September 2019

Editor's Note: October 2019

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Nothing makes you think about home and what it means more than packing for the fourth consecutive hurricane evacuation in less than five years. What in the world do you pack into a suitcase or vehicle in the event your home gets destroyed by a “named storm?” It all becomes debilitating as you watch that cone of uncertainty shift yet again and wait for those weather updates. Thankfully, we dodged another bullet with Dorian, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those in the Bahamas dealing with unimaginable loss. It warms my heart to see so many in our local community (the CRAB group, Birdie James and Realtor Sara Smith were just a few I saw on Instagram) organize fundraisers, seemingly overnight, to benefit those affected.

Several years ago, the Outer Banks of North Carolina seemed to be particularly hard hit by a string of back-to-back hurricanes. I remember thinking, “Why don’t they leave? Just move somewhere else to escape all of that weather?” Four hurricane scares and two actual hits later (Matthew and Irma), I now know the answer: because they were home.

Those folks in North Carolina had built homes, and friendships, and families, and businesses in those neighborhoods. It’s not so easy to just pick up and go when your roots are deep. It’s easier to just rebuild and hope it doesn’t happen again.

This issue is dedicated to the home in every respect. Bluffton’s Mayor Lisa Sulka kicks off the issue with a note about how much she loves that Bluffton is her home now—as someone who came here from somewhere else (like most of us!). We feature beautiful homes from Ben Kennedy, H2 Builders and Josh Simpson. The Greenery shares gardening tips you may not have thought of, and Jay Rodriguez writes about all of the tech-friendly gadgets available to make your home as futuristic as the Jetsons’.

If you are a fan of the NBC show, This is Us, be sure to read our exclusive interview with actor Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel on the show. He shares some surprising truths about the financial side of being a famous actor and how his military experience helped shape who he is.

I would, of course, be remiss if I did not mention that this is the month to get out and enjoy all of our fall festivals. For a rundown on some of them, check out our monthly calendar in the last few pages of this issue.

Have a wonderful October!

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