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78 ARTHUR BLANK Atlanta Falcons owner keeps his life balanced 80 ERIC TURPIN New NIBCAA executive director helping to make the island better 81 CONNOR MCKINLAY Meet the Lowcountry’s youngest pilot 82 JUAN JIMÉNEZ Local made most of opportunities after fleeing Cuba 84 STEE COLVIN The ‘silky’ voice of the Ear Candy Band 85 LARRY BERGIN Bluffton man caps maritime career with consultant work 86 NICOLE ARNOLD Hilton Head Island teen focused on exploring the world 88 WICK SCURRY Businessman giving new life to many Daufuskie landmarks 89 MARGARET MCMANUS Former CIA analyst still keeping a close eye on international affairs 90 JANET SWAHN Life is full of surprises for Lowcountry’s pistol-packing mama 92 MURRAY SEASE Painter at forefront of Bluffton’s burgeoning art scene 93 DENNY FRASER Midlife career crisis opened new doors for Hilton Head resident 94 MICHAEL WEAVER Local ad man makes his mark 96 RICK SABA White Liquor frontman goes from Rolling Stone to Realtor 97 THE LEHMBERGS Atlanta family slowed down pace of life by moving to Daufuskie 98 TOM DUNN Emergency management director stayed calm before and after storm 100 EMMA RYAN High school student driven to serve at an early age


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22 ■ BEST IN SHOW Gia the Greyhound is ready to chase glory at Westminster

30 ■ WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Former resident Lewis Stetson Rowle has a passion for clean water

32 ■ FIRST FAMILIES Descendants of Matthew Jones still live on the land that he purchased in 1866



34 ■ LIFE OF THE PARTY Nobody does events, conventions and conferences quite like Bill Winans

38 ■ UNITED THEY STAND United Way of the Lowcountry mobilizing resources to solve human problems

46 ■ FINANCIAL CHECKUP Time to finalize your investment plan for 2017

102 ■ NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Discovery a few ways to improve your mind, body and spirit in 2017


109 ■ FEEL SUPER WITH FOOD Ring in the new year with a fresh digestive system thanks to a few superfoods

110 ■ MEMORY MATTERS The Lowcountry’s resource for memory care, 20 years and counting


114 ■ SAFE AND SOUND Hurricane-proof home on private island stood up to Hurricane Matthew

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126 ■ ART FOR YOUR PORCH Sea Island Porch Art combines unique Lowcountry art with furniture

178 ■ WHAT’S COOKIN’ Exercise patience with your oats. Like the alligators, they were here first

184 ■ FACE BEHIND THE FOOD A Q&A with chef, consultant, television producer and food stylist Lee Lucier

EDUCATION Finding educators an ongoing problem for Beaufort County School District. Pg. 60 Q&As with the two new faces on the Beaufort County Board of Education. Pg. 62 Elizabeth MacMurray: Teacher of the Year. Pg. 66 Schools play tremendous role in Lowcountry’s quality of life. Pg. 68


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ew beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in a new year. Country musician Brad Paisley may have said it best: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” Here at Monthly, we begin each new year with our “Intriguing People of the Lowcountry” special section. It’s something we’ve been doing since 1997. It’s not a list of the wealthiest, most educated or most beautiful people around. It’s simply a collection of local residents who fascinate us — like a 9-year-old in flight school or a rugged

fireman who makes tutus for ballerinas (one of my past favorites). One of our “Intriguing People” this year is Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons. I have a funny story about him. Back when Home Depot came to town, I reached out to see if the store wanted to advertise in our magazine. I didn’t get an immediate response and figured the large corporation had little interest in supporting a small publication such as ours. Then one Friday I got a phone call from a woman saying she wanted to order a full-page advertisement for Home Depot. “You do, do you?” I responded sarcastically, convinced the woman was a friend disguising her voice. “Is this a joke?” “No,” the woman answered. “Mr. Blank ordered it himself.” “Oh he did, did he?” I responded with a giggle. I quickly realized it wasn’t a prank when an intercom sounded off in the background: “Call on line three for lumber.” After removing the foot from my mouth, we got the home improvement giant signed up for an annual contract and enjoyed a great relationship with them for many years. I’ve wanted to feature Mr. Blank or his beautiful Sea Pines home in our magazine for many years, but we were never able to land an interview. As you can imagine, his appointment book is crammed 24-7. Thanks to writer Carrie Hirsch for finally securing this long overdue interview with him. Although 2016 had its interesting moments, I think we are all looking forward to writing the first chapter to 2017. Let’s make it the best year ever! M

ABOUT THE COVER: The Hilton Head Island cover features Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who owns an oceanfront home in Sea Pines. The photo was taken by Daemon Baizan. The Bluffton cover features Callawassie Island resident Juan Carlos Jiménez, owner of Tacarón. The photo was taken by Lloyd Wainscott.


PHOTOS: READERS’ CHOICE PARTY Did you attend Monthly’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Party? If so, you will probably find a photo of yourself at

VIDEO: UGLY SWEATERS Watch video of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl at A jolly time was had by all!

NEWS: TENNIS UPDATE Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this online tennis blog.

As Lowcountry residents rebuild, we’ve launched an initiative to strengthen the community’s economy and social fabric by encouraging the support of locally owned businesses.


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LOCAL TEEN’S HURRICANE PHOTO A photo taken by Hilton Head Island High School senior Sarah Suggs was recently featured in National Geographic’s “Daily Dozen,” an online gallery of remarkable photographs collected from around the world. The photo shows Suggs’ grandfather surrounded by tree damage following Hurricane Matthew. In a note to the 17-year-old, a National Geographic associate photo editor wrote, “I believe this image captures the reality of damages done by hurricanes and storms. Where your grandfather is standing works well in this frame as he is surrounded by the large fallen trees. The emotion you captured here on his face as he surveys the scene is powerful. Nice work!”




Hilton Head Island Town Council member Kim Likins was recently elected new mayor pro tem after Bill Harkins removed his name from nomination during a council meeting. The move means Likins will act as mayor when David Bennett is absent. She will also assume the role of mayor if the seat is ever vacated. Likins has lived on the island for 16 years and has been active in the community, serving on several boards. She is currently the director of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO TORONTO COMING SOON Air Canada recently announced that it will begin non-stop seasonal service May 1 between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Service will run Sunday-Friday from May 1 to Oct. 15. "Canada is Hilton Head Island's No. 1 market for international visitors, and it is growing. We are excited that it will be easier than ever for our northern neighbors to experience the Lowcountry's charm and escape to our beautiful beaches, nature, and world-class activities and amenities," said Bill Miles, president and CEO of the Hilton Head IslandBluffton Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has previously partnered with the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on recruiting new service or expanding service from JetBlue, Allegiant Air, Sun Country Airlines and others.


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HILTON HEAD BOAT HOOKS MASSIVE GREAT WHITE SHARK, TAGS ANOTHER The crew at Outcast Sport Fishing Hilton Head Island hooked its first great white shark of the winter season, then reeled in and tagged another on Dec. 13. Capt. Chip Michalove estimated the first shark’s weight at 3,000 pounds. “We hooked into the largest white I've seen out there, over 3,000 pounds, but she spit the hook right out when we started to turn the boat around to give chase,” Michalove wrote on Facebook. “I almost called it a day and headed in, but we reset and hooked into this little guy (pictured). First male white shark I've caught. We put an acoustic tag on him and sent him on his way. … Two whites in December isn't bad, but I'm going to get that monster.” Michalove’s crew tags sharks for OCEARCH, a nonprofit research organization focused on white sharks and other large apex predators. January 2017 17

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COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM REOPENS One of Hilton Head Island’s biggest attractions for both visitors and locals is open once again. The Coastal Discovery Museum was closed for several weeks following Hurricane Matthew but is now back in business, thanks to a new access road — the first right on U.S. 278 after Spanish Wells Road. The 68-acre Honey Horn site the museum sits on will continue to be used as a hurricane debris management site through May. Before the storm, Honey Horn was a popular location for weddings, community festivals and other events. It is also used as a parking area for big events such as the RBC Heritage and the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance.

More than 1,000 Beaufort County children are expected to receive developmental screenings and needed educational intervention to prepare them for kindergarten, thanks to $77,500 in additional funding from The Learning Center Fund of Coastal Community Foundation. The screenings will be conducted by the Child Find Expansion Program, which offers comprehensive vision, hearing, speech and developmental screenings each month at Beaufort Elementary School, Michael C. Riley Early Childhood Center and Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center for children ages 2½ to 6. The Child Find team includes a registered nurse, a speech therapist and early childhood professionals. Additional funding from The Learning Center has allowed the program to hire an additional parttime early childhood professional to work directly with families in need of follow-up services and formal education for their children.


HISTORIC HILTON HEAD SITE NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES The Heritage Library recently announced that the South Carolina Department of Archives and History State Historic Preservation Office approved the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery and the Baynard Mausoleum for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination has been submitted to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for final consideration and designation. Iva Roberts Welton, assisted by Lou Benfante, began researching the project over two years ago and made the presentation to the preservation office in Columbia. The Heritage Library owns the property off Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway on which the Baynard Mausoleum, built in 1846, stands. The mausoleum is the oldest structure on Hilton Head Island. The first burial was that of Lydia Davant in 1795.

CORRECTIONS In the December issue, we printed the following errors: • We incorrectly identified Dennis Ittenbach’s place of work. He is a physical therapist at Horizon Rehabilitation. • Promotion for an online video referenced the late Dr. Jack McConnell. He turns 92 next month.

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the South Carolina State Library, a pilot partnership between Beaufort County's public schools and libraries to bring internet access to some families living in rural northern Beaufort County has been so successful that the library has been awarded a $23,194 grant to expand the program. The Beaufort County Library has partnered with Beaufort County, the Beaufort County School District and wireless provider Kajeet to expand the reach and benefits of free access to the internet to underserved youth and communities by expanding the SmartSpot Educational Broadband Program. The grant allows for 50 middle school students and their families in the areas of Lobeco, Sheldon, St. Helena Island and Yemassee to borrow the hot spot devices for the remainder of the school year. The SmartSpot devices use cellular networks to create a personal broadband internet hot spot and provide portable, high-speed internet connectivity that can be shared between multiple users. The program comes at no cost to the school district, as Beaufort County funded the initial pilot project for Kajeet MiFi devices and Internet access through its library budget, according to library director Ray McBride.


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Most people and politicians talk about the excessive debt of our country. The concern should be the excessive debt in the households in our country. Although the national debt is ticking away every second from $19.9 trillion, so is the household debt, and this is the real problem. Households in America owe $17.9 trillion, of which credit cards owed are nearing $1 trillion. Student loans are at $1.3 trillion and mortgaged real estate is at $14.1 trillion. In contrast to that debt, the median household approaching retirement has a nest egg of between $10,000 and $20,000. This number is drawn down significantly because 41 percent of these households have no retirement savings whatsoever. They keep borrowing to grow the economy by buying things they do not need, to compete with people and neighbors they do not like. Imagine if we had our homes paid for and we could use a 3 percent equity line for $50,000 and pay cash each time we need to buy something and pay it back at 3 percent. Mortgage amortization is a misleading, deceitful method of marketing a 3.75 percent mortgage rate. The first 10 years is the majority of interest the banks make on a mortgage. Yet, people refinance over and over and do not realize they start amortization all over again each time. Banks win; households lose. It is possible, if each citizen of the United States does not focus on reducing debt and interest in their household, that we may become the tail of debt that is wagging the big dog. Imagine our household debt exceeding what federal debt has reached. Houston, we have a problem! Education first; teaching and training households how to manage debt and interest, should be a crusade. We are doing our best to initiate it nationally with our Debt Network Academy. We are using the system we teach ourselves; it makes a huge difference in making financial decisions and controlling debt and interest. Our households should focus on debt and the adverse affect of amortization methods by banks. You cannot build wealth when your mortgage payment over 30 years is, in many cases, 60 percent more than what you borrowed. — Sam Piccione Jr.


On a whim, I picked up a copy of Bluffton Monthly at a local grocery store. Now I am wondering, “Where I have been all along?” It is the best local magazine I have read — ever. And I am comparing it to things like Boston Magazine. The Hurricane Matthew issue was just plain inspiring. I live on Callawassie Island, a paradise that is halfway between Bluffton and Beaufort, so sometimes we feel disconnected. It seems that The Beaufort Gazette has no interest in us (unless something bad happens) and Bluffton doesn't consider us part of its area. Your magazine seems to reach out to all areas. A huge thanks for that. I am now a loyal reader. Keep up the good work. — Wendy Hilty


It is with much pleasure that I am writing to you with regard to the awesome Readers’ Choice Awards party you held at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Being a new kid on the circuit, I had no idea of what to expect, but was most pleasantly surprised. I wish to thank you for including our firm (Hilton Head Solar) in the festivities, and we are most appreciative of receiving a certificate for "Favorite Eco-Friendly Home Specialty Company” in the Hilton Head area. We look forward to a long relationship with your publication as our company continues to grow in the Lowcountry. — Monty Schwartz

FACEBOOK FEEDBACK On the new book, “Meet Me Where I Am,” featured in the December issue: • “Purchased this wonderful book for my dear friend who is caring for her husband who was just admitted to a memory care facility. There is such wisdom and joy on these pages.” — Marcia Hunter • “What a terrific article about an inspiring book. You've captured the purpose, the love and dedication which went into its process, and the comfort it provides for those who read it. Thank you, Monthly, so very much!” — Mary Ella Jones On Lowcountry artist Sonja Griffin Evans’ ornament being delivered to the White House Christmas tree by Georgia Rep. John Lewis: • “Congrats to my good friend, internationally renowned cultural artist Sonja Evans, for having her work presented for the national Christmas tree this year. Proud of you, Sonja.” — Mike Kearney • “No other artist can capture the beauty and spirituality of the Lowcountry’s Gullah culture quite like Sonja can. I hope her ornament finds its way to all Christmas trees, not just the White House tree.” — Susan Thompson On the marsh tacky horse, featured in the Dec. issue: • “I love these horses. They are South Carolina beautiful.” — Deb Wing • “I used to love the marsh tacky races on the beach. Based on the crowds, many other people did as well. We need to find a way to bring that back. We need more beach events.” — Tom Hanson On the Dec. 9 shooting at Tanger Outlet Center 2: • “That's awful. You are not safe any place these days.” — Kecia Shelton • “Wow, never imagined that would happen there. I feel so safe on the island.” — Tiffany Chantel Jacobs • “The lack of respect for our great police is everywhere! Thankfully, the police officer survived.” — Dawn Hickerson Goldsmith • “OMG! When I started coming down 32 years ago, there were no police and no need. This is sad indeed.” — Diane Scaturro Lavan



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Handler Rindi Gaudet with Gia the Greyhound.


Gia the Greyhound is ready to chase glory at Westminster. BY BARRY KAUFMAN PHOTO BY JEFFREY HANLIN


his past Thanksgiving, with the scent of roasting turkey just starting to fill homes in the Lowcountry, many were watching the Lions beat the Vikings. Some were waiting in line for Black Friday deals. But others in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island were tuning into the National Dog Show to cheer on a bright-eyed greyhound by the name of Gia, who trotted her way to her 44th Best in Show win and glory on the national stage. But nobody in the Lowcountry was celebrating the win like Palmetto Bluff resident Melanie Steele, Gia’s owner and a devoted greyhound breeder.

“It was very exciting to watch,” she said. Steele has been breeding greyhounds for nearly 25 years — in fact, she has been breeding Gia’s line going back generations. Gia’s mother, Era, was a champion show dog from 2009-11, taking home 26 Best in Show wins and holding the No. 1 spot now held by her daughter. “You try to do the best you can, looking at the pedigree and at the dog itself,” Steele said. “Really, you just try to breed what the best is in your eyes. Gia’s just the quintessential perfect greyhound for me.” To get into showing shape, Gia undergoes a strict fitness regimen overseen by her handler, Rindi Gaudet. “Gia is conditioned better than


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Bluffton’s regal greyhound Gia, America’s top-ranked showdog in both her breed and the hound group, pranced away with the Best in Show title for 2016 at the National Dog Show.

most professional athletes in this country,” Steele said, adding that in addition to regular runs (with the humans getting some help from a golf cart to keep up), Gia enjoys the expertise of several vets, a chiropractor and even an acupuncturist. “When you go out judging, you don’t want to put your hands on a flabby, lazy dog,” Steele joked. All that conditioning and training paid off when Gia dazzled the judges in Philadelphia, taking home the title of Best in Show with ease. And with the National Dog Show under her collar, it’s time for Gia to chase the top prize: Westminster. “Westminster is entirely different,” Steele said. “She has to step and perform. It’s just like how people can have an off day, she can have them. If she has an off day, then there’s another dog that could possibly take it.” But if the prize-winning pup puts on anything like the performance she did in Philadelphia, Gia — and Steele — had better make room in the trophy case. Win or lose, however, Westminster will mark Gia’s final show before retirement. “At the end of the day, these are all family pets. They just spend a year or two showing,” Steele said. “And after this, it will be time for her to come home and be the couch diva that every dog loves to be.” When that day comes, get comfy, Gia. You’ve earned it. M

Want to see more of Gia?


You’ll find shots of her — along with her fellow furry Palmetto Bluff residents — in the coffee table book “Dogs: The Family We Choose” by Melanie Steele, with a forward by Fox News contributor Dana Perino. Featuring adorable shots of pups paired with inspirational quotes, it makes a great coffee table book for the dog lover in your life. Proceeds help fund research at the N.C. College of Veterinary Medicine to help treat and cure canine diseases. Order a copy at January 2017 23

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BY GLORIA HOLMES, PH.D. Dr. Gloria Holmes is a professor emeritus at the School of Education at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Committed to promoting cultural literacy in schools and communities, she has worked as a diversity trainer for the Anti-Defamation League and has conducted anti-bias workshops for the Connecticut State Department of Education.

The 1945 song “The House I Live In (That's America to Me)” offered a strong affirmation of democracy and American values at a pivotal point in the nation’s history, and its message resonates with equal potency in today’s tense social and political climate.


ade popular by Frank Sinatra, it described a hopeful, idealized, multicultural America at a time when the U. S. Army and the country were still racially segregated. Partly because of the timing of its release and partly because it asked a simple but profound question — “What is America to me?” — the song became an anthem of sorts, and a tribute to the men and women who were fighting to keep America safe during a time of social and economic instability, turbulence and terror. The question “What is America to me?” evoked strong feelings of nationalism and devotion to American values, especially at a time when, thousands of miles away in forests and swamps, Americans were dying to protect the way of life described by the song. And while there are several versions of the song, Sinatra’s has a special impact because he, as a descendant of Italian immigrants, connected it to his family’s deep love for this country. Sinatra felt such a connection with the song that he starred in a short movie of the same name, which was both a vehicle to dramatize the song, as well as a platform for a powerful message about diversity and religious intolerance. In the movie, after preventing a mob-like group of young boys from attacking another boy because his religion was different from theirs, Sinatra takes a strong stand against bigotry and for tolerance. He punctuates his message with the song: "The House I Live In (That's America To Me)." The song opens with the question: What is America to me? The lyrical response seems simple: a map, a flag, a plot of earth, the grocer and the butcher, the street, the place I work, the children in the playground. These simple, tangible things recall warm memories, the comfort of home, and a sense of belonging. And it becomes clear that the “house” is really America itself. But the song goes much deeper than mundane snapshots of a simple life when it connects the “house” that is America to a set of intangible values like democracy, freedom and equality that represent the core of the nation. And even though the song was written years before the Supreme Court desegregated American schools in its Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, the song explicitly celebrates racial equality. In the original version,


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the VIBE it does so in the line: “The house I live in, my neighbors white and black.” In the 1945 version sung by Sinatra, the lyrics are: “All races and religions, that's America to me.” It is disappointing that line was deleted from the song when Sinatra sang it in the movie. Thinking about this song has reminded me how much I believe in democracy, and how much I depend on it to protect me and the life I live — a life built around a set of freedoms that are guaranteed by our Constitution. I believe in America, but I also believe that America is still in the process of becoming America; we’re not there yet, and perhaps those who framed the Constitution never expected us to arrive at a final destination, because whatever America is, it is not static or fixed. If we accept that becoming America is an ongoing process, we must also accept that becoming American is also a difficult ongoing process because democracy is hard on people; it is an implacable and demanding value system. And it requires hard work to achieve. Democracy constantly reminds Americans that freedom is not easy, and freedom is not free. In fact, the price of freedom is quite high. And sometimes, according to psychologist Gordon Allport, people want to escape from freedom because, as he wrote, “democracy we now realize places a heavy burden upon the personality, sometimes too great to bear. The maturely democratic person must possess subtle virtues and capacities; an ability to think rationally about causes and effects, an ability to form properly differentiated categories in respect to ethnic groups and their traits, a willingness toward freedom to others, and a capacity to employ it constructively for oneself. All these qualities are difficult to achieve and maintain. … It is easier to ‘escape from freedom.’” But Americans can’t really escape from the demands of freedom, because that pesky Constitution is a reminder of what the country stands for, and if that were not enough, there’s the Pledge of Allegiance, which many adults have internalized and which is recited daily by American children, highlighting the ideas of liberty and justice for all Americans. There is no escape from this, either. There is also no escape from the belief in American exceptionalism, because

it is now an integral part of how we define America, and how Americans choose to see themselves. But how can a country be exceptional if it doesn’t live up to its own ideals? For example, most of us would agree with Paul Kivel that racism “… is fundamentally undemocratic and makes a travesty of our democratic ideals.” So how can Americans be exceptional if they close their eyes or turn away from evidence of pervasive racism and discrimination, which is often tolerated and increasingly angry, public, loud, and dangerous, and which frequently operates openly and fearlessly with impunity? Perhaps, as a nation, we need to ask the same question Sinatra asked in 1945: “What is America to me?” But we need to be prepared for the answer, even if it makes us uneasy. Thinking about Sinatra’s song made me think about the country at this particular moment in time, and the values we pledge to support and live by every day in schools and at public events. I began to wonder if for some, our pledge to our core values has become a rote gesture, a practice that has devolved into an empty, meaningless ritual. Do we think about what it means when we say, “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all"? How often do we stop and think about the words and the hard-fought American values they convey? Have we hollowed out these values, leaving nothing but dry husks behind? And why is it considered an affront when a naturalized citizen has such reverence for the Constitution that he carries a tattered copy with him always, and can memorize it by heart? Why is he an anomaly? How often do we think about democracy? I mean really think about it? Or does democracy mean little more to us than a flashy — perhaps fading — billboard advertising “America” to outsiders? If democracy has become no more than a façade, like a Hollywood set, what does this mean? Although we live in a country that separates church and state, the idea of democracy is kind of sacred to us, and our constitutionally guaranteed rights are kind of sacred, too. Recently, some have argued that we need to “take our country back,” and perhaps that is what we have to do. But we need to “take our country back” to the values that are supposed to drive us — to the values of liberty and justice for all that we are pledged to uphold. Yes, let’s take our country back. M


(THAT’S AMERICA TO ME)” Words by Lewis Allan Music by Earl Robinson What is America to me? A name, a map, or a flag I see? A certain word, democracy? What is America to me? The house I live in A plot of earth, the street The grocer and the butcher Or the people that I meet The children in the playground The faces that I see All races and religions That’s America to me The place I work in The worker by my side The little town the city Where my people lived and died The howdy and the handshake The air a feeling free And the right to speak your mind out That’s America to me The things I see about me The big things and the small The little corner newsstand Or the house a mile tall The wedding and the churchyard The laughter and the tears The dream that’s been a growing For more than two hundred years The town I live in The street, the house, the room The pavement of the city Or a garden all in bloom The church the school the clubhouse The million lights I see Especially the people That’s America to me


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Where in the world is Monthly? u Cheryl and David Hall with Monthly at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Allan and Nancy Pinne and grandchildren Conner and Emma Wang took Hilton Head Monthly to Talkeetna, Alaska. Mount Denali is in the background.

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Where does your water come from?


ot long ago, a vast freshwater aquifer stretching from South Carolina’s coast through Georgia and Florida supplied the wells that quenched the Lowcountry. But aquifers can be depleted by overuse, and many wells have become compromised as salt water has seeped in where fresh water used to be. Now much of the Lowcountry’s water is sourced from the Savannah River. Thankfully, Hilton Head Island boasts a budget large enough to afford supplemental water sources, and the means to purify them. That’s not a given on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, where Lewis Stetson Rowles, a Hilton Head native working on his doctorate at the University of Texas, completed a hands-on study on water pollution caused by 40 years of uranium mining. The Navajo, whose own language played a decisive role encrypting World War II messages, mined the radioactive material for the war effort under harsh conditions for pennies on the dollar. Starting in 1944, nearly 4 million tons of uranium were mined on their lands, ending only in 1989. Besides a whole host of health effects directly related to the uranium boom, 30 percent of all Navajos lack access to drinkable water. That’s because all the surrounding groundwater is seriously contaminated by the abandoned and radioactive mines. As a result, the Navajo must rely solely on surface water sources stored for long periods in tanks. But wherever water sits still, microbes fester. In a photo, Stetson is sitting on his pottery workbench wearing a “LOCAL Seahawk” shirt only slightly out of place in Austin, Texas. With his friendly bear smile, he’s shaping wet clay into a vase on a yellow turnstile. While he enjoys making pottery for fun, there’s more at stake. Stetson’ lifelong passion for clay sparked an idea as important as water: using nanomaterials to enhance an ancient technology — clay water filters. And his research could directly benefit communities around the world that lack safe H20.

Yeah, I know: nanomaterials. Let’s just say, they are materials the eye cannot see, and Stetson has dedicated his doctorate to this growing field of study. It turns out that silver, when added to traditional clay filters, can kill microbes, making drinking water safer. Among silver’s ancient proponents, Herodotus, often called the father of history, said that no Persian king would drink water that was not transported in silver containers, which kept water fresh for years. But nano silver, as opposed to boring old silver, has a larger surface area, thus increasing contact with microbes and vastly improving its purifying qualities. This new technology, essentially painted onto an ancient one, could prove both cost effective and easily implemented by communities. Stetson was born in Philadelphia in 1990. But in 1995, a huge snowstorm drove his family south. But 5-year-old Stetson protested. He didn’t want to leave his friends behind. As he recalls, “I remember the first time driving over the bridge on Hilton Head the day we moved. My dad rolled down all the windows on the car over the bridge at low tide and I said, ‘It smells like poop here; why are we living here?’ Now I roll down all the windows every time I go home.” From then on, Stetson spent much of his childhood exploring this strange new land. Living in Sea Pines, he would play in the forest preserve. He would kayak the pond in the backyard. He discovered the beach and its endless horizon. He found a family in Cub Scouts Pack 222. I, too, was a cub and we both share the memory of retreats to Fish Haul Lake, earning a whittling badge, setting up live bait lures or using our imagination at the ancient shell ring. As a Boy Scout,

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Stetson kayaked all over the South and backpacked as far off as New Mexico. To graduate as an Eagle Scout, he led a project sponsored by the town in which he built sand dunes for over a mile of beach. Stetson is hands-on, always shaping the environment around him. There’s no doubt he himself was shaped by the strong volunteering ethos of Hilton Head. Stetson first learned pottery through Mr. Kaplan, the high school art teacher whom he describes as, “Kinda punk. He had piercings and tattoos and I think he had a long red goatee. He cared about his students and I’m eternally grateful for him.” Later, during summers home from college, Stetson would teach this craft to developmentally challenged adults at Programs for Exceptional People. He set up the whole pottery studio and taught them enough for them to sell their creations at the Farmers Market of Bluffton. “They loved it. They were so into the clay, the touch of it, the movement of it,” he said. Another summer, he worked at a ceramics studio in Italy where, smitten by the natural beauty of Tuscany, he “almost didn’t come back.” It was there that a new ingredient was introduced to his thinking. The head of the school used to be an engineer. Back stateside in South Carolina, Stetson was writing a proposal for graduate school funding when his adviser had an epiphany, insisting Stetson should work on ceramic water filters. Drawn away from his brief Tuscan potter dreams, Lew graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in environmental engineering and dove into a new experience: merging the venn diagram of water contamination and traditional pottery in the Navajo nation. He was one of five students chosen to travel with his adviser to the Navajo reservation to learn about their water treatment needs. From there, Stetson developed a vision to fight poverty with pottery. Through a fellowship, he enrolled in the environmental engineering program at the University of Texas, where he’s set to finish his doctorate in 2018. Although Stetson is open-minded when it comes to the future, he sees himself as a professor who can inspire students to improve the quality of life in developing nations. “I’m interested in working with communities in need. Many traditional water treatment methods, while effective, have not been updated in many years,” he said. “Nanomaterials provide an exciting and promising avenue in water treatment, especially in developing countries.” And while he’s spent a lot of time working on improving life in developing countries, Stetson still hears the Lowcountry calling him home. “Back in high school, I tried so hard to get off the island,” he said. “I ended up at USC, and at USC I wanted to get even further away, because I was still close. But now I really miss it.” Stetson can definitely see himself moving back South when starting a family, “Somewhere in the distant future.” When I ask him if he still makes pottery for fun, he’s smiles—”Last night.” M More on Stetson’ pottery and work on clean water can be found at He sells his wares on Etsy. January 2017 31

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t’s not very often that we are able to take a peek back into time and in return get a clear vision of what life was like in the past. When you study history, sometimes there is a wealth of information that can be found about people, places, or things, but in most cases, information is lost to the ravages of time; so much has been forgotten, disregarded as unimportant, or even destroyed. This is partly because most of us don’t think our ordinary lives have any value or meaning to anyone but ourselves. However, the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is especially true when it comes to history. The lives we live today will be someone else’s history tomorrow. How you spend your day today might seem completely irrelevant, but 100 or 500 years from now, seemingly inconsequential things we do today might be vitally important to those who follow us. We can see examples of this now in


Pictured from left; Floor: Truth Rivera, Tiam Rivera. Bench: Helen Ford, Georgia Orage, Braalyn Miller, Helen Green, Earl Drayton. Standing: Gleena Green, Willie Mitchell, Sonya Jenkins, Gloria Murray, Herbert Ford, Audrey Jenkins, Kiona Jenkins, Taj Hamilton, Veronica Miller, Shani Green Cynthia Mitchell, Tyler Hamilton, Martha Drayton, Charles Perry, Jaala Miller, Brandon Miller, Faquita Rivera and Thelma Byas.


the way the lives of slaves have been documented and preserved. Journals, books and movies have given us a look at their experiences. Recently, movies like “Glory,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Free State of Jones,” “Django Unchained” and “Birth of a Nation” have painted a nontraditional picture of the lives of American slaves, lives very different from what commonly is portrayed in history books. From these new stories, we learn that slaves’ lives included so much more than working in the fields or in a manor or plantation house — the way their lives have typically been depicted. It is only when we get those rare opportunities to pull back the curtain on someone’s past that we have the chance to learn something new; to experience more and to expand our perspectives in ways that enable us to change our thinking about others as well as ourselves. That’s what happened for me when, after years of black

history research, a simple document from the Jones family gave me a richer and clearer understanding of the black experience during the Civil War. Then, blacks were forced to fight on so many levels. They had to fight to prove that they were men, not animals; they had to fight to earn their freedom; and even when they fought alongside the Union Army, they had to fight to prove that they deserved to receive the pensions they earned. After the Civil War, receiving a pension was almost a life-or-death matter for newly freed slaves who were struggling to become part of the economy of the new South. Many soldiers had to obtain witnesses to help them verify that they were in fact veterans of the Civil War. Matthew Jones, one of the early residents of historic Mitchelville, was one of those soldiers. On Nov. 6, 1901, Jones was required to give an oral deposition in an effort to receive his military pension. This is


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PEOPLE adapted from an excerpt of what he shared: “Born as property to slave owner George Stoney, at the time of his writing, he didn’t know the year or day of his birth on Edisto Island. He did however, know his parents: his father was Solomon Jones (owned by William Pope), and his mother was Hannah Jones. As slaves, their given name was Pope; however, he did not know why or when his parents decided to change their surname to Jones. As a slave of about 18 years old, Matthew risked his life to leave his enslavement and join the ranks of the Union Army. Usually when the story has been told of slaves joining the Civil War, it is told as if they were simply welcomed into the ranks. Rarely do we get a firsthand account of the humiliation that they experienced. Matthew tells us of a different experience. Upon his arrival to enlist, he says, “I was stripped, measured and examined by a medical doctor,” and then placed into the 21st Regiment of the Union Colored Troops to serve in the war from 1864 to 1866 under Gen. Littlefield. As a solider, he says that he was ‘never in battle;’ however, he did need treatment for frostbite ‘on his great right toe.’ Originally from Pinckney Island, he moved to Hilton Head and was listed as a resident of the town of historic Mitchelville, the first selfgoverned town run by freed slaves. While there, Matthew went on to marry Teena Middleton. Through a lot of hard work and dedication, Matthew was able to raise enough money to eventually buy 27 acres of Stoney/Squire Pope land that he farmed to provide for his family.” Through hard work, a strong survival instinct, and a commitment to his family and community, Jones lived a successful life. He and his wife, Teena, had a strong sense of community that centered on their church, and they shared their values with their six children. Caring about the community as though it was an extended family became especially important to their daughter, Albertha Drayton Simmons, who taught her children that it was important “to love your neighbor as yourself.” Simmons so lived by this mantra that when necessary, she raised her sister’s children as her own. “We were always surrounded by family. She took care of everybody,” said Simmons’ daughter Gloria Simmons Murray. “It was just how she was. Her house was a melting pot.” Her sister Veronica agreed: “We were taught to always reach out and to give to each other. You can’t always look for something in return.” Eight generations later, the descendants of Matthew Jones still live on the land that he purchased, giving the family deep roots that have made lasting impacts on Hilton Head Island and its Gullah culture. Jones was one of the first deacons of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, founded 102 years ago. The Joneses’ connection to Mt. Calvary lives on today, as it is still the family church and Murray has been the church administrator for more than 44 years. As church administrator, her office is near the entrance to Mt. Calvary’s preschool, which is open during the week. As the children come and go every day, they stop to give Murray a hug of gratitude and share a piece of their day. Sometimes the most important lesson of the day might not be learned in the classroom; it can be a lesson of love, caring and giving to one another — a vital lesson that might just be taught passing through the front door. M January 2017 33

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We’ve all been there.



ou want to throw an absolutely epic party for a few hundred of your closest friends that will include, but not be limited to: a live pirate ship, a complete sports bar fabricated onsite, go-kart races, Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and Hollywood-quality set pieces. And possibly a live-action samurai stunt show. But where are you going to find all of that? Turns out, it’s closer than you think. Just look for the pirate standing guard over a stretch of sidewalk just next to Northridge Theater. That’s where, among the loosely organized hodgepodge of rental furniture, movie props, statuary and free-standing 3-D art, you’ll find Bill Winans, the lead architect of Meeting Dynamics, an unlikely empire built around making the impossible possible. “We like to answer any request with, ‘The answer is yes. What’s the question?’” said Winans, perched on a chair flanked by a ring of Roman-style columns set atop a portable dance floor at Art & Oddities. The store, just one part of the Meeting Dynamics empire, overflows with bric-a-brac, key pieces in some lavish party or another. And it literally overflows: what doesn’t fit in the store is housed at a massive facility back in the industrial corridor of Enterprise Lane — currently home to an enormous fake volcano used for a corporate party, as well as a grove of fake mangroves that had been used to convert a Savannah State University swimming pool into a swamp for a movie set.


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It’s hard to wrap your head around the many arms and legs of Winan’s enterprise, but the gist of Meeting Dynamics is basically answering requests with a yes. The company offers a massive catalogue of furniture to rent for parties and weddings, as well as larger events such as the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. But the real magic is in the company’s more eclectic party planning for corporate events and sets for films, where the need is for scenery and experiences that amaze. Like, for example, the time Winans planted an airplane in the swimming pool at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa for a safari party. “I was actually able to find one that had been used for smuggling drugs, but had crashed and was pretty burnt up,” said Winans. The plane was just part of it, though. The plan called for a live actor to be stranded on the plane in the pool, surrounded by hungry alligators. For the record, if you ask The Westin very nicely, its staff will let you put a plane in the pool. But you can’t use live alligators. “We had a scuba diver operating this 9-foot alligator,” Winans said. “The alligator would swim up, the actor would knock him on the head with a rifle, and it would sink back down again. Meanwhile, the party’s going on. There was a band, guests were eating and everyone was having fun.”

Theme parties and creative special events are how Meeting Dynamics got its start. The company offers more 5,000 sq.ft. of scenic and theatrical decorations and continually adds to its extensive inventory of props and scenery.



1. Find something you love and you’re passionate about. Then do it better than anyone else. 2. Pick a place where you want to live and have your business in the long term.

3. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. 4. Expect everything that you need to start a business and keep it going. It will cost more than you think. 5. Never give up. Even at the bleakest times, there is always a way to get through it.

In addition to creating the perfect backdrops for lavish parties, Meeting Dynamics serves as a prop house and a destination management company for local tour operators. Its jack-of-all-trades mentality has propelled Winans through a career in hospitality that took him from Hilton Head Island to Chicago to Athens, Greece, and all points in between. “My first job was at a New Orleans Marriott. Everyone wanted a big Mardi Gras ball, and that’s where I got hooked,” he said. “We would hire crews to come in and throw beads … we had the food trucks brought right up the elevator and parked them in the ballroom, and we’d hire Preservation Hall Jazz Bands-type bands.” That led to gangster-themed parties during his tenure at the Marriott’s Lincolnshire Resort in Chicago, “Gone With the Wind” parties in Atlanta, Greek God parties in Athens and the like. “I was hiring these scenery companies and thinking, ‘I can do better than this,’” he said. Looking around at the mind-boggling array of eclectic ornamentation and décor at Art & Oddities, and trying to picture the parties each piece would go with, it’s safe to say he was right. So when you’re ready to throw that insane party of your dreams, direct any questions to The answer to all of them will be yes. M January 2017 35

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time needed for this exercise. And yet, this practice is a critical ingredient in our efforts to improve, “sharpen the saw,” and appreciate past and current blessings.

Some resolve to change certain aspects of their lives. For many of us (I am personally guilty), these resolutions may last a month or so before they are forgotten or stored away along with the wrappings and decorations of the season just behind us. The strong and committed folks among us gain my total respect and admiration for those resolutions that create lasting change!

This year I’ve decided to consider the opportunity each new day provides. Just think of it – the new year offers 365 days filled with opportunities to: • Do something positive for someone. • Find an efficiency or solve a persistent problem.

Some focus on their mistakes or the difficulties of the previous year, write them on slips of paper, and then burn them to assure they are no longer issues moving forward.

• Meet someone new, and perhaps foster a new friendship. • Make progress toward a goal.


• Learn. • Volunteer to help someone. • Have fun. • Focus on a positive attitude. • Seek out an old friend. • Enjoy an artistic effort. • Be a good neighbor.


• Appreciate family. • Right a past wrong. • Say thank you. • Find or renew a charitable passion.

Some enjoy the traditions of hope: burning a bayberry taper down to the stub for good luck, or eating Hoppin’ John or black-eyed peas for prosperity, or sharing a kiss at the stroke of midnight to ward off loneliness in the coming year.

For most of us, there is a lot of work ahead. We already have full lives, filled with responsibilities, commitments, and the expectations that others have of us, and that we have of ourselves. But notice that my list does not include things that take a lot of time. For some, the cumulative impact of a small amount of time each day could solve that problem, or benefit a child. For others, the time might be nominal, but the impact impressive.

This year I’ve decided to consider the opportunity each new day provides.

So I ask only one thing. Take the time for reflection. The busyness of our lives (I’m the poster child for this) often gets in the way of the contemplation, prayer, meditation, and unfocused time needed to understand what is truly important to us. With a little bit of luck, we will have 365 opportunities to make a difference, and reflection will help us to determine what is most needed. Live generously, and have an amazing 2017!

Many, through their work, their volunteer or personal lives, have a written plan—a strategy—that drives their work and their footsteps. For some, this is a time of modification and review—an audit of the past year, new budgets, new priorities, new leadership.

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UNITED WAY OF THE LOWCOUNTRY LIVES UP TO ITS HERITAGE Many are unaware that today's United Way of the Lowcountry, the nonprofit organization that has been doing significant work on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, as well as the rest of Beaufort and Jasper counties, boasts a heritage that dates to the late 1800s.

Betsy Doughtie, executive director of The Deep Well Project, fills United Way food bags during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The welfare of children in our community is a high priority for United Way.



ts 130-year legacy includes many years known as Community Chest. Under that name, the organization provided some of the most successful community service initiatives of that era — helping the homeless and feeding food-deprived families during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and ’30s. Today's United Way of the Lowcountry, like its hundreds of sister organizations across the nation, is an outgrowth of that important work. Its appeal is based on common responsibility, where people of all economic levels within a town, city or region share in the up-building of the quality of life of their particular community. In recent years, United Way has become increasingly more efficient and effective in spreading its good works; it’s also become an indispensible resource of funding for local hands-on organizations like Bluffton Self Help and Hilton Head Island's The Deep Well Project.

HIGH MARKS FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, has given United Way of the Lowcountry extremely high marks for its accountability and transparency. Betsy Doughtie, executive director of The Deep Well Project, praises United Way for becoming a major revenue stream for other area nonprofit groups, as well as its efforts to increase the efficiency of local charities through crosscommunication initiatives "United Way of the Lowcountry provides a superb conduit for us to work together with other local charities like Second Helpings and Bluffton Self Help and not to overlap each other and waste time, energy and money," she said. This connectivity was especially vital in the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew, when Beaufort County's Human Services Alliance and United Way partnered to coordinate disaster relief across the


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BUSINESS county. In addition, United Way received a memorandum of agreement from the county to be the agency responsible for collecting, administering and distributing funds for disaster relief services.

PREPARED TO MEET CHALLENGES "When a crisis occurs, we work to meet people's immediate needs by funding our partner agencies such as Deep Well, Bluffton Self Help and the local branch of The Salvation Army,” said Tina Lamb Gentry, United Way of the Lowcountry’s president and CEO. “These agencies are working on the front lines to provide local people with assistance for basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and help with their utility bills." Disaster relief aside, Lamb said that United Way of the Lowcountry first and foremost concentrates on addressing the underlying causes of community issues — why problems exist. She said United Way supports services and programs that are not just stop-gap measures,

United Way of the Lowcountry tutoring programs at local schools have boosted valuable reading skills.

but ultimately preventative ones that create real and lasting change by improving peoples' lives. “Social issues are not limited to any one particular section of our country or to one kind of family — they

are everywhere,” said Jaime Dailey Vergara, United Way’s director of marketing communications. “We are focused on the building blocks for a better life: nutrition, shelter, health, education and income.” M

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What we can expect from our economy in...


The 2016 election cycle sent both Democrats and Republicans into disarray.


he political landscape in the U.S. has been thrown into a new configuration, and as goes politics, so goes our economy. As I have said before, “Economics may be the dismal science, but it all comes down to the study of human behavior.” The fact is Donald Trump has become our country’s first independent president. He was elected by voters from both parties, and what we can surely expect for the next several years is the unexpected. As a non-politician and non-Washington insider, a Trump administration has an opportunity to change the course of economic growth by running the country more like a business. But the question remains: Can the federal government be run like a business? Is it reasonable to expect

that an organization whose purpose is to provide for our defense, oversee issuance of our sovereign debt, regulate trade, and provide a safety net for those unable to do for themselves will be able stand the test of a business person’s approach to decision-making? So let’s examine how our next president, along with a willing Congress, might influence both our national and local economies. Clearly, a Trump administration will move quickly to pass massive tax reforms. In the tax simplification plan, the number of tax brackets will be cut from seven to three, with the top rate being reduced from 40 percent to 33 percent. As you can imagine, as this compression of brackets occurs, some taxpayers will shift into lower tax brackets and some into higher brackets. According to Trump advisers,

the equity in this idea comes from the fact that “many” current deductions and loopholes will be eliminated. Surely the “carried interest” deduction is gone for the highest earners, but it is also likely the mortgage interest and charitable deductions will be reduced or eliminated as well. The argument that lower taxes will stimulate the economy and result in a revenue-neutral budget will only partially carry the day with the most conservative members of Congress. A much bigger deal will be made in the area of corporate tax reform, where the top rate could be cut to as little as 20 percent and a tax on consumption would offset lost revenues. Under this plan, corporations would be able to immediately write-off capital expenditures instead of their


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being depreciated over many years. Additionally, interest on corporate debt would not be deductible, and corporate revenues would be “borderadjusted.” This means that goods and services produced domestically and sold elsewhere would not be taxed, thus creating more U.S.-based businesses and jobs. The end result, it is argued, is that American corporations would return jobs and the accompanying taxes from offshore. It seems logical, but remember that there is nothing sadder than a theory slain by fact. The second thing a Trump administration is likely to do is to begin the process of implementing pro-business policies. Not only are these new policies going to remove constraints from existing businesses, but they will help with the creation of new businesses. The impact of reversing executive orders on regulatory impediments will have an immediate impact. The reversal of the new Department of Labor rules on overtime pay will have positive monetary and reporting effects. Loosened constraints should allow bankers, particularly community bankers, to make “good” loans to small businesses that wouldn’t have been possible under the old rules. Further, these new pro-business policies will help reduce the trade deficits through renegotiated trade agreements, resulting in increased national savings and freeing up resources for capital investment. While many of the “first” moves by the Trump administration will have an inflationary effect, it should be small by historical standards and move consumer sentiment from thinking about deflation to thinking about GDP increasing from 3.5 percent to the 4 percent range. We are already seeing the positive impacts as consumer confidence in November rose to 107.1 from October’s 98.6. And this is all good news for Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County, as our local economy depends upon folks in other parts of the nation feeling confident and willing to spend money on vacations. M

Elihu Spencer is a local amateur economist with a long business history in global finance. His life work has been centered on understanding credit cycles and their impact on local economies. The information contained in this article has been obtained from sources considered reliable but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed. January 2017 41

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Susan Goodridge was presented with the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association’s 2016 LightHouse Builder Lender of the Year award. Goodridge is a certified mortgage loan officer for BB&T and has worked in the home mortgage industry for more than 20 years. Dr. Lee Oppenheimer, one of the Lowcountry’s first full-time periodontists, is expanding his Hilton Head Island practice. He’s invited Dr. James Wiley Gustin to join Lee Oppenheimer DDS and Associates at his new Okatie office, located on the New River Parkway. Gustin had contacted Oppenheimer several years ago when launching his career in periodontics. He was looking for the right opportunity to further hone his skills and Oppenheimer eventually offered him a permanent position. “There’s no doubt the demand for periodontics and dental implant services has grown in the Hilton HeadBluffton area,” said Oppenheimer. “With Dr. Gustin’s talent and our new office now in place, we can better accommodate Bluffton and Okatie patients from neighborhoods like Sun City.” Oppenheimer is a University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Dental School grad who established his practice on Hilton Head in 1994. His island office is located at Shelter Cove. Oppenheimer’s wife, Samantha, manages the Okatie office. The Oppenheimers have two sons, Adam and Mark.

35 COURT ATKINS GROUP HOME DESIGNS AWARDED In a record-setting sweep of awards, a total of 35 Court Atkins Group home designs received recognition at the 17th annual LightHouse Awards ceremony, conducted by the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association. The awards were presented to the architectural firm’s homebuilder partners, whose submissions competed in both custom and remodel categories.

Gustin graduated from the Medical College of Georgia Dental School in Augusta, GA in 2013. He continued his studies through enrollment in a Georgia Regents University Advanced Education program, specializing in periodontics until 2016. For more information about Lee Oppenheimer DDS & Associates, please contact Samantha Oppenheimer at 843-208-2222. The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head has selected Maureen Korzik as its new executive director, effective Jan. 1. Korzik, an experienced nonprofit executive, will be responsible for the administration of WACHH under the direction of the president and the board of directors. Kozik, a Hilton Head resident, served as executive director of Second Helpings, a nonprofit food rescue and distribution network that helps to eliminate hunger in the Lowcountry. She led an all-volunteer team and was responsible for development, cor-

HILTON HEAD DERMATOLOGY ADDS PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Meghan Maloney has joined Hilton Head Dermatology as a physician assistant. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a master of science degree in physician assistant studies. Maloney played collegiate golf at Franklin & Marshall College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in applied mathematics. She is trained in cosmetic injectables and is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

porate partnerships, marketing and budgeting. Second Helpings was honored by the Beaufort Chamber as its Outstanding Nonprofit in 2014, and in 2013 it received the South Carolina Angel Charity Award from the S.C. Secretary of State. Wes Kitashima, senior sales manager for the Hilton Head IslandBluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors & Convention Bureau, has been named secretary of the South Carolina Sports Alliance Board of Directors. The alliance is the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s sports collaborative to promote the state as the premier sports destination in the United States. The South Carolina Independent School Association awarded Jen Kronimus, admission director for Cross Schools, the 2016 Coadjutor Award. Kronimus was presented the award at the Headmasters Conference on Nov. 3. She is credited with enhancing the school’s student government, adding the National Junior Honor Society and serving as head coach for the cross-country team. Kronimus has encouraged other staff members to become club advisers, resulting in the school adding a Spanish club,


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hall monitors, middle school cheerleading and a robotics club. Kronimus has had a major impact on Cross Schools since becoming admissions director in August 2014. The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ershela Sims to the position of vice president for accelerated engineering, the school’s statewide virtual engineering program. Sims will formally join the administrative team in March and will bring with her a wealth of experience in the areas of engineering, curriculum and distance education. Sims is currently dean of engineering and technology at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where she is responsible for developing the mission of the engineering and computer science programs, as well as the school’s fabrication and innovation labs.

J BANKS DESIGN ANNOUNCES 2 NEW EMPLOYEES Kim Trask recently joined J. Banks Design as marketing administrative assistant. She brings over 20 years of experience in operations, marketing and administrative tasks. A graduate of Clemson University, Trask most recently served as the business manager for Cross Schools in Bluffton, where she was responsible for all financial activities and reporting as well as assisted in event planning and website development. Trask served Cross Schools for more than 15 years. Beth O’Gorman has joined J. Banks Retail as retail expeditor, bringing many years of experience to the J. Banks team. O’Gorman began her retail career in New York City working in the garment district over 30 years ago. She also owned a niche clothing boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked in the local retail market at Francesca’s boutique, where she managed operations and assisted with the opening of additional stores. January 2017 43

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BUSINESS vided for families with children ages 14 and younger.

Supporters and members of the board for the Foundation for Educational Excellence visited 11 different Beaufort County schools to surprise 28 public school teachers with grants. These teachers were recipients of the foundation’s Fall Innovative Teacher Grants. It was a day of celebration as each teacher and classroom were visited with balloons and an oversized check. The 16 grants ranged from $150 to $1,493 and totaled more than $13,300. It is projected that these efforts will provide over 4,400 innovative learning opportunities for students district-wide. Funded projects ranged from an interactive sea turtle exhibit; reading, science and math grants; and musical arts performances.

COLLETON RIVER RECEIVES SPECIAL DESIGNATION Colleton River, a private, waterfront golf community, is proud to announce it has received its fifth consecutive Platinum Club of America designation, and has been ranked in the top 5 percent of all private clubs in the country by Club Leaders Forum. This prestigious recognition is based on five aspects of private clubs: quality of membership, tradition and culture, amenities, governance, and quality of management and staff. In keeping with this recognition of excellence, Colleton River was also designated a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World by Boardroom Magazine this year for the second time. Distinguished Emerald Club status is awarded to only the top 5 percent of private clubs that provide member experiences at a level attained by only the finest clubs in the world.

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, recently donated a total of $25,000 to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry as part of the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community. Bluffton Town Council has selected Savannah-based Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. to design the Dr. Mellichamp Drive Streetscape project, which will provide approximately more than 120 new parking spaces, sidewalks, street lighting and improved storm water drainage in Old Town Bluffton. This project includes the installation of parking spaces and establishment of a more efficient traffic flow for the adjacent M.C. Riley Sports Complex, where patrons currently park in a grass lot. The $131,400 contract was awarded through a request for qualification process in August and will include refining the proposed Master Plan, engineering design and obtaining construction documents and permitting.

Community Services Associates, Inc., on behalf of the Sea Pines community, has been presented a Green Star Honor Award for 2016 in the nationwide Public Works Site category for exceptional grounds maintenance.

BUSINESS NEWS SCE&G employees and retirees will fill and deliver 275 food baskets to low-income pre-identified families in seven counties, including Charleston, Dorchester, Colleton, Beaufort, Jasper, Orangeburg and Hampton, as part of the company’s employee-funded Good Neighbor Fund Christmas Project. Toys will also be pro-

Arrhythmia Alliance has announced a partnership with the Hardeeville police and fire departments to place automated external defibrillators in all of department vehicles. Approximately 26 vehicles each need an AED to help save more lives in cases of sudden cardiac arrest.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastestgrowing automotive and motorsports enthusiast events, brought 18,000 visitors to the Lowcountry for 2016’s event. And as a thank you to the community members who helped get the island and the venue at the Port Royal Golf Club ready for the show, the Motoring Festival will be making a contribution to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Disaster Fund. As part of the “Lowcountry Strong” initiative around this year’s festival, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry had an on-site presence at the events at the Port Royal Golf Club, where it was able to raise just over $7,000 for disaster relief. The Motoring Festival will be contributing an additional $10,000 to the relief efforts.

OLIVETTI, MCCRAY & WITHROW UNVEIL NEW NAME FOR FIRM Lowcountry law firm West Olivetti, LLC, has unveiled a new name: Olivetti, McCray & Withrow, LLC, following the addition of partners Alisa McCray and Daphne Withrow. The move follows the decision to enhance client support for the firm’s signature services, including real estate, estate planning, probate administration, personal litigation and financial guidance.



Tanger Outlet Center Hilton Head presented three Beaufort County agencies with holiday gifts recently. During brief ceremonies, Tanger made separate $500 donations to the Bluffton Township Fire District, Beaufort County EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers also donated $3,873.92 in the Hilton Head Island area to help in the fight against breast cancer during the 23rd annual Tanger PinkSTYLE Campaign. In the spirit of the holidays and the season of giving, funds were donated to DragonBoat Beaufort, a local organization focused on providing cancer survivors the opportunity to heal and regain physical and psychological wellness through the camaraderie and competition of dragon boat racing. The organization also provides grants to local cancer patients to help with needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage and offers support and counseling for cancer patients in treatment and remission, including support for their caregivers. This was the second year that Tanger Outlets Hilton Head worked with DragonBoat Beaufort as the local campaign beneficiary.


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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS TO NONPROFITS Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded $93,930 in grants to five local nonprofit organizations on November 30. The award was one of three competitive grant cycles the Community Foundation holds annually. The awards were presented at a luncheon held at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks restaurant in Hilton Head Island. The organizations and their projects are: • Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse/Hope Haven: Funding will support marketing and communication strategies and materials for the groups’ merger. • Family Promise: The organization will use grant funding to plan and embark on a community awareness campaign. • Memory Matters: Funding will support the recruitment and employment of a new position, dementia care specialist. • Programs for Exceptional People: PEP will use the grant to develop a vocational training satellite center in Bluffton.

DISASTER RECOVERY GRANTS GROW TO $100,000 Community Foundation of the Lowcountry recently awarded an additional $40,000 in grants from its Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund. That brings the total awarded to $100,000 since Hurricane Matthew hit the Lowcountry. The most recent grants were awarded to: • The Children’s Center: $20,000 to provide tuition scholarships for children whose parents experienced financial hardship following Hurricane Matthew. • Lowcountry Legal Volunteers: $10,000 to expand office hours and community outreach efforts for lowincome individuals’ legal issues related primarily to housing difficulties caused by Hurricane Matthew. • Volunteers in Medicine: $10,000 to fund facilities repairs, enabling VIM to continue to provide services and patient care. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry previously provided grants from the Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund to the following organizations for disaster-related services: American Red Cross–Lowcountry Chapter, Bluffton Self Help, Deep Well Project, Neighborhood Outreach Connection and Sandalwood Community Food Pantry. The Community Foundation is still accepting disaster recovery grant applications from nonprofit and faith-based organizations in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties. For guidelines, visit January 2017 45

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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year  to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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we write this in the final days of 2016, investors are asking themselves how a year that started so grimly ended up … well, not all that badly. The year began with the worst 10 trading days ever to start a year. Even after a monthend rally, the Dow lost 5.5 percent in January 2016, driven by fears of a slowdown in China and plunging oil prices, and the NASDAQ fell nearly 8 percent. Then in June, the experts got the Brexit vote wrong, and markets once again reacted violently; U.S. stocks fell more than 3 percent following the vote, with the Dow losing 610 points — its eighth largest point loss ever — erasing the year-to-date gains in an instant. Finally, on the evening of the election, stock market futures crashed more than 750 points before recovering and beginning a powerful “Trump rally” in November and December. Now it’s time to look ahead. Here are a few items of interest to us as we plan for 2017 and beyond.


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PREPARE FOR A NEW TAX CODE Although the overhaul of the tax code is a work in progress and details are still unclear, proposals from President-elect Donald Trump and House Republicans share several features. The current seven tax brackets will collapse to three — 12 percent, 25 percent and 33 percent — and the standard deduction will be increased from $6,300 to $15,000 for single tax filers, and from $12,600 to $30,000 for married couples filing jointly. Itemized deductions will be now capped at $100,000 for single taxpayers and $200,000 for married couples filing jointly. Alternative Minimum Tax, which affected some 27 percent of households with incomes between $200,000 and $500,000, will likely be repealed. Estate taxes are on the chopping block as well, and the step-up in basis upon death currently in place could be eliminated, albeit with a $10 million exemption for married couples filing jointly. The 3.8 percent Medicare surcharge affecting married couples with modified adjusted gross income of more than $250,000 ($200,000 for single taxpayers) is also scheduled for elimination.

PLAN TO LIVE A LONG TIME Investors’ intimations of mortality have not kept with modern medicine, and people consistently underestimate how long they will live. This can have serious consequences on a lifetime plan for investments and income. A 65-year-old woman has a 42 percent chance of living to age 90, and a 21 percent chance of living to age 95 — nine years beyond her current life expectancy. The odds are almost one in three that one member of a 65-year-old couple will live to age 95. A woman born in 1960 has a nearly 15 percent probability of living to be older than 100.

AVOID BEING OVERCONFIDENT Be aware of the biases that lead us to poor decision-making. In addition to confirmation bias, in which we seek out information that reaffirms our past choices and reject or discount information that challenges them, we must recognize overconfidence, the belief that we know more than is possible about a stock, a company, or the markets in general. Overconfidence results in all kinds of wrongheaded decisions, and frequently includes the tendency to buy and sell more often, which is almost always costly. A 2009 study by professor Terrance Odean and his associates at the University of California on individual trading suggested an average annual cost, or performance penalty, of 3.8 percentage points when compared to more passive strategies. Another bias to account for: in an era of 24/7 media, stories are repeated endlessly and elaborated upon until others take their place. This can distort our decision-making processes. A 2013 study by Thomas Koch and Thomas Zerbach identified a strong positive relationship between repetition and statement credibility. The more we hear something, the more truthful it sounds. And bad news, because it sells, gets repeated endlessly. 48

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To take flight without fear.

What you can expect from Cherrington Brotsky: The reason things as substantial as steel can fly has to do with the shape of their wings. Lift is what the designers call it. With the right profile a wing makes something as soft as air into a solid footing. At Cherrington Brotsky we see each client’s financial plan that way. By taking care to find out what clients value and where they want to go with it, we are able to achieve what aeronautical engineers call an “elegant” design. That doesn’t mean fancy. It means direct and efficient, a design in which nothing is wasted. The result is tailored to your individual needs. A sense of confidence. A view of the future that is not shadowed by doubt. When you know your course and where you stand on that course, life takes on the freedom to attend to loved ones, interests, purpose and passion, hopes and dreams. It is our experience that you will see the difference our approach can make in the first 20 minutes of an honest conversation.

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DON’T LET VOLATILITY SHAKE YOUR RESOLVE Stay invested. Most investors don’t set out to time the market, but become so fearful when prices dip down that they fall prey to the predictable prophets of doom. Investors without a written plan can easily let changes in their emotional circumstances chart the course of their investments. It is uncomfortable to invest in times of economic or personal stress and crisis, of course. But the market never knows how you are feeling. Our experience suggests that investors will feel the pain of a market decline at least twice as strongly compared to their positive reaction to a comparable gain. A recent study by Charles Schwab compared average returns in 20-year

periods beginning in 1926 and ending in 2014 for four hypothetical investors, each investing $2,000 a year. The investor with perfect timing, who invested at the lowest point in the market each year, averaged an ending portfolio of $179,116. The investor who invested at the highest point (i.e. with the worst timing) averaged $145,885. And the investors who simply invested their $2,000 on the first trading day of the year averaged $166,464. Another way to look at this; If through timing errors you missed the 25 best days (out of 11,620) from 1970 through 2016, your total average return would have been 3.4 percent per year, compared to 6.7 percent per year had you stayed fully invested.

THE TRUMP RALLY AND THE “GREAT ROTATION” While U.S. markets rallied, global investors also moved into riskier assets following the elections. According to Reuters, global stock funds added $63 billion from election day through mid-December. While the bulk of the funds flowed into US equities, European and emerging market stock markets benefited as well, with banks, financials, energy and basic materials companies among the biggest winners. While it’s way too early to mark this as the beginning of “the great rotation,” a generational shift in investor focus from bonds and fixed income investments to stocks, bond markets responded to the first fed hike in a year and the prospect of higher borrowing costs by sending prices down and interest rates up on the U.S. ten-year notes to 2.6%, up from a low of 1.36% in July. At the same time, as fixed income investors lost their appetite for government bonds, money continued to flow into the high-yield market, as well as global inflation-protected securities.


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CUI BONO? Who benefits? Some of the most egregious financial errors have to do with who inherits after you’re gone. Even if you have carefully reviewed your estate plan, an unintended consequence can result in hurt feelings and resentments at best, and real family discord at worst. Take this opportunity to separate out and review your beneficiaries on assets that are passed by beneficiary designation. These would include IRAs, Roths, 401(k) and 403(b) type plans, insurance policies, and annuities. They need to be consistent with, or at least set up in a way that works with your primary estate planning document, your will or trust. Understand what gets passed by the will or trust, what gets passed by beneficiary designation, and what gets passed by contract, i.e. a home or other real property held in joint tenancy. If your home is in joint tenancy, be sure right of survivorship is specified on the deed.

DIVERSIFICATION AND BALANCE MATTER There are reasons that balance and diversification have been the foundations of successful investing over many decades. There are also reasons why investors violate them so often. We can define this as follows. Diversification can reduce certain kinds of risk. For example, if you own only five companies, bankruptcy in even one can permanently reduce your asset by 20 percent. That’s not a 20 percent decline; that is a 20 percent permanent loss. And while a portfolio of stocks of 20 companies is also likely to have bankruptcy risk, you have much less exposure. Can you avoid this risk by only investing in “good” companies? Well, Lehman Brothers, Enron, Delta Airlines, Pacific Gas and Electric, and General Motors are just

a few recent examples of “good” companies that suddenly went bad. While diversification involves investing across a broad selection of a single-asset class (like stocks or bonds) to reduce a specific risk like bankruptcy, portfolio balance involves including different asset classes in your portfolio that move in uncorrelated ways and are affected by different economic forces.

GET PAID FOR RETIREMENT SAVINGS What could be better than an incentive to save in the form of a tax credit that will reduce your taxes and, in doing so, help fund your retirement contribution? Yet many eligible individuals completely miss out on the Retirement Savers Contributions Credit. You may be eligible for this if you are age 18 or older, not a full-time student, and not claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return. Here’s how it works. Depending on your income, you will be able to directly reduce your tax bill by up to 50 percent of your contribution to your IRA or retirement plan, up to a maximum or $2,000 ($4,000 if filing jointly). This credit is in addition to any tax deduction received for contributions made. The amount of your tax credit depends on your adjusted gross income, and of course, the amount of your retirement plan or IRA contribution. Although the credit is primarily designed to incentivize lower income taxpayers, married couples filing jointly with an adjusted gross income of $61,000 can still qualify. And the credit can be taken for contributions to traditional or Roth IRAs, or 401(k), 403(b), 501(c)(18) and governmental 457(b) plans. M For in-depth information on income eligibility limits for this year, visit Steven Weber is the senior investment adviser and Gloria Maxfield is the director of client services for The Bedminster Group. The Bedminster Group is a registered investment adviser providing investment management and 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.


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any people instinctively roll their eyes at the thought of getting personal finance tips from the rich. After all, advice like "Buy topaz dog collars instead of diamond ones" doesn't exactly resonate with someone who has to stretch every paycheck to make ends meet. But some wealthy people can offer some solid tips that make sense regardless of your financial situation. Here is advice from billionaires that can apply to just about everyone.

START EARLY Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican businessman who was ranked as the richest person in the world for a few years. Slim's personal finance tips reflect commonly held wisdom among wealth-building experts, including this very basic tip: start early. If you're 45 and struggling, this may seem irrelevant, but in your case, the advice should be changed slightly to "start now." The sooner you start managing, saving and investing your money, however limited, the better off you'll be — as long as you avoid mistakes like throwing all your investment money into one stock. Slim lived this advice, buying shares in a Mexican bank at age 12 and earning 200 pesos a week as a teen working for his father's company.

FIND YOUR PASSION Your bank account may be empty, but believing in yourself at the most fundamental level costs nothing. As billionaire Oprah Winfrey said, "You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed." Change is possible whatever your situation, and the first step is believing in yourself. Closely related is finding out what your passion in life is, whether it's sewing, animal rescue or writing software. 54

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Christopher Paul Gardner is "only" a millionaire, but he was a homeless single father for a time. Author and executive coach Carmine Gallo had the opportunity to ask Gardner his secret to success, and Gardner said, "Carmine, here's the secret to success: find something you love to do so much, you can't wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again." Maybe you can't start that design business, but you can go online or go to your library and start learning about it, and the sooner you do so, the better.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GAME THE SYSTEM Billionaire Warren Buffett made his investment fortune on the fundamentals: focusing on companies with strong annual cash flow and choosing those that aren't at risk of technical obsolescence. Buffett spent the early part of his career investing in insurance companies. It's not sexy, but it obviously worked. Whether you have $50 to invest or $5,000, sticking with the fundamentals is smart.

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE This personal finance tip is similar to the previous one. Buffett lives in the Omaha house he bought in 1957 for

$31,500. Carlos Slim has lived in the same house for more than 40 years. Constantly pursuing things you don't need puts you on a financial treadmill, not an upward escalator.

CARS ARE CONSUMER GOODS Ingvar Kamprad of Ikea drives a 10-year-old Volvo, and Walmart billionaire Jim Walton drives a 15-year-old pickup. Don't waste time on the idea that a car is a status symbol. Sure, if you're a car aficionado, there's nothing wrong with restoring or buying that sweet ride you've dreamed about, if you can afford to. But for most people, including rich people, getting from Point A to Point B in safety and reasonable comfort is sufficient. You have to distinguish needs from wants. When you experience financial difficulties, it can be a little much to listen to advice from billionaires. But some very wealthy people started from very humble backgrounds. Whatever your financial situation, you can improve it. Buy low, sell high, and don't waste money. Find your passion and make time for it, even if you're working at a wage-slave job. These aren't just tips for financial success, but for making the most of your life — and isn't that what money is supposed to help you do? M

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Dear Residents As the recovery from Matthew continues and the Holiday season comes to a close, we want you to remember to shop local all year long. The best way to support your neighbor and keep your spending in the community is by favoring a locally owned business versus a chain store or buying online. With the great impact that shifting $20 of your spending each week to local businesses can have, we want you to make 2017 the year of shopping local! Looking for a dessert for a dinner party? Stop by a local bakery. Looking for home décor? Stop by a local retail shop. Looking for a bouquet of flowers? Stop by a local florist or garden center. You can find a place to purchase all of these items here in the Lowcountry by visiting the business profiles at Just remember, there’s always a local alternative for what you are looking for. In addition to the over $100,000 in coverage donated by our media partners, we’re thrilled to welcome Hargray as a Shop More Local presenting sponsor. Keep an eye out for TV commercials in the coming weeks! If you’re a business, please register for a profile now! The not-for-profit initiative is FREE for you. If you’re an individual, please register and pledge to shop local in 2017, like us on Facebook, and, most importantly, share where you shop local! Onwards! Marc Frey Founder

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Finding educators an ongoing problem for Beaufort County School District BY AMY COYNE BREDESON PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN


Jill McAden

chool districts across the nation are struggling to fill teaching positions, and the Beaufort County School District is no exception. “No district in South Carolina is immune to the shortage,” said Alice Walton, Beaufort County School District’s chief administrative and human resources officer. “No district in the country, typically, is immune to the shortage.” In fact, almost every state has reported a shortage in teachers to the U.S. Education Department, according to an Oct. 18 story in The Washington Post, which cited a recent study published by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute. Walton said there just aren’t enough education graduates. Colleges, especially in South Carolina, do not graduate enough teachers every year to fill the vacancies. She said last year there was a deficit of roughly 4,000 teachers from the number of education graduates in the state to the number of teachers needed to place in the state. Walton said the school district is currently looking for 26 new classroom teachers. She said there are about 1,700 teachers currently working for the district, with roughly 227 who could retire at any moment.


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To combat the teacher shortage locally, this year school district appointed former Hilton Head Island Elementary School principal Jill McAden as talent acquisition specialist. In this new role, McAden works to recruit elementary school teachers. McAden said one of the challenges in bringing in new teachers to Beaufort County is that they often have a difficult time finding housing in the area. “Relocating is difficult, or it can be difficult,” McAden said. “If you don’t know the area, and you look at a map — and we are a district with lots of water and lots of bridges — it can be very confusing for new folks who can just as easily look at a map and say, ‘Oh, I could live here and get there really fast.’ But as you know, it’s not so fast.” Walton pointed out that finding housing is even more difficult in Beaufort County because of the high cost of living. “If I’m a young teacher just out of college and I come to Beaufort, it’s difficult for me to live on $35,000 a year and not work a second or possibly third job,” Walton said. “So that gives us a little bit more of a disadvantage than someone in Columbia or even Charleston.” Walton wants the community to know that the board of education and school Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moss are looking into the teacher shortage and the problems with the cost of living in the county. She said the Beaufort County Board of Education is constantly looking at ways to bring Beaufort County teacher salaries up to par with other professions so teachers don’t have to work additional jobs. The board agreed to implement a locality supplement this year that will give teachers an extra $2,000 annually to offset living expenses. Walton said in addition to hiring McAden to recruit elementarylevel teachers, the district will hire one other person to recruit teachers for the middle and high school levels. As of early November, the district had roughly 45 applicants for the new position. Walton said that as a former elementary principal, McAden understands elementary-level teachers, the certification requirements and what needs to happen at the district level to support teachers. That will be important for the person who will be recruiting for the area’s middle and high schools as well, she said. “We want to make sure we get a good fit for the job, because it’s a critical position that is going to help us solve some of our shortage problems,” Walton said. McAden said she is focusing her search on teachers in the Southeast but will also look beyond the region. So far, she has interviewed candidates from Armstrong State University and Fayetteville State University, and was scheduled to interview more at Georgia Southern University at the time of publication. In order to keep the teachers who come to work in the county, Walton said the district is putting in place a mentoring program. The school district’s human resources department has a team of people who have been trained to support teachers. “The national research says that teachers leave the profession during the first five years,” Walton said. “What we try to do is bring them in and train them, give them a position of efficacy in terms of feeling effective at what they do so they’re not discouraged and want to remain in the profession.” M January 2017 61

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O&A with Christina Gwozdz BY DON MCLOUD


fter longtime Beaufort County school board member Laura Bush decided not to seek re-election in 2016, four political newcomers competed for her seat. When the dust settled Nov. 8, Christina Gwozdz emerged as the victor. For the next four years, Gwozdz will represent District 9, which spans Bluffton, Pritchardville and Daufuskie Island. The 58-year-old ear, nose and throat doctor has lived in Beaufort County for 27 years. She and her husband have three sons. She is a founding owner of the Outpatient Surgery Center of Hilton Head, president of the S.C. Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and a representative on the S.C. Medical Association’s House of Delegates. She can now add Beaufort County Board of Education member to her list of accomplishments. Here are some of her views on what needs to be done to improve public education in Beaufort County: Question: What are your top three priorities as a school board member? Answer: Put more value on community input, provide responsible stewardship of taxpayer money, and make academic performance the primary focus. Q: How should the school district address the high number of suspensions and expulsions of minority students when compared to white students?

A. The school district must investigate and determine if all students are being treated equally for similar infractions regardless of their race, gender, socioeconomic status or which school they attend in the district. If a subgroup of students is being singled out and treated more harshly or leniently than the others, that is a problem and needs to be corrected. Misbehavior cannot be tolerated because it negatively impacts learning for all students. Q: What steps should the school board take to improve its community relations? A: First and foremost, the board members need to listen to the electorate. The board needs to proactively seek input from the community to better problem-solve and address issues. Restructuring board leadership and the public comment sections at board meetings would be beneficial. Board members should stay engaged with their constituents via social media and quarterly town hall meetings. The formation of advisory committees in each district would improve transparency and trust. Q: How should the school district pay for its future building needs? A: The school district’s current capital project list, totaling $217 million, needs to be trimmed and prioritized. The anticipated maintenance and operational expenses associated with each project need to be disclosed to voters. Trust and transparency need to be established with the community by the board before another attempt is made to gain capital funding through bond or sales tax referenda. Q: What changes should be made to the school board's relationship with the superintendent? A: The school board needs to provide stronger oversight of the superintendent; it is his employer. Unfortunately, the current board majority continues to support, defend and reward the superintendent, despite his obvious failings. Taxpayers and students would be better served if the board demanded accountability from the superintendent and had the confidence to ask the tough questions and provide viable solutions. M


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with Patricia Felton-Montgomery BY DON MCLOUD


atricia Felton-Montgomery cruised to victory Nov. 8 to become one of the new faces on the Beaufort County Board of Education. She defeated incumbent Paul Roth in her first run for political office to represent District 6, which spans the Okatie and Sun City areas. Felton-Montgomery, 70, is a retired educator of 40 years and has lived in Beaufort County for three years. She serves on the board of the Mitchelville Preservation Project, is secretary of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and is a member of the League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area. Here are some of her views on what needs to be done to improve public education in Beaufort County: Question: What are your top three priorities as a school board member? Answer: Work with my fellow board members to establish transparency in board operations and deliberations and respect for the public in interactions at board meetings; have staff provide the board with detailed, ongoing assessments of the effectiveness of established and new programs; and increase diversity in the staff and administration of the schools and policy to support school leadership teams to address the achievement gap. Q: How should the school district address the high number of suspensions and expulsions of minority students when compared to white students?

A: First, the school district should establish, as a very high priority, the goal of eliminating this possibly discriminatory practice by the end of this school year. Second, it should begin monitoring suspensions and expulsions on a monthly basis, rather than using its present end-of-year, after-the-fact approach. Third, administrators and staff must be trained in effective, bias-free classroom management. Q: What steps should the school board take to improve its community relations? A: A more appropriate approach (than hiring a community relations officer) would be to hold frequent forums to hear community concerns and interests and to share possible new district programs and operations or proposed changes to existing programs and operations for parental and staff feedback before decisions have been made to move forward. Q: How should the school district pay for its future building needs? A: The board must first show the public that by re-prioritizing its spending needs to address immediate maintenance and building repairs, it is aware of public concerns that prevent approval of additional funds through a bond or sales tax referendum. Future requests can then be based on shorter-term priorities that can be validated to the public. Q: What changes should be made to the school board’s relationship with the superintendent? A: The board should move to have its own board solicitor so that there is a professional separation, which is traditionally the case between a board and its primary employee. The board can also establish through its existing and subsequent contracts with the superintendents the kinds of breaches in behavior and leadership actions that will result in a breach of contract and possible termination. M


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Elizabeth MacMurray knew early on what she wanted to do for a living. With two teachers for parents, the Hilton Head Island woman has fond memories of spending time at school with them, pretending to teach her own students.


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s a child, she would write on the chalkboard in her mother’s classroom after school. She loved playing with a neighbor who had her own chalkboard, and lining up her stuffed animals — along with her little sister — on many occasions for pretend classes at home. Her dream came true, and now, after 30 years in the classroom, the Hilton Head Island High School ninth-grade English teacher is getting some recognition for all of her hard work. MacMurray was named the Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year. “I literally was in shock,” MacMurray said of the moment she found out she was selected for the honor. “I couldn’t believe it.” Along with her new title came her choice of a $5,000 cash prize from Hilton Head Buick-GMC-Cadillac or a $5,000 credit to be used for purchasing a new vehicle at the dealer’s invoice price. The Foundation for Educational Excellence also awarded MacMurray $1,000 as part of the Dr. Wayne Carbiener Above and Beyond Beaufort County Public School District Teacher of the Year Recognition Grant. The money will be used to augment innovative instruction in the classroom. As teacher of the year, MacMurray gets to represent Hilton Head Island High School at monthly Teacher Forum meetings. She also had the opportunity to speak at the State of the Schools breakfast. “These celebrations keep teachers going,” MacMurray said. MacMurray started her teaching career at Metuchen High School in New Jersey. She went on to teach at a high school in Pennsylvania before moving to Hilton Head. She taught for eight years at Hilton Head Island Middle School, and is in her fifth year teaching at Hilton Head High. “I absolutely love what I do,” MacMurray said. “My role as teacher gives me the opportunity to work with many talented educators. We share the mission to help students become the best individuals that they can be. Our students are diverse, and they represent our future.” She said she loves the “Aha” moments when students finally understand a difficult concept. Those are the moments when she realizes she has made a difference in the lives of students and has helped them see their potential. When a student asks her for help with something or comes back to visit after graduation, MacMurray knows for sure that she was meant to be a teacher. “Teaching is hard work, but it is good work, and overall, I have to say it is really important work,” MacMurray said. “We need good teachers, and we need the support of our communities and businesses because we must work together for our children, who are our students and our future.” M January 2017 67

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SCHOOLS PLAY TREMENDOUS ROLE IN LOWCOUNTRY’S QUALITY OF LIFE Schools are not just places where children go to learn. They play a tremendous role in the quality of the community and the quality of its population. They are also a reflection of the community itself, its growth, its values and its future. For Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry, schools have played huge roles in the history and very fabric of the region. On the following pages, we’ve highlighted nine of the best schools, academies and institutions available right here at home.

About the school: The Technical College of the Lowcountry is the region’s primary provider of post-secondary education and workforce training. The public, two-year, multi-campus community college serves approximately 5,000 students annually. The college offers a variety of curricular programs, including university transfer options, career and continuing education, online learning, and dual enrollment for area high school students. Fully 93 percent of TCL graduates either go on to four-year institutions or move directly into jobs – jobs here, in the Lowcountry. More than 10,000 TCL alumni live and work in the Lowcountry. At TCL, it’s working. Featured alumni: Takiya La’Shaune Smith’s TCL story: When I started my first cosmetology business my services were initially limited by my certifications. TCL’s 2 year cosmetology program was perfect in guiding me to my dream business. Flexible classroom schedules and my instructors were awesome at helping me stay on the right track. My cosmetology classmates and I quickly became close knit and are like family even today. My experience has been life-changing since enrolling, attending and graduating from TCL. TCL has opened so many doors for me and my business including the launch and opening of my 2nd salon! I am now a licensed cosmetologist and the founding owner of both Beautique Lash & Brow and The Brow Company Beauty Bar & Makeup Studio.


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CROSS SCHOOLS About the school: Established in 1998, Cross Schools provides a Christian-based education for children ages 18 months through eighth grade. Cross Schools strives to create an atmosphere where students develop a passion for learning through small classes, rigorous academics, various enrichment courses, and faith-based learning. At Cross Schools, students attend weekly chapel, participate in community service projects, and have the opportunity to join various clubs. Its athletic program, which features cross country, basketball, golf, soccer and volleyball, encourages teamwork, discipline and physical fitness. The guiding principles of the Cross Schools community are academic excellence, Christian values and community service. Featured students: “At Cross Schools, I met the sisters I’ve always wanted,” said Sarah Ogren of the girls pictured, four of whom have known each other since preschool. All of the girls are now seniors in high school. Through life’s ups and downs, their friendship has only strengthened, according to the girls. “I watched these girls grow from spunky preschoolers to fine Christian women. They are kind-hearted, generous, and have such loving hearts,” said Shawn Young, head of Cross Schools and mom of Savannah Young. “It’s heartwarming to know that their friendship was rooted in faith at Cross Schools.”

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Featured alumni: After completing her bachelor of science in athletic training at Xavier University, Aylin Seyalioglu received her doctorate of physical therapy from Emory University and joined the renowned sports medicine department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Seyalioglu has contributed to research and to professional publications regarding tennis medicine. She recently spoke at the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science 2016 World Congress. A former NCAA Division I student athlete, Seyalioglu is a sports medicine therapist for the USTA Pro-Circuit and lives in Atlanta.


About the school: Heritage Academy believes a small caring community of diverse, trained professionals working with students seeking to develop a passion in life creates the ideal learning environment. Students choose Heritage Academy for its supportive resources, relationships with teachers and opportunities resulting from personalized attention to their goals. The student/teacher ratio appeals to parents who desire foremost that their children be academically successful. We celebrate a long list of accomplishments and a clear vision thanks to our motivated and talented students, our extraordinary faculty and our supportive parents. Our mission is purposefully designed to combine our students’ passion with a college preparatory program, resulting in 100 percent college placement and preparation for the future.

“Heritage Academy provided me with an amazing experience that enabled me to pursue academics and my passion for tennis, helping to guide my career path as a physical therapist specializing in tennis medicine.” — Aylin Seyalioglu, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS


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HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY About the school: K-12 College Preparatory Christian School. There is a difference at Hilton Head Christian Academy. We believe in educating the mind while reaching the heart. Yes, we have exceptional SAT scores, leading-edge student programs, championship sports teams and fabulous fine arts offerings, but what sets us apart is what matters most. With our foundation built on Christ, we teach your child that he or she is more than a score, a grade, a trophy or a finished canvas — much more. We believe that your child is fearfully and wonderfully made. Instructing beyond the classroom, our teachers are life mentors. Our heart is to define what excellence looks like for your child. We invite you to experience HHCA. Featured student: Brody is not making huge life decisions right now. He’s 6. But over the next 12 exhaustingly long and terrifyingly short years, all those little influences he soaks up Monday through Friday are not going to disappear. They’re going to turn him into a boy who turns into a teenager who turns into a man. Every one of these 12 years matters. #experiencehhca

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL About the school: Hilton Head Island High School is an incredibly dynamic school with strong leadership, dedicated staff and talented students. We pride ourselves in being caring, creative and compassionate. It is teamwork that drives us to great success in the classroom, on the stage, in the studio, and on the playing fields. Our rigorous academic program challenges students daily to discover their strengths and develop their interests. As an International Baccalaureate school, we engage our students through collaborative projects, integrated technology and diverse course offerings to ensure that our students are critical thinkers and ready for their careers. Being a Seahawk is more special and rewarding than anyone can imagine. Featured student: Phillip Evans: “Attending Hilton Head Island High School has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have bonded with the accepting and engaging Seahawk community, been exposed to amazing teachers, and challenged my intellect. Being a Seahawk transcends the boundaries of the classroom; I have learned how to be a leader, friend and, most importantly, a citizen of the world.�


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HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL About the school: Throughout its 50 years, Hilton Head Preparatory School has always been the place to be for the best education in the area, and it is stronger than ever. Educating students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade, Hilton Head Prep is the place to be inspired and challenged, the place to be a family, a teammate, and an artist, and the place to be charitable. The student/faculty relationship is at the core of Prep’s success, through which students are inspired to pursue their passions and reach heights they never imagined on their way to the most selective colleges and rewarding lives. Featured teacher: Dr. Michael Bassett (class of ’92) is a published writer — and a Prep alumnus — who inspires Prep students every day as an upper school English teacher. Bassett spearheaded Prep’s AP Capstone initiative, which is an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success. Prep is the only school in the area approved by the College Board to offer this program.

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JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCHOOL About the school: John Paul II Catholic School is committed to preparing students with diverse learning abilities for the challenges of life through intellectual, physical and spiritual programs that advance academic excellence, leadership, a healthy lifestyle and service to others while fostering discipleship according to the traditions of the Catholic faith. At the center of everything John Paul II does is our faith in God. In our modern society, it is critical that we instill in our children the values and attitudes necessary to make good decisions as they grow into active adults. We are blessed to partner with our parents to help our children grow in their faith. Featured teacher: This fall, John Paul II Catholic School teacher Kefrin Woodham attended the University of Notre Dame “Excellence in Teaching Conference” on differentiated learning, led by leading education professionals. Woodham was sponsored by Hilton Head’s Notre Dame Club. Her opportunity to refuel outside of the classroom was refreshing and deepened her understanding of the student learner in a faithfilled environment.

ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL About the school: St. Francis Catholic School is celebrating 20 years of excellence in faith-based education. The SACS-accredited school serves more than 200 students from the greater Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The campus, which includes three academic buildings on Beach City Road, features a large library, computer and science labs, a fine arts center, and a 15,000-square-foot gym with a stage. St. Francis provides a low student-teacher ratio — there are currently over 20 fulltime staff members, including 13 full-time contracted teachers — and focuses on developing the whole child: spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally and socially. Featured alumni: While a student at St. Francis Catholic School, Devin McGuinness excelled both academically and athletically. He was an honors student who played for the Wolves’ inaugural basketball team, performed in school musicals, and is remembered fondly by teachers as a thoughtful and inquisitive student and altar server. Today, he is in his final year at Notre Dame University’s School of Law. Next summer, he will begin his professional career at the prestigious Atlanta-based law firm Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan, LLP, where he hopes to focus on mergers and acquisitions.


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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT About the school: The University of South Carolina Beaufort is a growing regional public comprehensive university that has an enrollment of 2,000 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton offers cutting-edge computational science and nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic Beaufort Campus houses an innovative baccalaureate studio art program, and the new Hilton Head Island Campus, featuring the experiential learning hospitality management program, opens in fall 2018. USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. Visit www. for more information. Featured professor: Dr. Yiming Ji, computational science professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, led the establishment of the computational science program at USCB. It is one of the few in the country and the first in South Carolina. Computational science is a field of applied computer science in which computing theories and software techniques are used to serve and advance many diverse fields. Ji was honored in 2016 with the prestigious S.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominately Undergraduate Institution. He has authored more than 42 peerreviewed publications and secured more than $1.6 million in grant and education funding since 2009.

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE About the program: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Carolina Beaufort is devoted to providing intellectually stimulating, not-for-credit, educational opportunities to adults in the Lowcountry. The OLLI program at USCB is one of the largest programs in the country, with just over 1,500 members and more than 400 classes and programs per year. Classes are offered in all three regions of the Lowcountry, including Bluffton, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. Benefits of membership include access to OLLI programs, access to USCB’s campus libraries and dining, discounts to Center For The Art events and participation in the OLLI LowCountry Community Concert Band.

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What Do these 17 locals have in common? THEY FASCINATE US.

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Arthur Blank

ATLANTA FALCONS OWNER KEEPS HIS LIFE BALANCED BY CARRIE HIRSCH | PHOTO BY DAEMON BAIZAN Arthur Blank’s love for Hilton Head Island runs deep. In 1974, he and his family were living in Savannah, where he was running a chain of successful drug stores that were originally a pharmaceutical company founded by his parents, Max and Molly Blank. When Arthur Blank and his family moved from Savannah to Los Angeles, he met Bernard Marcus, who was running a chain of home improvement stores, and the two men co-founded The Home Depot in 1978. But Blank still felt the call of the salt water. “We loved Hilton Head so much we flew back to take a one-week vacation,” he said. “At the time, we had three children. We didn’t have the money to make the flight but we made it. I still remember the first time we rented a house. It has since been taken down, but as you entered the Ocean Gate, it was the very first home on the left-hand side, right on the ocean in Sea Pines. Hilton Head has always been, as New York, a part of my life forever … amazing.” Blank puts Hilton Head Island on the very top of his list of beach getaway destinations. “My wife’s family is new to Hilton Head. I've always said to people, even one night on the island and I feel like I've escaped. I come back renewed. And you have so many families. It’s a very open population — it’s not just for the elite.” A native New Yorker who has made Atlanta his home since 1978, Blank’s mantra has evolved from, “There is no such thing as a finish line” to “The best or nothing.” That’s been especially important to remember now, as he is in the middle of the construction of the Mercedes-Benz stadium, set to open this summer, which will be home to both of his professional teams: the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major

League Soccer’s Atlanta United UFC. “My eldest daughter makes the point that your whole life can’t be a race. There are days when I don't put a lot on my calendar,” he said. “Fortunately, I’m blessed with a great staff so I don't have to worry about day-to-day. I get involved in strategy where I feel I should be. So it’s good. But there is no finish line, certainly.” The new stadium is a game-changing sports arena — pun intended. NFL owners have already awarded the 2019 Super Bowl to Atlanta, and the massive structure, with its eight-petal retractable roof inspired by Rome's Pantheon, is tracking for LEED Platinum certification, making it the most environmentally sustainable professional sports arena in the world. The stadium and its grounds will feature multimedia art works commissioned from 53 artists from all over the world, including Gabor Miklos Szoke of Budapest and Old Town Bluffton’s Amiri Farris, with the Savannah College of Art and Design curating the collection. “We want the stadium to have an art collection of museum quality. We asked our Falcons fans to tell us the kind of art that they would like. We used thematically those ideas,” Blank said. “Everything we do, we try to respond to the people that we serve. We don't try to impose our will, if you will, on anybody.” Blank served on the stadium’s art committee, and his eldest son, Kenny, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who is also involved in theater and cultural activities and is an avid supporter of the arts, was instrumental in the selection process. The headquarters of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the AMB Group sits in Atlanta's North Moore

neighborhood, where Blank serves as chairman of both the foundation and the AMB Group, which oversees investment and support services for private businesses. It is here where his core values are implemented and permeate the air: give back to others, put people first, listen and respond, include everyone, innovate continuously, and lead by example. “I would say I like to work; I like to add value; I like to be part of everything that our management team is doing here. I think I’m appropriately involved in that,” Blank said. “I’ve always had this mentality of being a servant leader. I’ve always liked management and managers who are eager to serve. I’ve never been an individual sport guy. All my best sports are team sports — football, ran track, was a catcher right in the middle of every play — as opposed to golf, which I've never been good at. I like the camaraderie of it and what we accomplish together. I admire those things. I don’t like people who are all about themselves, ego first.” Despite his multifaceted and fastpaced professional life, Blank still follows his mother’s advice: Make sure there is balance in your life. “I love spending time with my family and grandchildren here. I got remarried in June, and my wife has three children. I love dogs and all four live with us. We’ve got a lot of activity in our house,” he said. “Physical activity has always been important to me all my life for mind and body. I ran for 45 years, but I walk now. My mother, her favorite place was on Hilton Head. She loved sitting on the porch and watching the ocean for hours on end. She lived a full life (Molly Blank passed away in 2015 just shy of her 100th birthday).” M January 2017 79

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Eric Turpin

NEW NIBCAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HELPING TO MAKE THE ISLAND A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ALL BY LUANA M. GRAVES SELLARS PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT When you meet people living low-key lives in such a leisure-loving setting like Hilton Head Island, it’s easy to forget that our community is filled with people who had impressive, high-powered careers in the past. What’s also great about our community is that even though, for the most part, we are a retirement community, many retirees aren’t spending their days relaxing or playing golf; they’re working every day and generously sharing their talent and experience with the community. Eric Turpin models this spirit of giving. At first glance, because of his subtle, understated manner, he comes across as someone who spends all of his time on the golf course or enjoying our ocean breezes. But he is also the newly appointed executive director of the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association, as well as a business consultant for his own firm, Turpin Enterprises. Turpin, a former corporate director and vice president of human resources at Coca-Cola, uses his corporate background as a “human capital” manager in his new role at NIBCAA, where he first served as a board member, and to help the organization achieve its goal of enhancing the Gullah-Geechee cultural experience in the Lowcountry. In his new position, Turpin has demonstrated personal integrity and strong leadership and negotiation skills that are masked by his quiet, calming demeanor. Part of his role has been to take on the responsibility of hosting NIBCAA’s 21st annual Gullah Celebration in February, as well as guiding the organization toward a return to its founding principles of providing the native island community with direction and support. Interacting with Town

of Hilton Head Island leadership, members of local property owners associations and the historic native island churches helps him stay connected to the community. NIBCAA’s primary focus is on providing support for native islands by making sure they have a voice in the community, and that their unique needs are addressed. For example, many native islanders are still dealing with day-to-day infrastructure issues such as unpaved roads, poor drainage from their properties, and lack of sewage connections. These are issues which affect their quality of life. The NIBCAA also is focused on maintaining Gullah culture and preserving and promoting historic Mitchelville. “When you look at NIBCAA, it is similar to an umbrella that covers all of the island’s cultural elements,” Turpin said. “Everything on

the island is connected; historic Mitchelville, the Gullah Museum, the Gullah Tours and the Gullah Celebration. Each of them are separate entities, but we’re all working together on the same theme of maintaining the island’s cultural preservation and tourism.” Some native islanders live on property that has been in their families for more than 150 years, and they need help and information from town officials to ensure the land stays in their families for generations to come. Tuprin works closely with NIBCAA’s Community Action Committee, whose goal is to strengthen NIBCAA’s position as a resource for native islanders as well as to establish NIBCAA as the bridge between the native island community and town officials, giving native islanders a unified voice and control over their legacy. “It’s very important that we get to share our


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Connor McKinlay



By the time he was 4, Connor McKinlay was steering his mom’s boat up Skull Creek and able to maneuver his way down the May River to the sandbar. It looked like he would be following his mom’s path to a boat captain license. But as much as he loves the water, he is mesmerized by the sky. At just 9 years old, Connor is flying propeller planes as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program. “As a baby, it was clear he loved planes,” said his mom, Christine Sullivan. “We would sit outside on the bench staring at the private plane field at Hilton Head Island Airport. He’d watch them takeoff and land, takeoff and land. The pilots took a liking to him. They’d see Connor waving and they’d do doughnuts or come talk to him and invite him inside to see their planes.” His love turned into passion thanks to a layover in Atlanta during a family vacation to Walt Disney World two years ago. “The Delta pilot was saying hello to everyone and he saw Connor playing with his plane toys,” Sullivan said. “The pilot

commented on the toys but Connor told him what kind of planes they were and what model plane we would be flying in.” The pilot invited Connor to see the cockpit and told his crew all the information the then-7-year-old knew about the plane. “It was so cool,” Connor said of the experience. “I knew I wanted to do more of that.” Sullivan said Connor began watching anything about planes he could find. He watched documentaries about plane crashes and told his mom, “You have got to always pay attention to your instruments.” He began studying turbine engines when he was 8 and can tell you exactly how they work. He flies simulators in video games, but the real experience was what he craved. He got the chance to make his dream a reality when Sullivan began networking with the close-knit island pilot community. Her inquiries led her to pilot J.T. Willingham, who was so impressed with Connor’s knowledge that he offered to give him his first flying lesson. “My friends say, ‘No way, you don’t fly planes,’ and I just smile and say, ‘Yeah, I do,’”

Connor said of his pilot-in-training status. He has taken six lessons thus far as part of the EAA Young Eagles program in Walterboro. He is now able to take control while in flight and has practiced landings. He can’t fly solo or navigate a takeoff until he’s 16, but rain or shine, Connor is soaking up every bit of information about flying he can find. “He loves the ground lessons just as much because he learns all about pre-flight checks, checking oil and flaps, instruments and how to navigate when taxiing,” Sullivan said. “He’s all smiles, no matter the weather.” And he’s learning with teenagers, some twice his age. Connor is more challenged by the new braces on his teeth than the lessons. He loves the Concorde, but also loves jumbo jets because of the engineering, he said. He even plans to design his own plane one day. “I’m still figuring out what kind of plane,” he said. “I have a couple of designs in my head.” M January 2017 81

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Juan Carlos Jiménez CALLAWASSIE ISLAND RESIDENT MADE MOST OF OPPORTUNITIES AFTER FLEEING CUBA BY HALLIE MARTIN PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT On April 19, 1960, Juan Carlos Jiménez’s father told the 7-year-old and his 6-yearold sister that they were going on a vacation. “It turned out to be a very long vacation,” said the Lowcountry resident, now 64. The trip was really a one-way ticket out of Fidel Castro’s Cuba under the Pedro Pan program. Jiménez and his sister spent the next eight years living in Miami with an aunt as Cuban refugees, eating Spam for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Today, Jiménez is far from that life. He has had a successful career as a marine biologist and professor, and is a cigar manufacturer, University of South Carolina-Beaufort Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecturer, and the owner of a small business.  “One tyrant gone,” Jiménez said with a sigh of the death of Fidel Castro on Nov. 25. “And one more to go. I don’t think people have realized what Castro has done in Cuba, with families broken apart.” Families like his. Jiménez was born into a privileged family in Camagüey, Cuba.  82

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“When I say ‘privileged,’ it is because of hard work,” he said. His father was a businessman and his mother was a writer and hosted her own radio program. Fearing their safety as Castro’s hold over Cuba strengthened, Jiménez’s parents put him and his sister on a plane bound for Miami. It would be eight years before his parents fled Cuba by way of Mexico. After the family was reunited, they moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Jiménez earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology and mathematics, as well as a doctorate in marine sciences at the University of Massachusetts. His career as a scientist and a professor took him all over the world before he and his wife, Isabella, moved to Callawassie Island by way of Arizona in 2012.  “We said we’d pack our bags and move to the first place we fell in love with,” he said. “We fell

in love with the Beaufort area.” But he had another passion that ignited a different journey: cigars, a product synonymous with Cuba. “I snuck my first cigar when I was 5,” Jiménez said. “And I haven’t stopped.” In 1996, he teamed up with his Cuban business partner and founded the boutique cigar factory Juanito’s Cigarros in the Dominican Republic. In September, Jiménez and his wife traveled to Washington, D.C., to be honored as guests and to unveil the Herbert Hoover cigar for the White House Historical Foundation and the George Washington cigar at Mount Vernon. Like many who move to the Lowcountry after a successful career, Jiménez was ready for the next chapter in his life, which in his case involved combining his passions for teaching, cigars and Spanish and South Ameri-

can wines. Four years ago, Jiménez and his wife opened Tacarón, a specialty boutique selling Juanito’s Cigarros, wines and Juanito’s Conchita Cuban roasted coffee. They also founded el Campesino, a nonprofit group that provides medical and educational equipment, water resources and other supplies to impoverished villages in the Dominican Republic. The shop is closed this month so they can oversee a well project in Oviedo in the Dominican Republic that will provide clean water for more than 3,000 residents. Through all of Jiménez’s entrepreneurial endeavors, he’s held on to his love for teaching. He’s

one of the most popular lecturers in OLLI, speaking on topics such as surviving Castro’s Cuba, whales and manatees, cigar making and Pablo Escobar. As for retirement … well, he’s tried twice.  “I’m working more now than I ever had before. But its been fun,” Jiménez said. “It’s been fun meeting a lot of people and making new friends.” M

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BY LUANA M. GRAVES SELLARS | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT To be honest, in general, I don’t expect to like bands. As a former music executive, I have heard enough bands to know what a good one sounds like, and unfortunately (sometimes painfully), I know what a bad one sounds like. So, when I happened to be at Ruby Lee Restaurant one night as Stee and the Ear Candy Band were setting up, internally, I defaulted to my “grin and bear it” mode, quietly calculating how quickly I could finish eating and leave. To my surprise, this young band of three family members— Stee Colvin, lead vocalist; Malcolm Horne, producer and lead guitar; and Brooke Horne, vocalist, songwriter and booking agent — quickly changed my mind. It’s difficult to describe Stee and the Ear Candy Band, because they are not easily typecast. Certainly, they play R&B, but they are so much more. “I don’t do the ‘box’ thing,” Colvin said. “I don’t like to stick in one lane of a genre. There is genre-bending to my music.” And Colvin’s voice is up to the challenge. His “rich, smooth and silky tones,” combined with his strong falsetto and vocal range, give him a unique ability to take well-known songs and reshape them and make them his own. His sounds generate an emotional response in his listeners that makes them eager to take a journey with him. Being a professional performer is not just what he does, it’s who he is; it’s what motivates and drives him. Consistently performing professionally since 2014, Colvin has been singing for 11 years. He also writes music, and has produced two albums. The unexpected blend of R&B, pop, hip-hop, dubstep and European chillstep give him a sound that is uniquely his own. “My music is an expression of how I am feeling. And my albums are a mesh of sounds,” he said. For Colvin, the family business is music. Period. On any given night on Hilton Head Island, members of the Colvin family are per-

forming, either separately or together. Colvin’s parents, Sterlin and Shuvette, have performed locally and around the country, and are well-known for their Motown sounds, Shuvette's sultry renditions of old favorites, and Sterlin’s virtuoso piano performances. The family supports each other, and it is not unusual to see Stee Colvin in the audience enjoying his parents’ performance. Often, he joins them onstage to deliver a song or two. One such impromptu performance occurred at The Jazz Corner. Stee Colvin was in the middle of his meal, not expecting to be called up to the stage to sing, but he responded to his parents’ request and delivered a rousing song to an appreciative audience. However, a surprising thing happened at the end of the song: Sterlin suddenly let his son know that he was not pleased with how Stee ended the song, and said “Come on, I know that I didn’t teach you to sing like that.” Always the son and the student, Stee returned to the mic, corrected his tone and delivered a more passionate and heartfelt conclusion to the song. Colvin’s sister, Brooke, also has an impressive talent. In addition to providing vocal support for the group, she is also a songwriter, and she inspired him to start singing. “I sing because Brooke sang when we were young,” he said. Colvin also has been a professional actor since he was 7, with a list of credits that include the TV shows “Banshee” and “Creative Clubhouse.” But he plans to continue to focus on his craft and expand his vocal range — and adding his personal touch to his music. “I like the show aspect of performing, even if it’s to a small room,” he said. “When I perform, I make sure that I deliver ‘me’ every time. I want people to walk away like they know me or to feel even better than when they came.” M


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Larry Bergin

BLUFFTON MAN CAPS MARITIME CAREER WITH CONSULTANT WORK BY LISA ALLEN | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT Larry Bergin was no stranger to water while growing up in New York and New Jersey. He turned his love of water into a career after graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, with a degree in marine transportation and an unlimited license as third mate. He began working as an officer on large ships and, at the age of 27, became one of the youngest to earn the rank of master, or captain. He continued

to captain container ships for 31 years. “I was away from my family quite a bit,” said Bergin, who is the father of two. He sailed all over the world, but mainly from the West Coast to the Far East. “Typically, I would be away for six weeks at a time, then home for six weeks,” he said. “While being away from home could be difficult, the time off was a good counter balance.” After 31 years at the helm, he tried retirement about 14 years ago, but it didn’t stick.

“We retired to Belfair and I played golf almost every day, but I got bored," Bergin said. He started Bergin Maritime, a consulting company. Now, one week a month, he instructs ship captains using four-story ship simulators at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Baltimore. “To me, instructing is the best part of what I used to do. I used to love maneuvering the ship. I get to do that every day while on the simulators versus a few times a week on an actual ship,” Bergin said. “Plus, I run into people I knew from decades ago. My former third mates are now captains.” His expertise is sought after as the East Coast prepares for ULCVs, ultra-large container vessels that are as large as 1,300 feet long (more than four football fields) and nearly 200 feet wide. These ships have a 49-foot draft and 200,000-ton displacement. “They are coming to the East Coast,” Bergin said. Work to raise New York Harbor’s Bayonne Bridge by 65 feet to accommodate the supersized ships is expected to be completed next year. Once that is accomplished, these ships will be calling at the other ports on the East Coast as far south as Miami. Bergin said the big ships can be less harmful to the environment because each large ship replaces three smaller ships, which reduces overall diesel engine emissions. Ships also have to switch to lowemission fuel sources within 200 miles of shore and, in some ports, plug into on-shore power rather than continue to run their generators. Beyond instructing, Bergin also testifies as an expert witness in court cases all over the country. Many of the cases pertain to who was at fault in spills, collisions or groundings, Bergin said. He also helps the state of Florida create its exams for harbor pilots. Consulting and living in the Lowcountry is the best of both worlds, he said. He gets to keep up with the latest technology in shipping and enjoy life in the Hilton Head area. M January 2017 85

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Nicole Arnold

HILTON HEAD ISLAND TEEN FOCUSED ON EXPLORING THE WORLD BY HALLIE MARTIN | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT Nicole Arnold has caught a travel bug. It is “definitely, without a doubt” from the 4,200-mile bike ride she took from Florence, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia, on the TransAmerica Trail this summer.  Ever since the 18-year-old returned from her cross-country bike trip in August, Arnold hasn’t quite stayed in one place for too long. Shortly after her return, she cleaned out her closet and took one suitcase, one carry-on bag and her backpack to start school at Loyola University in Chicago.  Arnold is in class three days a week, and then she’s studying, babysitting or traveling for the weekend. With a big smile and a tall glass of sweet tea, she ticked off where she’s been in 2016: Mexico; Scottsdale, Arizona; Asheville, North Carolina; Salt Lake City; Moab, Utah; and Denver, for a total of 18 states. After she completes a year at Loyola, she plans to transfer to a school in Europe to major in international studies — and to travel more.  “After college, what I really want to do is buy a one-way ticket to a random country and explore the world,” Arnold said. “Pick up random jobs. Work on farms. Volunteer. Help people along the way. Just see where life takes me and be as adventurous as I possibly can with my backpack.” Arnold grew up on Hilton Head Island, so it’s no surprise that she’s a natural on two wheels. Her dad taught her to ride a bike when she was 6 or 7.  “I always loved my bike. I’d clean it, ride to school and work in Coligny, and became known as

the girl on the bike,” she said. “I love being outside in the fresh air.” But Arnold took biking to a whole new level. The ride on the Trans-America Trail was a year in the making. It started with talking to a friend about a special trip they’d take between junior and senior year. (Arnold ended up graduating a year early from Hilton Head High School, so it ended up being her senior year trip.) They thought Arnold could ride and her friend could follow in her car with supplies. But her friend’s mother said no.  Arnold’s parents were less than supportive of the trip as well, but she was confident. “I knew I could do it,” Arnold said. “I know what my body is capable of.” Arnold bought the one-way ticket to Oregon: “This is happening, this is really happening … it’s really coming together. It felt so good,” she said. “I was determined. The second I decided on that, there was no way I wasn’t doing it.” After stepping off the plane in Oregon in June, the next 70 days were filled with adventure, beautiful scenery, incredible people, and a lot of time spent thinking about the diversity of the U.S.  The last day of her ride, as she rode into Yorktown, Arnold said she couldn’t stop smiling. “People would look at me from their cars and give me the weirdest looks because I was smiling just nonstop,” she said. “I did it. I proved all those people wrong who said I couldn’t do it. I finished, and more than alive.” M January 2017 87

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Wick Scurry

BUSINESSMAN GIVING NEW LIFE TO MANY DAUFUSKIE LANDMARKS BY DON MCLOUD | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN For decades, Wick Scurry drove his ferry past the Bloody Point Lighthouse on Daufuskie Island and wondered what was inside. Now he knows. That’s because he bought it. “The main reason we purchased it was because it’s among the most historical things — if not the most historical thing — still standing on that island,” he said.

“It was not open to the public and really hadn’t been. You couldn’t go into the old lighthouse and view it. So that was the driving force behind getting it.” It is one of several recent additions to Scurry’s enterprises on an island where he has shuttled visitors and residents since the 1970s. Along with the historic lighthouse, which he turned into a museum, he is giving day travelers a taste

of old plantation crops that were once staples of the South Carolina economy. He grows Sea Island Cotton, indigo and Carolina Gold rice. He has also planted a vineyard, and expects to bottle the first fruits of his labor next fall. His business interests on Daufuskie began in the 1970s, when he started a barge operation between it and Hilton Head Island. He later added a ferry to shuttle residents, vacationers and visitors. He still runs the barge and has expanded his fleet to three ferries. His other Daufuskie enterprises include the Freeport Marina, the Old Daufuskie Crab Company restaurant and the Freeport General Store. In 2015, he bought the lighthouse, which was built in 1883. He renovated it for use as a local history museum and gift shop. The brick “wick buildings,” which housed the oil to run the lighthouse, were used by the former Silver Dew Winery. Arthur “Pappy” Burn, the island’s last lighthouse keeper, started the winery in the 1950s. It closed in 1956. Scurry decided that 60 years was too long for Daufuskie to go without a winery, so he planted 100 scuppernong plants. He expects to harvest enough of the grapes next fall to bottle his own version of the sweet, fruity wine and sell it in his shop. Scurry also wanted to educate people about the crops that were grown on plantations in the Lowcountry; cotton, indigo and rice were the top moneymakers. He chose crop varieties specific to the region, even reaching out to the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation for help. Last fall’s harvest yielded 250 pounds of rice, which he sells on the island. Scurry plans to keep adding to his offerings. He wants to erect a replica of the 93-foot-tall lighthouse tower that was toppled by a hurricane in 1897. He recently expanded his store and will expand the restaurant. A week before Hurricane Matthew hit, he held a harvest festival for his crops — something he plans to make an annual event. Scurry says he believes the future is bright for Daufuskie tourism. Though the Bloody Point Lighthouse no longer shines the way for boaters, he is committed to serving as a beacon for travelers


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BY TIM WOOD | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN She traveled the world while serving her country as a Central Intelligence Agency analyst for more than two decades. Now, Margaret McManus is focused on making the Lowcountry a better place by giving of her time. “I always had a sense of patriotism,” said McManus, who is a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “I thought I’d work at the State Department coming out of college at American University in D.C. But the CIA proved to be a wonderful fit.” The South Texas native studied international relations at American School of International Service, a program that only accepted 60 students each year. “I remember as a little girl, I said I’m going to go to China someday. I knew there was a big world out there and I wanted

to see it,” McManus said. “We’re all connected in that we want the same things out of life — happiness for our children, for our family. I love reading about other countries, how they conduct themselves, spending time in a country and seeing first-hand how they see the United States.” This worldly view continued once she migrated from McLean, Va., down to Hilton Head 10 years ago. She joined the Hilton Head chapter of the World Affairs Council of America, a group of businessmen and women and retirees with overseas experience. The circle is filled with ex-military and government workers and history lovers who come together regularly to discuss international affairs. They bring in scholars worldwide to lecture on a diverse array of topics. McManus has helped the group to grow to 1,200 members over her six years with the group. “On an island of 39,000 people, that’s a pretty good number, but we are always looking for new members,” she said. McManus is also chairwoman of the Women in Philanthropy, a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry focused on pooling money together for charitable causes. The 140-member group gave out a record-breaking $83,000 in grants in 2016, including a $50,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity to fund a house largely built by women that will be awarded to a single mother. The home should be completed by February 2017. “The World Affairs is for my head; the Women in Philanthropy is for my heart,” McManus said. “To be around these amazing women that see the power in giving to others, it’s what makes me love this place so much.” And travel keeps her soul young. She estimates she has visited over 60 countries, including living in Japan and the Philippines while with the CIA. And she has enough wild stories to make a movie. “I remember during some downtime in Kuala Lumpur, I took a tour through the Straits of Malacca to Crab Island. I’m the only Caucasian and I’m wearing a dress. It’s me and two Japanese men in a beat-up Mercedes heading to this island built on stilts,” she said. “We pulled crabs from underneath the houses and it was one of the few times I felt out of my league. I should have been with a group.” She has a wall map that details all her stops, from Taiwan to Russia to Saudi Arabia, where she bought frankincense and myrrh at a Jeddah night market. “To be in other cultures, to hear the language, to smell the food, it reinvigorates me every time,” she said. “The travel sure keeps me young.” She has instilled that love in her three grandsons, who she recently took on a trip to Scotland. She and her sister recently completed an Amazon jungle trip. “I want to spread that love of travel and of knowing the world around us to anyone I can,” she said. “It makes me appreciate the beauty and the giving nature of the Lowcountry all that much more.” For information on the World Affairs Council, visit Women in Philanthropy membership is $300 per year. For more information, call the Community Foundation at 681-9100. M January 2017 89

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Janet Swahn

LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES FOR LOWCOUNTRY’S RESIDENT PISTOLPACKING MAMA BY BARRY KAUFMAN PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT For Janet Swahn, the question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” turned out to be multiple choice. It was a question she answered, “D: All of the Above.” She has toured the world as a professional acrobat, assisted one of the most well-known magicians in Las Vegas, turned the art world upside down by becoming one of the first adopters of the “worldwide web” no one was talking about in 1992, and helped hundreds of concealed carry owners learn gun safety as one of the foremost weapons training experts in South Carolina. In fact, by the time you read this, there’s a good chance Janet Swahn might already be an accomplished sculptor. She hasn’t started learning yet, but then you won’t read this for a couple more weeks. “I’m adventurous,” said Swahn. “I like to try new things. And if I like it, I try it again. Three times and I’m in. And I’m all in when I do something.” 90

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From anyone else, it would almost sound boastful. But every incredulous detail of Swahn’s life proves she is not a person who goes at anything halfway. Take, for example, a chance encounter at a gym in Las Vegas that set Swahn off on a world tour. “Someone spotted me working out and asked if I was an acrobat,” she said. In fact, she had been an accomplished gymnast in high school, rising to the level of state champion in her junior year. It was enough to secure an interview with legendary entrepreneur Tibor Rudas, the mastermind behind the Three Tenors. Swahn was immediately whisked off on a fiveyear world tour with stops in London, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and the Bahamas. Eventually, though, the show had to come to an end. “It’s not something you can do forever, and I was a whopping 26,” she said. From there, Swahn found herself in San Diego. There was another chance encounter, this time at the opening of an art gallery that was owned by the man who would become her husband, Rick. “We went on a date 27 years ago. And we’re still on that same date.” Rick’s art background and her interior design skills proved to be a perfect match, and the couple joined forces to create Fine Art Gallery & Design Centers. They ran it for 25 years together, with Swahn’s endless thirst for her next adventure slaked by passion projects like www., a website started when the internet was

in its infancy. Beyond coming up with the concept, Swahn taught herself web design to create the site. But her latest passion is the one she’s most known for around here: concealed weapons permit training. “Just as we collected art, Rick also collected guns. Eventually we had people coming over from the FBI and the CIA asking us to train their people,” she said. Now, Swahn teaches regular lessons in firearm safety as well as helps qualify responsible gun owners looking to obtain their South Carolina concealed weapon carry permits. “I tell 99 percent of my students you’re not qualified to carry a gun on your hip. It’s like how getting a driver’s license doesn’t make you qualified to run the Indianapolis 500.” Her passion for teaching firearm safety is infectious — already, fellow instructors in Nevada have approached her about replicating her techniques. You can view these techniques on www.cwp101. com — which, naturally, she designed herself. That brings us to her next big adventure. You thought we were joking about the sculpture? “Maybe I’ll try making something out of spent shells. You never know,” she said with a laugh. And the thing is, with someone like Swahn, who has proven she can take on so many fresh challenges, you’re inclined to believe her. “I’m a little bit crazy,” she said. “But all the best people are.” M January 2017 91

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Murray Sease

PAINTER AT FOREFRONT OF BLUFFTON’S BURGEONING ART SCENE BY HALLIE MARTIN PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT In just eight short years, Murray Sease has gone from picking up a paintbrush to showcasing her paintings in two Bluffton galleries and in local art festivals. The 57-year-old graphic designer did some illustration work for clients of her small business, Shine On Art. It was a natural progression once she realized that she could do more artistic renderings with a paintbrush. She started painting homes for real estate clients, and her passion for painting blossomed from there.  “I really loved it so much. I was hooked,” Sease said. “It’s so exciting for me to do work that people love, not just for the commercial value, which is more what my design work is.” Now, Sease has her oil paintings hanging in the SOBA Gallery and La Petite Gallerie, a co-op she is a part of with six other local artists.  “It is a tiny gallery, but we have filled it to the brim with really great artwork,” she said of La Petite Gallerie. “I also cannot say enough about SOBA. The friends that I've made there have been so encouraging and helped with my success as a painter.”  She also recently had two paintings published in the cookbook “Pullin’ Pots” and opened her own Etsy store. Sease moved to Hilton Head Island at the age of 12, when her father retired from the military. She studied art at Appalachian State University and earned a degree in graphic design from SCAD. Then the coast called her back home. She and her husband, Bill, built their Bluffton home in the mid-1980s. 

“It’s the community spirit,” she said of Bluffton. “Everyone pulls together and has a good time. There's always something fun going on." Bluffton inspires much of Sease’s art. The natural settings, the rich culture and the history of the Lowcountry are all themes her paintings. And she loves to paint it all, from the farmers markets to nature, people, birds, wildlife and animals. "I have a couple of chickens that I use for models,” she said with a laugh.

It is fitting that someone who chose a career in art also chose Bluffton as her home. The eclectic town has always been artsy, but its galleries and art scene are “burgeoning,” Sease said, which in turn is attracting even more talented people and continuing to grow the arts community. “It’s more popular and busy than ever before,” she said. “There are so many talented people who inspire me, and I learn from them all the time.” M


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Denny Fraser


MIDLIFE CAREER CRISIS OPENED NEW DOORS FOR HILTON HEAD RESIDENT BY LISA ALLEN | PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT It was the building boom of the 1970s that brought Aiken native Denny Fraser to Hilton Head Island. It was the island’s lifestyle that has kept him here. He arrived in 1973 when his employer, then Daniel International Corp., put him in charge of the field office for the Queens Grant development in Palmetto Dunes. Enamored with the area, Fraser, a licensed builder, stayed, eventually starting his own construction company that later specialized in fabricating metal building products. With his company going well and with the blessing of his wife, he considered a new chapter in his life: law school. “I always had an interest in going back to school,” he said. It wasn’t an expected path in the 1990s for a 48-year-old

father of two. No matter, Fraser did it anyway. “I knew the window was closing,” he said. The University of South Carolina offered only a full-time law curriculum. Fraser had to drop everything to be in Columbia all week for his education. “I left Hilton Head at 4 a.m. on Mondays and returned late Friday evenings for three years. Fortunately, my children were young enough, 6 and 12 at the time, that I only missed a couple of hours in the evenings with them,” Fraser said. “We made up for it on the weekends. But it was extremely difficult on my wife." Fraser passed the bar on his first try and joined Finger & Fraser in 2001, focusing on property, construction and commercial law. He likes that type of

law. “We work on making deals, not breaking deals,” he said. He went out on his own two years ago, forming the Fraser Law Firm. In the meantime, many people have asked Fraser about his experience with his midlife career do-over. “I was contacted by a lot of middle-age people who had lifelong dreams that they couldn’t realize earlier for one reason or another, be it family or career or financial,” he said. He decided to capture his experience in a book, “Law School at Fifty: Read It Now and Thank Me Later,” published locally by Cowcatcher Publications. “I hoped that it would bring joy and laughter to others. It’s been out nearly a year. It was fun to do,” he said. The description on Amazon

reads: “‘Law School at Fifty’ is more than a witty memoir; it is a thoughtful personal narrative about picking up a dream while ignoring the inescapable question, why did you ever think you could?” His advice to others considering an educationintensive goal later in life is that there has to be a reality check early on. “There has to be a costbenefit analysis. People should not go into a profession without doing a market analysis. Unless you’re doing it as a hobby, the investment is huge,” he said. “You have to consider both the deferred income and cost outlay.” The desire for such sound advice keeps Fraser in front of audiences, telling them about his experiences — the good, the bad and the hilarious. It’s just another chapter in a life that keeps providing surprises. M January 2017 93

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BY KIM KACHMANN-GELTZ | PHOTO BY MIKE RITTERBECK Michael Weaver stands over 6 feet. He wears smartlooking schoolboy glasses. He has a full head of blonde hair, despite his 66 years of age. In his European-style clothing and Oxford shoes, he looks like he just flew in from Manhattan. And he

did — sort of. After 25 years in advertising on Madison Avenue, he moved to Hilton Head Island. “At the age of 19, I chose advertising and I remember why — I’d always be learning about somebody else’s business instead of being stuck

in one,” said Weaver, who is now a local marketing and advertising consultant. “I really enjoy what I do; I enjoy it to this day. I expect to keep working until I keel over.” Weaver, who has a degree in journalism, noticed that his fellow journalism graduates

were often pigeonholed into newspaper desk jobs that stifled their creativity. Advertising had energy, style and wit. Advertisers were still writing the words and drawing the pictures when Weaver started out on Madison Avenue in the 1970s. Back then, advertisers built campaigns on ideas that could change the course of industries or make fortunes. Weaver thinks we’ve lost that, and that ads without ideas are meaningless. The move from traditional media — print, radio, TV — to digital — websites, social media, videos — transformed the advertising industry in the late ’90 s. New content delivery systems like cable TV and the internet ended the era of the mass audience. Audience segmentation grew and continues to grow today. The development of powerful ad servers created a dynamic capacity to target, deliver and measure the performance of ad campaigns online. The irony is that, although the new technology enabled powerful marketing tools, it usurped the creative process. “Not a single ad in a magazine I read the other night had an idea behind it. Not a single ad. Instead of creating the most engaging way to leverage a message, they used colorful font and large letters, as if that could replace a good idea,” Weaver said. “Deciding on a main idea means setting aside a dozen others. Without that discipline, you’re creating an impression, not an engagement. Thousands of experiences in my career learning how great ad campaigns are put together


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taught me to craft the story, not the circus poster.” The current craze in advertising is algorithm-driven ads on the web: programmatic advertising. Traditionally human ad buyers negotiate the purchase of digital advertising space. Programmatic advertising uses software that automates the decision-making process of media buying. “Programmatic advertising started with the purchase of digital ads on websites. It makes the ad-buying process more efficient. But that does not necessarily mean it makes the media performance more efficient. It may sometimes impair the effectiveness of media planning,” Weaver said. The endless navigational capabilities online can lead to media saturation, displaying

as much content as possible just because you can. The result can be chaos — the circus poster that competes for the attention of consumers instead of engaging them in a story. Effective digital media plays off user behavior and enhances their experience rather than interrupts it. “I’m also watchful that programmatic advertising can cause some skills to atrophy. Critical judgment suffers when people depend too much on automated programs,” Weaver said. “I’ve seen the tools take over the mind more than once.” Weaver invented the concept of “cataloging,” sorting digital media with an eye towards effective page layout, using what’s unique about the medium to create experienc-

es that engage consumers. The behavioral targeting capabilities of programmatic systems are heavily tied to tracking cookies. If ads can be personalized so they speak directly and intimately to each consumer, does that suggest that advertisers have too much information about us? “People consciously exchange information in order to get service on the Web. Data about their interests and preferences helps people get more personalized service,” Weaver said. “Now, security is another matter altogether. The security of personal data, like payment information, has to be ironclad. It looks like a few companies have some serious work to do to assure that.” Weaver, who has two grown

sons — James, 36, who is president of Point Grey Pictures, and David, 33, the assistant to the chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment — said he hopes to use his skills to boost the island’s economic development. “When marketing is truly effective, people make a better living. With all due respect, most of what gets called economic development is really just economic relocation — somebody moves a business from one city to another. When marketing works efficiently and effectively, profits and payrolls both grow where they are planted,” he said. “I've been fortunate to take part in some remarkable examples of this, so I know it to be true. That's why wasteful marketing bugs me.” M

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Rick Saba


MOVES LIKE SABA: HOW WHITE LIQUOR FRONTMAN RICK SABA GOES FROM ROLLING STONE TO REALTOR. BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY ARNO DIMMLING AND LLOYD WAINSCOTT Mick Jagger is one of the last great living rock icons — he’s got a slew of hit songs, a spot in the Hall of Fame and a knighthood to show for his decades behind a microphone. But let’s face it: the guy couldn’t sell a house to save his life. Advantage, Rick Saba. That’s because the silky-voiced frontman for White Liquor, Hilton Head Island’s preeminent Rolling Stones cover band, leads a double life as one of the island’s most visible Realtors. Yes, when he’s not channeling Mick Jagger surrounded by his longtime bandmates, you’ll find Saba’s face smiling back at you from any number of ads showcasing an array of stunning island properties. “I’m just kind of being myself,” he said of juggling such different roles. “I don’t necessarily put two hats on. But when I’m up there I’m … well, I’m acting out something.” That last bit is said with a laugh, an expression of the genuine joy Saba finds in both his real estate and musical worlds.

That’s not to say that, on occasion, those worlds haven’t collided, as they did with one client Saba had been communicating with primarily over the phone. “She came into town late Friday and we said Saturday we’d meet to look at properties,” he said. The night before they were to meet, White Liquor rocked the Big Bamboo. (“This was before kids, when we could play late gigs at Bamboo,” joked the father of two.) The next morning, Saba met his client for what turned out to be the second time. His new real estate client had been in the crowd for the raucous late-night Big Bamboo show. “I asked her, ‘Did you have a good night? Did you go out anywhere?’ She said, ‘I went out and there was this crazy group where the singer was jumping off tables…’ The Stones were one of her favorite bands, and she just thought we were crazy.” Still, a good showman knows it’s all about

timing. And Saba picked his spot. “After we were done I said, ‘By the way, we’re playing again next month when you’re in town,’ and she just went pale.” But these things are bound to happen after 18 years in real estate and just about the same amount of time in the live music scene. (Longtime locals will remember Saba fronting the local song parody band Dr. Zaius along with bandmates Ritchie D. and Ken Kendrick). And yes, it’s rare to see the dual roles of rock frontman and real estate agent in one person. But they’re really only aspects of a multifaceted guy. For example, when he’s not out showing off properties or moving like Jagger, you’ll find Saba giving back by serving on the board of the Hilton Head Humane Association, teaching lacrosse at the Island Rec Center and even driving the truck for Meals on Wheels. Just try and picture Mick Jagger doing any of that. M


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The Lehmbergs

ATLANTA FAMILY SLOWED DOWN PACE OF LIFE BY MOVING TO DAUFUSKIE BY ROBYN PASSANTE While reality TV can offer a skewed version of true events, the November episode of HGTV’s “Island Life” featuring the Lehmberg family got one thing exactly right: Opie and Melissa Lehmberg truly love Daufuskie Island. “Within a couple months of moving here, we knew we wanted to be here forever,” says Opie Lehmberg. “We absolutely love this island; it’s just perfect for us.”

The Lehmbergs first toured Daufuskie in 2014; it was the very first stop on what was supposed to be a nationwide search for the right place to raise their family after deciding that the traffic and frenzied pace of their native Atlanta wasn’t for them. Melissa had done some online research and noticed reasonably priced real estate on a tiny island off the South Carolina coast, so she convinced her family to head there for a

quick stop at the start of their search. “We had ruled out beaches because (Opie’s) a ginger and he said, ‘I don’t want to be crispy.’ But our kids love water and having freedom, a place where they don’t have to be supervised,” she says. “We wanted to find a good school, too. And Daufuskie has an excellent school, super tiny but excellent. Pretty much everything on our list we wanted was here.” The family made an offer on a house that day, and spent a month living in their motorcoach on Hilton Head while getting their fixerupper live-in ready. They moved in October 2014, with Opie commuting back to Atlanta every six weeks or so to handle things with his finance company. In the two years since moving to the Lowcountry, the Lehmbergs have helped put Haig Point on the map with their “Island Life” episode, purchased property and started building their 4,600-square-foot dream home on Daufuskie. They’ve also lived through a hurricane and helped in its aftermath. It’s been a busy couple of years. “We just thought it’d be great for the island,” Opie says of their turn on the popular HGTV house-hunting show. “It was a neat experience, but when you’re walking through the same house five times, repeating what you said, and then they say, ‘OK, we need you to go through the house again, and we need way more excitement,’ it gets tough.” What wasn’t tough, the couple says, was deciding to stick around when Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on the Carolina coast. “I’ve been through some storms before and I didn’t think it was that big of a deal to worry about,” Opie says of their decision to ride out the storm. The couple both helped with cleanup efforts in the weeks following the devastation, which they say strengthened their ties to neighbors and made them even more excited about the new home they’re building. “This will be a forever home,” Opie says of the enormous house, which will include an 18-by-18-foot rooftop deck and a separate laundry room for the couple’s children, Caden, 10, and Maggie, 5. “I would love to be in that house for the next holiday season,” says Melissa, though she knows realistically it’ll more likely be the summer of 2018. “Everything takes longer on Daufuskie.” And that suits the Lehmbergs just fine. M January 2017 97

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BY EDWARD THOMAS PHOTO BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT Here is a name to remember: Tom Dunn. And, if you get a chance to meet Dunn, a kind-hearted family man with a ready smile and strong Christian faith, be sure to say "thank you." As emergency management director for the Town of Hilton Head Island, Dunn generally gets little attention from the public. But it was his diligent readiness planning and organization skills that made the difference in the relative ease of the Hurricane Matthew evacuation and efficient initial recovery. Dunn is no newcomer to major emergency events, like hurricanes. In fact, coordinating the successful evacuation and recovery during Hurricane Matthew in October wasn’t even the biggest disaster he has ever been a part of. 98

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What was? "My fire company from Alexandria, Virginia, was one of the first responders on 9/11 to the plane that crashed into the Pentagon," Dunn said somberly. It was an infamous day that is seared into Dunn's memory. His engine company was called into action minutes after American Airline Flight 77, bound from Washington's Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, and barelled into the west side of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. The aircraft had caught the light poles in the parking lot of the Pentagon, and hit the Pentagon at the first-floor level, with its right wing pointed up, crashing through the building’s outermost three rings. As Dunn arrived at the scene, fires were ablaze on all five floors and the air was smoky and intensely hot. Entering the structure, tiles were popping off the floors and water from the hoses was turning into steam. Ceilings had collapsed. Dunn was assigned to search and rescue, and said those grueling 48 hours were the most physically and mentally taxing period of his life. Compared to that day, Hurricane Matthew was certainly a stern test of preparedness and organizational knowhow, but Dunn felt himself much more in control. He had his plan in place plus a well-trained, capable staff to execute it with efficiency. "Lots of people doing good work," Dunn said.

Hilton Head Island Mayor David Bennett had high praise for Dunn's efforts. "Tom had prepared a comprehensive strategy where all personnel had their roles,” he said. “It was Tom's planning sessions plus exercises with state and county emergency workers as well as local private and public sector partners that were crucial to managing all aspects of the evacuation and access to critical facilities during re-entry." Dunn is a native of the tiny Tidewater region of Virginia and the historic town of Tappahannock, known today as the home of Virginia's best hamburger, a wood-grilled delicacy fashioned by the NN Burger. He got started as a volunteer fireman and paramedic, moved to Alexandria for more hands-on experience and then up the ladder to a job where he was responsible for coordinating disaster planning, operations and recovery among 20 local governments in and around Richmond, Virginia. Arriving on Hilton Head in May 2012, Dunn hit the ground running to prepare for a pair of early season tropical storms — Alberto and Beryl — that threatened Hilton Head. When not on duty, Dunn spends time at his Bluffton home with wife Wendy and his two teenage daughters, Cassidy and Haley. Islanders can relax knowing that Dunn is always prepared. M January 2017 99

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BY KIM KACHMANN-GELTZ | PHOTO BY MIKE RITTERBECK More than a half-billion children, or roughly one in four, now live in countries affected by conflicts or other disasters, according to a recent report from the United Nations Children’s Fund. More than 90,000 children are in need of help in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country. Disasters have come to define Haiti. Devastating hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes have repeatedly hammered the impoverished nation and, as a result, many Haitian children live without access to good nutrition, quality education or health care. That’s why strong-minded volunteers like Emma Ryan, 17, are so critical to the region. The 17-year-old Hilton Head Island High School senior has volunteered on two recent missions to Haiti. After graduating early, she will return to Haiti on a third mission, this time to teach English. “During my first two missions to Haiti, we fed children, taught Bible school, painted buildings, and fit adults for reading glasses,” she said. It was while she was helping adults with new glasses that she realized many of them couldn’t read. “The embarrassment across an old man's face when he could not read a single word was heart-wrenching. During his eye exam, he had to point to arrows instead of letters. The look on the same man's face when he put on his new glasses overwhelmed me,” she said. “Light shone through his eyes. This humbling experience was another push of encouragement to return to Haiti and teach young people how to read, so that they would never have to go through that same kind of embarrassment.”

Emma describes her mission experiences in Haiti as “life-changing.” What ultimately swayed her decision to return to the country was her volunteer work at the School of Galilee in Mirebalais, Haiti.  “Even though the young children were starving, you could see kindness shining in their eyes and through their actions. As they began to eat the rice and beans we prepared for them — some children eating for the first time in days — they eagerly offered me bites of their food. I also noticed that a girl would always feed her younger sister first before eating,” she said. “Selflessness is a constant among Haitians. Another endearing thing is their gratitude and happiness, even though they have virtually nothing! This changed me, and made me realize what is truly important in life.” What drives Emma’s passion to serve on Haitian missions is her deep spiritual beliefs. “I’m a Christian. I believe that God has been calling me to missions for a long time, and I know in my heart that will never change,” she said. “I believe that Jesus Christ came into this world to show us the love that our Father has for all of us. I hope to be an advocate in the same way. I want the children of Haiti to know that no matter what their situation may be, the Lord of the universe loves them unconditionally.”  Hurricane Matthew didn’t impact Emma’s decision to return to Haiti. She had already planned to return. It became the main reason for her early graduation from high school. “Teaching English to Haitians is definitely something that I could see myself doing in the future,” she said. “In the fall of 2017, I plan to go to college to pursue my teaching degree.”

If she had the resources, she said she would create jobs and build schools and hospitals in Haiti and make sure medical personnel are available to residents. “And I would make sure that each child had shoes to wear and that no one goes hungry. But since I don't have that power,” she said, “I’m going to go and use the hands that God gave me to do my best.” To help support Emma’s mission to Haiti, drop off school supplies such as chalks and crayons at Piggly Wiggly in Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head. Or visit the Love and Grace Ministries website at M January 2017 101

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Cosmetic Dentistry






When each new year dawns on Jan. 1, so does another chance to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.


he easy part is making the promises to change your life to yourself; the hard part is actually doing it. Circling that magical date on your calendar is about as useful as going out to a karaoke bar with some friends and expecting to sound like Adele the first time you grip the microphone. You can create a “new you” for the new year anytime you want. It might be helpful to think small at first — maybe try a new hair style — and then gradually work on bigger-picture makeovers, like weight loss. No one wants to be discouraged and disappointed on Jan. 2 or in the spring when lofty goals have not been accomplished. Here are a few places to start so by the end of 2017, you’ll be ringing in the new year as a new you.

Smiling takes no effort; it’s natural. Smiling is the portal to inner happiness. But once teeth start showing signs of age or discoloration and staining after years of coffee, red wine and tobacco use, self-consciousness becomes a mental nag. Crooked or crowded teeth, a shifting of the bite and gum soreness can cause you to not smile at all. Teeth whitening is a simple and relatively inexpensive technique. Your dentist can bleach your teeth in the office in one or two visits by using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to break stains into smaller pieces to reduce the concentration of discoloration. Upon completion of the process, teeth usually will be three to eight shades brighter. Another option is to have your dentist create a custom-made mouthpiece tray in which a whitening gel is applied at night. When you wear the mouthpiece in the comfort of your own home, the gel penetrates your teeth and breaks down stains. Visual results can be seen in several weeks. Veneers can mask all sorts of flaws, from stains to poor tooth shape, chips and wide gaps. The porcelain laminate shell, which essentially replaces tooth enamel, covers the front side of the tooth to change its color or shape. All it takes is two visits to the dentist: one for a tooth impression and again for a light beam to secure the thin lab-made resin adhesive to the tooth. Bonding, requiring a one-time visit to the dentist’s office, involves attaching a tooth-colored composite resin to improve the strength and appearance of a chipped tooth or to close the space between teeth. Crowns, or caps, are costly and used to help strengthen heavily damaged teeth with natural-looking porcelain. The application can help restore the tooth’s shape, size and appearance by capping the tooth from the gum up. A putty-like impression is made of the tooth and sent to a lab to produce a crown made of a variety of materials, although some dental offices these days can perform the same function in-house. Restorative dental techniques also can involve bridgework, implants, enamel reshaping and contouring, as well as gum surgery.


Here’s a resolution we know you can keep. “To Look Great in 2016.” So whether you can only commit to a quick fix – like a Zoom Whitening treatment or go all in on a full smile makeover… Bluffton Center for Dentistry wants to make this your best year ever! Dr. Porcelli, Bluffton Center for Dentistry 843-593-8123


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Weight Loss

Cosmetic Surgery Let’s face it: As we age, our bodies age, too. We live in a culture that relishes youth and beauty, and if we don’t have youth anymore, we can still have beauty. We want to look good, even better than good. It’s no wonder that 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed nationally in 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Women and men are not taking the reality of aging laying down. We’re perking up, shaping up, slimming down, nipping, tucking and doing some light and heavy lifting. Breast augmentation, the most popular cosmetic procedure because it can boost self-image and self-confidence, is typically chosen to increase breast fullness and projection and symmetry of the breasts. Typically, saline-filled bags are wedged between the breast tissue and chest muscles to achieve a noticeable effect. Recovery time may last up to a week. Liposuction, also called body sculpting and the second most common cosmetic procedure, eliminates pockets of fat in the belly, “love handles” around the waist, thighs and elsewhere. Fat is vacuumed out through a small incision. Recovery takes a few days. About 280,000 men and women last year decided to gift themselves a new nose. Skin is removed and the nose structure is altered to the patient’s liking. It can take at least a couple of weeks before the swelling and bruising disappear. Eyelids are prone to bagginess and loose skin, resulting in a droopy look. Eyelid surgery reshapes these flaws, but won’t remove fine wrinkle lines. Swelling should subside in a week or two. If exercise and weight control don’t achieve flat and firm stomachs, tummy tucks can. The fifth most common cosmetic procedure removes excess fat and skin from the middle and lower portion of the abdomen and helps tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. Recovery time can be two weeks. Facelifts and Botox injections help to rejuvenate the facial skin by smoothing frown lines and wrinkles. “While more traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular, we’re seeing much more diversity in the areas of the body patients are choosing to address,” said Dr. David H. Song, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.” Thank the Kardashians and other cultural icons for other procedures that have gained popularity recently. Buttock implants were the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery last year, with buttock augmentation with fat grafting and buttock lifts earning attention. Breast lifts, lower body lifts and upper arm lifts also surged in popularity. Other procedures included soft tissue fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removals.

Maybe you’re the last to know you’ve been putting on weight — and maybe it’s more than a little. A few extra pounds here and there over months or longer have added up, and now it’s time to act. Numbers tell the story: For every 3,500 more calories consumed than burned, you gain a pound of fat. So, following that logic, to lose a pound of fat, you have to burn more than 3,500 calories than you consume. Fortunately in the Lowcountry, there are several options for getting serious about getting back to your “normal” weight — and fad diets and nationally advertised meal plans and products are not on the menu. Weight-loss camps, resorts, clinics and private consultants in the greater Hilton Head area provide the tools to help you not only lose weight, but keep it off as part of a personalized health and wellness regime. A sustainable lifestyle change requires teamwork, which dedicated nutritionists, fitness experts, behavioral therapists, life coaches, counselors and wellness educators provide in an emotionally and socially supportive environment. Sign up for enlightening daily or weeklong overnight camps and see the results. And it wouldn’t hurt to check with your doctor if you’re feeling a little heavier than normal; hormone and genetic testing can also indicate imbalances that cause weight gain. Just remember that everyone loses weight at a different rate, depending on size, age and gender. Typically, 4 to 8 pounds a month of weight loss can be expected.


Aquatic therapy provides safe and efficient exercise to decrease pain, and improve stability and healing. Horizon Rehabilitation has the area’s only indoor heated resistance therapy pool, as well as certified aquatic therapists on staff. For patients who are in pain and are weakened due to an injury or disability, aquatic therapy is a great solution. Horizon Rehabilitation: 843-671-7342


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Hair and Makeup Sure, we all want to look like Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford or Brad Pitt. But we don’t, and never will. No matter; there’s a “new you” style that can transform last year’s look into this year’s makeover. Sit down with your stylist to discuss your hair, what you want, expectations and what’s manageable after you leave the salon. Length, style, color and hair treatments should all be bullet points in the conversation. Tightly coiled hair, braids, tranquil colors, texture and EXPERT TIP fine curls are on the fashion January collides with colder climes in horizon this year. Hair color the Lowountry and Aveda’s answer to that is Tulasara skin care treatments. trends list blond, brown, black, Dry brush the winter blahs away with ombre and grown-in roots as a Daily Dry Brush, follow with Radiant favorites. Reliable standbys to enhance micro-circulation. If your include highlighting or lowskin is showing signs of sun damage, lighting, gloss, toner, color stress, or redness Bright, Calm and Firm will bring you back to balance. correcting and straightening. Wedding Masques for eye and night Look for even facial tones, repose will bring your skin back to bright mascara, natural eyefresh and smooth. brows and glossy lipstick in fringe: 843-785-7400 makeup trends this year.


At Terra’s Style Studio, hair is a science. Terra uses the fundamentals of hair cutting, color and styling to achieve the absolute best results for each and every one of her clients. She believes strongly in continuing education and travels outside of the salon when opportunities arise. She is fortunate to work with companies who give her an advantage in the industry by offering hands-on classes to continually evolve and sharpen her skills. Terra’s Style Studio: 843-682-HAIR (4247) 106

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Spas and Massages In addition to what you’re already doing to maintain a healthy lifestyle — exercising regularly and watching your diet — there’s another surefire method for achieving relaxation and rejuvenation of the entire body. Picture yourself being pampered with aromatherapy, advanced natural skin care, facial freshening, a massage and body treatment. Besides feeling great after treatment, your central nervous system and blood circulation also have benefited. Medical spas have emerged as a specialized niche providing laser treatments and injectables, in addition to the standard spa services.


The new year is a great time to renew your skin! One way to benefit your skin in the winter is a chemical peel. Chemical peels can give help to even out your skin tone and texture, and can also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. FACES DaySpa: 843-785-3075


As little as an hour at a medical spa can give you back years. Serendipity Medical Spa provides the latest advances in the art of facial and body rejuvenation — blending the pampering, soothing elements of a spa with the safety and assurance of superior medical treatment. The professionally qualified staff is constantly trained in the latest cuttingedge rejuvenation technologies. Serendipity Medical Spa: 843-342-2639


Bamboo massage incorporates bamboo stalks of different lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work. The massage promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage, as well as providing a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. In addition, using the bamboo sticks helps to reduce stress and strain on the practitioner’s hands and fingers. Esmeralda’s Massage Therapy & Pilates Center: 843-785-9588 January 2017 107

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Varicose Veins These dark blue, swollen and twisted veins under the skin certainly are unsightly, but typically not a serious condition. The veins of the legs, in particular, have a great number of miniature valves that prevent gravity from pulling blood down toward the feet on its journey back to the heart. When the valves fail and blood does begin flowing backward toward the ground, the veins swell under the skin and appear on the surface. Age, trauma and genetics are the principal catalysts of valve failure, EXPERT TIP the most common being age. Over Fortunately, the treatment of varithe years, the valves simply wear out. cose veins no longer requires painful vein stripping. Laser ablation is However, some people’s genetics an outpatient procedure performed exacerbate the risk for the middle with a local anesthetic allowing aged and old people to develop variimmediate return to normal activcose veins. Damage — from a car acciity. Patient satisfaction is high. The dent, for example — can also produce misery of varicose veins is now easily eliminated permitting a more varicose veins. Treatment to close off comfortable life. affected veins include sclerotherapy, Hilton Head Vein Center: laser and radiofrequency, with a 843-689-8224 phlebectomy and ligation to strip and remove the veins.

Eyes Routine eye exams are important — regardless of your age or your physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. Also, eye doctors often are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 percent to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade.


Bishop Eye wants to help you achieve your best vision, confidently and comfortably. To meet that goal, Bishop Eye has established a team of experienced eye doctors who are highly qualified in general eye care, as well as such specialty areas as low vision, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye and more. Bishop Eye has invested in the most advanced technology available to diagnose and treat your eyes. Bishop Eye: 843-689-3937 (Hilton Head), 843-208-3937 (Sun City) 108

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Hippocrates, considered one of the most influential physicians in the history of medicine, once said: “All disease begins in the gut.”




Becca Edwards is a wellness professional, freelance writer and owner of b.e.WELL+b.e.CREATIVE (

urrent research and modern medicine continue to support this statement. Digestion, mood, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, dementia, infertility, heart disease, cancer and even the way people think are being linked to the human microbiome, or a community of microbes that reside in the digestive system. Between the festive cocktail parties, second helpings and stocking stuffers, the holidays wreak havoc on our gut health. And yet, if we “let food be thy medicine,” we can ring in the new year with a fresh digestive system, thanks to these superfoods.


These foods are packed with probiotics. While the most popular live-culture food is yogurt, it’s often loaded with artificial flavors and unneeded calories. Try a tangy dose of kefir, which has no sugar or artificial flavorings added. It is 99 percent lactosefree, provides 8 to 11 grams of protein, and is around 100 calories per serving. Other fermented foods include miso paste, which is good as a soup when added to homemade broth or as a marinade, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled vegetables — when made with brine and spices and not sugar.


Whether it’s vegetable, chicken or bone broth, we can readily get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need to support a healthy gut by making a homemade stock. Bone broths in particular protect and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and help aid in the digestion of essential nutrients. I collect vegetable remnants like broccoli stems in a bag in my freezer so I can make veggie stock, and every Sunday I bake a chicken and make a broth from the bones. The broth can be used to make nutritious and delicious sauces and soups.


Flaxseed has been a highly touted superfood for ages — and for good reason. It helps manage cholesterol, and its high level of omega3 fatty acids combats diabetes, cancer, heart disease and inflammation — particularly inflammation in the gut. Freshly ground flax can be added to baked goods like muffins, smoothies, salad dressings and even meatloaf and casseroles.


Spice up your life with this life-enhancing superfood. Research suggests cinnamon soothes the stomach and reduces sugar cravings — both of which are needed to restore gut health. In addition, cinnamon improves brain function, suppresses urinary tract infections, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and promotes healthy glucose metabolism.


Studies have found blueberries strengthen our memory, improve our immune system and actually diversify our gut bacteria. The powerful little antioxidant is also low in sugar and calories and will not make our glucose levels spike like other fruits.


Broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower contain glucosinolates, which reduce inflammation in the body. Glucosinolates also latch onto carcinogenic invaders in our colon and escort these pathogens out, reducing our risk of bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach cancers. M

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MATTERS The Lowcountry’s resource for memory care, 20 years and counting

Edwina Hoyle



entioning Alzheimer’s disease or dementia conjures images of vacant stares, confused expressions and heartbroken family and friends. But that’s only if you haven’t spent some time at Memory Matters. The Hilton Head Island-based nonprofit organization has been bringing smiles to frustrated caregivers and dementia sufferers for two decades. By tackling one of the most feared illnesses facing the elderly, the agency has also helped change public perceptions of memory loss. This year, Memory Matters celebrates its 20th anniversary with a slew of events designed to increase awareness of dementia and what people can do to protect their brains. The group also is kicking off 2017 under new leadership: Longtime leader Edwina Hoyle is retiring and turning over the reins to new executive director Sheila Strand. Hoyle led the organization’s evolution into a nationally recognized safe haven for dementia patients and their caregivers. She also had a lot of fun along the way.



“People expect a nursing home environment when they come in, but it’s not,” Hoyle says. “It’s engaging; it’s fun. There’s lots of laughter.”

Taking a Proactive Approach

With the new location and direction, Memory Matters could provide care five days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants sing, create art, play games Becoming Easier to Find and perform other activities to keep their When Hoyle moved from Massachusetts to minds engaged. Five dementia-care theraHilton Head in 2005, services for dementia pists are on staff, and 70 or so volunteers sufferers and their caregivers were hard to pitch in to run the day care. The center not find. For eight years, Alzheimer’s Respite and only helps those with dementia, but gives Resource shuffled from church to church, family and friends a much-needed break offering half-day care for those with demen- from the stress and frustration of providing tia and providing caregiver support one day care at home. Caregivers also get emotional a week at the public library or other spaces. help and encouragement from support “When we were operating in churches, groups and counselors throughout the it was really difficult for people to find us,” week. Hoyle says. “… I jokingly referred to us as a Under Hoyle’s leadership, Memory band of roving gypsies back then.” Matters reached out to the community with Under her guidance, the organization new programs to raise awareness. sought a permanent location. It launched a In 2006, Memory Matters started Brain fundraising campaign, and in 2008, it moved Boosters, a 10-week program for people into its current 7,000-square-foot location at who are seeing small changes in their mem117 William Hilton Parkway. Along with the ories and want to know how to improve it. new locale, it changed its name to Memory Two years ago, the Connections program Matters to reflect an expanded, more proac- was started to help those diagnosed with mild or early-stage dementia. tive approach to fighting dementia.


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HEALTH 20th Anniversary Events

Memory Matters is holding several events throughout 2017 to mark its 20th anniversary: JAN. 12 Memory Fest 1-4 p.m. at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort FEB. 19 20th Anniversary Celebration at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort MARCH 12 All That Jazz at The Jazz Corner APRIL 6 Volunteer Appreciation Party (location to be determined) APRIL 25 Chef Event at Sea Pines Country Club MAY (TBD) May River Theatre Benefit Performance at Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton Town Hall JUNE 3 Roaring ’20s Dance Party at Seaquins Ballroom SEPT. 16 Tiger Bass Run at Hampton Lake SEPT. 28 An Evening to Remember at Palmetto Bluff NOV. 6 18th Annual Golf Event at Moss Creek NOV. 12 Commemorative Candlelighting Service at Jarvis Creek Park NOV. 13-17 National Memory Screenings at Memory Matters

“We can’t cure dementia or Alzheimer’s, but we can certainly teach you how to manage it in a very positive way,” Hoyle says. “And that’s far different from becoming isolated and afraid and not having a place to share your concerns.” In 2015, Memory Matters began the Purple Angel program to teach businesses how to treat customers with dementia. So far, 70 local organizations with a combined 1,400 employees have been trained. “We are one of the first communities in the United States to do this,” Hoyle says. “What we are aiming for is to raise awareness about what dementia looks like and how to positively respond to it.”

Celebrating with Awareness

In true Memory Matters fashion, the organization plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary with events to raise awareness of dementia and promote brain health. The festivities begin Jan. 12 with Memory Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort. Cathee Stegall, a dementia care specialist with Memory Matters, will give a presentation on maintaining a healthy brain, and local vendors will be on hand offering a variety of health services. Hoyle, whose last day at Memory Matters is Feb. 28, hopes the community will come out to Memory Fest and participate in the organization’s other events and programs. She knows that others will be pleasantly surprised by what they find. “People think that since you work in a dementia care facility that it’s got to be depressing and it’s got to be very sad,” she says. “But it is the best place in the world to work, because there is not a day that goes by where you don’t have a caregiver or one of the clients saying thank you.” M For more information on Memory Matters or the events scheduled to mark its 20th anniversary, call 843-842-6688 or go to

Memory Matters is a community-based nonprofit organization which strives to be a center of excellence for persons with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia and their families by providing daycare programs, support services and education in a compassionate and dignified manner.

Memory Matters Announces New Executive Director Memory Matters’ new executive director is ready to spread the word about staying mentally fit. “I would like to see Memory Matters be on the front end of hope in helping people think about what can we do to maintain brain health,” says Sheila Strand, who started the job this month after movSTRAND ing to Hilton Head Island from Kansas City, Missouri. Strand was principal of Strand Communication Strategies and will replace outgoing Memory Matters executive director Edwina Hoyle, who is retiring Feb. 28. Hoyle says she’s leaving the organization she has led for the past 12 years in good hands. “She’s going to bring new energy, new vision,” Hoyle said of Strand. “… I think she’s going to be amazing and lead us to the next chapter of Memory Matters’ evolution.” Memory Matters started in 1997 at St. Luke’s Church on Hilton Head Island as a way to give caregivers a break from loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The local nonprofit group now offers a broad range of services from its headquarters at 117 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head, including community education and training on how to maintain a healthy brain and how to treat people who have dementia. Strand joined the organization Jan. 1, starting her tenure during Memory Matters’ 20th anniversary. She has served in management for national, regional and local nonprofit health care organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and a master’s degree from John Hopkins University. Her husband, Peter, recently retired from practicing law. They have two grown sons. Strand says she’s excited about developing ways to raise greater awareness of dementia and how to prevent it. “I’m thinking about a lot of different ways to really help the community understand how each person can be responsible for their brain health,” she said. January 2017 111

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The Carolina Panthers have nominated Hilton Head Island High School’s BJ Payne as the team’s nominee for the 2016 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. The annual award honors a high school football coach who displays the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by Shula, who concluded his 36-year NFL coaching career as the league’s all-time winningest coach. Payne recently completed his fifth season as head coach for the Seahawks program and was named South Carolina 2015 3A Lower State Coach of the Year. He has compiled a career mark of 34-22 while taking the Seahawks to five straight playoff appearances. During his tenure, he has increased studentathlete participation in the football program while establishing a dozen new team statistical records. His guidance and motivation has led to new levels of success in the football team’s classroom performance through academic support programs. Payne provides similar leadership for the Hilton Head community. Through his efforts, the Seahawk players are engaged throughout Hilton Head’s youth football organizations, while Payne offers annual youth football coaching clinics and summer football camps. He also leads an annual effort to raise money for breast cancer research. Recently, Payne was a galvanizing community leader in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and helped lead efforts that re-established homes for 50 island families, as well as coordinated a donation relief campaign. “The Carolina Panthers are pleased to nominate BJ Payne for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award,” said Riley Fields, the Panthers’ director of community relations. “Coach Payne is a strong model of how a football coach can dynamically impact his school and community. His exemplary leadership is a benefit to both his student-athletes and our region.”


Callawassie Island recently announced a five-year partnership with the Big East Conference to host the Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Championships. Callawassie is known for its private, award-winning, championship 27-hole Tom Fazio-designed course. It has hosted the Big East Men’s Championships for the past three years, and 2017 will be its second year hosting the Ladies’ Championships. The Men’s Big East Championship will be held April 29 through May 2, and the Women’s Big East Championship will be held April 20 through April 23. Both championships will include Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier. In addition, the Men’s Championship will include DePaul, Marquette and Villanova. 112

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The Road Runners Club of America has selected the Hilton Head Island Marathon as the RRCA South Carolina State Marathon Championship. The RRCA Championship event series is the largest grass-roots organized running series in the U.S., attracting more than 320,000 runners each year. The goal is to shine a spotlight on well-run events and to award top performing runners in the open, masters (40 and older), grand masters (50 and older), and senior grand masters (60 and older) categories for both men and women. Overall male and female winners in each category will receive RRCA Marathon Championship awards. The 2017 Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half-Marathon & 8K will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Runners will depart from Jarvis Creek Park and follow a course that will take them on the Cross Island Parkway, through several parks and neighborhoods, and over Broad Creek. Both the marathon and half-marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions. To register or volunteer or for more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-7578520 or visit



Hilton Head Island was awarded the first International Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year award from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The award recognizes high performance and commitment across three core areas of sustainability: nature, resources and people. The award submission was a collaborative effort with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, area golf facilities and the Hilton Head-based nonprofit organization Experience Green. The initiative builds on the destination's work for sustainability, offering education, networking and support to facilities committed to advancing sustainable practices through the international eco-label for golf, GEO. This sustainability award comes on the heels of Hilton Head Island winning the 2016 IAGTO North America Golf Destination of the Year.


Golf fans can get tickets to the 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at special advanced ticket pricing through March 31. The cost of each ticket option increases $20 on April 1. The PGA Tour event takes place April 10-16 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Each year, the event pumps more than $96 million into South Carolina's economy. Past champions include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart. For more information, go to


Bill Sampson, director of golf at Old Tabby Links, recently received the Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year Award for his outstanding service as a golf instructor. Sampson hosts private and group lessons, institutes weekly clinics, conducts TPI classes for club members, hosts multi-day camps and offers free lessons to juniors who cannot afford the fee. They earn the lessons by how much they practice, play and keep their grades up in school. He has instructed outstanding golfers such as Don Allen and Tom Humphrey. He is a member of the PGA President’s Council, serves on the golf committee and greens committee at his club, and has won numerous awards within the section and on a national scale. January 2017 113

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Archie and Nina Sellew didn’t evacuate from the island when Hurricane Matthew blew through the Lowcountry with 105 miles per hour winds on Oct. 7/8. They didn’t want to and believed they didn’t have to.

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fter all, it was their island, they owned it, and they had built what they believed to be was a hurricane-proof home in 2000. Matthew was the first real test of its structural strength in the face of nature’s fury. From the rear deck of their three-story 1,000-foot-wide waterfront home on Kidney Island off the Bluffton mainland, all the Sellews see is water and Hilton Head Island far beyond in the distance. Unobstructed views of the marsh, the May River and Calibogue Sound to the Harbour Town lighthouse. No trees, no structures stand in their way—just water. “We stayed here, me and my wife,” said Archie, a Massachusetts native who has lived in the Hilton Head area for 30 years. “Two o’clock was the expected closest estimation of the storm, right out there on Calibogue Sound, and it was also high tide. “For me, it was like Christmas as a kid because I was dying to see what would happen,” Archie said. “It was probably foolish of me…When I went outside at 2 o’clock in the morning, she was pounding like crazy. I really have a lot of respect of Mother Nature. We had nothing that would disturb the wind at all from Sea Pines. Nothing to break it down, like trees, or buildings--it was coming straight at us. And the house never shook, never shook an inch, no vibrations or anything. You could hear the noise of it pounding against the house, but the house stood there like a soldier.” By daybreak, only a few shingles had fallen off the exterior of the 4,537-square-foot home that sits 16 feet high above ground. “That’s it,” he said. “Period. It was the first time we had a test on it. The first experience of high velocity.” Sellew credits state-of-the-art autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), a lightweight, precast foam concrete building material that has been prevalent in European homes since the mid-1920s. AAC is made of fine sand, lime, water, porous cement and an expansion January 2017 115

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AT HOME agent that causes the fresh mixture to rise like bread dough, Archie said. The exterior of the Sellew’s home is entirely composed of 8-inch-thick units of AAC that is covered with stucco. It repels water, rot, mold, mildew and insects, and is also fire resistant and wind-proof, as the Sellews had expected. Its insulated nature also makes it highly energy-efficient. Archie installed barn beams around the perimeter of the house, on every floor and every roof line. Super strength straps are attached to the wood beams and tied into the ground footing. Rafters anchor the asphalt/copper roof with straps imbedded in the concrete through an anchor bolt. The roof is certified to withstand 120 mph winds. “No hurricane ever recorded can rip that up,” he said. “It can’t do it. “It’s an incredible story,” the octogenarian said when asked how he acquired Kidney Island, which is relatively unknown in the area.

When his company, South Pointe Development, was developing the South Pointe residential community adjacent to the Old South golf course in the late 1990s, a businessman from Michigan asked Archie if he could buy some access property so he could develop the island he owned. When that proposal collapsed, he asked Archie if he wanted to buy Kidney. With development at the South Pointe community struggling because of the sluggish economy and the emergence of Sun City Hilton Head as a competitor for home buyers, he bought the uninhabited island and planned to develop it. “We couldn’t compete with those guys,” Archie said. “This seemed to be a good alternative.” There was one catch: There were no permits in hand to develop the 9 acres. “I foolishly bought it without all the approvals, so I couldn’t do anything with it,” he said. “It was like buying a Porsche without a steering wheel.” The first step was to build a bridge connecting the island with the mainland. So he met with the Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston twice a month for one-and-a-half years for approval. He also had to deal with Beaufort County officials and the Beaufort/ Jasper Water & Sewer Authority for permits to install water and sewer lines. “I struggled like crazy to get the bridge approved, to get the water and sewer,” he said. “I had to jump through all kinds of hoops to get to where I wanted to be. It was very frustrating.” In 1999, his development company crew built the 440-foot-long wooden bridge, which is as strong as the Byrnes bridge connecting Hilton Head and Bluffton, Archie said. His island property was approved for 13 lots, but he only surveyed for five to give future homebuyers more luxurious lots to build on. With his own talented hand and selftaught skill, Archie designed his four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home on 2 premium acres, which would eventually be built by his own company. Given the precarious location of his home to adverse weather conditions, thorough research and hearing first-hand accounts of the durability of AAC in fires and hurricanes, he reached out to the AAC manufacturer Aercon Florida. They were too busy and overloaded with demand for their product

in the Gulf Coast states to deliver AAC to South Carolina. Archie called Aercon back, spoke with the company president, and said, “Can you make an exception and sell me the materials for my house?” he said. “ ‘You know, I’ve been thinking about that because you’ve come so far with this, I’m going to make an exception and I’ll make you a distributor for the material’,” the president said. Truckloads of the material soon were shipped to his house. “Insurance companies started calling me and said, ‘Send your customers to us; we’ll get them a 50 percent discount on their insurance because of less risk’,” Archie said. “We superseded the Miami hurricane code.” He was so impressed with the product that he included it in the covenants for building homes on the other four Kidney lots, all of which are sold. For now, and until he sells his house on Queens Way that is on the market listed by Tom Watson of the Salt Marsh Team with Keller Williams Realty, he enjoys his home on the waterfront of paradise. “I have the sunrise in the morning and the sunset at night,” he said. “It’s exactly what I wanted.” M


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From left: Ann Rinaldi, Rich Rinaldi, David Warren and Sally Warren

Sea Island Porch Art combines unique Lowcountry art with classic island furniture



When Rich and Ann Rinaldi moved in across the street from longtime Hilton Head residents David and Sally Warren, neither couple could have guessed that they’d soon combine their talents to launch a line of custom artisan tables designed to capture

the unique spirit of the Lowcountry.

he Lowcountry is special in that it is incredibly picturesque and has incredible artists that really capture the beauty of the islands,” David Warren said. “These tables bring art and function together to create porch art – art for your porch.” It all started when the Warrens took the Rinaldis to their first oyster roast, where the couple was introduced to one of the Lowcountry’s signature fixtures: the oyster table. Approximately 40 inches high and featuring a hole for a trashcan to catch discarded oyster shells, oyster tables are an integral part of the Lowcountry’s laid-back lifestyle. The Rinaldis bought an oyster table for their porch and the Warrens couldn’t help but admire it, leading Rich Rinaldi to offer to use his woodworking talents to build them a custom oyster table of their own. When it came time to choose a color for the table, the Warrens decided to loop in their friend, celebrated Lowcountry artist Kelly Graham, and Sea Island Porch Art was born. “We decided to have Kelly paint his signature crab on the table and when it was finished, it looked electric and everyone really loved it,” David Warren said. “We’ve sold several of them since then.” The Sea Island Porch Art collaboration offers custom oyster and coffee tables handcrafted by Rich Rinaldi, embellished by Graham and marketed by the Warrens.


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“Each table is custom made, so none of the variables are set,” David Warren said. “The tables are made to the height and size that the customer wants, and the neat thing about them is that each table is an original work of art — and the art is spectacular. Kelly is a wonderful artist and he’s got the talent to be able to do anything that the client would want — anything from flowers to crabs, oysters, shrimp and other crustaceans, anything that’s part of the Lowcountry theme and gives the tables a Lowcountry feel.” The high-end tables start at approximately $800, and are made of treated or untreated pine and finished with five coats of semi- or high-gloss polyurethane so that they can be used indoors or out. The tables can serve as functional oyster or coffee tables, or simply decorative accents. Regardless of how they’re used, Sea Island Porch Art’s gorgeous tables prove to be the center of conversation at any party or get-together.

“They’re wonderful conversation pieces because they’re art come alive — from off the wall and onto the table,” said Sally Warren. Her husband agreed. “The tables — particularly the oyster tables — are great because they become a central part of the party or gathering. People either tend to sit on stools or stand by them, and they become the center of conversation,” he said. “We’ve heard that from everyone who has one of these tables on their porch or in their home. We have one in our house and it’s the first thing that people mention.” Though the collaboration started just a few months ago, Sea Island Porch Art’s tables are already extending their reach beyond the Lowcountry. One of the tables was recently sent to Columbia, where a family will use it for their frequent oyster roasts. So far, most of the orders for the tables have come from the Warrens’ and the Rinaldis’ social circles, or from the

Sea Island Porch Art website. However, the Warrens also envision a number of commercial applications. “I think there’s a big commercial application for the tables, for restaurants and things like that,” David Warren said. “We can do tables with the Lowcountry art on them, or businesses could order tables with their logo on them. We could even do bar tables — as I said, none of the variables are set.” Though still in its infancy, the Sea Island Porch Art endeavor has already exceeded the Warrens’ expectations. “The tables have come out much better than we ever anticipated,” David Warren said. “We thought, ‘We’ll paint a crab on a table and it will be a nice table,’ but they really are something that, once you see them, you say, ‘That’s incredible.’” For more information on Sea Island Porch Art, call 843-384-3571, email or visit www. M

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REAL ESTATE NEWS Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties is happy to announce that Realtor Toni LaRoseGerken has returned to its Sun City/Okatie office. LaRose-Gerken has been a long-standing top producer in Bluffton and Sun City since 2003 and has garnered many prestigious awards in her real estate career. She recently sold out her half of a local real estate company LaRose-Gerken and decided to come “back home” to Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties. She has a master's degree in education from the University of Toledo and was previously a teacher. She then became an account sales executive for a legal publishing company selling legal research materials to judges and attorneys in 32 Ohio counties before being promoted to sales manager. She feels that her previous sales experience and the sales skills she developed have been valuable in helping her to be successful in real estate.


Beth Drake of Hilton Head Island was recently certified by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute of Peoria, Arizona, as a CNE Certified Negotiation Expert. The CNE is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training. Agents who receive this certification are among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills. Drake

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. As we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we tend to forget that Christmas is not always a special time of year for those less fortunate than others. But Santa never forgets — especially at Dunes Real Estate, where the team has its very own resident Santa. For many years, Jeff Hunt has taken it upon himself to help make some children’s Christmases a whole lot merrier. He purchases bicycles and donates them to The Deep Well Project. His compassion allows underprivileged children the opportunity to wake up with a special present under their trees. Through his kindness, the number of bicycles presented to these little ones continues to grow. This year, Hunt donated 100 bicycles.

How to choose a real estate professional


you are thinking about buying or selling real estate in 2017, here are some things to consider when hiring a Realtor. There can be a lot of anxiety in finding the right person to help you. Here are a few key questions you might want to consider during the interview process: What types of specific marketing products and methods will you use to sell my home? It is important for you to know how your home will be marketed, and for you to agree with and trust the approach. This includes how responsive the real estate professional will be to inquiries on the property. How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction? How frequently? Communication is key in any relationship. Real estate professionals adjust to what their clients prefer,

but you must tell them your preferred method — email? text? phone call? — and how frequently you expect to hear from them. Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? A real estate professional will explain his or her agency relationship with you right at the beginning. You will also receive a brochure with a written explanation. Listen and read carefully to understand your options. The most important question: Are you a Realtor and a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors? Seek out a professional who is invested in the profession and abides by the strict code of ethics set by the National Association of Realtors. — Jean Beck, Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors

Engel & Völkers Hilton Head-Bluffton recently announced its participation in the international premium real estate firm’s annual North American Spirit of Giving campaign to benefit its cause marketing partners, Special Olympics. Through Spirit of Giving, each shop raises money to contribute to a national Spirit Partner goal of $100,000. Money raised through this effort supports the important work of Special Olympics International in North America and the local Special Olympics athletic and health care programs. Hilton Head Island-based commercial real estate firm Charter I Commercial has announced that it has formed NAI Carolina Charter, a locally owned office of NAI Global, the single largest, most powerful global network of owneroperated commercial real estate firms. David Bachelder, Baker Wilkins, Walter Wilkins and David Bachelder Jr. are the founding members of this independently owned company, which will be one of NAI Global’s more than 375 offices and 6,700 market leaders located in 55 countries. January 2017 129

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Hilton Head Realtor Since 1997

Charlie Reed

Hilton Head Realtor Since 1980

Rich Reed

Hilton Head Realtor Since 2001

Tom Reed

Hilton Head Realtor Since 2000

Real Experience.

34 Honey Locust Circle | Hilton Head Plantation

261 Turnberry Village Villa | Palmetto Dunes

44 Yorkshire Drive | Wexford

Lagoon Views - 3 Bedroom - 2 Bath MLS #355994 | $399,000

Golf Views - 2 Bedroom - 2 Bath MLS #351054 | $348,000

Golf / Lagoon View - 5 Bedroom - 5.5 Bath MLS #351584 | $1,150,000

29 Oglethorpe Lane | Palmetto Hall

19 Jacana Street | Forest Beach

275 Long Cove Drive | Long Cove

Golf Views - 4 Bedroom - 3.5 Bath MLS #351206 | $650,000

4th Row - 5 Bedroom - 3 Bath MLS #352475 | $999,000

Lagoon View - 4 Bedrooms - 4 Bath MLS #354921 | $595,000

6 Flagg Road | Palmetto Dunes

3 Ensis Road | Port Royal Plantation

9 Rice Lane | Sea Pines

Private Pool - 4 Bedroom - 4.5 Bath MLS # 355269 | $749,000

6th Row - 3 Bedroom - 2 Bath MLS #342661 | $475,000

Lagoon View - 3 Bedroom - 2.5 Bath MLS #356562 | $489,000 | 843.686.9526

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is a family owned partnership within Charter One Realty that specializes in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate sales. Consistently ranking in the top 1% in local real estate sales, RREG’s real estate business focuses on oceanfront, oceanside, luxury and golf community properties.

Reed Real Estate Group

left to right: Lisa Fleming, Carri Fuge, Andy Reed, Charlie Reed, Tom Reed, Richard Reed, Mary Aiana, Anne Wilson

Having more than 100 years of combined local real estate experience, RREG applies unparalleled competence, professionalism and innovation to their clients’ real estate goals - delivering real experience and real results.

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2414 Windsor Place II Villas | Palmetto Dunes

2114 Windsor Place II Villas | Palmetto Dunes

3 Charlesfort Place | Hilton Head Plantation

Oceanfront - 1 Bedroom - 2 Bath MLS #353989 | $515,000

Oceanfront - 1 Bedroom - 2 Bath MLS #353916 | $465,000

Port Royal Sound View - Waterfront - 4 Bedroom - 4.5 Bath MLS #350866 | $2,700,000

8 Oak Point Landing | Long Cove | Broad Creek View

9 Catboat | Palmetto Dunes | Oceanfront

Gorgeous home with an office/library off the master bedroom and an open kitchen/family room with lovely water views. There is a 3-car garage, an elevator, a private pool/spa and an incredible media room or 5th bedroom. Scenic Broad Creek views. Prepare to be impressed! 4 Bedroom - 5.5 Bath | MLS #354310 | $1,849,000

Named “Sea Castle” this spacious oceanfront home provides outstanding views and two open living areas for a great family or group vacation. Features 2 master bedrooms a private walkway to ocean as well as a private heated swimming pool. Excellent for primary, secondary, or rental property. 5 Bedroom - 5 Bath - 3 Half Bath | MLS #342675 | $4,199,000

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David Carroll Cell 843.384.8111 Tracy Dayton Cell 843.686.4000 SEA PINES RESORT








Young home built in 2013, with 5 BR and 5 FULL BA, heated pool, covered lanai, and lagoon views! Highest quality construction w/ coffered ceilings, wood and stone floors, granite, and custom cabinetry. Fully furnished and active on the Vacation Rental Income market with a NET Rental Guarantee of $85,000 from 5-Star Properties! Short distance to the Atlantic. $1,715,000

Views Galore –Marsh to Port Royal Sound! 4 BR and 3 BA Home. Great Room with fireplace and Cathedral ceiling. Dining Area opens to Kitchen. Master Bedroom with tray ceiling + double-sided fireplace to Master Bath. Upstairs 2 Bedrooms. Spacious Deck with beautiful views and a retractable awning. Home has a wine cellar plus Walnut and Bamboo floors on 1st floor. $879,000

Truly a one-of-a-kind home here! Inverted floorplan with magnificent views across Fish Haul Creek and sunsets over the marsh. Amazing Private Pool and Spa. Antique woodwork throughout, Heart Pine and Saltillo floors. Villeroy & Boch tile. Italian Porcelain sinks. Granite tops and solid cherry cabinets in Kitchen. Pella and Marvin windows, 2BR, 2BA, Office, Family Room down; Master, Great Room, Kitchen, 2 Dining areas, powder room and Conservatory up. Observatory on 3rd floor! $775,000









Quality constructed by H2 Builders, finest finishes, trim, detail & accessories. Travertine & Birch Floors, soaring ceilings & abundant natural light. 5 or 6BR (if needed), 4.5 BA. Living room w/ fireplace, formal dining room. Grand center island kitchen opens to casual dining and family room. Elegant Master Suite. Overlooking private pool and out to the 16th Fairway at The Golf Club. In law, teenager or guest suite on 2nd floor. $759,000



New Listing in Long Cove Club. Cul De Sac location, private pool overlooking wide and long lagoon view. 4 or 5BR, 5 FULL BA, Study, Art room or Studio, Bonus Room. Formal Living and Dining, Kitchen to eat in area and family room. Highest quality construction. $639,000

Amazing New Home! 4BR, 4 FULL BA with 3,880 HSF. Significant upgrades including gas range, gas fireplace, custom ceiling fans throughout + custom audio/speaker system. Stunning Kitchen, Great Room Architecture, Large Bonus|Media Room. Screened Porch. Custom pavers on driveway, patio and porch. Builders Warranty in place. Come live this incredible lifestyle! Home was just completed in Feb. 2016, barely used, step right into a new home with no hassle! $599,900

Tropical Paradise overlooking the amenity rich Windsor Place Pool Complex, and out to the Atlantic Ocean! Convenient first floor access. Beautifully updated with new tiled floors, new granite tops and appliances in kitchen. Granite and tile in Master Bath. Very bright with updated furniture as well. 2BR, 2BA, fully furnished, turn key, rental ready. $599,000

Just Listed! Charming LowCountry home with a private long lagoon view. Wood, tile + stone floors throughout. Updated Kitchen – granite tops, cabinets, fixtures + appliances. New Master Bath – stone, granite + walkin closet. Eat in Kitchen opens to Family Room. Formal Dining Room. Living Room with fireplace. Screened Porch. Upstairs, 2 Bedrooms + full Bath. 2 Car Garage. Culde-sac location. $599,000








Showcase Home, turnkey and totally updated and redone in 2015. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Great Room style Living and Dining Rooms, Eat-in Kitchen, Exercise Room or Office. New Kitchen, flooring, Baths, impact doors and windows. Detached 2 Car Garage. Full-size Homesite. $498,800


Amazing Golf Course View Villa in Shipyard Plantation. All on one floor, 2,000 heated square feet! 3 BR, 3 FULL BA! Fully furnished and equipped. Used sparingly as a second home, in excellent condition. Master Suite features large BR, tub and shower and walk in closet. Kitchen has a breakfast bar, opens to great room. Each bedroom has a full bath! Plus there is a den/Carolina Room with a Faux Fireplace. $425,000


2 Bedrooms, 2 FULL Baths, FULLY Furnished, Equipped and Rental Ready! Granite in Kitchen, updated Flooring and a TURN Key Opportunity. This Oceanfront Complex has an amazing Outdoor Pool, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center with Sauna + Hot Tub! Miles of beaches, bike paths, golf, tennis and restaurants. $389,777


Just listed in The Willows in Bluffton. 4 BR, 2 FULL BA plus a powder room. Updated kitchen with granite tops, new floors. Fireplace. Main floor master with renovated bath, granite tops and stone floors. 3 BR or 2 plus bonus and full bath on 2nd floor. Screened porch and private wooded view. 2 Car garage. Stucco and stone siding in front. Amazing value at $239,000.

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location, views, and updated! Overlooking the signature 6th hole of Oyster Reef Golf Club and lagoon with a glimpse of Port Royal Sound. On a private cul-de-sac only a few steps to the beach walk along the Sound. This home was tastefully updated in 2008 with quality in the home and out. Bosch appliances, beautiful walk-in door-less shower and separate large Jacuzzi in master bath. $999,995

L-3 Marsh Side Villas Location is everything in real estate and this has it! Located in the back, very private w/Marsh views! This two-bedroom town home has undergone major renovations: New sub flooring, all new kitchen, new tile/wood flooring to name a few. Fireplace, large back deck and great storage make this a super buy at $129,900.

82 Forest Cove This is the BEST building and best view in all of Forest Cove! Bold statement I know, but when you see this location and view, you will know why! This is a top floor two-bedroom w/fireplace, great bedroom separation and very, very private. Offered for sale for $149,000.




10 Oyster Shell Lane Amazing 12 Fiddlers Way One of the BEST views you will find, gorgeous views of Bear Lake, taking in breathtaking views day and night. Recently renovated w/large smooth ceilings that allow for plenty of natural light. This home is open, light and bright w/an eat in kitchen, dining room and living room, complete with a fireplace. Offered for $499,000.


315 Full Sweep East Curb appeal

76 Point Comfort Rd. Low Country

2 story home with 3 bedrooms/ 2.5 baths located in desirable Point Comfort on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Elevated front porch, back deck with lower deck built in Hot Spring 5-person Spa. Fenced in back yard. Enjoy convenient access to community dock, boat launch, playground, park and pavilion. Offered for sale for $365,000.


551 Mill Street Newly renovated

4-bedroom home located near the schools, bike paths, nature trails and close to downtown Bluffton. This home has been extensively renovated w/new bathrooms, new flooring throughout, new appliances and more! 1st floor master bedroom makes this even more desirable and for a great price of $199,000!

257 Captains Quarters AMAZING, is the word used to describe this villa. You won’t see a better sunrise, sunset or just about any time you arrive here. DEEP WATER VIEWS from your kitchen, living room and even your master bedroom! Watch the dolphins, the boats, the paddle boarders and even the fireworks from your place! Great value at $439,900.

the minute you pull up to the driveway of this gorgeous custom 3-bedroom home w/Bonus Room and Loft. Features include: Gourmet Kitchen, huge Master Bedroom w/large walk-in closet, custom molding, and beautiful tile flooring. OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE: Large enclosed Porch and Lanai complete with built-in grill/refrig and more! Open floor plan with natural light and lake views. Great price of $484,900.

“I was one of the best in my field and recognized his great abilities and attributes immediately. He assisted with the sale of my Villa and sold it in 3 weeks, and then turned around and found my wife and I the home of our future in 1 month. He went over the top with effort to see that our needs were met and then met them. I would want all our family members to work with Rick if the need arises.” Mike and Paula – Ohio to Hilton Head Island 2016


Rick Saba

Carolina Realty Group (843) 683-4701

2009 Realtor® of the Year Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors® 2005 President Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors®

Would you like to get AUTO ALERTS on ANY COMMUNITY OR VILLA COMPLEX? Please call (843) 683-4701 or email me today:

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23C Shelter Cove Lane | Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 | 843-785-9500

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Selling Island-wide for Over 29 Years with Over $245 Million Sold!

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Selling Island-wide for Over 34 Years with Over $250 Million Sold!


40 BAYNARD PARK RD. — Handsome contemporary 3 br plus office, 3 1/2 ba with remodeled kitchen and baths, high vaulted smooth ceilings, 2 car garage, large year round indoor pool, multiple decks and loads of light. Views of Harbour Town 14th green and across Baynard Park to Calibogue Sound. Great opportunity to be in this sought after neighborhood! $1,250,000.

128 LAWTON VILLA – SEA PINES – Charming 2BR/2BA Lawton Villa w. a truly 10+ Golf and Lagoon view. Short distance to SP beach. Sunroom and lovely outdoor deck. High ceilings, lots of windows and skylights. Fireplace, entrance foyer and lots of storage. $329,000.

35 N. CALIBOGUE CAY — Enjoy sunsets and DEEP WATER views over the Calibogue Sound from this stunning setting. A rare opportunity to build the house of your dreams on this secluded Sea Pines peninsula. $1,695,000

30 GULL POINT ROAD IN SEA PINES — Great opportunity to be part of Gull Pt Assn with marina, kayak racks, Har-Tru tennis courts, children’s playground and less than a mile to the beach. Terrific marsh views! 2 car carport, 14 ft elev. Priced at lot value. $975,000

20 WINDJAMMER COURT - SEA PINES - Unique “Low Country” style home on Lagoon in HT. WALK to Golf /Tennis /new Club House. 4 BR/3½ BA, PLUS office/study. Elaborate Master suite downstairs. Never rented. Pristine condition. FP, pool, fenced area for pets. Ideal primary or 2nd home, or great rental. $795,000 UNF

14 WOODBINE PLACE — SEA PINES Charming Sea Pines home overlooking the new Atlantic Dunes golf course and only minutes from the Beach Club, 4 bedrooms, cozy family room/kitchen combo, ideal bedroom separation, all on one floor. $899,000

34 STONEY CREEK ROAD — SEA PINES — Charming Cape Cod style 3 BR/3 1/2 BA plus den home with terrific views of sparkling lagoon and down 11th fairway of Heron Point course. Easy walk to Harbour Town. Wood Floors, remodeled kitchen and baths. Screen porch. $599,000 Furn.

4 CLUB COURSE LANE – SEA PINES – Charming 3 BR/2BA home facing Newhall Preserve. Approx. 2388 s.ft. High and vaulted ceilings throughout. Lovely sun room. Fireplace. All on one floor. Large deck, spacious dining room. 2-car garage. $529,000 $449,000

4 PINTAIL — SEA PINES – Beautifully updated 3 BR South Beach home; private heated pool, screened porch, lagoon view, 4th row beach house. $699,000 furn.

891 KETCH COURT – SEA PINES — Extensive remodel with smooth ceilings, new cabinets, baths, kitchen, furniture this 3 bedroom/3 bath townhome is on the top two floors of the mid rise building. Great rental history, turn key condition. $369,000 Furnished.

1765 BLUFF VILLA – SEA PINES – Delightful top floor 1 BR, 1 BA villa with balcony & great water views. Light & bright end unit. Nicely furnished & well maintained. Good rental property. $219,500 Furn.

1468 SOUND VILLA — Enjoy beautiful Calibogue Sound views from the deck of this 4 BR South Beach home. This home has been refurbished and includes a family room, fireplace, updated kitchen and baths, 1 car garage. $995,000 furnished

30 GULL POINT ROAD IN SEA PINES — Great opportunity to be part of Gull Pt Assn with marina, kayak racks, Har-Tru tennis courts, children’s playground and less than a mile to the beach. Contemporary secluded 4 br / 3 ½ bath with wood paneled vaulted ceiling, floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding doors opening to decks and marsh SPRE_WebHempLow_0117.indd 150

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Richard MacDonald Team Joey Doyle

Richard MacDonald cell: 843-290-5055 | office: 843-681-3307 cell: 843-384-8797 | office: 843-681-3307





“WHITE CAPS” Waterfront Estate. Main house, Guest Cottage and Pool House. Infinity edge pool overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Port Royal Sound. Screened Porch Garage $2,850,000

RIBAUT ISLAND – Stately Southern Living Home with covered porches with views and breezes over the Port Royal Sound. Grand Foyer; Private Master Suite plus 3 Guest Rooms. $799,000

ISLAND LIFE STYLE Home with a Screened Lanai, Pool and Hot Tub in the private Golf Club of Indigo Run. 4 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths. Popular Great Room plan opening to large Chef’s Kitchen. 3 car garage. $749,900

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL NEW “Homes by Marshside” Covered Porch overlooking 16th Fairway in The Golf Club. 4 Bedrooms and 4 Full Baths $719,000





BEAUTIFUL HOME – Within walking distance to the CCHH and Skull Creek Marina + panoramic view of the 10th Fairway. Completely updated! 3 Bedrooms + Study | Office. $649,900

MODEL PERFECT 5 Bedroom or 4 Bedroom + Bonus Room home with 5.5 Baths with a beautiful Golf View. Professionally decorated home with loads of upgrades. $639,000

BRAND NEW HOME built by “Homes by Marshside”. Sought after Great Room floorplan. 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths plus Study. Double fairway view. $639,000

CLASSIC LowCountry, custom built home, conveniently located across the street from the Clubhouse and amenities. 4 Bedrooms + Bonus Room. Study/ Den. Screen Porch + tons of storage. $539,000





BEAUTIFUL DIRECT OCEANFRONT villa with panoramic OCEANFRONT View! Fully furnished 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1st floor Sea Cloisters villa. Great 2nd home or rental property. $535,000

PANORAMIC OCEANFRONT View with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, fully furnished villa. Sea Cloisters is a private oceanfront complex with 64 units, a beautiful Oceanside pool and security gated entrance. $530,000

BEAUTIFUL HOME overlooking the 16th Fwy of Golden Bear. 3 Bedrooms + an office (or 4th Bedroom). Very open floor plan. Spacious Kitchen|Breakfast| Family Room. 2 car garage. $525,000

POPULAR COURTYARD style Home overlooking Otter Creek. Spacious 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath home with a beautiful Courtyard Swimming Pool. $519,000





CUSTOM HOME overlooking the 4th Fairway of Oyster Reef. 3 Bedrooms + Bonus Room|Study - possible 4th Bedroom, 3.5 Baths. Quality construction! Elegant Living and Dining Room. $485,000

RENOVATED HOME at the end of a cul-de-sac overlooking a tranquil lagoon. Spacious Living space opens to a beautiful new kitchen. Elegant Master Bedroom and Bath. Guest Suite. New roof and driveway. $432,500

VIEWS ACROSS GOLF COURSE to Dolphin Head Beach from this cottage style home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Remodeled with beautiful upgrades! 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths. 2ND Home. $389,000

BEST VALUE 4 Bedroom Home! Large Great Room with hardwood floors and fireplace with brick accent wall. Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Two Master Suites or mother-in-law suite. $325,000


END UNIT! 2 Bedroom - 2 Bath Spindle Lane Villa. Upper villa, a spacious Loft, has hardwood floors and beautiful granite counter tops. Great floor plan with private balcony. $239,900

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15 Madison Lane . . . . . . . . . $107,000

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3 Neptune Court . . . . . . . . . $185,000

18 Ellis Court . . . . . . . . . . $129,000



14 Hummock Place . . . . . . . .$399,000

6 Normandy Circle . . . . . . . . $45,000

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A Realtor Who Is More Than Just A Marketing Campaign! Top Listing and/or Selling Agent 30 out of 37 Years with Dunes Real Estate

THE KEN OLIVER WAY Staying current with industry trends is second nature to Ken Oliver. He understands that over 95% of today’s clients are high-tech savvy and often use the Internet for their initial home search. So after you’ve done your homework, there’s Ken Oliver to step in and take over with his A+ real estate game. Yes, you get the smart

online and offline marketing campaigns, that’s a given. But you get even more with Ken the person, who listens, strategizes and skillfully guides buyers and sellers to meaningful sales results with comfortable ease. Not because it’s his job, it’s his privilege. Why wait? Call Ken today. You’ll be glad you did!


For more information text 3876562 to 843.547.0131

6201 Hampton Place Gorgeous direct oceanfront views await you from this 3BR/3BA end unit. Almost 2,000 s/f of open airy interior space w/walls of windows to maximize your views. Master & guest suite have private balconies w/unobstructed ocean views. Granite throughout kitchen & baths. New HVAC plus new roof being installed. Hampton Place offers 2 oceanfront pools, spa & grilling areas, garage parking, tropical landscaping & more! $1,195,000


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5201 Hampton Place Fabulous unobstructed oceanfront views from this 1 BR/2 BA end unit with southern exposure. Open floorplan full of natural light. Granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances & breakfast bar. Oceanfront views from kitchen, living room & master bedroom w/spacious balcony for your total relaxation. Oceanfront pool complex with 2 pools, spa & exercise room. Garage parking w/private storage locker. Strong rentals! $459,000


For more information text 4015752 to 843.547.0131

Ken’s 2015 Honors • Dunes Real Estate’s Listing Agent of the Year, 2015 • Dunes Real Estate’s Selling Agent of the Year, 2015 • Dunes Real Estate’s Top Producer, 2015 • Top Listing and/or Selling Agent 30 out of 37 Years for Dunes Real Estate • 37 Years of Stability/Knowledge/ Experience with Dunes Real Estate 843.816.0167 cell • 39-Year Island Resident 843.842.0816 office

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160 Townhomes at South Shore Stunning 5BR, 5.5BA residence w/panoramic ocean views! Hassle free ownership…all exterior building, grounds, heated pool/ spa are maintained for you. Dramatic 20’ ceiling to floor windows overlooking covered veranda & open porches to the ocean. 1st floor master suite. Large eat-in kitchen, stone & wood flooring, stone fireplace, 4-stop elevator, 3+ car garage, and more! $2,695,000


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56 Misty Cove Ln. Just 4 blocks to the ocean! Totally upgraded & move-in ready with 2BR, 2.5BA & single car garage. Fabulous golf views & fishing lagoon out front. Renovated kitchen w/ granite & stainless steel appliances w/pass through breakfast bar. Conveniently located to Coligny Plaza shopping & restaurants. $349,900

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Beautiful Rose Hill lot with golf and wooded view. Near the end of the cul de sac of a private park like setting. MLS #351491 $29,900

Bedroom wall gone for that penthouse loft feel. New kitchen with Bosch and Samsung appliances. New cabinets, granite counter tops, new water heater, new bathroom walk-in tile shower. MLS #356391 $185,000

The only waterfront lot available in the new Moreland Landings Village behind gates of the prestigious Palmetto Bluff! Community dock, Outfitters Center plus other first-class amenities! MLS #356114 $950,995

Mary Pracht 843.298.1715

Mary Pracht 843.298.1715

Barbra Finer 843.384.7314

4 TWIN PINES ROAD – SEA PINES – GOLF VIEWS Spacious one level home updated and enlarged with new kitchen, bathrooms, and many custom features in 2009. Perfect for entertaining, this wonderful home features 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths. MLS #355359 $1,399,000

Jeannie Lawrence 843.816.2275 294 STONEY CREEK – SEA PINES


10 SPINNAKER COURT – SEA PINES Overlooking 18th fairway of Harbour Town Golf, Calibogue Sound and Daufuskie Island. Two master bedrooms, two separate living rooms and kitchens. 5th floor is an outdoor patio with hot tub. MLS #340618 $2,695,000

Fabulous custom home on 2 lots with expansive Heron Point golf and lagoon views. 4 BR, 4 1/2 BA, great room, gourmet kitchen. Perfect for entertaining. MLS #355296 $1,739,000

Jeannie Lawrence 843.816.2275 164 CLUB COURSE DRIVE – SEA PINES


Well priced 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath excellent condition rental villa with updated kitchen and private wooded view. Strong rental history with Sea Pines, huge pool on site and walk to new amenities of Harbour Town MLS #354158 $389,000

Gorgeous views of 5th SPCC golf links fairway. Kitchen w/granite counters, SS appliances. 3 BR’s w/ensuite baths. Master has tub & shower with its own outdoor deck w/shower. Spectacular multi-level deck MLS #354763 $899,000

2 BR, 2.5 BA large Townhouse with ideal location near pool. Recently updated bathrooms and kitchen with new refrigerator and dishwasher. Beautifully furnished, Excellent rental income, Light and airy. MLS #356006 $357,000

Bill Buryk 843.422.4431

Bill Buryk 843.422.4431

Bill Buryk 843.422.4431



One story living with gorgeous updated kitchen, vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light. Nothing for you to do but unpack your things. Three bedrooms all with their own bathrooms. MLS #352641 $544,000

Spacious 2 br/2 ba villa w/ over 1,700 s/f and Private garage. Possible 3 br/ 3 ba. Panoramic water lagoon views. Private complex with Pool and tennis. Perfect home or Island getaway. Being sold furnished. MLS #352813 $455,000

Lorri Lewis 843.422.6448

Lee Simmons 843.301.5745

7 BLACK DUCK ROAD – SEA PINES Stylish contemporary beach house features a Bosch appointed kitchen, a bright open living and dining area that’s ideal for entertaining. Relax in the recreational level that includes game room and bar. MLS #354405 $3,595,000

111 WINDSOR PLACE – VILLA – PALMETTO DUNES 1st floor Oceanfront Villa, 1Br 2Ba end unit with views overlooking ocean and pool courtyard area. Nice large balcony. New kitchen appliances as of 2013. One of the brighter and bigger one bedrooms. MLS #354535 $433,000

181 TWIN OAKS – SEA PINES Beautifully renovated and designer decorated 3 BR/3 BA villa furnished with French & Swedish Antiques. Fantastic views of Harbour Town golf course 10th & 16th holes and Calibogue Sound View. MLS #337961 $799,000

Lynne Anderson 843.384.5426

28 TWIN PINES ROAD – SEA PINES Golf views in the back and open space in the front, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 custom built home offers easy living on a great residential street within walking distance to all the wonderful amenities of Sea Pines. MLS #356455 $659,000


Wendy Corbitt 843.816.2672 11 BEACHSIDE DRIVE – SEA PINES

Beautifully redone 3 bedroom, 2 bath 2nd floor flat, upgrades galore and picture perfect Harbour Town marina view right out to Calibogue Sound. Used sparingly - not rented Easy to show! MLS #353804 $685,000

Totally updated 4 bedroom, 4 bath high ceilings Beach home with views to the ocean and easy walk to the beach. Granite kitchen with stainless appliances. Walk to all that South Beach offers. MLS #339813 $995,000

Tommy Austin 843.384.7033

Rob Reichel 843.384.6789


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29 RIBAUT DRIVE – HILTON HEAD PLANTATION High ceilings in living room with gas fireplace. Kitchen opens into a lovely family room and breakfast area with granite counter tops, double ovens, and sub zero refrigerator. Bonus room/fourth bedroom. 3 car garage. MLS #352912 $2,395,000

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32nd annual Chili Cook-off, rescheduled: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, Shelter Cove Community Park. The event will feature awards for best chili in six categories, while the ever-popular Chilly Willy Band will provide its unique style of entertainment. Children’s games and activities, including facepainting, will enable parents and children alike to fully enjoy the festivities. The Chili Cook-off will take place rain or shine, and attendees are encouraged to come hungry for all-you-can-eat chili!For more information on the annual chili cook-off, contact Jim Gant at or Bill Haley at or visit


New Year’s Day Services at First Presbyterian Church: 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 540 William Hilton Parkway. For information, call the church office at 843-681-3696 or go to

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Contemporary Impressionism: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, SOBA Gallery, 6 Church St., Bluffton. Meet artist Nancy Vineburgh and enjoy her beautiful show and the works of more than 100 other member artists. The opening reception includes refreshments. The show will be on display from Jan. 2 through Feb. 5. The SOBA gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets in Bluffton. For more information, visit or call 843-757-6586. Helping Parents Heal: 1- 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, The Bostwick Pavillion at Moss Creek, Cedar Lane, Hilton Head Island. The nonprofit organiza-

tion is dedicated to assisting parents who have lost children, giving them support and resources to aid in the healing process. It meets monthly. For more information and to request a guest pass be available at security, contact Irene Vouvalides at 201-2336015 or email

JAN. 11

Bald Eagles in South Carolina: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Tom Murphy, a retired biologist from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and principal investigator for the Bald Eagle Program for 33 years, will share his knowledge of the natural history of Bald Eagles in the Lowcountry. Learn how our national bird became an endangered species, about the efforts that helped bring them back, and what we can do to secure their future. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or by going to Encore, Fine Art from the Hands of the Maye River Gallery: 10 a.m.- 5

p.m. daily, Maye River Gallery, 37 Calhoun St., Old Town Bluffton. The 15 talented local artists who make up the Maye River Gallery work in a wide variety of mediums including oil, watermedia, printmaking, collage and mixed media while expressing equally divergent points of view. For more information, call 843-757-2633. Liberal Men of the Lowcountry: noon, Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Golf Club at Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive. Speaker will be Aimee Deverall, a local immigration attorney who will address immigration issues and actions in South Carolina and the nation. Lunch is $20. To attend, contact Richard Hammes at 847-921-8188. The Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America: MSforS luncheon, Jan. 11, Jane Bistro and Bar, 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. The event will be the final day to donate books for the children at the elementary school at Fort Stewart. For information, email

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Memory Fest 2017: 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. Make a New Year’s resolution to optimize your brain fitness. Have fun and learn how your brain learns and remembers, how emotions impact your brain and memory, and how automatic negative thoughts can be controlled to improve brain function. Tickets are $35. For information, call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688.

JAN. 13

A Winter Concert Medley: 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island. This annual concert will feature well-known pianists Sanford Jones and Marvin Keenze, violinist Effie Mydell, and soprano Faith Boles. The program includes the works of American and European composers. Free, but donations are accepted. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 843-681-3254 or 912-231-0243.


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Climate Change and the Lowcountry: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Dr. Chris Marsh will present a program on climate change. Marsh will give an overview of current patterns of climate change that are occurring locally and globally. He will describe the science that drives weather patterns and how scientists are using this information to predict what the future holds for rising sea levels and climate change in the Southeast. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or online at

JAN. 18-19

Jim Lewis Palette Knife Landscapes: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Society of Bluffton Artists Center for Creative Arts, 6 Church St., Bluffton. Paint two landscapes in two days, following instruction in the studio. Investigate the basics of color mixing, value and perspective, with very simple drawing required. Relying on the palette knife and brush work will be an opportunity to loosen up, simplify and let color and expression make the

statement. Beginner to advanced levels welcome. Cost is $120 for members and $140 for non-members. For more information, call 843-757-6586.

JAN. 19

The Palmetto Quilt Guild Meeting: 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. The social hour will begin at noon. Guests are welcome. The fee for guests is $5. The program this month will be given by Bonnie Hunter, who lectures throughout the U.S. and is described as the “queen of scrappy quilts.” She will give a trunk show and lecture on string quilts titled “String Fling,” describing the history of string quilts and showing plenty of examples. For more information, go to www. or call 843-6891922. MOAA General Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Social and noon luncheon, the Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Drive. The 2017 board of directors will be installed. For more information, email Mary Lou Fehrman at

JAN. 11

“Hurricanes of Beaufort County’s Past”: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, Beaufort Library. Hurricane Matthew is but the most recent hurricane to strike this area. Learn a bit about some of the other 100 or so hurricanes and tropical storms that have caused death and destruction here in Beaufort County, from colonial times through Hurricane Gracie in 1959. See photographs, scrapbooks and materials from the Beaufort District Collection that are seldom put on display. This free presentation is co-sponsored by the Beaufort History Museum. Free, but registration is required. For ages 12 to adult. For more information, contact Grace Cordial at 843-255-6468 or, or go to January 2017 159

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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Concerts: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, and 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head. Conductor John Morris Russell will continue the orchestra’s 35th season with Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Tickets are $30, $45 and $55 and are available at the Hilton Head Symphony office at 843-842-2055, or online at

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Fall Session of Brain Boosters: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Memory Matters, Hilton Head Island. Learn more about how to keep mentally sharp at any age in this 10-week class. Free memory screen for everyone who is enrolled. Space is limited, so register early. Stop worrying and take action. For more information, call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688 or email cathee@

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Mathews Court, Hilton Head Island. Guest speaker will be Jerome de Perlinghi, artistic director and principal organizer of the Eyes on Main Street photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina, which he will discuss. Take a look into what the youth of Wilson can see through the lens. Free, and newcomers and guests are welcome. For more information, go to “Tide of Death: The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893”: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Bluffton Library. On a single terrifying night in August 1893, a devastating hurricane ripped through the islands and lowlands of South Carolina and Georgia, drowning thousands and leaving tens of thousands destitute. Grace Cordial, manager of the Beaufort District Collection, will share photographs, diary accounts and other materials relating to the great Sea Island hurricane from the library’s special collections and archives. Free, for ages 12 to adult. For more information, contact Cordial at 843255-6468 or, or visit

Saturday Business Degree Program Information Session for Spring 2017: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, University of South Carolina Beaufort Hilton Head Gateway Campus, Science and Technology Building Room 122. An informative event about USCB’s Saturday business degree program that makes it convenient for working adults to earn their bachelor degrees in business. Free; for more information, contact Peter Swift at or 843-208-8213.

JAN. 27-29

17th annual Low Country Home & Garden Show: 2-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Experience an end-


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AD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS ... JA less display of gardens, landscapes, water features, home products and more. With entertainment for adults and kids alike, this event is perfect for the entire family. Ticket price includes access to the entire weekend of events and seminars. Pay once and come back all weekend long. Tickets for adults are $8.50; seniors are $8; and activeduty military and children ages 16 and younger get in free. For more information, visit

JAN. 28

Bluffton Ball: Reception 5-6 p.m., dinner and presentation 6-9 p.m., Pickney Hall, Sun City. A yearly celebration of Bluffton’s best, the ball is for community members and leaders. During dinner, the Bluffton Business Award winners will be announced. Following dinner and awards, enjoy live entertainment, drinks and socializing. For more information, call the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at 843-7571010 or go to

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The Savannah Disc Golf Club Pro-Am Tournament: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12, Shipyard’s Brigantine golf course, 45 Shipyard

Drive, Hilton Head Island. Practice rounds at Shipyard’s Brigantine golf course will be held Friday, Feb. 10. Organizers are specially outfitting the venerable Shipyard course for the tournament with 18 disc golf holes. Serious players won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to throw discs on one of the South’s most popular golf courses. Entry fees are $40 for juniors and $65 for adults. Proceeds will benefit The First Tee of the Lowcountry. To register for the event or to learn more about both the tournament and disc golf in the Lowcountry, please go to


Tours at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Pinckney Island, Bluffton. The Coastal Discovery Museum will lead tours at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge in January through February. An experienced guide will lead you through the history and nature of the National Wildlife Refuge and its salt marsh and maritime forest during a walking tour. Wildlife may include a variety of birds, alligators and other marsh inhabitants. The cost is $12 for adult, $7 for child ages 4-12, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

JAN. 25-27

Morten E. Solberg Waterbase Media: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 to Friday, Jan. 27, Society of Bluffton Artists Center for Creative Arts, 6 Church St., Bluffton. Work at painting in a more experimental direction, working on landscapes, figures, florals, wildlife, etc. Demonstrations every day. Working in watercolor, gouache, acrylic, gesso and the combination of all of these mediums. Cost is $350 for members; $375 for non-members. For more information, call 843-757-6586. January 2017 161

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HHSO 2016-2017 | HHSO.ORG MARY M. BRIGGS President & CEO

Happy New Year from the HHSO!


welcome the New Year with two January concerts. Chad Martin, celebrated organist at First Presbyterian Church, will be featured along with the church’s new organ in our first concert, performing Saint-Saën’s Symphony No. 3 with the orchestra on January 15 and 16. Then ChangYong Shin, winner of the 2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, returns to Hilton Head after a hugely successful Carnegie Hall recital to perform the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor with the orchestra. This concert also features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. You can also see ChangYong in performance at the Musical Feast Gala on January 27th at the Hilton Head Westin Resort & Spa where he will play and also engage in a conversation with the Maestro in an event that includes a full dinner and other festivities. February brings two exciting concerts and the exciting Youth Concerto Competition. Held on February 4th at Saint Luke’s Church this Competition features 10 finalists ages 12-18 from the southeast region who are vying for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform in recital and with the HHSO. These exciting young musicians are the future and are so inspiring. Check the HHSO website for the many wonderful musical offerings that are coming up in the next several months. There are many concerts and events to tempt you. This is the busiest time of our season. We hope to see you at one of our concerts!

Happy 2017, see you at the symphony! Mary M. Briggs, President & CEO

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Sweetgrass Basket-Making Classes: 1:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through February, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Learn about the history of the sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s bestknown art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker. Then try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. The cost is $65 for adults, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223. Gullah History Tours: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, departing from Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Take a two-hour tour narrated by native Gullah folks. Guests travel through the Gullah communities on Hilton Head Island, when the island’s landscape was only farmlands, trees, dirt roads, wildlife and natural waterways. No reservations are required except for parties of 10 or more. The cost is $32 for adults and

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$15 for children ages 12 and younger. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes before the tour. For more information or to book tours for 10 or more people, call 843-681-7066. Tour Daufuskie: The only locally owned and operated touring company on Daufuskie Island, Tour Daufuskie offers a variety of intimate tours, including a history and artisans tour, eco-tour and kayaking tour. Now offering a Gullah tour led by a native professional guide, Sallie Ann Robinson. For information, call 843-842-9449. The Jazz Corner: Nightly concerts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. The Village at Wexford C-1, Hilton Head. The Jazz Corner’s intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative southern flavors menu and personal, attentive service. For concert schedules and more information, visit or call 843-842-8620.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Weekend: An ecumenical community worship service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St. MLK Community Service Day is Saturday, Jan. 14. In honor of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, a memorial march will begin at 10 a.m. at Hilton Head Island High School, followed by 11 a.m. by a memorial program in the school’s Seahawk Cultural Center. The program will include music, essay contest winners and presentation of the annual MLK Community Service Award. At 12:30 p.m., a community luncheon will be held in the school’s cafeteria. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-681-3881.

HELPING CHILDREN for 25 years and counting


hen Rose and Frank Fotia started the Children’s Relief Fund in 1991, they were responding to an immediate personal need. Their son Gregory had multiple disabilities, and they quickly realized that the services for their family were extremely limited. They also discovered that scores of area families were similarly affected. Today, many of the children first served by the fund are now adults. They benefited from the ever-expanding services and programs funded by the fund over the years, such as speech, physical and occupational therapies, music therapy, special equipment and services, transition programs in area schools, Special Olympics, challenge camp for disabled children and much more. One mother’s response is typical of the important of these services. “Children’s Relief Fund played an integral part in our story,” she said. “Our insurance did not cover speech, and it was a financial struggle. Their generosity enabled my daughter to receive the speech therapy she needed at a cost we could afford.”


What: Straight from the Heart Valentine Dance, including a cocktail hour, dinner with entertainment, dancing and silent and live auctions, to benefit the Children’s Relief Fund When: Saturday, Feb. 4 Where: Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, in Shipyard Plantation Cost: Tickets are $125 a person Details: For more information, contact Rose Fotia at 843-681-7668 or

Children’s Relief Fund is not only a supplier of needed services; it is also a strong advocate for special needs children and adults in the Lowcountry. “We support transition programs in the high schools because kids learn by doing,” said Rose Fotia. “They all have potential and need the programs. How else can they learn?” The fund now finds itself stretched even further to provide services for children “aging out” of existing programs. Pockets full of Sunshine is a 2-year-old program that focuses on employing intellectually and physically disabled adults. CRF has supported the mission and funding of the program since inception. M January 2017 163

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Bike Tours of Hilton Head Island: 1 p.m. Thursdays, 137 Squire Pope Road. Transport yourself through history on a guided bicycle tour. Learn about native islanders, fishing and farming, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gullah community — all along the Squire Pope Road waterfront corridor. On safe routes, bicycling provides the perfect pace for sightseeing. This 1.5hour tour is organized by the Heritage Library of Hilton Head Island. Register online at Bring your own bike and helmet; water and bug spray recommended. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 10 and older.

Joseph Ausanio stars as Billy, a young deaf man, in Lean Ensemble Theater’s production of Nina Raine’s award-winning Tribes.

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t can be tricky enough navigating the fast-paced wit and verbal gymnastics of a noisy family’s repartee, but when you’re deaf, it’s particularly challenging. Billy, the only deaf member of his talkative clan, struggles to pick up the nuances of his family’s conversations — and none of the family, including Billy, knows sign language, which his parents decided early on would leave him disadvantaged in a hearing world. Enter Sylvia, Billy’s new girlfriend, who puts the first chink in the family’s insular universe. Much to the family’s dismay, Sylvia, who is losing her hearing, escorts Billy into a new tribe, that of the deaf community. There he learns to sign, an act that turns all assumptions about how we communicate topsy turvy. As Billy’s communications skills grow, “Tribes” — taking the stage Jan. 25 through Feb. 5 at Lean Ensemble Theater — explores how language can build barriers as well as break them down.

Nina Raine’s award-winning play Tribes directed by Lean Ensemble Theater’s Blake White, features ensemble members Megan Bowers and Ian McCabe along with Joseph Ausanio, Jerry Durkin, Sarah Newhouse and Prentiss Standridge. American Sign Language interpreters will be present at all performances and audience talkbacks with members of Lean Ensemble will follow each show. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 2-4, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. All performances will be at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $40 for evening performances, $35 for matinees, and $15 for students and active-duty military. The theater group is inviting first responders to be its guests as a thank you for their services to the community. For more information, call 843-715-6676 or go to www. M

Ancestry Classes: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Heritage Library, Hilton Head. Explore your lineage. Classes available for all levels of expertise. Cost is $10 for foundation members; $15 for non-members. Class size is limited and reservations are required by calling 843686-6560 or going to Meditation Mondays: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Hilton Head Library.

Meditation is a great way to promote well-being by grounding oneself to feel more focused in today’s fast-paced world. And group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a routine for a brand-new, spotty or longtime practice. The group will start with a brief introduction before sitting in meditation for 30 minutes. Soft chairs are available; to sit cross-legged, please bring a cushion. Everyone is welcome. Free. For more information, contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 or, or go to Fort Mitchel Civil War Tours: 10 a.m. Thursdays, Fort Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation. Experience a tour covering the origin, construction and operation of Fort Mitchel as well as the soldiers’ life during the Union occupation of Hilton Head Island during the Civil War, when the coastal fort’s artillery defended the headquarters of the Federal Department of the South. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12; no children younger than 7, please. To attend, call the library at 843-686-6560, or register online at

FEB. 18-26

The Intercontinental Art Experience Show and Lecture Series: noon-7 p.m. daily, Tabby Place, 809 Port Republic St., Beaufort. Explore the artistic bridge between Europe and America. The close historical ties between these two geographic regions will be showcased on the local level in Beaufort. Internationally recognized French artists will be joined by popular Lowcountry artists in a curated exhibit that explores life and landscape of coastal France and South Carolina. The show will host a lecture series, “Art for Lunch,” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The public is invited to bring a bag lunch and join a conversation led by experts in contemporary art, French regional culture and local history. The event is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. For more information, contact Anderson Kenney Fine Art at 843-470-0218 or go to


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Farmers Market of Bluffton: 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, Calhoun Cottages, Calhoun Street, Bluffton. Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs abound at the Farmers Market of Bluffton, a weekly community event where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. Located in historic downtown Bluffton along Calhoun and Lawrence streets and through Carson Cottages, this family-friendly market showcases local growers, local food vendors, local entertainment, local community causes and local information about the Bluffton area. For information, call 843-415-4227 or go to Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo at the Museum: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. This casual meet-and-greet will help participants to learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends”

to share with everyone. Participants will have a chance to get an up-close view of the various animals, learn more about them and take lots of photos. There will be no formal presentation; visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site. Cost is $10 for adults and and $5 for children ages 12 and younger; children younger than 5 are free. No reservations are required; just drop in and see. Dolphin and Nature Cruise: 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Take a boat trip on Broad Creek into Calibogue Sound. This museum-led tour will share information about the salt marsh, the sound, and the dolphins and other creatures who live there. Location given out when making reservation. Tour is $19 for adults, $13 for children ages 1-12, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223. For more information, go to Dolphin Research Excursion: every Wednesday and second Saturday of

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Ellis Marsalis Quintet: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. Enjoy this evening of jazz with modern jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis — father of contemporary jazz musicians Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis — as he brings you a night of music you won’t forget. Tickets are $75 and are available at the arts center box office at 843-842-2787 or For more information, go to 166

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“Wait Until Dark”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, Magnolia Hall, Sun City. The thriller “Wait Until Dark” is a play by Frederick Knott, first performed on Broadway in 1966. A film version was released in 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn. The suspense-filled drama will hit the stage at Magnolia Hall, with the tense plot that twists and turns and ultimately shocks audiences. Tickets are $23 ($20 for SCCT members). For more information, go to or call 843-645-2700. the month, Calhoun Street dock at the end of Calhoun Street, adjacent to The Church of the Cross, Bluffton. Take a two-hour scientific research cruise aboard the research vessel Spartina with the Coastal Discovery Museum and the University of South Carolina Beaufort to study acoustic communication between resident dolphins in the May River and their prey. While USCB researchers from Dr. Montie’s lab visually identify and record dolphin vocalizations, marine biologist Capt. Amber Kuehn will share what we have learned. Space is limited to 15 participants and your fee helps support important dolphin research. Cost is $55 per person. For more information, visit

$40 for adults, $30 for children ages 12 and younger, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

May River Expedition: 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Calhoun Street dock, Bluffton. Presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum. Join marine biologist Capt. Amber Kuehn aboard research vessel Spartina for a two-hour exploration of Bluffton’s May River. Observe nature up close with a display of live organisms, from microscopic animals to dolphins. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through this scenic river and salt marsh. Ask your technical questions and get educated answers. Cost is

Salt Marsh Discovery: 10 a.m. Fridays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. As one of the most productive environments on the planet, the salt marsh functions as a filter and nursery for the coast. Learn from a museum docent how marsh plants adapt to the salt water, and why we should protect this interesting ecosystem. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

Explore Pinckney Island: 9-11 a.m. Pinckney Island, between the bridges to Hilton Head Island. A brief historical and natural history overview is given by a Coastal Discovery Museum docent, followed by a walking tour of the National Wildlife Refuge, including salt marsh and maritime forest. Wildlife may include variety of birds, alligators and marsh inhabitants. $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

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ONGOING: KAYAKING ON JARVIS CREEK ... ONGOING: HONEY HORN HI Honey Horn History Walk: 10-11:30 a.m. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Travel back in time with the stories of Honey Horn’s past 200 years. You’ll learn about the planters, the northern hunters who visited in the winter, the islanders who worked on site and the Hack family, who lived at Honey Horn from 1950 until the late 1990s. This walk, led by a museum docent, will take you past the places they lived and worked. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.


Kayaking on Jarvis Creek: 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Jarvis Creek Water Sports, Hilton Head Island. Join a certified guide for a closer look at the salt marsh aboard a stable, touring kayak. Venture into creeks and inlets to view local wildlife such as wading birds and dolphins. No children younger than 5. Cost is $32 for adults, $28 for children ages 5-12 with adult. Presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

Beach Discovery: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Burkes Beach, Burkes Beach Road, Hilton Head Island. Learn to be a beachcomber. Ever wonder who lives in those holes in the sand? What living fossil can you find at the beach? Why sea turtles “dig the dark”? Come explore with the Coastal Discovery Museum the ever-changing marine environment at Burkes Beach, near the Folly, a tidal inlet. Spot shorebirds, search for seashells and learn about

how our beaches are formed and changed with each cycle of the tide. Cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223. Civil War Era: 3 p.m. Thursdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Join a Coastal Discovery Museum docent and learn how Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Find out why they were here and how they spent their time. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-65. Cost is $7 per person, with no children younger than 7 allowed. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223. Live Animal Encounters at Coastal Discovery Museum: 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island. Get an up-close look at wildlife in the Lowcountry. Birds, reptiles, mammals — there are so many fascinating critters to learn about. Animal


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Hilton Head Snow Day: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Shelter Cove Community Park. This family event will have inflatable rides, a snowfield and entertainment. For kids who have never seen snow, this is the perfect event. Admission is $10 per child and adults are free. All food and beverages are sold separately. For more information, call 843-681-7273, visit, or “like” Hilton Head Snow Day on Facebook for daily and weekly updates.

experts will be on hand each week with a different program. The programs are $12 per adult and $7 per child ages 5-12, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.

from the 1960s to modern day, and is known to leave fans tapping their feet and dancing along. Complimentary. Visit for additional information.

Hilton Head Comedy Club: Wednesdays and Saturdays, plus special engagements, 18 Harbourside Lane, second floor, Shelter Cove Harbour. Fan of funny? Hilton Head Comedy Club offers different headliners every week. General admission is $20, VIP seating is $22, and all shows are rated “PG 17.” For more information, visit or call 843-341-5653.

Golf Croquet: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, other times available by appointment. Sea Pines Resort. An introduction to the fastest-growing version of croquet due to its simplicity and competitiveness. Reservations are required; contact 843842-1979. $10 per person.

Roasting Room Lounge and Listening Room: 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. The Lowcountry’s brandnew intimate music venue and bourbon bar. Weekly concerts. Visit for featured shows and tickets. SondorBlue Concerts: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sea Pines Resort. SondorBlue is a young, talented band of four Hilton Head-raised musicians turned college students. Their fun, energetic music blends styles and songs

Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays, other times available by appointment, Sea Pines Resort. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. Minimum of six guests. $15 per adult, and $12 per child ages 12 and younger. Freshwater Fishing: 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, Sea Pines Resort. Enjoy a relaxing morning fishing by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. All supplies provided. Reservations required by calling 843-842-1979. Cost is $19 per adult and $14per child ages 12 and younger. January 2017 169

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Introduction to Fly Fishing: Daily; call for reservation. Learn the art of fly-casting and the basics of fly fishing in the scenic Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Join Capt. Fuzzy Davis for a custom two-hour clinic that will have you casting like a pro. All tackle and flies are included and no license is required. Targeted species include bass and bluegill. Reservations are required; call 843-842-1979. Cost is $200 for up to two anglers, and $75 for each additional angler with a maximum of five anglers. Charter Fishing: Daily; call for reservations, Sea Pines Resort. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, and Integrity, will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Trips range from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact the Harbour Town Yacht Basin at 843-363-8335.

Crabby Encounters Shore Explore: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort. Spend your morning searching for the crabs of Hilton Head Island and learning about crabs and other beach creatures, including the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Supplies provided; catch and release. Reservations are required by calling 843-842-1979. Cost is $19 per adult and $14 per child ages 12 and younger. Geocaching: Daily, Sea Pines Resort. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sea Pines and discover your adventurous side through geocaching. Geocaching is a real-life treasure hunting game where you’ll follow clues to find hidden items at popular sites. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @theseapinesresort. Get started at Complimentary.

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Rock Steady Boxing: 11 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday, Riptide MMA, 36 Persimmons St., Suite 303, Bluffton. Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing professionals but adapted for people living with Parkinson’s disease, is now available in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area. Rock Steady offers a sense of community and fun to everyone involved in the program. An initial assessment is required and must be scheduled in advance. For more details about the program, please contact John Juarez at 843-422-6641.

ver the next few months, the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s Evening Speaker Series will feature four respected experts who will focus on the implications of the 2016 presidential election. The series is open to the general public and to council members. Presentations are held on the last Tuesday of each month, January through April, at the Country Club of Hilton Head. The four-part series subscription fee of $80 includes hors d’oeuvres, coffee, soft drinks and a cash wine bar. A welcome reception is held before each event and begins at 5:15 p.m., with presentation and discussion from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Here is this season’s schedule of speakers: • Jan. 31: “Western Hemisphere Security Threats to the United States,” by Maria Velez de Berliner, president of the Latin Intelligence Corporation. • Feb. 28: “Chaos That Is Climate Change,” by Vince Albanese, retired senior vice president of Fuel Tech Inc. • March 28: “Special Operations Forces Overseas Capabilities,” by retired U.S. Army Col. James (Tom) Roberts. • April 25: “What Is Going on with North Korea?,” by retired U.S. Navy Adm. Bill Pendley. For subscriptions to the series, go to For more information, email or call 843-3846758. M

About WACHH: The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is a forum on international affairs and American interests throughout the world with more than 950 members drawn from across Beaufort and Jasper counties. The Board of Directors and membership include former academics, diplomats, business executives, authors and government service personnel. WACHH meets from October through May on the first and third Fridays of each month, except for December and May when they meet on the first Friday only. They meet in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church on Wm. Hilton Parkway. Members are invited to arrive for coffee at 9 a.m. in the church coffee shop and asked to be seated by 9:50 a.m. for the meeting which begins promptly at 10 a.m. Member’s questions follow immediately after the presentation and the meeting is adjourned by 11:30 a.m. January 2017 171

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he opera is coming to Hilton Head Island this month. The Charleston Opera will present the most beautiful and tragic love story of all Italian grand opera, “La Boheme,” with a live orchestra and national opera singers in a recreated European opera house. Hosted by Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in Shipyard and directed by David Templeton, the opera will be staged in the classic and authentic style. The singers will give full power to their voices and the musicians will play their instruments live and raw, with no sound system. Opera is the one of the most complicated of all performing arts, requiring acting ability, highly trained singers, a full orchestra of musicians, lights, stage, scenery, and more. In all, almost 100 talented people will rehearse together for weeks to bring “La Boheme” to life. The performance is part of Sonesta’s new Opera Weekend package, and includes two tickets and a hotel room. Get dressed up in your finest eveningwear, come down to the hotel bar to enjoy a glass of champagne, and then go in to hear “La Boheme,” sung in Puccini’s original Italian — but with projected English subtitles to help audience members follow the twists and turns as the story unfolds. After an elegant evening, wake up the next morning with a walk on the beach right outside the hotel, a mind still filled with the music, drama and sadly, with tragedy too. The opera is an emotional experience: In the first act, our

Almost 100 talented people have rehearsed together for weeks to bring “La Boheme” to life.

hero, Rodolfo, sings the glorious aria “Che Gelida Manina” to Mimi. He soars to an impossibly sustained high note and the orchestra rolls under him to a crescendo like thunder. That’s the moment when we know for certain the couple has fallen hopelessly in love. There are still three more acts of drama and emotion to come. The opera is presented by local author Martin McFie, who believes that bringing capital city excellence to Hilton Head will save residents a trip to Washington, D.C., or New York City in the cold of winter, while also bringing paying visitors to the island. Performances are 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21; and 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Find more information online at www.thecharlestonopera. com. M January 2017 173

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ilton Head Monthly’s Readers’ Choice Awards Party on Dec. 1 at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island was a smashing success! Guests enjoyed food, drinks, gifts and giveaways from many of the 2016 winners while enjoying live music from The Jazz Corner and Rolling Stones cover band White Liquor. Thanks to all who voted and then came to help celebrate our winners. The $2,700 raised went to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. All photos by Arno Dimmling.

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Hilton Head Heroes board members are Gregg Russell, Leila Nelson, Faith Seiders, Mark Hammond, Nancy Kelly, Nancy Conder, Lindy Russell, Jan Raisch and Marilyn Healy. Not pictured: Elizabeth Millen, Rob Bender and Paul Griz.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded $93,930 in grants to local nonprofit organizations including Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse/Hope Haven, Family Promise, Memory Matters and Programs for Exceptional People.

A good time was had by all at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery’s Blankets for Botox Holiday Party. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. donated $3,873.92 in the Hilton Head area to aid in the fight against breast cancer during the 23rd annual Tanger PinkSTYLE Campaign. Those on hand for the presentation of the check included Tanger Outlets general manager Ashley Doepp and assistant general manager Melissa Garcia, as well as Dragonboat Beaufort representatives Kathy Haas, Angie Calhoun, Joy Craig, Terri Jones, Chris Jones and Doreen Pierce.

Ryan Williamson, Brandon Carter and Josh Heaton — the managing partners of FARM restaurant in Old Town Bluffton — were present for a recent ribbon-cutting.

Malaysha Altacho, 12, and Rashad Gadson, 14, from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Hilton Head Bluffton at the Youth Ballroom Blitz Ballroom Dance competition in Orlando.

Meredith Taylor, owner of Gifted, donated $3,000 to the Palmetto Animal League. From left: Mary Lynn Peacher, Taylor, Princeton (the dog) and Amy Campanini.

Jan Davis-Vater (Foundation for Educational Excellence), John Mosca (Foundation for Educational Excellence and Okatie Rotary) and Bell Beltz (Okatie Rotary) surprise River Ridge Academy teachers Jennifer Bell and Chandra Payne and their students with a grant for a study of bones and vertebrae.


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Did you know?

The beta-glucan in oatmeal is famous for stabilizing blood sugar. And because it helps you avoid those blood sugar highs and lows, having a bowl first thing in the morning can keep cravings at bay.

Oatmeal & Flax Seed Cookies RECIPE BY CARRIE HIRSCH (Makes 48 cookies)

Funny how people who won’t eat cooked oatmeal will never pass up an oatmeal cookie.


3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar ½ cup demerara sugar (natural cane sugar) ½ cup flax seeds, whole or ground ½ cup wheat germ ½ cup golden raisins 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


with your oats BY CARRIE HIRSCH

ike the alligators, oats were here first. Well, not exactly “here” as in the Lowcountry, but they were found in China and Greece as early as 7,000 B.C. This simple understated yet powerful grain is one of the top “go-to” recommended foods for heart health and other benefits. Among oatmeal aficionados, steel-cut oats and whole oat groats are the true status oats, and those who eat them with a cult-like following will look down on your bowl of microwaved quick-cooking, pre-flavored oatmeal. When it comes to making oatmeal, focusing on what not to do is the best course of action. The quickest way to turn somebody off to cooked oatmeal, especially the captive audience known as children, is to serve undercooked “quick” oatmeal, which has a texture of paint chips, along the lines of what Dicken’s Oliver Twist was served in the orphanage. But remind them that Harry Potter and his posse ate oatmeal “porridge” and they’ll be asking for it every morning. My mother cooked raisins with the oatmeal so they were plump and soft, then she added a touch of butter, brown sugar and cream. Today, I have replaced those childhood toppings with blueberries, walnuts and agave, but admit I revert to the old ones once in a while. Horses, sheep and rabbits love oats too — have you ever made note of their shiny coats? Straight from the horse’s mouth, January is National Oatmeal Month. What better time for a New Year’s resolution to eat more oats? M

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl using a stand or hand mixer. Add wet ingredients and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Place cookie dough in the freezer for 10 minutes. Roll into balls the size of walnuts and bake in batches on ungreased cookie sheets for 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.



PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFÉ Irish oatmeal is made from steel-cut oats, which take a little longer to cook to create a nice thicker consistency. We typically serve it plain; however, customers can have tasty sides of brown sugar, cinnamon, fruit, nuts or berries. Most enjoy the dish with a side of cream or milk. January and February are the months when we serve the most oatmeal at Sunrise Café, since it’s colder outside and it sticks with you for a large part of the day. I find myself eating oatmeal to make myself feel good, especially during around New Year’s Eve, when TV stations inundate us with ads for exercise equipment.


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Plan on taking a break from your New Year’s resolution diet at the end of January. The Hilton Head IslandBluffton Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week returns Jan. 21-28 and promises to help you check a few more restaurants off your Lowcountry bucket list. Last year, more than 75 restaurants participated. Now in its ninth year, the restaurant week was modeled after successful weeklong events in New York City and Los Angeles and has proven to be wildly popular. Participating restaurants offer a featured prix fixe menu that showcases their best dishes over

multiple courses at a valuable price. With dozens of restaurants specializing in every cuisine imaginable, it’s hard to choose only a few places to dine. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant you’ve never tried or the area’s newest hot spot, restaurant week is one of the best ways to eat your way through the Lowcountry. “Restaurant week is a win-win for both residents and restaurants,” said Bill Miles, chamber CEO and president. “Residents get a great deal on a great multi-course meal, while restaurants get new customers.”

All the participating restaurants and their special menus will be listed on Last year, more than 10,000 people visited the site to make their dining plans. With so many options, the Lowcountry offers a variety of culinary experiences. Restaurant week makes it easy to venture out and sample all the area has to offer. Whether you are trying new restaurants or visiting old favorites, you’ll be tempted to eat out every night. Your waistline may not thank you, but your wallet and your palate will.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EVENTS The 10th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is gearing up for another fun-filled event. This year’s festival begins Monday, Feb. 20, with events running through Sunday, Feb. 26. The main event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Shelter Cove Community Park. Locals and visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a number of culinary events throughout the week, many featuring live music. From boat rides to a quintessential Lowcountry oyster roast, the events are designed to showcase the bounty of local waters and give guests an opportunity to enjoy several picturesque island settings. The festival is hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, which was established by the Carmines family, owners of Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, in memory of their son David. The festival is the foundation’s main fundraiser. The festival benefits the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society. “Every year, we’re overwhelmed by the community’s support,” says foundation leader Andrew Carmines. “Not only is the fest a great way to bring family and friends together to enjoy incredible local food, drinks and live music, but 100 percent of our proceeds go directly to our nonprofit partners, a feat we’re extremely proud of.” For more information, go to


Twisted Cork Cocktail & Wine Bar has started a new trivia night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday nights. “Twisted Trivia” will feature two rounds, with prizes for the winner of each round. Twisted Cork is located next to Staples on 11 Palmetto Bay Road. For more information, call 843-802-0510.

EARNS AWARD Hilton Head Distillery, a small-batch distillery that opened in September, recently was named “South Carolina Rum Distillery of the Year” at the New York International Spirits Competition. Close to 600 spirits from around the world competed in a blind tasting, where top spirits buyers from the New York City area judged entrants based on their categories and prices. Hilton Head Distillery entered three spirits — Redlock Spiced Rum, Two Traditions Toasted SOUTH CAROLINA Coconut Rum and Two Rum Distillery Traditions Espresso of the Year Rum. High scores on all three resulted in the award. January 2017 179

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RETURNING TO REILLEY’S PLAZA The fourth annual Reilley’s Plaza Chowder Challenge takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Reilley’s Plaza on Hilton Head Island. Local restaurants and amateurs will compete for the title of the “Top People’s Choice Award” and “Judge’s Award” for the best chowder on the island. The challenge will benefit The Heather Trew Foundation for Organ Donation and Research. Vote for your favorite chowder dish while enjoying a kids’ zone, silent auction and music performed by The Headliners. For more information, go to




The Corner Perk coffee shop in Old Town Bluffton is now serving its brunch menu until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, both in its cafe and upstairs in The Roasting Room. The cafe is also bringing back its dessert bar downstairs and bourbon bar upstairs.

Hilton Head Island restaurant Local Pie is opening a new location at the Calhoun Street Promenade in Old Town Bluffton. The restaurant’s Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza has been a hit on the island, and it hopes to grow its popularity in the rapidly expanding Bluffton market. The new restaurant will be located between Captain Woody’s and Agave, where the Oyster Bar was located. 180

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HOSTING EVENT WITH CHICAGO CHEF On Sunday, Jan. 8, Lucky Rooster chef Clayton Rollison will host James Beard semifinalist chef Paul Fehribach of Chicago’s Big Jones restaurant for a Lowcountry pop-up called Southern Sunday Supper. The chefs will join culinary forces and offer guests an à la cart menu from chef Fehribach’s “Big Jones Cookbook,” including dishes such as boudin fritters, sweet tea brined pork chops and buttermilk pie with pineapple rum sauce. Fehribach’s cookbooks will be on sale that evening and he will be pleased to personalize them. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., Cranford Hollow will perform their Lowcountry stomp with crowd-pleasing scratchy vocals and fiddle-accompanied tunes. This will be an evening to pick up a fork, sip some bourbon and tap your feet. For more information or to make reservations, call 843-681-3474.

GOFUNDME ACCOUNT SET UP FOR HHI F&B WORKERS Steve Flannery and Eric White recently started a GoFundMe account to help raise money for Hilton Head Island food service industry workers affected by Hurricane Matthew. As of Dec. 20, the account had raised $2,500 of its $5,000 goal. The account asks donors to give what they would normally tip their server on a night out. The account is listed as “Waitstaff Hilton Head” at www.

ELA’S WINS TASTE OF THE SEASON AWARD ELA’S Blu Water Grille has won the People’s Choice Award for Best Cuisine at Taste of the Season, an event hosted by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. ELA’S garnered the most votes for its PanSeared Diver Scallops over Crab Risotto with Truffle Cream Sauce and Crispy Prosciutto. The runner-up was Jane Bistro and Bar for Carolina Shrimp & Grits. More than 30 chefs served their tastiest signature dishes for attendees to enjoy, along with great drinks, the J. Banks Design VIP Lounge and a silent auction. This year, a portion of the silent auction proceeds went to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Disaster Relief Fund. January 2017 181

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ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY 45 Pembroke Drive. 843-342-2253.  BELLA ITALIA BISTRO AND PIZZA 95 Mathews Drive in Port Royal Plaza. 843-6895560.  THE CAROLINA ROOM The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Port Royal Plantation. 843-681-4000, ext. 7045.  CRAZY CRAB (NORTH) 104 William Hilton Parkway, 843-681-5021, www.thecrazycrab. com.  FIESTA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL (NORTH) 95 Mathews Drive. 843-342-8808.  FRANKIE BONES 1301 Main St. 843-682-4455. 



HUDSON’S SEAFOOD HOUSE ON THE DOCKS 1 Hudson Road. 843-681-2772. 



here are many celebrated chefs across the Lowcountry. One of the most acclaimed is Lee Lucier. The Hilton Head Island chef, consultant, television producer and food stylist is nationally known for his numerous appearances at prestigious food festivals and on TV shows such as “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends” and “Restaurant Impossible.” Locally, he’s best known for his work at the South Carolina Yacht Club and Local Pie, a trendy Neapolitan-style pizza joint. [Question] So how many jobs do you have at the moment? [Answer] My only job is as general manager and CEO of the South Carolina Yacht Club. I do have ownership interest in both the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Local Pies, and, of course, being a dad and husband to my family. [Q] Do you have any plans to slow down, or are you going to keep this pace for as long as you can? [A] I love this pace. It is one I have had all my life, especially coming from a culinary background. I thrive on being busy. [Q] Rumors are swirling about your involvement in another restaurant on the south end of the island. Can you share any details? [A] Sure. We are in the planning and opening stages of Fish, which will open hopefully in late February in Coligny Plaza. The menu concept is based on scratch-made ingredients, huge raw bar selections and quality fresh seafood. The restaurant property also will feature a full

raw bar outside, indoor dining and bar, private event catering and a live music venue called the Fishbowl. [Q] Of all that you’ve accomplished in your culinary career, what are you the most proud of? [A] That’s a great question. There would be two things: One, that I have been able to stay true to the lessons I learned as a young culinarian and two, being able to travel throughout the world supporting our troops.

IL CARPACCIO If you’re hankering for some authentic Italian cuisine, this island institution is worth finding. Pizza is cooked in a hardwoodburning oven and everything is made from scratch. 200A Museum St. 843-342-9949.  LAGERHEAD TAVERN 155 High Bluff Road, Hilton Head Plantation. 843-684-2184, www.  MAIN STREET CAFÉ 1411 Main Street Village. 843-689-3999.  MANGIAMO! 2000 Main St. 843-682-2444.  MUNCHIES 1407 Main St. 843-785-3354.  NEW YORK CITY PIZZA 45 Pembroke Drive. 843-689-2222.  OCEANS RESTAURANT 2 Grasslawn Ave., The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. 843-681-4000.  OKKO 95 Mathews Drive. 843-341-3377.  OLD FORT PUB 65 Skull Creek Drive. 843-6812386.  OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 20 Hatton Place. 843681-4329.  PAN FRESCO OLE 55 Matthews Drive. 843-681-5989. 

[Q] What is your favorite food? [A] Too easy. Pizza

PLANTATION CAFÉ AND DELI 95 Mathews Drive. 843-342-4472. 

[Q] What music do you prefer to listen to while you cook? [A] Old-school alternative like Joy Division or reggae of any sort.

THE PURPLE COW 95 Mathews Drive. 843-681-2253,  REILLEY’S NORTH END PUB 95 Mathews Drive. 843-681-4153. 

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All area codes 843. Listings are fluid and heavily dependent on your help; to submit or update, email

RUBY LEE’S 46 Wild Horse Road. 843-681-7829. LDS SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE 397 Squire Pope Road. 843681-3663. DO STARBUCKS 430 William Hilton Parkway in Pineland Station. 843-689-6823. STREET MEET 95 Mathews Drive, Port Royal Plaza. 843-8422570. LDO SUNSET GRILLE 43 Jenkins Island Road. 843-689-6744. LDOS TJ’S TAKE AND BAKE PIZZA 35 Main St. 843-681-2900. LD WISEGUYS 1513 Main St. 843-842-8866. DO YUMMY HOUSE 2 Southwood Park Drive. 843-681-5888. LD


843 890 William Hilton Parkway, Fresh Market Shoppes. 843-686-8843. LD ALFRED’S European-trained chef Alfred Kettering combines some of the most appealing elements of classic American and Continental cuisine in this tiny Plantation Center hideaway. Grab a seat at the chef’s counter to watch the master at work. 807 William Hilton Parkway, #1200, in Plantation Center. 843-3413117. D ARTHUR’S GRILLE Arthur Hills course, Palmetto Dunes. 843785-1191. LD BIG JIM’S BBQ, BURGERS AND PIZZA Robert Trent Jones course, Palmetto Dunes. 843-785-1165. LD BISTRO 17 17 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove. 843-7855517. LD BONEFISH GRILL 890 William Hilton Parkway. 843-3413772. LD BUCCI’S ITALIAN CUISINE 13 Harbourside Lane, Shelter Cove. 843-785-3300. LDO CAPTAIN GILLAN’S 18 Harbourside Lane, Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-785-4442 LDO CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL 14 Folly Field Drive. 843-7855007. LD CAFÉ AT THE MARRIOTT Oceanside at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes. 843-686-8488. BL COCO’S ON THE BEACH 663 William Hilton Parkway; also located at beach marker 94A. 843-842-2626. LD COCONUTZ SPORTZ BAR Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 843-842-0043. DO CONROY’S Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Palmetto Dunes. 843-686-8499. DS DRYDOCK 840 William Hilton Parkway, 843-842-9775. LD DYE’S GULLAH FIXIN’S 840 William Hilton Parkway, Atrium Building. 843-681-8106, LD ELA’S BLU WATER GRILLE Featured in Bon Appétit and the

winner of numerous OpenTable awards. Fresh-caught seafood and prime-cut steaks of the highest quality complement the extensive boutique wine selection. ELA’s is known for the best water views on the island. Serving lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., and now offering “Sunday Brunch on the Water” complete with live jazz music every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-785-3030. LD FISHCAMP AT BROAD CREEK 11 Simmons Road. 843-8422267. LDO FLORA’S ITALIAN CAFE 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square. 843-842-8200. D FRENCH BAKERY The bakery was established in 1998 by the Leon family, and taken over by the Belka family from Poland in 2012. The Belka family lovingly create baked goods for their local Hilton Head and Bluffton neighbors, as well as for tourists. 120 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-3425420. BL GATOR’Z PIZZA Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort. 843-842-0004. D GIUSEPPI’S PIZZA AND PASTA 32 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove. 843-785-4144. LD HAROLD’S DINER 641 William Hilton Parkway. 843-8429292. BL HH PRIME Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 843-842-8000. BLDS HICKORY TAVERN 50 Shelter Cove Lane. 843-802-0010. LD ISLAND BAGEL & DELI South Island Square. 843-686-3353. BL JAMAICA JOE’Z BEACH BAR Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road. 843-842-0044. O JANE BISTRO & BAR 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 109. 843686-5696. LD LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN + BAR 841 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, South Island Square. 843-681-3474, DO MAYWOOD DAVIS 612 William Hilton Parkway. 843-3682839, MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR BAR AND GRILL 13 Harbourside Lane, Unit B, Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-8429991, DO NEW YORK CITY PIZZA 28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 119, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-785-4200. LD OLD OYSTER FACTORY With panoramic views overlooking Broad Creek, this Hilton Head landmark was voted one of the country’s “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” by OpenTable. It was also recently recommended in the “Off the Beaten Track” column in The Wall Street Journal. Wine Spectator magazine bestowed its “Award of Excellence” for the restaurant’s wine list and knowledge of wine. 101 Marshland Road. 843-681-6040. DO ORANGE LEAF 38 Shelter Cove Lane, 843-689-5323. www. PAZZO 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 843-842-9463. LD January 2017 185

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DINING THE PHOENIX BISTRO 70 Marshland Road, 843-342-2880, BL POSEIDON 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-341-3838. LDO RUAN THAI CUISINE I 81 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-7858576. LD SCOTT’S FISH MARKET RESTAURANT AND BAR 17 Harbour Side Lane. 843-7857575. D SAN MIGUEL’S 9 Shelter Cove Lane in Shelter Cove Harbour. 843-842-4555. LD SANTA FE CAFÉ 807 William Hilton Parkway in Plantation Center. 843-7853838. LD SEA GRASS GRILLE 807 William Hilton Parkway. 843-785-9990. LD STARBUCKS 32 Shelter Cove Lane. 843842-4090. UP THE CREEK PUB & GRILL Broad Creek Marina, 18 Simmons Road. 843-681-3625. LDO WAYBACK BURGERS 32 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. 843-7852650. LDO WORLD OF BEER 30 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Towne Centre. www. LDO XO SPORTS SPIRITS Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes. 843341-8080.


AMIGOS CAFE Y CANTINA 70 Pope Ave. 843-785-8226. LD ANGLER’S BEACH MARKET GRILL 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-785-3474. LD ANNIE O’S 124 Arrow Road. 843-3412664. LD ASIAN BISTRO 51 New Orleans Road. 843686-9888. LD AUNT CHILADA’S EASY STREET CAFE 69 Pope Ave. 843-785-7700. LD BAILEY’S BAR & TERRACE Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island; 130 Shipyard Drive. 843-842-2400. LD BEACH BREAK GRILL 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite F. 843-785-2466. LD BESS’ DELICATESSEN AND CATERING Lunch specials include fresh homemade soups and assorted salads, and freshly oven-roasted turkey breast. Bess’ features Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. 55 New Orleans Road, Fountain Center. 843-7855504. BL BIG BAMBOO CAFÉ 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 843-686-3443. www. LDO BLACK MARLIN BAYSIDE GRILL AND HURRICANE BAR 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 843-785-4950. LDS BOMBORAS GRILLE An award-winning restaurant and bar, located steps away from the beach. Offering fresh and local Lowcountry ingredients paired with craft beers and wine. Bomboras Grille is open for lunch and dinner. A kids menu is available. The locals call them the BOMB. 5 Lagoon Road. 843-689-2662. LDO BAYLEY’S 130 Shipyard Drive. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. 843-842-2400. BD BRITISH OPEN PUB 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Unit D3 in The Village at Wexford. 843-686-6736. LDO BRICKYARD PUB 45 Shipyard Drive, #200. 843-681-1530. LDO BULLIES BBQ 3 Regents Parkway. 843686-7427. LD CALLAHAN’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 49 New Orleans Road. 843-686-7665. LDO CAPTAIN WOODY’S Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. Owners Shannon and Russell Anderson made a good thing even better with their new location at 6 Target Road. Woody’s now offers more seating, an expanded menu and an attractive outdoor patio with an attached bar. 6 Target Road. 843-785-2400. LDO CAROLINA CRAB COMPANY 86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina. 843-842-2016. LD CARETTA COFFEE CO. Enjoy a cup of coffee made from some of the finest coffee beans in the world. Local baristas carefully grind and brew every shot and mix every cup by hand. Coligny Plaza. 843-342-6400. BL CASEY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE 37 New Orleans Road. 843-785-2255. LDO CATCH 22 37 New Orleans Plaza. 843-7856261. D CHARBAR CO. Executive chef Scott Bodkin’s burger creations have made this a local favorite, serving award-winning gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. 33 Office Park Road, Suite 213. Park Plaza, 843-785-2427. LD CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE A great place for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. Owner Charlie Golson and his son Palmer write the entire menu by hand each day, based on the freshest local seafood available. The dinner menu offers an array of 14 fresh fish, rack of lamb, filet mignon and more. 8 New Orleans Road. 843-785-9277.


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12/22/16 12:39 PM CHOW DADDY’S Located in the old Dry Dock building on Executive Park Road, using local, organic ingredients with meals prepared to order. Featuring salad bowls, sandwiches, tacos, hot bowls, platters and other snacks. The daily happy hour is 4-6 p.m. 14B Executive Park Road, 843-8422469. COAST Sea Pines Beach Club. 843-8421888. LD COLIGNY DELI & GRILL Coligny Plaza. 843-785-4440. LD COWBOY BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Unit B6, The Village at Wexford. 843-715-3565. www. D CQ’S 140A Lighthouse Lane. 843-6712779. LD CRANE’S TAVERN AND STEAKHOUSE 26 New Orleans Road. 843-341-2333. D CRAZY CRAB (HARBOUR TOWN) 149 Lighthouse Road. 843-363-2722. LD DELISHEE YO 32 Palmetto Bay Road in the Village Exchange. 843-785-3633. LD CRAVE BY DANIEL’S 2 North Forest Beach Drive, #108. 843-341-9379. LD DOUGH BOYS PIZZA 1-B New Orleans Road. 843-686-2697. www.doughboyshhi. com. LD EARLE OF SANDWICH PUB 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 843-7857767. LD

HEYWARD’S 130 Shipyard Drive. Sonesta Resort. 843-842-2400. BD HILTON HEAD DINER 6 Marina Side Drive. 843-686-2400. BLDO HILTON HEAD BREWING COMPANY 7C Greenwood Drive (Reilley’s Plaza), Hilton Head Plaza. 843-785-3900. HILTON HEAD ICE CREAM 55 New Orleans Road, #114. 843-852-6333. HINCHEY’S CHICAGO BAR AND GRILL Circle Center, Pope Ave. 843-686-5959. LDO HINOKI OF KURAMA 37 New Orleans Road. 843-785-9800. LD HOLY TEQUILA! HolyTequila! offers a harmonizing blend of Mexican street food with new American flavors. Its inviting space features an open kitchen, an indoor/outdoor open-air seating area, a large tequila bar and a private tasting room. The menu features a wide variety of gourmet tacos, quesadillas, salads and small plates, all priced under $11; and a fully stocked bar with more than 40 premium tequilas, handcrafted specialty cocktails, Mexican beers and Spanish-inspired wines. 33 Office Park Road, Suite 228. 843-681-8226. LD IT’S GREEK TO ME 11 Lagoon Road in Coligny Plaza. 843-842-4033. LDO JAVA BURRITO COMPANY 1000 William Hilton Parkway. 843-842-5282. BLD JAZZ CORNER Village at Wexford. 843842-8620. DO

ELECTRIC PIANO 33 Office Park Road. 843785-5399. O

JERSEY MIKE’S 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Island Crossing. 843-341-6800.

FAT BABY’S 1034 William Hilton Parkway. 843-842-4200. LD

JUMP AND PHIL’S BAR AND GRILL 7 Greenwood Drive, Suite 3B. 843-7859070. LDO

FIESTA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL 51 New Orleans Road. 843-785-4788. LD FLATBREAD GRILL 2 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-341-2225. flatbreadgrillhhi. com. LD FRENCH KISS BAKERY Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-687-5471. BL FROZEN MOO Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-842-3131. FROSTY FROG CAFE 1 North Forest Beach in Coligny Plaza. 843-686-3764. LDO GRINGO’S DINER E-5, Coligny Plaza. 843785-5400. GRUBY’S NEW YORK DELI 890 William Hilton Parkway, Fresh Market Shoppes. 843842-9111. BL

KENNY B’S FRENCH QUARTER CAFE 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 843-7853315. BLDS LA HACIENDA 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 843842-4982. LD LAND’S END TAVERN South Beach Marina, Sea Pines. 843-671-5456. BLD LINKS, AN AMERICAN GRILL Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse, Sea Pines. 843-363-8380. www.linksamericangrill. com. LD LIVE OAK 100 North Sea Pines Drive. 843842-1441. www.liveoaklowcountrycuisine. com. LD

HARBOURSIDE BURGERS AND BREWS Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort. 843-8421444, LD

LOCAL PIE Only the highest quality, regionally sourced ingredients go into these wood-fired, house-made pies. A local business, with local staff and local suppliers. 55 New Orleans Road. 843-842-7437. info@ LD

HARBOUR TOWN BAKERY AND CAFE Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 843-363-2021. BL

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DINING LODGE BEER AND GROWLER BAR 7B Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 843-842-8966. DO MARKET STREET CAFE 12 Coligny Plaza. 843-686-4976. LD MARLEY’S ISLAND GRILLE 35 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 843-686-5800. DO MELLOW MUSHROOM 33 Office Park Road in Park Plaza. 843-686-2474. LDO MI TIERRA (HILTON HEAD) 130 Arrow Road. 843-342-3409. LD MICHAEL ANTHONY’S CUCINA ITALIANA Michael Anthony’s has been recognized by OpenTable diners as one of the “Top 50 Italian Restaurants” in the United States. 37 New Orleans Road. 843-785-6272. NEW YORK CITY PIZZA 81 Pope Ave. 843842-2227. LD NICK’S STEAK & SEAFOOD 9 Park Lane. 843-686-2920. D OMBRA CUCINA RUSTICA Popular local chef Michael Cirafesi and distinguished Philadelphia chef Nunzio Patruno have teamed up to open this upscale Italian restaurant in the Village at Wexford. Many dishes were created hundreds of years ago, passed down from generation to generation. All desserts, pastas and breads are made daily using natural and fresh ingredients imported from Italy. The Village at Wexford. 843-842-5505. www.ombrahhi. com. D

RED FISH Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmers markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around the foods that are in season. The result is an eclectic blend of seafood, steaks, fresh fruit and local vegetables. 8 Archer Road. 843-686-3388. LD REILLEY’S GRILL & BAR (SOUTH) 7D Greenwood Drive. 843-842-4414. LDO RELISH CAFE 33 Office Park Road, Park Plaza. 843-342-4800. LD RITA’S ITALIAN ICE 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 843-686-2596. ROY’S PLACE 33 Office Park Road, 843785-4646. LD RUBY LEE’S SOUTH 19 Dunnigans Alley. 843-785-7825 SALTY DOG CAFE One of Hilton Head’s favorite outdoor cafes for more than 20 years. Fresh seafood. Located at South Beach Marina, overlooking Braddock Cove. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. Live music and children’s entertainment nightly during the season. South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 843-6717327. LD SAGE ROOM 81 Pope Ave., Heritage Plaza. 843-785-5352. D SEA SHACK 6 Executive Park Drive. 843785-2464. LD

ONE HOT MAMA’S 7 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Plaza. 843-682-6262. LDSO

SEAFIRE MODERN HIBACHI GRILL & BAR 9 Palmetto Bay Road. 843-785-4955. D

PALMETTO BAY SUNRISE CAFÉ 86 Helmsman Way in Palmetto Bay Marina. 843-686-3232. BL

SIGNALS LOUNGE 130 Shipyard Drive, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. 843842-2400. O

PHILLY’S CAFÉ AND DELI 102 Fountain Center, New Orleans Road. 843-785-9966. L

SIGNE’S BAKERY & CAFE 93 Arrow Road. 843-785-9118. BLS

PINO GELATO 1000 William Hilton Parkway, The Village at Wexford. 843-8422822. PLANTATION CAFÉ AND DELI (SOUTH) 81 Pope Ave. in Heritage Plaza. 843-7859020. BL POMODORI 1 New Orleans Road. 843686-3100. D THE PORCH The Beach House. 1 South Forest Beach Drive. 843-785-5126. BLD PORTER & PIG 1000 William Hilton Parkway, The Village at Wexford. 843-7153224. D PURE NATURAL MARKET 1012 William Hilton Parkway. 843-342-7873. BL QUARTERDECK 149 Lighthouse Road, Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 843-842-1999. LDO

SKILLETS CAFÉ Coligny Plaza. 843-7853131. BLD THE SMOKEHOUSE 34 Palmetto Bay Road. 843-842-4227. BLDO SOUTHERN CONEY & BREAKFAST 70 Pope Avenue in Circle Center. 843-6892447. BL SPIRIT OF HARBOUR TOWN 843-3639026. STACK’S PANCAKES OF HILTON HEAD 2 Regency Parkway. 843-341-3347. BLD STARBUCKS (SOUTH) 11 Palmetto Bay Road. 843-341-5477. STELLINI 15 Executive Park Road. 843-7857006. D STU’S SURFSIDE 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza. 843-686-7873. LD THE STUDIO 20 Executive Park Road. 843785-6000. D


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SUNSET SLUSH 81 Pope Ave., 843-785-7851. SWEET CAROLINA CUPCAKES 1 North Forest Beach Drive. 843-342-2611. TIKI HUT 1 South Forest Beach Drive at the Beach House Resort. 843-785-5126. OLD TOPSIDE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Harbour Town, Sea Pines. 843-842-1999. D TRATTORIA DIVINA 33 Office Park Road. 843-686-4442. D TRUFFLES CAFE (SEA PINES) Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. 71 Lighthouse Road, Sea Pines Center. 843-6716136. LD TWISTED CORK A local cocktail and wine bar. You can find it in Festival Center Plaza, near the Sea Pines Circle. Open Monday through Saturday, 5-11 p.m. 843-802-0510. LD VINE 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Coligny Plaza. 843-686-3900. LD WATUSI A place for breakfast, lunch and coffee. The cafe’s interior mirrors a warm, cozy living room where families and friends can gather and enjoy food in a casual homestyle setting. 71 Pope Ave. 843-686-5200. www. BL WHICH WICH? 70 Pope Ave., Suite 13. 843715-9424. LD WILD WING CAFÉ 72 Pope Ave. 843-7859464. LDO WINE AND CHEESE IF YOU PLEASE 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite G. 843-842-1200. WRECK OF THE SALTY DOG South Beach Marina Village, Sea Pines. 843-671-7327. D XO SPORTS SPIRITS Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, 843-842-8000. LDO

BLUFFTON AGAVE SIDE BAR 13 State of Mind St. 843757-9190. LD ALVIN ORD’S OF BLUFFTON 1230-A May River Road. 843-757-1300, LD

THE BRITISH OPEN PUB 1 Sherington Drive, Suite G. 843-815-6736. LDO BUFFALOS RESTAURANT 476 Mount Pelia Road inside Palmetto Bluff. 843-706-6500. LD BUTCHER’S MARKET AND DELI 102 Buckwalter Parkway, Suite 3-G. 843-8156328. BLD CAHILL’S MARKET & CHICKEN KITCHEN 1055 May River Road. 843-757-2921. LD CAPTAIN WOODY’S Many restaurants claim to be a favorite of locals. Speaking as locals, one of our favorites is Captain Woody’s. 17 State of Mind St. in the Calhoun Street Promenade. 843-757-6222. LDO CHEAP SEATS TAVERN 2 142 Burnt Church Road, 843-837-3287. LD CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER 108 Buckwalter Parkway. 843-837-2433. LD CHIPOTLE Tanger I Outlet Center. 843-8362442, LD CHOO CHOO BBQ XPRESS 129 Burnt Church Road. 843-815-7675. LDO CHOW DADDY’S This new restaurant is using local, organic ingredients with meals prepared to order. The menu features salad bowls, sandwiches, tacos, hot bowls, platters and other snacks. The daily happy hour is 4-6 p.m. 15 Towne Drive, Belfair Towne Village. 843-842-2469. LD CINCO MEXICAN GRILL & BAR 102 Buckwalter Parkway #3. 843-815-2233. LD CLAUDE & ULI’S BISTRO 1533 Fording Island Road. 843-837-3336. LD CORKS WINE CO. BAR & BOUTIQUE 14 Promenade St, Suite 306. 843-815-5168. DO CORNER PERK CAFE 1297 May River Road. 843-816-5674. BL THE COTTAGE CAFE, BAKERY AND TEA ROOM 38 Calhoun St. 843-757-0508. www. BL THE DEPOT 15 Captains Cove Road, 843-837-1893.

AMIGOS BELFAIR (BLUFFTON) 133 Towne Drive. 843-815-8226. LD

DOLCE VITA 163 Bluffton Road, Suite F. 843815-6900. D

BACKWATER BILL’S 20 Hampton Lake Drive. 843-875-5253. LDO

DOWNTOWN DELI 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 843-815-5005. BL

BLACK BALSAM & BLUE 1534 Fording Island Road. 843-837-2583, LD

EL SUPER INTERNACIONAL 33 Sherington Drive. 843-815-8113. LD

BLUFFTON BBQ 11 State of Mind St. 843757-7427. LD

FARM 1301 May River Road. 843-707-2041, D

BLUFFTON FAMILY SEAFOOD HOUSE 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 843-757-4010. LD

FAT PATTIES AND SALT MARSH BREWING 207 Bluffton Road. 843-815-6300. fat-patties. com. LD

THE BLUFFTON ROOM 15 Promenade St. 843-757-3525. D

FIREHOUSE SUBS 32 Malphrus Road, #109. 843-815-7827. LD

THE BRICK CHICKEN 1011 Fording Island Road in the Best Buy Shopping Center. 843836-5040. LDO

FIESTA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL 876 Fording Island Road, Suite 1. 843-7067280. LD January 2017 189

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DINING GIUSEPPI’S PIZZA AND PASTA 25 Bluffton Road. 843-815-9200. LD HINCHEY’S CHICAGO BAR & GRILL 104 Buckwalter Place, Suite 1A. 843-8365909. LD HOGSHEAD KITCHEN AND WINE BAR 1555 Fording Island Road. 843-837-4647. LD HONEYBAKED HAM COMPANY 1060 Fording Island Road. 843-815-7388. ISLAND BAGEL & DELI Sheridan Park. 843-815-5300. BL JAMESON’S CHARHOUSE 671 Cypress Hills Drive, Sun City. 843-705-8200. LD JIM ‘N NICK’S BAR-B-Q 872 Fording Island Road. 843-706-9741. LD JUICE HIVE 14 Johnston Way. 843-7572899. KATIE O’DONNELL’S 1008 Fording Island Road in Kittie’s Crossing. 843-815-5555. LDO KELLY’S TAVERN 11B Buckingham Plantation Drive. 843-837-3353. BLDO KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 30 Plantation Park Drive. 843-757-6688. LD

RIVER HOUSE RESTAURANT 476 Mount Pelia Road in Palmetto Bluff. 843-706-6500. LD

The Bridge Center. 843-837-2333. LD

Place. 843-757-9888. LD

LOWCOUNTRY FLOWER GIRLS Berkeley Place. 843-837-2253. BL

PANDA CHINESE RESTAURANT 25 Bluffton Road. 843-815-6790. LD

MAY RIVER GRILL 1263 May River Road. 843-757-5755. LD

MIDNIGHT BAKER 14 Promenade St. 843815-5355. LB

THE PEARL KITCHEN & BAR Bringing to Old Town Bluffton a bright, fresh take on the dining experience, The Pearl Kitchen & Bar will please your palate with the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more. 55 Calhoun St., 843-7575511. LD

MI TIERRA 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive. 843757-7200. LD

PLANTATION CAFE 1532 Fording Island Road. 843-815-4445.BL

MI TIERRITA 214 Okatie Village Drive. 843705-0925. LD

POUR RICHARD’S 4376 Bluffton Parkway. 843-757-1999. DO

SALTY DOG BLUFFTON Tanger II Outlet. Offering a diverse menu with favorite dishes from the original Salty Dog Cafe and Jake’s Pizza, Salty Dog Bluffton is sure tp keep the whole family happy. 843-8373344. LD

MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 3 Malphrus Road. 843-837-8722. LD

R BAR 70 Pennington Drive. 843-7577264. LD

SIPPIN COW 1D Promenade St., 843-7575051. BL

MULBERRY STREET TRATTORIA 1476 Fording Island Road. 843-837-2426. LDS

RANCHO ALEGRE CUBAN RESTAURANT 4490 Bluffton Park Crescent #104. 843757-5556. LD

SOUTHERN BARREL BREWING CO. 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. 843-837-2337.

NONNA ROSA 198 Okatie Village Drive, Okatie. 843 707-1750. nonnarosabluffton. com LD

RED FISH Upscale dining at its finest. Head chef Chaun Bescos takes advantage of his close relationship with local growers and farmers markets, tailoring Red Fish’s menu around foods in season. 32 Bruin Road. 843-837-8888. LD

SQUAT N’ GOBBLE 1231 May River Road. 843-757-4242. BLD

MELLOW MUSHROOM 872 Fording Island Road. 843-706-0800. mellowmushroom. com. LDO

OLD TOWN DISPENSARY 15 Captains Cove. 843-837-1893. LDO

LONGHORN Inside Tanger I. 843-7057001. LD

OROBELLO’S BISTRO & PIZZERIA 103 Buckwalter Place, Unit 108. 843-8375637. LDO




RUAN THAI CUISINE II 26 Towne Drive, Belfair Town Village. 843-757-9479. LD SAIGON CAFE 1304 Fording Island Road. 843-837-1800. BLD SAKE HOUSE 1017 Fording Island Road, Suite 105. 843-706-9222. LD

STOOGES CAFE 25 Sherington Drive. 843706-6178. BL TRUFFLES CAFE Fresh local seafood, Black Angus steaks, baby back ribs, homemade soups and garden salads. 91 Towne Drive Belfair Towne Village. 843-815-5551, LD


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DINING TWISTED EUROPEAN BAKERY 1253 May River Road, Unit A. 843-757-0033, BL WALNUTS CAFÉ 70 Pennington Drive in Sheridan Park. 843-815-2877. BLS

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND EAGLE’S NEST 56 Fuskie Lane, Bloody Point. 843-341-5522.

WILD WING CAFÉ (BLUFFTON) 1188 Fording Island Road. 843-837-9453. LD

MARSHSIDE MAMA’S CAFE 15 Haig Point Road on County Landing. 843-785-4755. LD

ZEPPLIN’S BAR & GRILL Inside Station 300. 25 Innovation Drive. 843-815-2695. LDO

OLD DAUFUSKIE CRAB CO 256 Cooper River Landing Road. 843-7856653. M

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[Q] What is the best advice you could give to an amateur chef? [A] Read everything you can get your hands on. Understand your ingredients in any dish — their flavor, texture, preferred cooking method and origins. The K.I.S.S. method (keep it simple, stupid) works very well for everyone. [Q] Locally scoured ingredients seem to be the hottest food trend at the moment. What trends do you see coming in the future? [A] I prefer not to watch or guess the trends; rather, I embrace what works for me. The local aspect for me is more an economic decision, not about being trendy. But if I had to guess one, I would say that minimally processed ingredients would be one trend that I hope to see. [Q] Was the concept for Local Pie taken from another restaurant? If not, where did it come from? [A] No idea is completely new, in my opinion. Local Pie was taken from my youth making pizza in New Jersey with a chef named Dino Tridente. His passion for the craft, simple execution and connection with his community and family have always been memories that I fondly recall. When we started planning Local Pie, we continually came back to the premise of the food speaking to our mission of creating great simple food that everyone from kids to traveled chefs could enjoy. [Q] What is the most popular pizza on your menu? [A] The Little Bear, which is named after my wife, Heather. She is going to kill me. It has our house-made Italian sausage and meatballs, finished with pepperoni, San Marzano sauce and mozzarella. What could be more right than that? [Q] The specialty pizzas have been very creative. Which was your favorite? [A] My favorite specialty pie is actually pretty simple: The Gump. It is a version of an Italian pizza blanco, with Carolina shrimp, calamari, scallop sausage, herbs, mozzarella and olive oil. Sounds odd, but it is killer. [Q] What ingredient has surprised you the most as a pizza topping? [A] Mac and cheese. I don’t get it at all, but our guests love it. As a chef, it’s weird to me. [Q] It was recently announced that Local Pie 2 is opening in Bluffton. How excited are you about that? [A] We are stoked to have the opportunity to open another local business in the Lowcountry. Our focus is to provide spectacular approachable food, good jobs and be great neighbors to the community. Bluffton has welcomed us with open arms and that is so incredible. [Q] What is one thing about you that most people don’t know? [A] Videos of military families reuniting make me cry. But don’t tell anyone, please. M January 2017 191

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