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Do you eat, pray and love in Bluffton?

'Mange, Prie, Aime," is French for "Eat, Pray, Love," possibly three of the most overused words in the English language at the moment.

If you were writing about Bluffton, what would come to mind when considering these three words? Do you have a favorite spot that embodies your feelings for each? Let me know and maybe we can share some of your feelings in an upcoming column. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Don't forget to sign up for the "Crawl for the Cure" pub crawl in old town Bluffton this Saturday. My team is captained by Peggy Schultz, and we would love to have you join us. Registration is $25 a person, and the event is limited to 200 people. We will sport sashes made just for us by Peggy's daughter Druella. You must sign up as soon as possible. All money raised will go to the Carolina Cups and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Call 843-757-3855 or go to for more information.
  • People are always asking about sweetgrass baskets and wondering where they might buy one. Good news has arrived, thanks to the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. The "Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art" exhibit will be on display at the museum through January. As part of the exhibit, two artists are showing off their basket-weaving skills, one of whom is from Bluffton. Sweetgrass basket-making originated in West Africa and was brought to America by the slaves on Lowcountry rice plantations. The baskets served very utilitarian purposes, mainly for farming and crop harvesting. The two artists can be seen making baskets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hilton Head Island Welcome Center, 100 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island. This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in history and those wishing to own a bit of a long-lost art form.
  • The Arts and Seafood Festival will be in full swing around Bluffton from Sunday through Oct. 24. There is a wonderful lineup of activities for every member of your entourage. The main theme of this weeklong event is, of course, art and seafood, which will be dished up all week. Fireworks and live music are also on the lineup. For a full schedule of the fun, call 843-757-2583 or go to
  • Hilton Head Choral Society's Festival Invitational Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on U.S. 278 in Bluffton. Choristers from throughout the Lowcountry will present an evening of lovely music. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at or at various locations, including Burke's Main Street Pharmacy and Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island. Call 843-341-3818 for more information.
  • Giddy up, old paint! The 17th annual Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity gallops into Rose Hill Plantation at noon Sunday. The match begins at 2 p.m., after you've had your fill of noshing and tippling. Beneficiaries of this "sport of kings" include many Bluffton area charities. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. See you there. Call 843-568-1244 for more information.
  • If you like lighting that is historically accurate, I found a wonderful website for you. The site is It would be really marvelous if we could use this company for some really beautiful street lights, which I'm putting on my wish list for old town Bluffton.
  • My sister and I motored up to Columbia on Monday to the South Carolina State Fair to enter our cakes in the competition, once again in hopes of winning that elusive blue ribbon. We are up against the state's best bakers so if we win anything it will be a miracle, but then again miracles do happen. So stay tuned and I'll let you know the results as soon as we hear.
  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.