Heritage tournament, Easter make wonderful combination

thestoresc@gmail.comApril 28, 2014 

The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing coincided with Easter. Here, attendees take part in an Easter egg hunt at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island.

SPECIAL TO THE BLUFFTON PACKET

  • WATER STREET STEAKBURGERS



    3 pounds ground chuck

    1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal

    1/2 cup water

    2 eggs, beat well

    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

    2 teaspoons Montreal Steak seasoning (I use this on lots of things)

    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder



    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put everything in a large mixing bowl; mix well but not for too long. Form into 12 patties and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve with sautèed mushrooms on top.

This Easter and Heritage week was a very soggy one that ended on a bright note. The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing had a purse of $5.8 million, and winner, Matt Kuchar, took home $1.044 million for his spectacular play. The tournament is always fun for everyone, including members of my family. There is something so exciting about the golf match.

This year Easter came into play. There were lots of celebrations, cooking, feasting and family fun in Bluffton.

George the Easter Bunny was supposed to lead our children's parade Saturday but could not do so because of the rainy, wet weather in the morning. So he greeted children on my porch, which no one seemed to mind. Several little Blufftonians would not go near the bunny and stood as far away as possible -- but they still yelled Easter greetings. They were all very cute.

Billy Roe stopped by later in the day with his adorable daughter Kat Munsterman and her family, who were in town for the holiday. Kat used to help me in my store when she was a high school student. It was wonderful to see her.

The sun peeped out later, and the rest of the weekend was beautiful. I love this time of year -- it is so beautiful.

  • Pierce, Pressly and Pearl Giltner had a glorious spring holiday. The trio left Bluffton to go to Disney World for the first time as a surprise for Pearl's eighth birthday. After getting Disney-fied, Pierce and Pressly put Pearl on a plane to Charlotte, her first-ever plane trip and solo to boot, to spend a week with Pressly's brother while they flew off to the Abacos Islands.

  • When the couple arrived at Green Turtle Cay, they were met by our dear George Heyward who spent the winter sailing in the Bahamas. They sailed from Marsh Harbour to Hopetown, where they saw Jane, Jimbo and Josie Schmitt, who were also on a holiday there. They all had dinner with the lighthouse keeper in charge of one of the only manually kept lighthouses in existence. It runs on kerosene that has to be transported to the lighthouse by boat and foot.

    Later that evening, back on George's boat, Pierce and Pressly were to spend the night and were warned that George snored loudly. He did -- louder than they expected. In fact, they said it was louder than any human ever. The next day they set sail on one of the best adventures George said he had been on in a long while. They spent the day snorkeling and spearing fish, which they grilled on the beach that evening.

    Several days later the two were back in Bluffton celebrating Pearl's birthday Bluffton-style with family and friends on Easter Sunday. Margaret Heyward's children, Josie and Bella, made the heart-shaped birthday cake, which was gobbled up by all. Pearl said it was a thrilling birthday week, and I agree. It certainly was.

  • I have a wonderful report from Sun City Hilton Head resident Bonnie Howell. Bonnie saw my write-up about "Gershwin at Folly" being presented at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston. She had her cousin and friend Sheila Geoghegan and Mary Joe Church coming for the Easter holiday, so she telephoned for tickets. The trio had supper at the fabulous Magnolia Restaurant and attended the musical. Bonnie said the sets by Jonathan Green were marvelous and the music and dancing were magical and amazing. She said just being in the midst of it all was a dream come true.

  • It is sheep-shearing season now in many states. Four million sheep are shorn each year in the United States. The wool they produce has a value of $49 million, which is amazing to me. The wool is used for all sorts of clothing, including military uniforms. Meanwhile, here in the South, we are getting ready for the summer season.

  • Many of our well-dressed gents will be in seersucker. This is a familiar word that has a peculiar background. The word "seersucker" is derived from three different languages: Hindu, Urdu and Persian -- "shir o shakara." The words mean "milk and sugar," referring to the alternate stripes woven into the fabric.

    Who thought of that, I might ask?

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

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