Rustic bread, a royal wedding and some serious shopping

March 28, 2011 

If while reading this you suddenly feel the urge for delicious freshly baked bread and a bit of cheese, take heart. A fabulous new spot has just opened on Calhoun Street in old town Bluffton. Vineyard 55 is the brainchild of brothers, Jon and Joe Rinaldi. They offer all sorts of gourmet meats and cheeses along with wines, beers and sodas from all over the world. They have a great rustic bread, as well. Make a date soon to enjoy live music on the porch after work at Bluffton's newest watering hole -- you will certainly have a great time, and what a swell place to meet during Farmers Market Thursdays.

  • On April 29, I think we should declare a Bluffton holiday. That is the day Prince William and Kate Middleton are to be married. When Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married, Tat and I stayed up for what seemed an eternity to watch the pageantry. We were disappointed in "the" dress -- we thought it was way too fluffy and that the train was too much. Of course, we loved all of the glittery diamonds and tiaras, one can never have too many of those. Ah, hope springs eternal for that shining knight on a white horse ... For a snippet of time we can all be transported to fairyland via the good old telly. Maybe we could have a giant spend-the-night party and invite Geist Ussery, Bluffton's own bon vivant, to do a live commentary during the ceremony. Boy, wouldn't that be fun! We could bake scones and serve Earl Grey tea laced with rum and have a grand time. Dust off your favorite chapeau or make one out of a paper bag -- Tat will show you how -- and stay tuned. Things like this only happen once in a blue moon.

  • I love the way Ernest Hemingway wrote. He had such a way with words. I was reading about him the other day and found something I think will interest you. Hemingway and a group of other writers would meet for drinks at the famous Algonquin Round Table in New York. One day Hemingway bet the others they could not come up with a true short story made up of only six words. Each person bet $10 it could not be done. Hemingway wrote, "For sale: Baby shoes, never worn." He won the bet. Words certainly have power when you think about all of the possibilities of those chosen.

  • If you love beautiful gardens then Middleton Gardens in Charleston should be on your to-do list. Middleton Gardens offers a Camellia Walk through Thursday at the plantation near Charleston. The garden boasts more than 3,500 hundred camellia plants, some of which are quite rare. French botanist Andre Michaux gave the Middleton family four camellias that are still in bloom. The guided tours last about two hours. Details: 843-556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

  • Druella Schultz is helping with the new Saks Off Fifth Store soon to open at Tanger Outlet One. Everyone has been waiting to pounce on all of the goodies Druella and her fabulous crew have assembled. I got it straight from the clothes guru that there will be lots of divine duds, fabulous frocks and super shoes.

    Derek Hough of "Dancing with the Stars" and Gov. Nikki Haley are scheduled to be at the grand opening Thursday. Could Bluffton finally be on the map? Just kidding. We've all known our little secret for many years. So welcome to all and shop till you drop -- then head to old town to relax in our state of mind.

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