Local Life Magazine May 2022

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May 2022

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The essence of Callawassie Island is brought to life by people who are the very definition of a community. The unified regard they have for one another. The common interests through nature, access, work, and play. And the individual sense of connection each and every member has when they cross the causeway. Get to know us, so we can get to know you. Whether you are already local or visiting, come discover the community island we call home.


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Definition of community

1) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. "the Callawassie Island community" 2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. "the sense of community that Callawassie Island can provide." a similarity or identity. "people who shared a community of interests across the causeway"

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“Honey and peanut butter sandwich!”

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“Honey hair masks. It boosts shine, strengthens and hydrates your hair, too.”

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“Off the spoon cures my sweet tooth cravings!” - REBECCA

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“Adding a little oomph to my chai tea.” - LISA

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The Bee Issue


This buzzworthy issue of LOCAL Life shines a light on the plight of bees and shares easy ways you can help #BeeTheSolution by living a more pollinator-friendly lifestyle. Use this issue as a guide for reducing the use of pesticides, protecting safe havens for bees and planting pollinator-friendly native plants.

BEE YOURSELF A bumblebee pollinates an apple blossom in this photo taken by Hilton Head Island resident Alan Biggs. Proper pollination by bees, beetles, flies, wasps and butterflies is critical for the development of many fruits and crops. Learn how to attract more pollinators to your yard and garden on page 86.


Show me the honey


Save the bees


Bee ID

Where to find the best raw honey from local hives

Learn the meanings and origins of some humming phrases

Even the most subtle efforts can have a big impact

What’s that buzz? The ultimate Lowcountry bee guide





Buzzworthy books

Sweet reads for outdoor picnics and long beach days



Bee-inspired sayings

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Attract pollinators

Turn your yard and garden into a pollinator paradise

Divine delicacy

The story behind Holy Honey and The Church of the Cross

Sweet sorrow Trials of a first-year beekeeper

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Inspired by Nature Captured on Film

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Bees are all the buzz in the Lowcountry these days. Move over, cute and cuddly animals, 2022’s creature of choice comes with a stinger in its tail!

Every day is a beach day



The aptly named Ocean Room of this stunning beachfront home in Sea Pines takes relaxing at the beach to a whole new level.

Meet the locals behind this issue



Special content you can find online at locallifesc.com
















Buzzworthy self-care technology to relax and refresh

Discover the numerous health benefits of honey

The sweet story behind bees and honey in early America

Create a vodka, honey and beet cocktail with some sting

In the details with featured artist Dennis Lake











Meet locals who are caring for the bees that help sustain us

Your guide for hanging curtains the right way

Make a beeline for these fashionable floral outfits

Highlights from the 2022 RBC Heritage

The top performances and events planned for May







Leanne Morgan brings her Big Panty Tour to Hilton Head


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A tree talk with master arborist Michael Murphy


Get your fill of peaches, the quintessential fruit of spring


'Bourbon City’ is an easy nonstop flight from SAV

Parting shot

A stunning bee and flower image from Everett Denning


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Sweet on bees

2022’s creature of choice comes with a stinger in its tail I grew up in Ohio with a healthy fear of bees. My father was not a big fan either. He kept a tennis racket next to his chair on the back porch so he could swat them away. It wasn’t until I moved to Hilton Head that I learned to respect and appreciate the bee population (thanks, Coastal Discovery Museum!). Turns Land of milk and honey out, bees only attack in defense of their hive, or when they are My favorite spot to find local and accidentally squished. Most of the time stings come from yellow regional honey is Piggly Wiggly jacket wasps, which are often mistaken for honeybees. at Coligny Plaza. It’s fun to try a Bees present no danger. In fact, they have proven to be different one each month. I first incredibly beneficial. According to the U.S. Department of experienced “The Pig” back in the early ‘70s, when it was the Agriculture, almost 90 percent of wild plants and 75 percent of only grocery store in town. In my leading global crops depend on animal pollination. And honeyopinion, it’s still the best. Gene bees perform about 80 percent of pollination worldwide. Bees Martin (who recently passed away) also are responsible for over half of the world’s fibers and oils ran his store brilliantly, serving and help create many medicines, provide food for wildlife and locals and vacationers with the best service and products. I am so proud help prevent soil erosion. They also make raw honey — the most of his son, David, who has kept the delicious sweetener nature has to offer. integrity of the store first-class. As Bees are all the buzz in the Lowcountry these days. Trendy locals know, Piggly Wiggly has a hot spots such as Nectar Farm Kitchen, Bee-Town Mead & Cider long track record of being there for and House of Honey are popping up all over the place. Many of our community. When Hurricane GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Publisher Lori GoodridgeMatthew left us without power for us have found healing properties in local honey and have added Cribb is shown during this month’s fashion shoot weeks, David guided customers it to our daily routines. All the top chefs are cooking with it. Bees at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run. Find floral through the aisles by flashlight. In have swarmed our fashion, design, art and social media worlds. prints perfect for spring starting on page 118. addition to local honey, you can Move over, cute and cuddly animals: 2022’s creature of choice find all sorts of South Carolinacomes with a stinger in its tail. produced jams, jellies, wines, grits and produce. Find the “Pig’s Local Unfortunately, bees are dying, and the solution to their health is not a Picks” section of the store. simple one. Since 1947 the U.S. human population has increased by 128 percent, while the honeybee population has declined by 54 percent. This buzzworthy issue of LOCAL Life shines a light on the plight of bees and shares easy ways you can help #BeeTheSolution by living a more pollinator-friendly lifestyle by reducing the use of pesticides, protecting safe havens for bees and planting pollinator-friendly native plants. You will meet local experts and learn the ins and outs of beekeeping from members of the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association. Discover - WINNIE THE POOH the raw truth behind the best local honey brands and where you can buy them. Sweeten up your next meal with honey food and drink recipes from local chefs and mixologists. In typical LOCAL Life fashion we also included a bunch of fun bee-related facts, like the origins of popular sayings such as “the bee’s knees” and “none of your beeswax.” We’ve also rounded up a few bee-related books, put together a handy bee identification guide and shared the STORYTELLERS Have you seen the LOCAL sweet history of bees and honey here in the Lowcountry. Life Jeep around town? This month we We hope this issue gives you a new appreciation for bees and the crucial SCAN TO SUBSCRIBE rolled up next to Jessa Jeremiah and Lisa Don’t miss an issue of LOCAL Life. role they play in the web of life. Together we can give bees a chance. Richardson of WHHI-TV. WHHI is carried

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contributors MEET LOCAL CREATIVES BEHIND THE SCENES Michele Roldán-Shaw Writer


OTHER CREDS: Artist, photographer, ghostwriter, indie publisher, part-time kung fu instructor FOR THIS ISSUE: Sweet sorrow: Trials of a first-year beekeeper HOMETOWN: Long Beach, Washington CURRENT HOME: Levy, S.C. LOCAL SINCE: 2004 HOBBIES: Meditation, gardening, kayaking, wilderness adventures FAVORITE BOOK: Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha FAVORITE ALBUM: Birdies, froggies, insect choruses and the wind in the trees FAVORITE MOVIES: Moana and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon FAVORITE WAY TO USE HONEY: I use it in basically everything. MOTHER’S BEST ADVICE: "A figure-eight stir is a very efficient stir." You might have to know her to realize how funny this is. Mostly she just modeled for me how to always be myself. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MAY? Summer is here! I get to swim in the ocean and make my first smoothie bowl of the season.

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OTHER CREDS: School social worker at Hilton Head Island Elementary School FOR THIS ISSUE: Book reviews HOMETOWN: Cape Cod, Massachusetts CURRENT HOME: Hilton Head Island LOCAL SINCE: 2005 HOBBIES: Reading, walking and biking, horses and dogs, being on the water, traveling with my kids to all their sporting events. FAVORITE BOOK: There could never be one favorite — here are a few; The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving, The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve, I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb, The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. Shall I go on? FAVORITE ALBUM: Like books, there can’t be one favorite, but among the top: Tom Petty’s “Damn The Torpedoes,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Mirrorball,” Paul Simon’s “Graceland” and, honestly, anything by Fleetwood Mac. FAVORITE MOVIE: The ‘Burbs, Out of Africa, The Color Purple, The Last Boy Scout FAVORITE WAY TO USE HONEY: Poured right into hot tea straight from the jar. MOTHER’S BEST ADVICE: Take care of yourself because you can’t depend on anyone else to always be there for you. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MAY? May is stressful because it is the end of the school year. It is also wonderful because it is the end of the school year.

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The cover image of a bumblebee pollinating lavender was captured by photographer Jamie Street. At peak bloom (mid-May to mid-June) the bright colors and rich scents of lavender flowers attract bees like a magnet. While bees have very poor eyesight, their sense of smell is 50 times greater than that of a dog. They can smell flowers up to six miles away. Find more of Street’s work on Instagram (@jamie452).

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WILD LIGHT HONEY Second-generation beekeeper Alec Bruns sells Wild Light Honey from his hometown of Savannah. Committed to sustainable practices that honor the essential role bees play in the natural environment, Bruns appreciates bees not only for the products they make but also for their majesty as insects. Beyond selling unfiltered raw honey, Bruns also rehomes bees he removes from those not looking for their company. He also offers classes and beekeeping lessons to those who indicate an interest in learning the craft. Wild Light Honey is available for purchase at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, the Hilton Head Farmers Market, the Farmers Market of Bluffton and at Nectar Farm Kitchen. Keen to get buzzed? Head to Burnt Church Distillery to try a few cocktails featuring Wild Light honey.

‘B’ for the bees, an ‘A’ for the honey


CAPITAL BEE HONEY You might know Savannah’s historic district for its iconic architecture, its neighborhood art galleries or the artisanal shops that line the streets. The queen bee of Savannah’s boutique scene is Capital Bee Company’s honey boutique on East Broughton Street. A combination tasting bar and gift shop, the boutique offers a chance to try some of the fifteen flavors of honey sold through Capital Bee Company. From blackberry to snowberry to tupelo to mesquite, there is a flavor of honey to fit anyone’s craving. Capital Bee prides itself on providing single varietal mono-floral honeys, meaning that each kind of honey is made by bees that find nectar from one particular kind of flower. For a taste of Capital Bee, go straight to the source to try before you buy at the honey boutique in Savannah. You also can purchase some Capital Bee honey products in Nectar Kitchen in Hilton Head or Bluffton.


Whether it’s a staple from a secret family recipe or the perfect addition to your morning oatmeal, honey is the golden goo that makes life a little sweeter. Its presence on grocery store shelves might seem to lessen its glow, but every jar of honey reflects the journeys of tens of thousands of bees to thousands of flowers. In some sense, every drop of honey alludes to the land from which it came. Without the birds and the bees and flowers and the trees, there would be no honey at all to sweeten up your day. The product of a collaboration between a community of fuzzy insects and the beekeepers who sustain them, locally sourced honey can offer a whole new way of tasting the South. Be it petting zoos or family farms, the Lowcountry is a hotbed for honey-making. For a taste of local goodness, make like a bee and drop by local honey vendors for some un-bee-lievably good honey.


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Much to see, and so many bees!

BEE CITY HONEY Over thirty years ago a passion for beekeeping and public education paved the way for one of the Lowcountry’s premier honeybee farms and zoo. Bee City Honey in Cottageville is a family-owned business that got its start through a genuine commitment to the practice of beekeeping. Today Bee City is a metropolis for pollinators and an educational destination for those interested in the how-to’s of beekeeping and seeing an operational hive. Additionally, Bee City boasts a unique petting zoo featuring wallabies, coatimundis, a tiger, miniature horses, pheasants and more. Bee City makes pure raw honey, meaning that it is neither strained nor heated, so all the original flavors and properties are preserved. The gift shop sells creamed honey, honey mustard, honey butter, beeswax lotion, lip balms, soaps, candles and even beeswax figurines. Bee City honey is sold in over 80 regional outlets and has made its way onto grocery store shelves in Harris Teeter and Publix.

Good as gold

EDISTO GOLD HONEY Also known as "liquid gold," this raw, unfiltered honey is harvested from hives on the shores of the Edisto River. The hives and honeybees sit among the bushes of an organic blueberry farm in Branchville. Yes, it's sweet and delicious, but what's more, unpasteurized honey contains antioxidants and trace amounts of our favorite superfood, bee pollen. You can find it at Sea Eagle Market in Beaufort and Calhoun Street Gallery in Bluffton.

A sweeter way to start the day

MORNING GLORY HOMESTEAD What began as a family’s homestead on St. Helena Island has turned into a productive farm and educational tool for the community. Belinda and Tony Jones are active beekeepers and members of the Lowcountry Beekeeping Association. The expansion of their family farm created an opportunity for both of them to share the traditions, culture and foods of their Gullah heritage. Morning Glory Homestead offers youth camping programs, in-person and virtual school visits and tours of St. Helena Island that explore its history through the land and its produce. Their organic and sustainable agricultural practices make their produce packages an enticing addition to their jars of local raw honey. After a fresh harvest Morning Glory honey can be purchased at their online store or on-site at the farm.

Sweet on you

HILTON HEAD HONEY Since the early 1980s Hilton Head Honey has seeped into dishes, drinks and desserts all across Beaufort County. Its honey comes from a series of local hives that are maintained by dedicated beekeepers. With the recent passing of one of Hilton Head Honey’s beloved beekeepers, the brand now dedicates a portion of its proceeds to finding a cure to ALS. Like its label reads, Hilton Head Honey is made “by bees for local honey lovers.” Hilton Head Honey can be found in many SERG Group restaurants as well as in Burkes’s Main Street Pharmacy, Ulmer’s Pharmacy and in owner Jeanne Thomas’s family counseling office on Pennington Drive.

HOT SPOTS FOR HONEY • House of Honey (Hilton Head) * Savannah Bee Company (Savannah) * Lowcountry Produce (Hilton Head/Beaufort) * Farmers Market of Bluffton * Piggly Wiggly (Hilton Head) * Nectar Farm Kitchen (Hilton Head/Bluffton) * Bee-Town Mead & Cider (Bluffton) * Coastal Discovery Museum (Hilton Head) * Michael Anthony’s Market Cafe (Hilton Head) * The Purple Cow (Hilton Head) * The Herb Room Organic Apothecary (Hilton Head)

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All eyes on me

Give your eyes some love with the Reliize Smart Eye Massager. This advanced pressure eye massager is engineered to target specific pressure points that relieve fatigue, headaches and migraines while clearing stress from the nervous system. The intelligent microvibration awakens eye vitality, inside and out. Available at reliize.com for $99.89.

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The Deep Soak Duo Footbath with Poweroll Massage will bring the pedicure experience to your home with no hassle. This tub uses dual motorized rollers to provide kneading massage to soothe tired arches and soles, and the Heat Power Boost maintains water temperature. Available at Homedics.com for $129.99.

Chair person

Massage chairs can fit in with the decoration style of your home, thanks to Wayfair’s Andover Mills Ocracoke Heated Massage Chair. No longer does style have to be sacrificed for comfort. Available at Wayfair.com for $293.11.


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This Massaging Comfort Floor Mat from Sharper Image relieves the pressure from standing for extended periods of time. It provides a cushioned surface that contours to your feet to reduce pain and increase circulation while the built-in vibrating massager relaxes the muscles. Available at sharperimage.com for $119.99.

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The Theragun Wave Roller is the perfect post-workout and recovery companion. This vibrating foam roller is Bluetooth enabled and has five vibration frequencies that help to release soreness, reduce tensions and increase range of motion. Available at Amazon.com for $149.

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The NuFACE Trinity facial toning device is an advanced microcurrent facial toning device that improves the look of skin’s contour, tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Available at sephora.com for $339.00.

Don’t kill my vibe Ditch your ordinary toothbrush and go for a Quip electric toothbrush. They are sleek, stylish and aren’t bulky. The sensitive sonic vibration and Bluetooth capability of this toothbrush have landed it in TIME’s top 25 inventions. Available at getquip.com for $60.

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Portable and always on-call, the Hypervolt Go serves as a portable massage therapist to massage away all your stress and tension. Available at hyperice.com for $159.

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Sweet reads for outdoor picnics and long beach days. SELECTIONS BY DENISE FRIDAY THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES BY SUE MONK KIDD Set in 1964, fourteen-year-old Lily Owens can’t remember what happened when her mother was shot, and her dad is too angry and abusive to help. When her housekeeper, Rosaleen, is jailed and beaten for insulting three racist men, they escape to Tiburon, South Carolina — a town name written on the back of a picture belonging to her mother. The pair is taken in by three black beekeeping sisters, May, June and August Boatwright, who produce Black Madonna Honey. Lily and Rosaleen are treated like family, learn the secrets of the bees and find a community of mothers who show them what it feels like to have a home.

QUEEN BEE BY DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK Holly Jensen lives on Sullivan’s Island with her demanding, housebound mother. She feels stuck after her sister married and moved away. She loves her bees, her garden, the two little boys next door and maybe even their smart and handsome widowed father. The family drama starts to spin in a hilarious direction when her brother-in-law wants to express his talents in Vegas, her mother suddenly springs to life, and her bees are implicated in a murder. Funny and touching and pro-bees, Benton Frank was the Queen herself of Lowcountry stories.

THE MUSIC OF BEES BY EILEEN GARVIN This delightful debut novel will fill anyone with hope in the magic of second chances. In thod story 44-year-old Alice is hiding away as she mourns the sudden death of her husband and the life they were supposed to have together; 19-year-old Jake fell from a deck at a high school party and will never walk again; and 24-year-old Harry has a criminal record from a foolish escapade with friends who let him take the fall. These unlikely three come together by chance and form an unexpected bond as they raise bees on Alice’s property. The details of the orderly life of bees is magical. The author is a beekeeper in Oregon.

THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE BY LAURIE R. KING The first of the Mary Russell series, it’s an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes after he has retired. Holmes lives a quiet life in the country studying honey bee behavior. By chance he meets 15-year-old Mary Russell, who he soon discovers has a similar talent in observation detection. Mary becomes an understudy to Holmes as they solve crimes using both their talents and hilarious disguises. Danger soon follows, and the student proves herself to be an equal to her teacher. Watson is also a character in the story, but Mary steadily takes center stage. The series numbered 18 as of 2021.

THE BEEKEEPER’S HANDBOOK BY DIANA SAMMATARO AND ALPHONSE AVITABILE First published in 1978, this book is regarded as the one book to have when starting as a beekeeper. It has comprehensive and clear information on setting up an apiary, working with bees and the collection of honey. Now in its fifth edition, updates include maintaining bees throughout each season, the problem with mites, including exploring some mite-resistant breeds of bees, as well as pros and cons of various care-taking techniques. Whether a profession or a hobby, the Beekeeper’s Handbook is an invaluable resource for both beginner and veteran beekeepers.


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DETAILS This pet detective comedy sequel stars Jim Carrey, who’s commissioned by a British provincial consulate in the fictional African country of Nibia to locate a scared white bat called “Shikaka” and return it to the native Wachati tribe. Even though Ace is deathly afraid of bats, he prevails in jungle scenes that were shot at Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area, a 4,600acre wildlife preserve on Edisto Island. All of the African village scenes also were shot there. The location was selected for its lush tropical vegetation, bone-yard beaches and salt marsh — a perfect jungle setting. Filming also took place at the 7,000-acre Cherokee Plantation, a private sporting and leisure estate in Yemassee, where expansive gardens, a Georgian manor house and well-manicured lawns served as the scenery for the British consulate in this zany movie.


FILM FACTS • The sequel used five times the number of animals that were used in the previous film. “The animals in the first film had to fill an apartment,” animal trainer Cathy Morrison said. “In 'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls,' they had to fill Africa.” • The jungle and African village scenes were shot at Botany Bay and Cherokee Plantation. The Himalayan sequences were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other scenes were shot in Hondo, Texas. • For the famous hairdo of Ace Ventura, actor Jim Carrey wanted to look mostly normal from the front but like a cockatoo from the back. Hairstylist Pauletta Lewis found inspiration by going to several pet stores and reading books on birds. “That’s how the Ace ‘do was born,” she said. It took her about an hour to create each day with lots of teasing and backcombing but very little spray. • The film grossed $37,804,076 during its opening weekend, taking the No. 1 spot. With a worldwide gross of $212.3 million against a $30 million budget, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls was a major financial success.

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Buzz words


Ever get a bee in your bonnet about where certain expressions come from? Instead of breaking out in hives, or becoming a busy bee trying to figure it all out on your own, especially when it comes to sayings and idioms related to the ubiquitous black and yellow drone, here’s a quick guide to the meanings and origins of some humming phrases that will make you the Queen Bee of entomology.

The bee’s knees

Meaning: A phrase to reiterate that something is excellent or of very high quality. Origin: In the late 18th century, this slang term was coined to describe something stylish, yet small, weak or insignificant, such as the joints in a bee’s six legs. Flappers likely repurposed the phrase in the 1920s, when animalistic phrases for groovy stuff – like the cat’s whiskers, the snake’s hips and the flea’s eyebrows — were all the rage.


Meaning: A straight line between two points on the earth’s surface, like a bee instinctively returning to its hive. Origin: The phrase derives from the behavior of bees. When a forager bee finds a source of nectar, it returns to the hive and communicates its location to the other bees, using the Waggle Dance display. The other bees can then fly directly to the source of the nectar, that is, make a beeline for it.

Busy bee

Meaning: A phrase to describe someone or something that works hard and is constantly busy. Origin: One of the earliest sources that refers to the phrase is Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Written in about 1392, Chaucer compared women to busy bees in a stinging way, calling them deceptive, evil temptresses. If you’ve been stung by either species, you’ll know why the phrase stuck and has been used for centuries.

None of your beeswax

Meaning: A way of telling someone that seeking information is personal and none of their business. Origin: In the 1930s a slang version rendered the saying “mind your own beeswax.” It is meant to soften the force of the retort. Folk etymology has it that this idiom was used in the colonial period when women would sit by the fireplace making wax candles together, though there are many other theories.

Telling the bees “Trembling, I listened: the summer sun Had the chill of snow; For I knew she was telling the bees of one Gone on the journey we all must go!” – John Greenleaf Whittier If you’ve never heard of the tradition of “telling the bees,” you are missing out on an essential and possibly beneficial piece of historic and present culture. When love is lost or gained, one is supposed to alert the bees of the news. Historically it is said that if the bees were not told of important events in their keepers’ lives, such as births, marriages, deaths, departures or returns of the household, a penalty would result on the hive and possibly even the family. If the bees aren’t “put into mourning,” or “invited to celebrate,” they may leave the hive, stop the production of honey or even die.

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The birds and the bees

Meaning: The phrase “the birds and the bees” is used to explain the mechanics of reproduction to younger children, relying on the imagery of bees pollinating and eggs hatching to substitute for a more technical explanation of sexual intercourse. Origin: A 1644 diary entry by English writer John Evelyn mentions the birds and the bees and Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s 1825 “Work Without Hope” also makes the reference. Eventually, the concept of this expression found its way into a 1928 Cole Porter tune, “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love,” and a 1964 song “The Birds and the Bees” by Jewel Akens, securing the phrase’s place in popular culture.


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Meaning: The strategy of using attractive people to entrap or get information from someone. Origin: According to sports news reports, during IPL 6 (Indian Premier League), “bookies” lured cricketers, using beautiful women as bait. The term “honey trap” was first used in espionage, and now it is frequently used in the world of journalism.

Hive of industry

Meaning: A place where people are working very hard. Origin: The phrase comes from a beehive, as bees are active and busy. The oldest reference to the phrase comes from a dictionary in 1863: “A private shipyard is a hive of industry.”

While little is known about the origins of the tradition, it is speculated that it was inspired by the ancient Aegean concept of the bees’ ability to bridge the gap between the natural world and the afterlife. The custom of telling the bees is best known to be practiced in England but has also been recorded in Ireland, Wales, Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Bohemia and the United States. In previous centuries apiarists would drape black cloths over their hives to put the bees in mourning and conversely would bring them cake for weddings or births as a celebratory invitation. If the beekeeper died, the hive would be served funeral hors d’oeuvres, face the burial site and be told that their keeper had passed away. Even today people still go tell the bees. And you don’t have to be an apiarist or own bees to tell them your troubles. They will listen and bring great comfort; their buzzes act as a sounding board and a comforting lullaby. For many, even those who aren’t superstitious, telling the bees of love and loss can be an enormous help in the grieving process. If something is weighing on you it might be worth a try to find a hive and go tell the bees.

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South Carolina Beekeepers Association MISSION

The South Carolina Beekeepers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and advocacy ensuring that South Carolina beekeepers have the information and tools they need to meet the challenges of modern beekeeping. Its mission includes public education as it strives to provide individuals, and both public and private organizations, with factual and up-to-date information about honey bee health, beekeeping and its importance to our food supply. The SCBA has 23 local affiliated beekeeping associations in South Carolina with members who are ready, willing and able to talk to our communities about beekeeping and pollinator health in our state.

WHOM IT HELPS The SCBA provides factual, up-to-date, research-based information to South Carolinians about honey bee health, beekeeping and the importance of healthy pollinators to our food supply. The SCBA helps SC Beekeepers by providing a variety of educational opportunities: • Two yearly multi-day educational conferences that provide beekeeping instruction and the latest developments in honey bee research • The SC Master Beekeeping Program: a four-tiered beekeeping certification program; and the opportunity to apply for youth education and research grants. • The SCBA helps our SC growers by supplying them with healthy honey bees to provide pollination to their crops – ultimately bringing value to all South Carolinians with a wide variety of healthy food choices. HIVE TALKIN' Master beekeeper Larry Coble instructing at a “Bees in the Backyard” event of the Midstate Beekeepers Association.

HISTORY The South Carolina Beekeepers Association was organized in 1975 as a result of an exploratory meeting held in October 1973 by a group of beekeepers in Oconee County. From 1976 to 1980 the SCBA held a one-day spring meeting in Columbia and a one-day fall meeting elsewhere in the state. In 1981 the state association continued with the tradition of hosting a one-day spring meeting at the South Carolina Farm Bureau Building in Cayce, West Columbia, but the fall meeting was replaced with a three-day summer meeting at Clemson University until 2016 to accommodate the rapid growth of beekeeping in the state and the need for quality research-based instruction. In March 1991 a joint spring meeting was held between the SC and NC Beekeepers Associations. This continued every other year, rotating the host state until 2019. The SCBA conferences have continued twice a year on a rotation between the Upstate, Midlands and Coastal regions of SC, providing quality beekeeping instruction to hundreds of South Carolinians each year.

HOW TO HELP Become a sponsor of the summer 2022 conference at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on July 21-23. The SCBA is totally dependent on the sponsorships of individuals and organizations that share its mission. SCBA is staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time and expertise without remuneration. LL 2022 SPRING CONFERENCE (Above) Ben Powell, Clemson Apiculture & Pollinator Specialist; Brad Cavin, Clemson Apiary Inspection Coordinator; Susan Marie Jones, SCBA President-Elect; Dr. Julianna Rangel, Guest Keynote Speaker from Texas A&M. (Below) Conference Workshop: “Lotions, Notions, and Potions” by Welsh Honey Judges Sheryl Brousseau and Nancy Simpson.

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P.J. Tanner likes to of golf with a group friends on Sundays at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton. He used to farm soy beans on the land back when it was Ulmer's Farm.

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The Lowcountry will always be home

South Carolina's Lowcountry is by far the most beautiful place along our Atlantic Coast — and perhaps the most beautiful place on earth. I am truly blessed to have spent my lifetime in Beaufort County, a place that most call a destination. My family, friends and I have always enjoyed and respected this place we call home. We have so many happy memories of spending time outdoors, fishing together, shrimping and hunting throughout the Lowcountry. As a young man growing up in Bluffton — long before our current county’s growth — my days consisted of working on Ulmer Brothers Farm or at Moss Creek Plantation. That hard work during those farming days developed my admiration for the land and left me with proud memories of a noble profession that has sadly faded from the landscape of our community. Some of my best days as a young man were spent with my uncle, who was a game warden with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. He introduced me to the noble and rewarding profession of law enforcement. It was in those early years that the lure of law enforcement as a calling and a career began.


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BY P.J. TANNER In 1981, I began my professional career in law enforcement. Since 1999, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as your Beaufort County Sheriff. Today, as a man with over 40 years in public service, I still have the same desire for the continued success and adventure of this local life. Our pristine farmland is now predominantly replaced by driveways, rooftops and planned communities, presenting new opportunities to serve. While my love for the outdoors is still just as strong today, it usually must be scheduled around competing professional

commitments. However, if the calendar is clear, the weather is good, the tide is low, and there is very little wind, then look out, fish. Another popular Lowcountry pastime I enjoy is golf. It has become a standing Sunday afternoon appointment for relaxation, solace and perhaps a little competition with a group of guys at my old farm, which is now the Old South golf course. My wife, Angie, and I love our local life. We are both very busy in our professions but still manage to enjoy all of what makes my home county great. LL LIFETIME LOCAL P.J. Tanner is an avid outdoorsman and recalls some of his best days spent with his uncle, a game warden with the SC Department of Natural Resources.

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The hiveminded beekeepers of Beaufort County

More than just producing the honey we use to sweeten our tea, bees play a vital role in the Lowcountry’s ecosystem. Meet three locals who have earned their stripes in the apian army.



It’s not an exaggeration to say that bees may just be the single most important creature in the animal kingdom. As we’ve all learned in recent years, with the looming threat of colony collapse disorder, these humble little insects make so much more than just honey. They make life as we know it possible. It’s bees that travel from plant to plant, spreading pollen and leaving in their wakes flourishing flora. These plants, from flowers to cash crops, nourish our bodies and our souls. Without the diligent efforts of the bees, it all goes away. And with it goes the bounty that keeps humanity fed. As such, caring for these tireless workers is critical. Join us as we salute three locals who are caring for the bees that help sustain us.

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Camp Arnold THE BEE GUY

For most of us, the isolation and boredom of the pandemic’s early months led to all sorts of odd new skills. We learned to make sourdough. We perfected our dance moves on TikTok. We mastered the art of jigsaw assembly. And Camp Arnold became Beaufort County’s resident “Bee Guy.” “That’s pretty much what everyone calls me,” he said. “I don’t even remember my name.” It was curiosity that led the licensed massage therapist to make the abrupt career change into beekeeping; curiosity and a decided lack of concern for his own wellbeing. “I had a chance to catch a wild bee hive that had showed up at a business up in Beaufort. They’d posted on Facebook asking if someone could get rid of it, so I went over there with zero experience in beekeeping,” he said. “I failed miserably.” That first attempt — coaxing the hive with nothing more than a painter’s suit from Lowe’s and a hairnet over his face secured with duct tape — became the ultimate learning experience for Arnold. He sought out Greg Ferris of Ferris Apiaries, hoping to learn from the 35 years of experience Ferris has in beekeeping. “I told him I’d like to learn, so he let me hang around his shop and I wound up getting a couple of hives from him,” said Arnold. “He


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got me into it, and I started doing honeybee relocations with him. I was hooked.” With the pandemic shutting down his massage business, Arnold dove into beekeeping, launching Beaufort Bees. Through Beaufort Bees, Arnold continues his honeybee relocation services (albeit with much better equipment than his first attempt) while also providing mentorship for area beekeepers, locally produced honey and a special “rent-a-hive” program. “This year has been the pilot year for that. It’s a great way for people to keep bees at their own house without the responsibility of taking care of them,” he said. Through the program, Arnold will relocate a hive to your property, checking on its progress once a month and giving valuable advice on its upkeep. Whatever honey the hive produces is yours to keep, and the little pollinators will spend their day keeping your garden lush. “Bees in general are hot right now,” he said. “Everyone wants to save the bees, so this is my way of getting people involved with that and helping them feel like it’s making change in their own life.”

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We should note that for the vast majority of us, relocating a beehive is a simple two-step process. Step one: call a professional. Step two: wait. There are reasons that people like Camp Arnold are the only ones allowed to relocate them. But if you’re curious, here’s how he does it. His first question when asked to relocate a hive is how long it’s been there. The answer to that question dictates how large a hive he’s dealing with. After that, he gets to work. “My favorite tool is a stethoscope,” he said. “You just listen for the hum.” From there he’ll open up the cavity, whether it’s in a wall or in a roof soffit 30 feet up. A specialized vacuum sucks up the drones, making it a simple (or simpler) process to find the queen. That’s the ideal situation. Sometimes, like when a hive showed up inside a cinder block wall, he has to set up a “bait hive,” encased over a one-way trap. After 4-6 weeks, the bees will eventually all find their way out and ready for their new home.

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There are numerous hazards that go hand-in-hand with beekeeping. You’ll have the odd hive that just doesn’t make it. You’ll have predators large and small that can take out an entire colony in a single day. And, if you’re really unlucky, occasionally you’ll have to answer some thorny questions from federal agents. At least if you’re David Arnal. “Back in 2002, I was working at the old Coastal Discovery Museum site, lighting a smoker in the parking lot to work some bees and two black Suburbans pull up full of Homeland Security agents,” he said. “They’d never seen anyone lighting a smoker before and they said, ‘We need to understand what you’re doing.’ When I showed them, they wanted to know all about it.” It wouldn’t be the first time Arnal would ignite someone’s curiosity about bees, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. By the time DHS pulled up on him, he’d already been working with bees for nearly 15 years, starting when he was a student at Clemson. A nearby Christmas tree farm had asked if he’d like to take care of their bees. “I don’t know what I was doing,” he admitted. “I was keeping honey in two-liter bottles.” Finding few resources for learning about beekeeping, Arnal sought out the University of Georgia’s Keith Delaplane. Now one of the top bee researchers in


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the world, and one of the key figures in studying colony collapse disorder, Delaplane was then just a burgeoning researcher at UGA. “It was a fortuitous time to meet him because he had time to walk me through everything,” said Arnal. Under Delaplane’s mentorship, Arnal embarked on a beekeeping career that brought him to Hilton Head, where he set up the first apiary at Six Oaks Cemetery. “Everyone said it was weird that I would even do that, but fast forward to 2006 and everyone thought it was the coolest,” he said. Cool enough, in fact, that Arnal soon found a whole legion of beekeepers coming to him for help. Before long, there were enough of them to start the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association, a group roughly 125 strong. “We started out as more an educational group,” he said. “It’s not something you can learn from a book. You have to see it and have someone explain it to you.” His next venture will be a “honey house” located off of Island Drive. The only USDA-designated farm on Hilton Head Island, it will start small by offering local honey and beeswax, expanding to an ecotourism facility later on. “We want it to be a place where we can walk you through bee biology, why they’re disappearing, and really make it a destination,” he said.

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By now you’ve no doubt heard about the myriad health benefits of honey. And while we’re no doctors, if the claims are true this stuff is basically a delicious golden panacea. There are the rich amounts of polyphenols they contain, a plant compound that has been found in some cases to elevate digestion and brain health. There are studies that show honey applied to the skin can treat certain burns and wounds, especially diabetic sores. And any singer worth their pitch pipe can tell you that a little honey can really warm up your voice. But if you ask David Arnal, one of the most experienced beekeepers in the state, he’ll tell you about one health benefit that goes beyond simple home remedy treatments. “I got stung 75 or 80 times on my left ankle back in 1997 when I dropped an entire box on my feet. I didn’t have an ankle band, so my ankle swelled to the size of a cantaloupe,” he said. “Now I actually sting myself on purpose throughout the winter to have the bee venom in my system, so I don’t have that reaction.” His regular venom therapy came with an unexpected side effect. He cites a National Institute of Health study saying that beekeepers in general had lower rates of COVID. “It seems like it changes your T cells to prevent COVID,” he said. “But people are not lining up for my vaccine.”



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Phyllis Horry doesn’t just keep bees. Between her two and a half hives you’ll find pens of chickens, muscovies, pigeons, quail, rabbits, hogs and more. You’ll find stumps bearing a variety of wild mushrooms. You’ll find enough produce to feed an army, scattered in pots and plots and hanging from branches. You’ll even find a couple of Nigerian dwarf goats. They’re not hard to find – just follow the occasional bleat. That is, if you can hear them over the chorus of clucks, squawks and quacks. But the most beautiful sound in this whole symphony comes from those hives – a steady hum of happy bees crisscrossing her broad Okatie property as they pollinate her farm’s bounty. “You see them going in there? You see that on them? That’s pollen,” she said, pointing to a five-framed “nuc” where she keeps one of her hives. With bees flying in and out at a rapid clip, this hive is by far the busier of her two. The hive is located next to a small pond, on land belonging to her late husband’s family for generations. The nuc itself, a term for a box with five frames for holding honeycombs, was built by one of her granddaughters. And as gentle as the bees seem, it’s only understandable that certain writers


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BEES FOR TREES Phyllis Horry doesn't keep bees on her farm for their honey. Mostly, she keeps them to pollinate her citrus trees. She sells her products at the Port Royal Farmer's Market.

might hesitate to get near their hive. “Don’t breathe on them and don’t get in their flight path, and they’re not liable to bother you,” she said, reassuringly. She notes that generally they leave her alone, except for one incident where Hurricane Matthew brought a tree down over one of her hives and in trying to clear debris she dropped their box. As you can imagine, they didn’t take it well. She first got involved with beekeeping 10 year ago, as the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association meetings were held at the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority which borders her property. Through YouTube videos and books, trial and error, and the help of her fellow beekeepers, she added a few swarms to the menagerie at her farm. Her journey into beekeeping is just the latest chapter in a life story spent working the earth. “I don’t think I bought a canned vegetable other than asparagus the whole time my sons were growing up,” she said. “I like being outside.” And while some people keep bees for their honey, Horry keeps them around as a helping hand on the farm. “I have them mostly not to rob them for their honey, but they pollinate my citrus trees,” she said. Beyond feeding herself and giving the odd care package to her three sons who all live in the area, Horry sells her goods at the Port Royal Farmer’s Market.

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Streaming bees While she’s been farming her whole life, Phyllis Horry is a relative newcomer to beekeeping. She did a ton of research before building her first hive – a lot of books, a lot of mentorship and more than a few colorful online personalities. Here are a few of her favorites to get you started. Don the Fat Beeman (fatbeeman.com): Don “The Fat Bee Man” Kuchenmeister runs Dixie Bee Supply in Lula, Georgia, emphasizing organic methods and natural beekeeping. JP the Beeman (jpthebeeman.com): Hive removal specialist JP the Beeman has a website and YouTube channel full of informative (and hilarious) videos. Mr. Ed (studiobeeproductions.com): No, not the famous talking horse. Instead, this is the site of Jeff Horchoff, head beekeeper for a Benedictine monastery located in Southeast Louisiana. 628 Dirt Rooster (628dirtrooster.com): Part beekeeping community, part treasure trove of truly bonkers bee videos, 628 Dirt Rooster bills itself as the place “where hobby beekeeping is a way of life.” LL


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This Southern charmer can light up a room with her thousand-watt smile, and make you belly laugh so hard you may have to excuse yourself. It’s happened! See Question 3. Leanne Morgan is an actress, writer and stand-up comedian who has garnered more than 1.5 million followers across social media, and her popular stand-up special, “So Yummy,” has reached more than 50 million views on YouTube. On Monday, May 16, she’s bringing The Big Panty Tour to Hilton Head’s Arts Center of Coastal Carolina as part of a 100-city theater run across the nation. Morgan’s home-grown whimsy is derived from her housewife life, and her relatable hilarity, from breastfeeding mishaps to hemorrhoidal humor, continues to make crowds roar with uncontrollable laughter. She has appeared on ABC’s “The View,” Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom” and toured with the Southern Fried Chicks. Morgan revels in her 50-something foolishness and proves it’s never too late to make ’em laugh.


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[LocalLife] You’re bringing The Big Panty Tour to 100 city theaters across the U.S. and are performing at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head Island on Monday, May 16. Why are people from the South funny? [Leanne Morgan] I think Southerners have a more colorful way of storytelling. Growing up in the country, you have to be more creative with ways to entertain yourself, so maybe that sparks imagination and humor. [LL] When on Hilton Head, are you looking forward to doing any sightseeing? Any favorite places you want to give a shout-out to? [LM] I love Hilton Head Island! I have vacationed there with my family many times. I will definitely stop by Hilton Head Health to see my friend of many years, owner Elizabeth Taylor. She went to high school with my husband and they took AP classes together. She loves me even though I can’t do math. She knows I’m on tour and I need to take better care of myself. I can recharge there at that wonderful place. [LL] You didn’t start out as a comedian. You started selling jewelry at parties in Tennessee and cracked so many jokes you actually made someone laugh until they peed on a couch. That’s some endorsement! Is she still your number one fan, and did she buy the party host a new couch? [LM] Ha, ha! This is so crazy that you asked about her! We just reconnected after 20 years. She works for my eye doctor. She remembers tinkling on that couch. We were all young moms on a tight budget. I bet someone got an all-purpose cleaner and dabbed it. I told her the other day, ‘When you peed on that couch, that gave me the courage to give comedy a try. That was an ‘aha’ moment.’ We hugged and jumped up and down in the eye doctor’s office.

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A UNIQUE LOCAL BOOKSTORE PRESERVES LOWCOUNTRY HERITAGE THROUGH MORE THAN JUST RARE BOOKS. GOOD AS GOLD: McIntosh derived his Gullah Gold brand name from Lowcountry culture preservation and family history. McIntosh says he named his first boat The Gullah Gal, and since many beehives are on St. Helena Island, he decided to name his harvested honey Gullah Gold.


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“I love old books,” says McIntosh. “I love studying the old books and researching and helping people find the information they’re looking for, particularly ancestral information.” McIntosh opened The McIntosh Book Shoppe in 1994 because his first book store, open from the mid-80s to 2020, just didn’t turn the page when it came to collectibles. “I put a small section of rare books there, and it got so popular I decided I needed a whole store for it,” he says. “So I opened this store. And people seem to love it. It’s a vocation.” A true collector and historian, McIntosh procures his publications from book dealers, estate sales and auctions. “I’ve got an addiction where I spend a lot of money on books,” he says. “It makes us happy when we can connect people with something they’re really looking for. We’ve made a whole lot of people happy with genealogy books. People will come in and say my ancestors came from someplace and I go to my genealogy books and find them and they find out where they lived and all.” While McIntosh specializes in curating his compendiums of South Carolina history, The Civil War, Archibald Rutledge, the Gullah culture, out-of-print and rare books, first editions and Pat Conroy, he says his passions are serving his customers and the preservation of history.

Textbook case “Did I tell you the story about the lady with the little Christmas book?,” McIntosh’s brother Miles says, illustrating how magical The McIntosh Book Shoppe is. “This lady about a month ago, she and her husband from Virginia stopped in here. They’re in their late 60s probably. She said she was in here the week before Christmas and she bought a couple of kids’ Christmas books and while she didn’t get around to looking at them right then, the day after Christmas she started looking at this one that kind of caught her interest, a little kids’ Christmas hardcover. And she said she turned to the second page and there was her grandmother’s name and the little town in Missouri where she was born in. And she thought that was the most special thing in the world. I mean how that book ended up here out of Missouri after all that time? But it was her grandma’s. It was pretty cool. Needless to say, all of her siblings are wanting to get their hands on that book and she said ‘no chance.’ There are all kinds of weird stories with old books here.”

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In the spirit of preservation, McIntosh shares more than just his love of books with the world. He also shares his love of beekeeping. He starts to hum when speaking about the intricacies of bees, the process of beekeeping and his hives. “Just like any household, the queen runs the hive,” he says. “And the drones are lazy rascals. I love watching bees and I love to just sit in front of the hive and watch them go in and out.” “If I’m ever mad at Wilson or something, or I’d need to get at him, I’d say ‘Damn, I just checked that hive and it’s dead,” jeers brother Miles. “Yeah, that’ll depress me,” McIntosh says. “It brings him on down,” Miles laughed. But it was Miles who gave his book-loving brother his first hive more than 20 years ago, and they started going to Bee City in Cottageville where honey bees are raised and classes are held by the Lowcountry Beekeepers Association. “It’s not an easy business,” McIntosh, 74, says. “But, it was easy when I first got into it because my hives were lasting a whole lot longer.”

Book and beekeeper Over the course of the last year, McIntosh has lost seven of his nine hives. “I’ve been in beekeeping for more than 20 years and I used to never have to buy bees, I split the hives,” he says. “But the hive would last three, four, five years, whereas now it’s hard to get them to last more than a year or two.” With only two hives remaining, he has ordered seven more, but he doesn’t know why they are dying so quickly. He speculates pesticides play a large role in the problem but also wonders about the increase in hive beetles, tracheal mites and robber bees. “I love my bees,” he says. “I have a connection with them. It really hurts any time I lose a hive. And I’ve lost more in the last couple of years than I’ve probably lost in my 20 years of hiving. I used my bees at one time to pollinate watermelon fields. Bees do a lot of pollination actually. People would starve to death if the bees weren’t pollinating. They’re very important.” Even though McIntosh has been stung “more times than you’ll ever know,” he recommends beekeeping and likes to give customers tips. “I would say the best thing to do is to join your local bee association,” he says. “Take a beekeeper class and attend meetings with a lot of seasoned beekeepers.” LL

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COUGH Honey is known to be one of the best home cough remedies. Research has shown that drinking a tablespoon of honey can reduce irritation in the throat. For children over a year old, honey helps to relieve nocturnal cough, allowing proper sleep. Honey is a safe and effective cough medicine without the side effects of common cough medicines. In fact, some studies show it may be more effective than certain cough medicines.


It’s no secret that honey has incredible healing properties and this notion has withstood the test of time. The ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans all utilized honey for wounds and diseases. In what remains of Egyptian hieroglyphics, honey was mentioned 500 times in 900 remedies as a prescription for ailments. Each culture has used honey for different health benefits for over 8,000 years and it is still used for various reasons today. Honey is a delicious food with numerous health benefits, inside and out. While honey is essentially pure sugar (it has no fat and contains trace amounts of protein and fiber) it still contains some small amounts of nutrients. Most importantly, it is rich in the health-promoting plant compound polyphenol, which boosts digestion and brain health and protects against heart disease, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers. Honey also is extremely rich in antioxidants which boost immunity, memory and cell reproduction.


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SINUS Pollution and dust cause many people to suffer from sinusrelated issues. Sinuses are small cavities in the skull that produce mucus to guard the respiratory system from allergies and infections. When we suffer from infections or viruses, they block the sinus, trapping air and mucus, which causes distress. Honey is a natural anti-bacterium and antiseptic that helps to clear infections and reduce inflammations. Honey also soothes throats, reduces coughs and strengthens the immune system, thereby causing less sinus distress. ALLERGY Some people treat their seasonal allergies by taking allergy shots with the local allergens over a long period of time to build up immunity to allergens. But eating local honey can have the same results without the needles. When bees pollinate, they take back traces of pollen with them, which stay in the honey. Only trace amounts are left in the honey, but it’s enough to build immunity to local allergens. Once you’ve built enough immunity, your seasonal allergy symptoms may decrease. MEMORY MATTERS We are what we eat, and hence it is very important to consume foods that help maintain our mental abilities well into old age. One of the many health benefits of honey may include boosting memory and concentration. Consumption of honey prevents metabolic stress and helps calm and soothe the brain, which helps in augmenting memory in the long run. ENERGY Honey is known as an excellent source of natural energy, as its natural unprocessed sugar enters the bloodstream directly. This gives us a quick boost of energy, great for your workout.

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HAIR Hair loves honey. It not only provides nourishment to dry hair but also softens and smooths your follicles. Honey can be used as a natural dandruff remedy and prevent hair loss. Try a natural honey hair mask before shampooing to utilize its numerous benefits. SKIN Honey can benefit skin health due to its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is a great natural moisturizer, helps unclog pores, soothes cracked lips, corrects skin tone and even prevents and cures eczema. Honey also acts as a natural cleanser and can be used as an exfoliant. SAY CHEESE As we know, honey has antibacterial and infectionhealing properties. But even your pearly whites can benefit from these properties. Bleeding and plaque issues related to gum disease can be treated to a great extent with the regular use of honey. Honey is known to release antiseptic hydrogen peroxide, which acts as an anti-microbial agent and prevents the growth of bacteria. Try creating a mouth wash of raw honey and water to naturally solve pearly white problems. Rubbing honey directly on affected gums can also provide instant relief from pain and inflammation. LL COLOR CODED The darker the honey, the more antioxidants.


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DESIGNED WITH COMFORT IN MIND, THIS SCREENED-IN PORCH KEEPS THE BUGS AWAY WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM THE WATER VIEWS. STORY BY BAILEY GILLIAM + PHOTOS BY J. SAVAGE GIBSON A luxurious Lowcountry home just isn’t complete without the perfect porch for backyard barbecues, sweet tea-sipping evenings and other gatherings. Element Construction teamed up with Billy Wood Appliance to create this perfect outdoor oasis in Palmetto Bluff.


ENGAGE THE ENVIRONMENT This backyard oasis couldn’t be more perfect. Check out the clean lines of the wood, the cool coastal accents and the high-end appliances. Stylish and comfortable outdoor seating compliments a statement fireplace, which houses an outdoor flat-screen television. This project is a prime example of Lowcountry business sharing the love and working together to create a magical space for the homeowner. And in that way, they embody the spirit of the hospitable Southerner. “Working with Element Construction in conjunction with the owners always results in beautifully designed spaces that capture the homeowners’ vision,” said Brantley King of Billy Wood Appliance.


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THRILL OF THE GRILL Tucked in the corner is a Lynx grill from Billy Wood Appliance. If you’re in the market for the perfect porch grill, this is the one. Not only will you be able to grill steaks at any given moment, but you’ll also have a sleek, highend appliance that fits into any home design with no problem.


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Whether you attribute Greek philosopher Plato or Irish novelist Margaret Hungerford to the famous proverb, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder,” the sentiment is still as artful. You might think your framed velvet Elvis hanging in your garage is the pièce de résistance, while others may break down in tears when viewing Vermeer’s “Young Woman with a Water Pitcher,” at the MET in NYC. Either way, people start collecting art when a painting, photograph or sculpture draws them in, and the way they collect art can become an art form in itself. Ben Whiteside of Red Piano Art Gallery offers these five strokes of genius for curating your own fine art collection.

1. Discover your favorite artists. Your response to any artwork is emotional. When you see a painting or bronze that you like, that piece is reaching out and speaking directly to you. You will remember the experience and the artist. 2. Find their gallery or dealer. As you discover the artist you like, how do you go about adding those artists to your fine-art collection? Typically, you find the gallery or dealer that represents the artist. Professional artists have full-time art dealers who represent their artwork. Most have several dealers who cover the country from coast to coast. 3. Collect a variety of their pieces. You have found an artist who appeals to you, found a dealer whom you trust and added one of their pieces to your collection. The goal is to have at least one piece representing the different subject matter this artist is best known for.

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4. Take your time. Most collectors did not start to build a fine-art collection. Initially; they simply wanted some nice artwork for their new home. As they discovered the subject matter that appealed to them and the artists that they enjoy, the net result over time is a fine-art collection that represents their own taste and a financial asset as well.

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5. Know its value. As collectors add to their collections over the years, especially with works by some of America's best-known painters and sculptors, the art typically will enjoy some level of appreciation. More than likely, the individual pieces will not be less expensive to acquire in the future and more than likely will cost more. To this end, a professional appraisal is a good idea every three to five years.

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There are entire books and websites dedicated to window treatments, and when it comes to blinds, shutters and valances, often a professional is the best way to go. If you are dressing up a room with curtains, that is something you may be able to do on your own, as long as you have a measuring tape. This is a basic how-to so you can get the height and width correct. Before


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A 2021 study found that seven in 10 people would trust their home cleaning to a robot. Homeowners are quickly adopting the technology revolution and want innovations that can make their lives easier, and housework is at the top of the list. While one robot can’t take care of your entire honey-do list, these robots can knock off a few chores for you and let you reclaim your weekends.

Vacuuming the house iHome Eclipse If you have ever wondered if a remote vacuum really works, LOCAL Life editorin-chief Lance Hanlin has taken the iHome Eclipse robot vacuum to task. “We have two kids bouncing around and a black cat, so there was no shortage of sand, crumbs and hair around our house. Since we got Feeco (the kids named it), we haven’t had to vacuum nearly as often. It works very well on hard surfaces and does a good enough job with rugs and carpet. It's fun and incredibly efficient.”

Cutting the grass Worx Landroid Robotic lawnmowers have been around for several years and have come more into the mainstream since the popularity of the robotic vacuums. The technology is similar in that you “train” the robot where the grass is and set a program to have it run when you choose. We have not tried the Worx Landroid robot, but the reviews are strong. If you do have one, send a note to info@ wearelocallife.com and tell us how it works.

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HOUSE RULES Like peeling back layers of centuries gone by, the main house dazzles with its Georgian architecture and old-world grandeur. Encompassing 7,500 square feet, it was built sometime after the ‘30s as a revival. Interestingly enough, this served as the first time a primary home existed on the land. “Dawn of Hope is where most of the Bellingers spent most of their time,” said Crosby, who listed that historical property as well.


These days it takes a lot to make waves in the real estate industry. Everywhere you look, prices are skyrocketing, inventory is dwindling, and lavish properties across Beaufort County are being snapped up by a wave of new residents drawn by the Lowcountry quality of life. If anything is going to stand out, it’s a historic $16.5 million sale of a centuries-old plantation. When Poco Sabo sold, people paid attention. After all, it’s not often that one of these historic marvels gets listed. Rarer still, one that has been so thoroughly and meticulously cared for.


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RICE AND SHINE Like so many plantations of its era, Poco Sabo provided the perfect environment for cultivating rice. And like much of the land, the historic rice fields have been perfectly preserved, giving a window into our agricultural past. “This property has been managed and cared for by some terrific landowners over the years,” said Crosby.

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living “What stands out about Poco Sabo to me is that through the years it has remained intact,” said Todd Crosby of Crosby Land Company. “All of the historical significance that makes Poco Sabo what it is, is still there today. This property is in pristine condition.” Encompassing 1,640 acres along the Ashepoo River, the plantation house traces its history to a land grant chartered in 1702 that bestowed some 8,000 acres to Edmund Bellinger. The land, called Bellinger’s Barony, would watch the march of history go past its doors, from Indian battles of the colonial era to post-Civil War Reconstruction and beyond. And no matter how many times the property changed hands, it stayed firmly rooted in its history, thanks in large part to the conservation easement on it. “A lot of properties that are passed down have been broken up and fragmented through divisions, and a lot of natural resources have deteriorated over time,” said Crosby. “That’s the great thing about conservation easements. If properly designed by owners, they are invaluable for generations to come.” LL

HAPPY TRAILS Along with the rice fields and pecan orchards, much of the land that makes up Poco Sabo’s 1,640 acres serves as trails for birdwatching and hunting. It was Silas Wilder Howland, who purchased the property in 1934 and built the main house, who opened the grounds as a hunting preserve.

FIT FOR A QUEEN One of the few structures on the grounds that isn’t historical, the standalone exercise room was built by the previous owners within the last five years. “It was built in a fashion where it really blends in with the surroundings,” said Crosby. “It was not something overly bold or designed to stand out.”

BEAUTIFUL RUINS Dotted throughout the property, tabby ruins speak to the generations of families who have called Poco Sabo home.


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One out of every three bites of food that you eat is available to you because of pollinators.

“Save the bees” has been on our radar lately due to the alarming drop in the bee population. Forty-nine bee species in eastern North America are in danger due to varying environmental factors such as habitat loss, pathogens and parasites, pesticides, invasive species, genetic diversity and climate change. The decline in bees has become so obvious that the phrase may as well be changed to “dropping like bees.” Bees are pollinators and are responsible for the reproduction of plant life, which is in turn essential for all life. And while we love the bees, it’s important to realize that bees aren’t the only pollinators and that we need to do our best to help all species. Luckily, improving your yard or garden to favor pollinators doesn’t have to be difficult. We’ve got a guide on attracting pollinators to your backyard with ease. With a few of these tips, you’ll be doing your part to not only save the bees but also save the cycle of life as we know it.


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While bees are certainly the first thing to come to mind when discussing pollination, there are a plethora of pollinators that are essential to plant reproduction and general environmental self-sustainability. The main three are bees, hummingbirds and butterflies but also include beetles, dragonflies, moths, bats, birds and some small mammals. Learning to attract pollinators to your backyard is important because 95 percent of flowering plants rely on pollination. Not only do pollinators aid in fruit and vegetable reproduction, they also clean our air, stabilize soils, protect us from extreme weather and support other wildlife.

Local pollinators have long been enjoying local plants. Native plants will grow more successfully in this soil and environment, are less prone to pests and disease and also give pollinators consistent access to the food they need. If you can’t use exclusively local plants, at least try to use those native to the United States. Even those will make more of a difference than imported species. In addition to local grows, pure, non-hybrid plants are important as well. Hybrid flowers may provide a spectacular bloom, but they don’t always provide the pollen and nectar necessary to support pollinators in all life stages.

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GARDEN VARIETY Planting a variety of spring and fall-blooming plants is necessary for attracting pollinators to your garden year-round. Also choose plants that offer a variety of different colors, fragrances and heights. Different pollinators like different plants. Pollinators don’t exclusively like flowers. Trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs are also viable options for your backyard paradise.

PLANT IN BATCHES Many pollinators are near-sighted. When you plant big batches of the same plants, it makes it easier for pollinators to forage. When they visit the same type of plant again and again, they don’t have to “relearn” how to enter plants to feed. Big areas of the same plants make pollen transfer between accepting plants more efficient. Arrange your plants in groups of 3 or 5 to mimic natural plant patterns and provide an easy target for pollinators.

FOOD AND WATER In addition to the plants you choose to attract pollinators, you should also add other food and water sources to your garden. For hummingbirds this includes a nectar feeder. Although many homeowners lament the fact that bees also feed on the nectar in their feeders, it can be a good thing! A birdbath, fountain or pond will provide ample water for garden visitors.

SHELTER Pollinators need places to hide and raise their young. So as much as you may want a pristine backyard, leaving some debris provides your pollinators with nesting areas. These can include areas of bare ground, dead wood, leaf litter, untrimmed grass, compost or unmulched soil. This is especially important from late fall to early spring, when natural nesting areas may be scarce. At the very least, be sure to include hedges in your landscaping, as they provide some options for pollinating critters. LL


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What attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees? Knowing what your top pollinators prefer is key in attracting them. While bees, hummingbirds and butterflies will generally feast on any pollen source, they do have their preferences. Hummingbirds are attracted to red and orange colors, funnel-shaped flowers suited perfectly to their long beaks and plants with strong perches for feeding. Interestingly, hummingbirds don’t care about smell despite our love for smelling the roses. Butterflies, on the other hand, enjoy the subtle smells of flowers. Faint smells that aren’t overwhelming, bright-colored plants such as reds and purples and narrow tube-like flowers with wide landing pads are a perfect attraction. Bees prefer bright white, yellow or blue plants with a fresh, mild odor. Contrary to hummingbirds and butterflies, bees can feed easily on plants with shallow, tubular flowers with a landing platform.

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BUTTERFLIES Butterfly weed Coneflower Aster Verbena Black-eyed Susan Daisy Ironweed Agastache Bee balm Blazing star Mexican sunflower Butterfly bush Yarrow

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Saving the bees: What’s being done?




At this point, you understand the critical role bees play in maintaining our ecosystem. And if you’ve been paying attention, you know that our bee populations are under constant threat from external predators, parasites and environmental dangers. So the million-dollar question is, what’s being done to protect them? The answer is not one thing. There is no simple fix here, no magic wand we can wave and protect the entire range of species that pollinate our plants. Instead, there are a million small gestures, each doing a small part to stem the larger problem. It may be one drop of honey, but that’s how the bucket gets filled. And the good news is, after ringing the bell about Colony Collapse Disorder around 15 years ago, the beekeeping community is seeing some measure of progress. “Every year the USDA surveys the number of hives, and it’s been steady at 2.7 or 2.8 million since 2007,” said David Arnal, president of the Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association. “CCD has not really reared its head for several years now. It’s become more of an issue dealing with pesticides, herbicides and the varroa mite.” While the pandemic put a pause on it, Arnal had previously been working with several area golf courses on a pollinator project that aimed to curb the use of these chemicals and install more hives to help pollinate plant life along golf courses. “If anyone is interested, it’s something we’d like to do again as a club. We’d love to figure out ways to put bees out there in the community.” And while we tend to think of honeybees when we think of pollinators, it’s important to note that they are not alone in playing this vital role in the ecosystem. Wasps and hornets, for all the slander they receive for their vicious stings and occasional aggression, are also avid pollinators. As such, they deserve the same protective measures as honeybees.


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outdoors And while it may be just a small measure, the Coastal Discovery Museum has found a way to give these pollinators a safe home to raise their young and build the next generation of pollinators. Walk the grounds at Historic Honey Horn, and you may stumble across a box just a few feet off the ground and built with a sloping shingle roof. Inside, stacked like cordwood, you’ll notice sections of bamboo. And if you were to look inside that bamboo, you’d see one of nature’s many miracles. “Grass carrier wasps will go into the canopy and paralyze katydids with their venom, then bring them back to the pipe. They’ll store maybe four or five inside, then use grass to seal the last bit of the chamber inside the bamboo,” said Carlos Chacon, manager of natural history at Coastal Discovery Museum. “But before they seal it, they lay an egg in it and they do it over and over again.” When that egg hatches, it will feast on the trapped katydids, building up strength to build its chrysalis. Weeks later it will burst out of the end of the pipe as a full-grown adult wasp, ready to do its part to keep our environment thriving. And it’s not just the grass carriers. Chacon says he’s seen mason wasps, bees and even the gorgeous metallic blue cuckoo wasp in the pipes.

INSPECT THE INSECTS Check out the insect house at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. The unique structure provides habitats for a wide variety of regional insects like wasps, ants, bees and spiders. Learn more at coastaldiscovery.org.


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SHOW AND TELL Carlos Chacon, manager of natural history at the Coastal Discovery Museum, explains the Insect House to children Nolan and Josephine Feix, who were visiting from Milwaukee.

The idea for the insect house came to him during a visit to Germany, when he noticed one in his friend’s yard and then another at the local zoo. Clearly, the Germans were onto something. “I was interested to try it in the Lowcountry to see if it works here,” he said. “As soon as I came back I was approached by a master naturalist group who had just received a grant and wanted to find a cheap project they could invest in.” A few boards, some bamboo and a little trial and error later, they had a thriving insect house that not only protects the environment, it provides a fascinating educational opportunity. “It’s a show, seeing these wasps carry in the katydids and caterpillars. It's very interesting. So, yeah, it was a very successful project,” said Chacon. “I have opened a few of them when we're doing programs to show what’s happening inside.” To see this amazing insect house in action, head to the Coastal Discovery Museum. Or build your own, and do your part to save these fascinating creatures. LL

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Divine delicacy HOLY HONEY



The first time I had honey fresh from the hive, I was sitting on a rickety blue vinyl kitchen chair outside a small mud hut 12,300 feet above sea level on the desolate ridge of Bolivia’s Altiplano. The man who lived in this one-room shelter had greeted us in Aymara, his native language. One of the two development workers accompanying me lived in La Paz and had picked up a few phrases, so he knew what was about to happen. “Ah, you’re in for a treat,” he exclaimed. Meanwhile, our host had ducked into the low opening beneath the thatched roof and emerged with battered tin plates filled with chunks of honeycomb. He beamed with pride as he presented us with the product of his hives, an enterprise made possible by a micro-grant he’d received. As a condor circled overhead in the deep blue sky and headed across the windswept plain toward the snowcapped Andes beyond, I stabbed at the honeycomb with a bent spoon, uncertain of whether I should break off a chunk and chomp on it or just probe for the sweet nectar. I looked to my fellow traveler from La Paz and saw he was chewing, so I followed suit. Teeth against wax was a strange sensation but oh, the honey. It was the nectar of the gods. A year later I made my first trip to Bluffton and had a second heavenly honey encounter. Here at the edge of the May River on a bluff amid palmettos sat the Church of the Cross in all of its Carpenter Gothic splendor with its board-and-batten exterior, its arched windows and latticed shutters. Intrigued, I went inside for a tour. As I stood in the rose-colored interior lit by shafts of sunlight, the docent gave us a short history lesson: Charleston architect E.B. White had designed the church that was consecrated in 1857. Six years later the church had been spared in the burning of Bluffton by Union troops. It had sustained damage but also had survived the big hurricane of 1898.


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BEE YOURSELF Learn the history of Church of the Cross and Holy Honey with a guided tour offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Holy Honey is sold during these times or can be purchased at the parish offices on Buckwalter Parkway.

outdoors Then the docent told us about the invasion of the bees and the 48 colonies that had taken up residence in the walls of the church. It so happened that honey produced from those same bees was for sale on a table by the door. “Holy Honey” read the label. I bought a small jar, took it home and savored its amber sweetness. However, it was only recently that I’d gotten the full story behind Holy Honey. As I stood within buzzing distance of the bees on a sunny morning, docent coordinator Mitch Brach provided me with the back story. I’d been picturing beekeepers masked and suited up in protective gear periodically moving through the church aisles, reaching into some secret trap door in one of those rose-colored walls, breaking off the honeycombs, then processing it all somewhere on the property. But Brach quickly disabused me of that illusion. It turned out that the Holy Honey production process was set in motion back in 1991 when the church’s deteriorating cedar shingle roof needed to be replaced. The bees, which were swarming through boards in an exterior wall adjacent to the bell tower, would need to be removed so that repairs could begin. A beekeeper did the sticky deed and, with the church’s blessing, relocated the buzzy residents to his hives in Beaufort. Meanwhile several women in the church had come up with an idea. Why not sell honey collected from the evicted bees? The beekeeper agreed to process and jar it. Now what to call it? “Holy Honey!” the women exclaimed. Today if you stand in the side yard of the church and look up and to the right of the bell tower, you’ll see smudges along the seams of a few boards. Let your eyes adjust and you’ll soon see moving specks. Honeybees! As it gets warmer, Brach tells me, thousands appear and start swarming. They may even fly down to check you out, he says with a grin. So are they back? It so happened that sometime after the old resident bees went north, a new group of honeybees had flown in and started their own congregations here. And for now, it looks as if their home is safe from another beekeeper sweep. After we watch them maneuver in and out of a thin crevices between boards for a while, I ask, “Can you hear them droning inside the wall during services?” “Let’s see,” Brach replies. We enter the side door, walk through the right transept and climb the narrow staircase up to the balcony. But before we turn the corner to the pews, he stops me and points to a spot in the wall STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Top: The white between an arched and a cloverleaf window. streak between the two windows is where “They’re inside here,” he tells me. the bees hang out. Note the amber stain. We both lean in to listen, but not a single Bottom: Inside the church the bees live in the stairway wall. buzz.


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NOT TO BEE This image shows the great honeybee removal of 1991 at Church of the Cross. Forty-eight colonies were removed and relocated to hives in Beaufort.

“That’s because the interior walls are made of thick plaster,” Brach explains. “It only cost $5,000 to build the church. Italian marble was expensive, so they used plaster, painted it rose and scored it to look like marble blocks.” The bees, he adds, hive between the inner and outer walls. Other than an errant one winging its way up the aisles through an open door on occasion, they’re pretty much content to hang out with their queens in their walled colonies. Just before I leave, Brach shows me a framed photo of the great honeybee removal of 1991. The image, a little hazy beneath the glass, shows the Beaufort beekeeper, outfitted in white protective gear, up on a ladder amid a huge swarm of soon-to-be booted-out bees. Today, he tells me, the honey is processed at Bee City in Cottageville, South Carolina. How can I resist buying another souvenir of my visit to take home? This time I spring for a large jar. That afternoon I stir a dab of Holy Honey into my tea. Divine. LL

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There are over 16,000 known species of bees in the world. Luckily, we only have to deal with about 14 types here in the Lowcountry. Thanks to this handy guide, you’ll be able to know each bee’s type, stinging potential and importance. Not all bees were created equal, and it’s important to know which ones are the true heroes: the pollinators. While only the honeybee produces honey, other bees are absolutely essential in the reproduction of other plants and crops. Without them, life would cease to exist. So before you kill that hive, make sure you aren’t destroying a pollinating hero. Keep reading to learn the differences.

BUMBLEBEE • Essential pollinators for fruit and vegetable crops • One of the few that can pollinate plants inside of a greenhouse • Commercially bred to pollinate crops • Hives found in underground holes, occasionally abandoned nests above ground • Can sting multiple times, but are generally docile • Over 250 species of bumblebees • Most recognized bee in South Carolina

LARGE CARPENTER BEE • Pollinates wildflowers, fruit trees and garden plants • Can cause wood damage but are essential to plant life • Nests found in harder wood such as telephone poles, dead logs and decks • Not aggressive, rarely sting

SMALL CARPENTER BEE • Pollinator of many plants and fruits • Nest in hollowed-out stems of plants • Some species have no males and reproduce through cloning • Non-threatening and rarely sting

EUROPEAN (WESTERN) HONEYBEE • Makes honey • Most common honeybee in North America • Excellent pollinator • Nest found in crevices and hollow structures above ground • Friendly unless the hive is threatened • Communicates and carries out tasks as one through pheromones and body language


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SQUASH BEE • Specialist pollinators that only visit members of the squash family • Essential for pollinating pumpkins, zucchini and squash • They nest in ground burrows • They sleep inside closed squash blossoms

LONG-HORNED BEE • Pollinators of wildflowers, sunflowers, melon, squash and cotton plants • Nest in holes dug by females typically under shrubbery • Solitary species • 30 species in South Carolina • Nicknamed sleeper bees because of their tendency to sleep curled up in groups on flowers

SWEAT BEE • Are attracted to perspiration, hence their name • They are attracted to sweat because they need to consume extra salt to stay alive • Harmless sting; mild and painless

DIGGER BEE • Social-solitary bees that nest in the ground near other digger bee nests • Nests appear like small mounds of dirt grouped near a bush or tree • More efficient at pollination than honey bees or bumblebees • Often confused with wasps based on appearance • Will only sting if provoked

POLYESTER BEE • Active mostly during twilight hours • They apply a coating to the inside of their nests that dries into a plasticky, waterproof coating, which is where their name comes from • Specialist pollinators • The type of flower is different for each species • Solitary and nest underground

MASKED BEE • Instead of carrying pollen in a pouch, they carry it internally • The only bee in South Carolina that is globally distributed • Often mistaken for wasps • Most active during twilight

CUCKOOO BEE • The most wasp-like bee in South Carolina • Their coloring varies so much it’s difficult to identify them • Cleptoparasitic • They don’t collect pollen or build nests

MASON BEE • Their name comes from the way the build their homes • They use mud, dirt and clay to fill the walls of tiny gaps in wood or stone, creating a pocket to live in • Bee houses you can purchase are made for these bees • The most docile bee in South Carolina

LEAFCUTTER BEE • Take tiny circles of leaves and use them to line their nests • Leaf circles are used to prevent pollen and nectar from drying out • Nest in ground or rotting wood • One of the largest groups of bees in South Carolina with 1500 species • Essential pollinators • Visit wildflowers, gardens and commercial farming plants regularly

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I grew up with honeybees. My stepdad kept a few hives to produce honey for our family, and when they swarmed on the chimney one day, he climbed up the roof in his bee suit to get them down. He had an old-timer friend who’d been beekeeping for decades, and I remember being fascinated by the glass observation hive this man kept in his living room. I can’t recall how the bees went in and out, but I’ve since seen similar setups where the bees are vented through a wall. It always struck me as a kid how gentle the bees were, unlike wild yellowjackets and hornets that would viciously attack. I could walk right up to the honeybee hives and they wouldn’t do anything. Once I accidentally brushed one away too roughly thinking it was a fly, but it didn’t even sting me. When I got older I helped my stepdad extract honey, and despite not wearing a suit, the only sting I sustained was when I accidently squished one. I didn’t blame the bee; in fact, I felt sorry for killing it. The pain only lasted an hour, and meanwhile I ate so much honey licking my fingers during the extraction that I made myself sick. I’ve been a robust customer of local honey for years, but I never considered keeping bees myself until the pandemic happened. With all the stimulus money coming in, and less work to keep me busy, I started toying with the idea. I had met a local beekeeper named Jackie who offered to be my mentor, plus I was living in the ideal environment. The final push came when a friend said he purchased bees for three hives but now only wanted two, so I cashed my stimulus check and bought his extra bees plus all the equipment. I had a lot to learn. But actually the first thing I did was custom paint their hive box for them. I Googled “what color do bees like” and


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worked out my palette accordingly, creating a cheerful geometric pattern reminiscent of their own handiwork. I dutifully kept sugar water on them through the first weeks — as Jackie said was necessary so they could produce wax to draw out honeycomb on the frames — and they flew around the yard collecting pollen and nectar and drinking water out of puddles. They were just as sweet and docile as I remembered, and it made me happy to see them around. Then I got my first sting, which was a result of my own clumsiness while working in the hive without gloves on. It hurt more than I remembered and lasted way longer, swelling up the end of my finger and producing a deep, hot throbbing for almost a week. When it finally subsided, I got stung again — also my fault, and this time on the wrist — which hurt just as bad and somehow reactivated the old sting. Clearly I had developed an allergy. Then one stung me on my nose, and even the Benadryl I’d learned to keep on hand didn’t stop my face from swelling up like a monster, and

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I wondered what might happen in a multiple-sting scenario out here by myself. Oh, and the defective smoker I bought on Amazon turned into a flamethrower and nearly caught my suit on fire. Nevertheless, I persisted, meeting with Jackie and reading the beekeeping primer she loaned me. There were so many bad pests, problems and diseases that could beset the poor bees: hive beetles, wax moths, pesticide kills, robbing by other bees and the dreaded foul-brood disease that’s so nasty and virulent, you have to seal up your hive with the bees still in it and torch the whole thing in a pit. That’s every beekeeper’s worst nightmare. But their daily reality is varroa, the plague that has been decimating bee populations around the world. These parasitic mites invade colonies to feed on the bees and reproduce in their brood cells, plus they are vectors for disease. If left unchecked, the infestation will quickly become so severe as to destroy the hive. Basically, it’s not a question of if you get varroa mites, but when, and whether or not you will treat them effectively to save your bees. I knew this. And yet as my hive’s population grew with tens of thousands of active, apparently healthy bees, the mites caught me slippin’. It was so hot in August, and I was so busy with work that the last thing I wanted to do was go out there in my bee suit and try to perform a mite count, a skill I hadn’t fully mastered. September came, and I started to notice there weren’t as many bees, so I called Jackie to see if she could help. It didn’t take long for her to recognize that the infestation was too far gone to treat. Mites were everywhere. The queen was trailing around all sick and disoriented. Many of the bees had absconded, and the remaining ones were infected with deformed wing virus, a disease carried by the mites that causes bees to be born with little shriveled wings so they can’t fly. Worst of all, we actually watched new baby bees emerging from their cells and dying at the same time. The world of bees is a fasci-

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nating drama in miniature; the longer you study it, the more invested you get. Seeing them in this awful state was no fun. Jackie gave her prognosis: this hive was a goner and would be dead within a week or two regardless. The most responsible thing to do, in her opinion, was to euthanize the bees so they didn’t become “mite bombs” that went out and spread the parasites further. I knew she was right, that protecting the health of the species was better served this way. So we made a bucket of soapy water with rubbing alcohol and shook as many of the bees into it as we could. It sucked. Truly. Jackie comforted me by saying that she didn’t consider me an irresponsible beekeeper because I had been educating myself, reading books and meeting with her to learn as much as possible. The rest was just nature. All beekeepers lose hives for one reason or another, including her, so I shouldn’t feel guilty about what happened. In fact, she had to euthanize one of her own due to varroa mites the very next week, despite having done all the treatments. Since the bees wouldn’t be overwintering, I could harvest all the honey rather than leaving most of it for them to eat through the cold months. Extraction was another learning curve, especially since I didn’t have the right equipment. But when I ended up with a half-dozen quart-sized mason jars of gleaming, amber-colored honey, I was thrilled. It tasted amazing. My own yard, my own bees. Maybe beekeeping was worth it after all! Next year I would stay on top of things, do my mite counts and treat organically as needed, and maybe invest in an EpiPen. I would give beekeeping another try. Well, that year is now, and I’ve got a new package of bees in their custom-painted hive. Wish me luck! LL

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If you ever wondered what “busy as a bee” really means, spend some time with Diane C. Morey-Stewart, a South Carolina-certified beekeeper. Her passion for bees and the hard work that goes into tending them made me want to plant more flowers in my garden and buy another jar of local honey. Bees are crucial to a healthy earth. Three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators like bees to reproduce. So rather than looking at them as stinging pests, we should regard them as helpful, and necessary, workers. “As people continue to develop greater awareness of their environment and surroundings, they are gaining an appreciation for bees,” Diane said. “Bees are a wildlife powerhouse.” All bees belong to the insect or super-family Apoidea. Honeybees are classified as “social” bees since they live in colonies consisting of anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 workers. There are many types of bees, each with a different function: drones (male) workers, messengers, nurses, and guards. And, of course, the Queen. Oh, to live the (short) life of the Queen Bee, usually just three to five years. The queen leaves the hive just once on a mating flight, gets impregnated with all the sperm she’ll need, then returns and never leaves the hive again to mate. On average, she lays 1,500 eggs per day until she starts to fail. The worker bees sense when this lack of production begins and a new queen is anointed.

BREAK OUT IN HIVES South Carolina-certified beekeeper Diane C. Morey-Stewart is shown examining a hive structure. A single bee can produce 1 tablespoon of honey in its lifetime.

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MAY FLOWERS Multiple pollinators are shown collecting valuable pollen. Green marking aids in quickly locating the valuable queen. Solitary bee habitats such as the bee box shown above support a variety of pollinators.

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Pollination is vital to the approximately 250,000 species of flowering plants that depend on the transfer of pollen to reproduce. The bees enter the flower and by brushing against the components, move the pollen where it needs to go to pollinate. Sometimes the pollen stays within one flower, moves between two flowers on the same plant, or even between different plants. You may have noticed bees doing a waggle dance when returning from the field. This directional “dance” alerts other bees to good sources of pollen. In essence, it’s saying, “Go there and get it!” Honeybees are vegetarians, dining on the nectar and pollen they collect. Nectar is converted into honey, which provides the energy for flight, colony maintenance, and general daily activities. In a single day, one worker bee makes 12 or more trips from the hive, visiting several thousand flowers up to five miles away.

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outdoors Although honeybees collect pollen from a variety of flowers, they limit themselves to one plant species per trip, gathering one kind of pollen. Pollen is the bees’ main source of protein — necessary for hive growth and young bee development — while also providing fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins. A typical colony (20,000 bees) collects about 125 pounds of pollen per year. As Lowcountry residents, we can support this process by creating opportunities for insects to thrive. “Bees are focused on doing their jobs,” Diane said. “Beekeepers add one more layer of protection for bees, keeping alert for pests, viruses, parasites—destructive forces that go into hives.” Gardeners can assist by staggering their flowering plants so there’s something blooming year-round. Among bees’ favorites are pear blossoms, flowering herbs (mint, rosemary, dill, lavender), magnolia, lemon, fig, and camelias trees.

HOME SWEET COMB Morey-Stewart is shown removing a frame from a hive box to evaluate its pattern of eggs, pollen and honey. A productive queen can lay up to 2,500 eggs per day.

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So you want to be a beekeeper? • Initial investment is around $500 for boxes, protective gear, and other equipment. • You’ll also need some patience, as it will be at least two years before you see your first jar of honey. • Beekeepers need to keep a close eye on their bees, reading the signs that ensure the health of their hives. • There are numerous bee clubs in South Carolina and Georgia. Clemson and the University of Georgia both offer apiary studies programs.

“We wouldn’t want to eat oatmeal for three meals a day,” Diane said, “and neither would bees. They like and need variety, too.” Flowers of different colors, shapes, and scents attract a wide variety of pollinators, not just bees. Honeybees are used extensively in crop pollination and along with other bees, help put food on our plates. Without them, there would be no apples, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate, almonds, melons, or pumpkins. So “Bee Thankful”: One of every three bites we eat exists due to pollination.

WATCH AND LEARN Gregory R. Stewart, president of the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association, uses an observation hive for honeybee education.

For most of us, the food we associate with bees is honey. While some bees are taken to pollinate specific species—like orange groves (for orange blossom honey) or clover fields—it’s more likely that the honey you find at local farmers markets is a blend from a wide variety of pollination sources. So every year is different, every hive is different, every flavor is different. Buying raw honey that is produced locally can have health benefits, helping us build immunities against certain pollens or allergens. For example, bees love ragweed, people do not; eating a honey that has been pollinated by ragweed, we can slowly build a tolerance. LL

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Palm: from the Latin palma (hand) a tree with a leaves/ fronds that resemble a hand’s spread fingers.

Once again, master arborist Michael Murphy and I meet up beneath a canopy of live oaks, this time on the Bluff in Beaufort. But today we’re not here to talk about these leafy giants. Instead we’ll focus on palm trees. With more than 2,600 species worldwide, we’re narrowing our discussion to the sabal palm or palmetto, the state tree of South Carolina, a cold-hardy variety that thrives here. In front of us along the waterfront stand several palmettos: some perfectly groomed, some scalped and others clustered with vines. Behind us along Bay Street a dozen or so flank a row of historic houses. Problem is, these palms may be doomed by their proximity to the overhead power lines and Dominion Energy’s plans to take down trees they’ve deemed hazardous. In this case that means palms with fronds that could entwine into the wires, causing outages. But strangely, the crowns of this particular grouping have angled away from those overhead cables. Could that save them? It’s here that Murphy begins today’s lesson, one he refers to as Tree Truths and Frond Facts.


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[LOCAL Life] This row of palmettos along Bay Street is so iconic. Even the odd bend they take adds to their picturesque beauty. [Michael Murphy] Palms are negative geotropic — that means they grow directly away from the earth. So the way these palmettos grew straight but then took a hard right isn’t typical at all. Every once in a while you see something like that, but this is a whole row of them. Maybe at one point a big wind tipped them and they veered away from the power lines. So these may not be on Dominion’s current hit list. By the way, the roots of these palms, on the other hand, are geotropic. They grow down into the soil. This means if you bend these big grass plants over, they’ll want to grow straight again. [LL] Big grass plants? [MM] Palms really aren’t trees, per se. They’re monocots while every other tree is a dicot. Monocots have a single cotyledon or shoot-like blade of grass that sprouts from their germinating seeds; dicots have two cotyledons. Along with palmettos, bamboo and yucca are the only two other plants in the monocot family that have any tree form to them. To add to the confusion, there are palms that aren’t palms, like the sago palm which is really a cycad, more related to pine trees. [LL] Does that mean palms don’t have trunks like other trees? [MM] Unlike dicots such as these live oaks, palms don’t have their conductive tissue in a bark. Instead their conductive tissue is spread in a thin layer of fibrous bundles throughout a protective false bark. In other words, palmettos have a vascular system just like we do. But in their case, they have xylem tissue in their stems that brings water and nutrients up to the leaves and phloem which brings nutrients produced by photosynthesis down to the roots.

Insurance at the highest standards [LL] How does that affect the way they grow? [MM] When palmettos grow, they’re not like trees. They actually stay at ground level until they attain their diameter and then they start shooting up. A sabal palm that has all its fronds (measuring maybe ten feet across) and is popping up out of the ground, could be twenty-five years old. But it’s not going to get any height to it until its trunk reaches its full diameter which is about fourteen inches.They can’t be transplanted until they are eight feet tall. That’s when they get this maturation in them. That’s why if you find a shorty in the woods and you take it back and transplant it, even with a root ball, it will die. It has to be eight feet tall. [LL] I’ve noticed that the fronds on newly planted palmettos are often sheared off into a feather duster shape. [MM] Palmettos don’t have to be trimmed back for transplanting. However, fronds can break when they’re being taken on and off the truck during transportation from Florida, so growers prune them back before loading. Doing that once isn’t going to kill them. They do recover, and fronds grow back. But if something happens –– if they’re not watered properly or air pockets are in the soil or they’re planted too deep –– they can die.

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[LL] Planted too deep? [MM] Yes. For example, if you ordered a twelve-foot palm and installers can only find a fourteen-footer, they may plant it very deep so it looks like a twelve-footer. That tree won’t recover because sabals have to be planted at the same level they were growing on. So a damaged tree, feeding off stored energy and staying green, may look alive after two years. But if it still looks like a feather duster, it may be dead. That’s why you want a two-year guarantee. [LL] Speaking of shearing, the roots of palmettos I see being transplanted don’t look big enough to support their weight. [MM] The roots, which are fibrous, are shaved off before they’re delivered because they’re not going to regenerate. Instead, new roots are generated from the bowl of the stem that’s planted underground. (By the way, this is true across many but not all palms varieties.) That means even with a big palm tree, you can still take a small root ball, and it will sustain itself. [LL] Any growing tips for newly transplanted palmettos? [MM] They’re very easy to care for. But the main cause of failure for new transplants is water stress, either too little or too much. When they’re first planted, they have to be watered a lot, but you need to keep them well drained. Then gradually lessen the irrigation. After that first year when you see that new growth come up, you might not have to

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outdoors water them at all. They recover from transplanting quickly. Just make sure they’re planted securely in the soil. [LL] What if a mature palmetto gets damaged? [MM] If there’s an accident and a car hits a tree like one of these live oaks, that tree will produce callous tissue which covers it up. You can come back a couple of years later and not see any of that damage. But a palm doesn’t have that capability. It needs its stem for structural support, but it won’t callous or seal if it’s wounded. That wound may lead to fungus problems, but it won’t kill it. After all, growers and landscape companies pick up palm trees with chains. [LL] What about hurricanes? [MM] Our sabal palmettos are designed for hurricanes, especially if they are growing here natively or were planted a long time ago, because of that fibrous root system. If you hang around for a hurricane or if you watch it on weather channels, they always show the palms. The fronds are kind of big and spread out like this, [to illustrate Murphy holds out his hands and spreads his fingers] so when the hurricane wind blows against these palms, they fold their fronds into a point. [He puts his fingers together in a prayer position and holds them at an angle.] Back in 1989 during Hurricane Hugo all the leaves and Spanish moss blew off the oak trees, but none of the palms lost fronds except for the dead ones. [LL] So they’re relatively hardy. [MM] Yes, they’re very salt tolerant and can grow close to the water’s edge. With no real competition, they grow wherever they need to. They don’t need rich soil like other trees, but they do have certain requirements on the micro-nutrient side. When you fertilize palmettos, you need to use one specifically formulated for them, lower in nitrogen and phosphorus but higher in potassium and other micro-nutrients. A lot of people are wasting their money on fertilizer, so do a soil test first. [LL] Weren’t palmettos used to repel cannon balls during the Revolutionary War? [MM] You’ve got to read about Carolina Day and the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. That’s how the palmetto got to be the state tree. Back in the Revolutionary War, with the British Royal Navy on its way to attack Charleston, American forces used palmetto logs embedded in sand to barricade and shore up the unfinished fort. With British ignorance of the tides –– the water can get dead low –– and with their cannon balls bouncing off and being absorbed by the palmetto log walls, the battle was a major victory for the revolutionaries. [LL] Let’s move on to aesthetics. When our palmettos were first planted, they were booted, but over time the booting has peeled away. [MM] Boots are remnants of old frond bases as the dead fronds fall off or are cut away. (Growers have a machine that can neaten them up and take off any loose boots before they’re transported.) Boots are sinewy and persistent, so most palmettos hold onto their booting for six to eight years. But the boots will get loose, and once they start to come off like that one over there, [He points to a palmetto by the water where pieces of its unfurling booting lie on the ground] there’s no way to keep them on. [LL] And pruning? The crowns of a couple of palms along the bank here look like they’ve had very bad haircuts. [Murphy shakes his head.] You should prune palmettos so their fronds are no higher than the 9 or 3 positions on a clock. You want to leave a half circle of a nice


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crown and keep fronds that have any kind of green in them. [LL] Even if they’re yellow? [MM] If there’s any green on the fronds, it’s best to leave them. They’re still producing chlorophyll and energy for the plant. You have to balance that against the beauty of having everything all green. A lot of times the homeowner is saying I want everything yellow cut off, and the pruner has to say that’s not good for the plant. And while pruning them off isn’t going to kill the palmetto, it can weaken it and possibly stunt it. In fact, palmettos never have to be pruned. You don’t have to trim them unless you want to neaten them up. They shed their deadwood. But even if a palm has been pruned, there are always going to be brown fronds hanging down with piles of debris beneath. [LL] This palmetto over here is full of vines. Shouldn’t they be removed? [MM] Vines are invasive and can grow faster than the fronds, overwhelming the crown and blocking sunlight which fronds need for photosynthesis. Without that, fronds wilt and die. Because vines grow in a winding patterns, you can’t just pull them down. The remedy is to cut them close to the ground all around the base of the tree and then clip them again four or five feet up as well. That disconnects them. Afterwards, a pruner can remove the dead vines or you could just let them dry up and fall off on their own. [LL] And what about those tiny cream-colored flowers on the branched inflorescence that show up in early summer? [MM] Palmettos flower in late June. Their blooms are great pollinators, and the bees love them. That’s fine, but you’ve got to prune the inflorescence before it fades or it goes to seed in mid to late July. Otherwise you’ll get hundreds of tiny palms sprouting up, and if you don’t get those out in the first year, it will be almost impossible to pull them out later. Pruning the brown inflorescence is almost like deadheading a flower. It’s not that we’re worried about the energy the plant is expending on producing seeds, it’s that we just don’t want their seeds spread around a garden area or yard. If you prune them then, you won’t have to do it again until the following year. Just make sure you’ve got your tree trimmer lined up. As we leave I take one last look at the row of palms on Bay Street, hoping their crazy growth angle garners them a reprieve. Meanwhile I’m looking forward to that flowery show of inflorescence that will be sending the bees abuzzing in June. But armed with a bit more knowledge, I’ll be sure to schedule a spot on the landscaper’s schedule before the flowers turn brown and go to seed. LL

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move on and likely never return. While crows are a bit wary of humans, attracting them with food is always possible. But remember their intelligence – your slightest movement closer to the window may cause them to disappear. But that’s just how the crow flies. LL

Fun Facts

• Crows recognize individual people by their looks and behavior.


Scan this QR code to hear the call of the American crow.

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• Crows are very social, sometimes forming flocks in the thousands. • A group of crows is called a murder. • The entire family is involved in nest building and raising the young. Both parents and young birds from the previous year contribute. Families may include up to 15 individuals and contain young from five different years. • Crows work together to solve problems and recognize unusual sources of food.


It’s time to debunk the myths associated with the often misunderstood American crow. It’s rare to find a person who welcomes them to their backyard bird feeder. They tend to deter other birds, make quite a bit of noise, make a mess, eat anything available and get into mischief. For centuries crows have been a mysterious omen: their black gothic style and ability to feed on carrion and garbage caused suspicion to arise from their presence. In modern culture crows often are represented as the darker traits of humans such as greed and death. Tippi Hedren certainly wasn’t a fan in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. However, in folklore crows symbolize wisdom and knowledge and were often considered guardians of the dead. Whether or not you are superstitious, there are many reasons you should invite crows to feast in your backyard. They are beautifully

• The inside of fledglings mouths are bright red to help the parents quickly provide food.

bewitching — somehow iridescently shiny and entirely black. They are incredibly intelligent and can help your little songbirds fend off predators. Crows are known for their mobbing behavior, in which they will come together and drive away larger birds such as hawks. They are problem solvers, playful and simply fascinating to watch. If you absolutely must deter these birds from your yard, please do so humanely. There’s a simple trick to get rid of crows that is safe and speaks volumes to their intelligence. If you place a fake stuffed crow on the ground in your backyard, other crows will come to check it out. They recognize this as one of their own and will encourage this “crow” to get up and fly with them. When the fake crow doesn’t move, they think it died and will

Where to see them

• You can find them almost anywhere, but they enjoy fields, open woodlands and forests. • They thrive around people and can be seen in agricultural fields, lawns, parking lots, athletic fields, roadsides and transfer stations. • Crows are highly adaptable but prefer open spaces that offer a few trees to perch on and a readily available source of food.


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Mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin and dorado, are one of the most coveted pelagic gamefish due to their delicious taste, enormous size and beautiful appearance. Their vibrant scales house a bright mix of deep green or blue and bright yellow. Their colors and markings can change based on their mood or activity. Striking dark vertical stripes and spots may appear in certain situations. Adult mahi-mahi usually grow to be between 50 and 80 pounds. The males, also known as bulls, are larger. One was recorded at 88 pounds. Along with their sizes, the gender of this fish can be determined by the shape of their heads. According to Grant Kaple of The Boathouse, “the girl dolphin’s head is rounded and male is square, or bull-headed.”

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Gone fishing According to Jason Bullock of Bubba’s Cabin, “Mahi is a much prettier fish than most,” and is also “fun to catch.” He says that these fish are typically 80-100 miles offshore. As with any pelagic, mahi-mahi can be found up and down the Gulfstream. Kaple of The Boathouse says that you can find them consistently at the Delhi ledge, which is about 72 miles, or two hours, away. You can get a map at The Boathouse that shows where to go for these fish; all you have to do is punch in the GPS coordinates. When attempting to catch this prized fish, Kaple recommends attaching a chum bag to the back of your boat to attract bait. The mahi-mahi will come to feed and, due to their serious “FOMO,” if one is caught, their friends don’t want to miss out on that bait either. Catching an entire school isn’t that difficult. Just be sure to have the right equipment. Choose the right rod, reel and ballyhoo rigs. Frozen bait isn’t a bad idea either.

BEE AMAZED Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make 1lb of honey.

One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make 1lb of honey.

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Protein powerhouse Mahi-mahi is one of the top 10 healthiest finfish in the United States. This low-calorie fish is an obvious source of protein, with 20.2 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, which is roughly one-third of the recommended daily intake of protein. The lean protein in mahi-mahi helps maintain tissue and contains essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, this fish contains several B vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-3, vitamin B-5 and vitamin B-6. These vitamins support metabolism, cell function, nourish the skin and liver and are beneficial to brain function and mood by helping to produce neurotransmitters and hormones. Another essential nutrient in mahi-mahi, iron, helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and supports the day-to-day functioning of your organs. Selenium and potassium are just two of the minerals found in mahi-mahi that help to fight disease, support the immune system, help balance fluids and promote a healthy heart. It is one of the least likely fish to contain mercury.

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outdoors Fish out of water When in season, you can find the freshest mahi-mahi at South End Seafood, Barnacle Bill’s Fresh Seafood, Benny Hudson Seafood, Sea Eagle in Beaufort, and pretty much any local grocery store. When purchasing mahi-mahi, look for a fish that does not feel mushy or smell fishy. Choose moist, resilient fillets or steaks that have a fresh and neutral scent. Whether it is fresh or frozen, the flesh should be pink with red stripes or spots and occasionally light brown or bluish tinge. The skin should be shiny and moist-looking. The skin can range from silver to dark gray.

HOW TO STORE Store fresh mahi-mahi tightly wrapped in the coldest part of the refrigerator for 3-4 days. When freezing this fish, vacuum package each cut individually with as little moisture as possible. It should keep for several months when packaged correctly.

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The Black Marlin: You can order it literally however you want, but our favorite preparation is the sweet heat tacos, which have blackened mahi-mahi and tropical fruit salsa. Charlie’s L’etoile Verte: Local mahi-mahi grilled with a mango vinaigrette is often part of its hand-written dinner menu. Skull Creek Boathouse: The pecan ginger crusted mahi-mahi is just one of its dishes with mahi-mahi and has a delicious creole honey mustard drizzle, Savannah red rice and seasonal vegetables. Holy Tequila: This Mexican kitchen has multiple dishes that feature mahi-mahi. One excellent choice is the Acapulco mahi-mahi, which consists of blackened mahi-mahi, Spanish rice, pineapple salsa, citrus adobo sauce, crispy tortilla strips and fresh lime. Many local restaurants will serve mahi-mahi when it is in season and readily available to purchase. Consider checking with other seafood eateries, such as Skull Creek Dockside, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and Poseidon.

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Since the flavor of mahi-mahi is delicate, you shouldn’t choose a wine that will overwhelm the flavor of the fish. Choose a light, aromatic white wine such as sauvignon blanc, Gewürztraminer or oaked chardonnay for a grilled or baked mahi-mahi. For mahi-mahi in a cream sauce, add a bit of acidity to cut through the heaviness of the sauce. Choose a Vouvray, champagne or pinot gris. For mahimahi prepared in a tomato-based sauce of salsa, pair the wine to the sauce instead of the fish. Pairs could include German riesling, rosé or grenache.

Fish to fry Mahi-mahi can be prepared in many ways. Its firm texture stands up well to baking and grilling. Here are the most common and easiest ways to enjoy this finfish. You’ll know it’s done when it flakes easily.

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Bake: Place in a baking dish in a 400-degree oven. It isn’t necessary to turn this fish during cooking. Brush with butter or sprinkle with herbs, if desired. Grill: Place fish on a well-greased grill a few inches above hot coals. Turn once halfway through cooking time. Brush with oil, butter, margarine or marinade several times during the cooking process. Sauté: Sauté fish in oil or butter over medium-high heat. Turn for even browning halfway through cooking. Poach: Cover with boiling, salted water. Add flavorings such as lemon slices, white wine or herbs to the poaching liquid. Broil: Broil 4 inches from heat. Brush with oil, butter, margarine or marinade several times during cooking. LL

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INGREDIENTS 3 mahi-mahi filets 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 six-inch corn or flour tortillas 1 lime, wedged Toppings to taste Ingredients (seasoning) 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper DIRECTIONS [1] Heat grill to medium-high heat or heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the seasoning mix in a small bowl. Dab mahi-mahi filets with a paper towel and brush the filets with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning. [2] To grill: Grill the fillets for about 3-4 minutes, skin side down. Flip the fish and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the fish reaches 140 degrees. To bake: Place the fillets on a baking sheet and bake 12-17 minutes or until the fish reaches 140 degrees. [3] While fish is cooking, heat tortillas to package instructions and prepare toppings such as grilled bell peppers, sliced avocado, tomato, lettuce, salsa verde or whatever you wish. [4] Remove fish from the grill or oven and squeeze lime on top. Break fish into chunks and assemble serve in tortillas with toppings.


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Southern colonies


By the 10th century bees and beekeeping were indigenous throughout Europe. By the time the early explorers began probing to the West beyond the known boundaries of the Medieval world, honey was a staple food and in demand by commoners as well as European aristocracy. Beekeeping had been depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics, written about by Aristotle and Virgil and included in cave paintings dated at over 13,000 BC. Beehives were a prominent feature on the cargo manifests of the expeditionary ships sent to establish the colonies of the powers vying for land in the New World because European bees were different. They had stingers, and their honey was higher in carbohydrates, therefore of more nutritional value than their cousins in the West.

Making a beeline Honey was a relatively stable food and was more resistant to conditions of Transatlantic passage than most. Bees and hives were shipped in skeps, a type of wicker or straw bucket with a hole on the side, and they were turned upside down and mounted on platforms that were fastened to the decks and covered by latticed crates so that bees would have an open but sheltered location. Native Americans did not know honey until Europeans arrived. Though there are no documents attesting to the presence of bees with the first Spanish colonizing fleets in the 1500s, it is illogical to think they were not among the essential goods the first settlers brought to our shores. Bees were documented cargo brought by the English to Virginia in 1622, and by 1650 bees and honey were plentiful and found throughout the colonies. Native Americans referred to the bee as ”the White Man’s fly” and they knew its presence A field of bee gums


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signaled the coming of European settlers. Certain religious sects carried honeybees with them as they traveled, and the Shakers and Moravians in particular, both of whom had settlements along the East Coast from Pennsylvania to Georgia, were widely known for their bees and honey.

The Queen Bee References to honey as a trade item are found among the documents of Indian traders in Carolina in the 1670s, so it was almost surely being harvested in the settled areas around Charleston. By 1700 the hive was well established as the English metaphor for colonizing and growing America, and the roles bees fill in building a hive and producing honey were assigned to human counterparts. The queen was omnipotent and the enactor of laws, which the worker bees followed dutifully for the good of the hive, and the lazy drones were forced from the hive in times of hardship. The parallels to royalty, the growing middle class labor force and the policy of forced emigration for criminal and indigent citizens in England were unmistakable at the time. In the Southern colonies the most common method of transporting and keeping bees was the straw skep, or in certain areas where the black gum tree was plentiful (like Hilton Head), beekeeping was done in “bee gums.” As the black gum had an open bark with deep fissures, it was prone to infection and deterioration from within and commonly produced hollow trunks. Sections of hollow trunk with openings at the bottom were set upright in “bee yards” or apiaries. Often sticks or crossed sticks were placed underneath a board cover to provide an easy attachment for a honeycomb. In the absence of sugar and cane syrup, honey was the primary source of sweetener in Colonial America. Other important products from bees were beeswax for the making of candles, royal jelly and propolis, the latter substances with medicinal value for wound treatment. Even today local honey is one of the best remedies for pollen allergies.

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In Revolutionary War times, as precursors to war, the Townsend and Stamp Acts served to crystallize the bee colony model in the minds of increasingly rebellious Americans. The tax collectors of King George III and the government officials were seen by the colonists as “drones, who did no work of their own but lived off the work of others,” royalty (the queen) as a disengaged power with little interest in the welfare of her people, and the worker bees (Colonial Americans) as dedicated citizens who were laboring to build a new land for the good of all. Directly following the Revolution, the skep was used as a symbol of Colonial American Industry, and an allegorical 1778 painting by Joseph Strutt depicts Industry as a figure carrying a skep to a shrine to honor the fallen Revolutionary soldiers. The following year, 1779, the Continental Congress issued a forty-five dollar bill with a seal showing a beekeeping shed with skeps surrounded by the slogan, “SIC FLORET REPUBLICA” or Thus Flourishes the Republic. Even our Founding Fathers sought the symbolic power of bees and the hive to begin to drive attainment of financial success for the new country. The production of honey locally during the Antebellum period is documented, and though some sugar cane was grown on Hilton Head at the time, sugar was scarce. We know that one of the favorite alcoholic beverages at the time was honey wine or mead, and being remote from the cities, HHI residents would have been quite skillful in the manufacture of the drink. Recently a Bluffton brewery began making mead and had some encouraging early sales. Could this possibly signal a resurgence of beekeeping in the local area? LL

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Make a beeline for these floral selections from local stores and boutiques. Floral prints are perfect for spring, perfect for happiness and perfect for celebrating the bees. A special thanks to The Golf Club at Indigo Run for allowing LOCAL Life the use of its gorgeous grounds.


May flowers

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The ‘70s have come full circle and it’s time to step up your game. Choose a bold floral print in a sexy backless dress like this one and enjoy everyone’s eyes on you.


Gild the lily

Men can enjoy flowers, too. Try bold pants with a floral polo for a cool, Miami Vice vibe.

Come up roses

Available at Cocoon

Florals don’t have to be super casual. Choose a cool blue palette like this one to take floral prints from day to night in this slick evening dress. Available at Knickers

Flower power

Available at The Back Door

Bold colors and bold prints go hand in hand. Make a statement while keeping it chic in this simple offshoulder silhouette.

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Fresh as a daisy

Little girls and flowers are a classic combination as old as time. Pair a classic dress and sandals with this daisy print and you’ve got a recipe for smiles.

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Thistle while you work Rompers are all the rage and you can see why with this floral beauty. A more muted color palette is perfect for this youthful cut.

Peony for your thoughts

For a casual-cool floral look, pick a classic silhouette and some mod accessories.


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Branch out

Not all florals are created equal. Try a leaf print in blue to nonchalantly drop those floral vibes into your wardrobe. And did you know that paisley actually pairs perfectly with the beach? You’re welcome.

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Petal to the metal

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Florals can be sporty too. Make a statement with a bold printed top. Pair it with a solid skirt with pop of stripes for an extra pop of interest.


MEET THE MODELS Debbie McNamara Local since: 2017 Hobbies: Walking the dog, entertaining and eating out. Reason for moving to Indigo Run: We loved the size of the community. We loved the fact that there were no short-term rentals – we wanted to have the same neighbors all the time. Favorite outdoor activity: Walking on the beaches of Hilton Head, which we loved when we came here on vacation. Favorite flower and why: Tulip. I just like the way they look when they bloom. I think they’re very bright and colorful.

Jim McNamara Local since: 2017 Hobbies: Landscaping, building things and heavy masonry projects. Reason for moving to Indigo Run: You know your neighbors. And that relationship fosters in the club here. Favorite outdoor activity: Golf. Every Saturday morning. Favorite flower: A rose. It’s traditional and I like the way that roses look.

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Local Love RING IN SUMMER Display your jewelry in a fun way with this bee-autiful dish. Available at Lowcountry Mercantile

STICK IT OUT Avoid sticky situations with this unique and fun honey stick. Available at Smith Galleries

EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT VASE Add this eclectic vase to your kitchen to add some nature-inspired honeycomb accents. Available at Forsythe Jewelers

OH BEEHAVE Bee the talk of the town in these stylish and buzzworthy frames. Available at Eyeland Optique

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G L O R I O U S D E TA I L SAVE THE BEES. Bees make the world go 'round. This month, let your love shine with these sweet items from local stores.

GET BUZZED This punny towel will add a pop of color to your kitchen and help save on paper towels. Available at Spirited Hand

BEE'S GOLD Fun hoops like these? Fit for a queen. Available at Coastal Treasures


MIND YOUR BEESWAX Set out on a self-care journey this summer with this lovely beeswax candle. Available at Marsh on the May

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Peachy keen


Brown sugar grilled peaches INGREDIENTS 3 large peaches, halved and pitted 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Ice cream for serving Sprigs of mint for garnish


Raw, grilled, baked, boiled, candied, blended. There are many ways to eat South Carolina’s state fruit that is rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds. The many sweet varieties can benefit your body inside and out and should be incorporated into your daily diet routine. Now that they’re ripe and ready to be picked in the Lowcountry, LOCAL Life has prepared a peachy guide as to how to grow them, where to buy them and how to prepare them.


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DIRECTIONS [1] Preheat grill to medium-high. [2] Brush the cut side of the peaches with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Rub the brown sugar into the butter so it sticks. Sprinkle with cinnamon. [3] Place the peaches cut side up and grill for 3 minutes. Flip over and grill for 3-5 minutes or until browned and tender. [4] Serve with ice cream and a mint garnish. Optional: drizzle with caramel sauce or honey.

THROW A PITTY PARTY Purchase locally grown peaches from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays at the Farmers Market of Bluffton or at the Yellow Peach Stand on South Okatie Highway.



Pectin-free peach jam INGREDIENTS 3 1/2 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks 2 1/2 cups sugar Juice from 1 lemon DIRECTIONS [1] Add peaches and lemon juice to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Use a spatula or masher to crush peaches to your desired consistency. [2] Reduce the heat to medium. Add sugar. Bring the peaches back to a boil, stirring frequently. [3] Continue to boil and stir until peaches reduce and reach desired consistency. This can be anywhere from 15-25 minutes; the jam should stick to the spoon when lifted and turned sideways. [4] Let the peach preserves cool. If you dislike the consistency, you may reboil the peaches for 10 additional minutes and let cool again.

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Peach fuzz The peach (Prunus persica) is a deciduous tree first domesticated and cultivated in the Zhejiang province of Eastern China, but they’ve been grown locally since the 1800s. Hilton Head provides the perfect climate for peaches due to our hot summers and sandy soil. To grow a peach tree from a single peach, carefully crack open a peach pit and remove the kernel for quicker germination. Then place the peach pit kernel into a plastic bag, fill it with slightly moist potting soil, seal it and place it in your refrigerator. After two to three months, check it for germination. Once the pit has grown roots at least half an inch long, remove it from the refrigerator and plant the seedling in a container. Keep the seedling in a sunny location and provide enough water to keep the soil moist. Move it outdoors in early spring after the last frost. If you’re impatient and want peaches without waiting for a tree to grow, you can always plant an existing peach tree. Plant peach trees in late winter or early spring in a sunny location. New trees need two gallons of water a week, or one inch of rainfall, and do well with a fertilizer high in phosphorus and low in nitrogen.


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eats Peach pie pancakes INGREDIENTS 1 cup white whole wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt 3/4 cup nonfat milk 1/2 cup finely diced peaches DIRECTIONS [1] Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together butter and vanilla. Mix in the Greek yogurt, stirring until smooth. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and the milk, beginning and ending with the flour, stirring until just incorporated. Gently fold in the peaches. [2] Lightly coat a nonstick pan with cooking spray and preheat over low heat. Using 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, spoon the batter onto the hot pan and spread into a circular shape. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes or until a slight skin starts to form around the edges and the bottom is lightly browned. Slide a spatula underneath, flip and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. [3] Top pancakes with syrup and fresh peach slices.

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• White peaches are sweeter, while yellow peaches tend to be more tart. • When choosing peaches, the sweeter the smell, the riper they will be. Avoid brown, bruised or wrinkled fruits. Look for hard or only slightly soft flesh. • Press down on a peach’s flesh to feel for a slight give to determine that it’s ripe and ready. • Peaches continue to ripen once picked. If they are too firm, let them sit on the counter for a few days. • Peaches last about one week at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator to prevent over-ripening. • Ripe peaches can be frozen, but slice them first and coat their flesh with a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.


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Peaches are packed with antioxidants, which protect your body from aging and disease, and they contain compounds that may help reduce risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, as well as triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Peaches also appear to be linked to a lower risk of certain cancers and may boost immunity, protect against toxins and lower blood-sugar levels. Peaches and their flowers can help keep your skin glowing by maintaining moisture and protecting against sun damage. They can also improve digestion and alleviate allergy symptoms. The fresher and riper the fruit, the more antioxidants it contains, but canned peaches seem to have similar amounts of vitamins and minerals as long as the canned varieties are unpeeled.

Pretty as a peach While there are more than 300 varieties of peaches in the United States and more than 2,000 globally, peaches are classified in three groups: clingstone, freestone and semi-freestone. These classifications refer to the way the fruit’s flesh clings to the pit. The clingstone class of peaches gets its name from the way that the fruit flesh clings securely to the pit. Clingstone varietals ripen between May and August and have yellow flesh that turns mild red to bright red close to the pit. Clingstones have a soft texture, high sugar content and juiciness that make them ideal to eat as a snack and to incorporate in desserts. Varieties of clingstone peaches include Santa Rosa and Red Beauty. The freestone classification refers to peaches with flesh that removes easily from the pit. Like clingstone varietals, freestones are good to eat fresh as a snack. However, their firm texture, relatively low level of juiciness and mild sugar content make them ideal for baking purposes; they do not mask other flavors and maintain much of their firmness when exposed to heat. You can harvest freestone varietals between late May and October. Freestone varieties include O’Henry, Elegant Lady and Red Top. Semi-freestone peaches are a hybrid of clingstone and freestone varietals. Semi-freestones combine two of the most prized qualities of clingstones and freestones – a relatively high sugar content and juiciness along with flesh that doesn’t cling to the pit. LL

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The sous vide life


ONCE SOLELY THE DOMAIN OF GOURMET KITCHENS, A NEW WAY OF COOKING IS CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE PREPARE THEIR MEALS. STORY BY BARRY KAUFMAN + PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE RITTERBECK It wasn’t that long ago that sous vide cooking seemed like one of those impossibly complicated methods that only the most experienced chefs would undertake. In fact, despite having a fancy French name (meaning “under vacuum”), nothing could be simpler. “I call it the modern-day crockpot,” said Josh O’Neill, executive chef at the Golf Club at Indigo Run. “A lot of modern-day fine dining establishments have moved over to it, but Thomas Keller really brought it into the mainstream in America. The thought behind it has been out there for hundreds of years, but the technology only really caught up in the 1960s.” So what is sous vide cooking? Essentially it’s a form of cooking that heats food to the precise temperature it needs to be finished perfectly throughout. You place your dish in a plastic bag (typically a protein, but you can use sous vide cooking for anything from mashed potatoes to cheesecake), suck out all of the air and place it into hot water. This water is kept just below the boiling point via a device called an immersion circulator, which maintains an even, steady temperature. “A lot of chefs are getting into it because you have the ability to control and evenly cook your protein. It eliminates a lot of human error,” said O’Neill. “Plus, there’s also a lot of moisture control because it’s in a bag versus in the oven. You lose probably 75 percent less moisture than you would using traditional methods.” Having come up through the hospitality industry, O’Neill has adapted well to the more personalized one-on-one experience afforded to him as EC at Indigo Run. One example being the sous vide cooking classes he’ll teach regularly for members. We took a few notes to share his wisdom with you.

The equipment The first thing you’ll need for sous vide cooking is something you may already own: a vacuum sealer. Beyond simply keeping leftovers or ingredients fresh, this sealer creates the perfect medium for a “season and drop” sous vide dish. The other thing you’ll need is the immersion circulator. “I personally have an Innova, but that and Joule are the two leading brands,” said O’Neill. The Joule might have the


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A Culinary Destination

OPEN SEASON In general it’s better to season before you sous vide. The ingredients have plenty of time to meld during the cooking process, which is longer than most other cooking processes.

edge for those just trying out sous vide cooking, however, as it also uses an app that provides step-by-step instructions and videos for preparing the perfect vacuum-packed meal. Finally you need something big enough to hold it all. “Not that I would ever suggest this, but you could use a mop bucket,” he said with a laugh. “Obviously, that isn't all that sanitary, but if you have a large stock pot you can use that.”

The prep As O’Neill notes, sous vide isn’t just for proteins. “You can do vegetables, hard- or soft-boiled eggs, cheesecake, crème brulee. It’s become so versatile.” But for the purposes of this crash course, let’s assume you’re preparing a steak. Before you begin, you’ll want to place your steak, along with your aromatics of choice – garlic, fresh thyme, etc. – in the bag. “You always have to include a small amount of fat whether it’s oil, butter or bacon fat, which I always say goes with anything,” he said. “Then you season it. Salt, pepper or a fancy dry rub all work well.” Then seal it (making sure the seal is good. No one likes waterlogged steak), set your temperature, and you’re ready to go. “The rule of thumb for proteins is an hour per inch of thickness,” said O’Neill.






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eats La grande finition Once your time is up, it’s not just a matter of cutting open the bag and serving. First, pat your meat dry and get ready to sear. “Patting the meat dry leads to better caramelization,” said O’Neill. “You just finish it on high heat, whether in a pan, on the grill or under a broiler, to get that texture everyone’s used to and pull the muscle fibers back together.” The great advantage to sous vide cooking, beyond the simplicity of it, is the even cooking it lends to proteins. While a steak cooked in the oven or on the grill will have a variation of color from the red middle to the charred outside, a sous vide steak will be exactly the degree of doneness required, right up to the edge. Also all of the seasonings, aromatics and fats in the bag make for a tantalizing quickand-easy pan sauce. “Plus unlike traditional cooking, there’s less need to let it rest after searing,” added O’Neill. Typically you want to let a steak rest for 15 minutes or so, but a sous vide steak needs only 2 or 3, as the moisture has already spread evenly through the meat. Then, with your steak perfectly cooked, seared and rested, you’re ready to enjoy. Bon appetit! LL

THE SECRET IS IN THE SAUCE O'Neill prepares a tangy port wine reduction for his perfectly cooked steak. It's also perfect for filet mignon and prime rib.


Port wine reduction INGREDIENTS 2 cups port wine 1 cup demi glace 1 shallot 1 garlic clove 1 thyme sprig 1 dry bay leaf 6 whole peppercorns 2 tablespoons butter, cubed in 1/2-inch dice Sea salt Cracked black pepper DIRECTIONS [1] Julienne shallot. Smash garlic. Add wine to medium sauce pot and over medium heat reduce by 1/4 volume. [2] Add shallot, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns and reduce liquid at a simmer over medium to low heat for approximately 2 minutes. [3] Add demi glace. Bring to simmer for approximately 3 minutes. [4] Remove from heat and add butter until fully incorporated. Season with salt and fresh pepper. Serve alongside your favorite steak.


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A taste of honey



Go for the gold Honey is a smart substitute for sugar in many recipes. In general, 3/4 cup of honey equals 1 cup of sugar. If baking, be sure to compensate for the extra moisture.


Local honey is an essential ingredient to keep in your kitchen pantry. It never spoils or expires and can be used with just about any cooking method, hot or cold. Just a dash of liquid gold will add unique flavor and sweetness to desserts, salads, main dishes, marinades and more. Make your meals more buzzworthy by recreating these honey-infused recipes from local chefs and restaurants.

QUITE A PICKLE Nectar Farm Kitchen knows a thing or two about honey — just look at its logo! Try this recipe for a sweet twist on the classic chicken sandwich with mayonnaise and pickles. NECTAR FARM KITCHEN

Spicy Honey Chicken & Pickle Sandwich INGREDIENTS 1 6-ounce pickle-brined chicken breast 2 slices country white bread 3 cups seasoned flour (garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika) 2 cups buttermilk 2 ounces chili oil 1 tablespoon chili rub (chili powder, granulated onion, granulated garlic, brown sugar, cayenne, salt) 2 ounces Duke’s mayonnaise 4 ounces dill pickle chips 3 ounces Horsecreek Honey 4 ounces fry chips DIRECTIONS [1] Pound the chicken breast until thin. Brine in pickle juice overnight. [2] Drain the pickle juice from the chicken. Coat in seasoned flour, dredge in buttermilk and coat again in seasoned flour. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and crispy. [3] Toss the chicken in chili oil and season with chili rub. Toast and spread mayonnaise on the bread. Put chicken on bread and top with pickles. [4] Drizzle honey over chicken and pickles and top with the other half of the white bread. Serve with fry chips.


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eats HONEY-TONGUED DEVIL In this cocktail recipe from the team at Alexander’s, the classic sazerac is enhanced with a drop of honey. ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT

Honey Sazerac INGREDIENTS Lucid absinthe rinse Local honey Woodford Rye Whiskey Bitters Lemon twist DIRECTIONS [1] Combine honey, bitters and a splash of whiskey in a mixing glass and muddle until mixed. [2] Add more whiskey and ice, then stir. [3] In a separate, chilled corksicle glass, add absinthe rinse and turn the glass to coat the inside; pour out any excess. [4] Strain the stirred cocktail into the corksicle glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

A HONEY OF A COOKIE Flaky and butter, the madeleine is a classic treat. Known for not being cloyingly sweet, honey is the perfect ingredient to add sweetness with a different depth of flavor. Check out this recipe from Vineyard’s Pascal Vignau.

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Brown Butter Madeleine INGREDIENTS (Makes 30) 2 whole eggs 6 ounces sugar 1 ounce local honey 9 ounces flour 3 ounces baking powder Zest from 1/2 orange 8 ounces brown butter 1 tablespoon anise liquor DIRECTIONS [1] In an electric mixer, add eggs, sugar, honey and orange zest. Blend to silky paste at a low speed. Add flour, baking powder and liquor. [2] Mix in warm brown butter, small amounts at a time. [3] Scoop into wellbuttered Madeleine mold and cook for 7 to 10 minutes in a 400-degree oven. You also can use a pastry piping bag to fill the mold 3/4 of the way.


Ina Garten's Breakfast Fruit Crunch INGREDIENTS 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons honey 8 to 10 strawberries, diced 1/2 cup blueberries 2 cups plain yogurt 1/4 fresh pineapple, preferably golden, diced

CRUNCH TIME Take your breakfast to the next level with this breakfast fruit crunch recipe from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. It has healthy ingredients to jumpstart your day and delicious flavors to put you in a good mood.

DIRECTIONS [1] Heat the oven to 350 degrees. [2] To make the granola, toss the oatmeal, coconut, almonds, oil and honey together in a large bowl until they are completely combined. Pour onto a sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally with a metal spatula, until the mixture turns an even golden brown, about 20 minutes. [3] Remove the granola from the oven, scrape the pan with the spatula to loosen the granola and allow to cool, stirring once. [4] Combine the strawberries, blueberries and pineapple in a bowl. In 4 parfait glasses or tall glasses, alternately layer half the fruit, then half the yogurt, and sprinkle with the cooled granola. Repeat with a second layer of fruit, yogurt and granola. Copyright 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

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eats LET’S PLAY CHICKEN If you crave the taste of Nashville’s famed hot chicken, this sandwich recipe is for you. Enjoy that spice balanced perfectly with a helping of local honey. Sweet and savory marry perfectly in this easy recipe from Poseidon. POSEIDON

Nashville Chicken Sandwich INGREDIENTS 1 6-ounce chicken breast 1 4-ounce sesame seed bun 2 ounces confetti slaw Bread and butter pickles 2 ounces local honey 4 ounces chili oil 3 cups seasoned flour (garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika) Liquid egg wash (2 eggs, 2 tablespoons milk; beat together) DIRECTIONS [1] Place chicken in liquid egg wash then directly into the seasoned flour. Dredge heavily and repeat the process for the “double dredge” and submerge into the fryer at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. [2] Bake the sesame bun until the texture is toasted, preventing the bread from becoming soggy from the chili oil. [3] Once the bun is toasted, pull the chicken out from the fryer and submerge it into a spicy chili oil, coating the entirety of the breading. [4] Place a spoonful of local honey on the bottom of the bun, followed by spicy chicken, 4-5 bread and butter pickles, confetti slaw and top with your bun. ODD BIRDS CAFÉ

Honey Bundt Cake INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar 3/4 cup honey 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil Zest of 2 small lemons or 1 orange 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice 2 eggs (room temperature) 3/4 tsp orange blossom water (optional) 1 cup milk (room temperature)

LOOK AT THAT BUNDT This Honey Bundt Cake from Odd Birds Café may be incredibly simple to make, but with its beautiful mahogany exterior, it is quite a show-stopper. The orange blossom water is optional, but it highlights the honey flavor. You also could drizzle the cake with honey-lavender syrup for another delicious twist.


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DIRECTIONS [1] Heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 10-cup bundt pan with baking spray with flour such as Baker’s Joy. [2] Whisk together the dry ingredients and set them aside. [3] In a small bowl, combine the sugars and add the lemon or orange zest. Rub the zest and sugar together with your fingers to release the citrus oils. [4] Add the sugar mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer and add in honey, oil, lemon or orange juice, eggs, and orange blossom water, if using. Mix on medium speed until well combined. Scrape the bowl to make sure the honey has been fully incorporated. [5] With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. [6] Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until a wooden pick or cake tester comes out clean. [7] Let the cake cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Invert onto a wire baking rack to cool completely and enjoy.

eats “The sweetness of life lies in usefulness, like honey deep in the heart of a clover bloom.” - LAURA INGALLS WILDER


Make Mother’s Day a honey of a day STORY BY CARRIE HIRSCH + PHOTO BY BUTCH HIRSCH

It’s only natural that a recipe honoring Mom would have both “Honey” and “Goddess” in its name. This recipe is light enough that works for brunch or dinner, along with a mimosa, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, sparking water or iced green tea with a twist. A few tips: most of these ingredients are staples in well-stocked kitchens. Young children also can help with prep — consider this a teaching opportunity. Although it can be on the pricier side, splurge on wild-caught salmon and avoid farmraised or frozen fillets. Use parchment paper for a super easy cleanup which leaves more time to be spent celebrating Mother’s Day. And when preparing the fresh herbs for the green goddess dressing, trim off any thick stems and only use the leaves. CARRIE HIRSCH

Oven-Baked Honey Glazed Salmon over Green Goddess Salad (SERVES 4) INGREDIENTS (salmon fillets) 1/3 cup honey + 4 tablespoons for drizzling once cooked 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (4) 6-ounce salmon fillets Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lemon, sliced into rounds 2 tablespoons chives, chopped DIRECTIONS [1] Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and olive oil. [2] Sprinkle salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Place salmon, skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet lined with parchment paper or in a nonstick pan lightly coated with olive oil with an oven-proof handle. Drizzle with honey mixture, then arrange lemon slices and chives around the fillets. [3] Bake until salmon is cooked through for 12-15 minutes. INGREDIENTS (green goddess dressing) 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup fresh herbs (parsley, basil, dill or a mixture of your favorite herbs), coarsely chopped Juice of 1 lemon Zest of 1 lemon 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon capers 1 clove garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Salad greens for 4 DIRECTIONS [1] To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a food processor. [2] Toss salad greens with green goddess dressing in a bowl, then divide between 4 plates. [3] Top with salmon fillets and lemon slices, and drizzle with honey.


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Mother’s Day is all about showing moms love and appreciation – and, yes, spoiling them all day long. There’s perhaps no better way to kick off this special day than with a delicious Mother’s Day brunch – filled with all the sweet and savory treats sure to make moms everywhere smile. And there’s probably no better way to spoil your mom, wife (and your entire family) than by preparing a spectacular HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS surprise brunch for them to enjoy right Chef Lynn Michelle is a personal in the comfort of their own homes. chef located on Hilton Head Create a magnificent (and Island who serves the entire Lowcountry. Whether it’s preparing memorable) Mother’s Day meal and a healthy, gourmet, family-style morning of making family memories meals or expertly creating elabtogether as well. Gather the family orate dinner parties, Chef Lynn together to decorate, set a special and her team do it all — planning, table (unless breakfast in bed is on shopping, cooking and cleaning up. Cheflynnmichelle.com. the agenda) – and, of course, bring together some of Mom’s favorite flavors — filling the kitchen with the warm, sweet smells of breakfast cooking (and filling the house with laughter.) This Mother’s Day start the day off on an extra-sweet note with my recipe for cinnamon raisin and banana French toast with Nutella drizzle. This special French toast has been a longtime family favorite (and sure-fire crowd-pleaser) that has been the centerpiece of many special holiday brunches I’ve prepared for my own family, as well as for my clients. Not only does it uniquely combine some of every mom’s favorites, but it’s a kid-friendly recipe – making it easy for kids to get involved in cooking a special dish for their moms (and ensuring that it’s a breakfast that kids will enjoy eating as much as making). And the best part? Since it can be prepared the night before, that leaves more time for a leisurely, stress-free and relaxing Mother’s Day morning for all. So this year, in addition to spoiling her with flowers, candy and gifts, spoil your mom (and any of the special women in your life) with this special, and spectacular, French toast. It will be a meal she is sure to love – made extra special by being prepared by the people she loves most too.


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Cinnamon Raisin & Banana French Toast with Nutella Drizzle INGREDIENTS 1 loaf sliced cinnamon raisin bread 3 ripe bananas 2 cups softened mascarpone cheese 1/4 cup club soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups half & half 2 cups milk 1/2 cup sugar 8 eggs 1 small jar of Nutella DIRECTIONS [1] Prepare this the night before. Grease the bottom and sides of a large lasagna pan. [2] In a small bowl, mash the bananas and blend in the sweet mascarpone cheese and club soda. [3] Taking one slice of the cinnamon raisin bread, spread the banana and mascarpone mixture generously on the slice and continue this with each slice of bread to cover the entire bottom of lasagna pan. [4] When finished, place another slice of bread on top of the banana-mascarpone mixture. Carefully press down the individual bread sections to get the air compressed. [5] In a large bowl, whip the eggs until light and frothy; add vanilla, half & half, milk and sugar. Blend together. [6] Pour the egg mixture over the stuffed cinnamon raisin French toast. Cover and refrigerate overnight.[7] The next day, place the lasagna pan into a 375-degree oven for 45 minutes or until the egg mixture is cooked and not runny. Note: Different ovens will cook this differently. [8] In a small saucepan, place all the Nutella from the jar. Warm slightly. [9] When the French toast is finished, place on a plate and drizzle with the warm Nutella.

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DIRECTIONS [1] Create the honey simple syrup using a 1:1 honey-to-water ratio. Warm in the microwave or on the stovetop until you can easily whisk them together. [2] Use a vegetable peeler to peel off zests for your twist garnish. [3] Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in honey syrup, lemon juice and gin. [4] Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Check out the view



HERE'S A QUARTER The iconic Quarterdeck restaurant, which first opened in 1971, was demolished in 2021 to make way for an all-new, much-larger restaurant with a wraparound deck.

Quarterdeck — the all-new restaurant adjacent to Hilton Head’s iconic lighthouse landmark in Harbour Town — opened in April to wide fanfare and quickly became one of the hottest reservations in town. This dining destination, part of The Sea Pines Resort, has been completely redesigned from its original 1971 footprint by noted architecture firm Hart Howerton and was rebuilt during the past 18 months. Generous indoor and outdoor seating options on an expansive wraparound deck, an indoor bar and dining area on the first floor and a rooftop oyster bar offering 270-degree views of Harbour Town Yacht Basin, the famed 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links, and Calibogue Sound are part of the all-new restaurant. Also new is a casual, walk-up market on the ground level, a convenient place to grab a quick bite or stock up on provisions. The market includes a fresh seafood counter, wines, microbrews, cheeses and grab-and-go sandwiches. And, no surprise, the ice cream counter offering 12 flavors of Häagen-Dazs has been an instant hit.


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The wide choice of seating areas allows Quarterdeck to serve guests seeking a romantic sunset cocktail as well as a golf group comparing the day’s scores. A circular bar with soft seating, open-air dining with breezes off the water, an oyster-shucking station and other welcoming features add to the engaging dynamics of this new attraction. Quarterdeck executive chef Kevin Keogh, who has worked alongside resort executive chef Benjamin Harris, created the new menu. It’s highlighted by a boatload of seafood, from shrimp, fried calamari and the catch of the day, to a raw bar rich with half-shell oysters, Maine lobster cocktail and tuna poke. The wine list has more than 40 bottles, along with a generous selection of wines by the glass. The all-new cocktail menu boasts by a host of eye-popping (check the garnishes!) specialty cocktails, such as Lowcountry Love (lemon vodka infused with fruits), Leslie’s Marina Mule (named in honor of the keeper of the marina, harbormaster Leslie Whitener) and Sunset on the Sound (a blend of rums, lime and lemon juices, mint and pineapple).

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Menu highlights Daufuskie Deviled Crab Dip is an early favorite on the appetizer menu, as is local charcoal-roasted white shrimp. For something a little different, try the Cajun fried gator bites. Among the Lowcountry classics are she-crab soup, sweet corn hush puppies and shrimp and grits. Chef Kevin has created what are sure to become a new group of classics, notably grouper Rockefeller and the Duroc bone-in pork chop. Daily freshly caught selections include ahi tuna, salmon and East Coast shrimp as well as five different seafood platters. There are plenty of non-seafood items as well – burgers, prime rib and even fried chicken.

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RAISING THE BAR Guests enjoy a generous selection of indoor and outdoor seating options which include an expansive wraparound deck, indoor bar and dining area on the first floor.

Fresh from our corner of the world One of the core culinary principles practiced by Ben Harris, executive chef of restaurants at The Sea Pines Resorts, is relying on local sources and vendors. “We rely on numerous Georgia and South Carolina producers to provide us with sustainable, high-quality products,” Harris said. “These are reflected throughout the menu and really create a point of differentiation when it comes to seasonal variety and freshness.” At Quarterdeck the menu is based on the most readily available ingredients from these and other local companies: • Sea Eagle Market, a family owned and operated retail and wholesale market located in Beaufort, supplies local fin fish and shellfish. The Reaves family has been reeling in seafood since 1970, when Laten Reaves started Reaves Brother’s Seafood in Holden Beach, North Carolina. Since then, the family—now in its second generation—has worked in every aspect of the business, from owning shrimp trawlers to shrimp docks to restaurants.



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• GrowFood Carolina provides organic heirloom produce, tapping into 85 small-scale farmers to supply wholesalers and restaurants. • Heritage Farm is an eight-acre garden within the Sea Pines community that grows a bounty of vegetables and flowers. Since 1983 the farm has operated as a nonprofit, with volunteers assisting in the upkeep of its plots and common areas. From in the ground to on the menu, it’s literally less than two miles from Quarterdeck. • Sprout Momma Breads provide an array of healthy, artisan breads made by a Hilton Head family.

Meet you on the rooftop While the outside views are among the best on Hilton Head Island, the indoor vibe at the rooftop oyster bar also is not to be missed. The raw bar offers three varieties of oysters on the half shell, East Coast shrimp cocktail, tuna poke and other favorites. When checking out the oysters, look for subtle differences that may be discernible from the shell. For instance, East Coast oysters, which are the most popular, typically are tear-drop shaped with a shallow cup. Their flavors are balanced and briny. Ask the expert behind the bar for suggestions. Watch your shucker to see a true artisan at work, gently sliding the special knife through the opening, then scraping the muscle from the top of the shell. There are many ways to enjoy an oyster. Chef Ben, a selfproclaimed oyster purist, advises starting with them “naked,” then alternating among lemon, mignonette and horseradish. Add a cold Coast Kolsch ale from local Coast Brewing, and you’re set. But raw isn’t the only way to savor oysters. Quarterdeck has been fitted with two charcoal-fired Josper ovens imported from Spain. In these ovens, which heat up to 1,000 degrees, local South Carolina oysters are roasted with reggiano cheese, garlic and butter, then served with lemon. Raw or roasted? What’s your preference? LL

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AW SHUCKS Enjoy three varieties of oysters at Quarterdeck's indoor rooftop oyster bar. Floorto-ceiling windows throughout the bar allow 270-degree, unimpeded views.

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Honey, I’m home Nectar Farm Kitchen welcomes those who share a passion for great food, fresh ingredients, local conservation and original plates to indulge their appetites for all things epicurean. With this as its philosophy, it’s no wonder that it offers many local honey products in its restaurants. Check out the honey products at either the Hilton Head or Bluffton location and try one of the delicious dishes that may feature local honey as well.

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Stay up-to-date on the latest events happening at The Black Marlin Bayside Grill & Hurricane Bar via its Facebook page. Live music is in full swing and you don’t want to miss out. Not only will you experience the full dining menu and happy hour from 4 - 7 p.m., but also this nightly local concert series, Music in the Marina. The Black Marlin has seven daiquiri machines, games for adults and kids, free boat parking and brand new docks.

Don’t miss the upcoming wine dinner on May 19 at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. Enjoy a selection of wonderful wine, spectacular food, live music and lively conversation. alexandersrestaurant.com. UPCOMING WINE DINNERS June 16: Orin Swift July 21: Duckhorn Winery August 18: Klinker Brick Winery

Cooking demo: Spring rolls & poke bowls On May 22, gather around the table for a cooking demonstration at Alexander's, led by resort executive chef Charles Pejeau. Have fun, learn something new and give back to your local community. All the money collected will be given to the Palmetto Dunes Employee Assistance Program. All demonstrations include a glass of sparkling wine and a culinary gift to take home. alexandersrestaurant.com. UPCOMING COOKING DEMOS June 26: Burgers Clinic with Chef Charles July 17: Chef Fabian’s Grandma’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken August 21: Lowcountry Boil


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The Juice Hive opens retail side The Juice Hive and Health Emporium is celebrating the grand re-opening of The Health Emporium at the Juice Hive – the retail portion of the popular healthy eatery right in the heart of Bluffton Village. The all-new store, which is inside The Juice Hive, was created to offer a unique selection of carefully curated home décor pieces, specialty gifts, artisan foods and a tremendous assortment of all-natural sustainable snacks. thejuicehive.com

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EXPERIENCE THE ALL-NEW QUARTERDECK Serving as the cornerstone of Harbour Town, the all-new Quarterdeck offers 270-degree sunset views overlooking Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Calibogue Sound and the famed 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links, making it one of the most sought-after dining venues on Hilton Head Island. A generous selection of indoor and outdoor seating options includes an expansive wraparound deck, indoor bar and dining area on the first floor, as well as a new rooftop oyster bar, for unforgettable sunset views.

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eats The Salty Dog In regular Hilton Head Island summer fashion, The Salty Dog is ramping up its events this May. Be sure to check its website and Facebook page for the summer schedule, but here are some of the exciting upcoming events that begin the week of May 23. Nightly live music from 5-9 p.m. Bloody Mary Sundays will have live music and a fully loaded Build a Bloody Bar from noon - 3 p.m. every Sunday. Learn to juggle and watch Island juggling expert, Ben the Juggler from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Meet the Island’s Turtle Trackers and learn about the amazing sea turtles that call Hilton Head home from 5 - 7 p.m. on Mondays and Sundays. DJ Crush Dance Party - a dance party for the whole family from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Colorpalooza - airbrush tattoos, hoola-hooping and more from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Tie Dye Fun in South Beach - Create a one-of-a-kind souvenir with the help of tie-dye experts from noon - 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Jake the Salty Dog visits South Beach for pictures and high fives every day around 5 p.m. OTHER MAY EVENTS May 7: Derby Day in South Beach May 14: Salty Dog’s 35th Birthday Bash May 21: Preakness Party

Michael Anthony’s cooking demos Demonstration classes at Michael Anthony’s are presented in classroom style where you can watch the chef prepare his menu while providing stepby-step procedures and helpful hints for each dish. Each 11:30 a.m. class includes a welcome glass of Prosecco, a generous tasting of all dishes prepared, a glass of wine and a recipe booklet to take home. To reserve your spot in one of these upcoming classes, visit michael-anthonys.com. UPCOMING CLASSES: May 5: When Life Gives You Lemons May 6: Flavors of Sicily May 11: We’re Having Ravioli May 13: Hooked on Shrimp

New product alert: Island Cream Hilton Head Distillery introduces Island Cream, which is a combination of delicious local cream and its finest, hand-selected rum. This rum cream is available for purchase exclusively at the distillery and its retail partners this month. One dollar from the sale of each bottle will go to The Outside Foundation to help preserve the island beaches and waterways. hiltonheaddistillery.com UPCOMING EVENTS: May 4: “May the Fourth be with you” Star Wars Day-themed cocktail class May 5: “Cinco de Drinko” Tequila and Mezcal-inspired cocktail class


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Hot picks from the local food scene.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Tagliere di Formaggi is a charcuterie board you must try if you like honey. Nunzio Restaurant + Bar created the perfect Italian cheese board with green olives, salame Calabrese, walnut halves and drizzled organic honey.

HUSH UP Jake’s Hushpuppies from Salty Dog is a Southern staple everyone needs to try. These fresh-made cornbread bites are fried to a golden brown and served with homemade honey butter. These hushpuppies are a fan-favorite appetizer.

THAT’S NUTS Frankie Bones uses local honey in its dishes and crab cakes are no exception. The pecan-crusted crab cakes feature apple slaw, local honey and creole honey mustard. Crab and honey is a perfect pair you’ve got to try.

SHRIMPLY DELICIOUS ELA’S On The Water mixes sweet and spicy perfectly in its honey-lime shrimp appetizer. This delicious dish features lightly fried shrimp tossed with honeylime sriracha aioli. Order this appetizer to start your meal out right.

SWEET AS PIE Honey on pizza is the latest craze, but Giuseppi’s has always had this delicious combination on the menu. Try The Mojo Pie on a cauliflower crust. It features tomato sauce, shredded provolone, fresh mozzarella, Ezzo pepperoni, Italian salami, fresh basil, red pepper flakes and is finished with Mike’s Hot Honey and parmesan cheese.

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What would Margaret drink? Margaret Pearman is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers and is responsible for curating the award-winning wine list at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte. Here is her sipping suggestion for May:


Honig honey

On a sun-filled porch with a table set for twelve, we sat down for lunch at the Anchorage Inn in Beaufort. It was the first social wine event I had been to in over a year after Covid hit. Michael Honig, owner of Honig Winery in Napa Valley, was in town. My interest is always piqued when the second generation of a family business can share its success and tribulations because there are inevitably many in a family business. I left the luncheon feeling reinvigorated after sharing an amazing meal, re-learning the Honig wines and laughing a lot. Michael took over his father’s Rutherford ranch when he was a mere twenty-two years old. His father had focused on the growing aspect with just two varietals: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet. Michael started out selling his wines on the streets of San Francisco out of the trunk of his car. Over the next three decades Michael has grown a brand that not only sets a profound standard for wine but ethical business practice as well. The family name Honig translates from German to “honey.” A honeybee is prominent on the label. Honeybees are a key mark of a healthy ecosystem, so it makes sense to integrate them into the vineyard. Beehives line the river’s edge so the bees can forage along the banks and in the vineyards. Honig winery has led the way in sustainable farming since 2005 in Napa Valley. A limited amount of honey, which reflects flavors from the vineyard, can be purchased at the winery. Try the Honig Reserve Sauvignon Blanc filled with honeysuckle and lemon blossom; with an unparalleled balance between fruit and oak.


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Cocktail with some sting

THIS BEET-INFUSED COCKTAIL IS MIXED WITH GINGER HONEY SYRUP Honey comes to mind when we think of the bees, but that’s not all they provide. Bees set a great example of hard work and self-reliability – something we only can aspire to achieve in everyday tasks like making our own vodka drinks. Below is a recipe from the good folks at Tito’s Handmade Vodka that combine to make the perfect refreshing cocktail. And, naturally, honey is a staple ingredient. While you can purchase the first two recipes pre-made, everything tastes sweeter than honey when made from scratch.

Beet Infusion Earthy and deep, this infusion is best mixed with a hint of sugar or spice for a cocktail that’s oh-so-nice. INGREDIENTS 500 milliliters Tito’s Handmade Vodka 3 beets DIRECTIONS [1] Clean, peel and chop beets into cubes. [2] Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka and beets into a resealable glass container. [3] Shake and store in a cool dark place for three days, shaking the infusion daily. [4] Strain when the infusion has reached the desired flavor.

Ginger Honey Syrup Follow this recipe to make your own ginger syrup at home. INGREDIENTS 1 cup honey 1 cup water 3/4 cup sliced ginger DIRECTIONS [1] Peel and slice ginger. [2] Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil. [3] Reduce heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. [4] Remove from heat, strain into a jar and allow to cool completely.

Tito’s Mint to Bee Shake up a round of beet-infused cocktails mixed with sweet ginger honey syrup and tart lemon juice. This libation is mint to be shared. INGREDIENTS 2 ounces beet-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka 1 ounce ginger honey syrup 1 ounce lemon juice 2 mint sprigs DIRECTIONS [1] Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. [2] Shake and strain into a glass. [3] Garnish with a mint sprig.

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HERE COMES THE BOOM Last year's champ Stewart Cink starts it all off with a bang.


FAN FAVE Harold Varner III, a crowd favorite, led through round 3 but couldn’t hold on. 154

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OVER THE TOP Patrick Cantlay tries to match Jordan Spieth's shot but is a little too strong.

SHARP DRESSED MAN That jacket sure looks good on Jordan Spieth!

18 AND LIFE Jordan Spieth tees off on No. 18 in pursuit of a win.


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✔All of the Above Looking, Listing or Just Love the Lowcountry? If you want to buy or sell a Lowcountry home with a Realtor® who cares about this community like no other, you found the right guy. Rick has consistently sold more than 100 properties year in and year out, was President of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors®, past recipient of the HHAAOR Realtor® of the year, Service award winner for 21 years and still found time to be involved in the community. That’s because he loves what he does as much where he lives. So, if you want to take action in this white-hot real estate market, talk to Rick. He will put his heart and soul into helping you achieve your objectives. “Without a sense of caring, there is no sense of community” is one of Rick’s favorite quotes. When you work with him, you’ll know why.

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THE WOMAN BESIDE THE CHEF Jennifer Hastings has traveled to some of the most sought-after places in the world, Rome, Paris, Vienna, Naples and Salzburg just to name a few. Always were these places food destinations. To see, taste, watch and learn how our European counterparts execute some of the finest foods in the world. From then No. 1 ranked in the world Osteria Francescana in Modena, to No. 7 ranked Le Bernardin in New York City. All of these incredible restaurants have one thing in common … standards.

IMPRESSIVE EFFORT Shane Lowry was in contention all weekend, finishing tied for third at 10 under.

This is something Jennifer brings to the dining floor at Lulu Kitchen. An eye for details with an ever-presence of that warm feeling of home. She is also a loving mother, a fantastic daughter and a strong wife.

WATCH & LEARN Pros take some time out to spend time with kids on the putting green.

Heritage hot list The number of Items the SERG Restaurant Group needed to satisfy the hungry crowds of the RBC Heritage.

Exquisite cuisine is paired with an exceptional service and eclectic ambiance.

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FAMILY BUSINESS Local Pro-Am participant Ron Soldo makes his 20th start with his grandson Cole as his caddie.

• Canned beer: 39,494 • Soft beverages: 29,969 • Snacks (pretzels, kettle corn, etc.): 15,937 • Draft beer: 6,129 • Hot dogs: 6,315 • Turkey wraps: 3,788 • Pretzels: 2,022 • Palmetto Kettle Corn: 1,533 • Philly cheesesteaks: 260

A NEW PERSPECTIVE Former world No. 1 Justin Thomas looked to be in the hunt.

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BEST FINISH Jordan Spieth wasn't the only winner at the RBC Heritage. Here are the Top 5 finishers off the course. BEST NEW SPONSOR The Savannah Ghost Pirates. This new hockey team will be a Lowcountry favorite and shared their schedule and swag with fans. They could also win the largest fridge magnet prize, measuring 5.75" X 4.75". BEST DRINK Tito's Transfusion. A golfer's favorite is going mainstream after a strong debut. This easy-to-drink refresher goes down easy and tastes as good as it looks. BEST SANDWICH SERG Group's Philly Cheesesteak. This was a crowd favorite at the concession stand that can be enjoyed post-Heritage at Giuseppi’s. BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE RBC Heritage. The title sponsor does deserve the best seats and scored with this cozy area in the clubhouse. C.T. Pan's wife Yingchun Lin told a LOCAL Lifer that the RBC Heritage is their favorite tour spot and they always stay a few extra days to enjoy the island. BEST HAIR Cameron Smith. This Aussie’s locks are part beach bum, part hockey player and all golfer.

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NONSTOP FLIGHT Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport Standiford Field (SDF) Duration: 1 hour, 34 minutes Airline: Allegiant

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Even though we live in paradise, the occasional out-of-town excursion is a treat. From Hilton Head and Savannah, we’re fortunate to have nonstop flight options that afford exploration of many popular North American destinations rich in abundant sights, sounds and flavors. LOCAL Life brings these nonstop cities to you through the eyes and recommendations of local foodies, shopaholics, sports fans and cultural aficionados who will ensure that your next out-of-town adventure is just that — nonstop.





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destinations Experience it for yourself, starting with a profusion of local bars and restaurants with a wide knowledge of whiskeys, bourboninfused food menus, and some of the city’s largest collections — 50 to 150 types — of Kentucky’s signature spirit. Also consider planning for the world’s largest bourbon and music festival, called Bourbon & Beyond, on September 15-18. After a two-year hiatus, this star-studded event showcases more than 50 of the best in classic rock, alt rock and bluegrass bands on three stages, along with hands-on bourbon workshops, tastings and culinary programming from celebrity chefs. For a different sort of spirit, head to Waverly Hills Sanatorium, considered by some to be the most haunted place on earth. Fascinating and macabre, this former hospital lost so many patients to tuberculosis that it added a chute (called the “death tunnel”) for moving bodies into a hill below so the living wouldn’t know of the terrifying number of deaths. Waverly Hills Sanatorium Far more lively and fun are Louisville’s must-see attractions, both citadels of sport. Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, has held thoroughbred racing since 1875. Located on 147 acres, it features both a one-mile dirt oval and a seven-furlong turf course. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships more often than any racetrack in the country. And don’t skip the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum with two stories of exhibits including artifacts, photographs, trophies, and immersive displays. From the museum there’s a guided walking tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory racetrack itself. Few places give visitors a glimpse into the history of baseball like the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. You can’t miss it — just look for the world’s largest baseball bat out front, nearly 120 feet tall. Louisville features many architectural gems, particularly in a section called Old South, a 45-square-block residential community filled with lavish homes built with the industrial fortunes of the 19th century.

In the 1950s and ’60s many homeowners moved out to the city’s more modern, developing suburbs, leaving many of these magnificent houses to deteriorate. But more than a few remain and have been lovingly preserved. The iconic, two-story Louisville Palace Theater located downtown has been in operation since 1928. Its Spanish Baroque motif is complete with arcades and balconies, while its ceiling features 139 sculptures of historical figures and is heavily ornamented. It was rejuvenated in 1994 and is once again a premiere venue for theater and live performances, and you’ll find a wide choice of restaurants nearby. People come from around the globe to pay their respects and celebrate the legacy of Louisville’s most famous native son, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, but better known as “The Greatest.” Having lived most of his young life in Louisville, the city is full of landmarks, including his final resting place, that are the backdrops to the Ali legend. Explore outdoor Louisville with a visit to Cherokee Park and its picturesque 2.4-mile loop, with separate lanes for vehicular traffic. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1890s, and is rich with green pastures set amid the green meadows and woodlands. The local visitors’ bureau (gotolouisville) has a great website that includes a cool, custom itinerary planning feature called “Shake It Up.” Because that’s what you’re sure to do when you get there. LL

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It’s the rough-hewn stone staircase that pulls me in to explore Santorini’s white-washed buildings set against the deep turquoise backdrop of the Aegean. My gaze meanders past the cobalt-blue doors, lingers on the terraces with their pots of plants and continues up through a maze of levels to the top where the island’s iconic windmills kiss the sky, and the blue-and-white national flag flutters in the breeze. Even though I’m standing in the Art League Gallery on Hilton Head, in this moment I’m back on that Greek island, memories flashing through my brain. Not one of my vacation photos, however, evokes the charm, the emotion or the intimacy of place that this oil painting by Dennis Lake does.

Dennis Lake: In the details

Santorini Windmills


Precision “Every good painting starts with a good drawing,” Lake declares. That means attention to detail, correct perspective and perfectly drawn lines and shapes. The impact of these elements, along with carefully chosen and blended colors and accurate depictions of shadow and light, lead our eye through his paintings. In this case, it’s as if Lake has flown me thousands of miles, dropped me onto this volcanic isle and compelled me to really look not just on the overall beauty but to focus on small things I missed when I’d actually stood on this very spot years ago. This ability to transport the viewer is especially interesting, given that Lake spent twenty years as an Air Force pilot, flying big cargo planes and small aircraft in and out of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other hot spots around the globe.

Airplanes! Even as a second-grader in Detroit in the 1950s, Lake drew trees that looked like trees, people who looked like people. No stick figures or suns with dashed rays emanating from lopsided cores. “I had enough motor mechanics on one side of the brain to see that you can draw the edge of things and that things aren’t always all the same shapes,” Lake says. His teacher quickly slotted him into the art club, where he hung out with other talented children. And he loved drawing airplanes. Why? “Because I was a boy, and jets were the glamour vehicles of the time. And they fly fast,” he exclaims. His father, a construction worker, brought him to air shows and places like Willow Run, a bomber plant that built B-24 Liberators for World War II. Then in 1953 a 50th anniversary of flight expo was held at the Wayne County Airport (later Detroit Metro Airport), which brought in a variety of cutting-edge aircraft. In a few years these same jets would play a big role in his life. The Three Sprinkleteers


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The Nut Gatherers When Lake was 12, his mother enrolled him in weekend classes at the Detroit Institute of Art. After class he’d find himself standing before William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Nut Gatherers, mesmerized by the artist’s depiction of two children beneath a tree in the French countryside. “I couldn’t believe that someone could paint that realistically and get the skin tones, depths, the color values so perfect,” he said. This 1882 masterpiece would influence his realistic style.

Detours However, by high school, football beckoned. He played defensive back and wide receiver, eventually garnering a sports scholarship to Adrian College. The school did not, however, have an arts program, only an art class. Sizing up his talent, the instructor told him, “you need to be an artist. Get some education.” Lake broke his coach’s heart and transferred to Wayne State, where another sports scholarship along with a degree in commercial art awaited. After graduation he got the word that he was No. 2 on the draft board’s list. Newly married, Lake faced the possibility of being an Army grunt fighting in Vietnam.

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culture He immediately enlisted in the Air Force and learned to pilot updated versions of those subsonic and supersonic jets he’d admired as a kid. When he got to choose the aircraft he wanted to fly for operational duty, he picked a C-141 Starlifter, one of those workhorse goliaths designed to carry troops and cargo. But he ended up in the war zone anyhow, flying a lightweight Cessna 0-2 on missions dropping leaflets, playing tapes and looking for concentrations of enemy troops. Stationed stateside after Vietnam, he was back flying cargo planes all over the world. Even so, off-duty he’d wander through archaeological sites and art museums wherever he was. After retiring from the Air Force, Lake headed back into the art world, earning a graduate degree at Austin Peay State, then teaching high school and evening college art courses in Clarksville, Tennessee. That experience opened up new vistas. “Since I taught art history, drawing and painting techniques, I learned something about almost every kind of art and medium.” In the end, 2-D painting won out, and he began showing his own work in galleries and other venues.

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If you go to Nashville, a city that prided itself on being “The Athens of the South,” and head to Centennial Park, you’ll come upon a replica of the Parthenon. Step inside and you’ll encounter a glittering 42-foot-tall Athena. In 1990 sculptor Alan LeQuire was putting the final touches on his re-creation of the goddess that once stood in the Acropolis. Now he needed volunteers to gild her. Lake answered the call and joined a team of artists and gilders. They began by coating Athena’s porous gypsum surface with protective layers of shellac. Then came the delicate operation of gilding. Using a small brush, Lake and his fellow teammates applied each small fragile piece of gold leaf. They performed this laborious task over san four months in the heat d dollars sang: And all the be free! les, hatch and of summer without air-conditioning balancing on four-story little turt Hatchwhile sea! e turtles and run to the littl ch Hat scaffolding. Today Lake’s name along with the other volunteers is inscribed in the pedestal.


The Lowcountry In 2009 Lake and his wife, Judy, left Tennessee to join their two daughters who had already put down roots here. Soon after his arrival, Lake signed up for Ted Jordan’s Painting Like the Old Masters class at the Art League of Hilton Head Academy. The Old Master work he chose to copy was another Bouguereau masterpiece, The Bather. He meticulously sketched it out, and when Jordan came around at the end of class, he picked it up and turned it toward the students and said with a droll smile, “I believe this gentleman has had some training.” After Lake confessed he’d taught art, Jordan recruited him to be an instructor. Today Lake teaches painting along with open studio along with workshops on perspective drawing and calligraphy. At the end of this month, the Art League of Hilton Head will present a show of Lake’s works titled People, Places & Things. We won’t see any airplanes among the landscapes, portraits, birds and boats. But if you’re hankering to be transported to a foreign land, plant yourself in front of his paintings of Santorini and Cartagena. You won’t even have to pack a suitcase. LL

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“Despite the rust, let’s embrace the gold.”


Pam White picks up a blow torch and aims it down at an angel’s wing. Blue and orange flames lick at the encaustic surface for a few brief seconds. Then, putting the yellow canister down, she picks up the painting and tilts and moves it around until a blue thread of wax runs in lines that please her. A rainbow of wax drippings and paint, the legacy of angels, waves, marshes and other paintings past, speckle her work table. Atop those splatters, pans of colored encaustic she’s mixed from beeswax, powdered pigment and resin simmer on a griddle. Dipping a brush into another tin, she drizzles more hot wax onto another one of the wooden panels that are her canvases. Nearby a mysterious rusted pig, or at least a big chunk of it, lies on an adjacent table. The large piggy bank had resided—and rusted—


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in her Hilton Head yard for years, where it collected dollars from amused family and friends. Recently she’d broken it open, not for the cash (which had disintegrated) but for the flaky iron oxide she’d be brushing off its crust and incorporating into her angel encaustics. Earlier when I drove up to big open doors of White’s garage studio and stepped out of my car, I came face-to-face with a large blue ocean wave she’d just finished. Immediately I was drawn into its depths. That’s the thing about art rendered in encaustic: It’s dimensional. This wave, like the sea itself, doesn’t lay flat but comes “splashing” out. Stand there long enough, and you can almost feel the mist off its breaking crest. Beyond the big blue wave I could see that the studio was in disarray. Last time I’d stopped by, the space was devoted to White’s art.

Pam White: Encaustic artist BY CAROLYN MALES

Over the last five years her open-air workshop has been a fixture on this corner of Sea Pines, where art lovers and friends have casually dropped by to see what she’s creating. But today she, her husband, John, and son, Evan, are in the middle of packing for a move so the bays are stuffed with boxes and furniture awaiting transport to their new home a few oyster shell throws away from a marsh in Bluffton. Taking a break from painting and packing, White parks herself on a stool to talk about the wild artistic ride she’s been on as galleries in Charleston and now Venice, Italy, as well as past and new customers clamor for her work. [Local Life] Why beeswax? [Pam White] Four years ago I fell backwards on the tennis court and broke both my wrists. I’m left-handed, and my left-hand break was worse than my right.


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culture After three months of physical therapy three days a week, I had improved one percent in my wrist flexibility. I was devastated. I’d already learned encaustic at a class I’d taken at the Greenville Museum of Art, so I said to my husband, maybe working in wax is more forgiving than painting the detailed oil pieces I’d been doing.

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I bought all the equipment — wax, pigments, shellac, carving tools, wood panels, griddle and blowtorch. But I found I couldn’t lift the canister of gas and press the on-switch at the same time. Instead, I needed to use both hands. It was really hard, but it became my physical therapy. That was the only thing that strengthened my arms enough. Later when I was strong enough to go back to painting in oil, I realized I was really in love with wax. [Q] You’ve said your art career itself was born out of overcoming adversity. [PW] Sixteen years ago I had cancer along with four pulmonary embolisms. I was weak and couldn’t do anything. At the time, I didn’t think I had a creative bone in my body, but I loved art. We’d been collecting art locally in Memphis where we lived at the time as well as when we traveled. When I was recovering, John called up Terri Panitz, one of the artists we collected, and asked her to come to our home and give me lessons. Then once I felt I could leave the house, I took classes from a Memphis College of Art professor. She would make us take National Geographic magazines and using a cardboard viewer move it around an image until we found an abstraction to draw. I did the inside of a pine cone. She said “You’re an artist.” [Q] In your angel art, you use rust as symbolism for life’s difficulties. [PW] Everybody has a little rust in their lives. They’ve been through something, whether it be illness, financial burden, divorce, break-ups and the pandemic. But everyone also has gold in their lives too. So I start every angel canvas, except for those for babies, with rust and seal it with clear wax. Then I decide what I want to do and carve it back to reveal some of the under layers. Next I paint in my angels and carve in their hair. Toward the end, when I’m almost done, I mix dry gold pigment with wax and shellac and torch it to finish.

People will say to me, “Pam, I bought this angel from you and now my daughters each want one.” So they’ll send me their photos and they might say, “the middle one, the blonde, has a lot of rust in her life but she’s had gold, too.” So I add rust and gold accordingly. My philosophy is, despite the rust, let’s embrace the gold. [Q] Your angels are ethereal but much of your work is about the ocean, the marshes, the rivers. [PW] When I walk on the beach, except for when I’m doing trash duty [White is an ocean conservation advocate], I stay close to the water. I’m not looking for sharks’ teeth or shells. I’m looking through the waves and that calms me. And no, the waves aren’t the blue of my paintings but they are the clear white mist in the air coming off of them. I just want viewers to smell the salt water and see those little droplets come down as the water crests and say, my gosh that’s such a happy place. LL

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What: Professional Women in Building Meetup When it took place: March 30, Where: Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks Highlights: The Professional Women in Building Networking Meetup was a fun way to promote March Membership Month. Cocktails at the bar with new and old friends in perfect weather set the scene for this PWB event.

That’s a wrap

What: Professional Women in Building Wrap Up Party When it took place: April 7 Where: Billy Wood Appliance Highlights: It has been a great month for Professional Women in Building and its members have had the opportunity to meet with others in the building industry and build connections, resulting in new members. The membership wrap-up party included libations and desserts provided by Billy Wood Appliances and food provided by Sub-Zero.

Music to our ears

What: Hilton Head International Piano Competition When it took place: March 7-14 Where: First Presbyterian Church Photography: thefrenchguyphotography Highlights: The Hilton Head International Piano Competition announced the winners of the 2022 competition: Jaeden IzikDzurko, 22 (Canada) - First Prize ($15,000), Illia Ovcharenko, 20 (Ukraine) - Second Prize ($10,000) and Seongwoo Moon, 21 (Republic of Korea) -Third Prize ($5,000). The competition jury was chaired by John Kimura Parker, and included Fabio Bidini, Olga Kern, Cecile Licad, Robin McCabe, Awadagin Pratt, and Logan Skelton.


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Live and learn

What: Lifelong Learning Group When it took place: April 5 Where: Colleton River Club Highlights: From the gorgeous floral centerpieces in shades of elegant blue to the filling hors d'oeuvres and oh-so-decadent chocolate dessert, Colleton River Club hosted a perfect evening filled with music, friends and wonderful service. This event for the Lifelong Learning Group promoted learning and enrichment and was represented by the talent of the Coastal Chamber Musicians, who helped wrap up LLG’s programmatic season.


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The bird is the word

What: Audubon Camaraderie & Cocktails When it took place: April 2 Where: Sea Pines Highlights: The Hilton Head Audubon gathered in Sea Pines to say goodbye and thank departing Audubon board members as well as welcome new board members. Wildlife conservation was just one of the many topics discussed at the event. The HHIAS get-together was complete with cocktails and snacks, as well as a speech from the president, Kay Grinnell.

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What: Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty Grand Opening Reception When it took place: April 1 Where: Sotheby’s new Hilton Head location Photographer: Keen Eye Highlights: Guests and town officials welcomed the Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s team to Hilton Head Island. The reception was an elegant event befitting of the luxury brand.


Boxed in at the Heritage

What: Signature Catering & Events by SERG When it took place: April 11-17 Where: RBC Heritage boxes Highlights: Enjoy the Heritage like a Royal. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to, or be invited to a VIP box you enjoyed elegant setups, friendly staff and top-shelf cocktails. From Bloody Mary stations to decadent food stations, Signature Catering by SERG made the VIP experience very, very special.


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The 33rd annual All Saints Garden Tour on Saturday, May 21, will showcase glorious gardens of various sizes, on land and on water, and designed by both professional landscapers and property owners. The self-guided tour, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., includes six distinctive gardens all new to the tour and located in four gated communities on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Tickets are $35, but because of Covid precautions, there will be no lunch, boutique, or bake sale at All Saints Episcopal Church this year. But, a Master Gardener at each garden will be on hand to answer your questions. Participants need to be able to safely walk on flagstone pathways and through gardens. Over the years, more than $500,000 has been donated to local charities from this annual event bringing validation to its logo “Through the Beauty of a Garden: A Gift to the Community.” Net proceeds have been allocated to 501c3 charities that focus on hunger, homelessness, literacy and/ or aging. All who attend the 2022 Garden Tour will add to this legacy. Tickets are available at All Saints Episcopal Church, allsaintsgardentour.com, by calling 843- 6818333, and at garden centers and other area businesses in Hilton Head and Bluffton. LL


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Tranquility Gardens

Blue Heron Sanctuary

HILTON HEAD PLANTATION Lowcountry surroundings inspired this newly renovated landscape with four distinct design styles, including an expansive walkway with a fountain, a perennial flower cutting garden and a formal boxwood hedge in a Charleston garden which transitions to a poolside tropical oasis with tons of annual color. There’s also a layered living screen designed for its beauty and privacy.

MOSS CREEK This professionally designed garden was installed in 2017, but its plant collector owner has added on to it and focuses on the natural beauty of Blue Heron Sanctuary and Rookery. The backyard beds were created to enhance the view of the sanctuary and include a unique assortment of plants which provides year-round interest with multiple blooming varieties each season.

Serendipity PORT ROYAL Frivolity rules at this esteemed garden design of laissez faire that certainly has no grand master plan. It’s a plot of vegetative eccentricity entirely maintained by the owners with some assistance from Mother Nature’s landscape architects. Reflective of the owners’ travels and whimsical nature, these gardens can be described as unique, eclectic and quirky.

Ocean Breeze Gardens PORT ROYAL At this structured beachfront property, you’ll find a professionally designed garden with multiple outdoor living spaces. They are accented with pops of seasonal color and an assortment of lush greenery defines various settings for relaxing, enjoying the ocean, contemplating nature and recreational activities. There’s a basketball court, a swimming pool, a bocce ball court and even a putting green.

DIY Gardens Tranquility Gardens

Oh, the stories it could tell MOSS CREEK A surprise stands tall behind a recently renovated home with an expansive marsh view. The Angel Oak may be between 300-400 years old and measured 92 inches in diameter last year. On the list of 150 largest and oldest trees in Beaufort County, it creates a sanctuary for the owners.

INDIGO RUN Do-it-yourself gardeners created this charming, relaxing environment by installing flagstone and paver paths, patios, fences, raised beds, fountains, pots (they really like pots), benches and a large pergola. These handsome hardscapes enhance a shimmering lagoon with views of herons, ducks, turtles and alligators. The gardens are also complemented by a charming assortment of Lowcountry plants.

We Celebrated

40 Years of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and 10 Years of John Morris Russell as Music Director during our 2021-2022 Season!

Special thanks to all our generous individual contributors and the following businesses, foundations, and public entities who provided indispensable support during our 2021-2022 40th Anniversary Season!

Carey & Company, P. C., Correll Insurance, Courtyard by Marriot Hilton Head Island, Curry Prin�ng, The Greenery, Hilton Head Island Blu�on Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head Lexus, Island Funeral Home and Crematory, Lindsay Bun�ng/Sea Pines Realty, Nunzio Restaurant and Bar, South State Bank

Our exciting 2022-2023 season will be announced in May. Look for all the concert and event details at hhso.org. Call (843) 842-2055 to receive a brochure. www. hhso.org • (843) 842-2055 • info@hhso.org


Mayfest Don’t miss the 42nd anniversary of Mayfest coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton. A great event is planned that will feature more than 150 artists and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7. There will be local and regional arts and crafts, music, and local foods up and down the street, an Ugly Dog Contest, and the messy, funny, pie-eating contest. It also will be the third year for the donut-eating contest for kids 12 and under. Kelly Logan Graham is this year's Mayfest feature artist. blufftonrotary.org.

Lowcountry Derby Party for the Celebration Projects The annual Lowcountry Derby for the Celebration Projects will be from 4 -7 p.m. Derby Day, May 7, at The Paddocks Green overlooking the stables and horses. Attendees will enjoy live music by The Alan Price Trio, derby-day-themed catering by The SERG Group, a best-dressed contest, a best hat contest, and giveaways. The benefit raises money for the Celebration Projects, which gives local children in need the gift of a birthday party. Lowcountryderbyparty.com.

Yacht Hop Yacht Hop is a premier luxury event hosted at the Inland Harbour in Wexford and is Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s largest annual fundraiser. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 14, guests are invited to tour lavish yachts while being served hors d’oeuvres and masterfully-crafted cocktails prepared by some of the Lowcountry’s most acclaimed chefs. Mingle with other guests around this multi-level venue overlooking the Inland Harbour, enjoy live music, lounge on the VIP lawn and bid on exclusive event items and luxury vacations during our live auction before the night draws to a close. Visit hospicecarelc.org.

Corvette show Don’t miss the second annual All Corvette Show from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14 at 10 University Parkway in Hardeeville. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Area 8 of Bluffton. Over 30 awards will be given and spectators can enjoy music and food. Call 843-715-1622 for more information.


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World Affairs Council of Hilton Head 2022-2023 FRIDAY DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES The Dynamics of Shifting Global Powers

Global Speaker Program November 4, 2022 Sergei Medvedev,

The World is a complicated place, and the World Affairs Council is here to help you make sense of what is happening. The Council:

Professor of Higher School of Economics in Moscow & awardwinning author

government, investigative reporting, and policy research fields.

Title: The Return of the Russian Leviathan

• Convenes leaders from business, diplomacy, academic,

• Drives dialogue on urgent international issues and their implications • Is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization and is open to everyone.

December 2, 2022 Sarah Chayes,

The war in Ukraine, China’s influence in Latin America, corruption, and the Koreas are just a few topics covered in the upcoming season. We invite you to learn more about the Council and our programs and become a global thinker!

Former journalist in Afghanistan, former advisor to Joint Chiefs of Staff, and internationally recognized expert on corruption

For a complete listing of speakers and their biographies, visit www.wachh.org/FridayMeetings22-23

Title: Corruption in America – What’s at Stake

February 3, 2023 Chris Preble,

KEYNOTE SPEAKER October 7, 2022 Marie Yovanovitch,

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Title: Ukraine – Can its Democracy Survive?

Former VP for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies and author of four books on US Foreign Policy and National Security Title: The Current State of US Foreign Policy

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES! World Affairs Council of Hilton Head P.O. Box 22523, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 843.384.6758 www.wachh.org

Engaging, educating & inspiring the community regarding world affairs.

• 14 Friday Speaker Meetings • Discussion Groups • Newsletters • Book Club • Student Outreach Programs

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Taste the music Dance the night away on Thursday nights in the spring at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina featuring local favorite bands, great food and all the dancing you can possibly do. Music & Taste at the Neptune Statue combines local bands with food and drinks. This pet-friendly outdoor concert series features a variety of bands on select Thursday nights from 6 - 9 p.m. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will set up as usual around Neptune and will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. SPRING SCHEDULE: May 5: Deas Guyz May 12: Stee & the Ear Candy Band May 19: Deas Guyz

Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Don't miss the Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 28 and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 29. This free Memorial Day weekend event around the marina promenade will feature a wide selection of art made in the United States. Enjoy casual shopping and dining, plus entertainment each day with Steel Drum from 1 – 4 p.m. Visit hiltonheadartfestival.com.

Don’t miss Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s annual production of both classical and contemporary dance – always an audience favorite!

May 7 - 7:30 • May 8 - 2:30 Seahawk Cultural Center

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Spring Southern Estates live online auction Everard Auctions & Appraisals is hosting another live online auction. Don’t miss your chance to bid on more than 650 lots of fine art and antiques from May 16-June 2 on everard.com. The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from May 25-27 or by appointment. Call 912-231-1376 to set up a time.

To Ukraine with love Interfaith Community In Action and Hilton Head Island Music & Arts Coalition are presenting a benefit for Ukraine from 2-6 p.m. on May 22 at the Lowcountry Celebration Park on Pope Avenue. The Hilton Head for Ukraine Benefit will include food trucks, arts and crafts, special guests and live music. For donation and event information visit facebook.com/HH4UKRAINE.

Family fun at Shelter Cove Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown will entertain crowds with music and family fun. Shannon Tanner includes two family shows at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, through Sept. 2. In addition, fellow Lowcountry legend Cappy the Clown returns for another year of entertaining children with face-painting, balloon animals, sand art, glitter tattoos and more. Cappy is set up at the Harbour from 6-9 p.m. Memorial Day weekend followed by Monday through Friday through Sept. 2, as well as Labor Day weekend. SHANNON TANNER FAMILY SHOW: Memorial Day weekend & May 30 – Sept. 2 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) – shows at 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. CAPPY THE CLOWN: Memorial Day weekend & May 30 – September 2 (MondayFriday) and Labor Day weekend from 6 - 9 p.m.

Markets are back for spring The Farmers and Makers Market at Shops at Sea Pines Center and the Art Market at Shops at Sea Pines Center are back in time for spring. Shop the farmers market from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Tuesday for local fruits and vegetables, freshly caught seafood, baked goods, barbecue and artisan crafts. The art market is back and will run from 4 - 7 p.m. every first Thursday of the month. Don’t miss local artists and live music. For more information visit theshopsatseapinescenter.com.

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SVN - GASC Commercial Real Estate Friday Speakers Series: A Year of Turmoil The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s Friday Speaker Series, “A Year of Turmoil” wraps up with its final speaker from 10 - 11:30 a.m. May 6 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. Earl Anthony Wayne will be discussing the complicated relationship between the United States and Mexico in his talk, “The US & Mexico Relationship: It’s Complicated.” Purchase tickets at wachh.org.

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May 4th


Join us for a festive Evening of Wine, Music, Shopping, Refreshments & Prizes Enjoy tastings at participating merchants Special promotions, sales & in-store demos

Classical dance meets contemporary Terpsichore, the Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s annual production of classical and contemporary dance, features two new works and the re-staging of audience favorites. Don’t miss this spring performance at 7:30 p.m. May 7 and 2:30 p.m. May 8 at the Seahawk Cultural Center at Hilton Head Island High School. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

Tickets available online at villageatwexford.com $15 per person Limited tickets available day of event. $20 at the door, cash only.

Proceeds to benefit Hilton Head Heroes

Lowcountry Made’s new market Celebrating Life & Love Trunk Show Bring your best to your relationships every single day and to special moments in life with Gabriel & Co.'s curated selection of designer brand jewelry. Join the team at Forsythe Jewelers on May 5-6 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for a two-day trunk show featuring Gabriel & Co.'s fashion and bridal collections. Enjoy a complimentary gift with your Gabriel & Co. purchase.

Live music 5 nights a week at North End Music lovers are in for a treat this season, as the North End Pour House now hosts live music five nights a week. Performances include Ross2 and Larry Perigo, Bobby Ryder Quartet, Ellie and Friends and Target. For the full lineup visit thenorthendpourhouse.com/events.


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Take a day trip to the town of Port Royal, Lowcountry Made’s newest venue, for the next market in this series from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at Live Oaks Park. Markets are held on select second and fourth Saturdays throughout the year and feature only local artists, artisans and small businesses. You will find art, home goods, jewelry, ceramics, baked goods and more. Each market is free and features live music, food and drink. Visit lcmade.com.


Two May concerts The Hilton Head Choral Society will hold two concerts this May. “For We Wish You Music” will celebrate its 45th season and the 20th year with Artistic Director Tim Reynolds at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13. The Choral Society will present its annual patriotic commemorative concert, “America Sings.” at 7 p.m. May 29. Both concerts will be held at First Presbyterian Church.

Wine Down Wednesday Don’t miss the next Wine Down Wednesday presented by the Village at Wexford. Enjoy tastings at participating merchants, special promotions, music, shopping, refreshments and prizes from 5 - 7:30 p.m. May 4. All proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Heroes. Visit villageatwexford.com.

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Celebrating Gullah Roots Don’t miss storytelling, dancing, the sounds of jazz, blues, reggae and African drums at the 2022 Original Gullah Festival in Beaufort. The festival takes place from May 27-29 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit originalgullahfestival.org.

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2022 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards

Inspiring Students to Be Exceptional

A+ Rating!

8 Fox Grape Rd Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


LOCAL Life is recognizing and rewarding local businesses that handcraft goods that reflect the Lowcountry tastes and lifestyle. Businesses in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie can enter, as long as items are made in the area and are already sold here. There are six categories (Crafts, Style, Drink, Home, Art, Food) and winners will be selected by local experts in those fields. Enter at CraftedInTheLowcountryAwards.com.

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Hilton Head PSD wants you to help save water. 2021 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Know the local irrigation law: Single family homes with even-numbered addresses irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.

Single family homes with odd-numbered addresses irrigate on Wednesdays and Sundays only.

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Commercial buildings irrigate on Mondays and Thursdays only.

Legacy Art Gallery

Lisa Rivers stands next to the winning piece in her Beaufort/St. Helena gallery. Her entry, Blue Crab, was the overall winner of the 2021 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards.

Save the dates June 3: Pockets Full of Sunshine hosts “Fun in the Sun for EVERYONE” June 7: The first of twelve 2022 Harbourfest Fireworks Show at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina June 8-18: Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute June 16: Brooks and Dunn at the Enmarket Arena June 19: DaBaby at the Enmarket Arena June 19: Juneteenth


WHHI-Television starts program for do-gooders


For the many do-gooders in our community, you now have a platform to be recognized on TV. "Lowcountry Good,” hosted by Robyn Zimmerman, is a program created by WHHI News highlighting those who are doing exceptional things in our community. Whether it's one of the many amazing workers and volunteers in our community's nonprofits, a teacher who has touched your life, or a neighbor with a mission to help others, WHHI Television wants to capture the story. To nominate someone, go to whhitv.com/news. You also can watch archived stories on the website.

Hilton Head Big Band performance to benefit the Junior Jazz Foundation Under the direction of Pete Stephenson, Hilton Head Big Band will premiere “Where is Freedom?” by musical theatre writers Luanne and Kristen Rosenfeld at 5 p.m. at the May 26 concert in the Grand Ballroom at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort. Arranged by Richard Orr and performed by Amber Thornburg, the song will be featured at the Swing Into Summer concert benefiting the Junior Jazz Foundation. The Junior Jazz Foundation helps ensure that young music students get the instruments, lessons and opportunities they need to keep music alive on Hilton Head for the next generation. Call 508-320-6449 or visit eventbrite.com.

Don’t miss the Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, featuring a selection of beautiful art including pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, photography, etc. —All made in the USA! Enjoy casual shopping & dining, plus local entertainment each day.

RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. ADMISSION IS FREE! For more information: Scan QR code • Call 843-785-6424 HiltonHeadArtFestival.com • NashGallery.com Follow us! @ShelterCoveHarbourMarina

May Day 5K The Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth is hosting a 5K from 8 - 10 a.m. May 14 at Bluffton High School. The May Day 5K is a race for a healthier community. For more information, visit lchealthyyouth.com.



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“I love the sharp focus and contrasting colors of the bumblebee and the purple coneflower.” EVERETT DENNING, SUN CITY

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