It was a week of great fun in Old Town Bluffton

info@islandpacket.comMay 15, 2013 

This past week was full of fun. On Thursday evening, Lynn Miller Hicks performed a wedding in her front yard. Lynn is also a celebrity chef, among many other pursuits.

Lynn bought Lori Brown's house last year, and the garden there is the perfect setting for a wedding.

Megan Miller, whose mother, Teresa, work with Lynn at Vineyard 55, was the bride. Megan's longtime boyfriend Kevin proposed in a very cute way. He and Megan's son, Lucas, were in cahoots. They put a written proposal in an empty bottle of their favorite wine. The bottle was then tied to a boat and left in the water for several weeks to "age." Then the groom-to-be buried the bottle on the beach.

The bride-to-be was lured to the beach, so she thought, to watch the sunset then have a picnic. Lucas pretended to have found a bottle with a note in it. Kevin opened the bottle and when he fished out the note dropped on his knee and read the proposal. Megan, of course, said yes.

We witnessed a bit of the ceremony while walking the dog. It was all great. Later we all had a toast and wished the new couple much happiness.

  • The 35th annual Bluffton Village Festival was wonderful. Judy Bradley was in Bluffton for the weekend with four of her childhood friends from Nashville. Kate Hughes had her mother, Happy, sister, Mary, and childhood friend, Gina, from Syracuse, N.Y., in tow with sister-in-law, Gina, from Hilton Head Island.

  • Simone Griffeth MacDonald, looking gorgeous, stopped by to say hello. She has just had an operation on her foot and was treading gingerly. I saw David Brown and enjoyed chatting about his recent trip to Vietnam -- he does get around.

    We celebrated the opening of May River Toys in my store. Yaya Epps and Nicole Gorddard saw a need for a quality spot to buy toys, so their shop was born. They have lots of family and friends in Bluffton. It was a busy day for everyone and lots of fun.

  • The Bluffton Elks Lodge has opened at 23 Plantation Drive in Bluffton. They are inviting all interested persons to join the new club. Call Exalted Ruler Paul Ford if this might interest you and to learn more about supporting our troops and veterans fighting for our freedom at 843-706-3554 or 843-683-5096.

  • The 2013 All Saints Garden Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18. There will also be a Flower Bower Boutique. This is always a lovely event. There will be gardens in Bluffton and on Hilton Head to tour. Tickets are $30 and include a seafood luncheon. Proceeds benefit area charities. Tickets are available at the church the day of the event.

  • Family Promise's fourth annual fundraising gala will be held from 6-9 p.m. May 16 at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse. Tickets are $50 and include drinks, nibbles and a live and silent auction. Call 843-815-4211 for tickets and more information.

  • You can cruise around Pinckney Island on May 25 with some very knowledgeable folks from the Coastal Discovery Museum. The cruise will explore the waterways around that area. The trip will be from noon to 2 p.m. and should be very interesting. This is suitable for adults. Reservations are required, and tickets are $35 each. Details: 843-689-6767, ext. 223

  • HEAVENLY LEMONY CAKE

    1 box lemon cake mix

    1 3.4-ounce package instant lemon pudding

    3/4 cup Wesson oil

    4 eggs

    8 ounces 7-UP

    Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. In a large bowl, put cake mix and pudding mix stir well. Stir in oil. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each one. Stir in 7-UP. Pour batter into Bundt pan. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. Test to see if done. Cool..

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

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