Drs. Ashley Secrest Sutherland and George Sutherland hosted -- or should I say ghosted -- a hauntingly spooky Halloween soiree. The doctors were so done up it was amazing. Pierce and Peppy Giltner were so terrifically disgusting I haven't gotten over it. Ansley Manuel, wonderful architect that she is, thank heavens stuck to being a mundane Krispy Creme donut baker.
There were so many ghastly creatures on Myrtle Island Halloween night even the dogs weren't let out. Pearl Giltner, daughter of Pierce and Peppy and adorable on most days, had her face done up a la "The Walking Dead" by her dear father. Pierce and Peppy should go into the makeup business because they transformed the most charming chick I know into a monster. I wonder if they could do the reverse -- transform a monster into something divine and gorgeous.
The Craft Beer Festival on Nov. 2 was a rousing success. Craft beer is the latest rage all across America. Bottle shares of the brews are popping up everywhere. Bottle shares are kind of like taking your darling child or pooch to the playground or dog park and sharing. With bottle shares of different brews you get to taste beer from many different places. With playgrounds, you get to share stories of fun times with your children or dogs. In any case, it is a wonderful way to spend time on a lazy afternoon. So when we get our Bluffton Dog Park on Buckwalter Parkway what a great idea for a get together: Craft beer, children and dogs. Sounds like a great American thing.
A friend of mine who lives near Darien, Ga., invited a few friends from Atlanta down for the weekend. The friends who were invited had never been to the Georgia coast, so their visit included a day on Sapelo Island, which is accessible only by boat. Unfortunately no mention of what to wear was made. The guests arrived all decked out in fancy duds, including high heels. After the boat ride to the island, everyone had to walk to Hog Hammock, which is the center of activity for the island residents. There was to be a barbecue and entertainment. It was discovered one of the guests was a vegetarian, so all she ate was potato salad and slaw. It was suggested that maybe everyone needed a drink, so they walked over to the bar called The Trough. The vegetarian guest wanted a stiff drink by this time, but the only libation was Bud and Bud Lite. Since the boat back to the mainland did not leave for two more hours, she decided to go sit under a big oak tree to await departure. The next day my friend had a frantic guest telling her there were red spots all over her body and that she was itching like crazy. She had gotten chiggers from sitting on the ground. Go to the nearest drug store and buy clear finger nail polish and apply it to each red spot that itched, she was told. This sounded like a nightmare to me. A lesson might be to all: Tell your intended company what your plans are, what to wear, what you are planning to eat, and to look out for chiggers. Consider adding: "Can I make plans for you to stay at a wonderful hotel nearby?"
I have great news. We can now wear white after Labor Day. The only catch is it has to be called, according to Pantone, "Double Cream," "Angora," "Cloud Cream" or "Almond Oil." These creamy new colors are part of the new fall wardrobe colors. Off-white is the rage as are shoes in a "nude" color. Pale shoes make our legs look longer, and there are many new shades of "nude" too -- it just depends on the color of your skin. Vanilla is no longer a boring flavor or color according to many designers. They have figured out how to use it to make us all seem more alluring head to toe and taller, thank goodness. Who couldn't use a few more inches added to their legs?
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.