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Volume 9 Issue 18

December 18, 2015


SJHS artist wins first

prize in Festival of
Lights competition

The Island Connection Editor


The start of the 38th Annual Kiawah Island Marathon.

Kiawah Marathon attracts

3,800 runners

he Holiday Festival of Lights

kicked off its 26th season Nov. 13
and during the grand opening
celebration, the Charleston County Park
and Recreation Commission presented
awards for the festivals annual Giant
Greeting Card competition. The winning
entries are on display during the event,
which runs nightly through Jan. 3 at James
Island County Park.
This year, there were 38 entries from
Charleston County student groups in
elementary, middle and high school
divisions. The winning top three schools in
each division, and four honorable mention
winners, received a trophy and cash award
to apply to their school arts program. The
winner of the High School Division was
St Johns High school student Zuri Zepke
with her affecting design depicting two
hands, one black, one white, emerging from
the Emanuel AME church and entwining
together behind the word Charleston. The
words Believe in hover over the scene.
She's just an exceptional art student,
Dona Dowling, St Johns Highs' art
teacher, said. This was just an incredibly
eventful year for Charleston and it was just


S U N D A Y, D E C . 1 2 , 2 0 1 5
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he 38th Annual Kiawah Island Marathon kicked off with

just over 3,800 runners on a beautiful December day.
New this year, was the addition of a High Performance
Corral at the start and an expanded finish line experience to aid
in the recovery and enjoyment of the runners.
Bryant Jensen, of Fruit Heights, UT won the marathon for
the men with a time of 2:26:17. The womens full marathon
winner, Caitlin Jensen of North Charleston, SC set a PR with a
time of 2:49:03 and clinched her third win in a row here. Male

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half marathon winner was Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill, SC, with
a time of 1:12:38 and the female half marathon winner, with a
time of 1:16:41, was Erin Osment of Charlotte, NC. Locally,
Lindsay Hodge of Kiawah Island, placed second overall for
women in the half with a time of 1:19:56.
The outstanding volunteers, and amazing athletes and
spectators makes this a special Kiawah tradition.
For photos of the winners turn to Page 7.

Snowbird Mountain

Page 10

Believe In continues on page 9

Groundbreaking News

Page 13

December 18, 2015


Kiawah council meeting,

December 2015

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contributing photographer
Staff Writers
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Hunter Gardner
Alan Armstrong
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ttendance returned to more

normal levels for the Dec. 1 2015
meeting of Kiawahs town council.
Both a new treasurer and new town
administrator were in attendance for the
first time. Minor patches were applied
to the minutes of previous meetings
before their unanimous approval. The
mayor continued addressing obligations
first, then attendees just prior to the first
installment of citizens comments. Id
like to make one brief comment before
we start [past presentations] have been
going on for well over three minutes. Id
like to keep that to three minutes so
that everyone has a chance to comment
and get through the meeting, said the
mayor before opening the first round of
citizens comments.
Kiawah resident Wendy Kulick started
with several questions. She dove right in
using a pitch and pace that didnt invite
interruption. Kulick wanted to know;
1. Why a discussion of the lease
between TOKI and the Kiawah
Island Community Association
required the privacy of an
Executive Session.
2. The forensic audit (necessitated by
the allegations noted above) had
been extended to include 2012.
Kulick wanted to know when the
results would be made public.
3. What the status of the case was
against the former treasurer and
town administrator following
allegations of financial misconduct
last May.
4. Given the results of the forensic
audit and pending case, Kulick
asked if awards for exemplary
accounting practices, granted after
making trips to Salt Lake City,
would be returned.
TOKIs summarized answers;

1. Because
enforceability with the lease
needed to be discussed
2. When it was done
3. A long response can be summed
up to The [U.S. Attorneys Office]
are not obligated to provide us with
updates and wouldnt comment
on an on-going investigation but...
results would be available [through
the U.S. Attorneys office] when
complete. Rhett Dehart was
identified as the U.S. Attorney
handling the case and Rob Derr as
an FBI agent involved in the case.
4. Following a discussion the mayor
concluded, I guess well box them
up and put them in a cupboard.
There was no old business to impede
the first reading of Ordinance 2015-08,
amending the TOKI Comprehensive
Plan. The right to a comprehensive plan
is granted by the General Assembly,
empowering municipalities to undertake
planning and to adopt zoning and land
development regulations [within its
boundaries], according to the Municipal
Association of South Carolina, and
updates are required in five year intervals.
The ordinance passed unanimously, and
will get a second hearing Dec. 8 before
being enacted and available for review on
the TOKI website.
The holiday schedule for 2106 was
approved, and while it may sound
routine, it actually generated quite a
bit of discussion. Town administrator
substituting MLK Day for the day after
Thanksgiving off, as an official TOKI
holiday. There was some debate, with
councilmember Labriola wondering
out loud about the impression the swap
would make, while councilmember
Weaver urged acceptance of the idea.

Civic Calendar
Town of Kiawah
Board of Zoning and
Monday, December 21,
2015 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Ways and Means
Committee Meeting CANCELED
Tuesday, December 22,
2015 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Town Council
Tuesday, January 5,
2016 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Planning Commission

Wednesday, January 6,
2016 3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Arts and Cultural
Events Council
Thursday, January 7,
2016 3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Municipal Center
Public Information
Tuesday, January 12,
2016 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 12,
2016 1:30 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

Tillerson pressed on, saying there was

already one January holiday and she
made a motion to accept the change.
You cant make a motion, corrected
the mayor, but the measure passed
unanimously after it was made correctly.
Approval of the meeting schedule for
2016 was more straightforward. Previous
ordinances, allowing attendance by phone
or wholesale changes in dates as agreed to
and voted on, make meeting schedules
more malleable to circumstance.
The current schedule will be on the
TOKI website, subject to change with
notification, under the Freedom of
Information Act.
Roland A. Hoffman, a CPA with
experience in forensic audits, was
unanimously appointed to the new Audit
Committee. His extensive credentials were
celebrated by council before approving
funds to conduct a Comprehensive
Annual Financial Report for the fiscal
year ended June 30, 2015. TOKI will pay
Greene, Finney and Horton, LLP $4,900
to conduct the required report. TOKI will
have to provide information to be included
in the statistical section, according to a
letter from the firm.
Councilmember Wilson was first
with a committee report. Auditors were
presently in town hall, probably would
be for at least another week, followed by
at least of a week of off-site work. Wilson
said there were three primary areas to be
examined for weakness/improvement;
1. Business license process
2. Guidance on the approval
structure and hierarchy which we
dont have.
3. Control of the towns assets
[including credit cards]
Mayor Lipuma chimed in to say a lot of
these areas were already imbedded in the
procurement code but that a summary

K iawah Island Town H all

21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9166
Fax: 768-4764
Seabrook Island Town H all
2001 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9121
Fax: 768-9830
Johns Island Council
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric
Co-op located at 3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns
Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113
Charleston County Council
4045 Bridge View Dr, N. Charleston
City of Charleston
75 Calhoun St.

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table would be very helpful. Wilson

responded by saying the existing code was
neither clear enough nor communicated
Councilmember Labriola soldiered
on with his report on the new municipal
complex. This month, however, there was
no mention of financing costs, selling
the old building to KICA or the lack of
a budget for the mission. Architectural
firm LS3P had completed enough
drawings to warrant advertising in a
local paper for general contractors. The
process had produced nine candidates
and although he was not necessarily
familiar with them, was impressed with
their responses. Members of municipal
center committee will work to develop
a short list for council to select from.
Public attendance at MCC meetings has
been lackluster recently. It is hoped two
public meetings (with refreshments) held
on December 11 and again on January
12 will ignite interest and support for the
scheme, vital as they begin the quest for
Councilmember Johnson reported
the success of several recent arts council
events, including an engagement with
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Past iterations had been held under tents
at Freshfields. Johnson seemed to think
this years installment was improved
after moving the event to the East Beach
Conference Center, but questioned the 6
p.m. time of the event and hoped to make
other improvements in the future.
Johnson also discussed the successful
turtle season. Coyotes, once cause for
alarm as a threat to unprotected nests,
have registered only a 1 percent predation
rate since TOKI took over reporting the
Councilmember Weaver had nothing
to report for either the public safety or
communications committees.
The town administrator said she was
overseeing efforts on TOKIs web site, and
was also working to rectify some holiday
lights that had been improperly deployed.

The mayor finished up with a holiday

mindset. He had a long list of things he
was thankful for. He mentioned the
new town administrator and treasurer
Kiawah resident and plaintiff in a
Freedom of Information Act lawsuit
against TOKI, Dennis McGill, took
the floor for the last round of citizens
comments. He claimed TOKIs own
ordinances set a five minute limit on
public comments [not the three minutes
mentioned at the beginning of the
meeting], but said he was confident he
could finish in time.
McGills questions opened by asking
if TOKI planned to continue going back
as far as 2011 in its review of overpaid
employees. Using information obtained
through FOIA, McGill walked council
through the research he had amassed, to
conclude overpayments to staff extended
further than previously reported.
Regarding staff overpayments from 2013
to present, he said, he had received copies
of letters from only three of the four staff
members who unknowingly received an
additional 20-25 percent of their salary.
McGill asked why he had not received the
fourth letter.
Council then went into executive
session to discuss:
A. A personnel matter of employment,
disposition of accrued employee
health benefits, appointment,
demotion, discipline or release of
an employee by a public body
B. To receive a status report and legal
advice on claims regarding the loss
of public monies as set forth in the
Forensic Accounting Report and
C. Seek legal advice on the Kiawah
Island Community Association
lease (of half of the current town
Council returned from executive
session without taking any votes or
making any decisions.

December 18, 2015



Freshfields Village
plans growth in 2016

BOGO Christmas Tree's

donation event a big success


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reshfields Village, the shopping and

dining destination on Kiawah Island,
has announced that construction
has begun on three new buildings in the
The expansion was sparked by the
success of new stores added in 2015,
including Southern Tides first signature
store, resort boutiques Lilly Pulitzer,
Tommy Bahama and Roberta Roller
Rabbit, as well as local jewelry designer
Peyton William. Most recently, the
opening of FortyEight: A Wine Bar
positions Freshfields Village as Kiawahs
most robust dining destination.
As Freshfields Village continues to grow,
we are constantly seeking local and regional
retailers and restaurateurs sprinkled with
select specialty national tenants in order to
preserve a unique shopping experience for
the residents and visitors of the area, said
Ward Kampf, president of Northwood
Retail. The success of 2015 paired with
the expanding customer base is the perfect
catalyst for expansion in the center and

we are looking forward to the evolution of

Freshfields Village.
The outdoor shopping center allows
visitors to stroll from store to store amidst
the villages Lowcountry architecture.
Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects, Inc.
of Mount Pleasant, SC is the architect
for the three new buildings, which will
complement the centers unique aesthetic.
Two of the new buildings will overlook
the lake at the Southern end of the
property and face the acclaimed Andell
Inn. Totaling approximately 8,000
square feet, these buildings are designed
to accommodate a corner restaurant and
additional retail stores.
The third building is located between
Kiawah Island Real Estate and the new
BB&T building. With approximately
4,300 square feet, prospective plans are
for additional stores or service amenities.
For further information or to
inquire about specific retail space, call


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uesday, Dec. 8 was a very special

day for students at Angel Oak and
Frierson elementary schools of
Johns and Wadmalaw islands.
On Tuesday, Katrina Naz and Burke
Limbach hosted their BOGO Christmas
Tree Company's second annual Christmas
Tree donation event, distributing 75
fresh-cut trees to families in need. The
event was organized with Communities in
Schools and qualifying families from the
schools lined up to pick out their favorite
Fraser Fir to take home and decorate.
There was hot cocoa, mounds of cookies
and Santa came to get photos with the
Seeing the smiles on their faces is the
reason we do this, Naz said. We hope to
grow this event to include, eventually, all
CIS schools in Charleston.
This year BOGO also partnered with
Operation Fir, an initiative that works
through East Cooper Community
Outreach. On. Dec. 12 BOGO donated
50 trees to the organization that uses the
Adopt-a-family model to distribute real
Christmas trees to ECCO qualifying
families, along with Rubbermaid kits
that include stands, lights, toppers and

December 18, 2015



Veterans Day Charitable

Golf Outing raises $6,000

Nonprofit awarded
$20,000 to promote
reading to babies


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n Monday, November 16, 2015,

Seabrook Island golfers teed up
in the 4th Annual Veterans Day
Charitable Golf Tournament to recognize
veterans and raise money to support the
Wounded Warrior Project and the Ralph
Johnson Veterans Hospital in Charleston.
The Seabrook Island Club hosted over
80 local golfers who wanted to show
their support for veterans of all wars.
The event raised over $6,000 for the
WWP and Veterans Hospital. Among

guests of the Club attending the event

were six wounded warriors from South
Carolina who had been wounded in Iraq
or Afghanistan.
The A flight winning team was
composed of Branden Hartsell, Jason
Wade, Taylor Ulrich, and Andrew
Ingles. The B flight champions were
Bob Leggett, Carmine DeGennaro, Bob
Applegate, and wounded warrior Barry

egin with Books, a program active in

10 Charleston County communities
including Johns Island, and
Wadmalaw Island, has been selected as
one of 52 winners from across the country
in the seventh annual Toms of Maine
50 States for Good community giving
program. The organization, which aims to
expand the focus of literacy in Charleston
County, by encouraging parents to read to
their babies from day one and by giving
them the in-home resources to do so,
will receive $20,000 to fund thousands
of monthly book deliveries to babies and
toddlers throughout Charleston County.
Begin With Books is currently
delivering monthly books by mail to over
2,700 local babies and toddlers. The Toms
of Maine funding is enough to sponsor
606 children in the early reading program

for one year and to deliver 7,272 books to

their homes by mail.
Patty Bennett-Uffelman, program
co-director, praised Toms of Maine for its
community giving.
The impact of a grant like this on
our local program is tremendous; we
are going to direct a large portion of the
grant toward expansion of services to the
City of North Charleston, where 40%
of the Citys 8,850 age-eligible children
live in poverty. We want to start putting
books in those childrens homes as soon
as possible.
Any child living in the communities is
eligible from birth through age 4. Parents
can enroll children online at
com/site/beginwithbooks/register-yourchild or at Johns Island Library or local
elementary schools.

December 18, 2015

Kiawah Island Marathon

Holiday Shopping Guide

Clockwise from top left: Female full marathon winner, Caitlin Batten,
crosses the finish line. Male half marathon winner, Mike Mitchell.
Winner of the 2015 Kiawah Island Marathon, Bryant Jensen, breaks
the tape. Female half marathon winner, Erin Osment.

December 18, 2015


Believe In continues from cover

wonderful that one of the students decided
to remember it in this way.
All students in the fall semester art classes
at St. Johns created scale drawing proposals
for this project. After group critiques, Zuri's
design was chosen by student votes. The
Advanced Art Class enlarged Zuri's design
and painted the 4'x8' plywood.
It wasn't the only one relating to gun
violence or the shooting [at the Emanuel
AME Church in June of this year]. But
it was the one that compositionally and
drawing wise looked the best with that
theme of Believe In, Dowling said.
This is the eleventh year SJHS has
participated in the competition and fourth
time SJHS has been awarded 1st place.

In past years, Dowling has organized a

field trip for the art students to go to the
Festival of Lights.
We would have a pizza party at school
and they'd all get santa hats and we'd go
over as a group. But because of [the school
district's] $18 million shortfall all our
spending this year has to go for art supplies
and it would be too expensive to underwrite
it for every students. We used to do the
s'mores there, which was really exciting as
some of these students have never had them
However, Zuri will get to go to go, as
part of her prize.
She was so excited to win, her
grandparent and her brother, John, who is
also an excellent art student, went with her
to the awards ceremony. When she brought
the trophy back and said Do I get to keep
the trophy? I said, yes of course!
The process of designing the card gave
Dowling an opportunity through which
to discuss the tragedy that occurred in
downtown Charleston this summer.
Having class discussions about what
has happened in Charleston brought up
some great conversations, she said. Just
talking about what needs to happen in a
community and how Charleston has reacted
differently to Baltimore or Ferguson, it's
was really interesting to discuss how and
why that's happened. For her to focus on
believing in Charleston and how things
have transpired here is very powerful, to
make it something real and local as well was
just really wonderful.
SJHS art department receives $300 for
art supplies as part of the prize and Zuri
receives the trophy and a pass to view the
Lights with her family.
The Holiday Festival of Lights is open
nightly through Jan. 3 at James Island
County Park and is presented by Boeing
and Charleston County Parks. For details,
including special event dates, hours, fees, and
more, visit or call


December 18, 2015

roadtrips charleston

Roaming the rooms at

Snowbird Mountain Lodge

y cozy room came with earplugs. Floors creaked

beneath me. Footsteps pattered above. I didnt
mind. I had lots more rooms. Steps away was the
massive living room/lobby lined with books, games and a
blazing fireplace. Sunny porches adorned with fancifully
painted totems were outside; hammock swayed on
verandas. A smiling Buddha statue and fluttering prayer
flags invited serenity along the walking path. Further on
was a thriving garden and clucking chickens, a firepit
stocked with wood and smore fixings, and overlooks
situated perfectly to watch the sunrise or sunset. I spent
an afternoon reading in a scenic gazebo, nestled in an
upholstered banquette, warmed by the push-button
fireplace. Charmed guests wrote My heart slows down
and I have time to reflect and the very essence of


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relaxing vacation, this is at least our 15th time here

Snowbird Mountain Lodge is on the Register of
National Historic Places and was built by Arthur Wolfe,
a Chicago travel agent who brought adventurous groups
to the Great Smoky Mountains. Like the poet Joyce
Kilmer, Arthur Wolfe had never seen a poem as lovely
as a tree and relished bringing visitors to the 3,600
acre old-growth forest established in Kilmers memory
in 1936. But getting there was an arduous ordeal by
train and bus over unpaved roads. Arthur envisioned a
lodge where travelers could shake off the road dust. So
he determinedly built one above Robbinsville, North
Carolina, opening The Snowbird Lodge in 1941. Its had
nine owners since, mostly former guests so impressed that
they bought the place. Elmer and Gladys Smith bought
it from Arthur in 1953. They added an ice maker, which
was such a sensation that schoolchildren came to see it
on fieldtrips. They also added events and hikes which
continue to be a big part of the lodges attraction today.
Robert Rankin, the current owner since 1996, says, All
of us have been caretakers of the Lodge, preserving it
for future guests so they will be able to enjoy her special
treasures as we do everyday.
Robert and his retrievers are welcoming hosts, offering
trail maps or complimentary mountain bikes, fly rods,
canoes or kayaks. In addition to the 15 smaller rooms
in the Main Lodge, there are six premium rooms in
the Chestnut Lodge and the secluded Wolfe Cottage
with private hot tubs and fireplaces for the numerous

honeymooners and anniversary celebrants. Over half of

the guests are repeat customers. One young couple had
come on the suggestion of their parents whod vacationed
there as a young couple themselves.
There is plenty to do nearby, but Snowbird also offers
many optional activities at no extra charge. There are
naturalist-guided hikes, yoga, music and art workshops,
birding, fly fishing and paddle sports and a variety
of culinary and holiday events. I joined about a dozen
guests on hikes led by Kathy and Joel Zachry. The
information about the flora, birds, history and wildlife
enriched the trip tremendously. They also gave informal
talks each night on their specialty: bears. I was surprised
to learn that there are two bears per square mile in the
Smoky Mountains and that They have very little interest

December 18, 2015

roadtrips charleston

in eating usof course there are always

exceptions to that, Joel said.
On a ten mile hike, I chatted with
chef Frank Davi. Hes responsible for
each guests three daily meals including
a picnic lunch and a four-course wine
dinner. I grew up in a garden family,
he said and cooked in a pizzeria before
going to culinary school. His father was a

pastry chef and his Sicilian grandmothers,

who didnt get along except in the
kitchen, nurtured his love of cooking.
He fondly recalled making maccaruna
(a hollow pasta) with them. My job as
a kid was to grab the pasta as its made
and put it to dry over broomsticks. Today
his signature dishes are anything with
my grandmothers tomato sauce. As we
gingerly hiked the rocky trail, he enthused
about playing with colors in the kitchen
and described how to roast beets. Let
the beet be the star of the show, keep it
simple. Later I admired the vibrant beets
artfully arranged with grilled squash,
sliced mozzarella, mascarpone and
Tasso ham in a salad with fresh pesto. It
preceded the main course of fresh trout,
a lodge favorite. I was not prepared for
such a great meal tucked back here in the
hills, wrote a recent visitor.
At Snowbird theres time to relax
completely, eat sublimely, and reconsider
trees through a poets eyes:
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

If You Go:

Snowbird Mountain Lodge is open February through November

Joyce Kilmer, poet
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest:

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Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
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wrong so use common sense.


arts & events

December 18, 2015

The Little Match Girl


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he collaborative ballet company,

Charlestons holiday classic The
Little Match Girl, an original ballet with
choreography by Jonathan Tabbert and
original score by Laura Ball.
Ballet Evolution highlights the future
of the art form as gifted young the artists
of the Charleston Youth Ballet bring
this holiday classic by Hans Christian
Anderson to life with live accompaniment
by the acclaimed musicians of Chamber
Music Charleston. Featuring beautiful
choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, lavish
sets by BuchannanArts and an emotional
score composed by Laura Ball, this event
promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears.
The Little Match Girl is the story of
a poor child's hopes and dreams as she
endeavors to sell her bundle of matches
on a cold, snowy New Year's Eve. Hungry
and unable to sell a single match, she
strikes her bundle one by one. With each

flame the girl experiences dazzling visions

of dancing embers, dancing turkeys, and
shooting stars.
Ballet Evolution brings a new artistic
voice to Charleston audiences with a
diverse opening season. This ground
breaking arts organization is designed to
act as a hub for the creation of new dance
works and musical compositions. Ballet
Evolution will provide the highest level of
quality public performances to provide an
essential dance experience for patrons and
enhance the current arts atmosphere of
our community. Its unique programming
breaks boundaries in the Charleston arts
scene with seamless integration of dance,
live music, and story to implement a
process that revives and reinvigorates a
classical arts model.
Performances are made possible by
a season sponsorship by the Boeing

The Little Match Girl, an original ballet with live

chamber orchestra

Dec. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street.

Tickets: $13-$39, group rates available

December 18, 2015

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding breaks

ground on new covered arena

From left Meta Carter, Eileen McGuffie, Helen Warren, Margaret Blackmer, Debbie
Bordeau, Karla Swain, Tim Monaghan, Pete Laurie, Gigi McShane, Jenny Messner,
Ann Stanton, Chappy McKay and Murray Neale dig for some dirt.

n Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. Charleston Area

Therapeutic Ridings Raise the Roof Campaign
came to fruition with a groundbreaking ceremony
for its covered arena.
CATRs covered arena is a major facility improvement
that will end the need to cancel lessons due to inclement
weather, allowing reliable therapeutic opportunities for
children and adults with disabilities, including public
school students and wounded military veterans.
Approximately 20 percent of lessons are canceled due
to weather, and only 6 percent of those are successfully
rescheduled. The roof will enable CATRs Staff to



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conduct lessons on rainy days and expand the program

into the summer months, increasing therapeutic
programs by at least 40 percent. Every added lesson is
another opportunity to impact the lives of individuals
with disabilities.
The construction of the arena will open the door for
CATR to host Professional Association of Therapeutic
Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) educational
workshops and approved training courses. A more
controlled environment will make it possible for CATR
to team with other institutions to conduct much-needed
research about the efficacy of therapeutic riding.

The arena will be 280 feet long by 120 feet wide. Inside the
roofline there will be a wheelchair accessible walkway that can
also be used as a viewing and waiting area. The primary goal
of the arena is to provide an environment conducive to the
health and comfort of the individuals CATR serves.
The goal of the Raise the Roof Campaign is $1,500,000
to cover the complete cost of construction. With the help
of many generous supporters, CATR has already raised
$1,100,000. CATR is still seeking philanthropic support
to complete this project. Naming opportunities are
available. Please contact Amanda Gerald at for more information.

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December 18, 2015

Stay safe this

holiday season
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he holiday season is already upon

us, and the time spent with family
and friends can provide many
cherished memories that will last us a
lifetime. The members of the St. Johns
Fire District want to wish you a happy,
fire safe holiday, and want to take this
opportunity to give you a few tips to help
make the holidays safer for you and your
If you are cooking a holiday meal then
remember that many house fires start by
leaving food unattended while cooking.
Its easy to get distracted; if you have to
leave the kitchen then take a pot holder
with you as a reminder that you have
something on the stove. Make sure to keep
a kitchen fire extinguisher thats rated for
all types of fires and has a full charge. If
youre planning to deep-fry your holiday
turkey, do it outside, on a flat, level surface
at least 10 feet from the house.
Planning on using candles to decorate?
Then its a good idea to maintain about
a foot of space between the candle and
anything that can burn. Set candles on
sturdy bases or cover with hurricane
globes. Never leave flames unattended.
Before bed, walk through each room to
make sure candles are blown out. For
atmosphere without worry, consider
flameless LED candles.
Ok Clark, so youre going to hang
a few decorative lights. Remember to
inspect light strings and throw out any
with frayed, cracked wires, or broken
sockets. Dont run more than three strings
of lights end to end. Extension cords
should be in good condition, grounded,

and UL-rated for indoor or outdoor use.

Check outdoor receptacles to make sure
the ground fault interrupters dont trip. If
they trip repeatedly, thats a sign that they
need to be replaced. When hanging lights
outside, avoid using nails or staples, which
can damage the wiring and increase the
risk of a fire. Instead, use UL-rated clips
or hangers.
If you have a fireplace then make sure
you have it inspected to see if it needs
cleaning. Screen the fireplace to prevent
embers from popping out onto the floor
or carpet, and never use flammable
liquids to start a fire in the fireplace.
Only burn seasoned wood or approved,
manufactured logs for indoor useno
wrapping paper. When cleaning out the
fireplace, put embers in a metal container
and set them outside to cool for 24 hours
before disposal.
Finally lets talk about your Christmas
Tree. It takes less than 30 seconds for a
dry tree to engulf a room in flames. To
minimize risk, buy a fresh tree with intact
needles, get a fresh cut on the trunk, and
water it every day. A well-watered tree is
almost impossible to ignite. Keep the tree
away from heat sources, such as a fireplace
or radiator, and out of traffic patterns.
If youre using live garlands and other
greenery, keep them at least three feet
away from heating sources. No matter
how well the tree is watered, it will start
to dry out after about four weeks, so take
it down after the holidays. Artificial trees
dont pose much of a fire hazard; just
make sure yours is flame-retardant.
Have a joyous and safe holiday season.

December 18, 2015


people you meet

Joan Collar: This cleverly disguised Elf

helps brings in the holidays on Kiawah

The Island Connection Staff Writer

oan Collar has lived on Kiawah Island well beyond

the 10 year average stay for full-time residents. Her
smile shines and invites conversation whether you
have anything substantive to talk about or not, and
theres never an awkward moment. Socially adroit, Collar
smooths across conversational speed bumps with the
greatest of ease and leaves you feeling like the smart one.
Try to talk about her, however, and she deftly swivels to
any of a number of topics she finds more relevant.
For example, personal interests led Collar to meet
tennis pro Craig Rice. Seven years ago, Rices 2 year old
daughter, Rowan, fell prey to a still unnamed affliction
which resulted in a loss of motor functions. The best/
only available solution was Charleston Area Therapeutic
Riding. CATR, a program which uses horseback riding
to help those coping with physical or mental challenges,
is now a favorite of Collars. She is also quick to promote
the related Rowan Rice Fund. Wells Fargo administers
the charity and donations collected by the bank are aimed
at funding a walking machine which has demonstrated
some promise. There but by the grace of God go we,
says Collar.
Collar was also president of the Kiawah Island Garden
Club along with Kiawah notables Pat Pachuk, Edna
Roberds, and cadre of only 10 other girls. Collar isnt
the type to think an executive title exempts her from
rolling up her sleeves and working in the Kiawah Island
Community Associations makeshift greenhouse. She has
done so for years. Growing plants for Kiawahs common

areas is a budgetary shortcut leveraged by KICA, and

the Garden Club is there to help. Estimates are hard to
quantify, but the effort saves KICA thousands, says
Collar modestly. KICA has built a proper greenhouse now
and they donated the old one to a school on Wadmalaw
where it has evolved into part of a cooperative farming
Her most recent assignment is on the towns
Arts Council, the committee which brings so much
entertainment to the Lowcountry. Funds received by the
town from the states accommodations tax pays for acts
of all shapes and sizes. Collar was a bit surprised both by
how organized the committee is and how complicated
its task. Acts have to be screened, brochures designed,
developed, distributed, preferably free venues booked, set
up, taken down and artists have to be accommodated.
The resort provides many of the venues and helps with
accommodations but the committee does all the leg
work. Among her favorites are the more intimate piano
bar socials featuring Glen Brown.
Though Collar would never boast, additional
accomplishments include;
1. Six years on the Kiawah Island Conservancy
2. Fourteen years as chair of Habitat for Humanities
Gala, Auction and Dinner, which raised $120,000
last year
3. Served on POPS (an umbrella organization for

an array of social groups of varying interests and

4. A forever member of Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol
Each of these is Collars favorite volunteer effort in
turn, but given the holiday season, her other favorite
effort garners an honorable mention.
Joe Bunting was the Chief Operating Officer of KICA
in 2005.
[Joe] hired a new employee about a week before
Christmas that year and assigned him the task of
decorating street signs for the holidays. They looked like
they had been stapled to the post, joked Collar, and
when you complain, you end up with a job. Enter Joan
the Elf!
Armed with only a meagre budget, but with the able
assistance of her acquaintances in the Garden Club,
Collar has helped with the task ever since. So when you
think of the lovely bows and decorations all over Kiawah,
think of the girl with the ribbon in her hair who gives so
freely of her time, wishing the best for everyone, every
holiday season.

A Lucky
Dog Favorite

Island Connection Calendar

December 18

Intermediate Oil Classes

At the Todd & Huff Art Center located
at Bohicket Marina, Wednesdays and
Fridays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Topics include
value work, applying composition elements
to your paintings, edge work, brush and
palette knife use. Painting from still life
and photos. Email toddhuffcenter@gmail.
com for information.
Monday Bridge Group
9 a.m. at the Lake House. The Monday
Bridge Group needs new players. For more
information, please contact Lori Muenow
at 843.768.2314 or Ilse Calcagno at


Mah Jongg Practice

1 - 4 p.m. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday
of the month. Located at The Lake
HouseOsprey 2. Open to all new
players, those returning to the game, and
anyone else who wants a chance to practice
with others who are learning the game.
If you have any questions, please contact
Helen Thompson at
The Charleston County Bookmobile comes
to Freshfields Village on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from 10 11:30
a.m. The Bookmobile will be parked in the
lot behind Heges and Java Java.

LoKal Seabar Party On The Patio

Every Tuesday in October, on the outside
patio from 6 to 9 p.m. A fun evening for
the whole family. Come watch the sunset
over Bohicket Marina while listening
to DJ Jim Bowers Entertainment and
enjoying LoKals drink specials.


Lake House Yoga

8:30 a.m. Join us for Rise and Shine Yoga
with Patti Romano, formerly known at
Gentle Flow Yoga. Rise and Shine Yoga
is an all-levels practice focused around
finding your days intention, set up yourself
for success and be ready to shine.

Johns Island Regional Librarys FREE

Programs for ALL AGES!
December 2015

included with festival admission. For hours

and fees, call 843.795.4386 or visit www.

Johns Island Regional Library

Young and Restless (18 to 30 months with
Mondays, December 21 and 28 at 10:30
Time for Twos (2-3 years old with adult)
Tuesdays, December 22 and 29 at 10:30
Preschool Storytime (3-6 years with adult)
Wednesdays, December 23 and 30 at
10:30 a.m.

Childrens Village at Magnolia

A Childrens Village and a Christmas
Train will make the season bright at
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
starting the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The Childrens Village, a cluster of nine
child-sized buildings, including Santas
workshop, candy factory and elf bunk
house, will be open until Dec. 31. A
Christmas Train will take up 35 passengers
on 15-minute rides out the exit road
and down the entrance road back to the
Childrens Village each weekend until
Christmas. Both are free with garden
admission. Magnolias gates open daily at
8:30 a.m. and ticket sales end at 4:30 p.m.


Friday Indoor Pickleball

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at St. Christophers
Camp. For further information, please
contact Mary Torello at 843.768.0056.


10 a.m. 2 p.m. Johns Island Farmers
Market. Every Third Saturday at 3546
Maybank Highway Johns Island.
For more information, visit www.
2015 Sea Island Cars and Coffee
9 - 11 a.m. The third Saturday each month
at Freshfields Village.


26th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

Ongoing nightly through Jan. 3 at James
Island County Park. Light up your
holidays with over two million gleaming
lights. Journey a three-mile driving tour
packed with light displays, then stretch
your legs and enjoy holiday attractions
within Winter Wonderland and Santas
Village. Special event nights including
movies, music and more will take place
on select nights (see below). Special events

The Little Match Girl
Original ballet with live chamber
orchestra. Dec. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at
Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street. Tickets:
$13-$39. Group rates available, www.

A Ceremony of Carols and Classical
Harp Solos
The Charleston Music Club will present

a holiday benefit concert of French

classical harp solos by national award
winning harpist Abigail Kent followed by
Benjamin Brittens A Ceremony of Carols
performed by the Cane Bay Ladies Honor
Choir directed by William Bennett. The
concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the French
Huguenot Church, 136 Church Street.,
Charleston. The suggested donation of $20
for adults will fund Charleston Music Club
The Night Before Christmas
Chamber Music Charleston brings the
annual holiday Classical Kids Concert to the
College of Charleston Sottile Theatre (44
George Street). 1 p.m. Concert length: 45
minutes. Tickets: $12 adults/ $6 children
4-16/ Free for children 3 and under. Group
rates available. Tickets are on sale now by
calling (843) 763-4941 or online at www.

Lessons & Carols
10 a.m., Church of Our Savior, our-savior.
net. 4468 Betsy Kerrison Parkway.

Judy Collins in Holidays & Hits
8 p.m., Charleston Music Hall. Tickets
can be purchased at the Charleston Music
Hall Box Office: 37 John Street (843-8532252), through the Etix Hotline: 1-800-

514-3849, or
The Charleston Music Hall is located at 37
John Street in downtown Charleston.

Christmas Eve at Church of Our Savior
Contemporary worship 4 p.m., traditional
candellit 6 p.m., 4468 Betsy Kerrison

Merry Christmas!

A Viennese New Years Eve Ball
Co-hosted by the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra and the Gaillard Center. The
grand celebration will take place at the
Gaillard Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
with a special performance in the Martha
& John M. Rivers Performance Hall,
followed by an elegant Viennese-style
dinner and celebration with dancing
in the Grand Ballroom. Call 843-7237528, ext. 110 for tickets or visit www.

February 11
Burning River Brass
7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Ticket Release: Kiawah 11/30 Public 12/3.
Visit for ticket
details. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah
Island Arts and Cultural Events Council.

Play: Holiday Crafts (ages 6 and older)
11 a.m., Johns Island Regional Library,
make tree decorations for the holidays.
Club Anime! (grades 6-12)
3-4:30 p.m., Johns Island Regional
Library, view your favorite Christmas
Anime episodes in this meeting including
Hetalia, Fruits Basket, and Love Hina.

Art Film #1 Art and Craft
3 p.m. Sandcastle, No Tickets Required.
Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island
Arts and Cultural Events Council.

Bria Skonberg Quintet
7:30 p.m. Seabrook Island House, Ticket
Release: Kiawah 12/21 Public 12/24.
Complimentary Tickets Available at
Kiawah Town Hall 843.768.9166 or online

Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island

Arts and Cultural Events Council.

Quentin Baxter Presents Chantale
Gagn Quartet
Featuring Steve Wilson on Saxophones
and Flute, at 7:30 p.m. Turtle Point
Clubhouse. Tickets $20 available now
at or by calling
843.766.8814. Sponsored by the Town of
Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events
Liquid Pleasure Supershow
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., East
Beach Conf. Center. Ticket Release:
Kiawah 1/5 Public 1/8. Complimentary
Tickets Available at Kiawah Town
Hall 843.768.9166 or online at www. Sponsored
by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and
Cultural Events Council.

Art Film #2 - Life is Beautiful
3 p.m. Sandcastle. No Tickets Required.

Washington Sax Quartet
4 p.m. Church of Our Saviour. Tickets
available at Kiawah Town Hall
843.768.9166 or


December 18, 2015


How to Write Your First Novel

Lynda Fox used the NaNoWriMo technique to write her

first novel, Even Horses Have Secrets, available at Indigo
Books in Freshfields and at The book is an
easy-reading feel-good novel about a shy young woman
who brings animals into her life. She finds that animals,
as well as people, can have issues that make them feel
isolated and lost. But when storms come through and
endanger them, if they can find enough courage to trust
each other, they just might be able to find themselves. Its
narrated by several different characters including a horse
and a dog. This is Lyndas second book, her first being the
photo documentary A Wood Stork Grows Up.


For The Island Connection

ave you ever wanted to write a novel but didnt

know how to get started? Or perhaps you started
but immediately got stuck. If so, youre not alone.
The NaNoWriMo principles may be able to set you on
the right path. NaNoWriMoNational Novel Writing
Monthis a project to help aspiring authors. Although it
officially takes place in the month of November, the basic
concepts can be applied any time of the year.
The reason most people fail is because they spend so
much time defining characters and mapping out a plot
that they never manage to actually sit down and write.
And if they do start writing, they generally get bogged
down in finding that perfect first sentence, that perfect
first paragraph.
NaNoWriMo claims to be a fun, seat-of-yourpants approach to creative writing, and it lives up
to that statement. Its logos proudly proclaim No
plot? No Problem! and 50,000 Words, 30 Days, 0
The idea is to just sit down and start writing. Let the
words flow out of you. There will be time for editing later
once you figure out what its all about. Just get that first
draft done in 30 days. Let the novel itself tell you what its
about. Some days you might sit down to write a chapter
about a certain character doing a certain thing only to
find that, at the end of the chapter, the character has
actually done something completely different!

Of course editing your novel after that first 30 days

can be quite a daunting task, sometimes taking ten times
as long as the original writing. But by then you know
what its all about and what you want it to say.
After the writing, NaNoWriMo might be able to help
you get published. Unfortunately most publishers just
arent interested in even looking at manuscripts from
unpublished authors, especially ones without agents. If
you cant sell your book, that doesnt mean its not good.
There are many self-publishing businesses that offer
packages starting at zero cost if youre willing to do all
the revising, editing, tweaking, formatting, cover-art
designing, and proofreading.
Createspace, which is now a subsidiary of Amazon.
com, does an excellent job. They produce a quality book,
making it available on line as well as in some brickand-mortar bookstores. They can even release it in an
electronic version. Of course you can also order authordiscounted books from them and have the books sold in
local independent bookstores such as Indigo Books.
So, if youre looking for a very different kind of
experience and you dont mind seeing whats really inside
of you waiting to be born as a novel, this is the experience
for you.