Learn about Gullah culture through museum exhibit

Special to Lowcountry LifeAugust 29, 2012 

  • 2 cups strong tea

    1 cup sugar

    2 6-ounce cans frozen lemonade

    1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice

    2 cups ice water

    2 cups Makers' Mark bourbon

    1 quart Canada Dry ginger ale, chilled

    Lots of crushed ice

    Put tea and sugar in a large plastic container and stir. Add lemonade and orange juice and stir until thawed. In a blender, mix ice water with ice in batches and blend to make slushy. Add this to tea mixture. Use lots of ice. Stir well. Add bourbon. Stir. Serve in wine glasses topped with ginger ale. This is a grown-up slushy great for a hot Bluffton day. Garnish with mint, if you like.

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation has an exhibit now on display I know you won't want to miss.

"Looking Back, Rising Forward: Honoring the History of Gullah-Geechee Islands" will be presented through Sept. 10.

This artwork honors the Gullah-Geechee culture in a beautiful way and shows their unique way of life. Amiri Farris and his vibrant canvases join Judy Mooney and her bronze and clay sculptures, showcasing centuries-old traditions of this wonderful culture.

Take in the butterfly enclosure while you are there, and you have a perfect daytime outing.

Details: 843-689-6767

  • The Lowcountry Christian Women's Connection invites the community to its Sept. 19 luncheon and fashion show. Judith Beckler has gathered lovely fall fashions courtesy of Stein Mart. Hope Horkavy, a well-known teacher and professional singer, will be the featured speaker. The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse. The cost is $24, and reservations must be made by Sept. 12. If you are new to Bluffton this is a nice way to introduce yourself to some "new" friends.

  • Details: 843-705-7950

  • This is getting to be the time of year to start thinking about holiday parties and ways to "fluff up" your surroundings. HGTV's Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe team up on "Sarah's House" to show us how to transform a blah house into a razzle-dazzle abode.

  • The series shows the twosome taking a builder's house in a subdivision and turning it into a place full of pizazz. If you like decorating ideas and love how-to advice this might be your cup of tea. Lots of us in Bluffton live in new houses so this program might prove very intriguing.

    The program airs on HGTV Sept. 1 and 8. Check local listings for times.

  • Am I the only one who wonders where all of those potted plants come from at Easter? I discovered that the Easter lilies are native to Japan. The bulbs were first introduced to America in the 1880s after having been cultivated in Bermuda. In the early 1900s, Japan dominated the lily market. An American visiting Japan from Oregon brought a suitcase full of bulbs back from their trip. Soon lilies were growing along the Oregon coast.

  • When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, trade between our countries was halted. That started the lily business on the West Coast. The bulbs were nicknamed "white gold," in the same vein as our "Carolina Gold" rice here in the Lowcountry. There are only a handful of companies left, which produce more than 14 million bulbs each year. Growing the lilies is very time-consuming; it takes about three years to produce bulbs big enough to ship. Each year when my lilies have bloomed I plant them in the yard. Some come back and bloom beautifully, and some become lunch for the squirrels.

    I find it interesting that Smith River, Calif., with a population of only 866, is the Easter Lily Capital of the world. In the early 1900s, Bluffton, population about 500, grew and shipped daffodils all over the United States. Says something for the small town "get up and go," doesn't it?

    I wonder if we can get it back ...

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

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