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Choraliers
ring in the
holidays
N E A R LY 2 0
YEARS OF
ISLAND CHEER
BY GREGG BRAGG
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer

T
he Island Choraliers are all set to
ring in the holidays as only they
can. They will be appearing for
their 18th annual concert on Sunday,
Dec. 2 in the Holy Spirit Church
sanctuary at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is:
A Jazzy Christmas, “so expect lots of jazz,’
says director Nat Malcolm. The all male
choir is better categorized as a “glee club,”
he says.
The third scoreboard from the final match at Kiawah. Photo provided. The group is primarily stocked with
your friends and neighbors from Kiawah

Seabrook Island Club wins annual and Seabrook, but also includes plenty of
people from Wadmalaw, hence the name;
Island Choraliers. Chiming in with the

Three Island Challenge Choraliers during the estimated hour and


fifteen minute performance will be the Joy
Project Jazz Band led by Steve Joy, who
frequently performs at the Andell Inn, and
BY COLIN MCCANDLESS the Charleston Coastal Choir, a 40 voice
For The Island Connection mixed choir under the direction of Van
McCullum. “We’ll also be doing a benefit

T
he annual Three Island Challenge golf event, which pitted Seabrook, said his team really enjoys the camaraderie of the for the veterans home in Walterboro on
teams from Wild Dunes Resort, Seabrook Island Club Three Island Challenge and getting together to play different Dec. 4, for anybody interested in a short
and Kiawah Island Golf Resort against each other in a area courses. road trip,” said Malcolm who is now in his
game called “Nines,” produced a new winner this year. ninth year with the singers.
“It’s just a fun event,” Haberern said.
Defending champs Team Wild Dunes won the first leg on “We first came to Kiawah in 1988. The
Bill Burnett, treasurer and official stat keeper for the Kiawah Navy ordered me here, and we were lucky
their home course, but Team Seabrook was just too strong over Men’s Golf Association, echoed these sentiments. “It’s an
the final two matches, claiming the trophy in 2018. enough to buy a house while we were
enjoyable thing. You get to meet a lot of people,” Burnett said. stationed here. When they let me go, we
Mike Gollobin, president of the Men’s Golf Association at “We’re probably more in it for the camaraderie than the winning, just never left,” said Malcolm grinning
Wild Dunes, who helps coordinate the Wild Dunes team, said but winning’s important too.” over the phone. He and his wife Linda are
he knew it would be tough to maintain the lead when they only The courses played this year included the aforementioned the owners of Indigo Books in Freshfields
went up 11 points after the first match, as playing on one’s home Crooked Oaks Course at Seabrook Island, Links Course at Wild village, the primary sponsor of December’s
course is an advantage. Dunes and Kiawah’s Turtle Point. events. Asked how it was going, Malcolm
Seabrook Island held a comfortable edge in points heading For the most part, the event went smoothly but inclement said they were scraping by just fine.
into the last match, played Nov. 14 at Crooked Oaks Course, weather did interfere with the first round match, originally “Linda does a great job of selecting books
and they maintained their lead to claim the trophy, their second scheduled to be played Oct. 10 at Seabrook’s Ocean Winds Course. and taking care of Kiawah and Seabrook
win in the past three years in the event.
John Haberern, president of the Men’s Golf Association at Three Island Challenge continues on page 6 Cholariers continues on page 6

Made With Love Walter Robinson Todd & Huff


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Kiawah candidates in their own words


STAFF REPORT
The Island Connection
Lynn Pierotti
publisher

W
lynn@luckydognews.com ith only one candidate for These priorities have guided the actions many vacations and family gatherings
Mayor and four candidates to that the Town Council and I have taken here. Why Kiawah? There were many
fill four seats on the Kiawah over the past two years, such as quickly properties under consideration, but the
Katy Calloway Town Council, this year’s election is re-nourishing the island’s beach and dunes decision was based on the environmentally
managing editor pretty anti-climactic. Nevertheless, even following tropical storm Irma, working sound master plan, the proximity to
katy@luckydognews.com in an uncontested election, it is good to closely with the Resort and property Charleston and the availability of an
know who is on the ballot. The following owners to move forward re-development airport nearby. The natural beauty and
Jennifer Tuohy candidate biographies were submitted to at West Beach, and easing the Town’s wildlife were prime considerations. My
The Island Connection through the Town building permit requirements in order to first few months of living here full time
contributing editor of Kiawah. Questions solicited by the IC make it easier and less costly for property were used to become familiar with the
jennifer@luckydognews.com editorial staff, regarding current issues owners to maintain and improve their “Maze of K’s” on Kiawah. Because of
and events, and the candidate’s answers, homes. my previous experience, it was only a
Alejandro Ferreyros in their own words, can be found on our As Mayor, I have the additional matter of time before I got involved
senior graphic designer website IslandConnectionNews.com. responsibility of overseeing the Town’s with the community. In my prior life,
Mayoral Incumbent, Craig Weaver operations and am committed to having my community involvement spanned
alejandro@luckydognews.com
My wife Terry and I built our home here a municipal government that is respected, 20 years, so I am anxious to continue
12 years ago. We both grew up in Michigan, professional and focused on the priorities to be an active member of the Kiawah
Lori McGee but divided our working years between of our residents and property owners. The community working to preserve the
sales manager Chicago, Houston, and Minneapolis. Town Council and staff must be leaders natural environment and to consider
lori@luckydognews.com Most of my career was spent in the energy within the community and able to bring the impact of new developments on the
industry, where I had global management together residents, property owners, existing infrastructure and public safety.
responsibilities. We have two children, a son KICA, the Resort, and others to address My community involvement started
in Tucson and a daughter in Detroit. When issues and solve problems. My additional with a Building and Zoning issue with my
Senior Staff Writer experiences chairing the KICA board, New Jersey home. It concerned conflicting
we built our home in 2006, Kiawah was
Gregg Bragg more developed, but still every bit as unique serving on the STJFD commission, and information on a floodplain abutting my
as when we first saw the island and bought working with County, City of Charleston property. I decided then to become part
Contributors our property 25 years ago. During the time and Johns Island organizations have of the solution to this problem. I was
Colin McCandless that I have been a councilmember and now helped me develop an understanding of appointed to the Planning Board and
mayor, my desire has been to see that Kiawah how to get things done on and off Kiawah. the Environmental Commission and
Ruth Flynn subsequently elected to Town Council
remains the same great place to live, visit or During the past two years I have
Denise Doyon own a home for many more years. The Town worked with our Town Councilmembers also serving as Police Commissioner for
Pat Huff has an important role in making this happen. – John Wilson, Diana Mezzanotte, Chris nine years before being elected Mayor.
Betsy Turner Some of my priorities have been to: Widuch and Jack Koach – and with our The highlight of my political career was
• Preserve the uniqueness of the staff, to create an increasingly effective running for the United States Congress
island by protecting Kiawah’s municipal government. There is a good which was an honor I will never forget.
natural environment and deal of work underway and still much to I was one of 435 candidates across the
maintaining a responsible be done. After this election three of the United States and while I didn’t win, I
approach to development; Town Council’s five councilmembers will never regret running.
• Anticipate and address the will be new. I would like the opportunity As a Human Resources Executive
challenges that arise from the to continue working with and bring at AT&T my 30 years career involved
community’s growth and help continuity to the new Town Council to the development and implementation
balance being both a popular help ensure that Kiawah remains a great of corporate strategy and Human
tourist destination and a desirable place for all of us. Resource needs in several AT&T
residential community. Candidates for Town Council businesses including International,
Maryanne Connelly Business Services, Consumer Products,
• Protect the Town’s strong financial
and Bell Laboratories. I completed
position and avoid spending or After retiring in 2015, my husband and
several Executive Development
expansion in the size of our local I moved from Morristown, NJ to Kiawah
Programs including the Tuck School at
government that might hinder our Island to live full time. Our property
Dartmouth and the Thunderbird School
financial flexibility down the road. was purchased in 1984 so we had enjoyed

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of International Business. I was also a find this carefully blended combination of
member of the executive planning team maritime forests, expansive sandy beaches,
for the AT&T Divestiture. picturesque marshes, beautiful residential
In looking to expand my knowledge homes and a world-class golf and tennis
of the Kiawah Island Community resort. As a community, our challenge
Association, I became a member KICA going forward is to protect and preserve
nominating committee which interviews all that we love about Kiawah in its later
and evaluates candidates for the KICA stages of growth and development.
Board. In wanting to apply my Public The Town of Kiawah has grown along
Safety experience I was appointed to the with everything else in Charleston County
Public Safety Committee for the Town and we need a strong partnership with
of Kiawah. I volunteer for Respite Care, KICA, The Kiawah Island Golf Resort,
Charleston and I am on the Family Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Conservancy,
Services Committee for Habitat for the County and our neighbors on
Humanity. As a Kiawah Cares volunteer, Seabrook and Johns Island. The Town
I tutor and career counsel St. John’s High should and can take a lead in insuring
School students. these partnerships are communicating
My educational background with each other and working together.
includes a BS Nutrition - College of St. Improving the roadways we all depend
Elizabeth, MBA - Management Fairleigh upon to travel to and from Kiawah safely
Dickinson University, MA Education - is a top priority.
St. Peter’s University. Also: Professional I have had the privilege of serving
Certification Dietetics - Cornell Medical on the Town’s Planning Commission
Center, Special Education Certification - for the last six years and currently serve
St. Peter’s University. as vice chairman. I also co-chaired the
Dan Prickett development of the Town’s current
Ten-Year Strategic Plan. I was a member
Our kinship with Kiawah began
of the committee appointed to plan
twenty-two years ago when my wife,
and design our new Municipal Center
Nancy, and I first visited the island
on Betsy Kerrison and later served on
and, a week later, decided to purchase
the committee that oversaw the actual
a Tennis Club Villa. Ten years later we
construction of the building. I also
built a home on Whimbrel Road and
co-chair the Kiawah Residents Art Guild.
became full-time residents. As with
Nancy and I both have been active
many of you, we were attracted to this
volunteers with a variety of non-profit
wonderful coastal community by its
organizations here on Kiawah, on Johns
stunning natural beauty, its carefully
Island and in Charleston. We play golf
planned and executed development, and
its proximity to the cultural experiences KI Candidates continues on page 4
available in Charleston. Rarely does one

The Town of Kiawah Island Town Council Meeting Report from November 13, 2018
can be read on our website IslandConnectionNews.com.

Tid e Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Nov 23 7:42am/8:07pm 1:21am/2:03pm
Nov 24 8:29am/8:54pm 2:07am/2:51pm
Nov 25 9:17am/9:44pm 2:55am/3:41pm
Nov 26 10:09am/10:39pm 3:45am/4:33pm
Nov 27 11:04am/11:38pm 4:39am/5:28pm
Nov 28 12:04pm 5:37am/6:26pm
Nov 29 12:43am/1:06pm 6:40am/7:26pm
Nov 30 1:50am/2:09pm 7:46am/8:27pm
Dec 01 2:55am/3:11pm 8:52am/9:25pm
Dec 02 3:57am/4:09pm 9:55am/10:20pm
Dec 03 4:54am/5:03pm 10:54am/11:11pm
Dec 04 5:46am/5:53pm 11:48am/11:59pm
Dec 05 6:34am/6:40pm 12:38pm
Dec 06 7:19am/7:24pm 12:45am/1:25pm

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.
Source: saltwatertides.com
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for Wealth Management at Wachovia in local government, but Kiawah is home assigned to Kiawah twenty-four hours per
KI Candidates continues from page 3 Corporation, now Wells Fargo. for us now and I am keen to volunteer my day, every day of the year. This change still
and tennis and are members of the Kiawah Nancy and I have two wonderful time and whatever expertise might be useful requires County Council approval, and
Island Club and the Governor’s Club. children. Our son, Clark, lives in Chicago to the Town Council. will, if adopted, take up to three years to
My educational background includes with his wife, Michelle, and three active Chris Widuch fully implement. But I believe this change
holding a BS from the University of young boys. Our daughter, Lindsey, and My name is Chris Widuch. I have served is needed and will benefit us greatly when
Illinois and an MBA from the University her husband, Taylor, live in Venice, CA on the Kiawah Island Town Council for the implemented.
of Missouri. I was a commissioned officer with their equally active young daughter past two years and I am running for a second Second, I was asked by the Mayor
in the United States Army and, during my and son. They, too, also love Kiawah. I term. My wife Theresa and I have been to help investigate ways of making the
tour, served as the Aide-de-Camp to the ask for your support and will do my best full-time residents of Kiawah since 2009. I Town’s permitting process more customer
Commanding General of STRATCOM. to represent the long-term interests of all spent 30 years in the steel industry until my friendly; to lessen the bureaucratic maze
In 1970, I was awarded the Meritorious our residents and guests. retirement in 2015; the last twelve years as residents are forced to navigate when
Service Medal. My civilian career focused Klaus Said President of a mid-size steel distribution firm improving their homes. The professionals
on investment management and banking. I recently retired after a 35-year career in with multiple locations in the eastern US. within Kiawah’s Building Department
Highlights include leading the Investment Investment Banking in Frankfurt, Germany, This executive background has been valuable held a similar goal. Together we
Management and Trust Division of the London, and New York. I spent 17 years on Town Council as issues have been brought recommended a revision to the permitting
Boston Company, and heading the U.S. at JP Morgan in the fixed income trading before us which have required a quick process which cuts the need for permits
Private Bank at Chase Manhattan in New division trading interest rate derivatives, education and thorough understanding of roughly in half. We maintained the
York. I retired as executive vice president merging markets debt instruments and multiple viewpoints. requirements for any work involving
foreign currencies. I was responsible for some In addition to the typical business structural or safety issues of any sort (i.e.,
of JP Morgan’s global trading businesses before the Council, topics such as island electrical, plumbing, gas, etc.) but we
from 1993 until 2001 and subsequently was development, beach re-nourishment, and eliminated the Town’s requirement for
global head of all currency, moment market, budgets, I have focused much of my energies residents to obtain a permit for aesthetic
and precious metals trading for Credit on three issues which have both a short and or decorative changes to their homes.
Suisse in New York until 2006. I then spent long-term impact on our residents. First, I The third issue I have focused on has
time as a portfolio manager of a large family chaired a subcommittee to review our current been the dangerous condition of a home
office and founded an independent currency law enforcement model and recommend located mid-island. This home has become
trading firm in 2013. changes going forward. As a growing island more than an eyesore; the structure has
I graduated from the University of with more homes, more full time and part been breached by the elements, is rat
Cologne, Germany with a BA in Business time residents, and new and expanding infested, and is a safety risk to neighbors.
studies and from the Graduate School tourist facilities, the Town’s long-time I have worked to confront this issue and
for Business Administration in St. Gall, practice of employing off-duty Charleston move the condemnation process forward.
Switzerland with an MBA. County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Deputies We are following all court procedures to
is bumping up against capacity constraints. have this structure legally condemned and
Laura and I have been married for 30
Taking a long-term view, we concluded we torn down to return the neighborhood to
years and we have three children Nicholas
need a different approach to our policing its well-maintained state.
(28), Robert (25) and Charlotte (23). We are
residents of South Carolina but also spend needs. We have recommended, and Town If re-elected, I will continue to give my
time in Greenwich, CT. I am an avid golfer Council has endorsed, moving to a locally full attention to the issues which impact
and have a keen interest in modern history based policing model. Under this approach, our town. I will remain engaged and
and politics. I have no previous experience Kiawah will contract with the CCSO to focused on what is in the best interest of
provide full-time Deputies, permanently Kiawah.
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arts & events golfing
“We’re just a bunch of septuagenarians among the three islands, is a great event to
Choraliers continues on from cover and octogenarians. We sing in four-part Three Island Challenge continues from cover experience some of the area’s best courses
residents. She seems to know what they harmony and are trying to spread the That match was made up on Nov. 14 and and facilities.
want or can get whatever they’re looking cheer. The Island Choraliers will also be played instead on Seabrook’s Crooked “Seabrook’s got the most magnificent
for. [Inventory] is a little different in the performing their ‘Spring Sing’ early next Oaks Course, a beautiful Robert Trent clubhouse,” noted Gollobin. “Everybody
summer though [when visitors] are here, year at the Church of Our Savior, but we Jones, Sr.-designed golf course winding enjoys going there.”
and that works out pretty well for us.” haven’t settled on a date, yet. That’s also through marsh and maritime forest. There’s a luncheon and awards
Malcolm was a music major in where we rehearse,” Malcolm teased. The match was moved to Crooked ceremony following the completion of the
college and graduated from Florida State Admission to the Dec. 2 event of Oaks, because it was in better playing event where players get the opportunity
University, though he didn’t get into the the season is free of charge, though condition at that time then Ocean Winds. to mingle or say hello to people they have
details of exactly when. His enthusiasm contributions are welcomed. Ring in the When it was initially scheduled on Oct. played against in the past.
is contagious. He always manages to get holidays with what has evolved into one of 10, Ocean Winds hadn’t been affected While each team had some good
the most out of the Island Choraliers and the best Lowcountry traditions, support by any fall over seeding of the course, individual scores for Nines, a game that
infect his audience along the way. He’s friends and neighbors, and remember to whereas Crooked Oaks had. By the Nov. bases scoring around the largest handicap
also quick to point out the high level of “shop small” this holiday season. 14 make up date, Ocean Winds had been in a threesome, one of Kiawah’s players
skills his team has, so producing quality Incidentally, keep the Island Choraliers over seeded more recently than Crooked reached 70 points in the final round (50s
sound “is a breeze. The Island Choraliers on your radar. Malcolm is already sowing Oaks, so the latter was selected as the and 60s are regarded as a good score) at
is primarily for fun, but sounding great… the seeds of something big, as the group event venue. Crooked Oaks, which is considered an
most of the time anyway,” he chuckles. advances on their 20-year anniversary. In terms of player selection, Haberern excellent score.
explained that Seabrook holds qualifying “That’s always pretty impressive,” said
matches to determine who plays on their Gollobin.
Three Island Challenge team. Additionally, In addition to the challenge, Kiawah
if you win your first match in the Challenge and Seabrook also play a head to head
you stay on for the second match, and if match play event in the spring. Although
you lose you move back into qualifying Kiawah has suffered a bit of a winning
rounds. Thus the winners of the third drought in the Three Island Challenge,
match at Crooked Oaks this year qualified Burnett said that they have managed more
for the first match in next year’s event. recent wins in this particular competition.
Seabrook has this luxury, Haberern All three teams will gather as always
said, because they have a “very active in December to decide on the dates and
men’s group.” courses for the following year’s Challenge.
Kiawah, who finished in second, says The competition is always played in the
they have a lot of the same names on their fall, and Haberern said it’s typically
team each year, but they do select people played on Wednesdays since it’s often
from a list based on a points system that most convenient for the players and easier
involves active participation and winning. to book the courses that day.
Although they didn’t win this year, “It’s a great time to get together with
Gollobin said the Three Island Challenge, people you know and have a competition,”
which originated in 1991 to create a spirit Haberern said.
of camaraderie and friendly competition
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Volunteers warm hearts and minds


M A D E W I T H L O V E O F F E R S C O M F O R T, P R O M O T E S R E A D I N G
BY RUTH FLYNN
For The Island Connection

The project isn’t just about keeping The response to these simple gifts can be
kids warm, it’s also about helping them very moving. On Veteran’s Day, a MWL
enjoy curling up with a good book. The volunteer, himself a veteran, presented
handmade crafts, supplied to three, local, each of the veterans at a local rehabilitation
Title 1 elementary schools, are used center with a handmade patriotic blanket
by teachers to help children associate and a salute. One elderly man, a WWII
reading with being cozy and comfortable. veteran confined to a wheelchair, shakily
Improving reading competency makes a rose from his wheelchair for the first time
critical difference in the future of any child, in 6 months and, using his left hand to
but especially those with fewer resources support his right arm, returned the salute.
at home. Island schools are a particular No sewing talent is needed for most
focus for the group. The blankets and projects: just a desire to help others
fabric animals created by MWL are often and be part of a cooperative effort. The
used to help calm children while they talk group gathers every Friday morning at
through issues with school counselors. Beachwalker Center for Fleece Friday and
In addition to blankets, the group the resulting camaraderie is part of the
assembles toiletry kits for residents at Johns draw.
Island Rehabilitation and Healthcare
To find out more about Made with Love
Center, Respite Care Charleston, Meals
or to donate fleece or cotton fabric, new
on Wheels, and new mothers and babies
sample-size toiletries or cash for projects,
served by Our Lady of Mercy church.
contact the Kiawah Cares Foundation at
That’s not all; blankets and toys are donated
KiawahCares@kica.us.
to animal rescue groups, while pocketed
pillows, with a new book tucked inside,
Volunteers meet every Friday at Beachwalker Center. Photos provided. celebrate reading achievement awards.
For Mother’s Day, the group supplies

E
ight hundred nineteen fleece seniors in the last 12 months. The group winter scarves, fabric totes and purses,
blankets and 592 pillows! That’s uses donated fabric, toiletries and their and other gift items to be used at school
what volunteers Made With Love, own creative talents to provide comfort “stores.” In order to “purchase” a gift, a
a Kiawah Cares Foundation project, to residents on Johns and Wadmalaw child makes a greeting card that’s given to A Lucky Dog Favorite
created and donated to local children and islands. an island senior citizen.
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Home Repair Seabrookers support


Mission Day Jan. 19 Birdies for the Brave
VOLUNTEERS, SUPPLIES NEEDED PROVIDING CUSTOM CLUBS TO
INJURED VETS
BY DENISE DOYON
For The Island Connection
STAFF REPORT
The Island Connection

T
he C.H.I.P. (Community Home

S
Improvement Project) of Johns
eabrook Island residents Jeff and
Island Presbyterian Church is
Sharon Austin attended the most
sponsoring a one-day Home Repair
recent Birdies for the Brave event,
Mission Day on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
on Sea Island, Nov. 13. Jeff is a PGA life
(Martin Luther King weekend) from 8
member and a Callaway Master Fitter.
a.m. until the last project is finished.
Birdies for the Brave, a program
Work teams will be assigned to
supported by the PGA Tour, is a national
properties on Johns and Wadmalaw
military outreach initiative, dedicated
Islands that are in need of small repairs
to honoring men and women in the
and improvements in order to make these
older who would like to add hours to Armed Forces and their families. It was
homes more safe and secure. These repairs
their community service requirements. the brainchild of PGA Tour golfer Phil
will include: Hauling trash and materials,
It would be wonderful to gather friends Mickelson and his wife Amy, in 2004.
plumbing leaks, home damage repair,
broken windows, doors that won't shut, from recreational groups, church, or Jeff Austin, who is the Callaway Golf
soft floor repair, painting, entry steps, community groups and form a team tech representative for this part of the
ramps, hot water tanks, winterizing, to help with this project. Or come by state, travels to Tour events in this area to
yourself. There will be plenty of work to custom fit injured servicemen and women Seabrook Island residents Jeff and
kitchen or bathroom cabinet repair,
go around. In addition to your time and with free sets of Callaway golf clubs. Sharon Austin with Purple Heart recipient
trailer windows or door replacements,
talent, monetary donations are needed to Austin can most always be found on the Craig Showers (far left) of Savannah,
yard cleanups, pressure washing,
cover the cost of tee shirts, box lunches practice tee at Seabrook Island Golf Club GA and Purple Heart recipient Richard
deep cleanings, bathrooms, bathroom
and first aid kits. or at the Kiawah Island Golf Learning Ingram (far right) from New Orleans, LS.
handrails, termite or insect treatments,
Center to fit residents here on the islands Both veterans were fitted for free sets of
smoke alarm installations, wood rot If you are interested in donating your when he's not on the road with Birdies for custom Callaway golf clubs in conjunction
repairs, changing air filters, etc. time, talent and/or treasure, please contact the Brave, or Callaway Golf. with the Birdies for the Brave program.
There is a need for volunteers of all Linda at 843.640.7817. Photo courtesy of Nicole Trinh, PGA Tour
skill levels including students age 14 and Headquarters, Jacksonville, FL.
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Walter Robinson on newspapers


F O R M E R E D I T O R AT B O S T O N G L O B E V I S I T S K I AWA H
newspapers are supposed to teach civics too. I call that
continuing education, but we hardly do that anymore
because our business model has collapsed. And no one
has figured out how to resuscitate it.
“In the last two years, much of the country has been
fixated on whether we can trust the news we read and
see. To me, what is more worrisome is that much of what
should be in our local newspapers is not being covered
at all. Democracy cannot function effectively unless
citizens know what is going on,” said Robinson.
He cited the case of the Pentagon Papers. The Supreme
Court ruled the government could not censor the press,
and the top-secret history of the Vietnam War was
published, despite institutional efforts to prevent it.
“Before the Pentagon Papers case reached the high
court, a federal judge in New York initially denied
the Justice Department’s [requested] injunction. Here
is a little of what judge Murray Gurfein wrote: ‘a
cantankerous press, an obstinate press, an ubiquitous
press must be suffered by those in authority in order to
preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression,
and the right of the people to know… It is not merely the
opinion of the editorial writer or of the columnist, which
is protected by the first amendment. It is the free flow of
information so that the public will be informed about the
government and its actions. This has been the genius of
our institutions throughout our history. It is one of the
marked traits of our natural life that distinguish us from
other nations under different forms of government,”’
Walter Robinson, former Editor-at-Large at the Boston Globe. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.
cited Robinson.
He wrapped up his presentation by discussing
BY GREGG BRAGG the profound importance of Judge Gurfein’s ruling
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer
and comments. However dramatic issues of national
importance are, the same rules apply to local papers, he

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alter Robinson was the Boston Globe’s Bush, “two men who understood a thing or two about said. The issues may not even be particularly partisan,
Editor-at-Large when the vaunted newspaper America’s responsibility to set a high and unflinching but local news helps us understand what’s going on
broke the story of a decades long cover-up moral standard... Two men who embraced a standard of around us. Information on the micro level still helps us
of child molestation perpetrated by the local Catholic presidential leadership that was civil... Two men, like all make intelligent decisions and has for decades, Robinson
Archdiocese. He won a Pulitzer Prize for the series their predecessors, who were irked and annoyed at the added.
of reports, and a movie (Spotlight) predicated on the news coverage they received, but who understood the “Information on where we live, what schools are
Globe’s account, won an Academy Award. However, he critical role a free and cantankerous press plays in a free good, how safe we are, whether our tax dollars are spent
chose to talk about “Which Will Die First - Democracy society,” Robinson highlighted. wisely… articles that are written and edited by men
or Newspapers,” during a visit to Kiawah’s Sandcastle on “I am mindful of the old line: there are lies, damn lies, and women who are our neighbors, not by participants
Oct. 25. and then there are statistics. Here are the statistics: in cable news shout-a-thons. I am focusing today on
“This issue is not comfort food. Nor, I regret to say, 1. Seven in 10 American adults cannot identify their newspapers because I know a little about them, but also
is the topic in any way overstated. Some here might be congressman by name. because newspapers are where the vast bulk of news
delighted to learn that journalism … [is] on life support. 2. Just 34 percent of Americans can name the three originates. Even now, the staffs at local TV and radio
I think I can offer a credible argument that this would branches of government. stations, and even national television networks are tiny
not be a good outcome for any of us,” Robinson began. compared to newspapers.
“Those are but two measurements of how ill-equipped
He then differentiated between Washington, “where the “Back in 2001, when my team at the Boston Globe
we are to make informed decisions at the polls. When
swamp is being drained,” and the rest of the country, began investigating the sexual abuse of children by
I hear commentators lament the fact that 93 million
“every red state and every blue state… because we have Catholic priests, the newspaper was selling more than
Americans did not bother vote in 2016, I sometimes
so much in common, more than we know... [and] much half a million copies every day. We had 550 people in
secretly rejoice.
to lose if we allow a free and independent press to wither our newsroom. Today, 16 years and eight buyouts later,
away.” “Second, in 1999 there were 25,000 reporters working
for daily newspapers in the United States. Half of we have just 220 journalists left, and the daily print
Robinson spent most of his career covering the circulation is below 140,000. [Luckily], the Globe is
those jobs have since vanished. Those numbers are not
political world, though he said he was gratefully free owned by a billionaire who believes in good journalism
unrelated. When we discuss how ill-informed most
of covering the last election. But he covered the White and is happy to produce it even if he makes [nothing],”
Americans are, we place too much blame on our public
House when it was occupied by presidents Reagan, and said Robinson, thus amplifying his plug for local papers.
schools for eliminating civics classes. We’ve forgotten that
10 November 23, 2018

Holiday
Shopping Guide
November 23, 2018
fashion

Fashion forward thinking


H O L I D AY D R E S S I N G M A D E S I M P L E
small leather goods in attractive, timeless
red tones.
Sara Campbell’s boxy cashmere mock
neck sweater comes in a handful of
colors, but we love this vibrant red for the
holidays and beyond. Wear it with your
favorite dark denim for a night out with
friends or pair it with satin pants to attend
a social event.
With the holiday season approaching,
the phrase "put a bow on it" never sounded
better. Think of it like this: you are the
gift. Subtle bows are found on daywear
and dramatic bows adorn eveningwear.
Sara Campbell’s boxy cashmere sweater. Looking for a dress that will leave an
Photos provided. impression on everyone at the party? Look
SUBMITTED BY SARA CAMPBELL no further than a multi-texture chemise
For The Island Connection
with a dramatic silk bow on the back.

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ince fall and holiday fashion shows
happen more than six months before
the first autumn leaf turns yellow,
it’s easy to forget which motifs graced
runways in multiples during Fashion
Week. When fall apparel trickles into
stores in July, Charlestonians are certainly
more concerned with taming frizz and
loading up on sunblock than they are with
wearing scarves and sweaters, naturally.
The runways provided plenty of strong
ideas for this season. Some prominent
themes were patchwork, animal prints,
glossy "wet look" fabrics, and oversized
suiting. As can be expected with runway
fashion, not every trend can translate
seamlessly into everyday wear. Some are
just too over-the-top and some are not
conducive to remaining cool or warm, Dramatic bows adorn eveningwear this
depending on the season and your climate season.
(we’ll pass on that wool suit in July, thanks!)
Alternatively, some fashion trends can The dark floral print trend started this
easily migrate into your closet for the summer and has proven its longevity into
holiday season and those are the most the fall and holiday seasons. Just swap light
fun, because they give us a reason to go cotton for luxe jacquard and these moody
shopping! Rich reds, beautiful bows, prints remain perfectly on-trend. Since many
and dark florals are three holiday apparel of these wearable trends overlap, take notice
trends to be aware of this season to ensure of dark florals with pops of red to really shine.
best-dressed status at your numerous If you’re like the rest of us, Fashion Week
get-togethers. might seem more like an entertainment
Rich reds are dominating fall and segment than a source of dressing inspiration.
holiday apparel collections in both rosy Some of the fashions are extreme and
and burgundy tones. You’ll see red serving intimidating. The key to fashion stardom
as the main attraction and as a featured is to break down major themes into smaller
pop of color on printed items. If you don’t notes that can be represented in your daily
think red is right for your complexion, wardrobe. Be prepared to receive plenty of
you’ll easily find wraps, scarves, totes, and compliments this holiday season.
November 24 Island Connection Calendar January 5
ONGOING WHERE: Nathaniel Russell House which includes all bait and fishing rods. Saturday Thanksgiving pounds. Live music featuring Islanders Farmers Market and Sea Islands Boats lining Bohicket Creek. Christmas LowcountryLandTrust.org for details.
WHAT: Southbound: Photographs of and WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every tournament produces 3 winners WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market The Shag Doctorz and The Band of Oz. Chamber of Commerce. For details visit Choir will be strolling the marina singing
about the New South MORE INFO: Family tours start on the half- which will receive a tournament shirt, bait, WHERE: Charleston Collegiate SChool, BBQ available for $15/pp. Brought to you SeaIslandsChamber.org. holiday favorites. Brought to you by the TUESDAY, DEC. 11
WHERE: Halsey Institute of hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Docent- bucket and bragging rights. Questions call 2024 Academy Rd. by the Bohicket Merchants Association & Bohicket Merchants Association & the
Contemporary Art led scavenger hunt tours, historic games and 248.719.0076. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Town of Seabrook Island. SUNDAY, DEC. 2 Town of Seabrook Island. WHAT: K-S Exchange Club holiday event
WHEN: Oct. 19 - March 2 toys in the garden. HistoricCharleston.org for MORE INFO: Charleston’s only year- WHERE: Seabrook Island Club/Gaillard
MORE INFO: An unprecedented information and to purchase tickets for the date WHAT: Timbers Kiawah Concerts in the round farmers market, highlighting WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28-DEC. 19 WHAT: Seabrook Island Garden Club SATURDAY, DEC. 8-9 Center
exhibition co-curated by Mark Sloan, and museum house you would like to attend. Courtyard produce and locally produced goods WHERE: The Lake House WHEN: 5 p.m.
director and chief curator of the Halsey WHERE: The Courtyard between Hege’s and foods. Live music, kids activities. WHAT: A Christmas Carol WHEN: 4-6 p.m. WHAT: Foundations of Healing Touch Class MORE INFO: Annual event features
Institute of Contemporary Art, and WHAT: Kick-it at Bohicket and Java Java (Freshfields Village) JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com for details. WHERE: Dock Street Theater MORE INFO: All Seabrook Island WHERE: Roper St. Francis Cancer buffet dinner and bus trip downtown to
Mark Long, professor of political science, WHERE: Bohicket Marina WHEN: 6-8 p.m. WHEN: 7:30 p.m., dates vary residents are invited to the annual Center, 2085 Henry Tecklenburg Dr. hear Tony DeSare perform holiday classics
both of whom are on the faculty of the WHEN: 6:30 p.m. MORE INFO: Join Timbers Kiawah in Third Saturday of MORE INFO: Charleston Stage’s musical holiday open house. Sweet and savory WHEN: 8:30 a.m-6 p.m., both days with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
College of Charleston. For info visit MORE INFO: Face painting, a balloon The Courtyard every Wednesday for live the Month adaptation of Dickens’s immortal holiday refreshments served. For information MORE INFO: Healing Touch is Tickets are $100 each and available by
SouthboundProject.org. artist, DJ and sand art bracelets. Co- music with Chris Dodson, outdoor kids WHAT: Sea Islands Cars & Coffee classic. Adapted for the stage and directed on membership contact Holli Bolte at beneficial in calming anxiety and reducing calling Roger Steel at 843.768.7166 or
sponsored by The Town of Seabrook Island games, local art and beverages provided WHERE: Freshfields Village, Kiawah by Julian Wiles. For tickets and info visit hmbolte@yahoo.com. symptoms of depression, decreasing emailing vivrog@bellsouth.net.
Mondays & Bohicket Merchants Association. For by Timbers Kiawah. The series will run WHEN: 9-11 a.m. CharlestonStage.com. pain, strengthening the immune system,
WHAT: Family Trees questions call Todd at 248.719.0076. through Wed., Aug. 29. MORE INFO: This free event will feature WHAT: A Jazzy Christmas enhancing recovery from surgery, FRIDAY, DEC. 14
WHERE: Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish, antiques, classics, exotics, concepts and any THURSDAY, NOV. 29 WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church complementing care for neck and spine
First and Third WHAT: English Conversation Club WHEN: 4 p.m. problems, supporting cancer care, WHAT: Seabrook Garden Club Fashion
3673 Maybank Hwy. other cool cars. Coffee and other refreshments
Tuesdays WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library WHAT: Whiskey in America-Lecture & MORE INFO: The Island Choraliers deepening spiritual connection, a sense Show
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. available for purchase by Java Java Coffee
WHAT: The Charleston County Public WHEN: 2 p.m. Tasting featuring the Charleston Coastal Choir of well-being, easing acute and chronic WHERE: Sand Castle Community Center
MORE INFO: Begin exploring the House. If you have any specific questions
Library Bookmobile MORE INFO: Practice speaking English WHERE: Charleston Library Society and The Joy Project Jazz Trio present conditions, and supporting resiliency WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
process of clearing title for heirs’ property about the event, please contact Bruce
WHERE: Parking lot behind Hege’s with a small group. Beginners to advanced WHEN: 6 p.m. a free holiday performance. For more in health care providers. Call to register MORE INFO: Seabrook Island Garden
by defining the family tree. For more Stemerman at bstemerman@gmail.com.
WHEN: 10-11 a.m. learners welcome. A children’s program MORE INFO: Luke J. Pecoraro, Ph.D., information contact Van McCollum, 843.388.1834. Tuition $245.00 by Club joins the Kiawah island Garden
information or to make an appointment
Director of Archaeology at George Director of Music at vanmccollum@ Dec.01/$295.00. after Dec.1. Club for a December Fashion Show. For
for an initial assessment call 843.810.1036 MORE INFO: Bookmobile is back the and/or craft will be provided during the FRIDAY, NOV. 23-25 Washington’s Mount Vernon presents information on membership please contact
first and third Tuesdays of the month. The club meeting. Registration is not required; bellsouth.net.
schedule for the summer is June 19, July 3 call 843.559.1945 for more information. WHAT: Holiday Festival on the Green “Whiskey in America – An Archaeology SUNDAY, DEC. 9 Holli Bolte at hmbolte@yahoo.com.
WHAT: Charleston Coastal Choir
& 17, August 7 & 21. WHERE: Freshfields Village Lecture.” Following the lecture, guests will TUESDAY, DEC. 4
WHERE: Church of Our Savior
WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursdays WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 1-6 be invited to a whiskey tasting. For tickets WHAT: Soul of the Lowcountry Oyster Roast FRIDAY, JAN. 4 & 5
WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and p.m. call 843.769.2600. WHAT: The Western Wind: Holiday Light WHERE: Sunlean, 3211 Eenjy Lane,
MORE INFO: Local, mixed community WHAT: Beethoven’s 5th
Wednesdays Activities MORE INFO: Family friendly events, WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church Johns Island
chorus, open for membership. Season runs WHERE: Gaillard Center
October through March. For information WHAT: Kids Fishing Tournament WHERE: Aiken-Rhett House including a visit from Santa Claus. Free pet FRIDAY, NOV. 30 WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHEN: 1-4 p.m.
MORE INFO: Six a cappella singers along MORE INFO: The Lowcountry Land WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
contact Director of Music, Van McCollum at WHERE: Bohicket Marina WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. photos with Santa on Sunday. For details
WHAT: Quiana Parler and Friends with instrumentalists bring their unique Trust’s 4th annual event features a catered MORE INFO: Charleston Symphony
404.401.0678 or vanmccollum@bellsouth.net. WHEN: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. MORE INFO: Family tours start on the half- visit FreshfieldsVillage.com/events.
WHERE: East Beach Conference Center music to celebrate the holidays. Sponsored oyster roast, local brews and spirits, Orchestra featuring Zachary Hammond
MORE INFO: A Fishing Tournament just hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Docent- WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on oboe and Ken Lam, Conductor.
by the Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events live music, and oyster cup tastings with
Tuesdays for kids ages 4-14. Two rounds of fishing. led scavenger hunt tours, historic games and SATURDAY, NOV. 24 MORE INFO: Presented by Kiawah Arts For tickets and information visit
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your toys in the garden. HistoricCharleston.org for Council. Visit KiawahIsland.org/events for Lowcountry Oyster Co. Tickets $40,
WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and Council, put your dancing shoes on and get GaillardCenter.org.
desired round. It’s only $7 per participant information and to purchase tickets for the date WHAT: 8th Annual Sprint Triathlon Relay complimentary tickets. children 12 and under are free. Visit
Activities ready to get down and boogie. Tickets are
and museum house you would like to attend. WHERE: The Lake House
WHEN: 8 a.m. $10 and available at KiawahIsland.org/events. SATURDAY, DEC. 8
WHAT: Live Music at The Andell Inn MORE INFO: Triathlon with a team
WHERE: The Andell Inn Hotel, twist. Teams comprised of one swimmer, SATURDAY, DEC. 1 WHAT: Reindeer Run
one biker, and one runner. Cost is $50 per WHERE: Downtown Charleston
Freshfields Village WHAT: Artists Reception WHEN: 9 a.m.
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. team. Registration forms are available at
WHERE: The Lake House MORE INFO: Presented by Half-Moon
MORE INFO: Relax with cool jazz the front desk of The Lake House. Event
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Outfitters, family-oriented, pet-friendly 5k
every Thursday evening in the lounge of shirts are limited, size and availability are
MORE INFO: Seabrook Island Artist run/walk through the lower peninsula of
the Andell Inn Hotel. Drinks and food not guaranteed after Nov. 5. Note, this
Guild showcases artist Bob LeFevre’s downtown Charleston. Over 3,500 runners
available. No cover charge. 843.793.6050. event will be capped, so sign up early to
oil painting. Reception will be held in will raise money for MUSC Children’s
AndellInn.com. ensure your team will participate. For more
the front hallway. For more info visit Hospital. For details and registration visit
information please contact Jamie Mogus
SeabrookIslandArtistGuild.com. RunSignup.com and search 28th Annual
Thursdays & Sundays Mixson at jmogus@sipoa.org.
Reindeer Run.
WHAT: Live Music WHAT: Homegrown Holiday Bazaar
WHERE: 48 A Wine Bar WHAT: Bohicket Marina Fall Festival
WHERE: 3546 Maybank Hwy WHAT: Christmas Parade of Boats
WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. WHERE: Bohicket Marina & Market,
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. WHERE: Bohicket Marina
MORE INFO: Featuring 48 wines Johns Island
MORE INFO: Over 100 vendors and WHEN: sunset
by the glass every day. For details visit WHEN: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
farmers, local food trucks, pony rides MORE INFO: Enjoy s’mores & hot
FortyEightWineBar.com. MORE INFO: Bring a chair and
and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. chocolate and see the decorated Parade of
your dancin’ shoes and shake off those
Admission is free. Sponsored by the
14 November 23, 2018
arts & events arts & events

Watercolor, oil at Todd & Huff SIAG Artist of the Month


A R T I S T D E M O N S T R AT E S BOB LEFEVRE
V E R S AT I L I T Y I N T W O M E D I U M S BY BETSY TURNER
For The Island Connection
BY PAT HUFF

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For The Island Connection
he Seabrook Island Artist Guild
Announces that the December

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lein Air Magazine’s Grand Salon Artist of the Month will be Bob
Winner, Stewart White, conducted LeFevre.
a two-day workshop for Todd & LeFevre retired from a successful career
Huff Art Center on Oct.22 and 23. in business at the age of 55 to pursue
White, from Baltimore, Maryland, his passion – oil painting. He started
works in watercolor and oil. His unique taking private art lessons when he was 9
handling of oil paint is developed from and continued with drawing, painting
his watercolor background. White brings and sculpture lessons throughout his
his job as an architectural illustrator and elementary and high school days. At 18,
designer, as well as his painting experience LeFevre took lessons from a retired sea
Artist Stewart White. Photo provided.
to develop his technique in oil medium to captain in Cape Cod, MA, where he
paint with beautiful transparent passages. artists, Qiang Huang in January, Gary painted his first clipper ship. It was then
White demonstrated washes in Bodner in March, Colin Page in April, that his passion for painting scenes of the
watercolor and oil as well as developing Alice Williams in September, and Shelby sea and its surroundings was born.
paintings in each medium. His deft use Keefe in November. Pat Huff also teaches LeFevre continued to develop his
of both mediums allows paintings to oil classes, beginning through advanced skills through life drawing lessons
maintain light areas, which sing against on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the including nine years at the Art Academy
darker passages. Oil medium is used more Art Center at Bohicket Marina. Class of Cincinnati, plein aire workshops and
thinly to maintain the original washes. Oil subjects, to name a few, have included, also by teaching drawing and painting I’m Gonna Getcha, oil on canvas.
in light values is applied first, which is like “Only Palette Knife,” “Finding Your to adults and teenagers, including many pets, grandchildren and local scenes by
watercolor application, and darker values Artistic Voice,” “Painting the Figure Seabrook and Kiawah residents and Seabrook and Kiawah residents.
are built up after the light areas are defined. in the Landscape,” and “Brushstrokes, visitors. He was President of the Seabrook
Participants worked in both mediums, Techniques and Supports.” Island Artist Guild for 4 years and is Please join Bob LeFevre for the opening
or only one medium of their choice. White currently V.P. of Education. reception in the front hallway of the Lake House
For more information on the
also taught use of everyday objects for paint on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. or stop by
workshops and classes or to sign up on LeFevre’s subjects include many parts
application such as a shaving brush, and easy and view the exhibit anytime during the month
line go to ToddHuffCenter.com or email of the Low Country’s beautiful scenery…
drawing tips for figures, cars, horses, and cows. of December. To learn more about the Seabrook
toddhuffcenter@gmail.com or call Pat marshes, shrimp boats, birds, sunsets and, Island Artist Guild and upcoming events, please
Todd & Huff Art Center has released Huff 404.245.5766, or Laura Todd of course, the clouds and ocean. He has visit SeabrookIslandArtistGuild.com.
its 2019 workshop schedule with notable 843.259.4180. also been commissioned to paint many