Errant bee leads to unexpected strip show in Bluffton

843-757-3855September 1, 2013 

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Errant bee leads to unexpected strip show in Bluffton.


A friend of mine who shall remain anonymous was in my store last Thursday. As many of you know, Thursdays are quite busy in Bluffton because of the Farmers' Market and the crowds of people who come to shop.

Out of nowhere my friend began jumping around and yelling her head off. It seems a bee had taken up residence in her clothing. There were at least 10 people in the store whose mouths were wide open and eyes as wide as they could get. The whole scenario was awesomely amazing.

Clothes began flying in every direction as I tried to get my friend to go into another part of The Store. After about two or three minutes of frantically stripping off her clothes, there wasn't much left to anyone's imagination.

Happily for us all, the bee left on its own without stinging or being smushed. The people who had been watching the whole affair said nothing but continued to gaze as though this happened every day.

My friend was laughing hysterically in her skivvies as I rushed around and tried to gather all of her clothes. All I can say is I am glad for the layered look, because someone might have gotten arrested for indecent exposure.

  • Do you dislike skinny bike seats, tight Lycra shorts and cycling around on a bicycle faster than the wind? Well, take heart. Like the slow food movement, our time may have returned also.

  • "Slowbike" clubs are sprouting up like weeds around the country. The last one to cross the finish line actually wins the race so to speak.

    Bikers are urged to use bike baskets, talk to fellow bikers on the ride, really enjoy the scenery, wave to passersby and even stop for ice cream. Before World War II slow-bike races were popular all over Europe. Slowpokes like the old turtle won the day. You are welcome to hop upon your old Schwinn in your cargo pants and T-shirt and join the fun. Forget spandex duds.

    Oh yes, life in the slow lane ... what a novel idea.

  • It has been discovered that a zoo in central China has been trying to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion. The large dog has a bushy mane and a lion-like appearance but the trouble is it doesn't roar. It barks. The zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage and foxes in the leopard enclosure.

  • Zoo officials said they were not trying to fool people and were so sorry for the mixup. I wonder what their animal crackers look like. Nabisco should look into this.

  • It seems I set an extra place at Iva Welton's family dinners. I mentioned several weeks ago that Tex Roberts, my favorite lemonade purveyor at the Farmers' Market was Iva's brother. Tex is no relation to Iva, and I apologize for the confusion.

  • Have you always wanted to be a backyard farmer? Clemson Cooperative Extension is offering an online course, "Sustainable Small Farms and Backyards," beginning Sept. 9. You can study at your own pace and learn about many interesting things including beekeeping, foraging, fruit and vegetable gardening and livestock basics. Sign up before Aug. 30 at and maybe we will be purchasing some goodies from you next year at our Farmers' Market.


    2 cans black beans, drain rinse

    2 avocados, diced

    2 mangoes, diced

    1 red bell pepper, diced

    4 green onions, thinly sliced

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

    Pinch of sugar

    Mix everything together and put in icebox to chill. Toss with a bit of your favorite vinaigrette to taste. Serve with grilled meat or fish as a side.

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

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