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Mike Hudson and Gibbes McDowell document a history relatively unknown to the Sea Islands.

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Ron Tucker and Beaufort Film Society getting ready for Fifth Annual Event.

17 Set Decorating

Brooke Brunson shares her passion for designing sets for Army Wives.

Vivacious Casting Assistant 22 28 24 Get Ready To Shag Again

John McGowan details working with Barbara Streishand and others in locally filmed movies.

Terry Sweeney and Lanier Laney talk about writing comedy and the classic “Shag”.

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Mary Elias determines whether “No Animals were Harmed” or not.

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05 Publisher’s Thoughts 07 Editor’s Letter 45 Dining Guide 49 Low Country Weddings

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35 Health & Wellness

A guide to the areas finest health and wellness businesses.

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P U B L I S H E R ’ S Thoughts

On the Cover

Mike Hudson and Gibbes McDowell expose a relatively unkown history of our area in their documentary Sea Island Secrets, A Journey Through Time.

-Cover Photo by TODD WOOD

February Is A Great Month! The new year has gotten started with a bang. I cannot believe we are already into February. Time certainly can get away from us. February just happens to be one of my favorite months. I have had many reasons for this….one, it is my sister’s birthday…..two, it is my parent’s anniversary….and three, it is my birthday! Yes, my family is always very busy in February. Now, I have a new reason for February to be one of my favorite months, the Beaufort International Film Festival. Last year was my first experience with the Film Festival and I had a blast. I met some really terrific people and was very honored to have been invited to all of the wonderful festivities. Ron Tucker does an amazing job with this festival. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism had by each person I encountered throughout the festivities. Ron’s staff of volunteers are very dedicated and exemplary! After a full year of publishing Beaufort Lifestyle, we felt we had a good feel for the community and the different activities that make Beaufort the unique place that it is. At our annual planning session, we decided to take our new found knowledge of Beaufort and apply that to what we do best….publish Beaufort Lifestyle around this community. Hence, our first “themed” publication…..Film Festival and Health and Wellness. At the one year anniversary party for our Beaufort Lifestyle, Todd and I got the opportunity to speak with Ron Tucker. Of course we got on the subject of the film festival. Ron just lights up when you ask him questions about his passion! In our conversation, Ron shared with us about all the people who live right here in Beaufort that have made some aspect of film making their job. We talked about all the “behind the scenes” folks…the set designers, the special effects guys, the set painters, the animal caregivers, the writers, the casting directors……and we have some of these guys right here at home! What better way to bring you an issue about our film festival? What better way than to feature these terrific “behind the scenes” guys? Thanks Ron Tucker for your help with the story ideas. I am sure each of you readers will enjoy this issue, and be amazed at the talent you have living right here at your back door!

Julie Hales, PUBLISHER

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In the Spirit of the Beaufort International Film Festival: What is Your Favorite Movie of all Time? Mary Ellen Thompson

- For years my romantic and melancholy side has loved “Les Parapluies deCherbourg”. Catherine Deneuve, always so beautiful, debuted in this film. Entirely sung, in French, the music is hauntingly beautiful. A story of love, lost. I no longer like films where love doesn’t win. So now, I choose “A Fish Called Wanda”: Kevin Kline being outrageously male; John Cleese who can do clueless better than anyone; and Jamie Lee Curtis, snappishly fine once again. Wonderfully funny.

Cindy Reid

- My favorite movie is “Tender Mercies”, a 1983 film starring Robert Duvall, Tess Harper and Betty Buckley. A broken down country singer washes up at a small motel in Texas and slowly turns his life around. The movie is the story of brokenness made whole through the power of love and trust. It is the hymn “Amazing Grace” in movie form and I have probably thought of it every week of my life.

Susan Deloach

- I, like most women, am a sucker for a good love story so, I would have to say that my favorite movie

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is “Message in a Bottle” with Kevin Costner, Robin Wright and Paul Newman. It is a story about a newspaper researcher who stumbles on a story of a letter found in a bottle. As the story develops the main character, Theresa becomes determined to meet the author of the letters and sets out to find him. I love how Theresa’s “job” of getting a story for a newspaper becomes so much more. It becomes her reality with real emotions such as passion, pain and remorse. I admire the stretch of the characters in their pursuit of happiness, resolve and closure. The cinematography was very enjoyable and relatable due to similarities to this area. So, if you have not seen Message in a Bottle, I recommend you watch it with a warm blanket on a cold afternoon and someone you love close by.

Gina Haubenstein

- I recall sitting on the floor as “The Wizard of Oz” started, yelling to my mother that I did not want to watch a black and white movie. Of course as soon as Dorothy stepped out of her tornado-toppled house, the colors exploded and so did my excitement. The characters in the movie travel the yellow brick road in search of the things they desire in life. As the road takes its twists and turns (life‘s trials and tribulations), the characters find out they already possess what they desire. A not to subtle reminder that we do, as well.

John Wollwerth

- My favorite movie is “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” There is so much depth to the characters and so many great lines, that each time I see it, I pick up something new. Plus the dialogue keeps me laughing through the entire movie. The ridiculous nature of the situations keeps my interest and doesn’t leave any slow spots in the film.

Pictured below - Susan DeLoach, Mary Ellen Thompson, John Wollwerth and Cindy Reid. Not pictured - Paul Nurnberg and Gina Haubenstein.


E D I TOR’S Letter

Discovering the areas treasures February/March 2011 Julie Hales owner/publisher julie@idpmagazines.com Todd Wood managing editor todd@idpmagazines.com Freda Harris account executive freda@idpmagazines.com Lane Gallegos graphic design lane@idpmagazines.com Penny Redmond distribution l 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 Boundary Street, Suite 328 Beaufort, SC 29902. Letters to the editor must have a phone number and name of contact. Phone numbers will not be published. CALENDAR SECTION We’re looking for your information about clubs, organizations, events and meetings. For events in in April/May 2011, copy must be submitted by March 9, 2011. For events in in June/July 2011 (Water Festival), copy must be submitted by May 11, 2011. Please email all copy to todd@idpmagazines.com. 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. 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 . Beaufort Lifestyle is published bimonthly by Independence Day Publishing, Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part in any manner without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Beaufort Lifestyle One Beaufort Town Center 2015 Boundary Street, Suite 328 Beaufort, SC 29901 (843) 379-8696

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t seems like yesterday we were preparing for the 2010 Beaufort International Film Festival. Now, we are only weeks away from the highly anticipated Fifth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival. I guess the old saying “Time flies when you are having fun” holds more truth than we give it credit. Call me biased, but I just love working on this issue. I guess it’s because movies and video are so closely related to still photography, and with the recent advent of video capability on DSLRs, the two have become even more closely related. There have been some fun journeys and exciting adventures in documenting the talented folks who are featured on the following pages. Over the past few months, we have followed these folks to sets and location shooting to bring you a “Behind the Scenes” look at the film and producing work that normally never makes it to the screen. So often we get wrapped up in the big name actors and stories being told that we forget there are hundreds of people collaborating behind the scenes for our entertainment. They are set decorators, special effects crews, animal safety representatives, casting assistants, camera persons and directors. In this issue, we have featured several Beaufort area residents that work on sets of various programs, movies and projects. Many of you will recognize some of them, while others you will be learning about for the first time. Nevertheless, we had a great time putting this issue together in conjunction with the Beaufort International Film Festival, which is set for February 16-19, 2011. If you did not attend last years screenings, workshops and Awards Gala, do not miss this year’s. It is an excellent opportunity to view independent films from local, national and international film makers, which will this year represent 24 countries. So grab some popcorn, and go to www.beaufortfilmfestival.com to get your tickets.

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cover story Mike Hudson & Gibbes McDowell

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Mike Hudson (left) and Gibbes McDowell (right) discussing more filming options during low tide near McDowell’s fishing camp which sits on an old Indian shell mound.


Story by MARY ELLEN THOMPSON • Photos by TODD WOOD

Behind the Scenes Documentary duo Mike Hudson and Gibbes McDowell bring to light a history of the Sea Islands that had been lost.

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tep back..... in time. Back to the days before slavery, before the days of French colonists and Spanish explorers. Further back. Before recorded history. Mike Hudson and Gibbes McDowell have made a one hour documentary, “Sea Island Secrets, A Journey Through Time,” which spins us back about 4,000 years to when Indians occupied the barrier islands protecting what is now Beaufort, South Carolina. Rich with artifacts and echos of times gone so long that, until recently, this history has not only been lost, but unknown altogether. The photography and effects in this film transport us to a time and place when those early inhabitants had absolutely nothing at all that they didn’t create out of nature. As you watch, imagine that you are sitting by the fire in the opening scene, surveying the landscape that does not yield you food, drinking water, or shelter, without work and skill. What tool do you imagine was fashioned to open the oysters they ate, which we so easily pry apart with the point of a knife? Who were these Indians, how did they get here, and where did they go? Thanks to the research and documentary of Hudson and McDowell, the expertise of Dr. Chester DePratter of the University of South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology at USC in Columbia, and a host of other experts and supportive people and organizations, the Indian’s existence here is being unearthed, literally. What we are learning in the documentary is that these Indians lived on our very own sea islands, as well as in other coastline locations. They were hunter/gatherer Indians; we know they ate oysters,

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conch, crabs, and fish. We know they made pottery, and fashioned tools out of shells and animal bones. “Lost to time, our only glimpse of their lives is through studying the artifacts they left behind in campsites, middens and their mysterious shell rings.” says McDowell. The first site of discovery that initiated this project was on McDowell’s fish camp near Hunting Island. He was digging post holes when he found conch shells with the backs knocked out for extracting the conch, and he found pottery shards. Intrigued with his discovery, he contacted Dr. DePratter, and within a short period of time, the voyage to discovery was under way. Dr. DePratter looked at infrared satellite photos, identified and scribed an area from St. Helena Sound to Port Royal Sound, and from St. Helena Island to the beach. This area, about 15 miles by four miles, was targeted for exploration. In the documentary, Dr. DePratter informs us: “When you look east from St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, SC, you are looking at an area of marsh and islands covering over 30,000 acres. Those marshes appear to have been there forever, but 5,000 years ago those marshes and islands did not exist. Instead, the Atlantic Ocean lapped against St. Helena Island’s eastern shore. Over time, as sea level rose and fell, new islands formed, marshes grew behind them, and with each passing century the ocean’s shoreline moved farther east, toward where it is today - five miles east of Saint Helena Island. Native Americans moved onto these islands.” Gibbes McDowell and Mike Hudson met each other in Steamers Restaurant in early 2005. Their partnership formed, when according to McDowell, “We talked, found that our interests converged, and the idea for this film birthed itself.” Hudson and McDowell are both executive producers of the film, Hudson is also director, special effects coordinator, and camera operator. Hudson’s areas of expertise are the film, technical, and creative aspects; McDowell’s contributions are that he is an expert guide, outdoorsman and owner of the fish camp used as the base of operations. Assisting with this project are: The Beaufort County Historical Society helping with grants for this and future projects; in-kind editing assistance was provided by SCE-TV; and Hunting Island State Park, which is considering establishing an adventure kayak trail around some of these islands.

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A piece of Indian pottery found while filming the documentary, “Sea Island Secrets.”

Mike Hudson came to Beaufort from California in 1989. At that time, in addition to his job as a flight instructor at the Beaufort County and Hilton Head Island Airports, he supplemented his income by working on the “Lady Liz,” a shrimp boat docked at the Gay Fish Company on St. Helena Island. “I loved being outdoors!” In 1991, Thomas Miller, unit production manager, and Barbara Streisand, producer/director/actress, for “Prince of Tides” were looking for a boat to be used in the movie, and met Hudson. This meeting led to his inclusion in the film. Hudson was first mate on the “Tide Runner,” the shrimp boat used in the movie, and was the marine coordinator for all the shrimp boat scenes. “I wandered into it, I had no plans to work in the movie business but I fell in love with it!” Currently, Mike Hudson is a special effects technician/coordinator for feature films, television shows, videos and commercials. He is the producer/director of five films/documentaries, and the prop maker for five feature films as well as television, videos and commercials. Raised in Marietta, GA, Hudson went into the Navy where he was an airborne mine countermeasures specialist; more simply put, he went on missions that destroyed the mines that blew up ships; he flew helicopters, he saw mines blow up, he had a background in explosives and he was a flight instructor. Not much more fertile ground than that to spark the flame of interest in special effects! “My dad was an Air Force pilot and then an airline pilot; he was a very strong influence. I first flew a plane at age fifteen. When I was growing up we would go on vacations to Disneyland in

California. We went on the first back lot tour of Universal Studios; I got to see all the special effects from the tram ride and thought, that’s really cool! We spent time together building kit radios and radio controlled things.” So now we see that he had the knowledge to control things from a distance, and a background in explosives. No wonder Hudson so enjoyed working on the special effects for the next movie he was involved with, “Forrest Gump”. There was a hurricane scene in which the shrimp boat was tossed and turned but actually never left the dock. Then there were all the Vietnam scenes filmed out on Fripp Island: bombs exploding, bullet hits, gas explosions, and all sorts of good blow-emup stuff! The crew was actually following a course design for the Davis Love golf course during the filming of the simulated napalm hit - gas and a primer cord burned an area about 30 yards wide and 800 feet long to create the fairways. “It was great fun getting to play with the big boy toys!” Hudson said. In addition to the many notable movies and shows with which Hudson has been associated, he also works with the company, Strategic Operations, a San Diego California based company. He travels over the southeast and sets up pyrotechnics for them (see “Strategic Operations Capabilities Video” at: www.strategic-operations.com). “It saves the lives of our women and men fighting overseas, and we are more than happy to hear that from many service men and women who did not yet have the experience of being in a combat environment.” While Hudson is busy blowing up things, directing, producing, creating, and traveling for weeks or months at a time, his wife, Lisa, holds down the home fort. “I married Lisa in 1997 and since then I have always had her unwavering love and support with my endeavors in the entertainment industry. She has made great sacrifices that allow me to follow my dreams and I could never thank her enough,” he says. This declaration of love, and supportive statement, is indicative of Hudson’s character. He is hard working, dedicated, loyal to his greater team, and generally the kind of man you know you can count on to be his word personally and professionally, and get the job done right. “My goals for the future are to continue my work doing what I love: special effects; and to move more into the path of producing and directing.” Gibbes McDowell, a native of Beaufort,

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Behind the Scenes The Beaufort International Film Festival Celebrates Five years. More Films and Fun and a New Screenwriters Workshop

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he Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) is a celebration of student and independent cinema from all over the United States and abroad. With its richly-deserved reputation as the beautiful Low Country setting for a vast array of major motion pictures, the Festival seeks to honor up and coming filmmakers and attract new film production to Beaufort’s lovely environs.

All About the Filmmakers For 2011, the Festival again will welcome filmmakers, producers, and other film professionals from around the world. The Festival jury received over 200 submissions from 24 countries, and film finalist representatives from the United States and a number of those countries will be in attendance at the festivities 16-20 February This year, the Film Festival organizers are privileged to present the first-ever Jean Ribaut Excellence in Music for Film Award to American Composer Charles Denler. In addition, the Festival will give the inaugural Santini Patriot Spirit Award to Hollywood Director and Producer Jonathan Flora for his documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good”. This new “Santini Award” recognizes that filmmaker whose film reflects positively on the men and women serving proudly in our armed forces. Beaufort residents will recall that “Lt. Dan”, Gary Sinise, and his band thrilled a huge audience at the Shrimp Festival in October of last year.

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feature Ron Tucker & Film Festival story Ron Tucker (far left) reviews footage while shooting the video promo for the Beaufort International Film Festival. The video was shot at Fripp Plantation. See the video in full visit www.beaufortfilmfestival.com

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Left - Ron Tucker liking what he sees from cameraman Steve Cooney. Below - Carly Ware and Eliott Chucta, playing the parts of “Jenny” and “Forrest” for the Beaufort International Film Festival video promo. Bottom - Ron Tucker says it is time for action!

Building on Past Success The line-up of films for the 5th Annual Film Festival is as diverse as it is superb. Beaufort Festival guests have demonstrated a keen appreciation for excellent, independent movies, and this year they’ll be able to enjoy 33 films, ranging from shorts and animation to documentaries and full-length features, to be screened February 17-19 at the Lady’s Island Cinemas. Check “http://www.beaufortfilmfestival.com” www. beaufortfilmfestival.com for the full Festival event and screening schedule. The diversity of the films and their timeliness will delight attendees: the feature “A Marine Story” will press buttons for many regarding the recent repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; there are two documentaries discussing the topic of accessible guns and bombs in America—“Living for 32”, a Sundance-accepted film, is about the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, and “Pray for Eric” is about the Olympic bomber Eric Rudolf; there are films about China, the American military in war zones, child slavery, AIDS, and the US water supply and what we must do to protect it. The Festival even has a screenplay about Carolina moonshine.

The Beaufort Film Connection Though it has been far too long since a major feature film has been made along our tidal creeks and shaded by our nurturing live oaks, the 2011 Beaufort International Film Festival has a very strong Beaufort film contingent. Michael Givens, a celebrated filmmaker, is a finalist in the Features category for his work filmed in the Palmetto State, “Angel Camouflaged”. Teresa Bruce, a screenwriter on the rise, is a finalist for the second year in a row with her treatment, “The Scarlet Registry”.

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Michael Hudson, talented in so many aspects of the movie-making business, is a finalist in the Documentary category with his film, “Sea Island Secrets, A Journey Through TIme.” In addition to these local daughters and sons, the perennial powerhouse up the road, the North Carolina School of the Arts, has several Finalist films again this year.

Kickin’ it Up a Notch The Beaufort International Film Festival has doubled in attendance every year since its founding. With over 4,000 people attending in 2010, keeping that record going should prove a worthy challenge. Ron Tucker, BIFF Executive Director, is game to give it a try, “We have fantastic films, a new Screenwriters Workshop on Thursday evening, and there are some fascinating, talented movie people coming to town. This is all about the filmmakers and, we hope, helping to bring the film business back to Beaufort. We hope to see everyone there. You’ll have a wonderful time.”

Tickets for the Film Festival are available at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the Arsenal Building, visit online at www.beaufortfilmfestival.com , or call 843-525-8500.


Flora to Receive Santini Award

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onathan Flora is an award-winning producer with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, also directing commercials and music videos. A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division and serving 12 years in the military, Jonathan received his B.S.A. in Television Performance and Production (Telecommunications) from Ohio University. Following three years as a radio sports broadcaster in Southern Ohio, Jonathan returned to O.U. to earn his M.S.A. in Marketing (Sports Administration) and went on to serve as the Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships with the World Wrestling Federation for six years. Jonathan, along with his wife Deborah, formed Lamplight Entertainment in 2009, to develop and produce feature-length motion Jonathan Flora pictures and documentaries that connect with the heart of our nation while conveying the rich and positive heritage of American ideals to both domestic and international audiences. The phrase “Don’t shout at the darkness, light a light,” reflects their belief that inspiring, well-told stories have the unique ability to both entertain and educate while creating awareness of the important issues of our day. Jonathan is the director/producer of the soon to be released feature-length documentary, “Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good,” featuring Academy Award® nominated actor Gary Sinise with special appearances by Academy Award® winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, as well as Raquel Welch, Connie Stevens, John Ratzenberger, Melina Kanakaredes, Mykelti Williamson, and more. Jonathan currently serves on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival, formed to honor films that celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military.

Denler to Receive Jean Ribaut Excellence in Music for Film

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ccording to Film Music Magazine and The Scoreboard, Charles Denler holds the record for having more upcoming films than any other film and television composer to date. With nearly 100 films and television programs to his credit, Charles’ multiple Emmy Award-winning music can be heard all over the world. His ability to work in a wide variety of genres, and his collaborative work sense, has made him a top choice among producers and directors. Charles’ classical training and strong proficiency with contemporary sound allow him great flexibility and versatility as a composer. Charles received critical acclaim by winning an EMMY in 2004 for his work on Bentley Charles Denler Creek and went on to receive his second EMMY in 2005 for his score to Beyond The Medal Of Honor. After completing studies at the Berklee School of Music, Boston, Charles began his career as a recording artist, releasing eight albums and working with a number of leading producers in the industry. Charles’ music has been featured with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Jose Feliciano, and The Jonas Brothers.

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magine shopping for five families who have close to thirty locations that need decorating all at one time. Is it hard to please everyone? You bet! But Brooke Brunson, Head Set Decoration Buyer, is an experienced professional. She shops for wives: Army Wives. Brooke Brunson’s office walls are covered in panels of Caribbean blue, a reminder of her childhood days. Although she was born in Charleston, Brooke spent most of her formative years in Bequia (pronounced Beckway), a tiny British Commonwealth island located in the southern part of the Windward Islands with St. Vincent being the capital island. Bequia was only accessible by boat until the late 1990’s when a small airstrip was constructed. Brooke’s father “stumbled upon“ Bequia while sailing and suggested to his wife they live in the Caribbean for a few years. A few years turned into a childhood of tropical living. With no running water or electricity, Brooke was exposed to art, photography and even celebrities. At the time she had no idea some of the folks she considered neighbors were in fact famous. Mick Jagger and the late, renowned acting coach Sandy Meisner were some of the island inhabitants. Living in Bequia gave Brooke “access to different experiences and the

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ability to cross paths with such different and interesting people.” While growing up, the only rule was to be in the front yard of her house as the sun dipped into the horizon. To her the island was a “huge playground”. Brooke fondly recalled a time when she was around age 8; she and a fellow classmate skipped school so they could head to the beach. “All we wanted to do was be on the beach.” Of course they were found out in a matter of minutes. Brooke also recalled the one telephone on the island. It was in the main harbor at yacht services. You would have to stand in line to secure a turn for the phone. Once on the phone one would tell the operator you wanted to make an overseas call. There was little privacy for your call as others were waiting in line as well. Telephones arrived on Bequia when Brooke was around 11 years old. She happily spills out three digit numbers that would connect her to her friends in bygone days. Permanent island life, “made me who I am.” exclaims Brooke. She claims her childhood was “innocent and idyllic”. Early on Brooke realized she had a keen visual sense. “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” left a lasting impression on Brooke. She recalls being mesmerized while watching the movie in school on a donated television. She vividly remembers sitting on the floor the two days it took to watch the entire movie. Around age 15 Brooke relocated to Beaufort, as her parents had property on Saint Helena Island. She attended (and later graduated from) Beaufort High School. Coming from the Caribbean, “I didn’t know what to think” she claims. She didn’t know the Pledge of Allegiance that was being recited by fellow students at the beginning of each school day. Instead, Brooke was accustomed to singing “God save the Queen”. She was also used to tea at 4pm and playing cricket instead of baseball. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Film and Media, Brooke was chosen to take part in a program that was sponsored by Kodak. The program allowed an all access adventure at the Cannes Film Festival. She spent two and one-half weeks in the south of France attending premiers and helping on sets as needed. After a brief stint in London, Brooke then headed to New York City where she had accepted a position as a director’s assistant. Upon the film’s completion, Brooke found her way back to Columbia working for the South Carolina Film Commission. A quirk of fate found the then director, Mary Morgan, on the

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phone with someone in the film industry inquiring about the island of St. Vincent for a possible movie location. Ms. Morgan informed the caller that not only had her assistant, Brooke, lived on a nearby island but she also knew the Prime Minister. Fast forward a few months, and the vice president of Disney was on the phone with Brooke saying” We want you to work with us on this movie”. What movie? “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Upon reading the script for “Pirates of the Caribbean” she wasn’t sure if the movie would be a hit or a miss. Brooke exudes enthusiasm as she describes the dream job, dream budget and dream location. With her knowledge of the Caribbean she was able to shop for the fill in items that had not been shipped from Los Angeles. Fortunately the movie was a huge success and the crew was reunited for the filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. Other shows Brooke has worked on include: “Cold Mountain”, “Radio”, “Forces of Nature” and “John Adams”. Brooke’s talents along with her outgoing and warm, welcoming personality proved to be a great fit for the position available with Lifetime’s number one rated show: “Army Wives”. As head set decoration buyer, she has lots of people to please. She works hand in hand with the set designer and the production designer. Her day begins around 8 am with a morning meeting. During this meeting the days events are highlighted and ideas are “flushed out”. Flushing out is really brainstorming. The day ends in the vicinity of 7pm. The


feature Brooke Brunson story shooting crew begins at 6:30am. Amazingly, it takes 5 twelve hour days to produce one episode, which is around 43 minutes. The hectic 5 day a week schedule leaves little room for socializing. “It is a blessing and a curse being in the film industry.” Once out on a shopping mission she saw a mass of people at a business next door. Brooke asked what was going on. The employee responded with “happy hour.” Upon her return to the set she inquired to her fellow coworkers, “Do you know that there are people who get together from like 5-7 p.m. and have cocktails?” Socialization has to wait until after hours or when the show is on hiatus. Hiatus for the show is usually 2-3 months out of the year. A season typically is around 7 months, depending on the number of episodes that need to be shot. Since there are no prop houses in Charleston, “Army Wives” has essentially built its own over a period of five years. Brooke is personally responsible for filling most of the warehouses with items purchased and used over the years on various sets. Props include anything that makes a set look like a home. These items range from furniture, artwork, toys and dishes down to keys and phone chargers. “Army Wives” requires Brooke to rely on her strong visual ability as well as knowledge of what each character’s personality and tastes. Each character on “Army Wives” has their own taste and predisposition. Miss Brunson also has to make sure she leaves out her personal preferences. It is her responsibility to take each of those character’s nuances into consideration when shopping for smalls; smalls are accessory type items such as vases, picture frames, floral arrangements, etc. It takes 5-7 days to create a whole house on the set. In real life a family has acquired a houseful of items over 20 or 30 years so Brooke is used to working at “warp speed”. There is no leisurely shopping on her shift. Equipped with her camera and iPhone she shops every day. She has made lasting relationship with several vendors in the Charleston area. These vendors also know Brooke and her schedule. She takes artwork in for framing and unlike you and I, she needs it tomorrow; framing is a large necessity for the show. Currently working on a new set of a law office, this set requires an entire wall of diplomas. The diplomas are all printed in house by the art department with the appropriate characters name, complete with a raised gold seal. All of the diplomas, fictitious as the school may be, need framing. Sometimes that elusive item required isn’t found. “At the end of the day you are exhausted because you haven’t found that perfect thing” claims Brooke. Her job is not all glamour as some would think. She is always thinking, be it ahead or behind. Three things are going on at all times: the current episode, the previous episode and the upcoming episode. What is needed immediately? What will be needed next week? What needs to be returned to the rental company? She is responsible for the return of rented items which include medical equipment, table linens, furniture, etc. She is also making notes as to where she has seen a particular item thatr she may need in a future episode. Once Brooke has completed her shopping for the day, she tags every item as to which character it belongs to. She hands the days haul over to the warehouse manager. The lead man, not to be confused with a head actor, is in charge of the set dressers. He directs them into action for each shoot. Tweaking goes on right up until the point of shooting. Technology has also changed the way Brooke shops for “Army Wives.” The show is shot in HD. Colors look different in person

than they do when filmed. She has to take that consideration. Forget anything white, the camera department will shout “no”. Not only has HD changed her game plan, digital technology is probably the biggest change in the way she shops. Gone are the days of paper photographs, everything is now done electronically. If she is in question about a prop, she simply snaps a picture of it and sends it to the set decorator. Texting is another necessary beast, not to mention email, “You’ve got to evolve with that change or get left behind.” “Army Wives” also uses the help of local resources. Visits to the local police department for a tour of the facilities helps to authenticate the set. Ms. Donna Rosa, wife to Citadel’s President, Lieutenant General John Rosa, is also a local fountain of knowledge. She may be consulted on what she may serve at a luncheon for dignitaries. Army Wives also has a military advisor that authenticates ribbons, metals, plaques, uniforms and protocol. “We are trying to leave a positive impression with the local community” Brooke stated. Exterior scenes are shot at the no longer used naval base in Charleston. When outdoor shooting happens, the set dressers are called into full force. The set dressers are the individuals responsible for putting all props into place, on location as well as on the permanent stages. This may include porch swings, hanging plants, and bikes. Once shooting is complete, referred to as a strike, these magic fairies swoop back in and take it all way, returning the location back to its original state. Asked what will come after “Army Wives”, Brooke isn’t sure. She says she will follow the work. The good news is once you have an established career, you can live any where. Her goal is to have a residence on Bequia and travel to work for the required time. But for now another script has just been handed down: new characters, new sets, new shopping trips. Ready, Set, GO! “Army Wives” is an ABC produced cable television series that airs on the Lifetime network. With its main office and stages located on King Street Extension, it is the only permanent episodic series based and filmed in Charleston, SC. “Army Wives” crew consists of 150 every day staff and up to 400 including day workers and extras.

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Continued from Page 10 was a history major at USC in Columbia, SC. He grew up on the waterways of Beaufort, and in 1995 bought a fish camp on Johnson Creek. A hunter/gatherer type himself, a quintessential outdoorsman, McDowell’s expertise includes fishing guide, swamp hog hunting guide, pole vaulting, insurance sales specializing in estate planning, fish camp host, and finder of artifacts. He is the go-to man for any information and/or expertise for things wild and untamed, outdoor education, and is a connoisseur of the beauty and wonder of nature. McDowell’s fish camp, Johnson Creek Camp, was home to the* Sea Island Secrets* film crew on the weekends, the perfect headquarters from which to explore. As one might expect, a rustic fish camp (usually) can only be reached by boat and sits in an unspoiled environment, thus setting the scene for making a documentary of this kind. Island fish camps, approached by serpentine waterways navigable according to the tide, have a certain cache, a mystique surrounding the exclusivity of such primitive male environments. As erosion and other forces intercede, the fish camp is coming to the end of its era. Precious few still exist and that way of life will never be replaced. Passed down through generations, grandfathers taught sons to camp, to fish, to be self-reliant; boys entered the fraternity of men. There seems to be a significance that this is the environment where the original inhabitants lived their primitive lives; shells upon shells; present layering the past; the thread of continuation that connects men to men. (For information about having your own fish camp experience, contact Gibbes McDowell at: discoveryisles@yahoo. com)

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In the film, McDowell says,“The Indians that lived on these islands and left all these artifacts and built the shell rings, I think they had a pretty laid back lifestyle. They didn’t have the anxieties, didn’t have the complexities in their lives. I would like to think that I could get that kind of peace of mind at some point in time. I get a little piece of it every time I get to come out here. It’s hard to get away, but you have to make time for the things that are important.” For McDowell that means not just spending quiet time at the camp, but also competing in pole vaulting competitions, and spending precious time with his family and wife, Susan, who has been very tolerant and supportive of his many days and hours on the road while working on this project. That this dedicated group has verified the existence of these ancient inhabitants, through the artifacts found, is incredible. In one weekend, Hudson, McDowell and crew logged 270 miles on boats while exploring. With over one hundred hours recorded on video, the plethora of information obtained could be fashioned into at least eight one hour episodes, taking the viewer, whether student, history buff, visitor, or just curious, deeper into the mystery. With funding for continued exploration and research, what they can continue to learn and discover will be amazing. “Sea Island Secrets, “A Journey Through Time” will be shown at the Beaufort Film Festival on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 12:15p.m. SCETV’s Southern Lens will air this documentary in March/April; copies of the DVD can be purchased during the Beaufort Film Festival, or at the campground shop at Hunting Island State Park. Proceeds will fund continuing research; tax-deductible contributions can be made through the Beaufort County Historical Society.


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Story by MARY ELLEN THOMPSON • Photos by PAUL NURNBERG

Behind the Scenes For Movies Made Local, John McGowan Assisted In Casting For Some Big Name Movies.

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ohn Pierre McGowan is reminiscent of a firefly on a hot summers eve - he is here, there, and everywhere with a broad spectrum of interests, a boatload of friends, and a background rich in personal history. A native son, John’s grandfather was Sam McGowan whose life is chronicled in the delightful book, a gullah mailman, written by John’s uncle Pierre McGowan. John’s father, Beau Sam McGowan, was a long time resident of Saint Helena Island, where John’s brother, Samuel III, now lives on the family island. John’s claim to fame, for the sake of this story, is his foray into casting the extras for movies made locally, specifically Prince of Tides and Rules of Engagement. At the time he made his debut into the film industry, John was in the food and beverage business running his own bar, restaurant, and nightclub in Beaufort. In his bar, J. P. Boogies on Burton Wells Road in Beaufort, John met Tracy Fowler of Finncannon & Assoc. from Wilmington, NC who was looking for a casting assistant. John’s vivacious personality, and knowledge of all things Beaufort, netted him the job. According to John, “It was a side job, I didn’t go out looking for this business; I had never done anything in the movie business in my life. But I got the bug - to the point where I went to Wilmington and took acting classes!” John assisted Tracy Fowler with the casting for extras and

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The vivacious John McGowan.

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feature story Terry Sweeney & Lanier Laney

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Story by CINDY REID • Photos by PAUL NURNBERG


Behind the Scenes On a Summer Weekend in 1963, four girlfriends made memories that would last a lifetime...And, in 1984, two comedy writers wrote a movie that would resonate with fans for decades...Shag

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f you don’t know what “shag” means in South Carolina, well you just haven’t been to the right places. It is a dance, in fact it is the state dance of South Carolina. And it is a wonderful movie written by Beaufort residents Lanier Laney and Terry Sweeney. The story starts in the early eighties when the couple met in New York City where they were pursuing comedy careers. Terry was first a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and then a performer on the show during the 1985-1986 season. He broke important ground as the first openly gay performer on SNL and is still asked to reprise his devastatingly hilarious portrayal of Nancy Reagan as performed on the show. Lanier joined the show as a writer during the 1985-1986 season, and just as importantly introduced Terry to the glories of the South Carolina coast culture. The two have been partners in life and writing ever since.

Shag, the Movie South Carolina native Lanier says, “The shag dance and beach music culture is very unique, it’s not like anything else on either coast. I knew that culture well from spending summers at Pawley’s Island.” New York native Terry says, “I immediately loved the music, I thought why had I never heard it before? I never heard of the Tams or any of those groups before Lanier introduced me to the music and culture.” Convinced there was a movie in it, Lanier and Terry went to LA to sell the idea. “We pitched the movie in LA, sold the idea, and then we spent a month writing it at the Tip Top Inn at Pawley’s Island.” Says Lanier, “The script was fun to write. I had a lot of stories from growing up and included things that had really happened.” That was in 1984 and it took six years for the movie to be made. “It was a miracle that it ever got made because it was a movie

about teen girls in the South. The whole image of the South until then had been ‘Deliverance’ or ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ and we wrote something completely different. Until then no one had ever made a movie about upper class Southern girls.” says Lanier. “Shag” (also known as “Shag, the Movie”) tells the story of four well-mannered South Carolina girlfriends who go to Myrtle Beach for one last fling before facing their futures as respectable wives and mothers. Set on the cusp of the social revolution of the sixties the movie portrays the desire of the young women for something fun, something slightly dangerous, just something more in an entertaining and engaging way. Unlike the generic ‘beach blanket’ movies of the sixties, “Shag” depicts a culture, specifically the beach music scene of Myrtle Beach. Terry says, “The movie is set in a particular time, 1963, which was an innocent time.” Lanier says. “In that time and place there was a romantic and sensuous mood, which was not overtly sexual, which I think they captured quite well in the movie.” The movie was filmed primarily in Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC with a scene filmed at the now gone Skyview Drive-In in Florence, South Carolina and starred then newcomers Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Scott Coffey, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah and Tyrone Power, Jr. Terry says, “The cast was exactly what we imagined. The funny thing was that many were second generation Hollywood, like Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda’s daughter, Tyrone Power Jr., and Annabeth Gish, who is related to the early Hollywood star Lillian Gish.” Choreographer Kenny Ortega (who also choreographed “Dirty Dancing” and directed “High School Musical” beautifully

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downtown beaufort Beaufort, SC has a beautiful downtown shopping area nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway. With many unique shops, galleries and eateries, you will have much to explore. Take in the beauty and history of this Low Country landmark.

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feature story Mary Elias

Story by CINDY REID Photos by SUSAN DELOACH

Behind the Scenes “No animals were harmed in the filming of this movie.”

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ave you ever wondered how this famous line on the movie screen came about and how exactly did the movie earn it? Beaufort resident Mary Elias knows how, because she is a Certified Animal Safety Representative for the American Humane Association (AHA), the only organization in the world that has the authority to issue that disclaimer. Mary’s introduction to the film industry started early, “When I was 15, I was an extra in the movie “Gator” starring Burt Reynolds which was being filmed in Savannah. If you’ve ever spent time on a movie set you know that there is a lot of standing around and waiting. I was never bored in fact I was fascinated by the whole process and just wanted to learn more” she says. As interested in horses as she was in movies, Mary spent the next years dedicating herself to mastering the equine skills necessary to show and train horses, which eventually led to becoming involved in the carriage tour industry. In 1990 Mary came to Beaufort to establish the first carriage tour service, “Carriage Tours of Beaufort,” in town. Having been in the business for eight years she thought she would be here about six months to get it started. Six months stretched into three years. She stayed long enough to train a new set of horses and sell the business. “I felt at home here right away” she says. “I never wanted to leave so twenty one years later I’m still here. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

Two Loves Converge Her interest in movie making remained and she was studying acting when, as she says, “Film was really starting to happen here, Beaufort was the Mecca and South Carolina was a great place to shoot on location.” In 1993 she got a job as a horse wrangler for trainer Jack Lily on the set of the TV mini-series

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“Scarlett” being filmed in Charleston. Mary says ,”While working with the horses on the set, I met the Certified Animal Safety Rep for AHA and I remember thinking that I could see myself doing that someday”. She spent the next six years in front of the camera or behind the scenes in the film industry working as an actor, animal wrangler, animal trainer and other crew positions. In 2000 she decided to.” Take a break from film and fulfill a lifelong dream of breeding and training dressage and sport horses. I created a full service boarding and training facility located at Plantation Stables and became heavily involved with the Beaufort Humane Association (now the Palmetto Animal League/ PAL)”. She continues, “I’ve always been very involved with animal rescue and we decided to create a calendar for PAL to use as a fundraiser. I looked at all kinds of calendars and I really liked the American Humane Association’s calendar and wanted to use it as a model. I gave them a call and ended up talking about what it would take to for become a certified animal safety rep. After another series of interviews and necessary written requirements, I was flown out to LA to attend their training. “ Certified Animal Safety Representatives working for the American Humane Association’s Film and TV Unit must have an extensive background in animal-related work. Some safety reps are vets or have been veterinary technicians, some have worked at shelters or as animal trainers, and others are experienced as zookeepers. Many hold advanced degrees in animal behavioral sciences, and several safety reps are also certified as humane officers and investigators in their own communities, where they respond to any situation in which an animal needs help. Safety

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SWEENEY & LANEY Continued from Page 25 showcases the shag dance in the film. Shag is a couple’s dance and is primarily about footwork. It’s danced from the waist down and although related to the Lindy or Swing, it is somewhat of a more “innocent’ dance. It is lovely to watch when done well, as it is in the movie. Although the movie did well at the time of its release, its true success has been in its enduring fame and almost cult status. “It is a favorite of so many women, who then introduced it to their daughters

ELIAS Continued from Page 28 reps may have species-specific expertise or may be generalists with knowledge of an array of animals, (from the American Humane Association website (www. americanhumane.org) Mary says, “My eclectic working background has lended to making me a perfect fit for this job. Essentially the rep is responsible for the safety and welfare of the animals on the set. We work closely with the production crew to ensure that the animals are treated properly. Our sole responsibility is to the safety and welfare of the animals. We are their voice. We work from a standpoint of prevention. When I walk on set I look for everything that could possible go wrong and then make sure it doesn’t. That can make for some challenging moments with production but we are trained to deal with all types of personalities and situations. At the end of the day it’s always nice to walk off set with everyone shaking hands having gotten what they wanted.”

On the Set “We are Marshall” was Mary’s first solo job as a rep, and the animal involved was Thunder the Bison. “I was excited, had a little bit of butterflies because I was a solo but I was in the field with a senior trainer for three months before they turned me loose so I felt well prepared” says Mary. Thunder was raised from a baby by his trainer Chipa Wolfe who has a sanctuary outside of Atlanta. “As the rep I have to make sure he can’t hurt anybody, as gentle as Thunder is he does have big horns and weighs about 1500 pounds. But you could see the bond he had with his trainer- which made my job easierand the crew could not have been more gracious and cooperative. In the movie,

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and it is now a real slumber party movie,” says Lanier. “It was a big hit on VHS and continues to be a hit on DVD too.” (2011 marks the 20th anniversary of its release.) The movie’s soundtrack is a probably one of the best compilations of what is known as Beach Music, which for the uninitiated is a something of a misnomer. Terry says, “Most people think the term ‘beach music’ refers to the Beach Boys and the California sound of the 60’s but it is something entirely different. It is really

more of an R&B sound, incorporating what would have been called ‘race music’ at the time. The white kids would be on vacation at the beach and see these fabulous black performers that they couldn’t see at home, and they would just go crazy over this great music.” The movie’s popular soundtrack includes the Shirelles “Mama Said”, Sam Cooke “Another Saturday Night, the Chiffons “He’s So Fine”, the Drifters “Under the Boardwalk”, the Tams “What

Thunder was the team’s mascot who gets loose on the football field and Matthew McConaughey has to chase him off the field in a comical manner. For the shot, everything was secured and Thunder was on the field in his trailer. The way they set up the camera made the crowd look closer, the extras were actually behind railings, but only the actors and crew absolutely necessary are even on the field.” “They secured all openings and set up all gates, corral panels so when they called ‘roll camera’ they opened the trailer door and Chipa was off camera calling to Thunder. On the first take the technical camera was in the shot so they had to do it again- which was even better because in this take he galloped to his trainer. Two takes is great for any animal, I have to count every take because at a certain point I have to make a decision whether the animal has had enough mentally and physically.” Mary’s experiences went on to include working with any variety of exotic animals, including a baby tiger, a red back hawk and a Gibbons ape. And there was Bubba the camel, who was in the Nicolas Sparks movie “Dear John” filmed in Charleston, SC. And don’t forget the 40 snakes for anti- smoking campaign shot in Ohio. There was Tank, a Rhino, for a Zicam commercial filmed in Atlanta; and Anya, a German Shephard who was in a Budweiser commercial filmed in NYC, and Cinco, a search and rescue/cadaver dog, for “My Child is Missing” also filmed in Atlanta, and Pomeranians and horses on the set of “Who’s’ Your Caddy?” filmed in Aiken, SC. Mary says for “New Daughter”, starring Kevin Costner, which was filmed in McClellanville, the animals involved

were a cat and variety of creepy, crawly bugs -yes, we protect bugs too! He and I talked a lot of ‘horse talk’. Kevin is a true horseman.” Mary took a short break from being a rep to being a horse wrangler on the set of “Conspirator” filmed recently in Savannah and directed by Robert Redford. “I can say that after six years I always have a little bit of butterflies when I get on the set because animals are animals, they have a mind of their own and anything can they happen, so that little bit of butterflies will never go away she says.

Life Today In 2004 Mary closed her stable and joined Gilda Owen in creating Dos Portrillos Farm (Spanish for two baby horses) on St.Helena Island. In June, her horse Knockout, a Trakehner, suffered a freak injury and Mary stopped taking movie assignment as an animal safety rep in order to care for her beloved horse. She says, “Like most film work, being a rep involves a lot of travel and I needed to be here and see Knockout through all the medical procedures and rehab needed.” Knockout is now well on the road to recovery and Mary has been busy working at the stable, training horses and giving riding lessons. As she says, “I love sharing my passion for horses and dressage with others. It is very fulfilling and helps me become a better trainer.” She is looking forward to resuming her film work, “I have found being a rep to be extremely rewarding. I’m especially proud of my work with American Humane and love the opportunity to get the word out to others about what we do. American Humane is an awesome organization and I’m so grateful to be a part of their mission.”


Kind of Fool”, Lloyd Price “Stagger Lee” and K.D. Lang and Reclines with Take 6 “Our Day Will Come”. “Although the most recent DVD version has unfortunately dropped most of the best music,” says Lanier. “You have to seek out the original version online or get a copy from your friends.”

After Shag

After Shag was made the couple moved to the entertainment capital Los Angeles. It was a good career move and for over ten years the two wrote and produced for the Fox TV comedy series MADtv. Following that they wrote and produced the WB network series Hype and wrote for Sci-Fi Channel’s series Tripping the Rift. But says Terry, “Living in LA is like living at the office. When you meet someone you are immediately sized up as where you are on the food chain.” With the advent of telecommuting and having the ability to write from anywhere, the couple was considering leaving LA and moving to Charleston, SC. Now for the improbable , but in this case true, Hollywood twist. Terry and Lanier had been sending funny (of course) emails to their friend, ‘Kudzu’ cartoon author, Doug Marlette, who had

(unbeknownst to them) been forwarding them to his friend, novelist and Beaufort resident Pat Conroy. Conroy asked Marlette to introduce him to Terry and Lanier, which was arranged during one of the couple’s trips to Charleston. Over dinner, Conroy asked them if they had ever been to Beaufort. The answer was no, so the very next day Conroy gave them a personal tour of his town. “We loved it from the start” says Terry and in 2001, they bought a house in Beaufort and in 2005 they moved here for good. “We got our life back,” says Terry. “The best thing about Beaufort is the people, they get to know you and you get to know them and it really is just this perfect fun small town atmosphere, surrounded by incredible beauty.” Lanier says, “Living in Beaufort reminds me of being in college, in the best way. There is a youthful spirit of being open to new friends, new experiences and the sense that great fun can happen on any given day.” Terry adds that he likes to call Beaufort “A college town for 50 year olds”. The pair continues writing and their most recent screenplay, “Southern Bride,” is being looked at by the Lifetime channel. “The story is a comedy about a hard

driving New York woman who comes to a Southern town like Beaufort to take over a bridal magazine and make it run ‘efficiently’. Well you can just imagine what they do to her.” says Lanier. “I mean absolutely nothing runs anywhere near correctly in Beaufort does it?” It has made it past the first cut at Lifetime and has a good chance. But writing for Hollywood is like going to a casino, because actually getting something produced is all about luck.” adds Lanier. They have been writing about wine in a comical column called “The Happy Wino”, in the Lowcountry Weekly, and now online at thehappywinos.blogspot.com. If anyone can make the usually stuffy subject of wine funny, it’s these two, and they do. Just read what they have to say about recession wine shopping at Walmart. As Terry says, “ Writing comedy is so much better with a partner. If you are able to make your partner laugh then you know you’ve got it…and whoever says the best joke wins!” And by being home to these two genuine, kind and exceedingly funny people, Beaufort wins. A true happy ending.

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Screening Dates & Times for the Beaufort International Film Festival

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THURSDAY – February 17, 2011 Title/Running Time Start Genre The Drowning Man 8:00am Feature (110 minutes) Antigone’s Song 10:00am Short (6 minutes) Pray for Eric 10:30am Documentary (26 minutes) Gatherers 11:15am Student (21 minutes) Gravity 11:45am Student (15 minutes) Sea Island Secrets 12:15am Documentary (58 minutes) The Desperate 1:30pm Short (33 minutes) Pillow 2:15pm Short (18 minutes) Living for 32 2:45pm Documentary (40 minutes) The Making of Mr. Wonderful 3:45pm Music Special (60 minutes) Workshop Ich bin eine Terroristin 5:00pm Feature (97 minutes) Screenwriters Table Read 7:30 pm Screenwriting (180 minutes) Wine & Cheese Admission: $15 Single Ticket (included with All Events Pass) FRIDAY – February 18, 2011 Title/Running Time Start Genre Innocent Crimes 8:00am Feature (97 minutes) A Letter from Home 10:00am Short (10 minutes) Left Alone 10:20am Short (15 minutes) China: The Rebirth of an Empire 10:50am Documentary (86 minutes) A Moment 12:35pm Student (10 minutes)

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Stolen 1:00pm Documentary (78 minutes) Rojin 2:45pm Short (9 minutes) When He Left 3:15pm Short (12 minutes) Tap-Out 3:45pm Documentary (54 minutes) Bright 5:00pm Short (40 minutes) Remaindered 6:00pm Short (20 minutes) Angel Camouflaged 6:45pm Feature (117 minutes) A Marine Story 9:00pm Feature (97 minutes) SATURDAY February 19, 2011 ]Title/Running Time Start Genre Kidnap 8:00am Animation (4 minutes) Surviving Hunger 8:10am Animation (3 minutes) Fully Poseable 8:15am Animation (5 minutes) Sharfik 8:25am Animation (14 minutes) Digby 8:50am Student (14 minutes) The Road Home 9:10am Student (15 minutes) No Pity 9:40am Student (19 minutes) Perspective 10:15am Student (11 minutes) The Test 10:45am Documentary (51 minutes) Music in Film Workshop 12:00pm Special (60 minutes) (Charles Denler) Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good 1:30pm Documentary (97 minutes) Santini Patriot Spirit Award

Continued from Page 15 Upon meeting Hardy Jones and Julia Whitty, Parthenon Entertainment, Charles was asked to write music for their National Geographic production, Twenty Years with the Dolphins. It was then that Charles fell in love with the art of film scoring. Following with two more Geographic projects, he went on to write for numerous other documentaries, film and television programs, and promotional work that included the main theme for the new STARZ! Kids’ Television Network, music for Animal Planet, The History Channel, PBS, NBC, HDNet and many feature film productions. Actors featured in Charles’ films include Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Gere, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Madsen, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning and many others. Charles is well versed in blending symphonic orchestra with world instrumentation. He is fluent with many indigenous instruments, such as flute techniques associated with Peru, Native American Indian, Japanese Raku, and various world percussion. Charles’ accomplishments have been featured in many articles including Keyboard Magazine, MIX Magazine, and in POST Magazine. For more about Charles David Denler, visit www.charlesdenler.com

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Health And Wellness 2011

Quality Assured. Members of the Duke Heart Network meet with BMH cardiologists for the annual quality assurance review as part of the Cochrane Heart Center’s affiliation with Duke. From left to right: BMH cardiologist David Harshman, MD; Duke cardiologists Harry Phillips, MD and Jimmy Tcheng, MD; and BMH cardiologists Stuart Smalheiser, MD and Erasme Coly, MD. (Photo by Paul Nurnberg).

Cochrane Heart Center

Beaufort Memorial expands services at Duke-affiliated facility By Marie McAden

To better serve area residents, Beaufort Memorial Hospital is expanding services at its Cochrane Heart Center, adding new cardiologists to the staff and innovative diagnostic techniques to its roster of services. At the same time, the nonprofit hospital is working with the Duke Heart Network to receive state approval to provide emergency interventions for heart attack patients, including the placement of coronary stents used to open blocked arteries. Currently, patients suffering an ST elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI—the deadliest type of heart attack—are taken by ambulance or airlifted to hospitals in Charleston or Savannah approved to perform percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). Every minute that passes before the lifesaving treatment is initiated diminishes a patient’s chance of survival. “Patients will benefit having primary PCI at Beaufort Memorial Hospital,” said Dr. Harry Phillips, chief medical officer of Duke Network Services and associate director of the Duke Heart Center, ranked one of the nation’s top 10 heart programs by U.S. News & World Report. “Lives will be saved.” As an affiliate of Duke Medicine in heart services, Beaufort Memorial has been collaborating with the prestigious Duke

Heart Network to help expand services within the cardiac cath lab and enhance the level of care available here at home. Last summer, BMH added three interventional cardiologists to its medical staff. In addition, Dr. Shannon Shook joined the hospital in January and is now performing diagnostic cardiac catheterizations at BMH. Because Beaufort Memorial is not offering primary interventional cardiology services at this time, all of its interventional doctors have clinical relationships to do their interventional work at other hospitals. Dr. Erasme Coly, who has been on staff at BMH since 2001, has privileges at St. Joseph/ Candler in Savannah, Dr. David Harshman and Dr. Thom Schultz at Roper St. Francis Health Care System and Dr. Stuart Smalheiser at MUSC, both in Charleston. To be able to provide emergency interventions locally, Beaufort Memorial is now working to attain a Certificate of Need from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In addition to other criteria, the State Health Plan requires that a hospital perform a minimum of 600 non-interventional cardiac procedures a year

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From better skin to better brain function, there could be more benefits to a daily vitamin than you might expect. That’s the news from experts who say that fish oil, for instance, may fight free radicals linked to premature aging and possibly cut LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. The Good Fat Omega-3 fatty acids are brain-boosting, cholesterol-clearing monounsaturated good fats. They can help joints, skin, vision, brain and heart. Anti-inflammatory, they’re found naturally in walnuts, salmon, tuna, olive oil, avocados and in fish oil supplements. Fighting Cold and Flu Vitamin C may help reduce the length of a cold or flu. The vitamin is also necessary to form cartilage and collagen in bones, along with muscle and blood vessels. Get Energized B vitamins—and especially B12—have been called “energy vitamins.” They also support the immune and nervous systems and other important body functions. The Sunshine Vitamin Vitamin D helps bones, the brain and the immune system and might play a role in reducing the risk of diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Visit www.vitaminshoppe.com for more about supplements. Many well-known vitamins offer a host of surprising benefits.

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Studies suggest that exercise, mental and physical, can help improve cognitive function at any age. Even the brains of older adults can grow and develop by learning new skills. Hobbies can be an excellent source of mental stimulation and creativity, and bring the added benefit of a sense of satisfaction when completing a project. By using your hands and brain in model railroading, flying a radio-controlled plane, getting involved with collectibles or enjoying games and puzzles, you can be exercising your brain, improving your memory and reducing stress. Late-life memory loss is now being attributed to multiple causes: sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress and lack of intellectual engagement. Hobbies offer a great outlet for increased physical activity and dexterity, stress reduction and mental challenge. An excellent place to explore all the benefits that hobbies have to offer is My Hobby Fun at www.myhobbyfun.com, where you’ll also find links to nearby hobby shops. Exploring the many choices hobbies have to offer can help keep your brain in gear.

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with just one cardiologist, so it is currently on track to meet that requirement. “Now that we have more cardiologists on staff, we’ll be able to get to the next step,” said Daniel Mock, Beaufort Memorial’s senior director of cardiovascular and imaging services. “They’ll help us attain our volume requirements.” Since August, the number of non-interventional procedures has doubled. BMH administrators hope to be ready to apply for the Certificate of Need by the end of the year. Once approved, it could be another six to eight months before the hospital’s cardiologists begin treating emergency STEMI cases. Meanwhile, the Cochrane Heart Center has added the innovative radial approach to cardiac catheterization to its list of diagnostic services. One of the most patient-friendly advancements in cardiac care in recent years, this diagnostic technique is performed from the patient’s wrist rather than the femoral artery in the leg. Using a small hole in the radial artery, surgeons are able to access blood vessels leading to the heart to determine if there is disease in the coronary arteries. Currently used in about 50 percent of heart catheterizations in Europe and a growing number of cases in the U.S., the radial approach reduces major bleeding between 58 to 73 percent compared to the groin method, according to the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Catheterization from the radial artery also allows the patient to get out of bed sooner following the procedure. Drs. Schultz and Smalheiser both perform the technique. In addition to diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, the Cochrane Heart Center offers a wide range of services, including nuclear/thallium imaging, echocardiography and EKGs. For more information on Beaufort Memorial’s cardiac program, visit www.bmhsc.org or call (843) 522-7700.

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The best foods in Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands Qu ick

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Alvin Ords Sandwich Shops 1415 Ribaut Road Port Royal, SC 29935 (843)524-8222 Athenian Gardens 950 Ribaut Road Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-9222

To Advertise in the dining guide, or to find out how to get your restaurant, pub or bar listed please call Freda at (843)4419166, or Julie at (912)6574120

Berry Island Cafe 1 Merchant Way, Suite 1 Lady’s Island, SC 29907 (843)524-8779 www.berryislandcafe.com Cat Island Grill & Pub 8 Waveland Avenue Beaufort, SC 29907 (843)524-4653 www. sanctuarygolfcatisland.com 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 Medical Park Deli 968 Ribaut Road Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-0174 (Across From Beaufort Memorial Hospital)

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The Original Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse 168 Sea Island Parkway Beaufort, SC 29907 (843)522-0210 The Smokey Chef Restaurant 81 Sea Island Parkway Beaufort, SC 29907 (843)521-4557 www.smokeychef.com Moondoggie’s 930 9th Street Port Royal, SC 29935 (843)522-1222 Moe’s Southwest Grill 2015 Boundary Street, Ste 1A Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-4334 Palm & Moon Bagel Co. 221 Scott Street

Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-9300 Panini’s Cafe’ 926 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-0300 Southern Graces at Beaufort Inn 809 Port Republic Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-0555

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

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Zaxby’s 210 Robert Smalls Parkway Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)379-2100


The best foods in Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands More Restaurants Are Using What’s Grown Locally While it’s been said that all politics is really local, some believe that the same is true when it come to the most flavorful and nutritious food. Actually, there is now a term for those who try to eat foods that are grown locally or regionally. They’re called locavores. By eating locally, most locavores hope Foo d

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to create a greater connection between themselves and their food sources and support their local economy. Around the country, some rising chefs and restaurants have begun to champion the movement. In South Carolina, for instance, many restaurants are responding by featuring products from local farms and dairies and seafood harvested from local waters.

Protective Pecans Eating a handful of pecans each day may play

a role in protecting the nervous system, according to a new study. Research from the University of Massachusetts suggests that adding pecans to your diet may help keep nerve cells functioning well as you age. The study was published in the journal Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research. “Antioxidants like those found in pecans help protect against cell damage,” said lead researcher Thomas B. Shea, Ph.D. “These findings suggest eating pecans on a regular basis may provide significant nutritional benefits that may provide a protective effect for the nervous system.” Pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and are among the 15 foods that contain the highest antioxidant capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Small Steps Can Lead To Big Rewards: 20 Tips To Improve Your Snacking Habits • Keep meat, poultry and fish portions to about 3 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards). • Try not to snack while cooking or cleaning the kitchen. • Try to eat meals and snacks at regular times every day. • Make sure you eat breakfast every day. • Use broth and cured meats (smoked turkey and turkey bacon) in small amounts. They are high in sodium. Low-sodium broths are available in cans and in powdered form. • Stir-fry, broil or bake with nonstick spray or low-sodium broth and cook with less oil and butter. • Drink a glass of water 10 minutes before your meal to take the edge off your hunger. Move More Each Day • Deliver a message in person to a co-worker instead of e-mailing.

• Take the stairs to your office. Or take the stairs as far as you can, and then take the elevator the rest of the way. • Park as far away as possible from your favorite store at the mall. • Select a physical activity video from the store or library. • Get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way home or to work several times a week. Make Healthy Food Choices • Try getting one new fruit or vegetable every time you grocery shop. • Cook with a mix of spices instead of salt. • Always keep a healthy snack with you, such as fresh fruit, a handful of nuts or whole-grain crackers. • Choose veggie toppings such as spinach, broccoli and peppers for your pizza. • Try different recipes for baking or broiling meat, chicken and fish.

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MCGOWAN Continued from Page 22 stand-ins for the movie Prince of Tides, a story about a troubled Southern family who seeks the help of a therapist in New York City who is treating a family member. As film buffs and those who are familiar with local movie lore know, the only scenes in Prince of Tides not shot in Beaufort were the New York City shots: the therapist’s office, the scenes in Central Park, and Grand Central Station. The NYC dinner party scene was actually shot in a warehouse on Depot Street in Beaufort; the Beaufort Arsenal represented a New York City apartment building; the beach house was out on Fripp Island. In the opening scene of the movie, you will see John walking Miss Boogie, his chocolate Lab (cast by guess who?) on the beach at Fripp. Miss Boogie got her own trailer (courtesy of the animal rights advocates because of the heat) while the fifty or so human extras had to wait under a common tent for their shots. Rules of Engagement, a movie which opens in Vietnam, about a Marine who later faces charges for disobeying the rules of engagement in a military incident, was the next casting adventure for John. The criteria for “Rules of Engagement” extras were very specific. According to the press release, they were “Looking for physically fit American men between the ages of 19 and 26 years old, preferably with military experience, and Southeast Asian men between the ages of 20 and 35, to participate in the Vietnam War sequence.” John explains that, in addition to the actual filming, these extras were required to live in tents out on Hunting Island for two weeks, dress like Marines in jungle fatigues, and carry gear like they did in 1968. They couldn’t bathe or shave in order to simulate combat conditions, and at night the two squadrons attacked each other by surprise in order to ready them for the scenes. With over 200 people who came to the open casting call, John’s job of the casting assistant was helping to narrow down the field to those who would be chosen. Production assistant was another hat John wore during Rules of Engagement. He was on-set during the filming to make sure that everything was there and all needs were met, including calling and scheduling the extras, choosing stand-ins, overseeing wardrobe and fittings, filling out paperwork, and arranging for food, among other things. One of John’s favorite stories about that movie was the time the production company planned to shoot the Vietnam scenes at night on March 16. It was decided not to shoot at night and the time was unexpectedly changed to the morning of March 18, when, John said, it was quite the task to round up all the extras at the last minute by tracking them down on River Street in Savannah after an evening of St. Patrick’s Day revelry! With his foot firmly in the door, John established his own production company, “Make It Happen.” So named because, John says, “When the big people want something, they’re not interested in the details, they say: ‘Make it happen!’” As part of the broad spectrum of services John provided with “Make It Happen,” he also gave instruction to the extras in what was expected of them on the set. “I would give them a quick class I called Acting 101: At the auditions: always act like you are good even if you aren’t; never apologize; don’t beg. What do

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you need? Confidence!! Personality! Understand the script: 1. Concept 2. Reality.” Attention to detail earned John affection and respect from his associates. One star (they all have to remain nameless, unfortunately) preferred a certain brand of gin - when someone got it wrong and served another brand, John ran to a nearby bar and picked up lots and lots of mini-bottles of the right brand. Another star, who didn’t want people watching while he/she dined in a local restaurant, asked that all the chairs of the other patrons be turned facing away from his/her table. John catered to all the little and not so little tasks with equal importance. “I’m a perfectionist, I had to have it perfect. That’s one of the things that made me so good at what I was doing. That, and the fact that I was born and raised in Beaufort - when someone needed it now, it was easy for me to find anything and everything. I have a vast pool of resources.” It is with good reason that John had a vast pool of resources. He owned the very popular nightclub, JP Boogies; a dining and catering facility, J. Pierres; Boogies Bar; and the Boogie Barge. “My passion is food,” John says. “I created a cooking show that was featured on PBS, known as ‘The Cheating Gourmet.’”John also catered the wrap party for “Prince of Tides”, which was held in his own nightclub, J. P. Boogies. What was it like working with Barbara Streisand? “She was very exacting,” John says. “Remember, she was very busy - she was not only acting in the film, but producing and directing it also. She was a perfectionist.” John has been a licensed Realtor for 10 years with Hometown Realty in Beaufort; is the MC for the talent show at Water Festival; he appeared as a contestant on The Price Is Right television show where he sang his own song - Alligator Boogie. John also does extensive volunteer work in the community with organizations such as March of Dimes – presently serving as 2011 Walk America Chairman, United Way, Cancer Society, CODA, CAPA, Hospice and others. After being caregiver to his beloved late parents and sister, Angie, for many years, he now has a bit more time to enjoy his other interests: cooking, entertaining, golfing, bowling, walking on the beach, and spending time with friends. “I got involved with the Beaufort Film Festival because of Ron Tucker and Rebecca Berry. For the last several years, I have been the one who, from beginning to end, runs the projector for all the films. I coordinate the question and answer sessions and keep everything on schedule.” His greatest joy doing this is not just watching all the films, but more so, “When I see that glow, like an aura, surrounding someone who is seeing his work on a big screen for the first time, especially the young student filmmakers who have done all their work on smaller screens, I just love watching their reaction!” John’s charm is infectious and inspiring. His life philosophy is: “It’s important to have a positive attitude. If you hang around negativity, it’s just like being around the smoke at an oyster roast - it gets on you.” John is one of those rare people who truly has a heart of gold; there is no such thing as a stranger to John McGowan - only friends he hasn’t yet met. Oh, and if you ask yes - he would like to get back into the casting business.


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Wedding Day Hair by Kathryn Lemmon, Wedding Zone Staff Writer “How will I wear my hair?” Every bride faces that predicament. Your wedding day hairstyle is a significant aspect of the total bridal look, worth some thought. If you have a bad hair day, the photos to prove it will be around for years to come. On the plus side, it’s a great opportunity to do something really special with your hair.

The Test Run Do a “test run” with hair and make-up, just the way you plan to wear it on your wedding day. Have someone take several pictures from different angles and with different facial expressions. Then, look closely at the pictures. Do you like what you see? Is there too much make-up or not enough? How do you feel about the hair style--too much height or not enough? If something doesn’t seem right, start again and do another test run until everything comes together. It’s important to actually take photos of yourself because it can give you a different perspective rather than just looking in the mirror. During the “test run,” walk around with the hairstyle you

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plan to wear to determine its comfort level. A good rule is: the simpler, the better, since pins can hurt, and intricate styles are often delicate and apt to fall. The photos, wedding and reception could last as long as ten hours, will the hairstyle stand the test of time?

So Many Styles Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a style. Loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime weddings, while up-do’s portray a formal, evening look. Strive for balance. The hairstyle and headpiece needs to look balanced to the dress and body type. Like a puzzle, all the pieces fit together to make a lovely picture. Remember some hairstyles can add inches to your height, and shorter brides may want to use this to their advantage. One option is to let the texture of the hair determine the style. Thicker and coarser hair stays up the best, while slicker or finer hair is better with the front up and the back down. Will you be wearing a veil? If so, your hair style and your veil must work well together. It might be a good idea to get your veil first, or at least have some idea of the type veil you want.

The Salon Schedule your wedding day hair appointment at least eight weeks ahead. But, don’t expect to get your regular stylist to


do your wedding hair if you desire an intricate updo. This is a specialty service and best left for the resident expert, so request the right person for the job. Stylists and makeup artists do their best work in their own environments with their own tools, so have your wedding party meet at the salon a couple of hours before they need to be at the ceremony for pictures. This increases efficiency, and usually costs less! If you do arrange for them to work in your home, provide adequate space with good lighting.

General Wedding Hair Suggestions It’s best not to go overboard with hair spray. “Helmet head” is not an appealing look for any woman. If your stylist tells you to show up with dirty hair for your wedding day, don’t be too surprised. Some styles work best when the hair isn’t too clean, depending on your hair type. Just washed hair can be fly-away and less manageable. Remember to wear a button down shirt when you’re getting your make-up and hair done. Otherwise it’s either mess up your finished look or cut off your shirt! When you’re ready, step into your gown, rather than pulling it over your head. To ensure your hair looks healthy on your wedding day, take good care of it in the months prior. There are plenty of affordable deep-conditioning treatments available for at home use. But don’t use one the day of your wedding or your hair could end up looking flat and greasy. The same holds true with chemical treatments. This is not the time for surprises!

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Bride: Elizabeth Smith Groom: Jeff Wooten Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals Event Planner: Ashley Rhodes, Ashley Rhodes Events Cater: Smokey Chef Photographer: Susan DeLoach

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LOW COUNTRY WEDDINGS Creating an Eco-friendly Wedding

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nterest in the environment is at an all-time high, and many engaged couples are fusing their passion for the environment with their weddings by choosing eco-chic nuptials and Earth-conscious registries. Here are tips for couples that want to start their married life on a celebratory and sustainable note: Environmentally friendly wedding ideas • Use responsibly sourced paper. Many wedding invitation designers and printers offer better- for-the-planet papers made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled content or from wood sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. • Keep the environment in mind when creating a menu or choosing a caterer and opt for seasonal, locally sourced and organic edibles. Use reusable or compostable foodservice items to lessen the reception’s impact on the planet. • Importing flowers can rack up your celebration’s carbon footprint. Challenge your florist to think locally and seasonally. • Send wedding party members home with ecological gifts. Offer bridesmaids USDA-certified organic skin care products from brands such as Dr. Bronner’s. A watch is a traditional groomsmen gift, so opt for a planet-friendly version such as a solar-powered fitness watch. Saying “I do” to an eco-friendly registry • Wedding registries should be both practical and highly personalized. From household staples like bedroom linens and

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towels to decorative accessories, there’s no shortage of ecofriendly items to choose from. • When compiling sustainable choices for your registry, focus on one room at a time. Culinary gear is a crucial part of any registry. It’s a good idea to focus on basics such as Preserve cutting boards made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic and bamboo spoons and kitchen accessories. • Next stop: the bedroom. Keep the romance factor high and your environmental impact low by registering for items that comfort both you and the planet. Consider Target Home organic cotton fiber sheet sets. Cotton grown organically reduces the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Accessorize with Smith & Hawken Poured Candles made from soy wax, which produce less soot than paraffin candles. • Add energy-efficient appliances to your list. Appliances account for 17 percent of the average household’s energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Remember, not all energy-efficient appliances are big-ticket ones. Create a registry with affordable ENERGY STAR approved small appliances such as Black & Decker’s Cyclonic Dustbuster. • Don’t forget the yard. Consider registering for a solar-powered fountain to decorate a patio or an outdoor compost bin that will generate nutrient-rich soil for a garden and divert compostable waste from landfills. • Create and manage your registry online or via your mobile device. You’ll save paper and time by managing your registry list on the go.



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