On a recent day in Bluffton, after a torrential downpour, I heard a baby's voice on my porch.
I walked outside just as the sun was peeking through the clouds, and, there before me, was a sight to behold. Two couples -- one young lady holding an adorable baby -- and three other people all looking a bit damp. It turned out they were on holiday and had been driving in the rain on U.S. 278 enroute to Hilton Head Island when they took a wrong turn and ended up on my doorstep..
Max Minjun Ma is a computer professional in Charlotte. He was with his wife Lilly and their baby boy Miles and Lilly's mother and father Manfang Qlu and Mordy Quan.
The family is originally from Shanghai, China, and have been in the United States since 2008. It was their first trip to our area. They took in as many sights as possible and loved Bluffton most of all.
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Max said they especially liked the scenery and great food.
It was a real treat for me to meet them and I was invited to visit them should I go to Charlotte.
Even though Max and I were the only ones able to speak to each other in English, it made no difference. It was serendipity plain and simple.
"It might as well be Spring," and indeed it is at the Ulmer Auditorium on Alljoy Road in Bluffton through May 24.
Jeff and Beth Corry, that fabulous duo we all love to love, play Abel and Melissa Frake and prove "It's A Grand Night For Singing".
Don't miss this charming offering produced by the May River Theatre Company.
Tickets are $25 each and may be had by calling 843-815-5581.
TOUR THE PAST
Every Thursday morning at 10 a.m., you can take a guided tour of historic Fort Mitchel on Hilton Head.
The fort is a well-preserved example of a coastal artillery battery built during the Civil War. You can learn about how northern soldiers lived on the island during the Union occupation from 1861-1866.
Tours take less than an hour and cost $12 for adults and $7 for children aged 6-12 Children under 6 are not allowed.
To make reservations, call The Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767.
BLUFFTON AS ART
Well-known Bluffton artist Lynda Potter is the featured artist at a new exhibit of her beautiful paintings.
Entitled "Quintessential Bluffton," the exhibit is at the SOBA Gallery on the corner of Calhoun and Church Streets.
Lynda's works include floral and architectural paintings and are a true delight.
For more information, visit www.sobagallery.com.
The fabulous 37th annual Bluffton Village Festival was once again a grand affair for all.
There were so many wonderful crafts, plants and food offerings to choose from. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the day and to the Bluffton Rotary Club and all of their wonderful volunteers. It does take a village. Three cheers to all.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.