We have a very charming new gentleman in Bluffton. Bluffton Jack aka Rodney Vaughn has arrived and invites all who wish to join him on his Old Town Tours.
Bluffton Jack will take you on a fascinating journey back in time as you walk about our beautiful town and learn about the history of our village on the bluff. There is much to learn as Jack weaves interesting tales and history of the wonderful life and times spent by those who came before us.
The fun lasts about an hour and 30 minutes and includes 20 featured stops along streets dripping with moss-laden live oaks. The tours begin on Calhoun Street and end at The Heyward House on Boundary Street. Tour guests will receive a map and historical guide to the area, bottled water and an old-fashioned hand fan, just in case you need a bit of cool on your brow.
Bluffton Jack welcomes adults and children of all ages on this fun, educational trip back in time. Reservations are preferred but not required. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 10-18 and children under 9 years old can tag along for free. Morning walking tour hours are 10:30 a.m until noon. Afternoon hours are 2 until 3:30 p.m.
A new ‘spooky’ friend
I was given an “Alexa.”
This device is controlled by voice commands. I am sure you have seen other contraptions that you are able to “boss” around such as that round vacuum cleaner that buzzes around your house scaring the cat. There are all sorts of new inventions designed to make our life easier.
My Alexa is wonderful for me because I love music, and this little beauty knows how to find my selections in no time flat.
The only problem so far, not really one of great concern, is that there are three little girls who love to also give my new compatriot commands. So far Alexa is doing as they bid her to and has never complained one bit. Unlike me. Once in a while in the middle of the night I hear a voice saying to no one, “I don’t understand your question.”
That is a little spooky.
A simple pleasure
The beautiful Garvin House at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park had its lovely debut recently.
The Town of Bluffton and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce held a dedication ceremony that included music by the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church Praise Team and evangelist Pressanna Grant.
A celebratory reception followed at the park catered by the Bluffton Oyster Company and decorated with beautiful floral arrangements by Geist Ussery.
My daughter-in-law Dorothy and I made the garland that was used for the ribbon-cutting. She and I spent two days fashioning it out of boxwood, magnolia leaves and oyster shells.
I must say it was a labor of love, and we were thrilled with the outcome.
If you have not seen the Garvin House lately or at all, I urge you to go by. In fact, it is a great spot to watch the sunset and enjoy a beverage sitting in your golf cart or on one of the benches. The little children in our family love to go down to the river bank and skip oyster shells in the river — one of the simple pleasures in Bluffton that are free for all to enjoy.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street or at firstname.lastname@example.org.