Lowcountry Weekly November 8 – November 21

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Special Pull-Out Holiday Gift Guide

Driven to Distraction 4

Staying sane in brutal times

Dishing on St. Helena Island 7 Seaside Bar & Grill

Heritage Days Returns 9

Penn Center's annual celebration

Lasagna Soup 19 It's a lifesaver

Jazz on Fripp Island 22 Robert Lewis Quartet

Community Nutcracker 10

Artistic Director Melissa Derrick

November 8 – November 21, 2023


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The image on our cover was created by Danie Connolly, producer of "It's a Nutty Christmas," a public art project to benefit CAPA this holiday season. For details, see our story in the Holiday Gift Guide. November 8 – November 21, 2023 Publisher: Jeff Evans — Jeff@LCWeekly.com Editor: Margaret Evans — Editor@LCWeekly.com Marketing Director: Amanda Hanna — 843-343-8483 or Amanda@LCWeekly.com Advertising Sales: Hope Falls — 757-274-7184 or Ads.TheIslandNews@Gmail.com Sandy Schepis — 678-641-4495 or SandySchepis@Gmail.com Art Director: Lydia Inglett Layout & Design: Amalgamated Sprinkleworks Contributing Writers: Katherine Tandy Brown, Debbi Covington, Sandra Educate, Wendy Hilte, Margit Resch, Cele & Lynn Seldon, and Sutty Suddeth What’s Happening Calendar: Staff – Editor@LCWeekly.com Letters to the Editor, comments or suggestions can be addressed to: Lowcountry Weekly 106 West Street Extension, Beaufort, SC 29902 Call: 843-986-9059 or Email: editor@lcweekly.com Lowcountry Weekly is published every other Wednesday and distributed throughout Beaufort County at various restaurants, retail locations, hotels and visitor ’s centers. The entire contents of Lowcountry Weekly is copyrighted 2023 by P. Podd Press, LLC. No part may be reproduced without permission from the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material. A stamped, self-addressed envelope must accompany all submissions expected to be returned.

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Driven to Distraction A nice woman with Americans for Prosperity knocked on my door the other day and asked me to take part in a survey. I was in my regular work uniform – sweatpants and a tee shirt – and my house was a mess, so I was a little embarrassed, and frankly, miffed, but we ended up having quite an interesting chat. I don’t think she expected a woman in sweats and a dirty house to have so many opinions. She had the presidential election on her mind, and a check list in her hand, and she asked me which issue I’m “most concerned about” as election season approaches. I’m pretty sure she wanted me to say The Economy – she was with Americans for Prosperity, after all – but I said The Wars. Because I'm absolutely obsessed with The Wars. I just can't wrap my brain around the fact that we’re still doing this in The Year of Our Lord 2023. It seems insane to me. And it feels like we're all part of some mass illusion that The Wars are normal – that war, itself, is normal. And that, too, seems insane to me – though, of course, history would beg to differ. In an effort to sleep at night – which I don’t much – I’m trying very hard to distract myself from The Wars. It’s not even that difficult. I mean, I live in America, right? And I have The Internet. Last week, there were all those wonderful Facebook photos of darling children in their

Halloween costumes. I had such fun scrolling through them . . . until I remembered the children of Ukraine. And Israel. And the children of Gaza. Next thing you know, I’m off to the NY Times website, where I’m reading the following: Dr. Hussam Abu Safyia, director of the pediatric ward at Kamal Adwan Hospital, where many of the casualties from the Jabaliya strikes were taken, said the majority of the people arriving were children. Many were severely burned or were missing limbs.” . . . “The children’s screams during surgeries can be heard from outside,” Dr. Abu Safyia said. “We are operating on people’s skulls without anesthesia.” Not to worry, though. A large, stylish ad for The Crown interrupted my reading right about there and distracted me but good. Did you know the final season starts next week? Yay! Another great distraction. I love the actress playing Diana now, even though she’s way too tall and towers over the guy playing Charles (who, by the way, is all wrong for his part). It’s uncanny how she glances up, and sideways, from beneath her amazing eyelashes. Was Diana being shy when she did that, or flirtatious? Maybe both. Speaking of shy flirts – my daughter and her friends at Clemson have been watching The Golden Bachelor, starring a sensitive gentleman named Gary who’s quite goodlooking but cries a lot. Amelia and I watched a

few episodes together when she was home for Fall Break, and now she keeps me updated regularly during our morning phone calls. I find every iteration of The Bachelor exceptionally silly and deeply embarrassing, and that goes double for The Golden Bachelor. I know lots of folks love the show – I’m in the minority on this – but I just think people over 60 should know better than to get involved with such nonsense. “Older and wiser.” I’m a stickler about that. So, I am contemptuous of The Golden Bachelor. But I can’t wait for Amelia’s weekly updates! They’re so amusing. And distracting. And then there’s The Fall of the House of Usher on Netflix. It’s loosely based – and I mean very loosely – on a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, and directed by Mike Flanagan, the guy who did The Haunting of Hill House and several other modern horror classics. The first episode of ‘Usher’ was so ridiculous I almost stopped watching, but I really needed the distraction, so I stuck with it. It's ghoulish, lurid, heavy-handed in its moralizing about the evils of wealth – a bit galling, considering the source – but lavishly produced and intriguing 'til the bitter end. The creators couldn't resist throwing gratuitous contemporary political references into the final episode – there’s even one about “standing in the middle of 5th Avenue and shooting somebody” – thus diminishing its artistic power and potential for healing divisions, but Hollywood always falls for that temptation to preach. Gotta make sure half the country ends up feeling riled and reactionary instead of edified and enlightened. Never fails. Why do I even let this stuff get to me anymore? Because thinking about our endless petty squabbles here in the US is easier than thinking about The Wars. It’s a distraction, I suppose. David Brooks had a good column in the Times yesterday, in which he asked, “How do you stay mentally healthy and spiritually whole in brutalizing times? How do you prevent yourself from becoming embittered, hate-filled, calloused over, suspicious and desensitized?” I devoured that column like a starving child who just found a Snickers bar on the sidewalk. According to Brooks, “Ancient wisdom has a formula to help us, which you might call skepticism of the head and audacity of the heart.”

Margaret Evans



When I read that phrase – skepticism of the head and audacity of the heart – I couldn’t help thinking of Jesus’ words to his disciples, recorded in Matthew, as he sends them out to( do God’s work. He tells them to be “shrewd asT H snakes and innocent as doves.” Easy for you to say, Lord. I always foundS that commandment somewhat difficult to parse and even harder to obey. And yet, IC journey on, slithering on my belly, tiny wingss C flapping. Brooks reminds us that “breakdowns intoJ barbarism” are the historic norm – not theA exception – and that we postmodernsS shouldn’t fool ourselves into believingr we’re too enlightened for hatred to take overs the public sphere. If I was living under that illusion most of my life, the last decade ors so has surely awakened me to reality. Andt The Wars have slapped me in the face forc t good measure. Near the end of his column, Brooks sumsh things up, saying, “I’m trying to describe aw dual sensibility — becoming a person whop learns humility and prudence from thev Athenian tradition, but also audacity, emotional openness and care from thet Jerusalem tradition. Can a single persono possess both traits? This was the questionv Max Weber asked in his classic essay Politics as a Vocation: ‘How can warm passion and a cool sense of proportion be forged together in one and the same soul?’” It is this dual sensibility we must pursue, says Brooks, if we want to stay sane in these brutalizing times. “It’s a hard challenge that most of us will fail at most of the time. But I think it’s the only practical and effective way to proceed in times like these,” he writes. Good advice, no doubt. But David Brooks is much more high-minded than I am, and far more optimistic. For me, it all comes down to distraction. I think Gary, The Golden Bachelor, is choosing his “Forever Love” next week. Can’t wait for my update! Maybe I’ll even tune in.

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

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44th Annual Community Thanksgiving Service & Dinner


t. Helena’s Anglican Church will host the 44th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23. Festivities will begin with a 10:30 a.m. service at the Old Grace Chapel AME (502 Charles St.), followed by a Thanksgiving dinner at nearby St. Helena’s Parish Hall (507 Newcastle St.) in Downtown Beaufort. Traditionally held at St. Helena’s Church, this is the first time that the service will be held at the Old Grace Chapel AME building. The Rev. Jeannine Smalls, New Grace Chapel AME Church pastor, and the Rev. Shay Gaillard, St. Helena’s church rector, will be collaborating in the spirit of God’s love and fellowship. All are invited to join in this special tradition that has been celebrated in the Beaufort community for nearly half a century. The Thanksgiving worship and the sit-down meal regularly draw several hundred people, with a menu of turkey dinner with cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato casseroles, cranberry sauce, and a variety of desserts. Whether seeking food, fellowship or a new tradition, all are encouraged to come and join others in the community — residents and visitors alike. Invite family, friends, neighbors

and strangers (Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. — Hebrews 13:2). The meal is free but donations are welcome.

All are encouraged to attend the meal in person but delivery of meals will be available to anyone who is home-bound. To place an order in advance, contact St. Helena’s church office at (843) 522-1712. Home delivery reservations should be made by Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Come with a smile and a thankful heart. For more information about St. Helena’s Anglican and New Grace Chapel AME Church, please visit https://sthelenas1712. org/ and https://www.gracechapelame.org/

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Grow a Holiday Heart H alloween and Dia de Los Muertos have already sped by, and we’re well into the holiday season. Ready or not. Buckle your seatbelts. The “big ones” are on the way and already dozens of ever-varying daily activities that demand your commitment are jockeying for position on your calendar. Double that if you have kids. Do you dream of cloning yourself and letting the clone take care of that overloaded calendar while you indulge in a toes-in-thesand stroll on a sunny St. Martin’s beach in the Caribbean, a restful day at Ashville’s Grove Park Inn spa, or a sunset kayak paddle along the marsh at Palmetto Bluff? Well, unless you have the time, staff, and/or means for any of the above escapes, local your focus, get creative, and rock on through the holidays with a bit of quality “you” or “you and your family and friends” time, whichever you prefer. All is with the help of the ageless author Julia Cameron and her innate wisdom gifted to the world in The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. More about Julia later. A few days ago, I took a stroll downtown to Lulu Burgess for a few sympathy cards. Seems that many souls choose to leave the earth during the all-too-busy holiday season. At any rate, after perusing Lulu’s superb selection and choosing the perfect “my heart is with you” cards, I left with a full bag, as always. Because of the nature of those sentiments, however, my heart was heavy and the Sweet Bay store window nearby caught my eye. Oh, what the hey, I thought, I’ll just pop in for a few minutes of Christmas ogling and give my mind a rest.

Those “few” became nearly a half hour, as the years slipped away and I was immersed in an 8-year-old’s wonder, wandering past beautifully decorated, themed trees; oohing and ahhing over a Tannenbaum laden with creatures of the sea, tumbling back in time via a purely old fashioned tree, and becoming mesmerized by lovely, lighted, glass spires sparkling with “golden snow” reminiscent of snow globes, but larger. A smile lit my face when for a few seconds, I morphed into a child looking through a snowy window in a Charles Dickens’ novel. (You had to be there!) My heart lifted and I left the store with a lighter step. Suddenly I thought, I’m on an artist’s date. This is one of Julia Cameron’s recommended tools for aligning my creative energy with that of the universe. And armed with a reason to be there, I stepped into the next shop, The Emporium, where I allowed myself to look at every single item that interested me in this fascinating, multi-vendor store’s “something for everyone” for yet another 30 minutes or so. That’s a definite cliché but in this case, true. Colorful scarves and shawls, vintage books and games, regional art, skinny-lady flower vases, exquisite soaps, and swanky doggie collars and leashes. By golly, they even have something for the pup. Don’t worry. We’re not going to visit Downtown Beaufort shop-by-shop, but only because I had limited time before work called me back to my laptop. Our downtown rocks! That said, a holiday gift to give yourself is a mind expanded to blast the following assumptions out of the water . . . or snow, should we be so lucky:

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• “There’s never enough time.” Actually, there is, for the important things. • “The holidays are always stressful.” They don’t have to be if you stay present. • “I hate those braggy, holiday letters.” Reach deep for your sense of humor, read it aloud in a foreign accent, and entertain your own, beyond-compare family. • “Our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners always become Family Feud, but it’s the nightmare version without Steve Harvey to moderate.” Throw tradition to the curb, serve pizza, and watch a funny movie. Dress down. Of course, the questions arise: How can you possibly determine what’s really important in your life, get remotely present, locate a sense of humor that deserted you on Halloween when your house got rolled, or summon up the audacity to change two traditional family holiday meals that have been dress-up-to-the-hilt occasions since your ancestors arrived on the Mayflower? Enter Julia Cameron, whose seminal book mentioned above about reclaiming your creative spirit was first published in 1992, changed who only knows how many lives for the better, and continues to do so today. As does she, spunky as ever at 75, offering video classes and participating live in workshops. Everyone, she affirms, is creative, not just artists, writers, musicians, and actors, but in how others live their lives. Changing holiday dinner traditions is certainly creative. According to Cameron, what she calls “creative recovery,” i.e. getting back in touch with your creative spirit and opening your mind to a broader perspective, requires two basic tools – morning pages and the artist date. Considered neither art nor writing, morning pages, which are to be created daily, preferably first thing upon rising, consist of three pages of longhand writing, purely stream-of-consciousness. Says Cameron, “There is no wrong way to do morning pages.” Are you panicked by the approaching holidays? Write about how that makes you feel. Is your inner critic blathering on and on about how you backed through your garage door when you were talking on the phone and forgot to raise the door? Whine about it on paper. Morning pages can be colorful, silly, or nonsensical, but negativity can seep in, as can self pity, fear, or


by Katherine Tandy Brown

confusion. Write about whatever you’re feeling. All that emotional angry, petty stuff hangs out in the subconscious and muddies our days. Put it on the page for no one ever to read. Not even you, at least for at least the first eight weeks of practice, if ever. Once you start your day with three pages of whatever comes to you, especially if it’s drivel, you’ll notice a lightness, perhaps a relaxing of your shoulders, an easing of your mind, a beginning to be more present as you go about your day and strengthen your connection to a source of inner wisdom. Tool number two, the artist date, is a block of time, maybe an hour or two weekly, set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner “artist” or your inner child. Consider it a play date or an excursion you take by yourself, with no hangers-on. I described an artist date above that I “happened into.” Take a walk on part of the Spanish Moss Trail you’ve yet to explore, treat yourself to a bonbon at the Chocolate Tree and meander through the Point, browse the 14 working artists’ studios at Atelier Off Bay, or walk on the low-tide beach at Hunting Island and see how many shore birds you can name. Treat yourself with love and you’ll have more to share with those around you. And that, my friends, is the reason for the season. “Doing your morning pages,” Cameron writes, “you are sending – notifying yourself and the universe of your dreams, dissatisfactions, hopes. Doing your artist date, you are receiving – opening yourself to insight, inspiration, guidance.” Make these two commitments to yourself and watch your holiday season turn more joyful. Perhaps, like the Grinch, your heart might “grow three sizes.”

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

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Dishing at St. Helena Island’s Seaside Bar & Grill


sk anyone who’s a come ya or a bin ya in Beaufort (if you have to ask, you are probably a come ya) about one of their favorite things about living in paradise, and you’ll often hear, “the scenery.” The pluff mud and feeding egrets and herons of the marshlands, the draping Spanish moss on centuries-old live oaks, the antebellum architecture, and so much more. And that’s especially true on a drive along Highway 21 toward Hunting Island.

As you pass through the commercialism of Lady’s Island and cross into the bucolic Lowcountry character of St. Helena Island, your blood pressure lowers, your breathing slows, and your senses are heightened. It’s a wonderful drive to explore the Gullah culture, head to the beach, or just soak up the scenery. It’s especially nice if you make a day of it and grab lunch or dinner along the way. And, while there are some great places to get a meal (looking at you, Beedos and Johnson Creek Tavern, to name just a few), we can also recommend Seaside Bar & Grill, in that we’ve bin there several times for lunch and dinner and always had a great “local” experience. Owned and operated by Monty and Bellinda (Bell) White, two locals who were born and raised in St. Helena and Port Royal, respectively, the restaurant in the former Boondocks is an ode to the Lowcountry we love. “Our food epitomizes the spirit of the Lowcountry, creating brotherhoods over supper and invoking the nostalgia that keeps us grounded,” says Monty. With a mix of tourists visiting the area and locals from Dataw, Fripp, Harbor Island, St. Helena, Lady’s Island, Beaufort, and beyond, the restaurant is a melting pot of diners on any given day. “There are few things

that people from such diverse backgrounds can share together,” reflects Monty. “One of them is coming together to enjoy good food and each other’s company.” Being a chef in the Beaufort area for a long time, including his most recent post at Lady’s Island Country Club, Monty brings his many years of experience to Seaside Bar & Grill, with a focus on seafood and Southern classics like liver and onions (he still prepares it the way his grandmother did), Lowcountry boils, grilled or fried fish and shrimp, pastas and more. As important, though, is his commitment to local ingredients. Typically, Monty sources more than 70 percent of his menu locally, including fresh seafood from Gay Seafood and Bradley’s Seafood, produce from Barefoot Farms and Dempsey Farms, pecans from local farmers and practically anything else that area fisherman and farmers can provide. On a recent visit at a table of eight (with some of our

pickier dining buddies, we might add), we enjoyed a mini bloom (basically a very sharable blooming onion) and stuffed mushrooms for the table to start. Three of the guests chose Seaside’s popular liver and onions, served with either grits or mashed potatoes and fried green beans, to rave reviews. Others went


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Lamb with asparagus and home fries, photos by Seldon Ink with fried shrimp or the grilled fish option. And one of us even went out on a limb with the lamb rack special, served with mint jelly, grilled asparagus and perfectly seasoned home fries. Of the menu, Monty says that some of the most popular dishes include: the Nola pasta, featuring penne loaded with shrimp, sausage and vegetables in a Creole sauce; blackened salmon and shrimp in a Cajun Tasso cream sauce over poblano

Blackened fish and shrimp with cornbread crab stuffing and corn

cheddar grits; and the liver and onions. But Monty’s favorite dish is the Mo-Frog-Mo, an ode to the original Frogmore address of the restaurant, which is loaded with shrimp, sausage, crab leg clusters, lobster tail, potatoes and corn swimming in “creek” butter. For landlubbers, the menu includes Curry Creek chicken, a braised leg quarter and vegetables in a green curry sauce with rice; sirloin and ribeye steaks; veggie penne; and creative evening specials. And for the sweet tooth, the strawberry layer cake and churros do not disappoint. The lunch menu features sandwich classics, including a roast beef melt, Southwest chicken wrap, (continued next page)

Mini bloom

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Sweet salad with salmon, by Seaside Bar & Grill chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, fried fish and shrimp baskets and burgers, along with varied salads and wings. Besides traditional lunch and supper stops, another great time to head out to Seaside Bar & Grill is for their sumptuous Sunday brunch. In addition to breakfast classics like three-egg omelets (our fave is the Shore-Thang, filled with shrimp, crab, herbs and cheese), pancakes in all kinds of sweet and savory flavors (try the lemon poppy seed!), cooked-your-way eggs,

and all the typical sides, they also serve seriously locally-leaning, specialties like shrimp, crab or fish and grits, Benedicts (yep, they have a delectable a crabcake version), breakfast burrito and Sunday steak. Wednesday evenings provide another great time to take a drive, thanks to their weekly Shrimp & Wing Night. With orders by the quarter pound, the shrimp comes blackened, chilled, fried, grilled or steamed. Their popular wings come by the half-dozen in six flavors ranging from barely hot to hot honey mustard, with lemon pepper and garlic parmesan in between. The restaurant—with its authentic décor and artwork by Lisa Rivers of Legacy Gallery, and distinctive outdoor signage created by Bell—is large, with two dining rooms, a cozy bar and a full patio nestled amongst the live oaks and Spanish moss for scenery. They also have an outdoor stage for live music, karaoke, trivia and storytelling on Wednesday nights and the weekends, games like cornhole and Jenga, and a warm and welcoming fire pit for the cooler months (like right now). When we asked Monty about his first year and whether he’d do anything differently, he said, “I wish we could have anticipated the level

of support that we got from the community. We didn’t expect the onslaught that we got, and it compromised our level of service initially.” Our varied Seaside visits came without compromise when it came to the service . . . or food. With many staff members following Monty from his former restaurants, as well as Bell and several of their six children, the staff is knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. Just as Monty thinks of his staff as family, everyone seems happy to be there and treated our large table like bin ya family the last time we had supper there (which won’t be our last supper for sure).

When we chatted with Monty recently, he excitedly mentioned a new fall menu. We can’t wait to get back and check it out. They also offer catering for small businesses and at-home parties, as well as events at the restaurant for celebrations, holiday entertaining needs and more. The next time you plan to take a leisurely drive to St. Helena Island, Hunting Island and beyond, be sure to go hungry and stop in and say hello to Monty and Bell. Tell ‘em the come yas sent you.

Beaufort-based travel journalists Lynn and Cele Seldon (www. seldonink.com) often cover culinary travel around the world, and Lowcountry Weekly recently lured them to write a monthly feature covering the local food scene. This will include articles about restaurants, chefs, food-focused stores, farms, farmers, farmers markets, and more. They welcome suggestions for topics.

Seaside Bar & Grill

1760 Sea Island Parkway St. Helena Island, SC 29920 843-541-7224 • www.seasidebarandgrill.net

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Open: Mon - Thu 11am - 10pm Fri & Sat 11am - 11pm Sunday 10am - 3pm

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Praying About Violence When we strive to let qualities from God, good, win the day in our own thoughts and actions, we’re playing a part in lessening aggression in the world around us. The topic of violence and what to do about it is at the forefront of thought these days. That it appears to be affecting everything countries, cultures, religions, schools, families, and children worldwide reinforces how paramount it is to find solutions. Locally, violence prevention programs, such as neighborhood watches and community collaboration with the police, have been springing into action in many places. I’ve also found that prayer that turns to God – divine Love itself – is a vital approach to counteracting violent tendencies. How true it is that when we take our most sacred desires to God and listen in the deepest places of our hearts, He responds. Through such prayer, solid and genuine answers

translation: “But the come that help us individually contribute A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience to a more peaceful world. PERSPECTIVE kindness, goodness, Prayer based on faithfulness, gentleness, the teachings of Biblebased Christian Science, founded by Mary and self-control. There are no laws against things Baker Eddy, has been my approach to handling like that,” (Galatians 5:22, 23). I began to contemplate these spiritual all kinds of life’s issues for decades. So recently, moved by a desire to see a lessening of violence qualities, which come from Spirit, God – in the world around us, I felt an urgency to gain and therefore can’t be affected or touched by a glimpse of God’s view about the problem of material impulses. In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus taught that the violence, and trustingly turned to God. Although violence is generally defined as expression of such qualities as meekness, physical aggression with the intent to harm, purity, and peace spiritualizes thought. This when I looked up the word, the entry also inevitably blesses, bringing to individual mentioned such traits as confusion, roughness, consciousness the revelation of God and His ever-present kingdom of love and good – a intensity, and unrestraint. As I read this list, the phrase “the fruit of revelation through which Jesus transformed the Spirit” came to me, which I recognized as and healed lives, promising this was possible being from the King James Bible (Galatians 5:22). for all of us. The specific passage it’s used in includes a list of By Elizabeth Mata qualities; it’s rendered like this in the God’s Word

Our Perspectives discuss a topic that needs our local attention. For November it is “Praying About Violence.” How can you express God’s love to address this in your life, our community, and the world? Learn more about Christian Science and our local services at BeaufortChristianScience.Org and view more Perspectives at CS Monitor Perspectives.

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39th Annual Heritage Days Celebration


he three-day event known as Heritage Days has celebrated the culture and heritage of Penn Center on St. Helena Island in South Carolina's Lowcountry since 1981. The celebration was a successor to "Harvest Days," held yearly from the early 1900s until 1948, when Penn School closed. .This annual event began because so many dindividuals and institutions of the Sea Islands have been touched by the activities of Penn tSchool and later Penn Center, and because this shonored institution has been instrumental in .preserving and strengthening the Sea Island culture, the idea of a Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration was born in August of 1981. Since its inception, Penn Center’s Heritage Days Celebration has grown from a single day of events to three days of song, food, performers, seminars, as well as other events.

HERITAGE DAYS 2023 SCHEDULE Thursday, November 9th – Celebration begins with the Gullah Roots Village 10am – 2pm. • The formal opening of the festival will take place from 3pm to 4pm. • A powerful and moving Youth Theatrical Performance will take place from 6pm to 7pm. (Tickets: Adults $12.00/Students $8.00). • A Lowcountry Supper will unfold at Penn Center’s Emory Campbell Dining Hall from 4:30pm – 7:30pm ($20.00 includes meal, desert, and a drink). • Old Fashion Prayer Service (7pm – 8:30pm) • A Heritage Featured Artist Reception titled “Sam Doyle Coming Home” (lite refreshments will be served). Featured speakers are: Artist Mary Mack, Dr. Saundra “Renee” Smith and Brenda Singleton. 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, York W. Bailey Museum, 16 Penn Center Circle-West, St. Helena Island.

Friday, November 10th • Family and Friends Day: 10am – 2pm • Arts, Authors’ Row: 9am – 5pm/Food Vendors 10am – 5pm • Heritage Symposium: Educator’s Professional Development (8:30am/registration - 3pm/concurrent sessions) $40.00 qualifies for continuing education credits. • “Tied to the Land" 2pm – 4:30pm. (Darrah Hall/ Penn Center’s campus/Free and Open to the Public). • Old School Fish Fry, Oyster Roast & Crab Crack (“Soul Music Night”) 6pm – 10pm. Saturday, November 11th • Heritage Days’ Parade: 9:00 am • Heritage Days’ Center Stage Program: 12pm – 5pm • Soul Slide Dance Party: Frissell Community House 4pm – 10pm ($10.00/ATD 15.00) • Crafts and Food Vendors: 8am – 5pm • Activities at MLK Park featuring HBCU representatives from South Carolina, Georgia and beyond. 11am – 5pm • Reconstruction Park: 11am 5pm • Young Professionals Mixer/ Emory Campbell Dining Hall (east side of the campus) 8pm – 12am. Designated in 1974 as a National Historic

Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior, Penn Center has been a community of history and achievement since 1862. Located on St. Helena Island, Penn Center was known as Penn School for its first 86 years. It was the first school for enslaved people in the South. In 1953, it became Penn Community Services, Inc. Penn Center's current mission is to promote and preserve Penn’s true history and culture through its commitment to education, community development and social justice. For more information call 843-838-2474 or visit www.penncenter.com

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Beaufort Community Nutcracker


hroughout the world, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet is a beloved Christmas tradition, and once again you will have the opportunity to enjoy it right here at home. The Beaufort Community Nutcracker is proudly presenting three shows this month. Nearly 90 local dancers, featuring Beaufort residents Olive Florence and Micah Moore as Clara, and Sophie Hayward and

Ambrose Reichel as the Sugar Plum Fairy, will be joined by three visiting professional dancers (Albert “Bo” Busby of Charleston, Bret Coppa of New York, and Savyo Alves Pereira of Brazil). Dancers will take the stage on Saturday, November 18th at 1:00pm and 6:30pm, and Sunday, November 19th at 2:30 pm at the Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center.

Now in its 4th year, the Beaufort Community Nutcracker tells the dreamlike tale of a young girl and a Nutcracker toy soldier that comes to life on Christmas Eve. Beaufort Community Nutcracker is a non-profit organization that prides itself on producing a true community event with dancers from all over the Lowcountry ranging in ages from 5 to 75. Beaufort


Community Nutcracker is supported by countless parent and community volunteers and local business and individual sponsors. The event will feature a Christmas Store at each show. Local artists have donated their time and talent in creating beautiful ornaments and one-of-a-kind decorated pointe shoes that will be available for sale. All proceeds will support the continued presentation of the Beaufort Community Nutcracker. Artistic Director, Melissa Derrick, a native of Brazil and owner of the Derrick Ballet Conservatory, brings her many years of dance experience and unwavering commitment to bring classical ballet to Beaufort in hopes that all ages can either participate in or enjoy the annual performance.


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• Tickets are on sale at https://www.etix. com/ticket/p/49050562/4th-annual-beaufortcommunity-nutcracker-beaufort-beaufort-highschool-beaufort-community-nutcracker • The production will take place at the Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center • There will be three performances of The Nutcracker: Saturday, Nov. 18th at 1pm and 6:30pm and Sunday, Nov. 19th at 2:30pm To inquire about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Beaufort Community Nutcracker: NutcrackerBoardMembers@gmail.com

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A Holiday I.D.E.A.


Holiday I.D.E.A. is a Concert produced by the Gullah Latino Advisory Council (GLAC), which is a Fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The GLAC aims to create a more reliable level of cultural sustainability through the integration of these two dynamic (but underserved) populations into the mainstream of our community. We do this through our “Great Conversations” between Gullah and Latino people and elected officials and staff from local, town, county and State governments, and through our popular concert performances and Symposiums.

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Our concerts are an example of diversity in action. This music event – and our audiences – are inclusive and diverse. The performances give an example of how people of different races and backgrounds can come together, work together, grow together, and respect and enjoy each other.

The producers of the show are Terry Herron and Scott Gibbs who have been producing concerts in the Low Country for many years. The concerts are professional, surprising, and pure fun. There is a variety of popular, well-known, and new (to some people) song selections that will take the audience on a musical journey that includes traditional Christmas, Spirituals, Gullah Christmas favorites, Latino Music, some Ring Shout Dancers, Latina Salsa Dancers, and some remarkable Lowcountry soloists. The audiences our shows attract are from all backgrounds, and it’s the kind of concert where you meet your “newest best friends,” and which leaves you feeling warm, happy, sad, inspired, smiling, singing, swaying, clapping and cheering . . . all at the same time! Never has it been more critical to celebrate the Holidays with a heavy dose of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. It’s a “Good I.D.E.A. for the Lowcountry!”

The concert is at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head, SC. There are two performances of the same concert – Saturday, December 9th at 7pm and Sunday, December 10th at 4pm. Tickets are $20 (+fees). For Tickets, go to www.lowcountrydiversity.org For more information, contact Terry Herron 843-271-9919 terry@herron-group.com

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HOLIDAY CHEER EVENTS Nov. 14th – Dec. 30th Barbour, Orvis, and Dubarry Clothing ORVIS Endorsed Outfitter Lowcountry Fly Shop Captains • Classes • Lessons

Holiday Galley of Gifts Art League of Hilton Head Academy

Dec. 2nd 10am-2pm Maritime Marketplace

At the Port Royal Sound Foundation 310 Okatie Highway One Stop Shop for Holiday Gifts! Nov. 15th 6-9pm Handmade Jewelry, Pottery, Metalworks, The Art of Cookie Design: Thanksgiving Ornaments, Sweet Treats, more! With pastry chef Jami Wright 14 Shelter Cove Lane • Mon-Sat 10-4; Sun 12-4

$63 for Members. Art League - www.artleague.org

Nov. 17th 6-9pm Nov. 18th 9am-3pm

6th Annual Holiday Market of Beaufort Beaufort Academy - Rain or Shine Free Admission / 50 Local Vendors / Family Friendly BeaufortAcademy.org

Nov. 17-19 11am-3pm

Beaufort Home for the Holidays

Dec. 2nd Begins at 10am 52nd Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade townofbluffton.sc.gov/calendar

Dec. 3rd 9am-4pm Stained Glass Christmas Star Workshop with Cindy Buck

Tickets: $45 Advanced; $50 Day of www.BeaufortHomesForTheHolidays.com Benefits St. Peter's Catholic School

$90 for Members. Art League - www.artleague.org

Nov. 18th 10am-1pm

52st Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade

Mosaic Holiday Ornaments With Ryann McGivern $45 for Members. Art League - www.artleague.org

Nov. 23th Starts at 8am

Lowcountry Habitat Turkey Trot 5k Bay & Newcastle Streets www.LowcountryHabitat.org

Nov. 30th-Dec. 1st 7-9pm Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish: A Sea Island Holiday Celebration

At USCB's Center for the Arts - Tickets from $15 Gullah Geechee/Sierra Leone Cultural Connection Symposium, Gullah Tour, Christmas Market, Taste of Christmas, Homecoming Symposium www.GullahKinfolkTravelingTheater.com

Dec. 1st 5-9pm 'A Night on the Town'

Dec. 3rd Begins at 3pm Family Friendly Community Event

Dec. 6th 6-9pm Wreaths Across America Beaufort National Cemetery 1601 Boundary Street

Dec. 6th 6-9pm Art of Decorating Christmas Cookies With pastry chef Jami Wright $63 for Members. Art League - www.artleague.org

Dec. 16th Begins at Noon Wreaths Across America Beaufort National Cemetery 1601 Boundary Street

Dec. 30th 6-9pm

Great Shopping, A Visit from Santa, Christmas Tree Lighting, Boat Parade

Cookie Decorating: Winter Wonderland With pastry chef Jami Wright

Dec. 1st - 3rd – FREE

$63 for Members. Art League - www.artleague.org

Annual Nativity Celebration By First Presbyterian Church 1201 North Street, Beaufort

Jan. 6th 5-8pm Downtown Beaufort First Friday

Nutcrackers Gone Wild! I f your holidays look a little PINKER than normal, you may need to thank Barbie and the phenomenal success of her summer movie – Barbie! The Nutcracker boys may be back in town, but they’ll have to step aside for a few new ladies that will be gracing Beaufort’s storefronts for the annual “It’s a Nutty Christmas” Nutcracker exhibit.

"Every year we try to stay abreast to what local communities need the most help and to stay current to what's trending,” says Connolly. “This year, I think Barbie is going to shake up the Nutcracker men – but in a fun way! Tourists and residents will be sporting big smiles when they see what the local artists have created for downtown Beaufort and beyond!"

The 6’ and 4’ colorfully-illustrated Nutcracker boards have grown in numbers (over 75 and counting!) and the local artists creating them have gotten more imaginative with every stroke of their brushes! If you notice a bit more pink in the Beaufort Nutcrackers it just might be the artists answering the call for more girl Nutcrackers and some stylish male uniforms! This year, Danie Connolly, producer and creator of “It’s a Nutty Christmas”– Nutcrackers created for fundraising events – encouraged the artists to add LADIES to the growing number of Nutcrackers. And indeed, they have! All their efforts will support a great charity serving the Lowcountry – Child Abuse Prevention Associates (CAPA).

The uniquely painted Nutcrackers are ‘rented’ for the holiday season for $100.00. If the businesses want to choose a specific Nutcracker it must be paid for in advance. Otherwise, the Nutcrackers will be dropped off for free with the hopes that the businesses will directly send CAPA a check. (Info about CAPA will be included for their store and customers.) Is that a risk? The question bears asking. “I believe that people are intrinsically good and honest and will do the right thing and find it in their hearts to support a charity dedicated to help disadvantaged

people find their way in life,“ says Danie Connolly. Everyone is encouraged to join the Nutty festivities by taking pictures with the outrageous Nutcrackers. It’s all fun and games, with scavenger hunt weekends, prizes for cute kid photos with the Nutcrackers, the biggest crowd surrounding a Nutcracker, and happiest family photo! There’s even the annual Nutcracker Smile Contest – dentists will choose the goofiest grins, scariest smirks, and sweetest smiles from participating Nutcrackers. Posters are available to show your friends just how nutty and fun the Beaufort

businesses are during the holiday season. Please add Beaufort’s “It’s a Nutty Christmas” annual exhibit to your own Can’t-Miss-This List while you enjoy shopping in the unique stores, partaking of fabulous food, and discovering Beaufort’s beautiful historical homes. The Nutcrackers will be standing guard Downtown and around Beaufort from Thanksgiving to Christmas waiting for you. It’s the best gift you’ll ever give yourself, family and friends this Holiday Season while benefiting the wothy charity CAPA. For more information, email Danie Connolly at Danie.connolly@yahoo.com

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Thanksgiving Day


canapé is an hors d’oeuvre, a miniature and often decorative food, consisting of a small piece of bread or cracker, topped with some savory food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite. It’s Thanksgiving Day. Hungry guests are arriving. The bar is open. Folks are chatting and socializing. Everyone is ready to eat. But…the turkey isn’t quite done. What to do? Satisfy your invitee’s munchies without spoiling their appetites with these three delicious make ahead canapés.


Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Sprinkle flour in skillet and cook for a minute or two. Add cream and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine. Add mushrooms and green beans to the skillet. Season with onion powder, salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange filo tart shells on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spoon a generous spoon full of the green bean mixture into each filo tart. Top with French fried onions. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until filo tarts are crispy and golden. Serve warm. Makes 30.


I’ll admit it. I’m actually a Green Bean Casserole fan. So, when I stumbled across the idea of Green Bean Casserole Tarts, I couldn’t wait to create them with a spin of my own. I’m so glad that I did! These little bite-sized morsels are delectable. They’re sure to convert all of the Green Bean Casserole haters at your Thanksgiving soiree. 2 (15-count) packages frozen filo tart shells, thawed 1 (4-ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, chopped 1 (8-ounce) package fresh green beans, cooked and chopped 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup heavy cream ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese Pinch of onion powder Salt and pepper, to taste 1/3 cup French fried onions

Make these treats several days ahead and keep them stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them at 350 degrees on a lightly greased baking sheet until they’re warmed through. Note: For a time-saver, I used ½ heaping cup of packaged real bacon bits. 1 (6-ounce) box herbed stuffing mix 1 pound breakfast sausage 8 slices of bacon, cooked, crumbled 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese Prepare boxed stuffing mix according to package directions. Spoon cooked stuffing into a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Add sausage, bacon pieces and cheddar cheese to cooled stuffing. Mix until thoroughly

y Canapés combined. Roll into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Makes 58-60 appetizers.

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SWEET POTATO CROSTINI Warm, slightly sweet, slightly salty and completely satisfying, Sweet Potato Crostinis are sure to be a new T h a n k sg i v i n g D a y appetizer favorite! 18 slices rustic French baguette For the sweet potato mixture: 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 24 oz) 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon heavy cream 1 tablespoon brown sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Dash salt For the topping: 2 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature 2 tablespoons brown sugar

½ cup chopped pecans ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional ½ cup mini marshmallows Bake, boil or microwave sweet potatoes until tender. Remove the skins. In a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, combine sweet potatoes with butter, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt until smooth. In a small bowl, mix softened butter, brown sugar, pecans, salt and cayenne pepper until well combined. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread sweet potato mixture on each slice of bread. Add 3 marshmallows on top of each crostini. Add pecan topping to each slice. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until marshmallows are beginning to melt and pecan topping is toasted. Makes 18.

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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festive tradition continues this holiday season as Art League of Hilton Head Gallery is transformed into a Gallery of Gifts, featuring one-of-a-kind decor and gift items handmade by local artists. Shoppers can shop for works of art—paintings, pottery, photography, or mixed media—artistic stocking stuffers, jewelry, and unique ornaments and holiday decor. “This is the fourth year we’ve turned our art gallery into a gift gallery during the holiday season. Each year has been a stunning success, and we’re excited to continue the tradition. Of course, all of the artworks we exhibit throughout the year are available for purchase, but we’re proud to offer gifts

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from local artists at affordable p r i c e s ,” s ay s Gallery Manager Lyndsi Caulder.

“Art League Gallery remains a must-see for holiday shopping.” Gallery of Gifts will be open November 14-December 30, Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 12-4pm. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, November 15, 5-7pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Check Out SOBA’s Holiday Market


rtists of the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) are creating o r i g i nal , o ne - o f - a- k i nd handmade gifts for their Holiday Market, which runs from Nov. 13 through Dec. 23 in the featured artist room at the gallery in Old Town Bluffton. The SOBA Holiday Market offers the community a unique place to shop for the holidays with hundreds of hand-created works by local artists — including wreaths, small paintings, holiday decor and other gift items. “The Holiday Market is a SOBA wintertime tradition — perfect for those shoppers looking for something unique this holiday season,” said Marie Burgeson, SOBA’s president. The boutique is open from Nov. 13-Dec. 23. The SOBA gallery hours of operation are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

This Season, ‘Shop Art’ on Artists Sunday!


ive something special, unique, and handcrafted this holiday season and support local artists and the local economy. Downtown Beaufort art galleries and private home art studios will be open for business to encourage everyone to “shop art” on Artists Sunday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26. You might find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift to make someone’s holiday truly memorable! Freedman Arts District, Beaufort Area Hospitality Association, and the Beaufort Cultural District have partnered up to make Artists Sunday festive with sidewalk musicians, whimsical selfie boards, the bike rack design competition winners announcement at USCB’s Visual Art & Design building, and even Santa making an appearance! Have a music lover on your list? How about a miniature “Lowcountry” painting on a piano key — you can find it at Rhett Gallery. A handcrafted wood charcutier board for the always gracious host awaits you at the Beaufort Art Association. Galleries along Bay Street and West Street are inviting shoppers to look beyond big box store outlets for unique gifts, and 9 private studios on neighboring streets will be hosting open house(s).

An online map to all the day’s activities happening on Artists Sunday will be posted starting Nov. 15th on www.FreedmanArtsDistrict.org. Individual gallery and home studio hours vary from 11-4 and street activities continue past 5pm.

Whether it’s adorning a wife’s wrist with a bracelet as unique as she or commissioning a grandchild’s portrait, shopping this holiday season will be so much more special in downtown Beaufort on Artists Sunday, November 26.

Churro Popcorn


erves: 2-3 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter 6 cups popped popcorn

In small bowl, mix granulated sugar, powdered sugar and cinnamon. In small saucepan, melt butter; stir in 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar. In large bowl, toss popcorn with cinnamon butter until well coated. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cinnamon sugar; toss to coat well. Tips: For spicy variation, add 1 teaspoon spicy chipotle seasoning. Serve with hot chocolate.

FWDG’s Annual Coat Drive Returns


WDG helps Beaufort County stay warm again this year with its annual coat drive. The coat drive, established in 1990 by one of FWDG’s owners, Robyn Mark, has been going strong for 32 years with over 47,000 winter coats collected. The furniture store will begin its 33rd Annual Coat Drive on Wednesday, November 1st and continue through Sunday, December 31st. New and gently worn winter coats for children and adults will be collected in our store and at drop offs throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties. This year, FWDG partners with Jasper County Neighbors United, Help of Beaufort, The Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help. These nonprofit organizations will distribute the donated clothing to those in need throughout Beaufort County. FWDG organizes all aspects of the coat drive including promotion, collection, temporary storage, and transportation of the clothing. Our team is grateful for the assistance of many individuals and organizations year after year in order to make this project a success.

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: FWDG 745 Robert Smalls Pkwy., Beaufort, SC 29906 (843) 524-8695 WHHI-TV 32 Office Park Rd, Ste. 103, Hilton Head, SC 29928 Charter One Realty 203 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Hardeeville City Hall 205 Main Street Hardeeville, SC 29927

THE NONPROFITS WHO BENEFIT Jasper County Neighbors United partners with residents and local, state, and federal housing agencies to overcome challenges in housing options for the low to moderate-income population in Jasper County. Residents are provided with necessities and extended resources to improve lives. www.jaspercountyneighborsunited.com/ Help of Beaufort provides mobile meals, clothing, and financial assistance. https://helpofbeaufort.org/ The Deep Well Project is a volunteer organization that provides basic assistance in emergency situations. Deep Well receives no government funding, and over 90% of each donation goes directly to program services. www.deepwellproject.org/ Bluffton Self Help empowers and advocates for Lowcountry neighbors to improve their lives through education and training, basic needs, and guided access to a network of community resources. https://blufftonselfhelp.org FWDG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FWDGBeaufort FWDG Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fwdgbeaufortsc/


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Life Saving Lasagna Soup


ome of us just aren’t equipped for cold temperatures. We love warm weather and abundant sunshine. It’s the first day of cold weather and what do we do? If it’s really cold, like lower than 50 degrees, we turn on the heat and set off our smoke alarms. We complain, “brr, it’s so cold out here,” as soon as we step outside and then tell everyone we see that we’re freezing. We break out our sweaters, gloves and boots and start dressing in layers. We rush to the grocery store to stock up on comfort foods. Then, we make soup. Today was that day for me – including the part about setting off the smoke alarm when I flipped the heat on. It’s 45 degrees on Lady’s Island and a big pot of Lasagna Soup saved me from freezing to death. I’m wearing a t-shirt topped with an oversized sweatshirt, fuzzy bedroom shoes and I just jacked the heat up to 70 degrees. Vince is out of town for a few days. My heat-loving 17-year-old kitty is wrapped up in sheets that I keep warming and rewarming in the dryer for her – at her constant demand. We’ll never survive the weekend if the temperature continues to fall. I’m thinking an early bedtime is in order. I wonder what I did with my red fur blanket. How many days until summer?


For the salad: Mixed salad greens Red delicious apple, cut into bite-sized pieces Red seedless grapes, halved Dried cranberries Toss salad greens with red wine vinaigrette. Top with apple pieces, grape halves, dried cranberries and goat cheese truffles.

LASAGNE SOUP CON TRE FORMAGGI (LASAGNA SOUP) The Italian language is so deliciously descriptive. “Con tre formaggi” translates to “with three cheeses.” The cheese For the vinaigrette: medley that tops this soup is incredible. Keep ¼ cup red-wine vinegar in mind that Lasagne Soup will only be soup 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard for an hour or two. After that, the pasta soaks 1 teaspoon sugar up enough of the broth for the consistency to Salt and black pepper, to taste become more like a casserole. If you need to ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil make the soup in advance, cook the pasta Whisk the vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and separately and add it just before serving. p.s. pepper together in a small bowl. Whisking “Lasagne” is the plural of “lasagna” and there constantly, add the oil in a slow, steady stream and continue whisking until thickened. Set aside until ready to use. For the truffles: 1 (4-ounce) log goat cheese, softened at room temperature 4 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature 1 tablespoon heavy cream 1 cup finely chopped pecans With an electric mixer, combine goat cheese, cream cheese and heavy cream until smooth. Using a small ice cream scoop or spoon, make small cheese balls, using your hands to make them round. Roll individual cheese balls in chopped pecans to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 16-18.

is definitely more than one piece of pasta in this recipe. 1 pound ground beef, cooked (about 3 cups cooked) 3 (14.5-ounce) cans beef broth 1 large onion, chopped OR 3 tablespoons dried onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes 1¼ -1½ cups prepared marinara sauce 2 teaspoons dried oregano ½ teaspoon dried basil ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper, to taste ¼ cup cabernet sauvignon, optional 8 ounces campanelle (trumpets), mafalda or fusilli pasta For the cheese topping: 1 cup cottage cheese OR ricotta cheese ½ cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Chopped fresh Italian parsley OR fresh basil to garnish Brown ground beef in a large stock pot until cooked through; drain well on paper towels. Discard grease. In the same pot, pour in 3 cans of beef broth and bring to a simmer. Add onion and cook in broth until tender. Add garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes and prepared marinara sauce. Season with oregano, basil, red pepper flakes and black pepper and simmer until heated through. Add wine; if using. Bring mixture to a low boil. Stir in beef and pasta and cook until pasta is al dente; stirring often. While the soup in cooking, make the cheese topping. Place cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese in a

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bowl; mix well to combine. Season with black pepper. Cheese mixture will be stiff. To serve, add soup to individual bowls and top with a dollop of the cheese topping. Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley. Serves 6 to 8.


Pair this tasty dip with gingersnaps or pipe it into mini graham cracker pie shells. Ginger sugar may be purchased from The Salt Table (www.salttable.com). 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature

½ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) ¼ cup sugar ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ½ teaspoon vanilla Ginger sugar, to garnish (optional) Mix cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla together with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with ginger sugar before serving. Makes about 1½ cups.

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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Conroy Center Hosts Memoirist Patricia Foster


he nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host an evening with award-winning writer Patricia Foster, author of Written in the Sky: Lessons of a Southern Daughter, on Wednesday, November 15, at 5:00 p.m., at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort). Books will be available for sale and signing. Please call to reserve your seat in advance: 843-379-7025. Foster will also lead a place-based writing workshop, Strong Currents, on Thursday, November 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This workshop will be an immersive writing class in which participants explore their inner maps of experience and memory, assessing the evocative details of a place (be it a room, a meadow, a neighborhood, a town, or a part of the country) as well as the value systems and moral struggles within that place (what is approved/silenced /avoided/revered/made nostalgic). Learn more and register in advance at https://patconroyliterarycenter.eventbrite.com


“Taking a cue from James Baldwin, who found the innocence of privileged white Americans appalling, Patricia Foster has recounted her own trajectory from clueless small-town Southern girl to a hard-won loss of innocence about the reality of racism . . . A stunningly written, unique and vital memoir.” — Phillip Lopate, editor of The Art of the Personal Essay from the Classical Period to the Present In Written in the Sky, Foster provides a double portrait of her family and her native region. A book of deeply personal essays, Foster interrogates the legacy of racial tension in the South and the way race, class, gender, and white privilege are entwined in her family story. Author and memoirist Patricia Foster Interviewing girls at Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee, Alabama, visiting Africatown in Plateau, Alabama, Foster Patricia Foster is the author of All the Lost the National Memorial for Peace and Justice reflects on the racial scars and crossroads Girls (PEN/Jerard Award), Just beneath My in Montgomery, Alabama, and exploring in her southern past as a way to reckon Skin (starred Kirkus Review), Girl from Soldier with the intimate places of her region’s Creek (SFA Fiction Award), and editor of four anthologies, including Minding the Body: wounding and grief. In this story of the South, a sense of place Women Writers on Body and Soul. She has won emerges not only from family histories and a Pushcart, a Florida Arts Council Award, an cultural traditions but also from wrestling Iowa Dean’s Scholar Award, a Clarence Cason with a culture’s irreconcilable ideas; the hard Award, a Yaddo fellowship and many others. push to determine what matters. For Foster, She graduated from the Iowa Writers what matters are the shadow stories beneath Workshop and professor in the MFA Program our mythologies, the complicated and in Nonfiction at the University for 25 years. To learn about the Pat Conroy Literary radiant narratives that must be excavated Center, visit www.patconroyliterarycenter.org and reckoned with.

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Australian Author Catherine M. Walker


he nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host an evening with visiting Australian fantasy novelist Catherine M. Walker, author of the Being of Dreams and Emergence series. Free and open to the public, this author visit will be held on Monday, November 13, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort). Books will be available for sale and signing. Register in advance at 843-379-7025. Walker describes the first three novels in her Being of Dreams series – Shattering Dreams, Path of the Broken, and Elder Born — as an epic fantasy in which the characters are cursed to become either heroes or monsters. Walker’s second series, Emergence, has three novels planned, with the first two, Unwanted and Sacrifice, now available. Walker describes this series as a fantastic world torn by conflict, in

Novelist Catherine Walker

which the Unwanted fight for survival. Readers who enjoy perilous magic, royal intrigue, and tales of betrayal and friendship will find much to savor in these volumes. In addition to discussing her novels, Walker will also share insights into being a self-published international author and her own journey to publication. Catherine M. Walker was born in a small country town in Western Australia. After years of working various jobs and traveling, she has finally returned to her home state and resides in Perth, Western Australia, where she’s settled down to write. Walker has self-published five epic fantasy books and his currently drafting her sixth. To learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center, please visit www.patconroyliterarycenter.org

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Jazzing It Up on Fripp Island By Margit Resch


ho comes to mind when you think of legendary jazz musicians? You are right, there is not enough space on a newspaper page for such a list. But let’s mention just a few to get into the groove: Louis Armstrong with his magic trumpet, who popularized scat singing with his gravelly voice; Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Jazz, who actually transcends jazz, who performed and recorded extensively until the late 1980 and won thirteen Grammy Awards. Nat King Cole, one of the most popular jazz pianists and singers of the 20th century, who sold over 50 million records and inspires musicians to this day. Duke Ellington, probably the greatest jazz composer in history with tunes like Don’t Get Around Much Anymore or Mood Indigo and hundreds of other jazz standards. Billie Holiday, a vocal pioneer who made her debut at age 18 in 1933 with Benny Goodman. Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone. Ok, ok. Enough. Are you now in the jazz mood? Well, you don’t have to go to New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, to treat yourself to a live concert. The fabulous Robert Lewis Quartet, most likely consisting of saxophone, drums, bass and keyboard, is coming to Fripp Island on November 12. This group of jazz musicians is representing a major portion of the current music scene in Charleston—you guessed it: JAZZ! Along with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, of course. According to the Charleston Jazz website, this orchestra “is an entertaining and educational example of the rich history and legacy of jazz in Charleston.” It “has become known for unique, enthusiastically received concerts that contribute mightily to the ever-evolving

Musician Robert Lewis Lowcountry arts scene.” So has the Robert Lewis Quartet, no doubt. Both, the jazz quartet and the jazz orchestra, are directed, not surprisingly, by Robert Lewis, who just loves the sound of jazz, as he put it. “The melodies, harmonic language, and, most importantly, the rhythmic language has captivated me since I was very young. Also, the improvisation that is a requisite part of a jazz performance is extremely satisfying. To compose and perform simultaneously is one of the great joys I find in music, and since the entire group is often improvising there is really a conversation (in music) happening all the time.” Robert Lewis, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator, learned to

play saxophone in middle school. He went on to study classical and jazz saxophone at the University of Idaho and then earned a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Western Michigan University. He has been teaching, performing and composing in the jazz genre for decades and has been serving as the director of jazz studies at the College of Charleston for over twenty years. Being a member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra from its beginning and, thus, participating in its growth into a major arts entity in Charleston has been one of Lewis’s major pleasures, and he was more than honored to be named its director in 2018. Known around the globe as ambassadors of Charleston’s rich musical heritage, the 18-member Charleston Jazz Orchestra is proud to unveil their 15th season this year with unparalleled big band performances. However, Lewis’s greatest achievements are not garnered in the public music arena, so he says, but on the more personal home stage: “Raising a couple of good kids and having a great marriage.” Cheers to you and your family, Robert. Several of the famous jazz musicians listed above said something similar, like Ella Fitzgerald, who was married to Ray Brown, a jazz legend on double bass and cello, and who had a boy named Ray Brown Jr., Ella’s pride and joy, even though he was adopted from her sister Frances. Come and tune in to a jazzy “conversation” amongst the four members of the Robert Lewis Quartet on Sunday, November 12 at 5:00 pm at the Fripp Island Community Centre, 205 Tarpon Boulevard. Attendees get a pass at the Fripp gate. Tickets at the door: adults $30, students free thanks to the Peg Gorham Memorial Fund.

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It is still worth your while to become a member of Fripp Island Friends of Music. Membership gives you access to the remaining four concerts, including the post-performance reception, where you meet the musicians while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared fresh by Harold’s Chef Services. It also helps fund FIFOM’s Music-in-the-Schools program. The basic FIFOM membership, $100, has not changed. It saves you $20 compared to the sum of four $30-tickets. FIFOM is supported by the SC Arts Commission. To become a member, text or call Vanessa Peñaherrera at (704) 807-0255 or email vandy116@gmail.com. Go to www.frippfriendsofmusic.com for more information.

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So Much to be Thankful For!


love November – that crisp air, late fall flowers, slanting sunlight. It even gets a dark early so cocktails come earlier. When . I lived in Massachusetts we had 12 inches e of snow on one Thanksgiving, and I still eloved November. And I am not a fan of the tcolor brown! I like fall foods – apples, anything swith pumpkin spice (sorry), chili, and stews. fI also love Thanksgiving. How can you snot enjoy a holiday when all you have to do is ceat and watch football? No gifts to wrap, .no elaborate decorations, and no huge rexpectations on you to make this the best CChristmas ever. Just eating yummy food. t We are fortunate in this area to have some )very interesting plants that come alive at this .time of the year. Camellia sasanqua is one of rmy favorite shrubs. This camellia blooms in the late fall and early winter. It has smaller flowers and leaves than its cousin Camellia japonica, but I love the early blooms. A variety named “Yuletide” seems to bloom quite early and although it might be done by Christmas, it brightens up the November landscape. The blossoms are bright red with yellow stamens in the center. It is worth noting that all camellias are acid loving so you might wish to give them an occasional dose of a soil acidifier. Our Lowcountry soil tends to be on the acidic side, but camellias tend to love more acid. The phosphorous in our soil can rob the soil of iron so if the leaves of your shrub start to look bleached out or yellow, add some iron. You have probably heard us say time and again that a soil test is a valuable tool to use. Our local Clemson Extension Office has soil test bags and you can drop your sample bags off there as well. One of the most fun things to do this time of the year is to make a foraged arrangement. A foraged arrangement is made from things you find in your yard or in the woods. I find a suitable container and then either use a flower frog (those things with spikes in them that hold flower stems) or I use clear floral tape. I make a grid pattern across the top of the container that will hold the flower stems in place. What to forage? Ornamental grasses have great seedpods this time of the year. Look for Muhly grass that is still pink or white. Northern Sea Oats also has interesting seed heads that look like little fish on wire. Although it is not a native, Pampas grass feathery heads can look attractive in an arrangement. You may find all sorts of interesting grasses growing in vacant lots or on the edges of your property.

Goldenrod may well be still in bloom. I read the other day that the native plant advocate and author of many books, Douglas Tallamy, states that the three most important things that you can plant for pollinators are goldenrod, asters, and sunflowers. I have all three in my garden and I almost got fluttered to death the other day by butterflies flitting about. Goldenrod looks great in an arrangement along with asters and sunflowers. Stems of berries are also wonderful for a pop of color in an arrangement. You may well have a holly bush in your yard that has red berries. I would recommend against using yaupon holly berries. Once inside the house,

they tend to loosen from the stems and fall off making a mess. The berries of Nandina (Sometimes called “Sacred Bamboo” or “Heavenly Bamboo”) are great for arrangements. I would not recommend planting the large variety of Nandina as it has been declared invasive in the southern states. If you do have some, remove the berries and use them in an arrangement. They can be toxic to birds so you are doing them a favor. The newer dwarf varieties of Nandina do not have toxic berries and are not invasive and they do have lovely color in the fall so their leaves can be used. Many of you may have Loropetulum in your yard. It is sometimes referred to as “Chinese fringe flower” and it comes in many varieties from quite large to dwarf. They all have bright purple leaves all year long and look great for a pop of color in fall arrangements or any time of the year for that matter. That is one of my “go to” shrubs when I need fillers in a vase.

By Wendy Hilty

One last thing that is fun to do for arrangements at different times of the year is to collect interesting sticks and spray paint them. I have red and orange sticks for fall and white sticks and branches for winter interest. I also save allium seed heads and spray paint those and use them in arrangements. They look a little like something from outer space, but what a great effect! Enjoy November and try foraging for an inexpensive way to decorate your house for Thanksgiving.

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.

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CLASSES & SEMINARS FREE HYPNOSIS INFORMATION PRESENTATION and guided group meditation workshop. This free session will focus on anxiety reduction and relaxation. Open to the public, Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm EST via Zoom. Learn more and RSVP for Zoom Link at www.guidepathhypnosis.com or contact Chris at chris.guidepath@gmail.com BEAUFORT COUNTY LIBRARY ONGOING PROGRAMS & CLASSES Knitting/Crochet Club 1st Tuesdays @ 2:30; Line Dance Class 1st & 3rd Thursdays @ 3:30; Basic Computer Skills Class Wednesdays @ 9; Hoopla Class 2nd Mondays @ 10 and 4th Wednesdays @ 4; Escape Quest Games daily during library hours; Dungeon & Dragons Teen Club Mondays @ 4; Teen Art Club 1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 4; Teen Anime Club 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 4; Teen Gaming Club 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ 4 FRIDAY SOCIAL DANCES 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 ART LEAGUE OF HH CLASSES & WORKSHOPS 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 and once a month Line Dance is taught. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons. Beginner classes in Jan., Mar, May, and Sep. Open dancing after lessons. Visit www.lowcountryshaggers.com or lowcountryshaggers@aol.com WEDNESDAYS, BEAUFORT SHAG CLUB meets

evenings at AMVETS, 1831 Ribaut Rd., Port Royal from 7-9pm, and the 2nd Sat. of the month 7-10pm. Free lessons to members Sep. to June. Visit The Beaufort Shag Club on Facebook 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.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS EVERY 2ND TUESDAY, SHARING HEARTS SUPPORT GROUP Tell your 10-minute story of a life lesson or healing message using your own song, poetry, reading, art or verbal storytelling. Come away with an uplifting sense of support and connections or to just listen. To register leave voice mail with name, and phone number at 843-5256115 or email reneesutton@healthierhealing.com. Notification will be done of any location change. Free. 2201 Boundary St. #208, Beaufort. 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 SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY: Non-denominational meditation, silent prayer and healing group forming. All welcome. No previous meditation experience needed. Call Michael 843-489-8525 HABITAT RESTORE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS 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 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

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To place your ad call 843-986-9059 or email: Amanda@LCWeekly.com 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 10am to 2pm Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm 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 (706-633-6192) 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 many 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 843592-8453 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 Help-b ings, of Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties,w seeks committee members and chairperson for Healthy Food Program. Funding available to pro-t cure fresh produce and protein for the 60 food pantries and soup kitchens served by Second Helpings.m Contact Exec. Dir. Lili Coleman, 843-689-3616 orw execdirector@secondhelpingslc.org


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

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


THE LITERACY CENTER is seeking volunteers toe tutor adults in reading, writing, math and ESL. Students hope to acquire skills to pursue life goals, sup-w port families, and contribute to our community.w 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 10am-4:30pm 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 At Shell Point Baptist Church Saturdays for “Celebrate Recovery”, addressing life’s problems and looking to scripture for solutions. Meal at 6pm; Praise and Worship 6:30pm; Small Groups at 7:15pm. 871 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. Info at 843-592-1046.

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Childhood Questions


s children, my wife Doris and I had different kinds of things on our minds and asked different sorts of questions. She tells me that before bedtime, she would sit on her mom’s bed while her mother prayed for angels to watch over her as she slept. When it was time for Doris to climb down from her mother’s bed and go to her room, Doris wondered if the angels called in to watch over her stayed around her mother’s bed or came with her, where they could maintain their vigil throughout the night. She slept better when she settled on the latter notion. My questions were of a different sort. Good Hoosiers that they were, my parents cooked a big pot of ham and beans for dinner at least once a week and sometimes more often. This often had the expected effect on my youthful digestive tract. On a day after such a filling meal, while walking in a line of students from my kindergarten building to the main school, when an expected, related incident occurred (and I ask you here: how does one write for a sophisticated and genteel audience about the digestive issues most of us share but are embarrassed to talk about?), I was left wondering if the resulting odor traveled with me as I walked on or if it stayed more



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or less where the incident had occurred. If the former, then I would be responsible for its existence and need to develop an act of denial, either detecting the scent myself and demanding the culprit to own it publicly, or showing no sign of sensing a bad smell and hoping my classmates had enough couth to do likewise. If the latter, then I could hope that those who came behind me in line might be accused of the deed and have to deal with the consequences. I’ve lately wondered if the different sorts of things on our minds as children reflect important, basic differences in Doris’s and my character. That’s probably the case, I’m thinking.

Donald Wright retired from SUNY-Cortland after 31 years as a professor of African history. He has authored of half a dozen books, held Fulbright, Rockefeller Foundation, and NEH Fellowships, and lectured in South Africa, China, and cruises along Africa's Atlantic coast. He lives with his wife, Doris, in Beaufort.

11/24 The Last Waltz Ensemble, 11/25 Runaway Gin. (843) 571-4343 or www.charlestonpourhouse.com

Center, 601 Bladen St., Beaufort. Books available for sale and signing. Please register in advance at 843-379-7025.

Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms. 11/10 Tyler Braden, 11/24 Andrew Beam. (843) 886-8596 or www.the-windjammer.com

Wed 11/15, Evening with Patricia Foster, author of Written in the Sky: Lessons of a Southern Daughter, at 5 pm at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, 601 Bladen St., Beaufort. Books available for sale and signing. Please call to reserve your seat: 843-379-7025.

MUSIC Sun 11/12, USCB Chamber Music 44th Season Opening Concert. Hosted by Artistic Director, pianist Andrew Armstrong, 5 pm at USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St, Beaufort. For concert, event, or ticket information, go to www. uscbchambermusic.com or call 843-208-8246. Sun 11/12, Robert Lewis Quartet concert at the Fripp Island Community Centre at 5 pm. Reception to follow. For more info, visit www.frippfriendsofmusic.com Thur 11/23, A Gullah Christmas, featuring Dr. Marlena Smalls & The Hallelujah Singers, 6 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 907 Craven St., Beaufort. Free to the public.

BEAUFORT/PORT ROYAL 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. Mondays-25% off Burgers! Tuesdays – 25% off Shrimp & Chips Baskets! Wednesdays-25% off Philly Cheese Steaks! Wednesdays, Friday & Saturday - Karaoke. (843) 379-7676 or Rosie's on Facebook. Saltus River Grill, 802 Bay St, Beaufort. (843) 3793474 or www.saltusrivergrill.com

BLUFFTON/HILTON HEAD 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. 11/8 Lavon Stevens with Kebbi Williams, 11/10 & 11/11 Edwin G. Hamilton Quintet, 11/15 Bobby Ryder, 11/17 & 11/18 Joe Alterman Trio, 11/22 Lavon Stevens with Kebbi Williams, 11/23 CLOSED for Thanksgiving, 11/24 & 11/25 Noel Freidline & Martin Lesch. (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

OUT OF TOWN The Music Farm, 32 Ann Street, Charleston. 11/10 Pop Evil with Fame on Fire; Lylvc, 11/11 Under the Sea Rave, 11/12 Myron Elkins, 11/14 Roosevelt; Kenzo Cregan, 11/17 Varietopia; Paul F. Thompkins, 11/18 Casey Donahew; Grayson Little, 11/24 Hail the Sun; Kaonashi; Zeta; Grasslands, 11/25 Shrek Rave, 11/26 Leanna Firestone; Abby Cates; Sydney Rose. (843) 408-1599 or www.musicfarm.com The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston. 11/8 Shadowgrass & Dirty Grass Players, 11/9 Rubblebucket; Dante Elephante, 11/10 Interstellar Echoes - Floyd tribute, 11/11 Funk You; The Talismen, 11/12 Lespecial; Tand, 11/14 Ryan Montbleau Band; Brooks Forsyth, 11/15 & 11/16 Spafford, 11/17 & 11/18 Mo Lowda & the Humble; Brave Baby; Illiterate Light, 11/19 Vincent Neil Emerson; Nat Myers,

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THEATER/FILM/DANCE 11/10 - 11/12 & 11/17 - 11/19, The Nutcracker, presented by Hilton Head Dance Theatre. Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. www.hiltonheaddance.com 843-842-3262 11/18 & 11/19, Beaufort Community Nutcracker performance at Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center. Featuring 90 local dancers and three visiting professionals. Dancers will take the stage on Sat at 1 pm and 6:30 pm, and Sun at 2:30 pm. For more info, contact nutcrackerboardmembers@gmail.com 11/29, 11/30 &12/2, Little Women presented by Hilton Head Christian Academy’s theater department. 7 pm each night at HHCA's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $18 for adults, and can be purchased at www.hhca.org

GALLERIES/ART Now – 12/18, Super-Natural, an exhibit of artwork by Susanna Glattly and Gary Geboy at USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St, Beaufort. Opening reception Thur 10/19 from 5:30 – 7pm. www.uscbcenterforthearts.com Now – 2/10/24, Anonymous Ancestors at Morris Center in Ridgeland. Artist Susan Lenz uses hundreds of anonymous vintage photographs, letters, and printed materials to form a societal family tree. www.morrisheritagecenter.org Now – 3/24, Intimate Oceans: Coral in Contemporary Art at Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head. 70 Honey Horn Dr., Hilton Head. 843-689-6767. www.coastaldiscovery.org 11/13 – 12/23, SOBA Holiday Market at the Society of Bluffton Artists gallery, 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. www.sobagallery.com 11/14 – 12/30, Holiday Gallery of Gifts, at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. www.artleaguehhi.org

BOOKS & WRITERS Mon 11/13, Evening with Catherine M. Walker, author of the Being of Dreams and Emergence series. Free and open to the public, 5 – 6:30pm at the Pat Conroy Literary

Sat 12/2, Beaufort Chamber Orchestra ‘Holiday Celebration’ featuring Nutcracker Dances and Holiday Pops. Two concerts – 3 pm and 7:30 pm – at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. $45/$15 for students/$35 active military. www.beaufortorchestra.org 12/9 & 12/10, Holiday I.D.E.A. A concert produced by the Gullah Latino Advisory Council at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Two performances – Sat at 7pm and Sun at 4pm. Tickets are $20 (+fees). For Tickets, go to www.lowcountrydiversity.org

OTHER EVENTS 11/9 – 11/11, 39th Annual Heritage Days Celebration at Penn Center. Three days of music, food, art, performances, seminars, and more! For a full schedule of events, visit www.penncenter.com Sat 11/11, Lady’s Island Garden Club 3rd Annual Baked Goods and Fall Floral Arrangements Sale, 10am-2pm, in front of Grayco Hardware and Home at 136 Sea Island Parkway. Cash and checks accepted. Sat 11/11, Veterans Day Celebration hosted by the Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). HiltonHead Island Veterans Memorial Park, 59 Shelter Cove Lane. In case of inclement weather, it will be at St Andrew bythe-Sea United Methodist Church, 20 Pope Avenue.

11/17 – 11/19, 22nd Annual Beaufort Homes for the Holidays, sponsored by St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Walking tour of 6 beautiful homes on Distant Island, decorated for the holiday season, starting with a Candlelight Tour on Friday. For a full schedule, visit www.beauforthomesfortheholidays.com

Sat 11/18, Christmas Holiday Market in Yemassee. Three stores – Lowcountry Living Room, Fletcher’s Rug Co & General Store, Barracks Antique Mall – all within a half mile of each other.

Sat 11/18, Annual Sheldon Township Community Forum, “Achieving Our Best: Celebrating the Next Generation of Leaders.” 8am – 12pm at the James J. Davis Early Childhood Center located at 364 Keans Neck Road, Seabrook. This FREE event includes community resources, a continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes, and childcare provided throughout the program. No pre-registration required.

Thur 11/23, 44th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by St. Helena’s Anglican Church. For the first year ever, the service will happen at the Old Grace Chapel AME, 502 Charles St, at 10:30 am, followed by a Thanksgiving dinner at nearby St. Helena’s Parish Hall, 507 Newcastle St. in Downtown Beaufort. All are invited! Meals are free but donations are welcome. For more info, call 843-522-1712.

First Saturday of the 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.

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

Ongoing, Beaufort Tree Walk by the Lady’s Island Garden Club through the historic Old Point enjoying some unique and noteworthy trees. Takes about an hour and is a little over a mile, starting at the corner of Craven & Carteret Streets and ending in Waterfront Park. Booklets with a map and info about each tree available FREE at the Visitors Center in the historic Arsenal on Craven Street.

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