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here are times when I like to stand back to take an objective look at The Breeze. That’s not easy to do when you’re the editor. What do people like about us? What do they not like? Are we sharing our philosophy—and our passion for Bluffton—with the readers? Why do you pick the magazine up? Is it the cover or is it curiosity? Are you a first-time reader or a longtime reader? Do you pick it up and thumb through the pages, looking at the pictures? Do you want to know about the events that are going on this month in Bluffton?
I can tell you one thing I do know with absolute certainty. No other magazine in the Lowcountry is as informative and entertaining as The Breeze. Why? Because we constantly have stories and features that you can actually read and enjoy. We have a wide variety of features covering history, environment, music, architecture, health, food and art. We have stories that will bring a smile to your face and brighten your day. Stories that make you feel good. Combine that with photos that tell the story, ads that are attractive and much more. For us, The Breeze is a commitment to our community and to our readers. How do we continue to make this magazine better, month after month? We love to hear from our readers, and we listen to what they are saying. Your participation and comments are important to us. We want to be talked about. We want you to say to a friend, “Hey, did you know that dolphins have hair?” or “Did you read why the South was a critical factor in gaining our freedom from the British?” I am so fortunate to have great writers! To name a few: Andrew Peeples has passed away, but his words are timeless and talk about the Old Bluffton. Michele Roldán-Shaw has written about everything from how to plant your vegetable garden to camping on Cumberland Island. Her work is a passion and the stories tell it. Gene Cashman knows about people and tells stories about family, fun and adventures on the May River while visiting his grandfather during summer vacations. The architecture articles are not just about houses, but about homes. We write about how the vernacular style evolved and how much the weather and environment affect that style. The Breeze is also about giving back to the community, charity and nonprofits. We try to inform you about the Taste of Bluffton, Mayfest, the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival and many more special events throughout the year. We are on the street at every festival, greeting our old friends and making new ones. I’m constantly amazed at how many people collect The Breeze or share them by taking them to assisted living homes. Many of our subscribers are parents who send The Breeze to their children in college, so they won’t forget what Bluffton is all about. Our advertisers are here for a reason. They say The Breeze works for them. They know that by having their ad in the magazine, locals and newcomers feel they are part of this wonderful community we call home and are happy to patronize them. This month is no exception! Enjoy the variety of articles we offer and please let us hear from you. Send us your photos, tell us your story and let our advertiser friends know that you saw them here. As always, thanks for reading The Breeze! 4
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MARCH 2018, VOLUME 16, NO. 3
F E AT U R E S
I Remember Papa
Winter Weather Bomb
History of the Irish in the Lowcountry
Discover Wormsloe Historic Site
Like a Lion
Love on Myrtle Island
St. Pattyâ€™s Day Music
Painting with Fabric
Making Magic at Bluffton Youth Theatre
The Power of Ginger
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Memories Environment History
March Business News Your Corner
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Sport Calendar Home & Garden Inspiration Architecture Tides Music Art Local Scene Restaurant Guide Health
ON THE COVER: Tommy and Connie Reeves Photography by Tom Jenkins Photography, tomjenkinsfilms.com
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Some lessons, even the painful ones, have a way of staying with us for a lifetime.
By Andrew Peeples, “The Bluffton Boy”
y father had a wonderful sense of direction. His 14 children respected it so much that he could say to one, “Go,” and one would go; to another, “Come,” and another would come.
This willingness to accept a way of life in perfect accord with Papa’s directions was a habit dating back to toddling days. For it was then that we began to observe his ability to follow the shortest route from any part of the house to a razor strap hanging on the bathroom wall. When we ceased toddling and commenced walking across the yard to Papa’s store, we were amazed at his directness in getting from his office or the hardware counter to a barrel full of buggywhips conveniently displayed near the candy showcase. If we were playing in the yard or the adjoining store lot, we could only gape
and stare as he negotiated an invisible but straight path to a reachable tree limb laden with switch-size branches, or to a suitable piece of harness leather or hemp rope (sometimes wet) completely hidden beneath a long forgotten trash pile. Never once did we see him travel a devious route to an instrument of persuasion. This extraordinary talent of Papa’s, together with his genius for not mitigating his impressions upon us with any such hypocritical nonsense as “it hurts me, dear child, worse than it does you,” made it comparatively easy for my 13 brothers and sisters and me to regard his sense of direction as infallible. Only twice in my boyhood days can I recall following, or attempting to follow, my own as opposed to his.
watched the scuffle and heard the shocking profanity with which the bully defied his antagonists as they got a firm hold on his arms and legs and carried him belly-up toward the calaboose. Skipping along with the other children in the wake of the disturbance, I was deliriously unmindful that we were heading straight past Papa’s store, that he was standing in the front door, and that I was rapidly approaching the dead center of his vision. “An-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-drew!” Just once he called. But I heard him. I would have heard that parental voice if I had been buried in the cove in back of our house, encased in four inches of armor plate.
The clock on the mantelpiece ticked faster than it had ever ticked before, determined to hasten the moment I wanted forever delayed.
The first time was the afternoon Papa got advance information that the village bully was “full to the gills” and headed for the main street, where our house and stores were located. Papa promptly dispatched orders to the house for the children not to go out the gate for the rest of the day and immediately several of my brothers and I lined up inside the fence, knowing from past experience that sooner or later the bully would get himself arrested and brought past our yard on the way to the calaboose on a side street in the next block.
While we waited, I conceived a brilliant idea. “We can climb over the fence,” I said, “and then we can say we didn’t go out the gate.” My brothers informed me that I was crazy and I restrained my foolish impulse, until other children came running by, yelling for us to come on and see the fun. Then, reason went one way and I the other, over the fence and after those children, ignoring the warning cries of my brothers to come back before Papa saw me. When the marshal and three deputies closed in on the bully in front of the post office, I was there. Bug-eyed, I
For a moment, I froze in my tracks, then sheepishly melted away from the crowd in the street, bleating “Su-h-h!” Papa looked down over his Bismarckian moustache at me and cleared his throat.
“Didn’t I tell you not to go out the gate?” I mumbled something about going over the fence, and Papa cleared his throat again and tossed his head toward the house. “Go to the parlor,” he said, “and wait there till I come.” Like a convicted criminal summoned to the death chamber, I made my way to the parlor. I closed the door and sat in a chair by a window, where I could see my executioner when he should come through the back door of the store and head for his gruesome task. The curtains in the parlor were drawn and the room was so dark I could hardly see the organ on which I practiced my music every day. The mahogany table in the middle of the carpeted floor looked as black as the coal-tar barrel behind the store. The clock on the mantelpiece ticked faster than
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it had ever ticked before, determined to hasten the moment I wanted forever delayed. As I sat there beside the gloomy window, with my head sunk deep into my chest, that God-inspired parlor, where the family gathered every night to sing hymns of hope, read the Holy Bible and pray for the “peace that passeth all understanding,” was as comforting as a Siberian dungeon. At least an hour passed before the fateful moment came. And in that eternity of waiting, I had suffered so much that the lashing I got was but an anticlimax. After it was over, I went to the room shared with three of my brothers, shamed and humiliated because my faulty sense of direction had led me to respect the letter more than the intention of Papa’s law. The second time I moved counter to Papa’s direction, it had nothing to do with a brilliant idea. I was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea and had to make a choice. The devil was a trinity of snakes, rats and setting hen. The deep blue sea was a pair of leather reins in Papa’s hands. I chose the trinity. It began one day when Papa called me to the horse stable and showed me a small hole under the feed trough. “A hen is setting underneath the barn floor,” he said. “Crawl under there and bring her out, and hurry up.” The walls of the barn extended to the ground, excluding all light from the 12-inch space beneath the floor sills; and, to me, that stygian blackness was infested with rats and rattlesnakes, to say nothing of that fowl creature waiting in the dark to peck my eyes out. In a show of obedience which was only a play for time, I fell on my belly and began working industriously at the hole with my hands, trying to make it large enough for somebody (not me) to crawl through. “Please, God,” I prayed silently as I worked,
“Hurry up and send Luke here before it’s too late!” I prayed for my younger brother Luke because he had a penchant for chastising wayward chickens, and I believed he would welcome the opportunity to drag that Plymouth Rock out into the daylight and give her a good switching. Papa cleared his throat, indicating to me that his patience and my time were running out. In desperation, I twisted around from underneath the feed trough and looked up at the moustache glaring down at me. The toe of a shoe nudged me back toward the hole and the moustache said, “That way, son.” I said nothing, but my eyes must have cried defiantly, “I can’t! I won’t!” Papa lifted the bridle off the peg near the door and swung the leather reins over his head and then downward across my back. The shock of that blow and the dread of a torrent of others translated my delaying tactics into forward action. I dug my toes into the ground and shot my body headlong through the hole, completely out of range of those leather reins. The sudden projection of a human body into an environment peculiarly adapted to reptiles and rodents and anti-social fowl must have startled the setting hen into instant flight, for no sooner had I shot in than she shot out, squawking at the top of her lungs and flapping a cloud of dust in my face. Papa yelled for me to come on back and close up the hole, but I was in no hurry. With my eyes, my ears, my nose and my mouth full of dung dust, I was fit to snatch a six-foot rattlesnake by the tail and flail the hide off every beady-eyed rat under that lowdown barn. “Beautiful Bluffton” from Bluffton Boy: The Collected Short Stories of Andrew Peeples, used with permission from Mildred Peeples, daughter of Andrew Peeples.
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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Photo: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
By Amber Hester Kuehn, owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters
he first time I saw snow was in December of 1989. Due to the fact that there are no hills in Bluffton, four-wheelers pulled tubes and hydro-slides attached to ski ropes. Thrilled teens sailed through three inches of snow covering dirt roads. It melted quickly and effortlessly. This time, I’m 43 and own a house with the potential for bursting pipes, heavy snowladen oak limbs overhead and a car with no garage. It was not as fun as I remembered, and it lasted a week! The Weather Channel called it Winter Storm Grayson, named for effect. Meteorologists called it a “bomb cyclone” and “weather bomb,” using the term “bombogenesis.” I call it “the second time I have ever seen snow and hopefully the last!”
Call it whatever you want. The January 2018 East Coast winter storm resulted from the collision of a low-pressure cyclone drawing cold air from the Arctic into the Lower 48, where it met warmer air hovering over the Gulf Stream. Such a “difference of opinion” or tight temperature gradient caused a sudden drop in atmospheric pressure. If the pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours, it is considered “bombogenesis,” creating an angry storm spinning counterclockwise and wreaking havoc on anything in its path. It looks like a hurricane on the radar, but it is formed in a completely different way—and much closer to land. Due to the fact that it strengthens so fast, the result is harsher weather conditions in a shorter period of time. It is usually followed by a polar vortex, with Arctic air escaping from the North Pole. Some scientists believe that the Jet Stream, the air current that separates Arctic air from moderate and tropical temperatures, is becoming unstable. It is strong when temperatures on either side are very dissimilar, but as they start to equalize due to warming of the polar ice caps, the Jet Stream is weaker, resulting in intense weather patterns. Other scientists say that these storms help to redistribute The Bluffton Breeze
pockets of heat and cold more evenly around the globe. Things seem to be bombing more often. In recent years, we have experienced average rainfall amounts, but they are “rain bombs,” a large amount of rainfall in a short amount of time with longer intervals between storms. “Don’t confuse weather—which is a few days or weeks in one region— with climate, which is years and decades and global,” said Jason Furtado, a University of Oklahoma meteorology professor. “Weather is like a person’s mood, which changes frequently, while climate is like someone’s personality, which is more long-term.” Yet, your mood can be a reflection of your personality. Our planet is dynamic and we cannot expect it to stay the same when we are changing the landscape so rapidly. According to global temperature data, the 10 hottest summers on record, in order, with 2016 being the warmest, are: 2007, 1998, 2009, 2013, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2015 and 2016. Sea level rise resulting from melting ice caps cannot be ignored. Coastal communities will be forced to renourish beaches more often and build up low-lying urban areas. Storms will be larger and more intense. Being informed about the subject is the least we can do. Participating in environmentally sustainable programs, such as bringing your shopping bags to the grocery store and recycling, can be your contribution to reducing waste in landfills. I think of these small efforts as taking a little load off a planet that has bigger things to hash out. Every little bit counts.
Reports of iguanas falling from trees and hundreds of sea turtles washing up cold stunned in the Gulf were not encouraging. However, only one sea turtle (“Snow” is recovering at the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center) and one manatee succumbed to cold water temperatures dipping to 38 degrees in Beaufort County. Several spotted sea trout were lost to the extended cold snap, and I presume that many crustaceans also suffered significantly. On the plus side, palmetto bugs took a hit. 14
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History of the Irish in the Lowcountry
he Irish influence extends far beyond St. Patrick’s Day.
Ever since William Mullins and Christopher Martin, America’s first Irish pilgrims, sailed to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620, America has been enriched by the Irish people.
By Allison Hersh
When British General James Oglethorpe first colonized Savannah in 1733, the Irish were among the first group of permanent settlers in Georgia. Included in those who were awarded town lots, gardens and farms in Savannah by the Trustees were at least 10 Ireland-born colonists.
Fleeing a life of persecution and famine on the Emerald Isle, the Irish came to America, like most immigrants, to build a better life. The collective impact they have had on our nation has been profound, not only culturally but materially, and has been particularly influential in shaping the modern American South. In his essay “The Irish Influence in Early Atlanta,” historian John Harrison explained that “at least one-third, perhaps more, of our Southern people are of Irish lineage.” With the exception of New Orleans, which was the primary Southern port through which the Irish emigrated, perhaps no region of the American South has been impacted as greatly by the Irish as the Lowcountry.
The first major wave of Irish immigration to the Lowcountry occurred in the late 18th and early 19th century. “During that period, the Irish that came to the South were more prosperous,” explained Jim Buttimer, the former historian for the Savannah chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a local expert of Irish history. “They were basically wealthy Protestant landholders in Ireland.” Many of the Lowcountry’s residents of Irish descent trace their roots to County Wexford, an area which had a direct shipping line to Savannah, or from neighboring Cork, Mayo or Kerry Counties. These rural areas in southern Ireland were hit hardest by the Potato Famine of 1845, which led to the starvation of millions of Ireland’s population. Countless Irish exiles subsequently emigrated to North America in the mid-19th century, seeking work. The Irish generally gravitated to urban environments, where work was more plentiful and community more tightly woven. In his book The Irish Diaspora in America, Lawrence J. McCaffrey observed that “American cities were rough, tough, corrupt, dirty, violent and unhealthy places to live, but the extroverted Irish found such urban areas congenial because they could live close to ethnic friends and neighbors.” The Irish settled in Savannah and further north in Charleston, where immigrants tipped the racial balance of the city in the 1840s to a white majority for the first time in its history. Charleston was a “more aristocratic” city than Savannah, by some standards. Where Savannah was more fluid and tolerant of foreigners, Charleston was relatively less so and most of the city’s Irish community eventually moved on to other places. Until 1800, direct immigration from Belfast and Larne, Ireland, flowed regularly into Charleston’s harbor. “Scarcely a ship sailed from any of Ireland’s ports for Charleston,” observed Charlestonian David Ramsey in his historic 18th century journal, “that was not crowded with men, women and children.” In his essay “A New Look at Old South Urbanization,” Christopher Silver examined the influence of the Irish workforce in Charleston from 1840 to 1860. “As free laborers in a slave society,” he observes, “Irish immigrants possessed more than a symbolic importance. The sudden emergence of an immigrant working-class element in Charleston was perceived by some as the first front in an assault against sacred Southern institutions.” The Irish competed with freed slaves for artisan and semi-skilled labor in Charleston, but many Irish found the city offered far less social and economic
mobility than they had hoped. “Crowded into the lowest rung of Charleston’s occupational hierarchy, and confronted on all sides with competition for the city’s limited employment opportunities,” Silver summarized, “Irish immigrants faced a precarious existence in this Southern port.” In Savannah, Irish immigrants resided largely in Savannah’s poor sections to the east and west of the historic district, living side-by-side with the city’s free blacks after the Civil War. Malnutrition and diseases like yellow fever were rampant, however, and the Irish had the highest mortality rate of any immigrant group. At that time, the majority of the Irish workforce in Charleston and Savannah were laborers, working in construction, unloading cargo along the riverfront, and taking jobs that were considered too dangerous or hazardous for slaves. “Within a generation,” said Buttimer, “you had them moving up the ladder to be grocers or bar owners or to perform semi-skilled, artisan work.” In the years since, the Irish have become a vital part of the Lowcountry’s political, cultural and social landscape. They have made innumerable contributions not only to the region’s infrastructure but to its unique cultural blend. When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, take a moment to celebrate the impact that Irish immigration has had upon the composition, the texture and the culture of the Lowcountry. The Bluffton Breeze
Mark Your Calendar The Celtic Tenors Live in Concert March 7-8 – 8 p.m. Don’t miss this night to remember with beautiful Celtic songs like “Danny Boy” and other classics. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island Tickets and more info: artshhi.com
35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hilton Head Island Sunday, March 11 – 3 p.m. The parade will start at the Beach Parking Lot onto Pope Ave. across from Lagoon Rd. and will continue along Pope Ave., making a left onto Office Park Rd. before ending at Park Plaza. More info: hiltonheadireland.org
2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Savannah Saturday, March 17 – 10:15 a.m. One of America’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parades will be held rain or shine, winding through Savannah’s scenic National Landmark Historic District. More info: savannahsaintpatricksday.com/parade-info
Irish Beef Stew • • • • • • • • •
2 lbs. Beef Tenderloin 3 Tblsp. Beef Flavoring 1 tsp. Garlic Powder 1 ½ tsp. Black Pepper 1 tsp. Sugar 3 Bay Leaves 2 Large Onions, chopped 1 lb. Carrots, diced 2 lbs. White Potatoes, peeled and sliced • 3 Celery Stalks, diced • 6 oz. Can of Tomato Sauce • 1 ½ qt. Water Sauté beef with seasonings for approximately 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, all vegetables and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with Irish brown bread. Serves 4. -Recipe provided courtesy of Kevin Barry’s Pub on River Street, Savannah, GA.
A St. Patrick’s Day Feast Each March, the Lowcountry celebrates its Irish roots with elaborate parades and festivities. Although St. Patrick’s Day was originally celebrated in Ireland as a religious holiday, the holiday has a much more secular feel in South Carolina, with green beer – and even green grits – flowing all day long. Ireland’s cuisine, of course, has much more authentic origins, with hearty meals of meat, potatoes and vegetables forming staples of the Irish diet. From Cottage Pie to Irish Stew, the rich flavors of the Emerald Isle come to life in these delicious recipes that would make St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, proud. This menu is guaranteed to make any St. Patrick’s Day celebration a festive one for your friends and family. Keep an eye out for leprechauns this season and enjoy a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Erin Go Bragh!
Cottage Pie • • • • • • •
1 lb. Ground Chuck 2 cups Mushroom Gravy 4 cups Peas 3 Large Potatoes, peeled ½ cup Milk ¼ cup Butter ½ lb. Cheddar Cheese
Brown ground chuck in a pan. Drain grease and add mushroom gravy. Place in large crock. Meanwhile, mash potatoes with milk and butter in a separate bowl. Place uncooked peas on top of meat. Carefully layer mashed potatoes on top of peas. Grate cheddar cheese on top of potatoes. Brown entire dish, uncovered, in hot oven until cheese is fully melted. Serves 4. Recipe provided courtesy of Reilley’s North End Pub, Hilton Head Island, SC 18
Old Fashioned Irish Coffee • Lemon and Sugar • 4 oz. Irish Whisky • 4 cups Black Coffee, hot • 8 tsp. Sugar • 8 Tblsp. Lightly Whipped Cream Rub lemon slice around rim of glass mugs. Dip glass in sugar to coat rim of glass. Pour in 1 cup hot coffee to each glass, add 2 tsp. sugar to each glass and stir. Add dose of whiskey to each glass. Spoon whipped cream on top of each serving of coffee. Serves 4.
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BUSINESS NEWS These companies are proud to serve the Bluffton community. Bluffton Therapeutic Massage, LLC Chantel Tai has more than 11 years of experience with a variety of massage therapy techniques. Bluffton Therapeutic Massage, LLC offers various services, as well as a custom therapeutic massage, to help soothe overworked muscles and to encourage relaxation. 23 Plantation Park Dr., Suite 203 (843) 298-0360 facebook.com/blufftontheramassage
Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Wild Wings is set to start serving at its new location at Kittie’s Crossing in early March. Enjoy beer and wings while you watch sports with family and friends. 25 Bluffton Rd. buffalowildwings.com
Downtown Catering and Downtown Deli Downtown Catering and Downtown Deli plans to move into its new location in the Dollar General shopping complex on May River Rd. 20
on May 1 and will include a new event space. The deli will expand its menu options, offering a wide range of tasty choices. Current location: 27 Doctor Mellinchamp Dr. New location: 1225 May River Rd. (843) 815-5335 downtowncateringcompany.com
First Watch – The Daytime Café First Watch’s curated menu takes an elevated approach to traditional and innovative offerings, serving madeto-order cuisine using farmfresh ingredients. This new restaurant offers healthy, flavorful favorites like house-made granola and pico de gallo, as well as organic greens, house-roasted vegetables and cage-free eggs. 1121 Fording Island Rd. (843) 836-3333 firstwatch.com
Planet Fitness Planet Fitness will open a new gym in Bluffton this fall in the space vacated by Bi-Lo last year. The facility will feature state-of-theart fitness equipment, massage chairs, HydroMassage beds and tanning. 50 Burnt Church Rd. planetfitness.com
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This Savannah treasure offers a glimpse into three centuries of history. By Allison Hersh Photos by Andrea Six
he iconic, tree-lined entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah, which graced the cover of Gregg Allman’s “Low Country Blues” album, evokes a different era, turning back the hands of time to colonial Georgia. Drive down this majestic rural avenue, lined on either side by more than 400 stately live oak trees, to explore one of the South’s most scenic historic treasures. Wormsloe includes the only standing architectural remnant in Savannah from the founding of Georgia. The former home and plantation of Noble Jones, one of the original colonists who arrived in Savannah with General James Oglethorpe in 1733, Wormsloe offers a glimpse into the lives of Georgia’s earliest European settlers. The Jones’ house was originally constructed of “tabby,” a mixture of sand, water, lime and oyster shells. Many of the oyster shells used to build the house came from shell mounds left behind from ancient Native American settlements on the site thousands of years earlier.
Family Burial Site
The tabby ruins of the original Jones’ house lie nestled within 822 acres of Georgia forest, sheltered by peaceful marshes to the east and the south. When the Jones family lived at Wormsloe in the mid1700s, their home was strategically fortified by eight-foot-tall tabby walls to protect Jones and his family from Spanish or Indian attack. An enormous stone monument and a wrought iron fence mark the first family burial site at Wormsloe. Noble Jones was buried at Wormsloe in 1775, alongside his wife Sarah, and later their youngest son Inigo. In 1875, George Wymberley Jones DeRenne, 22
Colonial Life Area
a descendent of Noble and Sarah Jones, had Noble Jones’s remains moved to another cemetery and subsequently placed the monument “to save from oblivion the graves of his kindred.” Wormsloe also features a Colonial Life Area, representing some of the typical outbuildings on the property and information about the gardens and crops grown at Wormsloe in the 18th century. A three-mile, dog-friendly nature loop is ideal for hiking and provides spectacular water views. Located on Skidaway Road on the Isle of Hope in Savannah, Wormsloe Historic Site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $4.50 for children ages 6-17 and $2 for children under 6. For more information, visit gastateparks.org/Wormsloe.
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One Bluffton resident enjoys the freedom of life on the water, casting a line for red drum, bass, trout and flounder.
By Amanda Surowitz ith easy access to inshore waters and to the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no secret that Bluffton is a great place to go fishing. Local residents like Nancy Howes love to take advantage of good weather by getting out on the water and casting a line. Nancy’s grandfather taught her how to fish when she lived in New Hampshire, and she’s been fishing in and around Bluffton for the past 40 years. “I’ve been fishing since I was real little,” she said. “My grandfather took me as soon as I was big enough to help carry the canoe.” The best advice he gave her when angling for your meal? “Pay attention. If you’re not paying attention, you could miss a good bite or a good fish.”
“If the fish is a good size and it’s legal, it’ll taste good,” she explained. “Trout is sweet. Redfish is good, too. It all depends on who you’re with and how you cook it. There’s a lot of saltwater out there and fish to be had.”
It’s hard for Nancy to pick a favorite catch, since there are so many freshwater and saltwater species in the area. She’s reeled in bass, flounder, trout and red drum inshore, and she loves fishing offshore with friends for cobia. Between September and December, she also casts her net for shrimp.
For Nancy, spring and summer are ideal seasons for fishing, though many summer days in the Southern heat are too hot to spend an afternoon on the water. Nancy loves the fact that fall offers “the really good” fishing, as well as milder temperatures.
The bottom line: if she can’t take it home and eat it, she’s not fishing for it.
“It’s nice to be out there,” she said with a smile. “I love the peace and quiet. Nobody telling you what to do or how do it.”
Whatever the season, the catch or the company, the the fish are always biting in the Lowcountry.
When Hilton Head Islander Kelly Stroud Spinella couldnâ€™t find the right clothing for female anglers, she took matters into her own hands and launched Ladyfish in April 2014. Perfect for fishing, boating and other outdoor activities, Ladyfish offers a line of high-performance clothing designed for the female body. Popular items include t-shirts, tank tops, hats and long-sleeved Ultraviolet Protection Factor shirts. As a bonus, the long-sleeved shirts are made with an antimicrobial, moisture-wicking fabric that keeps anglers cool and protected from the sun, even in the summer heat. Learn more at ladyfish.com.
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*Please call the listed phone numbers to confirm dates, times and locations.
March 1-30: “Historic Bluffton: Paintings from the Archives,” an exhibition of watercolors by Alexandra Sharma, featuring iconic old-time Bluffton, is on display at the Bluffton Branch Library. “Rose Hill Plantation House: The Intriguing History” with local historian Iva Welton on March 6, 2-4 p.m. 120 Palmetto Way. (843) 255-6503 or heywardhouse.org. March 1-4: “Artistic Musings,” an exhibition of watercolor and mixed media art by local artist Joan Wykis, is on display at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) Gallery. Opening Reception on February 11 from 3-5 p.m. 6 Church St. (843) 757-6586 or sobagallery.com.
is $20. 110 Malphrus Rd. (843) 837-3330 or uulowcountry.org. March 15-17: Bluffton Youth Theatre presents “Mary Poppins, Jr.” at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre. Thurs. & Fri. at 7 p.m.; Sat. at 2 & 7 p.m. 3000 Main St. (843) 422-9660 or blufftonyouththeatre.org. March 16-18: 2018 Lowcountry Home & Garden Show, presented by the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association at the Buckwalter Recreation Center. 905 Buckwalter Pkwy. (843) 681-9240 or lowcountryhomeandgardenshow.com.
March 4: Palmetto Bluff Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, hosted by the Palmetto Running Company to benefit the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. After Party with live music, free beer and more. 19 Village Park Sq. (843) 815-1718 or palmettobluff.com.
March 19-24: Artists in Residence at Palmetto Bluff: Mick Matricciano of Cannonborough Beverage Co. in Moreland Village’s Artist Cottage. Stop by the Artist Cottage, Tues.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to meet the Artist in Residence, a collaboration between Garden & Gun magazine and Palmetto Bluff. 753 Old Moreland Rd. palmettobluff.com.
March 6-April 1: 24th Annual Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) Judged Show in the SoBA Gallery. The competition is open to all artists residing in the Lowcountry. Opening Reception & Awards on March 7, 5-7 p.m. 6 Church St. (843) 757-6586 or sobagallery.com.
March 19: “Our Hidden Treasures – The Allen Lockwood House and the Squire Pope Cottage” lecture with Carolyn Coppola at Farm Bluffton followed by dinner, 5:30 p.m. 1301 May River Rd. (843) 707-7610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 6-8: Three-Day Art Workshop led by award-winning artist and SoBA Judged Show judge Linda St. Clair at the SoBA Center for Creative Arts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pre-registration required. 6 Church St. (843) 757-6586 or sobagallery.com.
March 22-April 11: 4th Annual Sculpture Show at Four Corners Fine Art & Framing in Old Town Bluffton. Opening Reception on March 22, 5-7:30 p.m. 1263-B May River Rd. (843) 757-8185 or fourcornersgallerybluffton.com.
March 10: Music on Malphrus: An Acoustic Listening Room featuring Harpeth Rising at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 7 p.m. General admission
HILTON HEAD ISLAND
March 3: Oyster Roast at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, 1-5 p.m. All-you-can-
eat oysters with other menu items available from Melly Mel’s for an additional fee. Tickets are $25. Parking is available at the Boys & Girls Club, 12 Georgianna Dr. (843) 681-3254 or gullahmuseumhhi.org. March 5-March 11: 33rd Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival in The Sea Pines Resort. Celebrity chef showcases and cooking classes, wine education sessions, live entertainment, a Friday Night Grand Tasting and the Saturday Public Tasting in the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. hiltonheadwineandfood.com. March 7-8: The Celtic Tenors perform at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m. A night to remember with beautiful Celtic songs. 14 Shelter Cove Ln. (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com. March 8-12: “Bravo Piano! A Festival from Bach to Brubeck,” hosted by the Hilton Head International Piano Competition at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, All Saints Episcopal Church and The Jazz Corner. 2 Grasslawn Ave. (843) 842-5880 or hhipc.org. March 11: 35th Anniversary Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 3 p.m. Hundreds of floats, bands, marching units, civic and community groups will march down Pope Avenue and finish at Park Plaza. hiltonheadireland.org. March 12: William P. Stevens Pro Am Golf Classic to benefit Volunteers in Medicine on the Wexford Plantation Golf Course. Preregistration is required. 111 Wexford Club Dr. (843) 681-6612 or vimclinic.org. March 16: The Hilton Head Choral Society presents “Sounds of Austria” at First Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m. The musical journey begins with Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant and celebratory “Coronation Mass” and ends with music from “The Sound of Music.” 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. For tickets, call (843) 341-3818 or visithiltonheadchoralsociety.org. March 17: 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Shamrock 5K Run & Health Walk, presented by Coligny Plaza in front of New York City Pizza in Heritage Plaza, 8 a.m. Post-Race Block Party at New York City Pizza. 81 Pope Ave. (843) 757-8520 or bearfootsports.com. March 22-24: Black Jacket Symphony presents “Queen – A Night at the Opera” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m. 14 Shelter Cove Ln. For tickets, call (843) 842-2787 or visit artshhi.com. March 23-24: 22nd Annual Hilton Head Wingfest, hosted by the Island Rec. Center at Shelter Cove Community Park. Fri., 5:308:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 39 Shelter Cove Ln. (843) 681-7273 or hiltonheadwingfest.com. March 23-24: Quilt Festival 2018 presented by the Palmetto Quilt Guild at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort. The 14th biennial quilt show features over 150 quilts, Vintage Marketplace, silent auction, raffle quilt and more. The show is open Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $10. 40 Folly Field Rd. palmettoquiltguild.org. March 24: World’s Largest Yard Sale hosted by The Island Packet in the parking lot at Hilton Head Island High School, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free. 70 Wilborn Rd. (843) 689-4811 or islandpacket.com/yardsale. March 25-26: The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents “Three Centuries of Romanticism” featuring Bella Hristova on violin at First Presbyterian Church. Sun. at 6 p.m.; Mon. at 8 p.m. 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. For tickets, call (843) 842-2055 or visit hhso.org. March 31: Party in the Pines in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 4:30-7:30 p.m. A picnic-themed menu, live music and family fun to benefit the Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation. Advance ticket purchase required. (843) 671-1343 or seapinesforestpreserve.org. March 31: Cirque-tacular Entertainment’s “World” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m. An off-beat, farcical trip around the globe with elite acrobats, artists and one-of-a-kind originals creating a quirky, exciting acrobatic show. 14 Shelter Cove Ln. For tickets, call (843) 842-2787 or
HARDEEVILLE March 10-11: Low Country Pow Wow and Cultural Festival at Millstone Landing in Hardeeville, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Native American dancing, storytellers, a period encampment, food, crafts, demonstrations and vendors. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; free for ages 5 and under. 55 Millstone Landing Rd. (843) 384-5551 or (912) 312-5538.
BEAUFORT March 3: AJ Croce in concert at USCB Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce performs his genre-spanning music from Top 40 to Americana. 805 Carteret St. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com. March 4: 2nd Annual March Forth on March Fourth, hosted by the Pat Conroy Literary Center in the Penn Center’s Frissell Community House on St. Helena Island, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A day of learning commemorating the second anniversary of Pat Conroy’s death and celebrating nature, poetry, fiction and fellowship among writers and readers. 16 Penn Center Circle E. patconroyliterarycenter.org. March 4: USCB Chamber Music Concert Series at USCB Center for the Arts, 5 p.m. Pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Chee-Yun and cellist Edward Aaron perform works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. 805 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or uscb.edu/chambermusic. March 17: Beaufort Architects’ Tour of Homes to benefit the Historic Beaufort Foundation. A celebration of the creative and distinctive contemporary Lowcountry architecture. Reservations are recommended. (843) 379-3331 or historicbeaufort.org. March 24: “The Discovery and First Excavations of Santa Elena” with John Goldsborough and Larry Rowland at the Santa Elena History Center, 1:30-3 p.m. An overview of Spanish attempts to settle La Florida. 1501 Bay St. (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org.
March 10: Craft Brew Races at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island, 2 p.m. A 5K road race followed by a local craft beer festival. 1 International Dr. (401) 318-2991 or craftbrewraces.com/savannah. March 10: Spring Celebration & Sheep Shearing with the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for children. 711 Sandtown Rd. (912) 395-1212 or oatlandisland.org. March 17: 2018 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at the corner of Gwinnett and Abercorn Streets, 10:15 a.m. One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the country, winding through the Historic District. (912) 233-4804 or savannahsaintpatricksday.com. March 22-25: 83rd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, presented by the Women of Christ Church Anglican and Historic Savannah Foundation, in cooperation with the Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent Garden Club. (912) 234-8054 or savannahtourofhomes.org. March 23-25: Southern Women’s Show at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Fri., 10 a.m.8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Shopping, food, health, beauty, fashion and fun at hundreds of boutiques with fashion shows, chefs and celebrity guests. Admission is $10 at the door. 1 International Dr. (800) 849-0248 or southernshows.com/wsa. March 25: Flannery O’Connor Annual Birthday Parade and Street Fair in Lafayette Square, 1-4 p.m. A celebration of the acclaimed author and Savannah native with live music, a wacky parade, local authors and more. The parade starts at 3 p.m.; costumes inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s characters and settings are encouraged. The parade and admission into Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home are free. 207 East Charlton St. (912) 233-6014 or flanneryoconnorhome.org.
March 26-April 1: The Savannah Golf Championship, a new PGA Tour Web.com event, on the Deer Creek Golf Course at The Landings Club. (912) 527-6041 or savannahgolfchampionship.com.
March 8-10: Savannah Stopover Music Festival at various venues. A convenient and relaxing place for traveling musicians to perform on their way to Austin’s prestigious SXSW Music Conference. (478) 254-0888 or savannahstopover.com.
March 29-April 14: 29th Annual Savannah Music Festival at various venues throughout the city. Georgia’s largest musical arts event features more than 100 productions with 500 of the world’s finest musicians. (912) 5255050 or savannahmusicfestival.org.
The Bluffton Breeze
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HOME & GARDEN
Learn how to make the most of your garden this season. By Michele RoldĂĄn-Shaw Another delicious springtime in the Lowcountry!
Heady scents of honeysuckle, wisteria, Carolina jessamine and fresh winds off the water combine to perfume the air. Azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, and showers of brown leaves filter down from the live oaks. Faint wafts of a smoky yard waste fire drift by to remind you that itâ€™s time to work in the yard.
here are many reasons to get your hands in the earth this year, from the health benefits of fresh herbs and vegetables to the ecological impact of native plants and butterfly habitats. This month, The Breeze rounds up expert opinions on gardening in the Lowcountry.
Vegetables Whether out of need, love or tradition, Bluffton residents tend vegetable plots. Passersby admire their tidy collard rows, tall okra stalks, pea and bean patches and loaded lemon and fig trees; friends get bags of outof-control cucumbers or yellow squash. People who don’t grown their own buy from local vendors. “People in Bluffton appreciate good vegetables straight from the garden,” said Farmer Joe King, a regular fixture at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market. “It does something to their spirits. Fresh peas and butterbeans are the most popular crop. If people could have them year-round, they would.” Bluffton’s long growing season makes it possible to cultivate a wide array of vegetables, but it’s important to know what to plant and when. To learn what’s going in the ground this spring, we consulted Farmer Joe. Here are his best suggestions: Garden peas/English peas: one of the most popular crops in spring. String beans, pole beans, roma beans: plant in March Red potatoes, Irish potatoes, onions, garlic, leeks: plant in early March (or sooner) Collards, mustards, kale, cabbage, turnips, rutabagas, Swiss chard, spinach, lettuce: all these greens grow throughout winter; the cold doesn’t bother them. Some, such as lettuce and mustards, can’t tolerate any heat, but collards and kale often run right through May Broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, carrots, beets: plant in March Sweet corn, sweet potatoes: plant between hot and cold seasons, in early or late April Peas (black eye, crowder, zipper, etc.), butterbeans, okra, tomatoes, eggplants, melons, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peanuts, all types of peppers: wait until the weather gets warm in May
Herbs As the holistic health movement sweeps the nation, more and more people are turning to natural remedies to avoid pharmaceuticals. Why not grow a few of your own? Even if you just want mint leaves to throw in your sweet tea, the health benefits of fresh herbs are considerable. “Gardening is a way to connect to our soul’s purpose, which is to live, be happy, be healthy and help each other,” said local iridologist and herbalist Amy Spadafora-Thompson. “When we grow herbs and bring them into our bodies, it’s a way to take personal responsibility for our health, then that radiates out into the universe. We are each other’s healing.” Amy explains that it’s important to use organic gardening methods. The Bluffton Breeze
“Herbs don’t like synthetic fertilizers or acidic soil,” she said. “They like sweet (alkaline) well-drained soil, and they thrive when fertilized with liquid seaweed, kelp or fish emulsion. Healthy soil equals healthy plants, which equals more health benefits for us.” Amy facilitates a gardening program at May River Montessori, where the students have built raised beds and a medicine wheel garden. They’ve planted, tended, harvested, prepped and consumed veggies and have created a certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. Amy also has her own herbal tea and health consulting business, Harmonic Infusions. She shared with The Breeze essential herbs to have on hand in the garden for cooking and health. Here are a few of her favorites: Rosemary: Perennial, full sun, deer resistant, use fresh or dry. Great to add to potatoes and to meat because it helps break down the proteins for digestion. Rosemary tea increases mental clarity, and a strong brew also makes a great hair rinse. Oregano: Perennial, full sun, deer resistant, use fresh or dry. Immune booster, helps prevent colds, warming, aids digestion. Great in any dish! Basil: Annual, full sun, deer resistant. Wait until you’ve filed taxes before planting! Basil needs warm nights. Make pesto, add fresh leaves to salad, sprinkle generously over every meal. Aids digestion, nourishes and restores the nervous system, calms anxiety and reduces mental chatter. Parsley: Biennial (lasts 2 years), full sun, deer will nibble. Use fresh, not very beneficial when dried. Juice leaves or sprinkle in salad. Cleansing, detoxifying, extremely high in Vitamin C. Mint: Perennial, full sun, deer resistant, use fresh or dry. Great in salads. Tea prevents colds (or soothes if you already have one) and is great for upper respiratory infections. Chewing fresh leaves relieves nausea and upset stomach.
Flowers and Ornamentals Bluffton’s subtropical climate lends itself to creating lush, attractive environments full of greenery and punctuated by pops of color. “Generally, you want to please yourself,” said expert gardener and native Blufftonian Ben Turner. “You also want to see something blooming every time you look in an area and plan so that when one thing goes down, the next blooms.” Start with your evergreens to provide the background, Ben says, such as the classic azalea, which comes in a range of colors and sizes. He calls Camellia “queen of the garden,” thanks to its beautiful waxy leaves and winter blooms. Mix in annuals like pansies, geraniums and impatiens and look for plants with extended blooms times, such as lantana that peaks in late summer and is very attractive to butterflies. Go to a good locally based nursery where someone is on hand who knows about plants and choose from what they have available. It’s important to get things in the ground before the weather starts cranking up to 90-degree temperatures. “Our heat is more than what they think it is,” advised Ben. “Read the tags, and don’t get something that can’t handle the sun.” Tulips, for example, never do well here, but there are lots of sages and salvias that can stand up to the heat and will bloom in late summer or early fall. Try variegated plants for color and texture and consider cannas and elephant ears. Decorative grass is another great way to add interest and break up a pattern. 30
“Look in magazines and see how the pros arrange flowers,” Ben advised. “Your garden is just a giant flower arrangement!” For fragrance, you can plant roses this month or aromatic climbers such as Confederate jasmine, honeysuckle and wisteria, especially if you have a structure, like a tree, in your yard. “If there is a patch of lawn that never grows right, it probably doesn’t get enough sun,” Ben said. “Turn it into a flower bed! Ground covers are a great solution. St. John’s wort, which has pretty little flowers, does well here, is easy to control and goes great under live oaks. Another idea is blueberry shrubs.” Finally, Ben recommends testing your soil to see what it needs before you just start throwing stuff in. However, adding nutrients with manure or mushroom compost is usually a safe bet. He also recommends watching the South Carolina ETV program “Making It Grow.”
General Landscaping The Annual Lowcountry Home and Garden Show this month may be just what you need to get inspired for your yard. At 33 years and running, it’s the largest home and garden trade show in the Lowcountry, with more than 100 exhibitors, from pavers and pest control experts to tree-trimmers and pool companies. It runs in conjunction with the popular Parade of Homes Tour so that you can get inspired by what others are doing in Beaufort County. “It’s a nice way for people to get out and get ready for spring, to start brightening up the front porch,” said Meg James, executive officer of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association. “We invite master gardeners from Clemson Extension to put on daily seminars, and we have workshops by Taylor’s Landscape Supply and Nursery. Somebody will talk about what spring flowers to plant, somebody else will talk about how to get rid of moles—the topics are always relevant, and it’s free. Whether you’re a prospective homebuyer or a homeowner in search of ideas and inspiration, the Lowcountry Home and Garden Show is the place to start.”
If You Go What: Lowcountry Home and Garden Show When: March 16-18, 2018 Where: Buckwalter Recreation Complex
905 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton
Admission: Free More info: lowcountryhomeandgardenshow.com
The Bluffton Breeze
Like a Lion
Spring, like life, can be full of surprises. By Gene Cashman
he morning was quiet, save the occasional birdsong or burst of chilly wind that raised the hood on the back of Firm’s windbreaker.
He stood alone, resting his weight on the handle of his garden hoe, in no particular hurry to turn more earth. He gazed up at the contrails of a distant jetliner. He didn’t wonder where it was going, though. No, he didn’t have much need for that, seeing as he’d never been west of the Savannah River himself and certainly not too much further east of the Port Royal Sound than a sandbar or two. He just watched as the plane inched its way across the pale blue sky, his attention finally broken by a car passing by. He nodded his head and, as if remembering his task, quickly proceeded with his stiff and robotic movements, hacking and scrapping at the dirt before him. “Firm” a voice called out from around the corner of the house. “Firm, where are you?” Firm instinctively stopped his work and began walking towards the voice. “Yes ma’am,” he responded, “just round da corner here.” Mrs. Ann stood before him in a London Fog coat, with a plaid scarf around her head, tied at her chin. She was a bundle of expectation and energy, carrying on one arm a plastic grocery bag and cradling flowers wrapped in cellophane with the other.
“I need your help,” she said with enthusiasm as she handed him the flowers. “Yes, ma’am, I see you do,” he replied and followed her to the garage. A large white Cadillac, covered with a thin layer of yellow green pollen, idled in the driveway. The driver’s door was wide open. Peering in, Firm could see plastic shopping bags lining the back seat. “All those need to go to the kitchen,” Ann said, “and the trunk needs to be unloaded, too.” Firm remarked to himself that today was one of Mrs. Ann’s good days. He leaned in to turn off the car before fiddling with the keys at the lock to the trunk, finally settling on the square key. Bags of mulch and flats of colorful flowers lay tossed about in the cavernous trunk. It appeared Ann had taken a turn or two quite hard. Everyone worried about her driving except Ann. Carefully, he reached in and pulled out some of the more damaged flowers, straightening them only to see their broken stems and leaves again fall limp. He set the flowers to the side and went back to the grocery bags, as he noticed Ann was laboring back and forth from the car to the house.
“Mrs. Ann,” he called out, “set them bags down.” But Ann paid him no mind. “Look here,” he fussed, walking towards her, his large hands reaching for the bags. “Mr. Tom will be cross. You know you shouldn’t carry on like that.” Ann stopped and turned. She glared at him with a crinkled nose and pursed lips. Firm knew he’d angered her. The two things she didn’t like were to be under one’s thumb or under another’s care. Her glare said enough. The two labored on in silence together, but with Firm taking more than his share, until all the bags were in the house. The kitchen was dark and the house so still, save the rustling of plastic bags, that the air felt heavy with a dusty longing.
do it.” She fussed, “Well, I am not getting another cat.” He chuckled, remembering the tabby she fed one spring to kill moles. She ended up with moles and a bunch of stray cats. He ended up having to transport about a dozen cats to a lady near Beaufort. There were always some hijinks associated with Mrs. Ann. Firm liked that about her.
Firm replaced last week’s bouquet with the fresh bundle and then stepped past her and towards the small knotty pine den off the kitchen. “Afta’noon, sir,” he called out in the direction of a raised newspaper. There was no response. He repeated his salutation, only much louder. The paper came down quickly, as if its reader were suddenly startled.
“How long we been at it?” she quizzed. Firm thought and thought. “I reckon, goin’ on 40 years.” Ann laughed. “No, no,” she cackled. “I meant this afternoon?” Firm blushed, but she couldn’t tell. “You believe we’ve seen the last frost?” he asked to change the subject.
Mr. Tom patted his chest and tummy for his glasses and raised them and his eyes to Firm. “Oh, hello,” he chuckled upon realizing it was Firm. “I’ve gotten lost again in my papers.” Firm stepped back outside. The air was cooler than he remembered, perhaps due to the stuffiness of the house. While the air smelled of rain before a storm, there were no threatening clouds to be seen. He walked back to the flower bed, stretched his arms out over his head and resumed his work preparing the flower beds for planting. He whistled now, refocused and intent to complete the work. Beads of sweat formed on his forehead.
Firm cut the orange cords tied around three large bales of pine straw. Each took a handful and with a careful eye spread it over the dirt and flowers. “Pretty funny the two of us,” Ann mused as she worked. “Yes, ma’am, it is,” Firm responded as he grabbed two more handfuls of straw.
Ann stopped to consider. “Well, that’s what Tommy read in his papers.” Firm furled his brow and nodded. Ann reassured, “the bulbs are up in the back too, and the azaleas will bloom any day now.” She stopped and picked up a half-pallet for examination. “I think we’re safe to put these little ones in the ground.” Ann smiled and resumed her work.
He loved spring. He loved to create new things with his hands and imagination.
He bent down and took a handful of dirt in his hand. He squeezed and rolled it over, taking in a deep breath of it before crumbling and letting it fall to the ground through his fingers. Wiping his hand on his pants, he smiled. He loved spring. The smells and the hints of new life that crept forward with each warm day. He loved to create new things with his hands and imagination. He was older now, much older, but could still shape and tend to beautiful gardens. He couldn’t compete with the larger companies that swarmed over a yard like locust, but he still had a handful of clients, aging clients, that appreciated his slower touch and help with incidentals. It made him feel like a man, reminded him he was useful and had a place where he belonged. Time is a strange companion, especially when working outdoors; it seems to slip away before you’ve made its full acquaintance. The sun had begun to wane in the afternoon sky when Ann appeared on the stoop of the house. Her voice startled Firm, who had lost track of time. He was on his hands and knees digging and filling in small holes for the flats of flowers when she called. “I’ll help spread the straw,” she declared. “Need to finish. The paper says it will rain tonight.” Firm squinted at her silhouette. It wasn’t until he stood up that he could tell she had donned her khakis and Keds and was ready to lend a hand. For as many years as he had helped tend to their yard, she always came out and helped. “Yes, ma’am,” he dutifully responded. He walked over and helped her across the uneven yard. “I’ll tell Tommy to call someone to smooth out that dirt,” she told him. “Yes, ma’am, but it’s the moles that
She enjoyed Firm’s company. She appreciated the life and color he helped coax out of her soil each season. With Tom’s knees and the remainder of their friends either passed or living off in retirement communities, these chats with Firm were special to her. The gardens they tended brought forth new life in an otherwise diminishing season. “What shall we do tomorrow?” she asked inquisitively.
“Oh, well, I’ve got to carry my niece to the doctor,” Firm reminded before quickly adding, “but I will be back on Friday to help with the watering and groceries.” He too, liked the companionship and the work. Afternoon quickly moved toward evening, and the cool gusts brought clouds full of moisture. Firm tossed the last rake and bag of trash in his beat-up F-150 and walked briskly to the stoop where Ann waited. “Rain will do them good,” she said, arms crossed, gazing up at the wind whipping through the pines. Firm nodded in agreement. Another car pulled in front of the house. A young woman bounded up to the home, clipboard over her head, stethoscope bouncing to and fro. “Evening, Mrs. Ann,” she said, smiling. “And good evening, Firm,” she teased, squeezing his arm. “Evening,” they said in unison. “I see y’all are making a pretty flower garden today,” she said, looking at the beds piled up with straw. “In a few weeks you will love all that color, Mrs. Ann,” she said tenderly while stroking her arm. Firm noticed Mrs. Ann’s face sour. He knew she didn’t like to be patronized. Ann winked at Firm. “See you Friday then,” she confirmed, adding: “You might need to drink some good whisky before moving that wood pile out back.” Firm smiled as the young nurse’s eyes widened. Firm admired her defiance. He looked forward to what lay in store on Friday. The Bluffton Breeze
Myrtle Island Home
at this spectacular five-bedroom sanctuary overlooking the May River. By Randolph Stewart
yrtle Island, South Carolina is a special place, which is small, intimate and unlike any other. To get there, you cross a small bridge spanning the marsh on a mile-long dead-end road lined with the canopy of old growth live oaks. One immediately gets the sense that time has slowed to a crawl. Now, this is not just a story about a house. It’s a story about a home and a family. I have designed many fine houses in nine states, but this one is special. When you approach it, the wings spread out as if the home is welcoming you with a warm embrace.
Photography by Tom Jenkins Photography, tomjenkinsfilms.com
There is a major difference between a house and a home. A house is a place where you live with a roof over your head. A home is a place where you are loved and share many memories. Tommy and Connie Reeves live in a home that is loved. Their three children—Tommy Jr., Mary and Harris—have grown up there. Since moving in April 2004, the family has had many joyous events in their Myrtle Island home, including middle school, high school and college graduation parties, as well as birthday parties, Valentine’s Day celebrations, soccer team parties, oyster roasts, sleepovers, a debutante party and family Christmas dinners. Recently, this stunning home hosted Tommy Jr.’s wedding to Jessica the weekend after Hurricane Matthew, but more on that after I show you around the home.
Above: The simple yet traditional front elevation looks like it belongs on the site, having a sense of time and place. The wide expanse is due to the fact that most spaces are one-room deep, allowing each room to share the river view. The study connects to the master suite on the right, providing a place of its own. The front porch and stair tower provide centering and scale.
Left: This beautiful photo speaks for itself, with a view that frames the May River and oaks beyond. This yard has been the site of many Reevesâ€™ family functions. This classic white clapboard with black underpinning and louvered shutters is raised off the ground on a rise overlooking the marsh and May River. The front facade, with its simple porch, is punctuated by a stair tower. This two-story home has a two-story porch in the rear that can be accessed from the bedrooms and provides magnificent vistas. As you enter the front door, there is a common hall connecting the master bedroom and study wing on the right and a kitchen, gathering room, mud room and garage on the left, passing by the stair tower with its family portraits and pictures. One has to pause for a second to take it in. Beyond the handsomely furnished living room is a view through the rear porch to the May River. The furniture is timeless, the colors warm. Adjacent is the dining room, which is separated from the hall and the living room by French doors and sidelights. The Bluffton Breeze
This 4,400-square-foot house, which includes five bedrooms, 4.5 baths and five porches, was built by Ling Graves of Graves Construction, and the quality of construction and execution of the many traditional details is his trademark. Although 14 years old, the home looks brand new. The center of family activity is the kitchen, breakfast and gathering room, which are completely functional and comfortable. There is not a room in the house that doesn’t have a view of nature and the May River, and the gathering room is no exception. Cozy and comfortable, the room is the perfect place to eat dinner while taking in the South Carolina-Clemson game. Yes, this is a house divided—in a fun way, of course. The landscaping around the home simply adds foundation and becomes a part of the marine environment, with many oaks and Palmetto Palms in the front and rear. Ernie Whiten worked with Connie on the landscaping and the placing of the many varieties of flower containers to add color as the seasons change. The interior designer is my dear sister and Connie’s sister-in-law, Corinne Reeves. Her experience, knowledge and talent enabled her to create the sense of style, comfort and traditional feel that Connie wanted. Nancy Golson and Beth Woods, each talented in her own right, also helped by adding touches. Now, I promised you another story. The week after Hurricane Matthew was to be Tommy and Connie’s son’s wedding. In the wake of the storm, the yard was covered in debris, the home had no power and the chosen venue on Hilton Head was inaccessible. Not to be daunted, the rehearsal dinner was held at Corinne and Michael’s home, also without power. They hired a food truck to provide gourmet pizza, went oystering and enjoyed a good time with all in attendance. The following day was the wedding. In true Bluffton style, neighbors and friends began to appear, chain saws roared and the debris was cleared. A dear friend, David Brown, built a large wooden cross and planted it to be used as an altar, with the May River as a scenic backdrop.Geist Ussery and crew were cooking on a grill, providing the plentiful and delicious food, and serving cocktails in the Bluffton tradition. 36
Above: The butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to the dining and living rooms. Its multifunctional glass cabinets display formal china and serving pieces and can be used as a bar, a server or a place to stage the meal. It also connects the informal kitchen and gathering room, creating a perfect flow.
Below: Normally, couples do not want a dining room, but prefer a great room instead. Tommy and Connie are traditionalists, and enjoying dinner with friends and family around this table is an important part of their lifestyle. This elegant room is bright and friendly with its multiple French doors and spectacular views, but has a sense of reverence at the same time.
Left: The living and dining rooms are special because Corinne Reeves has created a palette that excites the senses. The darker walls blend with the warmth of the pine floors and Oriental rugs. The bright blue chairs and pale neutral chairs and sofa, accented with colorful pillows, pull this classic room together. Flanking the Chippendale mirror are favorite portraits of Tommy and Harris, adding to the strong sense of family that defines this Myrtle Island home.
Literally an hour before the wedding, a fleet of SCE&G trucks roared past the home, honking their horns as hors dâ€™oeuvres and libations were being served in the front yard, and magically the power was restored. It was meant to be. The reception was held on the river,
the band had power and dancing continued into the early morning. Only in Bluffton! Connie even had the cross cemented into the ground as a reminder of family and friends.
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Discover plenty of great opportunities to enjoy live music this St. Patrick’s Day. t. Patrick’s Day has always been one of those holidays in our area that people really enjoy being a part of. Kids on bikes, scooters and hoverboards. Green beer! Parents acting like kids at the parade. The parade that takes place on Hilton Head Island is one of the biggest things we have as far as a street event. As soon as the parade ends, Pope Avenue becomes a tiny Nashville, with music bellowing out of every restaurant on the strip. Wild Wings will have bands all afternoon and into the night, with big local names like Cranford Holler and GTA. Aunt Chilada’s usually gets in the mix, bringing Hannah Wick back from the road. Big Bee buzzes in from NYC. Silicone Sister does their signature performance art/beauty extravaganza at Rockfish, formerly Bomboras. NYC Pizza usually has some rock n’ roll cats jammin’. The Pope rocks that. The weather tends to break that particular day, so a trip to the Tiki Hut beachfront to hear some tunes is always a great way to start the day. Cliff or Tommy—maybe even Jim or Mike— will be behind the bar. They are always up to smack their gums witcha’ as early as you wanna. I heard Tommy Sims once played 6 billion notes on a guitar before the parade even started! The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade is a different thing altogether. Venues are poppin’ up all over the place these days. I did wanna take a sec here and preach safety and care in the transporting of your bodies that day. St. Patty’s is also when the freaks come out, and we all need to be careful out there. Uber is (mostly) the way to go these days, or a designated driver. Where you end up doesn’t really matter as long as you get back to your bed to sleep safely that night. Sleeping in a bush can be nice, don’t get me wrong. Catching some zzz’s underneath a willow or wax myrtle will most certainly protect you from the rain if the heavens do decide to open that night or the next morn. Sleeping under a bench or planking on benches is, I believe, frowned upon these days by most citizens of the Americas. Remember to eat something before going out and imbibing with your fellow leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. A lot of fun can be had with all the music and friends you haven’t seen in a while. I know it’s been ages since you got to talkin’ with Elizabeth O’Malley since the wedding. Fortunately, she and Sean Conner are doing fine. Be safe, and we’ll see you out there. Be sure to catch the bagpipe dudes over at Reilley’s at some point.
Photograph by Andrea Six
Erin Go Bragh! The Bluffton Breeze
Painting With Fabric The 2018 Quilt Festival is headed to Hilton Head Island this month, showcasing color and creativity.
n March 23-25, quilters from throughout the Lowcountry and across the U.S. will converge on Hilton Head Island for the Palmetto Quilt Guild’s 2018 Quilt Festival at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort. “The 2018 Quilt Festival is really an art exhibit featuring extraordinary quilts,” said festival chair Lynn Gavett. “We will have classic, traditional quilts, as well as the most unusual and creative art quilts. You will see everything in terms of what somebody might quilt.” Attendees will have the opportunity to appreciate 172 quilts on display, explore a special marketplace featuring handcrafted items and enjoy an array of shopping opportunities. In addition, a special quilt competition, silent auction and raffle will be a part of the festival fun. On the third day of the show, a lucky raffle winner will take home Floral Splendor, a quilt which was custommade by 22 Guild members, incorporating both applique and paper piecing techniques. “We will have incredible vendors joining us, some of which are fabric-oriented, but we also will have beautiful dish towels, turned woodwork and French baskets,” enthused Gavett. “The boutique will sell creative baby blankets, table runners, placemats, pin cushions and so much more.” Quilting is a remarkably artistic medium, which allows for a great deal of creative expression. “You can take the same pattern and have two quilters make it, and each one would be totally unique,” Gavett explained. “There’s a lot of individuality in quilting, in terms of color selection.” The Palmetto Quilt Guild was formed in 1991 with a mission to promote the art of quilting. With over 160 members from Hilton Head
Top Row - Left: Floral Raffle Quilt / Middle: Diane Mosher / Right: Pam Rubinos Bottom Row - Left: Darlene Donohue / Middle: Ron Hodge / Right : Wendy Analla Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah and the Lowcountry, as well as part-time residents from throughout the United States, the organization is keeping the long-held tradition of quilting alive and strong. In addition, the Palmetto Quilt Guild’s outreach program donates more than 300 handmade quilts a year to local charities, providing wheelchair bags, memory mats and lap quilts to veterans, retirement communities and schools. “We’re a local guild, but we have members throughout the region and from all over the United States,” said Gavett. “We’re so excited for this year’s event. We’ll have exquisite quilts on display by artists who have exhibited all around the country.” The 2018 Quilt Festival offers the opportunity to see some of the most creative quilts in the region and to learn more about this unique art form. Many of the quilters with work on display are nationally recognized, award-winning artists whose designs have won awards at the largest shows throughout the country. “I truly think of quilting as painting with fabric,” said Gavett. “There’s no other event like it in the area.”
Did You Know? While the exact origins of quilting are unknown, historians believe that quilting, piecing and applique techniques were used for clothing and furnishings in early times. In fact, the earliest known quilted garment is depicted on the carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh of the Egyptian First Dynasty, which dates to approximately 3400 B.C. In the late 11th century, crusaders brought quilting to Europe from the Middle East. Quilts were used for warmth and comfort under knights’ armor and also to protect the metal from the elements. On display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the earliest known surviving bed quilt came from Sicily and features blocks across the center detailing scenes from the legend of Tristan.
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AT BLUFFTON YOUTH THEATRE By Allyson Jones
This local theater company inspires children to be their best — both on and off the stage.
inds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin.” —Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr., “Mary Poppins”
When Cyndy Ford’s father became seriously ill with Parkinson’s, she left her family and performing arts school behind in New York and headed to the Lowcountry to care for him for a “few weeks.” A year later, the school was closed, everything except her piano and a few other instruments were in storage, and her husband Greg and youngest daughter Jennifer joined Cyndy in Bluffton. Miraculously, her father managed to live another two years, and now Cyndy is a full-time caregiver for her mother, as well as her sister with special needs, in addition to running the nonprofit Bluffton Youth Theatre, serving as the Children’s Director at church, tutoring children with special needs and actively supporting the Special Olympics.
those, which was ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ It was very successful. We had about 15 kids try out for that.”
That show was followed by “Pilgrim’s Pride,” another musical written by Cyndy, then “Annie,” “Beauty and the Beast” and a one-night Mystery Dinner “Every kid that Theater held at Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood this past January. On March 15-17, nearly 40 kids auditions, we give will perform in the Bluffton Youth Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins, Jr.” at Main Street a part to. Youth Theatre.
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– Cyndy Ford,
“I want to have an all-youth theater here in Bluffton,” said Cyndy. “I believe it’s something that’s needed. I’m primarily an education center—I want to teach youth up to age 18 all aspects of the theater. They do everything. I’m teaching them about the lighting, the sound and acting.”
Cyndy is dedicated to ensuring that children of all ages and abilities enjoy access to theatrical productions in Bluffton.
away any kids.” Bluffton Youth
A 40-year theater veteran who once worked at Main Street Youth Theatre on Hilton Head Island, Cyndy soon realized there was nothing similar in Bluffton and rushed to fill the void. “I basically did rehearsals in my home because it was kind of difficult to find places to rehearse,” she recalled. “I have written several musicals, so I decided to just use one of
“We use all youth,” she continued. “We are also allinclusive, meaning that we have kids with special needs who are incorporated into our shows. Every kid that auditions, we give a part to. We don’t turn away any kids.” To challenge each child and provide growth opportunities, shows usually have two casts that alternate during The Bluffton Breeze
performances. If a kid is cast in a leading role in the first cast, he or she may serve in the ensemble in the second. “These kids have to learn two parts, which is huge training for them. It challenges them a lot,” Cyndy noted. “I’ve been doing this for years, and I know kids can do a lot. And if you’re a lead in our play, you’re a leader. You encourage the other kids.” While directing dozens of children ages 5 to 18 can be demanding, the biggest challenge facing the Bluffton Youth Theatre is the lack of affordable places to rehearse and to stage performances. Rehearsals currently take place on Fridays and Saturdays at Kids College preschool on Goethe Road, and the group has staged past shows in a variety of venues, from Hilton Head Island to Sun City. The theater is working closely with Freedom Life Church to secure a building in Bluffton, and perhaps someday to have their own permanent stage. The group’s summer camp production will take place the week of August 6 at Main Street Theatre, but the location for the winter musical “Elf ” is still undetermined. “We’re hoping to buy our own building and make a state-of-theart theater here in Bluffton,” Cyndy noted. “Obviously, we need sponsors and donors to help us in this endeavor because one show may cost us $10,000. We’re looking to expand, but our major push is to get some kind of building here in Bluffton. We’re really trying to get the youth involved and have a total youth theater in all aspects.” In the meantime, Cyndy and the dedicated board members at Bluffton Youth Theatre stay true to the mission of “inspiring children to be their best—both on and off the stage.” “I can teach any kid!” declared Cyndy. “I’m a teacher by trade. I have my master’s degree and I can teach any kid, as long as they want to learn and they are willing to learn. That’s my goal.” For more information about the Bluffton Youth Theatre, call (843) 422-9660 or visit blufftonyouththeatre.org. 42
March is National Youth Arts Month, and there are plenty of opportunities for local kids to experience the visual and performing arts. Cinderella
March 2-11 Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St. Main Street Youth Theatre presents the famous fairytale, refashioned and set to music by masters Rodgers and Hammerstein. (843) 689-6246 or msyt.org
March 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Ln. Crafts, performing arts workshops, food, art exhibitions, performances, crafts and more. Free admission; fees for activities. (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com
5th Annual ISCA Rising Stars
March 3, 2-4:30 p.m. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Ln. The 5th annual youth performing arts talent competition and showcase hosted by the Island School Council for the Arts. (843) 842-2787 or artshhi.com
Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) Judged Show
March 6-April 1 SoBA Gallery, 6 Church St. The 24th annual SoBA Judged Show is open to all artists residing in the Lowcountry. (843) 757-6586 or sobagallery.com
by previous prize winners of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, as well as renowned artists from both classical and jazz genres, educational lectures and more, hosted by the HHIPC. (843) 842-5880 or hhipc.org
Music on Malphrus: Harpeth Rising
March 10, 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Rd. Three conservatory-trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. General admission is $20. (843) 837-3330 or uulowcountry.org
Mary Poppins, Jr.
March 15-17 Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St. Bluffton Youth Theatre brings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Practically Perfect” musical to Hilton Head Island. (843) 422-9660 or blufftonyouththeatre.org
Bravo Piano! A Festival from Bach to Brubeck March 8-12 Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, All Saints Episcopal Church and The Jazz Corner A variety of performances
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