Review Category : Lowcountry Social Diary

Escape the heat this summer: The Lowcountry Social Diary Getaway Guide

Asheville, NC.: In this foodie and craft beer capital, the best restaurant in town is the Admiral. The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar is ranked #1 for nightlife and is dog friendly and owned by brother of Beaufortonian Elizabeth McMillan. Mela is a wonderful Indian restaurant on Lexington that has a great lunch buffet. Two fun tours to check out are at the Highlands Brewing Company, and Troy and Sons American Moonshine next door. Many summer festivals abound, as well as great farmers markets.

Highlands and Cashiers, N.C.: Two beautiful picturesque mountain towns where wealthy Atlantans and Floridians escape the summer heat. Stores on the main street in Highlands sell Armani and Valentino. The Edwards Inn and Spa is a great spot for a drink by their outdoor waterfall.  The Mountain Fresh market is superb with a selection of wines, and locally sourced products and is also the best breakfast and lunch spot in town. The Bascom art center is worth a visit and you can walk underneath the cascading torrents of Dry Falls, just out of town.

Brevard, N.C.: Has an amazing summer music program and Hubba Hubba’s, a renowned BBQ joint.

Flatrock, N.C.: Has a famous playhouse; Carl Sandburg’s beautiful estate, now a park; and an upcoming tour of historic homes.

Saluda, N.C.: The Gorge Zipline, just off I-26 at the Saluda exit, is the fastest, steepest zipline in America that descends across the Green River gorge. The Coon Dog Festival this Saturday is an annual treat with live music and craftsellers. Don’t miss the authentic Pace General store that still sells butter churns, overalls, washboards and apple butter. For a great meal, check out the Purple Onion. Outside of Tryon, just down the road, is the beginning of N.C. wine country. Rock House vineyards is particularly picturesque.

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Scout Southern Market celebrates grand opening

By Lanier Laney

Ann and Corey Higgins, who moved to Beaufort from San Francisco less than a year ago, put a lot of hard work into refurbishing a downtown storefront and have just opened a wonderful new store at 709 Bay Street, between Scott and Carteret streets.

Scout owners Corey and Ann Higgins

Scout owners Corey and Ann Higgins

Scout Southern Market & Sweet Tea Bar specializes in Southern-made products that capture the spirit of the contemporary Southern lifestyle. The store carries home décor, custom furniture, lighting, jewelry, gifts and gourmet foods that appeal to both locals and visitors looking to bring home a piece of Southern style. They also offer a delicious assortment of Southern snacks and beverages at the Sweet Tea Bar  — the perfect place to send out-of-town guests this summer.

Says Ann Higgins, “We want to thank everyone who came downtown last Saturday evening to meet Scout Southern Market. It was a wonderful night and we were thrilled to see everyone enjoying the store and taking turns lounging on the day bed! It was our way of saying thank you to all those who gave us inspiration, advice and support in making our vision a reality.

While the beauty of the Sea Islands drew us here, it is the welcoming people of Beaufort and the amazing friendships that make it such a special home.

At Scout Southern Market, we strive to celebrate the Southern lifestyle and there is no better place to regale in the glory of southern grace than Beaufort, South Carolina.”

Here are some pics from the grand opening for you:

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Arts Council of Beaufort County hosts food truck benefit

By Lanier Laney

ARTworks, the Arts Council of Beaufort County, held its first Beaufort Food Truck Fest this past Saturday, June 21, in the Beaufort Town Center parking lot. Some of the favorites at the festival included Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, Vigil’s Food Stand’s Navajo tacos, Lowcountry Island Noodles, and Cool Breeze Shaved Ice. Many thanks to all the participants for braving the heat and serving up tasty food to the hot, hungry patrons. There was live music by the Cluster Shucks and The Hypnotics, as well as some wonderful performances by various dance and drama programs from ARTworks. The event was a benefit for ARTworks, which sponsors many local arts opportunities, including summer camps for kids. For a full schedule of classes and more information, go to beaufortcountyarts.com. Here are some pics from the event for you:

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Habitat’s High on the Hog was a ‘pig’ success

By Lanier Laney

More than 1,200 happy people attended the Third Annual CBC National Bank High on The Hog BBQ Festival at Whitehall Plantation on Lady’s Island last weekend. Nearly double in size from previous years, the two-day event was a true family affair as multiple generations sampled barbecue from 26 top cook teams while listening to live music.

Event organizer and LowCountry Habitat for Humanity board member Bob Albon said, “All the proceeds raised will help us continue to build affordable housing in Northern Beaufort County. We’ve built 41 so far and have two more currently under construction in the Pigeon Point section of Beaufort.”

He added a big thank you to all the sponsors, large and small. “Every dollar raised and donated is very important to our cause and we try to use it wisely.  Without our volunteers we can’t pull off an event this size and they are so important for our success,” he said.

The Grand Champion was No Pig Left Behind, Doug Quinn, from Goose Creek.  Reserve Champion was Palmetto Smokehouse, a local pit master from Okatie. Other local teams that “got the call” were Smokin Sea Eagle (Melena Argetsinger and Craig Reeves), Gentlemen Porkers (Garrett Wreden, Patrick Mitchell, Chris Jones and team), Smokin Vets (Doug Hellams) and See’s Backyard BBQ from Walterboro was the winner of Friday night’s Lowcountry Fare.

Big thanks go to all the hardworking volunteers, judges, sponsors, cook teams, and people who attended for making the event such a success. Here are some pics:

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Patty & Bob Hopkins, Bob Albon (Head of the High on the Hog Event) with Laura Sherman

Patty & Bob Hopkins, Bob Albon (Head of the High on the Hog Event) with Laura Sherman

Volunteer Sandy Dimke with Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Dooley

Volunteer Sandy Dimke with Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Dooley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annual Original Gullah Festival held at TCL

By Lanier Laney

The 28th Annual Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina was held over this past Memorial Day weekend at Technical College of the Lowcountry. The event has grown since 1986 and attracts thousands of people to the area who see it as a time of reunion and fun with family and friends. There was a lot of wonderful food, music and a celebration of a great culture.

Photos by Bob Sofaly

 

The Red Horse Singers from Ocala, Fla., entertained an enthusiastic crowd during opening ceremonies for the annual Gullah Festival on Saturday at Technical College of the Lowcountry. The Native American singers are, clockwise from left, Calvin Conver, Mohawk; Daniel Reese, Lakota; Terrell Anguoe, Kiowa/Comanche; and Joseph Conver, Mohawk.

The Red Horse Singers from Ocala, Fla., entertained an enthusiastic crowd during opening ceremonies for the annual Gullah Festival on Saturday at Technical College of the Lowcountry. The Native American singers are, clockwise from left, Calvin Conver, Mohawk; Daniel Reese, Lakota; Terrell Anguoe, Kiowa/Comanche; and Joseph Conver, Mohawk.

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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

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Margaret Saltrick & Mike Jones, aka 'Skillet'

Margaret Saltrick & Mike Jones, aka ‘Skillet’

Skye Purcell & Beth Shaw

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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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