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Looking back January


Offshore drilling came back onto the SC Coast’s radar. The Bureau of Ocean

2 18 on
Energy Management opened phase two of the public comment period on January 8.
Kiawah wrapped up its two-phase dune renourishment project, which replenished
15,700 feet of dunes with 62,800 cubic yards of sand at a cost of $198,000. The Town also
at

proposed an ordinance to tighten up on collecting tax payments from rental properties.


“Snowmageddon” offered the unusual opportunity for islanders to enjoy a snow
day and build a snowman.

the islands
STAFF REPORT dodged two major storms with little more
The Island Connection than flooding inconveniences.
The Island communities continue to be

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t was a year of campaigning as local welcoming to visitors, generous to causes
and state candidates were featured in and protective of our unique and delicate
exclusive interviews throughout the ecosystems, as our look back at 2018
year. Winter gave way to another summer illustrates.
full of festivities and crowds. Hurricane Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year
season had mercy on us as our coast from all of us at Lucky Dog Publishing!

February

Photo courtesy of CCSD.


Charleston County School District announced that it will transition Edith L.
Friarson Elementary School to a Montessori school beginning in August. The program
started with 3,4 and 5 year olds and gives priority to students from Wadmalaw Island.
Kiawah Partners submitted a proposal to establish a road designed to cut between
Duneside Dr. and Beachwalker Dr. The proposal was met with criticism and concerns
for safety from residents. Photo by Ralph Secoy.

Johns Island Farmers Market For Your Health Around In Circles


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March

Lynn Pierotti
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managing editor
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Senior Staff Writer


Gregg Bragg
Photo by Ralph Secoy
Bohicket Marina held it’s 4th annual Backpack Buddies Best Chili Cookoff. Proceeds benefitted the two nonprofits on
Contributors Kiawah and Seabrook that provide weekend meals for nearly 400 school children struggling with food insecurity.
John B. Nelson
Carol Antman
Barbara Radin Fox
Martha Zink
Mitch Pulwer
Tom McQueeney
Dimi Matouchev

Green is the New Black Gala. Photo courtesy of SIGSC


The Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy held its “Green is the New Black” gala on March 18.

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April May
The annual Cars on Kiawah event April 21 featured over 275 cars spanning
100 years of automotive history. The event, presented by Kiawah Island Motoring
Retreat, sponsored in part by the Town of Kiawah Island, raised money for the
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic.

Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Big Brothers Big Sisters raised over $60,000 at its charity golf event held at
Kiawah Island Club’s River Course.
On May 5 the Kiawah Women’s Foundation deployed its army of volunteers
for the annual Food Truck Rodeo held at Freshfields. Prizes were raffled, food was
eaten and funds were raised to help feed children of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.
The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network began its one-year study on Seabrook
area dolphins. Over 20 Seabrook residents signed up to volunteer with the effort to
Cars on Kiawah. Photos provided. learn about and protect strand feeding dolphins.

Tid e Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Jan 04 8:01am/8:06pm 1:27am/2:09pm
Jan 05 8:42am/8:47pm 2:08am/2:51pm
Jan 06 9:21am/9:27pm 2:47am/3:32pm
Jan 07 10:00am/10:07pm 3:25am/4:12pm
Jan 08 10:40am/10:48pm 4:03am/4:52pm
Jan 09 11:20am/11:32pm 4:42am/5:32pm
Jan 10 12:04pm 5:25am/6:15pm
Jan 11 12:20am/12:50pm 6:14am/7:01pm
Jan 12 1:12am/1:41pm 7:09am/7:51pm
Jan 13 2:07am/2:34pm 8:10am/8:42pm
Jan 14 3:02am/3:29pm 9:13am/9:34pm
Jan 15 3:57am/4:23pm 10:13am/10:26pm
Jan 16 4:50am/5:15pm 11:10am/11:17pm
Jan 17 5:42am/6:07pm 12:03pm

Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.


Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
wrong so use common sense.
Source: saltwatertides.com
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June
The 21st Annual Kiawah Seabrook Disaster Awareness Day was held June 13 at
August September October
The Water Wellness Mission held a Margaritas and Mulligans event on Aug. 14 The Kiawah Sea Level Rise Committee presented their report to the Town
the Kiawah Island Municipal Center. The co-sponsored event focused on hurricane to help raise funds to build critical need wells on Wadmalaw Island. The event took Council at their Sept. 4 meeting. The purpose of the comprehensive report is
preparedness and concluded with a wine reception. place at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club. to equip the community leaders to be proactive and not reactive to impending
The two former Kiawah employees charged with wire fraud pleaded guilty, circumstances, and to protect property owners through future decision-making.
beginning the end of the year-long saga.
The Town of Kiawah formally opposed DHEC’s proposed changes to jurisdictional
lines, recommending that DHEC return the line to the existing 2009 demarcation. November
July KICA hosted the Lowcountry Art and Artisan Showcase in support of
local craftspeople.
The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network gave its final report to
Town of Kiawah announced significant changes to permit regulations Seabrook Town Council concluding that 1,252 visitors were educated
making it easier for residents to maintain their properties. about strand feeding dolphins, spending 320 hours on the beach. No
harassment of dolphins was reported.

December

Dog princess at Dogtoberfest. Photo provided.


Olympian Kristy Kowal at the Charleston-Kiawah Island Open Water Swim. Kiawah Island Community Association held it’s 12th annual Dogtoberfest at the
Photo provided. center of Freshfields Village.
On Aug. 5 Swim Across America held its 2nd Annual Charleston-Kiawah Kiawah Island Mayor Craig Weaver declared the third week of October as Kiawah
Island Open Water Swim. Participants joined Olympian Kristy Kowal to raise Native Plant Week. The Town introduced GrowNativeKiawah.com, a searchable
money to benefit cancer research. A well installed on Wadmalaw Island. Photo courtesy of Water Wellness Mission.
database of flora that provides detailed info on growing and maintaining native plants.

Winners of the 2018 Corn Hole Toss. Photo provided.


Seabrookers celebrated the 8th annual Indiana Day on Dec. 11.
Kiawah municipal elections took place Dec. 4 and welcomed new Town
Councilmembers: Maryanne Connelly, Dan Prickett and Klaus Said, while
welcoming back Mayor Craig Weaver and Councilmember Chris Widuch.
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mystery plant

Irresistible: The Nectar Effect


BY JOHN B. NELSON
For The Island Connection

Singular: “Wasp.” Plural: “Wasps.” Our Mystery plant is an evergreen with


Right? dramatically lobed leaves, on long stalks.

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ut that plural form of the noun is Its flowers produce LOTS of nectar, and
hard to say, and it sounds kind of silly if you look down into one of the open
to me: “Waspeses.” I’m reminded flowers, you can often see glistening
that there are other ways in which these droplets on top of the ovary. There will be 5
words are pronounced. For instance, I’ve tiny sepals and 5 creamy white petals, and
heard it pronounced “wasper”, and the 5 elongated stamens within each flower.
plural would be “waspers”. And then this This presentation of nectar (and pollen)
past autumn, one of my field buddies is irresistible to many insects, and so this
said his people sometimes pronounced plant is something of a fall pollinator-
it “waltus”…and “waltuses”. However magnet, especially on warm, sunny days.
you want to pronounce the words, let me In addition to wasps and bees, different
suggest that, contrary to rather common kinds of flies and beetles will often be
opinion, wasps are our friends, and a seen roaming around the flowers. The
fascinating group of organisms. It is true flowers themselves are arranged primarily
that an agitated wasp can deliver a sting, in what we call an umbel, with 25-30
but they usually do so only when very or so stalked flowers all arising from the
bothered. Meanwhile, they eat up plenty same point, the arrangement resembling
of different kinds of insect pests, mostly a “ball” of flowers. The arrangement is
in the form of caterpillars. So you can secondarily maintained in a branched
thank next year’s bountiful crop of green system, or panicle. So we would say that
beans to these insects. the whole thing is a panicle of umbels.
The wasp pictured is a common one, This evergreen species blooms here in
at least around my house. It’s the species the South in the autumn, and in my
Polistes carolina, I believe…and one of experience, the blooms survive unless hit
by a really hard freeze. But if the flowers Photo by John Nelson.
several species in that genus. Most people
survive, the young ovaries will remain on warm enough for one to accidentally get animal, and slide a piece of cardboard
would call it just a “wasp”, or maybe a
the plant, eventually swelling and turning into your home. This can be the cause of underneath. Take it outside the kitchen
“red wasp”. They are at their best when
purple-black, Very attractive in flower or a lot of commotion, but if you allow it to door and release, and voila: Many karma
it’s hot, obviously, but on some of these
fruit! calm down while resting on a flat surface, points will be yours!
late autumn days, when it warms up, you
Back to the red wasp: every now and you can place an empty glass over the
might see them in your garden, feeding [Answer: “Fatsia”, Fatsia japonica]
on nectar. They really like nectar. then, even in the winter, it might get
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roadtripS charleston

Take a government subsidized vacation


BY CAROL ANTMAN stayed a fifth day. On another Okefenokee Another historic stay was at the Adirondack chairs with mountain views
For The Island Connection exploration, we stayed at a Stephen Foster fabulous Lodge at Walkulla Springs welcomed us after a day of hiking. Some
State Park cabin near the swamp’s main in Florida. This meticulously restored visitors were planning to walk another 4

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ne of the best ways our tax money entrance where a memorable encounter 1930’s Spanish style inn sits amidst the miles to the beginning of the Appalachian
is spent is on the large network with bears at our picnic table surprised us. world’s largest and deepest freshwater Trail and keep the adventure going for
of state park cabins. Nestled in For a weekend with our kids and spring surrounded by cypress swamps. months!
scenic areas throughout the country, grandkids, we booked two cabins at The rooms are small but the lodge is full When our family was in Myrtle Beach
they offer a great way for an inexpensive Myrtle Beach State Park. They call of history. As we walked along the park’s in March, the weather was cold. Out our
family vacation. The accommodations that park the “last stand on the Grand boardwalks, we were excited to spot window we could see a few hardy campers
are basic but comfortable; they’re in Strand” because it’s the only swath of several massive manatees lolling. in tents and RV’s shivering around
beautiful natural areas and the prices nature amidst miles of cheesy fun: a great One of the Southeast’s greatest meager campfires. I was afraid we might
can’t be beat. Generally there are two combination for families. The park is adventures is the Len Foote Inn. It can be besieged by families begging for shelter
or more bedrooms, private bathrooms, right on the beach and set up for crowds only be reached by hiking about five in our warm, cozy cabin but we had it to
equipped kitchens, linens and towels, but during our off-season visit a few of us miles through the foothills of northern ourselves. We snuggled up and made a
pull out sofas, picnic tables, fire pits and had the run of the place. Georgia near Dahlonega. Before heading toast: Thanks FDR.
grills. There is also AC and heat. Right A favorite family memory is our up the mountain, a stay at Amicalola Falls
Roadtrips Charleston highlights
outside, are all the amenities the parks “staycation” at James Island County Park State Park is convenient. A couple of days
interesting destinations within a few hours
have to offer: everything from swimming one December weekend. Despite a relative enjoying the park’s paddle board courses,
drive of Charleston, S.C. as well as more far
to guided boat rides. They were begun in a wheelchair, the cabin accommodated fly fishing classes and guided hikes will
flung locales. Carol Antman’s wanderlust is
by the conservation minded president, us well. Many of the state parks offer get you in the mood for the next phase
driven by a passion for outdoor adventure,
Franklin D. Roosevelt, and developed by handicapped accessible cabins. How of the adventure. The path to Len Foote
artistic experiences, cultural insights and
the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public exciting to be there when the light show starts nearby. Backpacker Magazine called
challenging travel. For hot links, photographs
works program that operated from 1933 was going on! Especially on Christmas this trek one of the best hikes in America.
and previous columns or to make comments
to 1942. Three million men constructed Day when we had it all to ourselves. It was Len Foote is a state park facility nestled
please see peaksandpotholes.blogspot.com.
trails, built lodges and facilities in remote magical. in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
areas that continue to provide recreation When our extended family vacationed Their mission is to make experiencing
today. in Georgia, we rented the historic nature easy while protecting it through
My husband and I just returned from Burnham House at General Coffee State recreation and education. It’s a pleasant,
a stay at Laura Walker State Park in Park. This is not a rustic, basic cabin. The gently uphill walk through strands of
Folkston, Georgia. Walking trails around 19th century house features chandeliers, mountain laurel and rhododendron,
a picturesque lake started at our back door Queen Anne furniture and four across streams and ridges. It took us about If You Go:
and the Okefenokee Swamp, just up the comfortable bedrooms set within a park three hours. After we stashed our gear in SouthCarolinaParks.com
road, filled our days with exploration by known for its agricultural history displays a small private bunk room, we explored GaStateParks.org
bike and boat. From the rockers on our and farm animals. Three generations of the wonderful common spaces including
large screen porch, all we could hear family members fished, made bonfires, indoor and outdoor lounges and a dining
were woodpeckers. It was so enjoyable we hiked and relaxed in a beautiful setting. hall where filling communal meals are
served twice a day. Hot showers and
8 January 4, 2019
letter to the editor arts & events

Free coverage for liberal Todd & Huff winter offerings


billionaire? BLOCK-INS AND BEGINNING
OIL CLASSES

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urprised to see your heavy front page Did he pay you for that glowing
glowing coverage of liberal billionaire coverage of his leftist political causes? STAFF REPORT
lobbyist Tom Steyer, especially in a Or did you give him free PR so that you The Island Connection
paper that's "The Newspaper for Kiawah, could promote his political agenda?

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Seabrook and Bohicket Marina.” You introduce Steyer as a atricia Huff’s classes at Todd & Huff
Why did you cover an uber leftist "Philanthropist,” and then you give voice Art Center for the winter quarter will
political activist who spoke in Charleston to his political rants. Is that how you cover learning the different block-ins
in a local island paper? would introduce George Soros or a Koch? for oil, pastel, and acrylic paintings.
Disappointed in you. The beginnings of a painting set you
Signed - a Loyal Reader. on the right path to your successful
About Letters to the Editor Chris Dalambakis painting intentions. Do your paintings
/ Opinon / Editorials look like paint-by-numbers or are you just
Kiawah Island
All letters and Opinions submitted to
reproducing your photos? Do you want to
The Island Connection must bear a full
utilize a loose approach in your landscapes
name, address and phone number for
or do you want to accurately portray a Patricia Huff. Photo provided.
verification. Only the author’s name
portrait or figure? Learn the different
ways to begin your painting to achieve the demonstrations and plenty of individual help
and city will be printed. Submissions at your easel are included in her classes.
are accepted via email to
results you are striving to achieve.
The class will work on block-ins from The block-in class is for intermediate to
katy@luckydognews.com.
line drawing, to drawing with your advanced students and meets on Wednesdays
Submissions may be edited for
brush, to transparent wash beginnings, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Huff also teaches a
length and readability. The Island
alla prima, monochrome value beginning oil class which includes drawing,
Connection reserves the right to
underpaintings, toning a canvas, working composition, color theory and developing the
reject submissions that are libelous,
wet into wet, or glazing. Each method has different stages of a painting. The beginning
unseemly, not individually addressed
advantages and disadvantages depending oils meets on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1
to The Island Connection or that have
on the finished look desired. p.m. Easels are provided.
been previously published elsewhere.
The Island Connection will not publish Huff plans painting time as well as The Todd & Huff Art Center is located
letters endorsing political candidates. instructional time for her classes. Her at Bohicket Marina next to Luciano’s
Op-Ed articles and Letters to the teaching style includes hearing, seeing and Pizza. Call Patricia Huff at 404.245.5766
Editor do not reflect the opinion of doing to reinforce her philosophy of giving or email patbillhuff@earthlink.net with
Lucky Dog News or its writers. budding artists a good background and questions or to register. See PatriciaRHuff.
encouraging their own individual style. Short com, ToddHuffCenter.com for details.
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Y E A R R O U N D T R U T H & T R A N S PA R E N C Y

Johns Island Farmers Market

Photos provided.
STAFF REPORT This does not occur at any other Charleston area currently has any legal regulations for, as does California.
The Island Connection farmers market. Produce and goods from around the world are sold at the
Market owners and operators Frasier Block and Blue SC State Farmers Market/Food Hub in Columbia, where

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Laughters visit the farms and businesses of all vendors any "farmer" can buy and resell to customers under false
harleston's original year round farmers market, pretenses.
the Johns Island Farmers Market, begins Jan. 5 at JIFM, carefully documenting and asking questions
for its 6th year of operation every Saturday from to ensure the legitimacy of all items being sold at the Along with truth and transparency in local shopping,
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The market is easily found on the market. Weekly vendor booth checks for proper signage the JIFM has many other unique offerings. It's location at
beautiful campus of Charleston Collegiate School, 2024 and quality of goods reinforce an honest message for the Charleston Collegiate School campus offers amenities
Academy Drive, Johns Island, just off of Plowground customers. If there is something not right about the way such as ample safe, free parking, a game pavilion, and
Rd., a mile from Maybank Hwy. a vendor is operating, they will be asked to leave the pleasant oak tree-covered areas that are pet friendly.
market. Multiple breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, and drink options
Patrons can look forward to a joy filled experience along with comfortable seating areas, cozy fire pits,
with over 50 new and returning farmers, a variety of "If we do not trust a vendor, how can we in good
conscious have them there selling to our customers? a kids play zone, and musical entertainment make the
artisans, food trucks, music, and offerings for all ages. Johns Island Farmers Market a true local loving place to
The variety of goods that can be found at JIFM are top Fraud is all too common at other markets, so we are
taking a stand to ensure that no customer will be tricked experience each Saturday.
notch in quality, trustworthiness, and sure to fill many
shopping lists before going elsewhere. or lied to at JIFM." says Block, "It is our passion for this JIFM is currently calling out to all local growers and
market to be an honest one because people deserve the creators who would like a chance to reach the community
JIFM is proud to be the only farmers market in truth about local products and to understand what is in through an honest outlet. The market has weekly,
our local region upholding a Truth and Transparency season. We believe in doing the right thing and make it bi-weekly, and drop in spaces available all year, so please
campaign, which guarantees that all produce, foods, and a priority to listen to all of our vendors and customers in email johnsislandfarmersmarket@gmail.com to request a
handmade goods are honest about how/where they are creating a wonderful market experience." 2019 vendor application.
grown or made. The goal of this market is to create a
trustworthy, enriching experience for customers and for In light of research being done in many areas around For more information regarding Johns Island Farmers
them to know that the background work is being done the globe on fraud at farmers markets, the owners of Market, please visit JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com.
to ensure that everything sold here is legitimately local, JIFM emulate markets and policies that are doing the
sustainable and labeled correctly. right thing. This is not something that South Carolina
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for your health arts & events

New year, start fresh Fashions, food and fun


KIAWAH GARDEN CLUB HOSTS
FA S H I O N S H O W

BY BARBARA RADIN FOX on what you need to do and have realistic


For The Island Connection expectations about how to change your
habits. Make a commitment to actually

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ell it’s still the holiday season, making changes and have a specific plan
but now we have the New Year of exactly what you need to do differently.
to think about. Many people Realize that change is not easy, but if you
think of parties, champagne and New think positively that you can do it. Once
Year’s resolutions at this time, so let’s you make the change, keep thinking of
the benefits and if possible, keep track Jacki Byer and Joan Collar, Kiawah Island Garden Club’s Fashion Show co-chairs.
think about the resolutions. Photo by Martha Zink.
If you are reading this column, I of the benefits. Are you feeling better? If
assume that you have some interest in not, maybe you’ll need more time to see
being as healthy as possible! The New the results or maybe you need to do more BY MARTHA ZINK handmade jewelry by Gail Wamboldt
research to find out what more you can For The Island Connection of Mount Pleasant, which perfectly
Year is a great time for thinking about
to do. accessorized the clothing. The music was
starting fresh, especially about anything

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If you have a comment or question provided by Glenn Brown, “The Music
to do with one’s health. There are so n Dec.14, the Kiawah Island
about a health related topic, please contact Man.”
many possibilities for all of us: wanting Garden Club hosted members
to feel better by improving our diet, me at foxb@bodyandsoultherapy.com of the Seabrook Island Home Co-chairs for the event were Jacki Byer
sleep, exercise, getting rid of unwanted or 2045 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC and Garden Club for a brunch and and Joan Collar who created not only the
addictions such as smoking, drinking, 29412. fashion show. The event was held at the delicious menu but also presented it in a
gambling or improving relationships or a Sandcastle, which provided ocean views beautiful and whimsical way.
The Seabrook Island Health Professionals
difficult financial situation. Group, which is made up of retired and as the backdrop for the show. The next event for the Kiawah Island
All of these things are worthwhile to active health professionals, will meet at The models were members of the Garden Club will be on Jan. 14 at The
consider. Try to focus on what you or 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at 2896 Baywood Dr., Kiawah Island Garden Club who were Sandcastle where members can meet for
your health professional think is causing Seabrook Island. All are welcome, even if wearing fashions provided by Affordables refreshments at 9:30 a.m., followed by a
you the most problems. Do some research you have not attended a meeting before. on Folly Rd. Also showcased was Floral Design demonstration.
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daily daily

SEADOGS annual meeting Around in Circles


to be held Jan. 29 STORY OF LES ROBINSON

SPECIAL GUESTS FROM BY TOM MCQUEENEY


Special to The Island Connection
P I L O T S N PAW S
S
everal years in compilation, Around
in Circles details the seemingly
BY MITCH PULWER endless stories of a local NCAA
For The Island Connection basketball celebrity, Les Robinson.
If ever there was a Forrest Gump figure

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EADOGS, the Seabrook Island in the sport, this affable Sullivan’s Island
dogs-on-the-beach advocacy group, resident would be the main character. The
announced today that the Annual Les Robinson story weaves through the
Meeting will occur on Jan. 29, starting at legends with whom he became acquainted
6 p.m. in the Live Oak Hall at the Lake as a teenager—Jerry West, Oscar Robertson,
House. On this year’s agenda, the officers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Bill
will provide an annual review of 2018 for Russell, and Jerry Lucas. There are others
the SEADOGS organization. from James Worthy to Tom Gugliotta, and
In the second half of the meeting special David Thompson to Christian Laettner.
guests from the PilotsNPaws will give an There’s a great story on each player that
update on the organization’s mission and joggles his incredible memory. engenders yet more entertaining stories.
progress, and will also describe their pet Robinson's graduation to Tobacco Road He also served on the NCAA Men’s
rescue operations using volunteer airplane basketball under Coaches Everett Case Basketball NIT Selection Committee.
pilots. This will be an incredible program and Press Maravich brought him other The width and breadth of his experiences
describing the many needy animals that celebrity associations to include Pistol Pete include personal insights, endearing
were rescued and transported through the Maravich. His coaching career brought the reflections, and the main ingredient of the
air by kind-hearted flyers. rocking chair stories to a new level — Dean book — his inimitable humor.
All Seabrook Island residents are Smith, Jim Calhoun, Bobby Cremins, The book is available at The Citadel
invited to attend. New members are Mike Montgomery, Bobby Knight, Terry Gift Shop (immediately), Barnes and
always welcome. SEADOGS will be Holland, Jim Valvano, Al McGuire, Roy Noble and Amazon (by order), and
dessert to share. SEADOGS will provide Williams, and Mike Krzyzewski.
collecting charitable donations for the anywhere you see Les Robinson!
the drinks. In Robinson’s “other" career, he served
speaker’s organization, PilotsNPaws, a Around in Circles is the eighth book
501c3 charity. For more information on the event as Athletic Director at East Tennessee written by local author W. Thomas
The meeting is held during dinnertime, or about the SEADOGS, contact Mitch State, North Carolina State, and The McQueeney, a Citadel graduate who has
and will include a potluck meal. Please Pulwer at mjpulw@yahoo.com. Learn more Citadel. His service on the NCAA known Les Robinson for nearly a half-
bring either an appetizer, main dish or about Pilots N Paws at PilotsNPaws.org. Men’s Basketball Selection Committee century.
January 4 Island Connection Calendar February 2
ONGOING MORE INFO: Local, mixed community Wednesdays WHAT: Live Music at The Andell Inn FRIDAY, JAN. 4 MORE INFO: Deals from MORE INFO: Interactive workshop led MORE INFO: In collaboration with the
WHAT: Southbound: Photographs of and chorus, open for membership. Season runs WHAT: Timbers Kiawah Concerts in the WHERE: The Andell Inn Hotel, Charleston’s most renowned chefs. by Bob LeFevre. Open to non-members. Charleston County Public Library, the discussion
about the New South October through March. For information Courtyard Freshfields Village WHAT: Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count For a list of participating restaurants, To learn more about the Seabrook compliments the current exhibit featuring
WHERE: Halsey Institute of contact Director of Music, Van McCollum at WHERE: The Courtyard between Hege’s WHEN: 6-8 p.m. WHERE: Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns and menus and reservations visit Island Artist Guild and upcoming selections from a major private collection of
Contemporary Art 404.401.0678 or vanmccollum@bellsouth.net. and Java Java (Freshfields Village) MORE INFO: Relax with cool jazz every Wadmalaw Islands CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com. events, please go to the website at South Asian art in Charleston. Contact Becca
WHEN: Oct. 19 - March 2 WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening in the lounge of the Andell WHEN: various times SeabrookIslandArtistGuild.com. Hiester with questions at 843.722.2706 x237 or
Tuesdays MORE INFO: Count organizer, Aaron
MORE INFO: An unprecedented MORE INFO: Join Timbers Kiawah in Inn Hotel. Drinks and food available. No FRIDAY, JAN. 11 rhiester@gibbesmuseum.org.
Given, TOKI Wildlife Biologist, is looking for
exhibition co-curated by Mark Sloan, WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and The Courtyard every Wednesday for live cover charge. 843.793.6050. AndellInn.com. THURSDAY, JAN. 24-27
Kiawah residents that have bird feeders and are WHAT: Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Guitar Trio
director and chief curator of the Halsey Activities music with Chris Dodson, outdoor kids TUESDAY, JAN. 29
Institute of Contemporary Art, and WHERE: Nathaniel Russell House games, local art and beverages provided WHAT: Beginning Oil Painting willing to count the birds that visit their feeders WHERE: Turtle Point Clubhouse WHAT: Charleston Jazz Festival
Mark Long, professor of political science, WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. by Timbers Kiawah. The series will run WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, throughout the day. In addition, if anyone still WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: throughout Charleston WHAT: SEADogs Annual Meeting
both of whom are on the faculty of the MORE INFO: Family tours start on the half- through Wed., Aug. 29. Bohicket marina has Painted Buntings or hummingbirds coming MORE INFO: Tickets complimentary WHEN: various times WHERE: TBD
College of Charleston. For info visit hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Docent- WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to their bird feeders, please let him know. If and available to residents 12/18 and the MORE INFO: 5th Annual Charleston WHEN: TBD
SouthboundProject.org. led scavenger hunt tours, historic games and WHAT: English Conversation Club MORE INFO: Class includes drawing, you are interested in participating, email Aaron general public 12/22. Pick up tickets Jazz Festival will feature jazz legends and MORE INFO: Speaker from Pilots N Paws
toys in the garden. HistoricCharleston.org for WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library composition, color theory and painting Given at AGiven@kiawahisland.org. at the Municipal Center or online at emerging artists. Artists perform a wide will address the group. Pilots N Paws runs
Mondays information and to purchase tickets for the date WHEN: 2 p.m. techniques. See PatriciaRHuff.com or KiawahIsland.org/events. Sponsored by the range of styles including Swing, Salsa, Blues, an online meeting place where volunteers
WHAT: Family Trees and museum house you would like to attend. MORE INFO: Practice speaking English ToddHuffCenter.com for details. FRIDAY, JAN. 4 & 5 Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council. Brazilian, the American Songbook and more. can come together and arrange or schedule
WHERE: Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish, with a small group. Beginners to advanced For full lineup visit CharlestonJazz.com. rescue flights, overnight foster care or
WHAT: Beethoven’s 5th
3673 Maybank Hwy. WHAT: Kick-it at Bohicket learners welcome. A children’s program Thursdays & Sundays WHERE: Gaillard Center
WHAT: Seabrook Island Garden Club shelter, and all other related animal rescue
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. WHERE: Bohicket Marina and/or craft will be provided during the WHAT: Live Music WHERE: Lake House TUESDAY, JAN. 22 activities. For info about the Seabrook Dog
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Owners Group visit SIDogs.org.
MORE INFO: Begin exploring the WHEN: 6:30 p.m. club meeting. Registration is not required; WHERE: 48 A Wine Bar
MORE INFO: Charleston Symphony MORE INFO: “Growing and Cooking WHAT: Martha Graham Dance
process of clearing title for heirs’ property MORE INFO: Face painting, a balloon artist, call 843.559.1945 for more information. WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Orchestra featuring Zachary Hammond on Company
by defining the family tree. For more DJ and sand art bracelets. Co-sponsored by MORE INFO: Featuring 48 wines with Herbs,” presented by Pat Harpell. For SATURDAY, FEB. 2
oboe and Ken Lam, Conductor. For tickets information on membership please contact WHERE: Gaillard Center
information or to make an appointment The Town of Seabrook Island & Bohicket WHAT: Kids Fish by the glass every day. For details visit
and information visit GaillardCenter.org. Holli Bolte at hmbolte@yahoo.com. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHAT: Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K
for an initial assessment call 843.810.1036 Merchants Association. For questions call Todd WHERE: Bohicket Marina FortyEightWineBar.com.
at 248.719.0076. MORE INFO: Founded in 1926, MGDC is WHERE: Folly Beach Pier
WHEN: Check-in at 8:30 a.m., Fishing
WHAT: Farmer’s Market from 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Saturday SATURDAY, JAN. 5 SATURDAY, JAN. 12 known for being the oldest American dance WHEN: 8:30 a.m.
First and Third WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market company and a world leader in the evolving MORE INFO: Save the Light, Inc.
WHERE: Freshfields Village MORE INFO: For ages 4-14. Cost is WHAT: Haiku Workshop
Tuesdays WHERE: Charleston Collegiate SChool, WHAT: Shuckin’ on the Cooper development of contemporary, innovative partners with CCPRC for second annual
WHEN: 4 - 8 p.m. $7.00- includes bait, tackle, rod and reel. WHERE: Johns Island Regional Library
WHAT: The Charleston County Public 2024 Academy Rd. WHERE: Mount Pleasant Pier dance. One night only. For tickets visit race benefitting Morris Island Lighthouse.
MORE INFO: Shop locally grown organic Check-in 8:30- Fishing 9-10 a.m. and WHEN: 1-2:30 p.m.
Library Bookmobile WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHEN: 1-4 p.m. gaillardcenter.org. Both USATF-certified races begin and
produce along with specialty food products, 10-11 a.m. Co-sponsored by The Town of MORE INFO: Learn more about this
WHERE: Parking lot behind Hege’s MORE INFO: Charleston’s only year- MORE INFO: Steamed oysters, live end near the Folly Beach Pier. Half
delicious treats, fresh seafood and Lowcountry Seabrook Island & Bohicket Merchants Japanese poetic form. Informal sharing
crafts. Or come hungry and enjoy BBQ, take- WHEN: 10-11 a.m. Association. For questions call Todd at round farmers market, highlighting music by Joshua Jarman. Food and drinks FRIDAY, JAN. 25 marathon is a run-only event; the 5K is
and discussion session. If you have written available for sale. Buckets of oysters from open to runners and walkers. To register
away dinners, sweets and more. MORE INFO: Bookmobile is back the 248.719.0076. produce and locally produced goods Haiku, please bring them to share. For WHAT: Book Club Discussion: The
first and third Tuesdays of the month. The and foods. Live music, kids activities. Charleston Bay Gourmet will be $10 visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call
more info visit CCPL.org. each, and Dave ‘N’ Dubs variety of hot Death of Vishnu: A Novel 843.795.4386.
WHAT: Charleston Coastal Choir schedule for the summer is June 19, July 3 WHAT: Block-In Art Class JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com for details. WHERE: Gibbes Museum of Art
& 17, August 7 & 21. dogs. Sponsored by CCPRC, tickets $8 in
WHERE: Church of Our Savior WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center,
WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 advance, $10 on-site, if available, advance WHEN: 1-2:30 p.m.
WHEN: 1 p.m. Bohicket marina
WHERE: Charleston Collegiate campus, purchase recommended. Children age 3 and
WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. WHAT: Genealogy Fair
2024 Academy Rd. under are free. CharlestonCountyParks.com
MORE INFO: Class covers line drawing, WHERE: The Lake House
WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or by calling 843.795.4386.
drawing with a brush, transparent WHEN: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
wash, alla prima, monochrome value MORE INFO: Local farmers, vendors MORE INFO: Hosted by the Seabrook
underpaintings, toning a canvas, and artisans, live music, food trucks. Island Genealogy Club, Digging Into SUNDAY, JAN. 13
working wet into wet, and glazing. See Charleston’s only year-round market. Roots Together, free event features WHAT: Joe Gransden Quartet
PatriciaRHuff.com or ToddHuffCenter. JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com. experts from Charleston Public Library, WHERE: Turtle Point Clubhouse, Kiawah
com for details. Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
Third Saturday of Genealogy Society, and the Daughters MORE INFO: Quentin Baxter presents a 2019
Thursdays the Month of the Revolution. Open to all Seabrook three-part jazz series, sponsored by the Town
WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and WHAT: Sea Islands Cars & Coffee Island, Kiawah Island and Kiawah of Kiawah Island Cultural Events Fund. First
Activities WHERE: Freshfields Village, Kiawah River Estates owners. For more info visit concert of the series features trumpeter/vocalist
WHERE: Aiken-Rhett House WHEN: 9-11 a.m. DiggingTogether.blogspot.com. Joe Gransden. Tickets are $25, available at
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MORE INFO: This free event will feature BaxterMusic.org or call 843.766.8814.
MORE INFO: Family tours start on the half- antiques, classics, exotics, concepts and any WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9-JAN. 20
hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Docent- other cool cars. Coffee and other refreshments
led scavenger hunt tours, historic games and available for purchase by Java Java Coffee WHAT: Charleston Restaurant Week TUESDAY, JAN. 15
toys in the garden. HistoricCharleston.org for House. If you have any specific questions WHERE: Locations throughout WHAT: Seabrook Island Artist Guild
information and to purchase tickets for the date about the event, please contact Bruce Charleston WHERE: The Lake House
and museum house you would like to attend. Stemerman at bstemerman@gmail.com. WHEN: various times WHEN: 1-3:30 p.m.
14 January 4, 2019
financial focus

Year-end: Put this year's investment


performance in perspective
BY DIMI MATOUCHEV goal and then compare that desired return can expect, and reviewing your portfolio gain a thorough understanding of where
For The Island Connection with your actual results. in the context of your goals, risk tolerance you are, where you want to go and how
Realistic – Ideally, of course, you’d and changing circumstances, you can you can help yourself get there.
like really high returns with really low risk

H
ow can you assess your investment but that’s really not feasible. To get high
portfolio’s performance in 2018? returns, you’ll need to invest aggressively,
The year was full of wild swings in which means you’ll need your portfolio to
the financial markets, so your own results be heavily weighted in stocks. However,
may well have bounced around quite a bit, stocks are also riskier than more
too. But you can still get a clear picture of conservative investments, such as bonds
how you did if you keep your investments’ or government securities. So, you’ll need
returns in the proper perspective, by to be realistic in what you can anticipate
making sure your expectations are from your portfolio. You can shoot for
relevant, realistic and reviewed. high returns and accept the higher level of
Let’s look at how these terms can risk, or you can lower your expectations in
apply to a meaningful evaluation of your exchange for greater stability.
investment progress: Reviewed – The performance of the
Relevant – Many investors compare financial markets, and also your own
their portfolio returns to a popular portfolio, will fluctuate from year to
market index, such as the S&P 500. year. Consequently, it’s important to
But this comparison is not really valid review your portfolio’s results and the
for a variety of reasons. For one thing, progress you’re making toward your
indexes are typically not diversified across goals on a regular basis, possibly with the
different types of investments, the S&P help of a financial professional. In these
500, for instance, only tracks large U.S. reviews, you may conclude that you’re
companies. But your portfolio should doing fine, or you might discover that
consist of a broad range of investments: you need to rebalance your portfolio by
domestic and international stocks, realigning your investments with your
bonds, mutual funds, government goals and risk tolerance, or perhaps make
securities and so on, appropriate for other adjustments, such as changing the
your goals and risk tolerance. Also, your amount you invest, to get you back on
portfolio’s performance will be affected track. In addition, you may even need
by your contributions and withdrawals, to re-evaluate these goals in response to
while market index returns are not. changes in your life: a new job, marriage,
So, instead of measuring your results new child, and so on, as these changes
against an index and possibly worrying could affect the rate of return you need
about underperformance, you’re better from your investments.
off establishing relevant expectations of As you look back on 2018, and look
your investment returns, based on your forward to 2019 and beyond, take a
specific goals. So, for example, if you want holistic approach to how you evaluate your
to retire at age 62, you’ll need to know investments’ performance. By looking for
the rate of return you need to achieve this relevance, being realistic about what you
Wishing you a prosperous
and Happy New Year!

Alejandro J. Ferreyros Chuck Mimms


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