• Beaufort Lifestyle Magazine

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

It was a beautiful day on the course for United Way of the Lowcounty’s 18th Annual Golf Invitational presented by SERVPRO of Beaufort County last month. This annual tournament is an opportunity for golfers to enjoy golfing on Secession Golf Club’s beautiful course, while supporting United Way of the Lowcountry, serving Beaufort and Jasper Counties.  United Way of the Lowcountry works to meet the immediate needs of our neighbors and create a lasting, positive impact.  Through, community impact, United Way is addressing the root causes of key local issues to reduce future needs by focusing on basic needs, education, health and income/family stability.
United Way of the Lowcountry would like to thank this year’s Presenting Sponsor, SERVPRO of Beaufort County, as well as BMW, Cleland Site Prep, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Publix, Secession Golf Club and Turbeville Insurance Agency.
You can learn more about United Way of the Lowcountry and how you can involved at www.uwlowcountry.org.

The third annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held in Conroy’s beloved Beaufort, South Carolina, this November 1–4. This year’s festival theme will address a trio of foundations central to Conroy’s writing life, and indeed to all of southern literature and culture: Faith, Family & Friendship.
In his timeless fiction and memoirs, Conroy’s evolving sense of self was interwoven in his questioning of religion, his conflicted familial entanglements, and his stalwart belief in the fellowship of his tribe of friends. In multifaceted exploration of this three-pronged theme, the Conroy Festival will once again offer an immersive, enticing mixture of author discussions and readings, book signings, original scholarship, performances, workshops, tours, receptions, and gatherings—highlighted this year by the release of the new anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.
The Pat Conroy Literary Festival is presented in partnership between the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the USCB Center for the Arts, with generous support from a pantheon of sponsors, partners, presenters, and our amazing attendees. We look forward to seeing all of you in beautiful Beaufort by the sea this November 1-4.
This year’s schedule of events:
Thursday November 1st
Pat Conroy Literary Center Open House (November 1)
November 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pat Conroy Literary Center (Free)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 1)
November 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Daufuskie Island Field Trip
November 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Bluffton Oyster Factory Park ($189)
Workshop: Welcome to Travel Writing
November 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
Workshop: Write into Your Heart – Look Within and Grow
November 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 1)
November 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
November 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Workshop: Creative Organization for Writers
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
Patti Callahan in Conversation with Pastor Jonathan Riddle
November 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Bluffton Rotary Club at Oscar Frazier Park (Free)
Friday 2nd
Workshop: More than One Write Way – Independent Publishing
November 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts($30)
Pat Conroy Literary Center Open House (November 2)
November 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pat Conroy Literary Center (Free)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 2)
November 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Workshop: Celebrating Southern Cooking – Demo and Luncheon
November 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($45)
Screening of Three Short Films
November 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($10)
Workshop: Life Stories – Approaches to Memoir Writing, Part 1
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts
November 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ($50)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 2)
November 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Workshop: Introduction to Screenwriting
November 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy
November 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tabby Place ($75)
Saturday November 3rd
In Good Faith: Religion in the Work of Pat Conroy
November 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts (Free)
Workshop: Tiny Cracks – Writing for Character Development
November 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
Pat Conroy Literary Center Open House (November 3)
November 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pat Conroy Literary Center (Free)
Joseph Monte in Conversation with Catherine Seltzer
November 3 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($10)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 3)
November 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Workshop: Thanksgiving Survival Tips for Novices and Experienced Cooks
November 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($45)
Thrilling Fiction of Families and Friendships
November 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($10)
Workshop: Pat Conroy – The Book Collector
November 3 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
Workshop: Life Stories – Approaches to Memoir Writing, Part 2
November 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($50)
Poetry Reading
November 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($10)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 3)
November 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Pulitzer Prize Winner Rick Bragg in Conversation with Walter Edgar
November 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($30)
The Red Clay Ramblers
November 3 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts ($45)
Sunday November 4th
Pat Conroy Literary Center Open House (November 4)
November 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pat Conroy Literary Center (Free)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 4)
November 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Sandra Brown in Conversation with Cassandra King Conroy
November 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Dataw Island Club ($50)
Beaufort Tours Presents: Pat Conroy’s Beaufort ( November 4)
November 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Beaufort Tours ($30)
Down by the Riverside – Spirituals Performance by Ron Daise
November 4 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Grace Chapel AME Church ($10)

story by Cindy Reid     photos by Bob Sofaly (Courtesy of BCBCC)
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCBCC) offers education, products and services for disadvantaged business enterprises and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc named the BCBCC the 2018 Chamber of the Year and it’s easy to see why our local Black Chamber was so honored. Among their many community development undertakings, the BCBCC has embarked on a highly anticipated new venture- the BCBCC Multiplex.
Beaufort Lifestyle caught up with BCBCC President and CEO Larry Holman to learn about the new Multiplex and other current and future projects.
What’s new with the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCBCC)?
What’s new is of course our new building, the BCBCC Multiplex, an Education, Business and Entertainment Support Center, which is located at 711 Bladen Street, Beaufort. We had the grand opening and ribbon cutting on August 24, 2018, and our target date for opening the building for business is October first.
The Multiplex is a completely renovated 15,000 square foot building consisting of three floors, which the BCBCC will use for many community and business purposes. Let me tell ‘give you the tour’!
The First floor will consist of an art gallery on one side and a restaurant on the other. Our art gallery will feature artists of this area and also travelling exhibits of special interest to the community. The restaurant will feature soul food and will host jazz music on the weekends. We are planning on having the restaurant open at the end of October, beginning of November. We have a firm commitment from a local restaurateur, so stay tuned for more details!
The second floor has a commercial kitchen which will be used for a variety of purposes. It can be used as a caterer’s kitchen for events taking place in the building, and we plan on using it for culinary classes. The second floor also has conference and training rooms, with a capacity of 150 people. The BCBCC offices will also be on the second floor. We definitely need the space as we have outgrown our current building, where we’ve been since 2006. and we will utilize six offices.
The third floor will be used to incubate small business startups, and will also provide office space on a rental basis. It is ideal for those that are just starting and for those that are ready for their first office.  Also cubicles for those that need working space but don’t need a full office, for the social media types and for people that don’t necessarily want to work from their home. It can also be used by people who aren’t necessarily residents, but need office space while they are in town. These spaces can be rented by the hour, by the day and by the month.
The office spaces all have windows and it is a very professional setting, complete with a lobby, space for a receptionist and a conference room. Every space is outfitted with Wi-Fi.
 Tell us about the journey to completion.
Creating multi use environments has always been our goal. The idea to have a building came about in 2014 and so we purchased the building at the county tax sale, as it was about to be foreclosed on. However there was a lien on the building that needed to be dealt with and we were able to pay that off in two years with a loan from the USDA.
Two years ago the building was almost completely renovated and in November 2016 there was a fire that destroyed the upper floors. The blaze was ruled accidental after a team of federal investigators worked with local fire officials to determine the cause. The good news was that we had insurance, which covered the loss, and while the insurance was being processed we cleaned up the site so we could start rebuilding right away. We started the rebuild last September.
What is unique about the space?
LH: There are two balconies, which can be used for all sorts of events. For instance you could have a wedding that flowed out to them, or a corporate event that flowed from the second to the third floor. You could set up tables, booths to showcase business; all of it can be used for just about anything. You can bring your own chef and have food prepared in our commercial kitchen to be served at your event. The way it flows is really neat!
The Multiplex will truly fill a need, in fact we already a commitment for six of our offices.  Once we get going the building will pay for itself and be an asset for the community. In addition the BCBCC will be hosting webinars with other chambers around the country, monthly and quarterly, to showcase what we’ve done and share ideas with other chambers on a national level.
Who can use the space?
LH: The buildings rental spaces, such as the office spaces, event spaces, conference and training rooms etc, are available to anyone, regardless if they are a BCBCC member or not.  What we going to is a membership price and a non-membership price. (Membership is offered on an annual basis.) Regarding our prices, we will be competitive with the other venues in the area.
What is your favorite area in the building?
LH: I love the second floor but the restaurant really is a favorite space for me. Sitting in that room and looking out the windows, it’s relaxing. The windows are beautiful; it is such a nice environment and ambiance. And that’s with just tables and chairs! Wait till we put in the restaurant tables and dress it up. There has  been a lot of talk and support for the restaurant, and looking at the neighborhood, it fits right in. We also bought the two properties behind the building to be used for parking space and we will offer valet parking.
 How will the Multiplex benefit young people?
LH: We will offer a variety of programs to keep neighborhood kids really active and off the streets. One of the large rooms, 200 square feet, will be used for filming, mixing and coding classes. We will be using our commercial kitchen for classes on culinary arts and we will also be offering piano lessons.
What would you like our readers to know about the BCBCC?
LH: I really want people to know that we are a CDFI, which is Community Development Financial Institution and we are looking into affordable housing and will be applying for funding with the goal of getting it stated within the next two years. This is not just talk, gentrification is happening but it needs to take place slowly and not push everyone out.
We also have a state contract for home improvements for seniors, which means we are able to provide concrete help for senior homeowners, such as a new roof, air conditioning, ramps for access, and other basic necessities.
People may also be surprised to know that we have been making micro loans, up to $100,000, since 2012 via the USDA, SBA, and CDFI. We have made a total of 1.3 million in micro loans. We help our community and we are involved with our community.
How many people work at the BCBCC?
LH: We have four staff members and other ancillary staff such as marketing person and an admissions coordinator. We have approximately 135 members, individuals and businesses. We have support from the community in many ways and I want to mention the Bank of Ozark, who got us equipment, such as professional desks for the new building and donated $ 25,000.
How long have you been involved with the BCBCC?
LH: I have been involved with the BCBCC since its inception in 1999, first as Treasurer, and then I was elected President and CEO in 2001. I had taken early retirement from J.C.Penney and I’ve been President and CEO since then. I learned a lot at J.C.Penney, I was Store Manager at Cross Creek location from 1996 to 2001. I love what we do here, there is nothing like giving back.
When we arrived in Beaufort I felt like I was coming home even though I had never been here before. We, my wife Wilma and our four children, had spent our lives in the Winston-Salem and Durham, North Carolina area. We love Beaufort, and every year for the past three years we have gathered our children and with my sister’s family we rent houses at Fripp Island for a week and have a blast!
Your favorite place in Beaufort?
My porch overlooking the marsh with a cold beverage in hand! I just recently started drumming the last two months, so I go out there and beat my drums. The neighbors haven’t complained –yet! My other passion is visiting other countries. Recently Wilma and I went to Cuba. It was our second trip there, and we love the people, the neighborhoods and the classic cars. I don’t know where we are going next, I’m sure we are going somewhere- my wife will tell me!
For further information:
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 843-986-1102

story by Nate Livesay     photos by Susan DeLoach
Marilyn Harris is a vibrant African-American women who has lived an extraordinary life. Looking at her you might imagine she is a former teacher and a grandmother, but you would be missing so much of her story.  Her story is incredible, She worked her way from the back of the commissary to the front of the Pentagon serving her country and her community at every stop.  Over the course of her career she earned 3 master’s degrees, top secret security clearances from the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency and traveled all over the world as an investigator commissioned by congress.  She is and has been many things – mother, grandmother, teacher, counselor, writer, administrator, investigator and now “retiree” – but at the root of all those things has been the heart of someone who wants to serve others.
Growing up in a small southern town in the era of segregated schools and Jim Crow, the importance of education was instilled in Harris’s life.  She trained to be a teacher, receiving a bachelors degree and lifetime teaching certificate from the University of Missouri, and this background in education has been central to everything else she has done. She spoke of how happy she was that her parents saw her earn a college degree and of how proud she is that all three of her children have earned undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.  She was advised that getting jobs in education with the  United States Government would be much easier if she had got her foot in the door by getting any government job.  So Harris, currently working as a teacher,  went and got one of the lowest grade positions in the commissary – since she didn’t want to be seen by her students or their families or coworkers of her husband, she volunteered to work in the back which her manager gladly gave her since everyone else always wanted to work in the front.  She worked a couple of months before her husband received orders and her foot in the door was gone or so she thought.  However, her prior government job made her eligible for an internship in the education department and so when they arrived at their next stop she became an intern working in education for the United States Department of Defense.
She entered this internship as the Vietnam War was ending and the decision had been made to professionalize the United States Army.  One of Harris’s first jobs was to work with soldiers who didn’t have a high school diploma to help them pass the test that would allow them to remain in the army without one.  She was given 6 weeks to teach and tutor them before they took the Armed Forces Classification Test that determined whether they could stay in the Army or whether they would be discharged and sent home.  This experience deeply impacted her as you could see the emotion on her face as she described the young men she worked with.”I had six weeks to train people who were unable to write their name and some of them I wonder about and think about to this day”   She described one soldier, a son of sharecroppers from Mississippi who desperately wanted to stay in the Army because it was his way out of poverty – he confided in Harris that the first pair of shoes that had ever been just his were his Army boots, but because he had no formal education he was unable to read or write.  She successfully petitioned for another six weeks to work with him, but even 12 weeks wasn’t enough to overcome his prior lack of education.  She described how he spent his tearful last day learning to sign his name so that he could endorse the check they were giving him before they put him on the bus back home.
This led to her next job as an Education Services officer setting up education centers for the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, Germany and for a battalion of the 101st Airborne serving as part of a multi-national force on the Sinai Peninsula between Israel and Egypt.   She was responsible for working with various educational institutions to sign contracts and to set up schedules that would allow soldiers to earn a high school or college diploma during their assignment. Her work in setting up these education centers has helped countless soldiers acquire degrees that help them advance their careers and succeed in life beyond the military.
Her work with the contracting office paved the way for her to make the transition from education to contracting and acquisitions and she spent ten years as a working in this area for the U.S. Army European Command in Germany.
From 1996-1999, Harris worked for the Army Material Command based in the Pentagon, working in acquisitions and procurement.  At the Pentagon, she helped write policy but also reviewed multimillion dollar contracts for things like missile defense systems.  Her work at this post resulted in multiple promotions and earned her several Generals recommendations to attend the prestigious United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This was an incredible opportunity for a civilian and Harris made the most of it.  During her time at the war college she attended night classes at Shippensburg State University and on a day in early June of 2000, she graduated with two master’s degrees, one in Public Administration from Shippensburg State and another in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Following her time at  the War College she continued working in Washington, D.C. and was often shuttled to meetings at the Pentagon and in fact was scheduled to attend a meeting in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Harris’s experiences and skillset allowed her to work her way up to the most important job of her career, that of Senior Procurement Official, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, with the Army’s only Intelligence Command, INSCOM. This was in the years after 9/11 and required that she have top secret security clearances.  In this role, she was read into numerous top secret programs and was responsible for making sure the Army had everything it needed and occasionally for reigning in an overzealous General who wanted one of everything.
In 2005, she accepted a job as an investigator for the United State House of Representatives Appropriations committee.  This role required Harris to receive intense training and another round of security clearances, this time from the FBI and the CIA.  She was part of a team of investigators that were tasked with providing oversight on how government funds were being spent and investigating claims of fraud, waste or abuse. This meant lots of travel, sometimes by plane – sometimes in a Blackhawk helicopter.  She spent time in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Senegal investigating a U.S. based contractor who had received millions of dollars in contracts for training soldiers and refurbishing equipment.   She was also dispatched to U.S. Army outposts in Korea and Japan after reports of substandard living conditions for soldiers.  This extensive investigation led to improved living conditions for many soldiers in these bases.
In 2010, she was persuaded by a friend to spend her last four years before retirement as the Director of Policy for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.  In this role, she overhauled the procurement department and what had been a shorthanded and underperforming department was doing high quality work before her retirement in 2014.  Reflecting on her years of government service Harris said
“I was able to impact the lives of veterans who needed veterans benefits from home loans to college to medical care and finally burial services. I have supported soldiers throughout the span of their careers and their lives. I have no words to describe how much that means to me.  Mostly, I’m most proud of my government service because of all I learned from so many amazing people and in so many amazing roles.”
Harris retired in 2014 and bought a home on Dataw Island and moved to Beaufort in June of 2015.  Since she arrived in Beaufort, she has done anything but sit around and smell the roses though.  Throughout her life she has been active in service and in the community and her time here in Beaufort has been no different.  She renovated her Dataw Island residence and, continuing in the spirit of service she exhibited in her career as a teacher and decades of service as a civil servant, she gives seminars on women’s empowerment and is on the board of directors at the United Way of the Low Country and Second Helpings – a non-profit that provides food to the hungry in Beaufort County.  She also serves on the board of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) a non-profit that works with the Small Business Administration to support small business.

story by Emily Burgess     photos by John Wollwerth
The stories flow freely, one into another, as Carl and Cecile Dorr reminisce about their life together. Cecile takes the lead in sharing detail upon detail and Carl interjects to fill in any gaps she didn’t cover. Their eyes dance and glow as they relive each experience. After 58 years of marriage, anyone would have stories in abundance, but for Carl and Cecile, the stories stem from a shared life stacked with adventure.
In his early life, Carl joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and attended pilot training in the eastern United States. He served with the B29 crew with the 19th bombardment group at Pyote, Texas, nicknamed the Rattlesnake Bomber base. His crew was scheduled to go, but did not ever see combat or make it to the Pacific as the war was over. While he enjoyed his time as a pilot, and to this day enjoys airplanes, his true passion was cars.
Carl and Cecile met at the Miami Springs Villas Club, the former home of the Glenn Curtis Family of aviation fame, after Carl moved from Buffalo where he claimed it was “quite cold.” Cecile had recently purchased a Renault 4CV which she recalls as “a cute little bug of a car.” Carl encouraged her to buy a more sophisticated car, the electron blue Alfa Romeo Gulietta Coupe.
“It was fast and beautiful,” said Cecile. “Still my favorite car, but Porsche is a close second.”
Carl’s love of cars developed from his career. He opened several dealerships in Miami selling a variety of cars of English, French, German and Italian makes.
In 1951, Carl purchased a Volkswagen (VW) from the manufacturing factory in Germany. His VW was one of the first to be shipped to America and he went on to have a long-term relationship with VW through his dealerships being one of the first to sell the cars in the United States. In 1956, the Volkswagen Company in Wolfsburg Germany brought Carl, along with a few others involved in the early days of VW, to Wolfsburg to honor them for their significant contribution to the promotion of Volkswagen around the world. Carl was recognized for his work with Brundage Motors and for his agency, Volkswagen International Motors, Inc. in Miami, Florida.
In September 1953, Carl visited the Porsche manufacturing factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany to buy an ivory Porsche 356. Carl recalls walking into the plant with a radio he brought along and requested that the engineers install the radio along with a rearview mirror on his Porsche.
“These German guys looked at me like I was crazy. They said, ‘you are buying the fastest car in the world. No one is going to pass you. There is no need for a rearview mirror.’ I told them, ‘yes, but I am taking it back to America, where there are speed limits,’” said Carl.
Carl wrote about his experience buying the Porsche and at the end of his account, full of details about the factory, the workers, and the cars, he wrote, “As we subsequently racked up some 6,000 miles over mountains and assorted roads without any difficulty or complaints, we came to the conclusion that it might be a small factory, but they probably know what they are doing.”
Among the many mementos and black and white photos they lovingly have as keepsakes, is the original receipt for Carl’s Porsche 356, totaling just over $2,300 and signed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche himself.
“We do need to clear up the American pronunciation of Porsche,” Cecile said. It is two syllables. Porsch-uh! PCA clubs have had shirts made to make it known. It is Dr. Porsche’s name right?”
Carl and Cecile have remained invested in Porsche throughout the years through involvement in local PCA (Porsche Club of America) clubs like the low country club. In 2011, the Porsche Parade, an annual event held in different areas of the US each summer, was held in Savannah. Cecile worked with the lowcountry chapter of the PCA as a volunteer in many areas, but had the most fun on the Gimmick Rally, in which drivers follow clues and distances to navigate the course. The planned course brought them to Beaufort and the Penn Center on Saint Helena. Carl and Cecile also had the opportunity to attend the Porsche 70th anniversary event held this past June at the Bluffton dealership.
His love of cars did not stop at purchasing the Porsche or in managing his dealerships. Carl entered into the world of sports car racing. He raced in many events including Bahamas Speed Week that was originally called Nassau Trophy Road Races, the Cuban Grand Prix, at the Sebring Raceway in Sebring, Florida, and many other sports car events.
His first race was in 1954 in his Porsche 356, at the first Bahamas Speed Week. He continued to race there every year and even attended the reunion for Speed Week in the early 90’s.
“We were at a race in Cuba the day it fell,” Cecile said. “It was quite scary. We were on the tarmac forever trying to leave.”
Cecile and Carl remember so many details about that time from staying in the same Hilton Hotel as Castro to the award that Castro was supposed to present to Carl and other racers, but never did. Instead, Che Guevara did the honors.
Carl brought Heinz Werner-Bade, a friend from Porsche, over to the United States in 1956 to work in his car agencies. Werner-Bade later became a notable and honored Porsche race mechanic for legendary racers Stirling Moss and Bruce Jennings.
“It was fun times for racing in the 1950’s. Arrive with a car and race. Today, racing is such preparation and takes lots of money,” said Cecile, who was right by Carl’s side during many of his racing days.
Carl raced for twelve years before deciding to quit. Cecile recalls that at the time, there had been quite a few accidents and racing back then did not have the same safety equipment and measures that are in place now. Several friends were killed in racing accidents and they decided it was the right time to step away as they were about to have their first child.
Carl retired and sold his car agencies in Miami and he and Cecile moved from Miami to Beaufort in 1967. Cecile said that they had never been to Beaufort before, but upon visiting the lowcountry, they were shown the hospital at Fort Fremont, which had been privately owned and was for sale. Another group was interested in the purchase and Carl and Cecile had one week to decide if they wanted to buy it.
“We had been looking for a summer place and Carl just happened to drive off the route to see Beaufort. At the Sea Island Motel, the waiter mentioned that he might like to see a ‘kooky’ house that was for sale. We were young and what an adventure with two babies and no family support. We became beachcombers and restorers and enjoyed every minute,” Cecile said.
Fort Fremont was built in the late 1800’s, in response to the Spanish-American War and defended the coaling station and dry dock at Port Royal Naval Station on nearby Parris Island. The hospital, which now serves as Carl and Cecile’s residence, was built around 1906, as a replacement for the original frame hospital. In 1930, the fort was decommissioned and the hospital has been privately owned ever since. On May 26, 1989, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Although the hospital has served as a private residence, great care was taken to preserve the original architecture and character, telling of the time it was built. From an administrative office turned guest bedroom, nurses station turned Cecile’s office and eight-bed ward turned sitting room, the original finishes remain, like the rounded out corners in the ward, so that it could be cleaned and sanitized properly to the exquisitely tiled ceiling.
Over the years, Cecile has worked closely with Friends of Fort Fremont, a charitable organization that raises funds and awareness for the continuance and improvement of the Preserve that is owned by Beaufort County.
Following his career in cars, Carl was asked to do sales research for a company that was a supplier of books to colleges and universities. He also continued to do other work for sales and computer implementation for a company in St. Louis, Missouri.
“His favorite work was done as a volunteer for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, England restoring World War II aircraft,” Cecile said. “His engineering skills were finally useful.”
Carl and Cecile lived in England from 1997 to 2005, where Cecile happily worked as an Information Specialist, or librarian, for the Air Force at Lakenheath, United Kingdom. They spent their days visiting every air and car museum or show across Europe.
“Carl’s knees never hurt until we were visiting an art museum. Then he would literally fall asleep on a bench. Can you imagine? Monet’s garden and he fell asleep,” Cecile said. She and Carl both laugh at the memory.
The stories go on and on from staying at Fort Fremont during Hurricane Matthew where their basement was flooded and Carl injured his leg resulting in being air-lifted to MUSC to Cecile’s work with her garden club to bring a tree walk to the Beaufort area. No moment or experience small by any means.
Two lives packed full of incredible experiences and brimming with joy from their two daughters and seven grandchildren. Their days may be a little slower now, but for Carl and Cecile, there is still plenty of adventure to be had.

Jonathan Haupt was named the first Executive Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center on October 22, 2016, during the first annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. Jane Upshaw, Chair of the Center’s board of directors announced his appointment that evening saying, “In our discussions of what the Center needed, we wanted someone with experience in literary arts leadership—a person who was creative and innovative with programming, marketing and communication. We needed a builder who dreamed big but could translate those dreams into reality. We hoped to find someone who knew Pat personally and understood the magnitude of the opportunity of the Center. It was a daunting task, but I am very happy to share with you this evening that we found just the right person with all of those qualities and so much more in Jonathan Haupt.”
Jonathan gave thanks to the Conroy Center’s board of directors and the Conroy family for entrusting him with that responsibility saying, “The Center is striving to fill in that enormous Conroy-shaped hole in all of our lives and hearts. To play my part in that effort, in honor of my friend and my mentor, is more that an opportunity—it’s a calling…Pat Conroy’s lowcountry heart was big enough to include all of us. As a teacher, a mentor and an advocate, he wanted everyone to find her or his true potential. It’s in that spirit that the Center will take up our mission to continue Pat’s legacy of generosity with readers and writers alike, in and beyond our home here in Beaufort.”
I met Jonathan a year earlier on October 31, 2015 at Pat Conroy’s 70th birthday party hosted by Beaufort History Museum in the courtyard of the historic Arsenal. That event was truly a celebration of Beaufort’s beloved Prince of Tides, with 350 of Pat’s family, friends, and fans gathering from near and far to honor him and his lifetime of work. The birthday celebration was one of the highlights of the multi-day Pat Conroy at 70 Festival (a literary event also encompassing a book festival, writers conference, and film festival). It was an impressive literary festival created and co-chaired by Jonathan, then the Director of the University of South Carolina Press.
Those attending the festival in October 2015 to celebrate Pat Conroy’s life could not know that four months later they would be mourning him. Just days after Conroy’s death on March 4, 2016, his literary agent and long-time friend Marly Rusoff proposed the idea for a Pat Conroy Literary Center as a legacy to Pat. Plans to create the Literary Center began to unfold immediately with the blessing of Pat’s widow Cassandra King. Jonathan remade the original festival he had created to celebrate Pat’s life at 70, as the Pat Conroy Literary Festival—now the Conroy Center’s signature annual event. At the close of that inaugural Literary Festival in October 2016, Jonathan was named the first Executive Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.
A Literary Career
Born in Kentucky, Jonathan grew up in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois on Lake Michigan. When he was 17 his family moved to Martin, Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned undergrad degrees in English and history. During college, he also served as the assistant director at the campus museum. Jonathan attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he earned his masters degree in English. In 1999, after grad school, he took a marketing position with Southern Illinois University Press.
There he met Lisa Bayer, a mentor and friend with whom he’s had a friendly competition over the years—which one of them would achieve the position of director of a university press first? Jonathan joined the University of South Carolina Press in 2004 in a marketing capacity and over time rose to the positions of assistant director for sales and marketing and interim director, before being named Director of the USC Press in 2011. He laughed as he recalled that his first day as Director of the USC Press was also Lisa Bayer’s first day as Director of the University of Georgia Press—so their competition ended in a tie!
Jonathan says that he and his wife Lorene welcomed the opportunity to move to Beaufort in 2016 when he was named Director of the Conroy Center. “We visited Beaufort for years with USC Press events before we moved here, and it has always felt like home to us.” Under Jonathan’s leadership as Director, USC Press was honored with a South Carolina Governors Award in the Humanities, given in recognition of the Press’ commitment to education through humanities publishing. In 2013, he established the Press’ acclaimed Story River Books fiction imprint, edited by the late Pat Conroy and named by Garden & Gun magazine as one of the top 10 things to love about the South. He has also presented at book festivals, writers conferences, and library conferences on topics of small press and university press publishing, literary arts partnerships, and the writing and teaching life of Pat Conroy.
Pat Conroy—Friend and Mentor
Jonathan met Pat Conroy when he started at USC Press in marketing. “I’d call Pat to ask for endorsements for books we were publishing,” he says. “When I became Director of USC Press and Pat realized that I wanted to get serious about publishing fiction, poetry, and children’s and young adult books, and about sharing the stories of the South with readers in a way which could empower them and expand their viewpoints, Pat volunteered to become editor at large for Story River Books. He became our tribal elder.”
“Pat Conroy was a friend and mentor to me and so many writers,” says Jonathan. “Pat wrote about the teachers in his life, like his high school teacher Gene Norris, who recognized Pat’s untapped potential as a writer. Pat did the same for me—he had a way of bringing out a sense of ambition, purpose and responsibility in me that I didn’t know I had,” he explains.
“Pat knew that he could use his fame as a way to champion other writers and causes that mattered to him. He used it as a teaching tool and I want to continue that in my role as Director of the Conroy Center,” Jonathan states.
Leading the Pat Conroy Literary Center
Jonathan explains that the greatest challenge for the Pat Conroy Literary Center is sustaining the Center’s work—doing it well and supporting its programs through fundraising and grants. “We’re here to continue in the same generous spirit as Pat. Pat Conroy was always a teacher and mentor. Writing became a form of teaching for him, and love and teaching were interconnected; so for Pat, writing was a form of love.”
When asked about the Center’s accomplishments that he is most proud of, Jonathan answered, “That’s a difficult question because we’ve done so much so quickly—there’s not one thing in particular. I’m proud of the way that the Conroy Center’s board, docents and volunteers all work together to create a diverse calendar of events, programs and classes that make such a positive impact on the lives of writers and readers. We’ve created a tapestry of interconnected events that are all part of one still-unfolding story.”
On September 18, the book Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy was published, featuring “an illuminating collection of essays honoring the literary legacy of Pat Conroy” by 67 contributing writers. Among those writers are Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker, both Pulitzer Prize winners (who will be featured at this November’s third annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival). The new book was edited by Jonathan and novelist Nicole Seitz, and published by Lisa Bayer, Jonathan’s first publishing mentor. Royalties from the book sales support the educational mission of the Conroy Center.
After two years at the Center’s location on Charles Street in an historic home, Jonathan says he’s excited that the Conroy Center is moving to a space three times larger at 905 Port Republic Street, the former site of the BB&T Bank. The new space will accommodate larger groups, touring exhibits, and more educational programs. The Center’s new location will open on October 5, coinciding with Shrimp Festival weekend and the second annual Lowcountry Book Club Convention on October 6.
The Conroy Center will present the third annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, in partnership with the USCB Center for the Arts, this November 1–4. The festival’s theme will be Celebrating the Foundations of Faith, Family & Friendship. “We see those topics as the foundation of Pat’s life and writing,” Jonathan explains. “We are fortunate that 24 of the 67 contributing writers for Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy will participate in this year’s festival, many teaching workshops or giving lectures. All 24 will also take part in a dinner on Friday, November 2. If you attend the dinner, you’re guaranteed to hear some good stories about Pat Conroy!”

Izzy Stone
Making Her Way To An LPGA Tour
story by Nathan Livesay     photos by Susan DeLoach
Teenagers with big dreams are pretty common. But finding one who is doing what it takes to make those dreams a reality is not common at all.  Izzy Stone, a 16 year old golfer from Beaufort, is one of those rare people whose work ethic matches her dreams.  Her dream is to play college golf, join the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour and make the 2024 United States Olympic team.  And, she is dedicating her whole life to making that happen.
It only takes a few minutes with Izzy to recognize her determination and drive. You can see her passion for improvement and love for the game of golf.  Fortune may have brought golf to Izzy, but it is her competitive nature and grit that have allowed her to make an incredibly rapid progression as a player.
Izzy, the daughter of Bill and India Dickinson, found golf by chance.  In 2011, her family was chosen to be a part of ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover television series.  In addition to a new home, the family was gifted golf clubs and one free golf lesson.  These went in a closet only to be pulled out days before the lesson expired. It turned out to be quite the fortuitous find because Izzy was a natural.  Shane Lebron, the golf pro that taught the lesson, was blown away by her natural talent and encouraged her parents to have her continue to be trained, even offering to do it for free.  Those free golf clubs and free lesson turned into a lifestyle and in just five years of playing, Izzy has turned into one of South Carolina’s best female junior golfers.
Initially Izzy’s only goal was to get her scores low enough to play in college, but that all changed on March 15, 2017 when a friend mentioned the Olympics.  After this conversation, the idea took root and Izzy began researching what she had to do. This has become her driving goal.  Izzy’s life revolves around golf.  She has sacrificed many of the luxuries of an average teenage life because she is determined to prove her doubters wrong and achieve her goals.  There are no late nights out. She missed Beaufort High season opening football victory over A.C. Flora because she had a tournament the next day.  When asked what she does outside of golf, she hesitated before talking about going to her friends, sporting events or to the movies.
Izzy wasn’t just blessed with a natural swing.  She clearly has an undeniable work ethic and incredible determination to improve, to succeed and to reach her goals.  She said she loves the honesty and integrity of the game, the way the scorecard tells the truth.  “It’s hard and it’s mentally draining.  Sometimes you get better and sometimes you get worse, but when you see your score go down there is no better feeling,” she said.
Izzy and her family made the decision to homeschool to allow her to focus more time and effort on improving her game.
A typical day will have her on the range at Legends Golf Course on Parris Island around 8 a.m. working on a variety of shots for several hours.  After a break for lunch and studies, she heads back out to the course to play 9 holes before heading to the Sanctuary on Cat Island for her Beaufort High School team practice.  After practice, she does more school work and then prepares to repeat the routine again the next day.  Right now, she has high school team matches on Tuesday and Thursday before heading off to play an individual event on the Peggy Kirk Bell Tour on weekends.  Proving again that she is driven to be her best, she has been known to head out to the lighted Marine Corps Air Station range after a tournament to work on shots she struggled with that weekend.
When asked what helps her continue to improve, she mentioned her goal of playing in the Olympics, her work with coach Cody Carter and her sessions with Sea Pines Director of Performance, Matt Cuccaro, for helping her put all the pieces of her game together at the same time. According to Izzy, her biggest challenge is the mentally draining nature of golf and improving her ability to battle self-doubt and stay confident day to day and shot to shot while learning how to let go of a hole that didn’t go the way she wanted it to.
Carter, the 2017 Hilton Head PGA teacher of the year and current head pro at Savannah Quarters Golf Club, was glowing when he talked about his pupil.  He described Izzy as a hard worker, maybe the hardest working player he’s ever coached.  He went on to say that “her drive and motivation is phenomenal and her discipline to say hey my friends are going to a party but I’ve got to work on my game is unbelievable for a player her age.”  He added that she is extremely coachable and does exactly what she is asked to do all the time.  Like others, when asked what the best part of her game is, he quickly responded by talking about her swing, her ability to drive it off the tee. Carter was bullish on her future, saying that if she continues to work as hard as she is now, continues to progress the way that she has and continues to focus on the present and what is right in front of her, all her future goals are in reach.
Izzy has been a member of the Beaufort High School golf team since 7th grade and has been named to the all-region team each of the last three seasons. She says the pieces of her game have been falling into place more consistently and she has been shaving strokes off her scores consistently. Last fall she won the Parris Island Ladies Golf championship (the championship came with a reserved parking place with her name on it, but unfortunately since she was only 15 she couldn’t drive a car to park in it).  Also, last fall, she narrowly missed the all-state team but finished 16th in the 2017 South Carolina High School League Class 4A State Golf Tournament shooting an 82-80, an impressive pair of rounds for a 15 year old high school sophomore. This summer, she won the Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association Summer League which earned her a spot in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Tommy Cuthbert All Star tournament where she finished in 3rd place.  In that tournament, she broke 80 for the first time shooting a 79 on her way to that 3rd place finish.  Her success has continued this fall as she has been the low medalist in all three of her high school matches with Beaufort High School.  She continued to shave strokes with a career low 77 and come away with a 2nd place finish in the Peggy Kirk Golf Southeast Series finale at the Wescott Plantation in North Charleston.
You can follow Izzy with the Beaufort High girls golf team.  Find their schedule at bhs.beaufortschools.net/athletics

Imagine walking into your new classroom on the first day of school without a backpack or school supplies.  Unfortunately, that’s a reality many children here in the Lowcountry would face if it weren’t for Operation Backpack.
Operation Backpack is an initiative of United Way of the Lowcountry Women United, providing children in need throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties with necessary school supplies to begin school.  Women United works with school social workers to identify students needing supplies who are not being served by another agency to help fill in the gaps.
This past month, Women United volunteers and members of the community packed more than 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies including everything from pencils and erasers to glue sticks and notebooks.  Each child in the program also received two school uniform shirts.
Many local businesses, churches, neighborhood groups, residents and community organizations donated supplies and funds to help expand this annual initiative, growing it from 600 backpacks last school year to more than a thousand this year.
Women United members say they are grateful for the generosity of all of those who donated to the cause and rolled up their sleeves to pack the backpacks and deliver them to the schools.
Learn more about Women United and how you can get involved at www.uwlowcountry.org or call 843.982.3040.