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Volume 5 Issue20 January 20, 2012 FREE
Since May 2007
Island Arts ontinues on page 4
Island Arts
annual J uri ed art Show on
Ki awah to di Spl ay l ocal art worK
By JacoB FlannicK
rtwork by Kiawah and Seabrook residents is
fnding a home on the walls of Wells Gallery
at Kiawah’s Sanctuary Hotel. Kicking of
the Island Arts 3rd Annual Juried Art Show from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 with a reception, the
gallery will showcase an array of artwork until Jan.
31, including oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry
displays, photographs and an assortment of visual
(top) A view of the interior of the Wells Gallery on Kiawah Island. (above) Images of paintings that will hang
in the 3rd Annual Juried show. (left) Laura Liberatore Szweda “Autumn Glow,” 48 x 36 , Oil on Canvas
(right) Patricia Huf “Te Vineyards,” 8 x 10, Oil on Canvas.
The Island
Lynn Pierotti
Bridget Manzella
managing editor

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senior graphic designer
Lori Dalton
sales manager
Alexandra Stott
Jacqueline McCormick
graphic designers
Melissa Caloca
Jerry Plumb
Bob Hooper
Dimi Matouchev
Judy Drew Fairchild
Kevin O’Haire
Jessica Condit
Paul Fannon
Jacob Flannick
Sarah Diaz
John Nelson
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21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9166
Fax: 768-4764
2001 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9121
Fax: 768-9830
Meetings are held at the
Berkeley Electric Co-op
located at 3351 Maybank
Hwy, Johns Island.
Chairman Chris Cannon:
4045 Bridge View Dr, N
75 Calhoun St.
Tuesday, January 24
Seabrook Town Council
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Town Hall
Wednesday, February 1
Seabrook Town Planning
Commission Work Session
7:30- 9:30 p.m.
Town Hall
Thursday, February 2
Kiawah Arts Council Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.
Town Hall, 2nd Floor
Conference Room
Monday, February 6
Kiawah Environmental
Committee Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.
Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday, February 7
Kiawah Town Council
2 - 4 p.m.
Town Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, February 8
Seabrook Town Planning
Commission Meeting
7:30- 9:30 p.m.
Town Hall
he Meeting was convened promptly
at 2.00 p.m. Te Roll was called
and all Members reported present.
Te Minutes from the Meeting held on
December 6, 2011 were then ofered for
approval. With two minor amendments,
the Minutes were approved unanimously.
Tere were no citizens’ comments or
Old Business:
A. Tere was a second reading of
Ordinance 2011-08 concerning business
licenses. Te motion was approved
B. Following the recommendation
of the Ways and Means Committee,
which met earlier in the day, the Council
unanimously approved the Greenbelt
Funds Contractor Selection in the amount
of $120,361.00 in order to complete
Phases I and II of the project. J.A Rauch
Construction Co. was selected as the
qualifed bidder after submitting a revised
proposal of $143,900.00. Te measure
passed unanimously. Te project now
includes a shore access and Beachwalker
Pond components.
C. GovQA-Communications Tool
Selection. Te Council approved by a vote
of 4-1a contract to upgrade the Town’s
communications network to include
blast e-mails to residents and a variety of
other web-based applications. Te project
has a one-time cost of $3,000. Tere is a
monthly service fee of $395.00.
D. Final Approval of the Municipal
Center ADA Improvements. Te Council
unanimously improved to go out to bid
for the project.
New Business:
A. First Reading of Ordinance 2012-01
Short Term Rentals. Te Council engaged
in a lengthy discussion of this item
concerning the governance of short-term
rentals on the Island by homeowners.
Town Attorney
Dennis Rhoad provided some
background to the measure, as well as
its legislative history. He questioned
its placement in the Municipal Code,
saying he felt it was more of a behavioral
matter than a usage or zoning issue, and
therefore the Ordinance is miscast in its
current placement. Mr. Rhoad indicated
that the Ordinance should properly reside
in Article 4 of the Code. Several members
then questioned the enforcement eforts
devoted to this and other Ordinances.
It was ultimately decided that a review
and “re-organization”of the entire Code
was called for. Mr. Rhoad was directed
to report back to the Council at the next
meeting with his progress in this regard.
Te measure was approved unanimously.
B. Reafrmation of 2011 Ordinances.
Te measure was approved unanimously.
C. Appointment of Town Clerk.
Lakesha Shannon was unanimously
approved to a one year term.
D. Appointment of Town Treasurer.
Ken Gunnells was unanimously appointed
to a one year term.
E. 2012 Committee Appointments:
Arts Council, BZA, Communications
Committee, Environmental Committee,
Planning Committee, Public Safety
Committee, SATAX Committee, all
appointed members for 2012. Note:
Te Arts Council’s Season Planner is
now available at the Municipal Center.
New members include: John Labriola
(Arts Council); Michael Clawson,
Randy Gilmore (ZBA); Mary Johnson
(Communications); Jennifer DeCiantis,
Jack Kotz (Enviromental); Gale
Messerman (Planning); Barry Abrams
(SATAX). All appointments were by a
vote of 5-0.
F. Town Strategic Planning Retreat. It
was agreed that dates in March would be
reviewed for the retreat. No ofcial action
was taken.
G. Comprehensive Plan Report Card.
Te Town Administrator ofered a brief
synopsis of the Town’s annual grading
system. Te code lists three categories
for certain actions in a variety of areas:
Normal and Caution. Te system
charts progress on a quarterly basis the
status of a given project or matter of
concern. It provides an overview of the
Town’s accomplishments and strategic
goals throughout the calendar year. No
ofcial action was taken.
H. Dune Walkovers. Te Council
engaged in a spirited discussion on the
item. Councilman Vanderwalker remarked
that many of the Island’s 100 plus beach
walkovers are out of compliance with the
specifcations of the relevant Ordinance
(16-406). He indicated that vast the majority
of the walkovers are privately owned, with
the Kiawah Island Co. owning roughly
twenty of the structures. Many of the
structures fall short of the required length
and height, he said, which contributes
to dune erosion. A discussion ensued
concerning enforcement and a grace period
for a home owner to come into compliance.
It was decided that a letter to homeowners
should be drafted fro review and a grace
period of 18 months was suggested. A
review of the subject ordinance and possible
amendment was also discussed. No ofcial
action was taken.
I. Charitable Contributions. the following
charitable contributions were awarded:
Barrier Free Medical Clinic.........$15,000
Full Faith Ministries......................$5,000
Hebron Zion Presbyterian .........$10,000
Palmetto Project /Begin With Books....$5,000
Respite Care Charleston................$5,000
Rural Mission...............................$10,000
Kiawah Island Town Council
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Council continued on page 3
Sea Island Habitat for
Total charitable awards........$60,000
J. Beach Franchise Selection. Te
Council considered two proposals for
the beach Franchise services contract.
Following the recommendation of
the Ways and Means Committee, the
Council voted 4-1 to accept the proposal
of Island Beach Services in consideration
of $100, 000.
K. Kiawah Island Utility Update.
Te Council heard an update from
Mayor Orban and Councilman Lipuma
concerning the negotiations to purchase
the utility from the Kiawah Island Co.
Several meetings were held in December
and the parties exchanged proposal for
the sale. Apparently, the parties are still far
apart on a sale price, though no specifcs
were provided. More negotiations are
planned for the near future.
An Executive Session was convened
for the purpose of discussing the
appointment of the Town Attorney.
After the closed door meeting, the full
Council re-convened and approved Mr.
Rhoad’s appointment for the coming
year by a vote of 3-2. Te meeting was
thereafter adjourned.
Council continued from page 2
Dargan’s BirDs
Snowy Egret vs. Great Egret
Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets are very commonly confused. Both are have white
bodies with long slender necks and long, thin legs. Tey are easily distinguishable by
several characteristics: Great Egrets are have bright yellow beaks while Snowy Egrets have
black beaks and a yellow patch of skin between the eye and the base of the beak. Adult
Snowy Egrets have black legs and yellow feet and juveniles have greenish legs and yellow
feet. All great egrets have black legs and feet. Snowy egrets are noticeably smaller: Adults
are two feet tall (with necks extended) and weigh less than a pound. Great Egrets are
slightly over three feet tall and are more than twice the weight of
Snowy Egrets.
Wood Storks
Wood Storks are distantly related to Egrets and are in a diferent
order. Tey are enormous birds and weigh as much as 7lbs. Tey
stand at 40 inches, but their necks are much shorter in proportion
than the necks of Snowy and Great Egrets. Wood storks have
no feathers on their heads and adults have no feathers on their
necks. Te dark, exposed skin is easily visible from a distance.
Wood storks fy with their necks extended, while egrets fy with
their necks tucked in. Wood Storks have striking black primary
feathers, while snowy and great egrets are pure white.
Egret vs. Egret;
Egret vs. Wood Stork
By sarah harper Di az
he Seabrook Island Club is now ofering a Social membership for
non-property owners. Previously only the Full Golf membership was

Te Social membership includes the following:
25 rounds of golf at cart fee only (tee times reservations can be made up •
to 14 days in advance)
Unlimited tennis at no charge •
Access to the Lake House Fitness Center & Indoor/Outdoor pools •
Access to the Seabrook Beach Club facility including the pools, ocean •
front dining and shops
10% member discount on all purchases •
Discounts at the Equestrian Center and Kid’s Club programs •
Associate Bronze ClubCorp reciprocal benefts •
Access to miles of unspoiled private beaches •
Amenity fee waived for rental guests •
For more information, visit www.discoverseabrook.com. Or contact Lisa Miller
at lmiller@discoverseabrook.com.
Social on Seabrook
Great Egret
Wood Storks
Snowy Egret
January 20, 2012 3
4 January 20, 2012
Kiawah/ Seabrook
Police Activity
By Kevin O’Haire
12/01/11. Kiawah Island Parkway
Te reporting ofcer stated that the subject was stopped on suspicion of speeding
and careless driving. When questioned, the male subject apparently produced a phony
driver’s license and passport indicating that he was a Mexican national. He was arrested
and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center and held in lieu of a
$237.00 bond. A hearing date was set for January 3, 2012.
12/04/11. Seabrook Island.
Te reporting ofcer responded to a suspected burglary at a business at the Bohicket
Marina. Te victim owner stated that he arrived at his place of business to fnd that
someone had attempted to break in
through the front door of the establishment. A subsequent review of the store’s video
camera revealed that an unknown black male had attempted to kick in the door at
approximately 5.00 a.m. on the day in question. Having no success there, the perpetrator
then went around to the rear of the premises where he gained access to the building by
forcing open the back door. Te victim stated that a safe containing
$350.00 in cash, a camera, and a number of blank payroll checks were stolen. Te
store’s alarm system apparently failed to activate during the incident. Te investigation
is continuing.
12/07/11. Seabrook Island (Marsh Gate).
Te victim homeowner reported that two boat trailers that had been parked in the
yard of his residence were missing. Te victim stated that he hadn’t visited the property
for some time and that he last saw
the trailers on January 5, 2011. Te investgation is continuing.
12/07/11. Kiawah Island.
A female resident heard noises and what she thought was a male voice emananting
from her kitchen. She stated that she then heard the elevator begin to run. Te reporting
ofcer responded and made a search of the premises and grounds. He stated that he
found no evidence of entry or disturbance. Te ofcer theorized that the resident my
have been confused by the sound of high winds banging against a shutter on the evening
in question. Te investigation was concluded.
12/11/11. Kiawah Island.
A resident returned home to discover that his alarm had gone of and the front door to
the property was unsecured. He reported the incident and an ofcer was dispatched to
the scene. A search of the home was undertaken. It was discovered that there were several
beds that looked as if they had been recently slept in and that an upstairs bathroom
mat was soaking wet. Nothing of value was reported
missing. No other damage to the property was indicated.
Te investigation is continuing.
12/16/11. Seabrook Island.
A Seabrook resident stated that when she attempted to
pay her mortgage at a local bank, her check was returned
for insufcient funds. Te resident inquired further and
it was discovered thet several checks had been drawn
on her account that she said she had not written.
Te victim stated that she had recently employed
a new home health care nurse and that she had
been working for her over the last two months.
She stated that she believed the suspect may have
made unauthorized charges with her debit card as well.
No arrests have been made. Te investigation is

Te exhibit,
restricted to
submissions from
Kiawah and Seabrook
residents, will feature
two compositions
from 43 local artists,
all whom will be
at hand during the
gallery opening to
discuss each piece,
says Gallery director
Emily Wagner.“Tis
annual show has
quickly become a
treasured event,” she
says, in an email,
noting a combined
33 artists previously
participated in the two annual viewings. “Artists prepare all year to present their works
for submissions. “We get a lot of art inspired by the islands. Te opening receptions
leave the gallery bursting with locals and visitors alikeall here to admire the work born
right here on our islands!”
Prices of displayed artwork range from $20 to $4,000a sharp contrast to the gallery’s
professional pieces reaching $300,000, according to Wagner. “Te pieces tend to sell
very quickly,” she says.
Kiawah painter Dan Prickett, whose artwork adorned the gallery’s walls during
the previous two annual exhibits, points out many painters scattering the neighboring
islands stroke the canvas under comfortable circumstances. “We paint for the fun of
painting,” says Prickett. “It’s not a livelihood for the most of us.”
Pricket will display two works at the gallery: A classically-inspired oil-on-canvas painting
of a bowl of fruit, titled “White Glass Bowl,” and an oil-on-canvas painting of “Lord Willin,’”
a shrimp boat Prickett noticed two years ago docked along Bohicket Creek. “Fishing boats
are interesting to me,” he says, referring to his illustration of the gently rocking vessel.
“Tere’s a structure to them, and you have to know how they work.”
After retiring fve years ago as an investment business manager, Prickett says he’s
taken up a second career with the brush in a converted second-foor art studio at his
residence. He says his wife, “a good critic” of his work, hollers up to the studio oftentimes
reminding him to eat while caught up in a creative streak. “I always said, ‘when I retire,
I’m going to paint,’” says Prickett. “And I’m never happier when I get to do it.”
Te juried show took fight after Wells Gallery owner Hume Killianwho also owns
Wells Gallery along Meeting Street in downtownbegan “realizing the immense artistic
talent found right here on Kiawah and Seabrook,” Wagner recalls.
Killian, learning many patrons frequenting the gallery practiced some form of
artistry, sought to create a venue for locals’ creative endeavors, says Wagner.
Submissions are judged by Killian, according to Wagner, on a handful of artistic
elements, including composition, balance, emphasis, mastery of technique, viewer
interaction and the overall result.
Two works from Seabrook painter Patricia Huf, a second-year participant, are set to
ornament the gallery’s walls, including an oil-on-canvas painting titled “Te Vineyard,”
depicting this past June a Napa Valley, Calif., vineyard; as well as “Trough the Oaks,”
an oil-on-canvas painting rendering a shade-cloaked pathway leading up to Mount
Pleasant’s Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens.
“I love my places,” says Huf, who took up painting roughly 37 years ago while studying
abroad as an undergraduate in Rome, Italy. “Most of my paintings relate to placesit’s in
my blood.” Huf, who paints primarily with a palette knife, says she admires how the Sea
Islands cast an array of lighting angles and dappled shadows. “Lights always appear so
diferent everywhere, and that’s something I enjoy capturing in my paintings,” she says.
“I love the way the light plays around the trees and on the shadows.”
Seabrook photographer Stanford Ullner’s images will furnish the gallery, too,
including a shot of a Baptist church window captured this past summer downtown,
aptly titled “Baptist Church Window in Charleston;” as well as “Leaving Charleston
Harbor,” a photograph taken roughly eight years ago of a Romanian ship sailing out of
the Harbor.
Ullner, a former dentist who’s interpreted the world for more than 55 years from behind
a lens, says he draws creative inspiration from world-renown French photojournalist
Henri Cartier-Bresson and New York City-based abstract photographer Ralph Gibson.
He says his work, leaning towards an abstract style, focuses on people and cityscapes,
and how the two subjects coalesce.
“When I take a photo, I’m looking at how objects in place relate to each other
geometrically,” he says. “I see things in a geometric progression. If I’m walking
somewhere in downtown Charleston, I’m always looking for an image,” says Ullner.
“I’m always trying to visualize.”
For more info on the juried art show, visit Well’s Gallery’s website at wellsgallery.com.
A juried painting by Robert Lefevre.
Island Arts continued from cover
January 20, 2012 5
Chez-Fish Ofers Prix Fixe
By Paul fannon anD Jessica conDit
t has been a busy year since Chez Fish reopened in March under new ownership.
Part owner and chef, Rene Constantin has been in the business for 45 years, and is
very passionate about his food. He is also passionate about his customers.
In appreciation to all who supported the restaurant during its transformation, Chez
Fish will be ofering a prix fxe Tree Course Special running through the month of
January. During this special customers can choose a starter, entrée and dessert from the
menu for just $24.95.
For starters, some of the favorites include the Crispy Goat Cheese Salad, Curried
Mussles, the Chef ’s She-Crab or Tomato
Basil Crab Bisque. Entrées include
the popular Pecan Encrusted Black
Grouper, Bouillabaisse Seafood Medley,
Mediterranean Salmon, Linguini Casino
and more. Desserts (for those with a sweet
tooth) include Key Lime Pie, Tirimisu and
Chocolate Praline Mousse.
Te full menu is available to choose
from and can be seen on Faceboook as
well. Reservations are recommended.
Chez Fish will be closed for lunch during
the of season, but their fresh fsh market
will be open at 4 p.m. and remain open
throughout dinner service.
Chez Fish wishes to thank all of their
customers for their support throughout
this past year!
For more information, call Chez Fish at
Izabel Constantin.
6 January 20, 2012
looming during the depths of winter, the fragile beauty
of camellias enhance the Middleton Place Gardens with
thousands of blossoms, from pristine white to all shades
of red and pink. Enjoy and learn more about these spectacular
fowers on a Camellia Walk.
Camellias, a southern landscape favorite, show of a blaze
of color throughout the winter months. Middleton family oral
history holds that the French botanist Andrè Michaux gave
the Middletons some of the frst camellias to be planted in an
American garden. Some 50 years later, in 1838, a Middleton
daughter wrote, “Papa called me to the terrace to admire the
camellias which I found in great beauty both the white and
Today, Middleton Place has over 3,500 camellias including
many rare varieties as well as one of the four original Michaux
plants, fondly referred to as the Reine des Fleurs, or the “Queen
of Flowers.” Camellia Walks highlight many of these unique
historical plants as well as the hundreds of camellias that form
the allee in the formal gardens.
Walks are held every Tuesday, Tursday, and Saturday beginning
February 11
and continuing through March 24
. Te special
guided tours will begin at 11:00 a.m and last approximately an
hour and a half. Adult admission is $25, students are $15, children
(6-13) are $10 and 5 years old and under are free. For reservations
and additional information, call 556-6020 or visit www.
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Camellia Allee at Middleton Place Gardens.
ecently, an island resident asked
if any coyotes ever visited the
islands. Te answer is “yes.” In
fact, several years ago, one was found
dead on the Parkway between Freshfelds
and the Kiawah River Bridge, probably
the victim of a car strike.
Many species have made a triumphant
march to the balmy shores of the barrier
islands including the much-hated fre
ant, the armadillo, and the coyote. If
one should be inclined to study roadside
litter, an ever-increasing number of
armadillo carcasses could be observed.
In the Summerville area, the small
but protected bodies of the armadillo
frequent the rural roadside.
Like the ancient primate march from
Northern Africa to the Middle East, the
animals are moving north at a growing
rate possibly in search of new food
sources. Be observant! Tat shaggy dog
you just saw on the Parkway just might
be a coyote. Tey are here.
Wily Coyotes
bY DwIght S. IveS
January 20, 2012
ith the ban on bicycles on the James Island
Connector set to go into place as soon as signs
are up, bikers will have no safe, legal way to
get to the peninsula from James Island or the reverse.
Te news that the City of Charleston will start enforcing
a little known rule that restricts bicycles on roads with
exit and entrance ramps has frustrated and angered
the community. Many bicyclists depend on the James
Island Connector as a way to get to and from work, and
recreational riders regularly use it to go out to Kiawah
and Folly Beach.
It is not known when signs will go up, but Mayor Riley
has said that the city will acknowledge the signs and will
enforce the law. Tom Bradford of Charleston Moves says,
“the alternative route over the Wappoo Cut bridge is
extremely dangerous and predictably, people will get hurt
or possibly killed.” Bradford believes the law is absurd and
untenable in this day and age. Countless people commute
across the connector on a daily basis. Charleston Moves
will be meeting with Road Wise representatives in hopes
of working towards a solution with the Department of
Fran Clasby, who lives downtown, frequently uses
the James Island Connector to ride out to Folly Beach
to visit his family. Clasby points out that the city of
Charleston adopted a “Complete Streets” policy back
in 2008 that unfortunately does not apply to the James
island Connector. Te “Complete Streets” policy only
applies to new or retroftted roads. Te policy states that
in making decisions relating to the planning, design
and maintenance of public street projects or public
street reconstruction projects, the city shall ensure the
accommodation of travel by pedestrians, bicyclists, public
transit, and motorized vehicles and their passengers, in
a regular part of the permitting process for such public
street construction and/or reconstruction projects.
Te resolution acknowledges that the city of
Charleston is committed to creating thoroughfares that
safely accommodate all modes of transportation. It also
acknowledges that a large percentage of the Charleston
population does not have access to personal automobiles
and the only alternative transportation options are
walking, bicycling or using public transit. It further
states that increasing walking, cycling and the use of
transit ofers the potential to improve the health of the
community, decrease congestion, decrease air pollution,
decrease dependence on fossil fuels and their foreign
supply sources, and increase the efciency of road space
and transportation resources. Te irony is that at this
point in time, no plans have been announced by the mayor
or Charleston city council or any other representatives
of the city or county to contact DOT on behalf of the
community to work out ways of keeping the James Island
Connector open and make it safer for bicyclists and
Katie Zimmerman of the Coastal Conservation
League points out that there are several inexpensive ways
to make the James Island Connector safer for bicyclists,
such as lowering the speed limit to 40, adding rumble
strips and signage, and alerting motorists to look out for
“We’re a city that is supposed to be bicycle friendly,”
Zimmerman points out. Charleston is indeed listed as
one of the top 50 bicycle friendly cities in the United
States in Bicycling magazine. CCL asks people to contact
their elected ofcials at the local and state level and tell
them the James Island Connector needs to be kept open
and retroftted to accommodate bikers and pedestrians.
Contact information for elected ofcials is available on
CCL’s website.
Some feel the city is “blaming the victim” since Dr.
Mitchell Hollon was killed on the Connector by a driver
not paying attention. All of a sudden there seems to be a
liability problem, and instead of making it safer for bikers
and pedestrians, they get
banned all together. Others
argue that the connector
is a “freeway” because it
might eventually join up
with I-526, and therefore
the ban is the right thing
to do. To make things
even more confusing, the
DOT has previously said
the completion of the “526
parkway” would likely
contain access for bicyclists
and pedestrians. So then
would all bikers and walker
have to get of before
crossing over to Calhoun
I think the only thing
most people can agree on
is that the James Island
Connector is the easiest
and safest way for bicyclers
to get back and forth to
the peninsula. As a public
road, it must be open to all
modes of transportation.
Remember whose tax
dollars paid for this thing.
Although we know there is
a brain disease that stops
all rational thought when
people get elected, write
them anyway and tell them
how you feel about this.
Write your council person,
legislator, congress person and anyone else that might
help and hope that maybe, just maybe once, they will
listen to the will of the people.
Bikes Banned on James Island Connector
Ci t y of Charl eston deCi des to enf orCe l i t t l e Known l aw
By Christine wilKerson
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James Island Connector.
ll over the globe, Sweet Adelines
International choruses are
joining together to teach the
world to sing. Women of all ages who
enjoy singing are invited to Southern
Harmony Chorus Glee for Grownups
Open House. Southern Harmony
Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines
International, an organization of nearly
25,000 women worldwide who sing four-
part a cappella harmony, barbershop
Te Southern Harmony Chorus
members share a love for music and
singing barbershop harmony. As a
member, you too can experience the
exhilaration of performing
and singing with Southern
Harmony Chorus. Any
woman of average singing
ability, with or without
vocal training, will fnd
a part that fts her voice
range with the help of the
chorus’ musical leaders
and director.
Southern Harmony
Chorus performs regularly
throughout the community, ofering its
talent for entertainment at civic events
and charitable functions. Members come
from all areas in the Lowcountry and
are a diverse group of women of all ages,
cultural backgrounds, educational and
work experiences, all with one thing in
common: we all love to sing and enjoy
the sisterhood of the chorus.
Te Southern Harmony Chorus Open
House will be held on January 10, 17 and
24, at Riverpoint Christian Academy in
Charleston. To fnd additional information
about Southern Harmony Chorus visit
www.sourthernharmonychorus.com or
contact Missy Wurthmann at 573-2409.
Teaching the World
to Sing
agnetic South is an
innovative partnership
between the Charleston
Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the
Composition area of the College of
Charleston Music Department. It
combines the resources of the two
institutions to present contemporary
classical music in Charleston in an
informative context.
Te series launches on Friday,
January 20
, with a concert titled
“Dances and Refections.” Featuring
music from Béla Bartôk, Teodore
Antoniou, Cindy Cox, and Paul
Chihara, “Dances and Refections”
takes place at 8 p.m at the Simons
Center Recital Hall on the campus of
the College of Charleston.
Te goal of the Magnetic South
partnership is to bring to the audiences
of the Lowcountry masterworks of
the 20th and 21
centuries along
with important new works by living
composers. Te concerts, performed
by CSO musicians and conducted by
Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, Assistant
Professor of Music Teory and
Composition at the College of
Charleston, feature carefully selected
works from a variety of aesthetic
directions and styles to represent the
panorama of the music of our times.
“Our aim is to establish Charleston
as a center for contemporary music
creation, education, and performance
by inviting world-class living
composers to work with us,” says
In addition to the pieces by
visiting composers, there are two
other compositions that are being
performed by the CSO for “Dances
and Refections.” On the program is
Hungarian composer Béla Bartôk’s
1917 work, “Rumanian Folk Dances.”
Bartôk is not only one of the most
well-known composers of the 20

century, he was also widely recognized
as a proponent of the folk music of his
time. Teodore Antoniou’s piece from
1984, “Octet,” is also on the program
and makes its South Carolina premiere
at the concert.
Tickets are $20. Student tickets
are $10 with valid ID. Tickets may be
purchased in advance through the CSO
online at www.CharlestonSymphony.org,
or by calling the CSO at 723-7528.
Magnetic South
8 January 20, 2012
ndangered sea turtles are used to the Gulf Stream,
but seven very lucky little turtles (six Kemps ridleys
and one hybrid Kemps/green) got a two and a half
hour ride in the Jet Stream on Sunday. Te turtles were
transported from the New England Aquarium on one
of the lightest and most fuel-efcient jets in the world,
an Eclipse 500. Te fight is being donated by North
American Jets, a private jet charter service owned by
Charleston local, Mason Holland.
For over a month now, cold-stunned sea turtles have
been washing up on the New England coast, and many
of the survivors are in critical condition. With numbers a
bit overwhelming for the primary sea turtle rehabilitation
facility in the northeast, the South Carolina Aquarium
Sea Turtle Rescue Program is stepping in to help. “Tis
is just looking out for the turtles and for each other,” said
Sea Turtle Recue Program manager, Kelly Torvalson.
Once at the Aquarium, the staf, interns and volunteers
set to checking out each turtle. Several had minor “scufs”
from their trip that were
treated. Once their core
body temperatures were
equal to the water in
their new tanks they
were placed in their new homes. Tey will remain in the
Sea Turtle Hospital until they are in releasable condition,
and the waters in the area have warmed.
Now is your chance to come see these turtles and the
four loggerheads at the Sea Turtle Hospital. Tere are
behind the scenes tours of the Hospital every day, except
Tuesday and Tursday. Tis is a rare opportunity to see a
hybrid sea turtle that has been named “Eclipse” after the
plane that gave him the ride to Charleston.
To plan your next trip, visit www.scaquarium.org.
High Flying Sea Turtles
By BarBara Bergwerf
(above) Cold stunned sea turtles fy in style from the New England Aquarium to the South Carolina
Aquarium. (top left) Kelly Torvalson with Eclipse. (bottom left) Turtles lined up for inspection.
photos By BarBara Bergwerf
January 20, 2012 9
Fri day, January 20
Our World & Kiawah Island Arts
Head to the Sandcastle for a”Degas and
the Dancer” flm presentation at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets available at the Kiawah Town Hall
from January 5th. For more information,
visit sandcastle@kica.us
Seashore Exploration
Winter can be a great time to explore the
beach. Bundle up and stroll along local
shores from 11 a.m.-12:30p.m. with a park
naturalist searching for treasures from
the ocean. Meet at Kiawah Beachwalker
Park. Gather a few keepsakes and learn to
identify some diferent types of shells and
the organisms that call them home. A
registered and paid chaperone is required
for participants ages 15 and under. Ages 9
& up are invited. Pre-registration required.
Course # 26566 Fee: $9/$7 CCR Discount.
For more information and to register, visit
Saturday, January 21
Charles Wadsworth & Friends Chamber
Charles Wadsworth is an international
favorite, acclaimed both as a pianist and
as the creator of chamber music events
worldwide. In his frst concert for Kiawah
he will entertain us with his charming
introductions for which he is also famous
and he will perform along with Courtenay
Budd – soprano, Timothy Fain – violin,
Jose Franch-Ballester – clarinet and a cellist.
Concert will be held at Church of Our
Savior at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary Tickets
are available now at the Visitors Center
at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more
information call 768-9166.
Legare Farms Fundraiser
Te Legares will be hosting a fundraiser
at the farm to help pay their legal fees
associated with the recent lawsuit which
is putting the farm in peril. Tere will be
BBQ, plenty of kids activities, as well as
an aution. Te event will be held at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets 559-0788, or visit
savelegarefarms.eventbrite.com to purchase
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
Join us on one or more of our regular bird
walks from 8:30 a.m.-12p.m. Our walk
through many distinct habitats will allow
us to view and discuss a variety of birds,
butterfies, and other organisms. Pre-
registration is encouraged, but walk-in
registrations at Caw Caw are welcome.
Meet at Caw Caw Interpretive
Center. A chaperone is required for
participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $5/
Free for Gold Pass Holders. For more
information and to register, visit www.
Family Artisan Series -
Nature Journaling
Journaling not only helps you to
remember your experiences, but it can
enhance your time spent outside. Learn
basic drawing exercises and techniques
and develop your observation skills while
having fun exploring the great outdoors.
Meet at Caw Caw Interpretive Center from
10 a.m.-12 p.m. A registered chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and under.
Pre-registration is required. Age: 8 & up
Fee: $10/$8 CCRP Discount. For more
information and to register, visit www.
Monday, January 23
Opera Lite
Bellini’s “I Capuleti ed Montecchi” will be
held at the Sandcastle at 3:00 p.m. For more
information, visit sandcastle@kica.us
Seminar: Living Your Life From the
Inside Out
Dr. Kathy Murphy, author, teacher, life
design counselor, and President of Retreats
by Design, will be at the Lake House, Live
Oak Hall from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. to help
you wake up to this brand new year of your
life. Tis workshop is designed to take you
through parts of her life design process
outlined in her new book, Your Possible
Life. You will decide what you want for your
life...how to live your life from the inside
out. To learn more about Dr. Murphy, visit
her website at www.kathymurphyphd.com.
tueSday, January 24
Learn the basics of knitting! Already know
and just want a refresher, we can help!!
Knitting is for ages 8 and up! 9 - 10:30
a.m. For more information, visit www.
WedneSday, January 25
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw
Join us on one or more of our regular
bird walks. Our walk through many
distinct habitats will allow us to view
and discuss a variety of birds, butterfies,
and other organisms. Meets at Caw Caw
Interpretive Center from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-
in registrations at Caw Caw are welcome.
A chaperone is required for participants
ages 15 and under. Course # 27327 Fee:
$5/Free for Gold Pass Holders. For more
information and to register, visit www.
Glass Fusing
Glass is an amazing medium in that it
can be used over and over again and it
never weakens. Come learn how to make
a colorful and unique craft that will last a
lifetime! Tis class includes one 3x3” tile
or a pendant. Class is for ages 12 and up!
Kiln crafts take approximately 4-7 days to
complete. Wednesdays and Saturdays from
9—10:30 a.m. For more information, visit
Gentle Yoga. Tis class is an hour long and
combines gentle movement with the breath
followed by a deep relaxation. Tis is a great
way to learn the yoga positions, increase
fexibility, promote spinal health and reduce
stress. Tis class is perfect for beginners
and is open to all levels. Instructor: Allison
Zimmerman Held Weekly on Wednesday
from 9 – 10 p.m. at Lake House (Live Oak
Hall) For more information, visit www.
thurSday, January 26
Burning Up!
Learn how to turn an ordinary wood project
into a unique keepsake using wood burning
tools. Wood burning is for ages 8 and up.
Classes are held 9 - 10:30 a.m. For more
information, visit www.kiawahresort.com.
Our World
Dr. Robert Dove, U. S. Senate
Parliamentarian Emeritus, presents
“Gradlock and Cooling Saucer: Te Role of
the U. S. Senate.” A light selection of wine
and cheese will be ofered. For reservations,
contact Sandcastle Member Services at 768-
3875 or sandcastle@kica.us.
Fri day, January 27
Beachwalker Bird Walks
Te southwestern end of Kiawah Island
is an excellent place to spot seabirds and
shorebirds. We will hike nearly two miles
of pristine beach looking for a variety of
birds including raptors and songbirds. Meet
at Kiawah Beachwalker Park from 8:30
a.m.-11 a.m. Te program is free; however
pre-registration is required. A registered
chaperone is required for participants ages
15 and under. Age: 12 & up. For more
information and to register, visit www.
Sunday, January 29
Ashu, Saxophonist & Kuang-Hao,
A young concert saxophonist from
Chicago, Ashu has won major
international awards and has been
touring through the United States
and Europe with his piano partner
Kuang-Hao (who regularly performs
with the Chicago Symphony.) Teir
program features Masterpieces for
sax/piano by Rachmaninof, Debussy,
Bach, Piazzolla and more. Ashu & Kuang-
Hao have performed at Carnegie Hall,
La Jolla Music, Kravis Center, Vienna
Konzerthaus, etc. Tis concert, held at the
Church of Our Savior at 4:00 p.m. should
not be missed. Complimentary Tickets
are available now at the Visitors Center
at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more
information call 768-9166.
Monday, January 30
Opera Lite
Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” will be held at
the Sandcastle at 3:00 p.m. For more
information, visit sandcastle@kica.us.
Fri day, February 3
Art Film: “Te Rape of Europa”
Tis flm covers endlessly interesting
material: the central role art played for
the Nazis; the arriviste connoisseurship of
Hitler and Goering; the Germans’ diferent
treatment of cities like Krakow (spared
for its Germanic art) and Warsaw (almost
obliterated for its Slavic art and sensibility).
It also raises endlessly interesting questions:
Should soldiers’ lives be risked to save
historic sites and artwork? Can a culture
survive if its art is wiped out? Be sure to
experience this flm, held at 3:00 p.m. at
the Sandcastle. Complimentary Tickets are
available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah
Island Town Hall. For more information
call 768-9166.
January 20
Island Connection Calendar February 2


Johns Island RegIonal lIbRaRy
3531 Maybank Highway, 559-1945
Monday – Tursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wee Reads (under 24 months with adult)
Mondays, January 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Time for Twos (2 – 3 years old with adult)
Tuesdays, January 24, 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years)
Wednesdays, January 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Excel 2007: Beyond the Basics (adults/
young adults) Tuesday, January 24 from
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts
Keyboard Basics (adults/young adults)
Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – 12
p.m. Registration starts 12/31
Publisher 2007: Create a Calendar
(adults/young adults) Tuesday, January 31
from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts
All computer classes are free. For more
information please call 559-1945 and ask
for the Reference Department. Class space is
available for 8 participants per session.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Trivia (grades
6-12) January 3 - 31. In celebration of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, stop by
the Reference Desk and answer a trivia
question about Dr. King for a candy prize!
Book Explorers Preschool Book Club
(up to six years old) Friday, January 20 at
10:30 a.m.
Meet the Author and Book Signing:
Teresa Woods-Eutsey (adults)
Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.
Join us for a morning with John’s Island
poet Teresa Woods-Eutsey as she reads
selections from her book, From the Heart:
A Book of Poetry.
PLAY with DAD: Go For the Goal (all
ages) Saturday, January 21 at 1 p.m.
Come hear great soccer stories and make a
fun craft!
Club Anime! (ages 12-19)
Saturday, January 21 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Teen Movie Time: Captain America:
Te First Avenger (grades 6-12)
Tuesday, January 24 from 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Rated PG-13; 124 minutes.
Round Table Discussions with
Councilwoman Johnson (adults)
Wednesday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Councilwoman Anna Johnson of
Charleston County District 8 wants to
discuss your concerns and issues. Tis
month’s topics include user fees (solid
waste and recycling disposal fee) and
stormwater fees.
PLAY: Ha! Ha! Ha! (all ages)
Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Belly Laugh day with these
FUNNY stories.
Preschool Adventure Zone! (ages 3 to 6
years) Friday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Scientifc adventures on a Preschool level!
Celebrate Chinese New Year! (ages
3-12 years) Saturday, January 28 from
12 - 2 p.m. Bring the family and help
us celebrate the Year of the Dragon with
Chinese games, crafts, food and FUN!
Based on the Book Movie Series: Te
Help (young adults/adults)
Saturday, January 28 from 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Rated PG-13; 146 minutes.
Babygarten (ages birth to 18 months)
Monday, January 30 from10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Café (grades 6-12) Tuesday,
January 31 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Afternoon Café features a variety of board
games, popcorn and other refreshments
will be provided.
Chinese New Year Display
January 3 – 31
Te John’s Island Children’s Department
will display a colorful collection entitled
“All Tings China” to go along with their
big Chinese New Year Celebration at the
end of the month. Bring your children
in to view this bright display, and learn
about this vibrant country. Ten join us
on January 28 to welcome in the Year of
the Dragon.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Display
January 3 – 31
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.’s birthday, we will display library
materials about his life and the civil rights
12 January 20, 2012
Mystery Plant
by john nelson
Photo by Linda Lee
ext time you bend over to pick up a quarter, look for stars, too: tiny, white,
foral stars. Tere are some minuscule beauties opening up right now, while it’s
chilly, reminding us of a more fowery time to come.
Te fowers resemble bright white, 10-pointed stars, but if you look closely, you
will see that a single blossom bears only fve petals, not 10, and each one of them
is split down the middle. Tey look like a pair of long bunny-rabbit ears. Te plants
are extremely variable, and depending upon their location, may be fat and trailing,
or sometimes forming lush, rounded mounds. Te happiest plants seem to grow in
somewhat protected places, on nice, rich soil. Wouldn’t you?
Notice also the tender leaves, which are egg-shaped and dark green. Te stems are
worth mentioning, as the soft hairs on them tend to be in a single discrete line, rather
than scattered all over the surface.
Tis species is common just about everywhere. It is native to Europe, but has been
spread so far around the world now that it is often (and mistakenly) considered a
naturally occurring plant wherever it grows. It is one of a group of weedy species that
behaves as what we sometimes call “winter annuals”, that is, plants that sprout from
seeds during the fall or winter, produce their fowers and seeds, and then dry up and
basically disappear by the time things start really warming up in the summer.
Each plant produces plenty of fowers, and each fower will form a tiny capsule,
containing several even tinier seeds. Te seeds, once released, may sprout the following
season, or they may lie dormant for some time.
Botanists classify this humble little plant as a member of the carnation family,
which of course is the source of garden pinks, sweet William, and fragrant carnations
for centerpieces, corsages, and boutonnieres, as well as a number of show-stopping
Some people have found it good in salads, and there is a long tradition of using it as a
food for caged birds. Recently I’ve heard that you can stir-fry this stuf, in a hot skillet.
Hmmm. I’m thinking I’ll add a good bit of garlic and maybe some hot pepper fakes.
John Nelson is the curator of the Herbarium at the University of South Carolina, in
the Department of Biological Sciences. As a public service, the Herbarium ofers free plant
identifcations. For more information, visit www.herbarium.org or call 803-777-8196.
A n s w e r : “ C h i c k w e e d , ” S t e l l a r i a m e d i a
January 20, 2012
s an investor, you know that 2011 was a somewhat “choppy” year, with the
fnancial markets going through many ups and downs. So what can you
expect in 2012? As baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is quoted as saying,
“It’s hard to make predictions — especially about the future.” And these words
are certainly applicable for anyone who would like an accurate forecast of the
investment climate.
Yet we do know of some factors that may afect your portfolio in the
months ahead. Here are a few of them:
Strong business fundamentals — Tis past year, all the noise about the debt •
ceiling debate, the size of the U.S. defcit and the European fnancial situation
tended to drown out some fairly good news: U.S. businesses’ balance sheets
were strong for the most part, borrowing costs remained low, and corporate
profts were good — and corporate proftability remains a key driver of stock
prices. Heading into 2012, these fundamentals continue to look positive,
which may bode well for investors.
Europe’s debt crisis — Greece’s economic problems made a lot of news in •
2011, but they weren’t the end of the story in Europe, as major fnancial
difculties also face Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. It’s by no means clear
how these problems will be resolved, so don’t be surprised to see them lead to
intermittent, if short-lived, shocks to the markets.
Election-year patterns — As you’re well aware, we’re voting for the President •
in 2012. But you might be surprised to learn that the S&P 500 index has
shown negative returns in only three of the last 21 presidential election years.
Coincidence? No one can say for sure — and at this point, no one can say if
this pattern of positive returns will continue during this election year. Still, it’s
an interesting phenomenon.

So there you have it: the good, the bad and the quirky. Take them all together, and
you still may not be able to foresee what will happen with the markets this year, but
you’ll have a lot to think about. But instead of trying to predict what will happen in
2012, you may be better of following these tried-and-true investment strategies:
Diversify your holdings. By spreading your money among a wide range of •
investments, you can reduce the efects of volatility on your portfolio. Keep in
mind, though, that diversifcation, by itself, can’t guarantee profts or protect
against loss.
Don’t ignore your risk tolerance. If you worry excessively about market •
fuctuations, you may have too much risk in your portfolio, which means you
may need to make some changes.
Always look at the “big picture.” Financial •
markets will always fuctuate. But if
you can keep your focus on your long-
term objectives, and make decisions
accordingly, you can avoid overreacting to
short-term events.
Like other years, 2012 will bring with it
periods of both turbulence and smooth sailing.
But by making the right investment moves, you
can still chart a course that can allow you to
move ever closer to your future goals.
Tis article was written by Edward Jones for use
by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
The Investment Landscape in 2012
Provided by dimi matouchev
14 January 20, 2012
What’s Hot
have several questions about whether Internet Explorer is better than another
browser and wanted to explain a bit about browsers.
Internet Explorer is the default browser that comes with a Windows based
computer and Safari is for Apple based computers. So what is a browser?
A browser by any name is just a way to navigate through the maze that is the
Internet. A browser allows you go to websites, store those websites as favorites, use
secure websites and download fles from either an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) site
or the website you are at. So regardless of the browser you use, all allow you to do
basically the same thing and all purport to do it the best, with the best search engine,
security, etc. In reality each brings something to the table.
So let’s see what will work for you:
Internet Explorer that comes with Windows (IE9 with 7) is something you need
to keep on your computer for those few websites that will only work with it. Te IE9
version comes with the “protected mode” on and for many websites you will need to
turn it of. You can do this under tools/options/security and uncheck the checked
box. IE9 will want you to turn it back on but just say NO. Tis security feature is half
baked and will not allow you to go to websites that Windows deems a security risk,
which can be your favorites sites or even some banks sites. I personally use IE9 for
only those websites that don’t work well with Firefox. We will get to Firefox shortly.
Safari comes as the default for Apple/Mac based computers and operates a bit
diferently in that favorites/bookmarks can be viewed as wallpaper. Safari works well
with Apple OS and should be thought of as the same as IE9. Use it when you have to.
Tere are settings you can change with Safari as with IE9.
Firefox works will Apple OS. Firefox is an alternative to IE9 and Safari, comes
with plenty of “add-ons” that allow you to block ads, scripts and special software that
tracks you on the Internet like Doubleclick. I have several add-ons installed that show
me who trying to track me (they are blocked), what ads are blocked, whether a site
has a good rating (I can rate the site also) and many more. Some add-ons you would
not want with a slower computer. Te basic Firefox will run quickly on those older
machines just fne but with today’s computer prices, just go ahead and get into the
21st century!
Another alternative is Google Chrome. Google Chrome has a following and is fast to load,
kind of like the Google search engine. It is easy to set up, has streamlined view and minimal
changes to make but it has no built-in way to
stop it from tracking your use of the Internet.
Tat alone keeps me from using what could
be a very nice browser.
Tere are several other browsers
including Opera, SeaMonkey, Cruz and
plenty more… just Google it! Yes I love
Google search engine thru Firefox, so
explore a bit, try something diferent and
keep sending me questions.
If you need immediate assistance you can
always call Rent A Bob at 822-7794 or email
at rentabob@live.com.
Web Browsers, What are They?
By BoB Hooper AKA rent-A-BoB
computer corner
Fireplace Safety
and Smoke Alarms
By cAptAin JAmes t. GHi
have already written about the importance of smoke alarms
in the home and most recently, the proper disposal of
freplace ashes. Over the course of my career (I joined in
the fre service in 1976) I have been on my share of incidents
that involved improper freplace ash disposal, and/or the lack
of smoke alarms. Te results of these incidents in my career
have ranged from a small room fre that was controlled quickly
to the total destruction of a home, and as horrible as it is, the
death of the some occupants. Te reason I am “pushing” the use
of smoke alarms and proper freplace ash disposal again is due to
the tragic incident in Stamford, Connecticut on Christmas Day, as
both played a role in the tragic loss of life of fve family members.
Te Stamford Fire Department announced that the cause of the fre was freplace
ashes disposed of in a paper bag, which was placed inside of a building that was attached
to the home. Tey have also speculated that due to the home renovation, hardwired
smoke alarms may have been removed and battery operated smoke alarms may have not
been put in place.
With colder weather upon us, more of you will be using your freplace or other
alternative heat source. Te St. Johns Fire District would like to provide the following
reminders that will help keep your family safe.
Fireplace ashes should be disposed of in a sturdy metal container with about an •
inch of water in it, more if there is a lot of ash. Place the container outside and
away from your home. Dispose of the cold and wet ash appropriately (it is my
understanding the cold, wet ash may have some use for gardening. Check with a
local gardening expert or center).
Do not try to dispose of your live Christmas Tree in your freplace •
Keep combustibles, such as rugs, at least three feet from a freplace. •
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including inside and •
outside of sleeping areas.
Test your smoke alarm monthly. Tis is done by simply pressing the “test” •
button. While you are testing it, run a vacuum over the exterior to clean out
dust, which could afect the alarms ability to operate properly. Keep a three foot
“safe zone” around any portable heater.
Use the equipment as indicated on the manufactures instructions. •
Never use you oven or stove to heat your home. •
Make sure you have practiced your family escape plan and all of your out-of-town •
visitors are familiar with it and your meeting place.
Make sure you check your smoke alarms! If you have questions about your residential
smoke alarm, contact the St. Johns Fire Department at 559-9194 for a free smoke alarm
January 20, 2012 15
art & StYLE
he Gibbes Museum of Art has organized two new exhibitions that will run
from January 20
through April 22
“Te Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston,” on view in the
Main Gallery, ofers a career retrospective of the 20
century American artist Alfred
Hutty, the master painter and printmaker who is considered one of the principal
artists of the Charleston Renaissance. “Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist,” on view
in the Rotunda Galleries, features recent work by Charleston artist Jill Hooper,
a classically-trained, realist painter whose extraordinary portraits have earned
international recognition.
“Tese exceptional exhibitions are frsts for the Gibbes and we are thrilled to be
able to present them through the generosity of our many donors. Te Alfred Hutty
exhibition is the frst of its kind with an accompanying book and catalog raisonné of
his prints. And while Jill Hooper’s work has been a part of the Gibbes collection for
some time, this is her frst solo exhibition at our institution,” stated Angela D. Mack,
Executive Director.
“Te Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston,” features evocative landscapes
and realistic studies of the human condition created by Hutty in Woodstock, New
York and Charleston. Te exhibition includes sixty works in oil, watercolor, pastel,
and most importantly, etchings, drypoints, and lithographs. Following the premiere
at the Gibbes, the exhibition will travel to the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of
Art and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia.
“Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist,” features recent work by Charleston artist Jill
Hooper, a classically trained realist painter whose extraordinary portraits have earned
international recognition. Te exhibition includes a number of Hooper’s acclaimed
portraits, along with large-scale landscapes and exquisite still-life paintings that
demonstrate her mastery of technique. Trough the inclusion of both paintings and
drawings, the exhibition ofers insight into Hooper’s working process while showing
her development as an artist over the past decade.
For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org or call 722-2706 ext. 22.
Hutty and Hooper
at the Gibbes
“Meeting Street”, ca. 1925 by Alfred Hutty (American, 1877 – 1954) Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 29 1/2
“Jacob” by Jill Hooper (American, b. 1970) Oil on linen and panel 20 ½ X 13 ¾ inches. Image courtesy
of Ann Long Fine Art.
16 January 20, 2012
n January 28
, both local and
national musicians will be
sitting in for beloved singer
and songwriter, Mac Leaphart, and
performing his songs at Te Hippodrome.
Benefting a man who has successfully
made a career out of connecting with
people through his music, proceeds will
go to Mac in his ongoing recovery from
a serious car accident and recent surgery
to remove a brain tumor. A unique
experience of camaraderie and good
will, performances of Mac’s music will
be set against a visual narration on the
theatre’s IMAX screen and give life to
Mac’s story and his signifcant impact
on those around him.
Te concert features collaborative
performances by Mark Bryan (Hootie
and Te Blowfsh), Danielle Howle, Five
Way Friday, John Wesley Satterfeld,
Joal Rush, Doug Jones (Craven Melon),
Luke Cunningham, Greg Payne (Te
Piedmont Boys), Ryan Bonner, Jamie
Resch with Shovels & Rope, Donnie
Blackwell and more very special surprise
guests. Reid Stone and Guilt Ridden
Troubadour featuring members of Mac
Leaphart’s current band, Mac Leaphart
and My Ragged Company, will act as
house band and musical conductors for
the night’s celebration.
As doors open at 6:30 p.m., acoustic
music by Jim Marshall (Junkyard
Angel) and a silent auction will start in
the lobbies. Food concessions provided
by Home Team BBQ and a full bar will
run throughout the night. Te concert
begins at 8 p.m. in the theatre and will
last until 10 pm followed by more live
music by Five Way Friday and John
Totaro’s Classic Woodies until 12 a.m.
or later.
Garage parking is available as well
as free parking in the open lot adjacent
to the venue. Advance tickets are $17
and may be purchased online at www.
charlestonhippodrome.com. Day of show
tickets are $20. For more information,
visit www.macleaphart.com.
Hearts Go Out
to Leaphart
Mac Leaphart.
o, you’ve replaced your old toaster
oven with a brand new one from
Cuisinart. You’ve gotten several
sweaters from grandma that look just
like last year’s, and fnally you have a
pair of jeans that actually ft you. If you
are dealing with a pile of stuf you can’t
quite fgure out what to do with, you
can ease your post-holiday malaise (or
buyers remorse) by donating some items
to Goodwill. But “Donors beware!”
sometimes shopping and giving require
equal amounts of forethought.
Caveat emptor, or buyer beware, is
common-sense advice that most of us try
to heed. But buyers are not the only ones
who should beware: Goodwill® encourages
donors to be just as cautious and selective
when choosing the organizations that
will receive their gently used clothing and
household items, both during the holiday
season and all year.
A proliferation of donation bins in
convenient locations can make it difcult
for donors to discern which charities
are legitimate and which are actually
for-proft entities or fraudulent charities
trying to dupe them. Tat is why a little
bit of research before you donate can
ensure that your donations have the
greatest impact in your community. With
so many great non-proft organizations
in our area that need the communities
support, it is important for donors to
know how their generous donations will
support their community.
Before you donate, check with your
state attorney general or secretary of
state’s ofce to fnd out if a charity is
legitimate. You should also check with
a charity-rating agency such as Charity
Navigator or GuideStar, or use online
resources such as GreatNonprofts or
Philanthropedia to fnd out more about
specifc charities — including how much
of their revenue goes to overhead and
administrative costs.
Goodwill has spent decades earning
the public’s trust. Donors can rest assured
that their items are going to a reputable
organization that has the community’s
interests at heart. Donated goods are
sold in Goodwill stores, and more than
90 percent of revenues earned go to fund
job training, employment services and
other supports that put people to work,
strengthen families and build stronger
Donors Aware
18 January 20, 2012
Dr. Jack Love.
et Helpers’ veterinarians Janet
McKim and Jack Love share not only
a passion for animals but also a life
together. Tirty-one years ago, their love
for animals led both of them to Te Ohio
State University’s College of Veterinary
Medicine where they met and ended up
marrying. Following graduation, the new
veterinarians opened their own practice in
Middleburg, Virginia.
Te couple is a unique team with
a broad range of expertise. Dr. Love
specializes in orthopedic surgery, while
Dr. Mckim specializes in internal
medicine and acupuncture. Together
they hold a wealth of knowledge in the
Veterinary feld that was recognized by
the Middleburg, Virginia community as
they grew their private practice to include
over 12,000 pets.
Altruistic at heart, the couple has never
turned away an animal in need. “I just
couldn’t in good conscious euthanize an
animal that I knew I could save. I went
into the feld not for a proft, but to save
animals lives,” says Dr. McKim. Dr. Love
shares this sentiment, and has saved the
lives of countless animals with injuries
or conditions deemed insurmountable
by other veterinarians. Dr. Janet
McKim recalls praying before receiving
her veterinary school acceptance letter
and promising “to give back every day
if her childhood dream of becoming a
veterinarian came true.” She knew from
a young age that “she wanted to save the
animals” and recalls sneaking her hamster
into church using her hand warmer. Dr.
Love smiles when he says he was a “4-H
boy” who grew up on a dairy farm in
northern Ohio.
After 25 years of owning the Middleburg
Animal Hospital, the couple re-located to
Folly Beach. After meeting Pet Helpers
President Carol Linville, it came as no
surprise that the couple would dedicate
the next chapter of their lives to an animal
shelter, where their mission would be to
decrease the population of unwanted
and homeless animals through spay and
neuter. Drs. McKim and Love brought
their expertise to the Pet Helpers Shelter
and Greer Spay/Neuter Clinic in 2008,
where together they have successfully
spayed and neutered nearly 10,000 cats
and dogs. Tey average about 24 surgeries
a day and provide high quality care at a
low cost.
Te eforts of Drs. Love and McKim,
along with Veterinarians at the Charleston
Animal Society’s Spay/Neuter Clinic, have
paid of. Tanks in part to spay/neuter, the
number of animals entering
Charleston County
shelters decreased by 1%
in 2011 over 2010. More
spay/neuter surgeries, over
12,000 procedures, were
performed than number
of animals that entered
shelters. In order to curb
animal overpopulation,
the goal is to perform
20% more surgeries than
number of animals that
enter area shelters. Spay/
neuter relieves families
of the fnancial burden
of unwanted pets, while
reducing the number
of euthanized homeless
animals every year.
Upon meeting Dr.
McKim and Dr. Love, it
is easy to tell that their
work is their passion and
a true refection of their
humanistic personalities.
While reminiscing on their
journey as veterinarians, Dr. McKim
and Dr. Love are humbled by the tearful
thank you’s they receive. At Pet Helpers,
these two devoted veterinarians continue
to touch the lives of animals and people
with their gentle words, capable hands and
caring hearts.
It’s More Than Puppy Love
By Katherine Saenger
Dr. Janet McKim
ph0tos by Davis Manier
Te Pet Helpers Greer Spay/Neuter Clinic
is open the public and ofers high quality,
low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. For more
information, please visit pethelpers.org.
January 20, 2012 19
espite the implausible foreign
accents, the idyllic landscapes
that look like Tolkien’s Shire,
and the relentless barrage of clichés, War
Horse still hit its mark: my heart.
At many points in the flm, I found
myself avoiding eye contact with the
screen, giving preference to other surfaces
like the walls, my straw or my hands. If
you can successfully remove yourself
from the mesmerizing melodrama,
you can usually remain dry-eyed. Tis
technique is helpful when trying to keep
your dignity.
Te score posed another problem. At
one point I almost blocked my ears so
I could dodge the combined efect of
crescendos of violins with the cracking
voice of a brave boy urging his untrained
yet unfagging horse to “walk on.”
It was hard, but I actually managed
to avoid crying until close to the end of
the flm, when “Grandfather,” played by
Niels Arestrup, shed a very convincing
tear as he gave up the miracle horse to its
rightful owner. After I cried, I felt better.
I had let “it” out. I had also let the cat out
of the bag: I am a total sap when it comes
to movies.
Luckily for me, my friend was on the
opposite side of the teary eye. For fear
of discovery, I let the one tear roll down
without wiping it away. When the scene
was over and we were safely onto a scene
that did not cause throat constriction,
I brushed of the trace of wetness as if
it were a crumb of popcorn stuck to my
Overall, Neils Arestrup delivered
the best performance in the flm as
“Grandfather.” A close second to
Arestrup’s performance was Emily
Watson’s, who played the protagonist’s
mother. She was appropriately tough and
motherly, and very…English.
All and all, watching War Horse was
like watching every cliché I have ever
known get in line and ask, with soft eyes
and quivering lips, for yet another tear
to be shed. Please sir, can I have some
If you enjoy a good cry, you should
defnitely see this flm. If you don’t, it’s
just as fun to go see a movie like this with
someone who does. Make sure to look
out for fdgeting and check their face for
wetness, but don’t give them too much
of a hard time. It is really hard not to
tear-up over War Horse.
A Warm Heart for War Horse
By Bridget Manzella
20 January 20, 2012
n Monday, January 16
, the Hughes and Legares
settled a legal dispute that caused anxiety and
dismay to spread throughout the community.
Entailed in the Hugheses suit were improvements
to the mile long road they traverse daily to reach their
property on the opposite side of the farm, which included
grading the road, installing fencing, and removing the
farm’s entrance gate, which had to be opened and closed
by hand every time anyone entered or exited the farm.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Hugheses
will pay for the installation of electric gate opener and
the improvement and maintenance of the mile long dirt
road, which stretches from the entrance of the farm to the
tip of the peninsula where the Hughes’s waterfront lot is
located. Te road will be graded to the leg specifcations.
In return, the Legares agree not to interfere with
the Hugheses ability to access their property. Tey will
also do the best they can to keep their livestock of the
Hughes’s property. Tey hasve also added Legares to the
insurance policy.
“We are very happy with the settlement,” said Helen
Legare, “except for the $25,000 in legal fees.
Te fence, which would have run the length of the
mile long road to the Hughes’ plot on the tip of the
peninsula, will not be installed. Besides the legal fees, this
was arguably the biggest cost associated with the suit.
Te fencing alone, Helen Legare says, would have
cost the farm approximately $50,000. Te Legares are
currently facing approximately $25,000 in legal fees.
Tey will still hold the fundraiser planned for the 21st, to
help alleviate the fnancial burden to the farm, which has
been an important part of the community for 300 years.
Hopefully, they will be around for another 300 years.
Legare Farms will be holding a fundraiser on January
21st at 2 p.m. at the farm. You can purchase tickets by calling
559-0788 or visit savelegarefarms.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins
are also welcome.
Settle to Save a Farm
By Bridget Manzella