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e are privileged to bring you this special Memorial Day edition!
Thanks to two years of tireless work by Ansley Hester Manual, we are dedicating this issue of The Bluffton Breeze to the Blufftonians who paid the ultimate price for our freedom—those who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Michele Roldán-Shaw’s article “Some Gave All” lists these brave souls, the first time their names have been published, and that this particular group has been recognized. We are asking each reader to contact Ansley or myself if you are interested in making a donation for a permanent monument that, thanks to Bill Herbkersman, will be placed in Calhoun Promenade as a legacy for all! We hope you will read the article carefully, and say a prayer for each person listed and their families. They may have been lost, but we will not let them be forgotten! God bless America and those who serve our country today. We all love Bluffton, and call it home for so many reasons, but at the top of the list is the history that provides its character and “sense of place.” May is National Preservation Month and we are pleased to highlight our town’s historic relevance by featuring the eight antebellum homes that survived the infamous “Burning of Bluffton.” This is just a small part of the Second Annual Symposium sponsored by the Town of Bluffton and Bluffton Historical Preservation Society on May 25. Let’s celebrate our heritage by walking through town past each of these homes, and attending the Symposium. I would like to thank the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for their efforts presenting Taste of Bluffton last month—15,000 in attendance? Really? What a great day for all who attended, and all the vendors who put their best foot forward. Our Sales Director, Erika Aparicio, and I met so many wonderful people at our booth. Mayfest is this month, and you can read all about it in this issue. With arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, ugly dogs and a Pie Eating Contest, it’s one of Bluffton’s signature events. Remember, The Bluffton Breeze booth is known for having the best dog watering station…folks bring their dogs from near and far! (How come we never see anyone walking their cat?) Everyone knows May means Mother’s Day celebrations. Both Jevon Daly and Amber Hester Kuehn salute their mothers with touching tributes this month, plus newborn photographer Cassie Clayshulte shares pictures of local babies born during Hurricane Matthew. It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here! Our own Kerry Peresta explains how buying plants in spring can turn into a nail-biting frenzy, and our tips about exercising in the great outdoors and a summer camp guide for kids will help you make the most of this sunny season. Please don’t forget to tell our advertisers you saw them in The Bluffton Breeze!
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A Tour of Bluffton’s Antebellum Homes You Never Know What You’re Going To Get Some Gave All Lessons Learned Warning: Planting Frenzy Ahead May Happenings Hurricane Babies Summer Camp Guide 32 Exercising in the Great Outdoors 35 Mother’s Day Gift Guide 37 Make Way For Mayfest!
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ay is National Preservation Month, and the Town of Bluffton is presenting “Bluffton — Past, Present and Future,” the Second Annual Preservation Symposium on May 25 at Town Hall. We felt it only appropriate to contribute a feature on the eight antebellum homes that survived “The Burning of Bluffton” in 1863. The photos and history are from the The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society’s archives and reprinted with permission. The picture of the Huger-Gordon house (above) was taken shortly after the Hurricane of 1893. The storm washed away more than 50 feet of the bluff. A former slave quarter can be seen on the far left next to a former oyster factory across the cove.
The Huger-Gordon House 9 Water Street, c. early 1800s This is the only antebellum house on the bluff overlooking the May River that survived the Federal burning of Bluffton on June 4, 1863 and the house still has Federal forces’ musket balls lodged in the front door studs. The frame one-and-a-half story building, built around 1795 and later enlarged, is placed on a low brick foundation of piers with a gabled roof and interior chimneys. A one-story veranda with a shed roof and chamfered posts runs the width of the house on the river side and the central dormer has glass doors cut into the eaves of the roof and veranda.
The owner, Colonel Ephraim Mikell Seabrook, sold the home in 1863 to Dr. Joseph Alson Huger II and it remained in the family for over 100 years. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Gordon made alterations to the interior and exterior of the home in the mid-1970s. The house is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kent Collins. bluffton.com
The Cole-Heyward House 70 Boundary Street, c. 1840 The Cole-Heyward house is an example of early Carolina Farmhouse style brought by planters from the West Indies. The earliest part of this home was built by John J. Cole and his slaves in the 1840s as a summer home for his wife, Caroline Corley, and their children. The original house started as a north parlor with a bedroom above, and was expanded in 1860 to more than twice its original size by doubling the front and side windows in the front rooms and expansion of the dining room and back bedroom.
Seven Oaks 82 Calhoun Street, c. 1860 The first owner of record was Colonel Middleton Stuart who resided here prior to the Civil War. Col. Stuart’s wife was Emma Barnwell Stoney who inherited Otterburn Plantation from her father, Dr, George Mosse Stoney. The Stuarts did not return to Bluffton following the war and the property was sold to Francis Marion Edwards. The house was subsequently owned by Ephraim Mikell Baynard and E.J. Harrison. During the heyday of Bluffton’s prosperity as the commercial center of Beaufort County in the 1920s, Mrs. Elizabeth Sanders operated Seven Oaks as a popular boarding house for salesmen and summer visitors.
The Cole family left the Bluffton area in 1874 and sold the house to the DuBois family, who then sold it to Mrs. George Cuthbert Heyward in 1882. The home stayed in the Heyward family until it was sold to the Bluffton Historical Society where it now serves as a museum and the Official Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton.
A horrible brawl occurred one night in the boarding house, resulting in a gunshot death. It is said that you can still see the blood stains on the floor in room number 13.
The Allen-Lockwood House 94 Calhoun Street, c. 1850
Squire Pope’s Summer Home 111 Calhoun Street, c. 1850
This cottage was built by William Gaston Allen on the northwest corner of Calhoun and Water Streets in the early 1850s for his wife, Susan Virginia Bolan, and their six children. It is a classic example of a Lowcountry summer cottage with its gabled roof, commodious high-ceiling rooms and windows used for cross-ventilation. The home is raised, and sits on brick piers. It features a wide porch spanning the south facade.
This lot was the summer residence of Squire William Pope of Coggins Point Plantation on Hilton Head Island. There is no record left to tell us what the home looked like, but it was undoubtedly large and handsome, as the Squire was wealthy with a big family. It went up in flames on June 4, 1863 with the wholesale burning of Bluffton’s waterfront.
By 1866, Colonel Allen was bankrupt and a forced sale of the home resulted in his daughter, Susan Virginia, (Mrs. Thomas Postell Lockwood), buying the home for $10. It remained in the family until 1953. Currently the home is owned by Outreach Ministries, Inc. of the Church of the Cross.
Examining the foundation, one sees hand-hewn beams, and a fireplace foundation that is arched for strength, typical of Italian masons. Seven Oaks is now the administrative offices for Church of the Cross.
Following the war, Mrs. Pope and her daughter returned to Bluffton. Virtually destitute, they found the only structures that had not been destroyed were the carriage house and a smaller building nearby (c. 1850). They had them joined together to form the present structure where they lived out their days. The Town of Bluffton has recently purchased the property. 9 The Bluffton Breeze MAY 2017
The Card House 34 Bridge Street, c. 1825
The Seabrook House 47 Lawrence Street, c. 1850
The origin of this antebellum house is difficult to document; however, it is believed to be one of the oldest homes in Bluffton still standing. The first owner of record is William J. Graham, who owned it until 1847. Another deed shows the property was owned by Sarah G. Norton. One William Norton, of St. Helena Island, moved to the Bluffton area around 1800 and resided here until his death in 1817.
John Archibald Seabrook is believed to be the original owner of this home, built in the 1840s-50s. The home is a typical Lowcountry style—two-story frame weatherboard on six-foot piers. There are two dormer windows on the north and south sides of the steeply pitched gabled roof. On the north side are two tall brick chimneys, and the old summer kitchen (previously detached) was raised on piers and attached during the 20th century.
Why is it called The Card House? One story says that in the late 1840s, during a high-stakes poker game, William Eddings Baynard won the deed to the 1,000-acre Braddock’s Point Plantation on Hilton Head Island from the unfortunate owner, a Mr. John Stoney. From that point on, it has been known as The Card House. The home is currently the owned by Albert Scardino.
In 1876, the property was sold to Egbert and Kate H. DuBois. In 2000, the house was purchased and carefully restored by Mr. and Mrs Van DuBose who won the BPHS Caldwell Award for Historic Preservation. The home is presently owned by Cynthia Minard.
The Fripp House 48 Bridge Street, c. 1830 This three-story frame building on eight-foot piers is believed to have been built by James L. Pope. The earliest records show the property was owned by him prior to 1847. James L. Pope died in 1863 and his son, James Jr., inherited it. The property remained in the family until 1883 when Mrs. James L. Pope, Jr. sold the house to Rebecca Sims. In 1885, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Fripp acquired the property. The Fripp family owned the house for 34 years; hence the name, “The Fripp House.” Up until 1999, it was used as a bed and breakfast.
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You Never Know What You’re Going To Get By Amber Hester Kuehn Owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters
was born on July 17 in 1974. My young parents were concerned about the hard lumps on my arms and legs. The doctor laughed and said, “Those are her muscles. She has been very active in the womb.” I have been strong and strong-willed since conception, and it hasn’t always served me well.
Always intrigued by nature, challenges that scare me a little bit and adventure, I am the polar opposite of my mom: • My mom is a shining example of always looking her best. I am content to be hygienically clean with acceptable clothes and shoes on. • As a child, my mom wore dresses and white gloves when she went shopping on Broughton Street in Savannah. In 2nd grade, I wore the same pink velour pants outfit every day of the week— I insisted on it. • My mom is a great cook. I am in charge of bringing rolls to family gatherings—brown and serve. • My mom is an artist and reads romantic novels. I am a scientist who reads textbooks. • My mom has leftovers in her fridge. I have vials with formalin and tissue samples. • My mom drives a Mercedes sedan. I drive a Ford F-250 service truck. • My mom married a Southern boy. I married an Oregonian who almost failed to adjust to the culture shock.
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I don’t think my mom expected her only female child to be more interested in treasures from the ocean floor than china sets and diamond rings. She wouldn’t have hoped for me to pursue a career as a professional boat captain or marine biologist, but I definitely would say she knew I’d try things I wasn’t sure I could achieve….just to see if I could. Some were accomplished and some were not. Since my interests had emerged from an unfamiliar source, I had to prove to myself they weren’t just plaguing my imagination. For example, when I decided to learn to scuba dive for fossils in the dark on the May River floor, my mom’s eyes got really wide and round. I’m almost certain she thought I had lost it, but she never said a word. I became a scuba instructor. When I decided to attend graduate school for marine biology in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she warned me that it was a horrible place. It was the only other place she had ever lived, a one-year departure from the Lowcountry. However, she knew I would have it my way and, for three years, I LOVED living in South Florida. When I moved to Hawaii with $200 in my pocket, my mom helped me ship my clothes. Having seen the depths of the Pacific, I feel like I have expanded the reaches of my mind and I am so grateful. She was not envious of my close encounters with manta rays, sharks and humpback whales. She knew that I would eventually come home in debt, and she bailed me out. Last spring, when I asked her to watch the dogs while I visited Peru to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, she just smiled and said, “Have fun! But why wouldn’t you just take the bus?” My mom never told me I should be like her. Her suggestions were mild, or maybe I was too distracted to notice: “Honey, your hair would look so cute with a stylish cut” or “I bought this dress for you to try on, but I can take it back if you don’t like it.” The older I get, the less time I have for myself. Rather than shopping, I look forward to catching a glimpse of fiddler crabs silently marching across the mud flat, a newborn dolphin awkwardly breaching beside its graceful mother or Spanish moss swaying in a light breeze at sunset. These things encourage and move me. They also remind me of wonderful childhood memories in Bluffton. My mom let me take the motor boat out on my own when I was 13 and unknowingly let the May River speak to an impressionable girl who would always be drawn home…or maybe that was her plan all along. Although we could not be more different, I know my mom is proud of me. I am proud of her for letting me be daring without making it difficult. My mom, although ladylike and VERY Southern, is tough as nails. I know this, because she raised ME!
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Some Gave All A By Michele Roldán-Shaw
n inconspicuous monument outside Bluffton Town Hall honors fallen servicemen of World War II and Korea with an engraved plaque under the American flag. The site was once the Bluffton High School, and the memorial originally dedicated to the gymnasium. It lists the names of school alumni who died serving their country, and the date it bears is Nov. 11, 1953—the Segregation Era. Elderly residents of Bluffton could recall some names that were missing; young African-American servicemen who did not attend the all-white school, but nevertheless gave their lives alongside their compatriots. Over a half-century later, with the school gone and the Town Hall taking its place, the absence of those men began to seem an injustice to their memory and their descendants. Across the street from this monument lives local architect and native Blufftonian Ansley Manuel. For a long time, she had been in the habit of placing flowers on the plaque each Memorial Day, wondering about the names engraved there. However, it wasn’t until Ansley’s curiosity led her to do a quick internet search that she not only discovered the missing names, but embarked on a quest that continues to this day.
“Researching each of the fallen young men has been a fascinating journey,” said Manuel, who spent two years combing census and military records, digging through local newspaper archives, tracing family trees, exploring cemeteries, consulting Bluffton residents who remembered the men, and tracking down living relatives now scattered across the country. “It became a mission to piece together every serviceman’s story and see that they all get recognized,” she said. “Bluffton needs an all-inclusive monument, somewhere people can go on Memorial Day to honor them.” Manuel formed a task group that included Laura Bush and Jacob Martin, who helped her reach out to the black community, as well as Donna Huffman, president of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. In addition to
researching the seven men listed on the original plaque at Town Hall, the group discovered three African-Americans—one from WWII and two from Korea. They also decided to include WWI, and found three Blufftonians whose lives it claimed; and Vietnam, from which they found two.
Jacob Martin, who Manuel consulted for his wealth of living memory, can name many servicemen he grew up with back when Bluffton was just one square mile with a few prominent families. He says the absence of certain individuals on the existing monument was always considered “no big deal,” but he’s glad the new one will feature a complete list.
“There was almost an avalanche of kids who went off to serve,” said Martin, whose three eldest brothers fought in World War II. “And there have been many black Blufftonians who have served. We know the names of every one of them and they have descendants. Now that the whole issue is being resurrected and the new monument is going up, we feel good about everyone being included.” The proposed monument will be 3 feet wide by 5 feet tall, of steeled granite with black engraved letters, and will face May River Road near the Calhoun Street intersection. This prime location, prominently visible to everyone who passes through town, was offered by State Representative Bill Herbkersman. Further assistance has come from Shellie West of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, who is committed to making the new monument a reality. “War can sometimes seem like it’s removed from us, and that makes it easier,” said Manuel. “It’s somebody else’s loved one who was lost. But when it’s your own community, that personalizes war. Bluffton lost seven men in World War II alone, and this was such a small town back then—what a sacrifice. Everybody would have felt it. So, to have a monument, even if all that’s listed are the names and wars, it speaks volumes without saying much.”
In Memoriam WORLD WAR I Nathaniel Godson (Gadsden, Gadsen or Gadson), Private First Class US Army Born: 1892 Died: 1918 of disease. Buried Bluffton Cemetery. Personal detail: Grew up in the historic Cordray House on the corner of Calhoun Street and Highway 46. His granddaughter Ruth Brown still lives there today. Historical detail: The spelling discrepancies in names from this era came about because many people were illiterate, so record keepers had to guess the spellings of their names. Nathaniel was listed as Godson on his draft card, while his grave bears Gadsden, and local descendants presently use Gadson.
Joseph Green Born: 1896 Died: Of disease, date unknown. Burial unknown. Personal detail: Occupation on his draft card was listed as “boating,” which typically meant working as an oysterman. Green was employed by George Lowden, who had an oyster factory here.
Hardee Clemmons (Clemons), Private Pioneer Infantry US Army Born: 1888 Died: 1918 of disease. Buried Bluffton Cemetery. Personal detail: Grew up with his brothers in an orphanage in Savannah. Local family: His descendants are the Cahills of Bluffton, who operate Cahill’s Market and Chicken Kitchen and continue to farm land originally purchased by Hardee’s elder sister with the money she received as his beneficiary.
WO R D WA R I I Ira Beach, Private First Class US Army Born: 1918 Died: 1945. Killed in Action, Germany. On map below: First burial overseas, remains later returned to St. Luke’s Methodist, Pritchardville, SC. Personal detail: When he left for the European front his young wife was pregnant—Ira never returned to meet his son Ira Beach Jr., now living in Varnville, SC. James Beach, First Class Seaman US Navy Born: 1924 Died: 1944. Missing in Action after the sinking of USS Robin Goodfellow in the South Atlantic. On map below: Memorial at St. Luke’s Methodist, Pritchardville, SC. Local family: Ray Beach (nephew), Bluffton, SC. Westley Cohen, Private First Class US Army Born: 1923 Died: 1944. Non-battle death (cause unknown). Body returned on a ship and buried at Beaufort National Cemetery. Local family: Louise Miller Cohen (cousin), Hilton Head, SC.
John W. McCreary, Chief Quartermaster US Navy Born: 1918 Died: 1944. Missing in Action after the sinking of USS Herring Submarine in Northwest Pacific Ocean. On map below: Memorialized on Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu, Hawaii. Historical detail: The wreck of the USS Herring was not discovered until last year by a Russian expedition, which confirmed it sank under Japanese fire after its eighth and most successful mission. The Herring destroyed several Japanese vessels before losing contact and going down with 83 sailors aboard. Personal detail: Not long after he was declared missing, his wife gave birth to twin girls. Local family: Emmett McCracken (nephew), Bluffton, SC. “Growing up here in Bluffton, it’s not surprising he was attracted to the water and the Navy,” said McCracken of his uncle, recalling that his mother thought very highly of her baby brother. “I didn’t know him that well, but if he was anything like his two sisters he was a very gentle, loving person.”
Earl Simmons, Sergeant US Marine Corp Born: 1913 Died: 1943 of Typhus fever in the South Pacific. On map below : Buried Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. Personal detail: Enlisted after being acquitted for the murder of his stepmother. Returned home and enlisted again after the death of his father in a mysterious fire. Donald Smith, US Navy Air Corps Born: 1920 Died: 1944. Lost at Sea. Memorialized on Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial, NYC, and at St. Luke’s Methodist in Pritchardville, SC. Charles Ulmer, III, Private US Army Born: 1925 Died: 1945. Killed in Action, Battle of Rheinberg, Germany. On map below Buried in the Netherlands and memorialized at Bluffton Cemetery. Local family: Alan Ulmer, Jr. (nephew), Bluffton, SC.
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KO R E A Ferris Brown, Private First Class US Army Born: 1932 Died: 1952. Killed in Action during the Battle of Triangle Hill, North Korea. On map: Buried Bluffton Cemetery. Local family: Barbara Brown Newton (niece), Bluffton, SC. Frederick Graves, Corporal US Army Born: 1927 Died: 1951. Killed in Action at Bloody Ridge, Korea. On map: Buried Bluffton Cemetery. Historic detail: Posthumously awarded the Purple Heart medal, which was sent to his family with a letter of condolence stating that “he went in honor and in the company of patriots.” The letter also expressed “the country’s gratitude and admiration for his valor and devotion.” Personal detail: His parents lived in the Graves House on Calhoun Street and operated a local oyster factory employing hundreds of Blufftonians, including young Fred before he went off to war. Benjamin Wilson, Jr., Corporal US Army Born: 1927 Died: 1951. Killed in Action at Bloody Ridge, Korea. On map: Buried Bluffton Cemetery. Personal detail: Died in the same battle as his comrade Frederick Graves, meaning Bluffton lost two of its native sons in just 24 hours.
V I E T NA M Alonza W. Phoenix, Private First Class US Army Born: 1946 Died: 1968. Non-battle death, Vietnam. On map: Buried Beaufort National Cemetery. Local family: Ethel Phoenix Brown, Bluffton, SC Nathaniel D. Mack, Private First Class US Army Born: 1945 Died: 1970. Succumbed to injuries from mine explosion in Vietnam. On map: Buried in Illinois, USA. Personal detail: Because he died after returning home, Nathanial was never recognized at the Washington Memorial. The planned Bluffton Memorial has brought great closure and comfort to his widow, who hopes to come from Illinois to see it dedicated. “I feel that it’s very deserving and should have been done a long time ago,” said Bernice Mack. “Not just for my late husband, but for all the young men who were never recognized. It was highly disappointing to take his grandchildren to the Wall in Washington and he was not there. So, I am very happy that this is happening, and I feel grateful to everyone down there who put it in action.” To become a reality, the monument needs funding. Anyone interested in donating can visit Gofundme.com and search “Bluffton War Memorial Monument,” or go to Palmetto State Bank in Bluffton and inquire about the account that has been set up. Although the task group did a thorough search, if there is any individual not listed who lived in Bluffton and died while serving in one of the mentioned four wars, please contact Ansley Manuel at her office, (843) 726-3480.
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By Jevon Daly My mother’s name was Marilyn. Marilyn Deluca. Her mother’s name was Josephine (MomMom, to me) and my grandfather’s name was Bill or PopPop. They were both full-blooded Italians who raised their family in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. My mom had two sisters: Carol was the oldest and Judith was the youngest. MomMom and PopPop worked hard, loved dachshunds and each owned a Pinto (yes, the car)—one was ugly yellow and the other ugly green. There was a piano downstairs and MomMom could play pretty well, actually, but she was always busy movin’, workin’ and cookin’. My father was playing in a band when my parents met. I was born when my mother was 18, and she had sung in high school just a couple times. I think my Dad’s mother wore black to their wedding since his parents were just a hair conservative. My mom’s parents seemed a little more loose, though I’m sure there were some stressful times in that little house with one bathroom. When we moved to St. Thomas in the USVI, my mother decided she was gonna become a rock star. My father found the band dudes: Donnie Edwards and a drummer with long curly locks named Chipper (ironic?). They started playing local clubs like Fat City in ‘77-’78 on that little island in the Caribbean. Music was always playing in the house, and when my mom wasn’t waiting tables, I remember she used to put me to bed singing the Eagles’ tune “Desperado.” My Dad never really sang much, he just loved great instrumentalists like Jackson Brown’s band and The Grateful Dead (I sound like a broken record to some of you, I’m sure), and my mom was into Heart, Blondie and The Police. Later on, they both dug Alice in Chains and Lenny Kravitz after my brother Gavan and I discovered them on MTV. But, my mom did throw one of my Ozzy tapes in the trash. Yes, that really happened. My parents played in a band most weekends—they worked all the time. When we moved to this area, they formed a hip band right away called “Holly Hilton and the Rockets.” My mom was pretty cocky up there. She would eyeball people and talk to the crowd. Everyone loved my mom. She also waited tables and people loved her rap while she was working. My mom WAS the party. See? I can’t help who I am. None of us can. We are a product of our family. One time I had a party when my parents went to play in Augusta. They came home and the place was trashed. My mom slapped me in the face, and I got a job the next day bussin’ tables at The Little Venice on Hilton Head Island. She was tough, man. She never sugar-coated anything she said. I became closer to my mom right before she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1998. Sometimes, I would drive over to her house and we would just hang out or she would cut my hair before she had to go to work. My parents were hippies in St. Thomas and my dad still is. One memory that sticks out in my mind is an instance when we performed somewhere on Hilton Head around 1995. We were up on stage, eyes glazed, playing a Grateful Dead tune, I’m sure. People dug the band we had back then, but we were a bit introverted, as far as performers go. My mom came in and sang a song with us that night. The crowd became electric—jumping up and hooting. She blew us off the stage. It was a whole different kind of connection to a crowd. In a small bar, she ruled. Lesson learned. She passed away a few years later. Thanks for wakin’ me up, Mom.
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By Kerry Peresta Each spring, I drag my husband with me to buy boatloads and buckets-full of flowering shrubs, impatiens, topsoil, pine straw bales, assorted beachy palm varieties, ferns, decorative trees—you name it, I buy it. Even though experience has proven that roughly half of what I buy withers and dies in spite of my valiant efforts, I do it anyway. Call it primal instinct. When my fingers start flexing and grasping for gardening gloves, and my nose twitches at the smell of freshly turned earth, it’s time to head to Home Depot. Perhaps my urge to dig in the dirt when spring rolls around is inherited. Just a couple of generations ago, most of us planted crops and depended on them to feed our families. My own grandfather farmed about five acres and raised a few cattle, and my husband’s grandparents did the same. However, the genetic predisposition to plant actual food skipped me, resulting in an obsession with all things frond-y and floral. This obsession is completely disproportionate to my possible lack of, or extremely pale, green thumb. Once March arrives, I cannot pass a Lowe’s or a Home Depot without buying something. What choice do I have? They make it so hard to resist—all the flowering, seasonal, full-sun and impossible to maintain stuff is on display outside the garden center, which lures feverish, Spring-lusting women like me at the peak of our vulnerability. Pulled by a force beyond my control, my car ends up in the parking lot before I can do anything about it, and there I sit, staring at rows of magenta, violet, yellow or pink. Helpless, I join the lusting throngs, even though the lines are so long they wind around the back of the gardening department; even though there is no cart in sight, and even though impatiens (one of the floral varieties I have not killed with regularity) have not even arrived yet. I must buy something to put in the ground, or I don’t feel quite whole. My keen observation skills have revealed, over the years, that most men are not as overcome with the whole planting flowers thing as women are. A male accompanying his wife on one of her frenzied bouts of Spring-lust may experience a definite shift of mood as her bout ramps up. Entering the garden center of choice, his face bears a pleasant smile, and he willingly pushes the cart while his wife roams the aisles, searching for the perfect colors, sizes and sun requirements. She selects two, maybe three, before Spring-lust kicks in. She then charges the aisles, pushing other women out of the way; clinging to the shrubs or flowers she has chosen until she crams them triumphantly into the cart like she’s just made a touchdown. Score! At this point, the husband exhibits his best scowlie-face, and either stands resolutely beside their cart like a bodyguard, or dutifully trots behind. The trotbehinds are nearly always at odds with the wife. For instance, this happened last Saturday: Man: Mouth clamped shut, lugging a flat cart loaded with tall plants, several bushes and two young children who are crying because they want to go home.
Woman: (Sarcastically) “Thanks, Bob. Thanks a lot.” Man (Bob, several paces behind): “What? What did I do now?” Woman: “You could keep up with me. I need help loading this stuff, y’know!” Stalks away in a huff. Bob: (Muttering) “Why do I agree to this every single year?” He bends to pull an errant 2-year-old back onto the cart and trudges after her. This is why smart men park themselves placidly along the sidelines, out of the way, waiting for their women to summon them as needed. This behavior could prevent a domestic meltdown right in the middle of the begonias. Another example: Man: Panting as he wrestles heavy cart to half-mile-long checkout line. Woman: (Alternately smiling and humming) “It’ll only take a few minutes. The line will go fast. You’ll see.” She turns to the gardening gloves, rose food, fertilizer pellets, shovels and bags of potting soil that adorn the checkout line to spend another quick 50 bucks. Man: Stares at the overburdened cart and calculates the tab in his mind. Cautious, he asks, “Um, do you think we need to spend any more money on this stuff?” Anticipating backlash, his chin pulls involuntarily into his neck. Woman: Spins toward man and squints. “When do you ever buy me anything?! And you are gonna deny me a little rose food? And what, you want my hands to suffer? No, of course not. I need new gloves!” She sniffs indignantly and turns her back on him. After
selecting five more items and piling them on the cart, she tells him she’ll be in the car and walks out. Man: Red-faced, shoulders hunched in defeat, he frowns at the cart and blows out a sigh. The checkout line moves a scant two inches. The people around him ignore the little spat because they are involved in their own. When his turn finally comes, the chirpy gardening associate says, “That’ll be $1,341.15.” His face turns white. He clutches his chest. I’ve decided I will no longer drag my husband along on spring plant-shopping missions. He is much more comfortable doing man-stuff like heaving plants out of my trunk when I get home, digging holes or toting things in a wheelbarrow. A woman, though, is more comfortable—gifted, even—at running up a bill. Men don’t necessarily need to witness the annual spring planting tab rolling along on a cart. I think it puts them in a bad mood, and in extreme cases, could cause a sudden stroke, or at the very least, a panic attack. Ladies, next time we feel a sudden onslaught of Spring-lust, it might be a good idea to take along a blood pressure cuff for hubby—or just leave him at home.
Kerry Peresta is a suspense novelist and humor columnist who lives on Hilton Head Island. Her publishing credits include a popular newspaper and e-zine humor column, “The Lighter Side,” and her debut novel, “The Hunting,” domestic suspense, released December 2013, Pen-L Publishing. She has completed her second novel, and is working on her third. Learn more about Kerry at kerryperesta.com.
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ast October, Hurricane Matthew tore through the Lowcountry leaving a path of devastation in his wake. Despite the downed trees, downed power lines and collateral damage, local newborn photographer Cassie Clayshulte saw beauty and hope for the future in what the storm spared. To capture this unique moment in time, she offered free photo sessions for babies born during the hurricane. This Motherâ€™s Day, celebrate the miracle of birth and rebirth of Bluffton with these photos shot on location just after Hurricane Matthew. To view more of Cassie Clayshulteâ€™s newborn and maternity photographs or to set up an appointment, visit CassieClayshultePhotography.com.
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BLUFFTON Bluffton School of Dance (843) 815-2619, BlufftonSchoolOfDance.com
A Hollywood Holiday, June 5-9 Princess Party, June 12-16 Heroes & Villains Preschool Camp, June 26-30 Heroes & Villains, June 26-30 Mermaid Magic, July 10-11 Ruff Ruff Rescue, July 12-13 Musical Theatre Camp, July 17-21 Olaf ’s Winter Wonderland Preschool Camp, July 24-28 Olaf ’s Winter Wonderland, July 24-28
Alliance Dance Academy (843) 757-8277, AllianceDanceAcademy.com Hollywood Week, June 5-9 Princess Camp, June 12-16 Animal Action Camp, July 17-21 Circus Week, July 24-28 Princess Camp II, July 31-Aug. 4 Movin & Groovin, Aug. 7-11
International Junior Golf Academy Camps (843) 773-6251, IJGA.com/summer-camp June 5-Aug. 7
WIN Academy for Success’ Basketball Camp (843) 368-9719, WINAcademyForSuccess.com June 5-9
Boys And Girls Club Summer Day Camps Bluffton: (843) 757-2845, Hilton Head: (843) 689-3646, BGCLowcountry.org Bluffton: June 11-August 12 Hilton Head: June 12-July 28
Camp Lowcountry Day (843) 815-2273, LowcountryDay.com June 5-Aug. 18
Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) Summer Art Camp (843) 247-2868, SOBAGallery.com Session 1: June 12-16 Session 2: June 19-23 Session 3: July 10-14
Technical College of the Lowcountry (843) 525-8264, TCL.edu/continuingeducation-workforce-development/
“Eat This!” Culinary Camp, June 5-Aug. 11 Camp Abstract Art Summer Camp, June 5-Aug. 4
Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp (800) 878-2167 ext. 239, ActivityHero.com/biz/challengersports-soccer-camps Buckwalter Soccer Complex Full Day Soccer Summer Camp, July 24-28
Church of the Palms UMC VBS (843) 379-1888, PalmsUMC.org July 17-20
Lowcountry Presbyterian Church’s Barnyard Roundup VBS (843) 815-6570, email@example.com July 31-Aug. 4
HILTON HEAD Hilton Head Jazz Camp (843) 321-8174, HHJazzCamp.com
Hilton Head Jazz Guitar Institute, June 26-29 Hilton Head Jazz Clinic, June 26-29 Hilton Head Jazz Camp, July 10-15
Island Art Camp (843) 342-2500, facebook.com/IslandArtCamp/ July 10-21
Island Recreation Center (843) 681-7273, IslandRecCenter.org
Hip Hop Dance Camp, now-June 24 Ballet Dance Camp, now-June 24 Fast Lane Track Club, now-July 28 Summer Tennis Sessions, May 15-June 7 & June 19-July 12 All-American Football Camp, May 20 & 21 Island Rec. Center’s All Day Camp, May 30-Aug. 17 Week of Champions, June 5-9 Challenge Camp, June 5-July 28 Hilton Head Community Sailing, June 5-Aug. 11 “Be an Athlete” Sports Training Camp, June 5-Aug. 10 Jr. Golf Camp, June 6-August 17 Tennis Camp, July 17-21
Junior Lifeguard Camp (843) 785-3494, ShoreBeach.com June 5-8
SC Yacht Club Junior Sailing (843) 342-2628, SCYachtClub.com/junior-sailing-signup-form
Pocket Brick Monsters, June 26-30 Superheroes, July 3-7 Remote Control Mania, July 10-14 Mining and Crafting, July 24-28
SAVANNAH City of Savannah Summer Art Camp (912) 651-3677, firstname.lastname@example.org, SavannahGA.gov/index.aspx?NID=1045 June 5-July 28
Telfair Museum Summer Camps (912) 790-8800, Telfair.org/learn/classes/summercamps/ Drawing Portfolio Builder Camp A, May 30-June 2 Master Artist Photography Session A, June 5-9 Master Artist Photography Session B, June 12-16 Raising STEAM: Technology, Art and Electronics, June 19-23 Art with the Pros, June 26-29 Drawing Portfolio Builder Camp B, July 3-7 Video Game Development A, July 10-14 Video Game Development B, July 17-21 Museum Explorations Pre-K Camp, July 24-July 28 Crafters Camp, July 17-21 Video Game Design with Scratch, July 24-July 28
Coastal Heritage Society (912) 651-6840, CHSGeorgia.org/camps
STEAM Studio Camp, June 5-9, June 19-23 & July 10-14 Jr. Chef Camp, June 5-9 & 12-16 Jr. Engineer Train Camp, June 5-9, June 19-23, June 26-30 & July 10-14 Time Travel Camp, June 12-16, June 19-23 & June 26-30 Young Explorer Camp, June 12-16, June 26-30 & July 10-14
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Summer Camp (912) 395-1513, oatlandisland.org June 5-July 18
Savannah Children’s Theatre Summer Camps 912-238-9015, email@example.com Creative Adventures, May 20-June 2 & June 5-9
June 12-Aug. 4
Commander Zodiac (843) 671-3344, commanderzodiac.com
Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club Summer Camp (843) 522-8216, BYSCnet.com/camp-instruction/summer-camp
Junior Sailing Course, June 7-Aug. 30 Waterfun Days, June 8-Aug. 31
Hilton Head Prep 2017 Summer Camp (843) 842-7645, HHPrep.org/student-life/summer-programs Summer Strength & Conditioning Program, May 30-July 28 Discovery DayZ, May 30-July 28 Basic Basket Weaving, June 5-9 Junior Dolphin Football Camp, June 5-9 Instructional Volleyball Camp, June 19-23 Animal Care Camp, June 19-23 & July 17-21 Yo-Yo Camp, June 26-30 & July 3-7 Storm Soccer Academy Full-Day Camp, June 26-30 Storm Soccer Academy Half-Day Camp, June 26-30 Drama Camp, July 10-14 Basketball Camp, July 10-14 Baseball Camp, July 17-21 Running Camp, July 17-20
Bricks4kidz (843) 298-1310, Bricks4kidz.com/hiltonhead Under the Sea Preschool Camp, June 5-9
June 5-July 14
Beaufort Academy (843) 524-9533, BeaufortAcademy.org
Bugs are Rad, June 5-9 Little Picassos & Mini Matisses, June 12-16 Skills & Skrimmages Volleyball Camp, June 12-16
Camp Dig-it Summer Archaeology Program (843) 379-1550, Santa-Elena.org June 28 & July 19
The Salvation Army Pets Unleashed (843) 524-3725, SalvationArmyCarolinas.org/beaufort June 6-9
Technical College of the Lowcountry (843) 525-8264, tcl.edu/continuing-education-workforcedevelopment/ Scrubs Health Science Camp, June 2-Aug. 4 Aviation Camp, June 5-Aug. 11 Photography Camp, June 10-28 Coding Camp, June 19-Aug. 4
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Exercising in the Great
utdoors by Andrea Six
doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym lifting weights or using step machines and treadmills. This summer, change your routine and get fit with fun outdoor activities. Whether you’d rather go on a muscle-building adventure or incorporate a new activity into your weekly schedule, there are all kinds of ways to get in shape outside.
Summer’s favorite activity has a surprising number of benefits, especially for those with joint issues. This refreshing and fun cardiovascular workout exercises all the main muscles groups, toning and conditioning the body. The water’s buoyancy cushions fragile bones and stiff joints, permitting individuals who are unable to do other workouts, such as strength training, to participate.
In the Lowcountry, “hot” yoga simply means performing this meditative exercise outdoors. Several yoga practitioners indicate that a hot space increases the calories burned and the amount of toxins released from your body, but regardless of this statement’s validity, yoga has all kinds of positive effects. Known for reducing stress, increasing flexibility and balance and reducing cholesterol, yoga can also lessen chronic pain. It is something people of all ages can try and do their own way—whether that be on top of a paddleboard, in the park with friends or alone at the beach.
Calories Burned: 540 per hour
2. Jump Rope
Calories burned: 10+ per minute Take a trip back to elementary school days on the playground with a hobby kids love—jumping rope. Though it may seem juvenile, jumping rope is actually a versatile cardio-building, fat-burning and body-sculpting activity often used to train professional athletes. Put an end to the excuses of not having the proper equipment or the time for a workout. All this requires is a jump rope, which can be kept in a bag, briefcase or car.
3. Stand Up Paddle Boarding Calories Burned: 400 per hour
Calories burned: 300 per hour
Calories Burned: 200-400 per hour No weights, no memberships, no machines or accessories needed—not even a rope, bike or mat. This form of physical exercise encourages a creative approach to a great physique, and consists of a combination of rhythmic movements such as running, swinging, pushing or pulling. It is similar to dance, but instead of spinning across the floor, calisthenics may switch from squats or lunges to holding the plank position, followed by a set of pull-ups or push-ups. Instead of relying on equipment, calisthenics uses a person’s own body weight to build muscle, and is popular with sports teams, military units and Parkour (a non-competitive sport that involves efficient movement around obstacles) enthusiasts.
Not every workout has to be an intense, fast-paced endeavor. Disguised as a tranquil activity, stand up paddle boarding is a calming, but highly engaging, workout. In addition to requiring constant utilization of your core for control and stability, it also provides wonderful benefits to your arms, legs, shoulders and back without the jarring motions that could cause injuries. As a bonus, the sightseeing adventure on the May River, Broad Creek or the Atlantic Ocean is fabulous!
If balance atop a floating paddleboard isn’t something that comes naturally, kayaking is a great alternative. The repetitive activity of rowing provides a great workout for shoulders, triceps and biceps. It is a much easier undertaking for beginners, and the paddling action can be just as effective as weightlifting.
Ask your spouse and he/she may insist that gardening does not count as exercise, but we’d have to disagree—and so would a few others. In fact, a study published in the HortTechnology Journal found that several yard-related tasks qualified as moderate- to high-intensity physical activity, including digging, raking, weeding, mulching, hoeing, sowing and harvesting. This summer, take a cue from Cahill’s and plant some delicious veggies or fruits! Not only will you get some healthy food out of the exercise, but also a good workout.
Calories burned: 340 per hour
Calories burned: 500+ per hour With an abundance of bike paths on nearby Hilton Head Island and the five-mile New River Linear Trail in Bluffton, it is easy to grab a bike and take a ride. Biking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that is enjoyable and effective. In addition to working out the quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes, cycling also tones calves and abs when in a reclined position. It can be a fun group activity or serene solo outing, perfect for exploring new neighborhoods, parks, trails and paths.
Calories Burned: about 11 per minute Running is one of the best cardiovascular workouts available, rapidly burning calories and shedding fat. Running outdoors is a great way to discover new places and enjoy the scenery while strengthening your heart. This full-body workout helps prevent strokes, diabetes and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Calories Burned: 200-400 per hour
Calories Burned: 150 per hour Walking is literally the first step to getting healthy. If you have found an excuse for every other activity listed above, you are out of excuses on this one. Whether it’s just parking further away at the grocery store, taking your dog on an extra-long walk or deciding to join a few friends to walk a couple miles each morning, this outdoor activity helps reduce body fat, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk for arthritis and hip fractures. The Bluffton Breeze
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Don’t let May 14th sneak up on you! Shower Mom with extra love and an extra-special present from the heart of Bluffton. Whether she’s a funloving outdoor gal or an art-curating shopaholic, here are some great gift ideas to show her just how much she means to you! The Bluffton Breeze
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Make Way for Mayfest!
By Andrea Six Photos courtesy of the Rotary Club of Bluffton
here’s something charming about Calhoun Street in the spring and, come May, there’s even more color and charisma to enjoy.
The quirky and wonderful Mayfest overtakes Old Town Bluffton on Saturday, May 13. Be prepared for everything from eclectic artists to ugly dogs, sassy Southern chefs and pie eaters, meandering music-makers, homegrown Blufftonians and curious visitors, all searching for that unique aura known as the Bluffton “State of Mind.” To some, it’s a festival full of good eats and good times; an excuse to grab an extra beer and enjoy the tight-knit community with great music by local performers. For others, it’s a treasure trove of regional artisans waiting to be discovered, and some consider it a celebration of The South and Southern mothers.
eats for food-loving mamas and their families—everything from fresh shrimp salad sandwiches made by the women of The Church of the Cross to delicious local seafood from Bluffton Oyster Company and sweet treats created by the Island Fudge Shoppe. As culinary craftsmen charm with delightful cuisine, creative composers and performers take the stage, serving up tunes for every taste. After the Bluffton School of Dance and Sun City Cloggers kick off the event on the main stage, Muddycreek headlines the afternoon entertainment. Later, attendees will enjoy the smooth blues of Flat Top ‘n Fiddle featuring special guest performers Alan Stockard and Evan Rose. Meandering musicians Bill DuPont, Jordan Ross and Ty Miller will serenade sightseers on the street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s right before Mother’s Day because I thought mothers were very important,” Babbie Guscio, the festival’s founder, explains. “I was thinking all the children in town could buy a gift for their mothers there, celebrate Bluffton mothers and life in Bluffton.”
“This festival is loved because of the variety of arts and crafts vendors (all affordable, fun and sometimes quirky), the events (quirky and fun), the entertainment (often quirky and always good) and the food, which you can smell before you get to the street, so come hungry!” longtime event volunteer Dot Jeger exclaims. “It’s a long-term tradition and people look forward to a fun day every May.”
With over 200 vendors offering wares ranging from handmade pottery, oil paintings and kitchen towels to plants and incredible jewelry, there are plenty of options to please moms. Plus, there are great selections of
“The Rotary Club of Bluffton is looking forward to another great event this year,” adds Rotarian John Kirkland, the festival’s 2017 chairman. “It’s truly the quintessential Bluffton festival that you don’t want to miss.” The Bluffton Breeze
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30 Years in the Making Babbie Guscio—the cultured and creative mind behind The Store—started the original Bluffton Village Festival in an effort to expose the children and Town of Bluffton to a variety of art and new cultures. It soon grew to become Mayfest, a regional showcase of incredible acts and artisans. “I just wanted to have a fun time and show people in town and from other places what Bluffton has to offer,” she says. In its humble beginnings, Babbie had to beg her friends to participate in the event. She was flabbergasted the festival earned $500 its first year. In 2016, an astonishing 10,000 attendeed. Mayfest is the essence of Bluffton—wacky and wishful, friendly and fun, and purely homegrown. After three decades of spearheading the festival, Babbie handed the reins to the Rotary Club of Bluffton. Since 2009, Mayfest has continued its traditions, one of the most popular being the Ugly Dog Contest.
Four-Legged Fun Even before the Rotary Club took charge of Mayfest, the reach of their members’ involvement stretched back to its earliest days and Richard Coffield’s unique idea to celebrate the funniest four-legged members of the community—ugly dogs. “It was a crazy idea and we did it on a lark,” Richard recalls. “The first year, David Pinckney’s dog, Striker, won and got a 50-pound of dog food and a collar that said, ‘The Ugliest Dog in Bluffton.’” Today the prize is much more coveted—a trophy made by Jacob Preston, Bluffton’s tallest potter. First, second and third place all receive awards bestowed by a craftily persuaded panel of three unsuspecting judges. “I talk three people into being judges,” Richard explains, adding that they judge using a scale from one to 10. “Ten is extremely ugly and one is a good-looking dog. They score each one as it comes out, and I think the crowd has a lot to do with it, too. If a dog is really ugly, the crowd lets you know it!” Richard (who claims wives have tried to enter their husbands in the contest) owns a
Charlie Brown (left) was 2016’s Ugliest Dog and Louie (right) was the runner-up.
Labrador Retriever. “She’s not a bad-looking dog, but may be one of the goofiest dogs around town,” he chuckles. “The whole concept is so silly. I mean, grown people having a contest to pick the ugliest dog in town is kind of out there. It’s like watching a goat race, I guess. There’s no particular reason you’d do that but it is quite a scene.” The Ugly Dog Contest proved to be a wildly entertaining event, and has continued for 30 years. This year, the tradition takes place at 1 p.m. in front of Carson Cottages. The Bluffton Breeze
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Pie Eating Contest & Kids’ Donut Eating Contest Pie-lovers and, this year, donut-eaters will unite for the annual Pie Eating Contest and debut of the Kids’ Donut Eating Contest. With desserts donated by The Sugaree, the contests challenge even the hungriest to compete in these “winner eats all” contests. They will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn at the Carson Cottages and will both be emceed by Rotarian Mike Covert. In honor of the Pie Eating Contest’s fifth anniversary, Joann “Jo” Rackliff at The Sugaree came up with the idea to add the new kid-exclusive contest, since it isn’t fair for 6-yearolds to compete against Marines who are three times their age and size. “On our fifth year, we wanted to ramp it up and add something to the event,” Jo reveals, admitting that Pinterest was a source of inspiration. “I thought it was a cute idea for younger kids.” The Kids’ Donut Eating Contest will challenge kids 12 years and younger to compete against one other in this hands-free challenge, in which donuts will be hanging from a string tied between two poles. Alongside them, the (also hands-free) pie eating contest will commence, and individuals of all ages are welcome to compete.
Josh Quinn (right) reigned as the 2016 Pie Eating Champion.
Last year, Josh Quinn, a Marine stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, took home the Pie Champ title after scarfing down a scrumptious chocolate cream pie. Whether for fun or a minute of fame, dads seem to enjoy entering with their kids in tow. In 2016, Josh was accompanied by his son, and prior to that, Michael Hahn took home the title with his kids cheering him on.
The HeART of Mayfest The heart of the festival—the art—is one of the main reasons the event was created and continues to attract crowds of art lovers annually. Each year, the festival commissions an official poster, which features original artwork by a local artist. This year, one of Lynda Potter’s most popular paintings, “Fripp Garden Path,” was chosen to promote the event. Potter, who has been an avid artist since age 7 and a professional painter for the last 30 years, works in various mediums, but is partial to watercolor and acrylics. She teaches at the Society of Bluffton Artists, as well as the Art League of Hilton Head Art Academy and her work is displayed in the Pluff Mudd Art Gallery and Signature Gallery in Savannah’s City Market. Her work captures the beauty and charm of century-old homes and ancient live oaks intermingled with palms in neighborhoods. She highlights the quaint and captivating characteristics of Bluffton with spectacular splashes of color in scenic landscapes. In Potter’s paintings, layered stokes create a compelling composition, often impressionistic with abstract overtones. “My goal is to portray my images toward the abstract,” Potter says. “I want it to be loose but still want it to have an understandable focus.”
Art on the Outside Mayfest is an amazing annual celebration of regional artists and artisans, but local painters, potters, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelry makers and craftsmen make Bluffton the “HeART of the Lowcountry” every day. In addition to the colorful galleries, eclectic shops and tasteful eateries lining Calhoun Street and adjacent avenues, new public art occasionally pops up in Old Town. Recently, a painting of a mother and baby dolphin leaping out the water replaced D. Pierce Giltner’s weatherworn shrimp boat image on the corner of Bridge and Boundary Streets. Giltner, an esteemed local artist who operated Gallery Without Walls next to The Store on Calhoun Street for several years, asked Michele Roldán-Shaw to create a new installment on the former Town bulletin board; prepping the wood, providing the paints and studio space and even installing the finished piece. “It was his kind way of lending a hand to a fellow outsider artist—meaning we don’t have formal training or a lot of slick marketing behind us, so The Bluffton Breeze
we have to be innovative and make our own way,” she explains. “I’m very grateful to Pierce for giving me this opportunity!” Perhaps best known as a freelance journalist (and longtime Bluffton Breeze contributor), as well as the author of two true adventure tales called “Rambler’s Life,” Roldán-Shaw’s first love was art. “I have been doing art for as long as I can remember,” explains the avid outdoorswoman. “However, I have no formal schooling—I just follow my own muse! When I moved to Bluffton 13 years ago, I started painting the local flora and fauna I saw in my explorations.” For instance, her Lowcountry mural at the Coastal Discovery Museum includes a black snake slithering up a palmetto tree (a memory from a visit to Hunting Island), as well as a pod of dolphins with one tiny, black newborn fin in the center (as seen on Bull Creek). She also spent several years showing her art at various Calhoun Street galleries while painting more murals for businesses and private residences. Today, Roldán-Shaw’s primary focus is on her writing, although she still does commissioned pieces and original artwork for family and friends. A table she had painted long ago with a mother and baby dolphin provided iconic inspiration for her most recent project. “[Dolphins] are one thing NOBODY ever gets tired of seeing,” she says. “I am very pleased with how the painting has been received in the spirit of town beautification that everyone can enjoy.” To view Roldán-Shaw’s gallery of artwork, inquire about painting commissions or learn more about her books, call (843) 304-3460 or visit www.ramblerslife.com.
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10 a.m. • Festival Kickoff with Bluffton School of Dance & Sun City Cloggers 10:30 a.m. • Pie Eating Contest & Kid’s Donut Eating Contest at Carson Cottages 1 p.m. • Annual Ugly Dog Contest at Carson Cottages There will be art and food vendors, as well as music on the street all day long, with performances by Muddycreek on the main stage mid-morning and afternoon, plus Alan Stockard and Evan Rose, Bill DuPont, Jordan Ross and Ty Miller.
• A good pair of walking shoes, bug spray, sunglasses and sunscreen will keep you comfortable. • Free parking is available at Red Cedar Elementary School, with free shuttle service to the fest, running continuously from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shuttles are air-conditioned and can accommodate guests with disabilities. • Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome at the festival. Several vendors even provide water bowls for hot dogs! • Rotary Club volunteers will be available to assist you throughout the day.
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