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Stormy Sunday clears up just in time for Bluffton wedding

The weather this past weekend was too bizarre for words. Sunday morning we were jolted awake by thunder and a terrific downpour.

All of it would not have been so bad except for the fact that Devon Starry and Jon Rinaldi were to married Sunday afternoon at an outdoor ceremony. It looked as though we would all be dolled up in raincoats and rubber boots.

Mother Nature decided to be kind to the couple. At about 1 the sun started peeking through the clouds. And then a real miracle happened. The sun came out and stayed out. The birds began singing, and lo and behold we had a gorgeous Sunday at hand.

Devon and her entourage gathered at Jane and Jimbo Schmitt's house for champagne and to dress for the ceremony. Heather, from the Village Spa, did everyone's hair and made sure the girls were properly fluffed up. Then they all hopped into golf carts for the short trip to Pritchard Street Park, where Josh Cook was to perform the ceremony. Devon's son, Aiden, and Jon's daughter, Tayden, were also in tow in their Sunday best.

After the short ceremony, the beautiful bride, in a lovely ankle length lace confection, and her new husband walked over to Vineyard 55 for a reception. Music filled the air, and toasts to the couple were shared. Guests mingled and munched on crabcakes and other delicious fare as children ran around teasing and playing with each other. It is funny how such a gloomy beginning to a day can turn quickly into a divine spring afternoon.

It was a beautiful start to Devon and Jon's new life together.

* If you love to bike around and meet people, the advisory committee of the Town of Hilton Head Island is forming a Bicycle Ambassadors group to promote biking and enhance safety on Hilton Head's bike paths. The group needs bicyclists to serve as volunteers to assist visitors and hand out maps, carry first aid kits and limited tools. The group will begin their work Heritage Week, April 15-21 and from June 1 through Aug. 15. They will work mostly on Sundays. You can get more information from Steve Alfred at

  • Four Corners Art Gallery will present its annual "Man Show" through April 27. The opening reception will be held 4 to 7 p.m. March 28 at the gallery, which is at 1263 May River Road. Wayne Edwards and Doug Corkern are two of the artists who will have new works for sale at the show. Details: 843-757-8185,
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church invites you to experience the Living Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. on Good Friday. The performance will be presented by members of the church's Hispanic ministry. More than 85 people will perform on the grounds of the church. This beautiful ceremony is one the whole family will enjoy.
  • Duncan Sheik will be a featured performer at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's Spring Gala at 6 p.m. April 6. Duncan grew up on Hilton Head Island and is the nephew of Leisa and Peter Cram. Duncan is an award-winning singer and composer, having Grammy and Tony awards to his credit. Meredith Inglesby, also from Hilton Head, will also perform. Details:, 843-842-2787

    1 bag of shredded kale

    2 tablespoons Wesson oil

    1 large Vidalia onion chop up

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    1/4 cup apple juice

    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

    1/2 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds

    Salt to taste

    In a large, deep skillet cook onion in oil until soft. Add kale, lemon juice, apple juice. Toss well. Cover and let steam about 5 minutes tossing several times. Take off heat add red pepper and salt to taste. Toss. Add sunflower seeds. Makes: 4-6 servings. You can cool this and add to omelets.

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