The Breeze Magazine of the Lowcountry, MARCH 2019

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4 Notes From The Editor I felt it only fitting to reprint this media release this month, sent from the Town of Bluffton about her favorite son. A quote from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber reads, “Like a rising tide along the banks of the May River, his gentle humor, kind heart and quiet dedication have lifted up a community and a way of life that will forever define the heart of Bluffton.” These words can not be written any better to describe Emmitt McCracken with his wife Teddy, always by his side. Bluffton Town Council named the new Council Chambers in honor of Henry “Emmett” McCracken, Jr. for his service to Bluffton as Mayor, Council member, County Council Chairman, as well as several other positions during his more than 20 years of public service to the Lowcountry community. “A native son of Bluffton, Emmett, represents how a deep love of Bluffton motivates a person to keep serving this community through an entire career of public service,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “Naming Council Chambers in honor of Emmett McCracken also pays homage to his family’s legacy of service. George Sewell Guilford, McCracken’s great-grandfather, was Bluffton’s first mayor. We thank Emmett for carrying on his family’s tradition of service as they have shaped and guided this town for over a century of changes.” In addition to his public service, McCracken developed his family’s 18 acres adjacent to May River Road, which I had the pleasure and privilege of designing with him. Now known as Stock Farm, leading the way by setting the standards for our Form Based Code. He and his wife, Teddy, just closed their business, Stock Farm Antiques, which has been in the family since 1953. McCracken began public service attending West Point and served our country for 30 years in the United States Army, retiring in the rank of Colonel.The Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce recently awarded him the 2018 Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award. “Emmett McCracken has witnessed Bluffton’s transformation from a sleepy town to the state’s fifth largest municipality. In the last two decades, he has helped guide and shape our town through those changes,” Mayor Pro Tempore, Larry Toomer said. “His life has walked through Bluffton’s dramatic changes and his leadership has helped Bluffton grow while preserving all that is special about our beloved town.”Toomer said McCracken still serves as a mentor and a guiding force for Bluffton’s leaders. “It’s very easy to become involved I think in your hometown and one that’s as loving and as beautiful as Bluffton is and how fortunate we are to live here,” Emmett McCracken said. “It’s just great being a Blufftonian and being a part of this Town.” Thank you Emmett and Teddy from the bottom of our hearts! PUBLISHER Randolph Stewart randolph@bluffton.com 843.816.4005 EDITORS Alec Bishop 843.812.1034 ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Tatiana Barrientos 832-757-8877 COPY EDITORS Chris Golis John Samuel Graves, III W.W. Winston BUSINESS MANAGER Nickie Bragg 843.757.8877 GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Jessica Spenner Meg Van Over CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Samantha Williams Michele Roldan-Shaw John Samuel Graves, III Amber Hester-Kuehn, Gene Cashman Dr. Janice Elenbaas, Jeff Ginn PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Alec Bishop alec@bluffton.com LIFESTYLE EDITOR Samantha Williams www.resortgirl.com 678.641.9165 PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART The Breeze Archives R.S. Perry Louanne LaRoache Susan Leggett Ken Kenton, IMOTO Photo Our Readers & Friends CORPORATE OFFICE 12 Johnston Way, Penthouse Studio P.O. Box 2777 Bluffton, SC 29910 843-757-8877 The Breeze is published by The Bluffton Breeze, LLC. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored for retrieval by any means without permission from the Publisher. The Breeze is not responsible for unsolicited materials and the Publisher accepts no responsibility for the contents or accuracy of claims in any advertisement or editorial in any issue. The Breeze is not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions or changes in information. The opinion of contributing writers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine and its Publisher. All Published photos and copy provided by writers and artists become the property of The Breeze. Copyright 2018. Subscriptions are available at a cost of $65 per year.


CONTENTS MARCH 2019, VOLUME 17, NO. 3 FEATURES 08 Gullah Gamaliel 14 Pollen and the Scientific Revalation 18 We Work Before We Play 25 Traveling the Road of Purpose 32 Educating Humans-On Life from a Dogs Point of View Masters of Their Trade 38 The Power of the Internet 40 Evocations: The Art of Louanne LaRoche 44 Masters of Their Trade Julie by Louanne LaRoache DEPARTMENTS 08 History 14 Environment 21 March Tides 25 Lifestyles 30 Your Corner 30 Food 34 Restaurant Guide 36 March Happenings Luke Peeples @ ChurchoftheCross 5


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Gullah Gamaliel by John Samuel Graves, III Art by R. S. Perry Maum Celie (Celia Cheney Ferguson Carroll) Born on Christmas Day in 1867 and raised on Palmetto Bluff. She was a hard working, spirit-filled Gullah woman who lived for one hundred and two years, most of them in Blufton. She died on March 21, 1970 and was buried in Rephraim Cemetery on Palmetto Bluff. Her tombstone reads “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.” Wlliam Faulkner once said, “The past is not dead. It’s not even past.” Our personal and communal histories, and memories of things past, are what define us. The Bluffton composer and poet, Luke Peeples, knew that. Luke left quite a few artistic records – songs, poems and piano pieces. One of his most significant compositions was based on his interaction with Maum Celie, his favorite Gullah friend. She taught him that dreams, visions, and ordinary life experiences are views into the spirit world. She called her explanations “terpretations.” Luke called her his “Gullah Gamaliel,” referencing St. Paul’s teacher in the Bible. Maum Celie (Celia Cheney Ferguson Carroll) was born on Christmas Day in 1867 and raised on Palmetto Bluff. She was a hard working, spirit-filled Gullah woman who lived for one hundred and two years, most of them in Bluffton. She died on March 21, 1970 and was buried in Rephraim Cemetery on Palmetto Bluff. Her tombstone reads “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.” My cousin Luke (we called him “Uncle Luke”) told me that when Maum Celie was a very small child, she could recall seeing a fire across the waters from Palmetto Bluff. She thought it was Savannah burning in the distance. She also related this story to my mother, Florence Rubert Graves, who herself had been partially raised on Palmetto Bluff. Those who heard the story, before they knew exactly when Maum Celie was born, thought it might be a fire during the American Civil War. However, there are some obvious problems with this story. For one thing, Maum Celie was not yet born when Major General William T. Sherman entered Savannah in 1864. In later years I examined the “burning of Savannah story” and found that General Sherman did not actually burn Savannah during 9


the Civil War. Sherman had arrived on the outskirts of Savannah on Dec. 10, 1864. After realizing that Sherman presented overwhelming odds an agreement of surrender was achieved between Sherman’s Brigadier Gen. John W. Geary and Dr. Richard Arnold, the mayor of Savannah. On Dec. 20, General William Hardee, the commanding rebel officer of Savannah, retreated with some 10,000 rebel troops as the Union army took possession of Savannah. It was only after Sherman had left Savannah that a large fire did erupt on January 27-28, 1865. Over 100 buildings burned and several people died, but it is not certain what, or who, caused the fire. Some Union troops helped fight it. Since Maum Celie’s parents lived on Palmetto Bluff at that time, perhaps they saw that Savannah fire – or maybe they saw the burning of Bluffton by Union forces in 1863. Either fire could have been seen from Palmetto Bluff. Perhaps Maum Celie’s parents saw these fires and told the story over and over again to their children. Perhaps that was the story that Maum Celie recalled and told years later. During her life in Bluffton Maum Celie became well known for her healing powers and sage guidance in all things temporal and spiritual. Many people came to her for help. She offered advice as well as various herbal and medicinal concoctions of her own making. Luke had a close relationship with her for many years, and they would often walk the streets of Bluffton together, talking and laughing, and telling each other stories. Later, my father, John Samuel Graves, Jr., Luke and I also walked the same streets of old town Bluffton on cool summer evenings. We often walked down to the Bluffton Oyster Factory, which my father owned and operated for over thirty years. We would also walk to the dock at the end of Calhoun Street, passing the Church of the Cross where I and my two brothers had been baptized. Luke’s first piano teacher, Mrs. DeSausser Pinckney, had been the organist there when I was a child. Luke, my father and Naomi McCracken were first cousins. Naomi and my mother were lifelong friends and used to sing in the Church of the Cross choir. Naomi sketched Maum Celie’s cottage. After the tumultuous world events of two world wars, my mother and many white people became disillusioned with organized religion and other social and political institutions. However, while religious faith faltered for many during those times, the spirit-filled Gullah people sustained their own faith – and that of many whites around them – with their close knit faith communities and the encouragement and testimony of their glorious spirituals. These songs had complex harmonies and rhythms, and were sung a cappella, often in three and four part harmony. Luke spent much of his life listening to these spirituals and recording the words and melodies in notebooks that he often carried with him. He later transcribed and harmonized many of them. Maum Celie and her faith were inseparable. She “witnessed” continually. Maum Celie believed that she could understand and communicate with animals. Her neighbor had a donkey named Atlas. Maum Celie believed that Atlas knew when she needed something and would notify Luke and his mother by braying. One cold mid-December afternoon in the mid-1950s Luke heard the braying and interpreted it, per Maum Celie’s instructions, as “Sen’ some soup fuh Celie soon!” Luke’s mother prepared the food and he carried it over to Maum Celie’s cabin. She lived close by. 10


Upon arriving at Maum Celie’s small wood shanty Luke noticed that there was no smoke coming from her chimney. Furthermore, she was not sitting on her front porch as usual smoking her clay pipe. Luke became uneasy and suddenly thought Maum Celie might be dead. She was already in her 90s. The only creatures on the front porch, to quote Uncle Luke, were “a gaunt, unlively brindled cat and his equally gaunt, unlively accomplice, a kinky-feathered Dominick cock.” Fearing the worst, Luke was ready to give the food he had brought to these two animals and seek help for Maum Celie. All seven of Bluffton’s church bells would have to be rung to notify of her passing if she had died. But suddenly he heard from the back of the shanty, “Who dat flouncin’ so on my front do’ stoop? Mus’ be a po’poise jump f’om Caulie Kwik wid a mullet in ‘e mout.” Luke was delighted to find Maum Celie alive, well and her usual witty self. While she was eating the food Luke had brought they discussed some of her trials and tribulations. At this stage of her life she had lost two husbands, two sons, two daughters, a grandchild and a great grandchild. Nevertheless, as Luke was leaving she uttered the following words which became Luke’s Lowcountry Psalm, Trus’in In Duh Lawd. Luke considered the words a gift of a lifetime saying,“I caught a glimpse of God in her old brown face” as she spoke: Gone is my husban’ to Gaud’ udduh planet, Gone is my chillen, dem, to be wid ’m deh; Gone is my healt’, but by grace I kin stan’ it, trus’in, truss’in in duh Lawd. Gone is my fence pos’ an’ gone is my gate, Gone is my fowl dem an’ gyahdn an’ pig; Gone ev’yt’ing mos’ I had ‘cep’ my fait’, An’ trus’in’, trus’in in duh Lawd. In duh Lawd I’s trus’in, Trus’in’, Trus’in’, Trus’in in duh Lawd. If there was ever a clearer and more profound statement of faith “in spite of everything” I have not heard nor read it. Luke used such words as these artistically in his songs, leaving permanent records of the internal and external events of his and the lives of others. Art songs – like Luke’s compositions – are artistic artifacts. Just like archaeological finds they provide understanding and enlightenment about previous lives and times – and about ourselves. Without Luke’s Trus’in In Duh Lawd, and the descriptions of Maum Celie in Luke’s poem Twice Filled, The Willow Basket, the importance and significance of Maum Celie’s life would probably have been lost. Luke’s music, The Collected Works of Luke Peeples, is available in two volumes. The biographical book A Gullah Psalm, The Life and Works of Luke Peeples, by Estella Saussy Nussbaum & Jeanne Saussy Wright, is available from LP COLLECTIONS, LLC., 12 East Jones Street, Savannah, GA 31401. More details about all three of these books are available on my website, astarfell. com. Art work in this article and on the covers of Luke’s Collected Works is by R. S. Perry. Her works can be seen on her website, cronesinger.com. 11


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Pollen: And the Scientific Revelation Scientists like to use big words to communicate systematic form and function. I find myself doing it as well, but in some cases it makes an explanation easier. Think of it as learning another language that the people with whom you are like minded understand. It is usually a more precise word to prevent confusion when investigating a subject that may be defined by minute variations. The most basic form is scientific nomenclature, genus and species. If I asked you how your Pinus taeda was doing after the microburst, you would say, “Excuse me?” and possibly be offended. Most people would just ask you how your pine tree was doing after the violent storm. However, I was asking a very specific question. Pinus taeda is the scientific name for Loblolly pine, one of many species and the most common pine in the coastal southern states. A microburst is a particularly strong and sudden downdraft of air usually followed by an intense thunderstorm, almost impossible to predict and extremely destructive. It is Spring and a yellow film of pollen has descended on the Lowcountry. It is in the air and covering everything from our lawn furniture and cars to producing a yellow swath floating on the surface of the river. As soon as you open the door, it is sucked into your house. You cannot escape. It is in your eyes, hair and mouth. Why is there so much of it? When you literally fly by the seat of your pants, you don’t have a good handle on the outcome. Pine trees depend on the wind to guide their reproduction. Therefore, there needs to be a lot of opportunity. Pines trees are good at covering the bases and everything else as well. Scientists find this interesting and naturalists find this amazing. You may find this a little inappropriate. “Pollen is the powder produced by the male sex organs of seed plants which contains the microgametophytes, which in turn produce the male gametes. Pollen grains have a hard coat that protects the sperm cells during their movement to the female sex organs in order to effect fertilization.” I looked up the definition on microgameophyte for you: “The male gametophyte that arises from a microspore of a heterosporous plant. In seed plants, the microgametophyte is contained in the pollen grain.” Here it is in English. The tiny pollen grain is released from the male cone or squiggly of the pine tree. The pollen grain is a capsule that contains a cell that will produce a sperm when it makes contact with a female seed of its own species. The outer wall of the pollen capsule will prevent the potential sperm cell from drying out. The objective is to land via wind onto a female pine cone of another tree of the same species. The female cone is the traditional pine cone that you find on the ground after it has opened up and dropped its seeds. On the tree, the tip of the cone scale is covered in a sticky substance that causes the pollen to adhere to the cone. Once the pollen is in place, a process is set into motion that involves the transformation of the enclosed cell into a sperm, as well as the formation of a pollen tube that provides an opening in the grain wall and a passage way to transfer the sperm. Fertilization will occur after the pollen tube meets the female 14 Blooming Pine Cone


By: Amber Hester Kuehn, Marine Biologist, Owner- Spartina Marine Education Charters seed wall inside the cone and breaches the wall of the seed allowing the sperm to enter. Inside the seed, an egg has formed and is fertilized by the sperm. When a pine cone opens up, it releases fertilized and unfertilized seeds. They have a wing that twirls as they fall to the ground where they will settle and begin to grow. On a very windy day, they may grow far from the base of the parent tree. I’m pretty sure that your car is not a conducive surface for this process to occur. I believe that the cell inside the pollen grain will remain dormant on the paint job and you will not be driving around in a sexually charged vehicle. Plant species use only the pollen of the same species. A daisy can only pollinate a daisy and cross-pollination involves a carrier (such as a bee) between flowering plants of the same species. Male pollen cones & green female cone Pines are conifers which are in the Gymnosperm group meaning “naked seed.” The seed is not inside a fruit. Other conifers include fir, spruce, hemlock, cypress, and redwood trees. Gynosperm trees have been on the planet for more than 250 million years. Give the pines a break. They are just trying to make it happen! FUN FACT! A pine tree has both male and female cones, but the male cones are located lower on the tree. This prevents a tree from fertilizing its own cones and promotes fertilization with other pine trees of the same species. This enhances genetic variation among trees. 15


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Mike O’Regan has been named Director of Racquet Sports and Bocce Ball at Colleton River Club. He has been instrumental in building Colleton River Club’s Tennis Program over the last eight years as a contractor along with his business partner, Gavin Cox. They are co-owners of the Tennis Club of the Low Country. He now has joined the community in a full time capacity. A graduate of the College of Wooster, where he played tennis for this nationally ranked NCAA program. He brings with him twenty-six years of teaching experience. Mike has been a certified tennis professional since 2001, and recently received his professional certification in pickleball. Colleton River Club is located in Bluffton, SC, 1.5 miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island. This member-owned private golf community features 705 properties situated on a peninsula surrounded by 7 miles of scenic shoreline. The award-winning, signature 18-hole courses by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye each have their own unique and distinguished Clubhouses. Additional Community amenities include an Augusta-style par 3 course, the Stan Smith Tennis and Swim center with 6 Har-Tru courts and a Jr. Olympic Pool, as well as a large and modern fitness center, and a community dock with deep water access, and a state-of-the-art golf practice park and a Learning Center unrivaled in the Southeast. 17


We Work Before We Play By Gene Cashman “You have got to learn to respect things” he bellowed. “You all won’t understand what I am saying until you own something of your own.” He stood hands on his hips and surveyed the yard with a displeased look. “The barnacles on the bottom of the boat won’t scrape themselves, the teak doesn’t stain itself. You all will learn to appreciate all this by taking care of it.” He tossed a putty knife and towel in my direction. He was shaking his head as if he couldn’t believe the extent of the mess before him. “Once all of this yard is picked up and I mean every life jacket, boat paddle and crab pot, and once you’ve asked your granddaddy if there is anything he needs, once you have checked in with your grandmother about tonight’s meal”—he paused and turned to look me and my cousin in the eyes. My cousin, as he was apt to do, giggled and elbowed me in the side. This drew the ire of our teacher. He pointed at us both very sternly.—“Once you have worked, then and only then will we talk about the river.” We both groaned. He laughed the sort of laugh judges do when sentencing unrepentant criminals. “Boats need gas, gas costs money, fun costs money, to have fun, to earn fun, you work.” He exhaled and softened only slightly. “I am not here to lecture you; I am here to teach you boys that we work before we play.” Growing up, over the work bench that ran the whole length of the back wall of the garage was a sign. To be clear it was less a sign and more a warning. It was hand written in green marker, on a white paper plate no less. It began in bold uppercase letters “IF YOU TAKE IT OUT, PUT IT BACK.” This was a simple enough message relating to reasonable expectations for the garage and the tools therein. It continued “IF YOU DON’T YOUR A** IS GRASS AND I AM THE MOWER- MGMT.” The author of the message, the referenced mower of grass and rear-ends as well as the management was one in the same, namely my father. The referenced rearends were most definitely me and my cousin Shelby on most days, probably my mother and sisters on occasion, and potentially my ever tinkering grandfather even though the space was actually his, but in all cases the management meant business regardless of who-done-it. The sign was a physical representation and reminder of two things. First, my dad’s motto to us kids growing up of “we work before we play.” It was and still is a good motto from the parental perspective in that it can instill a good work ethic in children. Although I clearly recall for me as an adolescent boy and teenager it was straight buzz kill. Second and perhaps more subtlety was the fact it underscored 18


my father’s sense of duty to family, handed down to him by his grandparents and parents. He saw his maternal grandfather take care of his own adult daughters after war left them widows. He saw his father and mother take care of family in much the same way. He felt a deep sense of duty to taking care and being a good steward of his parent’s property. To him it was not only the right thing to do, but doing so alleviated any worry it might otherwise cause my grandfather, a noted worrier. Bluffton to dad, based on my waist high observations as a boy, was a place where he looked to fulfill a component of duty to his parents and to tend his familial land. He often spent the bulk of his time there working to maintain and restore as much as he spent time creating in the moment memories for his own family. This penchant for work is a memory all its own. He would say it was cathartic compared to working in an office. Perhaps it sometimes was, but I also often observed this work create tension in my dad that only a sense of duty to provide or fulfill an expectation can bring. Most typically upon arrival to my grandparent’s cottage in Bluffton my dad would have already spoken to grandad in advance by phone. The verbal list of projects and work that needed to be accomplished would be put onto paper over the course of our arrival dinner. Examples could range from simple yard work such as cutting grass, pulling weeds and clearing palmetto fronds to hauling trailer loads of yard waste to the dump. It always included cleaning out the shed and garage. I could never quite understand what would happen between visits that would create such havoc, but each returning trip the tool shed and garage would be in utter disarray. It was mind numbing work to a kid, untangling ancient looking rakes, hoes and shovels as well as miles of hoses and boat lines. These menial tasks seemed to last for days and since they were always done within eyeshot of the glorious river, it was tortuous work. A sign of hope was when my dad would finally turn his attention from the yard and house to the boats. Logically, I suppose it felt like the end was near because boats equated to water. Although this was often false logic because invariably this part of our work experience always took the longest and was the most extensive and tedious. The salt water and general environment of the low country meant that each season brought new issues with the boats. It was a ritual. The elation I saw in my father upon arrival to Bluffton would quickly turn to disappointment, frustration and eventually outright anger depending on the degree to which the issue grew. He called these moments getting “Bluffton-ized.” To him being “Blufftonized” was akin to being victimized in any number of ways by the natural environment or the lack of a speedy solution to a problem; it always meant wasted time and money. Whether it was gummed up carburetors, rusted over spark plugs or a rotted out transom it was as if each summer he hoped for a different outcome. I never recall that being the case. Each year his frustration rekindled anew. All of these minor issues meant an eventual big ticket trip to one or more of the marine supply businesses or marine mechanics that existed in the area at the time. These experiences were an interesting peak into owning a boat. My dad usually muttered under his breath the entire drive to the boat yard. Rumor and innuendo flew before we ever set foot on any lot. For instance, I might learn that one particular vendor watered down their gas, or another would gouge you because you weren’t local. At any rate there was a serious distrust of getting quality work done. Upon arrival serious discussions with grease stained mechanics ensued, often for long periods of time. Part of it was talking shop and picking up tips, most of it was relaying bad news. The terse words that my father would utter depended on the outcome of these discussions. As a boy these adventures were loathsome, mainly because for me it meant a lot of idle time. At least at home the hours of what I deemed “non-productive time” spent hammering, spraying and cajoling frozen 19


gears or trailer axles or doing yard work was within view of the river. Boat yards and dealerships were hot, boring and almost always involved a lecture on the value of doing work right, the first time. A virtue my father never felt anyone who worked on his boats had, except for perhaps my cousin Shelby. Shelby was always more inclined to boat work, or physical labor than me. As a boy I was, admittedly lazier and less skilled than he when it came to working around boats. I was the city boy with less calloused hands. He seemingly knew his way around boats, tools, and working outdoors like it was his second nature. He took great pride in cleaning a boat, servicing an outboard motor or ensuring all the components of the boat’s inner workings were in order. In this way he connected with my dad who also appreciated the finer details of preparing to use a boat sometimes more than the actual use itself. Shelby was also more immune to the lectures and lessons that would get doled out to us both. He either shrugged them off or took them for what they were worth. I always took them more personally or defensively as it were. I felt they were critiques. Perhaps that is the difference in being the son rather than the nephew. Fathers can be intimidating to sons, especially the type A, take charge, autocratic ones. It takes growing up to see the love and affection behind the instruction. Dad barked orders and was always on a mission. You had to snap to or run the risk of getting mowed over. Tone was always the mask obscuring the message. Whether it was intended or not, often the way it was delivered tarnished what was intended to be conveyed. I look at myself now, the understudy with the same DNA and feel the tone came from a myriad of places. Driven by a sense of duty to provide and to please, by stress, lack of down time, and too much to do are all of the reasons for why I have tone. Looking back I believe they were his reasons too. Nevertheless, no amount of lecturing is effective if the audience has decided to just survive the delivery. The lessons of work before play didn’t always impart just the base value of doing the work itself, but also the lesson that words and delivery matter. To this day I too struggle to harness my tone and as a result don’t always consider myself a very effective verbal communicator. Walking barefoot in the yard at Oyster Street is a sensory driven memory I can still feel no matter how far removed from Bluffton I am. The sandy, course black mud, the thick and sharp pointed grass, the constant biting of red ants on the ankle and foot contrasted with the dampness from the hoses being used to wash the cars and boats. I can feel these things if I close my eyes and focus hard. Similarly, the concept of work before play has permeated my life in so many tangible ways. I have grown to appreciate and value taking care of things. There is great satisfaction in a hard day’s work and accomplishing a task. I have also learned the darker side of work. I find myself working too much in all the wrong ways. I am often imbalanced and don’t relax and play enough. I find myself searching for too much of my identity in my work. Instead of being satisfied with a fair wage for an honest day’s work I end up disappointed and frustrated and tired from worry. One can be surrounded by a sense of duty to provide and have it tear them down and make one forget the ways that life brings simple joy. The lessons of what good hard work brings has been replaced by the bone tiredness of running a race with no destination. In all of these ways, there is a new chapter to be written in how I hand down the lessons of work to the next generation. 20


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LIFESTYLES By: Samantha Williams Resortgirl.com Traveling the Road of Purpose After sharing my “Living the Dream in 2019” article in January, I realized something was missing in my “6P” formula for making a dream come true. Why do we seek change, or something new to do, or even a problem to solve? Why do we wake up one day and say, “This way of living is not fitting how I want to live today!” Part of my personal life transition included asking myself frank questions like these. And, as I sat one sunny day in my glass-lined office, the answer came to me as I gazed out the window. I became inspired and quickly jotted down what became one of my first short poems: While I realize this isn’t earth-shattering prose, the words were now coming from my head and into my hand. I also came to the realization that the ambitious side of my personality had started to wind down after years of competing, building and growing my career, marriage and business. I was starting to shift in life and even in purpose. As my mind was seeking daily inspiration, a profound film by Dr. Wayne Dyer caught my eye titled “The Shift”. In the corner of my eye Came gliding by A glimpse from the sky Oh, how freely the eagle danced Weaving in and out of the steel window slants A reminder to my soul To balance my goals For the freedom is given to all living creatures To soar high above living in just functions and features And live their greatest life. James Madison Inn 25


Dr. Dyer states, “The Shift — illustrates how and why to make the move from ambition to meaning. Such a shift eliminates our feelings of separateness, illuminates our spiritual connectedness, and involves moving from the ego-directed morning into the afternoon of life where everything is primarily influenced by purpose. As we contemplate leaving the morning of our life, where ego has played a commanding role, and entering the afternoon (and evening), where meaning and purpose replace ambition and struggle, we may encounter unexpected occurrences that accompany this new direction.” My life needed more meaning and less material things and business accomplishments. As Dr. Dyer’s movie illustrates, some people shift earlier than others and some never even do. His movie is now streaming for free on You Tube and I highly recommend watching it for inspiration. So…drum roll…I SHIFTED! While I was still physically able, I began my journey of becoming a creative person. I made a very bold move and gave my notice to the firm which I had co-founded. My life as I knew it had ended! It was a good life. It was a thrill to build an innovative and groundbreaking firm which took many years of personal sacrifice to achieve – but it was ultimately not my life calling or ultimate purpose. Dr. Dyer mentioned a Turkish proverb that inspired his writing of the Shift concept:“No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.” Even though I was a long way down the road of life at 50 years old, I still felt it was time to turn back – to find my purpose. Then I realized another P must be added to the formula – Purpose. So, how do you find your purpose? Purpose is a top sought-after goal in life for many as I have discussed above – but many times, it is the most difficult thing to figure out. One way is maybe listen to audio books, read articles and books, and surf the web. I did, plus, viewed spiritual TV programs when initially starting to write up drafts on Purpose – the 7th P. But even to this day after much research, it still eludes me as to what to say about how to find it. That is why I have never published any articles or blogs on Purpose. I am still in awe of this purposeful journey that one takes. I think I’m awestruck, maybe because it is more of a “personal” and many times “spiritual” journey. You must ask yourself deep within – and maybe seek some divine inspiration. I was listening to a “Soulful Sunday” piece with Oprah Winfrey recently. She had a Benedictine monk on her series and asked how he felt one could find his or her purpose. He said start by asking yourself what you DO NOT want to do! So, my shift took the form of living the life of a creative person from that of a business one. I got accepted at SCAD in graduate design studies and began my journey of being more of an artist over a business woman. It was 26


cool at 50 to go back to school at a highly regarded art institute. My design classes were held in a warehouse with cool vibes and creative class topics. And to play the role, I changed my wardrobe from business suits to jeans and funky tops. I also began to reduce my living footprint to allow for more freedom, reduce my responsibilities, and to explore new avenues and adventures. By then, writing had become the most intriguing and interesting potential adventure, but I also got hooked on social media while at SCAD. It is the future of so many things. Expressing yourself creatively is one. I had always written much of my firm’s corporate marketing materials over the past 20 years, but I desired more creative expression such as poetry, novels and short stories. Some of this story is about me. But I think it is good to offer an example of a personal journey – like in school – a case study. And a story of someone who dared to – Shift. I lost a lot initially when shifting. It was frightening at times, but also so freeing and exhilarating. And life had taught me some hard lessons in my 50 years, so I was not too naïve. Life is a gamble – you must take into consideration all the angles. My reason to write this article is for you to consider your Purpose in life when living the dream in 2019. You may be living it and blessed in doing so. But sometimes, we get so busy just living our lives day-to-day that we fail to take the time to check in with just why we are living a certain way. We are existing much like my poem – living to function and just enjoying the features that immediately surround us. We can begin to live in a bubble. That is not really a bad thing, as it brings security, routine and predictability – just make sure it is your bubble and you’re not living in someone else’s. Or, maybe it is time to burst it and explore for a while. When searching deep within for your Purpose, you might also reach out for insights into how it may come true. I suggest watching “The Shift” movie as maybe a starting point. Or you can seek out top experts in your field either in print or in person. So maybe today, begin to think of what you don’t want to do…it might help start guiding you on Living your Dream in 2019 – and with a Purpose. I lived a good life – it had just shifted in purpose and, just needed to turn back as the Turkish proverb states. My desire was to end my life on a different path – a road less traveled. And down the Road of Purpose – Relax, Reflect and Recharge! 27


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EDUCATING HUMANS On life, from a dog’s point of view! ON AGE 32 I can’t find a way to sugar coat it, so I’m going to give it to you straight: my humans, while wonderful, are old! There, I said it and it’s true. Yes, they are healthy and fit, but the fact of the matter is, they are ancient. It is truly wonder that they can even move anymore. I don’t know exactly how old they are but I know they are both over fifty. Can you believe that? Fifty! That’s about 350 years old I dog Years. I don’t know how they are doing it, but so far, they seem to have retained many of their faculties. They can still find their way home. They remember to feed me and they even take me for walks virtually every day. They both exercise every day and I’m sure that has helped, but I’m not sure how much longer I can count on them before I have to swing into fullscale therapy dog mode. ON POLITICS I am an apolitical Wonderdog, at least when it comes to human politics. Think about it for a moment: if the dog world were run like Capital Hill, where would we be today? In today’s age of political correctness, there would be no more sniffing butts. Lifting a leg and peeing in public would be a definite no-no. In the still racially charged world of the human, would we have to pit white dogs against black dogs, an if so, where do multicolored dogs fit in? If a dog wanted to dig a hole in his yard, would he have to get a permit? Would you have to have a license to chase a squirrel, or would you only be allowed to do so during certain months of the year? I love humans but you really are a lot of work. If we don’t train you early it becomes very difficult to break you of bad habits. You’ve heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old human new tricks”. ON VEGAS If forced to describe Vegas in a single word, I would have to pick “horrible”. Now that’s not to say I don’t understand the allure for many humans who absolutely love the place, but for dogs, Vegas is the opposite of a day at the beach. No grass, no windows, not much room for running and running, and humans who get upset when we decide to mark on a potted plant. What did you expect when there is so little vegetation around? The other part of the problem is all of the the noise, noise, noise. If all of that clanging, beeping and yelling sounds loud to humans, how do you think it sounds to us dogs with the famous superhearing. Vegas is also the land of confusion for us dogs. A friend of mine, who was working as an anti-anxiety companion dog for his human, was walking through a Vegas casino when he heard someone yelling, “Roll those Bones!” The poor dog almost turned himself inside out trying to find the bones. Tip to humans: when you’re talking about dice, why not just say the word dice? An additional tip to humans: if you need an antianxiety dog, maybe you shouldn’t be in Vegas. ON CAR RIDES How cool are cars? One thing I wish we dogs could do is drive. Picture me now: shades on, top down (of course), fur blowing in the breeze and driving down the highway. No sports car for me though – perhaps a classic Rolls with lots of space to move around. One problem with me driving myself though, is that it’s really hard to drive with you head out the window. Murphy would have an even bigger problem because he typically has his head out the sunroof, so he could never reach the pedals. I can barely describe Murphy’s look of pure joy when he is riding in a car with his head out the sunroof. With his jowls full of wind, nose flaring and his ears flying straight out behind him, the Murphster is in canine heaven. We dogs experience much of the world through our noses and the smell of summer night air is pure bliss. Hmm, maybe it’s not so bad having humans to chauffeur me around. Perhaps I could talk them into buying a Limo with two sunroofs.


ON SPORTS-BASKETBALL Forty-eight minutes of constant running and jumping while everyone goes after one ball. There’s no doubt in my mind that a dog invented basketball. Aside from that human penchant to have hot dogs available at most sporting events, there is almost nothing not to like about basketball. Oh, I guess in a perfect world the ball might be a little smaller so it would fit in the players’ mouths better, or you could do away with the baskets so there would be less interruption in the running, but overall basketball is a cool game. Even the President like it, and besides, who wouldn’t like a game where dribbling is a good thing? When my brother Murphy was a puppy and would dribble in the house, he would get in trouble. In the NBA, he’d be a star. ON DOG CLOTHING If you learn only one thing from reading this article the following sentence may be as good as anything to highlight and remember. Do not dress your dog up in clothing! It is not cute. We do not look adorable, or at least not any more adorable then we already look; besides that, it is not funny. It is a proven psychological fact that more dogs have been traumatized after being dressed up by crazy humans than at any other time. I know that some of you mean well by putting sweaters or jackets on dogs in the winter and if that were the only offense perhaps I could live with it. The fact of the matter is that the problem runs much deeper. I have seen dogs in dresses. I have seen dogs dressed like Elvis. I have even seen dogs dressed like angels and fairies and even worse dressed like preppies. Please stop it and stop it now! Dogs have the inalienable right to bite their humans if they dress them in stupid outfits! CATS There is no easy way to say this so I’m going to borrow from an Adam Sandler movie. Cats are the devil. Now, I’m not saying that all cars are evil. I actually grew up with a cat and he was a pretty cool little guy, but in general cats are not to be trusted. I don’t even think that cats trust other cats. It is my belief that most of them are schizophrenic. As dogs, we have an instinctive desire to chase cats. It is programmed into us, much like the need to collect shoes is programmed into the female humans or the desire to possess every issue of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition is genetically coded onto male humans’ DNA. The challenge with the primal need to chase cats if the age-old question: what do we do with them when we finally catch them? Most of us don’t really want to hurt them; we just want to teach them how to play properly. These excerpts Educating Humans are reprinted with the permission of Bugsy The Wonderdog’s kind humans, Jeff Ginn and Dr. Janice Elenbaas. Visit luckydogcuisine.com for more fun and important dog stuff. 33


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Lucky wishes you a happy St. Patrick’s Day! March HAPPENINGS BLUFFTON March 3, 2019 & Every Thursday in March: Bluffton Farmers Market, farmers, cooks, jam- and salsa-makers and all kinds of artisans meet locals on Calhoun Street from 1-6 p.m., (or dusk if earlier!) With an assortment of farm fresh produce, including strawberries, carrots, onions, spinach, varieties of lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, beets, potatoes and more. March 21-22, 2019: Spring Fling: The Poetry of Pastels in Landscape with Eve Miller, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A 2-day workshop based on using texture as a design element. The goal of this workshop is to help progress in your artistic journey by providing an open, non-threatening and fun environment where all can feel successfull. For more information, call (843) 247-2868. March 23, 2019: Sun City Volunteer Fair, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This community event will serve to connect willing and able individuals who are seeking volunteer opportunities with fitting non-profits in the area who are in need of help! This event will benefit the Sun City community, area non-profits, Sun City Residents who may be interested in volunteering, the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Bluffton Community as a whole- particularly individuals and families that utilize the services of the non-profits. For more information call (843) 757-1010 or info@ blufftonchamberofcommerce. org. March 29-31, 2019: 34th Annual Lowcountry Home and Garden Show. There will be 100+ Home and Garden related booths with many local experts to answer questions regarding home improvement, gardening and landscaping. There will be FREE workshops to spruce up your home, cooking demonstrations featuring local 36 chefs, plus daily giveaways and activities for kids. Free admission. Located at Buckwalter Regional Park, 905 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton, SC. HILTON HEAD ISLAND March 1 - Arpil 30, 2019: The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its upcoming temporary exhibition, “Where Nature Meets Art”. The opening reception is March 2 from 4:30-7:00 pm and is open to the public. Offered by the Artists of Spring Island, this exhibition will provide a glimpse into the beauty of one of our neighboring islands. Spring Island’s focus upon preservation and environmental conservation are complementary to the Coastal Discovery Museum’s recently adopted mission to “inspire people to care for the Lowcountry.” Visit the museum to see the works from some Spring Island artists who have gained an appreciation for our area’s unique culture, heritage, and environment. March 1-5, 2019: The First Tee of the Lowcountry is open to the public daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Amenities include a 6-hole, par 3 golf course, driving range, 2 USGA greens, short game practice area, 9-hole Disc Golf Course and stocked fishing pond. Admission includes unlimited use of the facility. 151 Gumtree Rd. (843) 686-2680 or www. thefirstteelowcountry.org. March 11-18, 2019: Hilton Head International Piano competition at First Presbyterian Church 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. One of the leading international piano competitions in the


United States, holds its 23rd competition. Twenty of the world’s best pianists, ages 18-30, compete in four exciting rounds of competition before an International panel of jurors, with 3 Finalists performing full concertos with the HHSO for $34,000 in cash prizes plus concerts. Call (843) 842-2055 March 15, 2019: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival at The Grand Tasting Harbour Town Clubhouse, 11 Lighthouse, Hilton Head Island. This traditional tasting is the festival’s most exclusive celebration, featuring award winning wines and an array of light hors d’oeuvres. Featuring music from Lavone and Louise. March 16, 2019: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival Public Tasting. Held at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, 149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island. Join us for the festival’s largest event as we celebrate our 34th anniversary at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. March 17, 2019: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hilton Head St Patrick’s Day Parade on Coligny Plaza 1 N Forest Beach Dr. Celebrate the 36th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade. March 22, 2019: Spring Serenade Concert at 8 p.m. Celebrate spring with the Hilton Head Choral Society at their Spring Serenade concert featuring professional soloists and orchestra as they present the elegant Mass in G, by Viennese composer Franz Schubert and music from the award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel. For more information, please visit www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org. BEAUFORT March 2, 2019: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Pedro Menendez 500th Birthday Party at the Santa Elena Museum 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort , SC 29902. Join in a community commemoration of his 500th birthday with an all-day, family-friendly fiesta brimming with Spanish inspiration in downtown Beaufort at the Santa Elena History Center. Call (843) 379-1550. March 2, 2019: 1:00 PM -10:00 PM The Beaufort Charities Oyster Roast is the premiere oyster roast in Beaufort County. FREE Kids Zone and free pizza for kids 5-12 years old; ALL you can eat oysters; 2 Live Auctions, and entertainment by “THE EMBERS” from 4-7 pm and “Steel Rail Express” from 8-10 pm. $35 per person. Held at 904 14th St 904 14th Street, Port Royal, South Carolina 29935. March 23, 2019: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM. 11th Annual Beaufort Twilight Run on Habersham Marketplace 13 Market, Beaufort. This USATF sanctioned running festival offers four competitive courses (10-mile Run, 8K Run, 5K Run, 1-mile Youth Run), a 5K Fun Walk and a 1/4 mile Kid’s Fun Run. Participants can compete for the Beaufort Challenge title by running in both the 10-mile and 5K events. Participants and spectators can enjoy the after-party with gourmet food trucks and live music. HILTON HEAD INTERNATIONAL 2O19PIANO COMPETITION 20 Pianists from 10 countries compete for $34,000 in cash prizes and performance opportunities. ROUND I • MARCH 11 & 12 1:30 PM – 4:35 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:05 PM $10 TICKETS • CENTRAL CHURCH • NEW VENUE ROUND II • MARCH 13 & 14 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM $10 TICKETS • CENTRAL CHURCH • NEW VENUE ROUND III • SEMIFINALS • MARCH 16 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM & 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM $25 & $35 TICKETS FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD MASTER CLASSES AND LECTURE/RECITAL MARCH 18 9:30 AM – 12:05 PM & 2:20 PM – 4:00 PM $10 TICKETS • ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH FINALS • MONDAY MARCH 18 3 FINALISTS EACH PLAY WITH THE HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 7:00 PM $25, $50 & $65 TICKETS FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT HHIPC.ORG OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 843.842.2055 Official Competition Piano 37


The Power of the Internet By Jevon Daly The power of the internet is everywhere. You can pull up a song (any song) on YouTube, and most of us can make our own videos with our powerful phones. Whether you are a musician, tennis pro, or just a grandpa wanting to communicate with your grandkids, there are a bunch of ways to harness the power of the internet these days. We will be taking a journey through some of the ‘channels’ available to all of us (even you micros out there). What is it you want to do? This is a question I ask friends when they say they are having trouble connecting with their audience. Well, who is your audience? Is your audience on the internet? Are they on Instagram or Facebook? Do they use social media everyday? Do they watch stories? Do they use hashtags? Let’s now discuss a few of these social media terms as if we were speaking to an alien that has come to Bluffton and doesn’t feel like probing but rather wants to post and reach an audience out there regarding said alien’s yoga studio. #saynotoprobing is a great and funny hashtag btw (btw means by the way). 38


So you wanna open a yoga studio here. Well, I suggest first starting a fb (Facebook) page. Let’s call it Milky Way Yoga, shall we? Sure. Next we need to ‘brand’ our yoga studio. Maybe some cool pictures of women in tights doing yoga poses with stars in the background? Cool, cool. So we take a picture of our models doing their thing, then we try and find a filter with stars, planets... anything otherworldly. Next we can come up with a statement we can use alot when we post. Or a hashtag!!! Hashtags are fun and all start with #. #readjevonsarticle is a hashtag kind of describing what you are doing right now. So is #lowcountryliving, or #slowcountry. These last couple are lifestyle hashtags giving a person who might look at your post on fb or insta (Instagram) some quick insight into your online world. So, back to our yoga alien dude (or dudette or being). Facebook and Instagram both have a feature (fairly new btw) that allows us to post 30 second ‘stories’ on a feed. You can post a lot. If you wanna see a master at work check out @knarlygav on insta, my bro. He is a tattoo artist locally and internationally known (and he’s known to rock the microphone). He posts a lot! He is very creative in his posts and will sometimes do up to 50 stories a day. A story can be anything. A picture of you, or your Starbucks...your dog...or a video of your dog!! A video of you in the gym or in our alien buddies case doing yoga or maybe an inspirational quote. Then you can use a hashtag like #bluffton or #yoga or something depending on who you are and what you want to convey with your story. Then you simply post and see what happens. Will you begin to amass followers? Who will you follow and why? We will revisit this in the future and remember - if your have any questions plz (please) feel free to PM (private message) me on fb or insta, but plz make sure I have accepted your friend request first. The internet can be a great marketing tool for anyone looking to promote themselves or their business. Or simply follow the hashtag #turtles if you like turtles. Or #turtlesofinstagram. 39


Low Country Home Jim Palmer EVOCATIONS: THE ART OF LOUANNE LAROCHE April Showers By Michele Roldán-Shaw 40


EDITORS NOTE: I have always admired Louanne LaRoche’s work every time I would walk into Four Corners Fine Art and Framing. I was always greeted by Charlene Gardner’s endearing smile. Louanne’s work is always so colorful, free and unencumbered strokes, and expressive in many ways. Well, this month I asked Michele to interview her for The Breeze. Enjoy! Louanne LaRoche, a fixture of the local art scene since the 1980s, will unveil new pieces this month at Four Corners Gallery in downtown Bluffton. “Evocations” opens March 21st with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. and runs through April 30th. LaRoche’s finely colored depictions of Lowcountry life—oystermen in bateaux, ladies in church hats, hunting dogs, marsh tackies and deer—capture everyday moments with a subtle, poignant beauty. Her latest collection promises rich feeling thanks to the Caribbean influences LaRoche sought by traveling to Belize. “The community there is very reflective of how the Lowcountry was, and how it can be today in certain niches,” says LaRoche, who has spent quite a bit of time in Belize but returned recently for the first time in 17 years. “The roots of both communities go back to Africa, which we see in Gullah traditions such as blue doors and certain foods etc. I saw a lot of changes this time in Belize, but life on the porches and in the marketplaces was still the same, and it translates clearly to this area.” Meetup LaRoche works in acrylic, charcoal and pencil on paper and canvas, and paints primarily from photographs that she takes, finds, or is given. “I love looking through people’s family albums,” she confesses. “I’m always searching for a little gem—the way somebody’s postured, the activity itself, how spaces are blocked out in the image, or just the subjects interacting. I’m interested in light, form, color and line. But my focus is on documenting community by depicting how people relate to one another, as well as events and a lifestyle that’s diminishing.” Julie 41


In addition to LaRoche’s recent work, the show celebrates her friendship with the late Hilton Head artist Danielle De Mers, whose drawings and prints will be on display and sold to benefit a nonprofit reflective of De Mer’s spirit. Her father was a successful artist and illustrator who opened a gallery in Harbour Town during the early years of development, and the summers Danielle spent here were the occasion for an enduring friendship to spring up between her and LaRoche. Together they were instrumental in nurturing the budding local art scene. At one point LaRoche owned the famous Red Piano Gallery on Hilton Head, where she represented and was influenced by many local artists including De Mers, who passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer several years ago. “She was always super supportive of anything I was doing,” said LaRoche, who often joined De Mers’ printmaking classes. “She was intelligent, knowledgeable and totally present. And her beautiful eye! Almost all of Danielle’s work is figurative. It’s all about the essence, the stroke, the wash. I guess I think of it as the haiku of painting. There’s a lot of heart there. It’s like asking what you can say in the minimum amount of words—what can you say in the minimum amount of illustration? How do you get to the essence?” LaRoche’s constant exploration of her craft was fueled and her imagination emboldened by the recent time in Belize. She describes her visit to a little community untouched by tourism and founded by ancestors from Sierra Leone, which reminded LaRoche so vividly of her time on St. Helena Island in the ’80s. Spending the day at a public park on the beach, she watched Belizeans swimming, picnicking, boating, playing soccer, fishing off the dock, making baskets and nets, and enjoying all the facets of traditional coastal life. The photos she shot that day served as references to capture the heart of life here in the Lowcountry. 42 Saturday’s Child


Hemlock Still “I’m very respectful of where I point my camera,” says LaRoche. “Often it starts by just striking up a conversation, and sometimes it involves being vulnerable with your subjects. I think with anybody, if you are really present and you look them in the eye and care—which I do; like if they look tired, I am interested in why—then any connection you make goes deeper. There is this bonding between the subject matter and my heart, a connecting cord. If I can communicate that in my painting then it doesn’t matter where it is, people will say ‘This reminds me of when I would sit on my grandmother’s porch shelling peas.’ If it evokes a response like that, a spiritual connection, I have succeeded. I want my paintings to be alive with emotional content.” F OUR CORNERS FINE ART & FRAMING A UNIQUELY SOUTHERN COLLECTION Evocations LOUANNE LaROCHE DANIELLE DeMERS Paintings / Drawings / Monotypes OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 21 ST Just Looking 1263-B May River Rd • Old Town Bluffton, SC 29910 • 843.757.8185 www.fourcornersgallerybluffton.com 43


44 Masters of Their Trade By: Randolph Stewart Photography: Kevin Kenton, Imoto Photo Alec Bishop Photography It is quite rare today to find three people who are masters of their profession and strive for perfection. They are not afraid to try something new. Their skills are without equal and their trade is…woodworking. To become a master requires more than years of experience. There must be an innate passion that cannot be taught. The three people of who I am speaking are Masters Hank Carroll and Trip Manuel and Advanced Apprentice Lucy Miche’l. Walking into their shop, Carroll Woodworking on Alljoy Road you are first greeted by Benny and Rodeo, their constant four legged companions. As you look around there is so much to take in. Projects under way with a myriad of clamps holding them together until the epoxy dries, many examples of turned balusters from previous jobs hanging from the ceiling, stacks of wood in many shapes and forms and a multitude of species. I noticed projects in various forms of completion, a newel being turned for a staircase, special made moldings, carvings,and rough-sawn wood waiting to be cut, shaped or joined. Tools and machines are everywhere, waiting for their next piece of wood. One of the amazing things about these masters is that they don’t go to the store and buy the wood ready to go, they make it. Their wood-miser saw can make timbers out of trees and saw beams to make boards. There are stacks of wood, of many species, that are in the yard, spaced with scrap


pieces to allow them to air dry, or a home made kiln to get the wood to the right moisture content. Oak, pine, hickory…many salvaged from recent hurricanes. In 2015 I was fortunate enough to be asked to design a building for Hank on a small piece of land he owns on Bruin Road. I say design, it was my hand and his vision. After two years of getting approvals from the Town and the Historic Preservation Commission, the work began. This little 1300 square foot building was framed by hand, the doors were made by hand, the corbels and trim were made by hand, the interior trim was made by hand, installed by hand and painted by hand. Their hands! It instantly became one of the most iconic buildings in Old Town, and will remain so long after we are gone. It is like a dove-tailed box. Hank was looking for the right building to build for several years and his inspiration came from an even smaller building in Savannah’s Victorian District. “I always admired this little building and knew that one day I would build it for myself.” This is where this story really begins. Let’s first talk about the outside before we move inside to marvel at the craftsmanship. The siding and trim were cut from cypress. Note how thick the siding is and how close together the boards. When you look at the picture of the elevation you will see the shadow lines that they create that become part of the architecture. The front and rear doors are made from quarter sawn white oak and sapele trim. The entablature is like the necklace below the roof. The cornice begins at the eave with the simple facia. The soffit is milled beaded tongue and groove cypress boards with small wood turned escutcheons covering the lights in the soffit. The frieze begins with a 45% angled bed that has a routed scroll that sits on a saw-toothed bed. In earlier times the scroll would be screened on the back side and provide ventilation. The corbels form the main part of the frieze. Each one is made of five layers that are scrolled and reversed scrolled and laminated together. Each one has four turned rosettes on each side. The entablature is completed with scrolled panels, each one with a half turned ornament. This complex piece was turned on a lath with paper between two pieces of wood. The concave shape was made by indexing on the shaper 45


and then split in half at the paper, then mounted on the panel. The entire entablature is multi-colored, each piece meticulously hand painted with multiple coats. I would like to point out that Lucy did most all of the intricate and complex turning and a good bit of the fine delicate painting. Entering the building is like entering another world. The walls are clad with six foot wainscoting that is picture framed with a chamfered frame, perfectly jointed together, and each panel has a turned rosette in the center. The wainscot is cherry in the main room and ash in the conference room. The most amazing part of the building is the floor. Through the years Hank had saved scrap wood of a variety of species, thinking he would use them one day. Well, the floor is made of over 15,000 pieces of 20 different species of wood. Walnut, cherry, white oak, ash, maple, mahogany, magnolia, pecan, water chestnut – to mention a few varieties. When you look at the pictures each piece was scribed together and fitted like a jigsaw puzzle. There is no pattern. Each man and woman would take a corner of the room and work for that day, the next day they would move to another corner that had been started by someone else. This is to make sure that it is totally spontaneous and irregular. You will find the burl of tree stumps and limbs, all milled to the same thickness. A compass rose, an embedded silver dollar. They also used larger slabs of boards that had been felled by hurricane Matthew. Once together it was all filed with epoxy and then multiple coats of varnish. There will never be another floor exactly like this one….never. The entire building is truly a masterpiece. Another master in his own right, which can be seen in his body of work and more recently in his restaurant, Andes Rotisserie, is Andy Fishkind, the General Contractor that guided the trio through the necessary complexities of the structure and mechanicals. We must also add that the tile work in the bath was completed, again masterfully, by D.J. and Matt Gies, of Gies Tile and Marble. 46


It was certainly an honor to have played a small role in this building, that is as much of a piece of art as it is architecture. I want to personally thank Hank, Trip and Lucy for giving something very special to the streetscape of Bluffton. Stay tuned, there will be many more wonderful projects that come out of that little shop on Alljoy. 47


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