Michael Hahn surprised his darling wife, Ashley, for her 40th birthday. "Get your bags packed, girl. We are off to New York for a long weekend."
The couple arrived in New York on a Thursday and checked into their hotel. Suppertime found them in the meat-packing district and having a grand old time with Tuesday and Dennis Monts, who have leased an apartment in the Big Apple and plan to live there for a while.
On Friday, Michael and Ashley each went their separate ways for the day. Michael had lunch at the famous Katz Delicatessen with Hilton Head Island's Scott Richardson Jr., who also just happened to be in town.
That night the Hahns caught up with Mary and Chris Hodge over supper at the fabulous Mr. Chow's. The Hodges have just purchased a charming cottage in Rye, N.Y., and are leaving the city for a quieter life.
But wait -- there is more. On Saturday night, the intrepid foursome journeyed to Little Italy for a real Italian feast. The piece de resistance, though, was tickets to see the play "Rock of Ages" later that evening.
On Sunday morning, Michael and Ashley bid adieu to all of their Bluffton-now-New Yorker pals, hopped on a plane and were back snug in their Bluffton bed that night, while visions of dim sum danced in their heads -- washed down with limoncello, of course.
As many of us might know, Michael just had a health scare. For a month or more he lay in bed at MUSC in Charleston -- to the horror of all who know and care about him. I am happy to report he is fine and dandy and so happy to join the "real world" once again.
Many of us were so excited to see the Goodyear blimp do a low flyover of Bluffton not long ago. It turns out the blimp was being piloted by Corky Belanger, Goodyear's chief pilot. Corky is the boyfriend of Caroline Wilson, daughter of Anne and Bryan Wilson who live on Pritchard Street. Corky was flying from Pinehurst, N.C., to the homeport at Miami. Caroline called her mother and told her to get outside quickly because there was a big surprise on its way. Corky flew low over Anne and Bryan's house and waved hello to them. What a treat that was.
The May River Theatre Co. will present "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" from Aug. 8-24 at the Ulmer Auditorium in Bluffton's Town Hall. Producer Ed Dupuis shared some fun news with me. His friend Dianne Gibb won the title of Mrs. Senior South Carolina recently. Dianne is off to Myrtle Beach in October to vie for the honor of becoming Mrs. Senior America. Ed will, of course, be in the wings cheering his friend along. We wish her well, too, and hope she comes back a winner.
Betty Hintz is a remarkable person. She just celebrated her 90th birthday by flying off to Southeast Asia with her daughters. She and her late husband, Ray, lived in Sumatra for more than 30 years. Betty is a very accomplished artist and for 20 years or so has been very much involved in Bluffton's art colony. She is a founding member of the Society of Bluffton Artists, where she has an exhibit titled "East of Suez" on display through Aug. 2 at the gallery on Church Street. Stop by to see these wonderful works of one my favorite Blufftonians. Details: 843-757-6586, www.sobagallery.com.
Join most of Bluffton on July 18 at the Bluffton Sunset Party-May River Shrimp Festival to benefit the Palmetto Animal League. The fun is from 4 to 9 p.m. at Oyster Factory Park at the corner of Wharf and Bridge streets. Tickets are $5, and children are free. Details: 843-757-8520
Did you know the Statue of Liberty was designed to be a lighthouse and that Thomas Edison was going to design a large speaker inside of her so she could talk? The person who designed her, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, thought she would look wonderful with gold plating. I love the statue just like it is, and if you have never seen it in person that is one sight you should put on your list of must-dos. There is also one in Paris I was lucky to see -- but somehow the one in New York is more majestic to me.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.