On the Town

Guscio: Let all these heroes eat cake

pecial to The Bluffton Packet

Batgirl and Batman, aka Lori and Jamie Guscio, were recently spotted at the Hampton Lake playground.
Batgirl and Batman, aka Lori and Jamie Guscio, were recently spotted at the Hampton Lake playground. Special to The Bluffton Packet

We spent last Sunday at the Hampton Lakes playground and what a wonderful time we had in that wonderland of sorts for small children.

Two of our granddaughters were celebrating their birthdays.

Lily turned 3 and her big sister Patterson turned 5, and since both were almost born on the same day -- two years apart -- their smart mama, Lori, has one big party for the duo.

The theme was super heroes and there were over 25 big and little guests with and without capes. There were all sorts of tasty "heroic" treats Lori spent quite a bit of time making that were gobbled up by hungry heroes.

The piece de resistance was the fabulous cake fashioned by Ronnie's Bakery, who always do a smashing job with theme cakes. Happy Birthday again to two of my favorite chickies.

May your capes always fly in the right direction.


Emails ... emails... do you send them?

Do you read them?

Do you answer them or ignore them?

According to what I read in the Wall Street Journal, it all depends on your age, how they are sent and what time of day they are sent. At an International World Wide Web Conference held in Florence, Italy, recently, the results of response patterns were presented.

It seems the younger you are, the quicker the response, especially if the email is received via smartphone. The young reply quickly and with very few words and don't like email overload.

Those in the 50 or older group took longer to answer and replied with more information than was needed.

Women took longer than men to reply and replies on smartphones were always faster, as with the younger crowd.

Some working individuals answer their emails immediately to make it seem they are on top of things and are go-getters.

Now if I were invited to the conference in Florence next year you might find me sitting at a small cafe sipping Campari, secretly thanking myself for leaving my smartphone at home.


Happy Birthday to Parris Island!

What a wonderful celebration. I love the Marines and all that they stand for.

My Uncle Philip Paris graduated from Princeton and immediately signed up to join their ranks.

I also love the Navy because my grandfather, my father and my brother all sailed the high seas with that wonderful group of men. They and the proud men and women in all of our armed forces should be thanked daily for the special roles they play in protecting us from harm.


The Parish Church of St. Helena in downtown Beaufort will hold its annual Faire and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. I have been to the bazaar several times and it is always a grand treat.

The Parish House is located at 507 Newcastle Street.

For information call 843-522-1712.


The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Fest is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov.7 at the Oyster Factory Park on the May River in downtown Bluffton.

There will be a food court featuring oysters, BBQ, brats, pizza and of course seafood.

Specialty vendors will be present to offer other surprises and there will be live music featuring "Will Synder" & "Neil & Bob Band". This fun Bluffton event is a benefit for the wonderful Palmetto Animal League.

Go to http://blufftonbeerfest.com for information.


You still have time to win tickets to the fabulous Music To Your Mouth at Palmetto Bluff to be held Saturday, November 21 at Palmetto Bluff.

Six tickets will be given away in a random drawing to be held before Nov. 10.

You can visit an artisan market, shop, sip, eat to your heart's content and mix and mingle with guests from all over the world. Transportation will be provided for the lucky winner and their guests.

So go to http://www.islandpacket.com/contests.

It's sponsored by Palmetto Bluff . Register before Nov. 6, and cross your fingers.


If you would like to volunteer at the 21st Annual Telfair Art Fair to be held Nov. 13-15 and you are over 16, the museum would love to hear from you.

This is a very high-end art celebration and is very much fun.

Call 912-790-8864 or email artfair@telfair.org.

The Telfair Museum is one of my favorite spots in Savannah to visit and a great place to take out of town visitors.

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