Southern Snaps

Southern Revival – Lake City: New Life for a Small Town

Just a few years ago, Lake City looked like one of many sleepy former farm towns along the coastal plain. That’s because it was. Settled by Scots-Irish in 1736, the little hamlet was originally named Graham’s Crossroads for a farmer who owned the land around the country roads that intersected to connect Kingstree to Cheraw […]

Laura Herriott: Heritage & Hope (Wilma’s Cottage, Sandy Island)

Tucked between the Great Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers lies Sandy Island, a 9,000 acre island named for the prehistoric sand dunes that comprise much of this wildlife refuge and small community. Through a joint effort of the island’s residents, the Coastal Conservation League and SCDOT, the large undeveloped portion now belongs to the Nature […]

Behind the Scenes at Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

The holiday season brings many delights to our area, but one that has become a favorite tradition for locals and visitors is Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles (NOTC). For nine nights in December the beautiful gardens are transformed into a magical fairyland of a half a million lights, more than 5,000 hand lit […]

High Seas Adventure II: Same Song, Second Verse

Once again, it’s me – writing to you from the Deep Blue Sea. Sasee readers may recall a piece I wrote a few years ago recounting our travel adventures on a freighter ship and the grand time my husband, Howard, and I had exploring our way from Savannah to Australia and New Zealand by way […]

Sharon Wood: The Joy of an Ordinary Life

Just past her 50th birthday, Sharon Wood’s life is much like yours and mine. A lively and attractive mother and grandmother, Sharon operates her own organic pond maintenance business, Peaceful Ponds, and teaches yoga several days a week. The mother of six children ranging in age from 31 to 8, Sharon lives in a neat, […]

The Ultimate Road Trip: One Local Family’s Year off the Grid

Scott and Beth McNew’s friends and associates all agree: nobody saw it coming. “At first we were shocked,” their close friends Pete and Chris DeSantis confide as they recount Beth’s visit to their home to share her family’s plans to spend the next twelve months camping across North America. “The shock came not only from […]

Sandy Brown, Grand Strand Humane Society: A Voice for the Voiceless

According to statistics gathered by The Humane Society of the United States, three to four million animals are euthanized in shelters each year in this country. And, this may be a low number because facilities are not required to report and document these sad facts. Most of these animals are healthy, friendly dogs and cats […]

La Petite Goffinet: The Story of a Name

Many of us have names with ties that bind us to the past. We carry around the history of a barely remembered relative, the admired friend of a parent, maybe even a film star from another era. Few, however, tell a story like that of Goffinet Hutton McLaren who was named in tribute to a […]

Whitley Hamlin: Generations of Style

Every day, most women I know stand in front of an overflowing closet trying to decide what to wear. Sound familiar? And usually, according to Whitley Hamlin, wardrobe stylist and creator of the Queen City Style, it comes down to the same few outfits. That’s why she loves to purge. “If you’ve had something for […]

Living with Grace

By Connie Barnard

Living with Grace

Long Island in the Bahamas is a tiny string of land roughly 80 miles long and no more than four miles wide, an hour’s plane ride but a world away from its nearest neighbor, the boisterous resort center of Nassau. Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Atlantic and the silver blue of the Caribbean, […]

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