Editors Letter

Every year, this sweet Sea Island reveals another part of itself. Every year, we fall a little bit more in love.

Perhaps it is the mystery of the Island landscape, the unique contours of its spits and marshes, its tidal creeks and wild animals roaming free. Perhaps it is the history, the long, slow cultivation of something rich and deeply pleasant, family traditions, and heritage. Perhaps it is the people. The Kiawah community is engaged and involved, full of good neighbors and thoughtful citizens grounded by the essentiality of the Island. These parts of the whole are familiar and absolute, and there exists an intimate relationship with the people and the place.

In this twenty-eighth issue of Legends Magazine, I hope to catch hold of the something that so attracts us, the enigmatic element of Kiawah Island. I spoke to and worked with so many kind, generous, happy people in the making of this edition, and I am, again, honored to contribute to this extraordinary community.

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Our Team

  • Hailey Wist received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and graduate degree from Georgetown University. She is a native of San Diego, California but has lived in Charleston for the last eight years. She has a persistent passion for topics of community networks and social capital. Hailey loves to travel, write, and surf. She is currently working on her fifth issue of Legends Magazine.


  • Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowson joined in 2009 to create Stitch Design Co.—an award-winning, full-service graphic design company. Stitch uses design to create solutions for clients throughout the South and across the country within arts & culture, fashion, food, consulting, design, publishing and advertising. The company was recently named Best Small Firm by HOW magazine’s Best Work Awards.


  • Sunny Gray is the CFO of the DIG SOUTH Interactive Festival. Also a mother of two, copy editor for Legends Magazine, serial entrepreneur and former business owner and publisher of the Little Black Book for Every Busy Woman, Sunny’s entire life is a grand, interactive adventure. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Sunny majored in journalism and English and continues to scrutinize words and obsess over comma usage, usually with a cup of coffee in hand.

  • Nathan Durfee has garnered notoriety across the Southeast for his captivating, pop-surrealist narratives and intriguing use of color. Currently based in Charleston, South Carolina, Durfee has been heralded as the Best Local Visual Artist by Charleston City Paper for the past four years. Durfee’s solo gallery exhibitions has also been met with critical acclaim and profiled in American Art Collector, Charleston Art and Charleston Scene magazines. His art, including oil paintings, ink drawing and digital illustrations, can be viewed at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina.


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