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FOLLY BEACH, SC
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Vol. 1 Issue 8 Folly Beach’s Newspaper February 6, 2009 w FREE

Great dates for
Valentine’s Day
By Brittany Urbach and
Bri Horahan
Although there are hundreds of fun
things to do in the Charleston area year
round, coming up with creative ways to
celebrate Valentine’s Day can be a head-
scratcher. So to help out the date-planning
challenged and those simply tapped for
new things to do, we’ve created a list of
traditional, original and off –the-wall
dates, one of which is sure to impress that
special someone:
Dates on the cheaper side
Combine any of these spectacular
items to create the ultimate inexpensive
Valentine’s Day. Mix and match foods,
wine, gifts and sentimental gestures to
come up with a unique gift which comes
from the heart. Your Valentine will be
impressed and delighted by your incredible
dedication.
♥ Spend your date at home
Write a little poem on a card just for
him/her, share a bubble bath, play some
relaxing music (Tord Gustavsen’s Changing
Places is a beautiful, classic jazz album)
and just enjoy each other’s company. An
inexpensive, possibly suggestive dinner
could include the following:
 Red wine ($6 - $14)
 A hors d’oeuvres platter consisting of
any or all of the following:
 Dates ($6 / lb) stuffed with
herbed goat cheese ($6 - $8) and
wrapped with bacon ($3 - $4). This
delicious treat is a fiesta in your mouth,
as the sweet juices from the date pairs
perfectly with the salty flavors of the
bacon and cheese.
 Shrimp scampi ($3 - $9)

see Dates on page 9

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2 February 6, 2009
CIVIC
Letter from Mayor
City gets a new toy Carl Beckmann

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e have a crisis situation
Two of Folly’s finest occurring on Folly Beach.
stand in front of the City’s That crisis is the Red Bay
brand new fire truck. The Laurel wilt disease spreading on the
City decided to obtain two Island. Fortunately, or unfortunately,
new trucks when Public the trees affected are located in and
Safety officer Chief Terry around the 9th through 13th Arctic,
Boatwright came across Ashley, Cooper and Tabby. If you
a great deal that allowed have Red Bay Laurel trees/bushes in
them to buy two vehicles your yard that appear to be “wilting”,
for almost the same price please notify my office. If you desire
as the one for which they to cut the trees, please cut as close to
had budgeted. The other ground level as possible and leave the
vehicle is a ladder truck trees on the street, but above all, notify
and was expected to arrive the City when you do this. There have
before this issue of the been several articles in The Journal and
Folly Current. Folly Current concerning this disease.
The disease has been verified by the SC
Forestry Commission and SC DNR
Photo provided by Terry Boatwright
and unfortunately there is no way of
stopping the Ambrosia Beetles from
moving from tree to tree. All we can
do is slow the process by removing the

An oyster exchange
dead and dying trees and burning them.
This disease has been spreading up and
down the Coast from Jacksonville,
By Ali Akhyari Florida, to Folly Beach and James

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Island. In conjunction with the Forestry
here’s a chill in the air; the mark Exchange Club’s Oyster Roast at Bowen’s the afternoon. A local Folly band, The
Commission and DNR, our efforts are
of our short and inconsistent Island on January 25. While some may Shakin’ Martini’s, kept things hopping
to slow down the spread of the disease
winters. The surface of Folly have felt a void in their heart by missing in the background with strong vocals,
north of Folly. Council will consider
Creek remains glassy from a lack of wind, the huge crowds and impossible parking talented musicians and a slide guitar. You
an Ordinance on how best to do this
but the incoming tide keeps the water situations at one of the Southeast’s top were even allowed to bring a cooler full of
beginning in January.
moving. The center of a small pier jutting festivals, the Exchange Club’s oyster roast your favorite beverage at no extra charge.
out into the water is covered with a roof was an extremely cozy, friendly, and fun The bids are in and a decision will be
The oyster roast is a staple of life on
and walls. Inside, a long wooden table is experience. made on January 27 for the contractor
our barrier islands and the Folly Beach
surrounded by people in coats and gloves, to remove some of the abandoned boats
It was easy to feel comfortable in the Exchange Club’s version is the epitome.
hunkered over and feverishly at work in the river. The SC DNR also has a list
atmosphere provided by a quiet marsh, People squeezed into a small space in order
with their hands. Steam is rising, but of the abandoned and derelict boats as
an old wooden pier, and people you’ll to enjoy some of nature’s wonderful medley
the bodies stacked side by side keep the their clock has begun ticking on the 45
probably see again. Folly Beach mayor and the company of neighbors; braving
source a secret. Then a man turns around, day period and fines will soon be issued.
Carl Beckmann was there, shuckin’ the elements with joy on their face and
chewing and swallowing with a smile on This includes all boats that appear
oysters along side everyone else. Young, the knowledge that our experience here
his face. In his hand is a stubby, knife-like abandoned and/or derelict.
old, and everyone in between scooted past is unique. Conversations were exchanged,
tool. His change in position has opened each other while the oyster shells were hands shaken, and laughter abounded, all Lastly, I want to tell you about
up a small window to reveal the source being continuously split. In a place like because of the annual oyster roasts put on our “Folly Gras Parade” coming on
of his satisfaction: a pile of oysters taken that, it’s hard to miss something and hard by our locals that rekindle the warmth February 21. Based on Mardi Gras, our
from our very own Folly River. to distance yourself from it. You can’t help in our hearts, no matter how cold it gets Folly Gras parade will be “Folly style”!
Yep, it’s oyster season. For those but enjoy yourself and be a part of it all. outside. Be sure you don’t miss the next Call Mary Cunningham for further
fortunate enough to avoid Belle Hall’s one. information. This is another ongoing
The $20 admission was a steal as it
oyster-extravaganza, you might have effort to help all of the businesses on
included all you could eat oysters and hot See page 8 for pictures.
found yourself at the Folly Beach Folly throughout the winter.
dogs which were replenished throughout

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February 6, 2009 3
civic
City Council report
Staff Report Lynn Pierotti

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he following is a summary of the a portion of it sticking out of the water. Publisher
the purchase was unnecessary.
lynn@luckydognews.sc
activity from the Folly Beach City Apparently, it has become a habitat for The money was not included in this
Council’s January 27 meeting. many fish and is one of the better fishing year’s budget and was the reason Scruggs Ali Akhyari
spots in the area. called the purchase, “a bit extravagant”. Editor
Don’t touch that tree Mayor Beckmann stated they would While other Council members contended ali@luckydognews.sc
The Council took a bold step against attempt to leave the boat where it is in the the Tahoe would allow the new Deputy to
the spread of Laurel Wilt Disease, a fungus interest of concerned fishermen. He stated operate a command center out of the back Kristin Hackler
that is attacking native Redbay Laurels they would try to cut off the stern and use of the vehicle, Scruggs asked what the Managing Editor
thanks to an alien beetle. In an effort to buoy markers so other boats can avoid the City had been doing in the past without kristin@luckydognews.sc
slow the spread and buy some time while same fate while protecting the “inland the truck.
reef”. Swan Richards
environmental agencies figure out how Beckmann argued that most other Fire
Graphic Designer
to solve the problem, the Council passed Departments have SUV’s for the same swan@luckydognews.sc
first reading of an ordinance that reflects Are you being compensated? purpose. The Council voted 5-1, Scruggs
recommendations from the Department Council member Tom Scruggs casting the dissenting vote, to purchase the Brittany Urbach
of Natural Resources and the SC Forestry announced that he, along with Council Tahoe. The vehicle will also be available Reporter
Commission. members Dave Stormer and Charlie for the Deputy Fire Chief’s personal use. brittany@luckydognews.sc
If a person suspects a Redbay to be McCarty, were interested in forming a
infected, they are to contact the City’s “Compensation Committee” whose goal Everything else Richard Brendel
Building Official. If the tree is found to be would be to conduct a compensation The Council passed first reading of Advertising
infected, the property owner is responsible study. The study would compare similar an ordinance that will update the City’s richard@luckydognews.sc
for cutting the tree into manageable, three municipal jobs in the City of Folly Beach code dealing with alcoholic beverages. Becca Finley
foot pieces and the City will pick them up. with those of comparable municipalities According to the current code, the Copy Editor/Reporter
If the City discovers an infected tree on nearby in an effort to make sure employees legal drinking age is 18 on Folly Beach. info@luckydognews.sc
a property, they will notify the property are being paid what they should. The work Furthermore, liquor was not included
owner and that entity will have 10 days to would also establish a range of salaries among the list of beverages that are Interns
cut the tree as noted above. If not, the City for a job that would allow consideration regulated by the code. The ordinance will Jennifer Millar
will cut the tree and charge the property of experience, longevity, skills and other bring this section of the City’s codes in Bridget Hinkebein
owner for the service. Bri Horahan
characteristics when it comes to proper compliance with State law. Ashley Anderson
The ordinance also makes it illegal to compensation. The Council passed a resolution to
cut healthy Redbays or to remove Redbays The other municipalities which the spend no more than $40,000 on a traffic •
from the property on which they sit if Committee would examine are: Bluffton, study which will be conducted by Wilbur Contributors
they’ve been cut. Violators will be subject Carolina Beach, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Smith Associates. They also agreed to give Brianne Horahan
to a fine between $100 and $500 for failure North Myrtle Beach, Oak Island/Holden $2000 to the Fort Johnson Booster Club. Becca Finley
to comply with the ordinance. Beach, Sullivan’s Island and James Island They voted to give $1500 to the Folly Mia Burmeister-Laws
The City has acquired a burn site in Public Service District. Beach Garden Club who will use the Ashley Anderson
the infected area of Folly Beach where funds to build a meditation garden at the Toni Catoe
The rest of Council seemed content to
Brittany Urbach
infected wood will be taken for disposal. let them go about the business of getting Community Center.
Eric Horan
Burnings are expected to take place on the information. The Isle of Palms recently Additionally, Council members passed Haley Merrill
Wednesdays. conducted their own compensation study a resolution that set a $1000 minimum
with the same goals and research. It was bid for the newly established commercial Published by
Can you not hear me now discovered that much of their workforce zones on the front beach. Four zones have Lucky Dog Publishing
The City Council was faced with a new was underpaid, but it allowed them to been established from 3rd Street East of South Carolina, LLC
version of the noise ordinance they have address problems such as high turnover in to 3rd Street West where the rental of P.O. Box 837
been wrestling with recently. Previously, certain departments. umbrellas, chairs, and personal watercraft Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
business owners argued that their input can be conducted. They also passed first 843-886-NEWS
and concerns were not reflected in the New Deputy, new truck reading of an ordinance that increases
the amount of money that can be spent Future deadlines:
ordinance. However, this ordinance The City has recently hired a new
February 11 for submissions.
seems to be something everyone can Deputy Fire Chief who will also be without a purchase order from $100 to
live with according to DJ Rich of Planet getting a new 2009 Chevy Tahoe with a $500. In addition, a payment voucher or The Folly Current, a wholly owned subsidiary
Follywood. He encouraged the Council to $23,210 price tag. However, the purchase request for a check has to be submitted, of Lucky Dog Publishing of South Carolina
pass the ordinance with as little change as of the new vehicle came with some debate. signed by a department head, with receipts LLC, is a free, independent newspaper pub-
possible. Council member Scruggs did not believe attached. lished every two weeks and is for and about
Folly Beach. Copies are mailed free of charge
the City should spend the money and that to every active mailbox in our coverage area
Stranded no more and are also available at area businesses and
by subscription to non-islanders. Subscrip-
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award a contract to the Salmon Dredging are available by sending a check to Lucky
Company for the abandoned and derelict Dog Publishing, LLC, P.O. Box 837, Sullivan’s
boat removal in and around the Folly Island, SC 29482. Contributions of informa-
tion, pictures and articles are welcomed and
River for an amount of $29,950. Their are used according to space limitations and
bid was the lowest of six while the highest Spring Cleaning? Redecorating? news value and cannot be returned except
was $61,798. However, there was some BUY OURS - CONSIGN YOURS by special request. Our editorial content is
concern that the removal of one boat in primarily dedicated to the area of distribution;
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A Folly hero
By Ashley Anderson

B
eyond the surf shops, hotels, and read. One of the few homes around the fighter plane before he was shipped off on the War was while I was the wingman for
bars that crowd the shores of Folly corner was up for sale and the sign read, the original Queen Elizabeth to Scotland a man named Lawrence Bloomer from
Beach, there lies the remains of a “Apply 111 Wentworth”. She decoded 111 and then to the southern coast of England North Dakota. Everyone called him
classic, vacant sanctuary: a playground Wentworth to be “I went north”. As they where he began flying missions. By July, Scrappy. Scrappy shot down five German
surrounded by nothing but a few homes were driving by, she said, “I wonder where Awtrey was stationed at a beachhead strip FW 190’s in just 15 minutes. Being his
to cast shadows on the shoreline. These they went? How far up north?” The two in Normandy, where the D-Day landings wingman, I was there for it all,” said
memories of a young Folly Beach rest in chuckled at the memory as if it had been occurred. He also gave support to ground Awtrey.
the nostalgic eyes of local resident Bill yesterday. forces during the Battle of the Bulge. Awtrey lost 55 out of the 315 members
Awtrey. Perhaps Theresa and Bill can replay Awtrey served from May of 1944 until of his graduating class in the War, along
88-year-old Awtrey has been visiting these memories with ease because, in a July of 1945. Had the war continued, he with two of his flying school classmates. He
Folly since his father built their beach home sense, they have such a young relationship. would have flown back to the States to remained in the Air Force and attained his
there in 1931. His wife and childhood These newlyweds were married just six reequip and headed to the far east. By the master’s degree in international relations
companion, Theresa, also moved into the years ago at an Air Force Base Chapel. time he arrived home, the atom bombs and geo-politics from Georgetown
home her family had built nearby that Recent regulations on the base required had been dropped and the war had ended. University.
same year. Both of their fathers worked that couples have three months of Awtrey returned home with 51 holes in his
for the Standard Oil Company, which is marriage counseling prior to being wed. plane. see Awtry on page 6
now Exxon. The two spent their summers Awtrey was shocked. “Between my wife to “My most exciting experience during
playing in the wide open spaces and woods be and me, we’ve had almost 113 years of
of Folly Beach with the trees, dunes, rocks,
and sea as their jungle gym.
previous marriage! You want us to go for
three months to counseling?” said Awtrey
to the chaplain.
FIVA looks to future
“Theresa was always that little girl that
By Toni Catoe
tagged along. She was always such a good Born and raised in West Columbia

H
climber. We’d say ‘Theresa go climb up (formerly New Brooklyn), Awtrey moved appy New Year!! I hope your City officials. We have a membership of
that limb!’ If it would hold her, her brother back to his parent’s vacation home in Folly holiday season was marvelous. about 300 people, (a good cross-section)
and I would go up it. She was our little permanently when his former wife passed Let us all be thankful for what so our responses provide them with a
tester,” said Awtrey. Theresa laughed, “I away in June of 2001. Awtrey graduated we have and our wonderful quality of life good idea of how people feel about issues.
can’t believe my mother turned me loose from Clemson University in 1941, while here on the Folly Islands. You can look to see more straw polls in
with those two boys!” it was still a military academy. He applied The Folly Island Voters Association or the future.
Decades of childhood memories are for pilot training and graduated from FIVA will continue to keep you informed Due to a continuing conflict with
still fresh in their minds. Awtrey even Williams Air Force Base in Arizona in about what is happening in our City. other City meetings, we have moved the
recalls one of Theresa’s first attempts to 1944. Awtrey flew a P-38 World War II However, we can use some help. In order FIVA meetings to the fourth Thursday of
to let you know what is going on, some every month. The meetings are held in
involvement is necessary on your part. City Council Chambers at 7:30pm. If
The zoning re-write, traffic study, and you have any suggestions for topics for
vending ordinances are just a few of the the coming year, please do not hesitate
things that are happening in our City to let us know. The “official” e-mail
right now. This year we have made greater address is FollyIsResAssoc@aol.com,
use of the straw poll. We appreciate your or you can contact me directly at fiva.
responses very much. Results of the straw folly@gmail.com or call me at 588-2055.
polls are being forwarded to the City I look forward to working with you in
administrator so that she can share the the coming year and hope to see you at
information with the Mayor and other the next meeting.

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It always goes down smooth
Staff Report

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hat do you call a chili cook-off, hot dog Beach Brewing Company, a newer addition to the
eating contest, lots of fun and lots of Center Street crew, offered samples of their many
people on Center Street? The first annual fine brews that can’t be found any where else in
Taste of Folly, of course. the area. Of course the Crab Shack and Locklear’s
Despite threats of rain, the event was a huge wouldn’t let visitors step foot on Folly Beach without
success. Half of Center Street was closed to vehicular first sampling their classic Lowcountry seafood. Hey,
traffic, but it was as busy as the Fourth of July you can’t come to the beach without having some
weekend. People crowded the streets and our local hushpuppies. Am I right?
restaurants made it easy for festival goers to sample There was no shortage of food or fun. In addition
the eclectic flavors of Folly Beach. to the many vendors who graced the main drag,
If you were visiting from an area off the island, a jump castle kept the kids in high spirits and the
one of the first booths you probably came to was a Oscar Rivers Trio and Walkin’ Mike Wolk provided
classic: Woody’s. They were selling their one of kind the music.
pizzas by the slice. Off the bat, you had to know this Later, Mayor Carl Beckmann and the rest of
was a good place to be. You can’t miss with Woody’s. the City Council applauded the Taste of Folly as a
Just across the road, the new restaurant Blu, which huge success, not only as a great event but also as
will be opening with the Holiday Inn sometime in an economic booster shot for local businesses during
March, complimented Woody’s casual aura with the slow winter months. D.J. Rich was commended
something a bit more upscale. They offered some for his work in organizing the event.
delicious shrimp and chicken skewers over blue
cheese coleslaw with a scallop to top it off. The Folly
See page 8 for pictures

The Big Easy comes to Folly
Staff Report
There’s no denying that we are in hard economic
times. Our local businesses are suffering as much as
anyone. However, the City of Folly Beach is making
an effort to bring more business to the beach with
“Folly Gras”. In the Mayor’s own words, it is like
Mardi Gras, but Folly style.
In the wake of the recent “Taste of Folly” event, spirit
which was a very successful private venture, Mayor o f
Carl Beckmann announced the City will be hosting things.
the first Folly Gras parade designed to bring people Folly Gras
out to the beach during the slow winter months. will be held
Folly Gras, he says, is “nothing more than having on February
a little fun and helping the businesses”. It’s an 21 at 2pm. For
opportunity for people to take advantage of the more information,
off-season and get together for some fun as a contact Mary
community. Cunningham at
If you want to participate, be prepared to get 588-2447.
into the swing of things. Those who want to be
part of the parade are required to dress up in some
sort of costume. Golf carts have to be decorated as
well. But that’s like saying you have to put chocolate
syrup on your ice cream, right? What a sacrifice.
So get your costume ready and get into the

Planet Follywood - 32 Center
Street FB Crab Shack - 26 Center Street
Feb 13, 14, 20, 21- Dan Clamp Feb. 12 & 19- Folly Beach Bluegrass Society
(Thursdays)
Surf Bar - 103 W. Cooper Avenue
Feb. 8- Dangermuffin
Feb. 9- Graham Whorley
Feb. 11- Justin Burke
Feb. 15- Dangermuffin
Feb. 16- Graham Whorley
Feb. 18- Justin Burket

Sand Dollar - 7 Center Street
Feb. 6 & 7- On the Hunt

Folly music
scene
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Dates from Cover to learn or refresh your knowledge about ♥ Take your Valentine to the jewelry store The philanthropic date
the rich history of Charleston. just before your dinner and present her For the couple who already has
with cocktail sauce ($2 - $3). A
with her favorite selection during dessert. everything, why not have a philanthropic
classic appetizer, which never loses its
popularity. ♥ Design your own personal tour through date for Valentine’s Day?
 Oysters are a traditional aphrodisiac. the various art galleries in downtown ♥ Do an art walk through downtown ♥ Donate the money that you would
You can purchase them fresh at Charleston. It’s a great way to enjoy each Charleston or any of the art shops on the spend on a date to different charities. Or,
Crosby’s. other while observing gorgeous paintings islands a few days before Valentines. Then, buy a gift for your date that will benefit
and photographs (free!). on the big day, present her with her favorite those who need it.
 Hummus ($2 - $3) and pita chips
painting or photograph from the trip.
($3 - $6). A delightful snack to munch
on while the lamb chops are simmering ♥ Visit Charleston Cooks! for couples’ ♥ Heifer International will use proceeds
away in the oven. cooking classes. Three different classes ♥ Spend two nights at the Charleston given to them to furnish impoverished
 Honey ($2 - $4) with pecorino are being offered on February 14. This Place Hotel, which is offering a Sweetheart families around the world with various
cheese ($7 -$8 / lb). Drizzle honey over “Couples’ Night” features a Romantic Package, complete with a carriage ride, animals in the hopes of eliminating
wedges of pecorino cheese and enjoy the Italian Valentine’s Dinner, scheduled for afternoon picnic, spa amenities, a dozen hunger. Heifer animals include chicks,
incredible combination of this salty and 6:30pm. The price is $120. Just a few of roses and Godiva chocolates. For more sheep, rabbits, beehives, guinea pigs,
sweet delicacy. the tasty treats are “Crispy Risotto and info, call 1-800-611-5545. llamas, goats, donkeys, ducks, pigs, geese,
Mozzarella Fritters.” For more info, call camels, oxen, water buffalo and cows. For
 Pecan ($2 - $5) crusted brie ($7 -
843-722-1212. ♥ Spend two nights at the Sanctuary on more info, visit www.heifer.org.
$10). Warm the brie and pair it with
apple slices, pita wedges or crackers to Kiawah Island with either their Sanctuary
create an out-of-this-world flavor. ♥ To Kill a Mocking Bird is playing at the Romance Package, which includes dinner ♥ Buy a pair of shoes and give a pair to
Memminger Auditorium, February 11 - at the Ocean Room Prime Steakhouse, a child in need when you purchase them
February 28. $29 Adult, $27 Seniors (60+) couples massage and rose petal turndown, from Toms Shoes. Visit their online store
All of these hors d’oeuvres go perfectly
and $22 Student admission. For more info, or their Villa Romance Package, which www.tomsshoes.com, or go to either
with a bold glass of red wine—and
call Charleston Stage at 843-577-7183. includes a canoe trip, bike rentals and Palmetto Moon location or Worthwhile
remember, it doesn’t have to be an
dinner at the Ocean Room. For more on King Street to find the pair for you or
expensive wine. There are many delicious
♥ The Charleston Ballet Company will be info, call 843-768-2121. your Valentine’s date.
wines under $10.
performing the Masterpieces of Dance

A date with Mother Earth
February 14 - February 15 at the Sottile
Visit a vineyard:
Theatre. Adult tickets range from $35-$45.
If you are into wine, head out to Enjoy the creations of choreographers
Wadmalaw Island’s Irvin House Vineyards Twyla Tharp, Kennedy Center Honors Bri Horahan
for a wine tasting. $2.50 covers a guided Inductee and George Balanchine. For Spend Valentine’s night, February 14, the evening is $20 at the door and $15
tour, a taste of their five wines and a more info, call 843-723-7334. at the studio of Mary Edna Fraser on with student ID. The studio is located at
wrapped glass. Every Thursday - Saturday James Island from 5-11pm. Local artists, 1723 Oak Point Road, James Island.
from 10am to 5pm. For more info, visit Tina Christophillis and Jeff Kopish, “Delete Apathy: Promoting
www.charlestonwine.com. ♥ If music is your thing, then be sure to
check out blues singer, songwriter, pianist will showcase their work alongside Environmental Activism” is the name of
Mary Edna Fraser’s Batik, mono and oil the show that hopes to make the public
and guitarist Leon Russell at the Pour
Taste some tea: paintings. 50 Houses on Kiawah Sand, a aware of the proposed development of
House on James Island, February 13 -
Begin at America’s only tea garden, documentary film by Celie Dailey, will a “spit” of land on the southern tip of
February 14. Admission is $25. For more
Charleston Tea Plantation, located on be shown at 6 and 8pm, followed by a Kiawah Island. Mary Edna Fraser, the
info, call 843-571-4343.
Wadmalaw Island. Take a free tour of Q&A with Nancy Vinson, Program show’s host and in-house artist, is also a
the plantation’s fields and their working Director for Air and Water Quality at licensed pilot, who has been watching this
♥ Camellia Walks at Middleton Place the Coastal Conservation League. This spit of land morph for the past 30 years
tea factory. Afterward, have a free taste
Plantation, February 7 - March 26. $25 show is a celebration of love for Mother from the cockpit of her grandfather’s
of their teas. For more information, call
Adult, $5 Child and Free 6 and under Earth that will increase the awareness of 1940s Air Coop. She, Nancy Vinson
843-559-0383.
admission. Offers a half hour guided tour her needs. and Dr. Orrin Pilkey have lent their
of the “original and authentic 1950s era Live music will be performed from voices to environmental activism for the
Take a ride through downtown: Camellia gardens”. For more info, call 7-11pm by Sweetgrass, Lime and the Charleston area in the ultimate goal of
According to a cabbie at the Black Cab Middleton Place at 843-556-6020. Coconuts, ending with Howard Dlugasch’s preserving this land in its natural state.
Company, if you tell the driver, “God Save
acoustic performance. Bowens Island,
the Queen!” you can get a ride anywhere Visit www.coastalconservationleague.
Going all out the Wine Shop and Alchemy Coffee
org and www.deleteapathy.com for more
downtown for only $5!
Planning a Valentine’s Day date with will provide roasted oysters, veggie chili,
information on the show, or contact Mary
all the bells and whistles isn’t too difficult. coffee and drinks. It is a paperless event
Edna Fraser through her website www.
Enjoy the arts: Here are some great ways to give your to encourage green living; admission for
maryedna.com.
Stroll down the romantic streets and Valentine an all out night out:
alleys of Charleston, visiting the open
galleries of local artists. Don’t forget the ♥ Treat your Valentine to a delicious meal
free samples of pecan pralines on Market at any one of downtown Charleston’s
Street! Afterwards, step into one of the critically renowned restaurants. Several
many restaurants and bars downtown for highly recommended restaurants that
a night of free music and dancing. are sure to satisfy the most demanding
taste buds include: McCrady’s (which is
Dates on the town currently booking its special Valentine’s
♥ An inexpensive dinner for two and a dinner), SNOB (Slightly North of Broad),
movie afterwards is a classic Valentine’s Cypress, Magnolia’s, High Cotton, Oak
Day gift. One of the most romantic places Steakhouse and Peninsula Grill.
to go to the movies is The Terrace on
Maybank Highway. The Terrace offers ♥ Create an over-the-top cheese platter
a variety of wine, beer, snacks and soft with a variety of wines. Food and wine
drinks to enjoy during the film, all in an expert Drew Harris at Café Medley on
intimate, cozy setting. Sullivan’s Island would be more than
happy to help you with your pairings and
♥ A carriage ride ($20 per person) selections. Call 843-793-4055.
throughout downtown Charleston—this
is not only romantic but an excellent way
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10 February 6, 2009

Police Reports
Folly Beach Police Reports: January 20 group of people suspected of shoplifting. Best Ice in the truck bed, an opened
A Kangaroo convenience store employee The officer arrived and identified the twelve pack of the same beer behind
January 16 called police to report that a man who suspects, two girls and three guys, and the driver’s seat, and 32oz Mountain
appeared homeless was scaring people found two bottles of Bud Light Lime Dew that had been re-filled with beer.
A resident reported that she had become
in the parking lot and had even pulled and one bottle of Smirnoff Ice in their The driver, already in an agitated state,
the victim of internet fraud two days earlier
out a knife. Upon arrival, the man was car. After they could not agree on where miserably failed a field sobriety test and
after complying with an e-mail in which
still in the parking lot holding a cup of they purchased the beer, video evidence was arrested for DUI and having an open
the sender, posing as her e-mail provider,
coffee, which was taken away from him showed the group of five steal the three container in a moving vehicle. The subject
asked for her e-mail address and password
for fear of it being used as a weapon as he beers. All five were arrested for shoplifting was handcuffed with his hands behind
in order to avoid erasing unused contacts
began to get belligerent. When asked for and the nine dollars worth of merchandise his back and seatbelted into the vehicle.
in her address book as a maintenance
identification, the man responded, “that is was returned to the store. On the ride to the Charleston County
operation. On January 16, she attempted
the $50,000,000 question”. Officers were Detention Center, the subject unbuckled
to access her account but the password had
unable to find identification on the man January 23 himself and attempted to bring his hands
been changed by the bandit. The subject,
and arrested him for disorderly conduct When a dispatcher observed two in front of him. He was advised to stop
posing as the victim, also contacted the
under the name John Doe and was later intoxicated individuals in front of the fire doing so and any continuation would be
people in her address book claiming to
identified as an Illinois resident. house, a police officer was dispatched. considered resisting arrest. He continued.
need $2200 because she was in London
He noticed both were very intoxicated The officer pulled over, further restrained
and lost her wallet. Officers provided the
and in no shape to drive and offered to the subject with some opposition, and took
victim with the phone number of the local January 20
call them a cab and escorted them to the him to jail. He was additionally charged
FBI office to investigate further. A resident reported that a decorative
Public Safety officer, despite some lack with resisting arrest and his driver’s license
surfboard worth $500 had been stolen
of cooperation from the woman. The was taken after refusing a breathalyzer.
January 16 from the side of his house. He had last
seen the board on January 9. There was no dispatcher was unsuccessful with the cab
An officer pulled over a vehicle for traveling January 24
evidence to identify a suspect. The board companies and the woman began to act
13mph over the posted speed limit on
was a 7-8 foot Sea and Sand long board. up again. He agreed to let her call a sober A female driver was pulled over after
Center Street leaving Folly Beach. The
friend, but she responded by “playing cutting off a police officer while making
driver was unable to produce a license but
games” and not calling anyone. The officer a turn. She appeared in an “altered state”
assured the officer it was good. However, January 21
offered to attempt a cab ride again when and unaware of her surroundings. She
the officer discovered that “good” must After responding to a call, an officer the woman started being uncooperative, refused a field sobriety test before dispatch
have meant “suspended” after a short was directed to a vehicle containing an at which point she was placed under informed the officer that her license was
investigation revealed that fact in addition intoxicated individual. The officer turned arrest. The man was allowed to take a suspended. Except for saying “I’m in
to several other priors and that the car did on his blue lights and watched the driver cab and told to go straight home when it love”, her continuous rambling was largely
not belong to the driver. Officers were sneak over to the passenger side of the car. arrived. With the help of the cab driver, incoherent. She was arrested for DUI and
unable to locate the actual owner of the The officer approached the vehicle and the who was directed to contact police if the her traffic offense.
vehicle and it was towed while the driver “passenger” opened the car door at the man strayed from his instructions, police
was arrested. officer’s request. He could smell alcohol
found the man when he got out of the cab January 25
and noticed the woman was slurring her
at Mariner’s Cay where he admittedly did A woman requested an “information only”
January 19 speech and slow in her movements. He
not live. The duo was arrested and charged report after a casual boyfriend ripped a
A man staying with a friend reported that asked her to step out of the vehicle and
with disorderly conduct. side mirror from her car. She claimed the
wood working tools had been stolen from she responded by trying to close the door
on him. The officer stopped the door and man also pushed her out of the vehicle,
his truck within the previous two days.
informed the woman she would not be January 23 resulting in minor injuries but didn’t want
He had last seen them on January 17 and
able to stay in the vehicle. At this point, A man was offered a ride back to his house to press charges. The officer realized he
noticed them missing on January 19. He
the woman hit and kicked the officer after refusing to leave a local bar. The man had seen the woman the day before when
estimated the value of the tools at $4500.
every time he tried to pull her from the had no identification but offered his name she was so intoxicated that she couldn’t
There were no suspects at the time of the
vehicle. In addition, the woman’s dog and date of birth. On the ride to his home, walk and didn’t know her name.
report.
attempted to bite the officer with every it was discovered that the Charleston
attempt. She kept fighting the officer until County Sheriff’s Office had a warrant for January 25
January 19 another officer arrived to distract the dog the man. He was placed under arrest, put A 22 year old man was discovered sleeping
A local business was broken into sometime while he forced her from the car. She was on trespass notice at the bar, and picked in a men’s restroom. When an officer made
after closing time in the early morning and arrested and charged with assault and up by a Sheriff’s deputy later that night. contact, he was sure the man was on some
reported around 12:26pm that day. It was public intoxication. sort of mind altering substance as he was
believed that the culprit entered through a
January 24 “dazed and confused” and unaware of his
small bathroom window which had been
January 22 At about 5:19am, an officer observed a surroundings. A search uncovered a small
painted shut before taking $759 from the
Police responded to one of our local vehicle drive over the center yellow line amount of marijuana, one pill of ecstasy,
cash register and drop bag. There were no
convenience stores in reference to a a couple of times while leaving Folly and 1.5 pills of diazepam which he had a
suspects at the time of the report.
Beach and conducted a traffic stop. He prescription for. He was arrested for drug/
saw only a driver but noticed a passenger narcotic violations, this being his second
sit up after the vehicle came to a stop at offense.
which point another officer was called to
assist. The officer got the male passenger January 25
out of the vehicle and patted him down. An officer pulled over a Maryland driver
The other officer noticed an opened 32 for going 50mph in a 35mph zone at
ounce bottle of Schlitz. The female driver 9:45pm. The vehicle’s registration had
was unable to produce any identification been expired since March of 2008 and
or vehicle documentation. She was cited the driver could not produce proof of
for driving over the center line, having an insurance. The vehicle was towed and the
open container in the car, and they were driver given a citation for speeding and the
allowed to leave. expired registration. A taxi was contacted
so the driver’s travel could continue.
January 24
A pick-up truck was pulled over for
suspected drunk driving. The officer
observed a strong odor of alcohol and
noticed several empty cans of Milwaukee’s
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February 6, 2009 11
Surfing
Help Surfrider attack A January clean up
pollution
W
ell, January has been a pretty disheartening month as far as surf goes. It’s
been really cold, and we’ve even seen some flurries. But, when it looked
Provided by Haley Merrill like January was going to go “gentle into that good night”, she decided to
give us something to remember her by.
We saw some choppy, waist/chest high surf on January 28. The winds were relatively
calm despite predictions of howling gusts up to 30mph, which didn’t show up until
the late afternoon. For anyone who was able to get out of bed and avoid work the next
morning, the sight was beautiful. Winds calmed down and switched off-shore, giving
Folly surfers a great clean-up session. It wasn’t huge, but it was definitely fun. The
waves were clean with plenty of lines; it was even going down at the pier.
Hopefully, we’ll have more of the same, or better, in February.

I
t’s so easy to say “plastic” at the plastic, while others have found that some
grocery store checkout counter. The baby penguins are dying in South Africa
plastic bags are both lightweight and because their parents are regurgitating
strong—you don’t have to worry about mostly plastics at meal times.
the handles breaking like the paper bag The North Pacific Gyre is an area of
handles often do. Plus, you don’t have the ocean twice the size of the continental
to buy small bags for your lunch or the US where it’s estimated that roughly 100
bathroom trashcans. You’re reusing, and million tons of plastic are trapped. Here,
that’s environmentally friendly, right? plastic pieces outnumber zooplankton, the
The thing is, even if you reuse that building blocks for the marine food chain,
plastic bag, that plastic will never go by 6 to 1. Photos by Marty Morganello
away. Plastic, while it certainly has In order to reduce the amount of Folly Beach surfers had the benefit of a nice clean-up session on January 29. Above:
made life better in some regards, is not plastic in the environment, the Surfrider Longboarders at the pier enjoy the fruits.
biodegradable. It photodegrades, which Foundation Charleston Chapter and
means the sun breaks it down into smaller Charleston Waterkeeper will be running
and smaller pieces until we can’t see it, but a Rise Above Plastics campaign for the
even though we can’t see it, it’s still there. month of March, starting with an oyster
These small pieces get eaten by the roast kick off party on February 15, from
microorganisms in the ocean and then 2-5pm at Bowens Island. The campaign
begin to work their way up the food chain will focus on education on the permanence
until they’re eventually concentrated in of plastic and ways in which people can
the stomachs of large fish, seabirds, and decrease their use of plastics. It’s all you
mammals. Plastic yields no nutritional can eat oysters and all you can drink beer,
value and is not easily digested, so usually plus live music from The Toasted Beats and
the plastic just sits there, slowly leaking Moonlight Ale. Tickets are $15 in advance
poison and taking up valuable space. (sold at Folly Brewing Co, Ocean Surf
Eventually, the afflicted animal starves to Shop, Mellow Mushroom, Las Olas, Air,
death. Charleston Watersports, and Halfmoon
Researchers recently found a dead sea Outfitters in Mount Pleasant) and $20
turtle off the coast of Hawaii with more at the door. All funds raised will go to
than 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach support the campaign and other Surfrider
and intestines. Others have found dead projects. Visit www.charlestonsurfrider.
seabirds in Alaska with stomachs full of com for more info.

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12 February 6, 2009

Morning fog
By Eric Horan

M
y friend Doug Gardner and I passed through
the Sea Pines Plantation gate on Hilton Head
just before sun up this spring morning. We were
headed to Lake Mary in the Forest Preserve to photograph
wading birds. They spend long hours, days even, gathering
nesting materials and preparing for their chicks to arrive.
In another month, the island will be filled with hundreds
of birds, tending to their clutch of chicks full time. But this
trip, we were intent on photographing their nest building.
The rookery in the Forest Preserve used to be on a small
island in the middle of Lake Mary. For a few months
each spring it served as home to egrets, herons and ibis.
We launched our kayaks into the glass-smooth water in
a heavy fog, counting on the fog lifting with the sunrise.
The fog did eventually lift; but while waiting, I got this
nice image of my friend paddling.

Eric Horan publishes a calendar of his work every year and
his columns discuss the picture for each month. You can view
and/or purchase his 2009 calendar at
www.southernlight.biz.

Photo tip: With each situation you annual wall calendar Lowcountry 2009, nice kayaking shots. waters are full of alligators with others
encounter outdoors, plan your gear and South Carolina.) Extra precaution should be used when predators on land such as raccoon, fox
how you want to approach your subject. Once in the field, remain open to the shooting birds on the nest and extreme and bobcat, waiting for such a mishap.
You need to pay close attention to the unexpected. Your spontaneity can bring care taken when they have chicks. You With nesting birds, it’s best to use a photo
weather, light direction and quality new opportunities. In our case, we could do not want to scare birds off their nests blind or position yourself with a long lens
for the time you will be out. When in have sat in our boats, grumbling while or worse, startle young chicks to flee the far enough away to prevent disturbing
coastal waters, study the tides. (Check waiting for the sun to burn through the nest prematurely. The chances for their any natural behavior.
with local papers, tourist guides or my fog. Instead, we managed to capture some survival would not be good. The local

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