Solar Eclipse Viewing Guidance

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe during the solar eclipse, and the only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun (before/after the full eclipse has taken place) is through special “eclipse glasses” with solar filters, warns NASA, which offers these tips:

  • Homemade filters or sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. Five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar views meet international standards, and they are Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17 and Baader Planetarium.
  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.
  • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
  • An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

(Taken from an article by  which was published in the Narberth Patch.  To see the full article, click here.)

(Photocredit: National Park Service)

-Tidelines Editor

#9 Hurricane Hint – Do You Need Help Evacuating?

Do you need assistance with transportation during an emergency evacuation? The Town of Seabrook Island is collecting names and contact information of folks who may require assistance with transportation to an emergency shelter. Please call the Town at 843-768-9121 to have your name and contact information listed with the Town.

Next, let your family, neighbors and friends know how you will evacuate if it comes to that.  This will keep people from wasting precious time trying to find out if you’re okay when you’ve already been taken care of.

We learned after Hurricane Matthew, that a Seabrooker remained on the island because he didn’t have anyone to help him evacuate or know how to get help. It might feel uncomfortable and nosey, but please check now with your neighbors who have mobility or health issues to make sure they have a workable plan for getting to a safe place.

Your neighbor may have things well planned which will put your mind at ease; but they may need help and advice to prepare for their evacuation. The Town of Seabrook Island asks that if you know someone you believe may need help with evacuation that you identify them to the Town (843-768-9121).  Let’s  make sure everyone is accounted for and not leave anyone behind in an evacuation.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

-Tidelines Editors

Freshfields Village Music on the Green – Permanent Vacation – August 4

Come up to the Freshfields Village Green on Friday, August 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a complimentary concert! This week’s concert features Permanent Vacation and their wide range of hits.  Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket for the event.

Permanent Vacation is an experienced seven-piece cover band from Charleston, South Carolina with an energetic attitude and an entertaining performance. Their variety of well known songs and thirteen years of experience guarantee a great time at every show. Permanent Vacation separates itself from other bands through their broad range and diversity of songs. Their sets consist of various cover songs from beach music (Jimmy Buffett, The Drifters, Chairman Of The Board), classics (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison), soul and funk (Otis Redding, Al Green, Kool and the Gang), modern classics (80′s, Jack Johnson, Sublime), country (Zac Brown Band, Garth Brooks), to contemporary hits (Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz).

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Weekly Turtle Patrol Report, July 24 to July 30

It was a slow week for nests but our collective patience was finally rewarded with a new wild nest. Nest 68 was found by a group of visitors around 11: 30 PM Saturday when they noticed the hatchlings coming out. The visitors were still there and the hatchlings still coming out when Valerie & Mark Doane & Lisa Hand walked the beach Sunday morning. The Doanes were impressed with the knowledge of the visitors. It turns out they had been visiting Seabrook Island for several years and always followed the Turtle Patrol events. Nice to know our education programs are working. There were also 4 false crawls so we know the turtles are still out there. Hopefully, there are still more nests to come.

Lisa Hand with Valerie & Mark Doane

The Patrol also inventoried 5 nests that had hatched. These nests resulted in over 550 hatchlings headed out to sea. In addition, the nests had a total of 71 live hatchlings to the delight of the large crowds that gathered to observe.
On the education front there was more to report. On Tuesday, July 25th, Turtle Patrol members Joshua and Amanda Shilko made a presentation to the Charleston Animal Society Scholars Camp.  This camp is a great event for the area’s youth (ages 9-11) and is among many that the Charleston Animal Society hosts throughout the year. More information on this camp can be found at

Amanda & Joshua Shilko

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Brown & While Pickup Friday, August 4

The next monthly Brown & White pickup day is Friday, August 4.

Bulk items can be left curbside by 7:00 am.  Place items including furniture, appliances, grills, lawn furniture, or other similar household items where you would normally leave your trash and recycling.

Hazardous waste such as old paint cans, electronics, batteries, fluorescent lights, and old yard or household chemicals can be dropped off at the Maintenance area (adjacent to the Community Garden) that morning but before 2 pm.  Hazardous materials must be handed directly to the attendant on duty.  The materials cannot be left on the ground.

– Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Reception for Artist Judy Elais

Golden Bear Realty is launching a unique art initiative at their Kiawah-Seabrook office featuring works by local artists. As members of the island community, Golden Bear supports both artists and their primary charities.

Judy Elias, an artist and professional designer, will be at a reception at the office on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, from 4 pm until 7 pm and her paintings will be on display for the month of August. All artwork is for sale and 25% of all sales will be donated to Campaign for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Ms. Elias is represented by the Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, Texas, and her work will appear at the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society juried art exhibition this fall. To find out more about Ms. Elias’s work, please visit her website at

The public is also encouraged to drop by during normal office business hours to view Ms. Elias’s work. Golden Bear Realty is on Seabrook Island Road near the entrance to Bohicket Marina.

-Submitted by Holly Clayson


New Semi Private Series at The Lake House

Wednesday Evening ‘Slow Flow Yoga’

New Semi-Private Series

Dates: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (4 classes over 5 weeks)
When: 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Live Oak Hall of The Lake House
Cost: $65

Slow Flow Yoga is based on slowing down the sun salutation sequences, taking time to learn alignment and safety, so more can be gained from a yoga practice. Enjoy the benefits of forward and back bends, twists, balances and inversions.

This semi private series, is limited to 10 participants and does not form part of the weekly group schedule. Registration is for the complete series (4 classes). No drop-ins.

For more information or to register, please contact Natasha Stevens at

-Submitted by The Lake House

BIFMC Expands Care: New Clinic Construction and Groundbreaking

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic is thrilled to announce immediate plans to begin construction of a large, seven-exam room medical facility where clinic medical staff will continue to serve the health and wellness needs of uninsured adults who reside or work on Johns, James, and Wadmalaw Islands. Construction will commence this month under the direction of T.Y. Lin International | Lindbergh. The new facility, which will be constructed in the lot directly behind the current clinic site at 3226 Maybank Highway on Johns Island, is anticipated to open its doors to patients by January of 2018. The current clinic suite will continue to operate as usual during the anticipated six month construction period.


With a small groundbreaking ceremony that took place in mid July, Clinic staff and board members celebrated the momentous occasion. Founded in 2006 by Drs. Charlie Davis and the late Arthur S. Booth, the free clinic set out to “provide a medical home and continuing primary health care to uninsured adults living or working at or below 200 % of the Federal poverty level on Johns, Wadmalaw or James Island.” An affiliate of the Volunteers In Medicine organization, the clinic utilizes the volunteers efforts of 122 medical professionals and staff, many who have retired but still hold license to practice in the state of South Carolina.

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