Here's hoping spring is finally upon us

thestoresc@gmail.comMarch 18, 2014 

Camellia Walks at Middleton Place in Charleston end March 22. For information, go to www.middletonplace.org.

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  • STEPHANIE'S QUICK SUPPER

    1 pound fresh wide-noodle pasta

    2 lemons, zested, cut and juice squeezed into a cup

    1 cup sour cream

    1 small bag fresh spinach

    8 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Cook pasta. Drain. Add lemon zest and juice, sour cream, spinach and half the cheese. Mix well. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve in 4 bowls with rest of cheese.

Au revoir, winter, and hello, balmy spring days -- I hope, anyway.

There are many events this time of year, so get out and join in the fun.

  • The Historic Beaufort Foundation is hosting an architectural tour. On March 28 you can have cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and meet the architects who designed some of Spring Island's loveliest homes. On March 29, there will be a tour of the private homes on Spring Island designed by Allison Ramsey, Frederick & Frederick and Thomas & Denzinger. Tickets are $45, and reservations are recommended. Details: 843-379-3331, www.historicbeaufort.org

  • At Middleton Place in Charleston, the Camellia Walk tours are in full swing. There are more than 3,500 camellias, some more than 220 years old. Middleton Place is said to have some of the first to be planted in an American garden. The walks are free with paid admission to Middleton Place. I highly recommend this tour if you love flowers; they are spectacular. For more information on this National Historic Landmark or to reserve a spot on a Camellia Walk, call 843-556-6020 or go to www.middletonplace.org.

  • There is another treat in store in Charleston. The annual Festival of Houses and Gardens will be held through April 19. A variety of tours are offered, including walking history guided tours and tours of various homes. Details: 843-723-3405

  • Savannah is also in bloom and waiting for your visit. The 79th Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens is March 27-30. It offers a wonderful chance to enter some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the historic district. Details: 912-234-8054

  • The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will have us jumping for joy March 20-21 at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St., in Savannah. We have had the pleasure of experiencing the band's music before, and I guarantee you will not be able to sit still. The band is from New Orleans and is a real treat. Details: 912-525-5050

  • I was intrigued by a recipe I found about cooking and eating chicken feet. I guess this is a case of waste not, want not. It seems there is a trick to eating their feet. Most cooks remove the toenails before cooking. Otherwise one just chews on the feet and spits out the toenails.

  • I don't think I will be nibbling on any of these any time soon.

  • There is a TV program on Sunday mornings that I love. It is called "Agribusiness" and deals with all sorts of farming information. It is on from 7 to 8 a.m. on ABC. I love farmers and find all of their dealings very interesting and very informative. There is something so innocent and charming about the program. Details: www.agribizweek.com

  • Pluff Mudd Art Gallery will present the gorgeous works of Peggy Duncan through April. Peggy is a longtime resident of Bluffton and works mainly in oils. The works are varied and would make a lovely addition to anyone's home. Peggy is in the midst of building a charming home in Stock Farm complete with a wonderful studio. We are so happy she has returned to Bluffton to live. Pluff Mudd Gallery is at 27 Calhoun St. in Old Town and shows work in all media by 20 local artists. Details: www.pluffmudd.com

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

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