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P 2013 ISSUE PUBLISHER Small Miracles Media, LLC EDITOR Tamela Maxim EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Bruce Oertel CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara K. Clark Leigh Copeland Frank Dunne, Jr. Monique Guffey Carolyn Grant Annelore Harrell Tamela Maxim Glen McCaskey Happy Petry Cindy Reed Tom Reed Ed Rodgers Cinda Seamon Debbie Szpanka Andy Twisdale Kathryn Wall David Warren Iva Welton CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Glen McCaskey IWL Photography Tamela Maxim SALES Bill Bricker PUBLICATION & ADVERTISING DESIGN Barbara Bricker of Small Miracles PREMIER LOWCOUNTRY Small Miracles Media, LLC P.O. Box 2870 Bluffton, SC 29910 Phone: (843) 706-9947 Fax: (888) 802-1627 Printed by Martin Printing Co., USA


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Well, another year and another great issue to share with readers. What a joy it continues to be to find out more about a place where we’ve lived for such a long time. Just proves that even at our age there are still many things to learn. This issue is chock-full of interesting features about the places and people who have made our part of the world so fascinating. Long-time Lowcountry resident, David Warren gives us a glimpse of the golf gems lying behind the gates. Iva Welton and Happy Petry convince us that the Arts are alive and well on both sides of that ole Broad River. In the Art Spotlights, we learn more about artists who are heading into a bright future and about one special gal who left us with memories of a talent unsurpassed. Frank Dunne gives property owners some hope in the eye of the storm. We learn about the wonderful work of Memory Matters in our Charity feature. We are so blessed to have their services available to area residents. They were selected as the recipients of this year’s cover painting. Be sure to check out all of the educational opportunities available at The Technical College of the Lowcountry. From recent high school grads to us “ole dogs,” TLC is providing much needed higher education and skill training. One of the most powerful features is our Faith article written by Tamela Maxim about an incredible woman - Valerie Walter. With her positive attitude and determination, Valerie is truly an inspiration to us and I’m sure will also be to all who read her story! In our Health section we take a special look at hypnotherapy and learn about the importance of good eye care for all, but especially for diabetics. And who better to take us on an exciting County historical trip than Glen McCaskey, helped by Bluffton’s first lady, Annelore Harrell. Be sure to check out the information on the Heritage Library and mark your calendars for the 350/30 Hilton Head Island Celebration coming up from September 30 through October 5th. And, we end the issue with a fascinating story about a special family determined to keep tradition alive in the Lowcountry - the Toomers of the Bluffton Oyster Factory. Wow! Did I say this issue was chock-full of good stuff? What a blessing it has been to work with each of the writers and folks represented on these pages. And, we would not be able to produce this publication without the support of our advertisers, whose love of and investment in the Lowcountry provide the products and services we all need to enjoy a wonderful quality of life here. Please give them your support. A big thank you to everyone involved. Enjoy the read! —Bill and Barbara Bricker, publishers “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” —Psalms 136:1



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10 Activities Golf Course Archaeology 16 The Arts Beaufort Pleases the Senses 28 Business Turning Back the Storm 32 Charity Left or Right? Shower or Bath? 38 Education Visionary. Vibrant. Valued. Technical College of the Lowcountry 44 Faith Faith, Family and Fairy Tales 50 Health Hilton Head Hypnotherapy 58 Location Historic Teasers Across Beaufort County 64 People The Bluffton Oyster Factory: An Endearing and Endangered Species 76 Dining & Entertainment






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EXTRAS 6 Publisher’s Letter 8 Table of Contents 30 The State of Real Estate 33 Charity Spotlight: Memory Matters 52 Diabetes: Affecting Eye Health/Vision 60 Location Spotlight: The Heritage Library 61 Transition Checklist 62 A History of Bluffton 69 East Fork Ranch 72 Suggested Reads 74 Directory of Advertisers 82 Breaking The Code

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There was a time, not too long ago, when developer real estate and golf course construction dominated the Lowcountry. From Hilton Head to Beaufort – communities were designed by some of the best land planners in the country and the “who’s who” of golf course designers came to the Lowcountry and did some of their best work. Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Pete Dye and a host of other talented designers were regular visitors to our area. As these communities sold out their developer properties, the courses became private and less publicized in the golf world. They stopped their developer advertising campaigns, and their golf courses, instead of being a marketing tool, became the private course for their members. These golf masterpieces have aged gracefully and have now become some of golf’s great hidden gems.

Photo courtesy of Long Cove Club

When we were most aware of many of these courses they were brand new, but years bring maturity to the landscape and a better understanding of how to maintain the course, when to water, when to airify and when to fertilize. Directors of maintenance keep detailed notes on what works the best. It may take years to fine-tune this process. Not only has the landscaping evolved during this time, the types of grasses used on fairways



and greens have changed over the last 30 years. With better irrigation systems, different grasses could be used which changes not only the maintenance philosophy, but also the playability of these great courses. Another dramatic change in golf course evolution has been the change of equipment. With new technologies, advanced golf club designs have allowed members of all skill levels to hit the ball farther and straighter than they did when most of these courses were first envisioned. The challenge over the years has been to maintain these courses and to modify the designs to accommodate and adapt, as necessary, for members’ aging and lifestyle changes. The course designers often return again and again, not to make wholesale changes but more subtle improvements to make these courses more enjoyable for their membership. While some of the changes such as tree removal or moving bunkers can be easily seen, others are less obvious. Nearly all the courses reviewed have had major renovations to the irrigation systems. There have also been improvements in the philosophy of building golf greens over the years, and many of these courses have had their complete greens system replaced. Let’s revisit some of these spectacular layouts and see how they have aged over the years. Since its opening, The Long Cove Club on Hilton Head has been regarded as one of the South’s best golf courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Long Cove is not only a quality “members” course, but it is also a host course for some national and regional tournaments and continues to test some of the nation’s very best golfers. Bob Patton, Director of Golf said, “Members at Long Cove are extremely proud of the course,” and rightfully so. Pete Dye has made several trips to Long Cove to analyze the course, make tweaks to improve the playability, maintainability and the ultimate enjoyment of the members. At Colleton River there are two excellent courses – one designed by Jack Nicklaus and one designed by Pete Dye. The members of Colleton River play

these courses daily and both designers have returned to review and make improvements. As Director of Golf Matt Lucchesi commented, “both courses are

Photo courtesy of Colleton River Plantation

unique in their ability to be as demanding as they need to be for all levels of golf, ” and by adding additional tees, the courses have become more enjoyable for players who hit at different lengths. As a result, the design of the hole is felt by the long hitters as well as the golfers who do not hit the ball as far. Golf at Moss Creek provides some of the finest in all of the Lowcountry, with its two championship courses, Devil’s Elbow South and Devil’s Elbow North. Both courses were Fazio-designed more than 30 years ago, with the intention of making the game challenging for the low handicap golfers, as well as fair and playable for the higher handicap golfers. Over the years there have been several design projects resulting in completely rebuilt greens with new grass on both the greens and the fairways. There has also been a commitment to consistently upgrade the courses in terms of both cart paths and drainage systems. Over the years, trees have been removed and replaced, but always with the eye to maintaining the natural beauty and the ecosystems that are found on these two great courses. There is real beauty to each of them as you ride or walk down the fairways. Each course is lined with magnificent oak trees and tall airy pines, and these trees have shown how 30 years of growth can improve the look of the course and reveal the designer’s vision. continued...

Golf Course Archaeology

Photo courtesy of Dataw Island



Golf Course Archaeology continued...

Photo courtesy of Moss Creek Plantation


Perhaps one of the very best examples of these hidden gems of the Lowcountry is Dataw Island. Members enjoy both an Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio course; and after two years of renovation, these two courses have re-emerged as one of the Lowcountry’s best pairings in any private club. The Cotton Dike course has some of the best marsh vistas of any of the courses in the Lowcountry, and The Morgan River course is simply “a delight,”

according to Arthur Hills after reflecting on his work of art. Coupled with a renovation to the clubhouse, Dataw Island has maximized its assets for its membership. There are always unique challenges to a member’s course as the members are playing it again and again, thus the course must be interesting and challenging from many different locations. These two Dataw Island courses, like the others, have proven that a great design can last a test of time. Golf was an intricate part of the communities that first started developing in the Lowcountry some 30 years ago. It was one of the key amenities that these communities offered, and the challenges have been to adapt to new technology, new styles of play and facilitating updated designs. Over the years however, the true genius of the designs of these courses has been born out as they

David Warren

Director of Marketing Dataw Island David Warren has been in advertising and marketing on Hilton Head for 30 years. He is currently the director of marketing at Dataw Island. David and his wife Sally live in Spanish Wells and have one son David who lives in San Francisco.

Dataw Island Dataw Island is a unique community and club located in Beaufort South Carolina. Although Dataw Island has two golf courses, a tennis center, marina and community center with indoor pool and exercise facilities, Dataw Island has much more … a true sense of community. The tagline for Dataw Island is “a community of friends.” At Dataw Island they take this tagline very seriously. Perhaps no other community of the Lowcountry has such a sociable attitude and friendly lifestyle. In a place where golf is revered as highly as southern hospitality, amateurs and pros alike appreciate teeing off on a coastal showplace.


gracefully age and evolve through the dedication of their membership into the hidden gems of the Lowcountry.


Following the lay of the land, Dataw’s two world-class courses are challenging by nature’s own design. A series of dikes – originally created to generate more planting ground for cotton fields – guides Tom Fazio’s Cotton Dike layout. The marsh waters of Jenkins Creek mosey nearly halfway around the course’s 18 holes, creating a visual distraction that’s akin to a hazard. Narrower than the Cotton Dike, the Arthur Hills’ Morgan River Signature Course demands precision at every bend, while a combination of land and water challenges inspire strokes of genius. Although both courses are named for golf legends, the most important name at Dataw is yours. Within the gated 870 acres, you will find a wide selection of real estate options, from lavish custom homes to comfortable villas. Despite the diversity of residences, social spaces and recreational amenities ensure neighbors stay connected. The hub of activity is a 16,000 square foot community center and favored gathering place to mix and mingle. Truly the center of the Dataw Island community, however, is the impressive clubhouse where members can dine on casual fare or more formal offerings in the main dining room. Dataw Island stands alone among resort communities with this unique combination of amenities and activities, coupled with a friendly neighborly atmosphere that truly embodies the charm of this incredible island.





Local Cents Change Lowcountry Lives With Caring Coins Since 2003, Lowcountry Residents have been asked a simple question. What can you get for $0.50? Answers range from gumballs to fake tattoos. The luckiest can even find a vending machine still selling cans of soda now and then. However, for Hargray customers across the Lowcountry the answer is clear: $0.50 donated to the Caring Coins Foundation can change the lives of local residents in need. The Caring Coins Foundation was established by Hargray in 2003 with the express purpose of providing support to local nonprofit organizations in Bluffton, Hardeeville and Hilton Head. In 2008, the Foundation added Beaufort to its footprint. Participants in the program are Hargray customers who voluntarily round up their monthly bill. For an average of $6.00 each year – just $0.50 per month – participating customers are able to greatly impact the local community. The spare change collected monthly is disbursed quarterly by an independent Board of Directors and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Thanks to the generosity of Hargray customers, the foundation has distributed over $1.5 million since its inception eight years ago, with contributions slated to surpass $2 million in 2012. Monthly contributions add up to approximately $211,000 annually. The Caring Coins board meets in April, August and December of each calendar year to determine award amounts to local charities.



Eddie Andrews, Hargray’s Director of Marketing, credits former Marketing Director Donna Martin with having the vision, energy and determination to create the program. “The disbursements by Caring Coins make an immediate difference in our community and in the lives of so many people in Beaufort and Jasper counties,” commented Andrews. “This is made possible by tens of thousands of our customers rounding up their bill – a simple act that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of people who need our help,” Andrews commented. Andrews continued on, noting that, “…Caring Coins is purely a pass-through organization. There are no administration fees, no accruals, no paid board members, and 100% of the funds donated by customers [participating in the program] are distributed three times a year by an independent board of directors. The Chairperson, Paula Harper-Bethea, takes her role very seriously and considers it both a privilege and a duty to head the board. There are clearly-defined processes regarding consideration for disbursement and the board strictly adheres to established by-laws. There are no Hargray employees on the board.” How much is $0.50 worth to you? For the local residents touched by organizations supported by the Caring Coins Foundation, $0.50 is priceless. If you are a Hargray customer and would like to participate in the Caring Coins program, please contact Hargray at 1.877.HARGRAY to begin donating your spare change. About Caring Coins The Caring Coins Foundation began in August 2003 with the express purpose of providing additional support for 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations. Caring Coins has an independent board of directors from the Bluffton, Hilton Head and Hardeeville areas. Participating customers of Hargray Communications contribute approximately $211,000* per year. For more information, please call 341-COIN (2646) or visit About Hargray Hargray is a cable and telephone company providing a full suite of entertainment and communications services in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties in South Carolina and Chatham County, Georgia. The company also sells and publishes directories for several telephone companies and retirement communities across the Southeast. For more information, please visit


Forsythe Jewelers

For over 30 years, Forsythe Jewelers, located in The Shops at Sea Pines Center, has brought the world’s best designer jewelry and gifts to Hilton Head. Carrying the most popular designer brands – including David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, Simon G, John Hardy and Lagos – this third-generation family-owned business provides an unhurried, small-town shopping experience to every customer who enters the store. Over the past three decades the store has established itself as an island landmark and its name is synonymous with shopping on Hilton Head. For many locals, Forsythe is their “neighborhood” jewelry store where they are warmly greeted by name. For first-time visitors, the shop is the perfect backdrop for choosing a gift to remember their Hilton Head vacation. For returning visitors, shopping at Forsythe is as much a part of their vacation as

an evening bike ride or walk on the beach. It’s an event they’ve been anticipating since their last trip to the island. Forsythe allows customers to slow down and shop at a pace that only a vacation can provide…no rushing or compromising; they’re now on “island” time. Store owner Debbie Berling keeps Forsythe on-trend by traveling to Europe, Africa and throughout the United States to meet personally with designers to see firsthand where the items she chooses for her showcases are made. On one recent trip to South Africa, Debbie traveled into a diamond mine to witness the complex job of harvesting this precious gem. The trip also provided Debbie with the opportunity to observe master craftsmen as they cut and shaped some of the most precious diamonds in the world. In addition to the designers mentioned above, Forsythe offers Ball Watch for “him” and Michele Watch for “her.” The store’s newest line – Gurhan – has exciting fashion-forward designs in 24K gold and hammered silver. For those seeking vintage items, Forsythe’s estate case is filled with “previously loved” pieces that are unique and carry a bit of history. Also, Forsythe Jewelers is the area’s only MacKenzie-Childs retailer and offers a large selection of the extremely popular brand. For additional information on Forsythe Jewelers call 843.671.7070, visit and follow Forsythe Jewelers is located in the Shops at Sea Pines Center – 71 Lighthouse Road, Suite 311. Open weekdays and Saturdays from 10-6, closed Sundays.




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Beaufort Pleases the Senses by HAPPY PETRY

Beaufort by the Bay Beaufort Symphony Orchestra performs beautifully under the direction of Maestro Fred Devyatkin.

When you stroll through Downtown Beaufort you walk through living art. The classic décor of Bay Street engages the senses with designs and colors rich in history. Almost every other storefront is a gallery enriched with local talent showcasing paintings, sweet grass baskets, best-selling authors and more. Stop and chat with an artist as he creates the breathtaking beauty of the Beaufort River from the waterfront park. The layout is perfect for capturing the yellowgreen marsh grass as it sways with the tide of smoky blue salt water, while the historic swinging bridge offers a true

understanding of the Lowcountry life that takes residents and tourists alike to and from the heart of Beaufort. Art comes in many forms and Beaufort is home to almost all of them. Passion for the Arts is a strong foundation of Beaufort and the Lowcountry. To think of art as framed collections to hang on your wall is limiting yourself and your lowcountry experience. While exploring Beaufort you will find many a splendid thing! There is a symphony orchestra, a local theater, the

Artworks’ various offerings include theater productions like Picasso at the Lipon Agile. The very talented cast and crew are local to Beaufort.



International Film Festival, dance studios and even a Liar’s Contest – the range of artistic talent is stunning! The art galleries on Bay Street are a delight for any art lover. As you enjoy your walk through downtown you may want to take a peek in all of them but don’t miss the Rhett Gallery on the corner of Bay and West Streets. True Lowcountry talent is obvious when you walk in the door. And you just might meet one of the artists in residence. Nancy Ricker Rhett, Bill Rhett and William Means Rhett III represent five generations of artists and are featured in this family run gallery. The Rhett Gallery provides you with a unique opportunity to take home a piece of the Lowcountry to cherish forever. The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, in downtown Beaufort, has a variety of student art programs and is home to the musical talents of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra. Started in 1986, the orchestra has grown to over 50 members, all local and all very dedicated to the musical arts. The passion of performing, directed by witty and humorous Maestro Fred Devyatkin, captures the real essence of talent and commitment. The orchestra performs both classical and Pops concerts. They also have a free concert at the Waterfront Park in June. Season or individual tickets are available. While visiting Beaufort, don’t miss ArtWorks, the Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. ARTworks is located at 2127 Boundary Street, Suite 18A, Beaufort - about three minutes from

downtown and worth the trip. They feature many aspects of the art world, housing a 1,000 sq. ft. rotating gallery, a 120 seat theater for productions and intimate concerts, and the ever popular Beaufort Intergalactic (BIG) Storytelling Festival that includes the Liar’s Contest. Small studio businesses are also located at Artworks and provide access to local artists and their products. For a schedule of events visit their website at If you are lucky enough to be here during February, you are in for a treat! The International Film Festival features independent films and screenplays chosen from entries from around the world. The screenings include shorts, documentaries, animated films and student projects. The festival also hosts special guests and celebrities each year. For more information and to plan your visit during this event visit their website at Local artists, local flavor and a touch of the classic Lowcountry make Beaufort an outstanding arts community. Thanks to the strong support from residents and visitors through participation and contributions, the various art mediums are available year round. Check the Chamber of Commerce calendar at www. to see what’s happening while you are in town.

Leading Lights in the Arts and Cultural Community Come Together to Form the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head by IVA ROBERTS WELTON Arts and culture on Hilton Head Island? Really?! I thought you just went there for the beach, golf, and tennis! The truth is that the arts and history organizations have flourished here for many years. But recently a new Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH) has been founded, including performing and visual arts and history organizations, along with museum and other cultural entities to serve the Hilton Head, Bluffton, and southern Beaufort County region. Their purpose in coming together is to create an international arts destination, enriching the quality of cultural life throughout the area and to ensure that the Council is recognized as the voice of the arts and cultural community, speaking with one voice. Council co-chairs are Iva Welton, founder and volunteer, and Kathi Bateson, president and CEO of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A website will be launched soon with member links, and an ongoing exciting calendar of events. Another strategic goal is to engage the greater community to participate in arts and cultural offerings. The ACCHH meets on the third Thursday of the month at 9:15 am in the lecture room of the Heritage Library, with representatives from over twenty member organizations. Their goal is to make this region a preferred stop on everyone’s itinerary and to ensure that residents appreciate and participate in the Arts. For more information contact Iva Welton at or Kathi Bateson at Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head Membership Art League of Hilton Head Jamie Gall Executive Director 843-681-2399 E-mail: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina Kathi Bateson President & CEO Co-chair, Arts and Cultural Council 843-686-3945 ext. 300 E-mail: Beaufort County Historical Society Pamela Martin Ovens President 843-785-2767 E-mail: Coastal Discovery Museum Natalie Hefter Vice President of Programs 843-689-6767 ext. 225 E-mail:

Happy Petry

Freelance Writer From the day we moved to the Lowcountry my family has enjoyed every aspect of the “Slow Country” life. I am an avid fisherman and beachcomber and in the 22 years I have been a resident of Beaufort County I have found that it just gets better and better. Doing freelance writing gives me the opportunity to explore the richness harbored in our historic area. Yes, I am truly blessed to call the Lowcountry my home.

Four Corners Gallery & Fine Framing/ Founder Bluffton Gallery Group Charlene Gardner 843-757-8185 E-mail: fourcornersframing@hargray. com Gullah Museum Louise Cohen E-mail: Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center Iva Welton, Vice President Co-Chair and Founder, Arts and Cultural Council 843-671-4865 (h)/843-422-2414 (cell) E-mail:

Hilton Head Barbershoppers Dick Tyrrell E-mail: Hilton Head Choral Society Paul Gibson Board Member 843-681-6170 E-mail: Hilton Head Dance Theatre Lori Finger Board President 843-689-9686 E-mail: Hilton Head Gullah Celebration C. Y. Young Chairman E-mail: (with attention C.Y. Young in the subject line) HHI Elementary School for the Creative Arts Karen Cauller Curriculum Specialist 843-342-9590 (h)/843-342-4167 (w)/843-342-2231 (cell) E-mail: Karen.cauller@beaufort. Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Mary Briggs President & CEO 843-842-2055/843-290-9640 (cell) E-mail:

Main Street Youth Theatre Sheri Sternitzke Board Chairman 843-689-6246 E-mail: May River Theatre Ed Dupuis Producer 843-837-7798 E-mail: The Mitchelville Preservation Project Joyce Wright Marketing Executive 843-415-5978 E-mail: Jwright@ Picture This Gallery Mira Scott Owner 843-842-5299 E-mail: The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum Anne Finn Executive Director 843-842-7645 E-mail: Hilton Head Shore Notes Elaine Lee 843-689-3302 E-mail: Seahawk Theatre Guild Phyllis Neville Board of Directors 843-681-3646

Island School Council for the Arts Patti Maurer President 843-368-8486/843-263-5346 (cell) South Carolina Repertory Company E-mail: Hank Haskell Heyward House Historic Center/ Executive Director Bluffton Historical Preservation Society Island Writers’ Network 843-342-2057 Maureen Richards Tom Crawford E-mail: Executive Director Moderator 843-757-6293 843-682-3272 Priscilla Russo E-mail: E-mail: ACCHH Secretary Nicholas Maxim, President 843-815-9059 (h)/914-227-5113 (cell) 843-683-2500 The Jazz Corner & E-mail: Junior Jazz Foundation Lois Masteller Owner 843-842-8620/912-507-1540 (cell) E-mail: 17 2013

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Fine Art: David Randall


THE COVER PAINTING On Hilton Head, if you follow Burkes Beach Road to the end, there is a public access path to the beach. On the sandy walk to the beach there is a little bridge over the creek. Looking downstream you see the marsh and the three story homes on Singleton Beach – the cover scene. The air is a little cool; it’s morning and the light is low, catching the tips of some grasses and leaving others in shadow. It’s after the end of tourist season when the

marsh is no longer simply green and the marsh plants are changing to a subtle rainbow of colors. THE ARTIST I paint with strong color anyway so it worked for me although it could have been any number of marsh streams in the Lowcountry. Looking at the pastel close up, the rainbow of color is obvious. From twenty feet back the rainbow becomes less so and the colors begin to blur into a

softer yet still strong image. Pastel is today much more popular than it was when I began working with it. I was fortunate growing up with both my parents working with pastel and to have a master of pastel for my first teacher in art school in the late 60’s. I have worked with it for the past 40+ years. Although a somewhat messy medium to work with, it can be very immediate and quick to work as compared to oils, which have to dry and do so rather slowly. Pastels are basically pure pigments. Some are mixed with white for lighter shades. Soft pastel has a minimum of binder much like chalk so they must be framed to preserve them unlike other mediums, which can be stored easily and framed later. The color, however, can be as intense and as long lasting as any other medium. The National Academy in New York City, one of the oldest art schools in the country, was my first art school. My parents had attended there as well as my brother before me. It was, at the time, a very conservative and traditional art school. It was at this time I began working in custom framing to help pay my way through school. My brother, though younger than I, preceded me in art school because I enlisted in the Army to learn to fly helicopters before returning to civilian life. So he led the way to where I had always been ahead before. He had moved from the Academy to The New York Studio School downtown. I followed him there. It was a very new and exciting school. At the Studio School I came in contact with many of the New York School abstract expressionists – Philip Guston, Alex Katz, George McNeil and Lee Krasner, Pollock’s partner. Unlike many of the art schools today in a university setting, it was drawing and painting eight hours a day with a little art history thrown in. I moved about after art schools from Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and artist lofts in NYC and Brooklyn to land in Newport, RI for the 20 years before moving here. My wife and I have been living here the past nine years during which time I have been painting and framing. My work is in both corporate and private collections.

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Port Royal Merchants Association The Port Royal Merchant’s Association is the administrative entity responsible for the smooth operation of the businesses at Port Royal Plaza Shopping Center on Hilton Head, with the exception of Sam’s Club and BiLo. David Randall, of Fast Frame (custom framing/art gallery), is the man behind the scenes who makes sure that everything runs well, including marketing strategies and other management duties. As you might imagine, it’s not easy to bring all of the owners and managers together when it’s time to make important decisions. They trust David to find creative ways of bringing positive attention and customer traffic to their shops. One of the great advantages of this midisland location, besides the large number of wonderful shops, restaurants and service

businesses, is its well-lit, spacious parking lot, which sometimes accommodates over 100 cars when bridge is in “session” at The Hilton Head Bridge Club. Port Royal is a local’s shopping center, but there are restaurants, retail shops and service businesses that also attract tourists. The anchor stores, Sam’s and Bi-Lo, help to support the small to mediumsize businesses by providing a steady stream of potential customers. At Port Royal Plaza you can choose from eight locations for dining, have your nails and hair done, pick up your groceries, dry cleaning, party supplies, see your orthopedic doctor, physical therapist and financial planner, choose a new cell phone, improve your bridge game, plan a vacation, have your artwork matted and framed, buy jewelry, clothing and electronic gadgets, before picking up your favorite alcoholic beverage on the way home. Port Royal Plaza has over two dozen shops with dedicated merchants hoping to keep your business or to attract you as a new customer: Rollers, Radio Shack, Fast Frame, Bridge Club, Cricket, Great American Cleaners, Island Travel, Hilton Head Orthopaedics, Drayer Physical Therapy, Edward Jones, Classic Cuts, Lovely Nails, Gem & Jewel, Restaurants: Tapas, Asia Roma, Street Meet, Bella Italia, Reilley’s North End Pub, Okko Restaurant, Plantation Café, Dragon Express, Wild Yogurt and Fiesta Fresh




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Dance: Gabriella Marshall by CINDA SEAMON

Ten-year-old Gabriella Marshall holds the title of Junior Latin Champion. She also recently took a 1st place in her showcase and a 1st place in smooth (waltz, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and tango) at the Orlando Ballroom Blitz. Ballroom is



unlike any other sport as far as awards go ~ in a competition she could dance as many as 150 entries so it’s not always a straight 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. Gabriella started dancing at age 3 and did her first competition at age 5. Sandro Virag, part owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Hilton Head Bluffton was her first instructor and she still dances with him today. Gabriella’s first dance was in a showcase at age 3. She wore a Flamenco dress from Spain that her grandmother bought for her. When Gabriella was 5, Sandro choreographed a number for her from ‘A Chorus Line’. That number she performed with both Sandro and his business partner, Armando Aseneta. It was her first ballroom competition. The judges were impressed that at such a young age she showed confidence and never watched her instructors. Instead she smiled that contagious smile of hers. Gabriella competes about 4 times a year now. She has gone up against literally hundreds of other dancers ~ children and adults. In Orlando she received a standing ovation for her Paso Doble. Yes the costumes, jewelry, makeup and shoes make it all very exciting but Gabriella has worked very hard to get to this level. She dances just about every day of the week with Sandro at the Fred Astaire Dance studio and travels periodically to Charlotte for coaching. On the advice of Shirley Ballas during a recent coaching, it was suggested that Gabriella take ballet and jazz to enhance her ballroom technique. She is currently doing that at the Bluffton School of Dance. She knows that when it comes to competition not only does she need to be exact in her dancing (footwork, form, etc) but also has to emulate confidence to the judges. She also knows that if she doesn’t win, she must always be gracious toward the judges and other competitors. Although Gabriella is competitive and driven, competing is not all she intends to do. Her dream is to have her own studio one day and teach others to dance. She wants to pass on her joy and love of dance to others. Gabriella is surrounded by a supportive family who encourages her daily ~ her mother and father Kim and Chris Marshall, brother and sister Antonio and Giadalyn and her grandmother Linda Papa.

ADVERTISER SPOTLIGHT Beryll Taylor utilizes The Cruse scanner at The Great Frame Up

The Great Frame Up: Picturing a World of Fine and Affordable Art If Bluffton’s art community is like a diamond; Beryll Taylor and Tessie Rogers are like its jeweler. The owners of The Great Frame Up know how many facets the local art communities have, and their store makes each one shine brighter. They can polish each piece with a selection of classy, refined frames. They can also turn reproductions of fine art into collectable pieces at different price points. “This area is an untapped jewel of fine art,” Beryll Taylor said. “Bluffton should really be a destination for artists, collectors and those who appreciate artistic expression of every kind.” What sets Taylor and Rogers apart from other frame shops is their capacity to capture, resize and reprint fine art pieces. The one tool of the trade that puts these Plantation Park

businesswomen in the same category with seasoned curators and archivists is a high-end, flatbed scanner called The Cruse. Only about 30 of these machines exist in the United States for public use. Most Cruses in the world are stationed at history hubs such as The Vatican, The Getty Museum, The Pentagon, The Met and even at Disney. This tool can scan a fine art piece in its frame so artists can make reproductions and sell them at different price points. The beauty is, the naked eye will have a difficult time telling the difference between the original and the reproductions. The Cruse is that good. The scanner can also take a 4 x 6 picture of your family dog or an aged-picture of your beloved Grandma and transform it into a new, beautiful portrait on canvas. It’s an amazing process to see how the Cruse can transform a memory into a work of art. “Little ol’ Bluffton has one of the finest art reproduction tools available in the world and it is right here in the middle of our laid-back, yet incredibly artistic town,” Taylor said. More than 300 artists from Maine to Miami are clients with most of them living in the Lowcountry. Local homeowners and art collectors are also in awe of what is produced at The Great Frame up because Taylor and Rogers can reproduce an art piece from the entire spectrum of sizes, genres and price points.

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Music: Chilly Willy Band The music scene in the Lowcountry has changed as the population has changed. The younger people who are the support community for many of the retirees in this area have always embraced live music. For over 30 years the Chilly Willy Band has been an important part of the Lowcountry music scene. Like the music scene itself, the Chilly Willy Band has seen many changes over the years. Starting as strictly a blues band playing late nights at venues such as Remy’s, the band has changed not only its type of music but also some of its members. Over the years the repertoire of the band has become much more diverse and now plays a variety of musical styles more suited to whatever crowd is in front of them. The current philosophy of the Chilly Willy Band is to have a core band and to invite some of the island’s best musicians to sit in as Chilly Willy and Friends. The central rhythm section of the band includes Fred Warren on guitar, his brother David Warren on lead guitar, Neil “Jones” Warner on bass, Steve Ryden on saxophone and Eric Wammack on drums. The band also utilizes a wide array of singers and other players based on the type of venue they are playing. “We’ve gotten a little too ‘mature’ for the bar scene,” said David Warren. “We are playing more festivals and outdoor shows as we did back in the 1990s.” The band still brings back some of the original members and has a great respect and appreciation for its past and its effect on the music scene of the Lowcountry. Like a good wine Chilly Willy is getting better with age.





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Theater: Jodie Dupuis by BARBARA ROBINSON CLARK

The Dancing Elf

... She danced her way into my life in 1979 at the now defunct Hilton Head Island Playhouse – Josephine (Jodie) Dupuis, 5’2 and a size 0, an elf-like woman who lived and breathed theatre and dance. Jodie was the choreographer for numerous musicals at Hilton Head Playhouse. She choreographed Oklahoma, our first show together and worked with me again on Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof (Jodie was the Fiddler and the only show I remember her making an onstage cameo performance), Brigadoon, How to Succeed in Business, My Fair Lady, Music Man, Annie, Sugar and many more. During this time, Jodie and Mr. Jodie, as we affectionately called her husband Ed, lived in Savannah and Jodie commuted from there back and forth to fulfill her love for the theatre. She teamed up with Bill Dunnagan, the director of the Playhouse. They were an interesting combo, many times reminding me of oil and water, but coming together to produce a smooth and professional



performance that was most always a sold-out show with standing ovations. At that time, the Hilton Head Playhouse was the only theatre on the island and in Bluffton. It was a true community theatre with community spirit. Participation was phenomenal, not only from the actors and production crews who formed the theatre family, but the community in their support of attending and advertising in the theatre program. In the 1990’s Ed’s job took them away from the area and we lost our dancing elf. Ten years later, Ed retired to Bluffton and he and Jodie bought a home in Moss Creek. But there was no more Hilton Head Playhouse for Jodie to be involved in. So, as Ed says, “We started our own theatre.” And, Bluffton is the better for it. Jodie brought back the true spirit of community theatre to the area in 2001. The Town of Bluffton houses the theatre in Ulmer Auditorium. People attending are often heard to say, “This is just like the old Hilton Head Playhouse.” But, let me tell you. It is more. Jodie and Ed poured their hearts and souls into what has become ”The Best Little Community Theatre” around. The theatre produces four shows a year, three of which are musicals. The theatre family is a strong unit, with almost a theatre company feel. Anyone who auditions and is cast soon becomes a part of the family and is welcomed with open arms. The success of this theatre is due to the dedication that both Ed and Jodie poured into Jodie’s passion. It was difficult to “just say no” when Jodie asked you to do something for the theatre and many remember her idiosyncrasies as a director/ choreographer. We always knew when she was nervous

about a particular scene as she sat in the audience twirling her hair around her finger. If someone tried to direct; she would always remind them, “There is only one director.” She choreographed her numbers with pennies - each penny represented a dancer – and a few years ago, I told her that based on our longevity working together I should be graduated to a quarter. So the next show I was the only silver metal on the choreography plan. There are so many memories associated with Jodie. Her energy was boundless and not only would she direct and choreograph, but she would sew costumes, paint scenery and throw one heck of a cast party. Jodie lives on in our hearts and our performances. Some of us are now directing and choreographing the shows at May River Theatre. I was privileged to direct Annie, a show in which I performed as Miss Hannagan under Jodie’s direction thirty years ago at the Hilton Head Playhouse. It was a bittersweet experience for me. Jodie lived for the May River Theatre and the theatre is alive today because of her. When cancer took Jodie to her stage in heaven, a core group of her theatre family, including yours truly, came together to place a plaque to honor her forever on the Ulmer Auditorium stage. Sporting the comedy/tragedy masks, it reads: The Jodie Dupuis Stage Bluffton’s “First Lady of Theatre” Dedicated to Her Vision, Drive & Talent

dancer . actress . choreographer . director









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Here’s a great cocktail party question; Where is the safest place to be on the East Coast in the fall when hurricanes churn their way across the Atlantic? If you’re anywhere in Beaufort County, you’re already there. I kid you not. While this may appear contrary to prevailing wisdom it is, in fact, a fact and it’s high time we started talking about it more because there’s a potential billion dollar economic opportunity for the Lowcountry wrapped inside this little bit of knowledge. That conversation is well underway already thanks to a group of local businesspeople and civic leaders who recognize a problem and see a way to turn it into an opportunity, the problem being widespread misconception that the

South Carolina Lowcountry – particularly our little corner here in Beaufort and Jasper Counties – is a high risk area for fall hurricane strikes. The question is, why would we essentially say to potential fall tourists, recent and near retirees, businesses starting up or relocating, or folks simply looking for a lifestyle change: Don’t move here because we might have a hurricane, when we can say: Come on down! We have the best fall weather in the south and we’re one of the most beautiful places to live and work in the entire country? A group known as the South Carolina Competitive Alliance is asking that question and taking action, which is good news for Lowcountry residents and businesses alike. More on that in a moment…first let’s dispel the myth about hurricanes. Atlantic hurricanes originate off Africa’s west coast and travel toward the Caribbean. The storms tend to follow the warmest water so they usually track into the Gulf of Mexico, but some turn right and follow the Gulf Stream up the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Since these storms typically make that decision somewhere in the western Caribbean, a quick look at a map might lead you to conclude that we’re a prime target for landfall. This is where it gets interesting. The map also shows that our Atlantic coastline curves westward between Jacksonville, Florida and North Carolina, placing us about 150 miles west of the “natural” U.S. coastline. Most storms tracking north will naturally pass this arc by, but that’s not our only natural ally. There is a low-pressure system along the East Coast throughout the year. In the fall, the most active part of hurricane season, the mid-latitude jet stream bends southward from Canada and combines with the low-pressure front to create a weather system that blows westward. That is, blows storms out to sea so they tend to remain on a straighter northerly path and more likely to make landfall where the coastline curves back toward the east in northern South Carolina or North Carolina. Other factors related to varying wind speeds within a hurricane also contribute to this phenomenon, and what it all boils down to is the National Hurricane Center (NHC) rates the risk of a hurricane hitting from the South Carolina Lowcountry to Jacksonville, Florida as “relatively low.” The numbers tell the story. From 1891 to 2009 (over a century) 54 major hurricanes (Category 3-5) struck the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Six of them hit the South Carolina coast. Over that same period Beaufort County experienced eight total


hurricane strikes, and of those eight only Gracie in 1960 was a major hurricane, a Class 3. NHC projects that we can expect a major hurricane to strike Colleton or Beaufort County in about 79 years. You’ve got to like those odds. Beaufort retiree Daryl Ferguson’s own curiosity about this subject has spawned quite a storm of its own. When the former president of Citizens Utilities, the country’s largest multi-utility, wanted to know how misconceptions about the Lowcountry’s hurricane risk might affect his homeowner’s insurance rates, he had no idea that the question would lead him on a three year investigation that uncovered discrepancies between the actual risk and the methods used by insurance companies to set rates and deficiencies in the South Carolina Department of Insurance’s ability to regulate them. The Post and Courier, South Carolina’s largest newspaper, picked up Ferguson’s story and ran with it in an exposé series called “Storm of Money.” The series won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2013 Award for Public Service and is a Pulitzer Prize nominee. “It’s gone viral,” said Ferguson, who admits that there is still much work to be done, but making the public aware is the first step in getting anything done, and the wheels are in motion to bring South Carolina’s coastal property insurance rates more in line with the actual risk, which could mean an estimated $400 million per year back in consumers’ and businesses’ pockets…and back into the economy. Insurance rates are one thing, but Ferguson also points out that the mere perception that the Lowcountry is a magnet for hurricane activity may have the effect of leading people who might consider relocating here, retirees and otherwise, to decide against it. He recalled a recent visit with some friends out of state, “My wife and I said we’d love to have you visit us in the fall,” he said, “Our hostess quickly responded, ‘We would love to, but we don’t visit the Lowcountry in the fall. It’s the hurricanes you know.’ I wonder how many other new retirees avoid moving here for the same reason?” That question obviously makes Hilton Head Island real estate agent Andy Twisdale an interested party. He and many of his colleagues believe that the local real estate market is showing signs of recovery. Prices are favorable, interest rates are low and homes are starting to sell again. With those pieces in place you don’t want a misconception about hurricanes to get in the way. So Twisdale joined Ferguson in forming the South Carolina Competitive Alliance,

which now counts as members, County Councilman Stu Rodman, State Senators Tom Davis and Vincent Sheheen, retired DuPont executive Terry Ennis, real estate developer David Ames, County Administrator Gary Kubic, McNair Law Firm CEO David Tigges and historian Larry Rowland, co-author of The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina. Their mission: to keep pressure on the State Legislature, Department of Insurance, and media with regard to that issue, and to help Lowcountry communities speak with one voice in saying, come to the Lowcountry and enjoy the best fall weather in the South. In other words, to blow the lid off of what Ferguson refers to as two “economic oil fields” hiding under the Lowcountry, real estate as already mentioned and fall tourism. We all know that summer represents the lion’s share of the Lowcountry’s tourism revenue, but we also know that in terms of the weather fall is probably the most pleasant time of year that we have. Ironically, though, Beaufort and Hilton Head area tourism drops off significantly in the fall. In fact, in 2010 it dropped 65 percent. What makes that especially puzzling is that tourism remained steady in the fall in Jacksonville, Florida. The Alliance believes that fall tourism represents a huge opportunity for the Lowcountry, especially with the knowledge that fall has a relatively low hurricane risk. The area from Charleston to Hilton Head generates $3.6 billion in economic impact from tourism each year, about a billion of that comes from Beaufort County. Imagine what a few extra months of tourism at the levels seen in summer could do for the local economy. “We don’t have a three month fall,” said Ferguson. “We have a three and a half month fall. The average daytime high temperature is 65 degrees into midDecember.” The Alliance’s message is that Lowcountry communities who typically focus tourism marketing on the ocean and golf need to expand that message to present a better, broader experience to tourists that would extend tourism into the fall. According to Rowland, “Tourists are drawn by what is important to them. You look at Yellowstone National Park and you say it’s the scenic beauty and wildlife, geological formations and wilderness.” Historical sites are also popular tourist attractions around the country. “You guys have a combination of Yellowstone and Williamsburg, Virginia meshed into one,” says Rowland. He was referring to not only the natural beauty that attracts so many to the Lowcountry – wildlife

and trees not found anywhere else in the world, beautiful salt marsh vistas, sea islands, ocean views and beaches, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets – but also to the area’s rich history and abundance of monuments and sites celebrating that history. This isn’t just about the Revolutionary and Civil wars either. Spanish, French, and British explorers attempted to establish settlements in what we now know as Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties before there was ever a Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. “The country was not founded in Virginia or at Plymouth Rock,” said Ferguson. “It was founded right here. When you put all of this together you realize that fall has the potential to be as great, if not greater than the summer.” The Alliance has reached out to the relevant chambers of commerce and visitor and convention bureaus and all are excited about their ideas. Hopefully the “economic oil fields” under the Lowcountry turn out to be gushers. In the meantime, say it loud, say it proud: We’ve got the best fall weather in the South. Whether for business or pleasure, to live or just to visit, this is the place to be.

Frank Dunne, Jr. Freelance Writer

Frank Dunne, Jr. has been a Local on Hilton Head Island for twelve years, and he’s been writing about myriad subjects for most of them. Dunne is probably most notable (or perhaps notorious) around town for a sometimes tonguein-cheek/sometimes acerbic monthly opinion column, and is collaborating on a screenplay that he expects to complete by year’s end. Besides writing, Dunne enjoys the beach, getting out on the water, occasional golf rounds, training for 5K races, and generally enjoying Island life.


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The State of Real Estate by ANDY TWISDALE

The on-Island real estate market has seen a rebound from the low point of 2009. For the period of 01/01/2013 to 05/15/2013 the total sales of homes was 170. For the same period in 2009 the number of homes sold was 71. Today there are 638 active listings of homes on Hilton Head Island. The average list price is $1,142,203.00 and the median (halfway between high and low) is $799,500. Of the active homes in Multiple Listing Service (MLS), foreclosures account for 24 and short sales, 24. For the period of 01/01/2012 to 04/15/2012, there were a total of 176 homes sold. The 2012 average price for on-Island homes sold was $715,178.00, and the median sold price was $484,950. In comparison, the average home sold price in 2013 is $571,564.00, and the median sold price is $465,500. Average days on market in 2012 were 105 and in 2013 the days on market are 90. To answer the first question most buyers ask, foreclosures in 2013 has been 24 and short sales, 22. Currently (04/15/2013)



there are 227 homes either under contract, pending or contingent. Of these, 11 are foreclosures and 51 are short sales. Short sales are taking 4-6 months to receive a decision by the mortgage holders or banks, which is certainly not a timely basis, making this process almost impossible to understand. Therefore, many buyers with agreed-to short sale contracts become frustrated and withdraw from the contract. When that occurs, the buyer and listing agent start the process again. For 2013 the average days on market for 79 foreclosure sales was 52. Days on the market in 2013 for the 101 short sales was 274. In 2013, for a normal sale, the days of the market was 98. Buyers should remember that their agent has no control over when or how the bank/mortgage holder will respond. All in all, in 2013, the prices of homes on Hilton Head Island have returned to 2001 levels; interest rates are the lowest in history and our local market has experienced 4 years of decreasing inventory and increased sales.





Left or Right? ... Shower or Bath?

While we were growing up our parents kept a watchful eye on our choice of friends, decisions we made, and our behavior. Now, it’s your turn to keep an eye on them. How much do you know about your parents’ behavior and routines? If you are in your 40’s or 50’s and blessed to have a living parent or two, it’s likely you’ll be involved with their healthcare as they age. The more you know about today’s daily routines, the chances are higher it will improve their quality of life (and yours). Let’s say in another few years Mother or Dad begins showing signs of memory loss and later moves to a memory care unit. Change is hard, especially for seniors, but when your loved one can’t express what’s making them unhappy, irritability sets in. And, yes you’re going to be the one to hear it. Sometimes it’s as simple as someone changing their routine from the way they prefer. By gathering information today, you could be the hero in resolving these issues. I’m curious to see how much you already know or what you need to learn. Keep a journal as things change with them ... food preferences, sleep/nap needs, distinterest in socialization. Don’t wait too long before you learn what and when they do things and record them. Let’s get started. Here are some basic questions, but add to the list as you witness your loved one’s activities ... likes and dislikes. Good luck.


Does he/she take a shower or bath - when? (morning, evening, before or after breakfast?) Does he/she use a specific shampoo and soap? Does he/she wash hair every time they shower? How does she fix her hair? Or, if she goes to a hairdresser, what day? Does he/she brush his/her teeth upon waking - or after breakfast?


Does he/she put on both socks first, then shoes or sock/shoe, sock/shoe? Does the left sock go on first? Does he/she prefer to put on the right pant leg before the left or vice versa? Does he/she have a favorite sweater or throw they use while resting?

I’m sure you get the idea and the importance of keeping their routine just as we want our daily routines uninterrupted. Also, have a clear understanding of their career, what they were responsible for, and what they did after working hours. Dementia strips away so much memory it just might be up to you to keep them fulfilled and happy wherever they are and in whatever stage of memory loss they suffer. You’re invited to contact Memory Matters at 843-842-6688. The trained staff can help in so many ways through one-on-one counsel, dementia courses, and support groups. Donations for our programs are always appreciated and why don’t you come volunteer if you have a free half day. Trust me, you’ll get more back than you can ever give.


What does he/she do in the morning hours? Read the newspaper, do newspaper puzzles? What time is lunch or do they call “dinner” their mid-day meal? How does he/she spend his/her afternoon? Does he/she take a nap? If yes, for how long? Does he/she like the room completely dark? Does he/she work on jigsaw puzzles or crossword puzzles? Does he/she like to read? What type of books?



Cindy Reed

Board Member Memory Matters

Cindy successfully managed her own business for 15 years. After retiring 3 years ago, she became a weekly volunteer at Memory Matters and also serves on the Board of Directors. Her interests are cooking, baking, walking on the beach, biking, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling with her husband Tom, and has lived on Hilton Head Island for 22 years.



Memory Matters is a oneof-a-kind organization. The week-day programs offer a safe, confidential, failure-free zone for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

or other forms of dementia. A variety of fun activities are designed to stimulate socialization, laughter, and fond remembrances while their caregiver has a ‘takecare-of-you’ day. None of the ‘Club Members’ are ever left alone or excluded. They are welcomed at the door with hugs, handshakes, and pleasantries. Program Directors know the specific needs of each participant and the current challenges the family is facing. A change in medicine or a restless night’s sleep can

trigger anxiety, fear, and confusion and when that happens, Memory Matters is prepared to care for that individual on a one-to-one basis. If a Club Member has a headache and wants to lie down, they accommodate that need while a volunteer sits quietly with them for safety and comfort. If another chooses not to participate in an activity and is restless, a comforting option is to watch the beautiful fish in the aquarium and talk with a volunteer. Each individual is cared for throughout the day without embarrassment or degradation as they focus on their abilities (not disabilities) and successes (not failures). The caregiver and families have one-on-one counseling available to them with a staff member. All discussions are kept confidential. Many families simply can’t handle the situation at home any longer and need to gather options for assistance. Memory Matters offers guidance, support, and resources for families to discuss next steps for their loved one. Caregivers are encouraged to join

support groups to talk with others who are experiencing the same lifechanging role. When your world is changing and you don’t know what’s best, Memory Matters can help. You are not alone in these challenges. “Unfortunately, today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors. If

you have Alzheimer’s disease, you either die from it or die with it,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Now we know that 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. “ If interested, you can help Memory Matters continue making a difference in lives dealing with very difficult decisions. They can’t offer a cure, but do offer solutions through counseling, guidance, resources and, with compassionate hearts, they understand the daily struggle of dementia better than anyone. Learn how you can help or get involved by calling 843-842-6688.




Charities and Churches PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE

CARING COINS Spare change? Make change. Join Caring Coins in helping local charities build a better Lowcountry by rounding up your Hargray bill to the nearest dollar. Sign up call 1.877.HARGRAY website -

This ad sponsored by Hargray (see ad pages 2, 3)

Palmetto Animal League is a private, non-profit, 501c-3, no-kill animal rescue organization which has operated using a network of volunteer foster families. Its mission is: To build a community where every neglected animal has a second chance at life, guided by a compassionate approach to animal welfare through humane sanctuaries, proactive relocation and solving overpopulation through enlightened management techniques.

56 Riverwalk Boulevard, Okatie, SC 29936 Open Monday-Saturday 12:00 pm-7:00 pm Closed Sunday This ad sponsored by Gifted Hilton Head (see ad page 47)

CROSS SCHOOLS Small classes, faithbased learning and academic excellence provide an essential education for students 18 months through 8th grade. Please call for a tour.

Cross Schools 495 Buckwalter Parkway Bluffton, SC 29910 843.706.2000

This ad sponsored by Audio Video Experts (see ad page 74)




Charities and Churches THE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY One of the first service organizations on the island, The Auxiliary began as a service to Hilton Head Hospital in 1974, one year before the hospital opened. Men, women and young adults have contributed thousands of hours to various departments and community programs. Today, all aspects of the Auxiliary focus on meeting the needs of our hospitals: Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital and the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center and the community. The Auxiliary renders assistance and comfort to the hospitals’ patients, its affiliates and to their families and friends through an in-service volunteer program, and to enrich the quality of life, health and education of the residents of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and surrounding areas. The Hospital Auxiliary is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 25 Hospital Center Blvd., Hilton Head, SC 29926 (843) 689-8246 • Fax (843) 689-6257 This ad sponsored by Hilton Head Regional Healthcare (see ad page 53)


UNITED WAY OF THE LOWCOUNTRY At the United Way of the Lowcountry, we are focusing all of our energies on the building blocks for a good quality of life: basic needs, education, health and income. Specifically, our first focus will be on education and by 2022 we will have reduced the dropout rate in Beaufort and Jasper County schools by 50 percent.

Elementary school students are our first target and we have committed to ensure that 80% of Beaufort and Jasper students are reading on grade level when they enter the fourth grade. United Way’s job in reaching these goals is to recruit the people and organizations from all accross the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. We have committed to recruit 600 new volunteer mentors, tutors and readers to help us get the job done. If we don’t engage committed people, the work won’t happen. If we don’t match those with know-how with the necessary resources, we won’t reach these goals. These are ambitious goals, and we need you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. But only when we are all working together toward common purpose are we truly LIVING UNITED. This ad sponsored by Andy Twisdale (see ad page 31)

First Presbyterian Church members are committed to changing lives and making disciples and living our vision of every member in ministry. Come join us!

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. 540 William Hilton Pkwy Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 (843) 681-3696 This ad sponsored by Forsythe Jewelers (see ad page 7)

• Overnight relay-style event • Teams of people camp out around a track • Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities • Family-friendly environment for the entire community 2013





Founded in 2008 by Hilton Head Christian Academy student David Warren, Jr., Mission Vision Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation devoted to providing reading glasses to people in developing countries throughout the world free of charge.

Visit one of their Habitat ReStores. All items are donated and the income from sales helps provide additional funding in our quest to build simple, decent housing for hardworking people in our community. They’ll gratefully accept your tax-deductible donations of building materials, appliances, furniture and household goods.

A Hand Up…Not a Hand Out (843) 681-3080

2 store locations: Highway 46, Downtown Bluffton 11332, Unit A, Hwy. 17 N. Jacob Smart Blvd., (West Main Street) in Ridgeland.

This ad sponsored by Dataw Island (see ad page 13)

Phone 843-757-5864 • For free pickups: 757-9995

GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Bible-based, evangelical non-denominational Christian church. 10am Sunday worship service, Wednesday night Bible studies, AWANA classes for children. Matthew Palmer, Senior Pastor 450 Spanish Wells Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 (843) 681-6698 • This ad sponsored by Bargains & Treasures (see ad page 71)




Charities and Churches OFF ISLAND THRIFT & THE CANCER AWARENESS FOUNDATION Off Island Thrift & The Cancer Awareness Foundation support 40 Cancer Patients each month who are suffering and in need. They are the only thrift shop that “directly” supports cancer patients. Voted “Best of Bluffton” for the past 3 years. They invite the community to donate furniture, cars, trucks, boats and rvs to help cancer patients of the Lowcountry.

3 store locations: 4375 Bluffton Parkway, 843-815-7283 (call for donation and free pick up) 4377 Bluffton Parkway, 843-815-7770 18 Plantation Park Dr. 843-815-7747


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry offers after-school and summer programs that help provide: academic success, good character, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles. The organization is a United Way of the Lowcountry member organization and also a member of the Boys & Girls Club of America.

PO Box 21909, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29925-1909 (843) 379-5430 • Fax (843) 379-5431

HILTON HEAD HEROES Our mission is to bring families with a child between the ages of four and eighteen who have a life-threatening illness to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for a resort vacation. These children are referred to our program by doctors, healthcare providers, social workers and chaplains. The families are housed in the Hilton Head Hero House located in the Sea Pines Resort. They are given gift certificates to local restaurants and a grocery store, as well as other island amenities. P.O. Box 6689, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 843-671-4939

MEMORY MATTERS Memory Matters is a community-based nonprofit organization which strives to be a center of excellence for persons with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia and their families by providing daycare programs, support services and education in a compassionate and dignified manner.

117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843-842-6688

This ad sponsored by Port Royal Merchants Association (see ad page 26)





Technical College of the Lowcountry

Visionary. Vibrant. Valued. These words are echoed in countless ways at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. They resonate in the stories of unwavering commitment by our students, faculty and staff. For more than 140 years, TCL has been challenged to be visionary, to look ahead and provide solutions to present and future needs of our community, its workforce and our students. The Technical College of the Lowcountry is one of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System. TCL traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868. The College is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. The College annually serves approximately 10,000 credit and continuing education students, a diverse

mix of traditional, non-traditional, fulltime, and part-time. TCL provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates in an environment fostering excellence in teaching and learning. The College prepares graduates with



knowledge and skills for transfer to senior colleges and universities and for careers to meet the needs of Lowcountry employers. The college is governed by the Technical College of the Lowcountry Area Commission, and Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel serves as President. TCL enrolls nearly 4,000 students annually in more than 80 academic programs of study. The academic divisions include arts and sciences, business technologies, industrial technologies, and health sciences. Specific programs include nursing, massage therapy, early care and education, computer networking, building construction, criminal justice, paralegal and more. In addition, students can complete their associate of arts and science degrees at TCL, and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their baccalaureate degrees. The Continuing Education and Workforce Development arm of the College offers specialized courses tailored for specific businesses and industries and is able to effectively and quickly respond and meet the workforce needs of the Lowcountry. Programs include customized corporate training, healthcare career training, industrial skills training, and life enrichment courses. Affordability is a hallmark of all community colleges, and it’s no different at TCL. Tuition for a full-time student at TCL is less than $1,500 per year, thanks to S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance. This assistance is awarded to almost any South Carolina resident, regardless of need or income. In addition, TCL’s Financial Aid office helps students secure other federal and state financial aid options. In fact, TCL students received more than $12 million in financial aid assistance in the 2011-2012 academic year.

TCL serves as an effective partner in the economic and human resource development of the Lowcountry. The College is committed to supplying qualified workers to our growing and evolving community – workers that are welleducated, professional and prepared to do the job at hand. This close relationship with community employers directly benefits the students: TCL students are prepared for careers and can land those careers. Our most recent data show that TCL has a nearly 90 percent graduate placement rate -meaning our graduates are in their fields working, usually right here in the Lowcountry, or are continuing their education. Our partners in the community recognize the value of TCL through the investment of their own time and financial resources. Engaged community members across the Lowcountry, through generous support of the TCL Foundation, have done their part in helping the college ensure continued success. Since its founding in 1983, the TCL Foundation has awarded close to $2 million in scholarship funds. In the last academic year, TCL Foundation donors provided funding for 167 scholarship awards that helped talented, deserving individuals achieve

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their educational goals. In addition to providing scholarship assistance, the Foundation establishes private sector support to further enhance the College’s teaching and educational capabilities, while supporting TCL’s vision to provide innovative workforce solutions. But above all else, TCL is committed to student success. This is echoed in the stories of real TCL students. True achievement is found in stories like that of graduate Mikie Bertholf, who was born and raised in Japan. She moved to Beaufort in 2001 and later enrolled at continued...

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TCL as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student. Though she started at the developmental education level, she was able to advance quickly into higher-level classes. Eleven semesters, 32 classes and more than 100 credit hours later, she received her associate degree in radiologic technology. There’s the story of the motherdaughter duo, Willie Mae Moultrie and Denise Charles. Saint Helena Island resident Moultrie proudly received her degree in early childhood education at age 67 – just a few years after learning to read. She credits her daughter for encouraging her to achieve. Charles, 50,

graduated with her mother on the same night. Jovonn “Butch” Sumter tells about how he didn’t value college when he graduated high school and decided to go right into a job. He spent years working as security in the night club scene but was injured one night during an altercation. He broke his leg and couldn’t work, causing him to spiral into depression and drug abuse. Looking for a change, he moved to Hilton Head Island and enrolled at TCL. He has excelled in his studies in industrial

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technologies and has a 4.0 GPA. He was recently named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. He hopes to continue his education by getting his bachelor’s degree after he graduates with an associate degree from TCL this May. Stories like these are inspiring and demonstrate that success is real. It’s vibrantly demonstrated in these personal achievements of our students in particular, who in the midst of all of life’s challenges, are able to grow in mind and spirit. Doors have been opened. Lives have been changed. Please join us on this journey as we celebrate and educate.

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Public Relations Director Technical College of the Lowcountry Leigh Copeland serves as the Public Relations Director for the Technical College of the Lowcountry. She is a Beaufort native and received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She began her career as marketing manager for a national catalog company based in Beaufort, S.C. In 2006, she joined TCL as PR Director. In this position, she manages the college’s comprehensive marketing plan and oversees the college’s communications functions. She and her husband, Ryan, have one son and live in Beaufort.





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Faith, Family and Fairy Tales I met Valerie Walter on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at her home on Hilton Head. She grew up in Westchester, New York and over the years lived in Georgia (Atlanta), New Jersey, Connecticut, Puerto Rico, Northern Virginia, Maryland (Baltimore) and this is her third time living on Hilton Head Island. After high school, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA. In her mid-20s she worked for Jim Lisenby, “Pool Bar Jim” at Jim’s Paradise on Hilton Head and by the end of her 20s she moved to Connecticut and worked in Manhattan where she met her husband John Woodruff. Valerie enjoyed working in the investment business, not as a broker, but in Operations and Compliance. In her 30s, when daughters Chelsea and Ali, were only 2 ½ and 1, she and John divorced. It was heartbreaking, but Valerie was resilient and she concentrated on balancing motherhood and her demanding career. In her 40s, she married Mike Stehman on February 17, 2005; her daughters were healthy and happy; her nest egg was growing from wise investments and she was beginning to look forward to being an empty-nester one day. Her vision of retirement included long walks on sunny Hilton Head beaches, plenty of golf and perhaps even some snow skiing in Utah. Six years ago on Memorial Day - May 28, 2007, just 3 months after her 2nd wedding anniversary, while talking to neighbors and sitting on a low wall of about 2 feet in her backyard, Valerie attempted to position herself “Indian-style,” lost her balance, fell backwards and lost consciousness. At first no one realized the seriousness of her injury. She was taken to

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a local hospital about 3 miles away where they asked if she could feel anything, but as they poked and prodded various parts of her anatomy, her reply was “no, no, no...” An MRI revealed severe damage to her neck vertebrae at C-4/5 so within the hour she was on her way to the ShockTrauma Unit of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Surgery lasted about 7 hours and her dislocated vertebrae was repaired. A ventilator and feeding tube were placed through her mouth to prevent problems with eating and breathing caused by swelling. In the two seconds it took to fall, Valerie’s physical, spiritual and emotional life had been disassembled, thrown to the four winds, sucked back in and rearranged. After surgery, the neurologist’s assessment was sobering. He told her that she should have no expectation of ever being able to move anything below her shoulders. Valerie explained to me that the doctor did not give her even a tiny bit of encouragement – he just delivered his hope smashing declaration, proclaiming his expert certainty of a permanent nonrehabilitative disability. Fortunately, she didn’t believe him. The path to proving the doctor wrong has required fierce dedication, hard work and extreme physical endurance, along with some blistering disappointments, but also miraculous accomplishments. Valerie is no quitter. Look up feisty in your dictionary – I’m sure it says Valerie Walter. Valerie has always been accident prone: broken leg at age 1 ½, one week later – stitches. Her life’s calendar has been curiously delineated by a series of visits to doctors and emergency rooms. As one

Tamela Maxim is the author and illustrator of Nellie Jelly and the Jelly Well, a book for children. She was born in Savannah, Georgia and as an Army brat spent her growing up years living in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii and 10 years in Germany, where she attended both the University of Maryland in Munich and the University of Stuttgart. She lives on Myrtle Island with her husband Nicholas and their german shepherd.

of 7 children, she is the one most remembered for stitches, crutches, bandages and slings for multiple wounds, sprains and breaks. Despite Valerie’s cheerful acceptance of medical mishaps, she knew that the trauma to her neck in 2007 was frighteningly different. She was only 47 years old when she became a quadriplegic. Her daughters Chelsea and Ali, at age 13 and 11, had a very hard time accepting that God allowed this accident to happen to their mother. And, it must have been overwhelming for her new husband to switch gears so drastically from being married to “Mrs-We’ve-Worked-Hard-All-Week-Let’sGo-Do-Something-Fun” to “Mrs-I’m-SoSorry-Would-You-Please-Help-Me-I-WishI-Could-Do-This-Myself-But-I-Can’t.” She had always been confident, upbeat, fun, driven, fearless, slim, athletic, generous, tenacious, stubborn and strong. Her heart was still full of fiery independence, but her body could barely cooperate. Valerie was the rare person who owned a Universal Gym that never got dusty. Lazy wasn’t in her vocabulary. When the neurologist told her that she would never walk again, Valerie didn’t waiver in her optimism. She and God would work this out together. She came from a family of devoted, faithful Catholics. Her father’s sister was a nun and her mother’s cousin was a priest. Her family members all went to Catholic schools, attended mass every week and faithfully observed holy days. She had no doubt that a merciful God had a good plan for her and that there were hidden blessings in painful situations. Her daughters still don’t share their mother’s optimism and cheerful trust in God’s goodness. Their rejection of God is painful for their mom, but she’s hopeful that like many young people, they will eventually find their way back to faith. I wanted to know what Valerie’s daily life is like. She told me that just like most of us, it’s all about priorities. A big part of her life had revolved around her daughters’ schedules, but at ages 21 (Chelsea) and 19 (Ali) they no longer need her as much as they once did. Chelsea attends the College of Charleston, studying Biology, and Ali is a student at Savannah College of Art & Design (S.C.A.D.), studying Sequential Arts, another name for cartooning. Valerie is now an empty-nester



and divorced. She and Mike separated in 2008 at her request because of her wish to free him of the hardships she brought to their marriage. Valerie starts her day with exercise – at least an hour before she even gets out of bed. Then her caretakers help with bathing, dressing, breakfast and more exercise. All of this is time consuming so she rarely schedules any appointments before 1 pm. She has a special wheelchair that performs two very important functions. It can be made to lie down and it can rise up so that she is seated at eye-level, what she calls her “cocktail” position so chit chat at a party is less awkward. When she and her caretaker are out in public and need to take care of “business,” even the handicapped restrooms aren’t large enough so Valerie’s head sticks out of the door during the process. If you’ve ever been greeted with a friendly “Hello,” by someone’s head at Burke’s Beach, or at a gas station, it might have been Valerie. She has worked very hard to gain some use of her arms and hands, but it is still somewhat limited. She keeps a cell phone in her lap and when someone calls, she uses the speaker phone. We take our privacy for granted, but Valerie must always have a caretaker within earshot, so there is no such thing as a private conversation. She has two full-time and one part-time nurse with shifts from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 7:30 am. Alisa started working for Valerie 4 ½ years ago when she was only 19. She and Julie are her full-time helpers and a golf fundraiser is held every November (in Baltimore) to help pay for nursing care. She has a special table in the dining room that is used for exercise. It looks like a large dining table, but it can be lowered to the floor and Valerie is placed on its padded top so that she can work on improving her range of motion and strength. She has also been working on learning how to walk again. In December 2011, she was able to use a walker to take 92 steps – an exciting accomplishment! Only one week later, she was told that she had Stage 3 colon cancer. Surgery and chemotherapy lasted until July and she moved to Hilton Head in August. The cancer is in remission, continued... April 17, 2013 Hilton Head



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but she was too weak to exercise during treatment and was unable to take even one step when she returned to therapy. Determined as ever, she increased her efforts and was recently able to walk about 54 feet. She misses the FES (Functional Electronic Stimulation) bikes that were available in physical therapy in Baltimore, but plans to make quarterly trips to Maryland for a few weeks of intensive therapy. She also uses a special standing machine at home. After her feet are in place, a harness is placed under and around her hips. This machine allows her to bear some weight, which helps prevent osteoporosis. The standing position also helps her nerves reconnect – keeping the nerve cells stimulated. Valerie never seems to think of the hardships. “I wake up every morning knowing how blessed I am.” A blessing to Valerie can be as simple as being able to scratch her own nose, turn the light switch off or on, putting on and taking off her reading glasses, holding silverware, a phone, a cup. To give me an idea of how hard and slow it has been, she moved her fingers a tiny fraction of an inch and told me that she would have to do that kind of small movement over and over and over again for months for just a tiny gain. Valerie always thinks more of others than herself. When she woke up from surgery in 2007, she couldn’t speak. She communicated by blinking the alphabet. The first thing she “spoke” was to tell her family about an appointment she didn’t want her daughter to miss. Three weeks later, they removed the tracheotomy and she was able to speak. It took about 2

months to learn breath control before she stopped sounding like a female Darth Vader, but at least she had her voice back! She remembers her husband sneaking up behind her and saying, “Hi honey, how are you doing?” and he was the one surprised when she answered, “Great, how are you doing?” She is gaining muscle movement every day. She still takes an anti-spasmodic medication and one for nerve pain. During the first phase of healing – the only sensation that returns is pain, but that has diminished enough that after 3 ½ years she was able to completely give up the strong, highly addictive oxycotin. She is a believer in prayer and prays for others. Her niece had a 16 year old friend who had lung cancer in both lungs.

reverses the curse so that she won’t die, but will sleep for 100 years and be woken by a king’s son.” Valerie loves that story. Bad things happen. You can’t prevent them. But, she believes in good surprises. And, so do I.

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Valerie dancing with brother Dr. Greg Walter October 2011 at his son’s wedding - not a dry eye in the house

Valerie told me that family and friends prayed for his healing. One lung was removed. The remaining lung was completely clear – a miracle that medical science must document, but cannot explain. “Remember the story of Sleeping Beauty?” she asked me. I did. It was one of my favorite childhood stories. “The evil fairy curses her and says that she will prick her finger and die, but the last fairy hasn’t given her gift yet and she

Chelsea, Valerie, Ali Thanksgiving 2010

Publisher’s Note: The annual golf tournament, which provides funding for Valerie’s nursing care has been held every November since her accident. Sadly, her former co-workers in Maryland have made the difficult decision that this will be the last year. Without this fundraiser, 24/7 nursing help will no longer be possible. As usual, Valerie is trusting that the last fairy has not yet given her gift. If you would like to help, please contact Tamela Maxim at




Gifted and Talented At Giving the Perfect Present

If there were a special program for people to learn the talent of giving the perfect gift, the classroom would be located at Gifted Hilton Head, in The Village at Wexford. It’s a place where you become the best gift-giver by walking in the door, selecting from a spectrum of sophisticated, sassy and simple elegant gifts and leaving with it wrapped in an elaborate package, topped with a bow. Meredith Taylor, owner of Gifted Hilton Head, opened this one-stop shop for the perfect present in July 2011. Its popularity has exploded as her Lowcountry customers have enjoyed their newlyfound reputations as perfect gift givers. “I love when a customer tells me each time they come into the store, they discover something new,” Taylor said. “I smile to myself because that’s the way I designed it.”



Since 1985, Gifted has been a tradition in Pittsburgh and Taylor has perfected her eye for gifts that capture your attention and heart. There are gifts for every age, every price point and every occasion. For example, Gifted Hilton Head proudly sells the handbags of Spartina 449, a Daufuskie Islandinspired company. Spartina’s handbags pop off the display with its chic designs and its new elegant leather line. The store also sells the tried and true Vera Bradley line of handbags as well as its baby collection. One of the newest collections available at Gifted are the stackable bracelets made by Alex and Ani. This trendy collection is now the hottest jewelry in the Northeast and is flying off the shelves at Gifted. These bracelets, “made with positive energy,” and recycled metals, are designed to “tell your story,” with charms that dangle and reflect your loves, interests and hobbies. Gifted is also true to the nature of the Lowcountry. This specialty store has an extensive collection of coastal-themed gifts including custom plates, coasters, wine bags and the products of locally-based Lowcountry Linens. To wrap up your gift-shopping experience, Gifted Hilton Head has the friendliest staff eager to help you find a gift for any occasion. Taylor said, “I want everyone’s experience to end with the comment, ‘Wow — that’s perfect.’ ”




HEALTH “Most people, upon learning that I am a clinical hypnotherapist, ask if I will make them quack like a duck or cluck like chicken,” Monique Guffey explains smiling. “I respond only if that is what you truly want!” Because, according to “Mo,” as she prefers to be called, in hypnosis you cannot be made to do anything and you are always in control. In fact, the average person is in hypnosis several times throughout the day. If you have ever driven from point A to B, but do not recall the journey, stoplights or landmarks, were so engrossed in a good book or the computer that the hours passed like minutes, you were likely…in a trance! Researchers have determined that we think anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, some that replay over and over like a broken record. Even the

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most positive thinkers can be influenced by an inner mind that contradicts what they wish to affirm or attract for their lives. Many clients, Mo suggests, are held hostage by unconscious negative and limiting beliefs. Some just think or feel that something is “off” when it becomes increasingly difficult to relax the “chatter” in their mind. With relaxation techniques the client learns to calm and quiet their “inner critic” sufficiently to reveal and explore distorted and undesirable selftalk (“Stupid me”, “I am useless”, “What a loser!). Replacing negative thoughts and images, with positive, reality-based messages that nurture and influence happier feelings and healthy behaviors can, over time, promote clarity and constructive choices.

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“All hypnosis is self hypnosis, Mo explains; I serve, I do not fix,” As a co-facilitator, the client learns to focus their attention with intense clarity, heighten their suggestibillty and enhance creative imagery. This empowers renewed self-conviction that facilitates positive change; you do not have to stay…stuck. A mental health counselor from Oxford, Maryland and Manhattan, Mo became captivated with the Lowcountry after a visit in 2005. Looking to create a quieter, less demanding chapter in retirement and avid sailors and dog lovers, Mo and husband, John Guffey, (owner of Energy One Spray Foam Insulation), moved to Bluffton. While recreation and socializing were satisfying, volunteering and serving in the community inspired Mo to find even more meaningful ways to spend freetime. “I missed the deeper fulfillment that came from doing work that I truly loved.” Mo sought state licensure to practice here. Mo provides counseling and clinical hypnotherapy at the Center for Positive Change in Bluffton’s Plantation Park. Her counseling approach stresses clarity of purpose, accountability, and taking specific actions steps to problem solve and achieve successful outcomes. In addition to hypnosis as a tool for positive change, Mo’s model includes cognitive behavioral methods, neuro-linguistic programming, creative visualization, and mindfulness techniques. Clients seek help to address irrational fears, phobias, and bad habits, to enhance stress reduction and improve selfesteem as well as accelerate healing on many levels. A session may last from one to one and a half hours and Mo admits to favoring creative and interactive techniques. “Selfhelp does not have to be shameful, frightening or boring,” Mo posits. There are many innovative and motivating ways to help achieve your heart’s desires, not someday….but now. Mo suggests, identifying specific values (non-negotiable principles that give your life meaning), and wedding these with what you love to do. You cannot say you wish to be happy, but then spend your entire time living someone else’s dream. Get in touch with your most cherished possessions, a healthy mind and attitude. Set your compass and avoid living in the past. Be present and show up for yourself. You are the one that you’ve been waiting for.




Diabetes: Affecting Eye Health/Vision by John J. Janvier, OD, FAAO

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Wow, and we are having a diabetic epidemic in this country. Lethargy and obesity in children, adolescents, and adults has widely caused this increase in diabetes (Type II). Twenty-nine million children and adults are affected by diabetes in this country (approximately 9% of the population); it is estimated that in 2025 there will be fifty-three million Americans affected by this disease! Diabetes ia a very serious disease that can cause problems like blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, amputation, and central nervous system disorders. In this article, we’ll focus on how diabetes can affect the eye and vision. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina (back of the eye where “vision” is captured and transmitted to the brain). These blood vessels may swell and cause blood to leak out of the vessels damaging the “visual” tissue and/or at times abnormal new blood vessels grow on the retina, causing vision loss or blindness. Unfortunately, there are usually no symptoms of this eye disease, and vision may not be affected until the disease becomes severe. If the macula (part of the retina that provides sharp central vision) becomes involved and begins to swell then vision will become impaired. This is the reason for the importance of regular eye examinations; especially if your diabetes is not well-controlled. Laser surgery and appropriate follow-up care can reduce the risk of blindness by 80 percent, but cannot restore vision that has already been lost. So finding the problem early is the best way to prevent vision loss! Diabetics should have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. There are other eye conditions/diseases that can be caused by diabetic problems. Cataracts may develop at a younger age and glaucoma becomes more likely; a diabetic person is twice as likely to develop glaucoma than other adults. The longer you are a diabetic and/or the longer your diabetes is not well-controlled, the greater the chance of developing these eye problems. So let’s make sure we strive to keep everyone; children, adolescents, and adults healthy and “diabeticfree”! Important “Rules” to remember: 1. Know the ABC’s: AIC (blood glucose levels), Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol numbers 2. Take medicine as prescribed by your doctor 3. Monitor your blood sugar (glucose) levels closely (two to three times a day at times may be necessary) 4. Stay at a healthy weight and perform regular physical activities 5. Quit smoking! 6. BE HAPPY!






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The Phoenix Rising Foundation C2C Movement

...Where TALK stops and ACTION begins! CHANGE……… JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED Losing everything was the most difficult, yet one of the most freeing experiences. CONFLICT CLARIFIES I will never forget the phone call that hot June morning. It was like I was in a dream; I could not believe this was happening to US! Many times we see something as “bad,” but it turns out to be “good.” We just have to be ready to see it. PREVENTION IS THE KEY “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” What we feel is that no child should go without love, health, food, water, shelter, clothing and many other basic needs. WHO IS C2C AND THE PHOENIX RISING FOUNDATION? What we have done is brought together over 45 combined years of the most practical and successful methods, techniques and strategies to achieving health and wealth and packaged it up for the kids. Anita has been studying child homelessness and negligence for years and is now driven to the point of exhaustion to help them. The agenda is quite clear. Prevent as many kids from having to

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experience the unnecessary hardships and help them avoid learning lessons the hard way, by preparing them adequately, now. We feel the grassroots approach is best. This way we are able to mentor, strengthen local relationships and build stronger foundations, starting at home. MAKE CHANGE NOW When I found out from Anita the seriousness in the U.S. alone, I was shocked; over 1,000,000 street kids with no parents, no homes, no food, no shelter and no hope! SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE NOW! The Phoenix Rising Foundation and the C2C Movement is a call to action non-profit organization dedicated to equipping our children with the necessary skills and awareness for success. We respectfully request your companionship on our journey. We are in need of like-minded light worker individuals who feel the need to do more, who resonate with change. Those who are passionate about giving and who, like the words of a Whitney Houston song, “believe that children are our future, treat them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside.” To find out more and to see how you might help, contact Anita Burke at 843-342-4444 or email










Scattered over South Carolina are a host of historic markers that do not tell stories of South Carolina. With their limited words, the best they can do is “tease,” to enticingly alert passers-by that there is a story to be told. But they are well worth pulling over to read, including those in the Lowcountry which is so rich in history and great stories. We don’t know the exact number of these markers here, perhaps around a hundred, but here are two of the stories that are officially not told by two of our official markers.

shrimping. But the site is also a reminder that this section of the island is where “the action” on this sleepy island had been for a long time before the modern era really took off in the 1970s. This was the commercial hub of the island, “hub” being rather loosely interpreted. The first post office was just around the corner on 278 and island stores, as they were, also were here. The first real elementary school was also just down the road and the connections to the outside world were just a little further west on Jenkins Island

Charlie Simmons of Hilton Head A favorite of mine is the historic marker about Charlie Simmons on Spanish Wells Road on Hilton Head Island, the road that connects highway 278 to the place on Calibogue Sound where Spanish galleons would stop to take on fresh water in the 1500s. There is no historic marker for the Spanish Wells, an indication of the abundance of untold stories that ache to be told, but good old Charlie Simmons, who was with us until just a few years ago, has a sign. To read Charlie’s marker, turn down Spanish Wells Road at the 278 light just before where the Cross Island Expressway begins its southward journey down the island. Charlie’s sign is only a half mile down the road on the right, just before crossing the bridge over Jarvis Creek. The land where Mr. Simmons lived has been bought by the Town of Hilton Head and turned into a preserve, as part of its really terrific program to set aside special places on the island for future generations. Charlie’s land borders Jarvis Creek and has always been a popular locals’ place for fishing, crabbing and

at today’s Windmill Harbour and Hilton Head Marina. Charlie Simmons has a sign because he was a special connection with this recent past, the era before the bridges and even before the ferry that came before them. During the 1940s, Charlie Simmons was perhaps the major link to the outside world for the population of Native Islanders, a couple hundred or so descendents of plantation slaves,



who primarily lived off the remarkable abundance of the land and sea and what was called “truck farming.” Charlie’s role in this special era on Hilton Head was to deliver the farmers and their produce to the city market in Savannah. Old Savannah was the most logical destination port connection for the island and the Simmons boat was a work horse in making deliveries, along with the Island Packet and another steam ship or two over the years that connected Hilton Head/Jenkins Islands, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, Beaufort and other area locations with Savannah and Charleston. Once the now gone swing bridge was built connecting Hilton Head to the mainland in 1956, Mr. Simmons supplemented his boat services with an old stripped down school bus that could deliver produce and other goods back and forth to Savannah in far less time. For almost 30 years, Charlie Simmons and his rickety school bus were a familiar sight on the north end of the island. And for all those years it had a special distinction: It never had a license plate and entrepreneur Simmons never had a driver’s license. This seems odd to us today, but the isolated islands in those days had no requirement for either of these routine driving accoutrements. Everybody from judges to patrolmen looked the other way as Charlie made is regular rounds with the licenseless bus, that is until 1972 when a new state highway patrolman was assigned to Beaufort County who had not been briefed on some of the area’s idiosyncrasies, including the abrogation of usual licensing procedures for Charlie Simmons. And then came the day,

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.. Across Beaufort County mid-afternoon in the middle of what was the commercial center of the island, just around the corner from Charlie Simmons’ house, that the new noble, but naïve, defender of the public made the mistake of pulling the undocumented Simmon’s bus over, red light flashing. He proceeded to write the lovable island icon a ticket and then, as a crowd gathered, proceeded to take him into custody when Mr. Simmons adamantly protested the indignity and the interruption of his routine. Eventually, this would have been rectified, but before that could happen, it seemed the entire population of the north end of the island rushed to the defense of the beloved Charlie Simmons. The patrolman suddenly found himself the one being detained, “taken into custody by a flash mob,” we might say today, and found himself desperately radioing for help to be rescued from the furious islanders. After quite awhile, bemused state patrolmen, working the Bluffton/Beaufort areas, arrived to make a successful extraction. Really, they were the guilty parties for failing to have briefed their newcomer on the unofficial Simmons exemption, but the new officer later that week found himself reassigned to Columbia. His days on Hilton Head had quickly become numbered. Robert Smalls of Beaufort Another favorite personage of Beaufort County had a venue that ranged far wider than that of Charlie Simmons. Instead of being descended from slaves, Robert Smalls was one, born in Beaufort in 1839. He went on to become a slave of some repute, being a key crewman of a sidewheeler merchant ship hauling cotton in the Charleston Harbor. Small’s first moment in history came after the ship, the Planter, had been converted to being an armed Confederate military transport during the war. What took Smalls from slave to celebrity occurred on May 12, 1862 at 3 AM. While the three white officers of his ship were ashore, he commandeered the Planter and made a bold and calculated run for freedom. Donning the captain’s uniform, he cast off and steamed away, making one stop to load his family and those of other enslaved crewmen aboard before running

a dangerous gauntlet that took him past the infamous Fort Sumter and four other fortresses guarding Charleston harbor. As if on a regular supply run, he gave the required pass codes to sentinels in the fortifications and guided the ship past the bristling armaments. The destination of the runaway slave, mutineer and turncoat was the Union blockade forces positioned outside of Charleston Harbor and beyond the guns of Fort Sumter. There, Smalls surrendered The Planter to the USS Onward which spotted the traditional white flag just before commencing to fire on the Confederate vessel. The ship turned out to be quite a prize for the Union forces, having four valuable artillery pieces it was scheduled to deliver to the Charleston forts, as well as the ship’s code book that contained the Confederates’ secret signals and placement of mines and torpedoes in and around Charleston Harbor. Smalls also personally gave the Commander of the blockading fleet, Admiral Samuel Dupont, detailed information about the harbor’s defenses and shipyards. The former house slave from Beaufort became a media sensation in the North after his daring escape. Congress passed a bill honoring him and his fellow conspirators and two weeks later he personally met President Abraham Lincoln. He continued to serve the US

Navy for the next year as a ship’s pilot. In 1863 he served as the Pilot of the ironclad USS Keokuk during an unsuccessful Union attack on Fort Sumter. He was promoted to Captain while serving on his old ship, which had come under withering fire from a Confederate battery. The Captain at the time decided to surrender the ship but Smalls feared his black crew would not be treated as prisoners of war and refused to surrender, ultimately making a run through enemy fire until getting out of cannon range. Subsequently, the former captain was relieved and Smalls promoted to be official Captain of The Planter. He was recruited by the Commander at Port Royal on Hilton Head to lobby in Washington to permit black men to fight for the Union. This he did and was credited with persuading President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to create the 1st and 2nd South Carolina Volunteers at Port Royal, a force of up to 5,000 soldiers. After the War, Smalls returned to Bluffton, bought the house where he had grown up as a slave and went into business. Subsequently he was a member of the South Carolina House and Senate and served five terms in the United States House of Representatives. After his political career, he became the Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. Today, one of those silvery historic markers honors this remarkable man in Beaufort, in front of his home church where he is buried. Visitors can see the marker and a monument to Robert Smalls at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort, not far from where he grew up as a slave and later lived as a Senator of the United States of America. The state historical marker website lists 47 in Beaufort County but their list misses other “official” markers put up by townships, historical societies and others. To learn the location and content of these “historic teasers”, and of others in the State, along with helpful links, go to: HistoricMarkersSC/CountyDetail. cfm?CountyNameKey=Beaufort




The Heritage Library A History and Genealogy Research Center by IVA ROBERTS WELTON center run entirely by volunteers and is supported by membership dues, donations, grants, and ATAX funds from the Town of Hilton Head. Classes are offered for beginning and advanced researchers and talks are given regularly and are open to the public. Learn about the Spanish, French and Indians who were here before the white man; Sir John Colleton’s land grant, the original plantations and the period when this was a hunting preserve after the Civil War. A new weekly class on Tuesdays at 10:30 am gives visitors and residents an opportunity, within an hour, to hear and see a Power Point presentation with an over-all view of the history of the Island with emphasis on the historic sites and how to reach them by bicycle or car. Admission is free and maps are available to help you explore on your own. Among the many special projects ongoing at the library include uncovering the names of those who died on the Island during the Civil War; some 1500 people have been identified. The library is also collecting the pension and service records of African-Americans with connections to Hilton Head who served in the US Colored Troops during the Civil War. A major new initiative involves identifying the original residents of Mitchelville and attempting to identify descendants of those currently

living on the Island. The library is also transcribing the records of the residents of Mitchelville who were patients in the local hospital. Transcribing and indexing books and articles by well-known local authors. Native Islanders are delighted to have their family history discovered. The library is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of two important historic sites on the Island. Fort Mitchel is located next to the Old Fort Pub in Hilton Head Plantation. It dates from the early days of the Union occupation of Hilton Head Island in November of 1861, when artillery batteries were constructed to protect the approaches to Port Royal Sound through Skull Creek from the advance of the Confederate gun boats based at Savannah. Remains of the earthen works may be viewed from a walking path which winds through the site. Tours are given weekly with more exciting information, in conjunction with the Coastal Discovery Museum. Call the museum for dates and times. The Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is a familiar site at the intersection of William Hilton Parkway and Mathews Drive. A small group of Island planters built a chapel-ofease structure of brick and wood there in 1787. A total of 45 graves and two memorials are located under the shade of Zion’s sheltering trees. There is a Kirk family plot surrounded by wrought iron. The chapel did not survive the Civil War but the survival of its Eucharistic silver has an interesting story! The imposing Greek Revival Baynard Mausoleum attracts attention – our oldest intact structure which is in dire need of preservation and restoration. It once had a pair of full-length white marble doors and above that space are raised letters: WM. E. BAYNARD – Integrity and Uprightness. A special preservation class of the Savannah College of Art and Design is studying the structure to determine the best way to preserve it. The public’s help is needed to save this important structure. The Heritage Library is located at 852 Hilton Parkway, Suite 2a, at Mile Marker 9. Hours are 10 am – 3 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and by appointment. 843-686-6560,


History is exciting! The 1940 Census records were released on April 2, 2012. According to CNN, the National Archives and Records Administration website registered over 60 million hits in just three hours on the second day they were available to the public. Today’s passion to learn about one’s ancestors and create that coveted family tree has reached epidemic proportions. The treasures found through genealogical research not only uncover fascinating personal family histories, but also provide historians and sociologists with profound insights into the time period and environment in which previous generations lived and flourished. Visitors to Hilton Head’s Heritage Library understand the thrill of discovering one’s pedigree and the staff of library volunteers are enthusiastic about helping others to do the same. Veteran genealogists and hobbyists alike enjoy the Heritage’s abundant resources including computers with access to,,, and Its affiliation with the Salt Lake City - based Latter Day Saints Library, and other databases allows clients unique access to records across the United States and in other countries. The Library contains over 4,000 volumes as well as a collection of CDs and intriguing maps. It is a nonprofit research




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350/30 Hilton Head Island Celebration Sept. 30 - Oct. 5, 2013 This emblem represents the Islandwide celebration of the 350th Anniversary Sighting of Hilton Head Island by Sir Captain William Hilton and the 30th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Hilton Head Island. The red and white flag represents the British Ensign Flag flown by Captain William Hilton when he sighted Hilton Head Island. The green and white flag represents Hilton Head Island. The flags are crossed representing the old and the new and tied together to bring all the Island Community Organizations together to celebrate in a week of activities.  The kick-off event will be an Open House at the Town Hall with the Mayor, Town Council and staff greeting the entire town, Monday, September 30. The week will be filled with a calendar full of celebration activities.  All Island organizations are invited to create an event showcasing their organization and add their date to the calendar. The Chamber of Commerce will keep the calendar of events on their website. Tuesday will be History Day with all the historic sites open to the public with docents available and trolley rides to the sites or you can go on your own.  There will be a lecture by historians Dr. Larry Rowland and Dr. Stephen Wise later that day at the First Presbyterian Church. The final activity will be a giant Birthday Party on Coligny Beach. The event will include the passing Capt. William Hilton's Ship, shagging on the beach to "beach music" by the Headliners, a Birthday Cupcake Contest by local restaurants and novice bakers, food from local restaurants with remarks by Island dignitaries and a Sandcastle Contest on the beach. Mark this week on your calendar, participate and enjoy all the activities. Organized by the Heritage Library Foundation. Chairwoman, Leslie Richardson. Please call Linda Piekut, Heritage executive director at 686-6560.  

The potential for change is one of the few constants in life. Whether your circumstances evolve unexpectedly or as the result of careful planning, you may have to alter your investment strategy. The following are transitional events that may present opportunities or savings obstacles: Changing jobs -- If you change jobs or get promoted and receive a salary increase, consider investing at least some of the difference for your long-term goals. You won’t miss the money if you invest it right from the start. Tying the knot -- The decision to marry or remarry could raise a variety of questions about your portfolio and financial plans. Will your combined assets provide enough income for two retirements? Will the need for just one primary residence free up income? If so, you may be able to increase your investments. Divorce also raises financial questions. For example, will you need to invest more aggressively to meet the cost of retirement on your own? Adding a family member -- The addition of a newborn to your family could signal the need to start planning for someone else’s future. Aside from the usual expenses of rearing a child, there’s the cost of an education to consider. Emptying the nest -- Many parents with grown children often enjoy a “parental bonus” after their children leave home. If you anticipate a parental bonus, consider investing at least part of it for your retirement needs. Caring for Aging Relatives -- The need to support aging family members, possibly at the same time you’re caring for children of your own, could force you to revise your investment plan to pursue more income for today’s needs or capital appreciation for tomorrow’s. These are just some of the circumstances that can alter your life -- and your investment plan. For assistance adjusting your portfolio accordingly, consult a qualified financial professional for strategies that can help your investment plan overcome change. If you’d like to learn more, please contact: Keith C. Kline, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 689-7220 Article by McGraw Hill and provided courtesy of Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor. The author(s) are not employees of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“MSSB”). The opinions expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of MSSB. The information and data in the article or publication has been obtained from sources outside of MSSB and MSSB makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of MSSB. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by MSSB with respect to the purchase or sale of any security, investment, strategy or product that may be mentioned. Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor(s) engaged Premier Lowcountry to feature this article. Keith C. Kline may only transact business in states where he is registered or excluded or exempted from registration http://www. Transacting business, follow-up and individualized responses involving either effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, will not be made to persons in states where Keith C. Kline is not registered or excluded or exempt from registration. Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC. CRC# 563610 10/12




A History of Bluffton by ANNELORE HARRELL


In the 1500s, while English, French and Spanish explorers were crisscrossing the Atlantic Ocean looking for that elusive passage to the riches of the East, local native Indian tribes were enjoying the benefits of living in our beautiful low country where game was there for the taking, rivers full of seafood and brave men were being encouraged by the female population to eat the first oyster. As the stretch of water we now know as the Intracoastal Waterway became the interstate of the time, Englishmen became more and more serious about settling in the area they named the Province of Carolina after King Charles I. Unfortunately, he lost favor with his subjects and in 1649, poor Charles was beheaded. His son Charles II ascended to the British throne and by 1663, had installed Lords Proprietors in the Carolinas, dividing it into three sections, Albermarle in the North, Clarendon and Craven in the South. By 1718, new areas had been carved out including Devil’s Elbow Barony that contained the future town of Bluffton. With Charleston on one side and Savannah on the other, Bluffton was eclipsed by those cities whose deep water harbors attracted international trade. As goods of cotton, indigo, rice and naval stores were shipped out, fortunes were being made with the aid of slave labor and by the 1800s, per capita income in this fertile land exceeded that of Boston, Philadelphia or New York. Plantations in summer were hot. Southern towns and cities were not only muggy with humidity, but outhouses were smelly 24 hours a day, while lack of window



screens meant nights spent under yards of mosquito netting. The miasmas of summer were unbearable. By 1825, after a particularly virulent episode of yellow fever in Savannah, the search for a nearby place that afforded a haven safe from diseases prevalent in hot weather, became more desperate. Land owned mainly by the Walls and Kirk families on a high bluff overlooking the Maye River ended the search. It was the ideal location. Easy to reach from plantations by horse and buggy or via waterways from the city, this bucolic vacation oasis boasted a river with tides neither extreme nor swift, where children could explore secret coves and play on small sandy beaches. In the afternoon with the incoming tide, cooling breezes blew in from Calibogue Sound and whippoorwills called to each other in the evening air. The summer people built comfortable houses with wide porches for rocking chairs and sleeping cots. By 1830, streets were laid out, pedestrian bridges spanned the sloughs, packet boats made regular trips between Savannah, Daufuski and Bluffton. Summer life was peaceful and sweet until 1861 and the War Between the States. It was years before this small community resumed its place, first as a vacation destination and then steadily attracting permanent residents. Now, in the 21st century, Bluffton has increased its population many times over, becoming South Carolina’s 5th largest municipality by land area with a prudent

annexation program. As some longtime residents are prone to say, “Others have discovered what we knew all along, that some things may change, it is true, but important things remain the same and that is the essence, the spirit and the ‘Bluffton State of Mind’.”

Annelore Harrell

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Annelore Harrell, nee Stelljes, spent summers at her parents’ cottage on Myrtle Island. She married George William Harrell, Jr., a regular Army JAG officer in 1953, had five children and traveled from post to post for the next thirty years, always returning to Bluffton between assignments. A real estate broker by trade, active in several civic and community organizations, she is a graduate of Leadership, Bluffton, Hilton Head and South Carolina. She has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, hosted a weekly cable television program and currently writes a column SOMETIMES for Bluffton Today. Living in a river house, she proclaims is ‘Not old enough to be historic and not new enough to be energy efficient,’ is just exactly where she wants to be.





The Bluffton Oyster Factory An Endearing and Endangered Species “I’m one of the lucky ones who stuck it out.” These are the words of Larry Toomer, proprietor of the last continuously operating “Oyster Factory” in South Carolina and one of the last on the entire East coast. Since 1899, this classically no-frills waterman’s family has shipped seafood all over the country and provided jobs for the “pickers and shuckers” of what, until recently, was a one-square mile village on the tidal May River. Just a few years ago, you could be Mayor of Bluffton if you could scare up 43 votes. Since before the turn of this century, Bluffton has been “discovered”, expanded and become both a popular enclave for artists and craftsmen and a growing bedroom community for those engaged in the Hilton



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Head Island tourism industry, which has now spilled across the bridge to Bluffton. The Bluffton Oyster Factory itself goes back beyond the turn of the century before last, and has been an emotional and economic anchor for this community all that time. The abiding survival of the Oyster Factory is a story rich in creative business acumen, vision and commitment to a lifestyle that is not bashful about hard work. The Toomer family is now into their fourth generation of harvesting in the waters of what is appropriately called the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Bluffton is in Beaufort County, which is 36 per cent water at low tide and nearly 50% at high tide. It has 68 named islands and an estimated 340 smaller islands, locally called “hammocks.” From these waters have come more than a century of commercially shipped oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, the popular blue shell crab and local whelks (conchs) which have both provided jobs and fed the local citizenry. The heyday of the oyster business in America was roughly from 1890 to 1935, a period when oysters were the marketplace equivalent of what chicken is today, tasty, inexpensive and abundantly available. During those years, South Carolina boasted as many as 36 oyster factories or “houses” like the one in Bluffton, and processed around 3 million bushels of the bi-valves and had 3,500 employees just on the books. The key to the oyster business taking off in the 1880s was the arrival of machine generated ice, an invention that enabled the shipping of seafood from South Carolina to markets in the Northeast. The number of oyster factories declined in the 1920s because of another innovation, the outboard motor, which enabled deliveries from the oyster fields to the factories and canneries to have a larger range and take far less time than the previous sail and oar powered systems, making it more cost effective to operate fewer but larger factories. The reallocation of labor during World War II knocked oyster production back to preCivil War levels and set the industry on a course from which it has not recovered. Current harvesting levels are still at preCivil War, pre-out board motors and pre-mechanically produced ice levels. Thus it is that a host of factors have turned Lowcountry and other domestic oysters from being a common staple of American cuisine into a delicacy, and from an affordable mainstay to an expensive occasional treat. The result is that oysters

have become gourmet fare, shrimp boats are seen more in travel articles than on the way to work and oystermen walking their boats along oyster banks at low tide are about as scarce as the Indian trading posts that used to hold sway on these same shores. And locals are not happy about it! “Friends don’t let friends eat imported shrimp!” The bumper sticker, “Friends don’t let friends eat imported shrimp!” is often seen on the bumpers of local vehicles (and on shrimp boats). In both this microcosm and global context still sits the old Bluffton Oyster Factory. Planted on

roof and cement block which houses the all-important shuckers room with its high wooden work benches and slanted floor which drains water from the hand shucking and shelling of oysters and blue shell crab into the river. A variety of small boats, crab pots, pick up trucks, barrels, nets and iron oystering tools take up the remaining space, along with unscripted open space for customer parking. A “back-yourboat-trailer-into-the-river” boat landing ramp slides down one side of the oyster shell peninsula and a town park, set up especially for oyster roasts, is perched above it atop the bluff. At the end of

a man-made peninsula of sun-bleached oyster shells, below a windy deep-water bluff, the oyster factory’s May River was once the highway to this town, which became a cooler summer refuge for area plantation owners. The owners of Rose Hill Plantation sparked a second home migration to the bluff and its cooling breezes around 1825. The Yankees would later burn much of the town on the bluff during their Civil War occupation of Hilton Head, but thankfully, some of the old houses, and particularly the intriguingly Victorian, “Church of the Cross,” were spared and still delight visitors today. The Oyster Factory itself is a hodgepodge of tin

the little peninsula are the boat docks, dominated by the Toomer’s, “Daddy’s Girls”, the biggest of an ever changing number of shrimp boats. The entrance to the retail operations has a small sign with the name, “Tyrone’s Porch” over the entrance, a memorial to one of the “family’s” beloved pickers, Tyrone Smith, who drowned while filling his oyster buckets during a gusty surge in the weather a few years ago. Missing for several days, and given up for dead, Larry Toomer himself continued the search for Tyrone until he was found and his body brought home to his family. Oysters in South Carolina are continued... 2013


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harvested when they are exposed by the receding tides, which on the May River can be six to eight feet. Risks come not only from unexpected weather, but harvesting a little too long as the tides rise, or filling the boat a little too full and increasing the risk of being swamped. And Tyrone was one of the majority of pickers who ironically never learned to swim. Oystering Gastronomy May River oysters are revered locally for their succulent flavor and the Toomers have most of the larger oyster beds along the river leased from the state, costing roughly $1,000 per year for 50 plus acres. The taste of an oyster is determined by the combination of salty and fresh water that occurs wherever they grow. Those harvested from the May River have the unscientifically proven balance to make them both sumptuously sweet and alluringly salty at the same time. The closer to the ocean the oyster, the saltier it becomes. The further away, the sweeter. May River oysters – “perfection,” according to local palates. Oystermen sound very much like vintners of fine wines when they are talking about such nuances of their trade. Shrimping is another balancing act of a different sort. The economic viability of shrimping is as unpredictably flighty as the Monarch and Gulf Frittilary butterflies that hover among the wildflowers growing on Bluffton’s bluff. “If the winter is too cold, we lose the spring crop of shrimp,” says Toomer. “If it’s too mild, the fall crop comes up with black gill,” a fungus that blackens the gills of shrimp and kills them before they mature. This past spring yielded an excellent harvest while the fall went the other way, meaning the previous winter was cold enough for the spring crop, yet too warm to produce good shrimp crops for both spring and fall seasons. Apart from the often fickle shrimping seasons, picking oysters in the “R” months is the routine for the shellfish side of the Toomer’s enterprise, an industry discipline adopted more for the sake of allowing the mollusks to repopulate than for reasons of health safety as is commonly misunderstood. Crabbing can be another significant part of the business, another weather-ruled dimension of economic viability. Normally the Oyster Factory seeks to just satisfy the local demand for the prized blue crab, the obvious market niche being the several hundred restaurants supporting the tourism industry in Hilton Head, Savannah, Beaufort and Bluffton. “Sometime the crab are so plentiful, we crank up the shrimp boats and drag for them,”



commented Toomer. “Last year we had quite a stretch of that, even numerous 100-bushel days during January and February.” During such seasons, Toomer also supplies buyers from the Northeast and wholesalers send their trucks into the area once the crab harvest ceases in the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia and Maryland. “If we didn’t do it all, we wouldn’t be here!” “It used to be that we primarily shrimped in summer and crabbed in the winters,” Toomer reflected, “plus the mainstay ‘R’ months for oystering. But today we’ve got to be a lot more versatile than that to survive. And that’s what happened to most of the factories.” Besides adding profitable on-site retail operations to the historic wholesale operation, the Toomers have

opportunistically diversified their product lines to include some specialty fish, such as flounder, clams and mussels, the latter being the more abundant and known as, “the poor man’s oyster.” The family has also added a popular seafood restaurant in Bluffton, a major catering service and a growing presence at local festivals and farmer’s markets to not only sell its wares but to build brand awareness of its retail operations and restaurant. “If we didn’t do it all, we just wouldn’t be here,” is the way Toomer sums up his business plan, capping it off with, “Besides, I’ve never been one who likes sitting around doing nothing!” Larry Toomer likes to think of the two families he has involved in his admired enterprise – the Toomer family and the Oyster Factory family. On the Toomer side, there are a dozen family kin directly involved in the business including wife Tina and daughters Jessica, Jackie and Jamie. Jessica (22) is working on her business degree, juggling a 3-year old daughter and managing the family restaurant all at the same time. Jackie (22), the tomboy of the girls, is slated to graduate from college and get her CPA this year. She also has a son and focuses on the payroll side of the family business. Jamie (19) is full time at the University of South Carolina – Beaufort and the most water connected of the three, so she is

most oriented to the Oyster Factory, although she fills in at the catering operation and everywhere else. These three are the namesake of, “Daddy’s Girls”, the primary shrimp boat operating out of the factory dock. This is Larry Toomer’s fourth boat, the third being, “Daddy’s Boys,” named after his two sons, who are less involved in the family business but still tangled up in the industry. The Hard Season The family went through a series of crises starting with the sinking of “Daddy’s Boys” in 1990. That, plus the severe business slump caused by the run-up to the First Gulf War caused the Toomers to lose a bustling seafood operation on Hilton Head, the Island Seafood Market, and caused Tina to take a hotel job on the island and Larry to return to the oyster grounds, not as a buyer but as a picker.  “We lost absolutely everything, including our house,” Tina reflects with a grimace, “but I never forgot the Lord or Jeremiah 29:11,” which she then quoted in a way one can only quote something they have leaned on again and again for a long time: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Husband Larry was equally serious when reflecting on that long season, which later also included the burning of their house to the ground and, yet again, the loss of virtually everything.  “But here we are!” he exclaimed looking around, the Oyster Factory behind him, the buzz of men unloading and washing down a heaping new load of oysters to the left and the proud, “Daddy’s Girls” bobbing in gentle waves beyond.  Tina’s car stands a few feet away with a bumper sticker advising, “Enjoy this day – Compliments of God.“  “God has certainly seen us through a lot,” says Larry.  “He has definitely ‘worked all these things together for good’ for our family.  None of this today would have happened without Him and a lot of hard work!” To spend any time in the Oyster Factory office is like being with crab in a hot pot. The pot is a room-for-one office nitch, on the opposite side of a divide separating it from the retail area of the factory. It is often filled with all three of “Daddy’s Girls,” plus Tina - wife, mother, co-owner and office manager of all operations – plus a picker with questions, a delivery guy getting his instructions and Larry poking his head in a screen door to give or receive instructions. To see the Toomer woman-power humming like a well-oiled machine behind the scenes of men off-loading “Daddy’s Girls,”

pulling oyster-laden bateaus out of the river and getting piles of the mollusks to the women shuckers in the shucking room, is a mesmerizing ballet to behold. Today, the three Toomer girls and Tina are also juggling orders from area restaurants and teeing up four sizeable catering events over the next few days, making for a very full week. Much earlier in the day, at the nearby Bluffton Family Seafood House, the Toomer’s popular Bluffton restaurant, the four Toomer women converged to chart its course for the day. Jamie had recently been made the new manager and everyone was pulling together. The women’s restaurant labors have been far more than successful, being highly rated by Southern Living Magazine, named “One of the Best in America” (out of 600,000 restaurants) by the Local Eats rating group and given 4.5 stars by Trip Advisor. The whole Bluffton Oyster Company, which includes the full range of Toomer operations, was named the 2011 Business of the Year in both the Southeast and in South Carolina by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Oyster Factory family keeps around a dozen pickers on the river every day, a couple of whom are often Toomer men or cousins. “Used to be there were twenty to thirty men on the river,” the prematurely silver headed Toomer says, “and there were fifty to sixty women shucking for their men.” In earlier days, each picker would bring his own woman – wife, daughter, sister, grandmother – to shuck his oysters for the day and he would pay them out of his take. Current practice measures the picker’s harvest and shucker’s labors together, the two splitting the $40 per shucked bucket of oysters down the middle. One of the major stressors on this side of the business today is finding qualified shuckers. The operation averaged 1012 shuckers last year and this year the numbers have averaged around eight. “Seems like we lose several every year,” said Toomer. Our best shuckers are aged seventy to eight-four, but it looks like our best is going to be falling more into the forty to sixty-five range.” There are even some young men who are breaking into

the shucking work. The best pickers also tend to be the older, more experienced men, those who are able to pick out the best oysters and are willing to get to the harder-to-access places where the largest oysters are located. The Low End of High Tech When asked about technological advances in the industry, the answer was less high tech than one might expect. Even as young as Toomer is, he still remembers the hazards of dragging for shrimp the old way. Rocks and wrecks were obstacles that could wipe out the valuable shrimping nets in a moment and a lot of time was routinely wasted by captains miscalculating which areas had been recently dragged for shrimp and which had not. The old system of plotting the factors of tides and wind drift to avoid re-dragging the same sandy bottoms was a hit and miss routine at best. The advent of the GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) system of navigation in the mid-1970s brought much of the nation’s military navigation capabilities to the shrimpers of

the country. The blessing, and the problem, was that GPS made shrimping easier. Suddenly, newcomers had almost equal footing with the old salts who had learned the ways of charting drags and navigation the hard way, with a compass and maybe a depth finder. But beyond creating more domestic competition, the new technology ultimately gave shrimpers in shrimp rich waters in such diverse places as Indonesia and Ecuador not just equal footing but a leg up on both Atlantic and Gulf shrimpers. As Toomer puts it, “Because of labor costs, it now runs us five times more to put meat on the table than to import it from some of these overseas markets.” These new realities have driven the indigenous industry close to extinction. While oysters and shrimp have been most negatively impacted by aquaculture farming, clamming as an historic enterprise has been almost completely replaced by clam farming. There is a continued...

Glen McCaskey has been deeply involved in the evolution of Hilton Head since he and wife Ginny moved to the island in 1970. He was vice president of Sea Pines for the years the company became internationally acclaimed for its ventures in the Caribbean and Southeast USA. Today he owns Community Visions, LLC and has consulted throughout this country and in Mexico, Eastern Europe and Southern Africa. He and Ginny have been married 42-years and have been blessed with two children and two grandchildren.



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nearby one located in Port Royal Sound and a couple near Charleston where the owners operate seeded or “bagged” clam beds and normally harvest on demand. “The way it works today,” said Toomer, “is that clamming operators like these farmers get a phone call from Philadelphia, ordering a tractor trailer load of little neck clams all the same size. The operator puts one of his escalator harvesting boats out there in his leased sound site and collects precisely that weight of fresh clams at the designated sizes. They are boxed up nice and fresh just in time for the truck’s arrival.” Before this new system was deployed, Toomer would buy clams of all sizes and price them according to whatever size the market was demanding. “People today don’t want big clams,” Toomer said. “They want smaller ones, the little necks, and now the clam farms can deliver thousands of those to the exact inch, even giving buyers their exact age, to the day.” The head of the Toomer family was grateful for much of the technological developments in his chosen field but, besides the GPS, the advances were something less than the Bill Gates/ Steve Jobs genre of advancement. It involved better engines for his boats, wenches to pull up crab pots from the bottoms of deep sounds and rivers, overnight shipping and the educations his daughters are getting. It didn’t take long in the conversation to realize that the impact of new technologies on these ageless related industries of the Bluffton Oyster Factory have been more negative than positive, at least from the standpoint of enterprises that have operated by long entrenched business and operations standards. Like the disappearance of the



small farmer, the changing times have caused the small harvesters of the sea to become endangered species. Is there a future for the industry? Even with these realities, Toomer has a positive, realistic and enlightened outlook for the future. “I can see the family continuing with the business,” he said, “although at a smaller volume of operation and even more focused on a niche market. We already are almost one of a kind and are increasingly focusing on the tourist and education markets, not bulk business.” What this affable Lowcountry of South Carolina native was describing was what up north has come to be chronicled as a “boutique business,” something more akin to the “cottage industries” the previous generation came to value and appreciate, catering to people who knew their craft and understood what it took to produce their unique wares. “More and more we will come to see ourselves as being in the ‘Heritage Business,’ “ he continued. “We are already becoming more history every day and I think the vision will sink in that we have been given the responsibility to preserve a way of life, to keep it alive, even if the volume of what we actually produce decreases.” These were not the words of a “Disney Character” in costume in California or Florida, but those of a down-to-earth American businessman who appreciates what he and his family have and the actual privilege they have been given in the evolution of this wonderful region and its way of life. From a day or two just hanging around this family, there is no doubt the next generation of these folks are infected with the same healthy germs

of love, devotion and commitment to a way of life that goes back more than a century in their family. The youngest of the three Toomer girls, Jamie, tells the tale best in her story of leaving home to attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia, two and a half hours distant. Her dad wondered why on earth she needed to go all the way up there, since USC has a good fouryear branch just a few miles down the road in the same county as Bluffton. Now Jamie has come back home to attend that institution. She gives the reason why by quoting lyrics from a song by country and western singer, Jason Aldean, named, “Night Train,” a ballad about a guy going home again. The chorus focuses on the excitement of seeing a water tower from the train as it draws closer to the singer’s home station. Jamie said that the words, “Oyster Factory,” lit up in her mind whenever she heard “water tower,” in that song. So it is quoted here with those words replacing, “water tower,” in the original lyrics: Oyster Factory, it sure’s good to see. I’ve been away way too long. Oyster Factory, like light in a storm. Helps me find my way back home. That’s an encouraging example of daughter like mother and daughter like father. And the whole family seems to have the same spirit! And that suggests a good prospect for the future of a very special business that has endured more than a century of high and low tides. As the mayor of Bluffton, Lisa Sulka put it recently, “The Toomers are a very thick thread in the fabric of our community. They are givers who give back to our community in every way.” Amen!


East Fork Ranch by HAPPY PETRY Remember when vacations included roasting marshmallows, toasty warm campfires, lazy day hikes, daredevil jumps into a cold lake and catching lightning bugs to put in a glass jar? Remember days before email, internet and cell phones? Sounds like it is time to unplug and head for East Fork Ranch in Canton, NC – a magical place where children can be children and adults can relive their childhood. Simple pleasures abound and provide memories to last a lifetime. Regarded as one of North Carolina’s most beautiful and picturesque retreats, East Fork Ranch offers a wide variety of cozy and comfortable accommodations with the Ranch’s 5,000 square foot, five bedroom main lodge; two bedroom plus loft, two bath cabin; and a quaint two bedroom, one bath River Cottage that is located alongside the rushing Pigeon River. All of the accommodations are authentically decorated and equipped with modern appliances, super comfortable furniture and the perfect compliment of linens and blankets. Each space has everything necessary for you to snuggle up and feel at home in this very special Smoky Mountain getaway. Wow! So much to do – so little time! Just look around and take in all the mountain wonders that abound here in the shadow of Cold Mountain and the Pisgah National Forest. This is truly God’s country! The abundant wildlife, the rolling topography of the land, the rushing streams and rivers – all beckon those weary with the demands of city life – to sit still and take in a deep breath of clean, cool mountain air. Yes, Western North Carolina is a paradise in so many ways. East Fork Ranch is more than a retreat. While here you should enjoy bicycling trips to area attractions like the Scottish Museum or even America’s largest house - The Biltmore mansion. Fly-fishing excursions, mountain hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, eclectic shopping trips and sumptuous dining experiences are all available nearby. Located on the Pigeon River at the foot of Cold Mountain and near the quaint mountain town of Waynesville, NC, East Fork Ranch is centrally located only 35 minutes from Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard, NC. With all of the Ranch’s varied venues – from pastures to barns – many couples select the property as the site for their rustic elegant wedding. It is here at East Fork Ranch, amidst the Hemlock, Maple and Mountain Laurel, here along the over two miles of wooded walking trails, here at the side of a placid fishing pond or a rushing river, here under the evening stars and within the sounds of a crackling fire that you and your closest friends and family will remember, reflect and resolve that while you may travel back home, you will never truly leave this place.


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Project SAFE aiding public health and Hilton Head’s environment

The effort to provide access to the public sewer system on Hilton Head Island still is going strong. Project SAFE (Sewer Access for Everyone) plays a key role in the effort by providing sewer connection grants for low- and moderate-income homeowners. SAFE has provided more than $300,000 in connection assistance since 2001 – helping more than 130 families connect to sewer. But hundreds of homes on Hilton Head remain unconnected to the public sewer system, relying instead upon septic systems to treat their household waste. Unfortunately, septic systems frequently fail on Hilton Head due to our high groundwater table and numerous tree roots. These failures can pose a threat to public health and to the Island’s environment and waterways. Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) and the Town of Hilton Head Island have a shared goal of eliminating septic system usage on the island. Unfortunately, many of the homes that are without sewer connection are owned by low-income families that struggle to meet the cost of installing sewer. That’s where Project SAFE, a charitable fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, steps in. You can help protect public health and the quality of life on Hilton Head Island by making a donation to Project SAFE today. Call the Foundation at (843) 681-9100 or Hilton Head PSD at (843) 681-5525 and say you’d like to make a donation to Project SAFE. To donate online, visit and choose “Project SAFE Fund” from the drop-down menu on your screen. Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) is the public drinking water, wastewater treatment and recycled water utility serving more than 19,000 customers in the north- and mid-island areas of Hilton Head Island. Visit the PSD online at







Suggested Reads by Area Authors ED RODGERS

Ed is the author of ten books, a public speaker, and trains pastors in third-world countries with Ambassadors for Christ, International. While his ministry (primarily through his blog and newsletter) involves America’s relationships with Israel and Islam, his novel, Dragon Slayers, takes his readers in a different direction. A routine thesis paper leads Ruthie Hunter, a grad student at Central State, on a journey into her very soul-a journey that threatens her beliefs as well as her life. Missing all the warning signs, she is unprepared for the danger that lies beyond the door she has opened. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of town, another adventure is taking shape. Joe Kerr, a teacher at Madison High, overhears a conversation that brings him face to face with the “Network,” a power-seeking underground organization of informants loyal to the President. As Joe and Ruthie’s paths cross, they discover the common thread that has woven their lives and their misfortunes together. Eventually, they learn that their adventures are directly related to the nation’s recent catastrophe. Ed had no idea how closely his fiction would mirror reality just a few short years later. He invites readers to visit his website at


Kathryn R. Wall wrote her first story at the age of six and then took a few decades off. An Ohio transplant, the twenty-year resident of Hilton Head sets her contemporary mystery series along the roads and in the restaurants of her adopted Lowcountry. Bay Tanner, retired financial advisor turned private inquiry agent, has appeared in eleven novels. Jericho Cay, the most recent entry, finds Bay and her partner, along with her former sheriff’s deputy husband Red, at the beck and call of an eccentric true-crime writer. Hot to uncover the truth about the cold-case disappearance of a reclusive millionaire from his secluded island off the South Carolina coast, Winston Wolfe’s behavior shifts from simply arrogant to downright bizarre. Fighting not only her erratic client but a complicated home life as well, Bay pursues the truth about the missing man and the questionable suicide of his housekeeper on the tiny spit of land called Jericho Cay. Kathryn has served on the boards of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She is a founding member of the Island Writers’ Network and has mentored in the Hilton Head schools. Look for St. John’s Folly, the twelfth Bay Tanner mystery, coming soon to bookstores and online retailers.


Jim Auld was born in Savannah, Georgia at the Telfair Hospital. He went to public schools and later attended Armstrong Junior College in Savannah. After a stint in the Army as an aviator, he returned to Georgia Southern University and received a B.S. degree in Management. He now lives with his family just across the Savannah River. His knowledge of and love for Savannah is evident in his first novel, Bobby T The Legend of Savannah. Bobby T. was eight years old when his mama abandoned him in a broken down house trailer located in the woods of Effingham County, Georgia. He was all alone, after hitchhiking to Savannah to search for her, he lived on the streets and learned how to survive using his loving personality, and a thankful spirit. Savannah falls in love with this child over the years, and Bobby T soon becomes The Legend of Savannah. To purchase, visit



Coming Soon... TOM REED

While working on Hilton Head the past 22 years Tom has written 4 novels, but has yet to publish any of them. Now approaching retirement Tom is currently working with a publisher to bring his first book to market. “The Harbor” is an exciting book in our local setting where a group of terrorists is attempting to smuggle a nuclear bomb into Savannah Harbor. This exciting adventure involves a local couple who discover the plot of those who are intent on carrying out their mission and killing anyone who gets in their way. Written from a Christian perspective Tom hopes to have this book to market by the end of the year, with more to follow.



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DINING Hilton Head Island’s Only 24/7 Eating Place We can accommodate whatever kind of dining you’re in the mood for, from a snack to a feast. From a cup of coffee to a five-course meal at 3:00 in the morning or maybe a burger and fries after a round of golf in the afternoon. Large family gatherings, sports teams and business groups are never a problem. We can accommodate parties from 5 to 30 in our large dining rooms. We offer breafast 24 6 Marina Side Drive, Hilton Head Island hours, a children’s menu, an in-house bakery, Mid-Island across from Palmetto Dunes wine, beer and liquor. Dine In - Take Out 843-686-2400

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“Best Mexican restaurant in the area! You are never hungry when you leave this place!” The chefs at La Hacienda treat you with exotic, delicious flavors of authentic Mexican food. Everything is prepared fresh and with the finest ingredients, but the best part is how quickly they have it ready for you. The casual atmosphere, the friendly staff, and the wonderful Mexican cuisine provide the perfect setting for lunch or dinner. Open for lunch, dinner or the area’s best Happy Hour! 25 Bluffton Rd., Suite 613, Bluffton 843.815.4540 76


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Open 7 days a week with service second to none, Tavern 46 offers more than your average sports bars. Uniquely prepared local seafood, 34 beers on tap, great lunch options, room for private parties, 15 flat screen tV’s, indoor/outdoor seating, Happy Hour 4-7, nightly specials and Wed.Sat. live entertainment. The Toomer Family provides two great options for enjoying the freshest seafood!

(843) 757-0380 Dr. Mellichamp Drive Historic Downtown Bluffton Open: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-9 pm

Enjoy fresh seafood fried, grilled or blackened in their Family Seafood House or visit their market at the Oyster Co. and select great fresh seafood to cook yourself! They’ve been catching and selling fresh seafood from local waters for nearly 100 years! And, if you have a special event in the future, they cater oyster roasts, lowcountry boils, barbecues and clambakes.

Eat seafood where the locals eat!

(843) 757-4010 63 Wharf Street Historic Downtown Bluffton Open: Monday-Saturday 9 am-5:30 pm

THE GREEK TABLE Offering a full menu of appetizers, soups and side orders as well as authentic and delicious Greek entrees Serving Lunch and Dinner Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 9 pm 80 Baylor Drive (Publix Center) Suite 109 Bluffton • 757-9283 WE ALSO CATER PARTIES RUBY LEE’S SPORTS, BLUES & SOUL FOOD An Experience To Savor! Serving lunch and dinner daily. Great fresh and local seafood, collard greens, fried okra,fried chicken, and ox-tails to name a few. Live entertainment with Deas Guys, Lavon and Louise, Earl Williams and Target. Eight HD flat screen tvs. Locally owned and operated. Hours 11 until 11 seven days a week Live music Wednesday thru Saturday Happy Hour Specials Available Every Day 46 Old Wild Horse Road • Hilton Head 843-681-7829, fax 843 681-7839 Like Us on Facebook





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A World of Flavors Comes to the Lowcountry Quality, passion, education, love, enjoyment and pleasure only begin to describe ta·ca·rón trading company. Thanks to Juan Carlos and Isabella Jiménez, Beaufort and surrounding areas are now privileged to have available the best selection of high quality premium cigars, once only available through wholesale and limited distribution. But it is not just cigars that they are offering. Located just a short distance from the traffic light and entrance to Callawassie Island at 6983 North Okatie Hwy 170, ta·ca·rón trading company embodies all that is created for indulgence in one-of-akind cigars, robust coffees and gourmet delicacies. Featuring their own line of full-bodied Cuban-seed cigars, hand made in the Dominican Republic, Juan Carlos prides himself on his knowledge and heritage, bringing a unique boutique to the Lowcountry. Having lived his young life in Cuba and being able to escape to the United States, Juan Carlos gathered his passion for cigar making and has created masterpieces. Art in a cigar means enjoyment of the finest quality and in each of his private labels this is evident. Walking into the Caribbean inspired boutique, the rich aroma of premium cigars in humidors and robust coffees in baskets and on shelves fills the air with a strong desire for the decadent. No worries about cigar smoke though, this beautiful shop is smoke free but has a comfortable veranda for enjoying your favorite selection. For the love of coffee and the richness of quality, ta·ca·rón trading company’s Dominican coffees are Cuban inspired and are magnificent. Plus, Juan Carlos and Isabella have a deep desire to help those in need and provide a percentage of all logo labeled products sold to purchase shoes and school supplies for impoverished children in the rural areas of Dominican Republic. “We want to help those children and we can with this program,” Juan Carlos said. Once your heart slows down from the excitement of finding this glorious boutique, you’ll want to look around at the delicacies offered from around, well, everywhere. “We look for quality products from small venues like farmer’s markets and offer these to our customers,” Isabella said. Shelves are artfully decorated with jams, jellies, salsas, one-of-a-kind pottery and more – all for sale. ta·ca·rón’s detail to all these tempting delicacies makes this a must stop for anyone in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head and beyond! Plan on a lot of self-indulgence and maybe some gift giving! Coming in June 2013, ta•ca•rón will open a wine and beer bodega featuring both boutique wines and unique beers from South America and Spain, as well as a more expansive selection of gourmet items not normally found in the Beaufort area. They are open to the public Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are available to coordinate wine and cigar tastings, dinners and more for private groups, organizations, weddings, etc. Planning an event? Give them a call!

¡Salud! 2013



Breaking the Code Throughout history there has been an effort by some, often world leaders, to make sure someone else does not learn their secrets or plans. This has led to the innovative development of secret codes where encrypted information can be sent to an intended party and without fear that someone in-between will be able to break the code and read the message. There have been many movies and stories of intrigue surrounding the World Wars of how either the Allies or Germans passed messages of their plans to the front line leaders while their opponents worked feverishly to attempt to break the codes. But I was surprised to learn that the use of codes goes back before the time of Jesus’ birth and in fact was used by Julius Caesar in his trying to keep an advantage over his rivals. Cryptology is the science of creating a secret message whereby the message would hide the true meaning. Some secret codes are as simple as that used by Paul Revere of “One if by land and two if by sea.” Some involve the scrambling of letters or symbols. Even one of our country’s

founders, Thomas Jefferson, invented a code system that involves a mechanical device, much like the code machine used in the movie The Da Vinci Code. Of course creating a code is only part of the issue of passing a secret message, the recipient also has to be able to unscramble the code to be useful. This created the need for a code book for all those who are part of the chain of insiders who need to have access to the secret information. During wars the securing of code books became more important than the actual creation of a new code. Stealing code books has been the basis of many of both factual and fiction books and stories throughout history. This undoubtedly led to the creating of false codes to lead your enemies astray. But for me a new question came to mind in the world of secret codes which obviously must still exist throughout the world. How have the internet and computers impacted the ability for people to break an encrypted code? My guess is that modern technology has to have made it easier for even the common man to unscramble the message. Today it seems that no matter the topic any answer to any question is only a click away. If you want to see the CIA report on any country of the world, just go to

Google Search and ask. If you want to know who pitches the last game of the 1957 World Series, it is only a second away. I have yet to find a topic where I could not find an answer in a matter of minutes with the internet. So let’s do a test. I will provide an encrypted message, tell you what type of code it is and let’s see if you are able to use your computer and the internet to solve this code. The following is from the Julius Caesar Code created before the birth of Christ. This code utilized two wheels with letters on both the inside wheel as well as the outside wheel. If you could align the encrypted first letter to the right letter on the outer wheel, in a matter of seconds you could unscramble a coded message. See if you can use the internet to find this code and read the message. J MPWF TPVUI DBSPMJOB (If you are unable to solve this code, please try using the following website: caesar-cipher.html) Next time maybe I will not tell you what type code is used and we can make this a little more difficult. Thanks for trying.

Tom Reed

Freelance Writer



Answer: If you use “B” as the first letter of the wheel you will be able to quickly answer the code which says “I love South Carolina.”

Tom Reed has lived on Hilton Head since 1991 with his wife Cindy. He has been actively involved in the business community, is the founder/owner of Morningstar Management, an M&A firm, and is the former CEO of Hargray Communications, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is a weekly Bible teacher and his hobby is writing novels. He is hoping to have one of his books published one day.


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