Sallie Ann Robinson recalls a simpler time on Daufuskie Island, when families farmed and fished to earn a living and she and other children were taught in a two-room schoolhouse by soon-to-befamous novelist Pat Conroy.


Which is mightier, the pencil or the pen? Two Lowcountry collectors find joy in putting ink — or lead — to paper.

In the days of the ever-present keyboard, a few who write or draw still enjoy the feel and appearance of a well-made pen or pencil — and they’re willing to pay for it.

In some form or another, sea turtles have flourished in the world’s oceans for millions of years. Today, these ancient mariners are on the brink of extinction. All sea turtles in U.S. waters are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Poachers slaughter sea turtles for their shells, meat, skin and eggs. The turtles also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing nets. Climate change alters sand temperatures at turtle nesting sites, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. 

Take some of the world’s finest wines, add the island’s best cuisine and throw in a couple of celebrities: that’s the winning combination you’ll find at the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival. The festival, now in its 32nd year, is set for March 8-12 and draws wine and food lovers from all over the country. Festival president Tom Hines offers a look at what guests can expect at this year’s event. 

The Gerlock Chair from the J. Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture was recently featured in Interior Design Magazine’s Fall Market Tabloid. The J. Banks Collection is a line of casegood and upholstery pieces designed by J. Banks president and founder Joni Vanderslice. Inspired through project and personal travel, Vanderslice continuously designs J Banks Collection upholstery pieces that are comfortable, functional and timeless and meant to be utilized in both contemporary and traditional settings, as well as residential and hospitality venues. The J. Banks Collection also extends into a casegood line through Abner Henry Fine Furnishings and a textile collection with Kravet.

Randy Dolyniuk slaloms once a year just to remind himself that he’s not getting any older. The 62-year-old grandson of North Dakota homesteaders and graduate of the University of Georgia wakes at dawn, jogs a couple of miles and lifts weights. His good habits extend to the way he cares for his family and community, including raising four children with his wife of 30 years, Laura.

Growing up, Matt Charest always wanted to be around water.

The attraction was so great that it pulled him from a small town in Vermont to the Maine Maritime Academy, where he pursued a degree in marine engineering.

Front row, from left: Renee Young, Xavier Major, Lania Frazer, Makel Lopez, Juan Lopez. Second row: Jerome Young, Harold Young Jr., Mary Young, Kendyll Miller, Harold Young Sr., Ida Mae Washington, Leon Young. Back row: Jada Rivers, Elizabeth Young, Jarmaine Miller, James Washington Jr., Alfred Young Jr., Jaquan Rivers, Jeron Rivers, Ethel Lee Young, Ania Frazer, Shania Young

Shellie WestShellie West, founder and CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, helped put Bluffton on the map for businesses.

If there’s one thing you can say about Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce founder Shellie West, it is this: she has vision. She first thought of creating something akin to the chamber 17 years ago.

In a record-setting sweep of awards, a total of 35 Court Atkins Group home designs received recognition at the 17th annual LightHouse Awards ceremony, conducted by the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association. The awards were presented to the architectural firm’s homebuilder partners, whose submissions competed in both custom and remodel categories.