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Notes From The Editor Hey again! If you are reading this you are an official member of our ever expanding Breeze Club. You are the type of person that loves: to expand your mind, be entertained through the written word, smile and laugh at the stories, looks to learn something new, and really enjoys great graphics that tell a story. We thank you! We are getting more and more text’s, email’s and phone calls from folks that have discovered The Breeze. That means so much to us! We thank you! If you haven’t reached out to us, please do! You know I find that everyone in the lowcountry has an interesting story to tell. What a special issue we have for your pleasure this month! Our final episode, Part IV of Hilton Head Island History brings us through building a bridge to the island. Once cars could come to Hilton Head it was like a full moon tide…resort development blossomed. Again we can not thank Michele Roldan-Shaw, Natalie Hefter, and The Coastal Discovery Museum enough, for the series would not have been possible without them. Who Am I? That is something we ask ourselves… as does Gene Cashman, but he answers it in a most articulate and meaningful way. His command of our language has a way of allowing the reader to be in his place and time. His stories are so visual and heart felt. Thank you Gene, and thousands of our readers, thank you! Let’s all welcome Louise Lund. She has written food columns for other publications for years, and has graced The Breeze with her first feature. We are fortunate to have her and look forward to many more to come. Her piece on Andes Rotisserie will make you want to go there and share the experience. The good news for me is that I’m the lucky guy that gets to accompany her to a different restaurant each month. I was ecstatic when Michele Roldan-Shaw brought us The Palmer Family. I know you will enjoy the article as well and a few pieces of The Palmer’s artwork. Their exhibit entitled Generations runs thru February 25th at the Coastal Discovery Museum. It is a must see! For our architecture piece our contributing writer, Steve Tilton of Coastal Signature Homes shares his experience on why you don’t ask “what is the cost per square foot”. If you are contemplating building he tells us why cost per square foot is full of pitfalls you may want to know about. The photography of Arthur Smiley is compelling. It is a privilege to share his views of poverty and destitution thru his lens. The photos a masterful and tell a story without words. As usual our Environment, Music and Lifestyle articles are well worth the read, and as usual I’ve run out of space to talk about how great they are. This edition of The Breeze has definitely raised the bar…again. Let’s make a deal, we will continue to publish the best editorial magazine in the lowcountry, bar none, if you tell our advertisers you saw them in The Breeze. Happy Valentines Day Y’all. 4

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Little Girl in Doorway Window by Arthur Smiley


A Short History of Hilton Head Island Part 4


Dolphins, Volunteers, Science, and the Dirty Work


Photography by Arthur Smiley


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Andes Rotisserie


“Generations” The Palmer Family


Who I am


What’s Your Price Per Square Foot?

In Coming Tide by Jim Palmer


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History Environment Lifestyles Your Corner Food Restaurant Guide February Happenings Music Town February Tides

“Svemir” (translated: all peace) By: Marta Popovic Zuborski

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A Short History of Hilton Head Island Part 4 Mainland Connection and Modern Era Michele Roldan-Shaw Coastal Discovery Museum Natalie Hefter During the period of isolation following the Civil War, a few families of freed blacks remained on Hilton Head devoting themselves to the meager, isolated, but perhaps not altogether unsatisfying existence of the islander. They hunted, fished, crabbed, got oysters and shrimp, grew a few vegetables and possibly augmented their cashflow with moonshine. It was a simple life, and although it certainly could not have been easy, it gave rise to the colorful Gullah culture still in evidence today. As for everybody else—white mainlanders, and in particular wealthy folk from up North—they seemed to see only two purposes to the island: timber and hunt clubs. Speculators who bought up large tracts of land invariably used it for one of those two pursuits; but all that was to change when a development visionary by the name of Charles Fraser conceived the idea for Sea Pines Resort. Although Fraser is credited with ushering in the modern era of Hilton Head as a world-class tourist destination, a few minor but important developments took place before he grabbed the helm. Electricity was brought to the island by Palmetto Electric in 1950, and a stateoperated car ferry began running between Buckingham Landing in Bluffton and Jenkins Island on Hilton Head. In 1955 state representative Wilton Graves opened the two-room Sea Crest Motel on Forest Beach, which soon expanded to eight rooms. That same year Roadside Restaurant was opened along Highway 278. The next year the bridge was built, the first supermarket came in, and the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce was established. The island was ripe for full-scale development, and it was in that same year (1956) that Charles Fraser bought out his father’s share in the Hilton Head timber company to begin realizing his personal vision of Sea Pines Resort. Unlike his predecessors, Fraser believed there was a smarter, more lucrative, more organic way to capitalize on the natural resources Hilton Head had to offer. He wanted to admire the trees, not cut them down. He believed people would come from far and wide to enjoy the sublime beauty of the beaches, marshland and maritime forest, as long as those features were protected and complemented by development rather than destroyed—and he was right. He started by taming 8

the mosquitoes and gators (a famous photo shows him striding side by side with a massive alligator, smiling and swinging his dapper cane, a moment further immortalized by a bronze statue in Compass Rose Park) then in 1958 he sold the first lot. In 1960 he put in Hilton Head’s first golf course (the inaugural Heritage Golf Classic was played there in ’69) and he erected the first condominiums in ’64. A year later the Sea Pines Medical Center was built to serve the entire island community, and the Sea Pines Academy opened its doors, creating the foundation for what would later become Hilton Head Preparatory School. But Fraser’s master plan went far beyond that, and was so truly original as to set the bar for all subsequent developments on Hilton Head and beyond to the mainland. Everybody wanted to cash in by copying what Fraser had done, which was to create an all-inclusive resort community that catered to both vacationers and residents with restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, high-end shopping centers, bike paths, beach boardwalks, nature preserves, even horse stables and a community garden. As Sea Pines was built out, a variety of housing and lodging options ranged from hotel rooms to timeshare condos, multimillion-dollar beachfront homes to luxury treehouses tucked among the palmettos and live oaks. Fraser was even the first to install security gates, a novelty that became standard in upscale communities throughout the area. By 1975 the island’s full-time population had gone from just a few hundred to 6,500, with annual visitors exceeding 250,000. In 1995 the numbers swelled to 28,000 permanent residents and 1.5 million visitors. Today the population is over 40,000 with around 2.5 million more making their way here each year. Our little shoe-shaped island has gone from a primordial landmass rising and sinking in the Atlantic; to a seasonal fish camp of native tribes; to a pretty landing spot for Spanish and British explorers; to a gold-mine of cotton and indigo wealth; to a Civil War zone; to a smoking ruin of burnt plantations and deserted Union camps; to a sleepy sea island of Gullah folk; to one big hunt club and pine farm; and finally to the Hilton Head we know today: a premiere East Coast destination, and a home for South Carolinians of many stripes who love the sun and sea.

From 1950 until 1952, thousands of acres of pine forest were harvested. There were three lumbermills built to process the pines. This one was located near Seabrook Landing on Skull Creek. Since the island population at the time was only a few hundred residents, workers were brought in by boat from the mainland at the beginning of the week and went back to the mainland on the weekends. (Hack Family.)

A very young Tom Peeples enjoys Hilton Head Island’s water in 1955. He had no idea that the very island he visited would eventually be home to over 30,000 people and that he would be the town’s mayor. (Mary Ann Peeples.)

The Robinson Middle School was one of the largest schools for African Americans on the island before the 1950’s. Students could attend classes up to the middle grades in this building. In order for children to continue their education, families had to send them to boarding schools like the Penn or Mather School in Beaufort or children had to live with relatives in Savannah. (Ed Wiggins St.)

This post office was constructed in 1953 near Wild Horse Road on Highway 278. Miss Beatrice Milley was the island’s postmistress from 1942 until 1963. Miss Milley knew everyone the island when she took her positing. Islanders came to pick up their mail at the post office. A replacement for this post office was constructed nearby when the volume of mail increased on the island. (Island Packet.)

Fraser’s intention was to develop a year-round residential area with all the amenities that families wanted. As for recreation, golf course designer George Cobb was hired to build the Ocean Course in 1960. The clubhouse followed shortly afterwards and included a pro shop and eventually a dining room. The clubhouse followed shortly afterwars and included a pro shop and eventually a dining room. (Frances Baker.)

In 1967, the Hilton Head Airport opened. There were two airstrips on the island before this one. The first jet to land belonged to golfer Arnold Palmer. In 1969, this aerial photo was taken of the brand-new terminal area. The terminal was an A-frame structure and has been renovated to accommodate private passengers since the new terminal opened across the runway in the 1990s. (Tommy Heyward.) 9

In 1967, the Palmetto Dunes Corporation purchased the Hilton Head Agricultural Company’s holdings. The cost was nearly $1000 an acre. During the 1970s, they began to be developed. The Hyatt, in the center, opened in 1976. Several condominium buildings and villas were built later. (Islan Packet-Brian LaPeter.)

The striped lighthouse at Harbour Town may be one of the island’s most recognizable symbols today, but, in 1968, the area looked very different. Beginning in July 1968, over 250,000 cubic yards of earth were dredged from the Harbour Towne site. By the time this photograph was taken, 2,592 feet of concrete bulkheading had been installed around the 6-acre harbor. (Ed Pinckney and Associates.)

Arnold Palmer won the inaugural Heritage Golf Classic during Thanksgiving week in 1969. Harbour Town Links was designed by Pete Dye, assisted by Jack Nicklaus. The yet to be finished Harbour Town Lighthouse is in the background. The island’s first golf course was completed in 1960. After designing the Ocean Course in Sea Pines, George Cobb followed it by building several other courses on the island. (Island Packet.) 10

Since 1973, the Sea Pines Racuet Club has been the host for the Family Circle Magazine Cup. Rosie Casals, volleying the ball, was the first winner. She and Martina Navratilova (alos seen here) teamed together for doubles at one of the early tournaments. (Island Packet.)

Swing Bridge – In 1974, the swing-bridge was struck by a barge, which forced island residents to travel off the island on a pontoon bridge constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The pontoon bridge was floated into position and opened a few times a day for boat traffic. The swing bridge was closed for six weeks. (Evelyn Mitchell.)

The Coastal Discovery Museum, located near the bridge to the mainland, serves island visitors and residents by educating them about the natural and cultural heritage of the island. Originally found in 1985, as the Museum of Hilton Head, Coastal Discovery offers educational tours and cruises as well as informative exhibits and special events. The museum jointly owns its buiding with the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, which also makes it an important stop for island visitors.

1948 1949 1950 1953 1954 1955 1956 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1964 1965 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1974 1975 1982 1983 1985 1989 1994 1996 1997

Timeline of Hilton Head Island 1940-1997

On June 30th, President Harry Truman signed a resolution creating “National Freedom Day” to be celebrated on February 1st. The day was intended to Commemorate the signing of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery. In 1997, a group of Hilton Head Islanders revived National Freedom Day with a Gullah celebration at Simmons Fish Camp. A group of lumber associates from Hinesville, Georgia bought a total of 20,000 acres of pine forest on Hilton Head’s southern end for an average of nearly $60 an acre. They formed The Hilton Head Company to handle the timber operations. The associates were Gen. Joseph B. Fraser, Fred C Hack, Olin T. McIntosh, And CC. Stebbins. Logging took place on 19,000 acres of the island. There were three lumbermills built to harvest the timber. The island population was only 300 residents. The first electricity was brought to the Island by Palmetto Electric Cooperative. The poles were brought by barge on the island. A state-operated car ferry began running from Buckingham Landing (near Bluffton, on the mainland) to Jenkins Island (at Outdoor Resorts). The first ferry. the Gray Times, held only four cars, The second one, Pocahontas, held nine, The cost to ride was 10 cents as a pedestrian and $1.25 for a car. Hilton Head Elementary School opened for the island’s black students near the present-day intersection of Wildhorse Road and Highway 278. Prior to this period students studied in small one- or two room neighborhood schools that were scattered around the island. The site is now owned by the Town of Hilton Head Island. The school was replaced by a new integrated school constructed on a new site in 1975. Beaufort County state representative Wilton Graves opened the Sea Crest Hotel on Forest Beach. At first, it consisted of two rooms. It expanded to eight by 1960. The first vacation cottages were developed on Folly Field Road. Which had been acquired from The Hilton Head Company. James F. Byrnes Bridge, a two-lane swing bridge, was constructed at a cost of $1.5 million. This opened the island to automobile traffic from the mainland, at a $2.50 round-trip toll. Forty-eight thousand cars traveled across the bridge in 1956. The toll was discontinued in December 1959. Gen J.B. Fraser withdrew from The Hilton Head Company. His son, Charles E. Fraser, bought his interest and began developing it into Sea Pines Plantation. Norris and Lois Richardson opened the first supermarket on the island. It was located near Coligny Circle in the North Forest Beach area. Before then, island residents depended upon small, neighborhood general stores to provide for their needs or they traveled to Savannah. The Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce was established. First deed to a lot in Sea Pines Plantation was signed. Beachfront lots initially sold for $5,350. By 1962 they were selling for $9,600. The first year of telephone service was offered by Hargray Telephone Company. Their first Hilton Head office did not open until 1960. William Hilton Inn opened with 56 rooms. It was torn down to build the Marriott Grand Ocean resort on South Forest Drive in the 1940’s Organized mosquito spraying began. The island’s first golf course, the Ocean Course, designed by George Cobb, was built in Sea Pines Plantation. The McIntosh family subdivide 360 acres of The Hilton Head Company to start Spanish Wells. Port Royal Plantation was developed by Hilton Head Company, led by Fred Hack. Hilton Head’s first condominiums were completed in Sea Pines Plantation. The Bank of Beaufort began offering banking services on the island for a few hours each week. The Sea Pines Medical Center was built. It was staffed by a retired doctor who lived in Sea Pines but served the entire island community. Hilton Head Island had its first rural mail route established with Phil Propst as the carrier. There were 415 deliveries on the island. The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island was established. Sea Pines Academy began in 1967, the younger students began to be taught in the Montessori manner. The Palmetto Dunes area was acquired from the Hilton Head Agricultural Company by the newly formed Palmetto Dunes Corporation, for $1,000 an acre. The Hilton Head Airport opened. The first plane to land belonged to golfer Arnold Palmer. Sea Pines Montessori School and Sea Pines Academy opened. Hudson’s restaurant was opened by J.B. Hudson Jr. Harbour Town village was completed. The full-time population of the island was 2,500. The first Heritage Golf Classic played at Sea Pine’s Harbour Town Links. The German firm Badische Anilin and Soda Fabrik (BASF) announced plans for a $100 million chemical plant 3 miles From Hilton Head Island on Victoria Bluff: now the area is a 1,200- acre wildlife refuge and home of the Waddell Mariculture Center. A group of islanders effectively stopped the development of the BASF chemical plant on the mainland. The island’s shrimping co-op, made up of native islanders played a central role in halting the chemical plant’s development. The co-op had over 135 members who operated 30 boats from its dock on Skull Creek (now Skull Creek Seafood). David jones, head of the cooperative, took his shrimp boat up to Washington to deliver petitions against BASF’s plant to Secretary of the Interior Walter Hickel. The Island Packet newspaper was first published. The Hilton Head Company started Shipyard Plantation, Sea Pines acquired land on the north’ end of the island, which was developed into Hilton Head Plantation. The first movie theater opened on Hilton Head Island in Coligny Plaza. Walt Disney’s Song of the South was the first movie shown. Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI) announced plans to build off-shore drilling platforms on Victoria Bluff. The swing-bridge was struck by a barge which forced island residents to travel off the island on a pontoon bridge constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bridge was closed for weeks. The island’s full-time population by this time was 6,500. Over 250,000 visitors came to Hilton Head. Hilton Head Hospital was completed. Pinckney Island’s owners, Edward Starr and James Barker, donated their 5,000 -acre island to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for conservation. Hilton Head Nation Bank opened. It was the first locally owned and operated financial institution on the island. A four-lane bridge was built to replace the two-lane swing-bridge to the island. The island’s full-l time population was 12,500. More than 500,000 visitors came to Hilton Head in 1982. Wexford Plantation and Long Cove were developed. The Town of Hilton Head Island incorporated as a municipality. The town agreed to provide planning services to Hilton Head Island. The first mayor, Ben Racusin, and the town council were elected to two-terms. Lot sales at Indigo Run began. Using some state funding, town officials implemented a beach nourishment plan to restore heavily eroded beaches by pumping sand from offshore (repeated in1997) Coastal Discovery Museum, formerly the Museum of Hilton Head, and the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center moved into a shared building along Jarvis Creek at the north end of the island. Self Family Arts Center opened. First Gullah Celebration sponsored by the Native Island Business and Community Association was held. 11

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Dolphins, Volunteers, Science, and the D i r t y W o r k By Amber Hester Kuehn It takes more than a village, rather multiple villages, to cover the waterways and shores in Beaufort County. Boaters and beachgoers, whether visiting or local, will eventually find a number to call when they spot an animal in distress. I get some phone calls from the official stranding hotline radio room in Columbia, SC, but it is usually received in a very roundabout way. It may come directly from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) branch in Charleston, the Town of Hilton Head office, Shore Beach Services, or from a friend of a friend that got my number. Either way, I will be at the end of the phone tree. The South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a group of volunteers managed by Dr. Rob Young, professor at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC near Myrtle Beach. Volunteers work under his permit with a letter of authorization to handle federally protected marine mammal strandings. Each case is submitted to Wayne McFee, NOAA Ft. Johnson. More than a marine science background, it takes a willingness to drop everything that you had planned to accomplish that day and organize manpower. According to NOAA, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins can be 6 – 13ft long and weigh 300 – 1400lbs as adults. Their lifespan is 40 – 60 years. The largest dolphin that I have recovered from the Hilton Head/Bluffton area was 8 feet long and approximately 600lbs. Thank goodness for lifeguards. It was the only live marine mammal stranding that I have attended and it died shortly after stranding. Adult dolphins that strand alive are seen by a vet onsite and euthanized. There is no facility to rehabilitate a marine mammal of that size in SC. When a majestic and powerful dolphin is so weak that it cannot fight the minimal surf on HHI, there is a significant problem and the stranding is believed to be intentional to avoid scavenging by sharks. Pushing it back into the water when it is dying can be an unwelcome gesture. Also, remember that marine mammals can communicate diseases to other mammals, including you and your dog. Also, they have teeth and will bite you. If you think all of this sounds very cold, let me explain…My first injured sea turtle stranding was in 1998, it was determined that it would not survive and the vet recommended that it be euthanized. I was an emotional wreck as I watched the scenario go down. It was a Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) that had been hit by a boat and plucked out of the May River. I remember everything about the rescue, the call, the rush in the back of a ford explorer, and the diagnosis. I also remember disagreeing with the vet! After graduate school and 20 years of these scenarios, I understand what experience can yield. Boat strikes are typically fatal. Knowledge concerning effort made for the end result is a scientific approach when injuries and resources are assessed. Back then with so few options, the amount of time spent on the turtle and the likely negative outcome would take away from the rehabilitation of animals that had a fighting chance. Because sea turtles are federally protected, permits to handle them are limited. We are now fortunate to have a facility that is fully staffed and dedicated to sea turtle rehabilitation at the SC Aquarium in Charleston, but even they know at what point damages are irreparable. I’ve lost count of my sea turtle strandings over the years and the emotion gets put aside. I approach it with a scientific view in order to concentrate on the details and instructions. It is the same with dolphins… Otherwise, it would be heartbreaking. The information that I am collecting will contribute to the overall understanding of what is affecting our local dolphin population in the event of a UME (Unusual mortality event). I will respectfully perform a dolphin necropsy (animal autopsy) and tissue samples are delivered frozen to NOAA in Charleston for analysis. There, they will be able to identify infections such as pneumonia, brucellosis, and morbillivirus. Volunteers up and down the coast 14

Bottlenose dolphins are the most common marine mammal of the area. The dolphins of this region are world renowned for their unique feeding behaviors called “strand feeding.” The dolphins will chase a school of fish onto the mud flats and then beach themselves while snatching up fish. When they are finished, the dolphins slide back into the water. Strand feeding has not been witnessed anywhere else in the world. (Gretchen Freund.)

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will submit their information for a collaborative effort. Tracking the infections may indicate a point source that requires investigation to understand the cause of the disease and possibly correct it in order to protect other dolphins. Beaufort County averages 17 marine mammal strandings each year, typically Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, but occasionally Pygmy Sperm Whale and rarely Dwarf Sperm Whale, Manatee, and Pilot Whale. In 2018, there were 5 Dolphins, 2 Pygmy Sperm Whales, and a manatee recovered south of the Broad River. Stepping down from my textbook soapbox and getting back to the norm, I will say that I get shut down very quickly when I describe necropsies at social events. I find it very interesting, but understand that most people wouldn’t “touch it with a ten foot pole” and even the description makes them queasy. I have since been more discriminate when elaborating. My efforts may be extreme, but you can make a difference: • Please do not feed dolphins, it is a federal offense. • Report a stranded dolphin and do not push it back into the water. • Stranding Hotline (800) 922-5431 • Take your reusable bags into big box stores that have replaced single use plastic bags with heavier plastic bags. • Oppose offshore seismic testing.

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Arthur Smiley As an Editor, times come when one feels that certain things have to be published and shared. These photos are compelling. They are art on one hand and portray a message on the other hand. Having moved south from Ohio to Savannah decades ago, and now living in Costa Rica, world known photographer, Arthur Smiley saw poverty, despair, and discrimination. He saw a story that had to be told, and did so thru his lens. After a lifetime of accomplishment as a photographer, Art agreed to share these photos with our readers in The Breeze. They were taken in a little rural town outside of Savannah. The pictures stand on their own and need no description. Having held on to them for almost a year, it was time to share them with our readers . They have never been published and we are privledged to present them. It is our hope, as well as Art’s, that they will serve to broaden the social conscious of many, especially those that may find it in their heart to help erase injustice and poverty through deeper understanding, mentoring, volunteerism, and education. Money alone will not change destitution and inequity. It takes people like you, and your children, and their children! 17



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The Intimacy of an Inn

It’s the month of February and “Love is in the Air”. The Valentine’s holiday falls right smack dab in the middle of the month, bestowing upon it the reputation as the month of love. When it comes to a planning a romantic travel adventure, very few accommodations can compare to the intimacy of an inn. Romance is definitely on the itinerary when checking into a remote, quaint and even historic inn to Relax, Reflect, Recharge and Reconnect. The term “inn” is usually associated with a rural setting, and many offer romantic settings located in places enhanced by nature, such as seashores, orchards, vineyards, or remote mountain tops. Many others can be found in the centers of small, picturesque towns situated along rural highways.

antebellum homes dotting the center of the town. And here, you can also find a charming inn – the lovely James Madison Inn. As with most inns, there are only a few rooms and each one has its own individual flair. Evoking the atmosphere of days gone by, the comfortable rooms are decorated with antique four poster canopy beds, fluffed with rows of white pillows and many feature a set of vintageinspired chairs in front of a roaring fireplace. In other

These characteristics afford not only a serene setting, but also a chance for intimate dinners, adventures in nature, gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, and walks in spectacular parks. And that brings me to one of my favorite inns, located in Madison, Georgia. As you know by now, I prefer to travel the back roads and I find U.S. Route 441 is a good option to see the sights of small-town Georgia. On this GPS route sits the beautiful and historic town of Madison, Georgia. This small Georgia hamlet is rich in history and architecture that includes many

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rooms, you may find a small balcony overlooking the park, town square or the railroad. As a writer and poet, my mind imagines the days of old as I walk the streets, photographing old homes and taking in the historic markers. One picture that comes to my mind shows these same train tracks dropping off couples coming to visit this once-booming town many decades ago. Men in top hats and long black coats walking with arms entwined with women in fine flowing gowns strolling down these brick-lined streets and checking in to this historic inn as the sun sets. Romance was in the air…and still is in this captivating town. And if you keep traveling up U.S. 441 you will encounter another one of my favorite inns – the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands is a popular destination for Atlanta folks who long for a quick weekend getaway. Mountains surround this scenic town and the streets are lined with small boutiques and highprofile cafés such as Wolfgang’s, serving an eclectic menu of German, American & Cajun cuisine. In the summer months, the city comes alive with wine gardens.

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But in the winter months, the inn offers a lovely setting with plenty of glowing fireplaces in the rooms as well as the libraries and lounges. But don’t think you must be a couple to enjoy these inns. Last year, I took my mother with me to the Old Edwards Inn. She lives in an independent living home and enjoys quick vacays. My parents lived close by Highlands and my father is buried there…so we travel up that way many times to pay our love and respect. This time, my Old mother andInn I kept Edwards & Spaon driving up to Highlands.

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The Love in your Life Try not to Lose Sight In the Modern Days’ Hectic Haze We had a fine time as we strolled down the cobblestone streets, arms entwined, to shop the boutiques and snack on some sweets. After grabbing an early dinner at one of the local cafés, we then retreated to our beautiful suite. As we changed into our Resort Girl sweatshirts, we sat in front of the warm fireplace. As we chatted, I asked my mother to tell her love story about she and my father. Her face lit up just like the fire when she spoke of her early days with my beloved father. And the love stories kept coming with the warmth of the fireplace near. Nothing could take the place of that lovely night with my mother and her memories. Love was in the air. If you prefer more of a romantic “stay-cation”, our lovely towns of Hilton Head and Bluffton offer some wonderful inns and impressive settings. One of my personal all-time favorites is the Inn and Club at Harbour Town. Even though the rooms do not have fireplaces, you can warm up at the cozy, burning hearth in the welcoming library. The location of the inn offers strolls to the seashore, delightful cafés and stunning balcony views of the famous green links. So, consider an inn for your next romantic getaway. February is the month of “Love” - whether it’s a new love, a life-long love or a beloved friend or family member. Delight in the love in your life! Maybe this is the year cupid’s arrow hits you…remember…love is ageless. Harbor Town Yacht Club

Delight In the Love of your Life Rekindle the Spark Of when you Embarked On this Journey of the Heart Remember back to its start… Embrace Seek a Beautiful Space Where Love may Leave a Trace Of Memories of this Romantic Time Becoming Etched in your Minds As the touch of Hands… Can Change Life Plans In many Cherished Ways Even leading to a new birthday Celebrate, Delight, Embrace As Love Can change your Life!

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ANDES ROTISSERIE By Louise Lund Photography: Jason B. James A terrific addition to the already rich Bluffton culinary scene, Andes Rotisserie serves worldly recipes using local ingredients. Specializing in freshly prepared meats and vegetables, the focus is on utilizing the cleanest, freshest products prepared simply, with international influence. At Andes, food is cooked in a wood fired rotisserie or over a red oak open fire, yielding a delightful taste not achievable when using more conservative cooking methods. The open flame rotisserie and pot belly stoves create an amazing aroma and a cozy atmosphere. Chicken, brisket, pastrami, pork roasts, and lamb are all prepared over fire, and are so tender that the meat literally falls off the bone. Fresh sides are cooked over a wood flame – fire roasted baked potatoes, Andy’s famous brussels, skillet string beans with pecans, roasted golden beets, and oven-roasted acorn squash - to name a delicious few. Peruvian rotisserie chicken became hugely popular along the East Coast of the United States a few years back. Andes’ Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa is marinated overnight in savory spices, then slow cooked to succulent perfection over the hardwood fire. “We use the best chicken, all natural, no antibiotics, steroids, or growth hormones, cleaned with diluted lemon water, and marinated overnight with a cumin, paprika, and garlic rub,” Chef Matt Wallace added. Owner/Chef Andy Fishkind is incredibly hands-on and friendly to everyone. “Grilling, roasting, rotisserie and slow cooking over coals is one of my great passions,” Andrew said. “Growing up, I grilled everything on an old Weber Longhorn with the rotisserie attachment. I never worked in the restaurant business, except for two days as a teenager when I worked at Bob’s Big Boy in New Jersey. But I always wanted to have my own restaurant.” “My wife, Ellen Malphrus, an English professor, poet, and novelist, raised my understanding and preference for eating healthy foods and fresh vegetables – clean and fresh over fried. Our appreciation for healthy foods and grilling were a perfect blend for the foods we serve at Andes.” Ellen was behind Andy’s following his passion to open the restaurant. 30

“Follow your bliss,” a quote by Joseph Campbell, is what invigorated me to open the restaurant. “If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you; and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.”

Andy also has had a very successful construction business since 2001, May River Contracting. “In addition to being passionate about my work, I’ve surrounded myself at both businesses with smart, dependable, and detail-orientedpeople.” Andes is an environmentally conscious restaurant from start to finish. “Everything is sustainable,” Andy said. “The tables were made from wood from NC hemlock trees which had been killed by beetle infestation. Some of the smaller tables are made from electrical spools. Countertops were made from materials left over from one of my construction projects. There is no plastic in the restaurant – no plastic straws or cups.” Andes Rotisserie is interesting, quirky, and their food is just plain delicious.

COOKING DEMONSTATIONS AND FOOD AND WINE TASTNGS: February 12 Oyster Roast March 19 Madrid and Tapas April 16 Middle East May 14 The South June 18 Tuscany To reserve, call 843-837-9900 These are a must attend and seating is limited.


Use a wooden bowl for salad and dress the bowl, prior to adding the salad, rather than putting the dressing on top of the salad, as it weighs down the leaves. Choose coarse or kosher salt for cooking rather than iodized. Diamond Crystal is preferred for cooking, as it has a neutral flavor, and the flakes dissolve. Salt meat before cooking when cooking at high temperatures. The salt helps accentuate the caramelization of the natural sugars in the meat and helps form the crust that seals in moisture and flavor. Season steak and other meats the night before cooking. Salt pulls juices out of vegetables. This is a good thing for some watery vegetables like cucumbers and eggplant in some dishes, but if you want mushrooms to remain plump, add the salt at the end of cooking. Anything tastes better with fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs added. 31

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The Pearl Kitchen and Bar 55 Calhoun St. (843) 757-5511

Toomers’ Bluffton Seafood House 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 757-0380

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Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q 872 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-9741

Captain Woody’s 17 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-6222

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Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine 8 Pin Oak St. (843) 757-8111 Salty Dog Bluffton 1414 Fording Island Rd. Tanger Outlet ll (843) 837-3344

Sippin Cow Longhorn Steakhouse 36 Promenade St. 1262 Fording Island Rd., Tanger I (843) 757-5051 Alvin Ord’s of Bluffton (843) 705-7001 1230 A, May River Rd. Southern Barrel (843) 757-1300 Mellow Mushroom Farm Brewing Co. 878 Fording Island Rd. 1301 May River Rd. Bluffton BBQ 375 Buckwalter P (843) 706-0800 (843) 707-2041 11 State Of Mind St. lace Blvd. (843) 757-7427 (843) 837-2337  Mulberry Street Trattoria Fat Patties 1476 Fording Island Rd. 207 Bluffton Rd. The Bluffton Room Squat ’N’ Gobble (843) 837-2426 (843) 815-6300 15 Promenade St.  1231 May River Rd. (843) 757-3525 (843) 757-4242 Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta Okatie Ale House 25 William Pope Ct. British Open Pub – Bluffton 25 Bluffton Rd., Ste. 601 Truffle’s Cafe (843) 706-2537 (843) 815-9200 1 Sherington Dr. #G  91 Towne Dr. (843) 815-6736 (843) 815-5551 Old Town Dispensary Grind Coffee Roasters 15 Captains Cove Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff 7 Simmonsville Rd. #600 Twisted European Bakery (843) 837-1893 (843) 422-7945 1 Village Park Square 1253 May River Rd., Unit A (843) 706-6630 (843) 757-0033 Downtown Deli 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 815-5005


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February Happening’s

BLUFFTON February 4, 2019: The Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery Edith Wood Presents “In the Eye of the Beholder”, Lowcountry Photography Exhibit, The Society of Bluffton Artists Featured Artist exhibit will show from Feb. 4 - March 3. February 7, 2019: A weekly community event every Thursday Bluffton Farmers Market HILTON HEAD ISLAND February 1-28: 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration A month-long celebration showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island with art exhibitions, gospel concerts, festivals, tours, lectures and more. (843) 255-7304 or February 2, 2019: Hosted by: Orchestra The HHSO Youth Concerto Competition has been attracting the most talented young musicians from throughout the southeastern United Sates every year. The competition provides a rare opportunity for a young musician to perfect a concerto movement from the professional repertoire, to a level which must far exceed what is required in the studio. 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm February 6, 2019: Forts of Port Royal: With a docent from the Coastal Discovery Museum see the sites where it all happened, from early explorers through the Civil War and beyond, explore Mitchelville, Fort Walker, and the Steam Cannon. Please, no children under 7 years of age. Wednesdays at 10 am. February 10, 2019: Hosted by HHSO, Beethoven Symphony No. 6 Orchestra night at First Presbyterian Church. Visit for ticket information. 5 pm - 7 pm February 18-24: Week-long event featuring Saturday Seafood Fest on February 23, 2019 at 11 am - 5 pm at Historic Honey Horn Plantation. The 12th annual Hilton 34

Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization helps raise money for other non-profit organizations including the Coastal Discovery Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, Waddell Mariculture Center, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum and Medical University of South Carolina. February 21, 2019: The Civil War Era: The Civil War is one of the most important events in the history or our country. South Carolina played a key role in the development and ending of the war. Hilton Head Island was home to thousands of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Find out why they were here and how they spent their time. Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-1865. Thursdays at the Coastal Discovery Museum from 3 pm - 4 pm. BEAUFORT February 14, 2019: The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 33rd season, presents Light Classical Pops, From Operetta to Broadway, 7:30 p.m., at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. February 16-17: USCB Center for The Arts, presents AIN’T NOBODY’S BIZNESS! Music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Showtimes on February 16 at 7:30 pm and February 17 at 3 pm. February 19-24: The 13th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, 5 days of fun! Screenings start at 9am each day. For ticket and scheduling information, visit www. On Going: The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 am - 4:30 pm and 8 am - 4:30 pm on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The public is welcome to visit Parris Island, access may be dependent upon current security needs. A driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration are required. Boulevard de France. (843) 228-3650 or



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Music in the Lowcountry By Jevon Daly

I wanted to take some time today to talk music venues on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton this month. We will be running the gamut from small cozier restaurants and bars to the intimate and much larger venues that have sprouted up in the last few years or so.  Bluffton is growing every day and HHI will always have a music scene because of the large tourist population and hungry local audience that lives here year round on the island.   Captain Woody’s has always been one of my favorite venues locally.  Personally I like the small up close setting in the Bluffton location a lot, and many of you come hang out when locals perform there.  Long standing residencies like Chris Jones’ show is still drawing crowds during the week.  When you come out to hear music up here the killer bartenders {Frank, Patrick and Gunner come to mind} already know what you drink if they know ya, and if they don’t they can usually read your mind. There is never an empty glass up on the rooftop location in the Promenade which is the hotbed of small venues that Bluffton locals like to hang in. Corks is a nice room as well right around the corner with open mic every Tuesday with John O’Gorman (you can also check him out at Okatie Ale House) and crew and great bands Friday and Saturday. Calhoun’s is nice as well as Fat Patty’s. Like Woody’s. You can sit outside most of the year and listen to music without getting your head blown off. Again, i feel like the audience and musician ‘become one’ when the venue is small. It’s obviously really cool to go to a big show but really neat little things happen in tight spots. Old Town Dispensary has outdoor music all year round as well. Bring the kids over for a burger {yes they have veggie burgers for you, ya hippie}! The Roasting Room is a real deal music venue with acts coming from all over to play in the newly configured, comfy room. Again....not too big and sounds great in there. You are a part of the show in most of the venues that aren’t more than a handful. 36

Big Bamboo has been delivering live music to locals and visitors since 1999 and maybe even before.  It’s small but larger draws like GTA and Silicone Sister can draw hundreds throughout the night at ‘The Boo’. If you get 50-100 people in the main room it feels like a party, with two bars crankin’ around the band.  The sound is really nice in this upstairs - facing - the - beach venue. The Boardroom is in the Barmuda Triangle and also brings live music from around the south every night.  Catch local cats singing solo weekdays in the open air setting, with many people flowing in from other bars in the Triangle area. This has been home to many of the bigger local acts as well. Tristan at the Big Bamboo and Thomasito at The Boardroom help local musicians pay for their sushi addictions and love of eating and living it up. Our families thank you guys. Let’s not forget to mention Jazz Corner where the and great food are playing together. Then there is alway music in Harbour Town for decades under the large oak, or at the Quarterdeck. Check out Ruby Lee’s and Rooftop Bar, you won’t be disappointed. New addition to the scene is the Coligny Theatre which was a music venure briefly in the middle 90’s. This is becoming a new destination for bigger acts in a concert style setting with seating and room to dance in the aisles. You can try to pick up a copy of the Southender Zine once on HHI to help find deeper local rooted stuffs and thingies. It pairs well with the Bluffton Breeze if you want the local view on Tuneage {music}.  There are so many places to mention but we will save some for another time. Go hear some music and don’t forget to use the hashtag #culturehhi when doing ‘stories’ on social media or just posting. THANKS!

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Low Country Home Jim Palmer

By Michele Roldán-Shaw

It is a wonderful thing when an artist devotes several decades of prodigious work to his or her love of a place. But it’s even more amazing when an entire family of artists does it. This month at Hilton Head Island’s Coastal Discovery Museum, an exhibition titled “Generations” features fifty pieces by eight members of the celebrated Palmer family, whose presence on Hilton Head goes back over half a century. Even the name Palmer conjures up our island’s subtropical flora. “It’s exciting because their name sort of meant the arts in the early days of development,” said Natalie Hefter, Vice Present of Programs for the Museum. “The fun part about this is it’s not just the art but the stories behind it. We have the family’s history represented with clippings, such as covers Jim Palmer designed for Islander Magazine and a photo of a shrimp boat that went up to Washington to protest BSAF (a proposed petrochemical plant intended for Victoria Bluff in the 60s) which Jim was passionately involved with preventing.”


The multigenerational Palmer family became a veritable dynasty whose art—primarily acrylic with some watercolors and a few sculptures—captures the

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timeless charm of the Lowcountry that we have all fallen in love with. Sleepy creek banks, pastel sand dunes, cheerful palmettos, sharp-eyed herons and snoozing labs on porches are rendered with accuracy and love.

Jim Palmer, a Columbia native, and his wife Barbara moved to Hilton Head Island in 1965 and even lived briefly on the historic Honey Horn property that’s currently home to the Museum. They witnessed the island in its picturesque early days that are now only available to us in glimpses. Among Jim’s reminiscences is the story of how he did a painting of the Harbour Town Lighthouse for Charles Frazier’s Christmas card—before the lighthouse was built. “I put red and white stripes on it thinking Christmas,” recalls Palmer, who was given only basic dimensions to create his rendering of what would become the island’s iconic emblem. “So when I see the Harbour Town Lighthouse today I kind of think of it as my lighthouse.”

Jim and Barbara were soon joined by Jim’s brother, Walter, a sculptor whose whimsical birds are represented in “Generations,” and whose two sons became sculptors as well. Walter has donated pieces annually to Evening of the Arts, Hilton Head’s premiere

charity event, since its inception. Their sister Lynn Palmer followed and began managing Hilton Head’s famous Red Piano Gallery. Jim and Barbara’s son Addison Palmer, born in Savannah, has spent most of his life on Hilton Head and the coast. After attending Brevard College on a full art scholarship, he opened his own studio-gallery on St. Simons Island. His sister Elise became a fine artist in her own right, as did her daughter turn. All of them will be represented in “Generations.” “It’s a rare thing when you can pull together eight family members that are all very creative,” said Addison, who has been a full-time painter since the age of 13. “We come from a line of artists, and although we work in different styles and mediums, growing up here we can’t help but be influenced by the environment. It’s a very unique thing, and when folks come to the show, not only will they experience nice artwork but they’ll also learn the history of Hilton Head and maybe even a few things they weren’t aware of.”

The Breeze sincerely thanks Natelie Hefter, The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Palmer Family for allowing us to share their wonderful art with our readers.


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Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Jim Palmer attended the University of South Carolina in 1960 before going on to study at the Atlanta School of Art in 1964. In 1965 he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Hilton Head Island. Immediately after moving to the island he became involved with the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce and was involved in the origins of its monthly publication, Islander, designing its cover (including its masthead and providing original works for the covers). Jim was also a contributing artist to the Island Events Magazine and has painted many Low Country scenes that grace homes and businesses throughout the country.

James Addison Palmer III was born in Savannah, Georgia in August of 1970. Mr. Palmer has spent most of his life on the coast of South Carolina on Hilton Head Island. Since an early age, Mr. Palmer has drawn and painted the world around him. Addison comes from a strong artistic background. His Great Grandfather (Harry Palmer) was a pen and ink artist in New York. He created and developed animation and short films and did portraits for publications around the world. His father (Jim Palmer) is a renowned landscape painter.

Palmer was the illustrator for two books written by local authors: A Corner of South Carolina (by Edith Inglesby) and Moonshadows. His work has been included in many regional and national juried and museum exhibitions, in multiple “one-man” shows, and his pieces are in many private, corporate, and public collections around the country and the world. A few noteworthy individuals and collections with Jim Palmer paintings include: former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Dwight Eisenhower, former South Carolina Governor Robert McNair, singer John Denver, and Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club. Walter Palmer: In his more than 45 years of creating what he calls “people… cleverly disguised as birds” Walter Palmer has been commissioned to create his flights of fancy for luxury hotels, commercial sites and a long list of private collectors here and abroad. After graduation from Atlanta College of Art Palmer divided his time between Hilton Head Island and the Florida Keys, where he became an active participant in the art communities in both areas. He has donated work annually to the Evening of the Arts since its inception. Local public examples of his work may be seen here at Honey Horn, The Westin Resort, Belfair Plaza, Van der Meer Tennis Center. Currently the sculptor is involved with the town of St. Mary’s, GA, where he has been commissioned to begin an ongoing project, “Owls on Osborne,” placement of small bronze owls in key areas of interest around the town.

He was a competitive runner for many years. Trying to make the 1996 Olympic team, he had an Olympic standard time in the marathon in 1995. After attending Brevard College, Addison moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia where he opened his own art gallery and studio in 1995. Since the age of thirteen, he has been painting full time, doing commissions, shows, and work for galleries. From day one he has painted the world around him in his landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, and portraits. His work is in many business and personal collections in the United States of American and internationally. Along with his painting, Mr. Palmer is asked to teach painting workshops throughout the eastern United States. Since 1997 he has been invited to teach painting classes and to demonstrate his work on world cruises including those on the Cunard and Seabourn lines. He was the first fine artist (painter) to teach on world cruises.Mr. Palmer has won numerous awards and has also shared his paintings to support numerous organizations and fundraisers.

It is a wonderful thing when an artist devotes several decades of prodigious work to his or her love of a place. But it’s even more amazing when an entire family of artists does it. This month at Hilton Head Island’s Coastal Discovery Museum, an exhibition titled “Generations” features fifty pieces by eight members of the celebrated Palmer family, whose presence on Hilton Head goes back over half a century. Even the name Palmer conjures up our island’s subtropical flora. The exhibition, which runs through February 25th, is sure to delight visitors and locals alike who appreciate the beauty and charm of nature. “We have some really beautiful marsh and beach scenes that you would think of as defining the Lowcountry, but it goes so far beyond that,” said Hefter. “This is a family of artists who are nationally and internationally collected, so to have them here installing so many of their pieces in one place is truly amazing.”

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The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Visit for additional information. The exhibition runs through February 25th. The Museum is open from 9 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday and 11 AM – 3 PM on Sundays. 41


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My black Ray-bans were smudged with heaven knows what from the previous day. The smudge just shifted around as I attempted to clear my vision with the edge of my shirt, dampened from pulling in the boat’s buoys. Annoyed I left them to hang around my neck until later. Last night’s wine lingered in my esophagus and between my ears as the boat cut out like a surgeon’s knife across near still water. I closed my eyes to let the wind massage my senses into shape. Vacation has a way of leaving its mark on work weary souls, who upon first opportunity act like sailors on shore leave in New Orleans. My son sat dutifully on the seat in front of the console. His hat pulled firm over his ears, his head tucked down in his life jacket, no doubt wishing he were still asleep. My father stood at the console and eased the throttle forward. Dawn was present but not yet in full bloom. I stood stoically next to my father and watched the landscape whip past. Every personality test I have taken tells me that I am an extrovert. I won’t argue, but I very much enjoy silent introspection and quiet solitude. To that end, these long early morning boat rides are the most medicinal salve I have ever known. The noise from the motor just a setting on a peaceful sound machine cul-tivating deep relaxation and calm feelings as my eyes feast on the natural banquet before them. I don’t think one could ever overstate the beauty of low country tidal rivers, at least to me. My heart feels at home out in the wilds of the low country. On this day, with the river a mirrored reflection of the sky, I felt a twinge of remorse at having to disturb the peace. The rivers have changed a fair amount since I was a boy. Meaning, sand bars and tiny inlets and passes that used to be have moved, shifted or simply don’t exist anymore. I found this out the hard way seeking an old cut through across from Daufuski Island. The telephone pole and trees were all the same, just as my memory said they would be, but the creek entrance was nowhere to be found. I ended up having to back track all the way through Bull Creek to get back to the May River. I made mental notes as we glided atop the estuaries abutting islands with names like Potato,

Raccoon, Skid and Savage. On the surface of an outgoing tide it all looked the same, but I knew better. My father finally eased off the throttle at a spot well known to us both, but brand new to my son. A spot I clearly recall fishing with dad at my son’s age, or even younger. A touch of deja vu overcame me as I stood, anchor in hand and surveyed the landscape. It looked as I remembered. Certainly, I had been there many times before. My son stretched the way a cat emerges from a pile of sheets. I wondered if he had slept the whole ride, nestled in his jacket, eyes hidden by the bill of his cap. As many a youngster does he sort of looked at me and his Papa with an expression of “ok, so what now?” I opened the lid to the bait box and motioned him forward. He stood and looked at the net and the pollywogs darting back and forth in the foamy water. “Be quick about it” I said “tide waits on no man, right dad?” I looked over my shoulder to see dad with a mouthful of monofilament, attempting to tie a new hook on the line. He gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to one of his more memorable sayings from my youth. My son dipped the net and after numerous at-tempts finally captured some bait. He proudly held it up and said “let’s catch fish!” As any good father would I had spent previous fishing trips with my son untangling unfathomable back-lashes and line fouls. Upon return from each subsequent trip, noticeably short on fish, tackle and patience I would be met by my dad with a knowing smile and pat on the back. Apparently, I was just as talented as my son at tangling line and losing tackle. I worried though, that to him fishing was more about watching dad rethread line than catching lots of fish. To give my son a taste of the action and hopefully hook him on fishing my dad had planned this trip to be special. He scouted the right tide, right bait and the best weath-er for success. It was just like old times. The plan was to give him the opportunity to catch our favorite fish, the beloved redfish, or as we called them spot tail bass. As I baited his hook and lined up my cast I said a little prayer that the fish would be biting. 43

No sooner than I had handed him the pole did I see from the corner of my eye the bright orange and white bobber disappear. “I got one” he yelled “what do I do?” There was a joyous panic in his voice. The simulta-neous response from both me and my dad was “reel him in!” Dad grabbed the net and I stood back and watched him labor with turning the crank on the reel, heaving with every other turn, the fish giving the pole a good bend and tug. Dad netted the fish and brought it aboard. “We’ve never been skunked when we fish together” Dad excitedly exclaimed. My son beamed as I cast and handed him my rod. “I got anoth-er one” he shrieked in high pitched jubilation. Dad and I locked eyes and smiled enormously for our boy as well as for our own homecoming, of sorts, and memories together. My concern about my son’s nascent enthusiasm for fishing was smashed; by that second fish he was telling me how to best hook the bait. The remains of the day were glorious. I could not have hand selected a better variety or sequence of events for any of us than naturally occurred after we left that first drop. As we crossed the Calibogue Sound, right around Spanish Wells we spotted a huge circling school of Jack Cravalle. It was captivating to follow them up and down the sound. While we didn’t hook one, it was high adventure to give a large school of fish a good chase. I think we all felt like boys in those moments of excitement, lost to time and worry and only concerned with the task at hand. Then, as we crept up a narrow creek in search of one last spot to fish we came upon a large pod of Manatee. It was something to behold to see the large mammals lazily feeding. We cut motor and just watched them until they disappeared, probably a half hour or more. Then, right before lunch we landed several larger spot-tails and decided to keep two for dinner. As we slowly motored back to the mouth of the May River we ate soggy tuna fish sandwiches and peanut butter crackers recalling all we had seen and done. I can remember that as a boy this meal, shared with my fa-ther, never failed to rank among the most satisfying after our time on the water. I was happy to break bread with my own son in this special way. 44

That evening, having prepared the fish, I stood next to my son and peered over a hot bed of coals. A rich aroma filled our senses as cherry and peach wood burned and smoked on the fire. We carefully lay the fish over the heat and closed the lid. In that moment I had experienced a near perfect day. I looked at the sunglasses hanging around my neck and was reminded of the smudge. It had been from sunscreen I had hastily put on earlier that morning. I suddenly recalled that I had done so in a rush, all the while muttering under my breath about having to get up so early. The reality was I had started that day in a very bad mood. I was in a foul mood because I was stressed about leaving Bluffton for Tennessee the next day and all that had to be done in order to leave. There really wasn’t time to spend most of the day fishing. I woke up al-ready loathing the long ride home and the expectations awaiting me at work. I realized in that moment I had spent the majority of my vacation grousing about things that were of little consequence in the big pic-ture of life. Truth be told, this fishing trip was initially just a check box on a list of things I felt I had to do. I suddenly felt ashamed and like I had wasted opportunities to truly relax and connect with my wife and family. There are very few people in this world that truly do what they love every hour of every day, but so many more who love and bring joy to others regardless of their circumstances. I had to confess to myself that I had started looking at certain things in life as a duty or a pressing through for what I felt was the good of others. The reality was that way of thinking had robbed me of joy and being present in moments that mat-tered. What a dour way to view the world! Joy can and should be found regardless of the circumstances that surround us. While love does not always have to be euphoric, it can also be an aching or a longing, what it cannot be is buried away under a stratum of stress and anxiety. I put my arm around my son and pulled him close to me and held him against my chest. “Uh dad” he asked, head buried in my shirt, “you okay?” I looked him in the eyes “I’m sorry I have been a grouch.” His big brown eyes shined “you’re forgiv-en.” I hugged him again and thought to myself “you better get out of your head and in to reality before he stops saying that.” He pulled away from me and lifted the lid on the grill, “I had a good day today dad. Thanks for taking me.”

My father approached the driver side window. He put his hand over mine. He wore a familiar smile. It was one that I knew had both love in it and wisdom behind it. “Son” he said directly “I know right where you are.” I nodded. He pressed. “I do. In fact, I know how stressful it can be to take off from work and come over here. I know you get pulled in so many directions. That was me at your age.” I nodded again, but I knew he knew and I was grateful for it. “Son” he said more tenderly and this time looking through me at my wife and the backseat full of kids “you are doing just fine. Give yourself some grace. I love you and am proud of you.” He kissed my forehead and gave me instructions to call him when I made it through Atlanta. As I pulled down the driveway I made a vow out loud, addressing it to the passengers in the car. I prom-ised to be less stressed and more patient with the normal happenings of life. I committed to not worrying so much about tomorrow and to just enjoy whatever today might bring. Everyone agreed, some quite en-thusiastically, that my proclamation was a fine goal for me to pursue. Feeling good about myself and somewhat redeemed I made the turn off Buckwalter Parkway onto 278. The car and most of its contents lurched forward as I swerved to miss hitting the car in front of me. The highway was a bumper to bumper parking lot. I gripped the wheel and adjusted my collar. I could see my wife smiling out of the corner of my eye. I sighed out loud “even the longest journey begins with a first step.”

The next morning I stepped into the kitchen and dining room. It was the same time as the previous day, except today instead of fishing I would be driving the family home. The solemnness of the room covered me up with a deep sadness. It’s always bittersweet to leave a place that is otherwise alive and boisterous with life and a sense of belonging. The smell of fresh brewed coffee tricked my senses to believe today was just another day, but the leather handle of my duffle bag reminded me that was not the case. Seeing the house still and quiet and the river beyond the windows bathed in the creeping new light of day made me grieve having to go. Every time I leave Bluffton this sense of sadness nearly overwhelms me. Given the epiphany I had at the grill the night before it was even more so. I savored one last gaze before begrudging-ly climbing into our suburban for the long drive home. 45

The Breeze is known for its impressive Architecture features. We have asked local Builder, Steve Tilton, of Coastal Signiture Homes to write a column that would help our readers who might be beginning the design and construction process. Steve and his family have been building in the Lowcountry for over 60 years and is most knowledgable and experienced as he worked with his father as a teen and continued throughout his life. His advice is straight forward and most helpful. We thank him and Leah England, of his staff, for bringing this most interesting article to us. We look forward to providing you with more “how to” articles in the future.

Why “What’s Your Price Per Square Foot” is the Worst Thing to Ask a Homebuilder

Steve Tilton Coastal Signiture Homes

“What’s your price per square foot?” is an understandable question we hear quite often from prospective buyers as they attempt to understand the custom home construction pro-cess. With variable pricing from builder to builder, and levels of customization that re-quire more monetary and time investment than tract built projects, it’s only natural buyers try to use price per square foot as a quantifiable unit of measurement by which to make their decision. Although price per square foot can be useful in learning about the general value of real estate and construction in the Lowcountry, or to “ballpark” and determine if a builder has capability to work within your desired construction budget, it is ultimately an ineffectual way to discover a potential build’s true value. We understand everyone is on a budget, and we work diligently to educate buyers so they understand the difference between value and price point, and how that difference is not always clearly represented in price per square foot. The following are a few discussion points we offer to prospective buyers gathering information during a builder meeting. What square footage was the price based on? Unfortunately, there is not an industry standard as to what constitutes a square foot. Was “under roof” square footage used in the cost per square foot you were given? Or only heated space? What about the garage? Most builders in the Lowcountry will not include the garage within the square footage used when calculating price per square foot, but yes, a three car garage with a golf cart bay does cost more per square foot than a two car garage. Likewise, a generous stick built roofline, leaving ample room for walk-in attic storage free of awkward trusses, will also affect price per square foot. Because various builders count their square footage differently, it becomes increasingly difficult to compare apples to apples and determine true value. What’s included in the price quoted? Are all town permits included? Is a landscape al-lowance included? Are Architectural Design fees included? Is a Hard Selections Designer included in the cost to help you make finish decisions on budget? What about a Construc-tion Liaison to assist during your build? Does the builder offer a Warranty? None of these services affect the size of a home, but all are included in pricing and are reflected in your cost per square foot. The Home Type and Total size of the home matterd. A two story home with a smaller foundation, and efficient use of space within the roofline for a good portion of the total square footage, costs less per square foot than a home of equal square footage, but all on one level. Big ticket items that don’t fluctuate in cost despite the size of home, items like the town permit, utility hookups, the heating and air system, a nicely equipped kitchen, and luxurious baths, are all present in even our smallest of homes. Therefore, smaller homes are generally more expensive per square foot than larger homes. As a house gets bigger, the incremental cost for these expenses decreases. 46

Design and other factors control building costs, and drive price per square foot. As one of the larger budget items for every builder, one factor driving price per square foot, is the home’s finished floor elevation and type of foundation utilized in a build. A home built on a slab foundation with one or two steps to the porch will cost less than a home built on a crawl space, otherwise referred to as raised pier foundation. Builder “A” might quote a price per square foot on a low slab. Builder “B” might drive by the lot, see its dramatic slope, determine that the lot conditions require a raised pier, and quote a higher price per square foot to capture that very important detail. Sophisticated stick framing and roof design (vs. truss built home design) require more skilled labor and therefore greater investment in framing materials and labor, but result in more artful aesthetics, more flexibility and ultimately more use of the roofline. In custom home design and construction, architects try to maximize as much space as they can and that includes ceiling height. This can only be accomplished in stick built framing. Walk around in the attic space of a truss built home, weaving and dodging through the awkward truss system and you will understand what we mean. Stick built rafters require multiple cuts, string lines, measurements, more lumber and thorough attention to detail, requiring a more skilled framing crew at a greater cost. In the long run, stick built homes have more valued curb appeal with interesting rooflines, and offer the opportunity for impressive interior features such as varied ceiling heights, beams, vaulted ceilings, and transom windows. These are big design details that drive more cost per square foot than standard 10’, flat ceilings with trusses engineered in a fac-tory, never to be changed. And speaking of details, the quality of materials and products used in a home, as well as the quality of the workmanship, affect price per square foot as well. An experienced builder will help you determine the best site placement of your home to help mitigate site work costs and drainage issues, maximizing your budget for the actual home construction. And speaking of details, the quality of materials and products used in a home, as well as the quality of the workmanship, affect price per square foot as well. An

experienced builder will help you determine the best site placement of your home to help mitigate site work costs and drainage issues, maximizing your budget for the actual home construction. A tankless hot water heater with a recirculating pump is more efficient, but costs more than a standard 80 gallon hot water heater. Poplar interior trim is a more costly interior trim material than medium density fi-berboard (MDF), but results in a beautiful finish that feels true to the hand and with-stands years of use without needed repair. Selections affect the price. Do you have a $1000 or a $5,000 refrigerator? Same with hardware, light fixtures, flooring, cabinets, counter tops – beware of builders using low allowances in an attempt to make the price appear lower. The trades might cost more. A new sub-contractor in the area hungry for work might be less expensive, but what about the quality and sensitivity to scheduling? How Does this Knowledge Help A Buyer? You can see now that it’s possible, if one wishes, to design a 2,500 SF jewel box with all the bells and whistles of architectural design and top of the line interior features that not only costs more per square foot, but also rivals the total cost of the boxy, larger home down the street that has only production-builder grade features and finishes. Select a builder with a proven track record of helping people design a home and make finish selections within an acceptable budget and you will get the most bang for your buck.


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