What’s in a name?

By Backwoods Barbie
I have not been kidnapped by zombies nor did I run for the hills of New Zealand.  Topping my list of things to feel guilty about is my possibly unnoticed absence from these pages. After months of sharing my follies, fears, and fashion faux pas of wedding planning, my brain simply shut down for a short hiatus. I survived, he survived and to my knowledge no one was featured on CNN or Mugshots, therefore it was an obvious success.
Now that I am back to the less glamorous life of work, work, and well a little more work I have finally made my way through a mountain of email, a tunnel of to-dos, and a thousand thank-you’s. It isn’t that I don’t write, I certainly do. No offense, but sometimes some of this stuff is best left resting in an old wooden chest. An 11-page expose of the behind the scenes of my wedding would certainly get me removed from many a Christmas list, or at the very least have a few asking if I should, in fact, be committed.  Writing is my therapy, my end of the day wind down, and my insurance against future meanies (well it works).
The tornado of topics twirls tumultuously as I tap away on my well-worn keys. There is very little that I can’t stretch, intertwine, and evolve into a rather impressive story about absolutely nothing. It is a gift, a curse, and an odd obsession. Sitting in the less-than-social abyss of the Social Security Administration, my meandering mind ran rampant. Is it normal to feel a loss when one changes one’s name?
My name and I have been through quite a lot. We have been picked on relentlessly, butchered at every public pronouncement and always left short in those darn little boxes on standardized tests I practiced writing it for years, for heaven’s sake! Parting is such sweet sorrow. Who knew it would bother me? Well, apparently the lady behind the window at the social security desk. Voluntarily giving your coveted number to the next waiting-in-line warrior may have given it away. After selflessly sacrificing my up next gift on less than thrilled attendees, I surrendered.
There was no burial, no ceremonious goodbye, not even a well done. In a matter of moments my name was no more.  Shouldn’t I get a tissue, a stamp, something? It is not my intent to be a star straight from the pages of the “Feminine Mystic.” I have never burned a bra, well not on purpose, and I rather enjoy having a door opened. However, erasing my name stings a bit. My sentiments failed at entertaining the social security name changing nemesis, so I took my papers, my new name, and my sense of loss straight to the chocolate aisle. The overly impressive intake of Tootsie Rolls didn’t give me my name back but did give me a distracting toothache.
I mean no disrespect. Sweet Southern Belles, forgive my public diatribe, I mean no harm. I will learn to write my new name, eventually answer when called upon, and settle for being placed at the end of the alphabet. After all, I still have the right to vote, I can wear pants, and for now I still have a right to bear arms. I just can’t do it under Crane.

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Exchange Club 5K over new McTeer Bridge

By Tess Malijenovsky
The Exchange Club of Beaufort is an American service club working with the blue ribbon initiative of preventing child abuse and promoting positive parenting. Each year 3.2 million children are reported to Child Protective Services as being abused or neglected throughout the United States. The Exchange Club tackles this serious problem by generating greater public awareness through local events, including its upcoming 5K this weekend — the first 5K ever on the new McTeer Bridge.
Saturday, Oct. 29 is the OBABY (Over-the-Bridge-And-Back-Yonder Run) 5K Run and Fun Walk. It will take place over the new McTeer Bridge connecting Port Royal to Lady’s Island, which now has a walkway.
Even though the Exchange Club has been serving the Beaufort community since 1987, this will be its first charity race. Angel Flewelling, a past president, member of the board of directors and the 5K chairperson, came up with the concept for the 5L one day while she was biking past the new bridge.
Registration for the race will take place at 9 a.m. at the foot of the new McTeer Bridge in Port Royal. Pre-registration isn’t necessary, but it will guarantee you a T-shirt. Registration is $20 for runners and $15 for walkers. Play Hard Event Timing will conduct professional timing. You can contact Angel Flewelling at 843-525-0102 for more information.

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Bazaar to highlight St. Helena Tricentennial

A special Tricentennial booth will be featured Nov. 5 at this year’s Fall Bazaar presented by the Women of the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort.
The church’s tricentennial year is 2012, just one year after Beaufort’s 300th birthday. The booth will provide information on the church’s planned Tricentennial events, which will be open to the public.  Limited-edition commemorative tumblers and Christmas ornaments and a CD produced by St. Helena’s choirs will be sold, with proceeds going to defray tricentennial expenses.
The bazaar, which benefits the church’s outreach efforts in Beaufort and around the world, also includes a silent auction of 300 unique items ranging from excursions and restaurant dinners to fine art and furs, sailboats and furniture.
St. Helena’s famous handmade “church mice” will return this year and will be available for purchase when the doors open at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  However, mouse manufacturers warn that these popular rodents often sell out early.
This bazaar will be open on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish House at 507 Newcastle St. in downtown Beaufort. A Bazaar Preview will be held Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Nothing is sold on Friday (although Silent Auction bids are accepted).  The preview is for fellowship and an early look at bazaar offerings.
In addition to Tricentennial souvenirs and church mice, Bazaar shoppers will find baked goods, candy, frozen foods, books, gifts, jewelry, plants, Christmas decorations, a pet boutique and Bargain Box.
Contact the church office at 843-522-1712 or Bazaar Chairman Annie Pollak at 843-538-6497 for more information. Or visit www.sthelenas1712.org.

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Little bits of Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler
The Royal Readers met at the home of Pat Davidyock, to discuss the book “Room” by Emma Donoghue.  The book, though somewhat dark, is a story about the resilience of a woman kidnapped and held captive in an 11’ x 11’ room for seven years. The story told through the voice of her 5-year-old son, Jack, is brilliantly executed.

From left: Marie Spencer, Pat Lauzon, Kathy Fehlauer, Nancy Steeves, Trish Vanderspiegel, Joey Patrucco, Penny Russell, Mhairi Pfeil and Bunny Spiers.

Recently, Royal Pines neighbors have had visitors here, while many have visited places around the world. Marianne and Don Hamilton were visited recently by Marianne’s sister and brother in law from Cleveland who spent their time shopping and dining and doing their share to help local economy. Kathy and Fred Fehlauer enjoyed a short visit from Fred’s sister, brother and sister-in-law from Milwaukee. Their reunion included visits to the Shrimp Shack, Penn Center, Hunting Island, Lady’s’ Island Country Club, antique shops and the Verdier House, plus hours of nostalgia-mongering: recalling their youthful exploits and embarrassments. Annette and Bob Rauenhorst and their three daughters cheered for Clemson at a recent game as they had a rare opportunity to all be at the same place at the same time! Cathy and Bob Wilson spent a long weekend in Pa. when they visited their son Chris and his family.  Maryanne and Richard Bender enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise which included stops in Montenegro, Turkey, Venice, Greeks Isles, and Croatia. Frank and Carol Nocilla visited interesting cities in Italy while Marisa Sherard spent three weeks visiting her family and friends in her homeland, Italy.  Maritza and Fred Schmidt visited their daughter Jessica and son in law Michael in Chicago where they welcomed new granddaughter Elisabeth Catherine Haught, born Sept. 27. Elisabeth’s paternal grandparents, who also reside in Royal Pines, are Bill and Marcy Haught.
The Royal Pines Garden Club met on October 13 at the Lady’s Island Country Club. Members then traveled to the Butterfly Enclosure at the Honey Horn Plantation, on Hilton Head. The Butterfly Enclosure is a 1,200-square-foot butterfly habitat home to some 13 species of native butterflies to the Lowcountry. Information was gained that the ladies will use when planning their own butterfly gardens.  Members enjoyed lunch at a French Bakery on Hilton Head before returning home.  Gardening tip: Now is the time to put your spring flower bulbs in the fridge until January and then plant them outside.
Employees of Lady’s Island Country Club, after procuring the proper licenses, captured an aggressive alligator.  Afterward, the alligator was prepared by Chef Will and Raymond who cooked it in a variety of ways and then offered it to the employees.
Thank you to all who contributed “news” for this column. If you have news to share, please contact me at buddysoma@embarqmail.com.

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Family walk, ride a success

This past Saturday, October 15, some 100 people came together to honor J.T. Pringle Senior and to spread the word about personal health. The Pringle Family lost their loving leader one year ago on October 16. In his honor, the family of seven children and their loving mother coordinated a health event that brought together people to walk or ride in the name of personal health and raise money for the American Heart Association. Bikers rode 35 miles in just over two hours starting from the Lady’s Island St. Helena Fire District headquarters and taking a grand tour of St. Helena before returning. Simultaneously, walkers of all ages joined together, and starting at the same place, walked 3.5 miles including a turnaround point on Sams Point Road where Mr. Pringle established his family’s home.
With music playing and local health advocates in attendance, participants and those gathered danced and cheered the morning away as the walk and ride forged through their respective preset routes.
“Mr. Pringle was the model of a mentor, he was an unbelievably kind and warm-hearted person with a magical sense of humor,” offered Lee Levesque, a friend of the family. This was the first of what the family hopes to become an annual outing in the name of J.T. Sr. and one that will continue to grow as did his love. The family wishes to offer many thanks to those who supported this great endeavor and all the bicyclists and walkers who came out and participated in this amazing event. Folks are encouraged to look for next year’s event on the website www.kickinasphalt.info.
For more information, contact the Pringle Family at (843) 263-0654.

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Chamber holds Business After Hours

The Learning Center at Beaufort Academy hosted the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday, October 13. More than 80 people came to network and mingle.
At this event, the chamber gave away $10,000 worth of scholarships to the Learning Center. Special thanks to Malcolm Goodridge, Trask and Lynn, Bill’s Liquors, Berry Island, Mother Earth and Tidal Creek Fellowship for their contributions
Pictured above, from left, is Blakely Williams, President and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce; Fred Washington Board Chair, Beaufort County School District Board of Education; Malcolm Goodridge, Founder of The Learning Center; and Julie Stewart Corner, Interim Head of School at Beaufort Academy. Photo by Captured Moments.

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Remembering Luther’s Pharmacy

By Susan Maag Disbrow
My memory was when I was about 5 years old and I used to go to Luther’s Pharmacy on Bay Street with my parents. My grandmother worked there and I remember they had an old style soda fountain in the pharmacy. The fountain was on the left side in the front of the building if you were standing outside looking in through the big glass windows. They served fountains sodas, snacks, and ice cream … and I always looked forward to having an ice cream cone as a treat. Luther’s also honored a “prescription” for a free ice cream cone that was written by a local dentist, Dr. Sam Koutroulakis, which he gave to all of the children after they had been to his office for a dentist appointment. Also, long before there was a waterfront park out back, my grandmother would take me to look at the water from the back door of the pharmacy. I remember that there were some wooden stairs that led out the back door down to the water, which came up very close to the back of the building at high tide. The last time I was in Beaufort was in 2004, and at that time I discovered that Luther’s Pharmacy is now a restaurant which is known as Luther’s Rare and Well Done. I decided to have dinner one evening at the restaurant and sat outside on the back porch. The porch is in the exact location where the steps were that led down to the water when I was a child. What a wonderful memory.

Beauort Then & Now: This moment in Beaufort’s history is an excerpt from the book “Beaufort … Then and Now,” an anthology of memories compiled by Holly Kearns Lambert. Copies of this book may be purchased at Beaufort Book Store.  For information or to contribute your memory, contact Holly at lowcountrymemories@hotmail.com or beaufortmemories@gmail.com.

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Mexican comida muy delicioso a Rancho Grande

By Pamela Brownstein
To satisfy a hankering for authentic Mexican food, the Lunch Bunch didn’t have to go south of the border. Instead, we found just the spot on Lady’s Island at Rancho Grande.
Formerly La Hacienda, Rancho Grande is a family owned restaurant run by the friendly and capable manager Pedro Solorio.

Rancho Grande Sampler appetizer.

We started with one serious appetizer: the Rancho Grande sampler. The giant platter was filled with beef nachos, taquitos, cheese quesadilla, chori queso dip, and lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. The dip was incredible, we all loved it, and the quesadilla bites were so soft, warm and cheesy. The sampler is a must-have for a hungry family or large group.
The menu options are seemingly endless. They serve many varieties of fajitas, at least 30 combination plates and more than 20 lunch specials.
Elizabeth, April and I all ordered quesadillas. April had the lunch special #12: one cheese quesadilla, rice and one beef taco. Elizabeth had just a chicken and cheese quesadilla that she likes with extra sour cream and Cholula hot sauce. I tried the lunch special #17: a beef and cheese quesadilla served with rice and steamed vegetables.
Heather chose the lunch Chimichanga — one flour tortilla deep fried, filled with chicken and beans then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, nacho cheese and guacamole. I have to admit I had a tinge of food envy because her chimichanga looked awesome, and apparently it tasted as good as it looked because there were no left overs.

A chimiganga.

Buck ordered his favorite, the lunch special #6. He said the beef burrito, taco and rice were delicious.
Our guest Lunch Buncher, Daniel Brownstein, was really hungry and filled up on the dinner combination #2 — one taco, one enchilada and one chalupa.
For dessert, Pedro brought out a plate of churros, fried twisted dough with sugar, cinnamon and honey, with ice cream, and a plate of sopapillas, fried flour tortillas with honey, butter and cinnamon, also with ice cream. Even though we were so full, it’s futile to resist the lure of fried dough and ice cream. April and I liked the churros best — they reminded me of my semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain, when we used to eat churros con chocolate all the time — while Elizabeth and Buck raved about the yummy sopapillas. Flan and fried ice cream are also offered.
Rancho Grande is located at 136 Sea Island Parkway, Suite 4 & 6, in the Grayco shopping center on Lady’s Island. Call 843-524-0405.

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The home chef … cooks pizza

By Harlene Deane

My husband started making pizza dough in his bread machine 16 years ago. To this day, it’s a Saturday night tradition. You too can make your own dough or simply pick some up in the Publix bakery. The ingredients listed are just a guideline. Like more cheese? Go ahead and sprinkle it on!

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Ingredients
Pizza Dough
1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce plus 2 tbsp (I use hickory smoked)
2 tbsp smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 small red onion, sliced thin
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 rotisserie chicken

Directions
Place a pizza stone in the center of a preheated 500 degree oven for one hour before cooking pizza. Shred chicken and add 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce; set aside in refrigerator. Roll out dough on a sheet of parchment paper (lightly dusted with flour) to desired thickness. Spread BBQ sauce evenly over dough surface. Sprinkle Gouda over sauce. Cover with Mozzarella (save some for the last step). Sprinkle chicken over cheese followed by the onion slices. Sprinkle with more mozzarella (do not cover completely). Bake on preheated stone until the crust is crisp and golden and cheese at the center is bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cilantro and let sit for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
Tip: No stone? Use a heavy sheet pan. FYI: Grayco has pizza stones on order.

Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Ingredients
Veggies:
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 red bell pepper, seeds and stem removed
1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeds and stem removed
1/2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch rings (keep intact)

Pizza:
Pesto sauce (either jar or homemade)
Mozzarella, shredded
12 thin slices of smoked mozzarella
Pitted greek olives (Publix deli)
Fresh basil

Directions
For veggies: Prepare a hot grill or grill pan. Combine soy sauce and olive oil. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat veggies on all sides. Grill veggies until grill marks appear and still slightly crisp. Set aside in fridge. All this can be done ahead.

For pizza: Again, follow directions above on preheating oven, etc.. Spread pesto on surface of dough. Cover with mozzarella. Cut the veggies into manageable (zucchini slices in half crosswise) pieces and place over cheese in layers. Place strips of smoked mozzarella over veggies. Top with olives. Cook as above. Cut basil into thin strips and sprinkle over cooked pizza.
Tip: To heat leftover pizza, place in a dry pan, cover and cook over low heat until hot. Roll basil into cigar shape; thinly slice.
These recipes make one large or two 9-inch pizzas.

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Make sure there’s enough Marc Roman

By Celia Strong

Well, I’m not sure I really want to believe this but Thanksgiving is four weeks away. Good news but there is a pound of stress to go with it.  All of which means too we have to start deciding on the menu and wine pretty soon. With that in mind, and just to add to the pressure, we have to make sure we have the right wine and enough wine for the whole day. It is, after all, a wine holiday. The challenge is to find the right wine at the right price so that we don’t kill our checkbooks.
To begin, let’s look quickly at how much is enough. For Thanksgiving, or any other holiday meal, there is a level of stress in most houses that requires a bit more wine just because. Then, there is all the cooking that needs doing — planning, shopping, timing — this is not a boil-in-bag meal. That’s at least another bottle per cook to keep the kitchen running smoothly.  Then, there are all the extra friends and family who are just hanging out at you house while you work in the kitchen.  Of course, you love to see them once a year, but let’s face facts, a glass or two in each of them makes the whole day work better. The way I do the numbers, you need a half bottle, 750 ml size, per person, another two bottles for every three people, plus one more for every hour they are in your house.  Yikes!  Obviously we have to be sure the wine is right and the price is right.  And the winner is?  Well, it’s from France.  Specifically, it’s a Vin de Pays from southern France.  Not a new one for all of us — we’ve had it in the store and in some of our glasses since last May.  Red and white.  A screw top so it’s easy to get at.  And a really really great price.  So, let’s get to it!
Vin de Pays literally means “wine of the country or countryside.”  This level of wines in the French wine hierarchy was passed into law in 1979, way after the AC was in the 1930s. These wine carry a geographic origin designation and the producers have to submit their wines for analysis (Don’t want any funny stuff in there, you know!) and tasting, and the wines have to be made from certain varieties or blends.  In addition, the laws for these wines control the number of gallons of wine that can be made per acre of grapes, minimum alcohol level, the amount of sulfur dioxide used to stabilize the wines, the amount of acidity in the wines, and the wine can’t be made with other wines. Because they are a lower level of wine, there is a bit more leniency with varieties and labeling.  Now that I’ve told you all that, in 2009 the whole Vin de Pays category was replaced by the new “PGI” (Indication Georgraphique Protegee of Protected Geographical Region designation).
One more thing to learn about French wine labels. Our two wines this week come from the largest area of country wines, the Oc, located near the Languedoc-Rousillon area of the Mediterranean. Their labels state that they are Vin de Pys d’Oc. (Imagine coming from an area called Oc.) The winery name is Marc Roman.  Marc is the wine maker’s name and Roman is part of his nickname that comes from all the pieces of ancient Roman pots and drinking jars you can kick up out of the vineyards themselves.
The red Marc Roman is from a grape we all know — Malbec.  And, the great thing about this Malbec is it doesn’t taste like one from Argentina. This is a purple grape variety that makes wines with an inky dark color and robust tannins. It is a thin-skinned grape that needs more sun and heat to ripen well and brings with it a distinct plum flavor. Grown in the sun drenched vineyards of southern France, Malbec is a really happy camper.  It makes a rich and smooth wine that is easy drinking.  The warmth helps the tannins to ripen fully, hence the smoothness in this wine.  And, besides the plum flavor, there are black spice notes and dark berry flavors in this one.  As perfect as this wine is for every day use, it is especially well-suited for Thanksgiving dinner.
For the white Marc Roman wine we have to put on our learning hats — it is made from a grape called “Terret.”  More officially, the grape’s name is Terret Gris, but the bottle just says Terret so that’s what we’ll use.  Even though we’ve mostly never heard of this grape before, it has a very long history in the Languedoc area where it can make full-bodied wines with crisp acidity.  This wine is fresh and juicy with smooth, rounded fruit flavors (citrus, a bit of grapefruit, green apple and a hint of spiciness like you get from Gewurztraminer) and floral aromas.  As unique as this Terret is, it isn’t weird.  Again, just perfect for Thanksgiving.
And, what about the price on the wines, you ask? Easy! They’re $6.99, both of them. So go ahead and get excited. They’re great wines and they’re priced right.  You can make sure you have enough of them for your holiday, no matter how high your bottle count might go.  Thanksgiving will be happy!  Enjoy!

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