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Volume 4 Issue 4 FREE June 11, 2010

Haunted Secrets
of John’s Island
by kristin hackler

uried along the back roads of
Johns Island, built more than 200
years ago, is a creaking old home
shrouded in mystery. Its grounds are
covered in live oaks draped in ghostly
Spanish moss and winds kick up at the
oddest times. On the hill to the back of
the property is a gigantic dogwood which
mysteriously opens into full bloom and
dies almost as quickly. But you won’t be
able to find Dogwood Plantation on any
map: it only exists in the mind of author
Sandra LaBruce.
“I’ve had people say they know exactly
where Dogwood Plantation is on Johns
Island,” Sandra laughed. “And I would say
‘Really? Because I just made it up.’”
The presence of Dogwood Plantation
on Johns Island, however, is hauntingly
real in Sandra’s inaugural novel, Haunted
As a native resident of Johns Island,
Sandra has spent a lifetime collecting stories
of the island from her grandmother. As her
knowledge and passion for the island grew, Photos of Memorial Day Weekend at
the Kiawah Sandcastle.
they developed into a story; a combination
of strange dreams and poignant facts that
caused Sandra to spring out of bed one
night and begin typing. Less than a year
later, Haunted Secrets was complete and
ready for publication.
“It took me 12 years to finally get
this book published,” said Sandra. A
combination of work and young children
prevented her from finally publishing her
novel, but now that she has it in print,
she’s dedicated to bringing this fascinating
story of fiction and Johns Island folklore
to the public.
“I promote the book wherever I can,”
said Sandra, recounting days of book
signings in places ranging from restaurants

Haunted Secrets continued on page 7

Photos provided by Jessica Richardson

I n s id e t h e I sl a nd Con nection. . .

page 13 Tennis Champions page 14 Cruise with the dolphins page 18 Fish fathers
2 June 11, 2010

Seabrook Town Council – May 25, 2010

Town Financials pointed questions concerning the budget, he would be attending a meeting at a disaster recovery mode,” said Mayor
Mayor Bill Holtz opened the meeting by mainly concerning the low income from the Charleston County disaster office Holtz.
reading through the Town’s financials Accomodations Tax and the increase in on June 8, and that he received a letter Council later approved $1500 to go
to date. “We didn’t have a good revenue spending under the “legal” category. from Charleston County stating that the toward Cave’s services, which not only
month, but we’re ahead of budget and Town Clerk Faye Albritton replied that County had partnered with the Seventh include his supervision during the drill,
only $13,216.38 behind last year, which Accomodations Tax was low because Day Adventists in order to use their plan but he will also be composing and staging
isn’t a disaster,” he said, noting that if the they are just now getting into the tourist for the distribution of supplies in case of the entire drill for the town.
town’s revenue continues to be low, they season and the payments are usually a an emergency. “I’ll attend that meeting,
might have to make some adjustments month or so behind. As for the legal for one reason to find out how the New Seabrook website progressing
on the expense side. However, expenses category, Holtz stated that he’s been Seventh Day Adventists got involved in “We’re working on it,” said Councilman
came in at $36,334.04 under budget and utilizing the Town Attorney, Steve the first place,” said Savin. Jerry Cummin. “We have another
the excess of revenues over expenditures Brown, when he has legal questions. Savin also reminded everyone about the meeting this Thursday and we’re close to
was $72,152.49 compared to $108,854.76 “When in doubt, I call Mr. Brown Disaster Awareness Day at the Sandcastle making a recommendation, but we’re not
last year. because I don’t want to make a judgment on Kiawah Island, Thursday, June 10, quite there yet.”
Councilman Sam Reed asked a couple call without sound advice.” from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and noted that the With the use of a laptop projector,
town would be holding a disaster drill in Cummin showed the Council an example

The Island Preparing for disaster

Councilman Rob Savin reported that
conjunction with Charleston County on
June 15.
of the old website versus the current
website, which features several visual and
“Seabrook will navigational alterations done by Shawna
Connection activate our disaster
plan and see how we
Jarrett of the POA. Cummin pointed
out the use of several beautiful pictures
Lynn Pierotti do,” said Savin, adding provided by Bob Hider, as well as the
publisher that there would be many links to activities and attractions no “disaster victims” around the islands.
for this drill, just a “We certainly owe Shawna a lot
Kristin Hackler tabletop disaster drill of thanks for what she’s done,” said
managing editor from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cummin. “When we finally select who The drill will include we’re going to use, the website might look
bringing together at different, but the idea is similar to this.”
Swan Richards least one representative Mayor Holtz complimented Shawna for
senior graphic designer from each island the great job on the site and Councilman entity, and the testing Savin chimed in, stating that, even for an
of communications initial site, the photography was excellent
Lori Dalton equipment from and seemed to fit to a T.
sales manager different parts of the island. Scott Cave Transfer fees, wind energy and
from Atlantic Business roads report
Continuity Services, Councilman Sam Reed brought up an
Contributors the author of the town’s email he received from John Thompson,
Farmer’s Almanac comprehensive disaster executive director of the POA, just before
William Duggan plan, is scheduled to be he arrived at the Council meeting. The
Rosebank Farms on hand for the entire email, said Reed, expressed concern
Jennifer Barbour
exercise. that the state legislature is making an
Glenda Miller
“The only thing I effort to repeal the right of community
Jessica Richardson
want to come out of associations to collect transfer fees at the
Sam Reed
Freshfields Village
this is that each of us
Town of Kiawah has a better idea of
what we have to do in SI Council continued on page 5
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Kiawah Island Council – June 1, 2010

2010/2011 Budget passes second reading company stated that the cables in place and after receiving input from the Berkeley Electric is finally making plans
Mayor William Wert stated that there will suffice. Council approved the first newly formed dog committee, they are to pull new wires on the substation at the
were no substantive changes made to the reading unanimously. recommending that the leash law still roundabout to the front gate. However,
budget since last reading. The Council apply to the entire island except between Orban asked that they wait until after
approved second reading unanimously. Fennel Container to serve island for the dates of November 1 – March 15, Labor Day as it will take several trucks
two more years during which dogs can run free except for and pickups to complete the project.
GFOA – CAFR Financial Award Mayor Wert read an amendment to in the protected areas on each end of the Berkeley Electric will also be running six
Mayor Wert was happy to announce the agreement with Fennel Container island. new conduits from the real estate office
that the Town, under the guidance of Company/Suburban Disposal Services, The Council discussed the recommen- to Sora Rail using a boring process as
Treasurer Ken Gunnells, received the extending the agreement for Residential dation and Wert asked that a caveat be opposed to digging. This project will also
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence Solid Waste Collection until June 30, included that dog owners still carry a be held off until Labor Day, if possible,
in Financial Reporting (CAFR) from 2012. Council approved unanimously. leash with them at all times and leash and will take approximately three
the Government Finance Officers their dogs if there are other people in months.
Association. Parkway and Beachwalker the area who object. Councilman Orban “I’m convinced of three things in
Road striping also asked that the ordinance change also perpetuity,” laughed Mayor Wert,” death,
Ordinance 2010-04: AT&T Councilman Orban stated that include that the off-leash dogs should be taxes and boring.”
franchise agreement they are looking into repainting the under voice control.
Mayor Wert gave a brief summary of old road stripes along the Parkway “I must say that the group that banned Mayor cautions awareness during
AT&T’s request to bring their service to from the Freshfields entrance to the together [to change the ordianance] hurricane season
the island, pointing out that in order to roundabout and Beachwalker Road has done a great job of lobbying,” Mayor Wert reminded everyone that
get a franchise for cable (a service which with Thermoplastic, which lasts longer smiled Mayor Wert. “My email box meteorologists are predicting a very active
AT&T is now offering), the state must than standard striping and shows up was inundated; I even got emails hurricane season this year. “Frankly, our
be in agreement and all municipalities more clearly than standard striping. from Belgium!” Council unanimously time is coming due,” said Wert. “We’ve
which the cable company will serve The total quote for the project from approved the ordinance changes and first skated by these past ten years and the law
must approve of it. Wert noted that Southeastern Thermoplastic came in at reading will be held during the July 6 of averages says we’ll get hit.”
municipalities are allowed to charge a $5800. However, since the project did Council meeting. Wert also brought up the oil spill and the
franchise fee for this service, however, not include the option of rumble strips, predictions that the oil could possibly
the town has not decided how much it Council asked Town Administrator Arts Council come around the tip of Florida and effect
will be. The franchise fee number will be Tumiko Rucker and Code Enforecement It’s almost the end of the Arts season, the east coast. “If this happens and the
available by second reading during the Officer Rusty Lameo to get a new and Councilman Charles Lipuma stated oil ends up on Kiawah, we have a plan
July Town Council meeting. A public quote with rumble strips included. The that the Piano Bar series went very well similar to when we had the trawler spill
hearing will be held on this ordinance expenditure is tabled until the new quote and that they are hoping to include them off the coast of Sullivan’s Island. The US
at 1:45 p.m. before the 2 p.m. July 6 is received. again next year. The last event for the Coast Guard will take charge of cleanup
Council meeting in Town Hall. Arts season will be the Zydeco festival at and will bill the perpetrator for the
Councilman Orban did note that they Giving lead to the leash law Night Heron Park on June 30. (See page cleanup. It should be federally funded
would not have to dig in order to install Mayor Wert reported that he met 13 for more info) and at no cost to the town.”
the new cable. A representative of the with Joe Bunting and Joe Croughwell,
Public Safety & Roads
Councilman Orban reported that
4 June 11, 2010

Johns Island Council – June 3, 2010

Democrats vying for County Council home theater systems, house audio, even though the item has been with little information on the project.
District 8 participated in a question energy control, home automation, postponed. Thomas has heard from Cannon asked that they find out more
and answer session with Johns Island central vacuums and security systems. the neighbors next to the property, information on the issue and bring it to
residents following the formal Council The building would be a 60 x 90 foot who claim that the people renting the the next Council meeting.
meeting. Participating candidates green-friendly building with a residential, current dock, which belongs to Betsy
included Richmond Truesdale, Eric Lowcountry appearance. The home Stringfellow’s niece, are not using the Expenditures
Mack, Anna Johnson, Parris Williams, currently on the property would remain property solely for eco-friendly kayak Council approved the expenditure of $30
and Reverend Charles Glover. and be used as offices. The rest of the tours. In fact, Thomas said that the to purchase a new Land Use book from
land would be left intact with its existing neighbors have seen the tour company County Council.
Audio Warehouse looking to move to trees and driveway. hosting wedding parties on the dock The next Johns Island Council meeting
Johns Island “We would love to be a part of the with music, alcohol and a party will be held on Thursday, July 1, at 7 p.m.
Johns Island resident Andy Jackson community out here in a business sense,” pontoon boat. in the Berkeley Electric Co-Op building,
gave a brief presentation with business said Pritchard, “and we would like Johns “The basic issue is that they’re trying located at 3351 Maybank Highway. Council
owner Russ Pritchard concerning the Island’s support as we go to County to cast this business as agricultural/ meetings are held on the first Thursday of
rezoning of 3030 Maybank Highway, Council.” residential because they’re doing eco- every month.
property which formerly belonged to Council Chairman Chris Cannon tours with kayaks,” said Thomas. “It sets
Jackson’s late grandfather. Jackson stated asked that Jackson and Pritchard a bad precedence if this is allowed.”
his grandfather willed that the land be speak with the neighbors in the area Council voted to oppose the
sold and divided among his children concerning the potential rezoning, even establishment of the commercial dock
and grandchildren, and after the sales though the property is currently located with one nay, on the grounds that it
signs went up, they were contacted within two lots of commercially zoned does not set a good precedent for the
by Pritchard in regards to building a property. He also noted that he would area, and that there has not been enough
business on the property. However, as the personally speak with people in the information provided to the public.
property is currently zoned R-4, Jackson area and let them know if there is any
and Pritchard are petitioning County opposition. Storm water pond may affect wells
Council to have the land rezoned as During the same County BZA meeting,
Commercial Transitional. Betsy Kerrison commercial Council will consider a Special
Pritchard’s business, The Audio dock request Exception request for the establishment
Warehouse, is currently located at the Council member Rich Thomas of a stormwater pond for the Briars
corner of Orleans Road and Savage Road stated that he would be attending the Creek Subdivision. Residents living
in West Ashley. Pritchard described his Charleston County Board of Zoning near the potential pond have expressed
business as “low key,” with only one to Appeals meeting on Monday, June 7, their displeasure for the project, stating
two customers per week by appointment. in regards to a request to establish a that it would affect their wells. One
The Audio Warehouse specializes in the commercial dock in the Agricultural/ resident of Briar Creek stated that
design, engineering and implementation Residential (AGR) Zoning District the land has already been cleared and
of residential technologies including located at 4474 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, that the developers sent out a letter
very enthusiastic.
SI Council continued from page 2
“I also want to talk about the Visibility
time a property is sold. “This is the sole Committee set up between the Town,
means of financing for our loan,” said POA and Club,” said Ahearn. “The
Reed, in reference to the Horizon Plan purpose is to brainstorm ideas on how
loan. “The movement is to attach an to make Seabrook more visible to the
amendment to House Bill 4174 which general public and one thing we would
would kill the right for community like to implement is Kiawah Days
associations to collect transfer fees at on Seabrook.” The idea, said Ahearn,
the time the property is sold. You can would be to make Seabrook available
send your thought to the legislature to property owners and rental guest
concerning this. We could be in trouble on Kiawah one day a week, possibly
in paying back our loan if this goes Wednesdays, and allow them to sign up
through.” for an amenity card so they could play
Councilman Terry Ahearn elaborated, tennis, golf and/or visit the restaurants.
stating that the current structure allows “The idea is, people come to Kiawah and
for developers in the state to attach fees stay because it’s well known, but they
to the transfer of properties that they don’t know too much about Seabrook,”
develop, so that every time the property said Ahearn. “The visits would have to be
is sold, they collect money. The purpose set up in advance, but this is an attempt
of the bill is to stop allowing developers to make Seabrook more visible. We’ll see
to collect those fees, but it’s worded so how it works.”
that it catches community associations in Councilman Reed interjected, stating
the same. that he wanted to make sure that this
Reed then reminded Council that the idea was accepted by Kiawah before
Municipal Association of South Carolina they went ahead with it. “I may be more
will have their annual meeting in sensitive to this than most, but I don’t
downtown Charleston this July 15 – 18. want them to think that we’re targeting
“I would encourage those with interest to them in some way,” said Reed. “I would
take a look at that,” he said. hate for them to take this the wrong
Lastly, before going into roads, Reed way.” Mayor Holtz agreed, stating that
stated that he attended a wind energy they were always at peace with Kiawah
meeting held by Coastal Carolina and didn’t want to upset anyone.
University, Clemson and Santee Cooper Ahearn also reported on a meeting at
in North Charleston recently and the Citadel during which he heard a
discussed the possibility of wind farms marketing VP give a presentation on
along the coast, though Reed quickly how to make communities more visible.
pointed out that the discussion centered The speaker’s personal experience was in
mainly on the Georgetown/Myrtle Beach helping a small coastal town in the north
area as opposed to the Charleston area. east, located off the beaten path, bring
“5% of the world’s population is in the in more tourism. Ahearn suggested that
United States, but we use 25% of the the town speak with him about ways
world’s energy, so we need to improve our in which they could improve their own
sources,” said Reed. “Atomic and wind visibility.
energy are infinite, unlimited.” Lastly, Ahearn stated that the committee
Finally, in terms of roads, Reed is working on putting together a brochure
reported that the staff at Charleston about the island that they would leave
County received a report from the LPA, with concierges at some of the nicer
but he has not yet seen it. “It will be most downtown hotels, as well as working on
interesting to see what they come up creating a cadre of volunteers that would
with,” said Reed. “I’m just hoping some be willing to take guests on tours around
kind of plan will come out of this to the island.
improve Johns Island roads,” said Mayor
Holtz. AdHoc report
Councilman Ahearn also reported on
Kiawah Days on Seabrook and the Ad Hoc Committee meeting, stating
bringing visibility to Seabrook that the committee had recommended
Councilman Terry Ahearn reported that the town continue to support the
that he spoke with Pat Welsh, co-owner annual Fourth of July fireworks display
of Bohicket Marina, about the new with ATAX funds, and what’s left from
Seabrook Island website and he sounded that fund should go toward the website,
and then to the Symphony if anything
was left after that. Town Administrator
Randy Pierce noted that the fireworks
show will be held this year on July 3,
with a rain date of July 5.
“I think there will be an effort to get the
Symphony back up and running again,”
said Holtz, “but until we’re approached
about that, there are other things we
could use the money on.”

Kiawah/Seabrook Island Disaster

Awareness Day Funding
Council agreed to contribute $1800
toward the Kiawah-Seabrook Disaster
Awareness Day, the total cost of which
is around $5,000. Kiawah will pay the
The next Seabrook Council meeting will
be held on June 22 at 2:30 p.m.
June 11, 2010 7
Sandra LaBruce will be holding a book
Haunted Secrets continued from cover Island Curmudgeon
signing at the Johns Island Library, 3531

The phoenix will rise

to the Market in downtown Charleston. Maybank Highway, on Saturday, June
While Haunted Secrets takes place 26, at 2 p.m. Sandra will give a reading
on Johns Island, the time of the story of her book and copies will be available

from the ashes

ranges from present day to 1976 to the for sale. For more info, call 559-1945.
early 1800s. The novel follows the life of
Vivian, who inherits the old plantation
home from her mother; a property that By William J. Duggan

she didn’t even know was in the family. few years ago I used a pen to paint a aware of the move toward Socialism. They
Vivian spends months cleaning, polishing portrait of political incompetence. see that the Democratic Party has moved
and renovating the old home, despite The Palmetto Connection was to the far left. Think! Harry Reid, Nancy
frightening instances of harsh winds, kind enough to publish these articles. Pelosi, Barney Frank, Charlie Rangel,
violent vines and the vague outline of The Clinton years provided much fodder Chris Dodd and Barbara Boxer. Think
humans cast in shadowy definition by the for political satire. Unfortunately, The about the Obama team itself: David
light of a full moon. Palmetto Connection ceased to exist Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Van Jones and
and I hope there was no cause and effect most of his Czars.
As she turns the house inside-out, involved. Like Fox News we should be fair and
Vivian comes across an old journal,
That was then and this is now. We balanced. The Republican Party has
recounting the story of the home’s original Americans are faced with a political also moved to the left. It now occupies
owners and the lives of the slaves that climate that is moving us closer to the vacuum previously occupied by
formerly inhabited the land. Socialism. Whether that is good or the Democrats. Think! Olympia Snow,
Haunted Secrets is full of beautiful bad, we need to know the definition of Susan Collins, Alan Specter and Lincoln
imagery and revealing glimpses into the Socialism: it is a political and economic Chaffee. They have made the Republican
history of a culture so embedded in the system which advocates government Party the Tax and Spend Party.
life of the island that it’s almost impossible ownership and management of the means The Democrats have become the
to tear them apart. of production and the distribution of National Socialist Party. The Republicans
goods and services. have become the National Centrist Party.
In the early development of Socialism, Do we need a third party? No, because
the emphasis was on cooperation versus third parties rarely win elections. We have
competition. Sounds nice, but Karl the rise of the Tea Parties which are in
Check out the second round Marx took it a step or two further to reality a swing to the conservative center
the left. His Socialism was an inevitable by both Democratic and Republican
of the Billfishing Tournament revolutionary conflict between capital voters. If the Republicans would return to
and labor (Communism). Some socialists the basic principles of Goldwater/Reagan,
online at rejected this extreme and moved to an namely, Limited Government, Reduction
evolutionary Socialism called Democratic of Taxes, Business Incentives, A Strong Socialism. Most Socialist countries in Military, A Firm Foreign Policy, The
Europe and South America adopted this Rights of Unborn Children, International
democratic model. Trade Agreements, and The Protection
Is the Obama team moving the United of Individual Rights, they would win
States toward Democratic Socialism? Yes! the hearts and minds of the Tea Parties.
The government is striving to manage These principles have been abandoned
the banks through the Pay Czar, the by the Democrats. There are some very
Federal Reserve and the FDIC. Is the good Republicans who could lead the
Obama team moving toward ownership party back to its roots. Think! Governors
and management of production and Pawlenty, Palin, Jindahl and Barber or
distribution? Yes! The labor unions and the Senators DeMint, McConnell, Graham
government are the majority stock holders or Congressman Paul Ryan and Scott
of GM. The auto industry actually has an Brown. With this kind of leadership, the
Obama Czar. Is the Obama team moving Republican Party could indeed be the
us toward socialized medicine? Yes! The Phoenix that rose from the ashes. It will
government-funded national health care also be known as the Party that restored
bill places the government in charge of a our Constitution.
very large health industry. William Duggan is a political columnist
The key word is EVOLUTIONARY, and resident of Johns Island. To send
a slow transition to a socialistic form of comments or replies, email them to
government within the United States.
The American people are becoming more
8 June 11, 2010

Seabrook survey dodges key issues
By Glenda Miller

ith just days remaining for the website? a derivative swap to lock in an interest and was reduced to $367,000 in 2009. 
Seabrook Island property 6. Do you support the Town of rate of 7 per cent on half of the amount It  would only become an actual liability
owners to return their proxies Seabrook Island, on behalf of the SIPOA, being financed for the Horizon Plan if it in the unlikely event that that the SIPOA
in response to four referendum questions, spending $6,000 for a consultant/lobbyist results in paying more in interest because prepays the hedged portion of the Horizon
residents also are being asked to complete to advocate new road construction and/ the loan cannot be refinanced at a lower Plan loan.   
the annual survey. or improvements to existing roads when interest rate during the 10-year period of  Yes it is a derivative swap that allowed
Conducted jointly by the Seabrook there is no federal, state, or local funding the loan? us to fix 50% of the Horizon Plan
Island Property Owners Association for these projects? 3. Do you favor allowing the SIPOA to financing at a little less than 7% 3-years
(SIPOA) and the Seabrook Island Club 7. Do you support spending $6,900 to use interest rate swaps to fix a portion (in ago.  A good rate at that time!   The other
(SIC), the questionnaire is divided into study the feasibility of additional bicycle this case 50 per cent) of the Horizon Plan half is at a variable rate at 1.5 points over
eleven sections, including sections on paths? financing? (This occurred about three the 30-day libor.  So presently with the
individual and household demographics. 8. Do you support spending $3,500 years ago, and resulted in an interest rate combination of the two loan portions we
SIC members are requested to complete on additional signs warning people about of a little less than seven per cent and a are paying about 5% on the outstanding
all sections of the survey while property alligators because the current signs fail to “paper loss” of $599,000 in 2008, which balance.   
owners who choose not to belong to the force compliance? was reduced to $367,000 in 2009. The There is no “policy” that addresses
SIC may complete only the first three paper loss should not be realized as long as derivative contracts exactly, but if you are
9. Do you support reducing the hours
sections and the two demographic sections the swap agreements are maintained and familiar with such financing animals you
of operation for the Lake House? If so,
of the questionnaire. the SIPOA does not pay off or refinance for understand that the loss is a paper loss
please indicate the hours you recommend
Designed and analyzed in-house at a lower interest rate the hedged portion of that is not realized so long as the swap
(this would be followed by proposed
a cost of approximately $3,000 to the its loan for the term of the loan repayment agreements are kept in place for the term
SIPOA and probably another $3,000 schedule, in this case 10 years.) of the loan repayment schedule, in this
10. Do you think paying $25,000 is too
contributed by the SIC, the sponsors 4. Do you think the SIPOA should case 10-years.  Through the years the swap
much to spend to cull the deer herd?
urge every member of a household to spend a maximum of $46,000 for valuation could go up or down, but in the
participate, stating, “Your opinion is 11. Do you support disclosure of playground equipment? If so, should this end it will be zero, so long as we don’t try
important to us!” personal and professional affiliations be funded over a period of several years? to unwind the agreement early.
of SIPOA Board members, including
Although I completed the property A survey can be a most useful tool in
membership in the SIC, to avoid conflict
owners’ portion of the survey, I was obtaining opinions and feedback, however,
of interest questions that may arise as a
dismayed by what I consider to be a lack it loses its value if the difficult questions are
result of contracts and agreements?
of substance and attention to key issues. not asked, or if those questioned are not
If the feedback and opinions of property 12. Do you support the reduction or asked to comment on issues of importance
owners are honestly being solicited, freezing of salaries of SIPOA employees and substance.
perhaps some more appropriate questions to manage the budget during difficult
Consideration should be given to
may include the following: economic times?
discontinuing the time and expense of the
1. Do you support spending $1.5 13. Do you support opening Seabrook current survey unless it is redesigned with
million to re-cut Cap’n Sam’s Inlet every Island and its amenities to property owners a focus on obtaining thoughtful responses
10 to 15 years? and rental guests from Kiawah Island or to concerns that impact the community
any other entity to market real estate? and its resources.
1a. Do you support researching
alternatives to re-cutting Cap’n Sam’s 14. How do you wish to use the Oyster Yes it is a derivative swap that allowed
Inlet? Catcher property? (Choices could include us to fix 50% of the Horizon Plan
closing the community center and the financing at a little less than 7% 3-years
1b. Do you think funds should be used
pool; closing one, but not the other; ago.  A good rate at that time!   The other
to limit natural changes caused by Mother
allowing the pool to remain open, but half is at a variable rate at 1.5 points over
unheated; heating the pool for a specified the 30-day libor.  So presently with the
2. Do you support secret meetings for period of time.)
topics other than personnel or sensitive combination of the two loan portions we
15. Do you support having an impartial, are paying about 5% on the outstanding
legal matters?
professional firm validate ballots and balance.   
3. Do you support allowing a Board- count votes submitted during elections
appointed committee that meets secretly This figure represents a contingent
and referendums? liability that was set at $599,000 in 2008
having the authority to spend $25,000
Prior survey questionnaires should have
without publishing minutes or reports?
included the following questions:
4. Do you think the times and dates for
1. Do you favor outsourcing security
all committee meetings should be posted
services? This question could have included
on the SIPOA website and interested
information about an initial expenditure
property owners should be welcome to
of $37,302 with projected cost savings
over a specified period of time.
5. Do you think the minutes of all
2. Do you support the SIPOA using
committee meetings should be posted on
June 11 Island Connection Calendar June 24
Friday, June 11 Rosebank Farms’ 5th Annual Legare Farms Summer Day Camp Tuesday, June 15 under free. For more info, call 768-1280 or more info, call Guest Services at 768-6491 Saturday, June 19 the Children’s Museum. For more info, call
Hydrangea Festival For children ages 6-8 and 9-11. Each day is visit or visit Guest Services at 768-6491 or visit www.
Music on the Green: June 12 & 13. Hydrangea tours with plant a different learning experience. Learn about Charleston County Bookmobile Juneteenth
Congdon & Company experts at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. BBQ lunch animals, vegetables, horticulture, fiber, and The Charleston County Bookmobile will be Thursday, June 17 Sunset cruise at the Bohicket Marina Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration
From 6 – 9 p.m. on the Green at Freshfields with Rosebank’s fresh vegetables will be on the last day, enjoy a hayride, pony ride, at Freshfields Village the first and third 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Island Breeze. commemorating the ending of slavery in the Sunset cruise at the Bohicket Marina
Village. Free family-friendly event. Don’t served from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn all and picnic day. The children feed animals, Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. - Karaoke at Fischer’s Sports Pub Tickets: Adults $25, 12 & under $15, 3 & United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Island Breeze.
forget your beach chairs and blankets! of the info you need to successfully grow gather eggs, and pick vegetables. Dates are: 11:30 a.m.  The Bookmobile will be parked Every Thursday from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. under free. For more info, call 768-1280 or on this day that the Union soldiers, led by Tickets: Adults $25, 12 & under $15, 3 &
Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah. For hydrangeas. Established hydrangeas for June 12-18 and July 12-16 for 6-8 year olds behind Hege’s and Java Java. For more info, Fischer’s Sports Pub is located in the visit Major General Gordon Granger, landed at under free. For more info, call 768-1280 or
more info , call Guest Services at 768-6491 sale during the event. 4455 Betsy Kerrison and June 21-25 and July 19-23 for 9-11 year call Guest Services at 768-6491. Bohicket Marina off Seabrook Island Road. Galveston, Texas, with news that the war visit
or visit Parkway, Johns Island. For more info, visit olds. For more information, visit For more info, call 243-0210. Mullet Hall Open Trail Ride had ended and that the enslaved were now or call 768-0508. or call 559-0788. Wednesday, June 16 Bring your horse, camping gear, and free. Wednesday, June 23
Sunset cruise at the Bohicket Marina Big Chef / Little Chef supplies for two nights of camping and trail
Starlight Cinema: Meet the Robinsons Chefs from FIG, McCrady’s, Fat Hen and Kids Fishing Tournament at Bohicket
6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Island Breeze. 4th Annual Read-a-Palooza Monday, June 14 Starting at 9 p.m. on the Green at riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded Bohicket Marina’s Tag & Brag
Tickets: Adults $25, 12 & under $15, 3 & Celebrate the beginning of summer! Join other award-winning local restaurants trails.  June 18 - 20. Full restrooms and Dolphinfish Tournament 9 – 11 a.m. at the Bohicket Marina
under free. For more info, call 768-1280 or Flag Day Freshfields Village. Free family-friendly pair up with little chefs from Louie’s Open to fisherpersons of all ages. Weigh-in boardwalk. Ages 5 – 13. $5 entry fee. Rods
the Johns Island Library for their 4th event. Don’t forget your beach chairs shower facilities available. Stalls available
visit Annual Read-a-Palooza Festival with a jump Kids to prepare healthy dishes made with for horses. Meet at Mullet Hall Equestrian will be held from 3 – 6 p.m. with an awards and bait provided. For more info, call 768-
Sunset cruise at the Bohicket Marina and blankets! Sponsored by the Town local ingredients in an Iron Chef-style ceremony at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served 1280 or visit
castle, popcorn, crafts and summer reading of Kiawah. For more information, call Center at noon on Friday. To register or for
Saturday, June 12 sign-up! From 1 - 3 p.m. at Johns Island 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Island Breeze. competition at Lownde’s Grove Plantation, more info, call 795-4386 or visit our website from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with live music from
Tickets: Adults $25, 12 & under $15, 3 & Guest Services at 768-6491 or visit www. 266 Margaret Street in downtown 8 – 11 p.m. Bohicket Marina is located at Sunset cruise at the Bohicket Marina
National Marina Day Library, located at 3531 Maybank Highway. at Fee: $35.
For more info, call 559-1945. under free. For more info, call 768-1280 or Charleston from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets are 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd. just before the gates 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Island Breeze.
Support your local marina! visit $45, $50 day of and include beer & wine. to Seabrook Island. For more info, visit Tickets: Adults $25, 12 & under $15, 3 &
Charleston Harbor Fest

Gardening by the Moon

Kids Fishing Tournament at Bohicket For more info, visit or call 768-1280. under free. For more info, call 768-1280 or
9 – 11 a.m. at the Bohicket Marina June 18-20, 2010. Celebrating Charleston’s
Freshfields Farmers’ and Arts Market rich maritime history and culture, the visit
From 4 - 8 p.m on the Green at Freshfields boardwalk. Ages 5 – 13. $5 entry fee. Rods Friday, June 18 festival welcomes an impressive fleet of Sunday, June 20
Village. Peruse a variety of just-picked and bait provided. For more info, call 768- Starlight Cinema: Night at the Museum:
1280 or visit Music on the Green: Plane Jane international ships. more information, visit Father’s Day
From the Farmers’ Almanac local produce, flowers, and herbs as well as Battle of the Smithsonian
unique handmade crafts and much more.  From 6 – 9 p.m. on the Green at Freshfields Starting at 9 p.m. on the Green at
June 2010 Village. Free family-friendly event. Don’t
Live music by Brad Henty. For more info, Sunset cruise at the Bohicket Marina Surfrider Foundation International Day Freshfields Village. Free family-friendly
10th-11th Good Days For Planting Root Crops. 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Island Breeze. forget your beach chairs and blankets! of Surfing
12th-13th Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In Ground. call Guest Services at 768-6491 or visit event. Don’t forget your beach chairs Tickets: Adults $25, 12 & under $15, 3 & Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah. For and blankets! Sponsored by the Town of
14th-15th Plant Tomatoes, Beans, Peppers, Corn, Cotton, And Other Above Monday, June 21
Ground Crops On These Most Fruitful Days. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens Kiawah. For more information, call Guest
Johns Island Regional Library Free Computer Classes Tuesday, June 15 at 2 p.m. spirit, a forbidden love, and dark family Services at 768-6491 or visit
16th-19th Poor Period For Planting. Kill Plant Pests, Clear Fence Rows, Clear Land. 3531 Maybank Highway Internet Basics (adults/young adults) We’ll be discussing Them by Nathan secrets. Copies of the book will be available First day of summer
20th-21st Favorable For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, And Other Fall Crops 559-1945 Tuesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. McCall. Copies of the book may be obtained for sale and signing by the author.
Bearing Yield Above Ground. Sow Grains And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers. Freshfields Farmers’ and Arts Market
Hours: Keyboard Basics (adults/young adults) from the Reference Desk for check out while
From 4 - 8 p.m on the Green at Thursday, June 24
22nd-24th Extra Good For Planting Fall Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Monday – Thursday: 10 – 8 Tuesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. supplies last. Joy the Clown: Magic & Stories (up to 11
And Other Leafy Vegetables. All Above Ground Crops Planted Now Will Do Well. Friday & Saturday: 10 – 6 Digital Photos Basics (adults/young adults) years) Freshfields Village. Peruse a variety of Karaoke at Fischer’s Sports Pub
Plant Seedbeds. Sunday: 2 – 5 Tuesday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Family Movie:  Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (all Monday, June 28 at 2 p.m. just-picked local produce, flowers, and Every Thursday from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

25th-26th Poor Planting Days. Cut Hay Or Do General Farm Work. Digital Photos: Beyond the Basics (adults/ ages) Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. Laughs abound on this magical sea of fun herbs as well as unique handmade crafts Fischer’s Sports Pub is located in the
Summer Reading 2010 young adults) Rated G, 93 minutes.  Check out books to with lots of audience interaction! and much more.  Live music by Skip Bohicket Marina off Seabrook Island Road.
Copyright Farmers’ Almanac 2010, June 1- July 31 Tuesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. take home from our book display.  Sponsor:  Sullins and kids’ crafts and activities by For more info, call 243-0210.
During June and July, the Charleston County *All computer classes are free. For more Johns Island Southern Methodist, 3209 Displays
Public Library is rewarding everyone for simply information please call 559-1945 and ask Maybank Highway. Quilt:  The Beginning
reading! Starting Tuesday, June 1, sign up at for the Reference Department. Class space is June 1 – August 31
any of our branch locations. Teens and adults available for 8 participants per session. Club Anime! (ages 12-19) The very first quilt made by local quilter,
can even enter online ... find out more at www. Saturday, June 19 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Earthalee McPherson, is aptly named The
a or visit your local branch library for all Read-a-Palooza: A Community Carnival Beginning.   
the details. at the Library! (all ages) Temba Storytellers (up to 11 years)
Saturday, June 12 from 1 - 3 p.m. Monday, June 21 at 2 p.m. Commemorating the 98th Birthday of
Ta k e

Storytimes: Celebrate the beginning of summer! Join the Grab onto your imagination and set sail with Philip Simmons (1912 – 2009)
Wee Reads (under 24 months with adult) 4th Annual Read-a-Palooza Festival with stories by Catherine and Jesse. June 1 – 30
Monday: June 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 a.m. a jump castle, popcorn, crafts and summer To honor the birthday of Charleston’s master
Time for Twos (ages 24 - 36 mo w/ adult) reading sign-up! Meet the Author and Book Signing: blacksmith, Philip Simmons the library
Tuesdays: June 15, 22 & 29 at 10:30 a.m. Sandra LaBruce (adults) will be displaying prints of a selection of
Preschool (ages 3 - 6 years) Becky’s Box of Puppets: The Happy Saturday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Simmons’ ironwork by artists Jonathan
Wednesdays: June 16, 23 & 30 at Circus (up to 11 years) Join us for an afternoon with SC author Green and John Jones.
10:30 a.m. Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. Sandra LaBruce as she discusses and signs  Jewelry from The Simmons Gift Shop is
 Family (all ages) Get ready to be splashed with fun by this her debut novel, Haunted Secrets. Set on a also on display.  They are designs previously
Saturdays: June 19 & 26 at 11 a.m. colorful, lovable bunch of puppets. plantation on John’s Island, Haunted Secrets created by Philip Simmons in wrought iron
has it all: A family moving into an old, for commissioned gates. 
Sea Islands Book Club (adults) mysterious ancestral home, a determined
12 June 11, 2010
Recipes of the month
provided by Rosebank Farms

Roasted new potatoes Zucchini and Lemon Salad 

with garlic & herbs
Note: There is no need to peel new potatoes; their skins are delicate and most of the
nutrients are in or near the potato skin.

2 lbs. new or fingerling potatoes, halved

1 head garlic, cloves separated but left unpeeled
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary or thyme leaves
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt and black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil a large, shallow roasting pan. In a large bowl,
combine the potatoes, garlic, and rosemary. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle lightly
with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Arrange in a single layer in the pan.
Roast for 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife,
turning occasionally for even cooking. Transfer the potatoes and garlic to a serving
bowl or platter. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper and serve hot, letting each 3-4 zucchini
diner squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skins and over the potatoes while eating. Grated zest of one lemon and juice of ½ lemon
Grated zest of one lime and juice of ½ lime
Makes 4 servings 2 Tbsp. olive oil
Rosebank Farms is located at 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island, just before the 2 Tbsp. chopped summer savory or tarragon
Kiawah/Seabrook roundabout. For more information, visit or call 1 tsp. honey
Salt and pepper
Cut the zucchini very thinly lengthwise with a potato peeler and put the slices in a
shallow dish.  Grate over the zest of the lemon and lime.
Make a dressing with the olive oil, lime and lemon juices, together with the herbs,
honey, and salt and pepper.  Pour over the zucchini and toss gently.

Makes 6-8 servings

June 11, 2010 13

Exchange Club and Spice up your evening

Darkness to Light with Zydeco
Provided by the Town of Kiawah Island
By Sam Reed

ne of the major beneficiaries of the financial gifts from the Kiawah-
ark your calendar for the night pronounced “lez-airy-co”.)  Young J.J.
Seabrook Exchange Club is the “Darkness to Light” program, which
of Wednesday, June 30. Starting Caillier, under his Dad’s tutelage, played
provides services to help combat child sexual abuse. Whether we like
at 6:30 p.m., Night Heron on some of the last recordings of the great
it or not, this is a serious problem in our society.
Park will host the nationally acclaimed Clifton Chenier and the rest, as they say,
Over a 12 year period, the local Exchange Club has contributed more than
zydeco group, J.J. Caillier and the Zydeco is history.
$287,000 to the Center for Child Abuse Prevention, $17,000 to Charleston
Knockouts, one of the genre’s foremost  J.J. Caillier and his hand-picked Zydeco
Dorchester Community Health services for child abuse prevention, and
current artists. Knockouts have released six hot CDs and
$105,000 to Darkness to Light, bringing the Club’s total donations to child
Accordionist/singer J.J. Caillier hails recently appeared at Universal Studios in
abuse prevention to an amazing $409,700.
from the heart of bayou country and is one Florida, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Club members Fred Ristow of Seabrook Island and Joe Klingensmith of
of the world’s top proponents of modern Festival and other high-profile venues.  J.J.
Kiawah River Estates have been instrumental in representing the Club in these
zydeco, the adrenalin-charged dance music Caillier, while home in Louisiana, stays
many efforts, helping with both operational and financial issues. Numerous
of the French-speaking Creole people of busy playing all the local festivals, casinos,
trips to the Center were made, which Fred calls “a labor of love.”
south Louisiana.  He and his band, which and zydeco events.  He is considered one
On June 2, the Club, along with Darkness to Light founder Anne Lee and is comprised of Caillier’s accordion and of the genre’s foremost current artists. J.J.’s
her assistant Elizabeth Boeschen, recognized Fred and Joe with appreciative lead vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and a June 30 performance at Night Heron Park
accolades and gifts. Darkness to Light is now partnering with YMCAs across rubboard, travel the world preaching the marks his first visit to the South Carolina
the country in order to expand their programs, which currently operate in 48 gospel of zydeco and igniting dance floors. Lowcountry.
states and 12 foreign countries. Caillier’s father was a legendary record J.J. Caillier and the Zydeco Knockouts
The entire Exchange Club and its committee chair Mike Todd salute Fred producer and promoter who worked with is presented by the Kiawah Island Arts
and Joe for their untiring efforts supporting this most worthwhile cause. “The King of Zydeco,” Clifton Chenier, Council is in conjunction with the
the musician who revolutionized zydeco Kiawah Island Sundown Festival.  The

Summer Farmers’ Market in the late 1950s. His ground breaking

song “Les Haricots Sont Pas Sale” (“The
Snap Beans Are Not Salty”), is a remake
festival will feature an Art Exhibit by
the Kiawah Island Art Guild, family fun
activities, jump castles, jousting, train

returns to Freshfields of an old “la la” or Creole folk song which

had been sung and played by generations
of Louisiana musicians.  Chenier’s version
rides and traditional southern lawn games
throughout the evening. A picnic menu
will be available at the Night Heron Grille
Provided by Freshfields Village put a heavy bass and drum beat to the song for purchase. Bring your beach chairs and

resh fruits, vegetables, sweet grass baskets, wild flowers and the aroma of kettle and almost overnight, la la music became blankets!
corn will again fill the air as the Freshfields Village Farmers’ and Art Market “zydeco” (from the title of “Les Haricots”
season returns every Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Shop for Johns Island tomatoes, squash, corn, green beans and fresh herbs from local
farmers, and peruse works by local artisans such as sweet grass baskets, local honeys, and
pottery. Gourmet treats like pickled cucumbers, crepes, and the most mouth-watering
BBQ to hit Johns Island will also be available, as well as live music: Our male acappella
• June 7 and 21: Skip Sullins brings his folksy-rock Americana vibe to the
village. quartet need a first
• June 14 and 28: Brad Henty is a local blues artist with a bit of Latin/ Western tenor for fun singing
• June 21: Enjoy a “Lowcountry Safari” with crafts and activities from the on the islands.
Children’s Museum. Pint-sized market goers can discover local animals and
create take-home rubbings. Please call 768-8982
Freshfields Village is located on Johns Island between Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Come
and enjoy all the locally owned shops and restaurants and take advantage of the many services
the Village has to offer. Visit or join the facebook page: facebook.
com/freshfieldsvillage.  Mt Zion tennis champions
Photo Taken by Jerry Cummin

For more pictures and information, visit
14 June 11, 2010

Rural Mission welcomes Rural Mission struggles to

new board members meet basic needs
By Chris Brooks By Linda D. Gadson

ecently, Rural Mission’s Board Albert “Chick” Morrison is leaving
of Directors approved a plan to the Board after more than 20 years
expand the size of the Board to of service. Rev. Morrison is pastor of
welcome new members. With these New First Baptist Church of Edisto
new members comes the hope that we Island and he has been a wonderful
will be able to grow both financially supporter of the Rural Mission. He
and in our breadth of service. The will be missed.
continuing economic recession has Those continuing on the Board are
challenged all non-profits and charities Mrs. Miriam Green, Chairperson;
to carefully and strategically reexamine Mr. Abraham “Bill” Jenkins, Vice-
their missions. For the Rural Mission Chairman; Ms. Joy Stoney; Mrs. Jean

Photo taken by Chris Brooks

Board and staff, survival is not simply Doscher; and Mr. Mickey Seabrook.
enough: the Mission must broaden its New board members include: Mr.
reach throughout the impoverished Robert Vingi, Jr., Mrs. Tumiko Rucker,
region it serves in lower Charleston Town Manager, Town of Kiawah
County. Island; Dr. David Rivers, Dir. for
During its May 27 meeting, the Public Information and Community
Board of Directors said a grateful and Outreach, MUSC; Mr. Michael
heartfelt goodbye to two longtime Todd, retired nonprofit executive,
members while at the same time living on Johns Island; and Mr. Andy This house is located on the side of Betsy Kerrison Parkway

welcoming five new members. Mr. Sarosy, Blackbaud Corporation. Thank espite some progress, many joyful even though she was in this horrible
James Moss has served faithfully on the you all for helping the Mission to grow families and elderly residents in situation - the worst of situations.” Many
Board representing Charleston County stronger! and around Charleston do not have pass this little half-burned house each day
Council member Curtis Inabinett who a decent home and many live in shocking on the Betsy Kerrison Parkway on the way
is retiring from County Council. Rev. conditions. They can be found within a to Kiawah and Seabrook.
stone’s throw of some of Charleston’s most For over 40 years, the Rural Mission
affluent areas, often living in homes that on Johns Island has been at the forefront
one would expect to see in a third world of the effort to help those living in such
country. We see these neighbors each day dire circumstances. The Mission has helped
doing honest and hard work, from farming thousands of families by repairing damaged
to general labor to service work, but what roofs, windows, plumbing and other
we don’t see is that their homes often lack desperate, basic needs. But the problem
water, heat or even a proper roof. The floors keeps growing. Since 2008 the requests
may be collapsing and the windows may pouring in to Rural Mission have increased
be broken, covered with patchwork bits of by 215%. The Mission is drowning in need
cardboard or plastic. These are homes that and needs your help to survive. Because of
most of us can’t imagine, and it boggles the economic circumstances, the Rural Mission
mind to think that this is happening right has been forced to lay off several members
here in our wonderful city. of its key staff, leaving the organization
The Rural Mission trains and directs unable to respond to all but the greatest
volunteers to help repair as many of these emergencies from among hundreds in need
dilapidated homes as possible, making of help.
them safe and livable once more. In a letter
Our community cannot allow those around
to the Rural Mission last month, a young
us to live in such squalor. Please contact the
volunteer wrote: “This woman lost her job
Mission today at 768-1720 to donate or
and was living in a half-burnt house with
volunteer. Learn more at www.ruralmission.
no electricity or running water. She had
Retiring dedicated board member Rev. Albert Morrison (center) has served with the Rural org and take this opportunity to donate online
very little food and no money and used a
Mission for over 20 years. He is being congratulated by Vice-Chairman Bill Jenkins and Director through the security of Network for Good.
kerosene lamp to heat her room and cook
Linda D. Gadson. You can contact the Mission via mail at P.O.
what little perishable food she was able
Box 235, Johns Island, SC 29457. Thank
to keep without refrigeration. She was so
you in advance.

Cruise with the dolphins

provided by Respite Care Ministries

J oin Respite Care Ministries for their First Annual

Dolphin Cruise on the Island Breeze at 6:30 p.m.
on June 26, 2010. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, wine,
sodas and beer while traveling past historic plantation
more information, email Laura
Stefanelli at laurastef@comcast.
net or call 478-8756.
Respite Care Ministries is
homes and the town of Rockville before cruising through a non-profit organization that
the North Edisto River known for its playful dolphin offers programs to enhance the
escorts. The cruise will catch the sunset on its return and quality of life for people suffering The Island Breeze
arrive back in dock at the Bohicket Marina at 8:30 p.m. from memory-related diseases. The
Funds raised during the event will be used to offset the daily programs benefit participants by working to improve events. Respite Care Ministries is a 501( c )3 organization
costs of providing care and support to families affected their lives through activities, music participation, and with program locations at St. Matthew’s Lutheran
by Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. social interaction. These vital programs give caregivers Church, Charleston; All Saints Lutheran Church, Mt.
Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in a much-needed break and provide a support network Pleasant; Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Johns Island;
advance of the cruise. Attire is casual and the ticket for families.   Respite Care Ministries is supported by and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, West Ashley.
price is 100% tax deductible. To purchase tickets or for donations, memorials, grants, volunteers, and fund raising
June 11, 2010 17

10,000 shades of red & blue Japanese Privit

Rosebank Farms 5th Annual Hydrangea Festival By Jennifer Barbour

provided by Rosebank Farms pril’s showers have definitely so far away that often the sniffer

brought May flowers to the doesn’t even know from whence the
une 12 and 13 celebrates one of the things we fields. Sidi’s famous whole hog BBQ will be
Lowcountry. Among the smell came. All this is to say that
love most about the Lowcountry; our annual served with all the trimmings. Dishes prepared
many native plants that are in bloom people either like, or really dislike,
Hydrangea Festival at Rosebank Farms. with Rosebank vegetables (grown for taste, not
this month, a certain Japanese shrub the smell of Ligustrum. 
During the festival, owners Sidi Limehouse and shelf-life!), will also be served. The cost of the
lunch is $12, but the advice and tours are free. is raising a bit of a “stink”. While Do you know if you like the smell
Louise Bennett invite everyone to drop by and
view these spectacular Southern favorites. Sidi the Japanese Privit, or Ligustrum or not?  Look for this plant in areas
Various cultivars of oakleaf, mophead,
continues to add to his collection of japonicum, is an attractive, fast that have been landscaped.  It’s often
lacecap and panniculata will be on
more than 3,000 hydrangea plants, growing hedge with tiny pale used as a natural fence or border. 
display. Over 500 established
which means that the farm blossoms throughout, it’s the smell Landscapers like using this species
hydrangeas, new and old
grounds are literally aglow of these blooms that tends to pique since it grows fast and features
standby varieties, will be
with hues of pink, purple, the interest of passers-by. To be handsome, shiny evergreen leaves. 
for sale. In addition to
deep rose, light blue, sure, the white, four-lobed flowers It’s a hardy plant and is tolerant of a
enjoying the culture
cobalt blue, lime green, clustered together are beautiful when variety of soil conditions, requiring
of hydrangeas, guests
and white hydrangeas you stop to look at them up close, very little care other than pruning to
will also be able to
at their peak. but the pervasive, sweetly musky produce a desired shape.  This shrub
enjoy the Rosebank
scent of the plant can be smelled or tree will typically grow 6-12 feet
From 10 a.m. – 4 Farms rose gardens.
for some distance; sometimes from in height, but is capable of reaching
p.m., visitors may take The gardens feature
a leisurely, self-guided more than 300 roses, heights of more than 20
tour among the several plus another 80 cutting feet.  Green berries that
acres of hydrangea gardens. garden roses from Kordes, ripen to a dull black
Sidi and local horticulturists all selected for adaptability in color in the winter will
will be available to answer the Lowcountry. follow the blossoms we
questions and provide advice about Last but not least, the Farm always see now.
care, variety and location. In other words, all features artwork created by local artists, and About the Author:
the correct information one needs to become a don’t forget the barnyard animals – they never Jennifer is a Naturalist
successful hydrangea grower. Sidi is recognized disappoint and are always entertaining! with the Kiawah Island
throughout the southeast region as an expert Nature Program.
Rosebank Farm is located at 4455 Betsy Kerrison
grower and knowledgeable professional. He has To contact her with
Parkway on Johns Island, just before the Kiawah/
been growing and propagating hydrangeas since comments or personal
Seabrook traffic circle. For further information,
his boyhood on Johns Island. stories, email her at
call 768-0508 or
From Noon until 1:30 p.m., enjoy lunch at Je n n i f e r _ B a r b o u r @
For directions, log onto
tables set up next to the hydrangea and rose Japanese Privit.
18 June 11, 2010

A phenomenal fish father Sea Pork

By Jennifer Barbour by Jennifer Barbour

ou’d be hard-pressed to find too many outstanding local species. According to South Carolina’s Department ontrary to what you might think when you
dads among our native wildlife. Certain male birds of Natural Resources (SCDNR), proper estimates of find sea pork washed ashore, it’s not a brain or
will contribute to nest building and chick feeding, population size cannot be made. However, the SCDNR- internal organ of a marine animal; it’s actually
but most males of the species leave the child-rearing to Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program a tunicate. The cartilage-like exoskeleton (tunic) is
the ladies. One grand exception is our local seahorse that (SEAMAP) trawl survey has estimated that the live-bait composed primarily of cellulose, and houses a colony
shares the load of parenting in a way that neither birds nor shrimp trawl fleet (31 boats) working out of a single Gulf of individual animals called zooids.  The zooid colony
our own men could stomach; literally. After an elaborate of Mexico port caught nearly 72,000 Lined Seahorse per derives food from seawater pumped through its system
courtship, a female Lined Seahorse lays her eggs into the year. Undoubtedly, entire populations in this area will be by two external openings. When alive, reddish-colored
male’s brood pouch where he fertilizes the eggs and cares affected by the oil spill. zooids are embedded in its pink (sometimes orange)
for them for two weeks. Okay, so it’s not nine months, Seahorses are kin to pipefishes. Their scientific name, tunic.  After death, with zooids absent, the tunic
but imagine what two weeks would be like for our men! Hippocampus, is Greek for “bent horse” or “horse sea bleaches to a grayish color, resembling salt pork or
After that comment, I may have lost all my male readers, animal”. The common name refers to the pattern of fatback, hence the common name. Sea pork is part of a
but the ladies may still be interested to know more about white lines following the contour of the neck. They feast class of species called Adscidiacea (a leather bottle). All
this magnificent little animal. upon tiny crustaceans by sucking the animal through species of ascidians concentrate heavy metals (mercury,
Chances are you’ve seen a Lined Seahorse in an their long, toothless tubular snouts, eating a lot of food cadmium, iron, etc.) in specialized blood cells.  Studies
aquarium. Lined Seahorses are among the most in order to make up for their poor digestive system (they have led scientists to believe these heavy metals may
commonly-traded seahorses in the world. They are sold don’t have a stomach!). Since they are so cryptic, they use function as antibiotics for the tunicate.  Sea pork is a
primarily for ornamental display and, while not common an ambush style of hunting. The ability to change color sub-tidal species preyed upon by bottom-dwelling fish,
along our coastline, are targeted in other regions where to blend in with their surroundings and having a tail to skates, and sharks. In the book Edge of the Sea by Rachel
they are also used as traditional medicines. Declines in wrap around objects to remain still makes them masters Carson, it is noted that sea pork has a luminescent glow
seahorse populations have raised concern for this species of disguise. The body of the lined seahorse is encased in in the dark.  Who knew those strange little pink and
and others. Currently, the Lined Seahorse is included bony armor and arranged in a series of rings. Colors vary gray blobs that wash ashore could be so interesting?
on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation from ash grey, black, brown, and yellow, to red. Their About the Author: Jennifer is a Naturalist with the
of Nature) List of Threatened Species as “Vulnerable”. maximum length is only about eight inches and they will Kiawah Island Nature Program. To contact her with
According to this status, a species is considered vulnerable live approximately four years. comments or personal stories, email her at Jennifer_
when it is not critically endangered, but is facing a Visit the Nature Center on Kiawah and see if the
high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term Naturalists or Captains have brought in any seahorses for
future. temporary display in our saltwater aquarium.
Found from Nova Scotia along the western Atlantic
coast through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean to About the Author: Jennifer is a Naturalist with the
Venezuela, the Lined Seahorse inhabits shallow inshore Kiawah Island Nature Program. To contact her with
areas to depths of over 230 feet. They are commonly comments or personal stories, email her at Jennifer_
found among oyster beds in our salt marshes or clinging
to aquatic vegetation using a prehensile tail. Near-shore
sargassum floating on the surface of the water as well as * Educational information came from SCDNR & SC
sea whip on the ocean floor provide quality habitat for our Aquarium resources.

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