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Notes From The Editor We have lots of Stars for you this month, but none more important than Mom. Read Kimberly Blaker’s piece that will give you ideas on how to “make her day”. Take her thoughts and make the day special. This month, The Bluffton Rotary Club members, and the Town are celebrating thirty years of so many people helping so many people in so many ways. Our favorite festival, Mayfest, is Forty Years Old! We decided to say it with pictures. See if you can find someone you know. Ready for Part II? If you missed Part I of The Act of Incorporation of Bluffton in 1903 by John Samuel Graves, III, you can read it in the April issue on our web site, past issues. This article brings to the public a piece of lost history and we should all applaud Mr. Graves for his research and writing. It is a privilege to introduce Samantha Williams as our Lifestyle Editor. She is “Resort Girl”, an accomplished writer, business woman, book and editorial author, motivational speaker, award winner, world traveler… and this is the tip of the iceberg. Make sure to visit Resort This month Samantha talks about Yoga - An Exercise for the Mind, Body and Soul. Stay tuned as you will love what she has to say to you. With over 20,000 followers on Instagram you know someone is listening. Scribed by our own Michele Rohldan-Shaw, enjoy the work of master photographer Marge Agin, as we provide a few examples of photos from her second book, Capturing The Bluffton State of Mind. Each shot evokes an emotion and memory of our Town, her People, and the Environment. Enjoy what Marge see’s through her lens, at Four Corners Gallery. The publisher,, of Hilton Head Island, has done a wonderful job, so go to their website to find more. Both her books are must haves! Don’t miss, Claire Thompson’s personal and informational piece on The History of Surveying. Every piece of land, every bridge, every home and building has been surveyed. You will also be entertained as usual by Jevon Daly’s music article, and it is always a pleasure reading Gene Cashman and his masterful word crafting. His words make us laugh, cry, remember, and love our little Town. A great read for sure. Vist We are launching a new site soon and our viewers are now over 20,000 per month. Advertisers are lining up to get hyperlinks to their website so let me know if you would like to join them. The Breeze is the voice of the Lowcountry, and we want to have you as a part of our family. Less we forget to pay our respect to those that paid the ultimate price so that this great country and her people can enjoy freedom! 4

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Bluffton’s Fateful Election of April 1, 1903 Part II of the story of the incorporation of Bluffton


ow much do we really know about the lives of our ancestors? Very often the answer is “Not much.” It took a fair amount of digging for me to learn as little as I did about my two great grandfathers, George Sewell Guilford (the Yankee from Maine) and Andrew Asbury Graves (uncle to James Wilton Graves), and my grandfather, John Samuel Graves, Sr., Andrew Asbury Graves’ son. They were all on my father’s side of the family and all three of them were instrumental in getting Bluffton incorporated in 1903. As stated last month in Part I of this article, that fateful election took place on April 1, 1903, 115 years ago. The tally of that election–only 34 votes–is shown below. The incorporation charter of 1903 still stands today.

by J oh n S a m uel G ra ve s , III The state legislature had been controlled from 1865 to 1876 by Republicans. Many survivors of the war viewed Republicans as “carpetbaggers” and “scallywags,” neither of whom had the interests of the average South Carolinian at heart. Many people came to believe t h a t Results of April 1, 1903 much election, notarized by t h a t E. M. Pinckney. h a d taken place during Reconstruction had been destructive rather than constructive. They also felt that they had lost control over their everyday lives. Resentment and mistrust of the state government was rampant. Consequently, when the Democrats recaptured the State Legislature in 1876, and by 1895 had ratified a new constitution, change was in the air. In the succeeding years the Democrat controlled legislature passed many new laws, and revised many old ones in an attempt to restore a sense of justice to those who felt they had lost much in the years following the end of the war.

Why were there so few votes? For one thing there were very few people living in Bluffton at the time. Many of the residents were either children or women (women could There is little doubt that out of perhaps 350 residents only 34 were In an effort to establish not vote in 1903), or deemed qualified to vote in Bluffton’s April 1, 1903 election. old and infirm, and an electorate qualified men had to be twentyfor the task of “turning one to vote. And, then as now, some eligible persons did not wish to go things around” the requirements in the 1895 Constitution for voting through the trouble to either register or vote. Other reasons require a and voter registration were tightened up considerably. There was also review of the impact of the Reconstruction Period in South Carolina a need to obtain an updated demographic make up of the counties and the revised voter qualifications of the 1895 Constitution. and cities throughout South Carolina, and a need to register voters in accordance with the 1895 Constitution. 8

Prospective voters had to submit to complicated registration procedures. They had to be male and twenty-one or older. They had to live in the state two years, in the county one year, and in the polling precinct four months. They had to register every ten years and had to pass difficult literacy tests. (The voter had to be able to read any section of the new Constitution and be able to explain it, or had to be able to explain the meaning of any section that was read aloud to them.) They also had to pay all collectible taxes during the previous year and poll taxes six months in advance of an election. The literacy test could only be waived if the voter owned property assessed at $300 or more and had paid all taxes on that property. Many potential voters in those days could not meet these requirements.

death of her youngest son, Frederick Wallace Graves, in the Korean War. His name is on the newly placed war memorial at the Promenade in Bluffton. My other great grandfather was Andrew Asbury Graves. His brother was the father of James Wilton Graves, the state representative. Andrew came to Bluffton in the late 1800’s. He and his ancestors of many generations had come from the Colleton County area. He and his wife, Agnes Mae Forrester, had ten children, one of whom was my grandfather, John Samuel Graves, Sr., the original owner of the Graves House on Calhoun Street. “Sam” Graves, as he was affectionately called, lived the majority of his mature years in the Graves House and died there at age 85 in 1963. He too was mayor of Bluffton in the 1940’s and often an alderman (warden). He loved to discuss and argue about politics and had a wonderful sense of humor about life.

George and Jane Guilford loved music, poetry and the theater. ... George and Jane also loved their church.

Persons specifically disqualified from registering or voting in the 1895 Constitution were “persons convicted of burglary, arson, obtaining goods or money under false pretenses, perjury, forgery, robbery, bribery, adultery, bigamy, wife-beating, housebreaking, receiving stolen goods, breach of trust with fraudulent intent, fornication, sodomy, incest, assault with intent to ravish, miscegenation, larceny or crimes against the election laws.” Also persons who were “idiots, insane, paupers supported at the public expense, and persons confined in any public prison” were disqualified. There is little doubt that out of perhaps 350 residents only 34 were deemed qualified to vote in Bluffton’s April 1, 1903 election. Some simply did not wish to go through the process of registration for whatever reason. Mistrust of the government ran high and many felt that the less the government knew about them the better. Similar sentiments exist today.

Further facts about the Graves and Guilford families George Sewell Guilford was my grandmother Graves’ father. He later built the Graves House in 1908 for his daughter Cora Jane Guilford as a wedding gift when she married John Samuel Graves, Sr. She raised eight children there. One was my father, John Samuel Graves, Jr., who owned and operated the Bluffton Oyster Factory for over 30 years. My grandmother, Cora Jane Guilford Graves, was born on August 9, 1884 and died in Bluffton on October 7, 1951. She suffered a stroke upon learning of the

Cora Jane Guilford Graves

Another daughter of George and Jane Guilford, Maud Estella Guilford, married Jesse Peeples. Luke Peeples, one of their sons, was the much loved Bluffton composer. Another of their sons, Andrew Peeples, was the writer of the Bluffton Boy stories that often appear in The Breeze. Their sister, Estella Peeples Saussey, had two daughters, Estella Saussy Nussbaum and Jeanne Saussy Wright who recently published A Gullah Psalm, The Musical Life and Work of Luke Peeples. Their father, W. Hunter Saussy, founded The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Their book and copies of Luke’s music books, The Collected Works of Luke Peeples, can be found at Stock Farm Antiques here in Bluffton. A third daughter of George and Jane Guilford, Gertrude Snowden Guilford McCreary, was Naomi McCracken’s mother and Emmett McCracken’s grandmother. George Sewell Guilford was also Emmett McCracken’s great grandfather. George and Jane Guilford loved music, poetry and the theater. They owned one of the earliest wind-up Victrola record players and loved to put opera recordings on and have friends and family over for evenings of music, dance and dramatic readings or presentations. George and Jane also loved their church. George was considered an authority on the Bible and taught Sunday School. He also taught regular public school and he enjoyed directing and putting on plays. The Breeze

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players and loved to put opera recordings on and have friends and family over for evenings of music, dance and dramatic readings or presentations. George and Jane also loved their church. George was considered an authority on the Bible and taught Sunday School. He also taught regular public school and he enjoyed directing and putting on plays. George Sewell Guilford died on January 16, 1917, ironically, on my mother’s birthday. Florence Lillian Rubert (1916-2010), also a Yankee from New York City, would one day marry George Guilford’s grandson, my father, John Samuel Graves, Jr. Some of Florence R. Graves’ poems are on She and Naomi McCracken were life long friends. Florence R. Grave

Notes about the author: As the reader can surmise I am half Yankee and half Southerner. Had George and Jane Guilford never moved to Bluffton and had their grandson, my father, John Samuel Graves, Jr., not married a Yankee, I would never have existed. Apparently I have inherited some of the Guilford music and literary genes, as well as interests in creative writing from my mother. I hold degrees in English and Music Composition and Theory. A Starfell and Other Songs, my book of songs, can be found at Stock Farm Antiques and on my website, My musical compositions can also be found at More information about the Graves, Guilford and Peeples families can be found on

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think that all little girls assume

suddenly noticed wrinkles and

that they will one day have

back pain…again, things

children of their own…

that I’d never thought

at least I did. However, I

possible,…but this time

did not expect to be given






not like

exciting. terrifying! 

never thought possible.

Instead of dwelling on

Actually, I wasn’t given

what I have missed out

them; I found that I could

on, I focus on sharing

take them as long as I was

my experiences with school

persistent. If you had asked

groups on my boating field trips

the 10 year old Amber if she

at the Port Royal Maritime Center.

would be having a staring contest


with a humpback whale on the backside of a Hawaiian cinder cone submerged in the Pacific Ocean, she would have thought you were obsessed with fairy tales and, with authority, would have stated…”Nobody does that!”  That stubbornness broke barriers and opened doors that were not wide open or welcoming.  It also was not well received

find overconfident


an to

challenge that strong will, but it took a while. A preoccupation with the marine environment and the excitement that it offered was distracting.  I never considered having children until age crept up on me.  I

I tell them “fairy tales”  about what they might find under the water.  For a brief moment, they are intrigued, but then ask if we can go faster.  Regardless, I feel like I have impressed them with something that may not have ever occurred to them…even if only for a moment before I tell them to get their feet off the cushions.  After a day with 80 3rd  graders, I feel like I have

by the male ego, especially when competing

contributed to impressionable minds or at

for boat captain employment. Eventually I

least look like I have been working hard at



it. Fatigue mixed in with a little frustration makes me wonder if

their own. It is not necessary to recognize them all, because they

my path was not a distraction after all.  

are all genetically tagged. The genetics study that was started in 2008 and in full swing by 2010 allows us to document every single

Over millions of years, sea turtles have lost maternal instincts

female that has laid eggs on beaches in GA, SC, and NC. From

to focus on survival. They do not celebrate Mother’s Day, so I

each nest, the HHI Sea Turtle Protection Project Patrol takes one

celebrate it for them. Sea turtle nesting season begins May

egg and submits the egg shell to the University of Georgia. In the

1st every year,  bringing excitement and a new sense of purpose. 

lab, scientists are able to take the maternal DNA from the outside

This will be my 20thseason…I have spent a lifetime studying sea

of the shell. The shell is porous under a microscope.  As the egg

turtles, moving their eggs to higher ground, taking genetic samples,

falls from the mother, it scrapes her tissue, which gets stuck in the

striving to keep curious critters and humans from disturbing nests,

pores. This is how we know who laid the nest, what other nests she

campaigning for Lights Out,

laid on HHI, what other beaches

educating the public, recording

she visits to nest, and who her

hatching success, documenting

sisters are, as well as her mother

dead sea turtles and transporting


the injured ones for care. As a

Loggerhead sea turtles must be

scientist, I do not think of it as

approximately 30 years old to

mothering, but when it is written

reproduce. There are 3  “super

down, it sure looks that way. To

moms” on record with several

think that I could be the parent

daughters. One of these  “super

of a 20 year old person is unreal

moms” nests on HHI and has 7

to me, but it is conceivable that

daughters that are also nesting, so

I may live to see a 400 pound

she is at least 60 years old. There

nesting sea turtle that I had once

has been only one grandmother

held in the palm of my hand!

nesting sea turtle recorded that

Amazing.   On occasion, I am

frequents the Cape Romaine

privileged to see the mothers

Wildlife Refuge. She is at least

heading back to sea at sunrise

90 years old and still laying eggs!

after nesting.



Some of them

I recognize after 15 years of sea turtle patrol on HHI. For example, Stumpy digs a less than sufficient hole for 120 eggs

Over millions of years, sea turtles have lost maternal instincts to focus on survival.

Although I wonder what I have missed, I am blessed and fulfilled with amazing encounters in nature to share with young minds and opportunities to “mother” an endangered species. Happy Mother’s Day!

rolling all over the beach and in the surf. We collect them and dig a new hole for her eggs.  I recognize her track…She is missing a hind flipper used to dig the nest chamber, but she does her best and with our help, they always hatch.  For two months, they are in the sand, but when they enter the water, they are on

Amber Kuehn, Marine Biologist Owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters/

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Mother’s Day Celebrations & Gifts She’ll Treasure “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom The role of mothers in shaping their daughters’ and sons’ lives is unsurpassed. Mothers teach us to love, be strong, be confident, persist, live life to its fullest and be the best we can be. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. So, this year give her the gift of your heart and time, and make it a special day she’ll treasure. Mother’s Day Brunch – Serve your mother a scrumptious breakfast or take her out for Mother’s Day brunch. If you prepare it yourself, the following menu will be sure to please: fruit salad, juice, waffles or pancakes with her favorite blueberry or strawberry topping, Canadian bacon and fresh sausage, omelets or eggs Benedict, homemade hash browns, and coffee cake or Danishes. Also, don’t forget the fresh cut flowers for the table centerpiece.


By Kimberly Blaker Spring Blooms – What better way to spend a spring day than together in your mother’s garden? Pick up her favorite annuals and perennials: begonias, petunias, violets, morning glories, poppies, marigolds, snapdragons, or mums. Then enjoy a relaxing day together planting and sprucing up her flower garden and catching up on old times. Mother/Daughter Memories – Give your mother a keepsake that will be dear to her heart. Purchase Mothers & Daughters: A Record Book About Us to fill out and share with her. Or create your own memory book with a scrapbook or journal. Include photos and memories about special times the two of you have had together; the most important things you remember about your mother from your childhood; how she has inspired you; and the times you look

forward to in the future.

stationary, and matte and frame it.

The Main Event – Surprise your mother with tickets to an event she’s been dying to see: the ballet, a concert, play or musical, the opera, a favorite sporting event, a comedy show, or dinner theater. Be sure to tell her you have something special planned (but not what), so she’ll be all yours for the day.

A Little Pampering – Mothers spend many years pampering their children giving bubble baths, washing hair, and caring for them when they’re ill. Give your mother a special treat, a gift certificate for pampering at the spa where she can enjoy a Swedish massage, hair design, a sea spa manicure and pedicure, or a soothing facial.

A Train Excursion – Spring is the perfect time to tour the countryside. Take a train ride with your mother, and enjoy the vivid colors of spring, blue skies, beautiful blossoms, and other scenic sights. Family Portrait – If your family is like most, you’re well overdue for an updated family portrait. What better time to have it done than on Mother’s Day? Schedule to have your family’s picture taken at a studio, or hire a photographer for a photo shoot in the park. Coordinate with family members in advance on the formality and color scheme, so outfits don’t clash. Inform your mother how to dress for her special day, but keep it a surprise, and don’t disclose your plans. The Power of Poetry – You don’t need to be a poet to write a special verse for your mother. In your poem, share what it was like growing up with her, how she influenced your life, or tell her just what she means to you. Then print it on

Weekend Getaway – Put together a weekend package designed especially for your mother. Choose a city that offers great shopping, art museums and culture centers, or even a quaint historic town with neat shops, cafes, and parks. Leave the dates for the getaway open so she can make the trip at her convenience, or so the two of you can make plans together. Keep it Simple – Plan a relaxing day together enjoying the outdoors, and head to a nearby park where you can meander along nature trails, take a scenic bike ride, and reminisce. Especially for Mothers – Select from one of many poetry books for and about mothers that expresses what you’d like her to know. Try one of the following: • Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me by Maya Angelou • Mothersongs: Poems For, By, and About Mothers by Sandra M. Gilbert et al. • You Are One Amazing Lady: Special Thoughts to Share With a Truly Wonderful Woman by Douglas Pagels

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By Michele Roldรกn-Shaw



ny authentic vision of Bluffton must include certain things, and these you

towns and backwaters where she

will find in local photographer Marge Agin’s books. Warped and weathered

could sit at a soda fountain and strike

docks, expansive marsh views, chocolate labs hunkered down in the shallows on

up conversations with the locals. Now

a sweltering summer day. Egrets, ibises and alligators. Tear-down barns covered

in her fourth book she returns home.

in vines. Railroad tracks and abandoned storefronts, old churches and avenues of oaks. Details of bleached tabby ruins and crumbling columns of antique brick. A boy roasting marshmallows by a bonfire, an old man wiping his face in the

Bluffton has grown and changed so,” said Agin, a native of Santa

shade, a Gullah woman with a headscarf and an expression of stately pride. The

Barbara, CA, who moved here in 2006

full spectrum of river-folk, from oystermen and cast net fishers to kayakers,

after falling in love with Palmetto

pleasure-cruisers and people crabbing off their docks. Southern charm comes

Bluff. “I wanted to get fresher photos

alive anywhere in the world simply by opening the pages of Agin’s books.

and capture things like the Promenade

that have happened I am completely

since. But I think the



Bluffton state of mind

the lifestyle of the

has never changed.



It’s a mind of ease.”





released a new work this month, Bluffton State







poetic text by Amber

Celebrating Bluffton,



the Lowcountry and



Palmetto Bluff. “The

friend of Agin’s, who

ease and friendliness,

runs marine ecology


tours as captain of




the May River and



the way people take


for this






Spartina. latest



love it here. I’ve never

invited contributions





comfortable I’ve




lived, or as quickly, as I



community such


have in Bluffton. You get immediate acceptance. What drove me to do the books

Mayor Lisa Sulka, who agreed to show

was wanting to visually capture that, because I look at everything through my

Agin around her favorite Bluffton

camera lens.”

haunts. Mayor Sulka penned an essay


for the book, as did Emmett McCracken, gin, a professional photographer of 40 years who got her start in portraiture

Courtney Hampton and Amber Kuehn,

and event photography, is now living the dream of being a full-time fine

plus there are sketches by celebrated

arts photographer. Known for her limited edition prints sold through Four

artist and architect Doug Corkern.

Corners Gallery in Bluffton, Agin’s visually arresting coffee table books have also been a big hit with Lowcountry enthusiasts. Her first effort documented life and nature in Palmetto Bluff, where Agin lives; the second widened in scope to include all of Bluffton; for the third she toured the South, stopping in little


hen the digital revolution first took hold, Agin immediately

got on board and learned Photoshop.

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“I am completely invested in the lifestyle of the Lowcountry,”


But her interest was never in using it

all visual distractions (like signs warning

to fix red-eye or remove stray strands

not to sit on the branches, and people

of the bride’s hair—Agin was drawn

sitting on them anyway.) The effect is

to the aesthetic potential. Today

a stunning black & white capture of

Photoshop is as essential to her work

this ancient tree that feels as though it

as the camera itself. Using a variety of

could have been taken a hundred years

tools and filters, she creates artistic

ago. “I’m very proud of this book,” Agin

effects ranging from watercolor to

says. “A lot of work went into it.”

pointillist drawing, elegant sepia and silvertones to vintage photographs retouched. “I don’t just go out and take


arge Agin will be selling and signing books at the Bluffton

snapshots,” Agin says. “That has no


meaning for me. With Photoshop you

Mayfest—in Historic Downtown on

can take what would otherwise be just a

Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to

so-so shot and bring out the real beauty

5 p.m. The books are also available

in it.” Some pictures require very little

at Eggs ‘n’ Tricities in Bluffton, RT’s

work; others she lavishes weeks on,

Market, and Montage Hotel in Palmetto

such as her portrait of the Angel Oak

Bluff, and online through Amazon

from which she painstakingly removed





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Land Surveying By: Claire Thompson


land surveyor is part astronomer, archaeologist, photogrammetrist, artist, mathematician, physicists, land planner, arborist, botanist, engineer, scientist, historian, detective, map maker, drone pilot, machete wielder and most importantly, peacemakers in land disputes. They connect dots and solve mapping puzzles. They are involved in every step of land development and construction, from the initial Subdivision plat, to the individual lot’s Boundary, Tree & Topographic survey, a Foundation survey, a final Asbuilt survey and Elevation Certificate. Land surveying is respectable occupation with a stable reliable source of income. However it’s an industry that can quickly turn into a life of quantity rather than quality. My favorite question has always been, do you want it right, or do you want it right now? It takes time to properly research existing plats, legal documents, and field evidence to interpret the original land surveyor’s intent. Rarely are the property corners in the ground perfectly preserved and exactly as displayed on the plat of reference. Knowing the order of importance about what holds greater weight is key in surveying. There could have


Land surveying is respectable occupation with a stable reliable source of income.

been an improperly set corner, no corner set at all, or one that has been badly damaged or removed, it could have been a typo on the recorded plat, and there could be error in the data collected or a surveyor with poor knowledge or ethics. Extending your analysis to adjoining properties is often necessary to be able to stand behind the document you’re certifying to. It’s not as simple as pointing out a few corners and drawing some lines. This is a field that is often underappreciated and misunderstood.

Land surveying is not something that you can just go to school to study, take the exams and “be” a surveyor. It is a field that truly requires an apprenticeship and an analytical mind to properly grasp the varied sources of information recovered to present a solution you are willing to legally stand behind forever. Currently the State of South Carolina requires a 4 year bachelors’ degree in Land Surveying or related field including the required surveying, engineering, mathematics and physics courses and 1 year of experience, to take the first of two 8-hour exams (Fundamentals of Land Surveying), upon passing this you would be referred to as a “Land Surveyor in Training” (LSIT). The second (Principles and Practice of Land Surveying), requires the aforementioned and a total of 4 years of experience. After both exams have been completed with passing scores, you are then eligible for the 2-hour state specific exam. After which you may apply for your Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) license. Land surveying can be described as the technique, profession, and science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and the distances and angles between them. So while technology used to gather evidence has evolved over time, the fundamentals are still the same. Astronomical projections were used to establish the true North Line or Meridian, and in the determination of latitude, true mean time, and convergence on any line, or system of lines, on the Earth’s surface. The same principal is in use today via GPS (Global Positioning System). GPS receives information on the ground from satellites orbiting the Earth. This data is analyzed by GIS (Global Information System) software programs to determine a point’s location. Even Egyptians have evidence of documented land surveyors. There are many famous historical figures that were land surveyors. A treatise of those among the prestigious list are George Washington (first registered land surveyor in America), Benjamin Banneker (a self-taught African-American mathematician and surveyor who mapped out the design of Washington D.C.),

Thomas Jefferson (organized the Lewis & Clark Expedition), Henry David Thoreau (a land surveyor before publishing his books), Daniel Boone (pioneer and explorer, helped to settle Kentucky land claims), James Cook (British explorer and captain who sailed every ocean and surveyed the lands he found along the way), Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon (established the Mason-Dixon Line, delineating the slave states from the free states, the unofficial boundary of the North and the South, and Abraham Lincoln (was working as a land surveyor when he was first elected to the Illinois legislature). Of Mount Rushmore’s four faces, three are land surveyors, Washington, Jefferson and

Lincoln. Theodore Roosevelt may not have been an official land surveyor, but his explorations in Brazil lead to the discovery of the River of Doubt. Land surveying is an art. Some artists are “better” than others. Anyone can draw a smiley face, but the artist sees the shadows and the light, they see the curves, the minute variations in color, the texture, the skeletal structure below and veins that bring life to the surface, and they paint a portrait of a face that is a blending of all of these elements. Land surveying is just another form of artistic analysis and involves the clinical knowledge of facts and open mindedness that reality is rarely black and white. The Breeze

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4 decades…that’s a long time by any measure. But it’s exceptional when you consider that Mayfest has been going strong for 40 years! This May 12th our community will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this unique hometown festival. Each year always slated the Saturday before Mother’s Day, locals and visitors alike come for a full day of local and regional arts and crafts, plenty of good food, live music, fun entertainment venues and a chance to make new friends. Historically, the festival started with Babbie Guscio who nurtured and promoted this event until 2009. With her invitation to take care of the future of Mayfest- The Rotary Club of Bluffton came on board to provide the guidance and management now required to successfully organize a significant “street fest” for all to enjoy. There are hundreds of man-hours put into making this a premier event, and it shows! Mayfest - The Bluffton Village Festival is eclectic, unique and homespun. Even though there are vendors and corporate sponsors who make a huge difference in the support of this large event and its charitable fundraising aspect, the festival is the antithesis of a commercialized fair. You can spend the entire day making unforgettable family memories without spending a lot! There is plenty of The ugly dog contest is among the bigger attractions of the day, and is one of the oldest competitions of its kind in the nation. It’s the 6th year for the hilarious pie eating contest and now a doughnut eating contest for children. Attendees delight at the sight of their friends, neighbors, and even a few local ‘celebrities’ covered ear to ear with fruit and filling from the pies. These events provide plenty of goodhearted laughs, from the contestants and onlookers alike. Of the myriad of food vendors, one will sell out early. It’s the shrimp salad made by the women of the Church of the Cross. Believe it or not, there are people who attend Mayfest to get the shrimp salad! Come hungry! There will be no shortage of good eats. Admission to Mayfest is free, and so is the parking. Shuttles run regularly between the parking and the venue. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. For more information or to volunteer, call 843-815-2277, visit blufftonvillagefestival. com, like us on Facebook or email


30 Years of Presidential Leadership ROTARY CLUB OF BLUFFTON 30th


John Kirkland



Michael Putich



Mike Covert



Steve Miller



Patrick Wright



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Jim Hudson



Wil Saleeby



Brooks Williams



Barry Connor



Steve Tilton



Chris Corkern



Daniel Wood



Karen Lavery



Jim Hale



Bob Guinan



Robert Trask



Jeff Fulp



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David Jennings



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Donald “Dee Dee” Graham



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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 The Village Pasta Shoppe** 10 B, Johnston Way (843) 540-2095 Andes Rotisserie 7 Johnston Way (843) 837-9909

Agave Side Bar 13 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-9190 Alvin Ord’s of Bluffton 1230 A, May River Rd. (843) 757-1300 Amigos Cafe y Cantina 133 Towne Drive (843) 815-8226 Buffalo Wild Wings 1188 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-9453


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The Bluffton Room 15 Promenade St. (843) 757-3525

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The Brick Chicken 1011 Fording Island Rd. (843) 836-5040

Fat Patties 207 Bluffton Rd. (843) 815-6300

British Open Pub – Bluffton 1 Sherington Dr. #G (843) 815-6736

Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill 876 Fording Island Rd., Ste. 1 (843) 706-7280

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Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta 25 Bluffton Rd., Ste. 601 (843) 815-9200

Grind Coffee Roasters 7 Simmonsville Rd. #600 (843) 422-7945 Hinchey’s Chicago Bar & Grill 104 Buckwalter Pl., Ste. 1A (843) 836-5959  HogsHead Kitchen • Wine Bar 1555 Fording Island Rd., Ste. D (843) 837-4647 Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q 872 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-9741 The Juice Hive 14 Johnston Way (843) 757-2899  Katie O’Donald’s 1008 Fording Island Rd. #B (843) 815-5555 Kobe Japanese Restaurant 30 Plantation Park Dr., Ste. 208 (843) 757-6688 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

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Saigon Cafe 1304 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-1800

Mulberry Street Trattoria 1476 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2426

Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood 12 Sheridan Park Circle (843) 815-5030

Okatie Ale House 25 William Pope Ct. (843) 706-2537

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Old Town Dispensary 15 Captains Cove (843) 837-1893 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

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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An Exercise for the Mind, Body & Soul By Samantha Williams For the past few years, I have been a travel blogger as Resort Girl. And now I am excited to bring a series on Living the Resort Life to The Breeze. Are you looking for a year-round routine of exercise that not only challenges your body—but also your mind and soul? Then Yoga is an excellent choice. Yoga can be taken up at any age and stage in life. It requires as little as 15 minutes as a way of waking up your day or as a staple to your exercise regime with hourly classes. Or you may even go further with your practice and take weekend workshops. I started my love of yoga five years ago when going through some major life transitions. The stress was high, and my body needed a way to release that negative energy and wind down. But I also wanted a way to build up physical strength and stamina as I entered middle age. Fortunately, there was a beginner class held at my plantation clubhouse taught by a seasoned yoga instructor. Why do I emphasize beginner? As with any sport or exercise you need to start slow, learn the basics and then move forward. You need to see how your body reacts—and trust me—yoga will let you know. That is one of the beauties of yoga. You start to feel your body again. Your mind becomes alert to where you need to stretch more, bend more and build up more. You begin


to view the world from many different angles by sitting on the floor more, looking upward and downward and walking barefoot more often. It is truly a mind, body and soul experience. And your soul begins to open to new possibilities. Yoga has become my main form of exercise. And my body has built up strength, balance and increased muscle. It is also a great way to add flexibility and stretching for other sports such as golf and tennis and running. Some take yoga just to enhance their performance in other activities, or just to age more gracefully with increased balance/muscle tone. So how can you begin your personal journey with yoga? Many of the plantations and gyms in Bluffton offer yoga

part of their exercise schedule. Or there are two studios: Jiva Yoga and Downward Dog that offer classes on a per class open enrollment status. Or you can hop in your car and rise and shine by taking classes at Coligny beach. A s a beginner, ask your gym or studio what classes they may suggest. And let your instructor know you are new to the practice. They will be able to guide you in proper poses and alignment and maybe even point out some to avoid while starting out. And if you have had any operations or injuries, they will offer suggestions as part of their training for options to modify positions. And finally, Yoga opens your mind up to possibilities and positive energy. It allows a time of peaceful reflection, a few minutes and moments of quiet, and time to reconnect to your soul. Breathing is an integral part of yoga which can be used also to reduce anxiety. One of my favorite teachers is Wendy Methvin of Jiva Yoga. I attend her classes on a regular basis. Her Jiva Yoga bio explains her personal journey: When Wendy took her first yoga class, she knew that it would not be her last. She fell in love with how she felt during and after yoga: strong, flexible, joyful, confident, and compassionate toward herself and others. Wendy sees her yoga practice as an essential part of her life. Her wish is to encourage everyone to begin their practice and open themselves up to the possibility of positive change in their lives. I hope this article inspires both men and women to consider yoga. It has a powerful impact by giving one Strength, Agility, Centering, and Mindfulness. And thank you for reading the premier article on Living the Resort Lifestyle. My goal is to help you Relax, Reflect and Recharge!

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May Events


in Bluffton, Beaufort, Hilton Head & Savannah

BLUFFTON: Bluffton Farmers Market Calhoun Street. Every Thursday 1-6. Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program. Visit our Master Gardener for gardening tips, best planting practices, soil corrections, and much, much more! May 4 5:30 -7:30 The Sand Box Interactive Museum FREE Family fun night May 7-June 3: Local Landscape Photographer Bill Bogle, Jr., the featured Artist at Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), displays his exhibit called “Nature’s Elegance: National Parks and Beyond”. The gallery is located in Old Town Bluffton at the corner of Church and Calhoun Street. The public is invited to an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, ‘May 13 at the gallery. Please visit www.sobagallery. com for a complete calendar of events and other information or call (843) 757-6586. May 12 10:00 - 5:00: MayFest- 40th Bluffton Village Festival Bluffton Village Festival www. May 18th 5-9pm: Sunset Palooza Featuring live music from Chiggers, Horan Brothers Band. Food Court Pizza, Pasta, Meats & Seafood,Bluffton Oyster Factory Park,Wharf Street Bluffton. Mondays – Fridays: Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill 36

Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 7576046 or May 22-24. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) Center for Creative Arts workshops! “Pen, Ink and Watercolor Excitement”. Michael Pearson will lead this special workshop by exploring pen stroke techniques and how to enhance watercolors. Heyward House 70 Boundary Street Bluffton, SC 29910 (843) 757-6293 tours and more!

SAVANNAH: May 13: RIVER BOAT CRUISES - 9 E. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401- 912.232.6404 Mother’s Day Brunch. Adult: $56.95 – Child(ages 5-12): $35.95 Children 4 & under: FREEE April11- JULY 29TH THE PIANO MEN – THE HISTORIC SAVANNAH THEATRE

BEAUFORT: May 25-27: Gullah Festival annually takes place every Memorial Day weekend. The 2018 festival is at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park located at 1010 Bay Street in Beaufort, South Carolina. The gates for the festival will open Friday (10am-8pm),

Saturday (10am-7pm) and Sunday (2pm-7pm). Come shop for unique Gullah and Low Country treasures and experience authentic cuisine at The Gullah Marketplace daily 10am to 11 pm. Phone: 843.321.9288 843-525-0628 The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, MondaySaturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. A driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration are required. Boulevard de France. (843) 228-3650 or May 4-5: A Taste of Beaufort Music, Arts & Seafood Festival! – Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival Friday, 6–10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission! (843) 525-6644 or May 12: Beaufort Music Fest! Beaufort Academy is proud to be host of the 1st Annual Music Fest featuring DRIVIN N CRYIN. Gates will open at noon and the fun starts at 1:30 p.m. with opening acts by Cranford Hollow, Bounty Hunter, and Pat Cooper. This event promises to be a day that is jam packed

inside Hilton Head Plantation When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. Admission is $12 per adult and $7 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.To register, call the Heritage Library at 843686-6560 May 9 at 3PM The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Nancy Hadley to speak about why Oyster reefs are a critical habitat and according to a report by The Nature Conservancy, oyster reefs are the most endangered marine ecosystem on the planet. Hadley will suggest some behavior modifications that coastal residents can adopt to lessen their personal impact on this critical resource. 70 Honey Horn Dr. Cost is $7 per person, reservations are required, (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or visit Memorial Day Hilton Head May 27: The Hilton Head Choral Society presents “America Sings!” at First Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. A celebration of the best of American music including patriotic favorites and an inspiring, special salute to members and veterans of our United States Armed Forces. 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. For tickets, call (843) 341-3818 visit www.

May 19: 63rd Annual Beaufort Water Festival Paddle Battle, Battery Creek Landing. 9 a.m. start time–air.html.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND: MAY 2ND, MAY 9TH, MAY 16TH, MAY 23RD, MAY 30TH 10:00 AM 11:30 AM . HISTORIC BIKE TOUR Learn about Hilton Head Island’s history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture. Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required. Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes. May 2-27: The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Evita,” at 8 p.m. 14 Shelter Cove Ln. For tickets, call (843) 842-2787 or visit May 3RD, 10TH, 17TH, 24TH, 31ST 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Tour Historic Fort Mitchel 65 Skull Creek Drive Hilton Head Island, Fort Mitchell is located The Breeze

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MUSIC TOWN Article By: Jevon Daly Selflessness is not something typically associated with an artists cd release. I’m not saying that most people don’t wanna share their work, or include others by adding them as sidemen or sidewomen to their music. Frederick Capers and Todd Toho are La Bodega and they have done something really neat this time around {I think this is their second release in under a year} for the community here in the low country of South Carolina. Of course they have poured soul into the recording. We have all heard Fred sing. You know Todd be getting all funky with the guitar on it. They have really outdone themselves this time by including a bevy of bearded dudes and unbearded dudettes on this cd and they are gonna donate HALF of all the album sales to sarcoidosis and multiple sclerosis research. Who is on the album? What is sarcoidosis? I got you. Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of your body — most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Fred suffers from this ailment and has even missed musical gigs because of it. You’d never know it by looking at Fred at shows, but some days are worse than others with this disease. He powers through. He loves “what we do”. Luckily Todd is a guy he can trust with his life’s work literally. They are extremely proud of this new disc. Lets get down to talking about that. Brian Eason on the wheels of steel, is a contributor. Loel Stein makes an appearance. Actually a few guys from local phenoms GTA are on the disc. The dreadlock robot and Sammy Passawhateverhisnameis is on there as well as local DJ Bizzy B and little old me. Fred {Guy Smiley} and Todd {Toddy Tyrone} recorded this themselves at their own studio {I’m sure it has a sick name but I cannot find it on Facebook}.  Fred has become quite the mixer and Todd is always growing, becoming a decent swing player these days, adding lush jazz chords to songs like “the Pursuit” written by Fred and your loving author here. Read more here about these fun loving dudes trying to make a difference. Album drops May 18 . La bodega forever!!! 40

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Tek Me to Duh Watuh Take me to the water

By: Gene Cashman TEK ME TO DUH WATUH

Once but an unfathomable dream, then born in time, a place shaped by the breath of God; from out of the darkness a howl, a gust from the bellows of the Almighty driving a furious, creative destruction across the depths, cutting a path of sorrow in modern time, hands upon the potter’s clay in ancient days. God spoke, and it was. Primordial and beautiful, it grew in breadth and depth of splendor, and now beset with the stardust of divine royalty, shines as a wonder of the world. Bluffton is a crown jewel, be it on a tarnished silver crown, still it glimmers. Heady beginnings have humble and purposeful middles and even better caretakers of the flame. Let’s skip the mythology and start well into the middle of the story. For something to be a “state of mind” it must have embedded within it a deep sense of eccentricity; a self-confidence rooted in being different, an appreciation for intentionally beating its drum slightly off-time. To market oneself purposefully as a de facto “state of mind” is to have completely embraced the reality that while the world might change around you, the community DNA is so hardwired as such that it will always intrinsically be a different sort of place, existing someplace in that wholly ethereal realm between awesome and weird and the misunderstood and the taken advantage of. To me, Bluffton has always been about characters. Characters differentiate communities. They define a state of mind. Characters create memories. They take a geographical place and make it a scene; push through a bland identity with self-determination and purpose. Down through the years characters are defined through the eye of the beholder as eclectic or obnoxious, pompous or puritanical; yet all characters ultimately create something in the fabric of a community. Bluffton is a place full of characters. 42 2

Bluffton has a lot of character because of those original personalities and creators. I won’t dare wade into all the identities or peccadillos of specific characters, because not only is it still a small town, but each story has a life all its own. I will however, give a tip of the cap to one of the most original of them all and without whom artists and ugly dogs would still be left hidden under rocks. There is one woman who was Blufftonhip before Bluffton was ever hip, the resplendent Babby Guccio; three cheers for always being you and creating a space and a festival for artists. You always inspire me. Bluffton itself is a magnificent work of art, a decoupage of personalities over immense natural beauty. The circadian rhythm of the town is set by the tides; a steadiness beset by a circuitous ‘leave it to us’ attitude that pushes responsibility off until tomorrow. Bluffton offers bespoke adventure created through the creases and cracks in its new, exterior shell. If one departs the malls and convenience of fast casual dining to be in the stillness of creation there is another universe waiting. At the core of art is experience. To experience something, to be reminded of something, specific to emotions, one has to explore in ways that stretch the senses. Places that attract artists are places that elicit emotion, inspire imagination and are defined by a uniqueness that captures the attention of the senses. The smells, for instance, define the palette of Bluffton. There is the salty aroma of the river, the soulful stink of pluff mud, the sweet tradition of the pine, the oak and the azalea. The sounds open the imagination of what might be around the next corner. The symphony of the cicada and tree frog, the cackle of the gulls, the hum of the outboard motor all creates the sounds of possibility. Then there is the feel of the sandbar sand between the toes, the humidity

of August and the steady breeze of the wind off the river. Sights abound too, be it a blood moon over the marsh, a summer thunderstorm or low tide. To behold the visual splendor of the low country tidal marsh is to me to view a slice of heaven. People are always surprised by Bluffton. Perhaps they come to Hilton Head but wander beyond the Piccadilly Circus of Port Royal and 278, deeper beyond the suburban shell, and find a relic and an ole soul; something worth treasuring.That soul has always been there, long before Bluffton was a feature destination in the American Airline in-air magazine and long before its particularities became hip, cool or a marketable commodity. The soul of Bluffton isn’t the characters, even though they give is a distinct panache. The soul of Bluffton is the River. There is no oasis without the water. There is no Bluffton without the river. There would be no lush outgrowth of character, or character to capture without the May River and all her many familial tributaries and waterways. Consider this. We ride upon her. We feed ourselves from her. We harvest her. We enjoy her. She gives purposefully, freely and generously without complaint. We don’t return her calls, especially when she is sick. We watch her change. We see the warning signs. We notice the red flags. We still have our expectations of her, so we ignore and continue to take from her. We mine, endlessly, the soul of the community. There is no Bluffton without that river, or at least not the charming Bluffton that draws people in. The suburban exterior shell of the town is convenient, but it isn’t inspiring. It isn’t attractive. I doubt people really come to see what it has to offer exclusively. People fall in love, passionate love, with Bluffton when they meander down Calhoun Street and catch a glimpse of what the artist captures so magically on canvas or print. They dive in when they see that river and taste her bounty.

Characters are the caretakers of the community image. The river is the soul. Bluffton is a truck stop without the natural beauty that attracts the characters who love her immense bounty. When I close my eyes and focus, when I am hundreds of miles away from Bluffton, what I miss and see in my dreams, what draws me back, what heals me, what inspires me and what creates deep emotion in me is that water. Romulus was the fifth of twelve pups, born under a porch near Alljoy. The mother was the long, long and very distant offspring of a retriever that was allegedly of pure lineage but after a few beers was most certainly the ugliest mutt anyone had ever seen alive. Those austere beginnings wouldn’t deter the young Romulus; in fact in addition to siring at least four litters of ugly pups himself he is preparing for entry in the Ugliest Dog Contest. The character of Bluffton, secured by its many characters, is growing as fast and true as its boundaries. The soul is fragile. Gather this May to celebrate the little village with a gigantic soul, but appreciate that none of it would ever be without that which inspires the art. Continue to polish that silver crown, to make certain the jewels of nature don’t get lost in the crowded, gilded landscape of modern convenience. And thus, down through the ages a lighthouse has shown bright on the shore for weary travelers. A refuge, a place many wanted to go when troubled and in need of respite. Many a pilgrim would remark “take me to your river.” Indeed, “for I too want to go.”

“Tek Me to Duh Watuh” is an old Negro Spiritural scored by Luke Peeples in 1930. “Pelican at Sunset” by Alec Bishop. Babbie Gucio’s door at The Store on Calhoun Street by Margaret Palmer.

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If you are even a little interested in art, particularly painting, and have been in this part of the Lowcountry of South Carolina for any time, Joe Bowler is a name you may recognize. Joe, and his wife Marilyn, moved to Hilton Head Island in 1972. They were making the transition from magazine illustrator to portrait painting. They were happy to join a growing number of professional artists who had moved south, such as Joe’s long-time friend and mentor, Coby Whitmore. Marilyn became Joe’s representative, who greeted and explained the process for a portrait sitting to clients. She was also the gatekeeper to numbers of painters, young and old, who would come to see Joe for a critique and inspiration. These visitors would spend an hour or two sitting with Joe, watching him paint. The conversation would be about painting, what inspired Joe, and the importance of mastering one’s craft. One of the most important features in the session was the crucial importance of drawing. Whether one was a painter, sculptor, or illustrator, the focus was on how the drawing process was the foundation of mastery. Throughout Joe’s life, drawing was always something he was able to do. Even as a child, he could draw what he saw, and throughout his career as a painter, he always made time for drawing. In New York, before the move to Hilton Head Island, Joe would get together with other illustrators, hire a model, and spend an afternoon or evening drawing. The practice continued after the move, as Joe invited a new group of kindred souls to meet at his studio for drawing, camaraderie, and experimentation. Now, with the help of Charlene Gardener, owner of Four Corners Gallery in Bluffton, a selection of these drawings is being made available to be seen and/ or acquired. These drawings span decades, all done with Joe’s unending thirst for learning his craft. The exhibition will run through May 11th at Four Corners Gallery at 1263 May River Road in Bluffton. For more information, please call the venue at  843-757-8185. This is an opportunity to see and possibly gain insight into how genius feeds and sustains itself, away from the pressure of commerce, and even the notion of genius. Bevan Brynne Bowler The Breeze

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87 OAK TREE ROAD • $2,950,000


253 BELFAIR OAKS BLVD • $1,595,000



This unique masterpiece sits on a peninsula with a 280 degree view, and is the only homesite in Colleton River with deep water frontage with dock, and verdant marsh wrapping one side of the property. Its unique design wraps around two grand live oak trees to form a peaceful botanical haven while the marsh and pristine waters of the river make for a pallet of natural beauty filled with wildlife.

Award winning builder’s personal home! One of the finest homes in all of Belfair and situated on one of the best homesites with golf and marsh views! Incredible gourmet kitchen, octagonal study, home theater with bar, spacious master suite, and outdoor entertaining area with pool, waterfall, outdoor kitchen and fireplace. For the discerning buyer, you must see this one!

The ideal waterfront home! Sip your coffee from the porch as you watch the sun rise over the Colleton River and marsh. This decorator furnished home looks like a model! Cook’s kitchen with generous breakfast room, all open to the spacious family room and water views beyond! Dining room, elevator, wet bar, double porches across the back with water views, and much more!




82 INVERNESS DRIVE • $895,000

54 CUMBERLAND DRIVE • $895,000

17 BELMEADE DRIVE • $749,000

A must see! Extremely well maintained one owner home with great view of the picturesque par 3, 6th hole on the Dye Course. Cart path on the other side of the hole makes for the best of both worlds—great view but with privacy. One floor home with top of the line kitchen plus spacious bonus room complete with kitchenette. Wood flooring through much of the home. Home feels like new!

Incredible Tuscan style H2 built 4BR, 4.5BA home plus Bonus Room meticulously maintained by original owners features much desired open floor plan. Chef’s kitchen, elegant master suite, wet bar, home theater, Great Room and screened patio all with awesome golf views. Protected habitat Preserve on the other side of the fairway ensures perpetual privacy. MUST SEE!

Enjoy a like new home! Over $400k in renovations and upgrades: New kitchen, master bath, screened porch, lighting/plumbing fixtures, hardwood flooring, wholehouse stereo and much more! Located on a quiet culde-sac. Beautifully landscaped golf view with ample set back from the fairway for privacy. A true gem waiting for your visit.




7 DRYDEN CIRCLE • $695,000

Beautiful 4BR home plus bonus room located on a quiet cul-de-sac with wooded privacy in the back, complete with firepit, fountain, summer kitchen, and screened porch. Chef’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, office with custom built-ins, two story foyer and great room with coffered ceiling and fireplace. Heated and cooled home gyme or hobby room. Spacious garage with workshop and much more!

11 KERSHAW DRIVE • $375,000

Beautiful home with lagoon view on a quiet cul-de-sac. 4BR plus study/hobby room and bonus room. Walk-in storage and foam insulation for energy efficiency. Wide plank Brazilian hardwood floors. Gourmet kitchen opens to spacious Great Room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and built-ins. Walk to the Clubhouse for morning coffee or drinks with friends. All of this and at a great value

51 HOPSEWEE DRIVE • $365,000

Beautiful designer decorated home featuring lanai with pool/spa and summer kitchen surrounded by custom stone decking and lush landscaping! Great indoor/outdoor living. 3BR, 3.5BA home with hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, and custom kitchen. Over $15K in new applicances in 2017. Spacious master suite and a beautifully appointed study. Furniture negotiable. A must see!

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Wayne M. McDonald

Simone Griffeth McDonald

Broker | Owner 843-384-5764

Licensed SC REALTOR® 843-384-4466

Suzanna Rose McDonald

Realtor | Sales Executive 843-816-2547 The Breeze APRIL 2018 1

The Breeze May 2018  

Magazine of the Lowcountry

The Breeze May 2018  

Magazine of the Lowcountry