Letter from the Editor: A Family Affair

By Leslie Moore

Letter from the Editor

We continue our journey through the Grand Strand this month with a stop in Murrells Inlet, a little piece of heaven on earth. In my late teens and early 20’s I lived in the Inlet, and worked for Maxine Oliver Hawkins at Oliver’s Lodge in Murrells Inlet, waiting on tables. It was a demanding job, with long hours of hard work, but I mostly remember how much fun we had. At that time, Oliver’s Lodge was Murrells Inlet’s oldest seafood restaurant, and in the summer, lines of hungry people would form around the building. By the time we opened at 4 pm, every table was full – and stayed that way until closing time. The hard working kitchen staff made thousands of corndodgers by hand each night that were put in baskets with homemade honey butter on every table to be eaten with some of the most delicious seafood I have ever tasted. Delivered fresh daily, you could order your meal broiled, but lightly battered and deep fried, along with homemade tartar sauce made with Maxine’s secret recipe that was, by far, the best choice. Writer Mickey Spillane and his wife, Jane, were regular customers and friends, and would hang out at the back table with Maxine, along with a continuous stream of interesting Murrells Inlet locals. I fell in love with Murrells Inlet then and still feel a sense of connection, of coming home, in this small, picturesque village. Much has changed since then; Oliver’s Lodge is now a private home, and the area has seen tremendous growth and development, but the beauty of the Inlet remains.

I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together! If you have your own “Murrells Inlet story,” please share it with us by posting on our Facebook page or sending it to me at lmoore@strandmedia.com.

To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow - this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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