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Deninufay African dancers and drummers at the 2019 Gullah Celebration. Photo by Marlisa Bannister.

Gullah Celebration reaches new heights

BY JIM BANNISTER “Over 800 people visited this year’s gala event, literally beverages, managed the popular silent auction, handled
For The Island Connection shattering all previous attendance marks. Not only that, set-up and tear-down, operated the AV equipment, and
but the Celebration raised an all-time high of well over did everything needed to make the event run smoothly.

$125,000 to help feed the hungry and provide water for “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the
aturday, May 4 started out with ominous dark grey the thirsty families on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands,”
clouds looming just across the Kiawah River, but Celebration and we cannot thank them enough for their
reports Shirley Salvo, President of the Sea Islands Hunger time and talent,” said Volunteer Coordinator, Louise
the threatening rain stayed away for what turned Awareness Foundation.
out to be near perfect weather for the 5th Annual Gullah Baucom.
Celebration held on the Freshfields Village Green. The Celebration was staffed by nearly 100 brightly
tee-shirted volunteers who sold tickets, served food and Gullah Celebration continues on page 4

Student Report STEM at Mt. Zion Roadtrips Charleston

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Former Mayor in memorium

Lynn Pierotti
The Island Connection Sr. Staff Writer

sometime after his retirement and move 10. Serving as a board member of
Katy Calloway
to Kiawah in 1999. Our Lady of Mercy Community
managing editor Wert apparently didn’t believe in Outreach.
katy@luckydognews.com retiring though, and began volunteering Wert was clearly busy and public
immediately. He was elected to a three-year service is often thankless work, but his
Jennifer Tuohy stint on the Kiawah Island Community determination never flagged. There were
contributing editor Association’s (KICA) board the very some contentious meetings observed by
next year. He served as board president this reporter over the years, and Wert
during his third year and simultaneously navigated them with a singular aplomb.
managed to be elected to the first of four He took the same sense of dignity with
Alejandro Ferreyros terms as the mayor of Kiawah Island. him to Hospice of Charleston.
senior graphic designer Wert focused on improving the quality Wert and his family are still serving
alejandro@luckydognews.com of life for the property owners. Some of the public by promoting; Respite Care
the many victories he cited in materials Charleston RespiteCareCharleston.
Lori McGee produced during a bid for re-election org, Our Lady of Mercy Community
included; Outreach OLMOutreach.org, and
sales manager CurePSP CurePSP.org.
1. Fathering the original KICA
lori@luckydognews.com listserv to facilitate communication For more information on the life and
between hundreds of residents times of Bill Wert visit his online guestbook at
with a single email. Legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary.
Senior Staff Writer 2. Implementing a groundbreaking The comments of friends and family are
Gregg Bragg Development Agreement with the available, and visitors are encouraged to add
William G. Wert. Photo courtesy Post & Kiawah Island Golf Resort. their own comments in honor of his memory.
Contributors Courier. 3. Constructing the parkway bike
ormer Town of Kiawah Island Mayor path from the front gate to
Jim Bannister
William “Bill” Wert passed quietly Freshfields.
David Lucas 4. Orchestrating the largest
on Monday, April 29, 2019. Despite The Kiawah Island Town Council
Carroll Dunn non-federally funded beach
a long and pitched battle with health report from May 7 will be available
Joy Millar issues, he was often seen making public restoration project on the east online at IslandConnectionNews.com.
Cassell Presnell appearances with wife Patricia “Pat” Wert, coast of the United States.
Carlie Joye and always seemed ready with a welcoming 5. Increasing Kiawah’s bird
Dale Leibach smile and clever retort. His social graces population through environmental
were the product of a lifetime spent in stewardship.
Carol Antman
public service that began in college. 6. Implementing the recycling
Bill Wolford
A Bachelor’s degree from State program currently utilized by
Greg Lucas University of New York Maritime College, residents.
and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering 7. Fostering a sense of community
from Union College in Schenectady set among Kiawah residents as well as
Wert on the path to four years of service in with Seabrook and Johns Island.
the United States Navy. His commission 8. Leading efforts to make Kiawah’s
gave way to the private sector in 1966, and voice heard in the state legislature
Wert spent the next 33 years working for and reducing property taxes.
General Electric. He achieved the rank 9. Chairing the board of the Medical
of vice president by 1993, and somehow University of South Carolina’s
had time for a son, two daughters, six Storm Eye Institute.
grandchildren, and a great grandchild

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Congratulations to Ms. Anna Elizabeth Wechter, a freshman from Seabrook

Island, for making the Presbyterian College Dean’s List during the Spring 2019
semester. The Dean’s List is composed of students who have earned between
a 3.3 and a 3.9 grade point average. Photo provided.

Tid e Char t

Date High Tide Low Tide

May 24 12:47am/1:05pm 7:02am/6:56pm
May 25 1:34am/1:56pm 7:49am/7:48pm
May 26 2:24am/2:50pm 8:37am/8:45pm
May 27 3:15am/3:43pm 9:25am/9:44pm
May 28 4:07am/4:35pm 10:13am/10:42pm
May 29 4:57am/5:25pm 11:00am/11:36pm
May 30 5:46am/6:12pm 11:45am
May 31 6:34am/6:58pm 12:27am/12:30pm
Jun 01 7:20am/7:42pm 1:15am/1:14pm
Jun 02 8:05am/8:25pm 2:02am/1:59pm
Jun 03 8:51am/9:10pm 2:48am/2:44pm
Jun 04 9:37am/9:56pm 3:35am/3:31pm
Jun 05 10:26am/10:44pm 4:22am/4:20pm
Jun 06 11:17am/11:36pm 5:11am/5:11pm

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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daily wildlife
grits, pulled pork sliders, chicken wings,
tomato pie, mac ‘n cheese, peach cobbler,
and banana pudding catered by the Stono
Leave them be
Market and Tomato Shed Café. The
beer stand kept busy serving two craft
selections donated by Low Tide Brewing
and Dale Snyder, and the also popular BY DAVID LUCAS, SCDNR the hundreds of alligator complaints SCDNR conservation officers and
wine table offered selections of white and For The Island Connection reported to the SCDNR each season, biologists urge the public to be especially
red varietals provided by FortyEight Wine more than half involve alligators less cautious around large alligators. While

Bar & Kitchen. than 5 feet in length – animals that pose typically shy and inclined to avoid
s the weather warms up, alligators little, if any, threat to humans. Alligators confrontations with people, alligators can
What is a celebration without a silent all over the state are coming out
auction? Actually, this year’s edition was of this size feed on crawfish, aquatic be dangerous, especially if they have been
Local artist Mary Whyte and “both” Sweet of their winter hiding places and insects, small snakes, frogs, and turtles. fed in the past by humans, and people
the ‘mother of all silent auctions’ with basking in the sun, especially in the
Margarets. Photo by Marlisa Bannister. 268 or more items offered to a seemingly The average body weight of alligators 3 should always maintain a safe distance
coastal plain. If you have never seen one of feet in length is not quite 4 pounds. Four- from ANY gator, regardless of size. Staying
Gullah Celebration continues from cover endless stream of folks looking for these impressive reptiles before, you might
whatever struck their fancy or piqued foot alligators average about 11 pounds, on marked paths and avoiding the edges
be surprised, or even intimidated, to see while gators measuring 5 feet average of ponds or waterways – especially while
So, what is a celebration without festive their interest, ranging from Art to a such an animal lying on the bank of your
music and dance? There was plenty of Zimbabwe safari . . . and everything in only about 22 pounds. Just like any wild walking pets – is a good safety practice,
neighborhood pond, but there’s probably animal, even small alligators can bite, but and never throw food or other objects into
that provided by the colorfully dressed between. Cape Cod getaway, anyone? no reason to panic, according to the
and multi-talented Deninufay African Had that, too. as the old saying goes, “they are probably the water where gators live.
South Carolina Department of Natural more afraid of you than you are of them.”
Dance and Drum Production group. Artists, crafters and authors appearing Resources (SCDNR) wildlife biologists While keeping those safety guidelines
On the spiritual side, the beautiful and at this year’s Festival were Joann G. who manage this iconic species. Alligators are cold-blooded (also called and information firmly in mind,
soul-stirring songs presented by Ann Brown with her sweetgrass baskets and ectothermic), which means that they can’t understand that it isn’t necessary to call
Many of the gators that inhabit the produce their own body heat. When an Alligator sunning itself on the banks of the and report small gators that are simply
Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers kept Ausar Vandross with his all-natural shea ponds of golf courses, resorts, communities alligator lies on grass or mud, fully out of Oak Point Golf Course at Kiawah River basking near their normal habitat. By
the audience clapping along in the tented butter African black soap and handmade and other areas with common greenspace the water, its primary goal is to soak up Estates. Photo provided. observing these simple safety rules, both
theater during both of their scheduled scented soaps. that include prime alligator habitat are
stage appearances. Finally, what is a celebration without the heat from the sun. Alligators almost notify either the appropriate Public Safety citizens and visitors should be able to
relatively small. It can take as long as exclusively hunt from the water, so an department for the town or county you are co-exist with gators.
Other on-stage presentations included sponsors? Well, space simply doesn’t a decade for an alligator hatchling to
the announcement of the 2019 Gullah allow mentioning all the generous people alligator on land is most likely just trying in, or the security staff if visiting a private “American alligators are native
reach the six-foot length that is generally to get warm and will retreat into the water resort or “plantation.” Most resorts and
Art Project Winners from Angel Oak whose financial support not only helps considered “adult” size. When left alone, animals, and they deserve our respect,
and Frierson Elementary schools, Haut the Gullah Celebration continue, but also if surprised or threatened. In the spring other private communities along the coast as they have an important role to play
smaller gators pose very little threat to months, alligators roaming in search of have signs advising who to call to report
Gap Middle School, and St. Johns High provides major funding for the Sea Islands people, according to SCDNR biologist in South Carolina's ecosystems,” said
School, plus a special guest appearance of Hunger Awareness Foundation, Sea new territories can result in animals that an out-of-place or potentially dangerous Hart. “While we definitely don’t want
and Alligator Program Coordinator find themselves “stuck” away from their gator. The SCDNR may be called upon in
‘Sweet Margaret’ and noted artist, Mary Islands Water Wellness Mission and the Morgan Hart. to discourage people from calling-in any
Whyte. Fr. Karl Burns, Rector of the Sea Islands Blessing Basket throughout regular habitat. As the sun goes down, a such cases – typically to assist with gators situation they feel could be dangerous,
That may be true, but for many of piece of sun-warmed pavement such as that pose an immediate safety hazard. just be aware that smaller gators that are
Church of Our Saviour, kept the program the year. the out-of-state visitors who flock to the
running smoothly as the emcee. a roadway, parking lot or driveway may First responders will normally contact in their normal habitat do not typically
For more information about the Sea Islands Carolina coast in the summertime, and seem like an attractive resting spot to the the SCDNR if that step is necessary, but pose a problem, so long as people keep a
What is a celebration without food even for some native South Carolinians
Hunger Awareness Foundation and its many gator, which can cause traffic hazards or citizens having questions or concerns about safe distance from them.”
and drink? It was plentiful! The crowd unused to seeing them, any alligator
partners and affiliates, visit the organization’s other public safety concerns. any alligator may also contact the SCDNR
enjoyed a delicious selection of favorite sighting may be a frightening event. Of
website at FightIslandHunger.org. In that situation, the best thing to do is to directly by calling 1.800.922.5431.
Lowcountry dishes including shrimp &
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daily daily

Art and House Tour Doors to Freedom

celebrates banner year SI’S WOMEN INSPIRED
LOCAL PROGRAMS For The Island Connection

BY CARROLL DUNN event with publicity and security. haron Rikard returned to the I’On
For The Island Connection “Together we were able to achieve our Meetinghouse on April 8 to deliver a
common goal: raising funds which support presentation to the Women Inspired

t its year-end luncheon, it was art programs for schools on Johns and Through Stories group on her project,
announced that the 2019 Art and Wadmalaw Islands,” explained Wolford. Doors to Freedom. Started in 2011 to lobby
House Tour was the most financially The programs selected to receive funds our state senate to pass anti sex trafficking Seabrook Island’s Women Inspired
successful tour to date, raising over $94,000. this year are: laws for SC, Rickard’s greater goal was to Through Stories group. Photo provided.
This is outstanding news as this support • Gibbes Museum of Art – “It Stats provide a safe home for survivors of sex
allowed the organization to distribute funds With a Dot” trafficking and the services needed to help partnering with Habitat for Humanity to
for eight art programs that are integrated • Chamber Music Charleston – them regain the life stolen from them. convert “out” buildings on the property
into the curriculum and presented during Classical Kids Concerts Rikard started by helping with the basics to provide the additional classroom and
the school year and the summer recess. of survival: providing transportation, office space needed as the number of
• Engaging Creative Minds – Summer residents increases.
Each of these eight programs enhances STEAM Program advocacy and case management. Now,
the lives of the children and youth on Johns education, life skills training, health, Today the house, which has been
• Ballet Evolution – School purchased, restored and lovingly
and Wadmalaw Islands who participate in Performances and Demonstrations nutrition, and personal growth are taught
them as well as their families. Ginny Brush, with individualized plans. Many of us do decorated, is home to eight young women
President of Arts, etc., indicated that the • College of Charleston – Children’s not realize the upward climb these girls and on April 9, celebrated its one-year
tremendous support from the business Opera and women have in front of them. Often, anniversary. It is the only such place in
and member sponsors was particularly • Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art they do not know what to do with feelings South Carolina.
significant this year stating, “Our members • College of Charleston – Project Inspire of peace or loving interaction. Creating Women Inspired Through Stories
are an amazing group of talented women.” • Pure Theatre- Life Skills Workshops a safe, loving and nurturing space for mission is to support groups that empower
The chairpersons of this year’s tour were victims is the vital first step to rebuilding women and children through self-
Arts, etc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) sufficiency and education. It is happy to
Patty Wolford and Molly Macauley. Both their lives.
organization of women residing on Kiawah support Doors to Freedom with its fourth
of these ladies expressed gratitude to the and Cassique. Its purpose is to raise funds, In 2016, Women Inspired Through
homeowners whose homes were featured on Stories held their first fundraiser for fundraiser, raising over $16,000.
through donations and events to support
the tour. They also credit the chairpersons the arts in our greater community and to Doors to Freedom. With these funds, For information on Sharon Rikard’s
and the many, many volunteers who worked provide educational and social opportunities grants and generous support from many project, Doors to Freedom, visit
for months in advance of the tour, as well for its membership. Distribution of funds is others, Rikard was able to obtain a house DoorsToFreedom.com.
as the community who rallied behind the at the discretion of the organization. for her mission. Future plans include
May 24, 2019 7
student report

Johns Island Farmers Market,

truth & transparency
Special to The Island Connection

This objective was based on the fact that not all markets When asked what their favorite part of the Market
in South Carolina were being honest about where their was, Longtime shoppers, Nancy and Jim Gouse said,
products came from and how they were made or grown. “The people, whether the vendors or the clients.”
Block and Headrick wanted to fix that and provide a safe, Another loyal customer, John Redant, said that his
happy environment for people to shop for groceries. favorite part of the Market is, “the outdoors, honestly,
The Market started out as a small business with a few just being outside and not being in a building.” He added,
venders off of Maybank Highway. As it grew, so did its “For me, it’s like a nice, outdoor, open atmosphere; it
vendors, customers, and message. feels more personal. You have people serving you goods
Currently situated on the grounds of Charleston they’ve made or have grown with their own two hands.”
Collegiate School for a more friendly and welcoming Local Chef Maya Morrill explains that her favorite part
atmosphere, the Market always has two food trucks on of the Market is that it stays open all year. She is able to
site, switched every week, and occasionally, live music. get food from the Market whenever she wants and that
The Market is set up in an o-shape to encourage visitor makes it easy to come up with delicious new recipes. When
traffic to all the booths. The shape works much like a asked, customers described the Market as, “truthful”,
roundabout, situated so that shoppers don’t need to cut “welcoming,” wonderful,” and even “a dream.”
across or in front of one another in order to get where they The Market is open to anyone and everyone, so next
want to go. It also allows customers to get around more time you find yourself without something to do on a
quickly and smoothly. Outside of the circle, there is a play sunny Saturday, challenge yourself to find your groceries
area with toys set up for the children so that they are safely at the Market or just visit to say hello!
occupied and within view while their caretakers shop.
The Student Report project is a collaborative program
Vertical Roots is a locally owned and operated
The Farmers Market allows farmers, artisans, and between the Charleston Collegiate School, The Johns Island
hydroponic, living lettuce company. Each head of lettuce
entrepreneurs to display and sell local goods. These Farmers Market and the Island Connection.
can be traced back to the seed, which supports the JIFM
items range from foods: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy
products, jams, spices, and even coffee, to goods: herbs, The Johns Island Farmers Market is open Every
promise of truth & transparency. Photo provided. Saturday, Year Round from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the
body products, candles, pet products, woven fabrics, and

he Johns Island Farmers Market was started on wooden utensils. All of these products are double and campus of Charleston Collegiate School which is pet-friendly
January 11, 2014 by Frasier Block and Blue Headrick. triple checked to make sure that the sellers are truthful with ample free parking. JIFM is the only market in town
The shopping center, open every Saturday for the about their origin so that nobody who visits the Market to guarantee Truth & Transparency in all products sold,
people of Charleston, originally started for and still upkeeps has to worry about where the food and/or products come hosting 50+ farmers & vendors, food trucks, music, and a
a very important and unique goal: truth and transparency. from. play area.
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2019 Fleming Senior Open set for October

BY DALE LEIBACH Ball events. This competition is worth amateur champions. The tournament
For The Island Connection 1,000 points to those players. Included is also a draw for tennis players from
in the draws are former professional tour Seabrook and Kiawah Islands.

players, National Gold Ball champions, While a premier tennis tournament,
he Seabrook Island Racquet Club
Former Davis Cup players, Collegiate the Fleming has also been devoted to
has announced the 36th annual
Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay benefiting a local charitable organization.
State Championship will be held on Over the past few years, the Fleming
has raised nearly $300,000 for local,
Seabrook Island from October 2-6, 2019. Because of the worthwhile and important causes.
The United States Tennis Association
(USTA) sanctioned tournament was most importance in Last year, the charitable beneficiary
recently named South Carolina’s Adult fighting hunger was The Sea Islands Blessing Basket, a Sea
Tournament of the year, the third time it Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation,
has received that award.
on Johns and nonprofit organization mission. SIHAF
Mike Kiser, Seabrook Racquet Club Wadmalaw supports charitable food-related programs
Director, said the popular tournament Islands we have that feed the hungry and provide
is the highest USTA amateur level drinkable well water to those in need on
competition, drawing players from the
selected the Wadmalaw and Johns Islands.
southeast and beyond. Sea Islands SIHAF is 100% volunteer operated
The Fleming is a South Carolina Level Blessing Basket and distributes 98% of the money raised
1 State Championship and Southern Level to families in need. Once a month the Sea
200 Point Tournament. For amateur
for a second Islands Blessing Basket distributes food to
players the mixed doubles division year. They do an approximately 510 residents of Johns and
represents the tennis association’s highest Wadmalaw Islands whose income is below
extraordinary the poverty level. The food provided is Seabrook residents leveraged their home
amateur level competition.
The tournament offers 44 events job of enough for seven meals each month. court advantage claiming four titles in
including singles, doubles and mixed- providing food “Because of the importance in fighting 2017 including Harvey Hines-Men’s 55’s
doubles for women and men ages 35-80. hunger on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands Singles and Andrea Hines-Women’s 45’s
to those in need we have selected the Sea Islands Blessing Singles (pictured above).
Registration begins Monday, August
Basket for a second year. They do an only extra shelf-stable food, but for the
5. To register or receive additional
extraordinary job of providing food to
information on this year’s tournament Cat Russo those in need,” Cat Russo, tournament
first time the opportunity for recipients to
visit USTA.com. The tournament ID is receive fresh produce and proteins.
Division 1 standouts, South Carolina and chair said.
Southern Hall of Fame players and the Russo noted that the tournament in For more information on Sea Islands Hunger
This will be the Fleming’s 6th year Awareness visit FightIslandHunger.org.
highest ranked national and international 2018 raised $35,000 and provided not
hosting the Mixed Doubles National Gold
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Mt. Zion raises funds for STEM


An elementary school STEM based SmartLab uses technology and manipulatives to promote creative thinking. Photo provided.


For The Island Connection

t’s no surprise that students have more fun and retain a.m. to 2 p.m. This fair is loaded with action. Kids will and engineering generate wages that average 93% above
information better when they are connecting circuits get to enjoy three different STEM-related activities like the national average wage, and roughly double the
to build a robot, mixing vinegar and baking soda to a laser maze, coding challenge and a robot challenge. income of non-STEM occupations. Our students deserve
explode a model volcano, and calculating the distance to Several students will present results of recently completed these incredible opportunities.
catapult a ball. Hands-on learning is at the core of the STEM experiments and prizes will be awarded. There will Kiawah Cares is currently fundraising on behalf of
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) be a bounce house, performance by Soulfully Creative the Mt. Zion Elementary School, and acting as a fiscal
program, and the concepts taught spur interest in the Kids and a DJ. The PTA plans to sell hot dogs, lemonade, agent, to fund the $160,000 STEM program. To join
nation’s fastest growing and most lucrative career sectors. popcorn, take-home chicken dinners and more. Special this incredible education effort, visit KiawahCares.org/
This environment of real-world problem solving, guests Sandy Tecklenburg and Sonya Stephens of ABC stem to learn more or donate.
collaboration, creativity and innovation is something News 4 will be in attendance.
Mt. Zion Elementary School hopes to implement for the All community members are invited to attend the festival
benefit of all 280 students in the 2019-2020 school year. to learn more about Mt. Zion and see the impact a STEM WHAT: STEM Festival
School leadership, the School Improvement Council program could have on the education of our students. WHERE: Mt. Zion Elementary School
(SIC) and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are Implementing the STEM SmartLab and curriculum at the WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
working together to raise funds to build an interactive school is a roughly $160,000 start-up investment, yet the MORE INFO: STEM related kids activities,
STEM SmartLab and implement the powerful STEM lessons will fuel student learning for years to come. experiments and awards. Live performances and
curriculum and activities. A hands-on STEM education is not only proven to music. PTA sponsored food and drinks, including
To show the community, students and teachers how boost test scores and learning retention, but it also sets the
carry-out chicken dinners, for purchase.
fun and effective STEM learning can be, the school is foundation for future success in a STEM career. STEM-
hosting a STEM Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 10 related jobs, like computer programming, informatics
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Getting in on the act

BY CAROL ANTMAN world.” She went on to complete three Caroline Hagood was an apprentice It’s a very competitive process that
For The Island Connection more apprenticeships and is now the in 2013 in Artists Services. “I learned a requires ambition and passion, the kind
festival’s assistant box office manager. lot about organization skills and time that Gabriella Plyler displayed when
management… especially how to be she said, “I promised myself that I will

Apprenticeships also provide skills
he pay is low and the hours are for the real work world. Nick Bragin open-minded to adapting to changes in always try my best to work in a place that
long but apprentices at Spoleto apprenticed in 2013 in Box Office plans and how to have a flexible schedule,” represents the arts in any form…and have
love the experience. They rave Operations while a grad student. said Hagood. She has found these skills always wanted to work within this type
about seeing their first opera, getting to “Spoleto utilizes Tessitura software invaluable as she continues college. of environment and organization.” But
personally know the performers, watching that is designed for ticketing, customer Applicants are forewarned that the long those who have completed the experience
the festival ignite the city and being part relationship management, development hours include evenings and weekends and encourage others to apply.
of that magic. Meanwhile, they’re getting and marketing. Tessitura is an industry that the pay is minimal. Depending on Allison Ross-Spang says, “…seeing the
a reality check on their career paths. standard and my time at Spoleto afforded the department assignment, duties range festival come together and being able to
Gabriella Plyler is an arts management me the opportunity to learn the ropes,” from hospitality and transportation for say I helped gave me a lot of confidence
major at the College of Charleston and said Bragin. artists to moving orchestra equipment that I was in the right field.”
an apprentice this year in media relations Working under impressive leadership, and instruments. Production assistants Carolina Hagood echoes that sentiment
where she hopes to get, “insight into a he also acquired a perspective on effective may build sets or assist electrical work. saying, “I would definitely recommend
world renowned arts festival beyond the management, lessons he brought to his Accounting personnel help with payroll this apprenticeship opportunity to
classroom and online,” and “to learn more current job as the fulltime guest services and purchase orders. Photo shoots and applicants. It is a phenomenal cultural
about how a festival is curated, what it is manager at a large venue in Indiana where press releases often keep Media Relations experience and a window into how large
like behind the scenes of a performance.” he manages 40 people. apprentices busy. Most positions scale, professional arts festivals function.”
The Apprenticeship Program is a As it did for Nick, working at Spoleto take place during the festival except
big part of what makes the festival run production assistants who begin in April. Roadtrips Charleston highlights
enhances resumes and often leads to interesting destinations within a few hour’s
so smoothly. It offers short, hands-on permanent jobs. When Allison Ross- Compensation includes a small living
experiences under the guidance of allowance and housing plus $50 in travel drive of Charleston, SC as well as more far
Spang applied to be an apprentice she was flung locales. Carol Antman’s wanderlust is
professional arts administrators and graduating from the College of Charleston expenses for out of town applicants. If
technicians in the areas of artist services, they’re lucky and not too exhausted, they driven by a passion for outdoor adventure,
and, “wondering what my next step would artistic experiences, cultural insights and
box office, development, accounting, be.” Selling tickets, working will-call and get to see some shows.
media relations, orchestra management, challenging travel. For hot links, photographs
troubleshooting occasional problems The applications, available each winter,
production or operations. For college and previous columns or to make comments
taught her a great deal about customer ask applicants for their experience in
students, it’s a clarifying experience. please see PeaksAndPotholes.blogspot.com.
service. “I think working in the box office a wide range of capacities including
Olivia Anderson apprenticed at helped make me a better employee and carpentry, craft work, sewing, tailoring,
Spoleto a few years ago. At the time she pushed me to work harder,” she said. stage management, audio mixing,
was a music education major and learned Ross-Spang is now a department manager lighting and running shows. Telephone For More information: Spoletousa.org/
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May 24, 2019 11

New men’s ministry on

Johns Island
BY BILL WOLFORD Using a Bible-based curriculum that
For The Island Connection focuses on issues important to men,
TEAM will provide a place where men

can engage in a small group conversation
he Church of Our Saviour, located and true spiritual friendship. Weekly
at 4416 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy., is studies will focus on biblical truth, address
pleased to announce the launch specific issues facing men today, and help
of a new life application men’s ministry equip participants to lead in their homes
called TEAM, Teaching, Equipping, and community.
Affirming Men for Spiritual Leadership.
The ministry will meet in the
As men, participants may feel the Fellowship Hall of the Church of Our
responsibilities and pressures of work, Saviour every Thursday morning from
marriage, parenting, grandparenting, 7:30-8:30 a.m. TEAM ministry is not
community service, etc. As these issues just for the men of Our Saviour; group
arise, the attention to spiritual life can members are encouraged to invite a
begin to fall on the list of priorities. The neighbor, friend, golf buddy or tennis
Church of Our Saviour heard this calling teammate to join TEAM.
and started the TEAM ministry.
May 24 Island Connection Calendar June 7
ONGOING WHAT: Black Refractions: Highlights process of clearing title for heirs’ property meeting. Registration is not required; call can work in clay on the wheel or use the slab WHERE: Marion Square seating provides an intimate experience with FRIDAY, JUNE 7
May 19 through Aug. 11 from The Studio Museum in Harlem by defining the family tree. For more 843.559.1945 for more information. method to create. Techniques on glazing will WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 the author. Cash bar will feature specialty
WHAT: 2019 Charleston Sprint WHERE: Gibbes Museum of Art information or to make an appointment for be taught and projects will be fired off site. a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun. cocktails and wines, including Dottie’s own WHAT: Reggae Nights Summer Concert
Triathlon Series WHEN: May 24-Aug. 18 an initial assessment call 843.810.1036 Thursdays $40 per person and includes all materials. MORE INFO: Event showcases the work Queen Bee Cocktail. Tickets are $64 and WHERE: James Island County Park
WHERE: James Island County Park MORE INFO: The only Southern WHAT: Beginning Oil Painting Contact Donna Horack 843.343.4170 to of more than 80 premier artists in a free, include lunch, a signed hardcover first edition WHEN: Gates 7:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m.
WHEN: races start at 7:15 a.m. venue selected to host the first traveling WHAT: Charleston Coastal Choir WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, reserve space. open-air venue the entire family can enjoy. of Queen Bee, and a priceless opportunity to MORE INFO: Signal Fire open the summer
MORE INFO: The Charleston Sprint exhibition highlighting the full breadth WHERE: Church of Our Savior Bohicket marina Enjoy daily painting demonstrations and meet and chat with Dottie. Tickets online at concert series. Bring a chair or blanket. Food
Triathlon is a five-race series spanning of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s WHEN: 1 p.m. WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays to personally connect with the artists who BrownPaperTickets.com/event/4092888. available on-site. Tickets $10 at the gate. For
May through August and is hosted by the permanent collection. Exhibition includes MORE INFO: Local, mixed community MORE INFO: Class includes drawing, WHAT: Johns Island Farmers Market are on site for the exhibition’s duration. For details visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.
Charleston County Park and Recreation works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare chorus, open for membership. Season runs composition, color theory and painting WHERE: Charleston Collegiate campus, details visit PiccoloSpoleto.com. WHAT: Mayor’s Night In
Commission. Athletes may compete in Bearden, David Hammons, Fred Wilson, October through March. For information techniques. See PatriciaRHuff.com or 2024 Academy Rd. WHERE: Charleston City Hall WHAT: Jazz on the Harbor
WHERE: SC Aquarium
one race, multiple races, or sign up for the Kerry James Marshall, Titus Kaphar, contact Director of Music, Van McCollum at ToddHuffCenter.com for details. WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m.
entire five-race series. The 2019 races will Kehinde Wiley and Lorna Simpson. 404.401.0678 or vanmccollum@bellsouth.net. MORE INFO: Local farmers, vendors MORE INFO: Held the first Monday of WHEN: 7-10 p.m.
be held on May 19, June 16, July 7 and July Black Refractions is a once-in-a-lifetime WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and and artisans, live music, food trucks. WHAT: Seabrook Island Birders each month, a chance for citizens to meet MORE INFO: Jazz up your Friday night
28, with the Championship Race set for opportunity to share these incredible works Tuesdays Activities Charleston’s only year-round market. WHERE: Live Oak Hall with Mayor Tecklenburg one-on-one for five plans with an open-air concert overlooking the
Aug. 11. 600-yard freshwater swim in the of art with the Charleston community. For WHAT: Family Oriented Tours and WHERE: Aiken-Rhett House JohnsIslandFarmersMarket.com. WHEN: 7 p.m. social, 7:30 program minutes about any topic. Meetings are held on a Charleston Harbor as you stroll through the
park’s lake, continues with a 12-mile bike information visit GibbesMuseum.org. Activities WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MORE INFO: Evening program featuring first come, first served basis. Registration begins Aquarium’s galleries. Sustainably sourced small
ride through the park and out and back on WHERE: Nathaniel Russell House MORE INFO: Family tours start on the Third Saturday of the Dr. James Rotenberg, Associate Professor, at 4:30 p.m. Meetings begin at 5 p.m. For info plates from our Good Catch partners and a beer
Riverland Dr., and finish with a flat 5K run. WHAT: Seabrook Island Photography WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. half-hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 Month Department of Environmental Sciences, visit Charleston-SC.gov. and wine bar provided with ticket purchase. Event
Participants must be comfortable swimming Club exhibit MORE INFO: Family tours start on the pm. Docent-led scavenger hunt tours, WHAT: Sea Islands Cars & Coffee at UNCW speaks on “The Conservation is 21+. For more information and to purchase
Status of the Atlantic Coast population tickets visit SCAquarium.org/afterhours.
the distance in open water and riding a WHERE: Seabrook Island Real Estate half-hour between 10:30 am and 12:30 historic games and toys in the garden. WHERE: Freshfields Village, Kiawah WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
bicycle on roads open to traffic. Registration office, 1002 Landfall Way pm. Docent-led scavenger hunt tours, HistoricCharleston.org for information and WHEN: 9-11 a.m. of Painted Bunting.” Wine and coffee
at CharlestonCountyParks.com. Winners WHEN: Through June historic games and toys in the garden. to purchase tickets for the date and museum MORE INFO: This free event will feature provided. RSVP before May 27. Visit WHAT: PechaKucha 34 WHAT: SIB Beyond our Backyard - Bears
awarded each individual race as well as the MORE INFO: Member’s works will be HistoricCharleston.org for information and house you would like to attend. antiques, classics, exotics, concepts and any SeabrookIslandBirders.org or send an email to WHERE: Charleston Music Hall Bluff Fish Hatchery
entire series. on display in the lobby of the real estate to purchase tickets for the date and museum other cool cars. Coffee and other refreshments SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com to register. WHEN: 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show WHERE: Meet at SIRE parking lot
office. Rotating exhibit includes works house you would like to attend. WHAT: Live Music at The Andell Inn available for purchase by Java Java Coffee MORE INFO: PechaKucha, Japanese for WHEN: 7:30 a.m.–noon
WHAT: Beachfront Lights Out for sale. This display is in addition to the WHERE: The Andell Inn Hotel, Freshfields House. If you have any specific questions THURSDAY, MAY 30-JUNE 2 “chit chat,” is a presentation style in which 20 MORE INFO: Located on Wadmalaw
WHERE: all seaward, beachfront display currently hanging at the Lake First and Third Village about the event, please contact Bruce slides are shown for 20 seconds each keeping Island, the Bears Bluff NFH has a self-
house. For further information visit Tuesdays WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Stemerman at bstemerman@gmail.com. WHAT: 2019 US Women’s Open presentation concise, fast-paced, and powerful. guided tour around the perimeter of the
SeabrookIslandPhotoClub.com. WHAT: The Charleston County Public MORE INFO: Relax with cool jazz every WHERE: Country Club of Charleston Sponsored by the Music Hall, numerous 31-acre facility. Participants cross a previously
WHEN: 9 p.m.- 8 a.m.
WHEN: daily collaborators and artist liaison Terry Fox, impounded estuarine area, which is naturally
MORE INFO: US Fish and Wildlife Library Bookmobile Thursday evening in the lounge of the Andell FRIDAY, MAY 24 MORE INFO: 74th U.S. Women’s Open
Service discourages the use of outdoor Mondays WHERE: Parking lot behind Hege’s Inn Hotel. Drinks and food available. No 8 presentations are interesting and diverse, reverting back into coastal marshland as
WHAT: Family Trees WHEN: 10-11 a.m. cover charge. 843.793.6050. AndellInn.com. WHAT: Moonlight Mixer golf championship that will be played from an array of different artistic, creative, well as a freshwater pond where birds,
lights when not required, in order to
WHERE: Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish, MORE INFO: Bookmobile is back the WHERE: Folly Beach Pier May 30-June 2. Ariya Jutanugarn will be and entrepreneurial disciplines and encourage turtles and alligators are often visible. Visit
protect nesting sea turtles. When on the
3673 Maybank Hwy. first and third Tuesdays of the month. The Third Thursday of the WHEN: 7-11 p.m. defending her 2018 title. For details and collaboration, communication, and support in SeabrookIslandBirders.org or send an email
beach at dark, use red filters on flashlights.
WHEN: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (beginning schedule for the summer is June 19, July 3 & Month MORE INFO: Dance the night away as schedule visit USGA.org. Charleston’s creative community. Tickets $12 to SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com to
Artificial light such as flashlights without
filters are prohibited on the beach at night. August 13) 17, August 7 & 21. WHAT: Spring Sip & Stroll DJ Jim Bowers plays all of the hottest oldies advance, $14 day of show available online at attend or with questions.
This includes flashlights on phones as well. MORE INFO: Begin exploring the WHERE: Freshfields Village and beach music classics. Food and drinks SATURDAY, JUNE 1 CharlestonMusicHall.com.
Wednesdays WHEN: 4-7 p.m. available for purchase, no outside coolers.
WHAT: STEM Festival
WHAT: Block-In Art Class MORE INFO: Visit participating stores $8 in advance; $10 at event. For info and
advanced tickets call 843.795.4386 or visit WHERE: Mt. Zion Elementary School
WHERE: Todd & Huff Art Center, and restaurants during the monthly Sip & WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 pm.
Bohicket marina Stroll for special in-store events, sales and CharlestonCountyParks.com.
MORE INFO: Hosted by Kiawah Cares,
WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. promotions along with sips and light snacks. STEM related kids activities, experiments
MORE INFO: Class covers line drawing, FRIDAY, MAY 24-25 and awards. Live performances and
drawing with a brush, transparent Thursdays & Sundays music. PTA sponsored food and drinks,
wash, alla prima, monochrome value WHAT: Live Music WHAT: Memorial Day Weekend Concerts
WHERE: Freshfields Village including carry-out chicken dinners, for
underpaintings, toning a canvas, WHERE: Forty-Eight - Wine Bar & Kitchen purchase. For details visit Facebook.com/
working wet into wet, and glazing. See WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. WHEN: 6-9 p.m.
MORE INFO: Friday performance by Java, events/804717079901466.
PatriciaRHuff.com or ToddHuffCenter. MORE INFO: Featuring 48 wines
com for details. by the glass every day. For details visit Saturday by The Coppertones. Bring a chair
FortyEightWineBar.com. or blanket for this free, family friendly event. MONDAY, JUNE 3
WHAT: English Conversation Club Food and beverages available for purchase.
For info visit FreshfieldsVillage.com. WHAT: Lunch with Dottie Frank
WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library WHAT: Acrylic Painting and Pottery WHERE: Hall’s Chophouse
WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: The Frog Gallery WHEN: 11:30 a.m.
MORE INFO: Practice speaking English WHEN: 10-noon FRIDAY, MAY 24-JUNE 9 MORE INFO: Enjoy three courses by Hall’s
with a small group. Beginners to advanced MORE INFO: Beginner to intermediate WHAT: Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art executive chef Matthew Greene, excellent
learners welcome. A children’s program and/ classes include individual instruction in Exhibition company and a copy of Dorothea Benton
or craft will be provided during the club drawing, composition and color. Students Frank’s newest book, Queen Bee. Limited
14 May 24, 2019

SC reports largest number

of wintering orioles
For The Island Connection

outh Carolina’s 2019 Baltimore reports and orioles reported, 31 percent
Oriole Winter Survey reported the of the reports and 50 percent of the
largest number of orioles wintering orioles reported. Orioles were noted from
in the United States for the fifth year in Connecticut to Florida and along the
a row. Gulf coast to Mississippi.
Those results were recorded during Baltimore Orioles are neotropical
the 5th Annual Baltimore Oriole Winter migrants, normally wintering in South
Survey, conducted by the South Carolina and Central America and migrating
Department of Natural Resources Feb. to North America to nest. During the
15-18. SCDNR’s survey was held in last few decades, however, this species
conjunction with the Great Backyard has begun wintering annually in the
Bird Count (GBBC). Tapping into this Southeast. Though scientists are not sure
longstanding citizen-scientist project why these birds have begun overwintering
allowed SCDNR to get a better picture of in growing numbers, the birds respond
the status and distribution of this beautiful well to the popularity of backyard bird
songbird wintering in the Palmetto State. feeding. Orioles by nature have a “sweet
Survey participants in South Carolina tooth” and will eat nectar from flowers,
submitted 84 reports and recorded 460 wild fruits and insects. Their favorite bird-
orioles. The number of reports was our feeding food by far is grape jelly. Orange
highest number to date and the number halves can be offered, but most orioles
of orioles recorded was just a few short of tend not to eat them much. People often
our all-time high count of 463, reported put oranges out to attract the orioles to
in 2016. The number of participants the feeding area. Other items orioles will
this year was a little less than half of our eat are suet products (homemade, cakes,
total number of participants and almost bark butter, logs, etc.), sugar water (they
half of the participants this year were will drink from hummingbird or oriole
new contributors to the survey. Milder nectar feeders), seed mixes (seem to prefer
weather was in place again this year, and nut and fruit mixes), sliced grapes and
many survey participants commented mealworms (live or freeze-dried).
they had larger numbers of orioles earlier “We would like to thank everyone that
in the winter, when the weather was participated in the survey,” said Lex Glover,
more seasonal. Unseasonal mild weather wildlife technician with the SCDNR Bird
likely reduces the need for these birds to Conservation Program. “Your time and
frequent feeders, while they forage for efforts are greatly appreciated.”
natural foods. Next year’s survey and Great Backyard
Participants counted and reported the Bird Count will be Feb. 14-17, 2020. If
largest number of orioles they could see you have orioles frequenting your feeders
at one time, on one, two, three or all four during the winter months, (December,
days of the survey period. When possible, January and February), or know someone
the age and sex of the orioles were recorded who does, SCDNR would like for you to
as well. participate in the survey.
Participants were also encouraged to
report the absence of orioles, when they
have had them in past winters and the
largest number they have seen at one
time so far, during the winter months,
(December, January and February). Six
sites that had previously report orioles in
the past reported no orioles during the
survey. Reporting the absence of orioles
is just as important to the survey as the
number of orioles seen.
This year, orioles were reported from
14 of the 20 South Carolina counties that
have been reported to date. York County
had a report for the first time during the
survey. Orioles ranged from the Midlands
and throughout the coastal plain, from
North Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head.
Charleston County had the most reports
and recorded the largest number of The male Baltimore Oriole is hard to miss,
orioles, reporting 38 percent of the total with his bright orange coloring.
number of orioles in the state. Dorchester Photo by Larry Page.
and Berkeley counties reported good
numbers as well. For more information on this survey or
According to the GBBC and the to receive this year’s survey results, contact
SCDNR survey, there were a total of 270 Lex Glover at gloverl@dnr.sc.gov. For more
reports and 926 orioles recorded this year information on the Great Backyard Bird
in the United States. These numbers are Count, check out its web page at gbbc.
above the last five-year average. South BirdCount.org.
Carolina had the largest number of
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