June 2015: Editor's Note
Author: Maggie Washo
We held a Facebook photo contest last month, which had me uploading daddy photos for about two solid weeks. This paternal overload, coupled with watching several friends who have recently had babies, has me thinking about fathers in general, but more specifically how important it is that they are around for their wives and children. The family unit has been in decline for some time now—this certainly isn’t a news flash to anyone. When people want to blame the schools and teachers for children failing at life, I shake my head in wonderment. Teachers shouldn’t be raising children and teaching them right from wrong. That falls under the category of “parenting.” So to all of you fathers out there who are devoting time to your children, I salute you for being a good dad. The investment will pay dividends later in life when you have a healthy, happy, emotionally secure child who knows how to get and give love. For a bevy of estrogen-inducing photos of local dads and their brood, flip on over to page 28 of this issue. And congrats to Julio and Lukas Masskooni, who won our contest (and a $250 gift certificate to Lowes!) with over 600 likes for their photo. Please excuse the baby nudity.
This issue also includes our second Bridal Section of the year. Instead of covering gowns and actual weddings (don’t worry—we’ll do that again in January), we focused on giving a wide range of advice to the new couple from people who have spent a few years in the trenches and know how to stay married. After all, the party lasts a day—the marriage is for a lifetime. For spectacular advice on building a relationship with the other woman in your soon-to-be husband’s life, take a gander at page 65.
This issue also features some familiar faces from previous years. Beloved Hilton Head Prep Drama Teacher and Bachelor of the Year alumnus Ben Wolfe is back in town with the Savannah Summer Theatre Institute for talented young thespians. You can see the fruits of his labor come to fruition when his young cast presents Big Fish at the VPAC (or whatever they are calling it these days) from June 26-July 3. See page 108 for more about that.
Local musician Sara Burns is also back in the mag this month in a musical collaboration with Taylor Kent, winner of last month’s “CH2 Rocks the Triangle” contest. Learn more about these ladies by reading Courtney Hampson’s “Gypsy Bleu’s,” illustrated with stunning photos by Krisztian Lonyai. You can catch the Gypsy Bleu’s, performing live at Hudson’s on the Docks, every Wednesday evening in June and July.
Well, that’s about all I have to say. Have a wonderful June; and this month, I challenge you to do something you’ve never done before. It will make for great conversation at your next BBQ.
PUBLISHER /EDITOR IN CHIEF