Seabrook Island Garden Club Meets November 9

Seabrook Island Garden Club
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:30 am
Seabrook Island Lake House
Guest Speaker Christina Fifer presents Foods for Backyard Birds

On Friday, November 9, at 9:30 am, please join the Seabrook Island Garden Club to welcome guest speaker Christina Fifer. The club meets at the Seabrook Island Lake House.

Among the many delights of Seabrook Island residents and guests is the profusion of wildlife. Birds, in particular, are fascinating and in sheer abundance on the island. There are more than 80 species here, including federally threatened and endangered birds such as the bald eagle and piping plover. Many are routinely spotted in our own backyards. Residents are so intrigued that in 2016, a birding club was started and continues to thrive.

Due to this love of birds, the club has invited Christina Fifer of Wild Birds Unlimited to tell us about best feeding practices and best food to attract and nourish our feathered friends. Christina started her career with Wild Birds Unlimited in Hickory NC and in 2013 she moved to Charleston SC to purchase the Wild Birds Unlimited in West Ashley. Since buying the store she has installed bluebird trails on the West Ashley Greenway. Christina is very focused on community outreach and education. She will be opening a second store in Summerville in the spring of 2019. Christina’s passion is bringing people and nature together.

Be sure to mark your calendars and join the fun as we learn from Christina this month as well as share our own stories and expertise on this interesting and amusing subject.

For information on membership please contact Holli Bolte, email:

–Submitted by Alberta Barron

The AARP Tax-Aide Program

AARP TaxAide is looking for compassionate and friendly Volunteer Tax Counselors for the 2019 tax season. This is a free program that makes it easier for older, low and middle-income taxpayers to file their tax returns.

Local volunteers from Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island and the Charleston area train as Tax Counselors for the six Charleston sites. Last tax season they assisted more than 1,000 of our neighbors.

Volunteers of all backgrounds and ages are welcome and you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer, nor do you need to be a retiree. Familiarity with income tax returns is helpful and the availability of a laptop computer is useful but not required.

You can serve in other ways as well, like organizing client paperwork, managing computer equipment, acting as interpreters or making sure everything runs smoothly. There is a role for everyone.

An orientation will be held in December with a five-day IRS-qualified training program in January. Tax counselors receive extensive free tax training to do basic tax returns and become certified by passing the IRS exam. There will be additional training in computer tax preparation. Once certified, you will be expected to volunteer at one of our tax sites one half-day per week during tax season.

Please consider joining the team!

For further information, please visit the TaxAide website or contact the Charleston Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Ditterline, at, or call 843-568-0305.

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A New Kind of Book Club – November 1

Would you like to hear a local author discuss her book without leaving the comfort of your own living room? Thanks to the popular lifestyle website Fab over Fifty, you can join author Mary Glickman of Seabrook Island for a Facebook Live Book Club Event at 6:30 pm on November 1, 2018.

Facebook Live Book Club is a podcast, much like a television show, but it’s watched on your computer, iPad or even your smartphone. To participate on November 1, simply go to the website Fab over Fifty and click on the Book Club tab at the top. Then scroll down to “Join the Club-Spread the Words” and enter your name and email address. Boom! You’ll be in the Glickman living room watching a lively discussion among Seabrook neighbors and Mary of her debut novel Home in The Morning. Many know Mary’s work and will recall this tender novel of family, love, and friendship during the Civil Rights Era and beyond.

“Spread the Words” is a new program for Fab over Fifty. Home in the Morning is the second live author and book club event offered. The first was Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. Tune in on November 1 and experience the new world of e-book clubs!

–Submitted by Sue Holloman

Reminder: Veterans Day Charitable Golf Event November 12

The Seabrook Island Club and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club will be holding its 7th Annual Veterans Day charitable golf outing on Monday, November 12, 2018, beginning at 9:30 am to honor veterans who have served our country and to raise money to support the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Hospital and Fisher House.

The event will be a captain’s choice scramble format beginning with a 9:30 am shotgun start. Teams will be flighted for awards based on total team handicap. There will be pizza and drinks in the Clubhouse after play is completed. Wounded Warriors will be participating, and if you’d like to play with one of those special guests, please let the golf shop know when signing up.

The entry fee for Seabrook Island Club members is $70 plus cart fee. For non-club members, the fee is $120. You may register for the event by calling the Seabrook Island golf shop at 843-768-2529 or sending an email to Team and individual registrations are welcomed.  Sign up today!

If you cannot play in the event but would like to make a contribution, you can send a check to Alan Armstrong, 2427 Golf Oak Park, Seabrook Island SC 29455. Checks should be made payable to the Fisher House or the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran’s Hospital.

If you have any questions, please call Alan Armstrong at 843-768-9252.

–Submitted by Seabrook Island Club

(Image credit:  Google images)

KAC: Andy Offutt Irwin November 14

The Kiawah Arts Council presents Andy Offutt Irwin

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Seabrook Island House
7:30 PM
Ticket release to the Public:
October 31, 2018

Tickets available here beginning 10/31 at 9 a.m.

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought-after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and he has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival nine times as of 2017. Continue reading “KAC: Andy Offutt Irwin November 14”

Halloween Pet Parade Costume Contest Winners

Seadogs was pleased to partner with SIPOA and the Lake House for the Yappy Hour Halloween Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest on Monday, October 26.

The winners for best costume were:

1st Place – Gabi the Scottie Pet Parade 1st Place Gabi the Scottie Oct 2018

2nd Place – Cowboy CorgiPet Parade 1st Place Oct 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended this first time event. As you can see from the images below, it was wagging good time!

Pet Parade Oct 2018

Submitted by Marty Penkhus


Charleston Battery Food Truck Festival November 4

Make plans to attend Charleston Battery’s Food Truck Festival presented by Coastal Luxury Homes at MUSC Health Stadium located at 1990 Daniel Island Drive on Sunday, November 4 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The festival will feature beer, local Food Trucks, entertainment and Football on a 3,000 square foot JUMBOTRON! Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged!

No Admission Fee or ticket needed for entry!
Click here for more information and a full list of vendors that will be at the event.

–Tidelines Editors

(image credit:  CVB website)

Brown & White Pickup November 2

The next monthly Brown and White pickup is Friday, November 2.

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 taken to the Maintenance area (adjacent to the Community Garden) that morning between 7 am and 2 pm.  Hazardous materials must be handed directly to the attendant on duty.  The materials cannot be left on the ground.

If you are planning to put bikes out on Brown and White pickup day, Sarah Quinn is collecting them for the Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) Program.  You can call her to pick them up. Her phone number is (843) 768-4407.

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Charleston Scottish Games and Highlands Gathering – November 3

The Games

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The 47th Annual
Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering
Saturday • November 3 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
at Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Piping & Drumming and Bands Competition
Inaugural Southern USA Pipe Band Championship (grade III)
“The Ellice & Rosa McDonald Memorial Trophy Targe”
Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT)

Scottish Heavy Athletic Competitions
The Sheaf Toss, the Stone of Strength, and of course, the Caber Toss, performed by professional and amateur athletes from across the Southeast.

Highland Dancing Competitions
Inaugural Lowcountry Best Male Dancer Competition
“Colonel John MacDonnell of Lochgarry Memorial Targe”
Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT)

Scottish Fiddle Competition
Best Senior Lowcountry Fiddle Championship
“Bishop Faber MacDonald Memorial Trophy”
Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT)

Children’s Activities
Games, Crafts, and Culture for the 12-and-under set.
Appearance by Ronald McDonald

Border Collie Demonstrations

Rain or Shine Event
No Pets Please

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(image credit:  Scottish Society of Charleston website)

Fall Highway Clean-up

It’s that time again. It’s time to take advantage of the cooler fall temperatures to get out and help clean up Betsey Kerrison Parkway.

On Saturday, November 3, we will meet in the Lake House to gather our supplies and head out to Betsey Kerrison Parkway at 8:30 am, giving us time to enjoy the rest of what will no doubt be a beautiful day.

Please volunteer to help us clean up the entrance to our island. For more information call Rich Siegel at 716-969-4731 or email at Thank you.

– Submitted by Rich Siegel, SIPOA Environmental Committee Chair

(Photo credit: ClubRunner, Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Day)

School Board Election Briefing

There will be a briefing on the candidates of the upcoming school board election on October 31 at Kiawah Island River Course ballroom from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jim Ramich at in order to facilitate gate passes on to Kiawah.

The Charleston County School District has major failing school problems.

  • 23 of 80 District schools are rated “failing” by the State
  • Only 20% of African American third graders are reading at grade level
  • Less than 40% of eighth graders are proficient in math.
  • This situation has existed for years and the School Board has made little to no progress reforming the failing schools
  • Only by focusing the Board on this problem is there a chance for reform

RISE and Coalition for Kids are hosting this event where they will discuss a questionnaire that the candidates responded to. Continue reading “School Board Election Briefing”