The Shed provides venue for fabulous fashion show

By Lanier Laney
The 9th Annual FRIENDS Fashion Show was held Wednesday, April 25, at The Shed in Port Royal. It was a huge success with participation from 13 local merchants including Amazing Event Rentals, Bay Street Jewelers, Bay Street Outfitters, Beaufort Clothing Company, Carolina Wiggle Wear, Divine Shoes, Her Favorite Store, Higher Ground, LuLu Burgess, Modern Jewelers, Nuances, Rossignol’s and the Red Door Thrift Store.
The show also featured two local designers, Diane Huotari of Coastal Tailoring and Maude Couture by Caroline Baker. More than 300 people enjoyed the wonderful luncheon from Catering by Debbi Covington along with the glorious spring fashion collections. The event also showcased an amazing silent and live auction segment with the assistance of dynamic auctioneer Deanna Bowdish. “Music to Go” by Ed & Kris Robertson kept the event rocking. The fabulous outgoing FRIENDS Executive Director Beverly Porter came dancing out with a tambourine to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” bringing everyone in the room immediately to their feet to dance along and cheer throughout the entire song for what a great job she has done these past 18 years for FRIENDS.
Special thanks  belong to the talents of the army of hard working volunteers and 2012 FRIENDS Fashion Show co-chairs Sharon Dwyer and Janet Thompson.  Also big thanks to the Fashion Show Committee: Katrina Billig, Deanna Bowdish, Cheryl Comes, Kathy Henry, Joy Rivers and Penny Williams.
Once again the Beaufort community came out in droves to support FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice through sponsorships, donations in-kind and participation in this amazing event.  FRIENDS was the first hospice in the state of South Carolina and has proudly been providing completely free loving and supportive care to Beaufortonians for more than 32 years. This is only possible due to the continuous support of  big-hearted Beaufortonians like you.  Here are some pics from the fun event from photographer Susan Deloach.

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Great Gatsby Lafayette Soiree captures Roaring ’20s

By Lanier Laney

Historic Beaufort Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year was held last weekend on a perfect night weather wise at Dr. Bobby Bell’s beautiful home on The Point. This year’s honorary chairs were Mrs. L. Paul Trask and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Dukes, Jr.  The Great Gatsby Lafayette Soiree Committee included Bonnie Hargrove, Elizabeth Klosterman, Elizabeth McMillen, Elizabeth Stroud, Jay Weidner, Karen Nuelle, Mike McFee, Paula Elliott, Executive Director Julie Good, and was supported by Fandango Productions South — Jodie Miller and Fripp Langford. Southern Graces provided wonderful catering and the band Deja Vu did a great job keeping the attendees on their feet dancing all night under Amazing Event Rentals big tent. Fandango Productions South did the decor and Sally Hendricks of Outrageous Floral Designs did the gorgeous flowers. The Greenery, Inc. donated their crew to manicure the yard. Major sponsors this year were Jaguar Hilton Head and Bill’s Liquor and Fine Wines. A big thanks to all who attended and contributed to make this year’s event a success!

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Boy raises funds for wounded vets

A large crowd gathered on the driving range of the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island before playing the course last Thursday, April 26. These people weren’t practicing putting though, they were supporting Healing Heroes Golf Week and recognizing the efforts of one little boy who wanted to help those military

Jack Carter Worrell, 8, presents a check for $1,060 to The Independence Fund before playing golf April 26 with wounded veterans at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

men and women who bravely fought to defend the freedoms that define the United States.
It was on the driving range that 8-year-old Jack Carter Worrell, flanked by wounded veterans and their caregivers, presented a check to The Independence Fund for $1,060.

Jack’s mother, Courtney Worrell, said she was surprised when he came to her two years ago and wanted to start a lemonade stand so he could raise money for the veterans who were injured while serving their country. She said it was entirely his idea, and she helped him build his stand. That first year the 6-year-old raised about $1,000 for the Lt. Dan Weekend in September 2010.
All last summer and early fall, Jack sold lemonade at various venues. He was waiting for this opportunity on the golf course to give his hard-earned money directly to the veterans he’s been working to support. The second-grader at Beaufort Academy already plans to increase sales for this year’s Lt. Dan Weekend 3 taking place September 9-15.
During the Healing Heroes Golf Week from April 23-27, 25 veterans and more than 300 golfers also played at Callawassie Island Club, Lady’s Island Country Club and Fripp Island’s Ocean Point Golf Links. Congratulations to Buddy Konecny and the Fripp Island team for winning at the Sanctuary.
Volunteer Dick Clarke said it was inspiring to see the vets on the course. This was the first time playing golf for Retired Marine Command Sgt. Major Jesse Acosta, who also happens to be blind. But Clarke said Acosta did well and enjoyed the chance to get out and hit.
The Independence Fund is an all-volunteer foundation dedicated to care for severely wounded veterans.

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A Taste to Remember: A Taste of Beaufort

The beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park will be the backdrop for the 13th annual A Taste of Beaufort Festival. Produced by Main Street Beaufort, USA, this free admission festival on May 4 and 5 represents two days of food, music, beer, wine and fun for the whole family.

At the main event on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy traditional and innovative food choices being offered by local restaurants and sample the many different “tastes” of Beaufort. From local seafood to international food offerings, be prepared to find a new favorite dish. Food and drink vendors will accept tickets that can be purchased at the ticket booths for $1 each. Items will be sold for two to seven tickets. Stay entertained while eating with live music on the pavilion stage, or let the kids frolic on the jumpers and slides located near the playground area. An arts and crafts market will also be open during festival hours.

Also on Saturday, May 5, the festival’s popular 5K Run and Walk Through History will begin at 8 a.m. The Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle streets. All require advanced registration. Find registration forms online at www.tasteofbeaufort.com or www.active.com. Race packet pick up and registrations will also be available at the Visitors Center at The Arsenal on Craven Street, Friday, May 4, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, before the race from 6:30-7:30 a.m.
On Friday, May 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., Shaggin’ With a Taste proudly presents The Headliners performing Big Band, the Classic Rock and Roll, Beach Music, Motown and hits from the ’70s to the ’90s, so get ready to dance! The Beaufort Shag Club will be on site giving beginner shag lessons and demonstrations. To fill your hunger, local restaurants will be selling early “tastes.” New this year is the arts and crafts market from noon-5 p.m.
The festival is sponsored by: Hilton Head Nissan, Hilton Head Volkswagen at New River Auto Mall; Hargray; Cricket Communications; MCAS Beaufort a Division of CPM Federal; The Greenery, Inc.; Best Western Sea Island Inn; Budweiser; Amazing Event Rentals; Sutcliffe Golf Carts; Beaufort Shag Club; State Farm: Andy Corriveau & Amy Bowman; Plums; Pepsi Beverage Company; Woodforest Bank, Marine Federal; Lend Lease Atlantic Marine Corps Communities; Lanier Parking; and Wells Fargo Bank, N. A..

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Parish Church of St. Helena has Annual Spring Tour Of Homes

See historic homes, gardens and plantations via walking or driving tours

As it continues to celebrate its Tricentennial year, the Parish Church of St. Helena announces its 56th Annual Spring Tour of Homes on Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5.

The Thomas Hepworth House, one of six houses on The Point historic walking tour, is sometimes called the Hepworth-Pringle House or “the oldest house in Beaufort.” It was built in 1717 for the man who became Chief Justice of South Carolina from 1724-1727. The house was a kind of a mini-stockade against Indian invasion, with gun slits cut through the above-ground phosphate basement walls to protect against an Indian attack. Hepworth built the house to meet a residency requirement so he could run for the assembly.

This year’s tour of homes includes six historic homes in the Point section of Beaufort, as well as six plantations around the Beaufort area and a historic church. In addition to being able to visit the interiors of these lovely homes and plantations and learn about their histories, attendees also will be able to hear docents talking about the gardens.
The Friday, May 4 walking tour begins at 3 p.m. and will last until 6 p.m. A reception will be held during that time at one of the homes on the tour, and will include food and entertainment. At 7 p.m., attendees are invited to attend a free organ concert at the Parish Church of St. Helena. This tour is $40.
On Saturday, May 5 the plantation driving tour begins at 9 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m. A Lowcountry luncheon will be provided at one of the plantations. This tour is $60.
Tickets are available online by visiting the Church’s website: www.sthelenas1712.org. or they may be purchased by writing to: Parish Tours, P.O. Box 1043, Beaufort, SC 29901. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 843-524-0363.

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Hooked on Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

By Tess Malijenovsky
Most of us take for granted being able to read this article, the directions on a pill bottle, a Bible. Meanwhile, nearly 11,000 adults in Beaufort County lack those basic literacy skills. Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry (LVL) is a local nonprofit that equips illiterate adults in Beaufort and Jasper counties with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, their families and the community. The nonprofit is doing such a great job, in fact, that it recently won the Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management — essentially, the best-run nonprofit with a budget under $499,000 in South Carolina.

From left, the ribbon is being cut by Nancy Williams, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry; Beaufort Regional Chamber President Blakely Williams; and Cindi Riley, assistant executive director at LVL.

Recently, the Beaufort branch of LVL had its ribbon cutting for its new space in the SC Works building (the employment office off of S.C. 170). “It’s a strategic move on our part to be closer to a population of people that may need our services,” said Cindi Riley, Assistant Executive Director at the LVL Beaufort Learning Center. Political figures, school board and adult education members, and partners of LVL were among some of the guests who attended.
While the group works with adults aged 18 and older, Riley finds that the majority of students are between the ages of 25 and 44: “That is the prime age that people are working, raising families and being active in the community. We do have people who are retired and, now that they have time, just want to be able to do all the things that literate adults take for granted.” Such as writing a letter or reading to their grandchildren.
Many times, adults come to LVL threatened by an employment crisis. Also, it’s common that some adults —usually the oldest in a large family — simply didn’t have access to education growing up, often because a parent passes and they are forced to drop out of school to help support the family. Others who couldn’t read to their own children but are now caretakers of their grandchildren want to be able to read and help with homework.
However, LVL mostly teaches English to non-native speakers of all nationalities. Many military wives of other nationalities come to learn English, but 85 percent of LVL students are Latino, which has to do in large part with the 279 percent increase in the Spanish-speaking population of Beaufort County.
Without the ability to read and write, use technology or speak English proficiently, many adults have difficulty following simple instructions, understanding warnings or asking clarifying questions. LVL faces this problem by providing one-on-one, small group and computerized instruction with trained volunteers. While there is a $40 registration fee that helps to keep LVL’s doors open, Riley says that she will often waive the fee up front because no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry is an exemplary nonprofit in its management and mission, and illiterate adults are not the only ones in the community benefiting. LVL offers the WorkReady SC Certificate Program, which evaluates and certifies an individual’s current literacy level. With such a certificate, employers could recognize whom they could put to work tomorrow and succeed.
“I wish more businesses would take advantage of this,” said Riley. As a member on the Education of Workforce Development Committee for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Riley said that encouraging businesses to profile their jobs is something the chamber has been grappling with for a while and she hopes there will soon be state pressure to do so.

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The Island News loves to give away cool prizes

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Celeste Prince-Brown of Beaufort.  Celeste entered our Facebook contest last week and won a $100 gift certificate to The Tooting Egret. This week’s give away is a $50 gift

Celeste Prince-Brown

certificate to Southern Graces at The Beaufort Inn. How can you enter to win? Simply go to our Facebook page (search for The Island News) and tag yourself in the photo of the Southern Graces ad.  It’s that simple!  Be sure you”like” our page or it will not let you tag yourself.
What else can you find on our Facebook page? Breaking news, local stories, fun contests, community events and so much more.  We look forward to being your friend.

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To a man I never met for a moment I won’t soon forget

By Cherimie Crane Weatherford
I have written about silly things, mundane things, absurdly obvious and uniquely strange things. Humor with serious undertones and happiness with sad overtones have both found their way into my musings. Today I write to a man I have never met and I do so with naked sincerity and genuine respect.
During my scurrying about on a typical can’t-catch-up-Friday, I was reminded of what it is to be an American. My deep Southern roots have always been a source of pride as I often defend my simple ways, southern drawl and resilient demeanor with a shield of regional distinction. Suddenly in the midst of running errands and running in circles, one man silenced the jumbled thoughts promoting an unfamiliar calm.
Making my third trip of the morning across Beaufort’s McTeer bridge, I saw a gentleman sitting proudly, holding firmly the American flag. He wasn’t saying anything, wasn’t asking for, or paying any mind to, the attention being cast upon him by passers-by. His head faced stoically towards Parris Island as the flag whipped in the wind. The sun was gleaming through the red, white and blue like a halo of pride.
I was completely taken by the calmness, the contentment and the resounding silence exuding from this one man, on this one day, with just one flag. My reaction surprised even me. I didn’t question his motives or his mentality, instead I questioned my own. Driving in my foreign car, wearing my foreign heels there was an unmistakable shame. When was the last time I felt a sense of patriotism? Unity? Gratitude?
So enamored by this example of peace, I pulled to the side of the road. For just a few moments I closed my eyes and I remembered the photo of my grandfather in his dress blues, the funeral of my great grandfather and the unforgettable echo of the 21 Gun Salute. I thought of my cousin and how his life is on the line each and every day. The faces of the many young Marines, their wives, their children whom I have grown to love rushed through my mind like a family film. What about this one man sitting quietly would cause such a stir in an otherwise uneventful day?
Maybe it was the purity of action, the unexpected display or the fascination with the motivation behind such a choice. His choice, his action and his peaceful presentation had more impact on me than any other flag display I can recently recall. For this one time I noticed the flag, the colors, and the unmistakable symbol of bravery, freedom and sacrifice. As the flag whipped in the wind, I was reminded of what it is to be free, to be alive, and to be proud of a complete stranger.
I still have no idea who the gentleman was, his motivation or his station in life, but I would like to say thank you. Thank you for quietly and peacefully connecting me again to my country, my family and the heroes I brush by daily.

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Out on a limb: The 10 greatest pop songs

By Jack Sparacino
You may recall our recently launched Adage Revisitation Team and their bold efforts to assess the validity of popular sayings. Industrious souls that they were, they took time during their breaks and after the column to try to identify the 10 greatest pop songs EVER.  Egad (or words to that effect), I said as I warned them that they were really climbing out on a limb with that task, way out in fact. When they asked me to write about their list here, I shared my concerns that they were bound to leave out many peoples’ favorites and might create a musical uproar.  Undaunted and undeterred, they insisted that I go ahead and share the results of their hard work.
Just a quick note about the criteria and process they used. The songs had to have stood the test of time, so no new ones were considered. They had to span at least three to four different styles and, if possible, be great on a jukebox. The team used a wide assortment of helpful tools, including a high power telescope, two dart boards, a pair of dice, a magic 8 ball, and, of course, back issues of Rolling Stone magazine, a computer and a calculator.  I generously provided a large bottle of wood hardener to (ahem) help with that limb. Here’s what they came up with after hours of vigorous debate.
1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  Written by Harold Arlen, performed by Judy Garland. More than 50 artists have since recorded this timeless classic from “The Wizard of Oz,” and audiences have been enchanted by Judy Garland’s rendition for almost 75 years. The flying monkeys liked it, too.
2. “Crazy.”  Written by Willie Nelson, recorded by Patsy Cline in 1962.  Country just doesn’t get any better than this bombshell, sold by Mr. Nelson for only $50! Between all of them, the team calculated they had listened to this song 1,272 times and counting and felt there was not one thing crazy about that, either.
3. “Crossroads.” Written by Robert Johnson, performed by Eric Clapton and Cream. All titans here, great lyrics, great guitar work, a real symbol of the best 10 year period in rock and roll.
4. “Statesboro Blues.” Written by Blind Willie McTell, performed by The Allman Brothers. The song practically makes you jump up and smile and was ranked #9 by Rolling Stone when they compiled the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
5. “Gimme Some Lovin’.” Written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood, and originally performed by The Spencer Davis Group, lead vocal by Steve Winwood.  This one got bonus points both for being  associated with numerous terrific films, including “The Blues Brothers,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” and Beaufort’s own “The Big Chill.” Not to mention the fact that Mr. Winwood was only 18 when the song was recorded and I seldom saw a better performer in concert (just had to stick my two cents in on this one).
6. “All Along the Watchtower.”  Written by Bob Dylan, performed by Jimi Hendrix.  This song first appeared on Dylan’s 1967 album John Wesley Harding and he’s performed it in concert more often than any of his other songs. The lyrics alone are spectacular, including the opening “There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief.”
7. “Nothing I can Do About It Now.”  Written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, performed by Willie Nelson. This one is a gangbuster, tight as a drum and light as a cloud, with a ton of bonus points for the poignant, wistful lyrics. They begin with “I’ve got a long list of real good reasons for all the things I’ve done”, and build beautifully from there.
8. “Respect.”  Written by Otis Redding, performed by Aretha Franklin.  The team had some good data to back them up on this one, as it is #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. A real blockbuster is this one, and Ms. Franklin is of course still going strong as she digs into her sixth DECADE as a headline performer.
9. “Unforgettable.”  Written by Irving Gordon, sung by Nat King Cole.  This one got a “slew” of points, according to team leader Slick Whistler, and even more credit for the simply lovely and haunting posthumous duet recorded with daughter Natalie Cole.
10. “Midnight Rambler.” Written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, performed by The Rolling Stones. This song got the team’s “can’t go on a road trip without it” special designation and several bonus points for the cool title. Mr. Whistler was ready to stuff everyone into his minivan and head off with it blasting on the stereo, but sanity prevailed and the team got back to work.
Well, there you have it, the 10 greatest tunes as selected by our immodest team.  And what did they charge us for this labor of love? Nothing. We got it for a song.

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The Baby Diaries: Learning the logistics of shopping with an infant

By Pamela Brownstein
“Having a baby changes everything.” Wow. Shocker. What an original observation. I heard this phrase from many people when I was pregnant, and thought, obviously.
Now that our baby is four months old, I’m just starting to understand that generic saying. I guess I just wish people had been more specific with their advice.
For example, no one told me what it would be like to go grocery shopping with an infant in a car seat/baby bucket. The first time I had to do a “quick trip” to the grocery store (which, I’ve discovered, now there’s no such things as a quick trip anywhere. “Stopping by” to pick up dry cleaning or “running in” to get a to-go coffee doesn’t exist when you have to carry and care for and safely harness a tiny human being.) I stood staring at the carts, and thought, where do I put the baby? A helpful employee saw my confusion and showed me that the bucket should fit in the front little seat on the shopping cart. Apparently though, the car seat I have is too big and doesn’t fit. Even if it did fit, at only 5 feet tall, I wouldn’t be able to see over the bucket while pushing the cart. I learned that the hard way at PetSmart when an employee showed me how the bucket locks onto the cart to stay in place: Not only couldn’t I see where I was going down the aisles, but later in the parking lot I had no idea how to unlock the bucket from the cart and needed assistance with that too.
Back at the grocery store, I just put the car seat in the cart and did my best. I laughed when the baby woke up with a loaf of bread in his lap and saw himself surrounded by cans and jars and vegetables.
So now my advice to new parents will be more specific: “Having a baby makes every trip logistically more complicated.”

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