Local craftsmen work with their hands, head and heart.
Finally, October has arrived. For locals like me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The crisp autumn air, the warm smell of pumpkins spice, the opportunity to wear long sleeves again — it all puts me in such a great mood and gets my creative juices flowing.
In this issue, we feature some of the most creative among us — the artisans, craftsmen and creators who make things using local materials.
According to a recent survey, our readers value quality over quantity, hand-crafted over mass-produced and local over imported. Unfortunately, many local crafters suffer from a serious lack of exposure. They create wonderful products, yet many of us don’t realize they exist.
LOCAL Life and Hargray’s “Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards” hope to change that. We invited six local experts to judge the best locally made products in six categories — food, drink, home, style, crafts and art. With more than 80 qualified entries, it wasn’t an easy task. Each judge picked a winner for his or her category, then all of the category winners were evaluated to determine the grand-prize winner.
The prize package included exactly what a small local business needs — exposure. Find the winning product on the cover of this issue and learn about the woman who created it on page 80, along with all of the other winning products from each category. The winner also gets advertising and promotions, professional photography and videography, potential additional distribution and more.
Since we received so many fantastic entries, we created a handy “Crafted in the Lowcountry Gift Guide” with our favorites. Browse all of the locally made items starting on page 88, then scan the QR code for direct links to purchase.
This issue also includes several articles related to the upcoming Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. Meet a few locals behind the scenes and learn about all of the amazing events and exhibits that Lindsey Harrell and her team have planned for the Island’s second-largest event.
Like the RBC Heritage (April 11-17) and the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival (Feb. 21-28), the Concours (Nov. 5-7) is a must-attend event for locals. I hope you make the most of this wonderful month as we reflect on the fun summer that was and look ahead to the holidays. Have an amazing October and a fabulous fall!
“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” -Johannes Brahms, composer
Need for seed
Looking for the perfect way to use those Jack-o-Lantern leftovers? Try my favorite no-fail method for roasting pumpkin seeds with spices. The larger carving pumpkins yield the best seeds.
Roasted pumpkin seeds
 Carve your pumpkins and separate the seeds. Let seeds air dry.  Spread seeds on a well-oiled baking sheet and roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Toss with olive oil and salt. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.  Mix your seeds with your favorite spices and enjoy. Get creative with it. I like salt, Italian spices and Parmesan cheese. Another winning combination is smoked paprika and a little cumin. If you’re looking for barbecue flavor, try brown sugar, chipotle chili powder, and cumin.