It was a week of celebration in Old Town Bluffton

843-757-3855May 21, 2013 

All of Calhoun Street was a hopping place to be this past week. On Wednesday, there was a celebration for Brooks Cobb at Vineyard 55. The party was given by his parents, George and Debbie Cobb, their daughter, Allison, and her husband, David Hussey, to showcase the beautiful guitars that Brooks handcrafts at his studio on Confederate Avenue.

There was wonderful music by musician Whitley Deputy and delightful food and drink. Rebecca and Bob Morris, two charming Blufftonites, kept the party humming. Joan and Bob Davis, Jason Hazel -- he owns Hazel Media -- and his beautiful designer girlfriend Debbie, Sue and Jeff Waldron, and Scott Evans and his cute wife -- Scott owns John's Music on the island -- were all enjoying the Bluffton experience.

Brooks had a great baptism into our wonderful world, and we all enjoyed seeing his special creations.

  • If you know Geist Ussery, then you know he has legions of friends and admirers. On Friday evening, Geist had a fabulous birthday celebration, once again Vineyard 55, that was rocking.

  • Dressed in wigs and 1970s duds, friends danced and mingled till the wee hours. Cal and Anna Sharp were really sporting it. Cal had a blonde afro wig. Lynn Miller Hicks, Margie Fox, Ansley and Tripp Manuel, Charlene Gardner, Jamie and sister, Tat Guscio, Dr. Secrest Sutherland, Heather Gilmore and Curtis Pascoe, Trish Lammy, Tim Holsinger, Billy Roe passing through with Roberts Vaux and daughter Mary Bell, David Brown taking photos, Nat and Chris Hefter, Geist's brother Grady and the list goes on and on.

    Geist knows how to throw a party, I might add.

  • On Saturday night at the Dispensary, guess who showed up in his blue suede shoes. Yep, it was Elvis himself, and he brought down the house, or should I say the sky -- because he performed outside. It was so much fun. If you haven't stopped by this spot. do so and order a hamburger. They are delicious.

  • John Rosenblum, son of Katherine and David, has found a new calling on the stage. John plays Winthrop in the play "The Music Man," a May River Theatre Co. production now playing at Bluffton Town Hall. John is very talented, and he now has several plays to his credit. The play runs through May 26. Take your children, they will love it.

  • * The Red Cross needs volunteers to help with the preparation for the upcoming hurricane season. Classes will be held at the Red Cross building at Sheridan Park on from 6-9 p.m. June 5 and 17. Pre-registration is required. To register, email, or call 843-764-2323. This is a worthy organization and well worth your time.


    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

    2/3 cup fresh strawberries

    1 teaspoon sugar

    3/4 teaspoon onion powder

    Pinch of salt

    2 grinds of pepper mill

    2/3 cup olive oil

    Put everything in blender and puree. While blender is on, add oil in a slow stream. Serve over fresh baby spinach or baby lettuce greens. These vegetables should be arriving soon at the farmers market. This salad would be good with grilled fish or shrimp.

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

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