Pressly and Pierce Giltner just returned from several fun days in their hometown of Chester. Pressly and Pierce motored north to celebrate the 70th birthday of Pressly's dear papa, Dickie.
Before leaving Bluffton, Pressly picked a boxload of palm fronds, cut lots of sunflowers and then headed to the Bluffton Oyster Factory to buy some of our May River shrimp as a surprise for the party.
Pressly's childhood home is out in the country, which is a good thing. The Hall clan loves parties and can really kick up their heels. In fact, Pressly's brother Tom Hall and his band The Plowboys will be here in Bluffton. The Plowboys will be the featured band at our second annual Boiled Peanut Festival on Aug. 24.
The birthday celebration offered so many delightful treats. Pressly's grandmother, Edith, made fresh creamed corn; there were fresh tomatoes, Bluffton shrimp and grits, lots of cheese biscuits. The piece de resistance was a 7-Up pound cake with fresh peaches, lovingly baked by Dede, Pressly's mama. Late in the night Pressly snuck down to the kitchen and made off with the remains of the cake, so she and Pierce could eat the rest in bed. For two days, Dede kept asking what happened to the rest of the cake. It was discovered who the culprits were when crumbs were found all over their bedroom.
Children, what can you do with them?
Needless to say, everybody had a swell time and who wouldn't with that bunch?
Tex Roberts is the "lemonade man." He is the brother of Iva Welton, whose family owned Rose Hill Plantation in the early days of Bluffton development. Iva now lives in Sea Pines and she is an ardent preservationist.
I first met Tex when he started selling lemonade at the Bluffton Village Festival more than 20 years ago. He still sets up every year at the festival and always has a long line of thirsty customers. The good news is he is in Bluffton every Thursday in back of the Carson Cottages, so stop by his stand and say hello he always has a great story to tell.
Has anyone had any luck catching crabs big enough to eat? Must be the rainy weather, because everyone I've talked to says they are very small.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.