Who knew there were 55 children living full-time on Seabrook Island? That’s what we all said to each other on Sunday, November 12, at the first meeting of the Seabrook Island Kids Group. Nearly half of our 55 resident kids played at the Lake House for close to two hours, represented by 14 parents. It was a fantastic turn-out and everyone had fun. The children’s ages ranged from less than a year to 17 years; 63 percent were 12 and under. While most of our kids have relocated to the island from other places, a few were born here. Some of our kids are home-schooled but most hit the road early in the morning to travel to schools as close as Mt. Zion and Charleston Collegiate and as far as Academic Magnet. What they all have in common is a strong desire to meet and play with other kids on the island, and be fully integrated into life on Seabrook.
After a round of introductions, the kids discovered the wide range of existing resources at the Lake House: pool and ping pong tables, the playground, and board games, while the grown-ups talked about other kinds of activities that might be fun for kids to do on Seabrook. Ideas ranged from talent shows to movie nights to crabbing, fishing, and birding lessons. To get the ball rolling, one of the dads, Brennon Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) has already organized a regular Sunday afternoon playgroup at the Lake House playground, starting this Sunday, November 19th, at 12:00 noon, and, in response to our meeting notice on Nextdoor, the Turtle Patrol invited kids to join their turtle protection efforts starting next May. If there are other kid-friendly groups or clubs, please consider inviting your younger neighbors to join you. We’re also reaching out to the Club and POA leadership and committee chairs to help us bring our ideas to reality. Please feel free to get in touch with your ideas and suggestions! Seabrookislandkids@gmail.com or call Penny at 843.768.7217.
-Submitted by Penny Lee
SINHG with Us, a weekly summary of SINHG trips
SINHG Tours St. Andrews
Recent mist and rain failed to dampen the spirits of SINHG members when they visited St. Andrews Parish Church for a tour with Paul Porwoll. The church was established in 1706 and is the oldest surviving structure used for worship south of Virginia. It is also the only remaining colonial cruciform church in South Carolina. Built to serve Anglican planters, it has seen prosperity, ruin, and resurrection in its 300+ years. It was one of two buildings not burned down by the Union troops during the Civil War when they swept through that area. It suffered severe damage from the earthquake of 1886, survived fires and countless Lowcountry hurricane seasons, and underwent extensive renovations in 2004 and 2005. Now thriving, it faces the latest threat of who owns the building under an Episcopal-Anglican legal challenge.
-Frank Stare, on behalf of SINHG
News From Seabrook Island Natural History Group
Hello SINHG Members!
Before holiday activities set in, here’s some late-year updates on what’s happening with SINHG……
Cindy Siegel has stepped up to the plate and taken over membership duties from your longtime membership coordinator Dave Osborne. After a varied career in education from college administration to math teacher, Cindy and Rich (who is our Nature Trail coordinator) retired to Seabrook from southwest New York State to be closer to family and to enjoy the benefits of island life. Thanks for pitching in, Cindy!
Speaking of membership, renewal forms for 2018-2019 will be sent out in the near future. Be sure to keep your membership and contact information current. And remember that our fiscal year runs from June 1 – May 31, so if you haven’t renewed for the current 2017-2018 fiscal year, please do so now. You can find renewal forms on our website.
And most exciting of all, our Spring 2018 Expedition schedule will be released within the month, with lots of new destinations and the return of some old favorites. Adventure awaits!
Happy holidays, y’all!
-Submitted by your SINHG Board of Directors
Please join in the fun with your fellow Seabrookers’ for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at the Lake House. Enjoy s’mores, hot dogs, hot chocolate. and holiday music by Bob Becker!
Friendly reminder, we collecting canned food to be donated to the Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation. Donations are super appreciated as we work to meet and hopefully exceed our goal of 3,500 pounds of food. Thank you in advance for your generous support and for helping our less fortunate neighbors enjoy their holiday season.
-Submitted by The Lake House
It is day 18 of the Holiday Canned Food Drive at The Lake House and we are so pleased to have collected 2,799 pounds of food to be donated to the Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation!
Wow, that is a ton of food! We are getting closer and closer to our goal of 3,500 pounds and ask again for your continued help and support.
Please bring your canned food goods to The Lake House or the POA Admin Office and place under the new donations sign between now and December 10th.
Thank you so much!!
-Submitted by The Lake House
Reception for Dieter Lantin – November 22, 2017
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the Lake House
Born at the end of WWII in Germany, Dieter grew up in rural northern Germany. Following completion of high school, he left his home town to live and work in Cologne, Zurich and Lugano, prior to emigrating to Canada at age 21.
Thanks to his command of German, English, French and Italian, the completion of his Commerce Degree, and studies in International Management at Columbia University, he enjoyed a productive career with Air Canada. There he developed, as Director of Customer Environment in Marketing, the first true Business Class in Airline History. Subsequent appointments took him to Winston Salem NC. In 1994, he founded an international marketing company for Aircraft Interior components servicing the newly opened market of Russia and all the states of the former Soviet Union, which he is still running today.
Lake House Hours of Operation
The Lake House will be closing at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving and will reopen Friday, November 24 at 5:00 am for Property Owners (with before/after hour’s access) and 8:00 am for guests.
Lake House Indoor (Fitness) Pool
The Lake House Indoor Pool will be closed from 7:30 am to 9:00 am on Saturday, November 25 for the Sprint Triathlon Relay. Spectators are not only welcome, but very much appreciated.
Lake House Fitness Class Information
Gentle & Restorative Yoga at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 will be canceled.
All Fitness Classes will be canceled the following days:
*Thursday, November 23
*Friday, November 24
*Saturday, November 25
Thank you in advance for understanding!
-Submitted by The Lake House
The fourth annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm at Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island (site of Charleston County Parks & Recreation’s Mullet Hall Equestrian Center). This event is brought to you by Johns Island Farmers Market and Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce.
There will be over 100 vendors, just in time to get holiday shopping done from local businesses in support of your community. The Holiday Carriage & Hay Rides, Antique Tractor Show, Marsh Tacky Horse Meet & Greets, Pony Rides, and Santa & Mrs. Claus visits in Santa Land are sure to bring holiday cheer to all who visit!
Many local food trucks will be on site along with warm drinks, local craft beer, and wine. Listen to live music from The V-Tones of Charleston from 10am – 1pm, and members of Sol Driven Train will perform from 1pm – 4pm. There will be tons of fun activities for all ages including seasonal-themed games, crafts, cookie decorating, ornament making, hula-hooping, and bounce houses. Be sure to bid on the many silent auction items to support the operations of both hosting organizations. The Homegrown Holiday Bazaar is your one-stop shop for all things LOCAL & FESTIVE!
Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking on site.
SIPOA President Ed Houff called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm. A quorum was present, represented by the entire board with no Board members absent.
Treasurer’s Report: John Feldman reported that, because SIPOA’s financials for the month of October would not be available until the end of the week, he will draft and distribute a report to Board members once the financials are available and have been reviewed.
Executive Director’s Report: Heather Paton reported that RFPs for stormwater pipe lining have been sent to contractors; bids are due on Nov. 16. Boardwalk 1 construction continues. Gutters and downspouts were installed at the Lake House last weekend. SIPOA has received the DHEC permit for dredging of some stormwater outfalls, and a Motion later in the meeting will seek approval for a contract for this work to begin in December 2017/January 2018. Holiday decorations will be installed at SIPOA facilities later this week.
Sunday Playground Fun Day!
Kids of all ages are invited to the Lake House playground every Sunday at noon.
-Submitted by Penny Lee
Visit Santa’s Workshop all weekend for a photo with the ‘Big Man’ and take a turn running down your Christmas list. Each family will receive one free print compliments of the Village merchants.
Santa will be available Friday & Saturday, November 24 & 25 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, November 12 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.
-Submitted by the Lake House
On Thursday, November 16th, Joe Cronin joined the Town of Seabrook Island as its new Town Administrator.
Joe earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2005 from the University of South Carolina. Since then, he has spent 12 years working in public sector management in the State of South Carolina.
Joe comes to Seabrook Island from the Town of Fort Mill, SC (pop. 15,029), where he served for eight years as Planning Director and Assistant Town Manager for one of the fastest growing communities in the state. Prior to that, he was the Research Division Manager with Richland County Government in Columbia, SC.
Some of his previous accomplishments include:
- Overseeing the permitting and inspection of more than 3,200 residential units and nearly 40 commercial projects, with a total construction value of more than $1.3 billion
- Implementing a Development Impact Fee program which, since October 2015, has generated more than $3 million for parks and recreation, fire protection and community facilities
- Negotiating 16 development agreements and amendments, most of which provided additional public benefits, such as land for parks, schools and fire stations
- Completing a comprehensive plan update, historic district design guidelines manual, capital improvements plan, and a complete re-write of the town’s zoning and land use regulations
- Facilitating major economic development and redevelopment projects totaling more than 1.5 million square feet and adding more than 3,000 new jobs
- Coordinating preparation of the town’s annual budget
- Supervising Planning and Zoning, Human Resources, Public Relations, Building and Code Enforcement staff
- Improving communication efforts with town residents by utilizing social media outlets
Joe is a native of Rochester, NY, and has lived in South Carolina since 2003. He currently lives on Johns Island with his three-pound Yorkie, Lexie.
We are fortunate to have Joe, and we invite you to come by Town Hall to meet him.
-Submitted by Ron Ciancio, Mayor, Town of Seabrook Island