Four years ago, we were at a party eating boiled peanuts when I mentioned to Jared Jester that maybe it would be fun to have a boiled peanut eating contest because those little goobers are a real Southern thing. I also wanted to have a sweet tea contest and pound cake bake-off.
Well now we have celebrated the third Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, even though it was so hot Aug. 23 that we were all boiled along with those little treats. I know some people can't stand the thought of the whole thing; why they don't is something we in the know can't figure out.
Maybe next year we can add the sweet tea taste-off and pound cake bake-off. Even though I know Patsy Hodge will win the pound cake event, I will still enter. Earl Grey is waiting in the wings with his pound of butter et cetera, et cetera.
Ansley entertained Margaret Golson Pearman and guests at a lovely fete at the Manuels' beautiful home on Pritchard Street that Ansley designed. Margaret and husband Chris are expecting the stork in October. The couple lives in Ridgeland and is very excited about the arrival of their first baby.
Druella and her wonderful friend party guru Geist entertained at Druella's Nanny Cove home at a baby brunch to celebrate the fall arrival of Erin Chapman Cain's little bundle. Erin and her husband now make their home at Edisto Beach and can't wait for the first little Cain's appearance.
Both baby parties were full of fun and, of course, delicious food and drink. The stork has its marching orders and is getting ready for the long flight. Geist promised to leave some treats for the old bird at both houses.
Another interesting program will feature Sally Krebs, Hilton Head Island's natural resources administrator and sustainable practices coordinator. She will discuss the piping plover, a small endangered shorebird that flies thousands of miles to come to our area for the winter. Cost of the program is $7, and it is suitable for ages 12 and older. This program will be presented at 3 p.m. Sept. 24.
For information and reservations for both programs, call 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
The eighth annual Music to Your Mouth will be held Nov. 18 through 23 at Palmetto Bluff. This event features food tastings, a foot race through the beautiful grounds of Palmetto Bluff, oyster roasts and lots of other fabulous events. Some of the activities are sold out, but are there plenty left to consider. Details: www.musictoyourmouth.com
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.