Old town Christmas decorations looking lovely

info@islandpacket.comDecember 12, 2011 

  • 5 tart apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced

    Sprinkle of dried thyme

    6 boneless pork chops, 3/4 inches thick

    1 cup apple cider

    1/4 cup dark rum

    1/4 cup dark brown sugar

    2 teaspoons ground ginger (or less)

    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

    Spread apple slices in bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with a light dusting of dried thyme. Top with pork chops. Mix apple cider, rum, brown sugar, ginger and allspice in a small bowl. Pour over pork. Place in 400-degree oven for about 40 minutes. Turn over halfway through cooking. Makes: 6 servings

The winners for best old town Bluffton Christmas decorations were The Bluffton Oyster Co. on Wharf Street, Tabby Chic on Pritchard Street, The Cottage and Allison at Planters Mercantile on Calhoun Street.

The winners will receive wonderful prizes from May River Flowers and Gifts, Rose Dhu Nursery, The Garden Gate and Old Town Bluffton Flowers on Burnt Church Road.

There are, of course, many other decorations all over town, so ride around and take a look. After dark is the best time for viewing everything. Thank you to everyone who decorated for the holiday and thank you to the businesses who donated the prizes.

  • If you have someone on your Christmas list who has everything (poor person) and you are at your wits' end trying to find the perfect something, I have a great idea. How about a trip to Savannah and a trolley tour of downtown? This is especially appealing if you have a grandparent or person you might know who seldom gets out.

  • The Oglethorpe Trolley Tours are officially endorsed by the Historic Savannah Foundation. The cost is $15 a person for a 90-minute trip. This is minimal, I think, for a fun outing. The tours start daily at 9 a.m. and leave every 20 minutes or so. After your adventure, you could head to the riverfront and take a free trip on the ferries that go back and forth across the river. And, if all of this hasn't worn you out, there are many restaurants and bars nearby to nip in to for a bite and a sip of something. I offer these suggestions to those who have exhausted all other avenues of gift-giving. I think you would have a great time and your recipient would too.

    The tour company is right across the Savannah River just after you have crossed the bridge.

    Details: 912-233-8380, www.oglethorpetours.com

  • Have you ever really looked at the portrait of Mona Lisa? There is one thing I bet you have never noticed. In Renaissance Italy it was the fashion for ladies to have no eyebrows. Why, I don't know. Ladies had them shaved off like men did their beards. So if you look or gaze fondly at the old bird's portrait, you will see there are none.

  • Joan Crawford would have really stood out in that crowd!

  • The Bluffton Stork is going to be awfully busy in the new year. Next year will bring at least four new babies to old town. This is one job that will never be phased out, thank goodness!

  • Garfield Moss has an adorable cottage he moved around the corner from his house to Lawrence Street. It is charming just right for one or two people. It looks like it belongs there and it is the perfect Bluffton addition to old town. Amy and Wallace Milling are in the midst of building their new home next door. What fun it will be to see them both finished and lived in.

  • One more little snippet for starting a conversation: Did you know that falling coconuts kill more people than shark attacks? One hundred and fifty people are killed each year by coconuts. So if you are planning a trip to a desert island anytime soon, you have been forewarned.

  • Don't hang around where those nuts are!

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

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