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Volume 9 Issue 22

February 12, 2016


BIFMC saving
lives, serving

The Island Connection Staff Writer

Five Kiawah homes open their
doors for Arts. etc.


For The Island Connection


he 16th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour,
sponsored by Arts, etc. will take place on Friday, April
8, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. This year five spectacular homes
in the private gated community will be open for public viewing.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Art to Go Program at the
Gibbes Museum of Art and Engaging Creative Minds, which is
a program, designed to inspire students grades 3-8 through arts
integration programs.

Featured Tour Homes:

The Historic District
Against a backdrop of dunes and the ocean, you sense the
intensity of light and water when you enter the coastal home with
endless views of the ocean from almost every room. A palette of

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blue and white creates a classic beachside home. The homeowner’s
have traveled extensively and the artwork and decorative objects
they have collected are well represented. The lighting fixtures
throughout the home are unique and spark conversation. On
the second floor there is a montage of photographs taken in Ft.
Lauderdale, 1959. When the homeowner’s parents first met on
spring break. They are classic!
Rhett’s Bluff
This classic brick and shingle home has expansive views
of the Kiawah River. The home’s entry level comfortably and
efficiently incorporates the living, dining, kitchen with leathered

House Tour continues on page 6

Volunteer Spotlight

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he Barrier Islands Free Medical
Clinic was taking no chances in the
wake of last fall’s weather. Elegant
white tents adorned the Freshfields
common for the second of their annual
fundraisers, the 9th Annual Lowcountry
Wine & Beer Festival, rescheduled to
Oct. 25, 2015. The accompanying silent
auction listed over sixty items up for bid
including a beautifully hand-crafted boat
as well as exotic trips to Tuscany and
Africa. Ticket holders were treated to
live music, a cornucopia of meal options,
beverages of every stripe and tables
piled to the tipping point with desserts.
Rarely has casting your bread upon the
water been more pleasant and the event
produced some inspiring anecdotes into
the bargain.
“We’ve had people take a dollar, two or
even change and hand it to us in a wadded
up napkin,” said Dr. Arthur Booth,
describing donors fervent in their support
of BIFMC but stung by their contribution
level. The clinic receives no state or federal
funding, relying heavily on events like
this. which neted around $68,000. “We
are also indebted to the generous donors,
volunteers and supporters from Kiawah
and Seabrook,” said Falls.
“Grants account for 38 percent of our
income while another 10 percent comes
from individual donors. The source of
the remaining 52 percent comes from
fundraisers like this,” said Brenda Falls,

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Rustic Camembert Tarts

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Lynn Pierotti
Jennifer Tuohy
managing editor
Swan Richards
senior graphic designer
Lori McGee
sales manager
Alejandro Ferreyros
graphic designer
Ralph Secoy
contributing photographer
Staff Writers
Gregg Bragg
Carroll Dunn
Lisa Darrow
Meagan Labriola
Erin Billmayer
Roberta Boatti
Maria Gurovich
Sarah Reynolds
Arielle Alpino
Carol Antman
Marilyn Markel
Leigh Ann Garrett

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Seabrook Island Town Council,
January 2016

The Island Connection Staff Writer


he agenda for Seabrook’s Jan. 26,
2016 Town Council meeting was
very busy looking. The font size
used seemed smaller somehow, and margins
thinner than for past meetings. The list of
items for consideration or discussion fit on
a single page, sure, but only just. Plenty of
residents were in attendance and braced for
impact, anticipating a long meeting.
However, Mayor Ron Ciancio, recently
promoted from mayor pro tem by an
overwhelming election win, runs a tight
ship. The entire meeting wrapped up in 50
minutes or so. He scurried into his financial
report for both last December and the
previous year.
December’s accounting witnessed similar
fluctuations to past reports. Expenses came
in above expectations (the result of some
legal fees) but were more than offset by
revenues, which did the same. There was a
total gain of $95,000 for the month. 2015
revenues, in turn, showed a net above
plans of $308,000 the result of increases
in permitting/licensing and franchise fees.
Ciancio broke with the past tradition of
transferring the excess to the Emergency
Fund during the first January meeting
in favor of waiting for the final results of
Seabrook’s audited financials. The mayor
said official transfer of the funds should take
place in the next few months.
Seabrook resident Don Day was equally
quick to contribute during the first round
of citizens comments. Day has been living
on Seabrook for 16 years and has been a
licensed residential contractor for the last
ten. He focuses on jobs larger firms won’t
bid on. “My average invoice is around $100.
If you want a new roof, they’ll be lining up
around the block but fixing a leaky skylight
is another matter,” Day would later tell
The Island Connection. Day’s concern was
with permitting. He asked if small jobs,
especially those inside a home were subject

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Feb. 16, 2:30
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Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m.
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to permitting, if they should be and why
they were recently being pursued with what
he felt was renewed vigor.
Seabrook staff didn’t hesitate to say
permitting rules had been on the books
for quite some time. Town Clerk Faye
Albritton noted there was no fee associated
with small projects. Town Administrator
Randy Pierce chimed in saying permitting
had been enforced all along and although
Seabrook may not have doggedly pursued
every instance of home repairs, permits
were a requirement. Day’s quiet dissent
continued by pointing out even free permits
cost him time, which could find its way
[unnecessarily] into the bills of residents. He
then wondered, aloud, if this was the proper
venue for the discussion. Mayor Ciancio
agreed, at least about the choice of forum,
and invited Day to schedule a meeting
with him and the Town Administrator to
follow up on the topic. The town has since
advised The Island Connection of its intent
to formally review this issue in the coming
Mayor pro tem John Gregg proceeded
by saying the club’s long range planning
committee had not met in January and were
waiting for completion of a Seabrook Island
Property Owners Association (SIPOA)
survey. The public safety committee
had met earlier in the month, however,
and was continuing work to update the
comprehensive emergency plan. Consultant
Scott Cave had issued a report based on
hurricane exercises held last earlier. These
will have a bearing on the plan and a
review of his findings is scheduled for early
February. Gregg concluded [the town]
was still waiting for information on debris
removal from Charleston County, which
may result in a new contract.
Councilmember John Turner opened his
remarks with breaking news. “I acted [on a
tip] that the Burden Creek Bridge project

Planning Commission
Regular Meeting
March 2, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Ways & Means
March 15, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall

Town Council
March 22, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Planning Commission
Regular Meeting
April 6, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall

Town of Kiawah
Committee Meeting
Feb. 16, 3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Municipal Center
Feb. 18, 1 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

Ways and Means
Committee Meeting
Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

has been delayed. I checked with SCDOT
and Friday afternoon talked with Robert
Clark, SCDOT District 6 Engineering
Administrator and Brent Rewis, SCDOT
Low Country Program Manager. The
Burden Creek Bridge and the Hoopstick
Bridge on Bohicket near Plowground [rd.]
were put up for bid. Both bids were rejected
as too high. Hoopstick Bridge will be put up
for re-bid soon. This project will not require
closing Bohicket. Burden Creek will not be
put up for re-bid until 2017 at the earliest,
so it is delayed at least one year. However,
the project timing parameters will probably
not change; construction will be timed
to start at the end of the school year and
be completed before the next school year
begins. River Road will be closed for that
time.” Turner also had some exciting news
after contact with the Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management.
BOEM’s website describes the news like
this; “The Outer Continental Shelf Lands
Act requires BOEM to award renewable
energy leases competitively, unless BOEM
determines there is no competitive interest.
So, on Nov. 23, 2015, BOEM published
a Call for Information and Nominations
(Call) in the Federal Register (under Docket
ID: BOEM-2015-0134) for a 60-day public
comment period to gauge the offshore wind
industry's interest in acquiring commercial
wind leases in four areas offshore South
Carolina and to request comments regarding
site conditions, resources and other uses
within the Call areas.” Turner’s summary
was more succinct.
The project (a wind farm off the SC
coast) would be invisible to residents
(located 20 miles to the southeast), was
determined to be feasible, clear of shipping
lanes, military operations and Right Whale
migration routes according to Turner. He
said “It looks good and we would support it
if we had to commit right now. The SIPOA

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
Planning Commission Phone: 768-9121
Fax: 768-9830
Feb. 24, 3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Town Council Public
March 1, 1:30 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

Johns Island Council
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric
Co-op located at 3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns
Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113

Town Council
March 1, 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

Charleston County Council
4045 Bridge View Dr, N. Charleston
City of Charleston
75 Calhoun St.

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environmental committee is looking into
how much education would be required and
is considering a forum to present both sides
of the issue to residents of Seabrook and
possibly Kiawah residents as well.”
Councilmember John Wells was
prepared with a maintenance/repair
proposal of drainage pipes from the
Seabrook gatehouse to the traffic circle.
Recent flooding in the area prompted a
Request for Proposal. The resulting study
determined the need for approximately 10,
10 hour days and a cost of $48,000 (plus
a 10 percent contingency) to video inspect
and clean the drains. His request for monies
from the general fund included acceptance
of Eadies Constructions response to the
RFP and received unanimous approval.
Wells’ request for funds (a combination of
Accommodations tax and General funds)
to continue promoting Seabrook through
Obviouslee Marketing and events like
Kick it at Bohicket and the Fourth of July
celebration were also approved.
Councilmember Skip Crane’s report on
community relations included an effusive
account of a meeting with representatives
of Camp St. Christopher. “They welcome
residents to use their nature trails and really
have a lot to offer,” said Crane before his
report on January’s SIPOA board meeting.
1. SIPOA has arranged for monthly
pickup of both “brown” and
“white” trash
2. Provided an easement for Comcast
to effect repairs which included
Comcast’s obligations to
a. Fix what they break.
b. 24 hour phone support
c. A dedicated representative
3. Voted against development of a dog
The mayor’s report also consisted of
similarly formatted announcements.
1. The “super street,” once proffered
as a low cost, low tech solution to

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congestion at the intersection of
Main/17 has been taken off the
table by County Council
2. Work
controversial intersection will be
limited to research on the more
comprehensive “flyover” solution,
which would address both flooding
and congestion
3. The
Transportation (SC-DOT) is
planning a safety survey of Main
Rd. the scope/purpose of which has
yet to be determined
4. A hearing has been scheduled for
March 14 about the house located
at 1126 Forrest Lane and the mayor
hopes for two pieces of information:
a. A time frame for foreclosure
b. A time frame for the town to
effect repairs/condemnation
There were four ordinances on the agenda
for first reading which were dealt with as a
group. The measures were a joint effort by
the town, SIPOA and the Seabrook Island
Greenspace Conservancy to rezone four parcels
from “Single Family Residential District” to
“Agricultural-Conservation District.” The
measures were passed unanimously and
approved by a room full of contented smiles.
Ordinance 2015-10 was scheduled for
a second hearing. The measure effectively
removes the town from final site planning
and streamlines a process already vetted by
the Planning Commission and SIPOA. The
measure passed unanimously.
Ordinance 2015-11 was also scheduled
for a second hearing. The amendment to the
town’s Development Standards Ordinance
makes changes to section 7.90.20 altering the
maximum height of a single family residence.
The act passed unanimously.
The lengthy agenda had been addressed in
a short space of time. There being no further
business, the meeting was adjourned.

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Vendors wanted for new
Farmers’ Market


For The Island Connection


he Town of Sullivan’s Island is
now accepting vendor applications
for its inaugural farmers’ market
slated to begin Thursday, April 7, 2016.
The market will be located on the grounds
of 1921 I’On Avenue, in front of Battery
Gadsden and Edgar Allen Poe Library. It
will be held on Thursdays from 2:30 p.m.
– 7 p.m. for 13 weeks, from April 7 to
June 30.
The Town seeks to offer a diverse
market opportunity for its patrons. The
market will include a balance of vendors
including farmers, nursery growers,
artisans, prepared food vendors/food
trucks, craftsmen/artisans, non-profit
or educational services, business or
corporation information and a junior

The cost to rent a one-day space:
• $10/space – Farmer, nursery
grower, junior vendor, artisan,
• $25/space – Prepared/specialty
food vendor
• $50/space – Corporate/business
• No fee – Non-profit/educational
All vendors must provide proper
licenses and permits, including a Sullivan’s
Island business license.
For more information or to complete
an application, visit the Town’s
website or (Click Here
may also contact Market Manager Lisa
Darrow at 843.883.5744 or ldarrow@



February 12, 2016

arts & events

Get set for SEWE this weekend


ancy riding a camel or watching a
red-tailed hawk swoop down on its
dinner? How about witnessing a
sporting dog leap through the air or getting
up close and personal with a Eastern
Diamondback Rattlesnake? All this and


The Island Connection Editor

more is possible as The Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition rolls into town this
weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 12 and
running through Sunday, Feb. 14.
SEWE is a three-day celebration
of wildlife and nature through fine

art, conservation education, sporting
demonstrations, food, drink and the
people who honor them all. The largest
event of its kind in the country, SEWE
began in 1983 as a small event during
the slow season has become a kick off
to Charleston's “high” season. The event
plays host to hundreds of artists and
exhibitors, plus experts in wildlife and
nature art – all eager to share their art and
insights with more than 40,000 attendees.
competitions across multiple venues in
downtown Charleston, and beyond,
SEWE's common theme celebrates a love
for wildlife and nature and helps provide
the public with easy and affordable access
to wildlife and nature conservation
programs. With events for all ages and
interests, SEWE ably completes its
mission of increasing awareness about the
need to protect our natural environment.
exhibitions from over 100 wildlife
artists in the Charleston Place Hotel, of
particular interest is a special exhibit of
Yellowstone National Park portraits by
Jackson Hole photographer Taylor Glenn.
The newly renovated Gaillard Center will
host local and regional artisans as well as
shows by The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
and television personality Jack Hanna.
Alongside a host of VIP events and
special exhibitions tied into SEWE at

venues such as the Charleston Museum,
Omar Shrine Temple, Caw Caw
Interpretive Center and Charleston
County Public Library, Marion Square
sees the return of flight demonstrations
with the Center for Birds of Prey and the
ever-popular chef's demonstrations. The
sporting village, petting zoo and Dock
Dogs competition will once again set up
shop at Brittlebank Park.
With something for everyone, and
every species, a good time is sure to be had
at SEWE this year, rain, snow or shine!
For a full schedule of events and to
purchase tickets starting at $15 visit

February 12, 2016




Kiawah Biker Babes believe St Johns High graduate wins
2016 Unsung Heroes Award
“Strong is Beautiful”
For The Island Connection



For The Island Connection

he Kiawah Biker Babes hosts
“Strong is Beautiful” Wednesday,
Feb. 24 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at
The Sandcastle. This fundraising event
features a screening of award-winning
film, Awaken the Dragon, as well as
beauty demonstrations by Bobbi Brown,
Joe Malone, Benefit and La Mer.
They are raising money to support
Dragon Boat Charleston’s Paddles &
Pearls breast cancer survivor team's
journey to Australia for the Dragon Boat
World Championships, where they will
represent USA breast cancer survivors.
There will be a silent auction with
items such a jewelry from Croghans;
rare vintage items; a night out at Bob
Wagner’s, In The Kitchen; a trip to New
Orleans and much more. Tickets are $20
at the door.
“We have had the wonderful
opportunity to paddle with these amazing
women. They are such an inspiration that
it motivated us to help them reach their
goal,” said Cindy Feldman, one of the
main organizers of the event.
Local cancer survivor organization
Dragon Boat Charleston is sending 24

breast cancer survivor athletes to Club
Crew World Championships in Adelaide,
Australia in March, 2016 to compete
against the best dragon boat teams in the
Paddles & Pearls is a team made up
of 26 courageous female athletes who
have all battled breast cancer. They have
been training together all year long for
this important race, which is laden with
meaning for each one of the survivors.
“Experiencing cancer can prompt an
inward, tunneled focus on yourself," said
team member, Deb Philips. "Being part
of this team of able athletes has changed
that focus and made me realize we all
have so much we can conquer as well as
Dragon Boat Charleston, a non-profit
cancer survivor program, promotes
physical and mental wellness among
cancer survivors and their community
through the sport of dragon boating. This
trip is made possible by donations raised
at the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival.
More information is available at www.

ommunities In Schools of the
Charleston Area announced that
Precious Oliver Alexander has
been named a 2016 Unsung Heroes
Awards winner. Alexander is one of three
CIS alumni honored by the national
Communities In Schools’ network as best
in class for their hard work and dedication
in overcoming barriers and achieving
academic success.
“I am truly honored to receive this
award,” said Alexander. “CIS has had a
tremendous impact on my life and I am
thankful for my site coordinator who
believed in me and helped me realize my
Alexander was first identified for
CIS case management in 6th grade and
continued with the program until she
graduated from St. John’s High School
in 2009. During this period, she received
group and individual counseling as well
as academic assistance. Additionally, she
was able to form a one-on-one caring
relationship with the CIS Site Coordinator
at St. John’s High School. After serving
two tours of duty in Afghanistan,
Alexander, now married, is currently
pursuing a degree in Cyber Security.
“Our CIS alumni heroes are the
epitome of grit and determination. They
are resilient leaders who have demonstrated
great strength in overcoming personal and
educational challenges in their pursuit
of a high school diploma, said Gary
Chapman, national network executive
vice president. “We are thrilled to honor
these amazing individuals for their hard
work and dedication.”
The Unsung Heroes Awards were
created in 2007 to give national
recognition to local schools, communities
and Communities In Schools’ site
coordinators for changing the picture
of education in America. This year, the
alumni category was added to highlight
the outstanding accomplishments of

Precious Alexander, right, receiving her
award in Texas last month.

students who have overcome incredible
odds to graduate from high school.
The 2016 honorees were recognized at
the Communities In Schools’ Leadership
Town Hall, held in Fort Worth, TX on
Thursday, Jan. 21.
Communities In Schools of the Charleston
Area is part of the national Communities In
Schools’ network, which operates in more
than 2,200 schools in the most challenged
communities of 25 states and the District
of Columbia. Working closely with school
districts and partner organizations,
Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.5
million young people and their families each
year. Partnering with both the Charleston
County School District and the Berkeley
County School District, CIS of Charleston
serves nearly 12,000 students in twenty-five
area schools. During the 2014-2015 school
year, 96% of CIS case-managed students
were promoted to the next grade level and
98% of CIS case-managed seniors graduated
from high school. Learn more about
Communities In Schools of the Charleston
Area, visit


Hour Tour continues from cover
granite counters as well as a generous Master Suite. The
owner’s collection of art is primarily from local artisans
or purchased at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
Don’t miss the signed print by Sam Snead and the Bobby
Jones putter located in the second floor game room.
Vanderhorst Plantation
This elegant home was designed to accommodate large
family gatherings and this has been accomplished by
the recent addition of a unique guesthouse, terrace and
pool. The main house boasts two-story screened porches,
a huge game room, a large custom kitchen with fossil
stone and walnut countertops, a richly paneled study and

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wormy mahogany floors.
The Preserve
This handsome American shingle style home reflects
the owners wish to “bring the outdoors in.” This is
accomplished beautifully through soft neutral palettes
that accent the artwork. As you ascend the staircase to the
second floor, there are two very large 110-year old wine
jugs in niches at the turn. The most interesting art is that
done by the wife’s great-grandfather, George DeForest
Brush and her grandfather. Brush is well known for his
portraits as well as paintings of American Indians.
This English inspired traditional home has beautiful
lagoon views. The house boasts a clean, sleek and

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contemporary interior. All of the light fixtures are
custom and noteworthy. The kitchen island is unique
and comprised of sliced petrified wood from Brazil. The
floors throughout are African Celtis.
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at Kiawahartsetc.
org, the Kiawah Freshfields Real Estate office, The Kiawah
Main Gate Real Estate office, and the Real Estate office at
the Sanctuary. Tickets purchased must be exchanged for a
tour brochure at the Square in Freshfields Village the day of
the tour. Freshfields Village is located at the corner of Betsy
Kerrison and Kiawah Island Parkway. Come early and
enjoy shopping and dining discounts at the Village and/or
Sanctuary on the island.


February 12, 2016


volunteer spotlight

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Mayland teaches Painting
from Photography class
For The Island Connection


Chuck Jackson
For The Island Connection

ne of four siblings, 48 year-old
Chuck Jackson was raised by
a single parent in Charleston’s
Eastside public housing located on
Johnson Street.
“Growing up in the ‘projects’ was
hard,” remembers Chuck. Early in his
life, there was a sense of community in the
neighborhood. However, by the late 80s,
when illegal drugs became available, the
living situation got rough.
“People (living in the projects) always
got shot, but now (in the late 80s on) they
got shot for different reasons and with
bigger guns,” remarks Chuck.
None of the siblings finished high
school. Although Chuck talks about
having a rough life, he stresses that he
chose “the streets” over doing something
else. Not everybody ended up like him.
One of his best friends was able to get
out of projects and now owns a successful
heating a cooling company in Boston,
Chuck was never homeless, which he
attributes to his mother, who passed away
at 67 in 2012.
“My mom came to the Neighborhood
House to receive help. She dug through
the trash to put clothes on our backs.”

Although Chuck doesn’t like to blame
anyone for the way his life turned out,
he admits to not having a positive male
role-model or real direction in his life and
following the footsteps of guys who made
quick money on the streets.
Throughout his life, Chuck struggled
with substance abuse, but stresses that he
never used crack cocaine or heroin. He
decided to change the direction of his life,
after some troubling events. For the last
nine months, Chuck has been working
as a cook at Jake’s Café on George
Street. Chuck has a 19-year-old daughter,
Destiny, whom he sees once a month.
Now he tries to stay healthy by keeping
busy, working, staying physically activeriding his bike, and volunteering with
the Our Lady of Mercy Neighborhood
House’s clothing room.
“I volunteer to help others, of course,
but also help myself keep busy and stay
out of trouble,” said Chuck with a smile.
Editor’s Note: Volunteer Spotlight
is a column in The Island Connection
highlighting members of the community who
give their time to help others. If you know of
a volunteer who deserves the spotlight email

n Thursday, Feb. 16, Tina
Mayland will teach a free art
session for the Seabrook Island
Artist Guild entitled “Improving Your
Artwork.” The lesson will be from 1-3
p.m. in the Eagles’ Nest at the Lake
House. Tina will highlight how to more
effectively paint from photographs. She
will also demonstrate these principals
live, creating value studies that she will
modify to progressively improve each
composition. Attendees should bring one
photo they have considered painting for
group discussion.
Tina Mayland served for four years on
the Board of Directors of the Charleston
Artist Guild and is a member of the
Seabrook Island Artist Guild. Her artwork
is represented locally by the Wells Gallery
at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island and
by Spencer Art Gallery, 57 Broad Street
in downtown Charleston. Tina is the
exclusive teacher of oil painting lessons
for Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and more
information on her sessions can be found
at under the
Workshops tab. Tina is author of “The Six
Commandments of Painting: The ShaltNots That Will Save Your Artwork.” This
book may be ordered from her website.

Tina Mayland

To register for the class call Gary
Kunkelman at 484.400.4390 or e-mail him
at Visit the guild’s
website a www.seabrookislandartistguild.
com to learn more about the organization
and upcoming events.

Island Connection Calendar

February 12

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
House—Osprey 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 Hege’s and Java Java.


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 day's intention, set up yourself
for success and be ready to shine.


Friday Indoor Pickleball
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at St. Christopher's
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.


Artist of the Month
The month of February Colleen
Wiessmann will display her work at
the Lake House Gallery. The opening
reception will be held at the gallery on
Monday, Feb. 1 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The Seat of Justice
Feb. 19 - Mar. 6, 2016 at the Dock Street
Theatre. Tickets at www.charlestonstage.
com. Julian Wiles's acclaimed play
chronicles the courageous journey of the
historic Briggs v. Elliott desegregation
case from rural Clarendon County, South
Carolina to the halls of the United States
Supreme Court.
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
Saturday, January 30. This Charleston
County Parks and Recreation bird walk
treks through many distinct to allow
participants to view and discuss a variety of
birds, butterflies, and other organisms. A
paid chaperone is required for participants
ages 15 and under. Preregistration is not
required. 8:30 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m., Caw
Caw Interpretive Center 5200 Savannah
Highway, Ravenel. Contact 843-795-4386
or email $10
or free for Gold Pass Members
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
SEWE returns the weekend of Feb 12.
13 & 14, bringing with it an annual
celebration of wildlife and nature through
fine art, conservation education, sporting
demonstrations, food and drink. For a full
schedule visit

Freshfields Art & Wine Walk:
4 to 7 p.m. The Art & Wine Walk is back

for its eleventh year, with a celebration
that marries wine, art, music, and more.
Participating stores will feature a variety
of wines, as well as hors d'oeuvres. The
Williams Duo, a two-piece jazz group, will
provide musical accompaniment for the

this event raises money for research at the
Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical
University of South Carolina. Purchase
tickets at or contact the Hollings Cancer
Center Office of Development at 843-7929335 or

29th Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Sale
Through Feb. 14 at The Lake House, Live
Oak room. Friday 2 – 5 p.m., “Meet the
Artists” reception 7– 9 p.m., Saturday 10:30
a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Center for Women's Annual Conference.
Feb 18-19 in Charleston, visit www. for more


Art Class with Tina Mayland
1 – 3 p.m. Eagle’s Nest room Lake House,
put on by the Seabrook Island Artists

Valentine's Day

President's Day

Seabrook Island Artist Guild
Artist Shannon Runquist presents at the
Guild's monthly meeting, 3 p.m. Live Oak
room, Lakehouse.
Coastal Navigation: Level 1
6-8 p.m. This course introduces you to all
aspects of coastal navigation. The basics
of maps and charts, compasses, aids to
navigation, declination/variation, and
rules of the nautical road will be covered.
Pre-registration required.Course # 42996.
Meets at: CCPRC Headquarters. $18/$15
CCR Discount. For more information or
to register, call 843.795.4386 or visit www.
Sea Islands Book Club (adults)
2 p.m. 'The Measure of Our Success' by
Marian Wright Edelman. The founder of
the Children's Defense Fund looks at the
state of the national soul, arguing that
success should be defined by character
rather than by consumption and offering
twenty-five lessons by which to live. John's
Island Regional Library.

8th Annual Gourmet & Grapes at The
Sanctuary, showcases the very best of
local and regional cuisine paired with
outstanding wines from around the world,

SINHG Soup Supper
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will
again be held in the Atlantic Room at the
Island House.
As usual, the Soup Supper will feature
great soups, chili, breads and desserts as
well as the traditional Soup Throwdown
where a prize of incalculable value will be
awarded to the chef with the best soup.
Most importantly it is an evening of fun
and camaraderie. Reserved tables will be
available, the sign-up form is available on
the SINHG website at
Paddling Clinics: Local Paddling
6- 8 p.m. The Lowcountry is well known
for its salt marshes, cypress swamps, and
inland waterways. Learn about many of
our great paddling destinations and how
to gain access to them. Pre-registration
required. Course # 43003 Meets at:
CCPRC Headquarters Fee: $18/$15 CCR
Discount.For more information or to
register, call 843.795.4386 or visit www.

Cars & Coffee
9 a.m to 11 a.m. at Freshfields Village.
Arrive in your favorite ride for our monthly
Cars & Coffee featuring antique, unique,
classic and other cool cars. Visit with
fellow car enthusiasts while enjoy coffee
and breakfast from Java Java. The event
will be held the third Saturday each

month. Due to The Kiawah Motoring
Retreat, the event will not be held in April.
Adopt-a-Highway pickup
Do your part by bringing yourself,
friends and family to pick up litter on
Betsy Kerrison Parkway. It's a fun way to
keep our highway beautiful for residents
and visitors. Meet at the Eagle's Nest
Room in the Lake House at 9:30 am for
refreshments, instructions and equipment.
Call Mary Torello at 843-768-0056 to

March 4
Pack and Go Like a Pro
Bernadette Brogan presents a seminar for
Seabrookers who are interested learning
how to plan your next big trip, from what
to put in your suitcase to how to plan a
visit to a foreign destination. There will be
trivia questions with small prizes during
the presentation. 1 p.m., The Lake House.
All are welcome, free.

Black History Month Celebration
4 p.m. Honoring the legacies from
Wadmalaw and Johns Island, past. present
and future. At the Wadmalaw Island
Community Center, 5605 Katy Hill Road.
Guest speaker The Honorable Lewis H.
Nelson, Jr. $20 cost includes program
and dinner. All proceeds support the
Community Center. call 843.557.8408 or for tickets.

“Strong is Beautiful”
3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Sandcastle. The event
will feature a screening of award-winning
film, Awaken the Dragon, as well as beauty
demonstrations by Bobbi Brown, Joe
Malone, Benefit and La Mer. There will be
a silent auction with items such a jewelry
from Croghans; rare vintage items; a night
out at Bob Wagner’s, In The Kitchen; a trip
to New Orleans and much more. Tickets
are $20 at the door. More information is
available at



“Changing What’s Possible in Eye Care”
5 - 7 p.m. The Beach Club, Kiawah Island.
Storm Eye Institute of MUSC presents:a
complimentary seminar discussing eye
health, followed by a wine & cheese
reception. To register, contact Ashton Finley
at or (843) 792-3040.

"The Chocolate Affair"
6:30 p.m.The Chocolate Affair gala
and auction supports Communities In
Schools (CIS) of the Charleston Area,
Inc. Held at 6:30 p.m. at the Memminger
Auditorium, live entertainment and over
200 auction items are a featured part of
this event and include jewelry, vacation
packages, restaurant, ticket packages,
and original art from talented Charleston

artists. In addition to these wonderful
auction items, dozens of Charleston
bakeries and restaurants will vie for the
6th annual competitive title of “Most
Artistic” or “Most Delicious” dessert.
Creations will be judged by Chocolate
Affair attendees. Tickets may be purchased
by calling 843.740.6793 or at www.

4th Annual 'South Atlantic Bank'
Oyster Roast & Chili Cook-Off
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Hobcaw Yacht Club in Mt.
Pleasant. This family-friendly event will have
all you can eat oysters provided by Sticky
Fingers, hot dogs and fixins, a delicious
chili cook-off and live music. Adults 21 $35,
Under 21 $15. Tickets can be purchased by

Mullet Hall Annual Oyster Roast &
Trail Ride
Friday - Sunday, March 4 - 6, Mullet Hall
Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road,
Johns Island. Join Mullet Hall Equestrian
Center, Dream Wranglers Ranch, Cooler
Horsmanship, Mitch Lowery, and the
Lowcountry Horse Preservation for a fun
weekend of trail riding, a Cowboy Course
competition, guided trail rides (must
have your own horse), music and food.
Register at


BIFMC continues from cover
Clinical Operations Manager at BIFMC
and one of Booth’s biggest fans.
Booth began working on the idea of
the facility in 2006 with the help of Dr.
Charlton “Charlie” Davis. Their dream
came to fruition when BIFMC officially
opened in 2008. The clinic has since
delivered over 29,000 office visits and
provided care to thousands on Johns,
James and Wadmalaw Islands who are at
or even below 200% of the federal poverty
“If you eat in local restaurants, have a
housekeeper or lawn service, play golf or
eat local produce, you probably have been
served by Johns, Wadmalaw and James



Islanders who have no health insurance
and are patients [here],” asserts BIFMC
informational materials. The notion of
“free care,” however, begged questions
about the depth/breadth of services.
“We can provide anything you would
ever need … we have the full support of
Roper St. Francis,” said Booth, on his way
to cataloging diagnostic tests available to
BIFMC patients. The uninsured are often
relegated to emergency rooms (ER) for
care, where they are never turned away.
The cost of receiving primary care through
an ER is astronomical, comparatively
speaking. For example, BIFMC materials
claim primary care from an ER averages
$2,100 per visit versus free [to the patient]

care from the clinic which averages $59.36
per visit. Charges incurred in an ER are
absorbed by hospitals. This is a burden to
institutions in a competitive environment
and these expenses can find their way into
the fees charged to those who do have
The economic advantages of “free
care” resonate with David Dunlap,
President and CEO of Roper St. Francis
Healthcare. Booth credits him with
providing desperately needed diagnostic
support, and advanced treatment when
necessary. He says it isn’t just about the
money for the CEO. Diagnostics are still
expensive and Dunlap’s organization eats
many of the costs associated with Roper’s
services in apparent embrace of the
BIFMC notion; “Healthy residents make
for a healthy community.” However, it
still takes people to do the heavy lifting.
physicians, has 25 volunteer registered
nurses, 17 volunteer interpreters and an
additional 40 volunteers comprise the
office staff. Impressive as they are, those
numbers don’t adequately describe clinic
staff. BIFMC Co-founder Dr. Charlie
Davis, to illustrate, is a member of the
evangelical organization; Fishers of Men.
The group, led by The Honorable Leroy
Linen, is an interesting composite of the
Sea Islands community and provides
a window into the clinic’s stable of
The Bible’s Mark 1:17, "Come, follow
me and I will make you fishers of men,"
is the inspiration for the name. The
local chapter’s members come from
the intersection of no less than ten

February 12, 2016

congregations constituting the bulk of
those staffing October’s fundraiser. Joseph
Mack is a member of New Jerusalem
A.M.E., Craig Robinson attends Webster
V.M. on Wadmalaw, Steve Brantley
belongs to St. Johns Parish on Johns
Island and Winston Moultrie drove all
the way from Mount Pleasant, just to
name a few. They are open and engaging
to a man and while saving souls may be
their first priority, saving lives comes in a
close second.

Donations, even if they fit in a napkin,
are always welcome and needed. You can
volunteer, donate or get more information
by visiting BIFMC at 3226 Maybank
Highway, Suite 1-A Johns Island, SC
29455, or call them at (843) 266-9800.
You can also contact them through email: and if you
wish to donate online, visit
The organization's next fundraiser
will be held April 25, 2016. The 9th
Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational, at
The River Course Kiawah Island, South
Carolina. Entries are due by April 10, call
843.266.9800 to register.

February 12, 2016




New youth Lacrosse Agassi, Roddick, Blake,
clinics set for March Fish come to Charleston
For The Island Connection


he Charleston County Park
and Recreation Commission is
introducing a new youth lacrosse
program as part of its community
recreation programming on Johns Island!
These four-week sessions will take place
on select dates for boys and girls ages 9 14 starting the week of March 2.
The clinics will take place at Haut
Gap Middle School’s recreation complex,
located on Bohicket Road on Johns Island.
The program will kick off with a Johns
Island Lacrosse Fun Night on Feb. 24 at 6
p.m. This informational session will provide
background and registration opportunities
for the clinic. Boys’ clinics will take place
on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays
at 11:30 a.m. from March 2 – 26. Girls’
clinics will be held on Saturdays at 10
a.m. from March 5 – 26. Registration is
available at
or by calling 843-795-4386.
CCPRC is able to offer the program
by collaborating with its nonprofit
component, The Parklands Foundation,
and the foundation’s Pass It Forward
Program, which assists with equipment
and volunteer coaching for the clinics.
Coaches for the Johns Island program
will include Anne Bennett and Michael
Del Bianco. Bennett also serves on the
board for The Parklands Foundation and
founded the Pass It Forward Program.
She has coached girls’ lacrosse since 2007,
including high school, middle school and
recreation teams. Del Bianco coaches
for the Charleston-based Chargers
travel lacrosse team. He was a fouryear starter on the University of South
Carolina’s lacrosse team and was also
defensive coordinator for the SCISA State
Champion Heathwood Hall Highlanders.
Haut Gap Middle School and its
community recreation facility is at 1861
Bohicket Rd. Features at the facility include

multi-use fields, a full-size outdoor basketball
court, a softball/baseball field, tennis
courts, volleyball court, a disc golf course, a
walking trail, a picnic shelter and children’s
playground. CCPRC manages various
non-school related activities at the recreation
complex at Haut Gap Middle School.
The Parklands Foundation’s vision is to
identify, develop and sustain projects that
actively encourage people to experience the
Charleston County park system’s facilities,
programs and services for the benefit of living
a healthier and safer lifestyle. In 2015, the
Pass It Forward program was adopted by The
Parklands Foundation. With donations to
the Pass It Forward program, the foundation
will identify members of the community who
encounter barriers to having access to park
facilities, programs and services, encourage
and promote the giving of donations
and goods, and pass on those resources
to members of the community in need.
For more information on The Parklands
Foundation or to support the Pass It Forward
program, visit
or call 843-640-5451.
For more information on the Johns
Island Lacrosse program or to register,
visit or call

For The Island Connection


he 2016 PowerShares Series
tour, a competitive tennis circuit
featuring legendary icons and
world-renowned champions, will make
a stop in Charleston at the Volvo Cars
Stadium during the Volvo Cars Open on
Saturday, April 9.
The series, which consists of a 12-city
North American tour, will bring an
exciting addition to the Volvo Cars Open
The Charleston PowerShares Series
tournament will showcase:
• Andre Agassi, former World No.
1 and eight-time Grand Slam
• Andy Roddick, former World No.
1 and US Open winner
• James Blake, former World No. 4
and Davis Cup winner
• Mardy Fish, former World No. 7
and six-time ATP title winner
The event features the four champions
playing two semifinals, with the winners
meeting in a championship match.
“Bringing the PowerShares Series to
our stadium expands our reach with
fans and explores a new opportunity

to showcase amazing tennis,” said Bob
Moran, Tournament Director and
General Manager of the Volvo Cars Open.
“The four players who have committed to
our Charleston tournament are all tennis
legends. For everyone in attendance this
night will be the first, and potentially
only, chance to watch these icons play
“We are thrilled to be bringing the
PowerShares Series to Charleston. The
city has a phenomenal reputation and Bob
Moran and his team have been producing
a world-class event for many years that we
are honored to now be a part of,” said Jon
Venison, President of InsideOut Sports &
Entertainment, which owns and operates
the PowerShares Series.
Tickets are $30 for terrace seating
and $75 for box seating. The Charleston
PowerShares Series will play at the Volvo
Cars Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April
9. Doors open at 6 p.m.
For more information on tickets
or the 2016 PowerShares Series, call
800.677.2293 or visit www.volvocarsopen.


February 12, 2016

roadtrips charleston

Swimming with manatees

For The Island Connection


or a wildlife adventure that you’ll remember forever,
head to western Florida. Swimming with the
manatees is one of the Southeast’s greatest outdoor
experiences. During the winter, over 400 of these docile
creatures migrate to the headwaters of Crystal River
where they enjoy the constant 72 degree water. Unlike
ersatz dolphin encounters where nearly domesticated
animals are corralled into an enclosure to engage with
swimmers, these manatees are really wild. They’re free
to approach people or swim away. Amazingly though
they seem to want interaction and routinely come up to
swimmers. Crystal River is one of only a few places where
you can legally engage with manatees in their natural
Manatees have no known predators. Most fatalities
are caused by run-ins with boats or loss of habitat. The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulates swimming with
manatees and the establishment of sanctuaries for them.
Florida began passing laws to protect manatees in 1893.
They’ve been on the endangered species list since 1967.
Concerned guests on our tour asked questions about the
creature’s welfare and environment. Guides explained
the regulations that make it a safe activity for both the
swimmers and sea life. We were instructed to not chase
them, crowd them or make loud disturbances in the
water. They are gentle and curious, our guides said.
My husband and I began our tour early in the morning
with the winter temperature hovering around 45 degrees.
Swimming seemed like the last thing I wanted to do.
Coffee seemed like the first thing. Fortunately River
Ventures had it waiting along with hot chocolate when
we checked in to get oriented and fitted for wetsuits and
snorkels. At the dock, a blanket of steam laid ethereally
upon the warmer river. We mustered our courage, pulled
on our masks and slipped into the clear water. I consider
myself a good swimmer and not fearful but when I put
my masked face underwater and saw SUV-sized creatures
lolling nearby, I gasped. These West Indian manatees
are between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds and 10 to 13 feet
long. Their wrinkled, whiskered heads are massive. Their

blubbery bodies are huge. Despite being told that they
are gentle, I was intimidated at first. I had expected to
see just a few if we were lucky but they were plentiful and
easy to see. The underwater world of dappled light and
graceful movements soon calmed me though. It was easy
to glide along with just a flick of my flippers and mosey
behind one as it slowly searched for aquatic plants to eat.
I drifted alongside as it surfaced to breathe: an explosive
exhale and then a languid dive down again. One rolled
over and looked down at me expectantly. I rubbed its
rough belly lightly. Floating was easy. I wasn’t cold. There
was no wake, no discernible tide, no waves. We swam for
hours in amazement.
The nearby town of Cedar Key smells like seafood
and still resembles an old Florida fishing village. On the
beach we stopped to speak to a man who was fixing a
brick wall that had been damaged in a close call with
a hurricane. Just this morning, he told us, he’d picked
up his dinner on this beach. He’d dug Quahog clams at
low tide and hung a large conch upside down to remove
the meat which he beat to tenderized before cooking.
He also regaled us with stories about his fascinating
profession as a bee pollinator, taking his hives across the
state to pollinate orange groves. At the popular Island

Hotel Restaurant we ordered their specialties: succulent
crab bisque and palm salad. The hotel takes special pride
in having invented that salad, which was unexpectedly
sweet with fruit and dates along with the fresh hearts of
The town also prides itself on its slow pace. This is the
old Florida “before the traffic, deadlines and demands
occupied your life and swallowed your lifestyle” their
website touts. People are unhurried and friendly. At the
marina, a local sailor invited us for a sunset cruise and
told us about his life living at the marina. He was so
proud of his new cedar and mahogany sailboat. Until the
tourist season, he planned to cruise around and fish. As
we sailed towards the setting sun, he waved at another
marina family coming back into port. They held up a
string of fresh catch for him to admire. “Looks like
tonight’s dinner,” he said hopefully. “People are so laid
back here,” I observed. “Maybe they’re just bored,” he
quipped. If so, it’s a welcome boredom away from the
hustle and bustle of the Disney-esque Florida where
people rush madly to stand in long lines. Here, the pace
is leisurely, like a manatee ambling through the warm
water and rolling onto its back for a gentle scratch.
Roadtrips Charleston presents adventurous and interesting
destinations within a few hours drive of Charleston, S.C.
Carol Antman’s passion for outdoor and artistic experiences
feeds her wanderlust for exotic and nearby adventures.
For hot links, photographs, previous columns or to make
comments please see

If You Go:

The manatee tour:
The town of Crystal River:

February 12, 2016

seasons of the south

Rustic Camembert Tarts
with Wilted Greens

For The Island Connection

Makes 2 tarts, serves 12 as a first course
2 cups flour
⅛ tsp salt
2 sticks butter, cut into 16 pieces
2-4 Tbsp ice water
2 cups peppery baby arugula, rough chopped
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
8 oz Camembert, cubed
¼ cup pine nuts
¼ cup cream
fleur de sel, to taste
1. Combine flour and salt in a food processor and pulse a few
times. Add butter and pulse until mixture is a coarse meal. Add
water 1 Tbsp at a time until mixture starts to form a ball. Form
into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill.
2. On a lightly floured surface roll out each dough disk to about
12 inches.
3. Scatter arugula and red onions up to 1 inch of the edge of the
tart. Dot with Camembert and sprinkle with pine nuts.
4. Fold remaining dough over filling and brush with cream.
Sprinkle tart with fleur de sel, or your favorite salt.
5. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until dough is cooked through. Cool
slightly slice into wedges and serve.


February 12, 2016

arts & events

'Passion. Power.

For The Island Connection


enter for Women will host its
Annual Conference over two days,
Thursday, Feb. 18 to Friday, Feb.
19, 2016 titled “Passion. Power. Purpose.”
This event is geared towards professional
women, focusing on both personal and
professional development, attracting over
200 attendees and with the full day event
taking place at Trident Technical College
in North Charleston.
Friday’s main event will have nine
breakout sessions and a keynote address
by NY Times best-selling author of Shift
for Good and Good Morning America
contributor, Tory Johnson. Speakers are
spanning from across the globe including
Canada & Switzerland and are: Lisa Beth
Adams, Jenn Ash, Cokie Berenyi, Kate
Berrio, Angie Byrd, Chelsea Demarest,
Mofoluwaso Ilevare, Amy Kilpatrick,
Gervase Kolmos, Idowu Koyenikan,
Suzanne Letourneau, Shauna Mackenzie,
Kathie Scott, Kittie Watson, Tyece
Wilkins and John Zinsser.
This two-day event is geared towards
a variety of women including Small
Business Owners/Entrepreneurs, ‘Career
Climbers’ for those changing careers or
moving forward with a current position
and also work/life topics that focus on
personal development. True to Center for
Women programming, the conference

appeals to the diverse interests of women.
Thursday February 18, the evening
before the all-day conference, will be a
Networking Event and Kickoff Reception
featuring keynote speaker, Jane Perdue
of Braithwaite Innovation Group. In
addition to hearing Perdue’s inspired talk
about “Five Life, Love and Leadership
Lessons”, attendees will enjoy drinks, hors
d'oeuvres & structured networking.
Tickets are on sale now for both
the all-day Conference and evening
Networking Event. Businesses will have
the opportunity to be an exhibitor or
sponsor, as well as be included in swag
bags for every attendee.
“Our annual women’s conference is
something that so many people look
forward to and this year is no exception.
We are excited to kick off 2016 with
another great event with a record number
of attendees and a nationally-known
keynote speaker,” said Amy Brennan,
Executive Director. “In keeping with our
Connect for Success focus, we are offering
tracks that will help people connect where
they seek it most.”
tables or learn more about sponsorship
opportunities, please visit www.c4women.
org/2016conference or call (843) 763-7333.

February 12, 2016


financial focus

Think about sending financial
“Valentines” to loved ones this year
For The Island Connection


mericans spent nearly $19 billion in Valentine’s
Day gifts last year, according to the National
Retail Federation. Much of this money went for
gifts with short shelf lives, such as candy, flowers and
restaurant meals (and about $700 million was spent
on gifts for pets). There’s certainly nothing wrong with
giving chocolates or roses. But this year, think about
going beyond the classic gifts. Instead, use Valentine’s
Day as an opportunity to determine how you can make
gifts with long-lasting impact to your circle of loved ones.
Here are some suggestions:
• For your spouse or significant other … As long
as your spouse or significant other has earned
income, he or she may be able to contribute to
a traditional or Roth IRA. So, consider giving a
check to be used for that purpose. A traditional
IRA can grow tax deferred, while contributions
are usually tax-deductible. (Taxes are due upon
withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to 59½ may be
subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) While Roth IRA
contributions are not deductible, any earnings
growth can be distributed tax free, provided the
account owner doesn’t take withdrawals until age
59½ and has had the account at least five years.
For 2015 and 2016, the IRA contribution limit is
$5,500, or $6,500 for those 50 or older.
• For your children … You don’t have to be rich to
give your children a gift worth $1 million – you

Use Valentine’s
Day as an
opportunity to
determine how
you can make
gifts with longlasting impact
to your circle of
loved ones.
just have to help them through school. College
graduates earn about $1 million more over their
lifetimes than those without a degree, according
to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York. Still, college isn’t cheap: The average annual
cost – tuition, fees, room and board – for a private
four-year college is more than $42,000, according
to the College Board, while the comparable
figure for a public four-year school is about
$19,000. Of course, if financial aid is available,
you could get some help. Nonetheless, you may
want to start putting away money for college.
One popular college savings vehicle is a 529 plan.
Your 529 plan contributions may be deductible

from your state taxes, and any earnings growth
can be withdrawn tax-free, provided it is used for
qualified higher education expenses. (However, if
you take withdrawals from your 529 plan, and you
don’t use the money for these higher education
expenses, you may be subject to both income tax
and a 10% penalty on the earnings.)
• For your parents … If you have elderly parents,
you may want to find out if they’ve got their
retirement and estate plans in place. If they’ve
already taken care of everything, you may not
need to get involved – but if they’ve left some
“loose ends,” your help could be a valuable gift.
So, ask them if they have drawn up the necessary
legal documents. Do they each have a will? Have
they created a durable power of attorney, which
allows them to name someone to make financial
and health care decisions on their behalf if they
become incapacitated? If it appears they have
much work to do in these areas, you may want
to offer to arrange a consultation for them with a
legal advisor and a financial professional.
None of these ideas are “traditional” Valentine’s Day
gifts – but all of them can prove of great value to your
loved ones.
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your
local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.