What a privilege to know fun, creative folks

info@islandpacket.comJune 4, 2012 

  • 4 cups boiling water

    6 tea bags

    1 1/2 cups sugar

    3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

    3/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

    10 cups cold water

    2 cups tequila

    Steep tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar, fruit juices and 10 cups water. Add tequila. Refrigerate. Serve in tall glasses and garnish with lime slices. After a nice game of tennis, golf or just doing nothing, this hits the spot. But you can leave out the tequila if you like.

There are many wonderful people who come into my life and sit a spell. And there are others who float away like a leaf in the wind. This week I have met many lovely folks whom I would like to get to know better, but poof they alight for a moment, then they are off to the beach, tennis or golf and then back home. Home is all over the world, and I find it quite amazing that they found Bluffton.

One wonderful person I have met and known for some time is Jen Megliore. Jen owns Artware, a shop on Main Street by Hilton Head Plantation and, being the clever person she is, she makes Bluffton her home. This is one very interesting and special human being. Jen has worked for years to help make a Bluffton dog park a reality, which will be a done deal soon, but what makes her interesting to me is her joy of art and living. She and her husband bought a vintage 1969 Shasta Camper 1400 and named it "Daisy." "Daisy" has been reborn with great thought and care and has come out looking like very retro with vintage curtains etc. Everything was on the camper as built, but it needed a few repairs. After a several phone calls to the original New Hampshire dealer, "Daisy" now sports her "wings" and is in tip-top shape.

"Daisy" will be at the 34th annual Bluffton Village Festival -- which is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12 on Calhoun Street. Jen will be at the helm, and "Daisy" will be filled with goodies from Artware, so stop by to say, "Wow, I want one too!"

* Georgia Olive Farms is planning big things. The group includes brothers, a cousin and a friend who have planted 28 acres of olive trees on their farm near Valdosta. Their plan is to make their own olive oil and to sell seedlings to other southern farmers who wish to start their own olive farm.

In the past 20 years, Americans have been exposed to a heart healthy diet and have doubled their consumption of olive oil. This family-owned co-op is trying to find out if like-minded Southerners will be interested in locally produced olive oil.

I think this is a great idea. We may be buying and using this olive oil soon. I would love to have a tour of their farm to see how it is all done. Maybe they should have tours like the Tea Plantation near Charleston does with tastings and food pairings.

  • Scott's Meat Market has happily reopened with Adam Simoneaux wielding a cleaver and his Uncle Jeff Scott directing. Adam and Jeff have great plans for the future of their market but for now it is one step at a time. The future holds offerings of prepared food from Bess' famed kitchen and lots of other goodies. Stop by to welcome the newest butcher on the block and to say hello. I know all of us here in Bluffton are thrilled to have our "meat" man back.

  • * May River Montessori will hold its second annual 5K run at 8 a.m. Saturday. The race will begin in front of the school at 60 Calhoun St. There will be a pancake breakfast immediately following the race. Entry fee is $30 without the breakfast, or $35 if you would like to partake. There is also a Kids Fun Run, which is free. Details: 843-757-2312

  • The annual Art Walk will be Friday. I have paintings in my store by the well known artist Bellamy Murphy. Bellamy grew up in Bluffton but now makes her home in Savannah at Isle of Hope. She will be in Bluffton for the afternoon. Stop by to meet her and welcome her back to Bluffton.
  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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