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Inside the February Monthly Features 14


State of the arts A new organization looks to bring the area’s creative scene under one banner. By Sally Mahan


Parenting after Newtown A local licensed counselor and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Beaufort County, weigh in on tragedy. By Debi Lynes


12 At the Helm/About the Cover 14 The Vibe Try on some hot new jewelry, listen to great local music, and how you can shave our editor for charity. 26 Column: Money Report Our annual Valentine’s Day investment roundup continues. By Steven Weber

A grey day in Charleston The surprisingly human story behind bankruptcy court. By Sally Mahan



The lay of the land How Experience Green is forging a new sustainable future for the island, and how you can help. By Sally Mahan


Bridal Guide 2013 Be inspired by some of the area’s most amazing weddings. By Marianna Barbrey, Robyn Passante


Beating the Odds There are so many things Mary Frances Betka should not have been able to do. Somehow, she did them all and more. By Robyn Passante


A tale of two kitchens How two designers can offer two very different takes on one room. By Sally Mahan

118 Lowcountry Calendar

Golfer’s Guide Q&A with Big Break winner Mark Silvers. Edited by Lance Hanlin

132 Where to Eat



Power couples Meet some of the area’s most powerful couples, and hear the love stories behind the success stories.

28 Business: On the Move 89 Column: Lynes on Design What’s cooking in the kitchen? By Debi Lynes 112 Column: Secret Places Our look at the Sea Pines dredging project continues. By Todd Ballantine

130 Column: Big Tastes A feast of the East. By Sally Kerr-Dineen

144 Last Call By Marc Frey

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h, at last. A nice blank page that just needs a few hundred words of preamble to another amazing magazine. You’ll excuse my pausing for a moment to breathe, as this month finds us knee-deep in a very busy season here at Monthly. It begins the day after this issue hits, when we celebrate your favorite people and places at our Readers’ Choice Awards Party (check next month’s issue for photos). It will obviously have passed by the time you read this. If you attended, I hope you had fun. If you didn’t, I can assure you that you missed a great time. But that’s just Monthly getting started. This month, on Feb. 10, we’re bringing back our immensely popular bridal show at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse. We thought an event like this was a natural extension of both our work with the local bridal industry and our position as the voice of an area so well known as a wedding destination. It’s been a very pleasant surprise to see how this show has grown each year into one of the area’s premiere events. These events can dominate our calendar around this time of year, but it’s worth it. Parties, shows and festivals like these, which

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include our Pet Expo later in the summer, are just the next logical step for us. We’ve spent more than 25 years as a community magazine, and it’s a joy finding new ways to strengthen and deepen that connection. It’s a joy, but it’s a joy that has kept us incredibly busy over the last month. So enough introduction; enjoy the magazine and we’ll hope to see you at at least one of our Monthly events. M


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As the economy takes its toll on the local art economy, one group tries to help area organizations weather the storm.

Kathleen Bateson, left, and Iva Welton, right, formed the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head to give the local arts scene a greater voice. PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN. PAINT-BY-NUMBERS ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY KAUFMAN



ilton Head Island is known for its splendid golf and glorious beaches. But it is also known as a place that supports and offers top-notch cultural opportunities, including Broadway-style productions, international music and dance and an amazing symphony orchestra.


However, these tough economic times have been hard on the island’s arts scene. Ticket sales are down. Donors have diminished and funding is tight. It comes as no surprise that as families cut expenses, entertainment was one of the first things to go. An overwhelming majority of middle-class Americans (85 percent) say it is more difficult today than 10 years ago for those in the middle class to maintain their standard of living, according to a recent Pew Research Center national survey. The big three arts organizations – the Coastal Carolina Arts Center, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head

Dance Theatre – have made adjustments in order to weather the recession storm. At the Arts Center, donor contributions, subscriptions and ticket sales are all down, said Kathleen Bateson, president and CEO. That reduced revenue has caused the almost 20-year-old 45,000-square-foot building to suffer, she said. The Arts Center struggles to pay the high cost of keeping it up and has spent almost $5 million on maintenance over the last 14 years, according to Bateson. In fall of 2011, the center started a $5 million fundraising campaign called “Arts Now!” to pull itself out of the red. In an email message to more

than 6,000 people, Bateson wrote, “In that second year of the recession, while our forecasts indicated that our ticket sales and contributions could cover arts programming and administration, it could not cover the $400,000 needed annually to maintain this … facility as a community asset. “As we entered the third year of the recession in fall 2010, the Arts Center also recognized that there were now two years’ evidence of diminishing contributions and ticket sales. Furthermore, it appeared that the facility expenses, and the debt they incurred, would erode the cash flow needed to produce our year-round professional programming that actually created

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our operating revenues. “In 2012 … we have raised nearly $5 million needed for $2.5 million in debt reduction and $2.5 million for facility restoration. However two issues affected the Campaign projected cash flow goals: In the fourth recession year, the economy still hadn’t improved, and consequently many of these campaign gifts became 4-5 year pledges and bequests.” The center has cut expenses across the board, but one other option to save money is to reduce the quality of the productions, something Bateson refuses to do. “What can we tell our theatergoers? That you used to get filet and now you get a hamburger?” she said. “We’d be run out of town!” In order to maintain the building, Bateson recently asked the Hilton Head Town Council for an early payout of ATAX funds for maintenance costs. ATAX is a 2-percent tax on overnight lodging, which the town distributes annually to the Arts Center and other nonprofit groups. Meanwhile, the Hilton Head Symphony is facing problems of its own. Mary Briggs, symphony president and CEO, said that since the recession started, the organization has seen donor and other support dollars fall. She said in addition to cutting the number of performances the symphony produces, they have cut back on expenses in all areas. She also said they’ve “done a little bit of experimenting with the size of the orchestra.” “Our musicians are paid per service,” she said. “They’re paid for rehearsals and then the concert. If you have 70 musicians it is going

to be much more expensive than if you have 30. So we are including programs with big and mediumsize orchestras, and tailoring some programs to music with smaller orchestras.” Briggs said it has been a tough few years. “We’re in a very unique position, with a number of years of deficits and lagging interest and a painful process for artistic leadership,” she said. “But it’s generated so much excitement that we are having the strongest year that we’ve had in six years. But we’ve depleted our reserve fund and we have to start re-building it.”

Where do we go from here? The Town of Hilton Head is sitting up and taking notice of these troubled times for the local arts. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be more funding available for arts organizations beyond ATAX funds. “To me, access to the arts, galleries, Honey Horn museum, all of these things contribute to an enriched quality of life,” said Mayor Drew Laughlin. “There’s also an economic component. What assets do we need to attract future residents, retirees, professionals?

“What can we tell our theater-goers? That you used to get filet and now you get a hamburger? We’d be run out of town!”

Mary Briggs, President and CEO, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

She also echoed Bateson’s message about the quality of the symphony’s programs. “I think it goes to the nature of the people who choose to move to Hilton Head Island… retirees who move here from larger cities enjoy and expect cultural arts, they’re looking for communities that have that character. People want intellectual stimulation and a vibrant arts community. “Having these two large professional organizations is a huge draw. When people come here as tourists and see that, that weighs on the decision to live here.” The question is: What does the future hold for these community treasures?

The arts and intellectual attractions have a lot to do with what makes folks decide to live here.” In addition to drawing people to the area, there are also economic benefits of a strong arts community. For instance, a Visitor & Convention Bureau report showed the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina generated more than $14 million from tourists in 2011-2012, according to Charlie Clark, communications director for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. But government funding of the arts is often a contentious issue. Nationally, local funding of the arts has declined precipitously in recent years, dropping by $169.5

million (20 percent) between 2008 and 2011, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. “In addition to exhibiting recession-related reductions, public funding for the arts has not kept pace with the cost of doing business,” says the NEA. “When adjusted for inflation, total government funding for the arts has contracted by 28 percent since 1992. Congressional appropriations to the NEA declined by an inflationadjusted 44 percent between 1992 and 2011. State funding declined by 18 percent and local funding declined by 27 percent during that same period.” On Hilton Head Island, many arts organizations depend on ATAX funds to help support their work. Additionally, many of those arts organizations engage in fundraising, grant requests and donor funds. One area that might help is raising public awareness of the need for funding and to be creative when searching for funds. To that end, a new organization has been formed, called The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head. It is a collection of 25 performing and visual arts organizations, which along with museums, history organizations and other cultural entities, has been created to serve the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and southern Beaufort County region. According to a press release, “Formed by leaders of the arts community, the ACCHH’s mission is to coordinate, promote, communicate and showcase the arts and cultural entities of the Hilton Head region.” Continues on page 16 >> February 2013

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Where in the world is Monthly?

David Weatherwax and his Monthly say “aloha” from Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii.


onthly has racked up some serious frequent flier miles since we debuted this feature. Keep those far-flung Monthly moments coming, readers!

PUT THIS IN YOUR EAR The Southern Stomp EP, presented by New York City’s famed media collective DD172 and featuring a slew of island musicians, is putting the local music scene on the map in a big way. Featuring music from former islander McKenzie Eddy and current island John Cranford, along with Angie Aparo, the guys from Cranford & Sons and Joe Vicars, Southern Stomp is putting a new spin on the South. Scan the QR code to download the EP for free, visit http://bit. ly/W35Pve, swing by John’s Music on the island for a copy, or head to the The Royal American in Charleston on Feb. 22 for the release party.

Continued from page 15 “Our purpose in coming together is to create an international arts destination, enriching the quality of cultural life throughout the area and to speak with one voice on cultural issues,” said the Art Center’s Bateson, who is co-chairing the council with Iva Welton, vicepresident of the Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center. “We’re trying to represent arts while supporting each other and having a stronger voice when speaking publicly,” said Welton. “The challenge always has been for the people that come here for ten16

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nis, the beach, etc., to actually let them know we have the arts here. One of our goals is how we can better market ourselves.” Additionally, the town is working on forming a group to look at how the community, arts organizations and the town can work together to support the arts. “Questions arise about town funding,” said Laughlin. “What should it be? At what level? And which organizations? This whole thing is kind of evolving. The discussion at the council’s last workshop was focused on how to get the most efficient use out of public and private dollars that support the arts.

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“Our thought is to form some sort of group to look at these things, kind of convene representatives of primarily performing arts organizations to talk about what they do and what opportunities there are. We’re going to have to bring business, the arts and the community together.” Laughlin added that, “We have two large performing arts organizations: the symphony and Arts Center. It strikes me that if you’re going to have a symphony of quality like ours, if you’re going to have a theater that puts on high quality plays and other performing arts, then you’ve got to have a notion of what it costs to support and how

much can they be expected to support themselves. And finally, what is it that the community would like to see? It gets back to what kind of place do we want to be? What makes Hilton Head special?” Meanwhile, Welton and her colleagues will continue to work together to raise awareness of the arts in the community. “With Hilton Head’s population, it amazes me that the arts are still having a hard time,” said Welton. “I would think people would embrace the arts they have. Maybe they just don’t really know how wonderful the arts are here. People living here need to realize how fortunate we are.”

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the vibe | FASHION

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Revenge: A dish best served bald


ot to be controversial, but I’m not a terrific fan of cancer. I know. It’s terrifyingly edgy to put oneself so firmly in the anti-cancer camp, but I’m willing to go on record here. And yes, I’m being flippant. It’s the most horrendous disease in modern history and I’m making dumb jokes because I have to deflect this thing with humor. If I don’t deflect, I have to face full on the fact that cancer has taken a hell of a lot of the people I loved. Grandfathers, a grandmother I never met, or don’t remember meeting. And now it’s going after another grandma.



Cancer killed my dad. He was my best friend and the best man at my wedding. I have a child on the way who will never meet his or her grandpa. Because of cancer. So it’s a hard thing to look in the eye without getting just a little too angry for what’s supposed to be a lighthearted editor’s note. The point is, I’ve decided I am going to do something about it. I was on the sidelines for too long, but now I get an email from St. Baldrick’s. They’re hosting their second annual headshaving fundraiser in February and they’re looking to shave some heads to raise funds to fight childhood cancer.

It’s being held in memory of Henry Cermak, a local 12-year-old who lost his battle with cancer. His parents organized the event to honor him and help others still fighting. I think of all the people I’ve lost, and I know I’d rather lose them all again a thousand times over before I’d lose one of my children. They need help raising funds, and all I have to do is pledge to solicit donations and shave my head. I’ve pledged to raise $1,000. That’s a lot money, I admit. But I was kind of hoping I

could spread the word through the magazine and see what I could do for these guys. They’ll give me the Uncle Fester treatment on Feb. 16, and I’ll be putting photos up in the website. Scan the QR code with your smartphone or see this blog on our website to donate. I appreciate any help you can give, and so do the children. Also, since I may as well go all the way with this thing, anyone who donates more than $100 will get a personalized message written in Sharpie on my dome.

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Brrrrr-ing out your jackets In an effort to provide winter coats and jackets to those who may not be able to afford them, Outside Hilton Head is conducting a program called “Recycle your Jacket,” Feb. 1-15. Bring any jacket or coat in clean and functional condition to Outside Hilton Head’s location in the Plaza at Shelter Cove. Jackets collected will be distributed through the Deep Well Project to area citizens who are in need. Call 843-686-6996

For the record In our January issue, the profile on St. Francis Catholic School graduate Anna Markey (“The Power of Education,” Jan. 2013) contained a portion of text from a separate, unrelated profile within the same section. Markey’s corrected profile is reprinted at right. Our profile on Patti Maurer (“The Power of the Arts,” Jan. 2013) should have credited the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Island School Council for the Arts for bring the Hubbard Street Dance 2 Company to the Lowcountry.

Anna Markey ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL CLASS OF 2009 AFTER SCHOOL: I’m currently a senior at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, Georgia. HOW ST. FRANCIS GOT HER THERE: My experiences and teachers at St. Francis prepared me well for my career at St. Vincent’s. They taught me the value of hard work and perseverance as well as providing me opportunities to develop leadership skills that I use in high school. St. Francis also was pivotal in my faith formation and taught me the importance of giving back to the community which led me to over 200 service hours in the past four years. As a whole, this has inspired me to seek a higher education in such areas of veterinary medicine and anthropology. As I move on into the next chapter of my life, I will always remember and be grateful for the strong foundation provided by my experience at St. Francis Catholic School.

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n a dreary, drizzling January morning, they file into the nondescript office building in the middle of Charleston’s historic district. They come from cities and towns like Conway, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Edisto Island and Ridgeland. There are young and old people, couples leaning on each other, single women and single men, black, white, Hispanic. There are few smiles, and a feel of jangled nerves and tension permeates the atmosphere. That’s because these people are all heading into


the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of South Carolina. They are not alone. Almost a million people in the United States filed for personal bankruptcy in the first three quarters of 2012, according to federal records. On this day as petitioners file into the courtroom, a clearly angry man storms out cursing and yells to the others that he “hopes you have a better day in there than me!” Most of the cases take about 5-10 minutes. There are no red flags and the lawyers and their clients file out. But there are several cases where

Trustee Kevin Campbell picks apart the filing and questions the petitioner in-depth, particularly about what may be hidden assets. Despite the jury box and judge’s bench, this is not really a “court,” but rather a place where a trustee conducts a “meeting of creditors.” At these mandatory “341 meetings,” Campbell sits at a desk in front of the petitioners and their lawyers and conducts a fact-finding tour. He asks the bankruptcy petitioner a set list of questions and has an uncanny knack for picking up on red flags in the vast amount of paperwork petitioners must file. While he is very much the gentleman, his patience seems to wears thin when someone is trying to hide assets or is just plain lying. The first such case is one of a man who appears to be in his 60s, who repeats throughout the questioning that his wife has left him. His story is fairly convoluted, but after in-depth questioning by Campbell, it comes out that he has a couple of houses, a time-share, two leased vehicles and once owned a $36,000 Mercedes. Some of his assets don’t seem to be listed in the bankruptcy filing.

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Dean Haskell, a bankruptcy attorney with Jones, Simpson & Newton, P.A., on Hilton Head, and in Bluffton and Ridgeland, provided Monthly with the following information. He can be reached at 842-6111.


One of the primary purposes of the United States Bankruptcy Code is to discharge certain debts to give an individual debtor a “fresh start” after debts are discharged.


Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are two types of personal bankruptcies. Chapter 7 is usually a complete discharge of consumer debt (sometimes referred to as “straight bankruptcy”) without any payment to creditors by the debtor but eligibility to file Chapter 7 is based on income.


Chapter 13 provides for monthly installment payments to creditors based on the debtor’s net income, usually over a five-year period.


The filing of a bankruptcy petition “automatically stays” (stops) most collection actions against the debtor or the debtor’s property. As long as the stay is in effect, creditors generally may not initiate or continue lawsuits (such as foreclosure actions) and wage garnishments, or even make telephone calls demanding payment.


Under South Carolina law, IRA and 401(k) accounts are, generally, exempt (excluded) in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case.


The amount of debt that is forgiven (discharged) in the bankruptcy is non-taxable, unlike debt forgiveness in some short sales or foreclosures in which amounts are reported as income directly to the IRS.


Under South Carolina law, your home, motor vehicle, household furnishings, jewelry, social security, veteran’s, disability or unemployment benefits or alimony/child support may be exempt from creditors.


Contrary to the myth that bankruptcy completely damages credit, debtors can start re-building credit immediately after a bankruptcy filing by obtaining a secured credit card. There are numerous auto companies and lenders willing to finance a vehicle or approve a loan at reasonable rates after bankruptcy. One study showed that 98% of consumers were offered new credit within a year of declaring bankruptcy.


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What’s surprising is how quickly people confess to what is not in the paperwork. It’s almost like watching a TV show as Campbell probes and questions and gets to the truth. The next “red flag” case is that of a very elderly couple. When their name is called they shuffle slowly to the desk, the woman’s left arm shaking. It’s clear that most everyone in the courtroom is sympathetic to these sad, elderly people going through this ordeal. It starts normally enough. They are asked the basic questions, one of which is whether or not they have sold anything in the last six years for more than $5,000. The man says he sold a $9,000 watch last summer, which gets everyone’s attention. It went something like this: Campbell: What did you do with the money? Man: Paid bills. Campbell: You had $9,000 in bills? Man: Well, we put it in the bank. Then Campbell questions a portion of the filing that says he receives $800 in income monthly. Campbell: What do you get $800 a month for? Man: I sit on a board of directors. Campbell: How did that come about? Man: Well, I know the CEO and worked with him so he named me to the board. Campbell wants a statement from the CEO. Then the red flag of all the red flags is hoisted up the pole. Campbell: Do you have any other income that’s not listed here? Man: I have a business and an income of about $60,000 annually. Campbell (shaking his head): Why isn’t that listed? Man: Well, I really don’t make $60,000 because I spend almost that much on the business. Campbell: What are your expenses related to the business? Man: Oh, you know. Postage, copying, flying to California.

The result of this episode: Case is continued until all paperwork, including a profit/loss statement for the business is submitted. The sympathy factor has been significantly reduced. Others come forward, answer the questions and head out. But there are others that aren’t that simple (as if a bankruptcy is ever simple). One petitioner’s lawyer steps forward on behalf of his client, who Campbell notes is “incarcerated.” Somehow they arranged for a notary to be with the client in prison and conduct the meeting on speaker phone. However, the speaker on the phone doesn’t seem to be working, so Campbell asks the 50 or so people if anyone has a BlackBerry they could use. One man chuckles and says, “We’re bankrupt! If I had a BlackBerry I wouldn’t be here,” causing the crowd to laugh. They get through the jail session and move on to a couple who look very poor. When asked about assets, they tell Campbell that their mobile home burnt to the ground in October and they lost everything. Campbell expresses his best wishes for the new year for the couple, then asks about insurance. The woman says they are waiting on the insurance company to issue a check for the contents of the home. Campbell asks how much they expect. The woman answers, “$46,000.” Everyone kind of looks at each other, dumbfounded. Campbell puts the brakes on the case until they get answers from the insurance company. There are several cases where married women are filing for bankruptcy independent of their husbands. There are people who get very irritated with the questions being asked. There’s a couple with two little girls who look very tiny sitting in the courtroom. But for all of them, it’s a day of reckoning. And for most, it’s a day where the dreary weather matches the mood. M

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Investing in Love

Our annual Valentine’s Day investment roundup yields some sweet dividends.


here were at least two Saints Valentine, one of whom was certainly executed around Feb. 14, 269 A.D., and canonized some 200 years later. More intriguing was the Roman antecedent of the day, the Feast of Lupercal, in which Latin maidens were flailed with strips of wolf fur, a practice believed to promote fertility that somehow evolved into the custom of giving hearts, candy and gifts of affection. We first picked our Valentine’s Day investments for Hilton Head Monthly in 2006, seven years ago, for those who would prefer to give (or receive) shares rather than, say, candy or flowers. Let’s see how our gifts fared, whether the investments have lasted longer than the candy and flowers, and what might lie ahead. Gold turned out to be the shiniest gift of all, although we were somewhat cautious when we first wrote about it in 2006. Gold had just reached a twenty-five year high of $541 an ounce, and many pundits were predicting a sharp

decline. Well, safety-conscious investors concerned about a collapsing global economy drove the price sky high through 2012, reaching a stratospheric $1,801 an ounce in February of last year. The price has now settled down to around $1,650 an ounce, still giving the recipient an annualized gain of 17.27 percent. Tiffany’s seemed like a natural choice in 2006; after all, almost every desirable Valentine’s Day present save candy can be found at this high-end Manhattan jewelry store. TIF has grown from its landmark 5th Avenue store to a global jewelry conglomerate, with 240 boutiques throughout the United States and abroad, and a strong mail order and Internet business. While our stock certificate didn’t arrive in the signature white-ribboned blue box, its value has grown more than anything that did. Now selling at approximately

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$62 per share, $22 above its $40 ($32.90 adjusted for dividends) price seven years ago, Tiffany’s shares have enjoyed an annualized gain of roughly 9.5 percent. The stock pays a $1.28 dividend, giving a yield of just over 2 percent, and has increased the dividend each year. We also suggested shares of Hershey (HSY), the Pennsylvania chocolate company, as a sweet alternative to candy; with 43 percent share of the domestic chocolate market, and more than 80 brands sold in 70 countries, it seemed a great gift. Over time, though, the idea seemed to melt down a bit. Hershey’s was selling at $55 in February 2006 ($42.67 adjusted for dividends); today it’s priced at $73.90, for a total return of 4.3 percent per year over the seven years, a somewhat bitter bon-bon. The dividend, averaging around 2-3 percent per year, was the sweetest sugar in this gift. We’re going to stick with these two companies for another year. They have both held up pretty well through a global recession, and their dividends make them a gift that keeps on giving. As far as gold, though, we’re ready to trade in our precious metal this year for shares of LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton (LVMUY.) They are a global retailer and manufacturer of luxury goods, wine and spirits, sold at over 3,000 stores worldwide.

LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton is headquartered in Paris, where they apparently believe in adding as many of your brands as possible into your company name. Fortunately they didn’t include them all; they also own Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, and Glenmorangie single malt scotch, as well as offering fashion goods under the Fendi, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Givenchy brands. The stock has returned 19.8 percent over the last three years; revenues have grown by 11.2 percent per year, and earnings per share have increased by 13.5 percent. LVMUY shares are currently selling for $36.30; they sport a 2 percent dividend yield, and dividends have grown by 14.4 percent per year over the last five years. The company is reasonably valued, and seems well poised to profit from increasing wealth in the developing world. Happy Valentine’s Day! M Steven Weber, Gloria Harris, and Frank Weber are the investment and client services team for The Bedminster Group, providing investment management, estate, and financial planning services. The information contained herein was obtained from sources considered reliable. Their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those from any other source.

“Your lovin’ give me such a thrill, But your lovin’ don’t pay my bills;”

- Barrett Strong February 2013

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business | ON THE MOVE

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Fidelity Investment’s Hilton Head Island office announced the promotion of Antonella Barrero to investment representative. Barrero is a graduate of Bluffton High School and Agnes Scott College. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina has named Andrea Gannon vice president of marketing, with responsibility for promoting all events at the arts center as well as growing the center’s branding presence in the region and on the Internet. Gannon has 25 years of marketing experience on Hilton Head Island in positions such as marketing manager for Sea Pines Resort, senior marketing manager for Marriott Vacations International, and project director for Anderson Communications, where she specialized in branding, digital communications, social media, and content development. John W. Ussery, Jr. has joined the real





estate sales team at Palmetto Bluff. A native of Hilton Head Island, Ussery is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently he was a principal with The Ussery Group, a division of Gateway Realty, one of the premier realty firms in the greater Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area. Prior to entering the real estate brokerage business eight years ago, Ussery worked as an account executive with Siemens Healthcare USA, managing a full line of capital (imaging) equipment sales. Ussery was Siemens’ “National Sales Rookie of the Year.” The Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy has named Rob Castorri executive director. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Castorri has been involved in tennis for over 30 years as a professional player, coach, club manager

JLKevents purchases Westwind Entertainment

JLKevents, LLC is pleased to announce its recent purchase of Hilton Head’s Westwind Entertainment. Westwind Entertainment has been providing a variety of top-level entertainment for the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire for more than 20 years. Westwind Entertainment represents a variety of DJs, musicians and bands. JLKevents is owned by Bluffton’s Jamie and Liz Bodie. JLKevents has more than 20 years of experience. They offer DJ/MC entertainment, custom event lighting and photo booth rental. Westwind will continue to operate as "Westwind Entertainment," providing bands, musicians, and an assortment of other services for all occasions. The Bodies are members of Savannah Wedding Professionals, LowCountry Wedding Professionals and Jamie is the president of the

and event promoter. He turned pro in 1978 and won 18 national team and doubles championships, and achieved a No.1 ranking in Florida’s men’s open division. Castorri has notable victories over players such as Boris Becker, Pat Dupre, and Harold Solomon.

local chapter of The American Disc Jockey Association. You can follow Westwind on Facebook at 843-384-4748 or 843-384-4749

medical staff. Ingegno, a board certified gastroenterologist, joins Dr. Kevin Kearney and is currently seeing patients in Beaufort. Ingegno has been in practice since 1967 and brings over 40 years of experience to the community. He was a member of the Beaufort Memorial medical staff from 2000-2006.

Shannon Archer has been named Sun

City Hilton Head’s assistant executive director. He was previously the community’s director of golf business operations since January 2012. Archer spent 15 years as a director, general manager or golf professional at private, semi-private daily fee golf clubs, and six years in the accounting and banking fields. Beaufort Memorial Center for Digestive Diseases welcomes Joel Ingegno, MD, to Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners and to the hospital’s

Wes J.T. Kitashima, CMP has joined the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce as sales manager. Kitashima, a certified meeting professional, formerly served with Marriott International. Locally, he served as director of event operations and events planning at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa and director of club operations at South Carolina Yacht Club. Most recently he served as director of event planning and operations at the Atlanta Airport Marriott.

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Frankovic, corresponding secretary; Sandy Leath, recording secretary; Jason Green, treasurer.  

David Collins has joined The Alliance Group Realty. Collins has over 18 years experience in real estate sales, marketing and management, in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas. He is also a certified buyers agent. His past experience was in orthopedic medical sales, where he worked as both a sales representative and director of U.S. sales operations with a European orthopedic company.

St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church has hired Terry Karmel, MFTI, as staff counselor. Karmel, a resident of Bluffton, has a degree in psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and obtained her master of science from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn. Previously, she worked in human resources with Lockheed Martin.

Lowcountry Psychiatric Associates welcomes Dr. Suzanne Veilleux, clinical psychologist. Veilleux is a member of the American Psychological Association, of the S.C. Psychological Association, and the Financial Therapy Association. The Hilton Head Humane Association named the following officers for 2013 during its annual meeting: Chuck Laine, chairman; Frank Raiti, vice chairman; Lorie

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, selected Downtown Catering + Events as a winner of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 for wedding catering and event planning services. The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

state farm opens in bluffton State Farm has opened a brand new agency in Bluffton. The talented new team of ladies consists of agent Jai Barber-Dowell, Beth Kuzera, Melissa Messenger, and Janea Simmons. Barber-Dowell has worked for State Farm for fifteen years and can now add “State Farm Agent” to her list of accomplishments. The new insurance office is located in Bluffton Commons (80 Baylor Drive, Suite 113 near Fording Island and Buck Island Road) and will specialize in auto, home, health, and life insurance, as well as offering financial services products. 30

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Naert and Dubois, LLC Joseph DuBois and Zach S. Naert announce the opening of Naert and DuBois, LLC, Attorneys at Law, located off of New Orleans Road in Hilton Head. Natives of the Lowcountry, Naert and DuBois offer personalized representation in many common legal areas, from personal injury to family law to timeshare litigation. 22 New Orleans Road, Suite 3 843-686-5500

NOW OPEN SunGate Primary Care has opened for business in Bluffton. The new medical practice opened last month providing a new option for family medical care at a convenient, state-of-the-art new medical center complex. The new medical practice is headed up by Dr. Christopher LeBlanc, a family physician with nearly a decade of experience in family medicine. In addition to LeBlanc, the new practice will offer a seasoned medical staff, including physician assistant Erica Cooler Roper, an experienced PA who also serves as a PA for Palmetto Eye Specialists. 10 William Pope Dr., Bluffton 843-705-1510, or visit www.

Hilton Head Properties announced its opening at 12 New Orleans Road across from the Village at Wexford. Broker-owner Robbie Bunting brings almost 30 years of experience as a Realtor. Bunting was previously licensed with Dunes Marketing Group for the last 26 years.  Together with his

assistant and a licensed Realtor,® Jane Hyers, they have worked together for more than eight years. 843-785-7111 or Mattress Firm has opened a new store on Hilton Head, establishing the island’s only Tempurpedic Elite Retailer. Mattress Firm showcases the Lowcountry’s largest selection of top brands – Tempurpedic, Sealy, Stearns and Foster, Simmons Beautyrest, and Serta – at a guaranteed lowest price or it’s free. 1 New Orleans Road 843-686-3476 Daina Wasserstrom, CHC, RYT

now offers nutrition and lifestyle counseling, private yoga and yoga for golfers. Wasserstrom is a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She completed the plant-based nutrition certification from Cornell University. Also, she is a registered yoga teacher with extensive continued training, including level II master yoga for golfers certification. 614-638-8905 or

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business | sustainability

The lay of the land New study hopes to assess Hilton Head Island’s sustainability, environmental impact.


By Sally Mahan

ustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being now and in the future depends on our natural environment. That concept certainly resonates on Hilton Head Island, which is known for its beauty and natural resources. But how do we measure and how do we maintain our environment? That question and more will be answered in an upcoming assessment in which data will be gathered to identify, prioritize and lay the foundation for island-wide sustainability initiatives. “Initiating specific measures for improving sustainability efforts … will positively impact Hilton Head Island’s property values, ecotourism and golf industries, growth strategies, economic development and quality of life for residents and visitors,” according to a report from the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), which was created by the Greater Island Council, a nonprofit group of community leaders whose goal is to protect the quality of life on Hilton Head Island. For the last 12-plus months, the committee has been exploring the

topic of sustainability on Hilton Head Island. Areas of discussion have included commercial waste management, storm water management, water resources, energy, food, transportation, and others. Now, the committee wants specific measures that can be undertaken by the community. To that end, it is commissioning the “Baseline Sustainability Assessment,” or BSA. “This study is a very, very exciting project for Hilton Head Island,” said Teresa Wade, chair of the SAC and founder of Experience Green, a nonprofit Hilton Head organization that was appointed by the SAC to manage the assessment project. “This is a cutting-edge, innovative step toward community sustainability,” said Wade. “It’s very important to identify areas of opportunity where we can improve while also highlighting the exceptional successes we’ve had based on the unique development of Hilton Head under the vision of its (modern-day) founders.” Results from this effort will help guide Hilton Head Island’s leadership and stakeholder groups with planning and acting in a more sustainable way, to look for oppor-

“Initiating specific measures for improving sustainability efforts … will positively impact Hilton Head Island’s property values, ecotourism and golf industries, growth strategies, economic development and quality of life for residents and visitors...”

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tunities, and provide criteria for evaluating long-term outcomes and strategies, the report says. “This will give us a benchmark to set goals,” said Wade. “We’ll also be comparing ourselves to other communities. The data will also support existing town plans and will be a resource for businesses, schools and residents to understand some of the changes we’ll need to make, in addition to setting goals.” The town, for its part, is on board with the concept. “It’s a benefit to the town to have as much data as we can to help us make decisions,” said Mayor Drew Laughlin. “Our town has been promoting sustainability and was green before it was popular. It’s a part of our culture.” The committee is currently rais-

ing funds for the $75,000 study, which will be conducted by a third party. The projected launch of the assessment is scheduled for June with an anticipated six to nine months for completion. Upon completion of the assessment, Experience Green, in conjunction with other stakeholder groups, will implement a community engagement program for the greater Hilton Head Island community to present assessment results, needs and opportunities, and invite public input. “This is not a trend or fad, but a high-value project that lends itself to the essence of our community,” said Wade. “We want to make sure that we have all our resources to offer in the future.” M

Funding the future The Baseline Sustainability Assessment is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $75,000. The Sustainability Advisory Committee is raising funds to get the study under way. The following organizations have pledged financial support totaling $10,000: Beaufort County CSA-Sea Pines Greater Island Council Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Hilton Head Plantation Hilton Head Public Service District Long Cove Club Sea Pines Resort Shipyard Plantation South Island Public Service District

Additionally, Experience Green, which is managing the study, has applied for grants from FEMA and will apply for a Community Impact grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to contribute to the total estimated cost. To contribute or to get more information, visit experiencegreen. org or email

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health | SURVIVOR


Beating the odds



ary Frances Betka was given last rites the day she was born, and she and her heart have been beating the odds ever since. At age 53, Betka says she is one of the oldest surviving patients with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. It’s marked by four separate defects to the heart and its major blood vessels, causing oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. For Betka, that has meant a life lived fully but at a slower pace, one filled with medical breakthroughs and modern miracles. “I just managed,” Betka says of how she has lived with what can be a debilitating condition. “I have never felt sorry for myself.” Betka, a Hilton Head resident, is this year’s honoree at the American Heart Association’s Black & White Heart Ball, to be held Feb. 9 at the Westin Resort. The American Heart Association's efforts usually benefit victims of stroke, heart disease and other adult-onset heart-related issues. But Betka is an example of another kind of patient the American Heart Association supports – those with congenital heart defects. At least 18 distinct types of congenital heart defects are recognized, with many more variations. Each is a blow to parents and loved ones who hear there’s something seriously wrong with one of their child’s most important organs. “I'm here to give hope to others like me,” Betka says. “Adults can sympathize with me, but so can parents. Because when you are a parent of a sick child, you’re beside yourself. I'm living proof that these heart surgeries can work.” Today, children with Tetralogy of Fallot mostly undergo a series of

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tory noticed she was a mother. corrective surgeries and lead fairly “The surgeon said, ‘Oh how normal lives. But back in 1959, nice, you can’t have children so you things were different. “I never climbed steps until I was adopted two.’ And I said, ‘No, I had them myself,’” Betka recalls. “He 12 years old,” Betka says. “My dad took off his glasses and rubbed his would carry me up to bed every nose and said, ‘There is absolutely night. I just physically couldn’t no medical explanation for how you do it.” Betka had four sisters who carried those children and didn’t doted on her. They’d pull her in die, either carrying them or during their wagon and fetch her dolls childbirth.’” from upstairs. Though her childThat valve replacement surgery hood was far from did wonders for Betka’s stamina normal – “At recess and strength. “I went I would go to the nurse’s office and take If my story can to the gym for first a nap, so I could get help another time 6 months after through the rest of family, another my surgery and was I said, ‘Boy the school day,” she child, another amazed. you people have says – the unassumparent, then I’m it easy in life,’” she ing mother of two never let her condi- happy to share it. said of those with healthy hearts. tion define her. Hers still isn’t “You don’t comquite on par with plain; it’s just what you know,” Betka the healthiest of hearts, but a pacesays. maker inserted under her arm a few She had open heart surgery at years ago helps to keep its rhythm age 12 to repair the hole in her regular. heart. That gave her a little bit more These days she’s enjoying her energy, but she still struggled to life in the Lowcountry, includget through her days. Never one ing volunteer work with the local to limit herself, Betka graduated Heart Association chapter, as well college, earned her master’s degree as the occasional visits from her and got married. After being told two grown sons. While she shuns she’d never have children, she had two in her early 30s without a single the spotlight and is modest about the odds she has overcome, Betka complication – a remarkable feat understands the power of hope, and for a woman with no working valve is happy to provide some to those between the chambers of her heart. who need it. A decade later when she finally “If my story can help another was having that valve replacement family, another child, another parsurgery she’d needed for years, the ent, then I’m happy to share it.” M surgeon looking at her medical his-

MEET THE GUEST OF HONOR The Hilton Head Black & White Heart Ball will be held at the Westin Resort and Spa on Saturday, Feb. 9. There will be dinner, live and silent auctions, and much more. Tickets are $125. For information, call 843-422-4542 or email February 2013

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Parenting After Newtown An unspeakable tragedy A side effect of our violent culture A call to arms A call to disarm A reason to fear A reason to reach out BY DEBI LYNES, LPC, CEDS


HE SENSELESS KILLINGS IN NEWTOWN, CONN. HAVE COME TO MEAN MANY THINGS TO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE. WHAT THEY MEAN TO PARENTS IS THAT NOW MORE THAN EVER CHILDREN NEED GUIDANCE. THEY NEED HELP. DEBI LYNES, A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, HELPS GET YOU STARTED. The questions pile up to dizzying, overwhelming heights. Who does this? Why are so many of these shootings happening in our schools? Why are many of these murderers adolescents and young adults? What is happening to our teens? Maybe he watched too many video games? Why did no 36

one notice? Why does something like this have to happen before we realize we have a public health crisis? And no matter how many questions as we ask, or how many of society’s ills we blame, we get no closer to an answer. Perhaps there is no one answer. But rather than react to these tragedies, doesn’t it make more sense to become educated about the psychological development of our children? The evidence and research is there, documented in the literature, to help people become more proactive and prevent future incidents. Parenting does not come with a rule book and each generation of teens and young adults have their own culture, complete with previously unknown challenges, pressures, and stressors. Parents of

previous generations may have had to worry about drugs and violence, but never the vagaries of Facebook or the alarming lack of empathy that seems to plague this generation of children. So before you say, “This is the way I was raised and this psychology stuff is voodoo and malarkey,” it may not hurt to look at some cold, hard facts. Our brains begin to develop before birth and the average brain matures between the ages of 23 and 25. The skills that are taught, and the coping mechanisms that are developed during this time, have lifelong consequences not only to the individual, but to society as a whole. We train young America about the real world through programs espousing the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, drinking and

driving, and the dangers of sex. But rarely do we educate our adolescents about mental health. Rarely are there programs that address the stigma of brain disorders such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, to name a few. Rarely are there assemblies or workshops or open forums where teens can dialogue about bullying, about how to manage emotions or how to handle conflict at home or with peers. Here are a few facts that may surprise many adults: 1. Pediatricians or family doctors rarely if ever speak to teens about guns and firearms during a routine screening, and yet 60 percent of teens have been exposed to, or know of a peer, who had access to a gun. 2. Seventy percent of respondents ages 14-25 report feeling tired all of the time and exhibit symptoms of

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sleep deprivation such as anxiety, irritability, and depression. 3. Poor mental health may lead to poor school performance, strained family relationships, substance abuse, and risky behaviors. 4. Fifty-five percent of respondents ages 13-25 describe stress reduction and escape as the reason they use controlled substances. 5. Over 50 percent of teens report being bullied repeatedly, and 85 percent of those teens never report that to parents, school, or authorities. 6. Less than 30 percent of teens showing signs of depression or anxiety receive treatment (as a result of teens not sharing or parents fearing stigma). 7. In the past 6 months, more than one in four teens self-report contemplating suicide to escape the

pain and pressure of their day-today lives. The list goes on and on. But enough of what we are not doing. What can we do as individuals, families, and a community? What can we do to encourage, model and shape positive mental health in our teens and young adults? What can we do to prevent future heinous tragedies like the killings in Newtown, Columbine, Aurora, and Virginia Tech? As parents, we can develop skills of our own that will help us to really know and understand our kids. Development of these skills will help us ask the tough questions and be prepared to hear answers we may not want to hear. Continues on page 39 >>

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health | mental health and chIldren

NAMI speaks out In response to the tragedy in Newtown, the Board of Directors for The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Beaufort County issued the following: Other than speculation, there’s no real information about a diagnosis, whether Adam Lanza was known to the mental health system, whether he or his family tried to get help or any other possibilities. We do know that mental illness exists in every state, every city and every neighborhood of the U.S. One in four adults — nearly 60 million Americans — experiences a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17 lives with serious mental illness, and one in 10 children lives with a serious mental or emotional disorder. Yet fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a diagnosed mental disorder receive mental health services in a given year. We know that it is generally very difficult for people to access early intervention and early treatment services for many reasons: • There is a general lack of knowledge in the community about mental illness and how to get mental health care. • The pervasive stigma, or rather social stereotypes, that prevail towards mental illness serve as a deterrent for people to seek help when they need it. • Families sometimes don't know to get help for loved ones manifesting symptoms of possible mental illness, or where to go.

• When individuals or families seek help and services, these services are frequently not available. This situation has grown worse in recent years with budget cuts, narrowing of eligibility criteria for services, limits on what services are available, etc. We do know the U.S. Surgeon General determined over a decade ago that "the overall contribution of mental disorders to the total level of violence in society is exceptionally small." When violence does occur, it is usually because something has gone terribly wrong in the mental health care system. Either something has fallen short or something hasn’t happened at all. The President in his recent remarks pledged that he’ll use “whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine.” NAMI represents millions of Americans affected by mental illness. We represent parents. We represent families. We get it. We’ve been there. We help other families and individuals. We work with law enforcement, teachers and mental health professionals. We’re ready to work with the President and whoever else is ready. The need has existed for a long time — the test is whether the country is ready to really take it seriously.

Learn more The National Alliance for Mental Illness Beaufort County is a nonprofit orgnaization dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families through programs of education, support, and advocacy and the promotion of recovery and dignity. 843-681-2200 38

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>> Continued from page 37

STEP ONE: Understand

Begin by understanding that the teen years are wracked with change. 1. Adolescents have a great emotional investment in their peers, more than their parents at this time. 2. Adolescents are experiencing massive physical, mental, and emotional changes. 3. Adolescents are “trying on� different identities at this age as they explore who they are and what their purpose is. 4. Adolescents want increased autonomy and privacy, and will test all boundaries as part of normal development.

STEP TWO: Listen

Next, be willing to actively listen to what they are sharing (practice not looking shocked, and do not interrupt no matter how much you will want to). Recognize that your child wants you to understand their point of view or at least be willing to listen non-judgmentally. Remember, you do not have to agree with what your child believes or thinks. The goal is to try to understand, so that they in turn will begin to listen to suggestions for finding a solution.

STEP THREE: Pay attention

Keep your antennas up for a teen showing signs of wanting to share or talk. Make yourself available and reassure them that they can always come to you. Do not assume anything about your child, their experiences outside the home, or their understanding of right and wrong. Finally, know that all kids are different and there is no gold standard or workbook for raising a healthy adolescent and young adult. What we do know is that the more we normalize mental health education, the more we teach our kids about their brain development, the realities of mental health and what to do when they are suffering, the more we can open the doors for teens to express themselves, get the healthcare they need and perhaps even prevent future tragedies. M Dr Debi Lynes is a licensed professional counselor with 10 years experience . She focuses on families and adolescents and is a resource and placement specialist for adolescents and young adults. February 2013

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Striking the right chord




Antonio Vivaldi is the featured composer for this concert on Feb. 12. The program begins with Four Novelletten by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The second half of the program features Vivaldi’s popular The Four Seasons. The work is comprised of four concerti. The orchestra will perform the work with four separate violin soloists. Adé Williams, Gareth Johnson, Danielle Belen, and Alexandra Switala are all first-place winners of the illustrious Sphinx Competition held annually to

support talented young Black and Latino musicians. The HHSO has entered into a partnership with the Sphinx organization to consider their winners as potential soloists. Plan to attend on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Color and Light: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome are featured in this concert, immersed in a rich palate of orchestral colors and textures. Twenty-one year

old Paul Huang, who performs the Violin Concerto, is recognized for his fiery virtuosity and commanding stage presence. This concert will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. and on Monday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

See you there!

Mary M. Briggs President & CEO

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The keys to the future



Until two years ago, all competitions were open to pianists ages 18 -30. In 2011, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition introduced its first competition for young artists, ages 13 -17. This year will herald the second competition for young artists. These competitors vie for cash prizes, a scholarship to an internationally recognized summer music program, a return engagement as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, as well as opportunities to perform in other venues. The Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists are known the world over. Demonstrating its international character over the past 18 years, the competition has attracted competitors from 45 countries and judges from 22 countries. The prize winners have come from 27 countries.

The first prize winner of the 2012 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, twenty-nine-year-old Korean pianist Jin Uk Kim, recently made his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of his HHIPC award. Many traveled from Hilton Head to hear his performance. Kim was also featured on the NPR show “Performance Today’’ which airs all over the country. The pianists who compete in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists have surprised audiences here with their virtuosity and maturity. Many have performed in concert halls around the world and appeared on radio and television. Zhu Wang, first prize winner of the inaugural Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists, has appeared as a guest soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the San Juan Symphony this past year.

He was also featured on “The Young Artists Showcase” which airs on WQXR in New York. Drew Petersen, second prize winner in 2011, was featured in an article about child prodigies in The New York Times Magazine and was recently a guest on the Katie Couric show. He, too, returned to Hilton Head last year to perform recitals in Sea Pines and Moss Creek. Hilton Head Island prides itself on offering many cultural opportunities for visitors and residents alike. The Hilton Head International Piano Competition is recognized as a worldclass event that is in harmony with this community’s culture. You are invited to this five-day event where you can join other audience members from around the world and hear for yourself the amazing talent of these young people. Tickets are available at 843-842-2055 or online at

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THE POWER OF 2 | monthly


POWER COUPLE2 There are certain couples out there who just seem to have it all together.

They are not only completely devoted to one another, but also to their town. These are the people who serve on the boards that make our community a better place, create the events that keep the calendar jumping, put their stamp on our area’s development, and basically keep this little gem of the South gleaming just by their presence. These are the area’s power couples, and in honor of Valentine’s Day we wanted to get to know them a little better. Not just find out how they do what they do to make the Lowcountry a better place, but how they do what they do together. We thank all of our participants for fielding these personal questions, and for sharing their unique insights into the area and their relationships.

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Thomas and Kim Viljac Planting the seed


t’s almost hard to imagine Bluffton as it exists today without the efforts of Thomas and Kim Viljac. Fifteen-year residents of Rose Hill, they are a couple that has come to define the new face of Bluffton, a town that never stops moving and growing but also never forgets its rich history. Thomas has had a hand in guiding Bluffton’s growth since working as a civil engineer with Connors and Co. during the initial growth of U.S. 278 between I-95 and the island. His experience led him to a career in land development and construction, a path which led right through Old Town Bluffton. A side passion for historical restoration led to service on the town’s Growth Management staff, historic preservation committee and development review committee, plus the successful restoration of the iconic Carson Cottages and Seven Oaks. Kim, meanwhile, breathed new life into Old Town when she took over the Bluffton Farmer’s Market. This weekly smorgasbord of local produce, music, and fun has given Blufftonians a rallying point. Not only that, but it’s given back in a big way. The Farmer’s Market works with the Leadership Program on projects like Dubois Park, and gives children on the Backpack Buddies program fresh, healthy vegetables. And somehow between redefining Bluffton, working with Hilton Head Christian Academy and shuttling their two boys, Mac and Ben, to football and soccer practice, they’ve managed to create one of this month’s muddiest events. The Face Your Fears Mud Run hits Bluffton on Feb. 23 and 24. It’s an extreme endurance race to raise funds for various armed forces support charities, a nod to Thomas’ service in the United States Army. “I wanted to give back to the community and raise awareness,” said Thomas. “I just thought that it would be worth helping out those special ops. They’re the most selfless individuals there are.” Visit for details on the Mud Run, or swing by Old Town Bluffton every Thursday to check out the Farmer’s Market.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Where do you live? Rose Hill Plantation

How long have you lived here? We both moved to Hilton Head Island in 1992 after graduating college. We have lived in Rose Hill Plantation for about 15 years. How long have you been married? A long time…this March will be 17 years.

Where did you first meet? Was it love at first sight? At the Quarter Deck in Harbour Town. Definitely not love at first sight. I thought he was cocky. He thought I was prissy. So, of course, we had to go on a date! How was your first date? What did you do? It was the best first date ever. We went wave running out of South Beach Marina to Daufuskie Island. We explored the island and picnicked on a secluded beach. Then it was love! (We ended up getting married on Daufuskie Island too!) Do you have a song? “One in a Million You” by Larry Graham (Or anything from the ’80s) Any kids? How many? We have two awesome boys. Mac is 14 and Ben is 12. Both are football players and love the outdoors. Lots of testosterone in our house! Who proposed and how? Thomas proposed on our porch at our old beach house on North Forest Beach. It was just a typical night and totally out of the blue, but the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean always makes everything more romantic. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We went on a Caribbean Cruise. We love the ocean!


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2 What’s the best aspect of your relationship in which you complement each other? His intensity and my sense of humor; it helps us stay balanced.

When it comes to making important decisions, how do you work together in making them? Communication and compromise, especially when it has to do with the boys. One of us is more conservative than the other so our opinions differ on some major issues. Luckily, we share most of the same values. Family is always the most important thing for both of us. How do you help each other through the day to day? Lots and lots of texting. We are a great “tag team.” Neither one of us works just a typical 9 to 5 job, so we have to be flexible and share all the family responsibilities. No two days are ever the same. Who is the first one to apologize after a disagreement? Thomas, of course, because he is the one that is usually wrong. Kidding aside, most of the time we just agree to disagree and get over it. Even though we can both be stubborn, we both know when an apology is in order and have no problem owning it.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever argued over? Who won? Most of our arguments are silly and no one ever wins those.


What advice would you give to newlyweds on creating a happy marriage? Don’t try to change each other. Maintain your individual identity and independence. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be respectful & honest, but most importantly, have a sense of humor and laugh a lot!

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he name Richardson has come to mean quite a bit to this island. Since Norris and Lois Richardson started the island’s first grocery store, Forest Beach Market, they’ve put their stamp on almost every aspect of island life. Their son, JR, continued this tradition by developing Coligny Plaza around the family business, then creating one of the finest communities on the island in Windmill Harbour. But he didn’t do it alone. At his side every step of the way was wife Leslie, who has come to be known as the island’s favorite cheerleader, both literally and figuratively. She serves as cheerleading coach for Hilton Head Prep, but her motivation and enthusiasm has spilled out from the gridiron into many projects that benefit the island. The Coastal Discovery Museum, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and the 350/30 Campaign are just three of the countless organizations that benefit from her unique brand of leadership and energy. And she’s leading the next generation of those who give back by spearheading the South Carolina Yacht Club’s cotillion. The young women she helps mold will follow her in the footsteps of community service. Between the two of them, JR and Leslie are involved with dozens of boards, committees, and funds around the area. JR has served on vital organizations like the Community Foundation, the Public Art Exhibition, and continues to serve on the Sea Pines Architectural Review Board. You can see the results of some of their hard work during the Heart Walk April 13. The couple serve as co-chairs for the event. And yet they still make time for each other and for their family. “Every Saturday, we have a family lunch,” said Leslie of a tradition that started when their three children, James, Collins and Forest, were young. “Sometimes every child brings three people. It’s so important that family pulls up to the table, looks each other in the eye.” James and Collins are at college now, at the University of Georgia and Sewanee respectively, but the tradition remains.

THE POWER OF 2 | monthly How long have you been married? April 1, 2013, will be 24 years! Where did you first meet? Was it love at first sight? We met on Hilton Head. There was electricity on both our parts. But we were friends for seven years before we dated. One of Leslie’s roommates and college best friends, Hester Gregory, was dating longtime islander Bob Hodde. Leslie and the other roommates came to “check out” Bob and met JR, too! Hester and Bob married and it’s great to have longtime best friends on the island. How was your first date? What did you do? We went for a sail under a beautiful full moon. The moon was so big and bright it looked like daylight! JR, who is an amazing chef, made a fabulous dinner. Every time there’s a full moon it takes us back to that night. Who proposed and how? JR proposed on Christmas Eve 1988 while visiting me with my family in North Carolina. He got down on one knee! In those days airline tickets were paper tickets. He was such a romantic. He handed me an airline ticket with my name printed on it and said, “Leslie come home with me.” It was a one-way ticket to Hilton Head Island. Where did you go for your honeymoon? We explored the beautiful sights of Highway 1 including Carmel, Napa Valley and the Big Sur. It was a magical time. We are both foodies, so among the beautiful coastline sites and activities we ate many fabulous meals. What’s the best aspect of your relationship in which you complement each other? JR is the big-picture business thinker with vision for a project or plan. Leslie is the marketing and special events idea person. We complement each other perfectly. The first time we worked together was for the opening of the South Carolina Yacht Club in 1989. What advice would you give to newlyweds on creating a happy marriage? Cheer each other on. Talk. Working together adds energy to the marriage. Go out of your way to do thoughtful things for your spouse. Give your all, even in the small things.

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“There should simply be more daily happiness in a relationship than daily effort in a relationship.” Peter and Maggie Karis The color of romance


o meet Peter and Maggie Karis is to suddenly understand where the inspiration comes from in Peter’s famed heart paintings. The couple exudes an easy, boundless love that has served them well in life and in business. “A year ago, together with my husband Peter, we opened Karis Art Gallery at Wexford Village,” said Maggie. “He said to me, ‘I’ve always wanted an art gallery,’ and I said, ‘So have I, so let’s just do it.’” The couple now work together at their galleries (on here and one in Charleston) while pursuing their own achievements individually (Maggie is a graphic designer for her own firm and is an invaluable volunteer for the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and Hilton Head Dance Theatre, while Peter’s work is shown around the world). The flame of love was lit in Ohio, where the couple met at Peter’s advertising agency. As it happens, friendship led to love and five years later the couple was wed. Ten years ago, the Karises moved from Ohio to Hilton Head Island, an emigration familiar to many around the island, and the Lowcountry is a better place for their presence. Not only for their art, not only for their philanthropy, but for their shining example of how a couple works well together in several senses of the word.


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How long have you been married? We’ve been married for 20 years and have six children and five grandchildren. Where did you first meet? Was it love at first sight? We met in the advertising business over 25 years ago and became friends, best friends, and then husband and wife. What’s the best aspect of your relationship in which you complement each other? We share a love of art, antiques, great food and travel as Peter’s art has been featured in galleries across the country, as well as Italy and Switzerland. We share the same values and our individual strengths complement each other. When it comes to making important decisions, how do you work together in making them? Peter and I tend to agree on all things important and meaningful, and seem to have been on the same path and direction over the last 20 years. How do you help each other through the day-to-day? The key to our relationship has been that we genuinely like and respect one another and have never tried to change each other. We’re each other’s biggest fan. What advice would you give to newlyweds on creating a happy marriage? I think a successful relationship comes from being great friends first and foremost and feeling good about yourself with that person. There should simply be more daily happiness in a relationship than daily effort in a relationship.


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Marc and Anuska Frey The honeymoon continues


ince honeymooning on the island, then relocating here in 1991, Marc and Anuska Frey have worked tirelessly to immerse themselves in the community at almost every level. There is, of course, their family of publications, websites and other publishing endeavors that include Hilton Head Monthly, which have existed under the Frey Media banner for more than 20 years. Recently, however, the couple has expanded their base, forming Trio Publishing to handle the print and online components of the venerable Restaurant Guides and Vacation Guides. They purchased the publications last year, and Anuska has experienced great success in seeing them through a transformation into a print-and-digital reader experience. 50

Outside of the boardroom, the couple has made their mark on the community by staying active in the arts and in helping drive the island’s development. Anuska is the past president of the Island School Council for the Arts, was active with the schools while the couple’s two sons, Marco and Fabio, attended, and is active with the island’s Public Art Committee, while Marc has been a member of the Mayor’s Vision Task Force, lending his expertise on a comprehensive plan for the island’s future, and coached youth soccer for five years. As a couple, they have both been involved with the Boys & Girls Club and have lent their support to the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Experience Green, Hilton Head Humane Association, and a host of other area organizations.

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Where did you first meet? Was it love at first sight? Anuska: We met at a disco in Zurich in our early 20s, called Blackout that we were both visiting for the first time. Marc: She was the first lady I asked for dance and we have not stopped since.

How was your first date? What did you do? Marc: I asked her out for dinner to a Spanish restaurant, Bodega Espanol, in the historic part of Zurich. I checked it out before and knew that they had romantic music and brought her a rose. Anuska: I was smitten with his good manners and attention. And he was so handsome and well groomed.

Do you have a song? What is it? Anuska: Stevie Wonder: “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” And more than 100 poetic love letters we exchanged while we were dating at distance and phone was a rare possibility to get in touch. I still have them all. Any kids? How many? Anuska: Two great sons, Fabio and Marco. They both recently graduated from college.

“Don’t take each other for granted.”

Who proposed and how? Anuska: Marc; we met in Chamonix, a famous French Alps resort under the feet of Mont Blanc which is close to Geneva where I worked and lived at the time. By then we were dating for several years already and it was time to decide either make it or break it. Marc: We were surprised how many people were there and learned that Pope John Paul II was coming to town – which we did not know ahead of time - to celebrate 300 years since the first person successfully climbed up the Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. The pope was an avid mountaineer himself and we attended his celebratory mass. Knowing that Anuska comes from a Catholic family, I used the

moment to my advantage. I thought that this must be a good sign, and with pope’s blessing our commitment to get married can’t be that wrong; I proposed.

Where did you go for your honeymoon? Hilton Head Island. And at the same time we bought our first home, which served as our second home until we moved here in 1991 from Switzerland with our two toddler sons. What’s the best aspect of your relationship in which you complement each other? Marc: We look at things from different perspectives and don’t have a problem recognizing who has the best solution.

When it comes to making important decisions, how do you work together in making them? We often come to the same conclusions; if not we analyze what the differences are and see how we can overcome them.

How do you help each other through the day to day? We try to synchronize our plans. We each have our set of tasks and we morally support each other.

What was your most romantic evening ever? A dinner in Venice, in a restaurant with a small alcove where there is only space for one table for two. We revisited it last year for our anniversary. Marc found a little Boutique Hotel with a view of Chiesa San Zaharia, the church where we got married under a famous Bellini painting of Madonna and child 25 years ago. Venice remains our most special place on Earth. What advice would you give to newlyweds on creating a happy marriage? Marc: Don’t take each other for granted. Anuska: Accept that marriage has its ups and downs and work through good and bad times together, not giving up and have respect for each other no matter what.

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Brian and Gloria Carmines The Love Boat


o much has been written about the strength and character of this iconic island couple that it seems almost redundant to retell their story in print, and almost inadequate to describe their union in words. You may know them as the owners of Hudson’s Seafood House of the Docks. You may know them as the driving force behind the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation. You may just live in Windmill Harbor and know them as that friendly couple up the street. But odds are good, if you’ve lived on the island for a certain amount of time, you know who they are. Their story begins at Flynn’s Bar, in Bayshore on Long Island, where the two first met. If you ask if it was love at first sight, you’ll get two different answers. “It took me 18 months after we met to get the date,” said Brian of their first date. (His answer, obviously, was yes). Even if their love wasn’t immediate, it proved eternal. The couple has now experienced the joys and sorrows of 42 years together. And for 37 of those years, they’ve lived this life of love together on the island. There have been ups, like the successful business they’ve run together. There have been tragedies, like the loss of their son David in 2001. There have been successes, like seeing their son Andrew take the management of Hudson’s in his capable hands. And through it all, there has been an enduring, endless love that first started at a bar on Long Island. Or first started months later. It depends on who you ask.

Do you have a song? What is it? Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” Who proposed and how? Brian did. It was pretty traditional: On his knee, etc. Where did you go for your honeymoon? San Francisco, Lake Tahoe What’s the best aspect of your relationship in which you complement each other? Brian: I love to cook, Gloria loves my cooking When it comes to making important decisions, how do you work together in making them? Talk it through.


How do you help each other through the day-to-day? Look for the positives in any situation

Who is the first one to apologize after a disagreement? Brian: Depends. I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that “you can be happy or you can be right, choose only one.” What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever argued over? Who won? Brian: Money (when we were first married), and Gloria, ultimately, always wins (see previous response). What advice would you give to newlyweds on creating a happy marriage? Focus on and cherish what you have and not on what you do not have. What is your favorite feature about your spouse? Brian: Her dry wit, resilience, and determination What was your most romantic evening ever? Gloria’s Birthday 2011, Plaza Athenee, Le Grand Colbert, Paris.

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Thomas and Jane Upshaw

Putting the power in power couple


hen we started brainstorming for area power couples, we didn’t intend to get this literal. But in the case of Tom and Jane Upshaw, their contributions to our community are so vast, we had to include them, puns or otherwise. Yes, Tom is president and CEO of Palmetto Electric, so he quite literally has a lot of power. But Jane, who has guided USCB from a spit of timber land on the side of U.S. 278 into a four-year-degree-granting institution with a powerhouse athletic department, is no slouch in the power department either. (As an aside, Jane would be the first to defer credit for USCB’s stunning transformation. “I lead a great team at USCB,” she said. “It is not my personal success, it is theirs.”) Besides their stewardship of two area institutions, this couple has served on enough boards to fill a lumber yard. Tom is currently board chairman for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a seat previously held by Jane. Jane serves on the board at Coastal Carolina Hospital, and Community Vision of Hilton Head. She is also the vice chair of the Lowcountry Economic Alliance board. And beyond that, they are both active with their church, First Presbyterian, where they have served as Sunday school superintendents and teachers. That’s plenty to keep them busy, but they handle the workload with good humor. “It keeps us out of the pool hall,” Tom joked. 54

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Where do you live? We live in Colleton River Plantation.

How long have you lived here? We have lived in Colleton since 1996. We are in our second house here. Before living in Colleton, we lived in Moss Creek.  We had two different houses there as well. How long have you been married? We have been married 32 years.

Where did you first meet? Was it love at first sight? We met in Atlanta. No, it was not love at first sight.

How was your first date? What did you do? We went for drinks. We talked and talked and talked.

Do you have a song? What is it? “Send in the Clowns”—we danced to that song on our first date and later went to a Judy Collins concert and loved hearing her sing that song as we still do today.

Any kids? How many? We have three children. Mark is mine and Beth and Matt are Tom’s.  We raised them together.   Who proposed and how? Tom proposed at dinner in Atlanta.

Where did you go for your honeymoon? Fort Walton Beach, Florida

What’s the best aspect of your relationship in which you complement each other? Tom is quiet and reserved. Jane is gregarious and out-going.  We both are analytical because Jane is a mathematician and Tom is an engineer.   When it comes to making important decisions, how do you work together in making them? We talk through important decisions.  We always weigh the pros and cons to determine the best course of action.  We think about any big decision over time as well.  

How do you help each other through the day to day? We help each other daily through sharing. We are best friends and each other’s best sounding board. Who is the first one to apologize after a disagreement? We both apologize.  

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever argued over? Who won? My goodness, we cannot remember the last time we argued. What advice would you give to newlyweds on creating a happy marriage? If both work to give more than the other, they will have a great relationship and a happy marriage.  It is also critical to communicate, communicate, communicate.  Take time to focus on each other.  

Any cutesy nicknames for one another? Jane calls Tom “Gtom.” Tom calls Jane “Janie B.” February 2013

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My husband and I met at a charity event held at Shelter Cove Marina shortly after 9/11. Not the event you go to thinking you are going to meet a man, but I guess we already had something in common, with both of us being there to support and raise money for the victims of that tragedy. Outside at San Miguel’s bar, we literally bumped into each other, and the introductions began. “Hello, and I’m sorry. I didn’t see you there, my name is Aaron.” He was cute and polite! “Nice to meet you, my name is Erin.” Same name — awkward! (Thank goodness for gender spelling). There was some small talk, and then an invitation to walk down to his friend’s boat in the marina and grab a drink. Sounded fun, but his friends had already drank the cooler empty. So we headed back and he offered to buy me a drink from the bar. We ordered drinks and when they arrived, he went to reach for his wallet. He turned red and confessed his wallet must be in his other pants. He changed after work and came straight there. I of course paid for the drinks and felt kind of bad for the guy since he just struck out twice. We hit it off well, and found we had a great deal in common. We ended up talking for hours perched on the stucco wall at the outside bar of San Miguel’s overlooking the marina. And even though I had to pay for the drinks the rest of the night, at a young 22 years old, I knew I had met the man of my dreams. Our first date was at The Big Bamboo. Our first kiss was in the car while waiting at the stoplight at the end of the Cross Island. Not the typical romantic setting, but it was ours, and I cherish the memory. We were engaged a year later and married a year after that at the Hilton Head Country Club. We welcomed our daughter into the world in March of 2011 and recently just celebrated our nine-year wedding anniversary on Dec. 5. We go back every September to sit on the stucco wall outside San Miguel’s and talk about how far we’ve come, how lucky we are to have met, and how happy we are still!

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welcome There’s an almost ethereal romance to the Lowcountry that makes it the absolute ideal wedding destination. It breathes in every breeze rippling through the Spanish moss. It glows with the vibrant hues of a Lowcountry sunset. When you’re stepping down an aisle that leads to a future of bliss, you want everything to be perfect. And there’s no place to make that happen like right here. Our Bridal Guide will show you how, starting with the inspirational wedding you see here, a fairy tale come true at Rose Hill Mansion. Read on for more.

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A fairy tale comes true As J.K. Lloyd and Laura Richards prepared for their wedding, there were two obstacles facing them. The first, and easiest to overcome, was that the couple did not live in the area. They had chosen the Lowcountry for their destination wedding because of its immense natural beauty and host of acclaimed wedding professionals. The second was the tricky one: They had four months from the start of planning to their big day. “Their biggest concern was to have the fairytale wedding Laura always dreamed of as a little girl,” said wedding planner Leah McCarthy, who scrambled to create a memorable big day for the happy couple. “She always imagined a beautiful location and arriving in the horse-drawn carriage — she got both wishes.”

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The event, held at Rose Hill Mansion, had all the trappings of a fantasy wedding come true, with a carriage, bagpipers, and a cleartop tent lit as if by magic.

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Photographer: Hunter McRae Catering: Downtown Catering + Events Rentals: The Tent Factory Lighting: JLK Events Cake: Publix at Festival Center Bagpipers: Westwind Entertainment Carriage: Magnolia Carriage Company, Savannah Transportation: Silver Oak Transportation Planner: Weddings With Leah, Leah McCarthy Flowers: Flowers by Freshcuts

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The tent Lighting was key under the tent, with guests dancing the night away under the signature lavender that carried throughout the wedding. the food Southern cuisine was the order of the day, with barbecue, mini fried green tomatoes and buttermilk biscuits. photos by hunter mcrae

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The 12 little things that absolutely, positively must be perfect on your wedding day.

your By Marianna Barbrey

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wedding day is so much more than just you and your spouse-tobe standing in front of God and family to declare your love for one another. It is a minefield of possible disasters that you must avert at all costs. It is a lovely chance to reconnect with family. It is a crisismanagement gauntlet you must run while looking fabulous every step of the way. And it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to express yourself. All of this, the good and the not-so-good, makes up your big day.

And here are the 12 things that you must absolutely get right.

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Attendant attire When selecting bridesmaids dresses, don’t narrow your choices down to dresses designed specifically for bridesmaids. Shop local boutiques and department stores for a dress your bridesmaids love (and that can actually be worn again.) Once you find a dress, don’t forget to inquire about discounts for placing a multiple item order. Many boutiques will provide discounts and complimentary shipping or tailoring.



Bridal bouquets are slimming down in both size and frills. If a bridal gown is very detailed, there is no need to compete with an equally ornate bouquet. Many brides even opt to carry a bouquet that is exactly the same as their bridesmaids’ bouquets. If florals are not important to you, then this is an area in which you have the opportunity to preserve your budget.

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Wedding cakes

On your wedding day you should have your cake and eat it too. No, seriously, you should eat your cake – the whole thing! Tiered wedding cakes can really get up there in cost, and while traditionally the bride and groom have saved the top layer to eat on their first anniversary – why wait? Who gets excited to eat year-old frozen cake anyway? Serve your guests the whole cake, save some money and free up some future freezer space at the same time. And, unless you plan on using them in the future, there is no need to purchase a matching cake knife and server. This is an item that you can definitely borrow from a friend or relative. Or better yet, don’t use a traditional cake knife at all. If you are active military then you could use a saber, firefighters can use an axe, or surgeons can use a scalpel.



Quality wedding photography can be expensive and time with the photographer should not be wasted. Make the most of the allotted time with your photographer by making a list of the shots that are important to you. Provide this list to your photographer well in advance and together you can make a wedding day game plan. Schedule reception events such as the first dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss closely together so that no special moments will be missed. And if you don’t want to waste any time posing for photographs on your special day, consider rescheduling a shoot for the day, or even the month, after the wedding. This will allow you to take your photos at alternative locations without being rushed or distracted by the wedding day hustle and bustle.

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Beauty Demonstrations • Photography Wedding Cake • Delicious Food Samples Live Music • Beautiful Blooms Latest Bridal Fashions • Fabulous Giveaways* *Giveaways include a $250 gift card from Best Buy, special gifts from participating vendors, and a two-page spread in an upcoming issue of Hilton Head Monthly for one lucky couple! Don’t miss the Lowcountry’s premiere wedding event that brings together the area’s finest wedding professionals who offer invaluable services and insight for the wedding of your dreams.

1- 4pm February 10, 2013 at Hampton Hall Tickets are $8 in advance. Purchase online at or call 843-842-6988 ext. 231. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event for $10. Call now or visit us online for more information.

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*ATTENTION BRIDES-TO-BE! Bring a photo of the happy couple to the Bridal Showcase for a chance to have your wedding featured in a two-page spread in Hilton Head Monthly magazine. The photo will be displayed online for your friends and family to vote for you to win this ultimate wedding keepsake.

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Hampton Hall is proud to host the 2013 Bridal Showcase For many families, weddings are reunions. For weddings in the Lowcountry, weddings are a weeklong affair, a chance to not only spend quality time with loved ones but to see the sites. Imagine a wedding ceremony and reception that occurs all in one place amid live oaks draped by Spanish moss and a picturesque bridge crossing a lake.


t’s a place where family members stay together in luxury homes walking distance from tennis and bocce courts, a Pete Dye gulf course, a spa, a swimming pool and health and fitness center and driving distance from Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Beaufort. You can expect all of this and more at Hampton Hall, a luxury gated community in Bluffton. “We are in a central location, flexible and abound with creativity,” said Ashleigh Whitmore, Hampton Hall event planning director. “We have a very personal staff and an incredible chef. And I am on-site to help plan and coordinate from beginning to end.”

The Hampton Hall Clubhouse is relatively new to Bluffton, less than 5 years old. The lake-side clubhouse was originally meant to be a community gathering area, but it soon became known as a great wedding spot. “Our Community Clubhouse is the largest indoor venue open to non-Members in Bluffton, still suitable for intimate celebrations for 60, or more grand scale events,” Whitmore said. “There are so many possibilities. It speaks to anyone looking for a Lowcountry style. Anyone coming in here who has a vision can play with it and make it come to life.” Hampton Hall can accommodate up to

350 people between the dining room and ballroom. They also offer an entire clubhouse that can fit up to 450 for cocktail style receptions/food stations. Catering is included with a delectable, customized menu prepared by renowned executive chef John Soulia, who previously worked for Belfair. “We offer everything,” Whitmore said of the menu. “I tell our brides that we happily customize every menu. If the family from New Jersey would like a certain style of crab cake, or if they’d like the honey cakes their grandmother used to make, we’re here to personalize every detail for their special day.”

For more information on Hampton Hall, contact Ashleigh Whitmore at: 843-815-9336 or

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Get creative with reception departures. There’s usually no need to hire a limo or traditional get-away car. Ask family and friends who they know that may have access to a vintage or antique car to drive you away after the reception. A wedding guest might actually like to give you this service as a wedding gift. Running through a tunnel of sparklers is a beautiful way to exit a wedding. However, mix things up by providing guests with glow sticks or oversized foam fingers to wave in the air as you depart. The most memorable departures are original and should be planned thoughtfully.


Signature drinks


Nothing sets the tone for a reception like having guests arrive to trays of signature drinks! This is a great way to get the party started and add a personal touch at the same time. Do you love cotton candy? Try serving it in champagne (seriously)! Do you love ice cream? Work with your caterer to create a custom ice cream cocktail just for you. With the variety of flavored liqueurs, the options are endless!

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Garter tosses

Get the single fellows (who are usually not an eager group) excited about the garter toss! A large group of single men are not going to wrestle over four inches of satin and lace, but what guy won’t try to catch a football thrown in his direction? Slide the garter on a football and wait for the impending diving dog pile to ensue. Another fun idea is to stash quirky and unique items under a skirted chair beneath the bride while the groom removes the garter. Imagine the surprise when the groom appears to pull wacky items — rubber chickens, bottles of high-end liquor, or even the old magician’s standby, the rope of colorful handkerchiefs — out from under the bride’s dress in his attempt to remove the garter.

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Do you have a sentimental phrase, quote or even an inside joke that defines your relationship? These are the things couples are having inscribed inside their wedding bands. Ring inscriptions can also be a fun wedding day surprise for your significant other. Perhaps they might pick out their wedding band, but won’t know what sweet French phrase you’ve had inscribed until after the vows have been exchanged on the big day!

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Putting a special message on the bottom of your wedding day shoes allows you to share a private message on the big day, as this is a gesture that usually only the bridal party is aware of. Have bridesmaids sign the bottom of the bride’s shoes. Or better yet, have the bride and groom write messages to each other on the other’s shoes. Just make sure the photographer captures it all before you dance those memorable messages off at the reception!


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Encourage guests to use social media on your big day. Invite those who use Twitter and Instagram to tag all photos and posts from your wedding weekend with the same hash tag (i.e. #ThomasHHIWedding). It will be fun to review the pictures and comments in the days after the wedding and even up to a year later! Also, this will allow the bride and groom to see wedding day moments and details they might have missed. Guests can send the newlyweds special messages, congratulations and pictures. Put a note in the program, hotel welcome packets or a sign at the entrance to the reception encouraging guests to participate.

Your mother’s wedding dress

Are you super sentimental but refuse to wear your mother’s avocado trimmed wedding dress with matching sun bonnet? No problem, you have options. You can still include your mother’s dress in sentimental ways in your wedding. You may use bits of lace from her dress to wrap around your bouquet or sewn onto a handkerchief for the groom. A beautiful button or fabric piece from her dress can be lovingly transformed into a piece of wedding day jewelry. A popular option is to have a swatch of fabric from your mother’s wedding dress sewn into the lining of the bridal gown. For an even more fervent touch, have the fabric monogrammed in blue with your wedding date and maiden initials and voila - instant heirloom!


Mother-of-the-bride dresses

Just because you are old enough to have a child getting married does not mean that you are required to dress like a matron. If you work hard to maintain your figure, then show it off! Wedding pictures are going to be displayed in your home for years and you don’t want to second guess the choice you made on that frock your mother thought was “appropriate.” Everyone involved in the wedding should feel great about how they look on the big day!

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the allure of the lowcountry Part of what makes the Lowcountry so alluring as a wedding destination is the ocean that gently laps at its shores. And when your sea-going wedding includes a trip aboard a 63-foot yacht between ceremony and reception, you know you’re planning a fairly large wedding. But when that boat trip is just part of a lavish wedding that includes bagpipers, the Sea Pines trolley, and a commissioned portrait of your big day, you’re rewriting the definition of what a wedding can be. Call McMillin and William Shell relied on local wedding planner Serena Crumley to plan their big day, and Crumley pulled out all the stops. “After the ceremony, they took the Sea Pines Trolley to a bus to a 63-foot yacht from Palmetto Bay Marina to Wexford. They had a keyboard player and a saxophone player playing ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ and a ukelele player doing ‘Rocky Top,’” said Crumley.

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The party The nautical theme continued after the couple got off the boat and got under the enormous Sperry sailcloth tent.

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bridal guide | LATE NIGHT BITES


bites the latest wedding trend burns the midnight oil BY ROBYN PASSANTE


HE WEDDING RECEPTION CANDY BAR IS A THING OF THE PAST. THE MAKEYOUR-OWN S’MORES STATION HAS BEEN PLAYED OUT. MINI CUPCAKES? SO 2009. So what hidden menu surprises are brides and grooms offering their guests these days? The answer, oddly enough, is a late-night snack. You might think offering wedding guests a late-night snack after serving them cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down meal and a slice of fancy cake is excessive. But wedding experts say it makes sense when you think about it not as an extra course, but as the right complement to a moment in time. After all, you’re drinking, you’re dancing, it’s been awhile since dinner. Everyone loves to have a little something extra at that time. Some of the tastiest options on the table are sweet, like cookies served with a shot glass of milk guests can spike with Kahlua. Others are savory, like a paper cone of Cajun fries drizzled with ranch dressing. Katie Rosenberry was sold on the idea before her big day. “I had seen all kinds of little finger foods and stuff as trends, and when I met with Leah (McCarthy of Weddings with Leah) I brought that up,” said Rosenberry, who married Geoff Rosenberry on Oct. 13, 2012, at a private home on Myrtle Island. “I wanted

something really different, and Leah suggested fried egg sandwiches.” Rosenberry had never had one before – “I wasn’t a big fan of fried eggs” – but she knew Geoff would love the idea. That has been a hook with the late-night snack concept, McCarthy says: It’s a way to get the groom involved, as all guys tune in when talk turns to food – particularly when talk turns to what food will be served after he and his buddies have had a few beers. “It’s nice to do something the groom would really want; it’s a way for him to have a say in something,” she said. At Rosenberry’s wedding there were passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and a formal cake cutting. Then the night opened up to speeches and dancing before the fried egg sandwiches appeared. “Everybody loved them,” Rosenberry said. Perhaps the biggest fan was the bride herself, the same one who had never had a fried egg sandwich before her big day. In typical fashion, she had spent most of the reception mingling and being a gracious hostess, and had eaten very little. McCarthy packed a special to-go box for the bride and groom with four fried egg sandwiches inside. “I was so thankful, and they were so delicious,” Rosenberry said.

a few late-night snack suggestions 1 Mini milk shooters topped with chocolatecovered Oreos 2 Mini cheeseburgers topped with American cheese and pickles 3 Mini fried egg sandwiches 4 Assorted glazed Krispy Kreme donuts 5 Mini sorbet cones or ice cream sandwiches 6 Small milkshakes or root beer floats (don’t forget the straw!) 7 Cups of Cajun fries with ranch drizzle 8 Mini PB&Js with a shot glass of milk 9 Slivers of fresh, hot cheese pizza 10 Giant punch bowls filled with fun-sized bags of salty snacks

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What’s cooking? Things are heating up in the kitchen of 2013.


OOM BY ROOM, IT IS TIME TO BE INSPIRED, 2013 STYLE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS HOT AND WHAT IS NOT , WHAT IS NOW AND WHAT IS SOOOO LAST YEAR IN KITCHEN DESIGN Kitchens continue to be the hub of the family home, and cooking is the new family pastime. Quality family time doesn’t start at the table, so grab the whole brood and have everyone whip up their speciality. Obviously, such an endeavor takes up space, and that’s why kitchens are expanding. Kitchens now have more specialized areas, such as prep areas, baking centers, business centers, etc. February 2013

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Color According to Pantone, the Color of 2013 is the bedazzling color of Oz, emerald green. This is the color that fashion experts say will influence what colors we will wear in the next year and which colors will dominate our design palate. In home design, a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways to get a fresh start and a wonderful way to express yourself. Why not start with the color of the year? The question is, what do you pair it with? Grey is still the new neutral and can be mixed in any design motif as an unexpected complement to emerald green. Mix in a third color that can stand up to the vibrant green like navy blue, yellow or raspberry and you will have a hit!

Cabinets Oh, you thought cabinets had to match? That’s 2012 thinking. This year, let’s talk about mix and match cabinets. A sleek modern exotic wood cabinet can be juxtaposed with an antique center prep island for a completely one-ofa-kind kitchen look that’s as eye-catching as it is uniquely personal. Want something a bit less daring but equally as sophisticated? Then pair bottom bead board cabinetry, painted or stained, with glass-accented upper cabinets in a complimentary tone and display priceless dishware that has been designed and created by your children in elementary school.

Countertops Who knew we would ever think of our countertops in a kitchen as a design element as well as a functional part of a kitchen design and layout? Today, the ubiquitous granite once simply St. Cecilia or Absolute black comes in patterns and myriad finishes. Honed, leathered and brushed finishes top the list of newest and coolest. Today’s countertop is often a combination of material that is strategically posi90

tioned according to the function of the space. For example, marble is often used in a baking area while a pounded copper countertop is a wonderful decorative accent and can be a focal point in any style kitchen. Concrete countertops are still trending, and we are seeing a resurgence of indestructible solid-service countertops in fun designer colors.

Appliances Since the first stand mixer was offered in a “variety of designer colors,” kitchen appliances have always been just as much about how they look as what they do. That’s not going to change in 2013. Stainless is still trending when it comes to large appliances, but more and more color is being introduced in the large appliance arena. It is all about commercial looks as well in today’s cool appliances, and this look transcends any design motif and works well in any kitchen. Fridges boast glass doors and display beautiful produce and are mix and match sizes depending on your family’s needs. Cook tops are personalized and are capable of grilling, sautéing and simmering. Some even come equipped with a place to steam fresh veggies. Ovens are conventional and convection, microwave and warming. They function both as way to cook and a place to keep foods moist and delicious. Finally, small appliances are now the must-have accessory in all kitchens. Whether it is the retro six-piece toaster or the built-in Keurig or Milée coffee machine, every upscale fun, funky and functional kitchen can be well equipped with these luxury items. M

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Tale of two Kitchens A



nterior design is about much more than picking the right curtains or the right furniture. It’s about creating a comfortable space, a space where families create memories, a space that is warm and inviting.

Two interior designers from the award-winning J Banks Design Group on Hilton Head Island took some time with Monthly to talk about what goes into the process of creating that perfect space.


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KITCHEN NO. 1: SUBTLE AND SUBDUED Deb Van Plew was charged with the interior design of a new home in Bluffton. “The objective was to have the home look like it had been there for many years,” she said. “We incorporated the client’s desire to create a sense of age. When you look at the kitchen you see all the modern conveniences, but minimal material finishes. There are heart-pine floors and countertops of Venatino marble. But the real focus is the butcher block island. “The client brought me a picture of a European block which actually belonged to a butcher generations ago. It was really worn and distressed and had so much character. That was the inspiration for the kitchen and we built around that. We had to salvage architectural elements to make the piece and then we built around that piece. “This is the gathering room for family; at every social event everyone ends up around that butcher block. And notice that there’s nothing precious. They have dogs and they entertain a lot. We wanted a pet-friendly house. It also has a dock on the May River where they catch blue crab. You can lay out brown paper bags and crack the crab on that butcher block. The kitchen really is the heart of the home.”


THE DESIGNER Deb Van Plew is originally from Chicago and attended Purdue University. She has been on Hilton Head since 1993 and has been with J Banks for 12 years.

“If it’s new construction and starting from drawings, we start by looking them over. Then comes the first of many conversations with the client. What is their lifestyle? Do they have kids? Do they want the home to be pet-friendly? “After that we talk about colors, what they like, what they don’t like, types of textures. Do they want formal, outdoor, all those kinds of things. Then I ask the client to do a little homework. There’s so many great publications out there that I suggest they whip out pages they like or that speak to them. It doesn’t have to be a specific item, but a feeling of a room, the feeling like ‘I’d love to spend time in that room.’ “You start to see a common thread …it may be casual, elegant, modern, transitional. A picture really is worth a thousand words. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate what you like and easier to articulate what you don’t like. Sort of ‘I know it when I see it.’ It gives me a sense of their vision. February 2013

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THE DESIGNER Hannah Fulton is a native of Hilton Head Island and studied interior design at Auburn University. She has been with J Banks for 10 years. “Then we do a furniture layout on templates that will show different room setups. We then go through furniture and fabric collections. We’ll even ask the client to go to High Point (N.C.) and go through collections. We also have access to all major manufacturers in our resource library. It’s often a process of elimination. We are creating a color story. “Then we start placing orders and coordinating, scheduling installation dates, etc. In a perfect world it all comes together.”

area for snacks and a kitchenette, their own space near the playroom,” said Fulton. “The clients wanted this to be whimsical, playful and bright. “You typically get clients who are afraid of color, so very often a primary presentation has some color, but not a lot. In this case, the clients wanted to go all out. They wanted a bright, cheery, fun space for their children. And they really enjoyed picking out the placemats, flatware and other items. “It was a really fun project.”



“Their daughter had her wedding there. I saw their family and friends in that house sharing a milestone for all of them. People are making memories in their homes, and I’m lucky to be a part of that.”

Fulton said while every client is different, in general she starts with a sit-down interview and asks them about their goals. “I want to find out how they want to use this space, especially with existing construction. We talk about the whys of it, what’s not working now. Then we start the design and often work with a remodeler or builder. “After that we put together drawings for the client with the focus on the function of the space. We look at the client’s color palette, at fabrics, art-

KITCHEN NO. 2: BRIGHT AND BOLD Fulton’s clients wanted to add a kitchen in the children’s wing of their Port Royal home, where there is also a playroom and craft room. “The idea was that they would have their own 100

work, window treatments.” Fulton said the involvement of the client varies. “Some are very involved every step of the way. Some say, ‘You tell me what you would do.’ “My goal is to help my client with their vision. Sometimes that takes some detective work, but when it all comes together it’s just the icing on the cake.”

THE RESULTS “Our clients absolutely loved (the children’s kitchen),” said Fulton. “They saw their vision come true. It was perfect and functional for them. And the children love it, too!” M

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WELCOME HOME - QUALITY AND PRIVACYdefine this Hilton Head Plantation home. Conveniently located less than a mile from HHP’s main entrance and backs to the 137 acre Whooping Crane Conservancy which abounds with nature and wildlife. Quality built in the 90’s and meticulously updated over the years. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, tray ceilings, wood and limestone floors, Great room with fireplace and wet bar, eat in kitchen with S/S and granite, Carolina room, to die for laundry room and inviting rear brick patio. 2800+ sq. ft.. $458,000

PRIVATE GOLF VIEW Private Pool and great 3 car garage Hilton Head Plantation home. Nestled behind mature landscaping with views of Oyster Reef Golf Club 2nd fairway. Enjoy relaxing around the pool. This home is also only a short distance from the Port Royal Sound. 3 is the Number! – 33 Eagle Claw, 3 Car Garage, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths all on a full sized homesite with formal LR & DR, eat in kitchen and a Carolina Room, two fireplaces, wood and tile floors and more. $423,333







LOCATION, PRIVACY & VIEWS – This Lowcountry home has it all. Estate sized homesite in Hilton Head’s only private ocean front community and just off the Fish Haul tidal creek which leads to the Sound. Private - almost don’t see any neighbor houses.Views- moss draped hardwoods, pool, golf, and marsh. 3 BR, 3.5 BA, formal and casual Dining rooms, LR & Family Room, updated Kitchen & Baths. Expansive ground level storage and sitting area. $699,500

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SINGLE STORY HOME with split bedroom floorplan with a wooded view. This home is located in the Woodbridge neighborhood and is walking distance to the community pool and the park. This 3 BR, 2 BA 1,380 sq. ft. home has cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, a separate shower and jetted tub in the master bath. SHORT SALE. $139,000

SELLING BELOW PURCHASE PRICE. This 3 BR, 2 BA condo is located in the gated Reserve at Woodbridge. This ground floor condo has a screened porch. Amenities include community pool, fitness center, car wash, trash service and a conference center. $67,000

11 ASHLEY CROSSING DR. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is a three story floor plan with a bonus room, formal dining room and office area. It is located 2 doors down from the community playground and within walking distance to the community pool. Features include hardwood and tile floors, nicely landscape yard with custom pavers patio and front facing balcony. $210,000




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THIS BRICK AND CEDAR HOME features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths that have just been newly painted. Other features of this home include fireplace, living room with tray ceiling and fan, eating area off of kitchen, screened porch, large fenced in back yard and oversized driveway. This home is located in the Verdier View neighborhood which has no restrictions. $125,000


WONDERFUL END UNIT TOWNHOME with a 2 car garage located in Mill Creek. Features 3 bedroom, including the master, and 2 baths on the second floor and a flex room on the first floor. Foyer entrance leads to the kitchen which is open to the living room and dining area. Powder room located off of the kitchen. Largest corner lot in Mill Creek. SHORT SALE $115,000


ENJOY all that Moss Creek has to offer - two championship golf courses, outstanding clubhouse, boat storage, docks just off the ICW, brand new health club and pool center, dog walk park and more. 3 BR, 2.5 BA home with panoramic golf fairway and greens views. Formal LR, DR, fireplace, high ceilings, updated kitchen w/ granite tops open to the family room. New painted interior. Side entry 2 car garage. $408,500


ONE OF THE BEST values in Moss Creek! Golfer? Moss Creek has a great deal & 2 fantastic courses. Boater? Protected deep water docks off the intracoastal waterway. Fitness fan? New health club & inviting pool complex. Renovated in 20082010, this 3 BR, 3 BA home overlooks 3 fairways and features newer roof & stucco. Updated baths & kitchen, granite and S/S appliances, wood floors and high ceilings, and sunroom off Master. $439,900








SUMMER HOUSE - Gated condo complex on HHI near everything. Fantastic community center with outdoor fireplace and TV, cookout cabana, exercise room, large pool and hot tub. Unit K-18 is an end ground floor villa with a screened porch, wood and tile floors, Zodiac type counters, newer hot water heater and HVAC unit. Private location, within walking distance to the pool complex.Also includes a garage #G144. $138,500 SHORT SALE



13 KINGS COURT. Better than brand new – completely renovated down to the studs. 2 story, split BR plan, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. New wood floors, cabinets, granite tops, stainless appliances, bathrooms, roof, HVAC more! Just outside HH Plantation in quiet neighborhood. Short Sale. $198,500





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2221 The Preserve:

This will be the next Preserve villa to sell, inventory is low and ground floor villas are the best sellers. 1st floor Camellia 3 bedroom with 2 car garage, well cared for and PRIVATE! Corner unit with privacy all around, surrounded by undisturbed property. This unit has all new granite counters, upgraded appliances, upgraded bathrooms and more! The Preserve is a gated community with pool, fitness center, club house and tennis! Available for $289,000.

6 Ashford Place:

This will be the next Hampton Hall home to sell! This is the desirable Waverly Bordeaux model, tremendous open floor plan with vaulted ceilings throughout. Enjoy your custom kitchen looking out to the main living area and catch all of the beautiful lagoon views. Many upgrades including expanded floor plan (kitchen & great room); upgraded Alzhen cabinets and appliances, expanded rear porch, plantation shutters. Located on a cul de sac street with one of the nicest lots you will find. Offered for sale at $379,000.

48 Planters Wood Drive:

Tons of flexible options in this super cool Lowcountry-style home on naturally scenic & low maintenance lot located in Sea Pines Plantation. BR/Office/studio or rental apt. - upstairs w/exterior entrance. 3 BR/2BA down. Super, flexible floor plan w/ lofted ceilings & French doors to large wrap around patio w/ new pavers. Upgraded features include designer European-style fire place, awesome, solid walnut cabinets, granite, stainless, antique brick, arches, tumbled stone & designer bath fixtures. Offered for sale at $549,000.

44 Governors Lane:

Wonderful well cared for home overlooking the 13th Green of the Sea Pines Country Club. Plenty of natural light throughout with large vaulted ceilings and an ideal floor plan complete with an open kitchen to living area. This home even has a home office. Located on Governors Lane with its stunning live oak lined street, this is one home you will want to see. Large rooms, tons of closet space, a 2 car garage and plenty of upgrades. Owners would even consider selling this home fully furnished. Offered for sale at $549,000.

64 Quartermaster Lane:

Unbelievable value on this lagoon view townhome on the south end of the Island w/tons of upgrades: pine hardwood flooring, custom kitchen/granite counters, crown molding, renovated bathrooms, all new carpeting, all new custom paint to name a few! Ceiling fans everywhere and 2 AC units. These views are fantastic and you can see them from your living room, bedroom, screened in porch and your deck! Garage and finished 1st floor area, perfect for work out room, office, game room or den! Steal of a deal on the south end at $249,000.

Our experience with Rick Saba was wonderful. While guiding us in the search for our perfect property in Bluffton, Rick was extremely patient, knowledgeable, thorough, and completely professional. Rick always maintained a “no pressure” atmosphere. His patience is amazing! When it comes to making one of the most important financial decisions of a lifetime we were grateful to have Rick as our partner in this process. — The Millers, Randolp, NJ 2012

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ELEGANT GOLF CLUB HOME overlooking the 10th Fwy. Private cul-de-sac. Over 4000SF. Professionally decorated 5 BR, 5.5 BA home with Screened Porch, Free Form Pool/Hot Tub with stone accents. Elegant LR and DR. Chef’s Kitchen/Family Room. Large Master Suite. Bonus Room. 2nd Floor Balcony overlooking the Pool and Golf Course. $929,000

STATELY CUSTOM BUILT H2 Builders Home overlooking the 13th green of the private Golf Club, Every imaginable upgrade. 4 BR’s or 3 BR’s + Bonus Room, 4.5 BA’s, + Study. LR w/coffered ceilings, Kitchen opening to a large Family Room. Media Room + upstairs Covered Porch. $899,000

BEAUTIFULLY SPACIOUS OCEANSIDE VILLA in the Leamington section. Spacious like-new 3 BR, 3 BA (2 Master Suites) + a fabulous wrap-around Screened Porch. Covered Parking. Beautiful Pool with jacuzzi. Great rentals. $739,000

SPACIOUS LANAI HOME on a private 3/4 Acre Homesite. Model Perfect Home used only as a second home. Island living at its finest. 4 BR’s, 4.5 BA’s. LR & DR. Very open Kitchen, Breakfast and Family Room. Incredible Screened Lanai, Pool, Hot Tub and Rock Waterfall. $739,000





CLASSIC TRADITIONAL HOME overlooking Bear Lake. Island lifestyle at its finest. Covered Porch w/4 Ceiling Fans, Gas Fireplace, Summer Kitchen overlooking the Pool. 5 BR’s, 4.5 BA’s. Beautiful LR & DR. Very open Kitchen/Family Room. Large MBR + light filled Hot Tub Room. $695,000

SPACIOUS CUSTOM DESIGNED townhome w/a wrap-around veranda. Builder allowed seller to customize this town home like no other in the community. 3 BR’s, 4 Full BA’s + a cozy Den. Chef’s Kitchen w/top of the line appliances. Granite counter tops. Private elevator + 2 Car Garage. $625,000

SOUGHT AFTER spacious 4 BR/4 BA Maintenance Free Villa. Perfect Retirement or 2nd Home. Over 3000 SF of pure luxury overlooking the lagoon and 18th Fwy of The Golf Club. Beautiful Great Room, Chef’s Kitchen w/Gas Range. Large private master suite, Private elevator + 2-car garage. $549,000

BEAUTIFUL OCEANSIDE COTTAGE on the beach path. Updates make this home movein ready for a permanent residence or second home. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, hardwood floors throughout. Start the new year off right with this beach home! $549,000





ESTATE SALE! Classic Traditional Home overlooking the Lagoon and 13th Fwy of the Nicklaus Course. Custom home built by Johnson and Dulaney. Spacious Rooms. Designer decorated LR & DR. Kitchen opening to Family/Breakfast Room. Master Suite, paneled Study + 3 Car Garage. $475,000

FABULOUS BRAND NEW TOWN HOMES across the street from the Country Club of Hilton Head and within walking distance to the Old Fort Pub and Skull Creek Marina. 3 BR’s and 3.5 BA’s. Top of the line appointments, private elevator + 2 car garage. Prices starting at $499,000

NEWLY STAGED! Spacious Home with a panoramic golf view down the 13th Fwy of Golden Bear. 3 BR’s, 3 BA’s t a Bonus Room. Dramatic Great Room with soaring ceilings and large window wall. Screen Porch and much more! $439,000

INCREDIBLE LAKE + GOLF VIEW HOME. This property has been deeded down to the water’s edge. 4 BR’s or 3 BR’s + Bonus Room + 3.5 BA’s. Beautiful hardwood floors. Kitchen w/Hickory cabinets. Screened Porch. 2 Car Garage + Golf Cart Garage. $399,000





BEAUTIFUL HOME within walking distance to the Port Royal Sound in Hickory Forest. 3 Bedrooms plus an Office. Spacious Living and Dining Room. Brazilian cherry floors. Large Family Room. Private cul-de-sac street. $389,000

BEAUTIFUL HOME overlooking a lagoon. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths plus a 2 Car Garage. New carpet, new paint - Move-in condition. All weather Porch. Newer Roof and Newer HVAC. $329,000

BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Townhome within walking distance to the Shipyard Beach Club and overlooking the golf course. Nicely furnished. Smooth ceilings in Master Bedroom. Heating and Air Conditioning replaced a year ago. $299,000

GREAT FIRST FLOOR Fiddlers Cove Villa. Updated Kitchen with granite countertops. Great location, walk to the Beach. Fully furnished. Used mainly as a second home.Great community tennis, pool and security. $145,000

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footprint deep The Sea Pines dredging project is scheduled for November 2013. Will it leave a lasting mark on the environment?






T LOOKS PEACEFUL OUT THERE IN CALIBOGUE SOUND. At South Beach, the big toe of Hilton Head Island’s arching shoreline, you gaze across the glistening water, where bottlenose dolphins cleave the surface, pelicans and terns dive, and charter boats circle over fertile fishing grounds. The sound is vital passage for local vessels and seafarers navigating the Intracoastal Waterway. Shorebirds make South Beach their port of call to feed during fall and spring migrations. Horseshoe crabs — the most ancient marine life on earth — crawl up from the seafloor to lay eggs in the clean sand. Adults and kids marvel at the corals, whelk egg cases and blobby sea life to be discovered on the shore.

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THE SEA PINES DREDGING PROJECT In last month’s Secret Places column we learned that the Sea Pines community and resort was sculpted from a low-lying landscape. This required dredging inland “lagoons” for stormwater drainage, and saltwater creeks for recreational and commercial boating: Harbour Town Yacht Basin, South Beach Marina, Gull Point Marina, and Calibogue Cay. We also learned two facts of life in coastal waters. First, if you dig a hole, it will fill in again. Gravity causes soggy “saturated” soil to spread and settle to the bottom of a basin. Scientists name this slippery soil process “mass wasting.” And so, the second fact is obvious: You will have to dig again if you want that hole to stay deep. These are laws of nature. Such is the fate of the scenic waterways in Sea Pines. We see that Calibogue Sound always transports sediment by the ton, which settles relentlessly on the bottom, day by day, year after year. And now, Sea Pines marinas and waterfront property owners must re-dredge their tidal basins to maintain navigation, tourism, and real estate values. Imagine yourself in their shoes: This is an emergency. But there is one catch. Times have changed since Charles Fraser’s engineers fired up the draglines and dug the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Now we have strict environmental laws and regulations such as the U.S. Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and the S.C. Coastal Zone Management regulations. These laws restrict how, when, and where dredging can take place.

DREDGE HERE, DISPOSE THERE The South Island Dredging Association (SIDA) is an organization of stakeholders who have developed a plan to improve navigation in the marinas and navigation channels in Sea Pines. SIDA has worked for more than a decade to create a sustainable program to deepen these

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areas, consistent with current regulations. Their challenge has been where to dispose of the dredged soil. Working diligently with government agencies, engineers, conservationists, commercial and sport fishing interests, the press, and other stakeholders, the SIDA team has chosen Calibogue Sound. Now critical questions bob to the surface: Where exactly can the dredged soil be placed? Will the mass of clay, silt, and sand harm or alter the environment? How long will the dredged soil remain at the disposal site? And what will happen to wildlife as a result? In nature, nothing is guaranteed. So to meet permitting requirements, SIDA invested in the best science expertise to inventory, model, and predict what will happen, and avoid impacts: 1. Amount of sediment. The SIDA permit application proposes removal of 300,000 cubic yards from 50 acres of Sea Pines waterways. A cubic yard is a mass of sopping sediment 3 feet long, 3 feet high, and 3 feet wide. Now multiply that times 300,000 and you have the volume of dredged soil to be discharged. 2. Area covered by dredged soil. When sediment is dredged and discharged through a pipeline to the floor of Calibogue Sound, the mass of dredged soil will temporarily cover an estimated area of more than 60 acres. That’s about twothirds the size of a typical golf course. 3. The ways in which dredged soil will change the Calibogue Sound bottom habitat. The footprint of dredge soil will be mostly silt and clay. The bottom of the Calibogue Sound disposal site is primarily sand. This will be a significant, but probably temporary, change. Through computer modeling, the SIDA engineers have projected that the strong bottom currents will disperse the fine-grained silt and clay and transport the dredged soil out to sea within a few months. 4. Safeguards to protect the most critical habitat. Between South Beach and Daufuskie

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Island, a deep canyon of stone cuts through the primordial bedrock in lower Calibogue Sound. This cleft is deemed a rare “hard bottom” community for corals and related species that cement themselves to the stony bottom. These organisms cannot move and would be killed by sedimentation. The forthcoming dredging program will avoid this area and currents will keep the dredge soil away from the “Calibogue Canyon.” 5. Impact on fish and wildlife in the dredged coves and creeks. Requirements in the dredging permit will specify that SIDA consulting biologists monitor wildlife populations and diversity in the dredging project area. While offshore fish will likely stay out of the way from sediment dispersal in Calibogue Sound, some species and habitats will be disturbed as creeks and coves are dredged. SIDA baseline studies estimate that peripheral salt marsh cordgrass, some oyster beds, and benthic (bottom) habitat for shrimp, crabs, snails and other organisms will be affected. Inshore fish, being the adept critters they are, will get out of the way and return when the hullabaloo is over — just as birds come home to roost after contractors clear a construction site. Once the tidewater flows back into the deeper, wider Braddock Cove Creek and its neighboring tributaries, the benthic population will return as larva with the currents, and multiply.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS The SIDA team deserves kudos for reaching out to concerned citizens and the press. The organization has steadfastly pursued a sustainable dredging program that could forge a better path for future efforts. This quest is a commitment to do the right thing — protect natural resources, stimulate the vital resort economy, and assure that the waterfront remains the grand scenic reward for us all. M Disclosure: Monthly columnist Todd Ballantine consulted with The Sea Pines Resort to assess the environmental sustainability of this project. February 2013

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Savannah golfer wins Golf Channel reality show, earns spot in Greenbrier Classic

Silvers catches his Big Break BY LANCE HANLIN



INCE TURNING PROFESSIONAL IN 2010, the 25-year-old Savannah resident has proven his golf ability, winning 15 events on various mini-tours. To realize his lifelong goal of playing on the PGA Tour, he just needed to catch a break. The former Savannah Country Day and University of South Carolina golfer hoped to do that by signing up for the popular Golf Channel reality TV series Big Break Greenbrier. The show started with 12 contestants and was filmed over a 15-day stretch in June at the legendary Greenbrier Resort. The show premiered Oct. 2 and one contestant was eliminated each week, leading up to the season finale Dec. 18. Silvers made the cut each week and then rallied to a dramatic victory on the final hole, earning automatic entry into the PGA Tour’s 2013 Greenbrier Classic and $80,000 in cash and prizes. Silvers took a few moments to chat with Golfer’s Guide about his favorite moments from the show and more. 114

GOLFER’S GUIDE: First off, congratulations on winning Big Break Greenbrier. How has it changed your life? MARK SILVERS: It’s just the little things. Everybody around Savannah kind of knew about it. I get a lot of people who I have never met who will come up and congratulate me, which is really neat. GG: You battled back from a significant deficit in the final match, going 5-under on the final five holes to defeat James Lepp. How would you describe your strong finish? MS: I knew I was playing well. I just couldn’t get anything to go in for me. When you have your back against the wall, sometimes you quit thinking about it and just react to the situation. Luckily, everything kind of went my way and the putts started to go in. GG: For winning the show, you got an invitation to compete in the 2013 Greenbrier Classic in July and $50,000 in cash. Which is the bigger deal to you?

MS: I think everybody who signs up for the show has the goal of playing on the PGA Tour. Fifty grand is an unbelievable prize but we all wanted to use the show to help advance our careers. Hopefully the Greenbrier Classic will be the bigger push. GG: You also got an Adams Golf endorsement contract, a $10,000 shopping spree to Dick’s Sporting Goods and $10,000 in car rental credit from Avis. Did it feel like Christmas? MS: Oh yeah. It’s like the ultimate Christmas package for a mini-tour golfer. Everything that you struggle with, they want to help you out with. GG: I know your father passed away prior to you filming the series in June. How proud would he have been of all this? MS: That’s all I could think about after the last putt went in. He always pushed me to be the best golfer I could be. I certainly think that he would be awfully proud with not only how I finished, but how I handled myself.

GG: Aside from winning, what was your favorite moment from the show? MS: Fly fishing (with Isaac on their day of immunity) was fun. That was kind of a bucket list thing for me. I’ve never fly-fished before. I kind of dove in head-first. GG: Did the show bend the truth any or is what we saw the way things happened? MS: All the golf was real. They edited some shots to make it more dramatic, but it was all real. That was one of my concerns going into the show – whether I would be represented accurately. For the most part, I think they did a really good job with it. GG: With the show being taped in June, it had to be a challenge not to spill the beans before the finale. How tempting was that part of it? MS: It was always tempting because that was the first question everybody asked. “Did you win? Oh come on, you can tell me!” To me it was fun to watch everybody’s reaction. If I would have told people, it would have ruined all the fun for me.

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Savannah golfer Mark Silvers was all smiles after defeating James Lepp 1-up in the season finale of Big Break Greenbrier. GG: Did the Golf Channel have any safeguards in place to keep you quiet? MS: A potential million dollar lawsuit. GG: Oh wow. That will keep you quiet. MS: Yeah. That’ll do it. GG: Where do you play over there in Savannah?

MS: Savannah Golf Club. GG: Do you get a chance to play over here at all? MS: Every now and then. I’ve played Harbour Town a few times. I’ve played Long Cove. I play some in Bluffton. They’re all incredible golf courses. GG: In addition to competing in the Greenbrier Classic, you

will also be competing on the Tour this year. Does it feel like your dream is coming true? MS: Yeah. Obviously winning Big Break was one of my biggest achievements. Then to be able to follow it up by making the final stage of Q School, it certainly was an important year for me. GG: What are your short-term and long-term goals? MS: I finished just outside of the fully exempt number but I should get into (PGA Tour) events early. If you play well early then you can be good to go for the rest of the year. Obviously, my short-term goal is to play well in the events I get in early so I can play fulltime out there for the rest of the year. My long term goal is to earn my PGA Tour card. GG: You mentioned your bucket list earlier. Is the Heritage on there?

MS: Oh yeah. I grew up going to the Heritage. As far as I’m concerned, that is my home town event. It’s big for Hilton Head, it’s big for Savannah and all of the Lowcountry. Playing in the Heritage is a huge goal of mine. GG: How would you sum up the Big Break experience? MS: It was an incredible experience because I’ve never felt nerves like that on a golf course. I played in the U.S. Open, made tour events and events. The jitters you have on the first tee of a big tournament, you basically had on every shot during Big Break. To be able to manage those nerves and still perform well was a huge boost for me. I was able to play well after the show, making it through all three stages of Q School. I think I can credit a lot of that to the show. G

HOW THE BIG BREAK CHAMPS FARED The Big Break series has been a ratings hit for the Golf Channel since its first series in 2003. The show’s premise is to award an aspiring professional golfer exemptions into selected events on certain tours. Our online feature looks at what each champion has done with their Big Break. You can also find a local golf course directory with updated rates and February news and notes.

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Georgia State primed to defend Wexford Intercollegiate title Tournament BY LANCE HANLIN


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IGHTEEN MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF TEAMS ARE COMING TO HILTON HEAD ISLAND FEB. 18-19 FOR THE 2013 WEXFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE. Some teams are coming for the competition. Others are using the tournament as an excuse to visit Hilton Head. Defending champion Georgia State is coming for the candy. “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” Georgia State coach Joe Inman said. “Our guys love that tournament. Whenever they go behind the first tee, there is always candy and food and somebody smiling at them. You don’t get that at every tournament.” Francis Marion golf coach Mark Gaynor serves as tournament director. He cooked up the idea several years ago while visiting his parents, who live in

Wexford Plantation. Heading into its eighth year, the two-day event has become a February tradition. “My mom and I talk about it,” Gaynor said. “We still remember when we would take walks and talk about it. It’s just funny how everything came together. It’s really, really working out well down there.” The field has expanded to 18 teams this year. Teams competing are Campbell, Davidson, Dayton, DePaul, Elon, Francis Marion, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Ohio, Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond, Samford, Connecticut, USC Aiken, South Florida, Western Carolina and William and Mary. Teams will play 36 holes on the first day of the tournament and 18 holes on the final day. Both days open with 8:30 a.m. shotgun starts.

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GOLFER’S GUIDE | monthly The general public is welcome to attend. “We owe a big thanks to Wexford Plantation for this,” Gaynor said. “(Pro) Scott Hunter played college golf at George Mason. It’s a fantastic thing when your head pro has played college golf and understands what it means. Course superintendent Brian Murry, what he did to get the course ready after the redesign was phenomenal.” The golfers thank the Wexford residents with a member-am on the day before the tournament. Two members are paired with two collegians for a practice round. “It’s a really neat thing,” Gaynor said. “The kids enjoy it because they can get away from their coaches. The members enjoy it because, physically, these kids hit the golf ball like you see on TV. They just can’t putt and chip as well yet. The membership there really

enjoys high-level people playing their golf course because it’s challenging. They feel a little bit better about their own scores when one of these kids that is really good shoots a 77 or a 78 on it.” Georgia State won last year’s tournament by six strokes. Damon Stephenson (pictured) led the Panthers with a score of even-par 72-73-71 – 216. The rest of the field finished over par. “I showed the course the respect it deserved and tried to stay patient throughout the tournament,” Stephenson said. “In the end, it paid off. I am looking forward to returning and getting an opportunity to not only defend my title individually but as a team as well.” Teammate Tyler Gruca came in second place with a 219. Inman said he is bringing an even better Georgia State team to this year’s tournament.

“We’re ranked a little higher and we are a little stronger,” Inman said. “We have a freshman that has just exploded.” That freshman, Jonathan Grey, ended the fall season on a tear, posting two wins and never finishing outside the top 20. He was named the Sun Belt Conference’s golfer of the month in October. Another favorite is Georgia Southern, who will make the short drive from Statesboro. “Each year the field is getting stronger and stronger,” Gaynor said. “I’m sure Georgia Southern will have some local support come in. It’s a home event for us even though it is not being played in Florence. We get a lot of families that come watch their kids play just because it’s Hilton Head. It’s a simple sell. The parents see Hilton Head on the schedule and they make a long weekend out of it.” G

2013 WEXFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE DETAILS WHEN: Feb. 18-19 WHERE: Wexford Plantation, Hilton Head Island TEAMS: Campbell, Davidson, Dayton, DePaul, Elon, Francis Marion, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Ohio, Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond, Samford, Connecticut, USC Aiken, South Florida, Western Carolina, William and Mary ADMISSION: Free. Public welcome

WEXFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONS 2006: USC Aiken 2007: Chattanooga 2008: Elon 2009: USC Aiken 2010: Wake Forest 2011: Indiana 2012: Georgia State

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Short List If music be the food of love, then it will certainly be well fed this month.

Hearts Afire

Feb. 9 Special guests Touche (pictured above, after their second-place victory at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Denver, Colo.) will perform as special guests during Hearts Afire, a concert that will also feature the Hilton Head Shore Notes, 1/2 Ton Pickup and Coastal Rhythm.

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HILTON HEAD by Hilton Head Monthly See pages 72-73 (it’s the dead center of the magazine. You can’t miss it).

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Feb. 14,15,16,17 Hilton Head Prep presents the musical stage version of the wildly popular movie. See our interview with Elle Woods herself, page 127

Four-part romance

Feb. 14 The Hilton Head Barbershoppers will once again criss cross the Lowcountry on Valentine’s Day, delivering barbershopstyle love songs. 843-290-9517

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HHSO presents Franz Joseph Haydn: 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at First Presbyterian Church. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, with music director and principal conductor John Morris Russell, opens the new year with the second program of the Intimate Classics series, this one featuring the music of Franz Joseph Haydn. Russell will be joined by HHSO Principal Horn Stephanie Flurry in Mozart’s Second Horn Concerto. The Haydn symphonies on the program are No. 44 “TrauerSymphonie” and No. 100, “Military." Tickets are $20, $35, and $45. 843- 842-2055 or We Sing of Love: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Baptist Church of Beaufort and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at All Saints Episcopal Church. Mary Green will present two chorale concerts to benefit NAMI Beaufort County. $75 angel admission (limited availability), $35 general admission, $5 student admission. Tickets available at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce offices or by calling NAMI. 843-681-2200, ext. 2 Debby Graves and Friends classical music: 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Andrew By-The-Sea. Organist Debby Graves will be joined by Phyllis Mauney on harp, soprano Laura Floyd, Todd Smith on trumpet, St. Andrew’s Director of Music, baritone Tim Reynolds, and the St. Andrew By-The-Sea Chancel Choir. The concert is free, and will include selections from Bach, Liszt, Schubert, Franck, Dubois, Walton, Grandjany, and more. 843-785-4711 or visit

Festivals and fundraisers Chamber Ball: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Fine dining, dancing and entertainment at the annual event honoring the outstanding individuals and organizations that make a difference in our community. 843-785-3673 or

Dance for Your Health In celebration of American Heart Month, Beaufort Memorial Hospital is hosting the annual “Dance for Your Health” event, a free community wellness celebration designed to get you movin’ and groovin’ your way to better health. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 23, at Sun City’s Pinckney Hall and will feature dance demonstrations, health screenings, light refreshments, door prizes, mini dance classes and a hula hoop contest. Instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bluffton will be offering 20-minute lessons in salsa, cha-cha, shag and dancercize, a low-impact workout performed to Latin rhythms. Dance performances also will be presented every half-hour on the main stage. In addition, BMH specialists in car-

A Taste of Gullah — Community Festival: 12-3 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Native Island heritage and culture get the star treatment at this celebration of all things Gullah. Feed your tummy with lip-smacking Lowcountry specialties such as barbecue ribs, conch stew, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, and okra gumbo.  And feed your spirit with a full plate of storytelling, gospel music and crafts.  This event is free to the public. Children’s Relief Fund Straight from the Heart Gala: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music by the Atlanta band Ascension and silent and live auctions

diology, vascular surgery, orthopedics, nutrition and women’s health will be on hand to answer questions. Blood pressure and glucose screenings will be available for free along with $10 cholesterol screenings (cash and checks accepted). Be sure to fast if you want to be tested for glucose and cholesterol. Participants also will have the chance to check out the new da Vinci Si, an advanced robotic surgical system being used at Beaufort Memorial Hospital to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, including single-site surgery. Dance for Your Health is open to both adult men and women. The event is free, but registration is required to participate. To sign up, visit www. or call (843) 522-5585. featuring dozens of items. Tickets are $125 per person. 843-681-7668 or email rfotia333@ The Hilton Head Black and White Heart Ball: Feb. 9 at The Hilton Head Island Westin Resort & Spa. The American Heart Association presents an evening of elegance to raise funds and fight heart disease. Live and silent auctions, a seated dinner and live music celebrate the culmination of a year-round campaign to raise critical funds. Meet this year's honoree, Mary Frances Betka, on page 36. 843-422-4542 or judy.t.caramello@ Clambake to benefit NAMI: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Live music, fried and

steamed clams, Lowcountry boil, chili, hot dogs, beer. $40 a person includes food and beer. Tickets available at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce offices or by calling NAMI. 843-681-2200, ext. 2 God’s Gift for God’s Children: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Bluffton. The church presents a collection of arts and other pleasures available for purchase, with proceeds going to several organizations helping local children. 843-757-4774 Mardi Gras Street Party: 12-6 p.m. Feb. 9 on Tybee Island. The Mardi Gras Street Party, which is free and open to the public, starts at the south end of the island on Tybrisa Street and Butler Avenue. The party features live music by The Fabulous Clams from 12-3 p.m. and Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe from 3-6 p.m. Street performances including Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, SCAD Circus, tarot card readings, hoopers, and musicians will entertain Mardi Gras revelers. or www. Valentine's Day Fundraiser: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pineland Station Mall. This fundraiser for the Hilton Head Humane Association will be held rain or shine with a silent auction, bake sale, adoptions, Valentine photos and more. 843-681-8907 Savannah Book Festival: Feb. 14-17 at Telfair Square and Trustees Theater. Authors including Dave Barry, James Patterson, Jeff "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Kinney, former Vice President Al Gore, and rock legend Greg Allman will appear at this year's festival. Southern Women’s Show: Feb. 15-17 at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The Continues on page 122 >> February 2013

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Continued from page 121 Southern Women’s Show returns to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center to celebrate its 10th year. Get inspired with makeup tips and runway fashion shows. Tempt your taste buds with cooking classes and sampling of delicious gourmet treats. Shop for cool jewelry, handbags, and clothes. Admission is $9 at door; $8 online; $7 at participating Kroger locations for adults. For youth ages 6-12, $5; under 6 free with paying adult. 800-849-0248 or visit www. Programs for Exceptional People’s Sweetheart Dance: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 15 at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. Celebrate the Valentine weekend dancing to romantic big band music by The Stardust Orchestra. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door, and proceeds benefit PEP. 843-681-8413 6th Annual Celebration of Justice, a benefit for Lowcountry Legal Volunteers: 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Honoring Hector Esquivel, Beryl LaMotte, and Donna McIntosh. Tickets are $75. 843-682-3397 Second Annual St. Baldrick’s Headshaving Fundraiser: 2-4 p.m Feb. 16, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A group of local “shavees” (including Monthly editor Barry Kaufman) will be having their heads shaved to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s, a group dedicated to fighting childhood cancers. 843-342-2096 or Salty Dog grand re-opening Oyster Roast: 4 p.m. until the oysters run out, Feb. 23. Join Salty Dog for oysters and other great food outside on the boardwalk. Live entertainment and special kid's entertainment. 122

The arts Peace Through Art and Sport: Ongoing at Hilton Head Island High School EVAC Gallery. The 2nd Zapata Initiative is underway and will again emphasize the importance of the healthy endeavors of art and sport in the lives of our youth. Participating students under the age of 18 in Hilton Head Middle and High schools must submit artwork portraying any athletic endeavor or well-known sports figure as a follow up to the London Olympics. Five jurors will select the winners, awarding over $1,000 in prize money to the young artists in both schools. The winning works will be honored at a second exhibit at the Art League’s Walter Greer Gallery early in March. 843-689-6779 or Printmaking Open Studio: 9 a.m.5 p.m. Thursdays at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Disney Studio’s printing press is available for artists and students who have had prior printmaking experience. Bring your own paper and inks. Fee is $5 per hour of studio time. 843-686-3945, ext. 233 or Beaufort International Film Festival: Feb 13-17 in Beaufort. Enjoy screenings, screenwriters workshops, and special presentations during this unique film festival, quickly becoming one of the area’s premiere events. Songs of Awe and Wonder: Starts Feb. 4 with reception from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the SoBa Gallery in Old Town Bluffton. The Society of Bluffton Artists presents a selection of paintings from artist Juliana Boyd Kim. 843-757-6586 or www.sobagallery. com Promising Picassos: Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7, exhibit runs Feb. 8-28 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Incredible student works of art will be on display in the annual Promising Picassos Student

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works will be showcased on the grounds of the Arts Center for the Youth Arts Fest from 9-3 p.m. on March 2. The annual festival is held as a free community outreach by the Arts Center. 843-368-8486, or www.

EDUCATIONAL Art Exhibition, in the Bank of America room of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Promising Picassos event is presented annually by the Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA). These young, emerging artists explore various mediums in the Promising Picassos annual show presented by ISCA. The student art exhibition, now in its 21st year, is open to all students, grades three through 12 in the public, private and home schools of southern Beaufort County. After the exhibit, the

Corridor of Shame: Feb. 3 at First Presbyterian Church. Bud Ferillo, producer of the award-winning documentary “Corridor of Shame,� will give an update about the corridor at the 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship services. Ferillo is currently serving as communications specialist for the Children's Law Center, a division of the University of South Carolina Law School. He served as chief of staff to two speakers of the S.C. House of Representatives, and was deputy lieu-

tenant governor, 1983-87. The corridor includes an area of South Carolina west of I-95 from the North Carolina to Georgia border. 843-681-3696 or American Heirlooms: Then and Now: Tuesdays Feb. 5-26 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Students ages 6-12 will explore weaving and quilting art forms developed by Native American, European, and AfricanAmerican cultures and how the traditions continue to influence today's artists. Artist and instructor Kim Keats will use a variety of materials to teach a number of interlacing and sewing techniques. Tuition $105. Instruction for home-schooled students runs 2-3:15 p.m., after-school students 4-5:15 p.m. 843-686-3945, ext. 233 or

Using Family Tree Maker 2012: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Heritage Library. If you are using a version of Family Tree Maker prior to 2010 or are not familiar with this software, this class is for you. FTM expert, Carol Clemens, will help you with the basics of entering data and photos, how to prepare and print charts, reports, timelines, etc. Must have basic computer skills and know how to search the Internet. Reservations suggested.$20 members/$25 nonmembers. 843-686-6560 The Far Side of Nature: 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at Coastal Discovery Museum: Marvin Bouknight, staff naturalist for Oldfield Club, will be talking about the famous and hilarious nature-inspired cartoons by Gary Larson. Learn the true and false beliefs and stereotypes embedded among spoofed subjects such as animals, nature, formal scienContinues on page 124 >>

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Continued from page 123 tists and biologists, and the institution of formal research and education as only Gary Larson can. The program is appropriate for ages 12 and older and the cost is $7 per person. Reservations are required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223


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Moment by Moment—Creative Approaches in Dementia Care: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort. Keynote speaker Teepa Snow is a nationally recognized speaker and dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families. This educational conference is offered to family caregivers, healthcare professionals, social workers and counselors, ministers, emergency first responders, and friends, neighbors and colleagues of someone with dementia. The registration fee of $45 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes and exhibitors. 843- 842-6688, ext. 3 or karen@ The Valentine’s Card: 10 a.m.12 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Make your loved ones handmade cards this year. Participants ages 8 and up will carve a simple design and then use your linocut plate to print colorful and unique Valentines. The hand-printing techniques you’ll learn from instructor Alana Adams will enable you to continue printmaking at home. Beginners welcome, tuition is $25. 843-686-3945, ext. 233 or Wilbur Cross at Heritage Library: 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Wilbur Cross, long-time Hilton Head resident and author of Gullah Culture in America, will speak about Gullah history and be available to sign copies of his book at the Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center. Gullah Culture in America introduces readers to all aspects of Gullah culture – language, religion, food, music and dance. Admission is free. Reservations


are required. 843-686-6560 Music and the Brain: 4-7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. at USCB Bluffton Campus Library. Featuring guest speaker, Prof. Dale B. Taylor, Ph.D., MTBC, with presentations by the Music Therapists Association of SC and The Music Medicine Institute. Free to attend, but seating is limited. Call NAMI for presentation times and to RSVP. 843-681-2200, ext. 6 ArtStart: Feb. 12 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. ArtStart is now offered monthly. These art classes for ages 2-5 are designed to help children develop fine motor skills and encourage creativity through the visual arts. Educator Alana Adams will teach color and shape recognition, how to use art tools and a variety of other concepts while expressing themselves using an array of media and methods. Call for times. 843-686-3945, ext. 233 or Genealogy on the Web: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Heritage Library. Linda Piekut, director of IT Services at the Heritage Library, will offer an overview of research sites available on the Internet and the kinds of information available on different websites. This class is for the intermediate genealogist. Reservations suggested. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 843-686-6560 Advanced Family Tree Maker: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at The Heritage Library. This class will cover some of the advanced features of FTM 2012 for those already using FTM who want to move beyond the basics. Includes working with custom print through My Canvas, using the task list, printing specific documents, organizing with the book features, etc. Reservations suggested. $20 for members,$25 for nonmembers. 843-686-6560

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Land Preservation in Beaufort County: 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Coastal Discovery Museum. Patty Kennedy with the Open Land Trust will present this program. Beaufort County has one of the most progressive land preservation initiatives in the country.  Its amazing story encompasses everything from the extraordinary story of the ACE Basin to the unique and aggressive parkland protection strategy on highly developed Hilton Head Island.  Kennedy will share the vision and efforts to protect the Lowcountry landscape.The program is $7 per person and reservations are required. 843-689-6767, ext. 223

Athletics Quickstart Open House: 12-2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Van Der Meer Shipyard Racquet Center. Join Van Der Meer Shipyard for the free Quickstart open house for kids ages 4-10. A customized tennis and coordination program for kids, Quickstart brings the game to a size that enables children to progress more easily and quickly. The program will be held in the indoor courts at Shipyard. 843-785-8388 or Free tennis lessons: 5-6 p.m. Feb. 11-14 at Van Der Meer Tennis Center. Come participate in free lessons during the world-

renowned Tennis University classes for tennis teachers. Lessons are provided for all levels and all ages. Come out rain or shine. 843-785-8388 or

Business Business Expo: Feb. 26-27 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. See below. 843-785-3673 or

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Monthly’s top five reasons to go to this year’s Business Expo With over 2,000 attendees, Business EXPO is the largest business-building event in the Lowcountry, rivaling expos in Savannah and Columbia in size. When Business EXPO, presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Feb. 26 and 27, attendees can expect a few new twists and turns to the popular networking event, held at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

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1. Weaving the web Anissa Freeman Starnes with online marketing giant Constant Contact will be on hand leading a seminar or online marketing, from email to social media.

Pull up your iPad or laptop to the Social Media Bar, giving you oneon-one consulting with local and national social media experts. 3. Speed is king Like speed dating, only for the suit-and-tie set, speed networking gives you a fastpaced format to meet your fellow Lowcountry professionals.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and other healthcare solution providers will answer questions and shed light on the changes happening in healthcare in 2013.

5. After hours The annual EXPO After Hours lights up from 5-7:30 p.m. This is where all the real business happens, with great food, complimentary beer and wine and prizes.

Business EXPO is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 27, followed by EXPO After Hours from 5-7p.m. The cost to attend After Hours is $10. There is no fee to attend Business EXPO during the day. The seminar fee is $15 and includes free admission into EXPO After Hours. For details go to February 2013

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Continued from page 125 Head Library. Reviews includ "The Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kerns Goodwin on Feb. 6, "Hiding in the Spotlight: a Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival" by Greg Dawson on Feb. 13., Nikki Haley’s, "Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story," Feb. 20, and "Crescent" by Diana Abu-Jaber Feb. 27. Book Break programs are open to the public. A donation of $3 is welcomed.  All donations support the Hilton Head Library. 843-255-6500   Movie and discussion: 2 p.m. Thursdays at Hilton Head Library. A donation of $3 from non-members of Friends is welcomed.  All donations are used to support the Hilton Head Library. Call for movie listings 843-255-6500   Super Saturday Program: 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at Hilton Head Island Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this is a free family magic show by "Mr. Magic," George Jones. 843-255-6529 or

Meetings Coalition for Aging in Place: 2-3 p.m. Feb. 4 at Bluffton/Okatie Outpatient Center meeting room. The Beaufort County Coalition for Aging in Place, an affiliate of the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance is holding its monthly meeting. The meeting is open to the public. 843-368-2483 Hilton Head Island Ski Club: 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at 9 Promenade in Bluffton. Happy hour prices with optional dinner. Members, skiers, and non-skiers invited. Reservations are not necessary. 843-681-4181, The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection: 11:30 a.m. 126

Feb. 20 at Hampton Hall Club House. The Lowcountry Christian Women’s Connection is hosting its February luncheon featuring Peggy Beck of Bluffton. The guest speaker is Karen Gilmour of Okatie. Prepaid reservations are $24 and must be prepaid by Feb. 13. 843-705-7950 Palmetto Quilt Guild meeting: 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort. The speaker at this event will be Carol Taylor, an internationally known, award-winning quilt artis. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee. Come early and socialize. 843-757-2613 or Camera Club of Hilton Head Island meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St. Three speakers will discuss, "What Makes Good Macro, Black & White, and Digital Art Photographs in Judged Competitions?" Meetings are free and open to all. American Revolutionary Round Table: Feb. 28 at Belfair Country Club. Speaker Carl Borick, CPA, author, and curator at the Charleston Museum will present "American Prisoners of War in the Revolutionary South 1780-1782." Luncheon meetings with speakers are held quarterly at various upscale restaurants/country clubs in the area. New members and guests are welcome at the luncheons, though paid reservations are needed at least seven days prior to an event.

Save the date Jewels and Jeans Fundraiser: 6-9 p.m. March 2 at The Country Club of Hilton Head. 843-322-2306 Youth ArtsFest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. 843-842-ARTS

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Five questions with Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods. Hilton Head Prep is bringing the Broadway musical smash Legally Blonde, based on the hit movie, to the stage this month. In advance of the show, we thought we’d get a few tips on pink resumes, spring fashion and the “bend and snap” from Elle Woods herself (actually young actress Alli Kenneweg, but in character as the iconic blonde bombshell). How is Bruiser adjusting to the sea air? Bruiser is loving life on Hilton Head. His favorite thing to do is splash in the tidal pools at the beach. I think he met a teacup poodle down there and it was love at first woof. Did you wake up one morning and say “I think I’ll go to Hilton Head Island today?” As a full time Harvard Law student, Hilton Head is a perfect escape. In the sun and the sand, I'm reminded of my hometown: Malibu, Calif.

Does the “bend and snap” really work every time? The bend and snap is a move invented by UCLA Cheerleaders to break down the will of the opposing team. Statistically speaking, it is 99.99% effective on all straight men. For all the job seekers out there, why is the pink scented resume so important? It is very important to make yourself stand out from the crowd, and a pink resume is like the icing on top. What says 'hire me' more than a pink, Chanel scented, recylable paper product? For all the gentlemen of Hilton Head, can you offer a fashionable springtime alternative to khaki shorts? Please? Having majored in Fashion Merchandising at UCLA, I have heard from some very important designers and they say that the hottest trend for men this spring is to be BOLD! Wearing a bright pair of shorts will not only show that you're self confident, but also that you have a sense of style. Legally Blonde runs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16 at Hilton Head High School VPAC. Call 843-304-6280 for details.

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The Jazz Corner: Whitley Deputy and Eddie Wilson salute Ray Charles Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 Kingfisher: Tableside magic with Joseph the Magician. Salty Dog Cafe: Anneliza’s Kidz music at 7 and 8 p.m. San Miguel’s: Chris Jones Tuesday Big Bamboo Café: Tom “Vegas” Vicario plays the classics at 9 p.m. The Jazz Corner: The Bobby Ryder Quartet (Feb. 5), Bob Masteller’s AllStar Quartet (Feb. 12), Gina René (Feb. 19, 26) Salty Dog Cafe: Live music from Bruce Crichton plus Anneliza’s Kidz music at 7 and 8 p.m. San Miguel’s: David Marshall Shelter Cove Harbour: Shannon Tanner, 6:30 p.m. Station 300 & Zeppelin’s Bar & Grill: Target the Band, 6 p.m. Wednesday Big Bamboo Cafe: Reggae at 10 p.m. The Jazz Corner: The Earl Williams Quartet (Feb. 6, 20), The Bobby Ryder Quartet (Feb. 13, 27) Kingfisher: Acoustic favorites from Pete Carroll at 6 p.m. Red Fish: John Brackett Trio 7:30 p.m. Salty Dog Cafe: Dave Kemmerly from 6-10 p.m. and magician Gary Maurer San Miguel’s: Mike Korbar Santa Fe Cafe: Reymundo Elias from 7-10 p.m. Thursday Big Bamboo Café: Jack The Jammer 6:30-9:30 p.m. also Thursday, open mic

night with Phil Mullins, 10 p.m. Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): Jim Davidson 7-10 p.m. Ela’s Blu Water Grille: 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Dean St. Hilaire and island artists. Electric Piano: Ladies night with Tommy Sims, $3 off all Pinnacle Vodka drinks (closed Feb. 14) The Jazz Corner: Lavon and Louise Kingfisher: Light rock by David Wingo at 6:30 p.m. Salty Dog Cafe: Dave Kemmerly from 6-10 p.m. and magician Gary Maurer San Miguel’s: Eric Daubert Santa Fe Cafe: Reymundo Elias from 7-10 p.m. Smokehouse: Whitley Deputy and the B-Town Project, 10 p.m. Friday Big Bamboo: The Beagles play the Beatles from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bistro Mezzaluna: Target Band at 8 p.m. Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): Mike Korbar 7-10 p.m. Electric Piano: Dueling Pianos with Sterlin Colvin and Dallas Reese (Feb. 1,8,22), The Tommy Sims Trio (Feb. 15) The Jazz Corner: James with Howard Paul (Feb. 1), Reggie Deas & Deas Guyz (Feb. 8), Jackie Ryan & The Bob Alberti Trio (Feb. 15), The Scott Giddens Quartet (Feb. 22), The Graham Dechter Quartet (March 1) Kingfisher: Earl Williams Band playing jazz and blues at 6 p.m. Salty Dog Cafe: Live music from Dave Kemmerly plus Anneliza’s Kidz music at 7 and 8 p.m. San Miguel’s: David Marshall Santa Fe Cafe: Reymundo Elias from 7-10 p.m.

Smokehouse: Lee Tyler Post Trio (Feb. 1), Mile 10 (Feb. 8), The Storks (Feb. 15), Guilt Ridden Troubadour (Feb. 22) Saturday Big Bamboo: Reid Richmond, 10 p.m. Captain Woody’s (Bluffton): Jordan Ross 7-10 p.m. Electric Piano: The Simpson Brothers The Jazz Corner: James with Howard Paul (Feb. 2), Reggie Deas & Deas Guyz (Feb. 9), Jackie Ryan & The Bob Alberti Trio (Feb. 16), The Scott Giddens Quartet (Feb. 23), The Graham Dechter Quartet (March 2) Mellow Mushroom: Karaoke on Hilton Head Salty Dog Café: Dave Kemmerly 5-9 p.m. San Miguel’s: Tommy Sims Santa Fe Cafe: Reymundo Elias from 7-10 p.m. Shelter Cove Harbour: Shannon Tanner, 6:30 p.m. Sunday The Jazz Corner: Deas Guyz, plus Dixieland Jam from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 25 (closed Super Bowl Sunday) Kingfisher: Tableside magic with Joseph the Magician Salty Dog Cafe: Dave Kemmerly from 6-10 p.m. and magician Gary Maurer San Miguel’s: Kirk O’Leary

The Southern Stomp EP, featuring island native McKenzie Eddy and John Cranford, will be released via premiere party at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at Big Bamboo. Check out our preview in this month’s The Vibe.

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big tastes from a small island / sally kerr-dineen Photos and recipes courtesy American Heart Association

Coconut-Lime Chicken & Snow Peas Double the flavor and do half the work by simply using the same tangy combination of coconut milk, lime juice and brown sugar for both poaching the chicken and dressing the salad. Crisp romaine lettuce, cabbage and snow peas add freshness and an irresistible crunch. ingredients

A feast of the east Celebrate Chinese New Year and American Heart Month with sensational Asian recipes


ebruary is a busy month! For one thing it’s all about the heart, but I’m not just referring to Valentine’s Day, flowers, candy and all that mushy stuff. February is also American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association pulls out all the stops when it comes to helping us understand the severity of heart disease, especially in women – sorry guys, we got you beat, it’s our number one killer. With National Wear Red Day on Feb.1 and American Heart Month all month long, the AHA hopes to get their word out and empower Americans to make healthier choices by reducing sodium and trans fat in their meals. For instance, they encourage you to, “make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.” February is also the beginning of the Chinese New Year. February 10th kicks off the year of the Snake. So for those born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013, this is your year. With that in mind – and the fact that I love, love, love Chinese food, I thought I’d take a lead from the AHA, and use their heart healthy, lower sodium recipes to celebrate the year of the Snake, while wearing red... of course! Remember what Confucius said: “The fight against heart disease begins at home, in your kitchen.” OK, he probably didn’t say that. But he would. Also, you might want to check out the AHA’s Facebook page and start their 3-week sodium swap challenge. M

Tender tips: Chicken tenders, virtually fat-free, are a strip of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of the chicken breast, but they can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay or kid-friendly breaded “chicken fingers.” 130

Wok-Seared Chicken Tenders with Asparagus & Pistachios It’s an East-meets-West stir-fry sure to become a family favorite. Serve it over rice, with a simple salad of arugula and orange sections dressed in a light vinaigrette. ingredients 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pound chicken tenders (see Tender Tips), cut into bite-size pieces  4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces  2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 1 tablespoon oyster-flavored sauce 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce (see Sauce Secrets)  1/4 cup shelled salted pistachios, coarsely chopped

Directions Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add asparagus; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Stir in scallions, ginger, oyster sauce and chili-garlic sauce; cook, stirring, until the chicken is juicy and just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir in pistachios and serve immediately.

Sauce secrets: Chile-garlic sauce is a blend of ground red chiles, garlic and vinegar and is commonly used to add heat and flavor to Asian soups, sauces and stir-fries. It can be found in the Asian food section of large supermarkets. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

1 cup “lite” coconut milk (see CookTips) 1/4 cup lime juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 8 ounces chicken tenders 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce 1 cup shredded red cabbage 1 cup sliced snow peas 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons minced red onion

Directions Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk coconut milk, lime juice, sugar, and salt in an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Transfer 1/4 cup of the dressing to a large bowl; set aside. Place chicken in the baking dish; bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, add lettuce, cabbage, snow peas, cilantro, and onion to the large bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Divide between 2 plates. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and thinly slice. Arrange the chicken slices on top of the salads. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the coconut cooking liquid over each of the salads. To Make Ahead: The dressing will keep for up to 2 days.

Coco-notes: Refrigerate leftover coconut milk for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Use to make extra Coconut-Lime Dressing; drizzle on sliced fresh fruit; use as some of the liquid for cooking rice; make a Pineapple-Coconut Frappe.

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Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Vegetables If you can’t find a bagged vegetable medley for this easy noodle bowl, choose 12 ounces of cut vegetables from your market’s salad bar and create your own mix. ingredients 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce, or to taste (see Sauce Secrets) 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti 1 12-ounce bag fresh vegetable medley, such as carrots, broccoli, snow peas

Directions Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta. Meanwhile, place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size strips. Whisk peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, chile-garlic sauce and ginger in a large bowl. Cook pasta in the boiling water until not quite tender, about 1 minute less than specified in the package directions. Add vegetables and cook until the pasta and vegetables are just tender, 1 minute more. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Rinse the pasta and vegetables with cool water to refresh. Stir the reserved cooking liquid into the peanut sauce; add the pasta, vegetables and chicken; toss well to coat. Serve warm or chilled.Note: Power up this meal more by adding steamed asparagus and Brussel sprouts with a balsamic reduction.

Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots & Peppers The colorful combination of sugar snap peas, red bell pepper and carrot, plus Asian-inspired flavors, make this side dish a pleasure to whip up for a weeknight dinner. ingredients

8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 2 cups) 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips (about 1 cup)  1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)  1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 teaspoon sesame seeds Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions Place peas, bell pepper and carrot in a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover and steam, stirring once, until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Toss with soy sauce, oil, sesame seeds, and pepper. February 2013

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featured restaurant

ALFRED’S Executive chef Alfred Kettering lends his expertise to mouthwatering fresh seafood. Plantation Center, 341-3117



ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY: Soups, salads and sandwiches. 45 Pembroke Drive. 342-2253. bld BELLA ITALIA BISTRO AND PIZZA: Authentic New York-style pizza and dinners. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 689-5560. ld CAROLINA CAFÉ: Lowcountry cuisine. The Westin Resort, Port Royal Plantation. 681-4000, ext. 7045. bld CHART HOUSE: Seafood, steaks and more. 2 Hudson Road. 342-9066. ld CRAZY CRAB (NORTH END): 104 William Hilton Parkway. 681-5021. www. ld DRAGON EXPRESS: Chinese take-out. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 681-5191. ld DYE’S GULLAH FIXIN’S: Authentic Gullah country cooking; catering available. Pineland Station. 681-8106. ld FANCY Q SUSHI BAR & GRILL : 435 William Hilton Parkway 342-6626. ld FIESTA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL (NORTH END): 95 Mathews Drive. 342-8808. bld 132

FRANKIE BONES: Reminiscent of Chicago/New York in the 1950s and 1960s. Mondays: Double Down Mondays. Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night. Thursdays: Flip Night. Fridays: Late night happy hour. Saturdays: Flip Night. Sundays: All-night happy hour. 1301 Main Street. 6824455. lds FRENCH BAKERY: Authentic French pastries, breads, lunch items. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 342-5420. bl HUDSON’S ON THE DOCKS: 1 Hudson Road. 681-2772. ld IL CARPACCIO: Authentic northern Italian cuisine and brick-oven pizzas. 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. www.ilcarpaccioofhiltonhead. com. 342-9949. ld LE BISTRO MEDITERRANEAN: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 681-8425. d

MANGIAMO!: Pizza, Italian fare, takeout and delivery. 2000 Main Street. 6822444. ld MI TIERRA (HILTON HEAD): 160 William Hilton Parkway in Fairfield Square. 3423409. ld MUNCHIES: Ice creams, wraps, sandwiches, paninis and salads. Offers a $5 after-school meal for students from 2:30-4:30 p.m. daily, and ready-made lunches. 1407 Main Street. 785-3354. ld NEW YORK CITY PIZZA: New York-style pizza, pasta and more. 45 Pembroke Dr. 689-2222. ld OKKO: Hibachi, Thai cuisine, sushi bar and cocktail lounge. 95 Mathews Drive. 3413377. ld OLD FORT PUB: Fine dining and spectacular views. 65 Skull Creek Drive in Hilton Head Plantation. 681-2386. www. ds OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: Steaks and more. 20 Hatton Place. 681-4329. ld

LITTLE CHRIS CAFE: Deli sandwiches, salads, omelettes and 430 William Hilton Parkway. 785-2233. bld

PLANTATION CAFÉ AND DELI: Breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches and more. 95 Mathews Drive. 342-4472. bl

MAIN STREET CAFÉ: Pub-style dishes, seafood. 1411 Main Street Village. 6893999. lds

REILLEY’S GRILL AND BAR (NORTH END): Steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Happy Hour crab legs. 95 Mathews Drive. 681-4153. ldso

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B Breakfast l Skull Creek Boathouse: Fresh seafood, raw bar and American favorites. Sunset views. Thurs: Sunset reggae party. 397 Squire Pope Road. 681-3663. do Starbucks: 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island. 689-6823. Street Meet: Family-friendly menu in a 1930sera tavern; serves food until 1 a.m.; Daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 842-2570. ldo Sunset Grille: Upscale dining, unforgettable views. 43 Jenkins Island Road. 689-6744. ldos tailgator’s: Traditional pub food in a sports bar atmosphere. Pineland Station. 368-7022. ld Tapas: Small dishes served tapas-style. 95 Mathews Drive, Suite B5, Hilton Head Island. 681-8590. d

the Westin Resort. 681-4000. ldo Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Burgers, seafood and salads with waterfront views. 18 Simmons Road in Broad Creek Marina. 681-3625. ld

Bali Hai Family Restaurant: Pacific Rim cuisine with Southern flair. Open 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 842-0084. d

WiseGuys steaks: Contemporary twist on the classic American steakhouse. 1513 Main Street. 842-8866. do

Big Jim’s bbq, burgers and pizza: Located inside Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones course, Big Jim’s offers up Southern dishes, burgers, pizzas and more. 785-1165. ld

Yummy House: Authentic Chinese food, buffet, free delivery. 2 Southwood Park Drive. 681-5888. ld

Bistro 17: French cuisine with harbor views. 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-5517. ld

Hilton HEad mid-island

Alexander’s: Steak, seafood, desserts. 76 Queens Folly Road. 785-4999. ld

TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: 35 Main Street. Tasty pizzas you finish at home. Offering an expanded lunchtime menu. 681-2900, www. ld

Alfred’s: European-trained executive chef Alfred Kettering offers up continental and German cuisine. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, Hilton Head Island. 341-3117. D

Turtles Beach Bar & Grill: Lowcountry fare with a Caribbean twist. 2 Grasslawn Avenue at

Arthur’s: Sandwiches, salads. Arthur Hills Course, Palmetto Dunes. 785-1191. L

Bonefish: 890 William Hilton Parkway. 3413772. ld Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 14 Folly Field Drive 785-5007. ld Café at the Marriott: Breakfast buffet, lunch a la carte. Oceanside at Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 686-8488. bl Coco’s On The Beach: 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 842-2626. ld Café Street Tropez: Seafood favorites, continental style. 841 William Hilton Parkway. 7857425. ldo


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Coconutz Sportz Bar: Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Open 4 p.m.2 a.m. Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. 842-0043 do Conroy’s: Signature restaurant of author Pat Conroy features seafood, steaks and ocean views. Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 686-8499. ds Ela’s Blu Water Grille: Seafood, Steak & Style. The dining ambiance offers a waterfront, pleasantly casual and intimate garden patio. Chef Chris Cohen offers the freshest seafood on Hilton Head. 1 Shelter Cove Lane. 785-3030, www.elasgrille. com. ld Flora’s Italian Cafe: Italian and European cuisine. 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 842-8200. d Fuddruckers: 2A Shelter Cove Lane. 6865161. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes. 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-4144. ld

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Harold’s Diner: Full breakfast and lunch menu. 641 William Hilton Parkway. 842-9292. bl HH prime: Fine aged prime steaks, fresh seafood, large wine selection. Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 3418058. blds Jamaica Joe’z Beach Bar: Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 842-0044. Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse: Award-winning chef creates fresh seafood, pasta and steaks with a breathtaking water view and Mediterranean decor. Happy hour from 5-8 p.m. Early bird 5-7 p.m. Outdoor seating available. 18 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island. 843-7854442. do Little Venice: Italian specialties, seafood and pasta with water views. 2 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 785-3300. ld New York City Pizza: This slice of the south end finds a new home mid-island in the Publix shopping center. 689-2229. ld Ocean Blue: Pizza, salads, sandwiches. Oceanfront at the Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 6868444. ld Old Oyster Factory: 101 Marshland Road. 681-6040. d Pazzo: Italian cafe and bakery. 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 8429463. ld pomodori: Italian cuisine from casual to sophisticated. 1 New Orleans Road. 6863100. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine I: 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 785-8575. www. ld San Miguel’s: Fun Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant with waterfront views and outdoor bar. 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Marina. 842-4555. ld Santa Fe Café: Southwestern cuisine in a stylish setting with full bar service and the famous rooftop dining experience. 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 785-3838. ld Scott’s Fish Market Restaurant and Bar: Seafood and steaks on the water. 17 Harbour Side Lane. 785-7575. d Sea Grass Grille: Fresh seafood. 807 William Hilton Parkway. 785-9990. ld Signals Lounge: 130 Shipyard Drive Crowne Plaza Resort. 842-2400. 134

Starbucks: 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. 842-4090 Street Meet: Family-friendly menu in a 1930s-era tavern; serves food until 1 a.m.; outdoor seating; block parties the last Saturday of every month starting at 6 p.m. Daily: Happy hour from 4-7 p.m, late night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close. Tuesday: L80s Night. Fridays: Fish fry. 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 842-2570. ldo Up the Creek Pub & Grill: Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 681-3625. ldo XO Lounge: 23 Ocean Lane in the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Palmetto Dunes. 3418080.

Hilton HEad South end

Amigos Cafe y Cantina: 70 Pope Avenue. 785-8226. ld Angler’s Beach Market Grill: Fresh seafood, beef, chicken; family-friendly; dinein or carry out. 2 North Forest Beach Drive, 785-3474. ld Annie o’s: Southern style cuisine. 124 Arrow Road. 341-2664. LD Asian Bistro: Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. 51 New Orleans Road. 686-9888. ld Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily. 69 Pope Avenue. 7857700. ld Beach Break Grill: Baja fish tacos, Cuban sandwiches, plate lunches, salads. 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F. 785-2466. Ld Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering: Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, muffins, croissants. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 785-5504. bl Big Bamboo Cafe: Casual American food in a 1940s Pacific-themed atmosphere. Live music nightly. Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 6863443. ldo Bistro Mezzaluna: Authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. 5-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour. Live music, dancing. 55 New Orleans Road 842-5011. d Black Marlin Bayside Grill and Hurricane Bar: Fresh-caught fish, seafood and hand-cut steaks. 4-7 p.m. daily: Happy Hour indoors and at the outdoor Hurricane Bar, one of the island’s most popular party spots. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 785-4950. lds

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Bomboras Grille and Chill Bar: 101 A/B Pope Avenue, Coligny Plaza. 689-2662, ldo Bravo Pizza: 1B New Orleans Road. 3427757. ld

Catch 22: Seafood, steaks, raw bar. 37 New Orleans Plaza. 785-6261. d Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte: Small, intimate French dining. 8 New Orleans Road. 7859277. ld

Brellas Café: Breakfast buffet, weekend seafood buffet. 130 Shipyard Drive. 8422400. bd

charbar: Sliders, burgers, live music and more. 33 Office Park Rd., Suite 213. 785-2427. LD

British Open Pub: Authentic British food, drink, certified angus beef. 1000 William Hilton Parkway D3 in the Village at Wexford. 686-6736. Ldo

Coligny Deli & Grill: More than 80 flavors of frozen treats and sandwiches. Coligny Plaza. 785-4440. ld

bullies bbq: Southern style barbecue. 3 Regents Pkwy. 686-7427. LD Callahan’s Sports Bar & Grill: Pub food and tons of sports. Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. 49 New Orleans Road. 686-7665. ldo Captain Woody’s: 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 785-2400. ldo Casey’s Sports Bar and Grille: Readers’ Choice Award-winning sports bar. Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. M-F. 37 New Orleans Road. 785-2255. ldo

Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: Happy Hour, 4-6 p.m. 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 671-7783. do CQ’s: 140A Lighthouse Lane. 671-2779. ld Crane’s Tavern and Steakhouse: Steakhouse with high-end specialties. 26 New Orleans Road. 341-2333. d

DelisheeeYo: Tart, fat-free, pro-biotic frozen yogurt; seasonal and organic fresh fruits; organic juice bar; smoothies. 32 Palmetto Bay Road. 785-3633. Daniel’s Restaurant and Bar: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, many vegetarian selections, all organic meat. 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-9379. bldo DRYDOCK: 21 Office Park Road. 842-9775. ldo Earle of Sandwich Pub: English pub food, sandwiches. 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 785-7767. ld Electric Piano: 33 Office Park Road. 7855399. o Fat Baby’s: Fresh pizza, subs. 120 Arrow Road. 842-4200. ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill: 51 New Orleans Road. 785-4788. ld

Crazy Crab (Harbour Town): 149 Lighthouse Road. 363-2722. ld

Flatbread Grill and Bar: 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 341-2225, ldo

Deli by the Beach: Deli sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats. Village at Wexford. 7857860. ld

french kiss Bakery: Breads, muffins, cakes and pies baked daily. Coligny Plaza. 687-5471. bl

Frozen Moo: Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 842-3131 Frosty Frog Cafe: Many combinations of frozen daiquiris, pizza, sandwiches, salads, wraps, appetizers. 1 North Forest Beach in Coligny Plaza. 686-3764. ldo Fusion: Blending French, Indian and American cuisine. 14 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head, in the Gallery of Shoppes. 715-9365. ld Gillan’s Fresh Seafood & oyster bar: Local flavors mingle with Maine standbys and N’awlins favorites. 841 William Hilton Parkway, Suite A, in South Island Square. 681-FISH (3474). ld Gruby’s New York Deli: Deli favorites with a NYC touch. 890 William Hilton Parkway in the Fresh Market Shoppes. 842-9111. bl Harbour Side burgers and brews: Casual outdoors burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 8421444. ld Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe: Freshly baked pastries, overstuffed sandwiches, soups. Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 363-2021. bl

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Harbour Town Grill: Harbour Town Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines. 363-8380. bld Hilton Head Diner: Classic-style diner in the New York tradition; open 24/7. 6 Marina Side Drive. 686-2400. bldo Hilton Head Brewing Company: Classic American flavors, home-brewed favorites. 7C Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 7853900. ldo Hilton Head Ice Cream: 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 852-6333, Hinchey’s Chicago Bar and Grill: 36 South Forest Beach Drive. 686-5959. ldo Hinoki of Kurama: Authentic Japanese cuisine, sushi. 37 New Orleans Road. 7859800. ld Hot Dog Harbour: Unit E-5, Coligny Plaza. 785-5400. ld Hugo’s: 841 William Hilton Parkway. 785HUGO. ld


It’s Greek To Me: Authentic, casual cuisine with all the delectable flavors of the finest Greek cuisine. 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza. 842-4033. ldo Java Joe’s: 101 Pope Avenue in Coligny Plaza. 686- 5282. bldo Jazz Corner: Eclectic fine dining menu, live music nightly. Village at Wexford. 842-8620. do Jump and Phil’s Bar and Grill: Sandwiches and salads in a pub setting. 7 Greenwood Drive, Suite 3B. 785-9070. www. ldo Karma / Ultimate Teen Nightlife: 5 Lagoon Road. 4244016, o Kenny B’s French Quarter Cafe: Lowcountry and New Orleans creole cuisine. 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 785-3315. blds Kurama Japanese Steak and Seafood House: Japanese hibachi and sushi. 9 Palmetto Bay Road. 785-4955. d

La Hacienda: 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 8424982. ld Lakehouse Restaurant: Casual atmosphere, overlooking golf course. Sea Pines. 842-1441. bl Land’s End Tavern: South Beach Marina. 671-5456. bld Lodge Beer and Growler Bar: Craft brews, wines and cocktails. Happy Hour, 5-8 p.m. daily. Tues: Pinch the Pint Night. Wed: Kick the Keg Night. Thurs: Burgers and Beer Night. 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 8428966. do Lowcountry Backyard: Lowcountry and Charleston cuisine, including sandwiches, seafood, salads and soups. 32 Palmetto Bay Road at The Village Exchange. 785-9273. hhback bld Market Street Cafe: American and Mediterranean cuisine.12 Coligny Plaza. 6864976. ld Marley’s Island Grille: Seafood, steaks, lobster. 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 686-5800. do

Mellow Mushroom: Pizza, salads, subs, take-out available. 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 686-2474. www.mellowmushroom. com/hiltonhead ldo Michael Anthony’s: Regional Italian fine dining with a contemporary flair. 37 New Orleans Road. 785-6272. www. d New York City Pizza: Pizza, subs, calzones, dine-in, take-out, delivery. 81 Pope Avenue. 842-2227. ld Nick’s Steak & Seafood: Large screen TVs and sports memorabilia. 9 Park Lane. 6862920. d ombra cucina rustica: Chef Michael Cirafesi presents authentic Italian cuisine. Village at Wexford. 842-5505. d One Hot Mama’s: Slow-cooked BBQ and ribs, wings and more. Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. daily. Late-night menu until 1 a.m, bar open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays: Totally ‘80s night with DJ Smalls. 10 p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke. Fridays and Saturdays: The Island’s Best Dance Party, with DJ Wee. 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 682-6262. ldso

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Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café: Eggs Benedict, Bloody Marys. 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 686-3232. bl Paulie’s Coal-Fired Pizza: Awardwinning pizzas. 1034 William Hilton Parkway. 785-3510. ldO Philly’s Café and Deli: Salads, sandwiches. 102 Fountain Center, New Orleans Road. 785-9966. l Pino Gelato: Ice cream, yogurt, desserts. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford. 842-2822. Plantation Café and Deli (south end): 81 Pope Avenue in Heritage Plaza. 785-9020. bl

Remy’s Bar and Grill: Fresh local seafood. Kitchen open from 11 p.m.-late. Live music nightly. Mondays: Moon Men From Mars Tuesdays: Jalapeno Brothers. Wednesdays: Treble Jay. Thursdays: Martin Lesch Trio. Fridays: CC & The Lost Boys. Saturdays: (rotates). Sundays: Big B Karaoke. 130 Arrow Road. 8423800. ldo Rita’s Water Ice: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-2596, Robert Irvine’s eat!: Cooking classes available. 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford. 785-4850. d Sage Room: 81 Pope Avenue, Heritage Plaza. 785-5352. d

Quarterdeck: 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. ldo

Salty Dog Cafe: Outdoor hangout for burgers, sandwiches and seafood. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 671-7327. ld

Red Fish: Cuban, Cari­bbean, Latin. 8 Archer Road. 686-3388. ld

Sea Shack: Casual, fresh and family-friendly. 6 Executive Park Drive. 785-2464. ld

Reilley’s Grill and Bar (south end): Steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Happy Hour crab legs. 7D Greenwood Drive. 842-4414. reilleyshiltonheadcom. ldo

Sea Pines Beach Club and Surfside Grill: Casual fare, family entertainment, beachfront. North Sea Pines Drive. 8421888. ld

Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe: Gourmet salads, sandwiches, goodies. 93 Arrow Road. 785-9118. bls

Stu’s Surfside: Subs, salads, wraps, box lunches. 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 686-7873. ld

Skillets Café: Speciality dishes served in skillets; stocked salad bar. Coligny Plaza. 785-3131. bld

The Studio: Fine cuisine and live music in an art gallery atmosphere. 20 Executive Park Road. 785-6000. d

Smokehouse: BBQ. 34 Palmetto Bay Road. 842-4227. bldo

Sweet Carolina Cupcakes: 1 N. Forest Beach Drive. 342-2611.

Southern Coney & Breakfast: Coney dogs, hamburgers, salads, breakfast. 70 Pope Avenue, in Circle Center. 689-2447. bl Stack’s Pancakes of Hilton Head: Pancakes, crepes, muffuletta melts, select dinner entrées. 2 Regency Parkway. 341-3347. bld Starbucks (south end): 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island. 341-5477

Tiki Hut: Beachfront location; live music, specialty frozen cocktails. 1 South Forest Beach Drive at the Beach House. 785-5126. o TJ’s Take and Bake Pizza: Fresh dough pizzas with premium ingredients you can bake at home; call ahead for faster service. 11 Palmetto Bay Road in the Island Crossing Center. 842-8253, ld

Steamers: Seafood, large selection of beers. 28 Coligny Plaza. 785-2070. ld

Topside at the Quarterdeck: Steaks and seafood in a casual setting with sunset views over Calibogue Sound. Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 842-1999. d

Stellini: Cuisine from New York’s Little Italy. 15 Executive Park Road. 785-7006. d

Trattoria Divina: Northern Italian coastal cuisine. 33 Office Park Road. 686-4442, d

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Truffles Cafe (south end) : American cuisine - Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, ribs, steak & seafood. Terrace dining available, Happy Hour daily 4-7. Reservations accepted 785-3663. 8 Executive Park Road. ld

Choo Choo BBQ Xpress: Award-winning barbecue served from Bluffton’s famed red caboose. 815-7675. ldo

Truffles Cafe (Sea Pines) : American cuisine - Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, ribs, steak & seafood. Happy Hour daily 4-7. Reservations accepted 671-6136. 71 Lighthouse Road. Sea Pines Center. ld

Coconuts Bar & Grille: Bluffton’s only dance club. Open 4 p.m. “until.” 39 Persimmon Street. 757-0602. do

vari asian seafood and suhi buffet: As the name implies, a variety of Asian cuisines. 840 William Hilton Pkwy. 785-9000. ld vine: 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island. 686-3900. ld Watusi: Premium soft-serve frozen yogurt, smoothie and coffee cafe. 71 Pope Avenue. 686-5200. Wild Wing Café : Happy Hour, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday: Trivia Night. Wednesday: Tacos and Ritas Night, plus karaoke. Thursday-Saturday: Live music. 72 Pope Avenue. 785-9464. www.wildwingcafe. com. ldo Wine & cheese if you please: 24 Palmetto Bay Rd. Suit G. 842-1200. world game bar & Grill: Video games, pool, big-screen TVs and free pizza during happy hour. 342-5000. ld Wreck of the Salty Dog: South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 671-7327. www. ld

bluffton Amigos Cafe y Cantina (Bluffton): Ultra-casual, funky. 133 Towne Drive. 8158226. ld Badabings Pizza and Pasta: 68 Bluffton Road. 836-9999. ld Bluffton BBQ: 11 State of Mind Street. 757-7427, ld Bluffton Family Seafood House: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 757-4010. ld

Claude & Uli’s Bistro: American and continental cuisine. 1533 Fording Island Road. 837-3336. ld

Corks Neighborhood Wine Bar: Happy Hour, 4-6 p.m. daily. Fridays: Live bluegrass music, 8-11 p.m. 1297 May River Road. 8155168. do Corner Perk cafe: Lattes, organic coffee, smoothies and fraps. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat 8a.m.-4 p.m. Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 142 Burnt Church Road. 816-5674. bl The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room: Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea; fruit tarts, cakes and fresh breads. Calhoun Street. 757-0508. bl Downtown Deli: Soups, sandwiches, Italian specialties. 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 815-5005. bl fiddlehead pizza: Artisan pizzas made with wild yeast from Naples, Italy, plus an array of craft beers. 142 Burnt Church Road. 757-6466. ld Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill: 876 Fording Island Road (Hwy. 278), Suite 1. 706-7280. ld Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta: Pizza, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes in Bluffton’s home for the Steelers. Tuesdays: Live trivia. Wednesdays: You call it Wednesday. 25 Bluffton Road. 815-9200. ld hana sushi and Japanese fusion: 1534 Fording Island Road. 837-3388. ld Honeybaked Ham: Ham baked with a special recipe, variety of side dishes. 1060 Fording Island Road. 815-7388. bld Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q: 872 Fording Island Road. 706-9741. ld

British Open Pub: Authentic British food. 60 Sun City Lane. 705-4005 and 1 Sheridan Park Drive, 815-6736. Ldo

Katie O’Donald’s: Steaks, seafood and sandwiches in an Irish pub atmosphere. 1008 Fording Island Road (Kittie’s Crossing). 8155555. ldo

Buffalos Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 706-6500

Kelly’s Tavern: 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive. 837-3353. bldo

Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen: 1055 May River Rd. 757-2921. ld

Kickin’ chicken: 1011 Fording Island Rd. in the Best Buy Shopping Center. 836-5040. ldo

Captain Woody’s: 17 State of Mind Street in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 757-6222. ldo

Kobe Japanese Restaurant: Japanese cuisine, sushi bar, hibachi available at dinner. 30 Plantation Park Drive. 757-6688. ld

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Longhorn: Classic steaks inside Tanger I. 705-7001. ld

neo: A farm-to-table culinary experience. 326 Moss Creek Village. 837-5111. ld

Los Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill: The Bridge Center. 837-2333. ld

Outback Steakhouse: Steaks and more. 100 Buckwalter Place. 757-9888. ld

May River Grill: Fresh fish. 1263 May River Road. 757-5755. Closed Sundays. ld

Panda Chinese Restaurant: Lunch buffet. 25 Bluffton Road. 815-6790. ld

Mellow Mushroom: Pizza, salads, subs, take-out available. 878 Fording Island Road. 7060800. ldo Mi Tierra: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 7577200. ld Mi Tierrita: 214 Okatie Village Drive. 7050925. ld Moe’s Southwest Grill: 3 Malphrus Road. 837-8722. ld Montana’s Grizzly Bar: Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday. Nightly specials after 7 p.m. Deas Guyz on Thursdays, plus live music from 8 p.m. until ? on Fridays and Saturdays. 16 Kittie’s Landing Road. 815-2327. ldo Mulberry Street Trattoria: Authentic, multi-regional Italian cuisine, NYC deli sandwiches and old-world entrees. 1476 Fording Island Road. 837-2426. lds

Pour Richard’s: Balances worldly flavors with soul and “Southern comfort;” features Bluffton’s only wood-fire oven. 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 7571999. do The Pub at Old Carolina: 91 Old Carolina Road. Food, happy hour, and three HDTVs right by the Old Carolina Clubhouse. 757-6844. d red stripes caribbean cuisine and lounge: 8 Pin Oak Street. Specializing in Jamaican, specialty cocktails, happy hour from 4-7 p.m. 757-8111. ldo River House Restaurant: 476 Mount Pelia Road in Palmetto Bluff. 706-6500. ld Robert Irvine’s Nosh!: Inside Tanger II. Lunch, dinner, pastries and Starbucks coffee. 837-5765. ld Ruan Thai Cuisine II: 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village. 757-9479. ld Saigon Cafe: Vietnamese cuisine from

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soups to sandwiches. 1304 Fording Island Road. 837-1800. bld SAKE HOUSE: G1017 Fording Island Road Ste 105. Great sushi and teppanyaki favorites. 706-9222. ld SIGLER’S ROTISSERIE: Fine food in a relaxed atmosphere. Private dining room available.12 Sheridan Park Circle. 8155030. d SIPPIN’ COW CAFE: Sandwiches, soups, specials. 1230 May River Road. 757-5051. bl SQUAT N’ GOBBLE: BBQ, burgers, Greek food. 1231 May River Road. 757-4242. bld STOOGES CAFE: Serving breakfast all day, full lunch menu, lunch specials and early bird menu from 3-6:30 p.m. Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 25 Sherington Drive. 706-6178. bl SUBLIME PRIME: 163 Bluffton Road, Suite F. Sizzling steaks, wine and more. 815-6900. d THE TAVERN: 51 Riverwalk Blvd., Suite 3G. Open MondaysSaturdays for lunch and dinner. 645-2333. ld ZEPPLIN’S BAR & GRILL: Pizza, sandwiches, sliders and more located inside Station 300. 25 Innovation Dr. 815-2695. ldo TRUFFLES CAFE: Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, ribs, steak & seafood. Outdoor dining available, Happy Hour 4-7 daily. Reservations accepted 815-5551. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. ld VINEYARD 55: Premier Wine, Cheese and Craft Beer Boutique offering wine and artisanal cheese tastings. Space available for private events. 55 Calhoun Street. d WALNUTS CAFÉ: Regional ingredients and creative cultural flavors, with an emphasis on fresh and local. 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. 815-2877. bls

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WILD WING CAFÉ (BLUFFTON): 1188 Fording Island Road. 837-9453. 837-9453. ld

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND MARSHSIDE MAMA’S CAFE: Island specialties. 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing, Daufuskie Island. 785-4755. ld M

THE FEED The big restaurant happenings are all going down on the mainland this month, with a few big shakeups to the culinary scene over the bridge in “the B.” First, a moment of silence for the passing of a Lowcountry institution, as Pepper’s Porch closed its doors last month. And speaking of the passing of an institution, Montana’s has been a fixture on the road into Bluffton since it was the only road into Bluffton, but it will soon be reborn as Tavern on 46 described as “comfortable, affordable and a little Southern flare meets city chic.’” Please tip generously By sharing restaurant news with

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Brett Davis

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ast month's International Wine Judging & Competition served as a prelude to the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, coming up March 4-9, and brought some of the most esteemed wine experts in the country to the island. Among them was Brett Davis, a master sommelier who hails from Tennessee but might be a familiar face to anyone who was around the island in the '90s. Davis developed a passion for the restaurant business by age 16 while working in the kitchens of his hometown. Soon after graduating from high school, Davis accepted an offer to wait tables at the esteemed Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. Only after he became a seasoned professional in the culinary industry did he fully understand the significance of working with and learning from Emeril Lagasse, Jamie Shannon and above all, Ella Brennan and her family. It was during his tenure at Commander’s Palace that his obsession with wine began. In a wine bar after work, a sevenyear-old bottle of 1978 BâtardMontrachet paired with a small round of French Epoisses cheese transcended anything he had experienced before or knew was possible. This epiphany was the catalyst for his journey to becoming a Master Sommelier almost 25 years later. In the interest of one day sampling wine for a living, we asked Brett a few questions about food, wine, and how he wound up with our dream job.


You earned the title Master Sommelier in 2009. What's the exam like? It's reputed to be one if the most difficult exams in the world. I’m not going to disagree, because it’s definitely the most difficult thing I've done. It challenges the full breadth of your knowledge, requires full utilization of your skills and tests your nerves to the fullest. Your restaurant Doc Crow's is known for oysters and barbecue. You usually pair whiskey, but are there any wines that pair well with oyster and barbecue? Champagne (or dry sparkling), Muscadet and Chablis are recommended for oysters. For smoked meats, I recommend Austrian Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt, Italian Valpolicella and Nero d’Avola, Spanish Monastrell and Garnacha, California Red Zinfandel and Argentine Malbec all fill the bill. What was your first encounter with wine?  My first experience with quality wine and food was at a restaurant in Knoxville, Tenn. on prom night of my junior year of high school. The owner slipped my date and I coffee cups of wine that paired well with our main course. It was not enough wine to get us drunk by any means but enough to enhance our experience and open my eyes to the concept that wine with food go hand in hand. When did you decide to make a career out of it? It wasn't really a decision I can pinpoint. I was always just drawn to food. I started working at a cheese shop when I was 15, became a line cook when I turned

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17 and then moved to the front of house when I was 18. I was 18 when I ran off to New Orleans to work at Commander's Palace, which was one of the top restaurants in the country at the time. It was that experience I gained from working for the Brennens  that molded me into a "professional.” That experience, combined with my epiphany moment at Flagon's Wine Bar, set me on the path to what I am today. What's the most exciting label right now? I'm not one who gets stuck to particular labels. It's regions and particular styles that raise my eyebrows. Granted, there are producers whom I’ve learned to trust from particular regions, there are just too many to list. What do you drink when you're not drinking wine? Beer, Scotch, aperitif bitters like Campari and Aperol and classic high-acid cocktails. What are your thoughts on screw caps? I love that it eliminates the TCA taint (corked wine) issues. The fact I can usually taste it on the wine is a small concern but as long as the wines are drunk in their youth, it’s fine. To be honest, I could care less if wine came in a can as long as the juice is good. 

What wines are you seeing more in restaurants lately? Prosecco is definitely a growing category of sparkling wine. For white, I am seeing more Argentine Torrontes and Austrian Gruner Veltliner and for red Argentine Malbec is quickly growing into a must category. Was this your first visit to the island?

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I vacationed in Hilton Head with my family every year as a kid. I also lived on the island in the early '90s. I waited tables at Rick’s and at the Gaslight.

You can only have one wine for the rest of your life. What do you choose? I’ve never known how to answer that question. If I had a favorite wine, having it as my only choice the rest of my days would ruin it. Drinking the same wine over and over again would diminish it to mundane. Now if I could pick one varietal, that would be different. If so, I would choose Riesling. It is very diverse as it spans from dry to very sweet and makes very good sparkling wine. To top it off, all versions go great with food.

“ I vacationed in Hilton Head with my

family every year as a kid. I also lived on the island in the early '90s. I waited tables at Rick’s and at the Gaslight.

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Power of Y U last call

The good, the bad,

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f an innocent person has been stabbed and sion. So, the next time you feel strongly about any lies bleeding in the street, we know who the type of injustice, small or large, don’t stand silently. bad and the good are. But how do we judge the Get out of your comfort zone and take action. passersby who could have saved a life but decided I asked a man much wiser than myself if we as not to take action for fear of getting entangled in a society had become less moral. His answer was the case? Is an indifferent person bad by choosing that morality over the last few decades has become to be silent or passive? more of an individual choice. Good and bad have been part of Looking back in history, we can mankind’s struggle since the begin... we now live in conclude that there always have ning. We know that more good a time in which been periods of higher and lower than bad exists; yet the wish for moral standards that were accepted global peace, and the hope for socithe power of eties that universally take care of an individual is by various societies. But we now everybody remains an elusive goal. in a time in which the power of greater than ever, live Part of the reason is that there are an individual is greater than ever, too many “indifferent” individuals; and it becomes and it becomes increasingly difficult people that are fully aware of what increasingly to simply accept “wrong.” In other is going on, but for various reasons difficult to simply words, “good” is a choice we can all choose not to take action or speak up or change their behavior. As a accept ‘wrong’ make individually and help others to make. matter of fact, it seems that those We have the power to make committing immoral acts and those choices with our wallets. We have the actively involved in doing good seem to be in power to vote and send clear messages to politicians the minority, and that there is a large but passive moral majority, the indifferent. The “silent moral and lawmakers, and collectively that is a powerful tool. majority” as I like to call them. We have the power to change our neighborhoods, our It’s hard to blame hard-working, law-abiding cit- schools, our health care system, the way we eat, the izens that quietly take care of their own business. way we take care of our planet, the way we treat the Yet without their outrage, without their voices, person next door, and the way we instill moral values without their votes, action and involvement, proin our kids. Simply accepting things as they are is no gressing towards a better and more just society longer good enough; it is ultimately up to us as a colseems at times like a Sisyphean act. lective to raise the bar. Why we are allowing institutions, corporations, At times we might not immediately feel the effects politicians, celebrities, bullies and criminals to lie to of our endeavors, but I can promise you this: You will us, to trick us, to take advantage of us for simply not live a more fulfilling life, knowing that you tried! M performing as promised is beyond my comprehen-

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