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Since May 2007


Volume 10 Issue 13

October 7, 2017


Sea turtle
FA C I L I T Y I N 2 0 1 7

Island Connection Staff Writer


n Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
the Zucker Family Sea Turtle
Recovery Center took its first step
toward concrete reality, with a ceremonial
groundbreaking at the South Carolina
Opening in May 2017, the Recovery
Center will replace the Madagascar
experience and will provide a glimpse into
how the aquarium’s sea turtle hospital
continues its mission of conservation and
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While the sea turtle hospital will
ring your dog, sip some wine and help out local pet organizations, including: Shih Tzus and Furbabies, Grateful still occupy its basement home too, this
rescues at the 10th annual Dogtoberfest: Dogs, Dine and Goldens Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America - Charleston, expanded, state-of-the-art recovery and
Wine Pet Expo. The event, which brings together pet Carolina Coonhound Rescue, Pet Helpers, Water’s Edge Animal medical care facility will be in full public
rescue organizations from around the Lowcountry, returns to Rescue, Lowcountry Lab Rescue and King Charles Cavalier view, on the first floor of the aquarium. It
Freshfields Village near Kiawah Island on Saturday, Oct. 22, Spaniel Rescue.
will function as both an active sea turtle
from 1 to 5 p.m.
Dogtoberfest is hosted by the Kiawah Island Community rehabilitation space and an interactive
Admission to the event is free. There’s a flat fee for the wine Association and presented by the Charleston Animal Society. exhibit for visitors.
tasting, and you can buy beer and food, too.
Other event sponsors include: Freshfields Village, Angel Oak
Founded in 2000, the Sea Turtle
Animal Hospital, Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, Hospital is a world-renowned center for
There’s also:
Creekside Pet Retreat, Dolittles, and Dog Tired Pet Services.
• Live entertainment
innovative animal care. This year the
• On-site vendors
For more information or updates on Dogtoberfest, visit www.​ hospital marked the successful release or like Dogtoberfest on Facebook. For questions, contact of its 200th patient. When the exhibit
• Pet costume contest at 3 p.m.
opens it will guide visitors through the or 843-768-3875.
• Blessing of the Animals
The Kiawah Island Community Association is a nonprofit journey that a turtle goes through when
• Exciting prizes and giveaways
Proceeds from Dogtoberfest benefit participating pet rescue organization consisting of the collective body of Kiawah Island
Groundbreaking continues on page 7
property owners.

Pet rescues return to Kiawah for
10th annual Dogtoberfest


Music on Tap for Fall

Page 4

Flemming Returns

Page 5

Return to the Wild

Page 11


October 7, 2017


Jennifer Tuohy
contributing editor
Swan Richards
senior graphic designer
Alejandro Ferreyros
graphic designer
Lori McGee
sales manager
Carla Foxworth
sales executive
Hannah Markowitz
contributing photographer
Staff Writers
Gregg Bragg
Doug Reynolds
Geoff Bennett
Kate Dittloff
Marty Cline
Jennifer Meshanko
Marilyn Markel
Monique Sporn

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eabrook Island Town Council held
another public hearing prior to its
September meeting. It was more like
an exercise in quiet time, as no comments
were made on Ordinance 2016-08. The
measure removes durational limits placed
on political signs currently restricted
to 30 days before and two days after an
event. This is not the case with other,
non-political signs on the island. Silence
prevailed as it has in so many recent
hearings. However, it wouldn’t last.
The council meeting began and no
sooner was the pledge finished when
Mayor Ciancio exercised his mayoral
prerogative. Mayors set agendas as part
of the job, and he made it clear he would
broach no changes related to motions such
as a “Duke Football Appreciation Day,”
clearly directing the comment to stunned
council member Skip Crane. The mayor
continued with parliamentary obligations
by approving three sets of minutes, before
turning to the financial report for the
preceding month.
August was not the best month ever
for Seabrook. The island collected $1,800
less in revenue than projected, which
the mayor attributed to a lower than
expected local option tax. Also, Seabrook
spent $19,300 more than anticipated
with the overage ascribed to tourism and
advertising expenses. The mayor’s crystal
ball budget, despite the small flutters in
anticipated numbers, is still well in the
green for the year as both revenue and
expenses bear witness. Seabrook continues
to spend less and produce more during
the same period last year and is $373,000
ahead of budget for the year.
Elizabeth Moffly was then introduced
by council as a Republican/Libertarian
candidate for Charleston County Auditor.
She took the floor saying she previously
served Charleston County as a School

Board Trustee and said, “I look forward
to representing our community again as
Charleston County’s Auditor.” Moffly
continued, “All tax collecting entities,
such as the school district, [need] an
accurate accounting of anticipated tax
collections so they can have balanced
budgets. Accountability, communication,
and transparency are key attributes to
being an effective auditor.”

If any Seabrook
anywhere in
County, and
provides the
service, costs
will be limited
to one of two
costs: the
insurance limit
of the patient
or the Medicare
allowed limit.
John Gregg
Councilmember John Gregg was first
to deliver a committee report starting
with public safety, which had a very busy
month. However, he started by saying

Civic Calendar
Town of Kiawah
Committee Meeting
Tue, October 11, 3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Public Safety
Committee Meeting
Wed, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Board of Zoning and
Mon, Oct. 17, 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Ways and Means
Committee Meeting
Tue, October 25, 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

Town Council
Tue, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall

Town of Seabrook
Ways & Means
October 18, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Town Council
October 25, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Planning Commission
Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Ways & Means
Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall

Town Council
Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall

Kelly Rae Smith
managing editor


The Island Connection Staff Writer

News Updates
Online at

Lynn Pierotti

Seabrook Island Town Council
meeting, September 2016
that the Seabrook Island Club met earlier
in the month to work on a 2017 strategic
plan. As a result, goals will now be added
to the skeleton plan, designed to advance/
achieve the objective.
Public safety, Gregg continued, has
designed a refrigerator magnet with
emergency numbers listed prominently
for easy access. Public safety has also
completed negotiations for a “right of
entry” agreement with the community
association to allow clearance of roads
clogged by storm debris. Consideration
was also given to access roads to the utility
site, but PS determined access to SIPOA
roads would be sufficient to assist the
utility with clearing their lift stations. But
the news from PS wasn’t all good.
Gregg then announced that longterm PS member Steve Bottcher was
leaving Seabrook and resigning from the
committee. He endorsed Ed Maher to
replace the retiring Bottcher for a term
to expire in November 2017. Maher’s
candidacy enjoyed unanimous support.
Gregg concluded his report with a recap
of the contract with AirMedCare, with
some changes to a press release approved
by Ways & Means.
The “alleviation benefit” of the
agreement with AirMedCare seems
undeniable. Gregg said, “If any Seabrook
resident requires helicopter evacuation
anywhere in Charleston County, and
AirMedCare provides the service, costs
will be limited to one of two costs: the
insurance limit of the patient or the
Medicare allowed limit.” This is a stark
contrast to costs for the service outside
the agreement, which can run $25,000
or more per ride. Gregg then moved
to approve the updated press release
(available at town hall) for the service,
which was ratified unanimously.

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.

October 7, 2017

Councilmember John Wells reported
on two items. He said George Engineering
Associates (e.g. the firm selected to resolve
drainage issues along the parkway) began
work on contacting property owners along
the planned work area. There are nine
different property owners along projects’
route, he said. Those stakeholders will
be asked to approve the work. The effort
should take four months, and George
Engineering has agreed to provide weekly
updates. Wells concluded his report
by saying Obviouslee and Hammond
advertising agencies met to transition all
future tourism related work to Hammond.
The endeavor is proceeding apace, and
bi-weekly reports will be provided to
Councilmember Crane, meanwhile,
had been thinking all this time and wasn’t
about to let the mayor’s “Duke Football”
comment pass unanswered. Poker-faced,
he wondered aloud if the mayor would
entertain a day of mourning for Notre
Dame Football, but no decisions were
made, and no votes were taken. He
then informed council a plan for a new
SIPOA gatehouse has been approved and
Charleston County would be spraying for
The mayor shouldered the task of
reminding the room that Jeff Bostock
had resigned as Seabrook’s utility
commissioner. He then made the official
motion of nominating Tim Morawski
for a term to expire in November 2019.
“Tim has 37 years’ experience working in
the utility [or related] business,” said the
mayor on his way to winning unanimous
approval of the appointment.
The Federal Emergency Management
Agency is in the process of updating
its Flood Insurance Rate map, said the
mayor. There will be meetings and rumors

of meetings conducted by FEMA leading
to a “Letter of Determination” and a
final completion date in the spring of
2018. Public comments are encouraged
during the meetings to be announced
and/or online by visiting
preliminaryfloodhazarddata, said the
mayor before turning to the new utility
commissioner for his report.
Morawski shared some previously
reported news. Three wastewater violations
resulted in a meeting with the Department
of Health and Environmental Control.
The meeting in turn resulted in a fine
totaling $4,200, later reduced to $3,360
on appeal. Morawski added that $52,000
worth of repairs to Seabrook’s deep-water
well would sting budget projections more
than a little. However, his responses to
questions from The Island Connection
seemed to mitigate the dire sounding
report. Yes, insurance would cover all
but $1,000 of the well repairs, and, yes,
Hawthorne Services, Inc. (contractor for
Seabrook’s utility work) is responsible for
paying the DHEC fine.
The single item of old business was
Ordinance 2016-08, now ready for a
second/final hearing. The measure was
born of an inconsistency, placing limits
on the amount of time political signs that
may be displayed without similar limits
on other signs. The mayor indicated the
discrepancy put SITC in an actionable
position best avoided and moved for a
vote. The motion passed unanimously.
St. John’s Fire District representative
Gavin Gilcrease announced a barrage
of activities for early October’s “Fire
Prevention Week.” More information is
available by visiting
There being no further business or
college football-related measures, the
meeting was adjourned.

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Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
wrong so use common sense.



October 7, 2017

arts & events

Fantastic music on tap for Fall


he Kiawah Arts Council has two
performances planned for this
fall that are not to be missed. On
Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. the Calidore
String Quartet will appear at the Church
of Our Savior.
The Calidore String Quartet won


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grand prizes in virtually all the major
U.S. chamber music competitions as well
as several international competitions in
Europe. The quartet regularly performs
throughout North America, Europe and
Asia and has debuted in such prestigious
venues as Wigmore Hall, Lincoln

Center, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, and
at many festivals, including Verbier,
Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, and Festspiele
In 2015, the Calidore String Quartet
released its critically-acclaimed debut
recording of quartets by Mendelssohn
and Haydn. An album on Editions
Hortus commemorating the World War I
Centennial is upcoming.
You may have heard the quartet
featured as Young Artists-in-Residence
on American Public Media's Performance
Today. The quartet’s performances have
been broadcast on National Public
Radio, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, and elsewhere.
Complimentary tickets to see the
Calidore String Quartet will be available
to the general public on a first-come
basis at Kiawah Town Hall and online at, starting
Sept. 30. Kiawah residents can secure
tickets as early as three days prior to the
public release.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 5 p.m. at the
East Beach Conf. Center the Charleston
Symphony Orchestra will fill the stage
with 60 exceptional musicians playing

gorgeous symphonic music, conducted by
maestro, Ken Lam.
They will perform a full masterworks
style concert free of charge. The program
will include beautiful compositions
such as The Battered Bride Overture
by Smetana, Concertino for English
Horn and Orchestra by Wolf-Ferrari,
the Egmont Overture by Beethoven, the
Carnival Overture by Dvorak, and the
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor
by Liszt.
The CSO known as “A World Class
Orchestra for a World Class City” normally
performs at the new Gaillard Center in
downtown Charleston playing at least 20
concerts there each year. This concert is
sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island
Arts and Cultural Events Council and
follows the Symphony Tour of Homes
on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, a
Charleston Symphony Orchestra League
Tickets are required for the Symphony
Tour of Homes and can be purchased
in advance at Indigo Books (Freshfields
Village) or online at
Tickets will also be available for purchase
on Freshfields Village Green the day of
the tour.

October 7, 2017




Mexi mac and cheese, street Fleming returns this fall
tacos, killer sunsets are
house favorites at Seabrook
Island’s Nacha Mama’s

The Island Connection Staff Writer


erfectly timed, if you are a Mexican
restaurant: Nacha Mama’s opened its
doors on Cinco de Mayo. The new
restaurant is located on the second floor of
Bohicket Marina near the boat ramp and
overlooking the North Edisto river.
Owner Dewey Delovich didn’t take the
easy road. Many new establishments start
with a “soft opening” as a way of working
out bugs and getting their legs under
them. Delovich just dove right in, and the
place was so busy they didn’t have time to
scratch, much less be interviewed.
Menu selections start with unlimited
chips and salsa for one low price. “We were
going through 30 gallons of chips … and
10 gallons of salsa [made in-house] every
day so we had to start charging,” says
Delovich, attesting to their popularity.
Asked which menu item is most popular
he answers, without hesitation, street tacos.
There are eight different types of street
tacos available, all handmade and served
on six-inch flour tortillas. Ingredients
include three different kinds of fish as
wells as pork, beef, chicken, or beans. They
range in price from $4 to $4.50 each. But
if you’re hungry: “It usually takes two, so
we also offer plates that include two tacos
accompanied by coconut rice and beans,”
says Delovich. Wait, coconut rice?
“Yeah,” he says. “Coconut rice was one of
our experiments. We were messing around
in the kitchen and found a combination
that worked and people seem to like it,”
Delovich adds. And that is just where the
experiments begin.
Mexi Mac & Cheese was discovered
in the same way. Nacha Mama’s R&D
department combined pasta shells stuffed
with chorizo and beans, then slathered
with queso sauce for a unique addition to
their dinner menu. Dinner prices range
from $11 for the Mexi Mac & Cheese to
$15 for the Grouper Vera Cruz. Delovich
says their fajitas are also very popular and
have their own portion of the menu.

“Plain and simple as they can be but
they [fajitas] have been a big hit,” says
Delovich before coyly divulging the secret.
“We don’t use green peppers. We only
use red and yellow peppers. They have a
sweeter taste that enhances the flavor of
other ingredients.
Delovich has been cooking for a while,
working for both the Kiawah Island Club
and for Paul “Snappy” Farrell, the owner of
Loophole on Johns Island.
Loophole is the restaurant formerly
known as New Moon Pizza, which has
added sushi to its repertoire and changed
names to reflect the addition. Cooking
for Farrell’s “Snappy Events” led to a
mutual respect, which resulted from the
signature pickled pepper sauce Delovich
added to tacos and hoagies. The idea for
high-end Mexican cuisine was born of the
collaboration; something of a partnership
was formed, and they decided to locate at
Bohicket Marina.
The interior of Nacha Mama’s is cozy
with excellent views, and the adjoining
patio has a picnic-like atmosphere. But
the outdoor dining area also has its own
troubles. Sunset views are gorgeous and the
breeze helps, but if you’ve ever been there,
you know the patio can swelter. Delovich
plans to renovate the deck area and is
working on a plan to enclose the patio,
while preserving the outdoor feel sometime
after the January/February time frame.
Asked if he was worried about the slow
season, Delovich demurs. He says guests
are typically 60-70-percent locals, and
although the numbers changed with the
summer throng, Delovich insists he is
community-focused and has plans to reach
out to locals in the off season. “I spent a lot
of time at the Kiawah Island Club and have
a strong following from my time there,” he
says. “ [We are also] planning to develop a
website we think will help.”
Nacha Mama’s is located on Seabrook
Island and can be reached at 843.627.4745.

This year's Alan Fleming Sr. Open Clay Court State Championship Tournament is set
for Wed. Oct. 5-Sun. Oct. 9 at the Seabrook island Racquet Club. Now in its 33rd year,
the South Carolina Level 1 State Championship event and Southern Level 200-point
tournament was recently named South Carolina Adult Tournament of the Year.


arts & events

arts & events

October 7, 2017

Seabrook Island Garden Seabrook Island October
Club to discuss flowers,
Photographer of the
the history of Johns Island
Month: Dieter Lantin
M E E T, S H A R E , E D U C A T E , A N D

Sidi Limehouse and a helper at the weekly Homegrown Farmers’ Market on Johns
Island. Limehouse will speak at the Seabrook Island Garden Club this month.



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he next Seabrook Island Garden
Club welcomes guest speakers, Sidi
Limehouse and Louise Bennett
from Rosebank Farms. Limehouse will
present a history of the development
of Johns Island and Seabrook, while
Bennett will unleash her vast knowledge
of beautiful flowers.
For information on membership please
contact: Nancy Wair, Email: nwair@neo.

Not sure the Seabrook Island Garden
Club is for you? The club is always happy to
welcome you as a guest.
Meetings are once each month and
include refreshments at 9:30 a.m., a short
business meeting at 10 a.m., and the mainevent speaker at 10:15 a.m. Meetings
conclude at 11 a.m. and take place on the
second Friday of each month at the Seabrook
Island Lake House.


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orn at the end of WW2 in Germany,
Dieter grew up in rural Lower Saxony
in northern Germany. Following
completion of high school, he left his
hometown to live and work in Cologne,
Zurich, and Lugano, until emigrating to
Canada at age 21.
Thanks to his command of German,
English, French, and Italian, and a completion
of his Commerce Degree at the Universite de
Montreal and further studies at Columbia
University in International Business, he
enjoyed a productive career with Air Canada,
where he developed, as Director of Customer
Environment in Marketing, the first true
business class in airline history. Subsequent
appointments took him to Winston Salem,
N.C. In 1994, he founded an international
marketing company for aircraft interior
components, which he still runs, servicing
the newly opened market of Russia and all
the states of the former SU.
Through his engagement with the Jaguar
Club of N.C., Dieter and his wife Heidi’s
hobby, they were introduced to Seabrook
Island in 1998 and decided to settle here.
They moved into their newly built home in
July 2000.
“While I have not studied photography
formally, I attempt to express my creativity and
passion for those personal and environmental
elements I feel strongly about,” he says.
“In my display, you see Nastia, the
granddaughter of a friend in Moscow and my
grandson Aaron during a visit to Seabrook
Island, both at different stages of their

Dieter Lantin is fluent in four languages.

“Nature is reflected in the majestic display
of pine woods in Vermont, Lake Konstanz
in Bavaria with the commanding Alps in
the background, and the tranquil Swiss
mountain farms in winter. The focus then
shifts to the new Russia, as evidenced by the
modern Moscow City
in contrast with the Russian Czar, Peter
the Great, the Novodevichy Monastery, and
the pompousness of Catherine the Great’s
palace near St. Petersburg, the longest
imperial palace in the world.
“Finally, returning to Seabrook, I find the
beauty of nature as it surrounds us. Perhaps
my photos may stimulate thoughts about the
utility of our actions and our need to preserve
that what needs preserving”.
A reception will be held Mon. Oct. 3 from
5-7 p.m. at the Seabrook Island Lake House.

October 7, 2017



Left, Kevin Mills, aquarium president and CEO, middle Johnathan Zucker and his family, wife, Laura Zucker, and children Gabriella
and Jeremy. Right, Kelly Thorvalson, Sea Turtle Hospital manager, break ground on the new sea turtle exhibit/hospital.

Groundbreaking continues from cover
it arrives at the hospital; from Rescue, to Rehabilitation,
to Release. Each gallery will be animated by interactive
experiences and technologies that bring the learning
experience to life:
The Rescue Gallery
The entry point to the exhibit, the Rescue Gallery will
show visitor the dangers facing sea turtle populations and
highlight the groups that work tirelessly to rescue injured
turtles and deliver them to the aquarium.
The Rehabilitation Gallery

Through interactive displays and interpretive graphics,
the admission process of a sea turtle into hospital will be
highlighted. Guests will interact with sea turtle models
using augmented reality technology. There will also be a
working medical facility here, including an examination
room, surgical suite, pharmacy, and CT/radiograph
room, new rehabilitation tanks including tanks that can
accommodate larger animals and an exercise pool to
prepare turtles for release and a life support room behind
the recovery area to ensure a quiet environment for the
animals to heal.
The Release Gallery and Theater/Classroom


A multi-use theater and classroom space rounds out
the exhibition before a Release Gallery celebrates the
turtles who have been medically cleared, or who are
nearing medical clearance for release back into the wild.
At the ceremonial groundbreaking Jonathan Zucker,
chairman of the aquarium’s board of directors and son of
Jerry Zucker, founding board member of the aquarium,
expressed his family's excitement to be part of the new
“This is truly an opportunity to make a difference in
the world,” he said.


October 7, 2017

arts & events

on the water

Tina Mayland exhibits Fall makes way for the best
fishing of the year
new large-scale works
END OF 2016
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ina Mayland will be the featured
artist at the Seabrook Island Lake
House from October 1- December
30. The artist has studied oils and pastels
domestically and in France, England,
Italy, and the Caribbean under numerous
regionally and nationally known artists.
Locally, she served on the Board of
Directors of the Charleston Artist Guild
for four years and is a member of the
Seabrook Island Artist Guild.
Mayland’s artwork is represented by the
Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary on Kiawah
Island and at the Spencer Art Gallery in
Charleston, and her paintings can also be
seen at the Hang It Up Gallery in Hartwell,
Ga. The exclusive painting instructor for
the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Mayland
is the author of The Six Commandments
of Painting: The Shalt-Nots That Will Save
Your Artwork. In addition, she won third
place in the People’s Choice Art Show,
sponsored by First Federal Bank.

Tina Mayland wrote The Six
Commandments of Painting: The ShaltNots That Will Save Your Artwork.

More information on Mayland’s
artwork and art classes can be found at Non-residents of
Seabrook who are interested in seeing the
exhibit may contact the artist at tina@
SIAG counts over 100 members from
Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, and
Johns Island. For more information on the
Guild’s events, workshops, and membership,
please visit



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all has arrived with shorter days and
cooler weather. But don't put your
boat away just yet, because we're about
to experience the best fishing of the year!
Fishermen can continue to find success with
live bait, but artificial lures should become
increasingly effective. Make time to get out
on the water—you won't regret it.
Redfish have been eagerly eating live and
cut-bait fished on the bottom. Mullet and
menhaden are pervasive in our waters and
can be easily netted. We'll rig the bait on a
size 3/0 circle hook paired with a Carolina
rig. You can use this setup under docks as
well as on the flats. Just put the rod in the
holder, and wait for the reel to start screaming
as the fish hook themselves.
Artificial lures have begun to really
produce for trout, and the traditional paddletail design has been great. I'll use a .25-ounce
jighead and tie a loop knot to give the lure
even more action. Vary your rate of retrieve as
you search for pockets of fish. To make your
lure even more attractive, try putting a piece
of shrimp on the hook. You can use pieces of
live or frozen shrimp, and it will put a scent
trail on your lure that is hard to resist.
Even as artificial lures become more
effective, keep tossing those popping corks.
Mud minnows, live shrimp and artificial

shrimp have been working well when
suspended about 18 inches to 24 inches
below the cork. Redfish and trout alike will
eat these baits as they pass by suspended in
the water column. Corks have been working
best fished along grassy banks at mid and
high tide.
With the cooler weather, redfish are
beginning to form bigger schools. These
large schools make for excellent sight fishing
and happy fly fishermen. On clear days, you
can see these packs of redfish swimming in
circles with their golden backs flashing in the
sun. Take your time when approaching the
schools, and when you make your first shot
make sure to cast to the edges so as not to
spook the school.
See you on the water!
Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston
Charter Fishing providing light tackle and
fly-fishing charters. Clients choose from a full
menu of fly rods, artificial and live bait fishing
options with charters tailored to their desires.
USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is
committed to providing a safe and enjoyable
charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages.
For more information, visit his website at or email him at

October 7, 2017

volunteer spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight:
Sue Veon
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ue Veon is a native Charlestonian
who is giving back to her local
community by volunteering at
both Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach locations on Johns Island and
downtown Charleston. Growing up in
Charleston, Sue attended Catholic schools
and graduated from Bishop England
High School. During high school, Sue
would volunteer at the Neighborhood
House with her fellow classmates. She
obtained a nursing degree from St.
Francis Hospital School of Nursing. Sue
got married six months after graduating
from nursing school. Her husband was
in the Army and stationed at different
bases. While stationed in Alabama,
Sue’s son was born. A month later, Sue’s
husband tragically died in a helicopter
crash. Sue and her young son moved back
to Charleston. Soon after, she started
working for St. Francis Hospital, where
she would work for 43 years in the labor
and delivery, nursery and postpartum
units. In 2009, Sue retired from St.
Francis Hospital. She visits her son and
his family in Pennsylvania as often as she
can. Sue and her sister enjoy traveling the
world together. They’ve visited England,
Ireland, Wales, Salt Lake City and the
Three years ago, Sue’s friend from
high school, Cecila Velte, brought her to
the Neighborhood House to help serve
lunch. Vonceil Mitchell, Lunch Program
Manager, needed another volunteer on
Fridays, and Sue has been volunteering
there ever since. About a year later,
Sue mentioned to board member, Sister
Bridget Sullivan, she would like to
volunteer at the Johns Island site once a
week as well. Sue started out volunteering
in the clothing room but found her niche
on the front desk.
Sue enjoys volunteering for Our
Lady of Mercy Community Outreach,
because she is able to help those who
are less fortunate. “At OLM, I am able
to interact with the staff and can see the
good they do, and it makes me very proud
to be a little part of a terrific team,” Sue
says. “At Neighborhood House, I am
part of a very efficient team that serves

Sue Veon volunteers at both local Our
Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

lunch to a community that may not have
the means to get lunch that day.” Sue
believes treating people with dignity
and respect can make a positive change
in someone’s life. Sue says, “The clients
are very respectful to us and many make
the effort to tell us ‘Thank you’ and ‘God
Bless You.’” Sue encourages anyone who
has the time should try volunteering.
“The opportunities are out there, and the
benefits are endless.”
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 jennifer@luckydognews.
com. If you’ d like to get involved with Our
Lady of Mercy Community Outreach and
make a positive change in someone’s life,
contact Jennifer Meshanko via phone (843)
559-4109 or email jennifer.meshanko@


October 7, 2017



arts & events

South Carolina Aquarium bids farewell to
sea turtles ready for return to the wild

For The Island Connection

wo sea turtles treated by the
South Carolina Aquarium Sea
Turtle Care Center are once again
swimming the deep blue sea.
Hunley, a loggerhead sea turtle, and
Glenn, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, have been
fully rehabilitated; both were released on
Thurs. Sept. 22 at the Isle of Palms County
Park. The release was held in partnership
with the South Carolina Department of
Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the
Charleston County Park and Recreation
Commission (CCPRC).
The release marks 202 threatened and
endangered sea turtles rehabilitated and
released into the wild by the Sea Turtle
Care Center. The remaining 10 patients
will continue to receive care in the Sea
Turtle Hospital. This season, hospital
team members worked around the clock
rehabilitating turtle patients, with a
record 43 admissions in 2016.
About the sea turtles:
Hunley, an adult female loggerhead
sea turtle, was recovered by an SCDNR
research vessel in July of this year.
Scientists on the boat were immediately
concerned about this turtle’s state of health

upon noticing that she’d sustained severe
injuries to her head, shell, and flippers;
as such, they reached out to arrange
immediate transport to the Aquarium’s
Sea Turtle Hospital. Upon admission,
team members at the Aquarium began
treatment, including pain medication,
antibiotics, fluids, wound care, and
vitamins. It is believed that the turtle
not only survived a shark attack but also
multiple boat propeller strikes. After three
months of hands-on care and a healthy
diet, Hunley is fully rehabilitated and
ready for release.
Glenn, a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley, the
most endangered of the world’s seven
sea turtle species, was admitted to the
Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in April of
this year. Glenn was admitted after being
accidentally captured by a hopper dredge
that was operating to deepen Charleston
Harbor’s shipping lanes. Team members
worked diligently to stabilize Glenn
during admission and provided treatments
such as fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, and
wound care for numerous abrasions.
Additionally, the Aquarium veterinarian
diagnosed Glenn with two additional and
highly concerning maladies: severe bone
infections in both front flippers and a
lung bulla. The lung bulla, an extremely
rare condition likely caused by passage

to open in 2017, ZFSTR will present
the remarkable journey from rescue,
to rehabilitation, to release that each
of the Aquarium’s patients experience,
establishing the Aquarium as a powerful
educational presenter of sea turtle
conservation on the East Coast.
To read about the patients or track their
recovery progress, visit the Sea Turtle Care
Center blog at Follow on
Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates
from the hospital, including public sea turtle
release details.
The sea turtle rescue squad gives Hunley
a lift home.

through the hopper dredge, consisted
of a non-functional bubble-like cavity
in the lungs and required experimental
treatment to cure. The Aquarium’s highlyskilled vet team networked with various
human and animal medical experts to
craft a surgical treatment plan and were
very successful in correcting the lung
bulla, which ultimately permitted the left
lung to heal and return to normal size.
After just six months of intensive care,
Glenn has regained his/her health and is
ready to return to the Atlantic Ocean.
Plans are underway for Zucker Family
Sea Turtle Recovery (ZFSTR), a living,
interactive learning landscape. Slated

What can you do?

You can help protect threatened and
endangered sea turtles. If you find a
sick or injured sea turtle, contact the
SCDNR sea turtle hotline at (800)
922-5431. You may also help care for sea
turtles in recovery in the South Carolina
Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center by
making a donation at
Your donation will not only support
the care of these turtles, but will also
help fund Zucker Family Sea Turtle
Recovery, enabling the Aquarium to
treat even more sea turtle patients.

October 7


Seabrook Island Artist Guild presents an
exhibit of all new large scale paintings by
Tina Mayland, Oct. 1 through Dec. 30;
the Lake House Gallery, Seabrook Island.


Intermediate Oil Classes
At the Todd & Huff Art Center located
at Bohicket Marina, Wednesdays, 1 - 4
p.m. Topics include value work, applying
composition elements to your paintings,
edge work, brush and palette knife use,
and painting from still life and photos.
Email for
Monday Bridge Group
9 a.m. at the Lake House. The Monday
Bridge Group needs new players. For more
information, please contact Ilse Calcagno
at 843.768.0317.


Mah Jongg Practice
1 - 4 p.m. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday
of the month. Located at The Lake
House—Osprey 2.


Lake House Yoga
8:30 a.m. Rise and Shine Yoga with Patti
Romano, is an all-levels practice focused
around finding your day’s intention, set up
yourself for success and be ready to shine.

October 22

Island Connection Calendar
Lake House Exercise Class
Total Body Toning on Mondays and
Wednesdays at its new start time of 10:45
a.m. A new Zumba class starts at 9:30
a.m. on Wednesdays taught by Meagan
Bergeron. Get Pumped on Fridays will be
moving to 11 a.m.
Kid’s Art Classes
10-11 a.m. Acrylic on Canvas, ages 3-12,
$15, 3280 Loft at Bohicket Marina,
1897 Andell Bluff Way, Seabrook Island,
Sip & Stroll at Bohicket Marina Market
4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in
September. Stop in for light refreshments,
compliments of the Bohicket Merchants


Adult art classes
10 a.m. - noon, multimedia, $40, 3280
Loft at Bohicket Marina, 1897 Andell
Bluff Way, Seabrook Island, 843.494.8784,
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.


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Every Saturday at
3546 Maybank Highway Johns
Island. For more information, visit


Sunday Afternoon Matinees
The Lake House hosts Sunday Matinees
at 1 p.m. in the Live Oak Hall. You are
welcome to bring your favorite snacks or
refreshments. Water and popcorn will be
Bellini Sunday at Tres Carmen
Visit Tres Carmen in Freshfields Village
each Sunday in October for Bellini
Sundays. During 1 - 6 p.m., enjoy a fresh
bellini while shopping the new arrivals.

Comedy Show by Award-Winning
Humorist, Jeanne Robertson
Turtle Point Clubhouse at 7:30 p.m. for a
special comedy show. Described as “one of
the funniest people on the planet.” Tickets
are $10 and available for purchase at

Music on the Green
6 - 9 p.m., Freshfields Village. Special
edition of Music on the Green to kick off
Fall Festival Weekend. Band details TBA.
Bring beach chairs and blankets.
Free Admission to the World Premiere
of “Brain” the Musical
The Footlight Players Theater in
Charleston’s historic French Quarter at
7:30 p.m. and will run nightly through
October 16. The Island Eye and Island
Connection have partnered with Footlight
Players Theater to offer 2 complimentary
VIP tickets. Please visit http:// for tickets and
use promo code “THANKSISLANDEYE”
instead of payment.

Fall Festival at Kiawah Freshfields:
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free, family-friendly
event with variety of activities for each
generation. Enjoy live music as you browse
a fall Farmer’s Market. Art show featuring
Kiawah and Seabrook artist guilds starts
earlier at 9:30 a.m. Book signing at
Wonder Works with Julie McLaughlin and
Ann Marie McKay of the series “Hungry

Mr. Gator!” Kids will enjoy complimentary
face painting, inflatable games, mechanical
bull, and fall crafts. Food and beverages
available for purchase.

or calling the center. 843.762.9555. 865
Riverland Drive, James Island.


Still Life Workshop (two-day)
Artist Gary Kunkelman offers a “threehour still life” workshop with Seabrook
Island Artist Guild on Oct. 11 (1 - 2:30
pm) and Oct. 12 (2 - 4 p.m.), in the Eagle’s
Nest Studio, the Lake House, Seabrook
Island. The workshop is free, but space
is limited. Email to

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and
5K at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center
The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon
and 5K returns to scenic Mullet Hall
Equestrian Center. Both events will
begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information
visit or call
843.795.4386. Registration ends at 3 p.m.
on Oct. 7.
Sip and Shop with Scout & Molly’s
Join Scout & Molly’s for a Sip & Shop
from 10:00 a.m. -o 6:00 p.m. Enjoy lite
fare and champagne while browsing the
latest arrivals. A portion of sales will
benefit Respite Care of Charleston.
Lilly Pulitzer Shop and Share
Visit Lilly Pulitzer in Freshfields Village for
the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Shop & Share. Ten percent of proceeds
will be donated to the Making Strides
Spirit Tasting at Kiawah Spirits
Kiawah Spirits in Freshfields Village will
host its first October tasting from 3 to 6
p.m. Additional tasting dates this month
include Friday, October 14 and Saturday,
October 15.

Kiawah Island Garden Club Meeting
Kiawah Island Garden Club will meet at
2:30 at the Ocean Course Clubhouse back
deck for a bird walk led by Aaron Given,
Kiawah Island Naturalist.
Lowcountry Senior Center Candidate
Forum 2016
5-7 p.m. Candidates running in this
year’s elections for the U.S. Congress,
South Carolina Legislature, Charleston
County Council, Auditor and Treasurer,
and the Charleston County School Board
will introduce themselves and briefly
discuss their primary issues. There will be
opportunity to talk with them following
the presentations. Seating is limited,
advance registration is required by visiting


first look at books, refreshments. Free
admission Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and
Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit
Emergency Food Pantry.


Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett
from Rosebank Farms. Sidi will present a
history of the development of Johns Island
and Seabrook. Louise share her talent
and knowledge of beautiful flowers.For
information on membership please contact:
Nancy Wair, Email:

Sip & Stroll from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit
participating stores for light snacks and
sips while enjoying special events, sales and
promotions inside the shops. The event
will be held on the third Thursday of the
month in September, October, November
and December.

Grand Opening of CATR’s Covered
The event will be held at the Brickhouse
Equestrian Center at 2669 Hamilton Rd.,
Johns Island, SC, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The celebration will include a short
program, light refreshments and a special
demonstration under the “roof.” Please


Lowcountry History Series: Invasion
1706: South Carolina vs. France and
11 a.m. Join Charleston County Public
Library historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a
discussion of the dramatic week-long
struggle to drive the enemy from our
shores. Johns Island Regional Library. Free.

The Big Book Sale
The Charleston Friends of the Library
present the 35th annual That BIG Book
Sale, October 14-16 at the Omar Shrine
Auditorium (176 Patriots Point Road.)
Over 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books
on CDs, sheet music and maps will be on
sale to the public with prices starting at
just $.50. Admission to That BIG Book
Sale is free. Items will be half price on
Sunday, with the exception of tote bags.
A special preview sale for Friends of the
Library members will be held during the
evening of Thursday, October 13th from
5-8: p.m. Checks, cash, and major credit
cards accepted.



Sip and Shop with Scout & Molly’s
Join Scout & Molly’s for a Sip & Shop
from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Enjoy lite fare and
champagne while browsing the latest
arrivals. A portion of sales will benefit
Kiawah Women’s Foundation Backpack
Buddies Program.

Cars & Coffee
Freshfields Village will host its monthly
Cars & Coffee, featuring a variety of
unique, antique and other cool cars. The
event is complimentary while coffee and
breakfast is available for purchase at Java
Java. This monthly event is held the 3rd
Saturday of each month.

Guest Artist: Amelia Rose Smith
2 p.m. Multi-talented artist Amelia
Rose Smith will be the guest artist at the
Seabrook Island Artist Guild meeting at
the Lake House. The event is open to the

Jane Austen Society
Join us at 1:30 p.m. for the October
meeting of the Jane Austen Society.
Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society
of North America. Refreshments will be

October Sip and Stroll
Freshfields Village will host its monthly

What’s New at McLeod Plantation?
Seabrook Island National History Group
will host an evening program led by Shawn
Halifax, Cultural History Interpretation
Coordinator at McLeod Plantation, at 7:30
p.m. at the Seabrook Island Lake House.
Halifax will give a presentation on the
historical roots of McLeod Plantation,
shedding light on the way it shapes society
today. Refreshments will begin at 7 p.m.
All Seabrook Island residents and guests
are welcome. There is a $5 donation for
non-SINHG members. More information

Holy Spirit 11th Annual Book & Bake
Runs through weekend at Holy Spirit
Catholic Church, Family Life Center, 3871
Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island.
Friday, 2-6 p.m., preview, $5, provides

Calidore String Quartet Comes to John’s
The Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council
presents the Calidore String Quartet to the
Church of our Saviour for performance
from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are currently sold
out - please call the Kiawah Arts & Cultural
Events Council for further information.
Seabrook Island Garden Club Guest
Join the members of the Seabrook Island
Garden Club at the Seabrook Island
Lakehouse, to welcome guest speakers,

Sea Islands Book Club discusses Coates
2 p.m., Johns Island Regional Library.
Discussion of “Between the World and
Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates before his lecture
in downtown Charleston.


Sunset cruise to Fort Sumter
Departs 5:30 p.m. from Liberty Square
in downtown Charleston to Fort Sumter
National Monument. $100 per person.
Includes food and beverages, historical
presentations. Cash bar also available.
Supports Kids to the Parks, an education
outreach program of the Fort Sumter
– Fort Moultrie Historical Trust. Visit

Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Celeste McMaster of
Charleston Southern University leads “Let’s
Talk About It,” at John’s Island Regional
Library. Call 843.559.1945 for details.
Party on the Marsh
3 p.m. to dark, to benefit Sea Islands
Hunger Awareness Foundation and Water
Wellness Mission, 1002 Landfall Way,
Seabrook Island. Tickets $25 online,
$35 at gate. Includes Boogies BBQ, Port
Authority band, wine and beer. Visit


October 7, 2017


seasons of the south

Help select the
next sculpture for

Finish zucchini pancakes
with crème fraiche


For The Island Connection


xhibit designers at the South
Carolina Aquarium need your help
to pay homage to the No.1 city in
the world: Charleston.

experience, that uses more than 250,000
LEGO® bricks to form a collection of
more than 12 life-sized, one-of-a-kind
animal sculptures, highlighting some of
the incredible creatures that call South
Carolina home — is set to build its next
sculpture. A vote will decide what they’ll
It’s your chance to weigh in on which
symbol of Charleston will be created. Here
are the three symbols to choose from.
• Giant Sweetgrass Basket
• Playtime at the Pineapple Fountain
• Holy City Landmarks Mural

For The Island Connection

Voting is live from now until Sun.
Oct.16. The winning design will be
announced Fri. Nov. 18, and the sculpture
will be unveiled on Fri. Nov. 25. To
cast your vote, visit the South Carolina
Aquarium Facebook page.

Pancakes with Country Ham and
Buttermilk Crème Fraiche
These make a lot of small pancakes
perfect for an appetizer portion. They are
delicious at room temperature on a platter
with a bowl of the crème fraiche and a
garnish of country ham or smoked trout.
Serves 6 - 8
1 lb grated zucchini, stems removed
1 heaping tsp salt
2 Tbsp finely chopped chives
1 minced shallot
¼ tsp pepper
¼ cup flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ cup neutral oil
Chives for garnish
2 oz thinly sliced country ham or
smoked trout, optional
½ cup crème fraiche, optional, recipe
1. Combine zucchini and salt in
a colander and let sit over a sink
or bowl for ½ hour. Squeeze
zucchini dry and press dry onto
paper towels or smooth, clean dish
2. Combine zucchini with chives,
shallot, pepper, flour and egg in a

medium bowl.
3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium
heat. Drop zucchini pancakes
into oil by heaping tablespoons.
Cook for several minutes per side
and keep warm while cooking
remaining pancakes adding more
oil as necessary. Serve with crème
fraîche or sour cream, chives and
country ham or smoked trout.

Crème Fraiche
1 cup cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1. In a bowl whisk together cream
and buttermilk.
2. Cover and let stand at room
temperature for 24 to 36 hours
until it has the consistency of sour
3. Refrigerate up to a week.
Culinary instructor Marilyn Markel
lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry,
has served as culinary director for several
schools and is a member of Les Dames
d’Escoffier, Southern Foodways Alliance
and International Association of Culinary
Professionals. Her book, “Southern Breads:
Recipes, Stories and Traditions” will be
published Dec. 5, by Arcadia/The History

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