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story by Cindy Reid

photos by John Wollwerth

“Seaside Grown’s Bloody Mary mix is made from hand-picked, vine ripe tomatoes, so fresh we can even tell you the acre of the field they came from,” says Ross Taylor, creator of St. Helena Island’s newest success story, Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix . Although this is their first commercial food product, Ross’s family, the Sanders, are no strangers to the tomato business. As befitting a true Beaufort story, it really starts way back when. Long time commercial farmers, the Sanders have  been growing tomatoes on St. Helena Island since the  early 1900s. “It all started with Gustav ‘Gus’ Sanders, who began the first commercial tomato farm in the area,” says Ross.

As their website says, “Over a century ago, Gus Sanders discovered that the soil on St. Helena Island was just right for producing plump and juicy tomatoes. That’s because the soil is just a tad bit warmer than that of inland farms, which makes it perfect for harvesting the best tomatoes. “Their longevity can be attributed to the superiority of their crop, because as Ross says, “We are known for growing the best tasting, mouthwatering tomatoes on the East Coast.”

And while that’s true,  it is one thing to grow a food crop and it is quite another to create, market and sell an entirely new commercial food product. In this case, it started when Gus’s great grandson Ross was at Clemson University. Ross says, “It happened to be harvest season and my college buddies came to town – one thing led to another and that’s how our hearty and delicious Bloody Mary Mix came to be.” Ross says the secret recipe is based on a long held family recipe that just needed a few tweaks to make it shelf stable. Seaside Grown is different from most Bloody Mary mixes because it is a “real Bloody Mary mix, made from  red ripe tomatoes and not tomato paste.” says Ross ,” We can tell you exactly what field each tomato in any given jar came from. We compare this to the bottling of rose wine. Not only do we know what field, we know the day and date the tomatoes in every jar of mix was picked.”

He says, “This is a family grown, handpicked, farm to table product.” People are noticing and the mix is selling out. Last October, they made 350 cases and they were sold out by December 31, 2017. Ross says, “Being certified South Carolina Grown is not just a necessary part of production. To us, it’s an honor and a matter of taste. We are blessed to be able to grow God’s finest tomato in a beautiful part of the world with our family and friends—there is truly nothing better than that. Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix is a natural extension of this attention to quality and pride in producing the very best product possible.”

Seaside Grown also has the added benefit of utilizing tomatoes that are too ripe, misshapen or not perfect enough to be sent to market. Ross says, “We sell, pack and ship tens of millions of pounds of tomatoes in the month of June and approximately twenty percent of the crop doesn’t make the grade. Of those, ninety percent are fine and by creating a food product we can make use of what would otherwise go to waste.”

Their current label is fun- “One taste and we think you will agree- it’s finer than frog’s hair! If it ain’t fresh, it ain’t’ in our pot!” Upcoming will be a new label which will show St. Helena Island on a nautical chart because people want to know exactly where Seaside Farm, Frogmore South Carolina is located.

Ross will also be adding information on the website regarding a popular food use for the mix- using it to make local favorite  Savannah Red Rice. Of course the mix can be enjoyed as a “Virgin Mary,” a non alcoholic version, as well. Future production plans include adding salsa, salsa verde and other fresh tomato products to the Seaside Grown label. First up will be  “Gus’s Spicy Mix,” a Bloody Mary mix that has more of a kick to it. Ross says, “We are that rare combo, a successful commercial farm that is still small enough to create our own products. At the end of the day, we are a family grown product.”

MacDonald MarketPlace

Another family production is the MacDonald MarketPlace, located on Sea island Parkway, St. Helena Island. Ross is the General Manager of the store, which was built by James Ross Macdonald in 1877. Although it had been in several different hands over the years, the Sanders are now running the store their ancestor founded. The MarketPlace features “Antiques, Home & Art,  The Essence of Lowcountry Living” as well as the Seaside Grown line in their cozy kitchen room. Ultimately, the MacDonald Market Place brings together many local artisans, giving them a beautiful and historic space to market their work. One can find everything from local paintings to antiques, lamps to photographs and much more. It is a giant jewel box of artisan treats.

Taylor Offshore

By land and sea, Ross is also an entrepreneur in another coastal endeavor.   As co-creator of Taylor Offshore, he and two other classmates from Clemson invented a quick connect system specific to off shore sport fishing rigs. Their website says it is “The easiest and fastest way to catch fish.” He says, “ We spent eight years in research and development to make this the best quick release system on the market. Our product is represented all over the world, Panama, Costa Rico, South Africa, all the big off shore locales.”

When asked why this product, he says, “Off shore fishing is very much a passion of mine. I try to go every other month.” He says his favorite off shore fishing spot is the Zane Grey Reef in Pinas Bay, Panama, “There nothing close to it!” He also likes the fishing in Los Suenos, Costa Rico.

Ross and his wife, Lisa, make their home in Beaufort. They recently celebrated their five year anniversary and Ross says although they love downtown Beaufort, they may well move out to the island in the near future. He says, “We love the peace and quiet of the island.” When asked what his favorite place in Beaufort is, this busy entrepreneur answers, “There is a creek off Station Creek on the island and it is a good place to get in the boat and be alone. That’s where I go to get away from it all. It’s quiet and beautiful out there.”

“When you mix family, six generations of tomato growers, great friends, the warm sea, summertime harvests and God’s finest tomatoes, you have just uncovered the magic behind Seaside Grown!”

Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix can be found at Bill’s Liquors & Fine Wine on Lady’s Island and MacDonald Marketplace on St. Helena Island.

by Carl Joye w/ Apex Real Estate

There Battery Creek meets Beaufort River, leading out to the Atlantic Ocean, is Port Royal Sound. It is there that lies the sleepy little South Carolina town of Port Royal. First explored by Frenchman Jean Ribaut in 1562, the town was named after the sound it overlooks. Eventually avenues were named after international cities such as Paris, London, Madrid, Columbia, Richmond and Edinburgh. These streets were laid north to south, intersected by numbered streets running east to west. Over the years, the southern tip of the Port Royal peninsula, the deepest natural port on the Atlantic coast, became an active shipping port connected to the mainland by a railroad along the western shore.

Until recently, this 50-acre tract with 2 miles of waterfront property has been fenced and controlled by the Ports Authority. In 2006, Governor Sanford closed the Port and ordered it sold. Ten years later, Governor Hailey accomplished the sale, returning the property to the town. As the fences come down and development progresses, the excitement of anticipated changes grows stronger.

The vision of connecting the western shore back to the Old Village and keeping the waterfront open to the public is certain to enhance the natural beauty of Port Royal with its abundant majestic centuries old Spanish Moss draped Live Oak trees throughout the Old Village. The community that exists today will be enhanced and grow stronger becoming even more one of the most desirable places to make home on the southeastern coast.

Excitement is in the air with anticipation of the 50-acre Waterfront Development at the Old Village of Port Royal in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. From the spectacular eastern sunrises over Beaufort River to the stunning western sunsets over Battery Creek, the point of Port Royal is truly unique with never ending salt marsh and river vistas. Situated on the intra-coastal waterway at the mouth of Port Royal sound, the over 2 miles of waterfront property is on the deepest natural port on the East Coast with unobstructed access to the Atlantic Ocean between Hunting Island State Park and Hilton Head Island.

The plan for the property consists of three major development areas, all connecting to the existing Old Village to create a new vibrant walking community with access to the waterfront for all. Detailed planning continues from one end to the other of this unique property. Along Battery Creek, the Dry Stack Marina in the Port Village is set to open any day and renovations at Port Royal’s premier waterfront seafood restaurant to be known as Fishcamp at 11th are underway. Much of this that is underway is expected to open in July. Unsure of exactly what the remaining development will become, but it is certain to be something very special!

East of London Avenue, and down Sands Beach Road, lies Port Royal’s most treasured natural park. It features the Sands, boardwalk and observation tower, Port Royal Sound boat landing, all with expansive eastern views over Beaufort River, southern views over Port Royal Sound, and western views down Battery Creek. Sit and enjoy a sunny day on the beach nearly any time of the year or drop your boat in the river and explore the endless rivers the Lowcountry offers.

Enjoy an early morning or afternoon stroll from the Old Village or ride down in your golf cart to admire the spectacular colorful sunrises and sunsets that are simply beyond compare. Walk through the narrow path through the high marsh to the western end of the boardwalk, climb the observation tower for a stunning birds eye view and continue down the boardwalk across the boat landing to the Sands. Mother nature has a new light show to amaze every day.

The boardwalk also connects the Sands to the Port Village, with its soon to open Dry Stack Marina, where you can store your boat and call ahead to have it waiting for your fishing or river cruising adventure. Plenty of experienced boat captains are ready and waiting to show you where the plentiful fishing is at its best. Home sites and homes are planned adjacent to this beautiful area bringing it even closer to home. Relax or play on the beach, kayak the rivers, fill your cooler with fish, or cruise the river to sandbars or the nearby Atlantic Ocean beaches. It’s all available for you just a short walk from the Old Village of Port Royal down Sands Beach Road.

The 50-acre waterfront development site in the Old Village of Port Royal is known as the Port Village. It is at the eastern end of the site, the south end of Paris Avenue, where the old shipping port greeted cargo ships from all over the world. Boasting the deepest natural port on the east coast, with unobstructed access to the Atlantic Ocean, the port anticipates welcoming ships again, this time carrying passengers for pleasure instead of cargo.

Over 270-degree views from east to west offer opportunities to witness the most amazing sunrises and sunsets found anywhere in the world. Anchored by a future upscale full-service hotel with supporting shops and restaurants along Battery Creek, the Port Village will soon grow to become the commercial town center with large and smaller public parks to rest, relax and enjoy summer breezes from the salt marshes and rivers.

Already in progress, and soon to open, is the Dry Stack Marina with waterfront walkway and grassed park area connecting the Port Village to the boardwalk and beach area. The old port building overhanging Battery Creek with two story interior spaces with all its development possibilities is the major existing feature. The former spacious rail yard, adjacent to the Port building, offers plenty of space for future development of retail and dining spaces. This is all tied together by natural parks and the future extended waterfront boardwalk. Endless opportunities and unmatched anticipation await all who currently live and are soon to come to this unique waterfront playground in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

The area of the 50-acre waterfront development site known as the Marina Village is in the center of the site. At the west end of 11th Street, this is the area where countless shrimp, oysters and blue crabs were harvested and brought to the existing shrimp boat docks to be processed for wide distribution. In recent years, Dockside at 11th Street seafood restaurant offered local seafood dining overlooking sunsets and shrimp boats. Currently under renovation and scheduled to open this summer, Fishcamp at 11th waterfront seafood restaurant will soon be ready to take over the space.

A combination of retail and residential development will soon compliment this area along with a new 225 slip marina in the calm waters of Battery Creek located just minutes from the intra-coastal waterway, Beaufort River and Port Royal Sound. Walk to the beach and boardwalk through the Port Village to the east or to Harrison Bluff, to the west. Ride your bike to Historic Downtown Beaufort down the Spanish Moss Trail along the abandoned railroad which used to serve the port. The Marina Village is the perfect place to work or make your home to enjoy everything a coastal community has to offer. The area of the 50-acre waterfront development site known as Harrison Bluff is at the west end of the site, along Edinburgh and Columbia Avenues at 13th through 16th Streets. The area has been mostly undisturbed and is heavily wooded with Lives Oaks. This is where trains occasionally traveled and white tail deer found shelter. Fifteen acres of high bluffs overlooking Battery Creek’s salt marsh sunsets will soon provide home sites for single family interior and waterfront homes with private and community docks along with community parks for all to enjoy. Townhouses along the town’s existing streets and avenues may also be available for maintenance free living. Easily access all Port Royal has to offer by walking or biking down the Spanish Moss Trail or riding your golf cart through the town’s streets and avenues.

Plans are coming soon for the layout of Port Royal’s premier residential community. Adjacent properties along the development’s edge will add to the opportunities available for all who choose to live in the Old Village of Port Royal, the newest old coastal town in the south.

As the waterfront development in the Old Village of Port Royal starts to gain speed, interest in buying homes, home sites and development properties is increasing. People from local areas and beyond are looking to find out just what opportunities are available now and in the future. Uncertainty of exactly what single family homes, townhomes, and home sites will be available and what exactly will become of the 50-acre waterfront development in general makes it difficult to get in early and reserve your spot. Information available at this point is there will be fewer than 20 marsh front home sites with unbelievable expansive views at the Sands beach area, about 80 home sites at the Harrison Bluff area featuring a private dock with boat slips, and a gated townhouse community in the Marina Village area with reservations possibly starting late this year. Plans are currently being developed at this time and when more specifics are available about these limited opportunities is unclear. Much will be developed around the new Fishcamp at 11 th waterfront seafood restaurant and is projected to open before July 4 of this year.

Other exciting news in the town, both in and out of the 50-acre development, is the anticipation of the opening of the new restaurant named Madison’s on 10t h Street inside the Old Village where Moon Doggies was located for many years.

Homes and home sites available today are scattered around the Old Village. Homes of varying ages, size and condition are being privately marketed and sold. What is currently available changes daily and the current inventory can be found at www.DiscoverPortRoyal.com .

Homes range from a 2500 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3 car garage with unique 180 degree expansive views of Port Royal Sound and Sands Beach to a 730 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bath older home on an interior 75 foot by 100 foot.

Many home sites are currently available in the Old Village including five, 50-foot-wide by 100-foot-deep lots on 11th Street and 55-foot-wide by 150-foot-deep waterfront lot on 10th Street with expansive sunrise views, and an interior lot 50-foot lot by 100-foot lot on 9th Street by Madison’s restaurant. There are 12 Streets adjacent to the Marina Village, one street with many other scattered parcels along with development properties available today and in the future around in Port Royal, both inside and outside of the small area known as the Old Village.

As interest begins to rise, prices will follow, making today the best time to secure your piece of Port Royal paradise. Many properties in Port Royal are older, modest homes that most likely will be replaced over time as land values and demand continues to increase.

Working in our Port Royal office over the past 15 years and living here over the past 50 years, we’ve seen the changes first hand Properties values boomed in 2006 at the announcement of the port closure, plummeted in 2010 with the nationwide real estate crash, and are now invigorated with the sale of the port property.

Once again, there is never a better time to invest your future in the Old Village of Port Royal, both inside and outside of the 50-acre development. Stop by our Apex Team Real Estate office at 1503 Paris Avenue in Port Royal to find out the latest and greatest opportunity for you. Give us a call today at 843-321-9204 and we’ll be happy to share our local experience and knowledge with you. Port Royal, South Carolina; Cool, Coastal, and Far from Ordinary!

Carl Joye, Broker/Owner

Apex Team Real Estate

1503 Paris Avenue, Port Royal

EMAIL: PortRoyal29935@gmail.com

MOBILE: 843-575-2898

OFFICE: 843-321-9204

www.DiscoverPortRoyal.com

story by Wanda Hendrix Simmons

For over 30 years Pender Brothers, Inc. has been specializing and satisfying the Beaufort areas needs for all types of plumbing, welding, fabrication, heating and air conditioning services. This dedicated staff distinguishes themselves by providing superior goods and services to their customers. With over 25 employees, the value of maintaining a family-oriented atmosphere still stands.  Each employee’s contribution to insuring and maintaining the integrity of the company and its reputation is always a strong focus.

Pender Brothers HVAC Division has been a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer for over 20 years.  They service all brands and handle new construction, remodels and light commercial. HVAC maintenance is always performed by a certified professional to prolong the life of the equipment and make sure that equipment always performs at its peak performance. As a Bryant Factory Authorized dealer, Bryant has a scorecard for all dealers throughout the nation.  The medal of excellence is given to only 15 companies in the nation, and Pender Brothers was named 1 of 15 companies to be awarded the Medal of Excellence.

Working in the residential, light commercial and commercial markets may be challenging for some family owned businesses, but not Pender Brothers Incorporated.  Their dedication to their customers, their fellow businessmen, and their hometown spirit make this a simple undertaking for them.  They aspire to be the best in the business, and their return clientele show this to be true.

Pender Brothers also repairs mower decks, gates, fences and wrought iron railings. They are also your source for any plumbing needs, large or small, such as toilet replacements, water heater maintenance and installation, outside hose bib additions and much morez

If you need exceptional quality work by a company who truly cares about their customers, you owe it to yourself to contact Pender Brothers.  They are located at 1851 Ribaut Rd., Port Royal, South Carolina.  They can be reached by phone at 843-371-3845 or visit their website at www.penderbros.com.

Southern Living, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Anchorage 1770 Inn are excited to announce the first Cook The Book: Sharing Recipes, Wine & Words,  a special event to be held Saturday, May 19, from 4:00–9:00 p.m. at the Anchorage 1770 (1103 Bay St., Beaufort, SC). The inaugural Cook the Book will be presented by renowned southern chef Cynthia Graubart, and will focus on recipes from her recent cookbook Sunday Suppers (2017). The event has three components: Cynthia will give a cooking demonstration of three recipes from Sunday Suppers assisted by Anchorage chef Byron Landis, followed by a book and apron signing with wine and appetizers on the veranda, and culminating with a four-course dinner complete with hand-selected wine pairings in the dining room.

This new venture was inspired by Pat Conroy’s passion for cooking and his perennial search for a new recipe. Pat opens his 2004 cookbook with the words, “The subject of food is nearly a sacred one to me.” His lifelong passion for cooking was first ignited in 1969 and only became more intense as he grew older. Many of his readers are familiar with another quote from his cookbook, “a recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”

Cynthia Graubart is an ideal chef to launch the new Cook the Book series, which celebrates foodways, writing, and fellowship. When Pat first began cooking in earnest, he turned to Cynthia’s husband Cliff for guidance. It was 1969 and Pat’s first wife had appointed him family chef. He ventured to the Old New York Bookshop in Atlanta, asking for Graubart’s help. According to Pat’s recollections, Cliff, fearing the Conroy clan demise by starvation, handed Pat an edition of Auguste Escoffier’s cookbook. And so Pat’s culinary adventures began, and he became the epicurean ‘magician’, the soup ‘sorcerer’, turning “the art of stealing recipes into both a hobby and an art.”

Cynthia’s newest cookbook, Sunday Suppers extols the virtues of the Sunday supper. She says the Sunday ‘supper’ was different than the Sunday ‘dinner,’ a little less formal, but always just as comforting because it’s always about family time spent at the dining table. In her preface, Cynthia explains succinctly and lovingly, “Family mealtime is heralded by educators, clergy and grandmothers as an important part of a child’s growth and development.”

Anchorage Chef Byron Landis, who will be assisting with the cooking demonstration and meal preparation, concurs. “Food is important to not only physical sustenance, but also spiritual and emotional nourishment. The stove is the hearth, the table the gathering place. I learned that growing up in a family that had a catering business.”

Cynthia Graubart is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the author of her 8th cookbook, Sunday Suppers for Oxmoor House (November 2017). Named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for 2017, she shares her passion for her home state and its bountiful produce and products with her audiences across many platforms, including recipe development for the nationwide Atlanta-based meal kit service PeachDish. A frequent guest chef, private event chef, and personal chef, she brings a taste of the south to every dish she creates and serves, and joined her fellow Georgia Grown Executive Chefs to cook at the James Beard House in June 2017. She and Nathalie Dupree wrote the best-selling (and James Beard Award winning) Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (Gibbs-Smith 2012). Cynthia received a M.F.K. Fisher Food Writing Award for the introduction to Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook (2016) and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Byron Landis’ culinary career began as an apprentice chef in Overland Park, Kansas, where he logged 6,000 hours of experience. From there he honed his skills at Kansas social clubs including Kansas City’s esteemed Carriage Club. He was then sous chef at Hilton Head’s Long Cove Club before joining the team at the Anchorage 1770.

Cook the Book has been selected as a Southern Living Inspired Event. Tickets are $150 and include all food and wine, and the signed cookbook and apron. Make your reservations by May 15 by calling 843-525-1770. Space is limited to 40 attendees.

The next Cook the Book event will be Saturday, September 29, and will feature local caterer Debbi Covington and recipes from her cookbook Celebrate Beaufort (2018).

Chef and Cookbook Author Cynthia Graubart

Southern Living, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Anchorage 1770 Inn are excited to announce the first Cook The Book: Sharing Recipes, Wine & Words,  a special event to be held Saturday, May 19, from 4:00–9:00 p.m. at the Anchorage 1770 (1103 Bay St., Beaufort, SC). The inaugural Cook the Book will be presented by renowned southern chef Cynthia Graubart, and will focus on recipes from her recent cookbook Sunday Suppers (2017). The event has three components: Cynthia will give a cooking demonstration of three recipes from Sunday Suppers assisted by Anchorage chef Byron Landis, followed by a book and apron signing with wine and appetizers on the veranda, and culminating with a four-course dinner complete with hand-selected wine pairings in the dining room.

This new venture was inspired by Pat Conroy’s passion for cooking and his perennial search for a new recipe. Pat opens his 2004 cookbook with the words, “The subject of food is nearly a sacred one to me.” His lifelong passion for cooking was first ignited in 1969 and only became more intense as he grew older. Many of his readers are familiar with another quote from his cookbook, “a recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”

Cynthia Graubart is an ideal chef to launch the new Cook the Book series, which celebrates foodways, writing, and fellowship. When Pat first began cooking in earnest, he turned to Cynthia’s husband Cliff for guidance. It was 1969 and Pat’s first wife had appointed him family chef. He ventured to the Old New York Bookshop in Atlanta, asking for Graubart’s help. According to Pat’s recollections, Cliff, fearing the Conroy clan demise by starvation, handed Pat an edition of Auguste Escoffier’s cookbook. And so Pat’s culinary adventures began, and he became the epicurean ‘magician’, the soup ‘sorcerer’, turning “the art of stealing recipes into both a hobby and an art.”

Cynthia’s newest cookbook, Sunday Suppers extols the virtues of the Sunday supper. She says the Sunday ‘supper’ was different than the Sunday ‘dinner,’ a little less formal, but always just as comforting because it’s always about family time spent at the dining table. In her preface, Cynthia explains succinctly and lovingly, “Family mealtime is heralded by educators, clergy and grandmothers as an important part of a child’s growth and development.”

Anchorage Chef Byron Landis, who will be assisting with the cooking demonstration and meal preparation, concurs. “Food is important to not only physical sustenance, but also spiritual and emotional nourishment. The stove is the hearth, the table the gathering place. I learned that growing up in a family that had a catering business.”

Cynthia Graubart is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the author of her 8th cookbook, Sunday Suppers for Oxmoor House (November 2017). Named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for 2017, she shares her passion for her home state and its bountiful produce and products with her audiences across many platforms, including recipe development for the nationwide Atlanta-based meal kit service PeachDish. A frequent guest chef, private event chef, and personal chef, she brings a taste of the south to every dish she creates and serves, and joined her fellow Georgia Grown Executive Chefs to cook at the James Beard House in June 2017. She and Nathalie Dupree wrote the best-selling (and James Beard Award winning) Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (Gibbs-Smith 2012). Cynthia received a M.F.K. Fisher Food Writing Award for the introduction to Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook (2016) and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Byron Landis’ culinary career began as an apprentice chef in Overland Park, Kansas, where he logged 6,000 hours of experience. From there he honed his skills at Kansas social clubs including Kansas City’s esteemed Carriage Club. He was then sous chef at Hilton Head’s Long Cove Club before joining the team at the Anchorage 1770.

Cook the Book has been selected as a Southern Living Inspired Event. Tickets are $150 and include all food and wine, and the signed cookbook and apron. Make your reservations by May 15 by calling 843-525-1770. Space is limited to 40 attendees.

The next Cook the Book event will be Saturday, September 29, and will feature local caterer Debbi Covington and recipes from her cookbook Celebrate Beaufort (2018).

story by Cindy Reid

photos by Paul Nurnberg

Among the many heady changes coming to Port Royal, one is the new restaurant Madison’s, located in the heart of the village at 925 10th Street. From the retro funky sign in the front of the building, to the wonderfully restored and enhanced historic building, Madison’s certainly has the right look and feel. But it is their food, the local sourced and family farmed food, their inventive and original menu, that will make Madison’s your new favorite restaurant.

Owners Evan and brother Brent Hallinan were born and raised in Charleston, making them authentic Southerners, and like all (yes all) Southerners they know their way around a kitchen. Brent says they have thirty eight years of restaurant experience between them, with Evan as chef and Brent in restaurant management. When they were ready to open their own place, they looked downstream from Charleston and searched Beaufort county for the perfect venue. The decision was made easy when Evan found this location (the former “Moondoggies” restaurant). Evan says, “This was a beautiful property and it was in great proximity to Parris Avenue, which we liked. The live oaks and historic charm reminded me of the Charleston of our youth.” They closed on the building in December 2017 and haven’t looked back.

Serving lunch and dinner, as well as a full bar menu, Madison’s covers many bases while sticking to their lowcountry culinary roots.

Southern Scratch

Evan says,”We are a ‘from scratch’ restaurant, because everything possible is made from scratch. We are also using locally sourced seafood and family farmed food as much as possible.” Brent says, “being here lets us take advantage of the coastal environment. Our menu can be  considered ‘seafood heavy,’ as we offer shrimp, oysters on the half shell, she crab soup, mussels, scallops as well as salmon, grouper, tuna and mahi-mahi.” Evan says, “We have created a seafood restaurant that we would want to eat at.”

There is a distinct Southern classic flavor profile at Madison’s, from their take on shrimps and grits (local shrimp, pork belly, mushrooms and tomato in shrimp gravy over smoked cheddar grits) to banana pie (vanilla bean pudding with shaved chocolate and caramel). Accompaniments such as tomato jam, devilled eggs and pepper jelly let you know you are in the lowcountry and bring the Southern charm to your plate.

Conscious of dietary needs and choices? Madison’s has a gluten free kitchen (they use rice and cornmeal in frying) and very few menu items contain any gluten. They also offer vegan and vegetarian choices and have a sweet children’s menu ‘Maddy’s Corner.’

Happy Food

Let’s start with the Happy Hour menu. It is served from 5-7 PM and is a preview of the type of food you can expect from the much larger lunch and dinner menus. It will change seasonally, so for now highlights include:

Spicy Shrimp Martini – battered whole local shrimp with fiery jalapeno-ginger jelly

Watermelon Salad – cucumber, shaved red onion, crumbled blue cheese, herbs, candied pecans and sweet & sour pepper jelly dressing.

Pork Belly Sliders –braised Keegan-Filion Farms (Walterboro, SC) pork belly with caramelized fig & onion, tomato jam, kohlrabi slaw, and house pickles.

Chicken & Waffles – Springer Mountain Farms ( Blue Ridge Mts, GA) brined fried chicken wrapped in thin Belgian waffles with sour apple, green onion, alfalfa sprouts, and maple dressing.

Speaking of Happy Hour, there is a new custom made bar with good bar stool seating and a bar porch area. On tap are three local flavors from Salt Marsh Brewing, Bluffton, as well as a twenty bottle selection of beer. Full liquor and a good wine list complete the bar offerings. The bar will be open until 10 PM (the kitchen closes at 9 PM)

Lunch

Lunch has got it going on. It really does do it all. Appetizers, salads, seafood baskets, sandwiches, burgers and sides. And a raw bar. And entrees. Here are just a very few highlights, including a nice touch of tradition:

Devilled Eggs- artesian sampling of southern classic, oyster and fennel, pickled shrimp and spicy crab.

Moon Doggie –house roasted, shaved prime rib with horseradish sauce, kosher salt, caraway and au jus.

House Burger- custom blend of brisket and short rib grilled with pimento cheese, bacon and tomato jam.

Seafood Basket – choice of local shrimp, oyster, flounder or scallops. Choice of fried or broiled and served with hand cut fries, coleslaw and hush puppies.

Bacon Melt- griddled whole grain bread, crispy bacon, sliced tomato, smoked cheddar and garlic aioli.

Dinner

If you thought lunch was good, well take a look at dinner. It is a gorgeous selection of updated classics and inventive newcomers. (Kind of like Madison’s in general!) Check these out:

Crab and Artichoke Fondue – blue crab, artichokes, green onion, lemon and cream cheese w/ pita chips.

Tuna – pepper and herb crusted and seared rare with tomato jam, fried Brussels sprouts and sautéed mushrooms.

Ribeye- 14 oz hand cut certified Angus ribeye, chargrilled and broiled with “beef butter,” asparagus, potato puree and roasted demi glaze.

Seafood Tower –oysters and clams on the half shell, steamed mussels and shrimp, seafood salad, pickled shrimp, horseradish, cocktail and lemons.

At dinner, you can choose to create your own plate, starting with a choice of salmon, grouper, tuna or mahi- mahi. Then choose a sauce, such as shrimp gravy, lemon beurre blanc or shellfish cream. You have a choice of two sides, which includes classics (hand cuts fries, coleslaw etc), as well as Brussels sprouts (fried crispy with lemon vinaigrette) and mushrooms with black mission figs among many others.

Regarding dessert, there is a very nice choice of Banana Pie, Cheesecake, Ice Cream Sundae, Cream Brule or Beaufort Bread Company‘s Chocolate Mousse cake. Just the right touch to enjoy with a glass of wine or fresh brewed coffee after a lovely meal.

Upscale Casual

Come as you are from the Sands, the boat ramp, or dressed up for a night on the town. Call for reservations or drop in, all are welcome at Madison’s. It is a pleasure to welcome new ideas and new business to our beautiful corner of the world, especially when they can cook like this! See you there at the Port Royal renaissance.

story by Wanda Hendrix Simmons

Todd Bradley, owner of Live Oak Builders, is a custom home builder in Beaufort, Port Royal & the Sea Islands with over 20 years of experience.  Todd and his team specialize in site evaluation & planning, design and space consultation and in-house design and material selection. At Live Oak Builders they know that creating a home is a significant personal event in your life.  This role is taken seriously, as they provide clients with what they’re looking for, while minimizing concerns.  Todd and his team manage the details, to make custom home building an enjoyable and memorable experience for their clients.

With so much growth in the Lowcountry, in February 2018, Live Oak Builders, announced its relocation and new showroom located at 2020 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, South Carolina.  This new 1740 square foot showroom allows clients to have trending products and materials available, while they are discussing their selections, the design and costs.  This showroom features a fully operational kitchen, displays four different cabinet manufacturers, and granite and quartz countertops.  Also, on display for the clients viewing are two bathrooms, various window lines and door options, a fully functioning generator, instant hot water heater, paver patio, ventless fireplace and see and touch spray foam insulation.

In December 2017, Live Oak Builders was the recipient of four awards with the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association (HHAHBA), winning several categories for a Southern Living Style – Tideland Haven Home Design.  Three of the awards were Building awards and the fourth award was for the Best Marketing piece.

If you are in the market for a custom-built home, or whole home remodel, stop by and see Todd Bradley and his team at Live Oak Builders. They can be reached at their new location at 2020 Ribaut Road in Port Royal, via telephone at 843-524-2343 or visit their website at www.liveoakbuilder.com.

Freedom Boat Club was founded in 1989 in Sarasota, Florida. It is the oldest and largest boat club in the nation.      The vision and purpose in establishing the boat club model was simple and straightforward: to provide an affordable option to boat ownership and to deliver a hassle-free recreational boating experience for its members. Today, Freedom Boat Club welcomes and embraces a broad mix of members to its ranks, from first-time boaters and newbies, to seasoned salts and former boat owners, from young families to active retired. Freedom Boat Club is also actively engaged in developing new and diverse markets. Anyone who loves the water and water-related activities is embraced as a member of Freedom Boat Club!

PORT ROYAL BOATING

The owners of the Freedom Boat Club (FBC) at Hilton Head and Port Royal are Cassius “Cash” Mullen and Gayle Schaffner. They are from Pennsylvania where they lived and worked until moving to the lowcountry six years ago.  Cash is a mechanic by trade and started his own auto repair facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at the age of nineteen.  He owned and operated his business for thirty years before selling it to two of his employees in 2011. Gayle’s career has centered on office administration and human resources.

Both Cash and Gayle had simultaneous career opportunities to move south earlier than their anticipated retirement years so they moved to Bluffton in 2012.  Soon after their move south, Cash discovered Freedom Boat Club in Hilton Head and subsequently joined the club.  Cash was immediately impressed with the concept of Freedom Boat Club. When he wasn’t traveling for his job as a driving instructor, he enjoyed boating, mostly fishing, in Hilton Head waters, always using their membership in the FBC.

When an opportunity to purchase the Hilton Head franchise came up Cash and Gayle acted on it and purchased the franchise in March 2015. Together they worked to grow the Hilton Head franchise and in less than three years they were able to expand it from a fleet of 14 boats to 24 boats.

Buoyed by their success and seeing a need in northern Beaufort County, they opened a second location in Beaufort/Port Royal in August 2017. Port Royal is a beautiful town next to Beaufort which has stunning waters to enjoy. FBC in Port Royal operates out of the picturesque Port Royal Landing Marina.  This location was chosen because of its close proximity and easy access to downtown Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. A nice feature at the Port Royal Landing Marina is the waterfront restaurant, the Back Porch Café, where you can enjoy fresh shrimp or a burger.  Only minutes away from the sound and open waters to the ocean, this location is located on Intercoastal Waterway (ICW).  Close by is downtown Beaufort, which boasts a variety of shops and restaurants along the Beaufort River.

In Port Royal and Hilton Head, FBC members enjoy boats such as Sea Hunt, Parker, Scout, Key West, and Hurricane.  There are a variety of types of boats that include bow riders, deck boats, center console boats, and pontoon boats. There truly is a boat for every taste and need.

MEMBERSHIP

Freedom Boat Club is designed for folks who want to access a versatile fleet of boats without the hassles and expense of maintenance, storage, and insurance.  You join the club by paying a one-time entry fee, then affordable monthly dues.  Members have unlimited access to boats in their home club(s) as well as use of boats in the 160 plus other FBC locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  In addition, FBC Corporate recently announced a major franchise expansion in Europe.  The company expects to announce multiple Freedom Boat Club operations in France, with additional expansion elsewhere throughout Europe to follow.

FBC is a major proponent of boater education and safety.  Membership includes unlimited training, so whether you’ve never boated before, or you’ve boated for years, FBC welcomes you as a member.

Here’s what our members are saying:

“I’m a long-time satisfied member of the club. Reliable well maintained boats, fair pricing, accommodating and friendly staff, ample availability of boats—what’s not to like??? The best way to enjoy the water!” . . . John O’Neal

“We have been FBC members for 3 years and enjoy boating at least one time each week.  A boat is available whenever we need it and we greatly appreciate the care given to maintain the boats in excellent condition.  We look forward to many more years of positive boating experiences!!” . . . Dr. Larry Fleming

 “Joining Freedom Boat Club has proven to be the best decision for getting out on the water whenever we want. Whether cruising or fishing, the boats are kept in great shape. Best of all, no dock fees, insurance or maintenance worries for members of FBC – just fun on the water”

. . . Jim Wilkins

“My wife and I have been members of the Hilton Head Freedom Boat Club since 2012 and we have absolutely loved this amenity to enjoy with our two young kids. Being able to reserve any style boat I want for any day that I want is perfect for us. Showing up to a boat that is clean, fueled and ready to go is priceless to me.”  . . Chris Walker

Join Freedom Boat Club and create boating memories to last a lifetime!

For more information on our clubs, including current costs, please contact Membership Director, Steve Sherman at ssherman@freedomboatclub.com or call 843-682-BOAT.

Join us for an Open House at the Port Royal Landing Marina on Saturday, May 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Come learn more about the club and hear about incentive pricing for new Port Royal members (for a limited time).  Enjoy free boat rides, free food and giveaways.

RSVP to gschaffner@freedomboatclub.com

story by Wanda Hendrix Simmons

For over 18 years, Eversole Law Firm has discovered that their clients appreciate the time, effort and dedication they put into every aspect of meeting their clients’ legal needs.  The dedicated staff is there to counsel you and help you make it through all of life’s legal challenges.  Eversole Law Firm is a growing practice, supported by a very dedicated, strong support staff.

At Eversole Law Firm you will find a full service real estate law firm that can address all of life’s challenging and complex real estate legal issues.  This staff of dedicated, dependable professionals can assist you in any of the following legal areas:

  • Real Estate Closings
  • Title Opinions
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Boundary Disputes and Easements
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Administration

Alysoun M. Eversole, Esq. has recently authored a book entitled, “Buying a House? Legal Stuff You Should Know Before You Sign a Contract” to help new home buyers understand the residential real estate closing process.  Debbie Rogers, who has been with Alysoun as her Real Estate Paralegal since 2004, provides over 25 years of experience in preparing and coordinating the numerous real estate closings brought to the firm.

Cherese Handy, Esq., a former title abstracter, now attorney, also works with Alysoun in Real Estate Litigation, and will soon be expanding her legal career into civil litigation, such as handling personal injury cases.

Felix “Butch” Clayton, Esq., has the experience to help his clients find a peace of mind and take charge of their financial future through Bankruptcy. He helps his clients restructure their current financial situation for a lasting and life changing outcome through his legal assistance.

If you find yourself in need of an experienced, capable, and caring law firm, then give the professionals at Eversole Law Firm a call.  This committed professional team is dedicated to serving you and they believe there’s a solution to every problem.

Eversole Law Firm is located near the picturesque, downtown area of Beaufort at 1509 King Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, with a satellite office in Bluffton to serve clients “south of the Broad.”, They can be reached by phone at 843-379-3333.  You can also visit their website at www.eversolelaw.com

story by Carol Lauvray     photos by John Wollwerth

Musician Michael Johns and his wife Michelle discovered Beaufort like so many of us who live here—they stopped in Beaufort while on vacation and fell in love with this picturesque coastal town and its friendly residents. Michael says that Beaufort’s reasonable cost of living and lack of traffic were additional enticements, so they purchased their home on Lady’s Island in Royal Pines 15 years ago and moved here permanently in 2011. And like so many who have relocated to Beaufort, Michael has found new direction in his life in our community. He explains that after moving to Beaufort, he was amazed to learn about the quality of music being presented in the “top-notch” USCB Chamber Music Concert Series. “To hear music of this caliber you’d expect to have to go to New York, Chicago or London—the USCB Chamber Music Concert Series is on the level of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center!”

Music—A Lifelong Vocation and Avocation

     Now retired from his professional performing career, Michael has found a new musical direction in Beaufort—immersing himself in the USCB Chamber Music Concert Series. He writes the program notes for each Chamber Music Concert and presents a pre-concert lecture to discuss the composers and music featured in each concert. These free, two-hour pre-concert lectures are presented in conjunction with both the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and are open to the public. Michael says the lectures are designed for music lovers. You do not need to be a trained musician to attend. “I select approximately 50 recorded musical excerpts from the upcoming concert and play them during the lecture, discussing what concert-goers can expect to hear that weekend. I want to help those who attend my lectures have a richer, deeper experience and be more engaged in the music when they attend one of the Chamber Music Concerts,” he says.

     “Chamber music is different from other musical styles,” Michael explains. “What you experience with chamber music is a different inflection. Because it is acoustic music and involves a smaller number of instruments—perhaps a piano, violin and cello trio or string quartet—chamber music is more intimate and tender than the amplified music from a larger ensemble. Chamber music is like an intimate conversation. While listening to it, you tend to lean forward in your seat as if you’re overhearing a conversation, but when you’re listening to amplified music, you lean back and the music washes over you.”

     A lifelong musician, Michael grew up in north-central Connecticut in a musical family. “Both my maternal and paternal grandparents had musical backgrounds. My grandmother was in the first class of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, my parents met in their college band, and my dad was a public school music teacher in Manchester, Connecticut. Two of my three siblings also are musical—my brother played with the Metropolitan Opera for 45 years,” he adds.

     Michael earned his Bachelors Degree in French Horn Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and both his Masters Degree in Music History and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in French Horn Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has performed on the French Horn with symphony, ballet and opera orchestras, in recital and chamber music. “I’ve played with the Delaware and Boston Symphony Orchestras and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and for Riccardo Muti, now the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Seiji Ozawa, the former music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and for Arthur Fiedler, the long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, as well as for many others,” says Michael. “As a freelance musician, I’ve worn many hats—I’ve done quite a lot of teaching, conducting, record producing and coaching chamber ensembles. I’ve taught children in community music schools, as well as college and graduate students, many of them specializing in playing the French Horn. I’ve also taught teachers in both music and education courses, including music appreciation and music history.”

Appreciating the Chamber Music Concert Series at USCB

     The University of South Carolina Beaufort says this on its website about the Chamber Music Concerts: “Since 1979, the USCB Chamber Music Concert Series has presented internationally renowned artists, such as pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jeremy Denk, violinists Joshua Bell and Robert McDuffie, flautist Paula Robison, cellist Carter Brey, and the Brooklyn Rider, Emerson, Tokyo and St. Lawrence Quartets.”

     “With Charles Wadsworth, credited by many with reviving interest in chamber music at Lincoln Center and at Spoleto Festivals in Italy and Charleston, and Edward Arron, director of the amazingly popular and critically acclaimed New York Metropolitan Museum chamber music series for 10 years, the quality of the musical selections and the talents of the artists have surprised and delighted audiences who come from throughout the region.”

     Michael Johns will present the final free, two-hour pre-concert lecture for this Chamber Music season on Friday, April 20th from 10:00 AM to noon in the Sandstone Building in OLLI classroom 124 (prior registration through OLLI is requested). During this pre-concert lecture, Michael will present multiple recorded excerpts and discuss what concert-goers can expect to hear to help enhance their listening pleasure during the concert, which will be held that weekend on Sunday, April 22nd at the USCB Performing Arts Center at 5:00 PM. Michael says, “The repertoire for this concert includes music of polished elegance, grave serenity, and exuberant joy by Haydn, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Dvorak.”

     Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Trio in G Major, Opus 53, No. 1 represents a relatively obscure instrumentation, playing in a classical style with great symmetry, balance and natural melodies that are tuneful (i.e., you can whistle them). It offers pleasing variety, but nothing shocking. Haydn’s music reflects graceful and uplifting feelings and is triumphant at times, however, to get to the triumph Haydn takes us through some stormy music,” Michael says.

     Frederic Chopin’s Waltz in c-sharp minor for Solo Piano, Opus 64, No. 2 (1847) is Chopin’s most frequently performed and recorded waltz. It is a wistful and atmospheric piece in a minor key, according to Michael.

     Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in g minor, Opus 57 was composed during World War II. “During his career, Shostakovich was in and out of favor with the Communist authorities and feared for his life, so he was careful not to anger them. This fiercely strong music communicates moments of deep, searing sadness. By interjecting dissonant notes and elements of sarcasm, Shostakovich conveys his contempt for Soviet ideology,” explains Michael.

     Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81 fills the entire second half of the concert. Michael says, “The music is jubilant, festive and joyful and is in the style of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.”

The Future of the USCB Chamber Music Concert Series

     At the opening concert of the USCB Chamber Music Concert Series’ 38th season late last year, Chancellor Al Panu announced the establishment of the USCB Chamber Music Endowment and invited the 350 audience members to join with him and Artistic Director Edward Arron to celebrate and support the new endowment as a way to “…ensure that the music of world’s finest classical composers will continue to be played by some of the world’s finest musicians at the USCB Center for Arts.” The endowment was established to underwrite the future of Chamber Music at the University and within the Beaufort community, he added.

     Michael Johns recently shared that Music Director Edward Arron told him it is the responsibility of the USCB Chamber Music Series Board to get the message out to the Beaufort community about this premier music series so people will come to the performances, and it is the musicians’ obligation to play so well and with such conviction that the audiences want to come back to hear more.