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Authentic Italian Cuisine
story by Emily Burgess     photos by Paul Nurnberg
Nestled on Market Street in idyllic Habersham, just a few steps away from the picturesque post office, sits Salumi E Formaggi, an authentic Italian restaurant. Authentic is an understatement, as the co-founders, Stefano Camassa and Salvatore Eros Maio, hail from Brindisi, Puglia on the southeast coast of Italy and seek to bring the traditions of their home and family to the lowcountry through food.
The idea for Salumi E Formaggi took shape in Camassa and Maio’s minds in May of 2017. Just a short six months later, their vision came to fruition when the restaurant opened December 1, 2017.
The partners originally came to Miami from Italy, where they lived for six years, running a catering business called Two Italian Boys. After driving through the Beaufort area, they saw a great need for a good Italian restaurant with exceptional service.
Both Camassa and Maio, who also serves as the executive chef, place a great emphasis on family. This theme is woven into every aspect of their restaurant and is demonstrated through the menus with printed black and white photos of their own families back in Italy. Candid shots of their mothers and fathers eating and drinking, enjoying the community they have.
The recipes used are straight from home and have been passed down through the generations. They even had a four-day stretch when their own mothers came to visit and took over the role of chef in Salumi E Formaggi, serving eager patrons in a packed out restaurant each and every night.
“Whatever you see on the menu, the recipe has come from my grandmother and my mother. And I give it to our customers,” Maio said.
Camassa and Maio seek to bring exceptional service in addition to exceptional food. They believe that quality service is of equal importance to quality food and strive to make each customer’s experience the best.  Their website boasts that their focus is on providing traditionally flavored Italian cuisine with a European style of service, meaning multiple courses and a relaxing atmosphere for patrons to eat and enjoy the fellowship around their table.
“From when they walk into the door, we want them to have a 100 percent excellent experience of the restaurant. We want them to be greeted and welcomed and have great food,” said Camassa.
With an emphasis on excellent service, they certainly haven’t neglected the importance of the food. They seek to take customers on a journey through each dish they encounter making every visit to Salumi and Formaggi an experience unlike any other.
Ingredients are the freshest they can find. Meats are sourced locally through farms and the highest quality seafood is purchased through Sea Eagle Market right here in Beaufort. For other ingredients such as cheeses, they go right to the source and get it all imported from Italy to ensure the authenticity of their dishes.
The menu is concise offering an array of Italian dishes. To keep things fresh, Maio changes the menu multiple times a year to ensure that seasonal ingredients are being used.
“We change the menu three or four times every year to give to people a different experience. For the winter, for the spring and for the summer,” said Maio.
Camassa and Maio shared that a majority of their patrons are local to Beaufort and surrounding areas. Word of mouth has spread favorably for the restaurant and customers are driving from as far as Charleston to partake in the Italian experience that is offered.
“Ninety percent of our customers live here. Many drive from Savannah, Bluffton, Callawassie Island, Oldfield, even Hilton Head. They hear about it from friends. They are starving for good food. They come here once and spread the word. We were open for barely two months and we had people coming from Charleston that heard about us,” said Camassa.
The moderately priced menu ranges from $8 starters up to $25 dishes like the vitello piccata, which is veal, capers and artichokes in a wine reduction. There is something for everyone with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available upon request.
Salumi and Formaggi is open for dinner daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed Wednesdays, and a happy hour on Monday and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. boasting their signature cocktails like the highly-loved ricotta cannoli espresso martini. On Sundays they host a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that has become quite popular with everything from biscuits and gravy to a breakfast pizza.
The experience isn’t limited inside the four walls of Salumi and Formaggi as the restaurant offers catering as well, bringing an authentic Italian experience directly to your event.
On October 31st, Salumi E Formaggi is hosting a Halloween event where gourmet meets music and fun. There will be two seatings for a three-course Italian dinner followed by an after-dinner party with Jesse Gavigan, resident DJ of Beaufort.
The first seating at 5 p.m. is $59 for the three-course dinner from a set menu by Chef Salvatore Eros Maio. The 7 p.m. seating is $79 for the three-course dinner and includes entrance to the after-dinner party where attendees are encouraged to wear costumes for a contest in which the winner for best costume will receive a $100 gift card to Salumi E Formaggi. The party will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and tickets will be available for $10 presale and $15 at the door. The bar will be open through 1 a.m. serving the restaurants signature drinks.
The three-course dinner stays on track with the seasonal theme starting with a pumpkin fonduta followed by the choice of homemade fontina ravioli with butter sage reduction and red raisin emulsions or prime braised beef shoulder served with sweet mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable flowers or wild seared grouper served with organic figs velluata and the meal is ended with homemade chantilly cream pumpkin millefoglie which is an Italian dessert.
Salumi E Formaggi may be less than a year old, but is quickly becoming an irreplaceable staple of our lowcountry community. For reservations or to purchase tickets for the Halloween event call 843-846-0411.

The Power Of A Lens
What an incredible challenge to describe a man whose work says so much without a single word. John Wollwerth found a love for photography through a hobby of his father, who was an amateur photographer that loved his old Exacta camera from East Germany. When his father passed, John inherited that old Exacta and began exploring the world through his very first lens. Seeing his work, he was encouraged by friends and family to pursue this talent and turn it into a full-time profession.
“In 2005,” John explains, “I came to a crossroads. I either needed to start over in business doing my previous job, or I could start my own business doing photography.” Faced with two options, both resulting in starting over in life, he decided to follow his true passion for photography. John then shared some wisdom he himself had found along his journey saying, “life is too short to do things you hate just because it’s secure. If you have a passion for something, and you’re good at it, find a way to make that what you do. Put a plan together and start setting goals.”
John is an award-winning photographer, and his work has appeared in numerous publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Inside Weddings, Garden and Gun, South Carolina Homes and Gardens, and many more.
He has traveled the world to fifteen different countries on four continents, from Ethiopia to underwater sessions in the Caribbean Sea and back again to his home in Beaufort. His work not only captures a scene, or the people in it, but also brings each one of us along on his explorations into the four corners of the world. We are invited into different countries, different walks of life, celebratory moments, moments of anguish and those of joy, all connecting us as a human race and all through the power of a lens. John doesn’t simply focus on beautiful opportunities, but rather has a keen eye for capturing humanity at its core.
John also has a passion for missionary work in Africa where his photography and videography tell a story that often stirs emotion and brings people into action. “There’s the satisfaction of capturing something compelling or something beautiful or heart wrenching. But there’s also the satisfaction of knowing that I’m able to make a difference with the work I do,” explains John.
In addition to his global photography, John is available for family portrait sessions and is a well-known wedding photographer. Whether you are tying the knot right here at home in the Lowcountry or plan to have a destination wedding, John is ready to capture those precious moments and lock them in a breathtaking time capsule of print form. It is an incredible talent to not only capture the moments themselves, but also the emotions, joy and love connected to those moments all through a photograph, yet John masters it all and seemingly effortlessly.
John loves serving Beaufort county saying the area, “has the right combination of almost everything. The people are very warm here and I truly like working with them.” He continues, “there’s no shortage of scenery and fantastic places to shoot a family portrait or a wedding.”
John also works with Beaufort Lifestyle. “John is an amazing photographer! He has been with me since the beginning of Beaufort Lifestyle, nine years ago! His work is impeccable.  I am blessed to have him on my team,” raves Beaufort Lifestyle’s owner, Julie Hales.
Visit www.WollwerthImagery.com to see more of his captivating work. You may also call John at 843-252-3056 to schedule your session today.

story by Chris Kincade     photos by Susan DeLoach
Sonya Reiselt, long-time resident of Beaufort County for over 38 years, and her husband, Ronnie Reiselt, native of Beaufort County, are the owners of Southern Tree Services of Beaufort, Inc that has been servicing the Lowcountry for over 28 years. Their story together, however, began well before starting a successful business together. Sonya and Ronnie met one another when they were only 14 years old, later married in their early 20’s, and are now celebrating 24 years of marriage.
Sonya shared with me a bit about how Southern Tree Services got its start 28 years ago. The story began with a simple favor for Ronnie’s mother, Shirley Reiselt. Ronnie was working for his father in the heavy equipment industry when his mother, a landscape design architect working on Dataw Island, needed some help removing a few trees on the property. So, as any good southern son would do, Ronnie jumped into action to help his mother. A good friend, hearing of his new side project, then suggested that he go into the tree service industry as a profession and encouraged him to obtain certification in tree care. He did just that, becoming an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Naturally, with Sonya and Ronnie both having strong entrepreneurial spirits, the next step was for them to start their own business, and thus, Southern Tree Services was born. They have been proudly serving the Lowcountry ever since and are passionate about their work. Sonya says that they consider it an honor to be trusted with the stewardship of thousands of the most beautiful and prestigious landscapes in Beaufort County.
Southern Tree Services and their team have built a reputation throughout the years for excellence by providing their customers with quality service and complete satisfaction. Something Ronnie and Sonya both credit to their Southern Tree Services team.  “We have an incredible team of personnel from our general foreman, our tree service crews and crew leaders, to our dedicated office manager and assistant office manager,“ explained Sonya with great pride.
They have several Certified Arborists on staff, including Ronnie and Sonya, along with their general foreman, Thomas Hunt. In addition to being part of the International Society of Arboriculture, they are also proud members of the Tree Care Industry Association, Society of Commercial Arboriculture, Lady’s Island Business & Professionals Association, Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, and The National Federation of Independent Business.
Sonya shared what she and Ronnie feel separates Southern Tree Services from the rest, saying, “we are not simply a tree removal service. We go well beyond to take the time to educate our clients and provide all possible options, such as pruning, fertilization and preserving the trees as alternatives to tree removal.” Southern Tree Services has a wide variety of services that can be custom tailored to fit your specific needs. Services include lightning protection, pruning of trees and shrubs, insect and disease analysis, tree transplanting, root fertilization,  bracing/cabling, and tree/stump removal.
“We take pride in helping to keep this area, that we love so dearly, beautiful,” says Sonya. “We feel fortunate every day to have the opportunity to nurture and protect something that came to be long before we were around, and to know we have helped to ensure they stand strong long after we are gone.”
It has been proven time and time again that trees increase property value. Mature trees on a property and attractive landscaping are extremely helpful in attracting buyers. Southern Tree Services works closely with many development companies in the area, both commercial and residential, to assist with tree preservation, planning, and care. Various projects range from the Wal-Mart construction project on Lady’s Island, the old and new Publix on Lady’s Island, and many more. They also work closely with local contractors on housing development projects to assist in assessment and design of new lots in an effort to preserve specimen trees.
One thing some readers may not know that Sonya shared with me is that Beaufort is one of the 3,400 communities that have earned the title of being an official Tree City USA Destination. Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. Tree City USA is greening communities across the country, and the program is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve care of these vital city trees. (Arborday.org) Sonya mentioned the importance of such a distinction, pointing out that this is simply another reason Beaufort County is such a popular vacation destination. “I always say that we live in an area that is so beautiful that others travel from all over to vacation here,” says Sonya. Our local and majestic trees play such a vital role in that attraction to the area.
Ronnie and Sonya truly believe in sharing their gifts and talents as well. “God has really blessed us, and we never take that for granted,” says Sonya. They are active members of Meadowbrook Baptist Church on Lady’s Island and are passionate about giving back to their local community. They strongly believe in helping their neighbors and support several local charitable organizations. They participate in many fundraising events in Beaufort County each year, including CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) events, the Dragon Boat Races in Beaufort for cancer patients, and the Festival of Trees through Friends of Caroline. The Festival of Trees is one that is especially near and dear to their hearts, as they have watched firsthand the effects of cancer and have lost loved ones to the disease. Southern Tree Services was the headline sponsor for the Festival of Trees in 2016, and Sonya has chaired the event off and on over the past 10 years. Sonya was very passionate when speaking about the Friends of Caroline saying, “what they do is a blessing to so many!”
Sonya, in addition to Southern Tree Services, is also a premier real estate expert in Beaufort County. She is part of the HomesFinder Realty Group in Beaufort and has been selling real estate for seven years now. She was excited to tell me about the new HomesFinder Realty Group office that recently opened in downtown Beaufort and about some of the exciting listings available through their group. You can hear the passion in her voice when she is speaking about helping her clients.  “I just love meeting new people and helping them to open a new chapter in their lives,” she explained. Being a long-time resident of Beaufort County herself, Sonya knows all of the hidden treasures on the market in the area and is ready to serve you today! In my short visit with Sonya, I could immediately see why so many in the area turn to her for their real estate needs. She is the picture of Southern Charm and true Beaufort County hospitality.
When Ronnie and Sonya are able to steal some time away from their full schedules, they both enjoy spending time on the water. Whether going on an offshore fishing excursion, diving, or simply boating on the open waters, they try soak in the beautiful scenery and resources that are so abundant in the Lowcountry whenever possible.
Southern Tree Services of Beaufort is bonded, fully insured and can provide you with Certificates of Insurance. You can visit them online at www.SouthernTreeServices.com or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SouthernTreeServices. You can reach their offices by emailing strees@islc.net or by calling 843-522-9553.

Painting The Lowcountry With Style
Aki Kato, was born in Yokohama, Japan, and found a talent and passion early in life for drawing and painting. Aki studied art in both Japan and the United States, studying both Eastern and Western artwork, earning a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida. “My style is very realistic, but at the same time can be very whimsical,” explains Aki.
While attending high school in Japan, Aki had watched a movie based on Pat Conroy’s novel, The Water is Wide, that was filmed in the Beaufort area and said he was “mesmerized by the beautiful scenery.” While teaching a furniture painting class, years later, at a local technical college, Pat Conroy’s sister happened to be one of his students. The Conroy family now owns some of his artwork. “Their family has helped me tremendously,” remarks Aki.
“Sometimes I feel that things happen for a reason,” Aki explains as he reflects on the serendipity of it all from falling in love with the scenery in that movie years ago, to now knowing Pat Conroy’s family and living in Beaufort County.
Some of Aki’s breath-taking creations around Beaufort County include the South Carolina State Seal exhibited in the Beaufort County Court House and the Lowcountry marsh mural for Tidal Wave Auto Spa on Lady’s Island. He is currently working on a second mural for Tidal Wave, as well as a project for Port Royal Veterinary Hospital.  They will be opening later this year where and he is painting six doors for their examination rooms.
Aki hinted that there may be an exciting announcement about a new commissioned project in the near future, but we will have to wait to hear more soon!
Be sure to check out more of Aki’s beautiful creations at www.AkiKato.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AkiKatoStudio

Saxon ends 30-year career on ambitious note
Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority’s General Manager Ed Saxon, PE  retires in February of 2019 with thirty years of service to the Authority and to the community. His final year with BJWSA is marked with numerous milestones – a testament to his dedication to their mission to Inspire Trust and enhance Public Health.
BJWSA achieved more than one million safe work hours without an injury resulting in a lost workday. This remarkable record is a result of every employee’s commitment to safety and compliance with BJWSA’s robust safety program, and employees are laser focused on achieving the 2,000,000 safe hours mark.
A five-year strategic plan, Crystal Clear 2022, prioritized the galvanized/cast iron replacement program which resulted in BJWSA’s commitment of $4M/year for the next two years to fund full replacement of these troublesome lines. Other initiatives of the plan include enhanced call center metrics, new metering and bill-paying initiatives along with increased investment in the workforce coupled with enhanced predictive maintenance and asset management strategies.
The $30M Hardeeville Water Reclamation Facility (HWRF) expansion project came online in July. To demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, BJWSA designed and constructed this project to achieve the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision rating system’s Bronze award, the first of its kind in South Carolina. This innovative facility provides additional capacity to support new businesses and industries moving to the area and produces a highly treated, reclaimed water quality effluent.
Additionally, a project is underway to divert wastewater from a growing Lady’s Island to the Port Royal Water Reclamation Facility (PRWRF.)  BJWSA’s wastewater facility on St Helena currently receives these flows and as a result, is nearing capacity. This $6M diversion project, which will come online in the next six months, costs $3M less than expanding the St Helena plant to meet the future needs of Lady’s Island. PRWRF has sufficient capacity and is a state of the art facility designed for advanced treatment.
To protect our drinking water source, BJWSA became a founding member of the Savannah River Clean Water Fund (SRCWF.) We are working with four utilities in SC and GA to create one of the largest bi-state utility collaboration projects of its kind with a goal of establishing conservation easements on large parcels adjacent to the river in the lower Savannah Basin. By leveraging a SRCWF contribution of $534,125 with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the SC Conservation Bank and The Nature Conservancy, we are close to executing our first conservation easement on a 13,681-acre parcel that has a value of $10,984,000.
Saxon leaves the Authority poised for growth and prepared for the future of the water and wastewater industry.
“It has been a true joy to live and work in our wonderful slice of paradise and an honor to serve the citizens of Beaufort and Jasper counties for 30 years,” he says. “It’s amazing to reflect on the growth that BJWSA has experienced, growing from a small water agency in 1989 that had 30 employees, annual revenues of ~$3M and ~$20M in assets to the fifth largest utility in South Carolina with 200 employees, ~$58M in revenues and assets totaling more than $670M. Thanks to a great group of dedicated BJWSA employees who are committed to BJWSA becoming a leading Utility of the Future.”
About Ed Saxon, PE

•   Ed Saxon, PE
•   BS and MS, University of South Carolina; Mechanical Engineering
•   United States Air Force
•   BJWSA since February 1989
•   President, South Carolina Water Quality Association; Vice-chair, North American
Society of Trenchless Technology; board member, Southern Carolina Regional
Development Alliance; recipient of William T. Linton Service Award, Water
Environment Association of South Carolina
•   Board member and past president, Sea Island Rotary Club; former board
member and campaign chair for the United Way of the Lowcountry; former
board member, Beaufort Regional Chamber and Economic Alliance; board
member, Beaufort Water Festival since 1991, Commodore in 2001
•   Active parishioner of St. Peter’s Catholic Church; devoted husband to Melaine;
father to Ryan, Eric and Jessica and grandfather to Bailey and Zoe

Budget Blinds of Hilton Head is a “locally owned and operated franchise with a first-rate team that all work together to exceed customer expectations,” as explained by proud owner, Bob Engler. He and his wife, Kate, are the owners of the local franchise serving Beaufort County. When asking Bob what he loved most about Beaufort County, he said, “It’s a melting pot with great people from all over. It is always very interesting to talk to and hear people’s stories!”
As your local window covering expert, Budget Blinds takes the time to understand you and your unique needs to deliver the best custom window covering solution. They carry a variety of window coverings such as blinds, shades, shutters and home automation. Bob, Kate and the team provide unparalleled service from precise measurement to installation, so you can relax and enjoy. From their exclusive brand Signature Series to partnering with Lutron, a smart home automation system, they have the perfect solution to meet your unique needs.  “We have an amazing vendor alliance with innovative products, support and warranties,” explained Bob when asked what separates Budget Blinds from the rest.
Budget Blinds of Hilton Head has you covered for all your commercial needs as well. They offer unmatched buying power and selection for all your commercial needs. As the industry leader, they do it all for you, from window coverings to rugs.
Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3. Schedule your FREE in-home consultation at your convenience and get ready to be inspired! Budget Blinds of Hilton Head is located at 880 Fording Island Road, Unit 8, Bluffton, SC. They will also be opening a new location on Lady’s Island this fall! Go online to www.BudgetBlinds.com/HiltonHeadisland or simply call Bob, Kate, or Rebecca at 843-837-4060 today!

Located at the corner of Carteret and Price in downtown Beaufort, SC., stands Ballenger Realty,  that started in 2000 with real estate enthusiast, Everett Ballenger. Ballenger Realty lists and sells the finest properties in the Beaufort area. They offer real estate throughout Beaufort County, including Historic Beaufort, Port Royal, Dataw Island, Fripp Island, Callawassie Island and many other barrier islands along the Carolina Coast.
Ballenger Realty began with two people in their original office on Lady’s Island, and continuously grew year over year. With the office now located in beautiful downtown Beaufort, the company has grown to approximately 35 agents becoming one of the largest “independent” companies in Northern Beaufort County.
Their philosophy from day one was to “always do the right thing” and that philosophy still holds true today. “Our company has an enviable reputation in the real estate industry in Beaufort County and beyond. It is hard to acquire and maintain an excellent reputation in our business for so long. We have managed this by having professional hard-working agents on our team, and trying to always do the right thing,” explains Everett.
Ballenger Realty loyally serves their clients who range from first time home buyers to professional real estate investors. Everett is proud of his team and proud to live in and serve Beaufort County. “I count my lucky stars every day to be able to enjoy the stunning beauty that surrounds us everywhere we go. The people here are generally so friendly.  It is a pleasure working with them,” exclaims Everett.
Ballenger Realty’s team of experienced agents are waiting to help you find the Lowcountry property of your dreams, so stop by their office at 613 A Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC., or call them today at 1-843-379-1400

Festival Of Trees
story by Chris Kincade   photos by Paul Nurnberg
If you are looking for a great way to kick off the Christmas Season this year with a heavy helping of Holiday Spirit, we have the perfect event for you! The 31st Annual Festival of Trees event, to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice, will be a held this year starting Sunday, December 2, 2018 with events running through Saturday, December 8, 2018. The Festival of Trees is their largest fundraiser each year and has become a heart-warming tradition in Beaufort County.
The Festival of Trees showcases beautifully decorated trees that are judged by local celebrities for their originality and creativity. Judging of the trees is based on the categories titled Whimsical, Traditional and Student.
Each year Friends of Caroline Hospice selects co-chairs for the Festival of Trees, and they are excited to announce that the co-chairs for this year’s events are Mr. Peter and Mrs. Karen Wyman and Dr. Simons and Mrs. Amy Hane.
“I am so pleased to represent Friends of Caroline Hospice as the co-chair of this year’s Festival of Trees with my dear friend Amy Hane,” wrote Karen.
The event kicks off with Kids  Snow Day on Sunday, December 2nd, and is an event for families. This event is $3 for children ages 5 and up, and free for children ages 4 and under. Real snow is brought in for the younger ones, or those still young at heart, to play in the snow, make snow angels, or have a snowball fight. They will have face painting available and a photo opportunity with Anna and Elsa from Frozen!
There is also a rumor that Santa may be able to take a moment out of his busy schedule to visit Beaufort in support of one of his favorite charities, Friends of Caroline Hospice.
Thursday, December 6th, Friends of Caroline Hospice will host their annual Festival of Trees Gala at Tabby Place amidst the trees with music, wine, beer and lots of food from some of Beaufort’s best local restaurants.
The Festival of Trees closes out the week-long event with their 2nd Annual Gingerbread 5K on December 8th at 9am. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes for the run/walk through the streets of Port Royal and will be joined by Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer for the event!
The Festival of Trees would not be possible without the support of the community. “What people may not realize is that Friends of Caroline Hospice counts on the funds raised through the Festival of Trees to support the services offered through Friends of Caroline Hospice throughout the year,” explains Karen Wyman.
It is important to know how far your dollar can reach when you support Friends of Caroline Hospice through this event.
Sponsorship of the Business Trees ($350), sponsored by a Business or Organization, covers the cost of one patient’s oxygen and a hospital bed for thirty (30) days, as well as, Bereavement Support for their family.
Sponsorship of the Family Tree ($150), sponsored by a family or individual, covers the cost of one patient’s pain medication for 30 days and Bereavement Support for the family. The Family Tree is a new option for 2018, is a smaller tree 4’-5’ for families to decorate and participate in the event, and is a beautiful way to honor a loved one. This package is limited and will be available at a first-come-first-serve basis.
One ticket to their annual Festival of Trees Gala covers the cost of one patient’s pain medication for 30 days.
In addition, Friends of Caroline Hospice is offering another way to help by selling a new item at the events this year. “We will be selling commemorative ornaments for families to purchase in honor of or in memory of their loved ones,” explains Karen. Their hopes are that this will be an opportunity for everyone to feel as though they too can make an impact.
Friends of Caroline Hospice has many volunteer opportunities for the Festival of Trees events as well. “It really does take a village,” explains Karen. “Whether it is a High School group looking for community service hours or a church group looking to help in their community, we absolutely welcome the help! Volunteer opportunities include assisting with setup, assisting with raffle ticket sales, or working the desk at the beginning of the event to help guests check-in,” adds Karen.
Friends of Caroline Hospice would also like to take this opportunity to extend their sincere appreciation for this year’s Premier Sponsor, Beaufort Memorial Hospital. “We are honored to have the support of Beaufort Memorial Hospital,” says Karen.
To become an event sponsor, to sponsor a tree, or to purchase Gala tickets, visit them online at www.friendsofcarolinehospice.org
Friends of Caroline Hospice provides quality of life care that offers hope and encouragement to those nearing the end of life’s journey, as well as, support for their family, friends and community. They were the first non-profit hospice organization founded in Beaufort County and have been proudly serving the community for 38 years. Lindsay Roberg, Executive Director states, “We continue to be a non-profit organization serving the same mission, which is anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, receive the same exceptional services that we all deserve at end of life. It is really important to us that people not have to worry about the financial burdens that come with taking care of somebody at the end of life. All of the patient’s medical care is provided by us including medical staff, medications, equipment and supplies.”
Karen, co-chair of the Festival of Trees, also added that the care through Friends of Caroline Hospice extends well beyond Beaufort County by also offering care to their neighboring counties of Colleton County, Hampton County, and Jasper County.
Providing hospice care for loved ones is only one service through Friends of Caroline Hospice. They also offer bereavement and caregiver support services to all individuals in the community regardless of their ability to pay. Friends of Caroline Hospice also partners with the Beaufort County School District and offers support groups for children who have experienced loss. Roberg explains, “it can be any loss — a pet, parent or grandparent. We work closely with the guidance counselors in the schools to ensure that children know what they are experiencing is normal and that they are not alone.”
Please join us December 2nd through December 8th to kick off the Christmas Season with an event that is not only guaranteed to put a smile on your face but also a smile in your heart knowing you are helping to offer hands of support to those who need it most through the Friends of Caroline Hospice.
To learn more about the Festival of Trees or Friends Caroline Hospice, visit them online at www.friendsofcarolinehospice.org or by calling 843-525-6257.

If you are searching for that uniquely special dining experience in the Beaufort area, be sure to explore Paris Avenue in Port Royal.  There you will discover a hidden treasure of 1635 On The Avenue.  This two-story grey building located at the gateway to Port Royal will offer up some of the most amazing food the Lowcountry has to offer.  If you are looking for a casual night out with friends or romantic dinner for two, 1635 On The Avenue is the perfect place.
1635 on the Avenue, owned by Lorett Hayes, first opened their doors nearly four years ago.  Lorett is no stranger in the restaurant business.  Her resume includes four successful ventures in the upstate, including owning and operating a bed and breakfast which included, Café Leisure, a 65-seat dining room prior to “retiring” to Beaufort.  It wasn’t long after moving to Beaufort that Lorett realized her passion for food and sharing that passion with others was greater than a life of leisure.
Lorett explains, “I became a chef by accident.” She continued about her path saying, “I was blessed, and in my thirties, I realized I had something that people wanted, a love for cooking.” Lorett could not be more accurate as locals pour into 1635 On The Avenue day after day to experience that passion for cooking that leaves everyone craving more after each visit.
“Our menu reflects a love for spice with some creole dishes, but we also offer comfort foods like buttermilk friend chicken and Italian style meatloaf. We believe we serve the best Escargot and Mussels in the area. Our shrimp and grits are a big hit for those who have tried them,” says Lorett.
Plan to begin your experience at 1635 On The Avenue with one of Lorett’s incredible starters, from the Escargot served with crusty bread to Steamed Mussels. While enjoying your starters, your senses are captivated with the continuous aromas of her delicious entrees such as the Crab cakes or the Black and Bleu Pasta. Even Lorett’s Catfish with a creolo gravy on smoked gouda grits provides a unique and unforgettable experience for one’s pallet. Lorett then plates each creation to absolute perfection tying the entire experience together, remarking, “I believe we eat with our eyes first.”
Lorett still takes the time to leave her kitchen to meet and greet her guests. If there is anything she loves more than cooking, it is connecting with people who share in her passion. “I actually love the restaurant business and not just the bottom line,” she comments. What matters most to her is that “people feel like they actually had an experience and it was a pleasure,” adds Lorett.
“We thank our loyal customers who have helped us become a success as we are approaching our fourth year here in Port Royal,” says Lorett with a humble and thankful tone. Their customer base stretches from Fripp island, Dataw Island, Callawassie, Spring Island to the locals of Beaufort and Port Royal.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience today! 1635 On The Avenue is located at 1635 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, South Carolina.  Their number is (843)379-0607. Dinner is available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5pm – until. They take their last seating for dinner at 8pm each evening.