Review Category : Lowcountry Social Diary

Habersham’s Bottles & Barrels event spotlights chefs

By Lanier Laney

Richard Wilson, the executive chef at Maggie’s Pub, won the Cast Iron Chef Cookoff, while Vivi Verity won for her desserts at last weekend’s two day “Bottles & Barrels” held at Habersham Marketplace. The Southern Living Magazine inspired event featured 13 wines and 12 beers during the tasting on Saturday afternoon. And a wonderful food demonstration was led by Southern Living Test Kitchen Chef Robby Melvin, who also created a delicious Sunday Brunch featuring the Southern Living ingredient of the year, bacon, along with locally sourced ingredients. Here are some pics for you:

Elizabeth Jenkins, Fran Tuttle, Dennis Jenkins

Elizabeth Jenkins, Fran Tuttle, Dennis Jenkins

Amanda Salas, Brian Waters and Paul Donella

Amanda Salas, Brian Waters and Paul Donella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Smith, Cristina Lee and Courtney Cato

Kimberly Smith, Cristina Lee and Courtney Cato

Campbell Thorpe & Noel Garrett

Campbell Thorpe & Noel Garrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Hinsony & Chris Hewitt

Paul Hinsony & Chris Hewitt

Rick Slade & Rebecca Knight

Rick Slade & Rebecca Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Saltrick & Mike Jones, aka 'Skillet'

Margaret Saltrick & Mike Jones, aka ‘Skillet’

Skye Purcell & Beth Shaw

Skye Purcell & Beth Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Living Magazine's Kristen Bryan, Chogie Fields & Kathyrn Lott

Southern Living Magazine’s Kristen Bryan, Chogie Fields & Kathyrn Lott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Milestone Garden-a-Day attracts record crowd

By Lanier Laney

Twenty years ago, Marion Leach (age 92) founded the Garden A Day event in Beaufort through the Beaufort Garden Club.

“I wanted the garden club here to do something for National Garden Week (June 1-7), but we aren’t big enough for a whole week of gardens, so I came up with Garden-a-Day,” said Marian with a smile. “There is no charge for it, it’s a gift from the homeowners, the Beaufort Garden Club, and for the past few years, the Lowcountry Master Gardener Association.” The Master Gardeners act as docents at each garden and tell visitors the names of particular flowers and plants. The first day of this year’s five-day event featured two lovely gardens in The Point neighborhood — Sheryl Steele and Susan Rainey, who were on the first tour 20 years ago.

The Beaufort Garden Club is also celebrating a milestone. This is its 80th year, making it the oldest garden club in the county and one of the oldest in the state. It’s founded on a charter that limits its members to 29, and there is a waiting list. Deena Kulp is the current president.

Marion, who has visited every garden, every year, for the past 20, had nothing but great things to say about her many years with the Beaufort Garden Club. “To me it is the ‘premier’ garden club — premier meaning both first and best,” she said with a smile and headed off into the garden on her walker.

Kudos to Marion Leach for having that original vision of beauty to create this event and to the Beaufort Garden Club and all the homeowners over those many years who brought that vision alive and have given so much to the residents and visitors to our community.  Job well done!

Here are some pics for you:

Garden-a-Day founder Marion Leach, center, with Master Gardener docents Sandra Educate, left, and Caroline Havens on Monday, June 2.

Garden-a-Day founder Marion Leach, center, with Master Gardener docents Sandra Educate, left, and Caroline Havens on Monday, June 2.

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Jon Sharp gives final tour

By Lanier Laney

Jon Sharp came to Beaufort in a little red Coast Guard helicopter 22 years ago to Beaufort Memorial Hospital off his wave-tossed sailboat. He met and married Suzanne Larson, made Beaufort his home and became a legendary tour guide for 10 years. Saturday, May 17, was his last walk.

He was recognizable for his white hair and was famous for walking backwards while leading groups. He could step up on a curb without looking down — backwards — while still talking.

We love you Jon and will miss your great voice.

Tour guide Jon Sharp

Tour guide Jon Sharp

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Computer company to the rescue

By Lanier Laney

Special  thanks goes to Luis of L2 Technologies on Lady’s Island who helped this writer — whose Mac hard drive went kafluey — get back up and running in time to get this issue out to you. He was courteous, efficient and did a great job!

If you are experiencing technical difficulties or need computer assistance, contact L2 Technologies at 888-678-6227.

 

Luis of L2 Technology

Luis of L2 Technology

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What ways can we help fight depression as a community?

By Lanier Laney

How can we as a community help to fight depression, especially with adolescents and older males? Suicide is a huge tragic problem here and I would like to call on all the organizations I cover in this column to please add an element to your mission statement to help combat depression. We have to do something as a community to help end the tragic loss of good people. Please, let’s all put our “thinking caps” on and figure out something, no matter how small, we can each do to help our friends and neighbors get through these bouts of depression.

Here’s a message from the national suicide hotline: No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor.

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23rd annual croquet tournament a big success

By Lanier Laney

The 23rd annual Brays Island Croquet Tournament saw another successful year, raising more than $95,000 for AMIkids Beaufort during the event Saturday, May 10, that featured a picnic-like atmosphere with food, drink, a silent auction, and of course, croquet.

The money will be used to refurbish a laundry area and provide other much needed updates to the residential facility in Dale, formerly the Beaufort Marine Institute. The AMIkids program serves only male teens ages 13-17 convicted of non-violent offenses from throughout the state. Students work toward their high school equivalency diplomas, and the program also offers numerous hands-on educational opportunities, treatment and behavior modification. While at AMIkids Beaufort, the students focus on education, counseling and behavioral services designed to empower decision-making that will ultimately shape their future.  They learn to reestablish core values, life skills and vocational skills; tools to help as they return to the local community and the workforce.  The structured, family environment at the facility has led to a 77 percent success, and the organization was recently recognized by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for its achievements.

A “Captain’s Party” for all participants was held the night before the tournament, Friday, May 9 at the historic Marshlands home of Brantley Harvey Jr. in Beaufort’s Old Point neighborhood downtown. Kudos to Dr. Mike Harris and Mike Ingram for organizing another productive and entertaining event. Here are some pics for you.

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Event organizers-Dr. Mike Harris and Mike Ingram

Event organizers-Dr. Mike Harris and Mike Ingram

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Animal Medical Center of the Lowcountry celebrates 25 years

By Lanier Laney

Alison and Dr. Mark Guilloud, who started the Animal Medical Center of the Lowcountry 25 years ago, gave a party last Saturday, May 3, celebrating the milestone for all their clients — both two-legged and four-legged. Dr. Mark credits his wife Alison with the 25 year success of his practice. “Alison has a great deal to do with a smoothly run practice. She does everything from payroll to kennel care. She has always been my biggest cheerleader and motivator.” He also gives credit to his hard-working staff. “Without my superstar staff, our daily routine would be close to chaos. They are always in tune, very obviously they have a way of making everyone feel special.” And he described his new associate, Dr. Wreden, as intelligent and confident.

The job is still interesting after 25 years because, adds Dr. Guilloud with a smile, “You never know what’s coming through that door.”

From left: Alison and Dr. Mark Guilloud, Marvin and Campbell Dukes.

From left: Alison and Dr. Mark Guilloud, Marvin and Campbell Dukes.

 

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Part of the Animal Medical Center team, from left: Ashley Murdoch, Dr. Mark Guilloud, Stephanie Klonis and Maloney Thull.

Part of the Animal Medical Center team, from left: Ashley Murdoch, Dr. Mark Guilloud, Stephanie Klonis and Maloney Thull.

 

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Penn Center holds going away party for Rev. Nan White

By Lanier Laney

In 1862, Laura Towne, a member of the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, travelled to St. Helena Island to work with thousands of people newly freed from slavery and helped found Penn Center. During the last decade, Rev. Nan L. White, who founded the Beaufort branch of the Unitarian Universalist Church 15 years ago, has actively engaged members of her faith, both locally, regionally, and nationally, in support of Penn Center on all levels from volunteering to fundraising.  Her church has also been recognized for its volunteer work throughout the Beaufort area, whether tutoring students, feeding the hungry, nurturing local organic farming or cleaning trash from the roads and waterways.

After 15 years, Rev. Nan is moving on to a new congregation in another part of the country, as is the Unitarian tradition. There was a Celebration of Thanks this past Saturday, May 3, at Penn Center as a goodbye party for Rev. Nan for all she has done for the community and several hundred people turned out from all over the region. Rev. Nan and her spouse Sam Ballenger received bricks with their names on them to be included as part of the expanding church building. Nan also received a portrait that will be hung in the church as she was the founding “mother of the church” and its first pastor. She was also honored by Penn Center and inducted into the 1862 Circle last year.

Thank you, Rev. Nan, for all you did for Beaufort. Your big heart will be missed. Here are some pics from the event.

Key Hanks, Jerri Meisner, Rev. Nan L. White and Sam Ballenger

Key Hanks, Jerri Meisner, Rev. Nan L. White and Sam Ballenger

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County Councilwoman Laura Von Harten

County Councilwoman Laura Von Harten

 

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Tapas and Tunes fundraiser benefits Spanish Moss Trail

By Lanier Laney

The second fundraiser for the Spanish Moss Trail held at Breakwater Restaurant on Sunday, May 4, was a sell out. Actually, it over-sold out, showing the popularity of both the Spanish Moss Trail and special events at Breakwater. This one featured dozens of delicious Spanish tapas prepared especially by Chef Beth Shaw along with Sous Chefs Skye and Megan for the occasion.  Plus, several yummy Spanish-themed drinks were served. Money raised will go toward connecting the next segment of the rail trail from 15th street in Port Royal to the existing segments.

Founder of the nonprofit Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail and volunteer Executive Director Dean Moss said that if all goes as planned and the county finishes their segment on schedule, that everyone will be able to bike, hike or stroll from Port Royal all the way to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort by the end of the summer. What an accomplishment! And big thanks go to Breakwater owners Gary and Donna Lang, Beth Shaw along with the staff of Breakwater, and the great local band Blue Mudd, and to everyone who attended this event for their donations and contributions to the building of this great addition to our community. Here are some pics:

Dean Moss and Wendy Zara

Dean Moss and Wendy Zara

Donna Lang and Chef Beth Shaw.

Donna Lang and Chef Beth Shaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The local band Blue Mudd performed.

The local band Blue Mudd performed.

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Graduation party held for medical students

Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. held a graduation party for the AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona- SC campus at the Holiday Inn in Beaufort on March 29. The party was a celebration of the successful match of all nine fourth-year medical students to residency programs and their upcoming graduation on June 9.

Lindsay Schroeder and Sana Waseem, second year students.

Lindsay Schroeder and Sana Waseem, second year students.

Regional Directors Eve Ashby, far left, and Faith Polkey, far right, pose with graduates Kelli Harper, Vikash Patel and Charles Simerman. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Regional Directors Eve Ashby, far left, and Faith Polkey, far right, pose with graduates Kelli Harper, Vikash Patel and Charles Simerman. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family medicine doctor Sumai Supan with Pete Supan, third year medical student.

Family medicine doctor Sumai Supan with Pete Supan, third year medical student.

 

 

 

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