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ANNEXAT I ON OF
PROPERT I ES
OUT SI DE T HE GAT E
ith a new government come new changes. As Kiawah’s
Town Council changed over at the beginning of this
year, elected ofcials became interested in annexing
properties outside of the Kiawah Island Community Association
gate, including Freshfelds Village and Cassique. By annexing
the properties, the Town would gain control of development and
border security along the afected areas, as well as receive income
now accruing to the County.
In order for annexation to occur, the property owner must
petition to the municipality a request for annexation. Tough
discussions of annexation began back in January, no action could
take place due to the pending sale of Kiawah Partners; when South
Street Partners purchased Kiawah Partners, the new developer
decided to move forward with the annexing process. “Te
important thing about annexation, that we understand, is that
the process begins with the owner,” said John Labriola at the July
Town Council meeting. “It doesn’t begin with the Town,” Labriola
said. Since, the new owners have expressed interest in becoming
part of the Town of Kiawah Island.
Tough annexation would make the proposed properties part
of the Town, little changes will afect homeowners behind the
KICA gate. Freshfelds will continue to be maintained by the
management company with its own security. Te Town would
provide police coverage to the newly annexed areas, as well as
provide trash collection to those residing in Cassique. Te Town
would also control building permits and construction inspections.
Te two gated communities of Kiawah will remain independent,
and no changes will occur in the visitor pass process; such actions
will remain as they have been and unafected by the annexed
properties. Cassique will continue to have its own community
association, and Freshfelds Village will remain public, but within
the borders of the Town of Kiawah.
As Kiawah continues to grow and build out over the next several
years, Town revenues now currently received from taxes, business
licenses, and franchise fees, will decrease. In pursuing annexation,
Council hopes to incur new sources of revenue for the Town to
maintain its fnancial stability and security in years to come.
At the August 7 Planning Commission meeting, commissioners
established an annexation subcommittee, composed of Larry
Iwan, Fred Peterson, and Dan Pricket, to analyze zoning and
planning issues that would need to be incorporated into the Town’s
ordinances if the properties are annexed. Te Town hopes to have
annexation completed by October.
ast year it was the single largest fundraiser
for the Athletic Department at St. Johns
High in the history of the school.
Tis year, it’s anticipated to be even bigger and
On September 28, golfers from around the
lowcountry will join together to support the
student athletes at St. Johns High School in the
second annual Fall Swing Golf Tournament.
Tee Of for a Cause
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Spin and Win at
Over the Rose
GAL L ERY HOST S F UN
EVENT S I N SEPT EMBER
ver the Rose Gallery is launching into fall with
complementary wine spins of the fortune wheel
and the chance of winning really cool prizes. “Wine
Spin and Win” will happen 4 to 6 every Wednesday night in
September during Bohicket Marina’s “Sip and Stroll.” Stop
by the gallery, have a lovely glass of wine, and spin to win a
chocolate alligators, earrings, handmade cards, art classes, or
secret door prizes. Over the Rose is excited to have everyone’s
friends and family come join us for an evening at the Marina.
Seabrook Town Council
Seabrook Town Hall
Kiawah Ways and Means
Kiawah Town Hall
Kiawah Town Council
Kiawah Town Hall
Commission Work Session
Seabrook Town Hall
Kiawah Planning Commission
Kiawah Town Hall
Kiawah Arts Council
Kiawah Town Hall
Kiawah Town Hall
oth stocks and bonds came under pressure in June from
fear that the Fed would begin tapering their bond buying
program, Quantitative Easing (QE). Te target of the
sellof was not a specifc asset class but rather a type of asset – any
security that paid an attractive yield fell out
Beginning around June 15, both stocks
and bonds began selling heavily due to the
confusing commentary from the Fed on
when they were planning to begin tapering
Quantitative Easing (QE), which is their
$85 billion/month bond purchase program
intended to prop up our economy until
Te target of the sellof was not a specifc
asset class but rather a type of asset – any
security that paid an attractive yield was in the
crosshairs. A few days later, the Fed came back
out and reassured everyone that QE was not going anywhere for
some time, and the selling ended.
Tis correction presented one of the more exciting opportunities
in recent memory for long term investors. Te fundamentals of
our economy and the stocks that sold of had not changed. In
addition, the unemployment rate was still too high to warrant a
real adjustment in policy from the Fed.
Te selling was a knee jerk reaction spawned by the fear and
panic of short-term traders. Tis leaves us with three extremely
1. Asset Allocation Confrmed: Bonds
have yet to recover anywhere near their 2013
highs from April. In the face of rising interest
rates, one does not want all of their eggs in
one basket (Bond Funds).
2. Good Volatility vs. Bad Volatility:
Short-term volatility is to be expected with
stocks and long-term investors can proft
from periods of stress in equities. However,
volatility in bonds is not good because
bonds are used for capital preservation (also
supposedly less risk than equities) and any
sharp swings in prices is an indication of just
how much risk exists in bonds.
3. Tink Long Term: Te media is fxated on the inevitable
ending of QE. We feel that short-term trading around these
events is a recipe for disaster and we are not in the guessing game.
Rather, we use fundamental analysis to determine the long-
term direction of our economy and invest accordingly.
Despite our concerns for fxed income in the face of rising
interest rates, always remember that there can be a place for
bonds in many portfolio’s. Te Golden Rule of investing is
diversifcation, and we do see opportunity in select subsectors
within fxed income with low interest rate risk. Tese include
short maturity, high yield, and leveraged loans (these bonds
vary their yield with interest rates which is benefcial in a
rising rate environment).
Tis commentary is not intended as investment advice or
an investment recommendation. It is solely the opinion of our
investment team at the time of writing. Fusion Capital is a
Registered Investment Advisor frm. If you have comments or
questions, please contact Jason Mengel at jmengel@fusioncapital.
net or call 972-0065.
Stocks Have Recovered,
Bonds Have Not
BY JASON M. MENGEL, CFP
August 23, 2013 3
Summer wrap up
Final Send-of for the
his Monday is your last chance to enjoy the goodies of Freshfelds annual
summer Farmer’s Market. Join in on the fun and goodness from 4 – 8 p.m.
Market includes produce, lowcountry crafts, packaged goods, prepared food,
jellies, jams, breads, and more! Come hungry and leave happy.
PHOTOS BY RALPH SECOY
Birds of Prey Take Flight
with Kiawah Conservancy
CONSERVANCY HOST S F REE
n August 2, the Kiawah Conservancy partnered with educators at the Center
for Birds of Prey to put on a special presentation as a part of the Conservancy’s
“Conservation Matters” series. Te Birds of Prey professionals discussed
the natural history, conservation concerns, and signifcance of birds to the human
population. Guests enjoyed a special Q and A session along with hands on experiences.
PHOTOS BY RALPH SECOY
Girl’s Getaway continues on page 18
mong the four of us, we have an age
range of over sixty years. My sister
Lila and I are hardy hikers. Mom
likes to stroll. My niece favors vegetarian
food. Lila is gluten-free. Tree of us think
chocolate is soul food. My mom doesn’t
eat sweets. We share an avid interest
in the arts including my niece who is a
graphic designer and resident of Asheville
where this epic “three generational girl’s
getaway” took place. But could we please
We were mighty pleased with the large,
luxurious accommodation at the new
boutique hotel Posh. Located in Biltmore
Village, each condo is over 2,000 square
feet and includes two bedrooms and
baths, kitchen, living room and a massive
entry/hallway. We felt like kin to the
Vanderbilts as we walked the two blocks
to their Biltmore mansion, window-
shopping along the way. A cute sign
“Welcome Antman Girls” and a bottle
of wine greeted our arrival and hinted
of the concierge attention to detail that
Posh provides. We happily toasted our
adventure on our private terrace.
My niece Hanna was eager to tour us
to arts venues and the River Arts District,
where over 160 artists have working
studios and galleries. Weaving to wood,
painting to paper, and especially clay are
like Sheila Lambert
(“Attorney at Law,
Potter at Heart”) are
serious amateurs but
at Bookworks Ulrike
Franz was preparing
for her art opening
and expertly pulled
a print from the
bulky press onto her
paper. We made a
promise to return
for one of the Arts
ranged from picnics to
gourmet. A particular
highlight was Posana
Cafe. Like the
in India, which the
emperor built for
his wife, Chef Peter
Pollay calls his menu
a “Taj Mahal to my
wife” who requires a
gluten free diet. It’s “a
nice comfortable place
for people with celiac
and for people who don’t need to worry,
they don’t notice it.” A tremendously
creative décor is the backdrop for favorful
dishes including noodles made from
zucchini, salad with hemp seeds, ricotta
gnocchi and the best brie we ever had
which Peter noted was from Tree Graces
We also carried a perfect picnic from
Laurie’s Gourmet Comfort Food to a
shady table outside one of my favorite
Asheville destinations, the Folk Art
Center. A pretty drive up the winding Blue
Ridge Parkway leads to this collection
of beautifully curated mountain crafts
that vividly portray the rich Appalachian
culture. Laurie’s tasty dishes, especially
the kale salad, put a smile on everyone’s
face and made us eager to meet some of
the artisanal food producers.
And so we headed out to cruise the new
Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. A
colorful map covers 33 counties where 11
farms are open for visits. We chose the
two closest to Asheville, Looking Glass
Creamery and Hickory Nut Gap Farm,
and had a delightful afternoon tasting and
buying cheeses, picking berries, trying
homebrewed kumbucha and reveling in
Our Three-Generational Girl’s Get-Away to Asheville
BY CAROL ANTMAN
August 23, 2013 5
August 23, 2013
Ti de Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
very diferent. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
wrong so use common sense.
owcountry residents know June 1 is
when the Atlantic Basin hurricane
season begins. Te frst couple of
months are typically quiet. Te number
of storms is historically low through the
end of July, and they are often not much
more than a tropical storm, possibly low
Te point at which the hurricane season
becomes most active is August, September,
and sometimes even into October. Te hot
summer sun has had a chance to warm
the waters of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and
Gulf of Mexico to their warmest levels.
Hurricanes derive their energy from the
availability of that warm water.
Another reason the latter part of the
hurricane season produces more activity
and higher intensity storms, is African
waves begin to become players in the
equation. Tese are referred to as Cape
Verde storms, because they have their
origins of the coast of Africa near the
Cape Verde Island chain. Hugo was a
Cape Verde hurricane.
Even this year, Tropical Storm Dorian
was a Cape Verde storm; it just came a
little too early in the season to be much of
a storm. Tat brings up another limiting
factor to tropical development early in
the season: wind shear. Winds above
about 25,000 feet in the atmosphere can
be strong and blow the top of of tropical
systems. Tose mid and upper level winds
tend to relax in the late summer, early fall.
It’s always good to prepare for
hurricane season at the beginning in early
June. Realistically most people tend to
procrastinate and even wait until a storm
focuses its crosshairs on the coast of South
Carolina. With the most active part of
the hurricane season essentially starting,
NOW is the time to make a family plan
Let’s take a look at the 2013 hurricane
season and what may lie ahead. I am not
a big fan of preseason hurricane forecasts,
because too many atmospheric variables,
which are in constant fux, have set up
for the season. Case in point, last year the
preseason forecast from Dr. William Gray
and Dr. Philip Klotzbach at Colorado
State University was for an inactive
season. It ended up extremely active,
mainly because an anticipated El Nino
never came to fruition.
I am also occasionally greeted by an
arm chair meteorologist who takes the
approach of the lowcountry did not get
hit, so it must have been a quiet season.
Don’t get me wrong… I am ecstatic that
South Carolina has not had a land falling
hurricane since Gaston in August of
2004, but the Atlantic Basin is so much
more than just our back yards.
With all that
being said, the
outlook for the
2013 season is
for an active year.
Four named storms
formed before the
end of July, so unless
it certainly looks like
2013 will be active.
across the eastern
part of United States
this summer so far
has been similar to 2004. Comparing
apples to oranges and directly relating
that to this year’s hurricane season, it will
be active like it was in 2004. Tere were
15 storms that year, six of which were
category three or greater.
Tere’s plenty more hurricane season
to get through. Always go by the saying,
“Prepare for the worst and hope for the
best.” South Carolina will be hit again
by a major hurricane; it’s just a matter of
when. Be ready, and we’ll get through it
You can catch ABC News 4 Chief
Meteorologist Dave Williams delivering
your forecast weekday evenings on ABC
News 4 at 6, 7, and 11 p.m.
Hurricane Season 2013
UPCOMI NG MONT HS ANT I CI PAT ED TO BE ACT I VE
BY DAVE WILLIAMS, CHIEF METEOROLOGIST, ABC NEWS 4
mARK YOUR CALENDAR
On September 24, YEScarolina 2013 State Business
Plan Competition Winners Evan Knox of Kiawah Island
and Aquila Brown will present their business plans
and practice pitches in preparation for the upcoming
national competition. Friends of YEScarolina can meet
the students as well as enjoy food, drinks, and company
at King Street’s unique venue – Upstairs at Midtown.
Te fun starts at 5:30 and wraps up two hours later.
Come out and celebrate with these sensational students!
ith a high-tech detector atop
a make-shift pole, Auburn
University graduate student
Lydia Moore spends quiet hours near
water from sundown to sunrise listening
for the call of the bats.
Moore wants to know if bats behave
diferently over the water than over land.
Very little research has been done on
activity of bats in the lower coastal plain of
South Carolina, said Moore, a Charleston
resident. “We really don’t know how they
are using these habitats.”
As part of her master’s thesis, Moore
said she is observing “how bats use
wetland habitat to determine if there is a
diference in activity over fresh water, salt
water and brackish water and within each
of these habitats whether vegetation or
lack of vegetation afects activity.” At each
site, she also traps insects periodically to
measure their number and diversity.
“I think bats are going to be most
abundant over fresh water because they
need to drink, but there may be more
foraging activity over brackish and salt
water than was previously thought,” she
speculated based on early research that
began in May. “Most of the research on
bats in South Carolina has been conducted
in terrestrial habitats,” said Moore, who
earned bachelor of arts degrees in biology
and environmental studies from Oberlin
College in Oberlin, Ohio. “Most of this
research has shown that bats selectively
forage over water within terrestrial systems
and prefer areas with a high diversity of
roosts. Te lower coastal plain of the state
has the greatest level of structural diversity
of the four ecoregions in the state, such
as Spanish moss, swamps, bridges, trees
with large diameters, and buildings.
We also have barrier islands, which may
act as resting points during the autumn
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is
one of fve sites where Moore is collecting
data. Her work will end in mid-August.
She’ll return next spring with hopes that
she can conclude her research and master’s
thesis in the spring of 2015. Moore is also
collecting data at James Island County
Park, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Bear’s
Bluf Fish Hatchery on Wadmalaw Island
and Church Creek on Johns Island. Bats
are natural predators to insects that harm
crops grown for food.
Moore uses an electronic bat detector,
which records bat calls, at six sites at
Magnolia. Te monitor is placed in a
bucket and the bucket is mounted at the
top of a pole. Detectors are positioned
over old rice felds, along the Ashley River,
and over ponds near the Audubon swamp
garden. Her study has shown that bat
activity from sunset to sunrise falls into
two groups. “Tere are early fiers and then
there is generally a lull around midnight
followed by activity before sunrise,” she
Bat calls difer depending on the
species. So far, Moore has recorded the
calls of six species. Te detectors, she said,
has picked up the calls of the Eastern
Red Bat/ Seminole Bat, Evening Bat,
Tricolored Bat, Big Brown Bat, the third
largest bat in this area, and the largest
species in South Carolina, the Hoary Bat.
Although the detector has not picked
up the call of the Rafnesque’s Big-eared
Bat, Moore said, she knows it is here. “I’ve
She has also used a mist net
to catch some of the bats. She
weighs and measures them
and notes their reproductive
conduction, sex, age and whether
they are juveniles or adults.
Bats are mammals. Bird
watcher Perry Nugent has not
seen that many at Magnolia.
Nugent, who has led Sunday
morning bird walks at Magnolia
since 1988, is interested in
Moore’s research. “I am happy
someone knows how to fnd
them because we don’t know
much about bats,” he said. “I
don’t see bats that often.”
Moore’s research and other
bat studies could have long-
range implications on where to
place wind turbines ofshore to
produce electricity. Research in
other parts of the United States
and Europe suggest that bats
can fy miles ofshore, making
them vulnerable to being caught
in the revolving blades of wind
“Of the fourteen species of bat in South
Carolina, twelve inhabit the lower coastal
plain,” she said. “We have a fairly high
diversity here. Tere are eleven species that
have documented mortality due to wind
turbines in the United States, and eight of
these species are in the lower coastal plain
of South Carolina. Tree of these species
account for seventy-fve percent of known
fatalities by wind turbines. All three of
which have been documented in the lower
Tere is a proposal for a 1,000-megawatt
ofshore wind farm in South Carolina,
Moore said. “While it is admirable
that South Carolina has a green energy
initiative, the decision to build a wind
farm should be an informed one. My study
is looking at how bats are using wetlands
in the ecoregion closest to the coast. It is
these bats, along with migrating bats, that
could be hit hardest by turbines. Te frst
step is to learn how bats are using wetland
habitats in the lower coastal plain”
Bat Woman Takes Over Plantation
MAGNOL I A GARDENS USED AS NI GHT T I ME BAT L ABORATORY
SPECIAL TO THE ISLAND CONNECTION
Sea Island Chamber
of Commerce Tees Of
with Annual Fundraiser
BY KAREN THOMPSON
he Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce invites golfers to its 3rd Annual
Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, September 16 at the Ocean
Winds Golf Course on Seabrook Island. All proceeds from the event
will beneft the Chamber and its eforts to promote community projects and
Te tournament shotgun start gets underway at noon, and onsite registration
begins at 11 a.m. Players will be provided with a box lunch from Sweeney’s
on Johns Island. Te registration fee of $150 for individuals, and $500 for
foursomes, includes the greens fee for 18 holes of golf on the beautiful Ocean
Winds Golf Course, a cart, and a banquet dinner at Red’s Bohicket served when
players fnish their rounds of play. All fees are tax deductible.
Te golfer who gets closest to the pin will win a prize. In addition, there
will be prizes for the low score foursome as well as the longest drive. Multiple
sponsorship levels are available: Hole Sponsor $250, Hole-in-One Sponsor
$1000, Cart Sponsor $2500, and Masthead Sponsor $5000.
Golfers who participate will win the satisfaction of helping this non-proft
organization continue its community eforts. Registration and sponsorship
forms are available to download and print on the Chamber’s website, or you may
call or email Karen Tompson, Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce Director.
About Te Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce
Te overall purpose of the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce is to promote
the economic growth and quality of life in the Sea Islands area. Te Chamber
strives to provide a clear persuasive voice for the business community in
governmental afairs on federal, state, county and local levels. It provides services
designed to enable the public and private sectors to improve productivity, and
it promotes the Sea Islands area as an economic, educational and recreation
center while providing membership services and networking opportunities for
For more information on the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce and the 2013
Charity Golf Tournament, please contact: Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce 2817
Maybank Hwy., Unit #1 Johns Island.
8 August 23, 2013
PHOTO PROVIDED BY MAGNOLIA PLANTATION
hether it’s stringing lights or
encouraging festival attendees
to recycle, if you have a little
extra time, you can make a big diference
to your Charleston County Parks this
fall! Best of all, you can earn some great
rewards by volunteering for your Charleston
County Parks. Te Charleston County Park
and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is
seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work at
park special events and activities.
Benefts include meeting new people,
trying new things, being involved with your
community and, even getting access to area
parks and attractions for free.
Volunteers who complete 30 hours of
service this year can earn an ID that grants
access to CCPRC facilities! Tis ID will
also allow admission into select Charleston
Volunteers are being recruited for a
variety of events and duties at:
Volunteers with CCPRC are not required
to fulfll a minimum number of hours.
All hours supporting the agency are
greatly appreciated. Individuals who
serve over 30 hours by the end of
December 2013 will receive a PRC
Volunteer ID, which is good for one
Interested in fnding out more about
CCPRC’s volunteer program? Contact
Volunteer Coordinator Erin Guerrero
at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
To submit a volunteer application for
consideration, visit www.ccprc.com/
For more information on the
Charleston County Park and Recreation
Commission and its events, visit www.
Fall into Autumn
at Your County Park
CHARL ESTON COUNT Y PARKS
SEEKS VOL UNT EERS
BY SARAH REYNOLDS, CCPRC
10 August 23, 2013
Island Connection Calendar August 30
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Music on the Green: Bradford
Join us in 2013 all summer long for our
Music on the Green Concert Series!
Every Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m., we
will host a variety of bands from across
the Southeast during a free outdoor
concert. Sponsored by Te Town of Kiawah.
Food and beverage will be available for
purchase. Don’t forget your beach chair or
blanket! Freshfelds Village.
McCrady’s Wine Dinner
McCrady’s will team up with Dr. Loosen
Wine Estates of the Mosel region in
Germany for a special fve-course wine
dinner. Loosen will be on hand to answer
questions. Dinner and wine pairings cost
$120. Evening begins with a reception
at 7 followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling 577-
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Tenth Annual Grape Stomping
Guests will join in the yearly harvest at
Irvin House Vineyards, complete with
the famous stomping of the grapes where
a portion of the proceeds will be donated
to Frierson Elementary School and
Lowcountry Local First. 12 – 5 p.m. For
more info, call 559-6867. $10. For more
info, visit www.charlestonwine.com
UGA Football Coach Vince Dooley Book
Te legendary UGA football coach will sign
copies of his book Vince Dooley’s Garden
– Te Horticultural Journey of a Football
Coach outside the Magnolia gift shop on the
ground foor of the main house at Magnolia
Plantation. A $15 general garden admission
is required. Admission is free to Magnolia
volunteers and families with an annual
membership. 1 – 3 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Steel Pony Charity Ride & Car Show
View street rods, trucks, motorcycles,
and more at this family friendly event.
Jump castle and face painting for the kids.
Enjoy door prizes, food vendors, and live
entertainment. Gates open at 11 a.m. and
judging begins at 3 p.m. Charleston Tea
Plantation, Wadmalaw Island.
Hot Nights and Holy City at
Hot Nights & Holy City will pair summer
seasonal beers from Charleston’s Holy City
Brewing with summer seasonal dishes from
the Middleton Place Restaurant. 6 – 9
p.m. in the Middleton Place Pavilion. Live
music by Graham Whorley. $75 per person,
including gratuity. Attendees entitled to 10
percent of room rates at Middleton Inn.
4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
Farmer’s Market Finale at Freshfeld’s
Te annual summer Farmer’s Market will
be open for business one last time for the
summer fnale. Enjoy produce, baked goods,
jams and jellies, and more. 4 – 8 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
Angel Oak Preserve
Lowcountry Open Land Trust [LOLT] is
proposing the purchase of a 17-acre tract of
land between the Angel Oak Park and Haut
Gap Middle School. A representative from
the Lowcountry Open Land Trust will be
at Seabrook to explain the project in detail,
and will be available to answer questions.
Te meeting will be in the Live Oak Room
at the Lake House. Refreshments at 7 p.m.
with program at 7:30 p.m. Open to all
Seabrook residents and SINHG members.
Reservations are not required.
Wednesday, August 28
Kids Fishing Tournament at Bohicket
Kids, do you have what it takes to become
the best fsherman around? Come out and
test your skills in this family fun event.
Sponsored by Te Bohicket Merchants
Association. Two sessions: 9 – 10 a.m. and
10 – 11 a.m. $5 includes pole and bait.
Bohicket Marina and Market.
Starlight Cinema: Te Lorax
Join us every Wednesday this summer for a
movie under the stars during our Starlight
Cinema Series. Freshfelds Village Green.
Showtime is at 8:30 p.m., so bring a chair or
blanket and enjoy the free show!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Wine Dinner at Kiawah’s Atlantic Room
Join Kiawah Island Golf Resort for an
unforgettable evening as you taste and
savor the favors at Te Atlantic Room.
Menu is a Pacifc Northwest theme, where
the wines are all part of the Stimson Lane
Portfolio, the parent company for Chateau
Ste. Michelle. Four course dinner begins at
6:30 p.m. with a sparkling wine reception.
Dinner at 7 p.m. $89 per person. For more
info, call 768-2970.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Music on the Green: Shem Creek
Join us in 2013 all summer long for our
Music on the Green Concert Series!
Every Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m., we
will host a variety of bands from across
the Southeast during a free outdoor
concert. Sponsored by Te Town of Kiawah.
Food and beverage will be available for
purchase. Don’t forget your beach chair or
blanket! Freshfelds Village.
John’s Island Regional Library
3531 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
Ursula Bugg is an artist/cartoonist/
illustrator and native New Yorker now
living in Charleston, SC. As a child,
she was fascinated by Hanna-Barbera
cartoons, Jim Henson’s Muppets and
Dr. Seuss books. As she got older, Bugg’s
passion for animation began to merge with
her love for hip-hop to shape her unique
design style that ranges from animation
to apparel. She uses shrink materials,
watercolors and other concepts to create
jewelry, apparel and cool home and ofce
products inspired by themes of nature, and
as she puts it, “my crazy last name.”
Busy Beaver Activity Club (age 6-11)
Saturday 31 at 11 a.m.
Join the Busy Beaver Club, and have fun
learning the basics of karate, basketball
and Tai-Chi. Each Saturday will be
dedicated to one of these fun activities.
Space is limited.
Monday, August 26 from 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28 from 6-7 p.m.
Enjoy a fun and energetic Zumba aerobics
Back To School Party (all ages)
Saturday, August 24 from 1-2 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of a great school
year with games, crafts and more.
Teen Movie Time (grades 6-12)
Tuesday, August 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Te Host. Rated PG-13; 125 minutes.
PLAY: How to Make a Marshmallow
Launcher (all ages)
Tuesday August 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to make a marshmallow
launcher, and enter a drawing to win one
of fve handmade launchers.
Round Table Discussions with
Councilwoman Johnson (adults)
Wednesday, August 28 at 12:30 p.m.
Councilwoman Anna Johnson of
Charleston County District 8 meets
with residents of the district to hear their
conncerns and issues.
Young Adult Wii Time (grades 6 –12)
Tuesday, September 3 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Get your gaming on! Join us in the
Auditorium to play the Wii.
Small Business Counseling with
Wednesday, September 4 from 10 a.m. – 2
Confdential counseling for your start-up
idea or existing business.
Downton Abbey Film Marathon (adults
and teens 16 and up)
Saturdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28
from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Season 1 & part of season 2 (flm
marathon to continue Saturdays in
Watch three episodes each Saturday,
starring Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth
McGovern and Maggie Smith. High Tea
will be served and costumes encouraged.
Each Saturday you can enter our rafe for
the 3 season dvd box set to be given away
the end of October.
Children’s Movie: Tinker Bell and the
Lost Treasure (all ages)
Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m.
Tinker Bell journeys far North of Never
Land to patch things up with her friend
Terence and restore a Pixie Dust Tree.
Rated PG; 81 min.
Teen Art Time (grades 6 – 12)
Tuesday, September 10 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Get creative at the library. Finished
drawings and pieces will be displayed.
12 August 23, 2013
Kids Creek Art Camp
Don’t miss your change to sign up for Kids Creek Art Camp at Over the Rose
Gallery in Bohicket Marina. Wednesday from 9 – 10 a.m. and 10 – 11 a.m. is the last
week for summer camp. Come join in on the fun!
re you tired of hearing about pet food recalls?
On Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital’s Facebook
page, it seems like we post pet food or treat recall
notices about once a week. Tese constant reports make
all of us a bit paranoid about what we are feeding our
pets, so let’s take a few minutes to look at the facts.
It is the memory of the massive 2007 recall of
adulterated pet food ingredients that enhances our
concerns today and makes us all pay closer attention to
any recall. In 2007, the melamine that entered so many
pet foods caused illness and even death in an untold
number of pets.
More recent recalls are generally done because of
the presence of Salmonella or afatoxin (mold) noted
in the fnal product. Fortunately, most of these recalls
occur before any illness is reported and the pet food
manufacturers are quick to recall not only the afected
lot, but other batches of food with the potential for
contamination. On rare occasions, a pet food might
be recalled because of a defciency or excess of a vital
Te good news is that these recalls often happen before
large quantities of the foods ever get to consumers, so
the potential for problems in our pets is greatly reduced.
And, pet food companies are working with the FDA to
implement specifc measures as outlined in the Food
Safety Modernization Act of 2011. Tese provisions may
help boost our confdence that important safety measures
are maintained or even increased.
Te reality is that pet food recalls are not on the
increase at this time. Te Ofce of Surveillance and
Compliance at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine
says that the number of companies recalling foods stays
pretty consistent from year to year, although the number
of products/brands may fuctuate at any given time. In
fact, due to the implementation of governmental safety
measures, testing showed a decrease in Salmonella
contamination from 12.4 percent of pet food samples in
2006 to 6.1 percent in 2009.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely avoid
food safety issues. I am sure most of us have had food
poisoning ourselves from time to time. But you can
greatly reduce risk to your pet by
developing a good relationship
with whoever sells you your
pet food. Tis may be your
veterinarian or it may be one of
our local, independent pet food
shops where buyers have a good
relationship with the companies
behind the products. Remember
that, overall, pet foods are safe
and healthy, complete diets.
Follow your veterinarian’s
social media pages to stay
on top of important recalls
or you can follow the FDA’s
recall list: www.fda.gov/
or the Pet Food Safety Recalls
and Alerts page at the American Veterinary Medical
Association’s website: www.avma.org/news/issues/recalls-
Katherine Saenger co-founded Bees Ferry Veterinary
Hospital in 1993. Dr. Saenger started a vet spay-neuter
clinic while living in Mbabne, Swaziland and has also lived
in Cairo, Egypt and Maribor, Slovenia. As a member of the
American Association of Feline Practitioners, she strives to
keep Bees Ferry on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine
and is one of the ultrasonographers at Bees Ferry. For more
information, visit www.beesferry.com or call 769-6784.
Pet Food Paranoia
BY KATHERINE SAENGER
Tee Of continues from cover
August 23, 2013
Sip and Shop at
MCL AUGHL I N’ S I N VI L L AGE
HOSTS EVENT TO SUPPORT
BARRI ER I SL AND FREE
MEDI CAL CL I NI C
SPECIAL TO THE ISLAND CONNECTION
heckout new arrivals, trademark apparel, handbags, accessories, and
sale items at McLaughlin’s Men’s and Women’s Stores at Freshfelds
Village on Tuesday, August 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a glass of
wine and munch on some cheese and chocolate while shopping for family,
friends, and holiday gift giving. As a 2013 charitable partner, McLaughlin’s
will donate 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds to Te Barrier Islands Free
Medical Clinic. Stop by and register to win two tickets for Te BIFMC’s 7th
Annual Wine & Beer Festival on Sunday, September 1, 2013!
Te tournament, which is scramble format
with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., will donate
all proceeds to the athletic department to
help fund uniforms, fuel for busses, sports
equipment, and more.
“Te great thing about this tournament is
that the money is spread across the board to
all sports at St. Johns,” says John Olson, who
helped co-ordinate the event. “Te majority
of high school athletic teams are non-revenue
raising. Tey have to be supported through
other means, and this gives the Athletic
Director the ability to direct the funds where
they are needed.”
With budget cuts prevalent, the Athletic
Department at St. Johns has struggled to
maintain funding to keep its 11 varsity sports
But last year the athletic program and
athletes at the school were astounded by the
success of the tournament; a whopping $5,000
was donated to the department due to the
single day fundraiser. “It’s going to be hard
to replicate the success of last year, but we are
going to do it,” Olson says.
Even for those in the area without ties to
the high school, the tournament is a great
excuse to get out and enjoy a day of golfng
at a bargain price. Te tournament takes place
on Kiawah’s Oak Point Course. For only $85,
a largely reduced rate compared to normal
Oak Point fees, golfers enjoy a round of golf
on one of the island’s most beautiful settings,
along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
beverages. Afterwards, there will be food,
prizes, and giveaways behind the club house.
“We really have the opportunity for a win-win
here,” says Olson. “For the golfers and for the
Te pressure to make the most of this
tournament is on; last year’s champs are
registered to play again in hopes of defending
their title, and trophies will be awarded for frst
and second place. “We already have a lot of
people signed up who played last year because
they had such a great time,” adds Olson. “Last
year, everyone left with a smile on their face
and that’s what we are trying to do again this
Te community has already stepped up
to show support for the school, the student
athletes, and the tournament. Along with
Oak Point giving the tournament a great deal,
Newton Farms has stepped in to contribute
refreshments. Sponsorships are available for
businesses looking to get involved; for $150,
a business or organization can become a hole
sponsor. Corporate sponsorships are $400 and
include a hole sponsorship as well as entry fee
for four golfers.
“Tere are three things that make a golf
outing successful. Te frst is a great course.
Te second is good beverages, and the third is
plenty of food,” Olson explains. “We’re going
to have all of that.”
For more information on the golf tournament
benefting the Athletic Department at St. Johns
High School, contact Athletic Director Tifany
Magwood at 559-6400 ext. 6218. Registration
checks can be made out directly to St.
Johns High School.
14 August 23, 2013
Nature & Wildlife Arts & culture
n August 24, Hanckel Marine
and Wounded Nature – Working
Veterans will be cleaning Charleston’s
hard to reach coastal areas. Tere are many
coastal areas around Charleston that have
collected trash and have never been cleaned
due to their boat only access. Tese are areas
that should ofer a pristine and quiet spot for
a remote picnic or sunbathing.
Prizes will be awarded for fve categories
regarding unique trash collected by the
One of the reasons trash accumulates in
these remote areas is that many boaters do
not want to transport or return to the dock
with empties. As a result, they not only leave
their empties in these remote locations but
many times they also leave the rest of their
boat trash behind.
Immediately following the cleanup,
Hanckel Marine will be hosting a cleanup
and customer appreciation party at Island
House on Johns Island. Tis facility is
accessible by both car and boat. Te party
will be family friendly and include free
food, beverages, entertainment, educational
booths and infatable play areas for children.
Admittance to the party is one bag of
coastal trash per car or boat or a donation to
Wounded Nature. Everyone attending will
be eligible for some spectacular door prizes.
Interested boaters can obtain details
online at: woundednature.org/attend-our-
party. Te frst 25 boaters who commit to
participate will receive T-shirts and decals.
About Hanckel Marine
Hanckel Marine, www.hanckelmarine.
com is a full-service boat dealership located
in Charleston that ofers new and pre-owned
sport fshing, fsh 'n ski, walk around, fats,
skifs, center consoles and bay boat models
for sale ranging from 12' to 28' from
Contender, Carolina Skif, Sportsman & G3
powered by Yamaha outboard motors. Since
it's founding over a decade ago Hanckel
Marine's goal has been to assist the saltwater
enthusiast in selecting boats with a world-
class reputation for quality sales, service,
strength, durability and value. Hanckel
Marine has one of the lowcountry's largest
parts and service departments and has the
distinction of being Yamaha 5 star certifed.
About Wounded Nature – Working
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
www.woundednature.org is a national
501c3 non-proft using volunteer boats and
manpower to clean up debris and trash left
behind by boaters on outer islands and rural
beaches. Tey also clean up coastal disaster
debris. Tey are the only organization
working year round on a national basis to
address this problem.
BOAT ERS NEEDED F OR A CHARL ES-
TON CL EANUP
BY RUDY SOCHA
CHARL ESTON MEN’ S CHORUS
REHEARSAL S RESUME
BY MICHELLE WHITBECK
ttention all male choral singers! Te Charleston Men’s Chorus (CMC) will
resume its weekly rehearsals beginning Monday, September 9 to prepare
for its annual Christmas at the Sottile concert. Rehearsals are held every
Monday at the St. Philip's Episcopal Church choir room located in downtown
Charleston at 142 Church Street. Rehearsals will take place on the second foor
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. New members are welcome and should call 720-8505 or email
email@example.com prior to attending a weekly rehearsal to schedule an audition.
Te non-proft group has approximately 70 members who volunteer their time
and talent to present three concerts for the 2013-2014 season. Ricard Bordas is
chorus director and Pamela Nelson is piano accompanist. Each year the CMC is
proud to award scholarships to vocal performance or music education majors at the
College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University. Tese scholarships are
made possible through annual ticket sales proceeds and donations from the CMC’s
loyal patrons. Donations are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 season, and the
CMC welcomes support from new and returning donors.
For information about concerts, tickets, rehearsals or becoming a sponsor of the
Chorus, please call
720-8505 or visit
the CMC's website
Men’s Chorus is
also on Facebook.
Become a Facebook
August 23, 2013
took a short hiatus from security
concerns but I need to present you with
some more good tips. Let’s go through
some steps to avoid you becoming the next
More important than virus protection
for the internet is for you to be aware of
what you are doing on the internet and
with your personal computer, tablet,
smart phone and now your home and car.
Yep, the bad guys are now “hacking” the
“computer” in your car and, if equipped
with the right technology, your home.
I have not heard of it happening in the
lowcountry as of yet, but nationwide it is
becoming a nuisance. With your personal
computing devices, be aware of what
websites you go to, and make sure when
putting in passwords that the site looks
correct. Te amount of fake websites is
huge; nevr click a link to go to a site unless
you are positive of the source. Do not
click on that link sent by some “friend”
unless you requested it, such as changing
your password and receiving a link to
do. Do not do this from an email that
you never initiated, and don’t click an ad
on a webpage. If you want to check out
something in an ad, Google it and go from
there to the site. For example, if you are
searching for life insurance, instead of
clicking on an advertisement, just Google
the life insurance company you want to
search. Tis seems mundane, but a client
infected his computer doing exactly that!
Malware (virus) Protection
Two very important reminders: keep
your virus protection up to date and
active. Remember, a malware service is
only good if it is active, i.e. paid for and
up to date! If you are still paying for anti-
virus protection consider using either the
free protection provided by either Comcast
or AT&T, or if running a Windows
based product install Microsoft Security
Essentials which is from Windows and
is free. Norton products, McAfee, Avast,
etc. are all acceptable alternatives but slow
you computer by taking precious RAM
memory and cost (unless again provided
by your ISP). Having a good “computer
guy (or gal)” can help you with this.
Update, Update, Update
As I stated above, it’s very important
for your malware product to be updated,
same with the operating system (OS)
and any other software running on
your computer. With Windows based
computers you will see an icon in the
lower right for Windows updates. As for
Adobe, Java, and other software if not sure
about the pop-up wanting you to update
just go to the website and download the
update from there. Adobe.com and Java.
com will provide you with the latest
updates. For Ofce products, they come
the same way as the OS updates. Other
third party software (like photo software)
should be checked frequently for updates
thru their websites. Apple products will
ofer updates in a similar fashion; please
update your OS!
Back to number ONE… Be Aware
If it does not look “right” most likely, it
isn’t. No one is going to give you money,
free tickets to anything, cheap software,
kitchen makeovers, etc. Te “person”
on the other end of the computer is not
your friend, may or may not be an actual
person, may or may not be male or female
regardless of what they say or type. Unless
you are completely sure, never allow
someone to access your computer to “fx”
it, especially someone from an ad you
saw online or on TV. If you have out of
town friends or relatives that you would
like to get these same tips have them go
to: islandeyenews.com and click on the
computer corner link (and yes it’s okay!)
Look forward to some good questions
and helping you out. If you need immediate
assistance you can always call Rent A Bob at
822-7794 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Your Computer Protected
BE AWARE OF COMPUT ER HACKERS
BY BOB HOOPER
Stay Cool in Hot Weather
BY BATTALIION CHIEF JAMES GHI
ven though we are inching toward fall weather, heat related emergencies
are still a danger. Te members of the St. Johns Fire District would like to
take this opportunity to help you learn to recognize and protect yourself
and loved ones from diferent types of heat related emergencies. Tese types of
emergencies usually follow a particular order and early recognition can prevent a
more serious condition from developing.
Heat cramps, the frst stage of a heat emergency, can stem from overexertion
in a heated environment. Symptoms usually include muscle spasms in the legs
and abdomen. When cramps start, take a rest and move into a cooler, but not
cold environment. Drink some fuids, such as an electrolyte sports drink, and
stretch or massage the afected area.
Individuals who are sufering from heat exhaustion, the next stage in a heat
related emergency, will begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, tired, or weak. Tey will be
sweating heavily and may become pale. When this occurs, watch for shivering
as you try and cool the individual by loosening restrictive clothing, fanning, or
getting into an air-conditioned environment.
Heat stroke is the fnal stage in a heat related emergency and requires advanced
medical attention. Individuals sufering from heat stroke will have stopped
sweating and have dry, hot to the touch, skin. Tey will usually have a strong
headache and be confused about their surroundings or become unconscious.
Call 911 immediately and try and cool the individual as rapidly as possible,
with a cool spray from a hose or shower. Do not give any fuids and place the
individual on their side in case vomiting occurs.
Some tips that will help with prevention include planning indoor activities
when there is a heat advisory in efect. If you want to venture outside, then
plan outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the day. Make sure you
drink plenty of fuids; however, remember that alcohol and cafeine contribute
to dehydration and should be avoided. Wear loose ftting clothing and hats
and apply a good amount of sunscreen. Finally, if you think your having a heat
related emergency, don’t hesitate to call 911. Te members of the St. Johns Fire
District will be there to help in your time of need.
16 August 23, 2013
or over 25 years, the Seabrook Island
community, with the support of fans
and businesses in the lowcountry,
has held one of the most popular tennis
tournaments in the entire South – Te
Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament. It
attracts over 250 players in age groups
starting at 35 years-old and older. Te
tournament has brought in some of the
highest ranked amateurs in the United
States including Charleston’s own Diane
Barker (Fishburne), Susie Peifer, and
Brenda Carter. Te event is known
throughout the South as a First Class
Event and will be a “Pilot” tournament
with USTA National designation for
Mixed Doubles in 2013 with potential for
National Championship status in 2014.
Tis is the 32nd year of the event, which
runs October 2-6. Spectators are welcome
– no ticket required.
In order to get ready for the fun and
festivities, several pre-tournament events
On Tursday, September 19, the
Seabrook Island Tennis Club will host a
Doubles Round Robin and Pro Doubles
Exhibition. Tere will be a “just for
fun” amateur exhibition featuring local
amateurs starting at 3 p.m. and continuing
until 4:30. Te amateur exhibition is open
to all skill levels. Following the amateur
exhibition, there will be a Pro Doubles
Exhibition on Center Court starting at
4:30. Te “mixer” will be more of a round
robin format and involve many courts at
once hoping to serve as a “tennis social”
preceding the match. Join us for a fun
afternoon of doubles at the Racquet Club
followed by a Pro Doubles exhibition on
center court with a courtside barbeque
during the match. Everyone’s invited
to come out and watch the exhibition
and support Hospice of Charleston
Foundation with a rafe to take place
during the match!
Monday, September 23, is an important
day in the Registration for major elements
of the Alan Fleming Tennis tournament.
Tennis players have until midnight to go
online at www.usta.com under tournament
ID# 704137613 and register individually
for the specifc event. Players can also fnd
further information on the tournament
by visiting www.discoverseabrook.com
and then going to the bottom of the site
and clicking on Tennis and then on the
In addition, September 23 the last
day to call the Seabrook Island Pro Shop
at 768-2529 and secure your place in
“Te Fleming” Golf Tournament to be
held on October 3 at 1 p.m. All events
are to beneft the Hospice of Charleston
“Te Fleming” Golf Tournament
to beneft the Hospice of Charleston
Foundation is on Tursday, October 3 at
1:00 p.m. on Seabrook’s Crooked Oaks.
Tennis players, their guests,
spectators and all interested
golfers are welcome to sign
up for Fleming Golf. Cost
is $150 for individuals and
$275 for couples, a portion
of which is tax deductible.
A Cocktail Party in the
Atlantic Room at 6:30
p.m. follows the Fleming
Golf Tournament (Beer,
Wine, Soft Drinks and hors
d’oeuvres are included in
the golf fee). Deadline for
Entry: Monday, September
23. To enter, please call the
golf pro shop at 768-2529.
October 2 – 6
Te Fleming Tournament
starts on Wednesday,
October 2 with over 250
participants from around the
country. Te event is known
throughout the South as a
First Class Event and will be
a “Pilot” tournament with
USTA National designation
for Mixed Doubles in 2013
with potential for National
Championship status in 2014. So come
and enjoy frst-rate tennis from among
over 400 diferent matches and know that
you are having fun, helping others, and
sharing the treasure we know is Seabrook.
For the Love of Tennis
AL AN F L EMI NG TOURNAMENT COMI NG I N OCTOBER
BY DAVID KRUMWIEDE
August 23, 2013 17
SEPT EMBER 4 T HROUGH 1 5
MARKS T HE NEXT I NSTAL L MENT
OF T HE DEL I CI OUS EVENT
he Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. (GCRA) is beginning to
roll out pricing and menus for Charleston Restaurant Week scheduled for
September 4 - 15. Over 140 restaurants throughout the Lowcountry will ofer
prix fxe menus consisting of three items for one price. Participating restaurants will
ofer three items for either $20, $30 or $40.
New to Charleston Restaurant Week is a lunch option. Participating restaurants
are now encouraged to ofer a separate Restaurant Week menu during lunch in
addition to their regular Restaurant Week menu. Kathy Britzius, Executive Director
of the GCRA says, “Feedback from diners has indicated that there is a demand for
Restaurant Week options during lunch. Often the standard Restaurant Week menus
are a bit too much food at that time of day so we’re encouraging our members to
create a revised menu and pricing that is more appropriate for lunch.” Diners can view
restaurants that will be serving lunch and their menus on the Charleston Restaurant
Week page of the GCRA website.
All diners are encouraged to make reservations early as the restaurants fll up fast
during Charleston Restaurant Week. To view the participating restaurants and their
menus, go to CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com.
Like us on Facebook at Charleston Food Festivals and Events for chances to win
gift certifcates to participating Charleston Restaurant Week restaurants. Download
the FREE CRA smart phone app to have all of the Restaurant Week info at your
fngertips. Te app has a complete listing of participating Restaurant Week members
and their menus. Restaurants are listed by pricing and by area of town. Te app also
features a complete directory of the GCRA members, information about events like
the upcoming Southern Living Taste of Charleston plus a tip calculator, a parking
assistant and more. Go to your app store and search for Charleston Restaurant
Association or CRA to download.
ne of the nicest things about our Riverbanks
Botanical Garden in Columbia is the assortment
of wild habitats present around the formal
gardens. Tese wild settings, which are perfect for feld
trips for our botany courses, are dominated by steep
hardwood forests, but there are plenty of places where you
can fnd plants more accustomed to open, rocky places.
Like this one.
Our Mystery Plant is a native member of the mint
family, and it is somewhat woody, especially toward the
base. Of course, the leaves are opposite, like everything
in the mint family. Its foliage is characterized by a strong,
musky sort of sweetness. A number of aromatic compounds
are made in the leaves, and stored in the various glands
present on the leaf surface. (Tis is where the fragrance
comes from). It’s a very characteristic, smoky scent, and
to me doesn’t smell like anything else. Defnitely not
“mint”...some people will say it’s stinky. Tis brings up
a matter about understanding plant families. Sometimes
when we botanists speak of the mint “family,” listeners
sometimes infer that all the members of the family are
“mint,” which isn’t so. Te mint family, of course, is a
huge one, with many thousands of species. Te true mints
are members of the genus Mentha. Referring to a plant
family by its common name, such as “mint” family or
“sunfower” family is a bit troubling to a stickler like me,
who would prefer using the scientifc names, Lamiaceae,
and Asteraceae. Why, you could (and can) just as easily
refer to the mint family as the “basil” family, just like the
sunfower family could be, and sometimes is, called the
“dandelion” family. It’s just that the scientifc name of the
family removes all doubt as to what is being discussed.
Anyway, our Mystery Plant has its fowers borne in a
series of compact, rounded heads situated at the top of the
fowering stem. At the base of each of these heads, there
are a number of very conspicuous pinkish bracts, and
these are heavily dotted with tiny golden-yellow glands.
Te fowers themselves are showy and creamy yellow: the
corolla is tubular, with a very dramatic upper lip, this
arching over the lower lip. Inside the corolla tube will be
two long stamens. Te slender style, which is forked at its
tip, can be found in there, too. All sorts of insects love the
fowers…bees, butterfies, and wasps are frequent visitors.
Tis species is widespread in eastern North America,
from the Atlantic coast well into the prairie states. In
South Carolina, it may be expected in every county, but
is most frequent in the coastal plain or sandhills, usually
on sandy or rocky soil. It’s starting to bloom now, and
sometimes you can fnd big patches of it. It has a number
of relatives, such as “bee balm” and “bergamot,” most of
which are very attractive and useful in gardens.
John Nelson is the curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium
at the University of South Carolina, in the Department
of Biological Sciences, Columbia SC 29208. As a public
service, the Herbarium ofers free plant identifcations.
For more information, visit www.herbarium.org or call
803-777-8196, or email email@example.com.
The Mysterious Mint
CAN YOU GUESS T HI S WEEK’ S MYST ERY PL ANT ?
BY JOHN NELSON
PHOTO BY LINDA LEE
[ A n s w e r : “ H o r s e - m i n t , ” “ S p o t t e d b e e - b a l m , ” M o n a r d a p u n c t a t a ]
18 August 23, 2013
Girl’s Getaway continues from page 5
s c e n e r y :
baby chicks in a hatchery, goats engorged with milk, kids
driving tractors and a bumper sticker that captured the
sentiment “Local food, thousands of miles fresher.”
A sensational Asheville experience is the super-popular
French Broad Chocolate Lounge where even at 3 p.m. on
a Friday there was a line out the door to indulge in their
house-made trufes, desserts, cofees, and wines. Carried
away with choices, our table was soon crowded with the
best chocolate cake we’d ever had, a sinful drink called
Te Jitterbug, crème brulee, a parfait with strawberries
and champagne, and French press cofee. Oh my! Te
story behind the Lounge is almost as interesting as the
desserts. On a two-hour tour of the Willy Wonka-esque
factory we learned the science of transforming 12 tons of
chocolate, mostly from Peru, into what the Aztecs call
“the food of the gods.” Jael and Dan Rattigan began this
chocolate dream with a Costa Rican farm and are now
two of Asheville’s most celebrated entrepreneurs.
At Dough, we got to try our own hands at making
dessert. In a Blueberry Crostata Class led by Henny
Pennypacker, we surprised ourselves by making excellent
pie crusts following Penny’s instructions: “when adding
liquid, toss, don’t squeeze…” and left with four pretty
pies and four more crusts to replicate our lesson.
For a dose of Asheville’s counter-culture, we visited
Rosetta’s Kitchen where the grafti walls and slogans
(“Together we are displaying our oneness”) were the
backdrop for a vegan Pad Tai and spicy chili dinner.
Tattoos and dreadlocks added atmosphere and a
pay-what-you-will beans and rice plate brought in
For a ftting end to a busy trip, mom enjoyed a
massage at Sensibilities Day Spa. She emerged smiling
and relaxed. Street musicians serenaded as we took
our fnal stroll together. “Why don’t we do this more
often?” Mom said. Our sentiments exactly!
If You Go:
• Posh Boutique Hotel: www.
poshbiltmorevillage.com also hosts weddings
•Posana Café: www.posanacafe.com
•Te French Broad Chocolate Lounge: www.
•Asheville vacation planning: www.
•Te WNC Cheese Trail: www.wnccheesetrail.
•Sensibilities Day Spa: www.sensibilities-spa.
•Rosetta’s Kitchen: www.rosettaskitchen.com
•Laurie’s Gourmet Comfort Food: hwww.
Roadtrips Charleston! is a feature of Lucky
Dog Publishing. Each month the column presents
adventurous, interesting destinations within a few hours
drive of Charleston. Carol Antman’s passion for outdoor
and artistic experiences has led her to exotic and nearby
destinations far and wide. For suggestions, comments and
to view more images please see www.peaksandpotholes.
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harleston Academy of Music
(CAM) is presenting guest pianist
Raquel Boldorini in a concert and
masterclass next month. Ms. Boldorini,
one of South America’s most renowned
pianist and pedagogue, will be performing
a free concert at Bishop Gadsden Chapel
on James Island on Monday September 9,
at 4:30 p.m. Her program includes Muzio
Clementi’s Sonata for Keyboard, Op. 26,
Robert Schumann’s Phantasiestucke, Op.
12, Claude Debussy’s Tree Preludes and
Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Alma Brasileira. Ms.
Boldorini will also present a masterclass
at the Charleston Academy of Music (189
Rutledge Avenue) on Saturday, September
7 at 2 p.m. Admission to the masterclass is
also free and open to the public.
Raquel Boldorini is a prize winner in
the Vercelli (Italy), Recife (Brazil), Viña
del Mar (Chile), Lalewicz (Argentina)
and Aspen (USA) Competitions. She
has performed in all the important cities
of Latin America, the USA (including
Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center),
Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall in
London, and tours Europe almost every
season. As a soloist, she played with the
major orchestras in South America, the
USA and Europe. She has taught in the
National Conservatory in Montevideo
and has given master classes all over the
world. Te Organization of American
States has released a recording of South
American composers with much acclaim.
A student of Maestro Baranda Reyes
in her native country of Uruguay, Ms.
Boldorini also studied with Sergio
Lorenzi, Maria Tipo, Leon Fleisher, Paul
Badura Skoda, Vlado Perlemuter, Nikita
Magalof, and Andrej Jasinsky. She has
been on the jury in international piano
competitions in Costa Rica, Argentina,
and the International SEILER Piano
Competition in Rethymno, Greece. Tis
is Ms. Boldorini´s third appearance in
Charleston Academy of
Music Presents Special
Concert at Bishop Gadsden
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