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So, what are the three things that everyone loves about Bluffton? You guessed it: history, art and seafood. In this issue, we give you a delicious dose of all three. Learn about the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, take a tour of leading local art galleries, discover a bevy of talented Bluffton artists and enjoy recipes from our finest restaurants.
PHOTOGRAPHERS, ARTISTS Bluffton Jack’s Old Town Tours, Cassie Clayshulte, Squire Fox, Allyson Jones, Regine Johnson
To get around during the Arts & Seafood Festival – and to make sure you don’t miss anything – “A.J.” Jones provides you with an informative tour of local galleries. Allison Hersh offers a wonderful interview with culinary guru Ted Lee, half of the acclaimed Lee Brothers, and Jevon Daly explores the timeless music of The Grateful Dead.
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As a special Halloween treat, discover stories about Bluffton’s historic homes, including a few local legends and rumors of ghostly sightings. Take a walking tour with Bluffton Preservation Society and meet Bluffton Jack, a true original. From all of us at The Bluffton Breeze, we wish you every happiness this month. We hope you’ll get out and explore all that Bluffton has to offer in October!
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OCTOBER 2017, VOLUME 15, NO. 10
F E AT U R E S
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Polo Cuisine Polo for Charity Hurricane Babies part 2 River Blessings Bluffton Gallery Guide Shrimp Aglia and Olio over Angel Hair Pasta Lee Brothers to Share Culinary Stories at Red Apron Sips & Seafood Party Celebrate Bluffton’s Historic Churches Bluffton and The Arts: Land of Promise for Free Spirits Haunted Houses of Bluffton Phantom Tides – The Long Strange Trip October Happenings Around the Old Town Track with Bluffton Jack Low Country Boil
D E PA R T M E N T S 12 14 17 22 32 38 39 40 44
Faces Inspiration Art & Soul Around Town History Tide Chart Music Calendar Restaurant Guide ON THE COVER: “Red Boat House” by Murray Sease, La Petite Gallerie
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CUISINE When considering your event menu, you generally want to go for foods that are easy to transport and not too messy, but still delicious and fun. Here are two recipes you may consider for your tailgate experience:
Cucumber Sandwiches Ingredients:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened ½ cup mayonnaise 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix 36 slices snack rye bread 1 medium cucumber, sliced
Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and dressing mix. Refrigerate 1 hour. Just before serving, spread over bread and top with cucumber slices.
Bourbon Pecan Bars Ingredients:
1½ cups flour ¼ cup sugar ¼ tsp salt ½ cup butter 1 egg ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks ¾ cup packed light- brown sugar ¼ cup light corn syrup 3 Tbsp bourbon ¼ cup heavy cream ¼ tsp salt 2 cups chopped pecans
The crust: Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil. In food processor, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter; pulse more. Add egg; pulse until dough forms. Transfer dough to pan and press firmly into bottom of pan. Freeze for about 15 minutes. Prick bottom of dough and bake 22 - 25 minutes. Let cool while preparing filling. The filling: In a large saucepan over high
heat, bring butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Whisk until smooth; continue boiling, without stirring, for about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and whisk in cream, bourbon and salt. Slowly mix in pecans. Spoon hot filling evenly over crust. Bake until bubbling, about 18 to 22 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Using foil, lift from pan and peel off foil. Slice and enjoy!
under 12 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the Rose Hill POA Office, BB&T Branches on Hilton Head and in Bluffton, Bluffton Pharmacy, Markel’s and the Engel & Völkers offices in Bluffton, Hilton Head and Savannah. For more information call (843) 298-3055 or (843) 384-8010, email rotarypolo@ Tickets are $20 at the gate on the day of the hotmail.com or visit The Okatie Rotary Polo for match or $15 per person in advance. Children Charity page on Facebook. 9 The Bluffton Breeze OCTOBER 2017 Now is the time to start picking your outfit and planning your menu for an enjoyable and unforgettable afternoon of tailgating and fun for a great cause. Proceeds from the 24th Polo for Charity benefit local charities supported by the Rotary Club of Okatie.
POLO By Emily Campbell Photography by Regine Johnson
et ready for the 24th Polo for Charity on Sunday, October 22 at Rose Hill Equestrian Center, Bluffton. Gates open at noon, and the match starts at 2 p.m. at this afternoon affair coordinated by the Rotary Club of Okatie. This unique event is revered as one of the highlights of the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island Fall social calendar and ranks right up there with the RBC Heritage in caliber and prestige!
FUNCTIONAL? The first thing that often comes to mind when considering polo fashion is the hats, which serve both a functional, as well as fashionable, role. These varied headpieces DO help keep the sun out of one’s eyes while trying to keep an eye on the ponies playing polo. So, the bigger, the better, right? Options can range from wide-brimmed straw hats with floral accents to smaller, more compact fascinators featuring ornate ribbon and feathers. Some opt to create an equestrian-themed display on their hat. Others simply shake the sand out of their beach hat and put it on. Do your best to flaunt the prettiest topper, though, because a prize is also awarded for Best Hat. Polo fashion is typically considered to be “runway worthy.” However, this is the Lowcountry, where comfort often overshadows trendy on any given day. October afternoons in Bluffton can be quite warm, so dressing for the weather is advisable. Just as the tailgate spots represent a wide array of people, so do the fashions. Women often sport brightly colored sundresses or maxi dresses, but others prefer to wear shorts or capris. And finding the perfect hat to complement your outfit is key. Another important consideration is comfortable shoes—ones capable of participating during the traditional halftime “divot stomping.” While Julia Roberts was able to stomp the divots in stilettos in Pretty Woman, you might want to leave the high heels at home. Some men will sport seersucker, bow ties or even the occasional Hawaiian shirt. And, of course, you will see many men in traditional “polo” shirt and shorts. Fedoras are perched atop some of the men’s heads, while others opt for a regular ball cap to keep the sun out of their eyes.
TAILGATE Who says tailgating is reserved for football fans only? The Polo for Charity event is renowned for picnicking at its best. You will see all types of tailgating spots, ranging from the traditional to the chic and fancy. Just like Bluffton is known as a “state of mind” with a wide range of eclectic people, the tailgate picnics represent the same varied personalities of those involved. You will see tailgate spots featuring shrimp cocktail, delectable desserts and champagne. Some even have plush couches, beautiful area rugs and chandeliers dangling from the inside of the tent with assorted menus served upon lovely tables set with fine linens and dazzling floral displays. These tailgaters often dine upon real china and drink from sparkling crystal flutes, bringing the “fancy” traditions surrounding the game of polo to life right here in the Lowcountry. It makes for an afternoon unlike any other. You will also see checkered tablecloths covering card tables with traditional tailgating fare, such as hot dogs, sandwiches, chips and beer. Generally, these are the spots full of families. Sipping from red Solo cups and dining on paper plates, these tailgaters are there more to enjoy the beautiful location than a fine dining experience. They enjoy tossing a football or playing corn hole to pass the time before the “main event” begins. Or, they are comfortably lounging in their folding “bag” chairs, catching up with friends and neighbors. Traditional, upscale or somewhere in between, whatever your style or taste, all are welcome to express themselves through their tailgate menu and drinks at the Polo for Charity event. And, you could be recognized for your efforts, with an award for the best tailgate picnic display. So, gather your friends and start planning your spread today!
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Hurricane Babies Photographer Cassie Clayshulte poses with mothers who conceived during Hurricane Matthew. Unless noted, all photographs are by Cassie Clayshulte.
nto every life, a little rain must fall. When Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Lowcountry last October, it had the unexpected side effect of contributing to a local “baby boom.” Professional newborn photographer Cassie Clayshulte recently captured the silver lining in the storm clouds with a unique photo shoot, documenting babies conceived during Hurricane Matthew. Nine months or so after the storm, eight mothers and, later, their newborn babies celebrated birth and rebirth with a focus on the future. Please join us in congratulating the following Bluffton moms and in giving a warm welcome to their precious newborns:
Danielle Lewis - Baby Murphy Savanna Dorsey - Baby Charlee Lindsey Gullet - Baby Lilly Brittany Day - Baby Scarlett
Molly Spears - Baby Blair Taylor Pait - Baby Charlotte Lindsey Binklee - Baby Charlee Kayla Sumler - Baby Baylor
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that none of these parents decided to name their babies Matthew!
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any a morning, Papa would recommend we look into a fishing excursion. He usually had the intention to spy some of his favorite fishing holes and would chirp about all the work to be done. Since Papa had so many other distractions in life, preparation for a fishing trip was usually an all-day affair. Many an afternoon, I observed Papa bent over a worn tackle box rummaging through various jigs, spoons, corks, spinners and trebles, rigging up for an outing on the river; some of the tackle new, most of it as old as Papaâ€™s grandfather. Poles were inspected, lines re-spooled, tide tables consulted and gasoline tanks topped off. Incidentally, Papa usually got the itch to fish the low incoming tide because he preferred his luck when the fish schooled around oyster rakes waiting to enter the marsh grass with the incoming water. Typically, and especially as a young man, this always seemed to occur around six in the morning. However, an early
morning fishing trip was always better than anything else I could imagine, and even as an older man I could never really get good sleep the night before. The anticipation of a big day on the river would always fill my thoughts to the point of obsession. Papa would methodically attend to details in much the same way, I am told, as his father and grandfathers had instructed him as a boy, everything precise and organized. As dusk would fall and dinner time called, the poles, tackle boxes, gas tanks, nets and other assorted accessories lined the porch ready for the pre-dawn march to the boat. Then there was the matter of bait, always a lengthy conversation at the dinner table. Papa, except when pressed for time, used fresh caught bait. We fished in the intracoastal waters and rarely needed or wanted artificial lures. This meant fresh, live shrimp, mullet, or other assorted bait fish were needed. The process of obtaining such creatures was almost as eventful as the fishing expedition itself. I will never forget the
time when Papa, preaching from the bow on responsibility or some other lofty topic, forgot to let go of the net and, in all his piousness, cast himself, along with the net, into the shallow muddy water, head-first. Time stopped. In such circumstances, laughter is a risky proposition, particularly for a petulant teenage boy. Yet, sometimes boyhood cannot be contained and deep laughter flowed freely; both of us enjoyed the day much more because of it. Anyway, bait procurement usually entailed rowing the small 15-foot skiff across the river to any number of small tidal creeks. This was done at the precise time when the tide was either beginning to run in or flow out of the marsh grass. A large weighted net was then skillfully tossed out in the form of a great circle to snare bait. This is a relatively simple sounding process, but in actuality must be perfectly choreographed to come off without a hitch. To catch the bait, which congregates in shallow water close to the muddy banks and marsh, you must position yourself close to shore, in the tidal current. This is done so that you can drift down the shoreline pulling yourself along by the tide and the weight of the cast net. However, the river rarely cooperates. The wind and tide never seem to be going in the same direction. The net and its contents bring gallons of muddy water and flopping bait into the boat, whose fiberglass bottom instantly becomes slick and dangerous. What usually resulted was a comedy of errors and curse words. Though Papa may never admit it, my first foray into bawdy language probably occurred in some half-drained creek as he struggled to balance tide, wind, net and young son. I don’t hold it against him; there isn’t a man or woman alive who hasn’t shrieked to the heavens in frustration at some point on the river. But, when things did go well, a couple of quarts worth of bait were netted. The best-case scenario was to catch bait on the way to the drop, but we never seemed to do this; therefore the challenge turned to keeping the bait from dying. This was an obsession of Papa’s. He always tinkered with various ways to keep the fragile bait alive. This took the form of aerators attached to car batteries to 30-gallon trash cans, drilled full of thousands of tiny holes suspended from the dock. He did whatever it took to keep the bait alive. On more ambitious outings, the men of the bluff would all rise collectively before dawn and set out crab pots and shrimp the nearby creeks for appetizers and bait. They would then fish until mid-morning, join the ladies on the sandbar for a burger, hit the swinging beds for a cat nap then wake up to a feast of crab, boiled shrimp and whatever species of fish were caught that morning. On days such as this, it only took a short while, perhaps a
beer or two, for the sunburned and happy men to retire to their cool beds, leaving the women to play cards and chat blissfully into the night. While festive and eventful, I preferred the times when it was just Papa and me, together on the river. There was something deeply reassuring about the two of us, together. I always remember waking before dawn the morning of a fishing trip to Papa quietly bustling about getting final details in order, muttering that we must quickly get on the river; the tide waits for no man. Just as the sun
Fishing alone with Papa in the tidal creeks of Port Royal, the Calibougue Sound, Daufuskie Island, Bull Creek or the Savannah River blasted memories to the walls of my mind and allowed me to bond, to deeply connect, with my father. would peek over the horizon we would shove off the dock in the stillness and coolness of the early morning river, the engine being the only disruptive sound. The boat always cut smoothly through the glassy water. The run to the first spot was usually brisk, but you always enjoyed the cutting wind because you knew as soon as the sun got high, it would burn away the cool in a second’s time. There were several “honey holes” we fished. A honey hole was a location abundant in fish. The locations of these drops were a closely guarded secret. The best was the entrance to a small creek, shielded on the outside by a sandbar and fed on the inside by several oyster rakes. There we fished for trout and redfish, or spot-tailed bass, as we called them. These fish hang around oyster rakes and school into the area on the incoming tide to feed. A shrimp baited on a lead, topped with a bright orange cork floated just right usually netted a strike. You could always tell from the way a fish hit the bait if it was a keeper, a trash fish, or a crab. The keeper was any trout or redfish of admirable size and could immediately take the cork under with great strength. To hook one was a thrill and an experienced angler would
know instantly when one was on the line. All others in the boat would cease their activity to assist or just marvel at the lucky one who battled what all hoped to be “the one.” A trash fish, any such deplorable thing as a sting ray, puffer, toad, cat or lady fish would pop at your bait, either stealing it or snagging itself on your hook. I always thought of trash fish as the riff raff of the sea; unscrupulous sots and rabblerousers freeloading at the kingfish’s buffet. A crab would usually just pick your pocket. However, on a slow day when the winds, tide and fate all had your number, it was sometimes essential to snag one of these lesser creatures just so you could proclaim, to all waiting on the dock anticipating a triumphant return, that you had not been skunked, or in layman’s terms hadn’t caught jack. In the event of a slow day when only catfish and stingray were biting, we turned our attention to food, life or how to create a fish story to impress the girls. Fishing tales weren’t lies if you told them with enough sincerity, although we were such skilled anglers we rarely had to resort to such tactics. But in the rare occurrence that we had to save face, we would break out the cooler and plot. Yaya always packed her boys a cooler of soft drinks and sandwiches to enjoy on the river. Typically, when the sun began to get too hot or the fish slacked off a bit, Papa and I would break out the ice chest, set up a canopy on the boat and enjoy a break from the fish and heat. In the summer this usually meant lunch occurred about 10 in the morning, but this was a perfect time to enjoy the peace of the river and, if necessary, concoct a tale of outlandish proportions or simply talk about life. We talked a lot about life. This was the ritual way to wrap up the trip: a soggy chicken salad sandwich, a Diet Coke and a discussion on what not to do in life. Fishing alone with Papa in the tidal creeks of Port Royal, the Calibougue Sound, Daufuskie Island, Bull Creek or the Savannah River blasted memories to the walls of my mind and allowed me to bond, to deeply connect, with my father. This is evident today in the ways I can read and understand Papa, in ways perhaps others cannot. I learned a lot about him when it was just us guys, fishing together away from the noise of real life. In some phases of life, for us both, such trips were the only way we knew how to relate. Fishing together was the easiest way for us to reconnect, sometimes if only through being in each other’s presence. Yes, the river gave me much more than tall fishing tales. The river gave me—us—a place to breathe, a place to retreat to when all else crumbled. Papa and I were always much more than two boys trying our luck with a fishing pole, but rather kindred spirits reconnecting to each other whenever we set out on a fishing trip.
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ART & SOUL
BLUFFTON Gallery Guide With art galleries nestled in quaint cottages and sheltered by a thick canopy of live oaks, Bluffton is the perfect place to discover an original masterpiece. Many Bluffton artists find inspiration in the remarkable beauty of the Lowcountry, from emerald-green marshes and exquisite sunsets to quaint slices of everyday life along the May River. Whether youâ€™re looking for a painting, sculpture, drawing, photograph or mixed media work, youâ€™ll discover a wide range of creative treasures in Bluffton. In fact, the South Carolina Arts Commission recently recognized Old Town Bluffton as a Cultural District in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the arts. Original art will be featured at the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival, which takes place October 14-22, but you can stop by these galleries to enjoy the heART of the Lowcountry any time of the year. Happy hunting!
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La Petite Gallerie Art in the Garden: Placing the Right Work in the Right Spot A recent article in the Island Packet and Washington Post suggested choosing garden art that really “speaks” to you, and then allowing it to help define the landscape. If you can, place art against quiet backdrops like evergreens, hedges or lawns. Choose art you really love, go for a large focal point, don’t crowd too much art together and place where you can enjoy often. We had fun taking pics of just a few of the fun pieces in our garden. Highlights include metalworks by Gary Alexander and colorful glass twists and spirals by Oberni Glass. Be sure to visit La Petite Gallerie’s Art Garden! Perhaps you will find the perfect treasure for your own garden. Located adjacent to “The Store” at 56 Calhoun Street. For more information, go to lapetitegallerie.com. Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Four Corners Fine Art & Framing Framing Tips to Enhance and Protect Works of Art By Charlene Gardner, Four Corners Fine Art & Framing Whether you’d like to hang a piece of fine art, a work of folk art or a personal treasure created by your child or family member, it’s important to think about framing. Framing enhances the art and takes it to a whole other level, bringing out colors and textures that make your piece unique. At that same time, framing also protects your art, making sure it will bring enjoyment for many years to come. The frame choice should highlight and preserve your works of art in the “wow” mode. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when framing your next masterpiece: Select conservation glass. The Lowcountry environment has plenty of natural light, which can cause works on paper or other materials to fade. Conservation glass offers UV protection to ensure that your art will stay bright and vibrant. Choose acid-free materials. Check to see that corrugated material is not behind your art, as it will decompose over time. Mats and backing should be made from acid-free materials to prevent burning and foxing of papers. Consider nontraditional frames. Conventional wood and gold gilt frames are always popular choices, but a wide range of alternative, unexpected options are available, from plexiglass to reclaimed wood from old docks, homes and barns. The type of frame you choose depends upon the art and on your personal taste. Think outside the frame. Fabrics, texture and unique presentations can showcase your work of art at its finest. Textiles, collection pieces and oversized works get special attention, requiring unique engineering skills. Four Corners Fine Art & Framing, which has been in operation since 1998, offers the largest selection of frames in Bluffton. Located at 1263-B May River Road. For more information, contact (843) 757-8185 or visit fourcornersgallerybluffton.com. Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Bluffton Breeze
Reminisce “Where Old is New Again” Located at the Promenade in Old Town Bluffton is a little shop that brings back memories of “days gone by.” Reminisce prides itself on personalized service, just as it was long ago. The selection of photographic artwork and canvas, as well as fine-crafted goods, will pique your interest as “there is something for everyone” on your gift list, especially that gift for yourself. Retailers in the Lowcountry for close to 30 years, the Glenns have now brought their expertise in collector’s pieces into this little shop in Old Town Bluffton. Passion for sports, dogs, artisanal gourmet foods and unique and creative pieces is the key factor for this shop, alongside personalized and knowledgable service. Pets have always been an interest to the Glenns, as they have had five Scottish Terriers since 1968. Their love for dogs is obvious when walking in, as the artwork of Stephen Fowler, featuring dogs, cats, sports and typography, is prominent. Custom pieces by Fowler are also available upon request. Noted baseball Hall of Fame artist Dick Perez is also featured with 1,400 images available as giclee prints, signed by the artist. Reminisce is now offering appraisal services of any pre-1970 sports collectibles. Jerry Glenn will advise you with his expertise.
Located at 30 Promenade Street. For more information, call (843) 757-2500. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
shrimp aglia and olio over angel hair pasta INGREDIENTS
Enough angel hair pasta for 2 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (local is best!) 1 vine-ripe tomato, diced 6 fresh basil leaves 1 tsp fresh garlic, chopped 1/4 tsp Kosher salt 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper 1/4 tsp ground garlic 1/4 cup strong chicken broth 1/4 cup tomato sauce (Prego or similar) 1/3 stick of butter
Cook pasta, rinse and set aside. In a large sauté pan, heat oil until hot. Add shrimp, fresh tomato, fresh basil, fresh garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add salt, pepper and garlic. Mix well. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce and butter. Bring to a semi-boil. (Don’t overcook.) Run angel hair pasta under hot water to loosen and drain. Put pasta into bowl and top with sauce. Serve with crispy bread and top with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Pair with a nice Pinot Noir and enjoy!
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Lee Brothers to Share Culinary Stories at Red Apron Sips & Seafood Party By Allison Hersh
Bluffton Self Help, a local nonprofit organization celebrating 30 years of helping neighbors in need, will bring award-winning culinary celebrities Matt and Ted Lee to Bluffton on October 20 for a special evening celebrating the fresh flavors of the Lowcountry.
Seafood lovers unite! The Red Apron Sips & Seafood Party, held in conjunction with the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, will feature Lowcountry dining, savory cocktails, Southern stories and more on Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at Bluffton’s Hampton Lake. Hosted by emcee David Lauderdale, a popular Island Packet columnist, this tasty event will honor the memory of Mrs. Ida Martin, the founder of Bluffton Self Help, and will showcase Southern cuisine gurus Matt and Ted Lee. Matt and Ted grew up in Charleston, South Carolina before attending colleges in the Northeast. While living up north, they missed Palmetto State cuisine so much that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order company focusing on classic Southern staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves and more. Over the years, their informative, well-written cookbooks have attracted international attention and earned top awards. Author Pat Conroy hailed The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen as “a work of art.” The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook won the 2007 James Beard Cookbook of the Year Award and led to opportunities to appear on numerous food television shows and to write about Southern cuisine for Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, Food & Wine and Southern Living. Ted Lee, who admits he likes his boiled peanuts “salty and mushy,” is the younger of the two brothers who have brought international attention to South Carolina’s beloved culinary traditions. This coastal enthusiast recently spoke with The Bluffton Breeze about his nostalgia for boiled peanuts, the power of Southern vegetables and the allure of life along the South Carolina coast. Are you and Matt looking forward to coming to Bluffton? We’re totally excited to come to Bluffton! We see Bluffton and Beaufort County as sisters to Charleston. We’re both coastal communities. We’re so fortunate to grow up in communities that are oriented toward the coast, and Matt and I never take that for granted. We really think we became cookbook authors because we grew up in a place where food is such a part of life. 22 bluffton.com
Matt and Ted Lee
If you think about all the activities you do in Bluffton and the Lowcountry—shrimping, crabbing and fishing—they’re all oriented toward the coast. It’s just fun. It’s sport, really. Then, you grow up and you find out that there are people out there who’ve never peeled a shrimp before! There’s a specialness in communities like Bluffton and Charleston. That coastal orientation is very special. When you lived up north, what did you miss the most about Southern food? Boiled peanuts! That’s the first thing we realized wasn’t available in the north. It was such a shock that there were foods you grew up with that you just couldn’t get. That idea that foods are so regional and that, even in this day and age, you can find these traditions that stay put. When we were growing up, my dad used to make boiled peanuts on Sunday in a pot on the stove. A boiled peanut is so micro-regional, but that’s changed a lot in the last 30 years. I went to college in 1989, and people had no idea what a boiled peanut was. Now, there are food television shows that cover it every which way. I think people are more aware of boiled peanuts, but back then it was pretty much as regional and obscure as you could get. You’re on TV, you write cookbooks, you mentor other cookbook writers and you do speaking engagements around the world. What’s your favorite part of what you do, or does it all tie together?
We wear a lot of hats, but it all ties together. It all has to do with moving the conversation forward around regional food and where we grew up. It’s all focused on food and food history. We do what we like and take it one day at a time.
Pickled Shrimp with Fennel
What can people expect at the Red Apron Sips and Seafood event on October 20? We’re going to be doing light demonstrations of specific techniques, with key takeaways that hopefully will revolutionize a very familiar ingredient and make the audience think about it in a different way. We will tell stories about how we first discovered these foods and how much we love to cook them.
One of the more thrilling aspects of delving into the history of agriculture in South Carolina is that you discover vegetables you’ve never heard of—anybody up for roasted tanya?—and you learn about a few others you might not have perceived to be “Southern.”
It’s a plated dinner and live auction, and we will get up at various points to tell stories about the foods they’re eating and to put some context to the flavors they’re experiencing. We love performing live. We love eating. This event is in our wheelhouse because it’s an opportunity to educate but also have a lot of fun and help out a great cause. Have you been to Bluffton before? Yes. Matt made a few trips there to a church as part of his thesis when he was in college. He was an architectural historian. I’ve been there for fun on the way to Hilton Head and Beaufort. Is there any discovery you’ve made of late in the kitchen that you’re especially passionate about? I spent the last year living and working in Rome with my wife, who is a sculptor. It kind of gave me a new perspective on Southern food. Most of what we ate there was vegetables. Matt and I have always thought that the secret to Southern food is the vegetables. Everyone talks about the BBQ and the fried chicken and the smothered pork chops, but vegetables are the anchor of Southern cuisine. I’m really interested in cooking vegetables in a way that brings a smokiness and a lustiness to them.
Serves: 8 Time: 30 minutes, plus 1 hour cooling We can hear it now: What? Fennel? Fennel’s not Southern!
Eggplant, salsify and, yes, fennel, to name a few, have been grown in the Charleston area since the eighteenth century. History aside, pickled shrimp and fennel are perfectly complementary. After all, we often encounter fennel’s close cousins, dill (or dill seed) and celery (or celery seeds), in many preparations of this classic hors d’oeuvre. Served in a bowl for self-service with toothpicks, pickled shrimp may also be a passed hors d’oeuvre on a plate if you use the sturdy bamboo picks found in many party stores these days. One of the advantages of this recipe is that the marinated fennel pushes the pickled shrimp into the cold-salad realm: it’s easy enough to strew several of the shrimp and strips or rings of the fennel over butter lettuce to create a pretty appetizer salad.
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons kosher salt 2 pounds large (21 to 25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined ½ cup white wine vinegar 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 7 lemons) 1 small fresh bird or Serrano chile (green or red), sliced very thinly on the bias 1 teaspoon sugar 1 small white onion, thinly sliced 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds
1. Fill a medium stockpot with 2 quarts of water, add 1 tablespoon of the salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. When the salted water boils, turn off the heat, add the shrimp, stirring them once or twice to distribute them, and cook until uniformly pink-opaque and just done, about 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to the ice bath. Reserve 2 cups of the shrimp-cooking liquid in a medium bowl. 2. With the slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a plate lined with a double thickness of paper towels. (Don’t dump the ice bath yet!) Add the vinegar, lemon juice, and chile to the bowl with the shrimpcooking liquid and whisk in the remaining 1½ teaspoons salt and the sugar until dissolved. Set this bowl of brine in the ice bath (add more ice to the bath if needed), and whisk until the liquid cools to room temperature. 3. Dump the ice bath and use the cold large bowl to toss the shrimp, onion, fennel slices, and fennel fronds. Pour the cooled brine over the shrimp. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour, tossing once, until chilled and ready to serve. (Pickled shrimp will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 days.)
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Historic Churches Photography and article by Allyson Jones
wo historic churches representing two distinct segments of Lowcountry society will be showcased during Celebrate Bluffton’s Heritage Discovery Day on October 14.
This journey through the past begins just outside of Pritchardville at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Originally a parish of the Anglican Church, St. Luke’s was authorized by an act of the Colonial Assembly in 1767 and built in 1786 on land donated by prosperous planter John Bull. Today, it stands as one of the oldest surviving frame churches in South Carolina and is architecturally significant as a representation of the transition from early, Georgian-style Episcopalian to Greek Revival. Named to the National Historic Register of Historic Places in 1987, it also has one of the only intact church slave galleries in the state. On a tour of the grounds, church historian Betty Forristall points out the cross above the pulpit, recycled from the original slave gallery wood railing, as well as the tomb of Mary Bull, wife of Colonel William Bull of Sheldon, who “departed this life after a painful illness” on November 3, 1793. Other significant gravesites include those of famed botanist and Confederate Army surgeon Dr. Joseph Mellichamp, as well as 11 Confederate soldiers (two of whom served with South Carolina’s own Kirk’s Partisan Rangers), 43 other veterans who served in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, and those whose family history is intricately interwoven with that of the Lowcountry. During the presentation and tour, docents will be on-site to provide brief biographies of those buried at St. Luke’s, followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Bluffton Heritage Discovery Day then moves to the heart of Old Town for a presentation on local history, a gospel concert and an authentic The Bluffton Breeze
Gullah dinner with storytelling at Campbell Chapel A.M.E. This Greek Revival-style church on Boundary Street was built in 1853 and was originally the Bluffton Methodist Episcopal Church. The oldest church in Old Town—and one of only two that survived the Burning of Bluffton by federal troops in 1863—the congregation consolidated after the Civil War and passed the building on to nine former slaves: Renty Fields, Jacob Chisholm, William Ferguson, Jeffrey Buncombe, William Smith, David Heyward, Christopher Bryan, Theodore Wilson and William Lightburn to form Bluffton’s African Methodist Episcopal Church. Although details are unclear as to why a white congregation would turn their church over to the freedmen and little is known about these former slaves who took it over, research has indicated that at least one of the men, Jacob Chisholm, had been a slave of a previous trustee. Native Blufftonian Nate Pringle, president of A Call to Action (ACT) and board member of Celebrate Bluffton, has a vested interest in learning more about the history of Campbell Chapel A.M.E. and restoring the church to its former glory, as he is a descendant of William Lightburn, one of the nine founders. Although the congregation outgrew the original building and moved to a new church next door in 2004, efforts are currently underway to have Campbell Chapel A.M.E. listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, obtain funding for its preservation and eventually restore it for use as a community center. Celebrate Bluffton’s Executive Director Carolyn Coppola has been instrumental in researching the church’s history and evaluating its historical integrity, with the help of Savannah College of Art and Design students. Boasting an unusual application of board and batten siding, the church has expanded throughout the years, including a small addition on the east wall in 1874, with a second addition constructed around the first in 1957. The current configuration was established in 1966 with the construction of an annex. These additions most likely conceal important historical features and materials which are slowly being uncovered. The church bell was recently located and rang again in 2015 in honor of Campbell Chapel’s 141st anniversary, as well as in memory of the nine murdered at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, including South Carolina State Representative and Mother Emanuel Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who served as the pastor at Campbell Chapel from 2009-2010. To learn more about these two historic churches, established in different centuries and representing different congregations— yet both significant Lowcountry cultural landmarks—sign up for the Bluffton Heritage Discovery Day on October 14 at celebratebluffton.com. Both congregations are always interested in historical information and pictures from their past. If anyone has details on St. Luke’s Methodist Church, please email Betty Forristall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with information on Campbell Chapel A.M.E. are encouraged to contact Carolyn Coppola at (843) 781-7390.
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By Michele Roldán-Shaw
he human hand could hardly paint a finer scene than what appears around every bend in the Lowcountry. Natural beauty is certainly the first quality here to recommend itself to the artist— professional or hobbyist, native or newcomer, visitor or resident—and second is the thriving arts scene wherein they find support and a market for their work. But there is another, less obvious factor, one that might only be experienced by the individual who has made art more than a trade or a hobby, but an entire way of life. And that is the love shown in the Lowcountry for free spirits, coupled with a willingness to help them fly. I came to Bluffton from the West Coast at age 21 with a one-way ticket and a duffel bag. I knew nothing about the area and very little about myself. Although I had drawn and painted my whole life, and later began writing, it wasn’t until I came here that I really blossomed in these fields. Back then, Bluffton was still sleepy; new growth sprouted along the Highway 278 corridor, but Old Town was a languid dream. On Calhoun Street, snakes lurked in overgrown lots, and owls hooted in the daytime; buzzing insects drowned out the sound of cars; grizzled loafers on bicycles outnumbered the tourists. I used to just stand on the yellow line as long as I felt like it. It was the ideal climate for folk art.
Paintings by Michele Roldán-Shaw
Paintings by Amos Hummell
The first time I ever set foot in Old Town, I wandered into what was then Amos Hummell’s studio gallery on Calhoun Street. Amos had been painting bright, iconic Lowcountry art for years, and his workspace looked like the scene of an all-out paintball gun war with teams for every color of the rainbow— everything was splattered, including Amos. His personality was equally colorful. I felt instantly at home. We struck up a conversation and he kindly offered the use of supplies, saying I could just “throw $10 in the pot,” so I created my first piece of artwork on the spot (a gift for my mom). Later, he would tell a newspaper reporter that it was like giving food to a stray. I spent the next several years working out of his studio on off-days from my other lines of work, and I am indebted to him for the start of my local art career. It was Amos who taught me the ways of latex house paint on particle board (very affordable materials), generously training me to cut, sand, prime, paint and fit the boards for hanging. I doubt he would remember it that way; our friendship was the basis for informal instruction and so much more. I sold my first piece for $30 when two ladies from California bought the papaya I painted on a wood scrap out of Amos’ dumpster; several years later, I did a mural on Hilton Head for $3,000. That was, perhaps, the peak of my career. For the most part, I have been the quintessential “starving artist,” surviving by my wits, work ethic and the kindness of friends and strangers. Whether tramping the marsh in search of driftwood boards on which to paint “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” hustling pet portrait commissions or hauling thrift store furniture to decorate and sell at Mayfest, I have really scrapped.
My survival has hinged on the fact that people here support not only art, but the artists themselves; not only the enjoyment of art, but the pursuit of artful living. For those of us who dedicate our lives to art, we often—though not always—find ourselves obliged to forsake certain comforts and securities that more stable, lucrative professions provide. We choose to take a different path, or perhaps it’s simply fated. People are fascinated by the exotic details of our existences, but if they don’t give tangible support, we can’t survive for long! So, we require a community that appreciates the different drumbeat we march to. Bluffton has been such a place for me. I have clients who have bought or commissioned dozens of paintings; friends who have donated supplies or hired me to give art lessons to their children; benefactors who have fed and sheltered me for years during rough patches. I feel so grateful toward all those who encourage, inspire, sustain, nurture and cast their vote of confidence in me, which is essential to the artist’s spirit—if nobody cares what we’re doing, there’s little reason to persevere. People in Bluffton care. They applaud living imaginatively. The South in general reveres its primitive, outsider, visionary, selftaught and folk artists, those mad-hatters who follow inner muses with no training or regard for convention, who paint with mud in their swamp-shacks or transpose urgent visions from God or cover everything they own with polka dots. It’s as much about their story as it is about the tangible objects they create. Through them, one’s mind is expanded to encompass other, freer modes of living. So, with Bluffton’s long and proud identity as a town of eccentrics, quite naturally art and artists thrive here. The Bluffton Breeze
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Creative Blufftonians Nancy Golson, owner of the shop Eggs ‘N’ Tricities on Calhoun Street, has long been a purveyor and benefactress of local art, and her shop features the work of her daughter, Margaret Golson Pearman, a talented artist in her own right.
Painting by Margaret Golson Pearman
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“People love to hear my story,” said Margaret, who paints lively expressions of local fixtures like blue crabs, sea turtles and shrimp boats. “I’m from Bluffton, I grew up on the river and my mom always supported me to do whatever I wanted creatively. Plus, I have a stake in what happens here, so the money they give me goes back into the community.” Louanne LaRoche, a key figure in the fine arts scene, is known for her evocative renderings of Lowcountry flora, fauna and culture, but also for bringing out the work of others—in particular, the celebrated outsider artist Sam Doyle. Though now deceased, Doyle once filled his St. Helena Island yard with exuberant depictions of Gullah life painted on wood and tin scraps. Today, his work is some of the most valuable, recognizable and highly collectible of any American folk artist. “Bluffton has a history of being a sanctuary,” said Louanne, who works from her home studio on the May River and shows at Four Corners Gallery. “I think it attracts those people who want to bring out their inner eccentric, but haven’t given themselves permission to do so. So, to be around those who are freer—not in a showoff way, but that’s just who they are—it helps people become brave.”
Two brave personalities in the local art scene are Pierce and Pressly Giltner, who exude the creative spirit. She’s a photographer, and he’s a painter and builder of rustic art installations. Originally from Chester, South Carolina, they spent time living in a primitive forest cabin before coming to Bluffton and integrating themselves into the community with enthusiasm.
Photograph by Pressly Giltner
“It’s easier to be yourself here,” said Pressly, who has brought incredible zest and energy to her documentation of local life in photos. “If you’re a little offbeat, people embrace that. If you’re doing something awesome, they love it! They want to hear all about it.” In addition to her own projects, Pressly has worked with her husband Pierce in a unique collaboration to portray the world of a local oysterman fondly known as “Drack,” resulting in a body of paintings and photographs that capture a classic slice of Bluffton. Pierce’s ultimate vision for the project is to produce a major show featuring both his paintings and Pressly’s photographs, then take Drack on the road with him to Charlotte, Charleston and New York. “I think we’re surrounded by extremely talented, but underrated artists,” said Pierce. “People need to wake up and smell the roses as far as the incredible work that is being done in Bluffton.”
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By Randolph Stewart Sketches by Doug Corkern, Retired Architect and Blufftonian
Discover a dozen local haunted houses that may be home to spectres and spirits from another era. The stately old Southern homes overlooking the narrow streets in downtown Bluffton evoke another time and another place. In fact, they’re some of the most photographed attractions in the town. Photographers, tourists and locals can be seen photographing these beautiful old homes, but is it be possible that more is developing in those photos than meets the naked eye? Some may not know that ghost photos, haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, urban legends, myths and secret voodoo rituals abound this charming old Southern town mingled with rich, ghost-filled history. Famous psychic ghost hunter Sam Carona explains that every shutterbug should always check their pictures for amorphous, wispy images of otherworldly inhabitants taking up residence in these old Southern dwellings. On first inspection, it’s easy to dismiss some of the images as haze or sunlight on the lens, but taking a closer look often uncovers a mysterious resonance in the photos, as if the images are imprints
of towns and people from another era. Families living in Bluffton have reported being accompanied, sometimes all night, by a mysterious presence that no one seems to recognize. There have been stories told of residents seeing people waving from a front porch, only to learn that the person they described had passed away, and the greeting they received was from the other side! So, the next time you visit Bluffton, as you walk through the quiet streets and pass the old Southern homes and churches, remember to look around and wave. You never know, you might be greeting a visitor from the past, a revenant spirit from another domain! We have to acknowledge the fact that many of Bluffton’s antebellum residences were burned during the Civil War by federal troops on Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea.” This historical fact accounts for undocumented assumptions about the origins of many of the local ghosts.
Take a self-guided Bluffton ghost walking tour, beginning on Calhoun Street. Here are a dozen haunted highlights you’ll discover along the way: 1. PLANTERS MERCANTILE - A thriving business which offered the clothing, dry goods, books, shoes, hats, harnesses, wagons, luggage, sewing machines, cigars, groceries, furniture, feed and oddly, a very special item: coffins. It is said the owner and proprietor Abram Patz met an untimely death here. According to legend, he awoke in the middle of the night with a stomachache and came into the store to find something to relieve his pain. In the dark, he poured what he thought was elixir for his ails; however, what he ingested was a dollop of carbolic acid. He was found dead on the floor the next day. 2. PATZ HOUSE - The Patz brothers, Abram and Moses, came from the East, perhaps New York State, around 1890. They built the store first, the Planters Mercantile. In 1892, a double residence was designed next door with mirror image apartments on each side, each having its own front door, hall and stairway. It has been said the brothers’ wives feuded often and had not spoken to each other in many years, although they resided in the same building. 3. CARSON COTTAGE - J.J. Carson distinguished himself at the battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863 by braving the gunfire of the battleground and rescuing the mortally wounded General “Stonewall” Jackson. Placing Jackson’s body on a buckboard, Carson drove him back through enemy fire and lines to the Rebels’ side. After surviving the war, he came back to live in this house in Bluffton. 4. THE STORE - The property was damaged by the fires set by federal troops on June 4, 1863, but was not totally destroyed. The land changed hands many times until 1904, when Jesse Davidore Peeples of Scotia, SC bought the property and built a store and a commodious home for his family. The home no longer exists. He had five children by his first wife, Willie Mae Stokes and 10 by his second wife, Maud Estella Guilford. The 10 sons were named after the disciples. Mr. Peeples operated the store until his death in 1937. Two of his sons, Matthew and Luke, continued to operate it until the 1950s. Luke was an avid piano player and scored gospel music. One of his brothers began a monastery on Potato Island and renamed it Good Shepherd Island. The name was later changed to Devil’s Elbow by Harry Cram. Brother Andrew was a prolific writer, and you have read some of his wonderful stories in the Bluffton Breeze. The family is buried in the Bluffton Cemetery. It is said that sometimes late at night on Calhoun Street you can still hear the sounds of his eerie piano music floating about. 5. SEVEN OAKS - 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 this area of Beaufort County before World War I and during the 1920s, Mrs. Elizabeth Sanders operated Seven Oaks as a popular and successful boarding house for salesmen and summer visitors. A terrible brawl occurred one night in the boarding house, resulting in a gunshot death. It is said you can still see the blood stains on the floor in room number 13. The Bluffton Breeze
6. SQUIRE POPE’S SUMMER HOME - This lot was the location of the summer residence of Squire William Pope of Coggins Point Plantation, 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 and had a large family. The home it went up in flames on June 4, 1863 with the wholesale burning of the Bluffton waterfront by federal troops during the Civil War. Following the war, when Mrs. Pope and her daughter returned to Bluffton virtually destitute, they realized the carriage house and a smaller building nearby had not been destroyed and formed the present structure where they lived out their days. Located across Calhoun Street from the Church of the Cross, on any given full moon misty night, several Bluffton natives have seen candles burning inside the abandoned summer home. Are the sisters still stirring? 7. THE FRIPP HOUSE - This three-story frame building in eight-foot piers is believed to have been built around 1830 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.” An interesting fact is that the Fripp House was not burned down during the “Burning of Bluffton.” For some unknown reason, the Yankees certainly must have walked right on by and not set it to flames. Was it the spirit of James Pope, or is there perhaps another reason? 8. THE CARD HOUSE - The origin of this antebellum house is difficult to document; however, it is believed to be one of the oldest 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. William Norton of St. Helena Island moved to the Bluffton area around 1800 and resided here until his death in 1817. Undocumented sources indicate the house was built circa 1825. Why is it called The Card House? One story has it that in the late 1840s, during high-stake poker sessions often played in the house, William Eddings Baynard won the deed to the 1,000acre Braddock’s Point Plantation on Hilton Head Island from the unfortunate owner, Mr. John Stoney. So, from then on, it has been known as The Card House.
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9. THE PINE HOUSE - When you talk about the Pine House, you must talk about the people who lived there and how it came to be Bluffton’s most beautifully restored treasures. General Thomas Ferguson Drayton of Civil War fame owned the original house on the property, which was destroyed in the Burning of Bluffton. Sometime later, Dr. William Raiford Eve built a house facing the cove (later named Heyward Cove after the four generations that lived there). This home was burned from unknown causes. In 1904, Dr. Freeman Valentine Walker and his wife Mary McAlpin built the home that now stands on the property. In 1942, Gillard and Lucille Heyward purchased the property, and along came Tommy Heyward, who grew up there. Some 60 years later, Tommy and his wife Joannie completely restored the home. Tommy died in 2007, leaving Joannie to care for the home. Following Hurricane Irma, a well-known Blufftonian who was checking for damage recounts that he looked up and there was Tommy, sitting on the roof. Tommy remarked, “Well, what else would you expect?” and then vanished. His spirit is certain to be seen again guarding Joannie and his childhood home.
Cedar Bl uff 10. CEDAR BLUFF - This property was also owned by the Heyward family prior to the antebellum period. The original home on the banks of the May was also burned by federal troops. In 1890, it was rebuilt on the same foundation and, in 2013, was lovingly restored by the Zokan Family. During the 1920s, the home was said by some to be a restaurant, where wealthy locals and Savannahians would come over by steamboat to eat and play. It was owned at that time by Mimi Norman. Others say that it was a speakeasy and gambling hall, as this was during Prohibition. All sorts of things must have gone on during that time. Decades later, Blufftonians would walk down the dirt road at night and swear they heard Mimi and her guests’ laughter. One can only imagine that when Mimi returned to see her restored home, she smiled at what she saw and is resting in eternal peace. 11. SARA HOOKS HOUSE - Sara Riley Hooks was a retired public health nurse, daughter of M.C. Riley, the Bluffton Town Hall of Fame member for whom our local school was named. Her renowned son, Tony Hooks, was the lead guitarist with Sly and the Family Stone. The 1960s song “Dance to the Music” was a groundbreaking jam that had the distinction of being chosen for the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.” A bizarre thing happened early one Bluffton morning: Tony was shot dead on Sarah's front porch. The shooter drove off and was chased by the police all the way to Savannah, where he was caught. All of Bluffton was in a state of shock. It was said that Tony was shot in a lover’s quarrel on the front porch. An arrest was made, but the motive and gun were never found. The house is now in a state of demolition by neglect and uninhabitable. It is said that on certain nights when The Bluffton Breeze
there’s a high tide and full moon over the May River, if you listen carefully you can hear one of Tony’s great riffs. 12. DUBOIS PRAISE HOUSE - The use of the word “praise houses” by African-American residents began before the Civil War, when slaves built simple frame structures for worship on local plantations. These structures sadly enough were kept small, as the plantation owners did not want a large group of slaves to gather together at the same time. This building no longer exists, but old timers have said that early Sunday morning, you can hear old spirituals being sung as far away as the Oyster Factory.
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By Jevon Daly
For October, I was asked to write an article on haunting music. Much to my surprise, there was a footnote about my involvement in a local Jerry Garcia tribute band and what I thought about The Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead. Hmmm....What do I think about a band that toured for 30 years, almost non-stop (albeit when Garcia had to take a break while IN A COMA)? What do I think about a group that had the most rabid fans in the world? What do I think about a band that used to haul a speaker system called The Wall of Sound (Google it)? I think a lot of them. Let me tell you about my experience with this band. I believe in a past article, I went on about my father putting headphones on me when I was still in a crib. Was it “Mozart for Babies”? Nope. The Beatles? Wrong. It was The Dead. I’m sure some of you are surprised to hear that my bearded, longhaired Dad would come home from working at the Post Office all day and force his first-born son to listen to this music. But I ask you, how much time have you devoted to listening to Jerry Garcia and his cohorts? Have you heard “Attics of My Life”? Ever listened to “If I Had the World to Give” in your room at night? “Till the Morning Comes” is another great one. These songs are all from the Dead’s early years. Pre-1977, the true heyday of band. At shows across the country in the late ‘70s, the band did many an upbeat tune. They became popular for songs like “Scarlet Begonias”—a 10-minute rave up that gave a nod to Bob Marley and Paul Simon with cannon-like drum
parts and crystal-clear guitars. But, this is not “my” Grateful Dead. The music I grew up hearing was different. Give “Alligator” a spin on YouTube from any 1968 show. Typical of the Dead’s live shows, they would extend songs. At many a concert, “Alligator” was followed by “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)”. If you wanna hear the early Grateful Dead at its finest (rhythm guitarist Bob Weir was 18 or 19 in 1968), crank this one up. Lead singer Ron “Pigpen” McKernan sings of a gypsy over a train-style drum off between Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Haunting? Garcia’s last composition in 1993 called “Days Between” is a wrenching tune of despair “when phantom ships with phantom sails, set to sea on phantom tides.” I urge you to dig through the enormous collection of Grateful Dead music and find your “own” song from the only rock and roll band who sang ballads in arenas. Equal parts 1977 Dead and 1983 Jerry Garcia Band, catch Shakey Bones at Subiestock 2017 - Peace, Love & Pet Rescue on October 12 at Subaru Hilton Head. This local Jerry Garcia tribute group formed in 2008 or 2009 [Jevon can’t quite remember] at Corks Wine Co. and now features Craig Coyne and Andy Pitts on guitar, Jevon Daly on bass and Jack Friel or Chip Larkby on drums. Subiestock is a 50th celebration of the Summer of Love, with free pet adoptions from Palmetto Animal League, groovy door prizes, free food, wine and beer and the launch of the all-new Crosstrek. Call (843) 208-2400 or visit palmettoanimalleague.org for details. The Bluffton Breeze
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BLUFFTON 4th Annual Canned Food Drive to Benefit Bluffton Self Help October 1-7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hosted by Plantation Self Storage. Drop off unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items at the rental office. (843) 815-8000 or plantationstorage.com
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphony Under the Stars: Symphonic Soul” October 3-4: , 7:30 p.m. Join the orchestra at Montage Palmetto Bluff under the baton of John Morris Russell for the music of Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Motown featuring the dynamic group, Deas-Guyz. (843) 842-2055 or visit hhso.org
PinkStyle at Tanger Outlets Hilton Head October 1-31 “Shop, Save and Unite in the Fight” against breast cancer by purchasing an unlimited-use Pink Savings Card for $10 to save 25% on a single item at participating stores. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead
2nd Annual Fall Carnival to Benefit Autism Giving Tree October 14, 12-4 p.m. Games, raffle prizes, bouncy house, a D.J., food available for purchase and other family fun. Free. autismgivingtree.org
“Plenty and Plenty More: A Celebration of the Harvest” October 2-November 5 An exhibition of oil paintings, mixed media drawings and floor cloths by Pat Diemand, at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) Gallery. Artist Reception on Oct. 8 from 3-5 p.m. (843) 757-6586 or sobagallery.com
13th Annual Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival October 14-22 Heritage Discovery Tour, Gullah Celebration, Haunted History Tours, an outdoor art exhibition, Tour of the Waddell Mariculture Center, oyster roast, crab pickin’, May River kayak and boat tours, 10K and 5K runs, children’s fishing tournament, outdoor Street Fest on Oct. 21 & 22 and much more.
(843) 757-2583 or blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com Red Apron Sips & Seafood Party to Benefit Bluffton Self Help October 20, 6 p.m. A celebration of 30 years of service to the community with a celebrity chef demonstration featuring Matt and Ted Lee, Lowcountry dining, savory cocktails and live and silent auctions. sipsandseafood.com “Music on Malphrus: Joe Jencks” October 20 , 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry in Bluffton presents a live acoustic performance with the international touring musician, award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist, known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Tickets are $20 at the door. (843) 837-3330 or uulowcountry.org 24th Annual Polo for Charity October 22, 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie at the Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton.
Lowcountry afternoon of polo, tailgating, divot stomping and fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Educational Excellence and other local Rotary charities. Tickets are $20 at the gate on the day of the match or $15 per person in advance. Children under 12 are admitted free. (843) 298-3055 or email@example.com Trick-or-Treat Tangerstyle at the Tanger Outlets Hilton Head October 28, 1-3 p.m. Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, princesses and superheroes ages 12 and under can enjoy frightful fun with trick-or-treating at both centers, plus games, activities and contests from the Coastal Discovery Museum and The Sandbox. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND Hurricane Relief Benefit Hosted by Palmetto Dunes. October 2-8 A weeklong series of events in recognition of the first anniversary of Hurricane Matthew to benefit The Deep Well Project, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and Bluffton Self Help. 3rd Annual Bridge Bowl Tennis Tournament at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, Oct. 2-8. Special 5-Course Wine Dinner featuring Cakebread Cellars on Oct. 4, 6 p.m. Benefit Golf Tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Golf Course on Oct. 5 at noon. “Free Benefit Concert on the Range at RTJ” featuring Cranford Hollow, The Chiggers and friends on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. with donations accepted at the gate. Pickleball Social on Oct. 7, 2-5 p.m. (843) 415-5021 or lowcountryreliefbenefit.com
Mt. Calvary Inspirational Dancers. (843) 686-6560 or heritagelib.org Salty Dog Fall Festival October 21, 4-8 p.m. The biggest and best Salty Dog event of the year. Salty Dog will rope off the parking lot and turn it into the biggest carnival on Hilton Head Island, with carnival games, prizes, live music and more. (843) 671-2233 or cal.saltydog.com The Hilton Head Choral Society Presents the Vienna Boys Choir October 24, 7:30 p.m. Recognized around the globe for their clarity of sound, diversity of repertoire, humor and musical excellence, these choristers, ages 10-14 from 31 nations, perform for half a million people each year. (843) 341-3818 or hiltonheadchoralsociety.org The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance October 27-November 5 International names in automotive collecting and racing return to Hilton Head Island for this 16th annual celebration. Events include the Savannah Speed Classic, Car Club Showcase, Aero Expo, Concours D’elegance, Flights and Fancy Aerport Gala and the Hilton Head Auction, among others. (843) 785-7469 or go to hhiconcours.com Halloween Wagon Rides in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve October 28, 10 & 11:30 a.m. Show off your Halloween costume and hunt for clues to lead you to the pumpkin patch. Cost is $16 for adults; $13 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required. (843) 842-1979 or seapines.com
Burger, Bacon & BBQ Hosted by the Island Rec. Center October 7, 11 a.m-5 p.m. A carnivorous event featuring the Lowcountry’s top chefs and restaurants serving up their best dishes, plus a craft beer garden, kid’s activities and live music on two stages. (843) 681-7273 or islandreccenter.org
Halloween on the Harbour in The Sea Pines Resort October 29, 3:30-5 p.m. Crafts, activities, cookies and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town for all ages. Free. (843) 842-1979 or seapines.com
13th Annual Yacht Hop October 8, 5:30 p.m. Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a champagne to in advance or $20 at the gate. Proceeds benefit Gregory’s Playground, an inclusive playground being built at the Island Rec. Center. hiltonheadkiwanis.org
Beaufort Shrimp Festival October 6-7: in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Admission! Up to 15 local restaurants will feature their best shrimp dishes and competing for the Silver Cup award. (843) 525-6644 or beaufortshrimpfestival.com
Hilton Head Island History Day October 14, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Experience Hilton Head Island’s history on docent-guided trolley or bike tours. Explore the Island’s military history, its role in the Civil War and its historical dedication to preserving its waterways and agriculture. Lowcountry Boil plays live with a performance by the legendary
The Beaufort Theatre Company presents “Conrack: The Musical” October 13-15 & 21-22 Based on Pat Conroy’s novel The Water is Wide. The superintendent of schools in Beaufort, SC in the 1960’s, is desperate for anyone to teach school on Yamacraw Island. Conroy is determined to make a difference. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com
Exchange Club Ghost Tours October 13-14, 20-22 & 27-30 Take a carriage ride or walking tour through the moss-lined streets of Beaufort’s historic district while listening to storytellers tell haunting tales of the area shared by residents of Beaufort. You may witness a “vision” or two. capabeaufort.org/events/ghost-tours Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Beaufort October 26, 4:30–6 p.m. Trick-or-treaters are invited to don their Halloween costumes and bring their treat bags and visit more than 50 stores and businesses along Bay Street. This event is free. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com
SAVANNAH 34th Annual Oktoberfest on River Street October 6-9 Hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association. German food and beer, Wiener Dog Races, arts and crafts and live entertainment. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com Picnic in the Park October 8, 7 p.m. Hosted by the Savannah Philharmonic and the City of Savannah Dept. of Cultural Affairs in Forsyth Park. Celebrate the music and beauty of Savannah with performances by local musicians, student groups and the Savannah Philharmonic. Free and open to the public. (912) 232-6002 or savannahphilharmonic.org Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival October 20-22 Hosted by the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce in J.F. Gregory Park. Fresh seafood, live entertainment, a carnival and arts and crafts. (912) 756-3444 or goseafoodfestival.com Masquerade in the Mansion October 27, 8 p.m. Presented by the William Jay Society at the Telfair Academy. An unforgettable night of surprises, enchantment and gothic allure with exotic entertainment, sweet treats and dazzling surprises to benefit the Telfair Museums. (912) 790-8807 or telfair.org Savannah Film Festival at Trustees Theater October 28 – November 4 Screenings of unreleased and recently released films, plus talks and panels with professional filmmakers, directors, actors and actresses. (912) 525-5051 or filmfest.scad.edu
RIDGELAND 46th Annual Gopher Hill Festival “Saluting Our Local Merchants” October 5-7 Live music, children’s entertainment and activities, vendors, food and more. gopherhillfestival.org
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By Amanda Surowitz
alking around Old Town Bluffton, you might catch a glimpse of a man out of place—or rather, time. Dressed in 19th-century clothing with a big straw hat and toting a canteen, this man is none other than Bluffton Jack, leading one of his Old Town Tours on a journey through history.
“The facts that you learn are the straight facts,” Vaughn said, “and the folklore is the stories passed down through the people.”
Jack, whose real name is Rodney Vaughn, has been a resident of the Lowcountry for nearly 10 years and has been a part of the community since he first set foot in Bluffton.
Vaughn thought he would see more visitors to Bluffton on his tours, but he was surprised to find most of his guests are new residents. He said they might not have moved to the Lowcountry for the history, but they, like Vaughn, want to know more about the place they now call home.
“When I moved to town, I really took a vested interest in the community,” Vaughn said.
“It’s been fun to learn the history of not just Bluffton,” he said, “but of how Bluffton helped shape the South and the Lowcountry.”
Apart from being a current member and past president of The Old Town Bluffton Merchant’s Society, Vaughn is a former Bluffton Rotarian and an involved community activist. He’s also the co-founder and current producer of Coastal Stage Productions, a regionally touring theatre company based in Ridgeland, SC.
“It’s great to meet so many people and share the stories of Bluffton,” Vaughn added, and the increase of newcomers to the area drives his dedication to preserving and sharing the town’s storied past. “I don’t want Bluffton to lose that charm and that history.”
Before he became Bluffton Jack, Vaughn would walk his own friends and family through Old Town and share some of its history. “I would just show them around a bit, and then one of them said, ‘You’re really good at this! You should charge people for this and make a living off it!’” Vaughn said.
By day, Bluffton Jack’s Old Town Tour includes 20 featured stops along tree-canopied streets and pathways. At night, Bluffton Jack’s Haunted History Tour features about a dozen stops and the spookier side of town. You won’t just see the antebellum porches at Seven Oaks; you’ll hear about the old murder that once drew ghost hunters to the area. And who knows? Around the Peeples Store, you might still hear the late Luke Peeples playing his piano.
From there, he dove into Bluffton’s history, interviewing historians at the Bluffton Historical society and longtime residents alike. The result of his research: an educational and entertaining arsenal of facts and folklore. And who better to tell the tales than a character who could have lived through them?
offers an education and entertaining and folklore.
The blend of fact and local legend keeps the tour from feeling like a dry history lesson, Vaughn said, but he doesn’t make up stories to keep people entertained. He is a licensed tour guide endorsed by the Bluffton Historical Society. His tours weave true historic accounts with “fun, intimate stories about the people” who lived along the path of the tour—places such as the Pine House, Seven Oaks and the Peeples Store. bluffton.com
While the Haunted History Tour is available throughout the month of October, the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. tours on Oct. 17 are a featured event at the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. The food and art of the Lowcountry may be the headliners, but, as Vaughn says, the Festival “also celebrates the history of Bluffton.”
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“It’s a great marriage between the theatre company we own and history,” Vaughn explained. “Jack was born in 1800s Bluffton, and he’s a colorful, charismatic individual.”
But don’t worry about scaring the little ones; the Haunted History Tour is a blend of scary and funny that is suitable for everyone 9 years of age and older. Just be sure to bring your own flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes!
Whether you take the Haunted History Tour in the evening or the Old Town Tour during the day, no adventure with Bluffton Jack would be complete without stopping by the Old Town Dispensary. The cocktail menu includes a signature Bluffton Jack—the perfect way to ease back into present-day Bluffton. Bluffton Jack’s Old Town Tours and Haunted History Tours begin at The Complete Home, 41B Calhoun Street. Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled tour time. Old Town Tours are available Monday-Friday, every two hours beginning at 10:30 a.m. Haunted History Tours are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 2-5, 9-13, 16-19, and 23-27. Visit blufftonjacktours.com or call 843-717-2175 to book your guided tour and purchase tickets.
1 lb. Package Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa 4 Ears of Fresh Corn, broken in half 8-10 Small Red Potatoes 2 lbs. Fresh, Wild Caught SC Shrimp, shell on J & O Seasoning (available at Bluffton Oyster Factory) Cocktail Sauce Butter, melted
In a large pot, bring around 1 1/2 gallons of water to a rolling boil. Cut sausage into 2-inch pieces and add to the water; steam for about 10 minutes. Add corn and potatoes and cook just until potatoes are fork tender. Add the shrimp to the water and tumble with other ingredients to ensure shrimp are covered in the water. Steam for around 2 minutes or so until the shrimp are pink. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. Drain all ingredients and spread out onto a large sheet pan and sprinkle with J & O Seasoning to taste. Serve with cocktail sauce, melted butter and your favorite beverage. Dig in and enjoy! Serves 4 adults.
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Toomers’ Bluffton Seafood House** 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 757-0380 Twisted European Bakery** 1253 May River Rd., Unit A (843) 757-0033
Calhoun’s 9 Promenade St. (843) 757-4334
Captain Woody’s 17 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-6222 Choo Choo BBQ Express 129 Burnt Church Rd. (843) 815-7675
The Village Pasta Shoppe** 10 B, Johnston Way (843) 540-2095
Chow Daddy’s – Belfair 15 Towne Center Dr. (843) 757-2469
Agave Side Bar 13 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-9190
Cinco Mexican Grill & Bar 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., 3D (843) 815-2233
Alvin Ord’s of Bluffton 1230 A, May River Rd. (843) 757-1300
Claude & Uli’s Bistro 1533 Fording Island Rd. #302 (843) 837-3336
Amigos Cafe y Cantina 133 Towne Drive (843) 815-8226
Corks Wine Co. 14 Promenade St. #306 (843) 816-5168
Backwater Bill’s 202 Hampton Lake Crossing (843) 8836-7475
Corner Perk 1297 May River Rd. (843) 816-5674
Black Balsam & Blue 1534 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2583
The Cottage 38 Calhoun St. (843) 757-0508
Bluffton BBQ 11 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-7427
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 157 Okatie Center Blvd. N. (843) 706-9545
The Bluffton Room 15 Promenade St. (843) 757-3525
Dolce Vita 163 Bluffton Rd., Ste. F (843) 815-6900
The Brick Chicken 1011 Fording Island Rd. (843) 836-5040
Downtown Deli 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 815-5005
British Open Pub – Bluffton 1 Sherington Dr. #G (843) 815-6736
Farm 1301 May River Rd. (843) 707-2041
Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff 1 Village Park Square (843) 706-6630
Fat Patties 207 Bluffton Rd. (843) 815-6300
Butcher’s Market and Deli 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., Ste. 3G (843) 815-6328
Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill 876 Fording Island Rd., Ste. 1 (843) 706-7280
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen 1055 May River Rd. (843) 757-2921
Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta 25 Bluffton Rd., Ste. 601 (843) 815-9200
Grind Coffee Roasters 7 Simmonsville Rd. #600 (843) 422-7945 Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill 104 Buckwalter Pl., Ste. 1A (843) 836-5959 HogsHead Kitchen • Wine Bar 1555 Fording Island Rd., Ste. D (843) 837-4647 Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q 872 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-9741 The Juice Hive 14 Johnston Way (843) 757-2899 Katie O’Donald’s 1008 Fording Island Rd. #B (843) 815-5555 Kobe Japanese Restaurant 30 Plantation Park Dr., Ste. 208 (843) 757-6688
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Local Pie Bluffton 15 State Of Mind St. (843) 837-7437
Pour Richard’s 4376 Bluffton Pkwy. (843) 757-1999 (843) 837-1893
Longhorn Steakhouse 1262 Fording Island Rd., Tanger I (843) 705-7001
Red Fish Bluffton 32 Bruin Rd. (843) 837-8888
Mellow Mushroom 878 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-0800
Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine 8 Pin Oak St. (843) 757-8111
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