I am so thrilled for our little "townies." The 2013 Leadership Class of the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has chosen to fashion a play area at Dubois Park. The park will soon have a beautiful shrimp boat structure for children to play on.
What a wonderful addition to an already nice area.
The park will feature a collection of pavers with children's handprints. The pavers will be sold as a funding source for the park. Families will be able to purchase one with their own children's hands imprinted in them.
Great fun and a great idea.
It would also be nice to have swings that babies can safely sit in. Lori and Jamie's daughter, Patterson, will probably be first in line to play on the boat. I look forward to watching the construction. I guess our mayor will have to break a bottle of milk over the the bow of the boat.
The closest play areas now in Old Town are at the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence streets and at Michael C. Riley Elementary School.
Thank you in advance to the chamber. Our family will surely be buying pavers. I found a fun item in the advertisements for the 2013 Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival to be held in March. A pre-festival event called "Uncork the Festival" will take place Jan. 26. Festival sponsors and local civic clubs are invited to enter a two-person team for a grape stomping competition. There is one catch, though: There must be one person dressed as an "I Love Lucy" lookalike on the team. If you have ever seen that episode in which Lucy and Ethel stomped grapes, you'll want to join the fun. The biggest juice-producing team will be the winner. Prize money will be awarded to the team's favorite charity.
If you want to get wet, purple feet, contact Jan Gourley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The festival generates money for many area charities and is lots of fun. There was so much merriment in Bluffton over the holidays. On New Year's Eve, Calhoun Street was packed with happy revelers at all of the watering holes. We walked to a friend's house for supper -- as we do each year. Many people went out to breakfast on New Year's Day in their pajamas. Some brave souls even jumped in the May River and some gathered on the beach on Hilton Head Island to watch the sun come up. The Cashman gamily was out on the river in their new bateau and were spotted motoring up to Palmetto Bluff.
At our house, we had a crowd coming and going and feasted on roast pork, collards, hopping John and lots of champagne.
Now I have to get used to writing "2013" -- it will take a while. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff has been put on the magazine Conde Nast Traveler's "gold list." They ranked the inn as No. 1 in South Carolina in service, ambience and charm, among other things.
If you have never been out to Palmetto Bluff, you will see what they mean. It is a lovely place to relax on the weekend. There are several spots to get a bite to eat or just take walk around. We should be proud to have them as our neighbor, I am. There are 355 days left in the new year. Make the most of them. Don't forget to put birdseed out for our fine feathered friends. There are lots of them visiting us right now, and they are hungry.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.