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The Charleston Wind by Carolyn Bishop-McLeod

The Charleston Wind Carolyn Bishop-McLeod April 2015 Her purpose is to break you. Her purpose is to mend you. In September her goal is quite obvious. She blatantly uses her minions, like Hugo, David, and Floyd, to push aside everything in her path. But in April, she is subtle and unpredictable. One day she shares […]

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Soon to be released….all that is possible. Your amazing journey April 11-18, 2018

Stand by as we put the finishing touches on the spring line up for SSAC retreat 2018. Teasers? Visit the studio of Bill Long, furniture maker and artist. Discover your spirit animal, learn more about pollinator gardens, Bach flowers and leaded glass. Make stuff, do stuff, be fulfilled. Become inspired. Last years prices until 12/31/17. Check […]

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Author’s reading: Book Passage 7.9.17 Bren McClain

Sunday July 9th- 4-6pm Hosted by Souther Sample Artist Colony (SSAC) & Centerpiece Philanthropic. Time to gather! Bren McClain will be reading from her new book, “One Good Mama Bone”.  Snack and sips. Come be with us- The company is everything! Thanks to Book Passage  and Catherine Pyke of Centerpiece for their generous support.

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Retreat Schedule April 5-12 2017

  Wednesday, April 5     Continental breakfast from the farm & pantry   10-11am Yoga (optional, but recommended) Mirabai 11:15-12:45 Free time, lunch on your own   1:00-4:30 Workshop Intro/Welcome Mary Brent Cantarutti   Picture Book Presentation Cathleen O’Brien   Intro To Gullah Sharon Cooper-Murray   Stirring the Spirit   4:45-5:15 Break   5:30 […]

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Pearl Fryar’s Garden

Pearl Fryar’s Garden Martha Dabbs Greenway The first time I visited Pearl Fryar’s garden is a story in itself. It was in early spring when my friend Myra and I decided to drive the twenty-five miles from Sumter, South Carolina, over to Bishopville. I wanted to find this fabulous topiary garden I had read about […]

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Good or Bad Death by Laurie Raucher

Good or Bad Death by Laurie Raucher I’m wondering after being in the South, to be exact the lowlands of South Carolina where 18 feet above sea level is considered a mountain of high ground, whether or not I’m going to die a good or bad death. (more…)

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Silhouetted sunset view of the towering steeple of the St. Phillip's Episcopal Church and city skyline in downtown Charleston, SC on Friday, February 27, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

“Crazy About the South” by Robin T. Murphy

Crazy About the South by Robyn T. Murphy There’s the way you just eat cream with some grits and shrimp as a bonus; and deep fried everything, without apology and without shame. The way you can get snockered on gin and sugar but feel refined if you just wear a wide brimmed hat. And there […]

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Sullivan’s Island Bucket List by Toni Carreiro

Sullivan’s Island Bucket List by Toni Carreiro In April 2013, I made my first visit to South Carolina with the Southern Sampler Artists Colony (SSAC). A small group of writers and artists, we were participants in the annual Southern Sampler Artists Colony workshop, our residence was a rambling, turn-of-the-century beach house on Sullivan’s Island. Shortly […]

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Folly Beach

We Southern Samplers just fell in love with Folly! Folly Beach, that is, located eleven miles from Charleston and known locally as “The Edge of America.” It was the tenth SSAC Writers Workshop—the seventh in Charleston—but this was the first time we stayed at Folly. (more…)

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Angel of the Battlefield by Sarah Wilcox

Angel of the Battlefield by Sarah Wilcox Clara Cox pulled her thin woolen cloak tighter and peered through the flap of the medic’s tent to see the small cluster of soldiers waiting for her ministrations. What had happened to the balmy winds blowing across Charleston Harbor? The chill winds blew the palmettos noisily. She was […]

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