Shrimp season is open, and Larry Toomer is on top of it. He has rigged the cutest boat you've ever seen to ply the (I hope) shrimp-filled waters surrounding us.
Dubbed The Red Baron, Larry's new boat was a crab boat in its other life. Now the sturdy craft is all set to pull in beaucoups of those delicious critters. If you go to the oyster factory, you might see what Larry has come up with, but then again he might be out searching for our supper.
Drop by and visit Tina at their restaurant, Bluffton Family Seafood House, if you want to taste some delicious bounty from area waters. I discovered a marvelous new word. The word is "prepnecks," and I don't know who coined it but he or she came up with a great one. A prepneck is a person -- a Southerner of course -- who dresses in madras and seersucker on weekdays when out and about and then on weekends wears camouflage at the drop of a hat. I read the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" many years ago and enjoyed it although it was a bit sad. It was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mrs. Stowe recently was celebrated at an event honoring her 200th birthday. I think some of you may remember Bill and Muggs Park who lived in Bluffton for 20 years or so. They lived in the house on the May River that Margaret and Wes Jones bought and renovated. To make a long story short, Bill Park was related to Harriet Beecher Stowe, a fact he was very proud of and I thought interesting. If you have not read the book, I suggest it to you. I think you will like it. In their later years, Muggs and Bill moved to Moss Creek, which at the time was considered way out of town -- today, not so much. My niece Sarah Paris just returned from a two-week session at Penland Craft School in North Carolina. She went to take a course in clothes design and construction. There were all sorts of artists in attendance giving lectures and advice on some wonderful subjects. Penland is like an old-fashioned camp with rustic cabins and meals served in a large dining hall. Sarah is interested in clothes design so she thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about the construction of garments, and it was. She met many interesting folks from around the South. She just spent a year in Africa so it was fun for her to ease back into American folkways. Sarah and her brother Taylor helped in an Ethiopian hospital and taught in an orphanage, an experience that was eye-opening for them. Don't forget the Bluffton Children's Fourth of July Parade on Monday. The parade forms at 10 a.m. in front of the Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street. Decorate your strollers, bikes -- anything you wish -- and come join the fun. The parade route is three-blocks long, it ends at Lawrence Street. Don't be late. Details: 843-757-3855
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.