Hampton Lake will host famed nature photographer Robert Rommel at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Lakehouse. Mr. Rommel's photographs have been published in numerous magazines and books. He has received many awards in national and international photographic competitions. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited enjoy lunch at Backwater Bill's following the presentation. Details: 843-836-7463 If you plan to visit Paris anytime in the near future or you know someone who is planning to be there for a while, my friend Dorothy Burnet told me about something fun called VoulezVousDiner, which means "Would you like to dine?" You can have dinner in the home of real Parisians. You get to pick the night and choose the situation. The list of people offering this have been thoroughly vetted so there are no strange encounters. The hosts must speak English well too, so you won't be looking in your French dictionary all night. The dinners have been very successful and are a special way to get to know Paris in a different light. Speaking of Dorothy, when she came to visit not long ago she brought me lots of presents. There was a set of oven mitts, an apron and a doormat. They all sported tags that were sewn on saying "Paris" in big letters, and I was thrilled to get them. I was getting ready to wash the apron and mitts and happened to notice "Made in China" tags on everything. I was shocked to say the least. My dear friend had brought these things to Bluffton from Paris that originated in China. I guess she will find out because she reads the Packet on the Internet. I am sure she will get a laugh out of this -- or so I hope. The Heritage Library on Hilton Head Island is inviting those interested to learn more about the historic sites and acquaint visitors with the island's history. The talks will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Highlights include prehistoric Hilton Head, discovery and settlements by Europeans, the island's involvement in the Revolutionary War, the Union occupation during the War Between the States, and how the island was developed. Boy, that is a packed agenda and sounds very interesting. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations, call 843-686-6560. Valentine's Day is coming up soon. St. Valentine was supposed to have been a priest in Rome during the third century. The emperor Claudius II took a disliking to him in the year 270 or there about and had him beheaded on Feb. 14. St. Valentine had nothing to do with romance. I bet the celebration was started by an impossible romantic just to get roses, candy and a champagne dinner. Some people will do anything for chocolate bon bons. Public schools in six cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, are urging suppliers to send healthier products to use in their schools. They are now serving lunch on biodegradable plates made of sugarcane. What a great, green idea.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.
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