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s creatures of habit, we humans tend to do the same things and go to the same places, over and over again. The New Year is always a good time to break the mold, kick the habit, bury the hatchet, stop and smell the roses, take a trip you’ve always wanted and set new goals.
Well, you know what happens: you make a list…then burn it; you go on a diet…then you pig out during a weak moment; you quit smoking…then you light one up when life gets a little too stressful. Let’s take a deep breath and make 2018 our best year ever. Only you can do it; no one can do it for you. Hug your kids every day, call your Mom and Dad at least once a week and change your bad habits. I’m not saying it will be easy, but let’s give it a try. If you really want to make this world a better place and improve your life, do something for other people. That’s the real key to happiness, in my opinion. Now, if you’re reading this column, you are a true Breeze lover. If you have any ideas for feature articles for 2018, please send them to me at email@example.com. If you have thoughts about articles for our History, Environment, Architecture, Feel Good, Spotlight, Humor, Music section or anything that you think our readers would like, please speak up. This is your magazine, and we want to continue to bring you the very best editorial in the Lowcountry. Also, please share your photos with us in 2018, which includes selfies, as well as photos of family, boating, pets, sunsets, nature, kids and friends around town. Any good picture that would put a smile on your face is certainly welcome. We are so excited about 2018! Our website, bluffton.com, already enjoys more than 20,000 hits per month, and we’re currently rebuilding it from the bottom up. We plan to launch the new look this spring. Bluffton.com will continue to be a site you can use for information, events, services and much more. We hope the new website will be an expanded resource that you use to find everything from where to buy a home to the best places to eat, shop and play in Bluffton. The site will also provide our advertisers with a new digital outlet to reach their local customers. Another thing we’re proud of is that we have more than 20,000 monthly readers, and our distribution continues to expand. We recently added a number of Hilton Head Island distribution locations, as well as the Savannah/Hilton Head Island International Airport, Kroger and Food Lion. If you have a location you’d like us to deliver to, please let us know. Most important, we are here for you, thanks to our advertisers. Please be sure to tell them you saw them in the Lowcountry’s best magazine and thank them for helping with our most successful Toy Drive to date. We love sharing the best of Bluffton with you. I hope you enjoy our editorial line-up for January, which includes feature stories about New Year’s Resolutions, shag dancing, local praise houses and antique hunting, in addition to thoughtful reflections by regular columnists like Gene Cashman and Jevon Daly. As always, thank you for your support. Happy New Year to one and all!
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JANUARY 2018, VOLUME 16, NO. 1
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Praising Bluffton’s History A Wild Winter New Year’s Resolutions Business News Lowcountry Shag January Happenings Carry that Weight Hunting for Treasures in Bluffton Hittin’ the High Notes The History of Hoppin’ John Hoppin’ John Recipe Get Fit in the New Year
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History Nature Calendar Inspiration Your Corner Antiques Tides Music Food Recipe Restaurant Guide Health
CORRECTIONS: In the December issue, we incorrectly stated that the Bluffton Christmas Parade started in the ‘80s. However, Diane Reynolds recently informed us that bluffton.com the first parade took place in 1971. We regret the error. bluffton.com
ON THE COVER: Sunset on the May River Photography by Kelly Murphy
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Praising Blufftonâ€™s History
hat happens when two local history buffs join forces to share their “common passion for education”? They create the Bluffton Lecture and Dinner Series. Joanie Heyward, a member of one of Bluffton’s foremost families who works closely with the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, and Carolyn Coppola, an historic preservationist who founded Celebrate Bluffton, happened to meet on the front porch one day. “We decided it was time to provide education about our history to Blufftonians,” said Joanie. Operating independently of either organization, Joanie and Carolyn presented the first lecture on the “Architectural History of Bluffton” last September, followed by the “History of the AME Church and the Campbell Chapel Congregation” in November. The series continues in 2018 when Victoria Smalls presents the “History of Praise Houses” at Campbell Chapel AME, with dinner from Captain Woody’s on January 22.
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There are three remaining praise houses in Bluffton—one on Simmonsville Road (Left), another behind the privately owned Cordray House (Right top, circa 1910; Bottom, present day) on the corner of Calhoun Street and May River Road and the third in the space now occupied by Jacob Preston Pottery on Church Street. “Since we have three in Bluffton, we realized they have an important place in our history,” noted Joanie. “Why were they built, who built them and what were they used for?” As program manager of the Charleston International African-American Museum (IAAM), Smalls is uniquely qualified to answer these questions. The St. Helena Island native spent the past five years serving as the Director of History, Art and Culture at the Penn Center, one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. Her father was a graduate of the Penn School, and Smalls can trace her family history on St. Helena back before the Civil War. A cultural preservationist who has dedicated her life to promoting the Gullah-Geechee culture of the sea islands to a global audience, Smalls is also a professional artist and is currently coordinating the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor’s Watch Night & Emancipation Day Celebrations. “Praise houses were the center of African American community life and worship during the plantation era and well into the 20th century,” explains the Celebrate Bluffton website. “The praise house tradition began in the dark days of slavery when African Americans were not permitted to travel or even gather together. Praise houses gave them
a place to worship—and meet—on the plantation. Within the walls of tiny praise houses, enslaved African Americans would hold religious services, share news and settle disputes.” A place where Christianity and non-liturgical African religion converged, these simple, sparse clapboard structures often held dozens of people extolling Jesus through ring shouts and call-and-response sermons—without the benefit of instruments or hymnals. With origins in indigenous Central and West Africa dance traditions, the ring shout had congregants shuffling slowly, at first, in a counterclockwise circle while simultaneously clapping, tapping their feet, singing or praying as a “stick man” The Bluffton Breeze
beat a simple, gradually accelerating, rhythm on the floor, transforming the simple dance into a jubilant, transcendent religious ritual. The praise house on Simmonsville Road near the intersection of the Bluffton Parkway was originally located a mile away in Belfair Plantation and is over 100 years old. In the early 1950s, the Reverend Jimmy Buncomb, Deacon Oscar Frazier and Deacon “Daddy Toy” Fields led a volunteer group to move the praise house to its present location, where it was used by area residents from various congregations who couldn’t make it into town for services at the “church.” on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. The praise house tradition eventually ended, once people could drive to bigger churches located further from their homes. In Old Town, a free black mason named Isaac H. Martin was listed as living in the block bounded by May River Road, Calhoun Street, Boundary Street and Church Street in the 1860 Census, according to “A Guide to Historic Bluffton” published by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. The house was burned by Federal troops in 1863 and, by 1913, the property had been divided into several lots, including the site of the Cordray House. Now private property, the last remaining Praise House in the Historic District was built to house a new congregation while funds were being obtained to build a church. Orignially built for a Baptist congregation, the Old Bluffton Tabernacle (Left bottom circa 1935; Top, present day) on Church Street was once located in what is now Jacob Preston’s Pottery until around 1935. This structure has been described as an “Artifact of Poverty” with many recycled parts from other buildings, including the tin roof and various-sized windows. As Celebrate Bluffton points out, “Praise Houses were the core of African American life in the early years of Bluffton’s history. The joyful spirit and sense of community that once resonated within these walls continues to be an inspirational touchstone for African Americans today.”
Photo courtesy of The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society The “History of Praise Houses” with Victoria Smalls (Right) takes place on January 22 at Campbell Chapel AME Church at 6 p.m. The lecture is free; payment is required for dinner. To RSVP, contact Carolyn Coppola at (914) 4751168 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Joan Heyward at (843) 707-7610 or email@example.com. 10
OLD TOWN You donâ€™t want to miss historic Bluffton near the May River for some of the most unique shopping and dining in our area. Itâ€™s all blended with colorful and creative art galleries, history up and down local streets, and dining for lunch and dinner in charming settings. The Bluffton Old Town Merchants Society
visitors to come and spend an afternoon or a day discovering historic Bluffton.
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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Photos courtesy of Allyson Jones
Explore the great outdoors this season and enjoy exceptional hiking and biking opportunities at area nature preserves, state parks and greenways. BLUFFTON
Buckwalter Place Greenway Trail
This 1.35-mile scenic trail attracts residents and visitors alike. Enjoy the opportunity to explore nature at your own pace. A free interpretive walking guide is available for download by scanning a QR code conveniently located on nature trail signs located on-site. buckwaltersc.com/recreation.html
New River Trail
A linear recreational pathway hugging both sides of May River Road, the New River Trail is ideal for walking, running or biking. Part of the East Coast Greenway, this 5.2mile pathway runs along a former railroad bed that once supported the Seaboard Air Railway. Wind through hardwood forests, former rice fields and grassy paths while keeping an eye out for wildlife. townofbluffton.sc.gov/ engineering-department/publicworks/parks By Amber Hester Kuehn, Sergeant Jasper Park Photosof courtesy of Jasper County Parks & Recreation Owner Spartina Marine Education Charters
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
This National Wildlife Refuge once served as the plantation of Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent lawyer active in South Carolina politics from 1801 to 1815. Today, this 4,053-acre refuge offers a wide range of ecosystems— including tidal saltmarshes, forests, fields and freshwater ponds which support bird and plant life and is ideal for hiking. Home to bobcats, alligators, white-tailed deer, raptors, ibis, herons and egrets, Pinckney Island offers scenic beauty and tranquility. Naturalists are available to guide tour groups through interpretive programs and exhibits. fws.gov/refuge/Pinckney_Island/ about.html
Sergeant Jasper Park
Discover 321 acres of natural beauty in Jasper County. This Hardeeville nature destination is ideal for year-round biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, disc golf and other outdoor activities. Birding opportunities abound, so be sure to bring your binoculars! jaspercountysc.gov/departments/ departments-i-w/sgt-jasper-park SJP Activity Center
HUNTING ISLAND Hunting Island State Park
South Carolina’s most popular state park, Hunting Island features five miles of beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and more. Don’t
miss the Hunting Island Lighthouse, which stands 130 feet tall, providing spectacular views of the ocean and the surrounding maritime forest. Stay overnight at one of 100 campsites (twonight minimum required) to immerse yourself in natural beauty. southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island
TOWN OF PORT ROYAL Cypress Wetlands
Developed by the Town of Port Royal, the Cypress Wetlands offers boardwalks, paved pathways and roadside trails, forming a loop around the wetlands. Explore cypress and tupelo swamps and enjoy breathtaking views of native flora and fauna, from wading birds to river otters. portroyal.org
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Lighthouse photo courtesy of Allyson Jones
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Oatland Island Wildlife Center features informative outdoor displays showcasing live creatures native to coastal Georgia, like wolves, bison, cougars, bobcats, bald eagles and reptiles. Thereâ€™s a two-mile trail that loops around the area, taking you through the marshes and brush of the area, leading from one exhibit to another. oatlandisland.org
Town of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands Photos courtesy of Allyson Jones
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Immerse yourself in local flora and fauna at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Established on the remains of an 18th-century rice plantation, the refuge is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Stop by the Visitor Center and then explore more than 40 miles of trails and a driving loop where you can spot alligators lounging in the water and migrating waterfowl feeding in rivers and waterways. fws.gov/refuge/savannah
Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island State Park covers over 500 acres and has six miles of hiking trails winding through marshes, forests and salt flats. Thereâ€™s plenty to do here, from bird watching to bike rentals, camping, hiking and an array of workshops. Plus, there are plenty of picnic tables, as well as an open-air station with exceptional panoramic views of the coastal ecosystem. gastateparks.org/skidawayisland
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Photos courtesy of Allyson Jones
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Oatland Island Wildlife Center
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Audubon Newhall Preserve
Owned and operated by the Hilton Head Audubon Society, this natural treasure is located off Palmetto Bay Road and includes 50 acres with trails meandering through several distinct coastal ecosystems. The preserve, which is part of the Hilton Head Island Birding Trail, is a favorite for local birders as well as outdoor enthusiasts. hiltonheadaudubon.org
Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
Explore this 68-acre property, which is owned by the Town of Hilton Head Island and is one of the few remaining open spaces on the Island. Highlights include the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure, the Heritage Crops Garden, the Mary Ann Peeples Pavilion, The Tom Peeples Discovery Lab and a Camellia Garden featuring more than 130 varieties of this stunning winter-blooming flower. coastaldiscovery.org
Sea Pines Forest Preserve
Measuring more than 600 acres, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is the largest tract of undeveloped land on Hilton Head Island. Hike, bike or ride horseback through lush maritime forests, beneath a thick emerald tree canopy. Donâ€™t miss the Wildflower Field and Butterfly Garden or the ancient Native American Shell Ring. Trail maps are available at the Greenwood Drive entrance. seapinesliving.com
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island is a national park for those in need of a serious wilderness adventure. The island’s 19,000 acres—which include 18 beaches, five campsites and a forest full of trails—are mostly free from any sign of civilization. The only exceptions are a few historic homes built before the island became a national park, such as Plum Orchard Mansion that served as a seasonal home for the Carnegie family. Keep an eye out for wild horses meandering along the beaches and forest trails. nps.gov/cuis
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Harris Neck has been a haven as far back as the year 1500, when the Guale Indians lived in the area. In 1962, Harris Neck was designated a protected wildlife refuge. Today, the area is home to 350 bird species, including endangered wood storks, as well as alligators, salt marshes, coastal hammocks and more. fws.gov/refuge/harris_neck
Jekyll Island offers some of the best beaches on the East Coast. Here, you can take your dog for a run along the pristine shoreline of South Dunes or Glory Beaches, tie a hammock to the branches and roots of the fallen trees on Driftwood Beach or rent a bike and cycle the 20-plus miles of trails. jekyllisland.com
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NEW YEARâ€™S RESOLUTIONS As 2018 gets underway, local experts offer their best advice to help Blufftonians live healthier, more fulfilling lives. By Allison Hersh
he New Year typically symbolizes a new beginning, offering fresh opportunities to aim higher, do better and achieve meaningful goals. Whether your New Yearâ€™s resolution involves ramping up your exercise routine, being more grateful or getting your finances in order, we hope 2018 will be the year you embrace the Bluffton State of Mind and become your best possible self. We turned to a number of local experts for insight into how Blufftonians can reach their fullest potential in the New Year. Here is their best advice.
Engage your creativity. Creativity is in all of us, but sometimes if we don’t have what we perceive as artistic talent, we don’t allow ourselves the joy that comes from creating. Go ahead and make something for the fun of making it. If it isn’t “good,” nobody has to know!
Be consistent over the long-term with workouts. Plan on consistently working out on the same days each week and at the same times. This creates better habits.
Set limited goals. Even if you have a big goal you want to achieve, such as saving money to buy a home, you have to start somewhere. If you set small, easily achievable goals and focus on them, it will keep you motivated. So, instead of thinking about needing tens of thousands of dollars for a down payment on the car you want to buy, think about saving $100 this month. Then, the following month, think about saving another $100. Next thing you know, you will have the money for the down payment.
Keep growing. People tend to get caught up in their routines and responsibilities, and they get stagnant. Growth is essential for fulfillment. Challenge yourself to try new things. Feed your mind by reading or taking classes. Take some risks by changing up your routine or traveling.
Eat healthy consistently. Never skipping breakfast is a must. Also, a simple rule I follow is combining a small portion of a lean protein such as chicken, a small portion of a complex carbohydrate such as sweet potatoes and a small portion of either a fruit or vegetable every time I eat. By combining these, you can continue to increase your metabolism, day after day.
Feed your spirit. Spend time in nature, meditating, praying, attending church, practicing yoga, reading scripture or books on spirituality. However you connect to the divine, do it and do it regularly.
Set goals. Last year, I set a goal of doing my age in push-ups every day for the entire year. I had to complete 45 push-ups every day. The more specific the goal, the easier it is to achieve. And, yes, I’m still doing my pushups!
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Be honest when setting those goals. Being honest with yourself will allow you to set up realistic goals. For example, if you regularly meet friends out on the weekend for dinner and it’s something you really enjoy, do not tell yourself that you just won’t spend that money and will sit at home every weekend. You know that you won’t do that, and, after a month, you will be right back spending that money, no closer to your goals. Even though it may be an expensive habit and cutting it out could get you to your financial goals more quickly, focus instead on cutting out the small things.
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Establish your goals up in such a way that you get little rewards along the way. For example, if your goal is to pay off all of your credit cards next year, the common wisdom is to pay off the ones with the highest interest rate first. This is solid advice and will save you money, if you are able to stay disciplined. However, if it will take you a year to do so, your dedication may begin to wane because you don’t “feel” you are making progress. Instead, choose to pay off the small balance cards first. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction because you “feel” that you are making progress when every couple of months you have paid off another card and now have a little extra money in your pocket! John Kirkland, Vice President Palmetto State Bank
MENTAL HEALTH Treat others the way you would like to be treated, hopefully with respect, empathy and curiosity regarding different points of view. This is the “Golden Rule” restated. Cultivate gratitude. Identify things or people you are grateful for each day and express gratitude for/ to them. Positive psychology research indicates that sincere expressions of gratitude are the best way of improving one’s mood and outlook. Get outdoor exercise at least 2-3 times per week to enrich the body and mind. Greenery and water are very soothing to the soul, and exercise stimulates the mind and strengthens and energizes the body. Helene Stoller, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist
HOME Pair neutrals with vivid colors. Grey is out, and caramel tans are in for your go-to neutral. Bright, vibrant colors will take center stage in your decor. Incorporate exciting new fabrics into your home décor. Tribal prints and hand-drawn botanicals will be big for prints, along with lots of soft textures. Embrace accessories. Antique mirrors and hand-thrown pottery will be popular in 2018. The focus will be on the beauty of imperfections. Minimalist design is out, and a more layered, eclectic look is in. Sarah Pejeau, Design Assistant Al-Harry Furniture Design
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These companies and individuals are proud to serve the Bluffton community. Alljoy Donut Co. Alljoy Donut Co. is “serving up happy” at a new location on Thomas Heyward Street in downtown Bluffton. Choose from a wide variety of flavors, such as chocolate glazed, double coconut, key lime and chocolate toffee crunch. 22 Thomas Heyward Street (843) 707-6860 facebook.com/alljoydonutco
party in their honor sponsored by Southern Barrel Brewing Company. Barbers of the Lowcountry is a modern shop with a vintage vibe experience, where men can come for haircuts or luxury shaves while enjoying a cold beer or a glass of wine. Sheridan Park 17 F Sherington Drive (843) 815-4423 barbersofthelowcountry.com
Bluffton Real-Heart of the Lowcountry Miss Bluffton Teen Hannah Joy Brown and Musician/Teacher J. Howard Duff teamed up to write an anthem about their small town, “Bluffton Real…real as can be” released on the JD Creative label. Check out the Bluffton Real Facebook page or view the video on YouTube. (843) 415-2557 jhowardduff.com
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Canterfield of Bluffton Bluffton’s newest luxury senior community offers assisted-living units, as well as independent living villas. On-site amenities include a theater, beauty salon, private dining, activities center, fitness center, library and more. 567 N. Okatie Highway (843) 645-4000 canterfieldofbluffton.com
Barbers of the Lowcountry recently raised $550 for the American Cancer Society during the monthlong cancer awareness campaign called No Shave November. Instead of spending money on regular shaves, patrons and barbers donated that money to the American Cancer Society through Barbers of the Lowcountry. The Bluffton-based barbershop encouraged patrons to join three teams—Bluffton Beard, Lowcountry Scruff and Hairy Porter. The winning team, Bluffton Beard, recently celebrated with a
Owned and operated by interior decorator Saudah Muhammad, Decorating Den can work within your budget to help infuse your home with style. Enjoy a complimentary inhome design consultation.
LED Lowcountry was one of many trade partners and organizations that recently helped make Built to Honor’s 50th home possible for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clark “Jey” Johnson and his family on Sea Grass Station Street. Sponsored by PulteGroup, the Built to Honor program provides mortgage-free homes to deserving wounded veterans across the country.
Hampton Lake Drive (843) 422-2034 saudah.decoratingden.com
Optical Solutions Dr. Michael Campbell and Optical Solutions have moved to a larger location in Bluffton next to Mi Tierra. Honored as the Small Business of the Year by the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Optical Solutions offers the latest screening technology and diagnostic equipment to support your eye care needs. 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Suite 100 (843) 706-0607 drmichaelcampbell.com
20 Towne Center, Suite 276 (843) 706-7074 Joel Rudicil, President of LED Lowcountry ledlowcountry.com
Senior Helpers Senior Helpers provides professionally trained caregivers to care for your loved ones at home during their time of need. Services include companion care, surgical assistance, disease management and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Free in-home assessments are available for Bluffton residents. 1541 Fording Island Road, Suite 2 (843) 815-3333 seniorhelpers.com/hiltonhead-beaufort-sc
Island Writers’ Network The Island Writers’ Network teamed up with the Camera Club of Hilton Head, the Photography Club of Beaufort, the Art League of Hilton Head and the Photography Club of Sun City Hilton Head to release its fifth anthology, “Ebb and Flow.” More than 50 contributors—novelists, essayists, poets, storytellers, photographers, journalists and artists—collaborated on life in the Lowcountry and far, far beyond. The 265-page anthology is available at several local businesses or may be purchased online. islandwritersnetworkhhi.org
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Hit the floor with South Carolina’s favorite happy dance. By Michele Roldán-Shaw Photos by Jeff Keefer
he Lowcountry has its own happy dance, and it goes by the name of “shag.” Back in the ’40s and ’50s, during sweltering summers in Carolina beach towns, teenagers vacationing with their families would escape parental restrictions to meet at beach pavilions and promenades, where they played forbidden music on the jukebox and invented their own daring steps.
Now, those same teens have kids, grandkids and even greatgrandkids of their own—but they’re still dancing the shag. In fact, it has been named the Official State Dance of South Carolina. “It’s like a swing dance to bluesy, R&B beach music,” explained Becky Elliot, president of the Hilton Head Carolina Shag Club. “What made it special to the South was that it’s so hot here, people were doing these smaller, more understated moves, hesitations and things like that. They weren’t jumpin’ and jivin’ all over the floor like people up North doing the jitterbug.” When Becky first came here from Michigan, she’d never heard of shag. One day, she was walking through the former Crowne Plaza on Hilton Head and saw a poster advertising the Shag Club’s meetings there. After looking in the door of a ballroom to see hundreds of people moving to this irresistible rhythm, she signed up for lessons. It was a bit of a struggle to learn, Elliott admits, but she hasn’t quit shagging since. “Our mission, as written in the bylaws, is to promote shag dance and beach music,” said Elliott. “We do that by meeting, teaching people who want to learn and hosting events. But it has become a social dance club because it creates a community of people who have something in common. You join because you love music and dance, but then you meet people from all over and you get to know about their lives. You can go anywhere in the shag network and see the same friends repeatedly. It has a family feeling that just pulls you in and hugs you and fills your life with joy.” This month, the Club will host its signature event, the 23rd Annual Island Winter Classic, a four-day shag fest drawing enthusiasts from all over the South. It will be held January 18-21 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, where 350 dancers are expected to converge on the dance floor. “The Winter Classic is a phenomenal event,” said Mike Salera, event chairperson and member of the Hilton Head Carolina Shag Club since 2007. “Each night, we dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., then we have breakfast on Sunday and dance all morning. Shag is a happy dance. When you see people doing it, they’re smiling and having a good time. So, these four days are just a marvelous party of good friends getting together.” In its original heyday, Southern-style swing was danced all up and down the Atlantic seaboard from Virginia to Florida. However, it is most strongly associated with the Carolinas, and historians pinpoint Myrtle Beach as its epicenter. No one knows exactly how or when the term “shag” originated, but as a movement it dates back to the Segregation Era, when funloving, uninhibited white teenagers began “hopping the Jim Crow rope” to watch dancers in black nightclubs. Later, they The Bluffton Breeze
adapted the moves into their own social circles and convinced white jukebox owners to start incorporating R&B into their playlists. Eventually, these youngsters went off to college and, as music trends evolved, the shag died out for awhile…but not forever. It was resurrected several decades later by people wanting to relive the old days, and in some Carolina families it was even considered a tradition, passed down through generations. Now, there are at least 100 shag clubs all over the Southeast, as far north as Baltimore and New Jersey, as far west as Pennsylvania and Ohio, and in major urban centers like Atlanta and Memphis. Competition teams take shag all over the world, and “junior shaggers” are keeping it alive for years to come. “Old-time dancers are the best to watch,” said Becky, adding that a few Hilton Head club members date back to the original Carolina shag era. “They have so much finesse. It looks like they’re just steppin’ real slow, but they’re doing all these subtle things and expressing themselves in the dance. Back in the old days, if you invented a step, it was your own and other people weren’t supposed to do it. There was a lot of swagger. It was a male-led dance, and the girls just kept time and gave them a partner. Now, it has evolved to be more equal.” In an iconic 1989 film called “Shag: The Movie,” four young women from Spartanburg take off to the coast for a wild bachelorette weekend. Filmed in Myrtle Beach, it became a classic coming-age-movie for Southern belles and wannabes, and was recently listed by Garden & Gun as one of the top 10 Southern movies of all time. Co-written by Beaufort residents Lanier Laney and Terry Sweeney—both former writers for “Saturday Night Live”—“Shag” was inspired in part by Sweeney’s memories of vacationing on Pawley’s Island, but also by Laney’s desire to combat negative stereotypes about the South that he
encountered up North, which didn’t match the Carolina childhood he remembered. Little teen dramas play out everywhere, with their heady mix of innocence and wild revelry, but the Carolina shag days were set against a sultry backdrop of hot nights and ocean breezes. Plus, there’s a sensuous R&B soundtrack that was considered to be somewhat taboo. Today, the dance is mostly the domain of retirees, because the rebellious teens of yesteryear are the adorable old folks of today. However, Elliot says they are always recruiting junior shaggers to keep the tradition going strong. She’s grateful to Hilton Head Plantation for being one of the last local establishments to have a ballroom dance floor, in the Dolphin Head Golf Club where the Carolina shaggers meet regularly. “We just want to enjoy life and have fun,” said Elliott. “And when we hear good music, our feet take us along for the ride.”
HIT THE DANCE FLOOR What: Hilton Head Carolina Shag Club 2018 Winter Classic When: January 18-21, 2018 Where: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa More info: hiltonheadshagclub.com The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club meets twice a week at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation, with lessons on Tuesdays and social dances on Fridays. For more information, please visit hiltonheadshagclub.com.
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BLUFFTON Third Tuesday: Collectors at Sun City Stamp Club Auction at Hidden Cypress Clubhouse in Sun City Hilton Head, 3 p.m. 672 Cypress Hills Dr. (843) 705-7960 or sefsc.org/sun-city-bluffton.html. First Wednesday: The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a PlantPure Nation pod group, meets at Bluffton’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 6:30 p.m. Membership and meetings are free and open to the public. 110 Malphrus Rd. (843) 816-6179 or palmettoplanteaters.com. January 13: Heroes on Horseback Benefit Clinic with Ken Seeley at May River Equestrian, noon-3 p.m. Bring your horse for a full day of instruction working on ground respect, trailer loading, obstacles, and much more. 100 Stillwell Rd. (845) 443-9730 or heroesonhorseback.org. January 13: 32nd Annual MLK Banquet, hosted by the Bluffton MLK Observance
Committee in the Oscar Frazier Park Rotary Center, 5:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Aretha Rhone-Bush with live jazz, blues and R&B from JD Music Group, door prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar to celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Attire is semiformal. Tickets may be purchased online. blufftonmlk.ticketleap.com/banquet. January 13: Music on Malphrus: An Acoustic Listening Room featuring Ryanhood at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 7 p.m. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.” General admission is $20. 110 Malphrus Rd. (843) 837-3330 or uulowcountry.org. January 14: MLK Inter-Faith Service-The Strength to Love: Bridging the Gap Beyond MLK Day at Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2 p.m. A service to strengthen communication,
love and unity within the community by commemorating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who stood for justice, peace and love with an all-community choir and liturgical dance team, special musical selections, tributes and reflections by various community pastors and church members. 25 Boundary St. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. January 22: “History of Praise Houses” Lecture with Victoria Smalls, program manager at the Charleston International AfricanAmerican Museum, at Campbell Chapel AME, 5:30 p.m. Dinner provided by Captain Woody’s. Lecture is free and open to the public; dinner is a fixed price. 25 Boundary St. (843) 707-7610 or email email@example.com. January 31: Memory Fest – West, hosted by Memory Matters at the Bluffton Library, 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. Optimize your brain fitness. 120 Palmetto Way. RSVP required. (843) 842-6688 or memory-matters.org.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND January 10: Bald Eagles in South Carolina program with Tom Murphy, retired SCDNR biologist, at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 3 p.m. This presentation will trace the success and the challenges facing the Bald Eagle from near extinction to recovery. Reservations are required. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or coastaldiscovery.org. January 11-15: 2018 HHI Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at various locations. Community Worship Service, MLK Community Service Day and other events with the MLK Memorial March, Program and Community Luncheon on Jan. 15. For details, call (843) 290-2984 or visit the HHI MLK JR Celebration Planning Committee’s Facebook page. January 12-13: Pilobolus Dance performs at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m. A thrilling American modern dance company that has performed over 100 choreographic works in more than 64 countries around the world. 14 Shelter Cove Ln. For tickets, call (843) 842-2787 or visit artshhi.com. January 19: From Bach to Broadway: A Concert of Music for Voice, Piano & Violin featuring Sanford Jones, Rebecca Flaherty, Marvin Keenze and Effie Mydell at Providence Presbyterian Church, 5:30-7 p.m. Admission donation benefits the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. 171 Cordillo Pkwy. (843) 681-3254 or gullahmuseumhhi.org. January 20: Daddy Daughter Dance Masquerade, hosted by the Island Rec. Center at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 6-8:30 p.m. Grandparents, big brothers and family friends are all invited to take their special girl to the dance. VIP Tickets include dinner and the dance. Advance tickets are discounted. 40 Folly Field Rd. (843) 681-7273 or islandreccenter.org. January 24: USCB’s Lunch with Author Series, featuring Melanie Benjamin at the Sea Pines Country Club, noon. Her most recent novel, “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” is a New York Times, USA Today and IndieBound best seller, as was her novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “The Aviator’s Wife.” Advance ticket purchase required. 30 Governors Rd. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com. January 27: Hilton Head Snow Day presented by Southern Smiles Dentistry in Shelter Cove Community Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Inflatables, a snow field and entertainment. Admission is $10 for ages 2-17; free for adults. 39 Shelter Cove Ln. (843) 681-7273 or islandreccenter.org. January 30: Historic Sites of Hilton Head
Island hosted by the Heritage Library Foundation, 10:30 a.m. 2 Corpus Christi, Ste. 100. Reservations required; programs are $10/ person. (843) 686-6560 or heritagelib.org.
SAVANNAH January 15: Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Parade, starting at the intersection of E. Broad and Liberty Streets, 10 a.m. Hundreds of entries will march through downtown Savannah in thanks and in remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For details and a parade route map, call (912) 234-5502 or visit mlkingsavannah.com. January 15: Huxie Scott in Concert with the Savannah State Concert Choir, part of the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Celebration, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 p.m. 311 E. Harris St. (912) 234-5502 or mlkingsavannah.com. January 17-21: PULSE Art + Technology Festival 2018 at the Jepson Center. This year’s event features “Radiance,” an immersive, sitespecific installation, plus film screenings, new interactive creations that allow participants to fly over landscapes and practice survival in high water level situations and evening performances. 207 W. York St. (912) 790-8800 or telfair.org. January 19-20: The Drifters, The Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters in concert at the historic Savannah Theatre. Three legendary groups, one amazing show. Sponsored in part by 104.9 The Surf. Advance ticket purchase required. 222 Bull St. (912) 233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com. January 26-May 6: Carrie Mae Weems: Sea Islands Series, 1991–1992 and Paul Stephen Benjamin: Reinterpreting the Sound of Blackness, concurrent landmark solo presentations by the nationally and internationally renowned artists, are on view at the Jepson Center. Weems and Benjamin explore different aspects and interpretations of the African American experience with exhibitions; one exhibit addresses GullahGeechee culture in the South, while the other examines blackness through sound and color. 207 W. York St. (912) 790-8800 or telfair.org.
BEAUFORT January 1: 9th Annual Pelican Plunge, hosted by the Friends of Hunting Island at Hunting Island State Park, noon. Costume contest with a plunge into the refreshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean followed by hot beverages, snacks and a costume parade on the beach. Proceeds benefit the park’s Discover Carolina program for students. Online registration is available.
2555 Sea Island Pkwy. (843) 838-2011 or fohuntingisland.org. January 20: “An Affair with the Arts – Vegas!” at USCB Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Try your luck in the “casino,” view the work of local artists, bid in the silent auction, dance on stage while listening to live music from The Bull Grapes and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to benefit the programs and services at the Center for the Arts. 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com. January 25: Wine Pairing Dinner at Saltus River Grill to benefit the Beaufort International Film Festival, 6-9 p.m. 802 Bay St. For reservations, call (843) 379-3474. beaufortfilmfestival.com. January 26: “Let’s Hang On: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons” at USCB Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com. January 28: Fripp Island Friends of Music presents Stephanie Nakasian, jazz singer of the Great American Songbook, at the Fripp Island Community Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door. 205 Tarpon Blvd. (843) 940-8964 or frippfriendsofmusic.com.
RIDGELAND January 9: Beaufort in the Second World War with eminent local historians Dr. Larry Rowland and Dr. Steve Wise at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 5:30 p.m. 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. S. (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org. January 18: Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ Lunch and Learn at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, noon. Learn about the art of BBQ from the masters at Jim ‘N Nick’s in Bluffton and then enjoy a home-cooked meal. Cost is $12, pre-registration is required. 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. S. (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org. January 20: Installation Art and Mural Event with Artist Amiri Farris at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is teaming up with Bluffton artist Amiri Farris to build a large-scale Lowcountry mural for permanent display at the Center. The creative minds of our community are invited to help construct a collage using their own family photographs and other images that represent their unique experience as part of the Lowcountry community. Free and open to the public. 10782 Jacob Smart Blvd. S. (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.
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Carry that WEIGHT By Gene Cashman
Sometimes facing up to your shortcomings is the first step in turning over a new leaf.
y pants felt tight.
I re-tucked my shirt, but to no avail. I noticed that the collar on my shirt felt a little snug, too. Surely the jacket would cover the problem, but once I had finagled both arms into the sleeve, the button on the front looked like it was hanging on for dear life. “Honey?” I called out with a sense of desperation. I was standing before the full-length mirror in the bedroom. “Does this suit make me look fat, or do I make this suit look small?” There was no reply. “This isn’t a trick question,” I added. “You can be honest.” I could hear my wife Betsy coming down the hall. She poked her curly-haired head partially into the room.
“What do you think, sweetie?” It was the sort of answer a counselor would give. She was using the Socratic Method. In other words, she was making me answer my own question. I hated the method. I wanted her to assure me that I was fit and trim, even if it was a lie. “Well…” her words hung in the air, but then she countered and stated quite perspicuously, “I have noticed you eating more than usual. Perhaps you’re stressed out with the new job.” I sucked in my gut. “Maybe,” she continued, “we could join the gym.” I hate gyms. Perhaps it’s an unwarranted prejudice, but to me gyms are filled with two kinds of people: gym rats and saps like me. Saps like me rarely turn into gym rats and rarely work out much past January 31, yet we get locked into longterm, expensive contracts. I was less than thrilled. “Oh, a gym membership, huh? What’s that—$100 bucks a month?” My tone dripped with sarcasm and disdain.
“You asked,” she shot back. “I don’t care how you look. I just want you to be healthy.” That was the dagger, but she was right. I need to lose some weight. I need to be healthy. This time, it couldn’t be about money; it had to be about action. “O.K.,” I relented. “I will promise to lose weight, just no gyms.” I sat back on the bed. Just as my rear end hit the comforter, my poor little blueblazer button shot across the room like a slug from a rifle. “Dadgummit!” I shouted, but before I could start to feel sorry for myself, my wife chimed in, “Perhaps we can start something when you get home from work?” I was nearly out of breath just bending over to tie my shoes. My wife just smiled. We began walking down the long, crushed oyster shell drive. It was a pleasant afternoon for early January. It seemed unseasonably warm, or perhaps I was just overheated from the brisk walk
down the drive. It was easy to sprint past the pie slices and eggnog. Although the eggnog’s kick to the gut had made me a little nauseated. The rolls, well, I just had to take the beating as I navigated their angry little gauntlet. Their blows winded me and made my legs, arms and lungs ache. These pains made eluding the turkey leg difficult. It seemed the harder I ran, the closer it got. I couldn’t shake it. I pushed harder, almost to the point of sheer exhaustion. It was getting closer, and it was yelling at me. I forged ahead, not willing to be captured and killed by a five-foot tall turkey leg. I kicked it into gears I hadn’t used in a decade. If I survived this, I thought, I was going to pay dearly in the morning. When I finally gave the turkey leg the shake, almost a half mile later, I collapsed into a pile of leaves and tried to catch my breath. I awoke to a sharp pain in my chest and side. Someone was standing over me. “Honey, are you alright?”
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I quickly sat up. Instantly, I recognized Betsy and the fact that I was lying in someone’s front yard. Everything else, well, that was hazy. “What happened?” I coyly remarked. “Good question,” she said. “We were walking along, when all of a sudden you sprinted past me screaming and hollering.” She began to laugh. “It was as if you were being chased. You were flailing your arms and it appeared you were trying to dodge things that were not there.”
She waited a moment, then quietly spoke. “All I care about is that you are healthy,” she said. “God willing, I want you around in 30 years.” She then hugged me tight. I took her advice to heart.
She was now doubling over in laughter. “I tried to keep up,” she hooted, but every time I got close, you would take off. I eventually found you sprawled out, face down in this yard.” By now, the homeowners had come out into the drive. “Everything O.K. out here?“ a man asked.
Betsy waved him off, saying, “Yes, yes, everything is fine. We are just easing back into a healthy lifestyle out here. Thanks though.” I was embarrassed. Betsy helped me to my feet. “I think that’s enough for today, Tiger,” she said pointing me in the direction of home. The walk back was much slower. I limped a bit, as my ankles and knees weren’t used to what equated to an 800-meter sprint.
“I don’t know what came over me,” I confessed. “All of a sudden I was just totally overwhelmed by my unhealthy habits.” Betsy laughed. “I noticed.” As we hit the driveway, I stopped. “I need to make a promise,” I said. “Not a resolution, but a promise.”
Betsy sensed the seriousness of my tone and stopped giggling. “I promise I will exercise every day,” I pledged. Betsy coughed and hacked. “Okay, okay,” I said, “at least three times a week.” She took my hand as I went on. “Also, I will eat healthier.” She waited a moment, then quietly spoke. “All I care about is that you are healthy,” she said. “God willing, I
want you around in 30 years.” She then hugged me tight. I took her advice to heart. “Me too,” I whispered in her ear. Before I left the embrace, she asked, “Wanna race?” I quickly pushed away and took off before she could start. “See you later, turkey leg!” she laughed aloud. “Here we go again!”
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TREASURES IN BLUFFTON
ave you ever heard the story about the couple who bought a ceramic bowl at a garage sale for $3? They later had it appraised, and it turned out to be a rare 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl that sold at auction for $2.2 million. Years ago, a man bought some old photo negatives at a garage sale for $45. They ended up being priceless Ansel Adams negatives believed to be lost in a fire. In the end, the negatives turned out to be valued at more than $200 million. Even if you don’t find a priceless treasure, it’s always a fun adventure to go hunting for neat stuff. Garage sales, flea markets, antique shops, thrift stores, Goodwill stores, auctions and estate sales are places where Bluffton residents can search for treasures at bargain prices.
From antique shops to estate sales, Bluffton offers plenty of opportunities to discover cool finds. By Randolph Stewart Photography by Alec Bishop
Photographer Alec Bishop and I recently decided to have some fun, visiting three local Bluffton shops one rainy day in search of treasure. Our first stop was Al-Harry Furniture Design on Calhoun Street. Right off the bat, we found some great stuff, including a large mirror (photo #1) made from old metal ceiling panels, repainted louvered shutters, a flower pot mounted on a piece of driftwood and a worn metal book cart (photo #2). The reflections in the mirror revealed all sorts of treasures. Previously unwanted furniture has been transformed into beautiful pieces for your home or office, ranging from a chest of drawers and pie safe to armoires, tables and chairs. All items have been expertly repurposed by Joe Fargione, who makes all the repairs or changes needed. Joe adds appliqués and the proper hardware, along with Allison (photo #3), his wife of 35 years. Al has a great eye and a talent for refinishing, painting, distressing and glazing, so you have a piece that will long be enjoyed and admired. A true treasure.
4 Look around closely at Al-Harry Furniture Design and you will surely find something you can’t live without. However, we weren’t ready to stop shopping for treasures yet, so it was on to Coastal Exchange, located next to Scott’s Meats on May River Road.
We didn’t have to look too far for more treasure. We spotted a set of vintage leather luggage (photo #4). What a great find! And have you ever seen textile mill wooden wool spools (photo #5), over three feet tall? Just place them anywhere, and they will become an instant conversation piece. What draws your attention? Was it a memory from your grandmother? Did you think about that perfect spot in your home that needs to have just the right piece? One thing that caught
5 my eye at Coastal Exchange was a small brass kettle nested inside an old oak wall cabinet (photo #6), sitting on top of an Eastlake-style table.
Some things you see are simple forms that invite you to imagine what they can be used for now that they have been transformed. I saw a wonderful painted table that looked like it could have originally been used by a cobbler or a mechanic, but The Bluffton Breeze
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now looks like a cool folk art bar (photo #7). There is something special behind every little treasure. Nostalgia, a memory, the right color. Everywhere I looked, there was something new to experience at Coastal Exchange, including prints, lithographs, lamps, books, porcelain, tables, furniture, gadgets and gizmos.
Now, we still had a little money left and a day of treasure hunting would not be complete without a stop at Stock Farm Antiques, located just up the street between Four Corners Framing and May River Grill. Emmett and Teddy McCracken always have new old treasures. My last trip in there, I bought a collection of Presidential campaign pins proclaiming “I Like Ike,” as well as pins supporting Kennedy, Taft, Wallace and Dewey/Warren. Dewey/Warren! Who remembers the runner-up?
Don’t forget to look down, as there are great treasures to be found under tables and just below the typical line-of-sight. Then, look up. Cool stuff can be found on the walls or on top of a display cabinet.
Sitting in a basket on a Victorian oak chair, I discovered a set of glass balls (photo #8), which were originally floats from Japanese fishing nets. How unique! Fine crystal, china and silver, children’s furniture, early brass
9 candlesticks. Hey, will you look at this? An old Chinese pipe with a finely carved wood holder (photo #9) and the intricate burner that held the embers to light it. That’s a treasure—you won’t find one of these often.
10 We collected some real treasures in Bluffton, but on the way out the door at Stock Farm Antiques, I saw something very interesting: a beautiful rosewood with applewood inlaid lady’s sewing table (photo #10). English perhaps? Early for sure! Wonderful condition. Maybe it’s Austrian and belonged to Duchess Elizabeth of Hungary, who married Emperor Franz Joseph. Maybe, like the ancient Chinese bowl and the Ansel Adams negatives, it’s worth a fortune. You never know. Happy hunting! The Bluffton Breeze
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luffton has been going through major changes lately: new breweries, new boutiques, new bands and new venues. As 2018 gets underway, I would like to take a few moments to give props to the dedicated local musicians and venues that have made it another great year here in the Lowcountry.
Notes Like Bluffton itself, the local music scene continues to grow and evolve. By Jevon Daly
How great it is to live in an area where Johnny O and Doug Marshall play at local establishments every single week? Guys like Harry Santana are smiling and singing songs they love right down the street from Zack Stiltner doing a gig and flippin’ his flowing locks. And then there’s Whitley Deputy being all smooth when he’s not makin’ videos. And David Carroll with Jarrod Valenti smokin’ on the sax. Mike Schultz and his son are killin’ it. Irritating Julie and their biggest fan, Julie. Liam, I did not forget you and your dad. The Chiggers always put on a fun show. Tim Horan has had bands in the area for 20 years. Savannah E and Chris Broome are doing their thing over here, Brad Wells is rockin’ over there. Daubert, Korbar, Coyne. The cats from La Bodega are always giggin’. Groove Town Assault doesn’t play here enough! Cranford Hollow and Angie Aparao are always pullin’ in the peeps at The Roasting Room. Ben Hughey sings his heart out! Tommy and Trevor’s duo, Ross 2. LCB. NGITW. Jeff Gilmer and Muddycreek, doin’ their thing. I’m just scratching the surface of Bluffton’s growing music scene. Our local music culture includes all kinds of dudes and ladies. Dude looks like a lady sometimes, too, Jani St. James. John Blanken puttin’ on the house shows. Bob Myhre and his two boys are spreading the love. Chris Jones playing guitar, bass, trumpet and crazy fast guitar lickety splits. This is the Bluffton music scene. The Corks-Calhoun’sDispensary-Cheap Seats-Fat Patties-Peaceful Henry’s-Roasting Room-Gastropub-Wing thing. All kinds of us musicians out there rockin’, yachtin’, twangin’ and, most importantly, giving the people their music. Local music fans love going to see their friends, hear their favorite songs and shake their tail feathers. Drink the Bud Lights and Ultras. Dance to some Sublime, skip over to this place and watch homegirl belt it out. The venue owners make it happen. The Bens and Jons and Joshies. The Jordings and Burts. It’s all part of what makes things go bang in the night around here. The bands and bartenders hang out. This is what we have in Bluffton. Is it just getting started? Definitely. What’s to come in 2018? More music, more smiles. I urge all the musicians to learn a few new tunes. Write a song. Make a shirt. Do a request. Tell a bad joke this year. Buy your bud a Bud. Most of all, I just want the music scene to grow. What can you do to help? Support live music. Look for new CDs comin’ out and buy ‘em. All of us make this place what it is. (I’m sure I forgot a few of “us,” and for that I apologize.) Be safe in 2018 and, if you start getting too big of a beer belly, just tell ‘em you’re keepin’ the baby! The Bluffton Breeze
JAN 12 – 13 • 8 PM
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Tony Wendice married his wife for money and plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the "perfect" murder. When the assassin ends up dead, Tony connives to see his wife convicted. Add in a blackmailing scoundrel, a former lover and a police inspector and you have a not-to-be-missed thrilling whodunit.
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The History of Hoppin’ John By Allyson Jones
“Eat poor that day, eat rich for the rest of the year. Rice for riches, peas for peace.” — Traditional Southern saying
Southern dish of black-eyed peas and rice historically eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck, the first written “receipt” for Hoppin’ John appeared in “The Carolina Housewife” (1847), written by Charlestonian Sarah Rutledge. The simple recipe called for one pound of bacon, one pint of peas and one pint of rice cooked in a single pot. The African roots of the dish can be traced to the antebellum rice culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry, where peas and rice have been cooked together for centuries. Tradition dictates that a side of collard greens representing paper money be served with Hoppin’ John to ensure prosperity in the coming year. Several sources also suggest a penny or dime should be placed under the plate or in the dish itself for additional wealth. While most experts agree on the history of Hoppin’ John, they often disagree on the cooking method and even the ingredients. Daufuskie Island native, tour guide, historian, chef and Gullah Diva Sallie Ann Robinson, author of “Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way” and “Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon and
Night,” dispels several myths regarding the recipe. “I know you’ve got a lot of Northerners who make it with black-eyed peas. That is NOT a Southern tradition,” she said. “The traditional Southern peas for Hoppin’ John is red peas. You can quote me on that! Red peas. Some people call them cow peas; some people call them red peas or field peas. Traditionally, you would have to pick your peas.” “Let me tell you the meat that was used,” Sallie Ann continued. “Some people used one or other and some people used a little of all. When I cook mine, I use a variety because it adds the true flavor. I use some ham hocks, some smoked neck bones and some pig tails. Some people put pig’s feet in it, but it varies. Some use fatback, hog maw—some people have even cooked it with chitlins. But those are true, traditional Carolina meats that they use in the dish.” Sallie Ann’s recipe for Hoppin’ John will be included in her third cookbook due out next year, but she carefully explained the traditional Daufuskie Island way to prepare this side dish, which was served immediately following New Year’s Eve Watch Night Services. The Bluffton Breeze
HOPPIN’ JOHN SYMBOLIC MEANINGS: Peas = prosperity, coins or peace Collard greens = paper money Cornbread = gold
Recipe courtesy of Sallie Ann Robinson I don’t wait until New Year’s to cook Hoppin’ John, but a lot of people will wait. I love it to the point, where I say, “Who promised me tomorrow?”
Ingredients: Red Peas, Cow Peas or Field Peas Ham Hocks, Smoked Neck Bones, Pig Tails, Pig’s Feet, Fatback, Hog Maw and/or Chitlins White Rice
Method: Because the smoked meat is salted, what you have to do first is put whatever you are using in a pot to boil for about 30 minutes. What it does is draw off a lot of the salt that the meat holds. Then you pour it off. Then, you add more water, about halfway, and cook it some more for about another 30 minutes. Then, you add your peas. If you buy a package of peas and add water to it, you see a bunch of them float to the top. You have to pour that off—not all of it, but most of it. Cook the peas with the meat until the peas are done. By that time, the meat will be nice and tender as well, especially ham hock because ham hock takes a while to get tender. Once the peas are tender and seasoned—you have to add your salt and pepper to make sure it tastes good—then you wash your rice. You don’t just take your rice and pour it in there. Rinse your rice off twice. And then add the amount that would measure up to the peas to it. Stir it and turn the pot down from high to medium because at this point, as that rice swells, it will also stick. So, you have to make sure that you stir it on occasion, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Another way, the newer way, is instead of cooking it on top of the stove, once you add your rice and mix your peas in it, you can pour it into an aluminum half pan, cover it with foil, stick it in the oven and bake it for about 45 minutes. It cooks it really dry and you have to
stir it on occasion, as well, because rice has to be stirred to cook even when you’re cooking it with the meat. Come back and stir it, even it off and put the foil back on it and let it cook for another 30-45 minutes, until your rice is done. Now, let me tell you this part. The meat you put in it makes it very flavorful. It’s really a nice texture. It’s not dry; it’s very flavorful. To learn more about Sallie Ann Robinson and her cookbooks, sign up for cooking classes or inquire about catering, visit thegullahdiva.com. To make reservations for Sallie Ann’s Native Gullah Tour, contact Tour Daufuskie at (843) 842-9449 or visit tourdaufuskie.com.
DID YOU KNOW? On the morning of New Year’s Day, it’s considered to be good luck if a man walks through your door before a woman. “My mom always knew who was going to walk through the door first,” recalls Sallie Ann Robinson. “It’s a Southern thing.” The Bluffton Breeze
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RESTAURANT GUIDE May River Grill** 1263 May River Rd. (843) 757-5755
Toomers’ Bluffton Seafood House** 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 757-0380
Captain Woody’s 17 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-6222
Choo Choo BBQ Express 129 Burnt Church Rd. (843) 815-7675
The Village Pasta Shoppe** 10 B, Johnston Way (843) 540-2095
Chow Daddy’s – Belfair 15 Towne Center Dr. (843) 757-2469
Agave Side Bar 13 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-9190
Cinco Mexican Grill & Bar 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., 3D (843) 815-2233
Alvin Ord’s of Bluffton 1230 A, May River Rd. (843) 757-1300
Claude & Uli’s Bistro 1533 Fording Island Rd. #302 (843) 837-3336
Amigos Cafe y Cantina 133 Towne Drive (843) 815-8226
Corks Wine Co. 14 Promenade St. #306 (843) 816-5168
Backwater Bill’s 202 Hampton Lake Crossing (843) 8836-7475
Corner Perk 1297 May River Rd. (843) 816-5674
Black Balsam & Blue 1534 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2583
The Cottage 38 Calhoun St. (843) 757-0508
Bluffton BBQ 11 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-7427
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 157 Okatie Center Blvd. N. (843) 706-9545
The Bluffton Room 15 Promenade St. (843) 757-3525
Dolce Vita 163 Bluffton Rd., Ste. F (843) 815-6900
The Brick Chicken 1011 Fording Island Rd. (843) 836-5040
Downtown Deli 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 815-5005
British Open Pub – Bluffton 1 Sherington Dr. #G (843) 815-6736
Farm 1301 May River Rd. (843) 707-2041
Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff 1 Village Park Square (843) 706-6630
Fat Patties 207 Bluffton Rd. (843) 815-6300
Butcher’s Market and Deli 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., Ste. 3G (843) 815-6328
Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill 876 Fording Island Rd., Ste. 1 (843) 706-7280
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen 1055 May River Rd. (843) 757-2921
Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta 25 Bluffton Rd., Ste. 601 (843) 815-9200
Calhoun’s 9 Promenade St. (843) 757-4334
Grind Coffee Roasters 7 Simmonsville Rd. #600 (843) 422-7945
Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill 104 Buckwalter Pl., Ste. 1A (843) 836-5959 HogsHead Kitchen • Wine Bar 1555 Fording Island Rd., Ste. D (843) 837-4647 Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q 872 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-9741 The Juice Hive 14 Johnston Way (843) 757-2899 Katie O’Donald’s 1008 Fording Island Rd. #B (843) 815-5555 Kobe Japanese Restaurant 30 Plantation Park Dr., Ste. 208 (843) 757-6688 Local Pie Bluffton 15 State Of Mind St. (843) 837-7437 Longhorn Steakhouse 1262 Fording Island Rd., Tanger I (843) 705-7001 Mellow Mushroom 878 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-0800 Mi Tierra 27 Mellichamp Dr., Unit 101 (843) 757-7200 Mi Tierrita Okatie
214 Okatie Village Dr., Ste. 101 (843) 705-0925 Mulberry Street Trattoria 1476 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2426 Okatie Ale House 25 William Pope Ct. (843) 706-2537 Old Town Dispensary 15 Captains Cove (843) 837-1893 The Original 46 Gastropub 68 Bluffton Rd. (843) 757-4646 The Pearl Kitchen and Bar 55 Calhoun St. (843) 757-5511 Pour Richard’s 4376 Bluffton Pkwy. (843) 757-1999 (843) 837-1893 Red Fish Bluffton 32 Bruin Rd. (843) 837-8888 Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine 8 Pin Oak St. (843) 757-8111 Salty Dog Bluffton 1414 Fording Island Rd. Tanger Outlet ll (843) 837-3344
Saigon Cafe 1304 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-1800 Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood 12 Sheridan Park Circle (843) 815-5030 Sippin Cow 36 Promenade St. (843) 757-5051 Southern Barrel Brewing Co. 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. (843) 837-2337 Squat ‘N’ Gobble 1231 May River Rd. (843) 757-4242 Stooges Cafe 25 Sherington Dr., Ste. F (843) 706-6178 Truffle’s Cafe 91 Towne Dr. (843) 815-5551 Twisted European Bakery 1253 May River Rd., Unit A (843) 757-0033 Walnuts Café 70 Pennington Dr., Ste. 20 (843) 815-2877 Wild Wings Cafe 1188 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-9453
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in the New
Making positive lifestyle changes is key to long-term success. By Amanda Surowitz
new, healthier lifestyle is often at the top of people’s resolutions for 2018. According to David Simcox, owner of CrossFit May River, one of the biggest misconceptions about shaping up your lifestyle is that you need to change everything all at once.
“I think most fitness resolutions fail because people go from doing nothing to thinking they need to do everything,” he said. “We encourage a gradual change to your lifestyle. We ease people in over a period of time, and it’s more effective.” Before jumping right into a gym membership or a rigorous workout your body isn’t prepared for, start small. Take your dog on longer walks, opt for the stairs and drink more water. Look to programs like CrossFit’s nutritional coaching, which introduces a new, healthy habit every two weeks. Nutrition is the foundation to a healthy life.
“You’re not looking at a quick fix to drop 20 pounds in time for a wedding or something,” David said. “We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle you’ll keep for the next 20 years.” Instead of making drastic and uncomfortable changes to your lifestyle, David suggests asking yourself, “Where do I want to be in a year, or two years?” Then, work on how to take baby steps to make that goal a reality. CrossFit May River is located at 20 Sable Dr. The facility is open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9-10 a.m. For more infor mat ion, c a l l ( 954) 326-8760 or v is it crossf itmay river.c om.
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Published on Jan 1, 2018