On the Town

Guscio: Jumping out planes at 88 years old, and Halloween fun in Bluffton

Donald Kennedy celebrates his 88th birthday.
Donald Kennedy celebrates his 88th birthday. Submitted photo

and Donald Kennedy are the parents of Andy Kennedy and the grandparents of his adorable daughter, Bridget.

JoAnna and Donald live in Due West, S.C., at the Renaissance Retirement Community. If you know JoAnna and Donald, well then you must know that nothing slows them down, and they are always ready for fun.

Donald recently celebrated his 88th birthday, not by blowing out beaucoup candles but by doing a very exciting thing. The World War II veteran, never one to sit in a rocking chair spinning yarns, decided he wanted to do something really special for his big day. Guess what it was? He wanted to skydive.

Nothing or no-one could make him change his mind.

So after asking around, a call was made to the Skydive Carolina Parachute Center near Chester, and plans were put together for the birthday jump.

The group that runs the center are well-qualified and have helped and had many happy "jumpers" from near and far.

The exciting day arrived, and it was a beautiful one. Donald and his tandem jumper suited up and hopped aboard the waiting plane. Just as planned, the duo leapt out of the airplane into the wild blue yonder and floated back down to Earth without a single hitch.

It was a magical experience, according to Donald, although his dear JoAnna had to sniff smelling salts, I imagine.

Donald says it was the best birthday present he could ever have wished for. He made the evening news on Channel WYFF 4, and nobody has stopped talking about it yet.

I know JoAnna and Donald would love to hear from their Bluffton friends. JoAnna is on Facebook, but Donald doesn't have time for social media -- he is planning his next great adventure.


This is the time of year for all of us to be thankful, and here in Bluffton there are many of them.

The weather is fabulous, and lots of fun things to do are planned.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 27, there will be a Halloween party at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the Seaquins Ballroom at 1300 Fording Island Road.

Wear a costume and bring a covered dish to share as your admission to the fun.

Details: 843-837-6161

Join the Odyssey Swing & Jazz Orchestra at the Bluffton United Methodist Church on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton for a concert. This musical event will take place on Oct. 27 and admission will be a free-will offering. Call 843-757-3351 for time and information.

On Oct. 29 enjoy lunch with author Ron Rash at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse. Tickets are $42, which includes a delicious repast and an interesting talk.

Reservations are required and may be had by calling 843-521-4147.

On Oct. 31 Bluffton's Annual 5K Zombie Run, sponsored by Bearfoot Sports, will be held at The Calhoun Street Promenade at 3 p.m.

There will be a 5K run, one-mile fun run with a block party to follow.

Registration is $20 for the fun run and $25 for the 5K. Registration ends Oct. 27. Go to http://www.bearfootsports.com for more information.

Each Sunday head out to Palmetto Bluff for their Artisan Market on the Village Green at Buffalo''s Cafe from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There isn't a prettier spot to shop for lovely local art and grab a bite to eat and admission is free.

Call 800-501-7405 for information.