• Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine


Is the fall weather sets in and the leaves start to change color, you have probably noticed the United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) campaign thermometer signs popping up throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  With the rising needs in our community from the impacts of Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Matthew, UWLC has increased this year’s campaign goal to $2,530,000 to help respond to the increased needs.

     “While it is critically important we reach the campaign goal, the United Way of the Lowcountry annual campaign is not about the money,” said Tina Gentry, United Way of the Lowcountry President & CEO.  “It’s about what those dollars can do in our community to help meet the needs of our neighbors and create positive, lasting change in our community.”

     United Way of the Lowcountry depends on the generosity of this community to reach the annual goal. This time of year many local businesses and employers as well as many residential communities are running United Way campaigns to help raise dollars to fund important programs.  These programs include United Way internal programs like the HELPLINE and the Early Grade Reading Initiative, Read Indeed, as well as many others at local agencies throughout both counties.

     “The 2017-2018 campaign is off to a great start,” says Charlie Francis, deTocqueville Society Co-Chair.  “However, the needs are greater than ever before this year.  My wife, Becky, and I are major supporters of United Way of the Lowcountry and their efforts because we know the dollars we invest in UWLC funds programs like the HELPLINE and Read Indeed that make a measurable difference in our community.”

     United Way of the Lowcountry is not only working to help meet basic needs, but they are also working to address the root causes of key issues through Community Impact by focusing on Basic Needs, Education, Health and Income/Family Stability.

“In my many years of service as a volunteer with United Way of the Lowcountry, I have found this organization has their finger on the pulse of the needs in this community and they vet the charities they fund in a serious and meaningful way,” says Peter Post, deTocqueville Society Co-Chair.

     As of the end of October, United Way of the Lowcountry had reached nearly 46% of their campaign goal.  The 2017-2018 annual campaign runs through March 31, 2018 and takes the generosity of this community and many volunteers to help make it successful.

     “I’m proud to do my part to help this year’s campaign, whether it is presenting to a business or knocking on a door” says Stephanie Greene, Beaufort Cabinet Campaign Chair.  “Giving to United Way with my time and money is important to me.  The money stays in our community and helps those who need a hand. Small towns have that “family feel” where everyone knows everyone and just like family United Way is here to help, give a hug or lift you up. It is an honor to be a part of something that makes our community so great.”

     Donations to United Way of the Lowcountry can be made online at www.uwlowcountry.org, by texting ”LOWCOUNTRY” to 30306 or by sending a check to United Way of the Lowcountry at P.O. Box 202 Beaufort, SC 29901 (Checks should be made out to United Way of the Lowcountry).

story by cindy reid    photography by susan deloach

Pearls are formed when an irritant works its way into an oyster. As a defense mechanism, a fluid coats the irritant. Layer upon layer of the coating (nacre) is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed. From pain to beauty, the same journey is reflected in Ann-Marie Adams’ new book series with the first volume Word Strings, Pearls of Wisdom for Everyone, Volume 1 released this fall.

     The project represents a body of work curated over a decade and consists of narrative phrases, quotations and genuine thoughts on life in what the author has dubbed “word strings.” Ann-Marie’s previous creative endeavor was an illustration series titled “Aquabet” which transformed letters of the American alphabet into sea creatures. While this project focused on letters, the Word Strings series focuses on using words to tell stories or provide snapshots on life.

The quotes, phrases and longer poetry of the series were composed and published to provide a reference point when it was difficult to place meaning around a situation in life or to express some emotion. Volume 1 in the series wraps around the central themes of community, transition and discourse. “This particular series is most certainly about life passages.      In fact, it purposely seeks to out recognize life’s imperfection.” Says Ann-Marie, “Life is not a perfect circle. It is as important to acknowledge and accept the jagged edges of living as it is the smooth, sleek lines of our every-day existence.”

     Fundamentally it seemed important to understand the use and application of quotes, poems and literary passages, so Ann-Marie conducted survey research before publishing her series to discover why and how people use quotes, poems and literary passages.

     It turns out people read quotes, poetry and literary passages to:

Inspire 76.18%

Offer a new perspective 58.98%

Teach 48.41%

Spur Ideas 43.06%

Have a conversation with oneself. 29.30%

Explain 28.03%

     That quotes, poems and literary passages are useful because:

     They sometimes echo what we know in our hearts to be true 62.55%

In times of hardship or self-doubt, they can be much needed pick-me-up that gets one motivated. 62.55%

They are distinct distillations of larger texts and concepts. 31.47%

They are easy to remember 26.88%

They affirm what one already knows about oneself 20.89%


Frame: It’s never too late to turn life around and frame a new picture on your wall of life.

Grief: Admit you are plunged in emotion while you pick up the pieces and carry on. There is no success or failure in this. Just be humble enough to welcome in grief.

Hands: By design, you hold the future in your hand, and today is simply a milestone to remind you that you have two hands to grab wonder with.

     The word strings in Volume 1 most certainly reflect a mixed bag of life experiences encountered by living and in dying. The three sections in Volume 1 harken to a time period Ann-Marie spent witnessing her father’s health decline which led to many hospital stays, rehabilitation, moving to an assisted living facility and dying. She says, “Grief and I are very well acquainted. I found framing words around emotions for comfort and inspiration important to processing what was happening around me as well as to simply to acknowledge a state of being, both positively and negatively.”


Place: A physical place may shift and bend with the changing times and trends, but the essence of what makes it wholly a place to return to remains the same. A place is one can always call home even after life pulls you away.

     Three: Things grouped by three, make of these as you please, and know that while things are aglow above us and below, every twinkle and spark is a reminder of the grace and fellowship we share.

December: What’s not to love about a month of stealing kisses under mistletoe, spending time in the kitchen making nog and ramping up the naughty or nice meter? There are elves that do more than sit on shelves.

     “The digital universe offers us the opportunity to connect, have conversations and establish relationships with others. Sometimes sharing is an echo of our own experience, sometimes a much needed pick up or a wake-up call. The digital arena is filled with quotes, poetry and literary passages. It is a collective habit in just about every context to reach out and express our thoughts,” says Ann-Marie. “I wanted to place word strings out there for collective consumption and use. Initially this was done through social shares and blogging which indicated there was merit to sharing my word strings to a wider audience.  The research I conducted simply confirmed that there was a desire for this kind of content in the public domain. I also gleaned present day literary examples that validated the public’s desire to read, use and share in a collective dialogue. Most specifically in the writing of Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Mathieu Cailler, Rupi Kuar and Lang Leav.”


     Quiet: Quiet time spent in contemplation places one on the path in front of him or her. Avoiding silence is a detour.

     Roots: I’ve not always been faithful when the lure of prospects elsewhere seemed far more appealing. I did and do digress. Yet here I am rooted in a way of life bound to meet some end well.

     Storytelling: Life is never ending as long as there is a story to tell. A heart full of memories to share leaves a life in the hands of others to tell.

     Ann-Marie has been involved in numerous academic endeavors and is currently attending law school with plans to teach media law. She says, “My focus over the last two years has been on the acceleration of technology and digital discourse. The use of these channels and tools in the public domain radically impact the nature of fair use, copyright, and trademark as well as freedom of speech and expression. I want to be at the table to discuss how our communications in business and in life continuously shift in an ever-evolving digital landscape.”

Lowcountry Home

     “I am not originally from South Carolina, but I do call it home,” says Ann-Marie.” I am a child of Appalachia, originating in West Virginia with my family home in Tennessee. You see a nod to my family home in Cook’s Valley in the front section of Volume 1 and a thank you in the acknowledgements section to the Lowcountry Women Writer’s group that helped me weed through a great many strings to get to publication.” She continues, “I moved to Port Royal, South Carolina in 2004 because it reminded me of the areas where my family had vacationed here when I was a child. There is significant purpose to my being here. I wanted to be in a place that I recognized as being happy for my family.”

      Ann-Marie says, “My favorite places are definitely the Sands Beach area in Port Royal and Hunting Island State Park. I live just a short distance away from the sands and an easy drive to the state park so I am able to put my feet in the sand just about any day, weather permitting. Coastal life is really about ‘sand time’ for me. My second favorite place is on a porch watching the world go by or simply the local alligator skimming the pond. Just call me Lowcountry porch sitter.”

For further information visit www.wordstringsbook.com.

story by cindy reid    photography by paul nurnberg

Although we live in one of the country’s most picturesque coastal locations, South Carolina boasts magnificent pine forests and mountain country as well. Jewelry maker Laura Davis has tapped into that woodland beauty and created a handcrafted jewelry company called ‘In the Pines.’ Her one-of-a-kind pieces are elegantly wrought and reflect her nature-inspired aesthetic. Laura says, “I love the mountains and forests, and while I do create the occasional coastal-style piece, I always come back to the forest motif.”

     Although she started ‘In the Pines’ in October of 2016, Laura has been working on her craft on and off for years. She says, “I took a metalsmithing course while attending Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and did a little jewelry making at that time. I was also a Geology major initially. I think I have always had an affinity for organic materials.” Laura became an English Literature major and after graduation she went on to a career in publishing, and then established a freelance copy editing business. She says, “They may not appear to be related, but both copy editing and jewelry making require some of the same skills, in that you have to be extremely detail-orientated and have the ability to perform methodical work.”

     After Laura and her husband, Eric, moved to Beaufort, she took a metalsmithing class in Savannah. She says, “I started off in copper, which I liked, and I worked with that for a while.” She continued to hone her craft, creating pieces that include beading and leather working, eventually expanding to silversmithing. Her latest work is crafted from sterling silver and turquoise. She says,   “I am getting more adept at silversmithing and soldering as my work evolves.” Much of her current work is delicately detailed and involves intricate cutouts like pine trees and other forest motifs from sheets of silver. She says, “The meticulous cutting out of the tiny trees with my jeweler’s saw is actually a favorite part of my work.”

     Like many artists, Laura draws out her creations first in her sketchbook, then also references an “inspiration board,” replete with collected objects and interesting finds. The loveliness found in a butterfly, a feather, a sand dollar or a fragile piece of fern, all inspire and inform her creations.

     Recently, Laura created a pine tree and stone pendant. She says, “This is one of my favorite designs and I was able to use a gorgeous piece of Damele variscite. Variscite, like turquoise, is a hydrated phosphate mineral, formed when acidic water trickles through arid ground, leaving behind trace minerals. These little bits of mineral fill cracks and crevices in the ground, leaving colorful veins and nodules that can be cut for jewelry. Unlike turquoise, variscite does not contain copper.”

     Laura’s line of pieces is not exclusively forest-inspired; in fact she used the natural elements of gold, pearl, oyster shell and moonstone for a long coastal-style necklace. “I’m not one to use glitter and glitz but I do appreciate the look of gold in a piece,” says Laura, “and I think the moonstone really sets it off.”

At Home

     Laura and Eric have been in Beaufort for the last three years. Eric is a Marine Corps pilot currently deployed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. But military life has long been a way of life for Laura and Eric because, as she says, “We were both military brats, and nothing fazes either one of us. The longest I have lived anywhere is three years.” She met Eric in Geology class in high school. “We were in one class together—Geology. It was the only class we had together but we were both there on the morning of September 11. Both of our fathers were in the Pentagon that morning, and waiting to hear (ultimately good) news created a strong bond between us. But then I moved away and when I was in college he found me on Facebook, so we stayed in touch. Eleven years after our class together, he was living in Texas and I was living in Boston. He invited me to the Marine Corps Ball, but at the last minute he wasn’t able to attend due to work obligations. I traveled down anyway and as soon as I got off the plane, we just knew. We were married one year later and celebrated our four year anniversary this October.” Rounding out their family are two spirited labs, Ellie and Aero.


     “My Grandfather was a metal smith and artist as well,” says Laura, “and after he passed away last year I asked if I could have his jeweler’s box of tools. I was already making jewelry and I was very fortunate to get several of his tools and be able to use them in my work.” One tool she often uses is her grandfather’s saw, and she also inherited some stones he hadn’t utilized. “I was able to make a ring for my mom using his stones.” This led her to create her “Heritage Collection,” which sprang from a desire to create pieces that represent each of her aunts from both sides of the family.  “I sent them all a survey so I could gather inspiration and ideas unique to each person. I asked about things like their hobbies and spirit animals and what legacy they want to leave for future generations. “ She says, “One necklace I made for this collection is a quilt square with a tiger’s eye stone, which came about because one aunt is an avid quilter. She had made a carpenter’s star quilt for her friend who was fighting cancer and then later we lost my dad (her brother), also to cancer. I replicated the carpenter’s star for her piece, which was the perfect representation of her caring nature and the struggles we’ve all faced in recent years.”

Beautiful Beaufort

     “I really like Beaufort, it is one of the top two places I have ever lived—the other being Boone, NC. I think of Beaufort as the coastal equivalent of Boone. I like the size, where I can still be close to nature because it’s not a large, overpowering city,” Laura says, “I like the small-town feel and you actually get to know people. But the best part of Beaufort is being surrounded by the great outdoors.”

     The Rising Tide Society, a national organization that connects creative entrepreneurs, was part of Laura’s journey into creating her own jewelry business. She says, “I was commuting to Charleston for meetings one evening a month for six months, and then a chapter got started in Beaufort, which I now lead.” As for the future, Laura says, “I am making jewelry for self-fulfillment and to stay engaged. This time next year I will still be growing the business piece by piece, one collection at a time. My pieces will never be mass produced.”

     Some of Laura’s jewelry pieces can be found at the Beaufort Art Association gallery located at 913 Bay Street in Beaufort, and at the Alderson Artisans Gallery in Alderson, WV, and online at madeinthepines.etsy.com. ‘In the Pines’ can also be found on Facebook and Instagram as madeinthepines.

Story By: Carol Lauvray

Photos By: John Wollwerth

The Cuppia family business, Modern Jewelers, located at 807 Bay Street is a downtown Beaufort institution that’s now celebrating 70 years of service to the community. The story of their business reflects the evolution of downtown Beaufort from the late 1940s to the present day, and is also a story of adapting to the changing times and economic environment in our small, historic town. At the heart of the business are three generations of the family who have owned, managed and worked at Modern Jewelers during most of its existence. Rosemary and Kevin Cuppia, the current owners, recount the history of seven decades of their business and their family’s roots and involvement in Beaufort and the community here.

70 Years of Serving Beaufort

     Modern Jewelers was founded in downtown Beaufort in 1947 just after World War II, by Lester and Virginia Hiers at another downtown location—909 Bay Street. The Hiers owned the business until it was purchased in 1964 by Palmetto Management Corporation, comprised of four business leaders in Beaufort at the time: Lawrence Davis, Jim Rentz, Forrest Jones and Ed Pike. Rosemary Cuppia’s father, Carson Rembert, managed the store when that group owned it. In 1966, Rosemary’s parents bought the business, and so Rosemary Rembert Cuppia has been involved with Modern Jewelers at one location or the other on Bay Street for more than 50 years. She recalls unloading merchandise for the store as a child.

     Rosemary says at the time her parents, Carson and Rosemary Rembert, bought Modern Jewelers, Beaufort had no tourists so the store’s customers were either local residents or people stationed here in the military. “When I was growing up, everyone came downtown on Saturday—it was the place to be. Beaufort had a small-town feel and a real sense of community. In those days, the store sold electric guitars and guitar strings, drum sets, electric shavers, toasters, irons and American Tourister luggage, in addition to jewelry,” she said. “It was in the 1970s that the store transitioned to selling only jewelry and giftware, and during the 1970s and 1980s, we had a huge bridal registry business,” Rosemary added.

     Rosemary attended Beaufort Academy for 12 years. She met Kevin Cuppia when he moved to Hilton Head Island and began commuting every day to attend Beaufort Academy while he was in the 9th grade. They started dating when Rosemary was a sophomore and Kevin was a junior. After graduating from high school, Kevin attended Wofford College for a year and then transferred to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where Rosemary was going to school. Both earned business degrees as USC. The couple was married in 1981 and lived in Savannah, where Kevin worked at 84 Lumber and Rosemary worked for Levy Jewelers.

     Carson Rembert told his daughter and her new husband of his plan to retire from Modern Jewelers at the end of 1981 and asked the couple to become partners in the store, which they did in 1982. Kevin laughed as he explained, “Then Carson stayed on in the business and did not retire until 1995, when we moved Modern Jewelers to its current location at 807 Bay Street.”

     A transformational event for both Beaufort and downtown merchants, including Modern Jewelers, was the opening of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in 1979. The Waterfront Park, combined with a much-improved sewage system that cleaned up the river, additional improved city services and facilities, and the preservation of historic buildings, all helped Beaufort become the tourist destination it is today. Rosemary recalls that as a teen, she sat in the front window of the store at 909 Bay Street and watched the construction of the park through the alley across the street. However, at the time she had no inkling of the impact that the park and the other city improvements would ultimately make on Beaufort and her family’s business.

     Although Belks department store and Edward’s Five and Dime left Bay Street in the 1980s and many of the businesses downtown were struggling then, Modern Jewelers increased its inventories as tourists began to come to Beaufort after the Waterfront Park opened and as Dataw Island was being developed by Alcoa in the 1980s. Kevin explained that Dataw Island brought new affluent residents to the area who adopted Beaufort’s downtown and began frequenting its stores. Modern Jewelers even opened a second jewelry store for a time in the Cross Creek Shopping Center in the early 1990s, before deciding to close that store and focus on their downtown Beaufort location.

     During the 1980s, while both Rosemary and Kevin worked at the family business, they were also starting their own family. They have a daughter, Katie Cuppia Phifer (33); a son, Chase Cuppia (32); and a son J. C. Cuppia (28). All three of their adult children live in Beaufort. Katie, who is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, is married to Matt Phifer and they have a daughter, Riley, who is 3 ½ years old. Chase is married to Emily and their son, Rhodes, will be 2 years old in January. Chase works as a jeweler at the family store, along with his parents. J. C. works in property management.

     Modern Jewelers has continued to evolve and add new services. In 2004, Stan Hudson joined the business to provide both in-store and in-home jewelry appraisals. Chase Cuppia, the third generation to work in the family business, came to work here in 2008 after graduating from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His arrival during a down period in the economy provided a new facet to the family business—complete custom design for jewelry. His mentor was local artisan Jim Schroder, who had a shop on Lady’s Island and in downtown Beaufort.

     When you visit Modern Jewelers, you’ll probably meet the store’s mascot, Chase’s 10-year-old English Bulldog-Boxer mix, Woodrow, who spends much of his day at the store. Chase smiled as he related an anecdote about Woodrow, “I saw a 6-year-old girl sitting on the floor in the store one day with a Dairy Queen Blizzard and she was feeding Woodrow. She said she had asked her grandmother to buy Woodrow his own Blizzard!” Rosemary added that Woodrow has quite a following and many folks who come to Beaufort annually on vacation, make it a point to stop by the store to see Woodrow each time they visit town.

Investing in the Community and Treating Customers Like Family

     Rosemary says her family’s continued success in the jewelry business over the years is due largely to their commitment to supporting the Beaufort community and the personalized service they give their customers. “Kevin is a long-time leader in the business community. He served on the Main Street Beaufort board for more than three decades, as well as serving on many other nonprofit boards, including the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation, and Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation,” she explained. In addition, Kevin served as the Commodore of Beaufort’s Water Festival in 1996 and he and Rosemary chaired the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation Valentine Ball in 1998. The couple lives on Lady’s Island and they are members of the Sea Island Presbyterian Church.

     Kevin says, “Our business is exciting because we get to be a part of people’s happy moments, like birthdays, anniversaries and engagements. Our customers are like part of our family—sometimes I know that someone is getting married before their parents know,” he explains.

     Everyone at Modern Jewelers is very customer-focused and service-oriented, says Kevin. “We want to do all we can to help people make special memories. Several years ago when the local carriage tour companies were still driving down Bay Street, a young man and I planned a special engagement surprise. He and his girlfriend were riding in one of the carriages down the street and just as the carriage made a stop in front of the John Cross Tavern, I walked over to the carriage and gave him a box with an engagement ring, then he asked his girlfriend to marry him in front of everyone riding in the carriage. She said yes!”

     The Cuppia family’s business, has been all about family and the Beaufort community for decades, and with a fourth generation of Cuppias now coming along, it’s likely that the business will be all about family and the Beaufort community for years to come!

Paul Nurnberg, renowned Beaufort photographer, specializes in commercial and advertising photography. The former upstate New York native made his way to the South Carolina coastal region in 1996, along with his wife, Libby. He has been hard at work on a multitude of assignments and projects over the years both in the studio and on location. Some of his local clients include Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Miller Advertising and Design, South University, Allison Ramsey Architects, Kinghorn Insurance, and Clark Troutman and Associates.

     Producing the perfect advertising images for large international corporations is generally where Paul Nurnberg can be found. Over the years, he has been on assignment for companies that include JCB, Inc., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Great Dane Trailers.

     The veteran photographer has also been featured in popular magazines like Coastal Living, Savannah Magazine, People, and Food Arts. His creative abilities and talents have also been significant in the production of HGTV and Food Network television projects.

     Paul recently obtained his FAA UAV’s (Drone) commercial license/certification.   He has been using the drone in various architectural and other commercial assignments.

     Involvement in the local community is important to Paul, and he volunteers his time to serve on civic and community art organizations.

     He has served as a past president of the Photography Club of Beaufort and is the current president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Teaching photography classes to individuals interested in the subject through ARTworks and the Technical College of the Lowcountry has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience for the skilled photographer.

     Paul is excited about his newly, redesigned website, www.nurnbergphotography.com. His goal is to keep the site and his blog up to date with current photos and information about his personal and professional projects.  Nurnberg Photography also has an Instagram account (instagram.com/nurnberg) and a Facebook page. Take a look at any of these and you will find a wonderful sampling of Paul’s beautiful photographs.

Wollwerth Imagery offers edgy and original photography for the client that desires a fresh look for their wedding or journalism work.

      John Wollwerth, owner of Wollwerth Imagery,  has not only the imagination, but also the aptitude and attitude to get that one shot which will be remembered long after the others are forgotten. He has, among other things, climbed to the top of a bridge, and jumped in the water alongside his subject to capture what is out of the ordinary.

     When asked about his unique style of photography, John replies, “When people describe me, they might say I’m a little odd. I have strange tastes in music and movies, and just generally walk against the grain in most things. I can be a bit A.D.D. as well. But I think people would also agree that I’m an independent thinker, and I see things differently. The combination of these things with an artistic eye is part of what defines my work.

     Whether it is setting a fruit covered hat on fire with someone wearing it, or shooting wedding pictures from the back of a moving vehicle, expect something different and original from me. I expect excellence from myself, and I strive to make each job I do better than the one before.”

         As a photographer, John explains, “I especially enjoy taking environmental portraits of a single person because of the creative latitude I have when shooting one person. Of course I love photographing weddings. I also really like the challenge of journalism photography because of all the opportunities of finding and creating something different.”

     John says, “Weddings are exciting because you only have one chance to get it right!” And many brides and grooms attest to the fact John has indeed gotten their photographs right. On his website you can see numerous photos that capture the moments and the memories that are fleeting but yet make up the best part of ‘the big day.’

     John has been on several mission trips to South Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. “Each trip has been a life changing experience. It has given me a very different perspective on how much we have here and how much we take for granted. Going overseas has also taught me a lot about our own culture. It has also brought certain aspects of my photography to a new level, being able to capture things as they are.”

     John came to Beaufort twelve years ago from South Dakota because, “I needed a change in life and wanted to pursue my career in professional photography here. I’m really blessed to be in Beaufort.

     It’s a beautiful place to live. It’s good to be near family, and I’ve made some great friends here.” It has also been a great place for John and his wife, Lynn,  to raise their three children, Gamaliel, 16, Abigail, 15 and Annabelle, 8.

     Besides being a featured in Beaufort Lifestyle, Wollwerth Imagery’s photographs have been published in The Washington Post, South Carolina Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, and Hilton Head Monthly to name a few.

     John Wollwerth is an award winning photographer. He has won several photography awards including PPSC in 2011 and has been a finalist in national wedding photography contests.

      Whatever your occasion is, Wollwerth Imagery can capture your moment, or your wildest dream.

Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort

Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort offers spectacular settings, exceptional accommodations, a variety of amenities and top notch catering services to meet every need, from an intimate gathering to a lavish event.

      Picture a beautiful new bride, laughing with delight as she drives a golf cart around a spectacularly scenic island, her proud groom in the seat next to her. Behind them are several other carts filled with their joyous family and friends.

Now imagine a low country boil by the pool framed by a glorious sunset. People of all ages reminisce, laugh and hug at the long-awaited family reunion. Maybe the scene is dozens of co-workers celebrating the holidays at their boss’ home, enjoying delicious food and toasting to a successful year.

      According to Alissa Murrie, Marketing Director at the resort, Fripp Island is the perfect destination for all types of events. “In many cases, we have families where generations have spent summers playing on the beach, watching the deer and exploring the island, “ she said. “To then choose to have their special event here, and share this place with friends and family who are experiencing it for the first time, is magical.”

      A 2016 pick in The Knot’s best of Weddings, Fripp resort boasts many amenities throughout their 3,500 acres. In additional to three and a half miles of beach, guest can enjoy golf, tennis, boating, nature programs and even cruising around the island in four-seater golf carts.

      “What’s nice about having an event here is that everyone is at one resort, “ said Kathy Kluttz, Director of Sales and Catering. “At a typical wedding, family and friends might be staying at various hotels and might not have many chances to see each other. At Fripp Island Resort, however, guests are surrounded by their friends and family from the moment they arrive and they are able to relax and enjoy activities together throughout their stay.”

Fripp Island’s meeting spaces are designed for comfort and pleasure. Whether you’re planning a luncheon for 25 or a party for hundreds of guests, a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces are available at the resort. Experienced staff is also able to recommend local vendors and help coordinate setup of the event. Of course, one of the most important components of any successful event is the food. Guests have long raved about the resort’s scrumptious food, which is provided by Allie Award Winning Atlanta food service management company Proof of the Pudding and directed at Fripp by Executive Chef Scott Barham-Morgan.

     In an effort to offer their catering to an even broader group, Fripp Island Resort offers off-site catering. According to Kathy, they offer an array of catering options to individuals, groups and businesses in the Beaufort area. “While we certainly still welcome groups to the resort, we’re very excited to to be able to offer our catering for off-island events such as holiday parties and corporate events.”

     For more information on planning your special event at Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort, or to get details on the resort’s new off-island catering services, contact the Group Sales Department at 800-334-3022.

Lowcountry UNITED,

One Year After Hurricane Matthew

While the piles of debris left from Hurricane Matthew last year are no longer visible along our roadways, what does remain and perhaps is stronger now is that Lowcountry spirit which unites us all.   “This past year we saw our community come together like never before after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Matthew,” says Tina Gentry, United Way of the Lowcountry President & CEO.  “We saw people throughout our community step up in a variety of ways to help our neighbors in need, demonstrating what it truly means to live UNITED.”

     As our community continues to rebuild, Gentry says United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) continues to help meet the needs of people in our community and create positive, lasting change.  “Through the support of our community, United Way helps to meet the immediate needs of our neighbors in Beaufort and Jasper Counties through our funded partner agencies and our internal HELPLINE,” says Gentry.

     UWLC has a memorandum of agreement with Beaufort County and is designated as the agency responsible for collecting, administering and distributing funds for disaster services. “We are proud to partner with Beaufort County and serve our community in this capacity,” says Gentry.

     In the first few weeks following Hurricane Matthew, the call volume to the HELPLINE increased by 1,000 percent.  “It was a humbling time as we saw clients who never needed assistance in the past, call our HELPLINE as a result of the hurricane,” says Chrystie Turner, Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of the Lowcountry.  “Some of these clients were donors to United Way and never imagined they would be on the receiving end.  Many just needed a helping hand to make ends meet due to lost wages and evacuation costs.”

     UWLC expanded the existing HELPLINE and partnered with Beaufort County’s Alliance for Human Services to address the rising needs of those impacted by the storm.  Through the HELPLINE, they assisted residents and provided referrals to those with unmet needs as a result of Hurricane Matthew including food, clothing, shelter and other needs.

      “Through our partnership, United Way’s HELPLINE serves as a bridge to provide guidance while navigating through government programs, as well as an avenue to a variety of local resources,” says Pamela Cobb, Disaster Recovery Coordinator with Beaufort County.  “Citizens are able to obtain an assortment of information, access to a variety of different agencies and resources.  It provides resources to our citizens before and after FEMA.”

     In response to the increased need for assistance following Hurricane Matthew, the UWLC Board voted to allocate an additional $100,000 from its endowment fund to front-line partner agencies including Salvation Army, HELP of Beaufort, Bluffton Self Help and the Hilton Head Island Deep Well Project to provide immediate assistance to those impacted by the storm.  The funds were used to help those impacted by the hurricane with emergency/ temporary shelter, utility assistance to prevent disruption of service, propane gas charges for heating and cooking and rental/mortgage assistance to prevent eviction.

     The lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew were tested in September with Tropical Storm Irma.  Although the Lowcountry was fortunate Irma did not impact the area to the extent Matthew did less than a year earlier, Gentry says the storm displaced some families from their homes.  In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Irma, preparations are underway for any storm that may come our way.

     “There are still improvements that can be made once citizens come back into the county after an evacuation. Our goal is to provide more immediate resources to provide a smooth transition which will ultimately expedite the recovery process for disaster survivors,” said Cobb.  “Having this existing relationship between the county and United Way makes preparing for natural disasters smoother but also provides an infrastructure that is prepared to assist citizens every day of the year.”

Looking for assistance?  The United Way of the Lowcountry HELPLINE provides information and resources to those needing assistance and is available by calling 843.524.HELP.

A great photographer is more than just an individual with a fancy camera and a repertoire of technical photography skills.  To succeed in the artistic field, a photographer must have a very creative eye as well as great people skills.  Beaufort native, Susan DeLoach, possesses all of these skills that make her an outstanding photographer.

     Susan has the ability to capture the personality and soul of her subjects whether on location or in the studio.  Her artistic talents are at their finest when it comes to capturing the memories and moments of weddings and other once in a lifetime events.  The sensitive, skilled and thoughtful approach of the artist behind the camera comes through in the portraits of her subjects.

     Susan was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She and her husband Larry are delighted to be raising their two sons, Hudson and Tucker, in the area they love and where they grew up.  Thanks to the support of her faithful clients she has been able to establish a business she loves in her hometown.  “I am a local girl and I am staying in Beaufort,”  she says.

     “I have a passion for photography,” says Susan.  The local photographer wants the public and her customers to be able to see this passion in the quality of her pieces.

     “To me, capturing a client or an event on film is only half of it, the other half is making it a memorable experience for all involved.  The experience should be one you relish, not just a ‘cattle call’ moment,” she says.

     Susan’s studio is a full service photography studio with an emphasis on weddings and portrait photography.  She is available for and experienced with family portraits, high school senior photos, engagement photos and any other photographic need a client desires.

     A wedding is one of the most special moments in a couple’s life, so of course their wedding photos should be just as special.  Choosing the right photographer for that occasion can be daunting, but Susan DeLoach works hard to make the entire wedding party feel comfortable that day.  “I work hard to not be too intrusive when shooting a wedding,” she says.  “A couple should experience this precious day without feeling they have been invaded by their photographer.”  Susan’s ability to make the entire party feel comfortable enables her to capture some amazing moments for her clients.

      An extraordinary collection  of Susan’s work can be found on her website, www.susandeloachphotography.com, and her Facebook page as well.  If you are in need of a photographer that can capture your images in a beautiful and creative manner, while making you feel at ease the entire time, then Susan DeLoach Photography is the answer for you.  Give her a call today!