At the helm July 2020

At the Helm

Publisher Anuska Frey, S.C. Sen. Tom Davis and editor Carol Weir mask up.

Dear Reader

In July, the Lowcountry welcomes thousands of visitors who flock here for precious vacations with family and friends. Tourism is one of the largest job creators in the Lowcountry and we are grateful that so many families want to spend their time and money here. 

At Monthly, we love the looks on the faces of visiting adults and children when they first see all the beauty the Lowcountry has to offer, from the sunsets to the beaches and wildlife. Our features are full of suggestions for summer fun, from nature walks to aerial adventures to opportunities to adopt one of our resident or visiting bottlenose dolphins. In this issue, read about how this program helps fund dolphin research at USCB. 

A highlight this month is the Fourth of July. No other date on the calendar more strongly symbolizes all that our nation stands for, and the Lowcountry is a wonderful place to celebrate Independence Day. There will be no big fireworks celebrations this year, but the skies will be full of patriotism and power with the Salute from the Shore flyover. Read all about it inside.

The ideals of liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness for all are at the heart of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and we profile two young leaders from Bluffton who are trying to help the Lowcountry become known as a place of racial justice, safety and equal opportunity.

Another patriotic act everyone can do is wear a mask in public. Because people become infectious before exhibiting symptoms and some never have any of the common symptoms but still test positive for the coronavirus, facemasks are now being recommended by our local officials, national public health experts and the World Health Organization. 

Wearing a mask is about protecting your neighbor, not necessarily yourself. But if we do it universally, then we protect each other. We’re not sure how wearing a mask—or not—ever because associated with making a political statement, and we’re thankful to Sen. Tom Davis for promoting mask wearing in public. A Republican who represents Beaufort and Jasper counties in the South Carolina Senate, he helped bring the first free public coronavirus testing sites to Hilton Head Island last month.

To make sure you’re looking your best this summer behind your mask, check out our summer beauty book, where people you may recognize are transformed into the best versions of themselves.

We hope you keep Monthly on hand as you continue your summer adventures, and we thank you for sharing your lives with us.