The bar 9 Promenade in Old Town is inviting all animal lovers to the Tips for Tails event from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23. The guest bartender for the evening, Kiki, an animal lover lots of you might know, will mix up some wonderfully exotic libations. How about a Furtini? Or Hair of the Cat, Dog's Tail or Fuzzy Wuzzy Margarita? Kiki mixes it all and guarantees that you will have a Bluffton furball of fun.
After 7 p.m., all cash tips go to the wonderful group Jasper Animal Rescue Mission in Ridgeland. There will be a silent auction, and 20 area restaurants have donated dining certificates. So I suggest a visit to the farmers market from 2 to 7 p.m. and then nip over to Calhoun Street to Tips for Tails.
By the way, there is also live music.
* If you like to stay at home and rarely venture out, there is a new service called Nextdoor.com. This is a service that can put you in touch with neighbors you would rather not meet nose-to-nose. Nextdoor.com, I think, is rather like Facebook. Welcome to the land of "What in the world?"
This service is not available in Bluffton, so I guess you will just have to meet everyone the old-fashioned way -- hanging out your laundry, picking your mail up at the old post office, going to Palmetto State Bank to say howdy or dropping by The Pig on a Sandbar weekend.
Or just stop by the farmers market on Thursdays to meet a real, live Blufftonian.
* I read an amazing story in the paper: In Williamsport, Pa., a man was floating on the Susquehanna River one hot Sunday afternoon. He was wearing a life preserver and fell asleep. He was drifting around just beneath a dam. People standing on the dam saw him and thought he had drowned and called the police. A helicopter and boats of all manner filled with good-intentioned people were summoned. The poor man had no idea of all of the activity going on around him. A dragonfly landed on his nose and he awoke. Needless to say, he was a bit horrified to find all of the drama going on. He apologized to everyone, but said he was just trying to have a nice cool respite from the heat.
There might be a lesson here somewhere, but I'm not quite sure what it is.
The diverse group was formed in 1996 to promote an awareness of native plant species and their importance in our history and landscape.
Members of the group collect seeds, participate in plant rescues, field trips and many interesting endeavors. If you share this sort of passion, go to www.scnps.org. for more information. The Lowcountry chapter is based in Charleston.
* Zunzi's Deli at 108 E. York St. in historic Savannah was featured on the Travel Channel's segment in June as having the best sandwich in America. The sandwich is called "Conquistador." It is a delicious concoction of chicken breast and vegetables on a homemade baguette.
My favorite historic house, the Owens-Thomas House, is nearby. A trip to Savannah for one of these delicious sandwiches and a tour through the Owens-Thomas House would make your day.
The Owens-Thomas House has a wonderful gift shop and slave quarters in the back that you need to tour. Zunzi's is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.