SINHG Evening Program Explores Revolutionary War

The 2019 SINHG Evening Program schedule begins on Thursday evening, January 10, at 7:30 pm, with “The American Revolution In The Lowcountry”, presented by author and historian Joe Epley. A key component of the War of Independence in the Carolinas was controlling access to Charleston, with Seabrook, Kiawah and Edisto islands all playing a role. At least one important confrontation between British and American forces took place at what is now the intersection of Bohicket and River roads.

Joe Epley retired from a long career in public relations fourteen years ago to Tryon, North Carolina, where he began researching and writing about the American Revolution. He is the author of the historical novel “A Passel of Hate,” which was awarded a Silver Medal by the Military Writers Society of America and was named as an Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. His latest novel, “A Passel Of Trouble,” centers on the activities a British Loyalist during the war in North and South Carolina.

Seabrook Island residents and their guests are welcome at SINHG Evening Programs at the Lake House. There is a $5 charge for non-SINHG members. Evening programs will continue in February with “Living with Primates,” presented by Dr. Shirley McGreal of the International Primate Protection League. For a complete schedule of Evening programs, visit

-Submitted by Norm Powers, for SINHG


Johns Isl Council Meeting on Road Projects Jan 3

Johns Island Council Widening Project Dec 2018

  • When: 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Where:  Berkeley Electric Cooperative Meeting Room, 3351 Maybank Highway, Johns Island. Meeting room has limited seating.
  • Topic and Discussion: Status updates to the 17/Main and Main/Bohicket Widening Project and anything related to the Maybank Highway Improvement Project (including the pitchforks); the River/Maybank Intersection Project; and the Main/Maybank Intersection Project. Discussion will include how certain transportation projects get funded with sales tax money.
  • Presenter: Devri DeToma, a Construction Manager for Charleston County Transportation Development

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Lake House Fitness Schedule for January 2019

On behalf of the entire Seabrook Island community, Tidelines would like to give a shout out to the staff of the Lake House.  They are there from early morning until late at night, seven days a week, to help us set up meetings, do our workouts, lead classes, answer questions, and much more. The Lake House would not be the great place it is without the all the efforts of everyone working there.  Thank you!

New Year Resolution Dec 2018To help jump start that “exercise more” New Years Resolution, the Lake House Fitness Classes on the schedule below will be held Tuesday, January 1. The only exception is the 11:00 am Get Pumped class which is canceled for January 1.

Click here for the January 2019 Fitness Schedule at the Lake House.

Click here for the Current Indoor Pool Schedule at the Lake House.

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SIGSC is “Growing the Green” on Seabrook Island

SIGSC 2019 Gala Dec 2018
The Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy Gala, Growing the Green, will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Island House at The Seabrook Island Club. The doors will open at 5:00 pm on what promises to be a fabulous evening of Casino games, music, dancing, an awesome live auction, and more. Unique food stations and delicious desserts will be prepared by the Club’s talented chefs and staff.  Be prepared to enjoy the many Gala surprises in store for you!

Reservations are now available at $100 per person which includes delectable food, wine, beer and soft drinks. You may go to to download a reservation form. Kindly complete the information and drop it off, along with your check(s), at the specially marked “Gala” mailbox at 3212 Seabrook Island Road, c/o Gorskis. Reservations will also be sold at the Lake House on Saturday, January 5, and Saturday, January 12, from 10 am until Noon. There will be no assigned seating at the Gala. Reservations sell out very quickly so don’t miss out on this evening of great fun with your fellow Seabrookers.

The mission of Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy is to “preserve the natural environment on Seabrook Island through acquisition of land and land easements, through education and through advocacy of conservation issues.” All proceeds from the Green Space Conservancy Gala go towards supporting our mission.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Green Space Conservancy. We look forward to seeing you at the Gala where we are Growing the Green!

-Submitted by Beth Nichols, SIGSC

Brown & White Pickup January 4

The next monthly Brown and White pickup is Friday, January 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 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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SIPOA Board Candidate – Ray Hoover

Ray Hoover

My wife, Lucy, and I have been home owners on Seabrook Island for the past twelve years and full-time residents since May 2014. However, our history here goes back much further; to our first visit in the Lowcountry 37 years ago.

As a community we have a collective responsibility to actively maintain and enhance our island’s most cherished assets; whether environmental, real estate, recreational or the lifestyle we all enjoy.

Therefore, I am seeking a position on the SIPOA Board to further contribute to the island’s responsible, thoughtful planning and development; while sensitively respecting the magnificence of its natural environment. I believe my professional experience, as a licensed architect, prepares me to effectively serve in that role.

After 45 years, I retired from tvsdesign, a large internationally recognized architectural practice based in Atlanta. I joined the firm in 1972, after graduating from The School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. I served in multiple senior management and design roles including as a member of its Board and Managing Principal overseeing the firm’s global practice and as General Manager of Mid-East/North African Operations. My colleagues and I lead the firms rapid growth to become a global presence acknowledged as celebrated international design and planning leaders.

After designing and building our new home at Dove Nest Court, I began to serve and remain on the Architectural Review Committee in 2017 and the Long-Range Planning Committee in 2018. These experiences have provided insight into the great opportunities we enjoy on our island, while defining the current challenges we must constructively address, including:

  1. The effects of global warming and the rise in sea level (effecting flooding and drainage issues)
  2. The maintenance of an aging inventory of older homes
  3. Increased Johns Island development and traffic which adds additional strain on our local infrastructure
  4. Evolving market and lifestyle desires of a younger generation

The viewpoints of Seabrook’s owners are as diverse as the properties they own. Since 1986, Lucy and I have owned multiple property types in the Lowcountry; including a villa in a large regime, a home in a planned unit development, a single-family home, and a vacant lot. We have been both full time and part time residents. Therefore, the experience of owning a wide variety of properties tremendously helps better understand the diverse viewpoints of Seabrook’s owners.

I also currently serve on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Charleston, Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club, the Turtle Patrol and have chaired a committee on Global Fluency for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

We have an obligation to responsibly and rationally enrich the lives of all those who live, invest and visit Seabrook; all while serving as sensitive, selfless guardians of our unique barrier island environment.

Lucy and I have invested our future here. Seabrook Island is not only our cherished home it is beloved by our three children and six grandchildren. Lucy and I are incredibly proud and grateful to be members of our Seabrook community.

-Submitted by Ray Hoover

Listen to an interview with the Candidate:

PURE Theatre: True West and Fool for Love


Canon St Dec 2018In the new year, Season 16 will continue at the new Cannon Street Arts Center, located at 134 Cannon Street, with the Past Contemporaries Series. PURE will pay tribute to playwright Sam Shepard with the production of two of his masterworks, True West and Fool for Love. The “SHEP REP” plays will be presented in rotating repertory from January 11 through February 2.

True West
Finalist, 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale. This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the unforgiving terrain of the California landscape.

Fool for Love
Finalist, 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. As the recriminations pour out between former lovers May and Eddie, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent—they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. The poignancy of their situation is pointed out by the play’s two other characters: a hapless young man who stops by to take May to the movies and becomes the butt of Eddie’s funniest yet most humiliating jokes, and a ghostly old man who sits in a rocking chair at the side of the stage, sipping whiskey and commenting wryly on what he observes. Eventually the two tire of their struggle and embrace—but it is evident that the respite is temporary and that their love, the curse of the past which haunts them, will remain forever damned and hopeless.

Click here for tickets. 

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New Year’s Holiday Hours

Below is information on opening hours for the New Year’s Holidays:

SIPOA Offices will be open all day on Monday, December 31; be closed Tuesday, January 1; and reopen for normal hours, (8:00 am until 4:00 pm) on Wednesday, January 2.

Town of Seabrook Island Offices will be open all day on Monday, December 31; be closed on Tuesday, January 1; and reopen for normal hours, (8:00 am until 4:00 pm) on Wednesday, January 2.

Harris Teeter will be open during regular store hours on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, and on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1.

Vincent’s Drug Store & Soda Fountain will close at 2:00 pm on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31; be closed all day on Tuesday, January 1; and re-open Wednesday, January 2, for normal hours.

Post and Computer Center will close at noon on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31; be closed all day on Tuesday, January 1; and re-open Wednesday, January 2, for normal hours.

CVS Pharmacy will be open on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm and open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, New Year’s Day. The store itself will be open both days but has different hours depending on the location.  Contact them directly for this information.

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3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge – Splash in the New Year with a Brisk Dip!

polar bear plunge Dec 2018The Seabrook Island Swim Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge at North Beach with splash down at 10:30 am sharp on New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1, 2019!

With a bonfire and hot chocolate provided, perhaps you can even bring some s’mores to roast.

Everyone is invited…bring your kids, grand-kids and guests.  Show up to splash or just join in the festivities and wish your fellow Seabrookers a Happy New Year!

Come out and give some hearty souls your support.  Hope to see you there!

-Submitted by the Lake House

The 8th Annual Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count – January 4

The 8th Annual Sea Islands Christmas Bird Count will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019. The count area includes Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Wadmalaw Island, and John’s Island. Count organizer, Aaron Given, TOKI Wildlife Biologist, is looking for Kiawah residents that would like to participate.

In particular, Aaron is looking for residents that have bird feeders and are willing to count the birds that visit their feeders throughout the day. In addition, if anyone still has Painted Buntings or hummingbirds coming to their bird feeders, please let him know. If you are interested in participating, email Aaron Given.

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a volunteer-based bird census conducted each winter.  The National Audubon Society has sponsored the event since 1900 when the first CBCs were held. Currently, there are over 2,000 CBCs conducted across North and South America (and other countries) every year and the results are provided in an annual online journal called American Birds.

–Submitted by SIB

Frank Cassara Artist of the Month for January

Frank Cassara jan 2019Seabrook Island Artist Guild
Artist of the Month for January 2019
Opening Reception at the Lake House
Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Artist Guild’s Artist of the Month for January, Frank Cassara, has recently returned from a stint as 2018 Artist in Residence for SC State Parks at Table Rock State Park in Pickens, SC.

Frank has been interested in drawing and art since early childhood. He took art classes through high school and considered majoring in art in college. While in college, he took a course in painting with acrylics. Although he enjoyed expressing himself through paint media, other interests, raising a family and career distractions kept him from pursuing this passion until he retired from his career with a major pharmaceutical company.

Frank was reawakened to his love of art and started to paint in oil several years ago. Oil painting has allowed him to use color to capture the beauty of nature in all its many forms. The marshes, ocean and sun at his home on Seabrook provide ample subject matter; however, he has also captured the colors of mountains, winter, wildlife and flowers. Painting has become a lifelong learning experience for Frank and he looks forward to sharing his experiences and his work with others.

In addition to this exhibition in the Lake House, Frank’s paintings can also be enjoyed at Perspective Gallery in Mount Pleasant.

Please join Frank and Seabrook Island Artist Guild members for an opening reception on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the front hall of the Lake House.

To learn more about the artist guild and upcoming events, please visit the website at

-Submitted by Betsy Turner