March 2019

March 2019 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo

Whenever I walk into a school, I feel re-energized. There’s just something wonderful about being around young people and their bright-eyed optimism. Just about anything is possible at that age—the world is their oyster. The challenge for teachers, parents and mentors is to gently observe and encourage those natural talents. This month’s issue had us visiting Red Cedar Elementary, where community volunteers are helping fifth graders do just that with the publication of a school newspaper. Read all about the future of journalism in Laura Jacobi’s story on page 117.

While we are on the subject of newspapers, I must thank The Island Packet’s David Lauderdale for taking the time to chat with Barry Kaufman in our March installment of Five Drinks.
Lauderdale will serve as grand marshal for Hilton Head Island’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will happen rain or shine on Sunday, March 17. The two men chatted over beers at Reilley’s Grill and Bar, and the topics ran the gamut. To find out which animal Lauderdale would banish from the island (like St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland), read the story on page 27.

Our travels this month also took us to the Whiskey Room at CharBar, Hilton Head Island’s newest (only?) speakeasy. The cocktails were truly inventive, and the light bites were delicious. I can see this lounge being a hot spot after the RBC Heritage this year, so go enjoy it now before everyone knows about it.

Ten years ago, I walked into an interview with a graphic designer who was applying for a position with CH2 & CB2. I remember that it was ridiculously hot outside, the lady applying for the job had wild curly hair, and the design she had come up with for a sample layout was brilliant. We hired her that day, and so began a decade spent being creative with our current art director, Catherine Davies. It was with tears in her eyes that she told me she was moving to Savannah to start a life (and a new position with SCAD) with her fiancée Ed Colby. We wish Catherine all the best in her new adventure, and although we will miss seeing her on a daily basis in this office, you will still see her creativity in these pages as she continues to design from a distance. Isn’t technology grand?

Don’t forget to turn those clocks forward March 10. I, for one, am very excited about the extra daylight headed our way. So ready for spring—bring on the festivals!

Until next month,

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