Congratulations to everyone at The Farmers Market of Bluffton. At the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Ball held recently, Kim Viljac accepted the Bluffton Regional Business Council member of the year award. Our homegrown market has also been recognized as one of the best in South Carolina. Kim is the manager of the market who, through much hard work, has helped garner lots of praise for all involved in this endeavor. I know many people who look forward to the arrival of Thursday so they can purchase their favorite items from the many vendors. Winter hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays.
The Coastal Discovery Museum will present a program featuring turtle nesting habits and conservation efforts at 3 p.m. Jan. 22. The turtles face many obstacles on populated beaches. Amber Kuehn, manager of the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project, will discuss ways to help these endangered creatures. The last nesting season on Hilton Head produced a record-breaking number of turtle nests. Cost is $7 for ages 9 and older. Reservations are required. Details: 843-689-6767, ext. 223
Jaja and Chris Epps, owners of May River Toys, recently donated 50 stuffed animals to the Bluffton Police Department. The toys will be given to comfort children at accidents and crime scenes. The toys will help calm children and give them something to hug, helping relieve their stress. What a great idea.
Beaufort County Clemson University Extension Service is taking applications for the 2014 Master Gardener training classes. The classes begin March 5 and will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $300 and includes all materials. For details, contact Laura Lee Rose at 843-255-6060, ext.117, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spring will be popping up soon so your chance to grow everything well will be here too.
There is a company in England that has discovered an ultraviolet-powered glow-in-the-dark paint called Starpath. Pro-Teq hopes this resurfacing spray will be a cost-effective way to light our public spaces. It can be sprayed directly on many surfaces and dries in 30 minutes. It contains light-absorbing particles in many colors and is slip proof and waterproof. Might be a good thing to look into for our sidewalks, especially in dimly lit areas.
The Town of Bluffton plans to build a dock for public use at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. The dock should be completed before we all set sail for the sandbar or want to tie up at the dock to walk around Bluffton this year. Great news for area boaters.
The Women of Palmetto Bluff are planning a fashion show and luncheon, "High Heels and Horseshoes," to benefit Heroes on Horseback. The fun party will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff.
Heroes on Horseback provides therapeutic riding instruction to children with disabilities throughout the Lowcountry. For ticket information contact Women of Palmetto Bluff, P.O. Box 3592, Bluffton, SC 29910.
I found the neatest thing the other day. It is called the AquaFarm. It is an indoor garden/fish bowl and promises to be lots of fun and also tasty too. The AquaFarm uses a system known as aquaponics to keep a pet fish and leafy greens healthy with little help from you. The plants grow in a tray above the water line, help filter the H20 by breaking down the amonia from fish waste into nitrates. The nitrates feed the plants.
The kit contains everything you need to start your little farm. The Cahill Family need not worry this will not put them out of business. No soil is necessary, and you even get a coupon for a free fish upon purchase. Your new endeavor is a reasonable, to me, $60 and can be had at www.backtotheroots.com. It's great fun to watch this in action, especially in the winter.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.
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