Arts and seafood festivalgoers met with beautiful weekend

info@islandpacket.comOctober 24, 2011 

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    1 stick sweet butter, softened

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We could not have wished for a lovelier weekend than the one that just passed for the arts and seafood affair.

As far as I could tell, it was well attended, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves tremendously. We live two doors down from The Bluffton Oyster Co., so we are always front-row, center at all of the goings on there. It was well worth the effort of all concerned to give us Blufftonians and visitors alike a memorable time. Thank you, everybody.

  • For those who delight in seeing movies and short films, the Savannah Film Festival is on tap Oct. 29-Nov. 5. The Savannah College of Art And Design will present independent and innovative films by award-winning professionals and fledgling filmmakers at various venues in downtown Savannah. Details: 912-525-5050

  • The ladies and gentlemen at The Church of the Cross are busy preparing for the annual Christmas Bazaar, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19. There will be a fabulous array of handmade goodies for sale, including the famous "vintage angels." Kitchens have been a flurry of activity in many Bluffton homes, where women are preparing jams, jellies and preserves. The men of the church will serve hot dogs and their delectable chili the day of the bazaar. I don't need to tell you to shop early -- the crafts and homemade food items fly out of the door early. Details: 843-757-2661

  • I'll see you there!

  • If you have a few hours to spare during the day, the United Way of the Lowcountry could use your help. They would love to have volunteers to make phone calls and help with administrative tasks. There is nothing too demanding. They just need good old-fashioned help. Call Jo Smith at 843-837-2000 for information.

  • I watched on the Internet as Bluffton's own Ida Martin interacted with President Obama at the White House as Ida was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal. Ida, who founded Bluffton Self Help, looked beautiful in a lovely ensemble given to her by the ladies at Doncaster on Hilton Head Island. We should all be proud for and of Ida for her award. Bluffton was mentioned several times -- so for a brief moment, we were all shining stars. Ida got to hug the president -- which she wanted to do -- and even got a "peck" on the cheek. I don't know who else was in her entourage, but when Ida's name was called I heard lots of cheering in the background.

  • The great Bluffton Boiled Peanut Tasteoff is set for Nov. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Bluffton Farmers Market. All peanuts must be cooked and ready to eat. You may bag them to sell if you wish. There will be no cooking on site. We will also have a pound cake tasting contest for those who think they have the best recipe in Bluffton. This is very serious business for those of us who are dedicated to lip-smacking deliciousness. So get out your tube cake pans and bake your heart out.

  • Call me at 843-757-3855 to enter either taste-off or stop by The Store.

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