On the Town

Guscio: A heart-felt thanks from deep in the heart of Old Town

Last month, I was honored to have been selected as the newest member of the "Bluffton Wall of Fame" at The Bluffton Town Hall.

Just before the monthly Bluffton Town Council meeting recently, with family and friends in tow, my portrait was placed on the "wall" among other well-respected townspeople. Thank you all for the love, flowers and good wishes. I felt very special and was truly at a loss for words. The corner of Calhoun and Lawrence Streets has been the center of my family's universe for many years deep in the heart of Bluffton.


Do you doodle? And who doesn't doodle?

Google is inviting K-12 students throughout the United States to join in the Doodle 4 Google competition. The theme for 2015 is "What makes me...me?"

You may use any medium you like. You may sculpt, knit, cook, cut or paint your doodles, using paint, crayons,computers, clay, fabric, any old medium you like. The catch is you must use the word "Google" in the entry. You must enter your doodles before December 7. A winner in each state will be announced in February. The public will vote for their favorites and Google will announce the big winner on March 28.

After the competition closes Google will display the winning doodle on it's homepage.

The best part of the contest is the big prize. The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the winner's school will receive a $50,000 technology grant.

The winner will also visit the doodle team in Mountain View, Cal.

So get busy and doodle your heart out.

To find out more go to www.google.com/doodle4google.


The 27th Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at The Church of the Cross.

This fabulous event will be held at the Parish House adjacent to the church at 110 Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.

These wonderful church members have been busy as bees making Christmas wreaths, oyster-shell ornaments and crosses, lighted Christmas trees, jewelry, scarves, jellies, condiments and baked goods. This is always a popular fun time so I advise you to come early and bring a shopping basket with you.

For information call 843-815-2344 or email Kaye Dardaris at dardaris@hargray.com.


The Bluffton Christmas festivities will begin Friday, December 4 at the town hall on Bridge Street.

The Christmas tree will be lighted and the grandmarshal of the parade will be announced. The famous Bluffton Christmas Parade will march off Saturday morning rain or shine. If you would like to enter the parade, inquire at the town hall about how one goes about doing so. The quirkier your entry is the better I think.


When President Monroe visited Savannah in 1819 he was entertained lavishly. Everyone was celebrating the occasion of the first steamship sailing across the Atlantic. While in the city, he was served Chatham Artillery Punch, which is a very potent libation that was concocted by the Chatham Artillery, the oldest military organization in Georgia.

If you have never had the pleasure of a taste of the punch, beware.

Here follows the recipe I found in an old cookbook.


1 and one half gallons Catawba Wine

Half gallon St. Croix Rum

1 quart Gordon gin

1 quart Hennessy brandy

1 half Pint Benedictine

1 and one half quarts rye whiskey

1 and one half gallons strong tea

2 and a half pounds brown sugar

Juice of 2 dozen oranges

Juice of 2 dozen lemons

1 bottle maraschino cherries

Ttwo days before your party mix, everything together and let sit.

When ready to serve, add one case of Champagne

There are no numbers as to how many this will serve, but from the looks of this recipe, hopefully a gaggle of guests.

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