Babbie Guscio: Myrtle's hosts a 'Yappy Hour,' and prepares for changes

February 25, 2009 

Thank you to all of the recent “Yappy Hour” attendees; we had about 35 dogs of all sizes and shapes at Myrtle’s this week. The youngest pooch in attendance was Winnie, an adorable 9-week-old yellow lab who lives with her family on Bridge Street. Thanks also to Lisa at good old Myrtle’s, without whom the event wouldn’t have been as much fun. By the way, Myrtle’s soon will become a tapas bar and cease serving lunch, though they’ll still host oyster roasts Wednesdays and continue catering parties.

• Rev. Gwendolyn Greenis is the first female pastor of St. John Baptist Church on Pritchard Street in old town Bluffton. She also is the creator of HanMeDown Gullah Museum, located in the annex of her church. Pastor Green discovered she had a passion for painting found and donated pieces of wood and tin, and now we have a new outsider artist in our midst. The museum still is growing, but Pastor Green has big plans. She wants to bring young people into the fold and teach them the old ways of making objects from scraps, such as baskets and shrimp nets. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 843-757-4350.

• Don’t miss the May River Theatre’s newest production, “Nunsensations,” now playing at Ulmer Auditorium. The latest in the series of “Nunsense” shows has the sisters finding out if what really happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Find out for yourself before March 2 when the show closes. Call 843-815-5581 to reserve a seat or 843-837-7798 for more information.

• The Savannah Folk Music Festival is sponsoring its annual Youth Songwriting Competition, which is open to 12- to 19-year-olds in Beaufort or Jasper counties. The deadline for submission or original songs in the folk ballad tradition is Sept. 1, which leaves plenty of time for aspiring musicians to create their masterpieces. For more information, call Hank Weisman at 912-786-6953 or go to www.savannahfolk.org.

• Thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, 70 buoys are aligned along the Equator. These buoys are critical links in determining the warm and cold currents of El Niño and La Niña, the currents thought to influence floods, droughts and hurricanes around the world. The buoys draw fish and provide a place for boats to tie up. But some boats that tie up there tear off equipment and drag the buoys out of position, while other buoys are simply vandalized. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, sends vessels to the Pacific to repair these buoys from many regions — and Charleston is one of them. This might be an interesting study in school — learning about the weather, the currents and how the buoys work.

Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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