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on’t you just love this time of year? The cool spell plumped our oysters up just right, and it’s time to put another log on the fire to cozy up with a good book or with someone you love. Hopefully the toughest decision you have to make is what kind of casserole you’re going to take to Aunt Jackie’s for Thanksgiving dinner. Life in the Lowcountry is good! Let’s not forget to be thankful for all we have and for all of our blessings—and to give in return. Give your time, give a smile, give a hug…just give, and you will feel so much better for it. The nicest thing happened to me the other day. I got a letter from Mrs. Mildred Peeples Pemberton, whose father was Andrew Peeples, known in his day as The Bluffton Boy. From time to time, we publish one of his amazing stories, like this month. Well, her handwritten letter started out by telling me how much she looks forward to reading The Bluffton Breeze every month and then got me straight on a fact that I was mistaken on: the number of kids her Grandfather Peeples had. Grandfather Peeples had four boys with his first wife who died. He eventually remarried and had 10 more children, seven boys and three girls. And, yes, all 11 boys were all named after disciples, including one son, John, who died at the age of two. In those days, a college education was rare, but Mr. Peeples was able to educate all 13 of his children. Imagine what that would cost today! Mrs. Pemberton went on to tell me that someone once offered to sell Hilton Head Island to her grandfather for $10,000 and he said, “Are you crazy? I’ve got 13 children to educate. I don’t need an island!” One of the benefits of publishing this magazine is all the wonderful people we have the opportunity to meet. Hundreds of kind folks stopped by The Breeze booth at the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival to tell us how much they love the magazine. We are so blessed and, yes, thankful to be able to share our stories with so many people. A heartfelt thank you to all who stopped by, to those who read The Breeze and to our wonderful staff who take pride in working together to bring you YOUR magazine each month. We now have over 20,000 monthly readers and 10,000 hits every month on our website, Best of all, you can pick the magazine up, free of charge, in more than 90 locations across the Lowcountry. Speaking of reading, we have some great features to share with you this month. Don’t miss Gene Cashman’s thoughtful Thanksgiving reflections, Amanda Surowitz’s hilarious hunting tale, Michele RoldánShaw’s insightful Q&A with pharmacist Jim Sauter and much more. Have a great story idea or photograph you want to share? Please call or email and we’ll do our best to include it. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to tell our advertisers where you saw them!


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Those Torturous English Cuts Striking Down Home Rule? Environmental Sustainability at Risk Choosing a Thankful Heart Giving Thanks Jim Sauter & Bluffton Pharmacy Love Stinks on a Fall Hunt Bluffton Book Festival Spring Island Serenity The Ultimate Sacrifice Bluffton Veterans Day Parade November Happenings Just Jevon: Part Deux Sandbar Sangria Recipe

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Those Torturous English Cuts By Andrew Peeples


trip to Savannah for back-to-school clothes offered more than one Bluffton resident bargained for.

Back in the old days just before World War I, along about the time when I was shedding rompers for shirts and pants, my family, like many others in Bluffton, still clung to the horseand-buggy era. Our horse was a handsome bay named Mack. He was gentle but spirited, and sleek as a sea lion and always ready to go. A slight tightening of the reins sent him forward in a burst of speed. A sudden “Whoa!” brought him to a dead halt. I tried it one time in the saddle and was catapulted over his head like a clay pigeon sprung from a trap machine. Our buggy was shiny black with red-spoked wheels and a folding top. The dashboard sported a whip socket and the seat was upholstered with black leather. The floor in front and the luggage compartment in the rear also served as seats—for us children. One time I sat on the floor back-to-back with my brother Thomas all the way to Screven’s Ferry and back—a distance of 44 miles. That was the time Papa and Mama took Thomas, Luke and me to Savannah to buy our back-to-school clothes. I can never forget that hot August day, because that was the day I bought a pair of those long, narrow, pointed shoes called English Cuts and suffered an unspeakable misery known only to God and me. Long before daybreak, we got up and ate breakfast and started


on the 21-mile trip to Screven’s Ferry to catch the early boat to Savannah. Usually, we went to Savannah on the steamer Attaquin. But this time Papa wanted to get back the same day, so we had to go by way of the ferry. The buggy ride took us past the Bluffton Cemetery, over the Rose Dhu bridge, through Pritchardville, over the New River bridge and then on to a winding dirt road through Levy, Bellinger Hill and a part of the Savannah River swamp, where we boys half expected, or half hoped, a big black bear would lumber out of the dense bushes, jump into the buggy, and hug us all to death, almost. Arriving at the ferry landing, we left Mack and the buggy in the care of an old man and got aboard the flat-bottomed boat. It was a short, but exciting, ride across the river, and we boys remained glued to the rails, watching wide-eyed the great ocean vessels moving in and out of the harbor. As soon as we disembarked upon the Savannah wharf, Papa hailed a hack and we rode to the corner of Bull and Broughton Streets, where Papa left us and went on to his business elsewhere in the city. Up to that moment, we boys were as quiet as three little lambs. But the minute Papa turned his back we became as frisky and unmanageable as a trio of unleashed puppies. Mama was too gentle to cope with us. For my part, I lost no time setting up a howl for a pair of English Cuts, just like Henry McAlpin’s. Henry was one of my best friends in Bluffton. He lived with his uncle and aunt, Dr. and

Mrs. F. V. Walker, and they kept him dressed in the latest and finest in boys’ apparel. One day, Henry came back from Savannah with a pair of those English Cuts on his feet, and for me it was love at first sight. One look at those long, narrow, pointed, shiny masterpieces of elegant grace, and my mind was made up and nothing could change it. “You won’t wear them,” Mama warned. “And you know how your papa feels about throwing money away.” “Henry wears his,” I argued, “and he likes them.”

He forced it on my right foot with a shoehorn. It was a size and a half too small, but I didn’t say anything.

“They’re beautiful on Henry,” Mama agreed. “But Henry’s feet are smaller than yours.” “I don’t care,” I said. “I want a pair.” Mama did her best to dissuade me. But I whined and fretted up and down both sides of Broughton Street all morning and all over Levy’s and Adler’s department stores most of the afternoon, until Mama finally gave in. She took me to the shoe department in Adler’s and asked a clerk to fit me in whatever I wanted. She left me there and took Thomas and Luke to another floor. The black-suited clerk kicked a stool up in front of a red-leather chair and told me to sit. Before I could tell him what kind of shoes I wanted he said, “I know. I know. You want a pair of English Cuts, just like Henry McAlpin’s. Put your foot up here.” He sat on the stool and measured my foot. The top of his head looked like a soup bowl upside down. He looked up at me and something in

his eyes reminded me of Mr. W. J. Fripp’s tomcat the day he ate my brother Mark’s pet squirrel. He got up and went to a shelf and jerked a box off of it and came back with the box under his arm. He sat down again and took one of the shoes out of the box, and I saw that it was an oxblood English Cut, exactly like Henry’s.

He forced it on my right foot with a shoehorn. It was a size and a half too small, but I didn’t say anything. I was afraid he would put it back in the box and tell me that it was the only pair of English Cuts in Savannah. He forced the other shoe on my left foot, and then he smiled that tomcat smile and asked me a leading question no court of justice would have allowed. “Sonny,” he said, “they’re real comfortable, aren’t they?” They were squeezing and pinching and burning my feet with all the fury of hell on Judgment Day. But I wasn’t taking any chance on another pair being in the city. “Yessuh!” I shouted, loud enough for everybody on the floor to hear me. “That’s fine,” the clerk said. “Now get up and walk. Get up and take a nice long walk. Go outside on the pavement in the nice warm sunshine and walk. It takes a lot of walking on hot pavement to break in a pair of new shoes, just like Henry McAlpin’s.” I was glad to get The away Bluffton from that black-suited clerk. But by2017 the time 9 Breeze NOVEMBER

I got to the front door I was envying the serpent in the Garden of Eden when the Lord God commanded him to crawl upon his belly forevermore. I went out on the sidewalk and stood in the hot August sun. My feet began to swell and my shoes began to shrink. I shifted my weight from one foot to the other. I lifted one shoe clear of the pavement, then the other. I leaned backward on my heels. I leaned forward on my toes. I tried every position I could think of, but none relieved the pressure of those English Cuts. I thought of taking them off for a minute’s respite, but I knew I would never get them back on without the aid of that cat-eyed monster armed with a shoehorn. I was still standing on the sidewalk when Papa returned at sundown. As he came up, Mama, with Thomas and Luke still in tow, came up too. Mama said she had finished with the children, but had to get a few things for the house. She would take a hack later and meet us at the ferry boat. Papa said he and the boys would saunter on back to the wharf. It was only eight or 10 blocks and we would enjoy the walk. “Let’s go,” he said. I gritted my teeth and started walking. I was on the inside, and I could see myself in the display windows. The first time I caught a profile glimpse of one of my squeaking oxbloods I almost fainted. It looked as long and shiny as Grandpa Guilford’s walking stick. A moment later, a city smart aleck passed us and made some over-the-shoulder remark about all the gunboats not being in the Navy and I wanted to die right there in my tracks. “Son,” Papa said, “are those new shoes comfortable?” “Yessuh,” I lied. I tried to walk naturally, so Papa would not question me further. But that profile glimpse and the crack about the gunboats had me too selfconscious to coordinate my steps, and I kept tripping my toes and stumbling forward, as though Thomas or Luke had suddenly thrust one of Mama’s hatpins into the seat of my pants. “Son,” Papa asked again, “are you sure those shoes are comfortable?” “Yessuh,” I lied again. “Well then,” Papa said, “why in heavens’s name don’t you pick up your infernal feet and walk right?” The eight or 10 blocks back to the ferry boat stretched out into what seemed like eight or 10 miles. With every step, my feet sprouted a new batch of blisters. Before we reached the other side of the Savannah River, night had fallen. But I was still upright when we got back to the buggy. I climbed in and sat on the floor back-to-back with Thomas, with my feet hanging out. And while Papa and the old man were hitching up Mack, I took off my shoes and eased them down to the ground directly in front of the rear wheel. Papa got in the buggy and picked up the reins. “Getup!” he said, and Mack headed homeward in a fast trot. I leaned my head against Thomas’ shoulder and closed my eyes, and my parents thought I had fallen asleep from sheer exhaustion. But I guess if the truth were known, I was practically in a coma brought on by the cruel affliction suffered in those twin torture chambers called English Cuts. “Bluffton Boy: The Collected Short Stories of Andrew Peeples” used with permission from Mildred Peeples Pemberton, daughter of Andrew Peeples.


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By Amber Hester Kuehn, Owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters


f you have any connection to environmental issues in the Lowcountry, you have likely heard that Hilton Head and Beaufort County are considering ordinances that would ban single-use plastic bags. What you may not have heard about is a bill, pushed by the plastic industry, that would prevent local governments from passing ordinances that regulate the sale and distribution of plastic bags—the so-called “Ban on Bans” Bill or H. 3529. The State House of Representatives voted in March of this year to table this bill until January of 2018. The bill violates Home Rule (the ability for local governments to set their own rules) and sets a disturbing precedent. If the state passes this restriction on Home Rule in January 2018, our local governments will be prevented from addressing the problems plastic bags are causing in our communities and in our ecosystems. We will continue to see bags floating on the waterways, removed from the intestinal tract of sea turtles, snagged by oyster reefs, blowing in the streets and adorning the trees in the median. Does this picture sound like scenery we are proud to call home?

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Of course not. That’s why Beaufort County is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags—the kind you get at the checkout counter. The County has not suggested banning all plastics.

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Single-use plastic bags catch wind and travel great distances. When they end up over the marine environment, settle on the surface of the ocean and submerge, they resemble jellyfish, a major food source for leatherback sea turtles. There have been Planning Commission meetings and several County Council meetings—with and without public comment—where a ban on plastic bags received overwhelming support from the community. A survey conducted by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce also conveyed the majority opinion that we could live without the single-use plastic bag. The community supports the ban, the local government does not want to lose Home Rule and the environment will benefit. So why this push for a “Ban on Bans” at the state level? A plastic bag manufacturer that maintains administrative offices in South Carolina argues their industry takes precedent over the wishes of local citizens, the health of our environment and our Amber and But, a Seahere Turtle water quality. in Nest coastal South

Carolina, where the salt marsh estuary pervades our Lowcountry for miles inland, we understand why we should implement policies ensuring Spanish moss is hanging from our trees—not plastic bags. Isle of Palms and, later, Folly Beach have already initiated a ban on plastic bags and look like rock stars. They are trailblazers and have been successful with the backing of communities that value the unique Lowcountry ecosystem. Folly Beach took an extra leap and banned Styrofoam and balloons on their beaches, as well. This is an example of proactive citizens working to solve a problem in their community with real results. Their decision will be grandfathered in, even if South Carolina defeats the Home Rule Act. It’s time to protect what is beautiful in our coastal towns and the scenery we enjoy every day. It is a call to action to assist the sea turtles that are confused by the floating plastic. You can make a difference. Tell your local elected officials you support banning plastic bags. Tell your representatives and senators that you oppose House Bill 3529.

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By Gene Cashman

Being thankful is, above all, a choice and a reflection of how we see ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.


am 40 years old. I’m married and have four kids, a dog, a cat and a fish. They all live in a house that I will pay off when I am 65, maybe. There are lots of associated bills that come with four kids, a dog, cat and, surprisingly, a fish.

So, I work—a lot. I only have one job, but it’s a demanding one that sometimes feels oppressive. While it keeps the family train running on time, I’d never write my graduate school guidance counselor a thank you note for recommending it to me. My Wells Fargo agent told me recently that retirement is possible at age 80. My hair is rapidly going white. I stress eat. I wished I stress exercised; then, perhaps, I wouldn’t need to keep three sizes of pants in the closet.


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Did I mention that I yo-yo diet too, get impatient quickly and take too much pleasure from cursing and driving too fast? While there’s nothing wrong with loving loud music and an ice-cold beer, I don’t hear as well as I used to, and my doctor is now telling me to take it easy with the beer. I have arrived at middle age with a lengthy list of vices and potential complaints. When I look at myself in old pictures, ones from elementary and high school, I can assure you the thought of myself way out into the future was much simpler than it has become. As happens in all our lives, somehow, somewhere along the way, events and encounters changed the course of those early youthful dreams. New dreams sprang forth from trials and disappointments, and better realities emerged in the cracks and crevices of my life—many times more robust than those I initially envisioned. Too often though, because circumstances have been different from what I wanted or took a different path, I’ve been slow to adapt my ways of thinking and, as a result, have spent many a misguided and selfish season feeling disappointed, frustrated or even unhappy with my life. I have allowed myself to be robbed of a great deal of joy and thankfulness just by how I think of myself. Three years ago, that mindset began to change. I started to look at things in a different way. It all started when a business I took over burned and ultimately had to file for bankruptcy. My initial tendency was to wallow in selfpity and defeat. What stopped that trajectory was being given a book on grief. In it were 365 stories, one for each day. I read it dutifully for a year and began to realize just how little in life I actually controlled. My issues with feeling tired, frustrated or unhappy were all related to control. If I couldn’t control an event, situation or circumstance, I took it upon myself to complain, escape mentally or through a vice such as food, or to look at something or someone to blame.

I have arrived at middle age a very blessed and fortunate man. I’m not perfect at all, and I’m O.K. with it. I wake up each morning and try again.

I have spent the past two years reconciling and wrestling with the newfound understanding that in each season of life, I am exactly where I am supposed to be. It’s up to me to find joy and thanksgiving in each day or circumstance, good or bad, and, most importantly, to spread that to other people. I will demonstrate this change in thinking by starting with that dreadfully whiny opening paragraph. It’s time to re-write my story. I am 40 years old. I’m married to my high school sweetheart. She is loyal and has patience for my peccadillos that no other woman would tolerate. We have four kids. They are a miraculous blend of both of us and a tremendous blessing. It is so humbling to be a father; often I get a lump in my throat just thinking about my children. We have dog and a cat and a fish. The dog eats my socks and food off the stove, but loves me unconditionally. We live in a great house, on a great street, with great neighbors. I should probably take Dave Ramsey’s advice and make extra mortgage payments instead of buying more craft beer. I only have one job, and it’s demanding, but I am darn fortunate to have it. I knew what my chosen industry demanded on the front end. I am thankful it allows me to serve others in ways I couldn’t

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imagine years ago. Now, I could probably retire sooner if I cut back on some spending and socked away some more dough, but I enjoy giving new experiences to my children and watching them enjoy life in new ways. I’ll never regret the money we spent to take everyone to the mountains a few summers back, and I really enjoy going to watch them play sports and make it through musical recitals. I’m not guaranteed year 41, and I don’t want to waste a single day. Sure, my hair is rapidly going white, just like my father’s did at this age. Lucky for me, my wife thinks it’s sexy. I do stress eat and need to exercise more: the bottom line is that to best take care of others, which I love to do, I need to take better care of myself. I have a large, extended family that loves me, deeply, no matter who, and that’s huge. For the rest of my petty vices, I need to be O.K. with not being 25 anymore. I have arrived at middle age a very blessed and fortunate man. I’m not perfect at all, and I’m O.K. with it. I wake up each morning and try again. The intent of sharing personal insights about my own life isn’t to be preachy, just mindful. The world today brings us so many opportunities to be anxious, distracted and disappointed that the difference between joyful or jealous, thankful or threatened is as narrow as a razor’s edge. Thanksgiving is a profound word when we let it become a genuine outpouring. Often, the difference in it being an offering to others as opposed to a burden is a small degree of change in one’s own heart. When I look out over the dinner table at my young children, I don’t expect perfect people with perfect lives free of struggle or conflict. I do pray they desire to return, as they grow older, to the table to commune with family, friends and even strangers with happy, generous hearts. I pray, too, that what they remember of me is not a man who was selfish and petty, perpetually cross and unhappy, but rather a man who embraced each circumstance, person and challenge with joy and teased from it all a deep sense of thankfulness at having been given the opportunity to live. This season of thanks, be mindful of the power your attitude has not only on you, but on those around you, and embrace with joy and thanksgiving every opportunity you have to share that joy with others.


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s Thanksgiving approaches, Bluffton residents reflect on what they’re most grateful for at this time of year. Thanksgiving, which falls on November 23 this year, offers the perfect opportunity to express gratitude for all of life’s bounty. It’s also the ideal time to reflect upon the undeniable challenges of the past year and to count our many blessings. Here in Bluffton, residents endured the wrath of Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Irma in less than twelve months. At the same time, Blufftonians witnessed the incredible growth of the town and the welcome expansion of our iconic Bluffton State of Mind. We spoke with a number of Blufftonians about what they’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here is what they had to say. Tina Burdette Toomer Owner, Bluffton Oyster Company Number of years in Bluffton: 28 What I love most about Bluffton: I love the small town feel of Bluffton and the people here. I love the streetscape, the river, the new dock, the restaurants, the art galleries and quirky shops and just being able to walk into the post office or bank and know everyone there. I love the festivals that we have here yearround. I love that our town offers our children and grandchildren job opportunities should they choose to make Bluffton their home once they have reached adulthood. What I’m thankful for: I am thankful for the May River. I am thankful for oysters and shrimp and the ability to work the river to provide fresh seafood. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for the sunrise and sunset that we can see every day and night on the May River. I am thankful to be here and to have lived a life this full!

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Maggie Yelton & Family Owner, Maggie Yelton Photography Number of years in Bluffton: 10 What I love most about Bluffton: My most favorite thing about Bluffton is the May River. It doesn’t matter how hard my day has been, I can walk to the river and my senses are overloaded with gratefulness. As I watch my son throw oyster shells in the water, cast a net with his daddy and get pluff mud up to his knees. What I’m thankful for: I’m most thankful for my family. My husband is my favorite person on this earth, whose calming presence stands by me through all of life’s ups, downs and in-betweens. My son fills my days with so much laughter, wonder and love.




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Sharon Brown & Granddaughter, Amira Secretary and Office Manager, Bluffton High School Number of years in Bluffton: 25 What I love most about Bluffton: I enjoy family, friends and worshiping in Bluffton. What I’m thankful for: I am thankful for a new beginning that the Lord has given me in my life and for my granddaughter Amirah. Now, I am a new person through Him that strengthens me.


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Marc Orlando Town Manager, Town of Bluffton Number of years in Bluffton: Living in Bluffton for 3.5 years and working in Bluffton for 13 years What I love most about Bluffton: I love the spirit and sense of pride of the Bluffton community. I also love that Bluffton is family-oriented. It’s such a great place to raise our children. What I’m thankful for: I am thankful for my family, especially my Mom, my wife Jackie, my daughter Emmy and my son Ben. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful that I live in this amazing Bluffton community and have the opportunity to work for the community. The Bluffton Breeze



Erika Aparicio Account Executive, Island Communications Number of years in Bluffton: 27 What I love most about Bluffton: I’ve been around the world and back, but there is something unmistakably special about Bluffton and those who inhabit it. When a town experiences rapid growth, the identity of the town can easily be lost. The people of Bluffton have worked hard to preserve what makes Bluffton special, while also giving it a new identity as the cultural hub of the Lowcountry. What I’m thankful for: That my family was safe after the massive earthquake struck Mexico. My father is originally from Mexico City, and a large portion of my extended family live in and around Mexico City. My dad’s sister and her family lost their apartment. The entire building was condemned, and they were left homeless on the street with nothing with them but the clothes on their back. I couldn’t be more thankful for the kind individuals who have come to their aid. You really don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, and, despite all of the disasters that have struck, you can bet that I know exactly why I am thankful this particular upcoming Thanksgiving Day.

Brannon Sulka Business Analyst, eviCore HealthCare Number of years in Bluffton: 28 What I love most about Bluffton: The culture. It is difficult to put into words the culture of Bluffton because it’s more of a feeling and sense of being. It’s the environment where we live, watching sunsets from the bluff, walking among 100-year-old oak trees. While Bluffton has grown so much, the feeling I have each time I step back and look around me has never changed. The casual laid-back atmosphere, the salt-filled air, the passionate and welcoming community is the very essence of Bluffton, which makes up the culture I will forever love. What I’m thankful for: Community. In the last month, I have experienced more than one example of the value of a strong community and the friendship and kindness from which it stems. Most recently, Hurricane Irma left much of the All Joy area flooded with three to four feet of water. Within the next four hours, individuals from the entire community jumped in to help get the water out of my boyfriend Patrick’s home and keep more water from entering. More friends drove as close as they could get to the home and then waded through three feet of water to offer help. Out of their own kindness, neighbors on higher ground brought extra sump pumps. My father had a needed generator. During it all, the fire department was going to door-to-door to make sure residents were safe. The kindness and generosity was overwhelming. I am truly thankful to live amongst such a strong example of community.

Eric Esquivel Publisher, La Isla Magazine Number of years in Bluffton: 35 What I love most about Bluffton: Bluffton truly is a state of mind. You have the experience of Southern charm and Southern living with the mix of the development of the 21st century. It’s still a small town with historic beauty. What I’m thankful for: I’m thankful for every new day, for my family, my children and friends and the Bluffton community. I’m grateful for the opportunity to live in such an amazing place.


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Jim Sauter & Bluffton Pharmacy One local pharmacist honors the true spirit of medicine, one customer at a time. By Michele Roldán-Shaw


luffton pharmacist Jim Sauter is a throwback to simpler times: a good man who knows his business and does it for all the right reasons.

Newcomers to the area might patronize the same Walgreens or CVS where they got their prescriptions filled back home, but Blufftonians who are “in the know” use Jim. Bluffton Pharmacy, his unassuming shop on Highway 46 in Old Town, has received the “Best of Bluffton” voter award for many years running. Local residents appreciate Bluffton Pharmacy’s great prices, top-notch customer service, unique products and independent ownership that keeps money in the local economy. However, underlying all that is Jim’s genuine desire to help people. While this interview was being conducted, a woman came in asking, “What can you do for stinky feet?” Jim picked an oldtimey box of powder off the shelf and said, “This has been around since the pharaohs.” The woman looked at the price and noted that it would cost more than its value to ship it to her son in Florida, whereupon Jim suggested she take a picture of it and tell him to find a community pharmacy in his area because the Walmart wouldn’t carry it. He then advised that the son take off his socks more often to allow his feet to breathe, and that if they were really that stinky he probably had some kind of fungal infection going on and should “do something about it soon.”


The whole exchange was typical of the kind of service you get at Bluffton Pharmacy. With no thought whatsoever to his own bottom line, Jim wholeheartedly dispensed the best advice he knew to give. This is why he is one of the most universally respected and appreciated businesspeople in Bluffton. The Bluffton Breeze recently caught up with this modest pharmacist at his place of business to learn more about his background, methods and philosophy. Breeze: How did you get into the pharmacy business? Jim Sauter: My grandfather was a pharmacist in upstate New York; he graduated in 1902. My dad, who passed away last December, was a physician, and my mom was a nurse. I decided I was going to follow in my dad’s footsteps, but he actually discouraged me from going to medical school. This was in 1976. He said that too much government intervention and private pay insurance companies were making it unpleasant to practice, so he encouraged me to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps instead. I went to pharmacy school, graduated in 1981 and was practicing in the Charlotte area, but in ‘88 I saw an ad in the paper by someone who wanted to open a pharmacy in Bluffton. I interviewed and got the job. Then, after less than a year, he asked me to buy him out. Breeze: What was it like being a pharmacist in Bluffton then? Jim: It was very quiet, very slow. This was an ideal fit because I felt like practicing pharmacy in a small-town environment would give me the opportunity to make a difference. We gave a lot of things away.

Breeze: Do you remember any specific occasions when you were able to help someone? Jim: I do remember one situation. I got a call from a mother who was in a panic because her child had swallowed some medications. I told her to meet me here immediately, then I went through Bluffton doing 60 in a 30 mph zone. When I pulled up to the front of the store, there were four police cars behind me. I said, “Guys, I’ve got a child poisoning,” and they just drove away. We gave the girl Ipecac and warm water and made her vomit in the sink. Then I sifted through it and found the tablets. She was fine. Breeze: What is it like practicing pharmacy here today? Jim: It’s just a whole different environment. We are constantly being chased by the proverbial hounds chomping at our heels. I have discouraged my son from going into pharmacy for the same reason my dad discouraged me from becoming a doctor. It’s a lot more difficult now to be successful, but not because we have competition down the street. If anything, that helps us because our prices are so much more competitive. I think that’s why we’ve been in business 30 years. Breeze: How are you able to offer lower prices? Jim: I’ve always been very service-oriented, very conscious of what I charge my patients. It’s more important to me that you get your prescription than it is that I make a big chunk of money at it. I literally would like to treat people the way I wish I could be treated. The Bluffton Breeze



Breeze: People without insurance can’t be running to the doctor for every little thing. It seems like asking the advice of a pharmacist is free and often a good way to solve simple issues with over-thecounter and home remedies. Jim: That’s what I’m all about: helping you avoid spending more money than you need to, but at the same time making sure you are doing things that are in your best interest. What’s really rewarding is when people tell me, “Jim, I trust you more than I trust my doctor or anyone else in the medical field. What’s your opinion on this?” I’m grateful for that kind of confidence, and I don’t take it lightly. Another very important role I pride myself on is being able to provide products that you can’t get anywhere else. Like that lady who just came in looking for a certain type of syringe, but they don’t have it at Walgreens. There are quite a number of products on my shelves that we have special-ordered for people. Big box stores are very in tune with how long it takes to sell a certain item, and if they don’t think they can sell it quickly, they won’t stock it. But we don’t follow that kind of criteria. If you want a certain kind of deodorant, we’ll keep it for you. We do custom orders and custom compounding, and we’re big on pets, so we do custom things for them as well. Breeze: What is custom compounding? Jim: Let’s say you need to take a certain medication, but it upsets your stomach. We can take the active ingredient and put it in a different delivery form, such as a topical application. We’ve been experts in custom compounding for years, but now everybody’s doing it. Breeze: What is your best health advice? Jim: Be very aware of your diet and consider vitamin supplements. That’s one of my most important recommendations. I take about 10 different vitamins a day. People too often don’t take care of themselves. In today’s world, you don’t even have to get out of your car to get a cup of coffee, but we don’t have a drive-through and we never will. If you can’t walk in here, chances are you have a cell phone. You can call me and I’ll bring it out to your car. But I want to look at you. I want to see how you’re doing. This isn’t a one-shot deal. You can always find The Breeze at Bluffton Pharmacy. Bluffton Pharmacy is located at 167 Bluffton Rd. For more information, contact (843) 757-4999 or visit




STINKS on a Fall Hunt By Amanda Surowitz


very November, my dad brings two things back from Michigan: fresh venison and a funny story. One year, he accidentally shot two deer with one bullet. Another time, he was visited by a pair of porcupines. Dad always gives the full story over Thanksgiving dinner, and my Uncle Dave usually shares his version during family visits. Most of the stories are still worth a chuckle, but there’s one that never gets old. All it takes to get our family red-faced and laughing is to say, “Hey, you remember that time with the skunk?” My parents have a cabin in Michigan, stuck in a little nowhere spot between two small towns. Most of my summers and a few Christmases were spent there. Dad, Uncle Dave and Steve, my uncle’s best friend, use it for hunting in the fall. The cabin sits on old farmland surrounded by pine forests. A railroad track used to cut through the land, servicing the old town of Comfort. Both rail and town are long gone, though an overgrown trail remains where the train used to run. Further back, a cedar swamp sprawls along the edge of Finch Creek, an offshoot of the Grass River. The area’s home to plenty of deer, turkey, fox, coyote and the occasional bear or bobcat. One day, Dad, Uncle Dave and Steve chose to hunt on the north end of the property. Dad and Uncle Dave, content to enjoy the companionable silence of brothers on a hunt, set up together in a box blind overlooking a field of wild cherry trees and sporadic white pines. Some ways away—less than 100 yards if you ask my uncle, about a quarter mile if you ask my dad—Steve staked out a place on a ridge close to the creek. They all agree, however, that Steve was just out of sight. It was early in the season, and anticipation

levels were high. Steve had missed opening day, when Uncle Dave filled his tag, and was keen to get his own deer. After a pre-dawn breakfast, Steve slathered his boots and the rest of his gear with a premium variety of doe estrus scent. Most hunters keep it off their clothes and leave it in a baiting area. It’s a powerful musk that brings in the bucks, but won’t win you any human friends. On the ridge, Steve holed up in a ground blind. It was little more than a stiff framework draped in camo netting and covered with brush he’d collected. It had windows to shoot through and only one entrance. His blind overlooked a worn trail by the cedar swamp at a place where the deer could cross the water and head into the forest, hidden from hunters. As long as he stayed awake while waiting for a deer to wander into his crosshairs, Steve was set for success. Hours went by. No sign of deer. The autumn silence was broken only by the wind in the leaves, the call of loons and the rustle of small animals foraging. Finally, around sunset, a nearby crackle in the brush drew Steve’s attention. He raised his rifle and looked toward the sound. “Everything scuffles in the woods,” Uncle Dave recalls with a smile. “Squirrels, deer, raccoons, everything. But Steve thought this had to be the biggest buck that ever scuffled.” Excitement quickly turned to disappointment when the animal came into view. It wasn’t the mythic 30-point buck at the other end of Steve’s rifle, but a fat skunk, nose to the ground, moseying along toward him. Steve froze. The skunk traced the exact path to the blind he had taken earlier. Oblivious to the hunter, but enamored by the trail of pheromones it followed, the skunk fervently searched for the source of the smell. Steve watched with growing dread, acutely aware

that love was in the air, and he was about to be courted. The blind had only one entrance. If the skunk found him, there was nowhere he could run to escape its spray. If he shot it, it would stink up the area and scare off any deer. Next to smelling like a skunk, the last thing he wanted was to ruin Dad and Uncle Dave’s chances of bagging a deer that day. Steve did the only thing he could. He tore out of the blind before the skunk could get any closer and ran. When he glanced over his shoulder, the starry-eyed skunk was only a few yards behind. Rifle in hand and winter gear weighing him down, Steve smashed through the trees and heavy brush. He might as well have shot the animal for all the noise he made. No one saw a deer that day, though Dad and Uncle Dave did hear the awful crashing of some beast raging through the woods. They had their rifles ready, just in case that 30-point buck decided to make an appearance. Instead, it was a camo-clad hunter fleeing the affections of a lovelorn skunk. Steve didn’t stop running until the heartbroken animal gave up its pursuit. At one point, the story went that Steve was on the phone with Uncle Dave during or after this event, and Uncle Dave told him, “Don’t bring that thing any closer to us!” When Steve told them what happened, he and Dad laughed so hard they shook the blind. That night, they could hardly finish a sentence between them without breaking out in fits of laughter. It was much the same for the rest of my family when Dad told us the story over Thanksgiving dinner. “That story might’ve been the only trophy we took home that year,” Uncle Dave laughs. “But we all got our deer in the end.”

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BOOK FESTIVAL Best-selling authors will share stories and more in Old Town in November. By Michele Roldán-Shaw

“When I come to the coast, we take time to smell the sea breeze. It puts you back in touch with the rhythms of nature.” – Author Mary Kay Andrews


ur rich, languid mode of life in the Lowcountry has inspired authors for generations.

Rustling breezes, rattling fronds, popping creeks, heavy purple thunderheads lined with gold, the round red sun-ball of a summer morning that bodes a dog-day’s heat—there is much here to nurture the poetic imagination. Pat Conroy is perhaps the most recognizable name, but scores of other writers have put pen to paper in hopes of capturing the delight bordering on intoxication that is felt in the Lowcountry. This tradition will be celebrated at the 2017 Bluffton Book Festival in Old Town, November 16-18, raising funds and awareness for the Beaufort County Literacy Center. Readers will have the chance to meet local and regional authors such as New York Times best-selling novelists Mary Kay Andrews, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe. Mary Kay Andrews, best known for her popular beach novels, has written “The Beach House Cookbook” as a culinary companion volume. “This is carefree, barefoot living at its best,” said the Florida native, who now lives in Atlanta but cherishes time spent with her family at their vacation home on Tybee Island, Georgia. “It’s about being outdoors with family and friends, and taking a much slower pace. In Atlanta, we go 90 mph in a 70 mph zone. But when I come to the coast, we take time to smell the sea breeze. It puts you back in touch with the rhythms of nature.” “The Beach House Cookbook” reflects those tastes with simple, easyto-prepare dishes that showcase the freshness of coastal bounties. The idea is that you don’t have to have a beach house to eat like you do. There are old family recipes, such as her grandmother’s deviled eggs and her mother’s carrot cake; fish tacos and shrimp ‘n’ grits that improve on the efforts of her husband and son, both of whom are fishermen; and recipes inspired by her travels, such as frozen key lime pops and Hawaiian ceviche. Mary Kay’s casual, local dining approach with a Southern twist will be much appreciated in Bluffton, a town she loves for its quaintness and its farmers market.


Patti Callahan Henry, author of 12 novels including “Between the Tides” and “Driftwood Summer,” divides her time between Birmingham and Palmetto Bluff. “We have been coming to Bluffton for 30 years,” she says, “so I have watched the town grow up right alongside my children. My boys know the waterways better than they know the roads. They are Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer out here. It’s just a beautiful, natural lifestyle.” In Patti’s latest release, “The Bookshop at Water’s End,” two struggling women return to the tidal river home where they spent summers together in their youth. Now with children of their own, they are drawn into the tangled web of the past, abetted by a local bookshop owner who remembers them as children and may hold secrets that have haunted them since. The idea of revisiting history by returning to its physical location is, according to Patti, an “emotional truth” inspired by a recent visit to her family’s vacation home on Cape Cod that unlocked a flood of memories. But ultimately, Patti says, “This book is about finding your way as a woman—outside expectations, the past and what others want you to be.” As a keynote speaker at this year’s Bluffton Book Festival, Patti will be joined by her close friend and colleague Mary Alice Monroe. A New York Times best-selling novelist, Mary Alice has just released “Beach House for Rent,” culminating the popular Beach House series that has allowed readers to follow the lives of her characters for a decade. Mary Alice is known for educating and inspiring readers to protect species such as sea turtles and monarch butterflies, and her latest effort takes up the cause of migrating shorebirds. This is particularly relevant here in Bluffton, as our estuaries provide habitat for resident populations, as well as feeding grounds and way stations for migrant birds journeying from as far away as the Arctic. According to Mary Alice, a 70 percent drop in shorebird populations since the 1970s—due to factors like climate change and habitat loss—is a serious concern. “I think you have a lot to protect here in Bluffton,” she said, emphasizing the need for smart growth, habitat conservation and keeping plastics, such as fishing line and grocery sacks, out of the water. But perhaps the most important message conveyed in her new book is the most basic: don’t let dogs chase shorebirds or run through the dunes, as this wastes migrating birds’ energy and scares resident birds off hidden nests, leaving the eggs dangerously exposed. Empowering readers to make such simple changes, which nevertheless have far-reaching impact, is the mission Mary Alice undertakes with each new novel. “My books are calls-to-action,” she explains. “I have complete faith that when readers understand, they care. The Bluffton Breeze



If I can catch them through the power of story, they will feel the same passion as my characters do; they will want to learn more and make a difference. That’s what I love about my readers!” Mary Alice has found a niche weaving together the psychological realms of her characters with the plights of threatened species, ultimately reconciling them to portray the healing power of nature in a world where we are increasingly alienated as “shut-ins” by our modern lifestyle. In “Beach House for Rent,” the self-confinement of protagonists suffering from anxiety and grief is juxtaposed with the powerful metaphor for freedom expressed by the shorebirds. Underlying the plot, however, is the strength of Mary Alice’s own true knowledge and experience. Once she has the concept for a new book, she does thorough academic research and hands-on volunteer work, most recently with the Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, South Carolina. “When I write about a character rescuing a pelican on the beach, and how she feels, I’ve done it!” said Mary Alice. “I’ve lived what my characters live.” This highly successful and passionate author looks forward to returning to Bluffton for the 2017 Bluffton Book Festival. She will speak about her work, as well as the particular environmental issues facing Bluffton and what we can all do to help. “My mission is to get people excited about making a difference, even in their own backyards,” she explained. “Pick one thing, and do what you can for it, just by taking care of your own personal choices. If I can encourage readers to do just that much, that is enough.” To learn more about the 2017 Bluffton Book Festival schedule, please visit


Pat Conroy Literary Center Founded in 2016 to honor the legendary author of “Prince of Tides,” “Beach Music” and “The Water is Wide,” the Pat Conroy Literary Center has a mission to educate, inspire and empower readers, writers and teachers in the Lowcountry and beyond. Located in a historic house at 308 Charles Street in Beaufort— Conroy’s beloved hometown—the Center offers space for book clubs, readings, master classes, talks by local and visiting authors and other programs to engage the community in the power of the written word. The Pat Conroy Literary Center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Conroy is celebrated for his enchanting descriptions of the Lowcountry and his mesmerizing storytelling ability. Founders consider the Center a fitting legacy to the man who devoted his life to spreading a love of literature and generously teaching, supporting, encouraging, advocating and mentoring storytellers of all kinds. The Center’s signature annual event, the Pat Conroy Literary Festival, features writer panels and book signings, live performances, film screenings, readings and workshops every October. The Pat Conroy Literary Center is actively seeking d onat i ons to ex p and its programming, offer scholarships and conduct outreach to local schools and libraries. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Pat Conroy Literary Center at (843) 379-7025 or visit The Bluffton Breeze




A stunning, sustainable residence overlooking a rice pond blends form and function. By Randolph Stewart Photos courtesy of

Tom Jenkins Photography

“To be able to draw, use your imagination and to have your imagination come forth in the design of someone’s home that eventually gets built—that’s an amazing voyage.” - Chris Schmitt There is a home on Spring Island located on a historic rice pond, enshrouded by vegetation and enveloped by living nature. Designed with great imagination and remarkable creativity, this sustainable residence is home to a global collection of furniture, sculpture and art. The rice trunk was an ingenious, yet simple apparatus that made large-scale planting and irrigation control possible in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Hung on uprights, the swinging doors, called gates, could be raised or lowered to drain or flood a field. When the gate on the river end of a trunk is raised, the water in the field runs into the river at low tide. As the tide turns, the rising water exerts pressure on the river gate and swings it tightly shut, preventing water from returning to the field. To flood the field, the process is reversed. In the past, the rice pond did just that. Today, it serves a refuge for all types of wood ducks, egrets and ibis, with the gates used when it is necessary to control the water’s depth. The wildlife and the dappled light cast through the maritime forest are ever present and entwine the multiple view angles from the home and each of the outbuildings within the three-acre compound.


Porter and Lorraine Galloway, this Spring Island home’s kind, charismatic and creative owners, are both interior designers. Every wonderful piece of furniture, uncommon sculpture, creative accessory and original piece or art serves as a reflection of their taste and talent. Having lived all over the world, they have acquired a collection that befits this remarkable home. The architecture sits lightly on the ground as can be noticed by the multiple structural pilings and the raised foundation. The minimally invasive design follows the natural terrain and changing grade, which slopes from all angles to the rice pond. Each of the buildings reaches to the sky with reverse sloped roofs that enabled the architect to provide views with vast expanses of glass. The buildings are positioned to receive just the right amount of light, while capturing and embracing the natural views. The facade of the main building, on multiple sides, has more glass than walls, creating a gorgeous transparency. Studying the reverse roof design, one realizes the genius of the collaboration between the architect, Chris Schmitt, and the landscape architect, Thomas Angell. The design of the home is truly sustainable and has both

form and multiple functions. The form is contemporary, incorporating imagery of a mill from the past, while the function includes extra-wide timber-braced overhangs. The configuration of the various roofs directs the rain water from the upper roofs to the lower roofs and into gutters or wood-encased slues, at times creating waterfalls that are visible from the interior, as they flow into rock beds below. These rock beds are then directed at varying grades to the rice pond, with winding raised wooden pathways, which at times act as a bridge over the gentle multiple terraced slopes, allowing the flowing water to infiltrate into the earth. Very little water reaches the pond, due to the infiltration, as it is also purified by the earth and nature, creating sustainability at its greatest level. A short distance up a slight hill, along a winding wooden path nestled in indigenous natural plants and trees is the guest house. Secluded and exuding the feel of a retreat. this small structure is self-contained and offers guests all the comforts of home while continuing the architectural design. Further along a winding boardwalk, two outbuildings anchor the landscape. One structure is an art studio, fully equipped and

with great care taken with the siting for the morning and evening light that is just right for an artist. The adjacent building is a workshop with two glass overhead doors, allowing an enjoyable cross breeze while working on a woodworking project or repairing fishing poles. Just around the corner is a temperaturecontrolled wine “cellar,” fit for even the most discerning of sommeliers. Completing the exploration of the compound is a visit to the “car barn,” which includes ample space for a wide range of vehicles. ARCHITECT: Chris Schmitt Walker-Concepts Architecture, LLC Charleston, South Carolina LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Thomas Angell Verdant Enterprises, LLC. Savannah, Georgia CONTRACTOR: Gollihugh and Hull Seabrook, South Carolina INTERIOR DESIGNERS: Porter and Lorraine Galloway Spring Island, South Carolina

(Left Page) This masterful twilight photograph of the rear of the home by Tom Jenkins best depicts the genius of the home and brings it alive. This is the view from the pond, with the wood pilings blind fastened to an embedded steel plinth and forming a concrete pier, the braced vaulted roofs allowing for the vast expansive glazing providing unobstructed views, the flanking trellises, which blurs the edge on that side of the house and, yet, providing shadows through the interior at certain times of day. The red eaves and sashes create definition. The simple board and batten siding and the subtlety of the varying slat widths of the hog pinning are a great choice. The indigenous landscaping is unassuming and allows the structures to feel as is they have always been there.

(Right) Walking up to the Main Entry, one does not know what quite to expect with the austere façade. Entering this exquisite home, the senses become awakened. Which angle to look at first, which next? From the Great Room that draws your eye to the pond and roosting egrets in the distance, upward through the pine trees and steel stairway, to the small windows in the tower above, then notice the bold and colorful collection of paintings covering the wall, or peek around the corner to observe, tucked away in an angular niche, a smooth standing stone abstract sculpture peering upward as if mimicking your movement. The focus through the glass door shifts to the landscaped terrace beyond. The Bluffton Breeze



(Left) The cross beams fastened to the interior post establish the structure to support the giant sloping roof. The great room overlooking the trellis and undisturbed nature offers easy access to the dining room, kitchen, the smaller central sitting room and the landing of the master bedroom.

(Below) With its extraordinary wall mural, the master bedroom and adjoining study feel like they are part of the surrounding natural landscape. The unique oriental apothecary chest, though large in scale, does not overpower the space because of the height of the space and the simplicity of the accompanying pieces.


(Above) The kitchen is simple, with built-in cabinets and appliances emphasizing function and flow. The asymmetrical island and cabinets feature flamegrain faces creating a smart, refined look. The opaque overhead cabinet doors, simple hardware, second prep kitchen, patterned stone, backsplash tile and stainless steel appliances offer an urban look that blends effortlessly with the overall space.

(Below) The main room of the guest house feels as if it is part of nature with no walls. Notice the structural, yet artistic, cross-beams and iron plates that support the reverse roof. Beyond the porch is the flue that creates a waterfall during heavy rain.

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(Above) The uncompromising care that was given to maintaining and enhancing the natural landscaping and controlling stormwater runoff quality is evident here. With the guest house visible in the background, you get a sense of the fall from the house and how the slue functions by slowing the runoff down and allowing it to infiltrate.

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Works of Art You Live In From Lowcountry Classics to French Country Beautiful Design with Great Attention to Detail

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The Ultimate Sacrifice


n honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, the Bluffton Breeze would like to take a moment to recognize local veterans who gave their lives in service to their country. Their bravery, courage and sacrifice is truly an inspiration. We would also like to offer a heartfelt thank you to and Ansley Manuel who organized and raised the money to fund the project and the generous donors who made the new Bluffton Memorial possible. This solemn granite tribute to fallen soldiers, located on May River Road near Calhoun Street, was designed to include all Bluffton veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice from World War I through the Vietnam War.

Bluffton Memorial Donors: Anonymous Anthony Barrett Mary Vaux Bell Leah Bellamy Victor and Nancy Berry The Bluffton Breeze The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce The Bluffton Packet The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society The Bluffton Promenade Association The Bluffton Sun William and Nedra Brown Laura Bush Carolina Granite and Marble Gene and Kathy Cashman George Cathcart Charter One Realty Nonie Colonna Doug Corkern The Corner Perk Josh Cooke Hank Cram EggsNTricities

Mary Emerson Andy Fishkind and Ellen Malphrus Jeff Fulgham Pierce and Pressly Giltner Charlie and Nancy Golson The Mary Elizabeth Graves Endowment Fund John Graves Reverend Gwen Green Don and Babbie Guscio Jamie and Lori Guscio Will and Dorothy Guscio Catherine Guscio The Hardeeville Masonic Lodge Louisa Harrison Chris and Natalie Hefter Bill and Mary Herbkersman John and Jean Hester Robert and Jane Hester Frank and Patsy Hodge Shellie Hodges Ted and Donna Huffman George and Jackie Jones Jeff and Amber Kuehn

Tripp and Ansley Manuel Jacob Martin Bill McCracken Emmett and Teddy McCracken Morris Variety Shop Rod and Julie Musselman Jim and Julie O’Donnell Court Ogilvie John and Marge Ogilvie Palmetto State Bank Lucy Robinson Martin and Diane Sauls Jim Sauter Druella Schultz Michele Rodån Shaw Colonel Dick Stewart Randolph Stewart Secrest Sutherland Talk of the Town Loretta Wells Buddy Wilson WJCL WSAV

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Veterans Day Parade n official United States public holiday honoring all who have served in our country’s armed forces, Veterans Day is commemorated on November 11. Once celebrated as Armistice Day, the date is significant in that it marks the day when major hostilities of World War I formally ended in 1918: on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In Bluffton, the Annual Veterans Day Parade sponsored by the Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 will march through the streets of Old Town starting at 10 a.m. on November 11. Led by Grand Marshal Sgt. Major Tom (Santa) Story, the parade (weather permitting) winds its way from Alljoy Road to Calhoun Street, along Promenade Street, and ends at Dr. Mellichamp Drive at noon.

Up until 2015, Post 205 participated in Beaufort’s county-organized Veterans Day Parade. However, as a Bluffton post, it was decided to honor hometown veterans right here with full cooperation from the Bluffton Police and Fire Department. Last year, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka served as the Grand Marshal of the parade, which included the Bluffton Fire and Police Honor Guard, the Bluffton High School Band, fire trucks, EMS, entries from several local businesses, Haven veterans and patriots, a World War II Jeep and Dennis J. Becker Post 205 floats. All units are requested to line up on Calhoun Street near Church of the Cross by 9 a.m. For a map of the parade route, participant registration and Post meeting information, visit or email vetparade@

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Crescendo! Celebrating Arts, Culture and History: The Heart and Soul of the Lowcountry November 1-10 Various locations A regional event organized by the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head in honor of National Arts & Humanities month, showcasing the vast array of arts, artists, authors, culture and history organizations. For the Love of Tea November 2, 2-4 p.m. Colcock-Teel House, 46 Colcock St. The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society cordially invites you to a ladies’ afternoon tea where Kim Poovey, local author and re-enactress, will present her book, "Through Button Eyes: Memoirs of an Edwardian Teddy Bear." (843) 757-6293 or Music on Malphrus: Jack Williams November 3, 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the


*Please call the listed phone numbers to confirm dates, times and locations.

Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Rd. Jack Williams’ memorable, energetic solo concerts have been applauded from folk festivals to concert halls, coffeehouses and house concerts across the U.S. and in 8 countries. General admission is $20. (843) 837-3330 or Olde Time Gospel Community Sing November 4, 1-4 p.m. Heyward House Historic Center, 70 Boundary St. An afternoon of great music with Cyndi and Dennis Cosgrove of Southern Gratitude, discounted house tours, refreshments and family fun. Free and open to the public. (843) 757-6293 or 10th Annual Taste of Waddell November 5, 3-7 p.m. Waddell Mariculture Center, Sawmill Creek Rd. A celebration of the Port Royal Sound Ecosystem showcasing the South Carolina Aquarium’s “Good Catch” sustainable seafood program, gourmet creations by Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, buckets of May River Oysters, beer, wine, music from the Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band and live and

silent auctions. (843) 785-4106 or 18th Annual Memory Matters Golf Tournament November 11, 8 a.m. Moss Creek Golf Club, 1523 Fording Island Rd. More than 125 golfers enjoy a bountiful breakfast, then they test their skills on the challenging Moss Creek Golf Course with a light lunch and lively auction. (843) 842-6688 or History of AME Church and Congregation November 13, 5:30 p.m. Campbell Chapel AME, 25 Boundary St. Lecture with Dr. Jon Black, Pastor of Campbell Chapel AME followed by dinner in the church hall. Lecture is free and open to the public; dinner is a fixed price. (843) 707-7610 or 5th Annual SoBA Holiday Boutique November 14-December 22 SoBA Center for Creative Arts, 6 Church St. The boutique features creative items by local artists, including jewelry, cards, holiday


decorations, small paintings and more. (843) 757-6586 or Bluffton Book Festival November 16-18 Book signings, a lecture series in conjunction with the Pat Conroy Literary Center, workshops, a Street Festival and more in Old Town Bluffton. USCB’s Lunch with Author Series featuring Bren McClain November 16, noon Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd. "One Good Mama Bone" chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own. (843) 521-4145 or Moonlight Madness & After Thanksgiving Sales November 23-26 Tanger Outlets Hilton Head, 1414 & 1256 Fording Island Rd. Exclusive deals throughout the weekend. (843) 837-5410 or

HILTON HEAD ISLAND 2017 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance October 27-November 5 Port Royal Golf Club, 10 Clubhouse Dr. Gala events, a Car Club Showcase, Aero Expo and the prestigious “Parade of Elegance” to benefit Driving Young America. (843) 785-7469 or Low Country Tiny House Show November 4-5 Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln. Several builders showcase their uniquely designed tiny homes in this inaugural event presented by New South Living, LLC. Pictures at an Exhibition November 5-6 First Presbyterian Church, 540 Wm. Hilton Pkwy. A concert presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra featuring Robert Sullivan on trumpet. (843) 842-2055 or The Nutcracker November 10-12 & 17-19 Seahawk Cultural Center, 70 Wilborn Rd. The Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s 32nd production of the timeless holiday classic. (843) 842-3262 or Hilton Head Oyster Festival November 10-11 Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln. Steamed, fried and stewed oysters, along with other food for non-oyster eaters, live entertainment, local artisans, kid zone, marshmallow roasting and a Sports Lounge.

(843) 681-7273 or Taste of the Season Under the Stars November 17, 6 p.m. Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Dr. A celebration of the Lowcountry’s culinary specialties with samples from the area’s best restaurants, a D.J. and a silent auction presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. (843) 341-8379 or 8th Annual Italian Heritage Festival & Meatball Madness November 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln. “The Old Country Comes to The Low Country” with a celebration of Italian culture featuring food, live entertainment, the World’s Largest Meatball Challenge, vendors and more. or Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 23 Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Rd. All are welcome to share turkey, dressing and all the trimmings at this free dinner hosted by St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church. (843) 505-1370 or Gregg Russell’s Thanksgiving Concert November 24, 7:30 p.m. Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Rd. The Official Tree Lighting for Harbour Town Lights takes place just before the concert. Bring a canned good or new, unwrapped toy to drop off in the “Well” by the Liberty Oak Stage for The Deep Well Project. (843) 842-1979 or

SAVANNAH SCAD Savannah Film Festival October 28-November 4 Blockbuster premieres, amazing animation, intriguing documentaries and so much more. 2017 honorees include Salma Hayek Pinault, John Boyega, Zoey Deutch, Richard Gere, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mariska Hargitay, Holly Hunter, Robert Pattinson, Willow Shields, Kyra Sedgwick, Aaron Sorkin and Andrea Riseborough. (912) 525-5051 or Rock n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon November 4-5 Savannah City Hall A scenic course through Savannah’s Historic District with a two-person Half Marathon Relay, 5K, 1 Mile and Kids Rock! There will be running, high-energy music on the course, post-race entertainment and more. (912) 644-6414 or

4th Annual Hopped Up On Georgia Brews November 4 River Street Guests will have the opportunity to taste local and regional brews crafted by creative souls in Georgia. (912) 234-0295 or Savannah Food & Wine Festival November 6-12 Celebrity and local chefs, beverage experts, artisans and more with signature tastings, dinners and learning experiences. Taste of Savannah at the Georgia State Railroad Museum on Nov. 11 from 1-4:30 p.m. 2017 Boat Parade of Lights November 25, 7 p.m. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River Street Experience the Annual Boat Parade of Lights Festival from the best seats in Savannah! Partake in the parade by leading more than 30 beautifully decorated, glowing vessels along the Savannah River with heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and drink specials. (912) 232-6404 or

BEAUFORT & BEYOND An Evening with Masterpieces November 4, 6 p.m. Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Rd. A screening of Michael Miner’s latest Frank Lloyd Wright documentary featuring five of the famed architect’s finest buildings, including Auldbrass in Yemassee, hosted by the Beaufort County Land Trust. Tickets are $25, advance purchase required. (843) 521-2175 or Shrek the Musical Jr. – Beaufort Children’s Theatre November 17-18 USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in “Shrek The Musical Jr.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. (843) 521-4145 or Fripp Island Friends of Music: David Holt November 19, 5 p.m. Fripp Island Community Center, 205 Tarpon Blvd. A concert of traditional American music with musician, storyteller and artist David Holt. Tickets may be purchased at the door. (843) 940-8964 or Tour Historic Fort Fremont Fourth Saturday St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd. Docent-led tours start at the library at 10:30 a.m. Travel back in time to the 1890s and the Spanish American War. Free and open to the public.

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MUSIC By Jevon Daly


o, my second solo show is coming up on November 10 at Bluffton’s only listening room, The Roasting Room.

Am I as nervous as the first solo show back in February? I hope not. What am I planning to do differently this time around? Do I have new songs? Am I gonna actually take my medication this time? Will I tell tall tales about growing up in a rock and roll household or will I talk more about how strong my brother Gavan is? Will we make up words onstage and offstage? What DO I listen to on the way to pickleball? All these and other questions are spinning right round, baby, right round. Coming into the last show, I had doubts about what would happen when I clambered up onstage without the band at the Roasting Room last winter. I had Stu Enscoe there, the producer of my first solo effort, giving me hand signals. Hurry up and end the five stories you’re telling simultaneously and play a song! My wife came, which kind makes me nervous because of how much I value her opinion involving my songs. Do you like THIS song, Honey? I was also being filmed by Dave Peck from A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant on Hilton Head Island and we had some visuals on the screen behind me from record executive and video editor Jessie Renew. I do have new songs. Some of you know ‘em already because we write ‘em and start playing ‘em immediately, so we can start ironing ‘em out. The birth of a song…Oh, what a beautiful thing. You look through that little window, the song is so cute. Hooked up to all those machines, the labor. SO EXCITING. Then the song’s warts start to show. You wake up in the middle of the night. There’s screaming. Next thing you know, the song is 5 years old. Then 15. Do people like your music? Do they sing it in the shower? Of course, I’ll be playing most of the old favorites like “Drunk on Daufuskie,”


written with Gary Pratt, and “Born in the Lowcountry,” written 14 years ago with Andy Pitts. But, yes, I do have new ones. “Pelican Bomb Squad” will be rolled out. And, hopefully, a new song about highs and lows and crab pots and pine straw hats. Some things NOW Jevon hopes FUTURE Jevon will take into account: • Learn from the last show. If there is someone there trying to steal your thunder or just talking to their buddy next to them while you’re playing one of the few serious songs you have written, stay focused. Enjoy the fact that anyone is there at all. It might not seem like it to some, but having 75 of your friends support you and your art is a big deal. • Maybe you should limit your stories to

three at a time between songs. Three stories going on at once after “Heinie in the Moonlight” is probably O.K. My friends who come out and watch me play music have admitted something to me: They wish I would tell more jokes and play less music. I know what I am, finally. The class clown has grown up, has three kids, makes funny hats and likes to make wisecracks that no one really expects (or sometimes don’t even make sense.) I’ll be doing all of that. Thank you, Bluffton, for allowing me to wake up every day, get the kids to school, kiss my wife and try to write another song before going out to play for you. It makes me happy. And being happy is really good for you. And then, your heart is healthy, so you can eat Parmesan cheese on your eggs. See you all November 10!

“ ay back when I was in college kid, sangria was new and exotic—like fondue. And crépes. Admittedly, I liked sangria better than either of those ‘70s throwbacks. I prefer it made with my favorite summer sipper, rosé. You can add whatever fruit you like or have on hand. For the fizzy part—you gotta have fizz—I like those flavored sparkling waters, like LaCroix, but you could also double down and use a sparkling wine like prosecco. Be sure to serve it in a clear glass pitcher or decanter, so all can behold the pretty pinkness of your Sandbar Sangria.

Ingredients 2 (750-ml) bottles dry rosé wine, chilled 1 qt. strawberries, hulled and cut in half 2 peaches, peeled and sliced 1 pt. blueberries 1 liter sparkling water, flavored seltzer, or sparkling wine

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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 Twisted European Bakery** 1253 May River Rd., Unit A (843) 757-0033


Calhoun’s 9 Promenade St. (843) 757-4334

Captain Woody’s 17 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-6222 Choo Choo BBQ Express 129 Burnt Church Rd. (843) 815-7675

The Village Pasta Shoppe** 10 B, Johnston Way (843) 540-2095

Chow Daddy’s – Belfair 15 Towne Center Dr. (843) 757-2469

Agave Side Bar 13 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-9190

Cinco Mexican Grill & Bar 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., 3D (843) 815-2233

Alvin Ord’s of Bluffton 1230 A, May River Rd. (843) 757-1300

Claude & Uli’s Bistro 1533 Fording Island Rd. #302 (843) 837-3336

Amigos Cafe y Cantina 133 Towne Drive (843) 815-8226

Corks Wine Co. 14 Promenade St. #306 (843) 816-5168

Backwater Bill’s 202 Hampton Lake Crossing (843) 8836-7475

Corner Perk 1297 May River Rd. (843) 816-5674

Black Balsam & Blue 1534 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2583

The Cottage 38 Calhoun St. (843) 757-0508

Bluffton BBQ 11 State Of Mind St. (843) 757-7427

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 157 Okatie Center Blvd. N. (843) 706-9545

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

Dolce Vita 163 Bluffton Rd., Ste. F (843) 815-6900

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

Downtown Deli 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (843) 815-5005

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

Farm 1301 May River Rd. (843) 707-2041

Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff 1 Village Park Square (843) 706-6630

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

Butcher’s Market and Deli 102 Buckwalter Pkwy., Ste. 3G (843) 815-6328

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

Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen 1055 May River Rd. (843) 757-2921

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

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

27 Mellichamp Dr., Unit 101 (843) 757-7200 Mi Tierrita Okatie 214 Okatie Village Dr., Ste. 101 (843) 705-0925 Mulberry Street Trattoria 1476 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-2426 Okatie Ale House 25 William Pope Ct. (843) 706-2537 Old Town Dispensary 15 Captains Cove (843) 837-1893 The Original 46 Gastropub 68 Bluffton Rd. (843) 757-4646 The Pearl Kitchen and Bar 55 Calhoun St. (843) 757-5511

Local Pie Bluffton 15 State Of Mind St. (843) 837-7437

Pour Richard’s 4376 Bluffton Pkwy. (843) 757-1999 (843) 837-1893

Longhorn Steakhouse 1262 Fording Island Rd., Tanger I (843) 705-7001

Red Fish Bluffton 32 Bruin Rd. (843) 837-8888

Mellow Mushroom 878 Fording Island Rd. (843) 706-0800

Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine 8 Pin Oak St. (843) 757-8111

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1414 Fording Island Rd. Tanger Outlet ll (843) 837-3344 Saigon Cafe 1304 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-1800 Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood 12 Sheridan Park Circle (843) 815-5030 Sippin Cow 36 Promenade St. (843) 757-5051 Southern Barrel Brewing Co. 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. (843) 837-2337  Squat ‘N’ Gobble 1231 May River Rd. (843) 757-4242 Stooges Cafe 25 Sherington Dr., Ste. F  (843) 706-6178  Truffle’s Cafe 91 Towne Dr. (843) 815-5551 Walnuts Café 70 Pennington Dr., Ste. 20 (843) 815-2877 Wild Wings Cafe 1188 Fording Island Rd. (843) 837-9453

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