The Seabrook Island Natural History Group would like to remind members that the signup deadline for Spring 2018 trips is December 29th, so please make an early New Year resolution to complete and submit signup forms soon. Forms must be received by the 29th and may be mailed to Julia Thogmartin, 464 Double Eagle Trace, Seabrook Island SC 29455; or may be dropped off there in the specially marked SINHG mailbox. Call Julia at 740-501-8154 with any questions.
Trip descriptions and signup forms may be found at sinhg.org.
-Submitted by Norm Powers
Beginning in 2002, the intriguing world of opera – its history, development over 400 years, cultural context, and performance – has been presented on Seabrook Island during the fall and winter months. Many residents and guests have enjoyed these sessions. But it is hoped that many more, perhaps unaware of their existence, will choose to include them in their Island activities.
Each opera is self-contained in the 90-minute session with the opera shown in an abridged fashion featuring the high points. Each week brings a different production with the works ranging from current to vintage.
These sessions are informal and fun with performances supplemented by text subtitles in English. The voices and acting are amazing. You may be surprised how dramatic and enjoyable this art form can be.
All sessions are FREE and previous exposure/knowledge of opera is not necessary. Indeed, newcomers are encouraged to give it a try.
Join us on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm for enjoyment mixed with enlightenment as we bring back our Opera Lite Series beginning Thursday, January 11th.
Schedule of Operas
1/11 – POLIUTO
1/18 – RUSLAN AND LYUDMILA
1/25 – MANON LESCAUT
2/12 – EUROPA RECONOSCIUTA
2/8 – DER ROSENKAVALIER
2/15 – LOHENGRIN
2/22 – LA BOHEME
3/1 – BEATRICE AND BENEDICT
3/8 – RIGOLETTO
3/15 – THE USUAL SONG AND DANCE
Opera will be shown in Osprey 2.
For information, please call: John Benzel at (843) 768-1174 or email@example.com
-Submitted by The Lake House
We’re excited to announce that Seabrook Island’s new joint website has been launched!
A team of dedicated volunteers and SIPOA/SIC staff members have worked over the past year with the Lou Hammond Group to develop an integrated website that provides “one-stop shopping” for all property owners, club members, and guests.
No longer will you have to jump between two different websites to find the information or resources you’re looking for. The new site has easy-to-use navigation features, an integrated events calendar that contains both Club and SIPOA events, and on-site search functions. It also has an interactive map, rental and real estate information, links to websites for the Town, social and volunteer groups, and much more. There are Club and SIPOA headings in the main menu with easy links to both organizations’ log-ins for the Member/Property Owner portals, which have not changed.
We hope you will take time to explore the site and provide us with your feedback! Please email comments or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Seabrook Island Club and Seabrook Island POA
The Green Space Conservancy is grateful to our residents and friends for their generous contributions over the years. Many people have donated properties or helped the conservancy financially so that we can continue in our efforts to maintain the natural beauty of this serene Island. We thank you for your generosity. As 2017 comes to a close, the Conservancy is proud to announce that there are now 26 properties protected in perpetuity.
We invite you to consider an end-of-year donation to this important cause. The Conservancy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization so your gift is tax deductible. Your contribution will support our efforts to protect the very essence of Seabrook Island and its special environment. For further information about how you can help, please visit our website, sigsc.org.
(Photo Credit: Charlie Moore)
We wish you all a very Happy Holiday and look forward to seeing you at the Conservancy Gala on March 18.
-Submitted by The Conservancy Board
Storyteller Tim Lowry
In one of SINHG’s last trips of the 2017 season, five couples had a wonderful time at Circa 1886 restaurant for the 16th annual Charles Dickens Dinner. The four-course meal was terrific and set to the “English” theme with Bangers N’ Mash, Curried Lima Bean Soup, “1855” Beef Short Rib and finished with Sir Scott’s Christmas Pudding. As members enjoyed the meal, the renowned Storyteller Tim Lowry told the Charles Dickens “Christmas Story”. He was fabulous, bringing to life the original Christmas Story and having us imagine being there in that time and place.
SINHG trips for members resume in February with a collection of forty-eight spring expeditions. A complete list and membership forms can be found at sinhg.org.
-Submitted by Lynn Baker, on behalf of SINHG
The Lake House will be CLOSING at 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 24th, for the Christmas holiday and will remained CLOSED on Monday, December 25th.
Please note, there will be NO ACCESS granted during the closure.
The Lake House will reopen Tuesday, December 26th, at 5:00 am for Property Owners (with before/after hours access) and 8:00 am for guests.
Please note, there are NO FITNESS CLASSES on the following days: *Saturday, December 23rd
*Monday, December 25th
*Tuesday, December 26th
-Submitted by the Lake House
Respite Care Charleston was named to Forbes 12 Days of Charitable Giving 2017. Read more about this wonderful non-profit in the link to the Forbes article below.
Below is a summary of this month’s Board of Directors meeting. Official minutes of the meeting will be published on the SIPOA website following their approval at the January 2018 Board meeting.
SIPOA President Ed Houff called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm. The agenda was modified by motion at Ed’s request because of the unavailability of necessary financial data and the mismatch of committee meeting dates with the Board date that was changed due to the holidays. The board approved the amended agenda by deleting motions relating to the adoption of the 2018 FY budget; the renewal of the landscaping contract with The Greenery; and the extension of the contract with Priority One Services. They will likely have a special meeting later in December to take up these matters as well as changes to the ARC policy and procedures as well as conforming the SIPOA Rules and Regulations to the changes approved by the Board in December 2017. An official announcement of the special meeting, including the delayed contracts and revised documents, will be published in accordance with the bylaws. Continue reading
Restore and Renew Yoga Workshop
Saturday, December 16th
3:00PM – 5:00 PM
The Lake House
What better way to start your holiday season than with a little self-love and care!
Come relax and unwind with Natasha Stevens and Ursel Harmon as you are guided through a sequence of restorative yoga poses.
This 2-hour workshop will gently move the spine in all directions as well as placing the body in a supported inversion. Hot stones will be placed on the body in the first and last pose to deeply soothe and nourish.
The cost for this workshop is $30 per person and is not included in the Monthly Class Pass. The workshop fee is charged to your Property Owner / Club member account.
To register or for more information, please email Natasha Stevens at email@example.com. Please note, this workshop is limited to 15 participants.
-Submitted by the Lake House
In a press release dated December 1, 2017, it was announced that Seabrook Island Property Owners Association received Sustainable Community Certification from Audubon International:
The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association (SIPOA) has recently been designated as the first Certified Sustainable Community in the state of South Carolina after completing requirements and meeting the strict criteria of the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program.
To become certified, Sustainable Communities Program members must develop and implement management practices and policies according to a community-driven Long-Term Sustainability Plan (LTSP) that has timelines and measurable goals addressing 14 focus areas, including wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water conservation, energy efficiency, health, and transportation. Receiving designation as a Certified Sustainable Community by Audubon International is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the LTSP and its implementation.
SIPOA President Ed Houff joined in congratulating the community on receiving the AI Certified Sustainable Community designation. “SIPOA residents have been tremendously supportive of the efforts to focus on preservation, conservation, and sustainability within our community. The hard work and many months of meetings and synthesis of materials and views has firmly established our relationship with Audubon International, culminating in this exceptional award – and in the process, Seabrook Island has become the first private community in South Carolina to achieve this status. Many community members have worked toward this goal and many thanks go to long-term committee members Jim Bannwart, Carl Voelker and Executive Director Heather Paton for their dedication and perseverance for the benefit of our community, environment, and quality of life.” Continue reading
Ages 6 – 10
Children are invited to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts through Art! Children use both their creativity and analytical skills to tackle STEAM projects. From painting with robots to building bugs that dance to creating art through chemical reactions, this program provides engaging enrichment activities for after school.
This class is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.
(Photo credit: CML website)