My door is always open for old friends

thestoresc@gmail.comMay 12, 2014 

Kitty Carling had a flower shop and design studio in my store 14 years ago. Kitty gave flower-arranging classes and sold fresh flowers. It was great fun watching her come up with beautiful creations.

Last week, Kitty stopped by with a group of her friends who have known each other since kindergarten. They get together once a year and this time decided to visit Kitty. Kitty and her husband, Dick, live on Callawassie Island in a lovely house on the marsh.

Kitty's daughter Lucy Moore is an interior designer who lives in Larchmont, N.Y., with her husband, Charlie, and their three young children. Charlie is the producer of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN and also works with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Lucy and Charlie are a very talented and busy couple. It was fun to visit with Kitty and catch up on the family news. Kitty's chums loved Bluffton and hope to return soon.

  • The Telfair Museum and the Jepson Center in downtown Savannah are offering some interesting, fun exhibits this summer. "Marilyn, Celebrating An American Icon" and "The Kirk Varnedoe Collection" are on display through July 24. The Jepson Center also offers programs for toddlers ages 3-5. On the third Thursday of every month, there are two classes offered: one from 10:30 a.m. to noon and another 1 to 2:30 p.m. Toddlers can also explore the Telfair's artwork and play in the ArtZeum. Children must be accompanied by an adult, of course. The next program is May 15. Go to www.telfair.org for more information about all of their offerings.

  • The first time I ever saw a mummy I was fascinated. At the British Museum in London, scientists have used CT scans to look beneath the bandages. The mummies have been on display since 1759 when the museum opened and have been quite popular. The goal of the scans and imaging is to show these long-dead individuals as real people. The mummy that has been of the most interest is one called Tamut. She was a temple singer from a high-ranking family. Her casket has never been opened and is decorated with brightly colored pictures of birds and gods. In the scans, her well-preserved body and face framed with short hair can be seen in great detail. If you visit London this year, the exhibit "Ancient Lives: New Discoveries" will be on display at the British Museum from May 22 through Nov. 30. If you visit Charleston, go to the Charleston Museum -- it is a treasure trove of fantastic items, including an Egyptian mummy in its "Early Days" gallery.

  • A thousand new brands of craft beers were launched in 2013. Craft beer has become quite the rage. Wooden Skiff Brewing Company is one such operation. Owner Tayloe Cook and distributors Willie and Cooper Cram of Bluffton-based Bear Island Distributors are making sure we all get to taste their brew. Ask for May River Sunset and Swamp Fox Irish Red on tap at many pubs and restaurants in our area. Willie and Cooper are the sons of Leisa and Peter Cram.

  • Abbie Stennes and her tennis star daughter Britte came through Bluffton last week on their way to Charleston. Abbie, you might remember, was the "Sandwitch" years ago. She made the most delicious sandwiches and brought them to my store where hungry patrons lined up to get them. They cost only $5; what a bargain they were. Abbie, her husband, Darek, and their two daughters, Britte and Hallie, now live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where Darek is a chef and Abbie does design work. Abbie and her family were devoted members of the Church of The Cross while living in Bluffton.

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

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