All has been merry and bright in Bluffton

843-757-3855January 2, 2013 

  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen, unsweetened pitted dark cherries, thaw but do not drain

    2 tablespoons sugar

    1 tablespoon cornstarch

    1/4 teaspoon almond extract

    1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted



    Put cherries and their juice in a heavy skillet with sugar and cornstarch and stir until everything is dissolved. Turn heat to medium and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Take off heat and add almond extract stir well. Cool and serve over pound cake sprinkled with the toasted almonds. Also good on coffee ice cream.

Cathy and Joe Redgate entertained a large group of friends and tennis pals at their Moss Creek home over the holidays. The house was bursting with Christmas cheer.

Guests were treated to a grand buffet and lots of libations. There was a tempting and tasty array of homemade holiday desserts.

The Redgates have several beautiful works of art, including one by famed Hilton Head Island artist Walter Greer. The painting is of a house on Marshland Road on the island, and there is a big patch of collards just popping up in the yard. The house is a one-story blue wooden cottage, and you may have seen it if you have ever driven down that road.

The highlight of the evening for me was meeting Jacqueline Keuler, the Redgates' next door neighbor. Jacqueline was a SCAD professor who taught fashion design and pattern-making. When she and her husband lived in New York City, she worked with Carolina Herrera and many other famous clothes designers. She is charming, and I hope to see her again soon.

Before we left, everyone gathered in the living room, where Cathy played the piano, and we all sang Christmas carols. Cathy was accompanied by a charming 7-year-old elf, who was dressed in a Chanel-like ensemble. It was a wonderful finish to their holiday party and such a nice way to spend a wintry night.

  • Several days later, Myrtle's Restaurant, now an event rental spot, was the scene of Mary Herbkersman's swinging birthday party.

  • The space was packed with Mary's family and friends. Ed Wyman, who is a wonderful caterer, gathered his troops and served up a delicious Christmas feast and drink.

    Mary's mother, Margaret, was there and had a wonderful report to give about her husband, John Kinzer. John, as you may remember, fell ill while the couple was on a trip to Europe. For all of us who care very much about their family, we are very happy to hear he is doing better.

    Some happy Blufftonians having a grand old time were Kate and Mike Hughes, Bess and Mike Soper, Barbara and Steve Bush, most of the Vaux Clan, Joanie Heyward, Beth and Eric Woods, Margaret and Wes Jones, and Rose and Weston Newton, making sure Mary had a memorable birthday bash.

  • I also attended a Christmas Eve party at Druella Shultz' adorable cottage on the May River, a perfect spot, indeed. The house is decorated in a very eclectic manner with objects Druella has collected in Bluffton and on her travels. Once again, Ed Wyman and crew served up the vittles, and once again it was fabulous.

  • The weather was agreeable, and fires burned inside and out. Fun is always found at the Shultz-Wyman shindigs and if you have ever been to their parties, you know that.

    Some longtime friends having fun were Jane and Abe Hester; Natalie and Chris Hefter, who were excited about their upcoming Florida trip; Nonie Colonna Johnson, Druella's grandmother; Beth and Eric Woods; the Sulka Family; Geist Ussery, everyone's favorite leading man; Connie and Tommy Reeves, with their beautiful family; Marti and Palmer Golson; Secrest and George Sutherland, both of whom are doctors; and Tammy and Marty Mauldin.

    We hated to leave, but Santa was to arrive soon, and I had to put out the cookies and milk.

  • "From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggitie beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us!"

  • This is an old Scottish prayer, one I give to all of us for 2013.

    Happy New Year!

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

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