Local Life Magazine August 2020

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the team WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENT? “I played the flute, but I love the beat of a drum!” - LORI

PUBLISHER Lori Goodridge-Cribb (Local since 1986) lori.goodridge@wearelocallife.com

“Electric guitar, through an amplifier that goes to 11.”

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lance Hanlin (Local since 2007) lance.hanlin@wearelocallife.com


“I'm all about slappin' da bass.”

ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER Jeremy Swartz (Local since 2003) jeremy.swartz@wearelocallife.com

“Drums, with trombone a close second. I faked one and studied the other.”

DESIGNER Charles Grace (Local since 1997) charles.grace@wearelocallife.com



“Piano. I played for years and was quite the little Beethoven.”

AUDIENCE & CONTENT DEVELOPMENT Ashlan Saeger (Local since 2016) ashlan.saeger@wearelocallife.com

“I love to sing, but the sound of the cello gives me goosebumps. In a good way!”

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Melissa Page (Local since 2015) melissa.page@wearelocallife.com



PHOTO EDITOR Lisa Staff (Local since 2003) lisa@lisastaffphoto.com

“The flute. Years of being in band and pretending that I was musically gifted allowed me to hang with actual gifted musicians.” - LISA

DISTRIBUTION & LIST STRATEGIST Bruce Wolff (Local since 2002) info@wearelocallife.com

“Tenor sax. Played in bands in high school and college and weekends at clubs. Great fun!” - BRUCE

SUBSCRIPTIONS & FINANCE Leah Ortega (Local in spirit) leah.ortega@wearelocallife.com

“Piano. It’s easy to learn and fun to play all types of music.” - LEAH

PHOTOGRAPHERS Arno Dimmling + Gerry Fagen + Trey Green + Zach Grether + Michael Hrizuk Mindi Jo Photography + Victoria Rushakoff + Sancho Smalls + Lisa Staff + Lloyd Wainscott WRITERS Lisa Allen + Dana Briggs + Terry Cermak + Mary Cockrill + Collins Doughtie + Denise Friday Luana Graves Sellars + Eddy Hoyle + Barry Kaufman + Amber Kuehn + Carolyn Males + Paula Magrini Michele Roldán-Shaw + Bobby Ryder + David Warren CONTRIBUTORS Roxanne Gilleland + Megan Goheen + Kevin Horton Rhett Jerrum + Michaela Satterfield + Jean Meaney Wheatly 800 Main Street Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926 843-802-2258 + LocalLifeSC.com

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Mark Boedges

A Choppy Start

Celebrating 50 Years of Fine Art in the Lowcountry.

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The Music Issue

Regardless of your favorite genre, the Lowcountry music scene has something substantial to offer. This issue celebrates all forms of local music and the many ways it enhances our lives.

The sound of music


Medicine of music


Hazy memories


Learn to play

Discover the hottest spots for live music in Beaufort County

The impact of music therapy on our health and behavior

The (mostly) true story of Hilton Head’s music scene

Find the right instrument and local instructor for you





Music tech

Find the hottest amps, earphones and equipment

Recipes that rock

Local rock star chefs share a few of their 'Greatest Hits'

Local legends

Famous musicians with Lowcountry connections

Gullah music

Generation after generation keeps local culture alive



PLAYING IN THE SAND To create this illustration, LOCAL Life's Megan Goheen took a photo of her ukulele on a washed-up log at the beach, then digitally painted it in a program called Procreate. "I am proud of the way the drawing captures the mood that I felt on that summer night,” she said. Find more of her work on Instagram (@megan_goheenart). 10

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Inspired by Nature

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The Lowcountry is home to a wide range of musicians and musical styles. It makes sense, considering our charming towns are a beautiful potpourri of races, religions, lifetime locals and transplants.




A new brush with Lowcountry luxe

Meet the locals behind this issue


Eye-catching monochrome accents infused with Southern style decorate an award-winning Colleton River masterpiece.


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Adopt your new best friend, a Drever mix named Brooke

Five tips from a successful businessman

Stylish and safe August fashion at Ruby Lee's South

This month’s cocktail was inspired by Pinckney Island.

Music art from top local galleries






Mensa Quiz




Real estate

Challenge your brain with a new set of questions

Everything you need to know about the mask trend

Items we love available at local businesses

Discover a secret spot off the beaten path

Find your million-dollar dream home in our local marketplace







Meet Rudy Pankow, star of the hit TV show 'Outer Banks'


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Local artist painstakingly recreates miniature rooms


A new market hopes to be the go-to for local seafood


How our PGA Tour event went away and then came back

Parting shot

HHI's Carol Tunnicliffe shares a stunning photo

Imagine yourself here.

Every day at Colleton River, you have a chance to make life more interesting. Try something new or take your game to the next level at golf, tennis, fitness and so much more. Enjoy a quiet sunrise or throw a party on the porch at sunset. In between, you will be surrounded by amazing people in a place so beautiful it will take your breath away. Design your life, with the balance of work and play that’s right for you and your family. You will be surprised what you find inside.


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Cool towns with soothing sounds The Lowcountry was, is and probably always will be a haven for music lovers


The Lowcountry is home to a wide range of musicians and musical styles. It makes sense, considering our charming towns are a beautiful potpourri of races, religions, lifetime locals and transplants. Blues, jazz, bluegrass, pop, hip hop, Southern rock, folk, classical, country, metal, electronic, Latin — it doesn’t matter what genres you are into, we have something substantial to offer. Back in the day, long before Netflix and the internet existed, live music was the top entertainment choice for myself and many other locals. Countless nights were spent singing and dancing at The Quarterdeck with the Simpson Brothers, Wingo’s with David Wingo and his friends, the Crows Nest with Earl Williams, the Old Post Office with Jason D. Williams, the Mariner’s Inn with Bobby Ryder, Plantation Club with Freddie Cole, The Jazz Corner with Bob Masteller, the Blue Note (now Captain Woody’s) and The Golden Rose (you had to know somebody to get in). I’ve seen so many famous musicians and bands pass through over the years — Jimmy Buffett played at the high school, and Hootie & The Blowfish performed on the Sea Pines tennis courts, of all places (I also saw Darius play solo at Long Cove Club). Other headlining acts to grace our small stages have included Tina Turner, FACE THE MUSIC Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb The Platters, The Ink Spots, Alice Cooper, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach played the flute in her younger years. While she doesn't hit the high notes as much these days, she still shows Boys, B.B. King, Blake Shelton and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few. her love for music by wearing this amazing musical note Today, our musical offerings cover all the bases — from the army mask she got at The Spirited Hand, a unique shop next of musicians it takes to perform Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra to the PGA Tour Superstore in Bluffton. Go see Nancy if events at First Presbyterian, all the way down to Bobby Magyarosi you are interested in one-of-a-kind gifts. ripping through an inspired solo set at The Whiskey Room. Great music and musicians live here. This issue celebrates local music in all of its glory. We share unforgettable stories from local legends (did you know American Idol winner Candice Glover of Saint Helena Island was stuck on a cruise ship she was performing on for a month due to COVID?). We identify live music hot spots, explore the benefits of music therapy, showcase music art from local galleries and suggest books for music lovers. Interested in learning an instrument? Find a handy guide to help you pick the perfect one, along with suggestions for local instruction. We kept the theme rolling in our food section with recipes that rock from local chefs. It wasn’t our easiest issue to produce due to all that is going on in - ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE the world, but we’re very proud of how it turned out. It might make our “Greatest Hits” collection! We hope you agree. Now heed the Doobie Brothers’ advice and go listen to some music!


For me, music is to cooking like coffee is to a Monday morning — it injects me with a level of energy and fuels my creative spirit. Before preparing a meal, I ask Alexa to “Play Happy Radio on Pandora.” She always delivers, streaming uplifting tunes from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Adele and similar artists. They say a watched pot never boils, but I know for a fact one will do just fine if you are singing and dancing. Make tonight’s dinner more memorable by listening to good music while you make it — a glass of good wine in one hand and a spatula in the other.

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”

LORI GOODRIDGE-CRIBB PUBLISHER lori.goodridge@wearelocallife.com


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HE’S GOT YOUR BACK! Have you seen the LOCAL Life Jeep around town? This month, we rolled up next to chiropractor Brad Fraum of Fraum Center for Restorative Health. Pay him a visit if you’re in need of an adjustment due to “too much vacation.”




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OTHER CREDS: National Geographic, Oprah’s TV channel, 2017 HHI Biennale FOR THIS ISSUE: Local art, “One Cabin Left” HOMETOWN: Cincinnati CURRENT HOME: Hilton Head Island LOCAL SINCE: 2013 HOBBIES: Pizza eating, puppy chasing, finding the perfect margarita. FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Saxophone (in the hands of Duke Silver) FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW: "There Will Be Time (Live in South Africa)" by Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal, but only the live concert version for some reason (maybe because they look like they’re having so much fun performing it). FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME: Metallica’s "Nothing Else Matters" and U2’s "Where the Streets Have No Name" would battle to the death if I had to choose ... and I still wouldn’t be able to choose. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MUSIC? I can crank up a good sound system and get lost in it.


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OTHER CREDS: Graphic design and arts management major at Miami University, freelance fine artist, boutique retail associate and occasional stable hand. FOR THIS ISSUE: Designed and illustrated "Rudy Pankow, Celebrity Connection," "Practice Makes Perfect," "The Impact of Earl Williams;" designed Local Love, illustrated ukulele drawing and co-designed fashion spread. HOMETOWN: Kettering, Ohio CURRENT HOME: Hilton Head Island LOCAL SINCE: 2020, but I have been making the 12-hour trek to HHI every summer with my family since 1998. FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: The ukulele because it is a great party trick, easy to learn and has a great, beachy sound. FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW: "By and By (Live)" by Caamp FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. I could play it on repeat without ever getting tired of it. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MUSIC? I love music’s ability to instantly put me in a better mood. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT AUGUST? Soaking in the last days of summer vacation by exploring new places with family and friends.

Michael Bassett

English teacher and AP research teacher at Hilton Head Preparatory School OTHER CREDS: A poet, philosopher, book lover, visual artist and educator. The author of four poetry volumes, most recently Hatchery of Tongues (2014) and a children’s book Batrocks and Greenie (2018). The winner of the Joan Johnson award and the Fugue Poetry award. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Southern Quarterly and numerous journals and anthologies. FOR THIS ISSUE: Wrote the poem, “During the Pandemic, I Ask Questions in the Dark” HOMETOWN: Gaffney, South Carolina, the city whose most famous resident is a fictional character (Frank Underwood from House of Cards) CURRENT HOME: Bluffton LOCAL SINCE: I went to high school on Hilton Head then moved back to the area eight years ago. HOBBIES: Writing, painting and doing visual art, reading, collecting rare books, kayaking, doing puzzles, watching movies, talking about movies, movie trivia. FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: I suppose the harmonica. It’s so versatile, democratic, soulful, and of course portable. I love the energy of it played by virtuosos like Sonny Boy Williams and Big Mama Thornton. I appreciate the doleful, haunting quality it can have in some of Bob Dylan’s songs. My dad always used to talk about how his dad could really jam on the harmonica. I never got to hear him play. FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW: “Free” by Candace Woodson FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME: Really hard to say one favorite of all time. “So What” by Miles Davis.

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Popularity of the electric guitar has been on the rise for the past 70 years. Whether finding one for yourself or buying for another, finding the right axe for your musical style can be a challenge. For best results, consult with local experts at John's Music on Hilton Head Island, Fretworks in Bluffton or Portman's Music in Savannah. The lineup of guitars on the cover was taken by Silvija Kocić. Find more of her work on Instagram (@silvija.kocic).


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STAR OF THE SHOW MID ISLAND (HILTON HEAD ISLAND) Just a short drive from the shore, you’ll find the life of the party upstairs at Poseidon’s Rooftop Bar. Face the music of dueling pianos or take a line dancing lesson to get rid of your two left feet – the sunset or starlight view off the rooftop is hard to beat. If you find you don’t have any rhythm, let the professionals show you how it’s done at the award-winning Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Musicals and artist tributes are just a couple of the performances you’ll come across. Afterwards, quench your thirst while listening to live music at World of Beer. Top acts: Deas Guyz, The Chiggers, Dueling Pianos Show, Stee and The Ear Candy Band, Jacob and The Good People THROUGH THE ROOF When the sun goes down, the Rooftop Bar above Poseidon heats up. The high-energy nightspot features live music acts, dance parties and a fun happy hour in a glam mid-island setting. Trevor Hall, Deas Guyz and Dueling Pianos have had memorable performances there recently (before this whole mess of a pandemic, of course).




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While listening to music on the radio or through a stream is certainly an enjoyable experience, it doesn’t quite compare to talented musicians performing live on stage. You no longer just hear your favorite songs, you also feel them. When the “all clear” signal finally comes, celebrate in style by attending a live music performance. We are blessed to have a wide range of live music hot spots here in the Lowcountry. Here are our favorites. Warm up those vocals and polish those dancing shoes – we dare you to dance and sing along.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, The Beatles Misheard lyric: “The girl with colitis goes by.” Actual lyric: “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.”


THE SOUTH END (HILTON HEAD ISLAND) If jamming out by the ocean is more your style, let the waves set the rhythm at a seaside bar or restaurant. You won’t have to check the calendar before going to the Tiki Hut — they always have live music, best enjoyed after a game of sand volleyball with a fruity cocktail in hand. Nearby, the ocean breeze carries music off the deck of Big Bamboo Café, where you can order a custom burger. Check out a live performance at SoundWaves on Lagoon Road. Let your dog join the fun at pet-friendly Hurricane Bar on the Palmetto Bay Marina or dance the night away at Ruby Lee’s South. Wild Wing Café is a great place to catch a live show on weekends. For the late night crowd, The Boardroom is a great place to see local rock bands. For jazz lovers, The Jazz Corner in The Village at Wexford is considered one of the top jazz venues in the country. Top acts: Groove Town Assault, Pretty Darn, Bobby Magyarosi, Gwen Yvette and TC Soul, Target the Band, The Nice Guys, Ben Lewis, Cranford Hollow, Adam Martin, Johnny Breeze, John Brackett Trio, CornBreD, The Beagles

Hot spots out of town

SAVANNAH Savannah Civic Center Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Wormhole Congress Street Social Club Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

CHARLESTON Music Farm Pour House Charleston Music Hall Prohibition North Charleston Coliseum


OLD TOWN (BLUFFTON) Visiting Old Town is like taking a step back in time with historical homes housing everything from cafes to art galleries. You won’t just hear the same old songs, though, so stop by Old Town Dispensary for some acoustic music paired with food and drinks to satisfy your cravings. You’ll come across musical acts from our neck of the woods and across the country at Roasting Room, so buy a ticket and claim a bar stool before choosing from a large selection of bourbons. If you’re extra hungry, grab a burger and house-made ice cream at Fat Pattie’s, then groove to some old school classics and modern day jams as you chow down. End the day with a drink and live music at Calhoun Street Tavern or Corks Wine Company. Top acts: Victor Solis, Cory Cunningham, Jason LaPorte, Ellie Stewart, Heavy Honey, the Whitley Deputy Band

COLUMBIA Colonial Life Arena Tin Roof The Senate Le Cafe Jazz New Brookland Tavern GREENVILLE The Radio Room The Spinning Jenny The Velo Fellow Swanson’s Warehouse Gottrocks JACKSONVILLE Jack Rabbits 1904 Music Hall Blue Jay Listening Room Dos Gatos The Volstead


WATERFRONT PARK (BEAUFORT) Take a stroll along the park and you’re bound to be pulled into a restaurant by the live music at some point. Step on the outdoor deck at Panini’s on the Waterfront to enjoy a drink and appetizer while you take in the tunes. Luther’s Rare & Well Done and Q on Bay also offer live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Plums is your stop if you’re looking for variety – from country to old school and everything in between. A live DJ spins dance music until 2 a.m. on some nights. Top acts: Debbie McDaniel Band, Ember City, Donnie Polk, the Vic Varner & Thom Chambers Duo

Commonly misheard song lyrics Did they just sing that? No, they did not. Still, these frequently misheard lyrics are way funnier than the real ones.

Hold My Hand, Hootie and the Blowfish Misheard lyric: “I want to love you, the bear said, the bear said I can’t.” Actual lyric: “I want to love you, the best that, the best that I can.” Pour Some Sugar on Me, Def Leppard Misheard lyric: “Living with a lover with a red iPhone.” Actual lyric: “Living with a lover with a radar phone.” Blinded by the Light, Manfred Mann Misheard lyric: “Wrapped up like a douche, another rumour in the night.” Actual lyric: “Revved up like a Deuce, another runner in the night.” Dancing Queen, ABBA Misheard lyric: “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen.” Actual lyric: “See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen.” Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi Misheard lyric: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not.” Actual lyric: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.” Bad Moon Rising, Credence Clearwater Revival Misheard lyric: “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Actual lyric: “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” We Will Rock You, Queen Misheard lyric: “Kickin’ your cat all over the place.” Actual lyric: “Kickin’ your can all of the place.” Tiny Dancer, Elton John Misheard lyric: “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” Actual lyric: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer.”

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hot tech

Sleepy Songs

COZYPHONES SLEEP HEADPHONES This headband has built-in headphones, making it a comfortable way to listen to music as you drift to sleep. It can double as an eye mask, too. cozyphones.com. $19.

Cool products and accessories to help enhance your local life.

Put a Spin on It

VICTROLA RETRO RECORD PLAYER Record players aren’t just a thing of the past. This one looks retro, but its Bluetooth capability proves it can keep up with the times. victrola.com. $130.

All Ears

AFTERSHOKZ TITANIUM HEADPHONES For true music lovers, normal earbuds may not cut it. Take your listening experience to the next level with these waterproof, boneconduction headphones. They rest just outside your ear, so they're great for working out or swimming. shopoutside.com. $80.

Your Biggest Fan

Life of the Party

BEFREE DANCING WATER SOUND SYSTEM Impress your party guests with LED lights and dancing water that moves to the music as this speaker plays your favorite tunes. befreesound.com. $80.

HOMEWERKS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER FAN Designed for the bathroom, this fan can be mounted to the ceiling and then connect to a phone via Bluetooth to take shower singing to a whole new level. homewerksww.com. $160.

Steal the Show

IRIG VOICE HANDHELD MICROPHONE Plug this microphone into your phone to sing karaoke anywhere. It even comes with an app that allows you to remove the vocals from any song you want to sing so you can take center stage. ikmultimedia.com. $40.

Amped Up

BLACKSTAR BLUETOOTH AMP With a retro-inspired design and Bluetooth functionality that makes streaming music a piece of cake, this guitar amplifier merges form with function and can fill the entire room with your music. johnsmusichhi.com. $290.

On the Move

Bang the Drum

AERODRUMS If you want to play the drums without bothering the neighbors or worrying about the bulky drum set, this is the solution. The sticks and pedals use sensors that work with a motioncapture camera to produce the sounds on your laptop. aerodrums.com. $200.


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SONOS MOVE SPEAKER This speaker connects to Wi-Fi and can easily move from room to room to fill your whole home with your favorite jams. customaudio-video.com. $399.

Change Your Tune

PETERSON CLIP-ON TUNER This all-in-one tuner works with a wide variety of instruments and has unmatched accuracy. musicarts.com. $70.

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BY ELTON JOHN In this first and only autobiography by the superstar singer and songwriter, Elton John takes the reader through his remarkable and crazy life from his childhood to present day. Elton is an incredibly talented singer, pianist and songwriter and has been putting out chart-busting albums for 47 years. In 1992 he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He is married and has two sons. This we know. What "Me" reveals is that Elton has lived a very storied life that he is not ashamed to share with the world. He clearly has the ability to look back at some of his outrageous behavior and poke fun at himself. He is funny, stubborn, generous, a prankster, has ridiculous tantrums and is a recovered addict of drugs, alcohol, sex and shopping. He had selfish parents that he loved anyway. He had wonderful friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, George Michael and Gianni Versace, all of whom he outlived. He co-wrote Philadelphia Freedom for his good friend Billie Jean King and Blue Eyes about his ex-boyfriend and friend who eventually died of AIDS. His influence on music is tremendous and he is not done yet.


James Brown was born in Barnwell, S.C., and grew up in Augusta, Ga. McBride sets out not to provide a timeline or historical account of Brown’s music career, but to seek out those who were close to him and explore the mystery behind this talented yet flawed man. Brown’s life was a series of contrasts; extreme poverty to riches, law-breaker to the hardest working person in show business, middle-school dropout to proponent of education. McBride takes Brown’s journey and links it to what was happening in America at the time, namely race, poverty, historical changes in the American South and changes in music. Known as the godfather of soul, Brown had a tremendous influence on funk, soul, pop and hip hop music. McBride seeks to explore the man behind that influence and legacy, not just on music, but society and politics as well. On Nov. 14, 2006, James Brown performed live in London when he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. He died six weeks later on Dec. 25, 2006, at age 73.


A first-person account of Tom Petty’s start in music as a kid, his first records with Mudcrutch, his legal battles with MCA Records that almost dissolved the band and then 30 years of playing together. They would go on together for 40+ years. As stardom followed, Tom Petty was revealed as one of the most genuine rock and roll artists in history. His focus on the music and the mechanics of creating a song superseded everything else in his life. He and the Heartbreakers continued to grow and reinvent themselves. They embraced MTV, went on tour with Bob Dylan and did duets with Stevie Nicks and Johnny Cash. Through Tom’s words and interviews with others close to him, you get a real feel for his process of writing songs, of producing albums, of being on stage and being in the Traveling Wilburys with artists he admired growing up. Filled with photos and material from the band's personal collections, the book highlights what making music was like in the ‘70s and ‘80s and its contrast to today. On Sept. 25, 2017, Tom Petty performed the last night of his 40th anniversary tour in Los Angeles. Seven days later he died at the age of 66. He never stopped doing what he was so clearly born to do.


A fictional novel about a band that will make you think they really existed and you missed out on all their cool songs. Reid presents a story told from various band members’ points of view that reads like a Rolling Stone interview. The method works for this book and enables the author to illustrate how people who experience the same thing can view it completely differently. The Six is a band starting to generate some excitement in the early ‘70s with a handsome frontman. Daisy Jones is an L.A. girl who dreams of singing rock n’ roll. She is beautiful and has a voice to match. When Daisy joins The Six, they become legendary. A great insider view of songwriting and life on the road for touring bands. The story is influenced by Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac and other rock n’ roll bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The audio version of this book is outstanding. Just don’t get frustrated when you can’t live stream the fabulous, but again, fictional, songs in this book.

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Jazz lovers, rejoice. Krolak has created a book of poems constructed entirely of titles of jazz songs and paired them with amazing photographs by Ed Berger. Some never before printed photos of jazz musicians in action at locations around the world include Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter and Louis Armstrong, dynamic vocalists Kurt Elling and Catherine Russell, South Carolina native Houston Person and many other amazing musicians. The poems will stir memories of your favorite songs, while the images will bring the musical experience to life. Also included is an index of the jazz songs and the photographs. Gloria Krolak is a former board member of the Junior Jazz Foundation on Hilton Head and the host of Good Vibes radio program.


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MORE ABOUT BROOKE Color: Tan and white Age: 1 (about 15 in human years) Weight: 29 pounds Likes: Band jokes. “What do you call a person who hangs out with musicians? A drummer.” — Brooke Dislikes: Stray cats that strut. “They’re always slinking down the alleyway looking for a fight. Don’t go crossing my path!” — Brooke Adopt her: Hilton Head Humane Association, hhhumane.org, 843-681-8686

Imagine sittin’ on the dock of the bay, strumming an acoustic guitar next to this beautiful dog named Brooke. The 1-year-old Drever mix, found as a stray, would make a great addition to your family band (put a kickdrum next to her tail, start petting and see what happens). She recently finished heartworm treatment and is learning basic puppy commands like “Sit” and “Stay.” The Drever breed is a Swedish deer-hunting scent hound breed, akin to a beagle, but way cooler (no offense to the local band The Beagles). She’s grown tired of life on the road and is eager to trade in her rock and roll lifestyle for something more quiet and stable. Just like Ronnie sang, take her home tonight!

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1. An odd question is coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with the “A” in the upper right corner and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. All the letters will be used exactly once. Hint: The enumeration is (3 1 4 6 3 1 3 6 9 ?). 2. Mica and Jordan are trekking through the Grand Canyon. Mica can only walk at a rate of 1.5 MPH uphill and 2 MPH downhill because she has a pulled hamstring. Their first few days are all an uphill climb, then they turn back and it’s all downhill. It takes them five hours longer to go up than it does to come down. How far was the summit from their starting point?

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3. What is the word coiled inside the circle on the right? 4. Pat organized a party for her mother-in-law. She invited her mother-in-law’s only daughter’s only daughter’s husband’s only son. What relation is he to Pat?


5. There are four sets of three-digit numbers (no digits the same) that add up to 459. One is shown below. Can you find the other three? 176 + 283 = 459 XXX + XXX = 459 XXX + XXX = 459 XXX + XXX = 459 [LAST MONTH'S ANSWERS] 1. FAIL, PAIL, PALL, PALS, PASS (There may be others) 2. A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED. 3. A ROAD MAP TELLS YOU EVERYTHING EXCEPT HOW TO REFOLD IT. 4. Thirteen triangles 5. My hairdresser wants to dye my hair this awful red, but I really want royal purple.


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Nonprofit Spotlight

The Junior Jazz Foundation

MISSION To preserve the great American art form of jazz through jazz education and live performances. HISTORY 2004, Bob and Lois Masteller established The Junior Jazz Foundation as the philanthropic outreach of The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. The JJF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Education of young musicians at the Hilton Head Jazz Camp (hhjazzcamp.com) and excellence in live performances at Bob Masteller’s Jazz For All Ages JAZZ FEST have become annual island events attracting music lovers from throughout the country. All net proceeds from the festival benefit The Junior Jazz Foundation. The JJF also receives generous donations from the public eager to support young artists in their quest to learn and perform the great American art form of jazz. Additionally, young musicians experience the important life values of hard work and perseverance while celebrating a great musical heritage.

SAVE THE MUSIC The spirit of the Junior Jazz Foundation is to make sure that schools and promising young artists get the instruments, music lessons and facilities they need.

WHOM IT HELPS The JJF provides hundreds of refurbished instruments to schools each year for young aspiring artists. They distribute financial grants to school music programs in Beaufort and Jasper counties and provide college scholarships for Jazz Camp students who are now enrolled in college music programs. In addition, the JJF contributes annually to the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, which has grown from nine students in 2009 to more than 120 students in 2019. The JJF sponsors live performances at Bob Masteller’s Jazz For All Ages JAZZ FEST, The Jazz Corner and for outreach programs throughout the Lowcountry to showcase young aspiring artists as well as local, regional, national and international jazz artists and to expand the jazz community.

HOW TO HELP Volunteering at The Junior Jazz Foundation events, sponsoring a student for Jazz Camp, donating used instruments for school music programs, sponsoring concerts and events or by donating to the foundation at paypal.me/juniorjazzfoundation. LL

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Black Lives Matter EXAMINING THE MOVEMENT, ITS LOCAL IMPACT AND IDENTIFYING WAYS WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. STORY BY LUANA M. GRAVES SELLARS Luana M. Graves Sellars, a journalism major with a minor in Black studies, has researched and written about Gullah history, people and culture since moving to Hilton Head Island in 2015. She is a community activist, raising awareness for issues that face the island’s Gullah community through her writing and speaking engagements. TOP LEFT: 1963 March on Washington D.C. A view of over 200,000 marchers in front of the Lincoln Memorial. TOP RIGHT: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. LEFT: Martin Luther King Jr. Mural at the MLK Visitor's Center in Atlanta.


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According to the site Grammerist, to ​walk a mile in someone else's ​shoes means before judging someone, you must understand ​ their​experiences, challenges and thought processes. The common conception of the Black Lives Matter movement is that it has been around only for the past several years, since the murder of a Black man on July 13, 2013, in Ferguson, Missouri. On that day, it was reduced to a hashtag. The truth is Black lives have always mattered. Since slavery ended and the Civil Rights movement in the ‘60s, Black people nationwide have been fighting for and shouting that Black Lives Matter. Of course, there are communities that experience more racial incidents than others, but no community is discrimination and racially exempt. BLM, however, is more than just police brutality. It’s also about systemic racism, discrimination, redlining, racial profiling, economic inequality, voting suppression, the school-to-prison pipeline and unequal treatment in the criminal justice system, which often includes harsh sentencing.

It’s more than just Black voices this time The difference between today’s Black Lives Matters movement and movements of the past is that the BLM movement is a worldwide movement that has captured the attention of people from every race who are outraged by acts of senseless brutality perpetrated upon Black people. No longer is the movement one that consists of just Black voices. It consists of young people who are not afraid to confront the issues of police brutality. The Civil Rights Movement, which was fueled by a generation of people who were willing to risk their lives for a cause, was mostly led by Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights Movement was a nonviolent approach to civil disobedience that spoke to issues of equality, equal pay, discrimination and more fair practices from the government. If you Google protest signs from the ‘50s and ‘60s and compare them to the signs from today, the messages are the same. Posters with “Stop Killing Black Men” and “Police Brutality Must Go” are decades old. A recent sign read, “My Arms are Tired from Holding this Sign Since the ‘60s.”

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Recently, one of my Hilton Head neighbors and I were talking about the national protests in response to the murder of George Floyd. She said that she was “very comfortable in the fact that police brutality and issues of racism don’t exist in the area.” Well, unfortunately, they do. We may not have had any current situations of police brutality to talk about; however, incidents of racism, discrimination and bias are alive and well in the Lowcountry, but they often take the form of micro-aggressions. For most Blacks, it’s not a question of if they have experienced racism or discrimination, but when. My first experience was unforgettable, as was my oldest daughter’s. We were both 9 years old. Just a few short months ago, I was on the phone with my friend, Alex Brown, who is Gullah. He has lived on the island all of his life, a Native Island leader and former chair of the Town of Hilton Head’s Planning Commission. Our conversation was supposed to discuss town business, but our conversation could not begin because he was in shock. For the first time in his life, he had been called the ‘N’ word by a white woman while driving in a Bluffton parking lot. Another friend, a Black police officer, was in plainclothes and wearing a badge while standing in line at the Bluffton Sam’s Club. He was confronted by a white man and challenged about his right to openly carry his service weapon.



COMMUNITY SUPPORT Hundreds of locals showed their solidarity on racial and social injustice by attending the "Rally for Justice and Change" in June at Chaplin Park.

60, she felt compelled to apologize to us for being oblivious to all of the things that she has recently learned about what it’s like “living while Black.” She shared that she had been thrilled about the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote, until she realized that in 1966 and during her lifetime, the Voting Rights Act was passed to protect Black voters from being disenfranchised. She left saying, “there’s still work to be done.” Yes, there is still work to be done. If you see something, then say something. Get involved. Become an ally. Ignoring racism and discrimination is akin to stepping over an injured person on the ground, and walking away while they bleed. Black people are hurting right now. “​We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they all are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that amongst these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It's time to ​start listening, hearing what’s being said, and trying to understand what it's really like to ​walk a mile​in a Black person’s shoes. LL

You can make a difference Silence is consent. Past are the days when you could ignore how your Black friend or neighbor was feeling or what their experiences were. Now is the time for uncomfortable conversations. Dr. King said it best, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.​” Last month, I was standing in front of the Cherry Hill School with three Black male friends as we waited to go into a meeting. A white woman was riding her bike down the path and stopped to speak with us. At

WAYS TO HELP LEARN Educate yourself on racism and protest history by reading anti-racist books, subscribing to race-focused podcasts or streaming TV shows or films that explore racial inequality. DONATE Make ongoing, monthly donations to organizations that benefit Black communities. Volunteer at local food banks, literacy centers and youth organizations. JOIN Become active in a social or religious group here locally or join a nationally recognized organization. SUPPORT Consciously buy from local Black-owned businesses. Directories can be found through the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and The Bluffton MLK Observance Committee. TAKE ACTION Attend a local event, sign online petitions, vote, keep listening and keep learning.

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Lowcountry life strikes a chord


Living in the Lowcountry is a beautiful thing. Whether you’re drifting down the May River, dolphins trailing lazily in the distance, or cracking a long drive toward a beautifully kept green, or just toasting friends and families at a wonderful restaurant, it’s hard to think of a more wonderful place to call home. Something I think is often understated, at least to some of our visitors,

is the region’s history. There are veritable troves of interesting places to explore and stories to hear, backed by a fantastic mix of cultures and experiences. The history even stretches to nature. The community works hard to preserve and maintain the beauty of its beaches, rivers, coves, and sounds, giving our towns a certain “natural” quality my family and I enjoy.

I love boating with my wife, Lisa. Fishing off our deck, hitting the sand bars, or just sailing downstream. Just the feeling of being free on the water. It’s wonderful. For alone time, I’m a golfer. My neighborhood sports a beautiful course, though I love trying new ones of the many that dot the coast. I’m always trying out new clubs pilfered from the hidden corners of local thrift stores. I love practicing my swing on a sunny, weekday afternoon. And of course, for food, it’s hard to beat Old Town. The bustling small-town-downtown packed with great food, great drinks, and live music. It doesn’t hurt it’s right down the road either! I suppose my favorite thing about living in the Lowcountry is an amalgamation of things. The history, the nature, the golf, the waves, the community. The little things and big things that come together to make the biggest thing of all. Home. LL

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LOCAL SINCE 1984 Bobby Ryder is shown with his wife, Lisa, and performing at The Jazz Corner. Ryder moved to the area 36 years ago to to work at The Mariners Inn, now Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. He performed there for 14 1/2 years. Today he performs at The Jazz Corner every other Wednesday, and also regularly plays Bayshore Hilton Head, Nonna Lucia and Oak Terrace in Bluffton. “I always have fun performing and love the reaction from the audience. It's a good feeling to see people having a good time and smiling,” he said.


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Over the years Bobby Ryder has developed into a dynamic nightclub singer and saxophonist with a musical range that includes jazz, standards, blues, and especially his favorites, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. He has recorded five albums, “Bobby Ryder and Casablanca,” “Back to the Shore,” “Sax in the City,” “Thanks for the Memories,” and his latest release, “Keeping it Alive,” recorded live at The Jazz Corner.

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There is a lot that even the most ardent music fans take for granted when they watch a live show. It’s not just about the notes played or the songs sung; it’s more than that. There’s an artistry that lies just beyond the range of visibility. It’s in the subtle craftsmanship of the instruments, honed over years to produce the perfect sound. And it’s in the years of toil and sacrifice each musician experiences to truly make the sound their own. In an effort to add depth to your own musical appreciation, we present the following locals who embody different aspects of the performance you can’t see.

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Brooks Cobb


In a small workshop in Old Town Bluffton, a man labors in wood and steel, testing each piece for the resonant harmonies that have become his trademark. Like Hephaestus to the gods of rock, his lot is to build the tools by which faces are melted. It may be a small shack in Old Town, but the sounds of Brooks Cobb Guitars have ushered forth from stages all over the world. It’s a golden era for custom-made guitars, and Cobb has been building his reputation for nearly 24 years. “It’s really served me to be one of the builders near the top of the food chain,” he said. “And it’s humbling to see how far-reaching it is.” Like most builders of custom guitars, Cobb started out as a player. Pursuing a music major at Hobart in Geneva, New York, was based on his passion for playing; however, it proved short lived. “I realized pretty quickly I wasn’t at the top of my class. I wasn’t satisfied being a B or C student, and the time spent on music theory was just overwhelming.” Shifting away from music as a major, he pivoted toward design and architecture. With the great jam band renaissance happening all around him, with bands like Phish and The Grateful Dead playing custom guitars, his passions came together. “I don’t know what clicked, but something in me as a player said, ‘You want to progress to a higher tool.’ It’s kind of like being a Jedi — you want to build your own light saber,” he said. Building guitars in the corner of his dorm room, his talents were quickly noticed not only by local players, but by his architecture professors. They created an entirely new course of independent study for the young prodigy, and he spent the last two years of


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LOCAL SINCE 2012 When not crafting custom instruments, Brooks Cobb enjoys drawing, sculpting, metalwork and photography. He also keeps busy rebuilding a 1988 Toyota 4Runner.

his college career honing the crafts of timber framing and acoustic supremacy in his electric archtop guitars. After college, Cobb bounced around from Colorado to Wisconsin, learning his craft and expanding his talents beyond architecture and design into physical construction and perfecting his skills as a woodworker. The snowy hills of Wisconsin fostered in him a love of dog sledding, which took him all the way to the last frontier, Alaska. “We all run from our problems sometimes,” he said, “and I figured Alaska was a good place to get gone.” Instead, Alaska put him on the map. As one of the few music stores in the entire state, Mammoth Music provided the perfect venue for Cobb to set aside architecture and construction and throw himself into his guitars. “I really started taking what I knew with building and the tech work so far, and it gave me this tremendous platform to do massive volume,” he said. “I was building 10 guitars in a couple years, but the music store gave me the opportunity to do this over and over, and drive home craftsmanship and technique.” His reputation secured, Cobb continued his pursuit in the far gentler climate of Bluffton, where his family had long established a home base. “I staggered along from Alaska late in the game. It’s all family down here,” he said. And thus his journey finds him in a small shack in Old Town, where his famous guitars ship out around the world, weapons on the front lines of rock and roll.

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Dinah Gretsch



Dinah Gretsch was just 14 when she had her first brush with musical stardom. Born in South Carolina, but living in the United Kingdom at the time, she was one of many young teenage girls who were developing crushes on this upstart musical phenomenon known as The Beatles. At some festival whose name has been lost to time, she had the honor of meeting the lead guitarist, George Harrison. “Who knew that I was going to get into the music industry at that time? Who knew Beatles would get that big? We were all young,” she said. Fast forward a few years, and she and George Harrison now had a few things in common beyond a chance meeting at a festival: a spot in the upper echelons of the music business, and the name Gretsch. Her place in the industry came from taking over as CFO and “first lady” for world-famous Gretsch Company, producers of drums and guitars used by the legendary names of music. Working hand-in-hand with her husband, Fred, a fourth-generation member of the Gretsch family, Dinah carved her own legacy within the company based on her technical skill and business savvy. George Harrison’s spot in the music industry came from, well, being George Harrison. And it was on the cover of his famed solo album, “Cloud 9,” that he and Dinah reunited over the Gretsch name, proudly displayed on his guitar. “I saw the Gretsch guitar on the cover of Cloud Nine, and sent him a thank-you note,” she said. “He wrote back saying, ‘I started the new band, the Traveling Wilburys. Can you come here this weekend? I want you to see all the Gretsch guitars we have.’” She and her husband’s weekend with some


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LOCAL SINCE 1979 Dinah Gretsch is the CFO of Gretsch Company and the woman behind Mrs. G’s Music Foundation. She handles the company’s finances and much of its artist relations. The company's drum factory is located in Ridgeland.

of the biggest musical legends of their or any generation is just one of Dinah’s many stories. Through her work with Gretsch, she’s met more rock gods, from Bono to Charlie Watts, than we would be able to recount here. “They’re just people. When you become an artist for Gretsch, you’re part of our family. We’re very hands-on with all of our families,” she said. “They get a Christmas present or birthday cards. We visit them, they visit us. They’re just people.” Oddly enough, it isn’t the rock and roll stories or the famous names that excites Dinah most about her work with Gretsch. It’s the good deeds it allows her to undertake. “I’ve worked all my life and saved my money. I decided I wanted to do Mrs. G’s Music Foundation,” she said. The mission of Mrs. G’s Music Foundation is multi-faceted, ranging from funding a comprehensive music program at Thomas Heyward Academy to giving out scholarships to students around the country. In addition to support for Little Kids Rock and the Otis Redding Foundation, Dinah recently gave $25,000 in grants to musicians who have been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As with the many musicians she has met, her charitable endeavors are almost too numerous to count. But like the nonchalant way she’s interacted with some of the biggest names in music, to Dinah it’s almost just part of the job. As she simply put it, “That’s what the Gretsch company does.”

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Keith Karloff

THIS MULTIINSTRUMENTALIST AND PRODUCER HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO MUSIC. To a certain segment of the population, the name Keith Karloff was already legendary before he made his way to the Lowcountry about a year ago. Now serving as frontman of Irritating Julie, his is a rich musical legacy that has seen him in and around the music industry for decades, witnessing highs and lows. Sometimes simultaneously. “I have a crazy life, but I live it,” he puts simply, in the near-poetic cadence with which he almost always speaks. In fact, his move to the Lowcountry represents what he calls his third act. In the first act, he was a 17-year-old, self-taught prodigy named Keith Gale. (Well, mostly self-taught. His brother taught him two chords). Under the wing of Bernard Purdie, he emerged as a working musician in New York City’s grimy heyday, playing at CBGB and working in bands that included the likes of future Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider. It was a great first act, but it came at a price. “Everything there, all my connections around me, were pretty toxic or criminal. I was raised to handle borderline characters but it was just too filthy, vicious and dangerous to bring up a kid around,” he said. He moved to San Francisco for his second act, where the young street musician named Keith Gale would become the musical poet known as Keith Karloff. “I became quite a different person,” said Karloff. Helping this transformation along was beat poet Howard Hart, a contemporary of the likes of Kerouac and Ferlinghetti. “He took me from the New York music approach


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which is really craft – how to build songs, get a record deal, get an advance, get on the radio – into a completely different reality,” he said. “I’m not calling my stuff art, by the time of Bone to Pick, I’m using the sound of colors.” Bone to Pick served as the second album for his new band, The Gone Jackals, and it would springboard the band into another level of recognition when it was picked up by Lucasarts Entertainment. They were working on a motorcycle-centric adventure game by the name of “Full Throttle,” and needed a hard-edged soundtrack to match. “That was a weird turn of events. I didn’t submit that to Lucasarts,” said Karloff. Instead, it was a studio owner by the name of Michael Molenda who brought the still-unreleased album to the production team. Karloff worked closely with them, integrating the tracks into the game itself, but he still looks back on the experience with bittersweet memories. The high-priced lawyers of Lucasarts promised him the world, in exchange for full rights to the songs. This didn’t sit well with the New York in Karloff. “I know hustles. And they didn’t like that,” he said with a laugh. “I did make some money from it on my own. The way I was living at that point, having major promotion, media exposure and serious touring might have been a bad mix. I was still finding right from wrong. I think everything worked out kind of perfectly.” Having started his own label by that point, Karloff was able to expand on the Jackals’ new-found notoriety. His second act would take him through a new lineup as frontman of The Bonedrivers, an indie band that recorded three albums and developed a strong following in Northern California. His third act has found him in the Lowcountry, where audiences get a chance to see a true master at his craft, having found his peace with the music. “There are big successes and big failures. When you get to a certain point in life and follow certain paths in life, you can get into a pretty good flow,” he said. LL LOCAL SINCE 2019 Keith Karloff is the front man of the band, Irritating Julie. In addition to all aspects of creating music, interests include baseball, travel and iconic authors (or ones he believes will be).

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Outer Banks from the inside




The Netflix original TV series “Outer Banks” was practically an overnight success, quickly making it to the Netflix Top 10 and staying there most of the month it was released. In the show, four best friends embark on a wild oceanside hunt for gold, following main character John B’s hunch the clues will also lead to his father who has recently disappeared. What begins as an innocent treasure hunt quickly turns into a dark quest laced with murder and mystery. Actor Rudy Pankow portrays JJ, the rebellious but loyal charmer of the crew. With a whopping 3 million followers on his Instagram account, @rudeth, he has become a fan favorite.


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"I haven't really gone through the whole entire experience of life changing.”


Success like that has to be life changing, but Pankow said otherwise. The entire world is changing right now and, in the midst of a pandemic and nationwide protests, he said he isn’t focused on how his life is changing at the moment. Pankow is giving his attention to others and using his platform on social media to speak out about important issues, such as racial injustice. While he did say his career is changing as a result of starring in the show, very little of his everyday life has changed. It makes sense, as the show was released on April 15 this year, in the thick of the stay-at-home orders. “I haven’t really gone through the whole entire experience of life changing,” he said.

MAKING A SCENE Pankow performs as JJ in his favorite scene from the show, in which he and some of the other characters crash a Midsummer party at a beach club. He was able to show off his talent with some improv acting in the scene.

Who is Rudy Pankow? Pankow is still just trying to figure out who he is. He said identity was something he struggled with growing up. He was in plays as a kid but didn’t consider acting as a career path until his senior year of high school. Pankow also grew up in a musical family and was encouraged to pursue it but said he didn’t see his talent come through music as much as through acting. His dad encouraged him to go to culinary school after graduating from high school. Before pursuing acting, Pankow was considering going to college. “I asked myself the question, ‘Why are you going to college when this other thing makes you happy?’ You have the opportunity in front of you,” Pankow said. “I took it. I ran with it.” Even though he had doubts, Pankow took the plunge and moved straight to Los Angeles after graduating in pursuit of his big break as an actor. This is where his identity started coming together. He found the answer to the big question of “Who am I?” in between portraying one person and the next. The answer? An actor, and a really good one at that. “I feel at home acting,” Pankow said.




celebrity Becoming JJ Finding his role in “Outer Banks” meant auditioning for three different characters. When all was said and done, he was the guy for the job of bringing JJ, one of the lead characters, to life. While Pankow said JJ is more rebellious than he is, he relates to the character’s independence and go-getter attitude – the traits which have given him success in his acting career. Identity is a subject touched on in the show, as some of the tension is driven by a class war. Pankow’s character, JJ, and his friends fall into the down-toearth, working class referred to as “Pogues,” while many of their rivals fall into the snobby, upper class referred to as “Kooks.” As to which tribe he would belong to in real life, Pankow wouldn’t say. He said it’s a question for someone else to answer about him, as most would expect him to say Pogue. “I want people to be like, ‘He’s earned it. He’s earned Pogue,’” Pankow said. “It’s something you need to earn.” There is evidence he has earned it, as Pankow said the show’s creator, Jonas Pate, encouraged the actors to be themselves when filming. The show is sprinkled with occasional improv acting, but viewers would never know. The actors were encouraged to banter and have fun when filming. “That’s the Pogue way,” Pankow said.

RUDY PANKOW'S FAVORITE HANGOUTS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY HUNTING ISLAND The cast went on adventures here, including some off-roading. The lighthouse had its 15 minutes of fame in the second episode. FOLLY BEACH This is where they filmed the surfing scenes, which were some of Pankow’s favorite scenes to film. BOONE HALL Pankow discovered this place on a walk — the long road lined in towering oak trees drew him in. HANK’S Pankow said this seafood restaurant stood out above the rest.


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"I want people to be like, ‘He’s earned it. He’s earned Pogue,’” Pankow said. “It’s something you need to earn.”

THE CREW Pankow said the actors who portray main characters JJ, Kiara, Pope and John B are friends in real life.

Behind the scenes It wasn’t all fun and games, though. There was a lot of work behind “Outer Banks.” When it comes to auditioning, Pankow said many people are under the impression the hard part is getting off-book, an acting term that means performing without a script. “You get off-book,” Pankow said, “and then the work starts.” The real work, he said, lies in being aware everything you do as an actor says something about the character you are portraying. Actors must perform a complicated juggling act. Keeping in mind their character’s goal, the stakes of the current situation and how the character feels about people around all play into how an actor says a line and interacts with his or her environment. The adventurous show takes place in a marshy, tropical landscape with plenty of time on the water, be it on boat or surfboard. The show could have been shot in front of a green screen, Pankow said, but the creators knew they couldn’t beat the real deal and opted to film much of it on location. While the show is set in North Carolina, Netflix chose to film in South Carolina because of anti-LGBTQ legislation in North Carolina. Charleston and Hunting Island are among the locations they filmed. Pankow said the setting is another detail actors must pay attention to when reacting as their character. There is no detail too small. The hard work of becoming another person lies in carefully considering each one. "Then, all of a sudden," Pankow said, "magic happens." LL

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Five tips



Pete Augustine spent most of his career, 25 years, working for New Era Cap Company, a family owned business established in 1920. Augustine started there in 1990, becoming its first controller. During his tenure, he rose to both chief financial officer and chief operating officer. In 2002, he had the distinction of being the first non-family member to serve as president of the company. Augustine oversaw two phases of growth at New Era. First was the “fan” based business, negotiating lucrative licensing deals with the four major sports leagues. The second phase was fueled by the company selling fashion-based headwear in non-traditional colors to fans and fashionistas looking for new ways to express themselves. Early in his career he built an organization to handle the incredible growth the company experienced. During his 12 years as president he focused on driving brand recognition, ventures into new products beyond headwear, as well as aggressively chasing international market opportunities. New Era Cap continues to maintain exclusive rights for Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, with more than 500 licenses in its portfolio and 13 offices around the world. He takes great pride in being part of a company that is considered the best headwear company in the world. Augustine hails from Buffalo, New York, where he does consulting for companies in the startup community. He has been a mentor and judge at 43North, an international business competition that awards capital to new businesses that move to Buffalo. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at LaunchNY, a fund that provides seed money to new businesses. He also serves on several boards, including Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo, Canisius High School, Double Cross Vodka and Forsake Inc. He was co-chair of the capital campaign for the new Oishei Children's Hospital, which opened in 2017, as well as past chair of the foundation board. Here are his tips for success.

Keys to Success

1. What’s your passion? “To me, the number one thing for success is passion,” Augustine said. When interviewing people, he always explored their passion outside of work. "What do people get excited about? How will that enthusiasm translate into your company?" Augustine said. “Fall in love with what you do, and that passion will bring you much success.” 2. Embrace change. “Change is scary for many people, but it’s inevitable,” Augustine stated. “The ability to both react to change and embrace it is vital. Change requires a willingness to take risks. To get somewhere is to see new possibilities and to try new things.” 3. Put your time in. “Early in, last out” is one of Augustine’s mantras for success. “Coming in early keeps you ahead of the chaos and allows you to map out your day. Put the time in and stay past the time when everyone leaves. I had some of my most productive hours at day’s end when the phones stopped ringing and the dust settled. That’s when the real work gets done."

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4. Define what balance means. Augustine said it’s important to enjoy life while “making it” in business. “Balance is more important than ever in today’s hectic world. Take time to reflect on what feels right between work, family, friends and activities. Make an honest plan to prioritize what’s important and stick to it.” 5. Believe! “Give back and try to make a difference in the world. Believe that most problems can be solved,” Augustine advised. “Lend your talents beyond your work. Give of your time, talent and treasure. Now, more than ever, we can’t stay silent if we want it to be a better world.” LL

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WITHOUT SKIPPING A BEAT The sound of instruments, as well as singing, can lower blood pressure and increase oxygen levels, Hoffman said. This is good for your whole body, but especially your heart. Music therapy can aid those recovering from heart problems. As you move to the beat, it’s the rhythm and timbre of instruments that work the magic. Singing is good for you because it requires deep breathing. It gives your lungs a workout. Increasing your oxygen means increasing your energy, and we could all use a little more of that. Diaphragm breathing also can help those with chest conditions.



SOUND BODY AND MIND Music therapy can reduce anxiety, ease pain, facilitate rehabilitation and improve quality of life for people with dementia.

What do vegetables and workouts have in common with music? Not much, except they’re all good for you. As it turns out, belting out your favorite song or taking up an instrument isn’t just fun, it has health benefits. Music therapy is a field that focuses solely on these benefits. Board-certified music therapist John Michael Hoffman of Memory Matters said music therapy uses music to influence behavior and the brain. During his music therapy education, he was taught how to break down the elements of music and their effects. Some activities in music therapy include playing instruments, writing songs and singing. Piano, guitar and percussion instruments are most common. “Music is the only activity neurologically that uses the whole brain all at once,” Hoffman said. That's why music therapy works – and works well. Here are a few of the many benefits of music therapy:


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“Music is the only activity neurologically that uses the whole brain all at once.”

Music’s ability to trigger memories is perhaps one of its most important benefits. Hoffman said music therapy can conjure associations with the past. This is displayed well in people with dementia. John Ratliff is a musician who performs at Memory Matters and assisted-living centers with his daughter, Amélie Ratliff, a classically trained violinist. The duo is well known around the area for brightening faces with their music. Ratliff said performing for people who have suffered memory loss is rewarding, to say the least, as they get to watch people who may not remember anything else sing a song with overt recognition. “They’re back,” Ratliff said, “even if it’s only for two minutes, or as long as the song lasts, they’re there.”

SET THE MOOD If you’ve ever been to a concert, you probably know a “concert high” is a real thing. Music has the ability to change how we’re feeling, and it usually makes us feel better. There’s a reason. According to Hoffman, music increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. Serotonin is a mood-stabilizing hormone that makes you happy. Dopamine is a hormone associated with pleasure and reward. Singing in a group can increase oxytocin, too – the feel-good hormone released by hugging and social bonding. Is the song “I Feel Good” by James Brown stuck in anyone else’s head now?

SING THE BLUES Those dealing with grief and loss also benefit from music therapy, Hoffman said. Music helps with its ability to improve mood and invoke memories, but it also can help those grieving by putting words to what they are going through. Music often dives into topics or feelings that are hard to talk about. It can be used as a temporary method of escape, as music can transport us to other times and places. Both sad and happy music can help those going through difficult times.

GET VOCAL Singing can help with talking. Hoffman said music can be used in speech-language pathology. Those with an impaired ability to speak may be able to start with singing, as singing allows one to say things more slowly. Singing also uses a different part of the brain than talking, according to Hoffman. Music could be the bridge to get someone talking again. The universal language of music opens a door of communication. Combining music therapy and speech therapy means twice as effective treatment.

THE RHYTHM OF RECOVERY Music therapy is also beneficial for those who have experienced trauma, both physical and psychological. Hoffman said elements of rhythm are important for individuals who have undergone traumatic brain injury. This is partially due to the fact music and motor control share brain circuits. Retraining the brain is no small task, but music can help. Researchers formerly thought music’s impact on those who had undergone trauma was based in its social value. However, recent research shows there’s more to it than that – it's scientific. Neurologic music therapy is an effective treatment continuing to develop as researchers discover more of its benefits. LL

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Behind the Mask


This is one fashion fad no one saw coming. Masks are the new practical accessory needed to complete every outfit, as Hilton Head and Bluffton currently have laws for wearing them in commercial establishments through the end of August. Their main function is simply protecting others from your respiratory droplets, which could carry the coronavirus. Respiratory droplets can be spread through talking, singing, sneezing or coughing, so you’re going to need a mask to keep doing those things. Even if you don’t currently feel sick, there’s still a chance you’re carrying the virus. Some people are asymptomatic, meaning they have the virus but don't experience symptoms. Others are pre-symptomatic, meaning they have the virus but aren’t experiencing symptoms yet. To protect others, you’ll need to wash your hands, practice social distancing and sport a mask. The good news is, you won’t have to worry so much about saying it instead of spraying it. Keep reading for the ins and outs of wearing masks.

Material matters

These colorful face masks were handcrafted locally by Debbie Lowman. They're reversible, double-lined, four layer, triple pleated and washable. They're fun, too. Get one at The Spirited Hand gift gallery in Bluffton.


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The CDC recommends cloth face masks for the general public. They aren't regulated like the papery surgical masks, but they still accomplish the goal of protecting others from respiratory droplets. Some cloth face masks have filters. Everything from vacuum bags to coffee filters have been used as mask filters, which can be sewn into the masks. However, there is no scientific evidence these filters add additional protection, so the CDC doesn’t mention them in its face-covering guidelines. Disposable surgical masks are fluid resistant. They feel papery, but actually consist of three layers of extremely thin, nonwoven fabric. These masks should only be worn one time before being replaced and cannot be washed. They are regulated by the FDA and are sometimes used by health care workers. Another type of mask is the N95 respirator, but these should be saved for medical professionals, as the other mask types are not sufficient replacements.

Where to buy them

How to wear them

Many of your favorite local stores now offer masks, so pick one up while you’re out shopping. Outside Hilton Head and Coastal Treasures both sell them. At S.M. Bradford Co. you’ll find Lilly Pulitzer masks, but they sell out quickly. New masks are on order and could be here any day at the Southern Tide Signature Store and Cocoon, as well. Shop! sells masks made with organic fabric and offers standard and adjustable sizes in various patterns. Find reversible cotton masks at The Spirited Hand. Gifted sells masks for adults and kids, some of which are made of the same material as bathing suits, meaning they’re extra soft and dry quickly.

First things first – wash your hands before putting on the mask. It should be secured under your chin and fit snugly against the sides of your face. The mask shouldn’t be on your neck. Make sure it’s covering both your nose and mouth. If the mask fits right, you should still be able to breathe easily. If you touch the mask after you put it on, you’ll need to wash those hands again.

Make your own Making your own mask isn’t as hard as it sounds. All you’ll need is some fabric – an old t-shirt, bandana, hand towel or scarf will do. Grab some rubber bands or hair ties. Lay the rectangle of fabric down and fold it, horizontally, into about a three-inch strip. Place the elastic bands around the fabric on each end, about six inches apart. Fold the ends of the fabric over the elastic bands. Finally, grab the elastic bands and place them around your ears. The CDC has a video on YouTube that demonstrates the steps. If you’re skilled with a sewing machine or needle and thread, there are sewn mask templates online as well.

Mask care 101 Masks should be washed after each use. When it’s time to wash, carefully remove the mask by only touching the ear loops or ties. Wash your hands after removing. You can simply throw it in the washing machine and dryer with your clothes in a normal load. It’s ideal to use the warmest water possible and the highest heat setting on the dryer. Wait until the mask is completely dry before taking it out of the dryer. An alternative is to hand wash and air dry your mask. The CDC recommends making a bleach solution by mixing four teaspoons of bleach with a quart of roomtemperature water. The bleach should be intended for household use and suitable for disinfection. Soak the mask for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Lay the mask flat, in direct sunlight if possible, to air dry it. You might want to keep a few masks on hand so you don’t have to wash yours every day. LL

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MAKE AN ENTRANCE The subtlest hint of marsh through glass doors speaks to the breathtaking way the view takes center stage.

A new brush with Lowcountry luxe





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Any home, no matter how exquisite its craftsmanship or inspired its design, begins with the lot. In the case of Joe and Pauline Gareau, all those elements conveniently came bundled together. “That view we had right up the Colleton was important to us,” said Joe. “The guy we bought the lot from already had the plan in place from Court Atkins Group, and had gone through the ARB process. We just modified it a little bit.” That view, showcased exquisitely from the front doors and spilling out across mesmerizing marsh views toward the Colleton River’s confluence with the Chechessee, were already ingrained in the home’s design. It was the changes to that design, both large and small, that make this house a unique masterpiece. One of the most notable changes is in the grand “summer porch,” as the owners call it. Originally a screened-in outdoor living space, the Gareaus saw the potential to extend the indoors out toward that marvelous view.

“ T hat view, showcased exquisitely from the front doors and spilling out across mesmerizing marsh views toward the Colleton River’s confluence with the Chechessee, were already engrained in the home's design .”

RIVERFRONT RETREAT The interplay between organic and monochromatic generates the dramatic contrast of the exterior as well as playful accents within.

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OPEN SPACES The main areas of the home all fuse together with fluidity and light, which make for an entertainer's dream.

WOOD WINS Custom woodwork adds visual flair at every corner, whether it’s a dramatic cornice around a range hood or lavishly molded coffers in a ceiling.


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“We lived in another house in Colleton before this and spent a lot of time in our screened-in porch, but the pollen was killing us,” said Joe. “We decided to put in windows and have them open if we want the breeze. That’s where we spend the bulk of our time.” Setting this summer porch off from the main space is another inspired touch, an accordion door of glass panels that effectively turns the entire room into a convertible. While the homeowners gleefully tailored that design to their needs, that view was paramount. “That’s the biggest thing I love about the house,” said Ben Kennedy, principal of Brighton Builders. “Walking in that front door, you feel like you’re stepping out onto the marsh.” The view stayed the same from the beginning to the end of the plan. It was everything else that was tweaked, molded and perfected until it represented a truly customized live-in work of art. The Gareaus entrusted Brighton Builders – specifically Brittany Kennedy – with much of the design decisions, from colors and materials to trim. “We didn’t want it to be boring. We wanted elegant and clean,” said Kennedy. That involved incorporating some traditional Cape Cod saltbox details to the exterior, a nod to the Gareaus’ northeast roots, as well as adding some dazzling monochromatic elements to break up the typically organic Lowcountry aesthetic.

“That’s the biggest thing I love about the house, walking in that front door, you feel like you’re stepping out onto the marsh.”

MARSH MELLOW The home’s “summer porch” was a one-of-a-kind adjustment to the previously developed plan, allowing for year-round immersion in marsh views.

Creating that look meant going the extra mile, as Brighton had to source black- and white-tinted bricks from as far as Texas for the home’s exterior fireplace. “That’s how far we wanted to go as a builder,” said Kennedy. But even before the first hammer was swung, an innovative trick up Brighton Builders’ sleeve kept the process running along smoothly. “We’re literally building the house virtually before we build it,” said Kennedy, showing off the three-dimensional model that pre-dated the house. Like something out of an Iron Man movie, this model can be viewed from every angle, with elements added in or stripped out on the fly, to get an all-encompassing vision of the home. “The biggest thing that leads to disappointment is failing to meet expectations,” said Kennedy. “This helps me get to a different level of articulating the owners’ vision.” And that vision is truly a sight to behold. LL

THE HOME TEAM Builder: Brighton Builders Architect: Court Atkins Group Cabinets: Litchfield Cabinetry Countertops: Distinctive Granite & Marble Flooring: Antique Heart Pine Flooring Foundation: Savannah Hardscapes Windows: Grayco HVAC: EAC

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Secrets to steal from our featured home:




1. SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF In your home renovation, a little attention to detail in trim work goes a long way. “It sets the tone of the house. If you don’t pull the trim together with the other elements, it doesn’t work,” said Kennedy. “It’s important to have balance and symmetry.” 2. CHANGE IT UP Instead of the expected white subway title backsplash, the homeowners chose to incorporate a brick backsplash. The texture and color variation balance out the formality of the kitchen with a more relaxed accent. 3. TWEAK THE EVERYDAY That classical Lowcountry look offers plenty of flexibility to blend in your own sense of style. Throughout this house, you’ll find the monochromatic elements balanced out by things like antique wooden beams or oak floors in ways that embrace Southern homebuilding tradition while inviting new styles to the party. 4. KEEP IT SIMPLE The Lowcountry has long been defined by two elements – sophisticated style and harsh outdoor conditions. That often meant a trade-off between visual flair and maintenance, but new materials have leveled the playing field. The hardy plank exterior on this home not only dazzles, it is virtually maintenance free. 5. SCREEN TIME Improve the quality time you spend on your porch by installing an ultra bright TV like a SunBriteTV or a Seura Weatherpoof TV. Local companies Custom Audio Video and AIC (Advanced Integrated Controls) can help with custom outdoor TV enclosures.


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THIS SPANISH POINTE KITCHEN USES WARM STONE AND TILE TO ACHIEVE AN ELEGANT YET RUSTIC MEDITERRANEAN STYLE. Mediterranean-inspired concepts are back in terms of fashion and design. Earthy shades and hues work particularly well in the kitchen, as shown by this stunning project completed by Distinctive Granite and Marble. Andrea McGilton shares a few of the luxury materials her team used to give this Spanish Pointe Drive kitchen some Old World flair.

CREMA THE CROP Crema Bordeaux granite slabs were used for the countertop and bar tops. The rich, warm-colored granite resembles the planet Jupiter with its swirling pink and cream patterns, infused with shades of red earth tones, beiges, blues and grays.


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CUTTING EDGE The countertops feature an ogee edge — a concave arch that flows into a convex arch. It is the most popular edge profile for natural stone countertops.

ON THE TABLE The kitchen table was made with a slab of Crema Bordeaux to match the counter and bar tops. A custom base was made, allowing the team to use as much of the slab as possible to seat the most people.

TAKE A TUMBLE The backsplashes feature 4x4 Tumbled Slate Tile with metal decorative accents. The metal accents, from Linda Paul Studio, help give the kitchen an elegant yet rustic Mediterranean style while still feeling warm and like home.


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It was fun while it lasted. Each month we took a peek inside the HGTV Dream Home and shared ideas you could use in your home. Alas, the Dream Home is listed for sale so we will bid adieu to this inspiring home in Windmill Harbour with this last look inside. Inspiration can be found anywhere, including the once-boring ceiling. Try these borrowed tips to freshen up your humble abode.

Haint ain’t just for porches The HGTV Dream Home kitchen and great room feature a glossy haint blue ceiling that is subtle in contrast to the dominant navy colors but screams Southern. Some of our favorite shades of haint include: • Rainwashed (Sherwin Williams 6211) • Palladian Blue (Benjamin Moore HC-144) • Pool Blue (Sherwin Williams 6944) • Atmospheric (Sherwin Williams 6505)


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PRO TIP Think about the items you will put in your closet. If your clothes are dark colors, you may want to choose a lighter wall color for contrast.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know when to switch the paint color, especially when you come to a bulkhead or nook and cranny. Where should one color stop and typical white start? The HGTV Dream Home guest room suggests you don’t need to worry about painting everything one color. Using a dark color can be a tricky DIY project as it can be difficult to spread the pigment evenly, which means you need a good eye and tools. When choosing paint for a dark wall, it is not the time to be frugal, as it will show. You will be disappointed the minute you are done painting and see uneven color or the first time you wipe off a mark and the paint color wipes off with it.


The myth that small rooms can’t be painted dark colors has been shattered with this cozy yet stylish closet. The teal walls and ceiling are the perfect contrast to the white organizer and trim. You’ll notice that the ceiling looks a shade or two darker than the walls. Some designers suggest choosing a darker ceiling color to provide contrast to the crown molding, as it does here, or to make the space feel more cozy.


PRO TIP Use a high gloss paint to add a shine.

PRO TIP When using a darker wall color, make sure you offset it with a lighter color, like the light dresser and floor seen here.






Which audio system is right for you?


Every home is unique, as are the needs and desires of those who live there. Fortunately, there is a wide array of options and configurations to satisfy most of the wants and demands of every situation. The challenge is left to the home builders or renovators to match the practicalities of the home layout with the wants and needs of its residents.



According to Sandy Benson, owner of Custom Audio Video, Control 4 is the system that seems to be most popular with Lowcountry homeowners right now. “We are seeing more investment in outdoor living space than ever before. It may be the Covid effect or a general lifestyle trend, but homeowners want the same technology outside as they have inside. That includes outdoor televisions, built-in or hidden speakers and outdoor home automation systems to control the screens, lighting and sound.”

Perhaps you want a simple speaker that you can move around the home as needed. Similar to the days of “boom boxes” or portable radios, there are wireless speaker systems that are capable of streaming music from your phone, tablet or internet. These allow you to simply pick up the speaker and carry it from room to room as you move around the house, but unless the speaker has a built-in battery, you will need to find an outlet to plug it in. With battery-powered units you don’t have to worry about finding an outlet, but they have a finite amount of time they can play before being recharged.

Aesthetics If you don’t want to worry about lugging a speaker around from room to room, then maybe a more permanent solution is what will satisfy your needs. From free-standing speakers to ones mounted in your walls or ceiling, there are numerous options to fit your decor. Choose one or more rooms to have music capabilities or even the whole house. You can mix and match the types of speakers based on what fits your listening style and decor between rooms. Maybe you want speakers that aren’t visible in your dining room but want an audiophile system in a dedicated listening area. Any option can be designed to fit your specific needs.


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Music for every occasion Flexibility Another thing to think about is the type of audio you want to play in your system. Do you want the same thing playing everywhere at once? Maybe you want the ability to let the kids play the newest pop song in one room of the house while you listen to something a bit more soothing in the kitchen. Perhaps you just want to play the news in the bathroom while you prepare for the day. Systems can be designed to function as a single unified device or in a modular manner allowing for independence in some or all rooms. Both of these design options have their benefits and limitations. A unified system makes selecting audio for all the included rooms as simple as the push of a button, but prevents you from having different audio in different rooms. A modular system may allow for more options (as in who gets to listen to what music in what room), but playing the same music everywhere may take an extra step or two. The best thing about modern audio systems from manufacturers like Sonos, and home automation companies like Control4, Savant and Crestron is that independent room control or easy whole-house control can be combined on-the-fly by you, the end user, giving you the best of both worlds.

Control How you control your audio system is the most important aspect of design. What do we mean by control? Years ago audio systems were controlled by ugly knobs on the wall or maybe with your TV remote, but today controlling a system from your phone or tablet has become the default way to turn on your music in whatever room you are in. In some cases, other control methods might be used, either a wall keypad or touchscreen, which are great for guest areas and in places you might not have your phone. Also, voice control through devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home allow for the ultimate in convenience. LL

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i SMALL WONDERS Robert Off has been creating miniature rooms since 1998. The ideas for their design come from his subconscious memories and imagination. "I like to think of them as mood pieces or as stage sets," he said.


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It started with toy soldiers. As a kid, Robert Off had a knack for the patience and the skilled hand it took to take the dull leaden forms of these miniature men and paint jackets Prussian blue, riding boots jet black and bayonets shiny silver. It continued on and off as he grew, generally as more of a hobby. Truly ambitious periods would see him creating doll houses for his children. Then, doll houses for fun. Then, for a cause. “I started screwing around, making them for charity, and I thought this could be really fun if I apply myself,” he said. As with most things, Off threw himself into the research of miniatures well before the actual construction. He devoured books on European art, set design and stage lighting. He attended International Guild of Miniature Artisans workshops in Castine, Maine. And through the years, he honed his art. When he went pro, it was really a matter of necessity. “I ran out of space in the house,” he said. “You have to do something with these damn things, so I started to sell them.” Splitting his time between studios in Cincinnati and Hilton Head, Off has created some of the biggest things in the small world of miniature art.

WORKSHOP Sometimes it’s an artist that captures Off’s imagination, and sometimes it’s a moment. “I was in Williamsburg and went to the shop where they made furniture,” said Off. “It was a warm afternoon, the sun was coming in through the window and you could smell the wood and the machinery. I love images where you can sense the smell and the light. It’s multi-sensory.”

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BEAUFORT LIBRARY You might be tempted to pronounce this library like the city north of the Broad, but it’s actually pronounced like the originator of the Beaufort scale, Hydrographer Francis Beaufort. “Years ago I was sailing and we got caught in Hurricane Kate and the damn thing turtled 1,500 miles out at sea,” he said. “When the boat righted itself, we pulled out the Chapman Piloting & Seamanship book and found this chart that showed winds, and it’s called the Beaufort Scale. We determined that we were in a full-blown Beaufort 12.” Of all the things to stay with him after this adventure, it was the name Beaufort that he couldn’t shake. Off subsequently studied up on not only Beaufort but the stately English library he would have called his own.






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BEACH HOUSE As with his ode to golf course designer Seth Raynor, here we see Off channeling the works of Ernest Hemingway. While several elements are replications of the author’s Key West writing room, much of this space is inspired by the aesthetic of his novel, Islands in the Stream. “These things roll around in my head,” he said. “The feel of it, the breeze through windows, mahogany interiors with really bright exterior coming through slats.All of these come together, and that’s how it happens.”

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NO DETAIL TOO SMALL Each foot of Robert Off's miniature rooms are scaled down to an inch.

HOMER HOUSE “For some reason, and I have no idea why this is the case, I’m inspired by artists who couldn’t make a living on their work,” said Off with a smile. Such was the case with Winslow Homer, an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly who spent his golden years at a cabin in Maine. “I saw a picture of the exterior one time, and thought, ‘That’s kind of cool. I’ll create that as I envision the inside to be.’”

MARITIME This time around, rather than drawing inspiration from an artist, Off sought out a collaboration. An avid fan of maritime art, Off met John Stobart at a gallery in Cincinnati and suggested the two of them work together. “His answer was no,” said Off. Undaunted, Off sent Stobart a book of his work, and soon the pair were hard at work on a small-scale museum featuring Stobart’s works as well as one of his biggest trademarks. “He always has a liquor bottle in his work,” explained Off. To keep this going, they placed a tiny bottle inside a chest, which went undiscovered until the piece was cleaned by a museum in Kentucky. “Someone had opened the chest, so I got a call asking, ‘Why is this in there?’” said Off. “I explained that’s where the night watchmen keeps his nip.”

CLUBHOUSE With this clubhouse, Off returns to the familiar game of golf, with his trademark blending of different elements to create something both entirely new and familiar. “This is kind of a mashup of my favorite locker rooms, like the Pittsburgh Club, the Rolling Rock Club, Seminole Club and the Camargo Club in Cincinnati.”


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GOLF DESIGNER Very few of Off’s pieces serve as literal translations of larger rooms. “I try to pick a subject that doesn’t exist or that people wouldn’t know of,” he said. When it came to creating this peek inside the office of a golf course designer, he chose to focus on one particular designer, Seth Raynor, and let the materials and scenery flow from his vision of what that workspace would look like. “It’s interesting to me, the wonderful golf course designers of the early 1900s,” he said. “They all seemed to have a labrador retriever.” 8 4 3 . 3 0 8 .12 8 2 a r l e n e w i l l i a m s k i t c h e n d e s i g n .c o m

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VERMEER STUDIO This miniature version of the artist’s studio, like the works of Vermeer himself, are far more intricate and meaningful than they might appear at first glance. The first is the camera obscura, an archaic device that many believe Vermeer used to achieve such stunning realism. Another is the floor, 600 tiles meticulously arranged in the same pattern in which they appear in several Vermeer paintings. “This is more of an actual representation than any other piece I’ve done,” said Off. LL

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WEATHER THE STORM Installing storm panels is an effective ways to cover your windows to help protect against damage from high wind speeds, heavy rain and flying debris.


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The tremendous power of a hurricane can turn a home inside out and leave it in ruins. With storm protection, you can minimize the potential for damage and save on home repairs later. After all, you can never be too prepared when it comes to a hurricane. The devastating damage to your home by a hurricane is caused by the vast amount of wind and flying debris. Objects may hit your windows or doors, causing openings for gusts to enter creating negative and positive pressure. Once inside, the wind looks for any area to escape. Since the entry point will continue to have wind coming in, the roof is often the area that gives first, and can actually be blown off of your home. By covering the windows and doors, these openings are blocked from the wind entering your home. There are several types of storm protection solutions, and choosing the right product for your home or business can be overwhelming. The team at Armor Building Solutions offers these options to help keep your home or business safe.

Plywood Covering your windows and doors with plywood should only be a last resort alternative to actual storm shutters. They are heavy and difficult to deploy. They can also cause damage to your home as you have to screw or nail them directly into the structure. PROS: Protects from flying debris and easy for DIYers. You can find the materials at any home improvement store. CONS: Extremely time-consuming to install, heavy, and require a helping hand. Installation creates weak-point damaging holes in siding and bricks, and plywood is not storm-rated.



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CONS: Panels require a larger space for storage. They can be bulky to handle, depending on the size of windows and number of stories on your home.

• Keep a close eye: The days following the storm can be among the worst. After the power is restored, you may not be able to return home and assess the damage with your own eyes. With smart home technology, you can keep tabs on your property from wherever you are. Devices like a smart flood sensor are a godsend to those who’ve evacuated for a storm. It won’t help with saltwater intrusion, but it will help if damage to the home leads to burst pipes or broken spigots. With just one device easily installed around a pipe in your home, you can remotely turn off the water and protect your home. • Take back control: But water isn’t the only damage – compromised electrical circuits following a storm can easily lead to a fire, and that’s where a smart fire alert is crucial. Most fire alarms only sound throughout the house and can easily go unnoticed by neighbors. No matter where you are, a smart alarm will alert you to any fire and be able to alert the authorities, saving precious time in a situation where seconds count. Smart generators and security cameras also can help give you some peace of mind and control over your home while you are away. — Hargray Communications

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PROS: One of the more economical shutter systems, storm panels are strong and protect from most flying debris.



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COOK UP A PLAN When LOCAL Life asked that I write this article, I began to think of the single most important thing homeowners who live in the Lowcountry should do in the event of a hurricane. It became obvious: plan! There is no substitute for being prepared. Here are a few tips to get you started: • Prepare your home: Make sure you have secured valuables in a safe or safety deposit box, open all flood vents and remove any obstructions, lock all doors and windows. Consider boarding windows, but you must plan early. Have wood cut to fit and have someone who can install. • When will you evacuate? Some feel that unless the storm is a category 2 or above, they will not leave. I would suggest putting the safety of you and your family above everything. If there is an evacuation order given, you should leave. To avoid traffic, I always leave around 2 a.m. — little or no traffic at that time. • Where will you go? You should always have two locations chosen, a northern location and a southern location, depending on which direction the storm is coming. If you are going to travel to a friend or relative that is 100 miles or more inland, you should be fine. If you are going to use a hotel, then you must book early as they will fill fast. I usually hold two reservations that can be canceled when the storm is five days away. • You concentrate on taking care of you and your family, let us take care of the insurance issues. We will be open before, during and following any storm. Our website will publish every piece of information you could possibly need. In addition, since we have 25 locations, many of which are inland, our staff will be here for you! Call anytime!


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PROS: Accordion shutters are quickly and easily deployed in the event of a storm. They are permanently fixed to the house and do not require storage. CONS: On the downside, they add some bulk to your window or door jam.



Storm-rated colonial shutters This style of storm protection beautifies as well as protects your home. Colonial shutters attach to the window’s side walls and can quickly and easily be closed and secured. PROS: Colonial shutters are an attractive solution that add to the aesthetic of your home. They are offered in a wide array of custom colors and designs. Lastly, they can be easily closed in just a few seconds by just one person. CONS: They do not allow light to come into your home when in use and can be a more expensive option.

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THE BIG PICTURES As with any event, hurricane preparedness is a matter of planning. Of course, a hurricane is not something you think about the day of evacuation; it is something you consider in advance. First, be sure your insurance is up to date before hurricane season. Please keep in mind: insurance usually cannot be bound or altered when there is a named storm nearby. One helpful asset is to take photos of your belongings in advance, before the hurricane season comes. Of course you will carry valuables and irreplaceables (such as family photos and documents), but making a claim for something you left behind will be greatly aided with a photo record. — Kinghorn Insurance

When it comes to choosing storm protection, it’s important that you do your research. Choose an option that you feel confident in, one that will keep you and your family safe should a hurricane head your way. Storms are unpredictable, so it’s imperative that you are prepared at any given moment. Armor Building Solutions is a fullservice company that designs, manufactures and installs exterior building solutions to protect and enhance Lowcountry homes. They offer quality products at lower costs because they manufacture and offer products directly to the public. Visit armorbuildingsolutions.com to learn more about how you can protect your home or business. LL

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? For many folks, not very well if you’re on the ocean and enduring constant salt air breezes. And while we all cherish our Spartina grass here in the Lowcountry for its many environmental benefits, it can hardly take the place of a breathtaking garden. And don’t get me started on juniper and grasses. Granted, these hardy little tanks, I mean plants, are salt tolerant and can help prevent erosion but prized for their beauty? Hardly. Somewhere along the line, determined Lowcountry pioneers decided enough was enough and set out to create gorgeous seaside gardens. They cracked the code and discovered beautiful plants that are not only salt tolerant but will actually thrive along the shoreline. And did you know that some of the prettiest plants love a good ocean view also? We are talking about plants that deserve a place in the all-star hall of fame not only for their beauty and fragrance, but for their ability to survive, well, just about anything.


Daylilies These little beauties come in a variety of sizes and colors. Importantly, only purchase evergreen or semi-evergreen varieties for planting here in the Lowcountry and plant them high. Furthermore, plant them where irrigation doesn’t hit them and don’t mulch around their base. They can easily take full sun. Remove seed pods and divide every 2-3 years. If you purchase small plants, don’t be discouraged — remember the rhyme — the first years it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.


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These evergreen beauties bloom in the late spring with a profusion of blue or white flowers. More and more varieties are being developed but the old standby, Queen of the Nile, will reward you with a breathtaking show every spring. Agapanthus also should be planted high and can take just about any lighting but are happiest with a half day of sun. They like to be root bound so plant them close together or sprinkle some rocks into the planting hole to trick them into thinking they’re pot bound.


African Iris This tall, spritely evergreen grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It will tolerate several hours of shade but requires at least 6 hours of bright sun to bloom well. Water plants regularly for the first growing season after planting. Once established, African iris requires little maintenance and rarely needs supplemental watering. If clumps become crowded, don't hesitate to divide plants in spring. Use a sharp spade to slice the rhizomes apart.

Evergreen fragrant gardenias come in a wide range of varieties – some are repeat bloomers but none of them will be happy in full day sun here. Gardenias grow best with morning sun and afternoon shade. Constant moisture is non-negotiable for gardenias — they’re not drought-tolerant, but they also don’t want soggy roots. It’s essential that you site them in an area with well-drained acidic soil. Organic matter helps retain moisture at the level the shrubs need. Yellow leaves are a sign your plant is anemic. Spray the leaves, front and back, late in the day with liquid chelated iron (make sure to water the base of the plant well before applying the spray). There is a granular form as well but I found it to be not as effective as the liquid.

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Roses Drift, floribunda, knock-out, tea roses all perform well not on the sand dunes per se but are able to thrive even with the constant breeze from the ocean. Make sure to water them well in the mornings during the summer months – do not water and leave them wet at night or you’ll invite diseases. Fertilize the first of each month and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous show-stopping blossoms.

One of the toughest little border plants known to man, this plant smells like garlic, repels deer through its fragrance and produces pretty little purple flowers when planted in full sun. Its clumps can be divided every two to three years in the fall or winter. What’s not to like?

Hydrangeas Easy to grow and well worth any effort, these showy little shrubs will reward you with beautiful blooms if you plant them in a location protected from afternoon sun in a well-drained soil. If your leaves wilt, add water immediately!

Hibiscus With our mild winters of late, tropical hibiscus are thriving. Ensure plenty of sunlight for the most blooms and remember that hibiscus bloom and rest. If yours isn’t blooming, make sure to feed it (Palm-tone is fabulous). And just remember, dwarf hibiscus are only dwarf for the first year - eventually the compact hibiscus will grow from its chemically induced stupor into its true form.

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Canna Lilies This adaptable plant is pretty much impossible to kill and comes in a variety of colors. Cannas will grow under any lighting but will bloom best with at least 5 hours of sun in a moist but well drained soil. Just be forewarned – these babies spread. Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Why fabulously, thank you! Happy planting! LL

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In this new normal, masks have become a part of our daily lives. Why not embrace them by having fun with different patterns that express our sense of style while staying protected? “Masks do not have to be scary and ugly,” LOCAL Life fashion editor Roxanne Gilleland said. “They can be chic and inviting, and still serve their purpose. It’s a new way to make a fashion statement.” To prove this point, Gilleland scoured the racks of local shops and boutiques to create a few perfect pandemicfriendly outfits. Since this is our music issue, we invited a few musically inclined locals to showcase these styles at Ruby Lee’s South — home to good times, good food and some of the best live music around. Special thanks to owner Tim Singleton for allowing our merry band to grace his stage.



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Behind the masks GRACE LAWTON Local since: 2003 Hails from: Born in Virginia, raised in Kentucky Hobbies: Yoga, hiking (anything outside), knitting Fun fact: Met Miss J (J. Alexander from “America’s Next Top Model”) at the Savannah College of Art and Design Art Museum. Before realizing who he was, he had given her a tour around the museum. Musical inspiration: The Head and the Heart, Still Woozy Favorite song to play: “Better Than Me” by the Head and the Heart

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ALEXANDRA VARGAS Local since: 2014 Hails from: HHI Hobbies: Playing with donkeys, playing soccer Fun fact: She has wanted a real donkey since she was two years old Musical inspiration: JoJo Siwah Favorite song to play: “Boomerang” by JoJo Siwa, “Dominick the Donkey” during Christmastime

STEE Local since: 2000 Hails from: Washington, D.C. Hobbies: Playing Mortal Kombat 11, working out Fun fact: Auditioned for Nickelodeon at age 7 Musical inspiration: Donny Hathaway Favorite song to play: “Purple Rain” by Prince Fan favorite song: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

VALENTINA VARGAS Local since: 2012 Hails from: HHI Hobbies: Playing the piano, playing with her American Girl doll Fun fact: Received a cockatiel named Lollipop for her birthday Musical inspiration: Beethoven Favorite song to play: “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano

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Local Love

Don’t sing the blues this summer! Enjoy the sunshine and entertain yourself and others with these must haves we found at local shops. We have rounded up everything from decor for your home to fun activities that you can do with family and friends.

BACKSPLASHIN' The kitchen is a place to get ready for the day, connect over coffee and prepare meals for those you love. This ceramic, threedimensional backsplash can give your kitchen the pop it needs. Available at KPM Flooring

IN IT TO WIN IT Some healthy competition never hurt anybody. Face off against your dinner party and test your knowledge of movies, popular culture, sports and more. Earn those bragging rights. Available at Spirited Hand

KEEP IT GLASSY The Vietri drinkware rainbow collection radiates a whole lot of class and a little bit of sass. Add some pizzazz to any setting with these glasses featuring gilded gold rims and ocean blue accents. Available at Pyramids

IN THE BAG SCOUT for Mackenzie-Childs offers a large tote in royal, insulated poly twill. Ideal for picnics, entertaining friends or a day trip out on the boat. Make a fashion statement with this eye-catching bag. Available at Forsythe Jewelers


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MORE BREAD PLEASE Carbs don’t count at dinner parties. Use this elegant, Le Cadeaux baguette tray to not only serve baguettes, but rolls, croissants, buns, crackers and more. Available at Coastal Treasures

SEA HORSIN' AROUND Don't overlook your event's decor. Bring your party to a new (sea) level with this patchwork painted sculpture. Available at Signore Coastal Art

SPREAD THE WORD You won’t be bored with these casually chic boards. Author Shelly Westerhausen shares her secrets to creating tasteful spreads that anyone can make and everyone will love. The arrangements are just as beautiful as they are tasty! Available at Gifted

Dressed For Work As Shown at The Home 2 Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas Interiors by J Banks Hilton Head, SC

Limited edition prints printed on heavy fine art photo paper to assure quality. Customized for the individual.

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FRESH LOCAL Seafood & Fish

Taking a new angle

Fishing Bait & Tackle Crabbing Supplies Market Sundries Local Farm Fresh Produce




First coined by Norman Vincent Peale, “Find a need, fill a need” has long been a mantra for entrepreneurs. When it comes to visitors to Hilton Head Island, few have been finding a need and filling a need for as long, or as successfully, as Dondi Wall. “My family has been in the taxi business and I’ve been in the bike rental business since the ‘80s,” said Wall. “And I thought, ‘I’m gonna start selling shrimp.’” The long-time cycling magnate and his wife, Theresa, recently opened South End Seafood on Executive Park Road, offering not only fresh, local seafood but bait and tackle. Opening a shop might seem like a hard left turn for someone who had been in the hospitality and tourism business, but when you follow Wall’s train of thought, it suddenly makes sense.

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eats “I’m one of those guys where I’m local and I want to buy local. That’s just the way it is.”

FRESH CATCH South End Seafood is located at 18 Executive Park Road on Hilton Head Island. The new market offers local fish, seafood and produce native to the Lowcountry. Residents can stop in for a local card.

TIPS FOR FREEZING If you purchase fish or seafood in bulk, the Walls remind you the most important thing is to remove as much air as possible. “We prefer vacuum sealing,” Theresa said. WESTON PRO 2600 This commercial-grade vacuum sealer features an extra large bar for sealing bags up to 16 inches wide. LED lights let you monitor the stages of the sealing process. westonbrands.com. $480


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“There’s not really one of these on the south end,” he said. “We want to be here for the locals and tourists.” The mission of South End Seafood is essentially going to be three-fold. First off, it will be the south end’s go-to for fresh, local seafood. “I’m concentrating on local. And if mine’s not local, I’m going to tell you upfront. Everything comes in seasons,” he said. While he may lean on other shores for certain items, the emphasis here will be on the South Carolina coast and nearby waterways. “If we're not going to have a certain thing available, I will try and get it from the Gulf or North America coasts." For the most part, Lowcountry waters will provide the source for South End Seafood’s wares. For Wall, the former co-captain of the shrimp trawler, “Smells Like Shrimp,” it’s the only way to go. “I’m one of those guys where I’m local and I want to buy local. That’s just the way it is,” he said. Adding to the fresh seafood will be a selection of local produce and trimmings. Drawing from area farms, Wall says the shop will offer peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, onions and more. “We’re not going to have a million different things, but the most common items you’ll need,” he said. “And again, if it’s not local, I’ll tell you it’s not local.” You’ll also find homemade items like cocktail and tartar sauces for making a meal out of the catch of the day. Essentially, all you have to do is grab what you need and finish the job. “We’ll tell you the best way to prepare it, but we’re not going to prepare it,” said Wall. The final component of South End Seafood is what truly sets it apart from other fish markets on the island, and one that speaks to Wall’s expertise at delivering what tourists need. Along with fresh seafood from up and down the coast, shoppers will find a full array of bait and tackle for reeling in their own catch, as well as supplies for crabbing.

FAMILY RECIPE If you purchase a few pounds of fresh shrimp, consider this family recipe passed down from Dondi’s mother. “Everyone loves it and it is much requested,” Theresa said. SOUTH END SEAFOOD

Marinated shrimp

INGREDIENTS (shrimp) 2 quarts water in 3-quart pot 1 tablespoon seasoned salt (Lawry's) 1 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 pounds peeled and deveined, small to medium shrimp 3 medium onions, sliced in thin rings 1 lemon, sliced in rounds (Remove seeds, cut slices in half) DIRECTIONS [1] Bring water and seasonings to boil. Add shrimp. [2] Bring back to boil, turn off heat and cover for 3 minutes. [3] Drain shrimp in colander. Add hot shrimp to onions in large bowl. Top bowl with marinade and chill up to 24 hours. INGREDIENTS (marinade) 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt Few shakes of pepper 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients and add lemons.

Located just off the bike path that fronts Pope Avenue, South End Seafood represents the perfect spot for cyclists to ride up with rod and reel in tow and pick up the gear they need to land that prize trophy catch. And, if it winds up being the one that got away, they can always pedal back and pick up someone else’s catch of the day. LL

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Charlie's L'Etoile Verte announces changes and improvements


Charlie's L'Etoile Verte has installed GPS NPBI technology in all of its air conditioning units to help reduce airborne particles (i.e., dust, pet dander, pollen) while attacking and killing viruses, mold spores and bacteria. The ions steal away hydrogen from the pathogens, leaving them to die, resulting in cleaner and healthier indoor air. The popular restaurant also started taking reservations for all bar seats with hopes they can fulfill demand more efficiently. You can book the bar online (charliesgreenstar.com) or by phone (843-785-9277). Treat yourself to a slice of caramel cake while enjoying your favorite beverage.

Lowcountry Fresh Market & Café coming to Bluffton A locally sourced market and café coming to Bluffton promises to offer fresh foods from the closest fields, pastures and waters, all in one store. Lowcountry Fresh Market & Café will be located off Buckwalter Parkway in the new Washington Square development. It hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in July and plans to open in March 2021. The market will sell local food as groceries, prepared foods, take-out, cook-at-home meal kits and will operate as a café for breakfast and lunch. There also will be a demonstration kitchen, where local foods will be featured by local chefs at evening cooking classes. Owners Andy and Cindy Rolfe have partnered with the Gullah Farmers’ Cooperative Association, a collection of Gullah farm families from the Sea Islands, on the project. The couple is helping the co-op construct a processing facility and promises to sell its products at better margins for the farmers, with hopes that increased demand encourages increased farming — improving the economic future of the Gullah Sea Island farm community. The market will be open seven days a week and will employ more than 35 people.


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50-cent drinks at Lucky Rooster Market Street Wind down with 50-cent José and Rosé Saturdays all day at Lucky Rooster Market Street. Each Saturday, customers can purchase a margarita or glass of wine for 50 cents (up to $2 per person) with the purchase of a salad or sandwich from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the popular Coligny Plaza restaurant.

A new restaurant on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Serving classic bistro cuisine with a Lowcountry accent.

Join us for dinner nightly. Reservations recommended. 37 New Orleans Road • Suite J • Hilton Head Island, SC 843.785.3200




Lot 9 brewing co. now open Local beer lovers have a new brewery to experience in Bluffton. Lot 9 brewing co. owners Dana Briggs and Walter Trifari are optimistic and excited to open what they call a “test kitchen” for craft beer in the Lowcountry. “Our hope for this brewery is to provide a space for people to come together, get away from life’s worries and drink good beer,” Briggs said. Trifari is lot 9’s brew master and has 23 years of brewing experience along the Eastern Seaboard. “We’re going to be brewing in small batches, so the flavors and styles of beer are always changing and rotating,” Trifari said. “You can always count on our beer being the freshest beer around.” Lot 9 is located at 258 Red Cedar Street, Unit 14, in Bluffton. In addition to craft beer, the brewery is rotating independent food trucks on different days, including Golden Sun Filipino Cuisine on Aug. 6 and Fly Pies Pizza Truck on Aug. 14. Learn more at lot9brew.com.

HOT PRODUCTS Divina Fig Spread


Crafted with Aegean figs, this spread is deeply fruity and complex with notes of caramel and honey. Try it on pizza, sandwiches, whisked into a vinaigrette or baked into pastries, cakes and pies. An ideal cheese pairing, this item has endless sweet and savory applications. Find it in The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana.

Sable & Rosenfeld Whiskey Tipsy Cherries

These cocktail-ready, long-stemmed colossal cherries are spiked with malt whiskey, and are perfect for the classic Manhattan and the trend-setting vogue martini. Sable & Rosenfeld products are sold locally at Harris Teeter, Fresh Market and The Complete Home (owner Mary O'Neill is also S&R's VP of sales). Learn more at sableandrosenfeld.com.


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Chez Georges Bistro & Bar teases opening menu A new French bistro and bar with a Lowcountry accent is opening soon at 37 New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island, where Casey’s Sports Bar used to be. George Casalicchio and Burns Sullivan — the chefs behind Chez Georges Bistro & Bar — are in the process of finalizing the menu and have been sharing their progress on social media. Check out this soufflé (made with Grand Marnier), pan-seared redfish and Berkshire pork chop, served with seared Carolina shrimp. And what bistro meal would be complete without classic French bread to accompany it? Learn more at chezgeorgeshhi.com.

New chef at Red Fish Hilton Head Island native Charles Pejeau is the new executive chef at Red Fish. Pejeau attended the Florida Culinary Institute and honed his culinary skills at prestigious restaurants in south Florida, Robert Irvine’s EAT on Hilton Head Island, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Charbar Co. and Holy Tequila. And now, Pejeau is heralding a new and exciting era for Red Fish by bringing a fresh and well-rounded approach to the menu based on seasonality and Southern cooking traditions and techniques. Learn more at redfishofhiltonhead.com.

Hot tomatoes at The Market Cafe You can find a beautiful assortment of tomatoes for sale in The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana. They are delivered twice a week from Hot Tomato. These are vine-ripened, never refrigerated and used exclusively at Michael Anthony's restaurant and The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony's. Stop in to the Market to check out all the delicious offerings and get your hands on these hot tomatoes.



Double fudge brownie with walnuts

These gluten-free brownies with extra dark chocolate chips are rich, chewy and oh so yummy. Find them at The G-Free Spot. thegfreespot.com

Nutcracker Sweets

Freshly popped corn, whole almonds and mammoth pecans in homemade copper-kettle caramel. Get some at Kilwins Hilton Head. kilwins.com

I N T R O D U C I N G THE MARKET CAFÉ AT MICHAEL ANTHONY’S The new Market Cafe is an active Italian market combined with a cafe atmosphere. From 11:30am – 2:00pm, we offer a menu of sandwiches and pizza. At 5:00pm, the Cafe transforms into a cozy trattoria with a small plate menu featuring artisan pizza, pasta, salads and snacks in a casual atmosphere. We feature a selection of Italian wines by the glass and a full bar. Please call for reservations.

The Veg Head

This rebellious biscuit is filled with house-made pimento cheese, wild mushrooms, sautéed spinach, grilled jalapeños and local honey. Order one at Bad Biscuit. bad-biscuit.com




Acknowledged by food and wine enthusiasts and critics alike, the restaurant presents a fine-dining experience combining an award-winning wine list, exquisite food, and attentive service.

Classes are held several days each week in our Tuscan inspired state-of-the-art culinary center designed to provide the environment for learning skills and techniques for both novice cooks and culinary enthusiasts.

Cajun Shrimp Burger

Treat yourself to this spicy shrimp patty covered with Bama white sauce, tomato, lettuce and onions on grilled brioche. Grab one at Sprout Momma Breads. 843-715-2649. sproutmomma.com

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Writing each month about a different species of fish found in our waters, I feel like I really dropped the ball waiting this long to write about one fish that anyone with a boat can catch. I’m talking about king mackerel — without a doubt, our fastest, most vicious and exciting fish to catch. Loaded with razor-sharp teeth, they attack a bait at Mach-like speeds and can dump line off a reel so fast it’s a blur. More than once I have had reels dumped of two or three hundred yards of line by big kings where there was just no stopping them. The ultimate is when one sees your live bait and comes straight up in the air, bait in mouth, teeth gnashing, reaching heights up to seven to 10 feet. In a nutshell, king mackerel are the cat’s you-know-what.

HOLY MACKEREL Collins Doughtie (above), Byron Sewell (left) and Carlyle Cornell (bottom) are shown with nice king mackerel catches.

“King mackerel — without a doubt, our fastest, most vicious and exciting fish to catch.” HOW TO CATCH THEM


I prefer medium spinning rods with a sensitive tip with large capacity reels. As for line, 30 lb. braid with about four feet of 40 lb. test fluorocarbon leader attached to a swivel with a foot or two of wire leader with two #4 extra strong treble hooks, set about 10 inches apart from one another. Personally, I use 60 lb. bronze color uncoated braided wire leader because it doesn’t kink. To tie on swivel and hooks, use a simple clinch knot with only three twists, not the usual six or seven. Set your reel’s drag very light because a king’s first run is a scorcher. As for bait, live menhaden are the easiest to catch and I put one on each hook. Live mullet also work well, but if you want to go “old school,” troll ballyhoo on a wire leader with a Sea Witch in front or put down a #4 Drone spoon behind a #3 planer. They all work.

The limit for king mackerel is fairly liberal, allowing each angler to harvest three fish per day with a fork length over 24 inches. With that said, even a smallish king is a whole lot of meat, so should you catch a bunch, release some. From experience, kings in the low to mid 20-pound range are the best eating, while big kings over 35 pounds, often called “smoker kings,” are best released. Their flesh is mushy and most importantly, they are the breeders that will ensure a healthy population for years to come.


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ALMOST AS MANY RECIPES AS BUBBA GUMP’S SHRIMP! Touching on a couple of the most popular recipes preparing king mackerel, I’ll start with my favorite: Fried! Cut fillets into two- or three-bite strips, batter ‘em and drop them in the grease! A really great batter is McCormick’s “Golden Dipt Beer Batter Mix” with a healthy dose of "Blackened Redfish Magic" spice added. Since I eat lots of fish, owning a Fry Daddy makes the whole process a breeze. If you prefer grilling, marinate manageable size pieces in Italian salad dressing for 5-10 minutes, throw on a touch of salt and pepper, a squirt of lemon juice and grill on medium low. As I always say, don’t overcook fish. Less is definitely best! LL


Fried king mackerel with fish sauce

INGREDIENTS (fish) 1 1/2 pounds king mackerel fillets 1 cup McCormick Golden Dipt Fish 'n Chips Seafood Batter Mix 2/3 cups water Vegetable oil DIRECTIONS [1] Pour oil into deep fryer, large heavy skillet or saucepan, filling no more than 1/3 full. Heat oil to 375 degrees on medium heat. [2] Stir batter mix and water in medium bowl, until smooth. [3] Dip king mackerel fillets into batter and shake off excess. Carefully add fish, several pieces at a time, to hot oil. [4] Fry 3-5 minutes, turning once to brown evenly, until fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels. Plate with fish sauce. INGREDIENTS (fish sauce) 6 cloves garlic, chopped Zest of 1 small lemon 3 tablespoons sea salt, ground 6 bay leaves 3 teaspoons whole black peppercorns 1 1/2 pounds king mackerel 2 tablespoons sauerkraut brine 2 cups water DIRECTIONS [1] Muddle the garlic, lemon zest and sea salt. [2] Rinse the king mackerel, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces. [3] Toss the fish pieces (including the heads and tails) in the muddled mixture and completely coat the fish. Add in the peppercorns and bay leaves. Lightly pack the mixture into a clean 1-quart mason jar, pressing down on the pieces as you go to release the juices. [4] Pour the sauerkraut brine or whey into the jar, then pour in as much water as needed to completely submerge the fish. Be sure to leave at least 1-inch of headspace at the top of the jar, as the mixture will expand as it ferments. [5] Cover tightly and leave at room temperature for 2-3 days, then move to the refrigerator and let sit for 4-6 weeks. [6] Double strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and discard the solids. Store in glass bottles in the refrigerator for six months.

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Recipes that rock


SONG SUGGESTION “Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles


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Studies have shown that listening to music while eating increases your intake, influences your chewing rhythm and even has an effect on the taste of food. For this special music issue, we reached out to a few culinary rock stars for their greatest hits for summer. To enhance the experience and impress your fan club, pair each dish with our song suggestion. As Gregory David Roberts so eloquently stated, “Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart.”

ONE IN A MELON For a healthy and flavorful meal, try this fun summer spin on the classic Caprese salad from Poseidon executive chef Chris Carge. It replaces tomatoes with sweet and crunchy watermelon, fresh mozzarella, balsamic reduction and micro basil. It’s super easy to create and tastes even better than it looks. Watermelon and August go together like country and western. POSEIDON

Pine nut, honey-crusted watermelon salad INGREDIENTS 4 ounces watermelon, seedless 2 ounces + 1 tablespoon honey 2 ounces pine nuts, toasted and chopped 2 ounces balsamic vinegar 3 ounces fresh mozzarella 1 ounce extra virgin olive oil Pinch sea salt Pinch cracked black pepper 1/4 ounce micro basil (regular basil is a good substitution if unavailable)

DIRECTIONS [1] In a stainless steel pot, combine 2 ounces of honey and 2 ounces of balsamic vinegar. Bring to a simmer and reduce until the liquid coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool to room temperature. [2] Set oven to 350 degrees. Toast pine nuts on a sheet tray until golden brown, about 6-8 minutes. Cool, then chop with a knife or lightly pulse in a food processor. [3] Remove rind from watermelon and cut a plank about 4”x1.5”x1.5” or about 4 ounces. [4] Slice the mozzarella into .5” slices, about 1 ounce per piece. With the remaining tablespoon of honey, coat the top of the cut piece of watermelon by pouring the honey onto a flat plate and dipping the watermelon in it. Lift the watermelon, allowing any excess honey to drip off. [5] Place the toasted and chopped pine nuts onto a flat plate and dip the watermelon, honey side down, into the pine nuts. Gently lift the watermelon, the pine nuts will stick to the honey, creating the crust. [6] Drizzle the balsamic reduction onto the plate, then, place the watermelon, pine nut crust side up onto the plate. [7] Shingle the sliced mozzarella next to the watermelon and garnish with micro basil (or torn regular basil), your favorite extra virgin olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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SONG SUGGESTION “Peaches” — The Presidents of the United States of America

A REAL PEACH Fire up your dinner guests with this grilled peach and chicken salad from Vineyard executive chef Pascal Vignau. While any lettuce can be used, hydroponic Boston lettuce will take the freshness and crispness to new heights. Toss it with South Carolina yellow peaches and Meyer lemons and you’ve got yourself a tasty Lowcountry lunch. VINEYARD

Grilled peach and chicken salad (SERVES 4)

INGREDIENTS 2 large, ripe, firm South Carolina yellow peaches 1/2 cup sugar 12 chicken tenderloins 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup olive oil 2 vine ripe tomatoes 2 Meyer lemons, cut in half 2 heads Boston lettuce (Hydroponic) 1/2 cup scallions, finely minced Fresh mint leaves, to taste DIRECTIONS [1] Pan cook chicken tenderloins at medium heat with butter and olive oil with salt and pepper, about 4 minutes on both sides. Remove and set aside. [2] Cut the peaches in half. Remove the pits and cut into 3 even sections. Place segments in a small sheet pan on the side, sprinkle sugar, broil at high temperature until caramelized (using a butane torch will be easier). Do the same with the lemon. The tomato is also cut in half and segmented as well. [3] Cut the lettuce in half and place on soup plate. Remove the core of the lettuce, add the lemon, caramelized peach, chicken tenderloin, tomato, sprinkle green onion, drizzle oil, coarse salt and serve at room temperature. Chef’s notes: Use Georgia peach if necessary. A butane torch is always nice to have.

SQUASH GOALS Enjoy the freshest summer vegetables from your garden, hot off the grill. This recipe from Colleton River Club executive chef Robert Wysong is flavored with yellow squash, zucchinis, cherry tomatoes and a hint of garlic. COLLETON RIVER CLUB

Grilled summer squash & tomatoes (SERVES 4)

INGREDIENTS 2 fresh zucchinis 2 large yellow squash 4 garlic cloves, peeled 1 pint fancy cherry tomatoes Olive oil, as needed Salt & pepper, to taste Assorted garden herbs (fresh oregano, parsley, rosemary) DIRECTIONS [1] Wash, pat dry, trim and split squashes lengthwise. Crush garlic cloves with the back of a knife. Wash, pat dry fresh herbs. [2] Marinate the squash with olive oil, salt & pepper, and garlic. [3] Grill for color and a soft char over high heat. Place in a loose foil wrap, add herbs and tomatoes. [4] Place foil pack back on the grill shelf and allow to finish while you are charring that main item. Allow to cool to the touch and slice to serve.

SONG SUGGESTION “Yellow Squash” — Jaymison


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SONG SUGGESTION “Purple Rain” — Prince




Moss Creek executive chef Lenny Giarratano has been keeping it simple this summer, serving fresh herb-grilled Japanese aubergine (aka eggplant). “I’ve done a half dozen times this year so far,” the chef said. “I have served it atop salads, with steaks as a side and as part of a mélange of grilled vegetables.” The lemon yogurt sauce is optional and is great with roasted vegetables, chicken or fish.


(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. MINER FAMILY WINES

Napa Chardonnay MOSS CREEK

Herb-grilled Japanese eggplant

INGREDIENTS 4 Japanese eggplant, tips cut off, cut in quarters 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped 12 basil leaves, rough chopped 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/8 cup soy sauce Fresh cracked pepper, to taste 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 cup olive oil DIRECTIONS [1] Whisk together all ingredients and pour over the eggplant. Toss well and let sit covered in refrigerator for 3-6 hours. [2] Light grill to medium-high heat. Char until desired doneness. Serve warm or chilled.


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INGREDIENTS 1 cup plain Greek yogurt Zest and juice of one lemon 1 teaspoon honey 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Pinch salt DIRECTIONS Mix well and serve chilled with roasted vegetables, chicken or fish.

Crisp apple, ripe melon and citrus flavors. This Chardonnay is gently balanced with toasty French oak.

Over 20 years ago I was drawn to wine because of the people. One of the people who made a huge impact on my career in wine was Dave Miner. I was a twenty-something wine sales rep trying to make my way in a man’s world. Dave is one of most endearing and funny guys you will ever meet. A day with Dave is filled with stories that teach life lessons along with belly laughs that leave you sore. His wines are among the best of the best from California. As the nephew of the Oakville Ranch Winery, Dave took over operations in the late '90s. Always pushing to do more, he started his own label at a custom crush. The rest is history. Miner Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals are continually lauded for their excellence.

OH, CRAB! If you’re feeling a little crabby, this flavorful crab cake recipe from Haig Point executive chef Taylor Griffin offers just the right amount of heat to enjoy indoors after a warm day in the August sun. It works as a summer appetizer or the main course, and if crab cakes aren’t your thing, the spicy relish also works well with any cooked pork dish, or simply added to a sandwich.

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Crab cakes with jalapeño corn relish INGREDIENTS (crab cakes) 1 pound lump crab, carefully picked through for shells 1 egg white, whipped until foamy 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika Pinch of salt Pinch of cayenne powder 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 tablespoon butter DIRECTIONS [1] Preheat oven to 350 degrees. [2] Combine the crab meat and all seasonings together with the whipped egg white and mix with hands. Add the flour and mix until combined. Crab cakes should be able to hold their shape when formed and should not be too loose. Split the mixture into four equal parts and form into four large crab cakes. [3] Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add butter and set cakes in the pan. Sear on one side for 3 minutes or until the edges start to get golden brown, and then flip. Repeat for another 3 minutes and then transfer to an oven safe pan. Place crab cakes in the oven and cook for 7 minutes.

INGREDIENTS (jalapeño corn relish) 1/2 cup of corn kernels 1 tablespoon butter 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely chopped 1 small red bell pepper, small diced Juice from 1 lime 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sour cream 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped Pinch of salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS [1] Sauté the corn kernels in a small frying pan on medium heat with butter until browned. Remove from heat and reserve for later. [2] While crab cakes are in the oven, combine all remaining ingredients for the jalapeño corn relish. Remove crab cakes from oven and serve with relish, garnished with lime.


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The Pinckney Island INGREDIENTS 2 ounces Hilton Head Distillery Toasted Coconut Rum 1/2 ounce pamplemousse rosé 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a stem of microherbs.

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Inspired by the enterprising big city bartenders who created iconic New York-centric cocktails (like the classic Manhattan), spirits specialist and writer-at-large Terry Cermak created a series of local cocktails to celebrate Hilton Head landmarks, events and founding fathers for LOCAL Life and Rollers Wine & Spirits. This month’s cocktail is The Pinckney Island. Much of Hilton Head’s history is reflected in Pickney Island’s breathtaking journey from cotton plantation to hunting retreat to national wildlife refuge. LL


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Make the summer’s best poolside cocktails


Here in the Lowcountry, summertime is hot ... we're talkin' sizzling hot. Lucky for us, the team at Tito’s Handmade Vodka shared a few recipes to help us cool down. As long as you've got a bottle of Tito's, a pool and sunscreen, you'll be set, but a pool-lovin' pup is sure to take any party to the next level. If you’re in the market for a furry friend, check out this month’s Tito's Handmade Vodka pet on page 26.

Tito's Poolside Pull out the shades and the SPF because it's time to hit the pool. Between smooth black raspberry, a peachy splash of something sweet and a tart cranberry finish to keep your cocktail balanced, you’ll be sippin’ poolside all summer long. Sorry y'all, swimming pool not included. INGREDIENTS 1 ounce Tito's Handmade Vodka 1/2 ounce black raspberry liqueur 1/2 ounce peach schnapps 2 ounces cranberry juice 2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce sour mix DIRECTIONS Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a pint glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

Tito’s Root Beer Float Add a boozy twist to this classic summer refresher. Spice (or spike) your float up with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. It's like the cherry on top. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka 4 ounces root beer 1 scoop vanilla ice cream DIRECTIONS Pour Tito's Handmade Vodka into chilled mug. Top with root beer, add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

All-Time Favorite • 1 ½ oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka • 4 oz sparkling mineral water Just add Tito’s Handmade Vodka and sparkling mineral water to a rocks glass with ice. Stir and garnish with an orange and lime slice.

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I normally don’t paddle blackwater environments in summer — too many dangerous reptiles, even for me. But a freakish cool spell had me thinkin’ it was April again, and a friend in Augusta wanted to meet halfway for adventure, so the George L. Smith State Park looked right. “I feel like this is really good for my nervous system,” she remarked as we slipped our boats onto the glassy mill pond and felt a physical peace descend. Wizened cypress trees stubbed out of the blue-black waters, their mossy snag-arms reaching like a grandma’s hug. A big sky full of summertime clouds reflected under us. It was so quiet — far from Savannah, very far from Atlanta, removed even from the dull roar of the interstate. With its historic mill house, endangered gopher tortoises and indigo snakes, and an air of country peace, the park is a remnant of bygone eras. Once upon a time this was just a lil’ ol’ creek in Georgia, until an entrepreneur of the day got a gleam in his eye and bought 200 acres around it. In 1880 he dammed 15-Mile Creek and built a saw mill, grist mill and cotton gin, which was also a covered bridge so folks from three counties could drive right through it with their crops.


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How to get there LOCATION Twin City, Georgia MODE OF TRANSPORTATION Foot and kayak DIRECTIONS From I-16 West, take exit 104 in Metter and turn right onto GA121 N/GA-23 N. Continue about 15 miles, following signs for the park, then turn right onto George L. Smith State Park Road. IF YOU GO Relax and explore! There’s no way to get lost on the 412-acre manmade lake, unlike natural swamps which may extend for many confusing miles in all directions.

“ T he day heated up, and suddenly snakes were everywhere.”

BYO BOAT While kayak, canoe and john boat rentals are not available until further notice, park guests are still allowed to bring their own to explore the man-made lake.

An engineering marvel of its time, hand-built from trees felled on the spot, it ran for two centuries and can still grind 200 pounds of corn in an hour-long demonstration today. But we didn’t necessarily come for the history. We came to picnic in quietude (a little gazebo served nicely when afternoon thundershowers rolled in), to hike the woodland trails (no gopher tortoises, but not because we didn’t look), and to paddle a serene reptile haven. One detail about my friend: she has a primal fear of alligators. “They’re out here, Shelly, I can smell them,” she warned as I paddled away from open water toward the swampy, crawly edge choked with tree trunks harboring who-knew-what. “What do they smell like?” I asked curiously. “Like fresh rain on pavement mixed with a sewer,” she replied in a description so aptly poetic that I couldn’t believe she’d thought of it on the spot. But we never saw any gators. The day heated up, and suddenly snakes were everywhere. Cottonmouths sunned on logs looking fat and sinister, but they never moved a muscle. A lithe, nonvenomous water snake started up a tree where a moccasin was already wedged in, then thought better of it and swam to the next trunk over. His little round eye watched me as I eased in for the close-up: a banded squiggly line up cypress bark. “I wouldn’t mind coming back here,” my friend concluded as we wrapped up our happy day away. In a world of noise and nonsense, this place was a respite — more tranquil than majestic, suitable for modest awe. Maybe next time we’ll check out the campsites right on the water ... but if we catch a whiff of fresh rain on pavement mixed with a sewer, we’ll know to put the chicken away. LL

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Going to the beach is one of the most popular activities for locals in August. The waves crashing along the shores, the sand between your toes, the sun kissing your shoulders — it’s always a great place to enhance your mood and health. Here is your guide for August:

Road Trip

Hilton Head Island to Sullivan’s Island 106 miles: 2 hours, 6 minutes


Check it out

TYPICAL DAYS August is in the middle of the hot season, so go prepared to take a dip in the water. Highs will be in the upper 80s and lows will be in the lower 70s. It tends to be a rainier month, so be sure to check the forecast before you head out the door.


Sullivan’s Island This island, located near the entrance of the Charleston Harbor, rang with gun shots in both the Revolutionary War and American Civil War. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo rocked the island by flipping the bridge that connects it to the mainland upside down. Today, it’s hard to believe the peaceful two-and-a-half-mile beach peppered with various public beach accesses once faced such difficulty. It’s the perfect destination for a hot, lazy dog day of summer.

Listen in

At the end of your beach day, there’s no doubt you’ll be hungry. Stop by a local restaurant for a chance to hear some live music. You can catch some tunes at Dunleavy’s Pub, High Thyme or Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ while you eat.

What to bring.

Stay busy while you’re there. A nature trail off one of the beach paths is yours for the exploring. While swimming isn’t allowed at Thompson Park due to a strong current, this historical location was once the spot of a Revolutionary War battle. Not to mention, it’s a great spot for dolphin watching and surf fishing.


Visitors must get a dog license from Town Hall for $50 to bring their furry friends along. Don't forget to check the island’s website before you bring them, as there are limited beach hours for dogs.


Three handicap-accessible beach paths make the beach welcoming to all. You can reserve a beach wheelchair by filling out an online form and returning it to Town Hall.

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HERITAGE WEEK Many of the world's top golfers came to Hilton Head Island for the 2020 RBC Heritage.

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The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing affects Hilton Head Island in four main ways. First, the tournament brings world-class athletes to Hilton Head to participate in one of golf's great courses, Harbour Town Golf Links. Next is the immeasurable amount of positive public relations exposure the tournament brings to South Carolina, Hilton Head Island, The Sea Pines Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Another critical aspect of the tournament is the millions of dollars the Heritage Foundation pumps back into our community in the form of scholarships and funding for charitable organizations. Finally, the Heritage is just great fun. It is a time for Islanders to celebrate our beautiful island and our Southern hospitality. Preparation for the 2020 RBC Heritage Classic by Boeing started the second the last putt dropped in the 2019 tournament. By mid March, ticket sales were in full swing, the stands and skyboxes were being installed, the course had been read-

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GREEN ACRES Harbour Town Golf Links was in top shape, despite the intense heat of Lowcountry summer.

ied, and sponsors were geared up for another great week of golf and fun. The virus was still in its early stages, and with some luck, all was a "go" with the 2020 RBC Heritage. Everything changed, however, on March 17. That's the date that, because of Covid-19 safety issues, the PGA Tour canceled the tournament. Steve Wilmot, president of the Heritage Foundation, quickly assembled his team to undo a year's worth of work on a tournament scheduled to start less than a month away. Stands and skyboxes were removed, ticket revenues returned, sponsor fees sent back, resort guests notified, transportation companies alerted, and traffic security canceled, just to name a few of the many facets of the tournament that needed to be addressed. Then a mere 10 days later, the PGA Tour called back and floated the idea of a no-spectator, TV-only event in June. This initiated more scrambling with sponsors, The Sea Pines Resort and its ownership, the town, the governor, the volunteers, and Hilton Head Hospital. In a few weeks, with an incredible effort by a laundry list of participants, the tour, and the Heritage Foundation all agreed that it could be done and most importantly, done safely. By the third week in June, it was ready. The 2020 RBC Heritage by Boeing would be held June 18-21.

It would be unlike any previous tournament, and hopefully, unlike any we will see again. Gone were the 35,000 people pouring into Harbour Town each day, gone were the pro-ams, gone were the late nights at the Quarterdeck. What the tournament lacked in fans, however, it had a level of medical security never seen before. After four days of great golf and magnificent television coverage of Sea Pines and Hilton Head, Webb Simpson won in a remarkable fashion with a stunning score of 22 under par. Another great but very different Heritage.

Playing it safe

In golf, the term "playing it safe" usually refers to not hitting your drive 200 yards over the water but instead, going around the lagoon. For this year's tournament, however, the term took on a whole new meaning. Wilmot made it clear that "the keyword in this year's event was safety." The week before the Heritage, the first made-for-TV tournament was held in Texas. Most of the players and caddies came from Dallas in two chartered flights. The CBS crew took another chartered plane. Everyone was tested and stayed in what was termed "the bubble." The bubble became the key watchword of this year's tour-

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sports nament. Players, caddies, food and beverage staff, and tournament officials were routinely tested, and no one but these individuals were allowed in the clubhouse. Volunteers and workers outside of the clubhouse went through thermal testing each day as they came to the course. As this was new ground for everyone, the key to the success of this continuous medical screening was to be flexible and look for better ways each day to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

It's not easy being green

One of the biggest challenges of this year's tournament was to ensure the golf course was in the very best condition. John Wright and the Sea Pines golf maintenance crew worked tirelessly to make sure that the grass had correctly transitioned. Their efforts were rewarded by the extraordinary views of the area captured during the tournament; particularly the drone shots, which traditionally can magnify any course imperfection. Hilton Head, Harbour Town, and The Sea Pines Resort never looked better than this tournament.

The deepest loss

The Heritage Foundation, which puts on the tournament, is one of Hilton Head's real treasures. The nonprofit Heritage Foundation gets its revenue from ticket sales, non-title sponsorships, and the Pro-Am tournaments held before each year's event. Over the years, the Heritage Foundation has donated over $48 million in charitable donations and scholarships. Unfortunately, the most significant loss this year will be to these organizations and students, as ticket sales, canceled pro-ams, and loss of local non-title sponsorships reduced its income to virtually nothing. "The Heritage Classic Foundation is deeply saddened to provide this news to our registered charities and hope that our island will rebound stronger than ever," said Stan Smith, charities committee chairman.


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STRONG FINISH In a wild sprint to the finish after a three-hour weather delay, Webb Simpson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine at Harbour Town and closed with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot victory over Abraham Ancer.

Another loss was the annual anticipation and local thrill of the island’s premier social event of the year. Even though the golf was played just miles away, the excitement surrounding the tournament was lacking. While the future remains uncertain, we can only hope that next April brings the energy of the event back. We hope we again will be filled with the anticipation of a week of fantastic golf, incredible television exposure for the Lowcountry, significant donations to our local charities, and seeing old friends and new while enjoying the wonderful Hilton Head tradition called The Heritage. LL






“If you wanted to play the meanest trick possible on Harbour Town Links superintendent Jon Wright, this would be it,” said PGA Tour competitions agronomist Bland Cooper. “He’s referring to the rescheduling of the 2020 April RBC Heritage Tournament to June – probably the worst month to manage golf course conditions under normal circumstances around the Lowcountry. “The prior year the course was overseeded with Rye grass for the annual April tournament. Then that event gets called due to Coronavirus precautions, and just two weeks later it’s decided the PGA pros will play mid-June on Bermuda grass,” Cooper continued. “The effort required for this type of turf transition is similar to running a full marathon backwards in order to win.” For those who aren’t familiar with the range of golf course grasses, Bermuda is an intricate, multi-blade Southern turf grass that requires time, a complex balance of fertilization and watering and specific climate conditions to flourish before satisfying pro-golf expectations. Add a multitude of disruptions inspired by the initial cancellation of the annual RBC Heritage Tournament, and Wright was faced with working some serious magic with less than two months to tournament launch. He recently took time out to recount his experience with LOCAL Life, a memory he says he’ll tuck away with the highlights of his career.

GRASS ROOTS Jonathan Wright has been the superintendent at Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links since 2009. He was hired assistant superintendent by Gary Snyder 22 years ago after working with Snyder on Daufuskie Island. He has a biology degree from the University of Kentucky and other various certifications. The PGA Tour’s Bland Cooper said Wright has the best kind of credentials, “natural talent and true passion for his career.”


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[LOCAL Life] So when did you first learn the 52nd annual tournament was back on the radar? [Jon Wright] Well, apparently the media knew before I did. Rumors had circulated following an article published in Golf Magazine just after the 2020 tournament was cancelled. When asked about it, I said don’t you think I’d probably know? So I called tournament director Steve Wilmot. The details were actually just coming together and he said, ‘let’s talk tomorrow.’ So we did, and then things started getting real, real fast. [LL] Once the tournament officially moved forward with the new dates, what were your biggest hurdles? [JW] With the tournament originally called off, we were undertaking some major course enhancements such as reshaping the bunkers. The course was still closed since mid-March due to Covid-19 precautions, so Sea Pines Resort


owner Matt Goodwin thought it would be the least disruptive time to make improvements. He wanted to open up the course’s fairway corridors with tree trimming to reduce the natural canopy. Efforts like these are critical to the integrity and playability of the course since surrounding trees grow about 18 inches each year. We had begun that work in addition to resurfacing the cart paths while the course was closed. News of the June tournament put our game plan into overdrive, to say the least. Thankfully I could count on the support of the Sea Pines Agronomy Team and partner teams at Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point courses to help accelerate all projects.


[LL] How did you react when PGA Tour officials asked if you could meet the strict standards for tournament play conditions in so little time, realistically about six weeks? [JW] I said, “absolutely I can do that.” When I walked away from the conversation, I believed I had everything under control. Then the surprises started happening. [LL] Which surprises? [JW] For instance, the May weather. I took proactive steps and consulted the PGA Tour’s top meteorologists for the month’s forecast, and they assured me May would be hot and wet as usual. Well not so much. We had six weeks of no rain and crazy cool temperatures, the worst combination for cultivating 80 acres of Bermuda grass in six weeks. We stepped up aerification and fertilization to push the Bermuda grass, and then another surprise, the Rye grass and POA (bluegrass) went bananas … it’s like all our efforts backfired.



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[LL] Describe the hours and manpower required for “spectacular?” [JW] Honestly, I arrived at the course daily at 5:20 am and stayed through sunset since mid-March, committed to taking no time off and focused 24/7 on delivering perfect conditions. I’m lucky my wife, Stephanie, and 11-year-old son, Levi, were so understanding and supportive because they rarely saw me. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, there were restrictions. I sanitized our break room each morning, and our tempera-

tures were monitored constantly. Resort furloughs left us way understaffed. We lost our regular supply of interns from Ohio State University. It was seriously a bare-bones operation heading into tournament time. [LL] With a week to tournament how were things shaping up? [JW] I’d call it a photo finish. We began applying growth regulator the Thursday before the tournament. Crews were making the rounds by 6 a.m. daily, and our meticulous balance of fertilization, watering and finally perfect climate conditions became a winning combination. The course performed and so did the pros. It was great to get a nod from this year’s champion, Webb Simpson. The PGA Tour and RBC Heritage team were pleased, and there was no more asking me that dreaded question, “Is the course going to be ready in time?” [LL] But you knew all along it would be? [JW] What’s important is that everyone believed I knew that. Let’s just say I wasn’t about to let them down. The PGA Tour chose Harbour Town Golf Links as their second stop on the revised schedule because they trusted our team and the Heritage Classic Foundation to pull it off… we did on every level. LL


[LL] With time ticking away, how did you navigate the perfect storm? [JW] With chemicals. We sprayed everything but the greens with Rimsulfuron to shrink the Rye grass. Revolver was applied to the fragile greens. We strategically moved up the fertilization applications with nitrogen, using a boom sprayer with 200-gallon tank calibrated to spray 50 gallons per acre. And we watered…and watered. All that time I was consulting daily with Bland Cooper the PGA Tour Agronomy team, and by night second-guessing myself. It got ugly for a second again while we figured out the right fertilizer ratios. All I could think was we’ve got a major field on the way…it can’t be what it is now, it has to be spectacular.

PHOTO FINISH Wright and his crews got Harbour Town Golf Links looking beautiful just in time for the RBC Heritage. A special thanks to the following from Wright: The Sea Pines Agronomy team including Ryan Dehlinger, Ian Seal, Shamus White, Max Hope, David Meager, Callum Reeves, Brook Sentel, Kelly Shaw, PJ Ellis , Sean Skresvig, Tyler Clayton , mechanic David Collins; Bland Cooper, PGA Tour, John Farrell and Team HTGL; Supervisor Cary Corbitt, Steve Birdwell, Matt Goodwin and the Sea Pines Resort; Steve Wilmot and the RBC Heritage Classic Foundation and tournament team.

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This year, 156 local students will attend college, thanks in part to more than $717,600 in scholarships from Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Because of generous donors who champion education, we’ve awarded $7.8 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 deserving students in the past 25 years. You’ll find this year’s recipients at 68 different colleges and universities across the country, majoring in engineering, music, business, biology and many other areas of study. Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients. We wish you success in college and beyond!

First Time Recipients Ellie and Michael Agresta Scholarship Kaley McGuire - HHIHS - U of SC Lauryn Qualls - HHCA - Clemson University Tania Ramirez - HHIHS - USCB Olivia Waters - HHIHS - U of SC

Amazing Grace Sulak Scholarship

Anastasiya Antsyferova - Bluffton HS - Pending Kailee Bly - Bluffton HS - C of Charleston Kelsey Brandt - Bluffton HS Charleston Southern University Mary Kaelin - MRHS - Clemson University Sarah Katon - MRHS - U of SC Emma Peluso - MRHS - Georgia Southern University Olivia Peluso - MRHS - C of Charleston Rachael Richardson - Bluffton HS Charleston Southern University William Riddle - Bluffton HS Charleston Southern University Olivia Turpin - MRHS - Pending Zachary Tuttle - HHIHS - Tri-County Technical College Jordan Wilhelm - Bluffton HS - Lafayette College

Beaufort County Law Enforcement Educational Scholarship Lindsey Olds - MRHS - U of SC

Fred and Susan Breidenbach Scholarship

Katlyn Davis - SEHS - University of Georgia Ma Princess Empel - Savannah Arts Academy Georgia Tech William Hancock - SCPS - Georgia Tech Udai Teja Mallepoola - Herschel V. Jenkins Georgia Tech Riley Murphy - RHHS - Georgia Southern University

Sarah Creech Performing Arts Scholarship

Julia Herrin - Homeschool - Auburn University Chloe Wells - HHIHS - Manhattan Marymount College

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chapter Scholarship Fund Jaala Grant - HHIHS - U of SC Chynna Sneed - MRHS - U of SC

Dominique’s Musician Corner Scholarship

Chloe Wells - HHIHS - Manhattan Marymount College

Richard H. and Ann M. Gerken Scholarship Kaley McGuire - HHIHS - U of SC Lauryn Qualls - HHCA - Clemson University Ryan Sodemann - HHIHS - Northeastern University

Gulfstream Goldie Glenn Scholarship

Nicholas Bradley - The Habersham School Mercer University Katlyn Davis - SEHS - University of Georgia Niki Farizy - HHIHS - Christian Brothers University Ethan Jacoby-Henrickson - Kimberly HS Georgia Tech Sarah Katon - MRHS - U of SC JeAnais Mitchell - Homeschool - Clemson University Riley O’Connell - Hortonville HS University of Wisconsin - Platteville Xavier Rodriguez - RHHS - Carnegie Mellon University Desirae Sievers - St. Vincent’s Academy Georgia Tech Linnea Waurio - Fox Valley Lutheran HS Michigan Technological University

Jeff Katon Scholarship

JeAnais Mitchell - Homeschool - Clemson University

James L. Krum Memorial Scholarship

Owen Andrews - MRHS - Clemson University Kierstin Clark - HHP - Cleveland State University Michael Claudio - Bluffton HS - Clemson University Emma Dewey - MRHS - University of Tennessee Knoxville Madison Frank - HHP - Charleston Southern University Anthon Funderburk - MRHS - University of Arizona Ethan Helms - Bluffton HS - Champlain College Julia Herrin - Homeschool - Auburn University Caitlyn Owen - HHIHS - Clemson University Joseph Reindl - HHCA - Miami University Jordan Wilhelm - Bluffton HS - Lafayette College

Lucrecia C. Lester Memorial Scholarship Gajmere McLemore - Whale Branch Early College HS - Clemson University Jania Smalls - Wade Hampton HS Clemson University

Mina Larson and Mandas S. Mulrain Scholarship

Caitlyn Owen - HHIHS - Clemson University

Oak Advisors Scholarship of Excellence Brandon Hadley - HHIHS - Tri-County Technical College Shav’ae Johnson - HHIHS - SCAD Jack McGoldrick - HHIHS - U of SC

Okatie Rotary Club Scholarship Fund

Ava Sarai Juliano - MRHS - C of Charleston Fatima Alarcon Lozano - MRHS - USCB MacKenzie Miller - MRHS - Georgia Southern University Rebekah Ossenfort - MRHS - Winthrop University

TidePointe Community Education Scholarship

Shav’ae Johnson - HHIHS - SCAD Kasey Meredith - HHIHS - Drexel University Genesis Tyson - TidePointe - TCL

Joan and Wade Webster Scholarship Program

Anthon Funderburk - MRHS University of Arizona Julia Herrin - Homeschool - Auburn University Jack McGoldrick - HHIHS - U of SC Olivia Waters - HHIHS - U of SC

Gulfstream Aerospace West Michigan Aviation Academy Scholarship Karlie Platz - WMAA - Hope College

Gulfstream Aerospace Youth Apprentice Scholarship Riley Murphy - RHHS - Georgia Southern University

Cypress Scholarship Program

Kashief Hamilton - Bluffton HS - USCB Amy Hughey - Bluffton HS Winthrop University Faith Sulak - MRHS - Furman University

Returning Students Ellie and Michael Agresta Scholarship

Kalaylah Chisolm - Winthrop University Jocelyn Konitzer - Lander University Karah Kurtz - Clemson University Olivia MacIsaac - Clemson University Kelsey Wallace - Clemson University

Fred and Susan Breidenbach Scholarship Eric Choi - USC Genevieve Dowd - Boston University Andrew Huynh - UCLA Sher Isada - Baylor University Benjamin Mayo - Georgia Tech Lucas Morais-Henrique - Georgia Tech Mason Murphy - Georgia Tech Elizabeth Nist - Duke University Makayla Nudo - Georgia State University Faith Shupard - Clemson University Marina Van Sickle - Mercer University Daniel Vidal - Georgia Tech Tu Vu - Georgia Tech

Gulfstream Goldie Glenn Scholarship

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As long as there has been a Hilton Head Island, at least in the modern sense of the term, there has been music. This is a resort island, after all, and a resort island demands an appropriately toe-tapping soundtrack. And just as the island itself has evolved from a secluded hideaway for retired captains of industry to a fully functional hometown with a vibrant and varied community, so too has its music scene. In trying to relate the history of Hilton Head Island’s music scene, we felt it more appropriate to hear it from the musicians themselves. Right away, we realized this might be a difficult undertaking for two reasons. The first being that musicians, as skilled as they are in ushering forth the melody of the human soul and mastering the complexities of an


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instrument, don’t always have the clearest of memories when it comes to their time on stage. That’s not an indictment of musicians, that’s just a hazard of the job. The second difficulty we came across was that the purpose of live music is to give people a good time. Good times breed great stories, but often those stories are not the ones you share with the world. Almost universally, we were told, “I don’t know if I can tell that story without incriminating someone.” So bear with us, readers, as we may have taken a few liberties with the truth in favor of protecting the innocent (or presumed innocent). These are the (mostly) true stories of Hilton Head Island’s music scene.

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From the early resort days through the ’80s, the predominant music on the island was jazz, and we had talent to spare. Crucial to the early jazz years on Hilton Head Island was Freddy Cole, brother of Nat King Cole. It was through Freddy that so many of the island’s earliest acts came to play. Bobby Ryder was one of them, taking over Cole’s spot at the Mariner’s Inn. “I think Freddy was more interested in playing golf than playing music at that point,” said Ryder. Back then, with Freddy Cole the island still catering more to the privileged, you never knew who was in the crowd. Ryder found this out the hard way. “I may have been a little cocky,” he admitted. “I had this heckler out in the crowd, and I went right up to him. We were going to get into it. I gave him all kinds of (grief). Come to find out, he was the CEO of a company who was spending $150,000 on a convention there. I got in big trouble for that.” St. Helena-born Delbert Felix was another early name on the scene, riding to gigs at places like Fratello’s and Dos Burrachos in Bill Barnwell’s boat. “One time we decided to take the ICW from St. Helena over to Hilton Head Island, and we ended up getting stuck in the sand.” Felix looks back on those days with fondness, recalling the tight-knit support system these jazz musicians shared. “Those were good days because the island was smaller, the community and camaraderie was there, and everyone played with everyone else.”


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An island on fire As the island grew, so too did its demand for live music. By the ’80s, families and young professionals had made their way onto the island, helping Hilton Head shed its image as a retirement community. Mike Daly and his wife, Marilyn, were two of the early players of that era, expanding the Hilton Head Island songbook to include the sounds of The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt and helping usher in an era where live music became entrenched in island life. “We were playing upstairs at Amadeus, and we had people lined up and down the stairs, with the fire marshal at the door,” he said. “It was a genuine spectacle.” The Daly family in general would play a key role in the island’s musical evolution, with The Daly Planet bringing in sons Jevon, Gavan and Kieran for a Partridge-esque ensemble that leaned heavily on the Grateful Dead. “I don’t know many people who don’t like the Grateful Dead,” said Mike. The expansion of the island also served to drive the music forward. We were still obscure enough, however, that you could count on the odd celebrity enjoying a low-profile visit to the coast. “My first night on the island I met Sylvester Stallone,” recalled Sterlin Colvin. It was during one of John Brackett’s legendary Monday Marilyn and Mike Daly night jams at Big Rocco’s that Colvin got to hang out with Rambo. “He had a bodyguard with him and wouldn’t let anyone come up. But he enjoyed my music so we hung out the rest of the night. During the old days of Hilton Head, this was a hideaway for the stars.” “During the ’80s and ‘90s,” he said, “this place was on fire.” Colvin recalls several of his celebrity encounters, including Chris Farley (“He had a little crush on my wife.”), Hootie and the Blowfish (“I thought they were awful. Tells you what I know.”), Edwin McCain (“That was one of the hottest bands I had seen at the time.”) and Michael Jordan (“One night we left the Old Post Office, and there were 30 people following Michael Jordan into Wexford for a party at his house until 3 or 4 a.m.”).

Hair Metal and Roots Rock As the local music scene gelled over the next decade, it would traverse new territory unheard of for a town our size. Nearly every venue you can name now had a rolling lineup of live music, promising you were never too far from an acoustic cover of a Tom Petty song. And among these cover bands, acts would emerge that took covers in new and exciting directions. Big B and the Stingers gleefully blended songs together, tap dancing across the genres.


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And Silicone Sister melted faces across the Lowcountry, using the majestic excesses of hair metal as a tinderbox. Chip Larkby, aka Jani St. James, first came up with the glam rock cover band while playing open mic nights and taking guitar lessons from the man who would become his “music husband,” Jevon Daly. Along with Gary Pratt and Andy Pitts, they would serve as the island’s premiere party band for nearly 16 years during a time that saw Blue Nite become Riders, and original sounds emerge on the island. Original sounds begat original music, as the island experienced a wave of acts that were looking to establish their own legacies. The nucleus of this original music movement has been Swampfire Records, founded by John Cranford. Along with recording original music from local bands, Swampfire’s annual showcase served as a love letter to the island’s music scene. In addition to Swampfire, Cranford’s band, Cranford Hollow, had an indelible impact on local music, not only providing a soundtrack to the party scene but also adding original music to the island’s dynamic. “At the end of the day, regardless of the venue or locale, we’re pretty lucky to live in this community that has historically supported music for 40 years,” he said. “I would put Hilton Head Island’s music scene against any major city.”

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" Earl is one of those guys where everyone would tell you he's their best friend." - LAVON STEVENS

BEYOND THE MUSIC Earl Williams feels he survived the music business all these years because of his decision to become an entertainer, not just a musician. He has played with many famous musicians including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and Chubby Checker. He toured with The Commodores from 1976 to 1980.


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Maybe you’ve heard him every other Wednesday night at The Jazz Corner. Maybe your memory goes back to when he was the entertainer-in-residence at The Crow’s Nest. Regardless of where you’ve seen him, if you’re a fan of local music at all, you’ve heard Earl Williams. And if you’ve heard Earl Williams, you’ve experienced a moment in the ongoing legend of Hilton Head Island’s consummate entertainers. Before he’d even set foot on Hilton Head Island, Williams had established himself as a powerhouse musician. In college, he was part of the Aristocrats of Bands marching band, the famed HBCU troupe which played at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. He’d also spent 15 year’s at Atlanta’s “Lark and Dove” dinner club honing his musical and comedic chops with pianist Jerry Farber. Ernest Vantreese had been a roommate and bandmate back at Tennessee State before going on to play with the likes of B.B. King and Ray Charles. Vantreese and Williams were part of a trio who scored a minor hit around Nashville called, “You Know What You Do,” and they would play together off and on throughout the years. “Earl has been a big part of my life… he was the best man at my wedding,” said Vantreese. “The thing with Earl is, he’s always been Earl.”

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And if you’ve seen Williams play, you know exactly what that means. Part of the joy of watching an Earl Williams show comes from the sheer bombastic personality of the man behind the music. “I can’t repeat some of the bits he used to do,” said Bobby Ryder, a deep chuckle punctuating his sentence. Ryder has traded off Wednesday nights at the Jazz Corner with Earl Williams for years, but long before that, they were two pillars of the music scene. “We’ve never worked with each other, but we’ve sat in with each other. We have a mutual respect.” And while he can’t repeat the bit, it’s one you’ve likely heard as it’s one of Williams’ favorites. It involves introducing a musician and bragging on their outfit: $500 Florsheim shoes, $600 Italian suit, $800 silk shirt… and Kmart socks. “That’s an old bit,” added Ryder. “I remember being a kid sneaking into bars, and they would do that same bit… He does a lot of the comedy, but he’s a really good saxophone player.” For the last 18 years, that blend of side-splitting banter and toetapping music has made him a mainstay at The Jazz Corner. “Earl… is an integral part of the Jazz Corner family,” said Lois Masteller. “Earl is a consummate musician who LOVES what he does. His enthusiasm for jazz is infectious, and his dedication to entertaining his audiences in the most enjoyable way possible endears him to every audience member.” The legend of Earl Williams the performer, however, can’t hold a candle to the legend of Earl Williams the friend to every musician he meets. “Earl is one of those guys where everyone would tell you he’s their best friend,” said Lavon Stevens. “I can honestly say that we’re pretty close. I wouldn’t say I’m his best friend, because he has so many.” That said, the pair go way back to the nascent days of the island’s music scene, when Williams was playing the Crow’s Nest and Stevens was playing at a place called Scratch McGoos (located in what is now Brother Shuckers). “I’d go see his show, he’d see mine and we just got to be friends,” said Stevens. If there’s anything Earl Williams has become known for, apart from his bottomless talents and inimitable stage presence, it’s the friendships he’s formed. “I usually talk to him once a week or once every other week. I pick up the phone just to get uplifted because he’s funny as (heck),” said fellow musician Sterlin Colvin. “He’s just a great person.” Colvin recalls being confined to bed rest after an accident, and how Williams went out of his way to bring a little bit of happiness to a terrible situation. “Both of my quad muscles were detached. I had to be in a hospital bed in my living room for two and a half months… out of all the people I knew, Earl was the one who came by my house and brought me dinner when I - LAVON STEVENS

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“My life secretly mirrored his – I didn’t know I was trying to be like him, I just was. I didn’t think about it.” - KEBBI WILLIAMS

first got home,” said Colvin. “It was one of the greatest gestures.” It’s the humor and humanity behind the music that make Earl Williams such a great entertainer, but all of that doesn’t mean much on stage if there isn’t tremendous skill to back it up. And Williams has that by the truckload. “He has one of the greatest feels of any musicians that I have met from around the world,” said Colvin. “He can play three notes on a piano and make me say, ‘Oh my god.’” “I’ve learned so much from Earl,” said Stevens. “He is the consummate entertainer. He loves to make people feel good, and he’s a master musician... He’s one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with.” His impact on his fellow musicians has been enormous, whether mentoring on stage or by helping give up-and-coming players their first gig. Another local musician, Reggie Deas, benefited from both. The frontman for Deas Guyz used to come up from Savannah just to see Williams play, eventually landing a spot on stage with him as well as getting bookings for his band at the time, the Blue Sonics. “One thing that Earl would always say to me – and I could never tell if I should take it as an insult or as good advice – he’d come up to me after a show and say, ‘Reggie, don’t ever quit your day job,” said Deas with a laugh. “I was like, ‘What’s he trying to tell me?’ I’ve been in education for 29 years, so it turned out to be good advice.” But perhaps no musician has benefited more from Earl’s largesse than his own son, Kebbi. The Grammy award-winning tenor sax player, who has performed alongside groups such as Outkast, learned to play to a crowd on the stage at the Crow’s Nest under his dad’s eye. “He taught me everything I know,” said Kebbi, who still plays the 1920s-era sax that Earl gave him. “My life secretly mirrored his – I didn’t know I was trying to be like him, I just was. I didn’t think about it.”As close as he is to his dad, to hear Kebbi speak about Earl Williams the musician is to hear the same sense of awe as nearly every musician who has crossed paths with the legendary entertainer. He talks of early days listening to Earl play at the Crow’s Nest. He talks of a legacy that extends far beyond the shores of Hilton Head Island (“When I first started playing around Atlanta, I heard a lot of ‘Oh, you’re Earl’s boy.’”). And he talks of a true musician’s musician, who continues to touch lives everywhere he goes. Putting it simply, Kebbi says of his father, “He’s touched a lot of people.” LL


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Some of them have local roots and some of them have chosen to become locals for good reason. Either way, there is no shortage of musical talent close to home. They sing, they write songs and they play instruments. They’ve performed all over the world, but you can catch a few of them at your favorite local restaurant or bar on the right night. They’ll inspire you to go out and chase your dreams, while remembering you’ll always find your way back home. Here are a few musicians with local connections who have made it big:

DARIUS RUCKER From Charleston, Rucker is the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. The band was formed with school friends while he was attending the University of South Carolina and frequently played the Hilton Head Island circuit. Rucker eventually went out on his own, becoming a country artist. Of his albums, four in a row topped the Billboard Country albums chart. His version of the song “Wagon Wheel” won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Solo Performance.” He hosts the annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate women's golf tournament at Long Cove Club and always performs for the golfers and Long Cove members.


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This world-famous musician, singer-songwriter, painter, actor and film director owns a vacation home on Daufuskie Island. He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits, including "Hurts So Good," "Jack & Diane," "Crumblin' Down” and “Pink Houses.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2008. The March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest magazine featured his Daufuskie home.

DUNCAN SHEIK Raised on Hilton Head, this singer’s single “Barely Breathing” made it to the top 20 on the U.S. Billboard chart in the ‘90s, staying on the top 100 chart for 55 weeks. Shortly after this success, Sheik took a break from recording his own albums, during which he composed music for rock musical "Spring Awakening." He won two Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for this music. Once his break was over, Sheik came back on the scene with music inspired by others’ perspectives, rather than his own.

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Hall grew up on Hilton Head Island, surrounded by music due in part to his father, Jeff, who is a drummer and musician. At age 16 he recorded his first album. Shortly after, he left the island for Los Angeles where he enrolled and studied classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy. During his senior year, he was signed to Geffen Records, which signaled the formal start of his career. He has collaborated with such acts as Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd, the John Butler Trio, Matisyahu and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

Hailing from Atlanta, this singer-songwriter is best known for the Grammy Award-winning song he wrote called “Cry,” made popular by Faith Hill. He has also written songs performed by Tim McGraw and Miley Cyrus. Aparo once performed with the Zac Brown Band too, but also has his own music. His discography includes seven albums. One of those, “The American,” features the original version of his song “Cry,” performed by Aparo himself. His versatile music taste includes folk, rock, country, punk and jazz. He now lives on Hilton Head and frequently plays shows around the Lowcountry.


JAY DEMARCUS Demarcus is a bassist, vocalist, pianist, record producer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the country pop group Rascal Flatts. He regularly visits Hilton Head Island and often plays sets with The Simpson Brothers. In 2018 he founded Red Street Records, an independent Christian music label.


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This popular hip hop DJ and producer was born in Beaufort. Around 1984, Jay met Rick Rubin and assisted him in laying the foundation for what would become Def Jam Recordings. The label's first official single was the single "It's Yours" by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay. Jay later introduced Rubin to Russell Simmons, creating one of the most important partnerships in hip hop production. Also a producer, Jay founded Jazzy Jay's Studio in the Bronx, where he produced early recordings by Diamond D, Fat Joe, Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest and others.



An American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter from Beaufort, he has released five albums under his own name and played on around 20 others. He is the director of creative development for the Music Maker Relief Foundation and is known for playing his guitar upside down. Legendary musician Taj Mahal stated that Ferguson ranks "among the five greatest guitarists in the world. He is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is with the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt." At various times, Ferguson has played the guitar backing Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Beverly Watkins and the Stylistics.

McCain attended the College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University for a while but ultimately found success as a musician. He was a regular on the Hilton Head music scene and credits Shannon Tanner as a mentor. He was signed to the same label as the band Hootie & the Blowfish, whom he toured with. Five of his 11 albums have reached the Billboard 200. His love songs, “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More” are among his most popular songs. One of his latest projects was a show on Animal Planet about restoring ships, one of McCain's hobbies. It was called "Flipping Ships."

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“Small Town” — John Mellencamp “Barely Breathing” — Duncan Sheik “I’ll Be” — Edwin McCain “Alright” — Darius Rucker “Cootie’s Jam” — Cool John Ferguson “Cold Chillin’ In The Spot” — Russell Rush & Jazzy Jay “Green Mountain State” — Trevor Hall “I Am Beautiful” — Candice Glover “Just Like You” — FM “What Hurts The Most” — Rascal Flatts “Spaceship” — Angie Aparo “Brother Where Are You?” — Freddie Cole “Home” — Zach Deputy “Bomb Through the Breeze” — Hannah Wicklund “Prince of Tides” — Jimmy Buffett

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Why you should learn it: The piano is a classic instrument which can be used to play just about any song. Not only that, but it’s known for reducing stress and strengthening muscles. Song for beginners: Theme from “New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak Song for experts: “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin Top local instructor: Jarrod Valenti has the chops. He's part of multiple bands on Hilton Head Island and used to be part of a band that toured nationally.

Bongo drum Why you should learn it: Turn the beat around with the bongo drums. These small percussion instruments are easy to learn and perfect for setting a catchy groove – all you need is rhythm. Song for beginners: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz Song for experts: “Wipeout” by the Surfaris Top local instructor: Jon Bruner is a percussion expert who has been drumming since he was just 4 years old.

Piccolo DID YOU KNOW? Learning to play an instrument can help kids learn to read and comprehend literature.


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Why you should learn it: Half the size of a flute, the piccolo is a small woodwind instrument that can play light, airy melodies. Start with the flute, then move on to this specialty instrument. Song for beginners: "My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” Song for experts: "Hedwig’s Theme” from “Harry Potter” Top local instructor: As the principal flutist of the Hilton Head Symphony for 15 years, Lorraine Jones knows what she’s talking about when it comes to the piccolo.

Guitar Why you should learn it: A guitar is all it takes to start a one-man band. There are no songs this stringed instrument can’t perform. Song for beginners: “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison Song for experts: “Cannonball” by Damien Rice Top local instructor: Bobby Magyarosi gives lessons and is an accomplished musician you might see out and about performing locally.

Ukulele Why you should learn it: The ukulele is easy to learn and allows for some serious showboating. Learn a few chords and some riffs, then bring it to a beach party and you’ll be the talk of the night. Song for beginners: “Riptide” by Vance Joy Song for experts: “He’s a Pirate” from “Pirates of the Caribbean” Top local instructor: Nick Primiano has the teaching thing down – aside from teaching music lessons, he formerly taught special education in the New York City public school system.



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Violin Why you should learn it: This instrument is a mood setter. It can play dark and dramatic songs just as easily as light and happy songs – whatever sound you’re going for. Song for beginners: “William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini Song for experts: “Violin Concerto No. 2” by Bartok Top local instructor: Connect with David Kimbell and he’ll teach you how to become a master on the strings.


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Banjo Why you should learn it: Not for the city slickers at heart, the banjo is a stringed instrument with the perfect amount of twang. Country music fans will want to take this instrument on all their backroad drives. Song for beginners: “Boil Them Cabbage Down” Song for experts: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by Earl Scruggs Top local instructor: David Kimbell is a local expert on stringed instruments. The banjo is included in his musical expertise.


Mandolin Why you should learn it: Whether your vibe is beachy or bluegrass, the mandolin is a small stringed instrument that can fit in with a variety of musical styles. Song for beginners: “Soldier’s Joy” Song for experts: “Minor Swing” by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli Top local instructor: David Kimbell is the guy to call. He’s been teaching music on Hilton Head Island since he got here in 1985.




Never underestimate the Marine behind the musician STORY BY LISA ALLEN + PHOTOS BY CPL TREY GREEN AND SGT VICTORIA RUSHAKOFF


Celebrating success is one of many things the Marines do well. Looking regal in their dress blues, they’re always itching to strike up the band or the quintet or the jazz combo. For more than 100 years, the Parris Island Marine Band has been the center of celebrations and ceremonies on the base and off. The band marches in local parades, performs at local festivals and some say, is the official kickoff of Christmas during Night on the Town in Beaufort. Our local traditions start with the Marine Band. When the band formed in 1917, musicians doubled as marksmanship instructors or close combat instructors. Today, they mostly stay in their lane, playing at up to 40 recruit graduations per year, plus other military ceremonies and events. Of course, if deployed, they’re ready for that too.


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“ O ne of the best parts about being a Marine musician is that there is no typical day.”

So, how does one become a member of the band? Is it a talent discovered during basic training? No. You start off that way, auditioning before one of seven recruiters in order to be accepted into the Marines and the band and drum and bugle corps. Marine musicians, with the exception of members of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, attend Marine Corps Recruit Training and Marine Combat Training to acquire basic skills as a Marine Corps rifleman. “The Marine Bands, much like the rest of the Marine Corps, are very competitive,” said Gunnery Sergeant Kristine Shaw, “Not only do we want to ensure that the best Marines are retained and promoted, but we want to be certain that the most qualified musicians are as well.”

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The Marines also look for that competitive streak, both with themselves and each other. “We all want to be better than we were the day before,” Shaw said. Once in, they can spend their Marine career as a musician. Each band has an officer in charge, a warrant officer who also serves as principal conductor. “Marine musicians, much like other Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), have a unique MOS designator, along with instrumental distinctions based upon what they play,” Shaw said. Instrumentalists can audition for other roles or apply for drum major, enlisted conductor, small ensemble leader, instrument repair technician or band officer. While only 8 percent of the Corps is female, one in five of the 56 members is female. The Marine Corps has 10 bands, plus "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and "The Commandant's Own" Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the only full-time active duty drum corps in the United States Armed Forces. In addition to the Parris Island Marine Band, the Marine Corps has bands in Quantico, Virginia; two bands in North Carolina; one in New Orleans, Louisiana; three bands in California; a band in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; and one band in Okinawa, Japan.

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Each day is based on the band's performance schedule, very often weekends, evenings and holidays. Non-performance days begin with physical training and large ensemble rehearsals, followed by chamber ensembles. Other duties include working in the band's music library or public affairs office, coordinating transportation, maintaining the band's supply and instrument repair offices or writing correspondence and managing the calendar. “One of the best parts about being a Marine musician is that there is no typical day,” Shaw said. At any time, Marine musicians belonging to Divisions and Air Wings might deploy to support their commands in combat zones. All Marines receive extensive additional training leading up to any possible deployments to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for anything they may encounter. They’re Marines. They’re ready for anything, be it combat or song request. LL

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MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE Anthony "Baby Joker" Johnson is a member of the local rap group Spiritual Gangsters. His lyrics touch on Gullah history and the many challenges the community faces.











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Trying to tease out only music from Gullah culture is like trying to detect only the salt in the rich aroma of pluff mud. The word Gullah fires every sense. The taste of the food, the sound of the music and the language, the sight of sweetgrass baskets and vivid paintings. The feel of fabrics and the smell of salt air and rich soil. In short, it captures all that it means to be a Gullah descendent in the Lowcountry.



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Enslaved people created the Gullah culture, a blend of their African roots and the traditions and language they formed as a way to express themselves and communicate with each other within the confines of bondage. The music encompasses everything from spirituals in the 1600s, to the international fame of Beaufort’s Hallelujah Singers in the 1990s, to today’s Grammy-award-winning group Ranky Tanky from Charleston. Locally, artists are preserving Gullah music and adding jazz, blues, even gangster rap to it, keeping it vibrant and relevant. On Hilton Head, the Spiritual Gangsters, comprised of Anthony Johnson and Quintin Smalls, wrote 23 tracks on the album Spiritual Gangsters Mixtape to tell about the issues and struggles of the Gullah people, then and now. “I am using my platform to bring these issues to the public and anyone who is willing to listen and assist us in getting our concerns and issues addressed as well as to help save the Gullah land and culture,” Johnson said. Johnson, 34, who started rapping at age 2 and launched a record label at age 16, said he was pulled to Gullah music from gangster rap when he learned more about Hilton Head where his great-grandmother grew up. Today, the family is fighting the validity of a last-minute change to a relative’s will that took land from the family. As he learned more about his Gullah heritage, Johnson realized his family wasn’t alone. He said the Gullah community has lost countless acres to fraud and deception.


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“Now I rap about history, mystery, Biblical truths and spiritual enlightenment. I learned how land was taken from the original first free slaves of the Americas,” he said. His current project, Angel Code, intends to shed more light on that oppressive history. Smalls, 28, and a Hilton Head native, began writing poetry and songs at age 14. He met Johnson and became the other half of Spiritual Gangsters because of its focus on his Gullah history. “Gate2GateG2G Records created Spiritual Gangsters for the purpose of identifying Gullah issues and promoting the Gullah culture,” Johnson said. “Spiritual Gangsters’ music evolved out of the bad conditions the culture has been put under by corruption, and loss of land through deception and fraud,” Johnson said. “This area, Mitchelville, was the foundation of our civilization. The land is the culture and it has been and continues to be taken from our native Gullah families,” Smalls said. Johnson said the group’s name comes from blending his old gangster rap with a larger spiritual component based in his Gullah heritage. “My lifelong vision is to use my lyrical rap talent for God in a way that even gangsters can understand.” Singer and songwriter Mahoganee Amiger, 50, of St. Helena Island also uses Gullah as the core of her music. “I love our dialect and the phrasing and the emotion and memories it evokes,” she said. “That’s what makes it Gullah. I try to be as authentic as I can be to the music.” She considers Gullah an international culture with its roots firmly here. She’s heard it in Belize and Cuba where she was an artist in residence. “After returning home to SC, I realized I didn’t really know myself until I came back home and was able to see it through a different lens. My heart sometimes struggles with how I feel about home because of the treatment of Black people. Music allows me to channel those emotions in a way that makes it make sense to my soul.

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“It is my purpose and intent to create music that has culturally relevant content to let the listener know my roots. I am immensely proud and excited to just do and be me, which allows me to be authentic. I don’t subscribe to anyone’s view or perception of who I should be. I am at the core, a Black woman, a country ‘gurl’ from South Carolina, and the more I learn about my history and culture, the more I fall in love with myself. Gullah allowed me to tap into a magical place within myself and within my music. I’m a storyteller who tells in a way that only I can relay. For that I am forever grateful.” The flexibility of Gullah music is what will keep it alive, said Anita Singleton-Prather, a storyteller and one of the founders of Hallelujah Singers, and now Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk. “It has evolved, and we have to be careful to not deem the new music as not authentic. I don’t see it dying. There is a renewed appreciation,” she said. Singleton-Prather added Gullah to South Carolina’s ETV, brought it to classrooms, the stage and to the annual Gullah Festival each Memorial Day weekend in Beaufort. “I’ve told white children that they are Gullah,” she said. “I’ve taught Black children that they are Gullah and shown them who they are and whose they are. This is not a second-rate culture that exists just to entertain the tourists. It’s the foundation of American music. We are a ministry. Our job is to be seed planters.” LL

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Candice Glover, a native of St. Helena Island, won the American Idol competition in 2013 and has been performing, arranging music and writing ever since. She performed on a cruise ship recently and got trapped on the ship for a month because of COVID. No port would accept the ship because of the virus threat. She’s on land again, resuming her life of making music and being a music coordinator and student at SCAD, while adjusting to a different world because of COVID and protests over racial inequality. AMERICAN WOMAN St. Helena Island's Candice Glover won the12th season of American Idol. She sings R&B, jazz, pop and soul.


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[LOCAL Life] Where are you living these days? [Candice Glover] I live wherever I do shows. Whenever I’m not doing shows, I’m the music coordinator for Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, so I alternate between its Atlanta and Savannah campuses. [LL] What projects are you working on? [CG] I’m working on music, but I’m not in a rush because I want everything to be perfect. I’m actually on a plane to Houston right now (pray for me) to make some music with my favorite producers. SCAD is also a never-ending project for me because I get to work with the university’s best singers and create amazing productions for them. I also study dramatic writing at SCAD on a full scholarship, and I sing with the group as well. I wanted to be a writer before I wanted to be a singer way back in 5th grade. I’m looking forward to putting out some new movies and shows as I learn more, and this fall I hope to dive deeper with my writing, and with the singing ensemble on black culture. Hopefully, we can create some moving projects and performances for our university and everywhere.


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[LL] I know you performed on a cruise ship in the Pacific Ocean and got stuck on the ship because ports weren’t accepting ships into harbor because of COVID. Given that, would you work on a cruise ship again? Tell us a little about that experience. [CG] I was on the cruise ship for six months to perform, seven counting the month of rehearsal in Tampa, and eight counting the month I got stuck on the ship. I was scheduled to disembark on March 15 in Bora Bora, but they closed their borders to us the very day before. From there, we headed back to Suva, Fiji, where we came from, but by that time, they were closed, too! From there, we headed to Tauranga, New Zealand, a six-day trip, and were turned away when New Zealand decided not to accept ships either. From there, we headed to the American Samoan Islands, but only to get gas. No one was allowed to get off the ship. This is when Corona was getting serious, so you can imagine how stressed we all were that we wouldn’t be able to go home like we planned. Well, in the end, we headed from Samoa to Hawaii and stayed there for seven days trying to convince them to let us off. Even though I was just a guest entertainer, I was even on the phones with the Department of Travel and the Customs Border Control. I couldn’t get through to anyone. I felt like I would never make it home! Finally, after those seven days, we took another sixday trip to L.A., where I was able to disembark on April 4. It was the happiest day of my life! I spent a month in quarantine in Savannah before visiting my family even though we’re very blessed to not have the virus

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on the ship at all. I was missing my friends and family the most around that time. The shows were probably my favorite productions that I’ve ever put on! I played the Disco Diva in a show called VELVET. I wore the most beautiful dresses, and in my role I took this boy named “Country Mike” on a journey through boogie wonderland, complete with aerialists from Cirque and sirens and dancers for a whole grand event! I also did my own production on the main stage, A Night with Candice Glover, where guests got to know me better with stories and songs I did on TV as well as some of my favorite songs I just love to sing. I wanted my family to come see me SO BADLY, just because of how proud I was of the shows, but I was on a cruise itinerary that stayed in the Pacific Ocean, primarily New Zealand, Australia, and the French Polynesian islands. Seeing the world was also a favorite part of mine as well. I’m used to traveling alone, but that was the longest I’ve ever been away.” [LL] What are some positives that have come out of this new postvirus world we're living in? [CG] A positive for me would be my health and fitness. I’ve given up meat and I’ve been trying out new vegetarian recipes. I think this was positive for me because I can actually be in one place while I’m in quarantine instead of traveling. I can go to the grocery store for what I want to make, and work out as often as I want. [LL] Have you participated in any of the protests? Why or why not? [CG] I haven’t just because I haven’t been in one place long enough. I was home for a day or so and saw the protesters in front of the courthouse in Beaufort, and I wanted to get out and protest with them! It’s really hurtful to deal with the recent events as a black person. I can feel it in the deepest part of me, and I know that every black person feels that pain. It’s hard to fathom that this could actually happen to us, you know? My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one or had to deal with the racism that still cripples this country. It’s time for it to end. Period. [LL] What message do you have for people of color in Beaufort County? What would you like to see changed in your hometown? [CG] I just want to see my hometown showing more love to one another because that is what will hold us together. There is so much talent in Beaufort County, and I would love to collaborate on some kind of collective project that we could all benefit from! I want to see us all winning and succeeding, and that starts with love for each other. And let’s make the old Publix (on Lady’s Island) into a Sky Zone or something for the kids! LL

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Music and art:


A harmonious relationship Solo In C Sharp by Dan Graziano (Red Piano Gallery)

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Music and visual art remain closely intertwined — music inspires art, art inspires music. For our music issue, we asked a few of our favorite art galleries to hit the high notes on this creative, harmonious connection.

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The Golden Teapot by Rino Gonzalez (Endangered Arts)

My One and Only Love by Rino Gonzalez (Endangered Arts)

Come experience the “Joffrey” ballet at Endangered Arts Gallery!!! “Joffrey” bronze sculpture by Joseph Quillan

A diverse collection of originals, limited editions and bronze sculptures on display and available at the gallery.

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Does the bright inner cinema of the mind come only from the gray

Are the track marks tiny sandpipers make haiku waiting to be read? Are the cries of gulls riddles or answers? When will the throngs return to the beaches And flower sands and minds with colors? Does the sea prefer the golden laughter of the sun or the moon’s silver tears? What will grow from all the mulching of so many lost dreams and broken hearts? What do mirrors think about in the dark? Can any signal-jamming magic hunched in the heart of this rainy night stop the message transmitting from the red winking eye of the distant radio tower? Are you lonely? Are you lonely? Are you lonely tonight? — Michael Bassett

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Southern music destinations



While there’s a great music scene close to home, you never know what you may find by branching out to other cities in the South. Plan a weekend trip, pack your bags and catch a plane to immerse yourself in the music. If you’re up for a drive, make it a road trip so you can pepper the experience with pit stops. You’ll find streets teeming with performers, charming local haunts with personalities all their own and famous venues everyone must visit at least once. These cities are rich with musical history you can still feel today. You’re certain to find variety – headliners and newbies share the scenes, as well as country artists, rock artists and blues artists. Each city has its trademark, so you’ll want to add them all to your bucket list. Get cultured by visiting these six iconic music scenes:


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Beale Street; Memphis, Tennessee

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Why the music scene is great: Austin’s motto is “Live Music Capital of the World,” so you better believe you’re going to find a happening music scene here. Live music at the airport means your first impression of the city will include music. There are over 250 live music venues, so skim through the city’s website to find one that suits your taste. Catch it at the right time of year for a music festival, such as Austin City Limits.

Why the music scene is great: Music lovers will feel right at home in Nashville, known as “Music City.” You'll find every genre of music here. If you’re lucky, you may bump into a famous musician – lots of stars call the city home. At the end of the summer, the Live on the Green music festival is a must. Press a phonograph disc in the Third Man Record Booth at Jack White’s Third Man Records or check out the Johnny Cash Museum.

Top spots for live music: The Continental Club is called the granddaddy of live music venues. Tap your toes at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, listen to great blues at Antone’s or discover one of the many hidden gems tucked into the Red River district.

Top spots for live music: The Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Café and the Cannery Row complex in SoBro (Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, The High Watt). The 5 Spot was the first stop on Lady Gaga’s dive bar tour in 2016 and is featured on the hit show Nashville.

Get there: A 1,161-mile drive will take you a little over 17 hours. If you’re not up for the road trip, fly from Savannah and you’ll be in the air less than five hours with only one stop.

Get there: The 529-mile drive is about eight hours or fly directly from Savannah – it’ll only take an hour and a half.

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Why the music scene is great: As the “Home of Blues, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll,” you’ll find live music somewhere in the city every day of the week. You’ll want to grab some of Memphis’ world-famous barbecue while you enjoy the shows. Music legends Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash were discovered in Memphis, so the city is rich with musical history. Beale Street in downtown is lined with blues clubs and restaurants.

Why the music scene is great: Bands such as R.E.M., The B-52s and Widespread Panic were born in Athens. Take a music history walking tour, catch a headliner stopping by or hear one of the hundreds of bands currently based in the city. Stop by a brewery in between shows, too, as Athens is home to a thriving craft beer scene. If you’re hungry, grab a bite at Weaver D’s. Its slogan “Automatic for the People” was made famous after R.E.M. used it for an album title. Be sure to stop in Wuxtry Records.

Top spots for live music: Add the original B.B. King’s Blues Club, Lafayette’s Music Room and Young Avenue Deli to your itinerary. Silky O'Sullivan’s is always a fun experience. Get there: Take a 10-hour, 670-mile drive or hop on a plane out of Savannah for a fourhour flight with one stop.

Top spots for live music: You can’t go wrong with 40 Watt Club, Georgia Theatre or Little Kings Shuffle Club. The World Famous is a great spot for late-night fun. Get there: The 230-mile drive is only about four hours. Take a quick, hour-long flight with no stops from Savannah to save some time.

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Why the music scene is great: New Orleans is known for taking its music to the streets. The swirl of street performers gives this city personality. The music scene is diverse from one street to the next – Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street, Royal Street and others all have their own feel.

Why the music scene is great: Hip-hop fans will be right at home in Atlanta, the capital of modern rap. Other genres are represented too, and the best part is, you’ll find genre mixing. For example, the popular song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, an Atlanta native, combined hip hop and country to create something new.

Top spots for live music: Favorites include Blue Nile, Maison Bourbon, Dragon’s Den and One Eyed Jacks. Check out The Soul Rebels on Thursday nights at Le Bon Temps Rouler or Smoking Time Jazz Club on Tuesdays at The Spotted Cat Music Club.

Top spots for live music: See great live performances at Terminal West, The Roxy, Variety Playhouse and The Tabernacle, a church-turned-concert hall.

Get there: The 675-mile road trip takes 10 hours, but you can fly out of Savannah and be there in around four hours with only one stop.

Get there: It’ll only take about 4 1/2 hours to drive the 280 miles to the city. Alternatively, take a direct flight from Savannah and you’ll only be in the air for about an hour.

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Provocative talks

WACHH Friday Speaker Series: Return of Great Power Rivalries The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head has has released dates for its popular Friday Speaker Series. The theme of the series is “Return of Great Power Rivalries.” The 2018 National Defense Strategy acknowledges an increasingly complex global security environment and the re-emergence of long-term, strategic competition between nations. This environment potentially presents a challenge to U.S. prosperity and security by revisionist powers. China, Russia and other economic and military powers want to shape a world consistent with their own. This upcoming 2020/21 speaker series will feature diplomats, military leaders, senior policy makers and scholars discussing this return of great power rivalries. Each featured speaker will address the audience for approximately 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. The programs start at 10 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. For an up-to-date listing of speakers and their biographies, go to wachh.org. Call 843-384-6758 for more information. Join WACHH online at wachh.org. How the West Lost its Way When: Oct. 2 Who: Doug Lute, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO

WACHH Summer Forum webinars Part of the Words Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s mission is to reach beyond its membership to the wider community to provide information on international affairs and its effect on global policies. Summer Forum programs are free and open to the public. Each session is from 10-11:30 a.m. via webinar. Register at wachh.org and a link to the presentation will be sent to you. Call 843-384-6758 for more details.

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Russia and China: Benign Friendship or Malignant Game-Changer? When: Oct. 23 Who: Mathew Burrows, Director, Foresight, Strategy and Risk Initiative at the Atlantic Council

When: Aug. 19 Who: Author Richard Thomas focuses his original perspective on the history of the Southeastern coastline. His stories and the unmistakable implications chronicle 450 years of ground-breaking initiatives taken in the region, leaving the reader with no doubt as to the extraordinary role Beaufort County has played in the evolution of the American character and culture.

When: Sept. 16 Who: George Kanuck, co-chair of the Low Country Immigration Coalition, will be discussing both legal and undocumented aspects of immigration and their impact on Beaufort County, what we should understand about DACA, and what current comprehensive legislation is trying to solve.

Mitchelville (a virtual reading) Description: When a young man tries to save his Gullah family home, he dives into the history of his family lineage, the Civil War, and the first town of Black freedmen in America. Mitchelville, by Aurin Squire, is a story about learning from the past, saving for the future, and keeping a tradition going. When: October

QuaranLean Description: QuaranLean is a new video series hosted by Lean Ensemble Theater's founding artistic & executive director, Blake White. Episodes feature ensemble members, cast and crew and members of the Hilton Head artistic community who discuss theatre, past Lean experiences, life in the arts and what's giving us hope right now. Watch the show at leanensemble.org.

Palmetto Animal League’s 11th annual Online Auction Browse the online catalog that showcases some of the best products and services our area has to offer. There is something for everyone, including “animal sponsorships” available for those who may not want to shop but still want to help animals. All proceeds go to support PAL’s compassionate, no-kill animal rescue programs that keep homeless pets from slipping through the cracks. The auction goes live at 8 a.m. on August 6. ONLINE AUCTION When: 8 a.m., Aug. 6-9 Details and More: PALauction.org

2020 Real Estate Market Update: Up, Down or Sideways? Local Real Estate industry experts Jean Beck (Hilton Head Area Realtors) and Ric Spiehs (Coastal States Mortgage) join top Realtors Catherine Donaldson and Monica Davis in a webinar to discuss what communities are “on fire” right now, new policies, who is moving here and other recent developments. Watch the webinar online at LocalLifeSC.com.


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August Happenings

Fewer Faculty + Fewer Students = Fewer Opportunities for Exposure on Campus

An Intimate Evening with Angie Aparo If this music issue has you excited to catch a live performance, consider an intimate evening with Angie Aparo at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, at FISH. Aparo wrote “Cry,” a song made famous by Faith Hill. He also wrote the song “Free Man,” made popular by Tim McGraw. Coligny Plaza is a great spot for live music this month with live music seven days a week. Listen to nightly and weekend performances at FISH, Big Bamboo, The Sandbar and Frosty Frog.

We limit cross contamination and exposure for a safer environment for our students. RM




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• Extremely small class sizes

• Hybrid attendance with flexibility • Daily enhanced disinfecting and sanitation cleaning practices Quality education at an affordable price


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In light of recent events, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry made the decision to postpone its annual fundraiser, the Yacht Hop of Hilton Head Island. The Yacht Hop takes place in the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Guests are invited to step aboard yachts and be treated to hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s patient care programs. To learn more about Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, go to hospicecarelc.org.

Joel D. Holmes Memorial Golf Tournament A golf outing to honor Joel D. Holmes, benefiting The First Tee of the Lowcountry, is set for a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Sept. 20 at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes. The cost is $100 per player, with four players per team with a modified Texas Scramble format. For more information, call 843-957-9585 or email stvnh63@gmail.com.

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Flowers in the sand Local artist Penny Healy celebrated the Fourth of July in unique fashion, displaying paintings from her “50 State Flowers” series on the beach. Healy created a state flower each day on oil canvas. She will be the featured artist for the month of October at SoBA Gallery in Bluffton. All of the state flower paintings will be on exhibit and for sale. See more of Healy’s work at pennyfineart.com.

The Town of Bluffton has waived membership fees (Value: $500 a year) at the Don Ryan Center for Innovation for 12 months, including FREE ACCESS to The HUB, all workshops/events and opportunities for consultations with our Mentors. Your FREE membership includes: + +

Happy trail The final birdhouse was added to the Habersham Discovery Trail on June 19. Residents Paul Metzger and Maddy Scutta created the “Firehouse" Wren box as a tribute to first responders. The one-mile Discovery Trail gives visitors a taste of Hambersham’s walkable neighborhood, amenities, restaurants, galleries, retail shops, and health and wellness businesses.



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Help a Nonprofit or Restaurant. Organizations nationwide have been turned upside down by the coronavirus crisis, including many Lowcountry nonprofits and restaurants serving our great community. For those who want to help, it can be hard to know where to start. ©PHOTO BY LISA STAFF

would like to lend a hand. Help your favorite nonprofit or restaurant stay in the public eye by making a donation toward an ad in our July, August or September issue of Local Life magazine. We’ll contact the organization and help them prepare an ad that ensures they’re not forgotten. Local Life will provide: • Ad Design • Preferred Rates • Digital & Social

Donor will receive: • The best donor audience • Recognition (“This ad made possible by”)

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Carts on parade Spring Island hosted its annual Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade. Residents decked out their carts, bikes and trailers in red, white, and blue. Prizes were awarded for the most creative and most patriotic. Many members of the community also enjoyed a special Fourth of July ready-to-go meal kit with burgers, hot dogs and whoopee pies.

A new sea turtle sculpture by local artist Mira Scott was installed near the Tiki Hut. “Lights Out Myrtle” takes the place of “Myrtle the Turtle,” which has been donated to the new Sandbox Children’s Museum. The statue is based on Mira Scott’s painting “Little Dipper” and serves as a reminder to keep the beach dark at night to help turtle hatchlings safely make their journey to the ocean.

Coronavirus Chronicles Doing good for our neighborhoods Community Foundation awards $61,155 in COVID-19 related grants

To assist local businesses in this unprecedented time, DRCI is offering a free year of membership to provide local businesses with the resources, services and programs to help them get back on their feet, as well as help new businesses launch in the community. To learn more about how you can take advantage of the DRCI’s free annual membership, and to see the many programs and services offered through the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, visit donryancenter.com.

In its seventh round of COVID-19-related grantmaking since April, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded an additional $61,155 to six organizations (Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, Greater Cherry Grove Food Pantry, Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Marshview Community Organic Farm, Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper, Real Champions) that are addressing critical needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. To date, a total of $475,717 has been granted to 35 organizations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Visit cf-lowcountry.org to make a tax-exempt donation to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund.

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We are sad to announce that the 2020 Yacht Hop has been postponed. Amid the ongoing uncertainty, we remain hopeful to bring the event back in 2021 and will keep you informed once a new date has been set. Until then, we hope you all stay safe and healthy! “As the Admirals of the Yacht Hop, we urge you to continue to support Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and the restaurants who have participated in the event over the years. After all, they need our support now more than ever. We look forward to seeing you all next year!” – Billy and Brenda Watterson

To support us, call 843-706-2296 7 Plantation Park Dr, Unit 4, Bluffton, SC | www.hospicecarelc.org Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, Inc. is a registered 501-C(3) nonprofit organization. Serving Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties since 1982.

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marketplace REAL ESTATE

Million-dollar dream homes Looking to live in luxury? LOCAL Life is offering readers an exclusive passport to the most exquisite and unique real estate listings available in the Lowcountry. Here are a few homes you are sure to love. We feel these luxury properties — located in Bluffton and Sea Pines — are the epitome of opulence. We’re calling this section the Real Estate Marketplace. If you are looking to purchase an amazing Lowcountry home, these properties should be at the top of your list.


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135 Gascoigne Bluff Road, Bluffton Sotheby's International Realty Catherine Donaldson 843.338.2069 Inquire for Pricing

Real Estate Marketplace

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75 Baynard Cove Road, Sea Pines

4 Long Marsh Lane, Sea Pines

Spectacular high spec remodel with beautiful views & a short bike ride to the beach. Chef's kitchen with Sub Zero, Jenn Airs and 2 dishwashers. Outdoor built-in Lynx grill and Green Egg Smoker. Clean. Contemporary. Private. Space. Visit imoto.com/tour/75-baynard-cove-road-south-carolina $1,890,000

Beautiful 6,000 sq ft, open floor plan, marsh front custom home. Views of Intracoastal Waterway. 6 bedrooms, 7 baths w/master on 1st floor with steam shower, sauna & fireplace. Fireplace in living and great rooms. Huge multi-purpose office/room with built-ins & kids playhouse. Large outdoor deck. Only 20 homes on island w/private pool & tennis court. New roof, 5 newer HVAC units, all new carpeting, 2 car garage on cul-de-sac and a dog shower! $1,549,000

Dana Advocaat 843.422.3988

Bill Buryk 843.422.4431


35 Linden Plantation Road, Bluffton


3 Sandhill Crane Road, Sea Pines

Arguably the rarest of opportunities along the banks of the May River, as parcels like this simply do not exist. A total of 25 acres with two residences, both the main home and guest home have been exceptionally maintained, with recent extensive remodeling to both structures. The dock is undoubtedly the largest private residential dock on the May River, spanning nearly 150 feet in total length with significant deepwater at all tides. $3,500,000

Spacious ocean-oriented, world-renowned Sea Pines. Light and bright offering living & dining spaces on each floor, five spacious bedrooms ALL with en suite bathrooms. Great spaces for gathering and making memories and only steps from the best beaches of the world's favorite US island! Fireplace, wine cooler, two balconies, a two-car garage and heated pool complete this marvel home! Often rented but worthwhile to see inside. $1,495,000

Catherine Donaldson 843.338.2069

Susan 843.816.6388 TammyOchsner Nelson 843.846.2678


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Three Little Birds

Lawton Pond, Sea Pines

“One morning I spotted this fishing trio that was working together as a team instead of competing with each other. It was amazing to watch their coordinated efforts, and having a zoom lens allowed me to get a close-up of their beautiful flowing white plumage." - CAROL TUNNICLIFFE, HILTON HEAD ISLAND

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