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Dear Reader

anuskanovThanksgiving offers us an opportunity to reflect. This has been a trying year, one filled with unexpected challenges that we have endured together.

The Monthly team is grateful for our business partners and loyal readers.

We don’t take for granted our responsibility as the “Voice of the Lowcountry,” and we are thankful we can share the area’s most compelling stories with you.

anuska octDear Reader 

The cool autumn air is here but unfortunately this year we will miss out on many fall festivals. But there are plenty of Lowcountry stories to talk about. 

As we continue to recognize our 35th anniversary, we also celebrate those who have made a difference in our area for decades.  

This month, we are all revved up to highlight some of the area’s classic car collectors and spotlight people making an impact in our communities.

We also feature the Lowcountry’s Leading Men with stories that showcase the hard work and ingenuity that helps them succeed. 

anuska septDear Reader

It is a time of celebration and change at Monthly magazine. We are excited to celebrate our 35th anniversary, and this month we introduce a new look.

As we constantly strive to give our readers a fresh perspective on the happenings in the Lowcountry, we offer a crisp and striking redesign that is refined and visually engaging.

anuska aug2Dear Reader,

When we put the finishing touches on our August issue, we did so with a great sense of appreciation for those we hold dear to our hearts.

We lost a great humanitarian last month when Dr. Rick Vanderslice lost his two-year battle with cancer. Rick was passionate in everything he did, from fishing to hiking to helping others. His altruism will be missed, but never forgotten. Inside you can read about his life and legacy.

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. 

While respecting social distancing, publisher Anuska Frey and editor Carol Weir celebrated seeing each other again after eight weeks of working from home.

Dear Reader

When we sent our June issue to the printer, the Monthly team was working remotely—but like the rest of the Lowcountry, beginning to venture out in the world as it reopened. As restrictions have been lifted and visitors arrive to enjoy their summer vacations, we feel relief that our local economy is up and running again and hope that we can move about safely.

anuska carolThe pandemic has upset our country’s norms, disrupted our daily lives. But it also brings great faith: We know this, too, shall pass, and it’s been a reminder that if we have our health and our loved ones — friends, family and community — then life is good. And if we are sick or in need, these same people are there to comfort and care for us. The outpouring of support we’ve seen during the pandemic has only strengthened our resolve to continue to keep the community connected.


You might have recently heard about plans for the acquisition and expansion of the facilities at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, as well as a collaborative arrangement with the University of South Carolina Beaufort to locate its new production design major at the arts center campus.

While the discussions are still in the early stages, there will be no changes to the arts center’s organization, mission or role; we will still focus on education, community outreach and staging performing arts productions in our current facility. The plans include the sale, improvement and development of the arts center’s 4.6-acre campus to broaden its use by USCB and the island arts community, as well as where the arts center will continue to operate.

anuska carol marchDear Reader,

Spring is here with its insistence on new life, renewal and hope. At Monthly, we are full of energy and embracing this gorgeous season.

Check out our “The Essential South” section for articles that explore the cultural traditions, food, entrepreneurs and more that make this part of the country special. Have you ever heard a Southern expression and weren’t sure what it meant? No worries, Barry Kaufman offers a guide to some of the basics of Southern slang. You’ll be fixin’ to try out some of the sayings in no time.

Dear Reader,

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”

While reading about love and thinking about Valentine’s Day, we happened upon this quote by 19th-century French author Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, who wrote under the pseudonym George Sand. At Monthly, we agree: Nothing compares to love — not money, intelligence, good looks or fame.