Bluffton residents bring Lowcountry spirit to Reeves wedding in Kansas City

843-757-3855July 16, 2013 

Kansas City here we come. That was the theme song for several hundred people not long ago. The reason being a very happy, much anticipated wedding.

McNab Reeves married his adorable Kiks at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in a beautiful evening ceremony. Eighty-two out-of-towners made the trek to the city that used to be the staging spot for early settlers heading West.

There was quite a Bluffton touch to the wonderful weekend. McNab's mama, Corinne, brought palm fronds to decorate with for the rehearsal party and even made oyster shell Christmas tree ornaments for each guest at the wedding. McNab had Kiks' engagement ring made at Bluffton's Jewel Box and at the ceremony slipped his late grandmother Stewart's wedding ring on his bride's hand.

Later at the wedding reception guests were treated to a dinner party that got better and better as the evening wore on. There were many toasts to the couple and lots of laughter and dancing.

Kansas City is near the joining of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. There are rolling hills and many beautiful parks. Everyone loved the city's beauty and raved about how great it was.

Blufftonians who made the trip were Joanie Heyward; Gloria Underwood; Charleen, Jeffrey and Samuel Robinowich; Chuck Dimmock; Randolph and Will Stewart; Mike and Bess Soper, the Sulka family and of course the whole Reeves clan, who were thrilled and so touched that many of their friends from "off" shared such a wonderful experience with them.

McNab and Kiks flew off to a honeymoon at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. The couple will make their home in Savannah.

  • Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine could use your help as a volunteer. The clinic is in need doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners and administrative help. If you are qualified and would like to volunteer, call Karen Lavery at 843-706-7090.

  • If you love to write, you might like this: "A Savannah Anthology," an annual writing contest, is open to residents of Georgia and South Carolina. Fiction and nonfiction entries up to 5,000 words will be accepted. The deadline for the contest is Aug. 15. Entry fee is $10.

  • First place prize is $100, second place $50 and third place $25. The contest is sponsored by Savannah Authors. For more information, contact Alice Vantrease at 912-308-3208.

  • The May River Shrimp Festival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. July 19 at the Bluffton Oyster Factory. A wonderful feast of local shrimp and seafood will be served. There will be shrimp boat tours, a shrimp heading contest, a craft beer garden, music by Zack Stiltner and Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band. Seven area restaurants will also serve their special seafood treats. The party will benefit the Palmetto Animal League, an animal rescue and adoption organization. The group will have dogs available for adoption from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friendly dogs on leashes are also welcome to the party. Bring lawn chairs, but leave your food and drinks at home. For information call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520

  • * The May River Theatre Co. will present "Johnny Mercer and Me!" from Aug. 9 to 25 at the Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton's Town Hall. Johnny Mercer's brother George built the two- story brick house down from the Oyster Factory on Bridge Street. It is now owned by the Harper family. The play is a drama featuring the songs of Johnny Mercer. All tickets are $25. For reservations call 843-815-5581.

    ORANGE AMBROSIA

    8 navel oranges, peeled, sliced, seeds and white bits removed

    Shredded coconut

    2 tablespoons sugar

    Orange liqueur or sherry

    Layer orange slices, sprinkling of sugar, coconut, finishing with a layer of coconut. Sprinkle with the orange liqueur or sherry. Looks pretty in a glass bowl. Put in ice box to chill. Makes: 6-8

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

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