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LOWCOUNTRY Leisure Guide

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CONTENTS FALL/WINTER 2018-2019

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Hilton Head 7 8 12 14 15

Hilton Head Island Directory Listings Hilton Head Happenings Giving Thanks The 34th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Bluffton 17 20 21

COVER ART: “Boardwalk to the Beach”

by Tommie C. Toner

Beaufort 23 26 28 29

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Bluffton Bluffton Happenings Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival

Beaufort Beaufort Happenings Pat Conroy Literary Festival The Nutcracker

Savannah 31 Savannah 34 Savannah Happenings 36 Why is Savannah one of America’s Most Haunted Cities? 39 Monet to Matisse: French Impressionism 41 42 43 44 45 46

Tide Charts - Sept/Oct Tide Charts - Nov/Dec Tide Charts - Jan/Feb Tide Chart - March Southern Cooking Lowcountry Map

Single copies of The Lowcountry Leisure Guide may be obtained by mailing a check for $5.00 for postage and handling to Island Communications, P.O. Box 5511, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. e-mail: icom@ hiltonhead.com. Every effort is made to provide dependable data; however, the publisher does not war­rant that the data herein is complete or accurate. Any rates, special offers, etc. are subject to change by the individual adver­tis­ers and are not guaranteed by Island Communications. ©Copyright 2018. Island Communications. All rights reserved.

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Hilton Head Island, SC – This crown

jewel of the Lowcountry offers 12 miles of white sandy beaches and lush maritime forests, as well as award-winning dining, exceptional shopping and outstanding family-friendly activities. This boot-shaped sea island, nestled along the South Atlantic coast, has earned a well-deserved reputation as a beach, golf and tennis mecca. Hilton Head Island features wide sandy beaches, gentle waves, rolling dunes and a temperate climate, providing the ideal setting for a wide range of outdoor activities, from saltwater fishing to ziplining.

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elcome to the Lowcountry! From awardwinning restaurants to fascinating historic sites, there’s so much here to explore, experience and enjoy. You’ll want to return again and again to experience the best that the area has to offer. Here's a quick overview of the main areas of interest in the Lowcountry...

Bluffton, SC – Enjoy the “Bluffton State of Mind,” which is laid-back, quirky and fun, when you visit Old Town Bluffton. Wander the town’s historic streets, shaded by massive live oak trees, and discover creative art galleries, charming boutiques, delicious restaurants and inviting pubs. Tucked along the majestic May River, Bluffton offers an authentic Southern village atmosphere that is home to friendly locals, vintage Lowcountry architecture and fresh seafood. Beaufort, SC – Southern charm comes to life in Beaufort, from its quaint waterfront dotted with porch swings to its historic homes, which date back to 1717. Beaufort served as the inspiration for the setting of Pat Conroy’s novel The Prince of Tides and is featured in a wide range of movies such as Forrest Gump and The Big Chill. This former port, which was home to wealthy planters before the Civil War, boasts scenic streets shaded by massive live oaks, as well as cozy restaurants, lively festivals, friendly cafés and inviting boutiques. Savannah, GA – Founded by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah originally served as Britain’s 13th colony in the New World. Today, it’s a foodie’s fantasy and a pedestrian paradise. Thanks to its innovative city plan developed by Oglethorpe, visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark District on foot, marveling at the network of squares that crisscross the downtown area. From the seaport charm of River Street to the cosmopolitan flair of Broughton Street, Savannah offers a wide range of options and experiences to suit every taste. Make the most of every moment in the Lowcountry. Happy travels!

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esignated “The Best Island in the Continental U.S.� in 2018 by Travel + Leisure readers, Hilton Head Island is a boot-shaped paradise brimming with

white, sandy beaches and natural wonders. Adventure abounds on the many kayak nature tours, deep-sea fishing excursions, walking trails within wildlife preserves and over 50 miles of paved public pathways. No wonder Hilton Head holds a special place in many hearts. Whether enjoying an afternoon of shopping, playing 18 holes on a world-class golf course or savoring a meal at one of the hundreds of fabulous local restaurants, life on this Island is always laid-back. Beachfront hotels and harborside condos offer spectacular sunrise and sunset views, adding a taste of luxury as well.


LOWCOUNTRY DIRECTORY

Bicycle Billy’s Bike Rentals Island-Wide Delivery & Pickup GPS: 81 Pope Ave. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

bicyclebillys.com Phone: (843) 785-7851

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Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours Lazaretto Creek Marina GPS: 1 Old U.S. Hwy. 80 Tybee Island ____________________________ tybeedolphins.com

Pg. 35

Phone: (912) 786-5848

Coastal Discovery Museum Honey Horn GPS: 70 Honey Horn Dr. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

coastaldiscovery.org Phone: (843) 689-6767

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Every Second Counts Escape Room GPS: 22 Sams Point Way Beaufort ____________________________ everysecondcountsesc.com

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Phone: (843) 525-9000

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LOWCOUNTRY DIRECTORY

Hilton Head Bicycle Company Island-Wide Delivery & Pickup GPS: 112 Arrow Rd. Hilton Head Island ____________________________ hiltonheadbicycle.com

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Phone: (843) 686-6888

Kayak Hilton Head Simmons Landing GPS: 11 Simmons Rd. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

kayakhiltonhead.com Phone: (843) 684-1910

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Kilwins Hilton Head Shelter Cove GPS: 28 Shelter Cove Ln. ____________________________

Hilton Head Island

kilwins.com/stores/kilwinshilton-head-shelter-cove Phone: (843) 785-2727

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KS Fine Art Gallery GPS: 230 Bull St. Savannah ____________________________ ksfineartgallery.com

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Phone: (407) 474-0411

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Daily Small Group Tour includes: Boat Ride to and from Hilton Head • Visit with Local Historians Golf Cart Use • Local Guide • Dolphins

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HILTON HEAD AMADEUS

When: Oct. 2-21 Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina What It’s About: Classical music is woven throughout this stunning theatrical experience that tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy who arrives in Vienna, determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri becomes seized by jealousy and begins a war with Mozart, with music and ultimately with God. (843) 842-2787 or www.artshhi.com.

TRUNK-O-WEEN

When: Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Where: Shelter Cove Towne Centre What It’s About: The Merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre and the Carolina Dreamers Car Club have partnered to present a free “Trunk-O-Ween.” Costumed children can trick-or-treat from trunk-to-trunk and store-to-store to get their bag filled with candy. (843) 686-3090 or www.sheltercovetownecentre.com

HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE When: Oct. 26-Nov. 4 Where: Various Locations What It’s About: In its 17th year, this annual celebration will bring international names in automotive collecting and racing to Hilton Head Island. Events include Savannah Speed Classic, Car Club Showcase, AeroExpo, Concours d’Elegance, Flights and Fancy Aeroport Gala, the Hilton Head Auction and more. (843) 785-7469 or www.hhiconcours.com.

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Where: Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina's Festival Grounds What It’s About: Santa and Mrs. Claus will help kick off the holiday season at the official Christmas Tree Lighting, an old-fashioned Yuletide celebration, complete with Christmas carols, yummy treats and a musical performance from the cast of Newsies. At the Holly Day Art Market you can start your holiday shopping and support local artists who will be on-site with jewelry, art, crafts, Christmas treasures and more. www.artshhi.com.

HILTON HEAD SNOW DAY

When: Jan. 26,11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Shelter Cove Community Park What It’s About: This family event will have inflatable rides, a snowfield and entertainment. For the kids who have rarely seen snow, this is the perfect event! Admission is $10 for ages 2-17; free for adults. (843) 681-7273 or www.islandreccenter.org.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND 23RD GULLAH CELEBRATION When: Feb. 1-28 Where: Various Locations What It’s About: Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. (843) 255-7303 or www.gullahcelebration.com.

12TH ANNUAL HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

When: Feb. 18-24 Where: Various Locations What It’s About: Expand your culinary and cultural horizons at this family-friendly, weeklong culinary and cultural event, where top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music and wildlife come together. (843) 384-6410 or www. hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.

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The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Hilton Head Island

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hanksgiving Day on Hilton Head Island need not be a lonely day for anyone! All are welcome to share turkey, dressing and all the trimmings at a free dinner held at Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks. The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Hilton Head Island celebrates the free community family-style dinner, with over 400 volunteers serving more than 1,600 guests. For those who might be alone or unable to prepare a meal, it's important to know there is a place to go to celebrate this holiday with others. The meal is prepared by Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks at Skull Creek, with volunteers from the community to help serve the food. There will be lots of good fellowship and entertainment for a festive atmosphere. Transportation can also be arranged, if needed. 14

This event is organized by St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church and Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks. Donations in the true spirit of Thanksgiving are greatly appreciated. Donations on the day of the event will go to The Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help charitable organizations. Along with their golden roasted turkey breast, Hudson's past menus have included glazed ham, Miss Bessie’s braised ham hock collards, cranberry conserve, creamy “Turkey Spiked” whipped potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, house-made giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, French baguettes, house-made banana pudding, holiday-spiced pumpkin pie and lattice apple pie. Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks is located at 1 Hudson Rd., on the north end of Hilton Head Island. (843) 505-1370 or communitythanksgiving.com.

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The 34th Annual Chili Cook-off

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n October 6, The Kiwanis Clubs of Hilton Head Island will host the 34th Annual Chili Cookoff at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine. This year’s event will focus on local chili cooks in the professional and amateur category, with separate awards for competitors in the Nonprofit group. In addition, popular local band B-Town Playaz will be providing entertainment. Also, there will be a Kids’ Zone with children’s games and activities including face painting, so families can fully enjoy the festivities. The Kiwanis Club expects 2025 restaurants and amateurs alike, including last year’s winners One Hot Mama’s, San Miguel’s, The Sonesta and The Cypress of Hilton Head in the professional category. Amateur winners included Your Mom’s Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, Colorado Chili Peppers, Hilton Head PSD and Second Helpings. The Kiwanis Club expects full participation in one of the most popular events in the Southeast, as advertised in Southern Living magazine.

Tickets will be available in advance for $15 at several Island locations, including The Coastal Discovery Museum, Burke’s Pharmacy, Reilley’s South, Honey Baked Ham (Bluffton), Bluffton Pharmacy and from any Kiwanis member. Each ticket entitles the holder to as many samples of chili as they want. Tickets on the day of the event will be $20. In addition, several corporate sponsorship packages are available in the Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, which come with tickets and beverages. Proceeds from the event benefit local Kiwanis children’s organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Island Rec Center, The Sandbox, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Children’s Center, Junior ROTC HHI and Bluffton and Gregory’s Playground. Beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and ice cream will also be available for purchase, and parking is free. For more information about the Chili Cook-off, contact Richard Chalk, Chalk@hargray.com or www.hiltonheadkiwanis.org.

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ust minutes from Hilton Head Island, right on the banks of the May River, sits the quaint town of Bluffton, South Carolina. Filled with gorgeous ante-

bellum homes, historic churches, all kinds of artisan shops and wonderful restaurants, Bluffton is anything but quiet. It was even named #1 for Amazing Non-­Beach Getaways by Huffington Post, which is no surprise since the gorgeous oak trees draped in moss and the scenic views of the May River give Bluffton some of the sweetest Southern charm in all of the Lowcountry. No matter whether you’re looking for a great place to fish or explore by kayak, somewhere to have a family vacation, destination wedding, or even a new place to call home, Bluffton is bound to have somewhere perfect for you. Discover this casual, friendly community that’s filled with Southern style.


LOWCOUNTRY DIRECTORY

Lawton Stables The Sea Pines Resort GPS: 190 Greenwood Dr. ____________________________ lawtonstables.com Phone: (843) 671-2586

Hilton Head Island Pg. 9

Main Street Village GPS: 301 Main St. ____________________________ mainstreetvillagehhi.com Phone: (877) 726-2772

Hilton Head Island Pgs. 2 & 3

Mike’s Bikes Bicycle Rentals Island-Wide Delivery & Pickup Hilton Head Island ____________________________ mikesbikeshiltonhead.com

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Phone: (843) 671-6453

Old City Helicopter Tours GPS: 1125 Bob Harmon Rd. ____________________________

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BLUFFTON 14TH HISTORIC BLUFFTON ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL When: Oct. 13-21 Where: Calhoun Cottages, Calhoun St. What It’s About: The festival is a weeklong event offering a myriad of activities showcasing locally harvested seafood, delicious Lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found in Bluffton. www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.

25TH OKATIE ROTARY POLO FOR CHARITY When: Oct. 28, noon-3 p.m. Where: Rose Hill Plantation Equestrian Grounds What It’s About: Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity hosts a wonderful Lowcountry afternoon of polo, tailgating, divot stomping and plenty of fun. This is a great family-oriented event with loads of excitement and equestrian emcees to narrate all the action. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. www. rotaryclubofokatie.com.

BLUFFTON BOOK FESTIVAL When: Nov. 15-17 Where: Old Town Bluffton What It’s About: The 2018 event will feature a lecture series, workshops and other activities, with the mission to bring awareness to literary talent, while raising money for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and The Literacy Center. (843) 707-6409 or www.blufftonbookfestival.com.

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Happenings When: Nov. 22-25 Where: Tanger 1: 1256 Fording Island Rd. and Tanger 2: 1414 Fording Island Rd. What It’s About: Enjoy a weekend of big savings and shop for the perfect holiday gifts. www.tangeroutlet.com/ hiltonhead/.

""THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS,'' CHRISTMAS CANTATA When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m. Where: Bluffton United Methodist Church What It’s About: Cherub Choir will join Chancel Choir the 3rd Sunday of Advent service in the presentation of the Christmas cantata “The Glory of Christmas.” (843) 757-3351 or blufftonumc.org.

THE PALMETTO PLANT EATERS CLUB When: Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m. Where: Bluffton’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry What It’s About: A PlantPure Nation pod group meets to discuss informative and interesting topics about a plant-based lifestyle. Membership and meetings are free and open to the public. (843) 816-6179 or www.palmettoplanteaters.com.

USC BEAUFORT LUNCH WITH AUTHORS SERIES When: Feb. 19, noon Where: Belfair Country Club, Bluffton What It’s About: University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Authors Series. Lunch with author Adam Parker. We celebrate New York Times’ bestselling authors, as well as new authors and a variety of genres and subjects. (843) 521-4145 or www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

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elcome to Bluffton’s largest festival, where Fine Art and the Bounty of the Sea Come Together! The 14th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming, eclectic, historic and state-designated cultural district of Bluffton, SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a weeklong event, October 13-21, offering a myriad of activities showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area, and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton. The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest, which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area’s premier restaurants and caterers and great music and entertainment on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st. Plan now to enjoy the fun, festivities, good food and great art. For more information about the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival, go to blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.


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ueen of the Carolina Sea Islands, many flags have flown over Beaufort, Port Royal and the surrounding

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on Parris Island in 1566 — 40 years before Jamestown. Home to one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts in South Carolina, as well as Hunting Island State Park, Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot and a Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort’s celebrated antebellum charm, combined with its natural beauty, proud military facilities, Native American and Gullah heritage, has long attracted nature lovers, artists, history buffs, moviemakers, veterans and others looking for an out-ofthe-ordinary escape.


LOWCOUNTRY DIRECTORY

Old Town Trolley GPS: 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Savannah ____________________________ trolleytours.com/savannah

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Phone: (912) 373-7995

Outside Hilton Head Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Hwy. 278 Shelter Cove Marina GPS: 1 Shelter Cove Ln. ___________________________

Palmetto Bluff

outsidehiltonhead.com

GPS: 37 Boathouse St., Bluffton

Phone: (843) 686-6996

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Port Royal Maritime Center Port Royal Sound GPS: 310 Okatie Hwy. Okatie ____________________________ portroyalsoundfoundation.org

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Phone: (843) 645-7774

Savannah Taste Experience GPS: 118 Barnard St. Savannah ____________________________ savannahtasteexperience.com

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Phone: (912) 221-4439

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Get up close with the Port Royal Sound

DISCOVER OUR EXHIBITS 3,000-GALLON AQUARIUM NEVER AN ADMISSION

Open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday–Saturday 310 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC

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BEAUFORT Happenings FALL FESTIVAL OF HOUSES & GARDENS

When: Oct. 26-28, noon-6 p.m. Where: 208 Scott St., Beaufort What It’s About: Visitors are invited to tour a selection of private homes and gardens not normally open to the public. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is famous. These self-paced walking tours offer a distinct opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of Beaufort's unmatched architectural heritage. (843) 379-3331 or www. historicbeaufort.org.

4TH ANNUAL OKTOPRFEST PARTY "PORT ROYALSTYLE' FESTIVAL

When: Oct. 27, 11 a.m. Where: Paris Ave., Port Royal What It’s About: Port Royal will be packed with a little bit of everything for everyone, including a classic car show, tons of craft vendors, a music stage, dancers, food vendors and one huge OktoPRfest beer garden. Kids can enjoy the Kids' Zone with clowns, face painting and lots more. www.portroyal.org.

LOWCOUNTRY FAIR WITH HISTORICAL FLAIR & MARSH TACKY RACES

When: Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Cotton Hall Plantation, Yemassee What It’s About: A fun-filled family event, featuring historic and cultural activities highlighting aspects of the unique culture and heritage of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The richness of our English, French, Native American, Scottish and Spanish heritage will be the focus of events, performances and art and food vendors. There will also be horsemanship events, weapons demonstrations, living history re-enactments, Flamenco dancers, a petting zoo and tours of a colonial sugar cane mill. (843) 379-1550 or www.santa-elena.org. 26

36TH ANNUAL PENN CENTER HERITAGE DAYS CELEBRATION

When: Nov. 8-10 Where: Penn Center, St. Helena Island What It’s About: Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/ Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. Visitors can experience the unique setting of one of the first schools for formerly enslaved Africans and their descendants at the historic campus of Penn Center. (843) 838-2432 or www.penncenter. com/heritage-days.

BEAUFORT CHRISTMAS PARADE

When: Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Where: Pritchard and Bridge Sts., Beaufort What It’s About: The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will travel through the streets of downtown. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate. (843) 706-4500 or www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.

THE PELICAN PLUNGE

When: Jan. 1, 3 p.m. Where: Hunting Island State Park What It’s About: It's a New Year’s Day tradition to benefit the "Discovery Carolina" program. Once the plungers come out of the water and warm up by the chimenea fires, there are hot beverages, a costume parade, beach music and many other activities. www. friendsofhuntingisland.com.

13TH ANNUAL BEAUFORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

When: Feb. 19-24 Where: Various locations What It’s About: Considered to be the fastest-growing film festival in the Southeast, this event showcases the very best of independent film. (843) 522-3196 or www. beaufortfilmfestival.com.

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he 3rd annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held in Conroy’s beloved Beaufort on November 1-4. This year’s festival theme will address a trio of foundations central to Conroy’s writing life, and indeed to all of Southern literature and culture: Faith, Family and Friendship. Registration is now open for the festival, presented in partnership between the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts. Highlights include appearances by Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker, the Tony Award-winning string band the Red Clay Ramblers, 70-time New York Times best-selling novelist Sandra Brown and award-winning Gullah cultural preservationist and performer Ron Daise. The festival offers an immersive mixture of discussions, readings, book signings, performances, workshops, tours, exhibits and gatherings. To learn more about the full schedule of events, the lineup of presenters, the festival sponsors and partners and to register for this year's festival, please visit www.patconroyliteraryfestival.org.

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Nutcracker A Beaufort Children's Theatre performance

Enjoy an evening of magic with this community chil dren's performance of the classic holiday ballet. On December 16, USCB Center For The Arts and the Beaufort Children's Theatre present The Nutcracker. Since premiering in western countries in the 1940s, this ballet has become perhaps the most popular to be performed around Christmastime. The story centers on a young girl’s Christmas Eve and her awakening to the wider world and romantic love. USCB's Center for the Arts encourages cultural and economic development within the City and County of Beaufort by hosting theatrical events, concerts and other performances. One show only. Starts at 7 p.m. Adults $20, Senior/Military $18, Students/ Children $14. 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. (843) 521-4145 or www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

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ust across the South Carolina border, Georgia’s First City awaits with cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks and a canopy of live oaks shading the squares sur-

rounding eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings scattered throughout the National Historic Landmark District. Strolling through Savannah is almost like being transported to a European city with its bustling bistros, cozy cafés, excellent Southern eateries and upscale restaurants. Enjoy the intricate architecture, incredible art galleries, unique boutiques, historic (and often haunted) hotels, magnificent museums, eerily beautiful cemeteries and monuments memorializing historic figures. Get a taste of the city and discover all her secrets by going on one of the many tours, and then head out to Tybee Island, a.k.a. “Savannah’s Beach.”


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Sea Island Carriage Company GPS: 930 Bay St. ____________________________

Beaufort

seaislandcarriagecompany.com Phone: (843) 476-7789

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Spartina Marine Education Charters GPS: 31 Alljoy Rd. ____________________________

Bluffton

spartinacharters.com Phone: (843) 338-2716

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Stephen Kasun City Market GPS: 306 W. Congress St. ____________________________

Savannah

ksfineartgallery.com Phone: (407) 474-0411

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The Sugaree Bakery & Café GPS: 142-C Burnt Church Rd. ____________________________

Bluffton

facebook.com/TheSugaree Phone: (843) 290-8585

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SAVANNAH MONET TO MATISSE FRENCH MASTERWORKS FROM THE DIXON GALLERY

When: Sept. 28-Feb. 10 Where: Jepson Center What It’s About: The exhibition features works by masters of Impressionism and PostImpressionism, including Monet, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, Sisley, Cassatt, Sargent, Matisse, Cézanne, Gauguin, Chagall and Braque. (912) 790-8800 or www.telfair.org.

14TH ANNUAL TYBEE ISLAND PIRATE FEST

When: Oct. 4-7 Where: Tybee Island What It’s About: Calling swashbucklers of all ages! Come and escape the ordinary with a weekend of live music, pirate performers, a Buccaneer Ball, the Thieves' Market, Little Matey’s Cove Carnival and the Pirate Victory Parade. www.tybeeisland.com/pirates.

20TH ANNUAL SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL

When: Oct. 27-Nov. 3 Where: Downtown Savannah What It’s About: The festival is filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers, and hosts a wide variety of special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures. www.filmfest.scad.edu.

THE SAVANNAH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

When: Nov. 5-11 Where: Downtown Savannah What It‘s About: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival will feature leading culinary professionals, winemakers, sommeliers and celebrity chefs, with cooking demonstrations to special dinners with celebrity chefs, and the most 34

Happenings popular and highly anticipated event, Taste of Savannah. (912) 232-1223 or savannahfoodandwinefest.com.

""A CHRISTMAS TRADITION'' AT SAVANNAH THEATRE

When: Nov. 22-Dec. 24, Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. matinees, 3 p.m. Where: The Savannah Theatre What It’s About: This two-hour variety show features Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, along with an award-winning cast of singers and a live band performing all the classic Christmas favorites. (912) 233-7764 or www.savannahtheatre.com.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER CELEBRATION When: Dec. 7-9 Where: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza What It’s About: Join the Savannah Waterfront Association with a free holiday celebration on River Street. Rousakis Plaza will be full of music, local entertainment and regional arts and crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, which marks the official arrival of St. Nick. (912) 234-0295 or www.riverstreetsavannah.com.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. OBSERVANCE DAY PARADE

When: Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Where: Downtown Savannah What It’s About: Every year, the MLK Observance Day Association celebrates the national holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's theme is "MLK50 Forward: Together We Win With Love For Humanity." (912) 234-5502 or www.mlkingsavannah.com.

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WHY IS Savannah ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST Haunted Cities? by Andrea Six

veryone from USA Today to the Travel Channel includes Savannah on their list of “America’s Most Haunted Cities,” along with New Orleans and Salem, centers of paranormal activity for centuries. But what is it about Georgia’s First City—the 13th colony—that captures the souls of spirits and spurs them to stick around? To find these answers, one must dive into Savannah’s somber history and discover how the city came to have such enigmatic energy on its cobblestone streets underneath moss-laden tree canopies. Here are few of the most chilling reasons Savannah’s supernatural side makes it one of the most haunted cities in the United States: To walk the bloody fields of past wars is often unsettling, and many say it’s not just a feeling, but a reality in Savannah, where catastrophic conflicts abounded throughout the centuries. From the Siege of Savannah in 1779 (240 killed, 600 wounded), to Savannah's capture by General Sherman during the American Civil War, fatal clashes have left their mark. Speculators say that these battles left a spiritual residue, and souls of unsettled soldiers lingered on the land and homes of the bloodstained ground.

2. Deadly Diseases

Soldiers aren’t the only restless spirits in Savannah. Many believe victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever Epidemic are bound to this earthly realm. In 1820, this disease decimated a 36

tenth of Savannah’s population and nine more epidemics followed–one in 1876 killed 1,066 Savannahians. When harrowing happenings such as these befall a community, it is said that those who lost their lives feel they can’t move on because of the agony they endured. The outbreak of disease in 1820 was accompanied by additional devastation on the morning of January 11. A rapidly spreading fire broke out in a stable, destroying 500 buildings before dwindling that afternoon. In 1796, another deadly fire ravaged the city, destroying 229 houses and 146 outbuildings. The untimely deaths resulting from these fires is said to have perplexed the deceased, thus linking them to the place of their passing.

While every city has crime, everything has a little more dramatic flair in Savannah, even its murders (and ghosts). If you participate in one of the 40+ ghost tours in the Historic District, no doubt more than one murderous tale will be told. For instance, the crime made popular by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, (the murder of Jim Williams’ assistant, Danny Hansford) at the Mercer House on Monterey Square, or the controversial 1959 murder of three sisters at 432 Abercorn Street on Calhoun Square. More than a few antebellum mansions in Savannah have pasts that are anything but pretty, and the city’s dark secrets are often inside these historic buildings.

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From September 28, 2018 to February 10, 2019, the Jepson Center in Savannah, GA, will be hosting a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to see works that are sure to take your breath away.

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onet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens boasts significant pieces by the most dynamic artists to work in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse. From plein air landscapes to scenes of modern life in Paris, the 30 paintings in the exhibition illustrate the radical innovations launched by artists we know today as Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Beginning in 1853, the city of Paris underwent a dramatic modernization as Georges Haussmann’s urban plan transformed the French capital from a chaotic web of medieval streets to a more orderly system of wide, tree-lined boulevards, bustling with energy in its many cafés and parks. As keen observers of the changes taking place around them, a group of artists began to move away from more traditional forms of art rooted in history and religion, dedicating themselves instead to “the painting of modern life” and to creating their work en plein air, or directly on location, to give a quick impression of a particular moment in nature. Ultimately, this group would become known as the Impressionists. They organized eight independent exhibitions between 1874 and 1886, where they continued to promote the practice of painting directly from nature and recording modern life as a means of conveying truth in art. In doing so, they changed the course of art history, revolutionizing the way art was viewed in Paris and eventually around the world. In the years that followed the landmark Impressionist exhibitions, a wave of younger painters pushed the basic tenets FALL/WINTE R 2 0 1 8 - 2 0 1 9

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of the movement into uncharted reaches of formal innovation. Daring figures such as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and eventually Henri Matisse found in Impressionism’s independence a license for their own experimentation. These avant-garde painters would come to be known as Post-Impressionists, as they embraced new subjects, invented new pictorial structures and applied color theory in utterly unexpected ways. These remarkable painters, in turn, set the course of Western art in new directions and laid the groundwork for generations of artists to come, including those who are working today. This exhibition is organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, and curated by Julie Pierotti. The presentation of this exhibition at Telfair Museums is curated by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs. The Jepson Center is located at 207 W. York St., Savannah, GA. (912) 790-8800 or www.telfair.org.

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TIDE CHART Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes.

SEPTEMBER 2018 LO

HI

LO

HI

OCTOBER 2018 LO

HI

LO

HI

1 6:48A 12:21A 7:15P 12:50P

1 7:18A 12:56A 7:59P 1:27P

2 7:38A 1:14A 8:15P 1:47P

2 8:19A 1:59A 9:06P 2:30P

3 8:37A

3 9:26A 3:02A 10:14P 3:33P

2:13A

9:21P

2:46P

4 9:41A 3:14A 10:29P 3:48P

4 10:33A

4:07A 11:17P

4:37P

5 10:46A

4:51P

5 11:37A

5:10A

5:38P

6:11A 12:36P

6:36P

4:17A 11:34P

6 11:49A

5:21A

5:53P

6 12:14A

7 12:33A

6:23A 12:49P

6:53P

7 1:08A 7:09A 1:32P 7:30P

8 1:29A 7:23A 1:46P 7:49P

8 1:58A 8:01A 2:25P 8:19P

9 2:21A 8:18A 2:41P 8:41P

9 2:47A 8:50A 3:16P 9:06P

10 3:12A 9:10A 3:34P 9:31P

10 3:32A 9:37A 4:04P 9:52P

11 4:00A 10:01A 4:25P 10:19P 11 4:16A 10:23A 4:50P 10:37P 12 4:45A 10:52A 5:14P 11:08P 12 4.58A 11:09A 5:35P 11:24P 13 5:30A 11:44A 6:02P 11:58P

13 5:39A 11:58A 6:20P

14 6:14A 6:52P 12:36P

14 6:21A 12:13A 7:07P 12:48P

15 6:59A 12:49A 7:44P 1:29P

15 7:06A 1:04A 7:57P 1:40P

16 7:48A

1:40A

8:40P

2:21P­­­­­­

16 7:56A 1:56A 8:52P 2:33P

17 8:42A 2:32A 9:38P 3:13P

17 8:53A

18 9:40A 3:24A 10:34P 4:05P

18 9:54A 3:41A 10:42P 4:17P

19 10:37A

4:16A 11:25P

4:57P

19 10:52A

4:33A 11:31P

5:08P

20 11:30A

5:08A

5:48P

20 11:44A

5:25A

5:57P

21 12:12A

5:59A 12:19P

6:36P

21 12:16A

6:13A 12:33P

6:43P

22 12:56A

6:47A

7:20P

22 1:00A 6:59A 1:20P 7:26P

23 1:38A 7:32A 1:49P 8:01P

23 1:42A 7:41A 2:05P 8:07P

1:05P

2:49A

9:49P

3:25P­­­­­­

24 2:18A 8:12A 2:32P 8:39P

24 2:24A 8:21A 2:50P 8:46P

25 2:58A 8:51A 3:14P 9:15P

25 3:06A 9:01A 3:35P 9:25P

26 3:37A 9:28A 3:55P 9:51P

26 3:49A 9:42A 4:19P 10:06P

27 4:16A 10:05A 4:37P 10:28P

27 4:33A 10:26A 5:06P 10:52P

28 4:56A 10:47A 5:21P 11:10P

28 5:19A 11:16A 5:54P 11:45P

29 5:39A 11:33A 6:08P 11:59P

29 6:08A 6:47P 12:12P

30 6:25A 7:00P 12:27P

30 7:03A 12:45A 7:46P 1:14P

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TIDE CHART

Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes. * Daylight Saving Time ends.

NOVEMBER 2018 LO

HI

LO

DECEMBER 2018 HI

LO

HI

LO

HI

1 9:13A 2:54A 9:56P 3:20P

1 9:05A 2:44A 9:35P 3:02P

2 10:21A

4:21P

2 10:09A 3:44A 10:31P

3:59P 4:54P

3:58A 10:58P

3 11:24A

4:59A 11:54P

5:20P

3 11:07A

*4 11:23A

4:59A 11:46P

5:16P

4 5:36A 12:00P 5:46P

4:42A 11:23P

5 5:53A 12:17P 6:09P

5 12:11A

6:25A 12:50P

6:34P

6 12:35A

6 12:57A

7:10A

7:19P

6:44A

1:08P

6:57P

1:37P

7 1:21A 7:30A 1:57P 7:42P

7 1:40A 7:52A 2:21P 8:02P

8 2:05A 8:13A 2:43P 8:26P

8 2:22A 8:32A 3:03P 8:43P

9 2:48A 8:56A 3:27P 9:08P

9 3:01A 9:12A 3:42P 9:23P

10 3:28A 9:38A 4:08P 9:52P

10 3:39A 9:52A 4:20P 10:05P

11 4:07A 10:22A 4:49P 10:37P 11 4:16A 10:34A 4:58P 10:50P 12 4:46A 11:09A 5:31P 11:26P 12 4.54A 11:18A 5:37P 11:37P 13 5:27A 11:58A 6:16P

13 5:35A 6:20P 12:05P

14 6:12A 12:17A 7:04P 12:50P

14 6:21A 12:26A 7:08P 12:53P

15 7:05A 1:09A 7:58P 1:41P

15 7:16A 1:17A 8:00P 1:42P

16 8:05A

16 8:18A 2:08A 8:55P 2:32P

2:02A

8:52P

2:32P­­­­­­

17 9:06A 2:53A 9:44P 3:22P

17 9:21A

2:59A

9:49P

3:25P­­­­­­

18 10:05A

3:44A 10:33P

4:13P

18 10:21A

3:52A 10:41P

4:18P

19 10:58A

4:34A 11:20P

5:02P

19 11:18A

4:45A 11:33P

5:11P

20 11:49A

5:23A

5:49P

20 5:37A 12:12P 6:03P

21 12:06A

6:09A 12:38P

6:34P

21 12:24A

22 12:53A

6:54A

7:18P

22 1:15A 7:18A 1:56P 7:43P

23 1:39A 7:38A 2:15P 8:02P

23 2:06A 8:08A 2:46P 8:33P

24 2:26A 8:23A 3:03P 8:48P

24 2:57A 8:58A 3:36P 9:26P

25 3:14A 9:11A 3:51P 9:38P

25 3:49A 9:51A 4:26P 10:22P

26 4:03A 10:03A 4:41P 10:34P

26 4:41A 10:47A 5:17P 11:22P

27 4:54A 11:00A 5:34P 11:35P

27 5:35A 11:45A 6:10P

28 5:50A 6:30P 12:01P

28 6:34A 12:24A 7:07P 12:44P

29 6:51A 12:39A 7:31P 1:03P

29 7:38A 1:25A 8:07P 1:41P

30 7:57A 1:43A 8:35P 2:03P

30 8:45A 2:25A 9:08P 2:38P

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6:28A

1:04P

6:54P

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Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes.

JANUARY 2019 LO

LO

HI

1 10:47A

4:19A 10:57P

4:28P

1 5:41A 12:06P 5:47P

2 11:41A

5:14A 11:47P

5:21P

2 12:10A

6:28A 12:51P

6:34P

6:04A 12:30P

6:11P

3 12:55A

7:12A

7:18P

3 4 12:33A

HI

FEBRUARY 2019 LO

HI

LO

1:33P

HI

6:56P

4 1:36A 7:51A 2:12P 7:58P

5 1:17A 7:32A 1:59P 7:39P

5 2:15A 8:29A 2:49P 8:35P

6 1:58A 8:12A 2:39P 8:19P

6 2:52A 9:04A 3:24P 9:12P

7 2:37A 8:50A 3:16P 8:58P

7 3:28A 9:38A 3:58P 9:47P

8 3:14A 9:27A 3:53P 9:37P

8 4:04A 10:11A 4:32P 10:24P

9 3:50A 10:05A 4:28P 10:17P

9 4:41A 10:47A 5:08P 11:04P

10 4:27A 10:43A 5:04P 10:59P

10 5:21A 11:26A 5:48P 11:49P

11 5:05A 11:24A 5:42P 11:43P

11 6:06A 6:34P 12:12P

12 5:47A 12:07P 6:25P

12 7:01A 12:40A 7:28P 1:05P

13 6:37A 12:31A 7:13P 12:54P

13 8:06A 1:36A 8:30P 2:04P

6:50A

1:16P

14 7:35A 1:22A 8:08P 1:46P

14 9:17A 2:36A 9:36P 3:07P

15 8:41A 2:16A 9:07P 2:41P

15 10:24A

3:40A 10:40P

4:12P

4:45A 11:41P

5:15P­­­­­­

16 9:48A

3:12A 10:07P

3:39P­­­­­­

16 11:26A

17 10:51A

4:11A 11:05P

4:39P

17 5:47A 12:24P 6:16P

18 11:49A

5:10A

5:38P

18 12:39A

19 12:01A

6:08A 12:45P

6:34P

19 1:34A 7:38A 2:09P 8:04P

20 12:56A

7:02A

6:45A

1:18P

7:11P

7:28P

20 2:28A 8:29A 2:58P 8:56P

21 1:50A 7:55A 2:30P 8:20P

21 3:19A 9:19A 3:45P 9:47P

22 2:43A 8:46A 3:20P 9:13P

22 4:09A 10:09A 4:32P 10:40P

23 3:35A 9:38A 4:08P 10:07P

23 5:00A 11:00A 5:18P 11:35P

1:38P

24 4:26A 10:31A 4:57P 11:04P

24 5:52A 11:53A 6:07P

25 5:19A 11:25A 5:46P

25 6:47A 12:30A 6:59P 12:46P

26 6:14A 12:02A 6:39P 12:20P

26 7:48A 1:25A 7:57P 1:40P

27 7:14A 1:00A 7:35P 1:15P

27 8:51A 2:22A 9:00P 2:35P

28 8:18A 1:57A 8:35P 2:10P

28 9:52A 3:19A 10:00P 3:31P

29 9:23A 2:54A 9:34P 3:05P 30 10:23A 31 11:17A

3:52A 10:31P

4:01P

4:48A 11:22P

4:55P

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TIDE CHART Tides based on the Savannah River Entrance. To calculate Hilton Head Island tides, add 24 minutes. To calculate Bluffton tides, add 40 minutes. To calculate Beaufort tides, add 51 minutes.

MARCH 2019 LO

HI

1 10:48A

LO

4:16A 10:55P

HI

4:27P

2 11:37A

5:11A 11:45P

5:20P

3 6:01A 12:21P 6:09P 4 12:30A

6:46A

1:03P

6:53P

5 1:12A 7:26A 1:42P 7:33P 6 1:52A 8:03A 2:18P 8:10P 7 2:30A 8:38A 2:54P 8:45P 8 3:07A 9:10A 3:28P 9:19P 9 3:43A 9:43A 4:03P 9:53P 10 5:20A 11:16A 5:39P 11:31P 11 6:00A 11:56A 6:19P 12 6:45A 12:16A 7:04P 12:43P 13 7:38A 1:08A 7:59P 1:38P 14 8:42A 2:07A 9:04P 2:39P 15 9:53A 3:11A 10:14P 3:45P 16 11:02A

4:17A 11:21P

4:52P

17

5:24A 12:04P

5:57P­­­­­­

18 12:24A

6:27A

6:58P

1:02P

19 1:23A 7:25A 1:55P 7:54P 20 2:18A 8:18A 2:46P 8:46P 21 3:11A 9:08A 3:34P 9:36P 22 4:02A 9:57A 4:20P 10:25P 23 4:51A 10:44A 5:05P 11:14P 24 5:39A 11:33A 5:49P 25 6:28A 12:05A 6:35P 12:24P 26 7:19A 12:57A 7:23P 1:16P

late co c

27 8:14A 1:51A 8:18P 2:10P 28 9:13A 2:46A 9:19P 3:04P 29 10:14A

3:42A 10:23P

3:59P

30 11:10A

4:39A 11:22P

4:54P

31 11:59A

5:34A

5:48P

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COOKING The Lowcountry is proud of its culinary heritage — and rightly so. No matter what the name — country, farmhouse or down-home cooking — the appeal of Southern food crosses social, racial and geographic lines. Young and old, black and white, rich and poor flock to restaurants where fried chicken, collard greens, barbecue and cornbread dominate the menu. Of course, the term “Southern” means different things to different people. Near the coast, folks gather for oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils, with seafood and rice as key ingredients in many meals. In upstate South Carolina, fish fries and pig roasts are reasons for celebration. And in Louisiana, Cajun and Creole epitomize “Southern” cooking. However, no matter what the name, all Southern cuisine shares certain qualities. First and foremost, fresh food is a defining characteristic of the Southern table. What began as a necessity -- since food in the heat of a Southern summer would have spoiled without the benefit of refrigerators and ice boxes -- has now become a core part of the cuisine. Historically, Southern cooking is a blend of several distinct cultures, including Western European, African and Native American cuisine, all of which came together in the Southern antebellum kitchen. Native Americans taught early settlers how to grow, process and cook corn, which was used to make cornbread, hoecakes, hush-puppies, grits and whiskey. Many foods typically considered “Southern,” such as field peas, okra, peanuts, yams and eggplant, were actually African in origin and were brought to America by slave traders. Pigs were the other major food source in the South for several reasons. Requiring little maintenance, they were often allowed to roam wild and later caught for butchering. Lard, fatback and bacon were used to add flavor to cooked vegetables, and the meat could be cured and eaten later. Barbecue continues to play an important role in the South’s regional identity. Another distinguishing feature of Southern cooking is the sense of tradition and heritage inherent in popular dishes. Recipes are often handed down from generation to generation. Nostalgia plays a large part in “comfort food,” inspiring memories of Sunday dinner for many. The final, and perhaps most important cornerstone of traditional Southern cuisine, is hospitality, which can be found in great abundance throughout the Lowcountry. FALL/WINTE R 2 0 1 8 - 2 0 1 9 | LOWC OUNTRY LEISURE G U I D E

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