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JUNE 2011

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In this Issue

Spring Islander makes a difference
June Featured Listing
Nature Note
Fourth of July holiday festivities on Spring Island
Trips & Tours announces fall season
Photo: "Peek-a-boo" by Steve Smith, Spring Island member

Spring Island Resident Gives Back to Local Community

AMIkids equip their students with a broad range of skills that will help them become productive citizens.

When David House retired in 2006, his goal was to spend a third of his time volunteering and becoming involved in local community affairs. More specifically, he wanted to help change lives. Since moving to Spring Island, he says he has found "the most rewarding thing he's ever done in his life." Interestingly the opportunity presented itself in the historic town of Beaufort, just a short drive from here.

David discovered AMIkids Beaufort (formerly the Beaufort Marine Institute) with the help of fellow Spring Islander, Malcolm Goodridge. The Beaufort organization was started in 1985 by locals who saw the need for a way to help redirect kids referred by the juvenile justice system. It's a non-profit residential facility that provides a second chance for young men who would otherwise be sent to jail for non-violent offenses.There are fifty-six schools in the Southeast, four of them in South Carolina and one in Beaufort. AMIkids Beaufort currently has over thirty boys ranging from the ages of 14-17 in the program.

"Basically, it's a prison without walls," David explains. "These are kids in trouble for fighting, drugs, alcohol and petty theft, not hardened criminals. When they appear in court, the judge decides whether or not they have the potential to be rehabilitated. This program takes those kids who show potential and turns them into productive citizens."

AMI schools have teachers, classes, sports programs and other activities. Each participant's education begins once they enter the program and much of the instruction is one-on-one. Teamwork, integrity, leadership, ethics and honesty are an integral part of the program, which typically takes between four to six months to complete. These young men learn a broad range of skills by learning how to repair and maintain boats, performing community service and competing academically and athletically with other schools in the system.

Teachers and counselors provide instruction and mentoring, and the kids themselves play a large role in helping one another succeed. Rebellious kids are typically "broken-down" by their peers and then built back up through teamwork and personal achievement. As they progress through the program, they earn points which will eventually allow them to graduate.

The success rate is good. Over 73% of kids successfully complete the program and become responsible, productive citizens and 77% of AMIkids Beaufort graduates do not commit another crime. Higher success rates mean less crime in our communities.  In fact, many earn their GED and some go onto college.

David explains, "Last year, one kid graduated and returned to his home in Charleston. He finished his senior year of high school and has been accepted and offered scholarships to the Citadel and the University of South Carolina in Columbia."

A well known AMI success story is that of NFL linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Derek Thomas (Kansas City Chiefs). He graduated from an AMI school in Florida. Please click on the link to read more about his story:

Graduations are held monthly and can be quite a moving and emotional experience. For those who would like to become involved, fundraising, volunteering and donating are options. Annual events include a Shag event in the fall and croquet tournament each spring. The AMIkids Board is a working board made up of local community leaders. David concludes, "Serving on the board has been rewarding in many ways. I have met lots of great people who otherwise I would have never met. And most importantly, we are helping to change lives for the better."


Spring Island Realty Featured Listing




124 SID front 

Situated high on a bluff above Twin Pipes Pond, the rustic cottage at 124 Spring Island Drive has a spectacular view of both the pond and the distant salt marsh beyond. A beautifully landscaped freestanding formal garden graces the entrance of this 5.33 acre estate lot. Next to the cottage there is room to add a future main residence on this westward facing home site.

 The architecture of the cottage is purposely simple and reminiscent of an early 20th Century plantation farm building. The interiors are authentic: wide plank wood walls, wood burning brick fireplace, copper drain board, built-in shelving - all of which contribute to the home's rich warm feeling.

The master bedroom, with his and her closets and a full bath enjoys views of the pond. Double French doors give access to the rear porch which runs the entire width of the house. A comfortable guest bedroom has large windows, lots of light, painted wood floors, two closets and a bath.

An open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and exposed beams give the cottage an airy feeling. A small loft provides additional storage or accommodations for the athletically inclined. Several cabinets and a mud room off of the kitchen offer useful storage space. The large screened porch is an ideal place to entertain friends and family or simply relax on the porch swing and enjoy the view. 

Lot # 16

Bedrooms: 2

Full Baths: 2

Approximate Heated Sq. Ft.: 1,271

Lot Size: 5.33 acres

View: Pond/Marsh

Year Built: 1997

Architect: The Venable Group

Membership: Social


124 SID LR 


Metal roof

Wood burning brick fireplace

Vaulted ceiling

Formal private garden

Large screened porch

Built-in shelving

Exposed beams


Offered at $890,000 


 To view more photos of this beautiful home, please click here.

 For more listings, please click here. 



Fourth of July Festivities



Independence Day

Monday, July 4th


Parade down Oak Allée (Meet at the Stable at 3:00 p.m.)  Members and guests are encouraged to participate in the parade by decorating their golf carts or bicycles in the festive spirit.  Uncle Sam and his band will lead the way from the Stable to the Sports Complex, where the party continues.  If you do not participate in the parade, we would love to have you come out and cheer everyone on!


Bike Decorating Contest and Family Field GamesAfter the parade, meet under the trees by the playground area at Walker Landing for sack races, water relays and a water balloon toss. For reservations for field games call (843) 987-2003 by Friday, July 1st at 3 p.m. 


Cookout at the River House (4:30 Cocktails / Cookout to follow) The cost for the cookout is $19.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 10-13 and $5.95 for children ages 5-9. There is no charge for children under 4 years of age. Please call the River House or visit the members' website for reservations.


Flag Day Golf Tournament at Old Tabby Links
Please join us for this annual event. Members and guests of all handicap levels are encouraged to play.  Contact the golf shop to schedule your preferred starting time. The golf staff will also help you find a game if you need one. There will be men's and ladies' divisions. This is a play-at-your-leisure event, but, we do ask that you tee off before 1:00 p.m.



Spring Island Stables

Riding lessons for kids and trail rides for ages 14 and up (younger riders with prior approval) are being offered this summer. In order to accommodate the demand for rides, there is a one ride/lesson per person from June 28th through July 8th. There is a stand-by list for folks who want a second ride.


"Watermelon and Marshmallows" Night Check - Saturday, July 2nd (6 - 8 p.m.)  Every night, the Spring Island horses get a "night check" or last once-over from our barn staff. Members and guests are invited to these special Night Checks, in the form of a sunset BYOW(hatever) around the fire. Kids are especially welcome! Watermelon and marshmallow roasting sticks will be provided. Please call (866) 770-0400 or email for more information.



Camp Spring Island

Wednesday, June 29th - Friday, July 1st 

Camp Spring Island is an educational nature-based camp for kids ages 6 to 16 and is divided into three age groups: Camp I (ages 6-7), Camp II (ages 8-10) and Camp III (ages 11-15). Camp starts each morning at 9 a.m. The schedule for Camps I and II is from 9 a.m. until noon and snacks will be provided. Camp III goes all day, with lunch provided.Program highlights this year will include a shark fishing tournament and star gazing on Wednesday, June 29th. The next day, campers will gather vegetables from the community garden and catch their own shrimp with Tony Mills. Immediately following will be a cooking class with Chef Tony Gates. Each camper will learn to prep and cook a meal for four of their guests.






Nature Note

 Diamondback Terrapins

by Tony Mills

Tony Mills


If you were a coastal artist looking for a beautiful subject, you might look for one of our resident salt marsh reptiles, the diamondback terrapin. Terrapins have ornately patterned shells, light gray bodies dotted with contrasting black spots and a pleasing mug that would highlight any canvas. These turtles occur from Cape Cod, Massachusetts down the entire eastern seaboard, around the Florida peninsula and across the Gulf Coast to Texas. As full-time inhabitants of the salt marsh ecosystem, terrapins are the only turtle species in the U.S. that live in the brackish water zone between fresh water habitats and the ocean. Diamondback terrapins feed on a variety of crustaceans, fish, insects, and mollusks. In South Carolina, the most common item in the terrapin diet is the periwinkle (salt marsh snail). I get the impression from captive specimens that shrimp and fiddler crabs are probably preferred but much harder to capture. At high tide, turtles often leave the tidal creeks to feed in the Spartina marsh.


Mature female diamondbacks are almost twice the size of mature males, with females having disproportionately larger heads. They likely feed on larger food items than males, like larger crabs and mollusks. Females also reach maturity at a later age (seven years old compared to four years for males). These amazing turtles may live for more than 40 years in the wild,


Terrapins spend most of their time in the water and only come onto land to bask or lay eggs. Diamondback terrapins breed in the water, in the early spring. In the late spring and early summer, females will lay 4-18 eggs in the sand above the high tide line. The inch-long babies hatch about two and a half months later but don't emerge from the nest until the following spring.


In the late 1800's and early 1900's, diamondback terrapins were considered a delicacy. Terrapin soup was served in many of the finer restaurants on the east coast. The over-harvesting of these turtles for such haute cuisine led to a major decline in terrapin numbers. Once terrapins were no longer harvested on such a large scale, many populations had opportunities to recover. However, the diamondback terrapin now faces significant new threats, including estuarine pollution, highway mortality and drowning in commercial and recreational crab traps. Turtle excluder devices are available for crab traps. These devices will keep adult terrapins out of your trap and minimize accidental drowning.


Tony Mills is the Director of Education for the LowCountry Institute. To find out more, click here.


Trips & Tours Announces Fall Season Schedule

Trips and Tours
A memorable trip to Le Conte in 2010.


The Spring Island Trust Trips and Tours Committee has announced next season's program. The objective of the program is to provide a wide range of experiences and this year the program will include both perennial favorites and exciting new off-island excursions.

Aiken Steeplechase Fall Weekend (Saturday, October 29, 2011)

Come join us for a day in Aiken, SC for the fall Steeplechase and tour the charming town of Aiken. Our group will depart from Spring Island at 8:00 a.m. and travel by bus to Aiken for a private trolley tour of this quaint town with a rich equestrian tradition. Next is a short drive to the site of the Aiken Steeplechase. We will have access to a party tent and reserved rail-side space where we can watch the carriage parade and the day's six races. A catered lunch will be provided and you will be able to walk the grounds, see the tailgating festivities, and the annual hat contest. We will return to Spring Island following the final race at 3:30 PM.

Cooking Class:  Low Country Cuisine (Tuesday, November 15, 2011)

Come join Executive Chef Tony Gates and his staff for a Low Country culinary adventure.  Class participants will gather in the kitchen of the River House for demonstrations and lectures. We'll observe the preparation of an appetizer, two main courses, and a dessert using local ingredients.  Chef Tony will share information on locally grown foods, community supported agriculture farms in our area and the creative recipes used in the class. Cocktails, hors d'oeurves and the dinner created in class will be served in the River House.

Parris Island Morning Colors and Graduation Ceremonies (November, 2011 - exact date TBD)

Join us for another memorable trip to Parris Island.  We will depart at 8:00 AM and travel by bus to Parris Island where graduation exercises begin at 9:00.  This moving ceremony is a "must see" for members and visiting guests.  Following the graduation ceremony, we'll have a guided tour of the Marine Corp facilities and visit the Marine Museum.  After lunch on base at the Officers Club, we'll return to Spring Island.

 Kensington/Columbia Architectural Tour (December 2, 2011)

We'll travel to Columbia by bus, where an art expert will give us some background before our first stop at the Columbia Art Museum. A docent will provide a private tour of the exhibit NATURE AND THE GRAND AMERICAN VISION: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters. Our next stop will be the beautiful Columbia State House, built in the Greek Revival style. Lunch will be at the private Summit Club overlooking Columbia. (The Club has a 'no denim, no tennis shoes' dress code.) After lunch our bus driver will take us to Eastover, SC for a guided tour of Kensington Mansion, built circa 1854 in the Italianate Revival style by Mathew Singleton, one of the wealthiest landowners in the area.

Members, please click here to contact Lisa Gravil for more information or to sign-up for these events. If you are not a Spring Island member but are interested in learning more about the Trips and Tours program, please email us at 

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