We have some new "kids" on the block. Sallie and Kent Collins have traded a snug life on Hilton Head Island for a walk on the "eccentric" side here in Bluffton. The charming couple recently purchased Mimi and Hugh Gordon's house next to the Church of the Cross. The Huger-Gordon House is one of the oldest in Bluffton.
Last week, Sallie and Kent invited some friends over for a nip and munch affair to celebrate their new life amongst us. Joan and Charlie Weaver, Kim and Thomas Viljac, Gloria and Brian Carmines, Martha and Randy Ladermann, Caroline Armstrong, Andi Sonfeld, Bess and Mike Soper, who had just driven from Birmingham, Ala., Nancy and Charlie Golson, Alice and Joe Fraser, Carrie and Chip Collins, Jeanne Lee, Ann Elliot, Jane and Steve Kiser -- Jane was just back from her birthday trip to New York with daughter Julia -- Teddy and Emmett McCracken, Margaret and Ken Collins, next door neighbors, the Rob Lees and Sharon and Bernie Haag.
There was lots of wonderful food, including Bluffton Barbeque sliders put together with love by kitchen maven Kim. It was a fun afternoon with friends, and all agreed Sallie and Kent are where they should be.
Life in Bluffton doesn't get any better than this.
"Glorioso -- Art in Bloom," a Garden Club of America flower show will be held March 12-13 in the Jepson Center for the Arts at 207 W. York St., in historic Savannah. There will be displays in floral design, horticulture and a conservation exhibit. A special treat for attendees is floral interpretations of paintings displayed in the museums.
On March 12, Julia Reed, a writer on food, politics and the South, will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Jepson Auditorium. Julia is a contributor to many magazines, including Garden & Gun, and serves as chairman of the board at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, where she lives.
Later, at 1 p.m., chef and cookbook author Hugh Acheson will speak. Hugh is a six-time nominee and the 2012 winner of the "Best Chef in the Southeast" award given by the James Beard Foundation. His latest restaurant, The Florence, will open this spring in Savannah.
Details: www.trusteesgardenclub.com, 912-644-5723
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.