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I want iTour Beaufort

Conceived, created, produced, and published in Beaufort, SC with
100% local talent: writers, voices, singers, musicians, and visionary partners.

iTourBeaufort will launch very soon.
CDs will be available in retailers and gift shops.
Downloads will be available via custom ecommerce websites - virtual stores for the websites of Penn Center, Hunting Island, and Fort Fremont.
For insider updates or to get a smart cool business tool for yourself, click and Contact Us.

Digital assets generate revenue, action, results. 

My notion is to use content to drive ecommerce.
Authentic local voices sharing real stories about a place that barely exists anymore.

It worked well for CityTrex iTours in Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC from 2008 to 2012. I retired those iPod-based tours, thanked Steve Jobs for the iPhone and iPad, rebuilt some things, and am relaunching a proven ecommerce store and push-button media publishing platform with the example of

I want to work as well as CityTrex always did.
But more niche. That's one thing the Internet does so well, niche markets. 

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As if to prove no one is a hero in his hometown, I'm restarting and going All-In with the showcase of a niche microsite within a power domain.

If that sounds clever, good, you get it. Come aboard, we're expecting a nice ride. 
If that sounds as swift as a 56kbps modem, that's okay too.
Let's just stick together; if you tell your story and share your guide to the Sea Island Lowcountry, and I do my job, then we'll all get more of what we want.

My #1 wish is to be heard and understood.
How about you? You in?
Then click and Contact Us. You can talk to me.

Posted 07/01/15 by Burton Sauls

Call for Memories, Voices, Tour Guides

We're using our maintenance period as a birthing process - with an open call for new voices, new tales, tours, and an invitation for any entity (org, biz) to get on the new media platform. Browse the site, then contact us with your ideas or questions. We're ready to help you produce, publish, and monetize yourself.

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"Our clients like our high production standards and ace Southern storytelling. We capture the authentic sense of place with personal, customizable experiences."

Posted 04/15/15 by Burton Sauls

Story of Childhood on St. Helena Island, SC

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A remote Sea Island Lowcountry childhood is the source of rich storytelling skills and the material to draw from.
In this CityTrex podcast episode, the Friends of Hunting Island take us to meet Doctor Jonas Gadson, currently a Minister with the Beaufort Church of Christ.

He's a local who went to the mainland to have a career with Xerox and with Eastman Kodak, then returned home to found a church and serve his native community.

It's fitting that this podcast is published prior to Mother's Day 2014, because, as you'll hear, "Everything I am today I owe it to God and I owe it to my marvelous Mother."

Enjoy this episode where CityTrex takes us to hear an accomplished man recall his Gullah island childhood, a world that barely exists anymore.
He lived the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."

The land is the Sea Island Lowcountry, and the island is St. Helena Island (the home of the Gullah culture), a barrier Island off the coast of South Carolina,

Doctor Gadson is a gentleman that has lived the advice of his marvelous Mother, who told him that "Manners will take you where money won't".

Another podcast of "Local Voices Telling Real Stories" brought to you by and sponsored by the Friends of Hunting Island.

Want to hear one more of Dr. Gadson?
I do! So we produced this to help promote a church revival he was leading last summer:

What can we say... we love authentic voices!

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Posted 04/02/15 by Burton Sauls

Salt water drowns and saves

CityTrex and Lowcountry author Roger Pinckney combine talents to tell two stories about one constant: the salt water that surrounds us can sustain us but also can take away our loved ones.

The water took away a good man, Willis Frazier, 50, of Hilton Head, during a storm offshore.
A river of the same water helps us save our souls.

In this dispatch of Radio Free Daufuskie, Roger Pinckney reports on two current events on our barrier islands.

Click Here to Hear it in QuickTime
about 6 minutes

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"The Lord is working, the river is flowing, we're all doing good." 
Shall we gather at the river?

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Posted 04/01/15 by Burton Sauls

Singing the World Awake

ALERT: Postponed due to medical Emergency. Stay Tuned for update. 

Vocalist Heather Houston (Santa Cruz, CA) and Host Pat Keown (Beaufort, SC)  discuss the CD tour: "Singing the World Awake Community Sing with Prayers for the Water", offered as a gift to our community by Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry.

ALERT: Postponed due to medical Emergency. Stay Tuned for update. 

Friday April 17th, 2015. 

OLLI Event - Open to the Public

Friday, April 17   3:00-4:30 

(click for map) USCB Beaufort Campus, Sandstone Bldg., Room 124 

Saturday April 18th, 2015 

 6:30-8:00pm with reception following. 

Port Royal Sound Foundation 
310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie, SC 29909      Click for Map. 

Contributions of gratitude are appreciated but not necessary.

Here's a beautiful flyer for this event. 

More about Heather Houston:

ALERT: Postponed due to medical Emergency. Stay Tuned for update. 

Continue Reading | Posted 03/29/15 by Burton Sauls

7,700 Loggerhead Hatchlings Await

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Hunting Island, South Carolina still shows that nature can operate very well without us. We're the ones needing electricity, gasoline, telephones, or a calendar beyond the sun and seasons.

Accessible unpaved places are more precious than ever.
In the winter, this State Park is about horses on the beach and solo beach combing.
The Summertime brings sandcastles and campers that know the sensation of a sunrise saltwater bath.

Click on the player below to hear from two top turtle volunteers,
Turtle veteran, Denise, and Turtle Vet, Doctor Chris:

Play using the SoundCloud player (above) or for the FLASH impaired,
Click and hear from two top turtle volunteers:
Turtle veteran, Denise, and Turtle Vet, Doctor Chris.

About 10 minutes

It's a perfect setting for an ancient reptile to swim home from a life at sea, just as her ancestors have done for millions of years.
In springtime, loggerhead turtle mothers do what their kind has done for centuries - return to the place of their birth to lay eggs. It's going on with or without us, so it's a healthy reminder of our place in the scheme of things.
They don't need us, except to stay out of their way; to be a good neighbor and let them do their thing, which, as humans, we're not very good at. We like to pave things and have lights at night and poke around and say, "Hey, Y'all, look at this!". 

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Coastal locals and our visitors love the Sea Island Lowcountry and feel a claim to the natural resources - shown by good stewardship of what we're blessed with.

The Friends of Hunting Island (FOHI) started a Sea Turtle Conservation Project in 1981.
Since then, it's been globally recognized for its successful service.
In 2013 volunteers located and protected 125 loggerhead nests; so about 7,700 turtle eggs successfully hatched and hustled out to sea.

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If this interests you then join in! If you're local to beautiful Beaufort, SC, you can actually see a turtle boil - where hatchlings erupt from the sandy nests and scramble into the surf.
Turtle season starts each May, click here for volunteer info.

If you're not local - and our web stats indicate that thousands of the readers are "from away" - then join Friends of Hunting Island, or adopt a nest, or get on the newsletter

We have educational and entertaining media for your diversion, for homeschool curricula, etc. Let us know what you're into and we can tailor production.

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Hunting Island State Park is one of the worlds top beaches.
It's a barrier island along the coastal sea island Lowcountry of beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina.
Get your bearings: we're located north of Savannah and its popular Tybee Island, Georgia; north of South Carolina's of Daufuskie, Hilton Head, and Fripp.
Also, south of what we think of as Charleston, SC: Edisto Island, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivans Island, and the Isle of Palms.

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Handheld multimedia tours & mobile guides.
Walking tours. Driving tours.
MP3 audio tours.
Guide Apps with local folks, authors, artists, and guides.

Photos courtesy of FriendsOfHuntingIsland.Org

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Posted 04/28/14 by Burton Sauls

Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come

Lowcountry Voices: Gullah Tricksters, Storytelling, and Song.

Here's a dance song in the Charleston rhythm from the Geechee country in South Carolina, learned in Florida from a Geechee woman: 

About 7 minutes

or click here to hear it in QuickTime on your smart phone, iPad, etc.

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As part of our new series we're calling "Lowcountry Voices," CityTrex is scouring the region in search of local, "real deal" Gullah storytellers and tales.

Although we're looking for original and compelling Gullah voices to feature in the series, you don't have to be (or pretend to be) Gullah to help us document them, just someone with their discerning ear to the ground.

This project is motivated by the realization that most Gullah stories known to the larger American public have been filtered through the literary imaginations of non-Gullah writers and that actual audio recordings of these tales in local Gullah vernacular are few and far between.
We're calling on you to help us begin reversing this trend.
Whether you are a Gullah storyteller yourself or whether you have been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time when a Gullah friend or neighbor shared a story, we want to hear from you.

Who knows, perhaps some of the Gullah folks who where were around when Lydia Parrish, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Granger and others were collecting stories, songs, and recipes are still out there somewhere today. If they are, one thing is for sure, they're not getting any younger!
Help us find them so that we can begin documenting and preserving their voices for future generations.

 by Kenneth Routon, PhD,  Cultural Anthropologist

Posted 04/02/13 by Burton Sauls

Brantley Harvey tells about Strom

Here is the voice of Brantley telling stories about Strom.
One South Carolina statesman shares his recollections regarding another.

Click it and thank Books Sandwiched In for making this happen:

About 9 minutes
or click here to hear it in QuickTime on your smart phone, iPad, etc.

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This is one of several podcasts
sponsored by CityTrex LLC for
Books Sandwiched In
USCB Performing Arts Center
801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
12:00 - 1:00 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
February 28, 2011
The event is free and open to everyone.
Posted 03/17/13 by Burton Sauls

Harriet Keyserling books it going Against the Tide

The President of the United States introduced this reviewer to this author.
How cool is that? Pretty darn so.
"Against the Tide: One Woman's Political Struggle" by Harriet Keyserling.
Reviewer: Linda Tarr-Whelan.
Click it and dig it, a radio preview of the Books Sandwiched In for Jan 31st:

about 10 minutes

click here to hear it in QuickTime on your smart phone, iPad, etc.

Want Mobile Media?

Scan it to go:
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Our reviewer this week is Linda Tarr-Whelan, author of "Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World." 

Click and download an eBook version, or go to the source ( to learn more.

Books Sandwiched In
USCB Performing Arts Center
801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC
12:00 - 1:00 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
Monday January 31, 2011
The event is free and open to everyone.
Bring your lunch or purchase it at the Outtakes Cafe table in the Performing Arts Center. 

And dude, save your Hooters sweatshirt for another day. The President of the United States introduced these two women. Can anyone in the room top that? 




Posted 03/16/13 by Burton Sauls | Comments (0)

Oral history: Remembering the Way It Was at Beaufort, Sheldon and the Sea Islands

Fran Heyward Marscher is a delight, so it's a double-treat hearing her review her book, Remembering the Way it was at Beaufort, Sheldon and the Sea Islands. She is speaking on Valentines Day and she's the perfect fit.

Click and feel a Lowcountry tidal rhythm:

About 7 minutes

OR click here to hear it in QuickTime on your smart phone, iPad, etc.

Want Mobile Media? Scan this and get your dose of Fran To-Go:
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This is one of several new media promotions
sponsored by CityTrex LLC for
Books Sandwiched In
USCB Performing Arts Center
801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
12:00 - 1:00 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
February 14, 2011
The event is free and open to everyone.

Here's a link to her book on
Highly recommended!


Posted 03/16/13 by Burton Sauls