Inglesby's return to Lowcountry sparks memory of aunts

info@islandpacket.comJuly 8, 2012 

I miss Edith and Charlotte Inglesby, two people who were emblematic of the way Bluffton used to be.

The Inglesby sisters were like characters in a book -- the kind of book you should have read in high school. They were not bizarre in any sense, but they had quite a bit of charm.

The Inglesby sisters lived on the May River in a cottage that now is the home of Patsy and Frank Hodge.

Their great-niece, Meredith Inglesby, grew up on Hilton Head Island and now makes New York her home. She is one of the stars in "Shout! The Mod Musical," now playing at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head.

Meredith is the daughter of Bill and Ellery Inglesby, who are from Savannah and have made Hilton Head their home for many years. Meredith went to Hilton Head Preparatory School and has many friends here and in Savannah, where she was born.

Meredith has been in many musical productions and plays in New York and here in the Lowcountry. Now married and expecting her first child, there could not be a better place for her to sing and dance her heart out.

Her aunts would be so proud and happy.

* A new law has been passed in California. It now is illegal to sell foie gras there. I won't bore you or tell you about how foie gras is made, but if you knew you might become a vegetarian post-haste.

Several countries already have banned the selling of the much-loved delicacy. Many sites on the Web are now offering "faux gras" recipes. Lots of recipes call for adding mucho butter. (Paula Deen might pay close attention to that.) And, as we all know, anything with lots of butter can't be bad.

There are many sad gourmands in the world now, but lots and lots of happy geese and ducks.

  • One of my favorite sites in Bluffton is a garden on Buck Island Road. Whoever the "farmer" is gets my vote for being fabulous. The garden is right across from the Wellstone Apartments.

  • Each season it is a delight. The rows of vegetables are always neatly planted and well taken care of.

    Corn now is the crop of favor, then, as in each year past, okra will magically appear. My most favorite of all is the collard display in the winter months.

    Whoever owns this lovely spot must surely have God and Mother Nature in their back pocket -- or perhaps just a natural green thumb.

  • I have been interested in "forbidden rice" and always wondered how it got its name.

  • In ancient China, the emperor and royal family were the only people allowed to eat it because it was so rare. It has a black bran that surrounds the kernel that, once cooked, turns its color.

    It now is grown in the United States, which I guess makes it "unforbidden" now. The rice has a mild, nutty flavor and has many healthful benefits, including more vitamins.

    The ancient Chinese thought this rice would help give a long life. I think the farmers who grew the rice would disagree about that. Rice farming years ago was not an easy task.

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

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