Review Category : Lowcountry Social Diary

Democratic rally, fish fry held at Penn Center

Bakari Sellers gets a hug from a Beaufort County Democratic supporter.

Bakari Sellers gets a hug from a Beaufort County Democratic supporter.

About 200 people turned out at Penn Center on a hot, humid Lowcountry afternoon last weekend to meet and mingle with fellow Democrats and several Democratic candidates, listen to stump speeches, and enjoy some fried fish. Among the candidates who attended the event were Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the gubernatorial nominee who faces Gov. Nikki Haley in the upcoming election; Rep. Bakari Sellers, a 30-year-old four-term state legislator and the nominee for Lt. Governor; and Joyce Dickerson, who will face incumbent Sen. Tim Scott on the November ballot. “We wanted to give folks the opportunity to meet the candidates and get to know where they stand on the issues that matter to the people of Beaufort County,” said St. Helena resident John Glover, one of the organizers of the event. “I feel the event was successful in inspiring people to get involved, but most importantly, encouraging them to vote on November 4.”

Candidate Joyce Dickerson gets into the spirit of the day by helping to serve fried fish to guests.

Candidate Joyce Dickerson gets into the spirit of the day by helping to serve fried fish to guests.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen poses with Lady Pamela.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen poses with Lady Pamela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Bakari Sellers speaks to a crowd at Penn Center last Saturday, Sept. 13.

Rep. Bakari Sellers speaks to a crowd at Penn Center last Saturday, Sept. 13.

Joyce Dickerson greets voters at last week’s Democratic event.

Joyce Dickerson greets voters at last week’s Democratic event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate Vincent Sheheen takes the  time to talk to voters one on one.

Candidate Vincent Sheheen takes the
time to talk to voters one on one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Grease’ is the word at USCB Center for the Arts

The University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts is bringing “Grease” to the main stage. The renowned show, featuring a beloved cast of characters, takes the audience on a ride as the 1950’s come alive with a story of teenage angst, “souped” up cars, and first loves. This celebration of rock and roll is full of hits from the popular movie adaptation, like “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted,” “Sandy,” “We Go Together,” and many more.

Karl Wells and Elaine Lake star in the musical “Grease,” which debuted last weekend at the USCB Center for the Arts. Photo by Captured Moments Photography.

Karl Wells and Elaine Lake star in the musical “Grease,” which debuted last weekend at the USCB Center for the Arts. Photo by Captured Moments Photography.

Elaine Lake and Karl Wells lead the cast as the sweet and innocent “Sandra Dee” Sandy Dumbrowski and the leader of the burger palace boys, Danny Zuko. Together with the The Greasers and Pink Ladies, the gang brings out the highlights of the 1959 school year at Rydell High School. “Kenickie” and Betty “Rizzo” are played by James Duffy and Corrie Frohnapel; Doody and Sonny, played by Christian Osborne and Alex Long; Marty and Frenchy played by Lynleigh McLain and Angy Chancay;  Jan and Roger, played by Anna Schaffer and Andrew Hillis. The show is full of one-line comebacks, foot-tapping favorites, and swinging dance moves that will leave you begging for more. With the help of Patty Simcox and Eugene, played by Trissy Long and Noah Westman-Bart; Velma Polk wrangles the teenage bunch as Mrs. Lynch; and Daniel Bittick and Jason Lake bring the sounds of the 1950s alive as Johnny Casino and Vince Fontaine.

The creative team is comprised of Director Libby Ricardo, Musical Director Penney Smith, and Choreographer Valerie Hobbs. Together, this team staged an incredible version of one of Broadway’s most beloved hits.

The cast of "Grease" on stage at USCB Center for the Arts.

The cast of “Grease” on stage at USCB Center for the Arts.

Grease will run Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m., with the final performance Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available online at USCB Center for the Arts or by calling the box office 843-521-4145. Adult admission is $25, seniors $20, and students $15. Grease is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Community welcomes new BA headmaster

A party was held for the new Beaufort Academy Headmaster Stephen Schools and his wife Christy at the Coosaw Point River Club. Here are some pics from the event.

Stephen and Christy Schools

Stephen and Christy Schools

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Baby shower held for Beaufort Memorial’s Emily Harris

By Terry Bergeron

More than 30 of Emily Harris’ co-workers and friends from Beaufort Memorial Hospital gathered last week at the Distant Island home of Sallie Stone in order to celebrate the pending arrival of her first child, baby boy William Holland Harris. Emily is the associate marketing director at Beaufort Memorial and is due mid-October. Emily and her husband Patrick live on Lady’s Island and are avid boaters, so the festivities had a nautical theme, right down to the cookies.

From left: Michele Barker, Courtney McDermott, Emily Harris, Becky Cunningham and Sallie Stone, who hosted the baby shower at her home on Distant Island.

From left: Michele Barker, Courtney McDermott, Emily Harris, Becky Cunningham and Sallie Stone, who hosted the baby shower at her home on Distant Island.

Alice Moss, Terry Bergeron, Nora Kresch

Alice Moss, Terry Bergeron, Nora Kresch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Coburn-Smith, Chris Watson and Dawn Crawford

Cindy Coburn-Smith, Chris Watson and Dawn Crawford

 

 

 

 

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Making the scene with Greendrinks

By Lanier Laney

Congratulations to Beaufort’s Greendrinks, which celebrated its sixth successful year this past week.  Founded by Paul Nurnberg, Kim Gundler, Burton Sauls, Richard Darby, Mark Shaffer, and Michele Barker, this group holds a monthly meeting of people working in the environmental fields along with those who are simply interested in getting together with other green-minded people.  They meet every third Tuesday of the month and always have a interesting speaker on topics ranging from local solar energy to beekeeping. Their motto? “Green goes better with friends.” This week’s topic was on how to make Beaufort a year-round eco-tourism destination with speaker Robb Wells from the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

“We all have a good time. Join us!” said member Liz Entwistle. Go to www.greendrinks.org/SC/Beaufort to see upcoming scheduled speakers and sign up for emails.

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From left: Kim Gundler, Mark Shaffer and his wife with Ron Tucker at the Greendrinks meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

From left: Kim Gundler, Mark Shaffer and his wife with Ron Tucker at the Greendrinks meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Grease’ is the word this fall

By Lanier Laney

I recently met the great cast of “Grease” — a fun play that will kick off your fall social season. (Finally, after all this rain and heat!) Mark your calenders for Sept. 5, 6 or 13  at 7:30 p.m. or Sept. 7 and 14 Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at the USCB Center of the Arts. To order tickets, please go to www.uscbcenterforthearts.com. The musical is directed by the lovely Lilly Ricardo, a recent NYU grad with a Masters in the Performing Arts. We are lucky to get this level of talent from performers and directors here in Beaufort. Brad Bollington is doing the classic 50’s style hair, and Dusty Connor is doing the makeup, so you know it will be good!

 

Clockwise from top: Karl Wells and Elaine Lake lead the cast of “Grease” as Danny Zuko and Sandra Dee; “Kenickie” and Betty “Rizzo” are played by James Duffy and Corrie Frohnapel; Doody and Sonny, played by Christian Osborne and Alex Long; Marty and Frenchy played by Lynleigh McLain and Angy Chancay; Jan and Roger, played by Anna Schaffer and Andrew Hillis. Photo by Captured Moments.

Clockwise from top: Karl Wells and Elaine Lake lead the cast of “Grease” as Danny Zuko and Sandra Dee; “Kenickie” and Betty “Rizzo” are played by James Duffy and Corrie Frohnapel; Doody and Sonny, played by Christian Osborne and Alex Long; Marty and Frenchy played by Lynleigh McLain and Angy Chancay; Jan and Roger, played by Anna Schaffer and Andrew Hillis. Photo by Captured Moments.

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Ty O’Farrell to wed Lucia Henry

By Lanier Laney

A group of lovely friends joined together to put on a wonderful Lowcountry picnic party in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of Beaufort natives Ty O’Farrell to Lucia Henry coming up in October in Asheville N.C. It was held in the beautiful waterfront home of Kevin and Rosemary Cuppia.  Good luck to the happy young couple! Here are some pics for you.

Ty O'Farrell & Lucia Henry

Ty O’Farrell & Lucia Henry

Proud parents Susan Jones with Lucia Henry, Ty and  Mike O’Farrell, and Fleetwood Bradshaw

Proud parents Susan Jones with Lucia Henry, Ty and
Mike O’Farrell, and Fleetwood Bradshaw

 

Vicki Mix, Mary Tatum, Liz Malinowski, and Brenda Malony

Vicki Mix, Mary Tatum, Liz Malinowski, and Brenda Malony

Connie and Laura Chambers

Connie and Laura Chambers

Holly Jahn, Brenda Malony & Rosemary Cuppia

Holly Jahn, Brenda Malony & Rosemary Cuppia

Emily and Chase Cuppia

Emily and Chase Cuppia

Vicki and Steve Mix

Vicki and Steve Mix

Maryanne Mappus, Rick Corley, and Judge Mary Sharp

Maryanne Mappus, Rick Corley, and Judge Mary Sharp

Kevin Cuppia and Judge Ned Tupper

Kevin Cuppia and Judge Ned Tupper

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Parade watching parties

By Lanier Laney

Tupper, Grimsley, & Dean had their wonderful annual Water Festival Parade Party that many of the ex-Commodores attend. Here are some pics for you along with other pics from other fun parade parties.

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Water Festival homecoming

By Lanier Laney

Water Festival traditionally is a time when college students come back to Beaufort to reconnect with their friends and families. Camp is over for younger kids and they are back too. The backyard birthday barbecue given by John and Laura Trask  for their daughter Isabelle, who is turning 21, was one of many fun family events around town this past weekend. Here are some pics for you.

From left: Josephine and Grace Trask with Hope, Leith, and Herbert Gray.

From left: Josephine and Grace Trask with Hope, Leith, and Herbert Gray.

Bailey Guilloud, Isabelle Trask and Clare Hatcher

Bailey Guilloud, Isabelle Trask and Clare Hatcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickie Cherry, Ben Post, Bailey Guilloud, Nathan Akers, Isabelle Trask, Clare Hatcher and Conner Akers

Mickie Cherry, Ben Post, Bailey Guilloud, Nathan Akers, Isabelle Trask, Clare Hatcher and Conner Akers

 

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Book, CD signing held at Edward Barnwell House

By Lanier Laney

There was a CD and book launch signing party for singer and actor Ron Daise and local historical fiction author, David Grim, this past weekend.

Ron Daise, famous for his TV show “Gullah Gullah Island,” was signing his wonderful new CD of songs and stories from Gullah and West African tradition called “Gullah Tings fa Think About.” The CD was produced through a grant from the SC Arts Commission, and is available at local stores and online at rondaise.com.

Author David Grim was also signing his new novel, “Swift Currents.” In it, he blends his interest in the Civil War and his deep respect for African American tenacity through periods of deep despair, to tell a story of slavery’s end and freedom’s joyous beginning. The event took place at Geddes Dowling’s lovely historic family home on Bay Street, The Edward Barnwell House.

Stephanie Austin Edwards, founder of Novel Ideas by SAE, which provides consulting and marketing services to authors, put together the event. Four members of the SC Arts Commission from Columbia attended: Ken May, executive director; Sarah June Goldstein and Susan Duplesis, program directors; and Doug Peach, program coordinator. Here are some pics for you:

 

SC Arts Commission Program Director Sarah June Goldstein and Ervena Faulkner

SC Arts Commission Program Director Sarah June Goldstein and Ervena Faulkner

 

Ron and Natalie Daise

Ron and Natalie Daise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author David Grim

Author David Grim

 

 SC Arts Commission Program Coordinator Doug Peach and Geddes Dowling

SC Arts Commission Program Coordinator Doug Peach and Geddes Dowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Banus, Jennifer Rhodes, Beverly Heles

Barbara Banus, Jennifer Rhodes, Beverly Heles

 

 

SC Arts Commission Program Director Susan Duplesis and Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director

SC Arts Commission Program Director Susan Duplesis and Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Edwards and Geddes Dowling

Stephanie Edwards and Geddes Dowling

 

 

Randy and Barbara James

Randy and Barbara James

 

 

 

 

 

Jayanti Harrison and Ifetayo White

Jayanti Harrison and Ifetayo White

 

 

 

Paul Coffman and Larry Meisner

Paul Coffman and Larry Meisner

 

 

 

 

Mary Joe and Terry Herron

Mary Joe and Terry Herron

 

 

 

 

Lynn and Martha

Lynn and Martha

 

 

 

Lolita Watson and Paul Cooper

Lolita Watson and Paul Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Maurer and Beth Moon

Barbara Maurer and Beth Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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