Gingko tree in Old Town Bluffton a sight to see

info@islandpacket.comNovember 27, 2013 

In fall, the gingko tree's leaves turn a bright yellow.


  • Corny Cakes

    2 cups stone-ground cornmeal

    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1 1/2 cups buttermilk

    2 eggs, beat lightly

    4 tablespoons melted butter

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix wet items together, except oil. Mix everything together until just combined. If too thick, add a bit more buttermilk. Heat oil in skillet. Ladle 1/4 cup batter into skillet. Cook about 3 minutes on each side. You should have twelve cakes. Use the cakes as you would pancakes. These are gluten free.

We have something in Bluffton that I think is quite unique: a gingko tree. I love these trees. There is one at the corner of Bridge and Calhoun streets behind the Fripp-Lowden House.

Gingko trees are one of the oldest types of tree. They are commonly called living fossils because there are no similar living species.

The trees are prized for their resistance to pests and diseases, are low maintenance and are good in urban situations because of their ability to tolerate drought, heat and poor soil. These beautiful trees can grow up to 65 feet tall and are used in some herbal medicines.

If you would like to have one in your yard, make sure you get a male tree -- the female trees have a bad odor.

They also add gorgeous visual interest. In autumn -- here in late fall -- the green leaves turn a bright yellow. The lobed, fan-shaped leaves are so lovely that jewelry is often fashioned in their shape. The most spectacular one I have ever seen is in front of the home of the president of the University of Georgia on Prince Avenue in Athens.

  • History is all around us. The Lawtonville Baptist Church in Estill was established in 1775 near the Savannah River in Upper St. Peter's Parish. The church was moved to Lawtonville in 1836.

    In 1865, the building was used as a hospital during the War Between the States by Union forces. In 1911, the present church was erected in Estill. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. What looks like the Star of David is on the front of the church.

    Our family now has a connection to this church and Estill. Our many trips to Athens, Ga., and Atlanta have taken us through this area on Highway 3 for years. Our daughter-in-law Dorothy is from Estill and her family lives there, so now we too share a kinship with their church. Estill is about an hour from Bluffton.

  • Have you seen the Corner Perk's mobile cafe? It is adorable and has been wheeling around Bluffton appearing at many events. The Corner Perk can show up anywhere, just ask Josh Cooke. He is at the Farmers Market of Bluffton every Thursday.
  • Registration for Holiday Heroes is underway. Several nonprofits have created a countywide collaboration to collect and distribute Christmas toys for children and families in need. The group is conducting registration sessions at several locations throughout the county, including Bluffton Self Help. One registration per family is all that is needed. To register at Bluffton Self Help, you must show proof of residency in Bluffton, photo identification of parent, and birth certificates, social security or identification numbers and the name of each child and their school. For more information, call 843-757-8000.
  • The Bluffton Christmas Parade is Dec. 7. It begins at 11 a.m. or there about. If you want to join the fun, call Bluffton Town Hall for information at 843-706-4500. Or, go to the town website to register: See you there.
  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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