Lowcountry Weekly March 29 – April 11

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Lowcountry .{ Reflections on the good life in coastal South Carolina }. March 29 – April 11, 2023 .{ Opinion, Arts, Culture, Lifestyle, Cuisine }. Weekly So Many Books 4 Are you writing one, too? Magical Expression 5 The gently surreal John Crum Bestseller Colleen Oakley 8 At the Rhett House Inn Teddy Bear Picnic 10 A monthly read-aloud The Unbroken Circle 14 Easter memory and menu Moody Weather 19 A gardner copes Jury of One 13 John Warley's new thriller

cover notes

The painting on our cover is "Cultivating

Hope" from the exhibit Art That Makes You Smile: The Gently Surreal

Art of


K. Crum, opening at the Art League Gallery on April 11. For more information, see our story on page 5.

March 29 – April 11, 2023

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My Bookcase Runneth Over RANTS

Are you writing a book?

Have you ever written a book?

Do you have any plans to write a book?

If you answered “no” to all three questions, welcome to the club. These days, it’s very small. Especially here in Beaufort.

Our Wholly Holistics columnist Katherine Tandy Brown emailed me last week, saying, “As I was attending my sixth local book signing last night, it occurred to me that a neat WH column would be to give a shout-out to local writers that have books just published and/or coming out soon.” I thought it was a great idea and told her so.

We discussed it in person the next evening at – you guessed it – a local book signing. You can read Katherine’s column on page 6. By the way, I believe she is currently writing a book.

To be honest, books are giving me fits

lately. We’re in a love-hate relationship. I love them because . . . well, they’re books. I hate them because they are multiplying around me like spring flowers – teasing me, but playing hard to get, overwhelming me with their presence, yet largely unattainable. I have responsibilities, you see. Things I must do. And there they sit in stacks around my house, distracting me with their flashy covers, giving me their come-hither looks.

“You know you want me,” they seem to say, as I sit hunched at my computer, editing articles and answering emails and webmastering (webmistressing?) for our publications.

Jeff brings them home from the office on a regular basis. “Somebody sent you another book,” he’ll say, plunking the package on my desk with a thud. Sigh. My shoulders slump. I feel put upon.

And I feel like a schmuck, too. Beaufort

teenagers are out there fighting to keep books in their school libraries and here I am, all “woe is me, I’ve got too many books.” To paraphrase my favorite line from that cinematic masterpiece Guardians of the Galaxy, “What an a-hole.”

Some of these books live on my Kindle, as digital files or manuscripts, where they vie for my attention every time I open it – the attention I promised their authors, along with coverage in this paper. And I want to give each its due. And I really do try.

I was invited to interview the celebrated nature writer John Lane on stage at the Conroy Center’s March Forth event a few weeks back, and in preparation I read his two most recent collections of essays. (He seems to churn one out every year or so, and I wanted to be current.) After that, I read John Warley’s new legal thriller, Jury of One, and interviewed him for this paper. (See page 13) For every John and John that I get around to, there are at least three or four other local or visiting writers who’ve asked for a review or a feature or a blurb. I need a clone!

Then there are the books I’m supposed to be reading for my book club, a group of wonderful women I’ve been reading with – and drinking with – for almost 15 years. We’re meeting tonight, in fact, and I will be that dreaded Book Club Monster – the one who didn’t finish the book. It’s a damn shame, too, because I did start the book – after reading the three I just mentioned – and it’s absolutely brilliant so far. (Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead.) But tonight, the rest of that reading experience will be spoiled for me because I would never ask my friends to limit their discussion just because one lame-o didn’t finish in time. I could always just skip the meeting, but then I’d miss the drinking-with-friends part. No book is that good.

As fate would have it, I’d taken a break from writing this column to scroll Facebook –hey, it happens – when a “memory” suddenly appeared on my feed, something I’d written eight years ago on the very same date. The timing was so uncanny, it felt like a message from the universe. The post read:

“Y'all, I'm feeling inundated over here. In the last week or so, I've received probably 7 or 8 books – all with ties to this area – that are ALL coming out in May. Everybody wants a review, an author interview, an article, etc. etc. . . . I feel so honored to receive these books, and I don't take them lightly. If I had my dream life, I would do nothing but read and review books. Unfortunately, I'm not living the dream. I guess

some big papers still have ‘book editors’ and book review sections. It is my great heartbreak that Lowcountry Weekly does not. But we will do the best we can! Long live the book!”

So maybe this is a seasonal thing? Maybe springtime is always book time and this too shall pass?

But it truly seems like more people are writing books these days, doesn’t it? Every time I turn around, somebody I know – or know of –is publishing a “debut novel.” Or memoir. Or book of poetry. People of all ages and stages of life. Thumb through this very publication and you’ll be hard pressed to find an article that’s not about somebody’s new book.

And all my griping aside, I think it’s wonderful. What an enormous accomplishment, writing a book! What a lifetime achievement! Or, so I would imagine.

A fellow journalist asked me recently, “When are you writing a book?” I responded, “Um, probably never.” He seemed genuinely surprised. Told me that writing a book is the “only way to get ahead in this business.”

That may very well be true. “Getting ahead” is a nebulous concept to me and I’m not sure I’ve ever consciously pursued it. I’m usually just grateful if I’m not demonstrably “falling behind.”

But my friend wasn’t the first to ask me that question. People ask it regularly. “When are you writing your book?” As if it were only a matter of time. As if I should really stop dragging my feet. With book writing being all the rage these days – with everybody and their brother writing one – who can blame them, really?

When I tell people I have no current plans to write a book, they want to know why.

“I’m not that kind of writer,” I respond. A little defiant. And maybe a little defensive. Because it feels like at the heart of that question lurks an unpleasant judgment. And that unpleasant judgment is this: If you don’t write books – if you only write articles and essays and various ephemeral musings –you’re not a real writer.

And here’s the thing: I’m not sure if that judgment is theirs – or mine.

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Margaret Evans is the editor of Lowcountry Weekly. She has been writing her award winning column, Rants & Raves, for over 20 years.

Magical Expressionism

The gently surreal work of John Crum at the Art League Gallery

Art That Makes You Smile: The Gently Surreal Art of John K. Crum, will run April 11 to May 13 at Art League Gallery. Crum's whimsical and graphic work features bright color palettes, bold designs, and, in his own words, "gentle, surreal landscapes" sure to brighten the viewer's mood. Perspectives are often distorted in curious, whimsical scenes in order to tell his joyful stories.

"I love to paint themes such as life experiences, romance, love, and the human spirit," says Crum. "I want to make people smile while taking them on an unexpected and magical journey."

Crum has enjoyed a long, successful career in illustration, graphic arts, and mural painting. He came to Hilton Head Island over two decades ago from Bay Village, Ohio, and continues to exhibit his work locally.

The Art League Gallery is located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton

Head Island. Art League Gallery open every day: Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 124pm and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance. For more info call 843.681.5060.

An artist reception will be held Wednesday, April 12, 5-7pm. Artist’s demonstrations will be held on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 at 11am. The exhibit, reception, and demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Sea Breeze, above left

Aim for the Stars, above Blue Train, below Blue Streaks, below left

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A Beloved Writer’s Legacy

Who only knows the number of writers who have sought out and ended up in the South Carolina Lowcountry after – and because of – reading Pat Conroy’s lush prose about the wild and wonderful land he claimed as his hometown? To my knowledge, no head count is available, as this beloved penman garnered millions of fans around the world, writers and readers alike. What’s known for sure is that the area is live with authors of every ilk, many of those, quite talented. That should come as no surprise, as a novelist this lyrical, a born storyteller, and so widely admired, is truly inspiring.

Just “listen” to this quote from his Prince of Tides:

“To describe our growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell and say, ‘There. That taste. That’s the taste of my childhood.’ I would say, ‘Breathe deeply,’ and you would breathe and remember that smell for the rest of your life.”

Whew! No doubt nature’s magic works on the creative spirit here. Not that all local

writers followed Conroy’s North Star. But those who have are sure to smile at the mention of his name. If you haven’t already, take a gander through Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, edited by Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, and you’ll see.

For an inkling of the depth of talent in these parts, following are but a few area writers in several genres. Though I haven’t asked, I’d bet Pat influenced the majority – if not all – in some way. Readers, check out their websites for more info.

John Warley ( johnwarley.com ): Like Conroy, a Citadel grad. Author of the storied military institute’s recent history, a short story collection, and six novels. His latest, Jury of One, hits the stands in April. Says best-selling novelist Cassandra King ( cassandrakingconroy.com ), Conroy’s widow, popular Beaufort novelist, and author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, “This fast-paced, skillfully rendered courtroom drama (Jury of One) is filled with all-too-human characters who speak to the struggles all of us face in the age-old battle between right and wrong, justice and injustice.” Truly a page-turner.

Lynn Seldon (seldonink.com): Half of a travel-writer team with his wife Cele (Seldon Ink), who have published 100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die and 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before

You Die. The second in his “ring series” of novels, Carolina’s Ring, published in March, is a coming-of-age story traversing Virginia Military Institute, Citadel, the Global War on Terrorism, and beyond.

Rebecca Dwight Bruff (rebeccabruff. com): Author of the award-winning debut novel, Trouble the Water (2020), inspired by the real-life story of Robert Smalls, who escaped slavery to become an American hero. Beautifully told from his first-person viewpoint, the book captures Smalls’ courage, heroism, and legacy, and the ugly truth of the era’s enslavement.

Donna Keel Armer (donnaarmer.com): Debut author whose Solo in Salento: A Memoir (2020) “begins with a lie.” Whether Italy has already captured your heart or you’re but an armchair fan, Donna imparts her love of its mystery, magic, music, martyrs, and marvelous food, in take-you-there prose on her courageous journey of personal growth.

Kim Poovey ( kimpoovey.com): Author and Victorian reenactress. Her most recent novel, Shadows of the Moss, tells in lilting language the spellbinding story of a mid-19th century Irish immigrant’s journey to America, where she must flee from abuse to follow her own spirit. Contains spot-on history of the Underground Railroad.

Others include John McIlroy, a new short story collection, Whatever Happens, Probably Will; and novelists M.Z. Thwaite (aka Martha Weeks) the Tidewater series set on the Georgia coast; Ellen Malphrus (ellenmalphrus. com); Stephanie Austin Edwards (stephanieaustinedwards.com); and Estelle FordWilliamson (estelleford-williamson.com).

Children’s book writers include award-winning Susan Diamond Riley (susandiamondriley.com) the Delta and Jax Mystery Series; Susan Montanari (susanmontanari. com) Goldilocks for Dinner: A Funny Book about Manners; Mary T. Jacobs, the Big Daddy Series; and Donna and Michael Chapman, The Adventures of Harriet the Sausage Dog

Numerous poets that also find inspiration in the Lowcountry include Jacquelyn Markham ( jacquelynmarkham.com ) the just-released Rainbow Warrior ; Lola Campbell, Writing on the Wall; Barry Dickson ( barry-dickson.com ), Maybe Today; Elizabeth Robin (elizabethrobin.com), To My Dreamcatcher; and poet and translator Miho Kinnas.

Writers from beginners to those whose names are household words, continue to experience Pat’s legendary generosity to all writers through the Pat Conroy Literary Center (PCLC) in Beaufort in its lovely home on Bladen Street. Under the guidance of Jonathan Haupt, the center’s remarkable Executive Director and founder of the Pay Conroy Literary Festival, the PCLC “nurtures a diverse community of writers, readers, teachers, and students by offering educational programs and special events that celebrate the transformative power of story.”

More happenings at this busy community treasure include a biannual Writer’s Residency on the beautiful marshes of St. Helena Island, an annual March Forth at Penn Center, summertime Camp Conroy, genre writing workshops, book launches and discussions, author signings, monthly Open Mics, and a Pat Conroy Book Club that features the great writer’s books.

First-time author, Nancy Ritter, whose novel Slack Tide launched at a well-attended signing at the center mid-March, expressed heartfelt gratitude to Haupt at the event for help in guiding her novel from idea to reality. A fine example of Conroy’s legacy in action.

Another quote from the late master writer: “When I started out as a kid in Beaufort who wanted to be a writer I didn’t have the slightest notion how to become one . . . My home state has given me a million stories and no writer who ever lived had such riches to choose from. What I owe South Carolina is not repayable.”

Oh, but it seems he’s doing a pretty darn good job so far! Freshen up the stack on your nightstand with a few of the abovementioned books by the Lowcountry’s writers, and make sure you add one or two of Conroy’s.

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Katherine Tandy Brown has traveled the world as a freelance writer for 25 years. She teaches memoir, travel writing and writing practice in USCB’s OLLI Continuing Ed program and in her downtown cottage. A certified writing coach, she is penning her first novel, One to Go: An Equine Thriller. ktandybrown@gmail.com or (859) 312-6706

Beaufort Native Wins International Writing Contest

Beaufort native, L. H. Davis is a winner in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, earning him a trip to Hollywood, a week-long master-class workshop, and his winning story will be published in the international bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 39.

L. H. Davis (aka “Larry”) lives on the Space Coast of Florida. Born and raised in the Beaufort area, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from University of South Carolina. He then moved to Florida to work in robotics. After writing dozens of technical proposals for non-existent, advanced technologies, he decided to give science fiction a try. Discovering that it too was a form of designing, he retired from engineering to write full time.

“Timelines and Bloodlines” is an adventure set in both the future and the past. Would a knight on horseback stand a chance against a modern soldier? Would that soldier be wrong to even defend herself? Could she if she tried? Larry commented, “I’m a plotter. I like to know where a story is going, how it will end, but Angela (female lead) took the reins on this one. The closer I got to the end, the harder she pulled the story her way. She did good.”

Larry is a member of Florida Writers Association, “Writers Helping Writers.” After winning their Royal Palms Literary Awards several times in multiple categories, they asked him to become an RPLA judge. He enjoys providing constructive feedback, and also hosts a weekly online critique group. Larry has self-published four novels as well as a novella. He writes in multiple genres: sci-fi, fantasy, historical, and YA paranormal.

Larry entered the Writers of the Future contest twenty-five times before winning. His motto: “Never give up.”

The Contest, one of the most prestigious writing and illustrating competitions in the world, is currently in its 40th year and is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction.

The Writers of the Future Contest judges include, Tim Powers (author of On Stranger Tides), Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert ( Dune prequel series), Robert J. Sawyer ( Quantum Night ), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series, The Stormlight Archive), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Orson Scott Card

(Ender’s Game), Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death ), David Farland ( Runelords ), and Katherine Kurtz (Deryniseries) to name a few.

The Illustrators of the Future Contest judges include, Bob Eggleton (11 Chesley Awards and 7 Hugo Awards), Larry Elmore ( Dungeons & Dragons book covers), Echo Chernik (graphic designs for major corporations including Celestial Seasonings tea packaging), Rob Prior (art for Spawn, Heavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ciruelo (Eragon Coloring Book).

The 452 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction.

Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 38 anthology volumes and awarded over $1,000,000 cumulatively in prize moneys and royalties.

For more information about the Contests, go to www.Writers oftheFuture.com

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future (writersofthefuture.com) in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writers of the Future Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was inaugurated five years later.

The intensive mentoring process has proven successful. The 382 past winners contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 TV shows, and 40 major movies.

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Author L. H. Davis

Bestseller Colleen Oakley at Rhett House Inn

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, NeverMore Books, and The Rhett House Inn will host an evening with USA Today bestselling novelist Colleen Oakley, author of the newly released The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise – named a Most Anticipated New Release of 2023 by Southern Living and Today. The $36 registration fee includes a signed copy of the novel, the author's book talk, refreshments, and music by the Alibis. This special event will be held at The Rhett House Inn (1009 Craven St., Beaufort) on Saturday, April 15, at 5:00-7:00 p.m. Additional copies of the author's books will be available for sale and signing through NeverMore Books. Learn more and register in advance at: https://colleenoakleyattherhetthouse. eventbrite.com

Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live. Preferably one where she can continue sitting around in sweatpants and playing video games nineteen hours a day. Since she has no credit or money to speak of, her options are limited, so when an opportunity to work as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman falls into her lap, she takes it. One slip on the rug. That’s all it took for Louise Wilt’s daughter to demand that Louise have a full-time nanny living with her. Never mind that she can still walk fine, finish her daily crossword puzzle, and pour the two fingers of vodka she drinks every afternoon. Bottom line: Louise wants a caretaker even less than Tanner wants to be one.

The two start off their living arrangement happily ignoring each other until Tanner starts to notice things—weird things. Like,

why does Louise keep her garden shed locked up tighter than a prison? And why is the local news fixated on the suspect of one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history who looks eerily like Louise? And why does Louise suddenly appear in her room, with a packed bag at 1 a.m. insisting that they leave town immediately? Thus begins the story of a not-to-be-underestimated elderly woman and an aimless young woman who —if they can outrun the mistakes of their past— might just have the greatest adventure of their lives.

NY Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult writes, “You’ll never be able to see what’s coming in this wildly surprising, entertaining ride of a novel—which is a coming-of-age story, a contending-with-age story, and a surprising exploration of how womanhood is a matter of surprising others . . . and oneself.”

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today

bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, You Were There Too, Close Enough to Touch, and Before I Go. Her books have been named best books by People, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and have been long-listed for the Southern Book Prize. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org and learn more about The Rhett House Inn at www.rhetthouseinn.com

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Author Colleen Oakley

Release & Remember

Friends of Caroline is excited to announce “Release & Remember," A Community Butterfly Release, April 29th at 11 am, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Downtown Beaufort. Please join us as we celebrate the memory of the ones we love as we release butterflies over the Beaufort River. Purchase a butterfly for $12 in Memory of a Loved One. Names will be placed on Memory Boards displayed at the event and on the FRIENDS of Caroline website. Butterflies can be picked up at the event beginning at 10:30am. The program will begin at 11:00am with a few words from our Coordinator of Support Services, Steve Scudder, a reading from Battery Creek High School Junior, Quinnie Clark, and a musical performance by Elaine Lake.

For more information, call Friends of Caroline at 843-525-6257 or fochospice.org

Since 1977, Friends of Caroline has been providing palliative, hospice and bereavement care to The Lowcountry Community. This care provides quality-of-life care that offers hope and

Teddy Bear Picnic Goes Monthly

Hosted by DAYLO (Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization) and the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, the Teddy Bear Picnic read-aloud event at the Port Royal Farmers Market is now a free monthly event! Students from the DAYLO chapters of Beaufort Academy, Beaufort High School, and Battery Creek High School, along with fellow volunteers from other student service organizations, will be reading to their younger peers on the first Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at the Port Royal Farmers Market (Naval Heritage Park, 1615 Ribaut Road). Volunteers will be available throughout the morning to read picture books to children

(Kindergarten through 3rd grade) and their families, accompanied by an audience of teddy bears and other stuffed animals. Light refreshments (juice boxes and cookies) will also be provided for guests. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to join in the literacy fun.

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Journalist Adam Parker Writes About ‘Us’ Lunch with Author Deborah Goodrich Royce

On Tuesday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m., the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce are honored to host veteran journalist

and scope of Parker’s uncanny ability to pull back the scrim and take a hard look at ourselves and our community.

Parker earned two degrees in music, then spent a decade in the business world before going back to school for a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. At The Post and Courier , he has worked on several beats over the years, including religion, the arts and, most recently, race and history. A long-time student of the civil rights movement and race in America, he has written extensively about the African-American experience. He is the author of the biography Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr., published by Hub City Press in 2018, and Us: A Journalist’s Look at the Culture, Conflict, and Creativity of the South , published by Evening Post Books in 2022. Learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center at www.patconroyliterarycenter. org and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at https://bcbcc.org

When a severed hand washes ashore in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Florida, the lives of two women—a lonely writer obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother’s best friend, and a panicked wife whose husband has disappeared with their children—collide as the world shutters in the pandemic lockdown of 2020.

Deborah began as an actress on All My Children and in multiple films, before transitioning to the role of story editor at Miramax Films, developing Emma and early versions of Chicago and A Wrinkle in Time. With her husband, Chuck, Deborah restored the Avon Theatre, Ocean House Hotel, Deer Mountain Inn, United Theatre, Savoy Bookstore, and numerous Main Street revitalization projects in Rhode Island and the Catskills.

She serves on the governing and/or advisory boards of the American Film Institute, Avon Theatre, Greenwich International Film Festival, New York Botanical Garden, Greenwich Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and the PRASAD Project.

The Ocean House Author Series—a salon style conversation that Deborah created and moderates in Watch Hill, RI—has grown exponentially in the three years since its inception. This year, Deborah will welcome two dozen writers ranging from Chris Bohjalian to Katie Couric. Past authors have included Zain Asher, Emma Straub, Annabel Monaghan, Zibby Owens, and many more.

for the Charleston Post and Courier, Adam Parker, to discuss his newest book, Us . Free and open to the public, this special event will be held at Sandies at the BCBCC (711 Bladen Street). Books will be available for sale and signing. No advance registration needed.

Adam Parker has covered just about everything for the Post and Courier , though he has spent most of his time writing about race, religion and the arts. His reported articles are not of the standard kind. The stories delve deep, investigating much of what informs life in the American Southeast. They are issuefocused and convey the experiences and perceptions of all kinds of people, from civil rights leaders to Cistercian monks. Us: A Journalist’s Look at the Culture, Conflict and Creativity of the South is a collection of in-depth articles published by The Post and Courier over the course of nearly 20 years, and it reveals the breadth

A young woman's life seems perfect until her family goes missing. A writer lives alone with her dog and collects arcane murder statistics. What each of them stands to lose as they sneak around the do-not-enter tape blocking Reef Road beach is exposed by the steady tightening of the cincture encircling them.

In a nod to the true crime that inspired it, Deborah Goodrich Royce's Reef Road probes unhealed generational scars in a wrenching and original work of fiction. It is both stunning and sexy, like a bystander surprised by a curtain left open, you won’t be able to look away.

Deborah Goodrich Royce’s thrillers examine puzzles of identity. Reef Road hit Publishers Weekly’s Bestseller list, Good Morning America’s Top 15 list, and was an Indie Next pick by the American Bookseller’s Association for January 2023. Ruby Falls won the Zibby Award for Best Plot Twist in 2021 and Finding Mrs. Ford was hailed by Forbes, Book Riot, and Good Morning America’s “best of” lists in 2019.

Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lake Erie College.

Deborah Goodrich Royce will be the USCB Lunch with Authors guest Tuesday, April 18th, at the Belfair Clubhouse, 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd, Bluffton. The event starts at noon. For more info and tickets, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

Author Deborah Goodrich
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Journalist and author Adam Parker

BAA Announces Musical Theater Program

Bluffton Academy for the Arts (BAA) announces the creation of its NEW Musical Theater program, slated to start fall of the 2023-2024 school year. BAA is now taking applications for next school year’s Musical Theater and Dance programs.

BAA is a private, secondary school created specifically with performing arts students and their families in mind. BAA, located at 123 Persimmon St., Bluffton, provides a safe environment for students seeking to combine high-level performing arts training with the time-flexible, online learning program of their choice. The academy offers dance, voice and musical theater training from local and visiting faculty.

BAA Director and Bluffton School of Dance lead ballet instructor Meg Eberly said the school was created to “provide a safe, supportive education experience that grants performing arts students the flexibility to train more intensely while also completing academic requirements.”

Students attend BAA from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday with the assistance of an onsite director and academic support staff. BAA’s format allows students to take their arts training to the next level, while still mastering school assignments and receiving social interaction with like-minded students and staff. Class sizes are kept small, so that every

student receives the one-on-one attention they need to reach their goals. BAA’s school calendar typically mirrors the Beaufort County School District calendar, which makes scheduling a little easier for families with multiple children.

The new Musical Theater program is for rising 8th-12th graders in search of a

school that combines an academic focus with high-level voice, drama and musical theater-style dance training.

“There are so many talented young artists in our community training in musical theater, and I am thrilled to be able to offer them a school that provides them the resources and time needed to pursue their artistic passion,” Eberly said.

The Musical Theater program will offer music theory, basic keyboarding, private voice lessons as well as ensemble voice training taught by esteemed vocal teacher Sonya Jacobs. Jacobs is a vocalist who has performed solo and in ensembles around the Southeast, including the Atlanta Master Chorale. She is also a Speech-Language Pathologist, which enhances her understanding of the voice as a human instrument.

“Consistent vocal training, and regular daily rehearsal is paramount to developing as a strong vocal athlete, which is required for today’s musical theater performers,” Jacobs said.

Musical Theater students will also have access to rotating classes such as musicaltheater dance training, drama/acting skills classes and various opportunities to discover new musical theater shows and songs. They will also join BAA’s dancers for an

end-of-year production to showcase their performing arts skills.

“I’m so excited that the BAA environment can provide the time, space and opportunity to build vocal artists, with solo and theater ensemble experience, music theory, piano, and dance . . . all foundational skills for success in musical theater,” Jacobs said.

BAA will continue its prestigious dance program, which offers training in a variety of disciplines such as ballet, jazz, modern and more. These dancers also participate in rotating classes including yoga, Pilates & dance history. The academy has a few spots open for dancers going into 8th-12th grade.

BAA’s flexible structure allows students to maximize their arts training while still being a part of a safe and encouraging school community, creating bonds with other students passionate about the arts.

For more information about Bluffton Academy for the Arts and how to register for the 2023-2024 school year, please visit www.blufftonacademyforthearts.com or email Director Meg Eberly at info@ blufftonacademyforthearts.com . Bluffton Academy for the Arts is located inside the Bluffton School of Dance building, at 123 Persimmon St., Bluffton.

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John Warley Talks ‘Jury of One’

John Warley’s a pretty impressive guy. He’s also humble. I say this because we’ve been friends for years and I never knew half of what I just read in the press kit that came with his new novel Jury of One.

For instance, I knew John was an award-winning author, but I didn’t know he’d written seven books. I knew that his bestselling novel, A Southern Girl, was praised by Pat Conroy as “stylish as a novel by John Irving and as tightly written as one by John Grisham,” but had no idea his published history of The Citadel (his undergrad alma mater) had led to his selection to write both the inscription for the college’s war memorial and The Citadel at War, a narrative history of the wars and conflicts in which Citadel alumni have made the ultimate sacrifice. I definitely didn’t know that NPR had selected his essay “Lingering at the Doors” for publication in This I Believe on Fatherhood.

I did know John had worked as an attorney for decades, an experience he drew on heavily when writing his terrific new legal thriller, which we recently chatted about.

Margaret Evans: John, you were still practicing law when you started this book. Tell me how it came about . . . and why it took so long to finish?

John Warley: In ‘97 or ‘98, I was practicing law full time when I began Jury of One. I must have read about a convicted felon serving life without hope of parole. Perhaps he (it must have been a male though I can’t recall a specific name or case) was young enough to be facing decades in a maximum security facility, and the grimness – the sheer infinity – of it inspired the idea put forth by Judge Borders in the novel. I wrote 4 or 5 chapters before setting it aside in favor of some now-forgotten distraction.

When I returned to it a quarter of a century later, the idea still resonated, so I picked it back up, this time determined to

finish. Maybe several novels and a collection of short stories had by that time matured me as a writer. Or maybe it was COVID. If COVID represented bad timing, the Murdaugh saga was the opposite. On my best day I could not have timed this book better, when a sentence of life without hope of parole (absent successful appeal) barged into virtually every living room in America from a county adjacent to our own, where Jury of One is set.

ME: All of your main characters are decent, even admirable, people – and they all seem to have the best of intentions. And yet – there is also ambition. And lust. And pride. All those human foibles we once lumped into a category called “sin.” To me, your novel demonstrates how our justice system – despite being maybe the best one man has devised – can be subverted by the human beings who are charged with upholding it, no matter how virtuous they might seem, even to themselves. Is that something you were trying to explore?

JW: While living in Mexico (1993-1995) to write A Southern Girl, I heard many stories about the Mexican legal system, so different from our own. Corruption is endemic in so many third world countries, and the biggest advantage of our system over theirs is the integrity of the judiciary. Dan Borders represented the epitome of virtues needed to make our system the envy of the world, yet he, like all judges, is human.

But for me the story was less a cautionary tale about human frailty as about the power of a promise. The old adage about one’s word being his/her bond has become frayed at the edges in modern society. Vows exchanged “to have and to hold” and a promise to “uphold and defend the Constitution” have been gutted in favor of power, wealth, and a change of heart. I wanted to put two decent,

fundamentally honest characters in a situation where their mutual reliance on the other keeping their word could be tested against forces designed to break it.

ME: Is your main protagonist, Judge Dan Borders, a stand-in for John Warley?

JW: Dan is not me. He is smarter, more committed to the law, and has a “judicial temperament” I lack. Rather than patterning him after myself or any particular judge I’ve known, he is the idealized man for the job he holds and the job to which he aspires in the book. If he and I share any common ground, it may be the road rutted by life’s lesson that bad things happen to good people, and we all travel that road if we live long enough.

ME: Jury of One is not a mystery novel but a thriller, so the suspense is not about “Who done it?” so much as “What happens now?” I typically prefer the former genre to the latter, but you made me care about your characters so deeply – especially Dan Borders – that “what happens now?” became a question of thrilling import. I felt like I was following Dan through an existential crisis, and I just had to know how he’d get through it. I had no idea where you were taking me until I arrived. And that twist at the end felt like a cherry on top! So, to get to my actual question: Did you know where the book was headed as you wrote it?

JW: The ending of the book surprised – shocked – me as much as it has early readers. In reaching it I experienced one of the true thrills of writing. Characters, even of your own creation, can surprise you, and when they do you awake to the magical moment that keeps you at your desk writing the next one. Jury of Two is already mapped out in my head, giving me a chance to revisit some of these themes and characters.

ME: I believe you went deeper with this novel than a writer of “legal thrillers” had to, and I applaud you for it! There’s a good deal of philosophical – even theological –musing going on, and it really enriched my reading experience, without ever becoming ponderous. Do you think the novel would have been as contemplative (is that the right word?) had you finished writing it back when you started?

JW: Margaret, I so appreciate you raising this question. As a writer, I’ve become an old man wandering in the genre woods, writing what I felt like writing. As Exhibit A, let me cite one of the best high-fives I’ve ever had from a reader, although it was not intended as a compliment: “I can’t believe the same man who wrote The Moralist wrote A Southern Girl.” Because I am (once again!) new to the genre of legal thriller, I probably broke some of the rules for writing one.

Perhaps one reason I’ve waited this long to attempt one is that stories where one event follows another, close on the heels of a third, forth etc. don’t engage me much. As John McCain and others have noted, character is destiny. Without character, the events lack for me what Faulkner said was the only justification for writing – the human heart in conflict with itself. Dan’s heart and Alana’s heart experienced that conflict in Chapter 1 and throughout the book. That’s what interested me as a writer and as their creator. Would the novel possess the same power had I finished it in 1998? I’d like to think that the quarter-century that has elapsed made me a better writer asking deeper, more profound questions. Whether that is true will be up to readers.

A Book launch for Jury of One will take place on Friday, April 14 from 4:30 – 7pm at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public. www.patconroyliterarycenter.org

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Several weeks ago, I was walking from the Cuthbert House Inn to the First Presbyterian Church parking lot with two close friends. We had all been at a Beaufort International Film Festival event and were headed back to our cars. If you’re a local, you know that the church parking lot backs up to the Cuthbert House parking lot and is a great spot for after-hours spill-over parking. That particular night was beautiful. The sun was just beginning to set and the blue sky over our heads was cloudless. We were remarking at how much we love living in Beaufort when the bell in the tower at St. Helena’s Anglican Church began to chime. I’m not sure if it was the sheer joy of the evening or the glass of chardonnay that I’d imbibed at the BIFF party, but I was suddenly filled with happy memories from my church secretary days. For those of you who don’t know, I was the secretary at First Presbyterian from 1992 until 2005.

My best church secretary memories are from my favorite week on the church calendar, Holy Week. Easter is my favorite holiday. During Holy Week, Monday through Friday, FPC congregants would gather in the sanctuary at Noon for a short worship service followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon in the fellowship hall. The women of the church, actually the women’s circle groups, were responsible for the food. Each circle, in turn, would prepare food for the Holy Week worshippers. It was such a fun week! We didn’t accomplish much actual work in the church office but the time that we all spent together as a congregation and as friends are some of the happiest times of my tenure. My circle, the Geneva Circle, was mostly comprised of the younger women of the church. The majority of us were married and many had young children. We were from all sorts of different backgrounds, education levels and socioeconomic statuses. All these years later, the relationships that we developed during our church circle days have stayed with us. Lots of folks have moved away or changed churches, but much like a sorority of sorts, I’m happy to report that we’re all still friends.

Back in the day, on Thursday afternoons, almost always around 4:00 p.m., I used to take the Sunday bulletins from the office to the church vestibule. I remember so many times, standing in the parking lot, listening to St. Helena’s church bells and thinking how blessed I was to be so perfectly happy. While I wouldn’t change a thing in my life, I will admit that I

sometimes miss those days. First Presbyterian Church and my church family molded me into the woman that I am today. I wouldn’t be a caterer or a cookbook author, or even a food columnist (Margaret Evans and I met at church) were it not for my time at FPC. Remind me sometime to tell you my “Never Say Never” story. I do believe that God had it planned all along. This week’s recipes are from Holy Weeks gone by. Without fail, the Geneva Circle made white chicken chili for every Good Friday luncheon. Quartered sandwiches on white or wheat bread were always served. Cookies had to be homemade. Store bought cookies were frowned upon by the older church women. Most importantly, brownies were forbidden –by the pastor, no less. Those of you who knew Rev. Dr. John M. Scholer know exactly what I’m talking about. (Wink. Wink.)

Sauté onions in small amount of vegetable oil until tender. In medium stock pot, heat chicken broth, water, onion and spices. Add chicken, navy beans, and green chiles. Heat through. Add additional seasonings to taste. Top with Monterey Jack cheese. Chili freezes well. Serves 10.


Pimento Cheese tastes best if prepared a day in advance, allowing time for flavors to blend. Be sure to put lots of filling on the sandwiches. 4 cups (16 oz.) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

1 (4-oz) jar diced pimentos, drained 1 cup mayonnaise, or enough to blend mixture smoothly Sandwich bread (white or whole wheat) Mix first three ingredients together in a large bowl. Adjust amount of mayonnaise to make mixture spread easily. Spread cheese mixture evenly between 2 slices of bread. Cut into quarters. Serves 12 to 15.


The simplest cookie of them all! Delightfully crisp and buttery!

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sugar

Back in the day, on every Good Friday, the Geneva Circle made enough White Chili to feed the entire congregation following the daily Holy Week service.

3 (15.5-0z.) cans navy beans, rinsed & drained

3 (10½-ounce) cans chicken broth

½ cup water

1½ cups chopped onion

2 cups chopped cooked skinless chicken breast

1 (4-oz) can chopped green chiles

1 teaspoon ground cumin

¾ teaspoon dried whole oregano

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

½ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

Coarse sugar, for rolling

Beat together butter, sugar and salt in a large

bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes with a hand mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, then mix in flour. Halve dough and form each half into a disk, then wrap in waxed paper. Put each disk in a resealable plastic bag and chill until firm enough to roll into balls, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven heats, work with one piece of dough (keep remaining dough chilled). Roll 1 level teaspoon of dough into a ball, then roll in coarse sugar in a shallow bowl to coat completely. (If dough becomes too soft to roll easily into balls, quick-chill in the freezer or chill in the refrigerator.) Place balls 2 inches apart on a baking sheet sprayed lightly with canola oil cooking spray. With the flat bottom of a glass, flatten balls into 2-inch rounds. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until bottoms are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to wire racks to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in a tightly sealed container. Makes about 4 dozen.

The writer owns Catering by Debbi Covington and is the author of three cookbooks, Celebrate Beaufort, Celebrate Everything! and Dining Under the Carolina Moon. For more great recipes and to view her cooking demonstrations, visit and subscribe to Debbi’s YouTube channel. Debbi’s website address is www.cateringbydebbicovington.com. She may be reached at 843-525-0350 or by email at dbc@ cateringbydebbicovington.com

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Dig into Digital ‘Fripp Island Diaries’

Looking for a new beach read with a local twist? You might want to check out semi-local author Patricia Ann Bowen’s Fripp Island Diaries, a serialized story containing six digital episodes, now available from amazon.com.

Fripp Island Diaries follows a fictional family that wants to make their vacations a vocation. Jordan Rush – a wife, a mom, a daughter, and a business owner is drawn deeper in and closer to a beautiful beach community several hours away from her home in Atlanta. The island world changes her. It changes her family. The changes never seem to stop coming as surprising secrets are revealed in life-altering half-truths.

The heart of the story takes place on Fripp Island, South Carolina, but that location represents many different sites and forms of vacation getaways that draw us away from our day-to-day responsibilities toward alternate ways of life. Many of us have gone there heart first, head next, and then with all the rest we tend to bring along.

Patricia is also the author of a medical time travel trilogy that begins with The Cure, centered around a remedy for Alzheimer’s,

Open Mic with Jacquelyn Markham

and Unintended Consequences, a collection of short stories about people in challenging circumstances. Her stories have appeared in many publications, most recently in Mystery Tribune, Commuterlit , and Chamber Magazine. She has taught short story writing

In partnership with the South Carolina Writers Association and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center's monthly Open Mic Night will be held at Sandies (711 Bladen St.) on Thursday, April 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The featured writer for April, National Poetry Month, is poet Jacquelyn Markham, author of Rainbow Warrior.

Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Contact the Conroy Center at contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Writers can also sign up from 5:45 to 6:00 p.m. in person on the night of the event.

Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She lives and writes in Beaufort County.

Learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.

Learn more about the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at https://bcbcc.org

and leads a critique group of short story writers for the Atlanta Writer’s Club. She divides her time between Fripp Island and Woodstock, GA. You can connect with her and her writing at www.patriciabowen.com

About the featured writer: Jacquelyn Markham, author of two chapbooks and a personal mythology, has published nationally and internationally, including in Archive: South Carolina Poetry, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology, Lullwater Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, and The High Window. Her chapbook, Rainbow Warrior , is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (2023). Markham’s awards include three Georgia Council for the Arts grants, a Kentucky Women’s Foundation Award, and a South Carolina Arts Grant. Awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for distinguished contribution to scholarship for The Complete

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The Joy of Flowers

Tierney Stone teaches the art of floral design

Floral designer Tierney Stone will teach a special spring workshop on the art of floral design at The Social Betty on Monday, April 3rd. Bring one large container and two smaller ones to arrange and take home filled with your floral designs under the skillful guidance of Tierney.

Cost for the workshop includes all blooms and greenery such as garden roses, hellebores, foxgloves, and ranunculus with other seasonal stems from Farmer Blue. This is your opportunity to elevate your enjoyment and creativity with all things flowers!

For reservations call 843-715-1201. The Social Betty is located at 204 Carteret Street in downtown Beaufort.

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A Southern Girl’s Sweet Tea Diet

South Carolina author, Caroline Stephenson, loves all things Southern, especially the passionate ways Southern families love each other and their region of the country. “My mother thought South Carolina was the cradle of western civilization, from the Upcountry mountains, Clemson’s Death Valley, the moss-draped Lowcountry to the dunes of Pawley’s Island. Her family never left this great state for she knew all the best family, husbands, friends and dogs reside here. I have to say she was right!”

The Southern Girl’s Sweet Tea Diet, Stephenson’s memoir, is a collection of humorous, true tales of life growing up in a family dominated by a charming, but volatile matriarch. It will tickle your funny bone.

“When asked why I wrote the book, my answer is I love to read and the more I read, the more I knew my real-life experiences are as entertaining as most fiction – they just

had to be shared.” In this collection of personal stories, the author tackled subjects deemed taboo in polite society – politics, sex, weight and more – and does so in an unexpected, poignant and hilarious way.

“It’s really hard to say which story is my favorite, kind of like choosing your favorite child, but one that I really love is the one about summer spent on the South Carolina coast.”

Born and raised in Greenville, SC, this Clemson graduate wrote most of the book during her summers at Litchfield Beach. Her English degree, a career in public relations and her lifelong fascination with the written word contributed to the engaging, entertaining grace of this page-turner, as sweet and tart as a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day.

This perfect Mother’s Day gift, The Southern Girl’s Sweet Tea Diet, is available on Amazon for $15. (Published by Ingram Content Group; ISBN 9-781088-067345; distributed by Ingram Publishing)

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Author Caroline Stephenson

Dealing With Moody Weather

It is not easy to do spring gardening when it is 82 degrees one day and 25 the very next night. Such has been our fate this winter and spring. If you have, like me, had quite few things “nipped” by the recent freeze, fear not. Chances are they will come back. Even some of my toughest plants were affected by this topsy turvy weather. If we were confused by going from shorts and T shirts to a sweater, think of how our shrubs and perennials felt!

Our traditional last frost date is March 15th. Last year we had a frost on March 14th after a very mild winter, so who knows? It nipped many of my emerging perennials. Thankfully the damage was not permanent. Having in no way learned my lesson, I have been busily planting things this year before our last frost date, but I am prepared to cover them if it gets nippy once again.

Evening temperatures are the key to plan growth. Once the night temps are consistently above 50 degrees or above we have reached favorable growing conditions. Now is a very good time to amend your soil. I add mushroom compost or composted cow manure available at most garden centers. Using compost is much more sustainable than adding fertilizer and much less expensive. I spread the compost on top of the soil. Plant scientists have dismissed the old practice of deep digging or turning the soil over as destructive to the soil structure. It also can destroy the micro organisms living in the soil. These micro-organisms including Micorrhizal fungus help plants to take in beneficial nutrients and flourish.

It is also a good time to prune those winter damaged shrubs if you have not already done so. Bottlebrushes can be a particular problem. Native to Australia, these shrubs will take a frost, but 18 degrees was just too low for these heat-loving plants. All the leaves will fall off and you can cut the branches down by one – third. I noticed that my Bottlebrushes “told” me which branches to trim. There were frost splits from the freeze on some

branches and I judiciously pruned them. It may take awhile, but Bottlebrushes will resprout and leaves will appear. Mine are sprouting new leaves right now. With all of your freeze damaged plants, patience is needed. Do not give up on something. My Meyer Lemon looked totally deceased, but it now has

heat. I always see Lupines at garden centers. They like cool temperatures. They are invasive in Iceland and parts of New Zealand, but they will not survive our steamy summers. Many plants with soft fuzzy leaves cannot take our humidity such as Lamb’s Ears and culinary sage. Yet, they are sold here.

Cold weather doe not seem to affect bulbs though and mine made it through just fine and I had some interesting species tulips that bloomed quite early. Species tulips are as close to the original bulb found in Turkey as it can be. They are tougher than the hybridized tulips from Holland. They are smaller and more delicate looking, but unlike the hybrids, they will come back next year.

This year I also tried a new type of allium, Allium bulgaricum. I saw it last May at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and decided that I had to have it in my garden.

I have no idea whether it will come back

again next year. Many bulbs down here do not winter over well because it does not get cold enough consistently.

Let’s face it. Every spring provides an element of surprise to see what appears and where are holes in the garden where some plant just did not last the year. A garden is always a work in progress and never remains static, but that is part of the fun.

Wendy Hilty is a Master Gardener and member of the Lowcountry Master Gardeners organization. She is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and likes to spend her time attempting to grow an English Cottage Garden in our heat and humidity. Her Comyagardener blog won a state-wide award from Clemson University last year. Wendy firmly believes that the most important tool for a gardener is a good sense of humor.

all shiny new leaves.

At the end of March, you can plant annuals seeds such as cosmos, cleome, tithonia (Mexican sunflower), marigolds, and zinnias. Tropicals can be set outside the house for a little vacation if they have spent winter indoors.

You will probably buy your annuals and perennials at a local nursery or garden center.

It is important to check plant labels before you purchase a new baby to take home. Full sun is 6 plus hours. Part shade plants will melt in our hot sun. Many plants are now being labeled with a heat and cold index. Our heat zone is 9A while our cold zone is 8B. Zones are changing due to climate change and our springs seem to be getting earlier and earlier. Pollen in February? Not fair.

Knowing the native origin of a plant can be very helpful to know if it will grow down here. If it is native to the foothills of the Himalayas, chances are it will not survive our

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David Austin rose blooming on March 20th, 2023. It seems to have loved the cold weather.

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The Hilton Head

Carolina Shag Club hosts Friday dances from 6-9:30 pm at Dolphin Head Golf Club, 59 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head Plantation. Open to the public. Shag, ballroom, swing, country, or line. Singles welcome. Cash bar and light dinners available. $5 floor fee. HHICSC also teaches beginner Shag lessons Tuesday nights. www.hiltonheadshagclub.com , or www.facebook.com/HHICSC


SHOPS With over 25 local professional art educators, and guests from around the world, Art League of Hilton Head offers classes and workshops in all media for all levels of students. Visit www.artleaguehhi. org or email academy@artleaguehhi.org for more info.

POTTERY CLASSES IN BEAUFORT McSweeney Clay Studio is offering morning, afternoon and evening classes for children and adults. Pottery dates and parties available as well. Classes are on going. Beginner or advanced welcome. mcsweeneyclaystudio.com or call 843-694-2049.

LOWCOUNTRY SHAGGERS Mondays at the Moose Lodge, 350 Broad River Blvd. 6-9pm. Carolina Shag Lessons with Tommy & Sheri O'Brien and others. Occasional Ballroom Dance and once a month a Line Dance is taught. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced lessons. Open dancing after lessons. Visit www.lowcountryshaggers.com or lowcountryshaggers@aol.com

WEDNESDAYS, BEAUFORT SHAG CLUB founded '02, meets Wed evenings at AMVETS on Ribaut Rd., Port Royal. Free lessons to members. The club is an ACSC, SOS, and the National Fastdance Associationmember. For info visit www.beaufortshagclub.com


CARIS HEALTHCARE: WE HONOR VETERANS Hospice Program. You a Vet with a little time to share with other Vets with limited time? The We Honor Veterans program seeks volunteers who are Vets to offer a listening ear for our Veteran patients. Volunteers also participate in our Pinning Ceremonies for Veteran patients. Contact 843-473-3939 or smilliken@carishealthcare.com

WILDFLOWER FAMILY THERAPY CENTER offers individual, couple, and family therapy for children, teens, and adults. Visit us at www.wildflowercenter.org

SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY: Non-denominational meditation, silent prayer and healing group forming in the Beaufort area. All are welcome. No previous meditation experience needed. Please call Michael at 843-489-8525


We're looking for volunteers for cashiers, sales floor associates, donation processing, donor data entry, and donor ambassadors. Interested? Go to lowcountryhabitat.org/volunteer or call 843-525-0055.

KARAOKE AT THE MOOSE Sing with us Thursday evenings at The Moose Lodge, 350 Broad River Blvd. 7:30-10:30pm. Brought to you by #top6entertainment Mardi & Dennis Topcik. The Moose is a family friendly place and Thursdays are also Pizza Night!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Calhoun Station

Thrift Store in Bluffton. All funds generated are returned to other nonprofits in the community. Store is open Wed & Sat 10am to 1pm and located at 77 Pritchard St. Volunteers can stop by store or contact Cate Taylor, 843-310-0594 or catetaylor@frontier.com

MAYE RIVER QUILTERS meets 1st Saturday of Every Month, at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. Members meet at 9:30am for social exchange. The meeting starts at 10 am. We welcome new members. Please call 843-707-6034.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for HELP of Beaufort, 1810 Ribaut Road. Looking for committed volunteers for clothes sorting, pantry help, front desk help and Mobile Meals drivers. We are open M-F from 9:30-12:30, Mobile Meals delivers to home bound seniors 5 days/ week, routes takes about 30-45 mins. Email Lori at helpbeaufort@gmail.com, or call 843-524-1223, or stop in and fill out an application.

PORT ROYAL MUSEUM is open Thursday through Sunday at 1634 Paris Ave., from 10 - 3 or upon request. Free admission! Call 843-524-4333 or email historicportroyalfoundation@gmail.com to request a special opening.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP - First Thursday of the month at Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Center, from 1:30-2:45pm, 900 Ribaut Rd. Beaufort. We are individuals with Parkinson’s care partners of those with Parkinson’s, and individuals or companies providing products or services for Parkinson’s patients. For more info: Rick Ostrander at pdawaresc@ gmail.com or Facebook at Parkinson’s Support Group Of Beaufort SC Port Royal & Lady’s Island.

TOUR HISTORIC FORT FREMONT—-Travel to the 1800's and the Spanish American War. From 10:00 am until 2:00 pm every Friday and every Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00pm at the Fort Fremont History Center at the Fort Fremont Preserve, 1124 Land's End Road, St. Helena Island is open. Docent-led

tours are every Saturday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Visitors to Fort Fremont can learn about the fort's history by reading interpretive panels, taking a self-guided tour with a smart phone, visiting the history center exhibit hall, or attending a docent-led tour of the property. The Preserve is open to the public Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk. For more Information visit www.forttremont.org or contact Passive Parks manager Stefanie Nagid at snagid@bcgov.net

US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, Flotilla 07-10-01, Port Royal Sound, a uniformed, all volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard. We conduct safety patrols, assist search & rescue, teach boat safety, conduct free vessel safety checks and other boating activities. Monthly meetings are open to all and held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Port Royal Sound Foundation classroom at 7pm. For info call Flotilla Commander Pattie McGowan (706-6336192) and visit us on Facebook - USCGA Beaufort.

BEAUFORT TOASTMASTERS CLUB meets from 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm the first & third Tuesday, in the Beaufort College Building, Rm. 103 (USC-Beaufort Campus), 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort. To learn more visit www.beauforttoastmastersclub.org

FREE ACUPUNCTURE FOR VETERANS – Veterans, Active Duty, Transition. Their Families and First Responders are Eligible. First & Third Wednesday 4 - 6pm. Walk In Clinic. No Need to Pre-Register or Call. Nourishing Health Acupuncture and Herbs Clinic. 1214 Prince Street, Downtown Beaufort

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for a few hours each week at St. Francis Thrift Shop. Open Tuesday thru Saturday. Call 843-689-6563 or come in to speak with Mr. Hal. Definitely shop.

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE Safe & effective centuries old healing system treats and prevents a wide range of health-related conditions. Experience individualized treatment in a peaceful group setting. Sliding scale fee. Beaufort Acupuncture, 12 Fairfield Rd, 5B, Lady’s Island. For info and to schedule: (843) 694-0050 or www.BeaufortAcupuncture.com

SECOND HELPINGS seeking Day Captains and other volunteers to crew our trucks distributing food to local charities. Flexible schedule at your convenience. Email officeadmin@secondhelpingslc.org

AGAPE HOSPICE seeks volunteers to spend time bringing joy to our patients and families during a difficult time. Activities include playing music, baking, arts and crafts, pet therapy, manicures, listening to stories, holding hands, etc. Provide companionship to the elderly who often feel lonely and unappreciated. Contact Ashlee Powers at 843-592-8453 or apowers@agapehospice.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for HELP of Beaufort. Come join the team providing food, mobile meals, clothing and emergency financial assistance to those in need in our community. Open Mon-Fri 9:30-12:30. 2 Ice House Rd., Beaufort. Call or email Jennifer 843-524-1223 or info@helpofbeaufort.org

TIDEWATER HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUP: Last Wed. and Thurs. of the month. Weds. 10-11am at Sun City; Thurs. 12-1pm Brookdale Hilton Head Ct., Hilton Head; for those who provide physical, emotional or practical support to a family member or friend. Jodi Johnson, LMSW. Bereavement Group: 5-6 pm., Thursdays, 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Suite A, Bluffton; for those who have experienced a loss and would like support and info associated with grief and bereavement. Corrie VanDyke, LMSW or Marie James, MA. 843-757-9388

INTERESTED IN HEALTHY EATING? Second Helpings, of Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties,

seeks committee members and chairperson for Healthy Food Program. Funding available to procure fresh produce and protein for the 60 food pantries and soup kitchens served by Second Helpings. Contact Exec. Dir. Lili Coleman, 843-689-3616 or execdirector@secondhelpingslc.org

BORN TO READ working for early childhood literacy, needs volunteers to deliver books and materials to new mothers at Coastal Community Hosp., HH Hosp., and BMH. Visits are from 10am – noon. More info at borntoread.org or call 843-379-3350.

ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY SERVICES OF GREATER BEAUFORT, Support Groups: Caregiver - Weds., 12:30pm, Senior Services of Beaufort, 1408 Paris Ave., Port Royal; Living with Alzheimer's - for those in very early stages - Mondays 1pm, Parsons Parlor, Carteret Street Methodist Church, 408 Carteret, Beaufort. Respite Programs: Social Day Program- 10am-1:45pm $40 Day Fee, Mon. at Cornerstone Christian Church, 2301 First Blvd., Beaufort, Weds. & Friday at Carteret Street Methodist Church, 408 Carteret St., Beaufort; In Home - Respite Aides available for 2 hr. minimum, $12$24. Early Memory Loss: Maintain Your Brain - 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10-11:30am, $10/person, $15 couple, Carteret Street Methodist Church, 408 Carteret St., Beaufort; Memory Screenings available call 843-5219190, free; Purple Haven Project - Educate local establishment staff to better interact with a person with Alzheimer's call 843-521-9190.

THRESHOLD SINGERS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY A choir to ease and comfort people at bedside by offering gentle voices and sacred songs, with sincere kindness. Two to four singers go to bedside when asked and sing a cappella and in harmony. Practice at St. John's Lutheran Church the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from 2:30-4:00 pm. Our songs are our gift of service for no charge. Call Pat Keown at 843-476-6073 to either join or ask us to sing for a loved one.

THE LITERACY CENTER is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, math and ESL. Students hope to acquire skills to pursue life goals, support families, and contribute to our community. Daytime and evenings in Bluffton and HHI. Call 843815-6616 (Bluffton); 843-681-6655 (HHI). No teaching, tutoring or other language knowledge necessary. www.theliteracycenter.org

THE SANDALWOOD COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY. Volunteer-based, non-profit provides groceries, clothing and basic needs items to ANYONE in need. Open Tues & Fri 11:30am-1pm at 114 Beach City Rd., Hilton Head. Donations of food and funds needed. For info: Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson at 843715-3583 or email sandalwoodpantry@gmail.com

PARRIS ISLAND MUSEUM. The legacy of the Marine Corps and the history of the Port Royal region. Thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials illustrate the stories in exhibit galleries from Native American to modern Marines. FREE admission. Mon-Sat 10am4:30pm and 8am on Family Graduation Days. Closed all Federal Holidays. Info at parrisislandmuseum.org or 843-228-2166.

MEDICAL SERVICES OF AMERICA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers needed for companionship or skills like yard work, music, and crafts to patients and their families or assist in the office with admin tasks. Volunteers needed in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties. For info contact 843-322-0063.

CHRIST CENTERED RECOVERY MEETINGS Join Shell Point Baptist Church Saturdays for “Celebrate Recovery”, addressing life’s problems and looking to scripture for solutions. Meal at 6pm; Praise and Worship at 6:30pm followed by Small Groups at 7:15pm. 871 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. Info at 843-592-1046.

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The Council of Foundations defines Community Foundations as “grantmaking public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area.”

Since you are reading this article, there is a very good chance you know at least some of what we do at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. However, you may not know about the entire impact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has on our four-county service area of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

Fortunately, there is a quick way to fill in the gaps about all that the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has to offer: our 2022 Annual Report! It is a concise, enlightening 23-page report that both informs and engages the reader. Readers of our

Annual Report will get an inside look at the various ways in which Community Foundation of the Lowcountry partners with donors and nonprofits to help improve the lives of people living and working in the region.

Four groups/organizations are featured in the 2022 Annual Report, all of whom have funds administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. These stories not only highlight the power of philanthropy, but also touch on very timely issues in the Lowcountry: a nursing shortage (SC Nurse Retention Initiative), a transportation issue (Antioch Educational Center), and educational challenges (William and Mary Cale Education Enhancement Fund). In addition, there is the story of one family who took an unthinkable tragedy and turned it into opportunity for others (Live Like D.J.Dwon Fields Jr. Scholarship Fund). You

will learn about the motivation for these giving, committed people to step up, and the important role the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry had in making their charitable objectives a reality.

If you are a numbers person, our Annual Report will not disappoint. Since our inception in 1994, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded over $95 million in grants to deserving local nonprofits and over $9 million in scholarships to dedicated Lowcountry students interested in continuing their education at a university or trade school. In fiscal year 2022, the Community Foundation awarded over $7.3 million in grants to nonprofits and over $836,000 in scholarships. The Community Foundation manages 445 active funds (and counting), including 37 new funds in FY22. The Annual Report also includes all of our grants awarded in FY22

(Impact, Opportunity, and Organizational Development) plus information on Touch Tomorrow Endowment Fund donors. We hope we have piqued your interest in our Annual Report and you are now ready to read it! Please visit cf-lowcountry.org to read the digital version or stop by our Hilton Head office at 4 Northridge Dr, Suite A to pick up a copy. You can also call 843-681-9100, Mon-Fri from 8 am – 5 pm to schedule a meeting with a member of our friendly, informative staff to discuss your philanthropic interests or goals.

Scott Wierman is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. For more information, visit cf-lowcountry.org 21
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Arcade. (843) 408-1599 or www.musicfarm.com

The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston. Sundays - The Motown Throwdown, Mondays - Slim & Friends; Tuesdays - Fusion Jonez, Wednesdays

- Grateful Dead Wednesday with The Reckoning; Thursdays - iLLA ZiLLA. 3/30 Dirtwire; Mystik Fool, 3/31 Joe Samba; The Destinators, 4/1 Runaway Gin

'Brass Apparatus Reprise' - Phish with Horns, 4/3 Ripe; AJ Smith, 4/6 Jerry Douglas Band; Cristina Vane Trio, 4/7 A Night of JJ Cale, 4/8 The High Divers; Daddy's Beemer; Jenna Desmond, 4/12 The Runaway Grooms, 4/13 Ryan Monroe & Josh Roberts, 4/14 Dangermuffin, 4/15 Quelle Pharrell's Dojo. (843) 571-4343 or www.charlestonpourhouse.com

Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms. 3/30 Bennett Coleman, 3/31 Everclear, 4/1 Pat Cooper, 4/6, 4/7, & 4/8 Mt. Joy, 4/13 Nirvani

-Nirvana tribute, 4/14 Gritty Flyright, 4/15 Randall Fowler, 4/16 Sand 'n' Slams - Live Pro Wrestling. (843) 886-8596 or www.the-windjammer.com


Foolish Frog, 846 Sea Island Pkwy, St. Helena Island. (843) 838-9300. thefoolishfrog.com

Luther’s Rare & Well Done, 910 Bay Street. (843) 521-1888 or www.luthersrareandwelldone.com

Q on Bay, 822 Bay St, Beaufort. (843) 524-7771 or www.qonbay.com

Rosie O’Gradys Irish Pub, in Beaufort Town Center. Irish American Sports Pub & Eatery. C'mon down! Rock & Roll Lunch. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - Karaoke at 10pm. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day March 17th & 18th!!! Mike Martin & the Beautiful Mess March 18th - 8:30pm. Sliced Beef, Drunken Potatoes, and Cabbage. (843) 3797676 or Rosie's on Facebook.

Saltus River Grill, 802 Bay St, Beaufort. (843) 3793474 or www.saltusrivergrill.com


Big Bamboo, Coligny Plaza. (843) 686-3443 or www.bigbamboocafe.com

Captain Woody’s, 6 Target Rd., Hilton Head or 17 State of Mind St., Bluffton. www.captainwoodys.com

The Jazz Corner, Village at Wexf1ord, Hilton Head. Sundays - Deas Guyz; Mondays - A Journey Through Jazz with The Martin Lesch Band; Tuesdays - Fat Tuesdays: A Swingin' Celebration of New Orleans and Beyond; Thursdays - Lavon Stevens with Louise Spencer. 3/29 Lavon Stevens with Quiana Parker, 3/31 & 4/1 The Larry Fuller Trio, 4/5 Bobby Ryder, 4/7 & 4/8 Ulysses Owens, Jr.'s Generation Y Band, 4/12 Lavon Stevens with Charlton Williamson, 4/14 & 4/15 Bobby Ryder celebrates Bobby Darin & Neil Diamond. (843) 842-8620 or www.TheJazzCorner.com

Omni Hilton Head Ocean Front in Palmetto Dunes. Buoy Bar - HH Prime - (843) 842-8000 or www.omnihotels.com


The Music Farm, 32 Ann Street, Charleston. 3/29

Elderbrook; Ford & Erez, 3/30 Riot Stares; Florida Man; To Forget, 4/1 Judah & the Lion; Hugo Hotel, 4/3 Lorna Shore; Shadow of Intent, 4/5 Cold; Divide the Fall; Awake for Days; Sygnal to Noise, 4/6 K

Camp, 4/7 Broadway Rave - Musical Theater Dance Party, 4/8 Party 101 w/ DJ Matt Bennett, 4/13 Samia; Venus & the Flytraps, 4/14 Guster, Palm Palm & Indianola, 4/15 DirtySnatcha; Zubah, 4/16 The Pilot in You with Holding Absence; Thornhill; Banks

Editors Note: Events listed here may be subject to postponement or cancellation. Please check for further information.


Now – 3/31, Beaufort Art Association Spring Show & Sale. Tabby Place, 913 Port Republic St.,Beaufort. Free and open to the public. www. beaufortartassociation.com

Now – 4/2, Gifts from the Boneyard, Art Inspired by the Landscapes of Hunting Island at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Maritime Center, 310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie.

Now – 4/8, Art + Quilt = Art, an exhibit of work by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry at Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. Information at www.gallery@artleaguehhi.org 843-681-5060

Now – 4/30, Rainy Days and More, exhibit of artwork by Norma Beal at Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street, downtown Beaufort.

Now – 5/6, Binya: Faces ob de Gullah Geechee Portrait Exhibition at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head. For more info and schedule of events, visit www.coastaldiscovery.org

4/3 – 5/1, Bring Nature Home, an exhibit of work by Karen Richards at the Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery, 6 Church St, Bluffton. Meet the artist during an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. 4/6. Free and open to the public.

4/11 – 5/13, The Gently Surreal Art of John K. Crum at Art League Gallery. Opening reception Wed 4/12, 5-7pm. inside Arts Center of Coastal

Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, 843-681-5060.


Tues 4/4, Adam Parker, veteran journalist for the Charleston Post & Courier, will discuss his new book Us: A Journalist’s Look at the Culture, Conflict, and Creativity of the South. Sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, the event will take place at Sandies at the BCBCC, 711 Bladen Street. Books available for sale and signing. The event starts at 5 pm and no registration is needed.

Thur 4/13, Open Mic Night, sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center In partnership with the South Carolina Writers Association and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce. From 6-7:30 pm at Sandies, 711 Bladen St. The featured writer for April, National Poetry Month, is poet Jacquelyn Markham, author of Rainbow Warrior. To read, contact the Conroy Center at contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Writers can also sign up from 5:45 to 6:00 p.m. in person on the night of the event.

Sat 4/15, Evening with Colleen Oakley at the Rhett House Inn. Sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center, NeverMore Books, and the inn. Oakley is the author of the newly released The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise. The $36 registration fee includes a signed copy of the novel, the author's book talk, refreshments, and music by the Alibis. 1009 Craven St., Beaufort, 5 – 7pm. Additional copies of the author's books will be available for sale and signing through NeverMore Books. Learn more and register in advance at: https:// colleenoakleyattherhetthouse.eventbrite.com

Fri 4/14, Book Launch for John Warley’s Jury of One, from 4:30 – 7pm at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort. Books available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public. www. patconroyliterarycenter.org

Tues 4/18, Deborah Goodrich Royce (Reef Road) will be the featured guest in the USCB Lunch with Authors series at the Belfair Clubhouse, 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd, Bluffton. The event starts at noon. For more information and tickets, visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com


Fri 4/21, Joe Jencks at Music on Malphrus, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, at 7 pm. General Admission is $25. Doors open at 6:15 pm. For more information call 843-837-3330 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ Musiconmalphrus/?ref=bookmarks


Sat 4/8, Artisans’ Spring Fling Market at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, 30 Yacht Club Drive, Beaufort. Handicraft arts and crafts fair from 10am -3pm. Local artists providing jewelry, shell art, culinary, wood design, paintings, pottery, textiles, home décor, photographs and more!

4/13 – 4/15, Passion & Purpose Peace Summit, a 3-Day Virtual Event with Dr. Jonas Gadson, DTM. He will inspire, empower and provide resources to help you break away from overworking, overdoing, and underliving. Live your best life! Get your access pass at www.PassionPurposeAndPeaceSummit.com

Fri 4/14, Beaufort Drum Circle in the Gazebo

at Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort. 6:30-8pm. All are welcome. Family friendly. No experience necessary. Bring whatever percussion instrument you have, a chair and a positive attitude! If you have no instrument, we have extras. Join us for a wonderful time!

Sat 4/29, Release & Remember, Community Butterfly Release sponsored by Friends of Caroline. Purchase a butterfly for $12 in memory of a lost loved one. Readings, music, and butterfly release over the Beaufort River. Program begins at 11 am in Waterfront Park. For more information call 843-525-6257.

Saturdays 4/1 – 6/24, Lunch and Learn Gardening Series at the Port Royal Farmers Market, starting at noon. Free and open to the public, around the Gazebo. Bring a folding chair! Sponsored by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association.

First Saturday of Each Month, Teddy Bear Picnic Read-Aloud at Port Royal Farmers Market. DAYLO students and other volunteers will read to young children between 9am and noon. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal.

Tuesdays, Tours of Hunting Island sponsored by Friends of Hunting Island Keeper Ted and his team. For info call the Nature Center at 843-8387437. Tours free are and park entry fees apply.

Second Friday, Beaufort Drum Circle 2nd Friday of every month. 6:30 – 8 pm at the Gazebo in Waterfront Park. Eric Roy is the facilitator. Sessions with 15-20 minutes of instruction on djembe playing and a selected traditional rhythm & accompaniment for participants. Also, there will be time for spontaneous group drumming. All welcome. No experience necessary. Bring a drum, if you have one, a chair, and desire for fun. The Drum Circle has extra instruments anyone can use. For info visit the Drum Circle Facebook page.

Third Thursday, TECHconnect is a monthly networking event for professionals working in and around technology. Come and join on the for the conversation at BASEcamp 500 Carteret 5:307:30pm. 843-470-3506. www.beaufortdigital.com

Thursdays, History Tours of Fort Mitchell by the Heritage Library, 10am. $12/Adult $7/Child. 843-686-6560


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