Ossabaw Island is barrier island located off the Georgia coast. The island was privately owned for years but is now owned by Georgia and used as a site for research. In the early 1960s, the Torrey family -- who were the owners -- established The Ossabaw Island Project. The purpose of the project was to give persons of diverse backgrounds, i.e. business people, writers and artists, a chance to mingle and discuss any and all subjects. Renaissance Weekend, started by the Clintons, was patterned the same way. Guests were invited to stay, all expenses paid. My mother, a writer and artist, was among those invitees.
Visits to the island are restricted by Georgia because of its fragile nature. The annual Ossabaw Island Pig Roast and Art Auction is an exception. The event is a fundraiser for the organization and this year it is set for Oct. 15. I think this outing would be interesting if you want to learn more about the coastal region. Reservations are limited. For information, go to the Ossabaw Island Foundation website or call 912-233-5104.
We had a special treat last week. John Beattie -- whose mother, Carolyn, lives in Rose Hill -- came by for a visit. John is a graduate of The Citadel and for a time was puzzled about what path to take. He had always been interested in film, so he went back to school to learn about the medium. He is now based in Los Angeles, where he is a freelance director of photography. John has been all over the world and has been nominated for an Emmy for his work on "Whale Wars," dodged batons lobbed at him by little contestants on "Toddlers & Tiaras," survived filming "Top Shot" and just finished filming Oprah's new reality show, which premieres on OWN on Oct. 25. He said we will love Oprah's new show and it's his favorite so far. It was too brief a visit, but we'll have to be content seeing John's name in the television credits.
If you have a pond or lake and would like to add some excitement to it, The Mercantile in Pritchardville is right up your alley. It is holding Fish Day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13. There will be koi, largemouth bass, redear and channel catfish. To pre-order, call Arkansas Pondstockers at 1-800-843-4748. Walk-ups are welcome. The Mercantile also has food for all kinds of animals.
Do you wish you knew more about boating? Learn to skipper a boat safely at the Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron's "America's Boating Course" at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. The course is open to adults and teens and will address both power and sail. The $20 fee includes lunch each day. The best news is the location -- the class will be held at the Hargray Building at the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Hilton Head Gateway Campus on U.S. 278.
Call Leslie Gilroy 843-785-8876 for information and to pre-register.
Bon voyage, y'all.