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Paul Byington, Owner and Chef
Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant
Murrells Inlet
Traditions of Thailand
Articles and
Thai Birthday Upcoming Events:

Dr. Paul Byington turns 65 A Curious Home for an
Unconventional Couple
page 4 & 5
Thailand possess some very unique traditions as part of its culture. This tropical country is known
for the influence that Buddhism has left on it and roaming through the streets of Thailand it will be
more than obvious to you the extent that the Buddhist religion has had on the customs and tradi-

Pawleys Island Candles Store
tions of Thailand. Many of their superstitions such as evil omens and good luck charms are things
that have been interpolated into the society with many that cannot even be traced back to their

Changes Name to Isle of Candles
origins. Amongst the customs and traditions are all sorts of activities which have symbolic repre-

Birthday Customs in Thailand page 6
One of the distinct customs in Thailand is the way they celebrate their Birthdays. Usually the par-

Black Olives
ents and loved ones of a young birthday boy or girl purchase birds or fish to the number of the
person’s age. They add an extra number as a good luck charm for the next year as they would

Not Just a Symbol of Goodness & Nobility
want to see the person live another year with them. Some blessed water is then sprinkled onto
the creatures by the birthday child who then sets them free into the water or air according to the

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nature of the creature. The myth behind this method of celebration is that it pleases the Gods.

Dr. Paul Byington, owner/chef of Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant in Murrells Inlet is not a young
boy and will not release birds or fish as tradition goes, but will enjoy celebrating his 65th birthday

Dollars & Sense . . . Tips and Strategies
with friends on Thursday, February 12th. Stop by to wish him a Happy Birthday!

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For authentic Thai food in an upscale environment, visit
Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant
located at 4493 Hwy. 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet.
843-651-5863 • 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival
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Myrtle Beach State Park Programs
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Coastal Carolina University
February Cultural Schedule
Volume 4 Issue 2

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GRAPHIC PRODUCTION: Inspirational Reading
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The Moveable Feast
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A Curious Home
for an
By Elizabeth Moses

Huntington Portraits by Herbert Bohnert (1888-1967), Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

First-time visitors to Atalaya (A-ta-lie-yuh) usually fall into one of two categories: those who career as a sculptor. She possessed a strong work ethic, continuing to sculpt into her
think the building unappealing and austere and those who are awestruck by this architectur- nineties. In an interview, Anna described working while dealing with tuberculosis (TB) for
al wonderment tucked away inside Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, S.C. over a decade: “Well, the reason for that prolonged period of T.B. was that I wouldn’t stop
work. I kept doing fairly good-sized things all during that period.” [Anna Hyatt-Huntington
For this latter group, curiosity beckons them to take a stroll through the house to learn more. interview, [ca. 1964], Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.]
Neither castle nor mansion, but simply a winter retreat. That terminology may be confusing
for visitors to realize as Atalaya is built in a square, encompassing about 40,000 square feet, Although Anna became a renowned sculptor, her earlier ambition was to be a violinist and
which includes an inner courtyard. This Moorish-style house was built under the direction of she studied the instrument for many years, starting at age fourteen. However, sculpting
Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington and later dubbed “Atalaya,” a Spanish noun which means became her passion. Her generous body of work numbers over five hundred pieces, many
“watchtower” or “vantage point.” Spanish castles usually included an atalaya as a place to of them given away rather than sold. She was the first American sculptor to use the medium
keep an eye out for pirates. Archer designed the house “in his head” as there are no known of aluminum and one of her most beloved aluminum works is of the Fighting Stallions, which
formal blueprints. This lack of drawings was known to have perplexed his foreman, William presides majestically at the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens, across the highway from
Thomson of Georgetown, who reportedly remarked to Archer in slight vexation, “Mr. Atalaya.
Huntington, if you tell me much more, I might actually know what you are building!” The
grassy courtyard is bisected by a covered walkway, at the center of which is the namesake Archer, born March 10, 1870 in New York, was an astute businessman. He inherited mega
tower. No need to beware pirates here. The tower was functional nonetheless, containing a money from his father, Collis P. Huntington, one of the Big Four of railroad history. Archer did
3,000 gallon water tank which provided indoor plumbing. work for a while with another family business, the Newport News shipyards, but found true
calling in being a philanthropist. From an early age, after traveling to Spain and Mexico, he
The Huntingtons came to Atalaya for an occasional departure from their more socially active began a life-long love affair with all things Hispanic: culture, languages, architecture, artwork
life in their New York and Connecticut homes. They came to work and to relax. The home, and the people. It was this love of the Moorish architecture in Spain and northern Africa that
though large in scale, is not overpowering. Rooms are of average size except for Anna’s led to the idea of building Atalaya. That and the fact that Archer’s family had lost a home in
sculpture studio, the largest room in the house. the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Archer wanted a home that would not burn.

The house is a marvel, but what about the fascinating couple who called it home? Who were Surprisingly, neither Anna nor Archer attended college formally. They were self and private-
Archer and Anna and how did they end up with this legacy in Murrells Inlet? ly taught, Archer at one time even studying medicine because he felt he might need it in his
field work. He received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities and
Anna Hyatt was born March 10, 1876 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to a zoologist father and Anna was awarded an honorary doctorate from Syracuse University. She was also the sec-
a mother who painted. Following her older sister Harriet to art school, she began a life-long ond woman ever elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The tower that lends Atalaya its name was built to house a water tank and as a roosting spot for bats, a natural insect controller. Probably much to Archer’s disappointment, bats never set up house there.
Photo by Elizabeth Moses, Huntington Beach State Park

Archer and Anna bought four former rice plantations along the Waccamaw Neck in
Georgetown County. They needed a warmer climate to help treat Anna’s TB and wished to
construct a garden to exhibit her work. This led to Brookgreen Gardens which today also
exhibits many pieces by other American sculptors as well as poetry by Archer and other
poets. Building Atalaya and Brookgreen Garden concurrently from 1931-33, Archer and
Anna provide support to about one hundred local families, thereby being the largest employ-
ers in the country during the height of the Great Depression.

Archer and Anna found lasting mutual love and respect for each other through their work and
interests and married on March 10th, 1923. They were supportive of the arts and protectors
of the environment. Huntington Beach State Park today offers Atalaya as its hidden delight
and boasts a park full of natural wildlife and landscapes, a top birding spot and much more.

Atalaya was designated a National Historical Landmark along with Brookgreen Gardens in 1992.
Atalaya is one of only two National Historic Landmark buildings managed by the South Carolina
State Park Service and the only home/studio of an artist in the S.C. State Park system. The ornate window grills were designed by Anna and made at Tito & Roger Ironworks in Miami, Florida.
Photo by Elizabeth Moses, Huntington Beach State Park

Atalaya is the site of several celebrations throughout the year.
September contains the annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. This Please join us for our upcoming
show highlights juried artists and draws in crowds of several thousand 3-in-1 Day to celebrate
visitors over a three-day period. In the spring, the state park participates
and remember Archer and Anna.
in CanAm week by hosting Wildlife & History Day. The volunteer Tickets: $10 per person.
Space is limited. Reservations required.
organization, Friends of Huntington Beach State Park, sponsors their
Contact Atalaya Interpretive Ranger Elizabeth Moses
own special party each year. March 10th marks “3-in-1 Day” at Atalaya, at 843/ 237-2162 for information.
the mutual birth date and wedding anniversary for Archer and Anna.

Pawleys Island
Candle Store Has
Black Olives
New Name
By Melissa Newsom

Owners of Candle Creations, a full-
service candle store and candle
factory, have changed the store’s
name to Isle of Candles. Located in
the Pawleys Island Hammock
Shops Village, Isle of Candles is
widely known for its unique soy
lotion candles—a soy candle that
when it melts, pools into a soy

The store’s new owners, Kathy and

Not Just a Symbol of
Bob Miller, changed the store’s
name and remodeled the retail
store, but they are still making the

Goodness and Nobility
same fragrant soy lotion candles
that people around the country love.
Today, these candles come in 48
fragrances, including Pawleys
Island, Cookies ‘N Cream, Energy
and Magnolia.
When preparing simple horsd’oeuvres for an evening dinner party or a special event, consider
“We’re excited about running the adding a side dish of black olives. If you would like to jazz up the dish, stuff the olives with either
candle factory and retail store as peppers, garlic or almonds to add an elegant twist to this symbol of goodness and nobility. Olive
Isle of Candles,” says Kathy Miller. tapenade is also a delicious and easy-to-make spread that you can use as a dip, sandwich
“It better reflects the fun feel and spread, or topping for fish and poultry. To make it, put pitted olives in a food processor with olive
beach-like ambiance of our store oil, garlic, and your favorite seasonings.
and gift products. We want people
to think of an island vacation getaway when they dip into our soy lotion candles and the name, Olives are one of the oldest foods known, and are thought to have originated in Crete between
Isle of Candles, helps set that tone.” five and seven thousand years ago. They are mentioned in the Bible, depicted in ancient Egyptian
art, and played an important role in Greek mythology. Olive oil has been consumed since 3000
To use the soy candles as a luxurious lotion, simply burn the candle until the pool of soy reaches BC. Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought olives to America during the 15th and 16th cen-
the container’s edge. Then extinguish the flame and safely dip a finger into the melted soy oil. The tury. Franciscan missionaries introduced olives into California in the late 18th century. Today,
soy lotion leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Naturally rich in vitamin E, Isle of Candles’ soy lotion much of the commercial cultivation of olives occurs in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
candles are natural skin moisturizers and have been known to relieve eczema, psoriasis, sunburn
and insect bites and diminish the appearance of scars. In terms of health benefits, the best olives are black olives that are water-cured or sea-salted.
They are a very good source of monounsaturated fat and a good source of iron, vitamin E, cop-
Since the name change, Isle of Candles’ product line has expanded to include soy lotion candles per, and dietary fiber. Some olives are picked green and unripe, which make them much lower in
in silver tins. “These lightweight tins come in three sizes so tourists can easily get them home,” mineral content; others are allowed to fully ripen on the tree to a black color. Yet, not all of the
says Kathy. black olives available begin with a black color. Some processing methods expose unripe greens
olives to the air, and the subsequent oxidation turns them a dark color. In addition to the original
Soy candles burn longer, cleaner and cooler than regular paraffin wax candles. They are good for color of the olive, the color is affected by fermentation and/or curing in oil, water, brine or salt.
the environment and Isle of Candles’ soy lotion candles are good for use on your skin.
While olives are traditionally sold in jars and cans, many stores are now offering them in bulk in
large barrels. Buying bulk olives will allow you to experiment with many different types with which
you may be unfamiliar and to purchase only as many as you need at one time. Olives will keep
freshest if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Other Health Benefits:
Antibacterial Whole olives contain the anti-bacterial antioxidant, polyphenols.

Antifungal Whole olives contain the anti-fungal antioxidant, polyphenols.

Hydrochloric Acid Stimulate production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

Immune System General - Stimulate the immune system.

Muscles Possess a beneficial protein-to-fat ratio while remaining alkaline.

Hammock Shops Village Skin Erase fine lines and wrinkles. Smooth the skin.

10880 Ocean Highway #12
Pawleys Island, SC 29585 For more information go to
843-237-2108 • or
As I prepare for this month’s article the Dow Jones Industrial Average is hovering around 8200. Fixed annuities come in several forms. Some pay a fixed amount of interest to the annuity accord-
Since the rapid sell off of the fall we have not seen much of a recovery. Conventional wisdom says ing to the contract. Others, like equity-indexed annuities, have optional features. They may return
the markets look six months into the future and predict future economic conditions. Like all other a higher rate of interest to the annuity than the contract minimum. An equity index annuity’s inter-
bits of conventional wisdom, there is no statistical proof for this. However, in my opinion, it is an est crediting is partially dependent on the performance of an underlying market index. Basically it
indicator worth watching. enables the annuity owner to benefit from gains in the underlying market without risking capital if
the market index loses value. The features of annuities are beyond the scope of this article. If you
Ultimately, the markets and how they perform are based on human perceptions and activities. The would like additional information, we will gladly supply you with resources.
Investors Business Daily newspaper has a sentiment index that measures the number of advisors
who are bullish versus those who are bearish. When the index gets to either extreme a change Why include annuities in an asset allocation? I believe the recent market provides the answer.
in the direction of the markets is likely. Market tops and bottoms can only be seen in hindsight. Funds in a fixed annuity would have retained their value and likely the contracts will have been
Trying to time them is not a good strategy. So what are some good investment strategies? credited with the minimum amount of interest. The principal in the annuities is unchanged.

If you are a regular reader of this feature, you know I am a strong proponent of asset allocation. Before purchasing an annuity become an informed consumer. Some annuity features can be
A thoroughly thought out and applied asset allocation, consistent with each persons risk toler- sure you understand them. For instance, be certain ability to withdraw money with-
ance, is a good strategy. Asset allocation is investing your capital into different investment and out fees and or charges is consistent with your needs. Current and anticipated. Because the guar-
savings products. An example is a portfolio of large, mid and small-capitalization stocks and sav- antee of payment by a fixed annuity company is contingent on the ability of the company to make
ings accounts. Periodic adjustment of the asset allocation helps maintain its effectiveness. payments, be sure of the financial soundness of the annuity company.

Integral parts of an asset allocation may annuities, if appropriate for the investor. Many employer
sponsored retirement plans, like 401(k), 403(b) or 457 plans, have annuities as the investment
vehicle. Some are fixed annuities; some are variable annuities. Variable annuity returns are
David X. Ognek, Financial Services Professional
dependent on the performance of the mutual funds held in the variable annuity. 843-238-5330 •

1st Annual Ground Zero Myrtle Beach
Dragon Boat Festival State Park
Saturday, April 25, 2009 February and March Programs
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grand Park at Market Commons
Myrtle Beach State Park will hold some natural history programs designed for
various ages during the months of February. All programs are free with park
admission and will meet in the activity center unless otherwise noted. Please
call 238-0874 for more information.

Myrtle Beach State Park is just south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17 Business. The
park offers 312 acres of camping, picnic and playground areas, fishing pier, nature
trail and beach access. Admission fees are $4 per adult, $1.50 for ages 6- 15,
under 5 free, and South Carolina residents 65 and over are $2.50. Free admission
with paid park program. Park hours for January and February are 6 am to 8 pm.
For more information about the park, call the park office at 843-238-5325.

Pre-School Wonders - How to Decorate - Hermit Crab Style!
Wednesday, February 19
Spend some quality time with your youngster (ages 3-5) while learning about nature and having
fun. We will read an interactive story, do a craft, and meet some live hermit crabs. Meet at the
activity center. A chaperone is required to stay with the young participant. 11 am to 11:45 am.

Skulls, Teeth, and Bones, Oh my!

You’re invited to become a Team Captain
Saturday, February 21
Through the use of bones, skulls and skins, explore the food preferences, natural history, and

or join the crew for this exciting event!
identification of some of our common aquatic and terrestrial animals found at Myrtle Beach State
Park. Designed for ages 8 and older. 11 am to noon.

Through the Years
What is Dragon Boating? Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Myrtle Beach State Park!
It's the fastest growing international team water sport today. Tuesday, February 24
Dragon boat race festivals are visually-spectacular, exciting The history of Myrtle Beach State Park is marked by tremendous change and growth. Take a
events held around the world. stroll back in time and learn how this park has been shaped by the Civilian Conservation Corps,
hurricanes, changing recreational demands, and other influences over the decades. The program
How do you do Dragon boating? will include a power point slide show and a mile walk through the park. Designed for ages 12 and
older. 10 am to noon
A boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steering person paddle
to cross the finish line faster than other competitors.
Pre-School Wonders - Recycling can be Fun!
Wednesday, February 25
What's a Team Captain's responsibility? Spend some quality time with your youngster (ages 3-5) while learning about recycling and
You'll recruit a team of 21 participants who agree to paddle a Dragon boat together at the Festival nature. Have fun learning how easy it is to recycle as we read some stories, listen to songs about
and who agree to raise $100 (or more) each in tax-deductible gifts to Ground Zero. recycling, and make our own music and art from recycled products. Meet at the activity center.
A chaperone is required to stay with the young participant. 11 am to 11:45 am.
How will I know what to do?
You'll receive a Team Captain manual and personal coaching as you recruit, prepare and com- The Ocean and Us • Saturday, February 28
pete with your team. We'll be with you every step of the way with guidance and tips Have you ever wondered what is in your toothpaste or ice cream? Or how some medical research
is conducted? Who cares about a horseshoe crab? Learn how these questions are linked to
Join a Crew . . . many plants and animals that live in the ocean and how they benefit our daily lives. We will even
If being a Captain is not for you - you can simply join a crew of others like you that want to make have some tasty marine treats! Designed for ages 12 and up, 10 am to 11 am
a differnce in the lives of teenagers. All you have to do is raise a minimum of $100 or more, be
at least 14 years of age by April 25th and register through the Ground Zero office (see below). Backyard Bird ID • Tuesdays in March
Check out our bird feeders and learn how to identify the common birds that visit our feeders and
Top 7 reasons to say "YES" and become a Team Captain: what they like to eat during this informal program. Meet at the nature center. 2:30 pm to 3 pm
1. You'll have fun!
2. You'll experience Dragon boating. Legends of the Forest • Every Thursday in March
Learn what makes the maritime forest so unique at Myrtle Beach State Park as we explore this
3. You'll be a key member of an important team.
special habitat from the comfort of your indoor chair. Using live plants and animals, biofacts, and
4. You'll help mobilize people in your company, your youth group, your church, power point, we will explore the natural history of a variety of plants and animals that inhabit this
or your school for a cause. forest. 2:30 to 3:30 pm
5. You'll have the opportunity to receive incentives and win prizes.
6. You'll help raise awareness about the need to reach today's teenagers for Jesus Christ.
Sharks! • Saturday, March 14 and 28
Discover the truth behind the numerous myths surrounding these fascinating creatures. Meet at
7. You'll help reach and disciple Myrtle Beach-area teenagers for Jesus Christ by raising the nature center. 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
urgently-needed resources for Ground Zero.
Planet Jeopardy • Every Wednesday in March
For more information contact Do you want to make a difference? Come play games that teach you how easy it can be to turn
your daily actions into positive impacts on the environment at home, Myrtle Beach State Park, and
Victoria Salyers where ever else you may go! This is a great program for all ages! 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
GZ Community Relations Director
Beachcombing Treasures • Saturday, March 7 and 21
843-457-6330 Take a stroll down the beach to learn more about seashells, ghost crabs, sea turtles, sand dunes, and tides. Wear shoes that may get wet. Meet at the nature center. 11 am to noon

February 2009 Cultural Schedule
Coastal Carolina University is a vital center for higher learning
and cultural activity for South Carolina’s Grand Strand region.

Coastal Carolina University Theater and Music Department performances
are selected to provide a variety of training opportunities to students and to
offer audiences a variety of live performance experiences.

Coastal Carolina University Theatre The Coastal Winds
“Miss Julie” "Lincolnshire Posy"
Sunday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. Jim Tully, director
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. Brunswick Community College (Bolivia, N.C.)
Friday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Odell Williamson Auditorium
Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Coastal Carolina University’s premier instrumental ensemble will perform Percy Grainger’s land-
Edwards Black Box Theatre mark piece "Lincolnshire Posy," along with "Hans Christian Andersen Suite" by Danish composer
Written in Denmark in 1888, “Miss Julie” is a powerful drama about gender and class. Raised by Soren Hyldgaard. This concert is presented as a community outreach experience for all residents
a proto-feminist mother and a traditionalist father, Julie is ill at ease in the aristocratic society of and visitors to the Grand Strand and the coastal North and South Carolina regions. Admission: Free
her upbringing. On Midsummer’s Eve she dares enter forbidden territory and finds herself
engaged in an epic struggle with her father’s valet, Jean. One of the foremost naturalistic dramas
of all time, “Miss Julie” is a groundbreaking work. Strindberg’s innovations—cutting out intermis-
sions, the use of real props and natural light—heralded a new era in modern theater. More than Faculty Recital
100 years later, the play still has major relevance and emotional impact. Daniel Hull, guitarist
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
General admission: $12 • Alumni/senior citizens: $8 Recital Hall, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Coastal Carolina University and HGTC students: $3 (one per valid student ID) Guitarist Daniel Hull presents an evening of guitar music featuring works by Giuliani, Bogdanovic,
Coastal Carolina University and HGTC faculty/staff: $6 (two per valid ID) Britten, York, Brouwer and Dyens. This concert will also include selections from Mario
Teens (ages 11 to 17): $3 Children (ages 10 and under): Free (must be accompanied by an adult) Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s "Platero y Yo" for narrator and guitar. Admission: Free with ticket

Third Annual Coastal Honor Band and Scholarship Festival Coastal Carolina University Theatre
Don Wilcox and Robert Sheldon, directors "Company: A Musical Comedy"
Sunday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. • Wheelwright Auditorium Book by George Furth
The concert, featuring regional high school bands, is a culmination of three days of rehearsals, Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
master classes and music making on Coastal Carolina University’s campus. Guest conductors Steve Earnest, director
Dan Wilcox, West Virginia University Director of Bands Emeritus, and internationally respected Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
composer Robert Sheldon will lead the Festival Wind Ensemble and Coastal Honor Band in con- Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
cert. Scholarships will be awarded at this event to high school seniors who will participate in Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina University bands in the 2009 fall semester. Admission: Free with ticket Saturday, Feb. 28: 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.
Wheelwright Auditorium
Sondheim collaborated with George Furth (book) and Harold Prince (director) to create
Coastal Carolina University Department of Music "Company," the first of the Sondheim/Prince shows that were to lay the foundation for the post-
An American Voice golden age Broadway musicals. "Company" was the first non-linear, "concept" musical. Set firm-
Jeffrey L. Jones, baritone ly in New York, the musical follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. their mutual friend, Robert, a 35-year-old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term
Recital Hall, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Bobby's
Jeffrey L. Jones of the Coastal Carolina University Department of Music faculty will present a eyes, depicting the less-than-ideal aspects of commitment. Eventually, Bobby learns that while
recital of contemporary art songs by American composers, featuring works by Lee Hoiby, David relationships aren't perfect, they are a necessary part of "being alive."
Conte and John Corigliano. Admission: Free with ticket
General Admission: $12 • Alumni/senior citizens: $8
Coastal Carolina University and HGTC students: $3 (one per valid student ID)
Coastal Carolina University and HGTC faculty/staff: $6 (two per valid ID)
Coastal Carolina University Choir and Jazz Combo Teens (ages 11 to 17): $3, Children (ages 10 and under): Free (must be accompanied by an adult)
"Isn’t It Romantic"
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. • Wall Auditorium
Extend the romance of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an evening of your favorite romantic jazz selections
as performed by the Coastal Carolina University Chamber Choir and Jazz Combos, under the
For more information
direction of Dan O’Reilly and Terri Sinclair. Classics such as “My Funny Valentine,” “The Girl from about upcoming cultural
Ipanema” and, of course, “Isn’t It Romantic” will be included, among many others. events, contact Coastal
General Admission: $9
Carolina University at
Alumni/senior citizens: $7
Coastal Carolina University and HGTC students: Free (one per valid ID)
843-349-2502 or
Coastal Carolina University and HGTC faculty/staff: Free (two per valid ID)
Children and teens: Free

Inspirational The Moveable Feast
Reading February & March 2009
This popular series of literary luncheons, each featuring an exciting author at dif-
ferent Waccamaw Neck restaurants, is held every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The
fee is $25 and most feasts are followed by a signing at Litchfield Books at 2 p.m.
When author Lisa Hammond followed her passion, she founded her own company, Femail

Reservations are requested by the Wednesday prior to the feast by visiting the office
Creations--a woman-oriented catalog company that grew into a huge success. Lisa loved shop-
ping, thus the mail-order catalog. Because she's passionate about women making their way in the
world, Femail Creations features only items crafted by women artisans. In Dream Big Hammond inside The Chocolate & Coffee House in the Litchfield Exchange, online
( or by phone, 235-9600.
details how she and her sister entrepreneurs followed their dreams and managed their fears to
become happy and successful. Lisa shares the lessons they learned, the mistakes they made,
and the fulfillment they attained.

February 6 - Marjorie Wentworth
Dream Big reflects Lisa's inspirational personality and drive, as well as her belief in the power of
(Shackles) at Rocco’s
women connecting with women--from the artists whose products appear in Femail Creations to
Based on a true story, Shackles describes what happens when a group of little boys search for buried
the women who buy those products. Dream Big is a virtual meeting place for women who want to
treasure in their backyard on Sullivan’s Island, and dig up a bit of history — a set of shackles used
live (and work) their dreams. By sharing parts of their stories and tips, the women who've done it
centuries ago on slaves who were held on the island. This poignant story, written in lyric prose by
lend a hand to those who still dream that "maybe someday". Readers will find inspiration, as well
South Carolina’s Poet Laureate, is beautifully illustrated by artist Leslie Darwin Pratt-Thomas.
as hard-nosed advice, about how to pursue their passion--whether for business, creativity, fami-
ly, or anything else--in spite of fear and inevitable missteps. Chapters include: Permission to February 13 - Patricia Causey Nichols
Dream, Facing Fears, Attempting the Impossible, Owning Our Power, Trusting Our Guts, (Voices of Our Ancestors) at Austin’s
Persistence is Omnipotent, and Never Too Late. In Voices of Our Ancestors Nichols offers the first detailed linguistic history of South Carolina as
she explores the contacts between distinctive language cultures in the colonial and early federal
Dream Big shows women that the first step isn't writing a business plan--it's listening to yourself eras and studies the dialects that evolved even as English became paramount in the state. As
and taking your turn; it's managing your life from the heart with a "femail" touch. Hammond, who's language development reflects historical development, her work also serves as a new avenue of
known to her thousands of customers, friends, and family as the Barefoot CEO, didn't do things inquiry into SC’s social history from the epoch of Native American primacy to the present day.
conventionally. That makes for hilarious stories, heart-stopping inspiration, and roll-up-your
sleeves tips--a blueprint in action for their dreams. February 20 - Jim Harrison & Jerry Blackwelder
(Pathways to a Southern Coast) at DeBordieu Beach Club
For more information on this book and other wonderful In the inimitable Harrison style, this long-awaited reprinting includes oils, watercolors and pencil
resources for personal and professional success, go to sketches of sand dunes, salt marshes, lighthouses, palmetto palms and fishing shacks - all haunt-
ingly beautiful and capturing the peculiar beauty of the Southern coast. In accompanying text, Blackwelder explains how important the coast has been to the South, discussing its surrounding
folklore and its traditions, its natural history and ecology, always returning to its natural beauty.

February 27 - Charles Todd
(A Matter of Justice) at Ocean One
Todd’s 11th Inspector Ian Rutledge historical mystery takes place at the turn of the century, in a
war far from England, where two soldiers chance upon an opportunity that will change their lives
forever. To take advantage of it, they will be required to do the unthinkable, and then to put the
past behind them. But not all memories are so short.

March 6 - Nicole Seitz
(A Hundred Years of Happiness) at Kimbel’s in Wachesaw
A courageous novel that explores the pain and repercussions of the Viet Nam War on two families
today. A beautiful young woman. An American soldier. A war-torn country. Nearly 40 years of
silence. Now, two daughters search for the truth they hope will set them free and the elusive peace
their parents have never found. Seitz writes with keen insight and compassion as the past collides
with the present, and her characters must face the choices they made nearly a lifetime ago.

March. 13 - Rita Shuler
(Small-town Slayings in South Carolina) at DeBordieu Clubhouse
After 24 years with SLED as special agent/forensic photographer, Lieutenant Shuler has a pas-
sion for remembering the victims. Her new book (following Carolina Crimes and Murder in the
Midlands) takes us back in time, showing differences and similarities of crime solving in the past
and present and some surprising twists of court proceedings, verdicts and sentences. From an
unsolved case that has haunted her for 30 years to a cold case that was solved after 15 years by
advanced DNA technology, Shuler blends her own memories with extensive research, resulting
in a fast-paced, factual and fascinating look at crime in South Carolina.

March 20 - Jack Bass & Scott Poole
(The Palmetto State) at Inlet Affairs
Jack Bass is author or co-author of seven nonfiction books about the American South. His works
have focused on Southern politics, race relations, and the role of law in shaping the civil rights
era. He is a professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston. He taught
for 11 years as a professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. He has written for The
Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, and
The New York Times. He and co-author Scott Poole bring Walter Edgar’s South Carolina: A
History up to the present.

March 27 - Bill Noel
(The Pier) at Sea View Inn
The Pier picks up right where Folly left off without missing a beat. News of a suicide is the topic
of discussion at a housewarming party for Chris Landrum, the newest resident of Folly Beach, a
small barrier island off of historic Charleston. While certainly unfortunate, a stranger’s death has
no significance for the recently retired Kentuckian, until a friend convinces him the fatality could
not have been suicide. Noel excels at murder mysteries with suspense, humor and a little
romance thrown in.