The Anchorage 1770, Beaufort, South Carolina

Name the Cottage Contest Part 4 - The Finalist and Our JudgesFamilyAdventures

The “Name the Cottage Contest” quietly ended on Friday May 15th. We are blown away with the enthusiasm and response from our followers! We have had approximately 1,000 entries! Our next step was to decide on the five finalist that will be presented to our panel of judges who will choose our winner. In the case of duplicate entries we used the earliest date for the duplicate entry.

The 5 finalist are as follows:

1. The Somerset by Juli-Ann Morgan

The name comes from Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort from which the town of Beaufort was named in 1711.

2. The Sans Souci by Giffney Nagel

Sans Souci (pronounced Sahn Soo-see) is French for care free or no worries. There is a city called Sans Souci in SC and one in Miami, FL. Amy’s family is originally from Miami and Frank’s family is descended from France to South Carolina.  In the case of the Miami Sans Souci, it is the last town in North Miami before crossing over the bridge into Miami Beach.  

3. Eight Bells Cottage by Gary Holt

The sounding of ship's bell is well rooted in the history and tradition of the maritime industry. The bell marked time onboard and divided the day into shifts or “watches" for the crew. At the end of the last shift, the end of the last watch, eight bells rang out – Eight Bells and All is Well. A sailor's time for rest.

4. The Kellet by Kristina B. Keith

A kellet is heavy weight, rigged with a shackle and a recovery line to slide part way down the anchor rode in order to improve the holding power of the anchor, and to reduce some of the shock of pitching in heavy seas. In a crowded anchorage, a kellet may be used to allow a shortened rode thereby reducing the turning circle of an anchored boat.

5. The Bette by Christy DuBois Falco

According to Urban Dictionary, the term Betty refers to a hot babe. One that is attractive, stylish and self confident. A Betty is typically a looker. We have slightly modified the spelling because Bette (pronounced Betty) is Amy’s mother’s name.

Our panel of judges includes:

- Author and Lowcountry Icon Pat Conroy
- Country Music Star Kristian Bush of Grammy Award Winning Duo Sugarland
- World Renowned Interior Designer Phoebe Howard; and
- Vineyard Vines Co-Founder Ian Murray

We love the passion and creativity that all of these friends have contributed to our lives over the years. We will now let them review the 5 final names and post the winners next week. Stay tuned!

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, born in Atlanta in 1945, was the first of seven children of a young career military officer from Chicago and a Southern beauty from Alabama, to whom Pat often credits for his love of language. The Conroys moved frequently to military bases throughout the South, with Conroy eventually attending The Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, where, as a student, he published his first book, The Boo, a tribute to a beloved teacher. Following graduation, Conroy taught English in Beaufort, where he met and married a young mother of two children who had been widowed during the Vietnam War.

He soon took a job teaching underprivileged children in a one-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina shore but, after a year, was fired for his unconventional teaching practices – such as his refusal to allow corporal punishment of his students – and for his personal differences with the school's administration. Conroy was never to teach again but he evened the score by exposing the racism and appalling conditions his students endured with the publication of a memoir, The Water is Wide published in 1972. The book won Conroy a humanitarian award from the National Education Association and was made into the feature film Conrack.

As noted in Southern Living, from that beginning to The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides and several more wonderful books, “Pat's works defined his geography as a national treasure, and the power of his words lured thousands of readers to visit.”

Kristian Bush

Kristian Bush has a voice. And after more than a dozen years as the creative yet largely silent force behind Sugarland —  the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning group he formed in Atlanta in 2003 — the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter is ready for you to hear it.  On his debut solo album Southern Gravity (out April 7 via Streamsound Records), that voice is undeniable.

Southern Gravity is a joyous and inspirational album, yet it was born out of tumultuous, even tragic, change. As such, it is a purging of all that Kristian has weathered since 2011 — the year that the stage rigging collapsed during a storm prior to Sugarland's show at the Indiana State Fair. That horrific accident was the first of many challenges, both public and personal, for the heart-on-his-sleeve artist.
Over its dozen tracks, however, Southern Gravity became Kristian's musical assurance that everything was going to be okay.

"These songs are like post-it notes that you might put around your house as inspirational reminders," says Kristian. "I listen to them for that reason sometimes — to remind myself that no matter how hard it gets, you can make things out of the pieces that are smashed."

KB has been our friend for several years. We love his new album and highly recommend it to You!

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard is part of the partnership team (marriage and business) of Phoebe and Jim Howard. In 1996, they opened the doors to their first store, Mrs. Howard, in Jacksonville, Florida, hoping to demystify the decorating process for their customers. The goal was simple: to create a retail space that showcased Jim's architectural and decorating talent, and Phoebe's natural skills for buying, decorating and merchandising. With equal parts of exceptional customer service and a well-rounded mix of furniture, antiques and accessories, the store was an instant success. Five years later, they added another store, Max & Company, which features a younger, more modern appeal. Now, the Howards have Mrs. Howard and Max & Company stores in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Over the years, Phoebe's penchant for creating stylish spaces has evolved into her own brand of decorating, which has garnered praise from national media as well as her clients. Known for her fresh take on traditional style, Phoebe's work can only be characterized by its timelessness and her mantra to "keep it pretty." Her work is encapsulated in her first book, The Joy of Decorating, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.  Her second book, Mrs. Howard - Room by Room, comes out in September 2015.

Phoebe is a regular contributor to Southern Living Magazine.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray is part of the brother tandem of Shep and Ian, the founders of Vineyard Vines. We LOVE Vineyard Vines at Anchorage 1770, and we love Shep and Ian’s story. Here is a quote on what drove them to start their business…

“We're brothers who decided that commuting to New York City wasn't for us. We grew up in Connecticut and spent every summer of our lives on Martha's Vineyard, which made us huge fans of the water, fishing and having fun. When we were younger, we played in various bands, recorded albums, started assorted small businesses and always combined our earnings to buy the best old boat we could find, so we could head out on the water and escape life from time to time.”

In the late 90’s these 2 brothers found themselves miserable at their desk jobs. They decided to go into business together starting from scratch and the rest is history. With the success of Vineyard Vines, Ian is proving that the American Dream is still alive and well!

We hope he will be visiting Anchorage 1770 soon and we will be sure to “Tie One On!” with him on the Top Deck!

Many many thanks to our judges and all of the people who took the time out to turn in such wonderful and creative names. We will be announcing the winner in one week.  Stay tuned.