The South End: Pawleys Island & Litchfield Beach

By Leslie Moore

The South End: Pawleys Island & Litchfield Beach

South Carolina’s leading lady! This month we tango with the oh-so-charming beauty that is the South End of the Grand Strand. To know her is to love her – the lovely captor of our own hearts, a hidden gem for many, but a serene treasure to all loyal residents and lifelong visitors.

Now we know the haunting tales and the legendary history behind the unspoiled shores of our beloved South End, but what is it that brings so many carefree, laid-back friends to our delightful stretch of silky sanded beaches? Here we highlight four Pawleys Island residents who joined the shoeless wave of the South End and who give back to the area that, through its beauty and kind community, gives us so much serenity, happiness and joy!


John Kaneday

John Kaneday

Where did you live before moving to Pawleys Island?

West Chester, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.

Tell us about your volunteer work.

I serve as President of the Board for Habitat for Humanity Georgetown; I teach beginning sailing to 8-14 year olds through the South Carolina Youth Sailing Program at the South Carolina Maritime Museum; I’m a team captain and do a wide variety of jobs for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, and I’m a Deacon at Murrells Inlet First Baptist Church. I do it because I’m lucky! I only volunteer for things I have a strong interest in.

What are your favorite things about your adopted home?

The beaches and the golf courses.

What is the one thing you must do on the South End?

Take a sunset walk with someone you really care about on the south end of Pawleys Island.

Please share your favorite fun and relaxing places in our area.

Ciao has the best pizza and The Hammock Shops have the best shopping. I love to relax at the Widows Roost at the Heritage Plantation’s Marina with a good book and my wife.

What inspires you to continue giving back?

I have been very fortunate my entire life…work was always rewarding. We have moved thirteen times over our forty-four years of marriage, and we always felt that volunteering in a new city was the best way to get to know the city as well as its people. Now I do it because there is a real need to get involved and maybe help make a difference in someone’s life. Watching a first time home owner at the closing party on their new Habitat home will melt your heart. Watching a child’s fear the first day of sailing class transform into confidence by the end of the week is priceless. I just like doing it!

Tell us one of your most rewarding experiences as a volunteer.

Definitely my work with Habitat for Humanity Georgetown – I enjoy seeing the pride of ownership on the faces of our Habitat home owners. They are not GIVEN anything other than a chance to own something they never thought possible – a home of their own. They provide 400 hours of sweat equity before their home is completed; we provide the land, labor, materials (often donated by local merchants) and a 30-year, no-interest loan. Come see for yourself!


Beth Eisenberg

Beth Eisenberg

Where did you live before moving to Pawleys Island?

My husband and I are transplants from New Jersey and live in Pawleys Island.

Tell us about your volunteer work.

When we first moved to Pawleys Island, I started volunteering in the office of Tidelands Community Hospice. As a long time secretary I wanted to put my skills to work assisting in the office. I have been volunteering for 16 years and last year was asked to work in the office part time on special projects, although I do occasional volunteer work in the office, at special events, such as their annual golf tournament, and for several years I decorated a Christmas tree for their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. In 2012 I learned about the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, and their need for volunteers to assist at the concert and fundraising events. Assisting the Volunteer Coordinator at that time, I used my secretarial skills in addition to volunteering at the concerts in the fall and the Low Country Garden Party held in April or May. In 2015 I increased my responsibilities and moved into the Volunteer Coordinator position. For 15 years I was a member of the Low Country Herb Society, serving as president, treasurer, membership co-chairperson and editor of their quarterly newsletter.

My husband and I have a classic ‘57 Thunderbird and are members of a ’55-‘57 Thunderbird Owners Group. For three years I served as secretary and newsletter editor, but now I only do the monthly newsletter. I also do small counted cross stitch projects for a group that uses the designs to make quilts for nursing homes which also counts under my relaxing time.

What is your favorite thing about your adopted home?

Even though in the past 17 years there has been a great deal of change in the Pawleys/Litchfield area, with the increase in traffic, building and changes in landscape, it still has a smaller community feel. The beach is just four miles from our front door, and I admit I don’t get there as often as I thought I would before moving down here.

What is the one thing you must do on the South End?

A visit to Hobcaw Barony is the first thing that comes to mind.

Please share your favorite fun and relaxing places in our area.

We are not big on going out to dinner on a regular basis. We really enjoy the quiet of home. For shopping, I always check out St. Christopher’s shop at the Litchfield Exchange. For relaxing, I like doing a bit of gardening, doing small counted cross stitch projects or getting a massage.

What inspires you to continue giving back?

The phrase told to me many years ago, “It is better to wear out than rust out.” I had stopped working a few years before my husband retired from his job. We enjoy traveling and continue to do as much as we want, but coming home is the greatest feeling. Being able to volunteer on a project or for a group gives a purpose to the day – I enjoy setting goals to accomplish the task, the opportunity for new learning experiences, and keeping the mind active.

Tell us one of your most rewarding experiences as a volunteer?

When patrons come up to us at the end of a Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art concert and say “Thank you for a great job!”


Joe Fee

Joe Fee

Where did you live before moving to Pawleys Island?

The suburbs of Washington, DC – Montgomery County.

Tell us about your volunteer work.

Every fall I volunteer for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art – good music, good people and an enjoyable pastime! Although a bit more unusual, I also volunteer for Amazing Journey – a program under the Georgetown County Sheriff’s department. Through this program, we offer guidance for participants who have served long-term jail time. They receive the opportunity for hands-on field training, and once a person completes the hours of training and satisfactorily passes all requirements, he or she will receive a certification in their chosen field. My role is more in communications. I help create brochures and write grant proposals. Why? Because I think this is a great idea, and I want to help.

What is your favorite thing about your adopted home?

Southern manners! I like the people here, they are very neighborly and a lot of them are involved in community things. I like that. Plus it is picturesque. My wife and I wanted to live near the water, and she enjoys golf – it was the perfect fit. And don’t forget the great restaurants!

What is the one thing you must do on the South End?

You have to go to “the island;” it is a beautiful beach and not crowded. And, sign yourself up for a fishing trip. One time, I took a few friends and family out on a guided fishing tour and although we did not catch any fish, it was a lot of fun and the guides were so friendly. You can talk to these guys – it’s just you, the guide and your friends or family – I like that.

Please share your favorite fun and relaxing places in our area.

Frank’s Outback is always a pleasant dining experience. And if I am in the mood for some friendly conversation in a fun atmosphere, I head to Bistro 217.

What inspires you to continue giving back?

I used to write grant proposals, and I really enjoyed that, it is what I wanted to do. When I learned of Amazing Journey, it was the perfect fit. Some people just love volunteering. And if you’re doing what you love and are a part of something you believe in, then you’re doing good for yourself too.

Tell us one of your most rewarding volunteer experiences.

Amazing Journey is a really great and smart idea. It always has really good results, and I wanted to be a part of it. I think this idea is important. These people serve their time, but are often not quite accepted once they return to their outside, everyday lives. This program believes in and offers second chances. I am enthusiastic, you might note, about what I am doing.


Gloria Mattox

Gloria Mattox

Where did you live before moving to Pawleys Island?

Virginia.

Tell us about your volunteer work.

At present, I volunteer for All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Bread of Life Kitchen and Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. The first two I help because they help needy animals and people. It’s somewhat self-serving because I benefit from doing it. I help with Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art because we are very fortunate to have something so wonderful in little Pawleys Island. If I had the stamina, I would work every night because it’s amazing entertainment and quite diverse.

What is your favorite thing about the South End?

The friendliness and the fact that there is so much to do here, like the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art.

For a new resident or visitor, what is the one thing you must do in Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach?

Get out and do and join all the wonderful activities that are available. Scour the media and you can be as busy as you want!

Please share your favorite fun and relaxing places in our area.

There are too many nice restaurants here to only choose one, as opposed to when I came here 24 years ago. The Market Common has some really nice eateries, but so does Pawleys Island. I am not much of a shopper anymore, but for relaxing, nothing can beat our beautiful beaches. It’s definitely a stress reliever to sit and look out at the ocean and the big world beyond…makes your problems seem smaller.

What inspires you to continue giving back?

Everyone has good and bad times, but we all should be grateful for what we have and try to make life better for others.

Tell us one your most rewarding experiences as a volunteer.

I love helping at the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Bread of Life Kitchen – recently I met the nicest man who was down on his luck – he had lost his job, his home and his family. We all encouraged him every time he came in – and eventually he did find a job with a temporary place to stay. I’ve never been rich and I’ve never been poor, but I like to do what I can to help.

There you have it friends! A “small town” on the south end of the Grand Strand, with a grace and enchanting lure that brings so many to its beautiful shores. Dancing waves and a shining sun illuminate serenity, happiness and wonderful memories to all who print their feet in the sand! Thank you to all who give back to the home that gives its residents so much!

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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