Finally, a taste of a full-fledged Lowcountry spring

thestoresc@gmail.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Four-year-olds Kensey Kaney, left, and her friend, Luna Rangel, both of Bluffton, run in pursuit of even more daffodils at the Three Sisters Farm U Pick Daffodils field. Kensey said she planned to pick "at least a hundred" of the flowers before she was through. The field on Calhoun Plantation Road in greater Bluffton was open for business on Saturday for the second weekend of 2013. "We're early this year," said farmer Chuck Merrick, "last year we opened Feb. 14." Merrick said the field will be closed to allow more daffodils to blossom before reopening again next Saturday.

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  • TINA'S QUICK BREAD

    2 cups self rising flour

    1.25-ounce package yeast

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1 cup buttermilk

    3 tablespoons Hellmann's mayonnaise

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix flour, yeast and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir buttermilk and mayonnaise until combined. Mix everything together. Pour mixture into a well-greased loaf pan. Bake for about 30 minutes until browned.

There are so many things on our horizon. Spring is poking her beautiful face toward me. Daffodils are coming up and some green shoots in my potted plants are trying to say hello. I cannot wait to work on my garden, which has been done in by our cold winter. As I write this, it is 75 degrees and a flock of robins are chirping and pecking around the yard. I hope the joy of this scene continues.

  • If you like golf and tennis, volunteers are needed for the Hilton Head Island Golf and Tennis Festival, which takes place Feb. 27 through March 2. There will also be a fashion show and free golf and tennis clinics. A portion of the proceeds benefit junior golf and tennis groups on Hilton Head. Volunteers can register online.

  • Palmetto Bluff invites all interested people to join in its second half marathon March 9. The course is beautiful and meanders through gorgeous properties. Registration is $75 and will benefit Backpack Buddies, an organization providing food to children in need. After the race, enjoy barbecue and all the trimmings along with live music. To register, go to www.active.com; and for information, call 843-815-1718.

  • Many cancer patients in our area have no way to get to their treatment centers. The American Cancer Society is asking for volunteer drivers to help. The American Cancer Society will provide training for the volunteers at no charge. You must have a good driving record, an up-to-date license, and a car in good condition and, of course, automobile insurance. For information, call Fronde Merchant at 843-744-1922 or email Fronde.Merchant@cancer.org.

  • Palmetto Breeze Bus Company has a great new service to offer families enrolled in the nonprofit Family Promise, an organization providing temporary shelter and permanent housing solutions to homeless families. Palmetto Breeze will take families to job interviews, work, classes and other needed errands based on the family's case. This is a wonderful service and one that is sorely needed.

  • Coastal Discovery Museum invites owl lovers to learn more about these and other nocturnal creatures that inhabit our area. Marvin Bouknight will present an interesting program about these animals at 3 p.m. March 19. The cost is $7, and reservations are required. Call the museum at 843-689-6767, ext. 223, for information.

  • The 28th president of the United States was Woodrow Wilson. After 10 years of renovations, his boyhood home in Columbia is open for tours. The home is South Carolina's only presidential site. The house was built in 1871 and was almost demolished in 1928. Through the wonderful efforts of many, $3.6 million was raised through public and private means to bring the house back to its former glory.

  • What fun if you love watching the Oscars. Win gift certificates for dinner and a movie by picking the Oscar winners. The Island Packet's 2014 Red Carpet Movie Awards contest invites you to enter by going to islandpacket.com/oscars and selecting your picks. Enter once using a valid email address. The contest ends at 7 p.m. March 2 And the Oscar goes to ...

  • Shout out to Lynn Michele. Thank you for letting me raid your flowers once again. The beautiful blooms have appeared at many Bluffton affairs and have been enjoyed by all. They last appeared at the recent luncheon given by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at Frazier Park.

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

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