New driving tricks for old Blufftonians

info@islandpacket.comDecember 19, 2011 

  • 2 15-ounce cans Hunt's crushed tomatoes with puree
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    2 teaspoons Worstershire sauce
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    6 tablespoons prepared mustard

    Put all ingredients in a heavy saucepan except mustard. Simmer for 15 or 20 minutes, stirring often. Take off heat and stir in mustard.

Are you a genuine Blufftonian or an accidental Blufftonian?

A genuine Blufftonian was born and bred within sniffing distance of the May River. An accidental Blufftonian happened upon this state of mind by either turning the steering wheel the wrong way or running out of gas at the town cemetery -- not quite the analogy I meant, but what the heck?

Whatever the reason for your tenure in these parts, we are all in this world together and we are going to have to learn to drive all over again. The powers that be are making our path a bit smaller. We are going to have to squeeze together near the post office, inhale until we pass the four-way stop and not breathe until we pass Squat and Gobble. All of this so we can go back to the way the road once was -- except now we'll have parking and bike lanes on both sides of the road. I have driven over the new stripes, and I must warn you: No-one pays any attention to the new striping, so be forewarned. We are all going to need those rubber baby buggy bumpers.

I think we need bike paths very badly, especially on All Joy Road, but this situation we now are presented with seems a bit odd.

  • You still have time to sign up for the Clemson Extention, Beaufort County Senior Leadership Program. The class will help develop a well-informed group of members of the Beaufort County community. There will be some 100 invited county leaders and guest speakers helping educate you on all sorts of local issues. The classes will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 11-April 11.

  • Details: 843-255-6060, ext. 116,

  • The Greenery and their crew did a wonderful job landscaping the new houses on Wharf Street. It was fun seeing the before and after. Everybody needs to ride down the street to see what changes have been made. Then you can head to the Oyster Factory for some local oysters and fish for your holiday doings.

  • Daufuskie Island artist Chase Allen of Iron Fish Art has fashioned 200 charming holiday fish ornaments given to the Hilton Head Volunteers in Medicine for use as a fundraiser. Chase was helped in this wonderful endeavor by the schoolchildren at Daufuskie Elementary School. Before Chase found his home on Daufuskie, he lived on Bridge Street in Bluffton -- so some of you may remember him. He has become quite well-known for his iron creations, birds and fish, sold out of his studio on Daufuskie. If you would like one of his ornaments, they are available for $10 each at the VIM building at 20 Palmetto Parkway on Hilton Head Island.

  • Details: 843-689-6612

  • The last day for the 2011 Bluffton Farmers' Market is Thursday. There are still wonderful things to buy: Bluffton Brittle, fresh collards and breads, plants of all kinds from Delilah, the native plant lady, free directions from the Bluffton police and a big hug from Kim Viljak, if you are lucky. Santa will be on hand to for those last-minute wishes. So we will see you there with bells on!
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