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Your 2010 Commodore talks about the Water Festival -Sheri Little

Also Inside: Artist Profile Marshview Farms Waterfront Festival Schedule Low Country Weddings

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CONTENTS June/July 2010

features

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27 Q&A

Cindy Reid sits down with Harriett Keyserling for a question and answer session.

32 MARSHVIEW FARMS

Visit Marshview Famrs on St. Helena Island where Sara’ Green is doing more than just providing organic food.

departments 07 PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS 09 EDITOR’S LETTER 30 FISHING REPORT 40 NEWS & SNIPITS 42 DINING GUIDE 47 LOW COUNTRY WEDDINGS

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-Photo BY PAUL NURNBERG

10 WATER FESTIVAL COMMODORE

LOW COUNTRY WEDDINGS

Sheri Little shares her thoughts and a little history about the fast approaching Beaufort Water Festival.

17 THE CARNIVAL SERIES

With insight and intuition, Artist Rebecca Davenport uses her art to communicate.

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94 YEARS YOUNG

Lewis Wright has done just about everything there is to do, and he is still in his garden everyday working with his beloved Camelias.

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Every Issue - Don’t miss our

Beaufort Lifestyle Low Country Weddings section featuring local weddings and the finest vendors for a wedding day.

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CONTRERAS WEDDING HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER WARDLE WEDDING HIRING A PHOTOGRAPHER

Photo by PAUL NURNBERG


Does it matter that our orthopedic program is top-rated? It does to Jim Harbison, a retired Marine who’s not one to take life sitting down. When Jim experienced significant knee pain, he turned to the orthopedic program at Beaufort Memorial. Our surgeons are among the first to use a new generation in computer navigation to “custom fit” knee replacement. The result is a better fit and a faster recovery time — both good reasons our orthopedic program is rated best in the area.

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PUBLISHER’S Thoughts

Having Fun Along The Way

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oy, I sure do love Beaufort!!!! What’s not to love? The area is beautiful, the history is rich, the culture is diverse and the people are amazing! I have been fortunate enough as of late to be invited to some very nice lunches with a group of ladies from the area. They are such a neat group, each with their different style and personality! On my last outing with the group, I was able to meet two very fine ladies who call this wonderful place their home! In this issue you will see a feature on Rebecca Davenport. Rebecca happened to be one of the ladies I met that day. After lunch was over, I accompanied my writer, Mary Ellen Thompson to Rebecca’s studio where we were to meet Todd for a photo shoot for the magazine. This woman is an amazing artist. I spent several hours there with her listening to stories of her artwork and personally seeing the finished products of this collection. What a great afternoon for me! I had the opportunity to meet her, see her work and participate in the shoot. I am sure you will find her story quite interesting! Also on that day, I had the privilege of meeting Karen Day. If you remember, Karen and her husband Floyd were featured in Beaufort Lifestyle in our February/March issue. Last year, before Beaufort Lifestyle was born, I was walking along Bay Street one day and a painting hanging in the window of The Gallery caught my eye. I had to enter The Gallery to get a closer look. The painting was of a wild horse…the artist, Karen Day. That painting is what inspired me to begin the Artist Profile in each issue of Beaufort Lifestyle. The painting is what caught my eye, but the story of the artist and how the paintings came to life is absolutely amazing! So, meeting Karen Day was truly an honor for me! After meeting her, she gave me a call and invited me to lunch with her and Floyd at their home. After working out some scheduling issues, we were able to meet this week for lunch. I got the grand tour of their studios and got to see first hand some amazing artwork they both were working on. The day was great! The Day’s were truly gracious hosts and the experience is one I will not soon forget! Thanks Karen and Floyd! As you can tell, I am having fun along the way!

Julie Hales, PUBLISHER Photo with Artist Rebecca Davenport and a piece frpm her Carnival series.

On the Cover

This year’s Beaufort Water Festival Commodore, Sheri Little aboard a vessel in the waters in front of the water front. Cover Photo by PAUL NURNBERG

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contributors Having grown up on the Main Line of Philadelphia and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Mary Ellen now lives on Saint Helena Island with her Great Dane, Duke. She has a son and a daughter who live in Colorado and New York City. With a degree in business, she has owned several companies including Calypso Car Wash and Oil Change in Naples, Florida and a firm which specialized in French wall upholstery in Philadelphia. She spent several years on a barge cruising the canals of Europe. Her passions include traveling, photography, entertaining and being Mary Ellen Thompson anywhere on the water.

Bruce Doneff

Susan Deloach

John Wollwerth

Bruce Doneff first came to the Beaufort area in 1982 for Peace Corps training at Penn Center, in preparation for an assignment in West Africa. Over the course of a series of jobs in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and in Edgewater, New Jersey, he made numerous visits back to the Low Country-finally settling here for good in 2006. Doneff runs a Public Relations consultancy with clients in California, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.

Susan Deloach was born Susan Bessinger in Beaufort, where she still resides with her husband Larry and sons Hudson and Tucker. Susan has a gift for capturing the personality and unique essence of her subject whether on location or in the studio. Her portraits are as diverse as the personalities of the people she photographs - some are edgy, some joyful, but all have one thing in common: the sensitive, skilled and thoughtful approach of the artist behind the camera.

John Wollwerth is a photographer raised in New York, now living in Beaufort. He specializes in wedding, advertising and architectural photography. John is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. His work has appeared in such magazines as Coastal Living, South Carolina Homes and Gardens and Period Homes, to name a few. He comes highly recommended by numerous wedding planners, and he travels regularly throughout the region.

Paul Nurnberg

Paul Nurnberg is an award-winning photographer, who has lived in Beaufort, SC since 1996. He recently relocated his studio to Port Royal, SC from Savannah. Focusing on a variety of commercial advertising work including people, lifestyle, products and architecture, Paul also photographs select weddings. His work appears regularly in national magazines and regional advertising. He is the past national secretary of the Advertising Photographers of America and a four-year board member of the ASMP, SC chapter and remains an active member in both. Paul also offers classes in photography through Artworks and directly from his studio.

Cindy Reid

Cindy Reid ascribes to the cocktail napkin motto “I’m not from the South but I got here as quick as I could.” Born and raised on the sleepy Hudson River towns of rural New York, she always knew she was meant to feel sand and not gravel under her feet. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland,CA and spent the next twenty years raising a daughter and working in the retail book business before finally landing in St. Helena, SC. Her work has appeared in About Town, skirt!, Salon.com and she is a regular contributor to Coastal Mariner.”

David McLeod

David McLeod recently relocated back to Beaufort after retiring from the Army. He originally moved to Beaufort after separating from the Air Force in 1995, where he was a Combat Photographer for 17 yrs. His work has been published in many military magazines, newspapers and books. His work has been used to brief the President as well as go in to the national archives for historical sake.  Now his favorite subjects are nature, landscapes, old buildings and ruins as well as portraits.  David is very passionate about his photography and loves to capture that unusual moment showing a person’s personality or a different view of nature.

Dr. Brenda Litchfield

A semi-Beaufort native, Brenda Litchfield (thanks to the Navy) lived in Beaufort on and off from 4th grade through high school back when they were the Tidal Waves. (Who remembers that?) She is now a professor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile where she teaches PhD courses in Instructional Design. The only other writing she does is pointy-head academic tomes that end up on a shelf. She comes to town as often as she can to visit her parents who retired here in 1970 and her sister who teaches at Beaufort High . She has not missed a Water Festival in years.

CALENDAR SECTION We’re looking for your information about clubs, organizations, events and meetings. For events in in August/September 2010, copy must be submitted by July 16, 2010. For events in in October/November 2010, copy must be submitted by September 17, 2010. Please email all copy to todd@idpmagazines. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscribe to Beaufort Lifestyle by submitting a check and subscription information form found in every issue. You may also subscribe by calling (843) 379-8696 . LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Write to us and tell us what you think. Beaufort Lifestyle welcomes all letters to the editor. Please send all letters via email to Todd Wood at todd@idpmagazines.com, or mail letters to One Beaufort Town Center, 2015 Boundry Street, Suite 217 Beaufort, SC 29902. Letters to the editor must have a phone number and name of contact. Phone numbers will not be published.

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ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS Beaufort Lifestyle welcomes story ideas from our readers. If you have a story idea, or photo essay you would like to share, please submit ideas and material by emailing Todd Wood at todd@idpmagazines.com All articles and photos will be reviewed by the editor, and if the articles and accompanying photos meet the criteria of Independence Day Publishing, Inc., the person submitting the material will be contacted. Stories or ideas for stories must be submitted by email. Only feature stories and photo essays about people, places or things in Beaufort, Port Royal or the Sea Islands will be considered.


EDITOR’S Letter

The future has been told, this magazine is here to stay

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’ve had my eyes in magazines since I was a very young child. There’s no telling how many different magazines I have looked at over the years. I would pick up magazines and flip through the issues back to front (still do), looking first at the photos and art and then I would read a couple articles. Though I did not know it at the time, my path had been chosen for me at an early age. Magazines were, and still are, one of my favorite ways to relax. Not to mention, looking through numerous magazines weekly seems to keep my creative juices flowing. I look through everything from Sports Illustrated to Vogue. Recently, there have been some great magazines pop up in the Savannah and the Charleston area. I enjoy them as well, and since Beaufort is between Savannah and Charleston I keep a sharp eye on them. Most of them are four to five years in the making, and that got me thinking as we are fast approaching our one year anniversary. Magazines are such a great resource for communities. From entertainment and food to trade and commerce, the magazine culture promotes a healthy way for the readers, consumers, advertisers and tourists to mix and mingle with their areas. There are many fantastic restaurants, businesses, community events and people that, without magazines, would potentially otherwise go unnoticed or explored. From our inception, our main goals has been to feature the people, places and things that make the Beaufort area so special while also giving area businesses a full color high quality print medium from which they can advertise. We are still a young publication, and we have many great things on tap for future issues. Hopefully you are starting to notice that we are packing more and more information in the magazine. We encourage all of you to become involved with your community magazine. Send us your comments. Write to Us. Call Us. We want to hear from all of you! As we plunge into the summer months, the opportunity to capture the essence of Beaufort summers has me extremely excited. I have always been an outdoors and water type guy, so if any of you have ideas of great feature stories brewing in your minds about the outdoors or water in Beaufort, please contact me. I will be more than willing to do a photo shoot on a beach, dock or boat...hint hint!

Todd Wood, EDITOR

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COMMODORE SHERI LITTLE 55th BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL

The Beaufort Water Festival is “A Summertime Spectacular” being held July 16 - 25, 2010

Story by CINDY REID • Photography by PAUL NURNBERG

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Sheri Little aboard a boat in front of the Beaufort Waterfront area where the festival is held each year.

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Beaufort Water Festival

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or many Beaufort residents, the Beaufort Water Festival defines not only the summer but the entire reason they live here. For natives and ‘transplants’ alike, ‘Waterfest’ means fun, music, sports, family time and most importantly- community. Like all large events the festival takes a dedicated team of many volunteers to bring it all together and heading this year’s team is Commodore Sheri Little. Sheri says, “We have so much fun! We are one big family behind the scenes, and nothing is more rewarding than having a hand in our premier community event.”

How it All Started A little history from the Beaufort Water Festival website, www. bftwaterfestival.com : “The first festival was held in July 1956 with John Bigbee serving as the first President and Gladys Thompson in charge of the visiting queens. The Lions Club took the job of putting on the first parade and has been doing so every year since. In the early days of the Festival, it cost fifty cents to attend the Beauty Pageant, one dollar per couple to attend the Water Festival Ball (which was later changed to the Commodore’s Ball) and two dollars to attend the Regatta Ball. As the years went by, the Festival began to draw more and more people to Beaufort from other parts of the state and on a national level. Events such as fishing and golf tournaments as well as a craft market and Sponsors’ and Community Non-Profit expos were added to the line up so that the Festival had something to offer for every age and interest. Over 400 volunteers work long hours to bring the events to the Festival. The Festival is able to offer first-class entertainment at reasonable prices because of the generosity of our loyal sponsors.”

Commodore Little Sheri Little is the third woman chosen to be Commodore, after Erin Dean in 2007 and Mrs. Mazie Terhune in 1959. The structure of the all volunteer staff is such that there are community volunteers

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who work with the 23 Directors, who in turn work with the nine Coordinators, who report to the Commodore. After the Commodore completes the one year term, they then serve on the Board of Directors. The next year’s Commodore is traditionally announced at the Commodore’s Ball at the “Change of Watch” ceremony. Last year Sheri Little became the 55th Beaufort Water Festival Commodore. Commodore Little and her husband Russ Little, a retired Chief Warrant Officer with the United States Marine Corps, originally came to Beaufort from San Diego in 1989 for a posting at MCRD Parris Island. Returning for good in 1995, Sherry started volunteering for the festival in 2001 because “They needed an Antique Show Chairperson- I didn’t know anything about antiques but I knew how to organize. The next year I was asked to be a Director of Community Relations and became much more involved in the mechanics of the events.” Positions as Public Relations Director, Coordinator for Sales and Admissions, Public Relations, Parks and Productions followed over the years. Recalling her position as Productions Coordinator in 2009 Sheri says, “That was my favorite year! It’s a fun job, how can working with bands not be fun?” In addition to the Beaufort Water Festival volunteer positions, Sheri finds the times to serve on the City of Beaufort’s TriCentennial Celebration Committee, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association, worked as Membership Director for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of

Commerce, and served as a volunteer for the Chamber, Main Street Beaufort and several other community organizations. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Beaufort and member of the Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association. Sheri is a mortgage consultant for New South Mortgage. She and “First Gentleman” Russ have a son, David, and a daughter, Sara.

Behind the Scenes “People probably don’t realize how much sheer work it is to organize such a large event” says Sheri. The all volunteer


Sheri Little standing on the waterfront where much of the festivities take place.

staff takes the month of August off and then gets right to work on next year’s program. “We have a retreat to rehash the previous year and start outlining the following year. We have working meetings twice a month and many social and community functions to attend throughout the year as well.” As the summer gets closer, the meetings and the work keep coming, involving many community organizations and sponsors who have been part of the Water Festival for years. The Lions Club, Zonta, the Beaufort, Sea Island and Lowcountry Rotaries, Beaufort

Professional Women’s Association, the Young Lawyers Association, Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi , Women’s Marine Association, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence, Habitat for Humanity, HELP of Beaufort and Hope Haven all pitch in to create what Sheri calls, “A community event in the truest sense.” The marines and sailors stationed in Beaufort also play an important role behind the scenes. “The military is a huge part of the festival, they volunteer to do a lot the heavy work on their own time” says Sheri. “They do a lot of the

heavy lifting and construction and are a vital part of our operations. In addition, the Parris Island Marine Band opens the festivities on Friday night with a free concert, which is a very popular event. The military folks really are great and bring so much to the festival!” Even in this time of economic challenges the festival has retained many of their business sponsorships year to year.” We are fortunate in that it is a tradition for many local businesses to support the festival every year, while at the same time we are always welcoming new ones.” says Sheri.

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Sporting Events Although the festival is best known for the week long events that take place at the Henry C. Chambers waterfront park in downtown Beaufort, the festival actually starts in May with sporting events that run thru July. The Family Fishing Tournament (June 4-6) started at least 25 years ago and used to be the kickoff event but two years ago the Softball Tournament (starts May 22) became the first event and has proven to be a popular addition. The newest sporting event is the Corn Hole Tournament (July 24), which will be held at the waterfront park. Other sporting tournaments include soccer, horseshoes, volleyball, golf, bowling, bocce, badminton and croquet. (All the sporting events run from May 22 through July 24, check the website for details.)

On the Water What makes the festival so unique, and popular, is how so many of the events take advantage of Beaufort’s beautiful waterfront and waterways. In addition to the Family Fishing Tournament, there is also the Sea Kayak Race, the Raft Race, the Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament, a Sailing Regatta and Boat Bingo. To further showcase Beaufort’s deep tradition as a water community there are Coast Guard Cutter tours, the Gatorland Ski Show, a shrimp boat display, and

finally the Blessing of the Fleet and the Parade of Boats, which takes place on the last day of the festival.

Family and Community The festival is truly all about family and community. Many of the events are free of charge, including the Children’s Toad Fishing tournament and the Children’s Day, on Sunday July 18 which features shows, rides, games and prizes. The opening ceremony on Friday July 16 features the Parris Island Marine Band and a fantastic firework show, all free of charge. The entire staff, from the people who man the gate to the Commodore are volunteers and profits are distributed back to the community organizations that help during the festival. “On the last Sunday we’ll have a family type event to draw people to the park to help showcase our local nonprofit organizations who will be set up in booths there. It is a way to bring attention to these great organizations in our community,” says Sheri. A new way to show support for the festival is the specialized Beaufort Water Festival license plate which is available for $30 every two years, in addition to the motor vehicle registration fee. Anyone can order it and a portion of the proceeds come back from the motor vehicle department to the festival organization

to help defray the cost of promoting the event. It’s a very stylish design featuring the festival logo. Sheri says the festival is always looking for more volunteers, “It is a lot of fun and a way to make new friendships and be part of such an important event for our community. Of course we joke that it takes a certain type of sick personality to give up two weeks of your summer and run around like crazy on no sleep and find it the most rewarding thing you can do!”

What it’s All About When asked what her favorite moment has been, Sheri recalls one of her favorite memories, “ When country artist Blake Shelton was here, a young lady, no more than twelve or thirteen, and her mother asked me if they could take a seat hours before the show so they could be in the front row. I said that would be fine and I noticed the girl was holding a rose. She said it was for Blake and she was hoping to be able to give it to him at the concert, as she was a huge fan. Well, I happened to know that Blake was in the hospitality suite and I was able to get an extra pass and escort this young lady backstage to meet her idol and give him her rose in person. He was exceedingly gracious and she was thrilled beyond words. That’s what it is all about!” •For further information visit the website:

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Sorry, no food or coolers are allowed to be brought into the park. Concessions are available inside the park for purchase of food and drinks. To purchase tickets in advance visit the website at www. bftwaterfestival.com 
 Friday, July 16
 OPENING CEREMONY Waterfront Park.
Gates open 6 p.m., Ceremony starts 7 p.m.
 Featuring the Parris Island Marine Band 
and a spectacular Fireworks Show. 
Free admission. Saturday, July 17 CONCERT IN THE PARK Sponsored by Country 106.9 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Waterfront Park. Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m. Entertainment by country music artist Jake Owen, opening with The Chuck Courtenay Band.

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No strollers allowed. Admission $20. Sunday, July 18 TEEN DANCE 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Park. Sponsored by Technical College of the Low Country Gates open 7 p.m. Entertainment by DJ Ross Brown Ages 13-17 only. NO RE-ENTRY. No shuttle service available. Admission $10. Monday, July 19
 MOTOWN MONDAY
 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Waterfront Park. Sponsored by Atlantic Marine Corps Communities and Tri-Command
 Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m.
 Featuring Deas Guyz as seen at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.
 Admission $7. Free to all active

duty military with valid ID.
 Tuesday, July 20 
TROPICAL TUESDAY 
8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Waterfront Park. 
Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m.
 Featuring Parrots of the Caribbean 
Admission $12. Wednesday, July 21
 TALENT SHOW 
Hosted by Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Sponsored by McDonald’s
 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Waterfront Park.
Gates open 6 p.m., Show starts 7 p.m.
 Admission $10. Free with official 2010 Beaufort Water Festival tshirt. Thursday, July 22
 LOWCOUNTRY SUPPER
6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Waterfront Park. 
Gates open 6 p.m., Supper served 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Entertainment by The World Famous Whistlers, followed by The Return, a Beatles Tribute Band.
 Admission $15. Friday, July 23
 RIVER DANCE
 8 p.m. - Midnight, Waterfront Park.
Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m.
 Entertainment by The Breakfast Club, opening with the M&M Band.
Must be 18 or older with valid I D to attend.
 Admission $12. Saturday, July 24 
COMMODORE’S BALL 
8 p.m. to Midnight, Waterfront Park.
 Gates open 7 p.m., Show starts 8 p.m.
 Entertainment by The Holiday Band, named the
 2009 Carolina Beach Music Group of the Year! 
Free Shag Lessons, 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. courtesy of
 the Beaufort Shag Club. $10.


WATER & AIR EVENTS June 4 - 6 Family Fishing Tournament Entry fee $100 application available online Friday, June 4 - Captain’s Meeting, 6 p.m. Location Back Porch Grill Saturday, June 5 - Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. Local Waters Weigh In 3pm-6pm at The Downtown Marina Sunday, June 6 - Fishing Banquet & Awards, 3 p.m. Location Beaufort Academy

Awning 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Local Waters Entry fee, $10 per card or $40 for 5 cards Coast Guard Cutter Tours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free Low Country Estuarium 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free Ski Show 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Free Sailing Regatta (continued) 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Beaufort River

Saturday, June 12 Sea Kayak Race 9 a.m., Beaufort River Entry fee $35 Solo or $45 Tandem

Saturday, July 24 Low Country Estuarium Noon - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free

Saturday, July 17 Raft Race 9 a.m., Waterfront Park Entry fee $185 commercial, $145 Military or Non-profit

Shrimp Boat Display Noon - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament Sponsored by Sea Island Atlas Van Lines 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waterfront Park Free Coast Guard Cutter Tours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free Low Country Estuarium 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free Ski Show 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Free Sailing Regatta 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Beaufort River application available online soon Sunday, July 18 Boat Bingo Sponsored by Southern Signs and

Coast Guard Cutter Tours Noon - 4 p.m., Waterfront Park Free Air Show 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Over the Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Free Beaufort River Closed Sunday, July 25 Blessing of the Fleet Sponsored by the Water Festival Commodores Noon - 2 p.m., Beaufort River in front of Waterfront Park Free - boats must register to be eligible for prizes Contact Wilmont Schott at 843524-0600 for more information All applications must be at the judges stand prior to noon. Prizes will be awarded for: Best decorated boat Commercial $100 Best decorated personal watercraft $100 Judges award $100

Sporting Events For tournament applications, visit the website at www. bftwaterfestival.com Saturday, May 22 Softball Tournament 8 a.m., Men’s - Parris Island Softball Complex 8a.m., Adult Co-ed - Marine Corps Airstation Softball Complex Entry fee, $200 per team Saturday, June 19 Co-Ed Soccer Tournament Sponsored by TBA 9 a.m., Beaufort High School Entry fee, $10 per youth application available online soon Horseshoe Tournament Sponsored by Advanced Irrigation 9 a.m., Naval Hospital Complex Entry fee, $30 per 2-person team Volleyball Tournament Sponsored by Kathleen’s Grill 10 a.m., Parris Island Soccer Fields Entry fee, $65 per 3-person team Saturday, June 26 Men’s Golf Tournament Sponsorship available 9 a.m., Fripp Island Ocean Point Course Entry fee, $150 per player (2-day tournament) Sunday June 27 Women’s Golf Tournament Sponsorship available 9 a.m. Fripp Island Ocean Point Course Entry fee, $120 per 2-lady team

Monday, July 12 Competitive Bowling Tournament Ribaut Lane Bowling Alley 6 pm check in; 6:30 start time Entry Fee $30 per person Saturday, July17 Bocce Tournament Sponsored by JOCO Construction 9 a.m., Waterfront Park Entry fee, $40 per 2-person team Badminton Tournament Sponsored by AC Harvey’s Screenprinting 11 a.m., Waterfront Park Entry fee $30 per team Monday, July 19 - July 22 Croquet Tournament Sponsored by Modern Jewelers 9 a.m., Waterfront Park Entry fee, $40 per tournament team, $30 per co-ed team application available online soon Friday, July 23 Bed Race Sponsored by Advanced Mold Technology 5 p.m., Bay Street Race begins at Harrington Street, ends at Newcastle Street Entry fee, $25 per bed Saturday, July 24 Corn Hole Tournament Sponsored by Boondocks Restaurant 11:30 a.m., Waterfront Park Entry fee, $30 per 2-person team (ages 12 and up)

Men’s Golf Tournament - Day 2 9 a.m., Fripp Island Ocean Creek Course Sunday, July 11 Recreational Bowling Tournament Ribaut Lane Bowling Alley 1:30 p.m. check in; 2:00 p.m. start time Entry Fee $25 per person

JAKE OWEN

SEASON PASSES & TICKETS

Teen Dance with DJ Ross Brown, $10

with Official 2010 Water Festival t-shirt

Mowtown Monday with Deaz Guyz, $7

Season Pass, $75, includes pass to each nightly event except Teen Dance.

Lowcountry Supper featuring The Whistlers and The Return (a Beatles tribute band), $15

Tropical Tuesday with Parrots of the Caribbean, $12

River Dance with The Breakfast Club, $12

Concert in the Park with Jake Owen, $20

Talent Show featuring local talent, $10 or free

Commodore’s Ball with The Holiday, $10

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Insight &Intuition Story by MARY ELLEN THOMPSON • Photography by TODD WOOD

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uch has been written about Rebecca Davenport’s art. The list of her shows, awards, and exhibits throughout the US, Europe, Russia, Cuba, and Denmark since 1970 is extensive. Fancy words and catchy phrases have attempted to capture the essence of her paintings, but even the most creative and eloquent writers cannot do them justice. Beaufort Lifestyle | June/July 2010 17


THE ARTS Rebecca Davenport

THE CARNIVAL SERIES

Keechee and the Giant Vacuum is a self portrait in this series; Rebecca is dressed in a leopard print bikini with a cobra wrapped around her.

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ebecca’s portraits simply defy description. It is almost as if she hovers in the ether with an extraordinary vision that is not available to most naked eyes. She sees, and paints, details that even the most acutely observant would fail to notice. Rebecca’s repertoire of subject matter is replete with obsessive compulsive detail, objectivity, insight, fortitude, and humor. “Humor is important; we can take ourselves too seriously.” she says. When facing one of her portraits, the texture of a fabric can be felt in our imagination; the tip of a lit cigarette seems like it would burn if we were to touch our finger to the canvas; pearls in a necklace glisten with more luster than those on a jewelry store pillow; eyes, expressions and carriage convey a life story. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, she received her BFA from Pratt Institute in New York City and her MFA from the University of North Carolina. Rebecca was originally attracted to abstraction, but, she says, “I was horrible at it.” That realized, she gravitated to realism. Rebecca’s portraits of people may be her most well known pieces of art; but she also loves painting animals, which may stem back to the days when she was growing up and showed her calves at 4H shows. In 1974 The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA hosted a show of her White Soul series of poor rural people derived from

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photographs taken by her brother of people in Arkansas, none of whom Rebecca knew. She often works in a series because she likes “the psychology of doing the same things and presenting them in different ways.” However, she says “Once you start on a series, you get so many ideas. But then you have to do them!” Having previously gone to drafting school in Washington, DC, Rebecca “tried to break away from realism” by embarking on an architectural journey by painting buildings from photographs she had taken. She enjoyed the process because they “reminded her of abstract expressionism.” She also created a series of walls with windows employing architectural elements for dimension. But realism won out and in 1980 Aberbach Fine Art on Madison Avenue in New York City exhibited her interior paintings. Even then, Rebecca’s vision of seeing beyond reality is evidenced by what Cedric Reynolds of Greensboro, North Carolina wrote in the foreword of the catalog: “In this exhibition of interiors, Ms. Davenport experiments literally with the evidence of things unseen. These paintings all are portraits of people and events whose presence is recreated from the light and the folds of bed linen or once loved but abused and surviving furniture, and whose character is articulated by every object in the room.” The interior paintings are large,


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some six by eight feet, and once again filled with unbelievable texture and detail. The bridge between the portraits and the interiors was formed by a painting Frantic Fran Interior, which Rebecca did of a woman who was a friend’s mother. “I loved Fran’s spirit. When I asked her to pose for me in the nude, she said she was too self-conscious so she came out in a shortie nightgown.” Fran posed, she played, she danced, and she finally took off the nightgown and threw it over her shoulder. But the painting just didn’t work, and Rebecca painted Fran out; leaving the place on the bed where she had been as the only uncluttered space in the room. Once more, with insight, Rebecca says that Fran will be back. In the spirit of pentimento, Fran will reemerge in the painting. (Wikipedia defines “pentimento” as “An alteration in a painting... showing that the artist changed his mind as to the composition during the process of painting. The word derives from the Italian pentirsi, meaning to repent.... Some pentimenti have always been visible on the final painting with careful inspection; others are revealed by the increasing transparency that some paint acquires after several centuries.”) Rebecca moved to Beaufort in 1995 where she began working on her celebrated Carnival Series. This series was born in Rebecca’s mind “When something triggered my memory about the sideshows I went to when I grew up on a farm in Virginia.” The pieces include a weight lifter, tattooed man, half man/ half woman, barker and snake eater, among others. She said, “The images stuck in my mind. They are kind of scary people. When I painted them, I wanted them to be politically incorrect.” Freak (defined as people, or animals, with extraordinary diseases or conditions) shows often travelled with circuses and carnivals. In addition to the actual people at these shows, there were also embalmed things in jars such as Siamese twins and assorted odd body parts. With her innate sense of humor and irony, Rebecca has a piece entitled See to Believe which has jars of such preserved wonders as the two eyed cow, four legged pig, and one tailed cat. All the pieces in the Carnival Series have three dimensional elements such as glass eyes, doors, a bicycle, flying pigs, mirrors, tennis balls, doorknobs and so forth. Keechee and the Giant Vacuum is a self portrait in this series; Rebecca is dressed in a leopard print bikini with a cobra wrapped around her. The snake’s body morphs seamlessly into an actual vacuum hose ending in a nozzle. Her

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own hairless head is exposed, “I can identify with freaks because of my alopecia,” a condition that causes hair loss that Rebecca has had since she was in her early twenties. This series represents times past. Now, carnivals, according to Rebecca, are just “self-mutilated people and hacks.” Through her art we have the opportunity to experience the era of the 1840’s to 1970’s when giants and dwarfs, sword swallowers, fat ladies and bearded ladies, truly were freaks in society and were not protected, or lauded, by disability rights activists, anti-discrimination, or reality television shows. What does she do for fun? “That’s a hard question. Me? For fun? Aside from the painting, I enjoy redoing furniture, gardening and cooking. I’m on the Board of Directors for the Historic Beaufort Foundation. I belong to a cooking club; I know I’m going to get a good meal once a month!” She collects bits and pieces of things, and has drawers full of hinges, door knobs, strainers, and assorted “junk” she might use in her paintings. She also enjoys photography; she has always used photos for reference. Some of them came from magazines and books; but after the White Soul paintings, for which she used her brother Tom’s photographs, she started using mostly her own. From these she changes, adds, alters, to suit her sense of the subject and the mood she wishes to convey. The next piece that she is contemplating in the series is the Fortune Teller. Rebecca, just as a fortune teller, sees outside, beyond herself, her world, and extrapolates from experience as well as creativity. The character of Rebecca’s art has changed in step with the evolving process of her own personality and character. The details are still prevalent, but the Carnival pieces have more whimsy and edge to them. Although they represent actual characters, they are a departure from her portraits because they are evocative rather than real. Perhaps Rebecca’s vision and insight have been formulated by something she has been trying to find in herself. Pieces that were painted by compilations of photographs distilled into one painting to represent all the separate facets that needed to be combined to form the whole. In Rebecca’s words, her paintings represent “Communication; a way to open other people’s eyes to things unseen.” Those things that were just not there, but had to be perceived with the third eye of intuition and, imagination that is Rebecca’s forte and legacy. BEAUFORT LIFESTYLE

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ON THE MARSH Lewis Wright

Story by BRENDA LITCHFIELD Photo Opposite Page by TODD WOOD

The Master Grafter Lewis Wright has lived a fruitful life as a Jack of all Trades.

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light instructor, commercial airline pilot, boat builder, commercial fisherman, custodian, landowner, chemist, and for 72 years a camellia lover. Lewis Wright of Beaufort, South Carolina has had a varied and interesting life. Full of challenges and adventures from war-time assignments to climbing the pyramids of Giza, Mr. Wright has stories to tell. Through it all, his love of camellias never waned. At 94 (though you would never know it) he tends his 350 camellias daily. “It’s a yearround job that I love,” he says. Surrounding the house he built 40 years ago with just one helper, his camellias are cared for by a lifetime of experience. In the early 50s he purchased 100 acres bordering a large coastal area of marshes and live oaks that look toward Parris Island. “I bought 100 acres for $3,000,” he laughs. (Now marsh front property sells for over $200,000 for PART of an acre!) He went to the University of Georgia on a full scholarship and worked part-time as a custodian in the men’s dorms. In 1941, he was one semester from graduating with a degree in chemistry

and WWII broke out. “December 7th changed everything and I dropped out of school.” At that time Mr. Wright had his pilot’s license and was rated as a flight instructor, instrument rated, and twin engine rated. He was snapped up right away to be a flight instructor in his home town of Augusta, GA. “We really had to start from zero in our training. There just weren’t enough pilots around. We were not prepared at all for what December 7th unleashed.” Some of his first students were RAF men and then USAF men who took up to 1 and ½ years to train because of general pilot skills. “I was in the reserves the entire war. There were so few flight instructors they kept me here in the South which was fine with me,” he laughed. After the war he became a VIP pilot and flew congressmen, senators, and even the Vice President, Henry Wallace. “I flew him to the Casablanca Conference where Churchill and Roosevelt met. It was a great experience!” After his VIP job he flew for TWA for nine years as a commercial pilot. “I flew all over the world and

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I liked it but that darn union was too much to deal with so I just quit and came home to Beaufort.� A Professor Sargent was the first camellia he bought, followed by a Debutante. His interest in camellias began in the late 30’s in Aiken, SC. It was his first wife’s uncle who used to sell balled and burlaped plants to the “Yankees from up North.� A few years later, a woman in Augusta gave him some seedlings and that was the start of a lifelong interest. He began collecting and growing and has been doing it for the past 72 years. About one half of his 30/40 year-old plants came from Nuccio’s Nursery (Altadena, CA) as $3 scions. “I’d study the catalogs and order some every year. They have some fine plants and they still send me a catalog every year,� he laughed. A master grafter, he has perfected a technique using a bucket with the bottom cut out, Plexiglas, and a plentiful amount of Spanish moss that hangs from his huge live oaks. “As long as I can see some condensation on the Plexiglas, I know there is enough moisture in there. I can adjust the position of the moss and control the amount of light.� The biggest problem he has is deer who love the tender, new shoots of his grafts. He has made “fences� of wire around each small plant and put survey tape across the top which works like a charm. To solve the problem he now has Bo, a lab/chow mix whose life mission is to chase deer away. It’s a great partnership. His yard is also full of citrus trees – orange, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon and lime – many of which are grafts. “This one will be ready for grafting next year,� he pointed out as we passed a small tree. There is no shortage of orange juice in the Wright house.

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Meticulously labeled with the variety and year, his 350+ plants are spread out over three large lots on the marsh. Seedlings appear to be his specialty. Numerous beautiful blooms remained unnamed. The only two that are named are for his wife, Alice. There is an Alice Wright, a beautiful blush formal double and a Sassy Alice, a gorgeous pink on pink formal double. “It’s just too much trouble to register them so I never did,� he said. They would take prizes for sure. His first camellia? A Professor Sargent followed by a debutante and he still has those varieties in his yard. His favorite camellia? Omega. His two Omegas produce beautiful, large pink, rimmed white blooms. “It’s my favorite because the petals are so distinctive.� He does have a particular fondness for Frank Houser, also. Always up for a challenge, he spent two years building a 65 foot commercial fishing boat in his yard right next to his camellias. He did this all by himself! He fished for awhile and then decided to change it into a pleasure boat. “We wanted to go to the Bahamas and they wouldn’t let commercial boats in. So I had to make some modifications and get Coast Guard approval for everything.� He and Alice spent a month there enjoying the tropics. About 15 years ago they thought about living in Costa Rica. They went down there for awhile but decided they missed Beaufort and came back to the low country and the camellias. I’ve gone a lot of places but I always end up back here. “I’ve been a member of The American Camellia Society longer than I can remember and I was a charter member of the Savannah Camellia Society and attended the meetings for years.� At 94 he does not like driving at night and traveling the

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Q&A with HARRIETT KEYSERLING by CINDY REID Photos by PAUL NURNBERG

Against the Tide Harriet Keyserling’s years of service to Beaufort County reach far back, as far back as 1944 when she arrived in Beaufort as the bride of Beaufort native, Dr. Herbert Keyserling. Over the next thirty years she raised four children, kept the books for her husband’s medical practice and as she puts it, “was a professional volunteer”. In 1974 she ran for, and won, a seat on the Beaufort County Council, becoming the first woman to do so. After serving two years on the County Council Mrs. Keyserling ran for, and won, the position of State Representative. Running without opposition for the next twelve years, she represented Beaufort County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993. Known for her advocacy and expertise in the areas of education, energy and the arts, Mrs. Keyserling superbly served her constituents throughout her distinguished career. After leaving office Mrs. Keyserling wrote Against the Tide: One Woman’s Political Struggle (University of South Carolina Press).

BL: What made you decide to write Against the Tide? HK: I used to write op-ed pieces on issues, maybe one a month, when a big issue came up that was controversial. I would receive letters from both sides, so I would write a column to let people know there were two sides, which nobody seems to understand when they are passionate about something! When I retired from the legislature USC (University of South Carolina) asked if I would give them all my papers, and in the papers there was a file of my columns. The Director of the archives thought they would make a wonderful book and sent them to the USC Press. They were not interested in doing a book of columns, but they said they would be interested in a book which included the material. So actually that’s what the book came out of - my columns.

Harriett Keyserling in her Beaufort home.

issues, in fact I was the person who led on nuclear waste, the arts and several issues in the legislature, the press often called for my opinions on those issues. And as a result I had all those clippings in my files and that was a big help. I also had saved all my correspondence and mountains of material on many subjects.

BL: What was the hardest part to write? HK: When I started I had a couple of friends who advised

BL: That was pretty fast! HK: I had a secretary who was great at keeping things in order

me. When I showed them the first chapter which was about me and it was only three pages, they said I needed to write more about my personal life so people would understand where I was coming from. I followed their advice; it took more time but was good for me. I guess like anyone who writes a memoir, I found it to be a good experience in that it made me remember things and put them in perspective.

and had developed a great filing system. So whatever I needed was very easy to find. Because I was involved with so many

BL: Where did the title come from?

BL: How long did it take to write? HK: It took a year.

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Q&A with HARRIETT KEYSERLING HK: There I was, a relatively liberal

BL: What did that cost at that time to run

Jewish woman from New York, not ‘with the tide’ in the Legislature. My thought for the title was “against the grain”, until a friend in public relations suggested against the tide. Almost everything our group took on was against the status quo. No doubt I was different from so many involved with legislation.

for State Legislature? HK: Practically nothing. The first time it cost about $3300; now it can cost many, many thousands. I hated asking for money, and that’s what candidates are expected to do these days, spend so much time on the phone fundraising.

BL: What impelled you to embark on a

you worked on in the Legislature? HK: Actually the art is the one area that South Carolina is a leader in the country. We are now known to have one of the best programs for arts in education. When I came in to the legislature I didn’t expect to do anything for the arts, we were such a poor state. The state Arts Commission at the time was run by a capable person but it was isolated in state government. What we did was to link the business community, 10 to 15 well funded agencies, like the Development Board, Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the universities, to the Arts Commission, which gave it more visibility and the opportunity to educate them on the importance of the arts in their missions. And it is still there.

political career at the age of 52? HK: I was talked into running by a friend who was the challenging kind, a newspaper man. At a dinner with him I said I would have done some things differently than the County Council, and he said if you feel that way why don’t you run for a seat? I was terrified at the thought, yet I didn’t say no and before I knew it there it was, announced in the newspaper! I had volunteered in many different areas in Beaufort, the Hospital Auxiliary, and the Jewish community, teaching Sunday school, the PTA, and the Economic Opportunity Council and of course I had worked for all the arts. None of that was political. But when I got into politics having worked with all these people gave me a good base.

BL: What did your family think of you launching a political career? HK: My children were grown, they were delighted. By then, Billy was involved in politics and he helped me. My husband was always very very supportive and that really helped.

BL: After two years on the County Council you ran for State Representative, and had no opposition for the next twelve years. HK: I won easily when I ran for County Council. But I had serious opposition for the first run at the legislature. Actually I won only one majority - white precinct, which was the Old Point, the silk stocking district. But once elected, no one ran against me for twelve years. (In my last election I won all the precincts except Fripp Island, where most residents were newcomers and my opponent lived on Fripp.) I think the reason was that my issues, the arts, the environment and the nuclear waste, were all issues that most Beaufortonians agreed with me on.

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BL: What has lasted longest from issues

BL: What about nuclear waste, which was another big issue for you? HK: I worked on it nationally and certainly don’t take credit for being the first legislator to do this. But I was able bring it to the forefront because I came to the legislature shortly after Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. I happened to be in the right place at right time. Also, because of timing, I was able to create an energy office to set up conservation and efficiency programs, and now that it is even a huger issue, the office, with really good people, is in place to administer new legislative proposals. Everything is working better because of what we did beforehand, I think.

BL: And the filibuster issue? HK: My legislative friends think the most important thing I did was curb the filibusters in the House. We were going to quit the legislature, all of us, we were so fed up with sitting around and not getting anything done. I think changing the rules was important because some of the bills we passed immediately after the rules change had been filibustered to

From Against the Tide: One Woman’s Political Struggle: “I knew I was entering a minefield by writing Against the Tide. I also knew the effort was worth the risk because I had a message: Get Involved. From the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night, our lives are controlled in some way by government laws and regulationslocal, state, or federal. If we care about the quality of our lives and the world we live in, we must take part in the effort to elect public officials who will support the laws we believe are needed for the world we want.” As a representative Mrs. Keyserling served in the following committees: •House Judiciary Committee (only the second non-lawyer to serve on the committee) •Education, Public Works, and Ways and Means committees •Joint Legislative Committee on Energy, which she chaired •Joint Legislative Committee on Cultural Affairs (which she chaired from its inception until 1991) In addition she served Governor Dick Riley as an advisor on energy issues and from 1979 to 1982 was a member of Congress’ Advisory Panel on Nuclear Waste Disposal. Major legislation with which she is associated forms includes: •South Carolina Energy Conservation and Efficiency Act of 1992 •Southeastern Interstate Low-Level Waste Compact •Energy Tax Credit Bill •Accommodations Tax •Health Care Power of Attorney •Prohibition of Nuclear Waste from Foreign Countries, •Education Improvement Act (EIA) •For further information: www. sc.edu/library/socar/uscs/1999/ keyser

death for six or seven years. One was the Accommodations Tax, which has brought millions of dollars to Beaufort. Another was the Living Will, so important to so many.

BL: What quality did you most admire


in the people you worked with in the Legislature? HK: They were intelligent, worked hard, and were willing to fight for change to move the state forward.

HK: Yes! I do get angry when I read

BL: Do you still get angry?

BL: What are the positive changes you

the paper and watch the legislature trying to reverse some of the things we accomplished, especially on environmental issues.

have seen over your lifetime in Beaufort? HK: Beaufort has become a cosmopolitan town with many, many interesting new people. It has lots of cultural outlets, good restaurants and so far we have managed to keep our natural resources and friendly tone . BL

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When Sara’ Reynolds Green left the family farm on St. Helena in 1969, she wasn’t planning to return •Story by BRUCE DONEFF Photos by TODD WOOD• “We all left, all six siblings. It was hard work, working in the fields as a child. Whenever we walked outside in the morning and saw that mother had all the hoes sharpened and lined up on the side of the house, our heads just dropped. We knew we had a long row to hoe today!”

The Family Farm Sara’s (pronounced Sa-RAH) great-great grandfathers—one on the maternal side, one on the paternal—each purchased 20 acres of land on St. Helena around 1892. The land has been in the family ever since, and Sara’ was born literally a stone’s throw from the house in which she and her husband, Bill Green, reside today. For generations, the families who lived on the land raised every animal and crop they could for sustenance and, if they were lucky, for a living. “Eight of us lived in that house,” Sara’ points to a modest one-story brick house, “and my parents and this farm put three of us through college.” Her’s is a story most of us only read about, but one that was quite common in Beaufort County over the last century. “My aunt had a grits mill, we took the corn to the mill to make grits and corn meal, the leftovers went to the animals, and the corn stalks to make potato banks. Sara’ was brought into this world by a cousin, Ms. Galley, a mid-wife. One of her grandmothers was also a mid-wife. Down the road

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was Mr. Shunga, a natural healer. “His house always smelled like garlic,” she smiled.

The Years Away After leaving in 1969, except for the occasional visit, Sara’ would be gone from St. Helena for 20 years. She graduated from college in Atlanta and then, as most of us do, she started her career—owning first a daycare and eventually a health food store—bought a house, got married, and the years slipped by. “When I left, I thought I would never come back. On three or four occasions I thought about moving back, but something always would come up. Then about the time the pull to return was growing stronger, my mother’s health began failing and a dispute arose about the ownership of our land.” It was time.

praise to God.” Today, the original property has been reduced to just over half of the original holding, one cousin and his siblings have 10 acres, and Sara’ and her four siblings have about 13 acres between them. All of Sara’s brothers and sisters left the island, but now she has returned to the land (along with a younger sister), coming full circle, but also embarking on a whole new chapter in her life.

A Project Takes Shape Upon return in 1989, Sara’ held a number of positions over the next decade—director of a daycare center and working for Head Start. In 1999, she joined the Beaufort County Public School system as a Social Worker.

thinking about how she could combine her career with her passion, the farm. The seeds of what would become Marshview Community Organic Farm came about with a beautification project. “I noticed travelling down Eddings Point Road that the sides of the road were filled with trash. I thought, ‘This is our community, we have got to keep it clean.’ So, Sara’ recruited students from the neighborhood and the two schools where she works, St. Helena Elementary and Coosaw Elementary, and clean it up they did. At the celebratory cookout after the clean-up, Sara’ introduced about eight of the students to her garden and the Young Farmers of the Low

Three Plantations Sara’ refers to her family’s land as part of a plantation. There were three plantations on this part of St. Helena—Croft, Mary Jenkins, and Eddings Point. The family farm is part of Mary Jenkins, and Mary Jenkins Road is what you travel on to Sara’s family’s land, once you leave Eddings Point Road. Sara’ takes delight in pointing out that each of the three plantations had its own Praise House, two of which still stand today. “Our elders were so close to God and they maintained that concept of first giving thanks and

The girls take a quick break from weeding the strawberry row.

She recently completed a Masters in Counseling and hopes to work as a guidance counselor in the future for the school district. All along the way, Sara’ was tending a garden each year on the land her great-great grandfathers had purchased nearly 120 years before. She was working with hundreds of children, and

Country was born.

Marshview Community Organic Farm By about 2005, it was time to expand from her one-woman garden back to a real farm. As a former health food store owner and vegetarian, organic seemed the way to go—but where to start?


“I noticed travelling down Eddings point road that the sides of the road were filled with trash. I thought, ‘This is our community, we have to keep it clean.’” -Sara’ Reynold Green

In 2006, Sara’ enrolled in a class aimed at securing official organic certification for her family’s land. The class was organized by SAAFON, the Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network. By the end of the class, she had nearly completed the extensive paperwork and documentation needed to apply for organic certification and, as luck would have it, SAAFON also paid the rather hefty $800 fee for the certification application. In 2007, Sara’ received organic certification for five acres of the family farm. She and the Young Farmer’s of the Low Country were ready for the next step: starting a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture farm. The Community Supported Agriculture Farm Takes Off Through word of mouth, Sara’ recruited 15 shareholders that first year. CSA shareholders pay a certain amount before the start of the season to help underwrite seeds, soil amendments, labor, whatever is needed. In return, shareholders receive a certain number of farm baskets of fresh produce, based on whatever is ready to pick, throughout the growing season. That first year Sara’, 15 Young Farmers, and shareholders volunteering their time produced about 15 different types of crops, focusing on traditional ones like greens, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and the like. In Year two, Sara’ increased the number of shareholder’s to where it is today, about 30. She and the Young Farmers listened to suggestions from shareholders and they planted a number of new varieties of cucumber, squash, herbs, and others. Several fruit trees were planted, and Sara’ negotiated agreements with local farmers to add more bounty to the weekly farm baskets, supplementing with blueberries and beans and onions The farm

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continued to grow with the financial support of shareholders and local organizations. In 2009, Marshview’s third year, volunteers built a greenhouse, so seedlings could be started much earlier and fall crops can be cultivated while the summer crops are finishing up. The farm really began to hit its stride purchasing more than two dozen laying hens, adding four bee hives, planting more fruit trees, and always expanding the variety of vegetables and herbs under cultivation. Also, at the end of 2009 the farm received funding from the Presbyterian Church, which helped secure needed equipment, materials, and seeds for the next year.

More Than Just Food Well into Marshview’s fourth year as a Community Supported Agriculture farm, the land produces an astonishing bounty of organic food from

Succulent and sweet strawberries ready for picking at Marshview Farms.

the 1.5 acres under cultivation: peaches, pears, apples, plums, figs, lemons, limes, tangerines, blueberries, strawberries, mint, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, squash, tomatoes, peppers, string beans, onions, cucumbers, okra, cantaloupe, watermelon, several lettuces, beets, a variety of greens, broccoli, radishes, corn, carrots,

cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, field peas, lima beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, spinach, eggs, honey, and various ornamental flowers. But for Sara’, it’s not just about the food. “We were blessed that we lived on this island, and our ancestors knew the importance of having land. After slavery, everyone wanted to get a piece of land, everyone wanted something that they could call their own because they had been living so long not having anything. The ability to have something was such a source of pride—to build your house and have a place for your family to grow.” “Those who grew up on the land, who had a love and a connection to the land held on to the land. Those who went away at an early age tend to have less of a connection to the land and often sell. That’s one of the reasons why we want to instill in these children a love for the land because as they gain access to the land they will

hold on to it and see the value of holding on to it and making that land productive for themselves.”

Young Farmers of the Low Country Rather quickly one can see that Sara’ has a comprehensive plan for the 15 Farmers of the Low Country currently working at Marshview—working on the farm, learning about agriculture; performing community service; accomplishing work and getting paid; learning responsibility, customer service, and how to deal with adults. “And we take them to church with us to learn about God’s laws too.” Each student farmer is asked to work on the farm three days during the week, as well as at some of the Friday farm basket pick-ups. The first hour of work is for community service (free), each hour of work is then paid a $5 “stipend”, and the final hour of work goes in the “bank” so at the end of the season each student

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Sara’s husband Bill on his tractor taking care of everyday work and maintenance at Marshview Farms.

has money for school supplies and uniforms. “I want these young people to come with a willingness to learn and I want them to display important character traits—no yelling, hitting, or using improper language. I want children who are dedicated. They are coming to the farm because they love what they are doing, not just the money. This is a community farm, emphasis on ‘community’, and learning how to work together and help each other.” Sara’ admits that sometimes it’s a challenge to keep the farmer students motivated. She works a full-time job and then at least four days a week she’s taking the students to and from Marshview and always instilling the lessons. “When you’re around children,

they’re like sponges, if they’re attuned to what you are saying you really can help them to become good citizens. There are so many opportunities to teach. In fact, the kids will say to me, ‘You teach all the time!’”

The Future for Marshview Along with Sara’ and the Young Farmers, shareholders contribute labor at the farm and in other ways helping with produce distribution, shareholder communications, fundraising, and other duties. In addition, Sara’s brothers and sisters, when in town, and husband Bill Green contribute a lot of labor and needed expertise in helping Marshview grow and prosper. “We also have a wonderful partnership with the Unitarian

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With help from the greenhouse, Marshview completed its first produce distribution early this year in mid-May; the chickens are producing around 20 dozen eggs per week; the fruit trees are bearing; and soon there will be honey. Bill Green, the owner of Gullah Grub, has started cooking classes for the Young Farmers, so they can learn different ways to deliciously prepare the fruits of their labor. Marshview will continue to maintain about 30 shareholders, before taking the farm to the next level by bringing more land under cultivation and taking steps to sell surplus produce at farmers markets. When asked about expansion, Sara’ is quick to remind, “I still work fulltime.� So for now, growth will be controlled. Occasionally, when Sara’ has a moment to ponder, her mind

comes back to the land and to the future. “It is my ultimate hope and prayer that this work will take root in one or two or three of them (the Young Farmers). First, they’ll start a garden of their own and then perhaps they’ll consider staying and working the land.â€? Closer to home, “My son has helped me on the farm, but it isn’t his love. I have some nephews who I’m working on, because I’m constantly thinking what’s going to happen to the farm when I’m gone. I hope there is someone in the family who will want to keep it going‌.â€? For now, Marshview and Sara’ are doing just fine and making a real difference in many lives. “Ultimately, I just want to bring forth fruits and vegetables that will feed and sustain the children. Let them see this is how you maintain a good quality of life, enjoy it, feel happy, and live in harmony with nature and God.â€?

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Marshview Community Organic Farm Facts •Established in 2007 as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organic farm •5 acres certified organic; 1.5 acres currently under cultivation •Certified organic means anything put into the soil must be organic and non-treated; yearly re-certifications are performed •Approximately 50 types of fruits, vegetables, and herbs produced; plus eggs, honey, and flowers •30 shareholders, seasonal shares are $280 •Shareholders receive at least 14 farm baskets of a variety of produce and fruits through the end of the growing year, usually in November •Shareholders are asked to contribute at least 7 hours labor each season •15 Young Farmers of the Low Country contribute labor 3-4 days/week For more information, call Sara’ Reynolds Green, Director, Marshview Community Organic Farm, 812-0202

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The South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has awarded its 2010 DHEC Earth Day Award to the Friends of Hunting Island State Park, Inc. (FOHI) for its Anti Litter events and companion environmental education and stewardship programs during 2009. The awards were presented by Commissioner C. Earl Hunter at the April 14th awards presentation ceremony at SCDHEC’s headquarters in Columbia to FOHI representatives former litter control Board member, Karen Whitehead who was instrumental in implementing the multi anti litter programs; present litter control Board member, Vicki Anne Nestor; FOHI President, Bonnie Wright; and HISP ranger, Ben Holmes. Each year for the past 15 years FOHI has conducted two major clean-ups, in the spring and fall, of Hunting Island State Park. During 2009, a record number of 373 volunteers for the two events collected over 1,000 pounds of trash from the beach, lagoon and trails, and an additional 4,000 pounds of cabin debris. This unusual cabin debris was the result of the collapse of several beachfront cabins due to erosion. Lending major support to FOHI members are several youth groups who return each year to help. These groups include Wade-Hampton High School, Junior Navy ROTC students, the Interact community service group of high school students, and several Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs. Also returning each year are members of The Rotary Club of the Low Country who grill hamburgers and hotdogs for all the hard working volunteers. The judges also evaluated applicants on how they embodied the spirit of Earth Day. On a day-to-day basis, the Friends’ nearly 800 member families, allvolunteer organization walks the walk and talk the talk of environmental stewardship either directly, through the activities at the park or indirectly through our community outreach programs and our in-kind and direct monetary contributions to the park’s projects. During 2009 FOHI hit a new record of 12,130 hours dedicated to helping park management and staff enrich the park experience of over 1.2 million visitors annually.


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Luther’s – Rare and Well Done, Indeed!

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t Luther’s Rare & Well Done, a bar and restaurant on Bay Street in Beaufort, photographs of Charles Luther (18761960) and his wife, Julie Jernigan Luther (1888-1969), are over a mantelpiece in the building once used as a pharmacy bought by “Doc” Luther in 1906. In 1941 it was sold to Luther’s nephew, and continued to operate as a pharmacy and general merchandise store until the early 1980’s. Luther’s became a restaurant and bar in 2001. It was purchased in 2005 and is now owned and run by the Stavac family: Ron, his wife Bev, and their son, Mike – better known as Stretch. Known in the community as a Cheers type bar, Luther’s is a favorite among the locals who can be found there at any hour of the day. Although not officially open until 11 a.m., Luther’s is home to a breakfast club who wander in as early as 6:30 for a cup of coffee and conversation. Occasionally someone will bring in a breakfast to share

before the kitchen opens. Every morning one of the regulars eats his shredded wheat and bananas at home and takes his morning walk which culminates in three beers at the bar. “Breakfast Beer?” “No, I already had cereal.” The atmosphere in Luther’s is relaxed and casual. The Bay Street side dining room is wood paneled with lots of old photographs of Beaufort, and a marsh scene mural on one wall. The main bar room, which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway with an incredible view of the bend in the river, sports patches of plaster over exposed brick tile on the walls. The high and low sided bar, which is centered in the room and seats about thirty, adds architectural interest. Tables along the walls, and outside on the deck and terrace, combine to seat a total of one hundred and thirty six customers. The entire bar used to be at the lower height but as an experiment, the Stavacs raised one side of the bar because Bev wanted high stools. Pleased with the effect of both heights, they left it that way. The local clientele seems to favor the high side but one gentleman said, “At my age, I prefer the lower seats; the chairs are easier to get into and they’re comfy – like dining room chairs.” The liquor bottles now nestle behind the higher side. Where were they stored before? Ron says, “We used to only have mini-bottles Ribs, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, steaks and a cold beer are among the delicious favorites on the menu at Luther’s.

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in South Carolina, so they fit behind the lower sides of the bar. But now we can have full size bottles, minis, and a mixture, so we have a mixture.” The bar drink menu includes an innovative selection of specialty cocktails, nine red wines, twelve white wines, one champagne, thirty three beers/ales in bottles, five draft beers, and two non-alcoholic beers. All of the above are cheerfully and expertly served by the staff wearing the Luther’s t-shirt which features an “Rx” in a martini/champagne glass bubbling up into the phrase “For What Ales You.” Every night a different drink special is offered and Thursday, Friday and Saturday they feature live local and regional entertainment, for which there is never a cover charge. Luther’s caters to military customers and offers a discount to new graduates of Parris Island. The Stavacs fell in love with Beaufort twenty two years ago. They had ten vacation days and drove down here from their home in New Jersey to visit friends. Ron said they thought they would “Just look, not buy” a house or property. But the first house they saw at Coosaw Estates on Lady’s Island captured their hearts. They bought it on that trip and rented it out for the next ten years. Twelve years ago Ron retired from the police force in Tom’s River, New Jersey. “The night of my retirement party, we got on I-95 and headed south.” When they get settled here, Bev worked at Publix and then Hemingways


Bistro. Son Stretch followed in 1999 and got a job bar tending at Luther’s for the previous owners. Another son, Ron Jr., also followed, having transferred here from New Jersey with his job as a mailman. Ron and Bev have two other sons, Robert, who lives in New Jersey, Todd, in Virginia, and a daughter, Dawn, who lives in Florida. Five years ago, the owners of Luther’s approached Stretch and asked him if the family would like to buy the restaurant. On March 18, 2005, it was theirs. They had no experience in owning a restaurant but Bev had skills from working at Hemingways, and Stretch was already well known since he had started there as a bartender in 2001 and then became manager. When asked what he likes about owning Luther’s, Ron responded “It’s cool! I’ve made a lot of friends. When I used to come here, I thought it would be neat to own. It’s been an experience!” The family takes turns covering the hours; Ron starts at six to get things ready and stays through the morning, Bev is there during the day, and Stretch covers the night until closing at 2 a.m. Luther’s is Stretch’s legacy; he looks forward to his plans to take it over so his parents can

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enjoy their retirement. When not working, Ron likes to fish, work on the house and garden, and “dabble in construction. My garage is full of tools.” Bev also likes to garden and travels to spend time with the grandchildren. The crowd that frequents Luther’s is diverse. “Every bar/restaurant in town has its own local following” according to Ron. Luther’s followers like the friendly, family atmosphere. High school students come in for lunch. Dogs are welcome on the outside patio. A couple came in and asked if their black Lab

could sit with them outside. The server replied “Yes, and there should be a water bowl out there. How many are you? Two?” “Well,” the couple replied, “actually three.” Locals and tourists alike enjoy the food and ambiance. With nine televisions in the bar and one in the front room, Ron said “I don’t know that you’d call this a sports bar, but it is a sports bar/ restaurant.” Whatever the sport or event, it is on the television with multiple games such as football and baseball on the different screens in season. Evel Knieval’s son, Robbie, is the favorite famous customer. There is a poster of Robbie on the wall and Ron and Bev have travelled to several locations to watch him perform his daredevil stunts. The food menu at Luther’s is varied and includes burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, local fish, and comfort foods. Most popular are their burgers, ribs, pork chops and steaks. The signs above the doors read “Luther’s Rare & Well Done.” Since they are known for their steaks and burgers, this is apropos; but the double entendre is perfect because it is a rare gem of a local bar/restaurant and the food, service and atmosphere are, indeed, well done.

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Breakwater 203 Carteret Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-0052 www.breakwater-restaurant. com Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 304 Robert Smalls Parkway Beaufort, SC 29906 (843)982-6277 Caffino Drive Thru Cafe’ 2153 Boundary Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-1019 Facebook: Caffino Drive Thru Cafe Cat Island Grill & Pub 8 Waveland Avenue Beaufort, SC 29907 (843)524-4653 www.sanctuarygolfcatisland. com Whether your looking for formal or casual dining, the Beaufort area offers some of the region’s finest foods.


Dining Guide City Java & News 301 Carteret Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-JAVA Gullah Grub Restaurant 877 Sea Island Pkwy (Rt 21) St. Helena Island, SC 29920 (843)838-3841 Groupers Restaurant & Bar 71 Sea Island Parkway On Factory Creek Lady’s Island, SC 29907 (843)379-3288 Junsei Japanese Cuisine 2127-2 Boundary Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-5525

Luther’s Rare And Well Done 910 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 843)521-1888 www.lowcountrydining.com Marketplace News Sandwich & Ice Cream Cafe 917 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 www.themarketplacenews. com Mizu Japanese Restaurant 1370 South Ribaut Road Port Royal, SC 29935 (843)524-8884

Kathleen’s Grille 822 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)524-2500

Moe’s Southwest Grill 2015 Boundary Street, Ste 1A Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-4334

Kooky Mooky’s Ice Cream /Sandwich Shop 101 Scott Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)521-4445

Nippy’s Fish 310 West Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-8555 Facebook: Nippy’s Fish

Where the Old Country meets the Low Country

926 Bay Street • On Waterfont Park

843.379.0300 www.paniniscafe.net

Palm & Moon Bagel Co. 221 Scott Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-9300

Piace Pizza 5B Market, Habersham Beaufort, SC 29906 843)379-EATS (3287)

Panini’s Cafe’ 926 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-0300

Plums 904 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)525-1946 www.plumsrestaurant.com

Good Things Happen Over Coffee

Complimentary WiFi For Our Guests

(843)379-7676

• Excellent Fresh Roasted Coffee • Full Service Espresso Bar • Assorted Fresh Baked Goods • Wholesale Coffee & Gifts • Fruit Smoothies & Frappes Old Village of Port Royal / 914 Paris Avenue

843-379-2332

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Dining Guide The best foods in Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands

Where The Locals Go...

Casual Dining With A Beautiful Waterfront View, Located In The Historic District... Serving The Best Steaks,

Pizza, Pasta & Seafood Featuring Classic Italian Cuisine Monday thru Saturday beginning 8:30AM 859 Sea Island Pkwy St. Helena, SC 29920

p 843-838-3188 bellaluna@embarqmail.com

Ribs & Chops In Town.

Rosie O’Grady’s Irish Pub 2127 Boundary Street, Ste 3 Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-7676 Saltus River Grill 802 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-3474 www.saltusrivergrill.com

Locally Grown

Discover What’s Fresh, Discover What’s Best! Plums Inc. prides itself on bringing superior taste, quality and freshness to the table, thanks to its partnerships with local farmers.

We thank our friends at Habersham, Dempsey and Seaside Farms for helping us provide elite culinary experiences year after year.

Shoofly Kitchen 1209 Boundary Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-9061 Southern Graces at Beaufort Inn 809 Port Republic Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-0555 The Olde Towne Coffeehaus 914 Paris Avenue Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-2332

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Open 7 Days A Week 11:00 AM - 2 AM

VOTED BEST BAR & TAVERN 4 YEARS!

843-521-1888

910 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC

*To Feature Your Restaurant In Our Dining Guide, Call One Of Our Sales Reps Today! Julie (912)6574120 or Judy (843)4222591

The Smokey Chef Restaurant 81 Sea Island Parkway Beaufort, SC 29907 (843)521-4557 www.smokeychef.com The Upper Crust 97 Sea Island Parkway, Ste 201 Beaufort, SC 29907 (843)521-1999 Wren Bistro Bar & Market 210 Carteret Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)524-9463 Historic Downtown Beaufort

Plums Inc. (843) 986-5092 www.plumsinc.com

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials FULL SERVICE BAR WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Zaxby’s 210 Robert Smalls Pkwy Beaufort, SC 29906 (843)379-2100

Best waterfront view in Beaufort! Lunch 11am - Dinner 5pm Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm • LocaL SeafooD • SuccuLent SteakS • freSh LocaL ProDuce 71 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island Marina

(843) 379-3288


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Your special day deserves an exceptional setting. With the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop while the sun begins to drift toward the horizon, weddings at Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort are the perfect location for brides to live out their storybook wedding. Our staff of wedding specialists understands the importance of that dream and makes it easy for the bride and groom to spend the days before their nuptials enjoying family and friends. We can help you create your own unique experience with catering of bridesmaid lunches, spa treatments, a bridal scavenger hunt, charter fishing or golf for the groomsmen on two of South Carolina’s top ranked golf courses. For more information please call 877-582-6962 or visit www.frippislandresort.com. We’re here to bring your dream to life.

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How To Look Great On Your Wedding Day by Melanie Mendelson, www.weddingzone.net Looking great on your wedding day means being radiant, relaxed, and ready to start a brand new existence with the person whom you’ve chosen to spend your life with. Your hair, nails, makeup, dress - and how you look in that dress - are all part of becoming the bride you want to be on that special day. Since pictures taken on that day remain part of your life forever, it’s important to look and feel your best. Your dress is one of the most important items in your wedding plans, so make sure you take enough time to choose one that suits you - not your best friend, not your bridesmaids, and not your mother. For the day of your wedding, you’ll want a dress in which you can stand, walk and dance in without worrying about “wardrobe malfunctions” or causing you discomfort. Allow necessary time if you decide on having the dress made, but even if bought “off the rack,” you’ll need to factor in time for tailoring and any adjustments. You don’t want to overpower your dress and headpiece with a flamboyant hair style or color that overwhelms everything else. Keep it simple and classic, and remember to practice the look you want at home or with your stylist before the wedding day. Have your nails professionally manicured the day before the wedding. This is one thing you don’t want to do far in advance. Reduce the chances of a broken nail, chipped polish, or if using applied nails, one coming off, by having your manicure as late as possible. If you are not inclined toward colored polishes or long

fingernails, make sure they are neatly trimmed, filed, polished, and buffed. Your hands will be a focus of attention when showing off that new wedding ring and for photos! Makeup is the last thing you’ll need to worry over, and that comes on the big day, itself. Don’t try to transform yourself into a different person with dramatic eye makeup or garish lipstick. Make the real you look better! Use a slightly heavier hand than with your usual daytime makeup so your photos won’t have you appearing washed-out looking, but don’t overdo it. And if your wedding is at night, with more subtle lighting, apply makeup as though you were going to a club or restaurant at night - a little heavier than daytime, but not much! Avoid deep red lipstick as well as too-pale pink. Frosted eyeshadows or lipsticks are definite no-nos. Buy fresh mascara to avoid clumping. Also, if you have sensitive skin, this is NOT the time to try a new brand. The last thing you want to do is head for the alter with blotches or zits thanks to an allergic reaction. The night before your wedding is not the time for partying so get eight hours of restful sleep. If you’re having a rehearsal dinner, or a bachelorette bash, make sure that it ends early. Drink moderately or, better yet, not at all. Bloodshot eyes and a banging hangover will not make for a fun wedding. Don’t gourge yourself the night before because we all know that there are strange forces at work which will try to make your wedding gown just a wee bit snug in the morning. To overcome excitement and nerves, try taking a long walk - it can help with pre-nuptial jitters. A relaxing bath with soothing background music, a cup of herbal tea, and you should be ready to doze off with images of a happy future marriage in your dreams. With these tips, you’re sure to have the perfect wedding day. Just don’t oversleep and miss it!

Weddings with a personal touch...

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Fine Lowcountry Catering Caviar Sunflower

Capturing The Moment Paul Nurnberg, Nurnberg Photography, LLC www.nurnbergphotography.com (912)429-0189

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Wedding Gown Basics

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by Mary Liu, VowsForever.com Wedding gowns come in multiple styles and fabrics, and you should choose one that represents both the ceremony style (formal, semi-formal, or informal) as well as your personal tastes. Traditional wedding Photo by PA U L N U R N B E R G gown styles include Ball Gown, Empire, Basque, and A-Line. A Ball gown resembles “Cinderella’s” dress with a big poofy skirt. The Empire has a high waist (cropped just under the bust line) with a flared skirt. The Basque comes in both the “U” or the “V” shape, with the waist just below the natural waistline. And, the A-Line resembles the shape of an “A,” slimmer up top and widening as you go further down. Some of the more popular fabrics include satin, velvet, lace, tissue taffeta, chiffon, and linen. Satin is wonderful for fall and winter, but may be too hot and heavy for summer months, especially in warmer climates. Chiffon and linen, on the other hand, are great light summer fabrics. Lace and tissue taffeta are very popular for spring while the rich feel of velvet is appropriate for fall and winter.

WEDDING STORIES Beaufort Lifestyle wants the story of your wedding day. If you are from the Beaufort area, and have an upcoming wedding, Beaufort Lifestyle would like to feature a short story with accompanying photos from your wedding day. Please contact Todd Wood via email: todd@idpmagazines.com to schedule your wedding story submission. Wedding stories not limited to events outside of Beaufort. Destination weddings or out of town weddings acceptable as well, as long as bride and/or groom lives in Beaufort area. Send us your info soon, as space is limited.

Bitty’s Flower Shop, Inc.

Striving to make your wedding a timeless memory… Specializing in Lowcountry and pave` style arrangements. Unique and unusual floral designs Gifts for the home and garden

Full service wedding and event consultation (by appointment). Wedding ceremonies performed on our premises or at your location.

1202 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

(800) 809-6999 • (843) 524-4547

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Southern Graces At The Beaufort Inn

Wow Weddings...

Extraordinary Events Indulgent Food Fabulous Florals Delicious Design Luxurious Accommodations

(843) 379-0555

www.southerngracescatering.com

Please join us for our Spring Menu at The Beaufort Inn Monday - Friday 11-3pm and for our Fabulous Sunday Brunch! For reservations call 843-379-0555 1st Year Anniversary Spring Supper Club on Friday, April 23rd. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30pm with Live Music in The Tabby Garden. Dinner at 7:00pm with our Beaufort Bliss Dessert Bar to follow! $40 per person, call 379-0555 to make your reservation.

Call 843.379.INNS (4667) to book your luxurious accommodations in Beaufort’s most exquisite historic inn & gardens www.beaufortinn.com


Dreaming Of a Winning Smile? Actual Patients of Dr. Burris

Winning Orthodontic Smiles

Dr. A.G. (Skeet) Burris and Staff

Orthodontic Specialist for Children and Adults 960 Ribaut Road Beaufort, SC 29902

843.525.6228

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