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Featured How Long is Too Long? by Janey Womeldorf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Elusive PB & J by Beth M. Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Flashback by Amanda Kenco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Marital Bliss by Diane DeVaughn Stokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Alone Together by Melissa Face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The First Thirty Four Years of Marriage Are the Hardest by Ann Ipock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Southern Snaps by Leslie Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Costume Crazy by Erin Spatz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 A Sinatra Type of Halloween by Felice Prager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Summer in Seward by Val Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Sasee Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

In This Issue Read It! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 It’s by your side I make my Home: Bridal Guide Fall 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Rock and Roll Celebration: Janice Vest, Hard Rock Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Fall 2014 Wedding Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Bringing Words to Life: Sandy Bonner, Georgetown Literacy Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Creative Additions: Nancy Rudd, The Accessory Cottage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Keeping Homes Beautiful: Charles Biddix, Palmetto Ace Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 October Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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letter from the editor Cooler weather means the end of my typical summer activities, but this time of year I always find myself enjoying being at home in comfortable clothes doing things I put off during the summer – and not just deep cleaning either, even though I will get around to that as well. Rearranging furniture, making small changes in my décor, even starting (and hopefully finishing) a small home improvement project are all a part of my fall routine, reminding me of how much I love my little house. Next on the list is clothes – going through my fall and winter things and thinking about what I might wear to upcoming holiday parties and gatherings of friends. Never much of a shopper, I do love to dress up occasionally and have found something nice for the Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala, the opening event for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art (PIFMA), a music and arts festival Strand Media Group manages each year. This month, the Sasee staff will all be working hard to make the 24th season of PIFMA a huge success. Through October 12th, at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, an amazing roster of concerts will be presented. I hope you’ll join us for one of more of these events – if you come, please stop and say hello. Happy Halloween!

RE: “Just Blame It on Your Childhood,” by Susan DeBow I enjoy most every article in Sasee, but YOUR style of writing is so cathartic I can’t even explain how great it makes me feel. It’s a combination of truth, life, humor, irreverence and poignancy all rolled into one. THANK YOU! – Margarete

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Cold Feet, by Kevin Meredith The world of fine art started for Kevin Meredith at the University Of Kansas School Of Fine Art and begins again with each empty canvas in front of him. While the artist has no preference in subject matter, it must evoke an emotion or tell a story. Still life painting is the exception – it is hard to make an apple smile back at you! Growing up in the Midwest on a small dairy farm allowed Kevin, from a very young age, to learn about the richness of hard work and has in some ways provided a framework for the development of his vivid imagination. Just going to town was an event. Kevin and his wife are recent transplants to San Antonio Texas, and the artist feels inspired by this change of scenery. To see more of Kevin’s work, visit kevinmeredith.etsy.com or email meredithpcf@gmail.com. He welcomes all commission work.

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How Long is Too Long? by Janey Womeldorf

How long is too long for company to stay? There’s an old adage that says, “Fish and visitors both begin to smell after three days.” Before I address this, let me remind my houseguests who stayed way longer than three days, often for weeks at a time, all of us squashed into our cramped, two-bedroom apartment, bodies sometimes spilling over into the living room to sleep, I love you. More importantly, you love me. Back to the expression at hand: First, I’ve smelled three-day old fish. Admittedly you reel backwards when that initial blast of fishy odor smacks your nostrils, but it’s nothing that a serious hit of spicy seasoning and some after-dinner mouthwash can’t cure. Now compare the inconvenience of the house that reeks of fish which has permeated even the shower curtains to the intrusion of the we’ll-beno-fuss company who want to live under your roof with you for three delightful weeks, and it’s a no brainer: Of course I’ll choose company. In the big picture, family, friends and shared memories are what life is all about. I stand, my tail between my legs though, as I confess this: Whether entertaining friends for a night or hosting family for a month, there is a shameful sense of relief that consumes you that moment after you wave goodbye, close the front door, turn around and breathe in the silence. Your work is done, and you feel your entire body sigh. What’s puzzling is how this bodily sigh of relief intensifies as I get older. In my twenties, having a house bulging with guests was fun, hectic and exhilarating; at 50, it’s welcome, but exhausting. We recently hosted visitors for six weeks, and the evening they left, my husband and I shared a bottle of wine then collapsed into bed, shattered. The next day, we melted into our recliners and immersed our lethargic brains and flagging bodies in peace, TV and calm. Our house-guest jetlag was so bad, it was an effort to even shower and get dressed; even moving to the dining table was too draining, so we ordered pizza. And thank goodness for portable phones so, one, we didn’t have to move from our comfy respites, or two, overly exert our index finger. We napped, read and piddled around all day; it was heavenly. Our depleted energy levels improved slightly on Sunday but still not enough to muster up a meal, forcing us to face the outside world in search of someone to cook for us. Don’t get me wrong: I love my family and friends. When they are here, I cherish their company but as soon as they leave, I crave the therapeutic and familiar routines my husband and I have crafted over the years – especially the mornings. On our days off, mornings evolve at wake speed with caffeine at the helm. The pace is leisurely, breakfast is low key and music is loud enough to soothe, but quiet enough not to disturb. We read the paper, catch up on e-mail, surf for nothing in particular, and murmur occasional nothings to each other. We are in our blissfully calm Neverland, enjoying the reward of making it through another week.

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Workdays paint a different picture. Mornings are scheduled down to the minute leaving zero room for conversations beyond single sentences – easy between couples; painful with company. It’s not that I don’t want to hear your weird dream about your old high-school teacher coming to dinner but the clock’s ticking. Consequently, I regularly cut guests off mid-stream only to drive to work frazzled, guilty and late. The fact is, whether you are entertaining company for a night or for a month, it takes time and effort and not just when they are there. It starts before they arrive – nothing makes you clean like company. “Don’t use that toilet I’ve just cleaned it. Use ours,” I tell my husband. My Mum is a dust fanatic. Before her recent visit, I vacuumed the ceiling fans, attacked the top of the fridge, and because she likes to open the window at night, I cleaned the grime that collects in the space between the window and the screen. I even ironed pillow cases for one guest, until my sister told me to get a life. Then they leave – and it’s round two: You strip beds, wash sheets, clean toilets, scrub tubs, replace furniture, re-store the table leaf, move chairs, wash towels, dry sheets and remake the beds. Finally, the satisfying smell of clean lingers in the air, and you head back to the kitchen to reward your hard work with a calming cup of tea which you sip alone, as you savor the quiet time. The irony is, two hours or two days later, the same silence no longer soothes you. Emptiness permeates every orifice of the house, and your body sighs again. Not one of relief like when they left, or one of satisfaction after you got your house back together, but one tinged with melancholy. Then it hits you – you miss them. You chuckle as you recall the hour you spent trying to take a group selfie and wondering how everybody else makes it look so easy. Or being doubled-up in laughter that afternoon you all made soft pretzels, and someone’s dough went airborne and landed on the fridge door. Or the morning, you were so engrossed in conversation you left the house with your slippers on. Suddenly, the preparation, intrusion, noise and chaos are long gone, and now you just feel honored they even wanted to stay as long as they did. The fact is, I have never regretted a single night, week or month that family or friends have spent with us. Spending time with loved ones is a gift, and nothing beats those precious moments that you know you will remember forever. They are unique, special Janey Womeldorf prefers the cone to the ice and priceless. cream, loves elastic, and spends more than she And, depending cares to admit on Starbucks’ lattes. She scribon how long they stay, bles away in Orlando, Florida. smell free.

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The Elusive PB & J by Beth M. Wood

Sitting on the living room floor with our family history folded, wrapped and packed up around me, I reminded myself yet again that this move was for the best. I had packed up each picture frame, wrapped dishes and glass in paper, and taken family portraits and framed artwork down from the walls we’d painted together. I left indents in the carpeting where the reading chair used to be, where our king sized bed stood. I swept up the crumbs from the birthday parties, wiped the fingerprints from the walls and the peanut butter from the handle of the fridge door. And put a sign in the yard. I’d wanted a home of my own since 1985. It was the year a cult-classic starring the “brat pack” came out in theaters; St. Elmo’s Fire – a movie about young twenty-somethings finding their own way. One of the characters, Wendy, had finally mustered the courage to move into her own apartment. Ya wanna know what’s great? she says to her friends in the movie, Last night I woke up in the middle of the night to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…and ya know, it was my kitchen, it was my refrigerator, it was my apartment… and it was the BEST peanut butter and jelly sandwich I have had in my entire life. I was 13 when I saw that movie for the first time. And I couldn’t wait to live on my own: To taste that perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At 19, I got the chance. My best friend and I took a one-year lease on an apartment a mile away from my family home. I spent my mornings in school and my afternoons and evenings waiting tables to pay the rent. Other than sleeping, I didn’t spend much time there. I did keep jelly in the fridge, and peanut butter in the cabinet, and did make a PB & J after work occasionally, but it never held the thrill of the one in the movie. My PB & Js were always dry. And my life was certainly no St. Elmo’s Fire. At the end of our one-year lease, my roommate moved on. And me? I moved back in with Mom. I just wasn’t ready to make a home of my own. Soon after, I met my future husband, and by the time I was 21 we had moved into his house together – a little bungalow in the city. Two years later, we got married and moved again, this time to a three-bedroom ranch with a nice backyard – big enough for a family. We moved twice more with the birth of two more children. Finally, with two growing boys and a baby girl, our family was complete. As our babies grew, we gave away the training wheels and baby books. We painted over the stenciled dinosaurs, took down the nursery drapes, tore up the flooring, knocked down walls, added new ones, put in an in-ground pool and fenced ourselves in a warm, toasty home. This was the home our family created. So when we separated, and my kids struggled with the pain of their father moving out, and their mother stressing out trying to hold down the fort with a one year-old baby in tow, the last thing I wanted was to leave our home. They’d just changed schools a few months before; I didn’t want to force them to accept more change. I was desperately trying to keep our house feeling like a home, despite the sadness, stress and grief. The longer I tried to make it work, the more I realized that I couldn’t

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afford the house payment and the second mortgage. I couldn’t handle the upkeep of a huge backyard and in-ground pool. But the thought of moving was nerve racking. How could I move my kids to a strange house and ask them to start over? How could I ask them to call someplace else home? This was home. Hadn’t they suffered enough? We’d already torn apart their world by breaking up our family unit. We’d built a life in that house. It was our home. But here I sat, surrounded by memories from 12 years of marriage, reminders of a family that was no longer. We’d made so many changes; always painting, remodeling or refinishing. The fancy in-ground pool covered up a huge, flat lawn, with thick, soft grass – perfect for running and tumbling, catching fireflies and playing kickball. The family room addition gave us more room to stretch out, but took away our “cuddle” space. We’d knocked down the dining room wall and extended the kitchen, taking away the formality of holidays and special occasions. And it dawned on me that in our quest for better, nicer, bigger, we had lost sight of the fact that we already had it all. I found a house just across town that suited the four of us perfectly. The smaller lot meant less time spent on yard work. A newer house with remodeled kitchen and bathrooms meant less money fixing or replacing old appliances and wiring. We’ve been here five years now, and some walls are still blank, windows unadorned. But as I work and save up to purchase each piece of furniture or artwork, I realize that these things are just that – things. They are nice touches to a house, but they do not make a home. I have learned that while I enjoy having a nice house, the only changes I need to make are inside – my mind, my heart. As long as we have a couch for cuddling, a bed for dreaming, a gathering place to eat dinner together, and a patch of grass for cloud watching or star-gazing, we have a home. I’m still not a huge fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But this life of mine isn’t a Hollywood movie. It took me twenty years and many houses, but now I know…when my kids and I cuddle up on the couch, with the lights low and a favorite movie playing, shooting light across each of their smiling faces, that’s when I get my “PB & J” moment, and I know…I’m home.

Beth M. Wood Beth M. Wood is an award-winning marketer, freelance writer and mom of three. Her social media addiction pays the bills and steady copywriting gigs feed her shopping habit. She blogs about marketing and social media at bethmwoodblog.com, digresses about life and parenting at bethmwood.blogspot.com and tweets @a1972bmw.


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This morning I’m sitting in a coffee shop after meeting some other marketing peeps, catching up about people to know, what to do, what bullshit works, what doesn’t. It’s been a while since I’ve visited this particular coffee shop. I haven’t purposefully been avoiding it, but based on my last experience, I probably should, and sitting here has brought back one particular “flash” back. Don’t get me wrong the service is great, and my Peppermint Mocha fancy pants $5 overpriced coffee is delish (don’t ask me what size because I still don’t understand the whole “tall, grande, super gigantee,” snooty size system they have). But, the last time I was here was a visit I will never forget. I’ve been selling advertising in a local magazine for many years. And about a year ago or so, I had the final layout of the magazine to proof. I found myself a nice quiet corner to sit and get my work done. It was a very cold day – which in Charleston, South Carolina, means it’s below 60 degrees. I mean, I had to put on a sweater and everything. So we’re talking super cold. Like I said it was a cold day for our little sub-tropical paradise, and everyone was bundled up. A gentleman came in and sat at the table next to me. He was wearing those super short running shorts; you know – the kind Richard Simmons wears. And I thought, “Gosh, he must be cold,” and went right back to my work. He was reading the newspaper, and every once in a while I would glance up, and we would make eye contact. He never smiled or said anything, and he would return to his paper and I’d return to my work. As I sat there working, things started to change, and when I say change, I mean CHANGE. I glanced up and noticed part of his BALLS hanging out of the bottom of his shorts. “Okay, stay calm;” I told myself, “surely he doesn’t know his balls are hanging out of those ridiculously short shorts.” I quickly averted my eyes and returned to the work at hand. I put my hand on my forehead to shade my eyes so I wouldn’t accidentally look at him. On a side note, I have a major staring problem. It can be anything unusual or out of the ordinary, and try as I might I just can’t help but stare. One time in 6th grade, we had a new student come to our class. He was fresh off the boat from China and did not speak one word of English. He was also 14 years old and wearing a lettermen’s jacket that had a big old Chinese letter on it. I was completely fascinated. I’d met people from foreign countries before, but never anyone so new and different. His name was Ying Hua, and our teacher introduced him and asked us to all make him feel welcome. He sat two rows behind me, and once he entered the room I could NOT take my eyes off of him. I literally was turning around so I could get a good look and soak it all in. And soak it in I did! I remember his shiny black hair, cut in a bowl hair cut. He had red shoes and the lettermen’s jacket was gray – and if I could read Chinese I’m certain I could tell you exactly what letter was on his jacket. But, as we all know, staring is rude. Poor Ying Hua, as if he didn’t feel out of place enough, here was this weirdo girl turned around staring at him like

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he’d just come from Mars. Well after what seemed like an eternity (to him at least and not nearly long enough for me), I’m sure it was less than a minute, my teacher quickly corrected me and told me to STOP staring at him. Okay – hint taken. I turned around but took every chance to steal a look in his direction. This is just one example of my staring problem, I’m sure there are many others, but that’s not what this piece is about. Anyway, back to inappropriate shorts man. I was about half way through proofing the magazine, and I looked up just to have a little mental break. Well now I notice it is not just his balls hanging out – but the tip of his penis is peaking out of his shorts as well! “Surely, he just doesn’t know,” I told myself in a desperate effort to calm myself. So the hand returned to the forehead, and I went back to proofing. I was getting close to being finished and sat up straight to stretch my back and look around and then I SAW IT! The thing I can NEVER UNSEE! He was sitting two feet from me with his shorty shorts pulled down, and his penis pulled out just going to town and looking right at me! WTH? I stood up and yelled, “OH MY GOD!” and quickly pushed passed him, scared out of my wits and went running to the safety of the effeminate barista. In broken, breathless words I yelled, “There’s a man masturbating upstairs!” Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the gentleman (yes, I use the term loosely) go darting out of the shop. Actually, it is sort of impressive that he could go from masturbating with a full on hard-on to sprinting in a split second, so I guess I should give him props for that. The barista turned to his fellow coffee co-workers and yelled, “He’s BACK!” He’s BACK? What the hell? This man is here on a regular basis beating off? Does he have a coffee fetish? They called the police, and an officer came to interview me for all the details…what did he look like, how tall, who were his parents, where did he go to school, is he saving for retirement? Shoot, I don’t know how to describe this man at all! All I know for certain is that he was wearing shorts, and his PENIS was out! I really can’t tell you any more than that. Despite my staring problem, I was not looking at his face, and so that information was not emblazoned in my mind. The officer went on to tell me that this particular gentleman had pulled (no pun intended) this stunt in several other area coffee shops. So, I guess he did have some kind of coffee fetish – weird huh?

Amanda Kenco Amanda is an actor and blogger who believes that if you don’t have a sense of humor, you should take your toys and go home. Please follow her on twitter @amandakenco. Also, follow her blog at: www.amandakenco.wordpress.com.


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Marital Bliss

by Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Chuck and I have just celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. While we were having dinner in a local restaurant last week, the waiter asked us how we made our marriage last so long. I knew right away how Chuck was going to respond because I’ve heard his little joke a thousand times over the years: His answer was, “Yes, dear. Whatever you say, dear. How could I be so stupid, dear?” Yet, for the first time I realized that it was so true! Chuck was right. These words have helped our marriage. Maybe he wasn’t joking all this time! Early on during our courtship, we had a friendship first. Working together at WPDE-TV 15 gave us an opportunity to get to know each other and develop a respect for each other long before cupid sent his arrow into our hearts. That has been simply essential throughout our life together. We started out as friends, and we are still friends, and we continue to work together everyday, proud of the business we’ve built without any investors: Just us, and the bank! For many couples, working side by side does not work. The stress causes them to fall apart. For us, it has been a blessing. In 1995, after years of paying on the lot, we built a house that we live in to this day. Many of our friends asked us if we were building our dream house. I replied that I never dreamed I’d ever build a house. All I ever wanted was to own a house. Chuck felt the same way. This was more than we ever had dreamed. Friends told us that building a house could destroy a marriage because of all the stress involved. Ironically, it bolstered ours. We were so proud of every rafter. When we first decided to pursue fertility treatments, friends and even the physician warned us that patience with the process, as well as with each other, was needed as this kind of pressure could rupture the best of marriages. They had seen it happen many times. However, those very stressful four years may have left us childless, but our relationship was amazingly strengthened. We both understood that this was not in God’s plan for us, and we had to move forward with faith and love. Last year we attended a wedding in Charleston where we listened to

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the most beautiful ceremony we had ever heard. The minister spoke to the bride and groom and said there are three words that will always save any marriage from destruction. I’m sure everyone in the church was thinking, “I love you.” But the minister’s words were, “Be kind, friends.” He explained that if you are always kind to each other and talk to each other as you would to a friend, you would never go wrong. He went on to say that being kind shows respect for each other and even though there will always be disagreements, there will never be anger or malice if you remember to “Be kind, friends.” So in many ways, Chuck’s little joke had it right all along –“Yes, dear. Whatever you say, dear. How could I be so stupid, dear?” Whenever we were heading towards a disagreement during our stressful times, Chuck repeated this mantra, and now I realize he was actually being kind. He wasn’t being a wimp, but rather chose to prevent arguments by choosing not to argue. Most of all, he knew that those lines always cracked me up. Laughter really is the best “medicine” even for a marriage that is already in perfect health! Ours is marital bliss, sealed with a kiss.

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Alone Together by Melissa Face

“What’s it like?” my mom asked, wanting to know a bit about our anniversary cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “Well, if you’re looking to reconnect with your spouse, this is the place,” I explained. “There’s not much else to connect to. Certainly not Wi-Fi!” I’m not so attached to my devices that I can’t handle a few days without an internet connection. I have books, magazines, paper and pen. And I have my spouse, my husband of ten years. We are here to celebrate a decade of marriage and spend uninterrupted time together. And at first glance, it looks like we chose the perfect location. My husband and I have been married for ten years. In the past four, we have brought two children into the world. They are beautiful and precious in every way possible. We enjoy feeding them, bathing them and playing with them. If we are not working, we are spending time with our children. We are doing exactly what we hoped we would be doing at this stage of our lives. We are completely grateful, but utterly exhausted. When my parents agreed to keep our beloved bundles so we could get away for our anniversary, we started hunting for an ideal setting. Craig wanted a place with a fire pit; I wanted a hot tub. We both wanted quiet and privacy. We found a cabin north of Charlottesville that had all of that and a pool table. We reserved it. For a couple months, I have looked forward to our anniversary escape. I have longed to relax in the hot tub, talk by the fire pit and sip coffee on the front porch. But more importantly, I have been anxious to reconnect with the man I fell in love with and devoted myself to. In recent years, my husband and I have behaved more like teammates than spouses. I hate to even commit that thought to paper, but it’s true. I think most couples would like others to believe that their lives drip of romance, and their spouses shower them with rose petals when they walk through the door each evening. But this is how married life really is – for us anyway. When my husband pulls in the driveway, I wait to see how long it takes him to get out of the car and walk up the steps. I am annoyed if he has to stop and do something completely selfish like bring in the trash can or wipe wet grass off his shoes. He is supposed to come inside immediately and help me. When he enters the house, I regard him as a lifeguard throwing me a raft. I am grateful to be rescued, and I take a

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moment to use the restroom, return a few calls, and change my clothes. We spend the rest of the evening like two members of a relay race – exchanging children, trading chores and swapping roles. Right before we call it a night, we might have time to discuss our day or watch a sitcom, but not always. For the most part, we have gotten this parenting thing down pat. But in the midst, we lost sight of each other. I no longer want to be a wife who resents her husband for stopping to get a burger on his way home from work. I can’t believe this is who I have become. I have allowed life’s stresses to get in the way of loving, but now we have the chance to regroup, renew and reconnect. That is just what we do. We spend four uninterrupted days in our cabin named, oh so aptly, Mountain Paradise. I watch my husband build a fire and prepare steaks on the grill. We drink wine, discuss our dreams and enjoy one another. For thirty-six hours we don’t hear the slightest hum of a car engine, and our only visitor is a squirrel. There are no glares from streetlights or glows from distant cabins. We are finally alone again, together. Our retreat ends too quickly, and we are on our way back to our children, our realities. But we vow that things will be different from now on. We promise to take time for each other more often, to remember that in addition to being parents, we are people. We are people who chose each other, people who love each other and people who need each other. We renew our original commitments and make a new one: to escape for a while each year, alone, together.

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The First Thirty Four Years of Marriage Are the Hardest by Ann Ipock

According to Susan Miller, founder of Astrology Zone, a Virgo (me) and a Gemini (hub Russ) should actually click! Hold on a minute: Did she say click or clash? Though I’m not sure I agree with the following statement, she says, “You have so many things in common, you may find you are a bit too much alike!” Well, if that’s true, how come we’re so different? Case in point: At bedtime, he turns up the air conditioning to 76. I go behind him and turn it down to 70. He then goes behind me again – well, you get the point. Yeah, we’re alike alright – in that we’re both extremely determined. Today he threw out about forty heavy, plastic coat hangers (from cleaning out a closet recently) that are perfectly good. I planned to donate them to Vintage Values, a nonprofit, which helps run the local domestic shelter. But I didn’t say a word. I just picked them up out of the recycling bin (in the garage) and moved them to a safe place. We do that. It’s kind of like Peter Sellers of Pink Panther and Cato, Sellers’ sidekick, except with us it’s not physical as much as it is mental. You know, it almost didn’t happen: our marriage, that is. Hub Russ and I dated in 1979 a few times, but the relationship nearly ended when he told me his job was being relocated from our home town of Jacksonville, North Carolina, to – of all places – Conway, South Carolina, (easily a four hour commute). He said he’d call me if he came back to visit. Then, a few weeks later, I literally bumped into him at the post office as he was walking in, and I was walking out. It turned out his transfer didn’t go through. The rest is history – or is it? More like a mystery! After a three-month whirlwind relationship, we became engaged, then married four months later. Who would’ve guessed six years later, we would move to Myrtle Beach, living in South Carolina a full twenty years before returning to North Carolina once again? Our marriage can be summed up like this riddle: “One of these is not like the other one.” Heck, it’s our mission statement! I tell Russell, “You knew I was crazy when you married me, and you did it anyway.” It’s true that I couldn’t be any more abnormal, quirky or different. I don’t know why. Scientists haven’t yet isolated that gene. I wonder if they ever will. But don’t get me wrong. Russell isn’t exactly normal either. What is normal, I wonder? Anybody that wears golf shirts to sleep (I hate that), or worse yet, wears bedroom slippers and a white undershirt to the grocery store – only after dark, (I hate that too), isn’t “all there” either. The other day, as we sat in a well-known restaurant, we were served after-dinner mints along with the bill. (Something else I’ve wondered about: Do they think these sweet treats will soften the blow of the money we’re

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spending? For instance, “Oh, Tamara, is this peach tea really over $3.00 with tax? Seems a little high to me! Wait! Never mind, I love these Andes mints! It was worth it!” Nope, not gonna happen.) That day; however, I opened my dark chocolate candy and let out a sensuous, “Mmmmmm….” In the middle of my fifth “M” Russell said, right out of the blue, “See! That’s what I mean about you and me being different,” “Huh?” I said. “Look!” he pointed out how I balled up the foil wrapper quite haphazardly and threw it down. “So?” I said. Then he pointed out his wrapper, neatly folded, not once, not twice, but perhaps a dozen times until it was the size of a mustard seed. Big deal! I wasn’t impressed. I mean, it’s not like a virtue or anything. He couldn’t win a contest or impress anyone with this non-skill. What it did show me is that he must’ve rolled up a heck of a lot of spitballs in his youth; or maybe he folded them square-like, for an even greater impact. That’s fine if you’re into origami. I’m not. As we’ve gotten older, we’ve both starting ignoring lots of irritating, little habits. His chewing ice still drives me bonkers, but he asked me recently why I don’t fuss at his golfing buddy when he does this. Good question, so I quit. My leaving the microwave on, after I remove the dish with ten seconds left, blinking the number “10” wildly, doesn’t make him complain anymore either. He just hits “cancel” and goes on about his business. It’s like I told my best friend the other day, the first thirty-four years of marriage are the hardest. After that you’re too tired, numb, Ann Ipock is a Wilmington, North Carolina, author, crazy (or, you speaker and humorist, who is shoe-obsessed and a fill in the recovering wannabe Debutante. After getting the mayblank) to argue or’s mustache caught in her dental hygiene polisher, any more. she turned to writing. Hubby Russell calls her a “legThen it gets end in her own mind.” They have two daughters and easier! two granddaughters. Life Is Short, I Wish I Was Taller is her third book. Visit her website at www.annipock.com

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Hard Rock Café When did you move to the area? What do you love about living here? I moved here nearly 10 years ago and didn’t know a soul! I had vacationed here just once during bike week 2005 and fell in love with the people and the energy. Within a few days, we had returned to New Jersey, sold the house very quickly and came to Myrtle Beach with no jobs and no friends. It was a leap of faith I have never regretted. My friend, photographer Jack Thompson, once told me, “Myrtle Beach is seductive,” and he is right! Myrtle Beach became home immediately. Tell us a little about your home. What’s your favorite room? My new husband (we just got married in May of this year) and I are currently house hunting, but wherever I live, my favorite spot is the outdoor area. We love being outside and both love gardening and working around the house. We currently live in a condo with my 11 year old son. I also have two older boys, ages 28 and 30, who live in New Jersey. What would your dream home look like? It would have lots of windows and be in the mountains overlooking water. I’ve always had this idyllic picture of the perfect home in my mind…an A-frame style house in the mountains with lots of windows. How wonderfully peaceful to sit and watch the snow fall in the winter while sitting in front of a fire. Of course, we live at the beach, so our current house hunt is a more traditional ranch. Where did you get married? Did you go on a honeymoon? Our wedding was held at Surfside United Methodist Church outside in the courtyard. It was perfect. We went to Savannah for a few days, but are taking a cruise to the Bahamas in March. My husband is a 35 year career fireman and currently works for the City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department. Both my sisters married firemen, and my father was also a fireman, battalion chief actually. I guess I was destined to find my own fireman! What’s new and exciting at Hard Rock Café? There is always something fun going on here! I’ve been Sales and Marketing Manager for six years. While we love our tourists, we know that the summer season scares off the locals so now is the time for locals to come visit us. We offer residents of South Carolina, and Brunswick County, a 25% discount. Our new menu is amazing – we are known for our delicious burgers but our menu is so much more. Plus, there is so much to see – we are an authentic rock and roll museum, with exhibits and memorabilia from some legendary musicians and artists. People are welcome to stop in just to check out the amazing pieces we have here…that’s always free. Hard Rock Café is also dedicated to giving back to the community. In October, we’re hosting a benefit for a local 7 year old boy who suffered a brain injury, and we’re also hosting a fashion show to benefit Katie’s Project. I’m privileged to work for a company that is not only willing to help its neighbors, but also encourages all of us to find ways to help our community. My Hard Rock family is amazing in every true sense of the word.

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Hard Rock Café is located at 1322 Celebrity Circle in Broadway at the Beach. Hours are 11 am-12 midnight, seven days a week. For more information, call 843-946-0007.


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Bringing Words to Life

Sandy Bonner:

Georgetown Literacy Initiative Please share a few great things about your hometown. What do you love about living here? I was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but my family moved around a lot while I was growing up. I attended nine different schools, but most of my growing up years were spent in Northern Wisconsin. I always enjoyed the landscape of the area and the people are very friendly. I was one of seven children, with three brothers and three sisters – they are scattered all over the country now. We moved here seven years ago from New Jersey, when my husband retired. Being near the ocean is probably the best thing about living in Murrells Inlet – and the climate. I’ve really enjoyed the diversity of people here, too. Tell us a little about your home. What’s your favorite room? I live in Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet. I love art and have collected some incredible pieces through the years. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by all of the things that I love. My great room is my favorite place in the house, it holds my cherished family heirlooms and is where we spend a lot of time. What would your dream home look like? I love my home, but would like to be closer to my children and grandchildren – I have two daughters and three beautiful grandchildren. Now, I travel frequently to New Jersey to see them. Where did you get married? Did you go on a honeymoon? Michael and I have been married for 43 years and were married in Northern Wisconsin in a small ceremony with mostly family and a few close friends. Our reception was held at a small country club back in the woods – I even made my own dress. We didn’t have any money for a honeymoon, but some friends loaned us a cabin on a lake – it was perfect. Please tell us about your work with the Georgetown Literacy Initiative. I was a literacy volunteer in New Jersey for ten years before we moved to the area and was interested in doing the same thing here. I first volunteered in Horry County as an adult literacy tutor, but after realizing how great the need is in Georgetown County, I wanted to start a group here to focus on adult literacy. Statistics show that nearly one third of the population is functionally illiterate, which means they can’t balance a checkbook, fill out job applications, read a newspaper, help with their children’s homework…so many things we take for granted. Many have dyslexia and struggle to read and spell, but we now have programs to help them overcome this disability. With the help of United Way in Georgetown, I partnered with Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. (GOMI) and formed the Georgetown Literacy Initiative under their non-profit umbrella. My program is one of four literacy programs GOMI supports. Currently, I’m working with one gentleman who can’t read at all and have tutored several Spanish-speaking residents in ESL, going with them to doctor’s appointments and children’s parent-teacher conferences. I’m also recruiting and training new volunteers to work with adult students. There are a lot of roadblocks, but we are working hard to overcome them. Dollar General and International Paper have helped us get started as well. The co-founder of Dollar General struggled with literacy, and now he supports programs like ours. I love this work. If I had to have one motto it would be: Always learning. To volunteer with the Georgetown Literacy Initiative or learn more about Sandy’s work, 843-520-0875, visit www.thegomi.org, email literacygli@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

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Sharon Wood: The Joy of an Ordinary Life by Leslie Moore

Just past her 50th birthday, Sharon Wood’s life is much like yours and mine. A lively and attractive mother and grandmother, Sharon operates her own organic pond maintenance business, Peaceful Ponds, and teaches yoga several days a week. The mother of six children ranging in age from 31 to 8, Sharon lives in a neat, brick home in Pawleys Island with her two youngest children, ages 15 and 8, who are home schooled. Sharon’s life is an ordinary one shared by many women – a combination of a career she loves and hands-on parenting, interspersed with some fun and the occasional vacation. She is content and happy. “My life is good – I’m having a great time,” says Sharon with a smile. But, it wasn’t always this way. Not too many years ago, Sharon was

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trapped in a marriage to a domineering man and immersed in an extremely restrictive, cult-like faith that did not allow her even the small freedoms that women of the 21st century take for granted, such as choosing her career, her clothing and even her reading material. “I love to read,”, she said, gesturing to the stack of books on her kitchen table, “but for years, was told to stop reading those ‘trashy novels.’” Growing up in Wildwood, New Jersey, Sharon was the youngest of three children with an abusive, alcoholic father and a mother who tried to protect her children through her strong faith. Church was a place of security and comfort, even though its many restrictions were hard for a restless teenager. Sharon met her first boyfriend in her senior year of high school and was soon spending all of her time with him. After graduation, young Sharon began taking classes at the local community college, letting go of her university dreams in order to be closer to her boyfriend. During the first months of college, Sharon became pregnant and was pressured into marriage by her family. Soon she dropped out of school as well. Sharon remembers this time as one of great change in her life. “This was a difficult time for me. I married my first husband to escape my home, and at the same time my mother finally left my father.” Two years later, the marriage was over, and Sharon was left with two small children to raise alone. Unable to support herself and her children, Sharon moved in with her mother, again seeking refuge in church, while working and once again attending school. Confused and lonely, she soon met another man, who quickly became her second husband. “I met “Henry” (not his real name) at church. I was desperate for stability, and he seemed to have what I needed. I was confused and lonely.” A year and a half after her first marriage ended, Sharon married Henry, whose confidence and position in the church appealed to the shy, young woman, and was soon drawn into a world that most of us only hear about on the news.


Henry and his family were believers in a dogma that held that the world was coming to an end in the 1990s. The faithful would be left with the “mark of the beast” and be unable to buy or sell anything for three and a half years. These years would be hard, with only themselves to depend on. At the urging of church leaders, the extended family group moved to a remote 70-acre farm in Tennessee, where they began preparing for the coming apocalypse by gardening, preserving food and gathering the supplies they would need to survive. The group lived “off the grid” and children did not get social security numbers, nor did teenagers learn to drive. All of the children were home schooled. The outside world was depicted as an evil, frightening place to be avoided at all costs. Women were expected to be completely submissive to their husbands and were not allowed to wear jewelry, pants of any kind or makeup. When one of Sharon’s children started to read a Harry Potter book, he was shamed before the group and made to burn his beloved book. For years, fear was an everyday part of Sharon’s life. “I would lie awake at night worrying about what would happen if ‘they’ came. I wasn’t really sure who ‘they’ were, but I lived in terror.” While the group attended a church in the town 20 miles away, religious meetings were regularly held on the property. If a member of the group was doing something deemed “sinful,” the meeting would be directed at them. “I remember a service directed at me about being a more submissive wife. Even though I was afraid, I could never completely submit. Something in me always knew this was wrong.” In 1993, when the Branch Davidians faced off with law enforcement in Waco, Texas, the people of the nearby town began to whisper about Sharon’s group. This is when her fear began to escalate out of control. “I remember going to town and banging on the pastor’s door to ask him if anyone was coming to get us, and, most especially, take my children. I was not going to let that happen.” Church leaders fed the fear, instilling terror in everyone, and many were sure their fate would be the same as those in Waco. Trouble did eventually come to the compound, but it came from within. Church leaders made the decision to withdraw from the local church and build their own. New people were allowed to move onto the property, and the communal garden was traded for a one acre plot for each family. Even Henry was not happy with the arrangement, and soon started a landscaping business on his own, without church approval. Sharon worked alongside her husband, and the couple became successful. She remembers this as a fairly happy time in her marriage – as long as she complied with Henry’s every wish. In 1999, Henry and Sharon learned of the construction boom in Myrtle Beach and felt they could do well on the South Carolina coast. Things had deteriorated at the compound, and the world had not ended – the siege had come to an end. Henry moved first, but Sharon soon followed with the children, now a brood of five. Sharon’s biggest regret about these years involves her mother, who would come visit them every year at Christmas. “We were not allowed to celebrate any holidays, Christmas included, but when my mother came, we would do our own small Christmas. A church member invited my mother to a Bible study one day, and when Mom came back, she was in tears. My mother had been made to feel she was ‘sinful’ for bringing Christmas to her grandchildren.”

Southern Snaps

After the move to Myrtle Beach, Sharon began to put out her first feelers of freedom. She finished college at 40, flying to a churchsponsored college in Texas, and then completing her studies online. Armed with her newly-earned teaching degree, she began teaching at a church school in Myrtle Beach, but eventually accepted a position as dean of a church boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina. Packing up her children and moving was the first step to Sharon’s emancipation. “I finally had my own career, and I loved it. I had my own apartment for the first time. It was a happy time.” Always full of fun, Sharon blossomed on her

She is content and happy.

“My life is good – I’m having a great time…”

own and soon was affectionately known as “The Crazy Dean.” Henry was supposed to move to Asheville to be with her and the children, but after nearly two years of living apart, the couple formally separated, shortly after their last child was born. Sharon, who was suffering from post partum depression, wondered if she had done the right thing. One evening Henry drove in to collect the children for a visit, and Sharon fell apart. “I watched him carry the baby out to the car, and I started to cry. I just knew I was wrong for breaking up my family. I left the job I loved and moved back home.” The move left Sharon exhausted and depressed, and she tried to stay quiet and be the perfect wife. But, the seeds of freedom were too firmly planted and eventually Henry moved out, claiming she was not submissive enough. This time, Sharon never looked back. Since that day in 2011, Sharon has taken her youngest two children to Disney World, visited another daughter who was studying in Italy, and taken control of her life. Always athletic and fit, she tried a yoga class at her gym, made friends with the teacher, and was soon training to teach yoga, embracing not only the physical, but the spiritual side of this centuries-old practice. Through a lot of hard work, her pond maintenance business has grown enough to support the family. Last Christmas, Sharon put up a Christmas tree for the first time since she was married, the first one her children had ever had. “I left it up until April! It was the most amazing tree.” Today, Sharon’s days are filled with the simple joy of an ordinary life. “When I look back, I can see that all that fear was a waste of time. But, it led me here – and this is my time!”

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Creative Additions

Nancy Rudd:

The Accessory Cottage Please share a few great things about your hometown. What do you love about living here? My husband, Jim, and I were both raised in Lakewood, Ohio, not far from Cleveland. It’s right on Lake Erie, and there were always lots of activities for kids. We walked to school, and families knew each other – it was the perfect small town, plus we were close to a big city. I grew up in a wonderful place. Jim and I moved around a lot with his work and were living in St. Louis when we moved here a year ago. Jim’s career was in corporate retail, and he has always dreamed of having his own shop when we retired. We had come to Pawleys Island on vacation while we were living in Atlanta and fell in love with the area. It’s such a laid back community filled with natural beauty. You can find me at the south end of Pawleys Island walking my dog whenever I can – one of my favorite places. Tell us a little about your home. What’s your favorite room? We live in a townhouse right on the golf course in Pawleys Plantation. It is so peaceful there. I love sitting on the screened porch in the morning with our dog, Sadie, drinking my coffee and listening to the birds. What would your dream home look like? Where would it be? Any of the ocean front homes in Pawleys Island would do! I would enjoy waking up to the sunrise and having plenty of room for family and friends to visit. We are very family-oriented and spending time with our two children is always a top priority. Our daughter lives in Atlanta, and our son is in San Francisco, so getting everyone together is a rare treat. Where did you get married? Did you go on a honeymoon? Jim and have been married for 42 years! Our wedding was held in Lakewood, in the same church my parents were married in – it was very special. We went to Bermuda for our honeymoon. My other favorite trip was for my recent milestone birthday. We went to Las Vegas, and both children met us there. Jim planned it all, and I was so surprised! What’s new and exciting at Accessory Cottage? Our store just opened in March, and it has been a wonderful experience. Jim has the retail background, and I handle the creative side of the business. The Hammock Shops are so unique and special – we were thrilled to get a spot here. Customers come in and tell us how much they enjoy the Hammock Shops and how they’ve been coming here for years. We specialize in unique, affordable fashion accessories and local art, and have had a very positive response from our customers. Our new fall scarves are in, along with lots of fun, handmade items we’ve gotten from local artists. Our recycled sweater scarves are so different and absolutely gorgeous. We also have many items that will make perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list, like Pawleys Island necklaces, cute handbags and more. The Accessory Cottage is located in the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island. For more information, call Nancy or Jim at 843-235-3055 or visit www.theaccessorycottage.com.

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Costume Crazy by Erin Spatz

Occasionally as a mom, I am given to bouts of brilliance: Giving a toddler a Popsicle in the bath tub, a great idea that struck me, and a tiny blow up pool for babies at the beach; all me! More often though I have some pretty bad ideas as a mom. Last Halloween I had one of my worst mom ideas. I have yet to remember it fondly. The pain is still fresh. When my husband Eric was a pastor on staff at a local church we would attend the church’s Halloween event every year. It was self-contained, full of bounce houses and candy. I would get them all dressed up, take them to the church event, and then all I had to do was make sure they stayed in the fence. Easy! When Eric switched jobs we decided to take the kids trick or treating. We had never taken them before so Dylan was nine the first time we went. I actually love the idea of trick or treating. Walking around, chatting with neighbors, getting free dessert. It’s really a brilliant idea. But that first time we went almost killed me. I have never ever in my whole life been as tired as I was the next day. I was four-kids-at-Disney-forseven-days tired. Legs aching, pulled hamstrings, need a nap tired. And to add insult to injury, I had paid $20 per kid for costumes. That’s a lot of money to go on a walk, free desserts or not! My first ding-dong headed moment came when I agreed to do it again, and Eric and I repeated that “fun” the following year. But last year I had a stroke of genius! I mean Einstein worthy! No more buying costumes! That’s right; this family was going to make their own. We had plenty of dress up clothes, and I love to use the hot glue gun! Plus, what a huge money saver this was going to be. I burst out my big brilliant plan, and the kids are pumped! And why shouldn’t they be? Their mom won first place one year in a homemade costume. Granted I was dressed as a Bible and really nothing beats a cute kid dressed as a Bible. The judges were probably afraid to not give me first place, “lest they be judged” if you know what I mean. The one person who I thought would be pumped but wasn’t, was Eric. I thought he would love this idea since we would be saving money. Instead all I got was a giant eye roll from him. He seemed to doubt my skills. Well, he was right. This great money saving idea of making costumes from what we had at home was not going well. In fact, every time I was out and found something I thought could be used to make a costume I bought it: Pipe cleaners, colored hair spray and ears of all kinds. None of which the kids ended up using. This was way more work and more time consuming than I had thought and maybe even more money. I had foolishly thought that I would gather my little flock and turn over the dress up clothes bin. Then we’d sit around together laughing and picking out creative costumes. It would take us only an hour of creative fun to come up with four spectacular, award-winning costumes.

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That is not how any of it went down. First, Autumn wanted to be Little Bo Peep. We have ZERO things to make anyone into Little Bo Peep. Chandler wanted to be a Lady Bug Princess. Of course we had everything to be every other kind of princess except a lady bug. Denver couldn’t make up his mind. One day he was going to be Buzz Lightyear, which we had, and the next day he wanted to be Harry Potter, which we didn’t have. Dylan thankfully picked something and stuck with it. I have no idea what he was. He told me, and explained it to me, but to this day I have no idea. My best guess is he was something from a video game. All I know for sure was that everything he needed, we had. I may have loved him a tiny bit more than the others just for a second. The girls fought over the princess items constantly. Autumn didn’t want to match Chandler, but Chandler wanted to match Autumn. It was a “Jesus take the wheel” kind of moment. Denver finally decided to be a magician but wanted me to make him a light up cone hat and cape. He really over-estimated the kind of craftiness his mom possessed. All I had left was a pillow case with a neck hole for a cape. For the hat I had nothing. My only redemption was Dylan only needed a black sweatshirt and black pants. I finally borrowed a cape and spiked his hair in a cone shape – and called it a day. The girls went as opposite princesses, still not too clear as to what kind they were. This was one of my worst Erin Spatz is a writer and blogger living in a quaint mom ideas. It was so town called Pawleys Island. Erin was born in stressful and crazy Pennsylvania, and raised in Palm Bay, Florida. Five that this year, I will years after her first blog, Erin creatively turned her be found happily in diary entries into a published book. The book entithe costume aisle tled Who Left Me in Charge is a humorous look at with a bottle of wine, parenting and life in general a credit card and four kids. Erin is married to a minister and Executive Director of Teach My People, Eric Spatz, and they have four children. www.4ducksinarow.com

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A Sinatra Type of Halloween by Felice Prager

This was the year we were permitted to go without parental supervision for Trick or Treating. The world was a quieter and less suspicious place back then, and as long as we stayed in the neighborhood and with each other, we were allowed to go without parents lagging behind us. It was a big deal to us. In addition, there were enough older siblings among the group to keep an eye out for the younger children. The older brothers and sisters were given rules and boundaries where they were permitted to go. “As far as Abbott Boulevard,” they were told. “Don’t cross Route Five. Hold your sister’s hand when you cross streets. And don’t bother Mrs. Sinatra this year.” The older siblings nodded their heads, and we wondered how long it would be until we could be in charge. The rumor was that Frank Sinatra’s mother lived a few blocks away from us in a small brick home, though we never saw Frank Sinatra or his mother on that property, near that property, or in anywhere in town. We based our belief on a doormat that said, “SINATRA” in block letters on top with “GO AWAY!” written beneath it. Despite the fact that Sinatra was a common last name in the New Jersey town where we lived, we were convinced that Frank Sinatra’s mother owned this house. We convinced ourselves that she lived alone and occasionally Frank would come to visit her and have a good home-cooked Italian dinner, though no one ever confirmed this. We figured Frank sent her big checks so she could have her groceries and clothes delivered. We figured Frank bought the doormat for his mother as a Mother’s Day present. We assumed it was made for him, probably by someone like Jerry Lewis or Dean Martin because he had an incredibly sophisticated sense of humor. “He must fly Mrs. Sinatra out to Hollywood on his private jet in the middle of the night,” we assumed. We thought instead of the stewardess serving her caviar and champagne, they served pizza and spaghetti. We imagined music piped into the private jet – only songs sung by Frank, of course. It was all possible and very believable to us at the time even though none of it was based on even an ounce of proof. We weren’t old enough to swoon for Sinatra, but our parents were – and, at the time, we didn’t have our own music or stars over which we could swoon – yet. We were very young. No one in my neighborhood bought costumes back then; I don’t even remember if costumes were available for sale in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It would have been an extravagance my family couldn’t afford anyway. Some parents made costumes for their kids. In my case, I had planned my costume months in advance of Halloween. We marked our calendars and counted the days. Each year, I planned on being Miss America. I planned on wearing a bathing suit and flip flops – I didn’t own high heels at the time and couldn’t fit into my mother’s size “8 double A with its triple A heel.” I also had a hand-made sash that said, “Miss America” draped over another sash that said “Miss New Jersey.” I made a tiara out of tin foil, and when I tried the costume on, my father sang, “Here she comes – Miss America” as I walked down a pretend runway in our living room. I started doing this in April and practiced for opening night: Halloween. When the weather dipped into the 40s, my mother finally put her foot down. I would “catch my death of cold” wearing a bathing suit for Halloween. I was unable to convince her that I could effectively ward off all germs with my winter jacket over my bathing suit. Nothing I said could change her mind. The Miss America costume was not going to happen – again.

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Instead, each year, I wound up going as a hobo. Being a hobo was always a fallback costume for those who didn’t prepare, weren’t terribly creative, or just didn’t want to put effort into a costume. I was ready to be glamorously creative. Then, I was disappointed that I was forced to be mundane by something silly like weather. There was a positive side to being a hobo, however. It was easier to carry the candy – on the end of my hobo’s stick – a broom handle my mother unscrewed each year for me to sling over my shoulder. Among the family photos my mom painstakingly prepared each year, there are pictures of me in a bathing suit with my Miss America sash draped across me in one photo. Then, there is another photo of me – with the same face and a hint of tears – dressed as a hobo. Decked out in our costumes for Halloween and excited that the weather was clear with no chance of rain and or snow; we carried old pillowcases or handled bags saved especially for candy collection in one hand and a box given to us by our teachers in the other. We were also collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters for UNICEF. We had it all planned. We would ring the doorbell, then in unison we would sing, “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.” That was considered “fresh” back then. In reality, we planned on saying that, but when the door was answered, we just said, “Trick or treat!” We didn’t want people to think we were delinquents. We were never given a curfew. The neighborhood was small, and if our parents wanted to find us, all they had to do was drive down a half dozen streets looking for a mob of miniature hobos. I was not the only child who started out in one unrealistic costume and ended up in another. When we ran out of houses or the younger children started complaining about sore feet or that they were cold and tired, we went home. We emptied our bags onto the kitchen table and put our UNICEF boxes where we wouldn’t forget to bring them to school the next day. Our parents didn’t have to inspect each item for unacceptable or dangerous ingredients. Each year, there was a homemade popcorn ball made by Mrs. Peck and a candied apple made by Mrs. Barth. There was gum, Hershey’s kisses, and wrapped sourballs given to us by Mr. Stadler, a senior citizen who lived near us. Mr. Stadler never remembered to buy Halloween candy since his children were grown and he lived alone, but he always managed to find something to give us. There was never anything from Mrs. Sinatra. Every year, despite our parents’ warnings, we rang her bell and waited. No answer. Frank must have taken her to Paris or the Caribbean or to a screening of one of his films. I don’t remember the other assorted items. It didn’t matter. We sat around the kitchen table and Felice Prager is a freelance writer and educational therapist shared our loot. Then, from Mesa, Arizona. She is the author of five books; way past our normal Waiting in the Wrong Line, Negotiable and Non-Negotiable bedtime, we climbed Negotiations, TurboCharge Your Brain, Super TurboCharge into bed and planned Your Brain and Quiz It: ARIZONA. Her essays have been our costumes and published locally, nationally and internationally. Visit antics for the next year. Felice at www.writefunny.com.

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The CMC sings brilliant, catchy, luscious, and charming jazz arrangements of your favorite carols, including O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Three Kings, Good King Wenceslas, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, Silent Night, O Holy Night along with vocal arrangements from The Nutcracker and A Charlie Brown Christmas, among others.

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The Carolina Master Chorale returns to its annual Hearts of Passion love song celebration featuring the most beautiful songs from the Classical repertory to Hollywood, Broadway and the Billboard charts. Enjoy exquisite arrangements for professional choir from the Classic repertory and from My Fair Lady, South Pacific, The Beatles, The Carpenters, Billy Joel, Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.

A Big Band in the House of God Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 4pm Wheelwright Auditorium at CCU, 108 Spadoni Park Circle, Conway Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 4pm Waccamaw High School, 2412 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island

Don’t miss this rare performance of Duke Ellington’s ground-breaking Concert of Sacred Music for narrator, soloists, tap dancer, a choir and Big Band Jazz orchestra, paired with the powerful Mass of Reconciliation by Peppie Calvar, also featuring, soloists, choir and big band. Performers include New York bass-baritone, Joe Chappel, Spartanburg native and Indiana University graduate, contralto Xan Jennings, and an all-star big band composed of the region’s finest jazz professionals.

Concert Tickets on Sale Now (843) 444-5774 Season Subscription Individual Concerts Adults $70 Adults $20 Seniors-Veterans $50 Seniors-Veterans $15 Students $15 Students $5 WWW.CAROLINAMASTERCHORALE.COM Please consider donating to the CMC’s Annual Fund which helps with all aspects of our concerts, including the cost of guest artists. Thank you. The Carolina Master Chorale is a 501(C)3 corporation chartered by the State of South Carolina. CAROLINA MASTER CHORALE – VOICES OF PASSION

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Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Women’s Club 26th Annual Arts and Craft Festival Friday, October 24, 2014 10 am-6 pm Saturday, October 25, 2014 9 am-5 pm Rain or Shine 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island, SC inside the Parish Life Center Along with approximately 50+ vendors, there will be a lunch kitchen, bake and frozen casserole sale and a gently used book sale. Proceeds benefit many very worthwhile causes in and around our Lowcountry community For further information, call the Parish Life Center at 843-237-3428

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Keeping Homes Beautiful

Charles Biddix:

Palmetto Ace Home Center Please share a few great things about your hometown. I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a great place for a kid to grow up. I grew up on a street with lots of kids, and we all played outside most of the time. When it was time to eat, our mothers would ring a bell, or our friends’ moms would invite us to stay for supper. Back then it snowed a good bit every winter, and we would “borrow” street barricades from the roads and block off a big hill. It was so much fun, until the local police made us put the barricades back! Today, Charlotte is such a beautiful city. It’s very different from when I grew up, but I think the city planners did a wonderful job. When did you move to the area? What do you love about living here? I moved to Atlanta in 1988 and owned an Ace Hardware there. In 2007, I came to Pawleys Island and opened Palmetto Ace Home Center. I love being on the beach – there is nothing like the sand and sun. The pace is nicer here, and the community is incredible. I am blessed with great friends and customers. The mountains are my second favorite place though. I love snow skiing. What would your dream home look like? My dream home would be right here in Pawleys Island, but on the Waccamaw River. It would be a Lowcountry home with a huge porch where I could sit with a cold beverage and watch the gorgeous sunsets over the river. Where did you get married? Maryanne and I have been married 23 years. We got married here, at First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach, and the reception was at Pawleys Plantation. What’s new and exciting at Palmetto Ace Home Center? Recently, the President of Ace Hardware visited our store, and he was very impressed. We have 28,000 SKUs (items), and Ace Hardware provides another 82,000 SKUs (items) for us to choose from for our customers. Many people don’t realize that we are not a franchise we are a co-op; we actually own our stores and are encouraged to find our own niche to fit our customers’ needs. Our store in Pawleys Island has everything from fine gifts to cocktail napkins to lawn mowers to home repair items to fishing supplies. A large percentage of our customers are women, and we want them to enjoy shopping with us. Palmetto Ace Home Center is a home repair supply store, and a place to find that perfect gift! Our customers are always our priority. We have received the JD Power Award for customer service eight years in a row. We know we are competing with the big boxes and online stores, so, if someone comes in and says they can get it cheaper elsewhere, we will try to match their price or find a suitable substitute for the right price. Visit Palmetto Ace Home Center, located at 8317 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. Hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 am-7pm, Saturday 8 am-6 pm and Sunday 10 am- 4pm. For more information, call 843-235-3555.

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Summer in Seward by Val Jones

Fresh off the airplane, I felt the prick of the chilled night air on my skin. I wished like mad that I wasn’t clad in a tank top and athletic shorts, but even my poor choice in travel wear couldn’t dampen my spirit. My boyfriend, on the other hand, was quite another story. Quite frankly, my first visit to Alaska was a nightmare, but as you might imagine, that had more to do with him than actual Alaska. That relationship tanked, but my fascination with the Last Frontier didn’t. Following another more successful trip, my flirtation with Alaska blossomed into a full-blown love affair. From the breathtaking views of Mount McKinley and wildlife excursions in Denali to warm summer temps in Fairbanks and the picturesque beauty of coastal Seward, I knew I belonged on Alaskan soil. A fifth-generation Texan, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t experience some guilt about that. Our pride is instilled at an early age – evidenced by our freeways adorned with Texas-sized stars and the endless packages of tortilla chips in our grocery stores, shaped like the Lone Star State. Here, we boast, “Everything is bigger in Texas!” Well, Texas, meet Alaska – where everything actually IS bigger. As a teacher, with another ten years to go before retirement, I lamented about the kink my career was throwing into my relocation plans, and with the recent remodel to my old house, even a summer trip to placate my addiction to the Last Frontier was simply out of the question. I wracked my brain. How could I get to Alaska again? In search of discount travel, I scoured the internet, and that’s when I stumbled upon my solution – Alaska job listings. I whipped up a resume, put together a video, and sent all of it to at least 100 employers who were offering seasonal positions in my beloved home-awayfrom-home. Hotels, resorts, fishing retreats, gift shops, restaurants, tours and fishing charters – none of them were safe from my shameless self-promotion. It was both exciting and intimidating. Ninety percent of me longed to land a summer job, and the other ten percent secretly hoped I wouldn’t because it scared the daylights out of me. Would I really travel 4300 miles from Austin, Texas, to Alaska’s outdoor playground? Would I do it alone? Was I that adventurous? The answer was yes, yes and yes. I landed a job at Miller’s Landing – a campground, kayaking outfitter and fishing charter about 125 miles south of Anchorage. When I got the congratulatory call, the owner confided, “I don’t know

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exactly what you’ll be doing, but come on, and I’ll find a place for you.” Worried that I might chicken out, I booked my flight immediately. My friends and family branded me crazy for packing up my stuff and wandering into a remote place for a job for which I may not be qualified. Petrified of deep water, I wondered if I’d have to face that fear. What if they announced upon my arrival that I was now a kayak guide? Visions of very large whales tipping my boat and extreme temperature water rescues produced an immediate anxiety attack. I landed again in Anchorage, clad this time in something a bit warmer, but looking more like a Dallas girl in my hot pink track suit and sunglasses. I was out of place in the airport, and as I boarded the bus to Seward, I couldn’t have possibly known how my life would change in just a few short hours. Fascinated with the beauty framed by my bus window, Alaska once again captivated me, drew me into its magical beauty and promised nothing less than one heck of an adventure. I stepped off the bus in Seward and was picked up by a Miller’s employee. As we headed out of town and down a long, rocky road, I felt a wave of uncertainty wash over me. I stared into the woods on my right and peered over a cliff into the water on my left. Sea otters frolicked in the bay. “Beautiful,” I thought, followed by, “Yikes! Scary!” No car, no bicycle – just my feet to carry me wherever I needed to go with bear, moose and other creatures on the loose. I felt myself shift in my seat, and looking down at my pink track suit I realized I wasn’t in Texas anymore. We pulled into the campground, and I was welcomed by the most spectacular site I’d ever seen – a snowcapped mountain right outside the window of my future summer home – a bunkhouse I’d share with 10 other strangers. Captain Mike Miller, a very cool older gentleman whom I’d later dub the “James Dean” of fishing, greeted me as did many other college-aged kids. At 39, I felt a little dated, but I squashed that thought down and pushed myself to squeeze every moment


Voice from this opportunity. I rushed up to my tiny room, unpacked my bags and pinched myself. Yep, I was really in Alaska and as far out of my comfort zone as I’d ever been. After a narrow escape from kayak duty, I managed to secure a position as a cashier in the Miller’s storefront, checking in camping guests, kayakers and fishing adventurers. I worked eight hour shifts Monday through Thursday which left Friday through Sunday open to experience Alaska on my own terms. With over twenty hours of daylight, I kept the trail hot with dog mushing, horseback riding, flight-seeing and deep sea fishing. It wasn’t long until I traded my pink tracksuit for yellow Dutch Harbor rain gear and the premier footwear of Alaska, some XTRATuff waterproof boots. Mentored by Captain Bill, of the Lucky Penny, I snagged some beautiful fish, fought them when they struggled to elude me and reeled them in on my own. The pure exhilaration as I yelled, “Fish on!” remains unparalleled. Taking it a step further and learning to skillfully filet them on the dock was just another notch in my belt, but as a former fish-hater, when I found myself sampling fresh Sockeye right out of the water, I knew I’d taken a Texas-sized step away from my home state and an Alaskan-sized one toward my future home. It’s been three years. The postcard images from Miller’s Landing are permanently etched into my mind – the fog rolling in, the constant mist, cool mornings and fresh air. Nothing can come close to the unadulterated joy of watching a brown bear salmon fish in nearby Cooper Landing or witnessing a humpback whale breach from the bay. These were once-in-a-lifetime events that most people experience only through Animal Planet or National Geographic, and there I was learning self-sufficiency and living a simpler life – in the flesh! While the complimentary excursions I earned as an employee delighted me, the life lessons I learned as a resident on Lowell Point are what will leave a lasting impression upon me for undoubtedly the rest of my life. That final day of my Alaskan summer, my heart heavy and sad, I hugged Captain Miller goodbye, cried like a baby and boarded the train for Anchorage. When I reached the airport and began my long journey home, it was tough to say goodbye to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Like a good friend, she inspired my confidence and gifted me with true grit. I sighed heavily and opted for a “so long” instead. I knew the memories of my summer in Seward would sustain me until I could someday return home for good.

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Princess Leia

The ultimate selfrescuing princess costume simply consists of a white dress, silver belt and the legendary double bun hairdo.

October 30th-31st Halloween Laser Music Shows

October 4th

Ingram Planetarium, Ocean Isle Beach 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

Downtown Conway 10 am-5 pm

October 31st

Fall Festival

October 24th

Wee Ones’ Boo Bash at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina Myrtle Beach • 5-7 pm

October 24th & 25th Huntington’s Haunted Halloween

Trick or Treating Wear Your Costume! Barefoot Landing 5-7 pm Tanger Outlets Myrtle Beach 6-8 pm Broadway at the Beach 4:30-6:30 pm

Huntington Beach State Park 6-9 pm

Inlet Square Mall 5-7 pm

October 25th

Halloween on the Marshwalk, Murrells Inlet 5 pm

Howl-O-Scream

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex • 5-8 pm

October 25th-31st

Hammock Shops Village Pawleys Island 3-5 pm

Riverwalk, Under the Main Bridge, Conway • 7-11 pm

Front Street Historic Georgetown Marion Park • 5:30pm

Haunted Warehouse Terror Under the Bridge

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Max,King of All Wild Things

Let the wild rumpus start! Your child can achieve this Where the Wild Things Are look w ith a white hoodie and felt crown.

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Rosie the Riveter

An Icon of WWII, Rosie the Riveter has become a symbol for female empowerment and patriotism. A simple costume of a blue shirt with rolled up sleeves and red bandana will have you exclaiming “We Can Do It!”

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Viking Costume With the popularity of the How to Train Your Dragon books and movies, many kids are asking to don a horned helmet for Halloween. This particular Viking ensemble was made with fluff y toilet seat covers!

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Advertiser Index The Accessory Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Cabana Gauze. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Finders Keepers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Affordables Apparel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Carma the Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Flamingo Porch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Making Change Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Atlantic Urology Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Carolina Car Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Gaither Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

McLeod Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Barbara’s Fine Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Carolina Master Chorale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Good Times Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Me & Mommy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Bell & Bell Buick • GMC Trucks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

CHD Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Graham’s Landing LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Millie’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Bio-Identical Hormones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

The Citizens Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Homespun Crafters Mall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Modish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Bloomingails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Couture for the Cure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Homewatch Caregivers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Morningside of Georgetown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Bright Blue Sea Bookshelf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

David Grabeman, D.D.S., P.A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The Kangaroo Pouch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Myrtle Beach Singles Search. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Brookgreen Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Dr. Sattele’s Rapid Weight Loss & Esthetic Centers. . . 53

Legacy Antiques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Owl’s Nest Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Doodlebugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Long Bay Symphony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Palmetto Ace Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Butler Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Edible Arrangements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Lowcountry Beauty & Wellness Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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Pawleys Island Golf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Sunday Seaside Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Celia’s Hair Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

The Little White Dress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

The Pink Cabana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Swamp Fox Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Christopher’s Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Lowcountry Beauty & Wellness Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Precious Blood of Christ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Take 2 Resale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Classic Antiques & More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

River City Christmas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Taz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Croissants Bistro & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Paint with Passion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Rose Arbor Fabrics & Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Two Sisters with Southern Charm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Darden Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Pawleys Island Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

St. Somewhere. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Vintiques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Dip It Fondue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Pounds Away. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Seven Seas Seafood Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

The Walking Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Eleanor Pitts Fine Gifts & Jewelry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Benny Rappa’s Tratoria Itallian Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . 29

Shades & Draperies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

WEZV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Fabric Emporium of Garden City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Michele Rappa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Shop the Avenues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Bridal Guide

Grady’s Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Sea Island Trading Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Something Old Something New. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Boom Boom Wine Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Hammock Shops Village Fashion Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Treasures Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

South Atlantic Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Cakes by the Sea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Just Because IYQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Studio 77. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Capt. Dave’s Dockside. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Kaminski House Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass Band, 7 pm, The Reserve Golf Club of

Pawleys Island, tickets $75, $35 & $25. For more info, call 843-626-8911 or visit www.pawleysmusic.com.

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Annie Moses Band, 7 pm, The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, tickets $50, $35 & $25. For more info, call 843-626-8911 or visit www.pawleysmusic.com.

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The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, tickets $25 & $15. For more info, call 843626-8911 or visit www.pawleysmusic.com.

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North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, 3 pm, Ken Lavigne, “The Road to Carnegie Hall,”

Art in the Park, 10 am-4 pm, Chapin Park. For more info, call 843-446-3830 or visit www.artsyparksy.com.

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benefitting Katie’s Project, doors open at 1 pm, show starts at 2 pm, Hard Rock Café, Myrtle Beach. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit www.volitionfashion.com.

Catholic Church, 4-10 pm, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, advance tickets $5, $6 at the door. For more info, call 843-448-6062 or visit www.totmb.com.

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Swingle Singers, 7 pm, The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, tickets $50, $35 & $25. For more info, call 843-626-8911 or visit www.pawleysmusic.com.

Sunday Seaside Showcase, benefiting the Low Country Herb Society’s Annual Fall Wounded Warriors Project, 3 pm, The Garden Festival, 8 am-5 pm, Inlet Culinary Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, admis- Gardens, Murrells Inlet. For more info, visit sion free, donation encouraged. For more www.lcherbsociety.info. info, call 843-626-8911 or visit www.pawleysmusic.com.

Arts & Crafts Festival, Precious Blood of Christ Church, Pawleys Island, Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Sat. 9 am-5 pm. For more info, call 843-237-3428.

Couture for the Cure, Fall Fashion Show and Tea, to benefit Caring in Our Lifetime, 5:30 pm, champagne reception, 7 pm, fashion show and dinner, $65, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. For ticket info, contact the Little White Dress at 843-449-4940 or visit www.thelittlewhitedress.net.


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