There are a plethora of hickory trees all over Bluffton. There are lots of big ones in our yard. They are so gorgeous most of the year, and then poof, hickory nuts come raining down on everything in the fall.
This time of year is also Thanksgiving for the squirrels as they happily stuff themselves on the hickory bounty -- as do we on turkey. They have a field day with the bounty that appears, nibbling on the hickory nuts and then -- as it certainly looks to me -- they try awfully hard to hit passersby in the head with their leftovers. The nuts, though rather small, can hurt if lobbed from way up in the tree.
I wonder why the hickory tree seems to love our area so much. If you look you all along the bluff, you will see them on the river- and marshfront.
Their roots can make walking a bit difficult and one can appear to have imbibed too much if not careful! It seemed to me there were some very happy visitors to Bluffton this past week celebrating our beautiful small town. Calhoun Street was packed with shoppers, for which we are all grateful. There are two exhibits in downtown Savannah you might be interested in seeing: "Beyond Utility: Pottery Created by Enslaved Hands" at Jepson Center for the Arts and a collection of rare flags at the Georgia Historical Society.
"Beyond Utility" is an exhibition of pottery. Dave the Potter, a slave who created these works of art, lived near Edgefield in the 1800s in a small artisan community. There are also 10 other examples of 19th century Southern slave pottery. The artifacts will be on display through Dec. 18. Details: 912-790-8800 or go www.telfair.org
The Georgia Historical Society is showing a collection of rare flags made and carried during the first year of the Civil war. If you are interested in this era of history, you will want to see these. Details: www.georgiahistory.com For goodness' sake, don't miss the Christmas tree lighting at Town Hall on Friday evening and also the tree to be lit at Calhoun Street Promenade.
All shops in old town will be decorated for the season, too. The grand marshal for the Christmas Parade will be announced at the tree ceremony, so you won't want to miss that. The winners of the old town Christmas decorating contest will announced Dec. 3. So get out your red and green and join us all for the merriment. The parade starts promptly, more or less, at 11 a.m. Saturday morning -- so don't be late if you want to see Santa. The Bluffton High School Football Team has made us all proud. I think everyone within earshot will be glued to the game this weekend. What an exciting year for the Bobcats!