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Much fun, celebration for the 'Divine Miss D'

A coterie of Bluffton friends gathered recently to celebrate the birthday of one of my most favorite people in Bluffton, Dorothy Smith.

Merriment was the name of the game at her home on the banks of the May River on the outskirts of town. The "Divine Miss D" is such a charming, entertaining soul that it is a treat to be around her. Dorothy has some fabulous nieces who lead very busy lives in various parts of the country, but nothing could stop them from arranging a glorious celebration for their favorite aunt.

I was thrilled to be included and I raise a glass to salute a very swell lady.

  • In London, researchers recently made a grand announcement. It seems learned heads in scientific circles have pronounced that indoor heating makes you fat, and cold air makes you thinner. This news has arrived just in the nick of time for all of those residents of the upper U.S. who have been covered in a blanket of snow and ice for what seems a lifetime. I guess we will see how skinny -- or how plump -- everyone is when spring arrives.
  • Shivering is bound to use up more calories than lying in front of the fire.

  • The May River Theatre is staging a world premiere for its newest production, "Sandbar Serenade." The musical revue stars our own May River sandbar and a wonderful cast of questionable characters, many of whom have charmed us all in other productions. Opening night is at 8 p.m. Feb. 18, in Bluffton Town Hall's Ulmer Auditorium on Bridge Street. Performances run through March 6.
  • This very fun event should be quite popular, so I advise getting tickets early. The tickets are $20 each, and seating can be reserved by calling 843-837-7798 or going to the website at

  • Famed naturalist Marvin Bouknight will be the guest speaker at Hampton Lake on Feb. 16 in the Lakeview Room. Mr. Bouknight will be discussing his book, "South Carolina's Lowcountry ... Naturally," and autographing copies of the book. The book should be of great interest to anyone who cares about our area, and it would make a wonderful addition to your library. The lecture is free and open to the public.
  • Details: 843-836-7463

  • Bluffton's Madhouse Vintage Clothing will feature period outfits at a fashion show sponsored by The Women's Association of Hilton Head, celebrating its 50th anniversary at a luncheon Feb. 16. The fashion show/luncheon will be held at The Crowne Plaza Resort in Shipyard Plantation. A social hour will begin at11 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $27 for members, and $32 for guests. Madhouse Vintage Clothing is on the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence streets in old town Bluffton and is packed with fabulous vintage frocks.
  • Details: 843-642-4850

  • The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is presenting an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, "The 39 Steps." This is a fast-paced, fun whodunnit -- a little like the game "Clue." There is a beautiful spy, a handsome hero, lots of wacky characters and fun to be had. The play runs through Feb. 27.
  • Details: 843-842-2787

  • Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Camellia Walks will be held at Middleton Place in Charleston. Middleton Place is a gorgeous plantation on Ashley River Road. The Camellia Walks are $25 a person and begin at 11 a.m. This is a lovely way to start the spring season and a beautiful way to see more of why you live here.
  • Details: 843-556-6020,

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