Paging Dr. Redwine …

By Terry Sweeney
Scientists have documented the making and consumption of red wine as far back as 5,400 B.C. I wonder if at some point a particularly dandified caveman, with a more evolved palate than the others, ever suggested, “This red wine would pair beautifully with a grilled brontosaurus with scalloped potatoes and a nice lightly dressed green salad.” OK, maybe that’s a little too evolved.  Or maybe he was the first gay caveman. I don’t know. I wasn’t there.  But what I do know is that since that time, civilization after civilization has used red wine not only for dining and recreation purposes but for medical reasons.
The famous Greek physician, Hippocrates, recommended wine as part of a healthy diet and advocated its use as a disinfectant for wounds and as a cure for various ailments from lethargy to pain during childbirth. (Many mothers today use it to treat the pain of child rearing!)
Much later in the Middle Ages, Catholic monasteries used wine for scores of medical treatments.  So tied was the role of wine to medicine, that the first printed book on the subject of wine was written by a 14th century physician, Arnaldus de Villa Nova, who used wine to treat dementia and sinus problems and combat a host of other nuisances like Mrs. Villa Nova who constantly complained, “When the hell is that damn book gonna be finished?” (True story!)
Fast forward to 1991 when an episode of “60 Minutes” took on the question of why the French — who smoke more than we do, eat more meat, and exercise less — have fewer heart attacks?  Medical researchers came back with a surprising answer: Because they drink red wine. “The French Paradox” started America switching to red wine for its obvious health benefits, a trend that continues to this day.
One of the most important medical areas that Dr. Redwine might be called upon is for a little ol’ thing called longevity. It was once said by some clever pundit who, when told “if he didn’t drink or have sex, he’d live longer,” replied, “No, it’ll just seem longer.”
But actually, a compound in red wine called resveratrol has been shown to definitely increase lifespan in animal studies. It is really the resveratrol that is the miracle antioxidant in red wine that in studies has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; and that reduces the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. Well-meaning friends have told me that I can now buy resveratrol by itself in capsule form. (Well, I guess that’d work for me, if I can wash ‘em down with a couple of glasses of red wine!)
The good news for men is that other studies have shown four or more glasses of red wine per week reduced a man’s overall risk of prostate cancer by 50% and the risk of the most aggressive form of prostate cancer by 60%. And more good news is that researchers in Spain have found that people who drank more than two glasses of red wine per day have 44 % fewer colds than people who abstain.  That’s nothing to sneeze at!
Realistically, of course, this data calls for drinking in moderation — not till you fall down face first on your nice Persian rug or wake up in the middle of your back yard naked. So drink wisely (not like the rest of us down here).
I personally have found that Dr. Redwine is an excellent chiropractor and after a stressful day, two glasses allow me to crack my neck and move achy and stiff limbs. I often say out loud, “Thanks, Dr. Redwine!” Who says doctors don’t make house calls anymore?
Cheers!

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Catch the wild horses

By Celia Strong
Well, I guess since we’ve gotten through Memorial Day weekend we are now officially into summer.  Even if the calendar doesn’t say so yet. Let’s face it, tropical storms before June 1? Calendars must be like weather men. Close sometimes. Anyhow, we’re going to look at a nice, easy drinking wine this week. Red. Nice for warm weather. Not too heavy, not too light, but really good.
So off we go to Washington state. Washington is second in the United States for wine production. The early history of wine from this state is traced back to the Cinsault grape, a red variety from the Rhone area of France, and Italian immigrants who brought it to the Walla Walla Valley. The first wineries Washington were founded in the 1950’s and 1960’s. From those beginnings the state’s industry has grown continuously, in size and reputation. I know way back when, one time, we went over the whole history of Washington wines. Traders who worked for the Hudson Bay Company at Fort Vancouver in 1825 planted some vines, although not “vinifera” ones. In the 1950’s, a group of professors from the University of Washington turned their home wine making operation into a commercial business that later became Columbia Winery. The 1990’s and 1980’s brought many more wineries with good wines. And, a big thing, the 1991 episode of “60 Minutes” reported on the benefits of red wine and the Washington Wine Commission jumped in on the Merlot craze in the country. (Washington Merlots have always been considered some of the best.)
Due to soil and climate limitations, the majority of the vineyards in Washington are in the  central and eastern parts of the state. Our wine this week is from an AVA located within the southeastern part of the Columbia Valley AVA. In particular, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA which borders on the Yakima River Valley AVA on the north and the Columbia River on the south. Elevations here range from 200 feet to 1,800 feet at the northern boundary of the AVA. Grapes are planted on the south-facing slopes of the Horse Heaven Hills which gives them several benefits as they ripen — warm afternoon sun and cooling breezes that help avoid rot and vine diseases. The HHH AVA is the home of the largest winemaking facility in the whole state. This is Columbia Crest Winery which is owned by Chateau Ste. Michelle. CCW in HHH AVA is our winery this week. (Say that three times fast. After you drink the wine!)
Columbia Crest Winery has one of the best success stories in the wine business. Its vineyards were first planted in 1978 with the major Bordeaux varieties. It opened to the public in 1983, and since then its premium wines have continuously received great reviews. As its grapevines matured, it become clear that some of their micro-climates made spectacular wines. HHH wines were clearly different than others from the Columbia Valley — high quality with distinct flavors. It was the combination of geography, geology and viniculture that led to the declaration of Horse Heaven Hills as an AVA. (In 2005, it was Washington’s seventh AVA.) Today, Columbia Crest has 2,500 acres of vines planted. Devotees of their wines rave about their wines’ flavors and the consistency, year after year, of their high quality.
So, HHH has been the home to Columbia Crest for several decades. But, let’s call it H3 like they do. Strong wind patterns, which are unique to Horse Heaven Hills, keep the size of the leaf canopy over the grapes smaller and less dense than usual. This allows for better sun exposure of the grapes and helps the clusters to ripen evenly. This alone is a huge benefit when they become wine.  The soil in the vineyards is made up of basalt and bedrock that also helps intensify the grapes’ flavors. Being American and merchandisers, Columbia Crest has named one group of their wines “H3.”  And, yes, the AVA name is the wine name. H3 makes several wines. (Not that it’s our wine this week, but the H3 Pinot Gris is lovely.)  For today, though, we are interested in only one. Ugh!  The Les Chevaux Red Blend, 2009. (Don’t know why I included the vintage. It doesn’t matter since the wines are so good and consistent year after year.)
But, knowing the vintage is the only way to mention how perfect the growing season was that year — dry, warm and lots of sun. A cool spring meant the blooms came a bit late, but warm temperatures came back quickly and stayed through ripening and harvest.  An early freeze on October 10, could have caused problems but most of the grapes were already harvested, mature. The vintage produced wines with good acidity and fruit-forward flavors. Grapes were crushed and fermentation lasted six to ten days. Skins remained in contact with the juice during fermentation to optimize the fruit flavors and enhance the structure of the wine. Malolactic fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. The blending was done shortly after the malolactic fermentation was done. Finally, the wine was aged in American and French oak barrels, one third of them new, for 18 months.
The blend of Les Chevaux 2009 has more grapes in it than many other years.  Thirty-four percent Merlot, 34 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 percent Syrah, 10 percent Malbec and 3 percent Cabernet Franc all come together. Maybe a lot of grapes, but remember that’s part of how the wine stays so good every year. The wine makers who can do this blending well have a real talent! Besides blending grapes, three different strains of yeast are used for fermenting Les Chevaux. Each of them adds its own peculiar characteristics to the wine. According to the wine maker, Juan Munoz Oca, this wine has aromas of fresh blueberries, anise and earth. It is firm with supple tannins in your mouth. There is great depth with layered flavors of candied nuts, licorice and dark chocolate. The finish is mocha with a hint of sweetness. Go Mr. Wine Maker! This is a really good wine!
But where did the name come from?  Les Chevaux?  Well, it means “the horses” in French. Apparently, the land where Columbia Crest Winery is located once had lots of wild horses roaming all over it. So, watch out! Catch the horses and drink before they run you over.  Les Chevaux is cheaper at $12.99 than the repair work. Enjoy.

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From seafood to steak, there’s something for everyone at The Original Steamer

By Tess Malijenovsky
The Original Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse on Lady’s Island has a little bit of deliciousness for everyone — from gourmet salads to unique oyster half shell dishes and fresh local shrimp baskets. And if you enjoy steak, you’re in for a treat because Steamer now serves Certified Angus Beef.
Lisa really spoiled the Lunch Bunch, showing off the wide variety of dishes Steamer has on its menu.

Spinach salad with fried oysters.

To begin with, we enjoyed a bowl of the hearty gumbo soup and thick seafood bisque along with two large salads. I personally might have shied away from a spinach salad with fried oysters and hot bacon dressing, but I’m telling you the truth when I say it was delicious and I will order it again. We also enjoyed a salad with a large shrimp salad scoop served with Steamer homemade dressing. And April, who is usually not a fan of blue cheese, loved their homemade blue cheese dressing. Already we were breaking some boundaries at Steamer.
Next up we had oyster half shells loaded with cheese and bacon bits called Oysters Eleanor, a novelty dish. We also enjoyed some of Craig Reeves’ local shrimp with a dash of Old Bay and butter — can’t beat it — as well as two large crab cakes. I could taste the difference in the lump crabmeat and it was maybe my favorite dish. Maybe, only because the 10 oz. Certified Angus sirloin with steamed vegetables and sweet potato fries really hit the spot. We tried the sirloin and bistro steak, full of flavor, juicy, and cooked precisely as we had ordered. Lisa also brought us a pasta

Oysters Eleanor: oyster half shells loaded with cheese and bacon bits.

primavera with tomatoes, onions, Parmesan and shrimp garnished with two pieces of garlic bread. So you see, a little bit of everything for everyone!
Last but not least, Steamer has a variety of desserts to complete your palette. We tried the Key Lime pie, raspberry cheesecake and Mississippi Mud cake.
It was a wonderful meal in a comfortable environment with sea life — aquariums and artwork — all around us.
The restaurant also features specials all week: Monday fried shrimp basket, $9.95; Tuesday, loaded shrimp burger, $6.95; Wednesday is Rachel’s famous chicken salad; Thursday features local shrimp by the pound; Friday is karaoke night; and Saturday brings live music.
The Original Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse is located at 168 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island, Beaufort. For more information, call 843-522-0210.

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Where did this healthy dog stuff start?

By Tracie Korol

With the seemingly sudden appearance on the national scene of all things “natural” for dogs, one might think that holistic pet care and feeding a dog “real” food was something developed in an advertising agency, or at best, by a handful of revolutionary veterinarians.  Not so.
Today’s holistic pet care movement began over 70 years ago when Juliette de Bairacli Levy defined “natural rearing.” Ms. Levy was born in 1912, in Manchester, England. She was raised in a wealthy household and was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools in Britain. She went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. However, in her final year of study, she decided that conventional medicine had none of the answers she sought and so embarked on a lifetime of travel and study with nomadic peoples, in England, and then around the world.
In the late 1930’s. 20 years before a vaccine was readily available, Levy ran a distemper clinic in London at a time when many dogs were dying from this disease.  She treated and cured hundreds of dogs with fasting, herbs and a natural diet. An inexhaustible writer, she published the first of her books about that experience, “The Cure of Canine Distemper,” describing the protocols she developed in the clinic. “Puppy Rearing by Natural Methods and Medicinal Herbs: Their Use in Canine Ailments” were reprinted for a wider audience in 1947. In 1955 she combined these works into “The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat,” the book that brought natural rearing philosophy to breeders, trainers and dog owners of the world.
Five Rules of Natural Rearing
Levy’s basic rules of natural rearing for dogs require:
1. A correct natural diet of raw foods;
2. Abundant sunlight and fresh air;
3. At least two hours of exercise daily;
4. Hygienic kenneling, with the use of earth, grass, or gravel runs (never concrete);
5. Herbs, fasting, and other natural methods instead of vaccinations and conventional symptom-suppressing drugs.
Holistic practitioners recommend feeding a home-prepared diet of raw food, including meat and bones, often using the diet of wild wolves as a model. Her proponents feed a variety of foods including raw meat, dairy, eggs, minced herbs, and smaller quantities of fruit, vegetables, powdered seaweed, and grains such as oats, soaked overnight in raw goat milk or yogurt. Levy credits kelp and seaweed with giving dark pigment to eyes, noses, and nails, stimulating hair growth and developing strong bones.
In addition to providing ample pure water at all times, she also recommends one meatless day and one fasting day (no food, just water) per week for adult dogs. Where bones are concerned, she recommends feeding them after the main meal so that the bone is cushioned by food and other fiber to help sweep bone fragments from the system.  Her dietary recommendations are accompanied by traditional herb formulae for the life cycle of a dog: birthing, weaning, health maintenance, and disinfecting herbs that protect from viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Her early theory that healthy dogs need as much time outdoors as possible in full-spectrum daylight has been proven in countless studies of daylight and the endocrine system. Her early theory of healthy dogs requiring daily outdoor exercise has proven to do more than burn calories. It stimulates the lymphatic system, strengthens bones, improves immunity and keeps dogs smiling.
Cell biologist, James Oschman, PhD, in his book “Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis of Bioenergy Therapies,” links modern health problems to our insulation from the natural supply of free electrons that reside on the surface of the earth. Juliette Levy suspected as much knowing that animals will always choose contact with the earth. It improves sleep, reduces inflammation that causes pain, balances hormones, enhances circulation and neurological function.
Levy’s theories encourage us to think for ourselves and not blindly follow established methods just because we are told. Though she witnessed almost an entire century of technological breakthroughs, she advocated natural methods. Juliette de Bairacli Levy died May 28, 2009, at the age of 96.

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Pet-related events

Support PAL by eating at Ruby Tuesday
The Beaufort Ruby Tuesday has teamed up with Palmetto Animal League for a Ruby Tuesday GiveBack event every Thursday in June.  Grab your friends and family for lunch or dinner, and Ruby Tuesday will generously donate 20% of your check to Palmetto Animal League. “Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to help PAL care for the 100 homeless cats and dogs at the adoption center in Riverwalk Business Park,” said Sean Lakos, the restaurant manager. Just ask your server for a PAL GiveBack Coupon. Advance reservations requested. Ruby Tuesday is located at 346 Robert Smalls Pkwy (Cross Creek Shopping Center), Beaufort. Call (843) 522-1972 for more information.

Beaufort Vet holds vaccine clinic in Habersham
Beaufort Vet, a new holistic clinic, will be holding its first Saturday wellness and vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. in the Habersham Marketplace, 24 Market Street. Appointments strongly recommended. Call 843-379-9617. Dr. Hibl will be available to meet new clients at this event and will also be hosting a meet and greet on Friday, June 1, from 5-7 p.m.

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What To Do

Sheriff’s Office has golf tourney at Parris Island
Sheriff’s Office Spring golf tournament
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is holding its Spring 2012 Golf Tournament at the Legends at Parris Island Golf Course on Friday, June 1, to raise money for its annual Appreciation Dinner. The dinner is to thank our deputies, administrative staff and volunteers for their service throughout the year. We would appreciate your support of this worthwhile event in the form of donations of rounds of golf, golf equipment, gift certificates or other items to be given away as prizes. Your company could also sponsor snacks or beverages or by sponsoring a team of four deputies to play in the tournament. To support the Sheriff’s Office or to sponsor the tournament, contact Brian Baird at 255-3405 or brianb@bcgov.net.

Author of ‘The Treasure Train’ to sign books
Rob Young, author of “The Treasure Train,” will be signing copies of his book on Saturday, June 2 from 12-3 p.m. at McIntosh Book Shoppe in the Old Bay Market Place at 917 Bay Street. Mr. Young is a former mayor of Augusta, Ga., and an award-winning documentary writer and producer. “The Treasure Train” is a “riveting account of love, loss and redemption in the closing days of the Civil War.” For more information, call 524-1119.

Fellowship Concert Choir has spring show
Event: Fellowship Concert Choir (FCC) Annual Spring Concert
Description: Fellowship Concert Choir (FCC) will present its Spring Concert with familiar spirituals and gospel songs.
Time and date: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Union Baptist Church, Port Royal.
Price: Free to the Public
Contact information: (843) 812-6111.

Christopher Paul releases new album
Christopher Paul, local entertainer and recording artist, releases a new album at a free concert on June 2 at 7 p.m. called “Beyond This Place.” On Saturday, June 2, from 7-9 p.m. at Seaside Vineyard, Christopher Paul’s CD release party will feature free hors d’oeuvres and a performance by the entertainer.  Seaside Vineyard Fellowship is located at 100 Sea Island Parkway, Lady’s Island.  Space is limited and reservations must be made at www.cpaul.com.

Dancers present ‘Alice in Wonderland’
The Low Country Studio of Performing Arts (LCSOPA) presents “Alice in Wonderland” Saturday, June 2,  at 1 p.m. at the Arts Center at Beaufort High School. For tickets, go to www.ticketriver.com.

Rotary holds Memory Links Golf Tournament
The 8th Annual Memory Links Golf Tournament hosted by the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry will tee off at 9 a.m. on June 2 at the Ocean Creek Golf Course, Fripp Island. This years Title sponsor is Summit Place of Beaufort offering 5-star Senior Living. The tournament benefactor is Alzheimer’s Research and Patient Care and The CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust).  Cost of the tournament is $85 per person in advance, and the fee includes: golf, cart, beverages, prizes, goody bag and lunch. Tournament format is four-man captain’s choice. Contests include: $20,000 Hole-in-one chance, longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contest before the tournament and team prizes. Call 843-476-9872 to register.

Literacy Volunteers is seeking adult tutors
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry is seeking volunteers interested in becoming adult literacy tutors. An evening information session will be held on Tuesday, June 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Learning Center located in the SC Works building, 164 Castle Rock Road, just off S.C. 170.   To reserve your space, please call 843-525-6658.
After the information sessions, training will be scheduled. For more information, please call 815-6616 or visit the LVL web site at www.lowcountryliteracy.org.

Learn more about Parkinson’s Disease
More than one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological disease. We invite you to learn more about Parkinson’s at a support group meeting on Thursday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Helena House in Port Royal. The featured speaker will be Adrienne O’Neill, the South Carolina State Director of the Parkinson’s Action Network. The Beaufort Parkinson’s Support Group meetings are always held on the first Thursday of the month at Helena House. They are free and open to the public. For information or to arrange transportation, contact Rose Ewing or Eric Fennell at Helena House at (843) 982-0233.

Fitness fundraiser helps children’s hospital
CrossFit Beaufort, a fitness facility in Beaufort, will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The event will take place on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. in the CrossFit Beaufort facility at 1000 Hamar St. Suite 3, across from Greene Street Gym. At this event athletes will donate $35 to complete our scheduled workout of the day. All of our workouts are able to be modified so we welcome anyone, from beginner to elite athlete. So, come on out wheather it’s to participate, make a donation, and/or come as a spectator. Our athletes love to hear lots of encouragement. CrossFit Beaufort will be donating 100% of all proceeds raised at this event to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation or sponsor one of our athletes, you may do so by visiting www.crossfitbeaufort.com and select the link CrossFit For Hope.

Golf tournament to benefit USC athletes
Beaufort County Gamecock Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by DuPriest Construction Co., will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island.  Proceeds will benefit USC Scholarship Athletes. This is a four person scramble, Captain’s Choice format. Entry fee of $100 per player includes a green fee & golf cart, gift bag, awards lunch, beverages (on course), and hole contests and prizes. If you would like to play or get a team together, please call Linda McCarty at 843-521-1445 or send to Beaufort County Gamecock Club, 2 Carolina Lane, Beaufort, SC 29907.

Naturalist Bouknight speaks to photo club
Naturalist and photographer Marvin Bouknight will speak at the Photography Club of Beaufort on June 11. Using his outstanding images and knowledge of our environment, Marvin will inspire photographers how to become part of nature as they try to capture the flora and fauna of the  Lowcountry through their lenses. Currently the naturalist at Oldfield and with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Clemson, Marvin has worked in this field for more than 20 years. His company, Nature Nook LLC provides wildlife management and interpretive consultation, stock photography, seminars, workshops and training.  He is the author of “South Carolina Lowcountry…Naturally”, a photographic and interpretive tour though the beauty and diversity of our area.   Teaming up with award winning photographer, Eric Horan, they offer photo “safaris” to locations around South Carolina, Florida and Texas The Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. at ArtWorks, on Boundary Street. Marvin will be available for a book signing a half hour prior to the meeting.  The public is invited to attend. Free admission. For more information, contact Rebecca Bass, president, rwbass@embarqmail.com.

Summer art programs offered at ARTworks
ARTworks presents two summer art programs for children.
• Three weeks of Summer Art Blast with CJ Norwood, June 25-July 20. Children ages 6-14 will experience the beauty and techniques of: Acrylic paint and collage; art journaling and bookmaking; and drawing from nature. Space is limited, so sign up by calling 843-379-2787 or email cjane8163@yahoo.com. $110 per one week session, limited 50% scholarships available.
• Four weeks of Theater Summer Camp with Heather Denardo, June 11- July 13. Children ages 6-16 can experience the drama of performance skills, Lowcountry tails, theatrical design, and puppets. Call 843-379-2787 or e-mail heather.denardo@yahoo.com to sign your child up today. $110 per one week session, limited 50% scholarships available. ARTworks is located in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street, www.artworksinbeaufort.org.
• Clay on Thursdays at ARTworks with Trevor Foster. Learn basic techniques or refine your skills and explore new techniques. June 14-July 26: handbuilding 10 a.m.-noon, and wheelthrown from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m. Glazes and firing are included: $125 plus $25 per 25 pounds of clay. Meet the artist-instructor on Friday, June 8, 5-7 p.m. in the gallery at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. To register: thealligatorhunter@hotmail.com, or call 803-707-5961.
• Learn to create fused glass with Greg Rawls: Thursday June 14, 6 to 9 p.m., $75. You will learn how to cut glass and assemble it into an artistic pattern that will be fused into an 8” square sushi dish that you can take home and use. We will discuss different types of glass, safety, the science of glass fusing and the amazing potential of fused glass. Contact greg.rawls@hargray.com or go to www.artworksinbeaufort.org for more information. ARTworks is at 2127 Boundary Street in Beaufort.

Fraternity celebrates 30 years with speaker
Event: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.-Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter Charter Day Service
Description: The Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Beaufort will celebrate 30 years with Charter Day Speaker Brother William S. Spears from Pamplico, SC. He was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in 1988. He graduated from USC in 1991 with a BS degree in Business Administration. He earned his MBA in 2002 from Francis Marion University and is currently an Oracle Systems Manager for Sonoco in Hartsville. Brother Spears currently serves the South Carolina District of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as Deputy District Director and he is a Board Member for South Carolina’s Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation.
Time and date: 4 p.m., Sunday, June 10, Union Baptist Church, 1708 Old Shell Road , Port Royal. Free and open to the public.
Contact information:  843-812-6111.

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School briefs

• Thursday, May 31, Beaufort Academy 1st-4th graders will host Lady’s Island Elementary for a Cup Stacking meet, 12:30 p.m.
• Friday, June 1, TIDEWATCH Water Play Day at Riverview Charter School, 3:30 p.m.
• Friday, June 1, Field Day for Beaufort Academy 1st-4th graders beginning at 9 a.m. PreK-3, PreK-4, and Kindergarten students will host Nursery Rhyme Theater at 8 a.m.; these students will take a field trip to the Kazoo Factory at 9:30 a.m. Also, BA will host a Sunset Celebration for Major Donors to the Unrestricted Annual Fund. It’s the last day of school for all seniors.
• Monday, June 4, Riverview Charter School Field Day (rain date 6/5).
• Monday, June 4, Beaufort Academy PreK–4th grade student report cards go home. Final exams begin for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.
• June 4-5, Beaufort Academy 8th grade community service project at Hunting Island.
• Tuesday, June 5, 1st Grade Celebration of Learning at Riverview, 5:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 6, Beaufort Academy Kindergarten graduation, 11 a.m. Last day of school for PreK–11th grade.
• Wednesday, June 6, Riverview Charter School Kindergarten End of Year Program, 5:30 p.m.

Thank you for 100 percent college acceptance
Beaufort Academy would like to thank Mr. Sheldon Clark for 10 years at Beaufort Academy. During Mr. Clark’s time as BA’s College Advisor, 100 percent of graduates of the classes of 2003 – 2012 were accepted directly into four-year colleges and universities all over the country. These 224 BA grads not only went on to attend college in 16 different states, most of which went to their first choice, but were also offered more than $12.5 million in scholarships.

Way to go Ms. Douglas
Ms. Smith, principal of Robert Smalls Middle, honored Ms. Sarah Douglas at a luncheon held in her honor for volunteering every day in the media center during the 2011–2012 school year.

Super shadows
A celebration was held on Friday, May 25, at Robert Smalls Middle for students who shadowed the media specialist, Rhonda Doherty, for one period every other day during the 2011–2012 school year. Denise Smith, the principal, presented each student with an autographed copy of The Tiger Princes written by teen author Sarah Renee who resides in Mt. Pleasant. Eleven students participated in the program this year.

Young Picassos
Broad River Elementary School recently held their annual 2011-2012 Art Showcase.  With the help of their art teacher, Erin West, students from Kindergarten through 5th grade exhibited artwork in the gallery during the show. This year’s theme was “Inspiration” as the young Broad River artist were inspired by the paintings, sketches, mosaics and sculptures of famous artist like Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. More than 300 pieces of artwork were on display. In addition to the school exhibit, 30 students had their work selected to be on display during the Gullah Festival.

Murder mystery at school
There’s an outline of a dead body on a patio of a luxurious beach house. Somewhere around it are a couple fingerprints, fragments of thread and strands of hair. Four people have a motive to kill the extremely rich victim and it was up to Broad River Elementary students to solve the murder case of “Who Killed Felix?” under the direction of Master Teacher Jason Osborne. The students had just five days to find the clues, analyze them at 14 laboratory stations and draw their conclusions. A team from an educational institution in California created the learning game with the assistance of real forensic specialists as part of an education program to stimulate children’s interest in science.

Riverview Portfolio Night
Thursday, May 31, Parents are invited to Riverview Charter School‘s Portfolio Night. A portfolio is a collection of student work that displays knowledge, creativity, concepts, interests and achievement over time.  On Portfolio Night, students will present their learning to their families!  Organizing and maintaining the multi-media portfolio is a yearlong process and a collaborative effort between the student, classroom teacher and specialists.

Pat Girard earns Shutterbug books
Imagine Literacy Coach Pat Girard was surprised during her literacy meeting by special visitors. Laura Eggers, accompanied by Mrs. Constance Goodwine-Lewis, came in bearing balloons a certificate and more importantly a check for a grant from the Northern Beaufort County Public Education Foundation. Mrs. Girard’s grant money will be used to purchase Shutterbug Books, which are informational text for emergent and early readers. “So often teachers want to use nonfiction books with the younger students but can’t find appropriate books for them to read and understand. These books have the features we want our children to work with and understand.” These books will be a wonderful addition to the literacy program at Broad River Elementary School.

The Nightingale
Tuesday, May 22, Mrs. Goethie-Bacon’s third grade class at Lady’s Island Elementary and Theatre Instructor Lynda K. McLain presented “The Nightingale” to a full auditorium. In Chinese and Japanese costume the children told the story of a plain bird whose song captured the hearts of the Chinese Emperor and his imperial court until a bejeweled mechanical bird arrived from the Japanese Ambassador. This Hans Christian Andersen story is one of many that have entered the hearts of children throughout the years. Of all his 156 stories and tales, children are most familiar with “Thumbelina”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Litter Mermaid” and “The Princess and the Pea.”

Broadway for Lady’s Island Elementary
D’Arts Alive! and Annual Desert Theatre was performed at Lady’s Island Elementary School May 29. This year’s theme was Broadway Hits, featuring performances by Lady’s Island students.  The Show Choir performed songs from the Broadway hit musical Wicked. Drumming students performed “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King; and guitar students performed “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music with the Strings group. Dance performances were accompanied by selections from The Sound of Music, Annie, Mary Poppins, and Newsies. Fourth Grade FUN-E CLOWNS performed a skit called “Night at the Library.”

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Memorial Day events

On Monday, May 28, there will be the annual Memorial Day Parade through downtown Beaufort, starting at 10 a.m. at the corner of Rogers and Boundary streets, looping along Bay Street and back.

Then at noon on Saturday, the Beaufort National Cemetery will have a Memorial Day ceremony, with keynote speaker Capt. Joan Renee Queen, the commanding officer at Naval Hospital Beaufort. With American flags placed on the graves, it’s a fitting place to remember the meaning behind Memorial Day and honor the men and women who have served our country.

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Making waves: Beaufort River Swim benefits Learn to Swim program at YMCA

Wardle Family YMCA’s 6th Annual River Swim will take place this Saturday, May 26. This event attracts swimmers from all over the Lowcountry from teens to seasoned adults in their 70’s, including Pete Palmer, an avid swimmer and a member of the Master Swim Team at the Y.
The event is a three mile, open water swim along the shoreline of the Beaufort River.
The River Swim continues to grow in popularity and the Y is hoping for an even greater turnout over previous years.

Pete Palmer, 76, is an avid swimmer and is seen at the pool at the Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal. He is passionate about making sure children in Beaufort County learn to swim.

Proceeds from the Beaufort River Swim benefit the YMCA of Beaufort County’s Learn to Swim Program. Last year the Y raised more than $2,000 for the swimming programs. In addition to support from the River Swim, a scholarship program and outside grants from nonprofits such as the United Way and Rotary helped raise and contribute more than $28,000 to aquatics in 2011. More than 500 individuals were impacted through swim lessons and aquatic programming and education that were provided by the YMCA throughout the year.
Swimmers of all levels participate in the River Swim: triathletes, recreational lap swimmers and competitive age group swimmers. The race starts at Port Royal Landing Marina between 8:30 and 9 a.m., travels around the bend, passes the Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and finishes at the boat ramp at the corner of the Downtown Marina, adjacent to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Supporters can get a great look at the swimmers coming down the river in their multi-colored swim caps along the bluffs on Bay Street Saturday morning.
Pete Palmer, who has lived in Beaufort for 11 years, is on the committee at the Y for the Learn to Swim Program and said, “It’s not simply about the River Swim, it’s about the kids.”
He said swimming saves lives, and that the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 3-11 is drowning. Especially with the amount of water in Beaufort County and the Lowcountry, he feels it’s even more important that kids here learn proper swimming techniques and to be familiar with the water, not just in the pool, but the ocean and other waterways.
Palmer recently went to nationals with his Master Swim Team in Greensboro, N.C., and said he beat his time, so he was pleased. At 76, he jokingly said he has outlived most of his competition.
“I am passionate about the Learn to Swim program,” he said, and added that supporting the river swim benefits a great cause.
The YMCA hopes to continue to grow and be able to raise money to serve more individuals in the community who want to learn to swim. Come out and be a part of this great event and help them toward their goal.
The YMCA is a not for profit organization promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The organization is overseen by a volunteer board of directors within the community.
For more information or to register, visit www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com or call 843-522-9622.

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A photo for the future: Student wins state award

By Tess Malijenovsky
Mattie Jo Thomas, a Lady’s Island Middle School eighth-grader, won top honors in a statewide competition for her black-and-white photograph, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee announced this week.

Mattie Jo Thomas, center, holds her new iPad after winning a statewide competition with a photo that captured the essence of the question, What does education mean to me and my future?

The statewide contest highlighted the committee’s 2020 Vision — that all South Carolina students will graduate with the knowledge and skills to compete in the global economy. Students were asked to write an essay, create a poster or take a photograph in response to the following question: What does education mean to me and my future?
The caption of Mattie Jo’s raw, unedited photograph read: “The world is at my fingertips. Education will determine the course my life takes.”
Mattie’s teachers Lynn Jester and Cadra Rooney coordinated student entries at Lady’s Island Middle. There were 1,076 entries overall from students in schools across South Carolina.
State Rep. Andy Patrick from Beaufort County and Education Oversight Committee Interim Executive Director Melanie Barton presented the award and an iPad courtesy of private donations at a ceremony at the school Tuesday, May 22.  Lady’s Island Middle School’s Principal Mona Lise Dickson and Mattie Jo’s parents, Martin and Suzan Thomas, were also there supporting her achievement.
Mattie Jo wrote in describing her winning photo: “Education is the foundation of today’s society. Without proper education, our world wouldn’t be anywhere near what is today. From my perspective, education represents the world which is everything. In order to be my definition of a successful in life, a well and proper education is the key.  Education means my dreams, and it shows how the world is at my fingertips. Education will determine the course your life takes.”

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