Been a bit busy lately? Then you might have missed what we've been up to in Lowcountry Life. Don't worry, we'll catch you up.
The beat goes on. Think you've missed out on the Savannah Music Festival this year? Think again. There's still a lot of shows left before the festival wraps up on April 5. You could catch something you've never (or rarely) heard before, such as mandolinist Avi Avital, or catch a band that The New York Times called a "best-kept secret," The Becca Stevens Band. (For details and tickets for those shows and more, click here.) If you want to catch up on what you've missed, look no further than our blog, Currently Playing. Reporter Erin Shaw learned about qawwali (it's devotional Sufi music, and it's really cool); tried her hand at naming that tune when Gershwin met Beethoven in a live Piano Puzzler; checked out a collaborative show that featured guitarists JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard and Luther Dickinson; was wowed by Brooklyn-based The Lone Bellows' Appalachian Mountain sound; and caught a man proposing marriage to Seth Avett at the Avett Brothers' second concert (Seth said yes).
Surgeons could learn something from sailors. Turns out the best way for surgeons to tie off blood vessels is a sailing knot, a Hilton Head Island resident has discovered. Alan Grogono, a retired anesthesiologist, has more than a passing interest in knots: he runs a website devoted to tutorials for tying knots. His interest started when he was a boy growing up in England; his father had a passion for sailing and taught knots to his sons. A veterinary surgeon found Grogono's website, and the two started talking about a way to lessen the risk of internal bleeding when spaying a dog. They found it in the constrictor knot, and their study was published in "The Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons" this month.
An 'Idol' visit. Guess who came to town? OK, we kind of gave it away. Candice Glover, St. Helena Island native and "American Idol" winner, came to Beaufort Saturday. Fans who wanted to be one of the 1,000 or so to meet her and get her autograph lined up at 7 a.m. at Walmart, where the album signing for her first album, "Music Speaks," was held that afternoon. A handful of fans also met her at a meet and greet earlier that day, where Candice talked a bit about life post-album release and coming to visit Beaufort, which she said is "surreal." Young fans were happy to see the "Idol" winner: "She's very nice," 10-year-old Lilly Vergara said. "...She always answers everyone's questions."
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They wanted to do more. When Hilton Head Island brothers Joshua and Justin Williams volunteered at a food pantry through their school, they were a bit surprised at what they saw. "I learned a lot of people need (the food)," Joshua, who is in eighth grade, said. "I didn't think that many people were poor here." The Williams twins wanted to do more than just help every now and then. So they started their own food pantry. They went door to door, asking their neighbors to donate what they could. As the collection grew, the family's basement became a storage space. The boys put up shelves and organized all the food -- keeping an inventory so they know when they might run out of something. They donate all the items to the soup kitchen at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church.
When I was a kidâ€¦ Experiencing nostalgia for the times when kids played outside every time your child won't look up from his or her phone while you're talking? You're not the only parent doing that. Between TVs, computers, cellphones and tablets, it's easy for kids to spend hours upon hours plugged in and staring at a screen. The thing is, in a lot of ways, some of this tech time is good. Electronics can be powerful tools for learning and can strengthen skills kids will need in the future (technology is only going to get more and more important, right?). Local parents and doctors shared some tips on how curb children's use of electronics, especially when they're young, and talked about what the longterm effects of such regular use could be.