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An adventurous and inveterate traveler, Mary Ellen, originally from the Main Line of Philadelphia, is now equally at home on St Helena or on the road without reservations. Her best pieces of work ever are a daughter in New York and a son in Denver. Having lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and later on the canals in France, she was drawn to Beaufort by the tide, and is waiting to see where it takes her next.

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Dawn Harris account executive Mike Moseley account executive Lea Allen administrative assistant/circulation LETTERS TO THE PUBLISHER Write to us and tell us what you think. Beaufort Lifestyle welcomes all letters to the publisher. Please send all letters via email to Julie Hales at, or mail letters to One Beaufort Town Center, 2015 Boundary Street, Suite 311 Beaufort, SC 29902. Letters to the publisher 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 Phone numbers will not be published.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 June/July 2012, copy must be submitted by May 21, 2012. Please email all copy to 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 Julie Hales at All articles and photos will be reviewed by the publisher, 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 or by visiting our website

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Mary Ellen Thompson “I just love Julie’s vision of bringing the stories of the people who make up our community to life in the magazine. Sometimes it is the first time their story is told, and sometimes it is the only time their story will be told. It is an honor and a privilege to hear these stories, to write them, and be part of her team.”

Cindy Reid has been published in About Town, skirt!, and TheCoastal Mariner. A graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA, she spent most of her career working with authors in the retail book business before becoming one herself. She has a daughter who lives in the state of Washington. A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, she now makes her home on St. Helena Island, SC.

Cindy Reid “Being part of Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, and Independence Day Publishing, has been rewarding to me in so many ways. Learning the magazine business from Julie Hales has been an amazing experience, and seeing what one woman can accomplish with a dream, hard work and talent is nothing short of inspiring. I appreciate everything she does for our community and I am grateful for the opportunity to meet so many of my interesting neighbors.”

John Wollwerth is a photographer raised in New York, now living in Beaufort. He specializes in wedding and commercial photography, with additional background in portrait and stock photography. His work has appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, the Minneapolis Tribune, Coastal Living, and South Carolina Homes and Gardens. John is involved with the Photography Club of Beaufort and the Professional Photographer of South Carolina. He is also involved with humanitarian and missions work in Africa. He lives with his wife and three children.

John Wollwerth “My work for Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, and Julie Hales specifically, over the past few years has been a pleasure. I have enjoyed the excitement of taking pictures of the diverse and interesting people the magazine has featured, including Tom Berenger and General Reynolds. The exposure the magazine has afforded me has been incredible.”

about working for Beaufort Lifestyle 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.

Susan Deloach “As a Beaufortonian and a photographer, what better job is there than to photograph the people of Beaufort? I treasure the opportunities that Beaufort Lifestyle and Julie Hales gives me to meet these wonderful people and share their stories in a beautiful publication. With each feature I shoot, I gain an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime and I gain new friends.”

“I met Julie about 13 years ago when she strutted into my furniture store, full of confidence that she was going to sell me an ad in the local newspaper. They say first impressions mean everything in sales. Julie held true to that statement as she captured that in the first few minutes of our converstion. She talked of everything other than the ad. She welcomed me to the community and told me that if she could help me in any way, she would. She smiled, laughed and joked as if we had been friends forever. I didn’t buy an ad that but I made a friend for life. Eventually I Michael Moseley day, advertised with her because of her ability to make me feel special and confident that she would always do the right thing to help my business grow. I will never forget the day she came by to tell me she was going to start a magazine. I told her “if anyone can, you can Julie.” For 6 years, I have admired her accomplishments. I am honored to now be a part of her team. She is a woman of class, has integrity beyond reproach, she is a great friend and a pleasure to work for..You just cant help but love Julie Hales.

Located in Port Royal, SC, Paul Nurnberg’s national and local clients include Beaufort Memorial Hospital, JCB Inc., Spring Island, TCL, and The Tefair Museum of Art. In addition to work for dozens of trade and business publications, he also photographs for many consumer magazines including: People, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Food Arts, and Elegant Bride. During the year Paul teaches photography classes at ArtWorks and through his studio and photographs select weddings and individual portraits.

Paul Nurnberg “Illustrating Beaufort Lifestyle using photography, means I get to meet and photograph some amazing people and places. It can be: spontaneous, planned (or not so much), fun, frustrating, funny, serious, beautiful, educational, exhilarating, hectic, great eating, great artwork, boat trips, hot cold, in-door, out-door, movies and chocolate and some great food..”

Dawn Harris “When asked to share my thoughts of working with Julie Hales, I can’t help but hear an old Neville Brothers song start playing in my head. The song is “Tell It Like It Is.” I say this because you will not find a truer, more honest person than she; qualities which are all too rare these days! It is easy (and very much a privilege) to be an ambassador for Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, largely because of Julie’s positive energy and real passion for this place and its people!”

Lea Allen “When I began working for Independence Day Publishing, it completely changed my life. When I started this job, I never imagined the world of opportunities I was walking into. The first time I worked in Beaufort, I fell in love immediately. I fell in love with, not only the beautiful scenery, but also with the people here. I have never worked for anyone like Julie Hales. She is a person who sincerely cares about her employees and has their best interest at heart. I am forever grateful for her and how she has helped me grow, not only as a person, but also as an employee!” “While I stood and watched my boss dilligently mop up grape slushie from her laptop, I realized why I have stuck with Julie Hales all these years, because anyone else would have fired me years ago! The grape slushie was spilled by my two year old, who was watching a chipmunk movie at an annoying high volume, all while we were trying to get this issue to press. Don’t get me wrong, she has threatened to fire me many times, and actually has once or twice I think. But this time, all she said was “Hand me a napkin.” Julie is a perfect example of one of life’s most basic principals. Life is a circle, what you put out Lane Gallegos there comes right back around to you. She has always been one of the fairest and most considerate people I’ve ever worked for. I have a huge amount of respect for her as a boss and a friend. And, I know whatever I give her, she will give back to me double fold. That’s why whenever she asked me if I wanted to do a magazine in Beaufort, I smiled and said “sure.” When on the inside I thought “she is crazy.” I can’t see myself working for anyone else, or anyone else believeing in me and giving me the chance that Julie has in this business. Even if it means a few toddler-trashed offices here and there!

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CONTENTS April/May 2012


10 Who’s The Boss?

Meet the person behind Beaufort Lifestyle, Julie Hales.

17 Dragon Boat Beaufort Cancer Survivor Racing Team

18 Milbry Gnann

A member of DragonBoat Beaufort Shares Her Story

31 Follow The Yellow Brick Road

with the Beaufort Children’s Theater and their upcoming production!

40 Chris Paul

Meet This Inspiring Local Musician

43 Saving History

John Keith Tells About Restoring Pick Pocket Plantation

48 Penn Center

1862 Circle Celebrates 150 Years



Artist Profile Susan Stone

41 Community Corner 49 Low Country Weddings 56 Dining Guide Yes! Thai Indeed

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On the Cover

Let’s Get A Dragon Boat

Owner and Publisher of Beaufort Lifestyle, Julie Hales.

-Cover Photo by SUSAN DELOACH

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I hope by now that each of you have gotten past the sight on the cover of this magazine. I was very reluctant to agree to be interviewed, and much more reluctant to be on the cover. I guess this is proof that I am not always the boss. I certainly let the staff make this decision. With that being said, let’s move ahead to the important stuff. I was recently asked to be a part of a new, amazing organization in Beaufort. When I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for DragonBoat Beaufort, I did not hesitate to answer. What an honor for these folks to allow me to be a part of this experience! DragonBoat Beaufort was inspired by the screening, Awaken The Dragon, at the Beaufort International Film Festival. This screening portrayed the effect the Charleston DragonBoat program has had on cancer survivors, their caregivers and supporters. Julie Hales, PUBLISHER Many people in the audience were moved by this film. Two women in our community, Clare Taylor and Mary Ann Thomas, were so moved by this experience, they could not wait to start forming a local team, DragonBoat Beaufort. I am not going to go into a lot of detail about this organization here. You will read more about this on the following pages. We will give you the background of this organization and their plans in this community. We also bring you a touching story of a cancer patient, Milbrey Gnann. Milbrey shared her story with Beaufort Lifestyle on her ongoing battle with cancer, and how DragonBoat Beaufort has been an inspiration to her. I don’t think there is a person around today that’s life has not been affected in some way by cancer; whether it by yourself, a family member or a friend. My team at Beaufort Lifestyle and myself plan to do everything we can to show our support for this cause that will reach thousands of lives right here in our community. DragonBoat Beaufort needs our help....let’s help them raise funds to make this happen. Get involved! Let’s give them the support they need so we can watch them put their paddles in the water in downtown Beaufort!

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Who’s The



ulie Hales is the owner and publisher of this magazine. She is our leader. She is the woman who has the final say over our pens and photographs. Julie laughingly told us once, “Everyone’s idea of a publisher is a big man, sitting behind a desk wearing a hat, chewing on a cigar and drinking a bottle of liquor, because that is what they saw in old movies.” However, that stereotypical image is far from the truth. In the industry today, publishers come from all walks of life. In Julie’s words, “Print media has changed in many ways over the years; anyone with the knowledge, and the desire and passion to tell the stories can sit behind my desk.” That passion is

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what has driven Julie Hales. Passion and hard work combined, the person we at the magazine find Julie to be, is a determined woman not afraid to get her hands dirty. Julie is energetic and extremely hardworking. However, those things having been said, she is also funny and charming and a pleasure to have as our publisher because she truly cares and is eminently fair. Classically, Julie fell in love with journalism in high school when she was on the newspaper staff at Effingham County High School in Springfield, Georgia in her junior and senior years. She served as the Sports Editor her senior year, writing several award winning articles. That experience paved the way for launching herself into the world of

publishing. After graduating from high school, Julie attended Armstrong State College in Savannah. Her mother and father had their hearts set on Julie going to college, so she agreed to their wishes, despite the fact the working world was already calling her name. Julie won several scholarships that covered all of her tuition and books, but she still opted for a part time job at the nearby bowling alley to cover her personal expenses while attending Armstrong. After five semesters, Julie sought greener pastures. With her ingrained self-assurance and enterprising quest to do what she loved, Julie left college for a job that promised a quench to her appetite for print she had been missing.

For the next thirteen years, Julie many times, “Why Independence Day from MNC, Julie gives it very little worked for a manufacturing company in thought, it was obvious she knew that Publishing?” Julie’s face lights up and Savannah. There, her tasks were many; answer like the back of her hand. “As a big grin appears as she answers, “The she began by writing the instruction much as I enjoyed what I did, there name of the business just spoke for who I manuals for the equipment they was something missing. Working for a was and what I believed in at the time, my manufactured. She handled all the layout local newspaper, I felt as if we were not independence from corporate America. for the books, brochures and marketing doing our community justice. I would And, my desire to be able to publish pieces. She even ran an offset press since constantly go to my publisher practically positive community features.” the company did their printing in house. begging to start printing feature articles Julie Hales had a dream, and she had Eventually, inside sales of the equipment on the people in our community. I would just taken the first step to set her course. was added to her Her vision of beginning list of duties, and a community magazine later a promotion to was about to come to office manager was life. awarded. Little did “I knew I had pretty Julie know at the much stepped out of time, sales would a great job, you know, become her next the kind with the passion. guaranteed paycheck In 1996, Julie each week. The old found the perfect adage about a “wing opportunity to forge and a prayer” sums up her two passions. the beginning of this She went to work company. With a new for the Effingham business bank account Herald, owned by with only $300 in it, it Morris Newspaper was time to get to work. Corporation. She I knew I needed funding, started out as and the best way I felt an advertising to get it was to use the sales rep and was experience I had gained later promoted through my years in the to Advertising newspaper business. So, Manager, and then off I went to secure our to Advertising first job, which I landed Director. on the very first day of Morris opening the business, a Newspaper Membership Directory Corporation is a for a local Chamber of mogul in the print Commerce. Selling it industry who was easy, and putting it owned over 150 together was a breeze. publications in “ Julie’s drive to pursue the United States her dream did not and the Caribbean slow down. Two other during Julie’s specialty publications tenure with them. quickly followed suit. Photo by JOHN WOLLWERTH She then took her MNC held annual sales competitions. profits from these three Julie says, “I was publications and began “Everyone’s idea of a publisher is a big man, sitting very fortunate to her very first community be a success in the behind a desk wearing a hat, chewing on a cigar and magazine. newspaper business. Effingham Magazine drinking a bottle of liquor, because that is what they In the last six of my launched in November of saw in old movies.” ten years with MNC, 2006, in the community I won their National where Julie was Sales Title. In 2004, I was named Georgia make my “sales pitch” sound as positive raised. Her second publication, Pooler Press Association Salesperson of the as I possibly could, but I never made the Magazine, followed immediately in Year. In 2005, I was the first inductee sale. I was always told, ‘Bad news sells December of 2006. Not slowing down to into the Morris Newspaper Corporation newspapers,’ Julie answered in a regretful breathe, her third publication, Richmond Advertising Hall of Fame” Julie sits back tone. Hill Magazine, started one month later, and chuckles as she adds, “And in 2006, In March of 2006, Julie started her in January of 2007. When asked why I quit!” own publishing company, Independence three magazines in three months, she When asked about her departure Day Publishing, Inc. She has been asked laughs and says, “Call me crazy!”

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Q & A With Julie - Go ahead, ask her anything! BL: After achieving success in three Georgia markets, what made you choose Beaufort as your next goal?

interesting or inspiring story, our neighbors who go out of their way to give back, not looking for recognition.

JH: I originally started researching the Bluffton area. Then I did a little research on Hilton Head. A friend told me I should take a ride into Beaufort to see what it was about. On my first trip to “assess” the area, I walked down Bay Street and all around the waterfront. I immediately thought, ‘Wow, this is cool.’ Everyone was so friendly! I engaged in conversation with some of the local merchants and found out very quickly that Beaufort was very community oriented. There is always so much going on here. The research immediately began on Beaufort, as I knew in my heart from my very first visit it would be the next place I would call home.

BL: If you could categorize what Beaufort Lifestyle is ‘about’ in a word, what would that be?

BL: Magazines are advertising driven, in that advertisements pay for the publication. Do you have a standard regarding the ratio of ads to content? JH: I have made a vow to myself that we will never be advertising ‘heavy.’ I will always keep the ratio in favor of the stories and photography. We will always give our readers a product to read! People hold on to our magazines for a long time because of that, there is substance to them. And this gives our advertisers added exposure for longer periods than other forms of advertising. BL: Beaufort Lifestyle always features a person on the cover. Why is that? JH: The reason people see faces on the cover of our magazine is because our goal is to print the stories about the people who make this community what it is, the unsung heroes, the girl next door. We pride ourselves in writing about the people who have an

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JH: We are about community, the everyday people who work and live in our neighborhoods. BL: Obviously you are a busy lady, so when you can, what do you do to unwind? JH: Water is the most relaxing thing in the world to me. Sitting on a dock watching the boats go by is pure joy. And that is part of what drew me to Beaufort, the beauty of our surroundings and the opportunity to enjoy the water. BL: Do you get to spend much time on our side of the river? JH: I have recently made Beaufort my other home. I have found a little piece of paradise out on St. Helena Island and I am now spending my time here, while still holding a residence in Georgia. My move here was only a matter of time. I fell in love with Beaufort on my first visit. Though I am only renting now, my plans for a full time permanent residence is right around the next corner in this adventure we all call life. BL: What do you like to do when you are in your new pied-a-terre on St. Helena? JH: I love being on a boat, crabbing off a dock or just sitting at the waterfront park. I adore fishing and finding all the hidden treasures in the area. But most of all, I am having so much fun meeting all the interesting people in Beaufort!

The Beaufort Lifestyle includes founding the WAAK (We’re All campaign in raising the most money in the Julie tells a story that answers the About Kids) Optimist Club of Effingham, history of the campaign. question “Why Beaufort?” perfectly. As a club focused on helping underprivileged Be it the American Heart Association, she tells it, “I was walking downtown children. In 2006, Julie was named the American Cancer Society, the along the waterfront one day, just thinking “Volunteer of the Year” in Effingham recreation department, the Victim Witness about Beaufort and trying to sort out my County for her efforts in establishing a Assistance Program, various Chamber feelings of starting Beaufort Lifestyle. I mentoring program in the elementary of Commerce committees or women’s looked up and saw a beautiful yacht had school system for underprivileged business organizations, Julie is there. pulled up to the seawall. “Volunteering has always People were walking over to been a big part of my life. take a look. I, too, began to It is a way I feel I can give walk in that direction. As I back to the community,” was walking, an elderly lady says Julie. crossed my path. She was Most recently, Julie has headed straight to the yacht. been named to the Board As we met along that walk, I of Directors for Dragon asked about ‘her yacht’ and Boat Beaufort. She says, she laughed. She said, ‘Oh, “This project is very near that’s not my yacht.’ Then she and dear to my heart, for so began talking to me, told me many reasons. I don’t think she was from Beaufort and there is a person alive today that she and her husband had that has not been affected owned a department store by cancer in some way. I here for many years, and that feel honored to have been he had been born in a room asked to be a part of this over the store. She told me organization. I am looking that Beaufort was always full forward to helping do my of interesting stories and she part to make this a huge had made her way across success.” the park as she was curious as to their story. We did not Looking Ahead exchange names that day, You may already be a but I found out soon after fan of this magazine, or that the lady I had spoken this may be the first issue with was Mrs. Lipsitz. When you have seen. Either way, I walked away from her that odds are you didn’t know day, I asked myself, ‘What are the story behind Beaufort you waiting on?’ Lifestyle. Like all good Julie pauses for a stories, this one includes moment and then says, “The a great cast of characters, next day I walked into the a beautiful setting and office and told my staff ‘We’re many chapters yet to come. Julie stresses, “Nobody going to do it, we are going to start a magazine in Beaufort.’ can do this alone. I have Photo by SUSAN DELOACH They said I was crazy. I told a fantastic team! I owe a them, ‘probably so but we’re lot to my staff and their going to do it anyway,’ and loyalty and dedication. “The reason people see faces on the cover of I haven’t looked back since. As one of my employees Beaufort Lifestyle debuted in our magazine is because our goal is to print states, ‘Teamwork Makes October 2009. The Dream Work.’ That the stories about the people who make this is our slogan at IDP. We community what it is, the unsung heroes, the girl Community Minded are a team, each and every Julie’s commitment to one playing an important next door.” supporting her community role, each and every one has extended far beyond fulfilling a dream.” children. She is in her third three year publishing magazines. She’s been Julie goes on, “We are always evolving term on the Effingham County United involved on every level of volunteering and doing our best to be responsive to Way Board of Directors, where she and supporting many organizations. She what our readers want in a community has served the last two years as the is always willing to lend a helping hand, magazine.” So keep reading - you never especially to organizations that serve those Campaign Chairperson. She was again know what you’ll find between the covers named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2010 in need. of Beaufort Lifestyle. (Publisher’s Note: A special thanks to Tim and for her efforts in leading the United Way Some of the work she has done Mare Deckard of Vintage Voyages for the use of their boat for our photo shoot.)

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he screening of Awaken The Dragon at the Beaufort International Film Festival vividly portrayed the effect the Charleston Dragon Boat program has had on cancer survivors, their caregivers and their supporters. As the lights went up, Clare Taylor and Mary Ann Thomas, moved as many in the audience were, turned to each other and said “We need to do this in Beaufort.” At the awards ceremony the evening of the screening, they met with Liz Oakley, the producer/director of the Festival’s winning documentary, Sterling Hannah and the enthusiastic members of the trophy-winning Charleston crew and DragonBoat Beaufort was born. The ambitious goal was to create a dynamic team, for both men and women cancer survivors and supporters and to fund local cancer support programs. Step One: form a team. Step Two: buy the DragonBoat through community support and outreach. Dragon Boat Charleston has been the model for Beaufort’s initiative, providing support, direction and even water-based “newbie” training in Charleston’s Ashley River. According to their website: “Twenty paddlers sit two abreast in colorful 48-foot vessels while paddling to the beat of a drummer, the heartbeat of the dragon. In 1996, a physician at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, created the first cancer survivor team. This team, called ‘Abreast in a Boat’, quickly proved the importance of team activity for both physical and emotional well

being. Just five years after the development of the original team, over one thousand survivors had formed survivor teams.” DragonBoat Beaufort’s goal is to promote “physical wellness and psychological well-being through this thrilling, team-oriented support program that even offers opportunities to travel to competitions world-wide. Being cut, radiated and medicated by cancer treatments needs an offset. This is an opportunity to get outdoors in a supportive team environment and regain some of what was lost.” Dragonboats can cost as much as $16,000. Additional needs include a safety boat, insurance, marina costs and trailoring. While initial fundraising in Beaufort is focused on the purchase of one, perhaps even two boats, DragonBoat Beaufort hopes to stage a DragonBoat Festival in the Fall of 2013 raising significant funds to support its local cancer support programs. On April 21 at 5:30, BIFF will hold an encore screening of Awaken the Dragon at USCB Center for the Arts; tickets are $20, $10 of which goes to DBB. It’s not necessary to wait until then to contribute, donate, or volunteer - see the trailer: https//:vimeocom.35915444, go to the website: and choose how you can help. Cancer affects all of us in one way or another.

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I’ve Been Thinking About My Legacy Milbrey Gnann tells us about her fight with cancer. Story by MARY ELLEN THOMPSON Photography by PAUL NURNBERG


ilbrey Gnann was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago. She was breast feeding her infant son, Thomas, when she noticed changes in her breast and initially thought she had mastitis. She was put on antibiotics until she could get an appointment with a surgeon; she got the diagnosis of breast cancer after several biopsies and imaging procedures a month later. Her advice: “Any time you have changes in your breast, you need to have it checked.” When she did have it checked by the surgeon, the mass was already five centimeters. She was given chemotherapy to reduce the size of the mass before surgery. Nine years later, Milbrey has been given ten different drugs to treat her cancer. In March of this year, drug therapy will have stopped for her unless a new drug becomes available in time. “There is a new drug in clinical trial so I just hope that my current treatment is buying me time. But if it doesn’t get FDA approval, or I’m allergic to it, there is only one more option and that is a sea sponge chemotherapy agent, but there are additional risks associated with people who have kidney disease.”


wife and mother of two sons, until two years ago Milbrey was also a nurse at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Walt, is a native of Beaufort. The two met while they were at Clemson and moved here in 1997. Their son, Walter, is in seventh grade and Thomas is in fourth grade. They are the biggest reason she gets up in the morning and puts on her brave face for the world. When she talks about her husband and

sons, Milbrey’s face lights up; her children’s art covers all possible surfaces in her kitchen. “The kids help so much - they keep me focused; they have to get to school, and I love going to their ball games.” She says with much pride, “Both boys enjoy school. Walter plays soccer and sails a Laser at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club (BYSC), he loves the racing competitions there. Thomas sails a bit with his dad but he really loves any sport with a ball. He goes to school early two mornings a week where he plays cup stacking; he also plays

the viola and sings. Our family spends a lot of time at the BYSC socially and that’s really good for me because I love being on the water.”


hen asked how she has the energy to take care of a house and her family, she replies “I don’t, look at my house!” Her house looks like that of any woman who is busy. The difference is that Milbrey is busy managing her disease; cancer is a family affair.


fter she lost her breast and subsequently during her disease process and reactions to the many medications she’s been given, Milbrey’s cancer metastasized to her skin and chest wall and then about two years ago, to her lungs. Last fall fluid built up in her chest and had to be drained regularly, a task her husband Walt did for her. Everything is so expensive; one of my pills cost $1000.00 and I needed five of them a day! Three years ago one of my medications destroyed my kidneys.” Due to the renal failure, she is now on home dialysis about eight hours every night. “My kids know how to set up my machine because they want me to do the dialysis.”


don’t like being sick but I’ve come to be at peace because I’ve got good support at St. Peter’s Church, my family and friends.” What is it like for her to not be able to envision her future? “It makes me sad! I’ve done my funeral arrangements; and in a way, it’s odd to be in control of that but it’s also kind of neat. I’ve picked out readings and songs that I like, but I’ve also left some things to be done by my family. I have been thinking about my legacy. You know, many people, not even close friends come up to me and tell me how much of an inspiration I have been to them. I help them persevere with the challenges life has brought them too. This Sunday after Mass I was talking to a member and he told me he is always amazed that I still can smile. Another time, someone told me that I have faced my suffering with grace. I have a couple of my former patients, even one from nursing student days, that are some of

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“One thing that is giving me a new focus is bringing the DragonBoat to Beaufort. When I read that there would be a dragon boat for Beaufort, I wanted to be part of the team.”

my cancer supporters today. I am very honored that I made a difference in their care that they want to do the same for me; my work as a nurse was always more than just a job. I really hope to leave a legacy of love, kindness, and compassion especially to my children and to my husband.”


eople have told me what I should do, that I can’t give up. But I believe that if you want to choose your treatments, or not, then you should. I don’t do everything I could, some of it is just too much; and at some point, I talked about not doing any more treatment, but it’s scary to think about stopping. People told me that it was no big deal to lose a breast, or my hair. When you lose a breast, it affects so many things, right down to your balance. When you lose your hair, and it’s summer and it’s hot and you sweat, the sweat drips down into your eyes.” Milbrey smiles as she says, with her characteristic optimism, “The upside of that is that your legs are always smooth!” She continues, “I don’t want to wear a hat or a wig any more, so I don’t. When you look good but feel bad, people don’t understand that you’re sick. I don’t see an end to this, nor a cure to my cancer; my husband does still believe in a cure for me, but I don’t. One of my prayers is to know when enough is enough.”


hen asked what advice she has for people who are dealing with friends who have cancer, Milbrey thoughtfully replies, “Be there. Continue to do the activities you normally do together if possible. You are their support and they want to support you during your challenges too. Don’t feel

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that you don’t want to burden them with your troubles because they are dealing with cancer. Hey, you are helping them and they still want to help you too! That is what friendship is all about. Life is always better when you can help someone else. I thrive on being around people and doing things. Being isolated is no fun. Another advice if children are involved is to keep them informed too. We tried to be age appropriate in the information given to our boys. We did not keep secrets.”


hat can people do to be helpful to families of cancer patients? “Bring meals is very helpful. Feeding the family is hard especially when at times even the smell of food is an instant ticket to the bathroom. Also, helping out with the children. I always love to be the one to take the children to school and their activities because I don’t want to miss out. But, there are times when my energy is so low I cannot do it. I like it when they get invited to a friend’s house or are taken to activities especially during off days from school. We have this wonderful friend, Mike Whitaker, that has Thomas under his wing and exposed him to hunting, from learning how to take care of a gun and gun safety to preparing and cooking of a squirrel. Activities I could never do even without cancer. Walter spends a lot of time with the Altman’s and their adventures never end out at the soccer field, Hunting Island or on the river. I get the needed rest and they come home happy and ready for bed. It is hard to accept help especially when you were the one who used to help other people. These days I need a driver to get to treatments and it is also nice to have

someone sit with you. My mom and dad come down frequently to help me around the house and my mother in-law does too. I don’t let my friends because I don’t want them to see my underwear. My dad helps out with the insurance paperwork which is a nightmare!”


ook into her eyes and you can see that Milbrey is tired and a bit weary. But there is a light that emanates from those eyes that encompasses hope, empathy, compassion and understanding. She is strong and brave and spends the energy she has trying to make the people around her comfortable. “Throughout the process, I’ve had my emotional ups and downs. I’ve been fortunate to have good friends and support, but I’ve just been in a bad mood lately. I accept that I’m always going to be tired. One thing that is giving me a new focus is bringing the Dragon Boat to Beaufort. I went to the Beaufort International Film Festival in February and saw the film Awaken the Dragon, and I was so moved by the movie. I met Liz Oakley, the director/producer of the film. When I read about it in the Beaufort Gazette, that there would be a dragon boat for Beaufort, I wanted to be part of the team. What’s neat about the Dragon Boat is that there is a mix of survivors and supporters. I’ve always loved being on the water, I used to sail. I can’t sail anymore but I can go out on a boat. My theory about the Dragon Boat is that the boat won’t move unless we paddle together, and that same principle applies to life - that we can’t really work without a team.”

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iding a rising tide in the coolness of morning, he guided his craft through the water with the quiet ease of a wood stork navigating the thermal air currents overhead. His oars hit the water with the same precision he employed when he fashioned them, along with his wooden bateaux, out of cypress wood. The cast net hit the surface with a sonorous splash as it began its bell-like descent into the water to capture the fish for the day’s catch. Sam Moultrie lived most of his life on the river. It is an apt analogy as his mother, Viola Moultrie, brought him here to Saint Helena Island by boat from Savannah when he was eight months old. And except for the three years and six months that he was in the armed service, he has been here ever since. With only three years of education at the Oaks Plantation School when he was a small child, in distinct Gullah Mr. Moultrie recounts, “I picked up my own trade - building boats. I had no ruler; I took a stick to measure. I read the rule of sticks. I learned by myself, no one teach me. I built boats all my days; if I build them, I guarantee they won’t leak!” Used for fishing, shrimping and oystering, his boats could be found on the rivers at Fripp Point, Coffin Point, Warsaw Island, Dafuskie Island, Wadmalaw and Edisto Islands. The bounty of the rivers not only provided a living for many of the islanders, but also many of the islands were not connected by bridges so transportation between the islands themselves had to be by boat. Ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen or twenty feet in length, the wooden bateaux was the preferred boat found on the rivers

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of the Sea Islands. Silently sliding through or four days to build a bateaux; I made the reference, according to the Early 2012 Fur the water, whether being poled or rowed, the bow stem in one piece with a chisel. I used Market Report by American Fur Harvesters, bateaux’s flat bottom enabled it to get up into a handsaw and a hatchet, now I have power Inc. raccoon pelts are currently selling for the flats, alongside of the oyster beds, and tools - I can start building at 8 a.m. and by $13 - 19, mink for $20, and otter for $82. into the shallows. A Gullah tradition brought 2:00 go fishing!” What is his favorite boat? You can still legally hunt or trap all three in over with the African slaves, the construction “The sixteen foot bateaux.” South Carolina with the proper licenses.) of these boats replicates the slat bottom boats Approaching his eighty ninth birthday, Mr. Moultrie built his own box traps for the from Sierra Leone. Mr. Moultrie displayed Sam Moultrie is tall, aristrocratic in bearing, mink, “I saw one built and built my own.” and taught his craft for many years on Saint and still has a lot of spunk; “I could still How many did he build? “As many as I want, Helena Island at the Penn Center Heritage build a boat - just get in my rolling chair thirty or forty.” In addition to bateaux, and Days and Summer Studies Workshops where and get to work.” In addition to building the oars (which he made with a draw knife and in 2011 he was named an “Honorary Grand bateaux, he was a fisherman and fur trapper. Skill saw), and box traps, Mr. Moultrie built Marshall in recognition of a life two large shrimp boats - one well lived in the Saint Helena fifty feet, the other fifty-five; Island Community”. He is the he also built houses. The end of this era; as with several shrimp boats went to of the other craftsmen that were Florida and never came back, originally taught at the Penn one of the houses he built School, no one is following in burned to the ground, and his footsteps. he says he has had his share “I built boats all my days. of life’s hardships but, with People go in da crik in my aplomb announces, “I’ve gone bateaux to go fishing.” When through hell but I’m okay!” asked if he had a plan he used When asked about his other to build the boat, he responds, interests when he was growing “The plan is in my head.” Back up, Mr. Moultrie answered, in the day, he built his boats “I say, go to the place where next to the Maggioni Oyster you can learn something! I Factory on Ladys Island. “I was raised by my Grandaddy learned from Jessie Holmes and when he went to bed at who lived at Coffin Point. He night I’d get out books that used a plane, a chisel, a saw, belonged to my aunt and a hatchet and glue. But Jessie uncle and read them, I didn’t built his boats so that they have any books of my own; I had to be put in the water for only went to school until third a few days to let the bottoms grade.” swell up so they wouldn’t leak. Born in 1923, married I built mine with in a way that to Beatrice in 1949, they the boards on the bottom were had seven sons and three tight up against the boards on daughters, Sam Jr., Olamae, the sides and mine didn’t need William James, Herman, to swell, they didn’t leak. At the Leon, Anthony, Dorothy, and oyster factory, a towboat would Carl; who, with their families go out on Monday pulling ten or are “living on my property or more, twenty foot long bateaux nearby on Saint Helena.” They behind it, it would come back lost daughter Shirley, and on Friday with all the bateaux son Arthur Lee. “I put all my loaded full of oysters.” kids through school as high Since those days, Mr. as they wanted to go. I have Moultrie has built bateaux nothing to worry about. I sit in his yard, or his client’s in my chair, I watch TV, I go “I built boats all my days. People go in da crik in to bed and say my prayers. I yards. Now they are built out of plywood, but again, back in my bateaux to go fishing.” When asked if he had always thank the Lord. I don’t the day they were crafted out of work with anyone else, I’m the a plan he used to build the boat, he responds, pine or cypress. The choice of only bateaux builder left. I have wood and length depended upon “The plan is in my head.” three sons who know how to the primary use for the boat. build bateaux, but they don’t. Cypress was best for shrimping; For me, building boats was fun! pine, which is a tougher wood, But now it’s over. In the future, was better for oystering. The twelve and “I made more money on my boat in the water the work I’ve done will speak for me.” fourteen foot lengths were most popular for than I did building them. I caught fish and shrimping. “If you go in da crik for catching shrimp and oysters.” In the 1950’s and 60’s (Note: The Penn Center on Saint Helena shrimp, you don’t want a big boat. The he trapped raccoons, minks, and otters. “I Island has two of the bateaux Mr. Moultrie twenty foot bateaux is for oysters so you can skinned, stretched, and dried them and a built during Heritage Days for sale, please get a truckload, otherwise it isn’t worth it.” man came through to buy them.” At that contact them if you are interested.) “I’m the only one making boats since time he sold otter pelts for $20, mink for Jessie Holmes died. It used to take three $16-18, and raccoon for $5 -6. (As a point of

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hat makes a play come to life? On the stage at the Center for the Arts at USCB, Bonnie Hargrove, or “Miss Bonnie” as she is affectionately called, and her crew take a script to the stage. We often appear in the auditorium, take our seat and enjoy the production without ever giving a thought as to how it magically appeared in front of us. We leave without thinking about whether or not the little Oz actually had a deep voice because the judges chose to get a voice-over for him in order to give two children a part, and to make the character seem more interesting. What goes on behind the scenes with set design, costumes, makeup, stage mothers, ego, scheduling conflicts, etc., never is apparent to the audience. Here’s a birds-eye view of how it happens. Choosing the Script: Bonnie chooses the script based on what talent is available and what has audience appeal. Aladdin was the first production, Guys and Dolls was the most recent. She says, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has lots of little bitty speaking parts which helps develop younger talent, as well as music and dancing which allows many people to participate.” Casting Calls: It all starts with the casting call, which is announced in the newspapers, on facebook and in email blasts. Auditions: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be performed at USCB in May. Children ages six to eighteen are asked to audition. About 150 of them showed up - they were given a number, brought to the stage in groups of about 20, by age, where they spoke, danced, and sang. The little ones had a simple choreography showed to them onstage by Jennifer Shand, dancer/choreographer, and they

reproduced the steps in groups of five. As the ages increased, so did the complexity of the choreography. Jim Riley, vocal coach, had them exercise their voices and then sing a few bars from a song - again the little ones were given a choice of two songs, the older ones could sing whatever they liked. Lines were read from the script and the audition judges scored each person in 4 categories with a score range of 1 - 3. Call backs were established and those read from the script. Afterwards, the judges cast the parts for the principals. The rest of the cast will be chosen by the staff, rehearsals will begin, stages will be set and the play will go on. Funding: Ticket sales alone do not pay for the production costs; sponsorships contribute and each child pays an activity fee. If they cannot afford the fee, there are scholarships available.

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Beaufort Children’s Theater The People Behind the Scenes: Bonnie Hargrove, Director of the Center of the Arts, is the force behind the scenes. From Birmingham, Alabama, Bonnie’s parents and grandparents made sure that she was exposed to live theatre, music and gallery exhibitions. She loved them all. Her experience of being on the stage herself occurred ten years ago when she thought she would see what it felt like to be on the other side. She says, “I had been directing children’s theatre and I thought it would be a great learning experience for me. My very best friends came to see the opening night and the only thing they said was ‘Your hair looks great!’ I retired from acting and continued to direct. I am not sure how my hair looks now but at least the parents seem to like the plays.” When asked how she came to Beaufort and USCB she answered, “A long road that has ended in a great opportunity to work with USCB Chancellor Jane Upshaw, faculty, and community leaders to develop the Center for the Arts for Beaufort and surrounding counties. The vision for the historic Beaufort campus to be an arts campus makes my job even more fun and exciting!” Jennifer Shand, Choreographer. What is her history with dance? “I was in a lot of shows in my teen years, I danced since first grade and have been in several shows and musicals. I went back to school in 2006 and got a Masters Degree in Theater Arts Education. What is her greatest challenge, working with a group in this age range? “From a choreographer’s standpoint, it is making up dances that aren’t too hard and that all the children are able to perform and still have it be interesting and fun for the audience to watch.”

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Jim Riley, Music Director. How did he get involved? “I was introduced to Bonnie by a friend in my church music group.” What is his greatest joy when coaching/directing in a production like this? “I love the joy on their faces when they get it right and I see their feeling of success.”

Pat Wilcox, Costume Designer. How did she get into costume design? “I studied tailoring with a men’s master tailor. I’ve designed for thirty plus years, and in the movie industry for five.” What are her favorite costumes for this play? “The Lion, Wicked Witch and the Munchkins; it is one of my favorite shows ever.”

Jason and Elaine Lake, Set Design. What is their background? He was has a Masters Degree in theatrical design from the University of Georgia, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. She was an actress and he designed sets for her. What would they most like to see in the set design for this production? “We would like to build a revolving stage!” Mr. and Mrs. Casey Chutcka, Set Construction. What is their connection? He is a general contractor. Their son, Eliott, is an actor. Why do they do it? “It helps us to stay connected and it’s fun! It’s a good way to be active parents. He says, “The fakey part of sets is what is a challenge for me. It looks good and real in the front, but not in the back. I enjoy the fantasy it provides.” She has been in the theatre herself designing costumes, doing choreography, and directing.

Tracy Davidson, Mother Behind the Scenes. What is her role? “I make everything work backstage. During the final four or five rehearsals, and the nights of the play I make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be, behaves and stays quiet.” She is also the mother of William, a munchkin in this play. A Few Members of the Cast and what they have to say: Scarecrow, Eliott Chucta. “I started acting seven years ago in the Music Man. I enjoy acting because I get to interact with my audience; I like to have fun with them. I want to be a choral director.” Dorothy, Hanna Brown. “I get to meet new people, and make new friends that share the same interests.” Glinda, Michelle Perri. “I want to be a theatre teacher. This is my first role outside of an ensemble and I want to see what’s going to come out of the show.”

There are twelve speaking Munchkins in this play and they are all as precious as they can possibly be! In addition to the thirty bigger parts, there are twenty-two other Munchkins, Poppies, Wolves, and Crows. The actors and actresses have lines to memorize, songs and/or dance steps to learn. They have to remember where to stand on the stage, to project their voices and to enunciate. All the behind the scenes people have their work cut out for them to bring this production together in a cohesive manner. But bring it together, they do. (However, please note that this publication want to press early in the rehearsal stages so our photographs couldn’t include the entire cast or the costumes.) The Play: Be sure to go and see the final result of all their efforts at the USCB Center for the Arts on May 11, 12 ,18 in the evening, or the matinee on May 20. After all, who among us would not like to wear a pair of ruby slippers or hold hands and skip jubilantly down the Yellow Brick Road?

Rehearsals The cast rehearses two evenings a week for seven to eight weeks, adding Sunday rehearsals closer to the opening of the play. Each actor gets four “get out of jail free” cards, meaning they can only miss four rehearsals. At the first rehearsal, Bonnie makes sure they all have their scripts with their names on them, that their parts are highlighted, and gives them this direction, “If you’re sitting next to someone you feel will make you misbehave, move! It’s early in the process and there were fifty people who auditioned that didn’t get cast so you can be replaced! And be sure, when you read your part to read slowly, don’t let it get into your brain fast!” Jennifer goes over and over the dance steps. Jim tells the munchkins to all hit a certain note, which he demonstrates. At first try, it sounds like the twenty children in the group have hit twenty different notes. The cast will read through and read through and read through the script to develop their characters.

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rtist, Jeweler, Author, Healer and Life Coach; Susan Stone came to live in South Carolina in the spring, sixteen years ago. After vacationing for five days on Hilton Head Island, Susan fell in love, “I felt like I’d come home!” So, she left the wintery north and her professional gardening business behind in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to the Lowcountry. Back, in her formative years, Susan remembers that her challenge was to make a living as an artist. “As my siblings were making plans for their future, my family laughed at my plans to be an artist. Everyone said ‘You can’t make a living at it.’ So I took that as a challenge; I was not going to be the ‘starving artist.’ And because of that - my career has been such a journey, to make a living as an artist.” Susan studied Interior Design and Commercial Art at Sinclair Community College where she received her degree in Commercial Art. She says, “My first job out of college was in engineering. I did mechanical illustration for Monarch Marking in Dayton. My next move was as art department manager for Leewards; that’s where I got to experiment with so many different medias. I really liked combining my love of gardening with my love for design; so I started designing gardens, then landscapes. Soon, I was making a living at it. But, being in Ohio, work was slow in the winter, so I used the skills I had developed in the art store. I started airbrush painting Harley’s - I really loved painting motorcycles! It was my airbrush work that led to a position with an animation studio. I started painting for them but we soon discovered that I had a talent for sculpture. So I became the master sculptor (the originals are called masters). From there I worked my way to painting murals.” And that brings her story to Dafuskie Island, where her first job in this area was as the landscape and garden designer at Haig Point. “I never imagined I’d take a boat to work!” While there she started painting murals - on ceilings, floors and walls. After commuting to Dafuskie for two years, Susan decided to work out of her studio doing landscape design. Concurrently, USCB asked her to teach fine art at their campus on Hilton Head. After seeing her design work, Advanced Kitchen Design in Hilton Head hired her as a designer; the first kitchen she designed was so unusual that the cabinet manufacturer photographed it and featured it in their brochures. Her unique style of design is still featured ten years later. She was off and running, doing well, winning awards, and making money. “It was intoxicating, but the housing boom meant long hours, including holidays. In order to keep up, I had to put myself on hold. I had plenty of money, but no family life. I built a house but had no time to enjoy it. Then at one point I realized that everything I owned, actually owned me. I had become a slave to my own lifestyle. So in 2004, I decided to write a book, We Heard You. I took two years off. It was only after slowing down and enjoying the simpler things in life that I made the decision not to go back to AKD. I rented out my house, gave everything away and moved to the charming village of

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Port Royal. Eventually I missed digging in the dirt, so I took a job as the gardener at Bonny Hall Plantation in Yemassee, which is a private residence used for bird hunting.” Having always been a painter, and a jeweler and silversmith since the age of seventeen, Susan was inspired to create jewelry from the feathers she collected at Bonny Hall. A shaman as well, Susan says, “What better way to immortalize a beautiful bird then to wear its feathers, or to use them in the ceremony of smudging?” In November of 2010, Susan left Bonny Hall and in the process of trying to decide what to do, she ran into Lana Hefner who talked to her about the working studio concept of ArtLofts which is located in the alley off of Carteret St. in Beaufort. Susan had considered opening her own store when Lana convinced her to join the artists in the studio. “I hadn’t been part of the art scene in Beaufort, I had no body of work and I knew no one in the community. What was I going to create? I’d always painted; if I didn’t have anything to draw on, I’d draw in the dirt. The light in ArtLofts was so inviting for a working studio; I realized I had feathers in abundance so I made earrings, hat bands, necklaces. The response to the feather creations were an instant hit since Steven Tyler was wearing feathers in his hair on American Idol. I’ve been wearing them in my hair since I was five! I put feathers on boot bands, I use them mixed with magnolias to decorate mantle pieces. I love finding uses for feathers! I respectfully collect the feathers, no bird should die for it’s feathers but if it’s being hunted then the feathers should be used. People send me birds from all over. I wash and blow dry them - they’re amazingly hearty.” What does Susan like about life in Beaufort? “I like the historic aspect. Hilton Head is a little generic, but I love Beaufort. There is just a feeling about Beaufort, it’s rich history, the antebellum architecture, the Gullah culture; it’s almost like a stew - you can taste all the flavors in a single bite. It wouldn’t take much imagination to feel that you are here in another time. And Hunting Island, to me, is like Gilligan’s Island - I’ve camped there with friends for the past eight years.” What does she like to do here? “I play a lot of music; I sing and play the autoharp. I love bluegrass music and the old timey songs. I play the native flute, but just for me. Also, I like to fish! Fishing in the South is so exciting; fishing in Ohio - take a book; here it doesn’t take more than three seconds to get a tug. Whiting is what I like to fish for because it’s sweet and the bones come away from the meat

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so easily. I like to eat smaller fish anyway, because they have less mercury. I lived at the fish camp when I first moved to Bluffton. The people there taught me to put a boat in the water, taught me to fry fish and make cheese grits. They showed me how to clean the fish with a toothbrush so I could eat the fish tails like chips; we fried them in cornmeal and pancake flour. That was some good eatin’! What an experience that was, living among people who had lived on the May River for generations. I really learned a lot about living life in the Lowcountry.” In addition to being at ArtLofts, Susan is currently gardener and grounds manager for the Memorial Gardens at the Sauls Funeral Home in Bluffton. “On “What better way to immortalize a other days I see private clients for counsel and beautiful bird then to wear its feathers, healing. Everything I do or to use them in the ceremony of is fun: slinging paint, playing with feathers, smudging?” digging in the dirt.” sharpen. I have always been clairaudient In addition to being a and clairvoyant, but since September published author, landscape designer, those senses have become more acute. jewelry maker, artist, and shaman, Susan When the lightning hit me, I felt a hand is also an ordained minister, a Reiki on my shoulder and it stayed there for master and life coach. twenty four hours. It was so distinct that “My life story is about stepping into the I could have drawn a line around the shoes I was born to wear. My potential fingers. I knew I had been protected and it gnawed at me; my life purpose, my reason felt like a Guardian Angel. In the days and to be here came to me one synchronicity weeks to follow, I dreamt about angels, at a time.” The synchronicity that led her smelled sweet fragrances out of nowhere to paint her wonderful angels is a bizarre and heard distant singing. I couldn’t help story with the happy ending that resulted myself, I had to paint them. I didn’t want in beautiful pieces of art. “Last September to paint anything else or make any jewelry. I was struck by lightning. I was in the I became almost obsessive about the passenger seat of a car and the lightning angels.” came in through the window and hit me Enterprise, self-sufficiency, and the in the shoulder. There were three of us in willingness to dare to be her very own best the car and no one was injured, but the person are only a few of Susan Stone’s woman in the back seat had an amethyst myriad of creative talents. To know her, to in her pocket that turned into smoky be witness to her life experience, is to go quartz, that takes temperatures in excess of four hundred and fifty degrees. Since on a journey that has no beginning and no then, my vision has changed, at first I end. After all, who can resist a woman who started seeing more, but now sometimes says, “It’s been such a great ride...I guess I see less; I can’t always see my reflection the reason that I cannot focus on one thing in the mirror. It’s interesting to experience is that life is just too delicious to choose how when one sense dulls, the others just one thing.”


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would never have dreamt that I would have accomplished what I have since I moved to Beaufort.” So says Christopher Paul, singer, songwriter, musician and Beaufort resident since 2005. After almost thirty years as a professional musician, Chris says he is just hitting his stride, with a full slate of engagements and his third album, Beyond This Place, being released in April. Originally from northeast Ohio, Chris moved to Nashville directly after high school. “It was “real life 101’ but I had work waiting for me when I got there” he says, “I ended up spending a tremendous amount of time in Nashville as a professional musician. I did it all, session

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player, road work, producer, songwriter. I did that scene for many years.” In fact Chris had performed in 48 states (he is still working on Alaska and Hawaii), by the time he was in his mid thirties. “I was on the road a lot. We would be in the desert when I would go to sleep, and when I woke up I would look out the window and see trees. We would be in a different zone entirely!” he laughs. Chris says spending that time honing his craft was beneficial. “I learned the music business, and you can’t replace that. The music business has certainly changed a lot from those days but you can’t replace the experience of actually getting out there and doing it. You acquire a skill set from paying your dues. If

you don’t spend the time travelling the country, playing gigs and working on your music, you won’t have those experiences to draw on later.” Life Changes Chris says, “While I was traveling I always knew one day I would live in the ‘mountain time zone’, and when my wife Renee, who was working in the tech industry, got a job offer in Colorado in 2000, we decided to move out there. I didn’t hesitate for a minute.” Shortly after they relocated, and while in the middle of creating his second CD in Nashville, Chris was in a mountain bicycle accident only minutes from their home. He woke up

“The static of everyday lives has a tendency to rob us of whats’ truly important in life. As best you can, it is important to enjoy and be grateful for the time you have because who knows what will happen in any given day.” from a coma four days after the accident with a paralyzing spinal cord injury. “I spent the next three months in the hospital” he says. Among his injuries was extensive damage to his left arm and hand, and he says “Playing the guitar, even as little as I could at the time, was actually a good thing because it helped with the rehab process.” For the book Crafting a Life of Passion, Purpose and Prosperity, Chris wrote a chapter entitled, “Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Your Purpose.” In it he describes what motivated him throughout the long years of physical rehabilitation. “My true passion, the love of music, became the energy to keep going in spite of the changes and obstacles” he wrote. Making the decision to resume his musical career meant moving from Colorado. “Renee’s family lives here and we had visited many times and loved the area. It was an easy decision to move to Beaufort, because it has it all, beauty, charm and the friendliest people I’ve ever met. It has been more than I could have imagined I drive home from my musical jobs and think I am blessed to be playing over 150 dates a year! ” says Chris. Chris’s original instrumental music is subtle, harmonious and totally lovely. It is soft without being dull, quiet without being boring. On the Journey of the Soul album he writes, “Life is an odyssey, shaped by the passing of time and the choices we make. The music on this album embraces the inner journey-with its sense of beginning and end-and the courage it takes to receive all that lies along the way” Those words capture the music perfectly. As stated on his website, Chris’s original instrumental music is heard around the world in many outlets and included on various projects with Warner Brothers Austria, Oasis, Soothing Music, Musaz, and C.A.R.E Channel (which is played at Beaufort Memorial Hospital) to name a few. His new album, Beyond this Place answers his fans request for a vocal project. “It’s spiritual in content, drawn from my own reflections about things that have been on my heart and my attempt to express those feelings through song. I added electric guitar on this record where my other projects only had acoustic. There is some crunch guitar as well as other amplified instrumentation to round

out the arrangements giving this album a bit more edge.” Chris says, “I have some venues where I can focus on my original songs, and some where the patrons expect covers. People like music they can recognize and I enjoy entertaining them and giving people an enjoyable experience. Having said that, my original music is always well received and people applaud that as well. ” The artists Chris covers include Van Morrison, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Bob Seger and a song list from Sinatra to Green Day far too lengthy to quote. The years of entertaining people, at home and on the road, are evident in Chris’s easy style and relaxed manner while performing. Sliding from one song to the next, he has the rare ability to keep a group of people listening intently and even softly singing along, all while appearing utterly at home and relaxed himself. Chris says, “I am happy to offer a relief and a little escape for the time we, the audience and myself, are together. I’m glad that the audience can step away from their day to day cares. “ Chris tells the story, “When I was recovering I had a handicapped bicycle I would ride at the time in Colorado. It was late November and I was out riding on the plains and I saw this flock of geese passing over. It was so beautiful and I heard a soft whisper from within say, ‘Chris this is bonus time’. By all rights I shouldn’t be here and yet I am.” He pauses and continues, “My ‘take away’ since

my accident has been that we are all in bonus time. The static of everyday lives has a tendency to rob us of what’s truly important in life. As best you can it is important to enjoy and be grateful for the time you have because who knows what will happen in any given day. And the chances of it all ending at some point are still 100 percent!” For further information: website The book Crafting a Life of Passion, Purpose and Prosperity is available at bookstores and through his website. Chris performs at venues throughout the lowcountry; check his website for updated appearance information. Chris’s albums Journey of the Soul, Higher Ground and Beyond This Place are available on his website as well as through online sources CD Baby, ITunes, and The Orchard.

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In 2005, the house was collapsing. Five days before it was to be torn down John Keith was called in by his old friend Neil Trask. Well known in the area for saving doomed houses, Mr. Keith came out and took a look at what was left of the once lovely Pick Pocket Plantation.” It was in bad shape”, he says “It was going to need a complete overhaul if we were going to save it.” Pick Pocket was the original home of the Trask family here in Beaufort, owned by the family for almost 100 years. As bad as it looked in its current state, Mr. Keith could see that the house had distinctive architectural style, complete with wrap-around porches and a widow’s watch on the very top of the house. At one time, the plantation covered many acres, but it has shrunk considerably through the years as the land was developed. Mr. Keith thought he would need two acres surrounding the house in order to restore the building, but as many projects grow, so did this one and he ended up with fifteen acres. Today there are nine historical buildings on the property, including fully working stables. After extensive renovation and rebuilding, the house has been completely redone and furnished with period antiques and is now open for tours. In addition, Pick Pocket hosts a thriving Farmers Market twice a week which offers a wide array of fresh local produce, local food specialties, crafts, art and tours of the plantation home. Pick Pocket Plantation is another piece of history enjoying a new life through the efforts of Mr. Keith.

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a restaurant, the “Lobster House”, and built a large rental business which at one time operated 400 properties throughout Beaufort county. Mr. Keith says, “We worked around the clock!”

John Keith Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Mr. Keith joined the Marine Corps in 1957 and after basic training at Parris Island he was permanently stationed there on the rifle range for three years. In 1957 Beaufort was a “one stop light town”, or as Mr. Keith was told by fellow marines, Beaufort was “don’t blink or you will miss it” kind of place. But that’s not what he saw. He says, “I liked Beaufort right away, it was so pretty and charming and it looked like a real nice place to live.” Mr. Keith laughs, “I would look at Port Royal from Parris Island and little did I dream that someday I would own property there, and make my life here in Beaufort!” He continues, “As a Christian I give God all the Glory. I knew that God has a plan for me and surely this is part of the plan.” Mr. Keith took the city of Beaufort plumbing test in 1958 in order to get a plumbing license. “I did that before I got married or left the Marines, so I would be ready to support myself and a family. At that time I was making the grand sum of $84 every other week from the Marines!” He opened the Keith’s Plumbing on August 18, 1960. He and Thelma, who he calls ‘the sweetest of women’, married in March of 1960. They have been married for 52 years. Thinking back now he says, “We struggled like crazy. In fact it was one year before we could afford to place an ad in the phone book!” The Keith’s had four children, sons Mark, Kevin, Timothy and daughter Dawn. Today John and Thelma are the proud grandparents of fifteen grandchildren. The plumbing business started out on Carteret Street before they settled into their permanent location on Ribaut Road. Always open to new opportunities, in 1971 they bought

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Historical Interest Mr. Keith says he always had an interest in history, and “We loved old furniture and we furnished our home with antiques that I refinished myself.” And it wasn’t just furniture, he says, “My son Kevin and I started buying old cars, he would do the engine work and the body work and I would refinish the wood on the station wagons. We have some nice ones, four here at Pick Pocket, twenty total.” “It started out with old furniture and old cars, and then I came across a story in Southern Living about a one room schoolhouse that had been made into a restaurant. I thought that was a great idea so I looked in 100 mile radius in every direction, and finally found an old school house in Yemessee that had potential. It was the old Fennel schoolhouse and was a nice building. I wanted to move it to Port Royal but in order to get it there we had to take the roof off. Escorted by the Highway Patrol it was quite a sight! But we got here to Port Royal, where it is today. “(Currently home to the Suwan Thai Cuisine restaurant on Paris Avenue in Port Royal) “We put that in and that was the first.” The buildings found Mr. Keith and he accommodated by moving them and saving them from certain collapse. “People knew I was interested in old houses, buildings that had historical value and they started calling me when one was about to fall down or be demolished. We saved a slave house; we saved the wood from the front and the side and rebuilt the rest. The old Port Royal railroad station was moved over; in fact it is now our church, New Life Tabernacle. The town of Port Royal called one day and said ‘Can you use the caboose?’ so we brought that over too!” he says. There is also an old gas station and a building from Blackville. “That is the biggest one, we brought it 89 miles which is the farthest any of the buildings have travelled!” Locals and visitors delight in the opportunity see these historical buildings, where they add charm and character to the lovely village of Port Royal. Pick Pocket Plantation Unfortunately, few if any records exist regarding the origins of Pick Pocket. Mr. Keith says, “During Sherman’s March the records were sent inland where they were subsequently lost or destroyed.” “When I got here the plantation was totally overgrown, and it took three years to get it in its present shape. In 2010, the Beaufort Historical Society wanted it on their fall tour of homesso we got it done and ready to show! “Today the heart pine floors gleam as the sun streams through the large bay windows. Never done, he says,” We still have the mule barn yet to do. I did hear of a ‘hammer mill’ on the property but I went through the woods and all that was left was a pile of rubble, “says Mr. Keith. As to the future of the plantation Mr. Keith says, “The Farmers Market is a real nice thing, but I think we can do even more with it, and I have been looking into different ideas as to how to best use the property.” A man of faith, he says “God has a plan and I will keep opening doors until God leads me through the right one.” Pick Pocket Plantation is located at 93 Trask Farm Rd. (behind the Advance Auto on Robert Smalls Pkwy). For further information see:



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COMMUNITY CORNER TCL to host career expo The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host a career expo Wednesday, April 18. The fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MacLean Hall (building 12) student center at TCL’s Beaufort Campus on 921 Ribaut Road. The expo will allow participants to learn more about area employers’ businesses and industries, hiring preferences and career opportunities, according to TCL career and transfer services manager Melanie Gallion. Participating employers include Regions Bank, Sam’s Club, Hilton Garden Inn, CareCore National, Hargray Communications, S. C. Vocational Rehabilitation, Lowes, the US Army and more The 7th Annual Bill Verity Cup Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament The 7th Annual Bill Verity Cup Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, honoring the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce and supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area, will be April 23, 2012 at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

The Sanctuary Golf Club is located on Cat Island, 8 Waveland Avenue in Beaufort. Shotgun start begins at 1 p.m.; tournament format is a modified Texas Scramble with teams consisting of four amateurs and one professional. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area, which include the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort and the Boys & Girls Club of Sheldon. Entry fee is $150 per amateur or $600 per team, which consist of four players and a pro. Registration is still available via calling Liz Vallino at (843) 379-5430, ext. 233. Entry fee includes: one golf professional, greens fees, practice tee, golf cart, box lunch, awards dinner reception and prizes. The Bill Verity Cup Pro Am Charity Golf Tournament honors the late C. William Verity, Jr. who was the United States Secretary of Commerce under President Ronald Regan and a steel executive with AK Steel

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Corporation. Verity retired in Beaufort. He died January 3, 2007 at 89. His sons, Jon & Will Verity, both work in Beaufort at Verity Investment Partners. 9th Annual FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice’s Fashion Show The 9th Annual FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice Fashion Show fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at The Shed located in the center of downtown Port Royal, SC. The theme for the event which begins at 11:30 am is “Transitions” and will showcase the romantic colors and styles for spring. The event includes a luncheon offered by Catering by Debbi Covington, an auction and door prizes. FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice is a nonprofit, United Way organization that has been serving Beaufort residents for over thirty-two years and relies solely on support from the community to operate. Tickets are $55 or you can purchase a table for 10 people for $500. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 843-525-6257. Earth Day Celebration at the ReStore LowCountry Habitat for Humanity ReStore will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012 with a variety of earth-friendly activities for the whole family. The event will take place from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the ReStore, located at 612 Parris Island Gateway (Hwy 280) in Beaufort. Great bargains can be found at the Plant Sale featuring beautiful perennials and annuals and at the Book Sale with lots of wonderful used books. A Kid’s Craft Corner will help children learn that it is never too soon to develop a “green” attitude. The highlight of the day will be a silent auction of Recycled Art created by prominent local artists. The artists have borrowed ordinary items from the ReStore and repurposed them into fabulous new creations that will amaze you. Contact the ReStore at 843-525-0055 for further information. Help a family, help the planet!

Verdier House Exhibit Spotlights Beaufort’s Role during the Spanish-American War The Friends of Fort Fremont announce the opening of the most comprehensive collection of Spanish-American War era artifacts ever displayed in South Carolina with many period pieces on-loan from museums and private collections. Fort Fremont was built in 1898 as part of the coastal defense system during the Spanish-American War. The site was purchased in 2004 by Beaufort County through the Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Program and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When: Through June 30, 2012 Where: John Mark Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC. Dierks Bentley to perform at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will host Throwdown at Fightertown featuring country music superstar Dierks Bentley at 8 p.m., April 28 aboard the Air Station. The concert is open to the public and the gate opens at 5 p.m. Military vehicles and equipment will be on display. Tickets are available online at www. and will be available at the door for $25. Special pricing is available for active-duty military, retired military and Department of Defense personnel through the MCCS ITT office, located at the base exchange. The show begins with country singer Will Hoge at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be available from local businesses such as Sea Eagle, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar B-Q and Bricks on Boundary. For more information, please visit www. TCL student named to all-state academic team The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently named Benjamin Griffin III of Beaufort to the South Carolina Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team.

Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Griffin was honored during a state-wide recognition ceremony at the State House on March 20. As the TCL representative, Griffin has also been nominated for a spot on the national Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team. He currently serves as the president of TCL’s Phi Theta Kappa society, president of the TCL Gospel Choir and as vice president of the TCL Student Government Association. In addition, he is an active member of PILAU (Promoting Integrity, Leadership, Academics and cultural Understanding), the TCL student advisory board, and the Beaufort County Teaching Program for Youth. Griffin is the first male in his family to attend college. He is an administrative office technology major and plans to graduate in May. YMCA TIGER SHARKS SWIM TEAM RANKED 5TH in STATE Congratulations to the YMCA Tiger Sharks Swim Team! Twenty-nine Tiger Sharks competed in the South Carolina YMCA State Championship in Rock Hill, SC against 500 skillful swimmers throughout the state. For the second year in a row, the Tiger Sharks were ranked 5th out of 18 teams across South Carolina! In addition to this great team accomplishment, the Y team had numerous personal bests among the swimmers at the state meet and Skylar Brunner won the high point award for girls aged 6 and under. While this season has come to a successful end, the Y is looking forward to another positive season in the summer months. This season will begin on April 16th and interested individuals can register at the YMCA front desk. For more information please see our team website at Elizabeth Smart Comes to Beaufort County The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) gears up to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with a weekend around the theme, “Step Up for Kids.” The weekend begins on Friday, April 20th with a Step Up For Kids Rally at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Bluffton High School. Elizabeth Smart, abducted from her Utah bedroom in 2002 at the age of 14, will serve as guest speaker and deliver a message of hope – empowering victims and helping prevent abuse. General Admission tickets may be purchased ahead of time for $15 each or will be available at the door for

$20. Premier tickets are available for $100 (minimum donation). Premier ticket holders and sponsors will be invited to attend a special reception in a private home prior to the rally where they will have the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Smart. Tickets may be purchased from CAPA’s Closet (1340 Ribaut Road, Port Royal), Markel’s Card and Gift (Kitties Crossing, Bluffton), or Lowcountry Day Preschool (Bluffton). Call 843.524.4350 with questions. On Saturday, April 21st, CAPA will host the Step Up for Kids 5K/10K in downtown Beaufort. The event begins in the Waterfront Park where Elizabeth Smart will officially start the race. Participants are invited to run, walk or push a stroller for either the 5K or 10K. Play Hard Event Timing is timing the event and cost is $35 per adult and $15 per junior walker (ages 8-12). Register by calling 843.524.4350 or online at The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth reminds us that it is community effort to keep kids safe. Let’s all take a step for the safety and well-being of Beaufort County’s children and families. YMCA YOUTH T-BALL REGISTRATION Registration for Youth T-ball is underway at the Wardle Family YMCA and will continue until May 14. The league is open to both boys and girls ages 3-6 and is a great way to learn the fundamentals of T-ball and sportsmanship, as well as develop a physical activity routine. The T-ball season officially begins the week of May 22 and ends July 16. “T-ball at the Y is a fun, non-competitive league for kids to interact with peers,” says Mike Bostwick, CEO, Wardle Family YMCA, “Y T-ball will teach the fundamentals of the game while encouraging sportsmanlike conduct in a friendly environment.” Without the assistance of volunteer coaches, the YCMA could not operate its youth sports leagues. Experience is not always necessary, so do not be discouraged. If you are interested in volunteering, the Y will be offering a FREE coaches clinic prior to the season beginning. This clinic will help to brush up on basic baseball skills and to learn fun, new ones. Interested participants can sign-up at the YMCA at 1801 Richmond Avenue in Port Royal or online at www.ymcabeaufortcounty. com. The cost is $40 for Y members and $55 for community participants.

BIFF 2012 Shatters Attendance Records The Beaufort Film Society today announced that the recentlyconcluded Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) topped all expectations with an attendance totaling nearly 7,000— approximately a 36% increase over 2011. Attendees at the 2012 Festival enjoyed the best-ever Opening Reception atop all the Old Bay Marketplace; 26 Finalist films; a Screenwriters workshop featuring all Finalist Screenwriters seeing their screenplays performed by Shakespearian actors; two “Meet the Filmmaker” special sessions; numerous Q&A sessions with the many directors and producers in attendance; and an Awards Gala that really brought out the stars.

Call for Entries: 2013 Beaufort International Film Festival The Beaufort Film Society has announced that it is now accepting entries for the 7th annual Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) held in Beaufort, SC. Categories for competition are: Features , Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Animation, and Screenplays. The festival will be held February 13 - 17, 2013. The Early Bird deadline for submissions is July 31, 2012 with the final deadline being October 31, 2012. Considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country, BIFF has seen an increase in attendance each year since its inception in 2007 when it’s estimated that 500 people were in attendance. BIFF 2012 set a new attendance record when nearly 7000 people enjoyed some part of the 4 four day festival. For more information about the festival or Beaufort, SC or to submit a film or screenplay please visit All Press Inquiries contact Ron Tucker at 843-522-3196 or email at

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Louis Dore, John Gadson and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The 1862 Circle recognizes local and national leaders who embody the spirit of Penn Center and who serve as advocates for the enduring history and culture of the Sea Islands.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Penn School, one of the nation’sApril most 28, historically 2012 significant, AfricanAmerican, educational cultural institutions. 6:00and p.m.—Reception & Silent Auction In celebration of its 7:00 p.m.-Dinner Formal of Attire founding and in recognition of 150 /years service to the community, Penn Center, Inc. will hold the 9th annual Gala Crowne Plaza Hotel Hilton1862 HeadCircle Island, SC and Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at The Crowne Plaza on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. 2012 Honorees The 2012 Gala will honor two individuals and one organization for diverse contributions they have made in support of Penn Center:

Penn Center Brief Historical Overview Founded in 1862 by Northern abolitionists and missionaries as a school for emancipated Africans, Penn School operated as a “model” school until 1948 when its Trustees turned over the organization’s educational functions to Beaufort County and changed its name to Penn Community Services. Later, the Penn Center served as a retreat where much of the strategy of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was outlined by leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young. Since then, Penn Center has remained a major educational resource for African American Sea Islanders and a national resource for historical preservation, welcoming over 30,000 visitors annually. It provides the only year-round, community-based educational programs for pre-school to high school children in the county. Its resources also support economic, community and rural development. Penn Center provides the only tangible link with Gullah culture and the first generation of slaves freed 149 years ago, through its physical facilities, austere collections and public programs.

What PENN CENTER Means To Me

Penn Center causes deep reflection on history and change John Gadson, Sr. UNC at Chapel Hill in all who visit its majestic grounds. For 1862Library Circle Members, Former Executive Wilson Penn Center Nationally ranked repository there often is Director a very of personal attachment andSchool appreciation of its for the Penn Papers past and current contributions. For Reservations & Sponsorships: Please call (843) 838-2432 Roland Gardner, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Email: Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., who now serves on the National Council on Rural Health and Human Service, Tickets: $100 (individual or $1000 per table) remembers growing up on St. Helena Island. Table Sponsor: $1500 (Preferred Seating for 10) “I learned what Penn School had done to influence the lives and education of my great-grandparents, grandparents, and my mother and Penn Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization father, who at the time either worked at Penn or attended school there. It was their learning the true value of getting sound education that influenced me.” Mary Mack, local art supporter and artist, and first female Director of the Penn Center Board of Directors, cites its significance as “one of the first schools in the South organized to educate formerly enslaved Africans, and its designation as a National Historic Landmark District.” But she shares Roland Gardner’s emphasis on education. “On a very personal level, I love Penn School as the institution that prepared me well for acceptance and success in the schools of higher learning on a national level, and provided the basis for a successful professional career.” Her affection was echoed by Tom Barnwell, Penn School student who became a community leader and philanthropist. “As a high school student Penn School gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts and shape my values beyond myself and learn to share my time and resources with others. As a young adult, my work at Penn allowed me to meet and be influenced by great minds and great hearts.” Penn Center is “a learning place that spurs a lasting intellect” says Emory Campbell, Executive Director Emeritus of Penn Center, who served from 2008-12 as Chairman of the GullahGeechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. “One could say metaphorically, that Penn Center is a deep well of cool water that quenches one’s thirst for learning about oneself and others, thus connecting one to the wider world. In doing so, Penn Center creates a thirst for more knowledge.” Campbell describes Penn’s evolution from its first students


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150 years ago to the present. “It is the deep well that Laura Towne and Ellen Murray began making in 1862, joined by Charlotte Forten, when they founded Penn School. At first it served former enslaved children, beginning with reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic; then adding the classics; the trades; citizenship (voting education, Civil Rights Movement); world peace (Peace Corp Training); and Gullah cultural heritage.” Congressman James S. Clyburn, inducted into the 1862 Circle in 2007, declares that he has “a real affinity for the sacredness of this institution and its tremendous work. I have been honored to be affiliated with Penn Center since my student organizing days. At that time, the century-old facility was a touchstone for many civil rights activists, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just as it had been a touchstone for freed slaves at the time of its inception.” Such a learning experience was very real to Roland Gardner, who recalls “opportunities through Penn to participate in a number of Civil Rights activities when the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held their strategic planning sessions on the Penn School Campus. It was here that I had the pleasure of meeting Drs. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Joseph Lowry, Ralph David Abernathy, Ambassador Andy Young, The Honorable John Lewis, and other noted pioneers of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.” That is that kind of powerful impact on youth that continues to be one of Penn Center’s proud byproducts. As noted by Jonathan Green, internationally renowned artist, “Penn Center’s educational and outreach programs to the children of the inland marshes and sea islands of the South Carolina Lowcountry reinforce their pride in themselves based upon more than 250 years of contributions by their ancestors. They learn that the living descendants of our Gullah ancestors continue to contribute to American society in governmental structures, healthcare, education, food ways, economics, music, arts and crafts.” Indeed they do. These members of the Penn Center 1862 Circle are living evidence of the truth in Green’s assertion.



Cherimie & Reed


Photography by SUSAN DELOACH

Bride: Cherimie Crane Groom: Reed Weatherford


Wedding Venue: Sea Island Presbyterian Church Reception Venue: The Beaufort Inn

Photographer: Susan DeLoach Photography Cater: Southern Graces

Cupcakes: Sweet ViViâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cookies & Cupcakes Band: Palmetto Groove Party Band

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Planning Your Wedding

AndMaintaining a Budget

He proposed, and you said yes! Or perhaps you proposed and he said yes. Now what?! Getting engaged is an extremely exciting time for every couple. Your wedding will be one of the few events in life that will leave you physically and emotionally elated and financially exhausted. All weddings differ in size, style, theme, location and tradition, but there is one common factor - the importance of establishing and managing a Budget. Regardless of whether you dreamed of having a traditional white wedding, with the Cinderella gown, horse drawn carriage and 300 of your “closest” friends or you’d prefer to exchange vows with your beloved in a fire engine red cocktail dress at your favourite site in the Muskokas, it all costs money. Years ago, (when women were expected to emulate “June Cleaver”), a bride’s parents paid for the entire wedding. Typically, the bride and her mother would plan the wedding, her father would pay the bills and the groom paid for the honeymoon, had

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the option of paying for the flowers and was expected to “show up on time and say I do.” Fortunately, times have changed, and while some couples opt to stick with tradition, more and more couples are paying for their own weddings, either on their own, or with the assistance of their parents. Okay, the really big question. Who pays for what?! Bride’s Family All Reception Costs Church Fees Groom’s Rings Invitations Flowers for Church, Bridesmaids and Reception Music for Ceremony

Transportation for Bridal Party Gifts for Bridal Party Groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift Lodging for Bridesmaids, if necessary Bridal Party Your Attire The Shower If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from out-of-town, Transportation to the Town the wedding is in Gift for the Couple

The advice above is traditional. We realize that things have changed in the past 50 years. Groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ring Clergy Fees Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bouquet, Corsages and Boutonnieres Rehearsal Dinner Transportation for Groomsmen Gifts for Groomsmen Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift Lodging for Groomsmen, if necessary Groomsmen Your Attire The Stag If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from out-of-town, Transportation to the Town the wedding is in Gift for the Couple Dollars and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senseâ&#x20AC;? It is SO easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of planning your wedding. But try and remain practical. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend what you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to begin your new life with your husband in debt. If possible, avoid taking out bank loans or maxing our your PCL to pay for a grand affair. Do you really need the seven-tiered wedding cake with the fountain in the centre? Keep in mind, that most of your vendors will expect final payment before the big day Your wedding day is a celebration; you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend it worrying about whether the cheques you wrote will go through or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to afford to pay the rent or the mortgage when you return from your honeymoon.

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Brittany & Matthew


Bride: Brittany Melvin Groom: Matthew Snuggs


Photographer: John Wollwerth, Wollwerth Imagery Venue: The Arsenal, Downtown Beaufort Catering: Granvilles Catering Flowers: Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carolina Florist Cake and Desserts: Brenna Chiaviello

Horse Carriage: Sea Island Carriage Company

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Rentals: Amazing Rentals


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Yes! Thai Indeed Story by Cindy Reid



ne of the many delights about living in Beaufort is the wide array of restaurants and cuisines to be found within a small area. Yes! Thai Indeed is classic Thai restaurant that has found a home and a devoted following right here on Boundary Street. Owners Narissara Saardwong, her brother Santi Saardwong and his wife Nutjaya Wannarath opened their restaurant four years ago and have been busy making customers happy every day since. Originally from Atlanta, Narissara and her husband Dechpong Tocharoen (Rak) came to Beaufort to visit family and like many visitors feel in love with the beauty of the area. The two families were friends with the previous owner of the restaurant that was in the building at the time and eventually they decided to buy the business from him and open their own restaurant. Having worked extensively in the restaurant business in Atlanta, they weren’t sure how well a Thai restaurant would do in a small city in South Carolina. But

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Narissara says, “Chef Santi’s dishes have been loved from the start. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is essentially his creation. We have been busy since the very first day!” Yes! Thai Indeed has been so successful that Narissara’s husband Dechpong has opened a new Thai restaurant, Amata, at the Beaufort Town Center shopping center. Take a look at their menu and you can see why Beaufort has embraced Yes! Thai Indeed. Starting with the appetizers, no one can resist “Shrimp Dumplings,” which are the famous Thai steamed dumplings stuffed with minced chicken, shrimp and special Thai herbs served with chili and mushroom soy sauce. “People just love dumplings, they are a popular item here” says Narissara. She says, “Thai food has a lot of herbs that are healthy for you, such as ginger and lemongrass, herbs that are beneficial for your body. We don’t use oil and it is all good food that has a lot of vegetables.” For the vegetarian customers, “We can

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

substitute tofu in our dishes, and chicken for those who don’t eat red meat.” Another very popular appetizer is “Spring Rolls”, delicious vegetarian egg rolls served with a special plum sauce, popular with vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. Yes! Thai Indeed has a signature dish created just for Beaufort. “We designed this entrée because being here on the coast we needed seafood offering. It has been very successful and is one of my personal favorites” says Narissara. It is the “Seafood Duo,” fresh local jumbo shrimp and scallops lightly fried and served with Chef Santi’s signature sauce, served with steamed vegetable and streamed jasmine rice. A perfect pairing of Beaufort’s bounty with Thai herbs and sauces, a choice worlds away from a standard seafood platter. Other local favorites include “Chilean Sea bass,” lightly fried filet Chilean sea bass with “three flavors chili sauce”, a special sauce that has sweet, sour and spicy flavors, and “Chuchee Flounder”, fresh filet of flounder served with Chu Chee curry sauce, which is a little bit sweet and spicy with a touch of coconut milk, lime leaf and the herb kra chai. Of course Thai cuisine is well known for curry dishes. Curry can range from mild to hot and for those who have never tried curry, well they don’t know what they are missing! At Yes! Thai Indeed you can choose from Red , Green , Yellow, Massaman and “Panang Curry”, which is a combination of Thai herbs and spices in chili paste with coconut milk, long green beans, bell pepper and lime leaf paired with the refreshing chilled chai tea, and you have a meal to be savored. Noodles and fried rice have their own section on the menu, from the beloved “Pad Thai” to the newest item, “Kua Kai” noodle, which is a sautéed flat noodle with egg, chicken, bean sprout, and green onion in the chef’s special sauce. Narissara laughs, “I ate it every day when I was expecting our second son, so I put it on the menu!” Yes! Thai Indeed really is a family affair, from the family’s little ones that can be seen on any given day at the restaurant, to the warm welcome customers get as they walk in the door.

Authentic Thai Cuisine

Catering & Carry Out

open hours

monday-friday Lunch 11:00 - 2:30 Dinner 4:30 - 9:00 Friday Dinner 4:30 - 9:30 Saturday 4:30-9:30 Sunday 4:30 - 9:00

(843) 986-1185

911 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Narissara says, “But it is not just our food; it is also giving our customers really good service. We try very hard to give the best service we can.” Yes! Thai Indeed makes everyone feel they are in for a treat- and they are!

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The Foolish Frog 846 Sea Island Parkway Downtown Frogmore, SC (843)838-9300 Griffin Market 403 Carteret Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)524-0240 NY stYle bagels made from scratch daily sandwiches • soups • salads Desserts & baked goods Full service expresso bar smoothies • WIFI Monday-saturday 7:00am-3:00pm sunday 8:00am-2:00pm Facebook: Palm and Moon bagels 221 scott street • Historic Downtown beaufort

(843) 379-9300 103 buckwalter Place • suite 109 • bluffton

(843) 815-3114

Luther’s Rare And Well Done 910 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843)521-1888 Marketplace News Sandwich & Ice Cream Cafe 917 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902

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

The Upper Crust 7 Sea Island Pkwy. Suite 201 Beaufort, SC 29907 (843) 521-1999

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

Yes Thai Indeed 911 Boundary Street Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 986-1185

Port Royal Pasta Company 1430 Ribault Road Port Royal, SC (843)379-0146 Southern Graces 809 Port Republic Street Beaufort, SC (843)379-0555 southerngraces Sweetgrass Rest. & Bar 100 Marina Dr. St. Helena Island, SC 29920 (843) 838-2151

Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy to the Low Country of South Carolina.

Authentic southern lowcountry fAre with fAmily feel

Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-2:30 Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday 5:30-9:30 Closed on Mondays

403 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902

(843) 524-0240

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Open For Dinner Tuesday-Sunday From 5 til 10 Accoustic Jam Session Tuesdays 7-9PM 846 Sea Island Parkway Downtown Frogmore, SC


American-Italian Cuisine, with a Splash of Ocean in Between!

• Our pasta is from a lOcal company that was the first to be imported into Italy from the US. “If it’s good enough for the Italians, it is good enough for us!” • lOcal SeafOOd and prOdUce are featured daily on our menu and entree specials • 1/2 prIce bottles of Italian wine when you dine in the bar area!

Under New Management, a good ole’ Yankee & a Sweet Carolina Girl!

Yes! Thai Indeed


1430 Ribault Rd., Port Royal SC

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Where The Locals Go... Casual Dining With A Beautiful Waterfront View, Located In The Historic District... Serving The Best Steaks, Ribs & Chops In Town.

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials



910 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC


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

A Slice Above The Rest

HourS: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 5pm-9pm 97 Sea Island Parkway, Suite 201, Hamilton Village

843.521.1999 Serving Beaufort For 19 Years

Come by land or sea for casual waterfront dining featuring local seafood and farm fresh produce. Dinner every night but Wednesday Sunday Brunch Lunch served seasonally - visit for hours

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Health and Wellness 2012


Those who do not find time for good health now will have to find time for illness later.

Beaufort Memorial HOSPITAL

Three years ago, Beaufort Memorial Hospital became the first medical center in the area to use state-of-the-art robotic technology to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies. Last month, the nonprofit hospital raised the bar again with its new da Vinci Si, the latest and most advanced version of the cutting-edge surgical system. Enhanced 3-D vision and a greater range of motion will allow surgeons to perform more complex procedures, including kidney surgery. The da Vinci Si is one of a long list of upgrades the hospital has made in the last several years to improve patients’ quality

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of care. “Despite tough economic times, we are committed to staying on the forefront of healthcare developments and technology,” said BMH President and CEO Rick Toomey. “At the same time, we continue to expand and improve our physical plant.” One of the most ambitious projects has been the $14.5-million renovation of the Emergency Department. Construction is now underway to expand the ER from 9,500 square feet to 20,500 square feet, more than doubling its size. When completed in late 2012, the department will feature 26 private treatment

rooms, two of them trauma rooms, a decontamination room and a sub-waiting area where patients can receive test results. In addition, major upgrades are being made to the hospital’s infrastructure, including increasing the capacity of the cooling system, which is vital to the operation of the advanced technology being used in the ER. “We will be 100 percent self sufficient in the event of a power loss,” said Marion Moody, Director of Plant Services. The larger footprint also will allow for other hospital improvements, including the expansion of the Food & Nutrition

Department work area and installation of a much larger food cooler and freezer. Space on the third floor will be “shelled in” for the future expansion of the Intensive Care Unit from eight to as many as 13 beds. The ER expansion comes on the heels of the opening of the new Women’s Imaging Center, a $1.3-million facility offering advanced diagnostic breast care and other women’s services in a spa-like setting. Designed with the healing arts in mind, the recently renovated 4,100-square foot center features comforting interior colors, soft lighting and soothing background music to help relieve anxiety and promote renewal. Changing rooms open into their own individual examination rooms to provide patients with more privacy and personal space. More importantly, the center has streamlined services to expedite care. An on-site radiologist reviews every mammogram just moments after the screening, so patients can leave the office with their test results. And surgeons are seeing patients in the center four days a week and are available for immediate consults and diagnostic procedures. In a continuing effort to provide health care to patients south of the Broad, BMH completed its third expansion of Bluffton Medical Services, adding another 4,000 square feet of office space to the outpatient center. Half of the additional area is being used as the new satellite facility for HealthLink for Children, Beaufort Memorial’s pediatric rehab center. Services being offered include occupational, physical and speech therapy, along with pre-natal and kids yoga classes. The addition also provided much-needed space for examination rooms, allowing a wider range of BMH specialists to offer office hours in the southern part of the county. Currently, 25 physicians, specializing in everything from internal medicine to neurology to family counseling, are seeing patients in the Westbury Park center. The 18,000-square-foot medical complex originally opened in July 2006 in a 4,000-square-foot office. In addition to the physician examination rooms and rehab center, it features a full-service lab, digital mammography, bone density scan, x-ray, ultrasound testing and an adult rehabilitation center. Plans are being developed to build a larger, freestanding facility in Bluffton with expanded services as demand for healthcare in the area continues to grow.

Top-Rated Cancer Care In 2010, Beaufort Memorial Hospital joined the ranks of an elite group of medical facilities accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Following an extensive on-site evaluation of BMH

facilities, the Commission awarded the Keyserling Cancer Center “Accreditation with Commendation”—the highest level of endorsement. “Receiving accreditation by the Commission on Cancer was an extraordinary accomplishment for such a new program,” Toomey said. “It means our patients are receiving the highest level of cancer care.” Considered the gold standard for cancer care, the accreditation is awarded to hospitals offering a full range of state-of-the-art services and advanced cancer treatment. It covers 36 standards in eight core areas of cancer care, including data management, clinical services, research, quality improvement and community outreach. BMH received commendations in all eight areas. “Our patients can rest assured every facet of our cancer center, from the qualifications of our physicians, nurses, pharmacists and technicians to our facilities and medical equipment to our protocols and procedures, have been checked and approved by the Commission on Cancer,” said Dr. Majd Chahin, medical director of Beaufort Memorial’s oncology program. “You don’t have to travel to one of the major cancer treatment sites to receive the most advanced cancer care. It’s available right here close to home.” Opened in April of 2006, the Keyserling Cancer Center is a Duke Medicine affiliate, collaborating closely with one of the nation’s top cancer research and treatment programs to offer patients access to cutting-edge cancer care. The 25,000-squarefoot Port Royal facility offers both medical oncology and radiation oncology under one roof, as well as a full range of associated services. BMH is one of only a few hospitals outside of major academic medical centers that feature an image-guided, intensitymodulated radiotherapy system, a highly sophisticated linear accelerator that allows radiation oncologists to treat patients with pinpoint accuracy. Through the Duke Medicine affiliation, BMH became a member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, one of the 10 major associations conducting clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Keyserling is currently participating in a number of national trials studying new drugs and procedures, offering BMH patients the opportunity to receive innovative treatment that has the potential for improved outcomes when other cancer treatment options have been exhausted. In November, Keyserling and Duke teamed up to present Beaufort Memorial’s first educational conference directed specifically to primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Three cancer experts from Duke, along with five specialists from BMH, discussed advancements in the treatment of breast and colon cancers—two of the most prevalent forms of the disease in the Lowcountry. “It’s so important to keep primary care physicians in the loop,” said Chahin, a medical oncologist. “As specialists, we depend on their expertise to help manage side effects like hypertension, depression, insomnia and fatigue. They’re an integral part of the team.” Chahin serves as chairman of the hospital’s Cancer Committee and is responsible for coordinating community outreach programming and professional education. Recognizing the important role the family doctor plays in the treatment of cancer patients, he assisted in organizing the free, half-day conference to encourage general practitioners to participate in the process.

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is working closely with Duke to meet the requirements for state approval to provide emergency interventions for heart attack patients. Currently, most patients suffering an ST elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI—the deadliest type of heart attack—are stabilized and treated at BMH using thrombolytics and then airlifted to hospitals in Charleston or Savannah approved to perform percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). Beaufort Memorial has plans to seek a Certificate of Need from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to allow the hospital to perform PCIs. The State Health Plan requires that a hospital perform a minimum of 600 non-interventional cardiac procedures over a 12-month period before it can apply to offer interventional procedures. “Now that we have five cardiologists on staff, we have exceeded the volume numbers required to apply for state approval,” said Daniel Mock, Beaufort Memorial’s senior director of cardiovascular and imaging services. “With the help of Duke, we’re working to meet the other criteria necessary to obtain a Certificate of Need and expand our services to the community.”

Duke-affiliated Cochrane Heart Center Beaufort Memorial also is affiliated with Duke Medicine for heart services. It has collaborated with the prestigious Duke Heart Network to develop a top-rated heart program, offering a full range of diagnostic services, including cardiac catheterization. In the last two years, it has expanded and enhanced its Cochrane Heart Center, adding four cardiologists to the staff and innovative diagnostic techniques to its roster of services. Among the new procedures now available at BMH is the radial approach to cardiac catheterization. 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. Catheterization from the radial artery reduces major bleeding and allows the patient to get out of bed sooner following the procedure. While the hospital’s heart center does not yet have the capability to offer interventional cardiology, including the placement of coronary stents used to open blocked arteries, BMH

“Despite tough economic times, we are committed to staying on the forefront of healthcare developments and technology,” said BMH President and CEO Rick Toomey. “At the same time, we continue to expand and improve our physical plant.”

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BEAuFoRt FAmily DEntistRy At Beaufort Family Dentistry Dr. Richard Porcelli, his associates and staff are continuing the process of creating a strong, multi-disciplinary practice. The doctors and staff seek continuing education by traveling to seminars for hands-on advanced level training and education, as well as in-office training by professionals who work to enhance their skills. One important consideration is that they are able to put treatment planning with the finances of the patient in mind so the patients can get into a good level of dental health. There is lots of information in the media illustrating the correlation between dental health and overall health. Health problems linked to poor oral health include: increased risk for cardiovascular disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and even potential risk factors for Alzheimers Disease. For over thirty years Dr. Alvin Danenberg, a periodontist of the practice, has performed traditional gum surgeries. Over the past two years, with the introduction of Laser periodontics, Dr. Danenberg is also performing LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). In dentistry, it has proven to be a game changer in the field of periodontics. LANAP is an FDA-approved laser procedure which is relatively painless, to treat gum disease and help regenerate bone without the use of a scalpel and sutures. LANAP has been shown to kill bacteria without damaging healthy cells and to help new bone to grow providing excellent clinical results leading to a healthy condition for patients. An additional upside is that patients can expect to return to work the day after surgery. With the combined experience of Drs. Porcelli, Popky and Danenberg, Beaufort Family Dentistry is able to offer a strong comprehensive and collaborative effort when

creating treatment plans for their patients enabling them to achieve optimal oral health. The office performs routine general dentistry, implant dentistry, full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic smile makeovers, and laser gum therapy. They have a strong working relationship with other dental specialists in the community to make sure that the needs of their patients are addressed. One more important facet of the practice for the patients who are nervous about their treatment, or who are having multiple treatments, is Oral Conscious Sedation. The patient is given a pill the night before the treatment, and one the morning of the procedure and it not only reduces their anxiety during the procedure but by the next day they have a bit of temporary amnesia so they have very little recollection of the overall appointment. This is a very good thing indeed! Beaufort Family Dentistryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team approach toward creating better oral health continues to improve the lives of their patients every day.They are building a notable reputation in the field of dentistry in this area. Dedicated toward educating the community about dental health and its close ties to the overall health of the body, the doctors and staff promote preventative dentistry to keep their patients healthy. It is important that their patients make good informed and confident decisions about their own personal health and that of their families. The office has a very comfortable atmosphere which patients appreciate each time they visit, from the warm homey feel of the office decor to the pleasant smells and friendly faces of their extraordinary staff. When you are at Beaufort Family Dentistry, you feel like you are with old friends who are taking good care of you.

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Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic

Barreling down the streets of the Historic District at speeds reaching 40 miles an hour, nearly 200 professional cyclists will compete for a piece of a $15,000 purse in the Sixth Annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic. Some 4,000 spectators are expected to turn out for the May 1 event, part of the USA Crits Southeast series. The seven-race schedule starts April 28 in Athens, Ga., with the Terrapin Twilight and ends eight days later in Sandy Springs, Ga. The Beaufort Crit is the third race in the series. The free event will start with a kids’ race at 5 p.m., followed by the women’s race at 6 and the men’s heat at 7:30. “As the community’s primary healthcare provider, we are delighted to once again be a part of Beaufort’s pro cycling event,” said Beaufort Memorial Hospital President and CEO Rick Toomey. “The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic truly celebrates active, healthy living, and we always look forward to this event.” Criterium competitions are a unique form of cycling that feature high-speed racing in an urban atmosphere, combining the most exciting elements of popular sports with the large-scale appeal of a downtown festival atmosphere. “People line the course, ringing cowbells, cheering and whistling as the riders go by,” said Joe DeVito, one of the organizers of the event. “It really helps to keep the cyclists’ energy level up.” An estimated 70 female and 118 male competitors will be riding the .6-mile course that begins on Bay Street and loops around Scott, Raven and Newcastle streets. The men will make 75 laps, the women 50, at speeds averaging 25 to 30 miles per hour. “In the time it takes you to walk the course, you can see the riders make about five laps,” DeVito said. “A lot of people will set up chairs to watch the races, but I think it’s more fun to walk around. Every corner, every street offers a different perspective of the race.” The tight turn from Bay Street to Scott—a one lane street measuring about 12 feet across—is one of the most popular viewing spots on the course. “Imagine 100 guys charging into that corner after a long straight away where they’ve hit top speed,” DeVito said. “It’s fantastic.” While most of us will never be healthy and active enough to be professional bicycle racers ourselves, we can learn a lot from the training regimens of the pros and the joys of cycling for local aficionados. “Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic racers have been tuning their bodies for this event and others,” said Donald “DG” Veitch, an active cyclist and one of the event organizers. “They’re increasing the intensity of their work-outs a few weeks before events so they can sustain a higher effort for longer periods of time.” Training year round, the professional cyclists are in top form as they enter the racing season. They typically ride six days a week, 40 to 80 miles a day, to prepare for the grueling competitions. At peak performance, their heart rates will accelerate to 150 to 200 beats per

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minute. Most cyclists at the higher levels use coaches, or they have team coaches and managers who put together their training schedules. While the racers create the excitement that will draw spectators downtown, dozens of volunteers will help set up and maintain the 1K course. Hours before the first race, crews will put up 3,600 feet of fencing to protect spectators from the speeding cyclists and vice versa. Members of Lowcountry Velo—the Beaufort-based cycling organization that organizes and manages the race each year—will make sure the streets are closed and the course is clean and patched so it’s safe for the riders. Lighting is vitally important as dusk falls just as the men will begin their heat. Seven sets of lights will be placed strategically throughout the course to light the way for the cyclists. “It takes more than our core group to put on this event,” said Veitch. “Without the financial support of Beaufort Memorial and our other community sponsors, as well as all the volunteers who help setup and breakdown, and serve as course marshals to provide safety while the race is on, it just couldn’t happen.”

Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic Tuesday, May 1 beginning at 5 PM The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic will roll through downtown Beaufort on Tuesday evening, May 1st. The event will kick off with a kids’ race at 5 p.m. on Bay Street and will be followed by the women’s, then men’s races. Pick your place on the .6 course, which begins and ends at the clock on Bay Street and runs on Scott, Craven, and Newcastle Streets. All races are free and open to the public. For more details about the Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic and a full schedule of events, visit

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A Local Veterinarian’s Advice:

Have Your Pets Spayed or Neutered When asked if she had one thought to convey to readers of Beaufort Lifestyle, Dr. Marikay Campbell was clear, “If you get an animal -get it spayed or neutered! “As the Official Veterinarian for the Humane Association of the Lowcountry, Dr.Marikay was hosting the annual Spay & Neuter Clinic on the day I caught up with the busy vet. “Over fifty people have signed up to have their animals spayed or neutered, and we will accept walk ins, so we can accommodate anyone who wants to have their animal spayed or neutered today” she said. The event was taking place at Dr.Marikay’s ( no one calls her Dr. Campbell!) practice, Port Royal Veterinary Hospital, and it was bustling with her staff and people from the Humane Association. At 7:30 AM people were lining up outside to register their pets. “We offer this clinic once a year and other animal organizations do it too. It is tradition since I have been here in Beaufort, which

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is three years now,” says Dr. Marikay. As stated on their website, The Humane Association of the Lowcountry (HAL) was formed to enhance the Beaufort County Animal Shelter’s foster care program and improve their adoption rates. HAL evolved from the Beaufort Humane Association in September 2005. Puppies/ kittens, as well as pregnant or lactating dogs/cats are placed in foster homes until they are ready to be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption. HAL provides food, litter and other supplies as well as pays for a portion of their medical expenses. HAL holds adoption fairs to help shelter and foster animals find forever homes. It is an all volunteer non profit charity . Dr Marikay says, “For HAL, we do medical care for all the animals that are turned over to them and we make sure they are healthy before they are placed. We see lizards, snakes, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, chinchillas- you name it! There are just a lot of people, which may be partly due to the economy, who end up in a

situation where they can’t care for the animals they have.” In addition to working with pets, Dr.Marikay and HAL are actively trying to control the feral cat population. She says, “The shelter sees an enormous amount of feral cats. In my two practices in Michigan, it wasn’t nearly the issue it is here in the lowcountry. It is a combination of factors, and a lot is probably due to our mild climate. They are able to survive in the wild through the winter. The feral cats keep multiplying. It really is a big problem” she says. Dr. Marikay and her staff “Treat over fifty feral cats a year through HAL; in fact we did 5 or 6 this week. What happens is that the HAL sets traps for the cats and then brings them in to me for what we call ‘the spa treatment!’ The cat is sedated, then checked for feline leukemia, FIV, and spayed or neutered. When we are all done we take a tiny piece off the tip of their ear so we can tell next time that they have already been treated. If the cat‘s temperament is calm enough they can be fostered until they find a home. If not they are released in the same area where they were trapped.” World Vets Dr. Marikay and her staff are just as interested in helping animals outside of the lowcountry. World Vets is an international aid organization for animals. Volunteers travel to different locations all over the world to donate their time and services to less fortunate animals in places where resources are stretched too thin or a natural disaster has overwhelmed the population. Dr. Marikay says, “It has been a dream for many years, before we even got to Beaufort, to be able to do this as an individual and as a team. We have always had this as our goal. I am hoping we can raise enough funds in order to go this year but it will probably be next year. “It is like doctors without borders only this is for animals.” she says. Dr. Marikay and the staff of Port Royal Veterinary Hospital have been fundraising and asking for donations or sponsorships to help raise money for this once in a lifetime experience. Their goal is $16,000.00 which will provide the plane tickets and meals needed for the team. “We would be excited to go anywhere they send us, because it would be somewhere that we were needed. So it is wide open, we could be anywhere in the world.” she says. “We will go wherever we are needed the most.”

can be difficult to keep successfully. The only things I don’t do are spiders and venomous snakes!” She says, “We think of our facility as a place of healing, warmth and goodwill. We try to treat everybody and their pets as we would like to be treated. We treat not just the pet but their ‘people’ as well.” Dr. Marikay says,” I have a great staff and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them.” Home to Beaufort She says, “My partner Shelia Ellis, who handles the grooming part of the business and is an all round helper, and I moved here three years ago. For us, coming to Beaufort felt like coming home.” Dr. Marikay is a talented photographer, which is evident from the fabulous scenic photographs on the office walls, but she says “I love photography but I have very little time! I also like collecting cool stuff on the beach, which I use to make jewelry, and I like to garden. This is a great area for me so I am not leaving anytime soon!” Dr. Marikay and Shelia have a Bengal cat, four shelties and two French Bulldogs, a full house to go along with a full and busy life! Does she have any parting thoughts? She doesn’t hesitate. “We see so many unwanted pets and it is so frustrating to deal with it when we know a lot of these animals will not find homes or will die from one thing or another. Spay and neuter your pets!” For further information on World Vets, visit: If you are interested in helping the staff at PRVH reach their goal to go on an international mission, please contact Dr.Marikay at 843-379-7387, or at

Port Royal vet Dr. Marikay has been practicing for almost twenty years, with the last three in Port Royal. Walk into Port Royal Veterinary Hospital on any given day and you might find yourself sitting next to a pet bunny or exotic bird because Dr.Marikay treats “Dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rabbits and rodents. I enjoy dealing with the variety and they are really interesting because birds and reptiles

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10 TIPS TO HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 1. Start your day with breakfast. Breakfast fills your “empty tank” to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles or even last night’s pizza! 2. Get Moving! It’s easy to fit physical activities into your daily routine. Walk, bike or jog to see friends. Take a 10-minute activity break every hour while you read, do homework or watch TV. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator or elevator. Try to do these things for a total of 30 minutes every day. 3. Snack smart. Snacks are a great way to refuel. Choose snacks from different food groups - a glass of low-fat milk and a few graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, or some dry cereal. If you eat smart at other meals, cookies, chips and candy are OK for occasional snacking. 4. Work up a sweat. Vigorous workouts - when you’re breathing hard and sweating - help your heart pump better, give you more energy and help you look and feel best. Start with a warmup that stretches your muscles. Include 20 minutes of aerobic activity, such as running, jogging, or dancing. Follow-up with activities that help make you stronger such as push-ups or lifting weights. Then cool-down with more stretching and deep breathing. 5. Balance your food choices - don’t eat too much of any one thing. You don’t have to give up foods like hamburgers, french fries

and ice cream to eat healthy. You just have to be smart about how often and how much of them you eat. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide Pyramid and checking out the Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels will help you get all these nutrients. 6. Get fit with friends or family. Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or hiking, with a group each week. 7. Eat more grains, fruits and vegetables. These foods give you carbohydrates for energy, plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. Besides, they taste good! Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also in the grain group. Bananas, strawberries and melons are some great tasting fruits. Try vegetables raw, on a sandwich or salad. 8. Join in physical activities at school. Whether you take a physical education class or do other physical activities at school, such as intramural sports, structures activities are a sure way to feel good, look good and stay physically fit. 9. Foods aren’t good or bad. A healthy eating style is like a puzzle with many parts. Each part -- or food -- is different. Some foods may have more fat, sugar or salt while others may have more vitamins or fiber. There is a place for all these foods. What makes a diet good or bad is how foods fit together. Balancing your choices is important. Fit in a higher-fat food, like pepperoni pizza, at dinner by choosing lower-fat foods at other meals. And don’t forget about moderation. If two pieces of pizza fill you up, you don’t need a third. 10. Make healthy eating and physical activities fun! Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing together and eat the foods you like. Be adventurous - try new sports, games and other activities as well as new foods. You’ll grow stronger, play longer, and look and feel better! Set realistic goals - don’t try changing too much at once.

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Low Country School of Performing Arts Deanna Kraszewski, owner of Low Country School of Performing Arts, is classically trained in dance as well as music and theatre. Having received her BA degree from Hofstra University in New York, she has apprenticed under director/ producer Donald Birely in New York, and Rebecca Darling of the Pilubus Dance Company. As a dancer and choreographer, she has performed up and down the East Coast as well as in Hawaii. Deanna moved to Beaufort in 2008 and opened the studio with eighteen students; she has a current enrollment of one hundred and forty three students! The first three years were spent building the business and growing the foundation of the program. In August of 2011, the studio relocated to it’s current location downtown at 206 Carteret Street where it has 2400 square feet of space, a sprung marley dance floor, wall to wall mirrors, ballet barres, and a state of the art sound system. Deanna describes the atmosphere of the studio as “Positive, loving, nurturing and safe, with a mentorship program, and a fast-food free environment.” Well versed in all aspects of health and fitness, Deanna believes in the benefit of organic and non-processed foods. Having lost seventy two pounds in the past six years, Deanna recognizes the benefits of honoring

her body and what goes into it. “I am well educated in health and wellness which enables me to dance better now than I did when I was eighteen. I work eighty plus hours a week and I still have the stamina and ability to make time for family and friends. We need to understand the importance of putting into our bodies what we want to get out of them. With this journey I have been able to pass on that our body is our art, and we are only given one. Take care of your temple and you will maximize what it will do for you in return.” Believing that her students learn from example and thus will in turn set a positive example for younger students, Deanna states, “It is so important to eliminate eating disorders which is an extreme problem in the dance world! I educate my students on what each food group does to affect their bodies, when to eat what in order to maximize the fuel taken in. Not only are our students well trained, they are classically trained so that they will be prepared for college as well as for professional companies.” Students from the Low Country School of Performing Arts have gone on to such prestigious places as The Governors School, USC Conservatory, and the Atlanta Ballet!

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arolina Air, Inc. is a second generation family business specializing in residential and light commercial HVAC service – including routine maintenance, repairs and system replacements. John’s dad, Frank Tuckwiller, started the company in 1985 after retiring from the Marine Corps. John joined his dad in 1996 after college and graduate school and working in other businesses. He has never looked back. In 2005 John, an Army Reservist, found out he was going to Iraq. His wife, Jennifer, says “That’s when I got involved. I ran the company for fourteen months while he was gone.” John and Jennifer have been a team ever since – both involved in the day to day operations of the company. John says that “Our employee history is important because our people stay around. We have the best employees in the business. It

CAROLINA AIR, INC. speaks highly for the work environment, but also the strength of technicians. All technicians participate in continuing education and we go above and beyond to do extra training as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. Our technicians are N.A.T.E certified. Although we are a Carrier dealer, we provide excellent service and repair to all brands in the marketplace. The heart of their business is service agreements; service maintains the equipment so it lasts longer, retains efficiency, and spots problems ahead of time. It is preventative maintenance, John explains. “We believe in routine maintenance of equipment. We offer several types of plans and levels of

Jennifer and John Tuckwiller

service that will work for anyone. Procedures like cleaning the coils twice a year improves efficiency and lowers electric bills. Other simple things that homeowners can do such as changing their air filters every 30 days makes a big difference - if you don’t do it, your system will have to work much harder.”

For comfort you can depend on, it takes more than top rated equipment. It also requires an exacting installation and a staff of professional technicians and installers. For over 25 years Carolina Air has met the highest industry standards. Carrier is now designating Factory Authorized Dealers. These dealers, like Carolina Air, have met the highest standards - not only for technical expertise, but also for business practices and customer service. It also means all Carrier installations carry the factory’s 100% Money-Back Satisfaction Guarantee. So when it comes to your comfort, don’t risk disappointment.

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Steve Walker, owner of Island Steve Walker, President Residential Construction, has been Steve is president and owner of designing and building homes Island Residential Construction. in North and South Carolina Steve is a licensed commercial for over 24 years and has over and residential contractor. He 400 homes to his credit. SteveStar is Builder works directly with the client on all • Energy personally involved in•the design Earth Craft Builder aspects of design and construction. and construction of each and • Star Mark Cabinet Dealer every home. “We are committed Lisa Simmons, NEw CoNStruCtioN • rEMoDEliNg Coordinator to building quality homes, rich Construction with architectural details and and facilitates 121 Dataw Drive •Lisa Datawcoordinates Island craftsmanship. We are dedicated customized selections for the 838-8254 to responsive customer care and client. She manages all change service after the sale.” orders throughout the design-build Island Residential Construction process. believes in inserting craftsmanship and quality in every home we 121 Dataw Drive build. At the same time we are Dataw Island, South Carolina on the cutting edge of the use of 838-8254 new products that improve the performance and livability of your home.

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Callawassie Island…..Hidden Paradise

Uncrowded. Unhurried. Unequaled. A hidden paradise in the heart of the lowcountry. Enjoy the best of the coast, from nature’s beauty to superb golf, on one unspoiled island.

Coastal Real Estate Solutions When asked what are the benefits of ownership at Callawassie, Broker in Charge Jeremy Taylor/Coastal Real Estate Solutions, replied “How much time do you have? Because we could be here awhile. For starters, when you are driving onto the island, breathtaking views are the first thing you notice. It feels like a world away, but the reality is that you are in the most centrally located private community in the area. Historic downtown Beaufort and Port Royal are only minutes in one direction and Bluffton is a short drive in the other direction.” He continues,” I’ve always considered Callawassie a Beaufort Community, but with Bluffton right down the street it’s truly the best of both worlds. Callawassie is the best kept secret in Beaufort County. Not to mention Callawassie has some of the most incredible home and land values in the surrounding areas, especially when you take all of the amenities into consideration.” The Nature of Lowcountry Living Play golf, walk, ride a bike, or kayak among moss-covered oaks and magnolias. Enjoy wood storks, herons, egrets, anhinga, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and osprey. Watch painted buntings at your backyard feeder. Callawassie Island is a National Wildlife Federation certified community since 2006, the first in the state of SC,

and it has been recertified every year. Over 200 homes are also certified habitat backyards, making it a nature lover’s paradise. The onisland ecology committee ensures that tranquil beauty you see today will be there for generations to come. The Community Wildlife Habitat program reflects a community-wide commitment to maintaining a balance between the natural environment and continued planned development of the island. At Callawassie Island there are no curbs or sidewalks, in keeping with the unspoiled lowcountry beauty. Using the native foliage and wildlife, home sites are designed to blend in with nature, and they do, making every hone at Callawasie Island your own private nature preserve. Dawn Allen, Brand Director at Callawassie Island says, “I am in awe of the natural beauty, it truly is a magnificent place! And it is not just the scenery; it is the people as well. The community is so active and so involved, it is such a friendly community. The residents rightly have such pride in ownership here. It is a lovely community in every sense of the word.” Fazio Golf Living Callawassie style means surrounding yourself with the best of everything the Lowcountry offers. Experience Tom Fazio golf among ancient oaks and tidal marshes. Designing Callawassie Island’s award-winning championship 27-hole course, Tom Fazio took advantage of the Island’s natural beauty to create visual drama and superb playability. Magnificent live oaks and magnolias, as well as freshwater ponds and the surrounding saltwater marsh, come into play on most holes. Inspiring vistas and abundant wildlife make nature part of the golf experience.

Rated among the top courses in South Carolina, the Callawassie Island Course offers challenges for every skill level. Three distinct courses provide variety and assure availability throughout the year. Each of the nines has its own character and degree of difficulty. Five sets of tees make the courses enjoyable to golfers of all skill levels. Celebrate Your Lifestyle Joe Tatarski, President of the Callawassie Island Property Owners Association, and resident for five years, says “It is our little piece of paradise. At Callawassie Island, the amenities and the sense of community are second to none. There is way more to living here than just owning a home. We were initially drawn to it because of the ideal location between Savannah, Charleston and I95 is just so accessible to airports and anything else you would want or need. All I can say is that when we crossed the causeway it seemed like we had arrived in paradise!” Find sailing, boating, beaches, fishing, shopping, fine dining, healthcare, and historic treasures, all within a short, easy drive. The natural protection of an island assures peace of mind. Cross the causeway to a serene and secure community, and see some of the finest waterfront views on the east coast. Come tour Beaufort’s closest private island paradise. With single family homes and charming villas, several distinct residence styles interweave within the private Callawassie Island community. Whether you prefer less property to maintain or would rather select your own lot and build a home, you can escape to your own retreat—a home surrounded by stunning lagoons, wooded views, golf course views, or views overlooking the rivers that surround the Island. Homes are available from the $300s, and if you are interested in building your own home you can chose from wooded, golf, marsh and deepwater home sites from $15K. Picture yourself living in an unspoiled lowcountry paradise. Picture yourself at Callawassie Island.

Tour Beaufort’s closest private island paradise, homes from the $300s. Wooded, golf, marsh and deepwater home sites available. 843.987.2125 176 Callawassie Island Drive Oakatie, South Carolina 29909

CALLAWASSIE ISLAND The Nature of Lowcountry Living


The Port Royal Sound Foundation is dedicated to the betterment and conservation of the connected waters and lands of our unique salt marsh ecosystem, the Port Royal Sound Estuary. We are excited to announce, the Port Royal Sound Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future home and Port Royal Sound Maritime Center will be located on Lemon Island, the heart of the Port Royal Sound. Join us and help build the excitement! Learn how you can connect at

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Apr / May 2012 Beaufort Lifestyle  

Magazine for Living, Entertainment, and Culture for Beaufort, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands in South Carolina

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