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he entire staff at The Bluffton Breeze would like to wish you a Happy Holiday, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We love what we do and look forward to bringing you our best in 2018. Please visit our advertisers and let them know you saw them in Bluffton’s best publication. In this issue, we hope you enjoy articles focusing on Lowcountry holiday traditions, Blufftonians who give back, Tiny Homes and locally brewed beer, wine and spirits. It is truly an honor to share the Bluffton State of Mind—with a special holiday twist—with you in December. This month, don’t forget to give to those who are less fortunate, hug your children every day and smile and say hello to a stranger. Be kind to the ones you love. Pray for those who are ill. These are the things that make Bluffton the town we all love, and it’s why we live here. I’d like to close with a light-hearted anecdote, inspired by the old-fashioned game of Telephone. This note just surfaced and we are passing it on, as requested. The Mayor sent a note to the Town Manager: “Early tomorrow morning, there is the possibility of a total power blackout at 9:00 a.m. This is something that cannot happen every day, so in order to mark this rare occurrence, let the Town employees line up in their best clothes, on Calhoun Promenade Plaza next to the Bluffton War Memorial, so that I can explain it to all of them myself and we can experience it together. If it is raining, we will not be able to completely experience it. In that case, the staff should gather at the Auditorium at Town Hall.” The Town Manager’s note to the Growth Management Director: “On the Mayor’s orders, there will be a total power blackout early tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. If it is raining, we may not be able to see it in our best clothes from Calhoun Promenade. In that case, the blackout will be fully observed in the Auditorium. This is something that does not happen every day.” The Growth Management Director’s note to the Director of Stormwater Management: “On the Mayor’s orders, we shall fully observe, in our best clothes, the total power blackout in the auditorium tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. The Mayor will tell us if it is going to rain. This is something that does not happen every day.” The Director of Stormwater Management sent a note to the Chief of Police: “If it is raining tomorrow morning, which is something that doesn’t happen every day, have your staff meet at the Auditorium in full dress, to see the Mayor in her best clothes disappear at 9:00 a.m. From the Chief of Police to The Bluffton Breeze: “Early tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine, the Mayor will disappear in her best clothes. Kindly have your readers look for her, as this is not something that happens every day.” I hope this exchange puts a smile on your face! My apologies in advance to our Mayor and other Town of Bluffton officials. Happy Holidays to one and all. See you in 2018!
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DECEMBER 2017, VOLUME 15, NO. 12
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The Palmetto State’s Contribution To World War I 2017 Lowcountry Marine Environment Year in Review Who’s New? in Bluffton Bluffton Holiday Traditions Holiday Gift Guide Holiday Spirits Guide December Happenings Creating Christmas Miracles Living Large in a Tiny House Hanson Holiday Hit List Giving Back A Twist of Fate Sausage Scallopini
D E PA R T M E N T S 08 History 12 Environment 22 Around Town 26 Calendar 28 Inspiration 32 Your Corner 34 Home 38 Tides 39 Music 40 Community 42 Spotlight 43 Recipe 44 Restaurant Guide 6
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The Palmetto State’s Contribution to World War I Courtesy of the South Carolina Historical Society
state with a strong martial tradition, South Carolina provided as many soldiers for service during World War I as the state had for the Confederate army a half-century earlier. With America’s entry into the war in 1917, the state once more underwent a mobilization of manpower and resources of titanic proportions.
As the United States entered the great European war, the nation formed unprecedented alliances with European powers and took on a new and daunting role on the world stage. For the state of South Carolina, the federalization of its National Guard and the state’s commitment to the national war effort were drastic steps marking a shift of perspective from regional to international affairs.
Mexican Border Campaign
While the European powers struggled for supremacy, another war raged much closer to home. Revolutionary factions struggled for the control of Mexico, and President Woodrow Wilson’s administration watched events south of the Rio Grande with growing alarm. When the town of Columbus, New Mexico was raided by revolutionaries under Mexican leader Pancho Villa, Wilson mobilized state militia troops to protect American citizens and property in the Southwest.
For South Carolina troops, this security duty along the Mexican border provided a significant prologue to World War I. South Carolina troops served alongside the regular U.S. Army, safeguarding United States citizens and property against Pancho Villa’s marauding revolutionaries. During the Punitive Expedition, the state volunteer system was employed for the last time, with each state’s troops serving in their state militia regiments. When the same troops were called up for World War I, they would be reorganized, their units redesignated and made part of the regular army.
Mobilization and Draft
Upon their return from the border intervention, South Carolina’s citizen-soldiers soon found themselves preparing for deployment to France. When war with Germany was declared in April, South Carolina’s troops were called up for the defense of the state. That summer, however, they were summoned into federal service. In the reorganization that followed the activation of the National Guard for federal service, the 1st South Carolina Regiment became the 118th Infantry. Assigned to the 30th (“Old Hickory”) Division, the 118th would become one of the most distinguished regiments of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Activation of the National Guard on July 25, 1917 doubled the size of the U.S. Army, but even this expansion was insufficient to realistically affect the course of the war in Europe. Another more controversial policy followed: the national draft. For the first time since the desperate days of the Confederacy, South Carolina men were subject to conscription. Draftees were organized into the national army, distinguished from both the regular army and the National Guard. This national army also included the segregated troops of the 93rd Division, whose 371st Regiment was composed primarily of African-American South Carolinians.
WWI South Carolina citizens would also serve in great numbers in many other units, including the 81st (“Wildcat”) and 42nd (“Rainbow”) Divisions. They would be found among the U.S Marines and Navy sailors serving overseas, as well.
371 st Regiment
More than two million black U.S. males between 21 and 31 registered for conscription. Even though they represented 10 percent of the total draft registration, there were only four “Buffalo Soldier” regiments in the U.S. Army to take in these new soldiers, and none of those regiments were slated for AEF service. With some reluctance, the U.S. War Department agreed to create the 93rd Division in the national army.
The 93rd Division contained four regiments: the 369th, 370th, 371st and 372nd. The 371st formed at Camp Jackson in August 1917 and was the only regiment in the 93rd Division formed primarily of draftees. The 371st, unlike the other regiments, consisted mainly of African-Americans from across the South. Upon arrival in France, the 93rd Division’s regiments found themselves “on loan” to America’s allies. Starved for replacements and long accustomed to employing African colonial troops, the French army eagerly took in the black American soldiers. American commanding General “Black Jack” Pershing, whose nickname referred to his Buffalo Soldier service in the Spanish-American War, agreed to this arrangement, perhaps to help mollify the French demand for recruits. Men of the 371st were awarded the French Legion of Honor, the Medaille Militaire and the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Palm. They would sail home in February of 1919 aboard the SS Leviathan. The Bluffton Breeze
In the Trenches
United States troops arriving in France were immediately coveted by the other Allied powers, who wanted replacements for their own horrifying losses. General Pershing, following President Woodrow Wilson’s orders, insisted on the American Expeditionary Forces’ independent existence and national chain of command. The fighting in France was characterized by great lines of fortification dug into the earth, where armies maneuvered in small spaces constricted by artillery and swept by machine gun fire. Thousands of lives might be expended for a gain of a few hundred yards of territory, a gain that was quite likely to be temporary, as the enemy regrouped in a further line of entrenchments to mount a counterattack.
The infantryman of the late 19th century relied on his rifle and was expected to march into battle, but in this environment, the machine gun dominated long-range fighting and the line tactics of previous generations were suicidal. Trench raids, on the other hand, often devolved into pistol and hand grenade contests where a “trench sweeper” shotgun could prove superior to more conventional long arms. At any range, Western Front fighting was a brutal contest of attrition and had settled into a deadlock that the American Expeditionary Forces would help to break.
“In being gassed by Mustard Gas, your throat commences burning as if you have taken a swallow of red-hot lead, your eyes commence burning and swelling shut as if a hive of bees had stung you, your voice goes from you till you can scarcely whisper, and you have a tremendous pressure on your chest as if there is a weight of from 50 to 100 pounds there… It was about five weeks from the time I was gassed before I was able to turn over, and in fact it was about Armistice Day when I began to sit up a little.”
World War I would see the first large-scale use of aircraft for military purposes. Used at first for reconnaissance, the aircraft soon found other roles as well. As the use of aircraft proved advantageous, control of the skies was contested and the romanticized “Flying Aces” in their swift fighter planes attracted public notice. Meanwhile, the less glamorous reconnaissance flyers provided vital intelligence to the commanders on the ground, proving the worth of the airplane permanently. By
Although the machine gun is the weapon most often associated with trench warfare, it was actually the massed artillery of the Western Front that caused the most casualties. The role of artillery in the First World War is difficult to overemphasize, both in its direct results and in the demoralizing effect of continuous bombardment. Sophisticated techniques were employed to isolate enemy units and to prepare the ground for infantry advances, and the landscape of the battlefields was drastically altered by the storms of high explosives unleashed by the big guns. The artillery also delivered the gas attacks, which proved to be yet another innovation to break the bloody stalemate of static trench warfare.
he Allied “Hundred Days Offensive” in the autumn of 1918 finally collapsed an important section of the German defenses, and South Carolina’s soldiers were in the forefront.
Adding to the danger and misery was the constant threat of attack by poison gas. Gas warfare originated as an attempt to break the deadlock in the trenches, but soon became just another horrific feature of life on the front. First Sergeant Joseph Etheredge, who served in South Carolina’s Field Hospital Number One (119th Field Hospital, 30th Division), graphically described the effects of a gas attack:
Artillery and Aviation
the time American troops arrived in France, aircraft were a major component of wartime strategy on both sides.
Many Allied military planners anticipated the continuation of the Western Front stalemate well into 1919, and American troops began the war on the defensive as the German army attacked. However, the German army, weakened by four years of war, was more vulnerable than it appeared, and the American troops would soon provide critical assistance in bringing the long, bloody conflict to its conclusion. The Allied “Hundred Days Offensive” in the autumn of 1918 finally collapsed an important section of the German defenses, and South Carolina’s soldiers were in the forefront with a historic assault on the Hindenburg Line. This 100-mile-long trench system across northeastern France was fortified with concrete bunkers, barbed wire, minefields, interlocking machine gun positions and tunnels that allowed German reinforcements to move to threatened sections in relative safety. In an attack that lasted from September 18 to October 5, 1918, British, Australian and American forces broke through and cleared the entire Hindenburg Line. With its defenses fatally breached, Germany acknowledged defeat, and the war ended with the signing of the armistice a month later. South Carolina soldiers were in the forefront of this historic assault. Soldiers of the 30th Division, including the 118th Infantry Regiment, won particular praise for their part in the battle. The heroism of the men of the 118th, 371st and South Carolina’s other battlefield units helped drive the final advance that forced an armistice and an end to World War I. South Carolina’s Adjutant General Moore expressed a common hope in his annual report for 1918 when he said that the year “in all human probability will go down into future history as the culmination of the world’s greatest war.” Certificates issued by President Wilson would acclaim America’s “Great War” soldiers as “The Chivalry of a New Humanity,” and the surviving soldiers returned to their homes with hopes for a lasting peace.
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Marine Environment Year in Review Sea turtles, dolphin and fishâ€¦ Oh my! By Amber Hester Kuehn, Owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters
By Amber Hester Kuehn, Owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters
United States, one of which is under the Broad River Bridge in Beaufort County!
Since January of 2017, there have been 30 sea turtle strandings in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area. Eight of these turtles were still alive and transported to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston by the “Amberlance.” If you have not been to the South Carolina Aquarium, or it has been a while, you will find they opened a new exhibit on the main floor—a sea turtle hospital where you can see the patients through the glass! Currently, there are two Hilton Head Island sea turtles still in residence: Pearl, who was entangled in fishing line, and Crush, who ingested plastic.
Fortunately, it was a relatively quiet year in the Lowcountry for dolphin strandings. In Beaufort County, there were only 10 strandings in 2017 (four of these in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area) compared to 15 in 2016 and 15 in 2015. We are happy to report that the dolphin UME (Unusual Mortality Event) of 2013/2014 has subsided and we seem to be back on track after a Morbillivirus episode.
There were 325 sea turtle nests on Hilton Head Island beaches in 2017. The nesting sea turtles didn’t seem to mind that there were practically no dunes left after Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, the hatchlings noticed, and 32 nests were lost to beachfront lighting ordinance violations. (Remember, Lights Out May through October from 10 p.m.-6 a.m.) This number might have been reduced with a higher dune line to block beachfront lighting. Tropical Storm Irma disrupted a beach fill project in Sea Pines on September 11, destroying the remaining 54 sea turtle nests still incubating on the beach. In other storm-related news, Irma’s high winds swept in some sea birds that are rarely seen near shore, including a Cory’s Shearwater.
Dr. Eric Montie’s Marine Sensory and Neurobiology Lab at University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Department of Natural Sciences is conducting surveys to obtain high-resolution photographs of the dorsal fins of our local dolphin population. Every dorsal fin is different, like a fingerprint. A digital outline is applied to each image, and a computer system called DARWIN runs the outline through a recognition system that matches photos taken in the past. It can then be determined which of these are local bottlenose dolphin that stay in the saltmarsh estuary in the winter. To date, 256 dolphin have been individually documented and approximately 170 are local/permanent residents. In other words, almost half of our local dolphin population disperses in the winter.
At the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Dr. Eric Montie’s Marine Sensory and Neurobiology Lab is also studying the spawning behavior of red drum, silver perch, oyster toadfish, black drum and spotted sea trout with fish acoustics, utilizing recordings made from four data recorders stationed in the May River. It is fascinating to learn what environmental factors are affecting fish spawn.
OYSTERS Oysters in the Lowcountry are flourishing. Irma delayed the opening of the oyster season in 2017, but otherwise no additional closures have been reported (the headwaters of the May River are consistently closed to harvest). Oyster farming is gaining traction to lessen the demand on our wild population. Native oysters are typically harvested at twoyears-old. Farm-raised oysters grow a bit faster because they don’t have to expend all that energy on reproduction. All oysters, whether triploid (farm-raised) or diploid (native), filter 50 gallons of water each day to keep our waterways healthy.
Fiddler crabs are plentiful, scouring the surface of the mudflat at each low tide... and, thank goodness, the hydrogen sulfide gas is flowing from their burrows. It’s working! If you don’t know what I am talking about, you need to join a charter aboard Spartina in the spring.
Waddell Mariculture Center, despite major renovations, released two million juvenile red drum, spotted sea trout and cobia this year. The red drum were deposited in Winyah Bay and the ACE Basin, the spotted sea trout stocked Charleston waters and the cobia were released into the Port Royal Sound. All these fish from Waddell Mariculture Center can be tracked by DNA analysis.
Blue crab populations seem to fluctuate above and below the 10-year average, but have never fully recovered from the drought of 1998-2002. Blue crab populations are listed as overall below average on the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about the demand on our local blue crabs, but this crustacean population is recoverable.
One pygmy sperm whale washed up on Daufuskie Island on August 18, 2017.
The 2016 moratorium on cobia fishing was extended and enhanced through January 1, 2018 because annual catch limits were exceeded in 2016. Cobia typically spawn in three areas on the Eastern Seaboard of the The Bluffton Breeze
THANKS Special thanks to sponsors—Colleton River Plantation, Hilton Head Reef Foundation, Coastal Provisions Company, Beachside Tire and Auto and individuals—who have graciously donated in 2017 to the stranding effort, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Beaufort Dolphin Conservation Program. Photos on pages 13 & 14 courtesy of Amber Hester Kuehn
SUPPORT THE AMBERLANCE Spartina Dolphin and Sea Turtle Stranding Response is a fund with the nonprofit Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. All donations are applied directly to costs associated with dolphin recovery and necropsy, injured sea turtle transport to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston and land/ water recovery of sea turtles for documentation.
TO DONATE: cf-Lowcountry.org, Spartina Dolphin and Sea Turtle Stranding Response Visit SpartinaCharters.com, Marine Life Stranding Marine biologist Amber Kuehn is a fourth-generation Blufftonian and owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters. The manager of Hilton Head Island’s Sea Turtle Protection Project and known as the “Turtle Lady,” she has worked with sea turtles since 1998. In addition to turtle nest monitoring efforts, Kuehn coordinates the dolphin and sea turtle stranding response in Beaufort County and assists Dr. Eric Montie’s Marine Sensory & Neurobiology Lab at USCB in collecting dolphin data. For more information or to schedule a Voyage of Discovery next spring, call (843) 338-2716 or visit SpartinaCharters.com.
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ampton Hall Club welcomes Kristy Stewart as Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications. A Nebraska native, Kristy moved to the Lowcountry in 2006. She served as the Club Manager at Dolphin Head Golf Club for nine years and most recently as the Director of Membership Relations and Communications at Sea Pines Country Club. Kristy is a member of the Professional Club Marketing Association, where she currently serves as secretary for the Lowcountry Chapter. Kristy looks forward to helping current and future Hampton Hall members enjoy their Club to the fullest. For more information call (843) 815-9343 or visit 15 The Bluffton Breeze DECEMBER 2017 hamptonhallsc.com.
Bluffton Holiday Traditions
Discover a few favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season in the Lowcountry.
We don’t have white Christmases in Bluffton. There are no jingle bells on sleigh rides, no icicles and no bundling of mittens and earmuffs, but we have plenty of cherished holiday traditions! Hands warmed over roasting oysters, thick slices of Claxton fruitcake, delicate strings of multi-colored lights twining around palmetto trunks—a Lowcountry holiday is bright indeed. This December, The Bluffton Breeze looks at a few signature traditions that make the season merry Bluffton-style, from handmade shell wreaths to the Bluffton Christmas parade.
ut Your Own Christmas Tree
Our climate is too warm for the fir and spruce trees typically favored as seasonal decorations. However, native cypress and pines will do just as nicely. A&A Christmas Trees off Highway 170 in Okatie is a family-run farm that offers the experience of selecting and cutting your own tree from rows of carefully trimmed and shaped
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white pines and Leyland cypresses. They also ship in pre-cut North Carolina Fraser firs for those who want this distinctive fragrance and look. A&A Christmas Trees was started more than 40 years ago by Jerry and Dianne Youngblood when Jerry decided to harvest a few cedars Dianne’s grandmother had planted and then try his luck selling them as Christmas trees. “I don’t think we sold but 20-something trees that year, but it got me thinking,” said Jerry, who was a banker at the time and knew nothing of farming or horticulture. “I learned as I went.” In 1985, he left the banking industry and went into Christmas tree farming full-time, creating a successful business that he and Dianne recently turned over to their daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Daniel Doe. Jerry still helps out on the farm, and he loves seeing customers who used to come every year with their parents—now returning with children of their own. A&A takes excellent care of their trees, including the shipped-in firs, which are never left in the sun or without water. “The Fraser fir is the Cadillac of Christmas trees,” said Jerry. “But even if people get a Fraser, a lot of times they want to go out in the fields and look around. I think they enjoy it more than buying a tree out of a parking lot.” A&A Christmas Trees, located at 42 Old Cooler Circle in Okatie, opens for the season the day after Thanksgiving and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, please call (843) 384-4485 or visit aachristmastrees.com.
eck The Halls with Shells
Nothing says Christmas at the beach like a sand dollar Santa, but nothing says Christmas on the river like an oyster shell wreath. Do both! Julie Oliver handcrafts Lowcountry-themed holiday decorations using shells she collects on the Hilton Head shoreline, then sells her work at craft fairs and on her website. Her creations include sand dollar “snowpeople” with yarn hair and ribbon bowties, grapevine wreaths covered in oyster shells and red silk flowers, mini-wreath ornaments painstakingly coated in broken shell bits and starfishes to hang on the tree. All the seashells are bleached a beautiful white. “I honestly feel it doesn’t have to snow,” said Julie, who also runs a face-painting business. “When I was a child, I lived in Connecticut for 10 years, but then we moved to Florida and we were in the pool. Christmas is what you make out of it, not whether it’s hot or cold.” For Julie, the shell crafts came about as a silver lining to hardship. “My dear husband passed away eight years ago of cancer,” she said. “While he was sick, he needed a bedside project—and his project became my project.” To order a shell wreath or other handmade craft, contact Julie Oliver at (843) 715-2189 or visit morgansmommy.com online.
njoy the Bluffton Christmas Parade
No one knows exactly when it started—sometime during the ‘80s—but by now the Bluffton Christmas Parade is as much a part of Bluffton as the May River or the Nickel Pumpers. “It’s where you are on the first Saturday of December,” said Joy Nelson, community relations manager for the Bluffton Police Department, and one of the parade’s coordinators. “It’s quirky, it’s unique and there’s not a lot of pomp and circumstance—it just is what it is. You come out and be yourself.” The parade features nearly 100 entries, from floats and groups to individuals riding in their cars or even on their tractors. The beauty of it, says Joy, is that anyone can participate, even if they just want to walk along pulling a little red wagon. Schools, churches, realtors, towing companies, motorcycle groups and, naturally, horses are all part of the holiday parade. Year after year, people look forward to seeing parade fixtures such as the Red Cedar Fox Float and the Parris Island Marine Corps Marching Band, which participates in highprofile parades all over the country, but still finds time for lil’ ol’ Bluffton. Important dignitaries are always invited. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham have made special appearances, and Congressman Mark Sanford returns every year. It’s a very inclusive event, so grab your lawn chairs and babies and head to Old Town for the 2017 Bluffton Christmas Parade. The 2017 Bluffton Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m.1 p.m. in downtown Bluffton. The Bluffton Breeze
ire Up an Oyster Roast
Picture a cheery blaze to warm the cold night air, festive showers of sparks shooting up toward a canopy of palm fronds silhouetted against the winter stars, the camaraderie of friends and loved ones clutching beverages and belly-laughing merrily. What could make this scene better? A few bushels of oysters. Spread them on a heavy metal plate on the fire, cover them with wet towels and, when they’ve just popped open from the steam, dump them over a shucking table where people crowd with oyster knives and hot sauces to get in on the feast. It’s food, entertainment and climate control all at once, and it’s one of Bluffton’s most enduring seasonal revelries. Chances are you will be invited to at least one oyster roast this year, but if not, throw your own! May River oysters—known for their bright, salty flavor—are available every way you can think of at the Bluffton Oyster Company on Wharf Street, from pre-shucked quarts to bushels of single selects. Owned and operated by the Toomer Family, this is your go-to for any kind of fresh local seafood, and they also cater special events.
Photo: John Byer
For more information about the Bluffton Oyster Company, please call (843) 757-4010 or visit blufftonoyster.com.
ick Off A Healthy New Year
For many Southerners, the traditional New Year’s dish is Hoppin’ John, made from black-eye peas and rice, accented with chowchow relish. But why not work up an appetite first? Nothing makes you hungry like running. The 2018 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Run & Walk will start and finish at Publix in Buckwalter Place and will take participants through Buckwalter Place and down both the Buckwalter and Bluffton Parkways. This chilly, family-friendly run will make you feel like you’ve died and been reborn, your mind reeling with gratitude and every cell in your body tingling with new life. So grab your running shoes, your loved ones and a thermos of hot toddy, and we’ll see you in 2018 at the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Run & Walk! The 11th Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Run & Walk will take place on Monday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. at Buckwalter Place. To learn more, call (843) 757-8520 or visit bearfootsports.com. The Bluffton Breeze
till looking for the perfect gifts this holiday season? Whether you’re shopping for an outdoor enthusiast or an art collector, these gift ideas from the heart of Bluffton will make it a holiday to remember.
Suede Dundee Shoes in “Mocha” from Birkenstock
Fire & Pine Wood Maps available at Golis Family Jewelers
Russian Painted Box from Stock Farm Antiques
Photicular “Scanimation®” Books for the Family found at Reminisce 20
Plaid Peplum Top & Little Fish Boateak Necklace available at Gigi’s Boutique
Holiday Throw Pillow found at Al-Harry Furniture Design
Tempur-Pedic Cushions from Sit & Sleep Mattress Superstore
“Bird Painting” at Coastal Exchange
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Holiday Spirits Guide Locally brewed beer, wine, mead and spirits infuse Bluffton with plenty of Lowcountry cheer.
By Allison Hersh
ike and Juliana Tripka, the owners of the soon-toopen Bee-Town Mead and Cider on May River Road, started out brewing beer at home nearly 22 years ago.
After entering a brewing competition, they won a packet of mead yeast and decided to try their hand at creating this honey-based fermented beverage with a high alcohol content. Following some experimentation, they perfected their recipe and won medals in national competitions. Now, Mike and Juliana are getting ready to open South Carolina’s first production meadery in Bluffton, using local ingredients like honey from Hardeeville, as well as a wide range of fruits, berries, herbs and spices. “The recent farm-to-table culinary movement is a natural tie-in with our meadery, using local and regional honey sources,” Mike explains. “We source right from the beekeeper to our fermentation tanks. Having a local, artisanal product to offer and showcase the bounty of the Lowcountry adds to the uniqueness of mead. Visitors to the area are looking for local experiences and products. Providing mead made with local, Southern ingredients meets that need.” Mike and Juliana are part of a growing army of creative artisans, many of whom are based in Bluffton, offering a decidedly Lowcountry twist to locally produced beer, wines and spirits. From rum to moonshine, coastal South Carolina abounds with handcrafted beverages infused with the spirit of sun-kissed beaches, warm ocean breezes and tidal saltmarshes. Matt Allen, the owner of Big Jim’s Wine and Spirits on Bluffton Parkway, has noted a significant uptick in the interest in local spirits in recent years.
“We are seeing both locals and tourists express interest in local spirits,” he says. “Distillers are also doing a good job being seen. We have local distillers conduct tastings onsite. This allows them to meet people and answer questions and gives customers the opportunity to try the products prior to purchasing them.” Big Jim’s features a high-profile “Buy Local, Drink Local, Low Country Spirits” display at the front of the store, showcasing more than 15 spirits produced locally. “As a small business owner, I think it is very important to support and promote local products,” Matt explains. “Local distillers have put a lot of time and effort into crafting spirits that people enjoy.” This holiday season, consider giving spirits with a local twist. Here’s an overview of some of our favorite Lowcountry selections.
LOCAL MICROBREWS River Dog Brewing Co.
This Okatie tasting room features an impressive menu of scratchmade Lowcountry ales. Don’t miss the Lowcountry Ambrosia, an American wheat beer brewed with honey, or the Kindred Spice fall ale. If you’re feeling up for adventure, try the Imperial Perkolatte, an imperial milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee and vanilla beans that packs a punch with an 11.2% alcohol content. riverdogbrewing.com
Salt Marsh Brewing
This craft brewery located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton combines Southern hospitality with Lowcountry charm. Fall and winter beer highlights include Oyster Town Brown, Southern Fella Vanilla Stout and Pick-a-Peppa Pumpkin Porter. saltmarshbrew.com
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This award-winning, Bluffton-based brewery turns out handcrafted beer 24/7, offering a cozy beer garden, bar and restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients. New seasonal delights include the Imperial Frozen Barrel Milk Stout and the Wild Bramble Raspberry Ale. southernbarrelbrewingco.com
Available at bars and pubs throughout the Lowcountry, Wooden Skiff Beer Co. was born in Hawaii, when co-founder Tayloe Cook started experimenting with a five-gallon home brewing kit. Today, popular microbrews like May River Sunset Blonde, Hilton Head’s Irish Red and Blackwater Porter charm beer drinkers throughout the Palmetto State. woodenskiffbrewing.com
LOWCOUNTRY SPIRITS Bulrush Gin
Embodying the spirit of the Lowcountry, Bulrush Gin combines juniper berries from Bulgaria with lavender and ginger from South Carolina, creating a unique distillation incorporating 10 different herbs and botanicals. Crafted in copper stills using maceration and vapor infusion, this small-batch gin will thrill G&T lovers. bulrushgin.com
Daufuskie Rum Co.
Give the gift of handcrafted rum, which is artfully distilled and bottled just across the river on Daufuskie Island. For an extra kick, try Fuskie Fire, which is infused with a spicy dose of cinnamon and cayenne, or go upscale with the Gold Reserve, which is carefully aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. daufuskierum.com
Hilton Head Distillery
Founded in 2016, Hilton Head Distillery earned the distinction of being Hilton Head Island’s first and only distillery. Share premium, innovative craft spirits, from Mountain Peak Espresso-Flavored Rum to Aermoor Vodka, which is handcrafted from a granulated molasses base and distilled 49 times. hiltonheaddistillery.com
Lucky Duck Distillery
Hearing his grandparents talk about moonshine always intrigued Lucky Duck Distillery owner Chase Flowers. Today, he creates small batches of bourbon in addition to apple pie, cherry and peach-flavored moonshine in Yemassee. luckyduckdistillery.com
This kitschy Ridgeland store offers a wide selection of moonshine, small batch spirits, local wine and novelty gifts. Popular moonshine flavors include Apple Pie, Moon Pie Chocolate, Blackberry and Salted Caramel. Or, select a gift from the store’s extensive wine selection, including handcrafted, small batch and locally made wines from vineyards and wineries in South Carolina. moonshineinternational.com
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Tea lovers will appreciate the artisan teas crafted by the Bluffton Tea Company. In addition to traditional black, green and white teas, options include herbal and medicinal blends. Don’t miss the Bluffton Blend, which layers papaya, peach and ginger on a base of black tea, blackberry leaves and sunflower petals. bluffton-tea-company.myshopify.com
This café roasts its own coffee beans on-site, crafting unique options with a local twist, like the May River house medium blend and the Pluff Mud house dark blend. Give the gift of coffee as a one-time purchase or as part of the monthly PERKscription subscription service. cornerperk.com
The Grind Roasters
This Bluffton-based company offers a wide variety of single-origin coffee beans from all over the world. Discover flavored coffee by the pound, like hazelnut, vanilla and pecan pie, as well as a vast selection of loose leaf teas and chai. thegrindroasters.com
Local herbalist Amy Spadafora-Thompson formulates teas that are harmonically blended with organic and wildcrafted herbs, enhancing their natural medicinal properties. Emotional Rescue Tea, Harmony Tea and Mindfulness Tea are designed to serve as natural moodenhancers for loved ones on your holiday shopping list. harmonicinfusions.com The Bluffton Breeze
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t’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Bluffton is filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. With art exhibits and tree lightings, toy drives and family festivals, Santa sightings and holiday concerts, there are many ways to celebrate joyous December days. The festivities begin the first weekend in December with the Town of Bluffton’s Annual Light Up the Night Celebration on Friday, December 1. The Town’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting takes place at Dubois Park’s Shrimp Boat Playground at 5 p.m. with Christmas carols sung by the M.C. Riley Elementary School Choir, naming of the Bluffton Christmas Parade Grand Marshal and a very “special guest” who will appear with cookies and hot chocolate. After the tree lighting, stroll through Old Town to see the holiday decorations and listen to live music while shopping, eating, drinking and making merry. The celebration continues on Saturday, December 2, when the Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade kicks off on Bridge Street at 10 a.m. with floats, civic organizations, marching bands, dogs, horses, fire trucks, several Santas and more winding their way through Old Town via Calhoun Street, May River Road and Pin Oak. (843) 706-4500 or townofbluffton.sc.gov. The party continues immediately after the parade with the 6th Annual Beast Feast at May River Excursions on Calhoun Street. BYOB and join the crew, friends and local businesses for an afternoon of locally caught food served with a side of music from the Port 'O Johns. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are requested so the tradition can continue. (843) 304-2878 or mayriverexcursions.com. Later, walk over to Oyster Factory Park for a night of family-oriented fun featuring oysters straight from the May River, Brunswick Stew, music from The Walker Harris Band, a 50/50 Raffle and the chance to win a birdhouse replica of Campbell Chapel AME at the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society’s 4th Annual Parade Day Oyster Roast starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $35 in advance or at the gate and free for children 12 and under. (843) 757-6293 or heywardhouse.org. The weekend festivities wrap up on Sunday,
December 3 with a Party in the Park hosted by Imagination Train Bluffton and Morgan’s Mommy’s Seashell Creations & Face Painting. Spend the afternoon in Oscar Frazier Park and enjoy food from Melly Mels, Gullah Fried and GMA on Ice, plus bouncy houses, face painting, music by Shane Marstiller, corn hole and more to kick off Bluffton Chamber Leadership’s Imagination Train class project to encourage children to climb, ride, and "drive" their imaginations to new places. Admission is free. (843) 707-6219 or imaginationtrainbluffton.com. After the park, head to Cornerstone Church for the Illuminate Bluffton event starting at 6 p.m. This Christmas program includes caroling, lighting of the church, hot cocoa, tea and refreshments served on the porch facing May River Road. (843) 757-3472 or cornerstonebluffton.com. More sounds of the season include a special acoustic performance by local favorites Lowcountry Boil on December 7 during the Palmetto Bluff Chapel Concert Series in the Wilson Village Chapel and folk singer and songwriter David Roth is center stage for the latest installment of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry’s Music on Malphrus series on December 9. palmettobluff.com or uulowcountry.org. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra returns to Old Town on December 12 with a Holiday Brass Concert at Bluffton United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., followed by the Bluffton United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presenting Christmas Cantata: Sing Joy to All the World! during both worship services on December 17. blufftonumc.org. In search of unique gifts reflecting the one-ofa-kind Bluffton State of Mind? Then stop by the 5th Annual Society of Bluffton Artists’ Holiday Boutique in the SoBA Gallery on Church Street. Open through December 22, local artists have created an amazing assortment of gift items, including jewelry, cards, holiday decorations, small paintings, floral arrangements and fiber art. (843) 757-6586 or sobagallery.com. At the Tanger Outlets, the Light the Way campaign hosted by WJCL 22, Safe Shelter and Hopeful Horizons runs through December 18. Shoppers who donate new, unwrapped toys or clothing to benefit children and survivors of domestic abuse in our community will
receive a free Tanger coupon book. Limit of one coupon book per household. Santa will be making his list and checking it twice at the outlets on December 1 when the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in the Tanger 2 Courtyard from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Stop by and have your picture taken with Santa, enjoy sounds of season performed by local school groups and witness the unveiling of the illuminated tree. (843) 837-5410 or tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead. If you still need to discuss your naughty-ornice status with St. Nick, he can be found at the Bluffton Salty Dog T-Shirt Factory in Tanger 2 every Saturday and Sunday afternoon through December 23. Children and well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome to take Pictures with Santa. (843) 837-5511 or bluffton.saltydog.com. It’s also the season to give back, and Peacock Auto Mall in Hardeeville hosts a Santa's Workshop on December 9 from 2-5 p.m. This free family event features photos with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, hot dogs and Christmas caroling with a live musician. Please bring a new toy for the Toy Collection Drive for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry. (843) 208-1258 or peacockautomall.com. In Palmetto Bluff, the annual Christmas in the Village celebration includes a Pop-Up Art Show with Red Piano Art Gallery showcasing the works of renowned Lowcountry and Southern artists, December 15-17, plus a winter Movie on the Green scheduled for Friday night. Mix and mingle with Santa and bring beach chairs, blankets and your favorite Friday night date for a showing of the movie “Elf.” Hot toddies, movie snacks and candy from everyone’s favorite Elf will be available. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; the movie starts at 6. Admission is $20 per car with proceeds benefiting the Honor Our Heroes Foundation. palmettobluff.com. Check with your local church for a schedule of Christmas Eve services or make plans to visit Oyster Factory Park on December 24 and attend the 6th Annual Christmas Eve Under the Stars service hosted by St. Andrew By-TheSea UMC complete with carols and candlelight. Check website for an alternate location in the event of rain or high wind. hhiumc.com Please call the listed phone numbers to confirm dates, times and locations.
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Sometimes, angels appear in the most unlikely places. By Gene Cashman III
hile John was on his lunch break, he overheard a man discussing a medical condition on the phone. It was a loud conversation, and the man was obviously stressed about what was going on.
John felt himself being drawn into the discussion, the louder the man got and the longer it went on. He discerned that the man was from another city and that his wife was in the hospital and very ill. Finally, the man hung up and slouched down in the booth. Things grew much more quiet, except for the clanging of the silverware being washed in the back. John felt compelled to do something. This wasn’t something he would normally feel or get involved with, but he couldn’t let it go. So, he got up and walked over the man. “Sir” he said cautiously. “I overheard your conversation, and while I don’t want to be nosy, I would like to offer my help.” The man looked up at John curiously. “Thanks, but…” The man couldn’t finish before the phone rang again. It was the hospital. This time, the man talked in softer tones and took notes. He hung up and looked back to John. “I don’t even know where to begin to ask for help,” he confessed. The two men talked over coffee. It turned out the man on the phone, whose name was Mike, had been in town for vacation with his wife, Kathy, when she developed an infection. She had been in the hospital for over a month and nearly died twice. To make matters worse, Mike had been unable to leave her side or to return home and, as a result, was close to losing his job and benefits if he didn’t get back to work soon. His credit card was maxed out from the hotel stay, and the hospital bills would be coming in soon. Needless to say, Mike was overwhelmed. John did a lot of listening, and when Mike finally had said his peace, he sat there searching for some wisdom to share. Nothing came to his head; he couldn’t relate. So, instead of offering advice or counsel, he simply reached over and patted Mike’s arm. “Sir” he said, “I don’t know exactly how to help you, but I do know that when I get overwhelmed, I make a list so at least I know where to start.” Mike could wrap his head around this, so he flipped over his paper and, at the top of the list, wrote: “Pick up Kathy from hospital.” The list seemed to draw both of the men in and energized them. They talked excitedly about each item which, after nearly half an hour, had grown to 20 items. Everything from airline tickets to medical supplies was accounted for. When complete, Mike pushed the list to the center of the table before the sadness crept back in around his eyes. The Bluffton Breeze
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“All is fine and well, except for the fact that I am broke,” he said. “No place to stay, no way to get her home just yet. I’ve been sleeping at the hospital; the rental car is long gone.” The same undeniable feeling came over John that he experienced when he had been compelled to engage with Mike in the first place. He wiggled in his seat and fought the urge to speak. Finally, John said, “Well, I need to call my wife, but I think we can make a spot for you until you get things figured out.” Mike’s eyes welled up. John wondered just what kept getting into him.
The men pulled up to the hospital entrance and met a lady in blue scrubs who pushed a thin woman in a wheelchair toward the truck. bluffton.com
“So, I hear we owe you a huge debt of gratitude,” she smiled. Her voice was rough from the tube that had been down her throat helping her breathe. John nodded and shrugged, adding, “It’s really not a big deal.” Kathy doubled down on her compliment. “Oh, yes, it is a big deal,” she explained.
“No, Baby, I’m not Santa or an angel—just your plain ol’ regular Daddy.”
John’s wife, Rebecca, silently listened on the other end of the phone. John was prone to impulsiveness, but more along the lines of cutting work during deer season or buying something for himself when the money should go to the house or kids. Offering to let complete strangers stay in the guest bedroom two days before Christmas, especially someone who had been very ill with an infection, was totally off the charts for him. While she had been praying for years that he would think of someone other than himself, she was thinking more along the lines of getting involved with a charity, not this. Even still, she heard in his voice a conviction that had not been there in a long time. She gave her blessing. John walked back to the table and shared the news with Mike, who still had tears running down his face.
Mike and John tenderly helped Kathy out of the wheelchair and into the cab. Kathy seemed relieved that Mike was back with her. She fussed at him for being gone so long, but was quick to tug on his ear and kiss his cheek when he buckled her seat belt.
She was suddenly animated, her voice strong. “Two strangers, one sickly and the other looking like a mangy dog, two days from Christmas,” she explained. “That, young man, is the definition of a big deal. I hope you asked your wife’s permission or else she’ll have your backside.”
When they pulled up to the house. John noticed that his little girl had made a “Welcome” sign for their unexpected guests. It was hanging on the front door. He honked the horn and began helping Mike and Kathy out of the truck; both looked weary and pale. The door sprung open and out poured John’s three children. They introduced themselves and took Kathy by the hand to lead her into the house. John marveled at how well his children behaved. Were these the same children he left this morning, fighting and arguing over cereal and cartoons? Mike put his arm around John as they walked to the house. “I really
cannot thank you enough,” he said. “I have no idea what I would have done tonight had you not made a connection with me.” John smiled, but was becoming more keenly aware that what was happening was truly impacting him on many levels. Why had he reached out to Mike and why in the world did he offer to feed and shelter this couple? Who were these people anyway? He pushed the thoughts to the side and showed Mike to the guest bedroom. Rebecca had put on a fire, lit candles and prepared her signature white bean chili. The house smelled like Christmas and was warm and inviting. The tree cast a rich cascade of color throughout the living room. Rebecca and John sat down to talk, while Kathy took her first hot shower in a month. “I have no idea what came over me” John said, his voice shaking. “I went to Charlie’s for a barbeque sandwich and ended up adopting two strangers and inviting them into my home!” John spoke as he stared into the fire explaining that Mike, an engineer, and Kathy, an artist, were high school sweethearts. She got an infection. Something just pushed him to help. Rebecca, put her hand over his and said, “I think that’s what they call divine intervention; the spirit moved you.” The table was set, and everyone sat down to eat. The children chattered as they normally would. The noise brought a smile to Mike’s face. “Never had kids of our own,” Mike said, “but it makes me happy to be around such a joyful noise.” Rebecca smiled too, and the color had returned to her face. “It’s amazing what a hot shower and a hot meal will do for the soul. This is the best medicine I’ve had in weeks.” They talked and shared stories until finally Mike cleared his throat and stood up. “There is something I want to say,” his eyes searching for words. “Kids, what your daddy did today was nothing short of a miracle. Well, heck, he created a real Christmas miracle out of thin air. If it weren’t for him, we’d be at the homeless shelter tonight.” Kathy spoke up, too. “We couldn’t ever repay your kindness,” she said. “We won’t outstay our welcome, but just know that what you’ve given us is the best Christmas gift we could get: kindness and love.” That night as John lay in bed, tired but still abuzz with all that had happened, he felt a tug on his big toe. It was his youngest daughter. “Daddy,” she whispered, “that man told me something about you.” She smiled a big grin and stated, “He said that you are an angel. You drive around in your big red pickup truck and hand out miracles to the needy.” John smiled, adding, “No, Baby, I’m not Santa or an angel—just your plain ol’ regular Daddy.” The little girl put her hands on her hips and gave him a stern look. “No sir,” she insisted. “He said he had just prayed for a miracle. When he opened his eyes, he saw you asking how you could help. That makes you an angel.” Be a Christmas miracle to someone this season. Invite someone in, make that connection and create that miracle. The Bluffton Breeze
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THESE DIMINUTIVE RESIDENCES ARE BIG ON STYLE, SUSTAINABILITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE. BY RANDOPH STEWART
ast month, I visited the Tiny House Show at Shelter Cove Park upon the invitation of promoter and builder Ben Kennedy and his partners in New South Living, Amity Perry and Steve Rambsy. O.K., so I have a 3,000-square-foot live-work loft studio. Why would someone want a Tiny House? I wondered who would want to go to a Tiny House Show? Well, after I left the show, along with thousands of others, I had an entirely different feeling about these little jewels. Let’s look at all the reasons why people are choosing Tiny Homes. Downsizing from an 800-square-foot apartment that costs $1,300 per month, plus utilities, to a 300-square-foot home that costs $600 per month, including land, is appealing to many folks in the Lowcountry and across the nation. Tiny Homes are affordable, with prices ranging from $20,000 to $60,000, depending on the interior finishes. If you’re in college and live in a Tiny House, you can just about own it by the time you graduate, move it to the town of your first job, sell it or rent it out after you leave school and use the money you saved from the rent income to make a down payment on a larger home—or enjoy the extra cash. Or, you can continue to rent it out after school so that it pays for your college loan. Many new owners have multiple Tiny Homes: one in the mountains for those fall color vacations, one in Florida for winter visits and one out west to enjoy Big Sky Country. These homes can then be rented out when they are not in use. This way, guests help cover the payments, and you get a free vacation that doesn’t cost you a nickel. The Bluffton Breeze
One smart couple is using a Tiny House as a mobile food truck, traveling around from festival to festival, cooking and serving out of a specially designed kitchen. It even has an outdoor snack bar under an awning. When they’re not open for business, this entrepreneurial couple travels to the next festival, hooked up to their pick-up truck. Best of all, they have their own shower, toilet and murphy bed, with all the comforts of home. Some folks are using Tiny Homes for a getaway retreat by their lake property or as a hunting lodge in the woods. Others are using them as a guest house or mother-in-law suite in their backyard. Talk about a built-in happy babysitter for the grandkids!
I spoke to one young lady who loves her house. “With my limited amount of funds from my job and the high rent in Bluffton, I could not see how to ever get ahead, much less owning my own home,” she explained. “With the Tiny House, I’m saving money to put in the bank every month, improving my credit and building equity. I was amazed at how much junk I collected that I didn’t need!” Another young couple mirrored the same thoughts. “We both work and are not ready to start a family yet, but want our own house later, so we can. Owning a Tiny House allows us to save for the down payment, and when we buy a house, we can rent the Tiny House for income. It makes good sense. If we find a
better job in another town, we can just hook it up and move!” As I walked through the show, I saw people from all walks of life and all ages. Some were just curious, interested in learning about Tiny Houses, but most had a genuine interest in seeing the creative use of space in the interiors. I learned that Tiny Homes are very sustainable, making extensive use of recycled and reclaimed materials. A solar panel can heat water so you never have to pay the electric company for a drop of hot water again. Plus, Tiny Home owners can enjoy the latest technology and highest efficiency equipment in heating and cooling. The
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“smart” thermostat allows owners to program the system depending on the time of day or season. Plus, kitchens generally have stainless steel appliances and stone countertops. Tiny Homes are well-built, well-insulated and environmentally sustainable. Imagine having a $40 per month electric bill—one can only wish! It’s also very cool that you can monitor security through your cell phone and not spend money on an alarm or a security service. Once inside, you do not feel cramped. There’s no wasted space, of course, with plenty of little niches and shelves for functional storage or objects of art. Consider a comfortable sofa with storage underneath the cushions to maximize available space. With high-fashion tile and fixtures in an oversized shower, you don’t have to worry about dropping your soap. In most cases, there are hardwood floors, which invite throwing down the right area rug to add color and warmth. In addition, there is plenty of wall space for artwork and open shelves for usable pots and vases. What looks like a desk during the day drops down and a bed folds out of the wall at night. And, like any home, you can spend much of your time outside in the yard or on the terrace. You may remember when Ben Kennedy built a Tiny Home on May River Road a few years ago and then donated it to a flood victim family in Columbia. Ben talked about the many “villages” that have clustered Tiny Homes, with all the facilities that are needed, including common water sources and septic tanks. Open green areas outside can be used as a community vegetable garden, or an open lawn can double as a picnic or cookout area with an outdoor fire pit, playground or sculpture. De-cluttering your life can give you a feeling of freedom. When you move, think of all the stuff you have lugged around all these years and ask yourself, “Why did I buy this?” Tiny Homes invite you to do more with less and to simplify your life. Plus, they’re quick and easy to clean. For you folks who love to clean, I’m sorry for your loss. With a Tiny Home, you’re going to have more time to do other things. The Bluffton Breeze
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Hanson Holiday Hit List By Jevon Daly
hat do three brothers do when their hit single doesn’t pay the bills anymore? When they haven’t heard it in a car commercial? “Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose.” How would these lines fit into a jingle about milk? At least they wrote the song without the help of “superwriter Nashville city guy,” right? Who am I talking about, mmm? I’ll give you a clue: Bop. Yep, I’m talking about the three brothers of the band HANSON. In 1997, on the heels of their hit single “MMMBop,” some genius A&R person (that’s a record executive to you, young tween) decided that the three longhaired Hansons should do a Christmas album. Are there any similarities in this album to my favorite Christmas album of all time? Alvin, Simon and Theodore— three chipmunks with pudgy cheeks—and Isaac, Taylor and Zac—three cute rocker dudes who write songs and let sand fall from their hands in videos? Houston... we have contact! Have I ever listened to “Snowed In,” their Christmas album? No. But I will now. And I bet 3% of you reading this will put it on just because of this article you are reading with your twinkling eyes. Yes, of course, there are covers of great tunes on their Christmas album. Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph” gets “Hansoned” on the record in rockin’ fashion. Big guitars and crazy hippie sounding drums bulldoze through the track. PERFECT background vocals cradle lead singer Isaac. His voice sounds very seasoned and kinda mature, actually. (I’m scared after going back and reading that line I just wrote.) Yes, these kids can sing. Sometimes you get one too many “whoa, yeahs,” but these dudes weren’t even driving yet. “Silent Night Medley” gets the “overdone kid rock star” treatment. Trying really hard to add emotion to their version,
the boys fall flat on their hairless faces. Harmonies so tender and mild. But over-production, organs that sound like rock and roll church and oooohs and aaaahs kinda rock a little too hard on this one. However, I can totally picture the household of local rock legend Jani St. James of Silicone Sister headbanging over eggnog with visions of a possible Nickelback collab in their heads! Rockin’ versions of spiritual songs are O.K., I guess. I’m just having a hard time right now imagining a Marshall stack set up in Blufftonite Marc Cote’s house, and a young Marc patiently trying to learn this back in ‘97 when it came out. Is it possible that could have happened? If Marc and I are about the same age... maybe not. But, hey, 50-year-old dudes like to drink beer and rip their shirts off after playing three-chord rock in their “home studios,” so maybe it did. I wrote this article to lift all our spirits at a time when most of us are happy, but a few of you out there may not be. I like making people laugh, so I thought this might be a good idea. If you know a Grinch, turn them on to this album. Send them the article with a fruitcake. Better yet, have a wacky friend in a bad Christmas sweater join you and go visit someone over the holidays this year. Spread the cheer. Have a beer. Some nog. Pet a dog. Yuletide log. Bah-humMUDBOG. Merry Christmas, Bluffton. Don’t forget to go to the Slowcountry Tunes Facebook page for a special holiday treat, “Lowcountry Christmas,” the smash hit by your favorite (maybe) band Lowcountry Boil. [Editor’s Note: The wait is over. Hanson just released their new 2017 holiday album, “Finally It’s Christmas,” in case you missed their Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary Tour.]
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hey say it’s better to give than to receive, and every day in the Lowcountry countless volunteers donate their time, talent, food, clothing, money and more to help neighbors in need. These unsung heroes are individuals serving in local churches, non-profit organizations, food pantries, schools, libraries and restaurants.
In the last issue of The Bluffton Breeze, we focused on why people are thankful to live here. For December, we shift the spotlight to a few people who generously give back to the Bluffton community.
PAYING IT FORWARD Joe DePatty never had a problem with giving, but swallowing his pride and accepting help when he needed it proved to be much more painful.
The California native grew up in the projects and vividly recalls his joy when people he didn’t know showed up at the door one Christmas bearing toys and gifts for his family. Although only 7-years-old at the time, “I told my sister I was going to do that when I could.” Joe kept that youthful promise and helped the United Way after moving to L.A. as an adult. Later, he and his wife moved to Connecticut and continued their support of nonprofit organizations and helped those less fortunate in the community by providing food and Christmas presents. The couple raised their children to help those in need. After his wife passed away, the chef and father of two young sons moved to the Lowcountry. Denied health insurance due to a pre-existing condition, Joe suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013. “I had no money, no food and they were threatening to take my kids away,” he recalled. “I finally gave up my Italian male pride and called Bluffton Self Help. The first person I spoke to was Julie, and she was amazing. They helped me get food in the house and put me in touch with a church to pay the mortgage.” That year, his sons also selected gifts from the Christmas Toy Shop. Just getting back on his feet a year later, Joe received a check from his sister and used the money to buy 14 turkeys, which he then donated to Bluffton Self Help for Thanksgiving. “I felt I had to give something back for all they did,” he said. “Paying it forward. Paying it back.” bluffton.com
Meet two Blufftonians who are making a positive impact this holiday season—and throughout the year. By Allyson Jones
Meanwhile, his boys were thrilled to receive a thank you letter from the nonprofit organization, and the family continues their annual turkey donation tradition. Joe now has health insurance, and his blood pressure is stabilized. His sons are happy and healthy and, although he has always shied away from public acknowledgement of his charitable contributions in the past, he felt it was time to speak up. “I want to encourage people to make donations [to Bluffton Self Help], if they can,” he said. “It kills me to see women and children in need.” Joe understands the importance of Bluffton residents helping one another, during the holiday season and throughout the year. “I didn’t think I would ever need help, and my pride got in the way. Now I’m going to help them,” he added. “They were there for me and it was amazing. I would love for another man who is as hard-headed as I am to ask for help.” Founded in 1987, Bluffton Self Help provides free food, clothing and emergency financial assistance to Bluffton neighbors in need, serving more than 5,000 residents annually. To volunteer, make a donation or ask for help, call (843) 757-8000 or visit blufftonselfhelp.org.
STANDING STRONG Growing up on Goethe Road, Latrese Bush played basketball with her cousins on a dirt court in the backyard, sang in the choir at First Zion Missionary Baptist Church, attended Michael C. Riley Elementary School when it was located right down the street from her house and graduated from Hilton Head Island High School. Heading to Athens, Georgia, after graduation, the Bluffton native was unnerved by the sheer size of the University of Georgia campus, which was larger than her hometown. However, she remained unfazed traveling around the country playing basketball in
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people from all over the world. Growing up with someone who has given her life to giving back, I was exposed to different people, and I have never been nervous around different cultures or different people.”
Latrese went on to use her communications degree before moving to Atlanta to pursue a music career. “The ‘90s was a time for music in Atlanta. I wanted to be the next Anita Baker,” recalled the mezzo-soprano. “I came to Atlanta to sing R&B and soul music.”
Latrese credits her mother—and her hometown of Bluffton—with giving her the confidence to perform in front of large crowds. “Traveling now and being in front of thousands or tens of thousands of people singing—I’m comfortable in all those settings,” she added. “It’s because of my upbringing in Bluffton, which would probably blow people’s minds. I was surrounded by love and a lot of family and I was protected, so it was amazing. I feel like Bluffton has given me so much, so to come back to perform for my mom’s It’s Better to Give Back Fund is definitely a pleasure. I come back whenever I get the chance.”
Fast forward a few years, and Latrese was singing in Atlanta church choirs and gospel groups while working with “Dreamgirls” singer Jennifer Holliday, jazz icon Phil Perry, R&B star Bobby W. and pop sensation Justin Bieber. She also toured the world with Grammy Award-winner Gloria Gaynor, providing backup vocals on “I Will Survive.”
She recently released “The Collection,” an album of her own R&B and soul music, including the single “Love I Can Sing About” which reached #1 on both the U.K. and Indie Soul Charts. “Because of You,” featuring Noel Gourdin, continues to climb the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart, with parts of the accompanying video shot locally on Calhoun Street and Burkes Beach. Latrese returned home once again over Thanksgiving to headline the Oh, Give Thanks Gospel Concert at First Zion, which benefits Laura Bush’s It’s Better to Give Back Fund.
One of her all-time favorite gospel songs is “Stand” by Donnie McClurkin.
The connection is personal, as Laura Bush is Latrese’s mother.
“No matter what you go through—the storm, the rain, heartache and pain—just stand and God will bless,” advised this talented songstress. “Atlanta is a big city, and the pace is so fast, but Bluffton, in essence, is the personification of ‘standing’ because it’s so slow. I’ll always have a place to call home and, remembering that, you can just be yourself. I’m from a beautiful place, I have a great family and I’m proud of just being who I am. Regardless of what’s going on around me, my name is Latrese Bush and I’m from Bluffton, South Carolina.”
“Talk about giving back,” said Latrese. “She used to take me and my sister around to different conferences where she would speak and we would meet
Listen to Latrese Bush’s latest album or check out her tour schedule and discography at latresebush.com. The Bluffton Breeze
A Twist of Fate By Amanda Surowitz
Just off the beaten path from Bluffton’s Promenade and Calhoun Street, Twisted European Bakery is a kitchen with a mission: to bring back the Old World-style bakery.
grew up in the bakery world,” Stephanie Pisano said. “All my family has bakeries in Philadelphia and throughout southern New Jersey. My grandfather actually had one of the biggest bakeries in Philadelphia for almost 50 years.” Her partner, Chris Veneris, also grew up in the bakery world. He worked at Stephanie’s family bakery when he was a teenager. When Chris’ family moved back to Greece, they opened two bakeries, a supermarket and a hotel. Many years later, Chris returned to America and accepted a job working for The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” All the while, he wondered what had happened to the bakery in Philadelphia where he once worked. After 45 years, he went back to South Philly and found the bakery—closed. “As he’s standing there wondering—just by a twist of fate—my friend Susan pulls up with her car and the first person he sees is her,” Stephanie said. “He says, ‘Miss, you know this used to be a bakery. I used to work here. Can you tell me what happened?’” Stephanie’s grandfather had died, and the bakery closed when no one took it over. Stephanie had opened a successful salon in Philadelphia, was a certified life coach and catered on the side. And when she went home in the evenings, she baked trays of cookies.
After Susan sent Chris to Stephanie’s salon, she texted Stephanie about meeting “some guy with an accent” who used to work for her grandfather, and that she had sent him to the salon. The salon was closed that day, but Chris found Stephanie’s number on a sign in the window of the apartments for rent in the building. “I get this phone call,” Stephanie said. “He says, ‘Hello, my name is Chris Veneris. I used to work for your grandfather. I wanted to talk to you.’ It’s so funny, because even after all those years, I remembered his accent.” She invited him to her house to catch up on the last 45 years, expecting the funny-talking surfer kid she remembered working by the oven in her grandfather’s bakery. When she opened the door, Stephanie was stunned and speechless to see Chris as a grown adult. Once they laughed through the initial awkwardness, they were able to catch up on their lives and families. Both had been married, divorced and had kids, and both were looking for the next adventure. By the time they became a couple, Chris asked if she would want to open a bakery with him. “I was bored,” Stephanie confessed. “The salon was successful, but I learned everything there was to know about the salon industry because
I did it my whole life. But I did the catering on the side, so when he asked if I wanted to do a bakery, it’s not like it had totally left me.” Their search for a warmer climate and a place in need of a bakery brought them to Bluffton in 2016. Chris designed the layout of Twisted European Bakery while Stephanie took care of the interior decorating. They built a menu of freshly made, Old World-style baked goods from Italy, Greece, Germany and France. In addition to a sweet cookie, pie and pastry menu, Twisted European Bakery offers savory spanakopita, dolmades, stuffed brioche and Bavarian pretzels to go along with soups and stews, such as the Sausage Scallopini. One year later and they’ve already won two awards: The Sun Today’s “Best of Bluffton Cakes & Pastries” and the Readers’ Choice Award for “Favorite Bakery.” So, what about the bakery’s unique name? It’s a reference to the “twist of fate” that brought the couple together and has kept them together, in and out of the kitchen, for more than six years. Twisted European Bakery is located at 1253 May River Road, Unit A and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (843) 757-0033 or visit twistedeuropeanbakery.com.
From the kitchen of Stephanie Pisano, Twisted European Bakery This recipe is dear to my heart. My Sicilian grandmother, who taught me so much about cooking, made this dish often for us as kids. It’s a very hearty sausage stew that is great paired with some crusty bread or served in a bread bowl. If you’re looking for more than a typical Italian meal, pour it over pasta or rice. I always make more than needed so I can freeze some for later.
Ingredients: • 5 lbs. sweet or hot Italian sausage links or rope • ¼ cup olive oil • 5 cloves garlic (minced) • 1 large sweet onion (chopped) • 6-7 red and green bell peppers (chopped) • 16 oz. fresh white mushrooms (sliced) • 2 28 oz. cans crushed tomato • 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar • 1 Tblsp. salt • ½ Tblsp. black pepper (optional) • About 10 leaves fresh basil (chopped) • 1 Tblsp. dried parsley • Red pepper flakes to taste, up to 1 tsp. (optional)
Directions • Boil sausage in a large pot until it’s cooked about halfway. Remove from the pot and cool. Slice into ¼-½ inch thick rounds. • In a separate large soup pot, heat oil on medium low heat. Add garlic and onions. Sauté until transparent. • Add the crushed tomatoes. Fill one can halfway with water and pour into the other can. Keep pouring back and forth until there’s no more tomato stuck to the inside of the cans. Pour the water into the pot. • Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil uncovered. • Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 1.5 hours. Makes about 6-8 servings. The Bluffton Breeze
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