Get to Know Our Editors– Hobby Sherman, Charlotte

Have you been wondering who makes The Scout Guide happen in each city? Within each book is an editor page showing you who was the talented local person who made it all happen. We are going to tell you more about these amazing people through our blog once a month in the Get to Know Your Local Editor column. This month we are featuring Charlotte’s own Hobby Sherman.

1. What were you up to before you found The Scout Guide?

My background is in interior design. I worked for a few different designers when I was living in New York and eventually started my own business. My husband and I moved to Charlottesville for two years while he was in business school and that is when I learned about The Scout Guide. I discovered the first volume (and fell in love with the concept) when I was working in retail and product development for Caspari, a respected publisher of exquisitely designed  and printed paper products. When we moved to Charlotte, I thought it would be a great market for the publication. 

2. What do you love about your current city?

I have loved living in Charlotte. The people are what make this town so great. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and lives up to that true Southern hospitality. In addition, many of the people have moved to Charlotte from different cities, and bring with them interesting experiences to share.  I also LOVE the trees here – especially this time of year when they keep it somewhat cool on my (almost) daily walk along Queens Road West! 

3. What book have you been reading this summer? 

My husband’s newly published novel, of course!! Before The Flood by John Sherman. It’s currently available as an e-reader version though Amazon or iTunes. Add it to your summer reading list!! I promise it will keep you on the edge of your seat…

4. Have you seen any good movies lately?

I love movies and have a few that I am anxious to see, but we had a baby girl in January and she’s kept me busy and away from the theater. The last movie I saw in Charlotte was last summer when Bill Cunningham New York came to the Manor Theater for one weekend. It was probably one of my all-time favorites. I love documentaries and this one particularly hit a chord with me. Bill Cunningham (a columnist/fashion photographer for the NYTimes Sunday Styles) is so passionate about what he does and has been dedicated to capturing New York fashion for 50 years. The movie is a portrait of this brilliant artist as well as a document of the city’s evolving fashion.  After 9 years of living in New York, much of the movie was familiar to me and brought back so many memories of the interesting adventures that I had in the city.

5. Where are you going/did you go on summer vacation?

To the beach…with a 6 month old and soaring temperatures, I can’t think of any better place to be than close to the water. We go to Sullivan’s Island (SC) and Morehead (NC).

6. What is your dream vacation?

It’s a tie: I have always dreamed of going on an African safari…Abercrombie and Kent style! I love the idea of being in nature with all of those beautiful animals…but also eating good meals and relaxing comfortably in such a setting. I also would love to go to Bhutan and experience their colorful culture and dramatic landscapes.

7. What is your favorite summer treat?

Local tomatoes with fresh basil, good olive oil and a really well-made loaf of bread… or North Carolina, fresh from-the-ocean, peel-your-own shrimp and my Aunt Betty’s cornbread dipped in molasses

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How to Capture your Summer Memories

Traveling to the beach, mountains or even staying home… in summer the light is amazing and perfect for taking some photos. TSG Charlottesville photographer Andrea Shirey gave us some tips about how to take great photos of your family this summer.

TSG: It’s nice to get away for a change of scenery. What do you recommend for families wanting to take some pictures on the beach?

AS: Don’t worry about everyone looking perfect, especially at the beach. Some wet sandy hair can be fun with kids. (A little different with adults of course!).

 Capture the details. Sandy feet, wet hair.

 Something that can be fun with kids is to capture some of their shadows. You can get fun shadows of them walking on the beach.

Make use of your surroundings—we found some rickety old wooden steps. I put my son on those and shot from different angles. Sandcastles, rickety steps, sea grass can be really pretty at the beach. I like to get my kids interacting with one another, playing in the waves. Then I’ll do some that are a little more posed. 

 I am not a posed or staged person when it comes to my work in general. I prefer to capture more interactive shots or natural expressions. 

 TSG: Any advice for people who aren’t getting away this summer?

AS: I think you can get good shots just about anywhere.  Take advantage of where you live—strawberry patches, vineyards, tall grassy fields, going to a river or creek and splashing around there… even in your own backyard. Just make the most of your surroundings…

 Even people in the city… Urban shots can be amazing. Grab an ice cream cone, show your kids interacting. 

Thanks Andrea for these tips. Time to get out there and take some great photos. If you’d like to see more from Andrea, click here for her website.

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Breathing can be a big help during emotionally stressed times, physically stressed times and mentally stressed times. If we can focus more on our breathing and the experience/feeling of breathing in our body, it can help to circumvent panic attacks and other severe forms of stress. When you are really stressed, your thoughts can add to the stress by several degrees. Breathing. Try it.


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4th of July BBQ

Fourth of July celebrations aren’t the same without a parade, fireworks, or a hot grill. My brother-in-law and business partner, Don, and I operate butcher shops so our family counts heavily on us to deliver in the meat department. Lots of pressure.

Everyone should enjoy a good ole hot dog on America’s birthday, but if you want to go all out, think about some slow cooked pork shoulder.

We have cooked on many different types of grills using all sorts of fuels. We love to tinker and try new techniques. This holiday we knew three things: we had a Big Green Egg that we had not yet cooked pork shoulder on, we had some amazing locally raised, acorn fed Tamworth bone-in shoulder, and we had no idea how many of our family were going to show up.

Factors such as time, volume, and equipment can all have an impact on how you choose to slow cook pork. We like to be flexible and work with what we have and just have fun with it.

Sear it hot for 10 minutes then don’t go over 300°. Shoot for 250°.

The Big Green Egg + local pork shoulder + smoke = fireworks.

Cold beer makes it even better.

Bone-in or boneless pork shoulder or butt.

Brine: Soak the pork overnight in a bath of cold water and kosher salt. Use a cooler with ice if fridge space is limited.

Rub: Dry the pork. Coat and rub with yellow mustard. Rub your favorite spice mixture on and place in a disposable aluminum pan.

Cook: Cover with foil and cook for many hours at medium heat. If you have lots of time use a lower temperature. Quantity and temperature will determine cooking time, but look for the meat to get real tender and start to pull apart or come off bone. We put ours in the oven over night to save time and have it ready for lunch the next day.

Smoke: Put meat directly on grill with lots of hardwood logs or chips. It’s worth the pain of burning your fingers off to pull little bits off to see if it’s done. You’ll pretty much know when it’s ready. That’s when you can’t stand to look at it anymore and need to dig in. Happy 4th of July!

-Ryan & Don

Once you go Big Green Egg you never go back. Find yours at The Organic Butcher of McLean,Virginia.