“South Carolina’s Lowcountry is a place of endless stories that rise up when least expected.” Patricia Branning
Your response to the Shrimp, Collards and Grits Series on our Southern Lifestyle was one of those incredible, unexpected and amazing surprises. The series represents my love for this region, its people and culture, and evokes a sense of history and timelessness rooted in love and memory. So much more than a playground for tourists, ours is a place that echoes on in the hearts of all who have experienced it.
If you want to fall head over heels in love with the coastal South, boil some peanuts, pour a tall glass of sweet tea, pull up a front porch rocker, grab your copy of Shrimp Collards and Grits and relax while I spin bushels of stories and delve deep into Lowcountry lore while we serve up stunning art and photography.
Our beloved sea islands always inspire with waters that sparkle and enchant, cozy harbors, dunned beaches, inland secluded ponds, stately antebellum homes and a sun that shines brightly and often. For this is a region steeped in history and folklore with magical powers that will keep you coming back for more. But our seersucker suits, grits and gravy will not sustain the legacy of the South anymore than our beloved mint juleps. To be relevant, we must contribute something of genuine importance to this nation. May each issue with its collection of art, stories and photography give you a glimpse of life below the Mason Dixon line and help preserve this extraordinary region for the generations who come after us.
We acknowledge the full range of writers and people who contribute to the cultural collective that we seek to celebrate and explore. We look not solely through the lens of elitism and wealth, but through the eyes of spirited lesser heralded men and women who fight battles every day to bring us the lifestyle we know and enjoy.
My heartfelt appreciation goes to the artists, and photographers, who warm the pages of my books with their masterful work and for all who share their love and cherished experiences and memories. When the romantic bubble bursts, I believe the real South will be left standing tall in the pages of Shrimp, Collards and Grits.
Artwork by Paula Holtzclaw