Bridal survival tips by Backwoods Barbie

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford He placed the ring on your finger; a moment you will cherish for the rest of your life. The phone calls to friends and families sharing your joy have waned. You have practiced writing your new last name to the point of carpel tunnel syndrome and images of the perfect white dress are ingrained in your slumber.  At last, you can attend family gatherings without having to dodge Aunt Busybody or Cousin Married Forever. You are now welcomed into the world of acceptance. You can bid farewell to blind dates and awkward introductions. You have arrived; you are at the mountain top of relationships.  I want to personally congratulate you and suggest that you hold on tight, find a good helmet, and master the nod-smile gesture immediately. It is a splendid time full of love, laughter and the need for expensive therapy. You will get to know your spouse-to-be in ways you never imagined. Advice will be sandblasted at you at the speed of light and... ...

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Get ready to pick your favorites

The Island News wants to know what you like best about our community. It’s fun and easy! Simply go our website at www.yourislandnews.com, look at the categories, then vote for at least 10 businesses or community leaders you consider to be your favorite. Once the votes are counted from the 127 categories, we’ll announce the winners later in March. You have only until midnight on Sunday, March 11, to cast your votes for T.I.N. Favorites. Show support and make your votes heard! Click HERE to vote: Favorites VOTING! ...

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After you say ‘yes’ … It’s all about the dress

By Laura Trask The rituals that shape weddings of today: the venue, the flowers, the cake, right down to the choosing of the mate were not part of the process historically. And as with every tradition that has evolved over thousands of years there have been some improvements! In the beginning, marriages were arranged by the families of the two betrothed to ensure prosperity, protection and procreation.  I can assure you in the days of  “marriage by capture” no one was thinking about what they were going to wear! So when did fashion become such an integral element in the joining of two people? Well,  like every great storybook ending, it starts with The Dress. More elaborate wedding celebrations started with nobility and the higher classes. Brides were expected to dress in a manner befitting their social status, not necessarily representing themselves but their families. Right down to the amount of material a wedding dress contained which reflected on the bride’s social standing and was a clear indication to all... ...

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With this wine, I thee wed

By Terry Sweeney For newlywed couples throughout the ages, the sharing of wine at their nuptials has been the symbol of love, prosperity, good health and good fortune.  In olden days, entwined like the vines themselves, couples often drank their wedding wine from one common cup … “the cup of love” … which symbolized both their newly forged intimate bond and the promise of the new life they would share together. Even Jesus turned water into wine as one of his first miracles at the Wedding of Cana in Galilee.  No doubt that put him at the top of everyone’s guest list in that town.  “Oh my God! Think of the money I’ll save,” must have cried the father of every bride in Galilee. And when you’re as nice a guy as Jesus, how do you say no? No wonder the poor guy hightailed it outta town! Hey, wine for a wedding can set you back a pretty penny.  Of course, you don’t have to follow tradition and toast each... ...

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Beaufort’s own bridal show

By Lanier Laney The Beaufort Bridal Show returns for the third year to the Holiday Inn this weekend and it’s bigger and better this year than ever before.  The show, was created by the Holiday Inn Management and Sales Team — Bob Barnes, GM; Phillip Carroway, Director of Sales; and Nikki Williams, Sales Manager in conjunction with the Hilton Garden Inn. They came up with the idea along with their Bridal Guide to help couples in the local market gain awareness of how many great resources there are in Beaufort for brides. Says Phillip Carroway, “The wedding reception is one of the first thing that brides start with when planning the wedding so we try we originally helped them by offering business cards of vendors that we have worked with at Holiday Inn and had a great experience. Now, instead of handing a bride a handful of business cards from the local area, we give them our Bridal Guide. The Bridal Guide has our most popular wedding menus, the ballroom... ...

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Partnership takes flight: Beaufort Elementary, Fripp Audubon program teaches students about birds

The Fripp Audubon Club has formed a partnership with Beaufort Elementary School — home of the Seagulls — to inspire students to learn more about birds and bird identification, advise the school on bird habitat improvements in the school’s Life Lab and to help create a “bird walk” art display for the bird named hallways. The initiative will pilot the Fripp Audubon programs with Beaufort Elementary School’s fourth grade science students and fourth grade engineering students in the school’s AMES Academy. In March, following up on Audubon’s sponsored Great Backyard Bird Count, Beaufort Elementary will hold its first Fripp Audubon partnered event with a bird feeder building workshop, bird talks and the unveiling of Fripp Audubon and collaborative artwork to be displayed in the school’s hallways. Additionally, Fripp Audubon has coordinated to bring Charleston’s Center for Birds of Prey to Beaufort Elementary for a school-wide visit and flight demonstration. This Spring, 4th grade science classes are invited to Fripp Island for a birding field trip to the Audubon Nature Trail... ...

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Dr. Wall’s legacy and beyond

By Julia Stewart Corner, Head of School, Beaufort Academy Dr. Randy Wall, Headmaster at Beaufort Academy from 2009-2011 left an indelible mark on this fine school. Despite his untimely passing in June, Dr. Wall left a legacy that will last for decades. Beaufort Academy has long been revered for its ability to prepare students for college as well as their role in society. Under Dr. Wall’s tenure the core values of intellect, integrity, leadership, pride, and respect were solidified. These core values are exemplified on campus every day as the staff works to fulfill his vision, and the vision of the founders of Beaufort Academy. Intellect is always at the forefront at Beaufort Academy. We have a rigorous academic program that yields outstanding students and graduates. A few academic kudos this year are:  National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, Michael Bible; the Math team finished in first place in the recent state tournament; Quiz Bowl Teams continue to place in final rounds at multiple tournaments; Spelling Bee contestants were winners again this... ...

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Church presents Charleston Symphony Orchestra

As part of the continuing celebration of its Tricentennial year, the Parish Church of St. Helena will host a concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at St. Helena’s. According to Pat Gould, Music director and organist for St. Helena’s, and the Standing Committee Chairperson for the Tricentennial’s overall special music program, the symphony will play an exciting program featuring music from those three centuries. “The orchestra will play works of Handel, Holst and Mozart, as well as Elizabethan Consort Music for brass and timpani,” Gould said. Because of generous donations from parishioners and the community, the church is pleased to offer the concert at only $10 per ticket for adults, and Free to students 18 and under. “Tickets are going fast,” Gould said, “and everyone must have one, even those that are free to students.”  Reserved sponsorship seating is available but other seats are on a first come basis. Gould said she is overjoyed that the church is able... ...

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Met Live in HD: Verdi’s Ernani

On Saturday, February 25 at 12:55 p.m.,  USCB Center for the Arts and The Met: Live in HD will showcase Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Ernani.” Angela Meade takes center stage as Elvira in Verdi’s thrilling early gem. Marcello Giordani sings the title role as her mismatched lover, and all-star Verdians Ferruccio Furlanetto and Dmitri Hvorostovsky round out the cast as her uncle, Don Ruy Gomez de Silva, and Don Carlo, the king of Spain. Based on a play by Victor Hugo, the opera’s implausible plot is set in early 16th century Spain. A nobleman has lost his title and wealth in a civil war and becomes the leader of a band of outlaws.  He takes the name of Ernani and vows to rescue his love, Elvira, from a forced marriage to her aged uncle and guardian.  In the struggles between the two that ensue, Don Carlo, the king, is also revealed as a suitor for her hand.  The two enemies agree to suspend their quarrel and join forces against the king.... ...

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