Town turns out to support BJVIM

thestoresc@gmail.comMay 27, 2014 

From left, Mary Herbkersman, Barbara Bush and Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka enjoy the Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine cocktail party to kick off the Myrtle Island tour of homes the next day.

MATT NADLER/SPECIAL TO THE BLUFFTON PACKET

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    1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Salad Dressing mix

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There's been a whirl of activity in and around Bluffton this month.

A cocktail party at the historic Pine House on May 16 kicked off the Myrtle Island home tour to benefit Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine. Catered by Ed Wyman and fluffed up by Bluffton's favorite bon vivant Geist Ussery, the 100 or so guests had a fabulous time mingling and noshing to the Teddy Lewis jazz duo.

On May 17, lucky participants got to visit five beautiful homes and gardens on Myrtle Island. The weather was gorgeous. Joanie Heyward and Patsy Hodge were co-chairwomen for this lovely event.

Joanie said, "Blessings were bestowed on Bluffton last weekend in so many ways. The 60-plus volunteers generously steered the Myrtle Island Home and Garden Tour to a superb success. Without them, the nearly flawless day could not have happened. Tour day was perfect and filled with welcoming, smiling faces. BJVIM is run by volunteers, and it is truly heartwarming to see our community give of themselves so generously."

This wonderful event also gave many of us the chance to learn more about this great organization.

  • Olive trees in the Mediterranean region range from hundreds to thousands of years old. Olive trees have a unique root system that allows them to flourish in the poor rocky soil in that area. They also like very hot, dry climates.

  • Last November at the Music to Your Mouth event at Palmetto Bluff, my daughter, Tat, and I each bought an olive tree. A vendor from Georgia was selling olive oil and olive trees.

    If you have ever traveled to Tuscany or other olive-growing regions, you know how romantic the groves look. There is usually a rustic farmhouse with a barn and someone lounging around, drinking wine and dipping bread in freshly pressed oil. With visions of Tuscany dancing in our heads, our hope is to one day harvest a crop and drizzle olive oil over everything in sight.

    Our 2-foot-tall babies are getting new leaves and are looking swell.

    Alla vita dolce! ... To the good life!

  • When I saw the photograph "Fishing Frenzy" on the cover of last week's Bluffton Packet, I was reminded of something I had read about several weeks earlier. Doesn't tuna fish make you think of something so American, like Mother and apple pie? StarKist, Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea -- the top three canned-tuna brands -- are foreign-owned.

  • They also want to sell their tuna to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for school lunch programs, but the companies are in a quandary because they are not 100 percent U.S.-produced. StarKist is the only one of those that might be eligible, because it is canned in Lyons, Ga.

    All three companies are fighting to be American enough to be eaten in school lunches.

    When you order fish in a restaurant or buy it in a market, do you ask where the fish is from? I think we all need to be asking questions about everything we eat and read labels on cans and bottles. I haven't eaten tuna fish in a long time and may never eat it again.

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

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