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COLLETTE Barry Moore Publisher Babette Cubitt General Manager Heather Strickland Feature Editor

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editor's note The cover of this issue of Collette and what’s on the inside of her pages share a theme: mothers and daughters. With the approaching Mother’s Day odes to our maternal figures, we’d like to examine that classic love-hate relationship that could only exist between mothers and daughters. It’s an inevitable truth that’s plastered onto our foreheads from birth, but somehow takes us years and years of therapy to figure out: we are our mother’s daughter. Her quirks and oddities, her bad habits that drive us insane and her charming behavior that makes her a steel magnolia are all impressed upon us: it’s an imprint that we are sure to put on our daughters, as well. Much like each of you, I have had my own battles with my mother (who would pronounce that term “motha” in her exhausted Southern slang). She was my everything as a child, my know-it-all nemesis in my teens, a giver of emotional band-aids in my 20s. Now, in my 30s, she is a blurred mirror of who I am. So, in this issue, we happily pay tribute to the comedic and poetic relationship that moms and daughters share. We hope you see the beauty in your own self as a mother, and that you say “thank you” to the mom or moms who have helped make you who you are. Good, bad or ugly, they’ve been there all along. Now, we need only say “Happy Mother’s Day” and “Enjoy.” May you each love the parts of your mother that you have inherited, and manage to bury those parts that you hated as a child. (wink wink). Enjoy!

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COLLETTE contents

Page 22 Mother and daugther duos show off what's hot for spring!

Page 22 Behind the scenes!

Page 41-44 Taste the Best of the Lowcountry at these unique local eateries

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5 WAYS TO WAKE UP BEAUTIFUL

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WHAT DOES YOUR LIPSTICK SAY ABOUT YOU?

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WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT WOMEN?

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COLLETTE'S CHARMER: JASON BREWER

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MOMMY & ME: THE FLIP SIDE TO PARENTING

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SPRING FASHION 101: CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK

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WOMEN BUILDING THE LOWCOUNTRY

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COLLETTE'S CLOSET

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HAMPTON HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST: AN UNEXPECTED ARTISTIC ENCOUNTER

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POWER IN PUMPS: GARY BRIGHTWELL

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BEHIND THE LENS

FUN LOWCOUNTRY EATS 41

GROVERS RESTAURANT

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TRIANGLE CHAR & BAR

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SUSAN'S SLIMDOWN SECRETS

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WHO KNEW?! PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU!

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Where would we be without women? Without a museum, that’s for sure. More than half of the Colleton Museum focuses on the greatness of the ‘lesser’ sex.

Story By Rob Dewig, Colleton Museum Education Coordinator | Photography by Michelle Hazel

Imagine having a 12-inch waist... I can’t. The only way I as a man could reach that navel circumference would be being dead for a few centuries. But the wedding dress in the front window of the Colleton Museum is that big around. For the life of me, I can’t get my head around that. Sure, I’ve heard the stories, same as you: Women “back then” wore corsets to shrink their waists enough to make Barbie dolls jealous, but the mind rebels. Twelve inches? My daughter’s 9 and tiny and wrapping something 12 inches long tightly around her waist would be cruel. But that’s how they did it. And that’s what makes history so much fun. History isn’t all about wars and storms and, um, wars. Most of it, in fact, is about women, who took both care and charge when their men went away to fight someone else. During the Revolution, women held down the fort (sometimes literally) while their men fought for one side or the other. In the Civil War, they ran the plantations. After that, they worked the farms, eking out a subsistence living that really ended only when World War II began and their men went to war again.

sound familiar but don’t look it. Jugs and bottles from days long past line cabinets. A stove and a refrigerator like your grandmother probably had stand in the middle of the museum. A teacher’s lectern and students desks (and a unique 49-star flag) pay homage to women’s roles in education. A nurse’s outfit (complete with insanely small waist) and implements bring old hospitals back to life. And a picture of Harriett Tubman is the centerpiece of the museum’s Civil War display. Tubman is a true Colleton County treasure, but remarkably few people know that. Although she was and remains a childhood icon, the subject of countless grade-school books, few locals know that her exploits took place RIGHT HERE. The plantations she “raided” and from which slaves escaped were mostly along the Combahee River. Her legend is ours to claim in terms of location. The short history of Colleton County women isn’t short. It can’t be told in one sitting, which is the true beauty behind having a museum like ours and a magazine like Collette. We have time to tell those tales.

After the Day of Infamy, women made bullets and bandages, again doing everything at home so their men could fight Hitler and Hirohito. But what’s most fascinating, and therefore what most of the museum is concentrated around, are the tools, implements, clothes and whatnot that the women used to live their lives.

Colleton County’s is a history all women should understand and recognize. If you’re one of the lucky ones whose grandmother was “from” here, visit the museum to see if anything here once belonged to her. If you’re a “come-hyea” from somewhere else, visit to see how local women lived, raised their families, tended their farms and, gulp, breathed in those ridiculously tight wedding dresses.

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Jason Brewer’s boy-like charm and manly hobbies make him an interesting catch for Collette’s readers. Jason, 35, is a single man living in Walterboro. Originally from Walhala, this quiet charmer came to the Lowcountry three years ago to be a teacher. He now works with special education children at Colleton County Middle School. “With 12 kids in a classroom, you get to make a special connection,” he said of his students. Jason used to teach government economics before switching to special education. “I enjoy the smaller classes,” he said. An educated man carrying two Masters Degrees, Jason appeals to Gamecock girls and Tiger fans alike. He attended Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and Auburn. His patient and calm demeanor is carried from the classroom to the woods, where he loves to hunt, preferably with a bow and arrow. But this good ole’ Carolina boy also enjoys golfing, giving him a universal appeal for all girls. But Jason’s nose doesn’t stay in books – he’s an outdoorsy man who prefers picnics and mountains to the coast’s sandy hot beaches. He also stays out of the bars, saying that “scene” isn’t for him. “I’d say I’m an ethical person,” said Jason, giving an awkward smile. Moral. Direct. And with a shy smirk. It’s enough to make any woman wonder what’s behind his smile. “It’s hard talking about yourself,” he adds, “but I do know what I want in life.”

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Educated, sensitive ... and single! Look out ladies... Jason Brewer’s boy-like charm and manly hobbies make him an interesting catch for Col Collette’s readers. Jason, 35, is a single man living in Walterboro. Originally from Walhala, this quiet charmer came to the Lowcountry three years ago to be a teacher. He now works with special edu education children at Colleton County Middle School. “With 12 kids in a classroom, you get to make a special connection,” he said of his students. Jason used to teach government economics before switching to special education. “I enjoy the smaller classes,” he said. An educated man carrying two Masters Degrees, Jason appeals to Gamecock girls and Tiger fans alike. He attended Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and Auburn. His patient and calm demeanor is carried from the classroom to the woods, where he loves to hunt, preferably with a bow and arrow. But this good ole’ Carolina boy also enjoys golfing, giving him a universal appeal for all girls. But Jason’s nose doesn’t stay in books – he’s an outdoorsy man who prefers picnics and mountains to the coast’s sandy hot beaches. He also stays out of the bars, saying that “scene” isn’t for him. “I’d say I’m an ethical person,” said Jason, giving an awkward smile. Moral. Direct. And with a shy smirk. It’s enough to make any woman wonder what’s behind his smile. “It’s hard talking about yourself,” he adds, “but I do know what I want in life.”

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The FLIP SIDE to Parenting With Mother’s Day around the corner, I have begun reflecting on what motherhood means to me. Becoming a mommy has been the most fulfilling and rewarding gift I have ever been given. It is also one of the most exhausting: mentally, emotionally and physically. Even if parents are unwilling to admit it, there is a flip side to parenting. Motherhood is not always pretty. It does not always consist of cuddling your infant, dressing your princess in monogrammed dresses and watching your son win his soccer game. This Mother’s Day I wanted to congratulate moms for what they really do as parents. Here are a few ways mom truly earns her stripes. This weekend I took our daughter to see the circus. I watched the stream of parents file in with young children after walking the mile trek from the parking lot, up several flights of stairs. We were forced to sit two hours (in toddler time that’s an eternity) have lemonade spilled in my lap, two tantrums for cotton candy, four trips to the restroom and $37 for vendor toys/gadgets. I believe the greatest show on earth that day consisted of watching me walk back to the car carrying a purse, cotton candy, $37 circus toy, 30-pound toddler wearing a pink clown wig in the rain ... in wedges. How about the Sunday morning I not only got my crew to church, but on time! Everything was going relatively smooth until I looked down and noticed my daughter picking her nose. I firmly told her to stop and that it was disgusting, offering a tissue. Several minutes go by until we reached a relatively quiet part of the service, when my angel announces quite vehemently, “Mom, you breath smells like the trash can.” Touché little one, touché. By Missy Hardee

A recent virus was making the rounds through daycare – runny nose, high fever – you know, the usual. After getting up and down all night with my daughter, her fever finally broke. Beyond exhausted, I fell asleep in her bed only to wake up a short time later surrounded by dolls, a hair brush tangled in my hair with my face covered in Jolly Rancher lip balm.

Every parent out there can relate and each have a thousand of their own stories where fairy tale parenting is thrown out the proverbial window. Our day-to-day goals are ultimately to raise a happy and healthy adult who can look back fondly on their childhood and say, “Mom did her best.” So whether we are kissing boo-boos, handling bullies or heartbreak, parenting not only teaches our children, but in many cases, teaches us a few lessons as well. So moms, give yourselves a big pat on the back, two thumbs up or a gold star on your behavior board for a job well done. You realize that the flip side to parenting is special and is what makes life and childhoods interesting. My own mother tells me on days when I feel especially overwhelmed that, “No one ever promised you it would be easy, but it will be worth it.” So far she has been right, but then moms usually are … right? Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

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in bright patterns of coral and teal were prominent. Designers are also making extensive use of royal, navy indigo and midnight blue in their lines while black solid pieces, as always, are still in! Naturally bikinis still reign supreme, but one pieces, monkinis and tankinis have been spotted on the runway this year as well.

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Women

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It takes more than a construction crew to build the Lowcountry into a place we are proud to call home. In this issue, we are highlighting women who are taking their vision and turning it into a reality. From charitable deeds to starting businesses, these everyday women are turning into extraordinary leaders and are "buiding the lowcountry." Gale Doggette, Walterboro Executive Director, The S.C. Artisans Center In addition to running the state’s official folk art center, Gale volunteers as the Junior Ward for St. Jude’s Church and helps serve the annual Thanksgiving Feast at St. Jude’s Church. She also sits on the Board of Living Waters Charitable Trust and is an Account Executive for the Walterboro Board of Realtors. Last, but not least, Gale is a mother and grandmother of six. When asked how she handles all of her life duties, Gale laughed and comically said, “I lose a lot of sleep

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in keeping everything balanced. Modern technology is my friend.” Gale’s goal at the Artisans Center is to continue moving toward Phase Three of the center’s plan. This means a historical summer kitchen on the center’s campus will be restored and turned into an artisans’ studio. Gale also wants to continue fundraising to build an outdoor pavilion so that the center can display art. “This benefits the entire Lowcountry,” she said, “for people from all over the state and world.” In the last three months, the center drew visitors from seven countries and all but four states. “We want to expose more people, more children, to the arts.”

Elaine Inabinett, Islandton Program Coordinator at Colleton Museum and Farmers Market Elaine is leading the Lowcountry’s movement toward farm-fresh vegetables and fruits on the local level by managing Colleton County’s new museum and farmer’s market. As if that’s not enough, Elaine also directs the Summer Scholars for area middle and high school students. These summer camps focus on the nature, science and art of the ACE Basin and the Native Indian culture. It is offered to students chosen by their teachers to participate. She also oversees a large youth-oriented service organization and writes grants for area organizations. “My goal in doing all of this is to work more and more with children,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m dealing with one or 100, you never know in what scope you’re going to change that child’s life.” Elaine says she learned her sense of community from her own mother. “My mother would always take kids in. She never turned a child away that needed something. I picked that up from her, and I’m carrying it forward in my own way,” she said. “This is our future. You have to put the rights things in their heart, and mind, and spirit. A lot of people put their focus on the wrong thing, but when you work with kids they are amazing.” To stay balanced in her busy life, Elaine said she reads and is focusing on her own writing. “I read,” she said, laughing. “It’s an escape. And I write with the hopes of becoming a published author.”

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Isabelle Nettles, Walterboro Volunteer Translator, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office & Public Information Officer, Emergency Preparedness Center Isabelle is helping the Lowcountry’s Hispanic community by teaching new immigrants the state’s laws and safety regulations. She uses her bilingual skills to also work with emergency dispatchers and lawyers at bond hearings to make sure these immigrants fully understand the local legal system. “I try to figure out what happened,” she said. Additionally, Isabelle is a mother of two and is active in her local Catholic community. She stays balanced by keeping her life in perspective, she says. “When I get called to go to work, I go,” she said, “but I enjoy what I do. I like helping people and I empathize with them.” Born in Chicago, Isabelle moved and was subsequently raised in Guatemala City. She then came to South Carolina to go to college at USC. “Charitable work is important,” she said. “We’re all a part of a community and we have to help others.”

Kesia Brown, Walterboro Owner/Agent, State Farm Kesia lives by the motto “life is too short to be afraid”, which enables her to see past obstacles and only see opportunities. She feels blessed to have grown up surrounded by a host of strong women who instilled in her the belief that with a plan and a strong belief in yourself and hard work, you can reach your dreams. She enjoys working with our area high school students, educating them on how to dress for success and the importance of presentation and interviewing skills. Kesia also talks with them about the fact that education is the key to reaching their dreams – stay in school, pursue higher education and that all things are possible. As if running her own State Farm Insurance business werent' enough, she is an active board member of the Colleton County Arts Council, and the Walterboro- Colleton County Chamber of Commerce and participates and sponsors various community activities. Kesia keeps her life balanced with family and friends, reading, running and yoga.

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Hampton House Bed & Breakfast

An Unexpected Artistic Encounter Story By Eileen Robinson Smith Photography by Michelle Hazel

Diane Forde incorporates numerous artistic disciplines into the operation of her acquisition, Hampton House Bed & Breakfast, (500 Hampton St.) which she and her husband, Henry, bought in 2005. What was always considered Walterboro’s mansion, the HowellFishburne House (c. 1912), now has three deluxe guest accommodations and is a venue for weddings and special events. The manse is decorated with a fascinating array of antiques and art juxtaposed with Co-owner, Diane Forde, Artist, Designer, Antique & Toy thrift shop finds. Visitors are dazzled by Collector Par Excellence the interior décor, particularly that of the dining and living rooms, where an Edwardian couch and Victorian settee, reupholstered in leopard skin, reign. Wherever the eye travels, it finds a treasure, like the Delft-style porcelain riding boot, unearthed in an antique shop. From an estate sale in East Hampton, N.Y., the stainless-steel, boar’s head, with a corn cob in its mouth, is used as a centerpiece for the formal dining table. Diane’s art education began at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and spanned the ocean to San Marino, Italy and to Lucerne, Switzerland, where she studied fashion design and visual merchandising. Her professional career includes being a visual merchandiser (a designer of window displays) at Macy’s, Herald Square, NYC, Filene’s in Boston, and the Harvard Co-op in Cambridge. Since buying Hampton House, she has designed two outdoor areas: a large free-standing pergola, which her husband Henry built, that is used as a backdrop for parties and weddings, and from a carport, she created a garden room from latticework and used plantation shutters found at a Habitat for Humanity Store. A large, lion’s-head fountain is the focal point, the antique wicker was her mother’s, and the Asian-patterned, cushion fabric had belonged to the mother of Dargan Fishburne Moore. It is complemented by three colorful umbrellas from Bali. In addition to being the gracious hostess to her guests who come from all parts of the globe, Diane orchestrates tea parties and luncheons in the elegant dining room or when weather permits, by the pool on the terrace. She creates children’s theme parties as well. A recent tea party had an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. “A takeoff on Alice’s mad tea party,” Diane explained, “I made props to decorate the table, with place cards of Alice, holding playing cards. Copies of original illustrations from “Alice in Wonderland ,” were cut out, glued onto chopsticks and added to a camellia arrangement. I framed actual photos of British author Lewis Carol and the real-life English girl, Alice, for the mantle. Dargan gave an etiquette class during the tea party, when heart shaped cakes, scones and cookies were served. There was a choice of pomegranate or key lime tea.” Afterwards the children delighted in a tour of the doll house collection, the house and gardens and Diane’s art studio. The former parlor houses her extensive collection of antique toys and doll houses with showings by appointment. The children so enjoyed the entire event that one of the mothers asked if Diane would do a maypole party in the garden. 30

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As an artist who works in many mediums, Diane’s studio is filled to brimming with colorful paintings, constructions, and The Hampton House Collection, which is a line of evening bags, jewelry and scarves named The Cocktail Cuff. (Recycled materials are used in her creations, from salvaged fabric, metals, wood, and paper

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Diane decorates straw hats with found items from nature – hawk, turkey and owl feathers as well as lotus pods, for examples. Scarves are made of recycled cotton knits, silks and fine wools. Some are made of fabric swatches patched together to create interesting designs. Scarves might have pins made from camellia pods that have been painted gold. The jewelry is a combination of semiprecious beads of agate, bone, fresh water pearls, coral, turquoise, cosines and so on, in combination with handmade beads of clay and recycled paper. The cigar-box hand bags are covered with decoupage created from hand blocked papers and prints of Diane’s paintings. Constructions and sculptures utilize a wide variety of materials, again, recycled. A guitar found in a dumpster was the catalyst for a recent creation. The artist took a broken and bent wooden coat rack and fashioned the legs and

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arms. A mask serves as the face, a place mat for a hat. The sculpture has a handkerchief in its hand and teardrops painted on her cheeks. She is named: “While my guitar gently weeps.” Meanwhile, in the garden there is a women fashioned from salvaged metals; a horse stirrup cleverly looks like a pair of glasses and two wire baskets form the breasts for this “Lady Bountiful.” Diane’s paintings – acrylics on canvas, watercolors and pastels – are portraits of animals, fish, exotic birds and people. Her assemblages or constructions are made of wooden boxes with small paintings recessed into the box with many other elements added to tell a story. One such is a miniature of an oletimey circus side show encased in a brightly painted wooden box, decorated with circus banners and posters and filled with figures of giants, midgets and bizarre circus performers. Guests enjoy the varied displays and art exhibits that add to one’s experience at this most unusual bed and breakfast inn. Collette | Spring 2012

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the move and the set-up of the museum. “It was quite an undertaking and our small staff did an amazing, miraculous job!” she said. The accomplishment did show Gary that “I can always do more than I think I can do,” she said. However, she did not arrive at this juncture in life overnight. “I finally have my dream job,” Gary says. “It brings everything I love to do together.”

Eloquent. Intelligent. A natural leader, yet down-to-earth.... ...Perhaps the epitome of Southern grace and charm. As she catalogues her career in Colleton County, the Director of the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market Gary Brightwell exudes all of these qualities. She is a pillar of refinement and humility, never hinting at the profundity of the tasks she has undertaken.

" There goes the P-Word again [passion].

But don’t let her humble demeanor fool you. Her regal persona offers only a glimpse of the many facets that make the woman. It takes a dynamic individual to accomplish what she has. This past year, the museum made its move from its home of more than 20 years to its new location on 506 East Washington Street. Its grand opening was November 4, 2011. “It was an amazing experience and I was lucky enough to have been on board,” Gary says. It took three months to pack and record the information. Not to mention the planning of the new exhibits and moving of things stored at various facilities, all in the summer heat of July. Over 100 volunteers helped with 32

One might ask how she has been able to accomplish such lofty goals? How does she do it? “Girls of my generation aren’t as career minded,” Gary, 62, admits. Although Gary says she did not set out to accomplish one thing in particular, there is one common thread that ties all things in her life together — PASSION. “I feel so passionately about so many things,” she says. Especially history. “History MATTERS!” she says. “ I believe it is true that he who appreciates the past controls our future.” Collette | Spring 2012


Whether it be her family, her friends, her job, her church (St. Judes Episcopal), history, music, books or genealogy, Gary is passionate about it and is involved in many different things, including being a wife, mother of two and grandmother of four. “Charlie has always encouraged me being my own person,” Gary said of her husband, “He celebrates it.”

“My grandparents instilled that in me at an early age, I was very aware of it and interested in it,” she said.

I have re-invented myself a number of times… out of necessity or passion or whatever it may be at the time.

Gary talks fondly of her many varied occupations throughout life. She had a long career as a librarian, including Children’s Librarian at the Colleton County Memorial Library in the late 1970s, Media Specialist at Colleton Prep and then returned to the Colleton County Memorial Library, first as the Reference Librarian and then for a long time as Assistant Librarian.

“I thought I was at the library forever,” she said. Brightwell also taught 4-year-old kindergarden, sold insurance, was president of the Arts Council, was Interim Director of the Artisans Center, served on the Board of the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society and has worn many other hats over the years. “I have re-invented myself a number of times … out of necessity or passion or whatever it may be at the time,” she said. There goes the P-Word again. It seems to be a term intertwined with her life. It drives her to pursue only the best for the museum. She strives to keep up with today’s ever changing technology. “If I get left behind, so does the museum,” Gary says. Her dedication and vigor is evident as well as her desire to share her knowledge and educate the citizens of Colleton County.

It seems to be a term intertwined with her life." “Our history in Colleton County is a lasting legacy and made us who we are and I want to celebrate that in exhibits in the museum,” she says. Gary Brightwell sets the standard, an example to follow for future leaders. With such a wonderful resource as the Colleton Museum led by a woman with such passion at the helm, the possibilities are endless. “I want to impart this knowledge to future generations,” Gary says. “I love working to bring the past to life and show visitors what it was like to live in Colleton County long ago and in turn show how that translates into how we live today.” Collette | Spring 2012

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What looks back at the eye and into the lens can be a raw thing of beauty.

What the photographer chooses to capture in that moment can be genius. It’s in these still images that our emotions are most expressed, with each shot pulling from us an opinion of our culture, our lives and our passions. Photography and the artists behind the craft have given us some of the most disturbing and beautiful moments in our history. Here, we meet three Lowcountry women who have three very different approaches to their art. These women show us why this photography is so subjective – and so fascinating. They also give truth to the phase that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

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MICHELLE HAZEL PHOTOJOURNALIST AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle began her career in another art form: writing. She was a feature writer at The Press and Standard in Walterboro. “I was very detail oriented. And when I began incorporating photography into journalism, my focus on details continued,” she said. “I wanted to be thorough.” Talking about her art as a photographer, Michelle, 29, says she now “sees the world in a different way.” “I see color, texture, the details that many people don’t pay attention to,” she said. “Everything I see, I see it as a photo. And I frame it in such a way.” With her photographer's eye developed through graphic artist training at Trident Technical College, Michelle has several awards to show for her photography and graphic design skills: two 2011 ADDY awards from the Charleston Ad Federation and a 2006 S.C. Press Association Award for feature photography. “It’s an appreciation for the art and beauty seen through the lens,” she said, adding that she’s had to learn to trust her own instincts and eye. “Over the years, I’ve learned to trust what I see through the lens, to help me home in what makes the photo what it should be.” Michelle worked for several years exclusively as a studio portrait photographer and enjoys working with landscapes and architecture. Today, she is the lead photographer in the local Collette, Lowcountry and Colleton magazines. “I want to tell a person’s story through the picture. I don’t want to be confined to a certain genre.”

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BECKY MOREHEAD PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER This Walterboro native uses her eye to capture the moments that matter. From one’s everyday to one’s wedding day, Becky always focuses on her subject’s face. She also is known for working with nature’s raw elements to bring a sense of realism to each photograph. “I preferred landscape at first, and I still enjoy doing that work, but I chose to work with people,” she said. “With people, you can capture emotions. It’s a part of a person’s life that you’re giving back to them. A picture of a child, or a family member’s portrait that makes someone light up, is rewarding. To know you’ve captured that moment in time for a person is incredible.” Not professionally trained, Becky, 29, discovered she had a knack for photography when people began to give her praise. Her snapshots turned into a thriving business as she taught herself more about the science of her art. “I would take pictures and people would like them. It was an experiment that turned into a business and a passion,” she said. As for her technique, Becky prefers using a mixture of color and black and white. The decision on how to take the picture depends on what she sees. “Black and white sometimes captures a moment better,” she said. “It’s a feeling that you get, to know that black and white can affect the picture or that color gives something a life that that moment in time needs.” Becky’s business, Photography by Becky Morehead, recently expanded to include studio time. But she still prefers working in nature’s stage. “You find that moment for a person and give it back to them,” she said.

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BRIANA STELLO THE BEAUTY OF PREGNANCY In what has become an edgy trend among oh-so-pregnant women, this Charleston-based photographer shows us the fluid emotions that exist between mother and child. She also brings the science of the human body into a beautiful pose. Brianna Stello, of Stello Photography, said she looks for composition and lighting when she peers through her lens. “If you want to do something like this, you want to be able to share it,” she said of her customers. “Women have become more comfortable with showing these types of images of themselves.” Brianna recently took pregnancy photographs of Lowcountry writer Krista Crawford. “I was at least 45 pounds overweight, always short of breath, uncomfortable, and extremely flatulent,” said Krista, “and I felt beautiful. This may seem strange, but at the age of 36, I was pregnant with my first child. I didn’t care what others saw when they looked at me, I just knew that the growing baby inside me made feel like I was glowing.” Brianna says beauty comes from a variety of places, in how the lighting enhances a pregnant woman’s eyes or hits their eyelashes. She also says that every subject is unique and that every shot has something different to tell. “The image of an expecting mother is always beautiful,” Brianna said. “I just have to capture it.” Brianna became interested in photography in her teens when her mother, also a photographer, gave her a camera while she studied abroad in Costa Rica. Brianna then pursued a career in photography and studied the art in the United States and abroad. She finally opened her own studio in Charleston in 2004, where she does maternity photos and wedding and editorial photographs.

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Located in the Wyndham Ocean Ridge Resort on Edisto Beach, the elegant dining room offers exquisite views overlooking the golf course, and the bar and lounge has a cozy feel with exposed brick and plush sofas. Executive Chef and General Manager Nathan Smith’s “American eclectic menu,” is a marriage of many different flavors. “I do touch on some southern bases,” Nathan says of his cuisine. Geechee Boy stone ground grits made right on Edisto Island anchor many of his dishes, and Nathan partners with lots of local vendors for seafood and produce. “I use seasonal, local produce and that really drives my menu,” he says. By buying small quantities Nathan says he can, “invent new things or revisit the old to keep it fresh.” He wants to keep his customers guessing, “What’s Nate gonna have tomorrow?” The former Sous chef is always trying to wow his patrons with daily specials. It is this kind of love for what he does that really makes Grovers special. “I am bound to this restaurant,” Nathan explains. He and his wife Mindy Andrews, and their 4-year-old son Henry and 2-year old daughter Andy, live on Edisto and are committed to the local community. “I really found my niche in cooking,” he offers. Nate says he is experimenting with making Tabasco pearls to serve with his oysters on the half shell and he likes to add a little Asian flair to some dishes. “If the sushi grade fish is looking really sexy, I’m going finish it off with some fresh lemon and lime juice,” he said. You can expect the unexpected at Grovers. 41


It’s not just the typical fried seafood joint. You can also find some specialty bar items. For example DigFishHead, Highland IPA Fat Tire and other specialty bottled beers are available with a nice wine list and and full bar are available. “I try to keep it casual,” Nathan explains, as most expensive items on the menu are around $22, there is something for everyone, including lighter fare like appetizers, salads and sandwiches as well as a children’s menu. Just like any resort restaurant, the summer hours are busy. “I try to brace myself for volume,” Nathan says. During the “off season” Grovers also offers event catering on location as well as in house. “Every party is special,” Nathan says. Grovers Bar and Grill is open 11-9 p.m. Monday through Sunday and is closed on Tuesdays.

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two tRiangle sisteRs maKe tHe scenE Triangle Char & Bar Famed for its ‘Burgers, its Unique Menu and Funky Design'

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A former filling station, Triangle Char and Bar has been the social center of the trendy Avondale neighborhood in West Ashley for some five years. Garage doors are open creating an outdoor, dining environment like no other. That coupled with its location, on a triangular lot at 828 Savannah Highway, creates the WOW effect for passersby. It has become known for its grass-fed, beef ‘burgers and has won an award for its Sunday Brunch. One of Triangle’s Rockin’ Rolls was written up in Rachael Ray magazine. (The chef will put just about anything into an Home on the Range

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egg roll.) The restaurant’s mantra is: “Waste not, recycle and reinvent.” It is one of the ways that costs are kept down, and the savings truly are passed on to the customers, many of whom are young professionals, but Triangle boasts patrons young and old on a narrow budget.

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The head chef, Damian Ambs, reinvents everyday bar food, which puts this char bar on a whole different level than your basic hang-out. Damian’s relationships with local farmers, bakers, and other purveyors give him access to the freshest seasonal ingredients available. And, yes, there are main courses, too; some utilize local, wild shrimp when in season. Yet it’s the grass-fed, beef ‘burgers with a litany of toppings, that have cemented this restaurant’s reputation as well as that of its younger, sister. (The second coming of Triangle occurred in 2011, at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.) Co-owners Skipper Condon and Scott Long will tell you that not only does grass-fed beef taste better than factoryfarmed beef, but it is far more nutritious, with less saturated fat, cholesterol and calories.

The General Lee ‘burger with pimento cheese and caramelized onions is the real winner. There are many variations on a hamburger here and the menu changes every nine weeks, but some have discovered that the buffalo, as in bison, topped with a succulent fried onion ring and BBQ sauce, is excellence on a bun. Pair these with the sweet potato fries and apple butter and 44

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Another Southernism is the pair of ‘gator tacos. Think tender, chicken-fried, ‘gator nuggets tossed with Buffalo wings sauce and blue cheese, tucked inside flour tortillas. Vegetarians are well-satisfied here, too, with the various takes on Portobellos being strong favorites. The latest menu additions are called “the skinny.” All five “skinny” items are heart-healthy and are designed to be lower in calories and saturated fat and high in protein. Lunch and dinner share the same menu, Sunday Brunch has its own, offering many Bennys to Belgian Waffles. One more Triangle trademark is its comprehensive list of flavorful craft beers, from area breweries and beyond, like Wee-Heavy-Er from Asheville to Oberon exported from Kalamazoo. At Avondale’s Triangle, artist McIver Wells incorporated the restaurant’s garage heritage into the funky wall art. Behind the bar, amid the cartoon-like drawings, is a whimsical gas pump that looks a little tipsy. Budget-conscious retirees mingle with the 20-somethings when they come in for the daily food specials during the Hours of Happiness, 5 -10 p.m., like three-course Thursdays ($15). The basic Happy Hour is 4-7 p.m., Mon. – Fri. with $2.75 well drinks a big draw. Usually, the older crowd chooses to sit outside, away from the sports-tuned TVs and where the energetic, high-decibel music is moderated. Walterboroans are just beginning to know this place, as it is a convenient “stagecoach stop” for commuters to Charleston.

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Dee Dee Cooper, the dessert queen at this restaurant, does not have a pastry degree from an accredited culinary school, but rather is a medical transcriber. She is the “mum” of line cook, Danny Cooper. Her delectable desserts are Southern classics, like Charleston’s Huguenot Torte. Yet she puts her own spin on them. Example. Traditionally, the torte is made with tart apples, whereas Mama Cooper uses what fruit is in season. In winter it may be pears, in summer it’s peaches. And she makes a decadent Mississippi Mud Cake rather than the typical pie of dark chocolate. What is decidedly non-traditional is the newer Triangle in Mt. Pleasant. It is more uptown, or rather nouveau garage. Its same designer, Whitney Rietz Eller, is winning applause for making a brick building in a shopping strip mall the most edgy take on a mechanics’ garage ever. She made hospitality-industry history in Beaufort, with her stellar design of the contemporary landmark, Saltus River Grill. The interiors of both restaurants are eye-candy and have interesting components like recycled car hoods fabricated into table tops. In Mt. Pleasant, some booths come with safety belts on the lumbar pillows! Design elements include: deconstructed and shellacked, old wooden pallets hung on the walls for texture; garage doors with blue trim; swaged multicolored lights – a take-off on a garage’s bare light-bulbs; and outdoor seating that includes red couches. Mt. Pleasant’s Triangle is a graffiti wonderland thanks to artists Patch Whisky and Ishmael. Gaining in fame, Ishmael and Patch painted the murals for the upcoming film, Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise and Taylor Swift. Even the bathroom doors have graffiti “cutouts” of a boy and girl! A whole lot of cleverness is evident both in the décor and the kitchens of the area’s two Triangle Char Bars. Collette | Spring 2012

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SUSAN'S SLIMDOWN SECRETS (Popular Fit-Life instructor Susan Grampus sits down with Press and Standard managing editor Brantley Strickland to field five questions on personal fitness for the readers of Collette.)

BS: What’s the best fitness advice you have ever been given?

Story And Photography By Brantley Strickland editor@lowcountry.com

Motivator. Life-changer. Friend. By day, that’s the role Susan Grampus is used to playing for her growing list of clients at Walterboro Fit-Life. Her midday express workout and afternoon cardio-blast fitness classes attract an enthusiastic group of health-conscious followers of various shapes, sizes, ages and walks of life. The few constants — Grampus’ voice, refreshing perspective and enduring drive. “Don’t hate me, because you’re beautiful,” the lithe but muscular Energizer Bunny of an instructor often says in her classes. It’s a line sometimes delivered with encouraging sternness and a certain degree of empathy. Indeed, Grampus has a unique way of motivating her students. After all, she’s been there. “I did 20 years in the Army, and before that, I didn’t do a whole lot of physical activity, and I didn’t participate in sports,” said Grampus, recently married to her husband Cliff. “The military encourages you to be very fit. After that, I was a female bodybuilder, but I couldn’t run, so it came to a point where Susan had to be fit for Susan, not just Sergeant Mitchell, so I had to make a commitment to do more. The strength part was never a problem, but I had to make more of a personal effort to get better on the other parts.” Grampus, 52, eventually moved into a role as an army nutritionist before retiring in 1999. She then decided she’d like to pursue fitness as a full-time, post-military vocation. “Someone asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, so then I realized fitness and nutrition go hand in hand,” she said. “First to me, and then if I can help somebody else. That was the commitment I made to myself.” In 2002, Grampus, a Walterboro High graduate whose mother is a Colleton County native, moved back to South Carolina, making her return to the Palmetto State on a conditional basis. “I had told my mom that in order for me to move back, two of the requirements were that I needed a place to exercise and possibly one that I could work out,” said Grampus, a mother of two herself. “My mom said she knew of a place they stepped on boxes.” That place ended up being Fit-Life, then known as Fit-Care. It’s been a journey of helping others reach their own fitness goals ever since. “I just try to motivate and inspire people to be healthy," Grampus said. Collette | Spring 2012

SG: “Be consistent. The best fitness advice I’ve ever been given is to stay consistent. The body that you bring is the one you have to work with. Everybody is designed to move at a different level. As long as God allows it, keep moving. It’s consistency and it applies anywhere in life. Hopefully, it becomes a lifestyle, something that you do on a daily basis and something that you enjoy. Thankfully, fitness is something I really enjoy.”

BS: People have different goals in fitness. What would you tell someone who simply asks the age-old question: how do I lose weight? SG: If someone wants to simply lose weight, the script is basically the same. It’s based on three to five days of cardiovascular activity, 30 minutes a day, and two of those days should include some strength training. You also have to figure out what those people have been doing to know where to start them. The most important thing is what they’re doing behind the scenes. Are they eating correctly? Are they drinking enough water? 47


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How well are they sleeping? Sometimes, it’s the behind-the-scenes things, the things you do when you’re not working out, that have the biggest impact.” BS: What if someone wants to build muscle? SG: First, you have to look at their genetic makeup, where they’re coming from. Some people have the opportunity to build more muscle based on their genetic makeup and their build, but again it comes down to how they are eating. How do they fuel their body? It’s not always about how much weight you’re lifting, because you have to fuel those muscles. If you already have some muscle, you have to add more calories. Your workouts are going to include heavier weights and fewer repetitions, but it’s not going to be all muscle. You have to be careful of gaining too much fat, because it goes hand in hand. You can’t just put on muscle, and in the same way, you simply can’t just burn fat.”

BEACHBODYREADY These quick and easy exercises can be done anytime, anywhere to keep your body toned, fit and ready for fun in the sun!

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BS: What’s your take on low carb diets? SG: The challenge of it is people kind of don’t catch the idea that fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates. What they are looking at is reducing processed foods like the sugars and flour and white breads. Instead, they were increasing their proteins, including those high in saturated fat just for the sake of losing weight. People can’t live on a low carb diet, because they have no energy. They can’t exercise. Carbohydrate diets work for a short period of time. Eventually, you have to work more carbs back in. It’s much better to have a sensible, healthy diets based on portion sizes. Fad diets are what they are. They fade in, and they fade out.”

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BS: Age is certainly a factor in anyone’s fitness efforts. What are some challenges one might face as they get older? SG: I recently read a book called ‘Women, Menopause and Metabolism, but depending on who you talk to, the reason why most women gain weight is not because of hormonal changes, it’s because they’re not physically active. You have to keep exercising, and men are the same way. Your body starts to store more fat, and the body changes from a masculine form to a softer feminine form. Women are designed to have more fat tissue and men are designed to have more lean muscle. Age is not a discriminator for being healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. 48

Another stability excercise that works the core as it tones triceps and biceps.

Test yourself with this full-body move targeting gluts, quads, arms and shoulders.

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ummer time means plenty of play time — so why not play with your food? Finding creative ways to enjoy healthy foods like watermelon is a great way to encourage the whole family to eat well — and have fun while doing it. Here are three ways you can get the whole family in on some fun and healthy eating: The wetter, the better — Playing hard on a hot summer day can take a lot out of you. In addition to drinking plenty of water, look for foods that can help you keep hydrated. Watermelon is 92 percent water — so keep some slices or cubes in the refrigerator for a handy, hydrating snack. For a fun, kid-friendly twist, use cookie cutters to cut watermelon into fun shapes. Get colorful — For a real nutritional boost, serve plenty of colorful, deeply pigmented produce. For example, red pep­pers, carrots, broccoli and grapes are packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. In addition to vitamins A and C, watermelon has a higher level of the antioxidant lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Let the kids use an ice cream scooper or melon-baller to scoop out watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew to make a colorful and nutritious dessert. Think outside the recipe box — Look for fun and unusual ways to serve healthy foods. These recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board, for example, are creative enough to appeal to kids and grownups, and easy enough for just about anyone to make. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring at all — it just takes a little creative thinking to get everyone in the family playing with their food. Watermelon Strawberry Shake and Frozen Smoothie Pops Makes 4 Strawberry Shake 1 container (8 ounces) lemon nonfat yogurt 2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon 1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled 1 medium banana, peeled and sliced In blender or food processor, process yogurt, watermelon, strawberries and banana until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately. Frozen Smoothie Pops Strawberry Shake Small paper cups Popsicle sticks Pour prepared Watermelon Straw­berry Shake into small paper cups. Freeze, inserting popsicle sticks or plastic spoons when mixture is partially frozen. Or, pour Watermelon Strawberry Shake into ice cream machine. Set and enjoy.

Helpful Carving Hints n Read through the directions before you start. n Have the watermelon at room temperature when you carve. That makes it easier to cut. n Drain cut watermelon and other fruit before placing it in the carving. n When removing excess flesh, try to leave it in big pieces. It’s easier for making melon balls or cubes. n Use a green dry erase marker, then wipe off excess marker after making cuts.

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Surf Wave Oval or round shaped watermelon Kitchen and paring knives Cutting board Green dry-erase marker (preferably washable) Large bowl and spoon Brown sugar or raw sugar Small dolls or beach themed toys 1. Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry. 2. On a cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the stem end, being careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind. This will provide a sturdy base. 3. Using the dry-erase marker, draw a wave from the top of the watermelon halfway down, similar to a backwards C. Repeat on the other side to form a wave. 4. Use the knife to carefully cut away the parts of the watermelon that you will not be using. Use the spoon to hollow out the watermelon, reserving the inside watermelon to cut up and serve. 5. Place the carving on a serving platter covered with brown sugar. Decorate with toys and shells and fill your carv­ing with fruit.

Watermelon Pizza Supreme Serves 6 1 slice watermelon (8 to 10 inches around and 1 inch thick), drained to remove excess moisture 1 cup strawberry preserves 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut Place watermelon slice on a serving platter and cut into 6 wedges, leaving them in the shape of a pizza. Spread preserves over watermelon and sprinkle top­ pings over the top.

Ice Cream Cone Sundaes Serves 8 8 ice cream cones of choice 8 tablespoons pineapple cream cheese frosting (recipes available online) 1/2 cup dried Craisins 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 8 scoops seedless watermelon (use an ice cream scooper) Additional toppings of your choice: sprinkles, pineapple chunks, chocolate chips or coconut flakes Pipe a tablespoon of the frosting into the bottom of each cone. Divide Craisins over frosting. Top Craisins with yogurt. Place an ice cream scoop of watermelon on top of each cone. Top with additional toppings as desired and serve.

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