On the Town

Have a lot of Lowcountry fine feathered friends? Here’s how you can help them

Babbie Guscio
Babbie Guscio

2018 is the year of the bird. In honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed —organizations from across the country and all over the world are joining together to celebrate the beauty and power of birds.

Now at this time of year we can watch all kinds of feathered friends cavorting about, gathering twigs and a host of other materials as they ready their nests. The weather has been unusually warm this winter so there may be an early hatching of eggs. In our yard it is a contest between squirrels and hungry birds as they battle each other at the feeders.

If you would like to join in the love and appreciation and take action for birds, sign up to bird your world in 2018 at birdyourworld.org.

Poverty among mice

One wonderful saying I love is “poor as a church mouse.”

One of my grandfathers was a doctor who never refused to see a patient no matter what their circumstances were. My grandmother could be heard saying in a soft voice: “they are as poor as a church mouse.” I had visions of cute little mice dressed in clothes like a Beatrix Potter character running around a church with a little basket on their arm.

The saying originated in the 17th century when it was used to describe someone without money or barely any food. A mouse could not survive in a large stone cathedral because there was no food nor money kept there. But I bet once in a while there is a little furry creature nipping about the pews looking for a little something to nibble on.

Treasure hunt memories

Spring is the most marvelous time of year.

Everything is bursting or preparing to in a beautiful display of life and color. When we were growing up in Athens, Ga., my father would load us all in the car, dog included, and off we would go to spend a Sunday afternoon riding around in the country. Many hours were spent looking for abandoned houses that had clumps of daffodils blooming in their yards. It was like a glorious treasure hunt.

Someone would yell “I see some,” and Daddy would pull over and out we would jump with Spot in tow to pick our golden bounty. After we were exhausted and had our fill, the search was on for a filling station so that we could be treated to a Coca Cola before heading home. Just outside of Bluffton — as you near Pritchardville —there is a patch of sweet little daffodils growing alongside the road that bring joy to me every year.

A fashionable event

Charleston Fashion Week will be held March 13-17 in Marion Square.

If you love fashion, this is a wonderful opportunity to see fabulous clothes from top boutiques, emerging designers and designers already on everyone’s radar.

Go to CharlestonFashionWeek.com for all of the details.

Want to learn to shag?

So you love to shag or maybe you want to learn more about South Carolina’s official state dance.

The National Shag Dance Championships finals take place March 8-10 in Myrtle Beach. The shag is a true Carolina coastal tradition that many believe started in Myrtle Beach. The dance started with the emerging music of Motown and rhythm and blues. Along with the shag dancing fun, there are plenty of instructors to teach all who wish how to do the dance.

Meet the authors

There is going to be a very fun event at from 4 to 6 p.m. March 15 at The Store.

Pamela Ovens and Nelle and Ora Smith will be on hand to meet and greet and autograph their new books.

Pamela with her friend, Charlie Ryan, has written a book called “Deceit, Disappearance & Death” about the unsolved disappearance of Elizabeth and John Calvert in 2007 and the subsequent and peculiar death of Dennis Gerwing. It is quite interesting.

Nelle and Ora Smith have written a charming book titled “Paradise...Memories of Hilton Head in the Early Days.”

Both of these books would be a grand addition to someone’s library and a wonderful summer read.

Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street or at thestoresc@gmail.com.