DAU F U S K I E I S L A N D, S C THE FRONT PORCH Neighborly News for Residents and Visitors Daufuskie’s Good Old Days creativity. Very few of us will ever effect great change in the by Paula Nickels, Editor outcome of this financial crisis, but we can make a difference Nearly everyone on Daufuskie has a parent or grandparent here on Daufuskie. In supporting one another and our island who lived through the Great Depression. A few of our senior businesses, in sharing what we have, in coming together more, islanders may remember it themselves. I recall the stories in examining the decisions we make and how they impact not my parents told of people losing their jobs,of dollars being just ourselves, but those around us, we can lift each other. stretched like saltwater taffy and people making do with what Let’s make a concerted effort to get to know and support one they had because they had no other choice. Growing up, what another, not just those in our own small neighborhoods. The always surprised me when I listened to their narratives, was more we come together in helping each other, the stronger this that my parents almost seemed a bit nostalgic as they remi- island becomes as an entity. nisced, sounding more as if they were talking about the good Daufuskie is blessed with a very diverse population, gifted old days than a financially catastrophic time. As we now face in every conceivable way. In an effort to promote, utilize and what is being referred to as this country’s greatest economic- highlight the many talents and skills of our island population, crisis since the 1930’s, I think I’m beginning to understand The Front Porch is adding a services directory. (See last page.) why my parents spoke of those times the way they did. Whether listed here or elsewhere, please consider using our Their accounts, didn’t emphasize deprivation but rather the island resources as a consumer and/or as a service provider. way people pulled together and helped one another through We are a neighborly bunch here on Daufuskie and already their hardships. They spoke of the exquisite pleasure found inclined to help one another. Let’s all try even harder and look in the simplest of things because luxuries could no longer be for new ways to help each other and our island. Maybe, just afforded by most. maybe, this financial crisis could wind up being the turn- Many of the things my parents spoke of come naturally to ing point that unites all of Daufuskie. Who knows...perhaps those of us who love Daufuskie. We have a keen awareness someday we will be the ones waxing nostalgic to our children of the joy to be found in simple pleasures. People drawn to and grandchildren about how we all came together during this island inherently appreciate the glory of a striated sky at these good old days. sunset and the majesty of our bald eagle in flight. Though we certainly know how to party here, (just check out Marshside “Perhaps the purpose of problems is to give us an excuse to Mama’s when a great band is playing or The Old Daufuskie come together.” Jim Keene Crab Company), we don’t crave the garish glitz of Las Vegas. In choosing to live on or visit this island, we have all know- The Front Porch ingly made the decision to do without the convenience of Thanks Our Sponsors! being able to pop over to the hardware store, or make a quick run for fast food. It’s a trade off we happily accept given the Bald Eagles unspoiled beauty Daufuskie offers us. In our own way we are used to doing without here and we rely on each other more Mr. & Mrs. Richard Silver than people who live on the mainland. Mr. & Mrs. Louis Gapenski Last October, as I finished unpacking my books, after making Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stright the move to Daufuskie as a full time resident, I ran across a book about the Great Depression that seemed particularly rel- Loggerhead Sea Turtles evant: We Had Everything But Money by Clancy Stock. It de- tails the stories of ordinary people helping each other through the financial crisis. Skimming through it again, I Mr. & Mrs. Frank Blanchette realized that times like these don’t just challenge our Ms. Jackie Resinger 1 bank accounts; they also challenge our character and Ms. Pamela Bailey Islanders Get First Look At New Code regulations for each of the Districts. On Tuesday, March 31, Islanders got a first One distinct difference with the Form Based look at the Form Based Code that may re- Code relative to the zoning currently in place Daufuskie Island’s current zoning place is that most uses will be allowed in ordinance in the island’s Community Preser- every district and there will no longer be vation District. “commercial” and “residential” zoning ar- eas. For example, in District D2, anyone For the past four years, Daufuskie citizens may have a business (retail, lodging, of- appointed by Beaufort County to a Commu- fice, tc) as long as the form of the build- nity Preservation Committee have been work- ing and certain other regulations related ing with County planners, developers, area to issues such as lighting, noise, etc. experts, and local advisory teams to create meet the requirements for that district. a Comprehensive Plan for Daufuskie that in- Hopefully this will give island residents cludes rezoning the areas that are not cur- the ability to have successful businesses rently in Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). on the island while supporting community aesthetics and preserving Daufuskie’s sense At the meeting on Tuesday, Brian Herrmann, of place. Beaufort County Planner who has been work- ing with the committee for the past year, The Committee will continue to work with presented a brief review of the overall Beaufort County to edit and revise the Comprehensive Plan. Next Cooter Ramsey pre- Plan and the Code prior to presentation sented the draft of the regulatory document to Beaufort County Council. The Plan must which is the Form Based Code. Mr. Ramsey is go through several readings with various from the architectural firm, Allison Ramsey, departments within the County and if ap- which has been hired by the County to draft proved, will become law. the Code Document. All meetings of the Community Preserva- In the Form Based Code, the island is di- tion Committee are open to the public. If vided into five distinct districts identified you would like to be placed on the meet- as D1 to D5. Each of the districts has its ing notification email list, please sign up own set of regulatory standards and design by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. guidelines. The majority of the residential For more information, you may contact Brian areas in the Community Preservation Dis- Herrmann at email@example.com or email trict fall into the D2 District while D3, any of the CP Committee Members: Catherine D4 and D5 districts (which are gradually Tillman (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org; more dense) are located closer to the is- Chris Hutton(Vice Chair) hutbros@harg- land’s portals. Freeport, Melrose Landing, ray.com; Chase Allen chaseallen76@hotmail. and the Webb Tract comprise one portal; the com; Tom Crews email@example.com; Chuck Henry County Dock and Jolly Shores is the second- IONE2@aol.com; Geof Jenkins haiggeof@aol. ary portal area. A map indicating the dis- com; Marianne McEvoy firstname.lastname@example.org; trict designations is on display at Mary Sylvia Wampler email@example.com Fields School along with examples of the DIHF Factoid Although a school building had been built for white children in 1913 (the White School House), black children attended school in the two island churches and their praise houses. In 1930 the First Union African Baptist Church bought two acres of land near the church. The Beaufort County Board of Education agreed to pay for half the cost of building a two room schoolhouse ($800) on the land if the islanders could raise the rest. They did and in 1934 the Mary Fields School was opened for its 108 students. Children at the northern end of the island continued to go to the Mt. Carmel Church No. 1 until it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1940 and the one room Jane Hamilton School was built. 2 D3 D4 D4 D4 D2 D5 Visioning D3 D1.1 Page 61 Portal Pavillion D3 Page 56 BLOODY Portal Visioning POINT Page 55 D1.1 D5 D1.1 Meeting Hall D3 PD Visioning Page 57 Beach Pavillion D3 Page 60 Page 58 PD MELROSE HAIG POINT NOR TH D1 - NATURAL ZONE D2 - RURAL ZONE D3 - SUB - URBAN ZONE D4 - GENERAL URBAN ZONE D5 - URBAN CENTER ZONE PD - PUBLIC DISTRICT D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 REGULATING PLAN 3 3 Daufuskie Island 8 Port Passage: Spectacular 47 Tabby Circle: Contempo- custom built home is loaded rary Low Country Farmhouse with extras. Decorative with views over Calibogue columns, rosewood floors, Sound to famed Harbourtown. 4 fireplaces, huge master Gourmet kitchen, high end ap- suite, screened in porch pliances, oak ﬂooring, elevator, fireplace, custom cabinetry, with fireplace. Amazing ﬂoor to ceiling windows lake view out to Calibogue and more. Sound. $1,050,000 $1,795,000 Freeport MarinaOffice Furnished Model in this brand new cottage 5 Peninsula Place: A Casual el- in the historic district. egant sea side home with Sound Includes four bedrooms, big decks, solid surface 13 Carnoustie Court: Exqui- and Golf Views. Includes 5 Bed- countertops, stainless rooms, 5 1/2 Baths, media room, site new home in Haig Point. appliances and a picket screened in heated pool, great fence. Membership is in- Loaded with upgrades, black room with ‘ﬂoating’ curved cluded to the Daufuskie granite kitchen, screened-in staircase this home has it all. Island Resort which has many amenities. This is a brand new cottage commu- porch, wood and travertine Over 5400 heated square feet of nity. Although sold unfurnished seller has put together ﬂoors, claw foot tub. Delightful- luxury. $1,899,000 a cottage furniture package that can be installed at purchasers expense $299,000 ly furnished. $599,000 17 Prestwick Green: Great Full Size lot in Haig Point close Wonderful Beach Cottage with to the ferry and mansion, located on his- two master bedroom suites. toric Lighthouse Court, views of ruins Large great room with tray ceiling; newly updated kitchen and Calibogue sound. Membership not with granite counters and wrap included, which makes for a better long around porches. Tastefully term holding opportunity with minimal furnished, perfect turn-key home carrying costs. Priced at $149,900 . $395,000 08 r 4- de 69 15 54 42 73 38 roe 30 les 07 98 84 ley nn 33 81 te 84 ble al 08 08 68 o 3- ton 22 2- iot 14 t 64 59 am e an le 3- sa 59 3- alc h un H &N 2- 3- k 2- 84 e Sc H G 6- 4- 6- 84 ar 84 Ma 1- 84 Ec 2- 84 n F 84 84 ff H 81 M & 42 d g li 3- tty y sa ne lie 3- ou 3- ar ar Su Be Je Ja Ch 84 G Ju D Dunes Marketing Group To arrange your personal Real Estate tour of Daufuskie Island - the Historic Freeport Marina District and private areas, call (843) Daufuskie Island SC 842-4300 ext. 221 4 843-842-4300 www.DunesMarketing.com The body language provides the clues. I can always tell, Here we go, let’s do it this time. Another relaxed swing. I’ve observed it many times. Well before I hear the sound Again, neutral body posture. Ball in flight, high, perhaps a of the strike of the ball, follow it in flight, or see it land, I little too high. The breeze has taken it. SPLASH, way short. can tell how the shot will end. Do they look away or does Wow, three good swings, three poor results. But look at their head drop suddenly? Do they hold a confident post him. He’s not slumping, rather he’s standing there looking swing posture, or are their shoulders slumped, and sullen? forward, analyzing? Unusual indeed. I can always tell… Now the golfer takes a bit more time and sets up again. Set around a tranquil pond at Haig Point, the par three 6th He’s ready. Same easy backswing. Uh oh, a lot more hole on the Osprey course offers pleasing vistas from each power on the downswing this time; he must have decided of the five sets of tees. Wildlife is abundant and an obser- it was necessary. He’s pulled it slightly, it’s drawing left. vant player will find moorhens, gators, turtles, egrets, ibis, Looks like the breeze has taken over now. THWOCK, a kingfishers, bluebirds, Sherman Fox Squirrels and a host hard hit onto the boards, and its careened into the forest of other animals. Various tall grasses, reeds and wild irises left, ouch! OK, you’re now 7 in the woods and 8 on the tee ring the pond to form a natural protective habitat for the buddy, cut your losses! water creatures. He walked back to his cart and picked in his bag. Strode From the black tees on the Calibogue setup, it is ap- back to the tee box. proximately 178 yards to the center of the green. Stand- Wait, I’ve seen this before.., Where? A movie. What’s its ing on the tee a golfer is presented with a look generally name? “Tin Cup” Kevin Costner playing what’s his name? Southwest to a ribbon of green flanked by a large left Roy, Roy McSomething!... Roy McAvoy and his Winnebago, side bunker, center right and right side back bunkers, and yep that’s it. Roy and that fabulous actress Rene Russo. fronted by a six foot, 60 degree plank wall that extends the Oh, and Cheech Martin as Romeo (Roy’s caddie), hilarious! full width of the green, tapering off at each end. Siding the Are you nuts pal, give it up! water to the left is an oak and pine forest with a wetlands Now the golfer drops the ball directly to the ground. No floor. On this day, the pin was located at the difficult front tee. Perhaps if the trajectory is lower the result will be left position. It is one of the most intimidating golf shots at better. He lines up, takes a hard look, posture still good, Haig Point, but a truly spectacular golf hole. swings. Drops another ball, lines up, swings. Drops an- The golfer was a solo and, I surmised, a guest by the other ball. rented green E-Z-GO Haig Point golf cart he was rid- You’re not watching this! Who is this guy? Remember Roy ing. He was youthful, perhaps early to mid 30’s, medium McAvoy in the movie? He’s on the 18th fairway at the U.S. height and slight in stature, like a runner maybe, definitely Open and goes for a risky long shot over water. Roy says: athletic. Late in the morning, sitting on my back porch, I “This is for Venturi who thinks I should lay up”. Romeo: was reading the latest DeMille novel and enjoying a fine “What does he know? He’s only won this tournament Daufuskie Island day. The temperature was in the mid before you were born.” How many shots did it take Roy? sixties with scattered, fluffy clouds that created a dappled Funny, but I’m not laughing at this guy. Listen to me pal, sun/shade effect over the land. A Northeast breeze flut- I’m Romeo…give it up! tered the flagstick. Back to his cart, now with his 7th ball in the water, he picks He’s selected the black tees. Usually they play the whites, in his bag. must be pretty good! I’m comfortable here on my porch, yet uncomfortable too. He placed his ball on the tee, stepped back behind it and I feel like an interloper and have Don Quixote images flash- measured the angle and distance. Since the breeze was ing through my head. This guy is swinging at windmills! blowing in, he must have accounted for it. He strode for- But there’s admiration here too, his character revealed by ward three paces and set up. There was an expectant feel these last 15 minutes or so. I know that he will eventually about him, good back posture, hands low, head up and travel in my direction, and I want to slink down in my chair square. so that he won’t see me. Why? Who will be more embar- Nice easy backswing, smooth follow through. No rassed? Yet now I need to watch this play out. body language to speak of. Pick up the ball. Looks pretty The golfer walks back to the tee box, no change in club. good, high and straight. Seconds pass. SPLASH, 10 feet Same stride, resigned if not quite so confident, but definite- short. Hmm, no slumped shoulders, just an inquisitive look ly not a duffer by any means. He places the ball back on about him, unusual. a tee this time. Same routine, three steps behind the ball The golfer places his second ball down and follows the checking alignment, wind. By now he knows the distance, same procedure. There was a discipline about his routine 170 yards to carry the water. He steps forward, eye on the that suggested an accomplished player. target. Posture is good, head is up, takes a look, ready. He’s square to the ball, takes a second look forward. Now Good looking backswing, head down, hips rotat- he’s ready. Another nice swing. Neutral body. One ing, wrists cocked, downswing, smooth relaxed follow thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, through. Before any sound, the ball barely in flight, his one thous… SPLOOSH, three feet short. I smile knowingly, arms shoot straight into the air holding the club sky high, been there, done that. OK, now pick up the tee and take facing his adversary. Follow the ball, looks good, nice loft, a 6 for your handicap. Move on, as have many before you. straight… “Houston the Eagle has landed.” Great shot, five The golfer walked to the cart and picked in his bag. feet from the pin! So, what are you up to? You going to try it again? Yeah? I The body language provides the clues. I can always tell… guess so since you’re walking back to the tee. Now slink down and let the young man have his day. His stride back was confident, not tentative. His bearing was of one who had resolved the issues of his two failed attempts. He did not select a new club; instead he seem- ingly was disposed to his original choice. The routine was 5 the same as he stepped forward and addressed the ball. Love it, Save it, Share it Daufuskie Island Conservancy Spring is here and new beginnings are in the air for the DI Conservancy. Thanks to members of our local community we received 91 completed environmental surveys.The survey data will be used in our April Strategic Planning Workshop to help shape ourmission and goals. We have the complete results available on our web site: DaufuskieIsalndConservancy.com (Thanks to Jeff Morgan) DHEC will be giving a talk about water source protection at the ﬁre station on Monday, April 13th from 4 to 6:30P For information call Laura @ 842-5990. Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation repairs at the Billie Burn Museum. Once these two projects are At the recent annual meeting of The Daufuskie Island Histori- completed, little funding will remain for new major projects. cal Foundation, President of the Board John Tietjen highlighted None the less, the Foundation will be examining the expansion of the accomplishments of the past year: the successful capital cam- the Foundation’s mission to include identifying restorable histori- paign to finance the renovation of the Jane Hamilton School and cal homes on the island, as well as identifying the state, federal the completion of that project; the significant increase of Foun- and private grants that could finance such work. The success of dation membership; the expanded hours for the museum due to this new and ambitious project could do much to preserve a sig- an increased number of volunteers; the relocation of the island nificant aspect of Daufuskie Island history. library to the Jane Hamilton School; and the repair work done at The 2009-2010 Board of Directors of the Daufuskie Island His- the White School House, now home to WODI’s “The Exchange” torical Foundation are: Milton Deitch, Sara Deitch, Vicky Evans, thrift shop. The Foundation currently has funds on hand to cre- Tim Foley, Jo Hill, Nancy Ludtke, Carolyn Orchid, Carol San- ate a new exhibit at the Jane Hamilton School and to do needed ford, Betsy Slay and John Tietjen. LITTLE WHITE SCHOOL HOUSE EXCHANGE The Little White School House Exchange will be open from 12 noon to 4pm on SaturdayApril 11th, Saturday April 25th and Saturday May 9th.Please stop by to see our stock of nearly new mens, womens and childrensclothing. We also have small household appliances & goods, toys and games.To shop at any other time please call Terri Painter: 785 5141 6 Daufuskie Island Elementary School Report Beaufort County School District is holding the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration April 20- April 24, 2009. Registration will be held for Daufuskie Island residents at the Daufuskie Island Elementary School. Pre-Kindergarten must be age 4 by September 1st and Kindergarten must be age 5 by September 1st. Bring your child’s Birth Certificate, SC Immunization Record, and Proof of Residency to the registration. Child Find Pre-Kindergarten Screen- ing will begin April 27- May 1, 2009. Please call the Daufuskie Island Elementary School to schedule an appointment at 843-842-1251. Daufuskie Island students created school quilt with Art teacher Marilyn Dizikes that was selected to be displayed at the Crayola Dream-Makers Exhibition. The student’s artwork was on display at the Walter Greer This crisp, The fresh scents of Gallery at the Arts Center from March 5 through March You’ll be amazed by the power of this clean, and Lemongrass, Pa- 27, 2009. The students that created the quilt include aromatherapy mist to all-natural deodorant is tchouli, Citronella, Katharine Crosby, Robert Wray, Dillon Duncan, Tiffany repel even the most incredible! and Catnip will Adams, Aubrey Samuels, Savannah Wray, Jordan Cros- determined mosquito, The essential make you smell just no-see-um, or horse- ingredient is like a Hippie and by, Stephen Martin, Trayna Adams, Elizabeth Boedeker, ﬂy. Best of all, it’s Grapefruit seed extract for over 4 decades Nathan Moon, and Kade Yarborough. Families from DEET free, paraben which gently Hippies have been Daufuskie Elementary attended a special exhibition free, and safe for destroys bac- teria, the real known for their insect repelling opening ceremony on March 4, 2009. Each student children & animals. cause of odor qualities received a Certificate of Recognition. Congratulations to all the students www. DaufuskieBugSpray.com visit online to order or find a retailer near you on this important accomplishment! February 2009 Book It Winners are as follows Robert Wray, Tiffany Adams, Aubrey Samuels, Martha’s Musings by Martha Hutton Savannah Wray, Jordan Crosby, Steven Martin, Trayna Adams, and Kade Yarborough. From the School Bus Window…. Congratulations to all these students! “Last week Kade & I were on the bus, going down the dirt road. It was a cloudy morning, I was still sleepy. A big bird flew right in front of us! It was carrying some- thing in its mouth. It flew to a branch real close to us. Ms. Martha stopped the bus, and we watched the owl eat a long, green snake. The owl was brown with white spots and a black face, the same color as the tree, so it was hard to see. The owl looked at us, but kept on eating. It took awhile for it to swallow the snake. My teacher, Mrs. Haarlow, says the owl’s call sounds like Presenting the quilt made by the children of the “who-cooks-for-you….who-cooks-for-you.” Daufuskie Island Elementary Schoolwere, pictured Written by Dillon, a 2nd grade boy at left to right: Dillon Duncan, Nathan Moon, D.I.Elementary Katharine Crosby, Aubrey Lofton, Savannah Wray, Robert Wray, Jordan Crosby, Elizabether Boedeker 7 A March 21st round robin tennis tournament helped the Daufuskie Dynamos raise$1,325 for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. Participants were treated to valet golf cart parking, and walked to the courts on a pink carpet lined with cheerleaders. In addition toserving refreshments, the Dynamos served as ball girls for players. Capping a day of great tennis, a raffle was held, with Reagan Hull winning the grand prize of a gourmet dinner for 8 prepared by Vicki Evans. The Dynamos are currently selling raffle tickets for a 2 night/3 day stay for two at TheOcean Reef Club on Key Largo. Valued at $1000, a free round of golf for two is include- din the package which is good till July 2010.Only 25 tickets will be sold, each costing $100. For information call Dee at (843)341-2214. The Dynamos will also be hosting a Golf-a-thon on April 27th. Call Bert Herndon to participate or sponsor a golfer. (843) 785-2660. Sign up deadline is April 20. Recession Party/Mary Fields School Benefit May 27th 2-6 PM at Jolly Shores Live band, beer, soft drinks & barbeque Everyone welcome - Bring your checkbooks! All donations are tax deductible Sponsored by Dolphin Management 8 Daufuskie Resort Bankruptcy operations and hopefully the pools. Mr. Onorato hopes to make significant progress As many of the Daufuskie Island Club members, Melrose within the next several weeks. He has explained the and Bloody Point property owners, and readers of the process he must follow in order to obtain the bankruptcy “Front Porch” are aware, the Daufuskie Island Resort and court’s approval for releasing funds. Once loans are in Breathe Spa has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 place to provide funding, the trustee will need to request provisions. This proceeding involves numerous properties these funds from the bankruptcy court in order to have on Daufuskie Island owned by Gayle and Bill Dixon, doing the necessary maintenance and repair work performed. business as Daufuskie Island Properties (DIP). The date of He is aware of and appreciates the urgency of repair work the filing was in January 2009. Documents indicate that on the Melrose seawall. Once maintenance and repair over 400 secured and unsecured creditors are owed money work is completed, he will go back to the court to request by DIP, with total debt owed in the range of $89 million additional funds to resume some operations, with the first dollars. priority being the Melrose golf course. After several hearings before the bankruptcy court, in mid-March the bankruptcy judge effectively Mr. Onorato is also working with the Club removed the Dixons as debtor in possession and appointed Members Advisory Committee regarding the issues and a trustee, Mr. Bob Onorato to take over operations of concerns revolving the resort properties. Mr. Onorato, is charged with around club maintaining the facilities and ultimately finding new membership and qualified owners to acquire them. Representatives of the member amenities. Melrose and Bloody Point Property Owners Associations, While there is still the Daufuskie Island Club Members Advisory Committee, much to be done and The Melrose Club, Inc., have all recently met with Mr. on the legal front, Onorato. representatives of The trustee has taken over control of the resort the various groups with the hope of reopening at least some of the key that have met with facilities until a buyer is found. His priorities are to clean the Trustee were up the property and provide maintenance, reestablish encouraged by his marine service, employ a security firm to assure that understanding of the properties are safeguarded, work to reopen the Melrose situation, and there golf course, open at least one of the food and beverage is now a good deal of optimism for the future. Enviro Tours Parasailing Sailing Kayaks Daufuskie Island Community Library Water Skiing Power Boats GOLF CART SAFETY PROJECT Wave Runners Located in the 1 SET FOR $3 / 2 SETS FOR $5 Harbour Town Yacht Basin It’s a dark, dark night and your cart lights go out. Dining / Shopping / Golf It’s not a good time to be Out and about! Family Friendly Entertainment But these reflectors Will give others a sight featuring Greg Russell That you are out there On a dark, dark night! Water Transportation Services between SETS OF 4 REFLECTORS Daufuskie & Harbour Town Savannah Shuttles Available FOR SALE Land Transportation to both local Airports AT THE LIBRARY For Information And Reservations OLD HAIG POINT ROAD IN THE JANE HAMILTON 843-671-4386 ( nights ) SCHOOL BUILDING (choose option 2) 843-683-1135 Wed. thru’ Sat. ( Steve Ebbers) 1 pm to 4 pm Island Activities Inc. www.H2Osportsonline.com 9 Daufuskie Properties Realty is an Island Based Real Estate Company We Office and live on Daufuskie Island And offer more than 35 years Real Estate experience on Daufuskie Island To view our Listings go to: www.daufuskie properties realty.com Our Office Contact Number is 843-686-6621 Please Call to Talk With One of Our SC Licensed Agents. Happy 13th Birthday to Anna Phelps who celebrated with a big pizza party at Marshside Mama’s on April 4th. Entertainment was provided by the Sonic Jugernaughts (brother Ricky’s band!). Pictured (L to R) Emily Lofton, Anna Phelps, Aubrey Lofton, Daufuskie’s own leprechaun, Katie Helmuth, Edgar Douglas celebrates with Elizabeth Mary Ann Freeman on her Boedecker St. Patrick’s Day birthday! Upcoming Events April 9 Community Preservation Committee Meeting 5:15 - 7P Mary Fields School Aril 13 Conservancy Talk Water Usage & Conservation 4:00 - 6:30P Fire House April 17 Open Writing Group - No requirements & no charge Meets every Friday 10:30A - Noon Freeport Gazebo April 18 Daufuskie Island Gallery Reopens Saturday 9:00A - 5:00P Sunday 1:00 - 5:00P April 25 Little White School House Exchange Open 2:00 - 400P April 27 Breast Cancer Golf Marathon Haig Point May 7 WODI Meeting Dianne Simonelli’s 30 Fuskie Lane Bloody Point 10 May 27 Recession Party/Mary Fields Beneft 2:00 - 6:00P Jolly Shores June 27 30th Annual Daufuskie Day Celebration Sally Lesesne Daufuskie Island Artist “She doesn’t miss much.” I thought to myself the first time I saw Sally Lesesne. I wasstruck by her beauty, but even more by the way she seemed to be observing everything;taking it all in. Sally looks like an artist. There is an innate serenity about her. She speaks quietly, but passionately when asked about her work and the inspiration she continues to find on Daufuskie. Sally’s roots run deep in the Low Country, with an- cestors arriving in Charleston in the 1600’s, one of whom signed the Declaration of Independence. Having a grandmoth- erwho grew up on Roseland Plantation, Sally states that she has “always been aware ofDaufuskie.” It was the solitude and wildlife that attracted her when she moved here 17 years ago, so, she finds it paradoxical that when she leaves the island it is neither ofthose things she misses most. Instead, it’s the diverse group of people she counts asfriends. “There are not too many places where one will find a banker and handymansitting at the same table for dinner, yet this is common here.” Though she can’t remember a time when she didn’t know she would become a professional artist, Sally believes at least some of her artistic passion stems from havingspent her formative years in Asheville, North Carolina, and the inspiration found in the many artists and craftsmen who lived there. Studying at Converse College theUniversity of Tennessee and at Oxford University in England, she notes the beach scenes of Joaquin Soralla and portraiture of John Singer Sargent as specific inﬂuences.She recalls “When I was studying in college, most of my texts had a paragraph or twodescribing John Singer Sargent’s works, but it was very hard to find an illustration. Now he is considered one of the world’s foremost portrait artists.” Sallly combines her portrait expertise with her love of nature having painted more than200 portraits of people on our beaches. She claims there is no hidden message in herwork. “I paint people in the places I love and the things I find beauti- ful. I enjoy capturingcelebratory moments and joyful occasions.” While most often focused on nature, Sally isalso known for her incredibly detailed still lifes. “I love painting simple objects anddistilling them down to their essence.” Having gone through many phases of inspirationfrom palm trees to sunsets and moonsets, her current muses are our native islandresidents. To learn more about this amazing artist, visit her website: SallyLesesne.com. Sally’s most recent work can be seen and purchased at the Daufuskie Island Gallery or byappointment. Phone (843) 842-7876 D a u fu sk ie O w n ed & Fu lly Lic en sed & O per a t ed In su r ed Pr o fessio n a l & C o m petit iv e Pr o m pt pr ic es Fire Wood Grading Vista Pruning Mulch Sales Tractor Work Roof Cleaning Backhoe Service Pinestraw Sales Landscape Installation Pressure Washing Weekly Lawn Maintenance Storm Debris Removal (843) 384-4358 ServiceDepartment@DaufuskieLandscapes.com www.DaufuskieLandscapes.com 11 Jasper Port sion cite economic impact studies performed by The On March 15, the Army Corps of Engineers which is a federal agency that Daufuskie Island Con- is mandated to conduct these studies and are technical- servancy hosted an ly “hired” by the tax payers. It has been noted however, impressive and highly that in the past, for all practical purposes, the Corps fre- informative presen- quently functions as if they are employed by the agency tation given by the that wants the project. Coastal Conserva- Officials from the Coastal Conservation League do tion League’s Project not agree with all of the Corps studies’ findings, and in Manager of the South particular have very little faith that the Corps will do what Coast, Andrea Malloy, is required of them by law – which is to consider the about the looming concern over the Jasper County Port Jasper Port as an alternative to their proposal. The audience of approximately forty con- larger dredging proposal. cerned citizens walked away with an overwhelmingly Both port expansion projects are proposed to service positive reaction to the information relayed. mega ships called “super¬post-panamax” which are Ms. Malloy began her presentation by informing the too large to be serviced at the current Savannah port. audience that Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is only These “super-post-panamax” ships are said to be at submitting the proposal for the Savannah Harbor Expan- least two times the size of the ships that we are accus- sion. No proposal have actually been submitted yet for tomed to watching float in and out of the Savannah river. the “Jasper Ocean Terminal” (more commonly referred Despite the fact that the Savannah port expansion has to as the “Jasper Port”) but when it is, it will be jointly not yet been accepted, only proposed, GPA has already submitted by GPA and South Carolina Ports Authority. purchased 4 cranes totaling $33 million to service these To the surprise of many, Ms. Malloy conveyed that the “super-post-panamax”. Research by the Coastal Con- Coastal Conservation League’s stance is in actuality servancy league has uncovered that if the expansion is for the construction of the new Jasper County Port, but not passed, the cranes could be used at the Jasper port. against the proposed expansion of the existing Savan- Ms Malloy’s final message was that in order to minimize nah River Port. the environmental impacts of these port proposals, it is According to Ms. Malloy, ongoing studies performed by vital for all communities likely to be affected to continue the Coastal Conservation League, show a Savannah adding input and expressing concerns to the proper Port expansion would yield more unfavorable results for authorities. She stressed the importance of remaining the environment than would the proposed Jasper Port. highly involved and active throughout the port selection A Savannah port expansion would result in 26 miles of and implementation process. dredging compared with only 10-14 miles for the Jasper To remain informed on the status of these port propos- county port. This excessive dredging would negatively als, visit jasperportnow.com, a website operated by the effect an already suffering Savannah wildlife refuge and Jasper Chamber of Commerce. If you have any ques- freshwater wetland preserve. tions, comments, or concerns related to this presenta- Additionally, if the Savannah Port expansion is ap- tion, Andrea Malloy can be contacted through email: proved, there is a strong chance that the Jasper Port firstname.lastname@example.org proposal would also be approved at some future date Did you know?/Parting Factoid: due to the fact that projections show space at the Sa- Savannah Port is the largest exporting port on the east vannah Port will run out in 2024. The Coastal Conserva- coast and is the only port in the US that exports more tion League believes that if both of these proposals were than it imports. to be accepted, disastrous and irreversible effects to our by Chase Allen coastline and natural ecosystems would be inevitable. An environmental impact study draft performed by the Army Corps of Engineers is due for release in August of 2009. Advocates for the Savannah port expan- 12 Spring is Sprung And what information I found! There are male and female In these economically challenging times a gardener’s zucchini -how does one tell? I peered down between the thoughts turn to the veggie plot. Visions of living off the leaves but could find no sign of, well, gender. Arbitrarily, land danced before my eyes as I clicked on to my favorite I decided that the straight, sturdy stronger ones were the gardening website. I ordered tomato plants with abandon, females and the thinner, weaker, straggly ones were the seduced by names such as “Boxcar Willie”, “Flamme” and males. More worrisome was the information that they are “Mortgage Lifter” (how appropriate). I would buy one prolific producers who readily cross breed and produce of those, and one of those. Oh, let’s make it two of each. strange mutations. Dissolute squash? How interesting. Satisfied, I moved on to the vegetables, my filet beans did To my horror I came to a paragraph on bugs which could so well last year, so let’s have six of them. Inadvertently attack my babies; cucumber beetle and squash vine borer. I glanced at my shopping basket -$90 already! And I still The latter lays its eggs at the base of the zucchini plant needed zucchini and eggplant. Then I remembered that and their young bore into the plant and destroy it from last fall a seed catalogue had fallen into my hands. Hadn’t the inside!! Images of a certain scene in “Alien” ran riot I ordered several packets from that? After much searching in my head. And also powdery mildew and bacterial wilt I found a yellow envelope with a myriad of seed packets -couldn’t we vaccinate them as we do our children? I inside. Collards, chard, broccoli, spinach, carrots -uh oh, found out that 6 or so plants could easily feed a family of should all have been planted last September? But what 4 and I had 47 seedlings. I sent out an email to my fellow was this; zucchini & eggplant seeds with, wonderful gardeners: “Adoption opportunity. Baby Zookies, lov- names; “Striata d’italia” (sounded like an Italian opera), ingly raised in a home environment.” “Green Tigress”, “Ping Tung” and “Bianca di Imola”. “It’s time to take them to the garden” my husband said. Who could resist? Thrifty person that I am, I had saved I gulped. “Are you sure” I stuttered. “They’re so young lots of little pots from earlier garden ventures. I filled them and tender, it’s a cruel world out there. Can we wait a with compost, set 3 little zucchini seeds in each one, put teensy bit longer?” Just then our neighbor stopped by. them out on my deck and waited -and waited. “Germina- “What y’all got in them little pots” he asked. “Zucchini,” tion in 4 -10 days” I had read on the packet. By day 6 there replied my husband. “We’ll be eating the darned things was no sign of life and I was feeling depressed. Perhaps all summer!” I felt faint and had to sit down. EAT them? it was too cold outside although the sun was shining. I After all my care and attention my Zookies were going to moved them indoors and found a sunny spot in the guest be EATEN? My over active imagination went into high bathroom. The next morning I peeked in and shouted out gear, I could hear their tiny screams as sharp knives sliced in excitement; small, oval, palest green, little heads were them up and their death rattles as they were thrown into a pushing their way bravely up into the light. I tenderly hot pan; or worse, skewered and burned alive on the grill. eased small clods of earth from around them, praising I pulled myself together, gritted my teeth and took my them in a low whisper for their tenacity and perseverance. seedlings to the garden. I soothingly talked to them as my “Come on little Zookies, grow, grow, grow.” My husband husband roughly tore them from their cradles and trans- put his head around the door to see what was going on planted them into the cold black earth. Please remember -and quickly left. Each day they grew taller and stronger. this summer, if you are lucky enough to be given a present I was so proud of them. “Time to harden them off,” my of my Zookies that they are delicious sauteed with garlic, husband said as he roughly manhandled them down onto mint and a hint of lemon zest. the deck. “But it’s still too cold” I protested, “We can’t by Linda Blanchette leave them out overnight”. For several days we brought them in as darkness fell and took them out again in the morning. “Enough already,” my husband said. “Tonight they stay out”. I decided to find out more about my little Zookies and how to raise them by surfing the Internet. The good life starts here.................... 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Growing up in a third generation of garden- ing women I always heard, “After Good Friday!” It’s also time to plant your summer bulbs and tubers. These would include plants such as begonias, lilies, Gardening Insights cannas, dahlias, caladiums, and irises. Again, wait until all threat of frost has passed. They do best when “April showers bring May flowers,” I’ve heard that the soil has reached a temperature of saying since I was a little girl. Now, as I sit writing 50 degrees Fahrenheit. this article on my screen porch during our first after- It’s also time to mulch those garden beds and green noon thunderstorm of April, I can’t help but smile, up the grass. Adding a good thick layer of mulch is enjoying the sound of the raindrops bouncing off my the one of the best things you can do for your plants. tin roof while watching the water change directions as Not only does it make your landscape more attractive, the wind moves across Lake Best in my back yard. it also helps the plants retain moisture, which helps This is my first spring on Daufuskie as a full time minimize watering, and it also helps to deter weeds. resident, and I have to say I am enjoying every mo- Apply fertilizer to your grass now to help it green up ment of it. A golf cart ride around the island is a feast and become healthy and also to help it for the eyes and nourishment for the soul. The colors choke out the weeds. are amazing, from the vivid greens of the leaves on April is simply a busy gardening month, but if you’re the trees, to the darker greens of the ferns unfurling like me you love every minute of it! along the side of the roads. Who knew there were so Great Gardening, Angie Moon many shades of green? The reds, whites, and fuchsias of the azaleas are forming a sea of color. The yellow of the daffodils are most definitely announcing, “Spring is Here!” The purples of the society garlic are showing off their delicate lacey flowers, and the white flowers of the dogwood trees are certainly a sight to behold especially when draped with the Spanish moss for which the low country is famous. Spring is the time of year when I am especially ready to get my hands dirty. I love digging in the dirt and watching things grow. This time of year a trip to nurs- ery for gardeners is like a trip to the candy store for children. There are so many choices of plants, and in such a rainbow of colors, it is almost impossible to choose. April means it’s time to get busy in the garden. Make sure to sharpen and clean all of your gardening tools so that you make clean cuts and avoid cross con- tamination. This month you will need to prune your flowering shrubs once they’ve finished blooming (this would include all of those azaleas), plant and divide perennials, and begin to stay ahead of those pesky weeds. You’ll also want to fertilize your bulbs once they’ve finished blooming, and make sure to let the foliage It’s spring, a chance for all of us to be children again! Plant a seed and marvel at the mystery of released potential. The next time you scoop out the seeds of a butternut squash or a green pepper from the market save a few. If you don’t have a shovel use a ladle to dig a few holes around your yard. Anywhere you have 6 hours or more of full sun you can actuate a miracle. In the border with Sable palms or crepe myrtles give room for a rambling vine of squash. It will reward you with fruit. Try pole beans in hanging baskets on a sunny porch. In this season of recession have a little victory and delight your inner child. If you are not interested in eating your vegetables plant some gourds and pumpkins. Let the vines run up your porch steps or along the driveway. Neglect them all summer while you play. Your autumn decorations will be waiting for you. Be a child and create little miracles this April. 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