• Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine


If you are riding down Paris Avenue in Port Royal, it’s hard to miss the little yellow building that sits on the right side of the street.  This building has some bright yellow signs around it, which makes it even harder to miss.

     But, next time you ride by, you will notice something different. The bright yellow signs are still there…they just don’t say the same thing. This building formally housed the Weichert Realtors office.  Not anymore, this real estate firm has made a huge change…they are now Apex Team Real Estate.

     Same great people….Same great service…Just a new name.

     Who needs a fancy franchise name these days? Apex Team Real Estate has the experience and expertise…those two ingredients make any business successful. Another key ingredient is exposure. And, with the internet, Apex Team Real Estate has unlimited exposure for both listing and selling your home.

     Sitting at the helm of Apex Team Real Estate is Carl Joye and Sing Pappas, both owners in this new venture.  It’s very hard to fathom the word “new” when talking about these two icons in the local real estate market.

     Sing has over 60 years of experience in local business, 32 of those years as a top producing real estate agent in Beaufort and Port Royal. Carl, who is a Beaufort native, serves as the Broker. He is a former homebuilder in the area, building over 100 custom homes in and around Beaufort. He has been a licensed Realtor for over 12 years.

     Carl and Sing, and their team of agents, are always available to you. Availability is the first thing you need in a Realtor. If they’re not available, nothing else really matters. Apex Team Real Estate is fully staffed and open seven days a week.

     Carl says,” Three things sell properties; Price, Condition and Exposure. We work with our sellers to review a pricing strategy that will attract buyers to look at your property and make an offer.”

      The Apex Team services all local areas, from Fripp Island to Whale Branch to Broad River. They specialize in all types of properties, from a $10,000 lot to a $1,000,000 home.

     Not only is the Apex Team the first call you should make when needing to list or sell your home, they also offer property management and vacation rentals.

     Apex Team Real Estate is the source to rely on with all things you need to know about real estate. They will make sure you are educated in the process, enabling you to make the smartest choice in buying, selling or renting.

   Sing is very proud of Carl, and very happy and excited for this new chapter. She is proud of the agent and broker Carl has become. “He has proven his all-around knowledge of the trade.. Now, as a Broker/Owner, he continues to work hard and make Apex Team Real Estate the number one agency in the area,” she says.

     Carl shares, “Sing was an immediate success in real estate.  It’s a perfect fit for her. She loves people, and loves to help them.  She is just good at what she does.”

     “We offer both knowledge and experience of the local market. We believe this is the greatest value we can give to our clients,” adds Carl.

     It’s obvious that this dynamic duo have a passion for real estate, and helping their clients in all their real estate needs.  Give them a call, or stop by the little yellow building on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. They will make you feel at home.

Celadon, located on Lady’s Island,  is a thriving, wellness-based community. With its serene setting, moss-draped live oaks, wide array of club and spa amenities, and an emphasis on wellness for mind, body and soul, Celadon is more than a new home. It is an inspiring and thoroughly fulfilling lifestyle.

     At Celadon, it’s easy for residents to enjoy nature, relax with friends and family and focus on their wellness needs. Conveniently located just five minutes from downtown, Celadon offers an upscale, walkable neighborhood composed of newly built, single family homes nestled among beautiful parks, ponds, trails and other master-planned amenities.

     The community’s focal points include Celadon Square, a school and the dynamic Celadon Club, which plays host to a variety of community social events throughout the year.

     Celadon families love to be involved. They love to be outside and interact with each other. Happiness and personal health go hand in hand, and the path to wellness takes many forms.

     Celadon was designed on a walkable scale to encourage healthy living and connect neighbors. Dedicated green spaces and manicured walking trails are located throughout the neighborhood’s real estate offerings to foster community engagement and give residents of all ages space to enjoy the natural surroundings and the warm Lowcountry weather. The freshwater ponds provide a wonderful setting for fishing or birdwatching, as they create a sanctuary for native wildlife.

     Ethan James, is an on-site real estate agent for Celadon. He states, “Our community revolves around a culture of wellness, and its heart is the Celadon Club and its multi-million dollar Wellness Center. There, the professionally trained staff create unique health and fitness plans for each member including yoga and pilates. We also have steam rooms and trained massage therapists to help with post-workout fatigue.  The Jr. Olympic size swimming pool is a favorite of members, even offering water aerobics during warm months. The Club staff know all of the members personally and they offer personalized programs depending on each person’s needs. There really is nothing else like this on Lady’s Island.”

     The amenities offered at Celadon are the Wellness Center, walking trails, fishing ponds, boat storage, a dog park and community garden.

     “Dawn Pemberton, Realtor and Sales and Marketing Coordionator for Celadon, and myself, are both here every day to serve our customers. We are both locals and there’s not much you can ask us that we can’t answer about this great place we are so fortunate to call home,” shares James.

     He adds, ” I’m at Celadon because I know, of all the communities I’ve shown my clients, this is by far the best value with the best master-plan in the Beaufort area. I immediately realized that Celadon offers the kind of amenities and value that my clients look for. Celadon’s location is really something special and when you combine that with the state-of-the-art wellness facility, the numerous green spaces and the overall value of homesite and build prices, it’s a total homerun. We welcome you to come by and visit Dawn and myself, we would love to show you the Celadon community.”

Dining Feature

1635 On The Avenue

Created With Passion

Story By Julie Hales     Photos By Paul Nurnberg

When Randy and Lorett Hayes moved to Beaufort to live out their retirement several years ago, Lorett just wasn’t ready for that. She has a passion, and her passion needed an outlet.

      Lorett loves making people happy….and her favorite vehicle to bring happiness to others is a plate of food. Food, good food, is her passion.

      “She can’t leave food alone,” says Randy, “She just wasn’t done.”  And, that was the beginning of her restaurant, 1635 on the Avenue.

      Opening a restaurant was not anything new to Lorett Hayes.  The couple had owned three others in the upstate prior to their move to Beaufort.

     They began with an old fashioned ice cream parlor, which later started serving lunch. With the addition of the lunch venue, it didn’t take long for Lorett to find her new love.  She recalls, “That’s when I got the passion for what I do. We are all given a gift. My gift is food.”

     The couple’s next adventure was a Bed and Breakfast which also housed a 65 seat dining room. Then, came another restaurant, which is where they decided to “retire” from.

      “Retire” was just not something Lorett was ready to do! “I thought we were done with the restaurant business, but I could see it coming, here we go again,” Randy said. And again, they did it…or, the correct statement would be, she did it.  He adds, “I am just an occasional handyman. This is her child and she has done such a great job raising it.”

     1635 on the Avenue is approaching their three year mark, and still going strong. Lorett says, “We have locals and tourists who come in to eat, mostly locals.  And, we have people who are still just finding us.”

     “Our customer base is so broad. We have customers who come from Callawassie Island, Spring Island, St Helena and as far away as Fripp and Hilton Head. It is quite humbling.  It is astounding that they drive that distance when there are other restaurants they can go to. Yet, they choose us. That’s pretty cool,” she adds.

     What’s even cooler than that is these customers are sending new customers. They are talking about the quality of food and great service they received at 1635 on the Avenue. And, that’s why they are still growing, quality food, great service, excellent price points and consistently good….consistency is a must.

      What will the sale of the port bring to 1635 on the Avenue? Randy says, “The sale will be great for Port Royal. When we were looking for property to buy for the restaurant, from a business stand point, we both felt Port Royal had the greatest potential. We knew it would change, by direction or fault, it had to with everything going on around it. We are delighted that the administration of Port Royal is on board to guide the town through growth.”

      Lorett adds, “I am ecstatic about it. When there was a gas station on every corner, where did you go? You went to the place where the guy knew your name and gave you the best service.  He took care of you, so you were faithful to him. It’s the same way with a restaurant or any other business.  When there’s one, it’s just going to bring more people to you when there is two or three more down the street.”

    It is very obvious that Lorett knows what her customers like. She is not just the owner, she is the chef. She has an excellent menu that has a great variety of starters, small plates, soups, salads and entrees. The customers have plenty to choose from. Her homemade Meatloaf is definitely a popular item, and the Ribeye Steak has been said to be the best steak in town.  But, the most popular items on the menu are Shrimp and Grits and the Grouper.

     Even though Lorett is in the kitchen making sure your dish is perfect before your server brings it out, she always finds time to come to your table and personally speak to you.  She wants to make sure that her customers are happy and nobody leaves 1635 with an issue.

     The menu does change periodically, and they always have a weekly special.  1635 on the Avenue is open four nights a week and there special is served all four nights.

      1635 on the Avenue may be a small restaurant, but it’s definitely one with BIG taste. It is a place you can feel comfortable…from dressy attire to shorts and flip flops. It is a place you can linger after a good meal and enjoy a conversation with your family or friends. It is comfortable.

      “I am just a girl with a passion. I love sharing the experience of 1635 on the Avenue with everyone, from our modest prices to our exceptional food quality. There is no greater joy to me than hearing a customer say that there meal was delicious,” states Lorett.

     She adds, “We serve dinner Wednesday through Saturday and we are no longer open for lunch.  We are not open on Sundays either. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.”

      1635 on the Avenue is located at 1635 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, South Carolina.  Their number is (843)379-0607.

     Call today for your reservation…experience southern comfort with a twist!

Welcome To Frogmore

Frogmore is an unincorporated community on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States, along U.S. Route 21.

     Located halfway between Beaufort and Hunting Island State Park, the Frogmore area is primarily rural but is considered to be the commercial center of St. Helena Island. Frogmore is also the name of a plantation that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The plantation is located off Seaside Road on Frogmore Manor Drive and is significant for its association with Laura Towne and Ellen Murray, the founders of Penn School.

     Frogmore is renowned for being home to the Penn School Historic District, known as Penn Center, a National Historic Landmark. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. studied and lectured at Penn Center during the formative years of his career as a civil rights leader. The museum at Penn Center is a noted cultural attraction and attracts tourists worldwide who are also interested in learning more about this region of the coastal Southeastern United States.

     Frogmore Stew, a popular Lowcountry dish originated in the Frogmore community.

     In addition to Frogmore Plantation and the Penn School Historic District, the Emanuel Alston House, Dr. York Bailey House, Coffin Point Plantation, Coffin Point Plantation Caretaker’s House, The Corner Packing Shed, The Corner Store and Office, Eddings Point Community Praise House, Fort Fremont Battery, Fort Fremont Hospital, Edgar Fripp Mausoleum, St. Helena Island Parish Church, Isaac Fripp House Ruins, The Green, Mary Jenkins Community Praise House, Lands End Road Tabby Ruins, The Oaks, Orange Grove Plantation, Pine Island Plantation Complex, Riverside Plantation Tabby Ruins, St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins, St. Helenaville Archaeological Site, Sams Plantation Complex Tabby Ruins, Robert Simmons House, and Tombee Plantation are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.          ~Wikipedia

Frogmore Culture

     A local dish that  residents of the Sea Islands have been enjoying for more years than anybody can count has become a favorite to some in other parts of South Carolina, and other states as well.

    Frogmore Stew, named by the natives of the coast, has become a household favorite.  This dish is a ritual for some as the main ingredient of their family “barbecue.” This folk dish is a highly seasoned stew of such combined ingredients as sausage and shrimp and crabs plus some other things like corn on the cob and potatoes.

The dish gets its name from a place that once  had only a post office on one side of the road and a two-story white country store on the other. Frogmore is the mailing address (ZIP code 29920) for the residents of St. Helena Island, one of the few islands on the South Carolina coast that are still relatively undiscovered.

A Drive Through Frogmore

     A day drive along the roads of St. Helena in South Carolina’s Lowcountry offers exciting original history, beautiful views, quaint shops and delicious food.

     You can spend all day driving the mere 14 miles loaded with live oaks dripping Spanish moss, glimpses of salt marshes and brilliant blue skies.You’ll meet the nicest people along the way and learn about the vibrant Gullah culture in a collection of historic buildings, known locally as “the corner.” The general area is also known as Frogmore named after a nearby plantation.

     Just down from “the corner” is another lovely historic building. Originally the Sea Island Cotton Exchange building, one of the front rooms used to be the post office for the area, it now houses MacDonald Marketplace. Now owned and operated by members of the Sanders family, this historic building has been completely restored and has a beautiful array of wares from local artisans.

     Next door to MacDonald Marketplace sits the Bella Luna Cafe, featuring delicious Italian cuisine.They now serve  breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything is made from scratch, nothing processed, frozen or from a can. They purchase all their  produce from the local farmers and their seafood from local fishermen and shrimpers. All  desserts are “made with love,” featuring multi-layer chocolate cake, cheesecake and Italian gelato!!

     Just down from them, past the red light sits Octopus and Bellavista.  They offer gift items, home decor, coastal accessories, gourmet foods, garden, bath, apparel, furnishings and other accessories, These two stores are owned by Lauren and Robbie Deloach. Lauren makes gorgeous furniture and is an accomplished artist. His furniture has a simple, powerful design and is in Bellavista nestled amongst the antiques and home decor items.

     And, back down the road, across from the Marketplace, you will find the Foolish Frog, another great restaurant.  They specialize in fresh seafood, smoked ribs and fire grilled steaks. They serve lunch and dinner…and they have a Sunday brunch menu. They are open year round. They also offer dining   outside on their deck where you can enjoy gorgeous sunsets and local entertainment.

Join MacDonald Marketplace, Bella Luna Cafe, Foolish Frog, Bella Vista and Octopuses and ‘Hop’ around the block for an evening full of local food and libations from Noon to 7pm on Saturday, October 28th.

Each local business will have some complimentary Lowcountry sea island food including our community’s namesake Frogmore stew, Pat Conroy’s pickled shrimp, gumbo and lots more. MacDonald Marketplace will be hosting a free wine tasting; live music hits the deck over at Foolish Frog from 6 to 9pm and each spot will be handing out candy to all the little trick or treaters all day long.

There’s lots of culture and tradition in Frogmore and you’re invited to come on by and experience some of it for yourself and get to know a few of the fantastic local businesses at the same time.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Noon to 7 pm

Sea Island Parkway & Martin Luther

King, Jr. Blvd, Frogmore SC

Conrack, the musical based on Pat Conroy’s memoir The Water Is Wide coming to USCB’s Center For The Arts

I am thrilled to be bringing CONRACK, our musical adaptation of The Water Is Wide, to the stage in Beaufort, Pat Conroy’s adopted home town,” states Granville Wyche Burgess, bookwriter and lyricist for the musical and director of The Beaufort Theatre Company production of CONRACK.

     The show begins in 1969 with Beaufort’s superintendent of schools’ desperate search for anyone to teach school on Yamacraw Island. The school there has been totally neglected by the school system-no books, no blackboard, no attention being paid to the students.  One has to take a boat from the mainland to even reach the island.

     Into this hornet’s nest walks Pat Conroy, almost thirty, idealistic the way only a 60’s hippie could be, and recently fired from his twentieth job in five years. He is only too happy to answer the ad for a teacher, especially since Dr. Piedmont informs him that “no experience is exactly what I’m lookin’ for.”

     When Conroy meets the children-Cindy Lou, Mary, Prophet, Anna, Top Cat, and Richard, he discovers that they can scarcely read or write. They know little math and are wildly undisciplined. But their anger barely conceals their desperate need for a teacher who will actually care. Conroy is determined to be that teacher.  Taking the kids trick or treating on the mainland provokes a crisis, and Conroy learns he must let go of the children, but not before they have learned the courage to succeed and the will to keep on learning.

     Professional film and stage actor, Blake Logan, portrays Pat Conroy. Other cast members include Pat’s students: Jackie Brown, Lelia Green, Austin Majors, Jamari Young, Dashia Lucas, Christopher Jenkins; their grandparents: Waynda Mayse, Natasha Robinson, Hank Herring and Curtis Dansby; the school principal, Mrs. Brown, played by Shelia Jenkins Ward; Dr. Piedmont, played by Brad Ballington, and Dr. Jackie Brooks, portrayed by Ali Salters.  Production team includes: musical director Jordan Plair, choreographer Chris Crabb, stage manager Elaine Lake, set designer Greg Rawls, costume designer Pat Willcox, and scenic artist Mary Ann Ford.

     CONRACK will be on stage at USCB Center for the Arts October 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM, October 15 and 22 at 3pm and October 21 at 4 PM.  Ticket prices vary.  For more information, call the box office 843-521-4145 or go online to www.uscbcenterfortheart.com

     CONRACK is made possible by our sponsors, the Pat Conroy Literary Center and Quill Entertainment Company, a nonprofit whose mission is “Teaching America’s Heritage Through Story and Song”.

     CONRACK is part of the 2017 Pat Conroy Literary Festival, October 19 – 22.  The festival theme for the 2017 is “The Transformative Power of Education.”  Authors from all over the southeast will be participating in the three-day festival, filled with panel discussion, lectures, book signings and workshops. For more information about the festival, visit patconroyliteraryfestival.org

Second Helping, Anyone?

Local non-profit group has been helping feed the hungry for over twenty-five years.

Story By David Pena

In 1991, Guenther and Louise Hecht noticed that enormous amounts of surplus food were being discarded on a regular basis by local grocery stores and restaurants. So using their own transportation, the Hechts, along with a small band of determined volunteers, started collecting the discarded food and delivering it to local food pantries. After six months of driving their own cars, they purchased their first refrigerated truck to help with the workload. Twenty-six years later, the organization known as Second Helpings is now a nonprofit food rescue and distribution network with over 250 volunteers whose primary goal is to totally eliminate hunger in the Lowcountry.

     Second Helpings is a very unique type of 501c(3) charitable organization in that it serves other nonprofit agencies, as Executive Director Lili Coleman explains. “We don’t directly serve the general public. Rather, we provide food to other agencies who then disperse it to those in our community who are in need of food.”

     And although it’s still run by the volunteers themselves, the organization is guided by a Board of Directors who help to oversee every aspect of the food rescue operation from recruitment of volunteers to funding development and logistics. Palmetto State Bank president Jan Malinowski, who also serves as President of the Board for the non-profit group, says, “Our board is in place to set long-term goals and strategies for Second Helpings. We basically do all the supporting activities necessary to keep the trucks running, which are manned by our wonderful volunteers, many of whom have been with the organization for over fifteen years.”

     Second Helpings’ army of volunteers operates a fleet of eight trucks each day of the week, fifty-two weeks a year. The volunteers are divided into teams, who are then equipped with their own refrigerated truck for their assigned pickups and deliveries. “Many of our volunteers are retirees who have moved to Dataw, Fripp or Hilton Head Islands and who have banded together to support the efforts of Second Helpings. Most of them come with a wealth of knowledge and experience,” explains Malinowski, “and everyone feels really grateful for the opportunity to help members of our community who are unable to put food on their own table. There’s a lot of camaraderie and fellowship that’s generated.” Each day the teams, led by their day captain, pick up excess food inventories and deliver the food products to various recipient agencies, which include local churches, food pantries and soup kitchens in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Malinowski adds, “I’m very satisfied to be involved with an organization that helps so many in need in this three-county area. During my three years on the board, the people I’ve met, from the volunteers and fellow board members to the financial supporters and food providers, have all been terrific and really fun to work with. Everyone is extremely committed to the mission of Second Helpings, and it’s really great to be a part it.”

     In addition to the food distribution, Second Helpings also has various fund-raising and awareness activities throughout the year. The organization recently held its second annual ‘Share the Bounty’, a well-attended fund-raising event held on Hilton Head each year.

     “We promote the month of September as Hunger Awareness Month, and we recently held a paper plate awareness campaign with our agencies to spread the word,” says Coleman. “We’ve also launched another program called Healthy Food Initiatives, which allows us to buy much-needed fresh produce through private grant allocations.”

     Additionally, board member and Dataw resident, Donna Klein spearheads the second annual Hunger Games, a fund-raiser that also serves as an awareness event for the organization. “Dataw Island is proud to be a very active supporter of Second Helpings with close to fifty volunteers who live here, and Hunger Games was a perfect way to get more of our residents involved. This year we will have fifteen teams competing in games that are not at all like the movie version’s. We obviously don’t hurt people,” Klein says with a smile. “There will be timed events involving the teams. We’ll be doing single elimination, so by the end of the event we’ll have a shoot-out with foam rubber arrows shot into targets to determine our winning team. This is not at all like the standard silent auctions and sit-down dinners that are commonplace (on the island). Instead, it’s a unique way to get people physically outside doing something fun and competing against each other for a good cause. It’s just a perfect fit for this active community.”

     The Hunger Games will be held October 29 at 3:00 pm on Dataw Island at the gazebo next to the marina. Prior to the start of the games, there will be a parade involving all the participating teams to collect canned goods. The event includes a dinner as well as a silent and live auction that will include a ‘Build a Truck’ event, which allows attendees to make bids that help cover various  maintenance costs for one of the eight delivery trucks.

     While Second Helpings has experienced tremendous growth in its volunteer base and resources throughout its last quarter century, the organization’s mission has remained the same: namely to redistribute  and provide food for those who need it most. Surprisingly, in the South Carolina Lowcountry the need is greater than ever before, as Jan Malinowski explains. “It’s worth pointing out that even in the Beaufort County area where we have tremendous wealth, there are some very poor areas,” he notes. “Many low income residents live in northern Beaufort County, Jasper County as well as Hilton Head who desperately need the efforts of Second Helpings. A good many of them work at the Plantations or on Hilton Head for minimum wage and can barely feed themselves and their families, so the food pantries and churches help to bridge the gap between a full dinner table and a partial dinner table.”

     Thus, the organization basically acts as a liaison between the area’s food sources and the people who need food the most. Second Helpings has collected over 2.5 million pounds of food annually from 30 donors while serving about 60 area agencies and non-profits. Last year alone, an estimated 22,000 people benefited from the services that the organization provided, equivalent to over two million meals. To date, the non-profit group has distributed well over thirty million pounds of food to the needy.

     For its efforts, Second Helpings has been awarded “Angel Charity Status” by the state of South Carolina, a distinction given by the Secretary of State to non-profit organizations whose administrative costs don’t exceed 10%.

     Amazingly, Second Helpings has never solicited any agencies for the food that it provides, and the organization has never received any government funding. Instead, it relies solely on the generosity of donors in the community to fund its program, and over 80% of the donations goes directly to support the group’s food network operations. Volunteers help to keep the organization’s overhead low while still allowing its recipient agencies to use their funds toward their core missions with no overlap of services. Malinowski explains, “We raise funds for operating costs like gas, oil, tires and insurance for our trucks as well as for our targeted initiatives such as our Health Food Initiative, but we can always use more volunteers for our trucks, events and committees. We also invite members of the public to lend their support by giving donations, volunteering for a spot on a team, or just helping to expand our network.”

     For all the great work that Second Helpings has done over the year, Executive Director Coleman would like to make one clarification about the organization. “Some people think that we’re part of the Lowcountry food bank, but we’re actually an independent agency and the only non-profit in the area that ‘rescues’ food and gives it away free of charge. We’re so very proud to be the agency that keeps good food from being put into landfills. However, without our food partners like Wal-mart and many others, we couldn’t do our job, so I want to  sincerely thank them for their participation. We also want to discourage people from wasting food because it can really make a difference in someone else’s life.”

     For more information about Second Helpings or to become a volunteer, contact Lili Coleman at (843) 689-3616

Story By Cindy Reid   Photos by Susan DeLoach

Something sensational is coming to town and it’s going to be a blockbuster! The Beaufort Film Society is presenting an eight-week series of films with the catchy name of ‘Shorts at High Noon.’ From the first Wednesday in October through Wednesday, November 29, the Beaufort Film Society will present films from its vast collection of short films, student films and animation films. The collection consists of submissions to the Beaufort International Film Festival over the last ten years, from 2007 to present and contains everything from audience hits to hidden gems.

     Ron Tucker, President of the Beaufort Film Society, says they wanted to create a showcase for some of the many Beaufort International Film Festival films, giving viewers a chance to see a film they may have missed the first time around, or enjoy a second viewing of a favorite film.

     Ron says the idea for the new series came while he and wife Rebecca, VP of the Beaufort Film Society, were attending a popular local cultural event. He says “Rebecca and I attended a ‘Books Sandwiched In’ program at the University of South Carolina in Beaufort and we were struck by the large audience turnout. This got us to thinking that we could do something similar with films, a ‘Movie Sandwiched In’ style program. And so we came up with ‘Shorts at High Noon.’“

     The film program will consist of at least one short, one animation and one student film. The weekly program is always one hour long, so each film had to be chosen carefully for time limits as well as content.

     All screenings will take place at the Plaza Stadium Theatre, 41 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC from noon to 1:00 pm. Arrive early as check in time will be 11:30am. And the best part- admission is free!

     Ron says, “Thanks to the generosity of Paul Trask, the theatre owner, we are able to provide the series at absolutely no charge to the community.”

     Adding to the excitement, several filmmakers will be attending the screenings of their film. VW Scheich will be on hand for the screening of his award winning film, Wallenda, which was a huge audience favorite, on Oct 18. Another filmmaker scheduled to attend is Tracy de Leon from the Student Film Danny Freud. Most of the filmmakers are located too far away to make it to Beaufort, so Ron and Rebecca  came up with a great idea. He says, “We hope to be able to have a handful of filmmakers attend via video, so we can do a ‘where are they now’ segment after their film screening.”

     Ron and Rebecca can be called Beaufort’s Film Ambassadors for their tireless work on behalf of the lowcountry’s film community. Since 2004, with the creation of the Beaufort Regional Film Commission, and subsequent founding of the Beaufort Film Society in 2009, they have sought opportunities to shine the spotlight on Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. They recently spoke to an audience of filmmakers at the Carolina, Film Network in Columbia and previously spoke with aspiring writers and filmmakers at Furman University in Greenville, SC where they were able to share their knowledge and experience about BIFF’s history and future growth.

     Ron says, “We love spreading the word about BIFF, filmmaking in the state of South Carolina, and what the Lowcountry can offer filmmakers.”

     They  will also be busy teaching a class this fall and spring at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI),  where they will discuss the history of BIFF and the benefits of being part of the Beaufort Film Society.   Included in their presentation is a recap of the growing pains, and why many filmmakers consider acceptance at BIFF as a critical confirmation of their work.

Beaufort Film Society

Truly a lowcountry treasure, the Beaufort Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3, member-supported organization, which is dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.  Through the Beaufort International Film Festival and other programs, coupled with fun and thought-provoking events and series, the BFS provides the sea island community with a commitment to entertainment, outreach and education through film. Their dedicated members, along with volunteers and staff, make all of this possible. Anyone is eligible for membership, and becoming a member includes many year-round benefits such as advance ticket sales and discounts on screenings, services and products; discounts and advance enrollment for professional development classes and networking events; and invitations to special preview screenings. If you love film, join the BFS for a world of opportunity all year long.


The Beaufort Film Society’s biggest event is, of course, the annual Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF). MovieMaker Magazine listed BIFF as one of the Top 25 “Coolest” Film Festivals in the World in 2013 and most recently, Film Freeway, ranked BIFF as the #9 Best Reviewed film festival in the world and #1 in South Carolina. The twelfth annual Beaufort International Film Festival will be held Feb 21- 25, 2018. For further information about the film festival, special events, the film society or the complete schedule for ‘Shorts at High Noon’, check out beaufortfilmfestival.com.

The Beaufort Film Society and the Beaufort International Film festival can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Shorts at High Noon

Where: Plaza Stadium Theatre, 41 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC.

When: Check in time is 11:30am. Program starts at 12:00 Noon and ends at 1:00 PM

Tickets: Admission is free. Concessions will be available for sale.

Schedule of Films

OCT 4: Pardon the Intrusion (Short), At Ease (Student), Splash (Animation)

OCT 11: A Letter From Home (Short), Swipe Right (Student), Almost Everest (Animation)

 OCT 18: Wallenda (Short), Perspective (Student), Grounded (Animation)

OCT 25: Mia (Short), Love Sick Lonnie (Short), Shut Up and Kiss Me (Student)

NOV 1: The Deadbeat (Short), Great Personality is Only Skin Deep (Short), Detention (Short), Death and the Robot (Animation)

 NOV 8: Birthday (Short), Danny Freud (Student), My Light is Gone (Animation)

 NOV 15: Clown Nose Theory (Short), The Collegians (Student), Light Me up (Animation)

 NOV 29: Another Love (Short), Long John (Student), Sebastian’s Voodoo (Animation)

Story By Maura Connelly, Pat Conroy Literacy Center

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held October 19 -22 at USCB’s Center for the Arts, celebrating the transformative power of education. Few people embody this theme with as much passion and grace as educator Dr. William Dufford. Teacher. Coach. Principal. Superintendent. He has assumed all of these mantles in varied venues: classrooms; playing fields; school hallways. It was his role as mentor  that took on a mythical quality for so many of his students, especially his years  at Beaufort High School in the early 1960s. For the students of the era, these were the “Camelot” years. They also included the arrival of one of BHS’s most famous graduates, Pat Conroy.

     Pat Conroy arrived in Beaufort in 1960 at the age of 15, and entered BHS for what would be his junior and senior years. He came to the lowcountry as an insecure and fragile young man, but he would graduate a confident citizen and as president of his class. After years of parochial schooling and rigid classrooms, Pat had finally arrived at a school that welcomed him and fostered his burgeoning literary interests. And at the center of this new universe was principal Bill Dufford. “I was in the middle of a childhood being raised by a father I didn’t admire. In a desperate way, I needed the guidance of someone who could show me another way of becoming a man. It was sometime during that year when I decided I would become the kind of man that a whole town could respect and honor and fall in love with – the way Beaufort did when Bill Dufford came to town to teach and shape and turn their children into the best citizens they could be,” wrote Conroy in the essay “The Summer I Met My First Great Man” appearing in A Lowcountry Heart and first delivered as an awards ceremony introduction for Dr. Dufford.

     Pat graduated from Beaufort High School as president of his class, “Best All Around,” a member of student council, the literary magazine, and the National Honor Society. He was also voted Mr. Congeniality. It was Bill Dufford who shaped and guided his new world, the man who held the torch for Pat.  “When you went to Bill Dufford’s school, the one thing you knew was that you were one of his kids, and…[that] you had a responsibility to your school because it was your community, your part of the world,” Conroy told a group of USC students in a 1995 address. “I never saw anyone get this across better. And I went into teaching because of Bill Dufford, because he had convinced me that there was no way a human being could live upon this earth and do anything better than to teach young people. It affected me and I’m simply one of the hundreds it affected.”

     And Pat did go on to teach, emulating many of his BHS mentors. After graduating high school, Pat went to college at the Citadel, graduating in 1967. He taught for two years at BHS before his storied year as the first white school teacher on Dafauskie Island, which became the inspiration for his book The Water Is Wide. In the book, Pat describes teaching as a noble endeavor and shares Dufford’s view on education “as holy a profession as the priesthood. It was one of his greatest gifts that he [Dufford] could convey his sense of mission about education to the kids who came under his jurisdiction. A whole tribe of us went into teaching because of his influence.”

     Pat was just one of thousands of students who came under Bill Dufford’s influence. Leighton Cubbage, another former student of Dufford’s in Sumter, describes Dufford’s “raw leadership” in Dufford’s forthcoming memoir, My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir, in collaboration(see sidebar). “Dufford’s attitude [about school] of joy, happiness, love, and inclusivity is what makes organizations work best. That’s the right type of fuel to drive any culture. People can talk about that ideal inside a church or in a pew, but there’s a guy who had the courage to do it in a school.”

     The best summation of Dr. Dufford’s passion for the empowerment of education, the passion for teaching, and the role of surrogate parenting also comes from Pat Conroy, by way of a letter written to Dufford in the summer of 1968 and rediscovered in October 2016. “Everything I have done since leaving Beaufort has been a reflection of the summer I spent with you digging those damn ditches and painting those damn bookcases. I have never understood the dynamics of hero worship – maybe it was the discovery of the father I never had as a youth and finally found in you, a father who was not only stern but tender, a father of both the storm and the sun. It is important for you to know this effect you have had and I believe you know it but in the shortness and horrible brevity of life I want to get everything said – everything. This is immortality. For what I have learned from you I will pass on, and it will be passed on, and it will be passed on and passed on.”

     William Dufford will make two appearances at this year’s Pat Conroy Literary Festival. He will join others from Pat’s BHS days in a panel discussion on  Thursday, October 19, 5:30 – 6:30 at Beaufort Middle School (2501 Mossy Oaks Road).  He will also be in conversation with another former BHS student, attorney Carl B Epps III, at USCB’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 21, 6:15 – 7:15 pm, following the festival’s performance of the musical Conrack. Following both events, Dr. Dufford will sign copies of My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir.

William Dufford, now retired, served as a school principal in Georgetown, Beaufort and Sumter and later as the superintendent of schools in York. He also served as an educational consultant for the Boston school system and as the director of field services for the University of South Carolina Center for Integrated Education. Dufford has been recognized with the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities and the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor. He remains actively involved in Newberry College’s annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusiveness Week and in the Newberry Opera House’s Dufford Center for Cultural Diversity.

     The Pat Conroy Literary Festival is the signature event of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, presented in partnership with the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts. For Tickets: 843.521.4145 or www.patconroyliteraryfestival.org uscbcenterforthearts.com

Story by Julie Hales     Photos By Susan DeLoach

The Town of Port Royal has a Council/Manager form of government. This way of government is also referred to as the Town Manager Plan.

     The daily activities of Port Royal government are under the supervision of a professional manager. Under this system, the professional manager reports directly to the mayor and council.

     The man at the helm of this government is Van Willis, Town Manager of Port Royal.

     Under the leadershipof Willis, Port Royal is recognized as one of America’s leaders in small town New Urbanism. They aspire to continue to be the best place to live, work and play in South Carolina’s Low Country by preserving a superior quality of life for today’s residents and for future generations.

     Port Royal takes a tremendous amount of pride in their natural environment and the accessibility to that environment through their network of walking trails, community beach, the boardwalk and observation tower.

     Port Royal is also booming with business opportunities. The recent sale of the port brings nothing but more exposure to current businesses and the start-ups of more businesses to come.

     The sale of the port, coupled with the location of Port Royal, is sure to bring nothing but good things to the current residents and businesses. Located centrally within the Parris Island Gateway and adjacent to both the City of Beaufort and the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, Port Royal positions their local businesses directly in the heart of area commerce.

     This sale brings many new things to area. And, Van Willis is the man to make sure this transition happens smoothly.

     Willis was born in Savannah and raised in Charleston. He and his family moved to Port Royal in August of 2002, when Willis took the job as the Town Manager.

     He holds an Undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.

     He is married to wife, Jodie Willis and they own the Little Brown School in Port Royal.  The have three children, Davis, 14, Guerin, 11 and Saida, 8.

      In Willis’ 15 years as Town Manager, the biggest changes he has seen have been population and growth.  He says,” We have seen significant population and growth, but the Town is finally getting some recognition for the unique place it is.  Much of what makes the ‘Beaufort area’ what it is, is actually in Port Royal. We would like to see that recognized by businesses and the press.”

      “We offer our residents a truly authentic town experience, while also offering access to the natural environment. All with the quirkiness that is Port Royal,” adds Willis.

      When it comes to taking care of the merchants in Port Royal, Willis praises his staff.  He says,” The Town staff is probably one of the more business friendly municipal staffs they will encounter.  We strive to be prompt and available.  If our merchants have a question, we can get them in, almost immediately, with the town staff, and  they will be guided through the process.”

     As Town Manager, Willis handles an array of tasks, all in a day’s time.  He shares, “I handle the day to day administrative management of the Town.  I could be dealing with the potential redevelopment of the port, which will be in the neighborhood of $200,000,000 when it is done, to handling a resident’s complaint about their neighbor’s dog, all within 15 minutes.”

     When Willis has some down time, if there is such a thing for a Town Manager, He is happy driving his kids around Beaufort County to attend various activities and sports-related practices.  Other than that, he and his family spend a lot of time on the water.

     Beaufort Lifestyle conducted a Question and Answer session with Van Willis about the sales of the port. Here are his answers:

BL: When will the sale be final?

VW: It was closed on September 20.

BL: Who are the new owners of the port?

VW: Grey Ghost Properties, LLC

BL: What affect does the sale of the ports have on the Town of Port Royal?

VW: It provides the residents of the town access to probably the jewel property in Port Royal.  We have not had real access to that property for decades. It is an opportunity for long-time residents and business owners to realize that their commitment to the Town is bearing the fruit that they anticipated.

BL: When do you anticipate the new owners to start construction on the waterfront?

VW: They have already begun cleaning up the property, and I expect commercial activity in either first or second quarter of 2018.

BL:  Do they have a projected completion date?

VW: This is probably a 5-10 year project for buildout.

BL:  What are the plans for the redevelopment of the ports by the new owners?

VW: It is truly a mixed use redevelopment; single family, some multi-family, a dry stack, a marina, possibly two hotels, s significant variety of commercial, including shops, restaurants, and a number of parks.

BL: What is their first area of redevelopment?

VW: They intend to get the dry stack up and running and reopen the restaurant adjacent to the shrimp docks.

BL:  Have the existing merchants in the Old Village shown excitement for the new development?

VW:I think they have all been waiting as patiently as they can.  The redevelopment process will take time; however, the sheer level of associated activity should be quite beneficial to existing businesses.

BL:  Do you feel we will have more small businesses opening in the Town of Port Royal?

VW:Absolutely, the port redevelopment provides a destination that should draw visitors to the Town.

BL:  What do you see happening to the existing small businesses now in Port Royal?

VW: Hopefully, they will flourish.  We expect the activity of the port to push that excitement up Paris Avenue.

BL:Will the sale of the port affect our natural environments…like the walking trials, community beach, the boardwalk and observation tower?

VW: The redevelopment plan includes 15 plus acres of open space, which includes several parks and a waterfront promenade.  It will also incorporate the Spanish Moss Trail, allowing it to finally cross Ribaut Road.  The Trail will tie into the existing boardwalk and observation tower.

BL: Will our local boaters and fish tours be affected by the sale?

VW: Hopefully, only positively.  We think the property will offer boaters more waterfront dining and activity experiences.

BL: How do you think this sale will affect Real Estate in Port Royal?

VW: We saw significant increases when the port first went on the market during the height of the real estate market back in the mid 2000’s.  We hope it doesn’t get that ridiculous again, but we are anticipating increased values and activity.