Judging by the azelea blooms all over town, spring's finally here (can we say for good without jinxing it?). We figure you've probably been out enjoying the sunshine more than you've been reading our stories. We'll let it slide, just this once. Here's your chance to catch up.
A helping hand for mothers-to-be. When a pregnant woman needs support and guidance, she can turn to a doula. No, that's not some foreign language. A doula is a non-medical birthing coach who can help moms when they are pregnant, during labor and after they give birth. There are about a dozen in Beaufort County, and they help mothers come up with a birthing plan and stick to it -- or change it if need be. Beaufort County moms say their presence can be calming, and they can help them make decisions during labor that would otherwise be difficult. Read more about local doulas.
You missed the dance, but you can still find out the story behind Hilton Head Dance Theatre's production of "Terpsichore." That's Greek for the muse of dance. Jamal Edwards, who started dance at the late age of 13, was trained at Dance Theatre. When Edwards is teaching classes, he tends to stand out -- and not just because he's often the sole ballerino in a room full of ballerinas. He's quick to smile and laugh and moves with more than a measure of flexibility and grace. "Terpsichore" gave Edwards his debut as a choreographer. He choreographed a dance called "For Me, For Them, For Us" that dancers from Columbia City Ballet performed. Find out more about how he blends ballet, jazz, hip hop and his own style into his work.
A wedding like no other. Four hundred years ago, there was a wedding unlike any before it. Pocahontas married John Rolfe in what was considered to be the first interracial marriage in America. This year, Historic Jamestowne and Colonial Williamsburg are celebrating the quadricentennial of the event. A Hilton Head Island woman, Joyce Herkner, spent quite a lot of time helping to commemorate the event. Herkner, who owns a commercial embroidery business, travelled to Historic Jamestowne to help recreate the wedding jacket Pocahontas wore. The intricate, hand-embroidered work took about 1,200 hours to create. Read more about it and see a video of the work in progress.
A bright light among newcomers. Heard of The Lone Bellow yet? Well, if you haven't, you want to. Trust us. The group, which is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., but has its roots in the South, played the Savannah Music Festival, where they brought audiences to their feet with their gospel-style harmonies and soulful playing. Guess what? You've got another chance to catch them. The Lone Bellow will be at the Dig South Interactive Festival in Charleston this week. Find out more about how they approach a live show and what they think about those comparisons to Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.
Throwback Sunday...just roll with it. Amos Lee's album "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song" isn't as sad as it sounds. The University of South Carolina graduate's musings on life and love on his fifth studio album have a bit of country vibe to them at times, but Lee said his sound depends on the song. Lee's back in the area with a show at the Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah this week, and it's more than likely he'll play some of his newer songs along with hits from "Sweet Pea," "Arms of a Woman," and the 2011 chart-topping album "Mission Bell." If you decide after reading our interview with him from a few months ago that this is the show for you, you can still get tickets.