New Paddle Board Yoga Series Begins January 18th


Allie ForbesJoin Allie Forbes for Paddle Board Yoga, a new and exciting Yoga series in the Lake House pool!  This series will feature 8 classes over 4 weeks beginning Monday, January 18th thru Friday, February 12th.  Classes will be on Mondays and Fridays from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM in the Indoor Pool of The Lake House.  Cost is $150 for the series and preregistration is required.  This semi private series is limited; the class minimum is 3 and has a maximum of 6 participants .

To register for Paddle Board Yoga, please email

A note from Paddle Board Yoga Instructor, Allie Forbes…  Continue reading “New Paddle Board Yoga Series Begins January 18th”

COVAR Update and Next Meeting – Revised

The link to the referenced document in this article posted yesterday did not work.  Click on the “read more” link at the end to see the entire document.

It is with great pleasure that I present the first in a series of COVAR Publications covering topics of ongoing interest to Seabrook Island villa and other owners.  Publication 1, “Exterior Alterations/ Improvements” was prepared by the COVAR Board, in an effort to help owners to understand the process and avoid harmful repercussions.  The COVAR Board hopes that the attached publication will be of continuing value to you.

The next COVAR meeting will be Saturday, March 12 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Lake House.  All Seabrookers are welcome to attend.

Submitted by Allan W. Keener, President, COVAR

Publication #1 Exterior Alterations/Improvements 
Continue reading “COVAR Update and Next Meeting – Revised”

Meet your Tidelines Staff: Bill Thomas

We have an ongoing series of introducing our readers to members of the Tidelines staff, so that readers can learn a little bit about those staff members. Our first two stories were on Dennis Pescitelli and Veronica L’Allier,

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas is well known to readers of Tidelines, as we published a story on him on April 20th, 2015. That story dealt with Bill’s activities as a part of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry. This story will deal with Bill and his many activities with the Tidelines blog.

Bill is a native of Minnesota, having been born and bred there, living in the Twin Cities in his early years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in metallurgical engineering. His first job was with General Electric, a result of a 15 minute on-campus interview with a GE executive. He was given a choice of which of GE’s business lines he would like to do his management training program with and he picked steam turbines. That landed him in GE’s steam turbine manufacturing plant in Ladsen, a suburb of Charleston. He liked the area and although his jobs were never again in South Carolina, he kept coming back to the area and ultimately bought a house in Seabrook and retired here with his wife, Jackie.

Bill started with the blog by helping Dennis Pescitelli with the Sense of Place blog that was done around the annual meeting of the property owners in 2013. When Dennis started Tidelines, he asked Bill to join the team. Like all others joining Tidelines, Bill was unfamiliar with what a blog was. However he knew that Seabrook opinion surveys showed that Seabrookers wanted more information on what was going on in the area, so he felt a blog might answer that information need.

As his role as a Tidelines Editor has unfurled, Bill has played a large role in helping Tidelines establish their operating rules and procedures. Most people are unaware of the many policies Tidelines has had to develop to keep the blog going. All Tidelines team members participate in the development of policies, and Bill has contributed significantly to that process. For example, there are many policies regulating the blog itself, such as blog posting procedures, standards for posting comments, guidelines for posting blog submittals, working with videos on the blog and posting photos from iphones. However, the trickier ones are policies on what are acceptable politically oriented announcements and what the policy should be on advertising charity events. The most recent proposal under consideration is having a letters to the editor addition to Tidelines and Bill has been one of the team getting the data on procedures newspapers use to guide them in posting letters to the editor.

Besides his Tidelines activities, Bill has been active in the past on the SIPOA General Operating Maintenance and Planning Committees, as well as in the Exchange Club. He is avid tennis player as well as a part time fisherman, kayaker and bicyclist.

Bill says he is very proud of what Tidelines has accomplished thus far. He feels he wants to keep up with the latest technology affecting blogs so Tidelines can always bring you the latest news in the best possible format.

We are lucky to have people like Bill contribute so much of their time to make Tidelines all it is today.

Barbara Burgess
Tidelines Staff Writer

Lowcountry Oyster Festival – January 31st

Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Who’s ready to do some oyster shucking? How does 80,000 pounds of oysters sound? The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society.

Highlights include the legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” Contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.

Location:  Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant

Date/Time:  January 31st, 10am to 5pm

Click here for tickets and information.

(Photo credit:  Charleston Visitors website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor



The Lake House will be offering a talk by Lisa Burbage on Stress Reduction in the 21st Century.

Who should attend: Seabrookers who are interested in learning how to reduce stress when you can’t get away from your electronic devices.
When:  5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th
Location: The Lake House
Cost:  Free
Registration:  None required.  All are welcome.

Topics covered:
•       Learn how to minimize the impact of stress, better control your reactions to it and live a healthier life
•       Discover how to balance your life, harness your energy, and deal effectively with those around you
•       Find out helpful ways to cope with work and life stress to achieve greater balance and meaning

Lisa BurbageLisa Burbage combines her background in business, counseling and as an entrepreneur to create a presentation that is informative, engaging and easy to incorporate into your everyday life. She has worked as a counselor, managed others and run her own small business. These experience help bring a realistic and practical approach to employing solutions for making life more satisfying and enjoyable.  For more information, please contact Lisa Burbage at

Submitted by the Lake House staff

BOEM Meeting on Offshore Commercial Windmills

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding an important public meeting on Tuesday, January 5, from 6 to 8 pm at Mason Preparatory School, 56 Halsey Blvd., Charleston.

Commercial windmill leasing including site assessment activities on South Carolina’s Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf will be the topic.

Local residents are urged to attend this public meeting and voice your support or concerns. Also, comments may be submitted to BOEM on the next steps for erecting power generating windmills off our coastline.  Comments can be sent to:

Following the public meetings, BOEM will publish an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of the proposed activities.  This meeting plus others begins a formal public scoping process designed to assist BOEM in identifying reasonable alternatives to the proposed action and help focus the EA on potentially significant issues and concerns.

If you have questions and/or want to attend, please contact Jane Marvin,

Submitted by Barry Shedrow for the SIPOA Environmental Committee

Indoor (Fitness) Pool Schedule for 2016

The Indoor Fitness Pool at the Lake House will be CLOSED during the following times when classes are scheduled:

Monday        8:30 AM – 9:30 AM*
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday       8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday  8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Thursday      8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Friday           8:30 AM – 9:30 AM*
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

*Please note, a NEW semi private series, Paddle Board Yoga, is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 18th thru Friday, February 12th. During this series, the Indoor Fitness Pool will CLOSE from 9:30AM to 10:45AM on Mondays and Fridays. A new pool schedule will be published in the January 15th Weekly Eblast to include this series.

Thank you for understanding!

Submitted by the Lake House staff

The Seabrook Artist Guild Announces Bob Lefevre Is the January Artist of the Month







Bob Lefevre started taking private art lessons at the age of 9 when his 4th grade teacher called his mom and indicated that his “doodles” were quite impressive.  At this young age Bob was trained in the “classical” methods of rendering and painting. He continued to improve these skills taking lesson throughout his elementary, high school and college years. At Colgate University, he earned “beer money” drawing caricatures of his classmates and selling paintings to his teachers.

After a career in business, Bob retired at age 55 to pursue his true passion, art. He took 9 years of life drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and started teaching art to young teens at his home studio.

IMG_0208Bob is the President of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild. He has been teaching art to fellow Seabrookers and Kiawah aspiring artists for over 7 years. To view more of Bob’s work, visit his website at:      WWW.LEFEVREPAINTINGS.COM 



Getting a Jump on Tax Season!

With tax season just around the corner, here are a few things you may not know about, particularly if you are new to South Carolina.

1)  If you just moved to South Carolina in 2015, did you know that South Carolina does not have a “Part-Year Resident” filing status? You are allowed to choose whether you are taxed as a Resident or a Non-Resident for the entire year of your move. Deciding which to choose does involve some extra calculations, but can result in significant savings.

2) Hate those awful Wind and Hail and Flood Insurance Bills? South Carolina allows a tax credit of up to $1,250 if your total payments for Property and Casualty Insurance exceed 5% of your Adjusted Gross Income. (Excess Insurance Premium Credit – SC SCH.TC-44).

3) Want to put money away for your grandchildrens’ – or anyone else’s education? Check out the South Carolina “Future Scholar” 529 plan. It is more generous than may other states’ plans, both in the amount you can put away and the amount you can take as a state tax deduction.

4) Just turned 65? If you are 65 and have been a South Carolina legal resident for at least a year, the first $50,000 of the assessed value of your primary residence is exempt from property tax. (Homestead Exemption).

As they always say, be sure to consult your tax advisor about these matters, but please be aware that if you are still using someone from out-of-state, he or she may not be familiar with these South Carolina issues!

Tidelines Editor


Living in History Lunch Lectures – Tuesdays Starting January 12th

Living in History Lunch Lectures

Living in History is a new lunch and learn series sponsored by the Preservation Society of Charleston. The series presents topics of interest to homeowners new and old who may not have considered the fascinating opportunities for learning to be found within your own four walls.

Learn how an understanding of your home and neighborhood’s architectural heritage and history can inform a new build, home addition, or remodel.. How new technology will play a pivitol role in the care of our historic houses. And how becoming a “house detective” can you lead you on the adventure of your life.

3769221111523550Living in History will be presented on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning, January 12, 2016 through February 2, 2016. All sessions will be presented at historic 82 Queen Street. Lunch is included.

January 12 “ Julianna Falk, “Sleuthing in Your own Back Yard Part 2”
Juliana Falk moved to Charleston in 2010, taking up residence in the c. 1810 Simon Jude Chancognie House. She never imagined the adventures in historic preservation that awaited her! A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Law, she is the owner of Blankets From Emma. Continue reading “Living in History Lunch Lectures – Tuesdays Starting January 12th”

Seabrook Artist Guild Announces Painting Portraits Workshop

image001The Seabrook Island Artist Guild announces that they have scheduled a workshop by well known Charleston portrait artist ROBERT MANISCALCO FOR JANUARY 11-12-13TH, 20I6, in the Oyster Catcher Pavilion. This workshop is open to all whether on or off Seabrook, whether a member or not of the Seabrook Artist Guild and whether you are a beginner or have experience!  Robert is not only a very accomplished artist and a great teacher but also entertaining!

The cost for the three day workshop is $200 for SIAG members; $250 for non-members. Those interested should contact Bob LeFevre as soon as possible @:, to sign up and reserve a spot in the class.

Click to read Robert Maniscalco’s resume: Continue reading “Seabrook Artist Guild Announces Painting Portraits Workshop”

SINHG Presents Dr. Walter Edgar

sinhg logoThe Seabrook Island Natural History Group begins 2016 with a very special and unique Evening Program.  On Thursday, January 14th we will have the honor of a presentation by the famous historian, Dr. Walter Edgar.

Dr. Edgar is best known for hosting the popular weekly radio show Dr Edgar“Walter Edgar’s Journal” and the daily feature “South Carolina A to Z” on ETV Radio. He is also the author of several books including South Carolina, A History.  The Post and Courier described Dr. Edgar as follows:  “When historians record the most influential South Carolinians of the late 20th to early 21st century, they may turn not to politicians or the purveyors of popular culture but to one of their own, a courtly bespectacled professor with a wry and wicked sense of humor.”

In anticipation of a high level of interest in this program, the program will be held in the Atlantic Room of the Seabrook Island Club. The program will begin at 6:30 PM with the usual refreshments along with a cash bar for those so inclined. Dr. Edgar’s presentation will begin at 7:30. We hope to see you there!

All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for non SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site,

Submitted by Gary Fansler