menu, small plates, soup, appetizers … everything is always fresh, always delicious, always beyond expectation. Count on it. Chef Pierce Culliton, considered among the South’s Best Chefs, creates new specials often but keeps signature dishes like the pan-fried grouper. Other popular options include the ridiculously creamy lobster risotto and sautéed duck in bourbon demi-glace. Those with the “less is more” approach to dining will appreciate small plates, while those with heartier appetites might find the Chophouse Menu more to their liking. Frank’s wine list, hand-selected by the owners and among of the state’s most extensive, is reasonably priced but reads like a who's-who of the world’s vineyards. Many are available by the glass. New selections are added frequently. The service at Frank’s is impeccable. The bartenders are friendly and efficient. A knowledgeable wait staff is attentive, intelligent, and unpretentious. Not only do they have the ability to describe the menu items in mouth-watering detail, they are happy (and qualified) to assist in the selection of appropriate wines to accompany the meal. Frank’s is on Facebook, so “like” them to stay current on exclusive offerings for fans and followers, weekday happy hour specials, and entertainment information. Visit the website at to get a complete picture of what’s in store when you dine at Frank’s. Reservations are encouraged and suggested, so please call ahead. Oh, by the way, Frank’s Outback will be closed Frank’s will be closed January 1 through January 12. Frank's will be closed January 16 until January 30. This is an annual undertaking for cleaning, updating and renovating. Word has it, this year Frank’s will be going through a pretty significant facelift – although we can’t imagine how this place could get any better! ((continued)


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GET CARRIED AWAY Southern Takeout 10126 Ocean Hwy. Suite B Pawleys Island, SC 843.314.3493 • Hours Mon - Sat: 10:30 – 7 PM Find them on Facebook! For more than a few savvy patrons, Get Carried Away Southern Takeout is answer to a dream and a prayer – or both! Whether you are a certified local or a visitor, odds are good you have or you will fall in love with some delicious something that is altogether Lowcounty … a regional specialty you can neither forget or recreate. And you long for a place to buy that special something. On the porch or the boat, by the pool or the beach, or on a picnic adventure to a local plantation or park, Get Carried Away offers authentic Lowcountry Boil (call ahead and they’ll have it hot and waiting for pickup) chicken bog – a masterful mix of rice and chicken, and many other down-home favorites. Surf over to their Facebook page or website. The menu is vast and customer comments speak for themselves. “We had the Low Country Boil for the last two nights and it was outstanding … I almost ate the entire packet of Cheese sticks by the time I got home (five minutes away). Fun place. Outstanding food.” “We had the tomato pie and the shrimp and crab enchiladas. They were excellent! Can't wait to come back.” “Spectacular! A definite when you are anywhere near Pawleys. We can't wait to go back and sample all we missed.” The praise goes on. And on. Check the Web to confirm. The deli case at Get Carried Away showcases lots of local products by local proprietors. Most are available only at Get Carried Away. Crab Divine, Myrtle's Biscuits, and Seafood Pie were immediate staples. Vidalia Onion Dip, Palmetto Cheese and Crab Dip, Artichoke Dip, and many others, too. Sandwiches and spreads, casseroles and breads. Lest you think desserts were forgotten, there’s Caramel Frosted Pound Cake, White Chocolate Pecan, Lemon Chess and Key Lime pies. Get Carried Away is conveniently located directly across Highway 17 from Pawleys Wine and Spirits. If you’re in Pawleys or Litchfield, and you’re intrigued by the local buzz but can’t get away, they’ll deliver your feast! Check out the menu on the website and call at 843.314.3493. There’s more information to share.


9428 Ocean Hwy. • Pawleys Island 843.314.3424 Lunch Mon. – Fri. 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5:30 PM - until If you’re craving Italian, you’re in luck. Owner Jimmy Pronesti, a native of south Pittsburgh and former owner of Bella Napoli in Surfside Beach, opened an intimate little restaurant on the south end of Pawleys Island’s mainland. Just across the street from Tidelands Ford, it features seating for a several dozen patrons inside a warm and welcoming interior. When the weather’s right, there’s a cozy outdoor patio, too. There are classy linen table clothes, unobtrusive servers clad in black and low lighting that casts soft shadows and give rise to a vibe that is low-key and tranquil. Pronesti has a degree in criminal justice but after graduation he discovered a talent for cooking that swiftly progressed to passion. Inspiration from his Italian childhood took center stage, and he realized he had a knack for marrying flavors and ingredients. Menu selections begin with delightful appetizers like Stuffed Eggplant and a Calamari with a marinara sauce so light you might worry it will float off the plate. The pan-seared scallops, available as an appetizer, as centerpiece to the Pappardelle and Diver Scallops, or as a special served over butternut squash ravioli with brussel sprouts and bacon in a sage cream sauce have sewn up top billing – one and all. Shipped fresh from the cold waters of New Bedford, Massachusetts, they are sweet and melt-inyour-mouth tender. If you’re lucky enough to catch it on the menu, the Pistachio Encrusted Haddock, or the New England Filet of Sole Piccata, each dressed with a lemon and white wine sauce, hail from the same North Atlantic waters and are incomparable by every standard. Other entrees include the requisite pasta, chicken and veal. Only the best fresh produce is purchased each day from Lee's Farmers Market in Murrells Inlet. Although entrées such as Veal Marsala and Shrimp Scampi are customer favorites, Pronesti’s seasonal specials deliver a convoy of surprise hits every day. Expect to be impressed. The arugula and fried gorgonzola salad is consistently popular. On any given night, other specials might include rabbit and veal sausage tossed with tri-colored peppers in a balsamic sauce or parmesanencrusted veal Milanese. And the lunchtime panini makes as perfect a mid-day meal as can be found. Fall in love with Italian all over again. Caffe Piccolo’s flavorful food, oh-so-cozy atmosphere and courteous service are earning glowing reviews from the local set, and visitors lucky enough to discover this

little gem vow to return often. Reservations welcome. Dine in, take out and catering are available.


9380 Ocean Highway (next to Food Lion) 843.237.5807 • Mon. – Sat. 11 AM – 8:30 PM Sun. 11 AM – 3 PM Harold "Groucho" Miller came to Columbia, SC in 1941 with a handful of original recipes for potato salad, coleslaw, and various salad and sandwich dressings. Most of the recipes were thought up during his childhood in a Philadelphia orphanage. These humble beginnings, and the idea that “quality is the most important ingredient in a sandwich,” are the simple beginning of a long and interesting story. Across generations, Groucho's® Deli has held true to the idea of using only the highest quality products and ingredients, which has in turn ushered the deli to across-the-board popularity. Especially in college towns – like Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Rock Hill – they’ve secured something akin to cult status. Since its first franchise was launched in Lexington, SC (2000), Groucho’s has opened 25 restaurants. The Groucho’s menu has withstood the test of time – seventy years! It offers warm meaty subs, cool crisp deli sandwiches and freshly chopped salads that are made to order with the freshest ingredients. Groucho’s even has its own low-fat menu! Nothing beats a great sandwich, tasty Groucho’s Original chips and a crisp pickle on the way to the beach. Nothing comes close to the savory Groucho’s Famous 45™ sauce. Russian dressing with a twist makes it quite possibly the best thing to happen to a sandwich since, well, bread. Don’t let your chips go without a good dipping too. Groucho’s Famous 45™ sauce is amazing on everything! But if you find yourself with a taste for something else you’ll be happy to know all sauces and dressings at Groucho’s are homemade and delicious. Is time of the essence during your lunch break? Groucho’s can help with call ahead service and even beach delivery! For those who want a few minutes out of the office, Groucho’s friendly wait staff can have you taken care of in a jiffy. It’s not fast food but good food fast! Groucho’s also offers catering for all occasions. Remember to check out their party platters when hosting school or business.

Georgetown RIVER ROOM

801 Front St. • 843.527.4110 Lunch Mon. – Sat. 11 AM – 2:30 PM Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5 – 10 PM Whoever coined the phrase; “life is uncertain….eat dessert first,” must have tasted the homemade Bourbon Bread Pudding at Georgetown’s River Room.

The River Room has been a favorite for more than 25 years … since they opened their doors! The food, service and atmosphere have been consistently good from day one, which is why it’s such a pleasure to recommend the restaurant. It’s also nice that dining here won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Expect great food at a reasonable price. Located directly on the riverfront Harborwalk in downtown Historic Georgetown, the setting is picturesque and oh-so-relaxed. The décor consists of lots of warm wood, shiny nautical details, centuries-old brick and a salt-water aquarium that intrigues diners of every age. History buffs should allow time for perusing framed documents and old photographs in the entrance hall. The building is truly steeped in history. Waterfront views from the enclosed glass porch are mesmerizing and romantic, particularly at sunset. It’s fun to watch boats passing – others bobbing at anchor – and people strolling the Harborwalk. You can see the river from almost every table in River Room. Chef Joe O’Hara and his culinary gifts are well known in this neck of the woods. He has (quite literally) perfected the menu at the River Room, and there are selections to please every palate. From Lowcountry favorites like Shrimp and Grits to spectacular steaks, the variety on the menu guarantees everyone leaves happy and anything-buthungry! For something really special, try the Pirate Special – a local favorite that marries deviled crab, sautéed shrimp and scallops in a casserole smothered with melted Monterey Jack. Repent later. No trip to the River Room is complete without at least a taste of Joe’s famous Crab Cakes! Chef Joe has mastered the ratio of sweet, white crab and seasonings to create the PERFECT crab cake. If you decide not to order them for your entrée, at least indulge in an appetizer portion. Speaking of entrees, serious seafood lovers might want to opt for the melt-in-your-mouth-every time Herb Crusted Grouper. It is outrageously delicious. Seafood’s not your thing? Not a problem at River Room. Both the lunch and dinner menus feature a variety of steaks, burgers, chicken, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. If you’re in the mood for beef, order the Blackened Rib Eye. If chicken is in order, opt for Joe’s Chicken. Lightly floured and pan-fried, then stuffed with cream cheese, Monterey Jack and Cajun Tasso, this fabulous dish is definitely “Not Your Mama’s Chicken.” The River Room's wine list showcases a large selection of reasonably priced wines to appeal to a wide variety of guests and occasions. The bar is friendly, comfortable and fun. It also provides the perfect place to relax if there is a wait to be seated. River Room doesn’t take reservations, but the wait is never unbearably long. (continued)

At last! It’s time to talk dessert! The homemade New Orleans-Style Bourbon Bread Pudding is to die for. The Mud Pie, Crème Brulee, and Peanut Butter Pie are equally worthy of praise. Accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream and dressed with a warm caramel sauce, Sautéed Pound Cake is an especially big hit. A don’t-miss “classic” by any measure. When asked to comment about the restaurant’s ongoing popularity, Co-owner Sally Swineford expressed her gratitude to a community of supporters. “Locals come and come often. They help us spread the word and make our work very satisfying.” At Lowcountry, we think that says it all. If a restaurant can keep locals coming back in a busy resort market, that restaurant has mastered the recipe for success.


444 Marina Drive 843.527.1376 Mon. - Sat. 11:30 AM - 10 PM Sunday 11 AM - 10 PM Sunday Buffet 11 AM - 3 PM Steve Howell is General Manager for a restaurant that’s a mainstay of the Lowcountry’s culinary scene. Howell’s considerable experience virtually guarantees the restaurant’s success – as does its location. Overlooking Georgetown Landing Marina and Winyah Bay – one of the largest and most pristine estuaries on the entire Eastern Seaboard – this distinctively spacious waterfront eatery delivers what this editor (native born and bred), considers the Grand Strand’s very best view. Every table sports a perspective of boats, blue sky and water. In truth, a fistful of rivers spill into the Atlantic as customers nibble and sip. The Bay is a magical place. In the kitchen, Chef Bobby Lance is chiefin-charge. He’s been cooking close to thirty years, and lots of folks will remember him from a bygone Murrells Inlet landmark, the Back Porch Restaurant. He makes sure Land’s End’s menu is reasonably priced and pleasantly diverse. Shrimp (fresh off the boat), flounder and all things seafood are consistently popular. The remarkably fresh catch of the day, whatever it is, is a foolproof option. Grilled chicken breasts and the New York Strip are can’t-miss propositions too. In fact, they serve only Certified Angus beef - even the burgers. Dinner selections include hushpuppies, slaw and a side. For a few extra well-spent bucks, savor a brownie dressed to kill in vanilla ice cream. There are other desserts too – all house made, wickedly tempting and worth the splurge. The wait staff is friendly and service is prompt. There’s a full-service bar with

weekday happy hours especially popular among Georgetown’s working crowd. On Sundays, the buffet is big news. Longtime Land’s End fixture since 1982, Matthew Sumpter, will most likely be manning the carving station. The price is better than bearable, and the restaurant has a Sunday ABC license for serving stout drinks. (What’s brunch without a Bloody Mary?) Breakfast items are featured, as well as meats, vegetables, side dishes, salads and desserts. Plainly said, if you leave hungry, you’ve got a screw loose. Land’s End is a big building ideally situated with an east to west view of Winyah Bay. Separate sectors of the restaurant can accommodate privacy for groups of all sizes. It’s not surprising that the restaurant is popular for wedding rehearsals, birthdays, anniversary celebrations, local business meetings and fishing tournaments. In their house or your house, they’re happy to customize a menu for your specific needs. Call for available dates and times. Put this restaurant on your short list of “musts.” Then send Lowcountry Companion a note on Facebook to tell us what you think!


703 Front St. (next to the Town Clock) 843.546.7776 • Breakfast Mon. – Fri. 7 – 11 AM Breakfast Sat. 7 – Noon Lunch Mon. – Fri. 11 AM – 2 PM Lunch Sat. Noon – 2 PM Comforting food. Comfortable place. Comfortable price. That’s why streams of locals have become regulars and seasonal visitors insist they’ll return for another delicious meal at Thomas Café on Front Street in Georgetown. Over time, owner and Chef Ernest Brunson has made subtle but important improvements to this traditional diner that opened more than 75 years ago. “We have a new grill, oven and cook top that allow us to prepare and deliver orders faster,” explains Ernest. “That’s especially important during weekday lunches and busy Saturday mornings!” He’s also made a few changes to the menu to reflect his personal taste and style. A Florence, SC, native who attended Johnson & Wales in Charleston, Ernest is particular about his grits. He now serves a choice of Adluh brand yellow and white grits he buys from Allen Brothers Milling in Columbia. They’ve been producing high-quality grits since 1900. That said, you simply must try the fried cheese grits appetizer. Think of the golden nuggets as a welcome alternative to hush puppies.

Other menu additions include the ultimate BLT sandwich prepared with chef’s premium oven-fried bacon, the chicken fingers plate made with tender white breast meat, and the daily salad platter for those counting calories. If you’re a frequent guest at Thomas Café, you’ll notice new items debuting on the daily specials board. In addition to the popular fried chicken on Monday, turkey and dressing on Thursday, and fish on Friday, Chef Brunson has added fried shrimp as well as liver and onions for occasional lunch specials. And according to Becky Billingsly, friend and local food critic: “If you see Pileau on the board, stop right on in and get you some.”Take your pick of three sides and a biscuit or cornbread; you won’t leave hungry. You can even pick a piece of the day’s featured cake as one of your side dishes. What’s for breakfast? Hearty griddle omelets take center stage for breakfast at Thomas Café. Whether your taste is a simple cheese omelet; the Lowcountry Creole omelet with a kick; or the Saturday special Café omelet with spinach, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and bacon, you’ll agree it’s a great way to start the morning. Select grits or home fries and biscuit or toast as accompaniments and you’re set for the day. If you’re a biscuit and sausage gravy fan, that’s another frequent Saturday morning treat. If you want to be sure it’s on the board, call ahead. Chef Brunson relies heavily on local farmers and growers for his seafood and produce. Stay late on Monday afternoon and you’re bound to see a fresh crop of vegetables come through the door. The waitresses at Thomas Café are always glad to see you. They’ve all worked there several years and know what to recommend, so don’t be afraid to ask. Families are welcome and the menu features children’s items for breakfast and lunch. Be sure to tell them Lowcountry Companion sent you.


707 Front St. 843.545.5400 • Mon. – Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM

Okay. We realize Sweeties is not a restaurant but chocolate is essential for a happy life – so we decided to give these folks a quick review. Plus, tell ‘em you read it here in Lowcountry, and they’ll thank you with a famously delectable homemade praline. The website and brochure make a bold proclamation … “absolutely the finest pralines and chocolate anywhere.” Overstatement? Not so much. This cozy little storefront on Georgetown’s historic Front Street may well be the center of the universe – to chocolate and candy lovers. Skip and Cindy, the owners, bring an infectious enthusiasm to their work. The final

Lowcountry Companion 45 product bears the stamp of their passion. The broad selection is tough to detail in short order. Selections including sugar-free candies and candies without nuts. Almost everything is handmade in the store. (Smells like heaven, and they encourage you to taste stuff!) Packed with butter-roasted pecans, Sweeties’ Original Pralines simply melt in your mouth. They have added twelve homemade flavors including their already famous, Praline ice cream. The fudge is to die for. There are three delicious variations of Toffee (try the Cran-Almond) and three different Brittles. Grown-ups-only Bourbon Pecans and those Bourbon Balls are oh-socreamy inside. Key-Lime Balls taste like the pie wrapped in white chocolate. Sweetie Pops, a huge Rice Krispy Treat on a stick, covered in chocolate, is another signature treat. Sweetie Pies are creamy peanut-buttergraham-cracker sandwiches – doused in chocolate, of course. Here’s a great idea for holiday gift-giving and entertaining. Call ahead and order the Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries for your office, for a dinner, party, easy gift, or best of all for an ‘I deserve it’ treat for yourself. Haystacks, Cherries, and Caramel Bear Claws and Pecan Turtles made with butter-roasted pecans. There’s fudge. More chocolate. Dipped apricots, nuts, and scads of pretzel creations. There’s much more to tell but not much space. Sweeties delivers and ships fabulous gift boxes and baskets for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s, and anniversary gifts (far better than fruit and perfect for everyone). They ship to a cadre of loyal customers who discovered them while traveling. This place is a keeper. Make it a must-do-soon and tell Skip and Cindy that Lowcountry whet your appetite. Do call if you want to place an order or ask questions. (continued)

"Comforting food. Comfortable place. Comfortable price. That’s why streams of locals have become regulars and seasonal visitors insist they’ll return for another delicious meal at Thomas Café on Front Street in Georgetown."


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Bon Appetut! Take a stroll on Georgetown's scenic Harborwalk

By Kimberly Duncan

From the contemplative gardens of ancient China and Japan, through the showy conservatories of eighteenth century Europe, to the stately Southern plantations of America, the camellia has long been a cherished and pampered plant. Despite its long and storied history, however, it is neither rare nor particularly expensive. And although few sights are more breathtaking than a camellia in full flower, this beloved evergreen shrub is incredibly rugged and reasonably easy to grow. Camellias were named by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778) in posthumous honor of George Joseph Kamel (1661 – 1706), a pioneer botanist in the Far East. Although the Moravian Jesuit missionary botanist traveled throughout Asia and described plants found on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, there is no evidence to suggest he actually discovered the camellia. He was, however, well known in Europe for his work on oriental plants. Camellias have been around for centuries in the Orient. Some will be surprised to learn the most economically important species of the genus is Camellia sinensis, the common tea plant. This species of the camellia (correctly pronounced as either ca-mee-lia or ca-mell-ia) was used as a beverage by the Chinese as early as 500 BC and was probably brought to England by traders who traveled to the Far East in search of silk and spices. It was the Europeans’ ensuing love for tea (the wealthy considered it so valuable they kept the rare commodity locked in silver tea caddies), that brought their attention to the camellia. In hopes of launching a flourishing tea industry, the East India Company introduced a large number of camellia plants to Europe in the mid-eighteenth century. To the detriment of their wished-for tea empire, many of the seedlings turned out to be ornamental varieties. When the plant’s glossy, green foliage and spectacular flowers became obvious, varieties were propagated in “stove houses,” large heated conservatories only the very rich could afford. Then it was discovered camellias could withstand English winters, and they quickly became popular as garden plants. English landscape gardener, Humphrey Repton, was among the first to use them. He liked to devote specific areas of his garden designs to plants from specific parts of the world, and he used Camellia japonica from China, Korea and Japan with other oriental plants. Perhaps it was his work that gave rise to the camellia’s nickname, “Chinese Rose.” The exact date when camellias were introduced to the US is a matter of speculation. It is thought the first species brought to the country were seeds of the tea plant, and history does

show tea growing was unsuccessfully attempted in Savannah and Charleston. Camellia japonica plants — the most widely grown ornamental species of the genus — were imported from England in 1797 or 1798 by John Stevens of Hoboken, New Jersey. In New York and Boston, they were grown under glass, but – as in England – it was soon discovered they would flourish outdoors – particularly in the milder climates of the southernmost states. And so, in the early 1800s, camellia collections began to take shape. Women began to wear the flowers in their hair and used them to decorate hats and dresses. Later, Magnolia Gardens and Middleton Place in Charleston, SC would become famous for some of the world’s best-known – and best loved – camellia collections. In America, camellia interest waned after the Civil War but took on new life after the turn of the twentieth century. Camellia shows became popular in the 1930s when owners of estates began to plant large tracts of land in a naturalistic style (camellias thrive in light woodland and in soil that is slightly acidic). All camellias are evergreen with shiny, leathery green leaves that serve as a beautiful backdrop for showy blossoms that range from bright red to pure white — and all the various shades of pink in between. Over 30,000 Camellias and Camellia hybrids now exist. The best-known type is the largeleaved Camellia japonica, which has long-lasting flowers and thick petals but no smell. Next to the japonicas, cultures of Camellia sasanqua are the most commonly grown. Sasanquas have smaller leaves, as well as smaller and more delicate but occasionally scented flowers. Ideal for screens, hedges, large containers and even formally trained espaliers, they love well-drained soil and protection from hot summer sun and winter’s cold winds. Most varieties prefer part shade and filtered sunlight, but they do not like the beach. If they are planted in areas close enough to be doused with the ocean’s salt spray, they will experience salt burn and perform poorly. Based on variety, plants bloom during fall, winter or early spring. As previously noted – perhaps because the beauty and variety of their blooms can be intimidating – camellias have an undeserved reputation for being difficult to grow. Given the right conditions – conditions most of us are blessed with in the South – they grow vigorously, flower freely and mix well with other plantings. Little wonder they are called "queen of the winter flowers." Whether you have a rambling country garden or the tiniest of plots, the species deserves your consideration and will win your devotion.


Fly byNight Phenomenon By Kimberly Duncan

As d dusk falls softly on southern woodlands, a sout fascinating and rarely fasci seen creature ventures from its nest and sails into the coming night. neither bird nor It is n bat, but can soar as far as 80 yards – from tree tree or from tree to tre ground. It is small, to gr weighing less than one quarter of an ounce at birth and growing to an adult weight of only two to four ounces. In your lifetime, you have probably never seen one; chances are good you never will. But – particularly if your home is near some wooded area – one or more of them may live very close by. The mysterious creature is the Southern flying squirrel, a small and unobtrusive animal that is perhaps the most unusually adapted of the squirrel species. In SC’s rural and urban areas, flying squirrels are more common than most people realize. Unlike fox squirrels or gray squirrels that are active by day, flying squirrels are rarely seen because they venture from their nests only after dark. Adults are usually nine to ten inches long including the tail, and their fur is soft, silky and moderately long. The upper body is grayish to brownish in color, and the under parts are pure to creamy white. The eyes are noticeably large, an obvious adaptation for its nocturnal habits. Those who write about animals are quick to point out the term "flying squirrel" is a misnomer since these nocturnal mammals do not truly fly; they glide. Birds and bats exhibit powered flight, whereas flying squirrels employ controlled flight – flight accomplished without the beating of wings. In fact, they have no wings. An article entitled Flying Shadows, written by Chris Handal and originally published in the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine, explains: "A membrane stretching from front leg to hind leg on each side of the mammal's body acts as a 'wing' and allows the glide. This dark brown membrane separates the brown fur on the top half of the squirrel's body from its white-furred underbelly. The flying squirrel leaps from a tree and pulls the membrane on either side of its body taut. In full sail, the squirrel resembles a square with a head and a flat tail. During flight, the tail serves as a rudder, and the animal's feet become the landing gear. As quickly as it comes to rest against a tree trunk, it darts away to search for food or to seek a new tree cavity in which to nest or to store food." The gliding of a flying squirrel is spectacular. After climbing to a lofty treetop perch and assessing distance and landing site by moving its head up and down and from side to side, it launches itself. A spur on each wrist, joined to the flying membrane, can be used to tighten or slacken the membrane. By dropping the legs of one side to give added lift to the membrane on the other side, the squirrel can bank or turn sharply. And so, with tremendous agility, flying squirrels can steer around branches or other obstacles. They have been seen making right-angled turns, lateral loops, spiral ascents and aerobatics. They have even been known

to change their minds in mid-flight, turn completely around and land again on the exact spot from which they had just taken off. Usually, the tiny creature lands on the vertical trunk of another tree, invariably upright with the hind feet touching first. On landing, they scurry to the opposite side of the tree to escape notice by predators, then climb rapidly to regain height lost in the glide. In broad terms, Southern flying squirrels require mature hardwood and mixed coniferhardwood forests as habitat. Specifically, they require nut-bearing trees for food and old trees with natural cavities or woodpecker holes for suitable nesting sites. (It is interesting to note that flying squirrels and the red-cockaded woodpecker compete for the same nesting sites. The squirrels have been known to usurp cavities excavated in the trunks of mature pine trees by this endangered species. Southern flying squirrels do not hibernate, although they may remain in their nests for several days during severe winter weather. In winter they form groups in a common nest to conserve warmth. Flying squirrels reach sexual maturity between six months and one year of age. They do not form tight pair-bonds, and males typically leave before the young are born. Breeding is in January and February and again in June and July, but not every female produces a litter twice in one year. Litters commonly include two or three offspring, but the number may range up to six or even seven. Seldom leaving their newborns, the females are known to be devoted parents. They defend them vigorously and will move the young to a new nest if disturbed. The tiny newborns, weighing less than a quarter-ounce each, are born hairless with eyes and ears closed. The gliding membrane is visible as a transparent fold of skin. The ears open at about three weeks of age, and a week later the eyes open. The young are weaned at six to eight weeks and are capable of gliding soon thereafter. Young typically remain with the female until the birth of the next litter. Southern flying squirrels, which seldom live more than five years in the wild, are most likely to be seen in the soft light of a full moon. Sit quietly … and hope.

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